It's funny how fast the year has just zipped by and before I could grasp that we are actually in the second half of the year, it already is the last day of the year. It has been a whirlwind of a year for me personally and professionally. Motherhood and work both have been challenging, but they have also been highly rewarding, and full of learning. I believe that hard work and prayers never go unanswered, and I am absolutely delighted with the way things are going. Well, I know this is supposed to be a round up of my favourite outfits but then I had to share a roundup of my feelings too right? :-)
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Dressing up for that New Year Party is not always about dressing up in your best western wear. Sometimes putting together a pretty Indian outfit can also make you stand out, or maybe the theme of the party you are planning to attend is Indian wear. Now before you start thinking that wearing an Indian outfit is a tedious affair, let me show you some easy peasy functional Indian looks that will let you have all the fun you want, while looking pretty and without being bogged down. Thanks to the different styles of kurtas for women that are available these days, you have multiple options to play around to get that perfect look for New Year's eve!
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
“People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck
That is exactly how I feel about travelling. I'm just went to Goa last month and my mind is already working on where to go next! Like other years I have not done an international trip this year and it is high time that I now start planning my next international trip. One of the latest additions to my travel bucket list has been Israel as I landed up checking on it when a couple of friends decided to plan a trip there, and I was amazed at what all it had to offer. The fact that it is considered to be part of the Holy Land as Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Bahaism all have historical relations to the region, is what first intrigued me. On further research, not only the history and culture but also the fact that it is a beautiful scenic country with so much to offer right from beaches to vineyards, from museums to forts, finest of architecture to being a technologically advanced economy is what made me put it on my bucket list.
Monday, December 19, 2016
Blogging has given me some of the most amazing experiences, and time and again I am glad that I made career choice that gives me a sense of fulfillment that no other job gave me. Giving back to society is something that I truly believe in, and time and again through the blog you have seen me join forces with brands for some amazing social causes that they associate with. I got to be a part of the Nestlé Healthy Kids initiative a few days ago and it was one of the most humbling experiences of my life.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Life today rushes by us at lightning speed, and we don't really get the time with hectic schedules to slow down and take a break until and unless we are not heading out of the city. Taking a break within your own city is not something that most people think of, but trust me we have some real jewels in Mumbai where you can head for a break. Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel is one such retreat on the banks of the Powai Lake that I take off to whenever I need an escape within the city as this place spells tranquility for me.
Friday, December 9, 2016
Change is the law of life and we have to keep adapting to change. When blogging went the professional route, I remember there used to be professional photographers at events who were specially appointed by the event organizers to make sure we got good pictures to post on our social platforms. With evolving times, a lot has changed in terms of technology as well as the trends. Now we are responsible for getting most of our pictures, so nearly everybody has an advanced phone with really good camera specifications, and with the new craze of selfies taking over, selfies have become mandatory. Since I attend a lot of events, sometimes the light setup at events is not phone camera friendly. At times, when we have to do live updates from the events it gets difficult to get a clear and well lit picture. But as I said earlier, change is constant and today where everyone is coming up with new solutions to make life more technologically advanced and easy, I realized that this problem of mine has already been solved. With every new phone launched in the market, the camera specifications are getting better and better to give us the professional picture look via the phone camera itself. To my rescue, came the Vivo V5 perfect selfie phone, which is the first ever phone to have a 20 Megapixel front camera with the Moonlight Feature.
Monday, December 5, 2016
Whenever I am hosting a party at my place, the first things that I include in my food menu are chips, dips and salads, because they are easy to munch and easy to prep up for parties. Overtime, the choices of my chips and salads have become nutritious. Now you must be wondering that I am saying chips but saying nutritious, so let me quickly tell you about my latest discovery 'Terra Chips' - chips made from a diverse range of root vegetables that are delicious, crunchy and high quality. They use hand picked vegetables like Yuca, Parsnip, Naturally Blue Potato, Ruby Dipped Vegetables, Sweet Potato, Batata, Taro which are naturally colorful and give an exotic look to the chips. Different colours, textures and tastes come together to give you a unique healthy snacking experience.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Carnivals bring out the child in everyone, and when one of the best fashion brands in the country decides to organize one for the little ones, you know you and your kiddo are in for a good time! With my crazy schedules, I always look for reasons to get to spend more quality time with Aryaa, and when Pepe Jeans invited me and Aryaa for The Pepe Jeans Kids Carnival, I knew I couldn't have asked for anything better on a Saturday evening.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Friday, November 25, 2016
When my parents bought a house at Palm Beach Road in Navi Mumbai a decade ago, a lot of people thought they were nuts. Moving away from the suburbs to a newer area was something most people couldn't understand, but my parents were very clear, they needed open spaces and a greener area to live. Pollution free, slum free and clutter free, this area helped them break free from the concrete jungle that Mumbai was turning into. I was a Bandra girl by heart and the move was most difficult for me, but I too agreed to the fact that the quaint lanes, beautiful cottages and gardens no more really existed which originally made us feel special about the place. Bandra had become what you would call an urban mess.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Mumbai doesn't ever have a real winter and rarely do the temperatures drop low, but this year post 5 PM you can already feel a chill in the air. So I am really hoping that this time the temperatures will drop much lower as December and January approach. God willing we will be able to pull out our knits, jackets and scarves to face the real weather and not just for fighting the cold in our office spaces thanks to the central air conditioning systems. For tackling the nip in the air I find sweatshirts most practical, comfortable and stylish and here are the ones I have zeroed down for having in my wardrobe!
Monday, November 21, 2016
Big birthdays need big celebrations and if there can't be a big celebration, then there needs to be a birthday trip! That is exactly what I did for my birthday this year. Took off on a trip to Goa with PS and Aryaa. That way the birthday also got celebrated over multiple days and there were more benefits other than just the birthday gifts ;-)
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
I first went to Goa when I was nearly 26 (yes that late!) and from then there has been no looking back. With friends, family, PS, and on work, the experiences each time have been different and unforgettable. Goa is my favourite place if I ever want to escape for a mini vacation. Not just anniversaries and birthdays, but I also went for my babymoon to Goa and most of you have read about my experiences as I made it a point to share them with you via the blog or my social media, mainly my outfits. Well the beach style quotient on my blog is going to go a notch higher now as for my next Goa trip, my very own junior fashionista is also accompanying me! Yes, Aryaa is off for her first Goa trip for my upcoming birthday and she too shall experience the calmness of the beaches, the ocean, the super amazing food and the beautiful weather there. She once experienced it when she was in my tummy and now its time she experiences it all for real. :)
Now there are loads of things that you can pack for a beach holiday but there are a few things that you just can't forget (especially with a toddler) and here is my list of must pack items for a Goa (beach) vacation!
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Being a relatively new mommy on the block, I am going through the issue that most moms face these days - how finicky kids are about eating nutritious food! Now that Aryaa has turned two, her palate has also developed quite a bit and she is getting very particular about what she wants to eat. Due to this, I have to be very thoughtful about how to get her to eat dishes with the correct nutrition value. I personally have been eating oats in its regular form for a long time, but never experimented with recipes with oats and that is something I discovered thanks to Vikas Khanna and the 'Quaker Feed a Child' initiative that he hosted in association with Quaker India and Smile Foundation on World Food Day.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Diwali is the time to sparkle and dazzle and the ideal time to indulge in Indian wear. I believe that nothing spells out 'Festive' louder and clearer than beautiful ethnic wear. BIBA, the leading Indian ethnic wear brand and one of my go to brands when it comes to Indian wear, has introduced its Festive-Winter collection themed ‘You make it more beautiful’ for the Diwali season. Their aim is to glorify the inner beauty, elegance, inner strength and confidence of the Indian woman today, while redefining how the vibrant nature and beauty of Indian women compliments every BIBA outfit. I styled three of their exquisite outfits, that have intricate embroidery and distinctive patterns beautifully weaved into every single piece, and I loved how the gold highlights make them all the more perfect for the festive season.
Monday, October 24, 2016
Hair care is something that the whole world swears by and when you get hair styling products that style as well as care(protect) your hair, what more can you ask for. Most of us refrain from using hair styling products because we believe it does more harm than good, but with Wella's EIMI range, you can put all those fears to rest. Wella Professionals has been known for the quality of its products and how amazing the effects are, so converting me to a hair styling enthusiast with EIMI was piece of cake for them. I was introduced to the EIMI range by Patrick Cameron, Wella's Global Ambassador and star hairstylist a couple of months ago and I saw him create magic with the products, but since there was an embargo then, I couldn't tell you guys anything about it. Never the less, now I can reveal it all, so I am going to give you a look into their range of 31 products, with a review on their star products that I have been using.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Interior decor is a regular topic in my life, be it a discussion with friends, family or on the blog but I have noticed that most people leave out one important part in practically all discussions, which is on kids related decor. This is exactly what I am going to be touching on in this post. What you surround your kid with in their growing up years, will have a huge influence on how they grow and develop. For this very reason it is very important to make your child's room comfortable to live, learn and play in. I am now planning to move into a bigger house, where Aryaa's room is something that I am going to put my complete effort to do up, as she now is a 2 year old who would like to have her own space.
Friday, September 30, 2016
When a fashion blogger who is also a total foodie, especially with an undying love for coffee, is invited to a one of its kind preview which combines food and fashion at one of the most adorable cafes that Navi Mumbai has to offer, you know it is something that is not to be missed! Well I went with that instinct and landed up at The Koffee Works at Kharghar for their first ever 'Food Meets Fashion' preview and it was an afternoon that I will never forget :) Hosted by Ishaanee Haware, CEO, The Koffee Works, along with Heli Shah, a well-known designer in the fashion industry, it was an afternoon of amazing coffee, great food and a gorgeous festive collection that I wanted to own most pieces out of!
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
The need of good camera phones for fashion bloggers is a known phenomenon now! :) So every time a new phone is launched in the market that talks about great camera features, we have to check it out. Asus has got some really good phones with great features especially amazing camera features at affordable price points, and they keep launching new ones all the time. Recently I got to try out the new Asus Zenfone 3 and there are a lot of qualities that make it a great phone to use. The Zenfone 3 is available in 2 variants : 5.2 inch & 5.5 inch. I was sent the 5.2 inch variant. Read on to know more about the phone and what I loved about it.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
I need more than just tea/coffee to jumpstart my day and Cold Pressed Juices are my new calling these days. They are not only the freshest thing you can have but also the most nutritious addition to your day. I use the Kent Cold Pressed Juicer for my juices and this video shows you 2 of my favourite recipes that are delicious and nutritious.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
I am super excited to inform you that Pepe Jeans London's fashion extravaganza - 'Denim Fashion Week' will be marking its debut in India this month. We were contacted by them for Aryaa and me to be a part of it, thus making this our very first mommy baby outfit collaboration which makes it even more exciting.
Monday, September 19, 2016
There is something really special about handmade items. For me the value of something that is handmade is priceless, it's not about what I pay but about what I perceive. Having handcrafted items in my wardrobe gives me immense happiness as they are bespoke pieces that stand out, be it clothes, shoes, or jewellery. Even for my house, I invest in handmade paintings and decor items as much as possible. There is uniqueness and there is love, labour, craftsmanship and time invested into each piece, and those are the main reasons why I support the idea of Handmade Lovin' :)
Monday, September 12, 2016
Everyone loves to pamper themselves and there is nothing like a visit to the salon to make a woman feel good about herself. But with my hectic schedule and a toddler to run after, it was something that I used to give up a lot in the past, until I discovered MyGlamm. It was personally a rough week for me just before LFW and with no time for the salon, it was the perfect time for me to finally try MyGlamm after having heard so much about their home services.
Friday, September 9, 2016
Aryaa turned 2 last month (yes that post is coming up soon too!) and time seems to be just flying. Every moment since her birth has been full of love, warmth and joy and these definitely are the golden years of her and my life as once the every day routine of life starts for her, it will never be the same. The unending hours of togetherness, the long tucked into bed hours, the uninhibited dancing to Bollywood songs together, and the innocent cute face making me give into every demand not knowing what is right and wrong, will all be replaced by school, a kid who has more understanding of the world around her, and years and maturity adding to the age. I am sure that will be fun too but somehow my heart refuses to let her grow up so fast! For now I am going to enjoy these 'Golden Years'!
Thursday, September 1, 2016
By now you all know that I have fine hair thanks to me mentioning it time and again in my haircare related posts :) So you all also know that it is prone to damage much easily than other hair types, which means a lot more hair care on a regular basis. Add to that the monsoon season which can play havoc with hair because the moisture levels in the air keep changing, thus increasing my efforts to constantly keep my hair nourished with the necessary nutrients that it requires. I had told you about the amazing Wella Elements range recently in my review, which gave me a squeaky clean and healthy scalp along with nourished and vibrant hair. As the Elements range is Sulfates free, Parabens free and Artificial Colourants free and worked wonders on my hair in the past, I decided to go in for a salon treatment including the same called the Wella Elements Spa. The reason I chose this was that it would counter any kind of monsoonal damage that my hair was going through with the most natural ingredients that the products possessed.
To give you more insights on the treatment, here are step by step details.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
All those of you who have a sweet tooth and live in Mumbai, surely must have visited the Love and Cheesecake outlets in the city to gorge on their premium range of desserts! If you haven't then you have missed out on heavenly stuff, out of which the Nutella Cold Cheesecake is my absolute favourite. And on that note you have more reason to rejoice, because on 15th July they opened doors of their newest venture, Poetry by Love and Cheesecake where they launched a brand new desserts menu, and a curated food and beverage experience which we would recommend to you as well. Located at Shop no 6, Pali Darshan, Junction of 16th & 33rd Road, Bandra (W), Poetry by Love and Cheesecake is a delicate, romantic cafe that offers desserts, garden-fresh salads, sandwiches, entrées and beverages with the finest ingredients that will satiate your wholesome food cravings.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Being a blogger I land up trying out 10,000 products for reviews because that is what a lot of you come to my blog for. Some products I love, some I like, some I have mixed reactions for and some I junk. In the process I also land up learning about new products and brands that I had never known of before. Such was the case with the Wella AG as I knew only about their brand Wella Professionals thanks to my hair colouring addiction but as I worked more with them, I also discovered their other amazing brands namely System Professional (SP), Sebastian and Nioxin, that have an amazing bouquet of very effective products.
Today I am going to let you in on my all time favourite - The Wella SP Luxe Oil!
Friday, August 19, 2016
Hello! I'm back with a skincare range review this time. Last month when I had reviewed the Lakmé Absolute Illuminate Makeup Range for you guys, I'd told you that I will be reviewing the Illuminate Skincare range soon, which I am doing today in this post :) The Illuminate Skincare range basically is known as the Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Range which is a skin lightening range, and Lakmé sent me a pretty box with 3 products from the range. I tried out something new this time in the way I have reviewed this range, so read on to know it all!
Saturday, August 13, 2016
All of us have mood swings, and it is no different for kids. In fact most kids are moody and difficult, so if you have one that is always happy go lucky then you are a lucky parent. Moodiness comes into play in most cases when they are unable to express themselves, or they want to do something that adults do and are not allowed. This results in disappointment and frustration which then makes them moody. My little one is more of the happy go lucky kinds. But she also has her moody days, and trust me for a parent who doesn't face it much, that gets really difficult to handle because different things please her every time and so there is no one formula that I can use. The most important tip that I give myself is not to get upset or over react, because that might make Aryaa more upset. Over time, I have worked out a couple of things that work for my 2 year old and I alternate between them or use a mix of them to cheer her up. These are exactly the ideas that I am going to share with you today!
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Some of my most precious memories from my childhood are the birth of my brother and the priceless moments I have spent with him. Siblings are the best friends that God and our parents can give us and it’s one of the most beautiful bonds in our lives. Raksha Bandhan is a festival where you get to celebrate your beautiful relationship with your siblings. Since it is a time for celebration, you too can add a colourful and festive vibe to your homes and get it ready for Raksha Bandhan.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
I lovvvvveeeeee roadtrips! Especially during the monsoons! There is a charm in the greenery that builds up at this time making the landscape around so beautiful. Being a sucker for mountains, I always make sure to plan one road trip with my family just to enjoy the magic of nature and feel the rains upon and around us. But this year, before I could plan my own trip, American Tourister planned it for me and took me to this beautiful place in Igatpuri(on the way to Nashik) named Khambale, which is a mesmerizing place with mountains, waterfalls, fields and huts that give a very rustic feel and please your senses.
I remember my first attempt at clicking a selfie with my digicam a few years ago and what an effort that used to be! At the end of it you would never even know if you would get what you wanted, it was always a process of trial and error. Fast forward to 2016 where 'Selfies' are the norm of the day and digicams are nowhere in the picture(I don't see them anywhere!), it is just the generation of the so called 'Selfie Phones'! OPPO who is focusing on creating its image as the 'Selfie Expert' brand, launched their new F1s Selfie Expert phone in Mumbai last week amongst much fanfare and I was one of the few lucky ones to get it before it hit the market. I have been testing it ever since and the device has taken me by complete surprise because while everyone makes tall claims, there are very few that actually 'Walk the Talk'! To make you guys see what I am talking about, I have compared the phone with the Samsung A7 and the iPhone 6 with respect to camera, so read on.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
All bloggers are obsessed with selfies, and I am no different! However to get the perfect selfie, we spend so much time that a lot of times it feels not worth the effort at all. Over the last few days, Facebook and Twitter have been buzzing with selfies of our celebrities taken with the new OPPO F1s Selfie Expert phone and their selfies look effortless and natural! Now that is a phone that I want! Right from Bipasha Basu to Tamannah Bhatia to Kajal Agarwal to Krtika Kamra to Rannvijay, they are all raving about how how great they look effortlessly in the pictures thanks to the OPPO F1s! Check it out for yourself!
A beautiful morning selfie with jst a dazzling smile using my #OPPOF1s #SelfieExpert,makes 4a perfect start 2my day. pic.twitter.com/moVH7eywTh— Bipasha Basu (@bipsluvurself) July 31, 2016
Sunday, July 31, 2016
When you love what you do, you really don't notice how the time flies by!
Ri(t)ch Styles turned 7 on the 27th of July, and I still can't believe that it is 7 years since I have been growing this baby from what it started, to what it has become today.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Aryaa is a very excited kid when it comes to anything to do with brushing. Doing 'EEEEEE' (brushing in her words) twice a day is a must for her. If I would permit her, she would brush after anything that she eats, which of course I don't allow. However brushing twice a day is important to maintain good oral hygiene for anyone, especially kids. It is essential to establish an oral hygiene routine early for your kids to ensure the development of healthy gums and strong teeth, in order to avoid tooth problems in the future. Like it is said, habits inculcated from the initial ages are the ones that stay forever.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Graceful, beautiful and elegant - A saree is the most timeless piece that an Indian woman can have in her wardrobe. It is 6 yards of absolute femininity that embraces a woman's curves in the most poised manner. While innovations in the style of sarees have been happening with time, I still love the classic style and it is a must wear for me on special occasions.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Aryaa has been the best thing that ever happened to me. I couldn't have asked for more - Love, cuteness, sweetness, peacefulness and a lot more - she has been a real bundle of joy! In other words, God knew exactly what I needed when he gave me Aryaa. Her growing up is so much fun and she no more is a baby but a little girl. We think very similarly in a lot of ways but our unanimous fashion choices are what makes me really happy! What I pick she loves and what she chooses I love, and that brings us even closer ;-)
Friday, July 1, 2016
Lakmé launches a new collection every season of Lakmé Fashion Week and this year at the Summer/Resort 2016 edition, they launched the new Lakmé Absolute Illuminate Collection, a specially crafted range of illuminating makeup and skincare products inspired by shimmer. In this post I am going to review the makeup range as Lakmé sent me a lovely box with some of the products from the collection. I love shimmery and metallic makeup and using this range has been a delight.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Deepika towered above everyone else at IIFA 2016! Be it her performance in Piku which got her an award, or her fashion choices, she was there to rule! We haven't really seen Deepika flaunt red carpet looks the way she did at IIFA which of course blew our minds, and so we had to share them with you coz we couldn't let you miss them!
Monday, June 27, 2016
Heat is something that I don't expose my hair too much to. On most days I let my hair air dry after washing and it's only when I have plans to step out do I blow dry it or straighten it. In fact for the past 6 months I hadn't used a hair dryer on my hair at all at home. This happened because the one I had got spoilt, and I got a chance to test if I could do without one as I was trying to minimalize the amount of heat I used on my hair. But as my hair has grown much longer, I needed to get back to blow drying to let my hair not get too wavy, and receiving the BRAUN Satin Hair 1 PowerPerfection Ultra Light a few days ago was just perfect timing!
Friday, June 24, 2016
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Nothing gives a fashion lover more happiness than getting good deals, especially if the deals she gets are on one of her favourite luxury brands. I know you agree and by now you must have also guessed that I am talking about some really amazing deals that I got on one of my favourite brands - Michael Kors (thanks to the title ;-)!).
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Travel Diaries: Johor Bahru - 2 day itinerary with Legoland and Johor Premium Outlets (Kid Friendly)
Last year when I visited Singapore for Aryaa's first international trip on her first birthday, I made plans to visit a city in Malaysia called Johor Bahru which is the border town of Malaysia to enter Singapore. History calls it a not so safe and chaotic border town, but advancements have happened and it is slowly changing into a nice touristy town with Legoland, Johor Premium Outlets, Sanrio Hello Kitty Town, Angry Birds Activity Park and a handful of museums, temples, hotels, shopping zones and swanky cafes.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
With the water shortage that has hit the city of Mumbai, we suddenly seem to have woken up to the importance of water in our lives which we never really give a second thought to in our day to day lives. Conserving water has become the need of the day and everyone seems to be waiting for the rains to hit the city so that we can do away with the issue. Bottled water companies have benefited a lot from this because drinking water is something that we need come what may. However coming to my point of this article, have you ever bothered to find out how much water do you need to drink every day and whether you are drinking enough? Well it sounds like a simple enough question to answer but despite years of research by subject experts, the question hasn’t yet received a convincing, unanimous answer and that is because each one of us is unique, lives in different places, is a different body type, performs different physical activities and has a different lifestyle from the other.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Our parents are our best friends. They love us unconditionally which we only realize as we grow older. While my mother has been my greatest inspiration as a woman and how much ever I say is not enough to praise her, my dad has been my strongest support. He has been the most forward thinking, intellectual and progressive man I have known in my life. I believe he was born a generation early ;-)