Monday, September 29, 2014

The White Shirt

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Shirt & Culottes- FabAlley, Denim Jacket- Mango, Shoes- River Island(asos), Necklace- FabAlley

Your style inevitably portrays your personality and moods. A White shirt resembles a clean slate to me. So whenever I am not in the mood to put my thinking cap on or when I am wearing a piece that needs some neutrality, a white shirt is what I tend to grab. Not only does it form the perfect base, it also adds a crispness to the look that a t-shirt can't. To make it casual & add a bit of that 90's edge, tie up the fronts into a knot.
So what are the things you need to keep in mind when you're out looking for that perfect white shirt? The fit. Depending on your style, pick between a well fitted one or a super casual lose fit. For me I have one of each. The fitted one works great with outfits like these & the other would be great for layering or with ripped skinny jeans. I am very particular about the details on the shirt. I prefer the buttons being a similar hue to give a streamline effect. You could even play around with different collar types. Go for a white shirt with a Chinese collar if you want a more feminine appeal. A cropped one would also make a great basic!

For this look, I paired it with these new culottes I got from FabAlley. If you've been living under a rock you're probably wondering what are Culottes? They are knee length trousers, cut with full legs to resemble a skirt! Even though these have been around for a year now, being a pear shaped woman sometimes restricts me when it comes to trying out certain trends. Whenever I tried culottes in the past, if they fit perfectly on my hips, they would be loose on my waist and if it fit my waist it was super fitted at the hips as well so I never ended up buying any! But I decided to try my luck one last time and it worked. These fit perfectly! I love the monochrome floral print which instantly adds a bohemian vibe to the look.
To add a pop of colour, I punctuated the look with hints of red. There is something about red lips, RayBan's and a denim jacket that can make anything look vintage. So I threw on this denim jacket to add that extra dimension & loved the way it turned out. The super cute Lanvin inspired Love necklace completed the look.

What do you guys think of culottes? If you do try this trend out don't forget to share photos on Instagram and tag me! 

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Who moved my Phone?

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Dress- Chemistry, Necklaces- New Look & Accessorize, Shoes- Zara, Phone- Sony Xperia T3

Just like many of you, my life practically revolves around my phone. It's not because I intend to use it as a shield to avoid having any social conversations but because my work needs me to constantly be connected. Be it checking & responding to emails, interacting on social media or even snapping pictures for my instagram, it's all thanks to this one tool! So why not invest in a phone that is not only practical but stylish too? The new Sony Xperia T3 undoubtedly fits the bill.
It comes in three colours, White, Black & Purple but given my current obsession with white, my choice was pretty obvious. A pro of having a white phone is that it works wonderfully as a fashion accessory with any outfit. The simplicity of the design and it's sleekness makes it fit comfortably in the small pocket of your day bag as well as your night clutch! I love it's wide screen, which makes watching videos on YouTube or exploring Instagram profiles even more vivid & exciting. 

On this day, I was just headed to a fun meeting and while we were waiting we decided to click some of these pictures. I wanted to flaunt the new phone so I decided to create a sleek outfit around it. It's extremely important to put your best foot forward at meetings but I can never compromise on the comfort aspect. I dressed myself is this printed shift dress which I recently got from Chemistry. I loved the print on it which was very different from the usual shift dresses and the pastel colours played well with the phone. I decided to let the dress have it's moment and taking a cue from the Xperia T3, stuck to minimalism. By adding two layered silver & turquoise necklaces in similar hues I attempted to subtly elevate the look. When you're wearing a printed dress, make sure to add hints of solid colours through your accessories. So I chose a structured black bag to hold in all the essentials for the day, my monochrome zara sandals & my phone to appropriately finish the look. I love taking pictures when I visit fun places or if I like my outfit on a particular day and sharing it on Instagram! And the response always gives me the feeling that you guys like it too which makes me want to update as often as I can. For taking so many pictures, it essential to have a good phone camera! The Sony Xperia T3 has an 8 megapixel camera that never disappoints. But even a great picture needs so changes for Instagram. 

Many of you often ask me how I edit my pictures for Instagram, so I decided to give a little low down on the apps I use. I use Whitagram when I want to publish the entire picture & am not willing to crop it according to that standard square! It super easy to use & if you just want to download one app, this should be it! The other one I love is PicFx. I downloaded it almost 2 years ago because back then this was the only app that had the feature to add light leaks & light bokeh to your pictures but in addition it has some other super cool filters too. The next one is Instacollage for when I can't decided which one of the many selfies should be published! I also love making outfit post collages using this which lets me throw in a mix of close ups as well as wide shots. I also love Overgram & CrossProcess. If you do use any of these, don't forget to tag me in Instagram!

Hope you guys enjoyed this post! Also if you're looking at getting a stylish new phone which also works as a fashion accessory, do check out the new Sony Xperia T3 when you're at the mall next!

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Philips Air Straightener Review + Giveaway

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Dress- New Look

I think my hair is always a topic of discussion on my social media platforms & I probably receive majority of your emails inquiring about my hair care routine! Contrary to what it may look like, I am actually very care free when it comes to my hair. I try to keep the steps minimal, taking care of it by using a good shampoo & deep conditioner. I also avoid colouring my hair too often. I've mentioned this before, I had pretty short hair when I was in school. It's only when I entered junior college that I started to grow my hair out. I don't know what it is, it's probably my genes or the fact that when I was younger, my parents were rather diligent in making sure that I eat healthy & my dad would oil my hair every Sunday, but my hair grows pretty quickly & it's quite thick! While this may be the envy of many,  it's quite a task to maintain it.

I wash my hair 2-3 times a week, depending on the activities for the week. Usually I hit up the gym 3-4 times a week because of which washing it becomes inevitable! But I don't condition my hair every time I wash it. Because my hair is on the longer side, conditioning it 3-4 times a week would weigh it down making it appear limp. So I only deep condition twice a week using The Body Shop's Rainforest Radiance Hair Butter for coloured hair. This one smells amazing & has been doing really great things for my hair. On the days that I wash my hair but don't condition it, I use the L'oreal mythic oil post shower. I try to keep my routine very simple with limited products because my understanding is that the lesser products  I use, the lesser I will be messing with the natural process. 

When it comes to styling my hair, I naturally have a wavy texture which doesn't always look great! So I do have to style my hair using either a blow dryer or a curler. I love blow drying my hair but because my hair is so long, by the end of it, I am literally so exhausted. However this new Philips Kerashine Air Straightener, has been working wonderfully for me. Not only does it leave by hair super soft, it also gets rid of the frizz due to the keratin. It has literally reduced the blow drying time by 10 minutes which is a lot when you're in hurry in the morning. I also love the naturally straight effect it gives which makes it look like I woke up with this hair! The brush is so easy to plug in & extremely convenient to use. It has a cold as well as normal setting which is always a great option to have. My hair is pretty thick and yet this manages to work it's way through perfectly. I am not very careful about the sections & just randomly slide it through different sections of my hair for a quick revamp. All in all, if you like to blow dry your hair often, this is something that would be right up your alley. It gives your hair that perfect laid back yet smooth finish! With it's reasonable price tag, this is a great tool to add to your styling kit. And just btw, I think this work wonderfully for men too!

Now on to the fun part! If you are super intrigued by this & are wanting to get your hands on a limited edition Philips Essential Air Straightener asap, here's an amazing opportunity for you to win one specially autographed by the gorgeous Alia Bhatt just for you! All you have do is follow these simple steps to enter & win :- 

- Comment below and tell us an essential step in your hair care routine & how it works for you

- Also tell us why you should win the Limited Edition Philips Essential Air Straightener

- You could also tweet your answers to me @aayushibangur with the hashtags #Philips #Kerashine #AliaBhatt

The contest* ends on 19th September, Friday! So until then get creative & share your reasons with us. Good luck ladies!

(*The contest is only open to the residents of India.)

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

New Beginnings

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Bag- Confidential Couture,Phone- Sony Xperia T3, Dress & Blazer- Zara, Shoes- Steve Madden, Sunglasses- RayBan, Watch- MarcJacobs, Rings & Choker- Forever21

I turned 24 yesterday & every year as I get closer to the day, I tend to look back at the past year & quantify my achievements as well as improvements; as a person, as a friend, as a girlfriend, as a daughter & as a blogger. And somehow I find myself astonished at the fact that despite achieving more than I could have ever imagined, I hardly seem to satisfy my desire for more. It could be a characteristic of the modern age adult & our constant need for novelty but I'd like to believe it's just because I would like to soar higher.

We all tend to sometimes measure our success with materialistic things. It may not always be the right route to take but sometimes, it showcases your prowess like no other. My obsession with designer handbags has been an affair that only keeps growing. Every now & then, I let myself splurge on that one handbag that I have been secretly stalking & not so secretly flooding my Pinterest with! But when it comes to buying them, I am very technical about it. I will make sure that I am getting the best deal possible & because it's already such an expense, I want to make sure I am not shedding even a single extra penny than needed! Which is why when I came across Confidential Couture, I was more than thrilled. For someone like me who has an obsession with handbags and doesn't mind adding to her collection every now & then, this seemed rather perfect. When I first looked at the website, some of the handbags & their corresponding prices looked too good to be true. So I contacted the owners and they very pleasantly informed me that this is a worry they often face & hence they send over the handbags, on the request of the customer for them to examine the piece as meticulously as they'd want before one decide to purchase it!

I requested them to send this Louis Vuitton Alma to me which reached me in less than a week. Packaged perfectly, the bag came with it's original dust bag, guarantee card & was in almost perfect condition! Now the thing is, at Confidential Couture, they sell brand new as well as gently used bags. When taking pieces from sellers, they go through a tedious process of authenticating it by an expert, checking the condition of the bag & hence placing an appropriate price tag on it. So if you've been eyeing that gorgeous Chanel or Dior bag and are still not convinced to shell out the entire cost, this is your ideal option! You are assured of authentication and your identity is completely protected. You could even contact them if you're keen on selling that handbag you got on impulse in the Sale but never actually ended up using it! They will assist you with the process and contact you when they have a buyer for you bag. It's a win win really.

Now let's talk about my outfit. I have been loving white since a few months. If you've been following my blog from the start you know that I am very partial to Black and hence my fancy for everything white has been rather pleasantly appalling! Including my brand new phone which comes in three colours but my choice was pretty obvious!I love white & gold together so I have been accessorizing with gold jewellery and my gold watch which has been quite an eye catchy combination! I stuck to a monochrome theme. This printed dress that I snagged at the Zara sale paired perfectly with my over sized white blazer. The print & the knotted detailing on the dress is what I caught my immediate attention. I can totally picture myself wearing this dress without the blazer for a stroll at a beach! I paired it with my old yet trusted pair of Steve Maddens & the classic RayBan aviators. You really can't go wrong by adding a bit of red to any monochrome outfit which why the Louis Vuitton Alma worked splendidly! I hope you guys enjoyed the blog post. Tell me which handbag you guys are eyeing at the moment in the comments below! Hope you all have a wonderful September.

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