Monday, December 5, 2016

#GraziaBeautyWeekend at Palladium Mumbai

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Hey Friends, I met my blogger friends Khushboo , Jhilmil , Clementia , Trishna , Saachi , Ruchi  at #GraziaBeautyWeekend. It was one of the most exciting events of the year - The second edition of the Grazia Beauty Weekend was held at Palladium Mall, Lower Parel, Mumbai, on Saturday, 26th November, 2016. Many celebrities including Bollywood star Saiyami Kher , Dermatologist Dr. Rashmi Shetty, Michel Baltazar , Arpita Mehta, Debashri participated in various assorted panel discussions , workshops etc. 

#GraziaBeautyWeekend , was a 24-hour beauty and fashion binge that  featured pop-up kiosks, expert talks, fashion shows, in-store promotional events, photo booths, contests, masterclasses and much more.
Goodies from Lakme, Versace, Lancome , Eau Thermale Avence , Ponds, Casio sheen etc. were won by the lucky participants.

It was a grand time to stock up our beauty shelves with goodies, hampers and the latest product launches. We Lifestyle bloggers , fashionistas , college students, homemakers, numerous other professionals joined #GraziaBeautyWeekend to make our weekend more beautiful and stylish

At the #GraziaBeautyWeekendVersace hosted a special fragrance masterclass. We witnessed the launch of their latest men's fragrance, the Dylan Blue. #VersaceDylanBlue #VersaceInIndia Palladium Mumbai

One of the favorite crowd-pulling, magnetic attraction : Makeovers at the Sebastian Professional booth #GraziaBeautyWeekend

Many were seen  sipping  the secret potion and falling in love with it. For a spell that can't be broken, one bottle is enough. Raw Pressery stall at the Grazia Beauty Weekend to get the fix of their mysterious black drink. Everybody loved the taste and result.  #GraziaBeautyWeekend RAW Pressery

Say goodbye to boring hairstyles because on the 26th of Nov at the #GraziaBeautyWeekend, Michel Baltazar demonstrated two chic styles that we can easily do at home. #BiguineIndia Jean-Claude Biguine India

Monday, November 28, 2016

Manori To Marve Boat ride

Once upon a time at Manori beach in Mumbai.

We halted here to watch the setting Sun.

Traveled by rickshaw to Manori from InOrbit Malad.

Manori beach is sort of distance cousin to Juhu Beach.

Less popular, least crowded, that's why much Cleaner.

Sunset at Manori Beach , Malad on 8 November 2016

Om bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
tát savitúr váreṇ(i)yaṃ
bhárgo devásya dhīmahi
dhíyo yó naḥ prachodayāt

– Rigveda

 "Let us meditate on that excellent glory of the divine vivifying Sun, May he enlighten our understandings ".

Sun , the Supreme God, Powers up the whole Universe.

Sun, the almighty, rejuvenates and refreshes Human kind.

Sun, the OmniPotent, benevolent, energizes all equally.

#MannKiBaat at Marve Manori

Indian Bloggers

Are you Mad for Donuts ?. Well, I am not, but my nephew Aarav is, so he went ahead and had few of his favorites from MOD. I may not like to eat donuts, but loved clicking the designer donuts at InOrbit Mall , Malad. I and cousin, Chitra indulged in #MannKiBaat (chatted continuously ) relishing crispy Sada dosa, Rava dosa, accompanied by steaming hot, filter coffee from Dosa Plaza.

It was one of those Super Saturdays, when Chitra called out of blue and ordered me to wait at our society's gate. I never order anyone around, and hate to be ordered around from anyone else. Chitra being a younger cousin , I pardoned her just once. Point to be noted my lord. Chitra said, she will pick me up for a chatting session ( #MannKiBaat ) at InOrbit Mall, Malad. We invested some quality time in silky shopping at FabIndia. At the cash counter, Chitra gave first surprise of the day by gifting me the classy, Block-printed silk dupatta. This turned out to be the 1st , in the series of many more surprises of that day, 8th November 2016.

Shopping done, we refreshed ourselves with cool cones of Coffee Almond , Mango & Litchi at Natural's Ice cream parlor. Aarav compromised on a meal with Subway sandwich. The photo is hazy , not tempting enough, so I am excusing you all with that. Please forgive me this once.

Once our craving were satiated to the core of ice cream cones, Chitra suggested that we should make a short trip to Marve. Manori or Aksa. Aarav and I , both were absolutely blown over by her surprising suggestion. That was the 2nd Surprise of the day. We hopped into an auto rickshaw, excitedly discussing our next destination. We both were keen on a boat-ride , so finalized on Marve. Our hired auto reached Manori. We were eager to take darshan of Jaltapaswi Gagangiri Maharaj Ashram, but it was too late.  We clicked a few photos of sensational sunset at Manori beach.

The 3rd surprise is at the end of this blog-post and I request you not to jump at the end but please go with the flow. The world famous Global Vipassana Pagoda ( aka Golden Pagoda of Gorai ) , was visible from this beach but light was not cooperative enough to capture it's glorious beauty

Mumbaikars were as usual busy at the chaat-carts, tasting Paani Puri , Sev Puri , Bhel Puri, Ragda pattice, Bhutta , Kairi , Imli, Chania Mania Ber and Cool kulfis were selling like Hot Cakes. Yes, please don't miss the contrast in expression.

I wish we had, but No, we did not have even tiniest space in our Dosa / Coffee / Ice cream stuffed tummies to try any of these chatpataa chaats.  We strolled a bit , breathed in the cool breeze and then boarded a boat for a short ride from Manori to Marve . 

Once we got down from the boat, we walked a short distance through Marve gaothan to reach the beach. The road was actually a sandy pathway, with native's cottages dotting the sides. The small Mother Mary-shrines illuminated the winding pathway towards beach. 

Can you make the wildest guess ?. The last and the most important surprise, we received that day ? It was a through a SMS to Chitra the journalist . Many of my smart friends would have already guessed it from the title of this post.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

#IndulgeInGold with Oriflame Giordani Gold

Indian Bloggers

It was the most Pleasurable as well as Treasure-able #IndulgeInGold moment with Oriflame as the Brand Ambassador , Sonali Bendre wowed us with her Charisma. Oriflame has invited us Mumbai Bloggers for Giordani Gold after-launch party at the Highest nightclub in Mumbai : EXO on Level 37 at 
The St. Regis Hotels on 18th November 2016.

The #IndulgeInGold Invite arrived almost a fort-week ago.

Hi Sujata,
We are coming soon to Mumbai to party with you to celebrate the success of a recent make-up range that we launched this month.


The #IndulgeInGold Giordani Gold After-launch party invite was super duper surprise, loaded with Personal note, multi-ring Choker, monogrammed satin pouch, Eye-shadow quad and assorted chocolates in an exclusively designed bag, elaborately packed in a big white box. Guess what ? I am going to present this to my sister as a birthday gift tomorrow. Her only grouse will be that half the chocolates are missing. I am sure , she will be more than happy cause, I have added few more Giordani Gold treasures ( make up products ) to this magnificent gift hamper.

Mehak Khanna Assistant Manager - Social Media & Online greeted us at Exo Bar with another surprise Golden envelope. She requested us not to open it just then. Once again , we were presented with more Giordani Gold makeup products , in a festive red designer bag. I know you all must be mad at me for not sharing the surprise yet, but believe me you will love it. Keep guessing, by looking at those Golden envelopes.

Giordani Gold after launch party started on a cocktail / mock tail note at the bar. 
Ms. Shikha Duggal, Brand and Communication manager, Oriflame India interacted with bloggers and conducted an impromptu contest about brand Oriflame. She distributed prizes to know-all, talented bloggers. Our friend Natasha Bhat, was one of the lucky winners. The #IndulgeInGold party boasted the natural gold background of setting Sun-light, which highlighted the crowning glory of bloggers. 

The diva, the brand ambassador of Oriflame, lovely Sonali Bendre joined the #IndulgeInGold party and unveiled her portrait amidst the loud applause from excited bloggers. 

The Dazzling makeup range of Glittering #GiordaniGold from #Oriflame enhances natural beauty as if #Sunshine. Check out the #Deluxe elegant #Black&Gold packaging. Ladies love luxurious #Cosmetics forever. We always want to try #NewMakeup. We welcome #NewLaunch of Super #Bronzer, Exciting #lipstick shades. Oriflame launches #CCCream. mesmerizing #EyeshadowPalette with #BeautyBloggers . 

Giordani Gold is a luxurious range inspired by the refined elegance and sophistication of the Italian lifestyle. For the confident and the sophisticated, Giordani Gold unites the highest quality with warm elegance for an exclusive indulgence.

TogethernessSpirit and Passion are the core values that make Oriflame so unique. Trusting these values gives the confidence to succeed in a competitive business while at the same time helping to make the world a better place.