I snoozed the alarm at least three times and the urge to lie in and laze on a Sunday morning when the entire household was sleeping was a temptation that was pulling me deep into the covers.
But then I remembered how I had missed this walk the week before and maybe the opportunity would never present itself again.
So I threw back those covers and pulled open the curtains to let the sun shine on my face.
I reached the decided starting point of the walk and when I reached the end of it and hour and half later I was so much more enriched in my knowledge about architecture and was visually fortified.
Sharing with you the pictures taken between me and Rachna Shetty another enthusiast (and a better photographer and the only one with a camera)
If these picture astound you and make you wonder how did you miss such a great wealth of architectural prodigiousness, I suggest you get in touch with the organisation that made it possible for me to re-look at the structures that I would normally pass without being awed by their past and importance.
The beautiful Ivorine – french and classy
The windows that make you think of beautiful dressing tables
Oval View – a name so apt
Making the most of being a corner prime real estate – Shiv Shanti Bhuvan
Belvedere Court and a fountain frozen in concrete grill work
The most photographed building on the walk
Do not miss the vertical frozen fountain that also lights up the stairway naturally
A crown – we were still shking off the Raj Era and were still mesmerised
Another colorful diagonal vertical panel that brought in natural light
No this is not Goa – this is in Mumbai opposite the Oval Maidan, the very tropical Rajjab Mahal
A ship has just entered the harbor, this majestic Empress Court definitely courts attention
View of the courthouse captured aptly in the name but do not miss the recurring frozen fountain
The Era of elegant social evenings probably shut doors when Eros shut its doors but one cannot but stop and stare and wonder about its glorious past
The Swiss watch industry which has had a rough time since last couple of years with the younger generation opting out on buying other luxury goods other than a luxury watch has to probably do without its annual Basel World Watch Fair the coming year.
The downward trend in the industry began in 2015 and every year there are fewer people visiting Baselworld, Mecca for watch business and admirers alike.
With the launch of Apple’s Smartwatch and other phone companies following suit, the luxury watch industry has been lagging in customer interest.
Watchmakers have started to try strategies.like limiting their production and marketing their timepieces as the works of craftsmen, hiring young celebrities as brand ambassadors, developing smartwatches to combat the waning market in bid to revive the interest
The possibility of Baselworld being held in 2019 now looks like a slim chance with Swatch Group, the fair’s biggest client, with 17 brands deciding not to participate.
Baselworld 2018 was already much smaller than previous years
Following the news of the Swatch groups pullout from the fair comes the resignation of René Kamm CEO for nearly 20 years at the company MCH Group, operator of the Baselworld watch fair.
“The time has come for a change” say René Kamm.
“We don’t need a trade fair. We might do something more creative with other partners that are out there” says Nick Hayek, Swatch Group CEO who is looking for more dynamic ways to connect with partners.
With the upheaval that the Swiss watch industry is facing this comes and a shock to the entire world.
We are hoping though to see the revival in probably a new avatar in another space.
So what makes Tonique unique?
Firstly, it’s the largest liquor store in India, sprawled over 15,000 sq. ft. and housing more than 500 brands of wines and spirits.
It is not just a store, it is an experience as quoted by Anith Reddy, its managing director.
In a state that loves it liquor, the store is like a dream come true for the spirit lovers. Open for little over a year now the store has had amazing footfalls. Mostly women was my observation, seconded by the staff.
The sharp sales people do not tag behind you but notice very well what you browse through and very subtly nudge you if you look stuck.
Knowing Anith Reddy who has a knack for doing things that others would not even dare to dream about I was not surprised by the effort and thoughtfulness that has gone into his pet project. But the man is a continuous dreamer and is forever striving to do things bigger and better than anyone else.
Next on cards is a huge wine tasting room with sommeliers from across the world sharing their knowledge.
“Most women head to the first floor, the selfie spot,” says Anith, pointing to a huge faux bottle of Moet & Chandon inside an ice tub. Though I was totally tired from my journey and washed out from a day of running around I could not resist a click myself.
To those who would crinkle up their noses at the very mention of spirits, I recommend a dekko for you will find some soft drinks, sodas, munchies and a variety of chocolates too.
I spent a good amount of time browsing through because the whole ambience is that of a relaxed luxury shopping destination, I wonder who wouldn’t want to spend time there to lift their spirits.
On Sunday, December 17, 2017 Mumbai woke up to the thundering revving of 24 Ferrari cars ready to paint the town red (mostly).
A leisure drive that set the heart of Mumbai racing was organised by Ferrari & Navnit Motors, Ferrari’s dealership in Mumbai and Hublot was one of the brand partners.
Hublot Watches is also associated with Ferrari Cars and has special Ferrari Inspired watches.
A cheering crowd flagged off the drive from Navnit Motors in Bandra-Kurla Complex, heading to Nariman point NCPA where there was a pit stop, via the Bandra-Worli Sea Link and concluded at the Festival Square in High Street Phoenix in Lower Parel, where an even more enthusiastic crowd was present to welcome the cars. The cars were displayed there for the remainder of the day.
These cars were brought from the customers places from different parts of India to Mumbai and the owners themselves droves their cars in the parade on Sunday.
The drive is one part of Ferrari’s celebrations of the 70th anniversary which was kicked off in March in September, in Maranello, Italy.
Lot of hearts revved for the Ferraris and people across all generations enjoyed taking selfies and pictures with the beauties.
Later that evening a private dinner was held for the owners and select invitees, where Gautam Singhania relived fond memories of his win in 2015.
Hublot presented a wall clock to Navnit Motors which will hopefully find a place in the Ferrari showroom at BKC.
We all at some point in our lives we all have wondered how does Santa manage distributing gifts to children around the world in a single night. And we have also hoped secretly to be chosen as one of his helpers.
This year the TAG Heuer Ambassadors are chosen to help Santa do his special task, testing his ability to deliver the gifts on time. Testing not only whether or not will Santa crack under pressure but also the Ambassadors’ training skills, as well as the functionalities of Santa’s Official Watch, the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45.
TAG Heuer is also running an Unboxing Contest on Instagram.
Here’s how you participate.
Simply upload your TAG Heuer watch unboxing photo or video to Instagram with the hashtag #MyTAGHeuerGift from December 24th to January 24th, then validate your photo or video on our website for a chance to win an exceptional TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 Red Edition, the Official Watch of Santa Claus!
Love the nip in the air? The smell of roasted corn, mouth-watering samosas, cups of garam chai, smooth hot chocolate?
Well we are not at our brightest in this season which makes you hit the snooze button more often than you think, and the morning runs suffer.
Make sure that your skin doesn’t. Use simple tricks to keep your glow on even in the driest of weathers.
Facial Care: Your face lights up someone’s world, so let the lights not dim in this drab weather.
- Cleanse carefully, avoid washing your face too often and try using cold milk with cotton as one of the cleansing alternative.
- Scrub as little as possible with milder scrubs
- Do not forget to tone your skin as it tends to secrete more oil in winters to combat dryness.
- Moisturize without blocking those pores. Add a bit of extra virgin olive oil to your daily moisturizer / night cream. Applying mustard oil on your face at night helps too (if you can bear the smell)
- Masks made from kitchen ingredients like ripe mashed bananas, avocados, buttermilk or cream (malai) with a pinch of turmeric, egg yolk can be quite beneficial to combat dryness.
- Pout pretty by scrubbing your lips with olive oil and fine salt to exfoliate. Make your you do not have already chapped lips as this will not only irritate the dry and bruised lips but may also result in redness or bleeding and chances of infection are high.
- Apply petroleum jelly , lip balms or simply home-made ghee to keep the smile pain free.
- Make up needs an additional base layer of moisturizer to avoid flakiness. Choose mineral or cream based make up depending on your skin type.
Skin Care: The rest of your beautiful body needs attention too. Don’t let the wind blow away your enthusiasm for a stricter regime during this season. Your skin need extra pampering in this season.
- There are times when you are tempted to take long hot showers to combat the chill, but this is exactly what you need to avoid. To keep your skin supple tale 5 minutes lukewarm showers.
- We feel less thirsty and crave for more teas and coffees and hot chocolates in this season. But remember anything with sugar and caffeine will dry your skin, so drink more water (eat sattu to boost thirstiness).
- Eat lots of Citrus fruits, nuts, foods that are rich in protein, vitamin A, B1, and B2. Avoid fried food as much as you can. Give the sweet tooth a break and eat natural sweet dates for energy and to curb the craving. This will also help you keep your weight in check due to over eating.
- Make note of winter rashes and try to prevent them by wearing breathable fabrics, moisturizing your skin, using natural, fragrance-free soaps, using broad-spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Avoid rough cracked feet by regularly exfoliating and moisturizing your feet.
- Use hand creams regularly to avoid those pretty hands from becoming dry and flaky.
- Moisturizing before bedtime is quite beneficial. Stay away from tight jewelry to avoid rashes.
- Take care of your elbows because even with the body well moisturized the elbows tend to look white and dry. Moisturize them well.
Hair Care: Let that mane not get matted, avoid bad hair days / nights and stay stylish
Winter tends to make the hair drier and frizzier than normal.
- Avoid washing hair too often however tempting it may be, use lukewarm water for hair wash. Do not for get to condition your hair for better results use leave in conditioners during winter.
- Beware of the dangers of dandruff which is especially high in winters Don’t forget that those hot oil massages don’t just feel heavenly they nourish your hair from deep within too, go ahead indulge but don’t over indulge as leaving the oil in your hair for longer periods of time can lead to dandruff so can over stripping it by shampooing too often. So, try to maintain a balance.
- Rinsing the hair with apple cider vinegar before shampoo helps too.
Style tips: Bring on those jackets and shawls and wear them with panache.
- Just make sure you have pre-washed and stored those woolens well. Air them well to remove any storage or damp foul smells.
- Treat your woolen garments well and instead of wearing one bulky sweater and then sweat if the temperature changes use multiple layers of clothes with the base layer closest to your body being soft and nonabrasive (to particularly avoid rashes).
- Step up your style quotient by wearing your scarves and caps differently.
- Sometimes step out with the scarf tied to your handbag belt or use it actually as a belt and later if required use it as a scarf.
- Bring out your boots and funk them up with pieces of jewellery over drab black boots.
- Don’t freeze to look stylish, you can wear long sleeve blouses, bandh galas, traditional jackets and clothes in thicker material like velvet, brocade, silk, jaquard.
- Wear warm leggings under your sarees lehengas. Wear knit blouses.
- Wear embroidered jackets over sarees.
- Use designer shawls (especially ones with any kind of embroidery work on them) instead of dupattas.
- If your head feels cold cover your head the traditional way or simply wear some silk hats with jeweler to raise those eyebrow as well as a few temperatures in the room.
Go ahead enjoy the winters in a wise, wacky way and yes don’t forget to smile, after all everyone needs the warmth of the sun and the smile.