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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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Style Files | Favourite fashion statements at Lakmé Fashion Week S/R 2016

While keeping watch for what's scorching the runway at Lakmé Fashion Week, sometimes there's a lot that unexpectedly catches the eye. Maybe it's the Bollywood celebrity that stole the show or the woman whose animal-centric outfit rivals a cheetah. Whatever the case, fashion week is one of those times when attention grabbing statements happen in quick succession; maybe even a few times in one morning!
With my eyes peeled to the runway, this time it was the fabulous fashion pronouncement made by various Indian designers. With each day proving to be yet another 24 hours to make a statement on the runway, these are the handful that had me sit up and take notice.

Layer up

Indian designer Sneha Arora displays the fashion clothing at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016 captured by Style File at St. Regis Mumbai

While layering in hotter climes may not always seem like the most practical thing to do, Lakmé Fashion Week certainly made it look good! Sneha Arora's light coats, [Ka][Sha]'s tie-dyed take, VERB's feminine wraps and Nishka Lulla's flowing layers were proof enough that if you want to add depth to a look, all you need to do is turn up the layers.

Indian designers [Ka][Sha], VERB and Nishka Lulla display fashion garments and clothing at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016 captured by Style File at St. Regis Mumbai


The finer details

Indian designers Amit Aggarwal and Shivan & Narresh display fashion garments and clothing at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016 captured by Style File at St. Regis Mumbai

Sometimes an outfit serves the purpose of a canvas and the minute details are the brushes that bring life to it. Case in point is the intricate embroidery from Anita Dongre and flower girl-esque accessories by Péro. From striking footwear by Shivan & Narresh to tasseled hems by [Ka][Sha], this was definitely the time to take note of the minuscule details. In the case of Amit Aggarwal's delightful pencil shaving ruffles that covered the entire garment, it was the complete dramatic outfit that spoke volumes.
 
Indian designers [Ka][Sha], Pero, Anita Dongre and Shivan & Narresh display fashion garments and clothing at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016 captured by Style File at St. Regis Mumbai


Call of the wild

Indian designers Sneha Arora, Aartivijay Gupta and Huemn display fashion garments and clothing at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016 captured by Style File at St. Regis Mumbai

You'd be surprised to know that this season, animals took over the runway. Not literally, of course. It seemed like designers were answering the call of the wild as their collections were peppered with animal inspired prints, textures and motifs. Aartivijay Gupta's delightful fairy tale creatures made me reminisce Enid Blyton's briar rabbit books. When we've got Sneha Arora's zebras and Huemn's jungle cat vibe, who needs an African safari, am I right?

Indian designers Aartivijay Gupta display fashion garments and clothing at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016 captured by Style File at St. Regis Mumbai

Quirkdom

Indian designer Aiman, Siddhartha Bansal and Surendri display fashion garments and clothing at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016 captured by Style File at St. Regis Mumbai

Since the beginning of time, eyeball grabbing prints have always been a constant fixture at fashion week. This time was no different. Prints like that of a human heart by Aiman, a pop art cactus by Siddhartha Bansal as well as moon craters by Surendri were popping up all over the runway. Nothing like a little whimsy to liven things up, don't you think?

Indian designer Aiman displays fashion garments and clothing at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016 captured by Style File at St. Regis Mumbai

The reinvention of the saree
 
Indian designers Payal Singhal and Shivan & Narresh display fashion garments and clothing at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016 captured by Style File at St. Regis Mumbai

The saree is such an integral part of Indian culture so as we embrace modernity, we can trust Indian fashion designers to re-imagine the whole 9 yards in new, fantastic ways! From blazers worn as a blouse to mono-printed creations by Payal Singhal, there's no better time to be a part of the fashion world than right now. Perfectly rooted in tradition while staying contemporary, the reinvention of the saree shines bright and bold.

Indian designers Payal Singhal and Surendri display fashion garments and clothing at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016 captured by Style File at St. Regis Mumbai

 Photography: Leo Alemao / Style File

xo
Dayle
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Life | Summer '16 Snapshots

The sky is a clear blue, I've switched to my ever faithful shorts and the margarita pitcher is almost mandatory on those sweltering afternoons. That's because a summer state of mind has definitely set in; so much so that 'Summer Lovin' is playing on loop in my head! It never needs to be reiterated how much of a summer girl I am, so I was a happy camper recently when there was a spell of sunny weather back home, which had me basking in my happy place and admiring magnificent sunsets.

So as the sultry season finally makes it's way to the city, the snapshots of my summer break are just what we need. Fair warning though, these shots might just make you book your vacay tickets, stat!

An image of seaside sunset with mountains and pink bougainvillea flowers on a summer holiday break in Goa, India

An image of a woman walking through a crowded market place candidly looking back as she wears sunglasses and a hat over her short hair on a summer holiday break in Goa, India



An image of a fresh and raw clam seafood ready to be cooked on a summer holiday break in Goa, India


An image of a night landscape with trees and buildings in the background with a cloudy sky and lightning strikingon a summer holiday break in Goa, India


An image of a wide brimmed hat, pebbled and thick frame sunglasses at the beachside on a summer holiday break in Goa, India

An image of sheep and cattle grazing in a meadow landscape on a summer holiday break in Goa, India

 An image of a bicycle with a basket against a brick wall with white flowers on a summer holiday break in Goa, India

An image of sparklers and fireworks at a wedding celebration on a summer holiday break in Goa, India

An image of fishermen casting their fishing nets in a river from a boat on a summer holiday break in Goa, India

An image of a glass of white wine and a black satin box clutch purse against a bokeh background on a summer holiday break in Goa, India

An image of a woman standing by the sea on the shore of a beach wearing a maxi dress and holding a hat on a summer holiday break in Goa, India


Photography: Raynor Pereira / Style File


So, how's your summer going so far?

xo
Dayle
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Beauty | Trend spotting at Lakmé Fashion Week S/R 2016

Being the prime duty of any serious fashion week savant, I always have my eye on the catwalk to see what the Fashion Gods have in store. This time as I juggled roles, things were a little different. As my time was dedicated to being on top of my job as a beauty editor, it felt like I was slipping on a new pair of shoes. I'm a fashion girl at my core but my focus on slick updos and punchy lip colours shone a light on the beauty aspect of Lakmé Fashion Week.

This led me to to report back to Style File on some of the hottest beauty looks that are fresh off the S/R 2016 ramp of Lakmé Fashion Week. Keeping in sync with the 'Illuminate and Shine' theme by Lakmé, this season saw its fair share of luminosity with glitter eyes and jeweled hair barrettes. Here's me reporting for duty with the bounty of beauty trends that caught my eye at the latest edition of Lakmé Fashion Week.

A model wears glitter on her eye lids and a low slung ponytail for Amit Aggarwal at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016 at St. Regis, Mumbai
A stellar sparkling eye was the highlight of the look at Amit Aggarwal's show

A model wears winged eye liner and red crystal lips for Nikhil Thampi by the Lakme Salon and Monica Dogra and Anusha Dandekar wear dark lips and septum rings for Payal Singhal at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016 at St. Regis, Mumbai
(L-R) Presented by the Lakmé Salon, Nikhil Thampi's show saw winged eyeliner, bejeweled hairpieces and red crystal lips // Monica Dogra and Anusha Dandekar stun in side-swept curls and septum rings for Payal Singhal 
Models wear tight curls with a side parting and cornrows with an orange lip and metallic flash tattoo choker for Masaba Gupta at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016 at St. Regis, Mumbai
Apart from her fiery chili print, Masaba Gupta defined hot with side-parted cornrows and tight curls, metallic flash tattoo chokers paired with punchy orange lips

Singer Anushka Manchanda wear straight hair and fringe with blue eyelashes for designer Three at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016 at St. Regis, Mumbai
Anushka Manchanda played showstopper for Three in blunt bangs, straight hair and blue eyelashes

A model wears light brown hair and brown lips for Monisha Jaising by Magnum and Shraddha Kapoor wears blue cat eye makeup for Masaba Gupta with a FitBit at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016 at St. Regis, Mumbai
(L-R) Sinfully chocolately hair, gold eye lids and decadent brown lips at Monisha Jaising which was sponsored by (no guesses) Magnum // Shraddha Kapoor strikes a pose for Masaba Gupta in blue graphic cat eye makeup and peach lips to match her FitBit
 
Models wear dutch braids and boxer braids with red lips and highlighted cheekbones for Anita Dongre at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016 at St. Regis, Mumbai
Dutch braids and boxer braids paired with bold red lips and strobed skin at Anita Dongre's show

Models wear wet hair which is pulled back into a ponytail and pencil shaving ruffles for Amita Aggarwal at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016 at St. Regis, Mumbai
Wet slicked back hair to complement the pencil shaving ruffles at Amit Aggarwal's show

A model wears a messy bun with loose curls and flowers in her hair for Verb at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016 at St. Regis, Mumbai
A messy bun with loose waves and flowers tucked into the hair at VERB

Bollywood actress Lisa Haydon wears beach waves and bronze eye makeup and glowing cheeks for Monisha Jaising at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016 at St. Regis, Mumbai
Lisa Haydon looked like a goddess in beach waves and bronzed makeup as the showstopper for Monisha Jaising

Photography: Raynor Pereira / Style File

It's a refreshing feeling to see that so many of these trends can be transformed from the runway to reality as well. From the summer ready orange lips to the dramatic blue eyes, one look at these beauty trends is all I need to get ready for summer!

xo
Dayle

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