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New Year: New Wardrobe by a Personal Stylist

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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.

 

 

2015 in Review

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2015

As 2015 winds down, I just wanted to take a minute to recap and reflect on the year gone by. I thought it would nice to reminisce over the wonderful memories of the past year. So while we countdown top songs, movies, personalities, events, etc., I thought I would fun and apt to recount my personal memories.

  1. The year started off with a bang with a trip to Bangkok. It was so special to show my better half all the joints and food I grew up around.
  2. My two year stint with Teach for India came to close in April. You may recount, I had many ups and downs with this journey but I always look back and say “I am glad I did it.”
  3. BIGGEST thing of 2015: blessed with the most adorable and loving baby girl. I can go on and on about having the opportunity to be a mother to such a wonderful child, but I won’t. But it is the BIGGEST and best thing to happen to me.
  4. Speedy recovery from C-Section (anyone who knows anything about undergoing surgery knows how important and special this is).
  5. Got back into running and completed a half marathon! Running is a part of me and right now it’s the only thing I truly get to do for myself, so it definitely is a highlight for the year.
  6. Three years of waking up to an awesome partner. I don’t say enough but he is really too good for me.
  7. Having a great family that I got to see quite often.
  8. Goan ki Goris and Hiram Girls! My girlfriends from across the globe that keep me going.
  9. Finally, but not the least, having the opportunity to continue to write. This blog has been a part of our lives for the past 3 years now and while we might not write as often as we should, it is a true joy being able to share our thoughts and voice.

Life is made of the small moments. The days might seem really long, but the year is short. Make the most of it. With a fabulous 2015 closing out, I look forward to an even more exciting, fulfilling, and loving 2016!

Food Trucks in Pune

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One of my favorite shows on Food Network is Eat Street; and I just sit there and drool over all the greasy, juicy and creative food served. The show always leaves me hungry and raiding my kitchen fridge. Over the past few years, food trucks have been popping up all across the globe. The food truck trend was just catching up in Cleveland before I made the move to India. But, one might say that India was probably one of the first countries to have food trucks because we have many vendors serving delicious food through their mini stalls or thellas (as we call them in Hindi). I think what makes the current scenario of food trucks stand apart is that most of them are run by budding entrepreneurs and culinary artists who set out to serve new, inventive and delicious dishes to the more food conscious and aware customer.

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Cajun Chicken Pita Wrap


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The awesome guys at Street Meat

So, again thanks to social media and how its become the new way to hear about new and upcoming places, I heard about “Street Meat.” I stalked their Instagram page and realised that they were officially launching their food truck this weekend with a simple menu and pay what you think the food is worth offer. Hello! What is not to like about this? I couldn’t contain my excitement and texted my husband at work about this. I told him that we “have to” try this place and he, being he, simply agreed.

So come Sunday, we strapped the baby in the car seat, hopped into the car, braved the mini downpour and crazy traffic and found ourselves at this neat little food truck. Street Meat’s menu was of the following 1) Thai Stuffed Gol Guppas (pani puris) 2) Goan Chorizo Bra Pao 3) Cajun Chicken Pita Wraps and 4) Korean Pulled Pork Burger. The Indian twist on these international cuisines was refreshing and mouth watering. We ordered one of each and couldn’t stop raving from the first bite. Yum, yum, yum!  The two partners running the place were friendly and nice to chit chat with and that made the entire experience more fun. For my first official food truck experience in Pune, I couldn’t have been more satisfied.

This weekend was a foodilicous (yes, I made this word up) weekend for me. From stuffing face at a family friend’s wedding to trying out a brand new food truck joint in Pune, the weekend left me feeling happy, satiated, adventurous, and a bit more snug is usually good fitting jeans.

Engagement Weekend

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It was a fun weekend, where my sister in law got engaged, and my son enjoyed a week off from school. A month of weekends prior to the big day were spent sourcing materials for gifts and customized packing. And the last week was spent packing and labeling well into the night.

Customized gift baskets

Customized gift baskets

And once the function was over and we came home, it just seemed so calm, like we had nothing to do all of a sudden. This is just the calm before the wedding madness begins.

The gorgeous plate to carry the rings

The gorgeous plate to carry the rings

Here in Maharashtra, as opposed to the North, the gifts are giving during the engagement, and it happens on both sides. Usually it is sarees for the ladies and suit pieces or a set of formal wear for the men. In addition to that, all the men are also given a towel and a Gandhi topi. This is just given to the close relatives and not all guests, as most engagement functions run into a few hundred people. We had close to 800 people attend the engagement.

The engagement cake-marble, chocolate and strawberry flavors

It was a great venue, with excellent food, and the best part was they had a playground for the little ones, which kept them well occupied.

Selfie with the bride to be

Selfie with the bride to be

Family Photo

Family Photo

I am so happy for my sis in law, but I’m also sad that I am going to miss her terribly when we visit over the weekends. More than me though, it’s my son who will miss her-he loves going into her room and randomly picking up her stuff to play with, wants to sleep on her bed, and absolutely loves dancing with her. At least the good part is that she’ll just be moving a five minute drive away.

Mrs. Funnybones: Book Review

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Confession: I have to admit I had been looking forward to this book ever since I found out Twinkle Khanna was publishing a novel via Instagram. Furthermore, there are few authors that I religiously follow and Mrs. Funnybones has become one of those.image

So within seconds of finding out about this book I found myself pre-ordering a copy on Amazon.in. Then began the waiting game and I would satisfy my need of “reading” by following Twinkle Khanna’s Instagram page to get updates about the book. A few weeks back there was a picture of her signing the first 500 copies and I just secretly wished on getting one of those.

Fast Foward to last week: Between the zillion spam and “offer” emails that make up my mailbox, I find one from Amazon Customer Service that informs me that my order for Mrs. Funnybones has been shipped. Victory! I eagerly start looking for the delivery boy and keep checking the shipment tracking (yes, I can be very lame).

On Wednesday, my maid tells me a package has come for me and in all excitement I rip open the covering. There it is!! I update all my friends on having received the book and just about then a thought comes to my mind…just lemme check and see if it’s signed. This is the moment and YES!!!! I screamed and literally scared my baby in the process.image

I finally start reading the book and found myself laughing and cracking up endless times. With some snippets from her columns and other wonderful, relateable, and hilarious stories, Mrs. Funnybones is a winner. Now, I can recount all the instances which I loved…but wouldn’t want to spoil it for anyone. Last word though: go and get the book and be thoroughly entertained.