Monday, May 02, 2016

ShopOlympics At Phoenix MarketCity Pune

Phoenix MarketCity is undoubtedly Pune's favorite shopping destination and rightly so because it's the largest mall in the city and has the perfect blend of shopping, entertainment and dining. I recently took part in the ShopOlympics 2016 with a bunch of other fashion bloggers where we had to create as many summer looks as possible in 60 minutes in a budget of Rs 5000 ($75 only)! Definitely a challenge haha! 

Madhumita, Me, Natasha & Riya - The 4 bloggers who participated in ShopOlympics 2016
We were four bloggers and got four different stores for the challenge. I got Pantaloons, a multi brand store which had a lot of options from their spring summer 2016 collection! I've always been a fast shopper so I found it relatively easy to create a bunch of looks. What surprised me the most is that I actually managed to create 4 looks within the budget and had enough time to goof around with mannequins too. The only downside is that I didn't carry my DSLR so my photos are kinda awful because they were clicked from my phone. Anyhoo, check out the looks I created - 

Look One - Corporate Chic
This one's dedicated to all you corporate slaves out there. Just because you have a 9 to 5 desk job, it doesn't mean you have to dress boring. A half sleeved shirt and a pencil skirt make a comfortable yet cute office outfit.  

Tried to copy the mannequin's pose but couldn't quite make it 
Look Two - College Canteen
College days are a time to experiment with fashion! I teamed simple white tee with this adorable skort and knotted it up to convert it into a cropped tee. I also touched a mannequin inappropriately. 

This time I decided to spank the mannequin
Look Three - Summer Soiree
I've always been a fan of all white outfits for summer and this tube top and palazzo pants combination is exactly what I would wear for a chic and sophisticated evening look!

 I look upset because I couldn't find a mannequin this time. Also, I look like I have a detachable tail!
 Look Four - Sunset By The Beach
Being a beach fanatic, I had to do a look dedicated to the ocean so I teamed this beautiful flowy aquamarine skirt with a crop top that's perfect for sunset on a beach resort.  


After we all successfully completed our 60 minute challenge, all of us caught up for lots of candid photos. Overall, it was a great evening and ShopOlympics was great fun! It was awesome to see how creative we all got with all our looks given that we had a really tight budget. If you're looking to update your summer wardrobe, go to Phoenix MarketCity and you'll be amazed at the vast range of fashionable and reasonable options you'll find! 

To stay updated with the latest news and offers, make sure you follow Phoenix MarketCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  

How did you like the looks I created? Which one did you like the best? Let me know in your comments below!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Style Guide To Vintage Clothing

Vintage clothing isn’t just incredibly cost-effective but also eco-friendly since you’re recycling old clothes. Wearing vintage clothing is something that a lot of us want to do but not many can pull off. Some people make an attempt to wear vintage but end up looking like they’re wearing a Halloween costume. While there’s nothing wrong with this, it may not be your intention to channel a theatrical look. Here are a few tips on how you can perfectly pull off vintage clothing: 

• Mix and match with new pieces – One of the easiest ways to look like you’re wearing a costume is when you wear vintage from head to toe. Instead of this, you can mix your outfit around and pair vintage pieces with new pieces from your wardrobe. Maybe you could wear a vintage Victorian-style blouse with ripped jeans and a hoodie. Or if dresses are more your style, maybe you could pair a fifties-style dress with a leather jacket. The idea is to match your fancy vintage clothes with pieces to make them more suitable for everyday wear.

 Image Source: Babble on Pinterest

• Get inspired by current trends – When buying vintage clothing, try to look for pieces that resemble pieces from current trends. A lot of designers and fashion houses draw inspiration from vintage garments and reinterpret them with a modern twist. So it won’t be too surprising to find something in the thrift store that look like the latest clothes from modern designers. For instance, maybe you could find a vintage blouse from the seventies that look somewhat like the Spring/Summer 2016 collection from Gucci.

Image Source: Look.co.uk

• Dress around one dramatic piece – A lot of people wear vintage for the sake of theatrical pieces that add so much character to one’s look. You could dress down a head-turning vintage find to make it more suitable for everyday wear. You’re basically going to use the vintage piece as a statement wardrobe piece and wear it with simple basics. For instance, wearing a faux fur vintage coat with basic items in solid colors could tone down the dramatic flair of the coat. Otherwise you could find a vintage sequin skirt to wear with graphic tees and flatform sneakers.

 Image Source: Sincerely Jules

• Pick modern accessories – It’s easy to wear a whimsical vintage garment with pieces and accessories that match its era. Unless you’re intentionally creating a costume, this could be a mistake. Instead of this, try to go for accessories that are more contemporary yet still complementary to the vintage item. For instance, you could easily accessorize a chic vintage dress with modern booties or sneakers. If you’re wearing a bright-colored vintage piece, try to keep your accessories in a neutral tone so as to avoid look too whimsical.

 Image Source: Larkspur Vintage

• Mix eras around – If you do decide to wear vintage from head to toe, there’s another way to avoid looking like you’re wearing a costume or you’ve just time-travelled from a certain era. Instead of sticking to one era, try to mix up pieces from different eras so that your outfit seems more current. Maybe you could layer contrasting patterns or wear an unexpected combination of textiles. This can be the easiest way to create a unique and modern outfit that is also timeless and fun.

Image Source: Glam Radar

• Master the art of layering – Layering is your best bet at putting a modern twist to your vintage clothes. Pair both new and used items to create chic layers that are ideal for everyday wear. Take a retro sundress and wear a long sweater and a belt over it to get a work-worthy look. Maybe you could find a vintage maxi skirt, wear that with a graphic tee, and then layer a jacket and a scarf over that outfit. Otherwise, you could even layer a simple vintage dress over a fitted print shirt. Make sure you layer your outfit in such a way that you don’t look too bulky. 

Image Source: Baubles to Bubbles

Bottom Line

So now you have some of the basic ideas behind the art of vintage clothing and how to style them. The possibilities of styling vintage garments are endless, so have fun getting started. Whatever you decide to wear, make sure it exudes your personality and your everyday style choice. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Shopback Get Cashback With Your Online Shopping

It’s no secret that I love shopping online because it’s the best way to find unique fashion and superb deals and the whole world is your shopping mall! I recently picked up this outfit from Flipkart and this is one of my favorite looks and the best part is that even though the total cost of this outfit is above 4k, I got it for just under 2k thanks to Shopback! Shopback is cashback site which gives us attractive deals and discounts every time we buy something online! 


ShopBack has a huge database of sites for fashion, lifestyle, electronics, travel, food and beverage, home and living and much more. You even get to save when you recharge your mobile phone cards with Paytm and FreeCharge. If you’re looking for a deal, promotion, offer or sale then ShopBack is the best depository of such information. They’re already popular in Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia and now has arrived in India.


Whether you're buying clothes or consumer electronics, ShopBack India gives you awesome discount coupons, coupon codes and online shopping offers for the best deals and offers! That's not all, through Shopback, you even get offers and cash back on travel. Whether it's flight tickets or hotel bookings, you spend less on expenses and more on memories you will treasure forever. 


How does it work? 

Click on any store through ShopBack and get redirected to the store's website

Shop as usual on store's site and make a purchase. Do remember to stay within the same tab throughout!

Get Cashback in your ShopBack account within 48 hours, under the 'Pending' tab

Your Cashback will turn 'Redeemable' once order is validated by the store. This will take 30-60 days to ensure that there is no order cancellation/return/exchange

Finally, you can request for payout once you've reached the minimum Redeemable Cashback of Rs.200


To put it in a nutshell, Shopback gives you promo codes, discount coupons, sale, promotions and most importantly cashback offers, absolutely free! So go on, make shopping even more rewarding through Shopback!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Summer Of Legends At Hard Rock Cafe Pune

It's no secret that Hard Rock Cafe is the world's favorite rock music, food and drinks destination and I was at Hard Rock Cafe Pune last night to check out their Summer Of Legends festival. The carefully crafted Summer of the Legends menu celebrates the scorching weather with plenty of summer-focused drinks and pub grub like burgers, fries and subs! 


I went with my friend Dipika and we had a great time over a bunch of fresh fruit mason jar mojitos and some delicious new food options. I started with the Material Girl's Pom Martini, a unique fusion of pomegranate juice, pearls, lime wedges and a whole lotta vodka! I don't usually like fruity sweet drinks but this was the best I've ever had! Girls, go for this one! It's so bloody good!! Dipika had the Green Apple Mojito which is a revitalizing cocktail made fresh green apple juice blended with fresh mint leaves, sugar and Bacardi. It was really refreshing and tasty!


Since we had already eaten a heavy meal earlier in the evening, we didn't really try much of the food. We started with a Shrimp appetizer which is coated with panko and a spice mix and deep friend and served with a sweet and spicy sauce. If you love seafood, you must try it because the crispy coating on the prawns is delicious and the sauce makes every bite better. 


Next up I had a Dill & Malta Orange Mojito which combines soft delicate aromas of Dill and fresh tangy and sweet Malta Oranges blended with Bacardi Rum, fresh Limes and Mint leaves. What I liked the best about this drink is that it's not overly sweet and quite easy to drink! Since my previous drink was so delicious, Dipika decided to have it for round two! 


A meal at Hard Rock Cafe is incomplete without their famous lip smacking dry seasoned rockin wings so I had to have some! These are marinated with their signature smoked dry rub, slow roasted and served with blue cheese and carrots. Heaven!!!


Besides the great food and drinks, the highlight of the night was the Pune based band LiveWire who were paying a tribute to Pink Floyd and those guys are unbelievably good. The place was packed to the core and the crowd wen't crazy over their performance. Each song they performed was better than the previous! It was awesome!


Time is running out for the Summer Of Legends festival as it's just on till the 30th of April so hurry to your closest Hard Rock Cafe and make the most of these superb mojitos and yummy food just like I did! 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Outfit - A Midsummer Daydream

When I was much younger, I used to live in a very peaceful forest town called Siliguri for a couple of years. My garden was full of beautiful flowers like buttercups, pansies and poppies in sunny shades of yellow and this look is inspired by my love for these lovely flowers! Since it's such a cheerful, happy and summery color, this yellow and white look is perfect for summer. And speaking of summer, it is scorching hot in India at the moment and I'm dreading shooting for the blog this weekend!


Top, Skirt and Shoes - Forever 21
Bag - Mango

Photography - Moyo Marcus 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Exquisite Indian Ethic Apparel At Biba


BIBA is the most loved and most popular ethnic fashion brand in India. The brand was created in 1988 by founder Meena Bindra from her Delhi home. The word “biba” is a Punjabi endearment for a young and pretty girl. What began as a fashionable and affordable line remains the brand’s ethos today: fashion at affordable price. Today, it is a market leader in affordable ethnic daily and occasion wear. Biba offers contemporary ethnic fashion at affordable price offering kurtis, salwar kameezes, bottom wear and dupattas in numerous styles, color combinations and patterns. They offer a wide range of mix-and-match kurta pieces, so you can express your own individual style. Here are some of their gorgeous kurtas for women


Biba is very special to me as I was handling their social media management for over a year and half and in my first stint at a digital marketing firm and the brand was my baby! I spent every day writing about their various products and collections while handling the Biba facebook community so I definitely have a lot to say about it :) 

Some designs from Biba's anarkali collection
Biba has a wide range of collections both online and in their retail stores.  Besides their online store, Biba has a presence across 76 Indian cities with 192 exclusive brand outlets and over 250 multi-brand outlets. Their mix-and-match range has a very contemporary sensibility while the salwar-kameez range is very ethnic, defined by an Indian crafted look, hand-block prints, and vegetable dyes.  Indian handlooms with traditional embroideries and other techniques are applied in producing the garments.  They also have unstitched suits and a festive collection for 2-12 year-old girls. Whether you are a budget conscious housewife or a corporate executive, Biba's got something for everyone. 

Special ocassion Salwar Kameez sets from Biba
So if you're looking for affordable ethnic fashion, make sure you check out Biba.in
They offer free shipping pan India so shop away!

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Outfit - Purple Haze

Okay so I've been MIA for a while (I barely blogged in March) because I've been holidaying for a change but I'm finally back so here's an outfit post because I feel too lazy to write! I got this beautiful purple and black romper a few months ago but kept forgetting to post. The print is lovely and it has a really hot cutout back but I was smart enough to forget to click the back. Oops! I got it from Wholesale7, a great site with lots of super cheap but good quality clothing. Check it out for sure if you're looking to update your summer wardrobe! 


Romper - Dresslink
Shoes - Forever 21

Photography - Moyo Marcus
Photo Bombing - Brown Doggie

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Glamorous Jewelry By Glamulet

Glamulet is a Canadian jewelry brand that specializes in high quality charm bracelets, necklaces, rings and earrings. All their jewelry is made of 925 sterling Silver, Swarovski crystals, Murano glass and various kinds of man-made and natural stones.  If you're fascinated by Pandora jewelry, you must check Glamulet as their quality is just as good and prices even better!  


Glamulet designs, manufactures and markets hand-finished and modern jewelry made from genuine materials at affordable prices. I got a gorgeous necklace from them and am very happy with the quality of the product. 


The pendant and chain came in a gold box with a big, bright, blue ribbon tied around it. It also came with a matching gift bag and polishing cloth. 


The moment I held the piece in my hand, I could tell that it is made of solid 0.925 silver.  The stones are placed intricately and the craftsmanship on the pendant is remarkable. The necklace is absolutely exquisite as it is high quality and lightweight piece, You can buy it here


 Glamulet also designs, manufactures and sells a wide range of modern and quality charms that make it possible to create a unique and personalized bracelet that matches your style. Each charm & bead allows you to screw individual pieces onto any bracelet segment in the order you desire. I really loved the necklace and recommend you to check out Glamulet for gorgeous yet affordable high quality jewelry! 

 Photography - Akshat Bhatnagar

Thursday, March 31, 2016

5 Reasons Why Watches Are Great Fashion Accessory for Men

Have you wondered why so many men have an innate love for watches? The answer to this question is not as simple as one can imagine. While time keeping is one of the most important purposes of a wristwatch, many men like their time pieces because it reflects their personality, taste and reflection of thoughts. More so, unlike women, a watch is the only accessory that a man can flaunt. If you want to read more about how a watch can make a style statement, check out this post of mine. 
  Whether you want to reflect your great taste, sharp demeanor, professional expertise or cool personality, here are the top 5 reasons why watches are a superb fashion accessory for men -

Subtle Fashion Accessory 

Wristwatches are the most subtle fashion accessory for men. Some men go to great extends to showcase their individualism.  They may get a tattoo, piercings or don clothing that is over the top. While there is no problem with having an eclectic fashion sense, one may have to withhold their style out of adherence to dress code at office or societal and family reasons. Here's where watches come into place since they are a great fashion accessory that are minimalist and yet speak volumes about your personal taste and character. 

Family heirloom 
While some watches give you the convenience of tracking time, there are others that are valued because of exquisite craftsmanship and exclusivity. Such watches serve as great family heirloom which can be passed down from one generation to the other.  These are mostly limited edition watches that are manufactured by luxury watch makers in few numbers, with only a couple of pieces being produced sometimes. Being an owner of such a watch gives one the image of exclusivity and profound taste. Check out Zimson Watches for top of the line timepieces such as Hublot, Dior and Omega watches.

Undoubtedly a Functional Accessory 
If we look at the history of watches, it is interesting to discover how it has evolved from a clock / pocket watch to an accessory only the elite of the time could afford . The development of military wristwatches began during the First World War, a special request of the German army for their soldiers stationed at the guard tower. Today, military wristwatches are a coveted segment of luxury watches desired by men who are into adventure sports or want to pose a rugged look. They are extremely functional and have amazing features such as a solar rechargeable battery, digital compass, barometers or thermometer, water resistance etc. The wristwatch that we consider as an uber cool accessory has evolved over a period of time. At one point in time, the device was regarded as a piece of jewelry that only the noblemen could afford, but were was far from accurate and had to be wound twice a day.  Then, as people began to appreciate the usefulness of watches, the design of the time piece was changed and a strap was incorporated for better usability of the device. There was also a movement towards mass production and shift from mechanical watches to quartz watches. 

Impactful at work
If your work requires you to meet client or attend a board meeting, a classy, dignified and understated wristwatch is a clear winner.  It will go well with your suit or business attire. 

Reflection of Great Taste 
A man with great taste in wine and watches is a winner all the way.  These are two things that are great conversation starters at a gathering.  Luxury brands like Omega, Rolex, Tag Heuer, Tissot or Hublot make watches that reflect style and good taste, assets that work well for men in some social settings. 

Today, the watch industry is huge. There are a number of watches of different shapes, size and price range.  You can opt for a designer watch or a high end luxury watch, depending upon individual taste and preference. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Stay Organized With Nirmala Franklin Planners


I'm definitely not a very organized person and heck, I kinda have the memory of a goldfish. Even if I need to go buy 3 items, I write them down on my phone so that I don't forget one of them. So when I discovered Nirmala Franklin Planners, it was quite a blessing for me. These colorful and fun planners help you stay organized and make life so much simpler. They come in a standard 7.25″ X 9.25″ size  with 170 pages in total.


The planner starts with a yearly format which lets to plan holidays and schedule your days. It also has fun stickers at the back which you can paste into your days to keep every thing in track. As you can see below, it has stickers dedicated for many occasions and makes planning so much easier! They have blank stickers too which you can use for events that are not listed. 


Then there's the monthly overview format where you can paste these stickers. Each day has about 1″x 1″ box space to fit in minute yet important details. This section also has a notes pane at the side where you can write notes for additional things you want to remember. 


Then there's the day wise overview which has enough space for you to plan your day and list out your chores. Each sheet is divided into 3×3 grid – 3 days x 3 sections (morning,day and night) where you can make notes. As you can see, each month is separated and marked using colorful laminated tabs which makes it easier to access each month. 


There are many more interesting features in the tab like a section dedicated for your contacts. Even though we have all our contacts in our phones and email contacts, it is always a good idea to write them down somewhere (at least the most important ones like family, close friends and colleagues because you just never know what if you lose your phone or your contact list somehow! ) My phone was stolen last year and I had to rely on pen and paper for a while to write down numbers and email ids ( I was on vacation at that time so couldn't even buy a new phone )  It is also filled with motivational and inspirational quotes in colorful pages as you can see above and below. 


Another useful feature it has is an Expenses tab! This is really useful for us to maintain a record of our priorities, savings and splurges. Something I think is essential for everyone to take care of their finances. 

Then there's a section for notes which is handy when you have to note down important information like bank details or license detail etc. 

In the end of the planner, there's a pocket flap which you can see on the left side of the page  and a clear zip lock bag on the right side where you can store bills, ticket stubs, photos and other memories . On the right side is a clearfor the same purpose. I loved scrapbooking as a child so this reminds me of all the scrapbooks I had! 


Overall, this is an excellent planner which has everything you need to get your days organized and your life simpler. Though it is priced at the higher side, it's definitely a really good planner. To buy one of these or find out more about the brand, check out www.NirmalaFranklin.com

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