THE JOY OF DRESSING IS AN ART – JOHN GALLIANO

When you crave for that cinnamon latte with pumpkin spice, you know that winter has set in. The chunky sweaters, woolen throws , leather pants, boots & furry things start calling your name out. I guess, we, people in Bangalore are very lucky that the winters here are cold enough to wear layers but not that cold that you freeze your a** off. Also, not all winter-y days are cold, there is enough sun shine during the day. Which makes it perfect to wear shorts with a cardigan.

When I visited the Max store for a styling session last week, I could not believe the variety of stuff they have! They had most of the styles you can think of. Is your style laid back ? They have amazing graphic tees, plaid shirts, shirt dresses and jackets. Like some bling ? You have sequinned jackets, tee shirts and even sweat shirts. Are you on trend or prefer classics ? Street style ? They have something for everyone in the store. And you wont have to break the bank for it , that is the thing I love about it. Their accessories are to die for.

Even for men, they have some stunning pieces. From biker to bomber, from classic blazers to denim jackets, from casual tees to formals to even ethnic. You will find everything in Max. All super stylish, both trendy as well as classic pieces, you will be spoilt for choice.

Speaking about styling, I had a blast styling lovely people who visited the store in Market Square mall, Sarjapur. Attaching a  glimpse of it. I also picked up a few stuff and created 5 different looks with them.  All the outfits in the post can be bought online HERE or visit the nearest Max store.

What really happened at @maxfashionindia store 😂 #MaxYourLook #Endlessways

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  • The first look is lounge wear, perfect for laid back days. Since tartan is best worn in winters, I have paired tartan bottoms with a fluffy black embroidered sweater. The fabric is so soft and snug, making it perfect to relax in with a hot cup of Masala chai and a book.
  • The second one is Athleisure gone chic. Wore a dark green metallic top with black tights. Added a black studded & embroidered leather jacket to give a biker touch to it. This look is perfect for travelling if you swap the heels for some kicks. Also, if green colour is not your cup of tea, the same top is available in Oxblood as well.
  • The third look is Street style. Nothing screams street style as good as denim does. So I chose a comfortable shirt dress with patch work on it and threw a denim jacket over. Red shoes and a bag completed this look. Perfect for shopping, movies or running errands.
  • The next one is my favourite, holiday festive. Not only because red is my favourite colour but also, I love mixing ethnic with some casual pieces. Here I have worn a red kurta as a dress with a denim jacket and some Indian earrings. I love how it turned out as the length of that kurta is perfect and the color was very Indian as well as winter-y.
  • The fifth and last one is also inclined on festive mode but more of contemporary ethnic. If you are an Indian, you cannot not love good ethnic. Pair them up with palazzos and a kickass jacket. Complete the look with some jewellery, juttis and a bindi. And last but not the least, smile(In my case- laugh). It can make anything and everything look better. 😀

Outfits : Max Fashion

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Photography Courtesy: Rohitt Sekaar

 

Love,

Kruti

If you are visiting Coron, Philippines, do not miss this. The Island escapade tour is one of its kind, ‘relaxing’ and ‘luxurious’, 3 island hopping compared to the ”Coron island tour” where there is lot of swimming and snorkeling involved. To give you an idea of both, the Coron island tour would be more preferred by those adventurers. And this one can be right up your alley if you love beach bumming in the turquoise water and stunning picturesque nature, while sipping yummy tender coconut.

The drill was the same, for all the island trips. Once our booking was confirmed, they picked us up in the morning in a van and dropped off at the jetty.

Along with 15 other people, the captain gave us instructions and the boat took off. Since there were only 3 islands for this trip, we got good amount of time to enjoy and explore all the islands.

Bulog Dos Isand

After a gorgeous 1.5 hour boat ride, the first stop was the Bulog Dos Island. White sandy beaches, clear blue sky and turquoise  water, this is the view I would never ever get tired of. We docked our boat and began exploring the island. The thing I loved about these islands was, each of them had a different character.  So, no matter how many island tours you go to, each place will be different. This Bulog Dos island had white sandy beach and unique rock formations which gave it very unique character. There was a Two Seasons resort, which you could easily spot form the beach but you cannot go beyond a hill.

What's life without funny boomerangs 🗯

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Levitate 🔆

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Banana Island

The next stop was just after a 10 minute boat ride, long & white sandy, Banana Island. There are some cottages if you like to stay there overnight. There are lot of hammocks and huts also where you can rest and spend some time. By the time we finished exploring the island, it was almost noon and we were hungry. Lunch again, was carried/cooked on the boat, the captain and his crew happily set up a buffet table for us. We bonded over lunch with all the other people of our boat and it was amazing listening to everyone’s story. After lunch I found myself a throne in the middle of the beach and I decided to settle there.

Malcapuya Island

Since these three islands are close to each other, it generally takes 10-15 minutes boat ride to reach. So the third and final stop was, Malcapuya beach. Ah, what a sight it was..! This beach was way longer than the other two and had a completely different vibe. The water was so inviting, I could not stop myself from jumping in. Along with white sand and crystal turquoise water, it had a series of coconut trees as well as some very curved-fallen-half uprooted tree branches. Each and every branch could make a perfect post card. While Rohitt got his post cards, even I got mine, on a fallen coconut tree trunk..!

 

After spending the whole day at the gorgeous beaches, we were dropped off at our hotel by 5:00 pm and we still had the entire evening to us. Since we were tired, we chilled at the hotel for some time, went out for dinner and planned the adventure for the next day……

 

Love,

Kruti

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Coron, you were amazing 😍 off to next destination – El Nido 🌊

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Philippines….. Stunning white beaches, crystal blue water, friendly locals, Mesmerizing sunrises &

sunsets , it’s a traveler’s paradise. Plus a bonus if you love spending your days in bare minimum clothes!

We have spent 2 weeks in this heaven, loved every bit of it and honestly, I would love to go back and

explore more. Here is our itinerary, experience, thing’s to do, what to pack, and some tips for traveling.

Because #ItsMoreFunInPhilippines 💛

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Philippines in general

Philippines is a group of more than 7000 islands located between the South-East Asia. That means, if you

were going to spend a day on each island, it would take you 20 years! English is spoken widely and

people are very friendly. Manila is the capital and Pesos is their currency. Indians need to get the visa

done on prior. There are a few International airports and Manila &  Cebu will be the best choice from

India because they are well connected.

When to travel

Philippines has only two seasons, wet & dry.  Late November till May is the dry season and rest of the year it’s wet. Since it’s a place with amazing beaches, choosing to go in the dry season would be wise. We went there on 24th February till 10th march and it was the perfect weather..!!

I could get used to this ✈️

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Our 2 week itinerary

When there are thousands of islands, it is a tough call to decide which ones to choose. Since we had only 2 weeks & wanted to explore the untouched islands & empty beaches, we chose Palawan over the most-popular tourist destination Boracay. The capital Manila and Cebu has the most well connected flights from across the world. We chose Manila because, it was closer to Palawan.   Here is what our 2 week itinerary looked like :

Bon voyage ⚓️

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Day 1 : Flew to Manila from Bangalore with a layover at Kuala Lumpur

Day 2: Reached Manila and spent the night there

Day 3: Two hour morning Flight to Busuanga and then 45 minutes bus journey to Coron. Checked in to our hotel, Vela Terraces.

Day 4: Island hopping began. Took the Coron Island Tour.

Day 5: Island Escapade tour

Day 6: Explored the Island on our rented scooter

Day 7: Left Coron in a ferry(4:30 hours duration) to El-Nido. Reached El-Nido in the evening.

Day 8: Island hopping tour A

Day 9: Trek to the falls, Nagpan beach & Duli beach

Day 10: Marimegmeg beach & Las cabanas beach

Day 11: Marimegmeg beach & Las cabanas beach

Day 12: 6 hours van journey from El-nido to Puerto Princesa. Reached in the evening to our Microtel Hotel.

Day 13: Relaxed at the Hotel & beach

Day 13: We were supposed to go to the Underground river tour but, we cancelled and spent the day at the Hotel & beach, again..!

Day 14: Left Philippines in the morning and reached Bangalore at mid-night.

What to Pack

Loads of bikinis, shorts & sunscreen…! You will survive the whole trip with just these two. But its better to carry some add ons like t-shirts, sunglasses, hats & caps,  maxi dresses for chilled out beach days, flowy dresses, shirt dresses, comfortable travel outfits with a jacket for flights, aloe vera gel for after sun.

Thing’s to do

From an extreme adventurer to a beach bummer, Philippines will make everyone happy. The one thing you need to keep in mind is that, you must love water if you want to enjoy Philippines to the fullest..! You can do snorkeling, kayaking, scuba dive, free-dive, surfing, kite-surfing, Island hopping, beach bumming, swimming in the lagoons.. the list can go on…. Take your pick and you will love each & every gorgeous thing Philippines has to offer. Apart from diving & surfing, we tried everything and loved every bit of it.

Of Lagoons and tanned back

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Wait, it doesn’t end here.  If you came here looking for some exotic pictures, keep an eye for the next set of posts..! I am sure it’ll be worth it.

Love,

Kruti

 

After spending a whole week in the office, the weekend is finally here. I want to go out but my tired body wants to stay put. I decide to spend the day snuggling under a blanket, but my utterly cute Labrador comes wagging his tail to wake me up. Clearly, he knows it’s my day off and I am home with him, the whole day…!! He sniffs and touches his cold nose on my cheek as I try to chase him out. But, he has one mantra in life, never give up. I have no choice but to finally get out of the bed.

The day has finally begun and I am getting ready. I go through my wardrobe in search for a comfortable outfit and find this graphic tee from The Souled Store and decide to wear it. I am a die hard coffee lover so every time I wear this, I get excited like a little kid. The tee perfectly goes with my distressed denim shorts and flip flops. I carry The Souled Store tote with me that even my Boomer is obsessed with. I think he found his connection with Shaggy !
We spend the evening chilling and lazing around on the terrace and Boomer was being really obedient. For an over enthusiastic and hyper Labrador this is a rare thing so I decide to take advantage of his mood and get a couple of pictures clicked with him. Whether he knew he had to pose for the camera or was he actually listening to me or waiting for a treat, the answer to this, we will probably never know..! 
The Souled Store has some really cool stuff. Whether you are a friends fan or the big bang or star wars, they have them all. All the quirky prints are available on Tees, mugs, mobile covers, totes and a lot more. I am wearing the Caffeine tee from HERE and the tote from HERE. For the entire collection, you can check out their website HERE .

   

Love,
Kruti

Hello,

This post is in continuation of THIS. I had received this Coolpad Cool1 phone for review and what better way to show the camera quality than showing you a day in my life through Cool1 ? Now before I go ahead, if I have to compare this phone to Honor 6x, then here is what I feel. If I ignore the memory, which is more in Honor 6x, the camera indeed is better in Coolpad Cool1, the processor is more advanced and even battery life is better.

Disclaimer: All the pictures in this post are clicked with Coolpad Cool1 and absolutely no editing done, whatsoever. This is as real as it can get.

It was a beautiful Sunday morning. I woke up early for a shoot. The trench coat was hanging in my cupboard,  I was making myself a cup of coffee while listening to songs on my Coolpad Cool1. Once in a while I do like some music. I did my makeup, put on the fishnet stockings and headed out for a shoot. Once we finished the shoot, I changed  into my comfy boot cut jeans and headed for food. We then, decided to click the second outfit pictures using Coolpad Cool1. I was not very sure but, when we tried it, we realized, the camera was indeed amazing..!!

Coolpad Cool1 looks very sleek and is lightweight. It comes in two colors, silver & gold, I have a silver one. The phone also has a reversible battery which means you can use your phone as a power-bank, when you need it. The best part of the phone is, its battery life. It gives a stand-by time of 450 hours, 120 hours of music or 40 hours of movie playback.

The selfies were taken using the front 8MP camera, in beauty mode.

Clicked in Beauty mode

We went to a place called Yogisthaan and had yummy Aloo paratha, Poha and Masala tea.

Clicked in Pro mode

Meanwhile, clicked a few pictures as well.

Clocked in normal Photo mode

Clicked in Dual camera setup

Look, how green and pretty the place is…!!

Clocked in normal Photo mode

Post food,  we strolled around the neighborhood and visited a park.

Clicked in Pro mode

I love the quality of this phone.

Then on the way home, we spotted beautiful trees with pink flowers so we stopped for a picture. Boy ! Can’t believe it’s spring already……

Look how pretty the road looks…!    From where I stand…..

It was already afternoon, and after a nap I took my boy for a walk.

He loved the camera as well…

Clicked in Pro mode

Clocked in normal Photo mode

A few tricks, for the treat !

The only way to get his attention is FOOD !

Later I went for weekly grocery shopping. And this is how it looks like, well, mostly.

Look how vivid the colors look..!!

After dinner I hit the bed and just like that, before I could realize, my Sunday was over……

I am not much of a party animal and this is how I spend most of my Sundays. I wake up early, eat yummy and nutritious food, spend time with Rohitt & Boomer and go to bed early. You know what they say, it’s not a trend, it’s a lifestyle.

Hope you enjoyed the post. For more information on Coolpad Cool1, you can check out their website HERE. And If you are looking to buy it then, visit the nearest store or just click HERE.

Love,

Kruti