Style File Turns 3 at PizzaExpress

So dolls, as I mentioned before, today I shall be covering my blog, Style File's anniversary party which was hosted by the lovely team at PizzaExpress, the authentic Italian restaurant chain based in the U.K. I am ecstatic that the party was phenomenally successful and certainly set the bar for the ones to come. So on we go to the event!

I got the chance to host the event at their newest outlet at BKC in Mumbai which is designed so comfortably and charmingly with contrasting cutlery and warmly lit interiors. In keeping with the restaurant's theme of black and white, I was delighted to see my guests had worked the dress code to perfection! We started with an address by the restaurant manager and then myself followed by Soham, the Pizzaiolo trainer who gave us overview of the restaurant, their hottest dishes *one of them being the fluffy dough balls* and before the blink of an eye, whipped up a couple of PizzaExpress favorites which came out fresh and crispy from the oven!

Then what followed was pizza heaven! The tables were laden with the PizzaExpress favorites - Dough balls, the Calabrese, the Ramiro Al Forno, the Apollo and the works. The event was attended by the Pizza Express team, my bloggers friends, my family & the 2 gorgeous Style File readers who won the Pizza Express contest. Soham then put on a fantastic dough flaring performance which called for an encore!

Chowing down on some of the best pizza I've ever eaten, *fresh, crispy thin and delectable!* the pizza and appetizers were accompanied by a tonne of laughter and pictures! Finally, we came to the highlight of the night, the pizza making competition where each team decorated a pizza and the best looking one would win!
My amazing Style File readers, Sneha and Reena went ahead and made the most adorable pizza of the night which spelled out 'Dayle' and 'PX'. The rest of us tried our hands at being artful and the most decadent one *which looked sinful as ever!* won the competition! We ended on a sweet note *literally!* with a round of PizzaExpress' Chocolate Fudge cake, Banoffee and Cheesecake.

My complete outfit & details : HERE

A big hug and thanks to the wonderful PizzaExpress team for being such gracious hosts, to all my guests who made the night such a success and to each and every one of you reading this *Yes, you too!* thank for the continued love and support I've gotten at Style File. It makes this journey so fulfilling and makes doing this so worth it.

And here's one last look at all our fantastic pizzas!

View more pictures of the Style File Turns 3 party at PizzaExpress HERE


Personal Style | Ebony and Ivory

As you probably know from my inane chattering, my blog Style File turned 3 recently and to celebrate the big day, Pizza Express, the authentic Italian chain of restaurants, hosted a celebration that combined some of my favorite things - food and fashion. Since I'll be covering the event completely in my next post; let's focus on the fashion part of things that night. To stay consistent with the restaurant's theme, black and white was the chosen dress code for the evening. Now I've spoken about my eternal love for the achromatic colours before so I was gung-ho about it right from the start.

We arrived early so before the crowd began to trickle in, we shot my look for the night.

White and black layered dress - Rise {London}[Previously seen here] | Black pumps - Charles & Keith | Black and rose gold tote - Michael Kors | Necklace - Accessorize | Bracelets - Custom made & Accessorize | On my lips - Rimmel 'Tantrum'

Photography: Leo Alemao for Style File

Location courtesy Pizza Express, BKC, Mumbai 

The greatest pleasure I got from hosting the event was being able to go as dramatic as I pleased which made my inner drama queen extremely happy! I paired the sexy black smokey eye, my focal point of my look with a pinch of red on my lips and messy beach waves. Together, they complimented my lovely layered dress and sparkly accessories exceptionally for an awesome night to come!


Style Files | Highlights from Lakmé Fashion Week Summer Resort 2014

For the fashion industry, fashion weeks across the world mark the beginning of a new season. While Milan, Paris, London and New York have their self-named weeks, Mumbai has it's Lakmé Fashion Week. Covering it for Style File is always a joy because there's just something about watching a live showcase that cannot be explained.
Here are a few highlights of some of my favorite collections and pieces from the event.

I loved the oriental inspired flavour from Ashdeen

Kangana shimmers in silver for Dorothy Perkins at Jabong

Neeta Lulla made her trademark shirt dress more glam on Priyanka Chopra

                           View Priyanka Chopra's previous showstopper outing for Bisou Bisou HERE

Nikhil Thampi hit some high notes with gorgeous floral embellishments, rich tones and high waists

                                              View Nikhil Thampi's previous collection HERE

Like last time, Payal Khandwala's rainbow of colours stood out brilliantly.
                                              View Payal Khadwala's previous collection HERE

This season had a slew of fresh new designers which was so refreshing to watch. And with spring on the horizon, the most of the collections were light and refreshing, with breezy fabrics in pastels and bright tones.

Love From India had a refreshing and wearable collection with watercolour prints and pastels

Papa Don't Preach was one of my favorite shows with their bold shades and statement accessories

Ken Fern's was my favorite show for the rich Portuguese influences, cool palette and intricate Azulejo inspired design.

Gauhar Khan made for a perfect showstopper

Here's a quick video I shot at the closing of Ken Fern's collection

This one from Shantanu and Nikhil is straight out of fairyland

Asymmetrical hems and happy shades at Sailex
 I had a chance to attend the Lakmé Make-up Master Class by Natasha Nischol with Sarah Jane Dias that focused on the upcoming beauty trends for summer. Since the beauty theme of fashion week this season revolved around illusion and light, Natasha put together 2 looks for day and night that included shimmery eyes and an orange lip.

Natasha getting to work on Sarah Jane 

The lovely folks at the Lakme Absolute salon also did a chic messy side bun on me (more of which you shall see soon!)

Tarun Tahiliani with his showstopper Jaqueline Fernandez in a stunning coral toned traditional suit.

What were your favorites from Lakme Fashion Week?


Giveaway #3: Style File Turns 3 at PizzaExpress [Closed]

After so much excitement with the 2 amazing contests held on Style File; I present to you the 3rd and final contest as Style File Turns 3 which is in collaboration with the delectable authentic Italian restaurant, PizzaExpress so let's go!

We've created 5 personalities revolving around a few of PizzaExpress hottest dishes which are shown below. To participate, all you need to is like the PizzaExpress Facebook page and then leave a comment on this post, telling me which Pizza Express personality fits you the best.
The 2 lucky winners will join me for a night of food and fashion as Style File Turns 3 at PizzaExpress!

Have you figured out your PizzaExpress personality yet? *Psst! I'm a total Dolcetti!*
Now all you do is follow the two simple rules on the Rafflecopter widget below & do share it with your friends and family as well! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*The above giveaway is only open to residents of Mumbai
*The giveaway will be open till the 20th of March at 1pm

I'm looking forward to reading your awesome comments so get cracking !


Style File Turns 3

Although I've been hash-tagging Style File Turns 3 for the round of anniversary contests on the blog for the past 2 weeks; today when Style File actually does turn 3, it all seems a little surreal. It all began 3 years ago when I was at an introspective point. As I was finding my foothold in a new place in my life and finding myself along with it, Style File was born out of that. I had not even the slightest clue as to how I would write a blog, shoot and create for it; I just did it. And today, I can barely believe the way it has grown before my very eyes.

Of course, it hasn't always been smooth sailing. There's always the case of writer's block, fatiguing shooting and mismatched styling that happens sometimes. But hey, that's a part and parcel of the job. At the end of it all, I think that all the good and the bad as well, have all been worth it.

To the wonderful bunch of family and friends around me, thanks for the love. A shout-out and massive bear hug to Leo, my amazing boyfriend and blog partner who makes such stunning visual content possible on Style File. To the amazing brands I have had the chance to collaborate with, thank you being a part of Style File's journey. And to my fantastic Style Filers - to each and every reader, especially those who take their time out to email, message and tweet to me - It means so much to me because that is what makes blogging all worth it.

Here's a little something we've been working on to commemorate Style File turning 3 today - Hope you like it!

PS: Stay tuned to this space tomorrow for the 3rd and final *and awesome!* Style File Turns 3 anniversary contest.


Personal Style | My happy place

Did I ever tell you about my happy place? No? Well, today I will.
From the longest that I can remember, I can always remember having this immense love for the beach. It's slightly ironic how I'm not much of a swimmer but still have this fascination for it. The sound of the waves lapping onto the sand. A quick dip on a hot morning. Sand between my toes. I've mentioned about it before too that summer holidays have this instant connection with the beach for me so when we shot at one on a recent holiday, these pictures really take me back to my happy place. 

Floral romper - H&M {London} | Straw fedora - Zara Men [previously seen here] |
On my nails - Maybelline Colorama 'Roxo Metallico' [featured here]

I kept the look summery and added the hat to 1) Stave off the sun 2) Look extremely cool.
However once I can face-to-face with the shore of glistening waters, all my thoughts of looking beachy chic were left far behind and I proceeded to leap into the sunset with joy.


Beauty | Love Long Hair Part 2: Review

Previously, I wrote about the little mystery box of a shampoo and conditioner duo that arrived at my doorstep one fine morning and from then on begun the rigorous reviewing phase. Since the unnamed brand has decided to minus any bias with respect to the packaging and brand name, I decided to take it one step further and minus any outside interference of other products so during the period of reviewing the duo, I have not used any other serum, oil or styling treatment so that the results that you shall see for yourself is only from the shampoo and conditioner.

Product: The product is thick and  smooth which is easy to apply to the hair. Both products are white in colour with a slight shimmer and a pleasant fruity fragrance. Unfortunately, I noticed that the fragrance, although lovely as it smells, lasted on my hair for just an hour or two.

Performance: For the first couple of trials, I used the shampoo alone and for the next few trials, along with the conditioner to gauge exactly what were the pros and cons of each product. Like I said before, rigorous reviewing phase. From the first wash of shampoo itself, my hair felt squeaky clean, soft and smooth, just as it promised. Once I started using the conditioner, it definitely enhanced the performance of the shampoo and in addition to it, my hair was tangle-free and had no frizz. 


What I liked:
  • My scalp felt clean and oil-free.
  • Both products together made my hair smoother, softer along with keeping it tangle and frizz free! 
  • It really did live up to its promises and that's something really appreciable.

What I did not like:
  • I wish the fragrance of the shampoo lasted longer.
I used the shampoo and conditioner together and after an entire day of meetings and running around, (above) my hair still had shine, smoothness and bounce

I have got no complains about this product and with the big reveal coming soon, I can't wait to find out who is behind this because I'm looking forward to getting myself my second round of these beauties.


Beauty | Love Long Hair Part 1 : The mystery box

It's been a few years since I've been growing out my hair now. Since I maintained a bob all my childhood, I figured that my youth would be a great to experiment with my hair and finally, get those long, healthy locks that all of Rapunzel's dreams were probably made of.

So when I was sent this little package of a shampoo and conditioner with just 'Love Long Hair' written, of course I was intrigued. The fragrance of the products is a pleasant, fruity smell and the liquid is a shimmery white in colour.
The instructions that came along with it claim that the duo will cleanse the hair and make it strong and manageable as well so starting with my next shower, I'll be checking that out. I've been doing some pondering about what this mysterious product really could be and I'm certain you're wondering too.

I like the idea of the blind test that the shampoo and conditioner are trying out because there can be absolutely no bias for a review when it comes to packaging, brand names etc. I'll be getting my lather on with these two bottles soon so stay tuned for the next part to come!



Style Files | YouTube Fan Fest

Hey dolls,
Yesterday I got the amazing chance to attend the first of its kind event in the city, the YouTube Fan Fest which is a festival where a hand-picked bunch of popular artists from YouTube address their fans live and interact with them. Over the past couple of months, I've slowly been catching on with YouTube and trying my hand at editing as well *as you can see from my latest expedition here* so I figured that it would be an experience, if anything since Bethany Mota and Michael Stevens who I follow, would be there among other speakers. Once I arrived on the scene, the crowd was much younger that I expected with girls barely reaching their teens going completely fan-girl crazy. It was quite endearing but it also hampered Bethany's talk to some extent.
If you couldn't be there for the fest, Style File has got your back and we've covered the best performances from the night starting with an introduction from the hosts for the evening, the All India Bakchod team and then a stirring performance from the artists at Maati Baani.

The team from Viral Fever then performed a comedic skit of  the current political scenario with a very apt portrayal of a certain Mr. Goswami.

Following that, the night saw its share of stars too with Varun Dhawan and Nargis Fakhri performing a song from their upcoming movie with a few audience members which included a a couple of tweens in a batman and superman costume who flocked to the stage for almost ever performance that there was.
And hey, Varun is a pretty good dancer too!

And did I mention that Shah Rukh Khan dropped in too? Well, for barely a few minutes though.

And then Lilly Singh a.k.a Superwoman arrived on the scene and was met with some serious cheering for her! Truth be told, I've had never seen her videos before the event but honestly, just one clip of her videos was hilarious enough for me. Bonus points that she was just the sweetest, most down-to-earth girl when she interacted with the audience.

Check out her little gig with a few of her fans *including the previously seen cape-clad superman and batman tweens*

There was also the Mumbai based Sherry Shroff who did a 3 minute makeup makeup challenge with the men at All India Bakchod.

That's when the crowd-favorite Bethany Mota finally arrived on the scene looking every bit as lovely as she does on YouTube. Like I said before, the crowd got a little hysterical and surrounded her onstage which threw off her slab of time by a bit so she managed to get in just a few Q&A with the audience, including what she liked the best in Mumbai.

And finally was, what I thought, the performance of the night by Michael Stevens of Vsauce who should I describe it - pretty freaking awesome.

He dropped a whole lot of knowledge which got a lot of oohs and aahs from the crowd but the cherry on the cake was when he carried out the largest ever global ever *which we were part of ! Eeep!* It basically included the physically present audience in Mumbai carrying out a basic wave which was followed by the virtually present audience who were live-streaming the video to carry out the wave by themselves in their homes when Michael called out their countries and was completed by us again in Mumbai.

Photography & Videography: Raynor Pereira for Style File

I've just got one word to say about it - Phenomenal.

Hope you enjoyed the little peek into the YouTube Fan Fest that I've covered here and on my Style File channel !





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