Saturday, 24 September 2016

#OOTD Channelising the Inner Goddess

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By Tarry

"  GODDESS -  noun  : 
1. A beautiful, classy, powerful woman 
with the ability to attract beauty into all areas of her life.... "

Hello my lovelies,
Starting off today, we are doing some nice festive posts for the forthcoming festive season. With Navratras, Diwali and the wedding season just round the corner, its just the right time for me to explore my festive side.... both in my styling sense and my life :-) 

The navratras are barely a week away. And the air already feels so festive. It's like the season is just turning perfect to enjoy the fervour. Jagratas, Mata ki Chowkis, Durga Puja, pandal hopping.... wo! I just can't wait for this season to start off :-) 

For me, I like to go all ethnic during Navratras, even in work wear attire. And what can be better than wearing a saree to work during the festival season. Now, not all of us can take breaks from work during this season, but adding a little ethnic touch to our styling can make us feel like an integral part of the mood. So while I was planning my latest OOTD, I decided to theme it around Navratras. And since the saree I had chosen too matched the mood, everything just fell in place....  

So presenting to you all, the new OOTD  

Channelising the Inner Goddess 


You all remember my shopping experience with, an ethnic wear e-commerce site? Well you can read about it here. I shopped two Bhagalpuri silk sarees from them. And I must say I am pretty impressed by the variety and the quality of the sarees available with them. One of those I gifted to my mom, and the other, I got for myself. I also got the blouse stitched from the website itself since they offer this facility. And it fitted me to the tee. 

I should really say that I am totally happy with my purchase. The saree is a beautiful Bhagalpuri silk saree in deep crimson, with a teal, black and white border and palla. While the lower part of the border has an aztec print, the upper part has faces which makes it so damn appealing. 

I feel that such an outfit is just perfect for workwear, when you want to go festive and ethnic. Workwear calls for no-bling or barely bling attire and this saree seems perfect. The fabric is good enough not to crease easily and the colours will suit women of all complexions and body shapes. It has the right amount of festivity with just the elegance one needs. 

Check out the clicks now :-) 

We chose to shoot this attire at a very heritage location of the city of Lucknow. And alongwith our friend and partner in crime for the Lost Heritage series, Ajay Jain of Waltz India, early in the morning we headed to the Sheesh Mahal Talaab at Hussainabad heritage zone in the Old city. 

Facing the beautiful picture gallery, the Sheesh Mahal talaab is a beautiful pond that reflects the golden nawabi era. It was made around 1839 by Nawab Mohammad Ali Shah, the third nawab of Oudh, a year after the construction of the picture gallery. Created in a step well style, this pond worked well as a water reservoir for the entire area. Sources reveal that a small mosque and a hamam (small bath) area were also constructed on the corners of the pond. Made in red stone, it matched the picture gallery perfectly. After years of neglect, with the efforts of some eminent people and heritage lovers of the city, the pond has been finally restored to its glory. With the Clock Tower, the Picture Gallery and the Satkhanda on its different sides, it is interesting to see their reflections in the pond through different angles. 

Here are some clicks of the pond by bestie and 
my photographer friend, Naeem Chishti. 

We met Nawab Jafar Mir Abdullah sahab, descendant of the Royal family of Nawabs, and Syed Masoom Raza, another member of the royalty. Nawab sahab, hailing from the royal family himself, is an institution when it comes to talking about royal legacy. He not only shared some interesting tales about the Nawabs, but also about the pond. Syed Masoom Raza too has been working a lot towards conservation of Lucknow's heritage and has tried to save the lost legacy through his efforts. Their homes are a fine example of the nawabi lifestyle and anyone coming to Lucknow and wanting to know about its heritage and culture should meet him.  

Nawab Jafar Mir Abdullah 

Nawab Jafar Mir Abdullah. His face and his persona exudes royalty. 

Inside the Picture Gallery area, (L to R) - Ajay Jain, Nawab sahab, me and Syed Masoom Raza sahab. It was amazing meeting them and talking about the old city. 

Nawab Jafar Mir Abdullah sahab and Syed Masoom Raza Sahab with Naeem and Ajay. 

Photography : Naeem Chishti 
Concept & Styling : Tarannum Manjul 
Location : Sheesh Mahal Talaab, Hussainabad
Jhumkas : deepika designs

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Happy Birthday Renaissance Marriott Lucknow

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By Tarry                                                                                
Hello my lovelies.....
Can you feel Navratri and Pujo in the air? Since last evening, atleast I can. And although I am not a Bengali, yet I get equally excited for the Durga Puja or as they say, Pujo celebrations. :-) 

So you know that your's truly and her bestie have been party hopping a lot off late. And recently, Renaissance by Marriott hotel celebrated their first anniversary of making their presence felt in the hospitality industry of Lucknow. Now I must say that in the past one year, the Marriott group has certainly made a good mark in the city and these properties, which have world class services and amenities, are making a mark in the hearts of the Lucknowites. 

And the celebrations were kicked started with an amazing Dance Night at the rooftop Bar of the hotel, Skybar. And to make the Lucknowites dance was the gorgeous DJ from Delhi, DJ Sway. Me and bestie were invited to be a part of the celebrations that boasted of great drinks (unlimited), great food (unlimited starters) and great music, not to forget the great crowd too.  

An expert in EDM, Trap and House, Sway not only made the audience swoon with her looks, but also with the awesome music combos she churned out. Here are some pics from the celebration night... just for pel pals.  

First Anniversary Celebrations


Renaissance, Marriott  

Starting off with a kiss from DJ Sway herself... :-) She was really good. Hope she comes back to Lucknow soon.... 

With my blogger babes Anjali (in black) and Shalini (in red) and Fatima Abbas, the friendly lady from Marriott Hotels.... 
She is amazing and plays a perfect host every time. 

And some more stars of the night.... Team Skybar with bar tender Rituraj. Although for me it was a no-alchohol day (Ganpati puja), the team ensured that even my Virgin Mojito was awesome and did not make me miss the alchohol in any way. Perfectly blended, with perfect mix of flavours.... Truly virgin ;-) 

The food was amazing too. We truly enjoyed the starters which were filling in itself. There were four dishes in vegetarian including paneer and spring rolls. And for the die hard non-veg lovers, chicken, mutton and fish were there to satiate their hunger pangs for starters.  

And finally, a few clicks of what I wore. I chose a balloon tunic in blue and beige from Label by Ritu Kumar. I teamed it with denims (my knee injury still needs some cover) from Levis. For accessories, a beaded neck piece with earrings to match, footwear was golden wedges to add that bling to the outfit. For makeup, kohl lined eyes with MAC lipgloss on my lips and loads of highlighter for the glow.... :-) 

All clicks by : Naeem Chishti  

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Give your skin some sinful cocoa love with Tatha Yummy Body Scrub

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By Tarry                                                                                
Hello my lovelies.....
Aah! When will the weather finally get sorted? Its sultry one moment, raining the other. And although I love rains, this unpredictable weather creates a havoc with my sinusitis... Hence... this one is a big no-no for me. :-(

BTW, raise your hand if you are a die-hard cocoa and chocolate lover like me... I can even kill for chocolate. So anything that strongly smells cocoa or chocolate is like oxygen for me. And I am on a constant search for products with coffee and cocoa. Because, well, they are amazing for our skin and for our senses too. So recently, I chanced upon this brand called the Vedic Collection who offer some amazing skin and hair care products. While searching their product line, I saw this amazing body scrub that has the magic ingredient - cocoa...
So your's truly had to try it out.... hai na... 

Presenting my deets on  

Tatha Yummy Body Scrub 

INR 1795 for 300 gm (surely not a budget product, but worth it) 

It is available on the Vedic Collection's official website.

You can also check their website for offline stores.

What the brand claims 

The outermost layer of skin, the epidermis, accumulates dead skin cells that need to be removed. Normal bathing does not provide the exfoliation that is needed for the healthiest skin. Regular exfoliation with a body scrub will remove the dead outer layer of the skin and reveal a younger, smoother, soft, healthier layer of skin. The antioxidants in cocoa help to prevent the signs of aging skin. It also acts as a natural aphrodisiac. The sugar exfoliates the skin as the cocoa nourishes it and makes one feel good.  This is a perfectly pampering body scrub that you can try over the weekend!
So pure that it’s good enough to eat.
 Ingredients- Vanilla planifolia, Olea europaea, brown sugar, cocoa powder.

On the Outside
OMG! I am really mesmerized by the packaging. The beautiful glass jar with a cork, yes, a cork cap. This is housed in a cardboard box. Both the box and the jar have all the details on a simple label. The packaging may not be travel friendly, but looks really classy and gorgeous, wherever you keep it. It gives a kind of exotic look to the product, which really suits it. Full marks to the Vedic Collection Team for such fabulous packaging. If I'm able to make the packaging stay safe till this scrub comes to an end, I will surely use it for a D-I-Y. :-) 

On the Inside 
A double OMG here... Should I say I am in absolute love with this scrub? The moment you open the cork lid, you get a strong fragrance of cocoa and chocolate, with a slight whiff of Vanilla too. Heaven!! The scrub is quite gritty, since it is sugar based and hence, it has been advised not to use it on face. It works amazingly well in removing dead skin from the body, specially knees and elbows . It leaves the skin awesomely smooth and hydrated, so if you don't have extremely dry skin, you can easily skip the moisturiser. The fragrance stays for a decent time, so you can enjoy feeling sinfully sexy ;-) 

The Tatha Body Scrub Yummy is indeed an amazing product, which not only looks and smells good, but even works extremely awesome on your skin. The packaging may not be travel friendly, yet the product is worth every penny. This is one product which should be there for your spa-at-home sessions, because it leaves your skin super smooth and kissably soft...... A must must must buy if you love cocoa and its effects on your skin.  

PEL Rating 
I would love to rate it a 4.99 on 5.  

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Friday, 16 September 2016

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By Tarry                                                                                
Hi lovelies .... 
The festive mood is in the air. After Ganesh Chaturthi and Eid, the Navratri is just round the corner. Infact, I can actually smell the festive feel in the air. Mornings are a bit cooler now and the air feels dry, doesn't it? 

Anways, so you all know my likeness for online shopping. After all, we can shop for some amazing stuff, sitting in our homes, delivered to our doorstep... all this sounds so convenient. And we can buy stuff more than just clothes or personal care.... it will be a big WOW. So recently, your's truly came across this website called Now the name was enticing enough... And the journalist still alive inside me asked me to do some research. With the tagline 'curated with love', the site looked quite promising. And what they were offering was really unique. From handmade soaps, to handmade chocolates, planters, home decor items, handpainted wall clocks, jams, sauces, fragrance sticks to a lot more, Qtrove offers all. It was interesting to choose some stuff for my first shopping with this new kid on the block. And now, after enjoying my shopping, here's what I have to say about them. 

Presenting my deets on  

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About the website 

This is what Qtrove says ; "At Qtrove, we believe that you are unique and so should be the products you buy. The experience of shopping and selling should be delightful and joyous and our aim is to release you from the tyranny of choice. We have decided to handpick only the best/unique products from the choicest of vendors from across the world for a curated and personalised experience."

Wow, that sounds appealing. And the brands also look quite promising. Here are a few names - Mai Haramaki, Una, Areev, Rustic Art Organic, Do Bandar, Lluvia Bakery, Sand for Soapaholics, Martha's Preserves... Phew... so far you could grab your hands on such stuff only in metro cities. But now, thanks to Qtrove, even people in non-metros can try such stuff. I was quite amazed at the variety and hence, decided to shop stuff which was a variety too. 

Silk Premium Incense Sticks  / indian lifestyle blog

What I shopped 
The collection is really really appealing. From personal care to home decor to edibles, you have almost everything at Qtrove. So making a choice was tad difficult. However, I did manage to choose some stuff.... 

And this is what I got. 

Silk Premium Incense Sticks : Now this is something I always buy offline. After all, one needs to be sure about the fragrance. But with the Ganpati festival just round the corner, I thought of picking these up. They are a value for money and the fragrance.... All through the Ganpati celebrations, my house was really fragrant with these incense sticks and lot of people actually asked me where I got them from.... 
Surely repurchasing. 

Areev Cocoa Cream Shampoo / indian lifestyle blog

Areev Cocoa Cream Shampoo : Never heard of this brand but decided to try it out since it says it is Paraben free and even sulfate free. The 75 ml bottle costs INR 255 which is a little expensive though. However, this smells like cocoa or chocolate and the smells lingers for a really long time.... If you would like a review, do comment below. 

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Mai Haramaki Belly Belt : A new concept in India, Haramaki is actually a japanese apparel that can be worn inside or outside your attire. It is said to keep your belly warm and also, help in menstrual cramps. The designs looks awesome.... and i have some interesting ways to wear it.... Tell me if you want a small look book ;-)

PEL SHOUT OUT is not just an e-commerce site, but also a concept. With a variety of stuff available, you should definitely check it out. After all, we all love handmade stuff, whether it is edibles or personal care. Do check out if you love handmade stuff or stuff made with love.... 

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Monday, 12 September 2016

#EidwithPEL Enjoy Nalli Kareli Nihari, an authentic lamb recipe this Bakrid

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Hi lovelies….

Bakrid Mubarak to everyone. This is a festival which talks of supreme sacrifice and peace. And ofcourse, feasting, especially non-vegetarian delights. So can we be far behind…? This time, we decided not to feast alone but with our lovely PEL pals as well (as what we call our readers).

PEL collaborated with TheRenaissance by Marriott, Lucknow and asked their Chef De Cuisine for an authentic Bakrid recipe….
Do try it and share pictures with us on instagram or fb, tagging us and #eidwithrenaissance #eidwithpel …  Read on


A brief about what Nihari actually means. Nihari is a slow-cooked mutton curry. The word Nihar originates from the Arabic word 'Nahar' which means 'day'. It was served to the kings after the morning prayers.

The simple, but awesome ingredients:
-          Nalli Kareli    - 1 kg
-          Mustard Oil  - 2 table spoons (can be substituted with any refined edible oil or ghee)
-          Green Cardamoms  - 3 to 4 pods
-          Whole Cinnamon  - 1 spoonful
-          2 Black Cardamoms
-          2-3 Bay Leaves
-          1 tsp Turmeric Powder
-          1/4 cup Water
-          1 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
-          1 tsp Coriander Powder
-          1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
-          1 tsp Garlic - Fried And Ground
-          1 tsp Onions - Fried And Ground
-          3 Tbsp Yoghurt - Beaten
-          2 tsp gulab-jal (edible one)
-          2 tsp Garam Masala
-          1/2 tsp Nutmeg-Cardamom Powder
-          1/2 tsp Saffron - soaked in water
-          Salt to taste
-          A few drops of edible ittar
-          Wheat dough for dum (steaming)
-          Fresh coriander and ginger juliennes - to garnish

Let’s go cooking …..
Heat oil in a pan and add green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black cardamom and bay leaves. Add the meat and saute till lightly fried.  Add salt and turmeric and mix well.  Pour in the water, cover the pan and cook.  When it starts boiling, add ginger- garlic paste, coriander powder, red chilli, garlic paste and onion paste.  Mix well and add yoghurt, gulab-jal, garam masala, nutmeg and cinnamon powder and saffron.  Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes. 

Now transfer the meat in a heavy bottom pan and strain the gravy.
  Add a few drops of ittar and cover the pan. Seal it with the wheat dough and cook on slow fire.  Once done, garnish with fresh coriander and ginger juliennes and serve.

 By Mohsin Qureshi
Chef De Cuisine, RenaissanceLucknow Hotel

Chef Mohsin Qureshi is the Master Chef at Renaissance Lucknow, currently responsible for planning and managing the entire food operations for Sepia, the Awadhi speciality restaurant at the hotel. In his current role he is also responsible for creating new recipes, sampling, designing new menu options at Sepia. He has done many TV shows by the name Great Chef of India. He has excelled as an expert in Indian Cuisines by developing creative menus/recipes as per global standards. Chef Mohsin has nearly 12 years of experience in Kitchen Operations, Food & Beverages Operations, Menu Planning and Outdoor Catering with properties like The Claridges, New Delhi as Sous Chef; The Grand Hotel, New Delhi as Sous Chef; Kebab Khan, Chandigarh as Sr.Chef De Partie; Hotel Jaypee Siddharth, New Delhi as Demi Chef de Partie; Hotel The Park, New Delhi as a Commi and Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi as a Commi. Having worked with globally renowned hotel chains, Chef Mohsin has grasped the fine nuances of Indian cuisine in just over a decade of his professional life and also had the privilege of working on the menu for Pakistani President Mr. Asif Ali Zardari.

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