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To me, a good day always began with a crisp shirt, hearty breakfast and well-stocked bag. I believed that was all I needed to take on the worlda great outfit, a sense of preparedness and a full stomach. And it worked well for a while until I realised I needed more than that. Something that diligently ran the mental circuits; a great controller if you will. That's when it hit it mea steely mind was the answer.

The world is a wildly unpredictable place. You could step out in the morning and meet a thunderstorm, a lottery winning ticket, a horrible argument, a fantastic new eatery or a zoo of unleashed animals. The possibilities are endless and only a head that's sensibly placed on your shoulders can prepare you for anything. Something that avocado toast and pin striped button downs cannot do. Even with the worst outcome, a strong, secure mind can keep your wits about you and steady your stride. It's true, you knowmind really does triumph over matter. Once you've got a nut that's tough as nails, absolutely nothing can stand in your way.

An image of a female fashion blogger wearing a sheer cutout bodysuit, a khaki jacket, high waist denim shorts, boxer braids and gladiator sandals for her style blog

An image of a female fashion blogger wearing a sheer cutout bodysuit, a khaki jacket, high waist denim shorts, boxer braids and gladiator sandals for her style blog

An image of a female fashion blogger wearing a sheer cutout bodysuit, a khaki jacket, high waist denim shorts, boxer braids and gladiator sandals for her style blog

An image of a female fashion blogger wearing a sheer cutout bodysuit, a khaki jacket, high waist denim shorts, boxer braids and gladiator sandals for her style blog

An image of a female fashion blogger wearing a sheer cutout bodysuit, a khaki jacket, high waist denim shorts, boxer braids and gladiator sandals for her style blog

An image of a female fashion blogger wearing a sheer cutout bodysuit, a khaki jacket, high waist denim shorts, boxer braids and gladiator sandals for her style blog

Bershka cutout bodysuit {London} | Nuon olive shirt | Topshop high waist denim shorts {London} | Kazo neon sling bag [Previously seen here] | Forever 21 enamel badges {Paris} | Aldo ankle strap sandals  |Forever 21 chain link bracelet | Maybelline Colorama 'Absinto' | Lakme x Masaba Lip Pout 'Caramel Toffee' 

Photography: Leo Alemao / Style File

Keeping in tune with my newly resolved mind was my tough girl look. The sexy cutout bodysuit adds a touch of oomph to the rugged outfit. Along with it, gladiator sandals with gold hardware and a neon bag lend a bit of charm.

Right from the time Hilary Swank threw a few punches on screen in Million Dollar Baby, I associated boxer braids with a no-nonsense beauty look. So obviously, I used this outfit as an excuse to braid my bob length hair into meticulous boxer braids and give my forearms a workout in the bargain. Creamy peach lips, metallic cat eye makeup and bronzy cheeks finished it off with a chic touch. Nothing spells out fierce quite like this, my friends.

xo
Dayle 

Beauty | My 5 favourite purple lipsticks for every occasion

It's a well known fact that red lips have had more than their fair share in the limelight. A rouge pout is now every girl's Saturday night staple, hand bag must-have and no-fail celebrity beauty trick—haven't we all heard that before! So don't you think another shade deserves a spin in the spotlight? Well, I most certainly do!

A makeup image of purple lipsticks from MAC, Miss Claire, Colourpop, Lakme and Look Beauty

Over the past year, I've begun wearing more purple lipstick and unintentionally, trying and testing it as well. Whether they've been in cool lilac tones or deep plums, something about purple lipstick gives my face a bright, dazzling look. Before you think it's one of those niche shades to save for a daring day out (blue lips, I'm looking at you!), newsflash: I've flaunted a pair of purple lips to work meetings, birthday parties and event launches with elan. So without any further ado, here are 5 of my favourite purple lipsticks which look divine on Indian skin tones for every occasion.

For Friday night dancing

An image of purple lipstick by MAC Flat Out Fabulous in a women's hand with purple nails with a lipstick swatch and review

If you ever had a doubt about purple lipstick, the MAC Flat Out Fabulous will clear all confusion. It is a gorgeous vibrant plum shade that can complement absolutely any complexion. In fact, it was once my last resort when I was wearing a sunshine yellow dress and would you believe it—it looked amazing! As with any MAC retro matte, it sits comfortably on the lips and gives them a velvety matte finish.


For no-fuss rushed mornings

An image of purple lipstick by Miss Claire #15 in a women's hand with purple nails with a lipstick swatch and review

It isn't news that I'm a Miss Claire fan—what they lack in originality, they make up for in pricing and shades. The shade 15 from their lip cream range is one such winner. The rosy purple shade is a subtle upgrade to everyday mauve tones and gives just the right hint of matte colour that's easy on the lips. Especially on rushed mornings when you can't afford to give your lip colour a second thought, make this your go-to purple lipstick.


For a lunch date

An image of purple lipstick by Look Beauty Berry Blast in a women's hand with purple nails with a lipstick swatch and review

If this pleasant lavender hue reminded you of Aishwarya's infamous Cannes outing, fear not because that was much cooler toned than this. An unusual shade, I'll admit but Look Beauty's Double Hit Lip in Berry Blast does justice to it. One side of the tube houses a creamy lilac lipstick and the other, a sheer gloss in the same shade. If it's intense purple or a glossy hue of it, this is the answer. Plus, it has a delightful coconut fragrance to boot!


For a work meeting

An image of purple lipstick by Lakme Enrich Satin W273 in a women's hand with purple nails with a lipstick swatch and review

If you thought purple lipsticks were all fun and games, the shade W273 from Lakme's Enrich Satin range will prove you wrong. It's a burgundy toned violet that glides smoothly on the lips and lends it a soft, satin finish. The best part is, it isn't outrageous or loud so it's the perfect choice for a day at the office if you don't want to raise any eyebrows. Although it isn't very long lasting, it's an affordable starter to enter the purple lipstick family.


For the mid-week blues

An image of purple lipstick by Colourpop Lychee in a women's hand with purple nails with a lipstick swatch and review

Lychee by Colourpop signifies the beginning of many things to me—it was my very first Colourpop product, my first matte liquid lipstick and my first true purple colour. It was definitely risky selecting such an adventurous shade online but once I came to terms with the electrifying violet shade, there was no going back. It's incredibly pigmented and sits put once it sets but it can feel dry after a few hours. However for a daring purple lipstick that doesn't move an inch, it's all you need.

xo
Dayle

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