Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Broken Foot!

I hurt my leg pretty bad two weeks ago and went about my business limping everywhere for two whole weeks as the swelling and pain reduced greatly. Now my workplace is really close to my house and transportation is a bit tricky for such a short distance so I would walk limp back home everyday for a whole week when I started feeling that something is really wrong with my foot because it should not take this long to heal. So over the weekend I went to see my mum who lives in Pune and decided to go back to a hospital for a second opinion. And upon getting an x ray, guess what the results were? I have not one, not two but three fractures on my toes right in the middle of my foot. They've put it in a cast for the next two weeks so I am pretty disabled and need to drag myself around everywhere at the speed of a mile an hour. I've already had the same foot in a cast before as I had a broken bone on the same foot about five years ago but for some reason, this time the cast is really annoying me. However, my mum was really sweet and took me shopping the next day to cheer me up and got me a fabulous faux fur scarf from the French brand Promod. As bummed as I am about the cast,  I was looking around for relevant fashion inspiration while being injured and came across Jessie J, the spunky and fabulous singer who had a broken ankle last year and wore a cast for four long months. She rocked a cast and proved that a broken bone can't let her down! Have you ever had a broken foot? Tell me your story. And in the meantime, check out Jessie J rocking it up in a cast.

How cute does she look in a spirit hood?

She killed it at the VMAs with the cast

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Designer Spotlight : David Koma

David Koma is a young London based fashion designer who won the Harrods Design Award with the industrial, architectural and sci-fi inspired designs of his first collection. His strong individual style have already been noticed by the fashion world and his creations have been worn by Cheryl Cole, Rihanna, Kylie Minogue and  Beyonce. He even designed an exclusive five piece line for Topshop earlier last year. His SS12 collection remained fiercely tailored, with flashes of tropical colours - lemon, fuschia, and turquoise -  and embellished with iridescent Perspex discs designed in collaboration with jewellery designer Sarah Angold. This is one Koma you don't wanna wake up from. 

David Koma SS12

David Koma  SS12

Photo credit here

David Koma  SS2011

David Koma AW 2010

David Koma for Topshop 2011

Friday, January 27, 2012

Versatile Blogger Award

My lovely blogger friends Emily from Hello Shmello and Sabrina from MelodyLouise have nominated me for the versatile blog award. Emily is a young and fun girl and has some really sweet and cool outfit posts so you must check her blog out! Sabrina is a lovely fashionista from Germany who has also done a little Q&A session with me on my post Meet The Bloggers. Thank You Emily and Sabrina!

UPDATE : The adorable Molly who writes She Wore Fashion Out also nominated me for this award recently! She writes about fashion, inspiration, photography and a lot more! Check her blog out! Thanks Mol!

There are three rules for this award:
1.) Thank the person that nominated you, and give a shout out on your blog to them with a link to theirs.
2.) Share 7 random facts about yourself.
3.) Send the blog award to 15 other bloggers who's blog you love and appreciate, and let them know they won the award.

Here are my seven random facts:
~ I love playing video games and watching horror films and gory violent disturbing sick films. In fact, I only prefer watching such films and watch normal movies only when I run out of my psycho movies. Yeah, I'm quite a guy
~ I have obsessive compulsive delete disorder. I call myself Delete Queen. Read an email? Delete. Read a message? Delete. Finished watching a movie? Delete. Finished a video game? Delete.
~ I still do not know what I wish to do in life. My dream job changes everyday ( fashion magazine editor, vet, designer, muse to designer, actress, restaurateur, philanthropist, video game tester, hippie... and more
~ I do not fear ghosts, mice, snakes, spiders, rats, lizards or other conventional scary things. But show me a cockroach and I will SCREAM and run for my life!!!!
~ I'm really short 5'2" but I have giant broad feet ( Size 41 ) because of this I have major trouble finding shoes in my size everywhere in India. 
~ I eat ten times more than I look like I do
~ I adore all animals but I am crazy about cats. I am also incredibly allergic to cats but I've still had 4 cats.   Do you love cats? I love you already!

Here are fifteen lovely bloggers who's blogs I love and support. You've been tagged for the versatile blogger award! Since I have not found the actual award anywhere I present you this picture below which you can use for your blog as the Versatile Blogger Award by me.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Eye Candy

I've been wearing glasses since I was thirteen but I always hated the way I look in them and they never really went much with the way I dress. So soon after I turned sixteen, I switched to contact lenses. But since I started working last year and spending long hours sitting in an air conditioned environment in front of the computer I started wearing glasses to work and felt the need to find chic glasses. I must say Alexa Chung was quite an inspiration for me to try and incorporate glasses to my everyday style. My latest pair is very similar to the one worn by this lovely lady in the picture below.

Alexa Chung

Avril Lavigne

Megan Fox

Jennifer Aniston

Lana Del Rey

A Tom Ford eyewear ad

Monday, January 23, 2012

Pastel Trend 2012

Move over color block, pastels are coming in a big way. As much as we loved color blocking and shall continue to do so all our lives, lets be practical! Why, you ask? Because I think its a little ridiculous to go to the grocery store or pharmacy or even to the movies in a brightly or boldly color blocked outfit. What is the solution? Pastels and yummy sorbet colors are making a big presence in the fashion world for 2012. These feminine and lovely colors are sober enough to wear to work or play and yet elegant and unique enough to be worn as glamorous evening wear. 

Nina Ricci


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Ten Commandments of Style

When it comes to style, there are no rules, but there are definite basics. The first and most important step to developing style is confidence. The kind of confidence that tells others that you respect yourself, love yourself and dress up for yourself and nobody else. You are your own muse. A true style icon breaks the rules and ignores the trends, and she has mastered these ten basics.  Here are ten basic guidelines that all fashionable and fantastic people know -

❤ basic 1
how to edit

How many times have you looked at your closet at thought 'I have nothing to wear' even if it is full of clothes? If you're like me, then you've probably thought so a million times. The key is to own items that make you feel good about yourself. So toss everything you haven't worn for a year because you probably never will wear it again. At the same time also learn to edit your shopping by visualizing a look or an item that you need or will work with your wardrobe/lifestyle.

❤ basic 2
invest in the bones

The bones of your wardrobe are the essentials that complement almost anything and never go out of style. These staples transcend time, trends and travel. They can go from day to night, season to season and can still be work five years from now. Everyone will have a different list of bones according to their style but some basics according to me are

tops in neutral colors - It could be a shirt, a tee or a tank. These can be layered, dressed up and down depending on the season and  where you're going. And you can pair them with on trend bottoms or accessories.

little (Any color) dress - I do not believe in the little black dress being a staple. Why? Frankly, because the whole world patronizes little black dresses. Whether its vintage, thrifted, high street or designer a LBD will look like any other LBD. So I suggest you to experiment with other colors like white, gray, brown, blue or even yellow or red if you're bold!

bags - Something that matches with a lot of our outfits and shoes and is comfortable to carry around.

shoes - Shoes can make or break an outfit. Make sure you buy shoes that are beautiful but comfortable. I have bought lots of gorgeous shoes that were either uncomfortable or eventually ripped at the seams because of a bad fit because I have giant feet. 

well fitting pants - I do not believe in jeans as a staple either because I personally do not find them very appealing. Sure, they are great for a casual look and I guess 80% of the world's population swears by them but I personally love corduroys! Also, if you look around, most fashionable people usually center a look around pants which are not jeans.

❤ basic 3
find a good tailor

A good tailor is like a good pair of shoes - necessary, worth every penny and capable of making you look 10 pounds thinner. If you have a perfect body, every thing will look good on you. But honestly, we all have different bodies and not every garment we purchase will give us the most flattering fit. But a little tweaking here and there can make your outfit fabulous, all thanks to the tailor. I find a tailor in every city I live in who gets used to seeing my face at least once a month. I actually have a friend who teases me for my 'dates' with the tailor.

❤ basic 4
the power of accessories

Miniskirts and skinny jeans will betray you in a heart beat once you put on 5 pounds. But your accessories - shoes, scarves, necklaces, bags - will stand by your side through thick and thin. They will instantly transform a blah outfit for you and update your wardrobe without spending lots of money. Stylish women know how to cosy up to one accessory. Jackie O and her sunglasses, Audrey Hepburn and her scarf. Just make sure you don't go overboard. A Louis Vuitton bag paired with a Burberry scarf and a Moschino Belt will just make you look like a label whore.

be creative

Style is all about unusual combinations. If you mix the casual with the elegant, the soft with the hard, the glamorous with the comfortable, it will always produce chic results. It's what will make you look different and interesting, which is the hallmark of a stylish woman. You don't always need high fashion expensive labels to look good.

❤ basic6
the utmost importance of shoes

Like I said before shoes can make or break an outfit. A great pair of heels is a powerful thing - it can change your mood, your posture ; it can make a boring outfit fabulous in an instant and it always makes you look taller and thinner. You can never have enough high heels. If people tell you differently, smile politely and walk away. Just make sure you get pedicures as chipped toe polish and cracked heels are a big no no.

❤ basic 7
don't be a fashion victim

Just because something is in fashion at the moment, if it does not look good on you, it is not necessary for you to wear it. It has happened many times I have walked into a stores where the assistant shows me something and says - Why don't you try this? This is very in. I try hard not to sound like a bitch and say - 'Sorry, I don't really care if it is in'. Its tough to say that without sounding nasty but I try to say it with a sweet smile ( I'm sure it still doesn't work and the assistant probably curses me when I'm on my way out )
For example, leggings are always trendy and look great when worn well but thanks to my body type, unless I lose a few inches on my thighs, I look terrible in them.

❤ basic 8
it's not about the money

Fashion is expensive. Style is not. Some of the most stylish girls are certainly not the wealthiest and often girls with less money understand style the best. Maybe its because they consider their purchases more carefully and perfect the art of mixing expensive items with cheaper finds. Or maybe because they know where to splurge and where to save.

❤ basic 9
buy with drama

But what is truly fantastic. Spend your money on one-of-a-kind, dramatic pieces. You know one when you see one. You fall in love with it immediately. You know you look good in it and everyone else knows you look good in it.
Or if you are creative enough to spot potential, buy it and modify it to make it unique. I do this a lot. For example, the dress I'm wearing in this picture (link) was a white top that was way too long to look normal. So I added fabric to convert  it into a dress. I kept it that way for two years till I got bored and dyed it black last month. And voila, I now have a new black lace dress :)

❤ basic 9
imperfect is perfect

You don't need to be perfectly put together all the time, as if you're going for a photoshoot. You do not need a perfectly matched style and should learn to break the rules. Have fun and let your hair down. If you're comfortable in what you're wearing, that's all that matters. When a woman embraces her “imperfections” they can become her greatest strengths, definers of her character and spirit. When she plays up her weakness and draws you to her flaws, she makes them special, attractive and even enviable.

Besides these, there are five more basic rules that one should stick to -

Note : This article is inspired and adapted by Nina Garcia's article in Elle magazine.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Meet The Bloggers

What is your name and blog if you have one?  
Sabrina,  melodylouise.blogspot.com

How old are you? 26

Where do you live? Germany

What is your guilty pleasure? It´s my love for Bart Simpson.

What is a weird fact about you? I dance like crazy whilst hearing The Wombats-thank god no one is seeing me...

Tell me something awesome about yourself! I lost weight-much weight.

Are you a dog person or a cat person? Dog!

Which is your all time favorite movie? Bridget Jones!!!

What do you do for a living? This and that...

1. What's your name and blog if you have one? 
 My name is Caitlin and my Blog is: Candyfloss & Persie

2. How old are you?
I am 27 years young

3. Where do you live?
Portland, Oregon - on the West Coast of the United States. Land of green living, coffee, beer and Nike though I am not a hippie nor a hipster.

4.What is your guilty pleasure?
Umm, too many to list! Probably Hummus. Seems innocent enough except I eat it like ice cream... that or the fact that I curse like a sailor.

5. What is a weird fact about you?
I'm very into reading about serial killers. They are horribly fascinating.

6. Tell me something awesome about yourself!
If you're kind to me, I will always, always, always be kind to you.

7. Are you a dog person or cat person?
I'm an animal person.

8. Which is your all time favorite movie?
"A League of Their Own". Sports, Tom Hanks, Oregon, Chicago, History- what more could you want from a film?

9. What do you do for a living?
 I am a Commercial Underwriter for a large corporation.

1.What's your name and blog if you have one? Kaleigh, bloggy is www.kaleighhamilton.blogspot.com!

2. How old are you? 23!

3. Where do you live? Tornado Alley, USA!

4.What is your guilty pleasure? Raw cookie dough

5. What is a weird fact about you? I have super long toes…

6. Tell me something awesome about yourself! I run my own special event hair and makeup design company!

7. Are you a dog person or cat person? PUPPIES! But I love cats too, just dogs more J

8. Which is your all time favorite movie? O gosh, I don’t have an all time but I’d say right now I’m quite partial to musicals, particularly Gigi.

9. What do you do for a living? I’m an administrative assistant, and I run a hair/makeup company called Pish Posh!

1. What's your name and blog if you have one?
My name's Sophie Cathe, my blog named "Navy Sophie"

2. How old are you?
I am turning 22 in February.

3. Where do you live?
I live Hong Kong, a very busy city, with my family.

4.What is your guilty pleasure?
Ice-cream all the time, I always say ice-cream is my best friend, I wouldn't live without ice-cream.

5. What is a weird fact about you?
I am a bit shy but I am also a hugger. I hug, but I am shy, HA!

6. Tell me something awesome about yourself!
I write novel, play piano and love orchestral music.
And I trim my own hangs.

7. Are you a dog person or cat person?
I don't have a dog but I am a dog person.

8. Which is your all time favorite movie?
It's hard to count, there are too many good movie. mmm......I love Titanic and Howl's Moving Castle.

9. What do you do for a living?
I am still a student but I am also a writer. I do freelance for magazine sometimes.

1. My name is Anabella. But it´s a long name and all people call me: Any, Anita, Anybell, Ann, ..... long list!!
My blog is http://trendytips-trendygirls.blogspot.com

2. Pff... I don´t want to tell my age! jajajaj I´m shy! I´m 32 years old.

3. I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

4. I love cook and eat cupcakes!! I´m cupcakes fan!!!
And my other pleasure are tattoos!! =)

5. Mmmm I don´t know!!!! Maybe my hobby: I practice Highland dancing. It´s not very common in Argentina. I love dancing!!!

6. I´m a loyal person.

7. I´m a cat person, definitely!!!!! I love cats!! I have a kind of phobia with dogs... weird! jajajaja

8. I love all old movies. Mmm I can say: " Rebel without a case" " Love me in the Afternoon" "Roman Holiday"... :)

9. I studied advertising, personal styling and fashion journalist. And I work free lance.

1.samra, blog: http://samra30.wordpress.com 

2. How old are you? 26yrs

3. Where do you live? Oman

4.What is your guilty pleasure? shopping and chocolate

5. What is a weird fact about you? love to cut/chop others hair 0.o

6. Tell me something awesome about yourself! love shopping to the extend where i get super happy when others do shopping, i enjoy watch them shop :*

7. Are you a dog person or cat person? dog

8. Which is your all time favorite movie? God father

9. What do you do for a living? seeking for job

1) What's your name and blog if you have one?
Melissa, issatchieu.blogspot.com

2) How old are you?
32 this year

3) Living in Singapore

4) What is your guilty pleasure?
Celine bags

5) What is a weird fact about you?
 I grind my teeth when i sleep

6)Tell me something awesome about yourself!
I own 100 pairs of shoes

7) Are you a dog person or cat person?
Dog & Cat person

8) Which is your all time favorite movie?
Pan Labyrinth

9) What do you do for a living?
Fashion Designer

1. Vivian, at http://french--vanilla.blogspot.com

2. Sixteen

3. Seattle-ish

4. Italian sodas

5. I'm technically a cowgirl because I was born in the cowboy state, but I am the most un-cowgirl girl you will ever meet.

6. I'm the secretary of a student led non-profit organization dedicated to assisting Ghanaian youth, and I wrote a really long  short story about a schizophrenic violinist for fun once

7. Dog person

8. Clueless

9. high school student by day, professional procrastinator by night

1. What's your name and blog if you have one?
A: My name is Dayle Pereira and my blog is called Style File (http://www.sunkissed-stlye-file.blogspot.com)

.2. How old are you?
A: I'm 19

3. Where do you live?
A: I live in Mumbai, India..I've always preferred calling it 'Bombay'.

 4.What is your guilty pleasure?
A: Cheese-cake 

5. What is a weird fact about you?
A: I have a tendency to sing along with the songs in ads. Embarrassing but true.

6. Tell me something awesome about yourself!
A: I'm friendly, funny and a drama queen :)

7. Are you a dog person or cat person?
A: Cats. Kittens are the cutest!

8. Which is your all time favorite movie?
A: The Devil wears Prada

9. What do you do for a living?
A: I'm still studying right now so that's about it.


1. What's your name and blog if you have one? Danielle, Tongue Tied in Awe

2. How old are you? 21

3. Where do you live? Virginia 

4.What is your guilty pleasure? Currently, Gossip Girl

5. What is a weird fact about you? I tend to animate things I am doing with funny sounds. 

6. Tell me something awesome about yourself! I love to crochet, and have been making infinity scarves for my friends!

7. Are you a dog person or cat person? Cat person

8. Which is your all time favorite movie? Too many, but I will always love (500) Days of Summer and The Holiday!

9. What do you do for a living? Student and a hopeful graphic designer

1. Erin and I write Popcorn, Pugs & Peonies
2. 35
3. I live in the Bay Area, California
4.My current guilty pleasures include eating Nutella and watching The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
5. Husband and I have matching license plates that are hilarious to us (but no one else thinks they are as funny when I explain).
6. I am left handed. 
7. Definitely, dog!
8. Maybe The Princess Bride. I always have a hard time with these kinds of questions. I can be indecisive about favorites. 
9. I am an IT Project Manager

1) Jo Bao's Daydreaming Blog - www.jmimiru.blogspot.com
2) Over 18!
3) Canada
4) Guilty pleasure...it is definitely chocolates. They are so GOOD. Also, spending too much money on a bag <_< oh boy.
5) I love to listen to death metal.
6) Tell me more about yourself :D!!!
7) Dog person, I like super nice kitty cats but I can't read their body language :c
8) Howl's Moving Castle
9) I'm a student who likes to slack and daydream about random things! :D

1. What's your name and blog if you have one? sreesha.  http://morningdots.blogspot.com/
2. How old are you? 24.
3. Where do you live? london, england at the moment.
4.What is your guilty pleasure? Macaroooons and cream cheese frosting.
5. What is a weird fact about you? i continue collecting things like stones, shells, stamps, plastic bags, glass bottles and broken jewelry.
6. Tell me something awesome about yourself!  i can love fearlessly!
7. Are you a dog person or cat person? cat. cat. definitely cat.
8. Which is your all time favorite movie? the notebook & the lion king!
9. What do you do for a living? write. write. write as of now!

Friday, January 06, 2012

Link Lovin' - January

Are you a fashion blogger? If yes then you MUST READ these three links. Because I can guarantee you that you will relate to them -

We are constantly looking for fashion inspiration. And here I found some amazing new combinations.

Five fantastic ways to start the new year fresh

How would you define a good relationship between you and your boyfriend? Everyone has a different personality but here are some Do's and Dont's which you must follow in any relationship

Wondering what to buy this summer? Since the new year has started, very soon winter will be over we are going to have fresh trends which shall send us all running to the nearest store! But here are some gorgeous predictions which are sure to be seen on racks very soon. Presenting you ten defining items of spring 2012

Women from all around the world have their own beauty tips and tricks. Here is a compilation of some beauty techniques from women of different countries

Hi! Tell me a little more about yourself!

Here is something I found on the adorable blog Popcorn, Pugs and Peonies which she found on Tongue Tied in Awe and she found on Oh, Mishka.  I've added my own twist to it and I really hope you to take the time and answer these. I will keep adding these answers to this blog post and link to your blogs so this is gonna be like a feature for you and your blog too! Photos are welcome too so please email me your answers and pictures at junebiswas@gmail.com You can comment below too but please email me your picture as that would be even nicer!! I will only feature those who send me a photo as the others already have their answers in the comments. I will update your answers and photos within a few days and I really hope this become one big fat post!

1. What's your name and blog if you have one?
2. How old are you?
3. Where do you live?
4.What is your guilty pleasure?
5. What is a weird fact about you?
6. Tell me something awesome about yourself!
7. Are you a dog person or cat person?
8. Which is your all time favorite movie?
9. What do you do for a living?

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Beauty Loot

Its been a while since I did a beauty post and recently I got myself a lot of goodies. So let me show you some products I've been using on a daily basis lately. I am a very minimal makeup kinda person. My daily makeup just consists of eyeliner and lip balm.

Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Black

I was a MAC smolder kohl girl for two years but the humidity of Mumbai got to me as the product would smudge a bit in spite of lasting all day. Eventually, I discovered the joys of gel eyeliner. Maybelline eyestudio lasting drama gel eyeliner is the best eyeliner I have ever found.  It stays put all day. Doesnt smudge even when I wash my face and can be used under the eye too. And pretty obviously, Maybelline being a very pocket friendly brand, it costs less than half of what MAC costs.

Benefit Posietint

I just have one word for this product. Its brilliant! I've been using this as a blush for a really long time now but I finally decided to write about it because this product is truly brilliant. The texture is light and looks more like healthy skin than makeup. Another great thing is that it is multipurpose and can be used on the face, cheek and lips. Its expensive but the quality is worth it. This shade is very versatile and works well with both warm and cool skin tones and is the best all-purpose blush ever.

Softsoap Body Wash in Raspberry Sorbet & Almond Blossom

This moisturizing body wash has a fabulous yummy and refreshing raspberry fragrance and makes bath time a treat. There is a hint of almond blossom which is quite nice too. Usually, gel based body washes don't leave skin softer but this product is surprisingly very moisturizing though it cleanses at the same time. Its fragrance lingers on skin even after a shower and it doesn't smell overly sweet and sickening unlike Body Shop products.

 Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm in Grape

Once again, a case of cute packaging which got me lusting after this one. When baby lips launched, I checked out all the flavours and shades and somehow, the color combination of this one's packaging caught my eye. I did read reviews before ordering it. Very thankfully, it is a decent lip balm which smells wonderful, giving off a slightly sweet grape scent and gives my lips a subtle purplish tinge. The formula is moisturizing and hydrating but not sticky. Maybelline has quite a few flavors in this range so check them out before buying.

Betty Barclay Chic 

This perfume was a gift from my cousin who lives in London and is quite a long lasting and unique fragrance. Betty Barclay is a German designer and this is from her perfume line. Its got a floral, woody, powdery smell and is quite an elegant fragrance which can be worn both in the day and night. It has initial fresh feminine notes combine with very subtle fruity hints of bergamot and blackcurrant.  The base notes with vanilla, sandalwood and heliotrope.
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