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Style Files | Favorites from Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2015 - Part #2

You've seen the embellished collection that stole my heart, the mango inspired shade that got me drooling as well as the print maker who added summer spunk in the previous post. You've also spotted my designer stall meanderings and fashion week experience. Now for the final part to the series this season, I've saved the best for last which includes Bollywood's brightest stars as well as my overall personal favorite collection. So get set because last is definitely not the least.

Favorite black and white: DRVV by Dhruv Kapoor

Models don achromatic monochrome creations in black and white for DRVV by Dhruv Kapoor on the runway at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2015

When both shades of the dice merge, it's magic - one that an eternal achromatic lover like myself always knows to be true. While Dhruv Kapoor is known for his bare colour palette, I especially like his move of sprucing it up with deconstructed elements, clothing upcycled from other clothing and an androgynous fair with menswear inspired pieces.


Favorite jewellery: Iridescent Space by Valliyan by Nitya Arora

Model wears jewellery with metal and precious stones on her head, neck, arms and waist for Valliyan by Nitya Arora on the runway at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2015

A name in the jewellery world that is known for its statement making pieces, this time was no different for Valliyan. While body jewellery has been taking over since last year; the 'Irisdescent Space' collection takes inspiration from fantastical lands and whimsical galaxies. The futuristic collection showcased layered necklaces, headgear and armlets crafted from precious stones and metals against a backdrop of white.

Model wears jewellery with metal and precious stones on her head, neck, arms and waist for Valliyan by Nitya Arora on the runway at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2015


Favorite Indian fusion collection:  'A Mirror Affaire' by Ridhi Mehra

Models wear pastel anarkhalis and lehengas with mirror work as Bollywood actor Kiara Advani is the showstopper for designer Ridhi Mehra on the Jabong stage runway at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2015

Bringing together two ends of the worlds can be confounding but Ridhi Mehra handled it effortlessly. Her collection merged eastern and western influences; seamlessly blending contemporary silhouettes while staying true to her roots. Elements of the Sheesh Mahal was portrayed through motifs, mirror work and aari embroidery all with the femininity of pastels.


Favorite showstoppers: Arjun Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor for Kunal Rawal

Bollywood superstars Arjun Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor play showstoppers in Kunal Rawal's collection as they take runway with the designer at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2015

It isn't everyday that two of Bollywood's biggest superstars showstop a fashion show together so Kunal Rawal's show came as a treat. The collection was one of urban inspirations with a touch of Indian elements and included fresh new cuts, embellishment and silhouettes. Shahid and Arjun were trendier than ever for their walk down the runway in arms with the designer himself.


Favorite silhouette: Shift by Nimish Shah  

Models wear skirts, dresses, maxis with loose, flowing silhouettes for Shift by Nimish Shah on runway at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2015

It was a few years ago when I first laid eyes on Nimish Shah's collection at Shift and even without knowing a great detail, I was besotted. What makes this collection my personal favorite overall at Lakme Fashion Week this season is how wearable it truly is. The breezy dresses, the belted skirts, the flowing hems and somber shades made for an enjoyable collection, one that you would love to step into and get away on a holiday.

Model wears a white dress with buttis with a flowing silhouettes for Shift by Nimish Shah on runway at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2015


Favorite print mix: 'Tribe' by Ikai by Ragini Ahuja

Models wear oriental inspired elements with print mixing garments for Ikai by Ragini Ahuja on runway at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2015

Print mixing can be a daunting task to wrap your head around but if Ikai's collection by Ragini Ahuja makes it look this easy, then I am all in. Inspired by oriental elements, 'Tribe' saw numerous crane motifs, japanese scripts, dots and stripes all coming together in hues of blue and beige with threadwork. Giving this collection a gold star, I most enjoyed how such varied shades, motifs and fabrics intermixed to form such a balanced, delightful collection.

Candice Pinto wears oriental inspired elements with print mixing garments for Ikai by Ragini Ahuja on runway at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2015

Photography: Leo Alemao / Style File


That's a wrap on one of my favorite times of the year for this season. I hope you enjoyed my picks from amongst the scores of designers as well as my highlights from fashion week. Until the next season comes around, I'm already looking forward to it!

xo
Dayle
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Style File + Reliance Trends | Twice as nice

Even with the sun shining and birds chirping, summer can be a daunting few months to embark upon. There are days when the temperature seems to hit unnatural levels that even a scoop of ice-cream cannot seem to mend. On days like this, you have to think on your feet and the best way to do this is to dress for the season. When I recently had the opportunity to drop in at Reliance Trends and check out their latest collection, I stood in awe for a few seconds on account of my pleasant surprise. A barrage of prints, a wave of breezy dresses and shade after shade of demure colour led me in.

With an entrance like that, I was most definitely spoiled for choice and spent a good portion of the day choosing, pairing and picking out my key pieces. With options as innumerable as these, I couldn't help myself and styled two looks from the collection for a summer that is twice as nice. The former look has an everyday girl vibe to it with plenty of colour and an effortlessly sassy quotient with a tinge of cool. In the latter look, a formal feel takes over with a little bit of glam and a whole lot of chic.

Dayle Pereira, blogger of Style File India styles a floral and tropical bomber jacket with distressed denim shorts from Reliance Trends along with wedges, a DIY necklace and a wavy bob
 Dayle Pereira, blogger of Style File India styles a floral and tropical bomber jacket with distressed denim shorts from Reliance Trends along with wedges, a DIY necklace and a wavy bob

Dayle Pereira, blogger of Style File India styles a floral and tropical bomber jacket with distressed denim shorts from Reliance Trends along with wedges, a DIY necklace and a wavy bob

'Rio of Reliance Trends' floral bomber jacket | 'Kraus of Reliance Trends' distressed denim shorts | Westside tan wedges [previously seen here] | DIY blue necklace | Revlon lip butter in 'Sweet Tart' | 
Maybelline colorshow nail varnish in 'Nude Skin'


Let's face it - whether it be a glum day or a graduation ceremony, a girl needs no excuse to shop. So when I embarked upon the Summer Runway Project, it was the perfect ruse! Lightweight fabrics and easy fits in abundance makes it easy to dress for the summer. Trendy pieces like cropped hems and tropical prints let you take a fashionable step forward. Subdued brights bring out summery shades in your look while still being wearable. And all of this available while on a budget? Count me in! Not only is the Reliance Trends store replete with choice;  the affordable pricing and fantastic offers will have you leave the store with an armful of bags, like yours truly.        

Dayle Pereira of Style File India style a peach sheer striped crop top with pleather paneled leggings from Reliance Trends along with a layered necklace, black pumps and a curly bob

Dayle Pereira of Style File India style a peach sheer striped crop top from Reliance Trends along with a layered necklace, a curly bob and glossy pink lips

Dayle Pereira of Style File India style a peach sheer striped crop top with pleather paneled leggings from Reliance Trends along with a layered necklace, black pumps and a curly bob

'Fig by Reliance Trends' sheer striped crop top | Intribe by Reliance Trends paneled leggings | 
Zara pumps | Forever 21 layered necklace |  Revlon lip butter in 'Sweet Tart' | 
Maybelline colorshow nail varnish in 'Nude Skin'

Photography: Leo Alemao / Style File

So after the buffet of trends, pieces and looks from Reliance Trends, here's the cherry on top - beginning from the 13th of May, 2015 until the 17th of May, 2015; the brand is running some fantastic contests where you can even win what I'm wearing. Make sure you don't miss your chance to win on the Reliance Trends Facebook and Twitter page and since I'll be giving you updates as well, join the Style File Facebook, Twitter and Instagram page for lots more to come!

xo
Dayle

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Style Files | Smooth sailing with Gillette Venus

Let's get down to the basics about a topic which may incidentally routine, but is often eluded. Today I'm talking about body hair. While women have the associated image of being smooth, hairless wonders of creation; we unfortunately aren't born this way but we sure make the effort to get as close as possible to it. The truth is, as long as we have as a body, hair will follow; which Madonna agrees with too. So while we need not shy away from it, we can always maintain it for the optimal skin.
That's why I was excited to join Gillette Venus one fine evening to touch upon the subject. Not only has the brand spoken about Using Your And to think beyond a single dimension but this time around, we discussed how to get the silky smooth skin of our dreams.

Dayle Pereira of Style File India wears a yellow crop top and blue lace pencil skirt with pumps and a handbag as she posses in front of the Gillette Venus press board

An image of a goodie basket filled with Gillette Venus products and photo props alongside an image of Bollywood actress Kriti Sanon and celebrity makeup artist Namrata Soni

Bollywood actress Kriti Sanon, dermatologist Dr. Rashmi Shetty and celebrity makeup artist Namrata Soni are in conversation as panelists for Gillette Venus' Smooth sailing event

On the panel for the evening were individuals whose skin was vital to them. They were the wonderful makeup artist Namrata Soni, remowned dermatologist Dr. Rashmi Shetty and the lovely Bollywood actress Kriti Sanon. With each of their professional lives requiring the ideal skin, the panelists may have had their share of in-growths and nicks through their journey but it was all history when they discovered shaving with Gillette Venus. A lively discussion about the best hair removal methods ensued along with skincare queries and twitter questions being answered. A round of short snacking and bountiful goodies later made for an enjoyable evening.

Bollywood actress Kriti Sanon speaks about the need for good skin in her profession along an image of blueberry cheesecake slices with the Gillette Venus logo

Dayle Pereira of Style File India with a staright bob hairstyle wears a yellow crop top and blue lace pencil skirt with pumps and a handbag as she posses in front of the Gillette Venus press board with a goodie basket and photo props in her hand
Complete makeup look HERE

Bollywood actress Kriti Sanon, dermatologist Dr. Rashmi Shetty and celebrity makeup artist Namrata Soni pose in front of the press board for Gillette Venus' Smooth sailing event
My very first hair removal encounter was through shaving and that feeling of caressing smooth as silk skin, has been unmatched. Today, while I switch between a cocktail of methods from waxing to depilatory creams; I always know that I can rely on my Gillette Venus razor. Even when I have just a jiffy to leave the house; it slides easily over my skin and reaches the nooks and crannies with no hassle whatsoever. Convenient and quick? Check! That's what makes the Gillette Venus Subscribe to Smooth challenge which is 30 days of shaving even more exciting!

With the ample knowledge I took from the panelists, here begins the smooth sailing journey! I'm currently in my starter phase of the challenge so while I'm noting it all down, I will update you with my progress on it. Don't miss the excitement to come and stay tuned for more!

xo
Dayle 
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Style File + L'Oreal Cannes 2015 | Sunkissed day to night

One of the upsides to the otherwise sweltering month of May is one, mango season and two, the Cannes film festival. Besides just the movie screenings and premieres, it is the fashionable ensembles and makeup looks that have me riveted. What gets me even more stoked is the annual partnership of one of my personal favorite beauty brands, L'Oreal with the festival and the launch of their capsule collection dedicated to Cannes.
This year too, I was thrilled to be present at the launch and enjoyed trying my hand with the products. The Cannes 2015 collection, consisting of mattes and glosses, is launched for all kinds of tastes, however varied they may be. I've created two looks with the amazing new range that will take you from a bright, sunkissed day to a sultry, summer night with elan.


Fresh as a daisy with my glossy day look

Dayle Pereira of Style File India wears the L'Oreal gel liner in royal blue and pairs in with watercolour prints, a curly bob and the L'Oreal colour riche lip colour in coral encore

Style File India features the L'Oreal gel liner in 'Royal blue', L'Oreal Lucent Magique blush in 'Sunset glow', L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes mascara, L'Oreal gelmatic in gold, L'Oreal colour riche lip colour in 'Coral encore'
(L-R)  L'Oreal Superliner Gel Intenza in 'Royal blue' // L'Oreal Lucent Magique blush in 'Sunset glow' // L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes mascara // L'Oreal gelmatic in gold // L'Oreal L'Extraordinaire by Color Riche in 'Coral encore'
With the humidity enough to deal with, a daytime look for the summer needs to be light and long-lasting for the wear and tear of the day. Keeping it fresh, I experimented with my recent haircut which led to a curly bob. Gloss is all about the sheen and hence, vibrancy was the need of the day. I infused colour into the look with a deep navy blue winged eye, a flush with highlighted cheeks and with a lustrous coral pout.


 In darkest night for my matte night look

Dayle Pereira of Style File India wears her L'Oreal moist matte colour riche lipstick in cherry crush with a lived in, smudged eye look which is created with the L'Oreal colour riche le kohl and L'Oreal volume million lashes mascara

Style File India features L'Oreal moist matte swarovski lipstick in 'Cherry crush', L'Oreal colour riche le kohl in 'midnight black', L'Oreal volume million lashes mascara, L'Oreal color riche les ombres pallette in 'Emerald conquest', L'Oreal gelmatic pen in silver
(L-R)  L'Oreal Swarovski by Moist Mat lipstick in 'Cherry crush' // L'Oreal colour riche le kohl in 'midnight black' // L'Oreal volume million lashes mascara // L'Oreal color riche les ombres pallette in 'Emerald conquest' // L'Oreal gelmatic pen in silver

Matte being more angular and structural, I kept it slick with a straight bob. Being the eternal proponent of the smokey eye look, I decided to create a variation of it with a lived in, smudged eye look and second helpings of mascara. My pleasant pink pout was a much needed addition of colour while pulling the strong look together.

While I've always thought of myself as a matte girl, being team glamorous gloss at the Cannes 2015 launch came with its perks which included meeting the elegant Katrina Kaif who carried herself with such grace and poise.

Dayle Pereira of Style File India wearing watercolour floral prints and a curly bob poses with Katrina Kaif, Bollywood actress and L'Oreal ambassador at the L'Oreal Cannes 2015 collection launch and press conference

Another perk was experimenting with the new Cannes 2015 collection. My previous experience with moist matte texture has been an exceptional and speaks volumes about how well the L'Oreal lipstick sits on your lips without drying them out. Add to that, a great range of shades plus a stunning Swarovski embellished tube and the lipstick makes for a thoughtful treasure. I always like to try something new with my eyes, which makes the L'Oreal gel liner a wonderful plaything. The vibrant blue shade is not just on-trendbut applies as smooth as butter on toast and lasts all day long. The liquid lip colour from the range is a fantastic new hybrid of sorts between lipsticks and lip glosses. Truly, the lustre of the lip colour holds a flame to its glossy self while the strong coral pigmentation reminds me of a lipstick.

L'Oreal moist matte swarovski lipstick in 'Cherry crush', L'Oreal gel liner in 'royal blue', L'Oreal colour riche lip colour in 'coral encore'

Now all that's left is to hold our breathe for the Cannes film festival to come around to check out our favorite stars on the red carpet. And you never know, maybe Sonam or Katrina will don some of my favorites from the L'Oreal range!

xo
Dayle

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Style Files | The rise of the girl boss & women in leadership

In recent time, I've seen the increased usage of the words 'girl', 'lady' and 'boss' strung together which got me intrigued. We've got to thank Sophia Amoruso for that as her book, termed as a memoir/management guide/girl power manifesto, took the world by storm last year and hasn't quit ever since. So in reality, who is a girl boss? Sophia, known as the 'Cinderella of tech', believes that a girl boss is a person who takes charge of their life, learns from everything they do and plays to their strengths. We are in an age when women are rapidly climbing the ladder of success, doing the grocery shopping, being entrepreneurs, and still managing to tuck their children in at night. So don't make the mistake of believing that, when we speak of women leaders today, it only refers to the female CEO's and MD's of the world. Today, every woman who can be the boss of their own life, step up from their failures and be proactive is a leader.

On a single ruled black notebook by Toni & Guy lies a pink zaza wrist watch, a samsung mobile phone, a red gel pen and thick cat eye framed spectacles

As an influencer that is priviledged to partner with SheThePeople, I have the wonderful chance to share my thoughts about the #EveryWomenIsALeader campaign which is pretty close to my heart. I've read and seen so many women first hand build their lives, careers and businesses with nothing except themselves. Every season, even with the heady rush that surrounds Lakme Fashion Week, you can spot Purnima Lamba in a crowd. The demure, bespectacled head of innovations at Lakme carries herself with an aura of grace whilst studying the end to end shows. Purnima is an integral part of innovating and developing fresh trends and strategies for Lakme every season, all while supporting one of India's leading beauty brand's magnanimous growth.

Melissa Martins of Renee's Goodies in Goa stands besides a red and gold decorated wedding cake with flowers along with yellow lemon cupcakes, chocolate ferrero rocher birthday cake, gum paste decor flowers and a purple cake with wands and tulle

Now in a field that is on another end of the spectrum while being extremely appetizing is Melissa Martins. Being one of Goa's leading culinary & patisserie experts, Melissa's popular catering business Renee's Goodies has been built from the ground up with the life skills and self-taught experience that came to being as a young girl who enjoyed baking. Having the pleasure of indulging myself in her delectable dishes ever so often, I've witnessed that there is nothing that this superwomen cannot do from instructing culinary tours to teaching children at specially crafted holiday classes.

Lilly Singh popularly known as YouTube sensation ||Superwoman|| takes the stage to perform at YouTube Fan Fest Mumbai as her fans record her performance on their cameras and cellphones
Photography: Raynor Pereira / Style File
And while we're talking about superwomen, how can I miss Lilly Singh? The opportunity to see her perform live at YouTube Fan Fest led me to discover her archives on YouTube from where I found her to be one of the most positive, grounded women YouTubers that exists today. Joining YouTube to counteract the lack of representation of south-asian women on the platform has led Lilly to, not only tour the globe and collaborate with actors like Kunal Nayyar and James Franco but to even release hit singles and star in a movie.

Jenna Lyons, the creative director and president of J.Crew stands outside the wedding of Beyonce's sister Solange Knowles in an all white ensemble besides a cycle and flowers
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And while we're talking about starry airs; a personal icon, Jenna Lyons comes to mind. The woman with the dark frames and bold lip doesn't just mean business with her appearance but shows it as well as the Creative Director and President of J.Crew. And it isn't just her trademark style that is razor sharp - she has tripled profits of the brand *which has even dressed FLOTUS* to billions of dollars, redesigned the strategies and focus of J.Crew all whilst raising her son.

The wonderful team at SheThePeople are holding a competition about 'women in leadership' and if you think you have it in you, please do participate as your entry can win you an all-expenses paid trip to an exciting destination!

Being a woman can be momentous especially with the amount of roles we have to juggle everyday. But we wouldn't have been given the task if we weren't capable of handling it and I'm thankful everyday for the privilege to be a marvelous, well-rounded, intelligent being that is a women. Being a girl boss isn't just about slipping on a blazer and pumps and calling yourself one and that's what makes you and me, both leaders and bosses in our own right. We've got lives, families, careers, hobbies and aspirations which we take charge of every moment of every day and that is what a girl boss truly encapsulates.

xo
Dayle

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Life | Summer of 2015 Snapshots

Summer incites a number of mixed emotions within me. On one hand, the weather is perfect for a dip in the ocean. On the other, you have to brave the heat and wipe your forehead multiple times to even reach the ocean. So with the sweltering season currently upon us; I'm making it a point to wander out only when push comes to shove and on other days, my mind does the wandering for me and takes me away to chilled cocktails, beach holidays and basically anything that takes my mind of the heat.
Not doubt it's a tough task but hey, I'm not complaining.

Mezze platter of hummus and pita break and watermelon and feta cheese salad with a spiced guava cocktail my beige duffel handbag for a summer lunch
Nothing like summer lunching with light mezze platters, spiced cocktails & fresh salad

Dayle Pereira of Style File India waters the garden plants in the orchard with a spray wearing a crop top and floppy hat
Don't forget that the orchard trees need water just as much as you do - which I make sure to get dressed up for!


Celebrating a birthday by baking a tower of salted caramel cupcakes decorated with lit candles at midnight
When birthday cakes are done to death, we do a birthday tower of salted caramel cupcake

Dayle Pereira of Style File India sits with her feet in the frame wearing gold sandals and pink nail polish on a cliff overlooking a coconut palm tree dotted terrain near the ocean
Just kicking back on the edge of a cliff overlooking a palm dotted ocean. No biggie.

Summer picnic with a bouquet of african daisy flowers, a red velvet layered cake jar, Rayban sunglasses and Studio Pinwheel beige pebbled duffel handbag
Summer picnics with vibrant flowers, layered cake jars & my fantastic new Studio Pinwheel bag to carry it all in. The best part was being able to customize every aspect of the bags creation from inner lining to strap hardware to create a handbag for my needs, just the way I like it. Do check Studio Pinwheel out on Twitter , Instagram & Facebook to get your dream bag! 

Concrete staircase in the midst of a green forest that leads to a mountain top
Stairway to heaven? Or maybe the top of a very high mountain. Sort of the same thing.


Dayle Pereira of Style File India sports a vibrant purple smokey eye makeup look with glossy lips, beach curls and a floral dress
Complimenting my spring blooms with a vibrant purple eye and glossy lips [Complete look here]

Dayle Pereira of Style File India shoots her Esprit cat eye framed sunglasses from Specs Appeal in a field of green leaves
Keeping my peepers safe from the sun are these gorgeous Esprit cat eye sunglasses sent by the thoughtful team at Specs Appeal. Head there and hike up your specs appeal this summer! 
Bollywood actress Nargis Fakhri and model Caron Gracias play showstopper in traditional Indian ethnic wear for Suneet Verma at Lakme Fashion Week
Nargis Fakhri setting the stage at the recent Lakme Fashion Week [Complete post here]

The perfect fruit for the summer, a mound of pineapples are organised to be sold at the market
Dinner is served!



So I hope you liked this glimpse into how the summer is faring so far. This month is going to be an exciting one on Style File with a number of posts, series and activities lined. Make sure you stay tuned to Style File India for a memorable May!

xo
Dayle

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