Monday, August 14, 2017

The Mosaic Experience - Staycation at Mosaic Mussoorie

Hey everyone!

Hope you all are having a great time. I have had a busy last few weeks as I have been travelling continuously for the last three weekends.  But finally I am back in Delhi and ready with lot of pictures and experiential from my trips to Mussoorie and Pondicherry.

I have been to Mussoorie once before, but honestly I hadn't enjoyed my stay much - majorly because it was too crowded and the weather was also warm. Infact, I had decided upon not visiting Mussoorie again, but then came the opportunity to experience this beautiful new property - Mosaic - and I am so glad that I took this trip, as it was one of my best vacations this year.


Location :
Located at the very popular Mall Road, near Picture Palace End, the Mosaic hotel can be recognised from afar - thanks to its very attractive logo in the shape of M that shines bright amidst the valley.


The location is definitely the best part of the hotel, as the Mall road is at walking distance where one can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the old city.

Property :
Once entering the plush lift of the hotel, you would realise that this is not just another property, it speaks of luxury and class - right from the entrance.

Reception area
The hotel is tastefully decorated with the artistic decor that blends modern art with vintage charm. I was definitely spellbound on seeing the reception area and the green wall that comprises of hundreds of flowering plants.


The hotel boasts of an indoor temperature controlled pool and spa for those who wish to relax and indulge in some me-time.


They have a terrace bar & grill, Charcoal, which overlooks the beautiful valley and mountains of Mussoorie, and is a beautiful spot to chill with family & friends over a cup of coffee or a quiet dinner.


Their all-day dining restaurant Random serves various cuisines to savour your taste buds. And while you are there, don't forget to try the delicious Dahi Kebabs and Kadhai Chicken.
Also, its ceiling will give you one of the best Selfie opportunities - 


Mosaic Mussoorie also has a Kids area and a Banquet hall that can accommodate 100 people for any party, conference or event.

Rooms :

The hotel has rooms to suit every taste and requirement - Attic Room, Deluxe Room and Suite - offering valley or Gun Hill view.

We stayed in the Attic room that consists of a master bedroom with a king size bed on the base floor and twin beds on the top floor. The room gives a feel of a beautiful cottage situated in the middle of the valley - and can easily accommodate 4 people.




View from the Attic Room
They also have an Attic Suite that also comprises of living area and a separate washroom in upstairs room.

Overall Experience :
I had a great time staying at the Mosaic Mussoorie, not only the hotel was well equipped and beautifully decorated - that made my stay not only comfortable but also luxurious. The hotel management is very friendly, and they also helped arrange a Travel guide for us to visit the popular local attractions like the Gun Hill, George Everest house and Happy Valley (Tibetan Buddhist Temple).

A candid click at the Buddhist Temple
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and was so glad that I actually ended up seeing the non-touristy spots that I had missed during my last vacation, and had a relaxed weekend which made my trip enjoyable.

If you are also looking for a weekend getaway from Delhi or planning a relaxing vacation in the valley, I would surely recommend booking The Mosaic, Mussoorie for a luxurious yet amazing stay.

For Reservations, contact :

Reservation Office, Mussoorie
Mosaic Hotels
Picture Palace End, Mall Road, Mussoorie
Cont .No: 0135 2636200, 7088101415, 7088101416, 7088101403
Email : reservations.mussoorie@mosaichotels.co.in

or visit http://www.mosaichotelmussoorie.co.in .

Love
Nitika
The Mosaic Experience - Staycation at Mosaic Mussoorie
Friday, August 4, 2017

What does Himalayan Orchard Pure and fashion have in common? - Masaba Gupta

Hey lovelies!

So I recently got the chance to attend the launch of Himalayan Orchard Pure at the Claridges in New Delhi. Here’s a lowdown!


Himalayan has launched a new range of flavored mineral water called Orchard Pure. The water comes in 3 amazing flavors - Apple, Peach and Strawberry. The event was spectacular to say the least. The hall at the Claridges was decorated to resemble a real flower and fruit orchard in the Himalayas. It was so colorful!


The highlight of the event was the presence of fashion designer Masaba Gupta, who launched the new range of flavored water with elan. Now, what has got me excited is that Masaba is creating an entire fashion line inspired by Himalayan Orchard Pure, which will be officially launched at the upcoming winter Lakme India Fashion Week!
Isn't that exciting? A collection of outfits inspired from the goodness of nature?

She revealed that she was inspired by the colorful and fruity flavors of Orchard Pure and hopes to bring out the beauty of a real orchard in her fashion collection.


How was the water you ask? It was simply amazing! The taste is refreshing and the flavor hit the spot everytime. And the best part? The water is bottled straight at the source in the Himalayas and is infused with natural mountain minerals. The flavors are 100% natural so there are no preservatives!

My DIY Fruity Tee

In my opinion, this is the perfect drink to chill with after a hot day at work! And don’t worry about the calories! Himalayan Orchard Pure’s calorie count is less than 1/3rd of what is found in carbonated drinks and packaged fruit juices! So it's a win-win!

Himalayan Orchard Pure is retailing across leading stories and e-commerce platforms for INR 55 per bottle only and is right now only available in Delhi NCR, Mumbai and Bengaluru.

Have you tried the Himalayan Orchard Pure already? If yes, do let me know in Comments below which one is your favorite flavor (mine is Peach)?
Love,
Nitika
What does Himalayan Orchard Pure and fashion have in common? - Masaba Gupta
Friday, July 7, 2017

OOTD - Single In the City | Curvy Style Guide

Hey lovelies!
I hope you all are enjoying the monsoon! Honestly, even though I have loved rains since childhood, now, I don't really get time to enjoy it. Between managing two jobs, I rarely get time to enjoy a good rainy day while sipping a cup of coffee from my home's terrace or even from the office windows.

Sometimes I do think about how simple and enjoyable were the days back when I was in school and even in college, where I could just live the small moments happily without any major worries.

But now-a-days, as I am living my single life in this big city and steadily moving on my way to achieve bigger things - I think I have lost the connection to the simple life - where I could just live a day without any negative thoughts or worry.


The few times I really get to be myself and enjoy life to the fullest are when I am traveling, I am with friends or when I am out and about in the city - on my own - trying to make the most of the simple joys of life.

And today's OOTD actually reflects my mood from one of those lovely days where I dress up and hit the town with a mood to chill, shop and enjoy my fav Frappuccino.

I dressed up in a pleated H&M shirt, paired with a bright yellow ZARA top and my favorite H&M heels. This time I accessorised my look with a bold H&M choker, a GUESS watch and a sleek Kate Spade cuff bracelet.

Oh, and I also took my LV Speedy 30 for a spin as it fit all my day essentials with an ease.
Have a look at the pictures : 


Top : ZARA
Skirt : H&M
Shoes : H&M
Bag : Speedy 30 by Louis Vuitton
Watch :GUESS
Bracelet : Kate Spade
Sunglasses : Carrera
Earrings : Zotiqq
Choker : H&M





Photography : Picture Phactory
Well there's lot more to being single in a metro city than just living a busy life and being self dependent - but well I would leave the heavy talks for later.

I will be back with more outfit posts soon, but don't forget to leave your Comments below about this post!
Love
Nitika
OOTD - Single In the City | Curvy Style Guide
Friday, June 30, 2017

#500 : TSD is Now 500 Blog Posts Old | Completing 6 Years of Blogging and a Big Thank You

Hey lovelies!

Today is a special day! Well, it's not any festival or event, but it ofcourse holds a special place in my life. Well it's because not only I complete 6 years of blogging this month, but, I also reach a milestone ie. completing 500 posts on this blog that I have nurtured like a baby.


I haven't been writing as often as I was till last year, and haven't shared any heartfelt post since a long time. So I thought the 500th post was a perfect time to share my thoughts with my readers and everyone who has supported me throughout my blogging journey of 6 years.

Recently, I was ranked 4th among Top 100 Indian Fashion Bloggers by Feedspot which also feels amazing, and makes me feel that I am going on a right path.

There have been times that I have felt demotivated or disheartened about not giving more time to the blog, but achievements like these push me to keep writing and engaging you all with the content that you have liked for years.

This blog had started out as a hobby for me during my MBA summer internship back in 2011, and I had never thought I would be able to make it big and reach so far. Even my family and friends had thought that I would get over this hobby soon, but the satisfaction of seeing those blog hits increasing day by day made me confident and I decided to take my passion seriously.



That's when I decided to invest on the blog, by first purchasing a DSLR camera and slowly investing into key wardrobe pieces that are still an important part of my OOTD posts.

While it's difficult to name just a few of my favorite posts on the blog so far, the Curvy Style Guide series is really close to my heart - as I started this Lookbook series to break the stereotype that curvy girls can't be stylish. I believe if you have the confidence and know your body type well, there's nothing that would stop you from looking your best. I have gained and lost weight so many times in the last 6 years of blogging, but what has been constant is my love for fashion and this OOTD series.


Apart from my full-time digital marketing job, I have also kept my love for blogging alive and I try to devote as much time as possible to the blog. To start writing more often, I have decided to make few lifestyle choices so that I can be inspired to write regularly.

I have also thought many a times to take up blogging full-time, but I believe I am still learning and there's lot more to achieve before I decide to take up blogging as a full-time profession.
For now, I am happy with these small achievements and brand associations that I get to be a part of time-to-time.


Here's hoping for another wonderful year of blogging and growing! Keep reading and keep supporting my blog like always.

Love
Nitika

#500 : TSD is Now 500 Blog Posts Old | Completing 6 Years of Blogging and a Big Thank You
Friday, June 23, 2017

3 Looks to Take Your Man from Work to Play with John Players | Key2Life | Fashion for Men

Hey everyone!
We're back with an exciting post, this time for all the style-conscious men and the fashionistas who like to keep up with the latest fashion trends for the men in their life.

We recently shot three looks with blogger Shubham for John Players India, as they launched their latest Spring-Summer collection of trendy and colorful casual wear, that perfectly captures the flavors of street fashion with a fresh look.


Inspired by travel attributes, John Players' latest collection is full of spunky motifs and prints that create an effortlessly casual look. And that was also the inspiration for Shubham's first look which features a trendy printed shirted in white, paired with blue distressed denims that are perfect for a day out with friends.

Look 1 : Keep it Casual


For the second look, Shubham styled a printed shirt in earthy hues with a pair of trendy chinos that can be dressed up and be taken from work to play with ease. 
The vibrant and youthful colour palate offered under Decibel range by John Players is a great relief from the blues and greys that generally dominate men’s style game.

Look 2 : Go Clubbing

Look 3 : Back to College
The latest collection by John Players offers endless options for guys to jazz up their wardrobe, and dress up every day in a trendy way. Making a statement with joggers and cargos, these new entries in the JP collection are for the spirited young men who love the leisurely look.

And that's why, Shubham styled his third look in a pair of comfy joggers with a solid tee and a checkered shirt that's versatile yet stylish.

You can follow Shubham on Instagram here - https://www.instagram.com/shubham_ss/

The JP Univ Collection captures the eternal youthful quest for a sharper look in new sporty prints, tonal motifs, zipped neckline and jacquard collar shirts and polos. The best part is that all John Players apparel come in contemporary fits, experimental washes and playful styling. 

One can pick their favorite shirts beginning Rs.1299/- and trousers for Rs.1499/-. Tee range starts at Rs.899/-.

Also, if you shop from any exclusive John Players showroom, you have a chance to participate in the Key2Life contest and get an assured Gift on every purchase. This offer embodies the free-spirit of today’s youth gang and offers to give their dreams a wheel to come true! On the purchase of any apparel, one can enter a lucky draw for a bike from the very store one makes a purchase. 

32 bikes are up for grabs from 32 stores in Delhi NCR and one lucky person also takes home an SUV! 

Get more details about Key2Life Contest here - http://www.johnplayerskey2life.com/storelocator.php
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ITCJohnPlayers
Website - http://johnplayers.quasarstaging.net/

So get ready to make a style statement with John Players this summer and start shopping now!
xoxo
Team TSD
3 Looks to Take Your Man from Work to Play with John Players | Key2Life | Fashion for Men
Monday, May 22, 2017

Review : The Perfect Selfie Phone for those on a Budget - VIVO V5S | Moonlight Camera Smartphone

Hey lovelies!

Hope you all had a nice weekend! I am back with another smartphone review, for another phone that's making noise in the Selfie-crazy youth.

I am talking about the recently launched VIVO V5S selfie smartphone - which has been priced at a budget that will suit all the tech freaks as well as the selfie-phone diggers.


Vivo is one of the few smartphone brands that keeps bringing updates to its popular smartphone models every few months, and this time they have come up with an update to the V5 model with VIVO V5S.









We got our hands on the brand new V5S few weeks back and I've been using the smartphone - specifically for pictures since then. Based on my experience, here's what I think are the best features of the VIVO V5S: 
  • Impeccable Looks, Sleek Design : The smartphone has a sleek and smart metal unibody design weighing only 154 grams, featuring a 7.6mm slim chassis with a 5.5-inch display. The standout feature is the fingerprint scanner (like those in iPhones) that works as the home button as well and functions accurately. One of the sweet deals is that its Gorilla Glass 3 display comes pre-applied with a tempered glass.




  • Power-packed Performance : V5S has a 4GB of RAM and an internal storage of 64GB (the previous model had only 34GB) that can be extended with the external storage slot as well. This makes the phone really fast while switching in-between apps, playing games or watching a full HD video. 
The V5S has a 3000-mAh battery which lasts entire day with moderate usage. Infact, a full charge done once is good enough to make the battery last for 18-20 hours with regular usage like Whatsapp, listening to music, calls etc. 



  • Moonlight Camera for those great Selfies : Now, coming to my favorite feature of the smartphone - also the selling point of this phone is the 20MP front moonlight camera which is one of the best selfie cameras in the smartphones of this range. 
Here, I took a few pictures with its impressive front camera in different light conditions - and the pictures came out really sharp and bright - even in low light conditions. 


Selfie with Nimrat Kaur at the launch event

#NoFilter Selfie - Morning

#NoFilter selfie using the Moonlight flash - Night time
The VIVO V5S has a 13MP rear camera which also performs decently and helps take sharp pictures.
The only con being that you have to hold the phone really firmly, else the picture goes for a toss.



Overall Views : Priced at Rs 18,990, VIVO V5S is one of the best smartphones in the market currently under Rs 20,000 bracket with an amazing selfie camera, great battery life and sleeks design.
If you are on a budget and selfies/taking pictures is your main criteria while buying a mobile - VIVO V5S is definitely a better buy with value-for-money, as compared to other brands in the same league.

Love
Nitika 
Review : The Perfect Selfie Phone for those on a Budget - VIVO V5S | Moonlight Camera Smartphone
Saturday, May 13, 2017

OOTD : Of Pastels, Tulle and Twirls - Curvy Style Guide

Hey lovelies!
It's a lovely weekend and I finally have the time for myself, to work on the blog and share my latest fashion picks. I also made a big luxury purchase last week which I am really dying to share with you all in the coming posts.

But in today's post, I am just sharing my new found-love : this pastel H&M tulle skirt which is a classic wardrobe choice with endless possibilities to style.

Now, tulle skirts have been famous since ages, but Carrie Bradshaw from Sex in the City made a tutu the it-skirt that all the fashionistas had to have in their wardrobes.
She not only rocked these skirts with confidence but also gave us endless ways to style them, no matter what the occasion is.


I earlier styled one of my mini tutu skirts for the India Fashion Week couple of years back in this post . So, when I saw this beautiful pastel skirt in the H&M store few weeks back, I knew this is going to my summer favorite for all those lunch dates with my BFFs.

Top : Vero Moda
Skirt : H&M
Wedges : Charles & Keith
Bag : Charles & Keith
Watch : Michael Kors
Necklace : Pipa & Bella
Bracelets : Aldo
Earrings : Pipa & Bella

I dressed up my skirt with this tropical print off-shoulder top from Vero Moda which perfectly blends with the pastel tone of the skirt. I completed the look with my Charles & Keith sling bag and wedges in monotones to add a minimalist touch to the look.

Keeping the accessories bare minimum as always, I just picked my favorite pearl choker from Pipa & Bella , dangler earrings, bracelets from Aldo and an animal-print Michael Kors watch.




If you are are also looking to try out a tulle skirt this summer, but confused about the ways to style it up, here are a few tips that would help you out pick the perfect outfit :
  • Go for pastel hues when picking a tulle skirt as look perfect on every body type and can be styled easily.
  • Play up the skirt with feminine details like a statement choker neckpiece or strappy heels.
  • Pair your skirt with a flannel shirt for a cool street style or pair it with a turtle-neck top for a dressy look.
  • Many curvy women believe that they won't look good in a tulle skirt for its layered look, but don't under-estimate the power of a trendy and chic tulle skirt. Check out brands like ZARA, H&M and Vero Moda for those feminine and versatile skirts that would fit you the best.



Photography : Picture Phactory
What do you think about this feminine trend? Let me know in the Comments below!
Love
Nitika

OOTD : Of Pastels, Tulle and Twirls - Curvy Style Guide

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