An Unforgettable Hotel Experience in Bangkok

Confucius asserted, “Wheresoever you go – go with all your heart”. It is quite a thought and advise to take and while I actually went with all my heart to this property- I even came out with my heart filled with beautiful experiences and memories which are going to stay with me forever! In short, this was not just any visit or stay in a hotel- it was one where I felt cherished and cared for throughout!

The property I am referring to is a sister hotel to the award winning 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai, and is located on Sukhumvit Soi 39 in Bangkok called the 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok. It enjoys a wonderful location as it is situated only a short distance from the upscale and fashionable shopping district of Emquartier/Emporium.

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The architects for the property are Palmer and Turner from Bangkok, with Interiors by P49 Design and Landscape by Wabi Sabi Studio. 34 exquisitely appointed suites opened their doors earlier in April this year. And lucky me, just late May- I got the opportunity of experiencing the magic at their Sukhothai Suites.

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The check-in procedure was extremely smooth and exclusive as my suite check-in happened at the Leonowens Club where we were even treated to a refreshing and colour-packed welcome drink.

In no time, we were guided to our suite and I have to admit it that I had a jaw-dropping moment- the minute I stepped into my suite and what made it even more special was a welcome note and platter filled with goodies.

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As I looked around, I unravelled all about my home for the next two nights! Some of its features included a private butler service, maxi bars with wine cellars, user friendly mood lighting, high ceilings, large walk-in wardrobes and stunning marble en-suite bathrooms with chic circular baths complete with built in TV.

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They even reckon that the sleep experience is of the highest standard and the spacious balcony was the ultimate chill zone, complete with the traditional 137 Pillars House signature rocking chair and an over-sized day-bed for two, with superb view of the Bangkok skyline. The balcony was a true blessing for a person like me who loves to sometimes just disconnect and relax!

​137 Pillars Suites features the 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts signature Leonowens Club, the Jack Bain’s Bar and Cigar Divan, and the exquisite Nimitr specialty restaurant featuring Thai favourites with a molecular twist as well as Western delicacies created by their Group Executive Chef and Culinary Artist, Peter Marx from Sweden. A meal here is a must. We dined here once and not just enjoyed the true beauty of the restaurant but thoroughly loved every bit of our meal as well.  It was quite an experience I must say!

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Their Bangkok Trading Post Restaurant is an all-day dining bistro and deli appealing to local residents and guests, serving Western and Asian favourites as well as freshly baked breads, connoisseur coffee and specialty beverages. I was told that both the restaurants were designed and created by Bangkok’s chic design couple Sophie Beghin and Faun Israrena na Ayudhya of Santhaya Associates.

And this is not it, staying in the suite comes with even more added benefits. One need not use the common pool, instead I had an amazing time swimming in their rooftop infinity edged pool. Also, an exclusive gym facility is available for the suite guests! The 27th floor has chic late check-out and early check-in pods and separate shower facilities in the event that suites are fully booked.

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Trust me when I say that there wouldn’t be a dull moment when staying here. The NITRA spa and wellness center with a separate yoga and meditation sala offers activities including aerial flow yoga, tai chi, reiki and dance. Their Golf Studio seemed rather fun and interesting. Others services include 137 signature dining and picnics by design, a personal shopping service and guide, privately curated and customized tours, tennis and golf practice putting and chipping with personal trainers for both on request, kids’ corner and meeting space.

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In case you want to know how to get here, then here are the details… You could get to the Emquartier/Emporium shopping complex through the BTS Skytrain/MRT underground trains and then you could get a pick-up scheduled in their complimentary London Cab, affectionately known as Louie.

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Also, since the property name reflects residences, here is why- 137 Pillars Residences Bangkok houses 179 private residences offering bespoke facilities for leisure, business and long stay guests including the use of their stylish, customized London Cab.

Lastly, I can’t thank 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok enough for the most spectacular stay ever! The staff here was the most helpful, caring and accommodating… I thoroughly enjoyed my breakfast each day and have to mention that one cannot afford to miss trying their waffles for breakfast at Leonowens Club!

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Wishing this property great success always as they deserve every bit of it!

Best,
Sonali

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Summer of Valentine…

We love roses, we totally do… And we love fashion too, you know we do! However, not so often do we see a perfect marriage of both but you all get ready for a beautiful surprise as we both doll-up in outfits from the immensely talented designer Nitya Bajaj’s Valentine Collection where the red rose is truly the hero.

The cuts, fabrics, hues and designs truly reflect great modernity and chicness.

For both of us it was love at first sight as far as this collection was concerned as we totally fell for it the very first time we came across the stuff. Whether it was the gowns, dresses, jackets or the crop tops- we have been drooling over them all.

The post is even more special as after a very long time both of us have been captured together and that too in Germany’s cultural center- Berlin. Well, what makes it even more special is that the profound relationship of friendship too epitomizes love and we will always be each other’s Valentine. Hence, we reckon we are great ambassadors for this collection 😉

The wait is finally over, presenting to you Shagun Tomar and Sonali Vij in Label Nitya Bajaj’s Crop Top and Summer Jacket (respectively) from their splendid collection.

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Helipadonheels wishes you all lots of love and smiles!!! Here’s to the love of friendship!!!

Shop the collection @nityabajaj.com

 

 

 

 

Latin Quarters Spring Summer’16 Collection

Well, even writing this post is bringing a smile to my face and that truly highlights the fact that I really had a lot of fun at the Bloggers Meet hosted by the Latin Quarters at their store in DLF Mall of India, Noida.

That morning was bright and colourful both inside and out as on walking into the store, I witnessed their fabulous Spring Summer’16 #TheNewMe collection which was full of life. I have to admit that I personally loved so many of their pieces and could actually visualize them in my closet. The clothes looked very comfortable,  wearable and trendy.

In fact, what took the excitement level a notch higher was when we were asked to pick chits and dress-up basis the theme we received.  I was super happy to receive the theme-Folklore. I got thinking and instantly picked up the dress below which was super stylish but then glancing through even more, I picked up something which I loved even more.

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It is summer time so it is also time to wear a lot of white, what say?

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While you will see the final look right below, accessorizing wisely was the decision I made. I must add that the brand also offers a decent variety of accessories.

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So, here you will see me posing in white and to add a dash of a pretty colour, I opted for a Latin Quarters Tote Bag and not to miss mentioning about the pair of super elegant earrings  which I picked up. It was an amazing experience meeting all these lovely ladies and fellow bloggers 🙂

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I would even like to thank the team yet again for a wonderful morning and the lovely goodies which they presented us.

Lastly, would just like to add that Latin Quarters Spring Summer’16 range truly endeavours to recreate the modern woman’s look with #TheNewMe themed collection. The range promises to weave a psychedelic wardrobe of floral motifs, animal prints and digital graphics in spunky and pastel color contrasts.

So, now when are you playing dress-up next post your retail therapy at the Latin Quarters?  Do share!

Happy Shopping!
Sonali

Winter Fashion & more with Nitya Bajaj

So, finally Delhi Winters have arrived! We all have been waiting to wear those chic coats and stunning boots, haven’t we? And winter weddings are no fun if we aren’t able to show-off how well we brave the winters in those ultra glamorous blouses, don’t you agree?

Ladies, wait no more and step out in your fashionable best this winter! The combination of winters and fashion is conceived by many as an excuse to look rather boring but this interview post with a superlative fashion designer is sure to come handy and help you all dress up like never before this season. What is also a known fact is that almost everyone around us seems to be getting married, so our expert also lends some fashion advise for these months when love is ought to be in the air…

Let us confess straight up, we absolutely love her cozy boutique nestled in the locales of Shahpur Jat in New Delhi and what adds to the whole experience is how this designer takes time to warmly embrace each client and helps them make the best buy! No more guess work,  it is time to share about this label which has done umpteen spectacular shows, has been covered in leading glossies and has been worn by several Bollywood celebrities like Sonakshi Sinha, Kalki Koechlin, Prachi Desai, Gauhar Khan and many others.

Label NITYA BAJAJ celebrates WOMANHOOD…the femininity, the elegance and the power of being-SHE with distinction.  The brand is truly synonymous with ethereal luxury.

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Fashion Designer Nitya Bajaj

Now, let us hear what Nitya Bajaj has to say about winter fashion and more…

Q: Three things you reckon that girls must have in their closets this winter?
Nitya: A Neutral colored trench to cover-up, a woolen scarf and full sleeve warmers.

Q: Three fashion trends which are a complete no-no this winter?
Nitya: Drab and sloppy clothing are a big No-NO for any season. Be sharp, be bold, be you! 

Q: Tell us about your fashion icon?
Nitya: I admire Kangna Ranaut and Victoria Beckham for their innate sense of style.

Q: Love is in the air…  Just about everyone is getting married and next month is Valentine’s Day, your style tips for our readers please…
Nitya: Avoid RED! It is clichéd and overdone! February is a beautiful month; it is also my anniversary month. I suggest you experiment with colors. Red can be worn on other ceremonies too besides the wedding day!

 Q: What makes for the perfect look for a bride?
Nitya: Her confidence and smile!

Q: This Valentine’s Day opt for…
Nitya: Giving love to the needy! Help the underprivileged!

Q: Nitya Bajaj and spectacular gowns are almost synonymous… Your advice for to-be brides who are looking for gowns?
Nitya: Come to Label Nitya Bajaj!!!

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Lastly, let’s play rapid fire….

  • Gold or Silver
    Nitya: Silver
  • Gown or Sari
    Nitya: Both
  • Bold Colours or Pastels
    Nitya: Pastels
  • London or New York
    Nitya: London

We can’t thank Nitya enough for making this happen and ensuring the first blog post of 2016 is an ultra cool one! We hope you all enjoyed this post as much as we did putting it together for you! Wishing you all a wonderful 2016!

Love,
Team Helipadonheels

Pictures Courtesy: Label NITYA BAJAJ

 

 

Fashion Walk @ WIFW

The capital has recently been buzzing with news, rumours and gossip from the Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week, where designers showcased their beautiful collections for Spring Summer 14´. Shameless to say that we did go missing this time but made up for it on Day-5 by quickly catching up on each designer´s collection. The splendid pieces left us wanting to turn thieves but we somehow managed to keep sanity. Since, everyone has their favourites, we both also picked some of our most lusted pieces from the week.

Much in talk, Masaba´s collection was a beautiful interplay of sporty and ethnic. There were some pieces that looked a little impractical in terms of silhouette and even wear-ability. We did like some of the pieces and specially the two below apart from the very beautiful and interesting sling bags. Sonali loved the white printed piece and I fell for this blue and red striped dress with princely embroidery used to add contrast.

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Below is a peek into the colours flashing out of Yogesh Chaudhary´s stall. The pieces under the label called Surendri had a mix of spark, colour and lots of fun. Most importantly the pieces looked very wearable and contemporary.

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Do we need to mention that below is a shot from Manish Arora`s stall? The pieces speak out loud and with enough pride. It was our first time to see these Indian ethnic pieces from the designer and it was such a treat. I love this one the most. The pink and green combo with those way too cute hearts are something to heart.

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Now time for a relatively lesser known label, 5 Elements by Radhika Gupta that completely mesmerised us with trendy and quirky accessories. My pick are these two. Skull flats and statement clutch.! And honestly, I was a little confused what to pick for I liked so many pieces. Can I own them all? Are you listening Radhika!

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Well, if you thought that letters and numbers are for kindergarten text books then you might as well take a look at the pics below. Creative designer, Niharika Pandey showed us how pencils, alphabets and more from school can define trends.

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And once we had visited all these fancy stalls, it was time to find something to quench our dry throats. We were indeed lucky to discover Antidote. They are just what you should look out for! Organic, cold pressed and healthy juices! They are yummy and truly rejuvenating and needless to say a much better option to pick over fizz.

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xoxoxo

IBFW Day 5- Adarsh Gill

Adarsh Gill, showcased her luxurious collection- ‘EVOLUTION- an ode to the contemporary Indian woman’ at the recently concluded, fourth edition of the India Bridal Fashion week in New Delhi.

She showed many techniques of embroidery through her collection which was also clubbed with the incorporation of different jewel colors. The outfits came across as very wearable for many. However, for us it did not work well.

A lot of embellished silver work in geometrical pattern was done on short dresses, fitted evening gowns and halter blouses which were teamed with black saris.  With the use of extensive romantic floral motifs and geometric patterns, complimented by bold and vibrant colors like emerald green, royal blues, fluorescent oranges, purples and reds, she showcased her version of Indian Bridal story on the ramp.

Esha Gupta who appeared in red and gold lehenga concluded the show for Adarsh Gill.

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IBFW Day 1

India Bridal Fashion Week 2013 is on and we are busy with attending the shows and satiating our fashion cravings.

First day as most of us know saw enough chaos and delay. There was gossip that Kangana Ranaut, the showstopper for JJ Valaya caused the ruckus as a result of being unprofessionally late. However, that is not something we much care about. Let´s see what the first day openers JJ Valaya and Shantanu and Nikhil had to show us.
Starting with JJ Valaya, his collection,‘The Maharaja of Madrid’ drew inspirations from Spain. The show interestingly started with the music of birds chirping in the background and a male model playing a trumpet on a ship that was strategically placed in the middle. This was followed by kathakali dancers in synchronization with another dancer in a red gown who did a Spanish foot tapping dance. The setup and music composition clearly indicated the cultural fusion.
The collection saw use of laces, headgears, coats over sarees, ivory, huge fringes, floral prints and tule. My personal favourite were the blue tule gowns. There was also velvet to be seen like last year. In fact Kabir Bedi who was one of the showstoppers walked the ramp in royal velvet shervani with gold work. The show ended with Kangana Ranaut wearing a floor sweeping lehenga in gold work and paisley patterns. She also spotted a turban adding to the princess like look. 

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JJ Valaya with Kabir Bedi and Kangana Ranaut

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 The second show was by the stylish duo, Shantanu & Nikhil who with their collection, ´To Die For´, defined the renaissance period with a modern twist. The silhouettes were fresh with the classic opulence of gold work all over. The collection overall reflected femininity and softness. The collection had luxurious gowns, lehenas, anarkalis and all that the bride of today can ask for. My pick from the collection would be the the use of peplum tops over lehengas. The show was closed by Miss Canad, Seher Biniaz who wore a soft blush pink colour evening gown with beautiful use of French Chantilly lace. Image

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Shantanu and Nikhil with Miss Canada Seher Biniaz and models

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