Friday, October 09, 2015

An Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Shopping Online

We bloggers may be used to ordering things online, but there are numerous people in the world who still prefer offline shopping as they feel skeptical about shopping online. After all, how do you know that you’re safe when shopping online? Can you ever really be certain? As it turns out, you absolutely can, and there are a few reasons. There is an apparently inherent belief that shopping online is a sure way for you to have your credit card information stolen, and while that might be a legitimate concern in some cases, most of the larger, more robust online shopping establishments protect your information in the same way that most brick and mortar establishments would. Commonly, an online store will use encryption to ensure that your credit card information is safe, but they may also use a token network which ensures even greater security. Now, on to the more important part, which is actually shopping online. How do you do it? What process do you use? It’s not nearly as difficult as you might think.

Getting Started with Online Shopping
The first thing you need to do is find a reputable commerce site, and there are many out there. You can always tell the best sites from those that you should avoid simply because of their reputation. You can read customer testimonials, among other things, and even look at the forms of payment that they are able to accept. This is a great start, and before you know it, you’ll be shopping online like a pro. And of course, you can check out blogs where people have written about their shopping experience with a certain site, like I often do.

Look for Better Prices
One of the greatest parts of shopping online is the fact that you can easily compare prices from different stores. If you shop at Rediff online shopping festival, you can buy from various sellers under one trusted roof, or shall I say platform!You are no longer limited by your ability to travel – you can go anywhere you want online and you can easily get the information you need. If you find a product that you like, always make sure you compare it to other locations, and ensure that you really are getting the best price. 

Buy Anywhere
Thanks to the progress of modern technology you can buy anywhere you want, whether it is from your home computer, your tablet, or your phone. If inspiration strikes, you should be able to simply pull out your device and buy what you need rather than dropping all of your plans and heading to the store. Fortunately, you have that ability today. 

Fast Delivery
You don’t have to wait for weeks for your purchase to be delivered. Fast delivery is a given these days, especially with shipping options at checkout. You can easily choose the speed at which you want the item delivered by paying a bit more. You can even have next day delivery if you wish to pay the shipping cost!

As you can see, buying online is a great idea and you can get your hands on the products just as easily as you would if you were shopping in a brick and mortar establishment. Start looking for online stores today and change the way you shop forever. 

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Rocktober Fest At Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe needs no introduction thanks to their fantastic blend of a legendary dining experience and rock music. They've decided to shake things up and add the fun of American Rock-n-Roll with the infamous German Oktoberfest and thus we have Rocktober Fest. Its basically an entire month full of high octane music, a special lip-smacking menu, a variety of international beers, Shandy, beer cocktails and entertainment in the house only at your favourite Hard Rock Cafe. 

If you follow me on instagram, you probably know that I eat and drink way more than a fashion blogger should! Then I remind myself that I need to stop eating so much and lay off food reviews. However, its Rocktober so here goes! Hard Rock Cafe has an amazing array of Octoberfest specials and I decided to start with the Watermelon Vodka Hoedown, a delicious and refreshing blend of vodka, watermelon juice, lemonade and beer. I love all the ingredients which went into it, so a mix of all of them just made things better for me! Note the tattoo necklace from my previous post

Photo credit - Raj Sony
Octoberfest is incomplete without beer so of course we ordered one too!
What's the perfect snack with beer? Fries of course. And as a part of the special Rocktoberfest menu, they have the Carnival Fiesta Fries which consists of spicy chili garlic fries topped with bbq spice rubbed chicken and smoked chicken frank slices. Yup, fries with chicken! Served with a tangy salsa and a very yummy cheddar cheese sauce. I was on hungry monster mode at this point of time so I didn't bother to take a good picture because all I wanted was fries!!

The special food menu for the festival has a variety of hamburgers (Thai, Jamaican) and hot dogs (Asian, Italian, American, and German) but I skipped them because I'm not much of a bread eater.

I was recommended to try their special shots for Rocktoberfest and so I gave it a shot (haha) They have the tangy orange bomb (a blend of Bacardi orange, orange liqueur, lime juice) and the Carlton's (a blend of dark rum and orange liqueur) Both need to be chased with a glass of beer the same way we have a jagerbomb. We didn't like the tangy orange bomb as it tasted kinda medicinal, however, if you love rum and are in the mood for some shots, Carlton's is a good choice!

Left- Tangy Orange Bomb         Right - Carlton's
I have a weakness of wings so we went for the dry seasoned Rockin Wings which are marinated with their signature smoked dry rub, slow roasted and served with blue cheese and carrots. These are nice and spicy and oh so good. If you ever go to Hard Rock Cafe anywhere in the world, don't miss these!

Impressed with the Watermelon Vodka Hoedown, I then tried the Pomegranate Vodka Shandy which is a mix of Vodka, Pomegranate, Lemonade and Beer. I liked this one even more than the previous because it was really tangy and lemony and super delicious! Oh, and it was served in a cute mason jar mug!

Though I'm a total carnivore, I have a special place in my heart for Greek salad. I went for it with a topping of grilled shrimp. Their version has a lot of greens with the usual blend of tomatoes, cucumber, onion, red pepper, feta and black olives. I prefer a much tangier version with no greens, so this one was a bit mild for me. However, the prawns where heavenly and the quantity was really generous. Make sure you add grilled prawns to your dishes at Hard Rock Cafe because they are out of the world! 

Check this out (Yeah, I actually did a before after shot of my food)
Being the alcoholic I am, I wan't quite done drinking and then went for the Raz Rita which is a mix of sauza gold tequila, triple sec, raspberry syrup and fresh squeezed margarita mix. This was my favorite of the lot! Its just so good. If you love raspberries, you must have this one! We also had the Bahama Mama, a blend of rum and coconut rum with banana syrup, grenadine, pineapple and orange juice. Bae liked it but I don't like the taste of banana syrup so I stuck to my Raz Rita.

After killing it with the starters and salad, we finally ended our night at Hard Rock Cafe with the Mediterranean pasta with grilled shrimp. This one comes with fresh green beans, artichoke hearts, oven roasted mushrooms and capers in a light garlic sauce garnished with roasted red peppers, black olives and parsley. I loved how light and healthy it is! Try it out if you're sick and tired of creamy or tomato based pastas.

Here's me with Ketan, who made sure we had a fantastic time at Rocktober fest at Hard Rock Cafe! Rocktober Fest is on till the 8th of November, so you have exactly a month to enjoy the festivities! Don't miss it! 

Monday, October 05, 2015

Fall Into Fashion - Wishlist

As days get shorter and nights get cooler, October gives us a chance to upgrade our wardrobe with a fun dose of fall style! This is when we can wear our trenches, coats, jackets and boots at ease and I have already building a wishlist for my fall winter wardrobe. Since I've been unemployed for the past couple of months, I've been on the lookout for the best deals I can find online and was delighted to find a wide range of adorable clothing on Sammydress - a leading global online wholesale supplier of the latest in women's clothing, shoes, bags and accessories. They also stock lingerie, wigs, cosplay costumes, menswear, children's toys, home & living, lifestyle products and many more fantastic items and gift ideas.

Here are some of my favorites that I can't wait to see in my closet -

Being a boho babe at heart, I cant help but lust after this pristine full sleeved dress. An added bonus is that fact that it's white and has fringe details - two of my biggest weaknesses. 

I'm very fond of earthy tones and neutrals, so this fringed (no surprise here) jacket is the perfect piece to cover up when it gets chilly in the evening. An added bonus is that its versatile enough to be thrown over pants and shorts so it can be worn on a day to day basis. 

For a formal evening occasion, one would want to stand out of the crowd and this vibrant dress is just perfect for that. The peekaboo lace detailing on the top keeps things sexy while the conservative neckline and silhouette make it perfect for a romantic dinner or party. 

Two piece sets have been trending among fashionistas for a while and I love them because they make choosing an outfit stress free while giving you the freedom to mix and match separates so you basically get three looks. Perfect value for money and style. This lacy white number is chic, sophisticated and classy!

Whenever I see a beige trench, the first thing that comes to my mind is Burberry. There's no denying that this super chic double breasted coat is the epitome of sophisticated outerwear. 

When in doubt, wear black! This versatile dress looks like a coat, but is basically a chic dress. 

I have a thing for cable knits and cardis and this one combines both so I totally see myself wearing this on a cold winter day. I love how it can be paired with cute and casual outfits and look equally at ease over dresses too. 

This phrase obviously needs no introduction but when you're out running errands, a simple sweatshirt is all you need to keep warm. For all you lovers of casual style out there, here's the perfect piece. 

One of the best things about all these finds is that they are incredibly cheap (most retail at about $10) and the site has actual user photos and comments from people who have bought them so you know exactly what you're buying. We all know that shopping online can sometimes be a gamble and the garment may not fit/appear the same as the photo. But in this case, SammyDress makes it much simpler by including customer testimonials and easing your shopping process when you're ordering from a different country. 

Okay, I'm off to their site to update my fall wardrobe so before you go, let me know what's on your fall wishlist in your comments below!!  

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Outfit - 90s Girl

If you grew up in the 90s, you definitely know what a tattoo choker is. For those of you in India, you might remember that we used to get a set of this free with Elle 18 deos which were quite a rage way back around 1998-2000. It was the accessory du jour among me and my friends when we were eight graders and thanks to the fact that they came free with a deo, we had quite of few of them. Tattoo chokers weren't just for regular people, mind you. They popped up in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Buffy the Vampire Slayer so the whole world was quite smitten by them. If you're from the younger lot of fashionistas, the tattoo choker necklace is a tight, springy, lace-like plastic necklace designed to sit snugly against your neck. They suddenly re-emerged in the fashion scene a few months ago, and I was delighted to see my childhood favorite around once again and got myself a set immediately. The set consists of a bracelet, a ring and a necklace. I was wearing mine when I was in holiday in Bali last month (you can see the post here) and even there I saw a girl walking around wearing one and it brought a smile to my face. Since I'm a fashion chameleon and switch between styles, I feel the necklace goes best with a goth/boho vibe so I paired it with a fitted black bandage crop top and palazzo pants for a casual yet edgy look. I guess my top half gives a 'The Craft' kinda vibe :)

Top - Romwe
Necklace - Romwe

Photography - Akshat Bhatnagar

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Outfit - Sunny Daze

As much as dressing up is fun, I believe that the most effortlessly stylish looks are those which are casual, comfortable and can be worn on a day to day basis. My go-to outfit is exactly what I'm wearing below - a basic tank with pants. With the exception of Friday nights, I'm pretty much of a 'comfort over style' kinda person and often tend wear boyfriend jeans, palazzo pants and other relaxed styles like this one. However, what I like to mix up things with is accessories. Here's an adorable hat from Accessorize which goes perfectly with this basic outfit. For some strange reason it smells like Vanilla and well, who wouldn't want a hat that smells like cake! I love it! I teamed it with a classic hand crafted leather bag from the Indo chic fashion brand Holii. The brand offers high quality leather bags in a myriad of vibrant colors and styles. 

Top - Forever 21
Jeans - From Korea
Shoes - Forever 21
Bag - Holii

Photography - Akshat Bhatnagar

How do you like my casual look? What's your go-to outfit?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Outfit - Glamazon

This was a very exciting project where I teamed up with a prominent professional hair and makeup artist and photographer for a shoot. I chose to wear a pale dramatic cutout gown from Romwe and the photos have come out fabulous! My hair and makeup were done by Saba Poonawala who runs a salon called La Belle beauty salon and bridal studio. Their salon has been running for over 25 years. They cover all aspects of hair artistry and hair chemistry and specialize in fashion and bridal hair and make up. They have trained under Toni and Guy for hair essentials and Mac, Make up Forever and many other brands for make up. This look needed to be simple and casual, yet very chic so she used simple colors on the eyes and lips, nothing very over powering. She wanted to keep it simple yet classy. I loved the makeup and was wishing I was partying after the shoot because my eyes were looking amazing!! 

Instagram - LABELLESALONANDBRIDALSTUDIO | Facebook - Saba Poonawala Hair and Make up | Website - | Contact - 9970371714

Makeup used - Mascara by Too Faced, Blush by H&M, Kajal by Mac, Highlighter- Bella tera
Eyeshadow - Mac, Lipstick- Lustering by Mac, Compact- Studio fix by Mac.

These fabulous photos were taken by Glax who is one of the founders of Inck Fotofolio, one of the best wedding photographers in India. His team consists of Pravin and Chinmoy, and together they have over 100 wedding shoots to their credit across the length and breadth of our country ranging through the multitude cultures that India offers.

Instagram: @scarlet_wedding | Website: www.scarletweddings.comFacebook: 

Nude Shades Photography is their new upcoming brand which is targeted towards Personalized Fashion, Fine Arts and Boudoir Photography.
The principle behind this brand that they believe each and every one of us have the right to look beautiful and gorgeous like some of the models we see on those wonderful covers. The idea is to Celebrate. Maybe you recently lost weight, got a job promotion, or you reached some goal you’ve been working so hard at. Boudoir photography will assure you what an awesome, beautiful woman you are.

Instagram feed: @diezelglax | Facebook:
Contact for any of these personalized services: +91 90110 38403

Location - Olive Bistro
Olive is the undisputed winner among restaurants that serve European and Mediterranean cuisine in Pune. I can't get enought of their food. They are also hosting a Japanese restaurant at the moment which is serving delectable dishes along with sushi and Tokyo Style Cocktails.
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Monday, September 21, 2015

Gorgeous Wedding Dresses Under £100

 Many brides have had a few regrets. Sometimes it's over the person they pledged their undying devotion to and other times, it's about the cash they've dropped on their wedding. Although there are many essential expenses like a wedding planner, venue, food and beverage etc. the most important factor for every bride is her outfit! On one hand, it's a once in a lifetime occasion  and too many brides get caught up in the moment and end up spending a small fortune on their dresses. On the other, it's just that one time that you'll be wearing your wedding dress, so do you really want to spend a couple of mortgage payments on it? Now lets imagine that your beau has popped the question and now you're planning your wedding. How much would you like to spend on the dress? Since no one really wears their wedding dresses after the main day, I think it is an absolute waste of money to spend an exorbitant amount on a dress which will be lying in your closet forever. 

It is a common case that brides regretting spending over-budget for a fabulous dress which keeps them uncomfortable throughout the entire wedding instead of opting for a simpler and flexible that would have them feeling comfortable all throughout the wedding. One way to figure out how much you can and should spend on a wedding dress is to first calculate how much your entire wedding is going to cost. A good rule of thumb is to allocate "no more than 5 percent of your wedding budget" towards the cost of your wedding dress and alterations. If you'd rather spend on your honeymoon and post wedding wardrobe, I suggest you to check out Prom Times, this site has numerous beautiful cheap wedding dresses, and all under £100! Here are some of my favorites from them -

Aren't they gorgeous? I know ordering wedding dresses online can be a tricky affair but this site has a lot of customer testimonials along with photographs and you can see how great the finished products are and how happy the customers are so you can be assured of good quality! Besides, wedding dresses, they also have prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses and formal occasion dresses. 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Outfit - Balmainesque

I loved the exaggerated shoulder trend made popular by Balmain and when I saw this gorgeous crochet lace crop top and bodycon bandage skirt on Romwe, I knew I had to get them. I've been trying to wear color lately but well I have to get back to black and white every now and then. So here I am in an outfit in my favorite color combo from one of my all time favorite online stores! 

Top & Skirt - Romwe
Bag - Mango
Shoes - Forever 21

Photography - Akshat Bhatnagar

I love wearing this outfit for a night out with friends! What about you?

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