Thursday, June 23, 2016

Posted On 6/23/2016 by Team iCynosure.

Lubbock, one of the most developed cities in Western Texas; has changed a lot since its incorporation in 1909 from a simple hospitable city to a vibrant and thriving city. Its perfect contrast of traditionalism and modernisation means that you’d see both a boy in a cowboy hat as well as a man in an Armani suit. Over the years, Lubbock has continued to grow with its thriving wineries, cultural ethos, and wildlife, thereby increasing the world of opportunities for the locals. Lubbock has now developed as a hub for art and culture, award-winning wineries, amazing wildlife, sporting events, and nightlife that attract many travellers to explore the land. 

With tourism that has emerged as one of the most prominent business aspects of the city, the hotel and accommodation scene of the city has also seen a great upgrade. Travellers can choose between the most luxurious properties to the most budget-friendly bed and breakfasts.

La Quinta Inn and Suites Lubbock West Medical Center

Image Credit: Le Quinta Lubbock North

A perfect place to unwind, La Quinta Inn and Suites Lubbock West Medical Center ensures that travellers wake up on the bright side when they stay at this hotel. With the comfort of a boutique hotel but with the facilities of a large hotel chain, La Quinta Inn & Suites is where travellers want to come back often. The hotel is also very popular for its pet policy. 

Americas Best Value Inn

Image Credit: Americas Best Value Inn

One of the fastest-growing hotel chains, Americas Best Value Inn is a unique combination of inns, hotels, and suites that are comfortable, high-quality, and affordable. The Inn is conveniently located in the "Hub City", right in the middle of all the action. It's a perfect place to stop over, whether one is just passing through town or is on a vacation or a business trip. 

Embassy Suites Lubbock

Image Credit: Embassy Suites by Hilton

The only all-suite hotel in Lubbock, Embassy Suites Lubbock is a contemporary hotel that offers the comforts of home. An ideal location minutes away from major attractions like the Buddy Holly Center, Silent Wings Museum, National Ranching Heritage Centre, and Joyland Amusement Park, Embassy Suites Lubbock is a popular accommodation option for tourists. 

La Quinta Inn Lubbock - Downtown Civic Centre

Image Credit: La Quinta Inns

As part of La Quinta Inns and Suites, La Quinta Inn Lubbock - Downtown Civic Centre is perfect for all types of travellers. With a free breakfast, comfortable living arrangements, and other travel-friendly amenities, the inn is the perfect place for recreation. Its proximity to the Lubbock Civic Centre makes it the perfect place for business travellers.

Overton Hotel and Conference Centre

Image Credit: Overton Hotel and Conference Centre

One of the best hotels in Lubbock is the Overton Hotel and Conference CentreSituated in the heart of the Hub City, the hotel is designed artistically, blending modern sophistication and rich heritage. There are numerous vineyards around that offer many wine-tasting expeditions.

So on your trip to Lubbock, which stay will you book? 
- Heena

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Posted On 6/15/2016 by Team iCynosure.

As a professional who dabbles between a full time corporate job, my blog and my family; there is hardly any time I get to do other things. However being a thorough perfectionist, when I need additional help around the house or otherwise; the only thought in my mind is to get professional help and not a stop-gap arrangement. 

It has been a tough ask to find the right professionals, especially when the task that needs attention is an one-off or a limited time-duration job. Inspite of my willingness to pay a premium, I’ve hardly managed to find quality experts. Point in case is when recently my mother-in-law had a fall and we were looking to hire a physiotherapist; and on checking with the doctor; he suggested to hire the women who come to offer traditional maalish as physiotherapist were unavailable in the area. That was something I refused to believe and I started inquiring around. 

While asking around at the pharma company I work for, a colleague suggested that I should try UrbanClap. On closer inspection I've gathered that Urban Clap is a services marketplace bringing together buyers and service providers under one roof and connecting them via a systemmatic platform. The services offered range from home salons to wellness professionals; from party planners to wedding photographers, from home servicing to repairmen. The idea sounded exciting, however since it was the first instance for me I threaded with caution. 

I quickly registered online and got browsing; though you can download the app on your mobile as well. After a series of general question, a couple of queries were asked pertaining to the exact nature of service required. Once the responses were submitted including the doctor’s recommendation, I received a notification about the way forward. Over the next 24 hours I received several quotations and after scrutinizing their candidature I zeroed in two therapists. After a quick chat with both, we hired the most suitable at a reasonable cost. 

The therapist has been attending to my mother-in-law for the last three weeks and I am extremely satisfied with her service, her knowledge about alternative therapies and suggestions regarding improvement.   

For me, the UrbanClap app is a win-win situation for both the parties as the matchmaking engine connects the demand with the supply seamlessly.  Another plus is that each and every provider is background checked which creates a comfort for the buyer as you’re practically letting in a stranger into your house. Quotations received are comparatively lower as the recommendations are location-based. UrbanClap is one app that sure has found space on my mobile as it is a handy tool for the gamut of services it offers, with a short time duration of 3 hours and multiple providers I can choose from. 

Have you ever used the UrbanClap App? Download it here
- Heena

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Posted On 6/09/2016 by Team iCynosure.

La Jolla, nicknamed the Jewel City in the prosperous San Diego neighbourhood is a classic example of best of both worlds. With a modern culture and traditional natural beauty, the destination offers a perfect feel of being away without having to actually travel. However for us who are not locals in this gorgeous hilly seaside city that embraces the Pacific Ocean with a curving coastline, must dream about vacationing in a reality. 

As a beach city La Jolla offers the best of beach activities like Snorkelling and Scuba-diving along with Hangliding and Parasailing. However here is a list of five things you must do apart that have nothing to do with the ocean…. 

Image Credit: San Diego Fly Rides
Take a Bike Tour
Get the feel of the city by taking a guided bike tour offered by local guides and experts. Feel the sun on your back and fresh air on your face while soft peddling the electric bikes that run on clean-energy electricity produced by peddling. Travellers who want to experience biking and hiking trails prefer to stay at the Pantai Inn that is walking distance from all major activity start points. 

Image Credit: Lodge Torrey Pines
Putt a Hole
Spend a peaceful day in the green stretch of the famous La Jolla Country Club or Torrey Pines Golf Course playing golf. Whether you are an amateur or a fan, whether you’ve played games or just starting to practice; swinging a golf stick to perfect your shot or hit a hole-in-one; you have to spend a day in the greens. While travellers train for their impeccable backswing, they prefer to stopover at the exclusive Lodge at Torrey Pines.

Image Credit: Madison Gallery
Visit Madison Gallery
No trip to La Jolly is complete without a visit to this contemporary art gallery that houses stunning and evocative exhibits from local and international artists. The owner Lorna York discovers artists who thrive on complex figurative works and presents them in the gallery. Since a single visit is not enough, travellers and art collectors prefer to stay within walking distance from the gallery at La Jolla Cove Suites

Image Credit: Heritage Collection
Be Pampered at a Spa
One of the most popular to-do things in La Jolla is to unwind at their world renowned spas retreats. With highly professional staff, La Jolla has numerous wellness centres that cater across ages, budgets and therapies. Travellers should indulge in an afternoon of cleansing and detoxifying therapies as well as couple and bridal retreats. With many award winning spas in La Jolla travellers must vacation at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa not only to enjoy the gorgeous retreat but also earn gift certificates to their spa.

Image Credit: Flag Ships
Dine on a Cruise 
There is nothing better than dining on a cruise ship with soft sunrays falling across your face. Travellers should combine a sunset cruise and a diner cruise to experience the luxury of exotic food with the sweetness of rose champagne in a romantic getaway with a panoramic view. Though sunset cruises don’t leave directly from La Jolla, numerous upscale hotels including the Grande Colonial Hotel arrange the experience on request. 

Can any holiday get better than this experience; I don’t think so, do you? 
- Heena

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Posted On 6/07/2016 by Team iCynosure.

Every girl isn't as lucky as I am. I am fortunate to have the best of both worlds in one single person… The force that drives me to the fullest is none other than my friend, my soulmate… my husband. Today's landmark post is dedicated to my HUSBAND, the man who is a perfect example of someone who #NeverLetsYouDown.

It's been 7 years since we've been together, married within six months of meeting each other. The moment I saw him, I knew 'HE' was the one. I know for a fact that I would never have found anyone even closely perfect as him. He is an outrageous partner in crime, a loving romantic, a fabulous father among a zillion other things. That doesn't mean he doesn't drive me crazy, he's not stubborn, or demanding or even nagging at times. However he is the only one, who has stood the test of times; both good and bad and emerged victorious every time.

Time and again he has proved to be an unconditional pillar of strength during all my ups and downs and helped me emerge a better person.

He has my back covered, all the time. I am assured that he is and will always be there for me by my side irrespective of conditions, situations and times. He is by far the most generous person I have ever known. He gives his time, his talent and sometimes even his money without procrasting. He just gives without expecting anything in return, inspiring me to change my heart too. 

He always sees positive in me and challenges me to see the same; even when I go off the hook he helps me see the best in me helps me grow as a person. He pushes and supports me all the way to achieving small landmarks to reach my dream, building on larger and bigger dreams. This blog is much more his dream for me than my dream for myself. His silent words of appreciation and motivation push me beyond my limits. 

A photo posted by Heena Shah-Dhedhi (@heenadhedhi) on

The fact that while writing this I have been smiling throughout is impeccable; and I better end this now before he does something to irritate me and I decide to scrap this post.

Great guy, right? Yep I found him. Have you found your soulmate? 

For those who are still looking, remember that reliability, inner strength and loyalty are the key parameters to find the one who #NeverLetsYouDown, once you find him put him through thousands of tests just like Lava Mobiles does for all their products to build in your trust, dedication and commitment in him for him to be the best, always!


Friday, June 03, 2016

Posted On 6/03/2016 by Team iCynosure.

For women who like fashion, accessorising is a big part of their everyday dressing-up routine. And why not? The right accessories can go a long way in lending women their unique style. Statement accessories are always a big hit among fashionistas, and what better way to make a fashion statement than by sporting a gorgeous luxury wrist watch!

Few would disagree if I said that wearing a distinctive watch sets the wearer apart in a crowd of people who put no thought into picking a great watch for themselves.  

However, fashion-forward women will first carefully weigh all the options available to them before purchasing a timepiece that’s meant only for them.

Mentioned ahead are a few exclusive and interesting luxe time-wear options for women to consider when buying their next watch.

Hublot Big Bang
Model Nos.: 361.SE.2010.RW (White) and 361.SX.1270.RX (Black)
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Hublot’s Big Bang watches come in two colours: white and black. Both are spectacular to look at and will surely lend a touch of edginess to your appearance. Seemingly simple in their features, both models come with the quartz movement. The Hublot watches are the perfect union of beauty and sophistication. The timepieces come with a 38mm case size and round case shape, which is popular with most women these days. It is made of steel, has black/white rubber straps, and a matching dial, which is protected under sapphire crystal. These unique features further enhance its opulence and finesse. The watches are embellished with precious stones, a feature that amplifies their charm even more. Both pieces are available on special order and come with a warranty period of 2 years.    

Rado Integral
   Model No.: R20612712

The craftsmanship of the Rado Integral should speak volumes to every onlooker. Don’t be surprised if you’re captivated by its splendour! After all, Rado watches are known for their innovativeness and show-stealing looks. This stylish Rado Integral is a chip off the old block with its black case made form high-quality ceramics and stainless steel. The lightweight watch packs quite a punch with its black dial, which is contrasted with rose-gold hour hands. What’s more? The dial features diamonds at the 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock positions for marking the hours (Rado uses stones that meet the Kimberley process requirements, preventing the use of blood diamonds). The sapphire crystal case window keeps them well-protected from damage. On the side of the dial, you will find a rose-gold pull and push crown to adjust the time. The bracelet or metal straps are dual-toned, i.e. black and rose-gold, a combination that is sure to take the allure of this piece notches higher.   The timepiece is water-resistant up to a depth of 50m, which means you can wear it in all seasons. It comes with a warranty period of two years.

Panerai Pocket Watch

Model No.: PAM00447

If you’re looking for a timepiece that is out of the ordinary and stunning at the same time, then this pocket watch is meant for you. Sporting it will not only lend you an old-world charm, but also prove that you’re a spirited woman with a penchant for trying new things. If your style is subtle yet statement-making, then you need to get your hands on this timepiece fast. A lot of women prefer not wearing a watch at all times, which is when this piece can come in handy. With its bold 50mm case size and golden colour, you’re sure to feel like royalty when carrying it. The pocket watch has a classic design, which makes it suitable for use at all kinds of occasions and events. It is equipped with mechanical movement and a power reserve indicator feature, all confined under sapphire crystal glass. It is a limited edition timepiece and available only on special order. It comes with a warranty period of two years.   

Tissot T Trend Pink
Model No.: T084.

A lot of women tend to go for timepieces that combine modern technology and feminine design. The Tissot T Trend Pinky achieves this balance with panache. The design of this timepiece is versatile, a quality that makes it perfect to be worn on a daily basis and on special occasions. With its 28mm case size and a round shape, the watch looks delicate, but is quite sturdy. The two-toned stainless steel bracelet unites the colours gold and silver in perfect harmony and makes the watch look particularly attractive. The dial comes in mother of pearl colour and has a date display window at 3 o’ clock. It’s set under scratch-resistant sapphire crystal for protection.  The watch is water-resistant up to 30m and comes with a warranty period of two years. 

Fossil Georgia
Model No.: ES3226

Fossil watches are known not only for their technology, but also devastatingly good looks that modern women find very appealing. A watch from this brand in your time-wear collection will certainly be the cherry on the cake. Enter Fossil Georgia ES3226. This charming timepiece will leave you spellbound with its simple, yet dazzling features. It has a 32mm case size and a round shape. This striking watch is gold plated with a matching dial and has a quartz movement. The circumference of the dial is encrusted with perfectly-cut diamonds, which augments the exquisiteness of this piece. The mineral glass window protects the dial and its components from inadvertent damage. The best thing about this watch is that it is relatively easy on the pocket and you can make it yours without breaking the bank. It comes with a warranty period of two years.

All said and done, the accessories women wear reveal a lot about their taste in fashion. This holds particularly true for watches, which is why it is important to pick your timepiece with great care. The above watches are not just one-of-a-kind, they also symbolise femininity, grace and charm. So what are you waiting for? Order them now and make them a part of your collection pronto!  

Author Bio: Abhishek is a watch enthusiast, passionate about the best and finest timepieces that are crafted around the world. A musician, photographer, graphic designer, digital marketer, wannabe astronomer and an analytic looking for patterns in life, there is very little that this person with ADHD and OCD is not interested in.

Posted On 6/03/2016 by Team iCynosure.

The truth about life is that it never gives you second chances to fulfil your dreams unless you go out of your way and grab every minute opportunity. Goals and dreams are to be achieved by sheer determination, by recognising the need to experience and taking that step to grab the offered opportunity. Just as I thought about what I wanted to achieve, I realised that the only thing hampering my path was the financial constraint.

Nobody can go back and make a new beginning, 
but everyone can start today and make a new ending.

With that Maria Robinson quote I've trying to explore avenues for earning an #IncomeKaTopUp and create an advantage of a second income which will help me chase my passion. 

Like the saying goes, 'When you want something, the universe conspires in helping you achieve it'. I heard about Exide Life Income Advantage Plan, a unique savings cum insurance plan which works to the advantage of the policy holder by providing a guaranteed regular income and life cover. What is more exciting is that under the Exide Life Income Advantage Plan, the policy holder is required to pay the premium only for the first half of the policy term and enjoy the benefits of an annual income during the the entire term period.

Now just thinking about what I would do if I received an annual income from my Income Advantage policy…. Let me take a step back and ask myself, 'If I could do that one thing in life right now, what would that be without worry about money?’. 

To this my response will always be…. Travel like a nomad to settle in a new land!

It’s great to holiday in countries around the world; but it’s a different thing to live in a different country for an extended period of time. With the former, what I get is a taste of how different countries and cultures are; with the latter, I get a full immersion of local culture and an inside view of it’s like to be a resident. What I want to do is the latter. 

With an #IncomeKaTopUp I would want to live a few care-free days, flying like a bird building a new nest on a new tree. A new place, a new environment, a new challenge to be a better person. Because I'd have to fend for myself alone, I'd have to make new friends, I'd have to get out of my comfort zone and make a living in a brand new unknown place. With an additional income I'd want to take the risk of getting out of town into a completely new place and reinvent myself.

Since I've just found that second chance I have to stand up dust myself, and invest in my happiness. 
- Heena

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Posted On 6/02/2016 by Team iCynosure.

This June get ready for the launch of a car that is as easy to drive as a hatchback, yet as sturdy as a sports utility vehicle.  With a promise like that, the Japanese automaker Nissan is bringing its newest offering the Datsun redi-Go, the ultimate Urban Cross to the Indian shores. 

Taking a leaf out of PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Made In India’ concept, the car is fully designed and developed in the country, perfectly catering to the Indian urban population. The highlight of the vehicle is that it is a crossover coupled with a hatchback to give riders a dream machine to zip around. Living in a city that never sleeps, a city that is practically zipping around day or night, the Datsun redi-Go Urban Cross seems perfect for us Mumbaikers; especially with a winning combination of leg space, ground clearance, fuel efficiency and speed sensitivity. 
Fun. Freedom. Confidence. The ultimate Urban Cross - Datsun redi-GO
The capability of a crossover with the convenience of a hatchback.

The features that stand out about the car for me during the first look are the following: 

Unique Design; a perfect fusion of a compact crossover and an urban hatchback 

The Datsun redi-Go is a forward thinking styled car backed by Yukan Design (brave and bold) that would be difficult to miss. A wide robust exterior balanced with a spacious overall interior; a smooth and sleek silhouette characterised with a lean and dynamic car structure. The Datsun redi-Go offers the best of both the worlds to navigate in.

Superior Performance; a new platform characterising power

The Datsun redi-Go is a mean machine that is powered by an all-new, fuel-efficient 0.8L (800cc), three-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual transmission; and a suspension capable of balancing handling and ride comfort. The mall turning radius ensures a full-turn around capability of 4.7 metre ensuring manoeuvrability in smaller places. Additionally the speed sensitive electric power steering allows for more control even at higher speeds.

Price Delight; a competitive cost edge
The Datsun redi-Go is pegged to be priced between Rs. 3.5 lakh and 4.5 lakh; with ex-showroom prices and variant prices to be announced later this month. Customers can pre-book the Datsun redi-GO with a down payment of INR 5,000 at 217 Nissan dealerships outlets across 165 cities in India. In a first of its kind initiative, the car maker will open online bookings for the Datsun redi-GO through India’s leading commerce platform 

Nissan had outdone itself with the Datsun redi-GO. It will appeal to most buyer due to its amazing design, projected ride quality, competitive price tag, Japanese technology and the Nissan brand name. Compared to the competitors, the Datsun redi-GO will surely zip ahead and reach the finishing line victorious. 

Just as Mr. Guillaume Sicard, President – Nissan India Operations, has reflected on the company's growth strategy with a view of their commitment to local engineering, development and manufacturing. He emphasised that the Datsun redi-GO is a tangible expression of this commitment, that offers several best-in-class capabilities, is fun, free and confident take on an otherwise traditional segment. I've looking froward to zipping around in this new wonder in the chaotic city of mumbai!

I'm looking forward to test-drive this beauty and hoping it delivers on all the promises. Are you?
- Heena

Posted On 6/02/2016 by Team iCynosure.

As I headed to the Daily Bar and Kitchen in Bandra for the launch of Baggit’s Spring Summer collection, little did I know about what was in store for me. With a very small brush with the brand a few years ago I was mighty surprised with the scale the brand has reached as well as the new #PlayTheLifeGame initiated to unveil the new collection. 

Buzzing with fashion enthusiasts, the Daily became a gorgeous playground for selfies, colourful mocktails and a whole lot of girlie chatter. It was after a long time that a blogger event gave us enough time to catch up with our friends as well as forge new relationships.

Amidst food and drinks the brand began a presentation where they took us through the history of the company and a brief audio-visual by the MD and Chief Designer Nina Lekhi. Nina, a young girl first started making cruelty free bags 25 years ago in the 1990’s that today has progressed into the brand Baggit World. Inspired by Indian and international elements while armed with her own unique aesthetic, Nina started experimenting with canvas and faux leather to create handbags in her own signature styles. Her love for colour is emphasised by the vibrant colour-palette she picks for her collections that can be seen since inception. 

The audio was followed by a short presentation of the new collection, and then we moved on to #PlayTheLifeGame one after the other. With three renditions of the game there was so much chatter and enthusiasm, everyone tried their hands at the game and the winners were given bags of their choices. No blogger meet is ever complete without poses and thus we all poses with our favourite bags. 

On closer inspection I loved that the collection reflected the ethos and the attitude of a contemporary Indian woman, who loves her life and abides by the ‘freedom of expression’ mantra to up her style, live life in her own terms and make choices that reflect the worldview. My bags are my secret treasure coves, that house eveything thats dear to me; and so these have to be spectacular as well. Apart from the zillion things I carry in my bag, one thing is a must have is a bag holder, that ensures my little wonder isnt ruined or left just about anywhere. 

From all the handbags showcased; the one, I mean two that make to my must-have list are the Creamy Khaki tote and the Orange backpack disguised sling. 

The super fashionable tote bag priced at INR 2425 is a perfect all-weather, all-time handbag. The printed handles add some quirkiness to the overall look, making it perfect for both formal as well as casual occasions. 

The tiny beauty is perfect priced at INR 2275 for your casual day out at brunch or movies. The cutie is camouflaged as a backlog too that takes points from the drawstring style making it a perfect shoulder accessory to enhance your style quotient. 

So wait no moment, head to your nearest store to pick the bag that makes your summer more colourful and playful.
- Heena

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Posted On 5/29/2016 by Team iCynosure.

#WorldInteriorsDay calls every decor enthusiast to experiment with new and innovative ideas on personalising their homes and personal corners. Two aspects that decor experts concentrate on is the play of colours and textures to make a simple corner into a dream space; which not many realise can be achieved by a few tweaks in the existing interiors of the home. 

The Colour Store that believes in where designs meets possibilities and ideas meet execution holds regular workshops, experientials and DIY's where consumers can experiment before deciding on the way forward. On the occasion of ‘World Interiors Day’, the #AsianPaints #ColourStoreBandra celebrated interiors with a unique movies-inspired workshop with an aim of educating interiors enthusiasts on aspects of colour, design, textures, etc to change their living spaces. The workshop was poised as an 'Intelligent and Inspiring Interiors, from the Silver Screen to your Homes' where enthusiasts could visualise the design aspects from films and bring them to their homes. The workshop was conducted by Film Production Designer, Shruti Gupte of Taare Zameen Par, Aisha, The Lunchbox and Khoobsurat fame. 

Shruti took the audience through the process of designing as a film production designer talking about associating individual colours with the characters and then weaving a design story around them to highlight their individual traits. Speaking of her movie experiences she emphasised how we as consumers need to make ourselves the heroes and heroines of our own movie scripts. She added how colours and textures are not to be feared but embraced as part of our personality as our personal and professional environments are an extension of our personality and should inspire our days, help create memories or convey our aspirations. She continued that just as movies take inspiration from our reality similarly we should let reel-ties become our reality. Agreeing that it is a step-by-step moving out of our comfort zone to experiment that is not always an easy decision, she nudged consumers to allow Asian Paints Colour Store to assist in realising our dreams before we choose to make it to the permanent change.

Amit Syngle, President-Sales, Marketing and Technology, Asian Paints Ltd. concluded with sharing insights on how to choose the right colour and initiating firsthand experience activities to engage consumers at the Colour Store. So whether you are looking for Signature Walls or Statement Furniture, or just visualising your space before committing to the change, head straight to the Asian Paints’ Colour Store, Bandra to be inspired.

- Heena

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Posted On 5/26/2016 by Team iCynosure.

This article was first published on 'IHG's Blog' on May 9, 2016 

Planning a visit to London? After booking your flight and picking the perfect London hotel, the next item on the list is figuring out where to dine in this British metropolis. London is packed with everything from expensive, swanky restaurants to ultra-affordable, no-frills street vendors. The great thing about this city is that whether you dine in luxury or while just lounging on a park bench, you can enjoy some truly delicious food.

But what should you eat while you’re there? You’ll be bombarded with international cuisine options and hearty English dishes everywhere you turn. Tantalizing smells will waft from street carts, cafes and restaurants alike, all of which make it more difficult to decide what to eat. But on a limited jaunt in this city, you’ll want to make your menu selections carefully. It’s important to enjoy the traditional flavors this city serves up without missing out on some of the more exotic offerings.

To help travelers make the most of every meal in London, we’ve put together this hassle-free guide to the city’s best dishes. Use this menu to make sure you don’t miss out on the incredible flavors that London has to offer during your visit.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Posted On 5/24/2016 by Team iCynosure.

Fashion is all about being comfortable in your own skin while putting your most stylish foot forward. Unfortunately fashion trends change every season and for a normal girl like you and me, it is very difficult to keep up with them since it does cost a lot of money. 

However being in a fashion forward city like Mumbai, where every corner is busting with boutique stores and malls, it becomes very difficult to stay in the classic fashion cell. However over time I’ve moved from the traditional methods of shopping to the more contemporary ways that not only saves me time and money but also offers me much more choice and option. 

The online shopping scenario has slowly yet steadily grown onto me, with the influx of numerous fashion portals. And since I’m such a strong advocate of the benefits of online shopping, here are a few tips that will help you stay on trend and jazz up your wardrobe with the most in-demand pieces at the fraction of the prices. 

1. Add Products to the Cart
While surfing keep adding products to your cart and leave them there for a few days. If you are lucky enough you might end up getting an additional coupon code or a better price offer via email or the app alert.

Being a parent, I tend to keep adding various products from dresses for girls to cute accessories, from toys to school supplies to my cart and wish list regularly. I was surprised to receive an email from the portal a day after my browsing session offering me a reduced price for products that were on my wish list. Without losing a moment I clinched many products for a fraction of its price for my little princess, one being this super stylish dress that’s perfectly on trend. 

2. Opt for Email Alerts 
It’s a good idea to sign up for email alerts with your favourite store so as not to miss the online sales and regular offers. Some online portals also offer coupon codes depending on your spend history or a discount just to join the mailing list.

It was an online shopping high when I received an email with an amazing offer for a ladies watch I was eyeing for a while. I managed to get the watch at an amazing price of about 60% of its retail price. 

So with these simple tips you must get online and shop as and when you want, because unlike the brick and mortar stores, online stores don’t pay any rent or employ a huge staff thereby passing on all the saving to you, the customer.

- Heena

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Posted On 5/22/2016 by Team iCynosure.

Pearl Academy, India’s leading private institution for Fashion, Design & Business; founded in Delhi now has three campuses across the country in Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai. Portfolio is the institute's annual graduating show where students from various courses display their design creatives and the best works get nominated for awards. Since this year was Pearl Academy Mumbai’s first graduating class, #PearlPortfolio2016 #MumbaiChapter was it’s first event in the city.

The event was inaugurated by Shri Shivanand Hulyalkar, Vice Chairperson, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India while Mr. Nachiket Barve, renowned fashion designer and Mr. Vineet Gautam, CEO Bestseller were the guests of Honour. The students from the academy exhibited their projects and the grand finale concluded with a fabulous fashion show followed by the award ceremony.

With over 70 projects at display, the inaugural Portfolio saw some revolutionary ideas in fashion, design and creative business. One of the  students, who worked for the software giant TCS for over 3 years quit her job and joined Pearl Academy and came up with a business plan to create an app to connect volunteers with the elderly who require them. The model based on community based palliative care has been nominated for the prestigious Global James McGuire award. Fashion students came up with interesting ideas like a fashion line inspired from planet Mars and sustainable fashion fabrics. 

Unlike routine graduating ceremonies, the PearlPortfolio featured varied lines including casual wear, bridal and maternity wear and kids and mens wear. Below are the three things that I loved about the event… 

Installations at the Exhibition: 
Collaborations with Industry Bodies: 
Versatility in Design: 

Portfolio’16 ended on a high note with an awards ceremony. The winners were thrilled to receive awards from the industry stalwarts present at the event.

You can find out more about what Pearl Academy stands for, their faculty & the various courses they offer on their website.
- Heena