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Personal Style | Fall Feels

The reasons why I adore the last quarter of the year are countless. During childhood, I wrote it down to Diwali break, carolling and picnics. When I was finding my style, it was because I got to sport the rare pair of stockings and if I was lucky, a cardigan. As I hit adulthood, it was the heady mix of Christmas and the party season. I've finally concluded that maybe it isn't just one reason that can be pin-pointed. Maybe it's all of them together that leaves me lusting for snuggle season and leather weather.

Image of fashion blogger Dayle Pereira wearing a navajo print poncho coat, leather panel black jeans, black booties, plum copper eye makeup and a dark brown lip


Because, let's be honest, it's hard to pick. The leaves are changing from youthful green to aged orange, lending a satisfying crunch to each step you take. Iced coffees don't seem to set the mood but pumpkin spice lattes and peppermint hot chocolates certainly do. Off-shoulders aren't even given a second look because shearling lined jackets have taken precedence over them. Horror movie marathons trump every other plan. See? I told you it was hard to choose!

Image of fashion blogger Dayle Pereira wearing a navajo print poncho coat, leather panel black jeans, black booties, plum copper eye makeup and a dark brown lip

Image of fashion blogger Dayle Pereira wearing a navajo print poncho coat, leather panel black jeans, black booties, plum copper eye makeup and a dark brown lip

Image of fashion blogger Dayle Pereira wearing a navajo print poncho coat, leather panel black jeans, black booties, plum copper eye makeup and a dark brown lip

Pimkie Navajo print poncho | River Island leather panelled jeans | Westsport Mens t-shirt | Forever 21 mini sling bag [previously seen here] | Forever 21 necklace | Charles & Keith booties [previously seen here] | Topshop 'Adornment' + Maybelline 'Velvet Wine' nail polish | Colourpop 'Kae' liquid lipstick

Photography: Leo Alemao / Style File
 
Image of a girl wearing an autumn winter outfit of a navajo print poncho coat, leather panel black jeans, black booties, plum copper eye makeup and a dark brown lip

Image of a girl wearing an autumn winter outfit of a navajo print poncho coat, leather panel black jeans, black booties, plum copper eye makeup and a dark brown lip

Image of a girl wearing an autumn winter outfit of a navajo print poncho coat, leather panel black jeans, black booties, plum copper eye makeup and a dark brown lip


Most importantly, the season gives me; an over-dresser with an autumn obsession, a list of reasons to dress up. So the second I felt a chill in the air, I decided that it was time to layer up. To do the trick, my gorgeous printed poncho came to my aid. I complimented it with weather appropriate leather panels, deep tones and understated accessories. While I love a deep lip, this shade is the darkest I've ever gone with (which gives me a strange sense of pride!). It blends wonderfully with a plum-copper eye makeup look and my brand new textured bob hairstyle. So here's to the most magical season and may it be filled with cups of eggnog, contoured cheeks and fluffy coats by the dozen.

xo
Dayle
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Life | Ways to make it feel more like autumn

A few weeks ago, I refreshed my closet by bringing out my ponchos and booties and declared that autumn would be upon us. Unsurprisingly, I was met with a few scoffs and giggles just because, fall as we know it, doesn't really exist in tropical countries like ours. Sure, the leaves change colour and the temperature drops a degree or two but overall, the atmosphere just doesn't cut it.

Image of a collage containing pumpkin pie, a tea cup and a pumpkin to celebrate the season of autumn


I don't know about you but I've attempted to imbibe those fall feels before with mugs of hot chocolate and Halloween bashes but they only turned out to be a damp squib. I mean, literally quite damp - I ended up putting the true meaning of sweat in sweaters. But as the season turns this year, I'm not letting that happen. No more longing for cable knit weather and no more reserving fall inspiration for Pinterest. This time around, I've got a few tricks up my sleeve to amp up the autumn spirit, without letting any heat and humidity rain on my parade.

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Plug into a fall playlist
Since Halloween is also celebrated at the turn of autumn, it's no surprise that the season has a dark, slightly spooky vibe to it. For me to truly embrace a mood, a music line-up always does the trick. Tuning into some awesome pre-made playlists (like this or that!) on 8tracks is my simplest solution if I'm on my commute or in an afternoon lull. While I'm the type of person who starts playing carols in November; if you aren't like me, I recommend this slightly spooky soundtrack to make you want to curl up in a cable knit with a hot cuppa.


Image of homemade pumpkin pie placed on a wooden background which is often eaten as dessert for Thanksgiving and in autumn

Have an autumnal bake-off
Even after savouring delicious tarts and sumptuous galettes from all over, there's nothing I adore more than the house being filled with the smell of freshly baked goods. Autumn is associated with all things warm and cosy so imbibe that spirit in your kitchen too! This year, I was finally successful at creating the fall favourite pumpkin pie from scratch, right from the pumpkin purée to the crust. You too can try it for yourself or opt for other heart-warming favourites like apple pie, a pumpkin spice latte or gingerbread.

Image of a lit candle with a flame in the middle of two african daisy flowers


Smell you later
It's interesting to know that our sense of smell is the stronger than any of its other 5 buddies. So there's no better way to set the fall mood than by giving our nostrils a lingering scent of the season. An easy trick to do this is by simply lighting a scented candle or switching on a reed diffuser with the fragrance of cinnamon, pecan, tea, leather or vanilla. The longer route which gives a multifaceted aroma is by burning up a DIY simmer pot. Try these recipes and your house will be smelling like Christmas morning!

Image of women's nails decorated with dark nail polish and glitter nail art for a beauty post


Dig the dark shades
If I'm being honest, I crave navy nails and smoked out eyes all year long. So when fall finally comes along, I don't need any more excuses to break out the bottles - the nail varnish bottles I mean! Switching to a merlot lip, a forest green nail or a Prussian blue liner is what my autumn dreams are made of which means, it's (finally!) no shades barred from my beauty routine during the season.

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Be a snuggle bunny
Now there are two types of autumn movie categories - the first are the classics namely; 'Hocus Pocus', 'It's the great pumpkin, Charlie Brown' and 'When Harry Met Sally'. The second are horror. While I love a good classic flick every once in a while, I'm a horror lover at heart. So cue 'The Amityville Horror', 'The Conjuring' and 'Grave Encounters' for me, please. If you plan on sleeping tonight, don't choose the latter. Now all you need to do is set yourself on movie marathon and curl up with some apple cider while you're at it.

Image of a woman against a brick wall wearing shades of grey with a beanie cap, red lips and a plaid scarf for a fashion outfit post


Be the lord of layers
I know, I know, maximum city isn't quite the place to get woolly but that doesn't mean you cannot layer up entirely. Make the most of light layers and use it to your advantage when a chilly breeze makes its way to you. Those sheer tights, printed scarves and capes can do wonders to get you in the autumn mood while lending your personal style a cosy chic look.

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Switch it up
There are so many surfaces you look at everyday which unknowingly, can make all the difference to your outlook. From your desktop screen to your work table, adding an autumnal touch to it can mentally transport you to a colder land in an instant. Change your phone cover to something more fall-centric (granted, this is my permanent cover because I love it and the season so much!) An autumn scented pot-pourri can put you in just the mood. Even just switching your lock screen to an image of fallen leaves can make you feel a little more cosy, even if it's only in your head.

Have a happy fall, folks! So which of these ideas are you trying this season?
xo
Dayle
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Style Files | 5 festive dressing tips from Lakmé Fashion Week

With the festive season and the last quarter of 2016 underway, it is safe to say that we're at the most awaited point of the year. Of all hobbies, shopping is the most preferred. Diet is a cuss word not to be uttered within a 10 mile radius. Monotones and neutrals are given a rest for all things glittery. You catch my drift - there's a celebratory feeling in the very air itself!

So when it comes to dressing up for this special time, traditional wear is the most adored choice. Cue the avalanche of anarkalis, lehenga cholis and sarees. With fashion finding modern interpretations while being deeply rooted, its no wonder that festive dressing has come a long way. So this time around, make the festive season your fashion parade. Take a note from these trends at Lakmé Fashion Week to reinvent up your festive fashion game.

Go bright or go home

Indian model wearing a saree for designer Gaurang at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016 at St. Regis

While traditional wear has always stayed true to rich jewel tones as well as the tried and tested reds and golds, it is time to go bolder. Bright hues are trickling into festive wear and were spotted all over the ramps of Tulsi Silks and Gaurang. Expect punchy pinks, sunny yellows and bold blues all over those sarees and give it a try it for yourself.

Indian models wearing sarees for designer Gaurang and Tulsi Silks at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016 at St. Regis



Get an edge

Indian models walking for GenNext designers at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016 at St. Regis

Whoever thought that Indian ethnic wear was a drag couldn't be any more wrong. For that, we thank the GenNext show who inspired us with their enthusiastic usage of rivets, leather, combat boots and studs. For a modern, risque element to an otherwise traditional look, this is your answer. Because what better way can you add spunk to your kurta than with a snazzy leather jacket!

Statement jewellery

Indian model wearing a saree and turban for designer Shivan and Narresh at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016 at St. Regis

There's no shortage of the yellow metal during the festive season, especially since there is a day allotted solely to it. But we're talking about more than just gold earrings and a diamond pendant. Take inspiration from Suhani Pittie and Shivan & Narresh at Lakmé Fashion Week and go a step further. I'm talking body chains, heavy duty chokers and even epaulettes. All it takes is one piece of statement jewellery and rest assured, you'll be the belle of the ball.

Indian models wearing sarees for designers Suhani Pittie and Shivan and Narresh at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016 at St. Regis


Unconventional silhouettes

Indian models walk the ramp for designers at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016 at St. Regis

We've gotten used to seeing festive fashion in a streamlined manner with straight-fitted kurtas and billowy anarkalis. But what if you changed that without moving too far? That's the kind of experimentation that your festive ensemble needs. Turn traditional thinking on its head and style garments keeping only balance in mind. That's all you need for a look that will never cease to elicit a second glance.

Indian models walk the ramp for designer Payal Khandwala at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016 at St. Regis

Layer up 

Indian models walk the ramp for designer Payal Khandwala at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016 at St. Regis

When you add bacon to eggs on a Sunday morning, it only enhances the dish to make for a breakfast to look forward to all week long. Similarly, layers are the bacon of the outfit. They can add depth and distinction simply, ensured that they aren't too heavy for our climate. As seen at the Payal Khandwala and GenNext shows, all you need to do is play around with your look. Try adding in a layer or two to turn it into a ensemble you'll crave to wear anything during the year.

Indian model walks the ramp for designer Payal Khandwala at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016 at St. Regis

Photography: Leo Alemao / Style File

xo
Dayle
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Personal Style | Jungle Fever

I've always been a city girl. In fact, I always seconded the town mouse in Aesop's famous fable - of course the little rodent was better off living in a city with its numerous scraps and abundant nooks! I feel him because I think I'm so habituated to the cityscape, it has become ingrained within me. Yes, the bustling crowds, the blink-and-you-miss-it pace and the blinding lights of Mumbai feel like second nature.

But come the spell of the showers and I start feeling differently. Call it the magic of the monsoon or a joke by the weather Gods, even! Regardless of the reason, all I feel is the need to get away from the city that I've known all my life and go back home. Not for a sabbatical, not even for the whole season, just for a bit. There's something amazing about going back home, back to nature and back to the simple life. The air is fresher and the number of stars dotting the night sky is unimaginable, making me wonder where they hide during the day. Leaves glisten and life is mellow; which makes it feel like here, you can exist and not just survive. So no matter how many times you may leave, aching to plunge yourself into the roar of the city; you know that you'll always be back. Like a wild tiger that can't stay far from the jungle, there's an invisible connection that'll always take you back.

An image of a women fashion blogger wearing an olive green jacket vest with a beige pleated skirt and oxford shoes, reflective sunglasses, gold accessories and bronze eye makeup

An image of a women fashion blogger wearing an olive green jacket vest with a beige pleated skirt and oxford shoes, reflective sunglasses, gold accessories and bronze eye makeup

An image of a women fashion blogger wearing an olive green jacket vest with a beige pleated skirt and oxford shoes, reflective sunglasses, gold accessories and bronze eye makeup
 
Vintage Olive vest {Canada} [previously seen here]  | Zara white tank top | River Island beige pleated skirt {London} | Local stall oxford shoes {Bandra} [previously seen here] | Style Fiesta necklace c/o | Aldo charm bracelet | DIY pin badges | Valliyan Ear Cuff c/o | Zara Sunglasses |
MAC Viva Glam VI lipstick c/o | FACES 'Grey Matter' nail polish

Photography: Leo Alemao / Style File
  
An image of a women fashion blogger wearing an olive green jacket vest with a beige pleated skirt and oxford shoes, reflective sunglasses, gold accessories and bronze eye makeup

An image of a women fashion blogger wearing an olive green jacket vest with a beige pleated skirt and oxford shoes, reflective sunglasses, gold accessories and bronze eye makeup
  An image of a women fashion blogger wearing an olive green jacket vest with a beige pleated skirt and oxford shoes, reflective sunglasses, gold accessories and bronze eye makeup
 An image of a women fashion blogger wearing an olive green jacket vest with a beige pleated skirt and oxford shoes, reflective sunglasses, gold accessories and bronze eye makeup

While in the throes of the monsoon, I finalised on a look that gave an urban safari vibe. With its earthy palette, it reminded me of the abundance of nature back home and collided perfectly with the start of autumn. So I decided to go all out while adding a tough girl touch with the rivets and studs. For my bronze eye makeup, I actually followed Kylie Jenner's 15 step Snapchat tutorial, which complemented the muted look to the tee. And finally, the DIY pins and gold toned accessories knocked it right out of the ballpark!

xo
Dayle
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Style Files | What not to do on Instagram Stories

No matter how early I mentally commit to sleep at; I always find myself a few hours later with my fingers busy scrolling down my phone. Not conducive to getting a full nights sleep, I know; but it feels like the only 15 minutes in the day that I get to lay low and browse at ease. So what do I spent those precious few midnight moments doing? Dropping it on Facebook, a little pinning and without fail, Instagram.

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Now, let me confess that Instagram is possibly my favourite social media platform. That's quite an achievement coming from a girl who dabbles in a fair number of them. One, because it's an incredibly visual medium which allows for just the right amount of interaction. Two, it is backed by Facebook and well, who doesn't know and love those guys! So around a month back, I woke up to the roll out of a brand new feature on the platform called Instagram Stories. Obviously, being the Insta fan girl I am, I went ahead with the update from day 1 and it felt remarkable.

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To give you a bit of a background, I don't use Snapchat. This is because I've never found the necessity of installing yet another app to announce to the world that I ate Eggs Benedict for breakfast. You're possibly a Snapchatter yourself so you'll know that the Instagram Stories feature dwells on the same lines. It's meant to be personal, narrate your life in the present and disappear in 24 hours. So obviously, my joy knew no bounds to see the birth of Instagram Stories. Not only could I indulge in a more current photo-sharing experience, I didn't need a whole new app, account and set of followers to do it. Win-win!

The first few weeks of using it was fantastic. I was Insta-ing my neighbourhood dog, my desk plant, my daily outfit - everything! What I didn't realise was that it was getting really boring, really quickly. Not only was I hunting for material to fill my Insta Stories, I was left swiping through my feed like no ones business. That got me thinking about the medium as a whole and what, as a viewer, I'd be interested in seeing. After working in social media and digital publishing for a fair bit, my own work and user experience taught me a thing or two. Regardless of whether you represent a brand, are a blogger, influencer or just someone who likes good content, there are few thumb rules that I'd suggest keeping in mind when using Instagram Stories.

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Don't:  Do what everyone else is doing. Yes, we know you've got a spanking new make-up package /shopping bag /invite /goodies but watching tape being cut off a box can be exhausting very quickly. Hauls are great and make for the perfect humble brag but it takes more to reel in a viewer.

Do: Shed a little light on why you purchased that particular necklace. Strut your stuff in your new heels. Give us some swatch action with your new lip stain. Flaunting new goodies are one of the perks of having them in the first place so make sure you lend it a new spin rather than turn it into a left swipe-worthy snoozefest.

Don't: Waste those precious moments. As a medium, Instagram Stories is meant to be swift because moving to the next profile is literally on one's fingertips. Instead of taking the long road and rambling about how humid the weather is, use those few seconds wisely to catch your viewers attention.

Do: Dive into the topic. Whether you're zooming into the toppings on your pizza or gushing about Ranbir Kapoor's appearance at the event you are attending, fill those few seconds with something valid that will make a viewer want to keep watching.

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Don't: Fake it. There are multiple mediums made especially for airbrushed photos with studio lighting and staged poses at your local breakfast haunt. Instagram Stories isn't it. Save that for the visually crisp Instagram or your highly followed Facebook page.

Do: Be real. Everyone has their fair share of annoying pimples, coffee spills or frustrating days when you can't choose what to wear. Simply sharing a few mistaken behind-the-scenes pictures from your shoot are actual realities which humanises you as an individual and makes you seem less like a Barbie.

Don't: Replicate. We've already seen the avocado toast you are eating for breakfast over Snapchat and Twitter. For Pete's sake, don't repeat it on Insta Stories too.

Do: Create fresh material for Instagram Stories. Tedious, I know but it's possibly to angle one situation in a few different ways like sharing your wrist candy which features boldly while you are holding your avocado toast.

Don't: Overdo. I know, I know, you love Instagram Stories and so do I. But no one deserves to see a mundane and endless stream of stories unless you've got a gripping storyline for each of them. In all likelihood, that will lead to a quick left swipe onto the next profile.

Do: Limit yourself. While it can seem exhilarating to feature every single detail of your life on the platform, restrain yourself because no one likes an oversharer. Also, that's reason enough to put your phone down and enjoy the family dinner you are at.

xo
Dayle
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DIY | Denim pocket patch tutorial

I need no persuasion to admit that I am a denim lover. I could live in straight fit jeans and relaxed t-shirts, they feel like home to me. So even though denim doesn't have the best reputation in the monsoon, I was pleased at its sudden peak in popularity even in this sticky heat; all thanks to the patches trend. From jackets to jeans, the fabric got a redux with sassy slogans and smirking emojis adorning it. Obviously, being eager to join the the cool, patch-wearing gang, I decided to create a DIY project with a personal touch.

Follow this Do It Yourself Tutorial to try the Denim Patches trend in your closet from your home

After immersing myself in my closet, I soon found a way to bring together my love for denim and excitement for patches to create this project. If you're looking to add patches to your outfit without looking like yet another high-street clone, this tutorial is for you. Ok? So let's get down to business.

White t-shirt, denim shorts, scissors, fabric glue and needle and thread are the items needed for the DIY tutorial of the Denim Pocket Patch trend

The items you need for the project are commonly found in your sewing box at home. For the t-shirt to create the patch appliqué on, I've chosen a basic white tank since that will stand out best on the denim.

The denim pocket is to be cut out from an old pair of jeans so wisely choose a pair that you do not fancy wearing any more. In order to separate the pocket from the pant, use a blade to cut the stitching from inside the pocket. For my DIY project, I've chosen a customised pocket that I received as part of an invite.

Girl drawing on white t-shirt with pencil around denim patch pocket for the DIY tutorial of the Denim Pocket Patch


Next, place the newly separated denim pocket on the top right hand corner of your t-shirt and use a pencil to mark where it should be affixed. This is to ensure its steady placement through the process, even if your hand slips.

Quick tip: Before marking it, I wore my t-shirt and placed the pocket on it in front of the mirror. This allowed me to adjust the pocket placement according to my arm movement without blindly fixing it in place.

Woman's fingers with nail art cutting around denim patch pocket for the DIY tutorial of the Denim Pocket Patch

It's time to give your denim pocket some grooming. Most likely, you'll find loose fibres peeking out of the edges of the pocket so use your scissor to trim it thoroughly. We don't want any of those unsightly strands showing up on our pocket now, do we!

Women's fingers with nail art gluing the denim patch pocket with fabric gluefor the DIY tutorial of the Denim Pocket Patch

With the t-shirt marked and the pocket groomed, all that is left to do is affix it in place. For most projects, I always follow a glue and stitch method because it gives it double security to stay in its place.

To do that, I start by using fabric glue, one of my most important DIY essentials. Apply the fabric glue on the edges of the reverse of the pocket and follow the previous pencil markings to stick it in place.

Women's fingers with nail art stitching the denim pocket on a white t-shirt surrounded by a scissor and pencil for the DIY tutorial of the Denim Pocket Patch

While the fabric glue works its magic on it, start with the second part of the sealing method. Use a matching threaded needled to stitch the edges of the pocket at the sides and the bottom. Keep the stitches small in size so that it isn't visible on the t-shirt. Once done, leave the t-shirt to dry for 6 hours so the pocket is firmly secured in place and ideal to be used.

White t-shirt with denim pocket patch trend on the top corner placed on a colourful fabric with embroidery

 Photography: Raynor Pereira | Artwork: Leo Alemao
And you are ready to join in the patches trend, albeit with a bit of personalisation. Apart from being incredibly trendy, I especially like how practical this DIY project is. It's so wearable that it even found its way into my Lakmé Fashion Week outfit line-up!

Like me, I hope that you too liked the tutorial and get crafty with an old pair of jeans. So this weekend, you know what's keeping you busy - now get DIY-ing already!

xo
Dayle

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