Thursday, November 30, 2017

Salon Review - Toni & Guy Essentuals Kalyani Nagar

Toni & Guy need no introduction when it comes to salons and hairdressing since this iconic name has been in the industry for over 50 years. Founded by the Mascolo brothers Toni, Guy, Bruno and Anthony in 1963, their first salon opened in the south of London and now have a global presence as international leaders in the hairdressing industry, setting new standards for hairdressers and making education available globally. 

In fact, the brand TIGI is also owned by them and is an abbreviation for Toni International Guy International. Bet you didn't know that! I recently attended a session of pampering and primping at their latest outlet in Kalyani Nagar in Pune and was delighted by their services. Not only do they offer all sorts of haircuts, colors and treatments, but they also offer beauty treatments like manis, pedis, waxing and much more!

Check out the clean and sophisticated interiors of the salon - 


The salon boasts of courteous and well trained staff and since I and a bunch of fellow bloggers tried various different services, this is definitely a salon I'd recommend if you're in Kalyani Nagar!

Address - 
Hermes Waves, Next To Pizza Hut, Prathamesh Society, Kalyani Nagar, Pune, Maharashtra 411006

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Wedding Season With NineColours.com

Even if you've been reading my blog for years, you might have noticed that I pretty much never post ethnic looks! But since it's wedding season here in India, and it is quite a task to find nice ready made ethnic wear, I wanted to let you all know about Ninecolours.com. This online store has a vast collection of ethnic apparel like sarees, lehengas, kurtis, suits, gowns for women and kurtas, sherwanis, jackets, kurta pajamas for men. They even have traditional Indian clothes for children!

Choosing an outfit took me a couple of days as they have so many amazing designs on the site! You might be skeptical about ordering Indian outfits online but trust me, when I opened the package, I was delighted to see how great the quality is and how beautiful the outfit looks!


 The best part about the outfit I got from them is that it can be worn in three different ways using the same dupatta - lehenga, anarkali kurta with lehenga skirt and anarkali with salwar! I wore the lehenga look on Diwali and received a lot of compliments!


Use code “JUNE” to get 10% off on www.ninecolours.com till 31st December 2017! They ship to over 220 countries worldwide with free shipping in India and if the purchase amount exceeds USD 199 you get free shipping outside India too! 

So what are you waiting for? Your dream ethnic Indian outfit is just one click away!

Photography - These fabulous photos were shot by my talented friend Aman and his team. You can check out their awesome photography at https://www.facebook.com/amansnapgraphy/ 

Location courtesy - Eye Club Resto Lounge & Bar, Hotel. Besides its luxurious and designer interiors, this resto bar and lounge serves delectable cuisine from around the globe. The island bar serves the finest of single malts, blended scotches, wines, exotic signature cocktails, zodiac inspired mixes along with mouthwatering snacks and more. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

How To Make Your Work Clothes Less Boring

Looking stylish at work can be quite a challenge for those of you in a corporate office with a dress code. You could choose the uniform route of shirts and trousers to save time but that can leave you feeling frumpy after awhile and won't give you the chance to express your personality. Even though I'm an avid fashion lover and have been blogging for eons, I've always had a full time job on the side and let me tell you, being a fashion blogger in an IT park is quite a situation! But just because I have a serious job in data analytics, it doesn't mean I'm going to wear boring formals. 

I got these two lovely shirts from www.fashion71.net and you can see how they pair well with the same skirt. Both the shirts are of good fabric and quality and my package arrived in less than two weeks after I ordered.  Fashion71 has a wide range of clothing, accessories, shoes and lingerie at wholesale prices and since they're based in China, their designs are unique and you won't find any of these in Indian stores or brands. Even though most women in India refrain from wearing skirts, I am extremely comfortable in them and practically live in them. I like mixing and matching my skirts with cute shirts and tops for semi formal yet stylish looks like I have below. 
  




These photos were shot by my talented friend Aman and his team. You can check out their awesome photography at https://www.facebook.com/amansnapgraphy/ Stay tuned for another amazing collaboration of ours in my next post!

Location courtesy - Eye Club Resto Lounge & Bar, Hotel Hindustan International 


Sunday, November 12, 2017

4 Tips For Selecting A Beauty Pageant Dress

Pageants are a great opportunity for a girl to have fun and look spectacular at the same time. However, choosing the right attire for the occasion can be a hard thing to do. With lots of expectations, anxiety and the need to look amazing, picking the perfect dress can become quite a challenge. All these emotions might have a negative impact on the contestant affecting their score so they need to look and feel their very best. To exude confidence, choosing the right dress is vital and this really boosts a lady’s chance in the pageant. Here are 4 tips for selecting a beauty pageant dress  -



1. Wear a gown that makes you feel confident

Confidence is everything when you are selecting a dress for a pageant. Judges can quickly tell the winner by the correct attire. A gown that you wear and can walk in comfortably gives you the confidence to walk gracefully and makes a huge impact in a pageant competition.

Feeling confident also goes along with selecting a dress that compliments your skin tone and not overwhelm it. Find out which dress works for you and if possible, let some your family members come along and seek their honest opinions. Various types of pageant dresses are available in many shops, select and wear what pleases you and makes you feel beautiful.


2. Wear something simple

A simple gown is easier for the judges to see and remember. Choose a monochromatic dress and avoid distracting patterns and prints that distract the judges from seeing your personality. The fabric should not be too shiny and look more of a prom dress.

 

3. Budget and timing

Make an estimate based on your budget, ensuring that it does not exceed what you can afford. Consider the cost of any alterations that you might need, shoes, and jewelry. You can also opt to shop earlier for your pageant dress once you know your budget. Shopping beforehand gives you ample time to make any necessary fittings and adjustments. Budgeting also enables you to start saving early reducing the pressure that comes with wanting to buy the best dress with a limited budget. Click through here to browse the new line that Terani Couture offers for you to prepare early for that pageant. Their styles and dresses are unique and will complement your features to reveal your confidence and poise. Are you looking for a dress with a slit or that is strapless to display those amazing legs or shoulders? They have a great collection that compliments all your physical features.



4. Wear a dress that conveys the right message

A pageant dress needs to show the judges your personality. A judge can take a look at two ladies wearing the same type and styles of dress and will be able to tell their character from how they look. If you are a confident person, a flashy dress would be an ideal choice. Your dress must always reflect your personality.

Pageants involve a lot of activities and apart from the speeches and talent; your performance might also be part of the evaluation and selection criteria. After you’ve selected the dress, practice your walk to increase your level of confidence and get a perfect poise and balance.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Travel & Lifestyle Essentials By Urby

Holiday season is here and this is the time to start planning your next getaway! Now when I'm traveling, I like to make sure all my toiletries are well organized and in place so that I don't have to rummage through my bags looking for my contact lens solution when I need it. And I just found the perfect travel pouch for myself on Urby, a direct-to-consumer, lifestyle and travel accessories brand. They design and manufacture essentials for an urban lifestyle using the most premium materials and finest craftsmanship. 



I got the Elan Cosmetic Case in Java Brown, which is a great UNISEX set containing 
two cosmetic cases and cotton canvas drawstring bag.


Urby pouches are handcrafted in premium grained leather and have a full length zip opening for easy access.


Both pouches are have spacious water-proof interiors with gusset sides and a leather tab for zip closure support.


These pouches are an elegant and effortless way to store all your essentials cosmetics. You can also buy them individually from the website if you don't want two of them.  Overall, I think this is a fantastic and great quality case which makes organizing cosmetics so much easier. 


Urby also has travel essential items like passport holders, passport holders, wallets, luggage tags, watch cases  and more which also make it an ideal site for gifting! Make sure to check out their website at Urby.in for some superb, high-quality lifestyle products that are perfect for everyone!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

October Envy Box - 4th Anniversary Edition

As I write this post, I realized that time really flies as this is the fourth year of My Envy Box and that I have been reviewing it on my blog for such a long time! Since this was the Anniversary edition, I was hoping for better products so am a tad bit disappointed with it as I'm not into toners, face masks or herbal face washes (yeah, not much of a beauty junkie as you can see) and that's what most is this box was all about! Even though I love black, this month's all black box didn't look too pretty so I didn't even click a picture of it.


Anyway lets start with the products! So there were these two sheet masks from a Taiwan based brand called Kin Girls - the first being the Raspberry Extract Face Mask and the other being Truffle and Cocoa 3d Face Mask.  Both are packaged adorably and you can see their claims below. Though I'm not into masks, I sure am a sucker for cute packaging so will try them out sometime. Maybe I'll slather one on my beau and convince him for a his and hers at-home spa session!

Then there's a Green Apple Face Wash by Omorfree which I am yet to try. I don't really like experimenting with face washes and usually find herbal ones too gentle since I like a squeaky clean feeling which only soap and chemical based face washes can give.  The box also came with the Toning Elixir by Elixir Shop which has a nice pleasant fragrance and feels like just about any toner out there so I wasn't too pleased about both of these products. 


Saving my favorites for the last, I got Wella's Oil Reflections Luminous Reveal Shampoo and Reboost Mask! Being an absolute sucker for hair products and a huge fan of Wella, I am more than happy with these and wish they had given bigger samples of these two instead of the other products. I can't wait to try these out!


Overall, it this box was not very beneficial for me but I'm sure every skincare junkie out there would beg to differ! Lets see what the November box has in store!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

What Your Blog's Name Says About You

Coming up with a name for your blog might be one of the hardest things about blogging. You want it to tell the reader who you are or what you intend to talk about. But it also needs to show off your personality and possible blogging niche. But what you might not know, your blog name says a lot about your character. No need for astrological signs or a personality quiz. This post is by Helene from Helene In Between, a fantastic and inspiring blog I follow, so I'm sharing this post with you all.


Your Name.  If your name is part of your blog then you really want people to know your name. You wanted to be different than the others out there and so your name was what you thought would be original. You probably enjoy rum and diet cokes and have a hard time finding a matching pair of socks. You have a hard time being serious and sometimes you're too sarcastic.

An Emotion. Examples: "Calm" "Happy" "Joy" You are excited about life and want to share that with others. You are a die hard Starbucks addict and use emoticons frequently. You always see the silver lining unless you get a flat tire. Then all hell breaks loose. You like to take photos looking into the distance. Pinot Grigio is your drink of choice.

A Color. You go from happy to sad very easily and are often contemplating your dreams. You have a job but your passion lies elsewhere. You have a coffee mug with your name on it. Your nails are usually painted a bright color and you love white wine spritzers and moscato.

A Proper Place. You were born here, raised here, moved here, or think this place is where all life stems from. You haven't traveled much but you can tell anyone the in's and out's of where you have been. You use word's like M'am and your pictures are almost always perfect. You usually spill on yourself and you love Martinis.

Your role/job. Examples: "Wife" "Lawyer" "Momma" "Scribe" You have at least 1 pet and you upload artsy photos on Instagram. You're a good cook and excel in multitasking and organization. You write in-length about your struggles about anything that's on your mind in a way that others can relate to or laugh at. You're an expert on beer and prefer it in a frosty mug.

Hair Color. Examples: "Blonde" "Brunette" Your hair is the central feature in all photos, as it should be. You tend to give tutorials and often expand on your new favorite product/shoe/bag/skater dress. What you studied in college has absolutely nothing to do with what you're doing now- thank god. Sometimes people mistake you for a celebrity. Red bull Vodka or die.

Drinks. Examples: "Vodka" "Tea" "Starbucks" You practically keep (insert drink name) in business. You often write while drinking and you also run marathons. You're obsessed with your college sports team and that's only because they're the best. You frequent Forever 21 and you win at most card games.

Action. Examples: "Running" "Dancing" "Crossfitting" You're in better shape than any 18 year old around the block and you're wearing a tank top that proves it. You have bruises, callouses, and blisters that only a mother could love. Speaking of moms, yours taught you everything and is better at everything. You're a little competitive and you like to write lists- whether on or off your blog. You love a good juice cleanse.

When it comes to my blog's name, I clearly come across as a greedy person. What do you think your blog's name says about you? 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

How To Build Your Dream Closet


A fashion blogger's dream is to own a wardrobe overflowing with endless options of clothes, shoes, bags and accessories. And when it comes to storage, there's no denying that every fashion blogger dreams of a walk-in closet where she can neatly organize and display all of her valued clothing. If you own a house and have a room to spare, you don't need to invest much to get yourself your dream closet.  You should check out closet floor plans, designs and photographs of walk-in closets online to find inspiration and then consult a carpenter or interior designer to help you with the kind of material, structure and exact design that would work for your house/room. 


Here are ten walk-in closet essentials -

1. Clothing racks 
2. Shelves to display shoes and bags
3. Jewelry stands or drawers
4. A full length mirror (or as many as you like)
5. Hooks and pegs to hang stuff
6. A fancy chair for you to wear your shoes
7. Wall paper and decorative items to suit your style 
8.  Armoire for winter wear 
9. Vanity mirror for a make up area
10. A chandelier or statement lamps


The ultimate purpose of a walk-in closet is to simplify your dressing process so once you're closet is ready, you need to sort each and every item and place each article of clothing into different sections according to their usage. Allocate a specific area for your casual clothes, one for your work/business clothes, one for your party/evening wear, one for your holiday/ resort wear and the last (and concealed) for your winter wear. This system makes it easy to decipher where each item is whenever you need it. When you walk into your closet, you want to be able to see where every shoe, accessory and item of clothing is. No matter what design you choose, you can easily customize the shelves, racks and compartments to follow your lifestyle. 


Shoes can often be one of the greatest causes of closet clutter. If you don't want a vertical wall rack for your shoes like the one above, you can display your collection along horizontal shelves like the closet below. This adds a boutique look to your walk-in and keeps your shoes in good shape. If you choose a placement for shoes according to the season or occasion, keep a designated spot for everything from wedges to flats to boots. 


 Built-in wooden cabinets and drawers give you space to tuck away shoes and accessories that you don't wear often. Clear shelves and compartments are a convenient and time saving solution to make your morning routine simpler as you can keep everything close at hand and easy to find. You can stack these clear boxes on the floor and on shelves for a budget-friendly organized system. 


I hope these tips help you build your dream walk-in closet! How I wish I had the space to make my own!

All images from Pinterest.com

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Latest Shopping Tools and Features - abof


Online fashion shoppers today have more choices than ever, and websites are trying their best to create a niche that sets them apart from the rest and gain a loyal following. Launched in 2015, Aditya Birla Group’s abof has chosen a very versatile route to become a household name. What makes abof stand out from other Indian fashion websites is that they use smart technologies and a possess a deep understanding of how content works, to let customers experience an immersive shopping experience that starts from customized feedback to finding the perfect fit.


The VR Change Room 

One of the worst experiences of online shopping is ending up with an ill-fitting garment. Size charts are not comprehensive enough to cover the nuances of the different styles, looks and cuts that the latest fashion offers. To take this problem out of the equation, abof has introduced a revolutionary virtual reality powered 3D trial room feature. This feature has been rolled out for a large segment of the clothes on the website. All you need to do is try out these specially captured images on a virtual model or avatar. The avatar’s body measurements can be tweaked to represent your exact numbers. You can also try out layered outfits with this feature. This 3D trial room feature is powered by Metail and is the closest experience to a real life change room in the virtual world.

Images for Search

What most experts believe about visual search is that it adds more precision to active searches by users. Abof’s visual search feature is powered by Cloud Sight; a technology which belongs to the US based company CamFind. With this feature, you can click a picture of a garment you like and upload it on the abof app to check if it is available on the site. Visual search is quicker and much more accurate compared to trying to describe a certain pattern or style via the text search. 

Delivery Every Day – Even Sundays

Every-day delivery is one of the hallmarks of the abof sales model. You no longer have to unnecessarily wait till Monday for your product as it arrives on the weekend itself as Sunday deliveries help in reducing the transfer time.


Customized Content 

When Aditya Birla Group launched abof in 2015, the aim was clear – to create quality fashion content along with the shopping platform. Most fashion content in Indian shopping websites is generic in nature, focused more on discounts and sales, while ignoring the personal aesthetics part and the individual’s taste. With a smart back-end technology, abof curates content to suit the consumer’s taste and this one-of-a-kind personalized feed features style tips and product recommendations. Apart from these, abof’s content covers international style trends and news related to fashion and celebs, all picked by the experts.

At the end of the day, customer experience on the site is crucial to increasing a market share. Abof’s approach is through personalized experiences and powerful shopping tools that reduce the chances of returns. By providing a platform for discovering new looks along with a premium shopping experience, many customers are coming back and choosing the site as their main fashion provider.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Featured - B&B Mag

A new magazine called B&B just launched in Pune and I'm so stoked to share that I've been featured in its first edition! B&B stands for Brands and Bloggers so this magazine is the perfect platform to people to know more about how bloggers and brands work together. Check out my feature below - 


Friday, August 25, 2017

My Envy Box August 2017

The August Edition of My Envy Box came in a pretty shade of purple filled with skincare goodies and one lipstick. The best part about it is that most of them were full sized products! I really like with this month's box as it has a mix of good products that are useful for everybody. 



Product details - 

Seer Secrets Tranquility Facial Mist (Rs 297 for 100ml) - Seer Secret's Silverated Lavender and Geranium Tranquility Facial Mist is a refreshing facial mist can also be used multiple times per day as a gentle skin refresher. It is made with 100% natural ingredients to give your skin a nice and refreshing treatment. A simple spray or two of the facial essence ensures that you provide your skin with the nutrients it needs. I've used this at times when I wanted some hydration but did not want to apply any cream or serum. A nice and reasonable product which is quite good for hot summer days and humid climates. 


Iraa Eye Serum (Rs 490 for 20gm) - Iraa Instarenew Multi Action Under Eye Cream is a night cream with unique blend of Exotic Algae, Grapeseed, Cucumber and Shea Butter. Enriched with Vitamin E and anti-ageing properties. This cream helps in reducing puffiness, fine lines, reduce wrinkles and dark circles. This fast absorbing, fragrance free formula is designed to soothe the delicate eye area leaving the skin moisturised and giving you a renewed, youthful look.


Nyasa Divine Lotus Body Lotion (Rs 105 for 35ml) -  Nyassa's Divine Lotus Body Lotion contains Lotus Extracts and Wheatgerm Oil. Lotus Extract is an effective natural moisturizer and also acts as a toning agent making your skin taut and younger looking. High in Vitamin E and protein, Wheatgerm Oil helps promote new skin cell growth, making for younger looking skin. It leaves your skin feeling wonderfully soft, smooth and nourished. This small sample is useful for traveling. 

Soultree Lipstick (Price Rs 550) - This is an organic, paraben free lipstick which is enriched with organic sweet almond oil,wild honey and organic ghee, which makes it rich in moisture and good for your lips. Natural origin colours, organic sweet almond oil, wild honey and organic ghee ) combine in this moisture rich lip wear. The shade I got is Candy Floss which is a pretty pink color. 



 Priced at Rs 850, My Envy Box is quite reasonable and is fantastic value for money as you always get products worth way more and I've always recommended it to all my friends and readers.

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.

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