Saturday, 30 September 2017

Festive Style Guide with Max Fashion

Hello Chicas,

Festive season is around the corner and so is the fever to shop to look one's best during the celebration. As a kid, I had always loved festivals for the numerous shopping trips I took with my mother. For me, the best part about the festivities was to get all decked up to attend the Puja and later going out with friends and family for pandal hopping followed by dining at my favorite restaurant. Fast forward to 2017, nothing has changed much except for the fact that I am no more accompanied by Mom for shopping. This year I did my Pujo shopping from Max Fashion from their recently launched festive collection.


Max Fashion celebrated the advent of festive season by launching their new collection. The collection is about bringing back the rich grandeur of Indian tradition yet giving it a modern touch. Max through its ‘Tavisha’ range offers a range of stylized garments comprising classic combinations of voluminous, vibrant and layered skirts with trendy cholis or crop tops, to complete the grand look of the festive season. It is a fusion of tradition and latest trends on the block and you can buy it from your nearest Max stores or online here


From flared maxi skirt to embroidered tops their new collection is all about ethereal timeless textures and classic beauty. Once such outfit caught my eyes when I was there at the Max Fashion Store for their collection launch event. It was a gorgeous maxi skirt in maroon. The skirt was very simple with brocade detailing at the hem, however the voluminous flare made it look so royal. To style the skirt, I picked a black top with a thin strap. The top had golden detailing on it which went well with the Marsala skirt. As I was shooting on a rather sunny day, I tied my hair in a low bun and added a pair of black round sunnies to give a retro look.

I shot the outfit at the Parasnath Jain temple which is located right next to my house. This temple is some 150 years old and its construction was initiated in the year 1867 by Ray Badridas Bahadur. The interiors of the temple has been lavishly decorated with high quality mirrors, multi hued stones and glass made mosaics, while the outdoor area is surrounded with many hued flower gardens and sparkling fountains. The garden itself is decorated with blocks of glass mosaics and silver European-styled statues.  One of the major attractions of the temple is a lamp, which is burning with ghee perpetually inside the sanctum sanctorum, since the inception of the temple in 1867The whole environment of the temple radiates peace and serenity that has a very calming effect on the body and soul.

Enjoy the pictures!
Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal





Thursday, 21 September 2017

Mini Staycation at Raichak on Ganges

Hello Chicas,


I had been yearning for a vacation for the longest time and one fine day I was surprised to receive an invite to review the property Raichak on Ganges. I was super excited to travel after so long and that too, along with my travel bud Jyotika. Raichak on Ganges is a first of its kind development in Eastern India, and was the first in Eastern India to make it to the league of small luxury hotels of the world. It is a 100-acre project being developed by Ambuja Realty. Opened in 1997 as a landmark in West Bengal, today it proudly stands as a piece of art amidst 65 acres of landscaped greenery against the backdrop of the river Ganga and a stroke of the blue skyline beyond.


The property comprises of the Ffort Raichak luxury hotel, a boutique resort called Ganga Kutir and the Anaya destination spa, along with numerous country homes that dot its landscape. The hotel also treasures some memorabilia of the British period, which include a clock, a grand piano, perfume bottles and swords. You can also visit the port city of Haldia situated on the other side of the river Hooghly.

Getting there

Raichak on Ganges is situated just 50 kilometers to the south of this bustling city and is a quick 90 minutes drive from Kolkata. We booked a car to reach the resort and the two way journey cost around INR 3500. As there is no direct route by train to reach Raichak, I feel that renting a car is the safest option. The ideal time of visiting Raichak is during the period between October and March, when the temperature drops down and becomes pleasant.

Day 1 at Ganga Kutir

We were greeted by the staffs with refreshing watermelon welcome drinks and headed towards the Ganga Kutir which boasts of a perfect hybrid of traditional elegance and modern luxury. The resort consists of tastefully done up rooms, a library, as well as a pool whose edge melds into the waters of the river. We stayed at one of the Deluxe rooms which was very spacious and gave a spectacular view of the pool overlooking the river. After taking a tour along this part of the property, we headed off for a quick dip at the pool which was followed by breakfast by the pool area. After freshening up, I dressed up in a comfortable maxi for lunch at Reflection. I was mighty impressed by the buffet spread, they had a special Bengali theme buffet and I really enjoyed the fish curry. Post lunch we clicked some pictures at the garden area. The maxi turned out to be a savior as the weather was quite humid. After a stroll in the garden area we headed out to explore the Ffort area.

Day 2 at Anaya 

We spent our second day at the Anaya Kutir where we got our own duplex. The interiors of the villa has been done in blue and white which exuded Santorini vibes. The ground floor has a living area and a small kitchen while the first floor comprises of the bedroom and the bathroom. I felt the bedroom was too compact with a very little scope for movement inside the room. However, the living area was pretty spacious and it straightaway opened to the courtyard with a huge swimming pool. The Anaya Spa building has the look of a rammed earth construction on the outside. Two types of facades clad its exteriors; red brick and a central dome like structure that is clad in shimmery white mosaic. Day 2 was again super relaxing, spent most of the time lazing around at the villa and spoilt myself with a luxurious spa session at the Anaya Spa by L'occitane. You can read more about my experience at Anaya Spa here. For our meals, we headed to the Reflection at Ffort. Again the a la carte menu was quite impressive with a vast option of different cuisines. We tried a few North Indian dishes and my favorite pick was butter chicken. A special mention goes to the walnut brownie served with salted toffee sauce which was truly heavenly. However, I feel they should work on their breakfast menu. Although there were many Indian options for the breakfast, the English breakfast menu was very limited and not up to the mark.


Things to do at Raichak on Ganges
  • Pari- A river cruise to catch the first rays of the Sun. Pari has a 50 people capacity on the Lower Deck in the Air-condition boardroom. The Upper Deck naturally is open-air and can accommodate 60 people comfortably. It is the perfect set sail experience on one of the most beautiful rivers in the world.
  • River Side Walk- Immerse into the serenity of the Ganges by walking along the pathway, designed exclusively to provide with the best experience of the river.
  • Cycling- Bring back childhood memories as you ride around the beautiful resort, soaking in nature and modernity alike.
  • Paddle Boating- Steer your way through the beautiful waterway at The Ffort Raichak with paddle boats. Another way to revive your childhood memories with your friends and family.
  • Gymming- For all those who like to work out while travelling the Magna Charta Gym offers state of the art equipment to sweat it out.
Raichak on Ganges is a perfect getaway to escape the hustle and bustle of the city life and enjoy amidst the nature. If I had to choose among the two resorts I stayed at, I would pick Ganga Kutir as represents a perfect blend of traditional aesthetics with modern luxury.
Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal

Ganga Kutir

Tired but always ready to pose!:P

Deluxe Room in Ganga Kutir

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Max Festive Collection Launch

Hello Chicas,

Max Fashion celebrated the advent of Durga Puja by launching their festive collection along with the star cast of film ‘Bolo Dugga Maiki’ at City Centre mall on 8th September, 2017. Nusrat Jahan and Ankush Hazra looked ethereal donning the timeless festive collection from Max. The collection is about bringing back the rich grandeur of Indian tradition yet giving it a modern touch. Max through its ‘Tavisha’ range offers a range of stylized garments comprising classic combinations of voluminous, vibrant and layered skirts with trendy cholis or crop tops, to complete the grand look of the festive season. It is a fusion of tradition and latest trends on the block and you can buy it from your nearest Max stores. 

About the collection

Tavisha Occasion Wear 
This collection is all about ethereal timeless textures and classic beauty. Inspired from Paithani prints and mayor bagh it offers a range of stylized garments with voluminous skirts, stylized choli and layered skirts. Dipped in vibrant colours of festive golds,fuschia and deep greens, this collection adds the grandeur to your wardrobe.

Festive Kurtas
Named ‘Poetry of Gold” this collection talks about bringing back the festive hues of bright pink, turquoise, orange with beautiful gold sprinkled throughout the collection. It adds a welcome change to your traditional indian wear wardrobe with layered kurtas, kalidaar palazzos in rich chanderi fabric.

Festive Fusion Wear
With a more upbeat, fun and young mood attached to it, this collection brings to you modern prints in tiered, gathered and pleated dresses. For the more experimental you, tis collection will give a desi kitsh twist to your festive wardrobe.

Festive Skirts
Stylized skirts with fashion crop tops and choli, this collection brings back the grand and regal look in vibrant hues, gold prints and intricately detailed borders.

Festive Maxi Dresses
Available in rich jewel tones with ornate embroideries in antique gold, this collection is the perfect evening wear for you this season. 



Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Retro Rewind with Zink London

Hello Chicas,

You’ve probably heard the saying “everything old is new again.” The same can be said about design and trends. Trends and fashion statements are constantly in a flux. They change in every era and decade bringing new concepts of style to surface. This year has been all about revival of old trends, right from dramatic sleeves to colorful embroidery. 2017's most popular styles seem to be a mashup of the '70s and the early aughts, with a dash of inspiration from other decades for variety.

Zink London has launched it's Autumn Winter collection recently and I was elated to spot some classic pieces forming a part of their new launch. Positioned as a brand for the young urban woman, Zink London is the style setter and star of your wardrobe. It draws inspiration from the iconic runways of Milan, Paris, London and New York and creates exclusive work-wear and leisurewear ensembles for today’s fashion conscious woman. Whether it's vivid colors or dynamic prints, their delectable assortment of must haves is all about striking a balance between high impact and effortlessly cool. Their new launch has made me go gaga and I thought of sharing the same with you'll and created 3 looks featuring my favorite picks.

The first look is a vintage inspired trend, the dramatic sleeves. This monochrome gingham top took me back to my childhood days. Gingham is enjoying a moment this season, revamped in chic and modern silhouettes. Once associated with Picnic table cloths, this fabric has come a long way. The tiered ruffle sleeves adds up to the otherwise basic monochrome top. I have paired the top with a pinstripe wrap skirt. I think this is the first time I am wearing mismatched prints and boy I'm loving the outcome. I have accessorized the outfit with a pair of silver hoops and same black footwear.





The second look is the color of the season, pale or dusty pink. The top I'm wearing has a cape and can be transformed from formal work outfit to a chic dinner look in a jiffy. I have paired the top with a pair of trousers which has a  black stripes on the sides. To accessorize the look, I have opted for a monochrome bag and my new faux fur heels. Completed the look with a sleek pony tail, golden oversized hoops and red lips.






Coming to the third and final look, I am wearing a classic red dress from their collection. This A-line dress with grid pattern on it is quite a steal and you can dress it down by layering it with a shirt and adding sneakers or dress it up for a date night look. I have given the look a Parisian feel by adding a black beret. Further I have added a double buckle belt and black heels to complete the look.




Hope you enjoyed the pictures, do comment which one is your favorite look. You can shop the newly launched Autumn/Winter collection of Zink London from Shopper's Stop, Pantaloons and Central Mall, Kolkata or online here.

Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal

Much love.
Ritika x

Outfit Details:

Look 1: Red Dress- Zink London
Footwear- Forever 21

Look 2: Gingham Top- Zink London
Wrap Skirt- Forever 21
Footwear- Forever 21

Look 3: Cape top & Trousers- Zink London
Footwear- Forever 21
Bag- Thrifted

Sunday, 3 September 2017

The Self-Rescuing Princess ft. Kazo

Hello Chicas,

When I think about my childhood memories, the sweetest one which always strike my mind is that of me being in awe of the fairy tales told by my grandfather. I certainly do not remember the story line now, but I can faintly recall the vivid images of these fairies I use to form in my tiny head back then. Like any other 90's kid, I grew up watching Disney movies which have been all about adhering to traditional gender roles. A typical plot would be a princess in trouble rescued by a prince and thereafter living happily together.

Fast forward to the 21st century, long gone are the Cinderellas and Auroras, who always depended on men to get them out of trouble. Instead, we have the Elsas and Mulans, who are subconsciously instilling in young girls the idea that you are capable enough to fight your own battles and create your own happy ending without the help of a manI have nothing against these fairy tales but with changing times the fairy tales have to change. I believe life is more than a slender waist and a beautiful gown. There aren’t just slender, white girls. There are girls like you and me. We are petite, thin and fat. We are white, black and brown. I feel life is a book and we are our own characters and there is certainly no fun in waiting for a rescue team. Instead we all should work towards becoming fiercely independent women who can rescue themselves no matter how tough the situation is.

Coming to my today's self rescuing princess look, I'm wearing a gorgeous gown from the fall/winter 2017 collection of Kazo. Their theme for this year's autumn/winter collection is "La Fabia" which is am Italian term for fairy tale. Their entire range has an aura of romance, sensuality and past century nostalgia which lingers in Italy. It's a fusion of retro dandy chic with an incense of florals, geometric lines and complementing metal trims. I completely fell for the color of the gown which is in dusty pink. The beautiful pleats along with the metal trims made the gown look even more opulent and romantic. I have paired the maxi gown with an emerald green jacket which is quite an unusual color combination but it turned out to be a great one. Finished the look with winged eye liner and oxblood lips.

Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal