WITH LOVE FROM THE MOST ROMANTIC CITY OF INDIA-UDAIPUR

I am a complete dreamer and I don’t shy away from admitting to it either. I love to dream…Dream about countries, cities, beaches, mountains, lakes and so much more. So, while conversing if you feel that I have switched off, maybe I actually have switched off… And have commenced my day-dreaming probably about being on this beach I came across while glancing through my social media account.

For many of these dreams have turned to reality and many are on the wish-list but I am in a happy space as I gradually want to unravel these places spread through the length and breadth of the World Map. Eagerness to visit any destination makes me think more, makes me read more and most importantly it make me work more (harder) so that I can savour the destination in its true spirit.

Today, I am going to throw some light on my very first holiday and trip of 2017… The trip was made to Udaipur- the city of lakes where I had been to-long time ago. But yet again there was something about it which was making me want to visit it sooner than soon and so it happened! Having a loved sister in company just added the right colour and laughter to the trip.

So, without any further delay-sharing as much from our trip…

  1. When visiting this rather romantic city- best is to stay closest to the lakes. I love the water, so there was no way that I was going to be away from the water. We chose- Udai Kothi to be our home for 2 nights and 3 days. Yes, you can see the lake from several parts of the hotel and I must share that our stay was cozy and comfortable. Though we didn’t eat much here, but we would certainly look forward to the breakfast area by the pool to just sit and relax. We clicked umpteen pictures, for the property is gorgeous in white and gets decorated with gorgeous marigold flowers in the common areas. I must add our room was much bigger than expected and was stocked with all the essentials.
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  2. We had amazing gastronomic experiences, like each meal surpassed the one before. For the very reason that we ate to our heart’s content- we are actually happy that we got to walk quite a bit! Hear me out on this one-whenever you decide to visit the City Palace Museum- you must make time to eat at the Palki Khana as this restaurant lets you enjoy the view of the overwhelming structure.
    Also, when both of us were wanting to try out a nice café- we landed in front of the Udai Art Café which was established by Meropi, a vibrant lady hailing from Greece who is a photographer, a coffee connoisseur, a chef and an adventurer. Wow, impressive right? She impressed us equally while she passionately helped us decide our order. We binged big on their pesto pasta and crepe with mushrooms, tomatoes, cheese and bell peppers. We loved our meal which was light on our tummies and pockets!
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  3. For our evening meals we opted for the Aravali Lakeview Restaurant at the Radisson Blu Hotel where we binged on some Laal Maas and the second evening we ate our all-time favourite, Chicken Biryani at this spectacular restaurant right opposite our hotel called Hari Garh. In both cases, we enjoyed views of the lake (both were different lakes), had amazing food and didn’t land up paying all that much. At Radisson Blu, while we enjoyed a live flute performance, the next evening- we played and enjoyed some soothing music from our own phones as we got the best table which only made us pray that the time should freeze as we were having the best time ever!

    Glimpses from  Aravali Lakeview Restaurant at the Radisson Blu Hotel-
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  4. Two things which must feature on your itinerary when in Udaipur- the Lake Pichola Boat Ride and a visit to the City Palace Museum. You are able to soak in much of the city on opting for these two!

    Views from the boat-
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  5. When in Rajasthan, you would certainly have a strong urge to shop everything colourful that meets your eyes. At the Hathipole market– we shopped dupattas like there’s no tomorrow. Also, while passing through several lanes. we picked up jhumkas and lovely neckpieces! Ghewar and Pyaazki kachori are must buys from the Jodhpur Misthan Bhandar for all loved ones back home.
  6.  So, here’s the funniest account-just when someone advised us to head to Sajjangarh for a picturesque panoramic view of the city- we did get there but without looking around much straight away got the tickets for their biological park. Yes, you got that right!!! Little did we know that the very next gate leads to their rather pretty Monsoon Palace… Want to know what next? We were on a golf cart scaling through the park and giggling like little girls spotting the lion, tiger and much more…

  7. For our divine calling, we headed to the Jagdish Temple which is a large Hindu temple in the middle of Udaipur…And we were thoroughly satisfied with our visit.
  8. We thought of ending our trip on a high note and hence, headed to The Oberoi Udai Vilas. Words fall short to describe the beauty that this place is. We had made a reservation for their restaurant-Chandni and post arrival,were soon guided to our table which was facing the lake on one side and gave us a beautiful view of the property on the other. The quality and taste of the food was extremely impressive and we enjoyed every bit of it.
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    Here are few handy tips if you are planning to visit Udaipur anytime soon-

    1. Be ready to scroll around with your luggage in case your hotel is situated in some narrow lane as sometimes the taxi drivers don’t want to risk taking their cars through the congested routes.
    2. Some of the locals take art classes which seem very interesting. Make sure if interested, you keep aside approximately 3 hours for it.
    3. Commuting isn’t an issue, you’ll find autos mostly everywhere…We also made good use of Uber!
    4. Make sure you take reservations in case you are planning to visit one of the plush properties and even check if they allow non-residential guests at all.
    5. We did hear much about the Bagore ki Haveli for its popular evening show with a variety of Indian dance- maybe you could check it out!


    Happy Travelling, always!!!
    -Sonali

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Fashion Notes for the New Year’s Eve

Girls, it’s truly one of our favourite times of the year… And come December, we already start figuring our New Year’s Eve plans and then the even bigger question which starts haunting us almost instantly is, “What to wear?”

We are certain that just about every girl goes through the same churn!!! But we are quite excited as Sonali this time around is sharing her thoughts on her ideal New Year’s Eve look for this season. She has kept in mind the current hot trends and what is more is that the look you’ll witness here is simple yet smart and comfortable yet chic. Time to share what she reckons shall truly turn heads as you dazzle to dine and wine with your date…

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Velvet is absolutely hot this season and this one is a true stellar!
Shop this Wine Velvet Shift Dress from http://www.thelabellife.com
Price-Rs.2,640/-

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These heels are sure going to notch up your style quotient while notching up your height and confidence as well!
Shop these Intoto Detailed Multi Strap Sandals from http://www.koovs.com
Price-Rs.2,099/-

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Love great jewellery? You have to love Prerto then! These ones are just too classy!
Shop these Crystal White Rubix from http://www.prerto.com
Price-Rs.3,000/-

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Chokers are big this season, so glamourize the look with this stunner around your neck!
Shop this Grunge Chic Choker Necklace from www.pipabella.com
Price-Rs.749/-

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These are certainly our best friends for they let us carry all our essentials!
Shop this Nicole Genuine Leather Clutch from www.aqshop.com
Price-Rs.1,159/-

In company of these great fashion pieces, I already feel like a glam girl! Hope this post helps you plan your New Years Eve look better.And don’t forget to highlight your eyes and let some blush and gloss compliment well..Wishing you a Sparkling time!– Sonali

IBFW Day3- Falguni & Shane Peacock

A mention of the duo always raises eyebrows as one does expect them to deliver post considerable amount of experimentation. Well, let’s not forget that they proudly don the hat for having an enviable clientele including the likes of Madonna, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Fergie, Rihanna  among many others. 
 
Their collection,Garden of Eden was a gorgeous combination of colours, textures and sparkling embellishments. As the title of the collection suggests, they derived their inspiration from the most natural and beautiful creations of time by travelling to Monaco, Nice and the gardens of Lake Como in Europe. Their inspiration incredibly captured the beauty of the flora and the natural environment of the European gardens.
 
The audience were taken on a  fairytale journey and then came the impressive line of extravagant bridal and evening gowns, full ghagras, anarkalis, farshi pyjamas, kalidaar saris teamed with bustier, halters and shrugs.
 
 In short, their collection was packed with shimmers and nets.
 
 So, who was the show-stopper?
 
The concluding subtle romantic music made way for the Bollywood Diva, Neha Dhupia. She was clad in a lace and velvet, double layered evening gown with a crafted metal sheet attached to the waist of the outfit. The outfit sure grabbed maximum eye-balls!!!
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Tanya Rossi’s Autumn-Winter

Tanya Rossi, Italian Sterling Silver Jewellery, is proud to allure ladies into the fall with its contemporary Autumn-Winter collection 2012. Marketed & distributed by the House of Rose, Tanya Rossi’s AW 2012 glorifies poise, grace and panache in all its adornments.

The new Collection expresses desire in all its forms through its elegant and detailed jewelry masterpieces, where each individual creation inhales the fantasy within any lassies. The collection embraces a lavish selection, ranging from the cocktail rings to pearl trinkets and solitaires. The intricate and ornate design of the jewelry is inspired by the Italian autumn season and posses a strong sense of harmony that winter inflicts on its surrounding. The traditional Italian design amalgamation with modern geometric patterns makes them most desirable for the Autumn – Winter skyline.

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The sterling silver jewelry is effortlessly chic and uncompromisingly nonchalant. The AW 2012 collection highlights contrast colour revealing a sense of nostalgic handcraft with a darning–like sensibility.
Product Price Range- Tanya Rossi Pendant 1 – Rs. 550- Rs. 4500
Availability –
MUMBAI:
– The Rose International – CR2, Nariman Point & Grand Galleria, High Street Phoenix
– Watches And More – High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel, Infiniti Mall Andheri (W) & Infiniti Mall Malad (W)
 
DELHI:
– Shoppers Stop Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj & Rohini
Also available at Watches And More across Bangalore & Kolkata and in leading lifestyle stores across India.

Gorgeous Greece @Zoya

Just the mention of Greece sure conjures up images rather exquisite in our minds. So, when we heard that Zoya, an exquisite diamond boutique, a TATA product, was going to unveil GREECE, its latest collection at its New Delhi store- we braced ourselves for something surreal.

And we weren’t deceived a bit. The evening did live-up to our imaginations. The unveiling simply reiterated the beauty which inspires us to explore Greece just about always. The whole ambience was rather serene with models walking in splendid pieces.

Each elegantly crafted piece in the Greece Collection paid an ode to Zoya’s journey, to share its own glorious story with their discerning clientele, who constantly seek ingenuity in design, quality and conception that Zoya is renowned for.

Hosted by Zoya, in association with Nisha Jamwal (Luxury Consultant for Zoya), the launch evening had H.E. Ioannis. E. Raptaksis (The Ambassador of Greece) and Delhi’s swish set in full attendance at this exclusive champagne cocktail get-together. With fine spirits pouring, great company and pretty jewels, everyone seemed to be having a good time. So, here is a toast to many such smashing pieces!

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La Sorogeeka’s lands at DLF Emporio

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend but then what about rubies, sapphires and emeralds? Tempting it is! For all the women who so love jewels on them and a tinge of stylish spark in their interiors here is a small piece of sparkling info that should not be missed.

La Sorogeeka, the brand for high-end and luxurious interior solutions and Rose, India’s leading luxury jewellery brand from the House of Rose, came together to host a luxuri

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ous  afternoon with the crème-de-la-crème of Delhi. The occasion was hosted to celebrate the opening of La Sorogeeka’s flagship boutique at DLF Emporio. As the swish set appreciated the unique and the rich home solution options, they also experienced the magic of Rose – with its latest collection – ‘More Precious Than Precious’.

Ms. Purnima Sheth, Senior Director, Sales, Rose was present to unveil Rose More Precious Than Precious Collection, which is crafted to captivate the sight, each piece in this ensemble is bold, beautiful and oozes luxury in true sense. Comprising of extraordinary neckpieces, earrings, the collection reflects the brand’s essence – luxury and excellence.

La Sorogeeka’s boutique retail concept showcased one of its kind audio visual lounge setting, in a gothic styling. Spread over 1200 sq. ft. space, from flooring, to ceiling, to walls and every furniture piece, has been created and designed for the very first time for the very exclusive La Sorogeeka Lounge.

Commenting on the occasion, Ms. Anjali Goel, CEO & Director, La Sorogeeka said, “We are very excited at the launch of our store here at The Emporio. We are also very happy and delighted to have partnered with Rose on this lovely occasion. I believe it is a perfect collaboration as Rose and La Sorogeeka both cater to patrons who appreciate luxury and opulence in abundance! We share a complementing energy that made our association watertight.”

Ms. Purnima Sheth, Senior Director, Sales & Ms. Sheetal Vaidya, Brand Ambassador & Director- Rose commented, “Rose’s passion for luxury has lead to the creation of another lavish collection called More Precious Than Precious collection. We are very thrilled to present this collection that brings back in trend the classic precious gemstones – emeralds, rubies and diamonds in jewellery art forms. This is the perfect plat form to showcase the collection as it brings the two worlds of luxury together.”