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July 20, 2011

Blog Around The World II: Out of Africa # 3

Welcome to India! I am sure you have had your share of fun and inspiration in New Zealand and the UK!

It wasn’t long ago when I entered Bloggerland but things have grown so rapidly in the last ten months and exciting is hardly the word to explain how awesome the journey has been till now.  One of the best things to come out of it has been how many wonderful people I have ‘met’ because of the blog which is how I am writing this today. I wasn’t a part of the ‘Blog Around The World’ the first time around-I mean I was a part of it because I followed it like it was the new Harry Potter movie being released (super excited-over enthusiastic- lost sleep over it) but I wasn’t actively contributing to it. The whole concept blew me away- imagine coordinating blogs all around the globe to post at a certain time based around an inspirational photo shoot?! It seemed impossible and well,unreal!! But, these bloggers did it and it was a huge success! And now, today, I get to be a part of the second ‘Blog Around The World’!! Yipeee!! So much excitement! I have been looking forward to it for days and I am so grateful Alicia let me be a part of it. Before I say anything more- a few words from Alicia and ofcourse , the beautiful photos (I got greedy and put in more than one!) that brought us all together-

From Alicia-

Hello Lovelies! I am Alicia from The Charity Wedding and I am excited to present another round of Blog Around the World with some of my favorite wedding bloggers! I recently helped organized a styled shoot using the theme of a Vintage Desert Safari. Each blogger will be showcasing a photo from the shoot and sharing some tips, advice, or just some pretty-eye candy for you to enjoy! Be sure to visit all the blogs to make sure you catch all the goodness! Thanks so much to all of the participants!



Just having returned from the best trip of my life –a safari holiday in Kenya , this photo shoot could not have been more perfect! I just wish I had some of the yummy cake to eat while I was there! My favourites are all the details- the acacia tree on the cake, the little buntings with the lion and cheetahs on it , the masks and the whole lot- it really feels like we are in Africa, right?

My contribution today to this blog journey are some face packs which you can whip together yourself at home , kinda like DIY beauty treatment! Why did I decide on this you wonder? Well, if you ever go on a safari and like me forget to take sun block (stupid me!) , then you will most definitely come back looking like a raccoon !!  Not a very pretty sight, if you ask me- I just wore my dark glasses through the rest of the trip so at least most of my face was the same shade.  If you happen to find yourself in the same predicament, fear not because I am here to help you out.

All these DIY face masks are thanks to a very dear friend of mine (thank you Green!) who is not only a fabulous cook but knows how to look after her skin so I think you can trust her completely. At a time when I didn’t even know what a manicure was (I hung out with my brothers friends ALOT :read tomboy), this girl used to come to school with french manicures! Now you know why she is my go to person in the beauty care department!

Home Remedies for cleansing your skin and treating sun burn:

  • Apply Aloe Vera gel on the affected areas and it will give you positive results in a week or two if applied regularly. 
  • Prepare a paste of turmeric powder and limejuice and apply it thrice a week. This will help lighten your skin tone. 
  • Apply a paste of oatmeal, yogurt, lime juice and tomato juice on your face and wash it with cold water after keeping it for half an hour. 
  • Make a paste of equal amounts of milk powder, lemon juice, honey and half the measure of almond oil and apply it on your face. Keep it for 10 – 15 minutes and then wash off. It adds a shine and glaze to your face. 
  • Slice potatoes and place on your face. It will also help you get rid of other marks.
  • Dried and powdered orange peels mixed with curd will help you get rid of blemishes.Keep the mixture on for 10 minutes and then wash it off. 
  • Applying the paste of freshly ground mint leaves for 15 minutes daily and then washing it off will give you good results in just 15 days. 
  • Mashed papaya also helps de-tan and cleanse your skin. You can also add honey to the pulp before applying it to your skin for better results.
  • Cod liver oil is also considered helpful in de-tanning skin.
(P.S. If you know anything about India, you will know most of us are obsessed in having a ‘fairer complexion’ .This is NOT advocating fairer skin but healthier skin. Had to put it out there ! I love a good tan but sunburn is a no-no and dangerous too! )

Let me know if these ever come handy , I would love to know how it worked out .

Anyway, enough from me- time for you to go on your next leg of the journey- off to Portugal you go to meet the sweetest person ever- Sofia of Brancoprata..  Have fun!!!!


Starting from 9:00 am (EDT/New York Time) and posting every 15 minutes till 2:00 p.m- five hours of blogging fun!

1. Bubble Rock Studios (New Zealand) 2. Cap Classique (UK, South Africa) 3.The Unreal Bride (India) 4.Brancoprata (Portugal) 5.Bijoux Bride (UK) 6.Bridal Musings  (UK) 7.The Oceanside Bride (US) 8.Hey Gorgeous (US) 9.Sparkle and Hay (US) 10. Wedding Pickle (US) 11. The Perfect Palette (US) 12. Oh Lovely Day (US) 13. La Petite Coquin (US) 14.Brenda’s Wedding Blog (US) 15. Fab You Bliss (US) 16. Landlocked Bride (US) 17. Bow Ties and Bliss (US) 18. A Paper Proposal (US) 19. Engaged and Inspired (US) 20. The Charity Wedding (US) 

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June 16, 2011

Thursday Thoughts:Guestpost- The perfect honeymoon {African Edition}

Jambo!! By the time you all read this, half of the Unreal Bride team (that’s me!) will be already in the middle of my awesome vacation in Kenya! Thanks to the power of twitter- I ‘met’ Louise who had some great tips about what to do in Kenya and where to stay, eat and shop-all the important things one needs to know for a holiday! That’s what brings us to today’s post.Louise was kind enough to put together a guest post on some great places to honeymoon right from South Africa to Kenya- she got married in South Africa (see more from her wedding here) and then honeymooned in Kenya and Zanzibar- so if I were you, I would read carefully and take her advice- she definitely knows what she is talking about! Enough from me- say hello to Louise!

Hi Unreal Bride readers!  Louise here, from Bijoux Bride.  I’m so excited Kismet asked me to guest post while she’s off on her adventures, and this is my first guest post so please be nice 🙂

Kismet and I met on twitter while she was researching her trip, considering my general obsession with Africa (I married a South African in Cape Town and honeymooned in Kenya & Zanzibar!) I couldn’t resist sharing my experiences!

My love affair with Africa has been alive for almost 10 years now, and I would love nothing more than to encourage you to honeymoon there!

So, why Africa?  Well, its stunning and varied scenery, beautiful weather, and friendly and welcoming culture will steal your heart!  Despite the bad press you have probably read about safety in Africa, please don’t let that put you off.  With a bit of common sense you will be able to enjoy everything this magical place has to offer, trouble-free.

Cape Town has become a popular overseas wedding and honeymoon destination in the last few years, the successful 2010 Soccer World Cup threw a spotlight on the Rainbow Nation, and didn’t they shine?  Cape Town offers the best of city and beach, wine country and private game reserves, so if you’re limited for time it’s a great choice to experience a little bit of Africa.




For a luxury city break, stay at The One & Only in V&A Waterfront, home of luxury boutiques and cool restaurants.   From here it’s a quick car journey into the city centre, where you can explore the Castle of Good Hope, the old Cape Malay Quarter of the Bo Kaap and visit the stalls full  African curios at Greenmarket Square.


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