Thursday, February 22, 2018

5 Fun Ways To Wear Leggings

Leggings are fun, comfortable and trendy clothing pieces that are easy to dress and are quite comfortable and affordable. I personally prefer leggings over pants because they are more flimsy and  comfortable and hot weather friendly. You can get leggings at any store like Shop LuLaRoe and get some cool stuff according to your size and taste. Before you shop though, here are a few tips on fun ways to wear leggings.


1.    Pair them with a long shirt

It is best to pair leggings with a long shirt in order to cover up a bit. This will ensure that you are decent and that you do not show too much of your backside while walking around in the streets. You can choose various patterns for your shirt such as polka dot or stripes since they can go well with your leggings which are often in dull colours such as black or dark blue. You could also wear a bulky cardigan if it's chilly, and complete the outfit with knee-high boots. 

2.    Wear the right fit

In order to look fun, stylish and classy, ensure that you wear the right fit. Leggings can be snug and can fit any body size and shape, but that should not give you the excuse to wear too tight leggings. On the other hand, wearing leggings that are too loose will create an unflattering appearance. Therefore, ensure that you wear the right fit that is comfortable and snug.

3.    Pair them with the right shoes

In order to complete the leggings ensemble, you have to wear them with the right shoes. You can wear leggings with flats since leggings are often worn casually. If you are attending a formal event, then leggings can be paired with some classy heels as well as with a blazer to create a more official look. You can also wear leggings with ankle boots, knee high boots or flip-flops. All these will look great and stylish and most importantly, they will be comfortable.

4.    Wear your leggings with a skirt or short

One fun way to add some zest to your outfit is to pair your leggings with a fun flirty skirt or shorts. On a chilly day, you can wear your short skirt with leggings in order to keep warm while at the same time look cute and stylish. The same goes for the shorts. Pair these with a plain t-shirt and top, since you do not want to look too extra. To complete the look, pair the outfit with a pair of simple flats.

5.    Try the patterned leggings

Leggings come in all sizes, prints and materials. Get adventurous with your outfits and try out various patterns on your leggings. Stripes and polka dots are a good way to start, and you can also try animal prints such as leopard prints which create a cool, foreign look. Always make sure that you wear patterned leggings with plain tops so as to avoid creating an outfit that is too busy or that has too much going on. You could also try various materials such as leather in order to create a bold, sassy look.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Restaurant Review - The Dokk

Hello everybody! I'm back with yet another food review and this time it's The Dokk, which recently opened it's doors in a new location at Boat Club Road. This was probably the first Sunday brunch I attended in a very very long time (because I'm usually hungover AF or sleeping till real late on sundays) and it was totally worth it!


The first thing that struck me as I entered The Dokk is the dockyard theme. The decor has lots of elements are perfectly appropriate for the name. This resto-bar has an outdoor section along with a large inside section which has a stage where they have live bands and performances on a regular basis. 


The brunch menu has a huge variety of options for all foodies and I started my meal with the prawn cocktail salad which was made of juicy succulent and flavorful prawns in cocktail sauce and fresh lettuce and olives. Simple yet delicious! 


Following this, we ordered the Honey Glazed Chicken! This dish is the perfect blend of sweet and spicy and was so good that I had to have a second helping! Totally recommended. 


I also loved the peppery spicy Lamb Chops and couldn't get enough of it! The best part is that everything is fresh and grilled live in front of you. 


There are ample options for vegetarians too and they can choose from the charcoal grilled veggies which are as delicious as they look! 


A very unique dish here which is a winner for vegetarians is the Rajma Galouti. Soaked in desi ghee, this hearty appetizer is a must for all rajma lovers!


For those who don't drink, they have a great variety of  delicious mocktails. Pictured here is the fresh fruit punch which is really yummy and refreshing. 


We ended our meal on a sweet note with the Old Monk Chocolate Mousse which has a heady blend of everyone's favorite rum with creamy chocolate mousse.


Overall, I loved the food and ambience at The Dokk and totally recommend you to check this place out. Besides the Sunday brunch, they also have a variety of offers and events happening throughout the week so make sure to check out their social media pages for more information. 

The Dokk - Community Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, February 02, 2018

Malaka Spice | Vallonné Vineyards Nashik

Those of you who follow me on Instagram or know me personally definitely know that Malaka Spice is my favorite restaurant in Pune and that I've been going there for over a decade! Malaka Spice serves inspired South-East Asian cuisine with delicious dishes influenced by food from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan and Cambodia. Around 2 years ago, they opened a branch in Nashik and I finally managed to cross it off my wish list and went there last weekend! 

LOCATION

The lake-facing restaurant is about a 40 minute drive from Nashik city center and is situated in Vallonné Vineyards, India’s first boutique winery that produces premium French-style wines. The property also houses a boutique hotel making it a perfect place for a vineyard stay and wine tourism.

  The scenic location of the vineyard, overlooking the tranquil Mukhne Lake and Sahyadhri hills, make Malaka Spice the most scenic spot to dine in Nashik wine country. And what makes it all even better is the delicious food at Malaka and the refreshing wines by Vallonné. 


FOOD

Since I've been going to Malaka regularly since 2006, I know the menu in and out and ordered some of my classic favorites. I started with the Salt and Pepper prawns which are tossed with freshly crushed whole garlic, lime wedges and pepper, cooked in a wok over high heat till the succulent prawns absorb the flavors. Seafood lovers must try this!


Their Thai Mutton Chops are the most succulent mutton chops you can find in Pune. So I had to try them here too. Soaked in a peppery flavorful marinade grilled, this is heaven for every mutton lover.


Even though I'm a staunch non-vegetarian, I love many of the vegetarian dishes here too and went for Pumpkin chips which are tossed in a delicious batter and come with a topping of crispy basil, and is too good to miss! All the food went perfectly with Vallonné Chenin Blanc which is a refreshing white with a clean finish. 


I also had the Prawns with Moringa leaves which consists of stir fried prawns tossed with fresh Moringa leaves, lemongrass, Thai chilly and garlic. Delicious and healthy since Moringa is a superfood and has lots of health benefits. 


Last but definitely not the least, I had the Burmese Curry Noodles aka Khow Suey which is a noodles medley with rich creamy curry-on-the -side accompanied with fried garlic, onion flakes and a garnish platter.


SERVICE

The restaurant was packed to the brim with a constant waiting line from 2pm-5pm as it was a long weekend and the previous day was a dry day, yet the staff managed the rush at ease and finesse. Service was prompt and each dish arrived swiftly which shows how well the staff is trained. Here is me with the restaurant manager Firoz who was a great host and managed the place efficiently and explained to us how that day had three times the usual rush because of the republic day long weekend. 


WINE TASTING & TOUR

The property has a cellar below where the winery is and in the tour, the guide explained the entire wine making process to us and made us try each variety produced by Vallonné. You can buy wine at subsidized rates here so make sure you are well stocked up!


To put it in a nutshell, Malaka Spice and Vallonné Vineyards are an absolute must visit if you are planning a trip to Nashik. Since it has a boutique hotel too, it's the perfect weekend getaway destination for Mumbai and Pune people! I loved the food, wine and place and am sure you will too!

Monday, January 29, 2018

5 Places To Find Nirvana In India

India has a fascinating spiritual history and culture. Many people may not realize that though Hinduism has long been the most prominent Indian religion, both Hinduism and Buddhism originated in northern India in ancient times. For that matter, Jainism and Sikhism can be traced back to India as well. All in all, the history of the subcontinent from a religious perspective is both complex and fascinating, and over time has created a rich tapestry of religious culture.

One feature of this tapestry that may also surprise some people is that spiritual nirvana is a concept for some in India (as well as some who visit). Over the years, nirvana has become a vague idea to many in the international community, thanks in large part to pop culture twists on it. The spiritual notion was used as the namesake for one of the most popular bands of the last 50 years, and “Nirvana” is currently the name of an online arcade game as well. The game actually speaks somewhat to the idea, with lush backdrops of mountains and clouds and a focus on a sort of mystical peace.

Now, in actual religious practice, nirvana represents a sort of ultimate state of peace. It’s the final stage of Buddhism in which one is freed from the cycle of reincarnation and able to transcend to a higher space. No element of pop culture, be it a band, an internet game, or anything else, can really speak to a notion that big. But in a more casual sense, the term “nirvana” has evolved over the years to represent a high state of spiritual peace – and this at least is an idea that blends nicely into the full tapestry of Indian religious history.

For centuries, Indians have done as good a job as any people in the world of setting up religious buildings and retreats in beautiful areas. Whether directly or indirectly, it speaks to the pursuit of that spiritual peace that we think of as a more earthbound sense of nirvana. These locations can make for excellent destinations on a journey through India, so we wanted to list a few of them.

Ranakpur Jain Temple



The Ranakpur Jain Temple is one of five sacred pilgrimage destinations for Jainism practitioners, and at a glance it’s easy to see why. It’s a stunningly constructed temple, made largely of marble and considered by some to be a wonder of the world (though it’s never earned an official designation to this effect). The temple’s situation in Aravalli Hills in the Northwest also makes for a beautiful surrounding setting.

The Ladakh Monasteries



Ladakh is actually an entire region, and one known for a sparse population and some Tibetan influence. It’s a somewhat barren but beautiful place filled with mountains and lakes, and it’s home to several renowned monasteries. These are beautiful places of particular importance to Buddhists, but sought after as generally peaceful retreats also.

Mahabodhi Temple


This temple in Bodh Gaya is arguably the most important religious site of any on this list, as it’s said to be the place where Buddha himself finally attained actual nirvana. Naturally it has become both a pilgrimage spot and a tourist destination as a result, and it’s a beautiful place to seek your inner peace. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tirupati

Tirupati is the only site on this list that is actually a whole city, but it’s worth noting in its entirety. The main religious attraction is the Sri Venkateswara Temple, a popular Hindu pilgrimage location. However, the surrounding national park makes for a breathtaking spiritual retreat as well. As a fun note, there is also a zoological park in the area, where visitors can observe primates and lions, among other animals.

Vaishno Devi


Vaishno Devi is effectively a sprawling Hindu shrine to the mother goddess MahaKali. It includes numerous temples and caves and is set on the side of a mountain that is something of a challenge to reach, at an elevation just over 1,500 feet. Vaishno Devi is in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, and makes for a serious pilgrimage for those with the will to reach it.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Faces Glam On Velvet Matte Lipsticks

Are you looking for a good long lasting lipstick which won't make you break the bank? Say hello to FACES Canada Glam on Velvet Matte lipsticks! These matte finish smooth lipsticks glide on your lips weightlessly and offer great pigmentation! And considering how ridiculously affordable they are, you wont feel guilty even if you buy 3-4 of them! The best part about these is that besides the excellent staying power, these won't dry out your lips!

I am reviewing three shades from them - Sweet Amber, Desert Rose and Plum Plum



Sweet Amber - It's a beautiful pink nude with a touch of brown. Great for the day and for a natural yet noticeable appearance. This is a great shade for fair to medium skin tones. 


Desert Rose - This is a slightly dark variation of the shade above with a hint of purple. This shade would look a bit bright on fair skin but great on medium to dark skin tones.


Plum Plum - This one is a bright magenta shade with hints of plum. Its a bit loud but will suit all skin tones


With 12 irresistable colors to choose from, the versatile range of these lipsticks ensures that your craze for lip colors will never fade out! Totally recommend this one to college students or people who want good lipsticks at a reasonable cost! 

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

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