#OOTDFashFriday: Memorial day weekend!

Hi lovelies, This week’s #OOTDFashfriday is a very fun one as I got the chance to play dress up with 2 amazing people in Seattle!

My dress is a suit dress from http://www.asos.com by a lovely brand called ‘YAS’. Do check out their collection for a massive selection in trench, skater, suit dresses or just about any other type of dress!

My lovely make-up is by James at the Downtown Seattle Sephora and he kept my make up dewy and fresh while managing to make it sassy and gorgeous! We retained some of the regular products that I normally use and also changed it up a little by adding a wine lip (Refer: Below pictures). Speaking about wine lip colors, if you’re a fan of a pinkish wine lip, I highly recommend the ‘Bengali’ silky satin lip color by Christian Louboutin. Not only is the packaging gorgeous, but the color also stays on your lips all day!

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The Bengali silky satin lip color by Christian Louboutin ❤

Now let’s talk about my gorgeous wavy hair in this picture, and the credit to it goes to the lovely Ren at #FlawlessBeautyBars in Westlake Avenue! My go to look is a lot of volume and beachy waves so that’s exactly what Ren gave me and I must say that she has done a fabulous job! So fabulous that it stayed intact for 4 days! 😀

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So, with the long weekend coming up, what are all your plans? Do share your ##OOTDs and weekend plans with me via instagram or my blog! Have a lovely one! xoxo

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Chateau Ste. Michelle: A fabulous winery in the heart of Washington

Over the weekend, we got the opportunity to visit one of Washington’s most famous wineries, the Chateau Ste. Michelle vineyards, which today celebrates its’ 50th anniversary. It is located in Washington’s wine country, Woodinville and even though Woodinville consists of several wineries, Chateau Ste. Michelle stands out due to its’ history and award winning wines.

As soon as we got to the venue, we we embarked on a wine tour (For all those interested, they do a complimentary wine tour and tasting at 2 pm everyday, so arrive in time and book your spot. It starts with a charming guide taking you on a tour of the winery, and explaining to you the history of how their popular wines came into being, and a demonstration of the orbiter that is used in producing their white wines. (PS: The Chateau makes only its white wine here, and the red wine is made in a vineyard in another part of Washington). This demo also shows you how to get the maximum taste from your wine, certain do’s and don’ts that you need to follow while drinking wine for best results and the best food and wine pairings! (My favorite was pairing spicy thai food with some Riesling).

This amazing tour ends with an amazing wine tasting that lets you sample their finest Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Moscato (Yum! I loved this one).

Post which they have customized wine tasting programs for you with the most popular ones being the Custom flight (Where you sample 4 wines from Whites, Reds, Sparkling or Riesling) and the Riesling flight where you sample 5 Rieslings. In order to taste all of the above, my husband decided to go for the custom flight and I went for the Riesling flight (I also have a soft spot for dessert and sweet wines). In order to make this experience more enjoyable, we also purchased some classic brie cheese.

The tasting was so much fun with our lovely hostess finishing our wonderful experience with some bubbly. But before I sign off, given below are the names of our favorite wines that you can sample at the Chateau or order online via their website, http://www.ste-michelle.com

  1. 2013 Eroica Gold Riesling (Their award winning wine and rightly so!)
  2. 2013 Limited release Walla Walla red wine (My husband’s favorite among ’em all, hands down, so all you red wine lovers, take note!)
  3. 2015 Harvest select sweet Riesling (Slightly sweeter than your normal Rieslings, and also my favorite!)

PS: They also sell these umbrellas shaped like wine bottles, and as you can guess, it was love at first sight for me! Scroll down and you can see me clutching it tightly!

Also, I came across a very interesting table on http://www.winefolly.com that gives you excellent information about the nature and sweetness of several varieties of both red and white wines before you decide on your wine (Unless you’re always having a Riesling or Moscato or Chardonnay like me 😛

Cheers and may your evening be filled with a lot of wine! 😉 xoxo

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#OOTDFashFriday time again!

Hello lovelies,

It’s that time of the week again, where I do my favorite #OOTDFashFriday column, so let’s get started, shall we?

Today’s look is one of my favorite looks! Why so, you ask? Because, I am wearing my favorite high street brand, Banana republic (You must check out their spring summer collection as it’s beyond gorgeous) and Chloe from Sephora has done my make-up beautifully!

Given below is a gif of the nudey- metallic palette that she has used to create my look. I love a dewy natural look with an elaborate eye, so that’s what she gave me!

PS: Before she started the look, she prepped my skin using products from Japanese luxury skincare brand, Tatcha and I must say that they felt super light and breezy on my skin. I highly recommend you guys to go to your nearest Sephora and try this brand out. Alternatively, you can shop for their products online via http://www.tatcha.com/Shop. Feel free to write in to me for recommendations on the same too 🙂

Chloe has used products from Laura Mercier (I wonder why I have never tried their products before. A special mention to their foundation. It’s so light and so dewy), Marc Jacobs (My kohliner), Anastasia beverly hills (My eyebrows and eye palette), Smashbox and Huda beauty (On the lips), Stila (Eyeliner), and Hourglass (Translucent powder).

For this look, I tried something different with my hair. I didn’t style it at all, just to see how it looks and thanks to my Forest essentials Shikakai shampoo and Qhemet Biologics cocoa flavored hair cream, my hair looked well set.

I teamed up this look with my favorite banana republic trench dress and ear cuffs from Asos.com (I have been addicted to these! PS: You also get similar ones in H&M, if that’s easier for you).

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Voila! These are my favorite pictures from the look! PS: In the second picture, my hair length is intact, it just looks shorter because all my hair except a layer is at the back!

So write in to me with your comments and suggestions and stay tuned for something exciting that’s coming your way! Hint: It’s about Seattle’s coolest new salon!

Have a smashin’ weekend! What are your plans? See you soon xoxo

 

 

 

#OOTDFashFriday: Banana Republic and Sephora VIB Rouge

Hello my lovely people!

It’s time for this week’s #OOTDFashFriday and after a very interesting week, which I spent partly in San Francisco followed by my Godmother’s visit to Seattle, I am here, presenting to you something very fun!

So today, I am wearing a Khaki shirt dress by Banana Republic, ear cuffs from Asos.com and my make-up has been similar to what I normally wear (Did not want to be repetitive with that, but if you’d like details on my regular look then do check my earlier #OOTDFashFriday posts or just write in to me for the same) with the addition of the SmashBox Infrared matte lipstick.

What I decided to do differently this week is my hair. My husband comes home and tells me, ‘You’ve styled your hair so well!’ and my mother via FaceTime tells me, ‘How come your hair looks so curly and voluminous, what did you do?’ Well, ladies and gentlemen, the answer is that I did nothing with my hair in terms of styling. I just washed it with the amazing #ForestEssentials ‘Bhringraj and Shikakai’ hair cleanser and conditioner, followed by their hair thickening spray (Which I highly recommend! All you peeps in India, you can walk into any store and get it or order it online and all you folks in the US and elsewhere outside India, most of their products are available on Amazon!). Post the hair thickening spray, I used the ‘Qhemet biologics’ cocoa tree detangling ghee which smells like hazelnut chocolate (Yum! I can’t get enough of it) which softens your hair and leaves it smelling like chocolate too!

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My #OOTDFashFriday

In other news, my thursday started on a super fun note where Sephora notified me that I am now a #VIBRouge member! (YAYYYYYYYY!). Needless to say, I am really excited and though I have not gone in for any make-up sessions yet (PS: Being a Sephora VIB Rouge member lets you have unlimited makeovers and make-up sessions at any Sephora in the region of your membership so you can imagine my excitement. Ex: I can go to any US store and get ’em!), I intend to go for them sometime next week and I can’t wait to share my looks with all of you!

Have a blessed weekend my peeps, and I’ll see you very soon with another blog post! In the meantime, for more info on what I am upto, catch me on my instagram @fiftyshadesofsin xoxo

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Viva Mexico!

Hello lovelies,

Since you all loved the Tulips festival weekend post so much, I thought I’d do another travel post this week with some gorgeous pictures, and the place that I have chosen is ‘Beach dream land’ Mexico! I am sure that Mexico has been a country that most of you love to visit and some of you really want to visit. So without any further delay, let’s do this!

There are several parts of Mexico that are highly recommended to visit like Cabo, Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Punta Mita, but since I only had a week, I visited Cancun and Playa Del Carmen. It is really easy to reach Cancun from New York as there are multiple flights plying to and fro with only a 4 hour duration per flight so your options are aplenty.

My suggestion is to keep Cancun as your hub and then explore places like Playa Del Carmen, Tulum and Isla Mujeres which are a driving distance from Cancun. They are all in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, so it makes sense to do one state/ area per trip  (Unless you have 3 odd weeks to spare and want to cover the entire country). Just to give you an essence of how large Mexico is, the Cancun to Cabo flight is a good 6 hours, almost the same as a New York to Paris flight.

I stayed at the gorgeous Westin Laguna Mar in Cancun and most of the nice hotels are located in the ‘Hotel Zone’ and I highly recommend staying here because each hotel has it’s own slice of the beach and it’s pretty amazing to have your own private beach, eh? 🙂

Also a special mention to the chefs at the Westin for having made the best chilaquiles every morning for my breakfast. You see, chilaquiles is a delicacy that is not available in every Mexican restaurant you go to. Certain hotels/ restaurants have chefs that can make it but only after you put in a special request. (PS: Do check my slideshow for a gorgeous shot of the same, which will make your mouth water!)

Mexico is a dream destination for all you water babies and adventure junkies, and you are left, spoiled rotten with a multitude of choices to keep busy, that include scuba diving, snorkeling, Jet skiing, parasailing, and dolphin watching, to name a few.

In addition to the above, the Xcaret Experiencias group also owns 7 theme parks in and around Playa Del Carmen which bus services running from most hotels in the hotel zone in Cancun.

So what are these theme parks, you ask. The attractions included in these theme parks are as follows, and I highly recommend that you do visit at least one of them. I visited the
Xcaret (Pronounced Esh- Caret) park in Playa Del Carmen(Around 75 km from Cancun)

  • A river that goes through the Mayan village
  • Amazing spa facilities
  • Scuba diving and snorkeling in the nearby reefs
  • An island of jaguars
  • Swimming with sharks
  • A coral reef aquarium
  • A butterfly pavilion
  • A bat cave
  • A greenhouse
  • An open church
  • A replica of a Mayan village with real artisans
  • An equestrian show
  • Around 15 restaurants and souvenir shops
  • A 6000 seater hall with live performances

The parks other than Xcaret are Xplor, Xel-Ha, Xensesm Xichen, Xenotes and Xoximilco. However, Xcaret is one of the biggest.

Once you are done exploring Xcaret, I highly recommend a visit to Tulum if you like history and archaeology. Tulum is a Mayan city around 130 km south of Cancun and was built late in the thirteenth century. Tulum can be a great day trip when you want to take a break from the above activities and do something different.

The best part about Tulum, is that in addition to having some great ruins, it also has its’ own gorgeous beach. It is also the only Mayan city to be built on a coast and it used to be a seaport trading mainly in turquoise and jade. It was also one of the few cities protected by a wall made of limestone.

The must see structures that do remain here today, are the Castillo (Or Castle) overlooking the Caribbean coast and the Temple of the Frescoes. Once you head north of the Castillo, there is a pathway that takes you to the multi hued and pristine Caribbean where you can spend an hour or two joyfully enjoying the idyllic atmosphere.

So what are you waiting for? Book your tickets to this slice of paradise, right now! For any more information, feel free to write in to me! Happy holidays! xoxo

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