The IHB Guide: A day out and about in Koramangala

It is not surprising that our dynamic city has a plethora of hidden wonders to offer in every nook and corner. With this guide, we focus on one of Luru’s most cosmopolitan locales that offers everything from budget shopping and entertainment to luxury apartments and delectable cuisines. Yes, we are talking about Koramangala, so start planning your day out with our handy guide!

Get your dose of culture

An art and cultural hub, Atta Galatta is located at 134, KHB Colony, 5th Block, Koramangala. A delightful place for literature lovers or bookworms in general, as they have a collection of over 10,000 books! They even have books in all regional languages available for your reading pleasure. Added to this, Atta Galatta organises events on a regular basis such as poetry/book reading and storytelling.

Test your skills with some brain and brawn 

In the mood for some exciting activities that challenge both – your mind and body?Koramangala is filled with offbeat activities and games that you can enjoy by yourself, with your significant other, or even as a group with your buddies. The Riddle Room is a live escape room that takes you on a physical adventure in 60 minutes. A similar experience at Breakout also makes for a fun visit. Alternatively, at Dice and Dine, you can take your pick from over 400 board games and huddle up over your favourite games while sipping on a hot/cold cuppa. If you are a fan of good ol’ blowing games with a mug of beer on the side, head to Blue Moustache (image above). Besides their offer of a free mug on 2 rounds of the game, they also keep the ambiance lively with their acoustic and karaoke nights on the weekends. Or if you’re feeling a little extra, try a kick boxing session at Hyper Monkey, a game of laser tag at Iamgame, or a simulated flight experience at Flight 4 Fantasy!

Breathe easy, relax, rejuvenate 

Got your adventure buzz for the day? Now it’s time to relax and rejuvenate. Head to the Four Fountains De-Stress Spa (image above) for some top class pampering and treatments. Their menu has an array of treatments to choose from like pain & anxiety relief, better sleep, anti-fatigue, detoxification, immunity booster, skin whitening, and age reversal. Their scientific spa programmes, professional therapists and affordable treatments make for a top-of-the-line experience. On the other hand, you could swing by for a pop-up or power yoga session at the various centres around the locality such as A1000yoga, Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Art of Living and Isha Yoga Foundation.

Increase your style quotient with some retail therapy 

Move over from the shopping malls! The real treasures are found in the streets of Koramangala. Take a walk around the lanes of Jyoti Nivas College where you are bound to find anything from that quirky pair of printed leggings you have been looking for, to a stylish jacket to match, complete with some funky jewellery! Some of the shops to look out for are Scintilla for kurtas, Dazzle for bags of all shapes and colours, Spice Girls for bags and shoes galore, Ni Hao for clothes and shoes, and of course the famous Tibet Mall – come prepared to splurge!

The Purple Pony – Home décor with a collector’s flair!

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With the offbeat name that the brand carries, we knew this one was sure to exude a refreshing charm to everything that a contemporary home may need to make it a luxe affair. To equate The Purple Pony to a neighbourhood furniture store would be a peccadillo, as you walk in to realise a boutique of artifacts, handpicked to transform any living space into an extension of your personality. Right from indoor and outdoor furniture, home essentials and decorative lighting and table tops, you’re sure to find something interesting to choose from.

It is hard not to notice the storytelling that the brand does with every product that is a work of art and seasonal themes that may as well be an archive of chronicles. They always have something new in store with their creative and evolving campaigns:

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Their tiny little trinkets and curios that make for the perfect stand-out gift for any occasion. Psst – Ask in-store if they can be personalised with a message or engraving and you’ve got yourself a winner!

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One thing is for sure – at The Purple Pony, you either find something that fits your bill or you go back with a statement piece that inspires you to revamp your home!

Where: 565/1, 15th Main Road, Koramangala 4 Block, Bangalore, India 560034

Hours: Mon – Sun, 11 am to 9 pm

Contact: 080 4094 6926/info@thepurplepony.co or find them on Facebook here.

Be Vintage: For all your refurbishing needs!

The Brain Behind It
For Bangalore born and bred Monica, home decor was something she happened to chance upon. It started off with her painting her own bookshelf at home. The fact is, everyone loves DIY, but rarely do they find time to do the same, so it made perfect sense for her to start doing simple things like frames, coasters that have now gradually grown into furniture pieces because of Luru’s increasing demand.
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The Vintage Factor
FACT: History repeats itself. This holds true to furniture as well. We think minimalistic and contemporary furniture can get quite tiring and monotonous. What better way to do that than bring back the old world charm by restoring a gem once owned?
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We love the whole bespoke refurbishing process that Be Vintage goes through with each item with immense attention to detail!
10354145_858405800883032_4984646485660403461_n Each piece is given a complete makeover. It’s almost like having a brand new piece. Most of the furniture  is polished, treated, prepped and painted over with their signature vintage look. Customisation also includes carpentry depending on the condition of the piece or depending on how the client wants it changed.
The Deets
Contact: +91 9880290946
FB: Click here
Website: www.bevintage.in (shipped across India)

Bangalore, brace yourselves: Sephora is here!

As you must know by now, Sephora is finally in Bangalore! *crazy eyes* For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Sephora is a giant French cosmetic brand that retails its very own in-house products and other famous make-up and beauty names. Oh, and did we mention they’re the world’s largest beauty retailer?

Why Sephora Bangalore is awesome…

Luru’s Forum Mall in Koramangala is home to Sephora (ground floor). If you’re not the biggest fan of make-up and beauty, there’s still plenty for you to shop! Apart from make-up, the store sells curated and exclusive brands across skin-care, fragrances, bath products, hair care, accessories, and men’s grooming.

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So if you’ve been travelling to Mumbai, Delhi or even outside of India to get your hands on Sephora and its brands, you can finally get your favourite lipstick and mascara right here in Bangalore.

We got to go for the exclusive launch and here’s what we think…
To begin with, we have been super excited ever since we heard Sephora was coming to Bangalore, so you can imagine how crazy we went at the launch. Sephora’s in-house brand has a wide range of products all the way from lip liners to dark circle correctors which we love. You’ll also find plenty of other brands ranging from Givenchy, Dior, Clinique to even Soap & Glory.

#IHBfavourites:
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  • Benefit Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, and Burt’s Bees
  • The Sephora brand’s face masks and make-up brushes
  • Sephora and NYX Cosmetics eye shadow palettes
  • Cute travel sized cosmetic essentials
 IHB Shopping Bag:
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There’s a new app in town, and it’s perfect if you’re a Luru Localite

The Brains Behind This

So what’s epic is, the idea of Localite was born between 4 Bangalorean friends. We absolutely love that. Karun, who is leading this initiative has extensive experience in international retail brands. Dev, is a tech mastermind, and has worked with Conde Nast. Sandeep brings the international work exposure from AOL & Rohan, a Luru-based architect who is epic with stores and retail design. What’s the one thing that ties them all together? They’re offline shopper extraordinares. Ha.

The Eureka Moment

Karun, the one with insane amounts of in-store experience with customers realised a lot of them wanted to sit at home and ask for product pictures to be sent to them via Whatsapp as that was the most convenient way. (Ummm , we’re definitely guilty of that too). You know, the asking for more products and price ranges so you can choose if the store has what you need (and if it was worth the effort and trip really).  Hence, boom. Let’s introduce Bangalore to an app that does exactly that for you. Your personal window shopper if you will. A nifty catalogue of all things local, right in your palm!

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The Low-Down

Localite is a two sided app. On one hand allowing offline retailers a chance to market their stores and products on a mobile platform (yeaaaah) and on the other hand for users like us, it’s just great to know at the click of a few buttons, the stores and all its products that are nearby. The beauty of Localite is that it’s location specific and extremely intelligent in recommending products to consumers based on popularity, freshness of product, proximity to user etc. etc. etc. Sounds too good to be true.

What’s Next?

So Localite has plans to integrate various features to make the app more interactive and beneficial for users and retailers alike – whether you’re a store owner, or a compulsive shopper it makes all of us happy!

What We Heart

They’re rooting for the local underdogs! They’re going to have this dedicated section for local retailers (Woot represent!) who are city specific. We love that the many home grown retailers who are facing stiff competition to the major Indian and Global brands have this to equal the playing field with the other biggies.

Get On It – NOW!

For those you who are keen explore the app and get more deets, here you go:

Download (Android)
Download (iOS)

View their website here or follow them on FB here and Instagram here.

For retailers who are interested to get listed, there is a section on the website which enables them to get in touch with the team to set up their store on Localite. Or, let’s make life easier for you, just click here already xx

 

The Christmas Tree Guide: Bangalore’s Top 7 Places to Buy From

Tis the season Bangalore, and everyone’s been asking us where to get the seasonal favourite trees from? Well lucky for you, we’ve got the list right here:

Springs And Blossoms

Where: No.771, 80 Feet Road, 4th Block, Koramangala (Near Maharaja Restaurant).
Call: +(91)-80-39629900
Visit: www.springsblr.com

The Nurserymen Co-Operative Society

Where: Double Road Gate Entrance, Lalbagh West.
Call: +(91)-80-26564005 or 26576733
Visit: www.ncslalbagh.com

Santastores.in

Where: No.43, Shiva Smruthi, Thimmaiah Layout, 3rd Stage ,2nd Block, Basaveshwara Nagar.
Call: +(91)-80-30832388

Sattva Art & Craft Design

Where: No.268, Ramagondanhalli, Varthur Rd, Whitefield,
Call: +(91)-80-64547944
Visit: www.studiosattva.wordpress.com

Bashprops

Where: # 2, Chartered Samskirithi, Bannerghatta Road, Bilekahalli
Call: +(91)-9916529996
Visit: www.partysupplies.co.in/

Kusal Indoor Garden

Where: Commercial Street.
Call: (91)-80-33057942

M.L and Company

Where: No.109,Bhaskar Building, D.S Lane Mamulpet Cross, Mamulpet (near BVK Iyengar Road).
Call: (91)-80-33057942

Tag us on all your tree pics @iheartblr on FB, Twitter and Instagram. We want to see them!

Happy holidays! xx

 

 

27 Decor Street – An online shopping platform for your home needs

04_JPGBangalore based 27 Décor Street is an online platform for buying furniture, home decor, lighting, and even art. The website was launched by mother and son Nishu and Dhruv Jouhari. From modern to vintage to quirky to classic, there’s a wide range of products to pick from. Oh, and you’ll find stunning paintings by PR Rathod and more.

The e-commerce world is filled with shopping platforms that sell everything under the sun. However, 27 Decor Street strictly and painstakingly ensures their customers receive the best of quality and design. For example, Dhruv and his team go through various levels of product checks and quality control. Raw materials are studied, manufacturers’ facilities are visited, and a final check on composition and quality provides the customer with nothing but the best.

This venture consists of individuals that have over 20 years of combined experience in the furniture industry, which means they truly understand the product and the customer.

Decor product of the monthAlicante Candle Stand

Apart from the high quality of products, the service is reliable throughout the whole shopping experience.

So, if you’re looking to spruce up your home or your bar or even your office space, 27 Decor Street does the job for you. After all, as they state, “Furniture and décor pieces have increasingly gained importance as they are an expression of character and a personal statement!” We couldn’t agree more.

Products we loved:

  • Leaf Chair
  • Elpis Bar Stool
  • Risen Candle Stand
  • Tanzanite Lamp Shade

Click here for the website and like them here on Facebook!

Happy home shopping! x

Coming soon to Luru – Zara Umrigar

Bangaloreans, we have a new store alert for you!

Designer Zara Umrigar is finally opening her store in Bangalore, and we cannot wait to get our hands on her drop dead gorgeous gowns!

Here’s a little sneak peek of her Autumn/Winter ’15 collection. IMG_0175Drooling yet? Don’t worry, so are we.

She’s planning on launching the store during the second week of September, so watch this space for more Zara Umrigar details and updates!

Contact:
Facebook Page
Instagram

 

Forever New x Côte d’Azur

Spring summer 2015 collections have hit stores around the city, and we are loving the colours and prints! From pastels to floral, we are seriously impressed with Forever New’s latest pieces, which are inspired by azure waters and sunshine of the French Riviera.

How perfect does that sound? Summer has already made its presence, so why not get those shopping lists out?

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All stores obviously have their new collections out, but we thought, why not pick one that is super wearable and has a wide range of products. For example, Forever New even has plenty of accessories (hair, jewellery, and tech) that are a part of the spring summer collection.

Take a look below to see our favourites from the collection! if you visit the store or have a look online, the main colours are white, yellow, blue, and lilac – all the lighter shades. We’re not complaining as it’s a refreshing change from the bright and bold colours.

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We love the concept of the Cote d’ Azur collection because who doesn’t want a little bit of South of France in their closet while burning in this Luru heat?

Forever New store locations:

1) Garuda Mall
2) Indiranagar
3) Mantri Square Mall
4) Orion Mall

Written by Nikita Mankani

New Store Alert – If you’re smitten by shoes, this is for you!

Brainchild of Bangalorean shoe freaks Sakshi and Aneesha, Smitten is the newest retail cutie on the Indiranagar block! What we love about their shoes is the whole personal curating that happens behind the curtains. They choose what to stock all on their own expertise and make sure they bring only the nicest stuff to the scene.

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What we adore about their new store is that it’s in Bangalore’s upcoming fashion district – Indiranagar. It also helps that the interiors and decor have a beautiful French influence but with a modern twist and provide a lovely space to all the girls looking to find their perfect pair!

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Yet another awesome thing about Smitten? Easy. It’s so reasonable. It meets really cheap and designer expensive midway with a perfect range (Rs.1600 to Rs.2800) that won’t burn a really huge hole in your pocket.

We swear by their eye for trends. I mean, they were literally the first peeps in town to recognise the power of neon and bring it to Bangalore!

So head on over Cinderella and let Smitten outfit your feet. We assure you even if you’re in a hurry, you won’t leave a shoe behind xx

Address: 463, 9th Main, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, Bangalore
Ph: 9845496766 or 9845355359

Written by Sanchita Wahi

Indelust – Shopping With a Conscience

There’s a new store in town thanks to Luru’s very own Sana Rezwan Sait. It’s called Indelust and it brings with it, a twist! It brings to you fashion for men/women, art, and goodies for your home. What makes them different is that they’ve made it their vision and goal to increase awareness of art and design from the Indian sub-continent (woot woot!). About time we get some recognition don’t you think?! Apart from that, they strongly believe in ethics, which is kind of, sort of..absolutely awesome!

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Here’s how they do it:

– They’re encouraging designers to manufacture ethically, while making sure artisans earn a sustainable living.

– They’re going to totally avoid disposable fashion and want a positive social impact.

– Regular monitoring of practices with help from a partnership with an international NGO – Nest, who will ensure the production is ethical.

– Follow the code of ethics created by Nest and Indelust.

– Currently work with AIACA i.e. All Indian Artisan and Craftworkers Association.

– Wanting to work with artisan groups that live in economically disadvantaged communities.

To know more about how they take their ethics seriously and how their suppliers go about their work – the right way – visit the website! You’ll also be able to see a list of designers and their collections.

We’re pretty excited about this store as it brings awareness to unfair practices and how they are helping out. So, you can shop absolutely guilt-free knowing how your stuff is being made. Phew!

Images courtesy Indelust FB page

Written by Nikita Mankani

New Store Alert! – ‘Call It Spring’ opens its doors to Luru

Guess what, Bangaloreans? We have great news for you! Especially for all the shopaholics. There’s a new shoes and accessories store in town and they stock up for both men (bags, shoes, sandals) and women (shoes, bags, jewellery, sunglasses).

 

Call It Spring started off in Canada and is a part of the company that owns one of our favourite shoe stores – Aldo. The store is located in Garuda Mall and it’s only the second one in the country. Woot woot! If you want to know what their stuff is like, just peek at the little catalogue of looks we’ve compiled here:

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From gladiator sandals to two-tone heels to the biggest shoe trend that is the ankle strap – they have it all! Gentleman, don’t worry, their shoes have a wide range that goes from casual to formal in a jiff!

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We have totally fallen in love with all the accessories. From the bracelet sets to the adorable watches to the necklaces, we just can’t get enough. And of course, there are plenty of bags because we yet have to meet a girl that isn’t ‘totes’ obsessed 😉

What’s more is, that their prices are wallet-friendly and they keep up with all the new trends we youngins strive to scout.

So get your lists ready and shop till you drop!