Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Restaurant Review - TGI Fridays

Last Saturday, I visited TGI Fridays in Seasons Mall with a friend and had a great time over lots of good food and cocktails. This outlet is divided into indoor and alfresco and is a great place for shoppers to relax for a drink or a quick bite. Famed for it's meat-heavy menu, TGIF serves a variety of American cuisine chicken wings, burgers and grills along with Tex-Mex cuisine. 

They have a variety of LIITs, which arrive in humongous goblets and one is enough to get even the avid drinker tipsy so we obviously started and ended our afternoon with them!


I also had a dirty martini which is one of my favorite drinks and this was nice and strong too!


TGIF recently launched their Power packed Hangover Brunch which is on every Saturday and Sunday which is perfect if you had a heavy night before! We tried the Bloody Mary Chicken Wings which consisted of succulent roasted chicken wings tossed with spicy vodka bloody mary sauce garnished with Cajun seasoning. It was the perfect blend of spice and tomato on juicy chicken wings. If you love the drink, you will sure like these!


Since I'm a die hard calamari lover, I had to try the Calamari Frites which essentially was hand battered golden fried calamari served with marinara sauce! We devoured them in no time!


If you love ribs, you just have to try them at TGIF as they serve imported baby back ribs which are cooked till juicy and tender and are then fire grilled and glazed with your choice of sauce.  We had the baby back pork ribs in Jack Daniel's Tabasco sauce with a side portion of grilled shrimp and boy were they delicious! 


TGIF has a lot of unique handcrafted cocktails out of which I tried the Lemon Flower Drop which is a delicious and refreshing blend of Elderflower,Vodka and Amaretto liqueur. Even though I am not fond of sweet drinks, I absolutely LOVED this one! You must try it if you are a cocktail lover!


Since LIITs are a specialty here, we tried the Ultimate Electric Long Island Iced Tea which is a high voltage potent variant of the signature cocktail and consists of Blue Curacao topped with Lemon-Lime soda. We also had the Blackberry LIIT which has blackberry juice and frozen pieces of it too. Both are delicious and give you a NICE kick haha!




Overall, I had a great time and totally recommend TGI Friday's if you're looking for a great meal and even better cocktails! Head to Season's Mall today (or your nearest TGIF if you're in a different city or country)

Address - 3rd Floor, Seasons Mall, Magarpatta

TGI Fridays Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

BBlunt Mini Relauched At Koregaon Park!

Founded by celebrity hair stylist Adhuna Bhabani in 1998, BBLUNT salons need no introduction in India. This premier hairstyling salon chain recently relaunched its Koregaon Park outlet, re-inventing the salon ambience while offering the best in haircuts, color, styling and all other things hair. When it comes to Pune, BBlunt Mini has its expertise in hair straightening, color techniques like ombre, balayage and highlights. Through their talented team of style professionals, you can also enjoy top in line beauty, wellness services, skin and bridal services at this uber stylish and chic salon. 


I’m sure you all remember the funky hairstyles sported by the lead actors of the movie Dil Chahta Hai, which were the brand’s claim to fame as they made their Bollywood hairstyling debut and broke the traditional mold of hairstyling within the industry. Till date, the brand’s resume covers over 8
0+ major feature films and today, BBlunt is known for setting trends in genre-defining Indian films along with their game-changing work in advertising.


That’s not all, they are also associated with India’s top fashion magazines to offer a glimpse of the latest in hairstyling and trends. Thanks to their cutting-edge hairstyling and hair care and stands for individuality it is a hot favorite among numerous Bollywood A-listers who are its loyal customers. 



In its continuing initiative to create new standards in Indian hairstyling, the brand has also introduced India’s first integrated hair care range for Indian hair and Indian weather, which you’ve seen and probably used already. Their product range includes hair-specific daily care through shampoos and conditioners, styling products and tools, to transform you and give you salon-like expertise at home. 

Loved for the trendy looks it creates, awarded for the services it offers and celebrated for the happy smiles it leaves its customers with, there's no better place than BBlunt Mini to head to for this festive season! To look your best on Christmas, New years or the upcoming music festivals in the city, book your appointment at BBlunt today and get pampered by a team of talented hairstylists, manicurists and beauticians.

Address -BBlunt Mini, lane 7, above CCD, Koregaon park.
Ph- 744-744-1931 / 32

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Live Like Royalty At Neemrana Fort Palace

Built in the 15th century, the Neemrana Fort Palace is one of India's oldest heritage resorts. A Rajput fort converted into a resort, it offers a fine blend of the old-world charm of the property and modern amenities which have been added to it to suit today's traveler. Located close to Delhi, the property is spread over 6 acres across many layers tiered into the Aravali Hills in Alwar district. 



The resort has 72 rooms and suites along with two swimming pools, the hanging gardens with a salon, a restaurant with a roof-top garden, a spa, gym and souvenir shop, all of which make it a great venue for weekend getaways, celebrations and conferences. Thanks to it's tiered structure, various points in the palace offer amazing 360 degree views. The palace architecture is phenomenal with great attention to detail and one can spend hours exploring the various stairways and tunnels of the structure. The staff is extremely courteous - right from the entry point, to the reception and the restaurants. Since the resort attracts Indians and foreigners alike, the restaurant serves both Indian and continental fare. 


Location

The fort palace is located in Neemrana, on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway. 
Distance from New Delhi Railway Station- Approx. 149 km.
Distance from Delhi Airport- Approx. 120 km.
Tip - Try booking an indigo flight to Delhi for the best deal 


Rooms

There are a variety of rooms that the property offers and they all vary in terms of the characteristics and the pricing.  Each room and suite has a different name and has some fascinating architecture.  The rooms are consciously television-free. One can relive history in these rooms.  


Features

 With three conference halls, the hotel is a unique venue for business travelers.  It is also ideal for an exotic destination wedding set in a Palace wedding. One can also relax and rejuvenate in its excellent ayurvedic spa. The fort also offers India's first ''zip line tour'', with ziplines that are as long as 400 meters. The whole experience takes around two hours as you glide through the Aravalli hills and get to see the fort and the landscape from a birds eye. Cultural events are organised every weekend in the fort. You can also go for a camel ride and visit their beautiful gardens, where vegetables are grown organically and served on your plate at the restaurant! 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Salon Review - Toni & Guy Essentuals Kalyani Nagar

Toni & Guy need no introduction when it comes to salons and hairdressing since this iconic name has been in the industry for over 50 years. Founded by the Mascolo brothers Toni, Guy, Bruno and Anthony in 1963, their first salon opened in the south of London and now have a global presence as international leaders in the hairdressing industry, setting new standards for hairdressers and making education available globally. 

In fact, the brand TIGI is also owned by them and is an abbreviation for Toni International Guy International. Bet you didn't know that! I recently attended a session of pampering and primping at their latest outlet in Kalyani Nagar in Pune and was delighted by their services. Not only do they offer all sorts of haircuts, colors and treatments, but they also offer beauty treatments like manis, pedis, waxing and much more!

Check out the clean and sophisticated interiors of the salon - 


The salon boasts of courteous and well trained staff and since I and a bunch of fellow bloggers tried various different services, this is definitely a salon I'd recommend if you're in Kalyani Nagar!

Address - 
Hermes Waves, Next To Pizza Hut, Prathamesh Society, Kalyani Nagar, Pune, Maharashtra 411006

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Wedding Season With NineColours.com

Even if you've been reading my blog for years, you might have noticed that I pretty much never post ethnic looks! But since it's wedding season here in India, and it is quite a task to find nice ready made ethnic wear, I wanted to let you all know about Ninecolours.com. This online store has a vast collection of ethnic apparel like sarees, lehengas, kurtis, suits, gowns for women and kurtas, sherwanis, jackets, kurta pajamas for men. They even have traditional Indian clothes for children!

Choosing an outfit took me a couple of days as they have so many amazing designs on the site! You might be skeptical about ordering Indian outfits online but trust me, when I opened the package, I was delighted to see how great the quality is and how beautiful the outfit looks!


 The best part about the outfit I got from them is that it can be worn in three different ways using the same dupatta - lehenga, anarkali kurta with lehenga skirt and anarkali with salwar! I wore the lehenga look on Diwali and received a lot of compliments!


Use code “JUNE” to get 10% off on www.ninecolours.com till 31st December 2017! They ship to over 220 countries worldwide with free shipping in India and if the purchase amount exceeds USD 199 you get free shipping outside India too! 

So what are you waiting for? Your dream ethnic Indian outfit is just one click away!

Photography - These fabulous photos were shot by my talented friend Aman and his team. You can check out their awesome photography at https://www.facebook.com/amansnapgraphy/ 

Location courtesy - Eye Club Resto Lounge & Bar, Hotel. Besides its luxurious and designer interiors, this resto bar and lounge serves delectable cuisine from around the globe. The island bar serves the finest of single malts, blended scotches, wines, exotic signature cocktails, zodiac inspired mixes along with mouthwatering snacks and more. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

How To Make Your Work Clothes Less Boring

Looking stylish at work can be quite a challenge for those of you in a corporate office with a dress code. You could choose the uniform route of shirts and trousers to save time but that can leave you feeling frumpy after awhile and won't give you the chance to express your personality. Even though I'm an avid fashion lover and have been blogging for eons, I've always had a full time job on the side and let me tell you, being a fashion blogger in an IT park is quite a situation! But just because I have a serious job in data analytics, it doesn't mean I'm going to wear boring formals. 

I got these two lovely shirts from www.fashion71.net and you can see how they pair well with the same skirt. Both the shirts are of good fabric and quality and my package arrived in less than two weeks after I ordered.  Fashion71 has a wide range of clothing, accessories, shoes and lingerie at wholesale prices and since they're based in China, their designs are unique and you won't find any of these in Indian stores or brands. Even though most women in India refrain from wearing skirts, I am extremely comfortable in them and practically live in them. I like mixing and matching my skirts with cute shirts and tops for semi formal yet stylish looks like I have below. 
  




These photos were shot by my talented friend Aman and his team. You can check out their awesome photography at https://www.facebook.com/amansnapgraphy/ Stay tuned for another amazing collaboration of ours in my next post!

Location courtesy - Eye Club Resto Lounge & Bar, Hotel Hindustan International 


Sunday, November 12, 2017

4 Tips For Selecting A Beauty Pageant Dress

Pageants are a great opportunity for a girl to have fun and look spectacular at the same time. However, choosing the right attire for the occasion can be a hard thing to do. With lots of expectations, anxiety and the need to look amazing, picking the perfect dress can become quite a challenge. All these emotions might have a negative impact on the contestant affecting their score so they need to look and feel their very best. To exude confidence, choosing the right dress is vital and this really boosts a lady’s chance in the pageant. Here are 4 tips for selecting a beauty pageant dress  -



1. Wear a gown that makes you feel confident

Confidence is everything when you are selecting a dress for a pageant. Judges can quickly tell the winner by the correct attire. A gown that you wear and can walk in comfortably gives you the confidence to walk gracefully and makes a huge impact in a pageant competition.

Feeling confident also goes along with selecting a dress that compliments your skin tone and not overwhelm it. Find out which dress works for you and if possible, let some your family members come along and seek their honest opinions. Various types of pageant dresses are available in many shops, select and wear what pleases you and makes you feel beautiful.


2. Wear something simple

A simple gown is easier for the judges to see and remember. Choose a monochromatic dress and avoid distracting patterns and prints that distract the judges from seeing your personality. The fabric should not be too shiny and look more of a prom dress.

 

3. Budget and timing

Make an estimate based on your budget, ensuring that it does not exceed what you can afford. Consider the cost of any alterations that you might need, shoes, and jewelry. You can also opt to shop earlier for your pageant dress once you know your budget. Shopping beforehand gives you ample time to make any necessary fittings and adjustments. Budgeting also enables you to start saving early reducing the pressure that comes with wanting to buy the best dress with a limited budget. Click through here to browse the new line that Terani Couture offers for you to prepare early for that pageant. Their styles and dresses are unique and will complement your features to reveal your confidence and poise. Are you looking for a dress with a slit or that is strapless to display those amazing legs or shoulders? They have a great collection that compliments all your physical features.



4. Wear a dress that conveys the right message

A pageant dress needs to show the judges your personality. A judge can take a look at two ladies wearing the same type and styles of dress and will be able to tell their character from how they look. If you are a confident person, a flashy dress would be an ideal choice. Your dress must always reflect your personality.

Pageants involve a lot of activities and apart from the speeches and talent; your performance might also be part of the evaluation and selection criteria. After you’ve selected the dress, practice your walk to increase your level of confidence and get a perfect poise and balance.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Travel & Lifestyle Essentials By Urby

Holiday season is here and this is the time to start planning your next getaway! Now when I'm traveling, I like to make sure all my toiletries are well organized and in place so that I don't have to rummage through my bags looking for my contact lens solution when I need it. And I just found the perfect travel pouch for myself on Urby, a direct-to-consumer, lifestyle and travel accessories brand. They design and manufacture essentials for an urban lifestyle using the most premium materials and finest craftsmanship. 



I got the Elan Cosmetic Case in Java Brown, which is a great UNISEX set containing 
two cosmetic cases and cotton canvas drawstring bag.


Urby pouches are handcrafted in premium grained leather and have a full length zip opening for easy access.


Both pouches are have spacious water-proof interiors with gusset sides and a leather tab for zip closure support.


These pouches are an elegant and effortless way to store all your essentials cosmetics. You can also buy them individually from the website if you don't want two of them.  Overall, I think this is a fantastic and great quality case which makes organizing cosmetics so much easier. 


Urby also has travel essential items like passport holders, passport holders, wallets, luggage tags, watch cases  and more which also make it an ideal site for gifting! Make sure to check out their website at Urby.in for some superb, high-quality lifestyle products that are perfect for everyone!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

October Envy Box - 4th Anniversary Edition

As I write this post, I realized that time really flies as this is the fourth year of My Envy Box and that I have been reviewing it on my blog for such a long time! Since this was the Anniversary edition, I was hoping for better products so am a tad bit disappointed with it as I'm not into toners, face masks or herbal face washes (yeah, not much of a beauty junkie as you can see) and that's what most is this box was all about! Even though I love black, this month's all black box didn't look too pretty so I didn't even click a picture of it.


Anyway lets start with the products! So there were these two sheet masks from a Taiwan based brand called Kin Girls - the first being the Raspberry Extract Face Mask and the other being Truffle and Cocoa 3d Face Mask.  Both are packaged adorably and you can see their claims below. Though I'm not into masks, I sure am a sucker for cute packaging so will try them out sometime. Maybe I'll slather one on my beau and convince him for a his and hers at-home spa session!

Then there's a Green Apple Face Wash by Omorfree which I am yet to try. I don't really like experimenting with face washes and usually find herbal ones too gentle since I like a squeaky clean feeling which only soap and chemical based face washes can give.  The box also came with the Toning Elixir by Elixir Shop which has a nice pleasant fragrance and feels like just about any toner out there so I wasn't too pleased about both of these products. 


Saving my favorites for the last, I got Wella's Oil Reflections Luminous Reveal Shampoo and Reboost Mask! Being an absolute sucker for hair products and a huge fan of Wella, I am more than happy with these and wish they had given bigger samples of these two instead of the other products. I can't wait to try these out!


Overall, it this box was not very beneficial for me but I'm sure every skincare junkie out there would beg to differ! Lets see what the November box has in store!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

What Your Blog's Name Says About You

Coming up with a name for your blog might be one of the hardest things about blogging. You want it to tell the reader who you are or what you intend to talk about. But it also needs to show off your personality and possible blogging niche. But what you might not know, your blog name says a lot about your character. No need for astrological signs or a personality quiz. This post is by Helene from Helene In Between, a fantastic and inspiring blog I follow, so I'm sharing this post with you all.


Your Name.  If your name is part of your blog then you really want people to know your name. You wanted to be different than the others out there and so your name was what you thought would be original. You probably enjoy rum and diet cokes and have a hard time finding a matching pair of socks. You have a hard time being serious and sometimes you're too sarcastic.

An Emotion. Examples: "Calm" "Happy" "Joy" You are excited about life and want to share that with others. You are a die hard Starbucks addict and use emoticons frequently. You always see the silver lining unless you get a flat tire. Then all hell breaks loose. You like to take photos looking into the distance. Pinot Grigio is your drink of choice.

A Color. You go from happy to sad very easily and are often contemplating your dreams. You have a job but your passion lies elsewhere. You have a coffee mug with your name on it. Your nails are usually painted a bright color and you love white wine spritzers and moscato.

A Proper Place. You were born here, raised here, moved here, or think this place is where all life stems from. You haven't traveled much but you can tell anyone the in's and out's of where you have been. You use word's like M'am and your pictures are almost always perfect. You usually spill on yourself and you love Martinis.

Your role/job. Examples: "Wife" "Lawyer" "Momma" "Scribe" You have at least 1 pet and you upload artsy photos on Instagram. You're a good cook and excel in multitasking and organization. You write in-length about your struggles about anything that's on your mind in a way that others can relate to or laugh at. You're an expert on beer and prefer it in a frosty mug.

Hair Color. Examples: "Blonde" "Brunette" Your hair is the central feature in all photos, as it should be. You tend to give tutorials and often expand on your new favorite product/shoe/bag/skater dress. What you studied in college has absolutely nothing to do with what you're doing now- thank god. Sometimes people mistake you for a celebrity. Red bull Vodka or die.

Drinks. Examples: "Vodka" "Tea" "Starbucks" You practically keep (insert drink name) in business. You often write while drinking and you also run marathons. You're obsessed with your college sports team and that's only because they're the best. You frequent Forever 21 and you win at most card games.

Action. Examples: "Running" "Dancing" "Crossfitting" You're in better shape than any 18 year old around the block and you're wearing a tank top that proves it. You have bruises, callouses, and blisters that only a mother could love. Speaking of moms, yours taught you everything and is better at everything. You're a little competitive and you like to write lists- whether on or off your blog. You love a good juice cleanse.

When it comes to my blog's name, I clearly come across as a greedy person. What do you think your blog's name says about you? 

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