January 16, 2018

Travelogue: Thekkady/Periyar

by , in


Those of you who know me well enough, or who follow my blog/Instagram/Facebook since some time now; must be aware about my incessant love for travel.
I traveled quite a bit last year, and even though I planned to document all my travelogues here, I could get the time and enthusiasm to only post about the awesome food places I discovered in Goa; my laziness having the best of me when I wanted to write about my experiences in Hampi or Kanyakumari! #facepalm

So, when I ended the year with a Christmas weekend getaway to the beautiful hill station in Thekkady, Kerala; I made a silent resolution to write about it on the blog. And here I am, trying to fulfill at least one resolution of 2018! ;)


Thekkady-Periyar-Kerala-travelogue-travel-experience-style-travel blogger-Style Prism


Thekkady is a pretty, laidback and not very well-known hill-station in God's Own Country, Kerala, and is actually popular for its national park which is better known as Periyar. The Periyar wildlife sanctuary also has a beautiful lake which is the main attraction of the hill station, after the forest. It's a great place to spend a weekend - specially an extended one - as 2-3 days is enough to enjoy whatever the destination has to offer.

Unfortunately, since we visited on the long weekend during Christmas, every place was super-crowded and we actually didn't feel the urge to stand in hour-long queues for the bus that takes tourists into the forest and lake area.
So, we majorly chilled at our homestay, took an early-morning jeer safari to the various viewpoints around the periphery of the forest and indulged in enjoying some of the cultural activities that have their roots in Kerala.

I thought of making it an easy and quick read for you guys by listing a few Dos and Don'ts that you can refer to, while planning a trip to Thekkady/Periyar.
It's not an exhaustive list and the opinions expressed are entirely my own, I don't claim professional expertise in these statements.But, I'm speaking from the experience of a traveler, and I'm sure other travelers out there might find it useful to have some real advice in hand before taking the trip! :)


Thekkady-Periyar-Kerala-travelogue-travel-experience-style-travel blogger-Style Prism
The meandering Periyar river

Thekkady-Periyar-Kerala-travelogue-travel-experience-style-travel blogger-Style Prism
Day 1 outfit - Tunic: Global Desi | Denim: Lifestyle | Backpack: c/o Limeroad | Shades: H&M | Slip-ons: Max

Thekkady-Periyar-Kerala-travelogue-travel-experience-style-travel blogger-Style Prism
Pepper plant in our hotel garden

Thekkady-Periyar-Kerala-travelogue-travel-experience-style-travel blogger-Style Prism
Day 1 - from where I stand

Thekkady-Periyar-Kerala-travelogue-travel-experience-style-travel blogger-Style Prism
A local handmade bamboo raft on the Periyar river

Thekkady-Periyar-Kerala-travelogue-travel-experience-style-travel blogger-Style Prism
Out walking on Day 1 

Thekkady-Periyar-Kerala-travelogue-travel-experience-style-travel blogger-Style Prism
Flower-spotting around Thekkady


DOs


  • Do check the weather before heading to Thekkady. Even though it's a hill station, it's not necessarily as cold as you would expect. We went during peak winter season (Christmas time), the average temperature during the day was 20-21°C which was pretty on the warmer side. Temperatures did drop a bit during the night and early in the morning, so light sweaters or jackets sufficed.
  • Do book your tickets for the bus to the lake or the forest safari or nature walk only from the Govt. offices around the town centre. The prices are fixed and the service is pretty efficient. If you book from private travel agents, then they might charge higher fees and you might not even be aware of it.
  • Do check out the various local shops selling spices and handmade chocolates. The spices are all cultivated in that area, and black pepper, cardamoms, cinnamon and some essential oils are popular picks you can take home. The handmade chocolates are super-yummy and come in a wide variety - from fruit & nut to white chocolates to mint-flavored ones.
  • Do indulge in a lazy afternoon of boating on the lake, if you have the time & inclination. The lake is quite picturesque and you can have a gorgeous view of the surrounding forests and hills from while you enjoy some time on the boat.
  • The nature walk conducted inside the forest is said to be pretty interesting (though we didn't go for it because of too much crowd that weekend), but the chance of spotting animals will depend solely on your luck. Elephants, bisons and deer are still said to be spotted most of the time.
  • Please do take out an evening or two to witness some cultural performances that are famous  in the region. There are cultural academies that house shows of dance form Kathakali and martial arts form Kalaripayattu - tickets are for around 200-250/- bucks per head and are available with most travel agents or even at your hotel/resort/homestay. Sometimes, if you are booking a nature walk or jeep safari trip with an agent, they might offer you tickets for these cultural programs for as low as 150/-.
  • If you are opting for the jeep safari that takes you around the periphery of the jungle and makes pit-stops at strategic viewpoints, make sure you set off early morning - no later than 7-7.30 am. That time, there are not too many people or vehicles around, so chances are that you might spot an animal or two somewhere along the route. Also, the early morning chill and nip in the air adds to the atmosphere created by the picturesque views from the hilltops. 
  • Do visit hotel Thekkady Cafe if you are looking for an authentic Kerala meal. This place is not very fancy, but the ambience is typical, local style and the food is quite tasty at reasonable prices. You'll be assured when you see the rush and crowd at the place during lunch or dinner. 

Thekkady-Periyar-Kerala-travelogue-travel-experience-style-travel blogger-Style Prism

Picturesque view from one of the viewpoints

Thekkady-Periyar-Kerala-travelogue-travel-experience-style-travel blogger-Style Prism
The hills making a perfect backdrop

Thekkady-Periyar-Kerala-travelogue-travel-experience-style-travel blogger-Style Prism
Reflection on the Periyar river

Thekkady-Periyar-Kerala-travelogue-travel-experience-style-travel blogger-Style Prism
Day 2 morning outfit - Sweater: Allen Solly | Scarf: Kolkata | Beanie: Forever 21 

Thekkady-Periyar-Kerala-travelogue-travel-experience-style-travel blogger-Style Prism
Just need a place to pose!

Thekkady-Periyar-Kerala-travelogue-travel-experience-style-travel blogger-Style Prism
Day 2 afternoon outfit - Trench coat: Forever 21 | Floral printed tee: United Colors of Benetton

Thekkady-Periyar-Kerala-travelogue-travel-experience-style-travel blogger-Style Prism
Exploring the various photo ops all over Hotel Ambadi
  
Thekkady-Periyar-Kerala-travelogue-travel-experience-style-travel blogger-Style Prism
50 shades of green




DON'Ts
  • After my experience, I would advise you to avoid planning this trip during any big holiday time. That is because the crowd makes the whole experience less enjoyable. Also, you might want to avoid the super-long queues at ticket counters or vehicle boarding points.
  • Don't rely only on your hotel to arrange for jeep safaris or other sightseeing activities. Take a short walk around and pop in at the various travel agents' offices dotting the town to compare prices. Then go for the one who's giving the best rates - it will any day be lesser than what your hotel will charge.
  • Don't carry too many warm clothes, even if you are visiting in winter. Check the weather beforehand (Google to the rescue) and carry some light sweaters or jackets only for the night-time or early morning outings.
  • Don't miss out on taking lazy strolls and long walks through the hilly roads....stop at souvenir shops or quaint hillside cafes, smell the wild flowers, breathe in the mountain air. That's when you get the real essence of a place.
  • Even if you are a lover of silver jewellery or Tibetan artefacts, try to steer clear of the many Tibetan shops you'll come across in the town. I have no prejudice against them, but as per my knowledge, the products they sell are not native or local, they are taken from the North-Eastern part of the country to be sold in the Southern state, so of course, the prices are higher than they should be. There is also no guarantee of the authenticity of the products, so there's a high chance that you'll not get your money's worth. So, don't be tempted by the appealing window displays of alluring silver jewellery; and go for the spice shops or chocolate stores instead.


Thekkady-Periyar-Kerala-travelogue-travel-experience-style-travel blogger-Style Prism
Ring of fire through which the Kalaripayattu performers jumped with effortless ease

Kalaripayattu performance - mesmerizing


Kalaripayattu - one of the oldest martial arts forms in the world


That, more or less, sums up my experience at this Kerala hill town. I am sad about the fact that we couldn't attempt a journey into the forest, thanks to the Christmas crowd, but that just might give me another excuse to visit Thekkady again!

You'll get numerous hotel/resort/homestay options in Tripadvisor or MakeMyTrip, but I would personally like to recommend Hotel Ambadi, which is a beautiful property with quaint villas, greenery and a restaurant that serves tasty food. This is not a sponsored post, so please take this as my genuine recommendation, based on experience. Hotel Ambadi boasts both a picturesque courtyard as well as art-y interiors that are done up in wood and give off rustic & earthy vibes.


You can shoot me any questions or queries in the comments if you plan a trip to Thekkady ever and I'll try to answer them to the best of my abilities. 
So, put this place on that 2018 bucket list and make sure you tick it off some time this year! Let me know how you liked it!!


Love,
Anupriya
January 07, 2018

Being The Retro Cat {Style Prism x Woodgeek}

by , in
A BIG hello to you guys as I write this first post of 2018!
Hope the new year has started off with a bang for you all.....and you've dived right in to tackle all the new challenges this year is/will/might throw at you.

I don't know about you all, but I've given up on making resolutions - more than half of which always remain unfulfilled anyways. 
Instead, this year, I have made a list of 'Projects' that I'd like to work on. Be it my plan to create more art - both on paper as well as digitally - or my intention of visiting at least one new country this year. I aim to look at each of these tasks as projects which I need to do this year, and attack them with planning & strategy in place. So, hopefully, as the year progresses, I'll be able to tick things off that list.

Among my projects for 2018, is my blog for which I want to create more exciting, interesting and enriching content. I aim to be more regular with my blog posts, use my blog planner efficiently, and work with promising brands that spin their own fashion story in a world full of copy-cat trends and fast-fashion styles. 

So, I thought of starting the year with a collaboration with one such brand that is an exciting startup from the City of Joy. Woodgeek was born out of the passion for exploring the scope of working with wood beyond its traditional uses. They are a team of wonderful, passionate and creative individuals who have "turned their obsession with timber into creating cool stuff out of wood." So, they amaze you with their stylish bamboo-frame sunglasses & glasses, sassy wooden phone cases, cool bamboo notebooks, carved wooden posters, super-fun wooden bow-ties and many more exciting products that you would have never thought can be made out of wood!
What's more, Woodgeek lets you customize any of the products with your own name, quote, message or image that are skillfully etched on the wooden surface to create personalized beauties! Thus, their products are not only great for using yourself, but make for amazingly perfect (and uncommon) gifts too!! They also take bulk corporate orders and ship worldwide!

While browsing through their appealing collection of wooden sunglasses - available in various shapes, colors and texture - I, being the retro-lover that I am, fell in love with the stylish cateye shades that they have cheekily named 'The Librarian'. I chose the variant in charcoal bamboo with dark brown lens and got my blog name custom-etched on one of the arms of the glasses! They also offer you the option of engraving any custom design on the wooden box in which the sunglasses are packaged, and you'll soon see what I got written on my box! ;)

The packaging is beautiful, well-done and very easy to carry around; and the product is, of course, perfect to the T. It's lightweight, super-trendy, and looks great, to say the least. 

Of course, styling a pair of cateye glasses was a no-brainer for me - if you know me well enough, you'd know I'd choose to style it in a retro-chic way. I added a touch of French je ne sais quoi to the 60s look and topped it off with my new bamboo-frame cateye sunnies!


retro-chic-cateye-sunglass-Woodgeek-layering-French-style-bangalore-fashion-blogger

retro-chic-cateye-sunglass-Woodgeek-layering-French-style-bangalore-fashion-blogger

retro-chic-cateye-sunglass-Woodgeek-layering-French-style-bangalore-fashion-blogger

retro-chic-cateye-sunglass-Woodgeek-layering-French-style-bangalore-fashion-blogger

retro-chic-cateye-sunglass-Woodgeek-layering-French-style-bangalore-fashion-blogger

retro-chic-cateye-sunglass-Woodgeek-layering-French-style-bangalore-fashion-blogger

retro-chic-cateye-sunglass-Woodgeek-layering-French-style-bangalore-fashion-blogger

retro-chic-cateye-sunglass-Woodgeek-layering-French-style-bangalore-fashion-blogger

retro-chic-cateye-sunglass-Woodgeek-layering-French-style-bangalore-fashion-blogger

retro-chic-cateye-sunglass-Woodgeek-layering-French-style-bangalore-fashion-blogger

retro-chic-cateye-sunglass-Woodgeek-layering-French-style-bangalore-fashion-blogger

retro-chic-cateye-sunglass-Woodgeek-layering-French-style-bangalore-fashion-blogger

[Wooden cateye sunglasses: c/o Woodgeek store | Red beret: local market, Darjeeling | Blue khadi coat: Red Sister Blue | Shift dress: Zara | Black stockings: Commercial street, Bangalore | Red knee-high socks: Sarojini Nargar, Delhi | Black brogues: Westside]

Photography by: Arjun of Arya Photography


Aren't you just drooling over these gorgeous wooden beauties?
Did you see what all I got custom-engraved on the glasses & box???

Now, you can get your own customized wooden products too! Just head over to Woodgeek store and check out their awesome array of wooden wonders! These make for such great gifts too for your near and dear ones - I'm sure your husband will love a personalized pair of shades, or your best friend will treasure a bamboo notebook with an etched image of you two on the cover!

And if you are wondering if the end product will come out as you want it, then rest assured. The team will send you a digital mock-up of your customized design and will go ahead with the final engraving only once you give the thumbs up! Service at its best, if you ask me!! :)

So, what do you think of my retro look and my classy cateye shades?
Do let me know in the comments below.

And to see how my 2018 is going, don't forget to follow me on Instagram and Facebook!


Love,
Anupriya


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and the sunglasses have been sent to me for review, but all views expressed are my own. 
December 23, 2017

A Pastel-Perfect Party Look To End The Year In Style!

by , in
Is it just me, or do you guys also feel that 2017 just went by in a flash???

I mean...it felt like it was January just yesterday! And now we are counting the days to the New Year already!!!
This weekend was much-awaited since the start of December...and all of you must be having exciting plans for Christmas! I am going on a weekend trip with my hubby and my sister to....well, stay tuned to my social media handles to know that! ;)
But, yes, I'm super-excited, as we haven't been able to go on too many vacays this year, thanks to loads of work pressure at both of our ends. So, we are absolutely looking forward to ending the year with a relaxing trip!!! 

But, really, it's the season to eat, drink, be merry, and of course, party a lot! I'm sure most of you have plans to dance the nights away with friends, and are gearing up to put together glam-chic party outfits for the season. 
But, this year, why not ditch the ubiquitous little black dress or metallic minis and go the pastel way instead? After all, Millenial Pink is a trending color, and an outfit mixing pretty pastels and bold blacks can make you stand out in the party crowd as well!
So, I thought of creating a party look for you guys which combines my love for layering (in an edgy, offbeat way) with a how to on wearing pastels for the wildest year-end parties.


party-outfits-looks-partywear-fashion-style-black-pink

party-outfits-looks-partywear-fashion-style-black-pink

party-outfits-looks-partywear-fashion-style-black-pink

party-outfits-looks-partywear-fashion-style-black-pink

party-outfits-looks-partywear-fashion-style-black-pink

party-outfits-looks-partywear-fashion-style-black-pink

party-outfits-looks-partywear-fashion-style-black-pink

party-outfits-looks-partywear-fashion-style-black-pink

party-outfits-looks-partywear-fashion-style-black-pink

party-outfits-looks-partywear-fashion-style-black-pink

[Pastel pink pleated midi dress: H&M | Black sheer top: H&M | Pink leather jacket: Vero Moda | Afghani coin necklace: Regalia | Metallic backpack: Metro Plaza, Kolkata | Black shades: H&M | Peeptoe booties: Koovs]


Photography by: Arjun & Chaya of Arya Photography


Here are a few tips and tricks for adding a stylish edge to your glamorous party ensembles:
  • Ditch the dark tones and try pastel shades instead. Go for millenial pink, mint green or even serenity blue for a look that'll make you stand out in the black-clad crowd.
  • Layer, layer and then layer some more. Don't stop at throwing on a jacket over a top or dress. Try experimenting - knot up an embellished tee over a t-shirt dress, pair a sequined kimono over a mesh tank over a bralette, put on a velvet blazer over a plunging V-neck dress worn on top of a crisp white shirt - the options are endless, and the results can be surprising indeed!
  • Clutch bags are passé. Keep your hands free by opting for a patched or embellished or metallic backpack instead and dance the night away without having to worry about where to keep the bag!
  • Try pairing ethnic Indian-style statement jewellery with your western party looks for a fashion fusion that'll make you the star of the show! Think chunky jhumkas with sequined bodycons, stacked silver bangles with a leather mini skirt & lace crop top, or Afghani necklaces with a velvet slip dress & heels. Trust us, you'll turn heads wherever you go!
  • Steer clear of bold lips - reds and berries have been done to death - go for a nude pout instead. Smoke up your eyes for a dramatic allure and keep the lip color toned down with nude browns, or bare pinks. Of course, don't forget to go OTT with the highlighter and shine bright on NYE!
  • If the temperature decides to drop, you can even flaunt some cool stockings or knee-high socks to add a preppy vibe to your party look. Try fishnet stockings with over-the-knee socks worn on top for an edgy layer for your legs. You can even go for opaque stockings with festive socks and heels for a funky look.
  • Last, but not the least, be comfortable in what you wear. You don't have to wear something just because it's trendy - choose your clothes according to your body type, style and personality, and you'll slay it with your swag!

What do you guys think of the look I put together?
Would you try something like this for the party season? Let me know in the comments below!

Also, don't forget to follow me on Instagram and Facebook for more updates!


Have a great holiday season, you guys! And let's ring in the New Year in style!!!!
See you all in 2018!


Love,
Anupriya
December 11, 2017

Fashionable One - A fashion extravaganza at 1 MG Lido Mall

by , in


1 MG Lido mall recently held a two-day fashion extravaganza where leading brands, that house their stores in the mall, showcased their latest collections on the runway. This was the 4th edition of Fashionable One that is becoming a fashion event to reckon with in the city of Bangalore. 
The mall turned fashion runway on the evenings of 2nd & 3rd December, where models sashayed down the catwalk dressed in the trendiest AW clothes and accessories from brands like AND, Fab India, Marks & Spencers, ALDO and Hidesign. The finale on the 3rd saw a gorgeous curated show by homegrown celebrity fashion designer Ramesh Dembla, for whom the showstopper was none other than another Bangalore star - the lovely Kriti Kharbanda!

I was honored to be a part of this exciting fashion event and attending the shows proved to be an enriching experience for me. From getting first looks at the trendy, contemporary new collections from high-street fashion brands like M&S and AND, to witnessing the regal drama of brand Krishna Dembla's magnificent bridal lehengas unfold on stage; it was a fashion experience one should not have missed! 

Here are some glimpses of the starlit evenings where fashion reigned supreme and the city got a sneak-peek of what's going to rule the fashion charts this season!













If you are in Bangalore and haven't visited the 1 MG Lido mall yet, you sure have missed out on some fulfilling fashion & lifestyle experience. 1 MG Lido is the country’s first of its kind & unique downtown shopping & dining destination, designed on the lines of the most successful and vivacious high street areas from all over the world. It showcases more than 40 renowned national & international brands such as H&M, Aldo, Clarks, Hidesign, M&S, Fab India, Global Desi and others. 

Fashionable One is a signature annual fashion property of 1 MG Lido. The 2-day fashion extravaganza showcased the best of 2017’s styles. In its 4th edition, in a row, the property has gone bigger and better with each year.

So - Bengaluru peeps - next year, be sure not to miss out on this exciting fashion event! 
I, for one, can't wait for the next edition already....and you should stay tuned to Style Prism & 1 MG Lido mall on social media to stay updated about it!


Hope you all are having a great end-of-the-year!!


Love,
Anupriya


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, but all views expressed are my own. Images are all courtesy 1 MG Lido mall.

Tags

accessories neckpiece fashion bags rings colors reviews layering prints Howrah Bridge black flowers blue dresses flats links photography shades bloggers green jackets ethnic non-fashion people places sponsor designer Indian maxi scarves pink website denim leggings self-made beauty culture red stripes styling winterwear Fashion Week bow food travel brooch feature grey wedges yellow Kolkata flip-flops animal print boots quirky shirts tunic colored pants earrings navy satchel shirtdress summer t-shirt white India embroidery saree checks clutches gladiators kurta loafers monochrome polka pumps Tommy Hilfiger art fashion blogs giveaway remix tights bracelets lifestyle military shoes skirts waistcoat Durga Puja Instagram Miss Chase celebs collaboration contest couture display glasses gold lace neon ramp shop stockings stores street-style tassels vintage belts costume event festival graphics inspiration moustache nature party purple sheer shorts telephone Blog Award DIY Elle Fashionwear Gillette Venus I Know Jabong Kerala Maazu aztec chain chasma formal fusion guest post lookbook recipe wall art wedding Bangalore Delhi Dresslily Gujarat Mumbai New York Times Pretty Secrets Rohan Arora Satliva The Body Shop app aromatherapy b'day books brand coats color brigade coupon cuff cushion covers doodlings décor fair isle feathers hair heart interview jewellery kids leather lingerie nail art new year retro salon shopping ban sliders spikes sporty still life watches wishlist women Blossom Kochhar Bombay Born Pretty Cafe Pranah Chennai Chinese Closet Sale Saturday Decography Dressale Dusk FoodPanda Four Fountains Spa Four Seasons GRIF Gangtok Gaurang Shah Glad2bawoman Goa Green Trends Himalaya IFB InFB Kazo Magnum Nykaa Pondicherry Promtimes Satva Sri Lanka Tanishq Tea Tree Oil Thailand The BlingStreet United Colors of Benetton Voonik Woodgeek avant-garde brown cake chambray chappals classy clay fringes futuristic gifting gloves goth handloom handmade harem pants healthy hills home decor ice cream joggers links a la mode lipstick maxi skirts mint mosaic owl portaits rocker socks stars stilettos studio tattoo video weekend wine
All rights reserved by Style Prism 2010. Powered by Blogger.