Thursday, August 25, 2016

Mens Formalwear Style Guide

I seldom write about men's fashion but have often received requests to write more posts on menswear so this post for all you guys out here. This guide is all about formal dressing and how you can look more stylish and put together when dressing in formal wear. 


Shirts

A white shirt is my personal favorite (on both men and women) and builds a foundation for any tailored look. Find those which fit you perfectly and invest in a few to build an effortlessly stylish wardrobe. Less formal occasions allow you to experiment with colors. For the day, softer colors like light blue, beige or yellow can look great and for the night you can go for darker hues like black, gray and dark blue. Also feel free to explore traditional patterns like stripes or subtle checks. Choose colors that flatter your skin tone and avoid bright colors and vivid prints.

Get the right fit: look for a style that skims the body – you want ease of movement without too much excess fabric on the sleeves or chest. Check out Arrow for some great formal shirts. When choosing a tie, remember that shirt and tie combinations are always best kept simple.  The proportions of the shirt collar, tie width and suit jacket lapel should all work together.


Suits, Jackets & Trousers

The classic two-button, single-breasted jacket with back vents is a great investment purchase. You can style it for a variety of occasions and dress codes, from weddings to office settings. Nail the basics by choosing a simple style in black, navy or grey and make sure to fasten the top button of the jacket for style. You can then add personality with accessories and shirting.

Flat-fronted trousers provide a clean and streamlined look. The hem of your trousers should sit at the top of your shoe, just brushing the top of the heel at the back. Blackberrys has a good range of fitted trousers. 

When you’re looking for the right suit, start with the color and then the fit. Choose one that is versatile and can be worn for many occasions.
Shoes, Socks & Belts

Shoes can make or break an outfit. Invest in the right pair to finish off your formal outfit. Black suits demand a black shoe, while brown shoes work well with navy or grey suits. Brogues or Oxfords are a safe bet.

Great socks are a must for a formal outfit; choose a color that harmonizes with your shoes and doesn't stand out. Always match your belt to your shoes as belts break up the color block of a suit and add visual definition when you take the jacket off.

Finishing touches

Finishing touches add finesse to your outfit - a great watch really sets off a suit while cuff linkslet you inject a bit of individuality into your look. You can also add personality to your formal look with a pocket square. Keep it subtle with white or a light shade; add a pop of pattern or color to make the look stand out.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Spa Review - Sukho Thai Foot Spa | Phoenix MarketCity


I've been to a lot of spas around the city but had never visited Sukho Thai though I had heard of it for many years from my Bombay days. So last weekend, after a night of wining, dining and lots of dancing, I decided to treat my feet to some TLC at Sukho Thai Foot Spa at Phoenix MarketCity Pune and was transported to foot heaven. For those of you who don't know about it, Sukho Thai is the first international foot massage spa chain in India which started in Mumbai 6 years ago and now has a presence in Pune and Goa too

As I entered the spa, I noticed the sharp contrast from the bright and bustling mall to the dimly lit and tranquil environment of the Spa. The spa is done up in a tasteful manner and makes you feel calm and relaxed from the moment you enter it with soothing music playing in the background and the fragrance of aromatherapy oils. The therapy here is different from traditional spas, so you don't need to undress and they don't slather oil all over your body. Besides the leg and foot part, the rest of the body is treated with a dry massage and the whole therapy takes place on a reclining chair. You can even get a treatment done with a friend or your beau so you can both enjoy the experience side by side!

I went for the foot massage with back, shoulders and head. To start with, the therapist brought a vessel of hot water and petals using which she cleansed and sanitized my feet. After this, I had to soak my feet in the water and she washed them with liquid soap to cleanse them. This was followed by a gentle massage to open up the joints and relax them. The next step consisted of an oil massage from knees to my feet in firm strokes with a focus on all the right pressure points to relax the body. She paid great attention to detail and spent a lot of time on each leg and foot, ensuring that every pressure point was emphasized upon. Using different Thai moves, she hit all the right points to un-knot all my muscle points. She also used a small stick to put pressure on certain points on my sole and the effect was immediate and so relaxing. In the end of the foot massage, she used some aromatic powder on my legs and feet which I'm guessing was to absorb all the oil and cream from my skin.  My legs were then wrapped with a dry towel followed by a dry massage to my full legs, back, shoulder and head. After the foot massage, she started with stretching my legs, shoulders and back along with a detailed massage on each area. Your limbs will be pulled, stretched and kneaded till you feel like you’ve been through a workout session, not a spa but it's so super relaxing!

I walked out fully relaxed and energized and absolutely loved the experience and am definitely going back to Sukho Thai real soon! If you have never gone for a foot massage before, I recommend you to try it. It's so relaxing and blissful because the therapists are trained to work wonders on your feet, massaging the right pressure points, alleviating knots allowing for complete detoxification of the mind, body and soul. The best part right now is that SukhoThai is celebrating it's 6th Anniversary on 5th Sept 2016 and till then, they are giving a buy one get one free offer on all therapies above 90 minutes! So what are you waiting for? Hurry up and avail this offer and take yourself to foot heaven!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Outfit - Slay in Gray

I rarely wear clubwear styles (even when I go partying) but sometimes you find that special something that makes you go - Damn, this looks hot! And that was exactly my reaction when I saw this outfit! I got it from Lovelywholesale.com, a fantastic site which a humongous variety of  amazing and unique clothing and accessories at insane prices. Their quality is good and shipping is really fast too! I totally recommend you to check out this site if you're looking to add some unique pieces to your wardrobe!








Top and Skirt Set - Lovelywholesale
Bag - Accessorize
Shoes - Forever 21

Photography - Akshat Bhatnagar 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Rangriti Ethnic Indian Apparel

 I recently discovered Rangriti - an women's ethnic wear brand that offers a wide range of bright and happy Indian wear at very reasonable prices. In Hindi, the word rang means color while riti means fashion so the brand name embodies a fusion of the two and brings out a line that is a fine blend of feminine cuts and beautiful shades in sync with the latest fashion trends.

Rangriti has some beautiful designs a very attractive prices and is perfect for gorgeous pieces that can be added to you daily wear wardrobe. With a wide range of beautiful kurtas, anarkalis, churidars, dupattas, leggings and kurtis in vibrant prints, colors and patterns, the brand aims to bring freshness, variety and style to every woman’s closet. Make sure to check out their site if you're looking for pretty looking and affordable kurtis online.

Here are some of my favorite selections from their website -

How gorgeous is this yellow salwar kameez set? 


This blue printed kurta is perfect for daily wear for a college student or working woman. 


This flared kurta is a milder version of an anarkali and can be worn on a casual basis. 


This suit has a Pakistani style with palazzo bottoms which is a huge trend at the moment


Overall, I loved a lot of designs and styles on the Rangriti website and was even more amazed at how affordable the items are. Make sure to check out this brand if you're looking for affordable ethnic women's fashion online!

Monday, August 08, 2016

New Glasses From GlassesShop.com

If there's one thing I cannot live without it's my glasses! With a decently high power of  -3.75, you can safely say that I have terrible vision and for over a decade I wear glasses when I'm at home and work. I've always loved black frames and the cat eye shape so was delighted to find this awesome pair at Glassesshop.com, a US based online store that sells prescription eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses at fantastic prices and lightning fast shipping! The site has a lot of chic and trendy frames in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors and they also offer good discounts with various payment methods to make shopping for glasses hassle free. 

If you're confused about what to choose, you can use their Try On feature where you can see how it looks on your photograph or you can upload a picture from your webcam. This makes your buying decision much simpler and you don't have to worry about how it will look on you. The pair I've ordered is the Novia Cat Eye in Black and it arrived in less than ten days. How awesome is that! The frames fit me perfectly and are lightweight and comfortable. Check out how great they look on me - 

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Overall, I'm very impressed with GlassesShop.com and totally recommend it if you're looking for a nice pair of eyeglasses or sunglasses. Since they ship all around the globe, you can order from them no matter which part of the world you're in. They also have a "First Pair Free" promotion where you get your first pair free including 1.50 single vision lenses, anti-scratch coating and a protective case and microfiber cloth. All you have to pay is for the shipping and handling fee.

 I also have a special coupon code for my readers which gives you 50% off on eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses (sale frames excluded). Just use GSHOT50 at checkout!
  Make sure to check out their store whenever you need new glasses!

Friday, August 05, 2016

My Envy Box x Wed Me Good

Last month's Envy Box was a wedding special box in collaboration with Wed Me Good, a  website/app which focuses on all your wedding related needs right from outfits, venues, photographers and much more. The bright pink box was decorated with a orange motif and came with some nice beauty products but unfortunately some samples were too small and most of the products were from Indian companies. 


The box came with a cute origami inspired card by Wed Me Good which had a checklist of things for a bride to do before the big day. I actually checked out Wed Me Good's site and was really impressed with the way it's organized and how helpful it is for a bride to be. And even though I have no plans or (love) interest to get married anytime in the near future, I actually spent a lot of time on the site checking out bridal outfits. 




The first full sized product in the box is the SkinYoga Marigold Foot Soak. I haven't tried it yet but I like the concept as foot soaks aren't easily available here in India. The marigold flower works as an excellent coolant to bring down body heat and soothes and de-tans sun burnt feet. The sea salt relaxes tired muscles and removes dirt while coconut reveals softer, moisturized and well-nourished feet.


The second full sized product in the box is the Gulare Glow Girl Shimmering Dry Oil which a is lightweight and moisturizing vanilla scented oil that gives your skin a bronzed look with a hint of shimmer. I quite like this product and would love to use it on a beach holiday. 


It also had a tiny sample of Kerastase Fragrance Oil which soothes the scalp, acts as leave in conditioner and gives hair a beautiful shine and fragrance. I haven't tried this one yet though. And lastly, there were two samples from Kama Ayurveda, one hand cream and the other is the Kumkumadi face scrub. Both products are really nice but I just wish they were slightly bigger in size. 


Overall a decent box and now I look forward to seeing what they have in store for us in August for the rainy season special 'Monsoon Affair' box! For those of you who aren't aware of this, My Envy Box is a subscription based beauty box which sends out five to six luxury beauty, hair and fragrance samples (and full sized products too) each month at a reasonable Rs 850 per month. I have been getting these for the past 2 years and absolutely love it. So subscribe, check out their website here.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Retro Style Guide


Even though we’ve stepped into the 21st century where style is all about tank tops in light, pastel shades, super slim jeans, bodycon skirts and dresses, not every woman loves to dress that way. Retro elements like polka dots, frills and high waist pants have made their way into modern wardrobes nowadays and this style is frequently seen on celebrities like Dita Von Teese, Taylor Swift and Lana Del Rey. That’s retro fashion in a nutshell – something that never goes out of style as it combines a touch of individuality with an element of elegance and old world charm. If you love retro fashion, make sure to check out Abof Online Shopping Coupons to get the best deals on vintage fashion. 


Dress Like The Icons
The elegant retro vibe that Audrey Hepburn exuded or the classic diva look sported by the ultra feminine Greta Garbo have charmed may girls till date. If you want to dress like them remember that classic style outfits paired with classy accessories can never go wrong. Whether it’s an A-line long dress or a puff sleeve dresses with uniform floral prints, a retro outfit always looks cute, sophisticated and feminine. 


Fashionable retro dresses to count on
Retro dresses available today aren’t exactly the same as they used to be in their actual times. However, they carry an essence of the retro cuts, patterns and designs and are blended with new age fashion aesthetics to make them look more appealing. For instance, dresses with ribbons and frills  would form the quintessential retro look and the same elements are incorporated into outfits nowadays with a modernized look. Gingham prints and polka dots are an example of retro prints which are back in style every few seasons. In terms of accessories, hair bands and head bands have been popular among lots of girls for decades now. 


Even when it comes to pop culture, how can we forget Blair Waldorf whose wardrobe was the perfect blend of preppy and retro fashion. Even if you see the cast of Scream Queen, most clothes have a retro and vintage style and this stands true especially for Emma Robert's character Chanel. As you can see from her styling in the show, vintage style is not just about dresses. You have scope to mix and match clothing and blend retro style with modern pieces for a look that's urban yet vintage chic. For instance, bell bottoms might seemingly look out of place today but flared jeans with boot cut leg would look perfect when teamed with a polka dotted top or a checked shirt. Think of the girls in Guess ads, they always have that retro vibe to them. Women that have a sporty sense of style can also pair it up with a plain tank top and a classic Adidas jacket to add a touch of retro style to their look.

Do you like retro fashion or prefer modern style? I have a weakness for 70s style looks. Let me know in your comments below.  

Monday, August 01, 2016

Hobbies For The Lazy

There are times in life when really want to take some time off without venturing outside or meeting up any of friends for a while. This has been happening to me lately thanks to the cold and gloomy weather and I've been a total slob this entire weekend, sitting in one spot on my bed. That's when I thought of hobbies for when you feel lazy (or you're just generally lazy) so here are some hobbies you can take up without literally getting that bum off the sofa -

Play an instrument


Music is an instant mood lifter so pick up an instrument of your choice and try learning how to play it. I always wanted to learn how to play the guitar, but never made an effort because I'm a leftie and would always get confused but I did learn how to play the keyboard. The best part is you can just sit back on the sofa and play along without ever breaking a sweat. There are a lot of online classes and videos you could refer to teach yourself. 

Knit a sweater


You think knitting wool is too old school? Absolutely not. As many would suggest, knitting is extremely relaxing. You could knit while you watch your favorite series and even make a scarf or a ugly sweater for someone if you're really bad at it! Alternatively, you could learn stitching and it's always awesome to make you own clothes!

 Start a blog


Well you can see how that worked out for me :) Penning down your thoughts can be an absolutely delightful hobby. Just lay back on the sofa and start writing your everyday stories, as you would talk about them to someone you know. Once you develop a hang of it, start your own blog and keep writing. You might even end up having a ton of people following you before you even know it. 

Play Games online



There are numerous online gaming options that are quite entertaining and you can literally play them without even stepping a foot out of sofa! I'm guilty of being hooked on to a silly match 3 game called Monster Buster and am totally addicted to it. You could even experience the thrill of simultaneously winning some real cash prizes with free bingo games if you are playing on the right sites.

 Get fit



Yep. Believe it or not, you can use your sofa to do some real good work outs, proving those wrong who point fingers at people who never leave the sofa. You can do pretty much exercise your full body with stretches, press-ups, push-ups squats, tricep dips and more. 

Imagine, the list of things you could actually do without moving an inch from the sofa! Could think of few more easy yet interesting ones? Let me know in your comments below. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Decoding My Style

You never find me wearing very bright or girly outfits but I definitely favor certain color combinations which dominate my wardrobe and dressing style! I love shopping from export surplus stores as they stock a lot of international brands that aren’t present in India. I also buy most of my basic separates from  Forever 21 because they are stylish and reasonable. Here are some looks that define the way I dress -


Black and White with Red lips

I am madly in love with black and white and absolutely love wearing white tops with black bottoms. I like to add in a dash of color to the outfit with red lipstick.


Dark Florals

Even though I rarely wear prints, I have a weakness for floral print against a black background. I love this cute dress because it's perfect for summer but I like to wear it with boots instead of heels.

 
 Neutrals

When I'm not wearing black, I'm usually wearing beige, pale pink, nude or other neutral shades like this skirt and top combo.


All Black 

I wear a lot of all black outfits and have lots of black dresses. To make the look pop, I like to add a touch of gold whenever possible as I have below with this chic gold belt.


Although I don’t wear dresses on a very regular basis, I buy most of my one piece dresses online 
to find the most unique and off beat pieces.

Which look do you like the best? Let me know in your comments below! For more outfits and looks, follow me on instagram at www.instagram.com/junebiswas or click on the pic below -


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Spa Review - Orrganic Elemennt

Orrganic Element is a brand new spa in the bustling lane 6 in Koregaon Park. What makes it stand out from the hordes of spas in the area is everything here is completely natural and organic. This spalon offers products and treatments that are created using plant derivatives without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial chemicals. All their spa treatments are enhanced by the use of non-toxic polishes, organic scrubs, organic lotions, and essential oils.  They a wide range of body massages, foot massages, head massages, pedicures, manicures and facials with healing techniques and result oriented treatments which uplift your senses and revitalize your body. 


This spa was founded by Kaveeta Pol who has been in the industry for almost a decade and wanted to break away from the rampant use of chemical filled products. Not only are the products used organic, but even the decor has been made with biodegradable materials and even the utensils used here are made of copper which is known to be beneficial for health. Being a staunch vegetarian and an avid animal lover, Kaveeta launched the spa to create awareness about animal cruelty thus none of the products used here are tested on animals and they do not use any animal by products either. 


I tried out some therapies at the spa recently and was very pleased with their services. I went for the  Top to Toe package which begins with a head massage followed with an aromatherapy treatment and a organic body scrub. My spa therapist Sonam greeted me with a warm smile and impressed me with her sweet nature and fantastic masseuse skills. The head massage was incredibly relaxing and literally had me feeling light headed. I think I really need to indulge in these more often as I have long hair and a good head massage is good for hair growth too. Moving on to the aromatherapy massage, she used organic coconut oil mixed with aroma oils for a calming aroma combined with the benefit of coconut oil which is nourishing, yet not too greasy or thick. The massage was so good that I almost fell asleep 3 times during the course, which is proof of how relaxed I felt. The massage was followed by a body scrub made of raw sugarcane. I loved the texture as it was not very harsh, yet once I had a shower, I could feel the difference in my skin as it felt very smooth, renewed and revitalized even one day later. 


Overall, I had a fantastic experience at Orrganic Elemennt and if you're looking for some pampering, I totally recommend you to visit this spa! You definitely won't be disappointed!

Address -
Orrganic Elemennt,Basement 1, Shahinsha Society, Opposite Joggers Park, Lane 6, Koregaon Park,
Pune - 411 006

Phone -
020 4125 3366 |  +91 99216 17834

Website -
http://orrganicelemennt.com/

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