Style Files | WWW at Shaze

'Tis definitely the season to be jolly with festivities in the blogosphere galore! And one of those very delightful celebrations was the Aanam's wonderful blog, What When Wear turning 3 with Shazés very first event!

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Shaze, a face in the home decor world, recently launched a brand new range of jewellery. The very concept that Shazé is based on; is actually the wonderful aspect that sets it apart. We love to doll up for a birthday lunch or a round of cocktails but beyond that, our regular dressing tends to be rather hum-drum. With their spiffy new campaign, UnOccasion; Shazé wants to change that.

The weekend started with a plesant preview of the various collections of Shazé ornaments and accessories while sipping a refreshing iced tea. Their range of decor can add the living in any living room with cutlery, home accessories and even pieces especially for your the tiny tot. They've created jewellery in a variety of patterns and finishes which is designed in Italy, so if you're a minimalist girl like me, you're in luck! And for the statement lover too they've got a number of pieces galore!

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Scarf/Sunglasses/Jewellery - Shaze

Beyond just eyeing the pretty pieces, we had a tonne of fun styling a look with them as well. Helping each other getting their style quotient straight, preening for the cameras and a tête-à-tête on everything under the sun were just some of the things under the itinerary. Their sunglasses and scarves are sight to behold so all your accessory needs are taken care of, under one roof.

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Next time you're dressing up, take a second and think about making every day an occasion worth dolling up for, and then slip on that pair of earrings.

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Style File + Ziveg | Shine on

With a style as minimalist as mine, accessorizing has always been my Achilles heel. Up until a few years ago, my teenage jewellery sensibilities consisted solely of silver bracelets and oxidized chains. As the years have past, I've noticed a distinct sense of accessorizing and style that has set in for me. While still staying true to my love for all things minimal, I now take a shine to pieces that are petite, sparkly and effortlessly chic. And that's how I met Ziveg.

A new face in the online jewellery segement, Ziveg believes in celebrating the unforgettable moments in life. Who wouldn't want that special anniversary marked with a sparkler on your finger or a friendship for the ages celebrated with a marvellous pendant. The Ziveg website interface is concise and showcases all their best sellers as well as jewellery crafted with precious stones in shades unimagined. Fantastically enough, they release a new collection every month for your jewellery box to stay up to date and a 30 day free return as well as for you to purchase from Ziveg with utmost confidence.

Their pieces have a distinct sense of elegence without even trying. For every occassion in your life, you can be sure they have a pattern. Solitaires are a personal favorite ever since I tried my mothers prized possession when I was a little girl while my rose gold infinity ring speaks of love being eternal without saying a word.

One of Zivegs greatest highlights is its recently launched Black Collection which features a first-of-its-kind range of jewellery in fashions favorite shade. The dark hued precious stones are a statement in itself and when paired with sleek silver or ravishing rose gold; you can make sure all eyes are going to be on you. From rings in sophisticated cuts to edgy styles, this collection, in short, is a work of art for your body.

Every jewellery box deserves to have contrasts; so classic solitaires and edgy black might be a favorite, but pearls always stand the test of time. While layering necklaces is a trendy trick that this year saw, I decided to try it out by bringing together geometrical shapes and eternally-in-style, pearls.

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You know how I love me some sparkle, especially at this wonderful time of the year. So the ongoing Great Online Shopping Festival, is the perfect time to add to your jewellery box as it is a raining discounts on Ziveg upto 55% off! Make sure you head there and add some shine on!


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Style File + FabAlley : My Fab Wishlist

If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that a girl can never have enough clothes. Can I get an Amen? No matter how many shopping sprees you've been on or how many of those 'just one more' splurges you've treated yourself to, there will always be another coveted pair of shoes or blazer or dress that will warm the cockles of your heart enough to land up in your shopping bag.
Let's face it, whether it is an exhausting job task or a bad hair day, a spot of retail therapy can fix all ills. I know the feeling of 'this lipstick will match my new shirt' all too well and truth be told, I love how it can lift my spirits in an instant.

Something about this jolly December spirit and a trendy selection at FabAlley has inspired me to create my very own Fab Wishlist with a range of clothes, shoes and accessories all available at the FabAlley website.

On most days, I'm all about comfortable fashion which still looks groomed. My current obsession of tartan reveals itself with the True Tartan Boyfriend Shirt combining with the Wicked Ways Leather Pants for an edge. Gotta protect those peepers with the First Summer Sunglasses and store my everyday essentials in the Black Bucket Bag.

With all the parties to hit and places to be this season, getting glammed up is high on my agenda. My absolute favorite print of polka dots looks delightful in the Game of Dots Tshirt dress and to add pizzaz, nothing like the Sequin Power copper blazer. The Calvin Klein Black Wallet adds effortless sophistication while the Gloss Burgundy Pumps pull the whole glitzy ensemble together.

This festive season around the corner, you won't need to wait for Santa to gift you your dream closet. I would love to see your very own Fab List from FabAlley so make sure you pick your favorites & share it with me! With the trendy pieces and closet essentials at FabAlley, this season you can be your own Santa!


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DIY | Glitter Ombre nails tutorial

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I'm a year round glitter lover so when the festive season rolls around, it makes for the perfect excuse to dial it up. My sequin wrist wrap is one way I sneak in a little more sparkle into my look and yet another never fail way is on your nails. While glitter nail varnish is great and all, the glitter ombre nail shows more technique and will make you stand out in any crowd.

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I've used a paste glitter which makes it pliable. If you have only loose glitter at your disposal, mix it with a small quantity of water, just enough to make it damp. This technique is easiest on medium to long nails. A flat, solid shade of nail varnish works best so make sure you select a contrasting shade to your glitter for the best effect.

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A base coat is optional but one I always opt for so once you finish with that, get down painting your nails like its any other day. Paint one coat. Pause for it to dry. Then paint another coat.

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My nail varnish tends to appear streaky after just one coat so I'm going with two coats of nail varnish. Once my nails are painted with the solid shade, I want them to appear opaque for the glitter to appear most visible.

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Don't wait for your last coat of nail varnish to dry completely. It needs to be slightly sticky to hold the glitter. Using the cotton bud, apply the a thick line of glitter on the tip of your nail.

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Then use the cotton bud to pull the line of glitter downwards, in the direction of your nail bed. Make sure to do this gently and swiftly. Bring the glitter to the mid centre of the nail so that the base of the nail is bare. Go over the tip of the nail with more glitter to create the impression that the glitter is heaviest at this point.
The technique can take some practice and a few smudges till you get it perfect. Make sure you do the same for your remaining 9 fingers. Once the glitter has dried out, cover it up with a transparent top coat.

Photography: Raynor Pereira / Style File

And there you have it - your digits are sparkly and party ready. I'd love to see you try this tutorial so let me know if you do!

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Style Files | Bass, buns & body image

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As 2014 is drawing to a close, it is being termed as the year of the derrière. You sure got that right Meghan Trainor; because from magazines to hit singles,  this year certainly has been all about the bass. With the likes of Kim Kardashian covering Paper Magazine in all her glistening glory, fitness model Jen Selter inventing the belfie and Nicki Minaj showing us that she has got the buns, hun; they definitely bring home the point. Even Jenny from the bloc, who has famously insured the junk in her trunk, got on board for a bootylicious single with Iggy Azalea.

The funny thing is how the media can teeming with contradictions. While pop divas and Hollywood celebrities are embracing fuller figures, on the other end of the spectrum we still have runway aspirants encouraged to be waif thin and a size 10 being considered as a plus sized gal. It's hard to even wrap your head around such opposite statements existing in one place. So it begs the question, is the resurgence of voluptuous figures and flaunting your curves contributing to a healthy body image for us?

 I'd like to think so. Believe you me, it can get trying when thigh gaps are considered a mark of achievement or how bikini bridges even exist. The truth is, we're impressionable and soak up what's around us swiftly. So when a billboard topping single talks about 'how every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top', you can bet that I'm one happy camper. I hope that messages as positive as these ones are only the tip of the iceberg and that there are plenty more where they came from. 
If we're going to be soaking up what is in our surroundings, they might as well be body positive, empowering messages that we soak up. From the top of your head to the tip of your toes, you're perfect in every way so make sure you add that to your self perception list. It may take its time but once you and you alone have a positive perception of yourself, being confident in the way you are and holding your head high will come naturally to you. And trust me, it can give you an attitude that is ready to take on the world, every morning.

So if Kim Kardashian can go from being Paris Hilton's closet organizer to the internet breaking, birthday suit wearing, tush talking star she is today; we've got nothing to lose. If you've got the buns, hun; it is your time to embrace them.
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Beauty | Style File + Oriflame : 'The one' cream eyeshadow + eyeliner stylo review

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Time and again, I find that a good winged eyeliner is a go-to look for myself, mainly for the elegance and simplicity it lends to an ensemble. And although it seems like the effortless stroke of a brush, the winged eyeliner is a shrewd mistress. When I was learning the ropes of it, I remember spending a good 20 minutes with surgeon-like precision, getting it to the exact degree of perfect which resulted in me scurrying to class. Obviously, it's all about the priorities.
So when I got the chance to play with Oriflame new launch, 'The One' range; I knew it was bound to be swell.

The Color Impact cream eyeshadow comes in transparent plastic pot with a screw on cover and contains 4 gms of product.
The Eyeliner Stylo comes in a pen like tube with a felt nib and a push down cover and contains 0.8 ml of product.

The Colour Impact cream eyeshadow costs  449 and the Eyeliner Stylo costs  499

The cream eyeshadow in 'Rose Gold' is a pleasant shade of warm gold with shimmer. While it appears creamy in consistency, on application it has a powdery texture. The color payoff  is average and for a higher intensity, you will need to layer it up. The size and texture of the product makes it easy to simply swipe it on with your fingers and blend out.
The Eyeliner stylo in 'Black' is a jet black shade with a matte finish. Once applied, it dries swiftly which makes for less hassle. The felt nib can apply every line in your geometry book with ease. The color payoff is very good and a single swipe can get the job done easily.

Feel of the product:
Effective and comfortable

What I liked:
  • The packaging of both the products are made to please. The Eyeliner Stylo is the perfect pick with its felt nib and pen style, for when you are learning the ropes of the devious winged liner or if you prefer a fuss-free liner application. The cream eyeshadow is tiny and portable enough for those touch ups on the go.
  • The powdery texture of the cream eyeshadow sets well especially on oily eyelids and 'Rose Gold' is a neutral gold that can be worn with a basic look as well as a dramatic one.
  • The Eyeliner Stylo is magnificent matte black, water resistant, can draw thick and thin lines as well as withstand a good 5 - 6 hours till it begins to fade. 
  • While previously, availability used to be an issue with Oriflame products, they can now be found online

What I didn't like:
  • The cream eyeshadow is average in the pigmentation department and begins to fade after 3 - 4 hours.

Photography: Dayle Pereira / Style File

'The One' Eyeliner Stylo in 'Black' - 9/10
'The One' Color Impact cream eyeshadow in 'Rose Gold' - 7/10

The cream eyeshadow is the perfect shade of neutral gold while the Eyeliner Stylo is a must-have in your makeup kit and makes me wish I had it when I was getting around eyeliner!


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