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Urby | Travel & Lifestyle Essentials | Mr & Mrs Travel Together Passport Holders | Product Review

Tickets….CHECK! Credit Cards…..CHECK! Currency….CHECK!
Passport………WHERE ON EARTH IS MY PASSPORT!

Struggling to find your passport in the bag? Sounds like a familiar situation? Well true in case of my husband. He is a last minute packer and will try and get things delayed as much as possible. And in the end, I hit the PANIC button and start panicking when he does not get important things on time.

I would describe myself as an organised person, somebody who loves to compartmentalize things in specific folders. So when it comes to travel, you would find my bag neatly stacked with my Id-card, Tickets, Boarding Pass in different compartments. It is always a wise idea to keep all your travel essentials in proper places. Your passport is of utmost importance when you are travelling abroad. However, it becomes too much of a hassle to manage things at the boarding pass counter from the bag. That is exactly when the Passport Holder comes to your rescue. The passport holder helps to keep the passport easily accessible at all times, along with the Debit/Credit Cards, Tickets, Boarding Pass, Visiting cards, Business cards and currency notes. The Passport Holder is a life saviour because it manages all the important items, which you no longer have to search individually from your handbag.
It has been almost eight years, since I got my Passport issued. And all I have done with it is, used it as an Identity Proof. That’s it! No chances of flying abroad. No luck for a vacation in a foreign land! I have carefully preserved it all these years in a plastic packet, the pages shining new. But now, with a vacation already on the cards, my planning and preparation had begun much in advance.

Then around a fortnight back, M. from URBY had approached me stating that she would love me to give an honest review of one of their travel products which is their Passport Holders. Wait! How did she find out that I would need one of these soon? She even agreed to customise the Passport Holder with my name engraved on it. This was indeed very nice of them. Without further delay, I reverted with all my details and within a week’s time I received my personalised Passport Holders. However, as soon as I opened the parcel, I was surprised to see not one, but two Passport Holders. One for me, and the other one for my husband, who was equally excited about the customised product. The passport holder came in a drawstring canvas pouch, which was securely packed in a hard cased black box with the name URBY engraved on it. The packaging itself stole the show.

A little more about the brand URBY

Their website reads:

It all began when Ashutosh moved back from the US & lost his favorite wallet bought over there. Even though the same wallet was available at the company’s store in India, the price tag was more than double its price in the US.

The alternatives from India based brands offered much better price points but barely matched the design & quality he expected. Left without an option, he ended up buying the same wallet by paying double at the store but never forgot the rip-off.

So basically, URBY designs and manufactures travel essentials and sells it directly to the consumers, thereby eliminating the problem of having middlemen along the way who contribute to increasing the price of the products, and while not adding anything to it. The brand, therefore, offers high quality products at non-luxury prices.

The Passport Holder combines class and comfort while you travel with your special someone.

  • Crafted in premium leather.
  • Open slot for passport
  • Credit card / business card slots
  • Open compartment for travel documents
  • 1 extra large open compartment
  • Color : Tan + Black
  • Encased in a drawstring pouch
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Handcrafted in premium grained leather
  • Rich jacquard interior for slim finish
  • Colour: Tan + Black
  • Encased in a drawstring canvas bag

MATERIAL: Premium Quality Real Leather

DIMENSIONS: 13.3 cm (L) x 19.1 cm (W) x 1.3 cm (H)
PRICING: The price for this pair is Rs. 1,945/-. However, prices start at Rs.895/- for a single Passport Holder.

SHIPPING: They take around 1 to 5 business days to deliver their products to metropolitan areas, and 2 to 7 business days for other urban areas. For personalised orders, like having your names engraved on the Passport, one must allow additional 24-72 hours to the above estimate.

Have more questions? Please do visit their FAQ Page Alternatively, you can always contact their customer support, and they shall be happy to help!

URBY not only manufactures Passport Holders, but also makes

So in a nutshell, you get a wide variety of premium quality products at a very affordable price!

For those who travel often may also prefer to keep their credit cards, currencies and travel documents like boarding pass or tickets along with their passport. They should definitely check out Urby’s Travel Wallet

We cannot wait to start our first vacation with this passport holder! Super duper excited!!!

And I have a surprise stored in for my readers of Tic Talk Toe. Since I have collaborated with Urby for Tic Talk Toe, they have been considerate enough to send me a coupon code for my readers, where you get flat 10% off the cart value. The code will be valid till 31st December, 2017.  The users of this code will have to email the code TICTALK17 to support@urby.in along with the products they would like to buy and the support team will take it from there.

Thank you Urby for this special gesture dedicated to my readers. So what are you waiting for? Get your customised premium travel accessories at a discounted price. Find them HERE

 

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Disclaimer: The Passport Holders were sent by URBY in exchange of a review. However the opinion penned down in this blog post are honest and unbiased. 

Decking up for R’s Annaprashan

As you already guessed, on our coverpage for today’s post is me, my husband and Pooja from Dialifestyle. She is a wonderful friend and you can check out her blog on Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle here

A lot of you had appreciated my current profile picture on Facebook, and had asked me about my lip colour and my saree. So I came up with the idea of sharing all the details on a common platform here.

So today’s post will be all about how I decked up at R’s annaprashan. When R’s mum invited me for the ceremony, I was thrilled beyond words, since I would be seeing Baby R for the first time. Now “annaprashan” is an infant’s first rice feeding ceremony, where a toddler is introduced to solids for the first time. The maternal uncle treats the baby to a lot of delicacies on this day. It involves a variety of rituals, most of it being similar to that of a wedding (like applying turmeric paste in the morning followed by a bath, and dressing up the infant in ethnic wear). In fact, annaprashan is way beyond just feeding a toddler with rice and payesh (a sweet dish made of rice and milk). It involves a family get-together, where relatives gather to celebrate and bless the newborn with a lot of love, and shower the little one with gifts.

I chose a Bottle Green Assam Silk for the evening, and decided to ditch the traditional blouse that came with it. Instead, I opted for a boat neck Black Raw Silk blouse by Parama that had palash flowers appliqued over the right side at the back. And I did manage to turn a few heads, all thanx to her lovely creation!

  • Saree from Assam Emporium, Dakshinapan
  • Blouse by Parama Ghosh

When it comes to jewellery, I am an absolute minimalist. On a regular day, you would find me sans ear-rings or any sort of jewellery. I ended up wearing ear cuffs studded with flower shaped stones. I think it gives a very feminine feel to the look. And my mangalsutra around my neck. That is it!

  • Ear cuffs from Diamond Plaza (Kiosk located at the 2nd floor)
  • Mangalsutra from Zaveri Pearls, Shoppers Stop

For my makeup, my base was prepped with the Mac Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage. This was followed by Mac Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 and  finally Mac Select Sheer Pressed Powder. When it comes to my base makeup, I swear by products from Mac. Personally, I feel that if you invest in quality makeup base products that are right for your skintone, half the battle is already conquered! After the base, I lined my eyes with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade Perversion. It is a creamy eye pencil in matte black that glides on really well, and sets immediately. Often I end up skipping my mascara or defining my brows, but trust me, these two are very important staples of makeup.  On my lips, I have Colourpop’s Lippie Stix in the shade Creature. Their matte formula is to die for! And Creature is quite different from the regular reds and maroons. It is a  a deep, blackened burgundy red. Lastly, a black bindi to complete the entire look.

We had a lot of fun catching up with the gorgeous hosts for the evening, my friend Sharmi and her husband. Ever since they moved to a different city, we missed on our our regular dose of weekend adda. On this note, I will end the post for the day here. And let the photographs do the rest of the talking! Ohh, before I forget, the photographs have been shot by Partha Sarathi Chakraborty.

 

 

 

Vitamin Sea – Mandarmani Day One

Presenting our first feature from Tic Talk Toe’s travel diaries. A quick impromptu trip to Mandarmani, one of the recently discovered beaches in West Bengal left us refreshed over the weekend. It is known for being the longest and probably the only motorable/driveable beach in India.

We had very little preparation to begin with, and owing to the extended weekend holiday, we were left with very limited choices. This was our first trip with K.Lo. and Shawn. We started off on Friday morning, with Shawn behind the wheels. The 170 km journey took us a little more than 5 hours in all. On our way to Mandarmani, we also stopped by at Kolaghat and had breakfast at Express Food Plaza, Kolaghat. We also stopped by in between and had tender coconut water. The journey was very pleasant, and we ended up cracking jokes and listening to music, while Shawn drove us all the way to our vacation destination.

 

Once we reached our resort, we checked in and headed with growling tummies towards lunch, which we had pre ordered with the resort. My lunch consisted of simple Rice, Daal, Alu Bhaja, Alu Posto, Chatni, Papad and Roshogolla. My husband, who loves fish, ordered for a Bhetki Thaali. Mandarmani boats of several hotels that serve fresh fish cooked in an authentic home style. We then proceeded towards our respective rooms and freshened up.

When it was almost 4 in the evening, we decided to take a walk on the beach. The weather was quite pleasant, and we ended up clicking a few shots before the sunset.

 

 

My outfit of the day was a white linen skirt that I had picked up from Brand Factory. It was paired with a floral shirt from Zink London. A trip to the beach is never complete with hats and sunshades. I carried my only blue tinted sunglasses from Rayban. On my lips, I am wearing Colourpop’s Lippie Stix in the shade “I Heart This”.

 

 

After we got back from the beach, we settled down for some evening snacks followed by adda. No bong’s trip is ever complete without gaan bajna, telebhaja and adda. Shawn is blessed with a melodious voice, and it was such a treat hearing him unplugged, humming out melodious numbers. We also played cards till it was time for dinner. Dinner consisted of simple chapatti and chilly chicken/paneer that we had ordered from the resort itself. We retired out pretty soon because it had been a hectic day, and because we were so looking forward to Day 2 at Mandarmani.

 

How to reach Mandarmani

One can easily reach Mandarmani from Kolkata by train, bus or car. The nearest railway station is Digha, and there are trains that run daily in between Howrah and Digha. Trains from Howrah halt at the station. The other nearest railway station is at Contai, about 17 kms away. From Digha, you can rent a car and reach Mandarmani in less than 20 minutes. Mandarmani is well connected by roads. State run busses, as well as private busses ply regularly from Howrah, Esplanade and various other pockets of the city like Dumdum, Jadavpur, Garia.

Things to do in Mandarmani
  1. Have fried fishes at the shacks by the beach
  2. Boating (they charge you around 200 per head for a 10 minute ride)

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Would you like to know about what fun we had at the beach that left us with tanned faces and an uplifted spirit? Stay tuned for my Day 2 post at Mandarmani.

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