Travel: Fountain Wonders

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

Take the Plunge

By Isha Marwaha

Pools are no longer just a hole in the backyard of some resort and hotels. Nor are they just a feature a resort must provide.Pools can be any style, any shape, with unique features. They reflect a growing desire for style with features such as waterfalls, fountains, dramatic lighting and creative finishes.  Here are few unimaginable and exotic places all around the world where everybody’s desire is to be and cherish amazing moments in the pool, from Bali to Switzerland!! So what are you waiting for, pack your bathing suits and get ready to take the plunge…

Giola-Lagoon, Greece
Giola Lagoon, a natural pool near the village of Astris on Thassos in the Greek IslandsHanging gardens, Bali
The pool at Hanging Gardens Ubud Hotel in Bali, IndonesiaThe Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
The Oberoi Udaivilas pool on the shore of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, IndiaBoucan by hotel chocolat, St Lucia
Pool at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat in St. LuciaThe Hotel Caruso pool on Italy’s beautiful Amalfi Coast
The Hotel Caruso pool on Italy’s beautiful Amalfi CoastThe_Cambrian outdoor pool, Switzerland
The pool at the Cambrian in Switzerland

Trend: Indigo Rising

This summer a trend that seems to really be going around is Indigo.. Finding its roots in Indian dyes, the colour is seen to be a big trend which will catch up later in the year..Here is a picture essay showcasing Indigo from around the world..

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Trend Indigo, www.stylecity.in
Spotted on the runways of: Valentino, Jason Wu, Diane Von Furstenberg, DKNY
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Indigo Blue Industrial look © pia ulin
Styling Cleo Scheulderman Photograph Jeroen van der Spek
Styling Cleo Scheulderman Photograph Jeroen van der Spek
Indigo Pocket Squares
Indigo Pocket Squared
Elle Decoration
Elle Decoration

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A touch of rural India; Surjivan Farms

The other day thanks to some work I ended up visiting Surjivan Farms in Manesar, a boutique property that has a tie up with Haryana Tourism. Nestled within 50-acres of lush green farmlands, 34 kms off NH8, Surjivan is an ethnic resort based on a traditional Indian Village theme. I met the husband and wife duo who run this resort and have been doing so for over a decade, they seem very passionate about this property and it is only when they have a group booking that it is open to public with the cooks bought in for an traditional experience. The huts are made completely out of mud with terracotta tiles and the basic furniture in the room like bed, dressing table too have been made from mud, covered with authentic Indian fabrics and bedcovers. For an authentic rural Indian experience they have a dining area where you sit and eat on the floor while women make fresh ‘chappatis’ on ‘chulas’ to be served.

Surjivan Resort, www.stylecity.in

Surjivan Resorts, www.stylecity.in

Surjivan Resorts, www.stylecity.in

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Surjivan Resort, www.stylecity.in

They have loads of adventure activities such as Para Gilding, Rock Climbing, and Zorbing, along with out-door sports, swimming pool and an option to have a rain dance. I did not get a chance to really try out the experience hence cannot do a review, but in terms of looks and décor it truly felt like an authentic Rural experience. Also I went mid-June which is the hottest time of the year. To truly enjoy this experience you should plan a trip, day trip or over night maybe between October-March.
For Reservations and Booking
Surjivan Resort- D 3-3513, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi -110 070
Deven: +91 9810105785 Alka: +91 9810291294
Tel: 011 26894866

“Private Moon” travels the world

Russian artist Leonid Tishkov has taken the very notion of romance and actually bought down the moon to earth.Paris, Austria, Kazakhstan and Taiwan are just some of the places he has travelled with his man-made lunar companion. As an artist and story-teller Tishkov’s inspiration comes from various fairy-tales and he dreams of travelling to the moon with his “Private Moon”. Do read excerpts from his interview at Huffington Post.

Leonid Tishkov Private Moon, www.stylecity.in

Leonid Tishkov Private Moon, www.stylecity.in

Leonid Tishkov Private Moon, www.stylecity.in

The entire experience has been captured in intimate photographs taken off the artist with the moon. I for one love the idea of a man travelling the world with a moon and have a photograph trail of his endeavours. Reminds me a bit of the Little Prince. I think if I could travel the world it would be with a giant shoe, maybe convince Louboutin or Jimmy Choo to create one, so I could leave my footsteps wherever I visit. What about you? What would you like to travel the world with? Do leave your ideas in the comments below

Dream Home: Ellen Pompeo’s home by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard

Ellen Pompeo photographed by Firooz Zahedi.PR approval requiredEllen Pompeo's Home, www.stylecity.in

Ellen Pompeo's Home, www.stylecity.inEllen Pompeo's Home, www.stylecity.in

The 22-foot ceilings of the living room allowed Martyn Lawrence to keep the furnishings simple, as the room had all the drama. The floor is covered in a 1930s Afghan wool dhurrie rug while the windows have off white Rogers & Goffigan linen drapery. The Moroccan style sofa was designed specially for the room. The silver tray tables are from Caravane Chambre 19 in Paris, while the 1950s Osvaldo Borsani lacquered goatskin table came from a vintage store, Fat Chance, in Los Angeles. In the living room the ceiling height is accentuated by using a custom Mousharabi screen mirror made for the space. The wall lights are Spanish from the 1920s while the Edwardian club chairs were upholstered in a nubby linen from Schumacher. The side table is ancient petrified wood from ABC Home, New York. Above the living room fireplace sit four Fatima mirrors by Martyn Lawrence Bullard. A photograph by Nick Brandt rests next to the fireplace, while an 18th century Italian ebony chair sits on the other side. The tray table from Caravane Chambre 19 in Paris is glamorized by a rare white Picasso ceramic candelabra.

Ellen Pompeo's Home. www.stylecity.in

The “Bugatti” style mirror used in the Dining Room was originally designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Cher, but found the perfect home in this room. The antique Italian farm table provides a rustic feeling, while the three hanging fixtures from Caravane Chambre 19 in Paris add a Moroccan flavor. The candlestick is 18th century Turkish and was found in the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul.

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The pared-back kitchen was designed for Ellen to cook her favorite Italian style food in. The floor is covered in reclaimed antique French terracotta tile while the cabinets and Viking cooker are all stainless steel. The Viking fridge is balanced by a spectacular Salgado photograph of an Indian train station. This photo is said to have inspired the final scene of the movie Slum Dog Millionaire.

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The wall behind the bed is hung with an early 20th century Egyptian tapestry that creates an exotic flavor. The bedding is by Calvin Klein, while the antique Moroccan embroidered pillows are from Pat McGann in Los Angeles. The grey lacquer side tables are vintage Edward Wormley and the lamps are from the 1940s. The rug is vintage Afghani from Amadi Carpets. A bathtub from Waterworks sits on antique French terracotta tile. The ladder is 19th century Chinese and is to hold towels. The teak étagère is also from Waterworks while the zinc “garden stool” is used as a side table and came from American Rag et Cie, Los Angeles.

Ellen Pompeo's Home, www.stylecity.in

The outdoor porch is screened off for shade while using Sunbrella white outdoor fabric curtains. The tray table is circa 1950s from Hollywood at Home. The pillows are covered in Marrakesh fabric, Baltic color, from Martyn Lawrence Bullard Fabric.

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To add an exotic touch to the pool, a Jaipur sofa in teak from the Martyn Lawrence Bullard Home collection was placed at the end of the pool. The pillows are covered in Perennials outdoor fabrics. Cypress trees provide privacy and shade in the hot summer.

Travel Diaries; Paris, France

I don’t think there is anything I can say which can describe Paris. Nor do the pictures I have actually do justice to some parts of the city. I feel some things I won’t be able to express and others I you might not agree with, so instead decided to leave you with a few images and few quotes which maybe describe Paris. Here is a Photo essay,part one of my Week dedicated to Paris

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A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life-Thomas Jefferson

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Paris… is a world meant for the walker alone, for only the pace of strolling can take in all the rich (if muted) detail. -Edmund White

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Paris is a heaven for all woman’s obssesions: hot men, great chocolates, scrumptuous pastries, sexy lingerie, cool clothes but, as any shoe-o-phile knows, this city is a hotbed of fabulous shoes- Kirsten Lobe, Paris Hangover

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You can’t escape the past in Paris, and yet what’s so wonderful about it is that the past and present intermingle so intangibly that it doesn’t seem to burden- Allen Ginsberg

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Travel Paris, www.stylecity.in

When spring comes to Paris the humblest mortal alive must feel that he dwells in paradise. -Henry Miller

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I like The Eiffel Tower because it looks like steel and lace-Natalie Lloyd

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Even the majestic trees that graced and sheltered her streets were attuned to her–and the waters of the Seine, contained and beautiful as they wound through her heart; so that the earth on that spot, so shaped by blood and consciousness, had ceased to be the earth and had become Paris- Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire

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For a painter, the Mecca of the world, for study, for inspiration and for living is here on this star called Paris. Just look at it, no wonder so many artists have come here and called it home. Brother, if you can’t paint in Paris, you’d better give up and marry the boss’s daughter―Alan Jay Lerner

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An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris. -Friedrich Nietzsche

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Paris is always a good idea. -Audrey Hepburn as Sabrina Fairchild in Sabrina

Travel Diaries: Lisbon, Portugal

Walking through the streets of Portugal is like being transferred back into an old historical town straight out of a classic novel. Some of the world’s greatest explorers originated from Portugal and as you walk through this picturesque town of Lisbon, time stands still; you are met with vintage trams, medieval village like areas and really old restaurants and buildings. Here is a photo-essay of my recent trip to this charming European capital.

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A view of the city from the City centre, along with street art (the couple is painted as bronze statues) and cyclists riding through the city.

3Travel Diaries: Lisbon Portugal. www.stylecity.in

3Travel Diaries: Lisbon Portugal. www.stylecity.in

Cafe ‘A Brasileira’  terrace in Lisbon (Rua Garrett 120) with statue of Poet Fernando Pessoa who was once regular customer. His table in bronze was created by Lagoa Henriques. Also the cobbled streets at Rossio Square look like waves, even though they are straight.

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One of the nicest shops I have seen in the longest time is A Vida Portuguesa. I loved this charming store where they have searched through the country for products created and fabricated in Portugal. Products that have been handed down through generations and retain the same original, beautiful and naïve packaging. This is exactly how I imagine StyleCity store to be like, so my definite Style Pick.

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Another store which I really liked was the Porcelain store Vista Alegre Atlantis which besides some Portuguese products also had the Christian Lacroix porcelain collection.

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Ajuda palace which was never completed as planned due to exile of the royal family but is yet filled with extravagant decorative art, furniture, statues and chandeliers. It also hosts various exhibits and I managed to get visit the exhibition by Lisbon-based artist Joana Vasconcelos, which was held at Versailles before this and I had mentioned earlier. Then of course Jerónimos Monastery, final resting place of Vasco Da Gama and the wide variety of museums.

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Finally A taste of Portuguese Sweet Tradition “Pasteis de Belem” which started in n1837 as a secret recipe from the monastery and continues unchanged till present day.

Travel Diaries- Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Last weekend two of my close friend Gayatri and Jigar went to Jodhpur to attend the Sufi music fest. Anyway, when I saw the pictures and heard their stories I was very keen to share them with you. So here is a Picture essay for you to enjoy the beauty and colours of this gorgeous city.
Images Courtesy Gayatri Ojha and Jigar Mehta

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A view of Jodhpur also called the blue city as alot of its houses have been painted blue.

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They stayed at the lovely Jhalamand Garh Heritage hotel which is about 10 kms from Jodhpur city. It is a Palace that has been converted into a hotel. The courtyard also houses a swimming pool while the entry hall has beautifully painted wall art.

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Travel Jodhpur, Heritage hotel, www.stylecity.in

The restaurant in the hotel which apparently has amazing Marwari food. Style Picks- The Pendant lights

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The old city circles the Mehrangarh fort which hosted the Sufi music festival.

Mehrangarh fort, Jodhpur, www.stylevcity.in

The fort came alive with Sufi musicians from Turkey, Egypt, Kutch, Afghanisthan

Sufi performers at Mehrangarh fort, Jodhpur. www.stylecity.in

Umaid Bhawan Palace half of which has been turned into a hotel, one of the best in the country

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur. www.stylecity.in

Puppets and Block printing in the Silvassa village

Puppets at Silvassa village, Jodhpur www.stylecity.in

Block Printing at Silvassa village, Jodhpur www.stylecity.in

My friend Gayatri tried her hand at pottery, and seems she achieved quite a lot in a day (LOL!)

Gayatri tries Pottery at Silvassa village, Jodhpur. www.stylecity.in Pottery at Silvassa village, Jodhpur. www.stylecity.in

Pottery at Silvassa village, Jodhpur. www.stylecity.in

And finally the Opium ceremony- first I heard of this too. So apparently when there is a dispute in a village both parties have opium water followed by tea with the village head and sort the issue.

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Travel Diaries: Sri Lanka

Hello, so the reason my posts have been so erratic this month is cause I was off on a vacation with my bff from school who lives in Australia and we met in Sri Lanka for a few days after almost 5 years. My trip began on a horrible note thanks to AIR INDIA and them cancelling my flight, hence me missing my connecting flight at Chennai and almost having a heart attack about the fact that I may need to stay at Chennai Airport which may I add is the worst airport in the world. But all worked out, and I met this really sweet guy who had the same problem with AIR INDIA from Mumbai and totally helped me out.Fortunately, my ordeal in getting to Sri Lanka was not a reflection on the rest of my trip which was fabulous. To begin with five days is just too less, you need atleast fifteen to properly see Sri Lanka. I plan to go back in February hopefully, join me maybe? Well anyway starting with this photo-essay you can get an idea of my trip.

Dutch hospital Colombo. www.stylecity.in

Day one I landed at around 6pm and my friends picked me up and we went to a coffee shop,we had some Sri Lankan Chai and then headed to Colombo. There we chilled at Dutch Hospital, which was originally a hospital but now is a cool hang-out zone, with shops and restaurants and pubs all around a courtyard. Which as you can see has this amazing Christmas tree in the centre and is full on a Monday evening, party girl in me pleasantly surprised, 5/5 to the Sri Lankan youth.

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Day 2 we went of to Galle for the day to check out the fort and just have lunch out there. This is a panoramic view of the beach, taken from the light-house.

Amangalla, Galle, Sri Lanka. www.stylecity.in

Pedlar's Inn, Galle, Sri Lanka. www.stylecity.in

We first stopped to have a drink at Amangalla Hotel, which is a beautifully done up building, looks like an old Dutch house which has been restored. Unfortunately we did not realise it was Amangalla when we walked in (don’t judge, they don’t have any signs or board) else I would have definitely asked to see the whole property. From there we walked down the fort and went for lunch at Pedlar’s Inn. Which is so quirky and the food is absolutely delish!

The Fortress, Galle, Sri Lanka. www.stylecity.in

After this we went to The Fortress Resort and Spa where I had a two-day stay booked  thanks to Small Luxury Hotels of the World to review the property. We actually missed the property and drove past it, cause as the name suggests it does look like a fort from outside and we did not think to look past the high walls. But once you enter those high walls, its like a small piece of heaven, with lush green gardens overlooking the ocean (More about the Fortress soon!)

Happy Banana *no pun intended", Unawatuna, Sri Lanka.www.stylecity.in

The next day after my meetings at The Fortress which included a long consultancy with the Ayurvedic doctor regarding my treatment the next day (details to follow) we went off to Unawatuna beach which is approximately 20 mins by car from where we were staying. Here we chilled at a shack called Happy Banana (*no pun intended* that is the name) and had a sea food barbecue in the evening.

Paradise Road Gallery Cafe, Colombo, Sri Lanka. www.stylecity.in Paradise road Gallery Cafe, Colombo, Sril Lanka. www.stylecity.in

The Commons, Colombo, Sri Lanka. www.stylecity.in

Finally went back to Colombo and most day just went in traveling, but we did manage to visit Paradise Road Gallery Cafe’. This charming cafe opened in 1998 in a structure which was offices of world-renowned Sri Lankan architect the Late Geoffery Bawa. The art gallery constantly has exhibitions featuring renowned and upcoming Sri Lankan artists. After coffee here we checked into our service apartment, which is really well located and absolutely safe even for girl or single travellers called over11apartments. The owners live in the main building and this apartment is in the annexe above the garage. Finally we went to eat at “the Commons” a really nice and homely joint for a meal before crashing for the night.

Home Lunch with Fariz and family. www.stylecity.in

Silk, Colombo, Sri Lanka. www.stylecity.in

The next day and my final day in Sri Lanka started with a home cooked meal at my friends college friend Fariz’s place. Fariz needs a special mention because he was pretty much our tour guide in terms of where to go and what to do during our stay. He also let me know often enough I should have not come if I was only planning to come for 5 days since Sri Lanka has too much to offer to be covered in such a short span. Then we went off shopping, mostly souvenir and small gift shopping cause honestly Sri Lanka is by no means cheap shopping and finally as it was my last night wanted to check out a night club, which we did called SILK. Again, if you do go to Colombo do try this club out. Missed out on the Casino’s, but next trip hopefully!
P.S- Note how much I tanned, picture from beach on day two and night club n day five