Posted On 8/29/2016 by Team iCynosure.
Monday, August 29, 2016
During the Press Preview I has a chance to meet with the Category Head of Westside Home, Ms. Lyndsay Smith who is very passionate about transforming living spaces into homes that are classic as well as contemporary. While the discussion went on, I was surprised with her knowledge about Indian furniture silhouettes, furnishing fabrics and textures and above all the mind-set through which the generation gap décor needs could be easily bridged. One of the highlights was how Westside Home strives to provide easy home solutions which are aesthetically great looking which being functionally perfect for modern homes.
While browsing through the entire new collection there were 5 distinct categories that stood out…§ Furniture: Living, Dining, Bedroom
§ Furnishing: Décor, Lighting,
§ Soft Furnishing: Bedcovers and Sheets, Pillows and Cushions, Comforters
§ Bathroom Furnishings: Accessories and Bath Products
§ Kitchen Essentials: Gadgets, Cookware to Serveware and Table Linen
Apart from individual products, the team has come up with concept room décor that includes pre-designed living spaces across various rooms. This model is perfect as a lot of thought is put behind each room set-up including colours, textures, fit and look. I’ve particularly loved a few that were on display at the Kalaghoda store over the weekend, including a cosy corner that can easily be set up in any part of any home.
The fact that Westside Home offers a wide range of products at affordable prices, offers more choice and more value, makes it a perfect place to head to whether one is doing up a bachelor pad or a family home, a studio apartment or a grand villa, a vacation resort or a palatial mansion.
I absolutely love the latest #HomeDecor range by Westside, browse the collection online or head to the stores across the country and shop your heart out.
Friday, August 26, 2016
Posted On 8/26/2016 by Team iCynosure.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Posted On 8/25/2016 by Team iCynosure.
Last month when I moved into my new home I decided to opt for annual maintenance for all electronic items to set myself free from the day to day servicing hassle. Since I didn't want the chaos of contacting individual companies to register the products for extended warranty and service, I started browsing around for an all-inclusive plan. That’s when I remembered the Reliance Digital resQ After Sales Service that supports product installation, repair or maintenance and thought about connecting with them.
To be honest when I requested a home visit, I wasn't sure what to expect, but professionalism was what I knew I'd get. After spending a couple of hours at home today, the Customer Service Representative Sachin understood my requirement and worked out a great deal.
The annual maintenance contract has been just what I was looking for. I was amazed not only with the precision in which Sachin worked out the plan but also with his patience, product knowledge, positive attitude and commitment to delight the customer. He had....
Exemplary Communication Skills
With technological advancements, brands have adopted newer digital ways to reach customers, however Reliance Digital still believes in keeping the human element present in interactions. Sachin, is a perfect example of how listening and understanding customer requirements and delivering beyond expectation always makes a great impact. He patiently heard all my queries, understood my needs, offered solutions and resolved my concerns with clear and precise information.
In-depth Product Knowledge and Expertise
Brands brush off customer queries with product brochures and information leaflets when consumers seek more information regarding products and services. Sachin knew most of the information I was seeking, and apart from giving the information he also offered insights into the best products as per my usability and need. He turned out to be an encyclopedia of product information, use instructions and service schedules.
The most important thing that customers seek is a problem solving attitude, however most brands keep customers on hold and revert with half-baked information that does not help. Sachin was fantastic in this respect, he offered numerous solutions to my service concerns, sometimes even connecting to his manager to ensure he provided the information that is accurate and verifiable.
With such a positive attitude, professionalism and commitment it wasn't a surprise that I signed up for the resQ Care Plan to #BootUpYourLife. To know more about Reliance resQ click here.
How do you manage products in your home?
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Posted On 8/24/2016 by Team iCynosure.
Bare skin invites hordes of skin related issues, the worst of which are caused by the harmful UV rays from the sun. The only trick to stay protected is to use a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 and more importantly a PA++. Another option to restore the natural glow of your skin is to cleanse, moisturise and protect it with natural and herbal products. One such product is Himalaya Herbal’s Fairness Kesar Face Pack; that is a unique natural formulation of turmeric, walnut, aloe and kesar to rejuvenate and cleanse the skin of impurities and reveal a natural glow.
Since I’ve started using Himalaya Wellness products, I am amazed with the gentleness of the products and Himalaya Herbal’s Fairness Kesar Face Pack has exceeded all my expectations. The natural ingredients turmeric, walnut, aloe and kesar not only do the most important task of enhancing the complexion but also add elasticity and firmness to my skin. You can check the complete range of Himalaya Herbal natural products here. I prefer to use the pack twice every week to add softness and a natural glow to my skin.
Here’s how you make the most of Himalaya Herbal’s Fairness Kesar Face Pack:
§ Apply Kesar Face Pack evenly over face and neck, avoiding the area around the eyes and mouth.
§ Let the mask dry for 10-15 minutes and then remove with a wet sponge or towel.
§ Rinse with cool water.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Posted On 8/23/2016 by Team iCynosure.
After reading about Canada, I’m starting to love the place. In fact, I don't think there could be any reason not to want to visit. Canada is a little world in itself with so much to offer every traveller, from mountains to glaciers, from lakes to forests, from cities to towns. Add to that list the amazing food options, the wildlife, and the hospitable people, and you'll want to pack your bags and visit the land of the Maple Leaf.
Every traveller will surely have a must-do list while travelling to an exotic location such as Canada, so I'm not going to speak about the places you must visit or experiences you must have during your trip. Instead, I'm going to talk to you about some of the places you must stay in Montreal and Vancouver.
View Montreal from the Marriott Chateau Champlain
Montreal is the largest city in Quebec, a province that's French at heart and American in appearance. Known for its unique blend of traditions and influences, the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain is also famous for its French cuisine. In addition, the hotel boasts stunning panoramic views of historic statues and nearby parks.
Swim on the Rooftop of the Hotel Bonaventure
Montreal boasts of some of the most breathtaking hidden swimming spots, one of which is the Hotel Bonaventure Montreal, an urban oasis offering a rooftop sanctuary. The stunning rooftop pool is one of the many facilities that travellers can enjoy, along with a full bar and a complete dining menu. The hotel allows night swims, where guests can have a magical experience soaking in the pool and gazing at the gorgeous night sky.
Sight Cruise Ships at the Pan Pacific
When visiting the bustling West Coast seaport of Vancouver, the Pan Pacific Vancouver s an ideal place to stay. Situated at Canada Place, the hotel is in the middle of all the action and the cruise ship hustle and bustle. Travellers who enjoy spotting cruise ships can even get lucky, with three berths full of ships docking at Vancouver's ports.
Relive the Roaring Twenties at the Rosewood Hotel
Travelling back in time to the 1920s is possible at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. This five-star hotel has been meticulously restored to reflect the grandeur of the Roaring Twenties, and it transports vacationers back in time. The hotel also boasts live musical entertainment that create an intimate, sophisticated ambiance reminiscent of the era's speakeasies.
Experience Europe at the Sutton Place
The oldest neighbourhood in Vancouver is set against the majestic backdrop of mountains and seas. There, the Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver brings a taste of Europe to travellers. The hotel is also on Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List and Travel and Leisure’s Top 500 List, making it one of the best places to stay in Canada.
I want to stay at all these places. Where would you want to stay?
Monday, August 22, 2016
Posted On 8/22/2016 by Team iCynosure.
However, I have seen the effects my laziness has on my skin in the long run; my skin looks jaded, listless and completely oozing with skin issues. And that’s when I realised that a few precious minutes every day of skincare could save me from long term damage. And thus I began a religious effort of my skincare routine that begins with a face scrub and ends with face pack and what can be better than Himalaya Wellness products that are natural and herbal; perfect for all skin types. With Himalaya Herbal, my skincare routine has found the perfect companions to work with; you can check their complete range of skincare products here.
Especially since my skin is a combination skin type, I need to ensure that the products I use give me the right balance of purifying and energising features. Ever since I’ve started using the Himalaya Herbal Purifying Neem Pack twice a week, I’ve started to see a visible difference in my skin texture. The Neem Pack brings together the goodness of Neem, Fuller's Earth (Multani Mitti) and Turmeric, which are great antibacterial and purifying ingredients which work together to regulate excess oil secretion, clean clogged pores and prevent the recurrence of pimples. I also regularly use the purifying Neem Scrub to cleanse my skin.
Here’s how you make the most of Himalaya Herbal’s Purifying Neem Pack:
§ Apply Neem Pack evenly over clean face and neck, avoiding the area around the eyes and mouth.
§ Let the mask dry for 10-15 minutes and then remove with a wet sponge or towel.
§ Rinse with cool water.
§ Use along with Himalaya Herbal's Purifying Neem Scrub.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Posted On 8/20/2016 by Team iCynosure.
I continued my routine until very recently I chanced upon Himalaya Wellness, a range of products that promise to infuse the natural goodness of herbal ingredients into skincare routines, you can check their complete range of skincare products here. The last few months with the Indian Summer scorching down my back I’ve completely depended upon Himalaya Herbal's Purifying Neem Scrub to keep my skin clean, hydrated and nourished.
Himalaya Herbal's Purifying Neem Scrub removes impurities and dead skin cells while cleansing excess oil from the skin's surface, reducing the occurrence of acne and blackheads. The scrub is blended with the goodness of Neem; that has purifying and antibacterial properties, Apricot; that has hydrating properties and Turmeric; that has regulating properties to control the production of sebum the oily substance produced by skin glands. The scrub is specially formulated to give clear, problem-free skin by not only scrubbing away the blackheads, dead skin cells and embedded impurities but also nourish and moisturise the skin to make it soft, fresh and radiant.
Since the time I’ve started to use the scrub regularly I’ve noticed an improvement in the overall health of my skin as well as reduced occurrence of pimples and blemishes. I use the Neem Pack along with the Neem Scrub that gives me an added benefit of regulating excess oil secretion and cleaning clogged pores. To add to my happiness, I’ve been complimented on the natural glow of my skin and even skin tone.
Here’s how you make the most of Himalaya Herbal’s Purifying Neem Scrub:
§ Apply Purifying Neem Scrub in a circular motion on the face and neck.
§ Massage it gently into the skin for a couple of minutes, rinse with water and pat dry.
§ Use at least once a week for clear, acne-free skin.
§ Seal with Himalaya Herbal's Purifying Neem Face Pack once a week.
Have you used Himalaya Herbal products? Do let me know your skincare routine in the comments below.
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Thursday, August 11, 2016
Posted On 8/11/2016 by Team iCynosure.
Streetwear from the house of Modi-Revlon launched a new range of Color-Rich lip-balms that are formulated to offer dual benefits of nourishment and sheer color. In four trendy shades the balms claim to turn chapped and flaky lips into smooth, shiny and add color. Being high on shine and a soft gloss, they are perfect for everyday application. Launched in the hues of pink, peach, plum and coral the hoarder in me picked the newest shade of plum to review.
The first thing that delighted me was the gorgeous color that the lippie came in, but it just doesn’t show as much on application. I did however try to apply a couple of times but then it starts to bleed and spread beyond the lip line. I like the texture that is pretty smooth and creamy and gives a gorgeous shine to the lips, giving an overall nude gloss effect.
The balm does the job of cooling and moisturising but nothing to hydrate the lips. All in all it is a decent product, but due to the fact that even the staying power is not as much re-purchase is not on the cards. Given the price point of INR 150 it is an average buy. The best way to use it would be to layer it with a lipstick, like I did with the Sugar Cosmetics in a similar shade.
After using and reviewing so many lip balms as my lipcare routine I do have a favorite one, which brand is your must-have for lip care?
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Posted On 8/10/2016 by Team iCynosure.
She is the one who knows your likes and dislikes. Remember the times that you were glued to the TV screen watching Chhota Bheem, Doraemon and even Captain America and she shopped for Chhota Bheem rakhi from the rakhi for kids section, just to make sure that you are happy. You can get multiple range of gift options to make your choice from and you can shop for other interesting rakhi gifts for kids and get them delivered to your home.
She is the one who mostly pulled you out of trouble in school. Actually, most of the time it was because of your sister that you got landed up in trouble and maybe that is the reason why your parents never got to know about it.
If you have a crush on the boy that sits next to you, then it is your sister who will first come to know about it. Just by a mere glance at your face, she would know that you have a crush on somebody. She is the one who will encourage you and push you to achieve all your desires and goals. No matter whether it is the weirdest dream that you, she is the first person to rise up and support you.
Your sister has seen you going throw every phase of life be it the phase of your shy boy to being the macho man. She knows every bit of you and how you are really as a person. All the good, bad and ugly is laid out on the table since your childhood because of which your sister has always loved you the way you are. You have done some weird things together which quite often led to people staring at you.
She very well knows you inner strength and weakness. And the moment when you sell yourself short, she knows it very well how to boost your motivation to make sure that you achieve higher goals. She knows it very well where you hide your videogame which has been a real treasure for you. Although she might steal it to annoy you or make you angry.
About the Author Reena Rawat:
She is not one of the finest writer since slice bread but words sound melodious to her than any other jargons. She is a perfect movie buff with a seat reserved in cinema hall every weekend which makes storytelling more of an art and less of a rocket science for her.
Monday, August 08, 2016
Posted On 8/08/2016 by Team iCynosure.
With so much on offer to "Fuel Your Dreams," the state has some outstanding travel-friendly stay options to pick from. After scanning loads of hotels and resorts, here are five boutique hotels that make my list:
Caliente Tropics Hotel
A Tiki and Polynesian-style tropical hotel built in 1964, the Caliente Tropics Hotel has recently undergone a contemporary and modern makeover to suit the new-age traveler. Through the remodelling, the hotel has managed to keep its retro feel intact to offer the best location, recreation activities, and atmosphere in Palm Springs.
Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs
The unimaginable design of a new Fender Stratocaster infused with the laid-back attitude of a reggae band, the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs delights the music sensibilities in every traveler. A one-of-its-kind music program, "Sound of Your Stay," enables guests to produce a personalized soundtrack of their stay in the hotel.
V Palm Springs
The desert inspired theme of V Palm Springs emulates the natural, soulful spirit of the open-air hotel. The mountainous backdrop offers breath-taking views to travellers who can even opt for the hotel’s ‘Strip Down Promotion’ that encourages travelers to embrace the tantalizing desert playground while staying undressed and getting a room.
Pismo Lighthouse Suites
The Pismo Lighthouse Suites is the only all-suite hotel in Pismo Beach that has a beautiful oceanfront view whether travelers opt for suites with either a private patio or a private balcony. With easy access to the Pismo Beach as well as multiple activities, the hotel is perfect for all guests. A life-size game of chess is the highlight of the outdoor activities the hotel offers, which people of all ages enjoy.
The Cliffs is all about "living in luxury," whether a guest prefers sweeping mountain vistas or an idyllic lakefront home. The full-service resort with amazing views and world-class amenities boasts amazing golf courses and wine trails along with exceptional guest experiences. With a perfect mix of seclusion when travellers want peace and entertainment when travellers want fun, the Cliffs has the best of both amenities.
So while you check out these amazing stay options don't forget to make a check list of all you want to do. One of the easiest ways to make sure you don't miss anything important is to take the celebrated, cost-hugging drive that begins in San Diego, at the southern end of the state, and ends in the San Francisco.
Posted On 8/08/2016 by Team iCynosure.
Just as there are endless options to help travellers experience Louisiana, there are numerous hotel options where you can unwind and relax. Hotels and lodgings ranging from glorious casinos and full service resorts to scenic park cabins provide diverse options New Orleans.
One of the most economical hotels in Kenner, the Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Airport, is just a few minutes from the airport. With the Pontchartrain Center and downtown New Orleans just walking distance from the hotel, it is perfect for both business travellers as well as holiday-makers for being conveniently located. Apart from its location, the hotel has great amenities including every room fitted with Garden Sleep System that adjust the bed to gently cradle the body, ensuring pressure-free sleep while maintaining comfortable body temperature.
Nestled between the French Quarter and the New Orleans Airport, the Sheraton Metairie - New Orleans Hotel is located in the heart of the business district. The convenient location along with its upscale design, comfortable rooms and Cajun-American dining options make the Sheraton Metairie a great place for stay. The highlight is the Social Hour organised at the hotel that offers patrons a chance to compare wines from the Sheraton Selects menu.
The Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Convention Center, at a walkable distance from the New Orleans Convention Center, is a home away from home. Contemporary décor with separate living areas, pull-out sofas, outdoor patio and a convenience store, the hotel is equipped with multiple facilities, making it every traveller’s delight. Similar to the other group hotels, the rooms are fitted with Garden Sleep System beds that ensure pressure-free sleep whilst maintaining comfortable body temperature.
The Hyatt French Quarter is a beautifulyl modern, fully restored and completely renovated luxury hotel with historical references that is located in the heart of the French Quarter. In spite of its central location, the hotel offers affordable rates and wonderful amenities. The hotel is within walking distance of popular attractions on the French Quarter including Bourbon Street, Audubon Zoo and Aquarium, Jackson Square, House of Blues, clubs and galleries, the Riverwalk and the French Market.
The Bourbon Orleans Hotel is a classic hotel overlooking the French Quarter. It's just few minutes away from the Jackson Square Park if you're traveling on foot. The hotel maintains its historic relevance through the décor while offering modern amenities for comfort. With its beautiful balconies, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel is much in-demand especially during Mardi Gras, when travellers want to be in the middle of all the action.
If you’re in Louisiana, do check these hotels for your stay.
Posted On 8/08/2016 by Team iCynosure.
When I first head about ‘the Story of a Suicide’ I wanted to overlook it as if I had heard nothing. Isn’t that exactly what happens when one looks away, even when they know someone is vulnerable and needs that special attention. Why does one shy away from being that single ray of hope that could make the difference between life and death. Thats when it hit me; I had to read about Hari, Charu, Sam and Mani….. four unconnected people whose lives got interconnected in a web of love, passion, revenge and deceit leading to one of the main characters intentionally causing his own death.
An online novel, ‘the Story of a Suicide’ broken down into 31 crisp chapters; touch every topic that is taboo to progress the story further interweaving the paths of the main characters. Though the characters are very well defined, they are difficult to relate to or understand due to the complexities of the situations they find themselves in. With twists and turns akeen a feature film, the plot thickens and takes new directions every few minutes to unfold an unlikely episode that becomes the crux of the story. The author has beautifully narrated how a single opinion, a few harsh words from a loved one become a tipping point that takes a human being from hope, aspirations and dreams to despair, shame and suicide. What I felt was missing, was a positive light that would naturally guide a person and free him from the negativity. However reassessing the plot made me realise that most youngsters today are easy yet self-absorbed, independent yet unsure, fearless yet oblivious. The only thing that I could relate to were the feelings expressed.... from Charu's friendly concern to Sam's lust, Alex's casualness to Mani's ambition and Hari's fear.
The Story of a Suicide is a relatively dark novel that will leave the readers with numerous questions that will remain unanswered, that will stay with them long after the last chapter is read.
Over the years I've read about things that drive a sane logical person to take his own life.
The point to think is how does a person full of dreams give up on life so easily? Trust me, I've seen a person from such close quarters that I know thoughts about suicide are not easy or random.
Suicidal thoughts are like fungus; they grow from a single cell into a self-feeding monster that eats away at the person's soul and cripples them mentally. As time goes by, this fungus grows into a humungous form that leaves no room for breathing, choking the person into submission with only a ray of hope in the distance.
Most people will argue that it would have been so easy for the victim to have reached out for help and confessed about their predicament.
However how many people actually sit back and think, 'how could I have helped avert the situation'? Trust me, none.
A suicidal person may not ask for help, but that doesn't mean help isn't needed. Most people who want to commit suicide don't want to die they just want to stop hurting. Suicide prevention is equally the onus of people around the victim as much the victim himself. As family and friends suicide prevention begins with recognising the warning signs, talking about the feelings openly and getting professional help.
Don't turn your back, be that ray of hope.
Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Posted On 8/03/2016 by Team iCynosure.
So rummage your wardrobe and if you cannot find that one beautiful dress in your closet; now is the time to invest in one. A cocktail dress UK is an investment because you need to do your homework before opting for the right style that suits you the best as well as one that remains timeless.
Personally I prefer a classic design that can be worn numerous times irrespective of the occasion. A classic silhouette can also be easy to accessories depending on whether one wants to dress up or dress down for a particular event. However you can choose the style that connects with you the most.
Since there are far too many options when it comes to choosing a perfect cocktail dress design, the first time that you must keep in mind is the right fit for your body shape. If you are unsure of what style and fall will suit you, the best option is to go for an A-line dress that hugs the upper half of your body and flares out at the waist, giving it a more feminine look.
So whether you are shopping for a cocktail dress or a wedding dress on sale make sure you try a few before finally picking a piece.
Tell me which is your favourite dress to impress?
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