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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Website Review | The Luxe Café

Back in the day, luxury stood for something that was very exclusive & enjoyed by only a chosen few. Over the years this definition has changed & evolved with the times & today it's more about enjoying a good quality of life. And that doesn't just mean buying pricey things - the new definition is much broader & includes acquiring experiences & knowledge.
TheLuxeCafe.com is described as a virtual salon for the serious purveyors of luxurious living and has a distinct approach sharing first-hand information and a 360 degree view of elite lifestyle choices. This virtual café is poised to be a one-stop hangout for the connoisseurs of exclusive tastes, travels, technology and much more.
I'm the kind of person who judges books by their covers because who are we kidding, design matters! If a website looks badly designed, there's a high chance I'll have exited the browser before you can say 'Cheeto'! The Luxe Café is incredibly well deigned. It features a very minimal, monochrome theme with pretty fonts. The Layout is perfect & it's very easy to search & navigate through the website. Good first impression? Check! ✓

The Luxe Café, has been envisioned by Manisha Mayur Shekhar, an ex-journalist and luxury marketing expert. The intention is to bring India’s growing numbers of brand-conscious buyers and luxury-enthusiasts in close touch with all the new happenings straight through the experts from the world of luxury. The Luxe Café is about bringing luxury not just to the metro cities but to discerning clientele across India, even to those residing in tier 2 & 3 towns and cities. As India witnesses the bloom of the luxury industry, and the critical population of brand conscious, high-spending aesthetes residing in the non-metro cities has become an important market. Audi India’s head, Joe King (who I recently saw & heard at the Audi Autumn Collection) in an exclusive video interview to www.the.luxecafe.com, has stated that he has seen strong growth and new adaptation to luxury in tier 2 and 3 cities like Udaipur, Vizag and Nashik. The country as a whole is waking up to the world of luxury, & in this context, The Luxe Café will act as the much needed bridge between all things luxury and its connoisseurs spread all across.
One of my favorite posts on the website, decoding the timeless, elegant style of Princesses like Maharani Gayatri Devi!

There are experienced writers, artists and design specialists working together to create the e-zine. Also, there are selected industry experts directly engaging with the readers on how to make informed consumer choices. With all this packed in, The Luxe Café is poised to play a strategic role in the evolution of the ‘Luxe Consciousness’ in India. If you've ever wanted to get first-hand, authentic information and advice on premium brands, and you don't generally have convenient access to such brands/information, The Luxe Café is the place for you.

I know The Luxe Café will be my new source for all things luxury. If you're interested in keeping up with the world of luxury, I'd highly recommend this website. 

love,
Magali

This is a sponsored post, but content & views are my own, as always! :)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

What I Wore | The Nine Nine


Max Fashion sweater, corduroys + bag* // Koovs booties

I recently had a chance to pick out a few items from Max Fashion to style. Admittedly I hadn't paid much attention to them as a brand & was stunned at both the wide variety & the very reasonable prices! I want to say that it's perfect for school & college kids on a budget, but the collection is more than that & there's something for everyone- casual wear, loungewear, ethnic & workwear not to mention a very wide range of shoes & accessories. If you haven't been in one of their outlets, I'd strongly recommend you check them out - I bet you can't leave without buying one (or three!) new things for your wardrobe. I know it's technically not cold enough for sweaters here in Mumbai but it's certainly not to early to shop for them! Remember the scouts / guides motto, always be prepared.
If you know me in real life or have seen previous outfits on this blog, you'll know that I mostly shun heels, for practical reasons. Well when I saw these booties on Koovs I couldn't get them out of my head. I loved everything about them from the slightly throwback style, to the scalloped edge, to the color & of course the fact that they're leather. I'm so glad I bought them because they are comfortable as heck, as far as heels go!
I've been watching & loving Brooklyn Nine Nine lately, & as I put this outfit together it struck me as something that Gina would wear. Now I have to work on coming up with sardonic quips for every occasion. Have you been watching any new TV shows lately? I'm always looking for recommendations!

love,
Magali

Moroccanoil Hydrating Hair Treatment at Samantha's Salon

I don't think there's a single person who can claim to be a beauty or hair enthusiast & not know about Moroccanoil, such is the name they have built for themselves. They are considered the gold standard of both hair care & styling, used backstage at fashion weeks across the globe. I recently got the opportunity to experience the Morrocanoil Hydrating Hair treatment at Samantha's Salon in Bandra.
Moroccanoil has a few different ranges available, but having consulted with the folks at Taj Salon previously & tried it for myself, I knew it was the right one for me.
Samantha's Salon is always so full of activity, in fact when I was there one well known lady who is now in the Bigg Boss house was getting her green hair color touched up!
Samantha's Salon carries the Moroccanoil hair range too, if you're looking to purchase.

Onto the treatment itself- first, I met with Sheila who would be doing my hair that day. My hair was washed with the Moroccanoil hydrating shampoo, & then a mixture of the hydrating mask & the Morrocanoil (i.e. the original serum / oil that everyone & their cousin raves about!) It was followed by a massage & a hot towel (to really let the mask set in) & then finally my hair was rinsed.
Finally, I was told that they don't do a traditional blowout after hair treatments as you the intention of a hair treatment is to strengthen & repair hair while blowouts are damaging. So instead my hair was towel dried & Sheila showed me how to use a diffuser with a blow dryer to get a lovely naturally tousled look (think bed head but prettier!) If you're interested in learning it yourself, it's pretty similar to this video.
It was a wonderful experience & my hair felt light, healthier & nourished, plus it smelled so lovely! (And I'm sorry for not taking any pictures!) I've been using the same range ever since & they are stars. Especially the mask has made a big difference in taming my crazy, frizzy hair (& I'm ecstatic about it!) I can't recommend this treatment enough!
I also love that all the products they used are available to purchase, so you can replicate the treatment at home. It's doesn't beat the professionals doing it but it's easier. :)

love,
Magali