Monday, December 26, 2011

In the Mood for Food

Today, I will share some of my favorite recipes with you. These are tried and tested by me and the results are oh-so-yum. So for all of you fashionistas who like to cook, please try them out and let me know how it turns out!


Simple Spicy Chicken Fried Rice

This is an incredibly simple recipe which I invented when I was 19 and had just learned how to cook. Its spicy and yummy and is a blend of Indian and Italian flavors!

What you need: Cooked rice, Small strips of boneless chicken, Green chillies, Oregano, Chilly Flakes, Chopped Onions, Oil

What to do: Heat the oil and add lots of chopped onion and green chillies. Once they are brown, add chicken strips. After the chicken has cooked, add Salt, Oregaono and Chilly Flakes. Soon after, add the Rice. Add more Salt, Oregano and Chilly Flakes. Let it fry together for a few minutes. And you're done!

Super Simple Lasagna


I made lasagna for the first time of my life just one week before christmas and it turned out yummy! This is definitely my favorite Italian dish and comfort food.

What you need: Lasagna noodles, Pasta Sauce ( I used Ragu ), Mozzarella, Parmesan, Ricotta, Olive Oil, Mushrooms, Chilly Flakes, Oregano, Salt, Garlic, Ground Meat/Beef

What to do: Cook the lasagna for 8-10 minutes in water and a bit of olive oil to soften it and keep aside. Cook the ground meat with spices, garlic and olive oil till brown. Add pasta sauce and keep on flame for five minutes. Coat the bottom of the baking dish with olive oil and add a layer of lasagna noodles. Top it with tomato sauce and ground meat,  mushrooms and with a mix of Parmesan and Ricotta. Put a layer of Mozzarella on top.  Keep adding layers as you desire. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Nina Garcia's The One Hundred

Nina Garcia, former fashion editor for Elle magazine, and Project Runway personality, lists her one hundred most important items – the 100 things that every woman should have in her closet. I made a little collage of some of the stuff using Polyvore. 

A: A-line Dress, Animal Print, Ankle Bootie, Aviators

B: Ballet Flat, Bangles, Belts, Bikini, BlackBerry, Black Opaque Tights, Blazer, Boyfriend Cardigan, Brooch

C: Cable-Knit Sweater, Caftan, Camel Coat, Cape, Cashmere Sweater, Charm Bracelet, Clutch, Cocktail Ring, Converse, Cosmetics Bag, Cowboy Boots, Cuff

D, E, F: Denim Jacket, Diamond Studs, Driving Shoe, Espadrilles, Evening Gown, Exotic Skin Bag, Fishnets, Frye Harness Boot, Fur

G, H, I: Gentlemen's Hat, Gloves, Havaianas, Hobo Bag, Hoop Earrings, Investment Bag, iPod

J, K, L: Jeans, Jewelry Pouches, Khakis, Knee Boots, Leather Pants, Lingerie, Little Black Dress, Little White Dress, L.L. Bean Tote, Luggage

M, N, O: Mad Money, Man's White Shirt, Mary Janes, Minnetonka Moccasin, Missoni Knit, Monogrammed Stationery, Motorcycle Jacket, Nail Polish, Old Concert T-Shirt, One-Piece Swimsuit

P, Q, R: Pajamas, Peacoat, Pearl Necklace, Pencil Skirt, Perfume, Plain White Tee, Polo Shirt, Pucci, Push-Up Bra, Quality Champagne, Red Lipstick, Robe

S: Safari Jacket, Sandals, Sarong, Signet Ring, Silk Scarf, Slippers, Spanx, Statement Necklace, Stilettos, Striped Sailor Shirt, Suit, Sunhat

T, U, V: Trench, Turquoise and Coral Jewelry, Tuxedo Jacket, Umbrella, Underwear, Valid Passport, Vans, Vintage

W, Y, Z: Watch, Wayfarers, Wellington Boot, Wide-Leg Trousers, Wrap Dress, Yoga Gear, Zippered Hoodie

Note: This is an old post that I decided to move here as I thought my readers would like it :)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Paillettes

If you love bling and shimmer and sequins, then say hello to Paillettes. Paillettes are basically giant sequins that are used to embellish clothing, foowear or accessories. Oval or round are common shapes, but they are made in other forms too as you can see in the pictures below. They add serious bling to a garment, so this style is not for the faint hearted! 

Contrary to sequins, paillettes have a hole near the top which allows them to dangle so they can be attractive for anyone who wants them to twirl as she spins or dances. They also give a mermaid look to a skirt, which I absolutely adore, as you can see in the picture below!







Paillettes can be added to clothing in small amounts or they can be applied all over. Their shiny qualities are best suited to evening wear. So would you try a paillette embellished dress for a night out?  

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Lets Nail It!


Black Matte with glossy tips
Newsprint nails

Nude with a pop of color


Sorbet Stripes

Another idea for leopard nails


Leopard Nails

Aztec Nails

Greige with pink

Pink on pink

Mermaid Nails

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Ten Ways to Dress Like a Parisian

Inès de la Fressange’s book “Parisian Chic” has amazing advice on Parisian fashion. If you didnt know who she is, Inès was the first model to sign an exclusive modeling contract with an haute couture fashion house Chanel, muse to designers like Karl Lagerfeld in the 1980s. “You don’t need to be born in Paris to have Parisian style”, she declares on the first page.  Here is an adorable illustration about her rules.


Inès de la Fressange’s
Ten Ways to Dress Like a Parisian

10: Jeans with gem-encrusted sandals
(not sneakers)
9: A pencil skirt with ballet flats
(not with heels)
8: A sequined sweater with men’s trousers
(not with a skirt)
7: A diamond necklace with a denim shirt, during the day
(and not with a black dress at night)
6: Loafers with shorts … and even with socks
(not with long slacks and no socks)
5: An evening dress with ultra-plain, open-toed sandals
(not with the gem-encrusted evening variety)
4: A pearl necklace with a rock ‘n roll T-shirt
(not with a simple shift dress)
3: A chiffon print dress with battered biker boots
(not with brand-new ballet flats)
2: A tux jacket with sneakers
(not femme fatale stilettos)
1: An evening dress with a straw handbag
(not with a gold clutch)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Bridesmaids - Must watch movie



Bridesmaids was recommended to me by a 30 something guy friend who is married and has a little daughter who told me that it is really good. My first reaction was - Oh my god, a man liked a chick flick?
A few weeks later when I saw its review on Rottentomatoes.com, I realized that he was right, it had to be good.
Yes, I thought it was going to be a girly film. Boy, was I wrong.

Plot Synopsis: 
Annie's life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend Lillian is getting married to her boyfriend Doug, she must serve as Lillian's maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie wants to make Lillian's wedding unforgettable. When she meets her fellow bridesmaids, she meets Helen - Doug's boss's perfect wife who is beautiful and filthy rich. The film now follows both of them trying to compete with each other to prove  that she is the bride's best friend.

Bottomline:
This movie is raunchy, dirty, hilarious and has awesome grossout scenes and was a big hit! It just recently won a few awards also! If you haven't seen it yet, go get a DVD or download it asap. Also, if you're having a shitty day, this movie is the perfect pick-me-up.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Nicole Miller Resort Collection At The Collective

Designer Nicole Miller who has dressed stars like Angelina Jolie, Beyoncé Knowles and Katy Perry,  launched her brand in India at The Collective at its store in the Palladium Mall, Mumbai through an exclusive Trunk Show. I hadn't feasted my eyes on some designer clothing for a while so this event was perfect for me. The event was attended by lots of actors and models. My friend actress Raima Sen was also at the event, looking fabulous in a Nicole Miller gown.

Nicole Miller's Resort collection was featured at the store and had a lot of  shiny and gorgeous dresses.
The collection also showcased foiled denim, it is a  technique of heat transfer where the foil is applied on the fabric resulting in some amazing tinsel looking jeans.

Models in Nicole Miller's resort collection
Entering the venue
Me checking out the collection

Raima posing for the paparazzi  

Raima was looking lovely in a Nicole Miller gown

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Styling Ideas

Jazz up with a casual ensemble with a motorcycle jacket

If you like brights, mix solid colors to get a vibrant and fun look!

Try mixing sequins/sparkle with a print in complimentary colors

Use a skinny belt on an open cardigan on a high neck top with shorts combo

When in doubt, wear black and white! A touch of red lipstick wouldnt hurt either!

Grey/Beige look amazing when paired with pastel colors
A striped top will look great with a solid colored bottom


Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Fabulous Fragrances - Pink Edition

Fabulous Fragrances

TOP ROW (From Left) Escada Pacific Paradise, Jean Paul Gaultier Madame, Burberry Brit Sheer, Escada Ocean Lounge, Kenzo Amour 
BOTTOM ROW Guerlain Insolence, Nina by Ninna Ricci, Paco Rabanne Black XS and Versace Bright Crystal.
PS : I have a thing for pink bottles but I do not like pink too much otherwise. 

Friday, December 02, 2011

2011 Trend Roundup

As its finally December and the year is coming to an end, I decided to round up some major trends that I've loved this year. They are all linked to their original posts on this blog.







Monday, November 28, 2011

Black cat or spotted cat?

Black cat or spotted cat?


Fashion Faux Pas 101

Katy Perry's dress is skanky!
Ah, just two more days till payday!
I've been super broke and annoyed this month so I decided to do a rant post.

This is something I've always thought to myself but at the same time have never heard or read anyone ever discuss.

Now there are a zillion blogs that talk about the Fashion Police and Fugly clothes, but if you look beyond that, one major factor contributes to a bad outfit. And that is whether it it goes with your appearance/body type.

Now as much fashion is about expressing yourself and dressing according to your personality, the way you end up looking also matters greatly with your physical appearance.

I'm totally pro dressing in line with your personal style statement  but honestly, for every chic girl on the street there are twenty (or more) who walk around like fashion disasters or end up looking extremely wannabe.

It is a common sight, especially in Bombay, to see a lot of girls who have Indianized features / hairstyles yet try to dress Parisian ala oversized pretty top, tailored pants, big belt / bag, fancy shoes and honestly, they do not look very nice that way.


Below I have a few celebrity examples who've gone wrong too.


My first example is Megan Fox. Look at the image on the left. She is mind blowingly beautiful, extremely sexy and has a body to die for. The glamorous Donna Karan gown she is wearing just adds to her appeal and make her look like a goddess.

Now look at the image on the right, her face looks gorgeous and super hot (when does it not?) but the dress? Well its by Zac Posen and would look perfect on a 16 year old for her prom, or on a cuter girl ( think Anna Faris, Julianne Hough ) but it just does not work on the smokin' hot Fox

MORAL OF THE STORY: Dress according to your face.



Look at Fearne Cotton (left) waist up. Awesome rocker chic vibe. Right? Do you see her pants? Can  you see how awful they look? Part harem part pyjama = Disaster

The harem pants trend is not a very easy one to rock my ladies. So think carefully before you buy any because this is not an easy look to pull off.

Now moving aside to the gorgeous and super pretty Cheryl Cole (right) who is out to party, as you can tell from her sparkly heels, jewelry and hair.

But thanks to her satin pyjama suit, she looks like she got out of bed got ready and forgot to wear her party outfit and stepped out of the house.

 Last season, sleepwear as outerwear was an upcoming trend. Fashion
biggies like Dolce & Gabbana attempted to start a pyjama trend and lots of stars religiously followed with disastrous results  (See link here)

Thankfully, this trend couldn't make a global impact.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Do not follow trends blindly. You will end up looking like a fool, no matter how rich, famous or gorgeous you are.
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