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Powerhouse Gym, Juhu : Walkthrough and Tour

The gym and I are not very good friends. We mostly avoid each other and when we meet, rather occasionally, we chat quickly and then get moving. So when I was recently invited by the Powerhouse Gym in Juhu for a tour and trial, I was reluctant because it would mean getting off my bum. Don’t misunderstand me, it’s not the gym. It’s exercising in the gym that puts me off. Like the treadmill. You are moving but you are not getting anywhere. Plus, staring at a wall? Not fun. Anyway, I headed over to Powerhouse Gym in Juhu and was hoping they would surprise me. And they did. Thank god. So allow me to give you a quick walkthrough around the gym. I must tell you this, they have lots of treadmills. Like plenty of them. Which is great because you don’t have to creepily walk up to the people running and sweating profusely and ask them when they’ll get off. The best bit? These treadmills face a window. So there’s a view. *high …

BigStylist.com, a Home Salon Service Review. Is it worth it?

Among the home salon services, I think I have now officially covered all of them. I know that sounds very comprehensive but these people advertise to me on Facebook and Instagram all the time, so really, not so difficult. But, and I have said this before, the thing with home salon services is that you actually have to get off your bum and help the person out which, well, not so fun. Anyway, I got the people at BigStylist over. Here’s what happened. First things first, they tell you that you can get 4 services done for Rs.999. This is not true. Once you do go to the website and click on the services you want, all the while feeling rather smug for getting such a good deal, you get a rude shock when you get a message saying you’ve booked services for Rs.1149. While that certainly isn’t expensive, if I am going to pay taxes or whatever, just let me know upfront. The Service Once I made the booking and made peace with the …

Salon Review (Women): Happy In The Head, Bandra

Last weekend, I had a soiree to attend and I hadn’t had a great haircut in months. I thought it was time my locks got some snogging with a pair of scissors and I have been wanting to try this place called Happy in the Head for a while now. So I made an appointment and here’s how the entire experience went. I must pepper you with a little information first. Avani, who owns this place is ex Mad O Wat and has that same quirky vein run through her. Or that’s what I assume. The Space It’s a tiny little cubbyhole tucked into a lane in Bandra. The lane in question though is home to 3 of the major colleges in Bandra so it’s not quiet. Also, I found it really peculiar that there’s more place outside the salon than in it. And when I reached, I was greeted my various women (clients) pottering around outside with foils in their hair. I imagine like baking in makeup? Baking your hair must be a thing …

Hotel Review: Saj By The Lake, Malshej Ghat

A good deal is worth a million in hand goes a popular proverb. Or maybe that’s just me. That’s how deep I am. I make up my own proverbs. But as usual, we digress. So, a few months ago we had bought a deal on this website called Nearbuy. We made a booking at a hotel but had to cancel it because of a personal crisis. Many months later, we decided to use it. So we made a booking at the Saj By The Lake in Malshej Ghat. I am a really optimistic person and was hoping it would be cooler there which proves that I am plain silly. Anyway, since it was booked through nearbuy, we did call up and confirm the booking and they said, yes we had been pencilled in. Arrival We came to the hotel after a long, hot drive and really, I was under the impression that we were somewhere near Delhi at this point. We got kokum sherbet and such small mercies are the reason for my existence. I …

Launch: Beyu Cosmetics Comes to India

I think Germany is a really, really interesting country. Because, first of all, they’ve the BMW which is only the best car ever. But they also have a lot of beer which is really why you should like any country. But if you are going to be really particular, Germany in my head stands for quality. The products that usually come out of there are top notch. So, after spending several minutes trying to pronounce the name of the brand, I decided I would avoid using it altogether, the name, that is. If you are wondering, it’s pronounced Be You, like be yourself. Cute only. So this Thursday, I learned with a bunch of other bloggers that Beyu Cosmetics, a German brand is coming to India. And it will be in stores in April. Obviously, this thrills makeup lovers because it means we have another brand to choose from. By the way, it’s going to be in the drugstore category so we don’t have to be broke while we buy makeup, which I buy too …

Hotel Review: Vivanta By Taj, Cuffe Parade

So over this weekend, we hit the luxurious Vivanta By Taj for a staycation with the girls. Which was amazing. We had so much fun. I also learnt, over this weekend, that day drinking is amazing. Shopping after day drinking is even more fun. It involves a couple of very confusing purchases and a lot of maintaining of balance but nothing you can’t handle. We 4 ladies headed to Taj pretty early, their check in is at 2pm but we couldn’t wait to get this party started. Now, I had called the previous day, Friday to confirm my early check in (I had asked for between 10am and 11am) and also if they could do something for my friend who is getting married. They said they could do something with flowers and a cake. I was really excited. I had spoken to Deval who was headed for a vacation but I was sure the Taj would have a way they communicate such requests internally. Now, let’s get right to the review. Arrival We had mentioned …

Website Review: Trivago

If you’ve been watching enough TV, you would have spotted this guy who looks like he really needs a tailor and a shave telling you about how you can great hotel deals. When yu do finally manage to move your eyes away from the desperately-need-to-be-cut-to-length jeans, you discover that he’s talking about a website called Trivago where you can get very good deals on hotels. You think, do I really need this? And this was obviously the question that was haunting me as well. Haunting maybe a rather strong word. I gave it a thought. And since I am headed off to enjoy a staycation next weekend, I decided to give Trivago a whirl. So, let’s do a step by step review, shall we? Website Review When you first come on the website, the place looks like Google. Now because I have been conditioned to have ads, copious amounts of content and slideshows on the landing page, I was a little taken aback with this clean interface. I mean, bombard me with information already. Kidding, …