Bring on the rain

So dolls, when we previously spoke about me loathing the monsoon, the reason behind it is simple - it plays havoc with my hair, does a number on my skin and affects my mood as well *specially when it ruins plans!* But other than skulking around in your house for 4 months and becoming a hermit, there is nothing else you can really do except face the season head on and dress appropriately for the weather.

White short-sleeved button down shirt - GAP (London), High waist polka dot shorts - Forever 21, Black ballet bow flats - Local boutique (Bandra) [previously seen here], Black belt - Forever 21, Transparent Sling bag - Self made [DIY Tutorial here], On my eyes - Estee Lauder eyeshadow 'Oyster', Maybelline drama gel liner, Rimmel Scandaleyes Showoff mascara, On my lips - Clinique chubby stick 'Chunky Cherry' c/o Clinique [review here] , On my nails - Colorama 'Roxo Metalico'

Title credits - 'Bring on the rain' by Jo Dee Messina

My sure-fire way to put my best foot forward this season is avoiding denim and cotton, using waterproof makeup, sticking to smaller items of clothing *which are easier to stay dry in* and of course, sticking to monsoon appropriate fabrics and accessories in faux leather, polyester and PVC. Make sure your shoes are skid-free and tough like mine which I've owned for the past 3 monsoons and are absolutely adorable. Throwing in a fun prints like my personal favorite - polka dots doesn't hurt as well.
The whole look; complete with the bows, the high waist shorts and the winged liner sure does look like I'm channeling my inner Ms. Hepburn and well, elegance and minimalist clothing only make the monsoons better.


Review: Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick #20

I've developed a recent fondness for shades of pink these past few months *which was probably apparent when I reviewed the Clinique Chubby Stick* so when I was gifted this gorgeous lipstick from London, I was thrilled to bits and had honestly no idea how big of a cult favorite this one would become.
So lets get down to the review.

Disclaimer: The following review is not carried out in association with any brand/company and the thoughts and opinions that are expressed below are honest and of my own.


The lipstick comes in a matte black snap close lipstick case with the signature of Kate Moss, the namesake of the collection, in pink. The cap of the lipstick has the trademark Rimmel crown engraved on the cap of it and the quantity of it is 4gms.


Approximately Rs.250/-


The lipstick has a slick creamy texture and is of a bright, hot pink shade. It also has a mild grape fragrance which I personally find pleasant. It does live up to lasting finish claims as it lasted on my lips for about 3 - 3.5 hours with eating and drinking and without touching up.


* Pros:

- The classic hot pink shade that would brighten up the face.
- The affordable price.
- The chic packaging.
- The long lasting finish claims that it lives up to.


- Availability, as with all Rimmel products is a problem.
- The fragrance depends on personal preference and some may not find it pleasant.

Since I did not do a swatch of the lipstick, here is a look of mine from the 'Namastey Bosh' event for which I wore the lipstick.



My advice:

Go for it! It is always great to have a bright pink shade like this one in your bag and with the amazing price to boot, this one is a winner!

Forbidden fruit

So lovelies, you probably know of the internal torture that strikes when you want something that you cannot have - those shoes that are just too pricey even on sale or the tantalising smell of Mom's pie when you're trying to get fit. Currently, it's the monsoon season that is the torturous factor for me. I've never been too much of a fan of the season, so I prefer staying indoors when it pours. And when I have to leave the house, there's the long list of stuff I need to avoid like leather and whites.
This look is a fancier take on the usual jeans and t-shirt ensemble and while we've got a good 2 months left of the monsoons, this can't help but seem like forbidden fruit with all the summery light and clothes which were taken when the sun was still shining, something I am currently aching for.

Burgundy t-shirt - FBB, White jeans - Topshop (London) [Previously seen here], Sunglasses - Pieces at Vero Moda, Crochet sling - Vintage [Previously seen here] Leopard print bow - Self made, Leopard print belt - Street stall (Colaba), Leopard print sandals - Inc 5 + self made. 

So is there anything that you miss during these monsoons?


Trend Report: Crystal Clear

Previously, I had gone into the backstory of how I was lusting after a transparent bag and finally, when my search yielded no gains, I got down to making one. But the reason I was lusting after the transparent bag is because of one single thing - Because it was 'in'. Now, I know what you're going to say, 'Trends come and trends go as fast as you can change your socks' but when the clear accessories trend made waves this March on runways from Marc Jacobs to Dolce & Gabbana, I knew that I liked it more than just some passing phase.




And the crystal clear trend didn't just take shape in the form of sling bags but in jewelry, cuffs, shoes, sunglasses and clutches as well.



The beauty of the trend which got me so head over heels is the minimalistic chic look that PVC, lucite or perspex lends to a look. And the best part about it? Since it's transparent, it'll match just about any outfit!




When paired with an all-white outfit for your Sunday brunch or a red skater dress and black pumps for that party, I think clear accessories fit the bill to make you stand apart from the crowd.
I've even gone ahead and made my own DIY Transparent Sling Bag so if you're onboard with getting crystal clear, try it out!





Pushing the envelope

I once came across the quote, 'The magic happens outside your comfort zone' and the scary truth is, it really does. It is human nature to get accustomed to the way things are going in life, like the routine you have every morning, or the familiar pair of shoes you choose to wear daily. That's what the comfort zone is supposed to be like - Comfortable. But after a while, comfortable transforms itself into boring and the rawness, the energy and the spark goes missing. And that is when you realise, if you want the magic to happen to you, you've got to get out of your comfort zone.

With fashion as well; although cotton t-shirts and denim cut-off's are nothing short of a personal favorite, pushing the envelope and slowly sliding out of your comfort zone can be slightly scary but highly rewarding. When it came to this outfit of mine, this grey blazer is my magic.

Grey blazer -, White printed t-shirt - Puma, White denim shorts - Zara, Sneakers - Nike, Pink watch - Zaza London, On my eyes - Maybelline dream gel liner, On my lips - NYX lip cream in 'Milan', On my nails - Diana of London in 'Blue Spin'

                                                                                                Photography: Leo Alemao for Style File

 I've never been much of a blazer girl but this baby from with the perfect cut, fit and pattern *don't miss the gorgeous pockets* charmed me enough. It's gentle grey shade and length is perfectly versatile to toss over a pair of jeans or even a pretty red dress. ShopImagine have got a great collection of dresses, blouses, trousers and jackets are which accessible on their easy-to-navigate website. The best part of shopping from them is their speedy delivery - My jacket reached is 2 days flat! And with free shipping, what's not to like!

So whether it is with a smack of bright lipstick, a grey blazer or a neon pair of earrings, reaching out your comfort zone can be magical and ever so stylish - Try it!


Summery Sundays

I associate three major things with Summer - Swimsuits, Ice-candies and Summer dresses. And when it comes to Sundays, I associate it with a late breakfast, a lazy afternoon and a peaceful atmosphere. Recently, I got the best of both of these worlds when celebrating the San Juan feast with a delightful brunch on a sunny Sunday. We managed to get few pictures in the lobby just because I loved the breezy vibe and outfit to go along with it.

Striped asymmetrical dress - Zara, Bejewelled studded sandals - Inc 5, On my eyes - M&S eyeshadow palette & Colorbar Indian Eye kohl, On my nails - China Glaze in 'Thataway'

It wouldn't be summer without a summer dress involved so this look is perfect for the humid climate and summer showers. This one's an outfit as simple as simple can get with a striped linen dress with a scooped back, bejewelled sandals to glisten the outfit up a little, all complete with a braid.
Perfect for a summery Sunday!





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