Thursday, May 21, 2015

Celebrity Style - Summer Shorts & Skirts

Here are some fabulous summer festival style shorts and skirts worn by celebs at Coachella over the past few years that I really liked -

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looks effortlessly chic in floral denim shorts and a basic white shirt. I recently watched her in Mad Max Fury Road and fell in love with her even more.

Vanessa Hudgens retains her boho style in a tie die maxi skirt with slits. I love her outfits and how she puts them together. 

Alessandra Ambrosio takes it up a notch up pairing bodycon high waist shorts and a crop top in the same print. Love this look! Of course, having a supermodel body helps! 

Alessandra and a few more of her friends in skirts and shorts of various styles. All perfect for summer.

Kendall Jenner seems to share my love for black and wore a high waist fringed pair of shorts with a cropped bustier and lace kimono. LOVE!

This year, she went for a more boho outfit with this beautiful black sheer split skirt and a cropped peasant top. She looked amazing!

Need more outfit inspiration? Download the Myntra app and you can add these fabulous skirts and shorts to your summer wardrobe! Check them out - 

Combining the best of both worlds, this Belle Felle Skort is versatile for both formal and causal looks. With a skort, you can bike, cartwheel and even sit down to your heart’s content. No wonder the Zara skort was a fashion blogger favorite last year. 

For that breezy boho festival style look, this FabAlley Floral Maxi Skirt is just perfect. Team it with a crop top and you have a Vanessa Hudgens style flower child outfit. 
If you've got supermodel legs, show them off with these Denim Shorts by Only. Victoria's Secret Angels definitely have a love for them as most are spotted in Coachella in shorts.

Complete the badass babe look, with these leather shorts from The Vanca. Team them with a jacket and you're good to go. 

Check out Myntra's Summer Shorts and Skirts campaign to show you what they have in store for you 

I'm more of a shorts kinda person. What do you prefer - shorts or skirts?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Perfume Review - Tender By All Good Scents

I recently discovered All Good Scents - an Indian website that retails a variety of perfumes for men and women. It may be easy to choose clothes and accessories online but when it comes to perfumes, even if you read lots of reviews and look it up on fragrantica, there's absolutely no guarantee that you will like the fragrance. However, when it comes to these guys, they were smart enough to have a little quiz on their site that will help you find a fragrance you like. If that doesn't work, you can buy their samples in a SCENTBOX so that you can use it for yourself and then decide what you want. How great is that? 


The perfume I got from them is Tender, a blend of floral scents, white flowers, mandarin, orange blossoms, jasmine, patchouli, rose, honey, cedar and vetiver. Tender comes in a simple glass box. This fragrance comes off as strong initially, but the intensity reduces with time as the top notes fade away. In spite of its yellow color, this perfume doesn't leave marks on clothes and is quite long lasting. With a price tag of just Rs 750, it is extremely affordable. You can buy it here 


I also got a SCENTBOX™ so that I could try out their other fragrances. 


SCENTBOX™ allows you to explore & try any 3 of their fragrance samples so its fantastic that you can smell and use the perfume before you buy the real deal. This comes at a price though! A mere Rs 165! Isn't that awesome? You can choose any perfumes and create your own SCENTBOX here.     


 I got Evoke, Chic and Love & Joy. I stash all three in my bag and alternate between them. Evoke is my favorite! It is a classy, sensual fragrance with predominant vanilla notes with a hint of sandalwood. I'm getting it once I'm done with Tender. 

Chic is really nice too. It has top notes of Cedar,Wild Hyacinth and Green Apple and has quite a chic smell.

I didn't like Love & Joy much. Maybe its the blend of the florals Freesia, Peony, Lily Of The Valley and Magnolia that my nose doesn't like. But then again, perfume is a very personal thing!

Overall, I totally recommend this website as it has a large range of reasonable fragrances and with the concept of Scentbox, you'll definitely find something you like without breaking the bank. Check it out now!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Outfit - Red Hot

With summer in full bloom in India, it is incredibly hot and I find it pretty impossible to do outfit posts any more thanks to the sweltering heat. However, here's something I shot just before I decided to retire from outfit posts till the rains start. Even though I wear black and white most of the time and totally steer clear from bright colors, I was surprisingly attracted to this gorgeous red jumpsuit while I was shopping for my birthday. I feel it doesn't photograph very well shape wise, but looks definitely looks great in real life.  
Jumpsuit - Forever 21
Bag - Mango
Shoes - Forever 21

These photos were shot by my friend Akshat who had shot the fab photos in my previous outfit post too. Check out his work here.

How do you like my look? Do you prefer short jumpsuits or long ones?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Apps Are The Future Of Fashion

I was using a Blackberry till about six months ago and was pretty happy with life without apps. My best friend told me that I would go 'crazy' once I switched to android, my fellow blogger friends told me how much I would love Instagram, yet I clung on to my blackberry, though I knew that as a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger, there were loads of apps out there to help me out and get my blog more readers. Once I finally made the switch, I realized how right they were. Oh my god, there's an app for almost everything out there. And there is so much to benefit us bloggers. You all know the power of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google Plus. But did you know that there's so much more? 

Whether I'm looking for outfit inspiration or shopping advice, I use numerous apps that help me with my fashion decisions.  Thanks to the millions of outfits that have been shared by fashion influencers from around the world, I can save my favorite looks and shop them too. There are many apps that let you share your style and favorite outfits with the world by snapping a pic and uploading them. You can take a photo of your outfit on a daily basis, tag brands and share a caption to accompany your photo. 

A common issue we all face when we shop alone is that there's no one to give us an opinion. And I''m pretty sure that, just like me most of you snap a picture and sent it to a friend for their opinion, via an app, of course. And then there's the most fun and important aspect of fashion - shopping! Apps have definitely changed the size of the trial room. The new room measures five inches or maybe a bit more, and is powered by a quad- or octa-core processor. Though much smaller than the conventional changing room of an apparel store, what smartphones will do for the fashion industry is like what Bruce Lee did for martial art movies. 

Fashion is the one of the fastest growing categories in online retail and at present, every third search term from India is fashion related, says a Google study. After all, now we can buy everything online right from luxury designer labels to fast fashion since mobile apps include new collections, limited edition products and even exclusive items. Users have the option to shop by brand, category or to browse through feed of products which can all be purchased in one single swipe. Apps even eliminate the painful process of online shopping checkouts, as they usually save your shipping and credit card info, allowing you to purchase the products with a simple swipe. If you're not ready to commit to a purchase, the items you love can be saved for later in a shopping cart with an easy tap. Fashion apps are not just useful but very engaging too. My personal favorite is an game app that lets me choose from real life collections from today’s top brands and dress up a model for a certain occasion. And once again, I can purchase the garment for myself in real life too. Developers are now coming up with features to track the social calendars of customers and advise them on what to wear on what occasion. How cool is that?  

Cashing on the power of apps, India's top online store - Myntra is shutting down its website and will be operating exclusively through the app. They have realized the fact that in today's world, the fashionable tech girl is always on the go (in designer shoes of course), so it makes sense to give her a seamless online shopping experience no matter where she is. Download their app to get the latest in fashion from an array of brands.


Needless to say, its pretty evident that apps are the future of fashion. Do you use any fashion apps? If yes, let me know in your comments below!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Restaurant Review - Atmosphere 6

I've been a fan of Atmosphere as I have dined here on multiple occasions due to its proximity to my workplace. Its situated on a roof top and has a lovely ambience which makes it amazing for evenings. They have an extensive multi cuisine menu with a lot variety. Sometimes I've loved the food and sometimes I haven't, so this is a bit of a mixed review.  I'm presenting a huge list of things I've eaten here so here it goes -

Cocktails and mocktails are very good. I've had the Pina Colada and it was absolutely delicious. 




The Greek roast chicken salad consists of delectable pieces of chicken in a lip smacking baked garlic dressing and is really delicious. 


In vegetarian starters, Crunchy Babycorn , Hara Bhara Kebab and Aloo tikki are very average. I'm not fond of Paneer but I had something called Paneer Cottage Cheese (that's what the server said, I couldn't find it on the menu) which was really tasty. 


In non vegetarian starters, the Atmosphere 6 fish tikka consists of chunks of tender fish marinated in a very tasty blend of aromatic spices. The Butter Pepper Prawn Tikka is very good too. The prawns are fresh and tender and retain the flavors of butter and pepper perfectly. The Lemon Butter Garlic Prawns are nice too. 



The Murgh Bannu kabab is a preparation which has tender chunks of chicken in a tasty and non spicy marinade. I found the Hakka Chicken and Chicken Jhangari Kabab pretty average.



In Greek main course, the Falafel, and Lamb Moussaka are above average but have a lot of scope for improvement. The Chicken Shawarma pita pockets are delicious though.  



Their Italian fare is amazing. The Prawn Ravioli with Creamy Caper sauce and Pasta Capri are both good, so whether you choose white sauce or red, its a safe bet (wow, that rhymed). 


The American Choupsey and Thai Red Curry are really delicious too. 

Their Indian main course disappointed me though. I've had the Chicken Dhania Adrak which was below average.  The Dal Makhni too was extremely okay tasting. The Paneer Pasanda was a decent dish but the pieces of paneer were a bit too heavily deep fried to a crunchy texture I did not like. 


Desserts are quite nice. The Gulab Jamun is amazing and melts in your mouth. The Caramel Custard is very nice too. Not too sweet. I'm not a fan of Apple Pie so I did not like it much. The Chocolate Brownie with Icecream is average as the brownie could be sweeter. The same applies for the chocolate lava cake.

So basically, when it comes to the food, I've always loved it besides the one time I ate Indian food there. However, if you don't choose Indian food, I think Atmosphere is a great place for dinner and drinks and I totally recommend it to everyone.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Stunning Sarees at Saree.com

When it comes to traditional fashion, there is nothing more Indian than a saree. This iconic garment is elegant, figure flattering and is commonly worn all over the country. In fact, red wedding saris are the traditional garment choice for brides in Indian culture. For religious festivals or weddings, my garment of choice too, is a saree. Most women are clueless about where to buy nice sarees from. I was too, till I discovered Saree.com. This site has a humongous range of gorgeous sarees in many different fabrics, colors and styles. They don't only have beautiful sarees but gorgeous lehengas, salwar kameezes, gowns and kurtis too. They offer worldwide shipping, so even if you are abroad, you can get yourself one or gift one to an Indian relative or friend. Isn't that amazing?

Just look at these stunning creations from their site and you'll know what I'm talking about. 


Beautiful aren't they? Which one's your favorite? Don't forget to use code SPCL500 if you're buying something to get Rs 500 off on your order (valid on orders above Rs 500 only)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Girl Power - Leadership and Beyond

We may live in a man's world where we are known as the fairer or weaker sex but if you take a proper look around, one can clearly see that women are superstars in today's age. Whether its politics, business, sports or entertainment, there are numerous examples of ladies who have achieved success and worldwide recognition for their talent and hard work. While the specifics of their career paths vary, each shares the goal of making a difference in the wider world.  These women are passionate, know their strengths and are never afraid of learning. This is how they turn challenges into opportunities and have reached where they are today. In this post, I'm going to talk about a couple of fabulous women I admire.

Being a fashion blogger, I had to start with Sophia Amoruso, the founder of the LA based online fashion retailer Nasty Gal and author of a bestselling advice book #Girlboss . Sophia created Nasty Gal in 2006 as a vintage shop on eBay curated to her personal favorites. Over the years, her fashion sense attracted a set of 20 something female customers who were looking for unique and edgy fashionable clothes. Operating exclusively online till last year, Nasty Gal has a powerful presence on social media, with more than one million followers on Facebook and Instagram. It also gave Amoruso a target audience for her motivational book “#GirlBoss,” which was published last year and currently ranks in the top 500 books on Amazon. I've read it and its hilarious and inspirational, like the badass and outspoken Sophia herself.


Then there's Victoria Beckham aka Posh Spice, one fifth of a notoriously cheesy girl band we all grew up listening and dancing to. However, how many of you really noticed her during her Spice Girls stint? I sure didn't. Even after her wedding to football superstar David Beckam, she has just known as one of the Spice Girls who had married Beckham. But look how she moved on to reinvent herself as a respected and sought after fashion designer. She has risen above endless criticism to become her own force in the fashion industry, dressing everyone from Hollywood celebrities to ‘normal’ women all over the world. And along with all this, she balances her life being wife to a doting father and husband, and mother to 4 kids. So, as a loving wife, originator of Girl Power, career switching entrepreneur, mother of four and survivor of pop star fame, Victoria Beckham is one helluva role model. 

Moving on to the line of beauty, Bobbi Brown first arrived on the scene in 1991 with the launch of her self titled makeup line which consisted of a handful of brown-based lipsticks created to bring simple, flattering and wearable makeup. Cosmetics giant Estée Lauder bought the Bobbi Brown brand in 1995, just 4 years after the company’s inception, and today Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is a global brand that has expanded beyond lipstick to a full range of cosmetics, fragrances and skincare products, with a presence in more than 57 countries. Bobbi Brown retains creative control of the brand.  Her brand has A-list admirers including L’Wren Scott and Oprah Winfrey and her business is valued at more than $1 billion worldwide.

Kathryn Bigelow was the first woman in history to win the Oscar for Best Director. Remember the fact that her low-budget war based film, The Hurt Locker, also beat her ex-husband James Cameron's blockbuster, Avatar in the same year? This sure made me beam with pride because I think Avatar had a cheesy Bollywood movie-like story while the whole world would agree with me that the Hurt Locker was a serious, realistic and brilliant movie. On accepting her well-deserved award, she said: 'I hope I'm the first of many. I'm ever grateful if I can inspire some young, intrepid, tenacious male or female film-maker and have them feel that the impossible is possible and never give up on your dream.' In the words of Game Of Throne's Lena Headey who plays Cersei Lannister - "I look at someone like Kathryn Bigelow, and I have so much admiration. She's playing in the boy's sandpit, and winning." Enough said.  

Moving on to politics - a field I have barely any interest or knowledge about, I adore this quote by Margaret Thatcher. Known as the Iron Lady, she was first and only female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and her strong will and determination deserve to be admired. Leaders of course, come in all age groups. Another honorable mention here is the youngest ever Nobel Prize Laureate, 17-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai who was awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for her campaigning work for the rights of the education of girls in her native Pakistan.



Being an avid reader, I had to mention J. K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer. It is a known fact that the Harry Potter books and movie franchise have captured the imaginations of children and adults all over the world. The books have sold over 400 million copies and have been translated into dozens of languages. Being a Twihard, I also had to mention that its no secret that Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga was no less popular. After all, Twilight was powerful enough to divide everyone from young teenage girls to women in their late twenties like me, to choose between a vampire and a werewolf. Another notable example of its popularity is the fact that it is the very basis and inspiration for E.L James' hugely popular Fifty Shades Of Gray franchise.

These were a few women whose success stories are worth reading about and learning from. This post is an entry for the #EveryWomanIsALeader blogging competition held by www.shethepeople.tv. You can win an all-paid expense trip to an exciting destination and other goodies. You can read more about the contest and participate here : http://shethepeople.tv/leadership-contest/

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Outfit - Summer Style With Lavie Bags

I've been using a Lavie bag on a daily basis right from the beginning of year so I'm a great fan of their designs, durability and quality. When they reached out to me to style an outfit with a bag from their new Spring Summer 2015 collection, I was more than happy to do so. I love black and white, so I chose a chic striped bag in these colors. I've done three different looks featuring the bag. Check them out-

Look 1 - Corporate Chic

I have a fairly large amount of white shirts and tops which I wear with black pants. Its kinda like my personal uniform. Whether I'm at work or out for dinner, you'll find me wearing the white top black pants combo frequently. I don't like simple officey looking white shirts so I buy ones with a twist like you can see from the sleeves of this one below. And by the way, I actually wear this outfit to work.

Shirt - Forever 21
Pants - Zara
Shoes - Forever 21

Look Two - Pretty in Pastels

Besides my love for monochrome, I also love pastels so I decided to do a cute and feminine look featuring a skater skirt, a fitted top and a chiffon blazer. The striped bag adds a pop of brightness to the soft color palette of this outfit,  This one's perfect for a lunch date.

Top - Forever 21
Blazer - From Hong Kong
Skirt - From Bangkok
Shoes - Forever 21

Look Three - A Formal Affair

An elegant jumpsuit is the best alternative to a dress for a formal occasion. This jumpsuit is one of my favorites because its chic, sophisticated and has a retro vibe. By now, I guess you've realized how much I love the combination of black and white!

Jumpsuit - From Bangkok
Shoes - Forever 21

These photos were taken by my friend Akshat Bhatnagar. Check out his amazing work here

 Which one did you like best? Let me know in your comments below! 
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