Wednesday, 21 June 2017

A walk into the woods

Hello Chicas,

After playing around with summer colors and prints for quite a while now, I thought of taking a break from the floral madness and opt for something different. Recently I came across the newly launched "Unleash Your Wild Side" collection by The Label Life in collaboration with Magnum India. I was completely floored by the idea of amalgamation between ice-cream and couture. The entire collection of clothing and accessories is inspired by Magnum's colors which includes brown, white and gold. Adding to the bold colors are the feisty motifs and prints inspired by animals.

Being a sucker for all things retro, I went ahead and bought a brown animal print scarf which I feel is such a classy and versatile piece. This time I have updated an off shoulder dress by layering it with the scarf casually. Due to the hot and humid weather I didn't do anything fancy with the scarf, just threw it casually over the off-shoulder dress which ended up giving a cold shoulder look. For those of you who are not very comfortable going bare shoulder, a scarf is the perfect accessory to play around. Overall, I really liked the color palette of the look, the brown animal print blended with sea green beautifully. I didn't want to add any pop of color this time and therefore opted for neutral accessories, a pair of grey mules and a black handbag.

Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal




Sunday, 18 June 2017

Rivaah by Tanishq

Hello Chicas,

Last month I got a chance to witness the extravagant exhibit of the Rivaah collection from Tanishq at the Sonar Sansar Jewellery exhibition. The Rivaah collection encompasses a wide range of stunning handcrafted wedding jewellery for brides from across India, designed and conceptualized by the design team in Bangalore. Rivaah is the amalgamation of Tanishq’s tradition and craftsmanship – Rivaaz and the sacred bond of marriage – Vivaah. Irrespective of which part of the country a bride hails from, jewellery is always an integral part of the wedding ceremonies. Rivaah comprises of ornate creations in gold, diamond, Kundan and Polki, to cater to a bride hailing from any community across India. Every piece of jewellery from Rivaah, be it a haathphool for a Punjabi bride or a kamarbandh for a Kannadiga bride, is a Tanishq masterpiece in itself.  Jewellery from Rivaah collection is priced at Rs. 1 lakh.

It was quite a task for me to create a look from the wide variety of jewellery available. Keeping in mind the outfit I wore, which was a basic v neck white tee worn backwards to give a mock neck effect over a grey maxi skirt with printed hem, I opted for a heavy statement choker and earrings which was from their Marwari bride collection. It had this beautiful Polki detailing which made me completely fall for it. After wearing all these pieces I felt that something was still missing and that's when I thought of incorporating some Bengali elements too. So I layered the choker with a traditional Bengali haar and bangles. And the end result was that I was all set to attend a wedding if not be the bride.

Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal



Sunday, 4 June 2017

Project Melange

Hello Chicas,

Hope you all are doing good. I have been super busy these days, working on a few projects for my blog and juggling with numerous interviews for the upcoming summer internship. Speaking of summers, I'm having a really tough time shooting the outfits and I'm badly longing for a vacation in the hills. 

Recently for one of my college assignments, I had to create a Lookbook with the theme textile. Having not much traditional items in my closet to recreate the look, I thought of coming up with a fusion getup instead. While hunting for the outfits, I came across this mustard yellow dress from KAZO which I had bought last year, but never wore it as I found the length of the dress quite unflattering on my petite body. So, this time I thought of wearing the dress over pants and that's when one of my recent buys, a pair of printed palazzo pants came to the rescue. These ajrakh printed flared pants in navy complimented the mustard dress beautifully. For accessorizing, I went for a red bindi and a pair of pearl earrings which I purchased from an exhibition put up by the students of Sawansukha Jewellers Institiute. Furthermore, the maroon studded sling and black pumps added a touch of modern appeal to the look.

Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal

 

Monday, 29 May 2017

Not-so-basic, Basics!

Hello Chicas,

When it comes to closet staples like blue jeans and a white tee, being basic isn't a bad thing. After all what could we have possibly done had every single piece of clothing in our closet been a show-stopper. Basic items of clothing gives us an opportunity to wear them a hundred times in various ways. Lately, I have started incorporating a lot of basic clothing in my wardrobe as not only the current weather demands so but also they are so versatile.

There's something about summers that makes the white tee a wardrobe essential. Whether it's for pairing it up with a loud statement bottoms or going casual with basic overalls, this incredible staple piece creates possibility of putting together innumerable different look.

Coming to my outfit, I have paired a slouchy white tee with a star print denim. I recently bought this pair of boyfriend jeans from Boohoo and I'm already in love with it. To elevate the look, I have added a charcoal grey bralette. Bralette is one of the hottest trend this season and so is the subtly exposed bra look. As the tee was a little slouchy, I have worn it in a one shoulder fashion in order to give a sneak peek to the bralette. For accessorizing the look, I have opted for a black sling bag and open toed block heels in the same color.

Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal



Friday, 21 April 2017

Stepping out with Instax Mini 8

Hello Chicas,

If you are following me on my social media channels, you must be knowing that I attended a bloggers' meet a few weeks back organized by Fujifilm India. And there we were introduced to their recent launch Instax mini 8 camera with various combo offers designed for special occasions. Retro is trending right now, whether it's the retro filters on Instagram or the various photo editing apps giving a vintage vibe to the pictures. Amidst all this, Fujifilm has also made an effort to bring back the retro feel to cameras with their latest launch of Instax camera. Instant photo system “instax” allows people to enjoy photos that are taken and printed immediately. It enables users to create photos that are unique, instant, and remain with them forever. 

The entire range consists of:
Mini 8 Joy Box
Mini 8
Instax Hello Kitty
Neo Classic Mini 90
Mini 70
Wide 300

About the Camera Instax Mini8:

After the event, we were gifted the Instax mini 8 Bundle pack which consists of the Instax Mini 8 camera, 2 X Twin Filmpack (40 shots), Fancy Stickers and Bunting. The MRP of the Instax Mini 8 Bundle pack is INR 8633 however, it's available online at a discounted price of INR 5999. Instax is available in seven different, cheerful colors namely Raspberry, Grape, White, Pink, Blue, Yellow and Black. I was lucky enough to receive the color, pristine white on which I had my eyes on. 
As the name suggests, it is a cute and compact camera that pushes out photos instantly. The retro bit is not only limited to the camera type, the photos too have a rather retro look to them. The camera is not heavy, but feels strong enough. It runs on two double AA batteries and you need to purchase a separate special film pack. To take a picture, just like old camera you look inside the eyepiece, captures the subject and click. Instantly a white film comes out from the top of the camera and within a minute or two, the photo starts developing and in another four to five minutes it takes its final form. The Mini 8 takes the films of the size of a credit/debit card and a pack of films have a maximum of 10, so make sure you use them wisely. You can buy them online at a price of Rs. 1020 for a pack of 20 films. The plus point of Instax mini 8 is definitely the easy functioning and set-up. Also the pictures have this Instragram-filter quality, which I really liked.  

My verdict:

If you are tired of the mundane photography I would suggest you to get your hands on these. The camera brings the memories of old-school photography back. The compact size and the easy functionality is perfectly suitable for clicking pictures while travelling or at a get together with your friends and family. Also, it makes for such an awesome gift for your loved ones. The picture quality might not be anything close to the trending Dslrs, but the pictures clicked from it will bound to bring a smile on your face.

What I wore:


For my first outing with Instax Mini 8, I chose to wear a comfortable yet feminine outfit. I have paired a denim mini skirt which has this grid pattern on it with a peplum top. The pastel pink and grey stripes along with ruffled sleeves and waistline lends a feminine and retro touch to the outfit. Accessory wise, I have opted for a pair of black gladiators, studded sling bag and last but not the least the very cute Instax Mini 8.

Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal



Sunday, 16 April 2017

Designers Wardrobe

Hello Chicas,

Last week Kolkata witnessed the launch of a one of its kind multi-designer store, Designers Wardrobe. The store is located at the hub of the city at 4 Shakespeare Sarani, opposite Theater A.C. Market. Started by three young businessmen of Kolkata, the team comprises of Umang Saraogi heading the marketing department, Saket Saraogi handling operations and Amit Agarwal managing the finance. The vision of Designers Wardrobe is to create the finest fashion designers for our country in the coming years. Designers Wardrobe is an exclusive platform for all the aspiring fashion Designers who dreams to start their own label. It expertise in making brands, where they partner with talented designers and provide them all round support to create and launch them in the market.

Customized marketing budget for each designer to promote their label and establish them as a brand is also one of the unique offerings of Designers Wardrobe making them stand out from the other multi-designer stores in Kolkata. The marketing services provided to the designers include both Online (Designers Facebook Page, Instagram Page, YouTube promotions, SEO etc) And Offline Marketing (Hoardings, Bill Boards, Newspaper, Magazines, Photo shoots etc). The designers also get the opportunity to attend guiding/session lectures from industry experts at regular intervals in order to update themselves the current trends. 

Currently, Designers Wardrobe houses the following eminent designers: Shweta Dudani, Kritika Sarawgi, Deepak Shekhar, Vidisha Taparia, Arju Jain, Neha Baid, Kari and Gaurav's. The collection at DW ranges from heavy bridal wear to casual Indo-Western outfits. Following are some of my favorite picks from the store.

Picture Courtesy: The Clic Chic