Tattva Spa, Lemon tree premier

collaboration, lifestyle, sponsored post, summer
From the past three or four weeks I have been scrambling around with multiple to-do lists in my hand, and a multitude of ideas coursing through my head. You know those times when you feel you have been working non-stop and yet it seems like everything is moving at such a slow pace and time is flying? That’s exactly how it’s been with me! I have been working on a pet project/business idea of mine which is slowly taking shape and at the same time adding to my stress levels considerably! So it was nothing less than perfect timing when I got a chance to go to Tattva Spa for a day of pampering. Tattva has about 30 spa & wellness centers at various hotels and resort locations. They have luxury boutique hotels in Mihigarh fort and Nahargarh fort, resorts in all major cities like Goa, Udaipur, Jaipur, Manali etc. and in city hotels across Hyderabad, Bangalore, Gurgaon, Chennai etc.

Situated in Lemon Tree Premier, in Hitech city, Hyderabad, the spa was nothing less of excellence. After a mini tour around the hotel, and a glass of fresh fruit juice at their Citrus Cafe, we headed to the spa that was situated on the ninth floor. I have a thing for anything lemon-y and mint-y (even when ordering drinks), and stepping into any elevator or room in Lemon Tree was pure heaven for me as each time, I was hit with that refreshing citrus smell! 

The Spa, named Fresco has about three massage rooms along with a sauna, a gymnasium and a pool. After going through their list of services that included therapy and scrubs, I decided to go for a deep tissue high pressure massage. I was also required to fill in a general information form for any ailments or preferences that I might have. I loved the massage rooms, they were clean, fresh and had a very relaxing vibe. What I opted for was a head to toe massage, and they had specific oils for each kind of massage that required high pressure, medium pressure of low pressure.  The masseuse was really good as well, and slowly I began to relax my aching muscles as we made small talk about her hometown Nagaland, what she studied, why she chose this profession and how she finds Hyderabad way too hot for her liking. For the next ninety minutes, I almost dozed off on the table as I could feel every last bit of stress leave my body, and the citrus oils envelop me in a refreshing embrace. After that, it was time for a sauna session for twenty minutes and then a hot shower. They had their own line of products, and in just one wash the shampoo and conditioner did wonders to my hair (needless to say they were citrus flavored!).

Completely refreshed, I headed for lunch at their Citrus Cafe. The staff at Lemon tree were very attentive and helpful, and they made sure I had a memorable experience. I can confidently say that this is one of the best available spas in the city and that too at very affordable prices. If you are looking for a luxury five star treatment at affordable prices then this is your go-to place!

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Garnier #TwiceAsNice

collaboration, Fashion, garnier, indian fashion blog, Look of the Day
The first time I had used Garnier was when they came up with the Love Long hair range of shampoo & conditioner with a new formula, sometime last year. Until then it wasn’t really a brand that I had paid much attention to. Although I tend to keep changing my hair products every few months, I used Garnier constantly for almost six months or so. I was never much into beauty products but with the launch of Garnier’s new Summer cleansing skin care routine, I decided to give one my favorite brands a try again. I have combination skin and it’s a nightmare to manage it all through the year. It’s moody and I can almost never get it to behave properly. Recently Garnier had come up with an interesting challenge for their new launch, where you could team up with your blogger buddy to create looks based on the theme TwiceAsNice.

One of the best aspects of blogging is the chance to connect with like minded people and fellow bloggers. For the longest time Rohita from My Faded Denim and I had been planning to meet up and collaborate.  When she contacted me regarding this I jumped at the chance of doing something interesting with the concept. After a lot of messages back and forth over a period of two weeks, we finally decided to embrace the ever popular summer trend of crop tops and slouchy trousers. Although, because of time constraints and other personal commitments we couldn’t manage to shoot together, we did manage to put together looks that complemented the theme perfectly!

I love using scrubs during the summer! I usually use a lot of home made scrubs as my skin tends to get dehydrated very quickly due to the dryness and heat.
Garnier Neem Pure Active facewash: This was so refreshing to use and so light on the skin. The consistency is very gel like and tt cleanses like a dream and I’ve been using it regularly!

Garnier Apricot exfoliating scrub: This feels quite soft and even. Exfoliates well and is not harsh on the skin (which is a must for me!). Although the smell is yummy, it’s does get a bit too strong for my taste.

 

Trousers, Crop top, necklace – myntra.com | Shoes: Max fashion

Check out the post on Rohita’s blog as well here!

Indian August

collaboration, Fashion, Indian wear, Look of the Day, summer
Summer breeze in the air, long drives into the sunset, open fields, lying on the grass and reading books, long maxi dresses, the golden hour of sunset. I love clothes that inspire you to come up with themes and Indian August is one such brand that does exactly that. Something about the name Indian August makes me think of summer rains, old rickety swings, getting blown away by the wind while the sky thunders above you – a very bohemian, care free vibe that inspired me to come up with this look. A chance happening brought us to this quaint little park that formed the perfect setting for this shoot. So much so that I think I quite enjoyed just sitting around and becoming engrossed in my book, while my photographer did all the work!

Indian August has a range of products that includes clothing and apparel, home textiles and decor. With a focus on Indian contemporary designs, they have under their roof more than 25 designers and master craftsmen who bring to you the most elegant and contemporary designs. The eclectic use of traditional fabrics like chanderi, mangalgiri for Western outfits like ankle length pants and trousers was something right up my alley. The Khadi and kalamkari skirts were another favorite of mine. They also have an enviable collection of the cutest, quirkiest home decor. When I move in to my own place, you can expect it to be a mini shrine to this store! Another favorite of mine is of course their jewelry – exquisitely handcrafted dokra necklaces and earrings that I could wear every day. For my look I chose a comfortable and bright cotton maxi dress perfect for the weather here. Instead of going for the obvious choice of black accessories, I chose this pink Dokra necklace/earrings set which I think compliments this outfit perfectly.

This had to be the laziest shoot ever (well for me!) where all I had to do was walk around, settle down on the grass with a good book, and prance around during the golden hour of sunset!

Dress, bag, earrings, necklace: eindianaugust.com | Shoes: Steve Madden

Photography & Editing by: Divya Medikonda

Arture – By Shivani Patel

accessories, bags online, brand, collaboration, Fashion, people, stories
Meet Shivani Patel, an accessories designer from Chennai and founder of Lemon Drop Design Solutions. At a very young age she developed an interest for making little bags, pouches and gifts for friends and family, by picking up scraps of leather from her father’s factory, and soon enough that led her to take up an accessory design course from NIFT, with specialization in footwear and leather goods. Soon after college, she wanted to design and so she started making wallets and handbags under the brand name “Lemondrop”, and started offering design services to other brands.

Tell us more about Arture and how did you come across Cork?
When I was done with my course and I was free for a few months, I took the time to completely redecorate my boring white room. I painted in earthy colors and murals, made some shelves for the wall with some old plywood that was lying around, and even decided to work on a pin-up board for myself. That’s when I started looking for cork to use. I sourced cork sheets locally and they really intrigued me. I  thought about the idea of using them in products but I knew it wouldn’t work as the cork I found here was rubberized and very thick.

I had always thought of the idea of starting an all-natural, Eco-brand, but I didn’t find anything that felt right. When I researched and learned about the properties of cork, and the benefits of using it, I didn’t need to think any more. I just needed to find the right supplier.
In 2014, I was in HongKong for a materials fair, and that’s when I found what I had been looking for. I then sourced samples from various parts of the world and did not settle until I was 100% happy with the quality of the cork. I finally decided one supplier that had the perfect material for me.

Do you do the designing and manufacturing by yourself?
I design myself, as well as handle the business side of things. I work alone with a very skilled technician, who helps bring my designs to life. He also looks after the production and quality aspects.

Entrepreneurship at a young age, what were your struggles if any?
Dealing with fear is the tough part. When things get a little rocky, fear creeps in. And you’ve got to learn that fear is the enemy. On days that I get scared, I need to take a step back, relax, and remind myself of why I do what I do. And then I’m back 🙂

What/Who is your inspiration?
My parents mainly. My dad is the reason I got into this field. He ran an export company which is very different from what I do, but it did make me develop an inclination towards this field. I decided to take up design, and they supported that decision. My mom has an inherent sense of style that comes to her naturally, and I like to believe that’s where I get my design aesthetic from 🙂
Other than that, on a completely non-design side, Audrey Hepburn is my constant source of inspiration, and I am a big Seth Godin fan.

Your favorite brands for accessories?
Brands like Bellroy and Nuvo really inspire me. I love the character that the brands have. It resonates across their products, their website design, everywhere. I love that they constantly stick to their brand voice, and simultaneously create beautiful, meaningful products. That’s the kind of brand Arture aspires to be.

Future plans for yourself and your brand?
I want Arture to become all that it is capable of being. And cork is just a starting point. It just so happened that I stumbled upon cork and loved it. But Arture is about nature. So we are constantly going to be on the look out for any materials that are natural and innovative.
 
Arture crowd-funding campaign is now live! You can check out the products and the story behind Arture here.

Paintcollar

Art, collaboration
I finished my first official sketchbook full of my own sketches when I was in the fourth grade. Since  then my interest in sketching and painting has only increased ten fold. Once I took up oil painting, I knew I it was going to be a hobby for a lifetime. I love creating beautiful pictures on a canvas, I love bringing them to life and I struggle (because I am still learning) to make them look as realistic as possible. Creative hobbies such as these give you a rush like no other. And when people appreciate your work, so much so that they think it is worth paying money for, it gives you an unparalleled high! I recently came across a very innovative company called paintcollar.com that does just that. It gives you a chance to convert your art work into merchandise, making your work accessible to people who appreciate art and are willing to pay for unique products.

Paintcollar.com has an easy to use design tool through which you can upload your designs and select the merchandise you want your designs to go on – tshirts, posters, canvas prints or laptop skins. Once you are done uploading your work, it gives you an option to select your profit margin. You also have options for choosing the colors of your tshirt. As soon as you make your merchandise public and confirm the ownership of the images, you are good to go! You can browse through various artist’s profiles, follow them to be up to date on the new designs they upload, or simply show your appreciation by liking their images. All the manufacturing and shipping is taken care of by their side. All you need to do is design some kick ass pieces and start promoting them among your friends and family!

Being an avid painter and designer myself, I couldn’t help but pick some of my favorite pieces from the artists’ collection. My first pick was a t-shirt with the iconic “V for Vendetta” picture and quote. Of Monsters and Men is one of my favorite bands, and their song Your Bones is hauntingly beautiful. When I saw another artist’s design of a poster inspired from a line in that particular song, I knew I just had to have it. It’s currently adorning my work desk, as a continuous reminder to hold on to my dreams and everything dear to my heart. When it comes to books and tv shows/movies, I would any day prefer the books. But Game of Thrones is the one exception to this rule where I seem to prefer the tv show more than the book (although that didn’t stop me from buying and reading them!). Tyrion Lannister, probably the most entertaining, witty, important and complex character of the show is no doubt my favorite and so an obvious choice as my next buy. Lastly another tshirt with Muhammad Ali’s catchphrase “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” which I think is a pretty perfect description of my personality!

Paintcollar has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for clothes with unique designs, iconic phrases or quotes, whether you are looking for posters to decorate your walls or add a personal touch to your workplace, you are bound to find it here. After all, all creative bees seem to think alike and there is a high possibility you will fall in love with more than one piece here!

p.s- This is not a paid review. All opinions are genuinely my own!

Tshirts, laptop skin, poster – paintcollar.com

Big Day Big Sale with LimeRoad

collaboration, coveting, Fashion, indian fashion blog, limeroad, lookbook, sale, shopping, sponsored post, summer, wishlist
My favorite shopping destination is back with another big Sale! There’s still a nip in the air but it’s never too early to start planning your spring/summer wardrobe right? I am completely a “sunny weather” kind of girl and the thought of floral skirts, maxi dresses and bright colors cheers me up like nothing else. It’s almost time to pack up those heavy woolens, wear pretty dresses and flaunt bare legs. LimeRoad is launching their Big Day Big Sale tomorrow, <!– /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1107305727 0 0 415 0;} @font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1073743103 0 0 415 0;} @font-face {font-family:"MS Mincho"; mso-font-alt:"MS 明朝"; mso-font-charset:128; mso-generic-font-family:modern; mso-font-pitch:fixed; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1791491579 18 0 131231 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0cm; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS Mincho"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-size:10.0pt; mso-ansi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS Mincho"; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria;} @page WordSection1 {size:612.0pt 792.0pt; margin:72.0pt 90.0pt 72.0pt 90.0pt; mso-header-margin:36.0pt; mso-footer-margin:36.0pt; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} -where you can find Buy 1 Get 1 deals on various products. So if you want to grab the right look for the summer season, take a look at the looks I’ve put together for you guys. 
Look 1:
A comfortable daytime look has almost become synonymous with wearing a maxi dress! You can make it dressy by adding a little bling to go with your outfit. Coral and emerald is one color combination that I really love. It’s bright but not too in your face. You can add one statement accessory like this emerald necklace and keep the rest of your accessories neutral. These white slip-on sandals and the structured bag add the perfect finishing touches.

 

Look 2:
Printed dresses are perfect for those days when you are not really in the mood dress up or when you need to head out in a hurry. Since the dress itself makes a statement there is no need to pile on too many accessories. This bird print dress with a pair of comfortable wedges is what I would wear and settle down all day long in my favorite coffee shop with a book in my hand! If you do want to accessorize all you need to do is throw on a statement necklace.

Look 3:
Outdoor parties, good music, evening sunsets, bright lights and great friends to top if off! When the sun goes down, the music goes up. Are you ready for summer parties yet? Use a solid colored dress as a blank canvas to get high on accessories!

To shop these looks (or specific pieces from these looks) click here
To check out other products available in the Big Bang Sale click here

Maandna

collaboration, Fashion, indian fashion blog, Look of the Day, maandna, new year, Styling
January always reminds me of spring and bright colors. Being in South India is equivalent to having practically no winters at all, except for a short span of a month or two. This month is definitely my favorite as it still retains a bit of chill factor and lovely foggy mornings, without the numbing, uncomfortable cold of December. Light layering, bright colors, iced drinks in the afternoons and hot drinks in the evenings is what January is made of! And of course the new year, the fresh start, new plans and all that excitement associated with it (which of course lasts a very short while when we quickly realize that this year is no better or worse than the previous one!).

In keeping with my mood, I decided to wear this bright and cheerful tunic, with tassels in the front,  from Maandna. It’s a recently launched brand on Flipkart, with very comfortable silhouettes and peppy warm colors. I’ve never been into over the top clothing whether for casual wear or festivities, and Maandna with it’s pure cotton & gold khadi print tunics, fits the bill perfectly! I specially loved this and this for the carefully crafted mirror work and embroidery. All their embroidery work is done by desert artisans of Bikaner. Although their collection is limited in number, they have made up for it by making sure that every single piece from their collection is something you would want to buy. I would any day prefer that than to search through a hundred pieces and narrow down on one!

I wanted to make this a cheerful post and what better way to spread cheer than through flowers! And since I am still hungover last month’s get-togethers and celebrations, it just made sense to prolong the holiday mood by adding a bit of sparkle with these copper toned heels and a fancy box clutch.

p.s – Welcome on board for another year of fashion, travel and style inspiration! This first post is dedicated to YOU guys (clearly the below picture indicates!)

Tunic: Maandna | Trousers: c/o Lifestyle | Earrings: oasap.com | Box clutch: Local boutique | 
Heels: Dorothy Perkins via jabong.com

The Purple Sack

bags online, collaboration, Fashion, Look of the Day, maxi dress, shopping, Styling, the purple sack
When it comes to shopping, I have always been a lone wolf. Albeit a happy one! I prefer going alone, and wrapping up my work quick. I usually am a fast shopper, and going with friends always means that I end up waiting for them to finish going through every single piece of clothing and turning the store upside down only to walk out with nothing. If given a chance, they would probably order new stock and reject that too. While I do love offering my opinion and helping them choose a perfect outfit, combining my own shopping agenda with theirs is a big no! Also in the list of big no-no’s while shopping are long queues at the trial room (standing for half an hour to try out one dress, which I know will never fit me is not the kind of retail therapy I look for), blaring announcements specially over the weekends, and the crowds! My best time for shopping has always been in the afternoons on weekdays, where I can be at peace and not have to feel like am trying to wade through a sea of people, all intent on stamping on my feet.

So we decided to turn the whole ‘going shopping’ experience into a shoot in itself. With online shopping taking over our my life so rapidly, it felt like a good old trip to the mall deserved it’s own post, with actual window shopping, a lot of walking and a bite to eat! I wore a comfortable blue maxi dress and added a statement clutch by thepurplesack. Their collection of sling bags and satchels is extensive and colorful! Not to mention their range of home decor items (totally crushing on their coasters and cushion covers). So while I re-acquaint myself with the charm of an empty shopping mall and sales assistants descending upon me like vultures on their prey, you guys enjoy a trip through the mall with these pretty pictures shot by my awesomesauce photographer!

 
Dress: jabong.com | Bag: thepurplesack.com | Shoes: donebynone.com  
Photography by: Divya Medikonda
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Styling with Limeroad.com – Look 4

collaboration, Fashion, Indian wear, limeroad, Look of the Day, saree, Styling

The last and final post from the series and also one of my favorites for the most obvious reason. It’s a saree! limeroad.com has an amazing collection of sarees and after wearing this one for a family get together at a resort, I can totally vouch for the quality.

When it comes to sarees, there are three things that I look for 1)The material – I mostly stick to light weight sarees in silk, silk+cotton mix and georgettes 2) Color – There are traditional color combinations specially in silk which are ‘must haves’, apart from that I try to not repeat buying the same color combinations 3) Prints – I have a Masaba streak in me, and I simply love quirky prints on sarees.

For this look I went with material and color. It’s a light weight georgette saree with a dual tone pallu. For some reason, I have a mental block against the color pink and I tried to break through that with this saree. I think I did pretty okay right? The color and the fall of this saree is perfect for daytime wear. Easy to carry, walk around and balance a plate of food along with multiple walks to the buffet table without tripping even once. Score!
 

 
 

 

Saree, clutch, shoes: limeroad.com

Hope you guys enjoyed all the looks I put together! You can see the other looks, which practically cover all your wardrobe needs, here – look1, look2, look3 

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Styling with Limeroad.com – Look3

collaboration, Fashion, limeroad, Look of the Day, Styling, work wear
Workwear in India has gone through a massive makeover and the options you have now, as compared to a few years back, are innumerable. There was a time, about five years back when I used to struggle to find well fitted formal clothing. Maybe I din’t know where to look or maybe it was my thin body shape, but they were all so ill-fitting and the shirts looked like they were thrown on a hanger. The first time that I found completely satisfying formal clothing was when I went to Europe. Yes, of all the places! The cut, the fabric, the colors and the fit – it was all perfect! I remember cribbing about the severe lack of choice in India. I almost felt like bringing back a truckload of them so that they would last me forever, and I kind-of did!

They were perfect for my formal corporate working environment, and with a combination of western formals and our very own comfortable Indian formals a.k.a kurtis, my work wear wardrobe was pretty much complete. As my work environment started to get a bit more relaxed, I began to experiment more with business-casuals. As much as I love the power packed punch that a crisp shirt-trouser-blazer combination provides, I have to say it’s really not weather appropriate, unless you are sitting in a freezing cold air conditioned office all day long.

For a mind with a creative bent, a routine with no fixed timings, and work that can quickly merge into a dinner, I prefer playing around with comfortable Indian clothing in different cuts and colors, that is at the same time office-appropriate. This printed asymmetrical kurta from limeroad.com is one such piece that can be easily transitioned from desk to dinner, with just the addition of a couple of accessories. Comfortable and bright – definitely cheers up the workspace right?! 

Kurti, clutch, necklace: limeroad.com

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