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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Mystery Rooms - A Real Life Escape Game Experience

7/30/2017 3 Comments

I have been a resident of Bangalore for the past 5 years or so. Coming from the coast where I spent almost every other day at the beach, Bangalore is a pretty dull place for me. The initial few months were exciting since there was this whole new culture of night life that I hadn't experience much before, but after a while it got monotonous. So what are the other fun things you can do in our Garden City?

Just when the city's excitement had begun to wear out, I was introduced to Mystery Rooms. Located in Indiranagar, Bangalore, this place has it's own charm. Basically, Mystery Rooms has a variety of games that you could go with your friends to play and enhance your team building skills. Currently Bangalore has 4 games or so and me and my friends chose to play Lockout.

The whole idea was to escape from the prison cell in an hour or so with the help of all the puzzles and clues spread all over the place. We were even made to wear prison clothes and handcuffs to get us into character! How exciting, isn't it? The entire process is so well-organised that you wouldn't realize you're not in the real world for even one second! (People with extreme claustrophobia should watch out!) I wouldn't want to give you more spoilers, but it's something you should experience on your own. And remember, it's not about winning, it's about the journey!

The pricing is somewhere between 600 INR per person on weekdays to 800 INR on weekends. If you have run out of places to go to with your friends or colleagues, then you should make sure this is your next pit-stop.

Have a blast, guys!

Hand On The Hip

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Springfield + women'secret in Bangalore!

7/26/2017 1 Comments
Hey guys!

If you've been following my Insta posts and stories, you'd know about the recent Springfield and women'secret launch in Phoenix Market City, Bangalore! Launch events can be a lot of fun! I always get excited when a new clothing brand comes to town! The stores were overflowing with fashion bloggers, models, PR and media folks and fashionistas from all over Bangalore. Tablez India, a part of LuLu Group International announced the opening of the first Springfield and women’secret store in India in partnership with Grupo Cortefiel, a leading Spanish fashion retail group with presence in over 89 countries.

Since it was on a Monday afternoon, I had to go missing from office for a couple of hours and boy, it was worth it! I had a ball at the event. There was live music, some fabulous food and lots of shopping! Vasu Dixit from Swarathma gave a spectacular performance. There was a photo booth as well that me and my blogger friends made best use of. It was definitely a memorable event!

I absolutely loved what Springfield had to offer. The prints are quirky and made for the fun-loving Gen Y ladies. I also liked the linen shirts in the men's section. (There's this green shirt I've been eyeing for quite sometime now.) On the opposite side of the Spingfield store is the women'secret store which has a fabulous collection of lingerie and other accessories. Wanna know what I picked up? Scroll down!

Their products are reasonably priced. I picked up a vanity bag from women'secret for 1500 INR, which is already being used and abused, and a navy blue knit dress from Springfield for 2000 INR. But what is most exciting is that I took home with me these amazing pictures and a lot of great memories! Springfield and women'secret, we welcome you with open arms!

If you are in Whitefield, do pay these stores a visit. I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Springfield Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/SpringfieldIN/

Hand On The Hip

Monday, 24 July 2017

He put a ring on my finger!

7/24/2017 3 Comments

I cannot believe this post has been delayed for so long! Anyway, as most of you who know me/follow me on Instagram know, my boyfriend and I had our official engagement ceremony this Jan. It's already been over six months! Unbelievable! But first I thought I should give you guys a background story. What say?

About two years ago, Reshub and I first met at a friend's wedding. We instantly hit it off and after about 7-8 months of dating, I told my folks about him. As every other over-enthusiastic Indian mom who has a 20-something daughter would react, it wasn't surprising to see her bombard me with a trillion questions about him. Reshub and I spent the next few months meeting each others' parents and making the parents meet each other. In no time, the date for the engagement ceremony was decided.

Oh yeah, engagement ceremony! It was an actual full-fledged South Indian ritual to which close friends and family were invited. We exchanged rings too, sang songs, danced and made merry. But what I would also like to share with you guys is all the crazy shopping we had to do for a function that lasted 3-4 hours.

One of the biggest concerns was to find the perfect rings. I am not much of a jewelry person and neither is he, so finding what we both like was a bit of a challenge. We are both not really into gold either. Yeah, that sounds strange considering I am a South Indian. After looking for rings all over Bangalore, Mangalore and Mumbai, we finally picked a platinum-diamond ring for me and a platinum-diamond band for him from Tanishq.

The next big headache - outfits! I wanted to wear something simple, yet stylish and I picked up this fancy saree from a store named Mehek in Mangalore. I love how mesh has made a comeback and the shimmer in the saree gives it a glamorous look. I wore very simple gold jewelry with it that my mum had picked up from Dubai for me, some gold bangles from Jos Alukkas and got curls at the bottom of my hair. Since it was a day event, I kept my makeup light.

My second outfit was a beautiful silk saree that my mom-in-law to be got me from Nalli. She also got me some pretty jewelry from Tanishq. I went for a more traditional look for my second outfit and adorned my hair with some jasmine flowers. I absolutely love this shade of pink. What do you think?

The most challenging part was getting Reshub to pick out his outfits :D And after a lot of visits to Fab India and Manyavar, we picked out a maroon linen kurta from Fab India, a blue kurta from Manyavar and a velvet jacket from Raymonds.

Well, that's all folks. For those of you who are planning on going shopping for your engagement ceremony or any traditional function, don't panic :D Just don't forget to check out the stores I mentioned in this post.

Hand On The Hip

P.S. Tomorrow also happens to be our official second year anniversary :)
P.P.S. He has no idea he has secretly modeled for my blog. So, sshhh :p

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Tame the frizz monster

7/12/2017 3 Comments
Hey guys!

I just realized that I really need to up my blogging game. Lately I have had no motivation to post as frequently as I used to and then all of a sudden, it struck me! A lot of you have been asking me about hair care and one of my biggest challenges with long hair is the dryness and Hagrid-like frizz at the bottom. There are a lot of factors that affect your hair like your diet and lifestyle, water quality, weather and climate, smoke and pollution, hair care products you use etc. The Gen Y ladies are always looking forward to experimenting with new looks and new products, but what they don't understand is the long term damages it could cause to their hair. Believe me, I have learnt it the hard way! Sigh! I had thick, fabulous hair when I lived with my parents. Between the constant annoyance of my dad who would force feed me fruits (which I truly, deeply miss now), my mum's super healthy cooking, great weather and water conditions in Mangalore and the inability to afford expensive hair care products, I think my hair used to be the happiest back then! But it's never too late, right? I could still work it out with whatever little I have left :( Anyway, here are some hacks I decoded over the years that I would like to share with you all.

1. Hair serum to the rescue!
Hair serums are a savior for those of you who have frizzy hair at the bottom. When I was a teenager I had less polluted, thicker and voluminous hair (I guess that's the story of every fashionista out there!), but I still used Livon and that gave my hair the much needed smoothness. I should probably try that again one of these days. But as of now, I personally love my cute little bottle of Argan Oil I have been using for years now. I apply a little bit of it at the bottom after I shampoo and it reduces the dryness. But you need to be really careful if you have oily scalp, because the serum could magnify the oiliness and make your scalp look champufied.

2. Hair oils too?
I usually have bad experiences with hair oils (especially coconut oil) as they don't suit my hair. But because of the gazillion benefits a hair oil has, I would still ask you guys to give this a shot if you want to go the chemical free way. Just take a drop or two of coconut oil in your palm and rub it on the frizzy part of your hair every time you think it's unmanageable. Avoid applying the same on your scalp.

3. Braids and twisties!
So the basic problem with my hair is that there's absolutely no unity between the strands at the bottom. And since I have colored hair, it gets all the more difficult to bring them together. On days I just cannot figure out a way to tame them, I just twist the whole bunch into a bun or a braid. If you leave the braids overnight, you wake up with beautiful curls too! Try it out maybe?

4. Layering all the way!
After a while, none of these hacks work because your hair has already grown way to long and frizzy. You are already struggling with a lot of split hairs and you just don't know how to make it work anymore, but don't wanna let go of those locks. Go to your most trustworthy hair stylist and ask him to give you layers at the bottom without reducing the length much. This will definitely help you reduce the frizz.

5. Shampoo and conditioner - sounds familiar?
Always remember that shampoo is for the scalp, while conditioner is for your hair. I learnt this golden rule back in school. A good conditioner always helps you keep all of your hair in place and don't be too lazy. When you're asked to leave it on for a minute, you need to actually leave it on for a minute! A shampoo that suits your hair should be the first thing on your list. Certain shampoos like Flex have improved the strength of my hair considerably, but I realized they do no good to the dryness. Then there are shampoos like SP Hydrate that have always worked wonders for me! So make sure to invest a little and pick up shampoos that are suitable for oily scalp and dry hair.

6. Heat me baby one more time!
A lot of us are scared to use straighteners or blow driers on our hair as we don't want to damage them. As much I try to avoid them, there are days when the frizz is so out of control that I have to pull out my straightener and teach that frizz a lesson. So here, the trick is to use some nourishing oils on the bottom part of your hair and use the straightener, just a liiiitttle bit, only on that part of your hair and you're good to go.

7. Powderpuff girl!
Now that I have shared some tips to reduce the volume at the bottom, here's a quick tip you could use to make your scalp less oily. Take a little bit of talcum powder on your palms and spread it on your scalp. Oh yes! That really helps!

8. Poof it up!
This might require a lot of patience and some decent hair styling skills, but if you'd have seen ancient Indian actresses with a poof on their scalp and if you remember calling the poof a coconut like I did, then haha! This is an everlasting hair trend that most brides end up following and you could poof up your hair for your everyday ponytails too. Try that yet?

9. Messy hair it is!
People actually spend money on getting the messy hair look! Why fret when you can have it naturally? I remember uploading some pictures I took in the USA where the humidity butchered my hair and someone actually commented "Messy hair goals" and I was like, wow, this could be a thing. So just spray in some sea salt or whatever hair spray is available and just go natural!

10. Chop it off!
Well, when all else fails, just chop it off! Sometimes, there's not much you can do. Just chop off the dry ends and maybe you can start afresh. This time take precautionary measures maybe?

Well, I hope you guys could use at least one of these tips. If you enjoyed my post, do comment below. Have a happy hair day!

Hand On The Hip

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Brunch ready with Liberent

7/06/2017 3 Comments
Hey there, my lovely friends!

Brunch is very popular concept these days. It's just another way to say you're too lazy to wake up early enough for breakfast and you have a reason to start drinking early :D But that's not how the term "brunch" originated. It's basically a combination of breakfast and lunch. That's a no-brainer, right? The English started this whole new era of brunching in the 19th century and it soon became popular in the States by the 30's. And now India is brunching hard!

Dressing appropriately for a brunch sesh could be tricky! You don't wanna look too simple, but you also don't wanna look to flashy for a day event. I was on my way to Bangalore Brewworks the other day and had nothing comfy and cool enough to wear. That's when I got this Van Heusen shift dress from Liberent and was ready to rock brunch with my homies! To make it look extra cool, I wore my purple pumps and earrings and gave the otherwise plain-Jane dress a sexy touch.

And why do I look so angry here? Let's just say I was hangry and I'm definitely not a morning person! :D Have a nice day! And happy brunching!

Hand On The Hip