Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Rebel Way with Max Fashion

Hello Chicas,

It's no secret that military fashion as a trend is nothing new, but the fact is that this trend keeps on updating every year, by offering us new cuts, shapes, fabrics, details and colors. Smart, sophisticated and powerful, the military trend is easy to integrate into your everyday outfits. Nowadays, army fashion is all about functionality and utility. The key elements in this trend are coats/ field jackets, tops, pants, dresses, skirts, eye-catching accessories (aviator boots, combat shoes and aviator sunglasses) and various embellishments (including leather and furs).  This trend is being seen everywhere – from street wear, to office wear, and of course, on the catwalk. It’s versatile and functional for a variety of occasions and purposes.

Coming to my outfit, I'm sporting the "Peace Army" look from Max Fashion's Pre-Autumn Collection. The military collection from Max Fashion has my heart and I had a really difficult time choosing an outfit as all of them were so amazing. From camouflage print to bold military hues, the newly launched collection has something for everyone. I picked up this shirt which can also been worn as a jacket. The quirky patchwork detailing on the shirt made it look even more fun. You can pair the shirt with a tailored pair of pants and heels for the office, and then switch to off-duty in jeans and trainers for the weekend – it will work perfectly for both. I have worn the shirt as a jacket by layering it over an ivory bodycon dress. I have paired the dress over fishnet stockings, something which I have despised all my life but I couldn't resist trying it out as they are so much in trend right now. Accessory wise, I opted for a pair of golden hoops, a grey backpack and nude block heels. A pair of clear sunglasses and boxer braids completed the look.

Also guys, you can use the referral code MAXRI300 and get Rs 300 off on 1st shopping of Rs 1499 & above. Offer valid till 30th September so do visit www.maxfashion.in

Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal




Saturday, 12 August 2017

A Guide to Goth Look with Max Fashion

Hello Chicas,

I hope you enjoyed going through my last fusion look from Max Fashion, if you haven't checked it out yet you can do so by clicking here. Today I'm back with yet another look featuring the newly launched Pre-Autumn collection of Max Fashion. Now today's look is something which I have read about in my college and did a couple of assignments on it, but never really got to try it on myself. So I'm really glad that Max Fashion gave me the opportunity to create a Goth look from their western collection.


To most of us Gothic fashion might sound all about black clothing and heavy makeup, but in reality there are different subsets within the goth culture, each with their own unique looks, personal tastes, and musical choices. Gothic fashion is a clothing style marked by conspicuously dark, mysterious, antiquated and homogeneous features. It is worn by members of the Goth subculture. A dark, sometimes morbid fashion and style of dress, typical Gothic fashion includes a pale complexion with colored black hair, black lips and black clothes.

Goth is everything if you know how to incorporate it into your wardrobe without overdoing it. The most recognizable trait of this scene is black. Clothing is black, shoes are black, hair is black even make-up is black. However, having said that, colors do creep their way into this image. Powerful reds, alluring royal purples and emerald greens are always charming colors which accentuate and highlight curves and features. Some of the currently trending items such as fishnet stockings, velvet, lace, chokers, leather skirts and corsets forms an important part of Gothic clothing.

Coming to my look, I picked a skull print shirt which has the buttons on the back. I have paired it with a mesh tulle skirt in black. As we all know, makeup and hairdo forms an integral part of goth look and therefore I opted for dramatic smokey eyes and red lips. The space buns made the look even more edgy. I have accessorized the outfit with a pair of black combat boots and a contrasting clutch in black and yellow to break the black and white monotony.

Also guys, you can use the referral code MAXRI300 and get Rs 300 off on 1st shopping of Rs 1499 & above. Offer valid till 30th September so do visit www.maxfashion.in

Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal




Monday, 7 August 2017

The Banjaran Way with Max Fashion

Hello Chicas,

Max has come up with their Pre-Autumn collection and I'm totally digging their entire range. Starting from military prints to neutral hues their newly launched clothing line is to die for and screams the arrival of autumn. So when Max Fashion gave me the opportunity to create 4 looks from their Pre-Autumn collection, I was elated. I'm sharing the first look today with you all which is all about their Indo-Western collection.

I have always been a huge fan of the ethnic clothing from Max and I was super excited to create a fusion look from their collection. Their pre-autumn ethnic collection has a great variety of prints and colors ranging from Batik to thread embroidery. Embroidery is something that has been around a long time. In fact it is something that can be traced all the way back to the Iron Age of human civilization! It is believed that is was the Chinese during the Zhou Dynasty, around 1045 BC, that are credited for the more modern embroidery techniques we see today. Embroidered patterns and weaves are appearing on everything from denim jeans and jackets, to chokers, boots and those fail safe white sneakers. The embroidery trend has tons of options and today I'll be sharing a fusion look.

I have recently been wearing a lot of embroidered pieces ranging from crop tops to mini skirts. And when I came across this ivory crop top from Max with beautiful intricate embroidery in red and black I couldn't help getting my hands on it. As I wanted the embroidered crop top to be the center of attraction, I have kept the other elements of the outfit minimal by pairing it with a black palazzo and layering it with a black cape which again has this stunning embroidery. I have completed the look by adding silver jhumkis and bangles which gave a modern day banjaran feel to the look. For make-up, I opted for kohled eyes and muted lips in pink. And for the very first time I have opted for soft curls, so do let me know your thoughts on it.

Also guys, you can use the referral code MAXRI300 and get Rs 300 off on 1st shopping of Rs 1499 & above. Offer valid till 30th September so do visit bit.ly/2utG102

Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal




Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Monsoon Rejuvenation at Anaya Spa by L’OCCITANE

Hello Chicas,

Recently I was invited by Raichak on Ganges to review their property. During my stay at Raichak, I couldn't resist from visiting the highly coveted Anaya Spa by L’OCCITANE to rejuvenate myself and therefore I booked an appointment for myself. I'm not a big spa junkie, but I do take out time once in a while to rejuvenate my body and soul from the strenuous city life. So, off I went for a luxurious experience at Anaya Spa by L’OCCITANE.

Where:

Spread across 14,000 sq. ft. of area, Anaya Spa by L’OCCITANE is nestled on the banks of the magnificent Ganges at Anaya Kutir. A Mediterranean wellness sanctuary, this spa offers complete rejuvenation with combined techniques from the East and the West such as Swedish, Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi, Balinese & Shiatsu. Founded in 1974 in Provence, France by Olivier Baussan, L’OCCITANE is a luxurious beauty brand, which hugely glorifies the beauty traditions of Provence. Touted as the best facial spa in Kolkata, the peaceful environment of Anaya Spa by L’OCCITANE embarks you on a journey of deep relaxation, invigorating the mind, body and soul.

What are the services offered:


From anti-ageing to drainage facials for men and women, Anaya Spa by L’OCCITANE provides four different types of hydrating facial. They have employed professional therapists who are trained to offer best facial services after thoroughly analyzing the skin. Apart from facials, they offer an array of body massages, body scrubs and other area focused technical treatments.

The service I opted for:

 As my skin is super dry, I opted for the Angelica Fountain of Glow  facial.  Angelica is an exceptional plant that grows incredibly fast due to its hydration capabilities. L'OCCITANE has placed this amazing plant at the heart of a complete face care range to intensely rehydrate and revitalize the skin. Retaining the skin’s natural beauty, this facial delivers ideal moisturization and comes blended with two organic Angelica extracts namely water and essential oil.

Duration: 75 minutes

Price: 

The Angelica facial I tried is priced at INR 5000 approximate.

My experience at Anaya Spa by L’OCCITANE:

Prior to the treatment, I was greeted with a “Welcome Ritual”. I was welcomed by the manager of the spa who gave me a tour of the place. Post that I was offered a pair of spa slippers and a cup of delicious tea consisting of ginger and honey. After that my therapist took me to the treatment room and gave me the spa robe to change into. She started the treatment with a very gentle foot massage ritual to relax my body for which I was asked to soak my feet in a bowl of scented warm water. And then my facial treatment began which incorporated 2 organic angelic extracts – water and essential oil, working together to deliver ideal moisturization. The Angelica facial treatment includes cleansing, toning, skin analysis, exfoliation and hot compress. After the hot compress the therapist proceeded with the comedon removal. After the extraction, she performed the signature drainage face massage that ensured all possible impurities were removed from my face. Later, my face was covered with a mask and the therapist applied the L’OCCITANE exclusive herb mask. While the mask was on, she performed relaxing shoulder and hand massage. The mask was removed after 20 minutes and once again toning was performed to hydrate the skin and make the skin ready to absorb the Angelica hydration cream, Angelica protective lotion SPF 15 and Eye retreat. The L'OCCITANE signature drainage face massage sequence made my skin smoother, re-plumped and more radiant. After 75 minutes of pampering session, I could see my skin glowing. The soft background music that played in the background made the experience even more delightful.

 I was highly satisfied with the service at Anaya Spa. The Angelica facial by L'OCCITANE helped my skin to regain its natural vitality and suppleness. The hydrating facial made my skin smoother, re-plumped and more radiant and I would highly recommend you'll to try out this luxurious treatment.

Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal



Monday, 24 July 2017

We all scream ice-cream at I Scream Co.

Hello Chicas,

For those of you who follow me on Instagram closely you must be aware of the fact of my love for desserts. So, I was particularly elated when I was invited by the I Scream Co. team for a tasting session. Located on Justice Chandra Madhav Road, the place is small but has been done in a very quirky fashion. The walls are painted beautifully with colorful animated dragons relishing ice-creams and I don't think the interior of an ice-cream parlor can get any cuter than this.

The menu has been curated and designed by Shawn Kenworthy and boasts of 36 ice-cream flavors, 6 different types of sorbets, mocktails, milkshakes and some exclusive dessert with over a dozen of toppings to choose from. Following the liquid nitrogen trend in the city, I-Scream Co. has also come up with an array of innovative flavors using the liquid nitrogen, which makes the texture of the ice-cream extremely smooth and creamy.

I was so confused looking at the bazillion options and after spotting Nutella on the menu, I settled for Warm Chocolatty Nutella Crunch Brownie from their exclusive dessert menu. This dessert is basically a warm chocolate brownie topped with Nutella ice-cream, chocolate sauce, whipped cream and some chocolate butterscotch to add a little crunch. The dessert was absolutely lip-smacking and I really love the fact that it wasn't very sweet, so you can definitely gorge on some more of their unique flavors. The above mentioned dessert is priced at INR 240. Next came in the Dragon Shots, flavored popcorn cooled with liquid nitrogen, which, when you bite into them, makes you breathe smoke out of your mouth like a dragon, how cool is that? I think this one is certainly going to be the talk of the town. Dragon Shots are currently available in chocolate and caramel and is priced at INR 130. Lastly, I couldn't resist from trying out the sorbet, this time I went with the strawberry flavor. The strawberry sorbet was colorful and very fresh with a perfect balance of sweet and tangy. The sorbet too was priced at INR 130.

I had a truly amazing time at I-scream Co. I enjoyed all the deserts, the ice-creams were very creamy with a mild sweetness and I was very surprised to see the variety of unique flavors available. This place is a gem for dessert freaks like me, I'm so glad that such innovative dessert joints are coming up in Kolkata. I cannot wait to visit this place again and would highly recommend you'll to visit I Scream Co. the soonest.

Location: 41, Justice Chandra Madhav Road, Bhawanipur, Kolkata
Opening Hours: 2 pm to 1:30 am
Pocket Pinch: INR 300 for two people

Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal

The quirky logo!

Liquid Nitrogen Ice-Cream in the making

Warm Chocolatty Nutella Crunch Brownie

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Gillette Venus Breeze 2-in-1 Razor Review

Hello Chicas,

I recently shared with you all the details about the Subscribe to Smooth event hosted in Kolkata by Kalki Kamani and ace dermatologist Dr. Rashmi Shetty. We received the newly launched Gillette Venus Breeze at the event and since then I have used the razor more than a couple of times and therefore thought of sharing my views on it. Shaving has been the first hair removal tool which I had tried and I keep coming back to it every now and then when the situation demands. Shaving is one of the easiest and quickest methods of hair removal however one cannot ignore the fact how important the role of the razor is in having a safe and smooth shaving experience. I have always been a big fan of Gillette Venus razor and I was happy to see another amazing launch by the brand. 

Price: 
Gillette Venus Breeze Shaving Razor: INR 299
Pack of 2 cartridges: INR 350
Special Offer: Razor + 2 cartridges: INR 499
Product Description:

Now smooth skin is just a shave away! The all new Gillette Venus Breeze razor for women is the secret to a time saving shave. It is built with flexible shave gel bars and contains rich body butters for a light lather. A smooth glide that makes no need for separate shave gel or soap.
• 3 Spring-mounted blades with telomer coating with shower storage.
• Gives a smooth and silky shave
• This razor is gentle on the skin
• Easy to use and convenient to carry


My experience with Gillette Venus Breeze Razor:

I was pretty impressed with the packaging. The Gillette Venus Breeze 2-in-1 Razor comes in a pretty transparent plastic box. The front part has some violet floral print, whereas the other side has a nice plastic tray, which contains one razor and one cartridge. The cartridge comes in a small plastic box which can be used as a cap. The translucent lavender body done in rubber provides an easy grip making the shaving experience even more pleasant. One has to attach the cartridge to the clip like part on the top of the razor. The cartridge contains two shaving gel bars which has a very pleasant floral fragrance. 
Gillette Venus Breeze 2 in 1 Razor glides on quickly and smoothly on the skin. And the built-in shaving gel bars create a light lather which helps to make the shaving process quicker. The best time to use this razor is during the bath, otherwise the shaving process can get a little messy. The razor head has 3 blades in it and they are sharp enough to give a smooth shave without causing any cuts. Also, the razor has a user-friendly curved body & head, which helps to reach the curved areas easily. Since it's a 2-in-1 razor Gillette claims that you don't need to use any soap/ foam for shaving and to my surprise the gel bars lathered easily after dampening the razor. The triple blades ensure a close shave and successfully eliminates even the tiniest hair. The quantity of the gel bars is sufficient and they do not melt easily. Overall, the experience of shaving with Gillette Venus Breeze was wonderful. I was really satisfied with its performance, one stroke removed all the hair making my skin soft. There wasn't any irritation or scratches after shaving and the lather created by gel bars hydrated my skin well. 

Pros of Gillette Venus Breeze Razor:

  • Attractive packaging
  • Travel friendly
  • Easy to use
  • Comes with two shaving gel bars attached to the blades eliminating the need of using shaving cream/soap
  • Provides smooth and silky shave
  • Feels gentle on the skin
  • Flexible razor head glides easily to curved areas
  • Skin doesn’t feel dry/itchy post shaving
  • Pocket friendly
Cons of Gillette Venus Breeze Razor:
  • Gel bars remains damp post shave and needs to be kept in a dry place vertically
  • The gel bars may wear down before the blades loose its sharpness.
Would I recommend Gillette Venus Breeze Razor:

I would highly recommend you all to try out Gillette Venus Breeze for a quick, safe and easy shaving experience. And I would definitely be repurchasing the cartilages for future use.

My Rating:
4.5/5