Saturday, March 12, 2011

A LILY and her Fireballs

I couldn’t have been happier for my friend Anita for her feature in Bangalore Times for her innovative home décor ideas and that qualifies her to be my Limelight Lady (LILY) this month. I owed her this feature on my blog and it’s been looong overdue but her Fireballs left enough spark to wake me up from the slumber. In case you are wondering what on earth is this LILY, read here. And those who aren’t wondering, lets shift the spotlight. So Anita, my LILY, bask in the glory of your Fireballs!
Anita has launched her own line of handcrafted home lighting and markets them under the trade name – Fireball. She is an IT professional with a penchant for crafting that inspired her to create this unique hand-made piece of art which draws its inspiration from ‘The Sun’ and it reflects in all her designs.

Fireball translates to the shades of light that the Sun brings to us. At the first glance, it is tough to comprehend how this beautiful yet intriguing piece of light is made. I’m given to understand that it is made out of PVC sheets that are cut to shape like Star, Round, Oval and brought to life in the backyard. The use of Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) within the lamp ensures the product is eco-friendly. Fireball is modern, classy yet affordable lighting that perfectly blends into any décor.

Depending on the design, making a piece of Fireball can take anything between 3-6 days. These are available at Mother Earth outlets in Bangalore at affordable prices ranging from 450 to 2500 bucks. And if the Fireballs have caught the fancy of others residing at different coordinates, just drop in a line at and get it shipped home in no time!
Collection @ MOTHER EARTH, Domlur Store - Oval , Round & Pentagon
Featured in The Times of India, Bangalore edition
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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Spa-licious Sojourns

I couldn’t have found a better way to utilize my Me-time this weekend. (Read about my Me-time theory here) The opening of a new swanky spa close to my home gave me the perfect excuse to go OTT with pampering and grooming. Living in an upmarket neighborhood does help, after all!

My recent spa experience was a complete treat for the senses. The moment I set my foot in, I succumbed to that addictive world of fleeting pleasure. Trust me; I had the faintest idea of what a terrific experience was awaiting me and now I can’t help grinning away like a Cheshire cat. That’s what a day of spa indulgence does to you and two days in a row just ensure that the grin only gets bigger!! :)
Image Source: Sereno website
Sereno Spa was a welcome change from the run-of-the-mill spas and salons in every nook and cranny of the city. The resemblance of the name to that of one of the hottest spas in the country (Sereno at Park Hyatt, Goa) was nothing but a chance. The menu, however, boasted of internationally acclaimed therapies and treatments one would find in luxury wellness centers and I was tempted to try on something fancier that the usual Aromatherapy massage. My pick was Balinese Massage and Champagne and Rose Hydrating Facial. Champagne and rose – how cool is that!
Doesnt their spa room look inviting ?!!
Balinese Massage, I learnt that day, is a full –body, deep-tissue holistic treatment that combines acupressure, reflexology, stretching and aromatherapy to stimulate flow of blood, oxygen and "qi" (energy) around your body, and bring deep relaxation and wellness. Over an hour of gentle stretching and acupressure and soaking in the choicest of aroma oils followed by sauna and a shower catapulted me into seventh heaven. BLISS, I swear!

From seventh heaven, I took a flight to cloud nine when the champagne and roses started working their spell on me. Champagne and Roses Hydrating Facial is a restorative and de-stressing treatment with pure organic aromatherapy that leaves the skin feeling soft, hydrated and youthful. Champagne has complexion-toning properties and roses replenish skin’s moisture and deeply hydrate the skin. A variety of Thai-make products like powdered pearls scrub for exfoliation, champagne grapeseed moisturizer, honey mask, champagne and rose butter cream were used in this treatment. A 60 minute session left me completely relaxed, recharged and rejuvenated. If I were to dedicate a song to myself, it would have been “(Tipsy) Kiss from a Rose”! :D

I wrapped up my weekend smelling luxurious, smiling uncontrollably and looking shiny. May be it was the spa effect or was it a halo on my head?!!! O:-)

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