I kinda sorta went back to school this week. When I pieced this outfit together and stood in front of my mirror I literally felt 15 again somehow. ( I don’t know if that’s really a good thing though :p ). I definitely wouldn’t wanna go back to school. I feel I was so dumb and naive back in the day but then who isn’t at that age, but nevertheless It was a lot fun to dress like it’s school days again. 🙂
I wore my Zara royal blue romper dress. It’s made out of a thick T-shirty – jersey fabric and It’s so comfortable and light. It’s brilliant for summer time. It reminds me of school uniform somehow. You know like how school tunics used to be like shorts from underneath. I always like to layer my outfits- it’s kinda my thing, so I decided to wear a casual Forever 21 denim shirt on top. I felt it made the whole outfit look a lot more effortless and school-ish.
How could have I not worn my Converse if I was taking myself back to school. I was one of those kids who used to wear converse to school all the time. My love for All Stars is eternal. ❤
To finish off the look, I decided to carry my cute little peach knapsack. Isn’t it absolutely adorable? Ever since I have entered the world of grown ups I have been carrying totes/ satchels/ clutches & purses and feelin’ all grown up and fancy. I completely forgot how fantastic do knapsacks look. They really have come back in vogue with a bang. I’m loving this trend right now.
So I hope you guys like my cute little back to school outfit as much as I did. Here are a few pictures of me in it :-
Thank you so much lovely people for reading 🙂 I hope this gave y’all some inspiration to try some back to school outfits yourself.
I have recently been crushing on my latest purchase from M.A.C. As you may know I’m a professional make up artist, so for me no amount of make up is ever enough. I always find myself digging into my kit looking for a particular tint-tone-shade of a lipstick/ lipgloss/ eyeshadow etc. only to realise that it’s missing and that I need to buy it. To explain my point better to y’all I will cite an example-
So ‘Red’ is not just one colour for a make up artist ( you must think I’m crazy). There are so many variations of the colour red- such as, coral red, blue toned red, pinky red, maroon red, rusty red etc etc…. the list goes on. I think now you must be getting the gist of what I’m trying to explain.
Anyhoo, so recently I felt the need to buy some nice bright shades for my lipstick collection. I bought 5 lipsticks, all of which are bright, bold and beautiful. M.A.C lipsticks are priced at Rs.1450 a pop. I know they are a little bit on the pricy end but for me they are like an investment as I end up getting a lot of wear out of them for myself and my clients.
Here are a few pictures of the summer bright lipsticks I picked up :
1.) RELENTLESSLY RED
Texture – matte
Colour- the most perfect pinky red.
Colour payoff – strong
Stay on time – 3-4 hours (then it requires a touch up)
Colour- deep rusty red
Colour payoff- strong
Stay on time- 3-4 hours (then it requires a touch up)
3.) LADY DANGER
Colour- super vibrant orange red
Colour payoff- strong
Stay on time- 3-4 hours (then it requires a touch up)
4.) RUBY WOO
Texture- retro matte ( basically means super dry-powdery matte)
Colour- the truest blue toned red available in the market
P.S. – This is my most favourite red lipstick in the whole wide world 😀
Colour payoff- strong
Stay on time- 6-7 hours (then it requires a touch up)
5.) CANDY YUM YUM
Colour- super vibrant blue pink
Colour payoff- strong
Stay on time- 3-4 hours (then it requires a touch up
I hope this gives you ladies some inspiration to wear these crazy, sexy bright lip colours and step out to beat the crazy Delhi heat.
HERE ARE SOME OF MY FAVOURITE BUDGET FRIENDLY FOUNDATIONS :
WAKE ME UP FOUNDATION, RIMMEL LONDON.
I really like this foundation by Rimmel London. I’m in the colour ‘400- Natural Beige’. You need the tiniest amount for the entire face. It contains tiny specs of shimmer in them which provide a lovely radiant glow when the product is nicely buffed into the skin. I personally prefer wearing this foundation for a night out because I don’t like wearing products on my face with shimmer in them during the day time. This foundation in particular looks gorgeous in dim light/yellow light.It claims that it provides an anti-fatigue effect and I couldn’t agree with it more. It really does uplift the skin and makes it appear more radiant, glossy, plump, dewy and more hydrated. Use either your clean fingers to apply the product or a buffing brush. Unfortunately this brand is yet not available in India but you can easily get your hands on this online on amazon.com or on feelunique.com
Within the price range of Rs. 800 – Rs. 1000.
Provides sun protection as it has SPF 15.
Gives medium to buildable coverage.
Gives a lovely dewy effect to the skin.
Comes with a pump, completely non messy.
Has a tendency to stick to dry patches and can sometimes make the skin appear blotchy.
Doesn’t work for blemish prone skin.
DREAM LIQUID MOUSSE, MAYBELLINE NEW YORK.
This is a brilliant foundation in this price bracket. I’m in the colour ‘Pure Beige, Medium 2’. If you are new to the world of make up and are just starting to wear foundations, then this will be a great buy for you. It gives a satin matte finish, which basically means that it appears very natural and skin like. The key point to keep in mind while wearing this foundation is – the more you buff it into the skin the better it looks. The mousse-y texture applies beautifully with fingers. Just warm up the product first by rubbing it between your fingers and then apply onto your face. Two drops of this good stuff is more than enough for your entire face and neck. Maybelline being one of the most popular drugstore/ departmental store make up brands this product is widely distributed and available at all their counters.
Within the price range of Rs. 550- Rs. 650
Excellent for all skin types but especially for combination to oily skin.
A little goes a long way.
Provides a very natural and yet air brushed finish to the skin.
Medium to full coverage.
Blends very easily into the skin.
The pump comes with a lock mechanism which makes it leakage proof. Just twist the pump to the left to lock it.
Doesn’t have an SPF. Make sure you wear a moisturizer underneath it with an SPF.
This foundation is my latest purchase, I have worn it just about 3-4 times and what do I say, I’m already in freaking love with this little guy. It’s hands down the best foundation for the summer time. Why did I not buy this earlier?? It comes in two formulations – normal to dry skin and combination to oily skin. I obviously picked up the combination to oily skin formulation. It’s basically a water based and completely matte finish foundation. I get very shiny on my T zone area during the summer months and whenever I wear any foundation/bb cream etc. on my skin, pretty much all of them enhance the shine and oiliness, but fortunately not this guy. It claims that it lasts for 24 hours on the skin. I don’t know about this though, I mean come on! who wears foundation for 24 hours on their face but still i would definitely agree that it’s pretty long wearing and absorbs really well into the skin and stays put. This product is easily available across all Revlon counters.
Within the price rand of Rs. 800 – Rs. 900.
Gives sun protection. Contains SPF 15.
Sheer to medium coverage but it is buildable.
Quick absorbing and long wearing.
Excellent for blemished skin, as it’s completely matte and non greasy.
Brilliant for long- hot- humid days.
Has to be quickly worked into the skin, otherwise can cling to the skin and appear patchy. Work it into one part of the face really nicely before moving to the other parts of the face.
MAGIC NUDE LIQUID POWDER, LOREAL PARIS
This foundation has the most unique formula. So basically it’s a super liquid-y product but the moment you apply it to your face and start to blend it, it almost instantly turns into a powder finish- like a vanishing effect. It’s really interesting. I’m in the colour ‘328 Sun Beige’. I love wearing this foundation when I want my skin to look like it has nothing on it. It’s extremely light weight and non greasy. Absolutely Brilliant for an everyday-office wearing foundation. There is no need to dab any powder on top of this foundation as it anyway leaves a powder finish to the skin. So all in all a really non fuss, quick, easy breezy, one step base. This foundation is not so easily available on all Loreal counters, but you can easily find it online. It’s available on Nykaa.com
Within the range of Rs. 800- Rs. 900.
Gives sun protection, has SPF 18.
Super quick and fast absorbing product.
It’s light consistency provides a very breathable and non- heavy appeal to the skin.
Gives sheer coverage, I wouldn’t recommend it for someone who requires a lot of coverage from their foundation.
Doesn’t come with a pump and as the product is super thin, it can spill very easily.
I wouldn’t recommend it for very dry skin, it can make your skin appear even more dry as it provides a powder finish.
Let’s talk about me feeling nice and bright these days. I have been making a conscious effort these past few weeks to break my habit of wearing clothes only from the deeper-darker-duller colour palette such as; black/navy/grey/beige etc. A few years ago I worked at MAC as a make up artist. While I was working there I didn’t just fall in love with everything make up, fashion and beauty but also fell head over heels in love with the colour black. Wearing only black clothes was a part of my everyday life for two years. Black will always be my one true love in the varied world of colours because no matter what it always makes me look good and feel confident. Anyway, enough babble on BLACK!
Let’s come back to talking about brighter- happier colours. (I digress too much :p)
I recently picked up this gorgeous printed top/ kurti from this label called ‘NO FUSS BY SANDHYA RAMAN’ . I love love love the various colours on this top and also the cloth it’s made out of, which is cotton crape. Trust me guys, it’s the most perfect cloth/material for Delhi summers. It’s super flow-y, soft, crease resistant, comfortable and flattering. I really like the designer’s easy- semi ethnic sense of style and it really showed through in her pieces. The best thing I found about her clothes are her cuts. She does the most flattering cuts for Indian female body type. I paired my kurti with comfy black cotton palazzo pants and didn’t shy away from adorning it with colourful accessories. YAYYYYY for wearing so much colour. 😛
I really like the way this look came out. It’s really easy & comfortable. It’s basically really me. I hope you guys like it as much. 🙂
What is it about basics? Why do they always look so bloody good?
One can never ever go wrong with simple basics, such as; skinny blue denims, black high heels, a black ganji and a grey shrug. Throw it all together in a jiffy and voila! you have yourselves a sure shot good looking outfit. The day I wore this outfit I got ready in a real hurry. To brighten up my look I threw on some bubble gum pink lipstick, wore my hair down( pretty much how I wear them all the time :p) and stepped out of my door. The best way to describe a basic outfit in three simple words is, it always looks CRISP, SIMPLE & CLEAN.
Spring’s here! spring’s here! spring’s here! YAY YAY YAY !!!
Spring for me somehow is the season of love. I feel like there’s is music in the air, everything seems to be happy and nice. Flowers are blooming, sun is shining, skin is glowing etc etc. One of the reasons why I love spring so much might also be because march other than being the month of spring also happens to be my birthday month. Whoop whoop!!! hehe… So basically all in all I’m in my highest spirits. 🙂
So here are a few pictures of me welcoming spring fashion. This is my go to look during spring/summer. Easy breezy cotton kurti’s/ tops with denim skirts/shorts.
I hope you all make the most of this spring season. Much love ❤
India is popular for its crafts and craftsmanship. Art in all its glory and form is found across the length and breadth of my country. Kalamkari/Qalamkari is one of my favourite kinds of art work found in India. I really like how the intricate work on a simple cotton dupatta can lift the look of the whole attire. I love how my sister paired her mustard kurta with this gorgeous kalamkari dupatta and accessorized the outfit with flat jutti’s and big silver earrings. The whole outfit turned out to be so simple, effortless and lovely.
Being a make up artist by profession I often get the opportunity to prep & dress brides for their special day. The other day this got me thinking about how blessed I am. I’m in a profession where I get to contribute a little something in someone’s big day. The look that I see on the bride’s face as I finish her make up and she puts on her jewellery and gets into her wedding day outfit and finally looks at herself in the mirror, that moment is the most gratifying moment in my line of work. The sheer glow that comes from the happiness on her face says it all!
I recently did make up for my client Shradha Jain for her wedding day, she truly made the prettiest bride. So I thought that why don’t l do a blog entry de-coding the look that I did on her. So here is a full list of the products I used to achieve this lovely feline look for Shradha;
GROUNDWORK paint pot – M.A.C (Eye base)
COCOA BEAR eyeshadow- Makeup Geek + CARBON eyeshadow – M.A.C (In the crease)
I thought I’d do an #ootd post as my last blog entry for 2014. We delhiites have been experiencing the coldest winter in 11 years and no one is complaining because it has been so lovely and blissful. As the temperature dropped rapidly in the city of Delhi, I realised that I didn’t own a decent pair of black boots. So I began my search for the most perfect-simple-comfortable-flat-black boots. I wanted a pair which would go with everything, were super comfortable to walk in and kept my toes all toasty. P.S – my sister got all all benevolent and cute on me and offered to pay for my boots, so I had to get the best of the bests. I mean when they come for free, they have to be freaking fabulous. hehe 😀
I found the most sexy pair in Zara and they weren’t even too expensive. Zara pricing sometimes can turn out to be like a christmas present. Like secret santa secretly priced the thing you wanted the most within your budget. I love how my boots have two textures, plain in the front and all glossy/ patent from the back. The cherry on the cake is the gold chain detailing. I completely love them and I’m sure I am going to be getting a lot of wear out of them this winter. I kept the rest of the outfit pretty simple, I wore an all black ensemble with a pop of green and carried my brand new black and gold sling purse. ( I totally bought the purse coz I wanted something to go with my boots- guilty ;P
Now talking about the year that has been 2014- I cannot be more glad that it comes to an end today. This year hasn’t exactly been a cake walk for me. Let’s just say it didn’t pan out the way I thought it would. The person I was when this year began, is if not entirely then mostly different from the person that I have become as the year comes to an end. On that note, though it has been a somewhat difficult year, it has been the learning curve of my life. I feel like this year I was under construction, mentally and physically.
As i’m really into making lists these days, so I thought I will round up a quick list of all the things that 2014 taught me :-
1. FAMILY WILL LOVE YOU AND COMFORT YOU EVEN IF YOU MAKE BAD DECISIONS. ( NOT LIKE I DIDN’T KNOW THIS EARLIER, BUT THIS YEAR REITERATED THIS FACT FOR ME)
2. IT’S IMPERATIVE FOR A HEALTHY LIFE TO STAY BUSY.
3. DELETE THE DRAMA FROM YOUR LIFE. IT’S NOT COOL.
4. A REAL RELATIONSHIP IS SUPPOSED TO BRING POSITIVITY, LOVE, COMFORT AND HAPPINESS TO YOUR LIFE AND NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.
5. IF YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING, SAYING THAT YOU WANNA DO IT IS NOT GONNA MAKE IT HAPPEN. BUCK UP, MOVE YOUR ASS AND DO IT.
6. IT’S NOT A CRIME TO BE CONFUSED ABOUT SOMETHING- A LOVE INTEREST, YOUR CAREER, YOUR CHOICES ETC. IT’S OKAY, THESE THINGS TAKE TIME TO WORK. IT’S NOT MAGIC PEOPLE. STOP PATRONISING YOURSELF FOR IT. RELAX !
7. FITNESS IS CRUCIAL. BEING A CERTAIN SIZE IS NOT WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT HERE. I LEARNED THAT FITNESS MEANS FEELING GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY AND ALSO IT’S A LIFESTYLE ALTERATION AND NOT A 1-2 MONTH STINT.
8. IF YOU ARE NOT GOOD AT SOMETHING, CHOOSING THAT AS YOUR CAREER MIGHT BE THE SHITTIEST MOVE YOU WILL MAKE IN YOUR LIFE. DO WHAT YOU ARE GOOD AT AND WHAT YOU ENJOY DOING. SUCCESS WILL FOLLOW.
9. HAVING FEWER FRIENDS IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN HAVING WRONGDOER FRIENDS. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.
So seeing that I have acquired all this wisdom this year, I guess it wasn’t such a shitty year. I have come out a lot stronger, wiser, healthier and happier. So all in all cheerio 2014 and welcome 2015, you better be good to me.
WISHING ALL MY READERS A VERY VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR IN ADVANCE, I HOPE 2015 BRINGS ALL OF YOU LOTS OF HAPPINESS 😀
I was born in the month of march which makes me a spring child, but that doesn’t make it my favourite season of the year. My favourite season is hands down – ‘WINTERS’
Along with sharing with you guys what i’m wearing this winter season I thought I’ll add a random little list of things I LOVE LOVE LOVE about winters. So here it goes :- /
STEAMY HOT COCOA
WARM- FUZZY QUILTS
PLENTY CUPS OF COFFEE & TEA
LONG WALKS & WOLLEN SOCKS
CARS WITH BLINKERS
DOGGIES WITH JUMPERS GETTING A BIT PLUMPER
HANDS WITH MITTENS
OVERCOATS & OVERALLS
BONFIRES & CHURCH CHOIRS
WINE UHH SO DIVINE
WARM CAKE AFTER SOME YUMMY STEAK
CUDDLES & HUGS
BOOTS & SUITS
DAYS WITHOUT SUN & MAYBE A LITTLE RUM
CINNAMON STICKS & BAKING MIX
COLD NIGHTS & FAIRY LIGHTS
MUSIC IN THE AIR, A LOVELY CHRISTMAS FAIR
OIL HEATERS & ME BEING AN OVER EATER
WHEN THE MORNINGS ARE HAZY AND I’M OH SO LAZY
What I wore when it was cray cold outside; ( I should have worn boots, my feet froze, dumb move! )
SHOP THE LOOK
I try and list down all the items which I’m able to find online, if I’m unable to find them, then I try to either provide you guys with the location details from I purchased the item or a link to something similar. 🙂
Boyfriend style grey over coat ( I got mine made from a local tailor but found something similar online for you guys)