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Personal Style | Daily diary at Lakmé Fashion Week

April is about to bid adieu and extremely quickly may I add, because I can recall the first day of the month like it happened yesterday. It all began at the Summer/Resort 2016 edition of Lakmé Fashion Week. While my boys handled Style File with ease; being a beauty editor meant five days of non-stop shows, interviews and coverage, all while looking fabulous.

Fashion week has always been the event to put your style quotient on display (without crossing the line of trying too hard and looking like a circus) So this time, I decided to push my own fashion boundaries, just a little bit. While I retained my own personal style sensibilities within each look, I took it a notch higher, from dramatic lips to statement sneakers..

Polaroids of the personal style outfits worn by fashion blogger Dayle Pereira from Style File at Lakme Fashion Week at the St. Regis hotel

Day 1 of Lakmé Fashion Week saw a burst of activity and hence, shooting for this post flew out of my mind. Thankfully, I snapped this rare selfie of my look before the day was underway. I complemented my pastel pink outfit with defined lashes and otherwise bare eyes, strobed skin and a muted mauve lipstick.

Day 2 of Lakmé Fashion Week: Being high on energy and excited for the days to come, I went with a 'too cool to care' vibe. I paired a black detailed romper with bright accessories which included a girly watch, reflective aviators, a half bun in my hair and of course, my neon statement sneakers.

Style File fashion blogger Dayle Pereira wears a ruffled black romper with neon sneakers, a pink watch, reflective aviators and a half bun hairstyle at Lakme Fashion Week

Topshop black tank top {London} | Rare black ruffed romper {London} | Golddigga colourful sneakers {London} | Forever 21 reflective aviators | Forever 21 canvas tote | Zaza watch [Previously seen here]

Day 3 of Lakmé Fashion Week: Being the summer resort season, I wanted my look to say that. That's why I chose an all-white outfit by pairing a peplum crop top with palazzo pants. I then complemented the outfit with a tan tote, matching clogs, a chunky charm bracelet and a gold hairband.

Style File fashion blogger Dayle Pereira wears an eyelet peplum crop top and linen palazzo pants with a tan tote bag, tan clogs a charm bracelet and a leaf hairband at Lakme Fashion Week

Topshop peplum crop top | Westside crochet trim palazzo pants | Citywalk lazercut clogs [Previously seen here] | Street stall bought leaf hairband {Colaba Causeway} | Zara tote | Aldo charm bracelet

Day 4 of Lakmé Fashion Week - This is where I pushed myself the furthest. Dungarees, as a clothing item, reek of me so I paired it with a bodysuit and went for a 'skater-girl' vibe. That included hand-drawn sneakers, a messy bob, stark purple lips and a backpack. Bam! My personal favorite look of the season right there.

Style File fashion blogger Dayle Pereira wears black dungarees over a whitesuit with purple lips, a messy bob, sneakers and a backpack at Lakme Fashion Week
 
Topshop bodysuit {London} | Warehouse dungarees {London} | Miss Benett backpack | Self designed Vans sneakers [Previously seen here] | Colourpop ultra matte lipstick in 'Lychee'

Day 5 of Lakmé Fashion Week: By the fag end of Lakmé Fashion Week, I was running on very little sleep and far too much coffee. Yet, I was determined to look effortlessly chic right until the finale night. That's why I chose simple dark florals and experimented with matching burgundy accessories, a curly bob and dark lips.

Style File fashion blogger Dayle Pereira wears a dark floral skater dress with a maroon micro bag, burgundy clogs, wavy bob and oxblood lips at Lakme Fashion Week

Dorothy Perkins floral dress | Forever 21 burgundy micro messenger bag | Forever 21 burgundy clogs | L'Oreal Paris Collection Star Pure Reds in 'Pure Garnet' lipstick [Reviewed here]

Photography: Leo Alemao / Style File

Hope you liked my outfits from Lakmé Fashion Week so don't forget to tell me which one was your favorite!

xo 
Dayle
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Life | Snapshots at Lakmé Fashion Week S/R 2016

As with every bi-annual fashion season, the curtains closed with the extravaganza that is Lakmé Fashion Week. While Style File has been exclusively covering the event live for years now, this summer resort season was like nothing I've ever experienced. This time around, it was a jam-packed five days of juggling interviews and makeup decodes as a beauty editor as my boys smoothly handled the blog.

From wrapping up the day at 4am to being washed over with the beauty of some amazing shows to even being featured for street style on the LYF terrace; it was immense! Actually, even immense is an understatement because it was magical and exhausting while continuing to amaze me and I wouldn't have it any other way. Here's a peek of what transpired during the five days of Lakmé Fashion Week S/R 2016.

Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha is the showstopper for fashion designer Anita Dongre in a white shirt and blue skirt at Lakme Fashion Week at The St. Regis Hotel in Mumbai
Sonakshi Sinha made sure Anita Dongre had a twirl-wind of a show!
Fashion designer Amit Aggarwal showcases neon gowns under blue lights and a model wears blue mascara on her eyelashes on the ramp at Lakme Fashion Week at The St. Regis Hotel in Mumbai
(L) Neon rules at Amit Aggarwal / (R) Just a touch of blue on the lashes


A model wears a red crystal lip, crystal bejewelled hair piece and a large hairstyle by the Lakme Salon at Nikhil Thampi's show at Lakme Fashion Week at The St. Regis Hotel in Mumbai
The beauty highlight that was the Nikhil Thampi's show with crystal red lips, big hair and bejeweled hair pieces by the Lakmé salon
Bollywood celebrities Monica Dogra and Anusha Dandekar are the showstopper for fashion designer Payal Singhal in matching brocade crop top and maxi skirts seperates at Lakme Fashion Week at The St. Regis Hotel in Mumbai 
(L) Monica Dogra and Anusha Dandekar redefine 'sisters before misters' at Payal Singhal / (R) A spectator cuts a suave figure post the show
The final walk by models on the ramp in tie-dye, ombre sneakers and layers at [Ka][Sha] by Karishma Shahani
[Ka][Sha]'s final fierce walk in ombre canvas shoes and colourful layers
Masaba Gupta introduced the chilli print and tassel saree as Tanieya Khanuja's model lined up on the runway in while while I shot for a personal style outfit post at Lakme Fashion Week at The St. Regis Hotel in Mumbai
(L) Masaba Gupta introduces the tassel saree with the chili print / (C) I'm caught unaware while shooting my outfit / (R) Tanieya Khanuja's soldiers in white get into formation
Braided coiled buns, bright colours and statement necklaces seen on models at the Doubt Is Out by Ajio at Lakme Fashion Week at The St. Regis Hotel in Mumbai
Ajio's Doubt Is Out show was peppered with coiled braided buns and heavy necklaces
Watching the preshow introductory film by Amit Aggarwal as a model posed in a bright red dress at fashion designer VERB's show at Lakme Fashion Week at The St. Regis Hotel in Mumbai
(L) The pre-show film by Amit Aggarwal that gave me the heebie-jeebies / (R) A model strikes a pose in red at Verb's show
The final line-up of models in threadwork imagery and faces in pastels at Lakme Fashion Week at The St. Regis Hotel in Mumbai
The immensely popular Aiman boasts of a fabulous line-up
Pastel pinafore's being spotted at fashion designer Nishka Lulla's show as ollywood actress Bhumika Pednekar is the showstopper for fashion brand SVA in a cream lehenga at Lakme Fashion Week at The St. Regis Hotel in Mumbai
(L) Nishka Lulla brings back the pinafore in pastels / (R) Bhumika Pednekar looks divine as the showstopper for SVA

Photography: Raynor Pereira / Style File

Hope you like the snapshots and get set for a deeper look into the fantastic fashion week that was!

xo
Dayle
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Beauty Queen on a Budget | Spring Summer '16

With the first day of spring having arrived just last week, it is only a matter of time until the leaves unfurl and pastel shades come out to play. Soon enough, it will also be the start of summer and while I'm a sunshine loving girl at heart, I don't care for the greasy skin and beads of sweat that it brings along with it.
That's why, this edition of BQOAB is all set to take charge. The handpicked products for the season are focused on exfoliating, strobing and getting back to the basics of the make-up regime, which is what summer is all about. Get set to make your skin glow, stay smudge-proof and leave your nails sparkling, all within the budget of Rs. 450!

Faces Hi-Shine Nail Enamel in 'Hollywood/54'

Beauty blogger Dayle Pereira of Style File showcases the glitter nail polish Hollywood from Faces Canada as part of the makeup and beauty products on a budget for the spring and summer

  1. I generally groom my fingernails to stay short and tidy which unfortunately, makes intricate nail art impossible. That's why when I'm looking for a snazzy nail look, I rely on a nail polish that gives me that with ease. The 'Hollywood/54' shade from Faces contains multicolored foil confetti encased in a clear coat which looks chic with the simple stroke of a brush. It glides on smoothly and whether worn as a topcoat or plain, looks dazzling.

Price/Quantity: Rs. 200 for 9 ml
Availability: Rare. At select cosmetic stores, Faces counters and online on Jabong and Purplle.


Vichy Eau Thermale Thermal Spa Water

Beauty blogger Dayle Pereira of Style File showcases the Vichy thermal spa water face mistas a makeup and beauty product on a budget for the spring and summer

I admit that when I first set my eyes on this spray can, I didn't think too much of it. That was probably since I knew little about facial mists and fortunately, this changed my notion about it. Said to contain mineral-rich water from Vichy in France, this can is perfect to slip into your clutch for a midday spritz. While it is slightly expensive, this thermal water refreshes and revitalizes the face without leaving a sticky residue, even on sensitive skin. Just what you need for summer, I say!

Price/Quantity: Rs.390 for 50 ml
Availability: Moderate. At select chemists,Vichy counters and online on Amazon India and Nykaa.


Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Shadow Stick in 'Bulletproof Beige'

Beauty blogger Dayle Pereira of Style File showcases the Rimmel London Scanadaleyes eyeshadow stick as a highlighter for strobing as a makeup and beauty product on a budget for the spring and summer

The funny part about this product is that I adore it for reasons apart from its primary purpose. While the champagne shade with micro-flecks of sparkle is meant to be an eye shadow, I have used it for everything except that. I've used the wooden crayon stick on my waterline to brighten my eyes and while it looked decent, it wasn't long lasting. However, it shines, quite literally, as a highlighter. The shade has just the right enough of shimmer to strobe my cheekbones and nose bridge without budging all day, especially when I'm going for a dewy look.

Price/Quantity: Rs.415 for 3.25 gms
Availability: Rare. At all Rimmel counters.



Maybelline Baby Lips Color in 'Spicy Cinnamon' 

Beauty blogger Dayle Pereira of Style File showcases the Maybelline Baby Lips tinted lip balm in spicy cinnamon as part of the makeup and beauty products on a budget for the spring and summer

It's no surprise that the Baby Lips range is one of my favorite lip balms and this one did not disappoint. You get a whiff of that delicious cinnamon scent as the tinted formula glides on smoothly. It lasts for 3 - 4 hours after which it needs a reapplication. The colour payoff came as a pleasant surprise because I wasn't expecting a brown hue, which looked natural and sat lightly on my lips.

Price/Quantity: Rs.140 for 4 gms
Availability: Easy. At all department stores, Maybelline counters and online at Amazon India and Purplle.


The Nature's Co Earthborne Walnut Mint Foot Scrub

Beauty blogger Dayle Pereira of Style File showcases the Walnut Mint foot scrub from The Nature's Co as part of the makeup and beauty products on a budget for the spring and summer

While I have used this product in my DIY pedicures for years now, I've never fully realized how great it is until recently. There's not much fanfare around the brand and the product although there really should be! The walnut grits within it quietly slough away the dust and dry skin while exuding a tingly mint fragrance. You can really feel the results once you take a few steps and realize how light and smooth your feet feel - perfect for sandal weather!


Price/Quantity: Rs.430 for 125 ml
Availability: Rare. At Nature's Co stores and online at Nature's Co and Jabong.

xo
Dayle
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Personal Style | Daily Diary

There's a quote that says, 'Dress like you are going to meet your worst enemy today' and it is one that I stand by completely; on most days at least. Being an over-dresser with a flair for taking it a notch too high, there's hardly any effort needed on my part to follow the quote because I live it everyday.

That's why I've decided to start a digital diary of my personal style on a regular basis. While I enjoy experimenting and dolling up for my outfit posts; I'm also a damn good dresser outside of Style File. However, the days when I cannot stand to get out of my pajamas are the exception. While my Instagram profile sees outfit breakdowns every now and again, Style File deserved to get in on the action too! So without much further ado, here's a look book of what I'm wearing around town.


Dayle Pereira, the fashion blogger at Style File showcases her personal style with a Principles by Ben De Lisi sweater from Debenhams, Topshop sequin skirt, michal kors leopard wallet and thong sandals

Principles by Ben de Lisi gold speckled sweater via Debenhams | Topshop sequim trim skirt {London} | Michael Kors wallet | Street stall bought thong sandals {Linking Road}

Dayle Pereira, the fashion blogger at Style File showcases her personal style with a Zara shirt, Reliance Trends printed leggings, leather bucket bag, reflective sunglasses and silver sandles

Zara white shirt {Colaba Causeway} | Fig printed leggings via Reliance Trends | Forever 21 reflective aviators | Vintage leather bucket bag belonging to mom | Street bought silver sandals {Hill Road}

Dayle Pereira, the fashion blogger at Style File showcases her personal style with a New Look tshirt, Selfridges shorts, Forever 21 sunglasses, Reiss quilted bag and converse all star sneakers

New Look printed t-shirt {London} | Selfridges denim shorts {London} | Reiss quilted sling bag | Converse all-stars sneakers [previously seen here]


Dayle Pereira, the fashion blogger at Style File showcases her personal style in an adidas tshirt, adidas leggings and adidas pure boost X floral print sneakers

Adidas t-shirt | Adidas leggings | Adidas Pure Boost X sneakers

Dayle Pereira, the fashion blogger at Style File showcases her personal style with a W kurta, Zara jeggings, YSL clutch and Forever 21 sandles

W printed kurta | Zara mustard jeggings | YSL nude clutch | Forever 21 tan sandals

Dayle Pereira, the fashion blogger at Style File showcases her personal style in a Sharei La Mar printed strapless dress and Zara stilettos with a red lip

                            Sharei La Mar strapless dress | Zara stilettos [previously seen here]


Hope you liked a peek into what I'm wearing on the daily. Since I'm generally on my feet, I try and keep it comfy while staying chic. I'd love to know what you think & which is your favorite!

xo
Dayle
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Inspiration | Miroslava Duma

In a world where street style is a fashion parade and personal style bears very little originality, coming across a true stylista is rare. Years ago, when street style wasn't as commercialized as it is today, I spotted pictures of a petite figure bundled up and smizing for the camera. A few seasons later, there she was again. A little internet sleuthing later, the style maven had a name.

Russian It Girl Miroslava Duma wears a baroque embroidered romer and pinned back hair which makes her the perfect fashion inspiration
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Miroslava Duma looks chic in a trench coat, sequin pencil skirt, statement necklace and matching pumps as a fashion icon
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From Anna Del Russo to Anna Wintour, we thought we knew the biggies of the fashion industry but it isn't your fault if you haven't heard of Miroslava Duma. She hails from Russia, a country we would hardly associate with high flying fashion, but one look at the tiny fashionista and those notions will change for good.

Miroslava Duma indulges in print mixing with a sleek bob and stud earrings for a great street style star
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Stylista Miroslava Duma wears her printed coat over a houndstooth printed skirt, boots and hermes bag
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Being one of the earliest street style stars to be shot by The Sartorialist's Scott Schuman elevated Miroslava to the next level. And while I'm not easily impressed by the way of style spottings, Mira's was different. Her sleek brunette locks, her barely there makeup and small stature spoke to me on a personal level. That's when I knew that this was an It Girl to look out for.

Miroslava Duma keeps it simple as she crosses the street in a chic all white ane neutral color palette
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Miroslava Duma wears her red and jewelled headband with a printed shirt folded at the elbow
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Miroslava Duma wears monochrome style with an all brown look in a sweater and leather leggings and a colour blocked bag
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Besides her sky high style game, this lady has the business smarts too! Armed with a masters in business, Miroslava took her first step in the journalism pool as an editor with Harper's Bazaar. Not shabby at all, I say! From there, she branched into freelancing for a variety of top notch glossies like Glamour and Vogue. Finally she went on create Buro 24/7, an all inclusive digital digest of the latest in art, cinema, fashion and much more. She hasn't been termed as a 'brilliant entrepreneur' and 'force of the fashion industry' for no reason, you know. She is a speaker on fashion, has taken her website to new heights and collaborates regularly with luxury brands such as Chanel and Louis Vuitton.

Miroslava Duma wears her colourful skirt suit with a collared shirt and box clutch as a street style star
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Fashionista Miroslava Duma wears a bright yellow pant suit with ease over a neutral hued top at fashion week
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While women with legs for days can be red hot, I've always related well to those similar to my proportions. That's probably why Miroslava's style tops my charts. She dresses like a dream while experimenting with every silhouette in the book. While I was always apprehensive of the towering trench coat, Miroslava made me revisit it. She tackles the lampshading fashion trend with ease as does she with a short suit. Print mixing? Mira's been there and done that. Whimsy prints, floral appliques and bundled up chic all have her name on it. If there's a new in town trend or a classic twist, the diminutive diva does it all with ease. No wonder she's a global street style icon. Come fashion week and you know which It Girl to keep your eyes peeled for!

xo
Dayle 
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Personal Style | Best foot forward

I'm a list maker, that's just what I do. Whether I'm ticking off tasks from my to-do list at work or keeping a tab of the groceries I need to pick up, there's something rather calming of listing it down and working your way through it. Similarly, a few years ago, I had a list of prep questions to run through for job interviews. The story of how those prep questions even came about is an interesting one which I'll save for another day. Now back to where I started from. Among those self-written questions, was one which simply asked, 'What does fashion mean to you?' Clichéd? Most definitely. Did it appear in future job interviews? Numerous times. Thank you, prep list. 

My answer was crystal-clear and full of hopefulness, something you'd expect from a teenager on the brink of adulthood. Fashion wasn't in store windows or a handful of paper bags from a good sale day. It is in your reflection when you glance at the mirror before you leave home, it is the pencil skirt you pick for your business lunch, it is the image that you choose to put forth as to how the world sees you.
The personal style outfit blog post of Style File by Dayle Pereirs displays modern formal office wear in a Next burgundy shirt, Zara mustard jeggings, Zara tan pumps and Lavie mustard tote with a plum smokey eye, a bob hairstyle and a deep berry lip

The personal style outfit blog post of Style File by Dayle Pereirs displays modern formal office wear in a Next burgundy shirt, Zara mustard jeggings, Zara tan pumps and Lavie mustard tote with a plum smokey eye, a bob hairstyle and a deep berry lip

The personal style outfit blog post of Style File by Dayle Pereirs displays modern formal office wear in a Next burgundy shirt, Zara mustard jeggings, Zara tan pumps and Lavie mustard tote with a plum smokey eye, a bob hairstyle and a deep berry lip

Next burgundy shirt {London} | Zara mustard jeggings | Lavie mustard bag [Previously seen here] | Accessorize necklace | Zara tan pumps [Previously seen here] | OPI 'Black Cherry Chutney' nail varnish | Rimmel 'Cutting Edge' lipstick [Previously reviewed here]

Photography: Leo Alemao / Style File

The personal style outfit blog post of Style File by Dayle Pereirs displays modern formal office wear in a Next burgundy shirt, Zara mustard jeggings, Zara tan pumps and Lavie mustard tote with a plum smokey eye, a bob hairstyle and a deep berry lip

The personal style outfit blog post of Style File by Dayle Pereirs displays modern formal office wear in a Next burgundy shirt, Zara mustard jeggings, Zara tan pumps and Lavie mustard tote with a plum smokey eye, a bob hairstyle and a deep berry lip

The personal style outfit blog post of Style File by Dayle Pereirs displays modern formal office wear in a Next burgundy shirt, Zara mustard jeggings, Zara tan pumps and Lavie mustard tote with a plum smokey eye, a bob hairstyle and a deep berry lip

The personal style outfit blog post of Style File by Dayle Pereirs displays modern formal office wear in a Next burgundy shirt, Zara mustard jeggings, Zara tan pumps and Lavie mustard tote with a plum smokey eye, a bob hairstyle and a deep berry lip

Only once I settled into a fashion job did I realize how true to life my answers were. Fashion isn't only the blazer that keeps you warm on a winter morning. It is a tiny fragment of your entire persona. And that persona, my lovelies, is one of those make-or-break factors as to how you are seen when you step into the world outside. All that stuff they say about putting your best foot forward is true and not only reserved for interview questions. 

Since then, I've learned a thing or two about projecting a polished look, whether I'm heading for a Monday morning meeting or a day out at brunch. This outfit is one of them where I've kept the structure slim and clean-cut, perfect for a corporate environment. I allowed myself to go a tad wild with the autumnal tones of burgundy and mustard, which merge harmoniously. A subtle plum eye makeup look, a deep berry lip and neutral pumps complete the look; making it the epitome of a prim yet vibrant office chic ensemble.

xo
Dayle

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