Monday, March 31, 2014

Fitness Series: Week 1 - Gym Gear Shopping

As a fashion blogger, I have always felt a certain need to look right and eat healthy. While most of the times you will catch me grabbing lunch at Nutritious Nation, Brown Sugar or Subway, there have been plenty number of times I have given into my sweet tooth cravings. The beginning of the year always burdens me with the holiday weight. Many Birthdays including mine, New Year, Anniversaries, Valentine's Day, etc makes sure that I ring in the new year with few extra kilos. And due to the weather and layers of clothes, nothing shows and I can get away with it all. But, the Summers are here now and EVERY.BITE.SHOWS!

I have been in search of a good gym nearby my home but haven't been able to find time from my busy schedule till now. But lately, I have realized that I would never find time until and unless I make time for myself. I am hoping this would not be temporary and it would be more of a lifestyle change. I have found a gym which is hardly 10 minutes walking distance from my home and it has all the amenities I was looking for along with Steam room and Sauna. I will be joining from April 1st and I want to document this new journey and share it with you all so that if any of you need motivation, tips or any kind of help, I might be of some use. Moresoever, it will help me be motivated as I have made a commitment in front of  you all about documenting the improvement. 

So, the first step was obviously finding the right gym. Next comes, finding the right gym gears. I was in luck and Forever 21 recently started storing Gym gears in their stores. I got my trackpants and a couple of t-shirts from there only. Now, I like to wear fitted clothes in gym as they are safer than loose pajama style trackpants which have a higher risk of getting caught in treadmill leading to embarrassing situations. And while you can go for sweat-proof t-shirts from Nike, Adidas, etc, I opted for regular cotton t-shirts coz I feel more comfortable in them. 

Forever 21


While one can opt for cotton t-shirts, it's always a good idea to wear good sports innerwear. I went for the best one they had available over at Nike (click HERE) and made sure it was a good fit. It offers extra support and it's made with sweat-wicking fabric ideal for high impact workouts like cardio, cross-training, running, etc. I also got my sport shoes from Nike on Aman's recommendation and it's very comfortable. I liked another pair which were prettier but were only meant for training, not running. So, I chose these black shoes with lilac trims which are great for running as well as training. And finally, to top it all off, I got a gym bag from Nike again (no sponsorship here). I am pretty excited about starting the gym from tomorrow! Watch this space as I will be updating it regularly. 

Stay fit & fabulous!


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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Weekend De-stressing: The Four Fountains Spa

People generally have this concept that spa is some luxury only a few select have access too. True, the spa treatments can be expensive but in my opinion, sometimes it's more of a necessity than luxury. With the way I had been tied up 24*7 breaking my back working, a much needed spa visit was in tow. The timings couldn't have been more perfect when I got the invitation from The Four Fountains Spa to visit and experience their services. 

We arrived at their South Extension branch a little before sundown and left well after it. We had decided to get the very famous Swedish Massage but were very pleasantly surprised with their hospitality. We took Swedish Massage, Coffee & Cane Sugar Body Polish along with Seaweed Body Wrap. While the massage released all the tension built up in my muscles and the body polish left my skin as soft as a baby's behind, it was the body wrap that I truly enjoyed! So much so that I fell asleep during the 20 minutes I was supposed to lay still in the wrap. And let me tell you guys, that 20 min nap was probably the best nap I have ever had. With the soft music playing, scented candles was all oh-so-peaceful. And I was actually a little upset when my masseuse came back to wake me up. After the whole 3 hour session, we were offered green tea to help flush out the toxins from our body and we left the spa with a refreshed and tranquil mood. A well spent Sunday!

(These photos of The Four Fountains Spa are courtesy of TripAdvisor)

The Four Fountains De-Stress Spa is one of India's largest chain of professionally managed, affordable health spas and it's spread over 7 cities: Mumbai, Delhi, Gurgaon, Bangalore, Kolkata, Pune and Goa. They offer spa therapies for de-stressing, detoxification, immunity and beauty.
I would definitely recommend you guys to visit at least once to see how therapeutic their sessions are and how affordable the services are. I am totally sold and I cannot wait to go back and experience their other services.

If even your car needs servicing every 3 months, what makes you think you don't!

Go treat yourself to a nice spa getaway with The Four Fountains De-Stress Spa!


Friday, March 21, 2014

Put a Hat on it!

{Pullover/Shoes/Necklace/Rings - Forever 21, Leggings - Mango, Hat - Zara, Bag - Accessorize}

Never in my wildest dream I would have imagined that I would be where I am today. As a child, at one point I wanted to join police force to help make this country a better place, at another point I wanted to become a commercial pilot to be able to make tonnes of money (and I was crazy about planes :P) and yes, of course how can I forget, like almost every other girl, I wanted to become an actress and all that glam. But, life had it's ups and downs and I landed here, an assistant designer in one of the top export houses of India and a fashion blogger on the sidelines that Cosmopolitan thinks is worth bookmarking! When my parents refused to take my tantrums about this pilot frenzy, I almost thought they were ruining my life, not letting me do what I want, but today they are the ones I am most grateful to for nudging me towards the right direction and towards the life I really wanted.

This March, Cosmopolitan featured yours truly in an article which read "Meet India's Personal Style Heroes". One of my most gratifying and happy moments.