Wednesday, August 02, 2017

It's All About That Lace

Who doesn't love lace? Originally made of linen, silk, gold or silver threads, this delicate fabric has been around for centuries and can now be made from a variety of fibers such as nylon, polyester, linen, wool, cotton, silk and rayon.


The only difference is that while lace was used to decorate everything from dresses to door knobs in the 17th century, today it can be seen primarily used in bridal gowns and lingerie. Because of the way lace can transition from ethereal and romantic to lush and opulent, it’s the perfect fabric for a wedding dress. And the fact that it looks amazing in white doesn't hurt either. 

You would be surprised to know that there are numerous types of lace and each has a specific origin and history. Let me tell you about a few of them. 


Alençon lace or point d'Alençon lace was first made in France in the 16th century, and is renowned for its fine netting ground, corded outlined floral patterns, and heavenly detailing. Alençon lace is superlative as trim for wedding gowns and bridal veils and consists of a floral design on a sheer or net background and has a soft, cotton-like texture.


Possibly the best known type of wedding dress fabric, Chantilly lace or Galloon Lace, as it can be known, is very fine and delicate and is made on a lightweight hexagonal mesh background. The motifs are sometimes outlined in a heavier silky thread or exhibit shading effects and usually have doubled scalloped edges.


Guipire lace is also known as Venetian lace and is a firm, stiff lace without a net background. Patterns are created by a series of close, embroidered stitches onto fine fabric.

Picture credit - maggiesottero.com 


Embroidered Lace: Delicate patterns tightly stitched onto an illusion base, forming the appearance of an applique. Often, pieces of embroidered lace are on top of a separate tulle layer.

Bet you didn't know that there was so much variety and history behind this iconic fabric. Thanks to its intricate construction and romantic floral and geometric details, lace looks fresh season after season, and this is why it has been favored by designers year after year.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Millionaire Organic Hair Mist Review

Since I color my hair every month (red is a pain to maintain and fades to copper in a few weeks as you can see from my present hair color below), I am always on the lookout for products to improve its texture and make it look healthy and shiny. To top that, it's been really rainy and humid here in Pune so it's one helluva fight with frizzy hair on a very regular basis. As you may know, serums are really not the best product to beat frizz during monsoon because they make hair kinda icky and sticky because of the moisture in the air. If you didn't know before, I'm quite obsessed with my hair and get quite distressed if it doesn't look or feel nice so I was on the lookout for a product that would sort out my current hair woes and that's when I discovered Millionaire Organic Hair Mist! 

The secret to super shiny hair, Millionaire Hair Mist is a truly innovative new hair care product unlike anything else on the market, the ultimate pick-me-up for dull, tired and lackluster hair, it nourishes and transforms your locks from the inside out for incredible light reflecting, dazzling shine!



Made up of natural and organic ingredients like Aloe Vera leaf juice, organic Blackcurrant extract and Pomegranate extract, Millionaire Organic Hair Mist contains antioxidants which combat harmful and damaging effects from the environment and bring life to damaged hair. This lightweight, multipurpose hair mist styles, hydrates and protects while conditioning, nourishing, moisturizing and hydrating! Even though the bottle says hair oil, the oil is water based and dispersed in a mist and doesn't weigh fine hair down or feel one bit close to oil. No weighing down, no greasiness, just gorgeous salon hair in a matter of minutes.

Ingredients:

- Organic aloe vera leaf juice: smoothes, creates shine, attracts and seals in moisture
- Organic Blackcurrant extract: a great antioxidant that helps to combat harmful and damaging effects of the environment gives great volume 
- Pomegranate extract: high in antioxidants which help bring life to damaged hair 
- Argan oil: provides essential fatty acids oleic and lineoic that benefits dry and dehydrated hair, will restore, regenerate, reconstruct and strengthen 
- Sage essential oil: imparts shine, intensifies colour and nourishes 
- Ginger essential oil: aids in stimulating hair follicles to promote hair growth 
- Castor oil: high in vitamin E, minerals and proteins, omega 6 and 9, replenishes the scalps natural oil and undo some of the damage of harsh chemical hair products 
- Solubizer and phenoxyethanol


Usage:
 Millionaire mist can be used in many different ways - Use on damp hair as a conditioning treatment restoring moisture. Spray over evenly before styling, as a shine enhancing finishing spray or spritz hair during the day to revive and control frizz. Freshen and perfume with a seductive scent. Use it on damp hair to detangle after washing. Spray on damp hair after the shower for a refreshing smell!


How it works:
Dispenses as a Mist for treatment and styling. The advanced oils in the product provide a powerful treatment for damaged or frizzy hair. ‘Millionaire’ works by penetrating the hair cuticle locking in moisture and smoothing the surface. Unlike other ‘oils’ that merely ‘coat’ the hair, this oil works from the roots by softening hair, acting as a foundation to protect the hair shaft against impurities, keeping frizz at bay, increasing elasticity and improving the condition of hair. Millionaire will penetrate the hair cuticle and over the next few hours your hair will moisturise and soften, rebuilding and strengthening from the inside out. Its key ingredient, extract of aloe, has a similar chemical structure as keratin (the primary protein in hair) helping to rejuvenate each hair strand, building strength and elasticity.

Shop:
Buy it here


My Verdict:
A luxury, organic, anti frizz, anti dandruff, anti hair loss, hydrating, moisturising and non greasy hair oil. What else do you need? 

Overall, I think this product is just perfect nourishment without weight your hair down. It is especially useful for those who live in a humid climate as it's so light on your hair! I totally recommend it! Millionaire Hair Mist has been featured in top glossy magazines such as Harpers Bazaar, Vogue and Grazia magazine and well-known beauty professionals rave about this being their number 1 hair product.

Shop this product here

Photography - Akshat Bhatnagar

Monday, July 10, 2017

Get Selfiesh at Westend Mall

It's that time of the year when I hit the mall to get the best deals without breaking the bank! Yup, it's sale season and it's raining discounts at the SELFIE-SH SALE at Westend Mall in Pune. The sale is on till 16th July so hurry and check it out! Located in Parihar Chowk in Aundh, this is the perfect place for you to hit up especially if you stay in West Pune (Aundh, Baner, PCMC, Hinjewadi, SB road, Deccan). I went there during the weekend and was delighted to discover this mall as it's the perfect destination for fashion, food and fun!


Westend Mall houses brands like H&M, Shoppers Stop, Tommy Hilfiger, Globus, WildCraft, Color Plus, Adidas, Global Desi, Adidas, Zoush, Biba, First Cry, Cinepolis, Burger King, MOD and much more. And as you can see, there are massive sales everywhere!




 The H&M store here is running a discount of upto 70% off so this is the time to go stock up on basics and update your wardrobe at throwaway prices!


VANS is running a buy 1 get 1 free promo so the store was choc-a-bloc with customers!


This sale is not just for women, men's brands are all running discounts too so this is a good time to stock up on formal wear for all you gentlemen out there.


If you're a denim lover, don't miss Levi's with their flat 50% off!


Lazoush is an interesting store where I found a lot of nice bags and shoes! I totally recommend you to check it out!


If you love wearing ethnic stuff, you must hit Ethnicity! They have a lot of nice traditional stuff and are running discounts too!


One of the most impressive things about Westend mall is that it has amazing food options such as the
famous Good luck café, Wadeshwar and Polka Dots. Westend is the only Mall that can give you the taste of local bun maska and both Starbucks under one roof. Unlike most mall food courts that have really average food court food, Westend mall's multi cuisine food court has a lot of good dining options and I've actually heard a lot of good things about it from friends and colleagues before I even went there! Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed!


Oh and there's some exciting news for all you beauty junkies, Nykaa is opening a store there! How awesome is that!



Once you're done with  shopping and dining, Westend mall also has  Cinepolis and IMAX to ensure ‘larger than life’ entertainment for you!


So as you can see, Westend Mall has something for everyone and make sure you head there as soon as you can to get selfish and make the most of their SELFIE-SH sale which is on till 16th July!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wedding Dress Trends 2017

A friend of mine recently got married in Fiji and before she zeroed down on her dream dress, she showed me a bunch of options she was confused about. Since I’ve been blogging for a long time and am always on the lookout for new styles and trends around the world, this got me researching bespoke wedding gowns and I got in touch with a friend of mine who specializes in the creation of bridal gowns for wedding ceremonies and has been in the business for almost 13 years now. She obviously encounters a lot of queries from would-be brides regarding what would be the perfect gown to wear for their special day and her answers vary based on many considerations, but one of the most common questions she gets is what is the hottest wedding gown for this year. So with her help, here’s a list of bridal gown trends for 2017:


For Winter Weddings:


She gets a lot of orders of long sleeved wedding gowns that are going to be used for that time of the year. So I think a long sleeved bridal gown is a great choice to be included in my list. Meanwhile, if you can handle the cold, a Strapless Floor-length Chiffon Sleeve Wedding dress with a removable shrug can transform any woman into a stunning bride during winter weddings.



Beach and Destination Weddings:



I handpicked this champagne colored lace wedding dress because colored wedding dresses are in for 2017. The detailing at the back and light lace fabric make it lightweight and easy to walk around in at a destination wedding. Lace is a great option for wedding gowns as it is not very heavy and fits the wearer well. This is probably why Kate Middleton’s chose lace for her iconic Alexander McQueen wedding gown. Lacy textures and appliques lend themselves to all kinds of aesthetics, from ethereal and romantic to gothic and cutting-edge.



Simple and Modest Weddings:


For simple wedding ceremonies, I am more inclined to suggest simple but elegant wedding gowns. I chose this strapless wedding dress because of its simplicity combined with the sophisticated appeal of the rhinestone detailing on the bodice. This dress is elegant without looking over the top.


Grand weddings:



Empire wedding dresses and ball gown wedding dresses are still in for this year, but I chose something that’s easy on the eye (for the viewers) and for the body (for the wearer). These 2 dresses are perfect for any grand wedding. The one shouldered detail of the first one  makes it stand out from conventional wedding dresses and the trail detailing on the shoulder exudes a regal appeal that makes the bride look grand and elegant. The second one looks classy and sophisticated due to its extensive use of satin which lends a royal appearance to any garment. It also features subtle embroidery which adds to the beauty of the dress.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Featured - Top 100 Indian Fashion Blogs

I'm so happy to share that my blog is in the Top 100 Indian Fashion Blogs by Feedspot - a blog aggregation site which lists top blogs in various categories! Check out the badge on the right sidebar of my blog! Blogs have been ranked based on their google reputation and search ranking along with influence and popularity on social media sites, quality and consistency of posts and Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review. 

One of my recent collaborations with Accessorize
This is really special to me because this year I complete a decade of blogging and trust me, back when I started, no one in India even knew what a blog was. When I started blogging, it was those Orkut days and Facebook wasn't even popular in India. Over the years, Instagram came up and now there are numerous girls around the world who think posting outfit pictures makes them bloggers but I have stuck to writing because I feel that a blog should be a source of information and help others make decisions rather than just be eye candy. Even though I love Instagram, I keep it a mix of my personal life and blogging and don't want to show everyone a picture perfect life because that's not how life works. I took up blogging because fashion and writing have been my greatest passions and over the years, my blog has evolved beyond fashion and has diversified to topics like product and website reviews, restaurant reviews, gadget reviews. 

One of my collaborations with Lakme 
Blogging has been a fantastic journey for me - it has helped me make friends from around the world, it got me invited to attend and cover Lakme Fashion Week in 2012, then I got to travel to Dubai for an all-expenses paid trip and attend a fashion show in 2013. Thanks to the blog, I've been featured in various magazines and newspapers (you can check out my press mentions here) and of course I got to work with tons of amazing brands from L'Oreal to ASUS to Hard Rock Cafe and many more. So I'm just humbled and proud of my blog which has been my baby for a decade and a lifetime to come. 

One of my collaborations with TIGI
 A lot of people assume I'm a full time blogger but I've always had a full time desk job and I currently work as a data analyst and handle digital marketing in a research firm! And this is one of the main reasons that I don't get enough time to shoot or blog and disappear for a couple of weeks sometimes. However, all I want to say to each and every one of you who reads my blog is a huge THANK YOU for all your support! Keep reading :)

Thursday, June 08, 2017

An Afternoon With Kiehl's

Kiehl's is a 166-year-old skincare brand from New York which started off as an apothecary and has now transitioned into a full fledged skincare company which has a global presence. I was recently invited by the brand to host an afternoon with Kiehl's at their store at Phoneix Marketcity Pune and obviously obliged as I am a fan of the brand and absolutely love their products! 


It was a fun afternoon catching up with my friends and fellow bloggers over personalized skin consultations, product demonstrations of Kiehl's new launches and a lot of photo moments over some appetizers. 


Did you know that you will find a jolly lab coat clad skeleton called Mr Bones at every Kiehls store around the world?  The original 'Mr. Bones' is an actual human skeleton used by founding family member, Aaron Morse to educate patrons on various ailments and how Kiehl’s remedies would address them. Today, 'Mr. Bones' represents Kiehl’s pharmacy heritage, commitment to customer service, education and science.


My skin consultation was done by KCR (Kiehl's Customer Representative) Ranjana, who greeted me with a big smile and educated me about various Kiehls products. I was delighted to hear about the newly launched Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil which comes with the same formulation as their Midnight Recovery Concentrate which is a cult product around the world. She heard out my concerns and suggested appropriate products for the same. 


And that's happy June after her skin consultation!


What I love about Kiehls is that instead of advertising or fancy packaging, they let their products speak for themselves through customer testimonials and word-of-mouth. This always works for them thanks to their scientific and efficacious formulations that have always delivered fantastic results. 


The brand gives out samples generously, adhering to its 'try before you buy' sampling philosophy. Even if you come into the store and don’t buy anything they will always send you away with samples. All the ladies got their skin consultations done and received samples of products according to their skin type and problems. 


Their product ranges include body care, hair care, skin care, dermatologist solutions and specific collections for men and babies. If you’re new to the brand and don't know where to begin, there’s a helpful Customer Favorites stand near the entrance which features Kiehl’s best-selling products specific to each region. 

Anyway, getting back to the event, here are a bunch of photos of me and my friends -











 I had a superb time hosting an Afternoon with Kiehl's and my friends enjoyed the event! A big thanks to all of the girls who made it in spite of it being a weekday! In case you haven't tried it yet, Kiehl’s beauty products are internationally recognized as being the highest quality in skincare and are used by numerous Hollywood celebrities. So the next time you're looking for some serious skincare, don't forget to hit your nearest Kiehl's store and pamper your skin and senses!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

My Envy Box May 2017

On the last day of May, I finally bring you the review of this month's My Envy Box! The May box had the theme Sip Of Summer and has a gorgeous watermelon print on the cover. Its contents are a mix of hair and skincare. Unfortunately I wasn't too pleased with them even though there were three full sized products in the box :(




To start with the The Nature’s Co. Mango Creme Body Wash (Rs 695) which claims to be a pulpy mango creme body wash which is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which makes your skin healthy, radiant and youthful. It's gentle and moisturizing on skin but I was disappointed by it because I wanted a strong and fruity mango fragrance and this doesn't smell anything like mango to me. With the uproar of everything Alphonso in every product in the market thanks to summer, I guess I set my expectations too high. 


Then there's the Fuschia Herbal Fusion Shampoo (Rs 450) which is supposed to combat hair loss and dryness while providing nutrition to the scalp and cleansing and conditioning it. It is herbal and sulphate free and is enriched with the goodness of Brahmi, Amla, Shikakai and many more natural ingredients that are very good for hair. I am yet to try it out so cannot really say more about it.


My favorite product in the box is Cheryl’s Dermashade Sunblock SPF 30 (Rs 550) which I have been using daily since I received it. I absolutely love the dry clay like texture of this product and how light it sits on the skin while offering sun protection. Cheryl's is a reputed brand among salons for facials and skincare products so their products are very good. 


Now for the products that came in really tiny samples! There's a sachet of Grecobe Green Coffee which has strong antioxidant properties and helps reduce blood sugar levels has an anti-diabetic effect. It also supposedly helps in weight loss and exerts an anti obesity effect. I don't drink tea or coffee so I don't know what   

There are two tiny vials of Omorfee Mellow Drizzle Skin Toner which I used a couple of times and quite liked. These are enriched with lavender, sour honey and rose to tone and soothe your skin. It has  skin balancing and healing properties pepped up with the unique sour honey which gives tightens skin and makes it glow. 

Then there are L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, Reine Blanche Illuminating Cream and Serum sachets which are all fabulous products but the one time use sachets make me sad. 


Overall, an OK box for me. Looking forward to the June box!! Woohoo my month is coming!!

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