Tuesday, December 30, 2014

As Another One Goes By

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It's been an extremely rewarding year and it's always good to treat yourself to a few things, you know as positive reinforcements! Being a blogger, I always get to experience new products before they even hit the market and I am sometimes even treated to some limited edition products that  brands very lovingly send over. In between this beautiful mess there are a few products that instantly become favourites. These are a some pieces that I have been thoroughly enjoying at the moment so I thought of sharing them with you!

Fossil Limited Edition Georgia Set
Many of you saw this on my Instagram and since then have been contemplating buying it! This was very kindly sent across to me by the Fossil India team and boy is this the best present or what? The watch is minimalistic and it comes with 30 interchangeable straps to celebrate 30 years of their vintage heritage! There are a mix of leather as well as rubber straps and I have been experimenting with this so much. I decided to match the strap to my lip colour on this occasion!

Eina Ahluwalia Earrings
I have been eyeing these earrings for so long and even though they are available online to buy, I wanted to try them on before I made the splurge! Lucky for me, Minerali recently opened up in Bandra and stocks Eina Ahluwalia amongst many other jewellery brands. They had them in stock and it literally took me 5 minutes to realize that I need these in my life! They are gold plated, super light weight and the perfect kind of versatile statement earrings.

Karen Walker Sunglasses
Another thing that I have been eyeing for almost 2 years now! Ever since I first saw Blair wear them on her blog, I knew I had to have these some day. I decided not to buy them immediately and to see if I want them a few days later too! But I couldn't get them out of my head and the recent Shopbop Friends & Family discount was definitely the tipping point. Absolutely love them and cannot wait to flaunt them on a holiday next month!

Modern Muse by Estee Lauder
I am a perfume hoarder and addict. I probably have around 35 in my collection at the moment and I cannot seem to stop! However because I do use them on a daily basis on rotation, I get through most of them without wasting a drop. The new Modern Muse perfume has been my handbag essential! The miniature size makes it perfect to carry around even when you're travelling. The scent is a mix of jasmine, mandarin and muskier notes! Perfect for this time of the year, I have been wearing this non-stop!


I hope you guys have had a wonderful year. It's been a crazy year for me with lots of ups and downs but hey, here's to a brand new, positive start! Wish you all a very Happy New Year in advance. Make sure to dance the night away and enjoy this precious thing called life.

                   "And at the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years"
                                                                                                                                     -Abraham Lincoln



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Friday, December 26, 2014

Saturated Celebrations

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White Tee & Printed pants- Splash, Necklace & Cuff- Splash, Black Spiked Clutch- Splash, Watch- Savoy India, Sunglasses- Karen Walker, Shoes- Zara, On my lips- Mac lip pencil in Soar + Mac lipstick in Impassioned

The first time I visited a Splash store in Dubai, I knew it was soon going to turn into one of those brands that I wish existed in India! So when I found out about the two stores that recently opened up in Mumbai, I was over the moon. The store is packed with the trendiest and most affordable pieces which are perfect if you love to mix and match your pie to create a chic ensemble. I was completely drawn to their Vintage prints section which almost resembled my dream thrift store! From printed palazzo's to embellished vests to opulent dresses, I was coveting it all. I even found some pieces that would be perfect for all these year end parties. My wishlist included a perfect red dress to replace that LBD and accessories that will make any outfit look brand new and luckily I found it all! They even stock excellent basics from simple round or V neck tee's to tank tops to leggings to my utmost essential basic, skater dresses!

I even picked out two of these gorgeous printed palazzo pants! I am totally digging this trend because not only are they perfect to dress up your day time looks but they also add that ethnic touch which I'm completely digging at the moment. If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw how I styled one of the pants with a simple white shirt and a larger than life necklace. For this one however, I decided to pair it with a simple fitted white tee from Splash and an over sized outerwear piece in a complimentary hue. For accessories, I stuck to a simple necklace, a tribal inspired cuff and a statement black clutch! Absolutely loved the way my new Savoy watch paired with the cuff and added more detail to the look. This would be a great look if you're heading out for a quick celebratory lunch or you could even wear these pants to one of your office parties and switch the outerwear for a classic blazer to add that formal touch. It's a perfect look to show off the festive spirit and celebrate without packing on the glitter! In fact this is even apt if you're just heading to shop the sales, just throw on a simple tee, a sling bag and you're good to go!

(Images shot by Jaina Kumar)


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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Holiday Sparkle




Black jeans- VeroModa, Embellished Tank & Sequins jacket- Marquee by VeroModa, Black sandals- River Island, On my lips- Fuchsia Fever by Estee Lauder, Lace midi dress- Marquee by VeroModa, Black blazer- VeroModa, Belt- Splash, Ring- Just Jewellery, Earrings & Glasses- Forever21, Nude pumps- Asos, On my lips- Lady Danger by Mac, Black maxi- Marquee by VeroModa, Watch- Savoy India, Clutch- Diane Von Furstenberg, Earrings- Eina Ahluwalia, Sandals- Steve Madden, On my lips- Riri Woo by Mac


So excited to finally share this video with you! The idea was to share three different looks that you could rock this party season depending on your style, personality and where you're headed. I was given the entire Marquee collection by VeroModa to pick and choose from but I decided to create the looks using the quintessential black & gold combination! This is definitely my go to combination when I am trying to put together even a last minute look and frankly, it's quite an unfailing choice!

The first look was put together keeping in mind the girl who loves her denim and doesn't feel the need to let it go just because she's headed somewhere fancy! Pick your simple classic black jeans and pair it with something sparkly like this sequins jacket. To add some more flavor, I threw on a tank with some silver fringe & embellishments. Don't be afraid to mix gold and silver even when it comes to your outfit. Simple black strappy heels added that feminine touch to this outfit and the fuchsia pout was a no brainer!

The second look is for the girl who doesn't mind experimenting with her look while putting her best fashion foot forward. This look would work well if you're headed to an office party or just somewhere slightly more formal. I choose this stunning lace embellished midi dress from the Marquee collection and although the dress is enough on it's own, I wanted to show you how it can be styled in different ways given the occasion. I decided to add a simple black blazer to tone it down and added a statement belt to add more dimension as well as to give some shape! When it comes to shoes, I always stick with nude heels or pumps with a midi dress as it gives the illusion of longer legs and creates an appealing silhouette.

The third and final look is for someone who is headed to a super glamorous party! This black maxi dress is so versatile and can be worn in numerous ways by just changing your accessories. This look is frankly just very old Hollywood inspired and I wanted to throw this in just in case you end up at a themed party. I added a Savoy watch, old clutch, some faux fur and a classic red pout to fit the bill! Even if you're not headed to a themed party, don't be afraid to throw this glamorous maxi dress on and some statement earrings while you paint the town red! 

So if you're looking to do some last minute damage control or if you're still hunting for your Chritsmas/NYE outfit, head over to the VeroModa store and you're sure to find your sparkle! Hope you guys enjoyed the video. Don't forget to tell us which was your favourite look in the comments below and wish you all a very Merry Christmas!


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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sarvrati

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Jewellery- Jaipur Jewels, Skirt- Zara, Bodycon dress- Forever21, Sandals- River Island


Last week we were invited by the Jaipur Jewels team to visit their flagship store in Mumbai to check out their new Sarvrati collection! I am a Marwari so traditional jewellery always gets me hooked. It could be the fact that I have grown up watching my mom don these stunning jadau pieces and as a kid I would grab every opportunity to wear them and impersonate her. As soon as I started browsing through the pieces, they brought back very fond memories. I promptly had my eyes on the versatile kundan chandbali’s with stunning green minakari! I can see myself wearing these not only with the traditional sari and lehenga but also to accentuate a stunning cocktail gown or even a simple silk kurta! Every piece is crafted so beautifully and I was determined to try them all before I left the store. These pieces are made not only keeping the bride in mind but also everyone else in the family who are equally ecstatic about the celebrations!

Close to 150 years ago, near the city of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan the Naheta family began their journey as artisans of jadau jewellery. Honing their craft with local karigars over generations, they evolved from creating the finest pieces for the royalty to become one of India’s oldest families in the jewellery industry. What started as a brand that dealt with only Jadau jewellery and loose stones has gone to become a global craze when it comes to traditional and one of kind jewellery. The Sarvrati collection is a mix jadau as well as diamond & emerald jewellery set in stunning designs in the form of necklaces, opulent earrings, bracelets, mangteeka’s, rings, you name it they have it. To match the opulence of the bride they also stock sherwani and kurta buttons, chains and several other accessories for the groom as well!

I love paring traditional jewellery with modern, high street pieces to create a balance and break those age old myths! The key to let the jewellery be the hero is by making sure that your base is made up of solid colours. To avoid seeming mundane, pick an ensemble with textured fabrics or pleats. I chose this body con dress and layered it with a faux leather pleated skirt along with this stunning jewellery. I’m not sure where this outfit would fit in but I just loved the contrast it created! So this wedding season, stand out by creating subtle contrasts not just in terms of colours but also the way you style your jewellery and come up with pairings that will blow everyone’s mind. Drop in at Jaipur Jewels, Napean Sea Road, Mumbai and Pitampura, Delhi, to browse through their collection because you are sure to find something that will fit your need perfectly! Also join me on Twitter on 12th December, Friday from 1pm to 3pm for a fun Q&A tweet up where I would be happy to answer any of your wedding season related queries be it what jewellery to pair with an outfit you’ve chosen or what make up would help you accentuate your look to trendy hairstyles and much more! Follow me on @aayushibangur and @Jaipur_Jewels and send in your questions with #JaipurJewels to be part of this. See you there!
You can also check out  & follow Jaipur Jewels on Facebook & Instagram


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Indian Extravaganza

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Jewellery- Azva, Lehenga- Priyal Prakash (buy here), Shoes- Zara, On my lips- Vegas Volt by Mac

The sangeet is probably my favourite part of any Indian wedding. I love dancing which is probably one of the main reasons but I also admire the energy which is so infectious and instantly makes everyone a part of the extravaganza! It's easier for me to decide on a look for this occasion because I make sure to set aside my lehenga specifically for it. In the past, I have made the mistake of picking a super opulent attire which constantly restricted my movement through the event. So this time I was motivated to find a good mix of comfort and opulence, which is why this blue & green ensemble seemed perfect! The raw silk lehenga layered with a tulle added the flair that I desired and the simple gold choli as well as the net dupatta made it a comfortable choice.

I wanted to keep my jewellery minimal yet alluring. So I went for a stunning Azva set with intricately handcrafted floral detailing which matched the floral trim on the dupatta. It also had a touch of blue & green which complemented my outfit perfectly. I believe in minimalism when it comes to accessories but I was so smitten by the design of the earrings that I went ahead to flaunt it all at once! Azva jewellery is crafted in 22 karat gold which makes it an ideal choice for such occasions. A statement ring and a beautifully designed bracelet flawlessly completed the look. I love how the jewellery subtly yet effectively elevated the attire!Azva has certainly played an immense role in my increased fondness for gold jewellery! What do you guys think of this look and don't forget to tell me what you're loving this wedding season!


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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Monochrome Tales

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Dress- Marquee by Veromoda, Shoes- River Island


I am a monochrome lover but very rarely will I flaunt it without a pop of colour either in the form of my make up or some accessories! But this time, I decided to give the pop a ditch because frankly this dress had enough elements to grab eye balls anyway. When I entered the Veromoda store to check out the two new collections that have been added to the Marquee line this month, this dress instantly caught my attention. Given, that it is slightly out of my comfort zone and I would need to hit up one of the Abs Workout videos on YouTube before wearing this, irrespective, I decided to give this a go! One of the main reason for the attraction was the studded detailing on the sleeves which set it apart from the mundane. The plain top half was contrasted by a floral pattern on the bottom balanced the dress impeccably.

The two collections that have been added to the stores this month include Nocturnal Rendezvous and Hide & Seek. The former includes an interplay of various elements like structured elements on drapery as well as geometric designs combined with floral patterns. These unconventional pieces are occasionally splashed with oxidized beads. The latter is a sensuous dance between lace & satin, paying homage to the demure feminine form. Perfect for the woman who is confident, the collection plays with different tones which lends a sensual frivolity to the attire. One of my favourite pieces from this collection is a pastel green lace midi dress! What do you guys think of this look? Don't forget to check out the new collection here


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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

#Freefor30seconds

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Jeans, jacket, tee- Gas, Shoes- Steve Madden, Make up- Clinique


A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Gas Jeans to be a part of their 30th anniversary celebration campaign and I was super excited to join in along with a few other fellow bloggers. It was a fun shoot at the Tank store which was such a distraction because they had such amazing things at even better prices! We had the Clinique team do our make up for the shoot and we chose our outfits from Gas's new a/w '14 collection. The collection is filled with jackets that make me want to move to a colder place, jeans that fit as if they were custom made and lots of basics with a slight edge. The colour palette is rather winter appropriate; perfect to rock with a red lip!

For my look, I decided to stay true to my style and started by choosing a pair of denims that fit like a dream! I paired it with a grey tee with embellished detailing on the shoulder and this stunning cream moto jacket. Added a pop of colour with these sky high heels which I couldn't help but take home with me later. I am hoping to get hold of this outfit as well on the 13th November! For their 30th anniversary celebration, the Gas website will be free for 30 seconds at 3.30 pm so get ready to grab what you desire! It's a rare opportunity to get hold some fab denims, stunning jackets and much more absolutely free of cost. I am super excited for this digital event and have already shortlisted a few items to add to my cart! Don't forget to log in on the 13th to grab your share.


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Golden Dust

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Jewellery- Azva, Dress- Tnfc, Shoes- Asos, On my lips- Media by Mac and Clinique chubby stick in Grandest grape


This time of the year is super exciting because it's bombarded with festive parties, cocktails and weddings! As exciting as it is, figuring out outfits for all these events is always a task. Which is why I have developed a routine and pre-plan my looks way in advance to avoid the last minute jitters. I start with scouting my favourite websites and stores to start with my base. Depending on the occasion I pick between jumpsuits, maxi skirts, maxi dresses, anarkalis or lehengas! As soon as I came across this gorgeous maxi dress, I instantly knew this was going to be a part of my festive wardrobe.

Once that is out of my way, I then tackle the styling element. Because the dress was very classic and simple, it gave me an opportunity to bring out the masterpieces. I chose this gorgeous gold choker necklace with a stunning pendant. It worked in sync with the neckline of the dress which made it flow in harmony. The burgundy gem on the larger than life rain drop pendant added the perfect touch. The beaded detailing on this Azva choker in this gorgeous 22 karat gold makes it such a magnificent piece. The intricacy of the designs of all the Azva pieces always manage to cast a spell on me. Each piece is crafted so diligently using modern techniques but keeping the traditions intact, which is strikingly evident at every glance. I also chose this stunning cuff to enhance the look. The gems on the cuff matched the ones of the necklace which made it appear correlated. Again the detailing is what blew my mind and I could barely take my eyes off it! I was so happy with the end result that I decided to document this look and ultimately decided to wear it to my best friend's cocktail!

For my make up, I went with a dull gold eye shadow all over the lid and drew on a dramatic wing with my eyeliner to match the opulence of the look. Contoured my cheek bones for a flawless appearance and finished off with a touch of blush on the apples. I matched my lips to the dress which is one of my all time favourite combinations! I decided to go with simple pumps in a similar hue to streamline the look.

We Indians share this eternal love for Gold jewellery which is unlikely to fade in the near future. For us, there is so much more to it than just buying new pieces. It's a process that binds us in this endless tradition. One that we proudly call our own. Azva adds a modish touch to these traditional pieces making them the perfect blend for the modern woman. I can see these pieces surviving for decades in my wardrobe as I enjoy this beautiful journey of womanhood. I cannot wait to flaunt these gems again in yet another chapter of grandeur opulence. Until then hope you guys have a wonderful festive season and wish you all a very Happy Diwali and a prosperous new year!


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