‘Tis The Season To Get Polished

There’s a mighty good chance that my relationship with a person would depend on how the person has maintained their nails. There’s also a mighty good chance that you’d call me snobby, but I believe that it’s all in the details.
This is perhaps, why I have a massive admiration towards Arab women, especially in Dubai. They look impeccable even when they’re out grocery shopping and mind you- this is not even an exaggeration. The slew of nail, eyelash and beauty studios in DXB stand as a testimony to my claim. That’s why Dubai to me, is a guilty pleasure.
I’ve always hoped that women closer home would invest on these little details as much as they do on clothing. It’s simple really, if you can’t keep your nails long, then keep them clipped and well maintained. If you prefer them long, then take extra care in maintaining the nails and keeping them clean. What’s even more important is to keep your hands moisturised, which is why I always advocate a handy hand cream, and to NEVER do away with chipped nails/ nail polish. I think nails are the most basic indicators of personal hygiene and orderliness.

I’m inclined to record my experience at Polished Nail Boutique Studio, at Indiranagar 100 ft road with you. The owner of which shares similar views as I do. The first thing that she noticed was my feet nails and suggested that I get a pedicure. It had been a while, running around for blog work does leave you with unattended feet.

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Perfect Setting for a Perfect Selfie; Vivo Launches V5 with 20MP Front Camera


Mumbai, November 15th, 2016: With the selfie revolution going strong, Vivo, the premium global smartphone brand today launched its flagship V5 with the first ever 20MP front camera. Focused on the young selfie aficionados, the smartphone offers a perfect combination of technology, design and the overall performance with the unprecedented 20MP front camera and a revolutionary feature, the “Moonlight Glow” that allows users to take perfect selfies in diverse lighting conditions.


Vivo V5 – Specifications

·         4G LTE Network

·         13.97 cm (5.5) HD Display

·         Octa-core 64-bit

·         4 GB RAM/32 GB ROM (Expandable up to 128 GB)

·         20 MP Front Camera and 13 MP Rear Camera

·         Battery 3000 mAh

The all new “Moonlight Glow” feature induces a natural glow on the face without straining eyes that lights up the picture irrespective of the lighting conditions. Furthermore, this feature will allow users to capture every frame perfectly without making them grainy, distorted or flooded with hard flash.

Speaking at the launch of the flagship device, Mr. Kent Cheng, CEO, Vivo India, said,“With the launch of V5, Vivo adds a new dimension and sets its focus on emerging camera technology, thus offering an unprecedented camera experience. V5 comes with the first-ever 20 MP front camera that creates flawless pictures in naturally vivid colours. We are sure that our new offering is all set to create a new benchmark and will be widely accepted by customers and redefine the selfie experience.”

Perfect Frame for Every Story

The device is equipped with 20MP front camera and a 13MP rear camera, to express a story through every frame in a way never been done before. The front camera for selfie lovers comes with the ‘Moonlight Glow’ feature to make every selfie splendid and flawless.

Sleek, Smart and Fast


V5 runs on Funtouch OS 2.6 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and paired with 4 GB RAM and 32 GB ROM, which is expandable up to 128 GB. The Octa-core 64-bit processor enables a user to achieve lag-free and smooth operations, while gaming and multitasking. V5 also supports an ‘Eye Protection Mode’ feature that filters out blue light to protect vision and prevents eye strain.

Vivo V5 features a 13.97 cm (5.5) HD display with the resolution of 1280×720 pixels and 2.5D corning gorilla glass.


Never Miss a Beat with Custom Built Hi-Fi Audio Chip

Music lovers will be able to enjoy every beat played on V5 with the custom built AK4376 Hi-Fi audio chip that provides an unparalleled sound quality experience by giving a signal-to-noise ratio of up to 115dB.

Lightning Speed Fingerprint Unlocking

V5 offers a technological breakthrough with its faster fingerprint unlocking that unlocks the screen in just 0.2 seconds.

Multi-task with Smart Screen Split

The ‘Smart Screen-Split’ feature allows users to multitask without having to switch back and forth every time a message pops up. Users can chat and watch videos simultaneously on one screen.

The phone priced at Rs 17,980/- will be available from November 26th onwards at a store near you.

About Vivo India:


The premium global smartphone manufacturer, Vivo entered India in the late 2014. In a short span, Vivo India has become an established Hi-Fi & Smart brand. Vivo India currently has its presence in more than 400 cities in 22 states with over 33,000outlets across the country, with a strong focus on Hi-Fi music. Vivo is one of the fastest growing companies in India and one of the top 10 smartphone brands in the world.

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My Weekend At Hammered- featuring Sushi

A quick heads-up: I’m turning into a full blown food-enthusiast. That DOES NOT mean that i’m a food blogger now, relax. I find that fashion cannot exist alone- it is gracefully accompanied by it’s swanky counterpart- lifestyle. For me lifestyle is as important as fashion. In a city clogged by cosmopolitan pubs, bars and restuarants, i attempt at picking out a few favourites and zoom into their standout features while colour-complimenting with my food. ( You will find below that i’m wearing a salmon pink wrap dress keeping in mind that i was going to eat salmon nigiri that day; I also had the bartender turn the colour of the drink into one that complimented my outfit)

Aesthetics, are important.

I was absolutely gutted that i could not make it to the launch of Hammered, the new multi- cuisine pub off Cunningham Road serving not just great food, but alcohol and shisha as well. A few weeks later, i learnt that a Teppanyaki counter was underway. Teppanyaki counter also means a Japanese chef who makes sushi. And this, needed my approval.

While my sushi was being meticulously prepared, i had the time to taste their much talked-about Rainbow sliders. These sliders are, to be honest, for people like me, who prefer small-but-tasty bites and that which look visually inspiring for our phones to capture. I can’t do burgers unless i’m having the munchies when i’m at home sans lipstick. We all know the pain of eating burgers with lipsticks.

The classic sushi maki/nigiri – long a stronghold of a few Japanese restuarants in the city has now made it’s presence felt at this popular hangout. I always judge my sushi on the basis of it’s simplicity, authenticity and freshness of the meat. And any restuarant that serves me a simple salmon nigiri taking due care that the sticky rice is not too mushy, wins for me.

I am generally not a fan of veg maki rolls (especially with avocado) but that’s just me. I much much prefer a simple tuna maki (with no garnish) and salmon nigiri.

What, however, really did impress me was that when your means are frugal to satisfy your sushi cravings, Hammered is the right place to be. The price starts at Rs. 229 and goes upto a little over Rs.500. Besides the fact that that the preparation time is a little slow, i have no complaints. I am absolutely in awe, of both the sushi and the chef’s magic card tricks!


Please excuse the below-average phone-camera quality of this picture, i was too busy relishing the dish so i didn’t give my photographer an opportunity to take a well-framed picture

With the food happily settled in my belly, it’s time for the chosen outfit(s) for the day. I chose a salmon pink number paired with a gold choker. The rationale behind the outfit stemmed from the decor and aesthetic of the place-reflecting an urban woman with western sensibilities (so is the decor and the cuisine)

{ Wrap dress and choker- both Forever 21}

My second outfit of choice was a hot pink high-neck,flowy number paired with a delicate Maang Tika. The theme was of course, Middle-Eastern, owing to the shisha and my drink which resembled a genie-bottle, not to forget the chandelier that hung precariously over my head.

A quick introduction to this booth, most aptly and thoughtfully named as the ‘Lie Booth’- it is designed specially to aid you in all your lying endeavours. It cuts down nearly 70% to 80% of the noise outside so you can effortlessly pick up those calls that you’ve been ignoring and lie to you parents/ friends/ girlfriends/boyfriends/pets about your whereabouts.

Drink- Midnight With Mary

{ Dress- Missamore; Headgear- Eristona; Belt- Splash}

Hammered has replaced former F-bar, by making a few too many changes. It is a VAST space with a ground and first floor, with ample natural lighting and a relaxed atmosphere. It has both indoor and outdoor seating facilities on the ground and first floor. In my observation, the ground floor is more sophisticated while the atmosphere on the first floor is vivacious, contantly bustling with youngsters in large groups and happy conversations. They have a separate DJ console both inside and outside with the resident DJ belting out some latest commercial tracks and deep-house numbers.

Although the staff is extremely courteous and well-aware of the menu and it’s contents, service could get patchy during peak hours. I was in fact, surprised to find that a lot of people poured in even at 10 am, when the place had only just opened it’s shutters. So i guess it’s peak time all the time.

Overall, the ratings for my Hammered experience are-

Ambience – 10/10

Food – 7/10

Shisha – 9/10

Value for money – 10/10 (the drink in the pictures above is priced at a modest tag of Rs.275/- despite its grandeur)

Service- 7.5-8/10 (really friendly staff, but slow at times)

Presentation- 9/10

Location- 10/10

Before long, i’m hoping to see organized Sunday brunches here. And those days are not far off! Just me who’s looking forward to it?

How did YOU like Hammered? I’d love to know!

Photographs by Vasanth Photography

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