Girl About Town | The Bardot Top

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pink bardot top with denim

pink bardot top with denim

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Photographs: Amrita Kaur Ramsinghani

Top : Koovs (here) | Jeans : Pepe | Shoes : Charles and Keith

Bag : Lavie | Choker : Koovs | Sunglasses : Koovs (here)

Lips : Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Unapologetic

Location: BAD Cafe Bandra

The romance of a pastel-hued bardot top is undeniable. Ever since the trend has been back, I’ve been obsessed with it as I think it looks feminine, flirty and flattering without it looking like you’re trying too hard. Bardot/off shoulder silhouettes are especially perfect for brunches and/or lunch dates. Plus if it is a flowy top like this one, it hides your post-pizza tummy too!

A few tips to style them:

I’ve been wearing off-shoulder tops and dresses with almost everything. The best part is you can get one in any length – crop or mid or long- and either fitted or billowy. A top like this can be worn with –

  • A pair of easy fitting culottes and oxford shoes for a casual look
  • Midi skirt and high heeled pumps for a dressy look
  • Straight fit jeans/boyfriend jeans/wide legged jeans/distressed jeans and white sneakers
  • Play around with chokers in different styles, or long drop earrings to accentuate the clavicle area

How do you like styling off shoulder tops?

In this particular outfit you see here, I decided to go with heels with the simple jeans to add a touch of sass to the otherwise casual look. And are these heels comfortable or what! Because of the thick heel and good coverage around the toe, these are super comfy! The gold choker highlights the collar bones and shoulders and I love that!

Hope you liked the pictures as much as I liked shooting for them. See you in the next blog post!

xoxo

Neha

Travel News : Stayzilla expands presence in North East, Sikkim and Bengal

I’ve always been fascinated by the North East and especially Sikkim. Probably because I spent part of my childhood in the North East. I’ve been meaning to visit again for a while and now that Stayzilla has expanded operations there I’m more excited. 


Given the remoteness and demand for stays in these areas, Stayzilla works closely with various state tourism departments for opening up more homestays across the hilly terrain of the East. The region is known for acres of lush green forests including Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary and the Buxa Tiger Reserve, a 760-square-kilometre tiger reserve. Both places are famous for its scenic beauty and wild animals such as bison, elephants and deer.

Stayzilla has also introduced homestays in Tawang, Bhalukpong and Bomdila, located along the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. While homestays in Bhalukpong are supervised by the forest division, the stays in Bomdilla are run by Monpa, Sherdukpen, Miji, Bugun and Aka tribes.

Homestays not only provide the comfort of home to tourists but also help boost the local economy. It provides travellers with a unique opportunity to not only experience the rich cultural heritage, taste the local cuisine of the region but also create a connect with people from different parts of the country. Identifying the undersupply of stay options relative to demand in India, Stayzilla stays are surpassing geographical barriers to welcome diverse cultures experiences across remote places such as Majuli. 

With an array of homestay facilities available across Sikkim and Meghalaya, Stayzilla lists homestays that offer tourists an opportunity to live with the locals, discover and share their lifestyle. Stayzilla has been actively involved in promoting eco-tourism and rural home stays in the region.

Along with rural and wildlife tourism, religious destinations spearhead domestic tourism in the country. The Mayapur Tourism Department under ISKCON temple provides accommodation to several devotees and have recently opened up homestays in collaboration with Stayzilla.

Stayzilla is conducting several sensitization workshops across Siliguri, Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Agartala, Imphal, Aizawl, Kohima, Dimapur, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Moosakhia, Samanong and Kaziranga among others to promote Bed & Breakfast (B&B)/homestays.  These workshops facilitate open dialogues with potential hosts, enabling Stayzilla to take a step towards improving the sector.

All in all this is great news for people like me who enjoy homestays. Definitely looking forward to plan a trip soon!
 

 

 

5 ways to lift your mood when feeling low

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Everyone has a phase(s) in life when they feel like nothing is working out. Nothing is going how they planned or expected it to and start to feel sad. I’ve had these phases too, both in personal as well as professional life. You’ll find your own way through such times but here’s what helped me sail through to give you some hope and optimism and lots of good vibes. Please note that if low feelings last for more than a couple of weeks, probably it’s not just a phase, it could be depression, in which case you should seek professional help.

  • Exercise:

You have heard this a lot but when you’re feeling down, you don’t feel like doing anything, I know. But as little as going out for a walk can help, trust me. I took up yoga and started walking and sometimes played loud music and danced my heart out! Exercise releases happy hormones in your body and makes your head and body feel lighter and better.

Bonus: It will help you get physically fit too😉

  • Read:

Reading is a great way to immerse yourself in another world for a while. If you are not feeling up for it, it is not necessary that you have to pick up a full-fledged novel every time. Read anything you like: the newspaper, comic books, your favourite blog, anything. Reading takes your mind off the problem for the time and sometimes you come back to it with a fresh perspective.

Bonus: It will help you build/better your vocabulary.

  • Play:

Play games, board games, indoor games, outdoor games, online games, whatever interests you. While games like sudoku, crossword, jumble words, exercise your brain, games like badminton, football, cricket are exercise for the body which releases happy hormones and thus helps you feel better.

  • Entertainment:

Watch your favourite sitcoms, series, movies, cartoons, documentaries, plays, youtube videos…anything that pleases and entertains you. Take a break from your routine and enter the world of imagination.

  • Travel

Even if it’s a short weekend getaway, squeeze in some travel in your busy life and see how it uplifts not just your mood but you as a person. Travel opens up a new world for you to explore and experience.

Be happy. Always. Not for others. For Yourself.

Love,

Preeti

 

 

Lust List July

A girl starts lusting for a new set of things as soon as she buys the one she had been lusting for earlier. Here are a few things that are on my lust list this month:

  1. Adidas Climacool Fresh Bounce Shoes

Two of my new year goals were to start doing yoga and start running. After 6 months of yoga, now it’s time to start running too. So these running shoes from adidas are on my lust list!

You can buy them here.

2. Flower set in pendant

A dried flower set in a pendant is something which is catching on in international fashion and there are so many DIYs on Pinterest for it but I’m still looking to buy one if I get my hands on. Otherwise DIY it is!

3.  Solitaire rings by Nirav Modi

These solitaire rings by Nirav Modi top my lust list. Do I really need to give you reasons for this? Diamonds are love!

You can buy them here.

4. Kettlebell

Most of my workout plans are fresh out of Pinterest and lately I have seen so many plans that include kettlebell and thus the lust!

You can buy them here.

5. Elephant tattoo

I love elephants. I absolutely love elephants and now I’m seriously thinking of getting this love inked. Forever. What do you think of this geometric elephant tattoo?

That’s it for now. Must share the link with the husband😉

Until next lust list,

Preeti

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Crafts of India showcase – Project Embroidery by the women of Central India

There is no dearth of talent in our country and sometimes more so in the rural bits. Aham Bhumika, an NGO based in Bhopal, has trained more than 30 rural women and girls in hand embroidery in the past two years. Currently, they are being taught to master Gond Art embroidery, which is a tribal art form of central India. They’re making beautiful tote bags, cushion covers and more which you can now order

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The NGO works in two villages, Borda and Mahabadia, located on the outskirts of Bhopal. Besides the education of rural children, Aham Bhumika has started this livelihood initiative wherein these immensely talented women make some really beautiful cushion covers, tote bags and zipper pouches. The bags especially look so fun! You can place an order by writing to them on Facebook, twitter or ahambhumika@gmail.com.

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