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


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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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