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Sunday, 6 November 2016

Festive Boho ft. Splash India


Splash has been in India for a few years now and honestly, they have really evolved into a niche fashion brand matching upto other ones like Forever 21 etc. Splash houses not only stylish apparel and accessories but is also light on the pocket. Personally I’ve been buying from Splash ever since it opened its store in Pune. Recently, I landed up purchasing this gorgeous dress with embroidery which was so apt for the festive season. In fact I even wore it once with leggings below and it looked like a kurta set !! Talk about being versatile! ;)


 

Here, I wore the dress with a belt to synch the waist and tie up flats to add the boho vibe. The traditional earrings or Jhumkas as we call them along with a bindi really complemented the boho vibes. Of course I had to add my favourite sunnies to complete the look! Check out the pictures!! :D








Outfit: Splash India
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Hope you enjoyed reading this post!
Till next time,
Lots of Love,
-M
XoXo

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Travel Tips For Disneyland Paris




Hi Lovelies!!
So a lot of friends and Instafam peeps asked me the top things to do in Disneyland so I thought I'd do an entire post on it! :)
Now, Disneyland is huggggeeeee and it's really tough to cover the entire property in a day. I hear of people taking Two Day passes etc but since I only had a day to check it out, I thought I'll put down a few things one MUST do their visit to the famous Disneyland, Paris!!


First of all, I have to mention that losing my phone in Italy while I was on a trip all by myself was just awful as I lost ALL my pictures from Disneyland since I had not carried my bulky camera on my trip there and was relying on my phone camera entirely! :( But, I did manage to ask some of my Hostel friends to email me the pictures we took of the place while we were there so thank God for that! So lets get started!!



How to Get there?
There are many options available like bus service, Disneyland combo tickets also offer pick up and drop with the ticket itself, renting a car or the good old metro line. I think the cheapest is the metro of course. As I was staying at the 3-Ducks Hostel on Rue Du Commerce, the metro was very accessible. It was about 2 minutes walking distance from my hostel and from there I basically bought a ticket that cost me a total of approx 14-15 euros for the entire one way trip . I caught the line 8 metro till Opera where I switched to line A and Marne La Vallee was the last stop.I may be wrong due to my poor memory skills but the people at the Subway station ticket counters were very helpful and even drew the entire line i had to follow on my map so I don't get lost! Follow the same route back but be careful of the timings as the last train out is probably 1:00am and the closing parade begins around 12:00am so be sure not to miss the last train out or you could be stuck there for a night lol!



What to Wear?
Wear comfortable clothing as you will be going on rides and walking around all day. The last thing you would want is to feel uncomfortable. Wear jeans or shorts. Preferably jeans as it gets cold post evening. Wear a cute t shirt. I suggest pick up a souvenir Mickey tee and wear that there itself! Most importantly, wear sneakers!!

What to Carry?
I suggest not to carry water as you would have to refill through the day anyway. But then again, there are many places to fill your bottles so a medium sized bottle that won't add to much back pack weight should be good to go. Carry sunglasses, as the weather in Paris is super erratic. Carrying a portable foldable umbrella would also be wise! Carry a jacket as you will be there till night and it tends to get quite chilly on the way back. Protein bars as munchies as all the walking around gets you hungry & its quite expensive to always buy something to eat. Portable chargers, selfie sticks etc as long as its in your bag and not in pockets etc during rides. Tissues or wet wipes in case. These are just the basic things apart from which you can stuff your bag as long as you're okay to carry around the weight whole day!




Rides to Not Miss?
-Space Mountain all the wayyyy! It was my favourite ride ever! Although I was shitting bricks and for a micro second I probably thought I was going to Die haha, it was an amazing ride nonetheless!
-Pirates of the Carribean was awesome too! It was amazingly done up on the inside!
-Phantom Manor was the not so typical haunted house ride of any amusement park . It had a story to the ghost, was super fun & not that scary which worked for me lol!
-La Taniere Du Dragon was a walk through ride with great visuals of a Dragon etc.
-Orbitron gave a great view of the place during the day or night.
-Indiana Jones ride was scary like the space mountain one so go for it if you enjoy the thrills!
-Pinnochio ride was awesome and slightly dark so it was creepy, but fun.
-Carrousel as one cannot miss sitting on the carrousel when in Paris haha!
Don't miss the day parades & keep the map handy!




What to Eat there?
There are tons and tons of options for snacks or lunch / dinner and I was honestly confused. The specials or offers from each restaurant is displayed outside the restaurant on a blackboard stand but that is hardly the deal breaker. You need to just decide what you prefer to eat on the spot I guess. Well, funnily I was missing Indian spices and RICE (Being Super Bengali Ughsss) so I chose to go in for a delicious fast food meal at Hakuna Matata Restaurant. I landed up ordering beef meat balls curry which actually had an African sauce. It was spicy & was accompanied with rice (Yumm haha!). I mean as Indian as I could get right? Curry & Rice? Hahahah! Don't forget to try the sweet caramelised green apples on a stick and the delicious fro yo / ice cream with the mickey stamped waffle topping!






How to Book the tickets?
I had a friend book the tickets for me but this website should be of help: www.dlpguide.com
I advise pre booking as there are attractive offers as opposed to buying on the spot at the venue. I advise taking the two day pass if possible as one day was not enough for me. There are skip the line / fast passes available to avoid the long queues and trust me it would be worth it as the lines were so long for every ride!

What to Buy?
There are tons of merchandise stores selling amazing goodies in case you wish to take back some souvenirs. I went a little crazy and bought key chains, mugs, soup bowls, fridge magnets, the famous Minnie Mouse ears hairband etc There is something for every pocket trust me!
What I recommend are the cute fridge magnets specially the ones with a photoframe to put an image inside, or the t shirts which are super cute!



Hope you enjoyed the post just as much as  I enjoyed reliving the memories!
Till next time,
Lots of Love,
-M
xoxo




Friday, 28 October 2016

Di(W)ali - ft. W For Woman

Hey Guys!
Don't you'll just love this festive season? It sure is a treat for me with work holidays, good food, festivities and of course, the fun get togethers!! But one perpetual worry for us girls, is What To Wear! We all want to look pretty & 'Desi' but we don't want to run around choosing the outfits due to lack of time specially for girls who work day jobs like me! Recently I walked into a W for Woman store and I was taken by surprise at the variety they offered!! They had everything, from semi formal lehengas to palazzo pants and kurtis to dresses with capes. All of this with a lovely touch of desi-ness! ;)
I decided to compile some looks that I would personally wear for different Diwali functions right from lunching at my relatives house to a Diwali bonfire party with friends.

Four Days Of Diwali With W


Day 1: Dhanteras

We were expecting a few guests over, to attend the puja & eat yummy food!
I picked this easy-peasy outfit as the cropped pants would help me run errands too!


Day 2 : Laxmi Puja (Diwali)

I can't wait to attend a fun get together at a friend's house where we have a Diwali Cards Party late afternoon followed by a bonfire at night!
I picked this comfortable dress with a cape as it would be easy to handle with bonfire/firecrackers around & the embroidered cape adds that Indian touch too!

 


Day 3 : Diwali

Diwali in many households is celebrated over two days. My mum and I decorate the entire house with diyas and marigold flowers making our house look so beautiful!
I picked this Kurta with a skirt set. I'm sure it will be super easy for me to bend down with the long skirt covering me up, while I literally squat all over the floor to make Rangolis outside the house! 




Day 4 : Bhai Dooj

Being Bengali, we celebrate Bhai Dooj over Raksha Bandhan but the customs are basically one and the same honestly. My family and I are invited to my cousin's house so that we siblings could pamper the Brothers & also bag some fancy gifts in return! This bright orange kurta, paired with gold palazzo pants & gold dupatta will make me look "Marriage-Material" in front of my relatives, much to my mum's delight!


Outfits: W for Woman
(Amazon, Jabong, ShoppersStop, Ajio)

Hope you are enjoying the festive season as much as I am!!
Here's wishing you all a very Happy Diwali !!
Lots of Love,
-M

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Totally Qabil-E-Tareef


Its been months since I wrote something on my blog and I just HAD to take some time off my busy schedule to post something here!
I have so many fun posts lined up so lets get this running nowwww!


You guys know my love for good food & recently after hearing about Qabil-E-Tareef near Pimpri I just had to pay a visit with my all time favourite companion, my brother! It was slightly far for us but totally worth the long drive via Aundh in Pune! The directions were really accurate and we didn't have to ask anyone or refer to Google even!
Once we got there, the first thing we noticed, was the lovely decor right from the entrance. They have a gorgeous door at the entrance which just adds to the whole Mughal theme.


Getting on with the food bit, we were super hungry by the time we got there, so we started our meal with a small portion of Chicken Paaya Soup - this was a light soup almost like chicken stock which was hot n flavoursome. A great way to lightly start a meal. We also had Masala papad - It was crispy with lots of cheese on the salad part of the papad which was yummy!




We ordered Chaas & Lassi - true to its Mughal spread , the options are very 'desi' you won't find your typical 'bloody mary' cocktails but some good wine for alcoholic preferences and Chaas or Lassi etc My brother was over ambitious haha so he opted for Lassi : not too sweet & garnished with dry fruits but slightly thick & creamy which is great but if you plan on eating heavy, chose the Chass option as its lighter on the tummy. Chaas : salty , light , appetising & lightly creamy, perfect accompaniment for some kebab starters maybe. 




Moving onto the appetizers, we had Malai Broccoli - I LOVE broccoli and this dish was basically crunchy broccoli florets coated with rich, creamy malai dressing which was Such a WIN! We also had Angaari Zafrani Tikka - which was chucks of soft, succulent & fresh chicken covered in a rich, milky / malai flavour, Such a delight! I must mention the portions are well sized and the dishes could easily be shared by 2-3 people. 




For the main course, we ordered, Kumbh Makkai Paneer - which had soft & fresh paneer (cottage cheese) with sweet corn kernels. I assumed the dish would be sweet but it wasn't which is how I prefer it honestly. I'm not too fond of certain dishes which have a sweet-ish flavour to them. So this dish was good inspite of having sweet corn kernels. Being a hard core meat lover, we had to try the Gosht Nawabi - which was a preparation that included mushrooms & capsicum too buit it actually tasted good. Have to say, the mutton was very fresh, soft & not chewy. 



My brother even tasted some Chicken Biryani - that had mint, saffron & lemon flavours. The chicken was soft & fresh, good quality basmati fragrant rice & had the right amount of spices. We had Kulcha (Onion & Butter) - which was well prepared but there are lots of options for Indian breads or rotis as we call them. Missi , laccha , naan makai Roti etc. For dessert we had Rabdi which according to my brother was yummy. I just couldn't eat any more as I was already so stuffed!




Overall we both really enjoyed our meal, the service was good. You may have to reserve a table as i noticed the place got full after a while. It's open all day from 12pm onwards so you can lazily walk in by even 4pm & you can find yourself something to eat. A bonus point for the decor as the place was beautifully done up. I even shot two looks there which i shall share with you guys in the following posts so stay tuned to check out the gorgeous venue!

Here's a number in case you would like to pay a visit : +91 9730687496 Mr.Gurung
Address: Qabil-e-Tareef, Shiv Sai Lane, Pimple Saudagar, Pimpri Chinchwad, Maharashtra-411027




Hope you drooled & enjoyed the post along with the images!!
Till next time,
Lots of Love,
-M

Sunday, 8 May 2016

ShopOlympics feat Phoenix Marketcity Pune

Recently, Phoenix Marketcity - Pune had a super fun event / contest for us, bloggers! It was held in the mall itself and was aptly called "ShopOlympics" haha! 
It was such a fun event!! Interacting with fellow bloggers not only from my own city but also from Mumbai made this such a memorable experience! 






We were challenged to style as many outfits as possible within a fixed budget of 5000/- for all the outfits!! So tough isn't it? That's what we thought too! ;) But then, there was a catch too! We could not goose our preferred brands! We had to pick out chits from an array of 'one-stop-shops' like Pantaloons, Max etc !! 



Summer Getaway Beach Look

Now, honestly I was really skeptical initially what I'd find in these stores but was pleasantly surprised!! I picked out a chit that said "UNLIMITED" and I didn't even know such a brand existed! But I loved the outfits I styled eventually and boy, are they super affordable!! 

I styled 4 outfits containing so many individual pieces so imagine the prices! ;)



Casual Dinner Date Look


Friday Work Wear Look


Laidback Sunday Brunch Look

Don't forget to follow the Phoenix Marketcity - Pune (Official) Facebook page ; @phoenixmcitypune on Instagram! and @phoenixmctypune







Hope you guys enjoyed reading this post!
Till next time,
Lots of Love,
M