5 Ways to Love your Imperfections! ❤️

At this moment, if I ask you what you love about your body? I’m sure you’ll ponder and put a lot of thought as to what you really love. On the contrary, the negative is hard to miss, it sticks rock solid, not allowing us to overlook and making every effort to conceal.

Yes, today’s post is about positive body image, ways in which we may be demeaning our self in an unknowing way.

Each and every one of us at some point in our life has been body shamed, for being too skinny, too fat, for our skin complexion etc etc. While others may pave the way to body shaming, its ‘YOU’ who continues it by contemplating, comparing, hoping to be different or more like someone else.

While the feeling of insecurity, the feeling of not being good enough is experienced by each and every woman in the world. We all can overcome whatever negativity we have towards our self, loving ourselves even on the days when our concealer cannot come to our rescue to hide every spot, wrinkle or stretch mark.

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Here are 5 simple ways in which we can start loving our imperfections

1. Fine tune your mind

Of course, we all have flaws. Rather than shaming yourself about something you lack or don’t perceive as beautiful. Train your mind to focus on the positive maybe as simple as a beautiful smile or those long lashes. Your brain automatically helps you see and seek positive once we start focusing on positive aspects

2. Filter your network

Self-doubt and a negative self-image are often created by our immediate contact. Interactions as such need to be cut out, which question your self-image. Filter them out and associate with people who love you, compliment you and provide growth for appreciation.

3. Comparison is a complete NO

Quoting DUFF “there’s always somebody prettier or more talented or richer than you, but it shouldn’t affect how you see yourself”. The whole point is to stop comparing yourself to everyone you find better than you. Appreciate beauty rather than comparing, and a point to remember is one’s persons positive should not be considered as your negative.

4. Connect with your body

Contemplating your flaws will only make you feel worse about yourself, and rather than ruminating, connect with your body. Watch out for signs your body is sending you. Stop and think about why you feel the way you are, and provide your body with all the love and nourishment through exercise, proper sleep, and healthy food.

5. Embrace your flaws

This may be the most difficult of all. But we ladies really need to stop stressing, let down our hair and just breath. Be thankful for what we have even if it’s something about yourself which you love less.  Be confident about yourself, wear your flaws as a sign of individuality and uniqueness.

LOVE YOURSELF

In the end, it’s all about you, how you see yourself, how you project yourself which influences the way people perceive you. Let me know if you ever have experienced body shaming and how you faced it in comments below.

Article by: Amanda Fernandes|Psychologist|🇮🇳

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My Experience at Warren Tricomi Salon & Spa, GOA.

Hey guys, it’s been a long time, lately, I have been super caught up and stressed out with work. I can say I’m living in a bag.always on the move with a jam-packed work schedule and I’ve been longing for some pampering. And what better way to achieve it than a good spa day. In today’s post, I am sharing with you a new spa I discovered, it’s a place I wanted to check off my list for quite some time now, Warren Tricomi Salon & Spa.

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Warren Tricomi is a well-known wellness brand, present worldwide, so when they opened doors in Goa, it was a place I had to try, especially since they’ve been given a shoutout as ‘Goa’s Best Spa’! Most of you followed my stories on Instagram but today I’m going to share the whole experience in detail with you!

My First Impressions

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Hidden inside Novotel Goa Resort and Spa Candolim lies this beautiful and oh so relaxing Warren Tricomi Salon and Spa. As soon as you enter you are enthralled into a land of luxury and wellness, it can be felt throughout the whole experience, right from the greetings to the goodbye everything was so well done.

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As I reached there the staff welcomed me with a refreshing cranberry drink and wet towels and proceeded by explaining to me the variety of massage therapies they serve.

  • Signature Serene massage
  • Deep Tissue massage
  • Hot Stone massage

I chose the Signature Serene Massage and then was given a form to fill which includes all the details required by the masseuse like skin type, parts that require extra attention and injuries if any. I loved this tailor-made experience, the massage is really customized to suit your personal needs.

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ingredients - chai & lipstickTHE MASSAGE

After evaluating the form she went on to give me a tour around and then showed me to my room which was a super cozy wooden cabin with all the necessities like the cupboard, jewelry box, changing room, washroom and bath. This cabin makes you feel lost in nature and has a great soothing effect on your mind.

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I then got changed into the disposable spa garments that were provided. The session began with a feet wash and then proceeded to the massage table.

Warren Tricomi spa goa review

Warren Tricomi spa goa review

I then enjoyed this calming and healing body massage that promotes relaxation and releases physical and mental tension by soothing the nervous system. They used Jasmine and Mogra essential oils which restore circulation and really helps in the tranquillity of the mind. Post the treatment, I really felt relaxed and deeply re-balanced, something I was really in need of.

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This was one experience I would really want to try again. Warren Tricomi provided me with a moment to reconnect with myself and made me stress hardy to take on my work with a rejuvenated mind and body.

Warren Tricomi spa goa review

Besides the spa, Warren Tricomi offers a whole range of other services like facials, scrubs, and their signature couples hammam ritual! I totally recommend a visit to whoever wishes a ‘me’ time. Like I would say a ‘true vacation’ for your senses, from professional staff to the whole ‘lost in nature’ blissful feeling you get when you there! Warren Tricomi Salon & Spa is also present in other cities in India – Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mussoorie, and Mumbai.

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PRICE

The Signature Serene Massage is priced at 2800 INR for 60mins and 3900 INR for 90mins.

place to be

ADDRESS

Warren Tricomi Salon & Spa. Novotel Goa Resort and Spa, Pinto Waddo, Off Candolim Beach Road, Bardez, Goa 403515, India.

To book an appointment: Click Here

Take care of you guys, il see you very soon with some other must-visit places in Goa. Follow us on Instagram for daily updates!

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KIT STARS Brushes Review

The role a good makeup brush plays in your makeup result is key, that’s the reason why it is important to invest in quality brushes! Nowadays there are so many choices available, how do you choose?

Well guys, for me it is pretty simple, good quality bristles that don’t shed over time- I have tried out so many brushes, some of which are a real treat to the eye but after one or two washes or even sometimes during makeup application I have had bristles shed all over the place. The next important quality for me is the bristles should be soft and luxurious, whether I use it on myself or my clients I want it to be a great makeup experience. In my constant hunt for amazing products I am always trying and putting different products to the test, this time it was the super luxurious makeup brushes from Kit Stars! Read on to know more…

Tips to throw a couples baby shower!

A baby shower is a time to celebrate the soon arrival of your baby with your friends and loved ones, why should the mommy be the only one pampered during this time?  I wanted to have a shower where I could have my husband and his friends as well to be a part of this beautiful experience. So for our baby shower, we decided to go for a ‘Couples Baby Shower‘ to celebrate us and our little one to join our team soon! My husband and I are very thankful to all our family and friends who helped celebrate our baby boy(haven’t decided the name yet).

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A very big thank you to my gorgeous sister who helped organize this baby shower for me. You are going to be the best Masi ever❤️ A baby shower needs a bit of preparation and my sister and I started discussing months in advance! spring theme baby shower ideas

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THEME

I wanted my theme to be a little different from the classic blue, so after much reflection, we decided to have a spring-inspired baby shower. We had our backyard beautifully decorated with flowers and buntings. We even went with huge balloons with ‘OH BOY’ which acted as the backdrop. We pierced in artificial flowers randomly around it for a fresh spring feeling! This is a super girly theme gives you so many possibilities to decorate and also so many pretty ways to dress up! As this was going to be a couples shower, we added a Beer & BBQ to it! It was a great match, there was something for everyone 🙂

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SPRING THEME BABY SHOWER

Food

For the dessert table, we went for a multicolored cake, with muffins and marshmallows dipped in white chocolate and other sweets!  The BBQ consisted of some delicious chicken, mushroom and chorizo skewers and chutney sandwiches. As the party started around 4 we made sure that we had small finger foods and not a whole dinner setup.

BEER 1 BBQ THEME BABY SHOWER

BEER 1 BBQ THEME BABY SHOWER

BEER 1 BBQ THEME BABY SHOWER

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Fun activities

No party is ever complete without games, so we planned a few games for the shower. The first one was ” Guess the Mum’s Tum”, as the name suggests everyone had to guess the measurement of the bump and write down, it was so much fun seeing how our friends got involved in this game.

You can find PDF versions of the games at the end of this post so you can directly download and print it. you welcome 😀
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The second game was the “Sweet Mess Game“, I must admit this was a nasty one. We had 4 pampers filled with different chocolates and everyone had to guess the chocolate by tasting or smelling the pamper 🙈

FUN GAMES FOR COUPLE BABY SHOWER

IDEAS FOR COUPLES BABY SHOWER

GAMES FOR COUPLES BABY SHOWER

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NAPPY BASH IDEAS

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PROPS & FAVORS

We also had a few props made so we could click some fun pictures. It’s super easy to make these, just print out pictures, cut it off and stick it on a cardboard paper, after that fix a little stick to hold on to using tape. If you don’t have time to make it yourself you can find many baby shower props online.

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I made lavender goats milk soap as the favor for the shower. Here is a recipe if you would like to make your own – Lavender Soaps DIY

DIY FAVORS FOR BABY SHOWER

WHAT I WORE

BABY SHOWER STYLE

Click HERE to shop my look!

I hope you enjoyed this post guys, and I really hope it gave you some ideas to organize your baby shower! Scroll down for more pics from the party… Catch you very soon with another fun post, byeeeeeee!!!!

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Inside the launch party for Paris Hilton x Boohoo collection!

In celebration of its latest co-designed collection with Paris Hilton, Boohoo threw a lavish party in Paris last week! Not always do you get a chance to flaunt a full pink outfit in style – this party was the perfect occasion!

The party was everything ‘Paris Hilton’ with an all pink everything deco, pink cocktails – ‘la vie en rose’ & ‘that’s hot’ (the icon’s famous catchphrase from the 2000’s), complete with a pink vintage Cadillac and a gigantic pool flamingo! The party was held at the luxurious Hôtel Le Marois, I loved this ambiance – very girly & posh!

paris hilton x boohoo launch party in paris

paris hilton x boohoo launch party paris

The party was super fun, with great music, free-flowing champagne, cocktails, cotton candy, and yummy finger foods. Great music kept us on the floor, to add to the magical ambiance was the famous American rapper Ja Rule, he even did a little 90’s retrospective which was really cool!

The highlight of the evening was, of course, the arrival of Paris Hilton herself, who entered to the tune of her song ‘stars are blind’! Paris looked amazing in the palm print dress inspired by her hometown of Beverly Hills and huge sunnies, she even did a DJ set herself during the evening.

paris hilton x boohoo launch party in paris

paris hilton x boohoo launch party in paris

paris hilton x boohoo launch party in paris

paris hilton x boohoo launch party in paris

paris hilton x boohoo 2018

WHAT I WORE

 

I wore a hot pink pantsuit from Boohoo with flared pants and a long blazer, I paired it with white sneakers to give it a more laid-back effect! I styled my hair in a top knot and kept my makeup simple with a glazed complexion and red lips! I styled my look further with my fav geometric earrings and a trendy pair of very small framed cat eye sunglasses!

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Outfit details:

 Boohoo Blazer

Flare Pants

Cat eye sunglasses

The Paris Hilton x Boohoo Collection

This collection has 70 pieces and includes swimwear, these were co-designed and inspired by Paris’ fav fashion moments and trends since the turn of the millennium!

Below are some of my personal favorites from this collection:

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Paris Hilton Palm Print Mesh Maxi Dress

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Paris Hilton Metallic O Ring Strappy Bodysuit

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Paris Hilton Diamond Baby Slogan Crop Hoody

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Paris Hilton Ruffle Lace Up Front Maxi Dress

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Paris Hilton Lace Panelled Ruffle Hem Mini Dress

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I hope you enjoyed reliving this Paris in Paris moment with me and do let me know in comments what you think of the Paris Hilton x Boohoo Collection.

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Watch the full story in the highlights of our Instagram story – HERE.

See you guys very soon with more fun things happening in Paris. In the meanwhile do check out my recent staycation experience at the Hôtel de NELL.

Article by: Mellissa Fernandes | Makeup Artist | 🇫🇷

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
les meilleures restaurants de paris
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:

 

place to be

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!

Article by: Mellissa Fernandes | Makeup Artist | 🇫🇷

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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