Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Embracing Oriental Style with Max Fashion

Hello Chicas,

Spring has finally arrived after months of dedication to velvet dresses and teddy jackets and with the new fashion season comes a fresh batch of trends to get our heads around. The things that I get most excited about the changing of the seasons are fresh colors, new prints and updated clothes. To revamp my wardrobe, I recently browsed through the newly launched Spring collection from Max Fashion and was elated seeing so many wonderful styles. Their Spring collection 2018 revolves around four themes, Work, Play, Fun and Travel. I personally love their travel themed collection, which is mostly dominated with Oriental designs, a perfect infusion of Eastern and Western fashion sensibilitiesI have created two looks for you'll featuring the collection from the travel section from Max Fashion.

Oriental inspired clothing has been weaving stories of opulence and exoticism across the runways. Oriental clothing is just not about mandarin gowns; there's much more to the trend from exotic prints and embroidery to an air of androgynous cool. I'm glad that Max Fashion is bringing back Oriental fashion with its Spring 2018 collection. From satin dresses to structured tops, the take is ornate, colorful, floral and absolutely gorgeous. Vibrant colors like golden and red are the major protagonists in this style. 

Look 1

For the first look, I opted for a red satin floral robe. Last season’s sleepwear-as-daywear phenomenon focused mostly on tops, pants and slip dresses. This season the trend has made a progression into kimono-style robes. The fluid and ethereal fabric makes for a perfect travel friendly look. I have layered the robe over a black shift dress to allow easy movement while travelling. The robe can also be worn with a slogan tee and pair of cropped silk pants or shorts. I have completed the look with a pair of sleek black heels and silver loops. I channeled my inner Eastern diva by pulling my hair back into a top bun.



Thursday, 25 January 2018

Escape To The Hills With Mayfair Resort Darjeeling (Part 1)

Hello Chicas,

If you follow me on Instagram you must be knowing about my recent escape to the hills along with my travel bud Jyotika. If I had to choose between mountains and beaches, it will always be mountains for me. Mountains just feel so much closer to heaven to me. A couple of months back I was invited by the Mayfair Resorts to review their property in Darjeeling and Gangtok. I was super excited about the trip although it was going to be my 5th visit. That's the thing about Darjeeling, every time you visit this place it feels new and its something which I always connect to, probably because of the good old memories of the trips I have had with my family here in childhood. This time I decide to avoid doing the touristy things and soak in the beauty of picturesque hills. In this post I'll be talking about my trip to Darjeeling and my experience at the Mayfair Darjeeling Hotel; the Gangtok travel post shall be up next week.

Reaching Darjeeling

Commonly known as the "Queen of Hills", Darjeeling is a small hill station situated in West Bengal, around 620 kms from Calcutta and is particularly famous throughout the world for its production of tea. You can either catch a flight to Bagdogra, the nearest airport to Darjeeling or take a train to New Jalapaiguri station and get a taxi or a shared jeep if you're travelling on a budget. You can also catch the toy train  which leaves NJP station in the morning (around 9 am) and takes about 7 hours to reach Darjeeling.  

Our flight was scheduled at 1 pm however it got delayed for a couple of hours due to some technical emergency. We made the most out of the spare hours in the airport by capturing my airport look. I wore a pair of snap button track pants with plaid bomber jacket which kept me cozy without having to compromise on my style quotient. After almost an hour we landed at the Bagdogra airport and booked a taxi for INR 1600 to Darjeeling. There are a plenty of taxis available outside the airport, you just have to haggle hard to strike a good deal. Our journey from Bagdogra to Darjeeling was a pleasant one. The road was wide and smooth, with beautiful tea gardens and forests on both sides as long as we were on the plains. However, once we started to climb up the hill, the road became narrow, meandering and treacherous. The journey from Bagdogra airport to Darjeeling is approximately 80 kilometers and took us around 3.5 hours to reach our final destination.

Flight delay got me like..

I left my heart up there.

Airport Look

Over the mountains and through the woods..

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Top 7 Spring/Summer 2018 Fashion Trends & Where To Buy It

Hello Chicas,

After months of cold and gloomy weather it's time to lighten and brighten up our wardrobe. Spring is just round the corner and so are brighter colors, shorter hemlines and tropical prints. We all like to be fashion forward and knowing upcoming fashion trend is the best way to plan our Spring/Summer wardrobes. So, here I have listed down top 7 fashion trends you gotta start wearing already. And not just that, I have also listed some of my favorite picks from Zaful. Also, there are some really exciting Valentine's promotional offers on Zaful which you just cannot miss. So let's get ready to prep up your wardrobe for happier days. 

Summer Sequins

The runways in both London & New York have been glittering with sequins. From dresses and jackets to shoes and bags, it's time to up your glam quotient because a little bit of sparkle never hurt anyone.  This mini bodycon dress featuring a lattice sequin detailing from Zaful has been on the top of my wishlist. Layer it with a denim jacket for a day time look or dress it up with a fancy pair of stilettos and you're ready to hit the club. 

Slip Lattice Sequins Party Dress

Rainbow Colors


Next season is all about bright and bold colors and what's better than wearing them all together. Rainbow color or multi-color is the trend of the season and it does take a lot of effort to get the look right without looking like a clown. If you're not up for taking the risk, you can start with multi color accessories. I am currently eyeing this rainbow stripes swimsuit to embrace this trend.

Rainbow Stripes One Piece Swimsuit


Shades of Violet

Ultra Violet is the Pantone Color for the year 2018 and therefore it's about time to stock up all pretty summer dresses in shades of violet. I love this mini lilac dress with plunging neckline and can't wait to add it to my collection of summer dresses because hey, ain't no summer is complete without the perfect little floral print dress.


Floral Print Tied Plunge Mini Dress

Friday, 15 December 2017

Revisiting Old World Charm at The Corner Courtyard

Hello Chicas,

A couple of months back I visited a lovely boutique hotel in Kolkata, The Corner Courtyard, to spend a long weekend and came back with such awe-inspiring stories about the property which I thought of unraveling to you'll. The Corner Courtyard is a small boutique hotel located in south Kolkata and has been developed by the restoration of an old Kolkata Bengali landowner's Haveli originally constructed in 1904. Situated in the heart of the city, the hotel is a short taxi drive of approximately 45 minutes from the airport. The hotel has seven rooms, each with a theme based on the city’s colors— Vermilion, Cadmium, Charcoal, Viridion, Crimson, Ivory and Indigo. 

We stayed at the Crimson room which draws inspiration from the architecture of the Writers Building in Kolkata which was built in 1777 by the East India Company. With period furniture and Raj-era letter boxes, the room is designed for people who loves history. 
After checking in, we ordered for breakfast which comprised of some sandwiches and coffee. I was supremely impressed by their prompt service and delicious food. After our breakfast we went on to explore the property further. Although the hotel has been restored with modern amenities, it retains plentiful heritage atmosphere. One entire wall in the restaurant area is covered in door locks and keys, all original fittings of the property. Not just that, the walls are stacked with shelves having old books, vintage phones and cameras. Being a lover of all things vintage, I was in awe of the regal interiors.

After clicking a few pictures we sat for lunch at the restaurant which is popular with both the hotel guests as well as local diners. The restaurant offers European and Continental cuisine. We ordered for chicken stroganoff, nachos, sizzler, oreo shakes and Philadelphia cheesecake. The food served was delicious and I was particularly impressed by the sophisticated plating. The chicken was succulent and juicy but the shakes were a tad disappointing. The only thing I personally feel which they can improve is the number of items in their menu which I found to be very limited. The property also has a bar on the terrace with beautiful seating arrangement done in pastel colors. Being a small boutique hotel, the rooms are confined to first and second floor with basic amenities like WiFi and laundry.

The Corner Courtyard is a confluence of modernity and legacy so visit the property if you want to experience the city in whole new way. The hotel also rent out cars to travel around the city so tourist can easily visit the popular spots such as the Victoria Memorial, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Park Street. 

Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal

The Crimson Room we stayed at!

Breakfast in bed kinda days are the best..

That shower area though!!

Friday, 8 December 2017

What to Wear to a Winter Concert

Hello Chicas,

Trying to decide what to wear to a winter concert can be a bit complicated. I mean we all want to look our best but at the same time need the outfit to be functional and protect us from the cold weather. Apart from that, the outfit also has to be comfortable enough for us to shake a leg throughout the concert.

All black everything is usually a safe bet, as are leather jackets. However, I decided to ditch the conventional layering and got inspired by the Coachella festival. The look I have created is a fusion of the current on trend items (metallic) and bohemian accessories as seen in most of the outdoor music festival. Following the trend of metallic madness, I chose a golden sheer metallic tunic from the fall winter collection of Max Fashion. I am supremely impressed with the winter collection of Max Fashion, from velvet dresses to metallic bombers, they have it all at really affordable prices.  I wore the metallic dress over a black mock neck bodysuit along with a pair of black shorts underneath. If you're in a really cold region, you can always use a pair of denim instead of shorts. 

Making accessories a part of the outfit as another layer enhances the outfit rather than detracting from it. Channelizing my inner bohemian soul, I wore a lot of silver junk jewelry, a dream catcher oxidized earrings, a silver choker and some silver and golden bangles. Further, I went on to add a bowler hat and a black sling purse to complete the look. It's always a good rule of thumb to wear comfortable shoes to a concert. In the winter you want to make sure that those shoes are not only comfortable but that they are warm. I am wearing a pair of thigh high boots which not only looks fashionable but also keep my legs and feet warm. 

Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal



Friday, 6 October 2017

My Kama Ayurveda Skincare Routine

Hello Chicas,

When it comes to skincare, I always tend to be gravitated towards products made of natural ingredients. So when I received the skin care hamper from Kama Ayurveda, I was super excited to try them out. I have never really used any of the products from Kama before and I was looking forward to try them as they offer authentic Ayurvedic products. Their products have received extensive coverage and recognition in various global and Indian publications including US Vogue, French Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Tatler among others. The hamper which I received had 5 products comprising of Kama Ayurveda Eladi Hydrating Ayurvedic Face Cream, Kama Ayurveda Nimrah Anti Acne Face Pack, Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Brightening Ayurveda Face Scrub, Kama Ayurveda Himalayan Deodar Body Moisturiser and Kama Ayurveda Nalpamaradi Thailam Oil. You can read the details of each of the products below. I'll be reviewing each of them later once I have used them for a considerable period of time.




Kama Ayurveda Eladi Hydrating Ayurvedic Face Cream

Product Description

 Made with a blend of pure ingredients, this formula is prescribed in the ancient Ayurvedic text of Ashtanga Hrudayam as the ideal skin treatment of herbs processed in pure Coconut Milk and Sesame Oil. Costus and Cardamom are known for their Varneekarana properties – the ability to enhance skin texture. Costus is especially known for its soothing effect on the skin. Also, contains Aloe Vera which has antiseptic properties, prevents acne, blemishes, fine lines and gives adequate sun protection. Olive Oil derived extracts enable high skin absorption without stickiness or heaviness. Pure essential oils of Rose and Jasmine purify and nurture for a naturally healthy looking skin.

Price

50 grams for INR 1125



Kama Ayurveda Nimrah Anti Acne Face Pack


Product Description

A powerful, effective yet completely natural blend of Vetiver, Ashwagandha, Red Sandalwood, Coriander, Lodhra and Liquorice. The pack works as a treatment for acne, pimples and helps to reduce scars and dark spots. Ashwagandha decreases inflammation, swelling and discomfort while correcting early signs of ageing. Red Sandalwood brighten the complexion and also lightens post-acne scarring. The antibacterial properties of Coriander seeds act as effective treatment for blackheads and prevents hyperpigmentation.

Price

40 grams for INR 1095



Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Brightening Ayurveda Face Scrub

Product Description

A luxuriant face exfoliator that combines the potent Ayurvedic Kumkumadi oil with a host of other skin repairing ingredients. Kumkumadi Oil is a miraculous beauty fluid created from 12 precious and rare ingredients to help illuminate complexion, smooth fine lines and other signs of aging while and promoting new cell growth. The finest Kashmir Saffron brightens skin, repairs pigmentation and evens damaged skin with its antioxidant action. Finely ground Sweet Almonds – rich in Vitamins E & D – nourish and nurture while lifting away pollutants and impurities for a glowing complexion.

Price

50 grams for INR 1195