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My Review of the Choco Monarch Cafe, JBR, Dubai

Choco Monarch review by Vogue Vista

The Choco Monarch Coffee Shop is a concept café and chocolataria emphasizing on the growing trend of café which can be easily seen in the Middle East region.

They invited me for an evening to dive into the luscious delicacies – French Crepes, Waffles, Pancakes, freshly baked cakes and array of hot and cold beverages. And being a sugar tooth, how could I say No 😉

I ordered for their speciality Monarch Waffle, a fruit bowl dessert and my favorite Mocha Frappe! And I’ll be honest, it was one of the best waffle experiences for me. They literally transported me to the chocolate heaven. The waffle was freshly baked and drizzled in a thick chocolate syrup and exotic fruits, I totally savored it. I wish you could reach right through your screen and grab a bite! Mmmm…

Strategically located in the Uptown Jumeirah in the J3 Mall and other great location such as busy business district of Deira inside the Al Ghurair Centre Mall, Bur Dubai inside the Computer Plaza & with its expansive menu to offer, Choco Monarch is a must try for the perfect blend of contemporary and innovative delights.

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7 Lines That Perfectly Describe The Badass Side of Women

Ritika Bhateja Vogue Vista

In today’s dynamic world, independent and strong are the two inevitable adjectives that need to be prefixed in an individual’s description, especially a woman. And indeed, the women today, have redefined their existence and purpose in life.

Yes, I am talking about that inspiring and motivating breed of women who have redefined ‘bold’ and made ‘being on my own’ look sexy:

1. She is simple to understand, as simple as Quantum Physics!

Ritika Bhateja Vogue Vista

2. What’s a queen without her king?, “More Powerful” she replied.

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3. She knew she’s fat, but in all the right places!

a beautiful and hot woman

4. She adored the color pink, even when men wore it!

5. The World kept asking her to get married! Unfortunately, she was a bad listener!


6. Someone told her Prince Charming is waiting, so she asked him to wait until she’s ready.

woman and man sitting together

7. She tried being a good girl but soon she realized it was not her shot of tequila!

sexy and independent woman

She has the courage to embrace the change and is always up for challenges. She is not ready to settle for less and takes the responsibility of being happy. She is a woman beyond repair! She has fought a battle to reach where she is and there are many more to win. She is the epitome of beauty and the personification of courage. She is the vivid example of ‘emotions and intellect’. She is a Woman.

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7 Most Beautiful Haathphool Trends In 2020

Birdal haathphool designs

From gesturing Namastes to tossing rice at the end of the ceremony, your hands surprisingly capture as many eyeballs as your wedding lehenga. Therefore, it’s significant to beautifully adorn your hands with ornaments and accessories to get those picture-perfect bridal hands.

The perfect hand accessories such as the Hathphool add an enchanting appeal to the bride’s hands. Worn by the queens and princesses in the ancient ages, this traditional piece of jewellery has been around for decades, and now has become a popular part of the bridal couture.

Haathphool is a single elaborated ornament with ring(s) to be worn on the fingers that are connected to a bracelet gracefully enveloping the wrist. Worn on both or either of the hands, thesegive a chicer look to your gorgeously elaborate mehndi designs. These days, simply-designed hathphools are being paired with indo-western outfits to give them a contemporary yet regal flair.

Be it the floral bespoke ones which you can wear at your mehendi or haldi functions or bejewelled ones for bigger functions, hathphools have become an integral part of the bridal hand jewellery and for a good reason.

Most often lavishly studded with diamonds in white gold and platinum crust, haathphools make stunning appearances along the brides’ wrists. Let’s have a closer look at the most beautiful Haathphool trends in 2019:

I. Kundan Bridal Hathphools

The specially handpicked kundan jewellery adds that extra bit of radiance to a bride’s couture. The elegant Kundan Hathphools demonstrate art, heritage, craftsmanship and hard work that goes in crafting the usually heavily embellished bridal jewellery. The Kundan hathphools add a chic factor to the ensemble and look gorgeous on henna hands.

Kundan hathphool design for indian brides


The Kundan jewellery consists of the glass stones – rubies, emeralds, and sapphires. These are intricately set into the base which is known as Kundan.

Why you should opt for Kundan Hathphools:

  • Gives an ancient feel to the attire
  • Looks extremely gorgeous and graceful
  • Budget-friendly because the content of gold is less as it’s mostly about the stones

A perfect option for brides who are looking for something extremely graceful at a reasonable price.

II. Polki Bridal Hathphool

What is Polki? These are uncut diamonds in their pure form, used exclusively for making bridal jewellery. The process of making Polki is much like that of Kundan jewellery, however, being the purest form of diamonds, it’s extravagantly priced.

Polki Bridal Hathphool design for indian brides
Source: Pinterest

Polki bridal hathphool, with the pure antique finish perfectly add that regal ethnic sheen to a bride on her wedding.

Why you should opt for Polki Hathphools:

  • Lustre and Shine is greater than Kundan hathphools
  • Looks extremely royal and classy
  • Because you can afford them *Pun Intended*

While Kundan and Polki both have elaborated meenakari and enamel work on them in varying colours, either of them also looks great with uncut rubies, sapphires and even emeralds.

III. Jadau Bridal Hathphool

Jadau is often misinterpreted as a form of jewellery, however, it’s a technique used in precious jewellery making such as Kundan and Polki.

Where to find the best Kundan and Polki Hathphool?

Jaipur and Hyderabad are renowned for their Kundan, Polki and Jadau jewellery.

IV. Floral Hathpool Jewellery

For the pre-wedding ceremonies such as Haldi and Mehndi, brides often shy away from wearing heavy and elaborate gold embellishments. They vouch for rather simpler yet impressive Floral jewellery.

Floral Hathphool design for indian brides
Source: T2 online

The Floral Hathphools not just enhance the beauty of the hands, but also add a colourful flair to the mehndi attire. It further accentuates the depth and intricacy of Henna by manifolds. From Bipasha Basu inspired Floral Tiaras and Floral Hathphool made of fresh roses, Jasmine and Mogra to Hollywood celebrities wearing bracelet made of soft pink flowers and ribbon, Floral Hathphools are quite a blazing trend.

Flowers have been the idealist option for these occasions with majority of brides favouring a rather fresh and organic tune with the mehendi theme. And hence, our next favourite hathphool design, the Floral Hathphools.

V. Gotta Hathphool Jewellery

Move over the kundan, diamonds, Polki – Gota Hathphool is definitely the new favourite for pre-wedding ceremonies.

With the beautiful Gota Hathphools, you can keep your hands feeling light, and your style heavy-on-point. Whether you are wearing a lehenga for your engagement, a saree for the cocktail or an Indo-western dress for the sangeet, Gota Hathphools will complement every dress of yours. 

Gotta Hathphool design for indian brides

Above and beyond, they’re less delicate than Floral Hathphools, and hence easier to carry.

VI. Mirrorwork Gota Hathphool

An extension to Gota Hathphools is the Gota Mirrorwork Hathphool. Gota jewellery can be customised as per your outfit designs, embroidery and the individualistic requirements.

Mirrorwork Haathphool deisgn for Indian brides
Source: Izyaschnye

Being lighter in weight, there are a lot of possibilities one can experiment with Gota jewellery such as creating detailed mirrorwork Hathphools. It adds a more Rajasthani and Gujarati look to your attire. 

VII. Mesh Hathphool

Geometrical patterns and intricate craftsmanship make these gold/silver toned Mesh Hathphool a ‘need-now’ staple for your jewellery box. Add an elaborate touch of metalwork and lovely pearls, and be sure to get rather photogenic hands, and compliments from guests. 

Styling Tip: Think vintage silk sarees for an ultimate ethnic charm with Mesh hathphool jewellery

Source: Anonymous

So brides, think twice while choosing your Bridal and Mehndi hand jewellery from this bundle of amazing options!

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6 Simple Yet Chic Ethnic Attires

Ethnic Wear Chic - The Vogue Vista

A bit of sophistication, a bit of class… and voila!

Personally, I have always been a fan of mix and match over buying a complete ethnic attire. It lets me experiment, and also helps me stand out in a crowd.

This gorgeously embellished midnight blue dress with pleated from W for Women
Occasion: Diwali


This beautiful pearl white palazzo Kurta set is from W for Women again.
Occasion: School Friend’s Wedding


This high on glamour Black Saree is from a showroom in Lajpat Nagar market, New Delhi
Occasion: Sister’s First Lohri after wedding


This beautiful pearl white palazzo Kurta is from W for Women again. The blue skirt with silver lining is from FabIndia and the gorgeous (my favorite) duppatta is from The Golden Temple market in Amritsar
Occasion: Friend’s Wedding


I personally loved how I matched this Saree. I had given my measurements in India over the call to the boutique stylist and unfortunately it didn’t fit me well. I traveled from Dubai on the day of function and realized it’s not fitting. Fortunately I had the same colored tube top with floral embroidery from CoverStory with me which I paired with my Saree. Shshsh!

Occasion: Cousin’s Shagan Night


This gorgeous piece of Wine colored neck embroidered detailed Kurta set is from Mina Bazaar, Dubai.
Occasion: Cousin’s Wedding

Which of these dresses did you like the most? Comment below!