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How to smell fresh as Flowers this Summer

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Summer is here and its just getting crazier by the day. Besides drinking a lot of water and keeping oneself hydrated, the most essential thing is to take care of your Body Odour cos it gets sweaty, sticky and yeah hell lot of stinky winky. And girl you don’t wanna be the one people are running away from Right? So you gotta be a little extra careful when it comes to BO and lets be honest who doesn’t want to smell fresh like flowers. Well, we all do. So here are a few of my suggestions for keeping yourself smelling fresh whole day long.

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You will start your day by smelling fresh as daisy but by the middle of the day, the freshness might start drifting away. I know we all wear perfumes and thats one of the best ways to keep you smelling really good but what I am gonna share with you might just help you to keep that freshness and scent lingering longer from dawn to dusk.

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So if you wanna keep the scent lingering longer..

1. It is best to stick to the same/similar notes or  family of scents e.g. if you wanna smell like flowers keep everything you use right from your Shower Gel to you body lotion to your soap and mists in the Floral family. I find floral scents work really good in summers and smell extremely fresh so I stick to florals during summers.

2. I have also observed that you would need a double cleanse (usually we do it for our faces) but it works very well for rest of our bodies too, meaning I first scrub myself with a soap and then top it of with a Shower Gel, it just gives me that added perfume

I am currently using the MORINGA line from The Body shop. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I am loving it. Its delicate floral freshness all day long.

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3. Once you have taken a shower, immediately apply a body lotion (preferably something floral) on your damp skin within 3 minutes of taking the shower. It will quickly get absorbed and you will smell good

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4. Before Applying your perfume spray some body mist on your bare skin especially under your arms and everywhere else
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5. I am a big fan of Talc, I know a lot of people may not be using Talcs but I CANNOT do without it so I apply a generous amount especially under my arms one because it smell so good and secondly it keeps the sweat in control
I use YARDLEY ROSE Talc. Yardley talcs are the best according to me

6. Now apply perfume on your Pulse points – wrists, behind your ears, back of your knees and side of your elbows. The Pulse points generate body heat that helps in intensifying the perfume. I know its a habit to rub our wrists once we have applied the perfume but DON’T cos then it won’t last longer.
PS : I dont just stick to pulse points rather spritz it all over including my hair :-)
I stick to the same floral family for my daily use. I am currently using ROMANCE by Ralph Lauren and SPLENDOR by Elizabeth Arden.

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7. Also if you may know perfumes work differently on different skin types – They are generally stronger on someone with oily skin and good circulation and tend to evaporate soon on someone with drier skin so skin’s moisture level has a tremendous impact on the longevity of your skin so keep it well hydrated by drinking lots and lots of water and applying a rich body lotion (Point no.3)

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8. It could be difficult to carry big perfume bottles in your bag so I recommend getting an Atomiser bottle so that you can stick to the same scent that you applied in the morning and keep spritzing it whenever you feel its fading

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9. Last of all I can’t event stress on maintaining personal hygiene. Ensure no hair on your body so regular waxing or shaving especially under your arms and private parts cos girls that can get really stinky. If you are not getting time for that waxing appointment, Razor is your best friend but for heaven’s sake keep your private areas clean and fresh. I also recommend Intimate wash for your Vajajays rather than using soaps e.g. Clean and Dry or V Wash.

According to me nothing is more sexier that smelling good. So follow these steps and add that extra oomph to yourself this summer

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Happy Summers
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Shonima Kaul

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“Spotlight on- “

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Keeping up with my promise of sharing the Products / Brand I love  with you guys, first of all I am renaming this section as “Spotlight on” simply because it increases my gamut of things I wanna share :-)

So today’s spotlight is on this brand called “Quay Australia” . Some of  you may have heard about this brand now since a lot of high profile people too are sporting this brand  and and and they have collaborated with likes of Kylie Jenner ( in 2017) which is good enough to make any nobody into somebody. Power of Kardashians/ Jenner

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However I spotted this brand almost 3 years ago while randomly shopping in ” TOPSHOP” in New York.  They have a separate section for QUAY Sunglasses and I was attracted to that side of the counter because I am a big Sunglass hoarder so I went to try these on and I loved each and every design. What was the main draw was the price point. They were killing it with some fabulous designs at just $35 – $40 and the quality was not bad at all. I was so excited that I picked up 2 of them but I went back to pick another pair. Post that whenever I travel and a Topshop is in the nearby vicinity I always pick up a pair of sunnies from Quay. Believe you me I have every time been asked about what sunnies am I wearing if I am wearing Quay. I am not kidding.

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Started by Linda and Allen Hammond  as a side hobby in Melbourne , these sunnies were sold by them as a cheaper option to look sassy and ultra cool during music festivals. Soon they noticed that these were selling like hot cakes and thats when they slowly started expanding. Today in 2018, I see them partnering with Coachella and some of the big famous bloggers are wearing Quay and it does make me happy cos seriously I love when small or lesser known brands start getting noticed (especially if I think they have potential)

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Like I said you can find them in TOPSHOP stores or you can find them online too 

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“Spotlight on – ” – NEW SECTION IN MY BLOG

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Hey guys
I just randomly thought of starting this new section on the Blog which will be called “Product I love” (renamed as “Spotlight on-”). I will try and put 1 every week (mostly on a Monday) so watch out for it. This is basically going to be some Product or Brand that I found from somewhere (either accidentally or someone introduced me or I read about it and tried it or discovered in one of my Travels) and I loved it. It could be SKIN, FASHION, MAKEUP , BEAUTY, TECH OR LIFESTYLE RELATED. Anything that I feel is not seen too much around or not many people know about it or it doesn’t get too much mileage which it deserves. So maybe lesser known products/brands / things that I found and really liked e.g. NUTROVA that I shared with you guys in my last blogpost. I don’t think many people know about it but it’s a great product so you must give it a try. OK now that you get the drift. Here is the other product / brand I wanna talk about.

PS : The products I will talk about may or may not be available in India but its always good to know so that you could look for these next time you travelling somewhere or if you spot them you know you have to give it a try.

Rituals 24 hr hydrating cream

I discovered this brand “RITUALS” almost a year and a half ago in one of my trips to DUBAI. I randomly walked into the store and immediately fell in love with it. There was something nice about it so I decided to try a few products. I don’t remember what all I bought (maybe some shower gels) but I also picked up this gel moisturiser from them but totally forgot about it as you know I was averse to putting moisturisers a while ago. However I found this jar in my makeup cabinet a while ago and with lot of skepticism decided to use it (since it was a bit pricey). After a few days I was hooked.

First of all its a gel moisturiser so not at all heavy for my skin especially what we need in summers. Its a light gel formula but does the job very well. my skin feels very hydrated and nothing heavy
Secondly its rich in Antioxidants and contains Hyaluronic Acid

Why is Hyaluronic Acid important
Hyaluronic Acid benefits every different age , every different skin type, skin condition. Its a wonderful HUMECTANT. Humectant is something that grabs water from the air, binds together and holds on to it so it basically retains the moisture. We as humans already have HA in our body. when we apply it topically , your skin recognises it as one of your skin ingredient and is therefore accepted very well by the skin. It is like giving your skin an instant quench of water and hydration. So it helps in retaining skin’s plumpness.
It is especially good for people staying in humid weather where there is lot of moisture in the air which can be grabbed and given to your skin.

So this product kinda checks out all the boxes for me and therefore I love it.

Its not available in India yet but if you are travelling to Dubai or New York or London keep your eyes open for this brand and do try it out.

Hope you like this section :)

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Nutrova Collagen + Antioxidants – Skin Food ??

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Before I begin, this pic on the top is my current skin sans ANY Makeup , Filter or App or Touchups. This is as is from the camera cos if I am gonna talk to you about a skincare product then I want to show you my bare face.

Collagen , Collagen , Collagen What is it???
Collagen is what makes our skin look younger. Its a protein in the body that makes a large part of our skin, hair and nails. It is essential for a youthful looking skin. It is what makes your skin look plump and smooth and firm.

As you grow older collagen production starts to slow down and when you hit 30, you start losing collagen. Therefore its never too early to start protecting your collagens. It is also essential to fight facial lines and wrinkles.
So now that we know what collagen is. Do you need me to tell you whether you need it or not?????

If you following me on my YOUTUBE or Instastories, you would know that I have been facing severe acne issue for past 6 – 7 months and that has made me extremely conscious about my skin care. In a way I am glad that it happened cos otherwise I would never have taken care of my skin. This also made me read a lot about skin care &  stuff you need to do for maintaining a good skin and I had read about Collagens a while ago.

As luck would have it NUTROVA sent me a supply of their Collagen supplement.

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Quantity & Price?
Each box that you see in the picture above comes with 30 sachets which is equivalent to a month’s supply. Its priced at INR 2700.
Pricy?? A little. However, when it comes to skin / health supplements I don’t hesitate much.

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What does it contain?

Now this is very interesting
Collagen peptides – these act as building blocks, renewing bodily tissues, such as skin, bones and joints. It has been proposed that collagen peptides may act as a messenger to the cells and trigger the synthesis and reorganization of new collagen fibers, thereby supporting our tissue structure. Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated collagen peptides’ health benefits. Key areas of benefit include healthy aging, joint and bone health, sports nutrition and skin beauty. ( A little technical I know)

What you need to know is Collagen peptides are the building blocks of collagen.  I even use a night cream containing collagen peptides cos girl u need ur collagen!

TOMATO LYCOPENE
Lycopene is an antioxidant which protects against the damage caused by UV Rays. It also prevents formation of wrinkles and fine lines

GREEN TEA EXTRACTS
As you all know Green tea reduces Inflammation, slows down ageing. The catechin EGCG is especially beneficial, as research has found that it can reactivate dying skin cells. Green tea is also good in reducing oil production in the skin so good for acne. No wonder you find green tea extracts in a lot of good skin care products

GRAPE SEED EXTRACTS

Grape seed extract contains several plant compounds, including oligomeric proanthocyanidins, or OPCs. OPCs are powerful antioxidants. OPCs in grape seed extract contain 20 times the antioxidant power of vitamin E and 50 times the antioxidant power of vitamin C.

VITAMIN C
Vitamin C limits the damage induced by ultraviolet (UV) light exposure.

VITAMIN E
Vitamin E  works to block free radicals from the body, which play a large part in the ageing process. If we can fight off free radicals, then we can reduce wrinkles and keep the skin youthful-looking.

Boasting of such strong list of ingredients, I knew I had to try this product out because to be honest I am very skeptical about anything when it comes to Skin / health in general. However this seemed like a good bet so I went ahead with it.

A SIDE NOTE : It contains fish derived ingredients (collagen peptides) so incase you have an issue with Non Veg then maybe its not for you.

Consumption &Taste??
You are supposed to consume one sachet every day with water. It comes with clear directions. Mine is in Cranberry flavour and honestly it is not bad at all. It infact tastes pretty good so I don’t have any issues with the taste

Does it work?? ( I will try and put forth my very honest opinion here)
Now coming to the main point, I have consumed 35 sachets of Nutrova collagen supplement till now. which means its been a month and honestly according to me any skin care or exercise takes atleast 3 months to show some worthwhile results but I will definitely say that it has not done any harm to me.
Does my skin feel supple and hydrated?
Yes it does, but is it because of Nutrova? that is hard to tell because my skin right now is undergoing a lot of treatment (vitamin A meds, topical treatment creams, moisturisers and yes lots of water and NUTROVA)
Even though I am still struggling with acne but my skin DOES feel a whole lot better. My redness has reduced , my acne scars seem to be lightening and my skin does look fresh. I do have my good and bad days and therefore the pic on top is taken sans any makeup / filter for you guys to see how it looks.

So I am sure things are definitely working in conjunction with each other and therefore according to me NUTROVA is a great supplement to add to your skincare / health regime cos Collagen is a skin food that your skin needs
My fine lines are still there and so is my acne but let me be clear, this is not a magic potion , it will not magically make lines disappear but what NUTROVA might do is help you age a little late and more gracefully :-)
I am hooked!!

Has anyone tried it?? what do you feel about it. do lemme know

xxx
Shonima Kaul

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5 Things to prepare yourself for this summer

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Hey girls. Summers are right here and we all need to prep ourselves for the crazy Indian summer. I was wondering instead of  cribbing about the inevitable, why not just prepare ourselves to make the most of it. Right?
So here are my 5 things you should do to make it more fun -

1. Get Bronzy
I would have said get a Fake Tan but we do not have any such salons here in India so instead I would say learn some tips and tricks to get a Bronzed make up look. Summer and Bronze is quite synonymous to each other in terms of beauty so just get bronzed up

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2. Get that Bootaaayyy
Its the time to wear short dresses or Shorts so better work on getting that booty and strengthen those legs.
I will try and share some exercises with you soon. Also summers are the best time to sweat it out. You are sure to loose those extra pounds

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3. Change your Skin care
Summer requires us to bring about a change in your skincare routine. Look for more Gel based moisturisers rather than heavy creams. Also choosing a high SPF Sunscreen is your best bet in this warm weather. Increase the intake of water cos you need to keep your skin more and more hydrated.

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4. Go short
Not just clothes I recommend hair too plus short hair is so much more in vogue now a days so if you have been thinking about “going under the scissors” now would be a good time. If not I recommend learning some hairstyles (like high pony, top knots , braids, messy pony) to keep yourself cool in this warm weather

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5. Stock up that perfume shell
BO is the worst thing ever and with all the sweating and humidity, we still want to smell as fresh as a daisy so why not stock up on some summer scents which are floral and sweet and maybe keep a small bottle in your purse so you can spritz it whenever the need arises. Uhmmm Uhmm u know what I mean right?

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These were some of my tips. Do let me know what are you doing to prepare for the summer. Would love to hear from you

Happy Summer
xxx

Shonima Kaul

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What’s trending basis my favourite Instagrammers – Part 2

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Continuing with my Whats trending series. Here I touch upon 2 more trends

TREND ALERT
Nude heels and Vinyl straps
I spotted this trend sometime last year on Kardashian sisters and of course if Kardashians are wearing , you gotta keep up with them. When I saw these heels that is combination of 2 trends – clear straps and socks slide, I knew I had to pick these up

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Credits : Kardashians

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TREND ALERT
Small Cat Eye frames

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Credits – Gigi Hadid

GIGI COLLAGE

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Hope u liked it

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Shonima Kaul

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What’s trending ? Basis my favourite Instagrammers Part 1

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So NYFW and Paris Fashion Week just got done with and every year I watch my Favourite Instagrammers with so much awe and enthusiasm and look for inspirations and latest trends. In a sea of people that flock my Instagram feed some looks stay with me, rather haunt me for e.g.. Kim Kardashian in NYFW’17 was epic according to me with platinum blond hair and one sexy black outfit after another. I just went into tizzy . She was phenomenal.
Similarly every Fashion week I look for my favourite people to show me the world of fashion that I can only live through their instagrams or videos. This time I thought why not take you all through what my eyes saw as trending a lot and I made a sad little attempt to find similar things around me to recreate some of these trends. Hope you find it interesting.
I am gonna do this series  in parts cos it will be difficult to put all the looks together.

1. Polka Dots will never ever go out of trend and this year its even bigger – color, shapes, size et al

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Credits – Aimee Song and Camila Coelho

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2. Hair Accessories  making it big

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Credits – Chriselle lim and Aimee Song (Paris Fashion week 18) & Karen Wazen

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3. Single earring trend has been going on for past one year and is still going strong

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Credits – Olivia Culpo , Camila Coelho & Aimee song

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Hope u liked this post. I thought it would be interesting :-) Wait for the next one….

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Stay Stylish
xxx
Shonima Kaul

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Last bit of winter!!

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Hello lovely people. It feels like ages since I have put up a post. I have been travelling a little bit and working on improving my skill sets in various other fields. It’s a constant learning process right? I am always getting inspired by other people’s work and want to work on bettering mine. Unfortunately it also leads to me scrapping a lot of my work because it feels so blah to me sometimes hahaha. Just being honest you know. That is one of the reasons I have been MIA from everywhere. I am forever hungry to make myself better which is good but sometimes not so good cos it is impossible to be perfect and we all gotta start from somewhere and make do with whatever we have and can do.
Anyhoo I thought let me just put up something there before you all forget me :-) Also have to say that the weather is so cool currently. I am dreading summers, mainly because it gets so hot and humid in Mumbai and I hate that so I am trying to make the most of this weather currently. Sitting outside in coffee shops or taking long walks or sitting in my small little balcony cos OMG the weather is so grrreaaatt.
I took this opportunity to wear this somewhat high neck ribbed top. I love the slight hint of red in this look. I was just scrolling thru the sale section in Zara and found this textured leather skirt which I luuurrrvv. While people on the other side of the globe are layering themselves in thick furs and leather jackets and woollen coats I am happy creating this Mumbai winter version for myself cos this is as cold as it can get here.
Also wishing you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day. Let’s celebrate love, not just today but everyday of our lives. Have a great week.

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Black and red collage 1

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Top , Skirt : Zara, Shoes : H&M

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Shonima Kaul

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Melancholia!!

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I had absolutely no intention of calling this post Melancholic when I shot these pics because there was definitely no sign of sadness when I was shooting them. Infact I was pretty happy but when I sat to edit them I realised that my expressions (especially my eyes) had a certain pensiveness in them. I am not certain why. Maybe I was trying to give a certain look and they turned out to be looking sad. Most of the times I know that my friend Dimple shouts from behind the lens – give me sexy , you are giving me sad!! This was me trying to give a look that turned out somewhat despondent.

On that note I recently finished watching documentary on Princess Diana on Netflix and the thought kept lingering about how lonely was this woman who had the entire world at her feet. She had the most charismatic persona and had media/ paparazzi eating out of her hands yet the hunger to be loved or belong was so immense. To be honest I knew she was famous but that she was so greatly loved and had this huuuuge following / control over people was something I didn’t know. I was rather overwhelmed by the scenes of her funeral. It was like the whole world had descended to pay their last respects. Imagine someone getting so much love from outside and being so empty from inside. It must have been so hard. We often look at someone’s exterior and judge them based on that not having the slightest inkling of the war they are fighting within themselves. It was kind of sad to watch her documentary but I absolutely loved watching it. Throws a lot of light into the lives of so called Royals. I recommend. The other one is “The Crown” Absolutely phenomenal series on NETFLIX once again about the Royal family. I was blown away by Claire Foy and all the others. Brilliant masterpiece. Loved it.
Now since there was so much hype about Stranger things around me, I had to give it a shot (FOMO u see) and Gawd did I get hooked or what!! I binge watched 2 seasons and I am desperately waiting for the 3rd one. Just thought will share my favourite binge worthy shows currently.

Other than that this denim jacket that I decided to wear as a dress (perks of being short) is from Misguided. I am loving the way Denim is getting re invented by the fashion industry. Also Denim being an everlasting trend I love the ways in which we can work this trend in our daily lives. Shot this post in Golden light after a very long time so love the way the light falls. Hope u like it too.

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Dress : misguided
Pics : Dimple

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Shonima Kaul

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Moving forward!!

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Hello everyone. Hows 2018 treating you so fa. I know I haven’t put anything on the blog for a while now. No I haven’t been lazy. Infact I have shot a couple of looks and they are just sitting there in my comp. Just that I have been invested in figuring out my YOUTUBE channel.
Ever since I have started it I am trying to figure what to put in it and after shooting something I most often scrap it because either I am not happy or I am not sure it will work. Yeah so most of my time goes in shooting and scrapping.
Currently I am busy trying to work on MAKEUP looks but trust me it just doesn’t work without the right lighting and equipment. It’s just so hard hahaha. I am wondering what have I got myself into but I am no quitter. I will keep working on it till I get some decent stuff out.
That’s how I am getting into 2018 with optimism and will power to succeed & give it my best, whatever I am taking up. This year I wanna learn editing – Photoshop and video editing too so I can make my work look better in whatever means I have. So yeah that is my Intention for 2018. To learn things and to do better work.. Better than all I have ever done in the past. Atleast a step in the right direction.

Since it gets a little chilly in the mornings, I styled this fuzzy warm jacket with Burgundy – Beige combo. I wanted it to look very fashionable – going to Fashion week sorts of look. Somehow Fur (read as Faux Fur) makes me feel chic and expensive.

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Top, Skirt : AM PM , Jacket: F21 , Shoes : Aldo
Pics : Dimple Rana

Have a stylish & fulfilled 2018
xxx
Shonima Kaul

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