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OYO Townhouse – Jaipur

Hello everyone!
With the winter sun and chills driving in slowly but steadily, hope y’all are doing well!
As you all know that Diksha and I were recently invited by OYO rooms for an experiential stay. It was basically on the launch of their 51st Townhouse in Jaipur.
OYO Townhouse is a brand-new category of neighborhood hotels that combine experience and value at a scale that has never been attempted before in the Indian hospitality landscape. This offering is targeted at Millennials, for whom price, convenience and a differentiated experience play an important role in determining choices.
The 40-room hotel, located in the heart of the Jaipur city in Lalkothi boasts of unique, minimalistic design with spacious rooms and two banquets that can hold a gathering of 150-200 guests, respectively.
Here are a few pictures for your reference:

Townhouses are designed to function as social hotspots that cater to city dwellers and a new generation of guests. Besides outstation guests, residents staying in these areas can use the property as an alternative workplace, experience a vast array of global cuisines and access the lounge and retail store with exclusive merchandise.
Diksha has her heart set in Jaipur since she spent the most part of her childhood here, so she literally looks for excuses to drop in, while I, on the other hand, was born and brought up in this beautiful pink city – so for me to stay in a hotel in my own city and then exploring it like a tourist was a great experience!
We checked in the hotel around 11:30 and loved the color scheme of white, grey and red that was used in the entire property, minimal decor yet perfect.

We quickly got ready to leave for the city tour. We skipped breakfast as we were already full, thanks to my mother for feeding us with heavy aaloo paranthas (Indian moms I tell you!!). Anyway, there were 2 more bloggers along with us who came down from Delhi & we were basically the first ones to set foot in this new hotel.
We first headed to Nahargarh Fort which stands on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, overlooking the city of Jaipur. The fort was originally named Sudarshangarh but it became known as Nahargarh, which means ‘abode of tigers’. After exploring the place and clicking a few pictures, we decided to have lunch at “Once upon a time”, a restaurant inside the fort. I feel more than exploring the places, we were keen on picking the best dishes from the menu, foodies that we all were! Here we tried Keema Baati, Lal Maans, gatte ki sabzi (all Rajasthani specialties) along with spinach and paneer koftas and lassis!

Post lunch, we decided to explore a few more picture worthy points up there and then headed to another beautiful monument, Jaigarh Fort.

It was 4:30 and Diksha & I were pretty tired to even step foot out of the car so we decided to stay back & sleep inside while the others went to check the monument! They got back in half an hour or so and by then I guess everyone one was dead tired and needed a caffeine fix. We went to Home Cafe by Mr. Beans to relax for a while and sip some coffee & soup.

Then we went to our hotel to take a much-needed nap before we headed out for dinner. We slept like a baby for an hour and it was then a tough task to pull ourselves out of the super comfy bed but then we had to. I took it upon myself to be the in-house tour guide to make sure none of my favorite places were missed out by our travelers from other cities! We got ready and headed to Bar Palladio & Shikaar Bagh for dinner. The group was divided, few chose to sit at Bar Palladio because of the beautiful interiors & feel while I was at Shikaar bagh with my set of friends as it was Saturday night, Diksha being Diksha, decided to hop between the two & enjoyed best of both the worlds!

After dinner, we went to HOP for a while to experience Jaipur’s night life and finally got back to the hotel and called it a night!

The second day was also our last day at OYO. After a long night, we woke up so late that the group had to leave for the City Palace without us. We joined them directly for lunch at “Baradari” which is a beautiful restaurant inside City Palace where traditional craftsmanship meets contemporary design. A decidedly modern, glass-enclosed seating area that blends seamlessly with the old palace structures, the place was packed even during the day time with a lot of foreigners. We ordered some Lal maans with baati(again!!) with a side of Quinoa salad; a spaghetti aglio olio and We also ordered an array of lip-smacking desserts, the best of which was the rose petal jam icecream that was accompanied with some apple jalebis! We then headed back to our hotel, slept for a while, woke up & packed our bags and bade adieu to the friendly and humble staff at OYO Townhouse.

It was a great experience and we thank OYO for calling us. We will soon visit again as two days weren’t enough to explore the beautiful city of Jaipur.

To book the OYO Townhouse, and know more about the friendly neighborhood hotels, go to http://www.oyotownhouse.com/

Till we write about our next Travel experience,
Love,
TwofoldChic

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Festive ready with Craftsvilla!

I’m someone who often wears sarees with belts and jackets, dresses layered with shirts, boots with suits and what not; mainly because I love experimenting and creating new looks. However, this festive season, I wanted to do the regular – no twists and turns – a saree as a saree, a suit as a suit!

I got myself this eye-swinger, head-turner Anarkali from Craftsvilla and I have loved it since the moment it arrived! The soft silk fabric, the neutral classy tones, the gorgeous floral dupatta, the way it falls on my body and looks like it was tailored especially for me – all make for a combination that I look for in an outfit!

This Anarkali can be worn for Durga Puja, Diwali, Wedding functions and so on and so forth!

For the ethnic soul who like it chic and elegant, this is perfect for you if you have a lot of responsibilities at the wedding. It’s comfortable enough to move around in, and stylish enough to make a statement!

If you are a woman who isn’t shy of the limelight, the evergreen Anarkali is the obvious choice. Elegant and suave, this outfit is easily the star of the evening at any party.

I wore this with my rose gold metallic heels, tassel earrings in the same tone as the dress and some very basic makeup. I think it worked pretty well for me!

I hope you enjoy this look and create some supercool festive looks yourself! 😊 Also, do not forget to look up Craftsvilla for their amazing festive range!

 

Till the next time,

XX

Diksha | TwofoldChic

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Himalaya Youth Eternity Range!

Never in my early twenties would I have bothered about something like ageing which seemed like a distant, distant thing. I was like – isn’t it something that you get hit by when in the 40’s maybe?

Not very long ago, someone popped my bubble and gave me a shocker that the process of ageing starts at as early as 25 years of age! And turns out, it is indeed true. The process starts early, the signs creep in later. 25! I mean, really? I still feel like an adolescent at 26, sometimes. *wink* Ofcourse I’m not ready for wrinkly skin and puffy eyes!

While resorting to natural homemade remedies seems like the best option, you can’t really plaster your face with egg whites every day, can you? So, to battle the premature signs of ageing, it is imperative that we start using Anti-ageing products at the right time. As they say, prevention is better than cure!

The market is full of products that make tall claims about delaying the signs of ageing and burn gaping holes in our pockets too, but now, Himalaya has launched its latest ‘Youth ETERNITY’ range which is not only affordable, but a trusted brand that we all have used at some point or the other in our life in the form of facewashes, cream, body butters, etc!

This range has been validated to reduce the signs of skin ageing and re-plump the skin. The products of this range use the Edelweiss extract, which is found to have unique restorative and rejuvenating properties that retain the youthfulness of the skin.

The Youth ETERNITY range consists of three products, namely, the Himalaya Youth ETERNITY Day Cream, the Himalaya Youth ETERNITY Night Cream, and the Himalaya Youth ETERNITY Under Eye Cream.

The Himalaya Youth ETERNITY Day Cream is a breakthrough formulation based on Plant Stem Cell Research and exotic Herbal Actives. The Day Cream is light, non-greasy, fast-absorbing, and consists of a blend of botanical extracts that reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and re-plump your skin, leaving it looking healthier, glowing, and younger. The cream is white in color and has a very faint flowery smell that can be observed in some of the baby products

  • Lightweight Feel
  • Non-Greasy
  • Makes The Skin Supple
  • Optimum Hydration
  • Travel-Friendly
  • Beautiful Packaging
  • Has SPF 15

Price- Rs.465 for 50ml

Shelf Life-36 months from the date of manufacturing

The Himalaya Youth ETERNITY Night Cream is a special blend of Edelweiss Plant Stem Cells, Woodfordia, Rose Myrtle, Cipadessa, and Apple, rich in powerful antioxidants and polyphenols. The Night Cream works overnight to provide intense hydration, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, making the skin even-toned, healthy, and visibly youthful.

The night cream is off-white and slightly tinted. Its texture is creamy but not too dense. It comes in a very sturdy and travel-friendly packaging.

  • The formula is light and does not make face oily
  • Moisturizes face and reduces flakiness
  • Brings a healthy glow
  • Has hygienic and spill-proof pump packaging
  • Minimal floral smell

Price- Rs.499 for 50ml

Shelf Life-36 months from the date of manufacturing

The Himalaya Youth ETERNITY Under Eye Cream is rich in anti-inflammatory properties and is a superior blend of ingredients like Edelweiss Plant Stem Cells, Woodfordia, Rose Myrtle, Cipadessa, and Amla. The Under Eye Cream gently nourishes and hydrates the tender skin around your eyes, leaving it remarkably bright, healthy, and youthful.

I use the Himalaya Youth Eternity Under Eye Cream twice a day right after I wash and tone my face in the morning and at night before bed. I get it out on my ring finger and then warm it up between the tips of the ring fingers of both my hands and then dab around the eye area and leave it be. Do not go over the eye bags but just beneath. Trace the shape of your eye socket and apply on the bone itself.

I do not rub it in until the product is absorbed. Your skin is a breathing organ and especially delicate around the eyes. It will soak up any product applied and spread to the whole eye area naturally.

  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Antioxidants treat puffy morning eyes
  • Visible reduction in under eye pigmentation and dark circles
  • Instantly nourishes and hydrates
  • Helps your eyes look brighter
  • Can be used twice a day
  • Can be used under make up
  • Travel friendly and easy to use
  • Comes in a tube so hygienic to use
  • A little goes a long way

Price- Rs.499 for 15ml

Shelf Life – 36 months from the date of manufacturing

All in all, I would definitely recommend the Himalaya Youth ETERNITY Range to all you young girls out there. It’s a trusted desi brand, highly affordable and gives the desired results! 😊

 

XX

Diksha

 

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Lebua Lucknow – A Heritage Hotel

A visit to the beautiful Lebua Hotel brought us to the city of Nawabs and Kebabs. What’s not to love about Lucknow? The rich heritage that goes back to pre-British era is one of its kind. The city has especially garnered attention for its exemplary adab and tehzeeb, along with its impeccable, scrumptious food! Many people visit Lucknow only to taste the kebabs of Tunday kebabi, the chicken masala of Dastarkhwan and the Awadhi biryani of Idris Biryani. Food aside, the Chikankari work of Lucknow is known to be the best in all of India.

But let’s leave all the food and shopping talk for a later time, and talk about the heritage hotel Shivani and I stayed in while in Lucknow. My first time in the city of Nawabs and kebabs, I felt as if I was in the beautiful Lucknow of the 20th century, such was the portrayal at Lebua.

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Lebua Lucknow is a Luxury Boutique property, located in central Lucknow and conceptualized as a sprawling traditional bungalow with a huge lush green lawn. It reflects and personifies the “Art Deco” architecture prevailing in the early 1900’s. Built in 1936, the haveli that is now the hotel was once home to a prosperous Lucknowi family. When time and tidings took the clan out of the city, the haveli fell into disuse. A few years ago, Lucknow-born expat Mohammed Abdullah and his interior decorator wife Nayab Bakshi bought the property and gave it a second life.

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The very minute we stepped foot in Lucknow, we were treated like royalty. A chauffeur driven pretty, yellow and white ambassador was sent to pick us up. We reached the resort to see a beautifully designed heritage property nestled between towering trees with bright flowers in full bloom. It was such a gorgeous first impression, and it only got better from there! Every nook and corner of the property exudes class. The long corridors lit with lamps, the wooden murals holding them mirrors and tinted glasses adorning the walls, the beautiful pink bougainvillea and orange flowers creeping up the walls make for the perfect rustic arrangement! With embroidered upholstery, vintage furniture and artwork on the walls, the rooms take you to a bygone Era where upon entrance you forget your 9 to 5 jobs and enter a world where you’re the queen, and Lebua staff leaves no stone unturned in treating you like one.

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Once we had had our tour of the property, we got in our rooms to find a rose petal bath awaiting us. Such Nawab like treatment I tell you! Shivani had a tough time getting out of it, this, I can tell you. She could’ve slept there in the rose petals all night if I let her! 😛

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Our suite was 201 – gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
It opened up to a huge white balcony with bougainvillea here, there and everywhereeeee and we absolutely loved every bit of it.
More than the beautiful property itself, we were enchanted by how well the Lebua staff takes care of its guests!
To make sure their guests have an experience of a lifetime, they pay attention to the littlest of details and personalization, and it’s highly impressive. Our rooms had photo frames with our pictures in it and with personal hand-written notes for each of us. It melted us!

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Coming to the food, we had the honor of trying the exquisite lakhnawi food by their extremely talented head chef. We had excellent kebabs and awadhi biryani.. The mewe and mawa ke kebabs deserve a special mention in the veg section!
Their Italian restaurant, 1936, is every bit as special as the other in-house restaurants. I am not a big fan of Italian food but their homemade pasta again deserves a special mention. We had it thrice in our three days stay there!! It was that good!

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The Resort houses 4 dining experiences – Multi-cuisine, Italian, and traditional Indian fare, each one better than the previous. The first night of our stay there, a special candlelit dinner was arranged for the two of us in their beautiful gardens. It was accompanied with candles, flowers and butler service. The chef personally served his best delicacies to us and we can easily call it the best dinner in a long, long time!

Our stay there was full of amazing food, exemplary service and gorgeous views. We sat in our balcony for the sunrises and the courtyard for sunsets! We even got to witness an amazing wedding which was being held at the resort. Such a beautiful experience that was, being able to be a part of someone’s happy moments, and in a place like Lebua!

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Visionary CEO Deepak Ohri of lebua Hotels and Resorts was recently asked at The Columbian Business School conference about his vision for lebua as a brand.

According to Deepak, a strong emotional connect with their guests is the key metrics that drives and leads his vision. He percieves and develops concepts based on Fashion.
Faisal Nafees – General Manager India Operations, lebua group along with his team ensures that every guest experience at lebua meets Brand’s vision.

Shivani and I, as Fashion and Lifestyle bloggers instantly connected with the warmth and style. We experienced it throughout our stay right from our entry into the property until the last day of our stay!

It is a true kudos to lebua hotel standards for an exemplary experience led by a fashionista’s vision that shall stay with us forever.

If I ever get to visit Lucknow again, I would definitely go back to Lebua without any second thoughts!

Also, for all you people who do not have Lucknow on your radar, Lebua properties are there in Jaipur, Amer and even Bangkok and Newzealand! Also, there’s a brand new one opening in the lush forests of Corbett!

If there’s anything else, you’d like to know, please feel free to drop your questions in the comments section and we’ll make sure to answer them! 😊

Some more pictures of us at the property cos we couldn’t help ourselves 🙂

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Love and cheers,

TwofoldChic

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Sri Lanka – Calling out to the Beach bums!

This post is just an extension to my previous post on my first trip of 2018 – to Sri Lanka, and in this one I’m calling out to all the beach buffs out there.
In this post I will be talking about the last three days(the best ones) of my week long trip.
But first things first. A lot of people asked me about the trip expenses, so I’ll try and break it down here.
The return tickets cost 15k per person from and to Delhi. It can be as low as 6-9k if you take a flight from Bangalore or Kochi or even Chennai,
and if you plan it well in advance.
The Visas can be applied for online and cost 20 dollars each. You receive the visa within two hours of application, so it’s no hassle at all.
Our first stay, Oreeka – in Negombo, was booked through Airbnb and cost us around 17k per night for 4 rooms. The next stay Amagi Aria was booked through Booking.com and cost us 35k for 2 nights and 3 rooms. Our third stay was in Koggala, right by the beach.
We booked it through Airbnb again and it cost us 15k for 3 rooms and 2 nights. Damn cheap, right?
So this was about that stay and the travel, the major costs. This apart, we booked cabs for our commute everyday, which cost us around 40k LKR for those 6 days.
For anyone planning to visit, get your INR converted to dollars and you’ll get a brilliant rate at the Colombo airport.
Food ranges from place to place so it really depends on your choice of place.

Now that we’re done with the numbers, lets get to the fun part.
On the 4th, we headed out to Koggala, a good 4-5 hours long drive from Negombo. The resort called South beach resort had a private beach opening and was a fairly new place. For people traveling with friends, this place would be ideal. They offer rooms with 7-8 single beds so all of you can stay together in case you have any FOMO 😛
Even though it wasn’t a luxury resort per se, I enjoyed every minute there. The staff made us feel at home and what could be better than waking up
to the sound of waves lashing out at the shore, and the sun rising right over those waves, right outside your window!!

 

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Beautiful paintings adorning the walls of the Resort

 

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My spirit animal is a flamingo 😀
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Yoga in my heart, yoga on my mind
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With my soul sister!
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Dancing, anyone?
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Private beach overlooking the South Beach Resort

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If you’re a beach bum like I am, you’d know that the secret to happiness lies in the sea. Be it a dive in the mighty waves of the master, or a walk along the ocean at sunset, or maybe yoga at sunrise on that huge rock in the sea, or it could just be in sunbathing or creating rock castles at the beach.
Whether you’re a die-hard swimmer, a veteran shell collector, a serious sunbather, or simply like to sit under an umbrella and read a book, there’s nothing like a day at the ocean, because true beach lovers know that sand in the shoes (or pants!) is the mark of a day well spent.

Beach life is the best life. Period.

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Also what amazes me most about the sea is how a beach looks different everyday. It’s never the same, thanks to the ever-changing pull of wind and tides.
You could live there 365 days a year and still not get used to its pattern!

We spent the next three days in absolute peace and calm. We started with breakfast by the sea and ended it with dinner and a long walk by the sea.
The first day we spent at the beach overlooking our resort, just chilling, alternating between dips in the sea and dips in the pool. Guess who slept like a
baby that night? And oh, did I forget to mention how much I love what the beach does to my hair?
There’s some unknown elixir in the sea salt and the sun that my hair just becomes way softer.
The curls become more defined and the lustre, oh, the lustre is almost enviable!

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Reality might be hinting towards Silk Smitha, but atleast in my head I am a Kingfisher model 😛

The next day we headed out to Hikkaduwa Beach which is best known for its
clear blue waters and water sports! I was really looking forward to Scuba diving, but the sea was damn rough that day, to my utter dismay, and so, most people advised against it. So I tried Surfing. Boy is it tough or what!! I loved it. It’s exhausting, sure, but what fun!
To get the perfect timing and balance over those waves is tougher than you would’ve thought!
I’m definitely going to do surfing more often, and try and get better at it. We spent the whole day dipping ourselves in the sea, swimming and surfing, drinking beer and eating pineapple! It was just how I would describe a perfect day in my life – With the family at the beach 🙂

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They are the best!!

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We’re a family of giants, what can I say!

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Sunset at the Hikkaduwa beach

IMG_20180128_155729_693.jpgOn the last day of our trip we headed out to Galle. Galle, the capital of Southern Province of Sri Lanka, is a city you must not miss if you are a fan of good architecture. The whole city has Dutch and Portuguese inspired architecture, and a mix of beautiful colours, with white forts and houses of colonial times taking the lead.

It’s funny how being a part of a tropical Asian country, the city gave us major European feels. Everything about the place- the forts, the colours, the vibe – was European!
Galle’s biggest attraction is the 16th century Dutch fort surrounding the city. Unbelievably, the fort protected Galle from the tsunami in 2004.
While surrounding areas like Unawatuna were ravaged by the tsunami, Galle escaped with only minor damage.
You need no more than half a day here to wander around the old churches, colonial buildings, museums and walk the ramparts admiring the views out to sea.
Places to visit in the city are the Galle Fort, the Galle Lighthouse and the beautiful churches and Buddhist temples around the old town!
We roamed about the markets of Galle which had some beautiful but expensive stuff. From paintings to handicrafts, from silk to gems, from postcards to souvenirs,
you can find them all here!

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Buddhist temple in Galle
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Galle Lighthouse
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Beautiful Colonial Houses

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Cycling around the city

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Just how beautiful is this!

Galle is still super fresh in my memory. For all Indians, it has a very Pondicherry feel to it, if you know what I mean. I would love to go back there!
This summed up our last day in Sri Lanka, after which we headed back to Colombo and got on our planes back to the harsh reality of jobs and bills.

Some other things that I loved about Sri Lanka and missed in my last post:

  • I love how religiously diverse this place is and how the people co-exist peacefully. With Buddhists taking the maximum population, followed by Hindus,
    and then lots of Muslims and Catholics too!
  • The different vibes that each city holds. Galle with European feels, Colombo with Indian vibes, and so on and so forth
  • Tea. I brought back home Vanilla tea, peach tea and a lot of other flavours and I am in LOVE with them
  • The rich Heritage. Sri Lanka has some six archaeological World Heritage Sites – Galle fort being one of them, and they’re all wonderful!

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I will definitely plan another trip to Sri Lanka. A solo one this time maybe. Or with a group of friends.
I hope to cover the National parks and the rich heritage sites that I missed this time, mostly up north. The Whale and Dolphin watching tour in Mirissa.
The train ride from Kandy to Nuwara eliya and trekking to the world’s end once up there. Go check out the Rawanaella falls and other mighty falls that the
country beholds.
Writing this makes me want to go back there even more.
Hoping it fires a desire in your hearts to travel to Sri Lanka too! 🙂
If you do, I’d love to hear all about it!

Till the next time then,
Love galore,
TwofoldChic

 

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Sri Lanka – the Pearl of the Indian Ocean

New Year. New Resolutions. New Travel Plans.

Every year, my family and I go to Goa first week of January. This year we decided we wanted to take a break from Goa, and explore a new place, or a new Country even. Beach bums that we are, it was a prerequisite that the place have beaches in plenty! Sri Lanka wasn’t even on my mental list of places to be covered, but thanks to the sudden hike in flight prices for Bali, we settled for Sri Lanka. I’m thankful for that because, otherwise, I never would’ve visited this beautiful jewel-shaped country!

I scribbled multiple itineraries, scourged the internet for suggestions, booked the flights and then, just like that, our first trip for 2018 was planned!

To cover all of Sri Lanka, you would need at least a fortnight, and I had just half of that, so I settled for the West and South of Sri Lanka, which was a good choice for the season too, but I ended up picking the sea and the ocean over the places of historical interests!

In this post, I will show you through the first 3 days of my trip in which we covered Negombo, Colombo and Bentota.

We landed in Colombo on the 1st of January, and headed straight to our stay for the night, in Negombo. Funny thing is that Negombo is closer to the Colombo airport than Colombo city itself. Whaaaaaa? Yeah, that’s right.

I booked an Airbnb property, Oreeka – which, being just 9 kms from the airport, was perfect for a one night stay. We reached there to find a cute little place nestled between a swarm of coconut trees, overlooking a pool and a beautiful garden. It was only until next morning that we got to see how beautiful the place was!

It had a boat in the garden, a boat, yes! And multiple vintage cars, and a great pool, and a big garden and a DJ console and dancing area. It was just perfect!

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Skirt – Street shopping

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Outfit details: Crop top – H&M, headband, shoes and leggings – Zara

We spent the morning lazing around the place, finding out about Negombo and Colombo, chomping down some bacon and sausages. So, the places you should expect to see in Negombo are:

  • The Dutch Canal
  • Negombo Beach (you can find much better and prettier beaches in this country though)
  • Angurukaramulla temple
  • Mary’s church

Having said that, you can totally skip Negombo and head to Colombo directly. You won’t be missing out on much.

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On the 2nd, began our actual trip. We moved to a more luxurious resort – Amagi Aria.It is built right by a lagoon which has tastefully done up rooms with bright paintings. My room opened directly to the pool, and the lagoon. It was a mesmerizing view, to say, in the least. The buffet breakfast was exceptionally good, the lunch options not too much. The staff is very helpful, almost going out of the way to help their guests. We dived into the pool the minute we checked into our rooms, to enjoy the sinking sun by the lagoon. We went on with our touristic pursuits in the latter half of the day.

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Dress – Zara, hat – Shein
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The private dock of the Resort we stayed in

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Swimsuit – Pretty Secrets | Myntra

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We visited the following places and you should totally check them off your list too, if you’re in Colombo!

  • Gangaramaya Temple – This one is not only one of the most beautiful but also one of the most iconic Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. It is more than a century since this temple was constructed. The ceilings and walls contain pictures and miniature paintings that explain stories from Buddhism religion. In the main sanctorum, a huge Buddha statue exudes a brilliant sense of calmness in the devotees. Built in a mix of various architectural styles including India, Burmese, Thai and Chinese, this temple also houses a museum.
  • Beira Lake – Close to the Gangaramaya Temple, in the heart of Colombo, is a huge lake – Beira Lake. In the middle of the lake is a small island containing the Simamalaka Shrine, which makes for a beautiful place to just sit, relax and meditate.
  • Galle Face Green – This one is right by the Galle beach, a huge stretch of road for all the nature lovers. Go there for a nice walk post dinner, enjoy the winds from the Indian Ocean and lip-smacking treats from the vendors on the road! This road has all the five star properties and makes for a great sight!
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    Enjoying a light moment with the daddy 🙂
  • Old Dutch Hospital – No, it isn’t a hospital. It houses some of the best sri lankan restaurant, cafes and shops! Go there for a good meal sometime
  • Odel – Odel is the shopping hub of Sri Lanka. Expect some expensive shopping. Do not buy your souvenirs from here. The courtyard right outside Odel is something I loved. Absolute Thalassa feels (for all Goa lovers) amazing food, great ambience and lovely live music!

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  • Pettah Market – This is the street market of Colombo. Do not expect Sarojini and lajpat prices, but you can find yourself some good souvenirs, batik print clothes and also the famous Sri Lankan masks. You can bargain and get yourself a good price here.
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    Haggling with shopkeepers to get me some good discounts!
  • Nelum Pokuna Art street – One of my favorites from the city, this street bang opposite the Viharamadevi Park is full of artists displaying their art on the roadside. Such talent that I was awestruck! Must visit!

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Such a bright tuk tuk! you’ll find millions of these in the country

We also went to the Pettah Floating Market – not at all worth it. Just skip it.

These were just the places that I could manage to squeeze in to my itinerary. You could also visit the National Museum, Mt. Lavinia and Buba Beach, Viharamadevi Park. The Old city Hall and Independence Arcade area are other places tourists visit when in Colombo.

The next day, we traveled to Bentota for a day trip– which is on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, all of 110 kms from our resort, and just 85 kms from Colombo. The beach in Bentota is a fold of pristine gold sands along the mighty Indian Ocean. We spent the entire day till sunset at the bentota beach, monkeying around, making time lapses and sipping on to beer! From the beach, we headed straight to one of the turtle conservation projects. You can find many in this part of the country. They have varieties of turtles and you can even release a turtle into the water. Good for a one-time experience!

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Shorts- Forever 21, Top – H&M, Slip ons – Westside, Hat – Shein

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Slit Skirt worn as tube dress – Global Desi
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At the Turtle Conservation Project in Bentota

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This pretty much summed up my first three days in Sri Lanka!

So here’s a list of some of the things I loved about Sri Lanka:

  • The people – so warm, makes you feel as if you’re in India 😊
  • Egg hoppers!!! Egg hoppers are the Sri Lankan version of egg in the hole, where an egg is cracked open into a paper-thin bowl shaped Dosa and cooked. It’s delicious. Must try!
  • Coconut water – everywhere!
  • Beaches – so pristine – amazing for surfing and scuba diving!
  • Tuk tuks – Sri Lankan version of Indian Autos, except they’re much more vibrant- in bright blues and greens and reds!
  • MANGOES – All year round! Can you beat that?

Things I did not like about the country:

  • Travel is expensive, by road – A six seater or an eight-seater van cost us 6500 LKR for 60 kms
  • The rupee has no value at all – I didn’t understand the pricing there at all. It was absurd. A packet of lays costed 300 LKR, a Dairy milk silk priced at 1050 LKR, and even tampons were priced at an exorbitant 1500 LKR! Very weird
  • Shopping – Sri Lanka wouldn’t exactly be a shopaholic’s paradise. The country is great for its varieties of Tea, and the masks, but other than that you won’t really find anything else!

If any of you plan to visit the country anytime soon, let me know, and I can include the list of must-visit places, eateries and whatever else you guys need to know in the very next blog post!

Hope you guys enjoyed reading 😊

Till the next time then!

-TwofoldChic

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Backpacking trip – Kerala – God’s Own Country – Varkala – Day 3

Varkala, our last leg of the Kerala trip, was the most beautiful of all the places in Kerala! Like they say, save the best for the last, that is what we did.

We checked in to the Lost Hostel of Varkala, just a short walk away from the Varkala Beach. The hostel boasts of being an eco-friendly one, with no ACs or geysers or anything that might lead to harmful emissions in the environment. A good initiative, but you know how beach areas get really humid and sticky most months of the year? Yeah, so that was slightly painful.

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What my dorm wall at The Lost Hostels read! 🙂

Anyhow, not being able to take a dip at the Alleppey beach, we were almost restless by now. We walked down to the beach, which is backed by the beautiful Varkala Cliff, brimming with all sorts of restaurants, shops, stalls and massage parlors. It was such a treat to the eyes, and gave me serious Arambol beach vibes!

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Beach view from the cliff – Abhishek
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Beautiful street art found somewhere on the Varkala Cliff – Dhanashri
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Shops with handicrafts

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Clicked by Dhanashri
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PC – Picture Pausto

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Atop the red sandstone cliff are perched plenty of yoga and Ayurvedic centers, and believe me you, this place knows how to chill and will have you unwinding in no time at all. The laidback people, cleaning their shops, skinning their fish, listening to music; the travelers just chilling at the cliff with beers in their hands and bandanas on their heads. We started our expedition with an amazing lunch at Coffee Temple (Read crazy chocolate shakes, drool-worthy pizzas and delectable prawns and rice!)

Once we were done with our lunch, we leisurely walked down to the beach alternating between gasping at the amazing views and shopping here and there. You can find yourself some really cool stuff at these shops btw – apart from the very obvious beachwear and hippy clothes, you can find yourself some Tibetan handicrafts and singing bowls, vibrations of which are known to have brilliant therapeutic effects!

Down at the beach, the long swathe of golden sand with silky blue sea water just swept us away. We walked along the beach to explore more, and as luck would have it, found ourselves at the Black Sand Beach. I have never seen a beach more exquisite! The sand is not grainy, but is soft, and the water, too, wasn’t as salty as you’d find on other beaches. And, most importantly, you couldn’t have found a better spot to watch the golden sun sink into the sea!

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I love how the setting sun has been captured in this picture!

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In my Banjara element
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Captured by – Gaurav

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The beach is great for surfers, as apparently Varkala has one of the curliest waves in all of India, so you’d see an array of people surfing on the waves. There are multiple surf schools too, so if you have 3-4 days’ time, you could learn a tactic here and there! The sea gets a little rocky sometimes, so better be careful during the evenings. But come morning, the sea is amazing for a good swim! I could happily spend weeks sunning myself on the beach, or maybe take one of the millions of different types of yoga classes. This time I focused on just the tanning part, next time it will be toning too, I hope! 😀

We glided along the beach for several hours, went back to our hostel only to freshen up, and we were back at the beach to grab some dinner.

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When the sun was found playng Hide and Seek

Clicked by Jeevan

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Times when everything in the world is a blur, except for me 😀 Thankyou Picture Pausto

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We dined at Darjeeling Café, which had live music and dance, and some lovely Indian food! Post dinner and some hearty laughs shared at the dinner table with some light games, we strolled some more on the cliff and the adjoining helipad area.

Knowing that it was the last night with all these beautiful people that we had met on the trip, none of us wanted to sleep a wink. We all chatted through the night, cooking Pasta and sharing stories.

The next morning, we again headed to the beach, where I swam for not less than 2 hours, some went for the famous Kerala massages, and others left for Photography voyages. The beach was sparkling with bikini clad women and eager men doing yogic poses, people jogging along the sea, barefoot, dogs lazily wagging their tails and surfers climbing and falling off the waves. So much happening all at once, and yet you could feel peace.

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All these beautiful clicks captured by Farooq
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Bird’s View eye of Varkala Black Sand Beach. Captured creatively by TheChromaticEye

This brings an end to my Kerala blog series. I hope you enjoyed reading! For more pictures from the trip, please visit my Instagram

Till the next time then,

Keep traveling,

Keep banjaring!

TwofoldChic

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Backpacking trip – Kerala – God’s Own Country – Alleppey – Day 2

After the first night in Kochi ended ( you can read up about that here, if you haven’t already), we got up the next day, with barely 3-4 hours of sleep in our systems, but zeal and vigor only heightened somehow, to munch on some breakfast prepared by Zostel people, only to quickly get on to the bus to Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha by the locals, and Venice of the East by foreigners.

It takes not more than 2 hours by road to reach Alleppey from Kochi, and we all had plans of sleeping through the journey; the way we had danced and partied the night before, it was much needed!

But did we sleep through it? Hah! No! We danced some. And then some more. By the time we got there, we had reached the comfort levels where we were dancing to ‘I am a hunter, you wantaaa see my gunnn’ and ‘Saat Samunder Paar’ songs. And we weren’t exactly what you’d call dignified! 😛

After we got over all our cheap thrills for the morning, we rocketed into our next hostel for the trip – Artpackers!

The place is essentially converted into a hostel from a school, and has super laidback vibes. The rooms are big and airy, and the best part about this hostel was the garden right outside it. There was a beautiful seating arrangement done in the garden, and the windows and trees on the wall attached made for the most gorgeous backdrop ever!

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Remember the gorgeous garden and the backdrop in the hostel I was talking about? I wasn’t exaggerating! Photo Credits: Picture Pausto
Photo Credits: Gaurav
I love this one! Thankyou Virat 🙂

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Did I not mention I was traveling with a bunch of photographers? Guess who got really lucky? 😀 😉

The beach was just a short walk away, and you can only keep the beach away from me for so long, so we freshened up and sprinted our way to the beach, where we were to have our lunch at the famous Catamaran Café.

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How the Alleppey beach looks when the sun is soaring high. Photo Credits: Gaurav yet again!
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Mesmerizing views – Farooq

The beach is always a bad idea on a sunny afternoon, so we decided to just lounge and chill at the café, hog on some seafood, and enjoy the view of the sea!

The café was all Goa vibes. The people, the food, the atmosphere, everything! We had heard so much about the café, that we landed there with super high hopes and drool all over, but honestly, I was a tad disappointed. Our food took longer than an hour to be served!! And it wasn’t even worth the wait.

For all those who plan to go to Alleppey, if you do go to this particular café, go for the view, for the chill vibes, and perhaps the continental food. Prawns and Fish, you can find better elsewhere, I’m sure!

Any which ways, food apart, we had a ball of a time there.

We indulged in some Teen Patti (The Diwali fever just won’t leave me alone *Dramatic EYEROLL*), some Antakshari, and lots of people trying their hand at guitar and producing awful music! 😀

We headed back to our hostel to be greeted by the sweetest host ever who offered to arrange a party of sorts in that beautiful garden of theirs! To top that, he even offered to get us some toddy (the local drink of God’s own country!) along with a buffet dinner. Hungry mongrels that we are, our ears cocked up at the mere mention of Prawns and Toddy!

We wasted no time in small talk, as what was planned ahead was something none of us wanted to miss out on. The Houseboat experience in the backwaters!

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Photo Credits – Rahool

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Captured skillfully by Dhanashri

We had a double decker houseboat booked all to ourselves for some 4 hours, and the timing was such that we could witness the sunset while on the houseboat, in the middle of the backwaters.

No matter how hard I try, I shall not be able to do justice in trying to explain what those few hours on the houseboat felt like. It was like we had attained Nirvana, we had completely lost track of time. The only sound we could hear was the slicing of the smooth water as our boat moved forward. The sun was up, glaring at us, but caressing us with affection, sweeping us in its sweet warmth. The sky was dancing between shades of blue and gold, romancing with the sun and the water both at once, the coconut trees swaying to our merriment, and the farmers rowing their canoes slowly, and gently towards their farms.

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Stuti caught me enjoying my Titanic moment!
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And so did Farooq!

We were all next to each other, but we were all in our own world at the same time, just enjoying the mesmerizing view in front of us, letting the cool winds engulf us, and listening to soft music on the side. Moments like these make you realize what true beauty is, and how important travel is. I was left wondering if the locals of Kerala value this beauty that they live in as much as we do… Or is the grass greener for them on the other side? Did these calm backwaters serve as therapy to them as well? Or was it pure monotony for them? Do they squeal in delight at these awe-inducing sunrises and sunsets everyday as we do?

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Photo Credits – Picture Pausto
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By the best – Farooq
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Captured from a creak in the houseboat by –Dhanashri
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The sky and the water though! – Jeevan
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I captured this, I did, I did! * Pats self*

There is no such thing as too many pictures, especially if it’s of the dynamic hues of the sky. It’s magical!

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There is abundance in this moment, do you agree?

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As these thoughts slowly subsided, our ride came to an end. We were back on land, and back to our hostel, where we were certainly not looking for a peaceful night 😉

This night, ladies and gentlemen, was the best night of the trip!

We played Dumb charades, Truth and Dare, and what not all through the night! We danced, we sang, we ate, we drank… We made lots of memories!

The food was incredible – the spicy baby prawns being my personal favorite!

Amidst all this fun, we didn’t forget to click pictures. Few of the many people who made this trip worthwhile!

The next morning, again after a sleepless night, a few of us woke up real soon, only to enjoy the sunrise at the beach. The sea wasn’t really great for a swim, but it was amazing for an early morning walk, nevertheless!

There are very few things that can match up to the feel of walking barefoot on the seashore, the sun rising alongside, the waves occasionally rocking at your feet, the fisherman out in the sea gearing up for the day ahead, people playing frisbee and Volleyball. There’s something about this time of the day, at the beach, that is just incomparable. The serenity, the tranquility, the peace of mind – it’s just so unusual when you’re living in a concrete jungle.

The beach early morning

We found these surprisingly quiet railway tracks on our way to the sea. Clicked by Gnawmadic

I made sure to savor each and every second of this valuable time! I devoured everything with my eyes, inhaled all of it, because who knows when next I would get to visit Alleppey again.

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Photo Credits – The talented Picture Pausto
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Farooq again!!

And this is how one night in the Venice of East was spent. Next up is Varkala – my favorite of the lot! 😊

I hope you guys continue to read.

Till then, love,

TwofoldChic

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Diwali and all that Jazz

Diwali is the celebration of lights, of dazzling things and glittering evenings.

The ethnic fashion is what rules the chart, the glitz and glamour exuded out of traditional dresses and saris is unmatchable during this festival of light Indian Festive wear has had a huge dominance on women’s fashion all over and they love dressing in traditional styles like sari, salwar suit, lehenga or kurtis for the festival days.

No wonder, when we realized that Diwali was just around the corner, we got down to the ultimate task of finalizing that one outfit that we could don on the day!

While Shivani celebrated Diwali at home sweet home with her family and close friends, I had to stay back in Bangalore this year. I was very, very upset over being away from home on Diwali for the first time in my life, but hey, every cloud does have a silver lining indeed.

All my friends stayed back too and we had a bomb of a time.

Both Shivani and I chose to celebrate a Cracker-free, environment friendly Diwali, and it turned out to be nothing short of greattttt!

Going back to what we wore – This Diwali, to make sure to adorn the latest fashion instead of repeating our festive looks, we chose to do a fusion. Why just wear a suit or a lehenga or a saree when you can mix and match with the western counterparts and create the most exquisite looks ever?

So, both of us chose to stray from the traditional route and create looks which are damn easy to put together!

Here’s what Shivani wore!

She wore a center-split Anarkali kurti with distressed, anti-fit denims. She chose to keep it simple and minimalist without going overboard with either the accessories or the makeup!

She wore her hair open, crimped, accessorized with her classic Daniel Wellington watch, and a simple silver neckpiece and earrings! Her pink pout just added a bout of pop to the whole outfit!

Outfit details – Anarkali kurta – Label Harsha Khatry, Jeans – Only, Shoes – Aldo, Watch – Daniel Wellington

I, on the other hand, chose to wear one of my mom’s crisp cotton sarees with a crop top and a belt. I wore it the seedha palla way with a just a few neat pleats!

Wearing a saree feels like second skin to me. Somehow, I’m the most comfortable in sarees!

I am a fan of the bong way of dressing, hence I went all the way with alta on the hands and feet, a huge bindi and long, ethnic earrings!

I wore some bangles too and finished off the look with dark marsala lips.

The difference in the quality of our pictures is almost abnormal, I know, I know, but hey, can you blame me? Shivani had a professional photographer shoot her, while I had to make do with my not so willing friends 😀

Anyhow, we really hope you enjoyed this post and our looks, and could find them innovative and easy to carry!

Till the next time then!

XOXO

-Diksha and Shivani

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Monocrazy Millenials!

The only two colors in the whole wide world that are perfectly harmonious with one another and are never out of fashion are white and black. The most basic, the most common, and yet the most favorite go-to colors of maximum human beings! We are no exception to the rule and are fans of monochrome. One would think that when you have a wide spectrum of colors to choose from, why go for white or black, but we beg to differ. We love our blues and our peaches and mustards too, but when we need class- white is our favorite pick. When we are in doubt- Black is our pick! Because, honestly, can anything ever go wrong with these colors? This is the generation where the millennials have gone monocrazy, and we certainly need no reason for that! Be it a ‘little black dress’ or a crisp white boyfriend shirt; the white maxi dress for that summer brunch, or your tailored black pants with those pencil heels for your girls’ night out; a black and white ensemble never fails you! There is something reassuring about monochrome, with it being a simple, clean and an ordered way of dressing. A monochrome ensemble will always look smart and with the two colors being at opposite ends of the spectrum, it is impossible for any two other colors to be as dramatic and eye-catching. Here, peruse the best white on black fashion looks from our wardrobe, which are super simple to create, and are bold, sharp and minimalist! IMG-20171014-WA0061.jpgB612_20170814_170315IMG-20171014-WA0060.jpgBASC3812IMG_20171014_225329_217.jpgB612_20170814_173556 IMG_20171015_180359_174.jpgGIGE9979B612_20170814_170159QQYZ9695 Outfit Details: Diksha is wearing bodysuit by Koovs, Pants with suspenders – Forever 21, and shoes – Zara; while Shivani is dressed in Alterego tip to toe! Boldly standing the test of time through the ever-changing eras of style, this trend is one that will never go out of fashion. IMG_20171015_170631_223.jpgIMG_20171015_170452_670.jpg We have so many more ideas in our head when it comes to these two colors – Be it patterns, or geometric prints, or stripes, or chequerboard – Dresses, pant-suits, skirts and what not! We’d love to share them with you, so if you like this post, please give us a heads up, and you’ll have more stuff coming your way ! 😀 Signing off then! XOXO – Diksha & Shivani