Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Piccing - Fashion & Style App

Thanks to Pinterest and Instagram, we often find ourselves drooling over a certain outfit or accessory but it can be quite a mission to find where to buy it. But now, to make life easier for us, there is a new site called Piccing which offers a shopping experience which makes every item in an image accessible. It is a platform for users to collect, categorize and organize images of all the things they love —with a direct link to purchase the products within these images —from their desktops and mobile phones. 

This site/ app enables you to login, and choose categories you're interested in. Besides fashion, they have home decor, baby, beauty, crafts, architecture and much more to choose from!

Now I'm always glued to my pc (yeah, I'm kinda old fashioned) but for most of you cellphone addicts, they have an app too! Here's how it works: Download the free app. After making a profile, you can "picc" pictures from the homepage or from browsing all of the various categories. Piccing a picture means that it's on your profile (much like pinning a picture to your Pinterest board). You can also search for any kind of picture imaginable using the search bar, like lipstick or braid. If you want to add a picture, you can upload one on the website or from the app. 

Some of the pictures are also "marked" with little orange circles. This means that you can tap a mark and browse similar items, like a floral kimono or a maxi dress. See something you like in a picture? Tap the mark, browse the items, click on any item you want, and it will take you to the site where you can buy it. 

Wait – there’s more! You can upload your own images to the Piccing App to share your style/finds so it is an amazing tool to show off your personal style.

Here is a nifty video that explains how it works -

So basically, Piccing is a fun Pinterest-like app where you can picc pictures of inspiration for later and also buy similar items all in one app. It's easy to use and browse. Try it out and let me know what you think! 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Outfit - Kimono Crush

When I was a kid, a neighbor had gifted me an authentic silk kimono from Japan which I wore to every costume party thanks to which I walked away with the first prize every time. A few years ago, it struck me that I could wear my kimono as a really cool jacket but to my dismay, my mom had already given it away. 

I guess the fashion gods were listening and suddenly, the traditional Japanese robe was back in stores with a modern twist! I love all things oriental and all things boho so now that my dream came true, what did I do? Well, lets just say I have five kimonos in my closet! However, a lot of people are confused about how to style one so here I am sharing some ideas and showing you how I like wearing mine.
Lets give you some tips now -

  • Kimonos are a great way to make a simple outfit interesting. You can wear them over dresses, shorts, rompers, pants and skirts (Click here to see how I wore one over a skirt. I personally prefer them with shorts though)
  • Whether you choose silk, cotton, lace, fringe, no-fringe, long, short, neutral, bright, animal print, or tribal, a kimono adds a boho vibe to any outfit (I LOVE all things boho). 
  • If you're wearing a top, dress or romper with prints, I'd recommend a solid colored kimono on top and vice versa. (I NEED TO STOP talking about myself in brackets)
  • A kimono also doubles as a swimsuit coverup! Perfect for the beach or poolside.
  • You can even belt it for a different silhouette or loosely tie it in front for a unique look (short kimonos only, of course!) 
  • Wear your kimono with wide-leg or flare jeans for a seriously boho look with a ’70s vibe

And that is the end of Kimono class!

So here are two different looks I've created by throwing on beautiful kimonos I got from Blackfive over a basic cami and cute crochet shorts from Banggood. I accessorized with a fringed bag (I love all things fringe) and my favorite sunglasses from Yoyomelody and a pair of peep toe booties.

Floral Fringe Kimono - Blackfive Item link here

Crochet Shorts - Blackfive Item link here

Mirrored Aviators - YoyoMelody Item link here


Lace Panel Kimono - Blackfive item link here

Though I'm more partial to the floral fringe kimono but there's no denying that the plain one looks really lovely too! Which outfit do you prefer? 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Diwali Gifting Made Easy By Moments

With Diwali exactly a week from today, Indians all around the world are definitely really excited! This is the festival of lights and crackers and is also associated with gifting your loved ones. People normally gift clothing, electronics and perfumes to family members but when it comes to gifting relatives and friends, sweets, dry fruits, lamps and candles are the most popular choices. While people mostly rely on sweet shops and gift shops for these, if you really want to add a touch of class and elegance to your presentation, you must pay a visit to Moments, a wonderful gifting store in Koregaon Park in Pune, which has numerous ways for you to make gifting more memorable and sophisticated. After all, whether the present is big or small, creative gifting and giving an extra personal touch enhances the gift itself. 

Whether you're looking for Lanterns to decorate your gardens or homes or 
give your Diwali Sweets in style with elegant decorative boxes in different shapes and sizes, Moments has numerous options for you to make Diwali more memorable. If you're looking for gifts with functionality, the store also has products like tissue paper boxes, table mats, platters etc for home decor to mobile pouches, toiletry bags and more gifts for personal use.

The store has been decorated beautifully for Diwali so I'll let the pictures do the talking!

The main entrance of Moments
Wall decorations for your main door
Here is a beautiful candle holder
A gifting platter with candles
Wall decorations for your gate or garden
Gift boxes
A gifting platter adorned with candles
I love the concept of this Mandir Ganesha

A lantern for your garden or balcony
Besides Diwali gifts, the store specializes in engagement Platters, wedding invitation boxes, jewellery boxes, trousseau packaging, mehendi and sangeet give away gifts. They also customize Festive Gifts (for Haldi Kumkum, Holi, Diwali & Ganesh Chaturthi) Birth Announcements and Baby Shower Gifts and Corporate Gifting.

1 Adit Enclave, 
Lane No 5. 
South Main Road.
Koregaon Park 
Pune - 01
T: 020 26158305
M: 9823205780, 9881025780  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

My Envy box - September 2014

Okay, this one is super late even though I received my box exactly a month ago but was really busy with travels and had a lot of posts in the pipeline! As I've mentioned before My Envy Box is a luxury product sampling box in India priced at Rs 850 that gives you five products that usually cover skincare, hair, fragrance and occasionally makeup. The September box came as a pleasant surprise as it is smaller, and is a lovely shade of pink and the branding is done in a classy shade of gold unlike all the previous boxes. Even when it comes to the products, it did not fail to impress (if I don't like the products much I tend to skip doing a review for that month)

The products in the box were -

L’Occitane Almond Shaping Delight - Since I visited the L'Occitane spa very recently, I'm sure these will be amazing. Am saving them for a vacation as I hate using up sachet samples at home!

ZA Perfect Solution Restoring Collagen Cream - This is a decent sized pink tub so am going to use it once winter starts. The weather in Pune is already getting drier day by day, so I'm sure I'm going to need this fast.

Bottega Di Lungavita Vita Age Face Scrub - This is a nice and creamy scrub. It doesn't exfoliate much, but acts as a good moisturizer.

Thalgo Cryodetox Mask - I haven't used this yet but am sure it will be great as all Thalgo products are.

Roses De Chloe Perfume - The best part about this box! I love roses so am saving it for a special occassion.

The October box is a Diwali special in collaboration with Vogue so I can't wait to see what's in store for us! It should be arriving anytime in the next couple of days so this time I'll try and post about it asap! And for my international readers, Diwali is the festival of lights and crackers and is one of the most loved, celebrated and important festivals of my country :) 

Do you subscribe to any boxes? Let me know!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Argan Dew Hair Products Review

My hair has always been one of my biggest concerns because of its bad behavior because it sure has a personality of its own. The shampoos, conditioners, masks and serum which I have been for a couple of months suddenly leave my hair rough and dry. And this has been going on for many years so I need to keep changing products from time to time as it develops immunity to pretty much everything. The latest product which suddenly stopped working for me is (gasp) Morrocan Oil which I was raving about a few months ago in this post.  

So, in a quest to find a new hair product that would work for me, I discovered Argan Dew, a brand from Israel which uses pure Argan oil in all its products.  

 Argan oil is an intensive blend of essential fatty acids with a strong antioxidant effect, used for centuries in traditional remedies for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. Argan Dew combines the power of Argan oil and vitamins that work together to hydrate, protect and regenerate the skin and hair. The products are SLS/SLES and paraben free, this unique oil protects your hair, making it more supple and vibrant.

I had been sent samples of the Replenishing Hair Mask, Miraculous Argan Oil and the Protective Argan serum. The hair mask and Argan oil came attached little cards explaining the benefits of Argan oil. The first product I tried was the Replenishing Hair Mask. I applied this after shampooing, making sure the lengths and ends were covered and I then left it on for 5 minutes. It has a thick creamy texture and lovely smell. The sad part is that though I've read rave review about it, it didn't help my hair at all because it's in the bad behavior phase. However, the other two worked like a charm! I apply the Miraculous Argan Oil on wet hair evenly like a serum and the best part is that even though its an oil, it doesn't make your hair greasy at all, unlike the hair oils available in the Indian market. It has a very light texture too, and is not thick and chunky like the Moroccan oil brand serum. It makes my hair feel lovely and soft, adding shine and improving its brittle texture.

The Protective Argan Serum is a leave in serum that eliminates frizz and prevents split ends. It also protects hair from sun damage. It definitely  makes my hair soft and shiny and makes it more manageable! It also has a strong yet pleasant smell and a little bit goes a long way. 

Overall, I'm really happy with the Argan oil and serum and recommend you to try it if you're looking for some pampering for your hair!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Tidebuy Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday may be far away but Tidebuy's already offering us major discounts on clothing and accessories! And since Halloween is just around the corner, they even have a lot of cute Cyber Monday Couple Outfits Sales in case you're interested. Here a bunch of my favorites from the sale -

I love LBDs  with full sleeves so this black lace dress has the best of both! Also, fellow Britney Spears fans may remember that she wore a similar black lace dress in the 2001 VMAs. 

Though a very basic style, I like the detailing on this one. It would look amazing as a gown if sheer fabric could be added to it.  

I like the neckline on this colorblock dress. 

You can never have too many swimsuits! This cutout monokini one would produce some interesting tan lines!

I've been eyeing a black cover-up like this one for a while! 

 Tidebuy has massive discounts and really cheap prices and a great collection! To see more, you can check this link out -  View Tidebuy Cyber Monday Sales 2014. Have you every shopped from there? 

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Bonusbay - Shop Online and Get Cash Back!

Image credit - here
There are two types of people, those who spend money online and those who spend wisely online and get additional discount and rebates. Meet Mrs. Gupta who spent 20,000 rupees last month on Flipkart and bought herself a new phone. On the same day, Mrs. Sharma ordered the same phone on Flipkart but in addition to phone she also received a 200 Rs gift bonus with no additional hassle. How did that happen?

It happened because Mrs. Sharma did not go directly to the Flipkart website but went to Bonusbay.in - a free service that helps you get money back on your online purchases on over 500 stores including Flipkart, Amazon, Jabong, Pizzahut and more. This is exactly what I do when I shop online and save money with every purchase I make thanks to Bonusbay.

Here is what you should do:

1. Go to www.Bonusbay.in
2. Register by providing just contact details
3. Click on the store of your choice on the Bonusbay site and make the purchase as you do. There is hardly anything you cannot find it there!
4. Bonusbay gets to know how much you spent on the shop and deposits the gift money in your account
5. As soon as you have 1000 rupees in your account you can withdraw it or you can consider it as piggybank and make your savings there
6. Always remember to spend wiser!

By the way, now Mrs Gupta is also a Bonusbay user and visits her favorite online stores via Bonusbay.in. Last month she saved Rs. 500 on her online purchases. So what are you waiting for?

At this point, there are numerous brands in different categories like beauty, health, fashion, electronics, home & lifestyle, grocery, kids, entertainment and many more which are a part of Bonusbay.in. So make sure to check this website before you make any purchases online! And here's a special bonus for all my readers, just go to http://www.bonusbay.in/junewantsitall and get a welcome bonus of Rs 250 for your online purchases through it!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Spa Review - Spa La Vie By L'Occitane

After an amazing weekend getaway in Kerala for my best friend's bachelorette, I ended my holiday in the best way possible, by spending all day shopping and finishing it up with a visit to Spa La Vie by L’Occitane.

The lobby at Spa La Vie Mumbai
As you may know, L'Occitane is a French skincare and fragrance brand known for its use of herbs and flora from Provence but did you know that they have spas all over the world too? Well, now you do! Spa La Vie is an 8,000 sqft Mediterranean luxury spa in Lower Parel, Mumbai. With an expansive area at their disposal, the spa is Mumbai’s largest day spa and also Mumbai’s first true international day spa. Their highlight is the Hammam, a traditional cleansing and massage therapy – a one-of-a-kind water experience (the only one in Mumbai) that features multiple shower heads and contrasting temperatures to pep up even the most tired and battered body. 
The heated Hammam bed at Spa La Vie by L'Occitane - Mumbai
As I entered the spa on a hot and humid Mumbai afternoon, I felt instantly soothed thanks to the relaxing music and energizing aromas. A pair of Osho slippers were provided to me which instantly reminded me of the rage they are back home in Pune. After a guided tour of the spa, I was settled in the lounge area for a very delicious and detoxifying cup of their signature herbal tea infused with lemon, ginger and honey which detoxifies the body and boosts your immune system. Setting the tone right for the delicious pampering to follow, I had to fill a health assessment form so that my specific concerns could be addressed and the spa therapist could design a customized treatment along with products to be used as per my skin and body type. Equipped with specialists on hand to identify individual needs and tailor treatments accordingly, the experience at this spa is an interactive process. Since I spend long hours on the computer, I had requested for extra time on my neck, shoulders and upper back.

The Spa features signature L'Occitane therapies with soaking ceremonies in free standing bathtubs and private steam chambers, present in every treatment room. Treatments offered at the Spa include Massages, Aromachologie Soaks, Facials, Scrubs, Wraps, Ayurveda treatments, Hammam Rituals, Couple Treatments and Manicures/Pedicures. The massage rooms look like mini hotel suites, complete with a mini-bar, couch, shower room and bathtub. 

The spa room I got my treatment in
As I was heading back to Pune soon after my spa session, which would be a four hour long car journey, I wanted a treatment that would be more energizing than relaxing so I chose the Revitalizing Aromachologie Massage. This body massage combines gentle Swedish effleurages, deeper-pressure Lomi Lomi and kneading Balinese movements along with the use of an invigorating blend of mint, pine and rosemary essential oils. My therapist was professional and friendly and asked me if I was okay with the pressure level from time to time. As I was curious about the differences between the three techniques used in the massage, she explained them to me each time she switched between them. To begin with, the massage focuses on the left side of the body, the side of the heart, to gently stimulate the acupuncture meridians from head to toe. Then the right side is treated to ultimately release all the energy from the body. Personally, I fell in love with the Hawaiian Lomi Lomi style of massage as it felt soothing and rejuvenating. In the end of the massage, my therapist coated her hands with a refreshing oil (from the L'Occitane grand herbarium of course) and instructed me to inhale deeply. The aroma and blend of this oil would help revitalize my senses and it sure did :) My therapist instructed me not to take a shower immediately after the massage as the oil used should soak in and is very good for skin so I let it stay for a little over an hour and boy was she right. Even the next day, my skin felt velvety smooth and silky!

Overall, I was very happy by my experience at Spa La Vie by L'Occitane and was delighted to hear that they are also opening in Pune next year. They are present in a bunch of locations in India (and worldwide) so you know where to go when you're looking for some luxurious pampering or have a spa party with your girlfriends for a fun filled day.

Address - 
Spa la Vie by L’OCCITANE
adjacent to Lodha Bellissimo,
Apollo Mills Compound
Lower Parel
Mumbai 400 011
Tel: +91 22 23059055
www.itsmyvie.com / www.facebook.com/ItsMyVie

Friday, October 03, 2014

Explore Luxury With The Luxe Café

After spending time in a few luxurious hotels and spas recently thanks to my best friend's bachelorette getaway, I totally feel that a little bit of luxury is necessary in life! Whether its fashion, food, travel, technology or lifestyle, the world has a lot of decadent experiences in store for us and The Luxe Café is a recently launched platform that shares first-hand information of such elite lifestyle choices. This is a virtual café with curated content dedicated to global luxury and fine living.

There are experienced writers, artists and design specialists working together to impart a distinctive look and feel to this e-zine along with industry experts who help readers make informed consumer choices. With all this packed in, The Luxe Café is poised to play a strategic role in the evolution of the ‘Luxe Consciousness’ in India. It is made for those who want first-hand, authentic information and advice on premium brands, and also for those who do not have convenient access to such brands/information.

Deigning to be different from the other existing luxury magazines or portals in the country, The Luxe Café features an extensive range of content from Fashion, Interiors, Auto, Real Estate, Travel, Gastronomy, Personas and Ideas, aspiring to recreate a cosmos of luxurious living for the truly passionate. Looking at aligning itself with national and international consumers of high-end luxury, this e-zine targets one and all across the world, not just people in big cities.

The Luxe Café strives to bring India’s growing number of brand-conscious buyers and luxury-enthusiasts in close touch with all that is happening, that is new and that comes straight through the experts from the world of luxury. It caters to clientele across India, even those residing in tier 2 and 3 towns and cities. As India witnesses the bloom of the luxury industry, and the critical population of brand conscious, high-spending aesthetes residing in the non-metro cities has become an important market to explore.

I went through the site and read a number of articles, each featuring engaging, informative and exciting stories, reviews, experientials and tips. According to Manisha Mayur Shekhar (Editorial Director & Founder) it is more than just a website. It is your very own quick gateway to a world of luxurious, enriching, premium lifestyle. So, if you're looking for accurate information about upscale choices and appreciating the finer things life, you must check out The Luxe Café and join the evolution of ‘Luxe Consciousness’. Do take a look and let me know what you think! You won't be disappointed!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Choosing the Perfect College With CollegeDunia

Oh college! Weren't those the best days of our life? At that time since you're young, carefree and finally done with school, college is an important time of life, and choosing the right college is always a crucial decision. Most people in India choose colleges on the basis of word-of-mouth or depending on the rankings of students from it. However, with the number of colleges in India, it can be quite tough to make a decision for both parents and students and this is when the site College Dunia comes into place. 

Collegedunia.com is an extensive search engine for the students, parents, and education industry players who are seeking information on higher education sector in India and abroad. With an interactive user interface and validated content, the site has information on available courses, admission process and other tools to simplify the process of finding alma-mater. The website has a repository of over 20,000 colleges and 6000 courses which categorized by streams like Management, Engineering, Medical, Commerce, Arts and much more. One can find colleges on the basis of location, ranking, ratings, fees and cutoff for different competitive exams. When it comes to a college, not only does the site show information about its rating, email, address, contact, website, photos, videos and pamphlet but it also shows prime recruiters, average placement salaries, university approvals, reservation and amenities offered by it. 

That's not all, it even has news associated with recent happenings within the education system, changes in admission procedure, criteria, fees and more. You can even find information about short listing, elaborated school fees and brochures and necessary deadlines. Whether you want a college that's close to your residential city or one that's fee structure suits your budget, the site helps you find colleges/universities as per your demand. The website has been created to fulfill a vision of empowering students with knowledge so that they make a wiser decision while choosing their career and alma mater. So look no further if you have any college related queries and check out Collegedunia.com

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