Sunday, September 27, 2015

Outfit - Sunny Daze

As much as dressing up is fun, I believe that the most effortlessly stylish looks are those which are casual, comfortable and can be worn on a day to day basis. My go-to outfit is exactly what I'm wearing below - a basic tank with pants. With the exception of Friday nights, I'm pretty much of a 'comfort over style' kinda person and often tend wear boyfriend jeans, palazzo pants and other relaxed styles like this one. However, what I like to mix up things with is accessories. Here's an adorable hat from Accessorize which goes perfectly with this basic outfit. For some strange reason it smells like Vanilla and well, who wouldn't want a hat that smells like cake! I love it! I teamed it with a classic hand crafted leather bag from the Indo chic fashion brand Holii. The brand offers high quality leather bags in a myriad of vibrant colors and styles. 

Hat - Accessorize
Top - Forever 21
Jeans - From Korea
Shoes - Forever 21
Bag - Holii

Photography - Akshat Bhatnagar

How do you like my casual look? What's your go-to outfit?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Outfit - Glamazon

This was a very exciting project where I teamed up with a prominent professional hair and makeup artist and photographer for a shoot. I chose to wear a pale dramatic cutout gown from Romwe and the photos have come out fabulous! My hair and makeup were done by Saba Poonawala who runs a salon called La Belle beauty salon and bridal studio. Their salon has been running for over 25 years. They cover all aspects of hair artistry and hair chemistry and specialize in fashion and bridal hair and make up. They have trained under Toni and Guy for hair essentials and Mac, Make up Forever and many other brands for make up. This look needed to be simple and casual, yet very chic so she used simple colors on the eyes and lips, nothing very over powering. She wanted to keep it simple yet classy. I loved the makeup and was wishing I was partying after the shoot because my eyes were looking amazing!! 

Instagram - LABELLESALONANDBRIDALSTUDIO | Facebook - Saba Poonawala Hair and Make up | Website - www.labellesalon.co.in | Contact - 9970371714

Makeup used - Mascara by Too Faced, Blush by H&M, Kajal by Mac, Highlighter- Bella tera
Eyeshadow - Mac, Lipstick- Lustering by Mac, Compact- Studio fix by Mac.


These fabulous photos were taken by Glax who is one of the founders of Inck Fotofolio, one of the best wedding photographers in India. His team consists of Pravin and Chinmoy, and together they have over 100 wedding shoots to their credit across the length and breadth of our country ranging through the multitude cultures that India offers.

Instagram: @scarlet_wedding | Website: www.scarletweddings.com | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scarletweddingsphotography 

Nude Shades Photography is their new upcoming brand which is targeted towards Personalized Fashion, Fine Arts and Boudoir Photography.
The principle behind this brand that they believe each and every one of us have the right to look beautiful and gorgeous like some of the models we see on those wonderful covers. The idea is to Celebrate. Maybe you recently lost weight, got a job promotion, or you reached some goal you’ve been working so hard at. Boudoir photography will assure you what an awesome, beautiful woman you are.

Instagram feed: @diezelglax | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nshadesphotography
Contact for any of these personalized services: +91 90110 38403

Location - Olive Bistro
Olive is the undisputed winner among restaurants that serve European and Mediterranean cuisine in Pune. I can't get enought of their food. They are also hosting a Japanese restaurant at the moment which is serving delectable dishes along with sushi and Tokyo Style Cocktails.
Facebook : www.facebook.com/olivebistropune | Contact : +91 7709048228

Friday, September 18, 2015

Outfit - Balmainesque

I loved the exaggerated shoulder trend made popular by Balmain and when I saw this gorgeous crochet lace crop top and bodycon bandage skirt on Romwe, I knew I had to get them. I've been trying to wear color lately but well I have to get back to black and white every now and then. So here I am in an outfit in my favorite color combo from one of my all time favorite online stores! 

Top & Skirt - Romwe
Bag - Mango
Shoes - Forever 21

Photography - Akshat Bhatnagar

I love wearing this outfit for a night out with friends! What about you?

Monday, September 14, 2015

My Envy Box - August 2015

I'm super behind schedule with this one and even though the September edition of My Envy Box reached me today, I need to first tell you about the August box! The theme of last month's box was India Mon Amour which is French for my love. All the products which came in it are natural, herbal and organic. The box is a beautiful shade of oxblood with golden accents featuring some iconic Indian figures. The August box had a heavy focus on fragrance and I'm definitely not complaining!


This box was really fabulous because all the products were pretty much full sized! Now that I've used them all for a month, I can tell you my honest opinions about them. And though its too late to order this box, you can always order these products from their website! 

The products in the box were - 
Hedonista Oudh Frozen Ittar - Full size 
Suganda Neem Green Tea Mask - Full size 
Forest Essentials Iced Pomegranate & Kerala Lime Body Mist - Travel size
Soultree Ayurvedic Kajal in Rich Loam - Full size 


 Hedonista Oudh Frozen Ittar is my favorite product from the box. It is a solid perfume formulated with Dehn al Oud, an exotic resin which comes from the Aquilaria tree. This unique product is a frozen ittar and has a balm like. With its classic woody smell, this all natural, handmade fragrance is indescribably enchanting and is very long lasting! Bonus is that the creamy texture moisturizes skin too!


Forest Essentials Iced Pomegranate & Kerala Lime Body Mist is a fresh, light, and uplifting fragrance. It’s a perfect summery body mist with hints of refreshing lime, aloe vera and pomegranate.

Suganda Neem Green Tea Mask is a powdery blend of organic neem, green tea and rice. Perfect for oily and acne prone skin. Unfortunately this one is of no use to me as I (thankfully) do not have oily or acne prone skin.


Soultree Ayurvedic Kajal is a combination of hand made carbon black collected from vegetable oil lamps, organic ghee, natural mineral colors and organic sweet almond oil. The goodness of all these ingredients make it soothing for the eyes while adding color to highlight them. It doubles up as an eye shadow too.


So this was last month's box. And all it costs is just Rs 850 for a box. I've been a happy subscriber for over a year and half and absolutely recommend My Envy Box to all my readers! Go get it! 

Friday, September 11, 2015

Add Fun To Your Photos With Fotor

Whether its cropping, re-sizing or color corrections, I always have to edit my photos before I put them up on the blog or Instagram and Fotor has been helping me out with this for a long long time. Fotor is a renowned photo editor, that offers powerful digital editing to edit and enhance your pictures. Besides basic editing features like 1-Tap Enhance, resize, crop, rotate and straighten, it also has many unique features. With Fotor, looking your best has never been so easy! You can use their photo retouching kit to making your photos look even more beautiful thanks to features like skin smoothing, wrinkle remover, photo reshaping, blemish remover, red-eye remover and teeth whitener. That's not all, you can even change your makeup in the photos using their lip tint feature. Check out a previous post here where I've demonstrated the awesomeness of this feature. It has a huge range of filters and effects like Lomo, Cool, Funky, Tile, Blur and Webcam and lets you add frames, stickers, text, color splash, mosaic and tilt shift to your photos. 

Don't you love photos when the object is in focus and the background is blurred? You can add the same effect without any knowledge of photoshop or an expensive camera lens using Fotor's tilt shift feature. Check out how I used it to blur the background from my birthday picture from last year -


Fotor has come up with a new graphic design feature that makes life so easy for us. Whether you’re designing the perfect twitter covers, youtube channel art or even Facebook covers, Fotor has you covered! This feature includes exclusive clip art and banner maker with unlimited options for customization and modification. You can start with a blank canvas to create a facebook cover or post, poster, card, instagram post, twitter cover or Google plus cover or you can choose a template from their library and personalize it with text, stickers and much more.

Here is a pre made template they have for a facebook cover post -


And here's an Instagram post I made using this feature - 


Whether its for our blogs or social media, a well designed collage can tell a story, share some special feelings and even capture a person’s life. And Fotor’s fantastic collage maker is perfect for this. From classic collage to photo stitching to funky collage and other effects, you can create something amazing! Here's a collage I made using Fotor with pictures of my puppy :) She's my dog Ozzy's daughter! You can see Oz in the background in the picture on the left! -


Fotor also has a HDR feature which utilizes different level of light exposure to enhance an image, bringing out deeper colours, greater detail, and all round better image quality. Due to a word-leading HDR algorithm, Fotor can create images of unparalleled quality. Simply upload 3 photos, one of normal, low and high exposure and watch as an astonishing level of detail is brought to life! Don’t settle for second best, try Fotor’s HDR tech today! Here's what HDR can do - 


I've been using Fotor for ages and totally recommend you to try it out! Its so easy to use and has brilliant features that will make your photos look out of the world! And for those of you who are addicted to your phones, Fotor also has mobile version, get it here :

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.everimaging.photoeffectstudio

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id440159265


I absolutely love it and am sure you will too!

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Happiness Boutique - Statement Jewelry

I rarely wear jewelry but am trying to make a conscious effort and change that and that's exactly when I was contacted by Happiness Boutique, an online store based in Berlin that stocks fabulous statement jewelry and vintage inspired clothing. They have a wide range of stunning necklaces and eye catching earrings and it took me a while to figure out what I wanted. I finally zeroed on this luxurious, elegant and finely crafted Glam Statement Necklace as it has a royal and vintage look and can make any outfit look fabulous. The best part is that it can be worn with traditional Indian clothing too. It arrived when I was on holiday in Bali, so when I finally got home, I was pleasantly surprised to open the package and find a handwritten note along with the necklace! How sweet is that? This adorable gesture definitely made me happy!






Necklace - Happiness Boutique
Happy Selfie
If you love statement jewelry, you just have to check out Happiness Boutique! They have free shipping worldwide along with a 60 day return policy. To top that, they have a fantastic customer reward program which makes shopping from them perfect for all you jewelry lovers out there. 

Photography - Akshat Bhatnagar

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Restaurant Review - Frisco

 The moment you enter Frisco, you're greeted by smiling faces and cool and comfortable vibe. This all day diner nestled off the end of lane 7 in Koregaon Park offers many familiar dishes but all with a unique twist.  From some of the most unique thirst quenchers to a delectable jumbo burger and interesting appetizers, the variety of food served here is quite a gastronomic treat. The one-page menu has something for everyone whether you want a quick bite, a decadent meal or breakfast at any time of the day. What really makes it stand out from all other joints is their plating and presentation. 

We started our meal with the super refreshing Thai Iced Tea, which was a sweet milky iced tea with hints of vanilla and lemongrass, and the Ginger Mint Fizz which was a nice gingery cooler.


In appetizers, we ordered the Baby Prawns which were marinated in herbs and served in a tomato based sauce. The parsley and lemon juice leave a tingling taste for a good amount of time! 


I love Smoked Salmon so I had to try the Tartare. The Salmon was cooked to perfection and blended perfectly with the fresh and tangy flavors of capers, cucumber, olives and lime juice. We finished it in no time. 


Ever since I've started working out (occasionally), I've tried to eat healthier and include more salads in my diet so I also tried the Aqua Marine Salad which has a delicious blend of Squid, Baby Prawns, Basa Cubes, Cherry Tomatoes, Olives and Lettuce with a Lemon honey dressing. This was refreshing and the subtle sweetness of honey in the dressing was an interesting and tasty combination with the salad. A notable mention here (not pictured) is the Caesar Salad with the non vegetarian dressing. Its unbelievable!! 


Being the seafood freaks we are, for main course we tried the Basa with a Lebanese Harra sauce. I had never tried Harra sauce before and I quite liked its tangy tomato base. 


We also had the Black Pepper Chicken which consisted of a grilled chicken breast in a tasty pepper sauce served with sauteed veggies and mashed potato. 

Frisco Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - ZomatoAs you might have seen from the photos, Frisco gets full points for presentation. Taste wise, everything is just as good as it looks. Though the upper area sitting is slightly cramped, everything else makes up for it. So, if you’re looking for a fun new place that’s all about serving good food I suggest you to try out Frisco!
Address: Unit 2, Power Plaza, Lane 7, Koregaon Park

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Outfit - Mint's Charming

If you remember mint was a huge trend a few years ago and as much as I liked it on others, it didn't appeal to me until now. I rarely wear pastel colors and never owned anything mint till I saw this sheer shirt at Forever 21 recently.  I teamed it with a skirt in a darker hue of mint which was lying in my closet for a few years and was heading out of the house when the doorbell rang and it was a gift from the good folks at Accessorize. As I opened the package, I was pleasantly surprised to see this pretty necklace that is almost the same color as the skirt so here's my matchy matchy outfit. To break the mint overdose, I teamed it with nude accessories.

 

I love how it is much longer at the back and looks fabulous with both pants and skirts without looking too formal.

Necklace - Accessorize
 Shirt - Forever 21
Skirt - Local Boutique
Bag - Promod
Shoes - Forever 21

Photography - Akshat Bhatnagar

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