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Merry Christmas !!!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.

We too had a lovely one. Home baked Fruit cake, Chicken Biriyani, Cup cakes and a short trip to Boston. Snow- fall was the cherry on top. I am in love with those sparkling snow flakes, honestly. 

I really hope, Santa may bless all of us...grant all our wishes.....and also give the punishments to all those for their sin - Those 6 people of our very own Delhi, who raped a medical student so brutally that she will never live a normal life again. How can people became so barbarous that they can torture a 13 year old girl repeatedly ? How can people even thought of gang raping a mentally challenged girl? These are three different incidents ( or accidents ???) from Delhi. We want Capital Punishment for every single rape in our country, Santa! Period. I repeat, We want CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, nothing less than that !!!

Okay, now I am gonna post one of my outfits from last week. We were going for shopping to a near by mall. That was a gloomy Sunday. So, I preferred to do a color riot instead of anything shadowy.








Top : Pantaloon, Kolkata (also worn here )
Skirt : Charlotte Russe
Tights : J C Penny
Necklace : J C Penny (also worn here )
Leather Jacket : K Mart (also worn here )
Beanie : K Mart (also worn here )
Bag and Wedge : B K Market, Kolkata
Sunglass : C/O Firmoo (shop here )

Firmoo sent me this sunglass couple of weeks back. This glass is a pure love. Isn't it ????


Today, I am linking with Pleated Poppy What I Wore Wednesday.

Merry Chrsitmas
Stay Blessed


An interdependent hotelier ... daughter of famous fashion designer Susan Mantosh ..... and a fashionista...yes, today I am gonna tell you about Johanne Mantosh. I met this girl on KFW'12 and I was literally bowled out by her exquisite beauty and style. She is royal, she is ravishing, she is a stunner. And, when I told her that I want to feature her in my blog, she was just so prompt in front of my cam. A sweetheart, she is ! (:



She is wearing the creations of her mother, Susan Mantosh.


Johanne shared some basic tips for our reader. here you go -

"well my style is my style.......
makeup--is like a wake up.
When you live in the east, there were not many options for great products, most people would just sell anything,but, after experimenting and experiments getting the blunt end of the make up world.I realized that you must try and try and try until you finally get the best of what is out there.
steps of make up regime -

  • murad face cleanser
  • murad face gel
  • este lauder eye gel
  • este lauder day cream
  • este lauder illuminator
  • lancome teint miracle

swear by these products ...
do you want me to continue ?? trust me that's just half. eyes lips and cheeks if you want we can do a break down segment ??
i love eating and trying anything
fitness : must love yourself  and you'll be fit
fat: big no no ,chubby is ok ,too thin if you can get there (lol) curvy is in more my thing,conquered that though...
my fashion : be trendy diva.the forecast for the season follow till an extent...you live once try any and every style ...."

WOW! This is superb, right? Thanks Johanne for sharing these tips with us. We are overwhelmed, honestly!
Catch this pretty girl here & here

P.S. : Style File is a fresh segment in BB. If you want to share your fashion statement, quirky accessories, and style mantra with us, then you can mail us at bongsbelleza@gmail.com or message me at Facebook or tweet me. You can be a style blogger, you can be a regular college student, you can be a home maker , you can be a busy professionals, even we are open to Men. We will be happy to feature you here . So, what are you waiting for...mail us your favorite pose ! :)



Suddenly, I am feeling like sharing a beauty recipe with you all. This is an awesome one for tan removal. Here you go !

Ingredients : 
  • Cucumber
  • Tomato
  • Multani Mitti (Fuller's Earth)
Mix all these and apply on your face and neck. Keep it for 10-30 mins and was it off with normal water. Voila! A glowing younger looking skin is all yours :)


This is what I wore on Thanksgiving weekend for a road trip to Rhode Island.








Wool Peacoat : K Mart (Thanksgiving buy!I got it at $50 at straight 50% discount)
Snake print leggings : Kohl's
Boot : Target
Bag : K Mart
Ear ring : Walmart
Sun glass : Forever 21




Finally I am on Instagarm. Join me ???

Dinner at IHOP http://bit.ly/WsbZBZ 

Madras Cocktail is on its way http://bit.ly/11L2EdN


Blueberry Muffin at Dunkins http://bit.ly/S8rBL4

Rhode Island on Thanksgiving weekend http://bit.ly/TMcXZb

Chilli Chicken for dinner http://bit.ly/WSP7At 

Last week was warm here http://bit.ly/REv5by

 Enter $500 International Giveaway

Chilly windy nights - morning fog - snowflakes - Santa Claus - Christmas Tree - Yes, it's the time of Christmas, New Year and parties!!!
Let's party like a princess!




This year go for something different. Wanna try Indo-Western? This Howrah-Bridge line dance dress in Red and Green is just perfect to steal the show. Pair this up with the golden party blazer for some extra glam. Roll your sleeves up and add the pearl bracelet and golden wrist watch for a simple arm party. Make a statement with that champagne color ear-ring. Miss some more metallic hue? Opt for this black and golden sequin envelope clutch. Now, wear your favorite stiletto with some touch of glitter and you are ready to hit the spotlight!

What is your favorite party style? Come, share with us (:

P.S. : This is a special post for IFB Project #73 : Show off your holiday party style .



Durga puja is gone! Diwali is gone!Bhai-phonta(a special occasion of brothers and sisters) is also gone! So what???? Wedding season has just began.For us, Bongs, it's 13 festivals in 12 months. Yes, we don't need any reason - we create occasions for our own enjoyment - be it wedding of our cousins, bachelor parties of our best buddies or reception of our siblings!

And, in this post, I am gonna make idea boards for this festive season and that too for Men of our lives!!!



Kurta-payjama set - here / stoles - here / jutis - here / watch - here

Beige and anything Red is an eternal combo.Why don't you try something different this time? Pair this two-tone ethnic kurta with Red stole and Red juti. A square hand watch will add some masculine touch in this look.



Waistcoat - here / Shirt - here / Jeans - here / Cuff-links - here / Belt - here / Shoe - here / Watch - here

Want a semi formal look ? Not to worry! Wear this sleeveless waistcoat on this Oxblood formal checks shirt. Don't go for any formal trouser. Try a regular fit Indigo Jeans.A matching cuff-link will add some more drama into this outfit.A trendy casual shoe and eye catching watch will finish the look completely.Fashion crime ???


Thoughts on the new segment?
Please feel free to share your feedback herehere or here below !


Shop the huge collections at here !


Christmas is around the corner. And, this is the season of gifting something to our closer ones. And, who can be more closer to me other than my readers ? So, I along with Firmoo  are going to give away $20 vouchers to 25 readers of my blog.Yes, you read that right... 25 WINNERS will get a $20 gift certificate from Firmoo!!! They have glasses for as low as $8, so you could get as many as two pairs!! They've got sunglasses,too. So, what are you waiting for ? Come, join BB's first ever International giveaway !!!!



Required Steps

1. Follow Bong's Belleza (publicly) via GFC and leave your follower id in the comment box
2. Follow Firmoo on Facebook and leave your Facebook profile id in comment
3. Follow Bong's Belleza on Facebook and leave your Facebook profile id in comment
Please, share your email ID below so that I can contact you if you win 


For extra entries
1. Follow Firmoo on Twitter (2 extra points)
2. Follow Bong's Belleza on Bloglovin' (leave #follower number in comment) (3 extra points)
3. Follow Bong's Belleza on Twitter (2 extra points)
4. Tweet about this giveaway mentioning @bongsbelleza and @Firmoo

(2 extra point - you can get 2 extra entry EVERY DAY by tweeting it everyday)

More points you have- greater the chances to win! 
Good Luck everyone! Giveaway ends on December 18, 2012!

Jingle Bell...Jingle Bell...Jingle all the way !

Yes, 28 more days and Christmas is here. Isn't this the perfect time to search and find the unique gift ideas for our near and dear ones ?

Come, explore with us -

Image Souce : Google

  1. Celebrate the special moment with a personalized gift- it can be a collage, can be a photo frame, can be a coffee mug, even a table calender. Go to Snapfish and order your favorite items. You will get the coupon code directly from their site.
  2. Want to surprise your man in life in a fabulous yet pocket friendly way ? Firmoo is here to surprise you for a cool surprise gift. Buy a pair of sun glass and he is happy !How to buy ? Click the side panel of the blog.
  3. How can we forget about our little one ? O yes, Toys R Us is offering many great deals. Go, loot !
  4. Do you have that makeup obsessed best friend ? Worry not! Sigma is here. Go, click the side panel of the blog and gift her some fabulous makeup items.
  5. Now, it's time for our dad. Don't you think a tab can be a perfect gift for the best man of our lives? I do think so. Amazon is offering the best deal for Kindle Fire. Steal the deal.
  6. And, for the best mommy, what can be the better gift than an American Apparel cardigan? Don't wait anymore. Go to the side bar of the blog and click on their banner. Now, choose your favorite one from the thousand options.
  7. Rule for a perfect daughter-in-law? Remember the very smallest wishes of your in-laws. Book a one day trip to a nearest jungle safari for them. GotoBus is here to help you!
  8. Want to enliven your home with a new spark in this festive season ? Wallpaperstore is offering pretty wallpaper. Choose and spice up your old room.
  9. Now, now, now, who left ? O yes, You ! I ! We ! :)  From this 25th December, I am gifting myself a mantra - a real one - Live-Lough-Love- more, more and more ! Is there any better gift idea to give ourselves ? No ! You bet ?
(This is a special post for IFB Project)

So, how was your Thanksgiving weekend ? Mine was full of shopping, foods, movies and a short trip to Rhode Island.

Thanksgiving day is one of the events which reminds me the passion of my city Kolkata- it is like whole night pandal hopping during Durga Puja. This year, I picked up some necessary things for my new apartment and also bags and winter outfits.But I was looking for a long boot..which I couldn't find (of course according to my choice and size) in any outlet...I visited Kohls, Macys, Payless, Encore, Target and many more. And, till now, I am not very much comfortable with online shoe-shopping.  

These are what I am lusting right now ! Any suggestion guys ???


Check out the full board here : http://bit.ly/SlR05u




A quick recipe to kick start your thanksgiving week !

Ingredients :

Vodka
Cranberry Juice
Orange Juice
Ice
Orange slice
Mint

  • Pour 2 oz vodka
  • then add 3 oz cranberry juice and  2 oz orange juice 
  • Now take ice as per your choice and mix well
  • Decorate with orange slice and mint
  • Voila! Madras cocktail is ready within 2 mins.


Happy Thanksgiving !
XOXO



womenspersonalfinance net black friday infographic v2 Womens Black Friday Infographic

Source: WomensPersonalFinance.net


Yes, I am pretty excited ! Are you ???

Share your Black Friday shopping plan with us !!! :)


XOXO
BB


We started puja in our new apartment on this auspicious day

Special prasad - GEMS from India

Bhog - Khichuri (Preparation of rice and lentil) and foolkopir dalna (Culiflower roast)







Happy Deepaboli to all my readers ! :-)


The ABF or ‘the soldier’s charity’ as its more popularly known has been here to give a
lifetime of support to serving and retired soldiers and their families in times of need. Starting
out as the Army Benevolent Fund in 1944, the demobilisation of soldiers after the two world
wars had put an enormous strain on Regimental and corps charitable funds and highlighted a
need for a national charity to give practical help to soldiers and veterans.

As the British army’s national charity it has provided financial and practical support for the
last 68 years to for those who risk their lives to protect others. It works with veterans from
every conflict since the Second World War, including those from recent operations in Iraq
and Afghanistan. The physical and mental injuries that soldiers come back from war with can
be very hard for both themselves and their families to adjust too. With the ABF’s help they
can return to a level of normality they never thought possible.

Trusted by each other and their supporters, they are respectful to all people and their needs,
Inspirational in their fundraising efforts and approachable, effective and quick to respond.
These charity values make the ABF one of the leading UK CHARITIES.

Currently raising near £7 million a year to keep up with the demand this figure is expected
to rise. So proud and determined are the patrons of this charity that they expect to be able
to raise £14 million per year by 2015. To help them along with this staggering figure ABF
have partnered up with Pandora to create the British rose charm, which will see 15% of each
sale donated to the soldier’s charity. This modern and current partnership should increase
awareness of the charity in the younger market and keep the charity going.

They risk so much for us but in their minds they are just doing their job, so show your
support and buy yourself or a loved one the Pandora British Rose Charm as a gift that will do
much more than make one person happy, it will contribute towards changing lives.


(This is a special post by http://www.pandora.net/)
It's already two weeks since puja, but still I am posting my puja outfit. Trust me, I am having enough material to blog about. But , I can't get out of the essence of our best festival till now. Since childhood, I am like this. Puja (yes, for us, puja means Durgapuja, not anything else) means a loads of things to me ...not only festivals...It means to find out that lost freind, It means to fall for that new guy who joined your college just few days back, It means to gossip about that very girl who is new to your neighborhood, It means to meet with all of your brothers- sisters (cousins means brothers and sisters to us) and then whole night adda (gossip), It means whole night pandal hopping at Muhammad Ali park and College Square, It means to stand in a very long queue in front of Golbarir Kosha Mangsho or Arsalan's Biriyani,...... It means to wait for another one year !!!

Moving on to the outfit, this is what I wore on nabami.





Saree : Pure Silk (block and floral printed) Gifted
Neon necklace : Swabhumi
Flower ring : Forever 21
Red clutch : Gifted from Leather World



Photo Credit : Jaydip
You can also check out his last work in BB here.

For more puja updates....keep looking ! And, also check out my last puja post here, here and here

Hi friends of Ayantika! My name is Swarnali and I am so honored to be guest posting on Bong's Belleza. I have been a big fan of Ayantika's blog for quite sometime now and am so thrilled to write for her.

As you must have noticed, Ayantika has been doing a series of posts here on her blog on Durga Pujo and so I thought of doing a guest post on the very same theme.

Durga Pujo is celebrated in Bengal for mainly four days when Mother Goddess Durga along with her four children is believed to have come for her yearly visit to her parents' place on Earth from her Heavenly abode. I'll focus on a particular ritual called the Kumari / Kanya Pujo that is done on the third day of Durga Pujo or the Eighth day of Navaratri i.e. Ashtami. 

The ritual follows the worship of a girl between the ages of one to thirteen years who symbolizes the Kanya Kumari (i.e. Virgin) form of the Mother Goddess. This pujo is done in front of the idol and devotees worship the young girl as the incarnation of the very goddess. The kanya is adorned with jewels and flowers, her feet are balmed with turmeric and her forehead is marked with sindoor (vermillion) . Devotees recite prayers and chant slokas of Goddess Durga in her worship.


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I was worshiped multiple times as a kid and I used to love the whole celebration and receiving gifts after the pujo was done :D Have you ever been worshiped as a kanya when you were young?

Durga pujo is not just about the worship and prayers, it is also about coming together of friends and family, gorgeous feasts and of course a lot of dressing up. Here is a picture of me from Ashtami evening.


Diwali is almost around the corner!! On an ending note, wishing all of you a very happy, safe and prosperous Diwali. :)



Thank you so much, Swarnali ! BB is lucky to get you as it's first guest blogger.Check out this very talented and fresh writer's blog here "Dreams N Drama"
Hello :)

It's time for another puja outfit post. I am making it very very short this time as I need to go to shopping for my new apartment. Weather is so good and sunny here in Connecticut. And, we hope it will remain same at least for next couple of weeks.


Picture Credit : Avik Naskar


I was having Phhochka....Delicacy of Calcutta


The saree I am wearing here is called Nimjari ( Pure silk with a special kind of stich) and coupled it with golden accessories. I wanted to make it purely traditional, so I opted for these black bindi and black kohl. This bag is borrowed from mom and she knows that I will never return it. :D


with one of my friend




For more puja updates....keep looking ! And, also check out my last puja post here and here


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