Being a B.I.B.

I get this quite a lot::

‘You’re Bengali…so, you’re from Bangladesh?’

The Asian Destination :: Being A BIB

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Chalo Chalo – Yalla Yalla!

What language are you speaking Ana?!

The Asian Destination :: Yalla Yalla

I’m glad you asked that one. The language of FOOD.

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Friday Fun :: Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot at Tayyabs

There’s something about a tender lamb curry that just melts in your mouth…

The Asian Destination :: Tayyabs

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Monday Musings :: Time to Embrace Your Inner SuperHero

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

The Asian Destination :: What's Your SuperPower?

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You Choose What You Want To See

 

 

Bank Holiday Monday is off to a gloomy start…

But are you focusing on the shadows the clouds are making or the light that manages to peek through onto the fields?

The Asian Destination :: You Choose What You Want To See

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Spiritual Sundays :: Where actually IS God?

 So this might be a bit controversial..

Where is God?

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Get the tacos in at Taqueria!

My 2007 trip to Mejico (has it really been that long?!) can be summed up with a few words

1. MOLE! And no, not the animal.

and

2. Frijoles refritos!

Taqueria

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What is The Asian Destination actually all about?

Have a blessed day & #HappyMay💛

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The Indian Cocktail Party Outfit

The brief was to create an outfit for an Indian cocktail party.

The Indian Cocktail party Look

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Don’t Miss: East Meets West 2014

East Meets West (EMW) – The Longest Running Student Show in the UK

Are you ready?

Each year, EMW promises to showcase a huge variety of culturally diverse acts whilst giving away its profits to charity. Mixing the traditional with the contemporary and sprinkled with Bollywood masala in a West End settingEMW 2014 looks to be even bigger and better than before!

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Chai & Chats with: Alix Marina-Chouhan

‘La Vie Est Belle’– Lumière Photography 

Lumiere Photography

– Well life always seems beautiful when you have Alix from Lumière Photography capturing the most precious moments of your life! The Asian Destination (TAD) catch up with Alix (AM-C) on her passion for photography and her love of Asian weddings!

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Oily hair = healthy hair?!

 

If you’re Asian like me, you will at some point in your life been encouraged by your mother or other female relatives, to oil your hair to ensure your hair maintained long luscious locks comparable to the commercials on television.

Seeing hair glistening in the sun, freshly oiled and neatly combed can be a common sight amongst schoolgirls (and boys) in Asian countries. However, growing up in a more Western society where ‘greasy hair’ equates to poor hygiene, can make this beauty regime a bit of a nuisance.

There has also been some debate as to whether oiling the hair does more harm than good. Some say that it can unnecessarily aggravate the naturally produced sebum which promotes healthy skin and hair.

So what’s the verdict?

From personal experience, my hair definitely feels softer and silkier if I shampoo after an overnight oil mask. After doing a little research I have found that it is important to distinguish between the different type of oils; petroleum-based or mineral oils may actually add to hair dryness by reducing natural moisture. Natural oils such as coconut, jojoba and olive oils are thought to be the most nutritious and encourage re-growth, particularly in damaged hair.

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Many of the natural oils can be found in any local supermarket and are relatively cheap to buy.

Your Turn…!

  1. For maximum benefit, pour some oil into a small bowl and heat for around 20 seconds in the microwave until warm.
  2. Massage oil into hair and scalp.
  3. Wrap your hair in a towel to lock in moisture.
  4. Leave oil on as long as desired (You can either choose to shampoo your hair after an hour, or for best results, leave it on overnight and shampoo your hair in the morning).
  5. Studies have shown regular hair oil treatment ensures healthier hair so make sure you treat your hair to some weekly TLC!

 

Not convinced?

Other cosmetic brands have started bringing out their own hair oil products.

VO5 Hot Oil Treatment

superdrug hot oil vo5

Tresemmé Keratin Oil

Tresemme Keratin Oil

Vatika Hair Oil in Almond

Vatika Hair Oil Almond

All products can be found at affordable prices at your local drugstore such as Superdrug (in the UK), so what are you waiting for?!

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Happy Diwali & Kali Puja 2013!

Today marks an important date in the Bengali calendar, Kali Puja.

It represents a day of good overcoming evil and going from darkness into light.

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Click here to read more about we celebrated last year.

As we prepare for a new start, we wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous Diwali & Kali Puja!

Wishing you light and love from,

The Asian Destination xo

 

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The Art of Fashion

The Asian Destination has joined forces with Feed You Fashion to calm your Fashion Week withdrawal symptoms. This fashion webzine aims to “inspire, update and parley”. Stylish and sophisticated, Feed You Fashion is definitely a site worth following.

In this guest post Lucy, founder of Feed You Fashion, reveals the Indian cultural influence behind two beautiful S/S’14 collections.

THE ART OF FASHION

Let’s assume for a second that all designers lived under one roof – a big brother house situation, if you will! Sure, based on new conversation their designs would begin as deductions from curious encounters but with time, and a lack of interaction with the outside world, such enthusiasm and spirit would falter. This is purely because fashion breathes through creativity. Innovation is accumulated through experiences and the ways in which these experiences are interpreted are based on our culture.

Fashion Week is a prime example of such diversity, an assortment of backgrounds and cultures, which is what allows designers to create such contrasting fashions.If you look close enough, these origins seep through the seams.

It’s September. It’s time to welcome a flood of fashion, as we take on this month dedicated to our sartorial needs.

HAUTE SEAT

New York Fashion Week has previously introduced us to two Indian designers – Naeema Khan and Bibhu Mohapatra. Khan launched his label in 2003 and Mohapatra, having resigned as Design Director of J. Mendel in 2008, went on to launch his own brand under his name. The latter’s designs showing fewer connections to his Indian roots, which may be due to his years spent at the French fashion house.

The S/S ’14 woman of Naeem Khan is all about elegant femininity.

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Hemlines happily follow few rules, ranging from floor skimming to thigh skimming and setting a liberating example for shape. The common denominator being a cinched waistline to gracefully celebrate the female form. The Khan woman is a romantic, yet proves she does not fear the borders of her comfort zone as reserved silhouettes are made daring by descending necklines, thigh high slits, chiffon and open backs.

Perhaps most notable of the collection is the patterning; if garments are not lavished from seam to seam in elaborate prints, then such designs creep across dresses from various angles. The print heavily reminiscent of traditional Indian henna – the intricate patterning typically used during Hindu weddings and festivals.

The story is in the print.

Naeem Khan S/S ’14

Image Source: Vogue

For Bibhu Mohapatra, the S/S ’14 woman is much more angular with an air of modernist chic surrounding her.

Bibhu Mohapatra S/S'14

3D flowers act as the cherry on this sartorial cake, either creating shoulder armour, fanning across waistlines or concealing cardigans. Where buds and sequins did not appear, mini peplums and micro pleats were on hand to make up for the missing texture. Not to mention, the thick dress straps, which left little shoulder or décolletage visible in order to cement their presence. The Mohapatra woman is sophisticated and concise, teaming her pencil thin skirts to her leather jackets.

The delicate hues and feminine patterning of the collection hint at romanticism, however every angle reeks of opposition.

Bibhu Mohapatra S/S ’14

Image Source: Vogue

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We know. We know. Where HAS The Asian Destination been hiding?!

Did you miss us?

The answer to that is – YES, of course!

(You have no choice now, we’re back and planning on sticking around now!)

So what happened?

1. LIFE happened.

2. For various reasons, we ended up MISSING OUT on summer (this should NOT be allowed. Pass me the suggestion box…)

3. Got ill (TYPICAL).

& then this happened:

4. Writers’ Block.

So Yes.

Have you ever been in the position where you know you need to apologise after a stupid argument with someone…and the longer you leave it, the harder it gets?

Well, much like that – it became increasingly difficult to get back on it and write a post.

ANY post.

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Want to know a secret? You want to know what the real plan was?

Of course you do.

The plan was: to wow you in the month of October with some new and exciting things.

The reality?

Well, this is The ADestination – so our desi roots may have caught up with us and we may be running slightly behind schedule…just a TAD (brownie points if you saw what we did there…)

We might be desi, but we’re also a little OCD.

If we’re going to carry out something, we want to do it right, which meant that we’d originally decided to post on 1st October.

But here we are. Please accept our utmost apologies for the delay but más vale tarde que nunca…better late than never!

And hopefully you won’t be too disappointed with us because we have some new posts that you’ll just need to stay tuned in for, including a guest post by Lucy from Feed You Fashion!

So while you wait, click here to familiarise yourself!

Happy Monday! xo

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