Friday, 9 March 2018

Escape To The Hills With Mayfair Gangtok (Part 2)

Hello Chicas,

In my last post I talked about my visit to Darjeeling, if you haven't checked it out yet, you can read it here. Our stay in Darjeeling was a pleasant one as we didn't really occupy ourselves doing touristy things but spend our time lazing around in the resort and revisiting some of our favorite cafes where we enjoyed the sunset over some croissant and coffee. After spending a couple of  days at the Mayfair Resort Darjeeling, we left the property with a heavy heart for Gangtok on the third day of our trip.

Last breakfast at the Mayfair Resort, Darjeeling

Reaching Gangtok

 We took a private cab to Gangtok which cost us INR 2400. The distance from Darjeeling to Gangtok is approximately 98 kilometers and it takes around 4 hours to reach Gangtok. On our way to Sikkim from Darjeeling, River Teesta added beauty to the journey. We stopped by the River Teesta View point also popularly known as Lover's pointIt's a famous tourist spot where travelers stop by to enjoy the lovely view of the river from the mountains. The emerald green water gushing downwards with mighty force kept me occupied halfway through the journey.

At the River Teesta viewpoint

Mud house with colorful windows

My experience at the Mayfair Spa Resort & Casino Gangtok

After a journey of 4 hours we finally reached our destination, Mayfair Spa Resort and Casino, Gangtok. Located 10 kms away from the main Gangtok city, the property is spread across a sprawling tract of 48 acres of prime forested land.  A huge fountain in the form of a rotating globe was the first thing we saw on entering the resort. I was completely in awe of the magnificent villas and the walls of the lobby which has rare and historical photos of Sikkim.  We were welcomed to the hotel by the staff who served us tea after which we were allotted a room in the forest villa for Day 1 of our stay. 

An elevator and a brief golf cart ride later we reached the fern villa. As the name suggests, the villa had abundance of natural surroundings with a variety of trees from Golden Bamboos to Bougainvilleas and rich avifauna that pleasantly woke us up from our slumber. Our room was extremely spacious with a gorgeous balcony where we had our morning tea. We had our breakfast and lunch at a cute animal themed cafe next to our villa called "The Jungle Café" which served mouth-watering local delicacies made from fresh local ingredients and organic produce that Sikkim is famous for. For dinner, we opted for the restaurant Orchid, a grand multi-cuisine dining hall with décor that stresses on local traditional motifs and accents. The restaurant serves elaborate buffets across Chinese, Indian and Continental cuisines.

On day 2 of our stay at Mayfair Gangtok, we were allotted the Grand Villa, one of the best suites available at the resort. These Villas were located in an extremely private and exclusive part of the resort and consists of a grand bedroom, a plush stately living room and a large sun deck. The entire living area was tastefully decorated, I could spend my entire day just staring at the beautiful vintage interiors. The deck had a stunning private rock garden and an artificial waterfall that flowed into the temperature controlled dip pool. One of the major attractions at the resort is the swanky Mahjong Casino attached to it. The Casino was huge and I was mesmerized by the beyond beautiful paintings which adorned the walls. Casino Mahjong is the first full-fledged live onshore casino to be opened in India. It is open 24/7 and serves delectable food and a choice selection of beverages. 

 Wonderful ambiance, attentive service and world class amenities are some of the factors which made our stay at the Mayfair Spa Resort & Casino a blissful one . The staffs at the resort were extremely friendly, polite and helped us out in every possible way with a smile.

The hotel provided a special sort of tranquility far from the hustle bustle of the city of Gangtok. The most cherished moment I would remember from my stay at the resort would be the early morning coffee time in the balcony of our room with the spectacular view of Rumtek Monastery in the hills. Such a charming retreat indeed.

Just a wee bit excited after entering the property
Soaking in the grandeur of the place 

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Theatrical Extravaganza at the 15th Vodafone Odeon Theater Festival

Hello Chicas,

If you have been following me on Instagram you must have gotten a peek into the theater festival I attended last week. Initiated in 2001, the Vodafone Odeon Theater Festival aims at highlighting the rich cultural heritage of Bengal. In a bid to support the promotion of art and culture across the country, Vodafone, one of India ’s leading cellular service providers, came up with the Odeon Theater Festival in Kolkata to offer a platform for dramatic excellence. The festival, a four day extravaganza, celebrates the rich heritage that Kolkata shares with art, culture and theater. The annual Odeon Theater Festival in Kolkata is a fifteen year old association of Vodafone with the city’s cultural tradition.

I attended the press meet on 22nd February where Arvinder Singh Sachdev, Business Head of Vodafone India, announced the 15th edition of Vodafone Odeon Theater Festival and talked about how Vodafone as a brand has always encouraged and appreciated the cultural heritage of Bengal. I was fascinated reading about the stories starting from the 1st to the 15th edition of Vodafone Odeon Theater Festival displayed right outside the conference hall.

The 4 day theater celebration began on the 22nd February where the festival saw 20 colleges and 20 renowned theatre groups across the city competing in different segments. The participating artists got the opportunity to be mentored by eminent Bengali theatre personalities like Bratya Basu, Soumitra Chatterjee, Debshankar Haldar, Goutam Haldar, Meghnad Bhattacharya, Anirban Bhattacharya amongst others.  The top 4 winners from both the segments got an opportunity to perform at Minarva Theatre and was felicitated by the celebrities on 24th and 25th February 2018. The winning colleges were Vidyasagar College, Moulana Azad College, Sarojini Naidu College and Vivekananda College. The selected theatre groups are Frankly Speaking, Naihati Spartan, Repertory, Bawandule and Rabindranagar Natya Youth.

 Some of the popular Bengali and Hindi plays that were staged in this year’s theatre festival were Gang, 21 Grams, Mumbai Nights, Mulya and Main aur Tum. Eminent personalities like Samrat Ghatak, Goutam Haldar, Sharman Joshi, Bratya Basu, Rajat Ganguly and others performed in the different Hindi and Bengali plays. Being a non-bengali I was eager to attend a Hindi play and therefore I opted for "Main aur Tum", a hilarious rom-com starring Sharman Joshi and Tejashri Pradhan. Both the actors were flawless and spontaneous. The use of lights and decoration was commendable. The onscreen chemistry shared between Sharman Joshi and Tejashri Pradhan was sizzling. It was a difficult story depicted with utter simplicity and that won the heart of the audience.

The festival demonstrates Vodafone’s commitment to strengthen the relationship with its customers in Kolkata by following an innovative format that combines staging of contemporary plays and supporting local talent.

Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Sugar Ace of Face Foundation Stick Breve Review

Hello Chicas,
Sugar Cosmetics has come up with a new foundation called the Ace of Face Foundation Stick. With this new launch, dreamy skin is now just a simple step away. I received 2 shades from their new range, Breve and Mocha. Breve turned out to be a perfect match to my skin tone, I'll be using Mocha for contouring. Continue reading to know more about the foundation and my experience with the shade Breve. 

Product Description

Lightweight, creamy and beyond easy to blend, its long-wearing formula offers coverage that not just looks but also feels like second skin. This handy stick blurs away enlarged pores, fine lines, dark circles, blemishes and more, so there’s really no excuse left for you to flaunt anything less than picture-perfect skin. The full-coverage, waterproof formula offers a totally matte finish that lasts for up to 12 hours. Weightless when applied, the handy built-in brush makes it uber-easy to blend the product in or touch-up spots. Enhanced with moisturizing ingredients, this multipurpose stick can be utilized as a medium-to-full coverage foundation or concealer as needed. This product is dermatologically tested & approved and 100% safe for your skin. Get ready to make a permanent place in your makeup bag for this magic wonder and score sheer-to-full coverage without looking cakey every single time!
How to Apply
Designed to be applied on the go, cut short your routine and pop this into your everyday handbag. Stripe it on your T-zone, underneath your eyes, your chin and follow up by blending it outward with the built-in brush. Apply directly from the stick onto your complexion and build coverage as needed. The luxurious brush-end is especially handy for buffing the product out and touching up uneven spots. Use it all over to even out your complexion or use it as a touch-up tool by applying a dab or two to problem areas.
Number of Shades
The SUGAR Ace Of Face Foundation Stick comes in 6 different shades viz. LatteGalãoChococcinoBreveMocha and Lungo.
  • Latte is a light shade with warm undertone.
  • Galão is a light-medium shade with golden undertone.
  • Chococcino is a medium shade with warm undertone.
  • Breve is a medium beige shade with warm undertone.
  • Mocha is a medium tan shade with golden undertone.
  • Lungo is a medium deep shade with golden undertone.


INR 999 for 12 grams.

My experience with Sugar Ace of Face Foundation Stick

Starting off with the packaging, the foundation comes in a black plastic outer body and looks super chic. The shade name and number is mentioned at the bottom of the stick while the body has the product name. The foundation stick comes with a built-in buffing brush which makes it readily usable no matter wherever you are. The brush is really dense and blends the foundation really well. However, the bristle could have been a little longer for a better application.  Although these stick foundations are easy to use and carry, but they are not hygienic if you apply directly, so wiping off the tip with a wet tissue would be a good thing to keep the product clean in the long run.

The texture of the foundation is light considering it is in stick format. I was expecting it to be thick and heavy; on the contrary, it feels lightweight on the skin and if blended well, I tend to forget I have something on my face. As I have super dry skin, I lightly moisturize my skin with a cream before applying the foundation which makes the application smoother and easier. I use Breve on the center part of my face and Mocha on the outer perimeters of face and jawline for contouring. The combination of both shades works pretty well for me and lasts for a good 6-7 hours without any touch up. The finish is semi-matte and it gives a soft, dewy look. I usually follow the application of the foundation with a setting powder. A little goes a long way with this foundation stick, thanks to its unusually high pigmentation. It even fills in the pores and makes my skin look super smooth. Concealer application is optional as the coverage is medium to buildable. Going over the blemishes twice gives a natural finish to the look; though for stubborn marks and absolutely flawless skin, concealer would be required. 

I really like the fact that there is no funny smell to it which is pretty common. The product is made in Korea and the quality is pretty nice. I didn't experience any breakout, or other skin issues after using the foundation. The shade range is good too, they do cover light and deep skin tones, however, they can add a few more shades so that it's easier to find a shade closer to the skin tone. The only thing missing in the foundation is SPF, which means a sun block application is a must before using the foundation if you're heading outdoors.

Overall, I really liked the product for being super handy and would recommend you'll to give it a try. The price is quite reasonable considering the quality and the amount of the product.

Pros of Sugar Ace of Face Foundation Stick

  • Handy packaging
  • Comes with an easy to use blending brush
  • Light-weight
  • Waterproof
  • Non drying
  • No break out
  • Medium to buildable coverage
  • Long lasting
  • Pleasant fragrance

Cons of Sugar Ace of Face Foundation Stick

  • No SPF
  • Limited color selection
My Rating 


Picture Courtesy Jyotika Baijal

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