Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Myntra End Of Reason Sale

We've all heard of end of season sales but this time, Myntra.com decided to shake up things a bit and give us an end of reason sale! Myntra is India’s largest fashion and lifestyle website that stocks tons of fashion apparel, footwear and accessories by a gazillion brands and some of the country's top designers. I found lots of brands like Mango, Vero Moda, Guess, Steve Madden and more that I personally wear so I was very impressed with their stock. 

So getting back to the point, this End Of Reason Sale is India’s biggest fashion sale which is happening Jan 3rd and 4th, 8am onwards and it will offer some insane discounts. How do you make full use of it? Here's a handy guide for you to make the most out of this sale -  

So create your wishlist now and ring in the new year with some new goodies for your closet! I'm off to their site to build mine now.

And I wish you all a fabulous and happy new year!!

 Lets make 2015 the best year of our life!
June will be back in January :)

Friday, December 26, 2014

Post-Holiday Shape-Up

 ‘Twas the season to be jolly, and my, were you ever. Alas, all those butter-baster dinners, tempting trays of finger food and flutes of fizz have wreaked havoc with your once-svelte waistline. Hours in front of the television have dragged you into a mire of inertia, and the thought of going back to work fills you with horror. Fear not. You can combat post-festivity blues, boost your energy levels and tone your bulging booty with a new regime. Here’s how -

Set a goal
After a few sludgy months of overindulgence, you can’t snap into a racehorse-regime of five fruit and veg, eight glasses of water, 1200 calories and a 6am jog every day. You have to set realistic goals, and be persistent in your efforts to attain them. Set a small target, reach it, and then set another. It might be to lose three pounds. It could be to go to the gym twice in one week. You may challenge yourself to take a healthy packed lunch into work every day. Whatever your goal, you’re more likely stay motivated if you aim low and succeed, than if you set yourself up to fail one colossal challenge.

Buddy up

Working with a friend or partner to get fit is immensely motivating, and will immediately double your commitment to change. Hiking is more sociable than running, but can still give your body all the benefits without the strain. All you need is a good pair of women’s or men’s hiking boots to protect your feet, and set out into the wilderness together with your beau. Take a (healthy!) romantic picnic, a camera and some binoculars for a healthy day out that’s more charm-packed than chore-like.

Spend a little
If you invest in yourself, it’s more likely you’ll see a return. Buy some workout clothes that flatter your body. Splash out on some audio books to motivate your morning run. Sign up for a gym membership, or buy some snazzy new weights and a workout DVD. Invest in a bike with a view to cycling to work once a week. Whatever you choose to spend your money on, make a vow to justify your spend.

Break from the norm
Every so often, allow yourself an activity day. Snowboarding, skiing and indoor climbing can burn up to 600 calories per hour, and are great fun as part of a group if you can convince your friends to come along. Sign up to a boxing class. Try salsa dancing. Love it or hate it, try Zumba, just the once. Even if you don’t go back, augmenting your workout routine with something different can be all you need to stay motivated.

Do you have 'start working out' or 'join a gym' in your list of new year resolutions?

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Make Your Wedding Memorable With Moments

As winter finally arrives in India, along comes with it, the wedding season. In India, the period between November to February is infamous for loads of weddings. In fact, four of my friends, including my high school BFF got married this month. When it comes to the Big Fat Indian Wedding, every girl wants hers to be memorable and right from her outfit to the venue to the decor to the food and so on. Besides all these factors, another important aspect of your wedding is the invitation, packaging and gifting and this is exactly what Moments specializes in. 

 This tastefully done up store & studio in Koregaon Park showcases various essential items for wedding like engagement ring platters, invitation and jewelry boxes, trousseau packaging and Sangeet and Mehendi giveaway presents. They even have specific items for any custom particular to a community. You can make selections from their existing range of designs on showcase but if you want something totally personal and unique that you wish to convey, you can have it customized at Moments thanks to owner Riona's aesthetics and love for perfection.  

Its really easy to give someone a card in an envelope but if you were to receive a wedding invitation that sits in a basket along with sweets, dry fruits and a little gift, it would definitely make an impact and show your guests how you went that extra mile to make your wedding more memorable. 

They have boxes in all shapes and sizes which can be customized to match your wedding theme
These boxes are ideal for placing gifts, sweets or invites
Beautiful Ganesha idols make perfect auspicious gifts for any occasion 
These little pouches are great for invites and can be reused for storing trinkets
From mehendi cones to bindi holder packets, the smallest details are looked into by Moments
These bags can be given as return gifts or along with invitations
These beautiful vibrant bangles are perfect as return gifts for a wedding
Besides wedding gifts, Moments also caters to birthdays, baby showers, formal corporate gatherings and festivals( Holi, Diwali & Ganesh Chaturthi)

1 Adit Enclave, 
Lane No 5. 
South Main Road.
Koregaon Park 
Pune - 01

T: 020 26158305
M: 9823205780, 9881025780  

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Restaurant Review - Hyderabadi Food Festival at Salsa

Hyderabadi cuisine is famed for its delicious spicy Biryanis and array of chicken and lamb dishes. The cuisine draws its flavour from two rich legacies - the Deccan cuisine of Nizams with its delectable biryanis (rice flavoured with meat and vegetables), haleem (pounded wheat and mutton dish) and kebabs, and the spicy Andhra style of food, laced with mustard, garlic and chilies accompanied by spicy pickles. I stayed in Hyderabad for 3 years before I moved to Pune so I got to savor lots of delectable dishes from the city and am in love with the cuisine. Sadly I do not get to eat it very often in Pune as I pretty much always end up dining at South East Asian and Italian restaurants. Fortunately for me, my desire to eat Hyderabadi food was fulfilled as Salsa, the multi cuisine restaurant in the Corinthians Resort & Boutique Hotel is running Dawaat-e-Nizam (feast of the Nizam) which is a Hyderabadi Food Festival.

They have a grand spread of dishes like Kacche Gosht Ki Biriyani, Haleem, Dalcha and many more specialties. I started my meal with a variety of vegetarian and non vegetarian starters. My favorite chicken dish in the whole wide world is Chicken 65, which originated in Hyderabad and is a spicy deep fried chicken starter that's garnished with curry leaves.

Chicken 65
I also loved the Pathar Ka Gosht, another spicy delight which consists of lamb marinated overnight and seared on a hot Granite stone over charcoal. Besides these, I also tried the vegetarian options of Madrasi Paneer Tikka (Cottage cheese tikka) and Makai ki tikki (Corn patty) which were pretty good. 
Clockwise from L to R: Makai Ki Tikki, Madrasi Paneer Tikka, Chicken 65 and Patthar Ka Gosht
Since I'm quite a carnivore and am always partial to non vegetarian food, I decided to do the opposite and try some vegetarian food for a change too. In main course, I had the Paneer Charminar (cubes of cottage cheese in a slightly sweet orange sauce), Mix Dal Masala (the lentil soup in the bowl) and Hyderabadi Bhindi (Lady's Finger aka Okra aka Gumbo). The Bhindi was particularly outstanding as it was the perfect blend of onion and crunchy curry leaves with the lady's finger.

From left to right: Paneer Charminar, Mix Dal Masala and Hyderbadi Bhindi
Getting back to my carnivorous ways, I also had the Kacche Gosht Ki Biryani in which lamb is slow-cooked with the rice to produce a succulent, flavorful layered delight along with Gosht Tamatar, a tomato based non spicy lamb gravy. Both were delicious.

Clockwise from L to R : Paneer Charminar, Gosht Tamatar, Hyderbadi Bhindi and Kacche Gosht Ki Biryani
I was also in the mood for dessert for a change. I had the Gulab Jamun Day Light, which was a unique tasting gulab jamun which was halved with a dollop of cream on top. I also had the Kulfi Falooda which is an ice cream like dessert.

Clockwise from L to R : Vanilla ice cream, Dil E Firdaus, Kulfi, Gulab Jamun Day Light with Falooda in the Centre
Overall, I had a great experience at Salsa once again, and really enjoyed their range of Hyderabadi cuisine. Their staff is polite and courteous and the ambiance is nice and relaxed. If you are in Pune and have a craving for Hyderabadi Food, don't miss this food festival. It is on till Sunday, 21st December 2014.

Have you ever tried any of these dishes? Let me know in your comments below. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Rescue Repair Review

Okay so as I've mentioned many times before, I regularly torture my hair by getting it chemically straightened and recently went really light and got very prominent highlights because I was bored of dark hair and have loads of greys. As a result of this, my hair became more porous and needed better nourishment so I started using the Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Repair Rescue range. Schwarzkopf claims that with BC Repair Rescue the recovery starts at cellular level, with a formula that nourishes, restructures and repairs hair from the inside out. The in-depth restoration gives an incredible 100% replenishment and resilience, with up to 95% less breakage. The result? Hair feels reborn, with a super soft feel, renewed elasticity and a healthy looking, long-lasting shine. 

The gently cleansing shampoo is meant for normal to fine damaged hair and is suitable for daily use. I've been using it for a few weeks now and am glad that it leaves my scalp feeling squeaky clean, removing all oils, dirt and product residue from my hair. I use it in conjunction with the intensive creamy conditioner for damaged hair which improves strength and elasticity. It detangles and smoothes and seals the hair surface while adding shine. Since my hair is quite dry thanks to straightening and coloring, instead of rinsing off the conditioner, I then apply the reconstructing treatment that provides extra strengthening qualities and improves the elasticity of the hair. This product is a thick masque which comes in a tub and has an amazing fragrance that lingers in my hair. 

Though this routine is slightly time consuming as I tend to shampoo twice, then apply conditioner and the masque which I keep on for 3-7 minutes, the results are amazing and my hair feels soft, silky manageable and looks fabulous! Check out the results below - 

My highlights and grey coverage were done by my friend Pooja who is an amazing hairstylist and bridal makeup artist. You can see her work here

If you frequently treat your hair with chemicals like I do, I totally recommend you to try Schwarzkopf's BC Bonacure Rescue Repair range. I feel that shampoos and conditioners suit different people depending on their scalp and hair type so results may vary from person to person, however, if you're looking for a deep conditioning treatment, you must try their treatment (which comes in the tub) as its a fabulous product and makes hair soft, silky and shiny.

Do you use any Schwarzkopf products? What's your favorite?

Monday, December 08, 2014

The Doll Lover's Dream Editorial

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with Barbies. I had twenty five of them and had been convinced to chop of all my hair on one occasion and get full marks in Maths on another, all in exchange for a precious Barbie. Since I used to stay in small cities as my dad was in the Army, I'd often make outfits for my dolls using paper and tape because of the unavailability of Barbie clothes there. As I grew older, I couldn't relate to Barbie's signature favorite color as its so girly, and you couldn't find a single pink piece in my wardrobe in the past 5-6 years till I got this dress recently.  However, ever since Jeremy Scott's created Barbie's dream collection for Moschino for Spring Summer 2015, I think I'm gonna channel my inner Barbie! Right from the trademark Barbie font, to the bubblegum pink outfits and their styles, you'll instantly recognize Barbie's looks from the collection (Images here and video here). Check out model Charlotte Free roller skating down the Moschino runway below -

Barbie is definitely making a comeback and Vogue Paris' editorial named Panoplies takes this to a whole new level. Shot by Giampaolo Sgura as "Never Removed From The Box" Barbies, models Elizabeth Erm and Magdalena Frackowiak transform into real-life designer dolls in looks by Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Valentino and more. Each picture has the models positioned in their boxes, wearing this clothes from each designer's latest collection, surrounded by accessories attached to boxes by those plastic twist ties that instantly reminded me of my childhood Barbie obsession. I'm loving Gucci, Valentino and Moschino, of course!

Don't you love these? Which one's your favorite?

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

NEW John Jacobs Sunglasses!

Hey there! Long time no see!! In a stark contrast to my former vampire lifestyle, I finally started working like other normal human beings and thus have to drive quite a bit in the morning sun. And of course, complimentary with this is the dire need for sunscreen and sunglasses. This is when I discovered John Jacobs - an online store that offers boutique, world-class eye wear for men and women at very affordable prices.  They have a great range of eyeglasses and sunglasses made of high quality materials which are manufactured by state-of-the-art technological finesse. This brand is owned by the same folks who own Lenskart, a site which leads the online eye wear market in India.  

After trying various shapes and sizes in the past couple of years, I've finally concluded that aviators suit me the most so I was delighted to find a beautiful pair of brown ones which are perfect for daily wear. The process of ordering was fast and simple, and the package reached me within 4-5 days after I placed the order. Not only do they look great and feel comfortable, they're also very good quality, all at an extremely reasonable price of Rs 1599 (approx $25) 

Oh, and did I mention they compliment my recently highlighted hair perfectly? :)

 If you're in India and looking to buy good quality glasses or sunglasses without breaking the bank, make sure you check out John Jacobs. How do you like my new sunglasses (and highlights)?

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