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Thursday, 9 April 2020

Weekend Getaway to JA Lake View Hotel

Hello Chicos & Chicas,

Hope you guys had a smashing New Year, I'm here to work on one of my resolution for 2020 which is staying more active on social media and writing more blogs. 2019 ended on a very relaxing note with a staycation at Dubai's largest experience hotel, JA The Resort. Now why it is called an experience resort is because there are so many things to do on the property and not just laze around behind closed doors. Their extensive range of outdoor activities include, golfing, table-tennis, water sports, shooting and many more options to get you going and have an active stay. Situated in Jebel Ali across the shoreline of Dubai and far from the hustle and bustle of city life, JA The Resort offers distinctive experiences to go with your mood like there is a beach resort by the name JA Beach hotel and then a very unique Mediterranean style villa suites at JA Palm Tree court.

We stayed at JA Lakeview Hotel for 2 nights, their newly opened property, which is described as a design driven sustainable hotel.  The suite room we were staying at was almost the size of a 1 BHK, I mean you can literally live here and even have your friends around every weekend. :D Apart from a private bedroom, the suite had a huge living area with comfy sitting area with a reading place and dining area which opens up to a huge terrace. Decked with sun beds and couches, the terrace is a perfect place to relax and rewind. The best part about the suite room was our very own personal virtual assistant Alexa, which made our stay smooth with instant assistance.

On our arrival we were welcomed by wine and cheese board. After taking a tour around the property and our first round of shoot we quickly got ready for Sun downer at Bibe, their rooftop lounge. Watching the Sun go down at the rooftop bar was an experience in itself. The weather was so cold and windy, we felt as if were sitting on a hill top, however the staff at the lounge were generous enough to offer us shawls. We tried some interesting cocktails from the bar, however their eating options were quite limited consisting of couple of sandwiches only. They offer an extensive range of gins from all around the world, we loved 2NITE WE-TANGO, gin based cocktail infused with berry flavors. After a couple of drinks we were too hungry and headed for dinner at White Orchid which is in the Palm Court hotel. After a few minutes of golf car ride later we arrived at Palm Court. I absolutely loved the way the hotel is done, it had this really cozy mountain cabin vibe and was all lit up for Christmas. They serve authentic Chinese & Thai cuisine, we had Pad Thai and Kung Pao Chicken with a couple of drinks which was pretty decent. I have always enjoyed Chinese with an Indian touch so I personally didn't like it that much however seeing the crowd and it's a must visit if you love Chinese.

The next day we woke up late and opted for breakfast on bed as we were too lazy to move out of bed. After running few marathons on Netflix we headed for lunch to Republik, a gastropub offering European Bistro food. I absolutely loved the ambience of this place, it has a massive outdoor sitting area overlooking the pool and golf course. After binge eating comfort food the first day, I wanted to try something light, on chef's recommendation we ordered Avo Omelette and it turned out to be delicious. We also tried some desserts and went gaga over the decadent Profiteroles, it was so tasty and melted in my mouth in a few seconds. After taking a stroll around the golf course and lake, we headed for Spa at Palm Tree Court hotel. The couple spa experience was so soothing and calm, I couldn't have asked for anything more to relax and rejuvenate after a tiring week at work.

Our last dining experience was a spectacular affair at Kinara, an Indian gastronomy with a modern twist, by celebrity chef Vikas Khanna. I was completely blown away by the outdoor sitting arrangement alongside rows of flames. Now that I am away from home, I miss desi food all the time and keep looking for Indian food options in Dubai. I have to stay Kinara has been by far one of the best experiences in Dubai. I mean, not just the food but also the overall ambiance, attention to detail and service was impeccable. Some of my favorite dishes were Dahi Kebab, Tandoori Prawns, Dal Makhani and there special Roti. 

You can book your stay at any of the properties of JA The Resort on their website or through Booking.com. The Junior Suite room we stayed at is priced around AED 1000, however if you can get an early bird discount of upto AED 500 on Booking.com.


Cheese Board on arrival

Sunday, 22 September 2019

A Summer in Paradise

Hello Chicos & Chicas,

I won't deny I had fallen in a rut all this while procrastinating, going through everyone else's social media posts and not working on my own content. All these days I just couldn't find the motivation to get myself out of bed and do something productive during whatever time I would get during weekends. Today I finally took control and thought of sharing with you, all about my mini vacation I took a few months back in May to Ajman. Now this staycation has to be one of the most unique experiences I have had as it involved staying in a caravan. Situated 8km away from the Ajman China Mall, Caravana Al Zohra features caravan accommodation alongside the Ajman Beach. 

Getting there

The easiest and cheapest way to get to Caravana from Dubai is taking a bus to Ajman from Al Ghurair bus station which would cost you around 20 AED. You can get down on the way to Ajman China Mall or any other nearest landmark and take a cab to reach the destination. We made a blunder by getting down at the last stop, getting back to Caravana took us around 25 minutes from there. Also, the resort location is not correctly mapped on Goggle and there is another hotel by the same name which might create a lot of confusion as it did in our case. 

My Experience at Caravana Al Zohra

The moment I arrived I was completely awestruck by the spectacular view of caravans lined up alongside the beach. The reception was a small compound, a little farther away from the camping site. I had a little problem communicating to the receptionist earlier while trying to locate the hotel as he was Arabic and couldn't understand English. After registering my Emirates id, they took a security deposit of 500 AED which is redeemable during check out. 

The Caravan I was staying at had a small room for couple & another cozy room with 4 bunker beds & could accommodate 6 people easily. Other than the tiny bedrooms, it had a fully equipped kitchen, a living area with television, a dining table and a washroom. The aforesaid list of amenities are more than one can ask for living in a van. Outside the van you get your own front yard which leads you to the private beach. There was a cute siting arrangement just adjacent to our caravan with a bamboo sunroof where you can chill with your friends over bonfire & sheesha. For an additional charge you can also get some additional services like Jacuzzi and barbecue. 

I spent the early morning hours at the beach soaking up some sun and the rest of the day lazying inside the caravan. I have to admit, staying in Caravana wouldn't be the best idea during summers as it was too hot to go outside after 10am in the morning. I would rather visit Caravana during cooler months, to make the most of private beach. We cooked our own meals for lunch, the front desk was generous enough in helping us with groceries from a nearby shop. At night we did manage to order from Zomato, there were quite a few restaurants delivering to caravan. However, getting to the hotel was an issue with the delivery person, even they couldn't track down the caravan successfully through Google Maps.

Evenings were rather cool, watching the sunset was my favorite part of the day. At night, fairy lights lit the entire area, making it look like a live image from Pinterest. Also, there are various  adventurous activities to do like, horse riding, paragliding, cycling, fishing etc at close proximity from the caravans.

Living in Caravan is the ultimate way to bond with your family and friends and I would highly recommend you all to experience the same but during cooler months of course. You can book your stay online here, the room rate ranges between 700 to 1200 AED depending upon availability and the size of caravan you are opting for.


Surreal!!

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.

Price 

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 

4/5

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.









My experience at the Mayfair Resort Darjeeling

The Mayfair hotel Darjeeling is a wonderful heritage property which used to be the summerhouse of Maharaja of Nazargunj. Located right opposite to the Governor house this beautiful property has 44 rooms, cottages and family suites offering wonderful view of the mountains and the lovely garden. Being one of the premier properties of Darjeeling, Mayfair offers all the modern amenities that you can expect.  

We arrived at the hotel around 7 pm and were greeted by the staff with a sachet after which they served us Darjeeling tea. The property from the outside looked magnificent and was done in bright red and yellow colors. The resort landscape had a mix of a small temple and a vibrant garden with statues and gnomes. The Victorian clocks and antique mirrors exuded old world charm. The interiors of the resort has been done in beautiful yellow and red walls full of photo frames which took us back to the era when it was constructed. We were allotted a Deluxe room which had a wonderful view of the mountains. The room was quite spacious and had beautiful paintings and antique mirrors, the walls were done in red and yellow colors with a dash of floral furnishing which gave a vintage vibe. The furniture and decor was modern, well maintained and yet blended in perfectly with the heritage tag. The best part was the fireplace which kept us warm in the freezing weather. The staffs were very attentive and looked after all our requirements efficiently. I have to say that their room service was impeccable, a perfect blend of warm hospitality and prompt action.

We had our meals at Magnolia which served Indian, continental and Oriental food. I personally loved the breakfast and lunch buffet which has so many options to choose from. There’s a small gym across from the restaurant and a game room next to that. The hotel also has a huge library where we spent our evenings reading about the tea estates by the fire place. 


The serene environment, beautiful interior, delicious cuisine and warm hospitality are few of the things I loved about the Mayfair hotel and I would highly recommend you all to pay a visit to this marvelous property. The charges for the Deluxe room is INR 10,000 approximately.





Light & Shadow play outside our Deluxe Suite

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, 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



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



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.




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