Life | Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2015 snapshots

Recently over iced coffees, an appropriate conversation about fashion week ensued while at fashion week. We were chatting about the current Indian fashion scene and when asked about what keeps my flame burning for the spectacular showcase, season after season; I had but one answer. It isn't just a few days of collection showcases and designer clothing, it's an experience. And after covering Lakme Fashion Week for the past 3 years, I can wholeheartedly affirm that.

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A clan of coloured bandhgalas at Raghavendra Rathore

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Florals a-blooming for Neha Agarwal

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(L) Karishma Shahani brings dye to the focus - (R) Ridhi Mehra drapes some pastel tones skilfully

I remember my very first time at fashionweek, as clear as day. I was apprehensive but boy, was I excited! I was nervous about fitting in with the exclusive bunch of bloggers and journalists who were dutifully taking notes. My outfit was thought out well, chic in an effortless sort of way but still stylish to show I had tried. The venue was buzzing. Viewing collection of designers that I had long admired in reality, blew my mind. Showstoppers got the camera clicking. It was unlike anything I had ever felt.

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Nimrat Kaur carries herself and jacketed anakali gracefully for Shilpa Reddy
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Studded embellishment is not to be forgotten at IIKA by Anaiikka

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Ice-cream worthy pastels that are good enough to eat at Frou Frou by Archana Rao
When I return every season to Lakme Fashion Week, that feeling always comes back. That anxious mix of excitement, the mental conversation I have wondering if I used enough hair spray, the inner squeal when the lights dim and the pre-show announcement begins. I see it in the fresh crop of fashion students that attend too and it's delightful. I'm glad to see a bunch of like-minded individuals who get excited about embellishments, showstoppers and accessories the way I do.

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(L) The Harper's Bazaar curated Mulmul showcase brought the humble fabric into the spotlight / (R) A pleasant mix of pastels and prints at Babita Malkani

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All eyes of the burst of colour by Surendri by Yogesh Chaudhary

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Handlets, headchains and more at Valliyan by Nitya
This season of Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2015 was memorable like every other. Attending as many shows possible was top priority because that's the very resource for the season ahead. Somewhere in between, I did manage to attend a bloggers brunch, get a few shots at the designer stalls and get onboard with Lakme's theme for the season, The Sculpt Look.

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Getting lost in the designer stalls at Lakme Fashion Week S/R 2015

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Neon and cutwork at Pankaj & Nidhi

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Shraddha Kapoor is a mighty fiesty one as she played showstopped for Jabong's Miss Bennett
I'm a headliner for experimenting with shaping so The Sculpt Look by Lakme was well received by me. As you can see, models sashayed down the ramp with a contoured cheeks and jawlines that could cut glass and the predominantly bright lips stole the limelight. Definitely one to try in the season ahead.

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Art Motifs and mughal eras come to life at Tarun Tahiliani

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Sneakers made stylish with travel inspired prints by Quirkbox

Photography: Leo Alemao / Style File

I'll be back soon with more from fashion week so till then, I hope you enjoy the snapshots above and relive just a little bit through snapshots above. As I said, it's so much more than just fashion; it's an experience.


Style File + Max Fashion | Trend Forecast for SS '15

The recent appearance of sunny blue skies can only mean one thing  - Spring is here and summer won't be far behind! Truth be told, I have great difficulty picking my favorite season because while I adore the chill of the winter; the summer months remind me of endless beach holidays and of course, fresh summer fashion.
Recently when I was purview to Max Fashion's collection for Spring Summer '15 before it hits stores in April; I knew I had to showcase the wonderful way in which the brand has encapsulated international trends and a bright summer vibe that we know and love. With a playground of refreshing prints, affordable prices and on-point trends at my disposal at Max Fashions, I bring to you a fashion forecast for the season ahead to prep your summer style.

Tropical Prints

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One that has my personal preference as well, the insurgence of tropical prints are here for the long haul. Taking inspiration from flora and fauna of the rain forests; at Max Fashions, the print finds itself on all items of clothing from coordinated sets for women to shorts from men. You've seen me take a dip in the tropics on Style File previously as well and this time around, the trend is only growing bigger.

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Blue Hue

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It first seems like an anti-thesis of sorts - the calm, mellow blue for the scorching, bright summer but in truth, that's the very point. With the temperatures hitting insurmountable degrees by the month of May, donning a blue hue does the very same thing that standing under a cold shower does; it refreshes you. The trend excites me because besides previously doing a blue-centric beauty tutorial as well, it is also my favorite shade. The Max Fashion range of blue surpasses shade, print, clothing and style and you can find it in a variety of avatars for both men and women.

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 Crop it like its hot

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Be wary because while it is going to be hot, the only way to deal with it is by choosing cropped silhouettes. While crop tops were all the rage last year *on Style File too!*, Max Fashions has widened the cropped agenda to include trousers, tie-up blouses, men's tanks and shrugs as well. I think its a splendid ode to the summer because I like my hemlines to rise a bit in the season while my style quotient staying firm and this cropped takeover does just that.

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Pastel Power

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Way back when, I was a bright color crusader so anything pastel had my aversion. A few years later, maturity and a good sense of style kicked in to create an affection for pastel like never before. While bright shades will never date, pastels prove to be that delicate softness that the summer requires, like a palate cleanser between courses. The vast world of pastels is seen in rompers, accessories and clothing at Max Fashion. In soft salmons, printed lemons and powder blues; its not just what I want this summer, its what I need as well.

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Florals forever

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Around 84% of women today associate flowers with the season of summer. And while my fictitious statistic may not hold true, the point beyond it certainly does. Florals are a summer staple and while Miranda Priestly may not consider them groundbreaking, they are loved and adored. In the Max Fashion's collection, florals are galore over dresses, body con skirts and accessories making them the perfect pick.

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Prints ahoy

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Life would be dull in just shades of colour hence Max Fashion went ahead and created prints in abundance. While I've already mentioned tropical and floral prints, the brand has brought to light some fresh fantastic prints like fruits which are the symbol of summer as well as travel inspired prints for the months of vacations. With a variety like this to choose from, even a listless outfit can be given a new lease on life.

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Photography: Leo Alemao / Style File

With a range like this with prices that don't break the bank, make sure you've got every trend, all available at Max Fashion for a stylish summer ahead!


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Beauty | What I wish I knew at 14

Dear Dayle,
You are all of 14, brimming with the merriment of youth. You giggle incessantly when words are mispronounced, you still diligently write diary entries and those exchanged glances are the highlight of your week. You are also on the cusp of being a young adult and with the balancing act of exams and hormones, it can be incredibly stressful. I feel you, I really do. Your favorite lip shade is obviously, strawberry pink *or some miscellaneous flavoured berry* and you almost always blind yourself when you try your hand at kajal. But you must know that, you do eventually get your beauty game together. It takes a few failed attempts which include raccoon eyes and a deathly pale face but still, you did it, girl!

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So if I had the chance to impart a few pearls of beauty wisdom, this is it. :

* Your skin laps up what you feed it
Think of your skin as a sponge which absorbs what you put on it. Now think of the layers of lotions, creams, serums and other products that you slather on. It changed my perspective about how I treat my skin because I then prioritized what I really needed to apply and removed the rest from my routine. There will be launch after launch of a new serum, moisturizer or foundation every season. It is up to you to do your research and use your best judgement about what your skin really needs and what it doesn't because less, really is more.

* Expensive isn't necessarily good
Just because you've spent a good portion of your stipend on it, does not mean that the quality of the product will deliver its best to you. I've had my share of peeling eyeliners, dud toners and fading eye shadow even in instances when I've spent a good sum of money on them from premium brands. That's another reason to do your research before you buy a product. Check out genuine reviews, find a match for your skin type and sample the products if possible. It is your money and it deserves to be well-spent. My Beauty Queen On A Budget series was also started to convey the inverse - that there are products available on a fixed budget that deliver great quality and value for your money.

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* Trends fade, classics are eternal
Remember how high fashion trends has its wide reach; to even a girl on a laptop millions of miles away? Beauty trends work in the same manner and that is just what they are; trends. So trends like pastel lipsticks and dip-dyed hair may have worked for one season but a few months later, will be dated. Hence, find a classic, sophisticated look for you that will stand the test of time. Try a shade of lipstick in red, experiment with a crown braid and perfect your sketching so that your eyeliner game is on point. Don't ever stop experimenting with trends but having a classic look in your pocket can save face *quite literally!*

* Know when to save, splurge and spend
I'm the biggest propagator of homemade hair masks and face scrubs but I've also got my favorite foundation and mascara on call when need be. My routine products and treatments are all segregated which I've written about before as well. I have products which are holy grail worthy and hence, regardless of the cost, are splurged on. Some steps of my routine that are completely created in the kitchen with regular ingredients. Then there are others that are worthy of being fantastic dupes & budget worthy of the BQOAB list that I pick up on a regular basis. Establish a routine that works for you - it can include anything from turmeric and honey to caviar and nightingale droppings. Some products are worth a splurge and others are better off saved on, that's something that your beauty routine deserves.

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Photography: Raynor Pereira / Style File

So dear me, It really does get better. You'll figure out that baking is actually something you treasure when it isn't on fire and that pimple is not the end of the world. Take a head start from my beauty wisdom and have fun with makeup. Don't forget to enjoy these wonderfully innocent, blooming years - there is nothing quite like them!


Personal Style | Popping Tags

The weather currently feels like a teenagers confused state of mind. On those angst-y, rebellious days, it shines bright and hot, burning into every fibre of my being. And a few hours later, a cold vibe takes over, bringing everything to a frozen standstill till you can fetch a cardigan. Days like these are when I take a note out of Macklemore's lookbook, he who affirms how incredible he looks in his grandad's coat.
Because, when you've got gleaming fields of gold to play in, under a bright sun with slightly confused weather; there is no joy like donning a treasured vintage piece while Thrift Shop plays in your head.

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Vintage hand-me-down sweater [Previously seen here] | Forever New tank top | Zara denim shorts [Previously seen here] | DIY charm necklace | Street stall bought belt {via Colaba} | Promod micro messenger bag [Previously seen here] | Vans slip ons {self-designed} | DIY Ombre nails 
[Tutorial here] | Rimmel 'Heather Shimmer' on my lips

Photography: Leo Alemao / Style File

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Winter white makes me swoon, right from the time I very first tried it. I offset it with complimentary camel and tan tones in a mix of textures and added a few accessories like that delicious micro messenger bag and a charm necklace I've made over the years by stringing on knick-knacks I've gotten attached to for a pendant. The obvious showstopper, however, are my shoes. Like I had told you, at the Vans DIY station at Myntra Fashion Weekend last season, I started with a blank canvas of white slip-ons. From there on, I freehand sketched and painted a design and its reverse on the other shoe.
Who would have thought that Macklemore himself could be a style inspiration. After all, that coat does look incredible.


Life | Snapshots on holiday

So guys, I've been MIA lately but for good reason, mind you! After a hectic past couple of months, frantic festive season and busy start to the year which I'm all extremely thankful for, I headed off for a holiday to refresh and relax back home in Goa.
When most of your job involves being online, it can get overwhelming and distracting which is why I decided to make the most of my vacay. I took a break from social media and the website for a digital cleanse as such. If you follow me on Instagram, you would've seen my stunning escapades there, which I couldn't resist posting! I'm fortunate enough to have my brother, a photographic enthusiast, capture the absolutely mind-blowing travel tales which I'll be sharing with you today!

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Watercolour sunrises 

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La Mer on one of my numerous beach days

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Because holidays are made for guilty pleasures

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Lone wolves getting the catch of the day

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I could do this all day

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Sunsets & girl time

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Views like nothing I've ever witnessed 

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Being carrie in my homeland

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If there's anything fresher than fresh, this is it.

Photography: Raynor Pereira / Style File

I spent most of my days lounging on the beach, devouring the freshest produce I've ever tasted, spotting the most beautiful scenes and playing tourist in my own home. 
I couldn't have asked for a better time out!


DIY | Valentine's Day gift ideas

The season of love is just around the corner which begs the question, "Are you prepared yet? "
Have you come confidently clad in an armor of heart balloons bearing a box of chocolates or do you plan on shaking it up a bit this year and taking a more innovative route?

With me, Valentines day comes down to the thought you put into a gift - whether it be as simple as a handwritten note slipped into a purse or as elaborate as a surprise serenade by a violinist; the thought you put into planning the gift and the effort you put executing it is worth more than all the red velvet cupcakes in the world.

That's why, I've devised 3 gift ideas for 3 types of valentines and ones that you can make at home yourself ! Fun, innit?

For the beauty junkie:

All beauty junkies look for a holiday to add just the appropriate touch to their looks; so why should Valentines day be any different? I've created a nail art tutorial that you can try to pamper your beauty obsessed buddy or even indulge in some self-love with!

Keeping the theme around love motifs, start by picking a pastel hued base shade that you think works best as well as complimentary colours for the nail art. White seemed too dull of a base so I chose lavender while pink, red, silver and a holographic glitter top coat are for the nail art. Once you've got your base shade on, decide your motif for each respective nail. I've used a toothpick and a fine eyeliner brush for the nail art detailing which needs precision. Proceed to detail each nail with the decided design - I've used 'XOXO', polka dots, hearts and a lip imprint. Stick to larger designs for your thumb, middle and ring finger while keep the design to the least on your pointer and pinky since they've got the least surface area.

Once your detailing is complete and dried well for an hour; use a transparent top coat to protect the design and keep it intact. Voila! There you have your Valentines day nail art !

For the foodie:

The way to any good foodies heart, is through their stomach so when it comes to gifting a foodie, you know that an edible item is always the right choice. For prior Valentines, I've always revolved around the theme of pinks and reds. Thanks to my mum's delicious line of work, I decided to take a step away but still stay in the vicinity with an absolutely stunning carrot cake, topped with cream cheese frosting.

Carrot cake is a dense, nutty dessert cake and along with the tang of the cream cheese frosting, makes for a match made in dessert heaven! The process is simple and you can find the easy to follow recipe here. I've added a heart shaped cake topper cut from cardboard and decorated with glitter, to add a sweet little touch for your food lover!

For the bibliophile and crafts crazy:

I cannot even begin to recall the number of times I've paused in the midst of a chapter and hunted for something, anything to mark the pages; even resorting to bus tickets. With this easy tutorial that takes merely 5 minutes to make, you can avoid such problems for your bibliophile friend and even soothe the crafts crazy ones as well.

Start with crafts paper and cut out two hearts from it, one fairly larger than the other. Then using any sort of coloring equipment you desire; colour both the hearts. I'd suggest using contrasting patterns or shades for both since they will be placed on top of the other. Apply a dot of glue on the centre of the larger heart and place the centre of the smaller heart in line with it, on the glue. Once dried, your pages can be marked by placing it in between the hearts and pausing all those exciting stories.

I hope you've enjoyed these DIY projects that I've created this Valentine's Day & I'd love to see you try them out. So make sure you make your loved one feel special this Valentines day; to love and be loved is a wonderful thing!




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