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Thursday, 18 May 2017

South Of France : Lookbook


French fashion is epitome of simplicity and style, that's why while in France, I kept all my outfits simple and chic. In each and every outfit that I wore, I tried to incorporate current trend like slogan t-shirt, frills, wide trousers or gingham. Hope you enjoy all the looks!

Outfit 1: 

T-shirt: Topshop
Jeans: H&M
Bag: Chanel
Shoes: Gola
Belt: Gucci
Sunglasses: Rayban clubmasters 
Photographer: Dinesh Reddy





Outfit 2: 

T-shirt: asos.com
Dungrees: asos.com
Bag: Chanel
Shoes: Gola
Sunglasses: Rayban clubmasters 







Outfit 3: 

Top: Miss Selfridge
Trousers: Zara
Bag: Chanel
Shoes: H&M
Sunglasses: Rayban clubmasters 





Outfit 4: 

Top: Zara
Jeans: H&M
Bag: Chanel
Shoes: Gola
Belt: Gucci
Sunglasses: Rayban clubmasters 





Sunday, 14 May 2017

Giveaway Winner: Noughts and Kisses Sunglasses



My blogger friend, Snigdha, and myself had partnered to give away two gorgeous and stylish pairs of sunglasses by Noughts and Kisses. This giveaway was organised on Instagram and thanks a lot to all the people who participated.

We are now happy to announce the winners of this giveaway. The winners are (drum roll....)

@goetgunjan

&

@wanderlust.bebo

Congratulations!!!

I will organise more giveaways in future, so please don't be disappointed if you haven't won this time :)

                                                                               x
                                                                         Snigdha


Thursday, 11 May 2017

Life Is A Rollercoaster


Generally my articles on this website are fashion or travel related, mostly quite light hearted. I like it keeping real with you all- either it's the reviews or my opinions. But in this article, I am just going to pour my heart out. 

Next week is Viaan's first birthday, so we are quite excited to celebrate it. This is probably the happiest day for us, we have so many things planned for our little one- he may not even remember it or realise what we are doing but honestly, all first birthday celebrations mean more to the parents than to the child.

Last weekend was spent shopping for his birthday clothes, which involved eating out and getting take outs, and that's where everything went wrong.

By Sunday evening, Viaan started getting sick and it all went downhill from there. Dinesh and I were worried to hell and started looking after Viaan, who was visibly getting weak and miserable. Then it was Dinesh's turn to fall sick and then eventually it was me. It was the most terrible time of my life, I felt homesick and started missing my parents. We wanted someone to look after us, as we were looking after Viaan. To cut the story short, 4 days down the line, we are still on our path to recovery and not there yet!

The reason why I told you this story is because this incident made me realise the importance of health and family, how the family has to come together in times of difficulty and it also made me realise how much my mom means to me and how she has always been there when I needed her.  Similarly, how I have to be there for Viaan in times of sickness and happiness. 

Enough of soppiness in one post, now let's talk about some interesting stuff. There is a giveaway going on my Instagram. I have collaborated with my blogger friend Snigdha (Yes, we share the same first name) for a Giveaway (Hint hint: It's something similar to what I am wearing in these pictures) on each of our Instagram accounts. I would love you to go and check out our profiles and participate in the giveaway. Good Luck!

I am wearing:

Sunglasses: Noughts and Kisses
Trousers: Zara
Top: Oasis (Last year)
Shoes: Christian Louboutins
Clutch: Miu Miu
Watch: Tory Burch
Photography: Dinesh Reddy










Thursday, 4 May 2017

My Favourite Brekkie : The Ultimate Berry Mix

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me posing occasionally with a huge jar of pink smoothie and many of you were intrigued about what I was drinking. I can assure you that the pretty pink smoothie is not only pleasing on eyes, it tastes amazing too, and not to mention the health benefits. So without any further ado, let me show you how I make this smoothie.



Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana
  • Handful of mixed berries
  • Two spoons oats
  • 1 spoon chai seeds
  • 1/2 spoon cacao seeds (This adds nice crunch)
  • 2 spoons yogurt
  • Little bit of peanut butter
Put all the ingredients together in a blender, add some water if it's needed, and you are good to go!
Give it a try and let me know what you think!






Thursday, 20 April 2017

The Contrasts



When I saw this BIBA skirt in the store, my mind immediately wandered towards all the ways in which I can incorporate this one in a photoshoot. I instantly knew that I needed this skirt in my life. 
I imagined myself in this skirt, running around in the lush green fields of a nearby village. All the aspects, the entire look and location for the shoot was decided, meanwhile Dinesh and I went to visit Araku Valley and I decided to take this skirt along-just in case. I think that's the best thing I ever did!
The rugged hills and the freshly harvested fields gave a raw feel and we decided that it would act as an amazing background for the photos. After we saw the photos we loved the contrast between the neutral background and this extremely colourful outfit.

To add a cherry on the icing, look at the people and cows at work- AAAHHHHMMMAAAZING!

Details:

Skirt: BIBA India
Top: Global Desi
Watch: Tory Burch
Sunglasses: Rayban Clubmasters
Photography: Dinesh Reddy







If you are interested, watched Araku Vlog here





Thursday, 6 April 2017

The Joys Of Spring


I can’t believe how much I talk about weather. I think, it makes sense as mostly what we wear is driven by how we feel (Although, I have to admit that sometimes I go super crazy and wear what I feeling like wearing even though I’m freezing). I am glad that we are in spring now and it’s one of my favourite times of the year

Spring…Spring, who doesn’t like spring. 

Spring symbolises a new start, new life and colours.
I like watching the surroundings change from being lifeless to a fresh green colour.
Everything feels fresh and pristine. 
The best part is that the temperature changes from super chilly to mild, venturing outside and taking walks become more pleasurable.Last weekend we were blessed with sunny day and ofcourse we took full advantage of the sun shine.Along with the little one, we went out for a long walk, however on the way, we decided that we should have an impromptu picnic. Immediately, we went to our favourite local pizza place, grabbed a pizza, drinks and desserts and went to a nearby park.
I can’t tell you how happy I was to be doing this. In the past few years I have learnt that real happiness is in small things of life. Honestly, I was happy! Just being there in the sun, along with my family, and eating food (I LOVE FOOD) made me content. We walked on the grass with bare feet (try it, it feels amazing!) and took loads of pictures.

Coming to spring fashion, nothing beats a striped t-shirt, denim jacket and a little bit of colour.
I went with double denim in this look. Just to refrain from looking very denim-y, I chose two shades of denim, went with classic black jeans and blue jacket.
To add the pop of colour, I chose these slingbacks from H&M. They are inexpensive, cheerful and super comfortable.
I will take a minute to speak about the top too- It’s from asos and it feels really good. The shape is boxy, so it’s good to hide my love handles and the extra fabric helps me in tucking the front bit into the jeans. I like the look! It looks cool!

I was not carrying any bag on the day, so decided to pose with my Longchamp- I use this bag as my nappy bag.

Oh how much I loved this spontaneous shoot, running around the trees-it’s always FUN.

I am wearing:

Top: asos.com
Jeans: Topshop
Jacket: Warehouse
Shoes: H&M
Bag: Longchamp
















Thursday, 23 March 2017

Must do things in Santorini

'Life isn't about how many breathes you take but about the moments that take your breathe away'


Almost more than 3 years ago, we went to the most beautiful place (or atleast this is the most beautiful place we have been to, so far!) on the planet- SANTORINI. While we were there, I posted day to day blog posts on what we did, wore and ate. However, it's not a consolidated list of things to do/see in Santorini. Since then I have received massive number of emails and messages asking for suggestions and I have replied to each and every email. FINALLY, I have decided to write an article on top 10 things to do in Santorini. It will save me from individually replying to everyone :)

1) Stay in Oia

When someone says Santorini, we picture white buildings, blue windows and azure ocean, and my friends, THIS place is Oia(pronounced as Ia). We stayed in Oia and never regretted it for a bit.
Oia is so picturesque that it feels like heaven, we never got bored of the views it had to offer.
It's the luxury part of the island with expensive shops, restaurants and hotels, especially main/touristy part of Oia.

This place looks even more beautiful in the evenings. All the hotels light up their pools and the light blue pools turn into electric blue colour - the view is magical!

The alternative to staying in Oia is to base yourself in Fira and come to Oia on a day trip. There are many ways to commute to Oia

  • Take a boat
  • Take a taxi
  • Hire a car, quad bike or a bike (I will talk about it more in the upcoming section)

Just be aware that if you take a boat, you may have to take quite a few stairs to reach the actual place.  There is another option - to take a donkey/mule instead of taking stairs












2) Enjoy the sunset in Oia


You stay in Oia or not, make sure to go there to enjoy the sunset. They say that Oia has the most stunning sunsets in the entire world. Even though I haven't see all the sunsets in this world, I can vouch and say that it's definitely beautiful.

There are lots of seaside cafes and bars where you can sit and watch the sun setting in, while enjoying your drink. All the vantage points can get busy with people who want to watch the sunset, so it's better if you get there early. Trust me, even though it gets crowded, it's totally worth it!

All the days while we were on the island, we never missed a single sunset. We chose a different spot everyday to watch it. It's definitely romantic too!




3) Explore the markets in Fira

Fira is the capital town of Santorini. It's more populated/crowded than other places in Santorini. All the people who don't stay in Oia, stay in Fira, especially the young people who love partying.
This town is famous for its markets, especially the 'gold' market which is full of gold shops, as the name says! We had fun walking around the shops, eating my favourite ice-cream (chocolate chip cone). It's a good day out option.

Fira also offers an amazing view of the Caldera (the volcano).







4) Beaches of Perrisa and Kamari

If you are a beach bum then this island offers many options. The two main beaches are in Perrisa and Kamari and they are beautiful. You can do all the usual beach-y stuff here with an added advantage of beautiful view of the hills.

We chose to go on jet ski ride while we were at one of the beaches. Oh boy! It was funnn!




5) Boat trip to Caldera, hot sprints and Thirassia 

This is one of the most enjoyable things that we did on our trip. It's a boat trip to Caldera (the volcano). The boat trip that we took had 3 things to offer:


  • Tour of caldera
 This boat takes you to the caldera and from there a seasoned guide takes for a walking tour of the volcano. This is one of the unique experiences- to be actually walking on top of a dormant volcano. During the walk, history of the island and the volcano is told by the guide. It was extremely interesting and exciting, not to mention the amazing views.

Tip: Wear comfortable shoes, hat and carry a bottle of water

  • Swim in the hot springs
The boat also takes you to the hot springs, mostly after the tour of Caldera. The sulphur in the water makes it warm. What I found exhilarating was the part where we had to jump off the boat into the cold sea water and swim towards the warm parts of the water. One downside to this is, the water at the springs has pungent smell due to the amount of sulphur. 

  • Visit Thirassia- the fishermen's village
The boat also stops at a fishermen's village called Thirassia. There isn't much to see there, but fresh seafood is available there and it's away from all the touristy crowds. Oh and did I say, it has stunning views?!









6) Explore the Island on your own by a car/bike/quad bike

We love exploring a place in our own pace and in our own style, this helps us in finding hidden gems.
Believe it or not, we explored the island on 3 different days using three different means (car, bike, quad bike). We enjoyed all three, but quad bike was our favourite :)





7) Enjoy the food

If you are in Fira, try gyros and souvlaki. In Oia, there are many good bakeries and most of them are family owned. Pick any item from these bakeries and it would be ahhhmmaaazzzing!!!!
Other things to try are greek yogurt with honey, lamb shank, greek style potatoes, greek coffee and tomato fritters.
Honestly, writing this piece is making me hungry :D










8) Take loads of pictures

This is one place where you HAVE to take as many pictures as possible. The place has so many backgrounds to offer- white walls, blue skies, blue doors, sunsets and azure sea.


Hope I have convinced you all to take a trip to Santorini soon?!

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