December Style Picks

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If you are still to do your Christmas shopping and are looking for unique gifts, here is our selection of Style Picks this season!

1.Red Satin Kitty, Slippers, Eye Mask Set, Charlotte Olympia
2.Studio Collection, Living in Style
3.Riri loves mac, Rihanna for MAC
4.Miss Lanvin snow globe, Lanvin
5.Mickey+ Minnie Mouse Christmas Ornament, Swarovski
6.’Les Nécessaires d’Hermès’ collection by Philippe Nigro for Hermes
7.Lady Dior Precieuse Diamonds
8.Christmas Goodies, Cookie Man
9.Barbie by Stephen Jones, Selfridges
10.Coasters, 10am

Review: Fio Cookhouse and Bar

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A pebbled patio with a stylish alfresco dining, surrounded by frangipanis to serenade you, sounds like a lovely spot in a farmhouse hidden away from the main city, right? So if I told you this was the exact look and feel of Fio-Cookhouse & Bar under a metro station in one of the most crowded areas of the city, you will think I am joking. Fortunately I am not, and the new Fio Cookhouse & bar is a sanctuary right in the middle of the city with a stunning alfresco dining area which paves way for an interior that is cheerful and café-like during the day and transforms into a moody and soulful space at night.

Fio Cookhouse & Bar, www.stylecity.in

Fio Cookhouse & Bar, www.stylecity.in

A labour of love and faith, Fio Cookhouse & Bar is a lovechild of Vineet Wadhwa. In fact Fio at Garden of 5 senses was one of the first reviews on StyleCity. Fio is like an urbane getaway that offers a sensory treat to diners. The place is seamlessly divided into two sections- a lounge and bar area that is moody, sedate and intriguing and a restaurant section that is relaxed and cheerful. Both the sections are cleverly wrapped by a wall-to-wall library that gently transforms from a liquor cabinetry to a culinary library and eventually into a food cabinetry. The cocktails I tried were extremely unique and pleasant like the  Bellini Martini (yes, its a wine based Martini) and Its me at 18. While my friends Mocktails- Hot wired and Apple Jack (told you, interesting names!) were refreshing and excellent!

Fio Cookhouse & Bar, www.stylecity.in

An eclectic duet of European fare along with contemporary Indian dishes makes the menu a diverse selection of culinary delights. Cooked with the freshest ingredients and kitchen herbs, every meal is an affair to remember! Every dish we tried as per the chefs recommendation was delish! Be it the Cookhouse salad, which was really fresh or the extremely tantalizing Spitfire grilled chicken. We then moved on to the Main course which was Olive crusted Rawas for me (my sea-food obsession) and Butter beans, mushroom, spinach roesti for my friend. Not only were the dishes excellent they were very decent portions, so much so we had to skip dessert and need to go back to try them out! In terms of the food and the ambience I don’t think I have been to a nicer place recently. If you happen to be around Nehru Place, especially when the weather is still lovely, I would totally recommend you stop by at Fio- Cookhouse & bar, Order your favourite cuppa, sit by the large glass windows or just catch up with family and friends over a more elaborate supper, you wont be disappointed.

Address: Epicuria Mall, Nehru Place, New Delhi, India- 110019
Contact no: +911126281026 +919899228666
Meal for 2: Rs. 2,500.00
Hours of operation: 11 am – 1am

Store Watch: Portsideaccess, Mumbai

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The upscale locality of Colaba  witnessed an amalgamation of two of India’a most sought after décor brands PortsideCafe and Fusion Access. PortsideCafe, a leather furniture boutique and Fusion Access, Furniture and Lifestyle Brand come together in Mumbai in a unique destination to showcase their products which reflect contemporary aesthetics . Announcing the launch of  their exquisitely designed products at one store,  both Bobby Aggarwal, Product Designer PortsideCafe and Shilpa Kalanjee- Pastala, Director, Fusion Access are very excited about the prospects and are hoping that this venture would be a great success.

Portsideaccess, www.stylecity.in

Shilpa Kalanjee-Pastala, Managing Partner, Fusion Access says “Fusion Access is undergoing an exciting metamorphosis right now. After 16 years of working from a beautiful old heritage bungalow that I had restored, we have moved to bigger premises. A new, industrial look has been adapted just like in the transition of the Victorian era to Art Deco. Fusion Access is sharing the space with its brand partner, Portside Café, and together we hope to bring newer meaning to the term ‘designer furniture’.Bobby Aggarwal, Product Designer, PortsideCafe says “I am too excited about this venture and am looking forward to being part of my favourite city, Mumbai!!!”

Portside Access, www.stylecity.in

Portside Access, www.stylecity.in

Fusion Access and PortsideCafe have also created a product gallery space in their store to promote young, talented designers in the field of design and décor. This space has been aptly named Portside Access Product Gallery and both Shilpa and Bobby hope to provide an active platform for innovative design.
Address: 2/21-3/22 Kamal Mansion
1st Floor Arthur Bunder Road,
Next To Radio Club,
Colaba, Mumbai 400005
Contact: 022 22821143

Travel: Shangri-La “City Escapes”

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This winter, family travel will be merrier and more memorable when Shangri-La’s city hotels, Kerry and Traders hotels around the world introduce “City Escapes”to start the season of celebration from 10 December 2013 to 10 February 2014.

Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul, www.stylecity.in

Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo,www.stylecity.inShangri-La Hotel, Paris,www.stylecity.in

While counting down to the holidays, guests can peruse a selection of over 70 Shangri-La properties located in key city destinations, namely Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, mainland China, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. Each City Escape, designed to welcome Christmas and New Year in style and elegance, will offer great value and the convenience of being close to sites of interest. Guests booking City Escapes for a room or suite at the Best Available Rate will be entitled to complimentary breakfast and upto USD200 credit per stay to use for hotel dining or for pampering treatments at the spa. Even children under the age of six (up to a maximum of two) who are accompanied by a paying adult can enjoy complimentary buffet meals in all day dining and pool cafes.  For additional children aged between six and 12, staying at city hotels, a 50% discount off the buffet price will be included.

For booking or detailed information please visit www.shangri-la.com

News: Sotheby’s- A Connoisseur’s Collection auction

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For enthusiasts of beautiful furniture, this week Sotheby’s auction features some of the most celebrated pieces of ANGLO-INDIAN CARVED AND PARCEL-GILT IVORY furniture ever made in India. Made in Murshidabad in the late 18th Century, from solid ivory, the two pairs of chairs and settee were once part of a suite of furniture commissioned by the Mani Begum – widow of Mir Jafar, Nawab of Murshidad- for Warren Hastings, Governor General of Bengal.

Anglo-Indian carved and parcel-gilt seat furnitureAnglo-Indian carved and parcel-gilt armchair

The items represent a rare opportunity to acquire an exquisite example of the very best decorative arts from the Indian Subcontinent, showing the cross cultural fertilization of that historical period and an important document of the diplomatic relations between Indian rulers and the British Empire. It is of course a rare opportunity for connoisseurs to collect and preserve what are truly important and much published and lauded pieces fit for a museum or a palace.
Sotheby’s- A Connoisseur’s Collection auction on 4th December in London.

Review: Boveda, Andheri, Mumbai

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Gaurav Shekdar

A drive through the by lanes of Andheri west had us at BOVEDA the latest eatery on this side of town. A warm staff greeted us as we entered a rather spacious restaurant and bar. Spread Across 2,200 sq feet with a seating capacity of about 120 people, Bóveda is a Spanish word translated as vault. The interiors, conceptualized and managed by Sandeep Parwal & his team of MAX Solution is inspired from the design concept “Listen to the heart”. With classic yet contemporary interiors, wooden structure with suspended retro bulbs, exposed brick walls, plush lounge area, Bóveda has the ideal setting for a memorable night out.  Not restricting your night within the constraints of walls, it jazzes up your dine out with an open air area where you can revel in the crisp evening air. The colour almost instantly catches your eyes with a classy blend of greys and browns.

Boveda, Mumbai, www.stylecity.in

Boveda, Mumbai, www.stylecity.in

The crowds hadn’t gathered as we were unusually early for a Friday night. But once we got onto the drinks menu we realized why this place was different from the others. The range was vast and it’s cocktails section made a special mark. With refreshing and innovative blends on the cards we went for 3 different cocktails and all were more than up to the mark with the watermelon burst being the icing on the cake. A munch or two always goes down well with drinks and we decided to pick a prawn and a mushroom starter. Both were delectable and great on the taste buds. Once in the mouth they had a burst of flavours that were both new and interesting. A mini pepperoni pizza that followed was a perfect choice along with the Patatas Bravas. The sign off was a chocolate mini pastry which was gooey, nutty and yes, very chocolaty.The staff was attentive and pleasant. Most importantly, they knew their dishes and drinks well and made the correct suggestions.The overall food and drink experience was rather rewarding. The pricing was just right and the variety and quality meant that this place would have me coming here again for a bite and a gulp.

Address: G 04, Morya Landmark 1, Off New Link Road, Andheri west
Tel: +919820704963, 022-67080858/59

Store Watch: Strot, New Delhi

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Find Europe’s most chic and revered brands like Ligne Roset, Edra and Missoni Home along with India’s own hand crafted and customized furniture at New Delhi’s newest lifestyle boutique STROT. Luxuriously designed, the multi-level store is an embodiment of international elegance as well as a heady mix of the classics and the contemporary.The store evokes an unprecedented sense of New Age fusion, “What we consider an ode to the present day modern luxurious living”, says Sidhant Lamba, owner STROT.

Urbani by Ligne Roset, www.stylecity.in

Besides bringing to the capital city of India, the jewels from France and Italy, STROT’s interior design department specializes in offering customized interior solutions that also include wardrobes and specialized doors under the name Rica. Manufactured in house by a battery of artisans and finished with the best of modern day machinery, each product is crafted to suit the client’s personality and specific demand, all contributing to the uniqueness and exclusivity of the products available at STROT. The parent company, ‘The Continental Group’ was set up nearly six decades ago to customize furniture in close association with its craftsmen and added technology and machinery from around the globe. With a legacy of fine detailing and a lasting commitment, a vast list of loyal high-end clientele became the strength for The Continental Group. They are today one of the leading interior solutions company.

Strot, www.stylecity.in

TOGO Michel Ducaroy (Special Edition)  by Ligne Roset, Strot

At the heart of the STROT experience is a deep passion for design that helps homemakers or corporates and hotels transform the environment of their space into a statement of style. The vast and exotic collection of furniture and accessories at STROT could be described as “Global chic meets traditional classics”. The diverse styles of furniture whether sourced internationally or at visits to factories across the globe or manufactured locally range from the bold and the beautiful to elegantly sober. A diverse range includes bedroom classics to coffee room must haves, some sleek and simple in raw wood or steel and conversation starting pieces like hand blown glass vases, planters, unique chandeliers and light fixtures to adorn homes or offices. There’s something to satisfy the demands of a varied range of clientele. Given its expertise to create sophisticated interior design solutions through customization of furniture The Continental Group’s retail initiative, STROT, now offers an international experience at their store and the opportunity of developing a tailor- made look that would suit the best of modern Indian homes.

STROT: 40 Ring Road, Lajpat Nagar IV, New Delhi
Tel: 011-40769933

November Style Picks

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I love this time of the year. Actually come September I feel things are going to be amazing and take a turn for the better! I also find this is the perfect time to spruce up your home, look or just attitude. So presenting the November Style Picks..

1.Limited edition Opium by Yves Saint Laurent
2.Shubh Mangalam Collection, Portico New York
3.Pétale de Cristal bath Collection by Baccarat & THG
4.Limited edition bottle stopper by David Yurman, Patron Anejo
5.Applique Nail Art by Marchesa Lanca, Revlon
6.Pumpkin by Ligne Roset, Strot
7.Marquis Jar, Address Home
8.Fil de fer Collection by Forestier Paris
9.Damien Hirst & Alexander Mcqueen scarf
10.Sparkling Wine,Chandon

Luxe and Stylish: Dhaba by Claridges, DLF Place, Saket

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Dhaba by Claridges was established 29 years ago, now the Hotel is set to recreate the same magic again; The Dhaba by Claridges has been unveiled in DLF Place, Saket to cater to youngsters who prefer to hang out at more casual haunts with great food at good prices. I remember spending a lot of my childhood Birthdays at the original, so I was very keen to see the new Dhaba with a twist. Keeping the younger audience in mind, Dhaba by Claridges has a modern twist to its décor as well as its menu. The menu, crafted especially by chef Ravi Saxena, is based on fresh ingredients rustled up with rudimentary spices found along the bustling highways in North India.

Dhaba by Claridges , www.stylecity.in

Dhaba by Claridges, www.stylecity.in

There is also a contemporary, kitch look to the décor of the Dhaba by Claridges in Saket. The truck has expanded to accommodate a private dining experience, and truck art adorns the walls. The Nalka chandelier, Gramophone, Canister Basin, Nimbu-Mirchi lights, are all reminiscent of a roadside dhaba. But these elements have been modernised to infuse a chic and fun element!

Dhaba by Claridges, www.stylecity.in

The menu is divided into three parts, tawa, tandoor and patila and includes typical rustic dishes like Kanastari Baingan (Baingan ka Bharta served in a copper canister), Dhaba Chilli Chicken, Golgappe ki Chaat,Vada PavKeema Pav, Pav Bhaji etc.  The beverage menu comprises favourites like Kulhar LassiAam Panna, Jal Jeera and Mango/Ruhani Lassi. The entire pleasure of dining at the Dhaba by Claridges is complete only with signature desserts like Bailey’s Kulfi, Pista Kulfi and sugar-free ice-creams. The meal is rounded off with Desi Paan made by the famous Panditji, whose shop outside The Claridges Hotel is as iconic as the hotel itself.

Dhaba by Claridges, www.stylecity.in

Dhaba by Claridges, www.stylecity.in

As a part of The Claridges foundation which is a Non Profit Orgnisation for the Hotel CSR Initiatives, The Claridges Skills & Employment Programme has been implemented at this restaurant also. Under this programme, the candidates from the unprivileged sections of the community in collaboration with the NGO Prayas are trained and employed in one of The Claridges Hotels. The Dhaba by Claridges at Saket blends the trademark rustic charm of the original Dhaba with a contemporary, more casual culinary ambience. The new restaurant is a perfect marriage of the style, delectable flavours and earthy appeal of the signature restaurant with a more urban feel.

Store Watch: Poltrona Frau, New Delhi

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Poltrona Frau has been refining its sophisticated expertise in hand-crafted workmanship through 100 years of history. Today, this heritage of knowledge and skill is captured within each piece of Poltrona Frau furniture.  The intimate and timeless elegance, the personality of each individual piece, are the fruit of the craftsman’s skill and a design that enhances every detail in the most modern forms.The purpose of a Poltrona Frau product is as important as its beauty, as the quality of its materials. The manufacturing expertise has always been combined with research into materials in order to obtain the best from leather, and from the exclusive Pelle Frau® modernizing them while keeping their original, natural softness, warmth and tactile qualities.  Creating timeless products to be enjoyed on a daily basis,  Poltrona Frau is at the heart of those who desire to have the very best in all places and their expressions of living. Its ideals & philosophy have also been successfully transferred to other sectors such as the interiors of all Ferrari and Maserati cars. Poltrona Frau is an international point of reference for luxurious comfort.

Poltrona Frau, www.stylecity.in

Address:E-10, Defence Colony, Ground Floor Delhi-24
Tel:+91-11-40817357

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