Luxury Anyone?

Luxury is anything that cannot be bound by seams of time and money. It can be anything from sipping coffee on a cold day while being snuggled in a warm blanket or just spending a lazy day at home or how about luxury that transcends accessibility and defines exclusivity; such as buying a personal jet or owning a luxury estate.

The latter mostly comes with a hefty price tag and you cannot go wrong with the choices you make. In a time when India`s luxury market is growing at the rate of 255 million dollars every year, it is important to have media channels that educate people on the same and help make right choices.

Talking about media channel, we want to introduce to our readers India`s very new online magazine- The Luxe Café, which does the job of informing pretty well. Here you cannot expect to read amateurish content as most of it is written by field experts or the people themselves who set luxury trends.

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So, if you are actually planning to buy a personal business jet, then this e-magazine should be your bookmarked information channel.

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If so far we have been sounding biased towards what men look for, then let`s strike a balance with serving women too. The magazine has a beautiful section of wellness, fashion and lifestyle as well where you will find big names such as Tarun Tahiliani talking directly to readers about dos and don’ts of a wedding trousseau. One story that we think might particularly be of interest to a lot of women is about a spa that will make you look good after pregnancy. Well, that does sound like much needed luxury!

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The Many Different Categories It Offers

The magazine is editorially directed by former journalist, Manisha Mayur Shekhar who believes in making luxury accessible to everyone who desires it. And the online magazine seems like a perfect way of doing so as internet is quickly penetrating into tier 1 and 2 cities and towns of India. In no time the magazine will become a common platform for those who deliver luxury and those who demand it.

Well, we at Helipad on Heels love to promote anything and everything that takes people closer to fine living. With that thought we leave you with The Luxe Café to explore on your own.

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Moonshine Café & Bar @ HKV

You would undoubtedly agree that there are umpteen cafes, restaurants and bars in the very plush Hauz Khas Village, but there are a handful places which call for repeat visits. To put it  in short- Moonshine Cafe & Bar is that sort of a place. Easy to fall for and has it all for a being a routine hang-out spot!

I was honestly quite intrigued by the name and  could not stop myself from asking more.

I was educated that ‘Moonshine’, is an American concept which can be traced back to the 1920’s where distilling of liquor would happen at night “by the light of the moon” during the prohibition era. Interesting thought process, isn’t it?

The place is high on energy. Luckily, I went on a Monday night which is their Bollywood night and I absolutely loved the background scores while I was engrossed in conversations and tasting. This cafe & bar functions on a superlative concept that would let one enjoy three different experiences. Their two indoor spaces would always have different music playing from each other and further ahead the open space is ideal for hookahs!

 The vintage décor and dim-lighting, artistic interpretation of Chicago’s skyline on the walls, posters reflective of American culture make for an impressive setting. Each decor piece seems to have been carefully hand-picked and put-together for that rustic charm.

 Now, all about their food and drinks… So, good news is that their food menu just got revamped. And for those who like to go big on their Long Island Iced Teas, ask for a coloured version! I am told that their cocktails come with a twist and are highly recommended.

For all pizza lovers like me, think less and get ordering. They know how to get it perfectly right! Besides that, the other  hot-sellers include the likes of Moonshine Sliders and Mezze Platter. The cafe pays some serious attention to their culinary offerings, so don’t be misguided that this is not a place for the foodies.  

 And remember, this moon shines both at day and night!

We shall wait to hear on your Moonshine experience…

Manish Malhotra @ the India Couture Week 14´

Soon after the much awaited Manish Malhotra fashion show got over in the Capital, one of his show-stoppers and Bollywood’s recent sensation, Alia Bhatt posted her picture on instagram saying, “Dream come true”. I shared her sentiments as this was the very first time, one was able to witness live the opulent creations of our most loved designer. One was left asking for more as the collection was absolutely stunning. The usage of mirrors, Kashmiri-work, richness of reds and greens and the sophistication of the neutral hues-  all worked like magic on us. And not to forget his show-stoppers who took everyone by surprise. In such a splendid setting, the fashion icon managed to even make me feel like a princess!

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Manish with show-stoppers Alia and Aditya

Well Travelled Tenerife

Summers by definition (our definition atleast) mean a beach holiday. Bikinis, tankinis, summer hats, sunscreens, flip-flops, pina-coladas and more become the key essentials. My recent trip to Tenerife, Spain was all about these and here I am sharing a tiny part of my Travel Diary with you guys. To tell you a little about it, Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary Islands. Being a volcanic island, it is not exactly green but a beautiful blend of high peaks, clear waters, barren roads and lot of adventure. On the one hand there are famous beaches such as Playa de La Vistas, Los Cristianos and Playa de Las Americas that will make you feel like a small part of a big tourist crowd and on the other hand there are those like Playa de La Teresitas that don´t just beautifully beam with their golden sand but also give you enough sense of peace and alone time. Saying that, this island will give you enough space to meditate and party your head down when you like.

Tenerife is not that big and is well connected by a highway. We had hired a cute little Audi for 9 days (its actually cheap) and encircled the island in just a few hours. Since, our experience was good, I can actually suggest hiring from Gold Car. Its a beautiful experience to drive on a smooth highway running through small mountains and right next to the sea.

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Starting with my favourite beach of all, Del Duque is for people who constantly seek all things chic. Being located in the buzzing Costa Adeje, this beach was in fact a short walk away from our hotel, H10 Costa Adeje. The sand is a beautiful mix of white and grey and the water is all blue (I know that is a little obvious). However, this beach is a a little rocky and not the best place for swimmers. But girls have something more to look forward to. Check out below the images of this shopping center, `Centro Commercial El Mirador´ lining the beach. It is super stylish with tiny cosy cafes and shops selling everything luxurious.

That also reminds me that you can´t hit a chic beach without a fit body. Well, I myself  love Gymondo for being the new age way to fitness. Whenever, I find time during the day, I switch on my laptop and start training with this online fitness studio. I specially love their beach body workouts. At the moment the videos are only in German but exercises ask for no language. 😉 Subscribe for the trial period and see how you like it and do share the feedback.

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And when you be done with water, sand and sun, then take a drive down to a pretty little town, La Oratova in North Tenerife. Here you can spend a day walking through old lanes featuring the typical ancient Spanish wooden doors and balconies. When tired, rest by at some cafe and drink local wine for prices so cheap that you will be surprised. I am sharing below lots of pictures from this small pretty town simply because small towns and countryside fascinates me like nothing else.

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Every other door got my attention with its exquisite carvings.

 

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And the lanes in which you can just get lost and not care about the world…

 

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There is something very royal about Spanish wooden architecture.

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Tenerife is also a proud owner of Parque Nacional Del Teide (Del Teide National Park). It is one of the the most visited heritage sites of the world. To excite you a little bit, this place is extremely similar to Mars in terms of geographical conditions and serves as a testing site for robots. This place is a must see for it makes you feel like in a different world that of rocks and lava. And just BTW films like ‘Planet of the Apes’ and ‘Star Wars’ were also shot here. The way to Teida is an experience in itself that you should not miss and you can easily drive to the highest permissible point from where you can take a rope-way and get further up to the peak.

TIP- Book your tickets beforehand for the rope-way. Also, if you want to trek up till the crater then you have to make prior reservation on their official website. Lastly, do carry a warm jacket with yourself as the temperature keeps falling as you go higher.

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Way  to the Teida is extremely beautiful and one that you will always remember.

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On our way back, we stopped by at this beautiful and quiet beach, El Medano. It´s a black sand beach but great if you don’t want to see lot of people and get some alone time. However, know that there is a section of the beach that is exclusively for naturists.

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Another of my favourite things from this place was whale and dolphin watching. Seeing them in the most natural surroundings is way more chic and fun than seeing them dance in a zoo. I am sharing this picture below to give a fair impression of how close you can see them from. I could hear the whales breath. Yea, that close!

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And now getting to my favourite part- `fashion´, here are my beach essentials for 2014. You can click on any photo to view enlarged gallery (and also read captions).

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Get set to Blossom as you Beat the heat!!!

Most of us are bearing the brunt of the sweltering heat in the Capital. Even though we hate stepping out of our air-conditioned interiors, we do land up having some sort of contact with the sun which brings with it quite a few issues like ageing of the skin, tanning besides other damages.

Hence, for girls like us who are always on the go, quality skin products are the need of the hour.

That is what got us to share with you about Blossom Kochhar’s Aroma Magic Carrot Sunscreen Lotion from their impressive “All Natural Mineral Line” sun protection range.  The good news is that these sunscreens contain no harsh chemicals and artificial fragrance. 

The CARROT of getting this Carrot Sunscreen Lotion is that the 100 ml attractively packaged tube is quite affordable. 

Dr. Blossom Kochhar, Chairperson, Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies shared,” Our new all-natural mineral line range of sunscreens are enriched with the goodness of essential oil blends and Vitamin C. The potent ingredients together act as an anti-oxidant, help in sun protection and reduce the visible signs of ageing. Further Mineral sunscreens do not penetrate the skin and are effective for a longer period, even in summers. They can be worn under make up too”.

Here is a quick peek into the much talked about range:

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·         Carrot Sunscreen Lotion SPF 15 

·          Aloe Vera Sunscreen Gel SPF 20 

·         Cucumber Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 

·         Sunblock Lotion SPF 30 PA ++ 

·         Sunlite Spray SPF 30 ++

The range vouches to be safe and effective for all ages!

Another, good product which one has used this summer is the Blossom Kochhar’s Aroma Magic Hydrating Seaweed Pack- the gel pack makes for a refreshing ritual. For those in hunt for a skin reviver and hydrator, this is where your search should end!

So, wait no more and get set to beat the heat by pampering your skin like never before.

 

Michael Kors Lands In India

The luxury fashion label Michael Kors has finally landed in India. With the brand´s first store opening at DLF Emporio mall in the capital, Delhi girls have all the more reasons to be cheerful. The store will be carrying ready-to-wear and handbags, footwear, watches, eye-wear. Speaking about the launch, Michael Kors said, “I could not be more excited to open our first store in India, I think that our Indian customers are extremely sophisticated and will appreciate the glamour, luxury and versatility they find in the store.”

The  brand was welcomed with a chic party hosted by Sanjay Kapoor, MD Genesis Luxury & fitness professional Sumaya Dalmia and was attended by some of Delhi´s glamorous people.  While everyone checked out the collection and chatted over champagne, DJ Khushi kept the evening alive with electric beats.

Come and take a sneak peak…

Here Comes Svedka!

“I love Sweden. The entire world should be like Sweden. They all like to drink and get naked, and the women are hot. I can’t think of a better nation on the planet”  -Drew Curtis

In Mr. Curtis´words, Sweden seems like the place that defines `Free-Spirited´. Well, for those of us in India who can`t travel to Sweden at the moment can get a sense of that informality and openness with the newly launched vodka- SVEDKA. The unveiling of the chic Sweden Vodka was done with a super bash at FIO hosted by Suhail Mehra, Prateek Jain and Gautam Seth. The vodka that boasts of being distilled 5 times looks pretty like this and comes in different flavours.

For many of us who might not know, it is pronounced as SWA-EKA 😉

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The soiree saw plenty of elites, socialites and party regulars from Delhi such as Rohit Bal, Rakesh Aggarwal, Rohit Gandhi, Gauri-Nainika Karan, Gunjita Dhawan, Anita Bhattal, Vikrum Baidyanath, Sujata Assomull, Rakesh Thakore, Gautam Kalra, Rahul khanna and Neha Nagar amongst others.

The management which included of Jake Jacob, Vice President Asia, Constellation Brands, Rohit Mehra, Managing Director At Mohan Brothers Pvt. Ltd. Suhail Mehra, Executive Director At Mohan Brothers Pvt. Ltd commented “It is our endeavor to help redefine the beverage industry and hence this new product also we are very pleased to infuse new colors and tastes in the Indian market through introducing SVEDKA to Indian market. We hope to bring in a refreshing and vibrant change for the existing vodka aficionados”.

Here is a glimpse of the party…

Joe Milner , Jake Jacob

Joe Milner , Jake Jacob

Anjali Kothari, Gautam Rakha

Anjali Kothari, Gautam Rakha

Sujata Assomull, Rakesh Thakore with a friend

Sujata Assomull, Rakesh Thakore with a friend

Siddartha Tytler, Gunjita Dhawan, Bharti Bhalla

Siddartha Tytler, Gunjita Dhawan, Bharti Bhalla

Anand Bhushan, Prateek Jain

Anand Bhushan, Prateek Jain

Prateek Jain, Suhail Mehra, Gautam Seth

Prateek Jain, Suhail Mehra, Gautam Seth

Vikrum Baidyanath, Sujata Assomull, Rakesh Aggarwal

Vikrum Baidyanath, Sujata Assomull, Rakesh Aggarwal

Gautam Seth, Nainika Karan, Rakesh, Aggarwal, Gauri Karan, Prateek Jain

Gautam Seth, Nainika Karan, Rakesh Aggarwal, Gauri Karan, Prateek Jain

Magandeep Singh and Jake Jacob

Magandeep Singh and Jake Jacob

Rohit Bal with Rohit Gandi

Rohit Bal with Rohit Gandhi  

                                                      What I wore: 

I wore a sheer black shirt with pleated pants and was accompanied by this pretty girl in orange pumps called Kantika Gupta.

I wore a sheer black shirt with pleated pants and was accompanied by this pretty girl in orange pumps called Kantika Gupta.