Arctic Adventure · Aurora Borealis · Fjords · Husky ride · Ice room · King crab · Kirkenes · Kirkenes Snowhotel · Magnetic North Travel · Moncler · North Pole · Northern lights · Norway · Reindeer · Sorel · Uncategorized

A sky full of lights

It all started on a lunch break at work.  I started browsing northern lights (scientific term: Aurora Borealis) photos and fell in love with how beautiful Mother nature can be.  We are so consumed in our daily grind that we often forget to appreciate the phenomena the Earth creates and displays!

I then embarked on my journey looking at deals and the best time to view the Aurora Borealis.  There is no guarantee that you will view the northern lights, but if you go at a specific time of the year, and the sky is clear there is a good chance there will be a display for you. I sifted through many  travel agents online and came across the best deal with Magnetic North Travel.  I cannot fault them one bit, they were always on call, prompt with queries and had the trip organised in to the T!

The next project after booking the trip was researching into proper gear to carry so I don’t get frost bites and become Ola from Frozen.  I am naturally a sun seeker and going to -25 Celsius was a bit daunting.

To feel a fair bit of warmth:

I layered with heattech thermals from Uniqlo (they definitely did the job);

I then wore thermals from Marks & Spencer;

Pure Wool and cashmere jumpers on top of that; and

A down jacket to finish of the look.

I also read some where that the mobile  phone may freeze in those sub-arctic temperatures so I made sure I carried an extra camera which is the famous Go Pro. Lo and behold, when I was out and about my camera battery dropped to 10% and when I entered a warm room it went back to its original battery percentage of 60%.

I stayed at the Kirkenes Snowhotel, which by far is the best experience I have had.  They have the option of staying in lovely Gamme cabins, made of wood with big arch windows for lot of light. You can also brave the cold and stay one night in the ice room where the temperature is -4 Celsius (much warmer than the outside temperature) and they have special sleeping bags which keep you warm upto -40 Celsius. The carving on the walls of the ice rooms are something spectacular that you can stare at for hours on end.  Each year special teams come in from all over the world to build the hotel in December before it melts away in April (how cool is that – a hotel that melts!).

Gamme Cabin
Beautiful wooden Gamme cabins
Marilyn Monroe carved in the ice/snow room
Marilyn Monroe carved in the ice/snow room

The meals at the hotel were three course and spectacular with local produce incorporated in the ingredients like reindeer meat and King crabs. The staff are very friendly and ever ready to help. They have four different restaurants serving different meals of the day at each restaurant.


Gabba Restaurant names after the head of the Reindeer herd


My trip consisted of three nights and it was just right.  There is enough to keep you busy in this remote town of the North Pole.  The first day, there was a husky ride that consisted of two hours and if you are lucky enough the dog musher may even let you have a go at handling the huskies (who look ferocious but are the sweetest animals to play with – see pic below for evidence 🙂 ). The same evening was my northern lights tour which departed at 9:00pm and lasted two hours.  The tour consisted of driving to the Finnish and Russian border where there are less lights from the city and clear skies.  I was so lucky, not only to have experienced a wonderful display of the lights just over our hotel but also to view a dancing spectacular at the Finnish border. The last day, I went for the King Crab safari which was amazing.  The crabs are huge and are made into a lunch meal for the tourists at a nearby restaurant.


Husky petting
The Husky enjoying being petted


Getting ready with the Huskies for a ride with them
Northern Lights
Northern Lights in the sky


King crab
King crabs freshly caught, cooked and served

Overall, the trip definitely has something for everyone and should be on everyone’s bucket list if not already on it.  It was on my bucket list and was worth every degree of  minus temperatures, frost, snow and  and money to experience Mother nature displaying her best dance for me on the night that I was there.  The view of the Fjords from the hotel was unbelievable and all I can say is Nordic people are blessed with the beauty of their country.


The Fjords covered in snow

Few tips if you are travelling to Norway in the winter:

  1. Layer, Layer and layer (use only wool, cashmere, fleece and acrylic as they do not retain moisture);
  2. carry extra battery and options for cameras (do not only rely on your phone);
  3. wear two layers of socks with your snow boots as the ground is cold with inches of snow;
  4. stay at Kirkenes Snowhotel (you will not regret it); and lastly
  5. wear two layers of gloves to prevent frost bites (I wore a thermal insulate base layer and on top of that wore fleece lined gloves).
The view from the room with the sun setting in the sky


Reindeers do exist and here is the Captain “Gabba” eating away all the food

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Casa 9 · gowns · Tsara jewellery · Uncategorized · winter wedding

What to wear to winter weddings

Winter weddings are fun according to me.  If you hail from a country, which has tropical weather most year around, like myself, then winter months are a breath of fresh air.  However, it can be quite challenging to find the right outfit for winter weddings.  With increasing number of people choosing to get married in the winter months not only in India (where i originally hail from) but also in the UK (so that they can make their wedding photos even more picturesque, if they are lucky enough to have snow on their special day) it can be tough to find the perfect outfit.

The one rule of thumb to stick by is to choose a nice fabric that falls well and is long enough to cover most of your body so that you can look stylish, yet not freeze! With that in mind, you can make any Maxi length dress work.  I found some lovely options from an emerging designer wear on my recent trip to India Studio casa 9

Their gowns are made of lovely fabric, that make any body shape look flattering.  The embroidery is subtle and elegant, which makes the outfits look appropriate for a wedding guest.  And, just like Indian tradition usually requires the bride to be covered at the wedding as a sign of respect,  the gowns by Studio Casa 9 are tailored just right, not too expose too much of your body but yet show off the right parts of your body (like the shoulders and collar bones).

I teamed the look with some lovely statement jewellery from Tsara jewels.  I kept the look minimal and elegant, not over done.

Let me know your thoughts and whether you would go for the same look for a winter wedding.

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Anita Dongre · Autumn · Diwali · Ethnic wear · Hindu new year · Indo-western · Uncategorized



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Anita Dongre outfit

This time of year is quite my favourite – it is cool and yet not cold. Not only are the trees at their best colour but it is also Hindu new year.  For me Diwali (which is the Hindu new year) is one of the favourite festivals of the year.  It is a good build up to Christmas for me, as it is celebrated like a mini Christmas event in every Hindu household, so I am lucky I get to celebrate Christmas twice a year and in close succession too.

New clothes are bought for Diwali, if you are lucky new jewels are also adorned. It’s that time of the year when you meet and speak to all family and friends that have been lost in the daily grind.  Apart from putting on a few kilos with the lovely home cooked food and sweets, it is also a great time for cleaning the house and getting rid of stuff that one doesn’t want or use to welcome the Gods.  For me I love getting dressed (any opportunity to buy and wear new clothes is a happy occasion).

This Diwali I decided to support a completely new designer, Anita Dongre, whose clothes I have not worn before, but are they fabulous in their fit, fabric feel and look? Let me know your thoughts!  The ethnic yet modern prints make it a versatile combination.  The sharara or palazzo pants can also be worn with a plain tee to make it more indo western and on the other hand the top can also be worn with jeans to get more wear out of it.  I certainly felt like a million bucks.


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Bounce · Fitness · Gym · Netherhall Sports Centre · Uncategorized


I was so bored of going to the gym to work out and staring at every passing second on the treadmill like it is a time bomb ready to explode, that I had to venture into different exercise methods to keep me upbeat.

I happened to see this video on Facebook about a class called ((BOUNCE)) and had to try it. My first thoughts were this was going to be easy! Who can’t jump on a trampoline and who doesn’t love the feeling of being a child again?  But lo and behold, it is jumping on a trampoline for 45 minutes constantly and is not as scary as one might think when you are in your 30’s, 40’s or even your 50’s.

I started ((BOUNCE)) as a trial class four months ago and I am so addicted to it now that if I don’t get a space for the class I am grumpy all evening.  The instructor of course makes all the difference to every fitness class and Sarah Dickson – the bubbly energy ball, whose energy is infectious, pushes you to the core.  The class consists of 45 minutes of aerobic choreography on a trampoline and 15 minutes of toning at the end.


The lovely Sarah Dickson and me

The best part of the class is there is no commitment to sign up for weeks or months.  You pay as you go (though booking a week in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment), so if you are on holiday or cannot make it for some reason you don’t lose out.

I can already see a huge difference in my body after starting ((BOUNCE)). It is definitely one of the best fitness classes of our times.

((BOUNCE)) runs at Netherhall Sports Centre on Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 6pm and Sunday at 9am (and did I mention the Sunday class is a child friendly one!).



Amigurumi · Birth announcement · Christening · Christmas gifts · Cyryeni · Gifts · Uncategorized

A Cyr(y)en(i)creation


Are you a mommy to a toddler? A new mommy or a mommy-to-be? If yes, then you have stumbled upon the correct page. Living in Cambridge has made me more eco-friendly and I am always looking for gifts to give to the little people in my life that can be used and sustained in the long run.  There is nothing more annoying than getting a party bag at a children’s birthday party which is filled with small bits of rubbish that gets thrown in the bin or is too hazardous (why do they make such stuff?).

I recently came across this page of beautiful hand-made crochet Amigurumi items. For all those who are wondering what Amigurumi is, it is a Japanese art form that covers the beautiful trend of crocheting stuffed dolls, animals or even inanimate objects.  I could not resist myself and ordered lot’s of items from Yenieta who is based in Mumbai, India and hand crochets all the items herself as she is so passionate about the art.

The items are not only limited to children’s toys, she also makes hair clips for girls, lunch boxes for school kids, table runners, coasters and many more items.

I can definitely vouch that the Peppa Pig, unicorn and bookmark I received from her to give as gifts were far from disappointment!! Sometimes items on a website can be misleading and look different to when you receive them, but not with these.

Shipping was speedy and I thought they make for a great return gift at a children’s party, they are great for stuffing in an advent calendar (Christmas shopping can never be too early!) or they can even be given at a christening/birth announcement.

Get in touch with Yenieta on Whatsapp for further queries on 0091-98204-88391; or

on Instagram at cyryenicreactions; and

she is on Facebook as Cyryeni creations.

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Beauty · Kiehls · Uncategorized

Beauty 101

As a working woman it is not always easy to find time to have a beauty regimen.  With some trial and error,  I have now found the products that suit my skin and the regime I need to stick to, to keep my skin glowing.

If you use a lot of make up, the Kiehl’s midnight recovery botanical cleansing oil is great.  I use this every night to remove all the make up and grime off my face and give my face a quick wash with cold water just after that. The skin also needs nourishment other than the food we put into our body, I would advise using the Kiehl’s night repair serum to nourish the face.  Take two drops in your hand and apply gently on your face. I then moisturise my face with their Skin renewing cream.  The skin renewing cream has manuka honey which gives the face a glow and also keeps it will moisturised for wintry dry days.

Off late, I have become very particular about everything I use on my skin. Therefore, why should it be any different for my hair.  I changed to Kiehl’s Amino Acid shampoo earlier in 2017.  The shampoo is paraben and sulphite free and suitable to all hair types.  It has done great for my hair that was falling rapidly with the rough water we have in the UK.


I hope you found this article useful.  I would love to hear your comments.

Kiehls everything


A Sp(a)ctacular Day

It’s not often that I get time to go to the spa, but when I do it is indeed a spa-ctaclar day.

The glassworks spa in Cambridge is a lovely spot to relax and enjoy. You can sit in the Jacuzzi and watch the world go by, enjoy the views of river Cam and watch the many punters on the river crashing into the walls!

The spa also has facilities such as a steam and sauna room. Many treatments to choose from and if you are lucky you may get some Elemis sample size products.

Beautiful to watch the river cam and relax in the jacuzzi
Watching the world go by