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Style File + Himalaya | The essential skin care step I'd been missing out on


Up until a few years ago, skincare was around number three on my list of beauty priorities. Somewhere down the line, an unexpected breakout on my relatively clear skin made me sit up and take notice. Many dermatologist visits later, skin shot up to number one on that priority list. This was followed by my face hogging all the attention, which is when I learned that I had oily skin. Now if you're a slick faced lady like myself, you'll know that it definitely isn't easy like a Sunday morning. In fact, it is more like a treacherous Tuesday from where you can see the weekend but it isn't even close.
To care for her oily skin, Dayle Pereira the beauty blogger at Style File turns to the Himalaya Gentle Exfoliating Walnut scrub which gets rid of blackheads and dullness for clear, glowing skin
Yes, if skin types were days of the week, oily skin would be Tuesday. It gives you hope of a clear face but the greasy texture and unexpected blackheads always seem to cloud that vision. Girls with greasy skin, you feel me. It can seem like an unending cycle of washing, moisturising and blotting. Between complex routines and new techniques that I could barely wrap my head around, I wondered if I'd ever be able to manage my oily skin.

To care for her oily skin, Dayle Pereira the beauty blogger at Style File turns to the Himalaya Gentle Exfoliating Walnut scrub which gets rid of blackheads and dullness for clear, glowing skin

And there was my answer to this greasy conundrum - exfoliation. It was so simple and easy; and yet, I hadn't even considered it. Imagine if you will a surface that needs a refresh, stat. The most natural course of action would be to get scrubbing to give it a brand new look, right? Then why should it be any different for our skin? That's when I discovered the Himalaya Gentle Exfoliating Walnut Scrub. Arriving in my life when I needed it the most, it felt like it had been dropped straight from the heavens.

To care for her oily skin, Dayle Pereira the beauty blogger at Style File turns to the Himalaya Gentle Exfoliating Walnut scrub which gets rid of blackheads and dullness for clear, glowing skin

Powered with Crab Apple, Wheat Germ Oil and Walnut Shell, this product is a powerhouse of talent. The greatest apprehension I had with a face scrub is that it should be gentle on my skin even while scrubbing. I'm glad to report that the Himalaya Gentle Exfoliating Walnut Scrub does just that with its potent trio of key ingredients. The Crab Apple soothes away any skin inflammation and stops the degradation of cells. The Walnut Shell micro-particles exfoliate away the dead skin cells while keeping the blackheads at bay. And while the skin is being scrubbed, the Vitamin E and natural Anti-oxidants within the Wheat Germ Oil care for it.

To care for her oily skin, Dayle Pereira the beauty blogger at Style File turns to the Himalaya Gentle Exfoliating Walnut scrub which gets rid of blackheads and dullness for clear, glowing skin

All it took was a few washes to scrub away any apprehensions I had about exfoliation. While the Himalaya Gentle Exfoliating Walnut Scrub left my skin visibly and physically different, it made sure to leave it tender. The texture of the scrub feels gritty within my fingers but not abrasive; an important aspect which makes all the difference when exfoliating. That's how it goes into the pores to unclog any residue and build-up for blackheads to be kept at a safe distance. Along with face washing, my skin longed for more and that's just what it got. With soft, happy skin, I couldn’t be thankful enough!


If you're looking to get unbelievably soft, smooth skin, don't spare another second and visit the Himalaya website, Facebook and YouTube pages.

xo
Dayle

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Style Files | Inspiration: Zendaya Coleman

Through the years, I've adored and idolised many great women and their style sensibilities. From Lauren Conrad's SoCal vibe to the Gossip Girl's immaculate style, I find personal style icons in the unlikeliest of places. I spot them in the midst of TV shows, glossy pages and retweets and recently, a lady that has got my attention is Zendaya Coleman.

Teen hollywood celebrity Zendaya Coleman is a fashion icon in everything she wears as seen at a Teen Vogue editorial photoshoot
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I discovered Zendaya at a rather odd time - right in the middle of a controversy. While I thought she looked divine among the sea of beautiful people on Oscars red carpet, it was the reaction to her look that sparked a fire. But it was her confidence and the way she eloquently shut down the critics that caught my eye. The more I discovered Daya, the better it got. She was a blazing hot streak of style and support that encouraged positiveness all around.

Teen hollywood celebrity Zendaya Coleman wears different styles of dresses, coordinated seperates and pant suits and looks stunning in all

There's no doubt about it - Daya is a gorgeous girl. Whether she is suiting up with elan or frolicking in ruffles, there's no look that this fashion queen cannot pull off. But what made me sit up and notice Zendaya wasn't just her immaculate sense of style; it was more than that. I think it was probably the reason why she caught my eye in the first place - her forthrightness.

Teen hollywood celebrity Zendaya Coleman gives us beauty inspiration with her different hairstyles, accessories and makeup looks from cornrows to red lips

Admittedly, even at just 19, Zendaya has seen her fare share of controversy and has come out standing strong. The critics tore down her mullet hairstyle and the haters tried to body shame her for being too bony or too thick but Daya would have none of it. She responded with positive messages, flawless photos and a smoking hot dose of sass. No wonder she's known as the queen of clapbacks.

Teen hollywood celebrity Zendaya Coleman is a fashion icon in everything she wears as seen at an editorial photoshoot wearing a white swimsuit with chainmail on the beach
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From shooting to fame as a Disney star, Zendaya has come a long way. Once she debuted on television, she went on to lend her voice to movies and make guest appearances on them. This was followed by signing a recording deal to release a debut album and a video which received millions of views. Soon enough, her background in dance and theatre propelled her to take the stage on Dancing With The Stars. Daya is also a published author and has launched Daya By Zendaya which is a women's footwear line that is inspired by her own closet.

Teen hollywood celebrity Zendaya Coleman experiments with her style and sports a blunt bob hairstyle, nude acrylic nails and beach waves hairstyle

When it comes to the beauty sphere, even in her teens, Zendaya is a force to be reckoned with! I'd term her as a style chameleon - blink and she'll be sporting dark matte lips and a slick ponytail. Blink again and she's in hoops and sultry red lips. Even while constantly experimenting, this glamazon tilts towards the look of luxe fashionista and looks chic beyond her years. If there was ever a risky trend no one wanted to take their chances on, Daya would be the one flaunting it with panache. Ear cuffs, defined brows, dramatic talons and cornrows are just a few of the looks that she sports gorgeously. If there was ever a role model that combined fierceness, positiveness and style in one body, Zendaya is the girl for the job.

Teen hollywood celebrity Zendaya Coleman looks different in every look with her pixie bobs, bold eyebrows and high ponytail

xo
Dayle
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Beauty | What's on my dresser ~ the haircare edition

Around a year ago, before bobs became commonplace and pixies became popular, I decided to bite the bullet and cut my hair short. Going by my angular face structure, I had always toyed with the idea of a short crop; something I hadn't attempted since my school days. So once I stepped up to the plate and took the plunge, it was liberating. My new bob felt freeing and chic, like some kind of petite Parisian girl who roamed with baguettes in her bicycle basket.

Dayle Pereira the blogger at Style File does a GIF hair flip video
 
But the snip was only half the battle won. Once the fabulous salon styling wore off, I learned that treating my tresses right was necessary for happy hair. A year and numerous haircuts later, I'm still sporting a bob. What has changed, however, is the way I look after it. I've started paying more attention to my scalp and hair texture so that my bob can look its best day after day. This season, I'm cheering for a few hair care favorites who have got me across the line to good hair days all monsoon long.

Dayle Pereira of Style File uses the TIGI Bed Head Control Frizz serum to fight frizz and for styling the hair


On days when my style needs an upgrade

On seemingly endless days, I want my fantastically styled hair to last through the day with me. To remedy this, I've concluded that frizz is the enemy of short hair. So on my journey to skipping frizz and getting lasting smoothness, the TIGI Bed Head Control Freak is my guiding light. This potion works as a prep step before heat styling as well as alone, as an anti-frizz serum. The glitter laden serum works well to maintain my styling for longer and makes it manageable so that my bob is all set for the day ahead.

Dayle Pereira of Style uses the Garnier Ultra Blends range of shampoos to nourish and promote healthy hair



On days when my hair needs some lovin'

When my otherwise happy bob becomes lifeless, I know it's time to nourish it. I've known and loved the Garnier Ultra Doux range through my childhood so when it arrived in a brand new avatar as Garnier Ultra Blends, you can imagine my delight. My favorites from the range are the Royal Jelly and Lavender as well as the Soy Milk and Almonds. The delectable fragrance tricks me into thinking that it is almost good enough to eat and the luscious ingredients are like a generous buffet for my hair. How I love the the feeling of coming from a bath with my hair smelling divine and feeling so much healthier!

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File uses the Batiste Dry Shampoo to refresh her hair and cut out oiliness


On days when I need to pull through

Combine late night dancing with a hurried start to the day and you get a morning that needs quick results. Even if I'm skipping a wash, I still need my hair to look like it has put in the effort. That's when the Batiste Dry Shampoo comes to my rescue. As its name rightly suggests, the dry shampoo refreshes my scalp instantly and sucks the grease right off it. The classic fragrance is clean and soapy and cuts out any staleness with ease. Definitely serving as a shortcut to my hair routine, it leaves my hair feeling clean without any spent on it.

Photography: Raynor Pereira // Design: Leo Alemao


xo
Dayle

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Personal Style | Daily diary ~ edition 1.2

Even though dressing up comes naturally to me, there are some days when my mind draws a blank about what to wear. Even if I attempt a terminator-like closet scan, I'm still at a loss. When I worked from home, I could get by in my pajamas and t-shirts. But as a 9 to 5-iver, there are no off days. You may be stressed or depressed but you better show up well-dressed, honey.


I've had a couple of days where I've felt like nothing looks good on me or my closest is threadbare but I've soldiered on. Sometimes it involved dipping into my mom's closet and sometimes it took another coat of lipstick. So if there was a medal for being terribly confused about my choices but still arriving at a great look, I'd win a gold.

Dayle Pereira the blogger of Style File wears a casual chic look of a white lace shirt with peach trousers and tan sandals for a business meeting

I wore this look for a business meeting where I was going for a fresh, summery vibe. A definite win in my books.
Dayle Pereira the blogger at Style File wears a printed dress with a denim jacket , sneakers and tote for the Kala Ghoda Festival in Mumbai
 This outfit was worn at an arts festival where I needed to be on my feet all day but didn't want to compromise on my style.

Dayle Pereira the blogger at Style File wore a white shirt and midi skirt with a necklace under the collar, tote bag and thong sandals to the office
 Just a regular Wednesday at work where I tried to shake things up a bit by dressing like I was an extra on the sets of Downton Abbey.

Dayle Pereira blogger at Style File wore a silk printed dress and thong sandals to a launch party
 This picture was taken on a terrific day when I had spent 8 hours on my feet at a shoot and later dropped in at the launch of Contiki in India.

Dayle Pereira the blogger of Style File wore a cream lace blouse, white distressed jeans and thong sandals to the office
I've evidenced my Bruce Almighty sartorial choices before and this was just another one of those attempts. Also, there was no better time to wear all white than in summer!

So keep those spirits up, ladies - even on those off days!

xo
Dayle
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Style Files | A beginner's guide to breaking into the fashion industry

I was 11 years old when I first felt drawn to fashion. I had always been the girl who watched her mother apply a feline flick of eyeliner with awe. I had even strutted all over the living room in her favorite stilettos. With a background like that, an indescribable pull towards fashion was unsurprising. Pages full of clothing sketches slowly led to a keen style eye and further, to a love for the written word.

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File showcases her personal style in an outfit post of a navy blue Forever 21 bustier, a Forvever 21 rhinestone hairband and a straight long bob


Almost a decade later, breaking into fashion is one of the best decisions I've ever made because I cannot imagine myself in any other place than this. I've been fortunate enough to work in many areas of the industry from the editorial department to digital marketing so my journey is one of exploration and growth. While it is considered the most glamourous field to work in, there's a lot more to it. So if you are looking to find your feet in the fashion industry, whether it be as a stylist, journalist, designer or blogger, read on to know how my insight can help you build your career in fashion.

Do it for the right reasons
Don't get into fashion because it seems like the cool choice. Don't do it because of the freebies and gift bags. Don't do it because it seems glamourous. Do it because you want to. Do it because you're passionate about styling a client, even if it means visiting 20 stores. Do it because you can't wait to write about a collection showcase, even if it's 3am. Do it because you have an original opinion and you want it to be heard on social media. If you make sure you get into fashion for the right reasons, it will bear fruit.

Designer wear brand Pero showcases their collection of lace and flower crowns on the runway at Lakme Fashion Week at St. Regis, Mumbai

Knowledge is power
No matter if you are directly connected to industry developments or are just an observer, ensure that you have a deep understanding of the field. Imagine the irony of talking about your favorite designer when you aren't even sure of what the designer is famed for. It may seem like a minute detail but when you have knowledge of your industry, the possibilities are endless. When a new fashion season occurs, make it a point to browse the new collections, celebrity muses and runway trends. With resources like Google and social media at your fingertips, remember that neither age nor experience is a good enough excuse for being clueless. Be a know-it-all because knowing your field of work is powerful enough to open many doors for you.


Take your interview seriously
Regardless if you've been to heaps of interviews and aced them all, don't take your fashion interview lightly as it could make or break your career. Go the extra mile and indulge in some interview prep with possible questions that you could be faced with. Buff up your resume by taking a short-term course or workshop in your desired field. Use your summers wisely by applying for internships or freelance projects. Thankfully, fashion is a kind industry when it comes to a dress code for the interview so you can experiment with light patterns, sensible skirts and pastel shades without going overboard.

Meryl Streep stars as Miranda Priestly in the Hollywood movie The Devil Wears Prada and gives Andy Sachs who is played by Anne Hathaway, a look after a makeover
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It isn't like the movies
While some days in fashion may seem glossy and straight out of The Devil Wears Prada, remember that this is real life and not a movie. No one lets you raid the accessory closet full of Chanel and you (hopefully) won't be sent on a scavenger hunt for an unpublished manuscript. There will be days when you've got a to-do list that could fill a notebook. There will be days where work only ends sometime past 2am. There will even be days where a task needs to redone 4 times until it's done right. It can be maddening and exhausting but somewhere in the midst of it, you will realise that this is exactly where you are meant to be.

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File showcases her personal style in an outfit of a navy blue Forever 21 bustier, a Forvever 21 rhinestone hairband, Forever 21 floral print maxi skirt, gladiator sandals, crossbody bag and a straight long bob


Have a voice
Along with the right knowledge being crucial to your future career, the ability to have an opinion is just as important, if not more so. Read up on issues that pertain to your industry and put yourself in their shoes. Analyze the latest happenings and build an opinion on it as well as the ability to convey it politely. Turn to twitter to discuss what's making news with other like-minded individuals and opinion makers. It's okay if your opinion isn't the popular one, as long as it's yours. When it comes to finding yourself a voice; remember that herds are for cattle, not you. As personal opinions reveal the independence and confidence of a person, make sure that yours is a reflection of your thoughts and knowledge and you can be sure that the future will be bright.

I do hope my experience helps you build your career so do let me know your thoughts on the post!

xo
Dayle
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Personal Style | An ode to beginnings

There's something so joyful about beginnings, it's indescribable. The start of my childhood vacations are as clear as day to me. All I could visualize were mornings spent sleeping in, a backyard full of possibilities and more popsicles than my hands could hold. While those days are now a wonderful memory; I'm still enamored over so many blissful beginnings.

This time however, they are different kinds of beginnings. Like the onset of sale season, where there are racks of clothes as far as the eye can see and the anticipation of trying it all is heightened. Or that exact point on a Friday night where the weekend is beckoning with thoughts of bottomless brunches, spa days and dance parties. The beginning of summer felt just like that. With the sun shining down on me, all I could envision was cocktails served in mason jars, a wavy bob for days and my shoulders catching some sun. While the time has now come to give the summer a teary goodbye, I'm reminiscing about the beginning. I'm going back to the time when sunglasses were an expected accessory and no amount of florals were an overkill.

Style File blogger Dayle Pereira showcases her womens fashion outfit with a cold shoulders floral blouse, cutwork shorts, printed sneakers, mini bag and a wavy long bob with coral lips and blue nails

Style File blogger Dayle Pereira showcases her womens fashion outfit with a cold shoulders floral blouse, cutwork shorts, printed sneakers, mini bag and a wavy long bob with coral lips and blue nails

Style File blogger Dayle Pereira showcases her womens fashion outfit with a cold shoulders floral blouse, cutwork shorts, printed sneakers, mini bag and a wavy long bob with coral lips and blue nails

Style File blogger Dayle Pereira showcases her womens fashion outfit with a cold shoulders floral blouse, cutwork shorts, printed sneakers, mini bag and a wavy long bob with coral lips and blue nails


Berksha off shoulders peasant blouse {London} | Sweaty Betty cut-work shorts {London} | Adidas Pure Boost X sneakers c/o | Accessorize mini messenger bag | Accessorize + Aldo bracelets | Espirit cat eye sunglasses c/o Specs Appeal | NYX soft matte lip cream in 'Antwerp' | NYX nail varnish in 'South Sea'

Style File blogger Dayle Pereira showcases her womens fashion outfit with a cold shoulders floral blouse, cutwork shorts, printed sneakers, mini bag and a wavy long bob with coral lips and blue nails

Style File blogger Dayle Pereira showcases her womens fashion outfit with a cold shoulders floral blouse, cutwork shorts, printed sneakers, mini bag and a wavy long bob with coral lips and blue nails

Style File blogger Dayle Pereira showcases her womens fashion outfit with a cold shoulders floral blouse, cutwork shorts, printed sneakers, mini bag and a wavy long bob with coral lips and blue nails

Style File blogger Dayle Pereira showcases her womens fashion outfit with a cold shoulders floral blouse, cutwork shorts, printed sneakers, mini bag and a wavy long bob with coral lips and blue nails

Photography: Leo Alemao / Style File 

My summer loving enthusiasm needs no introduction so this look was a sort of farewell to my favorite season. While cold shoulders are all the rage, I paired the trend with an abundance of florals, miniature accessories and delicate shades. So as the summer bids adieu and it's time to safely keep away my sneakers, maybe it's time for a new beginning like a brand new season with foliage glistening under the raindrops and sudden showers. I may not get to wear my whites as much as I'd like to or I may have to add an umbrella to my staples but you never know what wonderful beginnings have in store.

xo
Dayle

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