Dahi Tadka: Quick & Easy Comfort Food

It’s that time of year again – the kid’s are back-to-school & enrolled in fall activities, my work is getting super busy with year end stuff, and we are about to head into the festival season full force. In the midst of all this, I still have to feed the kids and myself, and maybe the hubby if there are leftovers. (I kid, there are never leftovers at our place ;)) Whenever we are time starved the first thing to start slipping is home made meals. School lunches are never the problem for us, it’s dinner and lunch for the office that are the hardest to keep up with. This is why having some staples in the pantry and fridge, and a few go-to 15 minute recipes are a must for moms and dads. A few of our must-haves are – frozen paranthas or rotis, rice, and dahi (Indian style yogurt). These three things have saved us time and time again. (Scroll down to see the step-by-step recipe for this quick and easy ‘kadhi hack’) I used to be a stickler for homemade roti and dahi, but lately I’ve really come around to healthy store-bought alternatives recently. Earlier this year we had a chance to try Hans Dairy Dahi, and we were instantly hooked. It totally tastes homemade with a little bit of ‘khatai’ (a really good type of tart) that you don’t usually get in store bought dahi, and it’s 100% natural. It’s a favourite with the kids when…

Fall Favourite: Dress + Salwar

Anyone who knows me well knows two things about my dressing style – I’m actually a very lazy person masquerading as a fashion blogger, and whenever possible I choose loose and comfortable clothing. So you can imagine how excited I was when I landed on this new outfit idea this morning …. pairing a favourite summer dress with a salwar. How did I not know that this was a thing before? OUTFIT DETAILS  DRESS: Old Navy SALWAR: Seriously old, saved from a random ready-made suit I had once JHUTTI: Amritsar BANGLE: Chowki Dani Jaipur – click for > cutest story ever about this bangle  Salwars are basically the original ‘turkey pants’ (hello Friends reference ) There is no day that a salwar doesn’t fit and I don’t think they get enough credit for that. With all the new styles of pants in stores now – work leggings, joggers, drop-crotch pants (I have no idea what the right name is for those), I think it’s perfectly fair for desi girls to bring the salwars out and start mixing and matching them with our western pieces. In fact, I’m already dreaming of an outfit for next week which is inspired by Kareena Kapoor ala Jab We Met. PS: If you are interested: how to style a kurti as a dress, how to style a long kurta, mixing Indian and western pieces ************************************************* Do you do Indo-fusion? Do you feel uncomfortable in desi-inspired outfits? Do you have any secret ways to mix Indian and…

Diwali Checklist {Printable}

Guess what guys? It’s 30 days to Diwali 2017 today, the countdown is on! In case it hasn’t been obvious from all of my posts and Insta stories over the last few weeks, I’m kind of excited. This is absolutely the best time of the year. The season starts with Thanksgiving, then my birthday, Diwali, Christmas…it all just flows into each other. But, without a doubt, my most favouritest holiday of the year is Diwali. (Yes, I believe favouritest should be a word). Each year I start posting my Diwali decor projects and cooking experiments a week or two out, and readers always reach out to say they would love to do more for Diwali if they had time. This year I’m sharing my personal checklist for the festival as a downloadable PDF so you can start early, and plan with me. We can be DiwaliBFF’s – it’s a thing. Click here >> Diwali Checklist – Pink Chai Living << to download the printable. This list is not a must-do, but more of an inspiration point. There are things on here that are important to my family, but you may not be interested in. We use this time of year as an excuse to update our bedding and switch out pillows, but you might do that at a different time of the year. My mom always takes down all her curtains and gets them cleaned before Diwali – that’s her thing. When it comes to cleaning and decorating, make your own rituals and…

My Diwali Project List: 2017

It’s that time of year – I’m making my list and checking it twice. Nope, I’m not getting ready for Christmas, I’m just counting down the days to Diwali (39). One of my favourite parts about the Diwali festival is the preparation. It’s tradition to purge old unwanted items, clean every corner of your house, and do a decorating refresh at our house. Historically, people would clean their homes in the days leading up to Diwali to welcome the Goddess Laxmi (Goddess of Wealth). It is common belief that she will grace the cleanest and most beautifuly decorated homes during the festive season. It’s also very likely that guests will drop by around this time of year, so keeping your house on it’s A-game is pretty important.   While I do have a soft spot for Laxmi Mata and my kids love to decorate the doorstep with rangoli in anticipation of her visit, I like to start my cleaning at least a month out. I use the festival season as an excuse to work on projects around the house and invest in decorative pieces. My mom always used to buy special pieces for the house around Diwali time and I guess it stuck with me. This year I have a few big and small projects on my list. Sharing them here so I can loop back after the festive season and see how far I got! DIWALI 2017: PROJECT LIST Paint the Front Door. The door at our current place…

Weight Loss & Self Love

I’ve struggled with pulling together this post over the last few days. In a world where we are surrounded by messages of self-love and authenticity (which are both very important to me), talking about the 10-15 pounds I want to loose felt a bit shallow. In fact, ever since I wrote this post about my struggle with gaining weight over the last few years, I’ve tried really hard to just accept my new body. Everyone around me tells me that I look great, and I haven’t put on ‘that much weight’, but I can’t see it that way. One of the reasons I started this blog was to accept and love myself enough to share pictures of my outfits (and myself) on the internet. Sadly, this year is the first that I haven’t felt comfortable sharing my pictures. When you feel heavy, it doesn’t matter how many people tell you, you look great – you can’t accept it. I’ve tried unsuccessfully for months now to change my diet and I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that food is my crutch. I eat when I’m bored, when I’m angry, and mostly when I’m sad. And worst of all, most of my comfort foods cause my Hashimoto’s and arthritis to flare up. There is no self-love in over-eating and causing myself long-term pain and discomfort. Now that we’ve got the ugly confessions out of the way, let me tell you the part I’m excited about. One of my digital media clients, The…

Proud to Be Canadian x MAC Cosmetics Review

It’s no secret that I love a bold red lip. For years I’ve been preaching Russian Red by MAC as the must-have red lipstick for Indian skin. I’ve tried many other drugstore brands, and even high-end lipsticks but always come back to Russian Red. The deep saturated colour + it’s amazing ability to stay off of chai cups and on my lips makes it soulmate material. A couple of months ago MAC Cosmetics released a limited edition red called ‘Proud to Be Canadian’ and of course I had to try it. To be honest, I bought it for the patriotic packaging and wasn’t expecting to love it. Wrong! One of my favourite purchases of 2017 guys. [Isn’t that packaging just perfect!] Along with being a stunning colour, this red is actually moisturizing unlike Russian Red. My old favourite can be quite drying and if you wear it without prepping your lips it will crack. This red is much more forgiving. I don’t usually do red lips in the summer, but a few weeks ago I had some out of office meetings and wanted to dress up a bit so I decided to pull it out. I just love how a bold red lip and some easy loose curls can dress up such a simple outfit. When I wear red lips I tend to go soft on the accessories because I want them to to be the star. On this day I did pair the outfit with my red love shoes…

Reusing Indian Wedding Outfits: Reception Lehenga

There is never going to be a piece of clothing as special as your wedding or reception joda, yet so many desi girls just let their wedding outfits waste away in the back of the closet or under the bed. We’ve invested thousands of dollars into these pieces sometimes, and they only get one day in the sun? For years I’ve been itching to recreate some of my favourite pieces from my bridal trousseau but the timing has never really worked out. When my younger sister got married Zara was quite young and I just couldn’t imagine wearing these heavy pieces and carrying her around, but I finally got my wish to ‘be bridal’ again at my cousin Esha’s wedding.  I shopped my closet and pulled out two pieces that I thought could work together – my reception lehenga, and a net pink sari from my wedding clothes. My reception lehenga was one of the first pieces I bought when I started shopping for my wedding, and I still love the simplicity of all-over red. Initially I thought I would have the super heavy dupattta re-styled into a kameez, but I couldn’t bring myself to have it cut. Thankfully, seeing all my clothes out together gave me the idea to pair a kameez made from one of my saris with the lehenga! Here is a before shot of me in my reception lehenga, and the sari before it was re-invented … Sorry I don’t have a better full shot of…

We are Taking a Mother Daughter Trip!

Guys, we have big news –  Zara & I are going to Paris this summer! I have been dying to go to Paris for as long as I can remember, and Zara recently became infatuated with the Eiffel Tower and it’s twinkling lights so it’s kind of perfect. If you’ve been with me for a while you might remember that going to Paris was on my 35 before 35 list, what you probably don’t know is, I’ve been trying to plan a trip to Paris with one of my best friends Dale for the last 3 years running. Some how it never quite comes together. I had honestly started to feel a bit disheartened about getting to Paris, and then Zara floated the idea of going for her 10th birthday (that girl dreams big).  At first I laughed it off – a trip to Paris for a 10th birthday, crazy right? The more I thought about it though, the more it felt like the right thing to do. I’ve traveled a lot for work the last year, and work a lot of long hours, and have been feeling a bit disconnected from my kids. What better way to reconnect than with a week of one on one time exploring a European city together!  As soon as I started leaning towards the ‘just do it’ feeling I had two hesitations pop up. The first was my promise to my friend Dale that I would go to Paris with her. Of course…

My 3 Step Decorating Process {Video}

Ever found yourself with an empty space to decorate? Or maybe you have a tired looking room that needs a refresh? Whatever the case, decorating can be an overwhelming experience. I still shudder when I think of all the decor faux-pas I made in my first apartment, and how mis-matched my first house was. Over the years I’ve started to use a 3-step process for decorating a new room: Step 1: Choose your colour scheme. This includes accent colour, metallic and wood finishes. Step 2: Select an ‘anchor piece’ for your room. Step 3: Bring in a repeating pattern in various sizes. I’ve used this same method in various places I’ve lived over the years, and have also applied it in our office where we have a pink & beige colour scheme with white pine furniture, and lots of mandalas. If you are starting a decorating project soon and are looking for a place to get started, check out the video below where I’m explaining my process in detail.

What I Wore: Esha’s Engagement

If you’ve been following my Insta stories lately, you know that my cousin Esha got married last week. If you haven’t been following, I guess we aren’t friends anymore. (I kid). As you know, Punjabi weddings are all about clothes and food, so it’s time to recap what I wore. There were 5 days of events and a lot of outfits so I’ve broken them down into individual posts, and will share some details throughout. Excuse the photo overload coming up in this post… ENGAGEMENT PARTY For the engagement party I decided to go with a lightweight suit in a bold parrot green colour. I knew I wanted something that was easy to move around and dance in, but I also wanted something ‘fancy’. This outfit appealed to me because it makes a statement with the bright green and rainbow dupatta, and it came with a churidar pyjami – perfect for a payal lover like me! From: Made in India, Surrey BC Cost: $499 CDN The rainbow dupatta was the real selling point for me! I got almost all my accessories and the Punjabi jhutti from Prem Bangle Shop in Surrey. They a really are a hidden gem. He always has a great selection and is very reasonably priced. The tika is from a place called Barnala Fashions.  I did my own makeup, and for hair I went to the Blo Bar in White Rock for a blow out. It was totally worth the $40 because I carried the same blowout for…