Queen for a day

When you are invited to be treated like a queen for a day, you always say yes. So when this appropriately royal scroll  arrived as an invitation to the Taj Salon's 'Queen for a Day' event, I had to say yes. The event took place recently on a lazy Sunday afternoon where all I could think about was kicking back and getting pampered after a tiring week.

From the get go, the relaxation began in full swing. We were introduced to the team and the Taj Salon, which when it first opened in 1940, was one of the only 2 salons in the country! I chose a facial to start with which was so divine, I could visibly witness the glow my skin had even before I got my makeup done! Some of the employees that work at the salon today have 3 decades of experience from working with the founder of the salon, Madame Jacques. Next in line for me was the makeup. I had the sweetest artist working on me and once she learned of my soft corner for smokey eyes, she gave my a subtle pink toned smokey eyes which was suitable for a day look as well.

The unisex Taj salon is stunningly designed and the moment you step inside, you can feel an air of calm envelope you. The highlight is definitely the gorgeous pedicure-manicure station from where you can directly watch the sea and the sunset. If that isn't luxury, I don't know what is!

Finally, I got my hair done in a retro side 'do which complimented the theme of the day brilliantly. Place a tiara on top of that while posing for a few shots and the look was complete! As the evening progressed, the pampering didn't cease. The pedis, manis, mocktails and hors d'oeuvres continued right until the end when we bid farewell with a generous basket of goodies.

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Eat your heart out, Kate Middleton because I certainly felt like a queen!


Giveaway time with Style File & Handlooms of India [Closed]

It is that time of the year again, dolls. The time to make merry, eat great food and enjoy the fun-filled festive season ahead. The invitations for the number of occasions and weddings we have to attend in the months ahead are already piling up and you most certainly need some fancy new traditional garb to wear! 
That's why this giveaway, brought to you by Handlooms of India and Style File, is right in time for the season of festivity.

Now Handlooms of India isn't just an online shopping portal but one that share our pride for India and the riches she has to offer in terms of traditional, ethnic and folk art. HOI aims to bring together various Indian weaves and folk art under one roof, especially the lesser know handicrafts that you might miss out otherwise. They say that tradition doesn't always have to mean boring and old and with HOI, can in fact become quirky, whimsical and youthful, which i wholeheartedly agree with!

Personally, I believe that the rich diversity and culture that our country has is one that can never be found anywhere else in the world and one that we must take great pride in. And what better way to celebrate with than a giveaway!

Rules to participate in the giveaway:
  • Final Step: Once you have followed all of the above mentioned 4 profiles, please leave a comment on this post with your name and twitter handle. 

And you're done! 

I will be assembling a complete list of the entries from which, a winner shall be selected via random selection here. You can even ask your family and friends to join in and increase your chance of getting it home! 
And the prize, you ask? The winner will win a stunning Ilkal saree in shades of red, green and gold sponsored by Handlooms of India. The unique feature of Ilkal saree is it's pallu that consists of red and silver/white alternate stripes woven in pure silk.  While it is traditionally worn with Khand blouses, the Ilkal sarees are a common sight during festivities in the Southern part of Maharashtra and Northern Karnataka.

Conditions for participation in the giveaway:
  • The giveaway is open only to residents of India.
  • Following the above 4 profiles is mandatory.
  • Your comment will allow me to enter your name in the final list so don't forget it! 
  • Giveaway begins on 18th of October, 2013 at 10pm and is open till 31st of October at 3pm. 

This beauty of a saree could be yours this festive season so don't wait a second longer and join in right away!


Hot spots

Lets talk about how weird it is to see rain in October. How fast the year seems to have flown by. How I always happen to choose pink for a pedicure. How it is sunny in the morning and thundering mid-afternoon. How I'm excited for the fall months to come. How much I enjoy blogging. How I'm craving lemonade these hot, sultry days.
When it comes to an outfit post on Style File, I know it usually starts and ends with the outfit I'm wearing. I want to break away from that. Of course I'm passionate about outfits and trends, but it feels nice to just break from that and chatter about the weather and what-not. After all, it isn't just about style but food, travel, work, gossip and so much more.

Zara black t-shirt | Forever 21 polka dot shorts & belt  [previously seen here] | Kazo neon sling bag [previously seen here] | Max black ballet flats | Vero Moda sunglasses | Ayesha Accessories studded cuff c/o | Rimmel lipstick 'Tantrum' | L'Oreal nail varnish 'Cafe Saint Germain'  c/o 

For a sunny afternoon of pampering at the Taj Salon, I experimented with polka dots and my stunner of a neon bag. Since I was looking forward to an afternoon of relaxation, I kept the rest of the look simple with ballet flats, red lips, studded cuff and high ponytail. Outfits like these are made for sunny sunday afternoons which I absolutely love.



   I've had my share of pretty dresses, high heels and smokey eyes. I've pranced in shorts for entire summers and danced in flouncy skirts. And yet, after everything I've ever worn; my heart still belongs to a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. The t-shirt in a pleasant shade of white, just about grazing my waist. The classic pair of jeans where my motto is - the more worn out, the better. I could live in them.
   It's funny how we can have the world at our feet and we still choose things that we call home.

Graphic print t-shirt - Zara | Ripped skinny jeans - Zara {London} | Black wedges - Ginger [previously seen here] | Black handbag with gold hardware - Mom's {Hong Kong} | Bracelet - Aldo | Necklace - Forever21 | On my lips - Colorbar 'Hearts 'n Tarts' | On my nails - OPI 'Ink' 

No matter how many peplum dresses or fitted shorts come into my closet, these guys will always be home to me.


Ayesha Accessories: A tête-à-tête with Ayesha Kapur & the 'Just Bead It' event

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to be at the 'Just Bead It' event of Ayesha Accessories which was held at their Grand Galleria store at Phoenix Mills. Along with that, the founder and pretty face of the store, Ayesha Kapur was also present, flitting around and graciously attending to everyone there.

I had the chance to take five and chat with her about the brand, which started in 2010. She spoke about her love of Bollywood *don't we all remember her as the adorable little girl in Black?* and what drives her to work on her collection. I asked her about the distinction in her accessories for different seasons and she spoke about how the new winter collection has more edgy pieces like skulls and crystals which differ from the neons and brights of the summer.When it comes to choosing her favorite piece from the store, it is impossible for her because she just can't choose!

Verging on being a neat freak myself, I like that fact that the various segments of the collection were organized into different sections like Pastels and Metallics. A previously unknown fact about the brand is that they house a mens accessory brand called 'Unknown' in their stores which includes trendy leather and beaded pieces for men as well so even if the girls go shopping, the men don't have to stop! The accessory range, which includes scarves and hats is priced at Rs.99 upwards which makes it accessible to everyone and the style of the collection is such that it will relate to the young crowd.

Outfit details: Mentioned here

The best part of the evening was at the DIY station. Th Ayesha Accessories store had a DIY station with strings, beads and baubles of all kinds where we had to "bead it" and make our own accessory! A DIY fan myself, I had a blast stringing together a blue toned necklace and will be sure to wear in an outfit post soon! And the best part is, the DIY station is even open to customers on regular days so that they can come in and bead away!

With all that taking place, it definitely was a fun time with some great ladies, mocktails and pretty accessories all around!

Happy weekend dolls!

At the darkest hour

The past couple of months have been nothing short of a whirlwind. After a crazy August with a couple of great events as well as Lakme Fashion Week, I felt like I owed it to myself to just take a breather during the past month, lay low and recoup. Today, it's the start of October and I feel relaxed and raring to go. It's the start of my favorite season; of cardigans, hot chocolate and cuddling. No wonder I'm so ecstatic. 
 My outfit today leans towards the season ahead of us. It was a happy coincidence actually but turned out to be the perfect choice.

Floral peplum dress - Madame | Black stilettos - Zara [previously seen here] |  Quilted purse - Local boutique {Bandra} [previously seen here] | Drop earrings - Aldo | On my lips - Miss Claire lip cream '04' | 
On my nails - OPI 'That's berry daring'  

                                                                                              Photography: Leo Alemao for Style File

Dark florals are one of this winter's hot trends and were even a main element of Shift's show at Lakme Fashion Week. Peplum isn't going anywhere and both of these trends coming together in my dress make for a pleasant combination. My makeup was on the darker side with a periwinkle blue winged eye, nude lip and french braided bun. With this look flagging off the season, I'm looking forward to getting more experimental with my clothes and having some fun with my makeup as well.





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