Friday, September 26, 2014

Bachelorette Trip - Kovalam, Kerala

Hey there! I know I've been MIA for a while and that's because I was out of town traveling for that mini vacation I spoke about in my previous post - my high school BFF Prerana's bachelorette! We went to a beautiful beach town called Kovalam in the southern state of Kerala, which is known for its lush landscapes and breathtaking backwaters. There were five of us and we stayed at the Vivanta by Taj Hotel, a stunning seaside resort and hotel landscaped with Balinese style landscaped gardens and water bodies. So beautiful that it won our hearts. As the weather was really hot, we spent most of our time lounging by the pool over cocktails and gossip and swimming of course!

This was my first vacation in years and I could finally wear all my favorite resort wear along with my beloved favorite mirrored aviators which you can see in the photo above and below.

Our daily breakfast cocktail 
I absolutely adore the blue and yellow cutout dress I'm wearing in the photos below and actually saved it for this holiday! Its tropical and perfect for a vacation. The back is divine too!

Prerana - the bride to be, me and our friend Devyani
Here's me trying to do the Angelia Jolie's leg pose and looking super awkward of course
Parul and me showing off our sexy backs!

The hotel has a stunning infinity pool surrounded by greenery so I just had to do the ubiquitous poolside selfie!

Prerana, Parul and me looking like spa therapists and very unintentionally oriental! 
After spending the day by the pool, at night it was time for us to doll up and hit Bait - the beach side restaurant of our hotel. We surprised the bride-to-be with a cozy dinner by the ocean where we had instructed the hotel to decorate the place with candles, balloons and lamps. 

I look like Edward Cullen thanks to Parul's Estee Lauder foundation which didn't budge in spite of the extreme humidity
 Though it was a really short weekend trip, we had loads of fun and a fantastic time catching up over bottles of wine and lots of girl talk! Vacations with girlfriends are the best! Don't you agree?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Slideshows made Easy With Fotor

Remember me mentioning a a fun photo editor which lets you add text, filters and lots of cool effects to your photos? Yes, Fotor, and they're back with a fantastic new feature that lets you create slideshows within a few minutes with just a few clicks!  Just choose your favorite photos, and make an animated slideshow with music that you can send to everyone! You can add photos from your Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox or your computer. To use your Facebook photos, you must first log in using Facebook after which, Fotor lets you choose photos from you albums for the slideshow.

This super powerful feature lets you edit your photos in one touch and make them pump with music. When creating your slideshow, you have the choice between 9 different settings which you can preview too. If you hover over each icon, you will see an option to preview that style so you can hear the music and see the differences in how photos transition from one to another.

 You can change between the different themes before saving your slideshow. After you’ve chosen all of the photos you want to include in your slideshow, you can then have them shuffled into a random order or you can move them around to the order of your preference by dragging them left or right. When you are finished, you click on the red “Go” button to the right of the photos you chose and you’ll be able to preview your slideshow. You are able to go back and make any changes you would like if you’d like to tweak it a little. You can also share these easily with your friends via your social media channels with a link!

I'm going for a mini vacation for my best friend's bachelorette next week so I'm definitely using the slideshow to create a montage of our time! But till I post that one, check out my Slideshow here

Try the Fotor slideshow creator! Its loads of fun!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

To Barcelona With A Selfie #BedHeadThisIsMe

I've always been a huge fan of the hair care brand TIGI thanks to their fabulous range of shampoos, conditioners & styling products which have quirky names and very cool packaging. Known for its cheeky attitude along with fun and creative hair products, Bed Head by TIGI has launched a really cool contest known as #BedHeadThisisMe. 
All you need to do is get your hair styled in a salon, click a selfie with your stylist and upload it on their site HERE. What's up for grabs? A trip for 2 to Barcelona where you could attend a music festival and your stylist could get a chance to train at the prestigious TIGI Academy in London! Isn't that something? The selfie with the highest number of likes will increase your chance to win that Barcelona trip and attend one of Europe’s music festivals. Alongside, Bed Head, with the intention of encouraging hair stylists in the country, has extended the contest to gratify them and the hair stylist with the highest votes will win an all-expense paid trip to London for training at the TIGI academy. A perfect win-win situation for you and the person behind your great hairstyle!
#BedHeadThisisMe focuses on individuality by encouraging people to acknowledge their true selves. Along with 6 individual interviews, the campaign video highlights the core thought of the brand: self-expression. The message implies that everyone is the star of a show that’s their own life and they are the only one in power to make or break it.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Spa Review - Skah Day Spa

Tucked away in a quiet lane in Koregaon Park, Skah Day Spa is a little haven of opulence and relaxation. I went there recently to indulge in some pampering and left absolutely zenned out! The moment you enter Skah, you  feel like you've entered a zone of peace and tranquility thanks to its tastefully done interiors and greenery. Skah offers various therapies along with unusual treatments, scrubs and wraps for detoxification, de-stressing, skin improvement, and pain alleviation. Nikita, the gorgeous manager of the spa, is really sweet and is very helpful when it comes to advising you about the various treatments offered. 

Skah is the perfect place for relaxation thanks to its serene and uplifting setting. The spa is well-lit with natural light, which gives a nice relaxing feeling to the senses.The therapy rooms are dimly lit with soothing music and a lot of aroma therapy candles burning in the room. Each room is equipped with a shower cubicle. 

The outer area of Skah Spa, Pune
I wanted to indulge in some pampering for my skin, so I chose a package which included a full body massage, scrub and wrap.  As I went upstairs to where the therapy rooms are, I was greeted by my therapist  and then embarked upon 2 hours of sheer bliss. All the important things were in place: a low lit room, enough instruction, privacy and change time to get ready for my treatment. 

The waiting area outside the therapy rooms
Firstly I experienced the a 60 minute Aromatherapy Massage, a soothing full body massage using lavender oil which went perfectly with the citrus aroma of the treatment room and the calming music. The therapist's pressure levels were perfect and I felt absolutely rejuvenated once it was over. She was very professional, soft spoken and asked if the pressure was right and how was I feeling. After the massage, she applied a scrub and exfoliated my skin from head to toe. As much as I love using a body scrub in the shower, I realized that its much better at the spa. Post the scrub, I was made to take shower which was followed by a body wrap. To be honest, I had no idea what happens in a body wrap so this was an enlightening experience for me!  My whole body was coated in a sea-weed body pack, and wrapped in a plastic sheet for some time and the room temperature is increased. This helps improve skin tone and the heat makes your skin absorb the pack better. I got out feeling utterly relaxed and with luminous and soft skin and was served some water and ice cream to re hydrate. 

The copper tub at the therapy room
They also have a couples suite, where you and your beau can enjoy a spa day together or go with your BFF for a fun filled day of girly pampering :) 

Besides spa treatments, Skah  also has an impressive Nail bar stocked with endless bottles of OPI nailpolishes in a rainbow of colors and experienced nail technicians who are usually booked throughout the month! That's not all, they also offer waxing, facials, manicures and pedicures along with therapeutic treatments. Whether you feel like a long hard week warrants a little TLC for your nails or want to go all out with a spa package, you’ll leave Skah feeling and looking like a goddess, just like I did!

Address -
Skah Day Spa
1, Adit Enclave, Lane No. 5,
South Main Road, Koregaon Park, 
Pune - 411 001. 
Maharashtra, India.
p : +91 20 26152005
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