Que Style Takeover


June 26, 2016

 

White Lace Dress from New Look, Striped foil skirt from H&M, Suede jacket by 3.1 Phillip Lim, Heels by Zara.

A few days ago, TataCliq invited me to do something really fun for Que magazine. I got an email asking me to to explore Que, that I will find that was about real people and real stories. Sure enough, it’s for the short girl, the tall guy, the plus sized working mom, the Libran, the perfectionist, the sapiosexual, the drummer, the dreamer and the procrastinator. And y’know what? Que is about as #IRL as I’ve seen any fashion platform get in India. I promptly circulated it among my team for references on how to tell stories that matter. The Style Takeover meant I styled The-Little-White Dress from New Look in a way that was uniquely my own and so of course, I added a foiled leather jacket, a foiled striped skirt and metallic heels. It’s pretty cool to see how bloggers from around the country have styled it too!

The Land Rover Experience


June 2, 2016

Talk about a car that makes you want to go on adventures!

A few days ago, I was invited to a hands-on experience of Land Rover’s New Discovery Sport and boy was it something! It’s a beautiful beast of an all-terrain vehicle and it seems there is nothing this car can’t handle. Land Rover created a one hour long off-road path (or should I say obstacle course), somewhere in the outskirts of Bangalore to drive this point home. We had instructors guide us through how to navigate this beast but turns out there was no guidance required at all, I could’ve driven it blindfolded! It’s super intuitive and works without a hitch on it’s ‘auto-pilot’ modes. The displays are minimal, gorgeous and easy to figure, even for a driving newbie like me. The hero though, and what we put to the test, is the 4 terrain settings of grass, gravel and snow, mud and ruts and sand. And here’s what made it feel like we were inside (a rather spacious) Ironman’s suit, there wasn’t even the need to accelerate or brake in some of these modes as it conquered impossible terrain. It was as though I could will the car … Read More »

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 »

Selfie Storytelling


November 3, 2015

One of the things I enjoy most about being a blogger is being able to tell my stories and being able to tell them my way. Whether I’m snapping a red-lipped selfie enroute to my blind date or one with the tired but blissful team of our just-finished marathon photo shoot, I’m carving a pictorial story into the walls of the internet mountains that will live on forever and ever. This for me is really really powerful, to be able to tell these mini stories that someday, people from the future will be able to piece together as puzzles of this age.

But sometimes, we’re just here, on our phones, sharing what we know – the good and the bad and the ugly and the significant and the pointless, sometimes, a few words and a few images string together in the right way and spark a life change in someone we love or someone we’ve never met. And that is what ASUS has done with their#ZenfoneSelfie campaign. Watch more to know more!

Ooh and you can buy your Zenfone Selfie here.

Alice’s Adventures in Smartphone Land


May 25, 2015

It’s a Friday night and Alice’s friends are probably out partying or doing shots or something. Alice has just wound up a binge watch of yet another season of Mad Men with a cross-legged, blissed out Don Draper purring “Ommm” in the season finale. Alice immediately falls into an existential crisis; season finales will do that to you.

Alice reflects on the everyday of her life. Work was stable. Rent was reasonable. She’d just signed up for a gym membership and bought a cold-press juicer. Her Tinder profile gets a match a day and she’s perfected the art of Instagram filters. And yet, Alice couldn’t put her finger on it but something was missing. She slides on her favourite blue tee, pulls up her knee high socks, starts to brew a cup of tea and curls up with her iPhone to catch up on her favourite beauty bloggers on Youtube. She’s in between tutorials for ‘Friday date-night makeup’ when a flaky Duracell bunny interrupts her with an ad. Instead of ‘skipping in 5 seconds’, she just falls deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole.

Lo and behold, Alice finds herself in a magical world no words can explain. Although, she thinks to herself, sometimes a screenshot is worth a … Read More »

Anouk x Disney x Republic of Chic


May 7, 2015

Disney gone Desi! 

It is as though someone at Myntra got wind of the fact that I’m a closet Disney fan. You see, I’m that lil’ girl that played the Ultimate Collection of Disney Princess Soundtracks on loop until her parents had to hide the cassette. And I’m still that (big?) girl who sings all the songs from The Little Mermaid in the shower (in that cartoonish Lobster falsetto to boot). Needless to say, I got a lot of my fashion inspiration from the fairytale princesses.

Somewhere between then and now, I did grew up and forgot all about the Technicolor stuff I loved to doll myself up in. And thats why, when the Anouk x Disney collaboration came along, it forced me to break out of my monochrome comfort zone. Anouk x Disney itself is somewhat of an unconventional collab, with it’s Disney meets Desi vibe. It is a collection paying tribute to Disney’s most iconic character – Mickey Mouse. One glance at the page and you’ll see playful technicolour prints, Mickey motifs set to peacocks and paisley. One of these vibrant scarves and jumpsuits is definitely on my wishlist too.

Pink Crop Top from Anouk Disney Collection, Polka dot skirt from Sheinside, Striped Pants from Bangkok, Platform Heels from Zara, Mickey headband from Forever21 

I paired the … Read More »

Haute Stuff


March 13, 2015

 

 

In which I indulge in some Haute Haberdashery

Sure, if you’ve met me you’ve probably never seen me accessorise in big ‘statement’ jewellery. I have a few signature jewellery pieces in clean themes and simple lines that are a huge part of my day-time mix for the ease of throwing them on halfway out the door and never having to suspect if they’ll pull the day’s look together – they always do. But sometimes, on special occasions, I’ll fixate on the thought that jewellery should be larger-than-life and celebratory, gather one in.

It’s been one of those times when, having done my usual – lets call it ‘inspiration run’ – through some of my favourite fashion blogs and magazines, a common theme jumped out at me – haute couture. When Kirtilals asked if I’d like to do a collaboration with them, I felt compelled to seek out some rather couture-inspired jewellery pieces which riff on very detailed and intricate craftsmanship, drawing from India’s traditional jewellery designs. Kirtilals specialises in creating jewellery which skilfully navigates that fine line between classic and innovative.

An Exotic Bloom 

I think that florals are really hot right now so I included an ornate studded gold necklace that did … Read More »

Shades Of Summer : Vogue Eyewear Spring Summer ’15


March 1, 2015

When I think of sunglasses, I immediately think of mini investments and lifelong camaraderies. While there’s always a great mix of bang-on-trend sunglasses available at the local mall, I’ve been blindingly afraid of cheap lenses leading to UV ray related wrinkles and straight up blindness! The hypochondriac in me hadn’t used the words ‘accessible-to-all’ and ‘sunglasses’ in the same sentence until I came upon Vogue Eyewear – On-point and Italian crafted designs in stellar quality proving a great pair of sunglasses don’t always have to cost an arm and half a leg.

Last month, I was kindly invited to be a part of an amazing blogger engagement activity with Vogue Eyewear to model the S/S ’15 collection. Not only was I to be featured with 5 other awesome-sauce bloggers from all over India but I was also to be shot by the legendary Atul Kasbekar! I was styled in these lovely sunnies – an adaptation of the cat-eye but interestingly chameleonic in a way that they would look great on every face shape. The theme was ‘In Vogue’ and Allia Rufai dressed me in an oversized top and striped pants which I paired with my trusty studded heels. Elton Fernandez drew on bold brows and lips … Read More »