Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Lunss.com - Custom Made Dresses Online

Okay so I'm going to be blunt about this one but haven't we all come across gazillions of sites for wedding/prom/special occasion dresses online? And if you're a blogger, you've probably posted about it too. But the reason I'm writing about this site is because it stood out to me as they specialize in custom design as well as custom designed reproductions. So, if you have a photo of a dress, they can reproduce it for you and also make personalized custom changes that fit your sense of style.  Check out some of my favorite wedding dress designs from their site -

Many of us are fortunate enough to fit the standard dress sizes available on the High Street, but when it comes to women who aren’t conventionally shaped, it’s a real treat to have items that fit. Take me for example, my top half is a small while my bottom half is a medium so even though I can get away with most outfits, when I order a bikini, a small sized top fits perfect but the bottom is too tight and tiny, and when I order a medium, the bottom fits perfect but the top falls off! Lunss is a savior in this case as they make the dress according to your measurements so seams contour your body and you get the perfect fit in the design you want. 

Their site has a handy guide which gives you information and examples of silhouettes, necklines, back designs and lace patterns. They only use top-quality fabrics like Taiwan soft mesh, French lace, US organza that are the foundation of a high quality dress which is made by hand. Their communication system of online customization allows you to design your own dress to your heart's content, and keep communicating to make it better until your dream dress comes true. Moreover, their private designers offer design consultation and hand-paint a finalized design sketch for you. All their products are hand tailored and delivered to any part of the world within 6 weeks.

How it Works

Step 1 - Inspiration
You provide them with ideas of your dream dress - from photo inspirations, your wedding theme, Pinterest pins, other designer's works. You might receive a brief questionnaire to help guide them in this process and narrow down your preferences.

Step 2 - Creation
At your personal consultation, you'll meet a designer online to discuss the details along with sketches based on your ideas by a private designer for preview. You can browse assorted fabrics and embellishments tailored to your dress preferences within your budget, and have your measurements taken.

Step 3 - Production
After confirming all details and receiving the payment, their dressmakers will start making your dream dress. When the dress finished and they send you the photos of the dress for confirmation. They also have an Exclusive Bespoke Service where you will receive a mock of your gown to view its overall shape and fit and if everything's fine, they start the production process.

Whether you want a show-stopping wedding gown or a gorgeous evening dress, Lunss can creat it and customize it according to your needs. So check out their site now if you're looking for a one of a kind, bespoke gown for yourself!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Outfit - Chill Vibes

Sundays are perfect to enjoy a brunch and chill and laze by the pool. And that's exactly what I'm doing at Level 12 - the rooftop resto lounge at DoubleTree By Hilton, Pune. You can take a dip at their rooftop pool, sip on your favorite beverages and relish scrumptious food while enjoying a panoramic view of the city. If you love to sit under a moonlit sky and enjoy a stunning view, this place will win you over! Moving on to the outfit, this fun look is from Lovelywholesale. This crochet crop top and printed pant combo was made for the poolside or the beach and I think its perfect for Sunday chill vibes. 

Photography - Akshat Bhatnagar

How do you spend your Sundays? Let me know in your comments below!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Restaurant Review - Miyuki At DoubleTree By Hilton

I recently dined at Miyuki, an exclusive 7 seater Japanese restaurant in the DoubleTree By Hilton hotel in Chinchwad, Pune. Miyuki offers a teppanyaki-style dining experience where the food is prepared on a hibachi grill directly of you.  I've had sushi a few times before but this was the first time I had a 6 course Japanese meal and got to learn so much about Japanese cuisine thanks to Chef Amarjeet's vast knowledge about it.  As you enter the dining area, the setup in front of you prepares you for an authentic Japanese dining experience. 

Chef Amarjeet and his team do a fantastic job as utmost attention is paid to sourcing ingredients thanks to which each dish is as authentic as it can get. Cooking every dish to perfection is also a typical trait followed by all Japanese chefs, and he has followed the same throughout his career. For our meal, we were accompanied by Patricia, the Marketing & Communications manager, who is incredibly sweet and friendly. She made us feel very comfortable and at home. It was delightful to watch the chef prepare each dish as he told us about its ingredients and technique of cooking.

We started off with the Wafu salad, which is a Japanese salad made of mixed lettuce, radish, tomato boiled egg, cucumber with sesame onion dressing. Wafu (和風) means Japanese-style. Wafu dessing is slightly tangy refers consists of soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame seeds and vegetable oil. This was a refreshing change to every other salad I've ever had in my life and was really good.

This was followed by chicken nigima and chicken tsukune yakitori. Chicken nigima skewer is made of with chicken breast and white part of spring onion. Tsukune (つくね) is basically Japanese chicken meatballs that are skewered and typically grilled over charcoal served in yakitori restaurants. Tsukune is usually seasoned with salt or sweet soy sauce – yakitori “tare”. Ingredients for “tare” are similar to teriyaki sauce, but “tare” is much thicker and saltier. Both were delicious and I particularly loved the Tsukune (pictured left).

This was followed by a mixed Tempura, a really popular dish in Japanese restaurants which is made of seafood or vegetables that have dipped in batter and deep fried. We had squid, prawn, carrot, lotus stem and eggplant tempura which was served with grated radish, ginger and tempura sauce along with green tea salt (I never knew that existed). Chef explained to us that we could either mix the grated ginger with the tempura sauce and did our food it it or sprinkle the green tea salt and lime on the tempura and eat it. I loved it both ways. Though I'm a staunch non vegetarian, the lotus stem tempura was really really delicious and worth a mention!  

This was followed by Buta No Kakuni (角煮) which is Japanese braised pork belly, and it literary means “square simmered” referring to the shape of this dish. It’s made of thick cubes of pork belly simmered in sake, soy sauce and sugar/mirin. The pork is cooked for a long time over low heat and the meat becomes moist and extremely tender.  And tender it was. The meat was melting in our mouth and was just so good. Since, the dish is on a sweeter side, it's served with mustard sauce to balance the flavors. 

Next up waas Grilled salmon (さけ) with lemon butter sauce.  The marinade is classic Japanese flavours – soy sauce, mirin and sake. It doesn’t get anymore “Japanese” than that! The fish really needs to be marinaded overnight (or 3 hours at the absolute minimum) because it’s not a “saucy” dish – all the flavor is in the marinade and it needs the time to infuse into the fish. This was again really good as the mild flavors of the marinade go perfectly with the fish and don't overpower its taste at all. Absolutely heavenly!

Last but definitely not the least was a bowl of mouthwatering Ramen (ラーメン) - a complete meal by itself. This version came with pork belly, cauliflower, boiled egg, broccoli and noodles in a slow cooked chicken and pork stock. I wish I wasn't stuffed so that I could have finished the whole thing. The hearty broth had a subtle pork flavor which I absolutely loved. The pork belly was tender and chewy at the same time and was just perfect with the ramen. If you love Ramen, you cannot miss this!

Photography - Akshat Bhatnagar

I had a wonderful time at Miyuki and loved the delicious food and amazing hospitality of the staff at the hotel. Though it is situated a little far from the heart of the city, if you're a true foodie or a lover of Japanese food, the drive is totally worth it. Also, since the restaurant only seats 7 people, prior reservations are recommended. Please note that larger groups will have to sit in 3 Spices, the multi cuisine restaurant next door, due to space issues. 

Address -  
Miyuki - DoubleTree By Hilton Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - ZomatoDoubleTree by Hilton Pune-Chinchwad
C32, Tata Motors Road, Midc, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Maharashtra 411019

Phone: 020 6731 3333

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Outfit - 3k Unlimited Challenge

Unlimited is a family fashion brand that offers affordable clothing and accessories for every age. Part of the reputed Arvind group, Unlimited has over 50 stores nationwide that give you unlimited options to express your style. I recently took their #3kUnlimited challenge where I styled a look under Rs 3000. 

I decided to do an urban sporty look which is perfect for all you college goers out there. As I entered the store, this cropped sweatshirt immediately caught my eye. I like the message on it and it fits nice and snug and looks great. For those of you who don't want to bare your belly, you can wear a tank top or vest inside.  

I'm more of a comfort over style person so you'll never see me in skinny jeans. This pair is oh so soft and comfortable and I just love the light wash. 

A backpack is the perfect accessory for college fashion so I threw on this cute printed one from the brand to complete the look.

Sweatshirt, Jeans, Belt and Backpack - Unlimited

To participate in the #3KUnlimited challenge, DM @UnlimitedStores or Message fb.com/unlimitedstores. All you need to do is walk into an unlimited store, and create your own look for under Rs.3000! I visited the Unlimited store in Phoenix MarketCity Pune. 

To find a store near you, check our their store locator 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Outfit - Peace

White is the color of peace and it also happens to be one of my favorite colors. Peace is obviously lacking in many parts of the world as of today thanks to all these acts of terrorism in multiple countries. While there's nothing we can actually do about terrorism, lets pray for peace. Moving on to the outfit, here's another addition to the army of kimonos I own. I got it from Dressgal and love the aztec print on this one, and its nice and flimsy so it can also be worn during the perpetually hot and sunny days in India.   

Kimono - Click here
Shorts - Banggood.com
Bag - Promod
Shoes - Forever 21

Photography - Akshat Bhatnagar

How do you like the look? Where would you wear this?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Restaurant Review - Dezio

Dezio is a fine dining authentic Italian restaurant in Kalyani Nagar, Pune. Owned by executive chef Dario Dezio, who has been running the acclaimed Italian vegetarian restaurant Dario's in Koregaon Park, this restaurant specializes in Sicilian food and satisfies the taste buds of all you carnivores out there. Spread across three floors of a building, the restaurant consists of  a rooftop bar, a fine dining restaurant, an exclusive dining area for private parties and a bistro-like outdoor seating area.   

I dined there recently with a group of fellow food bloggers and we had a wonderful time over some great Italian food and wines. We started our evening on the rooftop - the lounge section where they only serve tapas and drinks. We were served an assortment of vegetarian and non vegetarian tapas in platters but what I loved the most was the Tuna Carpaccio which was fresh, healthy and delicious. 

After we were done with the tapas, we moved to the fine dining area (pictured above) where we were served a decadent 5 course meal. We started with the Gamberi Incazzati, a dish with pan seared prawns with white wine, garlic and chilli flakes in a tomato sauce base. If you like a tomato base, you will love this one.

We also had the Carpaccio De Bietola which consisted of liced beetroot with homemade cheese, rucola and caramelized walnuts in a balsamic dressing. This is particularly delicious because the caramelized walnuts add a kick of sweetness along with the crunch.  

We were served two pizzas out of which I had the Caltagirone, a wood-fired pizza with mozarealla, parma ham, rucola and parmesan. I loved the saltiness of the parma ham which was balanced by the two types of cheese. 

Pasta is one of my biggest weaknesses and I make it very often at home but I'm quite bored of eating my own cooking and I have never made Gnocchi, so it was a delicious change for me to try the Gnocchi Con Pancetta which combines home made gnocchi with bacon, basil and sage and cream sauce. This was creamy and delicious and was infused by the delicious flavors of bacon. 

There was a vegetarian variant to all these dishes too but since I'm a hardcore carnivore, I decided to skip reviewing them. However, I was tempted to try the Risotto Al Funghi and it was just so good! This creamy rice dish with mushrooms, wine and cheese was what I would call the perfect comfort food. If you love risotto, you must try this one at Dezio.

Another notable mention from their menu is the La Tagliata - Grilled tenderloin strips served on a bed of rucola topped with parmesan cheese, extra virgin olive oil and a balsamic reduction, served with cherry tomatoes. The tenderloin was really tender (haha) and juicy is definitely worth a try! 

Moving on to desserts, we had an assortment of Lemon tarts, Yogurt Tarts and salted Caramel Chocolate tarts to choose from and all three were delicious though the chocolate tarts emerged as the undisputed winners. 

I was too full to try the Tiramisu, but needless to say, it was fantastic considering that it was wolfed down by the others in no time. 

The cozy outdoor seating area is situated amidst a tranquil and green set up and is open all day. Its perfect for a casual meal with friends while you can watch their chef work away on delicious pizzas at the wood fire oven.

Overall, I had a wonderful dining experice at Dezio and if you love Italian food, do give it a try! All photos are courtesy Megha Chhatbar who I had the pleasure of meeting at the event, and since you can see how awesome they are, I decided to use her photos. You can check out her blog here.

Dezio, North Avenue, diagonally opposite ICICI bank
and next to Mars Society, Kalyani nagar 411006, Pune

Dezio Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Moroccanoil® Treatment Review

Hello and welcome to a brand new episode of June talking about her hair. Since I keep going on and on about how dry and damaged it is, let me talk about how Moroccanoil® Treatment helps me fix the problem instead. This is the product that pioneered oil-infused hair care and created the worldwide buzz on argan oil.  Since my hair is quite fine and thin, I use the Moroccanoil® Treatment Light variant which is specifically formulated for the delicate needs of fine and light-colored (including white) hair. The original formula is much thicker in consistency and tends to weigh fine hair down and is made for thicker and coarser hair.  Moroccanoil Treatment Light delivers the same benefits as Moroccanoil Treatment but is lighter in formulation, texture and color.

Moroccanoil is infused with antioxidant-rich argan oil, strengthening proteins and shine-boosting vitamins which act as a treatment to detangle, speeds up drying time and boost shine, leaving hair smooth, manageable and nourished with each use. It is an essential foundation for hair styling and can be used as a conditioning, styling and finishing tool. I have been using it in conjunction with the Morroccanoil intense hydrating mask for about a month now, and believe it or not, the texture of my hair has actually noticeably improved over time. Before I started using this duo, it would remain soft for about 12 hours but when I'd wake up the next morning, the length of my hair would be rough, unruly and straw like. Now that a month has passed, I can see a big difference in the texture of my hair. Today is the third day that I haven't washed my hair, and my ponytail still feels quite soft (the last time I used both the products was on Thursday)

Apply 1–2 pumps of Moroccanoil® Treatment to clean, towel-dried hair, from mid-length to ends. Blow-dry or let dry naturally. Apply on dry hair to tame flyaways or condition split ends.

TIP: Mix a few drops of Moroccanoil Treatment with Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask, Weightless Hydrating Mask or Restorative Hair Mask for added nourishment.

If you're looking for the perfect finishing product which will nourish your hair and make it soft, shiny and manageable, this is what you need! 

 PhotographyAkshat Bhatnagar

Thursday, November 05, 2015

A Day Well Spent At Nitesh HUB

Nitesh HUB is one of my favorite fashion and shopping destinations in Pune thanks to its eclectic mix of fashion, food, beauty and entertainment. Spread over 1 million square feet, the mall is all one of the most admired, cherished and most-sought after shopping and entertainment destinations spread over 6 acres in the heart of Pune at Koregaon Park. With a brand mix of names like The Collective, Swarovski, MAC, Parcos , Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Wills Lifestyle, Clarks, Clinique, Forever New, Forest Essentials, Zarmina International, SPAR, Colorbar,Kazo, Global Desi, PVR and and many more, it boasts of a resplendent range of brands. I recently spent a fun day there so let me tell you all about the stores I visited. 

I started with Forest Essentials, an authentic Ayurvedic skincare, hair care and wellness brand that embodies elegance and opulence. Their products are made of naturally distilled pure essential oils, pure cold pressed, organically grown vegetable oils and plant extracts using age-old Ayurvedic formulations. I've used many of their products and am a big fan so I was more than delighted to shop from an entire store filled with their goodies. Many of their products have been featured in top magazines which shows how excellent their products are.  I really liked the way the staff of Forest Essentials at Nitesh HUB Pune explained and suggested the perfect skincare products for me.

Forever New is an Australian clothing and accessories brand and I really love their clothing and accessories. They boast of harmonious collections which are presented beautifully in elegant store environments for our shopping pleasure. Their collections are inspired by global trends in art, film, music and theatre, haute couture runway shows in Paris, London, Milan and New York.
 The newest collection which they currently have at Nitesh HUB Pune is called Bolshoi Belle and is all about classic feminine shapes in luxurious fabrications with a modern twist. Billowing Blouses in soft sheers are worn with drapey viscose pleat pants while oversized cocoon coats wrap around neat, structured shift dresses. Here's a beautiful top from their collection which is absolutely perfect for fall and is perfect for both work and play. 
I also loved this super chic color blocked sheath dress which is absolutely perfect for a formal dinner or cocktail party. Isn't this super elegant?

Next up, I checked out Kazo at Nitesh HUB,  ,  a young international brand that offers extremely stylish designs for both clothing and accessories. Right from the moment I entered, I couldn't keep my eyes off these gorgeous tan bags that are both stylish and functional. 
I don't usually dress cutesy, but was still tempted to try out this adorable dusty pink look. I teamed it with an embellished hairband, matching belt and bracelet - all from Kazo. Don't I remind you of Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl? 

Wills Lifestyle at Nitesh HUB offers a premium lifestyle wardrobe, incorporating the latest fashion trends for both men and women. With a range of Wills Classic formal wear, Wills Sport casual wear, Wills Clublife evening wear and Wills Signature designer wear, there's something for everyone. I really liked this printed top which is perfect for the night and this beautiful white shirt which is perfect for work.  

Do you know that the only ‘The Collective’store in Pune is at Nitesh HUB. It is India’s largest luxury retail chain that offers a wide range of international luxury brands for menswear, womenswear and accessories. They carry a range of accessories, from bags, shoes and sunglasses, fragrances and belts. Choose from Love Moschino, Coccinelle, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Simon Carter, Tateossian, Versace Collection and more. When accessories as noteworthy as these take center stage, you can’t continue to call them accessories.

Here's a gorgeous red Armani Jeans bag that caught my eye. And of course, for all you Kors addicts, they have something for you too! I fell in love with the Michael Kors wine colored snakeskin bag on the shelf! Such a timeless classic!
Their range of adorable Ted Baker bags in fun colors and glossy finishes totally caught my eye! 

Crossword is a chain of bookstores present in various locations across the country and I was glad to find a large and spacious Crossword store in Nitesh HUB too. Crossword stocks the widest range of Books – Movies- Music- Toys- Stationery- Magazines and CD ROM’s. 


Surprise surprise! You've never seen me wearing anything Indian on the blog so here goes! Zarmina International at Nitesh HUB is an exclusive store which stocks breathtaking lehangas, sarees, suits and gowns designed by Shilpa Agarwal. I was never fond of anarkalis till I tried on this beautiful pale pink design of theirs. The moment I looked into the mirror, I felt like a million bucks! I think I want to get married just for the heck of being able to wear such pretty outfits! If you're looking for a special Indian outfit for an important occasion, Zarmina International is the place to visit! Their creations are beyond gorgeous as you can see below!

Photography - Abhigyan Ghatak

Now that I took you on a tour with me to some of my favorite stores at Nitesh HUB, you should go check it out too -

Nitesh HUB , 37/4, North Main Road,Koregaon Park, Pune - 411001, MH, INDIA

You can also show them some love on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

Website- www.nitesh-hub.com

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