Categories
Lifestyle

#ownthenight by breaking the barriers of night photography with Tecno Mobile i5 Pro

Tecno Mobile entered Indian Market in April 2017, is a brand of Transsion holdings, a company which has paved its way in almost 50+ countries providing mobile communication products and mobile internet services.  ‘Do the Undoable’ is the brand philosophy of this newly launched brand in India. The brand aims to break the barriers of night photography v/s day photography. By successfully launching– ‘i-series’ of smart phones that are equipped with innovative camera features, this cool phone enables you to capture images truer to the Indian skin tones even in the low light conditions. The main camera of the Tecno i5 Pro is a 13 Megapixel with video recording along with a front facing camera capable of shooting 8 Megapixel selfies! How cool is that?

 

Some of its coolest features include

Re-defining night photography– Tecno Smart phones intend to re-define night photography to its users by its unique image processing technology ‘Pixelex Engine’ which enables to capture the brightest pictures even in the darkest night by redefining the boundaries of image processing. Believe me; I have managed to capture shots with this phone in the darkest room, in my balcony area with no lights and even on the streets with a minimal light of a street lamp! The clarity and sharpness of the pictures left me completely speechless. I have shot some amazing pictures in the day time and as well in a properly lit area like a hotel to see the clarity in different lights which turned out to be simply amazing

Anti-oil fingerprint– If it is difficult to part with your phone even while having your food? Well, this phone allows you to unlock your phone under any conditions with ease!

Innovation at its best– The rear camera comes with Quad LED Flash to give sharp, edgy professional touch to the pictures. ‘Selfie’ camera comes with Screen Flash and Front LED flash as well as for the brighter night ‘Selfies’. You might need to hold the camera for 1-2 to seconds after clicking the picture though to get the perfect shot!

Absolute no-fuss phone when it comes to charging– The battery experience is enhanced as it comes with a rocket charging that helps the charging time at least by 20% as compared to traditional fast charge. I have experienced this and the battery lasts much longer that what I expected

Worry Free – It comes with ‘151’ promise which offers 100 days’ replacement warranty, 50% buyback and 1-year one-time screen replacement as an initial offering for a limited period.

The product portfolio consists of five new innovative smart phones priced competitively at INR 7990 to 14990 (MOP). While i5, i5 Pro, i3 and i3 pro will all be available across 3 states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Punjab.

Key Features

Release date in India April’ 17
Type Touch screen phone
Colours Champagne gold, sky black, space grey
ScreenSize (inches) 5.50
Resolution 720×1280 pixels
Removable Battery No
Batter capacity 4000
Processor 1.50GHz quad core
RAM 3 GB
Rear Camera 13 Megapixel
Flash Yes
Front Camera 8 Megapixel
Operating System Android 7.0
Internal Storage 32 GB
Wi-Fi Yes
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes

 

 

Categories
Fashion

Seven tips on how to style your evening gowns

Evening gowns are always a perfect choice for your special occasion, any formal party or a pre-wedding function! There is a reason that it is the choice of all the celebrities worldwide for the red carpet event. A perfect evening gown will accentuate your curves and that’s exactly what is so classy and fabulous about this dreamy outfit. Yes, I find it ‘dreamy’ because whether it’s a floor sweeping gown paired with high heels or a flared one which can make you feel like a princess, once you swirl, it will always make you feel on the top of the world! However, there are always few styling tips which can make or break that look, and shouldn’t be ignored!

Things to keep in mind when you style your evening gown:

  1. It is all about the right fit– No matter how flattering the gown is but you have to make sure that it is for you! The right fit is the vital factor as it can make or break the look for you.
  2. Your foundation pieces are as important as your main outfit– A visible panty line is very distracting and steals away all the panache from your look! For the love of god, please choose your undergarments carefully. Avoid backless dresses, if you don’t have the perfect bra to go with it because without the support it will make your gown look very shabby and unclassy.
  3. Know your body to choose the gown– If you are pear shaped or have a thin waist line, invest in an empire waist gown. It will highlight your narrow waist and hide all the flaws. Similarly, if you are an apple shaped you might want to accentuate your bottom area.
  4. Do not accessorize all your visible areas– It is not advisable to wear jewellery wherever you can think of! Keep it simple, minimal and classy. If your outfit needs to be elevated around the neck then just go for one statement necklace, and if it doesn’t, just skip it. Sometimes, all you need is a hint of jewellery, may be a nice pair of earrings or a handcuff! Like I styled this blue-back one below.
  5. Right pair of heels– Yes, it gives you a right posture but only, if you choose your heels correctly, and most importantly, if you can glide in those shoes and not hop! If you wear six-inches heels but can barely walk in those for even ten minutes then it’s a bad choice, go for kitten heels instead!
  6. Every other detail counts– Your makeup, hair and even every other small detail like manicured hands will make a world of difference. I personally like, sleek hairdo for evening gowns as it’s your outfit that should grab all the eyeballs. The hair and make up should not clash with your outfit. So, please avoid all the drama and experiments for this evening look!
  7. The right bag– Evening clutches mostly go well with these beautiful gowns as you do need something to carry your basic stuff.

I have styled various different evening gown looks for this post. Have a look and let me know how you guys have liked it. All these fabulous pieces are designed by Nidhi Gupta who showcased this entire collection at the recently, held Asia Designer Week!

About Nidhi Gupta and her label Sattvika

Nidhi Gupta is a leading stylist and designer. A NIIFT graduate, she functioned as a designer for one of the renowned designer Varun Bahl, before venturing out on her own and launching the label “Sattvika” in 2007. In Vedic philosophy, Sattvika stands for “Purity” signifying authenticity in her designs. With forte in both western & traditional ethnic Indian wear for women, she chose to play around with colors in Indian attire, in sync with her belief of celebrating traditions with contemporary styles. The collection captures traditional weaving artistry, handmade embroideries and fabrics in an eternal collection. But more importantly, her designs voice the taste of the new age 21st century Indian woman.

Outfits- Sattvika by Nidhi Gupta | Jewellery- Zariin
Concept, Styling and Content- Karishma Kambo
Photography- Niharika Bokaria
Graphics- Jawwad
Location Courtesy- ITC Welcome Hotel, Dwarka

Categories
Lifestyle

Valentine’s Day Euphoria!

There are two sets of people- who believe in Valentine’s Day and those who actually find this ‘over-the-top’ display of love ridiculous to the core of their heart. Though there are many people who experience this feeling of euphoria, on this day but there are still a few who find it bizarre. I wish, I could be infected with this overly exciting V-day syndrome, but I don’t perceive myself to be a part of the same, to that extent. It’s not that I have anything against it rather I want to celebrate love every single day of my life! It’s just that my expectations out of ‘being in love’ cannot be restricted to any special day. I had always thought why do I need to step out, and celebrate love just because there is a day assigned for that? Especially, when restaurants are overbooked and swarmed with lovey-dovey couples, shopping malls are more keen on the public display of affection than the couples themselves, and don’t even talk about those heart shaped balloons that are found in every nook and corner of the city on this day! I am more than happy to be with my special one in a private set up where there is no humdrum of bizarre V-day celebrations!

Sometimes it dawns on me that there is another set of people- those who fantasize about getting involved but just cannot put their guts together to be a part of it!

However, I believe valentine love is 365 days, and that’s how I would like to keep it! Yes, I know, there’s a little bit of ‘Mills and Boon’ perspective here but being a Libran, I have a full right to be in my dreamy world! ☺

I don’t care about this date, per se, but that doesn’t mean I don’t believe in love or the celebration of love. It’s just that I am not a ‘play by rules sort of a person’. Despite this, yesterday, I stepped out to buy a Valentine’s Day gift, and it was for my brother from his girlfriend who is not based out of India and she thought I have a better taste and sense of gifting, so, she assigned me the job. As I walked from the store to store searching for a perfect gift for my brother (from his girlfriend, of course), a thought crossed my mind that I have never been through this drill to this extent, especially, because it’s a valentine’s day!

There is another irony about this special occasion – not everyone but may be a few couples put their pretentious faces especially for V-day because they are meant to behave in certain fashion or post pictures on the social media. I still look at it positively because had it been not for this day, another day would have passed for them thinking they cannot be in love. Maybe, this day might have changed something for them. Amen!

Being a hopeless romantic (this is another Libran trait), I believe, I am so full of life and love that I don’t need any special day to feel like that. I don’t consciously participate and neither am I an anti-V-day person but the irony is I did get involved!

And, maybe on this special day, in an overly excited state of mind, I might end up with a bouquet of red roses in my hands, having a candle light dinner at some swanky restaurant which is full of excited couples! LOL!!! (Never say never, right?)

P.S. I don’t like red roses, any colour will do, but not red!! 😉
Until Next time, lots of love and Happy Valentine’s Day to all my lovely readers!!

Categories
Travel

Staycation @ Hyatt Regency Gurgaon

Sometimes, all you need is to detach from your usual life routine. It may not be possible to take time out for a long vacation for this purpose where there is strenuous planning involved in deciding on that perfect itinerary. That’s when we need a weekend getaway where the sheer motive is to relax, unwind and enjoy! One such place where I wouldn’t mind spending my weekend in the lap of every luxury possible, under the sun is at the Hyatt Regency property in Gurgaon.

Hyatt properties worldwide are known for their super luxurious rooms, and they also promise to take you on an amazing gastronomic journey through their multi-cuisine restaurants and bar where the menus are meticulously decided by the coveted chefs. Besides, they also offer luxurious recreational facilities, outdoor swimming pool and a well-equipped gym to make your stay wonderful and enjoyable!

I have my list of at least five reasons why one should visit Hyatt Regency Gurgaon

  1. It’s conveniently located on the National Highway 8, in the rapidly growing belt of Gurgaon and Manesar. The Hotel is in the close proximity to the shopping malls, airport and other leisure destinations which makes it apt for your weekend getaway!
  2. The super luxurious rooms will make you feel at home yet the interiors are spacious and articulately designed, keeping in mind every need possible of the guets. There are 451 well-appointed spacious guestrooms, and 37 luxurious suites in the hotel that will make your stay not only memorable but also stylishly comfortable. The bathrooms are spacious, and well equipped with all the modern amenities that one could think of!
  3. The food and beverage of any hotel plays a big role in enhancing the overall stay of any guest, and it is one of the vital factors for me as well. At Hyatt Regency Gurgaon, you would be spoilt for choice as they have plenty of options for you to have an enjoyable meal. Their award winning restaurant Lavana is known for authentic Awadhi cuisine, Kitchen district with five interactive kitchens has Indian, Asian, Mediterranean Japanese and Western cuisines, and the stylish Long bar offers lip smacking good cocktails and other spirits.
    I absolutely loved my Christmas dinner at the Kitchen district and with Indian, Chinese, European and Italian cuisines to choose from, I was completely ‘food-struck’. The elaborate dessert spread at their Christmas dinner needs a special mention. Everything from Chocolate Yule, Mille Feuille, Gingerbread Cookies to Choux pastry was very ‘christmasy’ and scrumptious. The pastry chef Mr Aditya very thoughtfully designed their Christmas special buffet, and it goes without saying that how much I loved that pretty as a picture spread of delicious cakes, mousses and ice-creams.
  4. One cannot feel completely rejuvenated unless one makes a trip to the Hotel’s spa. ‘Shvasa Spa’ embodies the spirit of old traditions with the complexities of today’s environment. It offers an array of luxurious spa treatments for your well being including Full Body Massage, Body Scrubs, Body Wraps, Facials, Manicure and Pedicure.
    I had a nice time enjoying the Swedish massage during my stay at the hotel which was a good 90 minutes session. This classical European technique of stimulating muscles with aromatic massage oils was very relaxing and invigorating. It incorporates traditional technique to soothe your tense and tired muscles, leaving you in a state of pure Nirvana.
  5. There are a lot activities offered by the hotel to engage the guests during their stay so that they can utilise their free time wisely. Activities like yoga, cooking classes, cocktail workshops, golf event, sports activities and zumba will definitely make the stay at this hotel worth your while.
    There is also a modern, well equipped fitness centre at the hotel which is dedicated to all the wellness enthusiasts. It’s a great experience as the state-of-the-art fitness centre has all the cardio and strength-training equipments to help you carry on with your fitness regime, even on a vacation.
    Outdoor pool with a glass of Pina Colada, the mere mention of this combination simply calms one down. A dip in pool is a good way to rejuvenate your mind and body. My idea of taking a leisurely break is to go on the sun deck, and sit by the pool with a book and my favourite beverage. There is a special kiddy pool for the kids to also splash around as well.

About Hyatt Regency Gurgaon
Hyatt Regency Gurgaon is one of the largest five star convention hotels in Gurgaon with the meeting and event facility to accommodate upto 3000 people. It is strategically located in the rapidly expanding corporate and residential hub of India off the Delhi-Jaipur National Highway 8. Located thirty minutes from the Indira Gandhi International Airport and fifteen minutes from Gurgaon city centre, the hotel is an ideal weekend getaway for Delhi NCR residents and offers a convenient stop over for tourists covering the ‘Golden Triangle’ of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

Categories
Food

An ode to all the chocolate lovers

Food Review: Choco Pizza by Dominos

We have had all sorts of pizzas with various toppings but the basic ingredients have always remained the same. For one its recipes, Dominos has chosen to go the non-traditional way, and has broken all the barriers of what pizza usually is all about that is namely cheese, passata, vegetables or meat.

Desserts will have a new perspective now as what Dominos has on offer is the most deadly combination for food lovers around the world! A Combination of Pizza and Chocolate is not less than a ‘choco treat’ from Dominos for all the chocolate lovers, and what better one could have asked for during the festive season? A trip to this sin city offers you an every chance of indulgence in the most delectable combination of flavours that one could have ever imagined- ‘choco brownie’, ‘choco cookie’, ‘cheesecake’ and ‘nougatine’ which is again topped with oodles of ‘chocolate sauce’ and ‘white choco chips’. It’s a thin, crispy, wheat crust base pizza that will make every bite into it all worth it as it has all the awesomeness of chocolaty love for the pizza lovers. I know, you guys are smiling like a Cheshire cat as this news has given you every reason to do that, right?

Since the Choco Pizza has so many scrumptious toppings so it might be a little tedious to pick up a slice as conveniently as your usual pizzas but I didn’t complain one bit because a mix of chocolate sin on my slice is exactly what the best thing about it is! This new whipped up love of chocolaty pizza is definitely worth a try for you to experience something new, for a change, and that too at an affordable price.

Categories
Food

Five types of people who would simply love Quattro Formaggi Burst Pizza by Dominos

Who doesn’t love pizzas? We all do! It is that meal which instantly brings smiles to everyone’s face. Though it is difficult to categorize pizza lovers, but I still feel that these five types of people wouldn’t be able to escape this new gooey-cheesy (read as loaded with cheese) love offered by Dominos to them! After all, it is our love for pizzas, and we all fall into at least one of the categories below, right?

  1. It’s a shoutout to all the cheese lovers in the world. When you have four types of cheeses oozing out in one single slice, which cheese lover would complaint? Yes, you heard that right! The new Quattro Formaggi pizza by Dominos is a deadly combination of Mozzarella, Ricotta, Cheddar and Gouda! Now that’s what I call a wonderful Cheese Heaven!
  2. I am yet to come across a kid who doesn’t love cheese. Yes, it’s a treat for the kids as they would love to bite into this heavenly combination of the most loved cheeses in the world. Top it up with vegetables or protein, and it makes everyone happy- kids and their parents!
  3. Movie lovers who cannot watch a movie without food even at home. I belong to this category for sure! When I am watching my favourite flick, I need good food! What better than ordering in a Pizza? And, when you find the perfect balance of flavours in Quattro Formaggi Burst Pizza, with everyone’s favourite -Mozzarella and Cheddar cheese, topped with some saltiness of the Ricotta, and complemented by full bodied Gouda cheese, your taste buds will thank you as well!
  4. Corporate Professionals love Pizzas as sometimes you don’t have time on yourself to sit for an elaborate meal. Order-in this newly launched pizza from Dominos, grab a slice in your hand, and you are all set to juggle your work and hunger pangs at the same time! It is quite filling, and your tummy would be as happy as your taste buds!
  5. Dominos with Quattro Burst Pizza has definitely got your ‘Cheat Day’ meal sorted! So, people who are on a diet all the time, also, like to indulge into something that satisfy their stomach and soul both. This Pizza will help you achieve that! And, you will be happy to stuff these calories as well because every bite will do justice in terms of taste! It is a blissful indulgence!

So, Martinionheels.com Readers, What are you waiting for? Indulge into this foodgasm, and thank me later! ☺

Martini on Heels’ Recommendations: Quattro Burst Pizza Farm House

pujja_1

pujja_2

Domino's Pizza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Categories
Food

Munchies that make me love movies even more!!!

Recently, Martini On Heels attended the launch of new range of munchies in town at INOX Junpgpura, New Delhi. It was an interesting event where few food bloggers were invited to have a taste of ‘INOX Muchos’ by the brand, and believe me when I gave it a try, every flavour was lip smackingly good! We had a small interaction with the Marketing Head, Mr Manoj Lalwani who briefed us on the brand, flavours, and their punch line- movie in the pack! I was actually, wondering about the thought behind their punch line, and in the Q&A session, I did ask him, ‘Why movie in a pack’ when they would be retailing out of the stores as well? To which, he answered that the idea is to offer an experience of watching a movie to the consumers in a pack of INOX Muchos, and that experience could be outside the cinema halls as well! Well, certainly, I couldn’t disagree on this as almost all of their flavours were simply irresistible. And, obviously in the world of movie buffs who are also foodies, there are two sorts of people- Popcorn lovers and Nachos Lovers. Trying their best to woo all the popcorn lovers, the brand has really done some brainstorming as their wide array of flavours include- Toffee & Caramel, Chipotle Chilles, Cheese & Pineaaple, and Pineapple and Green chillies! Nachos lovers wouldn’t be disappointed as INOX Muchos gave a proper thought to tickle your taste buds as well! Tomato & Bell Peppers, Cheese & Jalapeno, Piri Piri Chilli & Lemon are few wicked flavours which also come with a pack of cheese dip! I know that hits a jackpot, right? As Nachos without a cheesy dip is as incomplete as your French Fries without tomato ketchup, and with the right dip it’s the best combination which sends you straight to heaven! Health Freaks, you wouldn’t feel isolated as INOX Muchos launched their range of kettle chips just for you which are baked potato crisps in two flavours- Rock sea salt, and Cheddar & Parmesean, Basil & Orgeano and, Yes! These four ingredients are a part of just one flavour!

After stuffing our faces with these delicious muchos, we headed to the hall where we all of us together watched the latest flick ‘Dear Zindagi’ on comfortable recliners. Ofcourse, our fingers constantly, fished for those crunchy munchies in the bag of INOX Muchos that we couldn’t stop munching. I was totally into a zone of sheer relaxation and comfort! It’s just that I wouldn’t really mind some generous quantity in my bag of Inox Muchos though. So, coming to the movie experience with INOX Muchos, Yes, I know, you would want to know my review about the movie ‘Dear Zindagi’ as I have mentioned in the post! Well, it certainly, has an interesting plot which is picked up from our everyday lives. It addresses the issue of mental illness prevailing in our society, beautifully! Each one of us has gone through a situation in our lives where we were emotionally weak, and that doesn’t mean just having been through a relationship turmoil. It could be anything, and ‘Dear Zindagi’ just shows a different perception about life issues, relationship problems, and everyday concerns that we all constantly juggle with! It is definitely, your weekend watch, and to make your whole movie experience complete, go for that bag full of popcorn or Nachos from INOX Muchos, and thank me later! ☺

Martini On Heels’ Recommendations: Toffee and Caramel, Tomato & Bell Peppers, Pineapple and chillies

nachos_3

nachos_1

nachos_2

Categories
Fashion

Culotting– two ways (Part I)

If anybody asked for my favourite era in fashion, I would unhesitatingly say– the seventies. One of the coolest trends of the seventies that made a comeback in the past few seasons is culottes. Like I said, I have a thing for the 70’s fashion and these- ‘neither a pant nor a skirt’ like bottoms for women, actually, made its debut in the early 1900s but became one of the most sought after trends of the 70’s. It is not considered a very sexy garment but is loved more for its comfort and versatility. However, I feel by styling it in the right manner, one can achieve any look! So, considering my love for this trend, I was curious to style my favourite pair of black culottes for both a casual and formal wear.
The first part of the post is my take on these culottes for a casual outing, and the second one is more for a formal step out. I hope you will enjoy reading this post, as much as, I have enjoyed conceptualizing it ☺

Casual Look
A crop top can never go wrong when styled with high-waist bottoms, and what I love about such combination is that it accentuates your waist at the right place, and makes you look slim and classy!

DSC_0860

DSC_0867

DSC_0877

DSC_0883

DSC_0887

DSC_0894

DSC_0898

[Culottes- Zara | Crop top- Zara | Platforms- Zara]

Categories
Fashion

Culotting– two ways (Part II)

….continued

Formal Look
Black and white combination is an absolute classic, and it can never go wrong while stepping out for a formal evening! That’s how I styled mine.

DSC_0929

DSC_0931

DSC_0911

DSC_0907

DSC_0937

DSC_0905

[Top- Vinegar | Culottes- Zara | Shrug- Mango | ankle boots – Clarks | Wedges – Nine West]

Concept, Styling and Content by Karishma Kambo | Photography by Srivardhan Melacheval Suresh | Location Courtesy- The Lodhi Hotel, New Delhi

References for the content: Startup Fashion, Man Repeller, Fashion Gone Rogue