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Summers  is in full swing here  , which only means one thing - Its freaking sweaty and hot. I am Planning a few trips to beat the heat with only one set back every time . How to stay fit when on a holiday ?
Every holiday comes with its own set of Pros and Cons ! For me it always throws in a monkey wrench on my fitness program. Before going on a vacation the focus is always on being in the best of shape, but post that it shifts on to losing the weight !!
This time around, I made sure that I at least maintain my months of hard work, so that there is  no baggage of any regretted pounds and it Worked !!! Wanna know How ? Here are a few pointers :

•  Packing workout clothes(it derives motivation and keeps you accountable to do justice to what you pack ).If your hotel/ resort has a gym, then half the battle is over, what you only need is a bit of determination, n will power(in my case it means getting up early  ).
 If it doesn't have one ,engage in activities like Swimming, playing a sport, or Cycling. I made it a point , that I regularly do my swimming laps !

• Go hiking- I remember my trip to Chennai , wherein when I had to Book Hotels in Chennai  I made sure the  resort had beautiful hiking spots . I remember that the hotel we chose had rubber plantations spread around 1000 acres, perfect to hike and I already had a hiking mission in my mind when I planned my itinerary so this was totally on the agenda . I decided to explore it one day, and god knows how many times the step watcher app on my phone beeped !! It was sort of congratulating me on every 10,000 step(my daily target). End result- I had to call a resort car to take me back. It OVERWORKED.

• Count that Calorie - I always made it a point to start every meal with lots of salad and soup And was shameless enough to finish the salad spread for 15 people all alone one day …. lol. But u need not go that overboard. The idea is to half fill the tummy with low calorie intake, so that you save only half your appetite to explore unhealthy options - hell Yeah -It worked

• Convert-Waiting at the Airport to Walking at the Airport, browse the shops, keep moving while you can, coz you will be glued to your seat in the craft .Your walking Mate App will prove how much calories these airport walking burns !!

• Pack a light and healthy snack from home or resort for the airport and flight so you don’t end up with a can of Pringles or Pizza and regret it later.There is a word called moderation.

• Sit back and Relax-Don’t spend so much time stressing about staying healthy on vacation, that you can’t enjoy where you are. When your mindset is healthy, your choices will follow. Stay active as much as possible so that it’s okay if you have a couple extra cheat meals.
In the End Work hard and play even harder :) Hope this post was insightful !
Signing off with a few vacation pictures of my own .



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Indian age old crafts are falling into oblivion and it’s no wonder the focus is shifting to fast fashion and the whole market is being pushed beyond its envelope . Indian craft and heritage is a legacy which needs to be passed on but is the younger generation or as we call them MILENNIALS aware of the anceint weaving skills , the mastery of the thread work , or natural appreciation on these laborious garment ?  I don't think so ! 
It is clear that the onslaught of modern technology has taken its toll on weaving or traditional forms of trade .
Today I am going to introduce you to Women Ethnic label Renu Dadlani , whom I had the pleasure to spark a dialogue about various facets of Indian crafts and different embroideries found in her designs . Initially I wasn't aware what surprise awaits me when one day I was asked to come visit her studio space in Sarvodya Enclave and check out various thread work embroideries she expertise in , at the same time conversing with my ignorant self- C'mon how good it can be ? She only said one sentence - "Seeing is Believing " so just come . I was drawn to her confidence and commitment and the passion that resounded in whatever 5 minute of conversation we had ! The meeting was fixed later in the week and I won't lie it was so surprising to meet a designer who was not only passionate about her work but was also working towards a vision to bring something new while reviving the age old crafts.  I feel that's where the whole difference lies and believe me , I can draw this conclusion after meeting hundreds of designers and attending about endless fashion shows and fashion weeks. The fire, the passion , the love ,the purity - I found everything in one label .

 Renu Dadlani is Rejuvenating the crafts by giving the  whole mechanism a little push , and producing designs keeping in mind the needs of the customer and recent trends which also don't drain the pocket rather meets the needs of the discerning buyer . Her main work includes CHIKANKARI , KASHMIRI JAMAWAR , ZARDOSI ,PARSI GARA And PAPER MECHIER etc . She believes in teaching the artisans various techniques and creating value out of their talent . Not only that they are being rewarded in their journey with Renu Dadlani they are also taught how to fuse the ancient with modern in order to make a fashionable attire for today's modern Bride, at the same time not ignoring the fashion needs of a simple working woman , or maybe a College girl looking to wear something Ethnic yet fashionable. That's the beauty of the Brand . She caters to every kind of woman , and understands where the aesthetics of this fashion industry is going.With Renu Dadlani you can get only quality , recognised for their design which anyone would be happy to Pass it on to the generation because not only they are timeless , they have prevailed over 100 years and still make their relevance for their exclusivity.
You are soon going to find out when you scroll down to these beautiful pictures depicting her designs and how each one of them can narrate a beautiful story .

Sharing her vision , Techniques and a little bit about the designer in my tete-a-tete with her and some fun facts and behind the scenes .

Question : Please tell us about your craft and variety of embroideries used on the garments?
Ans.) Thread crafts & the needle techniques, few on small frames, few on a wide wooden frame (Adda) and few from the looms.These are not just the crafts for us, these are the traditions we are trying to retain. If you ask for the names then you can simply call them CHIKANKARI, PARSI-GARA and Kashmiri embroideries such as JAMAWAR and PAPER MECHIER. These are the widely known names given to the art-forms, but when we talk of our craft and work, we would love to include the terms, wood carving, block- printing,
khaka development, traditional washing techniques, different dyeing techniques, etc.
So, for us, this is the journey of woven textile from one solid form to the textured, elaborated, detailed, structured and coloured garments.
For example, Chkankari is the textured form of the textile and ; Kashmiri Jamawar is the art of the embroidery where colourful threads cover the surface of raw fabric and give it a reversible feel, we have the collection of Kashmiri Sarees where the base fabric is not even visible.

Question- How elaborate is the production process?

Ans.) If we are talking about the duration of developing the particular ensemble, then I would say it is different for each hand-made article. Few takes months to develop the surface, others take more than a year.
The production of an ensemble starts with the designing whereas as an inspiration, we study the age-old cultures which are responsible for the birth of the craft traditions.
We develop motifs, color stories and moods followed by the sketches of the silhouettes. Once we are sure with the look, which is not just to justify the design but also has to do with the justice with hand-crafted evergreen fashion traditions.

The journey begins now.The raw textile is first given for the dyeing and our dyeing team from Lucknow is master in the traditional dyeing techniques.
As per the desired look, the raw textile would be marked with the patterns. At this stage, the whole process can go wrong if the stitching team doesn’t take care of a very important issue-  which is shrinkage while dyeing, wash and embroidery.
Simultaneously wooden block Artist carves the required motif and block. The khaka-artist develops the khaka once he gets the patterns of the design.
The marked textile then goes for printing. Block printing artists are too good with their skill. “When he holds the block to trace the impression, his calculation never goes wrong”.
Now the raw printed surface is all set to be converted into the legacy by the experts of the needle-art.
So, the result of the passion they hold for years is the transformation of a raw textile into the hand-crafted luxury ensembles.
The journey of textile doesn’t end here. Now behind the scene washers and dyers comes into the frame to clean and polish the embroidered piece of "jewel".
So for us, any of the crafts are not an individual. This is an Idea where several artists work together and several communities are involved to create an "individual piece of Art".

Question- What is the perspective and ideology you had in mind when you started?
Ans- It is about 20 to 22 years ago when the idea was evolved. I always had love and passion for the thread embroideries, and during my research on these I found that it was the decline period of these arts but the fact is that the darkest hour is just before the dawn. Many were working to revive the art-forms. While traveling I found majorly the form of the craft being revived was not as good as earlier traditional one. So, because of my personal attachment I gave my thoughts to it and started developing the collection of a few cotton ensembles, only in the best quality.
This is how the journey started to maintain the legacy of these art forms. Later, I involved Parsi-Gara, Kashmiri Jamawar, and paper mechier also with it.

Question- How do you acknowledge your artisans and craft or people that work for you and how do you want your buyers to respond to this art?

Ans- We have a team of Karigars since 20 years, and we encourage them by appreciating the work they do. We always consider them as the pillars to the label and fromTime to time they are rewarded for their efforts, in cash incentive, gifts and bonus. Apart from all these, they are our family, and we strongly believe that these practices have to be passed on to their next generation and the generation should also take it as an honour to participate and not because they have no option but to do the same work their forefathers have been doing.
We are glad to share that the next generation of the artisans, who have worked for us 20 years back is happily involved with us and doing a great job.
(What we expect from the buyer) Everyone has a different perspective. For some its a couture garment, for some this may be just a nice saree and few may find my designs differing their taste.
We want our buyer to feel the purity of the handwork. Someone has lived with it for so long to make it into this luxurious design , we want them to understand the originality of these garments and these art-forms, at the same time we want our buyers to feel proud of owning the handwork legacy which they can later pass down to their next generations .


Question- Your views on sustainability?
Ans- Sustainability should be the next trend, It is the" future.” The growing and fast moving fashion culture are somewhere affecting the traditional environment, but sustainable fashion maintains it because of its depth and long-lasting attribute.
Each culture has significance for the society and the arts and crafts are an integral part of sustaining the culture. The present emerging lifestyle can influence arts and crafts. However, the originality of arts and crafts needs to be maintained.
For example Parsi- Gara is completely different from chikankari or Kashmiri, despite being a thread craft. Visual appearance is created with the much bold and prominent motifs, which adds color and vibrancy to a solid textile.
The motifs of Gara have evolved by the time, but the original look is sustained. We believe in exploring designs because “explorations are always required to break the monotony,without affecting the original appearance, significance and the quality of the garment.
Question- What vision do you have for your brand /label?
Ans.) My USP is the work and I want to spread the awareness of these art forms worldwide.I want the label to be identified with the best-handcrafted luxury worldwide .

Look 1
I am wearing a Luxurious Chikankari Thread work Lehenga with impeccable craftsmanship and a labour of 18 months to finish this whole outfit . Classy never goes out of style and that's what makes all her designs special and one of a kind.








Look 2 - The Second look features a Long Flowy Anarkali style jacket with Pink Buds and yellow blooms in a traditional Parsi Gara embroidery . The Pink Sharara comes embossed with tone on tone Chikankari and a Parsi border . This outfit is a perfect Amalgamation of traditional with modern stitching and a color palette fresh for a summer Mehandi or Iftar parties starting this month of Ramadan . 








Look 3 - 
Nothing beats the elegance of a Saree and every woman wants to cherish something with a little bit of history attached to it and what better than a Chikankari saree in pure white !!!  Dreamy isn't it ?
This white Saree features pure Georgette Chikankari work and a Labour of 12 months to complete . I personally feel I have never felt more beautiful ( inside out  ) in a saree before and the minute I draped this master piece ,I knew this it to be a perfect hands me down design I was holding on to . 





Look 4 - The final and the last picture series Features this Beautiful Parsi Gara Lehenga from Renu Dadlani " Palette of Hues "collection . Generally we don't see a lot of pastel options in a traditional "Gara embroidery but this royal Lehenga gets its own renewed twist with these Pastel florals merged into beautiful pastel shades still keeping the originality of the design . The lehenga comes with two dupattas - The pink one being the veil with Zardosi border and the second dupatta features the same design as the lehenga itself .







Look 2 and look 4 location courtesy - Andaz Delhi 

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ADDRESS - Renu Dadlani, D-282, Sarvodaya enclave, near mothers international school, New Delhi-110017



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Our bodies are battlegrounds against infection and diseases. Normal body functions, such as breathing or physical activity, and other lifestyle habits (such as smoking) produce substances called free radicals that attack healthy cells. When these healthy cells are weakened, they are more susceptible to cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancers. Antioxidants — such as vitamins C and E and carotenoids, which include beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein — help protect healthy cells from damage caused by free radicals.



We all know what Antioxidants are !!  Well those  who don't , Antioxidants are man-made or natural substances that may prevent or delay some types of cell damage. Antioxidants are found in many foods, including fruits and vegetables. They are also available as dietary supplements. Examples of antioxidants include :

Beta-carotene
Lutein
Lycopene
Selenium
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Vegetables and fruits are rich sources of antioxidants. There is good evidence that eating a diet with lots of vegetables and fruits is healthy and lowers risks of certain diseases. And with the new fad of "Glowing Skin", and visiting doctors to do invasive treatments , its essential that we be aware of a product which are easy to take orally and can help us achieve the desired results , with that anti- ageing benefits !!! Whoever said that healthy body comes with healthy skin was absolutely right and what if it becomes as easy as popping a tablet .... yeah I would like to get myself signed up for that !!
Well at least we can forget about the expensive treatments and tedious procedures .



That being said a Lot of us may not know about Glutathione which is body’s own antioxidant critical for optimum health of every cell. It’s often referred as the master antioxidant as it is essential for healthy immune function,detoxification, and skin health.
Glutathione levels in body decline with age and hence supplementing Glutathione orally is important to ensure healthy aging. Glutathione imparts skin lightening and anti-aging benefits as well. It works by encouraging production of lighter melanin pigment (pheomelanin) over its darker counterpart (eumalanin). Orally consumed Glutathione effectively lightens the skin and its regular consumption also helps to boost immunity, stamina and detoxification. 
Glutathione is easily available as Glutone 1000 tablets  contains world’s best Glutathione, “SETRIA Glutathione”
Its easy to take coz comes in tablet form with key ingredients being :

L-Glutathione- Improves skin tone in both exposed and covered body parts
 It is a master anti-oxidant
Improves skin lightening and reduces wrinkles 

Vitamin C - Helps to improve absorption of Glutathione
Contributes to normal immune function and collagen synthesis in skin 
 It is an essential water soluble Vitamin
 Helps to increase intracellular stores of Glutathione
 Works in synergy with Glutathione

N-Acetycysteine -Improves body's Glutathione Level
Precursor of Glutathione
It acts as an anti-oxidant
Helps to reduce free radicals

USED FOR:
  • Photo ageing
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Skin glow and radiance
ADVANTAGES:
  • Faster results
  • High user compliance
  • Tasty fizzy health drink



The second product that I want to talk to you about is ESCOR Z ( Z coz it has additional zinc needed for the body ) Plus it comes in a special flavour of lime , which I am sure is tasty and the most preferred taste. Generally most of us may not require additional zinc as our supplement . In case you are one of them , You can try Ener C1000 which is orange flavour of the ame health supplement except ESCOR -Z comes with Zinc properties so you can take a call on what suits you best  its just that ZINC in Escor takes an edge over EnerC 1000 but results are the same .
Escor Z and EnerC are the best health supplement for Vitamin C in the market because of
its effervescent form it easily gets absorbed in the body and works along with glutathione
tablets and gives effective results.
EnerC 1000 and  Escor Z are enriched with Phyllanthus embelica(Gooseberry/amla) extract, considered as a rich source of vitamin C.

Though Glutone 1000 has  also vitamin C in it as an ingredient but it is not sufficient for effective results, hence EnerC/ Escor Z provides that extra push for glutathione to work as it makes it easily absorbable in the body. So its advisable to take both regularly and add it to our supplements quota .

How to use :
Add 1-1 tablets of each glutone 1000 and Escor Z (OR) EnerC 1000 in a glass of water
and wait for 2 min for them to completely dissolve and then can be consumed like any
liquid drink.
It is advised to consume daily in the morning, empty stomach.
For effective and actual results you have to take them for minimum 4 month and the
results will be visible after 25-30 days with optimum use and proper diet.

Disclaimer : Pls note These tablets are just health supplements and not medicines hence they are safe to use .
It is said to be the best skin whitening combo out there in market as these products have
the most positive reviews from its customers.
Check out the direct link and more info  here 


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Are you looking to shop for your ideal bangles for your upcoming wedding? As wedding bells draw closer, everyone gets busy in getting their outfits, jewelry and other things stacked up. Out of all the jewelry items, Bangles are known as the best ornaments that act as staple jewelry and glitter up the entire bride's look that day.


While a bride gets adorned by her Mehendi-laden hands, bangles add a charm to the already dolled up look of her arms. Indian weddings are all about traditional with their red attire and stunning gold jewelry. For that, brides look out for designs such as gold bangles designs with weight and price or gold necklace designs with price that will allow them to dive deep into the world of spectacular look with spell-binding jewelry at their decided budget.
Given below are some beautiful bangles that will adorn the wrists and make them look more appealing:
1.      3D Kada with floral details:
You may rock your wedding look with a complete set of bespoke bangle set that has both kadas and bangles with a floral as well as 3D intricate designs on it. It is best for brides who are wearing a full traditional attire and looking for a graceful look.
2.      Mesmerizing Gold Bangles and Kadas:
If you are a gold lover and have an eye on getting beautiful gold jewelry adorning your look, then this one’s for your gorgeous look. Traditional Gold kadas that have an elegant charm and a simple heartwarming look that makes the bride look more perfect than ever.
3.      Multi-colored Multi-dimensional Gold Bangles:
When you have a desire to wear colorful Bangles matching your attire, you can go with these charming Gold Bangles that have a multi-dimensional design and comes with an alluring design that is just breathtaking.
4.      Ultimate Firoza Look
Are you looking for delightful shiny bangles studded with diamonds and beautiful pearls, then this one is for you! You will fall in love with the pretty meenakari work that will astonish everyone with its perfect design.

5.      Adorable Kundan Designs
Kundans bring a green magic to everything it clings to. Why not bangles? Bangles with a traditional kundan design are amazing and have a cute finish that makes everyone’s eyes glued to your traditional kadas.

6.      That beady Touch
You may also create a custom bangle set that will have beads surrounding the kadas and elegant rubies creating an exquisite look. Also, this is best worn by brides who are looking forward to being a sparkling diva on their weddings.



Now that you know the latest bangle designs that are being adorned by different brides on their wrists, it’s time to get ready to rock your wedding jewelry collection by adding these designer bangles into your collection. Not only will they help you create the best bridal look for your wedding, but also help in maintaining the perfect traditional attire on the go!
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Fashion shows sure do bring a twinkle in the eyes! After all, who doesn’t want to stay updated on the
current trends and happenings? We all take them with a bag of salt understanding how difficult is to
adapt them to real life. The unusual exposure, slits and exaggerated statement fabrics that seem
impossible to imbibe when you are rushing to catch the metro with half of the sandwich coming out of your mouth or just one eyeliner in place. However, it is all about to change as we bring you the office wear sarees  and real life saree trends fresh off the fashion ramp that can find a presence in your day-to-day sartorial vocab!




The saree with a white shirt
Takes a wardrobe’s must-have staple for a spin! Let the saree blouse take a hike as you wear your
contemporary saree with a crisp white shirt. Give this combination a party look by unbuttoning and tying the knot to show off your midriff! Perfect for the times when you don’t have time to change after work.



The saree with a kurta
Worried about the skin show at work? Don’t fret as you can always wear the saree with a kurta that gives you control over the exposure.




The saree with a summer jacket
If your office’s ambience is pretty cool and has casual vibes, it is a pretty cool idea to sport the saree with a crop top or summer jacket for the extra touch of cool! Take the jacket out if you are heading directly to aparty after the office! A total win-win for both work and off-work milieu!



The saree with sneakers
Heels surely are pretty commonplace at work more than you think! But what more mere mortals who
can’t rock a five-inch heel all day long? Or people who need to rush from a meeting to another? In that case, you wear your good old pair of sneakers with the saree! Comfort and style- all rolled into one and made easy!


The saree with a boyfriend blazer
A blazer is the part of official attire. In fact, in some corporate houses, you need to have a blazer as part of the weekday attire. So, does that mean you can’t wear a saree? Well, Kareena Kapoor is here to teach you some corporate saree 101! Both her attitude and boss lady looks are a killer! Accentuate your look with smoky eyes, nude makeup and minimal jewellery.


So, ladies- now you not only can stay sartorially relevant but also make the most out of your sarees, with props that are readily available in your wardrobe! Don’t wait and get rolling! Don’t let your saree be a cliché, give it a hint of androgyny or an elaborate twist of accessories! Be it a traditional style or contemporary, silk or cotton- make the quintessential saree work for you- whether you are at office or leisure!
*img credits - TIMES OF INDIA 
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Palm Springs that desert oasis which has been a go-to destination for the rich and famous since the
1920s continues to offer visitors luxury that is difficult to find in other locations. A nice mix of regular visitors and the celebrity circuit have given the city a unique culture that isn't found in other placessuch as Hollywood.

Once just a seasonal location, palm springs vacation homes rentals can now be found year-round at
affordable prices depending on what you are looking for. With this, you have the comforts of home
but in a dream holiday destination. Or better yet you could buy a permanent home and move in as many retirees and families have been doing for decades. This influx has led to the population rising steadily and staying at around 20000 in the most recent census. If moving permanently is out of the question though, then this article is for you.

The beautiful climate, burgeoning economy, unique city culture and beautiful desert background has
inspired people to visit for decades. We are going to have a look at some of the places that you can
stay in the city and what they have to offer their guests.


High end:
Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa:
The ideal setting for families and couples who want the most from their stay with the least amount
of effort. The Rancho resort can take care of your every need and is set among some of the most
stunning landscape in Palm Springs. The resorts boast over 240 acres of land, 27 holes of golf and
huge spa and a tennis court. You can relax in the comfort of the resort knowing nothing is too far away or difficult to get. There are over 444 guest rooms to choose from. Many come with a private patio or balcony, so you can enjoy the sun in the comfort of your own accommodation.
There are events and activities for all ages, just have a look at their website to see what sparks your
interest. You can book all of this ahead of time or when you arrive.

The Parker:
If mixing with the celebrity circuit is your thing or something that you would like to try out, then The
Parker is the place for you. This though is on the very high end of prices within the city. The Parker has been a favourite among celebrities since its opening. It has catered for everybody from Marlon Brando to Jay Z and Beyoncé. Most of these visitors come around during the Palm Springs film festival, but you will be sure to bump into celebrities all year round thanks to the glorious weather. The hotel prides itself on the privacy it can provide its guest along with the luxury its clientele have come to expect from around the world.

This bespoke resort caters for every taste, some of the most popular activities you can take part in
on the resort include tennis, croquet and Pétanque. Each of these you can learn or home your skills
with dedicated coaches. For the rest, there is a fitness centre, yoga, table tennis and chess among a
host of others. If this all gets too much you can go and chill down by the numerous pools on the
resort.

Mid-level:
Holiday house Palm Springs:

For those on a slightly smaller budget, Palm springs have plenty to offer. Holiday house Palms
Springs are one of the most popular among couples and families as it provides everything you need
at an affordable price. One of its main draws though is its location. Agua Caliente Cultural Museum,
Ruddy and  General Store Museum, Plaza Theatre and Palm Springs Art Museum are all within a 10-minute walk from the hotel.
This is ideal for those who want to explore some of the city but who are not a fan of the extreme
heat which can sometimes get a little too much. Some of the amenities include an outdoor pool,
laundry service, housekeeping and an onsite bar and lounge. A great getaway location for those who
enjoy some comfort and lie to be independent themselves.

Korakia Pensione

Another location with a very similar setup and location to the Holiday house is the Korakia Pensione.
The hotel is small with 28 rooms, a great way to ensure that you are going to be taken care of.
Noting is worse than an overcrowded hotel where service is lacking. From reviews online, that is not
something that this hotel suffers from many of the reviews highlight the service and friendly staff which make your stay all the better. A Short walk from downtown and the cultural area of Palm Springs the hotel also boasts an outdoor pool AC in the rooms and bar/lounge on site. Ideal for a drink and a bite to eat after a long day in the sun.

Budget options:

To try and get the best budget options for Palm Springs it is best to shop around online for vacation
home rentals or an Air BNB. They will provide the most comfort and give you a little privacy you may not get in a resort. If you happen to be only staying for a night or two you will easily be able to find budget motels on the outskirts of town. Easily your best option.
As a resort city, you will be sure to find something that suits your needs. Just remember to book
early if you happen to be visiting during peak season.
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5 Tips to applying for a social security card while on a budget

Your social security number is a very important piece of personal information that you should always keep safe and secure. It’s arguably the single most important government-issued ID a US citizen can have. It’s a nine-digit number assigned to US citizens and residents. It’s an identifying piece of information issued by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to an individual. Its main purpose is for the government to be able to track persons for Social Security purposes.

Acquiring one is actually very easy and it’s free, there is no social security card fee. You just have to personally file an application for an SSN card to your nearest SSA office. Furthermore, here are 5 tips to applying for a social security card:

1. Know if you are eligible
Any US citizen and permanent citizen can apply for a social security number easily. For non US citizens applying to enter the United States, having an SSN card is important in your immigrant visa application. Moreso, a non US citizen must be a legally admitted permanent resident in order to become eligible for a social security number. Refugees, on the other hand, are not permitted to apply for social security number card.

2. Know why you need it
There are several occasions that would require you to present or show your social security number. You need it for employment, taxation, for personal and retirement benefits, and also for family benefits. Since its conception, Social Security has reached almost every American family and has extended its help in furthering the quality of life of US citizens.

As a citizen or permanent resident, it’s important to know that having social security is more than just getting retirement benefits when you’re old. Aside from senior citizens, other types of residents are eligible for social security benefits. Some of them are: disabled, divorced spouse of someone eligible for social security, and eligible dependents of a worker who died. So you see, several circumstances may entitle you to receiving social security benefits.

3. Bring the necessary documents
When applying for a social security number or a card, all you need to do it go your nearest SSA office and file for an an application. You will be asked to fill out a form and supply certain documents. The office would need proof of your US citizenship or immigration status, including your age and identity. For proof of citizenship, the office would accept your US birth certificate, US passport, Certificate of Naturalization, or Certificate of Citizenship. Non-US citizens looking to get a security number must supply his immigration documents.

4. Know what benefits you have
Having a social security number is just the beginning. As you work your way through your career and grow old, you become eligible to certain benefits covering your circumstance. The US Social Security system works to replace a fraction of your earnings when you retire, die, or become disabled. Your payment benefit depends on your earnings during your working career. Higher lifetime earnings usually result in higher benefits.

5. Keep you social security details confidential

Once you get your social security card, hide it and be careful with carrying it with you outside. Don’t just give out your social security number to unauthorized persons. The last thing you want to happen is for your identity to be stolen. A lot of identity thieves prey on people's SSN and good credit standing. They use it to apply credit under your name. Next thing you know you’ve got bills upon bills of purchases you're not aware of.

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