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Style Files | Real Life v/s Reel Life

Recently, as I'm winding down after a long week, I scroll through a gossipy website when I chance upon Kim Kardashian who looks pristine for a relaxed day out with her Kardashian klan. Her hair is straight and sleek, her outfit is co-ordinated with North and let's not even get into her immaculate contouring job. That's right, for a relaxed day out.

On the following weekend, I'm dressing up (or should I say dressing down?) for a day out of hitting the mall and later watching a movie. I'm sticking to my favorites, which is generally a pair of shorts and a t-shirt. If I'm feeling adventurous, I'll throw in a bracelet or two, maybe a snap back cap. Unlike Kim, my relaxed day out does not include contouring of any kind and my bed head hair is left open and hopefully, effortlessly chic.

Kim Kardashian wears a white gown coordinates with daughter North West wearing a flower crown and Kris Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner and Khloe Kardashian in all white fashion for an Easter church mass service
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On staring that the webpage hard enough, I soon begin to contemplate the authenticity of what a relaxed day out means to a celebrity starlet, versus the real life of the everyday girl. I heave a sigh of disbelief with a hint of jealousy, when I spot a perfectly put-together celebrity on a low-key lunch date while here in real life, I debate whether to even change out of my pajamas.

I cannot even begin to calculate the meticulous amount of hours of her reel life the star has to spend seated in front of a mirror while her own personal glam squad makes sure there isn't even a hair out of place. Me? I'm lucky if I manage moisturizer, lip balm and a swipe of eyeliner. Meanwhile back in reel life, she's tottering in sky high heels on the sidewalks, with armed bodyguards on either side. For a day in my real life, I'm trying as efficiently to balance my tote, my phone and bottles as I commute to work in sneakers.

A slice of nutella cheesecake with a layer of chocolate and buttercream frosting on top from Love and Cheesecake
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The comparisons between the glamorous life of a celebrity versus the mundane life of me can go on and based on this, there are two conclusions that we can effectively arrive at. For one, although we would like to be, we're not celebrities. I often envision a life-swap which involves me getting ready for the day in the palatial bathroom of Yves Saint Laurent  but since that's not a possibility in the near future, I've come to terms with my beloved vanity dresser. And while we might like to pretend so; we aren't paid millions per Instagram post, have our very own emoji keyboards or form a girl squad with Hollywood's hottest.

Two, the reel life a celebrity leads isn't real life. Social media has us believing that we have an enviable peek into their lives, to the extent that we know who they spent New Year's Eve with and what they ate post their workout. On first glance, while it looks rosy, it requires the rose-tinted glasses to be removed to see that it isn't a complete bed of roses. I certainly wouldn't enjoy a pap-attack every time I step out of my house, even if  it's for a run to the grocery store. And thanks, but I'd rather have my slice of cake whenever I please instead of downing slimming detox tea all day long. The life of a celebrity is wonderful to aspire for and to pin as home decor inspiration on Pinterest but there's a lot more to it that isn't always pleasant.

The personal style of Dayle Pereira who is the blogger at Style File includes an Adidas Originals striped pullover knit, Espirit shorts, Montego Bay Sandals and a Nightmare Before Christmas sling bag for a relaxed day out
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Which brings me back to the real lives we lead, which in all their inadequacies, are raw and genuine. While a glam squad isn't going to greet us in the morning, a pimple that's waiting to be concealed will. We won't be strolling into our walk-in closets for a leisurely look at our wardrobe but instead, we will be grabbing the first sweatshirt we can find. But here's the real, hard truth; although the reel life has its fair share of manicured lawns, the grass really is greener on the side of our real lives.

They are filled with doing things as we please, low-levels of drama and as much privacy as we desire. We can take the morning run at the park if we like to or the afternoon produce shopping, just to browse. And maybe, just maybe for a moment there, they want a life-swap to revel in a little grocery shopping, without being noticed. Suddenly, the grass in my backyard has started to look so vibrant.

xo
Dayle

Personal Style | Sweater Weather

I knew I had a flair for drama from a long time ago, when I aced it onstage at a school annual day. No beads of sweat trickled down my forehead nor did I imagine the audience in their underpants; essaying the main role of a fairy-tale character just came to me like second nature. So it was no surprise that when I was in the process of discovering my personal style, I leaned towards the dramatic. And by dramatic, I don't mean feathers in my hair while I wipe out a hand fan (although I would be open to the idea!); my definition of dramatic has come to mean dialing it up when it's time to dress or in the simplest of terms, over-dressing.

My years of self-discovery of my own personal style (which are currently in process too) have taught my that I'd rather be overdressed than under dressed. Oscar Wilde, who believed that a woman could never be overdressed or over educated, would support me completely. Tip-toeing the fine line between outlandish, over the top and over-dressing is of great importance and if done right, there's no such thing as too much of a good thing.

So when my favorite season of winter comes around, you can only imagine the thrill that the over-dresser inside me feels. Although highly unnecessary in the Mumbai winter, it is still the chance to bring the woollies, trenches and capes to the forefront, without looking completely ridiculous. The pinnacle to my over-dressing urges is the day it is actually cold. Oh, what joy! While others groan about bundling themselves under a blanket, I seize the opportunity to be a snuggle bunny with a beanie.

The Style File lookbook by Dayle Pereira on the blog Style File is paired with red lips by Lóreal Inflallible Collection Star in Pure Scarleto and navy blue nails by OPI in Ink and straight bangs with a long bob or lob hairstyle for the seasons winter wear

The Style File lookbook for winter includes a Forever 21 wollen grey beanie, Forever 21 plaid scarf, Zara high waist jeans, Zara red pumps and Forever 21 micro messenger sling bag for the seasons winter wear

The Style File lookbook by Dayle Pereira on the blog Style File is paired with red lips by Lóreal Inflallible Collection Star in Pure Scarleto and navy blue nails by OPI in Ink and straight bangs with a long bob or lob hairstyle for the seasons winter wear

Zara grey high waist jeans | Jack & Jones grey t-shirt | Forever 21 plaid scarf | Zara red pumps | Forever 21 micro sling bag [previously seen here] | Forever 21 grey beanie |  | OPI 'Ink' nail varnish | L'Oreal Collection Star in 'Pure Scarleto' [reviewed here]

The Style File lookbook for winter includes a Forever 21 wollen grey beanie, Forever 21 plaid scarf, Zara high waist jeans, Zara red pumps and Forever 21 micro messenger sling bag for the seasons winter wear

The Style File lookbook by Dayle Pereira on the blog Style File is paired with red lips by Lóreal Inflallible Collection Star in Pure Scarleto and navy blue nails by OPI in Ink and straight bangs with a long bob or lob hairstyle for the seasons winter wear

The Style File lookbook for winter includes a Forever 21 wollen grey beanie, Forever 21 plaid scarf, Zara high waist jeans, Zara red pumps and Forever 21 micro messenger sling bag for the seasons winter wear

Photography: Leo Alemao / Style File

Although my pangs for the holidays are wearing off, I'm making the process a little smoother by opening my arms to the sweater weather and getting all bundled up. Keeping the outfit in muted grey tones, I brought out a scarf in plaid, the unofficial print of the season and matched it with bright pumps and a micro bag. It was the day when the over-dresser in me jumped with joy and now that I've egged her on, she's really looking forward to the colder days to come.

xo
Dayle

Style File + Asus | Holidays snapshots

While I am often indecisive about my favorite season, the winter makes my choice crystal clear and one of those reasons is because of the holidays. It's the most wonderful time of the year for good reason, with my house decorated in the spirit of the season, the air is filled with the smell of Christmas cake and there's a bounty of presents under the tree. The season was even more special this time as the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser arrived just before the festivities, cementing itself as my companion all through the holidays.

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File reviews the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone in gold with a series of pictures of the Christmas holiday season



Let my take you through the holidays with images shot using the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone, which definitely gives me a case of the post-holiday blues. The photos are published directly as taken on the phone with no processing or editing whatsoever.

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File reviews the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone with a picture taken by the phone camera of a Christmass star lit up

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File reviews the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone with a picture taken by the phone camera of a selfie with my Christmas outfit of the day

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File reviews the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone with a picture taken by the phone camera of an oversized candy cane ornament

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File reviews the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone with a picture taken by the phone camera of bokeh strings of lights


Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File reviews the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone with a picture taken by the phone camera of a crib portraying the nativity scene of Christ

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File reviews the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone with a picture taken by the phone camera of Starbucks holiday special, the starbucks red cups

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File reviews the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone with a picture taken by the phone camera of a lit up reindeer and christmas tree during the holiday season

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File reviews the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone with a picture taken by the phone camera of the Christmas lanterns and string lights during the holiday season

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File reviews the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone with a picture taken by the phone camera of the Christmas tree glitter ornaments

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File reviews the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone with a picture of overhead lamps during the Christmas holiday season


As the name itself suggests the philosophy of the Zenfone is that of simplicity, in thought, design and usability. On first touch itself, I noticed that it is ergonomically crafted in a way that its large 5.5 inch full HD screen is cradled in the palm of the hand. If I say that in its creation, there was a great attention to detail, that would be an understatement. That's because there is thought applied even in the little things; from the accurate touch detection to auto dimming.

When it came down to the battery test, that's where I was hesitant. You see, my cellphone is my constant, whether I'm listening to music on my morning commute or if I'm browsing by Instagram at night. So taking a lesson from my previous phones, whose batteries all waned by the evening, I had armed myself with a battery pack and charger. However, it was all in vain because even by evening, the Zenfone 2 was going strong. The 3000 mAh battery is exceptional and ensured that a full charge of the phone lasted more than 24 hours as I browsed the web, listened to music and snapped pictures throughout the day.

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File reviews the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone in gold with a series of pictures of the Christmas holiday season
 
It's possible for me to casually mention that its screen is made from the finest Corning Gorilla Glass 4 but I went the extra mile. Although unintentional; the strength of the screen was put to the test when I dropped it face down. My heart might have stopped there for a milli-second but I picked it up to find that nothing had changed about my Zenfone 2. It was flying colours for its drop damage resistance which saved it completely as did the metallic hairline finish back cover, which did not even have a scratch. It’s SonicMaster 2.0 technology ensures crystal clear sound and reception, whether through the dedicated sound chamber with 5 magnet speakers, the different modes for different activities or its Zen Ears system for balanced sound.

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File reviews the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone in gold with a series of pictures of the Christmas holiday season

The highlight of the Zenfone 2 is definitely its camera. Its precise laser auto focus finds a place in the phone name for good reason as it focuses 3 time faster than a traditional sensor and does so in less than a second. It is jam-packed with 13 megapixels and a Toshiba BSI sensor for those sharp, vibrant pictures. In addition, its wide angle of 75 degrees, number of modes and dual coloured LED flash will power you through dark nights and large groups.
While it's only occasionally that I snap a selfie, I admit that I've been taking quite a few more owing to the Zenfone 2's front camera. It has a glorious wide angle to fit more into the frame, 5 megapixels and a sensitive sensor for great pictures. When coupled with the real time beautification mode, they make selfies quite an addiction.

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File reviews the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser smartphone in gold with a series of pictures of the Christmas holiday season

Impressing me greatly is the concentric circular back button which multitasks as a volume key, a power button and even a camera button. Its convenient position makes snapping a picture or adjusting your volume while listening to music.

At the amazing price of INR 13,999, I'd recommend the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser in a heartbeat. It will accompany you through dull days with stellar sound, memorable moments with an excellent camera and everything else in between with its long battery life.

xo
Dayle

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