Style Up This Winter With “Amaira Scrafs”

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As the name suggests they aim to provide their customers carefully chosen beautiful scarves that can be their possession for life. They draw inspiration from the splendor of life as well as the mysteries of our earth. The painstaking efforts of their keen craftsmen are apparent in the distinctive and exquisite designs of their silk scarves, stoles, pareos and bandanas. And we couldn’t agree more. Their collection is truly outstanding and you really have to check that out. So what are you waiting for log on today to www.amairascarves.com and pep up your winter look!

Read the full story at  Navigenes.com

 

Few looks that I created with these beautiful and fashionable Amaira Scrafs

Look Number 1 – 

I teamed up a beautiful printed scarf with with a black Shift Dress which adds a chic look to the entire outfit and adding that extra touch of glam. I paired up with Black Knee High Boots.

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Look Number 2 –

Make work wear doesn’t have to look boring. you can jazz it up with a beautiful scarf and wear it in different styles.

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Look Number 3 – 

Make that casual outfit stand out by adding a dash of fashion. Wear a scarf in different style making it your statement piece.

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Look Number 4 – 

You can not only team up a scarf with your different outfits but you can also make it an accessory. Tie a beautiful scarf in your handbag and make it look high end fashion.

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‘The World of Children’ – His Holiness the Dalai Lama inaugurates Smile Foundation’s initiative

Bringing a smile to children across India: His Holiness the Dalai Lama inaugurates 

Smile Foundation’s initiative, ‘The World of Children’

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Attended by around 550 students from privileged and underprivileged background, the landmark event focussed on issues and problems faced by Indian children across the socioeconomic spectrum

New Delhi, November 19, 2017: It is said that a child’s smile can brighten up anyone’s day – imagine what would happen when 550 innocent smiles light up a place. This was the view that greeted attendees at NCUI Auditorium, August Kranti Marg, on November 19, 2017 on the launch of Smile Foundation’s ‘The World of Children’ initiative. Approximately 550 children from privileged and underprivileged background were present for the landmark event, which was graced by the Guest of Honour, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, amongst other prominent dignitaries.

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The event witnessed the launch of the initiative – ‘The World of Children’. Conceptualised as a one-of-its-kind platform that brought together children from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, ‘The World of Children’ is aimed at enabling children to discuss their issues challenges, and ideas with each other, as well as youth icons and inspirational leaders from the world over. The initiative is aimed at helping children and adults understand the problems that plague today’s youth and to find the right outlet for their energy and enthusiasm through meaningful, thought-provoking discussions, relevant advice/support, and guidance.

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The event kicked off with the introduction and formal welcome of His Holiness onto the stage, followed by an address by His Holiness to the children in attendance. It was followed by another address and Q&A session between His Holiness and the students. Children from Gramin Vikas Samiti, Nai Disha, Ina Raja Memorial Education Trust, Neev – Mission Education centres of Smile Foundation and from the privileged schools – Bharti Public School (Swasthya Vihar), Bharti Public School (Mayur Vihar), Mount Carmel School, Queen Mary School, Kothari International, Victoria Public School, Mother Global Public School, and Ahlcon International School were the schools participating at the event.

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Reciting anecdotes from his life and experience and laying emphasis on self-creation, His Holiness The Dalai Lama said, ”I see much development in the field of education in the recent years. One can change the way of thinking in order to reduce the gap between rich and poor, both of them have the responsibility to bring in education. I always stress you should develop self-confidence. I would like to contribute to the task taken up by the Smile Foundation and take the mission of equal education and infrastructure to all and bridge this gap. Self-creation is very important and you can become a great person through will-power, hardwork and dedication.”

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Citing India, His Holiness The Dalai Lama said, ”India is my home, both physically and mentally, since last fifty years and I am a student of the Nalanda tradition. In this tradition, there is a lot of emphasis on reasoning, logic, and experiment and not faith. Ancient knowledge of India is more meaningful today, today the world is going through a crisis; it is highly developed but there is no inner peace. Inner peace comes from the training of mind and not temporary shortcuts.”

His Holiness in his message to the children concluded, ”It is your responsibility to build this 21st century into a better, compassionate and peaceful generation. In order to build a better world, you need determination, strictly secular education, universal responsibility.”

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Speaking on the launch, Mr. Santanu Mishra, Co-founder & Executive Trustee, Smile Foundation, said, “The children today – whether privileged or underprivileged, need support, advice and guidance to help them realize their true potential, make the right choices, and discover a meaningful purpose in life. The lessons that are learnt in childhood tend to stay with us throughout our lives. We believe that the wise words, advice and guidance of real-life achievers such as His Holiness – the Dalai Lama will positively influence the thought-process and decision-making of the children and will be cherished by them all their lives. We are extremely thankful to His Holiness to grace us with his presence and enrich us with his thoughts. The only objective of “The World of Children” is to ensure that the young minds of our country grow up as good human beings and responsible change-makers committed to build a better world for all.”

In today’s world, depression amongst children the world over is on the rise, as are other critical issues such as loneliness, insecurity, and anxiety etc. This has resulted in a rapid increase in drug abuse, violence, and suicide amongst school-going children of all ages. What’s worse is that these issues often either get swept under the rug because of the fear of social rejection, mistaken for a lack of will, or ignored.

“Ignoring this problem will not make it go away, which is why we are looking to address it with our latest initiative, ‘The World of Children’. Through this unique, one-of-its-kind outreach programme, we are looking to encourage children from various socioeconomic backgrounds to openly discuss their problems with their peers and elders, and to find solutions to those problems through their own experiences, learning, and observations. This will not only help in raising greater awareness about the various issues that plague children today, but also in creating a supportive and nurturing environment that can help them in overcoming challenges, making the right life choices, and realising their true potential,” added Santanu.

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Established in 2002 to effect a positive change at the grassroots level, Smile Foundation has been ceaselessly working towards alleviating the problems and challenges faced by underprivileged children, their families, and their communities. Smile Foundation has won widespread recognition and accolades for its pioneering work in the field of child empowerment over the years, engaging and empowering underprivileged children, youth and women through relevant education, innovative healthcare, and market-focussed livelihood programmes.

About Smile Foundation:

Smile Foundation is a national level development organization benefitting over 400,000 underprivileged children, their families and the community directly through 158 welfare projects on subjects such as education, healthcare, livelihood, and women empowerment across 25 states of India. Adopting a life cycle approach of development, Smile Foundation focuses its interventions on children, their families and the community.

 

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Unleashing GOA With GOA UNLIMITED

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You can’t get enough of Goa ever. And I mean EVER…. After spending two years in Goa and exploring as much places as possible, I still feel something or the other have been missed out. Goa has always been my go to place to find some peace and serendipity.

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After staying here and at present visiting this place so often I am in quest of exploring each and every corner of it and making awesome memories with my Goan friends. There is so much to know and explore about Goa that you can’t get enough of it. It is more then those crowded tourist beaches, Tito’s lane, beer and tattoos. There is always something new to discover about it. The culture, traditions, food, language from four different corners of this place and unseen and unexplored destinations. 

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You cannot get tired of exploring Goa, and when you have experts who can guide you through the most unexplored parts of Goa, you simply can’t ask for more. I am talking about “Goa Unlimited” who can be your idle travel partners in Goa. Read the full story here

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SYSTEM PROFFESIONAL – The Revolutionary Hair Product

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Its been quite some time I was looking for a good and effective hair care product for myself. I was so sure that my scalp and hair had the most complex problems and I was in a dilemma for which product to go for. Off course! I do believe in home remedies and a balanced diet for an overall health and wellness. However, sometimes you do need that extra help in today’s chaotic lifestyle and ever worst climatic conditions. My issues started long back when I was seriously ill in my 10th standard and has to be hospitalised for a month. I almost loss a huge amount of hair and ever since its extra fine in texture. I have fine hair texture and super oily scalp and dry ends. The major problem is the crown area which has active oil glands and open pores. I suffer from issues like thinning, hair fall due to weak and oil socked roots and sensitive to environmental stress. It was a tedious job for me to look for a shampoo which will clarify my oily scalp without drying out my ends. Summers or winters, doesn’t matter. My hair was a mess

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I was on a visit to Bangalore and had sometime to pamper myself. I visited this Salon which happens to be one of the best in the city. Amazing service and welcoming people. Its where I found out about this premium product. 

For 40 years, System Professional has been leading in the science of hair care, dedicating itself to unlocking the secret of ideal hair. Inspired by molecular skin care, their scientists discovered that each person’s hair has a unique energy profile, which we named EnergyCode. To recalibrate the hair’s natural lipid layer, System Professionals’s scientists developed and patented the EnergyCode™ technology: based on a complex of carefully balanced ingredients in specifically targeted concentrations throughout the System Professional range, so that the personal Care System recommended by the Hair Care Consultant transforms each unique hair energy. The secret of transforming hair towards ideal hair is decoded – the hair energy is reborn.

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NATURAL LIPIDS

Oleic Acid and Glyceryl Monooleate help to maintain the structural integrity of hair
through re-inforcing and replenishing the cell cement in the hair.

HISTIDINE

Works in two ways on the hair: It repairs and replenishes the natural protein structure
of the hair and helps protect against the damage caused by free radicals.

CAFFEINE

Increases the blood circulation and keeps the root of the hair energized

VITAMIN B3 AMIDE

Enhances the moisture balance in the scalp and contributes to strong healthy hair growth, full of energy.

Two of the products I selected for myself after the “Energy Code” test taken by the professional consultant were –

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System Professional Volumize Shampoo – Code V1

This shampoo is for fine hair. Cleanses & strengthens hair for light volume from the first application . With “Energy Code” for responsive hair.

Ingredients – Water / Sodium Laureth sulphate / Citric Acid / Sodium Chloride / PPG 2 Hydroxyethyl Coco / Sodium Benzoate / Fragrance / Glycerin / Caffeine etc

Selflife – 3 year

Cost – Rs 1800/-  for 250ml

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System Professional Reconstructive Elixir (LuxeOil) – Code L4

The delicate reconstructive elixir transforms your hair with a new texture. The fusion of oils infuses into the hair structure to perform hair from inside and out and protects the Keratin, leaving instant and long lasting smoothness. It has Argan, Jojoba and Almond Oils. From the first use itself I could see the difference. My hair was super soft and manageable till the next wash.

  • TRANSFORM – Hair before hair service
  • PROTECT – After shampoo
  • SMOOTHEN – After blow dry
  • SHINE – On dry hair

P.S. – You would fall in love with the fragrance. My hair never felt so fresh and left a wonderful smell every time I touch it. Whenever I greet my friends with a hug, I get a complement every time. 

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Application – 1-2 pumps, distribute throughout the mid-lengths and ends for instant and lasting smoothness. I would say oily hair type like should g for just 1 pump and use it on the ends. For dry hair 1-2 pumps is perfect.

Ingredients Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimenthiconol, Alcohol Denat, Parfum, Tocopheryl, Acetate, Amyl Cinnamol, Butylphenyl, Methylpropional, Linalool, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Geraniol, Aqua, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Limonene. 

Self life – 3 year

Cost – Rs 2750/-  for 100ml

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*** System Professional Range is available in all major Salon like “Tony & Guy” and in Amazon online.

 

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JOM JOM MALAY – A MALAYSIAN DELIGHT IN DELHI

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The Five State Menu has been a great experience in Jom Jom. 

In for some authentic Malaysian food, is the the go to place guys! Been there with two of my close friends and had a ball of a time. Beautiful Malaysian influence interior and decor.

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Loved the fact that we had to create our own Sambal. All the ingredients are provided and you have mix them up with the help of a postal and mortar.Coming back to food…. they were serving a special menu from five different states of Malaysia.

Melaka (is a state in Malaysia located in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula)

Johor (Johore is located in the southern portion of Peninsular Malaysia. It is one of the most developed states of Malaysia)

Sarawak – (Located in northwest “Borneo Island”, Sarawak is bordered by the Malaysian state of “Sarah” to the northeast, “Kalimantan”, the Indonesian portion of Borneo, to the south, and the independent country of Brunei in the north.)

Kelantan (Kelantan is a rural state in the northeast of Peninsular Malaysia. Kota Bharu, the riverside capital, is home to royal palaces)

Penang (Penang is a state in northwest Malaysia comprising mainland Seberang Perai and Penang Island.)

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– Dishes I loved – 

Appetizers  –

# Kombia – This dish is from the state of “Sarawak”. It is a Spicy Malaysian lamb sliders with wonderful flavours and juiciness. This appetiser was one of my favourite.

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# Sambal Udang Dengan Bola Beras – The was from the state of “Melaka”. A Spicy sambal prawns with steamed rice balls.

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Mains –

# Laksam Kelantan – As the name suggest the dish is from the state of “Kelantan”. Its a Coconut based white laksa (Laksa is a popular spicy noodle soup) with seafood, fresh herbs & house rice noodles roll with homemade chilli paste. 

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# Ayam Pansuh – Belongs to the state of “Sarawak” , its a chicken dish cooked in its own juices with bamboo shoot and herbs.

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# Otak Otak – Belongs to the state of “Johor” its a Steamed Chilli lime flavoured fish cake wrapped in banana leaf with fried onion served with sticky rice cake.

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# Laksa Penang – We can recognise from the name that it belongs to the state of Penang and Laksa meaning spicy noodle soup. So it is a seafood base curry soup with zing of Tamarind. 

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Few More Dishes served were – 

# Tauhu Bakar – Crisp silken tofu with shredded cucumber, carrots, chives topped with rojak sauce

# Sarawak Popiah Rolls – Gluten wrappers with Yam, Carrot & curried potatoes.

# Acar Melayu – Sweet spicy Malaysian pickle with nutty sesame flavour served with sticky rice. 

# Nasi Kapur Kunyit – Turmeric & lime scented steamed rice. Best served with Ayam, Kambing, Campuran Sayur

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Cuisines

Malaysian, Asian

Average Cost 

₹1,800 for two people

Opening hours

 12 Noon to 3:30 PM, 7 PM to 11:30 PM

Address

BG 04, Ansal Plaza, Andrews Ganj, Khel Gaon Marg, New Delhi

 

Hawaiian Summer Brunch with WelcomHotel, Dwarka

“Say Aloha to the Hawaiian Summer Brunch with WelcomHotel, Dwarka”

The hotel holds a themed brunch every Sunday and this summer the theme is Hawaiian. Recently a jugalbandi of Michelin Mother Ekta Kapur and Executive Chef Akshay Malhotra rolled out an exhaustive spread.

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Delhi: For the well themed Hawaiian Summer Brunch every Sunday, Chef Akshay Malhotra at WelcomHotel Dwarka decided to take things up another level on the 2nd of July. They invited one of their amazing Michelin Mother contestants – Ekta Kapur to prepare a delicious Hawaiian infused spread for the guests. Ekta is a mother, chef and a self-confessed food enthusiast, and cooked behind a live station. Sharing their experiences both Chef Akshay and Michelin Mother Ekta worked on 26 kind of desserts starting right from A to Z to surprise your sweet tooth.

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Crowning the unsung hero of our kitchens,s the Potato was transformed into A.L.U. a live counter depicting the “Idaho Potato” grown in our backyard and supplied exclusively to Welcomhotel Dwarka. The Brunch was held at the Pavillion 75, and began at 12:20 pm to go on through the lazy Sunday afternoon till 4 pm. Talking about the event, the General Manager for WelcomHotel, Mr. Rishiraj Singh said “It was amazing to carry forward our collaboration with Ekta after the very successful Michelin Mother contest, and have her get Hawaii to India through her lip smacking dishes for our themed Summer Brunch! As a hotel, we always strive to do something different and quirky for our guests, we look forward to making these Sunday Brunches a tradition”

AboutWelcomHotel, Dwarka: ITC Hotels is India’s second largest hotel chain with over 100 hotels. A part of the ITC hotel group, the WelcomHotel is strategically located close to the city’s business, tourism and shopping districts and offers premium luxury experience to the discerning traveller. It offers a range of accommodation across its 322 elegant, well equipped rooms and suites along with 3 varied restaurants:K & K – a specialty Indian restaurant, Pavilion 75 – all day dining restaurant and Shanghai – serving Chinese cuisine.

Ekta is an English Honours Graduate and a qualified English teacher. She has been an educationist at some of the best schools in Delhi and then recently at renowned The Heritage School, Gurgaon.She is a food enthusiast and confesses how she loves to cook for her son. She is an avid traveller and has travelled to some of the best culinary destinations of the world. To name a few are Seychelles, Switzerland, New Zealand, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Bhutan,Kashmir, Kolkata, Bangalore, Jaipur etc and of course at her birth place Delhi where she grew up. 

She learnt about world cuisines on her culinary travels. She loves to explore the world of food with a discerning eye. She recently took on to cook on Mother’s day at ITC Welcome Hotel, Dwarka and on Father’s day at the Crown Plaza, Gurgaon. On both of these fabulous events her cooking and food plating was well appreciated by the judging panel. She was announced as a winner of Michelin Mother’s Day Contest with her Veg Galauti Kebabs. The Prawn Keralite Prawn curry cooked by her was applauded by Sourish Bhattacharya, the famous food writer and blogger.

She is a budding writer who wants to make a positive difference and spread smiles in the world. 

P.S. – Press Release

BARIS – THE COMPLETE MEDITERRANEAN EXPERIENCE

“BARIS” which means peace in Turkish is another charm added to the GK 3 market. Probably the best by far. I use to visit this market for my ice cream cravings. But now I guess I have a more tempting reason to visit this place.

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“Baris” is all about giving you a complete Mediterranean  experience, right from its interior to service, food to music. Its a complete package of food, culture and customs. Lovely meeting the owner of the Place Arjun Toor, who shared his story behind this great place. His love for Mediterranean grew while his stay in that part of the world and feel in love with their cuisine and culture.
Wanted to bring back the same taste and flavour back to his country, he started the project Baris. This place is not just about food, these guys will give you a whole  experience 

BUT OMG!! Im in love with their terrace place. Such a beauty
You won’t regret siting outside while in this weather in Delhi due to their awesome cooling technology. And in winters I’m sure it will be so attractive to sit there and dine.
Once you are inside the place you will be mesmerised by the decor and music. Its like a journey to the East. And finally the food over here speaks everything. This place is a compete package.
Loved all the items

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This is a Mediterranean theme restaurant. Although they are also specialist in cuisines from Turkey and Middle East.

Mediterranean food is incredibly popular: sausages, wine, kebab, falafel,pasta and pizza, can be found just about everywhere. Food experts and cookbook authors adore Mediterranean cuisine. Mediterranean cuisine is defined by the presence of fundamental elements which are said to play a more important role than others, reflecting a community of beliefs and practices which transcend religions, languages and even societies.

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Turkish cuisines largely the continuation of Ottoman Cuisine ( It is the cuisine of the Ottoman Empire and its continuation in the cuisines of Turkey, Greece, the Balkans and parts of the Caucasus and the Middle East, which in turn borrowed many elements from Circassian, Central Asian, Middle Eastern, Balkan and Greek cuisines

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Middle-Eastern cuisine comprises of the various countries and peoples of the Middle East. There cuisine is very diverse. It includes Arab cuisine, Iranian and Persian cuisine, Israeli cuisine, Jewish, Cyproit, Kurdish cuisine and few more. Some commonly used ingredients include olives and olive oil, pitas, honey, sesame seeds, chickpeas, parsley and dates etc. Some popular dishes include Kebabs, Dolma, Baklava and Doner Kebab.

Items I tried and loved.

# Zuppa de Mare

# Shefin Salatsi

# Hummus bin dujaj

# Karides Give

# Mant

# Balik kebab

# Karisdes Shish

# Kuzu Incik

# Tarid Al Kadra

# Iftar chicken biriyani (Special Ramzan menu)

# Baklava (I always love)

 

Cuisines

Turkish, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern 

Cost

AVERAGE

₹2,000 for two people (approx.)

Opening hours

12 Noon to 3:30 PM, 6 PM to 12:30 AM

Address

Building 3, Local Shopping Complex, Mazjid Moth, Greater Kailash (GK) 3, New Delhi

Highlights

 

Wheelchair Accessible

Outdoor Seating

Smoking Area

 Rooftop

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