F5


May 19, 2016

As much as I harp on minimalism – a filtered and purposeful life with an emphasis on less – I have quite a bit of more. My work, this heady mix of styling and shooting and writing, creates a hurricane of stuff. Everyday, there are shopping bags, boxes arriving at the door, waiting to be unpacked , tried on for size, reviewed, kept or discarded or gifted. An aftermath of empty boxes and packing peanuts confront my very existence. And so, as I write about less, about a capsule closet or an all-natural toxin-free beauty shelf, my studio is covered in cardboard, nearly always.

I think quite a lot about reducing, reusing, DIY’ing, and de-cluttering. And so, it was only natural that when Lee approached me for a collaboration, I thought of a friend who doubles as daily inspiration in this matter. Montry Manuel, of the Thalavattam fame, uses instruments created from waste plastic and metal with the aim to inspire people to think creatively about waste. The idea that you can clean up the plastic waste that is plaguing your city through music is such a rockstar way of doing the right thing. We shot a small film with him … Read More »

Shades of Sephora


March 8, 2016

One for all, all for one

Hallelujah! Bangalore finally has a Sephora, in Forum mall and Orion mall, and I see myself making a couple of trips a week after years of having friends and family bring stuff down on trips to India. If you’re having trouble starting somewhere (the range is extensive and the brands are mind-boggling), I’ve picked a few of my favourites to help get started!

This MAKE UP FOR EVER 5 Camouflage Cream Palette Colour Correct & Concealer is a powerful weapon in my beauty arsenal. When I’m stressed, my skin plays chameleon with redness or ashy discolouration or brown blemishes  and this palette gives me a flawless, even complexion. It’s super smooth and creamy, virtually blending into nothing. <3

Beam me up, Scotty! A youthful glow with no effort is my latest jam and these BENEFIT and SEPHORA highlighters are top shelf, if you know what I mean. ;)

Keeping my hair colour rich and glossy has always been quite an uphill task for me since I went blonde. The SOAP & GLORY Glad Hair Day shampoo and conditioner work wonders for highlighted and heat-processed hair (guilty on both counts!).

Like a hug for your face, there is a SEPHORA sheet face mask … Read More »

Beewitched


December 22, 2015

   

I’m a sucker for beautiful design especially when combined with robust functionality. And there are no better examples of this combination than in nature. Ever look at honeycombs and wonder why bees make the perfect hexagons, with jewellers’ precision? ;) Besides being a gorgeous mix of delicate configurations of lines and angles that reflect a desire for barely-there jewels, hexagonal honeycombs make the perfect optimised compact grids to store in- minimal weight and maximum strength. Imagine if your jewellery reflected this too, y’know, besides just looking pretty.

Caratlane.com recently introduced it’s BeeJewelled collection with jewellery made in grid-like formations play host to strips of diamonds in waves which add a touch of just-enough glamour to an edgy collection. The designs are powerfully impressive ranging from fan-like frills of honeybee wings to honeycomb-inspired geo-styling that is delicate but strong. My favourite pieces are the ones that also allow a sense of movement (like these earrings) in all the geometrical grids and wire-work, softening the rigidity that geometric designs can sometimes end up with.

{I’m wearing the Remi Droplet Drop Earring, Sidra Drop Pendant, Aina Deep Twist Ring and the Eira Sparkle Ring on a plain canvas of an off-shoulder white midi-dress to keep the attention … Read More »