Celebrity inspired look

The last weekend was really bad. I had plans to go for kayaking, but it didn’t happen. Thanks to the weather.

Having no option I decided to shop a bit. Also, 1st July happens to be the 1st day of sale season in Brussels. Stores were not crowded and there were no long queues at the fitting room and billing counter because it was raining cats and dogs. 

I spent one full day in a single store with my husband. It was Abercrombie & Fitch store in Avenue Louis, Brussels. It’s a four story store with huge chandeliers at the entrance and and beautiful paintings all over the store. The whole store looks so grand with its black and gold interiors. If you are following me on Instagram you must have seen it in my stories.

I have heard the Paris store is even more stunning. I need to go there to talk about it but I would suggest, even if you do not intent to spend money on shopping, take some time out and visit this store. If you can manage go to the Paris store. I am sure you wouldn’t be disappointed. I will write a seperate blog post on A&F Paris when I go there.

So this is what I was doing on last Saturday. Now coming to Sunday,weather was not all THAT bad but most of the places are not open here on Sundays. So you either have to sit at home or go to a restaurant/bar to eat/drink. And that’s it. Brussels is kinda sad on Sundays (I guess most of the Europe is sad). So I decided to do something I really enjoy other than travelling. After our lunch, I decided to get some pictures clicked of my outfit to show you guys.

This outfit is totally inspired by Priyanka Chopra’s look (Bollywood/Hollywood celebrity). I obviously can’t carry off those loose pants and the loose blazer the way she is carrying it, so I customized my look a bit according to my style.

Pink blazer – Zara

High wait pants – Zara

Gingham top – H&M

Shoes – Charles&Keith

Hope you guys like my look and don’t forget to leave your comments. 

Have a great week ahead folks! 🙂

Shop smart, ladies!

Here we go! If you like this look then go ahead and see where I bought this stuff from and for how much and, if you don’t like it, then just ignore the rest and appreciate the pictures 😉
I believe a great look can be created by investing smartly in what you buy. According to me, it’s always a good idea to spend more money on shoes and handbags and better to compromise on clothes. You can’t wear the same clothes again and again but you can definitely repeat your handbags and shoes.

So this is an all Zara outfit. I bought this top and pants separately. Pants are almost a year old and bought the top recently. I am a very big fan of Zara because their designs are to die for. No brand in the market can match up to their level of creativity (for that price :D). So I end up shopping a lot from there.

Top (Zara): Only for 5 euros (Can’t believe it? But it’s true)

Bottoms (Zara): I bought them from India Zara for Rs 2400/- or 2500/-

Belt (Departmental store): I had been looking for a black belt with a specific width and buckle size since a long time. Could not find it anywhere and then one random day I saw this in a  departmental store. I knew I HAVE to buy this. A belt from the departmental store? Hell yeah! It was dead cheap, for 5 euros and at the billing counter, I also got 50% discount on it. So it cost me only 2.5 euros. Wow! Can’t believe Brussels can be this cheap sometimes 😈😈

Shoes (Dune London): Dune is my favorite brand when it comes to shoes. They make the comfiest shoes. I own like 4 pairs of shoes from Dune and I love all of them. They are light and heels are very comfortable to walk in. And of course, they have the best designs as well. I wish Dune had stores in Belgium as well. I miss it! Anyway, I bought this pair of shoes for Rs 8000/-. Trust me, it’s a very good investment.

Handbag (Charles & Keith): If you want to buy a quality handbag and do not want to shell out a huge amount of money then Charles&Keith is your brand to go with. It is little expensive I agree, but it’s better to invest here than going for other bigger brands where you would end up spending at least twice of this. So comparatively I find it reasonable. I have been using it for 1.5 years (Yes, 1.5 years) and it still looks new. Now that’s the difference I am talking about. Bought this handbag for Rs 11000/-.

So I hope you guys liked my complete look. Do leave your comments and have a great time with your friends and family. 🙂

Instagram: @dipcie

Ciao! 

A Mystical Forest – The Bluebells of the Hallerbos

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I had no idea that something like Mystical forest exists in Belgium. The first time I heard about it was from my husband when his office had planned a trip to this forest in the 2nd week of April with employees and their families. We decided not to go due to bad weather. At that time, all I knew about this place was its called ‘Blue forest’ because blue flowers bloom in this forest during spring. I didn’t put much attention to it and thought it wouldn’t be all that great.

A couple of days later, my brother suggested me to go there and sent me a link which had pictures of this forest and the pictures looked like THIS Click here.

Damn! How could I ignore something that looks as splendid as this?  I immediately searched for the dates to visit this mystical forest. I was relieved to know that I still have time to visit while the flowers are still in full bloom.

About Hallerbos: A forest in Belgium (South of Brussels) known for its bluebell carpet, which covers the forest each spring. Every year it attracts visitors from all over the world. The forest transforms from a sea of green into a sea of blue and makes a mesmerizing sight. To know more about its history Click here

I visited this place last weekend and was lucky to see bluebells still in bloom. It wasn’t as dense as I saw in pictures or it must have been in the previous weeks. I really wish I had gone here in mid-April. Another side of going late is, the forest gets filled with more beech leaves which make the whole forest even more beautiful. But, as the beech leaves grow more, the sunlight is not able to reach bluebells and they start withering. So ensure it’s not too late for you.

Best time to visit Hallerbos: The ideal time to visit is April, but every year the flowering season varies with the weather. You can monitor the bluebells status on the Hallerbos website Click here. Every week they update their website with the progress of the bluebell and accordingly you can make your plans.

I think this forest should be visited twice. Once when bluebells start blooming and the trees are still dry. At first sight, it looks like the forest has been covered with blue carpet. The second visit should be when the trees are filled with beech leaves. The combination of deep purple blue and transparent fresh green looks breathtaking. Both the views have their own beauty.

You can walk, hike, cycle, or ride a horse to explore the beauty of The Blue Forest. It was a blissful experience for me to see horses walking gracefully on their designated trails in between those slender trees. I, unfortunately, ran out of my phone’s battery and still regret not charging it before entering the forest. This picture is still in my mind and missing from my postcards collection. *sad*

How to get there: 1) Public transport – There is Bus service from Halle station to Hallerbos. Access to the forest by public transport is limited on weekends. 2) Blue Bike – Pick your bike from Halle station and cycle to the forest. The distance is less than 5kms. 3) Personal vehicle – Use Google Maps and Boom, you are there! 😛

Imp Tip: When you park your vehicle, DO CHECK the parking number before you enter the forest and collect your map from the entrance. We were too happy that we got the parking and forgot to check the parking number and didn’t see the need for a map. Hallerbos has 10 parking around it and if you have not noted the parking number and to worsen it, not even collected your map, take my words, you will be lost and nobody would be able to help you out especially if you can’t speak French. We had lost our way in the forest. We took a U-turn on realizing we have lost our way and walked 4kms extra at the time when we were dead tired of walking (I know we are in the world of smartphones and your vehicle can easily be tracked through it but what would you do if your phone gets switched off? 😉 so take the tip 😀

I could not click many pictures, but I hope I have compensated that by providing more information. Hope you enjoy! 🙂

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In the below picture, they have put red signs because some visitors do not stay on the official trails and create their own paths which are causing damage. So much beauty has been destroyed forever.

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Take out time to visit the centuries-old forest because words are not enough to explain how magical it looks!

If you have a forest like this in your country then share it with us in the comments below. Au revoir!

Oh Brugge! You take my heart away!

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Oh, Brugge! You beauty!
You took my heart the moment I saw you! I heard people calling you ‘fairytale land’ and ‘Venice of the North’. My crush on you started with a Bollywood movie and since then I could not wait to see you. Finally, I am here, watching you with my eyes wide open. I am a traveler and bound to fall in love with the new places I see and I intend to do that. But you, my darling, will always be my first travel love in Europe. You are beautiful to the core giving eternal bliss to the soul as mine.
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Welcome to the historic world heritage site, Brugge! It is the capital of West Flanders in northwest Belgium and the most picturesque European city. This city will capture your heart with its beautiful gingerbread house style buildings standing between the canals with swans and ducks playing in the water.
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We drove to Brugge from Brussels. It’s a one and half hour drive for us as we went off the road to see the countryside. I think it would have taken lesser time if we had picked the highway. 
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Brugge is a small picturesque town, totally walkable. You can also rent a bike if you are in no mood to walk. Another option is horse carriages. Though I prefer walking because it lets you go slow, take your pauses and gives you time to see the beauty of its streets present in even the smallest corners.
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Brugge is full of tourist sites like City Hall, Belfry, museums, churches (‘Basilica of the Holy Blood’ is a church in which the relic of the Holy Blood is preserved. It is a must go). The city is filled with historical and medieval buildings and cobblestone streets. Take out at least a day from your itinerary to see all of it. If you are running out of time, you should take the cruises here to see the best of Brugge. I did not take it because I wanted to savor the moment and enjoy the eternal bliss and peace this city has to offer. I wanted to let it sink that I am ACTUALLY in Brugge. Though there are repercussions of everything. I missed out on some beautiful corners by the canal-side, but I’ll do that on my next visit (which would definitely happen very soon and you would get to see some more of this place:).
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A few things you cannot miss when in Brugge are Chocolates, a Waffle, Moules, Frites, and of course Belgian beer! It’s a sin to leave Belgium without trying these 4 things and of course Belgian laces. Buy some as a souvenir
Our day started with waffles at Lizzie’s Waffles. This place seems to be the best in town. I did not know this until I tried it. Their waffle came piping hot to my plate. Absolutely fresh and delicious! It was perfectly sweet, huge in size and one waffle was more than enough for two people. After our yummy breakfast we moved to explore the city. The foodie in me could not wait for longer and after walking around a bit we took a break for lunch. We had belgian moules and frites with the obvious choice, belgian beer. I do not remember the name of the place sadly but this restaurant street is right next to canal. You can sit there, enjoy canal view and your food. On a weekend, it is quite difficult to get a table there, though we were lucky to find one for ourselves. For all the vegetarians and Indian food lovers, there is a separate restaurant which serves all your Indian cuisines. I haven’t tried that, but you can, if you want to stick to your cuisine.
I ended my day with some more of Belgian Beer at ‘The Beer Wall’. This place is no less than a heaven for all the beer lovers out there as they have wide range of belgian beers. I tried coconut beer and totally loved it. This terrace bar is wonderfully located on the canalside in the centre of Brugge. Sadly, they shut down by 7pm. Brugge is not a wild party city. There is not much for party lovers but you would love it if you just want to relax and looking for some peaceful time for yourself.
I found this city to be very charming. It is a little expensive but totally worth it. 
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Brugge, I had no plans to visit you this soon. But you were always there on my travel bucket list. I am glad it happened and that it happened this soon. I can’t get over you now.
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See you soon!

 

 

 

 

 

Your loo break is my photo moment! 

Not sure how great is this picture but this burger place in Ghent is the best in town.

This was a random click when the husband was on loo break 😛 and I was just looking around, soaking in the environment, and didn’t know what to click because everything here was amazing. But sadly it was too dark for me to click anything.

I was getting really bad craving for burgers for quite some time and that is when I discovered this place on TripAdvisor. I ordered the only veg burger available on the menu (if veg is available how can i say No to it right) They served it with perfect juicy onion rings and spicy potato wedges (Well! By spicy I mean spicy as per Belgian’s taste;)

Unfortunately, by the time we started they ran out of forks and knives. I am sure I looked like a messy toddler while eating it but it was totally worth it. A must go when you are in Ghent.

I am definitely going there again and gonna click more of this awesome burger place! See you soon Uncle babe’s! Mwahz!

I’ll make her an offer she can’t refuse – The Godfather

Recently I met a friend’s 4 year old daughter. When she got to know that I have a sweet tooth, she said “Oh! You are also a sweet queen just like me”. And since then I have started calling myself ‘the sweet queen’. After some grocery shopping, I went to a cafe to grab a cup of coffee..I saw some pies there and told myself ‘dont even look at that, your body can’t afford this’…. With this thought I asked the guy just for a black coffee and he came back to me with an offer saying I can have any of the pies + coffee just for 6 Euros.. Not sure if he read my mind..

Oh! He made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.😜😜 Ended up gaining some extra calories today. But it was totally worth it. I still can’t forget how yum was that Tiramisu *drooling*

I’ll make her an offer she can’t refuse – The Godfather

Recently I met a friend’s 4 year old daughter. When she got to know that I have a sweet tooth, she said “Oh! You are also a sweet queen just like me”. And since then I have started calling myself ‘the sweet queen’. After some grocery shopping, I went to a cafe to grab a cup of coffee..I saw some pies there and told myself ‘dont even look at that, your body can’t afford this’…. With this thought I asked the guy just for a black coffee and he came back to me with an offer saying I can have any of the pies + coffee just for 6 Euros.. Not sure if he read my mind..

Oh! He made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.😜😜 Ended up gaining some extra calories today. But it was totally worth it. I still can’t forget how yum was that Tiramisu *drooling*