Posted On 10/29/2016 by Team iCynosure.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Most of you know how much I love my basics… more often than not you will see me in a t-shirt and denims. I’d sometimes generously thrown in a few accessories and some trendy footwear, but thats about it. However as the climate gets a little cooler outside these days, I still prefer to stick to my favourites with a bit of a twist that makes me stand out. As the temperatures drop I layer my look with some amazing coats for women that simply work their magic while letting me be me.
I am obsessed with outerwear, and I think it is the one piece of clothing that every woman should invest in. I wear coats in and out, especially during the winter months and so I ensure that my outerwear is both warm and stylish. So if you have to raid my closet today you will see it with innumerable options of outerwear including plaid flannel button downs, light jackets, dressy shrugs, trench coats and winter coats.
Every girl should have a Trench Coat. I’ve attended a few launches for the Autumn-Winter brand collections and I want every single piece in all the collections. I highly recommend a Solid colour Lapel Breasted Coat for some one who wants to get their first Trench Coat. To have a closet full of options that you can never go wrong, you must invest in an elegant Quilted Jacket, or a super comfy Bomber Jacket or a luxurious Camel Jacket. With numerous options available, do not get blogged down. Choose wisely and play with a hint of colour, or experiment with interesting patterns and textures. This year I didn’t go window shopping, but picked my absolute favourites from the comfort of my home. I've discovered a huge selection of women's clothing, outerwear, spring coats, spring jackets and more at FashionMia, here are some of my favourites.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Posted On 10/26/2016 by Team iCynosure.
From some fun ways, to a few classic ways, to some experimental ways; I’ve curated a few looks for you with my Levis 711 to take clues from…
Double Trouble: Considered a fashion Faux Pas for the longest time, the denim-on-denim look is now one of the safest style bets. The trick I follow is to mix denim pieces in a way that they don’t compete with each other and to add minimum accessories as Denim-on-Denim is statement enough. I paired my Levis 711 with a B:Kind sleeveless shirt and contrasting FGali bellies.
Mix Juxtaposition: Go experiment with a fitted pair of denims with a structured blazer to project a easy professional look. I love to flaunt this combination that infuses street style with office chic to seamlessly blend into both the environments. I rolled up my Levis 711 to flaunt my ankles with a Chitwan Mohanlal Kitten Heels a gorgeous SheIn Floral Blazer.
Statement Classic: Styling denims with a pair simple cotton shirt is a great, effortless everyday classy look. I repeat this style combination as I feel I cannot go wrong with it. I like to add a little bit more drama to my look and so I included a double deep collar shirt from Yoins to the classic Levis 711 look and topped it up with a huge men’s Gearbest time-piece.
Sporty Chic: Whether out for a simple jog or to play light games, a stylish combination of denims and a gorgeous t-shirt is the ideal. I stepped out to stroll around in a mall and indulge in some fun activities at Planet Sports by adding a beautiful Punarvi top with my favourite Levis 711 and crocs loafers for a casual chic and sporty look.
Which look would you want to try? Let us know in the comments below!
Monday, October 17, 2016
Posted On 10/17/2016 by Team iCynosure.
Like many women I too was afraid to layer my clothes for the fear of looking a couple of sizes bigger than I am actually. While most experimentation would make it true, but if you master the art well, the style will be most perfect to compliment your figure and give you a flattering silhouette.
Since I was equally concerned about layering, I tried a lot of variations and chalked out some simple tips to help you get started.
§ Keep the under-layers fitted, to keep and maintain your natural shape.
§ Mixing length and proportion will be the key to the final look.
§ Keep the accessories minimum, just sprinkle a few on.
Since it is made in linen-cotton blend it is a great buy for the Indian weather too. You can see it on the website here. I kept my look simple with the outerwear loose and drapey, but with a structured shoulder. I used colour blocking to create an illusion of layering without actually adding layers of clothing and most important I ditched the sleeves. So basically the dress did the layering for me.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Posted On 10/16/2016 by Team iCynosure.
The brand has launched a new range of high quality cookware, Kishco Innochef. This cookware is made of food-grade surgical steel, using high technology which is suitable for stove tops, electric plates, ovens and induction. The Kishco Innochef is a unique, tri-ply cookware range designed to be super efficient, sturdy and long lasting.
We caught up with Namita Jain - Managing Director, Kishco Limited at a recently held Dining Etiquette Workshop and got questioning.
Team ICynosure: Right off the bat, what are the three words that describe Kishco and the aesthetics?
Namita Jain: I think the 3 words would be : Timeless, elegant and luxurious.
Team IC: Tell us how Kishco came about?
NJ: Prior to 1950, there was this landmark store ‘Kishco’ , in marine drive that sold cutlery. Back then, we were looking to acquire new brands to expand our business interests. The brand ‘Kishco’ which stood for quality, is what captivated us, and we decided to procure the store and the brand. The rest is history; we worked on the brand, revamped the heritage store, and made it luxurious and contemporary. We expanded our product range –we sell cutlery, flatware, hotelware, gift items – both in stainless steel and silver-plated metals. Our products stand for quality and elegance.
Team IC: What can your clients expect from you?
NJ: Our clients know that Kishco is a brand that they can trust. Besides the classic range we also constantly manufacture new designs and products - we use the latest technology in manufacturing without ever compromising on quality. They know that Kishco is a name synonymous with quality and fine craftsmanship.
NJ: We sell pan India in major stores. Also we have our own retail shop - Kishco showroom at Marine drive. We sell through reputed distributors in major cities across India, and are available at well-known retails shops pan India.
Team IC: I can definitely appreciate your love and focus on luxury pieces — a piece that is authentically designed is so much more powerful. But luxury comes at a price.
NJ: We have always maintained international standards, used food grade metals, maintained superior quality and moved ahead with the times. Kishco is a ‘make in india’ brand which gives you the best quality comparable with any in the world, at highly competitive rates. Our range of products starts Rs 1000 upwards making the brand affordable for all
Team IC: Its great to hear someone so passionate about what they are doing and what they can bring to other people's lives. Where do you seek your inspiration from?
NJ: Kishco is a family business, I got immersed in the brand when i realized my contribution was critical and would make a positive contribution to the growth of the brand. It’s been an exciting journey and a challenging one too! I have to add that I never turned away from my fitness profession, I just balance and manage my time so that I can do both. When I am constantly learning, embibing, interacting, inspiring and contributing, I feel productive and happy. How often do you revamp the designs?
Once or twice a year
Team IC: What advice would you offer others looking to enter the field?
NJ: Do your homework well. Keep your promises. There are no short cuts to quality. And it takes dedicated effort to maintain reputation. Most importantly – hang in there.. Don’t give up!
Team IC: Tell us something about the new cookware range.
NJ: Kishco has recently launched a premium brand of cookware. The Kishco innochef is a unique tri-ply cookware range, made of superior technology, designed to be super efficient, sturdy and long lasting. The Kishco Innochef is envisaged to be the pride of every kitchen. This product will be launched in August 2016, and taken to Major cities pan India. The main features of the products are:
§ It is multi-usage; suitable for stove tops, electric plates, ovens and induction cookers.
§ It is easy to handle; the unique technology keeps handles cool and food - hot!
§ It has a total thickness of 2.5 mm; therefore food doesn't get burnt and is cooked evenly.
§ It is safe and hygienic; made from food grade metal which is rust-free.
§ It is made from sturdy, finest quality, three layers of superior metal alloys bonded together.
§ Due to the combination of alloys, food continues to cook even after the stove is off, thereby making it healthy and fuel efficient.
Check the collection for yourself, and bring in luxury in your kitchen.
Friday, October 07, 2016
Posted On 10/07/2016 by Team iCynosure.
Meeta and I grew up together; as different as chalk and cheese, yet as similar as the beauty of emotion. She was a quiet mouse, I was the wild monkey. Our differences brought a balance to our relationship, at the same time testing our patience being with each other. Like any other friends we too have our share of memorable times with each other that we cherish and remember in small doses until we meet again to create new memories. Living is different cities has not taken a toll on our relationship, it has intact made the 'girls night out' more exciting and fun. Our time together is so precious, it feels like we just pick up from where we left off last time, much to the amazement of our hubbies.
The last time we met was when Meeta was in transit and we caught up in Goa. Reminiscing our times in the land of sun and sand, we drifted into #YaaronKiBaraat trying to actually count the number of times we sneaked away from home to land in Goa. Though we failed to arrive at a number, our memories did bring back a funny episode....
The year we were officially declared teenagers by everyone, we twisted our ways into getting approval for an all girl-trip to Goa. It was beautiful, the beach was fierce, wild and inviting. As we stepped out of the hotel straight into the the beach we saw a line of docked Jet Skis. I suggested we go for a spin while Meeta cautioned me against it.
“Since when did you learn to drive a BIKE?” she demanded. I hadn’t, but how different would it be than riding a cycle, I thought?
Confidently I strode ahead and asked about renting the ski for half hour. After a zillion questions, a double deposit and a little verbal training, we started our voyage. Meets looked back and shouted for two life jackets. All ready we began to move, I was cautious at first and then we relaxed a bit and we enjoyed our time in the water. As the time to head back neared, I saw the attendant waving at us.
Meeta mentioned how much fun we had while I was trying to remember how to stop the beast. I looked ahead and could literally see the shore approaching faster than what I has anticipated, and I panicked. "How to stop this?" I screamed, and all Meeta could do is look at me in the eye, stare for what seemed an eternity and whisper a prayer. "Switch the damn thing off as soon as we hit the shore." she yelled. As soon as I hit stop I could see explosions in my head, but all that really happened was that the bike nose-dived into the sand and we were flung into the air, to land on the sand.
We hung in there for a while, literally kissed the earth and hugged each other in dramatic theatrical expressions while the poor attendant looked on.
As we recollected our moments together, not only did we Celebrate the Taste of Togetherness From A to Z, Faster than Faster to ensure Ummeed se Saje Zindagi. And thats what Zee TV's new chat show Yaaron Ki Baraat is all about; friendships put to test through a series of fun challenges and tasks.
I'm really excited to watch the series; especially with the line-up of super celebrity friendships and the crazy hosts. History will be created, as the show brings together two living legends of Indian cinema for the very time on a television. Sharing sepia-toned memories and heart-warming anecdotes from a friendship that spans over four decades; that fans haven’t had enough of. Recreating the magic from films like Dostana, Bombay to Goa, Naseeb, Kaala Patthar and Shaan, Amitabh Bachchan and Shatrughan Sinha will spill the beans on their friendship. Tune in to ZEE TV at 8 PM on 8th October to witness the magic.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Posted On 9/28/2016 by Team iCynosure.
I’ve learnt to be safe than sorry when it comes to mosquito borne illnesses and hence I’ve always mosquito repellents. Two thing that I really hate about mosquito repellents is one that the lotion/cream is be directly applied to the skin and second is its terribly pungent fragrance. Most repellents are infused with chemicals and hence using them on my little one’s skin always seemed a terrible idea.
Recently I came across Buzz Off! Mosquito Repellent Patch that offer a 12 to 18-hour protection from mosquitoes. Each 3"x3" patch claims to be infused safe, natural mosquito repelling Citronella Oil along with Eucalyptus Globulus Oil and Natural Plant Extract that forms a protective shield around your body. The patch is to be applied either on the clothing, or furniture or any place but not on the body.
The brand also offers an After Bite Itch Relief that gives instant relief from mosquito bites, insect stings and other minor irritations. Buzz Off! After Bite Itch Relief subsides the itchiness, redness and inflammation of the skin right after an insect bite. A pen shaped roll-on, the product to be dabbed on directly on the bite or sting and rolled on gently for instant comfort.
My Experience: The patches totally worked for us. The patches are available in two variants, one for children; patches with the cutest animal faces from lion and tiger to pig and cow, from monkey to koala and more. The other is an adult pack that has no-show camouflage solid colour patches. The fragrance is light and lasts for over 18 hours, ensuring no mosquito bites even when we spent an entire evening outdoors during the Mumbai Monsoons. I highly recommend the product for its non-toxic and 100% safe and natural formula. Though we didn’t really get a chance to try the After Bite, my sister used it, and announced complete comfort on application. The packaging is great, with a set of two in each sachet that makes it convenient to use as well as carry. The price off-hand seems a bit on the higher side at INR 220 for a box of 20, however on use it makes sense completely. Same with the After Bite roll-on, that is travel friendly size at a reasonable price of INR 199.
Both the products are a must not only in your first aid box but also in your handbag and your child’s diaper bag. Have you used repellent patches or itch relieving products? Share your experiences in the comments below.
Posted On 9/28/2016 by Team iCynosure.
For me, it’s time to plan a getaway and opt for accommodations that are hidden gems, places that seem off-beat but offer something very special for every guest. I've found some of these rare, yet unique options for you to choose from. Enjoy this guide on what to do and where to stay in Washington.
Are you ready to visit? Pack your bags now.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Friday, September 23, 2016
Posted On 9/23/2016 by Team iCynosure.
As a travel expert, TV host, and writer, Brandon Presser is no stranger to life on the go. Presser, who has visited more than 100 countries, has penned over 50 travel books, and is a regular contributor for such publications as Afar, Travel + Leisure, The Daily Beast, and National Geographic Traveler. And while he may be well known in the travel industry, he’s about to experience a whole new level of recognition: Presser is the lead host of Bravo TV’s new travel-based reality show, “Tour Group“, which tags along as 11 travelers search for the ultimate vacation. (10 p.m. EST/PST on Bravo.) We got Presser to stay in one place long enough to give us his best travel advice, his favorite places to go, and the items he can’t leave home without.
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