February 2017

India Design ID 2017 – Decor Inspiration Special

February 28, 2017
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Art is everywhere. Be it in fashion, in make up, at a place, architecture or even architectural design. I have often come across fashion ‘mood boards’ and have read many articles on the ‘Trends Of The Season’. That’s what pretty much sums up my feed annually. But this time, I decided to venture into an area which boasts about art in the way we live. If you happen to be a fan of floral prints on your midi skirt, then you’ll equally fall in love with a particular set of Floral Sofa Chair Cum Ottoman. India Design ID has been celebrating living artistically since half a decade now, which is why their 5th edition of the annual exhibition had to be a bigger and better expression of the whole concept. Right from collaborating with ELLE DECOR India and Sunil Sethi Design Alliance to hosting ID Symposium for the inspiring artists, this year’s 5th edition of India Design ID 2017 was a grandeur of excellence indeed. Soaking up some inspiration to re-style my home and work space and of course, grabbing a few trends that I can adapt in my sphere of style, here’s a glimpse of design marvels that I came across at India Design ID 2017. Take a look! The trends that caught my attention? Color blocking, Aztecs, Kitch, Metallic, Wild Flora and Oriental Patterns. The idea behind ID Exhibit is to bring forward best decor brands and eminent speakers from across the globe on one platform to celebrate design, creativity and aesthetics through installations and discussions. Commenting on the initiative, Gaurav Mashruwala, CEO, Ogaan Media Pvt. Ltd.  says, “This year we celebrate 5 years of India Design ID and over this time period, it has not only become the country’s premier design celebration but has very effectively changed the definition …

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Himalaya Rich Cocoa Butter Body Cream

February 27, 2017
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This transition from the winter season to the Spring/Summer is more harsh on the skin than any time of the year is. Why? The humidity goes haphazard, leaving a complex situation of right moisturisation to the skin which is needed with the dry weather conditions that surface with this change. I have been using thick lotions and body butters throughout Delhi winters, but this is the time when my skin needs extra care. You might feel that it’s time to put the body butters in storage and bring about the lotions for the summer season, but the SOS call to body butters is pretty much required even now. Himalaya Rich Cocoa Butter Body Cream is absolutely divine in terms of its cocoa fragrance and the product itself. Thick consistency of cream which is actually how a body butter should be, smooth application and long lasting moisturisation on the skin has made be befriend this product till this transition lasts. Priced at INR 270 for 200ml, the tub style packaging of Himalaya Rich Cocoa Butter Body Cream ensures easy usage. I won’t call the packaging travel friendly, but because of its lightweight, you might won’t mind actually taking it all (read : total hydration for skin). Claims? Improves moisture content of the skin Cocoa butter and vitamin E help product skin from damage due to harmful effects of sun and pollution. Helps retain moisture between skin layers by preventing moisture loss Provides superior moisturization, giving you soft and smooth skin My Experience I found this product really helpful to ward off extra dryness of the skin. The pricing is quite affordable with easy application packaging. The application is smooth, the product spreads out on the skin swiftly leaving behind no trails of grease whatsoever. Verdicts I will definitely recommend this product …

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Make Up Ready With NEW Faces Cosmetics

February 23, 2017
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Faces Cosmetics collection that I have been swearing by since the last 3 years now. Their products are insanely pigmented, the colour palette apt for all Indian skin types and the long lasting coverage is absolutely remarkable. Note that no one is paying me to vouch by a certain brand, but this is something I have personally tried and claim for. Speaking about Faces Cosmetics, they recently invited us beauty enthusiasts of Delhi to celebrate Valentine’s Day with boyfriends BEST FRIENDS! So not only did we try out their latest range of lippies, Concealer and other palettes; but also got a chance to catch up with our best friends in a hub of make up and pretty pink cupcakes. Faces Cosmetics often come up with a range of Lip Crayons adding a few more shades to this hot-selling product every year. And this time, they have added an array in hues of browns, red and neutrals. My personal favourite has to be the ‘Not So Wine’ shade that goes perfectly well with most of my outfits and occasions. With contrast to the exhausting range of Lip Crayons, Faces Cosmetics has also come up with a swift range of Matte Nail Paints that do result in matte finish, indeed! The Ultime Pro Nail Lacquer lasts for 3-4 days before chipping and does provide a quite gloss-free appeal to it. My favourite shade has to be this dark purple shade called ‘Matte Majestic #17′. Ultime Pro Supreme Gel Eyeliner is a highly pigmented black eyeliner which offers smooth application and a quite dark ebony look post application. I have tried it twice till now and haven’t faced any kind of smudge of withering, over wearing it for a period of 8 hours straight. The Ultime Pro Eye Shadow Palette in ‘Rose’ hue is …

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Amitabh Bachchan’s Favourite Sampan Restaurant

February 20, 2017
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Mumbai might have many Chinese restaurants serving authentic platters, but Sampan stands out ahead of the crowd being a Bollywood favourite for decades. While Amitabh Bachchan’s favourite pick from the menu is Mushroom on Toast, Quantico lady Priyanka always opts for Chicken Pepper Chili while dining at this pool & Juhu beach front facing restaurant. So what is it about Sampan that really ticks with these world-trotting celebrities? I had the honour of finding that out when Novotel Juhu hosted me for a lunch break at this iconic restaurant. Head Chef Penpa Tseri had designed a special menu, presenting some of his finest works and I will not deny the fact that each dish stood out impeccably!   Beautifully designed interiors, reflecting the culture of China, a simple walk-in at Samapan Novotel Juhu ensures that you’ll be served nothing but authentic Chinese food. The restaurant has a whooping 10 page menu, but I was to dine on Chef’s special spread. To start with, I picked up Novotel’s Signature drink – NOVOTEL PUNCH, which was a concoction of Orange juice, Pineapple juice, Mango juice, Grenadine and fresh cream. The drink was quite refreshing for a lazy warm Mumbai afternoon. Based on my preference of meats, Chef Penpa created 4 starter menu which was a blend of seafood and chicken. Before my starters arrived, I was offered a cup of searing hot Jasmine Tea which acts as a palette cleanser to prepare you for your journey of Chinese flavours. The first on the starters menu was Mandarin Chicken which was sliced chicken in soya sauce, tossed with bell peppers and with a zing of crushed black pepper for course flavours. The chicken was succulent, soya sauce in harmony and the salty-spicy combination of black pepper anted up the taste manifolds. Next up on the …

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Androgyny with Suit Fullstop

February 17, 2017
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I am always fascinated by the structured make of a double-breasted ebony tuxedo. What really makes and breaks a formal suit is its stitch and fit. If the crease is too fitted or the stitch too elaborately done, it gives off the mannerism a formal suit demands, making the wearer look unfit and out of form. I might be a female, but I am one of those females who absolutely adorn befriending the Androgyny ways of style. Speaking about which, I have tried many a times to meet a brand or boutique that can magnify the feminine silhouette of me, while keeping up with the manly element of a tuxedo. Until now, I have been doped by many local boutiques who have failed in producing a suit that matches my expectations. Suit Fullstop is an e-commerce label that excels in every aspect of suiting up. Although it is a men’s trendsetting brand, the team did listen to my request on stitching up a tuxedo that really reflects my identity and gives me a great fit. So in case you’ve been wondering how an e-commerce boutique match your requirement of a designer formal suit, then you’ll be overwhelmed to know that the label does a fantastic job in delivering what we ask for. Worth mentioning that they have some physical stores in the country, established, as well! And to make the experience more unique and personal, Suit Fullstop offers ready-to-wear as well as customised formal suits to its customers. How does it work? Not only do they offer altering post delivery, their returns are easy to follow as well. But given their dedication towards delivering customisation that is up to the mark, their sure are any chances of needing any of the edits. Did I mention that they offer ‘Renting’ facility …

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Pacific Mall Tagore Garden Celebrates Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2017
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Love is eternal, which stands true to the fact because certain epitomes of love often resurface with time on days like Valentine’s Day. Taj Mahal is one such legendary example of love, which stands tall in the city of Agra and is a pride of India. Considered as one of the wonders of the world, Taj Mahal receives millions of visitors on a monthly basis, leaving them spellbound with its magnificent architecture and mesmerising folklore. Bringing forth this legendary symbol of love to Delhi, Pacific Mall Tagore Garden Delhi recreated the architecture on its premises as their Valentine’s Day theme of 2017. The 18 feet high Taj Mahal replica has been constructed keeping in mind the fine Meenakari details that the original architecture consists of. Giving an opportunity to the customers, Pacific Mall Tagore Garden is inviting couples to bring their better half for a trip to the world of Taj Mahal. Get clicked, make memories and express love right in front of the Mughal historic symbol of love. Speaking on the occasion of Valentine’s Day, Mr. Salim Roopani (Centre Director – Pacific Mall) said, “We want to create the magic and epitome of love and the expression of beauty that would make your Valentine’s Day celebrations really meaningful. Valentine’s Day is a day of love and warmth and it’s a good time to show your love to important people of your lives. So, we at Pacific Mall are creating the magic to give a chance to our customers to make their day unforgettable day of their lives.” And while you’re at it, explore the many fashion stores offering massive discounts to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Plus size brands like Mustard are offering upto 60% discounts, while international sellouts like Aéropostale are offering varied discounts to give you a reason to …

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Lakmé 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip And Cheek Colour

February 13, 2017
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For those who are drifting into the amour world of Valentine’s Day, hear this! Lakmé introduces 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip and Cheek Colour which is absolutely everything you need right now. Right from giving your lips a La Vie En Rose full coverage to offering a natural blush to sculpted cheek-bones, Lakmé 9 to 6 Matte Mousse is all you need this Valentines Day. I have been trying the tint for an all day look to wearing it up on a Delhi-Mumbai travel spree and not even once have I felt the need to re-apply the tint or wipe the smudge off over a quick meal express. The application is swift, texture- smooth and credibility – flawless. The great part about this Lip and Cheek Colour? The texture is matte yet weightless on application. Which means, your lips look fuller without the feel of overdoing the usage. The mousse comes in a compact travel friendly container, with a swap applicator making the application process hassle-free.   Lakmé 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip and Cheek colour comes in 10 intense shades ranging between hues of reds, browns and pinks; with a light-powdery finish. The 10 shades are Blush Velvet, Rose Touch, Burgundy Lush, Tangerine Fluff, Cocoa Soft, Fuchsia Suede, Crimson Silk, Coffee Lite, Plum Feather and Pink Plush. All shades go well with the Indian skintone and are apt to be worn at all seasons. The application is smooth, blends well with the skin and leaves behind dry yet highly pigmented lips and blush-cheeks, post application. Priced at Rs. 575/- the range lasts a good 1.5 – 2 months on regular application.  

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The Picnic Table By The Gateway Resort Damdama Lake

February 1, 2017
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I have been saying this since a while now and finally someone heard the cry. It’s time that we move over gastro-pub experience and embrace the old school style of dining experiences. And what a fun way to bring the change by introducing the ‘The Picnic Table’ by The Gateway Resort Damdama Lake. Situated right next to the adventure zone of The Gateway Resort, near Gurgaon, The Picnic Table is a concept offering set menu of drinks and quick bites to bring about the ambience of enjoying a picnic. One can sit at their outdoorsy seating arrangements, or simply take their food over to the park and enjoy hot lip-smacking bites overlooking the green and serene vegetation of the property. Taking inspiration from the sanctuary style layout of The Gateaway Resort Damdama Lake, The Picnic Table too adapts the beauty of scenic landscapes and brings it to the food that it serves. Mexican style wraps tossed with fresh organic vegetables, an array of burgers, add ons and beverages; The Picnic Table surely embarks in the authenticity of the Picnic Concept. Speaking about the drinks, if you are a fan of Oreo Cookies or like chocolate-milky concoctions, then do give the Oreo Milkshake a try. They also offer Iced Teas, Hot teas and Coffee mixes to please everyone’s preferences. The Sandwhich section consists of in total 5 style of sandwiches with Chicken Seekh English Masala, Cheesy Grilled Panini and Aloo Patty signature style on the menu. The patty is soft, with the meat or the main ingredient embedded in a mix of raw cut veggies. The overall vibe is crunchy, fresh, juicy and very much a picnic food for any given season or gathering. For the younger crowd who absolutely can’t do without a layered dose of heaven called Burgers, The …

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