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Sunday, 30 October 2016

Mere, tumhare, sab ke liye Happy Diwali!

10/30/2016 1 Comments
Namaste to all my dear friends!

First of all, a very happy and safe Diwali to all of you! I hope you guys are having a colorful, bright and noise-free Deepavali this year. I just got home this morning after 9 hours of being thrown up and down in the last berth of a sleeper bus and there's so much to do!

Usually I start this day by making a beautiful Rangoli at our doorstep with colors and flower petals. Last year I made a colorful diya and the year before, it was a peacock. I still need to figure out my Rangoli design for this year. Any ideas?

During lunch time, I let my taste buds enjoy some delicious home cooked food that involves bisi bele bath, raita, papad and some payasa. Once the sun sets, we decorate our stairway and compund walls with some pretty diyas and might light a sparkler or two to bring in the festive mood!

And now to my favorite part - shopping :D As a kid, I would look forward to every Indian festival because my mom would buy me a new dress. Deepavali, being one of the most important festivals, I would get to pick the dress I wanted! (And would always end up burning a part of it! :D) This year I am yet to do my Diwali shopping, but I thought I could help you guys out pick a semi-desi outfit for your Diwali party.

As all of you are aware, we have been shooting with Zapyle pretty often these days. So I picked up this pre-loved Anita Dongre outfit for my Diwali post. The intricate detailing on the blouse along with the mirror work made me fall in love with this outfit in two seconds! And that's not even the best part! Look at the back of the blouse! I mean, WOW, just look at it! It is so sexy! I could picture myself wearing something like this for my wedding. The skirt is so soft and comfortable giving the outfit a western edge. I wore silver hoops with this to match the silver mirror work and tried out two pairs of shoes - a shimmery black pair of wedges from Jimmy Choo that is available on Zapyle for a throwaway price and a pair of classy black stilettos from Mango. Which one do you like better?

I think  it's high time you guys browsed through Zapyle and started shopping!

Photo credits - Ashish
















With love,
Hand On The Hip

Friday, 28 October 2016

Ahoj from Praha!

10/28/2016 0 Comments
Hello guys!

Between my day job and shoots, I completely forgot about my Euro Trip series. So where were we? I met my friends in Dubai and as planned, we landed in Prague, Czech Republic. It's about 6 hours by air from Dubai. We had already booked the airport pick-up service, so all we had to do is find the cab and we reached our hostel in no time. The cab service cost us 5 Euros (1 Euro = approx. 76 INR) per person. I hope you don't mind the pics that we shot using our phone cameras. Since this is not a travel blog, I won't be posting too many pictures of buildings and nature and all that jazz.


For almost all the hostel bookings we used Booking and HostelWorld. We stayed in this really cosy hostel called Little Quarter in Old Town, Prague. The best part was we did not have to hunt for currency exchange services as the hostel folks gave us the best rate i.e. 1 Euro = 27 Czech Crown. The hostel must have cost us around 12 Euros per night per person. Little Quarter exceeded our expectations! Their rooms and bathrooms are ridiculously clean and the bunk beds were unbelievably comfortable!

Tip of the day ~ So there are two things you absolutely need to carry while you go to the old town of any country in Europe - a pair of comfortable sneakers and a jacket. The entire pathway is made of cobble stone and the weather is quite chilly. Although the trams and cabs are quite reliable, we decided to walk everywhere! Unless you want sore feet and want to freeze to death, I think it's a good idea to get your gear on :D

Day 1:

We spent 2 nights and 2 days in Prague in the beginning of the trip and on our way back (as we flew back to Dubai from Prague), we spent a night there. As soon as we landed, we just walked around the touristy area and pampered ourselves with some delicious pizza and Cezch beer. Now when you are in Czech Republic, you definitely have to try the Czech beer! My non-vegetarian friends had a blast, but as for me, it wasn't too bad either! I ate some amazing cheese pizza with Broccoli.

We were quite tired, but we did not want to waste any time sleeping. So we walked to Charles Bridge and witnessed some live music, art and food. Cinnabon is really popular and we had some with gelato. We walked towards the Old Town Square and checked out the Astronomical Clock and joined a pub crawl group for the night that took us to 5 different clubs all over Prague.




What I wore ~ I refused to take my white Puma sneakers and my ripped distressed faded denims from Max off as it was too cold to change! I wore a casual neon tank top and a cute skull cap I picked up from Max (Unfortunately it doesn't cover my ears, so my 1 year old nephew is going to get a new present! :D) and completed the look with some heavy super-stay lipstick from Fetish.






Day 2:

The next day was all about sight-seeing! We started our expedition by walking to St. Nicholas Church in the Lesser Town. As we lived very close to the Prague Castle, we walked to the Castle (After spending hours together walking at least 10-12 kms the previous night, we got used to the cobble stone!) after a round of some delicious breakfast at one of the cafes around. We were mind-blown with the intricate detailing that went into the architecture of the entire castle! 

We were audience to some super talented musicians (Josef Kocurek and the Prague Castle Musicians, Bohemian Bards - videos that I took will be up on my YouTube channel very soon, but for now please enjoy these :D) who performed around the castle while our taste buds enjoyed some sausages and boiled veggies in my case outside the castle followed by some creamy gelato.


Our next stop was the Infant Jesus Church where we were stunned by the beauty of the church and picked up some holy water and souvenirs. We walked to the Lennon Wall after that where we had a massive photo session! :D This wall is full of Lennon-inspired graffiti and some lyrics from the Beatles' songs. We spent the night walking around and just chilling in our hostel as we had to leave to Munich the next morning.

What I wore ~ I had gotten used to the weather, so I wore some comfy green shorts with a grey tee I borrowed from my friend. To add some brightness to the outfit, I wore my Desigual running shoes and some reflectors from Ray Ban.











Day 3:

We were back to Prague after visiting a lot of places in Europe (You will know soon!) and yes, we were murderously exhausted! But this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we were back at Little Quarter for the last leg of the trip. We went to the nearest supermarket and picked up some Becherovka (A small bottle of this sweet poison should not cost you more than 600 INR! Oh yes, we did pick some up at duty-free on our way back :D) and some Czech beer. Becherovka is a herbal drink which is used as a digestive aid and it is one of the national drinks of Prague. We headed to Karlovy Lazne, which is one of the biggest clubs in Central Europe and partied like there's no tomorrow! It had five floors playing all kinds of music and the entry was like 200 Crowns per person (approx. 600 INR! Yes, that cheap!). Finally when I was left with 500 Crowns, I got some souvenirs for my friends and family.



What I wore ~ All the cold had sucked my energy and I wore the only denims I had carried with a black tank top and a white chiffon shirt and of course, my white sneakers.




So that was Praha for you guys! We took off the next day (Don't ask me how bad the hangover was!) and in no time, I was home! :D I still cannot believe that the trip is over, but my Euro Trip series has just begun! So, to sum it up, I must have spent around 60-70 Euros in Prague. That is about 5-6K INR! Ain't that amazing?

Love,
Hand On The Hip



Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Pink makes everything pretty!

10/25/2016 0 Comments
Hello to all you amazing people out there!

Cheeks flushing or lips gleaming, a glass of strawberry milkshake or a juicy raspberry candy, swatches of MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick or the Victoria's Secret carry bag, a box of marshmallows or a bag of cotton candy - they all remind me of the same thing! Yes, the color pink! Pink has always been one of my favorite colors! There's something about that color that makes me happy!

Today I thought I shall show you this lovely neon pink kurti that Zuplr sent across a couple of weeks ago. I love the cut of this kurti where the back is longer than the front and the material is so flowy and comfortable.

I literally made some heads turn while I wore this kurti for my shoot! I wore my navy blue denims and silver bellies with the kurti and I was ready to rock and roll! This outfit is perfect for office wear! It's so trendy and office appropriate!

Photo credits - Flink Photos















Do take a look at Zuplr! They will transform your wardrobe!

Love,
Hand On The Hip

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Zapyle Brunch and Bubbly!

10/22/2016 0 Comments
Hi guys!

I've always dreamed of owning a pair of animal print Jimmy Choo heels ever since I first set my eyes on it a few years ago! But where could I get it? And of course, how much would it cost? I definitely do not want to spend half a year's salary on shoes that I might use occasionally! Thankfully, now I have answers to all my questions!

Zapyle came to my rescue! Zapyle has an amazing collection of clothes, shoes and bags that are pre-owned or pre-loved or brand new, but highly discounted. Zapyle is a luxury fashion portal that allows regular girls like you and me to own luxury fashion products! How cool is that?

My joy knew no bounds when I was invited to attend the Zapyle Brunch and Bubbly session last week! I met some amazing fashion bloggers from Bangalore (some of them are my role models, so you can only imagine how star struck I was!) and had a good chat with them. We were welcomed with a glass of champagne. While all of us sat together and spoke about our style, how we started blogging and what Zapyle is all about. Rashi, the founder of the company, whose elegance and charm can galvanize anyone, walked us through the whole idea behind Zapyle.

I wore a casual tribal print top with my denim skirt and some nice tan sneakers to the event. Each of us had to describe our style and what got us to blogging. I told everyone that my style is simple and causal, something that every girl-next-door can relate to. Believe it or not, each of us had something different to bring to the table! The diversity in style, yet having the same goal is what brought us all together.

The brunch was super delicious, but that wasn't even the best part. We got a chance to try out some clothes and pose with some gorgeous bags from the collection. I made some amazing friends who I would be collaborating with real soon! All in all, it was a blast!

























Hope you liked the pictures from the event!

Love,
Hand On The Hip