Friday, July 31, 2015

Fly Away

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Dress- VOI Jeans, Shirt- VOI Jeans, Bag & Sunglasses- VOI Jeans, Shoes- Vaph, Necklace- Colaba


Now here'a brand that's a lot like me. I have never one to follow the norm or do things just because they were expected out of me. Whether it was choice of my career( becoming a fashion blogger when very few people in India even understood the concept) or expressing myself through clothes, I always did things my way. So when I discovered VOI Jeans, and their sense of style, I instantly identified with it. Their clothes define who they are- as someone who isn't a part of crowd. In other words, they unblend. Inspired by their philosophy, I decided to do some unblending myself. 

What makes your style unique & personal are the little details & knick knacks you add to your every day outfits to make it your own. Be it the kind of jeans you like, the accessories you adore or the shoes you choose! So when it came to this outfit, I decided to tweak it to my liking & have it suit my style. This form-fitting stripped dress from VOI Jeans is definitely a great basic, engineered to fit those who love alternative styles. Team it with a denim jacket on one day, with a nude vest  on another or layer it under a maxi skirt the third time, there are one too many ways to rock this piece. I decided to tuck in the sleeves and convert it into a tube dress for this particular look so that not only could it look more flattering on me but also let me conveniently don my silver choker necklace. I then layered it with this shirt dress which I again, decided to wear as over sized outerwear instead of it's ideal use. Simple tan oxfords, statement sunglasses & a trendy stripped back pack completed this casual, chic look. 

What do you guys think of this look & do tell me what you do to make your style more personal? And for those of you who still haven't stepped out of the box, it's time to unblend! 

(Images by Jaina Kumar)


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Work Mode

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Top- Van Heusen, Dress worn as skirt- Van Heusen, Belt- Accessorize, Frames- Italia Independent, Shoes- Boohoo


There are certain situations that call for a specific attire to be in place and interviews/work places are definitely one of them! Not only are you required to be dressed appropriately but you also have to dress to impress. My stint in a actual work place was rather short but I do get a lot of email from several of you asking me to give you tips on dressing appropriately for work or that first interview. There are many basic outfits that are rather fool proof when it comes to work places but it's essential that you build your wardrobe with pieces that can be mixed and matched so that you don't feel defeated by your clothes every morning! So here are few tips and a list of some pieces that you should update your collection with if you're all set to enter a full-time job.

Blazers
This is such an essential in any work wardrobe. Not only will it instantly make the outfit look more put together, it also adds to that formal vibe. Pair it with trousers or a fitted dress and you'd be all set. I recommend stocking up on colours like black, navy and beige. If your work place is a bit more lenient, throw in an occasional Khaki. It's also important that you look for a good fit. A blazer that is too big or small won't work as effectively.

Cigarette Trousers
I find these to be the most flattering when it comes to work pants. They are sleek and well fitted, stylish and appropriate. Play around with the colours and pin stripes in the neutral zone and pair them with well fitted shirts. Again a good fit is key. Make sure that the trouser is fitted in the right places yet forgiving enough to accommodate a day's work. The length should be just below your ankles. 

Pencil Skirts
These are my favourite! Feminine yet work appropriate, pencil skirts are so versatile. Pair them with shirts or blouses and a blazer to create that authoritative look. Not only are these ideal for work, you can switch up the top for a simple tank top for a post work party!

Shirts/Blouses
This is a no brainer. Stock up on as many good ones as you can as they will form the basis of pretty much every outfit. Play with colours and prints to infuse some fun in your outfits. Light pink, purple and burgundy would add a fresh feel to the ensemble. A new floral print could work wonders too!

Shoes
A pair of simple black pumps and a comfortable pair of flats are an absolute must have! Heels may be essential for those important meetings but that doesn't mean you have to struggle with them all day. Throw in a pair in your drawer at work and switch in and out of them as and when you require them. Invest in a pair of flats that are simple, will fit into every look and will help you comfortably get through the long days!

At the end of the day, if you look good, you'll feel good and not only will that better your performance but you may inspire your colleagues to put in that extra effort too! If you know of someone who is the best dressed at your work place, nominate them in Van Heusen's Most Fashionable Professional contest! The winner will be featured in some of India's leading magazine and will get a wardrobe makeover from Van Heusen! You can read about how to participate here. So what are you waiting for? There are only a few days left before this contest ends, so go ahead and nominate some of your best dressed colleagues.

(Images by Jaina Kumar)


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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Black & White

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Dress- ONLY, Earrings & cuff- Atelier Mon, Clutch- Dvf, Shoes- River Island, On my lips- Lady Danger by Mac

Not very long ago, I was the girl who would struggle with 3 suitcases, dragging them around the airport because she had to carry everything and more for this long awaited holiday! Not only is packing all those things a tedious task, the fact is that, no one needs that many things for a holiday that will last only a week and I learnt this the hard way. However, now I follow a simple pattern while packing, which not only resolves my luggage issues but also helps me get dressed faster. I start by packing any 3 or 4 pairs of bottoms including skirts, jeans and shorts. I also make sure to carry a pair of well fitted jeans that can be worn casually during the day and be dressed up for the evenings. I also make sure to pack a basic white or black tee, a embellished tank for that fancier dinner, a fun moto jacket & a printed top. I then throw in 3 dresses, an evening/dinner dress, a sun dress for the day and the good old flowy maxi that is probably the most versatile item and the most Instagram friendly too! A simple clutch, few accessories & a vest can help you accessorize and style all these pieces in numerous ways. This particular look is aimed to suit a romantic dinner date. Not only is it the most comfortable dress, it also gives you the leeway to enjoy that dessert! A maxi like this is also ideal for a day at the beach and can then be easily transformed into a night look with statement jewellery, heels and a clutch. What are your must haves while packing light for travel?

(Images by Jaina Kumar)


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Friday, July 17, 2015

Bargain Gains

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It's that time of the year yet again! Every store is on sale which has left everyone and their mother itching to grab the best bargains. Most people love visiting their favourite stores and snagging items that they have been eyeing for months at less than half the price which pretty much makes it worth the wait. However, I do know a few people who loathe the idea of shopping during the sales due to manic crowd & occasional snatching. I too, sometimes get rather overwhelmed by the situation and leave empty handed! That's only until I figured out a few tricks to make sure that I am making the most of discounts. I recently dropped in at the VeroModa store to get a peek at what's for grabs and here's how I went about it and you should too if you're keen on getting the best buys!

- Look for classic items. A pair of blue jeans, a white button that is better quality that your average, a classic black blazer or an everyday handbag. These items will last in your wardrobe for a really long time and if you end up getting them on sale, you'll love telling everyone the envious story of how much you scored it for! 

- Do your research and look for pieces that have not only been in trend this season but will also be the rage next season! For example, fringe has been a huge trend this summer and is all set to rock the fall/winter collections at every store! So, why not grab a few pieces that fit the bill and your pocket? 

- Now's the perfect time to replace your basics! A simple white tee, a stripped tank top or black palazzo pants, if you're keen on replacing the basics you currently have because they have worn out completely due to the number of times you've worn them, now's the time to make the switch! You'll find a ton of these at jaw dropping prices!

- Grab that statement piece. I have been eyeing a stunning sequins dress from VeroModa for over two months now and although it was probably the best dress I had seen in a while, I  wasn't willing to spend do much on a piece I'd rarely wear! Lucky for me, I found at 50% off. So keep your eyes open for those embellished pieces or leather jackets or coats that would usually cost you a bomb!

- Bring out the stylist in you. I love browsing through Pinterest for styling ideas as well as images of combinations and trends from the fashion shows of various talented designers. Sometimes I have similar items in my closet to recreate the look but when I don't, I bookmark the piece in my head and look for it while shopping during the sales. For example, I loved the combination of burgundy and mango yellow at Roksanda's show and I found the perfect blazer at the VeroModa store to help me recreate it!

- One can never have enough accessories and personally I thin they can make or break an outfit! Be it sunglasses, scarves, jewellery, handbags or shoes, I keep my eyes pierced to find the best of them at prices that could match street shopping! 

- I wouldn't necessarily call myself a miser but I do take this opportunity to buy presents for my close friends & family. Be it a watch or a pair of sunglasses or even a perfume, I make sure to save myself some money while making sure they do get what they want!

So there, all my secrets for shopping in the sale are not out! Hope this helps you clear the chaos in your mind while shopping this weekend and help you focus on all the right buys. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. 


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Friday, July 10, 2015

RS by Rocky Star

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The high street market is at it's competitive best which works ideally for us consumers! With the launch of so many new international brands catering to a similar consumer base, renewing strategies & coming up with new ideas has become essential for the local brands! Be it through their presentation & keeping up with international trends or launching a quirky new line in collaboration with established designers, these brands are doing everything they can to make sure your attention is not swayed! Shoppers Stop has been around for as long as I can remember and they have made it through all the highs and lows of the ever changing consumer temperament, emerging stronger than ever! The chain is now all set to present to you, a brand new line RS by Rocky Star, designed & carefully curated by the designer himself. They very kindly invited me to get a sneak peek of the collection which is available online as well as in all Shoppers Stop outlets in Mumbai. 

The designer stayed true to his aesthetics while creating the line and that is clearly visible at the first glance. This collection consists of clothing for men and women as well as bags, wallets, shoes & deodorants for both. Most of what was displayed from the women's clothing line consisted of deeper plain hues, classic designs & good quality fabrics! He has taken special measures to give every piece that luxury feel to resonate with his philosophy. My favorite was definitely this classic navy bat wing shirt which can be paired in more ways than one can ever imagine. The accessories complimented the collection perfectly and I saw hints of some prints to create that perfectly balanced look. The box clutches caught my fancy and I was all set to take this golden snakeskin beauty home with me! When asked which was his favourite piece, the designer joked saying "How can I pick? I designed them all so I love them all equally". All in all it's definitely worth visiting the store and getting a piece that not only has a designer's name attached to it but is also well worth the bucks you spend! 


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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Philips Satinelle Advanced Epilator Review

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Being well groomed is something that we all strive to keep up with but not always is it as pleasant an experience as you'd assume. Crazy schedules can totally make you miss your much needed appointments, leaving you covering up with long dresses & longer sleeves! I have definitely been the waxing girl and may have resorted to shaving my legs in dire circumstances but that's really it. I had never tried out an epilator before but the new Philips Satinelle Advanced Epilator broke my epilator virginity. Priced at Rs.5,995 it comes with an additional attachment, a charger, a cleaning brush & plastic heads to ease the process. The epilator can be used wet and dry but personally I just prefer to use it in the shower. It's an extremely easy to use product and to my surprise, I did not experience any excruciating pain either. It did leave my skin slightly red but that happens to me even post a waxing session and the redness was gone in a couple of hours. I also like the fact that it's cordless and once you've charged it for 60 minutes at a go, you can conveniently use it anywhere! Unlike waxing, you do not have to wait until your hair growth has touched a certain milestone and you can easily get rid of the mess before it's even visible to anyone else! In a gist, here are my thoughts and some tips-

- It's easy to use, affordable & convenient to travel with.

- Can be used wet & dry so you don't necessarily have to use this in your shower but because it's waterproof you totally could use it in your shower!

- It leaves your skin soft for longer and unlike razing, the hair growth is removed from the root so it doesn't sprout back up by day 3!

- It is cordless so you can charge it and use it anywhere. They recommend not using the epilator while it's charging so make sure you charge it an hour before you need to use it.

- Also because it will leave you skin a little red, I recommend using it at least 6-8 hours before your grand entrance. 

- It has 2 speed settings so you can adjust that depending on your comfort level.

- It can be used on your arms, legs and underarms. You can use the sensitive cap attachment when your using it on more sensitive areas. 

- You can use the brush to clean the head between sessions. The epilator heads are also washable so its super easy to clean and maintain the hygiene. 

- To get the quickest and best result, keep the epilator at a 90 degree angle to the surface of your skin while epilating.

- Do not use any bath or shower oils during the process of epilation. You can moisturize once you're done. 

All in all , I think this is such an essential for every girl! It's a convenient at home hair removal system that will fit right into your busy schedules. If you end up giving this a go, do let me know what you think about it. 


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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Palm Print

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Dress- Limeroad, Necklace- Limeroad, Loafers- Limeroad, Location- Light House Cafe


This dress is definitely one of my favourite online finds in a while! The minute I saw it on Limeroad, I knew I had to get hold of it. In fact I even created a look in my Style scrapbook using this dress & I am so glad I actually was able to finally wear it. Limeroad is a fantastic place to find so many trendy pieces from various sellers at jaw dropping prices. Since they invited me to join the Style Council, I have been constantly hooked on to the website! Be it creating looks for my scrapbook or just getting to see so many versatile pieces from brands that I wouldn't even know existed if not for their presence on Limeroad. The Style scrapbook feature is such an exciting addition to website. You can join in and create virtual looks using all the items available on the website along with some of that creative imagination. You can even add graphics to your looks using the pre-designed options available. The editors on Limeroad, pick interesting looks everyday and feature them on the product pages and if someone buys a product after seeing your look, you earn credit points which you can then redeem for shopping on the website! So for me it's a complete win win because creating those looks literally works as a stress buster and when my looks get featured, I even get to shop for free with all those credit points! You can join in the fun too. All you have to do is sign up, create your profile & let those creative juices flow. Unveil the stylist in you & earn credit while doing so! 

(Images by Jaina Kumar)


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Style Conversation with WRISTWOOD

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Watch- WRISTWOOD, Outfit- VeroModa, Vest- Forever21, Shoes- Aldo

There is always a surge of curiosity and excitement that is attached to novelty be it in someone's appearance, a new take on an old hack or refreshing twist to something as quintessential as a watch! Last month I shot some images for WRISTWOOD which is all set to launch their unisex watches, handcrafted using black sandalwood from Indonesia. Light weight & distinctive, this one is definitely the perfect conversation starter & could also be a fun gift for someone with a keen admiration for watches. Not only are the people back at style conscious, they are also up with with their ways of giving back to nature, who they consider their true source of inspiration. For every watch that they make, they plant more trees returning to nature the resource used! What do you guys think of this one? Personally, it's a distinctive piece to own and I love the way it pairs with the earthy tones! 


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