Sunday, 17 February 2019

The Japnese Garden Sightseeing at The City Beautiful

The City Beautiful Chandigarh is known for its green surroundings spread all over. There are several parks and gardens that not only add to the beauty of the city, but are quite happening places as various activities, events are being conducted there every now n then.

A recent addition to the list of gardens that we discovered some time back while looking for a family picnic spot is Japnese Garden. It is located in Sector 31, Chandigarh. The layout and design of the garden is inspired from Japanese architecture, as expected. Since we had kids with us, they were so joyous to find a colourful place to spend the day :)

So here is how this peaceful spot looks like.

Free Entry
Visiting Hours : 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM All days of the week
Cafeteria and washrooms available inside the garden premises.
Spacious parking space outside.

Add this mesmerising tourist attraction to your list when you plan to visit Chandigarh next time.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Aromatic Gifts For Your Lover This Valentine's Day

Adding up to our fragrance collection has become a tradition in my house. Every two months or so, me and hubby start looking for new perfumes for ourselves. The result is a beautifully curated set of different fragrances in form of deodorants, perfumes, roll ons in our stash now. 

While I was excitedly planning for some interesting gifts for my guy, I couldn't rule out picking a sexy scent for him. Because just like smelling good with a nice perfume is one of the easiest way to attract others to you, the same stands true when you gift a good perfume to your loved ones. So I got two variants of Eau de Toilette from Oriflame i.e. THE ONE Disguise and Intense Oud Eau de Toilette so that I may recommend something for males and females both & here is our experience with the irresistible fragrances we tested. 
THE ONE Disguise Eau de Toilette: All eyes have fallen on you – now take them on a journey. 
Choosing this fragrance will define the signature of your complete fashion look. A bold and powerful Eau de Parfum bursting with vibrant and sophisticated gourmand notes that leave you feeling transformed and irresistible. All beautifully encased in a bottle that demands a closer look.

THE ONE Disguise is a feminine fragrance that opens on the crispy accents of Rhubarb and Mandarin enveloped by a delicate touch of rose bud. The floral heart of tuberose and violet is coloured by juicy, acidulous red berry notes of the glossy raspberry before descending in the refined warmth of patchouli, tonka bean and vanilla.

Key fragrance notes: Rose Bud, Glossy Raspberry, Vanilla.
Top: Rhubarb, Mandarin, Rose Bud
Heart: Tuberose, Glossy Raspberry, Violet
Base: Patchouli, Vanilla, Tonka bean

It's unique and vibrant accents colour the feminine heart to reveal a sophisticated and sassy aura. A real attention-grabber for those who dare to challenge how they are perceived by others. Gifting this super-luxe bottle to your lady love definitely puts you in better odds of surprising her on the day of love. I personally liked the richness, and intensity of this scent that suits my elegant personality. It lasts for long hours and keeps you energised.

Intense Oud  Eau de Toilette:
Intense Oud is a heady, masculine fragrance by Oriflame. The scent was launched in 2018.

This fragrance captures the richness of Oud Wood notes. This is a scent that accentuates inner strength.
Top Notes: Grapefruit, Saffron, Rosewood
Heart Notes: Guaiac wood, Vetiver
Base notes: Oud

A bouquet of roses, stylish clothing and essential accessories.. If all these fail, the best gift for your loved one is the fragrance that will please him like anything. The warmth of an Oud based scent will make your partner feel special and will make him remember you every time someone compliments him for smelling fine. Wearing Intense Oud is ideal during the evening or as a winter scent, but that should not stop the gentlemen flaunting this woody fragrance anytime anywhere. Mr. Hubby is so much in love with oudh fragrances that he call it's a charismatic way to uplift his mood. He prefers wearing it for all occasions when he wants to make an impression. So is the sensuality of this aroma.

THE ONE Disguise and Intense Oud Eau de Toilette, both fragrances are the worthy candidates of being a perfect gift that would amplify the depth of your love for your lover.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Step Aside Hollywood, These Bollywood Action Movies Are Just As Good

In a big family where every member has a distinct choice for the kind of entertainment he/she prefers, it's almost impossible to avoid a debate on what should be the best way to delight everyone. Thankfully, there is something where everyone finds solace - Bollywood flicks.

Probably we all would agree that there is no explanation for a movie buff as to why he/she likes or dislikes a certain genre of movies from the West or our very own Bollywood. But unlike most female audience in the country who love masala movies full of romance and heavy emotions, I'm more inclined towards high-octane action-packed movies even if the sequences are far from reality. Recently while watching one of my favourite action thriller Commando 2 on ZEE5, it clicked my mind to list some of the action flicks produced by Bollywood which were on par with those from Hollywood. So here are my picks - 

This is one Bollywood movie that recreates realistic on-field action of the Indian Armed Forces! The reel life characters of the movie Paltan perform rigorous action sequences depicting absolute strength and endurance. As a result, these sequences not only keep you hooked till the end but also evoke the feeling of high regard for our army personnel.
Naam Shabana
One of the excellent female-centric projects wherein the lead actress Taapsee Pannu showcase some gritty martial art moves with incredible skill. This movie successfully brings in a welcome transition of female characters from being meek to powerful. The swift moves of the Krav Maga portrayed by the determined undercover agent Shabana (Taapsee), choreographed by French Cyril Raffaelli of District 13 fame, leaves the audience with the feeling of a Hollywood spy thriller.
Commando 2:
In the recent past, Bollywood action movies are coming of age with well-choreographed fight sequences. One such movie is Commando 2 which Vidyut Jammwal in the lead. In the movie, Vidyut reprises his role of Commando Karanveer Singh Dogra and totally nails his stunts in the movie. Whether it is sliding to narrow windows or throwing lightning fast punches, he has done it all in this action extravaganza. If there was someone who can give Hollywood action stars a run for their money, it is Vidyut Jammwal and Tiger Shroff, who is next on this list.
Bagghi- Rebels in Love:
I'm honestly flattered by the awe-inspiring action scenes enacted by this muscled yet agile hunk of Bollywood films. Well! you guessed it right. He's none other than the daredevil Tiger Shroff. Just like Vidyut Jammwal, he is an actor who is known for pulling off the toughest stunt scenes without any body-doubles or harness, like those from this movie. No wonders, the breathtaking flying kicks and death-defying stunts performed by 'Karate Kid' of B-Town have made the audience forget Hollywood. The final showdown from this movie will particularly be remembered as one of the better-choreographed fight sequences that Bollywood has ever seen. 

While there is no denying the fact that rousing popularity of Hollywood action movies is showing no signs of slowing down, Bollywood is not much behind in terms of entertainment value.

So, what do you think about this list? Are there any other Bollywood movies that should have been on this list? Let us know what you feel in the comments.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

What to Pack in Baby's Diaper Bag for Travel?

Once you have kids, a diaper bag becomes one of the most significant accessories you carry as a mom. It's quite a challenge to decide what kind of diaper bag to pick and what all items it should have to ease your parenting job. When I became a mom, I wanted to own a diaper bag with tons of compartments, which is functional enough to hold my baby's stuff and also doubles up as my handbag having a dedicated mommy pocket. I know that’s a lot to ask out of one bag, but that's how we moms survive ;)

I was lucky enough to grab a diaper bag of my liking and after a few instances of 'missing baby stuff' in it during emergencies, I took my lesson to make a checklist of baby essentials that should always be packed in a diaper bag to meet baby's needs. Here is a quick guide on the same..
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The most obvious item in the diaper bag! Depending on the age of your baby and on the time you're going to spend outside, decide the number of diapers to pack. Younger babies need more diaper changes than older babies. On an average, a diaper for every two hours is recommended. But it again depends on frequency of your baby’s bowel movement. As a rule of thumb, pack a few extra for precaution.

Nappy Changing Mat:
For the occasions when you need to nursery clean your baby at unexpected places, pack a foldable changing mat in baby's diaper bag on which the baby can be lied down when you don't find a hygienic surface for him/her. A wedge shaped changing mat is perfect choice as it's raised sides ensure that baby won't roll off during changing time. Look for a padded, wipe-cleanable mat for quick care.

Wet Wipes:
Another crucial item that you must toss in baby's diaper bag is a travel pack of #ExtraGentleWipes. You practically use these to not just to clean baby's bottom but also to wipe dirty faces, clean up spills, and even to clean up stains from your baby’s clothes. So I would advocate using some high-quality #SuperThickWipes like #MotherSparshWipes that are made of #MedicalGradeCloth which don't easily rip while cleaning. I've experienced that some of the brands offer wipes that are moist with a sanitizer-like solution, but the #UnscentedWaterWipes are best suitable for sensitive skin of babies. You can buy these here.
Extra Baby Clothes:
Packing extra pair of clothes for baby again depends on his age and the duration of your travel. Be a smart mommy and roll the clothing set together that can be quickly grabbed from the bag and is a space-saver. One-piece outfits for infants are really easy to carry.

Medication Kit:
As an experienced mom, I seriously suggest all mommies to make a small kit of some over-the-counter medications for fever and common colds that the baby might need during travel. If the baby has health conditions while travelling, his doctor-prescribed medicines must be packed in a separate pocket for easy access. The same kit may also have a heavy-duty diaper rash cream and a hand sanitizer as well.

You might fall in situations to calm cranky/crying baby so carry one or two pacifiers for such occasions. Sterilize the pacifier by putting it in boiling water for 5 minutes, let it completely cooled down and pack it in a resealable pouch before putting it in the diaper bag. This way it'll avoid coming in contact with germs.

Baby Food:
When the breast milk is not enough to feed the baby, some sort of baby food or formula is definitely a must-pack. Now-a-day, many varieties of ready-to-eat food items are available in market for babies like fruit puree, flavoured yoghurt etc. that can be served on the spot without getting stressed.

Last but not the least, make a point to give a quick glance to your little one's diaper bag when you’re all set to step out of your house and restock the missing items, if any. Because a well-stocked diaper bag is the key to provide best care to your baby on-the-go.

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Affordable Winter Fashion Look ft.

To dress for the cold weather is seriously a task for me. I literally need to make clothing strategy for every single day because my body has a tendency to feel excessively cold. That's the reason I'm mostly seen dressed up in many layers of clothing whenever I'm stepping out of my home. With all that extra weight of heavy coats/jackets on my shoulders, I usually end up straining my muscles that causes me frequent stiffness and pain in nape of the neck. To avoid aggravating the issue, I wanted to buy myself a good-looking light-weight winter jacket and as usual was looking for the available options online.

I stumble upon which is a global online store that delivers latest fashion apparel primarily for women (though they've men fashion products too). Berrylook stocks lovely dresses, tops, bottoms, swimwear, accessories, footwear, bags and jewelry for girls and ladies in thousands of different styles. Best part? one can easily get his/her order delivered anywhere in the world. So I decided to shop my heart out as they ship to India as well.
After spending a few hours hand-picking appropriate products of my prefernce,  here is what I got --
Well! you might find it funny, but the first item that I ordered is a High Neck Pocket Quilted Plain Jacket from Men's category of winterwear.
The red colour with a punch of cherry caught my eye. Also it's finish and fit seemed to be suited for females as well. And yeah, I wasn't wrong in my anticipation. The quilted jacket is absolutely perfect for my bodytype. It made me feel warm on quite a windy day.

The jacket is available in SkyBlue, Dark Blue and Black colour also in all the sizes.
Though I didn't want to spend more in my first order, but then so many chic-looking cheap sneakers aroused my desire to own atleast one pair of latest style for the season. Berrylook has all sort of heeled and flat sneakers in amazing colour & patterns. Since I don't need to enlongate my height, I picked a pair of sober, non-embellished Plain Flat Round Toe Casual Sneakers. Co-incidentally, the shoes are also in red colour :) They look really fab and are comfortable.

Last but not the least, bought a Silk Polyester Scarf in Stripes of shades of blue in my shopping cart that would complete my semi-formal look when paired with denim and crisp white shirt.
Overall, I'm delighted with my first ever shopping experience with and this is certainly not the last one.

Explore for latest trends in stylish outfits and accessories for the season. I bet you won't be disappointed :)

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Go For Gaming Glory of Fantasy Cricket

"In India, Cricket is followed much like a religion." The statement certainly rings true for every Indian household including mine. Every member of my family is bitten by the gaming bug so badly that we always daydream to partake the game ourselves. With our increased appetite for playing fantasy cricket, we usually find amusement in digital gaming for its innate adventure and intensity.
The fad for online gaming is swelling bigger every passing day due to its easy access to seamless gameplay, user-friendly controls and fine strategic lines. In fact, the realism of the design of such games can tickle anybody's fancy to play different kinds of games on their PCs, smartphones, tablets, play stations or any other portable gaming devices.

During one of the get-together at our place a few months back, a friend of ours introduced us to Dream11, a popular fantasy sports platform based in India to play varied sports online like fantasy cricket, hockey, football, kabaddi and basketball games. Obviously, we were a euphoric lot to find the right place to utilise our sports knowledge somewhere in return of 'rewards'. ;)

How to play?
At Dream11, you can create your own Virtual Team made up of real players for an upcoming match within a maximum budget of 100 credits. Here you should exercise your inner instinct to wisely choose Captain, Vice Captain, Batsmen, Bowlers, Wicket-keeper, and All-rounders; because your team earns points based on the performance of these players in real matches. You can make as many changes to your Dream11 teams as you like until the deadline of that match. Remember, playing such games involves considerable skill, superior game knowledge, attention and ability to predict.

Rewards & Redemption:
Once the match begins, keep an eye on regular updates on fantasy scorecard to track your team's performance. The winning team is entitled to take home 'real cash' on winning :) 

The winning payout is promptly processed and credited to the user's account. The most amazing thing is that no processing fee is deducted from the money earned as winnings through any cash leagues when you want to withdraw it. Just a One Time Account Verification is mandated for the first time during the withdrawal process.

If you're excited all the way to challenge your gaming skills, register yourselves on Dream11 using a valid email id or instantly connect your Facebook or Google account. 

I bet gaming on-the-go has never been so rewarding. It's high time to beat your boring hours with action-packed online fantasy sports. So invite your friends and start to Play Now .

When played in moderation without making it an addiction, playing online games also brings about a gamut of benefits to the passionate players who are keen to uncover fun challenges in the game and brush up their skills. The players develop a focused approach to the assigned task with the more concentrated brain and reap the benefits in day-to-day life chores too. Frankly speaking, whatever game you play, every format of this sport takes you through unmatched thrill that you’ll really enjoy experiencing. 

P.S. Dream11, as a gaming company, has been provided legality by the court for its operations and it shouldn’t be considered any sort of betting.

Cheers to all Cricket enthusiasts to play confident and beat your last score!

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Giordani Gold Youthful Radiance Elixir Primer & Long Wear Mineral Foundation Review

For 40 years, Giordani Gold has strived to create beautiful, premium products infused with the world’s most exclusive raw ingredients. The quest for craftsmanship and perfection reflects brand's desire to help us live our life beautifully.

Giordani Gold range includes all sort of cosmetics viz. fragrances, lipcolours, body sprays, eye makeup and creams etc. I've been using many of the products since months and those are really exclusive in terms on quality. 

This time I'm in for two 'face makeup' items which I honestly prefer using on occasions or may be when in mood, but not on daily basis. So after trying and testing these two products for couple of weeks, here is my review of  Giordani Gold Youthful Radiance Elixir Primer and Long Wear Mineral Foundation.
Giordani Gold Youthful Radiance Elixir Primer is a luxurious product from Oriflame for a beautifully luminous, youthful-looking complexion. This silky skin perfecting serum intensively hydrates, perfects and illuminates the skin for a perfectly luminous and youthful-looking complexion.
It comes in a transparent glass bottle in pump dispenser format. I like the gold and black cap to give the packaging a royal look and feel.
The formula is infused with Hyaluronic Acid, Skin Perfector Complex, White Tea extract and the iridescent beauty of rose and gold micro pearls.
Most women prefer using a primer as a base to achieve flawless makeup and this one does a great job covering up imperfections like fine lines, wrinkles and concealing the pores. I personally apply the primer after moisturizer, so that my dry skin can absorb the moisturization before the primer places a layer on top of it. Spread a few drops of the primer on your moisturized face n neck and gently massage into the skin with the fingertips. It's light-weight and non-greasy formula doesn't take time to absorb. When worn on its own, it gives a natural youthfully radiant complexion. I've been using it all alone without makeup for last few days and like the flawless finish it gives. It's suitable for all skin types.
The 30ml bottle is priced at 999/- but a little goes a long way, so this one bottle might last for months depending on usage frequency.
Give your skin a perfect finish with Giordani Gold Long Wear Mineral Foundation. This foundation comes in a tall glass bottle with a pump top to take out the product. The packaging is as classy as others in Giordani range.
This foundation is infused with skin revitalising Italian Volcanic Minerals and offers SPF 15 as an added bonus.
Giordani Gold Long Wear Mineral Foundation comes in four shades - Light Rose, Natural Beige, Light Ivory and Rose Beige. I got myself the Rose Beige one. Looking at the foundation from outside the bottle, I felt it's not a perfect match and is darker for my skin tone. So one of the tested trick to fix the shade is to mix your foundation with a moisturizer. It might bring down the coverage to little lighter, but gets you proper shade that blends with skin tone nicely.
You may apply the foundation with a makeup brush, sponge or even with the fingers. Just start by applying less foundation than you think you need to. You can always add a little more if needed. Just make sure to blend it carefully around the jawline and hairline for a flawless finish. It gives a long-lasting coverage and conceals imperfections for a brightened complexion.
The product is priced at 1299/- for 30ml.