{VIDEO} In Conversation with Chef Kunal Kapur

What I love the most about blogging is that it gives me opportunity to meet achievers, celebrities from different walks of life. Be it fashion designers or Bollywood stars or Master Chefs, I have been fortunate to interview some very interesting personalities who we celebrate and who inspire us.
 
And today, I am delighted to share with you a tete a tete with the very popular Celebrity-Chef Kunal Kapur at his lovely signature Indian restaurant, Patiala by Kunal Kapur located in the beautiful Souq-al-bahar.
 
Chef Kunal Kapur is Chef Extraordinaire and is much loved as TV show host too. He has won several culinary and television awards and has even written a cookbook called ‘A Chef in every home’.
 
So, here is yours truly in conversation with Chef Kunal.
 
Hope you enjoy  watching the interview as much as I enjoyed doing it.

 
Until I see you next,
 
*Shine Bright*

{Event} Toms Store Opens at The Dubai Mall

Hey all you shoe-lovers out there in the Sheikhland!
Yours truly has got some awesome news for you if you like me are always on the look out for cool yet comfy shoes.
And today it’s not just going to be about shoes but about bringing smiles to the less privileged too.
Well, the big news is that we now have a Toms Store in the Sheikhland.
Yes … you heard it right. The famous shoe brand Toms has opened a store in the Dubai Mall.
Toms’ business model has been referred to as the “one for one concept” business model, referring to the company’s promise to deliver a pair of free, new shoes to a child in need for every sale of their retail product. The countries to which the free products are sent have included Argentina, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Rwanda, South Africa, and the United States.
Now isn’t that so cool!
Toms are known to be super-comfy but I figured out another reason to love them for and that’s their cute canvas prints.
Toms also do eyewear.
So, I am sure you can’t wait to check this store out and so here is a sneak peek from the launch just for you.

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{EVENT} Mayyurr R Girotra Store Launch in Dubai

Hey beautiful people!

I have something awesome to talk about today. If you are someone like me who loves Indian Couture, I am warning you the pictures in this post are going to give you a sleepless night.
Ladies in the Sheikhland, leading Delhi-based designer Mayyrr R Girotra has launched in the Middle East with a flagship store in Jumeirah, Dubai …….
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….. and yours truly had the privilege of attending the launch event that was attended by some very influential people of the Sheikhland and was graced by the presence of two famous Bollywood divas, Malaika Arora Khan and Tabu, who looked drop dead gorgeous wearing Mayyurr’s creations.
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I also met the Queen of blogging, Miss Malini and had a fan-girl moment with her. *smiles*
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Talking about the collection, the one word which came to my mind when I looked at it was ‘vibrant’.
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Mayyurr has used stunning colours …
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 …… and very feminine cuts to create this Couture collection which is beautifully sophisticated and is a lovely melange of the contemporary fashion with Indian sensibilities.
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Just check out the stunning details – amazing, isn’t it?
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The beautiful jewellery is by Charu Sharma and is another reason to hit this store.
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Leaving you with a little video I created for you guys to enjoy –
Until I see you next,
Stay beautiful!!!

{EVENT} Bloomingdales Dubai Autumn/Winter’15 Fashion Show

‘Fashion is a reflection of who you are, so live out loud’.
 
This is what the very classy, creative and chic invitation card for the Autumn Winter Showcase of Bloomingdales, Dubai quoted and you won’t expect anything less classy from a brand as fabulous as Bloomingdales.
 
I have been fortunate enough to be attending their fashion shows for 2 years now and boy, how every single time they manage to win our hearts is absolutely commendable and a big applause for all the creative genius behind it – be it the fashion designers to the ramp-designer to the models to the music team and so on I can go.
 
And this time the extravaganza was no less than a spectacular treat to my eye balls oozing out with some serious fashion for Autumn/Winter this year.
 
Don’t think words can do enough justice to share with you guys about what beautiful outfits were showcased on the evening of September 17th at Dubai Design District and so I am being sweet enough to make you guys a little video of the event. 😉
So, straight from the Front Row, here is yours truly bringing to you Bloomingdales Autumn-Winter 2015 Collection!Enjoy! 🙂
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So, straight from the Front Row, here is yours truly bringing to you Bloomingdales Autumn-Winter 2015 Collection!
 
Enjoy!
 
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{FASHION LAUNCH} ‘Aranaz’ Tropical Handbags Launched in the UAE

I am obsessed with handbags. I can just never get tired of shopping for handbags and let me share a secret with you guys. smiles

The most number of fights that I have had with my husband is for nothing else but for my never ending romance with my handbags, that now probably need an entire wardrobe. wink

But hey, anything for the love of handbags! Don’t you agree?

And to add to my ‘Lust-Have’ List of handbags, there is a new international tropical handbag brand that has launched in the UAE that has had me all besotted and all you ladies, hold your breath, as the pictures in this post are definitely gonna make you drool. Aranaz – as lovely the name of this brand as was the collection which I was invited to have a look at the Riva Beach Club on the Palm Jumeirah.

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I instantly fell in love with the handmade awesomeness.

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Especially the clutches were really unique and classy.

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The Aranaz collections are designed and created in the Philippines and sold worldwide, from New York to London, and now in the UAE.

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Each bag is crafted using locally sourced products and specialised techniques such as woven sea grass, wood engravings and mother of pearl inlay.

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The intricate and eye-catching designs make Aranaz bags a favorite among royals, celebrities and the jet-set.

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Amina Aranaz, part of the mother-daughters trio behind the Aranaz brand and its collections, said: “We are thrilled to have a presence in the UAE. The country offers a great lifestyle for its residents and visitors with so many fashionable people who I think will be drawn to the unique offerings of our bags.

“What we offer are fun, statement pieces with functionality – a great addition to enhance any summer outfit,” she added.

Wanna know more about these bags, then have a look at this video –

Until I see you next,

Toodles

{EVENT} – Crate & Barrel 5th Anniversary Celebrations

When I was a newbie in the Sheikhland and was looking to buy furniture and homeware, Crate & Barrel was one store that completely fascinated me, inspired me and also managed to make some good business from me (LOL). Well … they make everything look so tempting with their vignettes and home styling that I just wanted it all for my home. Needless to say that Crate & Barrel is one of my favourite stores in the Sheikhland when it comes to shopping for homeware, home accessories and furniture. What makes them stand apart is the great quality and tastefulness of stuff you get in the store and any home décor enthusiast is sure to go crazy with all the inspiring settings they create inside the store.

And being a fan of the brand, it was my absolute pleasure to be invited for the 5th anniversary celebrations of Crate & Barrel in the Middle East.

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There was a table setting workshop where the stylist of the store demonstrated how to set a table for a formal, informal and buffet setting.

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And so you don’t miss some fabulous tips, here is a video of the workshop for you –

There was a fun quiz too and a festive atmosphere inside the store that I thoroughly enjoyed along with my other media friends and fans of the brand.

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Sometimes I don’t really have to shop but I go to the Crate & Barrel store simply to get some inspirations for vignettes and settings. It’s amazing how tastefully they do it. I guess it is one of the best stores to borrow some ideas for your home sweet home. So here are some of my favourite pieces/vignettes from their latest collection as seen in the store.

Loved the Blue theme, the cushions and the wooden candle holders – how cosy the setting looks –

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Looooved this lamp! I absolutely need this in my love and if you are a lover of the coastal theme, I am sure you have fallen for it too like me.

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Colourful candle holders – always a great idea for adding a pop of colour to your place

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A dried lemon twig in a vase in the dining area – loved the idea!

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I would love my kitchen rack to look like this. Those glass pitchers and the wooden bowls are so pretty.

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Loved the colourful napkins –

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Where do you draw inspirations for vignettes? I would love to hear.

By the way, I also met the very beautiful and utterly talented International Presenter Shereen Mitwalli on this occasion. I must say she is so inspiring. Here is our sweet selfie moment together –

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Until I see you next,

Toodles

An Aromatic Journey with Diptyque Paris

Hi Sheikhlanders!

Allow yours truly to take you through an aromatic journey today with the tale of an evening recently when the Sheikhland weather had started tilting to being pleasant, with the event – season in full bloom in the city. The evening when I could not stop falling in love with the glittering face of this city when I looked at it from the 69th floor of the JW Marriott Marquis.

And what made the whole falling in love much more romantic was the divine aroma in the air as I was at this fantastic venue for the exclusive launch of La Collection 34 And its Bazaar by Diptyque Paris.

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Now how would a girl feel when she is surrounded by all her favourite things in the world – candles, perfumes and beautiful fragrances. Ahh …. well I guess it’s difficult to put it all in one emotion for that huge smile flashing across my face was a mix of being happy, mesmerised, relaxed, refreshed and curious as to what’s the story behind this lovely range by Diptyque aris, now in markets for you to buy.

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Well, this girl is also lucky coz she got an opportunity to talk to the spokesperson from the popular brand who took me through a beautiful aromatic journey behind the range.

Presenting the video I filmed exclusively for all you my lovely readers for you to know more about 3 of my favourite picks from the range – Mimosa – the perfume, the solid perfume and the candle Le Redoute (in a separate blog post)

Here you go –

Hope you enjoyed reading this blog!

Until I see you next,

Toodles

Chandni