Month: October 2014

Luxe stays, gourmet treats and a pulsating nightlife, all in one


Luxe stays, gourmet treats and a pulsating nightlife, all in one

The Jaipur of your mind is the one from the brochures – lofty architecture, placid lakes, finely crafted silver and gents with impressive handlebars. A thrumming nightlife and dining scene are the last things you expect of a trip to the Pink City. But the Marriott’s Rajasthan outpost is changing that. Located close to the airport but far enough from the main city to feel like a retreat, the business-friendly hotel shirks ornamentation for clean lines and subtle cultural accents like traditional stonework. Understated plush is the word on the spacious, well-appointed rooms, and the staff is cheerful and efficient.


Guests looking for cocktails and conversations after dark needn’t make the trek to the city – the hotel’s bar, Lounge 18, is fast becoming the after-hours hub for locals. The music is eclectic, the ambience, relaxed and the cocktails, deliciously potent; don’t miss the unusual watermelon and ginger cocktail. If you’re there during a weekend, make sure to catch the live music night, which features new and established bands.

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Jaipur has lots to see, so pace your jaunts into the city. The Birla Temple, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, The Jal Mahal and the City Palace are icons that cannot be missed. Take a shopping detour through Johri Bazaar and Bapu Market for ethnic jewellery, bandhini sarees and local spices.
A ceremonious way to end a sojourn in this dramatic city is to drive to the Amber Fort in the wee hours, for a hot air balloon ride, which offers spectacular views of the fort, the nearby lake and vast stretches of the rugged terrain ( Keep Instagram handy.

Hot Air Balloon Rides



The food is the real star at this hotel. We suggest you start the day by sinking your teeth into the fluffy, freshly baked baguettes at Jaipur Baking Company, the inhouse deli. You’ll want to go easy on the carb comfort to save room for lunch at the Indian restaurant, Saffron, which specialises Awadhi, Hyderabadi and Sans titre 2Mughlai cuisine. The low lighting  and molten gold-brown palette of the décor set you up for the sumptuous meal that follows. The delicate galouti and kakori kebabs that melt on touch are a specialty of Chef Qadir Khan, who also recommends the tender, flavourful Mathonia mirch ka paneer tikka. Finish with the paan icecream, which tastes way better than it sounds.

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T.E.M the Parisian temporary tattoos

TEM tatoos

During a trip to New York in which she collaborates with professional makeup artists of cinema, Annelise Toraille discovered an ultra-realistic technique of temporary tattoo. Back in Paris, she decided to market this product in France: TEM was launched on March 15, 12013.

TEM is not a decal; it is a unique and professional technique that provides a matt effect without transparent film on the skin. It lasts 2 to 5 days and fully respects the skin. It applies in 20 seconds.


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T.E.M means to be soft and bohemian. The tattoo is so delicate and stands as a gri-gri on the skin.flèches

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Hair master class: know the right tools to use

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It’s time for your hair MASTER class. Know your tools to achieve anything from a SLEEK style to doll-like curls or sexy waves

They detangle even the knottiest of hair. Use a wooden or plastic comb through wet hair to prevent breakage. A metal comb helps spread conditioner or colour evenly.

We like the surge in hair technology, especially dryers that come with multiple attachments and heat settings. The different levels of heat manipulate the shape your hair will take. Medium heat is best for blast-drying hair; high heat sets a style; and cool air eliminates frizz. When looking for attachments, the concentrator and diffuser should top your list. The former sets a straight style, while the latter dries your curls to perfection.

PS: The latest buzz is a ceramic hair dryer – it dries wet hair quicker than regular ones do and with minimum heat damage.

Like the name suggests, you’re guaranteed straight locks. But a straightener is also up for multitasking – it helps create flicks, waves and soft curls. Make sure to invest in a ionic straightener, since it minimises hair damage and reduces frizz. Pick one with different ceramic plates; thin plates are great for those with short hair and medium ones are ideal to create curls or waves. Wide plates work best for those with thick, long hair. There’s something for everyone.girls_with_curls_article2

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You can’t have too many hair grips or clips. And keep your eye out for cute, colourful accessories. They are the easiest way to update your look. Clips are handy to create sections when drying or straightening hair. Velcro rolls add volume and create soft curls.

While straightening irons give you soft curls, a curling tong is your answer for pretty ringlets. Start from tip to root, roll each section around the tong and hold. The time you hold it for defines the kind of curl you’re trying to achieve. Make sure you don’t hold it for too long either, as it could overheat hair.157821

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Nothing beats a paddle brush for regular, everyday use. It works on all hair types and is great for blow drying thin hair. Girls with thick hair should opt for radial or round brushes. Jamal Hammadi, shine expert at Sunsilk, says, “Wooden brushes are ideal for those with brittle hair since it doesn’t pull hair as much as plastic or metal ones.” Always try finding a brush with vents; they remove tangles easily and dry hair faster.

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