Thursday, December 19, 2013

Bauble Mania

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Exchanging gifts on Christmas is a ritual, so this year here's a present from me to one of you! I've always said that jewellery is something one can never have enough of. And sometimes certain things are more than just a piece of jewellery. Recently while visiting my grand mom, I was handed down a pair of earrings that she has had since her younger years. Not only were they in perfect condition but they suited me just perfectly! And now, they are one of the most precious piece I own. While going through the Prerto website recently, I came across a similar pair of earrings and decided to give a special something to one of you! So here's how you could win your favourite baubles from Prerto :

- Go on to www.prerto.com to browse through their gorgeous jewellery

- Link back one your favourite item that you'd like to win for yourself or a friend! Also comment below and tell me why it is your absolute favourite!

- Don't forget to 'Like' Prerto's Facebook page because the winner of the contest will be announced there!

- To gain some brownie points don't forget to tweet @aayushibangur with #prertolove & a link to the piece you'd like to win!

Now I know it's a task to pick just one favourite piece so here are some tips. If you're looking for a statement piece to go with all your party looks, Iris is the one to look at. I've been obsessed with adding a hint of red to all my outfits and so I love the Rose necklace! And if you're just looking to jazz up your basic cream dress, Claire is the one for you. You could even layer it with other necklaces to create a more impactful look. But if you're not a necklace person you might want to grab Las Vegas or Cres! Another easy trick? Just pick a piece that would compliment your New Year's Eve outfit and shine bright through the night! Goodluck! 

The contest ends on 25th December at 12 noon! It is only open to the residents of India. 


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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Of Statement Necklaces & Lace

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Necklace- Missflurrty(also love this & this), Skirt- Asos.com, Blouse- Forever21, Watch- Marc Jacobs, Shoes- Asos.com, Clutch- DVF, Bracelets- Missflurrty(also love this & this)

For as long as I can recall, I have always been a jewellery lover. It started at 15, with an obsession of collecting earrings and went on to become what now demands a chamber of it's own! And despite being very well aware of the fact that I don't need any more jewellery, maybe for a few decades even, I can never refuse a gleaming pair of earrings or that stunning cocktail ring or my favourite, a statement necklace! Usually my rationalization is that I don't own this exact colour and in that  twinkling moment that is reason enough. 

So when I came across Missflurrty.com, it was love all over again. If you happen to follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you probably already saw the gorgeous red, orange and navy necklace I recently wore. Next, my eyes were set on this deep blue mixed with coral stones necklace; it was a combination I had rarely seen! Promptly, I knew we had found a piece to compliment a recently purchased bright, neon blouse. I then stumbled upon this stack of bracelets which just had to be added to the cart .And because every bracelet ever made, must be mine, how could I leave this behind?

I was recently a part of a quick Twitter Interview and one of the things she asked me was, "What are your must haves for the party season?" and the first few things that I rapidly typed out, were, anything jewel toned, pencil skirts, statement necklaces and the trusty sequins! It's true, this season that's really what anyone needs. And if you're thinking pencil skirts aren't your thing, think again. If you're a little conscious of donning this classic 50's trend, try pairing it with a simple tank top along with a sleeveless waistcoat or a boyfriend blazer. Pick darker hues as they are most likely the safest way to venture in. If you're well versed with this trend already, then go ahead and splurge on a sequins or printed skirt and you're pretty much all set to get the party started!


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Friday, November 29, 2013

Jewel Tones

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Dress, Necklace, Bag- c/o Bebe | Location courtesy- The White Owl


Getting ready for the party season is never an easy task. So many weddings, cocktails, birthdays, anniversaries, somehow, December is always a crazy month! Now you can barely control what's to come, but to avoid the last minute 'I-have-nothing-to-wear' panic, you can plan what you'll wear! I love my dresses, especially for occasions, because it's a perfect outfit all on it's own. But one dress won't do the trick. So here's a quick guide on how you can make your wardrobe party-friendly with just a few pieces!

- Look for that one dress that fits you like a dream! A vibrant hue will always make sure that all eyes are on you. If you're not ready to wear all that colour yet, the classic LBD should do the trick.

- This season, it's all about the pencil skirts and mini skirts. Find one in a colour or print that can be paired with various tops/blouses. A pencil skirt accentuates your curves and is perfect for those glamorous nights!

- A little sequins is a must around this time! Be it a jacket, a pair of sparkly shorts, an embellished dress and if you're feeling a bit daring, even a jumpsuit. Pair it with jackets/blazers and minimalistic accessories to create the perfect ensemble.

- A drappy blouse is another essential you cannot skip. It's the perfect blend of conservative yet sexy and you could pair it with your favourite skinny jeans to dance all night! It can't get easier.

-Statement accessories! A pair of statement earrings or necklace is something that you must invest in. It adds so much to a simple outfit and it'll instantly transform your old black dress into a brand new one! A nude structured clutch/sling is also something that will get you through these array of events flawlessly.

So when you hit the malls this weekend, make a mental check list of all these things so that you don't miss out on anything! 


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Monday, November 25, 2013

Sunset Boulevard

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This is undoubtedly my favourite time of the year, weather wise & fashion wise. The parties get more jovial, the weather gets nippy and you can safely begin to layer your clothes! I recently visited the Bebe store to pick out an outfit for a friend's sundown party. The outfit had to be versatile enough to not only work while the sun was out but to even fit the bill as dusk approached. I was on the lookout for a gorgeous maxi skirt to aid the situation at hand but surprisingly their dresses had all my attention. The store was full of fall friendly attire in variations of purple, white, black, green and red. I also spotted some shimmering and sparkly sequinned pieces in black and gold, which I am slyly eyeing for New Year’s Eve! 

While strolling through the store, I came across these stunning pleated floor length dresses in green, pink and orange with gold details around the shoulder. Just when I was struggling to pick between them, my sight fell on this dress, which appeared to be the clear winner. It was effortlessly apt for the occasion while satiating my need of wearing something pleated and the purple-based palette enhanced the sultry sensibility, complemented by white, pops of orange and yellow. Predominantly, the silhouette was what had me staring but the fact that the print resembled a watercolour painting, made the dress appear even dreamier. The black accents add such a contemporary dash, breaking up the print in the most perfect pattern. It also gave me the option of throwing on a cropped leather jacket or coat if it happened to get chiller through the evening.  

When you're wearing a piece that speaks for itself, there is very little need to over accessorize. I added simple gold hoops and a beautiful bangle cuff which matched the hues perfectly. This simple purple sling bag, which can also be used as a clutch, is perfect to carry those minimal party essentials. Add a simple pair of strappy heels in black or gold and voila, you're all set to watch the sunset in style.


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Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Classic & Contemporary Man

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Blue jacket and trousers- Asos.com, Shirt& tie- Zara, Belt/Watch- his own, Shoes- Clarks, Sunglasses- Ralph Lauren| Blue shirt & army green trousers- Mesh, Shoes- Zara, Frames- RayBan| Burgundy Trousers, Bomber Jacket, T-shirt, carry on Bag- Zara, Shoes- Clarks

Last month I worked on a quick styling project which I was personally quite excited about. Styling two men for a celebrity based television show back in May is the only men's styling experience I can list, so I was a little nervous. Although, it's hardly a task to style a good looking man, we were determined to experiment with different looks, creating a good mix of classic and contemporary, so were quite thrilled by the outcome. 


 Model- Smaran SahuPhotography- Abner Fernandez


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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Geek Chic

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Cropped tee- Choies.com, Skirt- Romwe.com, Shoes- Steve Madden, Bag- Michael Kors, Watch- Marc Jacobs, Bracelets- Forever21, Glasses- Forever21

Today marks the third anniversary of StyleDrive! I am trying not to be too excited but excitement is shamelessly gripping me. It's been a rather eventful journey and I have thoroughly enjoyed every step involved! I genuinely want to thank  all of you for showering me with so much love, kind words and for being patient. Now I don't mean to make a big deal out of this, hence let's get to the outfit!

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you probably have seen both these pieces styled differently before. I love pairing this sports inspired t-shirt with my ripped boyfriend jeans for the day and this gorgeous fitted skirt with silk blouses for the evening. But recently while stalking one of my favourite websites,  whowhatwear.com,  I came across this article which made me want to mix these two up! I love the idea of pairing almost everything with a simple tee. One, because it makes any outfit look casual yet chic! Plus you get the freedom to accessorize like a queen.

I have spoken about my love for cobalt a bunch of times before. And if you've been following me for a while you're probably accustomed to my partiality towards all hues of blue. So there was really no questions asked when I saw this skirt and instantly added it to my cart! The asymmetric hem adds a modern look to something which would have been a simple pencil skirt. I added my favourite black heels, my everyday bag and these glasses that I recently snagged from Forever21! Aren't they perfect to turn any look into a Geek Chic one?


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Monday, October 28, 2013

Vogue your way to Rio!

Sunglasses are one of the easiest accessories to incorporate in your outfit to give your ensemble a boost! But it's important that you choose sunglasses that not only protect your eyes but also help in framing your face perfectly. Vogue eyewear has some of the trendiest pieces and they also have a vast variety for you to choose from! What's better? Their price points are so affordable that you can own one for every occassion!

Another thing that we all seem to get baffled about is spectacles! I find a lot of young girls struggling to find a pair that dodges the nerdy appearance. The cat eye frames from Vogue Eyewear are not only trendy but they would literally suit any face shape! So no need to leave your glasses at home when you're out for a social event or holiday. Which brings me to the contest! 

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I've hosted a bunch of contests in the past but this is by far the most exciting one, both for you and me! What's in store? Waking up in Rio to the first rays of the gorgeous yellow sun by the sea and finding a chef at your disposal to cook you anything you want for a perfect start. To add to that, a chauffeur waiting to take you around the most exotic locations in the city and just when you begin speculating about where to shop, enters the awesome travel guide to help you buy the best and the rare. Vogue eyewear has everything planned for you!

What's even more exciting is that you get to enjoy all of this, with your best friends! Sounds like a vacation waiting to happen? So here's how you could be the gang of girls who gets to live this too-good-to-be-true vacation! All you need to do is :-

- Click on this link - Enter now
- Sign up for the style miles, clear a bunch of tasks and remember to score good!

If you are lucky, you might just be able to fly all the way to Rio with your best friends in tow! And that's not all, the first 50 beauties to sign up from here, also stand a chance to win a trendy pair from Vogue eyewear!
So without wasting any more time, sign up for the Style Miles and give it all for the dreamy vacation. You don't want to miss this!



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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Indian Route


All outfits- Biba, Accessories- Just Jewellery, Home accessories- The Home Label,  Shot & Edited by Smaran Sahu

As the festivities approach, it seemed like the perfect time for me to share some of my favourite pieces from Biba's new festive collection with you! The collection is full of ethnic, opulent attire. The colours, the prints, the fabrics are all well suited for the upcoming jovial period. Truly elegant and comfortable, their designs are cut out in light fabrics making them irresistible to add to your wardrobe! This season it's all about showcasing the elegance and richness of Indian clothes in the form of flared silhouettes in opulent fabrics.

I picked my favourite pieces, to put together three looks that fit right into this season! The simple green kurta with the floral vest acts a perfect causal ensemble to wear to any day time events. Pairing it with a statement necklace draws more attention to the vest and adds a touch of royalty. The orange and pink leheria suit is a perfect balance of traditional and modern. I decided to play up this piece by adding statement earrings in a contrasting turquoise shade. The last and final outfit, is one of my favourite. Not only do I love the colours, but the front open long kurta with the kalidar skirt add just the right amount of drama. I went all out with this look pairing it with smokey eyes and statement earrings!

I seldom take this route but when I do, I make sure my hair, make-up, accessories are all in tow. India being such a culturally diverse country, has so many different traditional facets. Biba's new collection, takes a little out of each tradition, making sure there is something for everyone. So this year, go all out and get ready for a rather extravagant time! I hope you enjoyed my take on Indian wear. 


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Thursday, October 17, 2013

College Fads

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Dress-Choies.com, Shirt- Zara, Shoes- Forever21, Bag- Colaba, Necklace- Shoplune, Bracelets- Forever21, Blur

College years for me were one of the most celebrated days. Not only was I fortunate enough to make great friends but I luckily also met my sweetheart through my best friend! Frankly there is nothing that I would like to change from those glorified years except maybe being a little more experimental when it came to my outfits. Now, I'm a Virgo and we seem to follow rules and all that. My alma mater appeared to have quite a few restrictions when it came to clothing: - no sleeveless, no short dresses or skirts and all that. And hence I reluctantly stuck to my basic jeans and blouses.

When I put together this outfit, I was aiming at creating a weekend appropriate look but I realized that this is essentially so college friendly. Not only is it super comfortable and modish, it also seems to get through all the restrictive barriers that a college might throw at you! The midi dress is super relaxed and the hue is perfect for this time of the year. I threw on a plaid sheer shirt to add a dose of print. And these burgundy sneakers from Forever21 fit in perfectly.

It’s always gratifying to break rules but it’s even more pleasurable to find your way around them. Unlike what I assumed, you don’t always require to show skin to look stylish. All you need are some basic, flattering pieces, that work around the regulations and tons of pieces to layer with. Another quick fix is accessorizing. Not only will it accentuate the ensemble further but it will also make it seem like you put in an effort even at 7 am! So next time you're wondering what to throw on, give this look a go! 


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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

One way ticket to Dreamland

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Blazer- martofchina.com, Dress- Forever21, Shoes- Zara Sunglasses- RayBan, Clutch- Michael Kors, Rings- H&M, Bracelet- Hillroad


It's almost been three years since the idea of starting a fashion blog began to linger in my head. Everything I saw, read, thought of, pushed me to doing just one chore and that was enabling this dream. Now the reason I call it a dream is because I really didn't think I'll make it. I wasn't sure if this is something that's leading me somewhere. But in that moment, this is all I wanted. And so it started.
Since then, my life has only enhanced. I have not only evolved in my sensibilities pertaining to fashion but also grown immensely as a person. I could brush it away, lie to myself and believe that it was just the growing up part that caused the change. But I'd be wrong because really everything I am today, has something to do with a decision I made three years ago.

And why am I bugging you with these floating thoughts? Because all this made me believe even more in a concept that only seems to strike a code with optimists i.e. everything happens for a reason. Now I know we are all very busy, cautious, prepared, trying to make sure that we're doing everything that we need to for our betterment and growth, but really sometimes, the only thing we need to do, is to let go and let things play out the way they need to. The liberation you'll feel once you do that, you can thank me for later.
So if there is something you need to let go of, something you need to start, now's the time. I know it seems hard right now maybe even irrelevant, but it get's better and before you know it, you'll be there. 


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