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Saturday, 25 March 2017

Travel Diaries : Dubai ( Burj Khalifa )


I recently traveled to Dubai along with my brother & as usual, I planned it out all by myself. I wanted to share my experiences and some tips for those who wish to travel to Dubai any time soon! Emirates is THE place to be during the shopping festival i.e between December to February as the weather, much to my surprise, was very chilly! I literally needed warm clothes as I was shivering almost every place I went! My 3 hour flight was scheduled to depart from Mumbai & I wanted to book my visit to the Burj Khalifa once I land. (Definitely recommend booking your tickets online rater than getting them on the spot as one can avail many discounts & land up paying a much cheaper amount than usual!) Soon, my flight arrived at the Dubai International Airport & I logged into the free airport wifi but somehow instead of booking my Burj Khalifa experience for the coming weekend, I booked it for the very same day by mistake!! To top that, the timing mentioned was 08:30am and It was 07:30am then, at the airport already!! I was almost shitting bricks when customer care informed me that they were helpless in helping me reschedule & I decided to rush to the Burj, with all my luggage, even though i'd be super late! I was literally, so sleepy from the travel, I bet it showed on my bare, makeup less face! Moreover, THIS was not how I wanted to look while visiting the world's tallest building! :|


Nonetheless, once my brother & I got there, the Burj looked magnificent! It was so tall, I couldn't even see the top from the ground due to the clouds. But that disappointed me. If it was cloudy, that meant I may not have the best view from the top & I was almost disappointed but thought of going up anyway! We were relieved as they did consider us even though we were late & we finally managed to ascent towards the top! The lift in itself was an exciting ride! The floor numbers on the screen literally do not stop till you reach the 124th floor! on the 100th floor my ears shut down due to the altitude so imagine the 124th & 125th floor! Haha! After we had our fill of the breathtaking views we were treated to a lavish breakfast at the world's highest restaurant, At.mosphere. The breakfast had options of cute mini burgers, pastries, juices & various teas. I leave you with some fun pictures!

Visa: Approx 5k (e-visa)
Flights: Approx 10k-20k (Jan-March)
Hotel: Approx 10k per night (4 star +)
AirBnB: Approx 4k-7k per night (Downtown Dubai)
Burj Khalifa Tickets: Approx 2k-4k per person (varies as per time)
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo: 2k per person
Abu Dhabi Day Tour: 3k per person 
Desert Safari: 2k per person

Total Cost: Approx 50k-80k per person










Hope you enjoyed reading about my experience at the Burj Khalifa!
Remaining posts about my travels will be up on the blog very soon! Stay Tuned!
Special thanks to Visit Dubai!
If you need any help in planning a trip to Dubai or anywhere in the world, please feel free to drop me a mail on tresenvogueteam@gmail.com & i'll be happy to guide you! :)

Outfit:
T-Shirt: Zara
Denims: c/o Splash
Shoes: c/0 Adidas
Bag: Forever 21
Sunglasses: Zara
Watch: c/o Casio
Bracelet: c/o Swarovski

Till next time,
Love,
-M
xoxo

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Adieu 2016 & Bonjour 2017

2016 was a year full of happy & sad moments. But that doesn’t take away the fact that it was a fabulous year!
It was the year when I got my first corporate job in a big name American MNC as a financial analyst, learnt even more about finance than in had while in college. Got to know some very knowledgeable seniors in my organization & just watch, learn & grow. I even tried my hand at marketing & corporate communications where I worked on putting together the annual Newsletter and made it happen in just a week, receiving appreciation from our MD! Work life was great!


It was the year where I traveled abroad for the first time from my own savings, lived like a gypsy, changing hostels and making friends from around the world everywhere I went. It was the year where I first lost something big – My Phone! It had so many pictures & memories from my trip, specially Venice & Disneyland Paris where I didn’t carry my DSLR so I hardly have anything from there! But, it was also the trip where I disconnected from social media for the remaining 7 days of my trip which turned out to be the best 7 days ever where I partied, drank, traveled, ate like a piggy & made some amazing friends from whom I managed to learn how to just let go & enjoy life as it comes!


It was the year my dad moved to another city for a work assignment, leaving me with more responsibilities in terms of contributing some of my salary to get household stuff, not partying till very late and going home on time. My 18 year old brother too was enlisted with his share of duties & of course my mother too had added responsibilities. It was the year where my family was more united than I had ever seen. Distance had brought us closer than before and it made me realize the importance of something that we so easily overlook. It was the year where I realized the value of ‘Family’.


It was also the year where I experienced heartbreak from my first serious relationship. Even though it was the best for the both of us, it still hurt. I grieved his absence, each day and that sucked. The best part is that it got easier with each passing day. I realized that nothing really lasts forever & all we can do is cherish every moment spent. Today 6 months after, I feel renewed & much stronger. A dear friend, rightly told me, that it could take days, months or even years to put it all behind, but in the end we overcome it all. Nonetheless, he was an amazing influence in my life for almost 4 years and I will always wish him well.


It was the year where after my heartbreak, I realized who my friends really were. Some landed up fighting with me for petty things when I was going through tough times, some never bothered to be there with me, but some went out of their way to spend time with me or stand by me when I was low. The ones who stuck by me, I love you all and you know who you’ll are! Girls Night Out was The Thing and I had some epic nights! I landed up learning so much from each of them & found soul mates in my girlfriends & family. They literally Saved me!


It was the year where I cooked more often, something I rarely did earlier even though I loved it. I made spicy chicken curry, aglio olio spaghetti, kheema pav, fried rice, thai curry, gulab jamun & So many other things! I began blogging about food more & attended every food tasting event. It was the year I officially began my relationship with FOOD! So much so, that in 2017 I bet I’ll have to start a relationship with FITNESS! Haha!


Lastly, It was a year where blogging took a back seat in 2016 as work took the front seat in my life but I will be blogging more in 2017 and also start my journey as a Youtuber!  It was also an amazing year where I got a chance to inspire all you guys! I posted some amazing things and It would not have been possible had you guys not been supportive! Right from the lovely comments, to the Insta DMs, to Snapchats I received, I have been grateful for it all. Let’s all push each other to do better. We are a family here! Like you all, I’m just another girl with problems, solutions, happy moments & the sad ones too. We all have some of it in our share. Give yourself some leverage & love yourself enough. Do amazing things, work hard, make big bucks, help someone in need, travel, even if that means visiting a small place within your state but JUST GO, make a difference to someone, spend time with your family, love with all your heart even if that means, falling flat on your face or experiencing heartbreak like me, at least you loved whole heartedly, adopt a pet, meet up with old friends, get fit but also eat that cake if you want to, save up & buy that expensive thing you’ve been eyeing, listen to good music, do that crazy dance, meet new people & let 2017 SURPRISE you!


To the good times,
Adieu 2016 & Bonjour 2017
Love,
M
xoxo

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Festive Boho ft. Splash India


Splash has been in India for a few years now and honestly, they have really evolved into a niche fashion brand matching upto other ones like Forever 21 etc. Splash houses not only stylish apparel and accessories but is also light on the pocket. Personally I’ve been buying from Splash ever since it opened its store in Pune. Recently, I landed up purchasing this gorgeous dress with embroidery which was so apt for the festive season. In fact I even wore it once with leggings below and it looked like a kurta set !! Talk about being versatile! ;)


 

Here, I wore the dress with a belt to synch the waist and tie up flats to add the boho vibe. The traditional earrings or Jhumkas as we call them along with a bindi really complemented the boho vibes. Of course I had to add my favourite sunnies to complete the look! Check out the pictures!! :D








Outfit: Splash India
Facebook: Here
Website: Here

Hope you enjoyed reading this post!
Till next time,
Lots of Love,
-M
XoXo

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Travel Tips For Disneyland Paris




Hi Lovelies!!
So a lot of friends and Instafam peeps asked me the top things to do in Disneyland so I thought I'd do an entire post on it! :)
Now, Disneyland is huggggeeeee and it's really tough to cover the entire property in a day. I hear of people taking Two Day passes etc but since I only had a day to check it out, I thought I'll put down a few things one MUST do their visit to the famous Disneyland, Paris!!


First of all, I have to mention that losing my phone in Italy while I was on a trip all by myself was just awful as I lost ALL my pictures from Disneyland since I had not carried my bulky camera on my trip there and was relying on my phone camera entirely! :( But, I did manage to ask some of my Hostel friends to email me the pictures we took of the place while we were there so thank God for that! So lets get started!!



How to Get there?
There are many options available like bus service, Disneyland combo tickets also offer pick up and drop with the ticket itself, renting a car or the good old metro line. I think the cheapest is the metro of course. As I was staying at the 3-Ducks Hostel on Rue Du Commerce, the metro was very accessible. It was about 2 minutes walking distance from my hostel and from there I basically bought a ticket that cost me a total of approx 14-15 euros for the entire one way trip . I caught the line 8 metro till Opera where I switched to line A and Marne La Vallee was the last stop.I may be wrong due to my poor memory skills but the people at the Subway station ticket counters were very helpful and even drew the entire line i had to follow on my map so I don't get lost! Follow the same route back but be careful of the timings as the last train out is probably 1:00am and the closing parade begins around 12:00am so be sure not to miss the last train out or you could be stuck there for a night lol!



What to Wear?
Wear comfortable clothing as you will be going on rides and walking around all day. The last thing you would want is to feel uncomfortable. Wear jeans or shorts. Preferably jeans as it gets cold post evening. Wear a cute t shirt. I suggest pick up a souvenir Mickey tee and wear that there itself! Most importantly, wear sneakers!!

What to Carry?
I suggest not to carry water as you would have to refill through the day anyway. But then again, there are many places to fill your bottles so a medium sized bottle that won't add to much back pack weight should be good to go. Carry sunglasses, as the weather in Paris is super erratic. Carrying a portable foldable umbrella would also be wise! Carry a jacket as you will be there till night and it tends to get quite chilly on the way back. Protein bars as munchies as all the walking around gets you hungry & its quite expensive to always buy something to eat. Portable chargers, selfie sticks etc as long as its in your bag and not in pockets etc during rides. Tissues or wet wipes in case. These are just the basic things apart from which you can stuff your bag as long as you're okay to carry around the weight whole day!




Rides to Not Miss?
-Space Mountain all the wayyyy! It was my favourite ride ever! Although I was shitting bricks and for a micro second I probably thought I was going to Die haha, it was an amazing ride nonetheless!
-Pirates of the Carribean was awesome too! It was amazingly done up on the inside!
-Phantom Manor was the not so typical haunted house ride of any amusement park . It had a story to the ghost, was super fun & not that scary which worked for me lol!
-La Taniere Du Dragon was a walk through ride with great visuals of a Dragon etc.
-Orbitron gave a great view of the place during the day or night.
-Indiana Jones ride was scary like the space mountain one so go for it if you enjoy the thrills!
-Pinnochio ride was awesome and slightly dark so it was creepy, but fun.
-Carrousel as one cannot miss sitting on the carrousel when in Paris haha!
Don't miss the day parades & keep the map handy!




What to Eat there?
There are tons and tons of options for snacks or lunch / dinner and I was honestly confused. The specials or offers from each restaurant is displayed outside the restaurant on a blackboard stand but that is hardly the deal breaker. You need to just decide what you prefer to eat on the spot I guess. Well, funnily I was missing Indian spices and RICE (Being Super Bengali Ughsss) so I chose to go in for a delicious fast food meal at Hakuna Matata Restaurant. I landed up ordering beef meat balls curry which actually had an African sauce. It was spicy & was accompanied with rice (Yumm haha!). I mean as Indian as I could get right? Curry & Rice? Hahahah! Don't forget to try the sweet caramelised green apples on a stick and the delicious fro yo / ice cream with the mickey stamped waffle topping!






How to Book the tickets?
I had a friend book the tickets for me but this website should be of help: www.dlpguide.com
I advise pre booking as there are attractive offers as opposed to buying on the spot at the venue. I advise taking the two day pass if possible as one day was not enough for me. There are skip the line / fast passes available to avoid the long queues and trust me it would be worth it as the lines were so long for every ride!

What to Buy?
There are tons of merchandise stores selling amazing goodies in case you wish to take back some souvenirs. I went a little crazy and bought key chains, mugs, soup bowls, fridge magnets, the famous Minnie Mouse ears hairband etc There is something for every pocket trust me!
What I recommend are the cute fridge magnets specially the ones with a photoframe to put an image inside, or the t shirts which are super cute!



Hope you enjoyed the post just as much as  I enjoyed reliving the memories!
Till next time,
Lots of Love,
-M
xoxo




Friday, 28 October 2016

Di(W)ali - ft. W For Woman

Hey Guys!
Don't you'll just love this festive season? It sure is a treat for me with work holidays, good food, festivities and of course, the fun get togethers!! But one perpetual worry for us girls, is What To Wear! We all want to look pretty & 'Desi' but we don't want to run around choosing the outfits due to lack of time specially for girls who work day jobs like me! Recently I walked into a W for Woman store and I was taken by surprise at the variety they offered!! They had everything, from semi formal lehengas to palazzo pants and kurtis to dresses with capes. All of this with a lovely touch of desi-ness! ;)
I decided to compile some looks that I would personally wear for different Diwali functions right from lunching at my relatives house to a Diwali bonfire party with friends.

Four Days Of Diwali With W


Day 1: Dhanteras

We were expecting a few guests over, to attend the puja & eat yummy food!
I picked this easy-peasy outfit as the cropped pants would help me run errands too!


Day 2 : Laxmi Puja (Diwali)

I can't wait to attend a fun get together at a friend's house where we have a Diwali Cards Party late afternoon followed by a bonfire at night!
I picked this comfortable dress with a cape as it would be easy to handle with bonfire/firecrackers around & the embroidered cape adds that Indian touch too!

 


Day 3 : Diwali

Diwali in many households is celebrated over two days. My mum and I decorate the entire house with diyas and marigold flowers making our house look so beautiful!
I picked this Kurta with a skirt set. I'm sure it will be super easy for me to bend down with the long skirt covering me up, while I literally squat all over the floor to make Rangolis outside the house! 




Day 4 : Bhai Dooj

Being Bengali, we celebrate Bhai Dooj over Raksha Bandhan but the customs are basically one and the same honestly. My family and I are invited to my cousin's house so that we siblings could pamper the Brothers & also bag some fancy gifts in return! This bright orange kurta, paired with gold palazzo pants & gold dupatta will make me look "Marriage-Material" in front of my relatives, much to my mum's delight!


Outfits: W for Woman
(Amazon, Jabong, ShoppersStop, Ajio)

Hope you are enjoying the festive season as much as I am!!
Here's wishing you all a very Happy Diwali !!
Lots of Love,
-M