1. Leave Your Man Behind (obviously!)
A ladies’ night out is important because girls just get you! For me to try and explain to my husband what a hard day I had at work is different from sharing it with my girlfriends. He will just throw it back at me and say, “Even I had a hard day at work.” But the women will get you because they have had the same kind of day, juggling multiple-multiple things. So when you turn up looking great, they know you have had a hard day but still put in the effort to look great for them.
2. Get a chick-list playlist
I would always prefer going to a place that plays Rihanna and Beyonce, because that to me defines a certain kind of woman. Driving with Mary J Blige and Pink playing in the car sets the mood right for a fun night with the ladies. I have a playlist that I call my chick-list. Some restaurants really do ladies nights well and believe it or not, they all start with I will survive. That is one song that every girl just gets because we have all been there.
3. Go mission shopping
Shopping is never a bad idea and if it turns into a ladies’ night out, it is even better. When you go shopping with a guy he will always be reminding you of the time. But your girlfriends will tell you if your legs look fat in those jeans or not. They will stay with you while you go crazy trying on every pair of jeans, photograph you in each pair, and then pick out the one that fits you perfectly.
4. Binge watch movies
When I’m with my ladies, I like to watch movies with eye candy like Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. Movies like Bad Moms and Thelma & Louise are a win-win with the girls. The movies must be funny but only to girls. Bad Moms has a scene where all these women are just chilling and lip-synching to the David Guetta and Nicki Minaj song called Hey mama. Only women will understand singing, “...yes I do the cooking, yes I do the cleaning...”
5. Make spa appointments
I have three close friends with whom I’ve stuck it out since I was nine years old and we regularly meet for a spa session. It usually starts with having lunch together and laughing a lot. Of course, a significant amount of time is still spent in doing what we did when we were teenagers – talking about guys. We still talk about guys, except that the kind of guys we talk about has changed. What you think looks hot changes dramatically as you grow older. Sometimes you want to go back in time and puke at the guy you first thought was hot.
And yes, a girls’ night out needn’t be a night at all! It could also be a day out, since having fun with your besties needn’t wait till the night…
— As told to Karishma Jayapaul
Actor Gul Panag along with Shruti Seth has co-founded Festivelle, the first ever crowd-sourced cultural festival of women, for women and by women, which is taking place at the Juhu Hotel, Mumbai, this weekend
Three hottest party places this season
Golden Glory: Playboy Cafe Gurgaon, Delhi NCR
A chic cafe by day, Playboy Cafe Gurgaon turns into a lively lounge by night. Its quirky gold-accented interiors make it an exciting party place. The beverage menu is sinful, as are the signature cocktails such as Playboy Sour, Playboy Bunny and Playboy Vodka Chai. The creative food menu doesn’t disappoint either. The place also has state-of-the-art audio systems and cutting-edge visual projection technology.
Lush Lounge: China House Lounge, Grand Hyatt Mumbai
Party seasons may change, but in Mumbai, China House refuses to go out of fashion. The city’s top pick all year through, the lounge takes on a brand new avatar as the season hits a crescendo. Signature cocktails like the China House Mojito and Flaming Lamorghini need no introduction—and there’s enough stuff to keep you going all night. Of particular note is the privacy offered to its guests; which is why Bollywood loves to party here.
Rooftop Revelry :Hype, Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru
Perched on the roof of the hotel, Hype offers panoramic views of the city’s glittering skyline. From unique tailor made cocktails and an international wine-by-glass menu to an array of delectable food from across the globe, the bar lounge promises to be a delight for epicures. The interiors are sleek, and the open bar is an ideal place to unwind with a cocktail and dance to the tunes belted out by the resident DJ.
– Vidya Prabhu
From HT Brunch, December 18,2016
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