Hôtel de NELL Paris – our first staycation!

If vacations are good staycations are even better!

What is a STAYCATION?

It’s a vacation in the place you live, so you don’t really travel out just stay – staycation!

It is also a new online service for people living in Paris to book a stay ( Sunday – Monday ) in a variety of exclusive places, at a great discounted price. Check them out here.

I have been living in Paris for 7 years and a chance to rediscover the city is exactly what I need. For our first staycation, we chose the 9th district of Paris. It is one of the most attractive districts of Paris, showcasing some of the most beautiful Hausmannien architectural works of the ‘Belle Époque’ era, from lavish shopping areas to the Palais Garnier. You can enjoy an amazing walk by the river Seine and enjoy the view of the Eiffel tower afar. Scroll down to read all about my stay at a very luxurious hotel in the 9th district of Paris – Hotel de NELL.

So we took the metro to our destination, it is the best part to not have hours of travel before reaching your destination – your destination is just minutes away!

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Hotel de Nell is beautifully nestled in the 9th district, the welcome was warm and the check in very efficient. The staff is very professional, they showed us around the hotel, and then took us up to our room. They had some welcome sweets and a special note from ‘staycation’ to welcome us!

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Our room was on the 6th floor, with a breathtaking view of a church and the rooftops of Paris city! It had the smallest cutest balcony I have ever seen, everything about the room was cozy and put us immediately on ‘holiday mode’.

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The rooms are very contemporarily styled and have a Japanese style tub which is a true masterpiece and was the jewel in the crown of our stay at Hotel de NELL. To add to it are the two tea bath rituals from Bulgari –  that smell like heaven and are really relaxing!

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After exploring our room, it was time to hit the spa! The very famous Spa Nuxe offers its services at Hotel de NELL. The spa room is at the -1 level of the hotel, I was super happy to make my way from the room to the spa in my bathrobe! We took the 45-minute massage that was really relaxing, the masseuse was very professional, I highly recommend to visit Spa Nuxe if you are here. They even gave us a few samples of Nuxe products at the end of the service.

Price: 88€ for a 45-minute massage.

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At around 6pm, we were bought a bottle of champagne to our room, the perfect way to enjoy your bath!

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restarauntlogoDinner at La Régalade

As we were having such a great time at the hotel, we didn’t want to step out, so we decided to have dinner at the restaurant of the hotel – La Régalade.

It is a very popular restaurant, which offers a 3-course (with 5 options each) dinner menu for 39€. The menu has dishes that have been there ever since the place opened, in addition to the ‘plat de jour’! And you guys, I must say everything was super tasty! The dishes are really beautifully crafted, visually very appealing and a total fiesta for the tastebuds!

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On our way to dinner!
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Risotto crémeux à l’encre de seiche, gambas et jambon rôtis à l’ail, émulsion vache qui rit.
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Poêlée d’escargots petits gris du Languedoc et œuf parfait, ail, persil, jus au cresson
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Poitrine de cochon fermier croustillante de chez Ospital, cocos de Vendée, pesto de riquette
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Suprême de volaille fermière, croûte de noix de pécan, asperges blanches meunière, sarriette
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Time for desert.. check out my huge bowl of Riz au lait!!!

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Our Favorites at La Régalade

  • Risotto crémeux à l’encre de seiche, gambas et jambon rôtis à l’ail, émulsion vache qui rit.
  • Poitrine de cochon fermier croustillante de chez Ospital, cocos de Vendée, pesto de riquette
  • Riz au lait à la vanille Bourbon comme le faisait ma grand-mère, caramel laitier

When we got back to our room we had another surprise gift waiting for us – a box of chocolates from ‘Maison du Chocolat’ and a Spa Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse dry oil! I absolutely love these cute surprises and felt really pampered! Another fun offer is the pillow menu at Hotel de NELL, we loved the pillows that were there so we didn’t change, but if you are in a mood to experiment do choose among their different pillow options. The next day, we had breakfast at ‘La Régalade’ restaurant, they offer a sumptuous continental buffet and fresh products like sausages and eggs etc for a supplement of 10€. After breakfast, we cozied up in the room, had another round in the tub and went off to get some final clicks in our bathrobes before leaving!

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Breakfast at La Régalade

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STAYCATION Paris 2018

We absolutely loved our first staycation in Paris, it was truly romantic, the hotel inculcates the true essence of the city! We will surely be trying out other places. I highly recommend Hotel de NELL, for a chic Parisienne style stay! It’s attention to detail and little sweet surprises made it extra special. It has everything you need to cut out from the ‘metro – boulot – dodo‘ routine.

Check out our insta story from that day:

 

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ADDRESS

7-9 Rue du Conservatoire, 75009 Paris

To book the hotel – Click Here.

To book a STAYCATION in Paris – Click Here.

When we got back from Hotel de NELL, we felt like we got back from a vacation, it was a truly refreshing feeling, I do recommend staycations to break from the routine and explore and reconnect with the city you live in! I hope you enjoyed this article guys, see you soon with some other fun places to visit in Paris. Let me know in comments below if you have ever been on a staycation in your city!

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An Arty Affair at ARTJUNA Goa!

Hey guys!

In Goa, it is almost the end of summer. The heat is unbearable and after a super long and tiring week, Sunday calls for a relaxing brunch. So in search of a place closer to nature I discovered this cozy garden cafe in Anjuna call Artjuna.

Keep reading for deets on my ‘last day of summer’ outfit and my super relaxing and healthy Sunday brunch at Artjuna.

Last day of summer OOTD.

To beat this summer heat I wore a strappy yellow floral mini dress. It is a back open dress which is super stylish! I paired it with white sneakers. I accessorized with round shell earrings.

I love this dress, the color is really vibrant and puts you in that summery mood immediately and also the material is so light that you feel really comfortable.

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Dress: SheIn

Sneakers: Westsid

Earrings: H&M

Explore ARTJUNA with me!

One of my fav ways to leave behind work stress and tiredness is by having a laid back Sunday over a healthy meal, and cafe Artjuna is the best place for this if you are in Goa.

Beautifully nestled in an old Portuguese house, this arty cafe is easy to spot. Artjuna gives you some really ‘colorful’ vibes with its trendy decor in an ‘atelier style’ setup. The cozy garden sets in the Sunday mood instantly and has an outdoor picnic style seating which I love as it gives you a chance to mingle with other people easily. No need to worry about parking as it has its own little parking space opposite the cafe.

Cafe Artjuna also has its own boutique where they sell trendy boho style clothing and accessories, the indo western fusion just adds to the charm of this place and makes it even more attractive!

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Artjuna actually has everything to make the day eventful, from yoga classes and an MMA center to the weekly movie screening (happens every Friday) and just when you think that’s all, you come across this little library with a collection of books of various languages! What else can we ask for?artjuna goa review

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Being a super hot summer day we decided to begin with refreshing drinks and ordered an ice tea and the super refreshing ‘cool as a cucumber’ drink.

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We then chose the ‘Healthy Breakfast’ which included a delicious bowl of fresh fruit salad, curd, one egg of choice (I selected poached), brown bread, butter and jam and a glass of dress watermelon juice.artjuna in goa

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Albina chose the ‘Humshuka’ which included poached eggs in thick tomato sauce served with pickled vegetables, spicy chutney and pita bread.brunch at artjuna

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The brunch is very copious and is really tasty. I was very pleasantly surprised by the importance Artjuna gives to the freshness and quality of the products.

Artjuna has a variety of tempting smoothies on their menu, all freshly prepared at the spur of the moment! Albina and I couldn’t resist trying out a few so, we selected Jammuna, Mango Bliss, and Surprise. All these smoothies are so yummy. My favorite was the Surprise which is made spinach, banana, coconut, cashew and coconut milk – It’s a must try at this cafe.brunch in goa

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The passionate Artjuna team never stops… they also have a huge number of mouth-watering intricately created French desserts and is the only place in Goa u will find it. So if you are sweet toothed you know your next stop in Goa!french pastries goa

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1. Surprise smoothie

2. Healthy breakfast

place to be

Address

940, Market Rd, Monteiro Vaddo, Anjuna, Goa 403509, India

To book call +91 77220 80190 or online Eazy Diner

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Chai & Lipstick Rating

If you are an art lover, crave healthy food, and looking for a place which has a great mix of traditional and modern, you should visit Artjuna!

Ambiance: 4/5

Service: 3/5

Food: 4/5

For more places to discover/ things to do in Goa check out our earlier post on Goa Travel Here.

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2 Year Bloggersary – 2 Giveaway announcements!

Hello lovely people,

We recently crossed our two-year mark blogging, it’s been an amazing time for us, personally and professionally we learned and grew in many ways…and it’s many thanks to our blog and you lovely people who support us.

Chai & Lipstick is a blog run by 4 sisters, it’s not always been easy to coordinate and manage the blog as we all live in different cities – Goa, Chennai (India), Paris, London. (Read more about ushere and here.) We have found ways to communicate and bond and to work together without letting the distance come in our way! We moved slowly but steadily and that’s how we crossed the two-year mark. To celebrate our anniversary and soon to reach -10k on Instagram, we are having not one but 2 worldwide giveaways!

Giveaway 1

MARC JACOBS

We are giving away our favorite perfumes to celebrate our blogging journey!

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What you will win?

4 Marc Jacobs Travel size perfumes – to represent the blogging journey of us, four sisters, we are giving away four amazing perfumes.

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Three simple rules to enter

  • Follow us on INSTAGRAM.
  • Tag 3 friends on this post.
  • Repost this photo on yr Instagram and put the hashtag #chaiandlipstick2yeargiveaway

Winners to be announced on the 28th of June.

Giveaway 2

                                                                        HERBOWSKI 🌿

We are super excited – Herbowski is doing an amazing giveaway to celebrate this moment with us!

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Herbowski is a London based company that develops an elaborate range of infused oils. Infused, or macerated oils are carrier oils that have been used as a solvent to extract medicinal, therapeutic and aromatic properties, impart rich colors and beautiful fragrances of herbs, plants, and flowers. A process of double or triple maceration is applied by Herbowski to extract more beneficial properties into the base oil, a process extraction by molecular diffusion that can take months.

Herbowski oils are handcrafted in-house using only certified organic & wildcrafted ingredients.

  • Herb Infused Oils are valued to support healthy skin and hair and are very efficient in curing acne, bruises, eczema, growing pains, muscle pain, nerve pain, neck tension, scaly and cracked skin, scars, sciatica, scrapes, shingles, sprains, stretch marks, tension headaches, wound healings, dandruff and yes there’s more!
  • These are gentle enough for everyday use, free from safety concerns found with essential oils.
  • You can use herbal oils in pure form, as a powerful aromatherapy base, in massage & body oil blends, add to shampoos and conditioners, and in your DIP beauty recipes.
  • Herbowski is an eco-friendly brand that uses aluminum bottles for packaging as it is the most recycled material in the world. They use mailers made from kraft paper with recycled paper padding.

You can find 9 oils in their current collection Organic Calendula, Organic Lavender, Organic Horsetail, Organic Nettle Leaf, Organic Arnica, Organic St John’s Wort, Organic Cayenne Pepper, Organic Marshmallow Root and Wildcrafted Linden Blossom Oils.

Click HERE to visit their website.

What you will win?

One lucky winner will 3 amazing Herb-infused oils from HERBOWSKI!

  1. Organic Calendula Oil – 60ml

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Organic Calendula Oil is an extremely soothing and nourishing product with a vibrant tangerine colour and a subtle aroma. Your skin will receive a good bulk of the benefits, thanks to the oil’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and related properties:
+ Skin dryness or chapping – Calendula Oil is a great moisturiser for dry skin and for severely chapped or split skin, it helps soothe the area and reduce the pain.
+ Inflammation – It works well on sprained muscles or bruises; its anti-inflammatory action helps lessen swelling from injury. Calendula Oil also helps treat varicose veins, leg ulcers and chilblains.
+ Baby care – Calendula Oil helps to relieve diaper rashes, which can extremely irritate an infant.
+ Minor cuts and wounds – The antiseptic and antimicrobial action of this herbal oil help speed up healing of wounds and minor cuts, and also help relieve insect bites, acne and bed sores.
+ Skin issues – Eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and other skin problems can be soothed using Calendula Oil. 

2. Organic Lavender Oil – 60ml

Organic Lavender Oil aroma is one of a kind and cannot be mistaken for anything else. The most versatile oil of all has a beautiful rich green color. Health benefits for the skin can be attributed to its antiseptic, anti-fungal, calming and relaxing properties.
+ Skin Care – Lavender Oil treats acne, wrinkles, soothes psoriasis and other inflammatory conditions. It is commonly used to speed up the healing process of wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns as it improves the formation of scar tissues.
+ Boosts blood circulation.
+ Bug Repellent; effective on lice, lice eggs, and nits.
+ Calming and relaxing aroma can help to get a good night sleep.

3. Organic Horsetail Oil – 60ml

Organic Horsetail Oil has been extracted from a Horsetail Plant – a unique and rare plant that absorbs from earth silica, other valuable minerals, and nutrients. This Horsetail Oil has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that are powerful agents for skin care.
+ Skin Care – Horsetail Oil helps to heal cuts and wounds, treats rashes and hemorrhoids. Using Horsetail Oil can reduce the redness of boils and acne, soothe eczema and psoriasis, treat burns and prevent premature aging.
+ Hair Care – Horsetail Oil helps to reduce hair loss, strengthens hair follicles, treats frizzy or dry hair, helps to make the hair silky and soft, fights dandruff and prevents split ends, promotes new hair growth, treats itchy scalp.
+ This herbal oil strengthens and promotes nail growth.

Four simple rules to enter

  • Follow us on INSTAGRAM
  • Follow Herbowski on INSTAGRAM
  • Tag 3 friends on this post.
  • Repost this photo on your Instagram with hashtag #chaiandlipstickxherbowski

Winners to be announced on the 1st of June!

I wish you all a very good luck friends, thank you again for all your love and support! Have a great week ahead!

Team Chai & Lipstick

Summer Fashion at Kai by the pool!!

Summer is the perfect time to flaunt those floral prints, a great time to stop the layering trend and slip into something more minimal. And also to play with all those SS18  prints and colors we have been dying to try.

So in today’s post, I’m going to tell you all about my weekend summer outfit at my recent lunch date with my gal Albina at a super cool poolside restaurant at Hotel Park Regis in Goa, called Kai by the pool.

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I wore a floral crop top and paired it with my favorite linen pants, perfect to beat the Goan summer heat. I love pairing up strong prints with plains, this really makes it stand out. I also went with a printed turban scarf. I advice two prints maximum in an outfit so as not to go overboard.

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I styled my hair by wearing a turban, learn how to style a turban in a few easy steps HERE and my sunnies from Cocoleni which perfectly matched my pants. I kept all other accessories minimalistic and went with some really comfortable sneakers to complete the look, you could also team this look with a pair of open sandals!summer fashion - chai & lipstick

SUMMER FASHION 2018

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Top: local store (Pune)

Pants: local store (Delhi)

Turban scarf: Westside

Sneakers: Westside

Sunglasses: Cocoleni

Lunch date – Kai by the pool!!

Located inside Park Regis is a poolside restaurant name Kai by the pool. Albina and I discovered this place and fell in love with it. From its full of life ambiance to its amazing mouthwatering food, Kai by the pool can be your next destination for a relaxed poolside lunch or dinner. They eve have pool parties regularly in the evenings which go on till 3 in the morning.

The outdoor setting is so lively and full of color, it instills a great energy and promises a great time! The live DJ music really got us in the mood to party and Albina couldn’t help but groove to the fun beats.

We started off with the Kai’s special cocktail.

– Pineapple Pina Colada

-Summer Sangria

Which were both well presented and super delicious. I especially loved how the pineapple pina colada was served in a real pineapple.

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For starters, we ordered the Mushroom Bruschettas, Shish Tawook, and Korean chicken Tikka. All the plates were very well garnished and had even better flavors. We really relished the Korean Chicken Tikka (our favorite)!

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When the heat started to get out of control we choose to have a change of drink and ordered the cucumber and basil vodka lemonade which I must say is the most refreshing drink I ever had.

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For mains, we ordered the Penne pasta in arrabbiata sauce, as the plates are so copious one plate was perfect for Albina and me.

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place to be

Address

Hotel Park Regis Saqwadi, Goa, Arpora, Goa 403509, India

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– Pineapple pina class

– Cucumber and basil vodka lemonade

– Korean chicken tikka

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Chai & Lipstick Rating

Great place for a chilled out poolside afternoon!

Service: 4/5

Ambiance: 5/5

Food : 4/5

Hope you enjoyed this post, we recently completed two years of blogging at Chai & Lipstick, and we know we couldn’t have done it without you guys… to thank you for your love and support we are having a series of giveaways on our Instagram – HERE. Do check it out and participate to win some really cool gifts.

Have a great week ahead friends and see you very soon!

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Goa: 4 Fun ways to spend your weekend!

Hey guys,

What are you guys doing this weekend? Listen up, I have a few great ideas of what you could do if you are in Goa, whether you are a fashionista, food-lover, cocktail lover or wine lover, I bet you will surely find some inspiration here: Continue reading “Goa: 4 Fun ways to spend your weekend!”

Chilled & Chilly mood at Habanero Goa!!

Hey guys,

Spring sun is hitting hard in Goa and is time to lock up those black outfits and bring out those all-whites. Even though this is one of the most difficult outfits to pull off it is also one of the coolest. So today I’m going to share with you the ways to pull of an all-whiter.

And to add to those heaty vibes, Jude & I are taking you to one of Goa’s best Mexican restaurant ‘Habenero’. Ready for a chilled chilly weekend? Scroll down Continue reading “Chilled & Chilly mood at Habanero Goa!!”

Babymooning in Malta

Babymoon is a romantic trip taken by the parents-to-be to have a vacation and spend some quality time together before the baby arrives. I highly recommend taking this trip as it is a great way to bond together.

My husband and I decided to do a babymoon as the last few months have been all about taking doctors appointments, scans, full working hours, shopping for the baby and this can be overwhelming. We really needed some time off, to spend the last moments of just the two together before we are joined by our little baby.

We decide to do our babymoon in Malta. Malta is a beautiful island located between Sicily and the North African Coast. As this period is a time to be careful moneywise and prepare for baby budget etc. we took an all-inclusive package and got a really great deal on Wowcher.

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Babymoon is all about relaxing, so we decided to spend time at the hotel and hit the pool whenever we got a chance.Chai & Lipstick in malta

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Places we visited

Malta is full of scenic locations which are beautiful to capture on camera. These are few of the places we visited.

  • The Popeyes’s village

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The Popeyes village is one of the famous tourist destinations in Malta. The ticket to enter the village is about €14.50 and you also get a few freebies with this ticket.

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  • The capital city of Valletta

The capital city of Valletta is a must to visit. It has some really beautiful lanes which will allow you to admire the architecture.

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  • St Johns Cathedral:

This cathedral is the most beautiful I have ever seen, it literally gave me goosebumps when I entered. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist and is located in Valletta.malta must visit

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The entrance fee to this beautiful cathedral is 10 euros if you’re in Valetta don’t forget to visit this.

Tips for mommy-to-be during babymoon

  • Talk to the airline you will be flying with, to know if you would be allowed to fly. Some airlines may require a letter from your doctor
  • Carry your medical notes and insurance.
  • It’s important to carry some snacks and a bottle of water with you at all times.
  • The best time to travel would be your second trimester.
  • Comfy clothes are a must.
  • Enjoy the attention!Babymoon tips - Chai & Lipstick

Hope you enjoyed this article, let me know what are your thoughts on a babymoon, in the comments section below. If you would like to discover more about my maternity style, stay tuned for the next post. Have a great weekend guys!

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