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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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Personal Style | Daily diary at Lakmé Fashion Week

April is about to bid adieu and extremely quickly may I add, because I can recall the first day of the month like it happened yesterday. It all began at the Summer/Resort 2016 edition of Lakmé Fashion Week. While my boys handled Style File with ease; being a beauty editor meant five days of non-stop shows, interviews and coverage, all while looking fabulous.

Fashion week has always been the event to put your style quotient on display (without crossing the line of trying too hard and looking like a circus) So this time, I decided to push my own fashion boundaries, just a little bit. While I retained my own personal style sensibilities within each look, I took it a notch higher, from dramatic lips to statement sneakers..

Polaroids of the personal style outfits worn by fashion blogger Dayle Pereira from Style File at Lakme Fashion Week at the St. Regis hotel

Day 1 of Lakmé Fashion Week saw a burst of activity and hence, shooting for this post flew out of my mind. Thankfully, I snapped this rare selfie of my look before the day was underway. I complemented my pastel pink outfit with defined lashes and otherwise bare eyes, strobed skin and a muted mauve lipstick.

Day 2 of Lakmé Fashion Week: Being high on energy and excited for the days to come, I went with a 'too cool to care' vibe. I paired a black detailed romper with bright accessories which included a girly watch, reflective aviators, a half bun in my hair and of course, my neon statement sneakers.

Style File fashion blogger Dayle Pereira wears a ruffled black romper with neon sneakers, a pink watch, reflective aviators and a half bun hairstyle at Lakme Fashion Week

Topshop black tank top {London} | Rare black ruffed romper {London} | Golddigga colourful sneakers {London} | Forever 21 reflective aviators | Forever 21 canvas tote | Zaza watch [Previously seen here]

Day 3 of Lakmé Fashion Week: Being the summer resort season, I wanted my look to say that. That's why I chose an all-white outfit by pairing a peplum crop top with palazzo pants. I then complemented the outfit with a tan tote, matching clogs, a chunky charm bracelet and a gold hairband.

Style File fashion blogger Dayle Pereira wears an eyelet peplum crop top and linen palazzo pants with a tan tote bag, tan clogs a charm bracelet and a leaf hairband at Lakme Fashion Week

Topshop peplum crop top | Westside crochet trim palazzo pants | Citywalk lazercut clogs [Previously seen here] | Street stall bought leaf hairband {Colaba Causeway} | Zara tote | Aldo charm bracelet

Day 4 of Lakmé Fashion Week - This is where I pushed myself the furthest. Dungarees, as a clothing item, reek of me so I paired it with a bodysuit and went for a 'skater-girl' vibe. That included hand-drawn sneakers, a messy bob, stark purple lips and a backpack. Bam! My personal favorite look of the season right there.

Style File fashion blogger Dayle Pereira wears black dungarees over a whitesuit with purple lips, a messy bob, sneakers and a backpack at Lakme Fashion Week
 
Topshop bodysuit {London} | Warehouse dungarees {London} | Miss Benett backpack | Self designed Vans sneakers [Previously seen here] | Colourpop ultra matte lipstick in 'Lychee'

Day 5 of Lakmé Fashion Week: By the fag end of Lakmé Fashion Week, I was running on very little sleep and far too much coffee. Yet, I was determined to look effortlessly chic right until the finale night. That's why I chose simple dark florals and experimented with matching burgundy accessories, a curly bob and dark lips.

Style File fashion blogger Dayle Pereira wears a dark floral skater dress with a maroon micro bag, burgundy clogs, wavy bob and oxblood lips at Lakme Fashion Week

Dorothy Perkins floral dress | Forever 21 burgundy micro messenger bag | Forever 21 burgundy clogs | L'Oreal Paris Collection Star Pure Reds in 'Pure Garnet' lipstick [Reviewed here]

Photography: Leo Alemao / Style File

Hope you liked my outfits from Lakmé Fashion Week so don't forget to tell me which one was your favorite!

xo 
Dayle
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Life | Snapshots at Lakmé Fashion Week S/R 2016

As with every bi-annual fashion season, the curtains closed with the extravaganza that is Lakmé Fashion Week. While Style File has been exclusively covering the event live for years now, this summer resort season was like nothing I've ever experienced. This time around, it was a jam-packed five days of juggling interviews and makeup decodes as a beauty editor as my boys smoothly handled the blog.

From wrapping up the day at 4am to being washed over with the beauty of some amazing shows to even being featured for street style on the LYF terrace; it was immense! Actually, even immense is an understatement because it was magical and exhausting while continuing to amaze me and I wouldn't have it any other way. Here's a peek of what transpired during the five days of Lakmé Fashion Week S/R 2016.

Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha is the showstopper for fashion designer Anita Dongre in a white shirt and blue skirt at Lakme Fashion Week at The St. Regis Hotel in Mumbai
Sonakshi Sinha made sure Anita Dongre had a twirl-wind of a show!
Fashion designer Amit Aggarwal showcases neon gowns under blue lights and a model wears blue mascara on her eyelashes on the ramp at Lakme Fashion Week at The St. Regis Hotel in Mumbai
(L) Neon rules at Amit Aggarwal / (R) Just a touch of blue on the lashes


A model wears a red crystal lip, crystal bejewelled hair piece and a large hairstyle by the Lakme Salon at Nikhil Thampi's show at Lakme Fashion Week at The St. Regis Hotel in Mumbai
The beauty highlight that was the Nikhil Thampi's show with crystal red lips, big hair and bejeweled hair pieces by the Lakmé salon
Bollywood celebrities Monica Dogra and Anusha Dandekar are the showstopper for fashion designer Payal Singhal in matching brocade crop top and maxi skirts seperates at Lakme Fashion Week at The St. Regis Hotel in Mumbai 
(L) Monica Dogra and Anusha Dandekar redefine 'sisters before misters' at Payal Singhal / (R) A spectator cuts a suave figure post the show
The final walk by models on the ramp in tie-dye, ombre sneakers and layers at [Ka][Sha] by Karishma Shahani
[Ka][Sha]'s final fierce walk in ombre canvas shoes and colourful layers
Masaba Gupta introduced the chilli print and tassel saree as Tanieya Khanuja's model lined up on the runway in while while I shot for a personal style outfit post at Lakme Fashion Week at The St. Regis Hotel in Mumbai
(L) Masaba Gupta introduces the tassel saree with the chili print / (C) I'm caught unaware while shooting my outfit / (R) Tanieya Khanuja's soldiers in white get into formation
Braided coiled buns, bright colours and statement necklaces seen on models at the Doubt Is Out by Ajio at Lakme Fashion Week at The St. Regis Hotel in Mumbai
Ajio's Doubt Is Out show was peppered with coiled braided buns and heavy necklaces
Watching the preshow introductory film by Amit Aggarwal as a model posed in a bright red dress at fashion designer VERB's show at Lakme Fashion Week at The St. Regis Hotel in Mumbai
(L) The pre-show film by Amit Aggarwal that gave me the heebie-jeebies / (R) A model strikes a pose in red at Verb's show
The final line-up of models in threadwork imagery and faces in pastels at Lakme Fashion Week at The St. Regis Hotel in Mumbai
The immensely popular Aiman boasts of a fabulous line-up
Pastel pinafore's being spotted at fashion designer Nishka Lulla's show as ollywood actress Bhumika Pednekar is the showstopper for fashion brand SVA in a cream lehenga at Lakme Fashion Week at The St. Regis Hotel in Mumbai
(L) Nishka Lulla brings back the pinafore in pastels / (R) Bhumika Pednekar looks divine as the showstopper for SVA

Photography: Raynor Pereira / Style File

Hope you like the snapshots and get set for a deeper look into the fantastic fashion week that was!

xo
Dayle

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