7 Bitter-Sweet Things about Chocolates…

If there is one thing that makes me happy instantly, it is chocolate. I can vouch that not only children but we adults too love this soul food!

There is always a debate that these sweet treats lead to weight gain and pimples. On International Chocolate Day, I had a tètè-a-tètè with Andaleeb Sahar Sayed, Executive Pastry Chef of The Lalit Mumbai, on the bitter sweet things about Chocolates.

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It’s K day

Google is informative and sometimes quite surprising as well. This would be just another ‘Monday’ unless I chanced upon the fun fact that it is ‘Kiss Day’! You may find it cute or ‘huh’, I suggest you make it ‘Wow’ your style. Here’s what you can do may be to…

Selfie pout
Selfie pout
Wow update
Wow update

Keep – It – Simple- n- Sweet:

#Wardrobe: If you choose to be fashion forward, sport the quirky lip prints on the attire you wear today. It is trending this season so make the most of it!

Ombray pout
Ombre pout
selfie fun
Selfie fun!

#Accessories: You can sport a neck piece or earrings with lip motifs or even hair accessories to keep it cute.

# Makeup:

You can try an ombre style that MAC Cosmetics Artist, Manseey Vorra from MAC PRO Store, Juhu created for me.

As seen in the pix, I am wearing a bright red -Ruby Woo on the outer rim of my lips and a hint of a fuchsia pink – Flat Out Fabulous in the inner core of the puckers

#Well, pout for a pretty selfie if nothing else since this dual-tone effect will instantly plump up your pout, make you look stunning and wow!

-Sayanti Banerjee

Holiday on your mind…

With Wednesday you get into a mid-week slumber of sorts and the best way to sail through to the weekend is by day dreaming…

So when was your last holiday?holiday

Holiday on your mind…

If has been a while – like a few months or even a year, then it is time to get planning about another getaway soon!

At least you can be ‘happily busy’ in such fantasy of reading up about places that you always wanted to visit and feel distressed in the process.

Get planning for a WoW trip:

# Maker a wish-list of all the places you want to visit and why.

# Zero down on the ones that you can do in the near future.

# Read up online about the number of days you need to be there in order to check out the things that are of interest to you.

#Be realistic to check for the budget involved and if you can afford the same.

# Have a tentative date in mind and plan backwards to make things happen as per your dream!

-Sayanti Banerjee

Monsoon = Rewind n Romance…

As the rains pour in, you can get a bit poetic and enjoy a love-ly weekend. Re-live the excitement of the romantic month gone by and take a cue from the V-day mood that will help you to catch a rainbow and how 🙂

-Sayanti Banerjee

Glamup your crowning glory

Do you feel ‘wow’ when you look at the mirror? If not, then it is time to bounce back in style.

The quickest way to do so is by changing your hairstyle! No wonder it is called the ‘crowning glory’ and when you wear it fashionably, you sure make all heads turn.

Here’s the way to do it:

Grecian braid
Grecian braid

Grecian braid:

You can upgrade your look even on a bad hair day with these neat braids at the crown and pin them up behind your ears. Let the rest of your tresses fall over your shoulders gracefully. This hairstyle looks red-carpet chic instantly.

Side swept pony
Side swept pony

Side swept pony:

This style is cute and sexy at the same time. You can dress it up with accessories to take the look from casual to party glam.

Back to school bands
Back to school bands

Back to school bands:

If you wish to keep your hair open with a casual outfit, simply opt for a hair band that goes colour coordinated with your outfit. It looks effortless and fresh for a day out in the sun.

Go fishy:

A fishtail braid can take you from day to evening without having a hair out of place. Just wear it in style and keep the texture a bit messy for a boho-chic appeal.

Go fishy
Go fishy

Try them all over the weekend and smile through more compliments that come your way for spending just 5 more minutes to do your hair in style!

–Sayanti Banerjee

Play with Rainbow hues…

While you are waiting for the rains to splash off the monsoon fun in the upcoming season, you can play with the rainbow hues now. The fashion forecast is that the colour palette for the rainy season is going to be BRIGHT all the way!full eyes shut

Here’s your take #5

#1 A dash of purple liner across the upper lashes of your eyes with a graphic finish, can make you look edgy, boho-cic and glamourous at the same time.

#2 Outline the waterline of your eyes, close to the lower lashes with a pop or a pastel shade according to your mood? It will help to add more definition to the overall look.

#3 Keep the finish shimmery but soft and subtle so that your eye make up does not look too dramatic or OTT (over the top)!

#4 Brush out the lashes with coats of mascara to open up the eyes wider…

#5 You can go bright on the lips with a pink-purple, high-definition pout…

Sayanti Banerjee

Own your beauty weapons

Have you ever wondered, in spite of applying eye makeup, blusher and lipstick in the same way as a celeb does, why you don’t look as stunning as a red carpet fashionista? Well, more than the products you use, it is really about the technique of application. Once you master the art of using some of the beauty weapons like a pro, you will stand out as a diva.

Own your beauty weapons
Own your beauty weapons
Powder brush
Powder brush

In this humid weather, if you do not set your base well, then the overall makeup will look patchy. Set off your makeup with loose powder and make sure to do so in a circular motion with a good powder brush for a seamless finish.

eyelash curler
Eyelash curler:

Eyelash curler: To make your eyes look big instantly, just curl your lashes upwards and outwards. Apply a generous coat of mascara for a glam-doll effect.

Eyebrow brush:

Well-groomed eyebrows can frame the face beautifully. So use this magic wand to brush out your brows and make your face look more attractive.

Eyebrow brush
Eyebrow brush
Hair straigthener
Hair straigthener

Hair straigthener: You can use this tool in 2 ways, to make your hair straight or wavy. Play it as per your mood and make heads turn…

Hair-Dryer
Hair dryer:

Hair dryer:

You can literally blow off any one with a great blow dried hairstyle. Try this trick to look rock chic!

-Sayanti Banerjee

Can you do Cannes?

Inspiration Cannes
Inspiration Cannes…

Cannes film festival is the ultimate Mecca of fashion. As the tinsel town divas grace the stylish red carpet, they set off a few trends that are in vogue. You too can upgrade your grooming quotient a few notches higher.

Here’s what I found trending @Cannes: • Outfit: Jewelled tones, self embellishments, floor length gowns with structured necklines are ruling the lime light. Working towards a fit body can take care of how a well fitted garment will make you look. So get moving!

• Shoes: Stilettos work the best and for a regal feel, golden or silver metallic sheen holds all attention.

• Accessories: Keep accessories minimal, like a statement ear ring or a cocktail ring to go with your outfit.

• Make-up: Defined eye shapes with liners and a smoky eye shadow finish to look stunning. Bright, glossy lips are also a rage currently.

• Hairdo: Effortless…is the word. You can wear your hair down, naturally, just make sure that the cut is stylish to add all the oomph.

Take notes from the fashionistas like Natalie Portman, Sonam Kapoor, Salma Hayek, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and the likes, as they own the red carpet and make everyone say ‘wow’!

Photo Credit: Rajiv Hinduja

Venue: J W Marriott Sahar

-Sayanti Banerjee

WoW Weekend Planner

Come Friday and we can’t wait to get started with the weekend. Though after a long week you would not care to have an ‘agenda’ as such but guess what, a smart planner can help you get more out of you leisure time. Here’s what you can try:

WoW Weekend Planner!
WoW Weekend Planner!

# Snooze off snooze button: You can add extra hours of sleep to your weekend mornings smartly by resetting the alarm an hour later than your regular schedule. This will help you to catch up on snooze without having to hit on the snooze button or wake up mid-day.

#Go off cheat days: Weekend ‘cheat day’ fad is not worth really as it can undo the effort you have put in so far. Exercising may not be on your mind but you can plan a nice walk by the beach to get a ‘holiday feel’. In fact, you can go for a swim, opt for a Zumba class or hit the dance floor and party as well.

# Size up your platter: If you think diets are for weekdays and give into food cravings by the weekend, refresh your agenda literally! Do indulge in whatever you wish to taste but go by the golden rule of ‘portion control’ to cut out the extra guilty calories.

#De-stress weekend stress: It is not only work that stresses us out, wondering what to do over the weekend can make you a bit restless as well. So the best way to make sure that you have a relaxing time as well as enjoy yourself is to plan out the activities you want to indulge in without leaving things for the last minute.

No matter what check-list you put together, make sure to be H-A-P-P-Y!!!

-Sayanti Banerjee

Cool Tea Trends

Let me confess that I am not a tea drinker but giving a miss to colas, smoothies and cold coffee that lead to weight gain, I choose to say cheers to tea this summer!

Cheers to Tea
Cheers to Tea

In fact, when it comes to the most popular drink in India, it is undoubtedly tea! No wonder that the popularity of this beverage dates back to history and goes across generations…

Ruby Delight
Ruby Delight
Fruity Notes
Fruity Notes

A contemporary brand like Tea Culture Of The World offers a few ‘wow’ recipes not only to quench your thirst but also blend in good health and rich aroma that will simply boost your senses. I have tried a few of these exotic flavours that are refreshingly different.

Here’s what you can indulge in them as well:

Strawberry Love
Strawberry Love

# If you are someone who enjoys fruity flavours, then savour the sweet essence of seasonal fruits with ‘Fruit Bliss’. You can prepare it in warm water and let it cool down before you refrigerate and enjoy it chilled.

# As far as ‘Strawberry Farm’ is concerned, you have to be someone who can never get bored of strawberries. This flavour is a girl’s favourite and the tinge of ruby pink makes it more presentable in a sparkling glass vessel. Choose to have it cold with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream and whisk it into a delicious mock-tail.

#As the name suggests, ‘Cool me down’ is a subtle flavour that has an instant ‘destressing effect’. Best to enjoy it as lukewarm. Sipping onto a cuppa at work or after a long day will be a soothing experience.

Here’s raising a toast to your innovative  beverage this season!
-Sayanti Banerjee