Travel: Amazing Beaches

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By Isha Marwaha

When you think of going to the beach, you think of sand and sea- shore or ocean right? Well, here are some amazing beaches that do not meet the usual expectations you had in mind, but look gorgeous anyway…

Maldives Beach Brings The Stars To The Shoremaldives beach- the stars to the shore, www.stylecity.inThis is one truly incredible sight to see! The lights on the shores of this beach are caused by a bioluminescent phytoplankton. Individually, these creatures are too small to be seen, but gathered together they look like a starry night!

Glass Beach in Californiaglass beach california, www.stylecity.inLocated near Fort Bragg in California, Glass Beach looks beautiful but is the truth of its formation is rather sad. Many years ago, residents used to dump their trash in these waters. Today, the glass is from trash materials moulded by the water and washed back onto shore.

MOERAKI BOULDERS “Dragon Eggs”, Koekohe Beach in New Zealanddragon egg beach, New Zeland, www.stylecity.inThe pieces of sedimentary rocks left behind are too hard for the water to completely break down, but as the water continuously rolls against them, it creates these egg like formations.

The Beach of the Cathedrals located in Ribadeo, Spain Beach of the Cathedral, Spain, www.stylecity.inOver the years the water continuously pounds against these rocks, creating what looks like stunning cathedral architecture, all produced by the creative hand of nature.

Hidden Beach located in Marieta, Mexico hidden beach located in mexico, www.stylecity.inThe beautiful hidden beach, officially called Playa De Amor or the Beach of Love, was created by the Mexican government during target practice in the early 1900’s.

Review: Amreli, New Delhi

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If you are an avid food lover or even if a stylish ambience is your thing, Amreli the new offing at New Delhi’s Diplomat hotel is just the venue for you to try out. A cross between an upmarket London diner and a classic bistro, Amreli offers seamless dining experience, with faultless service and exquisite multi-sensory food experience.

Amreli, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

Situated in the embassy area of Delhi, Diplomat hotel is a serene property hidden away from the chaos of the city and this is the reason it makes for a perfect venue for a chic fine-dining eatery, attracting a crowd which knows its food and desires the perfect ambience for a business meeting, a lazy sunday brunch or a romantic night out. Amreli suits all these purposes and fills in the gap of a fine-dining restaurant in that area. Conceptualised by Sidhant Lamba, Amreli aims at offering palate pleasers without the extravagant commitment of time and money. His aesthetic influences are as broad as his travels. Through Amreli he is introducing a signature style to the city,“Amreli will have its own culinary leanings, and it will exhibit a laser-like focus on professionalism and impeccable service. With Amreli, we will be serving a multi-concept menu that focuses on freshness and ingredient quality,” says Sidhant.

Amreli, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

Amreli, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

Amreli’s décor is modelled on that of an upmarket London diner, complete with chessboard floor, mirrors and gorgeous artworks. Some of the pieces have also been curated by Sidhant to go with the ambience, trust me if you love art, you would want to buy a few pieces for your collection (Not sure if they are for sale!). The alfresco area, in a quiet courtyard has a lovely lush green and perky seating to enhance your enjoyment of the exquisite fare, while the indoor dining room is a mix of casual yet sophisticated seating with casual perches at the bar. The menu has been done by Chef Sabyasachi Gorai, a well-known name among India’s dining public. Popularly known as Chef Saby, he doesn’t walk the route of a traditional chef, but that’s arguably what brought him such fame. With his high-end techniques and culinary curiosity, he has given a diverse menu to Amreli. The all-day breakfast menu is also strong, in fact it is the highlight of the menu with the dishes done spectacularly well. The beautiful display of each dish is a threat or a promise—depending on whether you would want to wear your skin-tight jeans again. For breakfast you can choose from, Homemade Granola, French Toast, Mushroom on Toast, Egg Appam, Eggs Florentine, Keema Eggs Benedict.You can also expect aromatic dishes jewelled with nuts, herbs and dried fruits, plus hearty peasant-style stews, spiced roasted meats and seafood. The careful spicing and flashes of creativity means the menu is peppered with classic dishes (Sole Meen Moilee, a fish curry from the coast, The Humble Plate, dal and vegetables of the day and Kerala Mutton Stew, melt-in-mouth mutton chunks in a creamy coconut stew) to please conservative diners, as well as more inspired interpretations of well-known recipes. So whether you are cutting on carbs or you are after that plate of comfort food in the company of a few friends, or a celebration that requires plenty of bubbles or probably at lunchtime for peace and quiet; dinner for buzz, Amreli is the place you should try out for sure!

Address: 9, Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic enclave
Phone: 011 46050200
Pricing: Average Meal for two approx.: Rs. 1400-1600 (without alcohol)

New Launch: “Vintage” by La Sorogeeka

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La Sorogeeka, the modern, luxurious interiors brand brings an exquisite collection “VINTAGE” for your lounge area. This new collection brings back the magic of yesteryear designs, inspired by charisma of the golden period, the setup exhibits the designs and patterns for your lounge area which takes you to the era of palaces.

Vintage, La Sorogeeka, www.stylecity.in

Vintage, La Sorogeeka, www.stylecity.in

The setup showcases royal opulence, where each product defines sophistication, be it an iceberg design sofa, matt gold cushions, bronze side tables, or chairs in royal design; each product exudes majesty and radiates richness. The special attraction is the dining area, which is made of crushed banke and a pleated fabric with extra-long cushions highlighted along with multi colored embroidered seats stools. Admirable Koftakri and tigri work on sofas and iceberg designs takes you to the era of forts and glass work on the table gives imperial look to the lounge. Every product defines royalty. Each product in vintage collection gives the antique touch to the lounge area. Bright shades of blue and green are used in cushions to give a warm and peaceful feel to the lounge.La Sorogeeka, which  is renowned for its crafted luxury furniture with innovative design and best quality, has invented  a new way as Asia’s biggest one stop destination for luxury interior decor. So head to La Sorogeeka and bring the royalty in your house.

Address: 306, Second Floor, DLF Emporio, Nelson Mandela Rd, VasantKunj II, New Delhi, DL 110070
Phone:  011 – 41070607
Price of the products is on request

Review: Moonshine Cafe and Bar, New Delhi

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The term ‘Moonshine’, can be traced back to the 1920s American concept of distilling liquor at night “by the light of the moon” during the Prohibition era, is the name of the city’s new café and bar. MoonshineCafé & Bar boasts of a rustic, industrial aesthetic with a modern interpretation of a new-age speakeasy; with vintage décor and an artistic interpretation of Chicago’s skyline on the walls. The bar is modelled after the iconic 20s American watering holes and does a good representation of the same in todays modern day and age.Moonshine Cafe &  Bar, www.stylecity.in

The Bar seamlessly divides its vast expanse into various sections which play different genres of music to suit your mood for the evening. While electronic, house, classic rock and popular jazz tunes are a regular on the cafe’s playlist,the bar also boasts of having live bands and Sufi Performances! But music is just one of the things that make it a perfect night at Moonshine. They also serve a cocktail menu with a twist and scintillating renditions of classics. There is a choice of tipple for every occasion –the ‘Moonshine Specials’ on the menu have all the ingredients for a great night. I tried the LIIT which is yet to be launched in the official menu. It has blue curasao and apparently a secret ingredient which made me feel I am having a “chuski”

Moonshine Cafe & Bar 2

Moonshine Cafe &  Bar, www.stylecity.in

And if you are inquisitive about the food by now, expect to be pleasantly surprised as you re-discover your some old time classics and favourites with the menu. We tried the “Galouti Kebab”, “Beer Battered Fish” and “Moonshine Sliders”. While the Sliders and fish were quite tasty the Galouti Kebabs were out of this world and something I would recommend everyone to go and try. We then had a “Peri Peri chicken pizza” for the main course. It was the perfect choice for a perfect night. If you are around Hauz Khas and want to be taken back to an older time, do go by Moonshine Cafe and Bar. They even have Gentleman’s night every Tuesday, where the ladies pay while the men get free drinks.During the day, the property transforms into a relaxed venue with a terrace over-looking the greenery and ruins of Hauz Khas, leaving behind any trace of the previous night. Whether it is a night of revelry or a day of charm and serenity that you seek, at Moonshine Café & Bar, you’ll always find a corner just right for you.

Address: 30, Second Floor, Hauz Khas Village New Delhi, DL 110016
Phone: 098 71 555718

Beauty Ritual: The Imperial Salon, New Delhi

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Ritual: Elixir Ultime 24 Carats,90 minutes, Rs.3,200++
Location: The Imperial Salon, New Delhi

The Imperial Hotel, which in my opinion is the epitome of luxury, now introduces a large variety of luxurious skin and hair treatments at the Imperial Salon. These include Kerastase Ladies Hair and Nail treatments, Signature facials with Natura Bisse Products, Bridal Preparations, Nair Art and Nail Care along with OPI, Special treatments for male grooming needs and a retail shop for all Homecare products.

Ladies Salon entrance, Imperial Salon, www.stylecity.in

My love for the Imperial Hotel, its Old world charm and exclusive services is very well known, which is why I never turn down an invite from them and am never disappointed. This time was no different as I tried out their Elixir Ultime 24 Carats ritual. The idea behind this treatment is to provide shine, nourishment, protection and resistance for the hair. This ritual combines a customization of treatments and massage techniques that best suit you to make you feel relaxed and beautify your hair.

Elixir Ultime 24 Carats,Imperial Salon, www.stylecity.in Elixir Ultime 24 Carats,Imperial Salon, www.stylecity.in

The treatment begins with a Personalized Hair and Scalp Analysis with a Diagnostic Camera. This is to profile the thickness of hair shaft, sebum levels in hair, scalp sensitivity, any dandruff and hair loss. My results were that I have healthy roots but dry hair thanks to over use of chemicals and hence my treatment will focus more on my hair strands than the roots. The “Exilr Ultime” which was recommended for my hair starts with a shampoo and followed by the application of a Hair Booster and a beautifying oil masque, Oleo. Oleo – Complexe is precious luxury oil that contains Maize Oil for Nourishment, Pracaxi Oil for strengthening, Argan Oil for protection and Camellia Oil for smoothening. This is applied section by section across the hair and followed by a gentle massage.The in- depth massage has 7 steps that concentrate on enhancing hair growth, stimulating the scalp and encouraging circulating that provides long term hair beautification and also de stressing your crown chakra. These massage techniques which incorporates pressure point massage techniques, occipital work, push and pull and raking techniques from India, Bali and Thailand create a deep relaxation. After the oil massage, mask application ritual the hair is rinsed and a small amount of Elixir Ultime is run through the hair before a smoothing blow dry and style. And your hair looks a feels like a million bucks.

Style Picks: Unusual Staircases

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By Isha Marwaha

When someone says “staircase” You always imagine some old and boring staircase which we all know and are seeing since our childhood.But why not go beyond that?Here are some amazing and incredible designs of staircases which you would like to build in your home to give your house a fancy look!

Blood vessel staircaseBlood-vessel Staircase

bookcase stairsBookshelf Staircase

ribbon staircaseRibbon Staircase

sensualscaping stairsSensual-scaping staircase

spiral stairsSpiral Staircase

New Launch: Depot29, New Delhi

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Till a few months back, Safdarjung Market was a regular colony market with a few regular shops, one Costa Coffee and one restaurant that has been there for eons. Today it has changed thanks to new entrants in the market like Depot 29, the brain child of Vikas Narula and Girjashanker Vohra in partnership with chef Ritu Dalmia (of Diva fame)

Depot29, www.stylecity.in

Depot29, www.stylecity.in

Depot29

Walking through the Elevator doors, it feel like you have walked into a New York city Loft, complete with Graffiti on the walls, Simple wooden furniture, reading lamps and exposed ceiling. DEPOT29 is an acoustically treated venue for artists, musicians and performers. The sonic quality has been kept live with a perfect balance across the complete frequency spectrum while the stage can comfortably accommodate troupes of 4. As a concept, DEPOT29 strives to encourage collaborations between artists from different genres and forms, to create a blend not seen before and combine it with great food by Chef Ritu Dalmia. Keeping to the theme of the place every dish in fact is a twist on a classic. I loved the serving of the guacamoles in little ‘chai’ glasses with espresso spoons, and I loved the combination of the Mango and Basil Guacamoles. For a great acoustic and food experience with a twist you should try out the new Depot 29

Address: Levels 2 & 3, B 6/2, Commercial Complex (Opp. Deer Park),
Safdurjung Enclave
Phone:011-49540029

Travel: Fountain Wonders

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By Isha Marwaha

Fountains have always been used as an accessory to decorate and embellish outdoor spaces. Water becomes an artistic form of expression as it dances over sculptures and skylines. Find here a few of our selections which continue to attract millions of tourists with their spectacular light and water shows, or just with their unique design, see how many you recognize, if not time to revamp your bucket list

Fountain-in-Place-de-la-Concorde, ParisDE LA CONCORDE FOUNTAIN IN PARIS

Magic Fountain, Barcelona, SpainMAGIC FLOATING FOUNTAIN, MENORCA,SPAIN

Swarovski_Fountain, innsbruck_AustriaSWAROVSKI FOUNTAIN, INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA

Trevi Fountain, RomeTREVI FOUNTAIN, ROME

Archibald-Fountain-Sydney-AustraliaARCHIBALD FOUNTAIN, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

New Launch: ETC Pan Asian Cafe, New Delhi

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The food’s delicious… love the place… Et cetera… Etc. The word usually does get around… when something’s worth speaking about…Went there last week… the performances were great but the food, sinful…A little bit of everything… food… music… and it’s beautiful! Et cetera… Etc.

ETC Pan Asian Cafe, New Delhi

A lush forest extends torpidly around the place. The structure set within has tall window arches, high ceilings and colonial style interiors… The lavish indoor seating and welcoming outdoor patio looks upon a private courtyard that requests your satisfaction. The view of the Qutab Minar from the recently opened ‘Ambawatta One’  makes ‘ETC’ one of Delhi’s trendiest new openings this season.

ETC Pan Asian Cafe, New Delhi,www.stylecity.in

Each serving prepared by the multi-chef manned kitchen is a hearty ‘Bowlful’ to be remembered owing to, both, its flavour and presentation. The Terraces swank their own bar and oversized barbeque that are an emphasis on certain nights. The cuisine spans across South East Asia – the menu is a bold compilation, in the form of scrumptious smatterings of Thai, Chinese, Burmese, Indonesian, Japanese Etc.

ETC Pan Asian Cafe, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

 “And If food is music to the body then music is food to the heart” – a mantra well followed by the owners of Etc.  The venue aims to provide a platform for acts from the world of performing & visual arts. An enviable calendar boats a variety of entertainment options for visitors on each visit with performances & displays by musicians, actors, comedians, dancers, singers and artists Etc. With the varied indulgences in order, a destination is borne, where visitors can expect to be pampered by good food and an ambience to match at any given point through the day, and at night. Be it an indulgent cup of coffee with a friend or meal well eaten with those you love, watching the sun set over the Qutab while relishing a cocktail while the chefs pamper your taste buds or tapping your worries away to the beat of your favourite band…A little bit of everything all parcelled in an abbreviation, Etc.

Address:Ambawatta One, 5/1 Kalkadas marg, New Delhi- 30
Phone:  +91 8826297104
Price: Meal for two approx Rs.2,200 (plus taxes)

Style Picks: Ancient Metal

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By Isha Marwah

After 70′s it is the first time brass is being so strongly used in interior design. Along with its other warm metallic counterparts (copper and bronze), brass is also seeing a huge revival. Beaten, folded or polished decorators are enjoying brass’s luxurious, yet industrial appeal, it is seen in everything from chandeliers, hanging lights, tables, dressers, chairs, bath and kitchen fixtures and decorative accessories. Brass is an affordable metal and is perfect for adding an element of luxury and timelessness into 21st century interiors. Here are some modern interiors that are inspiring us

Branching Bubble light, Lindsey Adelmen lighting

Branching Bubble light, Lindsey Adelmen lighting

Bronze Doors

Bronze Doors

Residence by Catherine Kwong

Residence by Catherine Kwong

Residence by Windsor Smith

Residence by Windsor Smith

Brass Chairs by J J Valaya, Home of the Traveller

Brass Chairs by J J Valaya, Home of the Traveller

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