PowerWorld Gym – The best bang for buck in fitness

Aren’t New Year resolutions hard to keep? If you do a Google search, the top resolution, across the world is “Get in Shape/Get Fit/Lose Weight”. I am sure many of us would have resolved the same a couple of weeks ago, however, as the human nature goes, struggle to stick with the resolution.

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The Elliptical Trainer at PowerWorld Gym

Again, if you Google the reason, the top one is, “Gyms have become so freaking expensive”.  I mean does it make sense to pay around Rs 20,000 for an annual package (and that too sugarcoated as an ONE OFF discount)? You know the chain of new age fitness centres I’m referring to!

What if I told you you could join a world class chain of gyms, at a convinient location near your address, with qualified trainers and that too at less than Rs 300 a month! Sounds too good to be true?

Drumroll ladies and Gentlemen, here I present the PowerWorld Gym.  Established in 1994 in Sri Lanka, in the last 23 years, it has grown to scores of locations across Sri Lanka & India.

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The Treadmills at PowerWOrld Gym – I spotted at least 5.

PowerWorld Gym Founder

In the words of the founder, Talavou F. Alailima, “Power World Gyms provide a value for money proposition without compromising on quality. Most gym memberships today are too expensive for the majority. We create an inclusive environment in Power World so that working out at a gym is possible to a much larger group of people. ”

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PWG gyms are over 4,000 sq ft in size, fully equipped with all the types of machines required to build every part of the body and to lose all the weight you need. The staff are well trained and equipped with knowledge which is not second to anyone in the world. Your workout environment in clean, inviting and spacious making exercising at Power World a pleasure.

PowerWorld Gym Locations

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The superb Stair Climber/Stepper Machine

With over 34 ( and growing) locations in Bangalore and Delhi, NCR, a PowerWorld gym branch is easily accessible to reach your fitness goals. For your reference, the list is given below.

PowerWorld Gyms in Bangalore

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The seated cycling machine

Rajarajeshwarinagar, Giri Nagar-Banashankari, JP Nagar 1st Phase, JP Nagar 7th Phase, Konanakunte Cross, Ramamurthi Nagar T.C Palya, Nagondahalli (Whitefield), Lingarajapuram, Kattigenhalli – (Yelahanka ), Nagarabhavi, Moodalapalya, Uttarahalli, Nagawara, Rajajinagar, Murugesh Palya, Kudlu, Vidhyaranyapura, Hoodi, Akshay Nagar, Geddalahalli (Sanjay Nagar)

PowerWorld Gyms in Delhi, NCR

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The shoulder press machine

Sector 31, Faridabad;  Nit 5, Faridabad; Sector 37, Faridabad; Neb Sarai, Delhi; Badarpur, Delhi; Patel Chowk, Faridabad; Hoshiarpur, Noida; Bhangel, Noida; Ashok Vihar-III, Gurgaon; Ghitorni, Delhi; Mahipalpur, Delhi; Nit 2, Faridabad; Sector 45, Noida; Fatehpur Beri, Delhi

PoweWorld Gym Opening Hours

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The ab cruncher machine – A welcome addition at this price point

It doesn’t matter if you are a lark, sparrow or an owl, you can work out at your convenient time across all the branches of PowerWorld gym. It is open from 5 a.m to 10 p.m every day except Sundays. Come on, even your body needs to rest at least a day in the week.

The Gym Review

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The lat pulldown machine

Well, I stumbled upon PowerWorld Gym in my journey on the lookout for modestly priced gyms (without compromising on quality), through GymPik. Honestly, the offer was hard to resist! ( Just a couple of minutes more and I would take you to the offer section).

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The leg extension machine

I dropped into the Kudlu Gate branch and was I super impressed! As mentioned earlier, over 4000 sq, ft. of workout area greeted me – definitely a brownie point for the gym. Who wants to work out in an overcrowded gym where you need to wait for your turn on a workout machine?

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The bicep curl machine

Secondly, as you can see from the pictures, the equipment is new and superbly maintained. There were few surprises in store as well – I haven’t come across weight assisted pull-up machine, lateral deltoid raises machine, staircase climb simulator,  weighted hyperextension machine, etc. at many gyms – definitely not at this price range.

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The rowing machine

So, be assured you would be in a world class environment with one of the best infrastructure and equipment.

PowerWorld Gym Membership Fee

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The leg press machine

Yes, now we come to the final question, “What’s the offer and how do I avail it?” If you are in Bangalore, it’s pretty simple. All you need to do is –

Go to the PowerWorld offer page at GymPik here, select your nearest gym location from the drop-down list and pay just Rs 3350 as an one time fee for annual package.

Yes, that’s right, it is even lesser than Rs 300 a month. The same amount you would not think twice before spending out on an eat-out or a movie.  Invest the amount in your body and trust me, you would be proud of the returns!

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The leg curl machine – for hamstring and glutes

I have started my fitness journey of 2018 and I promise I would be coming up with a lot more of workout routines, diet tips, etc. in this blog.

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The hyperextension machine – for your lower back

If you haven’t started your fitness journey of 2018 yet, the time is ripe and there cannot be a better partner than PowerWorld gym. Trust me and your wallet on that!

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Another seated rowing machine

Forever, stay healthy and positive.

 

InstaCuppa- For a healthy lifestyle

Hey Peeps! It has been over a month since I have been using a host of products by InstaCuppa. I strive to lead a balanced life with a fit body and a healthy mind. Unfortunately, time is at a premium in the quest for a healthy lifestyle, especially taking care of the diet. Any gadget which makes this goal easier is always welcome. InstaCuppa products have helped me quite a lot to reach my healthy fluid intake goals.

Health/Lifestyle products by Instacuppa

  1. InstaCuppa fruit infuser water bottle
  2. InstaCuppa fruit infuser water bottle – Polar edition
  3. 3 in 1 infusion pitcher- InstaCuppa cold brew coffee maker | Fruit infuser pitcher | Iced teapot
  4. InstaCuppa doubled walled glass green tea/ detox infuser bottle
  5. French Press Coffeemaker by InstaCuppa
  6. InstaCuppa handheld premium milk frother

Let me quickly take you through the usage and my experience on all the products by InstaCuppa.

InstaCuppa Fruit Infuser Water Bottle

I have added lots of water intake to my everyday routine. Water is so essential for our body. You cannot overstress the detoxing benefits of water. Since the time I have joined a gym, I have become particular about keeping myself hydrated always. At the same time, I am someone who gets bored of doing the same thing always. Drinking water regularly has made so much change in my body that I don’t want to give up on this. Infused water is so much helpful to detoxify our body.

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InstaCuppa has made it so easy. If you are looking for Instacuppa ebook, it’s not required at all. They give instructions on their box itself. I found 4 different recipes for infused water. I thought of experimenting with them too. So, I decided to mix my water with fresh strawberries, lime, oranges and kiwi. You can also add lemon if you want. I follow this and store it in my fridge every day and sip it whenever I am thirsty. They provide an anti-sweat sleeve as well to keep the water cool and prevent sweat on the bottle.

InstaCuppa fruit infuser water bottle – Polar edition

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This is an advanced form of fruit infuser which has a detachable ice ball attached to the base of fruit infuser. You need to keep it in the freezer for around 4 hours and it’s good to keep your water cool for a normal working day. This is a very innovative product by InstaCuppa. By the time ice ball is kept in freeze you can infuse the fruits in water with the help of infuser bottle. Once the ice ball is frozen you can attach it to you infuser rod and you are ready to go.

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After finishing your infused water you can unclip the ice ball, clean it and keep it in the freeze again. InsaCuppa also provides custom anti-sweat, insulating sleeve to keep the water cooler and bottle sweat free.

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3 in 1 infusion pitcher- InstaCuppa cold brew coffee maker | Fruit infuser pitcher | Iced teapot

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To make my water little interesting I got this 3 in 1  infusion pitcher. The very first thing I tried in the bottle was infused water. I love the taste of mild fruits in my water. Infused water helps us to detoxify our body. Believe me, a cleansed body is the healthiest body. If you have not added any detox routine in your life yet, it’s time to add InstaCuppa in your life.

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This 3 in 1 Infuser can be used as a coffee maker and iced teapot as well. And again it has an anti-sweat cover which helps to retain the temperature for few hours.

Simple step to us InstaCuppa 3 in 1 infuser

  1. Fill the infuser core till half with ground coffee, fruits or tea leaves depending on what you want to have.
  2. Pour cold water in the bottle so that infuser can be properly soaked.
  3. If you are making a tea or coffee, stir the infuser gently with stirring spoon.
  4. Close the infuser and refrigerate it for 12- 24 hrs.

InstaCuppa doubled glass-walled Green Tea/ Detox infuser bottle

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This is my favourite product in the entire range by InstaCuppa. I am a green tea lover but more than tea bags, I love to use tea leaves and I always struggle to prepare them. With the help of InstaCuppa green tea/ detox infuser, I enjoy my green as it is intended to be – using the leaves. The infuser is made up of high-grade stainless still and it’s perfect for everyday use.

You can also use fruits or vegetables to have infused water. So again this piece is a multi-purpose bottle. If you want to invest in only in few products, this should your first choice.

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The sleeve of the bottle help to keep the green tea hot and it’s anti sweat property lets you have a firm grip on the bottle. I carry it to my office every day and my Chai Point bill has slashed ever since I have started using this green tea infuser by InstaCuppa.

InstaCuppa French Press Coffee Maker

I am not a real fan of black/filter coffee. but, like every family, my husband loves his freshly brewed coffee. Come on, he even savours his Iced Americano!  I ordered this coffee maker for him and I have started enjoying the freshly pressed filter coffee too. I am sharing a small video below on how it works.

Instacuppa french press coffee maker is perfect for two. I am not a black coffee lover so I top my coffee with milk foam.

InstaCuppa handheld premium milk frother

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This nifty gadget was the surprise package! I mean who doesn’t love a cappuccino/latte topped with milk foam. Most often we skip the whole process at home for want of cafe quality frothed milk.  I was sceptical of this puny, battery-operated device getting the job done.

But boy, it did manage the part pretty damn well. And I’m a happy cappuccino drinker at home.

Let me know of any questions, comments you have on the products in the section below. And yes, all of these products by Instacuppa are available across popular shopping portals like Amazon & Flipkart.

Couple goals this Valentine’s Day ft. BonOrganik

Hey Peeps! It’s time for 2018 goals and couple goals are on top of my mind. As promised, you will see more of couple posts and ideas to spice up our lives. We got this adorable couple quote t-shirt by BonOrganik. You know how much I love personalised products! This couple t-shirt has the exact message I wanted to convey to my husband.

Add Some drama to your couple goals

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I had planned an impromptu date with my husband last evening. We met for a coffee at this beautifully done up Chocolate Room just after his work. He walked into the cafe unaware of the fact what was I leading him to. So he glanced at my new t-shirt and was wondering what does “me complete” mean? Any guesses on the complete story? After sipping his perfectly filtered cappuccino, after settling down a bit, he finally asked, “What does that quote on your t-shirt mean?”

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Me: Smiled and presented him the wrapped t-shirt.

Him: After looking at the other half of the quote, “OMG! Namrata this is really kiddish!”

Me: With a sad face, “I thought you will love it.” (You know the Drama Queen I am and if I would not have done that he would never have worn that t-shirt for me)

Him: “Okay, tell me what you want? Can I wear this once we are back to home?”

Me:”I really wanted us to get clicked in couple t-shirts during our pre-wedding shoot but we couldn’t. Can we get it done today, please?”

Him: “You mean you have a photographer here who would shoot us together?”

Me: “No, I have already spoken to and we will take help of cafe manager and get 2-3 clicks, please.”

Him: “Come on, he is not a photographer and how would he manage a complex DSLR in manual mode at night?”

Me: “Relax, we would manage just fine!”

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The couple shoot

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After having this conversation, I somehow managed to convince him for the shoot. I could not order a couple t-shirt for our pre-wedding shoot but you know you tend to forget so many things in the mad rush leading to your biggest day – some which you just wish afterwards!

Thank heavens, I am glad that I can tick off a cherished to-do on my couple goals list. I know the photos are not so romantic as it is supposed to be on a couple goals post. My husband is shy and camera conscious, he could not pose in public. He is comfortable with his place behind the camera and I love him the way he is.

Couple goals are not about following what the world does. Following someone is the easiest thing to do. Giving space and respecting each other is most important to maintain a happy relationship.

 

Couple t-shirt by BonOrganik

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BonOrganik has an enviable range of Couple Outfits including t-shirts, boxers, shirt with dresses combo and pillow/cushion covers. The quotes on the t-shirts are meaningful and inspirational. I am sure you would find a set matching your unique couple goals.

Right from vibrant colours to the subtle ones, funny to the romantic quotes, the graphics are well designed and the outfit is stitched to last quite a few washes. Bonorganik is surely giving an outlet to express their feelings to each and every couple out there. I know, some get conscious and stop wearing quoted t-shirts after an age. Sometimes you need to forget the conscious or subconscious and live in the moment.

New couple goals this Valentine’s Day

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If you want to overcome a bit of inhibition, discarding the “Would I make a fool of myself?” thought (you know the logical mind) and live one day with your partner to the fullest, the wait is over. Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Gift yourself  (you and your partner) couple t-shirts and shorts and unleash the magic in your relationship. I have already lived this and will relish the moment forever. It’s your turn now.

Thank you for showing so much love in all my couple posts. My husband is really camera shy yet our photographs and social posts could give couple goals to many. I am overwhelmed with the love you shower and keep boosting our couple goals posts.

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Celebrate life – with and for each other!

10 must have shoes for a woman’s closet

Hey Peeps! You know it, the struggle is real to find the perfect shoe which uplifts your style quotient. I am an ardent shoe lover and love collecting them. With this post, my aim is to take you through 10 must have shoes for every woman & a minimalist shoe wardrobe. I would also try to answer commonly asked questions and share style tips for each pair.

How many pairs of shoes should a woman own?

I own more than 100 pairs of shoes and barely use 20 of them on a regular basis. For sure, I would have worn each of them at least 4-5 times in my lifetime. Being a fashion blogger with a soft corner for shoes, I tend to pick up most shoes which catch my fancy.

Even after having so many pairs of shoes I feel that I don’t have a matching shoe with a particular outfit I need to showcase. I am sure most of us feel the same. But at the same time, everyone’s priority and budget are different.

So let’s start with the basics. I will quickly guide you through minimalist must-have shoes and then extend the collection to 10 to cover more occasions and styles.

Minimalist Shoe Wardrobe

Every girl dreams of a dedicated shoe closet but trust me, it’s worthless. There is no point we have excess stuff at home when we can look stylish with just 5 pairs. Yes, you read it right, all you need is 5 pairs of shoes. These are the basic must-have shoes which I always have around and tend to replace with something similar once worn out.

1. White Sneakers

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I love walking and would hate any shoe bites/ discomfort during travel or even shopping excursions. Having loved comfy fashion forever, I got myself this white pair of sneakers back in 2016. For me, white sneakers are a must-have shoe in your closet. I carry them on all my trips, be it a weekend ride or an international vacation.

White sneakers are one the basics every woman should own. They can be paired with any kind of outfit, especially, when it comes to everyday look. If you go to my everyday look category posts, you will spot me wearing those white sneakers in most of them.

Tip: White sneakers are neutrals. You can pair them with jeans, skirts, dress and any usual outfit. You can also pair them with sequinned outfits for parties.

2. Pumps in black or nude

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Black pumps are again must have shoes especially, if you are a working woman. When it comes to formal wear we always tend to wear black pumps first. Black pumps go stylishly with many outfits from office wear to casuals. For that matter, it goes with any sophisticated wear too. Cocktail dresses are empty without a black pair of pumps. Few people don’t like to wear black shoes always. So, a nude shade is the best alternative to it.

Tip: If you own a right classy pair of pumps your shoe, you can get both glam and class.

3. Ethnic Sandals

10 must have shoes for women- Namrata- Bangalore based Indian Fashion and lifestyle bloggerBeing Indian, we just cannot avoid ethnic sandals. I wear ethnic wear once in a blue moon but I need at least one pair of ethnic shoes which goes with every ethnic wear outfit. Now that’s up to you, buy heels according to your comfort. I prefer to wear heels with my ethnic outfits. With long skirt and sarees, heels become must have shoes.

 

Tip: Buy a silver/gold/multicolour ethnic sandal as they go with lots of ethnic wears.

4. Casual Sandals/Belles

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I always keep one pair of sandals/ belles on the top of my shoe rack as I use it for quick on the go looks. Just because I am a fashion blogger it doesn’t mean I don’t step out in casual wear. I am exactly like you, I walk in pyjama,  t-shirts and casual sandals too. In fact, I use my casual sandals for my beach trips. Casual sandals are best for street style looks. I have seen many people using sports shoes on daily basis for comfortable walks. Nowadays casual shoes are very much comfortable and can be worn for 1-2 Kms walking purpose.

Tip: Casual shoes go with everything and can be used in any season except winters.

5. Heeled Sandals

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Heels are my best friend. But I have maintained a long-distance relationship with them. I love them so much but I don’t use them every day. Heels give me a different level of confidence. They work wonders for our posture and makes our legs look great. There is nothing more feminine and chic than a pair of high heels sandals. This is why I feel they are must-have shoes in our shoe closet.

Tip: Check yourself, are you a real pro when it comes to walking in high heels? If you are not you need to practice it. Avoid wearing heels on an everyday basis if you can’t carry it. Start wearing it for cocktail parties where you need to walk less.

 

Extension of must have shoes

6. Leather Boots

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Leather boots are the most fashionable shoes for me. I have always fantasised about boots. Boots are something I can’t resist. I love all kind of boots, be it classic riding boots, Chelsia boots, cowboy boots, ankle length boots or knee length boots. I wish I would be able to own them all one fine day. But if I had to choose only one and say it’s a must-have shoe that would be ankle length leather boots.

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Tip: Please be aware that before you move to an extended version, you should have a basic one first. My first pair of boots was an ankle length black boots.

7. Red heels

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If you already own black heels and want to add more spice to your look just go for red stilettos. I have recently uploaded my red heels pictures on Instagram and a blog where I have created Catwoman look. I received so many compliments for that and query regarding the store from where I have purchased it.

My red heels are by Zara India and I am in love with them. After having so many black heels in metallic, matte, glossy, strappy etc. I really wanted more bold and sexy pair of shoes. Red sandals are any day must have shoes for a woman who loves to show her boldface to the world.

Tip: Style them with any of your outfits to elevate the complete look. Match red heels with neutral outfits.

8. Black Sneakers

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After white, I opted for black sneakers in my must-have shoe collection. When I was working in an MNC shoes where really close to my heart. I always feel ones personality can be easily judged by their shoes. Friday dressing was something I used to wait for.

Any fashion lover can easily relate to what I mean. I used to feel cold in air-conditioned office during the night shift and to keep myself warm I used to always wear shoes to my office. Black sneakers used to be my favourite for Friday dressing. As you know black is neutral and goes with any colour outfit.

Tip: If you own a plain white sneaker and black is your second pair of shoes go for a white band shoes like mine. I can pair anything with these pair of shoes. It gives my outfits an athleisure look.

9. Peach Sneakers

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I really don’t have to say how much I love sneakers. All because they are both stylish and comfortable. So, when I decided to move a step forward from the usual black or white sneakers, peach was the first colour in my mind.

Peach is the new neutral in the world of sneakers which goes with your maximum outfits. Peach is such a soothing colour that I could not resist buying one. I have also paired it with a floral cold shoulder dress before on my blog.

Tip: Unlike white, you don’t have to bother about cleaning your peach shoes every time.

10. Bling Shoes

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Being a casual and comfy lover it took some time for me to create a soft corner for blingy shoes. I won’t lie or hide the fact how I started loving it. I love dancing at parties but can’t in heels. It hurts my toes. I was looking for something really comfortable which could be at home in an EDM party as well.

After a long wait, I found the right pair of shoes which I can use whenever I want to bring out the dancing queen inside me. I sometimes wear it to resorts as well. If you remember my initial posts in casual wear, I have paired my bling shoes quite a few times.

Tip: Opt for gold/silver shoes. Pair them with your denim and let everyone know you know few things about styling. Don’t overdo the bling-thing, keep your attire neutral.

I hope it was a nice read and inspiring for your closet essentials. Do let me know your thoughts in the comment section below about your must have shoes.

 

Largest Travel Deal 2018 ft. Ease My Trip

FLIGHHey Pees! Thank you for showing so much love to my post on the trip to Pattaya. We always plan our trip in advance and keep looking for a travel deal. There is travel on my mind again and I was hunting for my location and estimating overall costs. Surprisingly, I bumped on to www.easemytrip.com with an amazing travel deal. So, if you are looking to save some bucks, you are just a click away.

Travel deals with Ease My Trip

Please note that the offer is valid only from 9th Jan’18 to 11th Jan 2018.  I will quickly guide you through the steps and terms of the website. So, if you book your flight during this period, you can avail discount up to Rs 20,000 on flight bookings, up to Rs 5,000 discount on hotel bookings and an instant discount of 10% on bus tickets. On top of that, you get a chance to win a Honda Activa from www.droom.in, Rs 50,000 exclusive vouchers from Jabong and gift vouchers by various brands. I don’t know about you, but for me, it’s a flight deal to lap up.

How to get the best travel deal

Please follow these simple steps:

  1. Click here to go to the booking page
  2. The coupon is valid only for flights, hotel rooms and busses
  3. Choose either or all of them
  4. Use coupon code WELCOME2018 to avail the offer

Offer can be availed only between 9th Jan’18 to 11th Jan’18. and it’s valid for both new and existing customer. If you have HDFC credit/debit card (retail Credit Card required), you get cashback on the transactions.

You can book through Ease My Trip app as well, downloadable for both IOS and Andriod.

Finer Points

  • As with any other travel portals, they charge Rs 250 as a convenience fee. Also, the offer cannot be clubbed with any other promotional offers running on EaseMyTrip
  • Make sure you use valid and right promo code to avail the offer
  • Cashback offer can be availed by one user only once
  • You get 50% instant discount on this offer and rest 50% will be credited as cashback through HDFC bank
  • You get the cashback credited with 90 workings days from the date of transaction
  • In case of any cancellation, partial or full, the offer goes void and discount will be rolled back before processing the refunds.
  • Child / infant discount, date or flight change, refund charges, weekend surcharge, blackout
    period, travel restrictions and / or flight restriction will be also applicable as per the fare rule
  • Changes in flights and dates are allowed with change fees and fare difference
  • Change in names are not allowed

The world is beautiful, explore it with such amazing deals.

Until the next time, stay safe and travel safe!

The best jumpsuit by Shein India

Hey Peeps! Are you a fan of Catwoman? As soon as I saw this black jumpsuit bt Shein India, Catwoman was on my mind all the time. If you remember my Shein India wishlist post way back in June 2017, It’s a different season and a different year, however, you have got to admit that Shein (shipping from India since the last couple of months or so) has a variety of outfits and sometimes I feel Shein India is a “one-stop online store” for fashion lovers.

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Catwoman look has been fascinating me since the day I had seen Batman Returns ( I believe almost five years now). For me, her look was sinister yet avant-garde fashion. I remember Catwoman used to wear a leather bodysuit. This outfit by Shein India is not made up of leather. Still, the detailing and the colour makes me feel as powerful as Catwoman out on the prowl.

Shein India App

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I have been a regular buyer at Shein India and you might have noticed me wearing their outfits often.  I hate to carry my laptop everywhere and limit its usage to blogging. So, I have downloaded Shein India app on my phone and prefer it over the website. It sounds funny but I shop mostly while I am commuting to various engagements. You know, you need some distraction from Bangalore’s traffic and the will to attend numerous events. Also, I have switched on the notification for Shein India app to know more about their offers and deals.

Shein India Online Shopping

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We have been shopping online for a few years now. Still, sometimes I get bored of browsing through old collection all over again. Also, I find it really difficult to go to niche websites for shopping at the same time. I know it’s contradictory, but this is what we girls feel like. Too many options confuse us and few options turn us away. Shein India online shopping, I feel, is a right mix of fresh affordable fashion. You get a variety of products to choose from in given price range.

Shein India Review

 

I have received quite a few queries regarding their quality, delivery, shipping, sizing etc. I cannot speak for others, however, in my opinion, Shein India has made international fashion accessible to everyone. Shein India is a very pocket-friendly brand. I have bought products from the range of Rs 399- Rs 3,000. Thankfully, I have not had any reason to point finger at their product quality. The price versus quality very much meets my expectation. Moreover, I love the detailing on all their outfits.

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I got this cape sleeve surplice wrap tailoired jumpsuit for Rs 2,080. Having bought jumpsuits from many well known brands like Zara, Forver 21 and Chemistry in the past, I have never got such detailed outift at this price point. In fact, I have paid more beacuse I did not mind paying extra for a well known brand. However, did I really need to, if I had got a similar quality at a better price?

One thing I love most about this Catwoman jumpsuit by Shein India is that the material is really thick and it doesn’t stick to my body. The fabric is 95% polyester and 5% cotton. I can walk carefree with oodles of panache in this outfit. The look of the outfits gives a feeling that it’s body fit and maybe a little complicated. Trust me the feel of the outfit is entirely different. I am totally impressed with this jumpsuit by Shein India.

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Surplice sleeves are something we find rarely accessible to us coSurplice. Surplice sleeves are the extension of the regular cape. Few people also call it cloak sleeve. There is nothing wrong with trying something out of blue especially if it is available at such an affordable price. This high waisted V- neck jumpsuit with cloak sleeves makes me feel like a Catwoman and empowers me from within.

How I styled my jumpsuit by Shein India

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The outfit is so complete in itself that I  didn’t feel the urge to overdo the look by layering. Isn’t it a relief? In fact, I am someone who likes to experiment with her looks quite often (Anyone remembers the haircut?). When an outfit does my work I am super delighted. To give it an appropriate look this season I have just added few things to it.

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Right accessories are the key to making a statement. Here are the small things which make a huge difference:

  1. I have a heavy bust and long V-neck was making me conscious. To cover that I could have used tube but I wanted the neckline detailing to be visible. I decided to wear this beautiful layered necklace with the jumpsuit.
  2. I dig on clear eye shades. Although they seem contradictory for the purpose the add a dash of understated elegance to your look.
  3. Black is a classy colour and I cannot seem to have enough of it. It was a conscious decision to pair my black ceramic watch by DKNY with this Shein India jumpsuit.
  4. There is nothing more feminine than a woman wearing red lipstick and a red pair of heels. Red signifies love, energy, passion, strength, boldness and sparkle. Never be afraid to add an extra touch to your outfit.

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What I Wore:

Jumpsuit by Shein India

Until the next time. Keep Shining.

Things to do in Pattaya for Couples

Hey Peeps! Hope you enjoyed reading my first post on Pattaya stay for couples. Amari Ocean, Pattaya is perfect for couples and families and we spent considerable time enjoying the marvellous hospitality. We did take out some time every day to explore the city and measure how it feels in Pattaya for couples. Here are few things we have chosen to do in Pattaya for Couples.

The best time to visit Pattaya

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Couples in Pattaya enjoying the sunset

Anytime between November to March is a right choice to visit Pattaya. We have visited Thailand during December both the times and could experience mild weather and decked up cities.

How to reach Pattaya?

Like most other tourists, we travelled to Pattaya from Bangkok. It’s 122 Km away and connected by world-class Highways 7 and 3. You can either book a private cab or take a bus. We wanted to experience both, so, we took a cab from Bangkok to Pattaya and while returning we took a bus the other way. In Bangkok, you need to go to the eastern, Ekamai Bus Terminus, next to the Ekamai BTS station. Pattaya is relatively smaller and you need to go to The Pattaya Bus Terminus in North Pattaya Road.

Bangkok to Pattaya Cab (sedan, up to 3 passengers) fare- 1200 THB

Pattaya to Bangkok Bus fare- 120 THB/person

Jomtien Beach

Our hotel was right at the North end overlooking the magnificent Jomtien beach, which is spread out over 7 km. We spent all 3 evenings during my stay on the beach. Clear blue skies, sea green water, fresh air – you would find all of these at plenty here.

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A view to remember

If you need to take a quiet stroll holding hands, sit back and watch the setting sun or even go jogging with a picturesque view to remember; Jomtien Beach is the place. I could not have asked more for a break from the hustle bustle of Bangkok.

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If you are a water sports junkie, you can indulge to your heart’s content – be it parasailing, water scooters or even scuba diving. There are plenty of places to rent beach chairs, umbrellas and hawkers selling their wares from beer and cold drinks to prawns and lobsters.

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DIscovering inner peace with the Sun going going down

For me, it’s a perfect place for couples, family and friends. You get so many options at one place and can choose to opt for your favourites. There are numerous shacks, pubs and restaurants lined along the beach road that spoil you for a choice of food and drinks.

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A breathtaking sunset at Jomtien beach.

Tip: The best way to get around in Pattaya is on a Baht Bus. It had pre-designated stops every 500 m and definitely cheaper than taxis or even scooter taxis.

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Sanctuary of Truth

This beautiful wooden architecture was visible from the hotel room. Every sight deepened the mystery and we were longing to unravel the story behind it. My curiosity ended when we spotted it in the list of tourist attractions in Pattaya for couples and families.

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Handcrafter wooden artifacts par excellence

It is a piece of neoclassical architectural marvel.  The project was initiated as an idea of Thai businessman Lek Viriyaphant in 1981 and is scheduled to be complete in 2050.TThe main style of the sanctuary is based on the Thai architecture of the Ayutthaya period, richly decorated by Hindu-Buddhist hand-carved wooden sculptures drawn from various artistic traditions, including Dravidian, Angkorean, Chinese, Mon Dvaravati, Srivijayan, and Thai.

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A slice of exquisite culture amidst the ultra modern cityscape of Pattaya

If you are visiting Pattaya, you must make it a point to visit this magnificent monument. If you are looking for a photo shoot destination in Pattaya for couples, you have to visit Sanctuary of Truth.

Underwater World

Pattaya’s most exciting aquarium, Underwater World should be on your map if you are intrigued by nature’s creation or are with kids. Though not a textbook romantic destination, it could as well be included in the itinerary in Pattaya for couples.

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Getting up close with majestic fish in Underwater World, Pattaya

It brings a slice of the deep ocean on shore in a series of exhibits that take you from the sandy beaches to shallow rock pool teeming with colourful reefs to the open ocean where predators and prays swim side by side.

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An open fish feeding spot in Underwater World, Pattaya

Enjoy the live feeding shows and watch the real-time action as you progress down the 100-metre acrylic tunnel, with all the brilliantly coloured creatures plying the waters above and all around you. Discover the riches of the world’s deep ocean, and you will be amazed at how much you learn in one entertaining hour.

Walking Street, Pattaya

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The Walking Street, Pattaya – completely safe for couples in Pattaya

Is walking street safe for couples? What’s there in Pattaya for couples? What will couples do at walking street? There are so many such questions I have come across when I uploaded my honeymoon pictures on Instagram. Few friends even laughed at me “how can you take your husband there?” or “how can he take his wife to walking street?”.

I really wanted to answer for everyone at that point. Unfortunately, I wasn’t a blogger then. Walking street is absolutely safe for couples in Pattaya. Walking Street Pattaya houses the best nightlife in Thailand and in fact south-east Asia.  The street is highly safe with constant tourist police presence. At the same time, it is strictly an adult area. Please don’t take your kids along.

There are so many shopping stalls on the street plus shops around the street. I got my first set of Miniso cosmetics and essentials from Walking street Pattaya store itself. We were on that street till 4 a.m. and all the shops were open all night. You could experience world-class discs and pubs including Indian ones.

Central Festival Mall, Pattaya

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Central Festival, Pattaya Beach – your fix of high street shopping in Pattaya

This mall was about 800 Mts away from the hotel we stayed and it’s attached to Hilton Pattaya. The mall brings a slice of High Street shopping to Pattaya.  It was a mix of most common brands like Zara, H&M and then lots of Thai and European brands. I chose to shop at exclusive Thai shops as I won’t get them in India.

We added it here as it was a sight to behold in Christmas festive decorations ( unfortunately, we didn’t have our cameras on us) and as a couple, you simply cannot overlook shopping!

What to eat in Pattaya?

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Shrimp Pad Thai – We could never have enough of this ubiquitous dish with a hint of nutty flavour in Thailand

We wanted to experience everything possible. Even though we were offered happy hours at Amari from 5-7 p.m. where you get complimentary bite-sized delicacies and a reasonably stocked open bar, we could not resist the charm of local street food.

If you are looking for an exclusive experience, I would strongly suggest, The Mantra at Amari, Pattaya which has been voted 4th among top 10 choice restaurants in Thailand. Otherwise, the beach road is lined with numerous eateries, where you can bite into some freshly prepared seafood. Even after 1 a.m., when these down shutter, if you are looking for a bite, drop into any 7/11 or Family Mart (open 24/7) and get a quick take away from the freezer (heated in a microwave).

Yes, one more thing, if you feel like having some desi grub, fear not, you would find quite a few Indian restaurants in Pattaya for the ones missing the flavours of home.

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As always, please drop in your thoughts and questions in the comments below. Stay safe and prosper in the New Year!

The Benefits of Keratin Treatment for Hair

Hey Peeps! So many of you have been asking me about Keratin treatment benefits, after my experience at Tony & Guy. I am honestly loving the effects of keratin treatment as my tresses feel so healthy and shiny now. Through this blog, I will try to answer most of the commonly asked questions. Also, shoot your questions in the comment section below, I will try to answer them all.

Before I start, if you don’t know, Keratin is a protein naturally present in our hair. Our hair becomes dull and frizzy because of lack of Keratin in it.

Keratin treatment by GK Professional

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I got my Keratin treatment done at Toni and Guy, HSR Layout by GK Hair Professional. I would not be able to compare it to other brands as this was my first keratin treatment. My stylist explained everything about keratin treatment benefits before and during the session. During the session, the stylist first applied a keratin straightening cream by GK Hair professional and then ironed my hair to seal it in. This session streched for 2 hours as my hair was long then.

Keratin Treatment Before and After

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I got my first ever keratin treatment about 20 days back and my life has changed after that. Since the time I coloured my long hair globally and stopped taking care,  my hair had become dull, frizzy and brittle and it was almost impossible to maintain it any further. Post-treatment, I could see the difference but as they explained, the actual look develops after the first wash, which should be done after 48 hours of the treatment. I have been sharing the pics, stories and I even went live on Instagram to show how it works.

How long does keratin treatment last?

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As we pay a premium for the keratin treatment, the question is obvious. As per my stylist’s statement, it should last for 4-6 months. I have even taken the opinion of my friends who have got it done before me. And they have a similar experience.

Shampoo and Conditioner to be used post-treatment?

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If you want the effect to last even longer and hair to look as healthy as it is just after your keratin treatment, use GK professional shampoo and conditioner itself. They have keratin based, paraben and sulphate free shampoo and conditioner. I am using it currently and can vouch for the effect.

Do let me know in the comment section below what you feel about the keratin treatment.

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