Beauty | What's on my dresser ~ Monsoon hair edition

Around a year ago, before bobs became commonplace and pixies became popular, I decided to bite the bullet and cut my hair short. Going by my angular face structure, I had always toyed with the idea of a short crop; something I hadn't attempted since my school days. So once I stepped up to the plate and took the plunge, it was liberating. My new bob felt freeing and chic, like some kind of petite Parisian girl who roamed with baguettes in her bicycle basket.

Dayle Pereira the blogger at Style File does a GIF hair flip video
But the snip was only half the battle won. Once the fabulous salon styling wore off, I learned that treating my tresses right was necessary for happy hair. A year and numerous haircuts later, I'm still sporting a bob. What has changed, however, is the way I look after it. I've started paying more attention to my scalp and hair texture so that my bob can look its best day after day. This season, I'm cheering for a few hair care favorites who have got me across the line to good hair days all monsoon long.

Dayle Pereira of Style File uses the TIGI Bed Head Control Frizz serum to fight frizz and for styling the hair

On days when my style needs an upgrade

On seemingly endless days, I want my fantastically styled hair to last through the day with me. To remedy this, I've concluded that frizz is the enemy of short hair. So on my journey to skipping frizz and getting lasting smoothness, the TIGI Bed Head Control Freak is my guiding light. This potion works as a prep step before heat styling as well as alone, as an anti-frizz serum. The glitter laden serum works well to maintain my styling for longer and makes it manageable so that my bob is all set for the day ahead.

Dayle Pereira of Style uses the Garnier Ultra Blends range of shampoos to nourish and promote healthy hair

On days when my hair needs some lovin'

When my otherwise happy bob becomes lifeless, I know it's time to nourish it. I've known and loved the Garnier Ultra Doux range through my childhood so when it arrived in a brand new avatar as Garnier Ultra Blends, you can imagine my delight. My favorites from the range are the Royal Jelly and Lavender as well as the Soy Milk and Almonds. The delectable fragrance tricks me into thinking that it is almost good enough to eat and the luscious ingredients are like a generous buffet for my hair. How I love the the feeling of coming from a bath with my hair smelling divine and feeling so much healthier!

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File uses the Batiste Dry Shampoo to refresh her hair and cut out oiliness

On days when I need to pull through

Combine late night dancing with a hurried start to the day and you get a morning that needs quick results. Even if I'm skipping a wash, I still need my hair to look like it has put in the effort. That's when the Batiste Dry Shampoo comes to my rescue. As its name rightly suggests, the dry shampoo refreshes my scalp instantly and sucks the grease right off it. The classic fragrance is clean and soapy and cuts out any staleness with ease. Definitely serving as a shortcut to my hair routine, it leaves my hair feeling clean without any spent on it.

Photography: Raynor Pereira // Design: Leo Alemao


Personal Style | Daily diary: edition 2

Even though dressing up comes naturally to me, there are some days when my mind draws a blank about what to wear. Even if I attempt a terminator-like closet scan, I'm still at a loss. When I worked from home, I could get by in my pajamas and t-shirts. But as a 9 to 5-iver, there are no off days. You may be stressed or depressed but you better show up well-dressed, honey.

I've had a couple of days where I've felt like nothing looks good on me or my closest is threadbare but I've soldiered on. Sometimes it involved dipping into my mom's closet and sometimes it took another coat of lipstick. So if there was a medal for being terribly confused about my choices but still arriving at a great look, I'd win a gold.

Dayle Pereira the blogger of Style File wears a casual chic look of a white lace shirt with peach trousers and tan sandals for a business meeting

I wore this look for a business meeting where I was going for a fresh, summery vibe. A definite win in my books.
Dayle Pereira the blogger at Style File wears a printed dress with a denim jacket , sneakers and tote for the Kala Ghoda Festival in Mumbai
 This outfit was worn at an arts festival where I needed to be on my feet all day but didn't want to compromise on my style.

Dayle Pereira the blogger at Style File wore a white shirt and midi skirt with a necklace under the collar, tote bag and thong sandals to the office
 Just a regular Wednesday at work where I tried to shake things up a bit by dressing like I was an extra on the sets of Downton Abbey.

Dayle Pereira blogger at Style File wore a silk printed dress and thong sandals to a launch party
 This picture was taken on a terrific day when I had spent 8 hours on my feet at a shoot and later dropped in at the launch of Contiki in India.

Dayle Pereira the blogger of Style File wore a cream lace blouse, white distressed jeans and thong sandals to the office
I've evidenced my Bruce Almighty sartorial choices before and this was just another one of those attempts. Also, there was no better time to wear all white than in summer!

So keep those spirits up, ladies - even on those off days!


Style Files | A beginner's guide to breaking into the fashion industry

I was 11 years old when I first felt drawn to fashion. I had always been the girl who watched her mother apply a feline flick of eyeliner with awe. I had even strutted all over the living room in her favorite stilettos. With a background like that, an indescribable pull towards fashion was unsurprising. Pages full of clothing sketches slowly led to a keen style eye and further, to a love for the written word.

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File showcases her personal style in an outfit post of a navy blue Forever 21 bustier, a Forvever 21 rhinestone hairband and a straight long bob

Almost a decade later, breaking into fashion is one of the best decisions I've ever made because I cannot imagine myself in any other place than this. I've been fortunate enough to work in many areas of the industry from the editorial department to digital marketing so my journey is one of exploration and growth. While it is considered the most glamourous field to work in, there's a lot more to it. So if you are looking to find your feet in the fashion industry, whether it be as a stylist, journalist, designer or blogger, read on to know how my insight can help you build your career in fashion.

Do it for the right reasons
Don't get into fashion because it seems like the cool choice. Don't do it because of the freebies and gift bags. Don't do it because it seems glamourous. Do it because you want to. Do it because you're passionate about styling a client, even if it means visiting 20 stores. Do it because you can't wait to write about a collection showcase, even if it's 3am. Do it because you have an original opinion and you want it to be heard on social media. If you make sure you get into fashion for the right reasons, it will bear fruit.

Designer wear brand Pero showcases their collection of lace and flower crowns on the runway at Lakme Fashion Week at St. Regis, Mumbai

Knowledge is power
No matter if you are directly connected to industry developments or are just an observer, ensure that you have a deep understanding of the field. Imagine the irony of talking about your favorite designer when you aren't even sure of what the designer is famed for. It may seem like a minute detail but when you have knowledge of your industry, the possibilities are endless. When a new fashion season occurs, make it a point to browse the new collections, celebrity muses and runway trends. With resources like Google and social media at your fingertips, remember that neither age nor experience is a good enough excuse for being clueless. Be a know-it-all because knowing your field of work is powerful enough to open many doors for you.

Take your interview seriously
Regardless if you've been to heaps of interviews and aced them all, don't take your fashion interview lightly as it could make or break your career. Go the extra mile and indulge in some interview prep with possible questions that you could be faced with. Buff up your resume by taking a short-term course or workshop in your desired field. Use your summers wisely by applying for internships or freelance projects. Thankfully, fashion is a kind industry when it comes to a dress code for the interview so you can experiment with light patterns, sensible skirts and pastel shades without going overboard.

Meryl Streep stars as Miranda Priestly in the Hollywood movie The Devil Wears Prada and gives Andy Sachs who is played by Anne Hathaway, a look after a makeover

It isn't like the movies
While some days in fashion may seem glossy and straight out of The Devil Wears Prada, remember that this is real life and not a movie. No one lets you raid the accessory closet full of Chanel and you (hopefully) won't be sent on a scavenger hunt for an unpublished manuscript. There will be days when you've got a to-do list that could fill a notebook. There will be days where work only ends sometime past 2am. There will even be days where a task needs to redone 4 times until it's done right. It can be maddening and exhausting but somewhere in the midst of it, you will realise that this is exactly where you are meant to be.

Dayle Pereira of the blog Style File showcases her personal style in an outfit of a navy blue Forever 21 bustier, a Forvever 21 rhinestone hairband, Forever 21 floral print maxi skirt, gladiator sandals, crossbody bag and a straight long bob

Have a voice
Along with the right knowledge being crucial to your future career, the ability to have an opinion is just as important, if not more so. Read up on issues that pertain to your industry and put yourself in their shoes. Analyze the latest happenings and build an opinion on it as well as the ability to convey it politely. Turn to twitter to discuss what's making news with other like-minded individuals and opinion makers. It's okay if your opinion isn't the popular one, as long as it's yours. When it comes to finding yourself a voice; remember that herds are for cattle, not you. As personal opinions reveal the independence and confidence of a person, make sure that yours is a reflection of your thoughts and knowledge and you can be sure that the future will be bright.

I do hope my experience helps you build your career so do let me know your thoughts on the post!





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