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Parisian Wanderlust

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After the exciting but hectic trip to Iceland, we decided to spend a few days in Paris. And I am so glad that we did that. 

We took a red-eye from Reykjavik to Paris arriving bright and early at the Charles de Gaulle airport. We were greeted by one of the Blacklane drivers. If you have not heard of this service, you must check them out. It is a professional driver service in 180+ cities where they offer chic black cars and certified drivers which are available to book either via their website or the smartphone app. We used the Blacklane service for both, our airport transfer from and to the airport. They were prompt and professional and we couldn't be happier with the service highly recommend. 

Since we had arrived early morning, we requested out airbnb host for a early check-in to which she agreed. We were so excited to find that the airbnb looks just like in the pictures and the neighborhood (Le Marais) was exactly what we had anticipated.

 We were welcomed with a beautiful sunny day which started our trip on the right foot. I wanted to check out the Eiffel Tower right away, but we decided to rest, have lunch, and make our way there by the afternoon. Eiffel was as glorious as I had remembered. By the evening time we were exhausted but we pushed through, had a lovely dinner and then called it a night. 

The remaining of the trip followed the same pattern. We didn't have a plan or any idea where we would go, but in spite of that we were able to cover most of the city on foot. We walked, observed, ate (a lot!), shopped and did people watching. The four, unplanned days spent on the streets wandering was just what we needed. By the end of it we were rejuvenated and filled with more wanderlust than we had come to the city with. While I will be sharing experiences from the travels in #TravelTuesday posts, below are some of the glimpses from the trip. Also, don't forget to checkout the travel vlog

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#TravelTuesday - 7 Hacks For A Perfect Road Trip

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Going on a road trip has its pros and cons. Pros, you’re going on an awesome adventure; cons, it can be costly. Here are some hacks you can try to balance those pros and cons to reach vacation nirvana.

1. Download a gas app: One of the most costly aspects of any road trip, especially in this economy, is gas. When you’re traveling in an unfamiliar area, it’s hard to know where to stop for the most frugal fill-up. To aid in your decision, you can download GasBuddy or Gas Guru, only two of the several gas pricing apps. These apps display the location and gas prices of gas stations near you. Most apps like these are free and update pretty regularly, so you won’t be deceived when you pull up at the pump.

2. Take side stops: Have you ever gone on a trip and passed signs for museums or monuments that you think would be awesome to see in person? Allot time in your travel to make a few stops on the way to your destination. It will not only keep you entertained throughout your trip, but it will also give you a chance to stretch your legs and learn something new.

3. Gassing up a rented or borrowed car: Chances are, if you’ve never driven a car, you probably don’t remember which side the gas tank is on. If you do forget, look at the gas gauge. There is an arrow that will point to whichever side of the car the gas tank is on. This will save you a tiny bit of time and hassle when you have to stop at the pump.



4. Stay awake while night driving
: If you’re feeling sleepy, it’s probably best to switch drivers or check in to a hotel. But if you’re feeling only a little drowsy, try listening to comedians on your road trip. Odds are, the comedian will keep you laughing and their jokes will keep you engaged, chuckling and most importantly, awake, all the way home.

5. Know North from South: If you’re old school and like following paper directions instead of having a little square computer yell at you to turn, you know that your passenger might end up telling you a wrong direction by mistake. Remember that interstates and highways with odd numbers run North to South, and interstates with even numbers run East to West. If you get mixed up, this will help you get back on track, or at least in the right direction, in a jiffy.


6. Cool down hot cars quickly: In the dead of summer, stopping for only five minutes for a quick bathroom break can leave your car unbearably hot. To cool down a hot car in seconds, roll down one window all the way and open and close the car door directly across from that window a few times. This will force hot air out of the car.
7. Know where to get directions: When asking for directions, some people gravitate towards gas stations. However, the best place to ask for directions is a restaurant with a delivery service. Stop in at Pizza Hut or Dominos to ask for directions. Odds are, they have a driver waiting for a delivery who can give you quick and easy directions to a destination in the area.

With these seven road trip travel hacks, you’ll be ready to hit the road for the vacation of a lifetime.

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Fall Florals

We are almost through this month. I cannot wait for this shitty year to end. Personally it was a good year, and I have a LOT to be thankful for ... but globally, it was royally fucked up. 

Shit has officially hit the fan, and it is not coming off any time soon. I would like to be hopeful and believe 2017 will be better and things will change but the realist in me thinks otherwise. Unless each one of us consciously decides to change, nothing is about to. I am not the one to impart wisdom and tell people what to do and how to live their lives but I think we have somewhere lost the plot. I don't know if we need better education, better parenting, or just plain basic decency but society needs to start over. And that's what's going on in my head this lazy Sunday evening. 

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Top - c/o Half Tee // Same
Skirt - Thrifted // Love this
Jewelry - From India 
Ring - InPink // Similar

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Black Friday And Cyber Monday Deals!


Below are some Black Friday deals:

ASOS: 30% off Sitewide! + Free Shipping with code THANKFUL30 

Barney's New York - 40% off sitewide

Ann Taylor: 50% off Sitewide with code CELEBRATE

Banana Republic: 50% off 5 regular-priced items sitewide

Loft: 50% off Sitewide with code BERRYGOOD

Old Navy: 50% off almost everything! No code needed.

Amazon: TONS of great deals

J.Crew: 40% off of your ENTIRE purchase! Use code: Holiday

    Nordstrom: Extra 20% off selected sale items. 

    L.L. Bean - 20% off entire order with code THANKS20

    UGG is offering 30% off of select styles.

    My Theresa - 30% off sale items

    Shopbop - Up to 25% off with code: GOBIG16


    Do come back and check later again, as I will continue to add to the list throughout the shopping bonanza :)
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    Canvas Print Review

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    I bet you are looking to that perfect holiday gift for your dear ones. Let me tell you why I think canvas prints are the way to go. I have several canvas prints from my holidays and special events. I have also gifted them to friends and family, which were the ideal personalized gift, in my opinion. I first learnt about canvas printing back in 2010, thanks to blogging.

    Bestcanvas Inc. is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of custom wall decoration. The first stone was laid by brothers Daniel and Philipp Mühlbauer with handmade photo canvases - initially working out of a tiny garage, they are now one of the largest canvases manufacturers in Europe. They have 40 international online shops, and four production sites on three continents.

    I recently order another print from CanvasDiscount.com. The process is extremely easy. You choose the product you are interested in - mouse pad, mug, canvas print, then upload your desired image and place the order. You would receive a confirmation email followed by the delivery confirmation within 48 hours. My canvas print arrived within the 5 working days after placing the order. The print was exactly same as the image I had uploaded. Head to their website to place the order now, as there is a discount of 85% this Black Friday. No coupon needed.

    This post is sponsored by Canvas Discount. 
    All opinions mentioned are my own. 
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    #TravelTuesday - AirBnb Vs Hotel : Which is better?

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    Being from the hospitality industry, I would like to start with saying I love hotels. I love luxury. I appreciate good service. I revel in opulence. Having said that, I have come to realize there is time and place for luxury and practicality. Over the last  years, I have stayed in a number of hotels and do not regret that, however on a few occasions I chose Airbnb and would like to state my argument in the favor of both. 

    1. Consistency
    There is a certain familiarity in staying at a hotel. You know exactly what to expect in terms of cleanliness, room size, service and quality. There are seldom any (big) surprises, no matter what your geographic location. Each Airbnb is a unique experience. If you choose the later, you are choosing local experience over cookie-cutter format.

    2. Safety
    While most rentals ensure safety measures but with recent incidents (re: Kim K) you can never take enough caution. Most hotels, on the other hand, have security team, on-site surveillance, and connections with local law enforcement to help keep you safe.

    3. Amenities
    Amenities vary from hotel to hotel, and also Airbnb to Airbnb. Typically hotels include housekeeping, WiFi, pools and fitness centers, restaurants and room service, laundry service and in-room toiletries. Airbnb on the other hand definitely means the luxury of space, on site laundry, kitchen.  

    4. Meals
    While the kitchen in an Airbnb can be an amenity, however if you are looking for food on demand, Airbnb might not be for you. Hotels, often offer complimentary breakfast, room service and dining, which can make life easier when on the go.


    5. Location
    Hotels are mostly in the city center or around the popular tourist spots, where all the action takes place, while 74% of Airbnb properties are outside of the main hotel districts, often in local neighborhoods far from the busy hustle-bustle of the city. This is a personal preference. 


    6. Reliability
    Last but not the least, Airbnb is a relatively unreliable option. The hosts have the right to cancel anytime, while hotels will find a way to accommodate every reservation, either via an upgrade or by making an alternative reservation. 

    Below are the pictures from the Airbnb we had rented in Paris. It was quintessential Parisian living in the buzzing area of Le Marais. 


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    If you haven't ever tried Airbnb, you can click here to get $40 off your first stay. 
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    All Things UNIQLO

    Few weeks back I had the honor of having a sneak peek of the first UNIQLO store in the D.C. metro area at Tyson’s Corner Center. I have been shopping at UNIQLO since the Dubai days. It has been my go-to-brand for all things basics. However, now I shop there for there for their HEATTECH - designed with heat-retaining fabric - and Ultra Light Down jackets, perfect for traveling light and keeping warm. 

    If you live in the DMV area and have not met your way there I strongly urge to check them out, especially to load-up on the winter layers (right in time for Black Friday). 

    Today's outfit is all things UNIQLO. You can see how you can create endless outfits with their versatile and functional pieces.  
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    Top - c/o UNIQLO
    Skirt - c/o UNIQLO
    Coat - c/o UNIQLO
    Bag - Miu Miu // Similar
    Watch - Omega
    Make up - c/o Aveda

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    Fitness Friday - Benefits of Yoga with MyYogaWorks

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    This post was sponsored MyYogaWorks as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own.
    In this day and age, even if you do not do Yoga, I am inclined to believe you are well aware of the many benefits of yoga. I started doing yoga sometime in my early twenties. It was not easy or something that took to, naturally but over time I started to appreciate it's many benefits. It is like a gift that keeps on giving. Some of the changes that I noticed were:
    • Increased flexibility.
    • Increased muscle strength and tone.
    • Improved energy
    • Cardio and circulatory health.
    • Improved posture.
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    However, with constant travel and busy lifestyle, it has become harder to make it to the classes as regularly as I would like to. The classes are either in the middle of the morning (I wake up at 5am so 9am seems pretty in-between) or after 5pm (I eat dinner by 6pm and am in bed by 9:30). 

    I couldn't be happier about being introduced to MyYogaWorks recently. If you are someone like me, who enjoys classes or appreciate someone guiding you through the yoga class you must check this website out. It is a carefully curated online yoga experience with over 1,000 online yoga classes that you can stream from your laptop, tablet, phone or TV. Perfect for my jet-set-life. I can pick any class ranging from 5 minutes to 90 minutes according to my schedule and need. The classes I like the most are the ones that target specific areas, for example "strong back healthy back" and "core centering". 

    In the coming year my goal is to improve my posture and these are the two area that would help me do that. I am looking forward to trying their various classes and stay healthy even while I am on-the-go or from the comfort of my garage in winter months (as seen in pictures).

    Get 1 year of access to premium online yoga from MyYogaWorks for only $49 (reg. $150)! Use promo code YOGA49 at sign up. Offer expires on November 28, 2016.

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    JTV.com Holiday Gift Guide

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    This post is sponsored by JTV.com. I was paid for this post and received the jewelry pieces as compensation. All opinions mentioned are my own. 

    Holiday season is just around the corner and it is again time start buying those holiday gifts for friends and family. After some gift-giving experience, I have realized jewelry is the best gift to give to women. For one all women love jewelry, secondly even when you body shape/size changes jewelry is something you can continue to wear without much struggle.


    Buy for the person - Buy something that the person you are buy for would like and not something “you” would like. This is the number one mistake people make. Jewelry is an extension of the person’s personality, hence should represent their style. Do not assume that she likes big stones. If she is a girly-girl then she would like something delicate and personal. If she is a conservative she would like something classic in gold or diamond. If she is edgy and modern, she would like statement jewelry.


    Buy something which would have a sentimental value - Choose a piece of jewelry that has meaning or history. You can buy something which might reference to a place you had first met, or traveled to or have ancestral connection. A story behind your gift would make it extra special.



    Buy something classic - If you are not sure about her personality and lifestyle then go with something classic like a pair of diamond studs, or link chain with a small pendant. If you do have the opportunity then do your research, pay attention to her style and/or ask her friends and family. Chances are people close to her would be able to point you in the right direction. The most important thing is to make sure that the jewelry is of good quality.

    For more options check out JTV.com. They are one of the leading retailers of jewelry and gemstones in the United States. JTV.com is a privately-held company with a 23 year track record in the industry. JTV.com’s mission is to uplift every woman by offering extraordinary products at extraordinary prices. It features 160 gemstone varieties, including exclusive brands found only on JTV.com.

    My blog may contain links to other websites. I am not responsible for the privacy policies of those other websites. When you click on a link, your information may be collected by those websites so I encourage you to read their privacy policies.

    Affiliate links are not associated with JTV.com.
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    Iceland: Road Trip with SADCars

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    Iceland had been one of our most anticipated trips of all time. We (husband and I) planned it for over six months. We stalked several travel blogs, followed all Instagram accounts featuring Iceland and read every article out there about Iceland. What I can tell you from my research is that even a month in Iceland is not enough, as that's how much that country has to offer, however, about a week would be good enough to get a taste of the country. In the end, we decided to do a 5 days/5nights road trip. Sharing my itinerary below. 


    We landed around midnight and headed directly to SADcars to pick up our rental for the trip. I had collaborated with SADcars for this trip and I couldn't be happier. One of their representatives (shoutout to SugarRay) picked us up from the airport. We reached the car rental in about 15 minutes where our car was ready and we were on our way to the hotel soon after. We had deliberately picked an Airport Hotel which was close to the rental as we wanted to hit the bed ASAP and start our day early. 

    DAY ONE

    Next day we were up and ready by 9am. We had our breakfast and made our way into the city (Reykjavik). We explored the city center and clicked pictures (like duh!). At about 1PM we had booked an air tour of the National Park which was departing from the domestic airport close to Reykjavik. You can check out the views in the above video. The highlight of the tour was viewing the bright colors of the national park and actually seeing the tectonic plates. 

    After the air tour, we made our way to checkout the glacier. More about the glacier experience in this post. After which we head back to the city, grabbed dinner and drove to Borgarnes which was our mid spot for where we were headed next. 


    DAY TWO

    This was the coldest and windiest day of all. We woke up early (ish!) had our breakfast and made our way towards Snaefellsnes Peninsula. While the drive and the scenery was absolutely breathe taking, the wind and rain made it extremely difficult for us to take pictures and spend as much time as we would have liked out appreciating the nature. 

    The best decision however, was to do the road trip as even though the stop were affected by the weather, we were at least free to make as many stops as we desired. We stopped to see the seals at Ytri-Tunga, to view the scenic views (in spite of the wind; re: video) at Arnarstapi and various spontaneous points to view waterfalls, creeks, and mountains. For our night's stay we drove to Akureyri.  


    DAY THREE

    Third day of our trip was the longest, most eventful and most tiring (rightfully so!). We checked out the most marvelous waterfalls we have ever seen this day:


    After hiking to all the waterfalls and getting drenched in our heavy winter coats, we made out way towards the Mývatn Natural Baths to end the day. On our way we made another spontaneous stop at Námafjall which is a mountain close to a volcano and geothermal area. As cool as it all was, I really couldn't stand the smell of sulphur. You can checkout my stinking face in the video

    After a relaxing time at the natural baths we made our way to Hofn, which was the most scary drive ever. 



    DAY FOUR

    It is hard to pick a favorite day but if I was put on a gun point I would pick this day, mostly because it was a nice sunny day and I didn't have to face any winds or rain. We woke up to one of the most stunning views ever. I wanted to keep making videos but eventually realized that the camera was not doing any justice to the actual beauty. We checked out Jökulsárlón which is a glacier lagoon where you can see floating pieces of ice. Next we made another spontaneous decision to check out Svartifoss, which ended up being a long hike we hadn't anticipated.

    Next we were headed to Fjaðrárgljúfur which was another (shorter) hike but the views of the canyon where unreal. Last but not the least we made our way to Reynisfjara, the black beach which probably is one of the most popular spots in Iceland. And it did not disappoint. We made it there right at sunset which was perfect. The sunset was one of the most beautiful sunsets I had ever viewed in my entire life.

    We then headed to Hotel Anna, which was our last night in Iceland. We had anticipated that this would be the day when we get to see the northern lights and IT WAS. While, unfortunately, I was not able to capture it on video, I will soon share the pictures we were able to take. Honestly, the trip could not have gone any better.


    DAY FIVE

    Last day in Iceland. Le sigh! We checked out (another!) waterfall: Seljalandsfoss (it is a country of waterfalls, what can I say!), Geysir (hot spring), Gullfoss (located in the canyon of the Hvítá river in southwest Iceland), Brúarfoss (the most spellbinding of them all!). 

    Once we had completed everything on our itinerary, we made our way back to Reykjavik, hung out at a local pub and reminisced about the most epic (road) trip we had just completed. We then made our way back to the SADcars, returned the rental and then we stopped us back to the airport for our next adventure

    And that was the run-down on the five days we had spend in Iceland. While I will share more specific experience we had there in coming posts, feel free to ask me any thing specific you would like to know in the comments below. 

    Thanks to SADcars for collaborating with me on this trip. If you are headed to Iceland, definitely check them out for your car rental needs: Website | Instagram
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