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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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’.
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!
After exploring our room, it was time to hit the spa! The very famous Spa Nuxeoffers 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.
At around 6pm, we were bought a bottle of champagne to our room, the perfect way to enjoy your bath!
Dinner 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!
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!
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.
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 | 🇫🇷
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
Albina chose the ‘Humshuka’ which included poached eggs in thick tomato sauce served with pickled vegetables, spicy chutney and pita bread.
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.
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!
1. Surprise smoothie
2. Healthy breakfast
940, Market Rd, Monteiro Vaddo, Anjuna, Goa 403509, India
Super happy to talk natural skincare again in this new post, as I have been saying from my very first post, natural skincare is very important to me. What you put on your skin gets absorbed into your system and can have effects on your health. I am very cautious about this and so have been writing about some great skincare brands that have this awareness and bring products that are toxin & chemical free!
I have been using some PUREPOTIONS products for a few weeks now and I am really happy to share my experience with you guys. Purepotions is a natural skincare range which provides nothing but all nature’s goodness to your skin. A mother’s search for the perfect cream for her daughter’s dry skin led to the birth of this brand. Nathalie Balmond experimented with several traditional recipes using herbs & oils such as hemp, calendula, nettle, and olive when she realized that all other conventional products just aggravated her daughter’s skin condition. She finally managed to make a cream that was gentle and soothed her little girl’s skin, and from then on she continued to develop other natural skincare products. Today, Purepotions has different ranges for different skin types and even a whole range for babies!
I was sent these three products by PUREPOTIONS to test and review,
Skin Salvation Omega Rich Cleansing Oil:
This is a 100% natural cleanser which a perfect blend of rich oils which can be used daily to cleanse and moisturize skin. It is a perfect choice instead of using harsh soap based cleansers that’s strip your skin of the moisture and thereby damage the skin in the long term.
This cleanser is rich in Rosehip, Calendula and sunflower oil which help to pull out impurities from the skin without clogging the pores along with the amazing benefits that each of them brings to the skin.
How to use
Apply a small amount of the oil on the skin and massage in circular motions. Then with the help of a cotton ball remove gently from the skin. A small amount goes a long way and is an excellent makeup remover without harming your skin.
Skin Salvation Intensive Facial Oil:
The Skin Salvation Facial oil is a combination of rich and beneficial oils to keep the skin well hydrated and supple. I am specially loving this oil as its been a skin saver during pregnancy for me. My skin has become dry and patchy, the use of this oil has helped my skin stay hydrated and nourished, and reduced the blemishes.
It contains a high proportion of pure rosehip oil, as well as Lavender,Palmarosa, &Roman Chamomile essential oils which together improve the overall skin health, and visibly reduces blemishes. Purepotions uses the best quality, UK- sourced cold-pressed organic sunflower and organic calendula oils.
I love using it at night and wake up with a well hydrated and supple skin. The thing that sets it apart from other facial oils besides the amazing quality of the ingredients, is that it is not very heavy on the skin and gets quickly absorbed. And I absolutely love that about this oil.
How to use
Apply few drops of this miracle oil on your cleansed face and gently massage in circular motions.
Skin Salvation Daily Moisturising Cream:
This moisturizer is packed with skin nourishing vitamins and fatty acids that are perfect to use daily to maintain a soft and supple skin. I really love using this as a part of my skin daily regime as it keeps my skin hydrated, without being heavy or greasy on the skin.
The main ingredient of this moisturizer is SheaButter which helps maintain the moisture in the skin and keeps it well hydrated. The other ingredients are a combination of chickweed, chamomile and calendula infusions.
How to use
Apply a small amount of this moisturizer on cleansed skin and massage till it seeps into skin. Use circular movements on the face and upward movements on the neck (towards the face.
CRUSH OR NO CRUSH???
I really loved using all the products and would HIGHLY recommend people with dry and itchy skin to try out Purepotions. During pregnancy, my skin is more sensitive and dry and this was a perfect solution to that. There is something for every skin type, so don’t hesitate to treat your skin to some natural goodness with Purepotions products!
You can buy Purepotion products in London in Boots, Holland & Barret, Waitrose, and other pharmaceutical stores. You can also have a worldwide delivery from their online site Check it out here.
Love your skin, and treat it with good products and you will see the changes!
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During pregnancy, your body undergoes a lot of changes. It is working hard continuously to cope and provide for your growing baby. Pregnancy no doubt is one of the best journeys a woman can experience, but it is also a time to give extra attention to your body. Your skin is doing a whole lot of work during pregnancy, as it is stretching to accommodate your growing baby. And this can leave your skin dry and itchy begging for attention. I love trying out different skincare products, and especially love sharing it with you guys!
Over the past few months, I have been trying a few products for my bump so that I can prevent the appearance of stretch marks. I know stretch marks are inevitable during pregnancy but we can at least try to prevent them.
I have been using this butter by Nature Bare Body Care for about 4-5 weeks now. And I am excited to share my experience with you guys.
What does this Belly Butter contain?
This luxurious butter is a mixture of butter, oils, and clay that helps lock the moisture and keep skin supple and hydrated.
The main ingredients are mango butter, shea butter, avocado oil, olive oil which are good for keeping the skin hydrated and Kaolin clay which is good for irritated skin and soothes sensitive skin. This is a perfect blend of ingredients especially which a dry and sensitive skin during pregnancy.
You can get this butter in two variations unscented or with a mild scent of lavender. I have been using the one with lavender and love the calming and soothing effect.
How to apply
Scoop a small amount of the belly butter, warm it with your fingers, and apply on the belly, hips, and breast. I love to use it right after I am out of the shower as it helps to lock in the moisture.
I am definitely in love with the Nature Bare Body Care belly butter and would like to recommend this to all you mommies to be. The highlight of this product is that it is paraben, paraffin, and dairy free and it’s vegan! What more could we ask for? Love Love Love it! The continuous use of belly butter can prevent excessive stretch marks and even lighten them. I have been using Nature Bare Body Care belly butter along with my own DIY belly butter religiously.
It is very reasonably priced at 17$ for a pack of 113.4g
Take very good care of yourselves and don’t forget to participate in the 2 international giveaways happening on our Instagram account now. Have a great weekend and see you soon for some more mommy life posts!
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!
We are giving away our favorite perfumes to celebrate our blogging journey!
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.
Repost this photo on yr Instagram and put the hashtag #chaiandlipstick2yeargiveaway
Winners to be announced on the 28th of June.
We are super excited – Herbowski is doing an amazing giveaway to celebrate this moment with us!
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.
One lucky winner will 3 amazing Herb-infused oils from HERBOWSKI!
Organic Calendula Oil – 60ml
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.
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 Regisin Goa, called Kai by the pool.
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.
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!
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
Which were both well presented and super delicious. I especially loved how the pineapple pina colada was served in a real pineapple.
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)!
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.
For mains, we ordered the Penne pasta in arrabbiata sauce, as the plates are so copious one plate was perfect for Albina and me.
Hotel Park Regis Saqwadi, Goa, Arpora, Goa 403509, India
– Pineapple pina class
– Cucumber and basil vodka lemonade
– Korean chicken tikka
Chai & Lipstick Rating
Great place for a chilled out poolside afternoon!
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!
Article by: Ingrid Fernandes | Fashion Designer | 🇮🇳