Hello!

Hello lovely people of the Sheikhland and around the world! 🙂

Howdy dowdy? I know it’s been long since we met here in this space.

I will share the reasons in another post which I warn you is gonna be a long one.

Let’s keep this a short and a sweet one as I just wanna say that I am reeeeeally happy to be back with my blogs here.

Although Instagram kept me more busy than you can imagine while I was away. If you ask why, go and have a look at my feed here – https://www.instagram.com/chandniatsheikhland/

Like it? Not like it? I would love to hear what you think of my new improved white themed Instagram feed.

See you at my next post!

Toodles

Chandni

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{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*

The Red Lipstick and I

For the longest time, I avoided buying myself a Red lipstick. Honestly, I had no confidence to put on a Red lipstick. I had no courage to make a statement. No guesses, what my little vanity had was only neutral, plain, simple shades of lipsticks. Somewhere I felt comfortable behind that no-makeup, neutral face – comfortable because I was not saying – Hey! I am here. Look at me! … safe because I was not taking risk by putting a nobody face on.
But it was not a happy face either as I was hiding the real me inside, scared of how my face is gonna look if I chose that red lipstick which to be honest I always wanted to wear but was  afraid of looking ugly, felt I did not have a perfect face nor a perfect pout. Afraid of speaking my mind, I would not share my thoughts.
And when I thought deeply over it, I realised it was not just the choice of lipsticks, I was scared about taking any bold decisions in my life, be it the kind of baggy clothes I would wear or the boring finance job that I hated to the core.  I would not voice my opinions. I was not courageous enough to take a decision to change all of that. I was not feeling great enough about myself. I was not living enough.
And this realisation was just the start of every single thing that followed thereafter … great things because I let go of the feeling of ‘playing safe’ in my life. I may not have a ten on ten face or a sexy pout but I am perfect just the way I am and I deserve to make my choices, without being scared of what the world would think. I deserve to make choices that make ME happy – right or wrong, bold or not so bold as long as I make them with confidence. I deserve to voice my opinions – right or wrong … they are mine.
I gave up the finance job. I changed my wardrobe. I started writing a blog. I bought a Red lipstick.
 
Featured Lipstick – Rouge Pur Couture by YSL No. 01
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{RECIPE} Easy and Delicious Oreo Milkshake

When I am dieting, all I dream about is Oreo cookies. Well … I hope that explains my love for these yummilicious cookies that have found a die-hard fan not only in me but in my husband and even my almost 2 years old toddler.
 
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And so in my home, weekends aka cheat days, are all about an indulgent Oreo milkshake that we all love and since sharing is caring, I thought of sharing the delightful recipe here on the blog today with all you wonderful people.
 
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And all you mommies out there, the great thing about this recipe is that it is just gonna take 2 minutes out of your precious weekend morning and tada … your indulgent weekend treat will be all ready to set the weekend moods right. (smiles)
 
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Coming to the recipe now –
 
Ingredients:
4 tbsp powdered sugar
2 cups milk
1 tbsp cocoa powder
4 – 5 oreo cookies
1 tsp vanilla essence

Method:
– Add sugar, cocoa powder, oreo cookies, vanilla essence in a milk jug
– Blend everything well using a blender
– Pour the chilled mixture in a glass
– Crush some oreo cookies, garnish it on top and serve it chilled

– To make it more indulgent, you can add a scoop of vanilla icecream or Hershey’s chocolate syrup to it.
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Easy peasy! Isn’t it?
So, I hope you liked tis recipe and if you want to see more of such easy recipe posts on the blog, let me know in the comment section below.
And most importantly, if you end up trying this recipe, I would so love to hear how you liked it.
Until I see you next, Keep creating! Keep smiling! 🙂

{GIVEAWAY} Win A Hamper Full of Himalaya Herbals Face Care Products Worth AED 200

Hello lovelies!
How is your day coming along?
If not great yet, I bet with this post you would be all smiles as today I am giving you a chance to WIN FABULOUS SKIN CARE PRODUCTS WORTH AED 200 BY HIMALAYA HERBALS ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE.
So recently Himalaya Herbals organised a ‘Face Date with Himalaya’, where I had the opportunity of getting acquainted with many more of their lovely products.
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If you follow me on my social media, you know how much I love their Neem face wash.
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And so I am so excited to try their other products too which include scrubs, masks, day creams, night creams, eye creams to cater to all your facial skin needs.
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Now, are you ready to win all of the goodies you see in the picture below?
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I see you all nodding your pretty heads so here is how you can enter the contest-
Conditions of entry into the Contest
  1. The contest is applicable only to the people living in UAE.
  2. ANSWER the contest question as a comment to the Contest Post on my Facebook Page and SHARE THE CONTEST POST ON FACEBOOK.                                                                                                                                                                                              Question – What is the key ingredient in the Himalaya Herbals Neem Face Wash?
  3. LIKE my Facebook page here – https://www.facebook.com/ChandniAtTheSheikhLand  andLIKE the Facebook page of Himalaya Herbals Arabia here – https://www.facebook.com/HimalayaHerbalsArabia
4. For extra points, follow me on Instagram at @ChandniLahoti and Himalaya Herbals Arabia at @HimalayaArabia and answer  the contest question as a comment to the contest post. and share the contest post there too tagging me and Himalaya Arabia.
    5. Use hashtags  #HimalayaHerbalsxChandniAtSheikhland  and #PureSkinNaturally in all your entries on Facebook and Instagram.

The contest begins today and the last day of entry is 12th April 2016.

Good luck everyone!:)

 

{EVENT} Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar Now Open In Palm Jumeirah

Great news for all chocolate lovers in the Sheikhland!

We have a new dessert café called Chocolate Bar now open in the Galleria Mall, Palm Jumeirah.

 

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And trust me, as yummy as the name sounds, as ahhhmazing are the desserts being served in this very cosy joint, which looks very promising.

 

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I was more than happy to give my diet a well deserved break and went on the launch event of the Chocolate bar which is a few minutes walk from my place.

 

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And I absolutely loved my hot chocolate fudge with vanilla ice cream.

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They also do pastas, pizzas and sandwiches.

 

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Commenting at the launch event, Alison Nelson, Founder – Chocolate Bar said “We have had a remarkable journey so far for Chocolate bar in the UAE. We have been growing tremendously in the country, and we are committed to creating a memorable culinary experience for all our guests.”

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So, do check this place out when you are craving for some mouth-watering desserts. And don’t forget to share your experience with me either here in the comments below or you can find me on Instgram/Twitter/Snapchat at @ChandniLahoti.

Until I see you next,

 

 

{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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