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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Shorts for Summer!

Fashion, indian fashion blog, myntra, shopping, sponsored post, summer, wishlist
Shorts and skirts have always been synonymous with summer. They are comfortable, cute, airy, makes it so much easier to ride a bike, sit, stand, run and do absolutely anything inspite of the heat. Also you get to show off a gorgeous summer tan from your most recent beach vacation.  As the temperature gets soaring higher and higher, I have started packing away my jeans and trousers and replacing them with printed shorts, lace shorts, denim and so on! From the time Myntra has launched their shopping app, I haven’t been able to resist browsing through all their summer collections every day.

Style has always been a way to tell the world who you are without having to speak. I always believe that any outfit you wear is an extension of your personality. For someone like me who relies heavily on visual stimulation, playing dress up everyday according to my mood is the best way to project how I am feeling. If someone had to look at my pictures and put my style under a category they would say its simple, casual and experimental. Those words pretty much sum up my personality as well!

Come summer, I tend to go the same route again – casual, simple and experimental. A lot of people restrict their options for styling just because they think certain types of clothes have been stereotyped for certain types of personalities. You can look simple and elegant whether you are wearing a full-sleeved dress or hot pants or a backless blouse and saree. It all depends on how you style and carry the outfit. Similarly you don’t need mile long legs to wear shorts and look good in them. You just need to pick the right style for your body type and wear them like you own them (not the other way around!)

Myntra has stocked up on more than 2000 styles of shorts and skirts on their app for you to explore. Here are some of my favorite picks and how you can style them for different occasions! 

 Active shorts from Only: Summer is no excuse to skip on your workout. Yes, the heat and the sweat might make the thought of walking away from your air conditioned bedroom unbearable, but that’s the reason you have cute options like these right? Priced at Rs.747/- there’s nothing like a bright cheery pair of workout shorts to get you moving and grooving. Plus you need to have those legs ready to flaunt them all summer!

Printed black shorts from Tokyo Talkies: They’ve got some really good options in both plain and printed shorts. The plain ones can easily be paired with a bright tee and maybe a blazer if it’s not too hot. I’ve always been a fan of printed shorts, and these black ones are a steal at just Rs.524/-

White lace shorts from Only: You can’t do summer without at least one option of white. With a pretty lace hem, these can be dressed up with a summery top, fancy flats and a pair of sunglasses for an evening dinner. Only has always been one brand that’s up-to date on the latest trends and they have some really good pieces for the summer. This pretty number is priced at Rs.2495/-

Blue and white skort from Belle fille: This brand is a new discovery of mine. And I have just one word to say about their collection – amazing! I literally couldn’t choose which ones I liked more. The options are endless, for every occasion, mood and body-type. The blue and white skort was something that attracted me instantly. The stripes make it look all the more cuter and this can be style in many different ways. Priced at Rs.1079/- it’s totally worth it!

High waist printed shorts from Belle fille: For a slightly bohemian look, this pair of high-waisted shorts priced at Rs.1079/- would be a perfect pick. Whether you pair it with a crop top or a long, loose white shirt half tucked in, it won’t fail to make a statement. Belle fille is one brand with endless options specially if you are looking to update your summer wardrobe with plenty of shorts!

Denim shorts from Only: Your shorts collection can never be complete without a pair of well worn denim shorts. When in doubt, always go back to classics. Invest in a well fitted pair of denim cut-offs, and you are set for almost any occasion!  This pair is priced at Rs.2295/-

If you are still looking for options and inspiration, have a look at the below video on ideas for how to style your skirts & shorts for this summer! 


Shop through an app!

Fashion, indian fashion blog, myntra, online shopping, sponsored post
My day typically starts with my phone and ends with my phone. Whether it’s for a quick check for new emails, a browse through instagram or facebook, or reading the news and interesting articles while having breakfast – I don’t think I can live a second without my phone. I use it for everything right from replying to mails, chalking out to-do lists, scheduling meetings, scanning documents, browsing videos, being up-to-date with all my social media accounts and last but not the least – shopping!

As a blogger, my work schedule can sometimes get crazy with no time to sit and breathe. There are days when I am at an early morning shoot, followed by a quick breakfast, rushing to meetings, making calls while in the car, planning the next shoot, jotting down ideas for posts – all while I am on the go. Needless to say, shopping happens when I am on the go as well. I like to keep myself up-to date on what’s new and what’s on sale on my favorite shopping sites. You never know when I might need to source something for the next shoot or when I might spot something that I love on sale or when I might come across something so quirky that it instantly gives me an idea for the next shoot.
With more and more retail stores like Myntra coming up with exclusive apps for shopping, the need to open your laptop keeps decreasing day by day.

Access from anywhere, anytime
Like I said, my whole professional and personal life is run from my mobile (sounds dramatic I know, but it’s true to an extent!). I need to be connected 24×7, and there are many instances where the thin line between using social media for recreation and for work keeps getting blurred. Spending additional time on my laptop is something that I try to avoid, more so because my shopping urges tend to hit me at the most unexpected times – while in the car, when eating at a restaurant, or when am simply too lazy to walk three feet and get my laptop while am on the bed. Why go to all that trouble when I can shop from the comforts of an app, from literally anywhere!

Stay logged in all the time and faster checkout
Shopping through an app is definitely way faster than trying to browse through your laptop. Just one click to access the store, another couple of clicks to select your products and you pay in an instant. Personally I hate logging in to my account each time, and since I have too many accounts to even remember them in the first place, this works for me! Instead of typing in every mail id that I could have possibly registered with, or trying to generate a new password every time, I can actually breeze through the checkout process in a matter of minutes.

App-only discounts and offers
I am a huge discount shopper, and am always on the lookout for coupons and deals while shopping. Apps like Myntra usually provide exclusive discount coupons which are not available anywhere else. So there’s your chance to snag that dress you’ve been eyeing for so long or a pair of heels that you’ve secretly been hoping will go on sale so that you don’t have to break your account over them.

Sharing is easy
Social media, email, and instant messaging – with an app for everything on your mobile, sharing your finds with friends and family (or your readers if you are a blogger!) is so easy. Each time I find something that I like, or I put together a look with products from a website that I feel might inspire someone; I tend to share it on my social media channels, sharing is caring after all!

With the ease of shopping through an app and the convenience of selecting any product that you want, app shopping (yes I just made up that word) is here to stay!

The workplace Diva

Fashion, sponsored post, work wear
When I was working in the corporate sector, my mornings usually started with staring at my wardrobe for a good ten minutes and wondering if I could just walk in to office wearing a leather pant, a flow-y white top and get away with it. When you dress up everyday, you might as well make it interesting right? That’s always been my mantra and my motivation to dress up everyday. Work place dressing up is a bit tricky especially when you work in a formal environment that requires you to stick to formals. That being said, you don’t need to stop being a workplace Diva. Check out the following options for your most essential workplace item – laptop bags!


For the professional Diva

Black is the color of elegance, power and sophistication. It would without doubt be the first choice for a professional look. A soft textured (faux) leather bag with plenty of space inside for your laptop and all your essentials. Pair this with a formal pantsuit for a polished look!

 

For the artsy Diva

If your work environment is the creative and chaotic type, like a media company or an advertising agency, then show-off your personality with something unique and trendy. Bold colors, graphics, silly quotes – it could be anything that describes your personality, or your workspace. Since your dressing too would veer more towards business casuals, you can get away with almost anything here!

For the casual Diva
 
This unisex laptop bag keeps it casual yet professional. Whether you are meeting with clients over a cup of coffee, or working as a freelancer with no fixed office space or timings, this tan brown leather laptop bag is your friend. You can pair it with a simple blue jeans and a crisp white shirt for a classy look!

 For the girly Diva

Simple, pink and cute. This pink canvas laptop bag is perfect for the girly girl. Whether you team it with western formals, traditional wear or casuals, this is one bag that would go with them all!

Summer footwear – embelishments!

Fashion, indian fashion blog, shoes, sponsored post, summer, trends

As the temperature has slowly started to soar, I have already begun my whining and complaints of how hot it is and how I feel like I am melting into a gooey puddle just after a couple of minutes in the sun. I am all for summer and tropical weather and beaches but sometimes it gets too unbearable, and there is nothing much that you can do about it. When summer comes I turn nocturnal, venturing out only after sunset. Rest of the day is spent being holed up at my desk with work, accompanied by a constant supply of cold drinks, and editing and researching for articles – which is just a fancy term for mindless browsing over various blogs, magazines and shopping sites.

Clothing during summer has to invariably be as comfortable, airy and minimal as possible. There is absolutely no intention of stacking up on accessories either. Just the thought of layering anything, even a simple necklace, makes you want to peel off the layers. The only accessories I have fun with are shoes! You must know by now, that I am a hoarder of shoes and happily so! A girl can never have enough! Embellished shoes are all the rage this season. They add a little sparkle to your otherwise hot and humid day, and they are also the easiest way to add an extra something to your simple summer dress/skirt/shorts. Since I’ve already committed the sin of not shopping for the longest time ever, I didn’t waste any time in putting together a wish-list that would help all you guys with some inspiration as to what style you can go for as well!

Gladiators

  • Consider the shape of your leg before buying gladiator sandals
  •  Knee-high gladiators for long legs and ankle length for shorter legs
  • Also, wear chunkier styles with pants rather than dresses
  • Decide if you want flats or heels. T-strap looks great for flats!
  • When wearing knee-length or calf length, don’t overdo the clothes and other accessories

Embellished Sandals

  • Evaluate your wardrobe before deciding which pair to purchase
  • If your wardrobe leans to the casual side, you can go for heavy, colorful embellishment
  • If you wear a lot of dressy pieces, go for neutral solid color
  • Embellished flip flops are a more casual alternative that you can consider
  • If you don’t want to spend big bucks, buy some beads/studs/stones and do your own DIY!

Embellished Pumps

  • Perfect for a night out where you sparkle in your best
  • Go for quality and make sure the embellishments don’t fall off! 
  • Subtle colors with delicate embellishments are your best bet
  • A six inch heel + striking color might be a little too much sometimes, so opt for a shorter heel when going for bolder patterns

HappyCheckout.in for Happy Online shopping

bags online, Fashion, shopping, sponsored post
Slowly but surely I am turning into an avid online shopper. Although I have been shopping online for quite a while now, initially I refrained from buying stuff like shoes and jeans online because, I still preferred going to the store and trying them out before deciding to swipe my card. But the crowds at shopping malls, the never ending queue at the trial rooms and dragging my legs out of exhaustion after a whole day of standing and walking is not how I prefer to spend my weekends! Another big bonus of online shopping is definitely the discounts that you can avail and get your favorite products delivered right to your doorstep at a much more reasonable price than the original!

HappyCheckout is one such website that’s your one stop solution for exclusive, verified coupon codes. There are a large number of websites that claim to provide discount coupons but how many of them provide genuine coupons that actually work? The frustration at not finding such sites that add actual value to the shopper’s intent was what made this team of online shoppers start HappyCheckout.

Just as the names says, the main intent here is to make your checkout process happy and hassle free! All you have to do is follow these simple steps:

1. Open happycheckout.in and search for your choice of shopping site or simply click on the popular ones available in the list given.

2. Browse through the coupons available for the website and click on ‘reveal code’ for accessing the coupon.

3. You’ll automatically be directed to the website where you can browse and shop to your heart’s content!

4. Copy the code from happycheckout.in and enter it in the checkout page and apply the coupon!

They offer coupons not just for purchasing from fashion retail sites like Jabong, Myntra, Yepme, Zovi but also travel websites like Make my Trip and Redbus, and food like Dominos and KFC. It’s really that simple! I for one, am pretty excited to be using this for all my future shopping hauls!

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

Currently Coveting

coveting, Fashion, sponsored post, wishlist
While the popular assumption is that I shop quite a lot, being a fashion blogger and all that, I hardly splurge on a regular basis. I do tend to buy throughout the year, but it’s maybe a pair of shoes one month, a couple of basic tshirts the next month, or replenishing my basic beauty products. I haven’t ever done a major shopping haul where I return from the mall with ten different carry bags from every store. That’s just not me.

But I do reserve that ‘haul’ for the latter part of the year i.e November and December, when all the major sales and discounts on sites like CupoNation are on. I love a good bargain when I see one, and I know all the theories surrounding sale season about how the low prices are all a sham and yada yada yada. But since I only buy from reputed major brands, that I have been obsessively stalking all year through, I know for a fact whether the prices have been reduced or not (getting a pair of River Island heels for 2500 is what sale is all about!)

And what better time to start making a list of of all things coveted than right now, because, come December it’s time for GOSF deals and offers! For those of you who are living under a rock, the Great Online Shopping Festival was created by Google India, in collaboration with a number of Indian online shopping sites. It’s basically Christmas for all the shopaholics! And if you don’t consider yourself a shopaholic, it’s time to turn into one. After all a girl can never have enough shoes or bags!

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Fourseven

Fashion, India, indian charms, Indian wear, jewelry, sponsored post
There is something about miniature models of real-life things that make them so adorable. Specially when they are intricately made, without a single detail missing, and resemble their real life counterparts to the T. Well except for the size! fourseven.in is a jewelry brand that you offers you a wide range of bracelets, rings, necklaces, anklets etc. The highlight of their collection is definitely their Indian Masala Charms – all inspired by various aspects of India.

I used to love charm bracelets as a kid, so it was an obvious choice for me to hand pick my favorite ones from their website to try them on! There is the auto or the tuk-tuk, the very well detailed kettle, a cutting chai glass, a typical shehnai and a miniature tabla!

The whole point of charms is to add a personal touch to your overall outfit, so it’s completely up to you whether you want to stack ’em all up on a bracelet or have a single charm dangling on a long chain, or maybe even add them to your bag. I threw them all together to form a chunky, interesting bracelet to add an Indian element to my otherwise western outfit (outfit in the next post!). And believe me they are such conversation starters!

Fourseven also has necklaces that are very delicate and modern. Their infinity charm necklace is one piece that I really loved! It’s a dainty little piece that can go on anything and doesn’t need any other addition to make the look stand out. Definitely one of my favorite pieces!

The individual charms can be paired with almost anything. A single charm worn as a pendant was another look that I preferred. It’s a great addition to your look when you are not in the mood to clutter it with something chunky. Their jewelry is unique in a way that it becomes part of your life. It’s not just something pretty. It will always mean something to you!

All their charms are made of sterling silver and inspired by various aspects of India – including the name! Four-Seven -> 1947 -> The day India decided to stand and shine on her own. Their pieces are for the modern Indian woman and there are enough options to suit all the various personas that an urban woman dons. In the words of Rebekkah Kumar – ‘The woman who chooses fourseven jewelry should love it even twenty years from now, as much as she loves it on the day she receives it.’ If you like these charms do check out fourseven for more of them!

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Happster

Fashion, geek chic, spectacles, sponsored post, Styling
8th grade Chandana felt she looked ridiculous in specs. So from the time she could afford it, she started wearing lenses and chucked those ugly looking spectacles out of her life. Turns out she was so wrong!

I’ve been wearing lenses for more than 5 years now, but for the last couple of years I’ve started to collect some really cool and colorful frames as it’s just not practical to wear lenses all the time. I now realize that my 8th grade self din’t know a thing about style or fashion or what a right pair of glasses can do to your look and your persona!

Big, oversized and thick-rimmed glasses have become synonymous with geek-chic. While some might be willing to splurge 25k (or more) on a pair of Versace spectacles for achieving that look, I’d rather not! Happster.in is one such store that offers you the best of the best without burning a hole in your pocket. Founder, Avinash Eriggineni, who decided that he’d had enough of paying huge sums for designer frames (which sometimes turned out to be counterfeit), started on a journey to end this spectacle once and for all (see what I did there?)

Every Happster frame, is hand made out of finest quality raw material. With a collection of nine shapes in twenty colors having a brilliant finish produced by Italian material, they have carefully considered the designs befitting of a high quality boutique store. It also includes top-quality, high-index power lenses, made from polycarbonate in all frames at no extra cost for all prescriptions. They have a 100% free trial option ,where you can select 4 frames of your choice to try at home and flaunt them for two whole days in front of your family and friends. Once you are happy with your choice, return the four frames (which has a prepaid return shipping label), place a new order – and voila! They arrive at your doorstep with the prescription lenses that suit your power.

Their  unique One-to-One campaign, where they plant a tree for every pair of glasses purchased, is the cherry on the top of a great deal. And for your assurance they provide a certificate confirming the donation!

If you are looking for unique designs, that are sturdy, on par with high-end designer wear, and lenses that are comparable to the best yet don’t cost a bomb, Happster.in is the place to go!

Top: oasap.com (buy here) | Jeans: Levis | Custom laptop case: snupped.com | Shoes: Steve madden | All frames: happster.in
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