The Month Of May 2017

Hello, everybody! We are Livvy and Molly , and welcome to our little blog, where we discuss style, beauty, fashion, nature, and share our experiences. We posted about our April plans just two days ago, and now we are officially May buds! (Oh, darling buds of May, how thoughtful!) . Here’s a quick view of what is going on with us.

We have a broken refrigerator and it is being fixed as we talk. So, things have been very excruciatingly difficult here. Second day of the month (just entered the third day if you are in India) and we are feeling the energy shift! We have our mobile chargers acting up, who’s got a spare Samsung charger? Please be kind enough to email one? Haha, not kidding, if only you could email a charger! Sigh!Β  Things have been retrograding for a while (No, mercury, no!) , and the summer heat wave is lashing out all over Kolkata! We seriously need some rain before we think of photographing outfits. And then our mini beauty hauls are pouring in, we haven’t got all day to photograph those at the moment, but certainly we’ll be posting all about the hauls in mid-May.

We are introducing new meal plans! Wooohooo! We got soups and oats on the list, true we haven’t tasted soups for a long time and this would be our first time having oats for breakfast. Wish us luck! And who’s ready for more smoothies? New recipes will be up on the blog soon πŸ™‚

More exciting and creative artworks will be published on Brand Olishna , you can contact us via DM on Instagram (Brand Olishna)  if you wish to purchase our artworks, we ship worldwide ❀

What are your plans for this month? Are you re-organizing any part of your life? We are! We’re taking 2017 seriously and May is about time we really get our A-game on! Please join us on Instagram and Facebook , we’d love to hear from you. And before you leave, don’t forget to follow us and keep our little blog with you on your feed. πŸ™‚ Have a Happy May ❀

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The Month Of April 2017

April is almost over, done and dusted. This weekend is the last weekend for our month of April. We are not sure how and when April took flight and now we are looking at May. My sister and I are on periods, so we are resting for many hours. We are those women who always have menstrual issues, things are genetic. Our bodies never got used to the menstrual cycles. At least the issue with the pain never got down really well. Some may feel odd to hear about menstruation on a style blog, but as responsible women who also happen to be conscious about health and mind, we feel menstrual cycles need more outlet than just our bodies. We write with a sore head. Our bodies are bleeding for a long time, but we thought about sharing some latest news from our life with our blogger friends here.

April was not as beautiful as we see in pictures. India is heating up, we barely get to go out because we are sensitive to heat and dust. Thinking about the rest of the summer is making us dizzy. But Easter was good, we shared with you our outfit posts here and here . We loved sketching all through the month. It is taking some time for us to set up the online art shop, but we’ll get it done soon. With so many product reviews lined up for us to publish, and the numerous photographs that are piling up, it all got us working overtime. Everyday is a new day, but the summer and menstruation are making it worse.Β  This April we planned to get some new collection of artworks up on Brand Olishna , and we are doing it on the last day of April. We wish we could publish those sooner but menstruation got in the way. Then getting the works done, all the chores, all the cleaning, washing, cooking. Things just keep adding up! All you will want is a nice shower and good yummy treats in bed.

How are our women bloggers tackling periods when it comes to blogging? Do you blog on these particular days? Or you just skip writing altogether?Β  We are curious, just thinking how tough things get for female bloggers when we need to get outfits photographed or write reviews. Any of our male bloggers have any opinions?

Have a sweet weekend , y’all! Send us some virtual hugs please! πŸ™‚

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Talking about SISTERHOOD | BROTHERHOOD

Hi, I am Livvy

..and I am Molly.

Welcome to our blog Livvy & Molly, where we write about fashion, beauty,lifestyle, music, what we love and what we don’t, plus some extra talking about the topics we feel for, our ideologies, our experiences, socio-religio stuffs. Today we are talking about our sibling bond.

Ummm, yeah, that was what we thought could have been our opening dialogue for a vid we thought of attaching to this post. But, the cameras are not charged, it is freakishly sweaty hot here in Kolkata, and we don’t have any energy to be smiling on camera. Feels disgusting already to see the sun blazing like the sky is on fire! We promised to share what makes our sibling bond work more than other sibling pairs out there, so here we go! (It’s gonna be a lengthy read!)

The lovely cover pic was taken by Livvy, we were snapping some outfit shots and saw a lovely floral bush by the road and she just clicked, two years ago out in the rain. Two years ago we started with our lifestyle and beauty blog, yes this very blog. Our sibling bond grew stronger not just because we are sisters. You will see many people born of the same blood but the bond does not always grow to its full strength. We faced troubled times together, we came up with the same methods to fight against abuse on our own, we were not in the game as a duo before. Because practically, when you are five and you have a six month old baby in the house, you don’t understand your own parents/family have already started playing dirty politics with you because you both are girls. My sister Livvy was bawling for milk like any kid would do, and I was running up and down with my tiny homework copies , while the ill-treatments continued, and we never realized things were already going wrong for us. As the elder one I can never say I fully understood what our childhood was, because my sis and I could never identify the behaviors, could never know why we were being treated bad. So, we both fought individually in our own way, not letting each other know about what we interpreted from what our parents did.

And then there was the horror school, we both went to the same school, Auxilium Convent. Like all other siblings, who go to the same convent school, would agree, we never got to see each other after we entered the class rooms, she had her classmates, and I had mine. You will be sidelined if you don’t mingle with your classmates, and our assembly queues were formed at different places in the playground. Like, when she was in class 6 I was in class 11 and we had to stand for the assembly prayers far away from each other because of class difference. Middle and High school classes were placed in ascending order. So, my sis and I could only talk to each other when returning on the same school bus. I couldn’t save her from getting bullied, she couldn’t save me either. And then back to home of abuse.

Cut to the future, we both dropped out of college, Scottish Church College, Kolkata. I completed my B.A English honors from there and after I did my Masters our dad wanted me to get a B.Ed degree from my undergrad college. My sis was also told by him to get a Physics honors degree from that college itself. We both got admission but as luck would have it, we both had to drop out in a month. We were forced to, she was the only Christian girl in the whole class of boys, and all the professors were just bullying her to the point where they would ask her random questions that were not even from the chapters they taught, and would send her out of the class or just verbally insult her, whereas they never asked anybody but her, and if a guy couldn’t answer in her class he would still be allowed to sit, but my sis wouldn’t be allowed to have a single stress free day in class! Every single day they would just bully her. The same with me in my B.Ed department, the professors just would pick on me and all would make our lives more miserable. To any outsider it would seem that they planned the whole thing to get us both out of that college. Because technically this never happened, we are not loud, we are silent students who don’t trouble teachers. Drop our names in our school and you wouldn’t find a single complaint. But I guessΒ  some people just love bullying people who mind their own business. It got suicidal soon and we thought of dropping out. I am not going into more details but the situation was worse than what we felt in school with all the overtly sexed up girls we had in class who bullied girls who didn’t have a love life. It gets tough when professors bully. Yes, Scottish Church College, you will soon find your professors behind bars for crossing limit. Your teachers are not humane enough to teach other people. Just a bunch of abusive people who need to prey on others.

Livvy and I are now successful bloggers and Illustrators. We draw and write. She is a bio-technologist, I will never get into B.Ed again, I don’t want to be a teacher in a country where abusive teaching is the only way you teach.

As you read, my sis and I have gone through shitty things a lot (we can’t mention all the shitty stuff now), so I guess raising voice together was inevitable. Not that we did not stay silent, we did! But, after silence fails you need to shout. This blog is the battle cry. We have formed our own individual personal circle where we self preserve ourselves even though we share one bed, one chair, one wardrobe. We also maintain a healthy code of conduct, she doesn’t wear my stuff and I don’t wear hers, unless it has been more than five years already. I don’t wear her brand new clothes, she doesn’t wear mine. It is called respecting boundaries. Her chosen stuffs are hers, my selected stuffs are mine. She is allowed to wear my tee after I have primarily worn it because, well, that is my fav and I chose it for me. The same goes for her tees. And we NEVER wear each other’s lingerie. That hygiene part is always there. No matter how well washed, we never share lingerie. However, we do choose for each other, I always keep asking her to buy designer stuffs πŸ™‚ She keeps her books on her side of the shelves , I have my own side. It not only helps to spot books faster, but looks organized and gives a sense of self space. We also keep forth our own opinion differences, there are million times we have fought, but it is always a verbal fight to resolve something and come up with a solution. You get to know the shaky parts of a matter when you talk it out. Communication and verbal fights come hand in hand, don’t ever keep silent and hope for solution. You feel something wrong, say it. Keep the communication strong by letting difference of opinions be! And get it all solved by letting the other person know! If you agree to everything, good! If you don’t, see how you can meet each other half way! We have similar stuffs from same brand, or same printed shirt of different colors. Letting our differences develop made our personal choices flourish. We accept the differences and realize that our individual self is independent. The decisions we take as duo team is chiefly based on both of our P.O.V and both of us bring our own perspectives to the table. Not only does it mark our responsible self as solid but it perimeters all the aspects when two different people, with two different minds sit to talk. Above all we all need to see that nothing hurts us, and to see the other person as important. To feel the need to appreciate the little things together even though Livvy might just be looking at the moon and stars and that glow, and I am just looking at the clouds drifting and taking animal shapes.

And here’s why we included ” Brotherhood” In the title. Brotherhood is a very sensitive word in our life. My sis and I are two physically female beings, but there was supposed to be another one. Between me and my sis, there was supposed to be a brother, literally. He was aborted before my sis came into this world. And we came to know about it just few years ago. We named him Micheal, in our hearts. We believe his soul is with us. We both have felt a manly, brotherly presence around us before. We feel our birds are physical manifestation of his soul. So, in all worlds, we are not just two sisters, we were three, two sisters with a brother. Brotherhood is something we feel for all animals and birds. I don’t know if you have an animal with you at home, but if you do, you will see your pet’s eyes are similar to any animal! Livvy and I make eye contact with our birds and they love it, their eyes are similar to that of every animal we see. So, all animals that cross our path make us feel we belong to them and they are like our kids. We consider animals more worthy of love and that they should be treated the way you’d treat your family with love. They are just physically formed differently, but they feel more than you and me. Look after their needs, don’t just switch that fan off if you aren’t there in the room but your dog is. Let them choose the window they want to sit at. Let your cat dictate your meal timings. Let them form your soul. Keep an animal with you so you know what divine love is. It doesn’t matter if your animal kid is up in the altar, some birds are big and can’t be caged, they might break things, don’t scold them, they will help you formulate your humility and patience, your human pride needs to be killed. Just worshiping God and treating others right won’t do. If you just keep posting your dog’s funeral pics, it doesn’t mean a thing. Keep animals with you but give them respect, they are NOT toys. For once, keep them in place of the parents you keep as the most high priority, yes, animals deserve that importance. And if your parents and teachers have made you or shown you that they are supreme or behaved in such a way that they should be worshiped, that’s wrong upbringing. Make your teachers and parents eat the humble pie and treat animals well. Because God is the only person to be worshiped, He alone deserves praise, and let His animals know you love them. No human formed you, so keep that pride aside. You were born out of the same power that dog/cat/rat is made of.

Have a happy Sunday, and cherish that sibling bond.

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Ash Wednesday 2017

Welcome, all readers! You know what day it is today! The cover photo says it all : #Ashtag on! 1st day of March marks first day of Lent. We remember how we missed every Ash Wednesday mass when we were in school and college.

Lent calls for fasting, could be anything from food to personal choices. This Lenten season Livvy and I thought of creating a moderate eating habit of taking in food only when necessary. As prayer enthusiasts we do fast moderately, we aren’t boasting on how we fast and how “holy” that should make you think of us. Nah, let’s just say we feel like sharing some food plans you could follow if you want to fast this Lent. Not for hardcore fasting, we just want to share some recipes that are simple and you could enjoy. Like a minimal meal plan. Talk about detox and smoothies and home made fresh eats. Lent celebrates the purpose of Christ’s life. Good Friday and Easter come and go but Lent season is the prime preparation to reflect and renew. To grow closer to the meaning of life. If we sound like catechists we can’t help it, but truly as humans we can only benefit ourselves and do a favor to our society and nature by tuning in to the energy of everlasting soul. The idea of fasting is less religious, more psychological and ethical. We do not live by food alone. Learn to listen to your body needs, when your stomach is really in need of food and when is it that we are abusing the stomach by over feeding it, bringing down our own immunity.

To stay humble and live compassionately. Be strong in love. Come and Join us here on this site, follow us and be happy and more aware.

Thanking God and Angels for bringing all of us together, be it love for fashion or beauty or food or faith. But we are here, together.

 

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A mandatory Ash Wednesday photo of us. I think half the world is looking like a marked army out of graves right now. ❀

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Pinterest Interest On Livvy And Molly

Hey, all! Hope you are in the mood to see some gorgeous pictures we pinned recently, we are so hooked onto Pinterest we hardly get an excuse to stop! Check out our Food and Drinks board :

 

 

If you love fashion and styling, get following our boards here!

That’s just amazing, isn’t it? To be on Pinterest and with all the amazing ideas, pictures, and so much of goodness around! Hope you guys follow us on Pinterest, we are just starting to collect all the fun and stash all onto our boards.There’s something for everyone, We promise! ❀ Pinterest makes the world happy, everything looks prettier. Just that we got to run and get to bed right now, but we had to just give you something to feel we haven’t forgotten you! ❀ Loving our WordPress family means everything πŸ™‚

Keep in touch and we’ll be happy πŸ™‚ Follow our blog so you don’t miss what Livvy and I are upto ❀

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Original Watercolor Art by Brand Olishna Available For Purchase

Welcome, our new readers. If you are already following our art blog Brand Olishna then you must have seen these artworks already. We would love all the bloggers who support Livvy & Molly to take some time and visit our art blog, and show some love to our artworks too . Livvy and I are primarily painters and fashion illustrators. We would love to sell these three watercolor paintings to anyone around the world. These cute animals and a fashion portrait need a forever home. These paintings are being sold to raise funds because we are literally running short of cash (we are homeless, just to add to that). Email at brandolishna@gmail.com if you’d like to order a custom art/illustration or interested in buying one of these. The artworks won’t have the watermark you see here, they have been digitally added as we watermark all our photos. The artworks are signed and dated by us.

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This is a 5″ x 7″ painting of a deer with cherry blossom flowers on an archival acid free paper priced at $200 . Frame it up for your kid or keep this sweet deer in your room to have a positive forest vibe around you.

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A little less in inches, this little chihuahua puppy art is priced at $180 . If you are a dog mom/dad or have a soft corner for our canine friends then you should totally have this.

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This one is a fashion portrait (from Nakazato Couture) and priced at $300 . The measurement for this one is 9″ x 12″ .

All these original artworks are done on archival acid free paper, and once they are gone THEY ARE GONE! We won’t have a copy of it either and there will be no redoing of these artworks, and also no print available of these. Email at brandolishna@gmail.com to buy. Your purchase will help us to not only carry on with our beauty and fashion logging here but also arrange for the college fees and rent. Thanks for the support ❀

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Some 2016 Festive Memories

The year 2016 ended well. But the beginning of 2017 is leaving us hot-glued to energy draining people. I am opening folders and just sighing. We took some pretty pictures back in December when things were still happy, or when we tried to seem happy. Here’s some unpublished photos from the nearest past that we had!

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With all the business initiative going on we still have our minds divided into many messy parts. I can’t think straight. Livvy can’t sleep. We can’t slow down. We are coming up with a sweet business card design for our sweet sweet Brand Olishna . That’s the first company we have always wanted to establish as official. The sudden change in our lifestyle, the rude and obscene mentality of our so-called parents, and unmasking of wolves in sheep’s clothing made us feel threatened. Being homeless is pretty sad, people make nasty jokes about it and forget. Abuse, in any form, must be stopped. And being homeless was the only choice. We will go MIA for some time, we will try our best to post once a week at least. We also need to sketch so we can get our art printed. Any fellow lifestyle , food, and fashion bloggers can email at brandolishna@gmail.com to pre-order coffee mugs or art prints or tees. We are also sketching many many beard illustrations, so all our dapper gents should also get ready for an influx of designs appealing to men. πŸ™‚ Original artworks are also being sold, but since the paper is archival the prices are starting at $300 for 9″ x 12″ archival paper size. Shipping worldwide and with love ❀

This artwork is available to purchase and you just have to email us to know more! Send an email to brandolishna@gmail.com if you wish to get a custom made artwork/illustration or just want to purchase some of the new artworks.

Hope you are enjoying your Sunday! And wish us good luck! ❀

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Setback/Sit back | Life full of roses and coffee

Facing a temporary sit back/setback is inevitable. I am the elder sister between the two of us. Hi, my name is Molly. Huge hugs to all the new friends following our blog here and on Brand Olishna and on The Librettist. Many have read about the current situation my sister and I are going through, please take a moment to read here and here if you have not read about it yet. We have birds and plants with us and they are like our own kids. We are so very attached to animal and plant life that it may appear stupid to some people who do not share the same ideology about nature around them. This situation requires us to run out of this hell house, but where to? No friend turned out to be friendly. So, we are back to square 1. No home. Or stay here and get abused. I am able to type this out because my parents are not at home. It is a serious house arrest. And I am 27, for Lord’s sake! To not be able to voice out is sad, regardless of the age. But this torture is killing us.

I am happy to announce that Livvy and I are proceeding with our art business. We are selling some of our original artworks. The prices will be high when it comes to original watercolor paintings. It could be anything, we draw Biblical, boho, crystals, animals, weddings, portraits, logos, clothing, fashion, beauty, gardens, just about anything. We draw custom art too. Expect design and illustration prints on coffee mugs,tote bags, and tees. We need the cash to keep the process uninterrupted, so we are selling artworks (not just prints) to pull in money as much as we can. Working two jobs will make the process slow but I am trying. We cannot let it drown us. I will be posting more about art here so all of you can see and spread the word because we are really looking forward to finding interested people on social media and expect support from the blogger world.Β  Also, does anyone know thoroughly about Etsy? We are from India and we need someone who we can turn to with our queries. We are just weeks away from printing our contact cards, won’t call it business cards because we don’t have a store yet. We need help, big time! ❀

Have a great time! Anyone who would like to help us out can just add a comment to this post or email us for blog related work at livvyandmolly@gmail.com and for art related business to brandolishna@gmail.com πŸ™‚

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Greatest Christmas Hits to listen to this Holiday Season 2016

Merry Christmas, World! All churches singing out loud and praising the name of Jesus! Yes! And to make your day/night more musical than ever people are turning up the volume of the carols. We have a huge collection of Christmas songs and we are featuring a very special compilation of trio CD songs, some of the best songs on all the three CDs this compilation consists of.Β  But we also know and have the cover versions sung by other musicians, so we are sharing the vids of some covers as well. Not an ordinary music review, we are making an attempt to give you a playlist, some songs are on the CDs that we bought 10 years back, some are not. So these are our music suggestions. Hope you love them πŸ™‚

First up, THE FIRST NOEL . All three of the covers deserve to be played this season, press play!

HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING : Johnny Cash is on the CD but I really love how the music seems so flowyΒ  on the version Jewel sang.

Who loves WINTER WONDERLAND?? This song is such a pretty one!

Between Martina McBride and Meaghan Smith I’d go for…. both! Jerry Vale is such a sweet oldie and that makes SILVER BELLS a must-have on our list!

Okay, because Livvy and I had Blue and White Christmas as theme this year, BLUE CHRISTMAS, everybody! You get Elvis, Loretta, and The Lumineers versions!

Did you guys hear Santa Baby by The Pussycat Dolls and Taylor Swift? I love The Pussycat Dolls version, but Taylor Swift’s version is not worth any Santa! Sorry but she sounded pretty fake when I first heard it. Here are the top versions we love. Very hot song and an amazing Eartha Kitt vocal is what we love the most!

Again, can’t choose! These three LITTLE DRUMMER BOY covers are gorgeous. Music and vocals, congrats to all the three singers for putting their own twists on the vocals and giving us beautiful song versions.

WHITE CHRISTMAS, I am dreaming of a white Christmas, hmmm, such a soft and sweet song for slow swaying dance or just turn down the volume and keep talking to friends and family at gatherings with this song playing in the background. Chill air and this song, gives us a romantic vibe! ❀

Now now, we all know LAST CHRISTMAS been beating every sick lover and over-beaten every Christmas, but it IS a lovely song! Wham! just didn’t know the song would be beaten too far! Haha.

Some other songs and covers we love, have you heard any of these yet?

And a little song to remember Christ for what He has done ❀ SAVIOR’S SHADOW

We could add over 500 song covers we own but a blog post should not gulp all your time, not when it is the most super time for parties and festivity and family time all over the world! What do you think of these covers? Do you have any special carol or hymn you love that speaks of Christmas? Hope these songs keep you warm!

MERRY CHRISTMAS, GOD BE WITH YOU!

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The Night Before Christmas 2016

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Yes!! All set to celebrate the day we all have been waiting for!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS, everybody!!! Just as you and I are updating our blog posts…there are many who are drinking and partying and letting all silly out of their brain. My sis and I are in a small room right now, I don’t even recognize this to be our room anymore! Dresses and makeup, food and decor, everything is sorted but the room is filled with everything all stacked up, and I wish I could move to a bigger room to write this post! Anyhoo, what are you all up to this Christmas Eve? We stayed in and planned what to do tomorrow, because right after the Christmas mass ends we are going to rush home to get the lunch ready! Working it like two adult women is sooo fun, right? Oh yeah, and wait till you see what my sis and I are wearing tomorrow! Follow this blog and our Instagram so you don’t miss out! Here’s a little of what our 24th December 2016 was and still is πŸ™‚

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS, MERRY CHRISTMAS, you gorgeous people all around the world!!!

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