Category Archives: Shopping

New Year: New Wardrobe by a Personal Stylist

Standard
image

My personal Snob Box! Got a sequins top, poufy skirt,  golden clutch, earrings and necklace.

There is nothing better for a lady to begin her new year with some new and exciting outfits for the upcoming year. Now, if you are like me and A) usually don’t have the time to shop and/or B) end up the buying the same style clothing, you should try Snob Box!

What is Snob Box? Well, Snobbox basically is a personal styling service that sends you a box of 5 items (usually one complete set that includes a top, bottom, earrings, necklace and bag) that is personally picked up for you by a professional stylist. This service enables one to experiment with looks, latest trends, and styles all in the comfort of your house.

How does it work?

  1. Go to the website and fill out a quick style questionnaire about yourself. The service allows you to choose a price point as well for the box with the basic box and all 5 items being between Rupees 3000-4500.
  2. Select a date of when you want your box and wait to be surprised.
  3. When the box arrives, try on all the items and keep what you want and return what you don’t. The best part? The courier/shipment company comes back and picks up the box so you never have to step out of the house.

I ordered my first Snobbox a few weeks ago. I was so elated to see that this service had finally started in India, and I wasn’t disappointed. I appreciated that my stylist actually called me to talk about my personal style and preferences, and for the most part got my box quite right. I kept 3 out of 5 items.

The only draw back to this service was that I sent a few emails to the main email address regarding my return and never got a reply. It wasn’t  a pressing issue so I let it go, but it is something to think about for this startup as it expands to new cities (they current service Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Pune & Delhi).

Receiving my Snob Box was like giving myself a gift 🙂 I look forward to trying their services again when I need to add some new pieces to my wardrobe.

 

 

Amazing Thailand!!!!

Standard

Hello! Hello! I know it’s been a while for us writing…like my blogging partner said, the last 6 months of 2014 went by in a whirlwind. Honestly, a lot of times I did sit down in front of my laptop and thought about writing a post, but I then I was like “I have nothing to share.” So back again, I would switch off the laptop, and go on with the daily routine. My husband constantly asked why I wasn’t blogging and I kept saying I have nothing to write about; in all honesty, I was getting a bit lazy. But as they say, absence makes the heart go fonder and I am back!

Bangkok Traffic

Bangkok Traffic

A lot happened in 2014….probably the biggest is the fact that we are expecting a baby in May!!!! A million emotions are constantly running through me, feelings of excitement an d nervousness. I think I might write a separate post on all that I keep constantly thinking about.

Let me get back to what this blog is supposed to be about, as the title suggests, I just came from a quick 4 day trip to Bangkok. It’s the city I grew up in and even though most of my friends and family have moved on….the city still holds a super special place in my heart. The last time I visited Bangkok was almost 6/7 years ago and while a lot has changed, a lot hasn’t.

Strolling around Lumpini Park

Strolling around Lumpini Park

So what did I do in Bangkok? I ate, shopped, slept, ate, shopped, slept….on repeat. I guess that is what a good vacation is about. I constantly complain that the Thai food in India doesn’t quite make the cut. Some places (ex: Baan Tao or Polka Dots in Pune have good curries), but they don’t get that 100% authentic taste. Also they say, street food in Thailand is the best, so I was pretty much on a mission to make my husband try all the food that I grew up eating…from the krapao kai…to Swensens ice-cream to Paprika chips.

Mama Tom Yum

Mama Tom Yum

IMG_1019

Sticky Chewy Fantasy at Swensens….still my favorite ice cream flavor!

IMG_1067

Mango Ice Cream & Mango Custard at Mango Tango, Siam

 

We, also, did do a lot of shopping for the baby. Yes, you can find almost everything you need for a baby in India (thank you Amazon.in), but variety is an issue. I fell in love with almost all the baby things I saw and actually had to be told to stop shopping for the baby (the malls in Bangkok probably deserve a separate post as well).

It was a much needed trip. I am back feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and ready to take on the next 6 weeks of work. Bangkok….I am not sure when we will meet next, but till next time….see ya!

The trendy Terminal 21 mall, which is designed like an airport with each floor representing a different global city.

The trendy Terminal 21 mall, which is designed like an airport with each floor representing a different global city.

Vamos Spain: Traveling to Spain

Standard

I know I have done several travel posts before, and fortunately my husband and I are willing to try different things. The first thing that we did differently to book rooms via AirBnB. For those not familiar with AirBnB, it’s a platform where people rent out a free room or entire apartment for travellers. It is so much more affordable than paying for a hotel. It takes a bit of time to scroll and read through all the offering and picking one that suits you, but I would definitely recommend it, especially for those traveling on a budget.

Plaza de Salvador Dali, Seville

Plaza de Salvador Dali, Seville

 

Second, and probably my favorite part of trip, was the Madrid Food Tour. I had research Food Tours when I was back in the US and always wanted to try one! Luke, our guide, for food tour was fantastic! The tour enabled us to venture into local hangout spots and try authentic Spanish cuisine. Did you know the name ‘Tapas” actually means lid? Some say the word originates from a King who ordered a drink with tapa (initially a small food plate had been used to cover the drink to prevent any bugs/flies from entering). Another thing we discovered is that the dirtier area around a bar, the more popular the bar is 🙂 It was the best way to start our Spain trip!

Luke telling us about a local tapa at the Madrid Food Tour.

Luke telling us about a local tapa at the Madrid Food Tour.

Unknown to us, Semana Santa, the Holy Week, was being celebrated in Seville the time we were there. Our AirBnB host prepared us by saying there would be major crowd. We didn’t take him too seriously because we live in India and the crowds here on a daily basis can be too much. But, we had to take our words back. The procession, which had magnificent statues of Jesus and Mary on intricate floats, which were actually carried through the city by people, drew a crowd like no other. As the procession started at around 2-3 PM and went on till the wee hours of the night, we often found ourselves stuck in the crowds for a good 30-45 minutes.

 

Procession during Semana Santa, Seville

Procession during Semana Santa, Seville

The icing on the cake was in Barcelona, where we hired bicycles and rode them along the Barcelona coastline. We even witnessed the magical, musical fountains in Plaza Espanya.

Bicycling along Barcelona Coastline

Bicycling along Barcelona Coastline

On a side note, we did also do most of touristy things in the cities, viewing flamenco shows, visiting all the Gaudi masterpieces, and taking pictures of all of the above 😉

One thing stood out to us, 10 days was no where close to the amount of time one needs to see Spain. Each city had its own unique charm and feel. I am sure there is a lot more diversity across the country that is just waiting to be explored. Till the next time my travel allows me a trip to Spain, Hasta Luego!

Online Shopping in India

Standard

I really started online shopping since I moved to India. Before that it was only just Amazon. But then that is the difference with living in Bangkok and living in Mumbai/Nasik. My office was surrounded by malls, and I worked with some major shopaholics, which is not a good combination. I have picked everything from Zara to Armani on sale-clothes, perfumes you name it.

You kind of forget how to pay full price for items when living there. And in India, the sales are a joke. The online deals however are quite good!

fnyMy favorite site is fashionandyou.com: This is a private sales website, and by far the best out of the few that are available for Indian residents. I have picked clothes, perfumes and even shoes from them. Some items are shipped right away, but for a few they are shipped only after the sale finishes.

myntraMyntra.com: This was one of the first shopping sites to really advertise themselves on TV, and it really helped them stand out from the crowd. Now there are countless similar sites, but Myntra still offers the most range as well as discounts. You will everything from kurtis and denim to leather bags. Mostly carries local brands.

flipkartFlipkart.com: India’s answer to Amazon, and with better prices. Flipkart is the reason I no longer buy books from a bookstore. I do however miss Kinokuniya. Flipkart has now also branched into clothes and electronics, but their prime focus is books. It offers classics, hard to find children’s books (in India), and even offers pre-orders on popular authors.

medplusMedplusbeauty.com: As the name suggests, this site offers a range of beauty related products. And if you are a Soap & Glory fan like me you’ll love Dirty Works, which offers similar quirky packaging and yummy scents. And the best part is that it carries both regular as well as higher end brands.

I am sure there are a few more that are just as good or better, but in my three years of living here I have hardly ever had to venture away from these four!

Sephora Haul

Standard

Over the holidays I placed an order online with Sephora since my cousin was coming down for a visit to India. Buying makeup from the US turns out cheaper as is, but since I placed my order around Christmas I managed quite a bit of discounts as well.DSC00475

My order consisted of seven items, in addition to samples and a free Lip Lines Clutch with contained 12 samples.

Smashbox Blush Rush in Heartbreak: I absolutely love this color on myself, and have been using it for a few years. Since I have run out of it, this seemed a perfect purchase. The color is a dark bronze with slight shimmer, and looks great with dark eyes and pale lips.

DSC00476L’Occitaine Hand Cream in Cherry Blossom: I always carry a travel size tube in my bag since I am very OCD about moisturizing, and I have almost run out of my favorite Soap & Glory. Anyone who has ever used L’Occitane products know that it produces some good quality products. I have been using their body lotions over the summer for a while now.

nailsincNails Inc Autumn Winter Collection: I am not exactly sure why I ordered this other than it having six nail colors, making it convenient. I do like the colors though, and they are one that I would use on a regular basis. Plus I have read some really good reviews about their nail colors.

Nails Inc Feather Effect: This did look quite good online, but having tried it I am disappointed. To achieve the desired effect you need to put in excess of five coats.

DSC00478Nails Inc Beaded Polish: I have been dying to try to caviar/beaded nail colors since they were launched and I just could not find them here in India. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally try them for myself, and as with the feather effect this was a disappointment. The bead are actually pretty tiny, and instead of a beaded effect it just turns out like badly applied nail color.

smashboxglossSmashbox Wondervision Lip Gloss Set: I absolutely love Smashbox! And their holiday gift packs are always worth purchasing. You can never go wrong with their glosses-the color is perfect and it does not leak when you close the cap. No one wants a sticky makeup bag. This is a set of five, from pale pink to blood red.

DSC00480Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream: I have been using the travel size I received with some duty free purchases and it’s excellent for daily use. I am an all out Clinique fan when it comes to my face. I wash off with the Clinique face bar for combination skin, follow it with the scrub, toner, and finally the moisturizing cream. I hardly ever deviate from their products and the couple of times I have tried experimentation my face has broken out.

liplines clutchLip Lines Clutch with 12 Samples: Sephora usually has daily or weekly gifts that you can choose if your purchase hits a minimum amount. Some of the items I received were Bumble and Bumble oil, Desire by Dolce and Gabbana, and Floral by Gucci.

Finally I had the option of using three free samples with my purchase and I opted for Especially Escada by Escada and Desire by Dolce and Gabbana. And I am in love with Desire-definitely purchasing a full size the next I am at duty free. It’s extremely similar to Allure by Chanel, which is one of my all-time favorite scents.

I used to shop so much back in Bangkok, but since moving back to India I kind of miss the whole experience associated with it. The options are quite limited, and the malls are terribly tiny. So, it’s mostly online shopping now or waiting until I make my trip back home. Or I ask my brother to shop for me-he is amazing that way!