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We, the MILLENNIALS, often spend hours scanning e-commerce websites trying to find that perfect dress, travel accessory or gift item . From one website to another, it seems like a never ending journey. Result- OVER ABUSED DATA PACKS!! Guess what, Style Coquettes has found a solution for you- Just Get NATTY.

#NattyDotIn or Natty’s as it is called popularly, is a curated marketplace for one-of-a kind products from best creative entrepreneurs in India. Brain-child of Natisha Saraf Saraogi, the focus of Natty.in is to challenge the traditional notions of design and put spotlight on emerging creative entrepreneurs. COOL, QUIRKY, CONTEMPORARY, HOMEGROWN INDIE brands is what you will find here. From unique home decor items to hipster stationery to apparel & accessories, the vibe of the brands here is a lot of fun. And that’s why it matches our sensibilities. We loathe anything boring and monotonous.

Icing on the cake, we recently got to experience the brand with a fun STAYCATION they did at ANDAZ, New Delhi. From a curated pop-up to personalisation & attention to detail, the staycation will surely go down as one of our favourites.

Sharing some of our most memorable pictures 🙂

 

Playing with some our favourite products from Natty’s. BTW they have some really cool home decor products and quirky frames.

P.S: Don’t miss the test tubes! (for unlimited supply of shots)

 

 

So all you shoppers there, get NATTY (or naughty)!!

 

 

September 16, 2017 0 comment
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This past month I was lucky to have been able to travel to the beautiful island of Bali with my friends.  Bali is one of those countries that is so different to your usual holiday destinations in Europe or within Asia.  I couldn’t help but be mesmerised with everything I saw.

We were a motley crew of  foodies, fashion junkies, adventurous, hyperactive, spiritual and chilled out people. Therefore I am about to give you a brief overview of the different destinations within Bali, so you can get a feel for what might interest you.

My Bali adventure, where to begin? The Bali experience is something that can’t be explained, it’s a cultural and spiritual journey that needs to be experienced in order to be understood. Bali is called “The Island of The Gods,” and appropriately so.

I was lucky enough to experience some of the most beautiful locations and resorts the island has to offer, beginning in Seminyak then into the rice paddy fields of Ubud , jimbaran and Uluwatu.

From swimming in crystal blue waters and infinity pools to shopping in the adorable boutiques, relaxing at the cool cafes and dining at world class restaurants. The thing we loved most about Bali is that it offers something for everyone!

S E M I N I Y A K

We started out our trip with Seminyak. Anyone who’s planning a trip to Bali should definitely visit Seminiyak – because if  you are someone who likes your holiday UP – BEAT then this is your place to be!

After an early morning flight from Singapore we arrived in seminiyak  groggy-eyed hence we made the most of the – in house Balinese massage experience at our hotel – Desamuda Village – A beautiful private villa with an exclusive pool and open kitchen and a beautiful open shower for us experience the scenic beauty and nature. 

After our leisure time at the villa we got ready and headed straight out to one of the most popular restaurants called Made’s Warung for dinner – which was literally a hopscotch away from our villa – I have to say we were extremely lucky to stay here, everything from here within Seminiyak was literally 5-10 mins away.

 

Our agenda in this part of Bali was all about feeling the vibe and letting our hair down by visiting all the beach clubs.

M.U.S.T.S

Jive – Le Favela | Ku De Ta | Potato Head | Motel Mexicola

Eat – Made’s Warung | Fat Gajah | Sisterfields | Corner House

Shop – Uluwatu (handmade lace outfits) | Bamboo Blonde | By the sea | Thaikila for swimwear


U B U D

We’ll be very honest we barely saw Ubud and we “Regret” not having enough time to explore.  Anyhow just to give you a bit of an insight; Ubud is in the centre of Bali, seen as the cultural heart of Bali. There are many tour buses with day trippers visiting Ubud every day, filling up the streets, the market, and temples. But Ubud seems able to adapt to it`s growing popularity and the crowds. Only a short stroll away from the main streets of Ubud, you can still find peace and serenity. There`s nothing like a walk through the green and lush rice fields to find your mental balance.

Ideal way to experience Ubud would be; to stay there for at least for 2 nights but since we were barely there for a day we just about managed to do the waterfall, Kopi Luwak, beautiful and cozy cafes along the market stretch and of course the Ubud Art Market.

Despite the tourist crowds, a visit to Ubud and it`s surroundings is still a real must when visiting Bali.

M.U.S.T.S

See – Tanah Lot Temple | Tegenungan Waterfall | Tegallalang Rice Terraces | Ubud Monkey Forest

Eat – Tukies Cafe for all things Coconut | Cafe Lotus

Shop – Ubud Art Market | Gianyar


U L U W A T U

Uluwatu is a paradise for surfers with the many world-class surfing spots like Suluban Beach, Padang-padang Beach, Balangan Beach and more. We have to say that Uluwatu certainly took our breath away with its panoramic cliff-top , sunset views and of course the beautiful cultural Kecak dance.

M.U.S.T.S

See – Uluwatu Temple | Kecak Fire dance | Padang Padang Beach

Surf & Chill – Sundays Beach Club | Single Fin 

I feel as though Bali is also a reminder of how beautiful and simple can life be; the locals are so lovely and cheerful that it would be hard to have a bad day in Bali.

Stay tuned as we have a lot more pictures coming your way from our crazy trip to Bali.


Have any of you had the pleasure of visiting Bali or another super tropical place?  Do let us know about your experiences and share your itinerary with us. 

Till then, lot’s of love from #VRASM2017

 

September 9, 2017 0 comment
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SHANTANU & NIKHIL – this designer duo has always had a lasting impact on us to say the least. From their classic cuts to their progressive designs and sharp eclectic elegance – their distinct style has always influenced the way people dress, and the way new designers approach their work.

The duo has helped shape the ever-evolving women’s wear landscape for the better part for more than a decade with their imaginative, boundary-design philosophies, sharp tailoring and classic silhouettes.

Coming to their latest fall/winter season collection “The Regiment” – it constructs a couture range brimming with androgyny by passing a strong message of Pride Togetherness and Discipline.

While watching the show I felt a certain sense of pride and I say that because my grandfather was in the Sikh Regiment which at one stage was  one of the highest decorated regiments in the British Empire. Hence when I saw the Sikh models walking down the Runway it gave me immense pride and joy watching it all come alive so beautifully.

The show was definitely a reflective of the paradigm shift in the fashion industry. Whether it may be paying homage to members of the armed forces or breaking the stereotype with Sikh models gracing the runway or promoting gender equality by using similar silhouettes for men and women. Shantanu & Nikhil succeeded in creating an impactful seasonal lineup hitting everything from Military inspired design elements with Swarovski crystals to contemporary cuts and feminine silhouettes.

They managed to to weave their magic with an Autumn Winter collection that was so strong yet so inspiring.

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August 9, 2017 0 comment
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From a humble fishing village to the giant roaring South East Asian lion, the island city of SINGAPORE has never ceased to attract people. It has always been a popular check mark on the holiday calendar for most of us (especially Indians).

When we sat down to shortlist our holiday destination, options such as Europe emerged. But we realised that for a bunch of five mad-hatters like us, that might be too safe. We wanted something near yet far with a CHILL VIBE.  After a a lot of deliberations and discussions, BALI was frozen on. But unfortunately there aren’t any direct flights to the city, one has to go via Kuala Lumpur or Singapore.

Thus, came  the idea of making a quick stop-over at Singapore city. Though we were short on time (3 days to be precise though you need more time), we didn’t miss any opportunity to experience this beautiful city in all it’s glory! Our check list was ready way in advance and we wanted to tick off as many places as possible. Because when in Singapore, you don’t really sleep! And that’s what we exactly did, roamed around like zombies 😉

Chinatown

Gardens by the Bay

 

We found a perfect travel companion in Google Pixel, the new-gen smartphone from Google. From taking great pictures to Google Assistant being our go-to person, we couldn’t have asked for a better tour guide. Imagine being able to talk to Google Assistant and asking it anything in the world- weather updates, local recommendations, language translations, currency conversions, managing everyday tasks, reminders, etc . Guess you don’t need a boyfriend when you have Google Assistant!

Merlion at One Fullerton

 

So here are some of our recommendations on MUST DO THINGS WHEN IN SINGAPORE.

 

Heritage Tour at Fullerton Hotel

Did you know Singapore’s historic waterfront began as a trading post in 1819? Or the name Singapore is actually a colonial destruction of the word Sing-a-pura? With complimentary (advance reservation necessary) Fullerton Heritage Tours, discover Singapore like never before. Overlooking the Marina Bay, the Fullerton Hotel is one of Singapore’s most iconic structures, having witnessed the city’s transformation from a colonial outpost to a flourishing metropolis. The tours are a must do.

Honestly, this was something which was not on our agenda and we accidentally discovered this on one of the tourist information brochure we picked up at the airport but this turned out to be pretty good.

Heritage Tour in progress

Fullerton Hotel

 

 

Local Cuisine at Lau Pa Sat

The culture of food courts is very popular in Singapore and Lau Pa Sat embodies that spirit. Built in 19th century, this hawker style market is a paradise for local cuisine. Situated in the heart of financial district, this place is perfect to sip on some Tiger beer and enjoy the local delicacies.

You have to try: Congee  (porridge like dish which is yumza), Cheung Fun (rice noodle rolls), Fish Ball Soup, Dimsums and Red Ruby (yummiest dessert made with coconut milk).

Red Ruby at Lau Pa Sat

 

360 degree view of the city from 1-Altitude

Head to 1-Altitude, Singapore’s highest lifestyle destination for a gourmet dinning and partying experience atop the One Raffles Place. You”ll get to witness breathtaking views of the city.

Go around sundowner to view best of light and dark.

Aerial View of the City from One Altitude

 

Shopping Shopping & more Shopping

We know you have been waiting for this one. Singapore is truly a shopper’s paradise. From cosmetics (oh Sephora!) to beauty (Korean brands are must buy) to fashion, there is a lot to get tempted from. But plan well and spend your moolah at the right places. Don’t buy from brands which are easily available in India (like H&M, collections are mostly the same), rather go to places like Far East Plaza on Orchard road or Bugis Junction for some great Thrift Stores. We picked up some great vintagy stuff from Joo Made Boutique and Altitude.

Also Singapore Changi Airport is a great place to shop. You might want to save some (actually a lot) Dollars to get the best deals.

Pro tip: We literally raided Charles & Keith at the airport and were on the verge of missing our flight. So please time yourself 😉

Far East Plaza

The Editors Market @ Bugis Junction

 

Shadori @ Bugis Junction

Nightlife at Clarke Quay

After a long hectic day, you want to head to Clarke Quay to unwind and shake a leg.  This bustling quay (waterfront/ riverside) is the nightlife district of Singapore. There are ample pubs, bars and clubs in the area to choose from.

You must groove at Cuba Libre and sip on a Singapore Sling at Prive.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun…

 

Feel like a kid at Singapore Zoo

Somebody rightly said “You’re never too old to be young.” Take a day off and head to the Singapore Zoo to have some fun with the animals (mind you they are quite playful). You can not miss the various animal shows that happen all through the day (check the schedule before going). Our favourite was Gambi at the Elephant show!

Show in Progress

 

 

We enjoyed every bit of our stay in Singapore, hope this list helps you in planning yours too. Can’t wait to share our Bali guide.

Till then, XoXo,

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More on Singapore: http://www.visitsingapore.com/en.html

More on Google Assistant: https://youtu.be/duBwldh5Jmc

 

August 6, 2017 0 comment
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Straight and clean silhouettes have rather been a passe as this season we experiment with the more playful and wavy companion- RUFFLES. Long associated with VINTAGE fashion, ruffles are a good way to make a strong FEMININE statement.

This versatile trend can be donned in multiple ways over sleeves, necklines and hemlines. So choose a ruffled top, skirt, dress or a pant and bring on your cheerful best.

Here is our take on the trend.

 

 

 

This trend is having a field day so don’t be afraid to add some on your outfit and RUFFLE UP SOME FEATHERS!!

July 29, 2017 0 comment
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At the ripe age of 30 when most women get married, have kids and think it’s the end of life for them, Guneet Gyani Gupta had the courage to follow her dreams. Dream of pursuing a career in fashion, dream of being a certified scuba diver. And boy she did it!

Guneet’s journey has been nothing less than inspirational. An Engineer by training, Marketing Executive by profession and Fashionista by passion, Guneet has been shortlisted for the famed Haut Monde Mrs India Worldwide beauty pageant as one of the finalists. And all this, while pursuing a full time career with Amazon India as a Marketing Manager and managing her home and husband to perfection.

Being an army kid, Guneet travelled across the country being schooled at multiple places and interacting with all kinds of people. But conventional wisdom prevailed on her and she decided to study Engineering. Mid-way through, she realised that this is something she doesn’t like but went onto finish her degree. Her inclination towards fashion encouraged her to participate in beauty pageants while in college but she never took it up professionally. Post engineering, she quickly did a course correction and pursued a career in Marketing Communication.

Guneet: The Adventure Freak

 

She met her future husband over Salsa classes while working at TCS and they got hitched in 2013. But the inkling to win a crown was always there. It was NOW or NEVER for her. “I want to tell all the women out there that life doesn’t stop after marriage. You don’t have to give up on one thing to get another”, she says. With the support from her husband and family, Guneet finally decided to pursue her dreams. She wants to become an influencer whose voice people hear to drive change. Working towards conservation of marine eco-system is one such cause.

 

Guneet: The Salsa Dancer

 

Today Guneet has a successful career with an MNC, a loving family and time to pursue her dreams. “Women are naturally good at multi-tasking; it’s just about organising and planning things well. It’s never too late to follow your dreams”, she concludes.

 

Guneet’s Quick Fix

  1. The craziest thing you have ever done- Mountain climbing without a guide
  2. Describe yourself in three words- Adventurous, Fashionable, Hard-working
  3. Your comfort food- Italian
  4. Your Fashion idol- Sonam Kapoor

 

July 15, 2017 0 comment
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Call it direct line with the almighty or luck, whenever I feel the need to escape city life, mountains beckon! And that is what happened a few days back when we got a call from HONOR about the launch of their new device the HONOR 8 PRO at the picturesque Aamby Valley, Lonavla in Maharashtra- India’s first planned hill city. Unfortunately my partner in crime Amanda couldn’t make it due to work commitments 🙁

Scenic beauty, pleasant weather, monsoon showers and greenery welcomed us for the HONOR EXPERIENCE.

 

All New Honor 8 Pro

 

Aamby Valley City

 

Chinese giant Huwawei’s much anticipated HONOR 8 PRO is a power packed phone. From looks to performance, it is quite a handful!

What we loved:

  • 12+12-megapixel dual lens camera
  • 4K video recording with GoPro editing tool
  • Sleek and stylish body
  • Fast processor
  • Long lasting battery

Honor 8 Pro- Sleek & Stylish

2D Photo Making App in Honor 8 Pro

 

Shot with Honor 8 pro

 

Overall, a short and sweet weekend ESCAPADE!

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The Honor 8 Pro will be exclusively available to Prime members on Prime Day starting 6 PM on July 10th on Amazon.

Price: Rs 29,999

July 7, 2017 0 comment
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Happy Monday Bombshells! Is it just us or is July flying by at a rapid pace? I can’t believe we have begun with this month already. Before we know it, we’ll be saying goodbye to warmer days and will be swapping shorts and sandals for sweaters and boots. Anyway, for today’s feature we’re channeling the vintage vibe with 20’s inspired “Flapper Dress” by giving it our own twist.

The 20s was the era of Flamboyance and Jazz so Mili’s look today is a rendition to that statement “Flapper Dress” courtesy H&M.

#VintageVanity at Andaz, Aerocity, New Delhi

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July 3, 2017 0 comment
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I have always been a fan of Blossom Kochhar’s Aroma Magic products. Using the ancient Art and Science of AROMATHERAPY, essential oils are blended to help our body and soul be in harmony.  And this philosophy is also practiced at their Spalon in Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi.
Over-looking the Hauz Khas Deer Park, Blossom Kochhar Earth to Bottle Spalon is a serene and calm space. I  have made frequent trips here but never tried a facial (being paranoid about my oily skin!). But their latest range of SUMMER COOLER facials were hard to resist. They are actually super foods for skin. I opted for a cucumber one.
The therapist Savita ushered me in the facial room on the first floor with a soothing sound-track playing in the backdrop. The facial began with inhaling in of peppermint oil. Cleansing- Exfoliating- Applying pack followed. What was special about the facial was that it used a lot of natural and fresh ingredients like cucumber and lemon. Also essential oils like peppermint which work well for acne. This was followed by a yummy mint infusion at the Tea Room.
My take: This facial works wonders for an oily skin like mine and helps control acne. It is also useful in removing tan and puffy eyes and gives a natural glow to the face.
There are also some other drool worthy options to choose from: Watermelon/Veg Sledge Facial
Price: Rs 2500 plus taxes
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Address: Blossom Kochhar Earth to Bottle Spalon
No.1, Part 1, Hauz Khas Village,
New Delhi-110016
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Mili
June 13, 2017 0 comment
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