Bohemian Classy Living Room In 4 Steps


Every individual has their unique sense of style and their home decor ideas differ because that's what makes their abode perfect to be called a 'home!' Nowadays, the Bohemian style is the 'in' thing when it comes to home decor. It gives a warm feeling and creates an attractive and powerful aura. Bohemian styled homes are meant to be casual but still create elegance and give the oh-so-creative look. I've come up with 4 most basic steps to attain a Bohemian classy home in style. 

Add Different Textures

I'll start off with cushions here. You guys must have seen cushions selling in stores with peculiar patterns and designs and in different materials ranging from linen, velvet, satin or silk. Add contrasting cushions, mix and match, and use varying colours. Remember not to make it too much kaleidoscopic, otherwise it will seem too intense but it should be adequate enough to add depth and beauty to the entire look of the living room. 


Stripes & Geometrics

The Bohemian style is ruled by the stripes and geometrics rather than flowery or floral textures that were popular earlier. These can be added to the living room in the form of throws, or again striped cushions. Add a pop of colour by using shades of 'reds' and 'pinks' but ensure that the entire look isn't too feminine or masculine, yet glamorous. 

Layer Patterned Rugs

Rugs really give a charismatic look to the living area and precisely they're an important part of any room. Layering rugs in unexpected ways not just adds warmth but also gives a laid-back look to the place. To make it Bohemian, look for a patterned rug and select shades depending on the hue of the entire space. For instance, something luminous would be lovely for white or neutral walls but if they're already colorful or accessorized, adding a rug with a neutral colour sounds much better. 


Add Texture to Walls 

Every living room must have a focal point and depending on the entire colour scheme, choose the wall hangings or tapestries accordingly.



Bohemian look is still trending and going strong because Boho interiors are being done with much precision due to which they've gained so much popularity. The designs and products shown here can be purchased from Eyes of India, a company founded in 2008, by an American couple. Their product line is inspired by the Indian arts, crafts and culture and includes tapestries, decorative embroidered pillows, patchwork floor cushions, kantha quilts as well as knobs and hooks. 


If given a choice to redo your home, which theme would you select?


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Product Review: Penclic Wireless Mouse



It's been a while since I last used a desk monitor and PC. Ever since I've left work after giving birth to BabyN', I have just been using a laptop for work, and although my laptop has a built-in mouse already, I prefer the other one. I've been using a wired mouse since the last few months because I had a spare one and the previous wireless mouse had stopped working so I thought of trying this new wireless pen mouse launched by Penclic.

The Penclic wireless mouse weighs 41 grams and is a faster mouse with a sleek design, aiming to take the mouse to the next level with it's Swedish design and cutting-edge technology. The idea behind this invention is to provide an innovative pen grip to the user in order to create a natural working position and is especially aimed to combat issues such as Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), and can be used by both everyday users as well as professionals. Penclic wireless mouse comes in a really smart packaging so it's lovely for gifting purpose as well, and the techy guys especially, would love this new product. To open, you simply need to turn the casing, and then unlock the mouse from inside.  However, it does not contain a battery so it's not ready to use yet. 



There is another compartment in the casing that contains a small booklet of instructions of use, and a pouch that contains a battery and a charger. All that needs to be done is to insert the battery inside the mouse and charge it on your laptop. Opening the battery cover was slightly difficult for me, so I used a hair pin for assistance. The mouse has two buttons behind, the on/off button needs to be checked before using the product as the button needs to be turned on. To charge, I just had to insert the charger in the laptop and also inserted the wireless USB dongle after which the green light started blinking. Once, the light stops blinking, it means that the wireless mouse is fully charged and you're ready to use it! It can also be used while charging but if you want the wireless option, then it is necessary for it to be charged properly.


When I started using it, it took a while to get adjusted to this new gadget and I had to learn which buttons to use when, but that was really quick. The only thing that took time was due to a slight change in the way it needs to be used than compared to a normal mouse. The best part is that it operates on almost all kinds of surfaces and the wireless reach is up to 5 meters. Available for £59.99, the Penclic wireless mouse can be purchased from their website or from Amazon. If you guys have and query, please feel free to leave comments below.


Have you ever heard of a pencil mouse or this brand in particular?


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Restaurant Review: MyLahore: British Asian Kitchen - Bradford, UK

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I came across myLahore on the social media and was really fascinated by the name. I've been to Lahore several times and the thing that's on the top-of-mind when it comes to Lahore is that the people there are extremely generous and they love to feed their guests. It was actually in the plan to dine at myLahore when I was in Birmingham few months back, but it didn't work out due to our strict schedule. This time, I was adamant and was lucky because they have their branch in Bradford, besides Birmingham and Manchester too. 

We parked the car right in front of the restaurant door, so we just had to take a few steps to get inside. Our table was already reserved, and so we were guided towards it. BabyN' was asleep at the time we entered the restaurant, and they were kind enough to give us a sofa seating so he could carry on with his sleep comfortably. The restaurant's PRO, Mr. Mughal even bought a cushion for him, so he could have a proper sleep. I must say, he's definitely got the right position and his performance appraisal would earn him full points. Even the rest of the staff including Mr. Rehmat and Adeeb were very efficient, and got us the right order in a timely manner. 

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As we had already decided on the meal prior to the visit, it didn't take long for us to order the food. Meanwhile, BabyN' woke up and was a bit cranky initially but calmed down after he was handed in the colouring book and a box of wax crayons.
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beef steak mylahore
mango milkshake and virgin mojito

It didn't take long for the food to arrive - a beef mince lasagna (£6.45) for me, and a char-grilled beef steak (£14.95) for the husband. My drink was a Mango Mantra (£3.45), a mango ice cream milkshake that was thick and heavy and the sweetness was just like I wanted, and husband ordered the refreshing Virgin Mojito (£3.75). The lasagna came with fries, they do have options, I opted for Piri Piri just for some extra spice but asked them to keep some of them plain for BabyN', and although the lasagna platter was generous, I managed to finish it all.

beef mince lasagna

The lasagna was good, it wasn't much on the Italian side really, but was baked in a 'desi' Asian style and by that, I am referring to the filling and the spices used in it. The 8 oz sirloin steak was served along with a potato mash, fried rice, salad and a peppercorn sauce. I just tried a small piece of the steak and the bite that I had, tasted good. For the price of the platter, it was decent enough.  For the desserts, we opted for a Rose Falooda (£3.45) and a rice pudding or kheer (£1.75). We both were too full already especially because of the heavy Indian meal we had enjoyed the night before. I am assuming the Falooda was Lahori styled, and I think the restaurant can play around and make it a bit more exiting.  The kheer was good but a little less sweet for my taste, but for the husband, the sweetness was perfect. I prefer my desserts a bit more sweeter. 

falooda and kheer

In the end, we decided to buy some food for takeaway for the next day and agreed upon ordering a prawn biryani and chicken tikka masala. We had developed the taste for the chicken tikka masala in Dubai and just liked to have it from one particular restaurant which was near my work place. Really liked the chicken tikka masala which we later had with store bought naan breads and some lemonade the next afternoon. The prawn biryani, however, wasn't quite a biryani but I can say that it was like spicy prawn fried rice. It had peas in it too, which further made me label it as fried rice instead of a biryani!

The overall dining experience at myLahore (Bradford) was fabulous. The food is reasonably priced, it's a child-friendly place, great for a family get together. The seating was comfortable and I loved the Turkish lamps hanging on the roof of the staircase. You can check out their menu, here


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Rating: 7/10 
Pricing: Mid-Range 
Halal Meat: Yes 
Child-Friendly: Yes 
Alcohol Available: No 

Contact MyLahore (Bradford)

Telephone: 01274 308 508
Location: 348 Great Horton Road, BD7 1QJ

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Have you ever heard of, or been to the MyLahore restaurant? 


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Restaurant Review: City Spice - London, UK

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When it comes to exploring the city of London, there are always endless activities and restaurants to try out. I had heard of the Brick Lane being of the most popular destination for Bangladeshi curry houses in London, I never got a chance to dine there. 

As soon as I entered the Brick Lane in London, I knew where we were as I could spot lots of Bangladeshi curry restaurants. As we weren't much aware of the parking in the area, we rather decided to park the car on the first empty spot we found and decided to walk to City Spice, also known as the King of Brick Lane. It was a REALLY chilly night and it felt like I was walking inside a freezer. It was much apparent and is even true that the Bengali community introduced the idea of curry houses in Brick Lane, and today, the choices of restaurants there have increased. 

City Spice serves classic Bangladeshi food, and it was my first time trying out this cuisine. Along with curries, they also have their award winning Bangladeshi signatures dishes on the menu. They have decent sized seating, both upstairs and downstairs, and the whole restaurant can accommodate up to 100 people at a time. 

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mango lassi city spice london

shingara bengali cuisine london

My husband and I decided on the starters and mains, and meanwhile, we were served some Poppadums with assorted chutneys and our drinks that included a lemonade (£1.95), pineapple juice (£2.25) and a mango lassi (£2.95). For the starters, we tried the Prawn Puree, Shingara and Aloo Chop. I've had prawn puree and potato shingara before as well so I had an idea how it would be and what I should expect. The shingara (£3.95), was a pastry filled with chicken tikka, vegetable and cheese. From the taste, I knew that it had been freshly prepared and it reminded me of the days when I was studying business administration because it tasted almost similar like the popular cheese rolls sold in my institution's cafe. The prawn puree (£4.95) was actually prawns in a gravy wrapped up in a deep fried puri. The flavours of the prawn filling were coming through but I found it a bit heavy for my appetite, well that's how the puris are supposed to be, but this one was slightly oily. 

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city spice halal london

Aloo chop (£3.75) actually consisted of lamb meat and spicy mashed potato, which had been deep fried in a thick coating. All the starters were served with fresh green salad and a slice of lemon but the little thing that squeezes fresh lemon juice was really a nice touch because I don't like squeezing lemons with my hands and that's why I keep a bottle of already squeezed lemon juice at home.  

city spice halal london

Next up were the mains, we tried chicken tikka biryani (£9.95) which I really liked. I was told that it was mild in taste, but the taste was perfect for me with a good flavour of spices coming through and if you want it even spicier, they had even added some fresh chilies to munch. I tried one small piece of the sliced chili and it was really spicy so couldn't develop the courage of having another one. The chicken tikka pieces in the dish were generous and for me, the biryani itself was spicy so I didn't need anything else to further enhance the flavour. 

chicken tikka biryani london
 
sylheti lamb shank bengali

Also tried the Sylheti lamb shank (£14.95) with some paratha and a piece of cheese garlic naan (£3.50) and really liked it. The meat was coming off the bone easily, it had been slow roasted in Bengali style and the portion was great! I actually wasn't aware of the portion size so had ordered a lamb jalfrezi as well, but that lamb shank itself is good for 2 to share. 

Okay so when we were ordering, I was thinking for a lamb thali but then I though it would be too much, and on recommendation of the staff, I agreed upon lamb jalfrezi (£8.95). I was told that it was spicy and it REALLY was! We both were too full, so we didn't even think of looking at the desserts menu. At City Spice, the staff was friendly and made sure that our needs were met well. It was a Saturday evening when we dined at there, and the restaurant was extremely busy! The food was reasonably priced, and the restaurant is a child-friendly place. You can check out their menu, here

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Rating: 7/10 
Pricing: Mid-Range 
Halal Meat: Yes 
Child-Friendly: Yes 
Alcohol Available: Yes 

Contact City Spice:
Telephone:  020 7247 1012
Location: 138 Brick Lane, London - E1 6RU
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Have you ever tried Bengali cuisine? How has your experience been?


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BabyN's 1st Swimming Experience + Baby Swimming Shop Review


BabyN' has turned 2 and we were really looking forward to introduce him to swimming. Hey, have you read about his birthday celebration yet? You can read it, here. So in December, when we were in Cardiff hotel, he wasn't very keen on going inside the pool and kept clinging to his mum all the time. I went in the Jacuzzi and took him along but he still didn't get off, and so I had to sit there the whole time with BabyN' holding me tightly. 

Recently, we took him to another hotel with all the spa and swimming facilities, and luckily there was a paddling pool for kids too. Just before leaving, I had received a package from Baby Swimming Shop that had some very useful swimming gear for BabyN' - there was a Swim Ring (£8.00), Konfidence float jacket in navy (£24.50) and a Swim Fin (£21)

He was really excited to see all that stuff and we stated preparing him for it mentally. I filled air in the swim ring, and we both played with it in our living area it did require a lot of energy but I was able to do it successfully. 



The other day at the hotel, I dressed him up in his swimming dress and handed him the swim ring. He was all ready to have a dip in the pool and I was really happy about that. We started off with the paddling pool, it wasn't very deep and didn't really require a swim ring but was helpful to give him confidence at the start and to help him learn how to swim. We taught him a bit and he quickly learnt which was great! I really liked the swim ring, and would highly recommend it for a newbie. 


The next day, BabyN' himself asked me to take him to the pool. He doesn't speak properly at this stage but manages to speak some words and the word 'pool' was new for him and he had learnt there only. I took along his float jacket this time. Initially, he wasn't willing to wear it but I insisted and he stopped demanding it to be taken off. The idea of the jacket is to keep the child afloat but it is not advisable to leave the child unattended at any time. The jacket keeps the child afloat, not really vertically but horizontally. This means that the child needs to know how to move his legs and must know a bit of swimming. At this stage, BabyN' needs some more training but I'll be using these products soon again and give you guys an update on my Instagram. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take a photo of him wearing the jacket because I was alone and husband was out for work. 



We had bought the swimming shorts and arm band for him earlier. The arm bands have never been used until now, because I think they're for even bigger and trained kids so maybe we might use them on BabyN' later. They were actually on offer and was a bargain so we just bought the pair. Got his shorts from NEXT, they cost £8 but again, we bought them on offer so they were a little more than half-price. 





I was browsing through the website of Baby Swimming Shop and they have some awesome stuff for kids. The Swim Fin for kids is also lovely to keep them entertained and perfect for role-play. Since it was BabyN's second time in the pool, we didn't use the Swim Fin yet as as still need to develop the concepts in his mind, but I'm definitely hoping to use it on our next holiday (which is soon, hopefully). The Swim Fin comes with two buckles and can be tied across the child but it's not supposed to be used along with the float jacket. 



In collaboration with Baby Swimming Shop, I would love to offer one of you, indeed a very lucky blog reader of mine a FLOAT JACKET for your child or a little loved one. Just enter the Rafflecopter below and wait for the result to be announced after 3 weeks. Good luck, guys!
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