Monday, November 21, 2016

The Wedding Mania

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With less than 10 days to go for the wedding, I couldn't think of a better time to pen this. I've obviously been a part of several other weddings of close family members and have had a taste of what a wedding of a certain scale entails but you can't truly know the magnanimity unless you experience the madness yourself! It's been a roller coaster ride with extreme highs and ground breaking lows, all making this experience an extremely special one. It's a bitter sweet feeling of course, leaving the house you've lived in for 26 years & the comfort of having your family around in exchange of moving in with the love of your life & starting a journey of our own. In this process, I've only realized how lucky I am, to be surrounded by people who love me so dearly & selflessly and no matter what I do, I don't think I can ever do enough to one up their warmth! But in the middle of these over flowing emotions comes planning and executing this big fat wedding. The executing part I'll learn more of in the coming two weeks but I thought I'd write this blog giving any of you future brides a quick first hand list to bookmark! So here are the top 5 things that in my opinion you should focus on right after the day your wedding date is finalized.

1) Find your Events Team
Now, I won't lie, in the beginning I started planning our wedding on my own, foolishly assuming that I could handle it. Little did I know that it's not as easy as shortlisting images on Pinterest! We did select the hotels on our own & I even decided on the entire decor themes for the different events but the execution is where Enjay Events stepped in.  I had my first meeting with them back in August and since then I've had the chance to step back a little and enjoy the little moments without stressing about the big ones! Made up of a bunch of the sweetest women, they've been such a positive vibe to have around & have made all efforts to make sure my visions turn to reality. Starting from planning the reception of guests from the airport to their welcome to vendors to the minutest of details on the personalized wedding favours, they've been the guiding light through it all. Keeping Smaran & my tastes in mind, they have customized each part of this wedding and I cannot wait to see it all unfold!

2) Book Your Venues 
Usually once you book your Events Team they would be happy to assist you with best options suited to your style and budget but for my family, we took matters in our own hands! The day we unofficially decided that we will be getting married within 2016, we started scouting venues like hawks. We all agreed on not having the wedding in Mumbai but we couldn't agree on where we wanted to have it! A random visit to Udaipur earlier this year, made it an easy favourite & by the time we got back, we had bookmarked the hotels we wanted to book. It wasn't a piece of cake though. We were pretty flexible with our dates and yet finding the hotels we liked on those dates seemed almost impossible. After back and forth for over 3 months it was finally done. So really, if you're particular about the kind of venues you want, I would say attack this bit right away or else be ready to compromise. 

3) Book the Photographer
Once you've imagined the wedding you want, in the venues you've booked and the decor your event's team has suggested, now is the time to book the team that will capture these imaginations, as it is! This was something that was important for not just Smaran & I but also our families because frankly memories might fade but photographs & videos will aide you in refreshing those memories forever! So why not spend some extra effort in making sure you find a photographer who not only knows his/her job but also focuses on capturing the over flowing emotions in their truest forms! After much deliberations and going through over 200 profiles on, we landed up in a meeting with Aviraj Saluja. We instantly seemed to agree on the same things and that was a very good sign. His pictures seemed to strike a cord with us and he had a video team in the basket to match! You can check out his pictures on Instagram and of course stay tuned to see how he captures our 3 days of madness! 

4) Shortlist The Designers
This was pretty easy for me. I already knew the designers I wanted to look at for the different events and made a list of over 20 designers to start with. The list included Shymal & Bhumika, Dolly J, Papa Don't Preach, Monisha Jaising, Anamika Khanna, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Anita Dongre, Anushree Reddy, Rohit Bal, Sonam & Paras Modi, Anju Modi, Manish Malhotra, EKRU, Aastha Narang and many more! However I have to say that picking the outfits was another task that took me by surprise. Finding 4 outfits that I utterly loved seemed like an unattainable task! I'll talk more about this in a blog that I do post the wedding but for now, hope this list helps you start you search.

5) Start the gym membership/ Dance class 
No, I'm not saying this because I'm one of those people who start pressuring brides to look, talk, walk & breathe a certain way but because this is the one thing that helped me keep my sanity! In between all the work tasks to take care of & the never ending wedding tasks, I only managed to score some me time when I headed out for an hour to either take a dance lesson or a training session at the gym. Not only did this help me get in better shape but it also made me feel better from within, giving me more energy and zeal to shine through the day! So do yourself a favour and get started now. Your clothes will fit better, you'll be able to lift more shopping bags & of course the compliments won't stop flowing. 

I know this blog is much awaited by many but also of interest to a few! I hope I've managed to entice both sets of minds. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram & Snapchat (Username- Styledrive) to see all the wedding madness unfold!

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Greece Tones

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Pants- Veromoda, Top- Veromoda, Shoes- Gianvito Rossi, Sunglasses- Missamore| Location- Blanco

I shot this look right before I left for Greece which is probably the reason behind this colour scheme. Both the gorgeous islands that I visited, Mykonos & Santorini are painted white & blue which not only adds to the scenic value but also make it a unique experience. And every time I look at these images, I am thrown right back into the tiny lanes, bustling with happy vibes. Now let's talk about the outfit! These pants are probably the best pants I've ever put on! Fits like a dream & comfy as hell, the colour is the cherry on the cake. It's perfect to add a touch of blush to your fall & winter looks but will also be easy to style come the warmer months. I paired it with a basic vneck blouse and a floral printed tunic which had the doses of the same blush tones. My current favourite pumps and sunglasses added that metallic punch.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Black Out

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Tunic Dress- Only, Bomber- Only, Sunglasses- Miu Miu, Choker- Forever21, Belt- River Island

The past few days have been rather interesting! Nationally, being a regular tax payer, the new Modi move couldn't make me happier. As for the international front, a certain candidate being elected as the President is sadly, a reflection of what our society is actually made up of! We often tend to soak in the glory of being highly educated individuals, ones standing tall for equality & being people who strive hard to get rid of racism at the smallest level. Clearly, we are standing against an equal amount of people who believe in the exact opposite! This incident, I'll refrain from addressing it as a tragedy, has not only proved that winning doesn't mean anything but also, that you could be the most righteous person, someone extremely inspirational, the most talented, one with the most respected values and yet the opposition could pull you down in a snap. It's the era of mediocrity as I like to call it. While it would be easier to just keep going through the endless tweets & hoping that this is just a bad dream, let's all be united and make sure we that educate the people around us to not only become Doctors & Engineers or rich people but also to be better human beings with righteous personalities. One's who can differentiate the right from wrong and don't merely make decisions based on their egos or insecurities. 

I apologize if the first paragraph made you feel like you logged on to a politics blog but I just had to give my two cents on this global situation. Let's talk about this outfit now. Amidst all the wedding preparations & setting up a new home, I've missed being able to spend time on dressing up on a day to day basis! Most of my days involve running out of the door 15 minutes after I've woken up and only returning back close to midnight. So when I'm feeling the pressure and stress, I take some time off and play dress up to calm my nerves. This outfit was the outcome of one such morning. I wanted to flaunt this gorgeous Bomber jacket from Only and decided to juxtapose it with a black silky, floral tunic dress. Knotting a belt at the waist not only adds definition, it also added a little extra detail to the ensemble. To contrast the party on the top, I decided to go simple yet striking on the lower half. I've loved the look of over the knee boots for years but never invested in one as Mumbai would rarely give me a chance to flaunt them! So I thought of creating a DIY pair buy pairing these knee high socks with a pair of basic suede pumps. What do you guys think of this look and would you try this DIY knee high boots look? Here's hoping you have a inspirational week and may your 500's & 1000's turn from nightmares to dreams full of unicorns & rainbows.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

What to buy from Sephora India

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Sephora added another spanking new store to their kitty at the Infinity2 Mall here in Mumbai. Stocked to the brim, the sparkly new store is more than inviting. I've been a shopper at Sephora for over 10 years now, even before it came to India and when the first store opened in Delhi, I was there on the very first day to grab some essentials. Not only is Sephora a beauty lovers haven, it lets you browse through so many different brands and varieties of products before you decide what you'd like to spend your money on. However, it can some how become slightly overwhelming. So I decided to list down my top 10 picks that you should go and try at a Sephora near you!

1) MakeUp Forever HD Foundation
One of the best foundations I've ever used, not only does it make your skin look amazing in person but it also photographs like a dream. I've been using this foundation for 5 years now and this is the only foundation I use for all my blog shoots! It's a matte finish foundation and is available in more than 15 shades to exactly match your skin tone. So if you're in the market for a new foundation, this would be an ideal pick!

2) Cover Fx custom drops
Introduced to Sephora India a few months back, Cover FX is yet another amazing brand to try out if you're looking for foolproof base products. I recently picked up the much hyped Custom Drops and I couldn't be happier. The product as the name suggest is created in a way that you can mix as many shades to create your perfect shade or you could even mix it with your existing foundations. I got mine in a shade darker so that I could mix it with some of my older, lighter shades. The coverage is rather full which works for me but if you're someone who enjoys a lighter coverage, you could mix the custom drops with your moisturizer to achieve that effect. All in all, a must try!

3) Sephora powder
Sephora's own make up line is rather vast. From base products to bronzers to eye shadows to lip products, you name it, they have it! I am a huge fan of their primer, matte lip creams, eye shadow pencils but my favorite is their Matte perfecting compact powder! I have combination to oily skin and this powder works like a dream on my skin. I love using a BB cream and then lightly set it using this powder which lasts me all day!

4) Benefit Brow products
Very few brands at Sephora India has as many brow products as Benefit. They are all set to launch their brand new brow products range this month and it consists of over 10 brow products for all types of brows. After ignoring my brows for years, now I can't step out of my house without checking if their in place. Whether it's a sturdy brow pencil you're looking for, a brow filling powder or a gel, you can find it all at the Benefit counter!

5) Sephora Beauty blender
I'm a huge fan of the Beauty Blender or other blending sponges and have replaced all my foundation brushed with several of these dome shaped wonders. Not only is it easier and quicker to blend your foundation, they are super easy to clean and maintain. Sephora has their own version of the Beauty Blender and it's a rather good option. So if you've been living under the rock and haven't tried one yet, I suggest you grab one on your next Sephora visit! Mind you though, they are often sold out.

6) Boscia Skincare
Let's talk skincare now. I've been rather vary of my skincare for the past one year and have been ardently following the cleansing, toning and moisturizing routine. Boscia is one brand that has worked wonder for me. Their spray toners and clay mask are my favourite!

7) Tom Ford Perfumes
I hunted so long to grab the Tom Ford Noir perfume and my search ended at Sephora! Not only Tom Ford but other exclusive perfume brands are easily available. They also have several offers and miniature sizes and sets that are exclusively only available at Sephora! So if you're a perfume collector like myself or are looking for a gift for someone special, you will not be disappointed.

8) Stila Liquid Lipsticks
Liquid lipsticks took the world by a storm this last year and although it's take a while for several brands to have their version enter the Indian market, Stila's liquid lipsticks have been around since the start and are a wonderful product to spend your moolah on. They may have limited shades but if you find a shade you love, I would suggest you grab it immediately.

9) Sephora brushes and tools
Yet another feather in Sephora's hat is their line of makeup brushes and tools. Some of the best brushes I own, if you're looking to start off your brush collection, this is a good place to start. For me, an ideal start up kit would consist of an eye shadow blending brush, an eye liner brush, a contour brush, a fan brush and a fluffy powder brush! When you walk into the Sephora store, the brushes are neatly arranged by categories in a corner making it exceptionally easy for you to grab what you need! Not only the brushes, Sephora also carries make up removers, make up brush cleansing sprays, tweezers and other such additional aides.

10) Exclusive Launches & Other Brands
Sephora is home to some of the best make up brands like Dior, Lancome, Estee Lauder and the likes and several of these beloved brands very often launch exclusive products with Sephora. So if you're a ardent fan of make up and love grabbing limited edition products, Sephora is the place to be! Sephora also stocks exclusive brands like Soap & Glory, Burts Bees, etc. which cannot be found anywhere else in India. 

They are also all set to bring Becca Cosmetics, Urban Decay, Tarte and other internationally loved make up brands to the Indian Sephora's later this year! I am super excited to see the progress from here on and see the new launches! I hope this post helped you guys and the next time you visit a Sephora, you walk out with exactly what you were looking for.

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Royal Blue Shenanigns

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Make up has always been such a keen subject of interest to me so when this huge box of festive goodness from L'oreal showed up at my doorstep, I couldn't wait to dive right in. With Diwali around the corner, a look to match the vibe was unavoidable. This Diwali is exceptionally special to me because it's going to be the last one with my family, in the home that I've lived for years so I'm pretty definite of going all out with my look too! I decided to play around with my L'Oreal goodies and create a look that I would be wearing this Diwali.

I started with the Infalliable foundation in the shade 140 and blended it with my makeup sponge. The coverage of this foundation is something I love specially for those events or special occasion as it takes your make up one step closer to looking flawless! The finish is pretty matte and natural looking so you can totally skip the powder. I then moved on to the Color Riche  La Palette in Nude Rose. I initially wanted to do a smokey eye but then I decided to stick to the neutral shades from the palette and then amp that up with this gorgeous Gel Intenza in the shade Royal Blue. The brush that comes with the gel liner makes it extremely easy to apply and also helps in getting that sharp wing. I loved the slight pop of colour it added and to contrast it, I decided to go with a red lip! But before that, I warmed up my skin and added some much needed glow by adding some of the Lucent Magique Blush in Sunset Glow. It slightly contoured my face while adding that glow. Two coats of the Volume Million lashes mascara and this stunning red lipstick from their Pure Reds collection in the shade Blake, completed the look!

I'm absolutely loved the way it turned out and I thought along with the make up I'd give you a guys an entire look to enjoy. Taking inspiration from my make, I stuck to blue and peachy tones for my ensemble too. I slightly curled my hair and threw in some statement jewellery to compliment it all. I hope you guys enjoyed the photos and if recreate this look, don't forget to share it with me! 

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