Who says exercising is boring. If done with style, it can become pretty interesting.
So, I wanted to share with you one of the best and stylish gifts I received from a very dear friend.
I love music and am a fitness freak so this certainly suits my style.
An IPod Nano Touchscreen Watch.
Apple is known to dish out the most stylish products ( I am a newly converted Apple freak though I am still learning to operate a MAC machine. Phew!! )and this one is again one of the coolest things from their stable.
|I Pod Nano Touchscreen|
Isn’t it cool?? The I Pod is available in various colors but what really gives it a lift is the cool wristband with variety of colors to choose from.
I pod Nano costs close to $129 and the strap which is an accessory item is $45 approx.
If you thought that was it , hello wait I have more to tell. One of its best features which makes it my favorite product is the Fitness feature
The built – in accelerometer gives you real time feedback so girls you can track how many calories are you burning in that jog. Cool na?? In the gym you can connect it to the Nike + Ipod compatible machine and track ur workout. Also it stores the history so you know how much better are you getting by the day. Set a goal and just turn on the music.
You can clip it on to you while on that treadmill or out for a jog.
Ain’t it super cool? Its music and fitness meter together combined with Style. I love running on music. It pumps me up.
My IPOD must haves these days for the gym or a run are
1. David Guetta
3. Katy Perry
4. Lady Gaga
6. Black Eyed Peas
and ofcourse who doesn’t love the Bollywood numbers
Yeah Yeah I am a regular girl with regular tastes.
And if you are not running just wear it as a mere watch. It is so Sporty and Trendy. I wear it most of the times when going out for my day errands.
I got mine in blue. What do you think??
So Clip it or Strap it on to u and Go Girls!!
Have a Superrrr Sunday. Will see you all next week.
Stay healthy & glowing.
Today I will talk about one must have piece of clothing in your closet – the Boyfriend Blazer.
|Katie Cassidy in Gossip Girl|
Some of my favorite celebrities like Blake Lively, Kim Kardashian, Victoria Beckham glamorized the style to the hilt.
|Kim Kardashian style|
|Zara $100 – $120
|Forever 21 $25 – $30|
courtesy Forever 21
They are also available in H&M, Top Shop, Charlotte Russe, Bebe
I am wearing them most of the times and am particularly digging my electric blue one from F21.
And trend or no trend, this style will stay with me for a long long time cos I am totally luuuving it.
My Tip : If you don’t have one yet get a basic black, it goes with any dress or any color. Boyfriend blazers are available in various fits and length. They are slightly boxy, that’s how they are meant to be so it’s essential that they are snug through the shoulders and fall well. Also if you are a little short then don’t go for very long ones.
So, Girls roll it up, scrunch it and go make a statement.
I thought would quickly give you 2 -3 must do things before you step out to play Holi
Pls apply lots of oil to your hair.. It will keep them protected
Have A SAFE & HAPPY HOLIIIIIII
Just exactly how many of you feel lost if you aren’t carrying your basic essentials while going for a fun night out. How many of you wish that you could fit in more in those beautiful but very small clutches. Sometimes I wonder if the day bags that we carry are our mini suitcases. You have to take a peek inside my bag to see what all I carry. From my phone to my I pod, to my make up to my cheque books to my diary, everything has to fit in my bag or I will be so lost.
Therefore I am not very big on small dainty bags. For me the Bigger, the Better!!
Looks like my prayers are answered when I saw the oversized clutches or Maxi clutches as some call them are making a huge comeback this season. Ah! its such a welcome and utilitarian piece of accessory for people like me. Imagine trying to fit it my lipstick, gloss, phone, keys & not to forget my camera in a small clutch for the evening. Crazy huh!!
These clutches are so high on glam that be it day or night you can just use them to enhance your style and do away with those big shoulder bags once in a while and give those shoulders a break.
They fall under 3 categories
Victoria Beckham structured day clutch
Balenciaga large envelope outreamer 1000$
BCBGeneration Charlie envelope 78$
|ASOS Metallic envelope clutch 78$
|ASOS Cobalt blue suede envelope clutch|
2. Flat clutches
These do not have a flap or anything. Just a zipper. Imagine a pouch but only bigger and beautiful. They lean more towards the casual side but they look cool. Team it with a jeans & T and see how it works wonder with your style. Leopard prints are totally in and look super cool.
|Flat clutch purses|
|Philip Lim Oversized clutch|
How cool is this Philip Lim clutch. Its a true mix of beauty and utility.
The Miu Miu, Kate Spade & D&G clutches are adorable in this category
|Kate Spade I kissed a frog 328$|
|Miu Miu Matelasse Luxe leather -1250$|
|Dolce & Gabanna|
The Save finds would be
|Zara 100$ approx.|
|Forever 21 color block clutch 20$ approx|
|Top Shop 30$ approx|
|Ugg Sparkle clutch 170$|
|Clare Vivier fold over clutch 140$ approx.|
Check out this one below and they have many more in beautiful colors and shapes
|ASOS foldover 58$|
Runway Bandit , a singapore brand has some really pretty colors in big clutches. I really like them
|Runway bandit 30$|
My Tip : If you don’t have a single oversized clutch go for the envelope clutch. It goes with a casual wear like a floral dress or jeans or shorts and it also goes with your evening wear like an LBD or trousers or anything. Get a big & bright one to make a statement.
Again there might be a whole lot available in various brands. Please look for these clutches when you go shopping next time and if you already possess one, its time to take them out and flaunt them.
Check out how celebs are sporting this trend.
Leaving you with this thought and lots of wishes for Holi.
Have a super and safe Holi my girls and yeah Happy Women’s day. Celebrate with style!!
They have a wide range of collection including TRF range and a good mix of classy and trendy casual range. Though they most often than not keep very muted colors and yes a lot of Blacks and Whites but I still love them. I feel Zara has the best collection of Whites especially shirts.
Coming back to their Spring Summer collection in the Indian stores I feel a bit disappointed. It looks very very bland and lacks spice. I don’t know how it works but the website of Zara India shows still better stuff than what is available in stores. If someone knows the reason pls enlighten me.
I didn’t even find these cute looking shorts that there model Saksia is wearing for S/S campaign.
The collection did look pleasing to the eyes when they released their new campaign and like many I had shortlisted my picks. I was so disheartened when I did not find those pieces on the racks.
The collection is bang on trend but lacks spice for eg. Peter Pan collars were seen to be very dominant in the collection be it dresses or shirts or tops but they failed to make me want them
They also have an embellished version of these collars but the styling was a little off. That deep front cut was so unnecessary.
Prints were seen a lot. Some were floral, some were busy, some were all over. Again lacked spice. Though the one in the middle with black cigarette pants or even white pants will look good but whats with the jacket??
and all you can see is Pastel, Pastel and Pastel.. Yeah team them up with a bright skirt or a bright pants, they might work. Might being the key word
|Kangana Ranaut at a Trussardi event in a tulip dress|
The only peplum on the rack (sadly) was the white one (INR 2790 approx.) Pair it with these cute printed shorts (INR 2500/- approx.)and some high heels will also make heads turn.
These are a few pieces that I am thinking about. Other than this there are nets, a few polka dots, trousers and jeans, some formal wear etc etc.
What do you girls think about the collection. I am sure many of you would have gone and seen too. Did you find it interesting??
Do and please do share your views while I do some thinking on whether to spend my moolah on the shortlisted stuff.
PS : This is Zara India collection (Mumbai to be more specific)
My Tip : “This is one thing I would insist you should not cringe to spend on as it is a very important tool to prevent your eyes from the harsh Sun apart from being a glamour booster. Also would not ask you to follow any trend because it needs to work for you. So I would say that Invest on at least one good pair and if the latest trend is working for ya then why not.”
How cool is her style?
From Balenciaga to TomFord to Dita to Gucci to Dior she seems to have them all.
Who doesn’t know about Lady Gaga’s love for her sunglasses!! Infact didn’t she gift a pair of hers to Shahrukh’s daughter?? Rumored to start her own line with Linda Farrow, She does love wearing some weird ones but she makes us go GAGA over her.
My Tip “ No one can tell you what kind of shades will look the best on you but you yourself. So take out time and don’t be afraid to try on as many as you can to get the perfect pair. Try them with loose hair and tied hair. Even better take a friend with you who is not afraid to tell you the truth.”
You can buy these in Big frames, small frames, colored frames, Avaiators or Wayfareres anything
|VB Gradient lenses in Rose (L) / Tom Ford Emmeline Violet|
|Banana Republic Morgan sunglasses|
courtesy Banana Republic
Round Sunglasses this season are modern re -interpretation of original classics worn by Beatles in 60s. Infact they are so John Lennon. Lady Gaga is seen wearing Balenciaga Round glasses most of the times
My Pick in Splurge (INR 15,000/- to 30,000/-)
|Chanel 4182 (L) / Louis Vuitton Desmayo Roundflower (R)|
|Top shop / Ray Band Round gun Metal|
courtesy RayBan, TopShop
50’s are back with Cat Eye glasses. These I must say are for the very daring kinds and the ones who are not afraid to experiment. They are available in sharper edges and Rounded out edges. Depending on your face shape pick up the right ones for yourselves
|Scarlett & Kim wearing TomFord Nikita|
|Top & Bottom Left D&G Cool Cat , Top Right Tom Ford Nico , Bottom Right Linda farrow|
Tom Ford , D&G
And if you really scared to invest in this look Don’t you worry girls get these babies from Forever 21 for as low as 6$ (INR 300/- appr) and try them on this season to get over your fear and then buy one of the good ones. I know I am definitely trying the F21s
|Forever 21 sunglasses|
Colored Frames , apt for Summer. Very cool, Go for them.
|Victoria Beckham Grilled Aviators|
Tom Ford Sunglasses
|Tom Ford Calgary|
In India we have very limited collection of shades but thanks to Sunglass Hut we get some decent ones here.
Another celebrity who sent temperatures soaring in 2010 and 2011 and made Curves oh so glamorous was the famous TV Series Mad Men’s buxom babe Christina Hendricks. She looked stylish and radiant in that full body. She has also belted some awards for being the hottest woman.
Who do you think is looking ravishing Christina or Lea Michelle. I am finding Christina way too hot.
What about you??
Tell me one man who doesn’t drool over the very gorgeous Nigella Lawson. I think she makes eating so so sexy. I am sure men are so mesmerized by her cool sexiness that no one is looking at the food. Atleast my husband is hooked on hahaha.
Yayyyy eating is Sexxayyyy!! Thank u Nigella
and the very beautiful Kim Kardashian who makes everything she wears so stylish is an example of Curvy yet fit kinds. She has a great body.
Ok People so the point that I am trying to make is that Style is not dependent on Size but is directly proportional to your Confidence and Attitude. That is what the Cover girl Adele is teaching us.
I have known thin and Skinny girls who can not carry off a dress because they lack both the above ingredients that make you Stylish. Whereas there are slightly plump ones who Rock whatever they wear. So please please do not get bogged down by size rather work on your confidence and bring in some Attitude.
Ok so today I thought will talk about my Go to Make Up look – the neutral look. What am I usually wearing when going out in the day and how you can convert it to a night look. I know many of u do NOT make an effort when stepping out even for a casual dinner but that’s the point. You see Neutral is the new Casual.
Many and let me tell u manyyyy associate being fashionable with being vain but that’s not true. You can be as intelligent as Indra Nooyi or Michelle Obama and yet be fashionable. Aren’t they??
See, you do need to make a first impression and that’s where looking presentable does matter. Nothing over the top just plain neutral. It looks so soft and makes you look fresh and younger. Now who doesn’t want that?? Aren’t we all trying to reverse our age post 35 hahaha. Yiiikes why are we talking about Age??
Anyways, coming back to the point. With a heavy dose of smoky eyes and bright lips doing the rounds, its actually refreshing to see the Neutral look.
I will just take you through my regular make up routine and if you are just getting started then grab ur seat cos I am in a mood to spill the beans.
The key to the neutral look is a clean glowing face so drink water, eat healthy blah blah blah. Yeah Yeah do all that and this.
To begin with Apply moisturizer and sunscreen. Now that’s the basic I don’t need to tell u. Do I ?
Lets get started :
1. Apply a face primer. Girls its very important. Its not a marketing gimmick. It does work. A primer helps the make up to glide in smoothly ( will do a separate post on my 2-3 favorite primers)
2. Apply a foundation (cream / powder ) whichever you like. A light dewy liquid foundation is good. During the day you just need something light so dont go for full coverage ones. Instead go for sheer or medium coverage. Buy 2 foundations one for the day other for the night. Choose them very wisely. I keep looking for the best ones that will suit me. Its a trial and error till u find the perfect one.
Apply a bit of a concealer to hide the dark circles.
3. Pat a little bit of loose powder for the make up to stay.
4. Apply the eyeshadows in earthy colors.
If you are interested in knowing about my eye make up routine & how to apply eye make up click on the link- How to apply Eye Make Up – Basics? >>> else keep reading.
5. Moving on to the face add a hint of blush either in soft pink or coral color on the apples of ur cheek. If you want the effect of lifted cheekbones, Apply a little darker blush under the hollows of ur cheek in upward motion. Girls who are well versed with make up can use a bronzer. Go easy on bronzers.
6. Use a highlighter on ur cheekbones for a glowy effect. Try Benefit’s HighBeam. It is super (available at The Beauty Bar TBB in Bombay) and my other favorite is Bobby Brown’s Shimmer brick. You can use from any other brand.
My Tip : If u don’t want to invest in a highlighter right now. Just use a neutral shimmery eyeshadow as a highligher on your cheekbones. It can work 2 in 1
7. Apply a nude lipstick. The trick is to chose the right color or you can look totally washed out in this neutral look so try and find the one that makes u look alive. It could be peachy nude, Pinkish nude or brownish nude.. My favorites are Angel and Viva Glam V from MAC. Dab on some lip gloss and Yayyyy u are ready to take on the world.
My Tip : For doing nude lips just apply a dot of concealer on the lips. It helps to get rid of their natural color and you have a plain canvas to apply the color on. Ain’t that cool.
These steps might look a lot to you but believe you me, once you get a hang of it. It takes max 7-8 min to get it on and makes u look great whether at a casual lunch with friends, or in a Boardroom delivering an important presentation or for a night out in the city.
Now there are tons of make- up looks. This is the simplest and most basic according to me. If you want to learn more, the internet is your playground. Go Play and learn new stuff everyday.
I will also keep posting regularly about things I know.
The whole idea is that Neutral is in and there is nothing like casual these days. So my lovely girlfriends please invest sometime in urself and figure out what looks best on you cos everyone has different skin tone, texture, color, features. You are the best judge of yourselves. Don’t be shy
I hope you derived something from this article. Th reason I did this post on Friday is so you get enough time to practice this look on the weekend Do let me know how that worked out for you and Post comments and keep Reading!!
Love u all
First up girls, you may have seen them on the racks last year or year before, its just that they are going to be seen more and more.
High street brand Zara has a whole lot of them. Infact there racks are filled with this trend ( Although the collection seen in stores is very disappointing, i will do a review on Zara India collection very soon)
|Pic courtesy Zara, Vero Moda, River Island|
|Frieda Pinto in an LV Playsuit|
2. Orange Crush
|My personal collection of Oranges|
It certainly is a strong color and maybe everyone can not carry it off so some Do’s and Do Not’s
3. Hips Don’t Lie
The most -est popular (i kno its not a word but just to emphasise on how popular it was) trend this season that was seen in almost all the shows is Peplum. It has practically been there in every designer’s collection. So girls get ready to see a lot of it this year. U may like it or hate it, you sure can’t ignore it.
Now before you go looking for your dictionaries let me explain.
|SJP in SATC|
It already is featuring in almost every high street brand’s Spring collection. Zara has many in their range atleast on the net so does BEBE , TOPSHOP etc.
Wear them with your highest heels , pulled back hair and cat eye liner and you are ready to rock the Peplum. I don’t care if it suits me or not I am surely going for it.. We are humans so we are allowed to commit fashion faux pas Right!!
The other trends spotted were
These too have percolated down to these brands and you will find them on the hangers but the above
3 are must try trends for the spring summer. The reason I have given you links is so you can go and look for variety of choices and see what all is available. So my girlfriends try these out and let me know how you feel about them. Happy Shopping!!
|C’mon girls vote for your favorite trend…|
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