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Beauty | Everything you need to know about short hair

Every couple of months, there is a certain hairstyling cycle that begins when I realise I'm unsatisfied with how my hair looks. The fringe grows out and layers have taken over my face to an extent that I resort to wearing it in a bun and hope it looks ballerina-esque. Then I start scouring the internet for a suitable change of hairstyle that i think looks stylish but not too different. This cycle has been a routine for me until a few months back.

It was the beginning of the year and along with everyone being in a sudden flurry over the pantone shade Marsala, I spotted a few wearable trends to try out this year - one of them was a short hairstyle, namely the bob. Now I'm no stranger to a bobs and in fact got well acquainted to them during my school life. However, with the appearance of fancy layers and textures, I bid buh-bye to my old friend bob. But I digress. Once I discovered that my old friend was back in 2015, I knew I was going to get back in the bob game as well.

Dayle Pereira of Style File India wears a yellow shirt with pink lips on a pink background and sports a celebrity trending short bob hairstyle for the summer season
Taking on the summer in a bob and brights
Before I took the final snippity-snip, I found images of the hairstyle to refer to but I really could have used more information on how to proceed with it and post-haircut maintenance. That's the purpose of this post which I hope you find helpful if you decide to take the plunge.
If you're thinking about getting a short hairstyle, your research is key. Find out the kind of face shape you have and the texture of your hair to determine if it's the style for you. If you're unsure, a trusted hairstylist is always a good guide for these questions. 
Due to my past bob experience, I knew it was the right hairstyle for me so I took an alternative route to achieve it, a more scenic path if you will. Once my layers were reasonably long enough to chop off, I asked my hairstylist to give me a shoulder grazing long bob *a.k.a. lob* My hair length at that point was somewhere in that range so a lob wouldn't look too different but would prepare me for the shorter bob that I wanted in the next coming months.

Step 2: Preparation 
Congratulations, you've gone through the lengthy period of indecision and have taken a step forward to getting the hairstyle of your dreams. Before you can actually take the haircutting plunge, take an appointment with a hairstylist that is trustworthy or recommended. Decide whether you would like to gradually hop from a lob to a bob like I did. Find an ideal celebrity hairstyle and show the image to your hairstylist when you explain what haircut you want. Chances are you won't turn into Katie Holmes once you're done but visual cues are helpful for your hairstylist to grasp what you really want.

On a bright printed background is an array of hairstyling products which includes a Philips blowdryer, TIGI bed head after party hair cream, Livon Morrocan Silk Serum, Philips hair stylist curler and a barrel hair brush for the maintenance of short hair length
A few hair products that help me maintain my bob:
Livon Morrocan Shine Serum // Philips blow dryer // Tigi Bed Head After Party cream // Philips hair stylist curler // Barrel hair brush

Step 3: Chop - chop!
So todays finally the day and while you might be anxious; relax and embrace your new change. I was so excited on the day of my haircut and I couldn't wait to see my new avatar. Explain to your hairstylist what you want for the haircut, if you'd like layers as well and what parting would look best with it. A little part of me was afraid of losing a bit of femininity when my strands of hair fell with the snip of the scissors but since then, I've actually found it incredibly empowering. Whatever you do, don't forget that it's just hair and it will grow back. A perk I've found is that washing my hair now takes only half the time and it's keeping me feeling fresher this summer.

Dayle Pereira of Style File India wears a white shirt with red lips and a winged eyeliner sports a celebrity trending wavy long bob or lob hairstyle with curls
Once I went shorter, I decided to experiment with curls as well

Step 4: Post-haircut maintenance
You're now in that blissful honeymoon phase with your haircut. You pamper it well and it looks fabulous for you but that's just until the salon styling and products wear off. If you thought long length hair was tough to take care of, you obviously haven't met shorter lengths yet. I've learned that the greatest enemy of short hair is frizz because it can turn a bouncy bob into a fuzz fest. That has led me to keeping my hair sleek with deep-conditioning treatments, serums and hair creams. When the occasion demands, I give my hair a quick blow dry followed by a run with the straightening iron for a traditional straight look. My bob *and the kind inspiration of Hollywood celebrities* has even made made me experiment with my curling iron for a wavy 'do.
I've found a few products, which are listed above, that are most suitable for my hair and helps me achieve the look I want. I turn to my trustworthy Philips hair styling tools for a styling job that's well done and from the TIGI Bed Head After Party cream that not only smells divine but smoothes just as well to the Livon Morrocan Silk Serum that calms my frizz well, these are a few products that I can rely on.

Dayle Pereira of Style File India wears a yellow shirt with pink lips on a pink background and sports a celebrity trending short bob hairstyle for the summer season
Loving the short hair life

Hope you find this post useful, especially if you're thinking about going short. I'd love to know your feedback on this and if you have any queries related to it, hit me up in the comments below!

xo
Dayle
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Personal Style | In Bloom

With the promise of spring and summer comes the sunshine, cutoff denims and fresh florals. Now before you go all Miranda Priestly on me and sarcastically mutter how ground-breaking florals are for spring, I would urge you take a pause and bear with because I am obsessed. It crept upon me slowly when I was googling for wallpaper options and chanced upon a meadow of flowers. From there, I subconsciously began incorporating barely there blooms in my outfit. Finally, the addiction climaxed with a full blown flower power display. I've currently reached a level where every available space I can find is covered in peonies and daisies and I'd rather be woken up with a bouquet of florets than a cup of coffee.

Dayle Pereira of Style File India wears a Miss Selfridge floral print bodycon dress with purple smokey eyes and beach waves

Dayle Pereira of Style File India wears a Miss Selfridge bodycon dress via Jabong with Zara stilettos, Accessorize bracelets and a minaudiere on the stairs

Dayle Pereira of Style File India wears a Miss Selfridge bodycon dress via Jabong paired with Zara stilettos, purple smokey eyes, beach waves and a minaudiere on the stairs

Miss Selfridge floral print bodycon dress via Jabong | Zara ankle strap stilettos [previously seen here] | Store bought silk minaudière [previously seen here] | Accessorize + George {London} bracelets | MAC 'Viva Glam VI' lipglass on my lips | Maybelline 'Pink Champagne' on my nails

Photography: Leo Alemao / Style File

Dayle Pereira of Style File India wears a Miss Selfridge bodycon dress via Jabong paired with purple smokey eyes and beach waves as she sits on a leather chair

Dayle Pereira of Style File India wears a Miss Selfridge floral print bodycon dress via Jabong paired with Zara stilettos and Accessorize bracelets standing against a glass window

Dayle Pereira of Style File India wears a Miss Selfridge bodycon dress via Jabong with Zara stilettos, beachy waves and a minaudiere on a leather seat against the sunlight

Dayle Pereira of Style File India wears a Miss Selfridge bodycon dress via Jabong with Zara stilettos, Accessorize bracelets and a minaudiere on the stairs

A pre-conceived notion that I recently learned of is the belief that more skin show translates to more sex appeal. With an appalling number of distasteful Bollywood item songs, I can imagine its hard to think otherwise but this dress taught me differently. In a world of short hems and plunging necklines, this is my standout star. The bodycon fit and midi length makes me feel hella sexy so when I pair it with my sky-scraping heels and vibrant purple eye, it makes for a wonderful start to the summer.

xo
Dayle
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Style Files | Favorites from Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2015 - Part #1

My previous highlights from Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2015 gave you a glimpse into what caught my eye as well as my seasonal experience at fashion week. This time, I'm delving into something that fashion week is really all about - the fashion! The convergence of designers, collections, clothing and showstopper on one stage create this unmistakably electrified week which we at Style File are always delighted to capture, makes notes of and present to you.
I've handpicked a few of my favorite designers and their collections for each category which is all power-packed below.

Favorite Menswear collection: Raghavendra Rathore
Models walk the ramp in suits, badhgalas and nehrus jackets for Raghavendra Rathore's menswear collection at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2015 in Mumbai
The three labels by the couturier provided for varied offering from sophistication to the promotion of India's rich textile heritage. A collective mix of indo-fusion ensued with crisp suits, brocade sherwanis and silk bandhgalas. The showstopper, Bollywood actor Ritesh Deshmukh shone in a dapper Nehru jacket in gold and black. Beyond being the standout act for menswear this season, I enjoyed how the designer brought out our rich culture in his collection.

Designer Raghavendra Rathore and Bollywood actor Ritesh Deshmukh in the menswear collection at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2015 in Mumbai


Favorite colour palette: Moon Lit Sand by Shilpa Reddy

Models and showstopper Bollywood actor Nimrat Kaur showcase anarkalis, sarees and lehengas for designer Shilpa Reddy's collection at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2015 in Mumbai

My heart has been stolen by pastels this summer and yet, I'm not entirely ready to let my brights go. The aptly named Moon Lit Sands collection by Shilpa reddy had a delicate yet strong colour palette that combined creamy beiges, champagnes and creams with bold cobalts, fiery reds and deep greens. Another reason to go pastel this season, which the Style File trend report seconds completely!


Favorite prints: Quirkbox by Jayesh Sachdev and Rixi Bhatia

Models showcase crop tops, maxi skirts and bright prints of Quirkbox by designers Jayesh Sachdev and Rixi Bhatia with Adidas Originals sneakers at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2015 in Mumbai

An eternally strong contender in the prints arena, Quirkbox stole the spotlight with their typical bright hues and intermix of prints and colour blocking. Their prints, which revolved around travel and globe-trotting, found a prominent place over their crop tops, skirts and dresses. I cannot fail to miss the plush athletic feel that the adidas sneakers gave which is perfect for a spunky summer.

Model showcases printed dress and jacket cape of Quirkbox by designers Jayesh Sachdev and Rixi Bhatia with Adidas Originals sneakers at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2015 in Mumbai



Favorite ethnic collection: Kalpavriksha by Gaurang Shah
Designer Gaurang Shah showcases traditional Indian ethnic wear with sarees and weaves with showstopper Bollywood actor Vidya Balan at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2015 in Mumbai
As far as traditionally Indian, ethnic collections go; Gaurang Shah hit a homerun.  The Tree of Life collection, crafted with khadi, chikankhari and varied Indian textiles, had a commonality of intricate weaving carried throughout it which brought to life a number of natural motifs in bright and jewel tones. Bollywood actor Vidya Balan looked at home in a stunning kanjeevaram saree in violet and gold.


Favorite colour: Nikhil Thampi

Model showcases a bright mango yellow gown with slit by designer Nikhil Thampi at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2015 in Mumbai

While the lustre and lamé of Nikhil Thampi's collection promised a luxe feel, there was one vivacious shade that caught my eye. We all know well enough that summer is mango season and albeit a strange connection to make; this bright, vivid shade of bold yellow appeared on a few garments in the collection and like the alphonso mango, left me wanting more of the shade this summer.


Favorite embellishment collection: English Garden by Soumitra Mondal

Models showcase sequin crystal and bead embellishment on anarkali lehengas and sarees for designer Soumitra Mondal at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2015 in Mumbai

The minute Soumitra's collection was showcased on the ramp, I became the shiny-eyed onlooker. English Garden was replete with beige and peach tones which were ingeniously complimented with embellishment in the right dose. Making it look effortlessly elegant; the sequins, beading and crystals took over the jackets, vests and lehengas while allowing them for a sophisticated finish.



Favorite fabric: Nishka Lulla

Designer Nishka Lulla and models showcase a collection of crop tops maxi skirts pallazo pants in sheer fabrics at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2015 in Mumbai

While Nishka Lulla's collection of coordinated separates and flowing silhouettes was reminiscent of her previous collection, the fabric usage was smart, especially in our weather. The appearance of muslin, chiffon and organza lace made for pleasant cover-ups and peek-a-book elements in the collection which is a delightful take for the Indian summer.

Photography: Leo Alemao / Style File


Hope you liked my favorites from fashion week and I'd love to know yours. Stay tuned for the next part to this series!

xo
Dayle
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Style File + Liva | The Practicality of Fashion

As the spring blooms usher in a new season, I fall into my habitual routine of tracking down the various fashion weeks across the globe and fresh new glossies on stands just to know what to expect in the season to come. I scour through lists, make my notes and, suddenly, it strikes me. Fashion weeks, seasonal trends and holy grail magazines may be pretty, artistic and lust-worthy but truth be told, they aren't always practical. Layering your clothes may be all the rage, but would you actually be able to survive our sweltering summer in a blazer? And while over-lining your lips à la Kylie Jenner has caught up with beauty gurus, is it really worth waking up 20 minutes earlier every morning?

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When I was somewhere in my teens, trying to totter like a calf in my first big-girl pair of stilettos, I'm grateful that I was advised not to ever become a slave to fashion. My heart broke a little to put the shoes back and walk away gracefully but, a few years later when it was physically possible to don them, I was thankful for those words. So is there is a balance between the two worlds or is it one of those urban myths? On behalf of fashion lovers everywhere, the good news is, it's true. There are, in fact, ways to strike that very balance between being fashionable and being practical and it all begins with Liva, a wonder kid fabric like none other.

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Crafted from natural cellulosic fibres, think of Liva as a companion more than a fabric. It feels like a second skin, gives your body the breathing space it needs and propels with every movement of your body. And that's just the start! The origins of this revolutionary man-made fabric are both biodegradable and renewable, which means bonus points for Mother Earth as it is truly, from nature.

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At the recent launch of Liva, a spectacular show ensued where the the likes of James Ferreira, Narendra Kumar and Anita Dongre amongst others displayed a range of billowy sarees, dyed prints and flowing gowns which revolved around the 5 forces of nature. Dancers cavorting with every step possible and models sashaying down the ramp were the test of fire for Liva with the immense movement and locomotion involved in the process, which it passed with flying colours! The foundation of Liva is set on a firm concept - one that the everyday consumer, you and me; can connect with. So the softness of its touch, the drape when it slides over you and its pleasant luster only makes it easier to enjoy.

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Designers and a variety of high-street brands that have crafted their creations with Liva vouch for its fluid nature and breath-ability, especially in our climate. Even the brand ambassador of Liva, the talented and sprightly Kangana Ranaut, spoke of her penchant for fabrics that allow for freedom of movement, especially with her busy life. Coco Chanel believed in fashion being present in our everyday lives and with Liva, a new-age genius fabric that allows functionality along with fashion, its the wonderful start of making Chanel's words a reality.

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So, it looks like fashion has its moments. It can be incredibly impractical with armadillo shoes and constricting corsets but it does have a realistic side as well, a side that the everyday 'tote and ballerinas' girl will enjoy. It does have a path that combines style with a sense of functionality. And that is a path that begins with an incredible innovation called Liva which is the beginning of a whole new journey in fashion. If this story on LIVA has gotten you intrigued, then please do get in touch with Media Moments for further details.

xo
Dayle

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DIY | Painted Easter Eggs

As Easter is fast approaching, I decided to combine my love for the festival and the wonderful protein that is associated with it to create a DIY project that beyond cute and does not require too much effort on your part.

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While painted Easter eggs are the right fit for the festival, they also make an adorable summer addition to a nook of any home. My basket has been adorning my center table and brightening up the room every time I pull out a chair.

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The items you need are easily available and in fact, ones you will find inside your own home. For better understanding, I've divided the process into preparation and then decor so lets get down to it.

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For step one of preparation, I've collected my necessary items which include about 5 eggs and a coffee stirrer as my narrow, pointed tool which you need in draining process for the eggs.

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Once washed, mark a hole gently with a pencil, roughly the size of your finger nail on the flatter end of your egg for step two. Then using your tool a.k.a my coffee stirrer, repeatedly tap over the pencil mark with light enough pressure to create a hole after repeated hits. It's important to be gentle at this stage because we wouldn't want to crack the shell entirely, only the marked portion. Once done, place the hole downwards in a container gently tap the shell for the egg to slowly seep out.  Patience is of the essence here so you can stick your tool inside the hole to gently try and drain it out completely.
You can depending on the size of your jar, you can either disinfect each egg separately or in a larger jar, a few at one time.

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After the shell has been drained completely of the egg, rinse it twice with running water and keep it aside. In step three, mix in a cap full of bleach into your half full jar of water and stir it. Then immerse your egg shell within the jar in a way where the hole is completely covered in water. It's important to carry out this step to disinfect your egg shells, rid them of any odour and allow them to last.

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Your last preparatory step is to remove your egg shell from your disinfectant solution after 6 hours and leave it in direct sunlight till it is dried completely.

Now onto the final step of decor which is my favorite - Paint!

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I always have a paint brush and various acrylic paints *commonly know as fabric paint* in my DIY kit so once I got them out, I went wild with the shells and painted anything my brush led me too from polka dots to chevron stripes to brush strokes.
Once the paint has dried after 30 minutes, I've piled my eggs in a basket with the holes on the bottom side to conceal them and have now placed them as the center piece of my table.
PS: You can also glue the eggs into a particular position in the basket and gift it to a loved one as a thoughtful, innovative Easter present. You're welcome.

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Photography: Raynor Pereira / Style File

Hope you liked the DIY project as much as I enjoyed creating it!

xo
Dayle

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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
Photographs of Karishma Shahani's Ka:Sha collection and Waluscha D'souza as showstopper for Wendell Rodricks at Lakme Fashion Week
(L) The collection wall at Karishma Shahani / (R) Waluscha D'souza brings out the neon in Wendell Rodricks collection


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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.

xo
Dayle

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