April 2014

Iraya – A 100% Natural Story {Beauty}

April 30, 2014
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When we talk about going all Ayurveda, being close to nature and only applying *natural products*, do we really mean it? Of course, apart from the usual home packs that we create, or in my, what my grand mother suggests as being ‘organic'; the products that we buy in plastic bottles… are they really natural? You might want to do a background check on that jar of bottle again! Unlike other Indian brands that claim to be natural, but are in someway or the other chemically enhanced; Iraya is one such stand alone brand which really means what they claim to provide. I was recently invited to check out their Delhi store, which is located at The Promenade, Vasant Kunj. Right now as I am scribbling my blog about it, I am wearing one of their 100% natural face pack that needs to be refrigerated at all times. Not only it soothes out all the skin burns exposed throughout the day, it guarantees to leave behind a lightly moisturized skin (thank god for that!), that does not cry out for another dose of moisturization right after the application. These masks are made from finest natural sources including freshest flowers, freshest fruits and vegetables all mixed with absorbent clays for deep cleansing, toning and to rejuvenate the skin. Sweep away the dull and tired skin this summers as Iraya’s Fresh Masks reveal your brighter and smoother complexion.These perfectly blended fresh masks incorporate unique textures and colors, that need to be refrigerated and has expiry date of 2 weeks. About IRAYA The Iraya brand of beauty and wellness products was launched in 2006 by Sadatan Pure Ayurveda Pvt. Ltd. Sadatan has been manufacturing and exporting beauty and wellness products for over 20 years in highly evolved beauty markets like France, Italy, Russia …

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Celeste Chocolate Boutique {Food Review}

April 21, 2014
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I am a chocoholic. Period! Gimme chocolate anytime of the day and night, in any amounts and any flavor; I will still savor it the same way with gluttony. A few days back I was invited for a ‘Chocolate Tasting’ event. Now when I say chocolate tasting, it means trying out different types and makes of chocolates… and only chocolates. Nidhi Bhageria, the founder of Celeste Chocolate boutique, had an intense sugar rush event planned up for us. Her passion for chocolates could be seen in her enthusiasm to share her boutique’s wide platter. And not just chocolates, but they have wide variety of salty delights as well. Expressing in words won’t do any justice to what we experienced at this event. Which is why I will let the photographs do all the talking. Take a look! The Chocolate Heaven The Decor The Gift Packaging Something Gourmet About Celeste Chocolates Celeste Chocolates has been at the forefront of the gourmet chocolate business in India specializing in handcrafted chocolates available in premium range for every occasion including Valentine’s Day, Diwali, Christmas, Weddings, Birthdays and any other Occasion. Inspired by the legendary chocolatiers of Belgium, France, Switzerland and the USA, celeste nurtures the long-cherished tradition of excellence – so that the great taste, exotic flavor and beautiful presentation of each Celeste product make it a unique creation and a cut above the rest  The premium chocolate offering cares the chocoholic’s palate with refined flavor and forge a sweet bond that often lasts a lifetime. The bouquet of superior-quality gourmet chocolates and unique gift boxes are designed to feature the tradition of perfectionism nurtured at Celeste. Celeste procures the finest quality of ingredients and indulges in exciting combinations flavors such as Chilly chocolates, Lavender truffles, Kaffir Lime chocolates, Raspberry pink pepper truffles and Chai chocolates …

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Sammydress International Giveaway

April 18, 2014
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The Summer Wishlist We just can’t get enough of much shopping. I am giving you one more reason to make your  ‘shopping wish list’! WIN SHOPPING WORTH $25 Their will be 1 WINNER (International Giveaway) The format of choosing the winner will be disclosed 2 days before the giveaway ends. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ How to win? 1. Like SAMMYDRESS & KALAPALETTE on Facebook. {Mandatory} 2. Follow SAMMYDRESS & KALAPALETTE on Twitter. {Mandatory} 3. Visit www.sammydress.com and tell us your summer wishlist. Share the links in the comment section below. {Mandatory} 4. Follow us on Instagram {Brownie Points} 5. Subscribe to our Youtube channel. {Brownie Points} 6. Tweet ” Win @SammyDress #giveaway #hamper on #Kalapalette –> http://tinyurl.com/ljsclys “ This international is giveaway, and anyone across the globe can participate! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Mention your name, email id, country and city along with the steps you have followed. Kindly Note : Complete all mandatory entries to be eligible for the competition. All the entries will be thoroughly checked before announcing the winner. The Contest will end on 3rd May, 2014. The winner will be announced on 5th May, 2014. BEST OF LUCK EVERYONE! 😉 * The prizes will be delivered by Sammydress team. The blog and blog-owner are not liable for delivery discrepancies.  *Participants must be 18years age or must have parental consent. You need to provide your address in case you win.

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Keep Calm and Take a #Selfie

April 8, 2014
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Anybody and everybody who is on the social network knows what a #selfie is! Not just that, but each one of us has been a *victim* of taking selfies. Yeah! Victim. Because now, taking our own pic(s) innumberable times in an hour-day-week-month has been *diagnosed* as a syndrome. Don’t believe me? Just google up ‘Selfie Syndrome’ and learn for yourself.  But heck! Will we stop taking selfies? What will our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Vine, etc….. feeds update then? A *sheepish* NAAAAAAH! Recently, this syndrome got bigger and maybe better. In January, Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscar selfie with stars like Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep and Jared Leto became famous world wide. It was every-friggin-where on the news and of course our social network.  This *Group Selfie* bug soon found it’s way into Bollywood. Don’t believe me? Let’s check out some examples, shall we? #GroupSelfie the #BOLLYWOOD style Kunal Kohli | Mandira Bedi | Shahrukh Khan  Shahrukh was quick enough to arrange a selfie next. Although this one was not that big a ‘celebrity’ selfie, but oh well SRK covered it all. I wonder what’s with his catty eyes?  Kalki Koechlin | Koel Purie | Deepika Padukone The pouts never suffice. Sigh! Sonakshi Sinha | Tanisha Mukherjee | Kajol | Jaya Bachchan  Now this one came in as a surprise. Never seen these four ladies together ever, and look how happy they look in this photo. Selfie a friendship bond-er eh? VJ Andy | Karan Johar | Kirron Kher | Malaika Arora Khan | Bharti  Singh | Amitabh Bachchan If Jaya Bachchan can do it, why will Amitabh Bachchan stay behind? Even if it means posing at the finale of a reality tv program.  Preity Zinta | Rani Mukherjee | Manish Arora | Urmila Matondkar The old (accept it now!) beauties of Bollywood. Sigh! Nargis Fakhri …

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Heads Up For Tails – Fashion for Dogs/Cats {Lifestyle}

April 6, 2014
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Are you a pet lover? What do you usually shop for your dog/cat? Pedigree, a cosy bed, silky harness, some toys and maybe a warm jacket for those winters; right? What if you could get a tuxedo made for your spaniel. Or maybe get a raincoat custom made for your pooch’s rainy days? Well, this is actually possible. And that too, from the comfort of your homes! Heads Up For Tails About : We are India’s exclusive luxury brand for ‘pawsh’ and fun doggie couture. Our products range from comfy and customized dog beds, chic collars and leashes, fashionable dog apparel, to an awesome range of accessories for pets and pet lovers! We also source yummy treats, fragrant dog spa products and other goodies from other international brands. Shop HERE Lovely Sakshi from the HUFT team introduced me to this amazing store. If you are a dog lover like me, you’re surely in for a treat. Among their awesome luxury options, I got very keen on trying this hamper called ‘The Wag Box’. Trust me, I was more excited about what’s inside the box when it arrived than my Casper. The procedure is quite simple and impressive. All you got to do is fill up a form with the likes, dislikes and measurement of your dog. You can suggest the type of products you would like to receive in the hamper. The creative team of HUFT then gets working, and creates custom made boxes on order. And trust me on this one, they do the job pretty well! (The cover paper was wrinkle free on arrival. My excitement is to be blamed for the mess, ehm!) How very sweet of them to customize almost everything.  A custom made rain coat, toy ball, collar, key chain, choostix, scarf and popcorn. I …

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