Bright & Beautiful Birthday at Blo Bar

Can only begin by expressing gratitude to all those who made my birthday super special and beautiful. While the celebrations went on for days, sharing a little about the party I had hosted for my girlies at the newly opened Blo Bar in Defence Colony Market.

The minute I came across the fun concept of this place, I just knew it that I wanted to host a party here and what’s better is that the birthday was not very far off. Blobar is India’s first blow-dry bar only. They strongly believe in the transformative power of a simple blowout.

Here is taking you through the journey of planning and executing this very simple yet supremely fun party. As a birthday girl, I can talk for myself for sure with confidence that I had a ball of a time.

  1. Invitation- Being an event planner, I was certain to go into details. Hence, this invite for my close group of friends and sisters. The theme had to have an essence of celebrating “US”- so, I thought of Bright and Beautiful. And I love making invites on www.greetingsisland.com so the birthday invite too had to be from here!
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  2. Venue- Girls, believe me when I say this that I made the best decision to host my party at Blo Bar. It was something so different and unique that everyone thoroughly enjoyed and so many reached out to me to ask more about this entire concept. The package I opted for included shampoo/conditioning and hair styling with drinks from their side such as Champagne, Sangria and Vodka which translates to the fact that each guest got 2-3 glasses of alcohol. Yes, you read it right, the owner-Sargam is ever so sweet and did pop a Champagne as well. In addition, they provided some munchies such as Cheese Crackers, Nachos & Salsa and Puffs. What’s better is that they are ever so flexible and hence, let me add more food to the table. 
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  3. Food- Since the talk on the food just got started thought I’d enlighten you a bit on what all I added. There was Vegetarian Quiche from Defence Bakery, Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian Kathi Rolls and Yummy Sandwiches, courtesy mother.
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  4. Games- Yes, we had to play some fun games as the girls took turns to get their hair shampooed and conditioned and then styled. They have a lovely hair styling menu for one to pick and choose! And each one loved their hair styles and flashed a big smile! The games included- What’s on your phone- the girl with the maximum score won, then-Who knows the Birthday Girl the Best and lastly, I got everyone to write their most Special Memory with Me!
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  5. Cake- Well, this element too had to be different so I ditched cutting the usual cake and instead ordered Passion Fruit, Mixed Fruit, Lemon and Chocolate Tarts from The Bombakery! And believe you me, their tarts are absolutely divine!
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  6. Photos, please- The entire venue is so so pretty but there is one particular wall against which you gotta click enough pictures! And Blo Bar was kind enough to arrange some amazing photo props as well!
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  7. Decor- The place requires very little add-ons. They arranged for some beautiful hangings and I too added a few cut-outs of flowers, pink buntings, purple tissues, polka plates, pink glasses and the like! The place is very bright and beautiful!
  8. Music- I had shared my preferred list and they played them all! In the end, you gotta a shake a leg or two!
  9. Return Gifts- I just wanted to do this! As a very small gesture to express tremendous gratitude to each one of them for adding so much brightness to my life- I gave each one a Face Mask from The Face Shop with a Thank you Card!

    Hope you enjoyed going through my party in brief!!! And THANK YOU Blo Bar for making this Birthday truly memorable and extra special!

    Love,
    Sonali

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For the love of Good Skin

It is quite well believed that the best cosmetic is great looking skin! Hence, we reckon that one should go deep into the skin-care products we use and lay utmost emphasis on the quality of what gets applied on our skin!

Though I love my basic make-up but I also truly appreciate natural beauty, I mean we would all love it if we could just step out more often in our no make-up look. For if the skin is glowing and radiating- who needs loads of make-up? Anyways, even if we do apply make-up often, there is still no missing on a regular skincare routine.

Up your confidence in your skin by upping the quality of products in your beauty closet.

Now accelerating focus on a brand we came across few days ago and got a chance to unravel more about… Sharing all from our chat with Zahara Gizelle Nedou, CEO, Zahara Skincare. Let me tell you the brand sure looks promising and I am thoroughly enjoying applying their refreshing Spring Scrub and before calling it a day, I love to apply their Walnut Oil on my face and body for some nourishment!

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Q: Tell us the story behind Zahara and what led to the coming up of the brand?
A: My English and Kashmiri grandmothers were my biggest influences, watching them every day make something out of pure recall of what their cultures of parents did-was for a 6 year old almost a miracle! At the age of 9, I already knew what Cleopatra did as a beauty regime and I would fill my bathtub with milk and roses and was very well aware that it would moisturize and lighten my skin! So, I grew up replicating and adding to what I knew about organic skincare. With my diverse family culture and all my travels and knowledge and love for organic skincare regime grew. However, it was not until recently that I decided to commercialize it.

Q: How has the response been so far?
A: Fantastic! I tested my products in Dubai when I first started making them and it was there where I realized what Zahara Skincare is actually capable of and what it can do as an organic skincare company. I came back to India with the same zest and it has been a positive if not a similar response like I had internationally. It is slower but very positive as the awareness of using or switching to an organic lifestyle is still in its initial stages in India. But we are growing as a brand on a daily basis and it’s becoming a really fun journey!
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Q: What is the uniqueness of Zahara products which sets it apart from the rest?
A: I do understand that each organic brand has a few things that sets them apart. At Zahara Skincare, we grow most of our ingredients and harvest them on family run farms across the valley and our very own orchards. We also pay detailed attention that everything is grown chemical-free and most importantly, we are reviving and modernizing traditional beauty regimes and recipes from the Middle-East as well as Kashmir. These are tried and tested methods from the past, which we re-introduce today!

Q: Tell us about the hot buys of Zahara and what makes them must try products?
A: Hot buys would be-
1. Shine Bright like a Diamond- It’s a glow pack with a history of hundreds of years of Kashmiri culture!
2. Spring Scrub- It’s a rose and oatmeal scrub with just the right amount to give you a scrub and a soft rosy glow!
3. The Bow-tox in the Bottle- This is a traditional Arab recipe for removing fine lines and shall plump your skin for that young look.
4. Our rare product “Mulberry Silk Worm Cocoons” that no one in the country has and we at Zahara skincare, have got a raging response for that.

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Q: One unhealthy beauty routine according to you which must be done away with right away?
A: I can sit here and list a million routines that we still practice in India which really aren’t very good for our health or bodies. But if I had to choose the worst according to me, then it would be the constant use of “Skin Bleaching Creams/Products”. Some cosmetic products, including skin-lightening creams contain high levels of mercury.

Mercury is primarily used in skin-lightening creams because it blocks the production of the skin pigment melanin. It can damage the kidneys and the nervous system, and interfere with the development of the brain in unborn children and very young children.

Q: The healthy home beauty routine which must be a part of our routines?
A: First up, not many people are strict about their water intake, so- hydrate, hydrate and hydrate yourself! If you find it difficult to have plain water, add some lemon or mint or even fruit. Add whatever but have water! Most people don’t realize how water affects a human body.

About the beauty aspect of it, try to reduce the use of chemicals on your skin. Try applying organic turmeric with coconut oil on the face at least 2-3 times a week- it eradicates acne, any toxins or any form of infections that may start to begin on your skin and the coconut oil hydrates and lightens your skin.

Q: What are the future plans for the brand and where can one get their hands on Zahara products?
A: As for now, we take orders and are very efficient on both our social media platforms, i.e., Facebook and Instagram. Just “like us” on either of the pages and send us a message and we would guide you through your skin concerns and offer you a few of our products and BOOM within the next 24-48 hours, our jars of joy will be with you! We will be now available on various other platforms just for the comfort of our clients like Amazon, Scootsy, Sublime Factory and many more. We also plan to be available on ground across the country in many organic/multi-brand stores! And we are even available in Dubai, Oman and New York at selected stores.

 

Well, I can only sense goodness for the brand and being offering by the brand. Here is wishing them the very best, always! And I am almost running to try out their Shine Bright like a Diamond pack!
Best,
Sonali

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the True love for Fashion, Beauty, Wellness & More…

This one is especially dedicated to all our readers who have been wanting to read a beauty blog post- there are some fab tips and recommendations… And what’s more is that we have combined this demand with something for our readers who love to read and enlighten themselves on wellness and food.

The best part about this post is that we reached out to someone who constantly loves to educate herself about what goes into her food as well as the body. And whatever she writes whether it’s on natural products, health food, yoga, wellbeing, eco-travel, home or sustainable fashion- she doesn’t shy away from being honest and only recommends brands she truly trusts and that too post sufficient background check!

Now without any further delay, here is Helipadonheels Team in conversation with Alisha of http://www.beautysprinkles.com

 

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Q: Tell us about your journey on what eventually led to starting- Beauty Sprinkles?A: I had been blessed with very good skin throughout my teenage days but as soon as I hit my 20’s, my skin started to become very sensitive and even intolerant. It took me a couple of years to understand what exactly was going on and how I could tackle the issues without changing my lifestyle overnight. Alongside, since I already had a knack for literature, designing and other creative fields,I decided to share whatever I had learnt over all these years with other people.

Q: Tell us about the best beauty buys of 2016 and why?
A: The three best buys of 2016 would definitely be- 1) Just B Au Naturel’s 100% Natural Deodorant Cream because it is made with organic ingredients and is 100 % free from aluminum. 2) The Skin Pantry’s Aloe Whisper Moisturizer as it is very mild and hydrating and of course is organic and is made with very high quality ingredients. 3) A pair of earrings I got from Purpose Jewellery. Not only because it reflects my personality but also because it is made by survivors of human trafficking. These women are very talented and deserve to be applauded for their courage.

Q: Tell us how in our daily living-a few basic practices which we can alter to ensure a healthier living?
A: I know it may sound very basic but keeping hydrated is very important mainly to flush out all the toxins. My health has gotten a lot better after I scrapped processed food from my diet and started having fresh home cooked food. The third practice would be to have sugar in moderate amounts. You don’t have to completely remove it from your diet but having it every single day is definitely not a very healthy practice.

Q: Tell us about the three best health food buys of 2016 and why?
A: Himalayan Cheese mostly because of the taste and because it is made from real milk from grass fed cows and also as it involves fair trade. The next two things would be ideal buys for the vegans- Nut Khut Peanut Butter from Organza Foods because of the organic ingredients and the delicious taste and SVA Foods Nut Milks because they are freshly made and they even have a big range of flavoured nut milks.

Q: The most underrated health food according to you and why?
A: In my opinion, since I am not a nutritionist-I think the most underrated health food would be Psyllium Husk also known as Isabgol. It not only helps with constipation but also cleanses the colon.

Q: Tell us about that the one food term, we have to know about!
A: Omega 3 Fatty Acids which is an unsaturated fatty acid mostly found in food items like fish, nuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds etc. It has numerous health benefits for the heart, skin and hair and is also very beneficial for women with PCOD problems.

Q: According to you- the most environmentally conscious beauty and fashion brands of recent times?
A: Well, conscious beauty brands will definitely hit boom in the coming years but for now I love-The Skin Pantry and Just B Au Naturel. But when it comes to fashion, I am extremely happy to tell you that we have a long list of conscious fashion brands in India. I love Arture, Chirita, Pero, Tribling, Doodlage and Chola … I can just go on and on

Q: Any message for our readers
A: My message would be to appreciate the beautiful life you are blessed with.Taking care of your health because to create a life you want and to give back, the most important thing would be to have energy which is possible only when you are healthy. So, just be happy, be healthy and share the love.

Wow, that was quite a simple yet profound message for you guys, what say?

Beauty Spotlight:Organic Harvest

How many of you agree that winter is that extra special time to discover some great products to pamper yourself and your skin? Well, especially as with winters comes dryness and one wants to make sure that they step out looking their most beautiful self with or without make-up…

So, for we believe in sharing on products which impress us, here is a brand called-Organic Harvest which impressed us twice over this winter. And as there is still a nip in the air, it isn’t a bad idea to get your hands on them right away!

Product Pick 1: Organic Harvest Happy Lips Pomegranate Lip Care- The flavour itself was enough to win our hearts as it is one of our favourite fruits but even more impressive was the subtleness and smoothness of the product. For those who value quality products, would be happy to learn that it is sans chemicals. So, for well moisturized and supple lips- this one would be a good buy!  It even comes in other flavours such as Green Apple, Shea Butter and Strawberry.

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Product Pick 2: Organic Harvest Moisturising Lotion – For its pleasant aroma and effective doing on the skin shall definitely make you happy. What’s the best part is that it is very light and doesn’t grease you up annoyingly. Made from raw materials grown without chemicals, herbicides and pesticides; this lotion contains Tamarind Seed Extracts and Essential Oil and vouches to give a 24 hours moisturisation from head to toe. Softness and Smoothness shall be enjoyed with regular application.

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The Oasis Spa for an Unmatched Experience

It is exciting times for me as I am all set to share about a rather recent but an extremely rejuvenating and refreshing experience. I had the good fortune of getting to visit one of my favourite cities in the very first month of 2016! Yes, no surprises for guessing this… I was in Bangkok and got to do all that I truly love- the highlight being able to spend some great time with family and friends. What is more is that one indulged in ample retail therapy, visited some interesting spots like the Sea Life Siam Ocean World and Madame Tussaud’s Museum, ate at some really nice places and saved the best for the last, i.e., got to go for an unmatched spa experience.

The Oasis Spa is not new to me or our readers as my love for this true oasis of everything serene and splendid has been mentioned on the blog in the past as well. I am not exaggerating when I say one truly feels loved and welcomed each time one makes a visit here. They live up to their tag-line rather well when they say- Oasis Spa “loves you”. I must add that I am reminded of their love even now when I have returned home and have gotten busy with my day-to-day activities as my coffee mug at office reads- Oasis Spa loves you and their pretty calendar also sits on my table.

Now, time to rewind to Bangkok and Sukhumvit 31. For all those who have been to Bangkok lately would agree that the traffic is rather unpredictable. Hence, if you are not staying in Sukhumvit-you could even take the BTS Sukhumvit line and hop out at “Phrom Phong” Station. They love their customers so much that they even offer a free transportation for the BTS.

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Once you reach your destination, believe me all your stress and worries will naturally make way for calmness and peace. The staff is so friendly and warm that they make you comfortable right from the start and encourage you to fill up an extensive questionnaire so that the therapist is well aware of your expectations in terms of pressure points and the like. The ambience is simply divine and the spa menu is exhaustive to say the least as there is just so much to choose from.
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Talking about few of their signature treatments, The Voyage of Golden Lanna is the one where you experience the delightful four-handed dance of twenty skilled fingers choreographed to music, also covering you with fragrant oil infused with pure gold. This journey of rejuvenation promises to leave you golden – both inside and out.

There is even the Oasis Four Hands Massage. During this multi-hand massage, therapists use long soothing strokes but at times intertwine their hands to produce motions that cause the body to resonate with multiple sensations.

And I got to experience the magic of the King of Oasis Massage. This two hour long massage recharged me immensely. I must share that before stepping into a spa- I always wonder on what am I going to do for so long.  But with this treatment in progress, you just don’t get to know where the two hours go as it is absolutely heavenly.

The treatment combines Thai massage techniques with aromatherapy massage. It begins with a Thai herbal hot compress along the strong muscle lines followed by a hot oil massage that works and stretches the muscles while reopening the body’s energy pathways. And not miss I totally adored the spa room designated to us. A spacious room with a little outside space and comfortable temperature maintained inside, there were actually more reasons than one which were making it difficult for me to leave. I actually love the spa so much that I never feel like leaving its premises only.

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If you are looking at gifting yourself or someone special a spa surprise for a longer duration, you could look at choosing something from their spa packages on offer. Just throwing some light on a few of them like the Paradise of Oasis in which one shall be exposed to a Thai herbal steam treatment then a body scrub that expels the toxins. Next, you indulge in a Thai herbal clay body wrap which draws out all the accumulated pollutants and contaminants. Then the Aromatherapy hot oil massage helps to erase the residual tension and lastly you get to enjoy a refreshing Thai facial. Then, there is another divine treatment called the Oasis Experience which begins with the vapors of ancient Thai herb steam followed by a body scrub. Then deeper and more oily contaminates are extracted with the application of a Morocco red clay full-body wrap. Afterwards, your skin is toned by an Aromatherapy bath; a four-hand Massage then relaxes deep tension and delights the senses. Finally, you get pampered by a Thai facial. The four hours long treatment sure shall make for an experience of a lifetime.

When I said there is much to choose from- I wasn’t kidding as there are a whole lot of body scrubs, body wraps, facials, and Ayurvedic treatments to choose from. Like visiting temples, going shopping and indulging in street food are a must on ones Thailand itinerary, for me visiting The Oasis Spa is as important. Talking about the credibility of the spa, it now has 11 outlets spread over Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya and Chiang Mai. The Oasis Spa even received two awards at the prestigious Thailand Tourism Awards 2015.

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Lastly,  with Valentine’s Day approaching, making your special one feel even more special at The Oasis Spa might just prove to be magical!

Wishing you all a Super Weekend ahead!
Sonali

 

Pictures Courtesy: The Oasis Spa

 

TooYoo with much love…

Hey everyone 🙂 it is time again to talk about something rather rejuvenating and refreshing… Yes, let’s do some wellness talk. With festivity in the air, it isn’t a bad idea at all to gift oneself a spa treatment which guarantees oodles of relaxation.

And if it is the hassle of going around and looking for a good spa which is delaying your decision, then procrastinate no more. TooYoo, an absolutely worthwhile one-stop destination for all your beauty and wellness needs comes to your doorstep with absolute divine offerings.

Just a few days ago, I actually had my bedroom transformed into a spa room in no time.  What impressed me all the more was the fact that attention was paid to basic elements like aroma, spa music and décor pieces which added to the ambience. TooYoo comes from a credible brand- Tattva which is one of the largest chains of Resort Spas in India.

Here are top six reasons why TooYoo would work extremely for working professionals like me:

  • You need not plan greatly in advance as they vouch to reach your door-step in less than 2 hours of your demand (For Delhi-NCR),
  • Quality products are used in their treatments,
  • Masseurs are well trained,
  • There is an exhaustive menu to choose from,
  • Good pricing and you do not pay anything extra even though you don’t have to go to the service; the service comes to you,
  • And excellent attention is paid to hygiene.

Talking about the elaborate spa menu, there are wraps and scrubs which sound rather enticing like the Red Wine Wrap, Chocolate Wrap and Wine Scrub to name a few.

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Since I was looking at a surreal treatment that would absolutely refresh me for the recent times have been rather busy, I opted for their Aromatherapy treatment and I absolutely have no regrets. The treatment was so soothing concentrating well on each body part and I believe you only doze off when you are in the middle of a serene spa treatment and yes, this relaxing experience did put me off to sleep like a baby!

And for those who want to delve deep into worthwhile treatments, then you could opt for one of their Yoo Mix options such as TooYoo Salon Essentials (Hair Spa, Pedicure, FacialO3), TooYoo Spa Essentials (Head Massage, Swedish massage, Foot reflexology) and TooYoo Excite (Deep Tissue massage, Bio-glow facial) to name a few.

What’s more is that they offer a wide variety of facials and other routine salon services as well.

As always, I have spoken enough, now it is time for you to book your spa/salon date soon and share your tales in no time!

Wishing you the best of festivities ahead!

-Sonali

Tattva, for the perfect rejuvenation!

Well, the recent times have seen me making repeated trips to the Pink City of India, Jaipur. Honestly, I am not complaining, for the place sure exposes one to rich culture, lip-smacking delicacies, gorgeous architecture and so much more. But any work trip does come with considerable amount of sweat and running-around. Last time around I would say I got double lucky as not only was I staying at one of the quality hotels i.e.Lemon Tree Premier which truly make for a value for money stay but also got to indulge in rejuvenating and refreshing treatments by Tattva. The hotel proudly houses- Fresco which is their spa and fitness center.

The spa menu is designed rather well and there are sufficient options to choose from. First, I opted for Vitamin Facial which they say is ideal for neglected skin. Sometimes we do tend to neglect taking care of some basics, don’t we?  This active detoxifying face treatment is believed to be rich in essential skin vitamins. Specific care is given to restore the natural balance and it certainly contributes to purifying the skin. This pressure point massage relaxes one’s facial muscles and improves blood and lymph circulation, making one’s skin looking rather fresh. Seldom do I go for any sort of pampering for the face, but I was honestly quite glad that I went ahead with a quality facial. This treatment for 60 minutes is priced at INR 1790.

Then to ease off some stress in my feet, I chose their foot massage- Walk in the Air which is based on ancient techniques of reflexology, this treatment is great for reducing fatigue. They work on ensuring that you are left like walking on air. I must say that this came as blessing after a packed day at work. This treatment would cost you INR 490 for 20 minutes.

Though these are the ones I tried but there are many more on offer. Others which sound rather interesting include the likes of Travel Energizer Massage, Citrus Deep Tissue Massage, Signature Lemony Massage, Spicy Orange Scrub, Green Tea Scrub and Ayurvedic Potali Massage. Don’t you feel like indulging in all of them? I certainly do 🙂

And for those fighting hair woes, they even have a Hair Care Treatment. I must share their staff is really warm and are very good at what they do as I found the pressure put during my therapy just perfect!

So, hope all this information comes handy next time around you are in the beautiful city of Jaipur. Don’t forget to gift yourself a blessed time at Tattva!

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