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For The Ladies Who Love To Shop, Here’s Jaipur!

My mother and I recently did a girls trip to Jaipur, specifically to shop and do a little sightseeing. We’ve both been to Jaipur before, and this time we wanted to explore the bazaars and markets since we didn’t get to do that before. Therefore, if you’re in the mood for some shopping advice, then please carry on reading.

We did also do a lot of eating on this trip, but I’ll save that topic for another blog. I have a little bit of an obsession with the bars and restaurants in Jaipur, so, I have to give them their due spotlight.

jaipur city, cafe palladio

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Matching with the Monuments in Jaipur!

If you’ve been to my blog before, you know that I love to match, whether it’s travelling with a capsule collection where all my clothes match – OR trying to match the monuments I’m going to visit. I’m a bit extra, and it’s probably a habit I’m going to have to wean myself off of slowly.

Jaipur is a place that I love going back to. No matter who you go with, there is something new to explore every time. One of my favourite spots obviously is the hugely popular City Palace. The doors, the rooms and the pastels hues everywhere are as dreamy as you can imagine.

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Believe the hype about El Nido, Palawan!

No Philippines vacation is complete without a trip to El Nido, Palawan. There are 7000+ islands that make up the Philippines, and if you had to choose just one, then it should be El Nido, Palawan.

Much has been said about the different islands and speaking from experience, the hype around many can’t be trusted. However, El Nido, Palawan doesn’t disappoint and lives up to all the blogger and drone hype you see online.

There are a couple of things you must do when in El Nido, Palawan such as check out the beachside restaurants, chill on the different beaches or hire a scooter and explore. However, if like me you are short on time and visiting for the first time, then you HAVE to:

Book A Private Boat For ‘Tour A’

El Nido Palawan, Shimizu Island

Shimizu Island

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Travel Hack: My Colour Coordinated Travelling Wardrobe

This travel or packing hack is one of my favourites – yes, I have a colour coordinated travelling wardrobe, and it works wonders (for me). It’s no secret that two of my favourite things are to travel and to look stylish doing it. It’s all about the gram these days, and when you have beautiful locations to shoot at, you want to look the part too.

colour coordinated travelling wardrobe

This is a feat that is often harder than it needs to be due to baggage allowances and how much I can physically haul. Another key point is where you’re travelling to, if it’s an easy journey, then travelling heavy isn’t an issue. However, if you’re going island hopping or to a place that is remote and you need to transport your bags all by your lonesome – then keeping things smart is the way to go. Continue reading

Decoding the Runway: Burak Uyan’s Fall Winter 2013-14 Collection

Every few months I get an email from Burak Uyan’s main man Srdjan Prodanovic, with the latest from the shoe maestro. These emails are filled with gorgeous pictures of footwear that take me to high heel heaven.  This Fall/Winter ’13-14 collection Uyan has out done himself.

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Keeping to his signature upright heel and exotic materials, it’s a collection that begs to be worn on the streets of Paris. Colours are lush with military browns, rich purples and moss greens, Plus a few shocking reds for that sex appeal. The collection also brought back the little black shoe, with accents of gold, a must for the fall season. Here are some of my picks from Uyan’s latest collection, be prepared to daydream all afternoon about these beauties. Continue reading

Shoe Bites: Dreaming of an Alila Diwa Escape

I had the immense pleasure of staying at the Alila Diwa in Goa back in December, and it’s a hotel that you just can’t help but fall in love with. The staff becomes part of your friends towards the end of your trip and that’s what I love most about any hotel; the feeling of home when you’re away. I’m choc-blocked with things this month, but looks like a nice spot has opened up for me in April, to take a trip to Goa and stay at the Alila Diwa. Here are some of my pictures and a few memories from my trip (to know more, check out my review on Grazia.co.in)

Found these guys all dried up and unfortunately.. dead. But dotted all over Majorda beach were these starfish, we did kick a little moist sand over the few that were struggling to survive. The sun is just too harsh down in Goa and this was in December! Poor guys.


The luxury wing of the hotel is called the Diwa club and it’s got it’s very own pool. Waking up in the morning to the sight of that inviting blue oasis is the perfect way to start the day. Add a little jazz music and a puzzle book to that equation (and some garam chai), and I’m a very happy lady. Continue reading

Shoe Bites: Bag my Beauty

Will you forgive me if I tempt you with my favourite bags from Pret-Amoda.com by comparing them to the hottest beauty looks from the runways? I wanted to do something a little different with my posts and hope you like this piece. The bag you see above from Vitasta, who is known for her antler bag, reminded me of this very strong cat eye look from DSquared. I’ve wanted this bag since I saw Shivan Bhatiya (from Shivan & Narresh) walk into the airport with a large antler duffel bag by the same brand, talk about envy!

Lost city & Roberto Cavalli

We all need a little disco right? Well this bag by Lost City brings that Studio 54 vibe with it. I’m not one to go over the top, but the eye make up at Roberto Cavalli is perfect to match this bag. While it’s not a look I’d suggest for day, it’ll work for that party weekend you have planned. Plus have you ever heard of matching your eye shadow to your bag – Can I say fashion genius?!

Princess K, Victor & Rolf

Two things you have to have for the office this season. One, a great mini-messenger bag like Princesse K’s in the picture above. Secondly, a deep hued berry lip stain or lipstick like the one we saw at Viktor & Rolf. It’s a shade that is professional for the office and sensual for night. We all need day to night essentials and I’ve just given you my two suggestions. Lucky you!

cupidity, chloe

Just like me, you might not be able to rock a completely stark no make-up look like we saw at Chloé, but you can go nude with a wardrobe staple.  This one from Cupidity will go with anything you own in your closet, and you’ll find that you’ll be using it… A lot!

Vitasta, Anna SUi

I can’t get enough of Coral, I’ve got dresses, shoes, make up and even wide leg trousers in this colour! I do have a coral clutch, but this contemporary one by Vitasta is begging to be bought. Anna Sui does a near perfect all Coral inspired beauty look, that’s fresh and youthful. I’m going to try this out soon, hopefully it’ll be a success.

All bag products can be found at Pret-Amoda.com

By Sue Castellino for Pret-Amoda.com