Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Rebel Way with Max Fashion

Hello Chicas,

It's no secret that military fashion as a trend is nothing new, but the fact is that this trend keeps on updating every year, by offering us new cuts, shapes, fabrics, details and colors. Smart, sophisticated and powerful, the military trend is easy to integrate into your everyday outfits. Nowadays, army fashion is all about functionality and utility. The key elements in this trend are coats/ field jackets, tops, pants, dresses, skirts, eye-catching accessories (aviator boots, combat shoes and aviator sunglasses) and various embellishments (including leather and furs).  This trend is being seen everywhere – from street wear, to office wear, and of course, on the catwalk. It’s versatile and functional for a variety of occasions and purposes.

Coming to my outfit, I'm sporting the "Peace Army" look from Max Fashion's Pre-Autumn Collection. The military collection from Max Fashion has my heart and I had a really difficult time choosing an outfit as all of them were so amazing. From camouflage print to bold military hues, the newly launched collection has something for everyone. I picked up this shirt which can also been worn as a jacket. The quirky patchwork detailing on the shirt made it look even more fun. You can pair the shirt with a tailored pair of pants and heels for the office, and then switch to off-duty in jeans and trainers for the weekend – it will work perfectly for both. I have worn the shirt as a jacket by layering it over an ivory bodycon dress. I have paired the dress over fishnet stockings, something which I have despised all my life but I couldn't resist trying it out as they are so much in trend right now. Accessory wise, I opted for a pair of golden hoops, a grey backpack and nude block heels. A pair of clear sunglasses and boxer braids completed the look.

Also guys, you can use the referral code MAXRI300 and get Rs 300 off on 1st shopping of Rs 1499 & above. Offer valid till 30th September so do visit www.maxfashion.in

Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal




Saturday, 12 August 2017

A Guide to Goth Look with Max Fashion

Hello Chicas,

I hope you enjoyed going through my last fusion look from Max Fashion, if you haven't checked it out yet you can do so by clicking here. Today I'm back with yet another look featuring the newly launched Pre-Autumn collection of Max Fashion. Now today's look is something which I have read about in my college and did a couple of assignments on it, but never really got to try it on myself. So I'm really glad that Max Fashion gave me the opportunity to create a Goth look from their western collection.


To most of us Gothic fashion might sound all about black clothing and heavy makeup, but in reality there are different subsets within the goth culture, each with their own unique looks, personal tastes, and musical choices. Gothic fashion is a clothing style marked by conspicuously dark, mysterious, antiquated and homogeneous features. It is worn by members of the Goth subculture. A dark, sometimes morbid fashion and style of dress, typical Gothic fashion includes a pale complexion with colored black hair, black lips and black clothes.

Goth is everything if you know how to incorporate it into your wardrobe without overdoing it. The most recognizable trait of this scene is black. Clothing is black, shoes are black, hair is black even make-up is black. However, having said that, colors do creep their way into this image. Powerful reds, alluring royal purples and emerald greens are always charming colors which accentuate and highlight curves and features. Some of the currently trending items such as fishnet stockings, velvet, lace, chokers, leather skirts and corsets forms an important part of Gothic clothing.

Coming to my look, I picked a skull print shirt which has the buttons on the back. I have paired it with a mesh tulle skirt in black. As we all know, makeup and hairdo forms an integral part of goth look and therefore I opted for dramatic smokey eyes and red lips. The space buns made the look even more edgy. I have accessorized the outfit with a pair of black combat boots and a contrasting clutch in black and yellow to break the black and white monotony.

Also guys, you can use the referral code MAXRI300 and get Rs 300 off on 1st shopping of Rs 1499 & above. Offer valid till 30th September so do visit www.maxfashion.in

Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal




Monday, 7 August 2017

The Banjaran Way with Max Fashion

Hello Chicas,

Max has come up with their Pre-Autumn collection and I'm totally digging their entire range. Starting from military prints to neutral hues their newly launched clothing line is to die for and screams the arrival of autumn. So when Max Fashion gave me the opportunity to create 4 looks from their Pre-Autumn collection, I was elated. I'm sharing the first look today with you all which is all about their Indo-Western collection.

I have always been a huge fan of the ethnic clothing from Max and I was super excited to create a fusion look from their collection. Their pre-autumn ethnic collection has a great variety of prints and colors ranging from Batik to thread embroidery. Embroidery is something that has been around a long time. In fact it is something that can be traced all the way back to the Iron Age of human civilization! It is believed that is was the Chinese during the Zhou Dynasty, around 1045 BC, that are credited for the more modern embroidery techniques we see today. Embroidered patterns and weaves are appearing on everything from denim jeans and jackets, to chokers, boots and those fail safe white sneakers. The embroidery trend has tons of options and today I'll be sharing a fusion look.

I have recently been wearing a lot of embroidered pieces ranging from crop tops to mini skirts. And when I came across this ivory crop top from Max with beautiful intricate embroidery in red and black I couldn't help getting my hands on it. As I wanted the embroidered crop top to be the center of attraction, I have kept the other elements of the outfit minimal by pairing it with a black palazzo and layering it with a black cape which again has this stunning embroidery. I have completed the look by adding silver jhumkis and bangles which gave a modern day banjaran feel to the look. For make-up, I opted for kohled eyes and muted lips in pink. And for the very first time I have opted for soft curls, so do let me know your thoughts on it.

Also guys, you can use the referral code MAXRI300 and get Rs 300 off on 1st shopping of Rs 1499 & above. Offer valid till 30th September so do visit bit.ly/2utG102

Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal




Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Monsoon Rejuvenation at Anaya Spa by L’OCCITANE

Hello Chicas,

Recently I was invited by Raichak on Ganges to review their property. During my stay at Raichak, I couldn't resist from visiting the highly coveted Anaya Spa by L’OCCITANE to rejuvenate myself and therefore I booked an appointment for myself. I'm not a big spa junkie, but I do take out time once in a while to rejuvenate my body and soul from the strenuous city life. So, off I went for a luxurious experience at Anaya Spa by L’OCCITANE.

Where:

Spread across 14,000 sq. ft. of area, Anaya Spa by L’OCCITANE is nestled on the banks of the magnificent Ganges at Anaya Kutir. A Mediterranean wellness sanctuary, this spa offers complete rejuvenation with combined techniques from the East and the West such as Swedish, Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi, Balinese & Shiatsu. Founded in 1974 in Provence, France by Olivier Baussan, L’OCCITANE is a luxurious beauty brand, which hugely glorifies the beauty traditions of Provence. Touted as the best facial spa in Kolkata, the peaceful environment of Anaya Spa by L’OCCITANE embarks you on a journey of deep relaxation, invigorating the mind, body and soul.

What are the services offered:


From anti-ageing to drainage facials for men and women, Anaya Spa by L’OCCITANE provides four different types of hydrating facial. They have employed professional therapists who are trained to offer best facial services after thoroughly analyzing the skin. Apart from facials, they offer an array of body massages, body scrubs and other area focused technical treatments.

The service I opted for:

 As my skin is super dry, I opted for the Angelica Fountain of Glow  facial.  Angelica is an exceptional plant that grows incredibly fast due to its hydration capabilities. L'OCCITANE has placed this amazing plant at the heart of a complete face care range to intensely rehydrate and revitalize the skin. Retaining the skin’s natural beauty, this facial delivers ideal moisturization and comes blended with two organic Angelica extracts namely water and essential oil.

Duration: 75 minutes

Price: 

The Angelica facial I tried is priced at INR 5000 approximate.

My experience at Anaya Spa by L’OCCITANE:

Prior to the treatment, I was greeted with a “Welcome Ritual”. I was welcomed by the manager of the spa who gave me a tour of the place. Post that I was offered a pair of spa slippers and a cup of delicious tea consisting of ginger and honey. After that my therapist took me to the treatment room and gave me the spa robe to change into. She started the treatment with a very gentle foot massage ritual to relax my body for which I was asked to soak my feet in a bowl of scented warm water. And then my facial treatment began which incorporated 2 organic angelic extracts – water and essential oil, working together to deliver ideal moisturization. The Angelica facial treatment includes cleansing, toning, skin analysis, exfoliation and hot compress. After the hot compress the therapist proceeded with the comedon removal. After the extraction, she performed the signature drainage face massage that ensured all possible impurities were removed from my face. Later, my face was covered with a mask and the therapist applied the L’OCCITANE exclusive herb mask. While the mask was on, she performed relaxing shoulder and hand massage. The mask was removed after 20 minutes and once again toning was performed to hydrate the skin and make the skin ready to absorb the Angelica hydration cream, Angelica protective lotion SPF 15 and Eye retreat. The L'OCCITANE signature drainage face massage sequence made my skin smoother, re-plumped and more radiant. After 75 minutes of pampering session, I could see my skin glowing. The soft background music that played in the background made the experience even more delightful.

 I was highly satisfied with the service at Anaya Spa. The Angelica facial by L'OCCITANE helped my skin to regain its natural vitality and suppleness. The hydrating facial made my skin smoother, re-plumped and more radiant and I would highly recommend you'll to try out this luxurious treatment.

Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal



Monday, 24 July 2017

We all scream ice-cream at I Scream Co.

Hello Chicas,

For those of you who follow me on Instagram closely you must be aware of the fact of my love for desserts. So, I was particularly elated when I was invited by the I Scream Co. team for a tasting session. Located on Justice Chandra Madhav Road, the place is small but has been done in a very quirky fashion. The walls are painted beautifully with colorful animated dragons relishing ice-creams and I don't think the interior of an ice-cream parlor can get any cuter than this.

The menu has been curated and designed by Shawn Kenworthy and boasts of 36 ice-cream flavors, 6 different types of sorbets, mocktails, milkshakes and some exclusive dessert with over a dozen of toppings to choose from. Following the liquid nitrogen trend in the city, I-Scream Co. has also come up with an array of innovative flavors using the liquid nitrogen, which makes the texture of the ice-cream extremely smooth and creamy.

I was so confused looking at the bazillion options and after spotting Nutella on the menu, I settled for Warm Chocolatty Nutella Crunch Brownie from their exclusive dessert menu. This dessert is basically a warm chocolate brownie topped with Nutella ice-cream, chocolate sauce, whipped cream and some chocolate butterscotch to add a little crunch. The dessert was absolutely lip-smacking and I really love the fact that it wasn't very sweet, so you can definitely gorge on some more of their unique flavors. The above mentioned dessert is priced at INR 240. Next came in the Dragon Shots, flavored popcorn cooled with liquid nitrogen, which, when you bite into them, makes you breathe smoke out of your mouth like a dragon, how cool is that? I think this one is certainly going to be the talk of the town. Dragon Shots are currently available in chocolate and caramel and is priced at INR 130. Lastly, I couldn't resist from trying out the sorbet, this time I went with the strawberry flavor. The strawberry sorbet was colorful and very fresh with a perfect balance of sweet and tangy. The sorbet too was priced at INR 130.

I had a truly amazing time at I-scream Co. I enjoyed all the deserts, the ice-creams were very creamy with a mild sweetness and I was very surprised to see the variety of unique flavors available. This place is a gem for dessert freaks like me, I'm so glad that such innovative dessert joints are coming up in Kolkata. I cannot wait to visit this place again and would highly recommend you'll to visit I Scream Co. the soonest.

Location: 41, Justice Chandra Madhav Road, Bhawanipur, Kolkata
Opening Hours: 2 pm to 1:30 am
Pocket Pinch: INR 300 for two people

Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal

The quirky logo!

Liquid Nitrogen Ice-Cream in the making

Warm Chocolatty Nutella Crunch Brownie

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Gillette Venus Breeze 2-in-1 Razor Review

Hello Chicas,

I recently shared with you all the details about the Subscribe to Smooth event hosted in Kolkata by Kalki Kamani and ace dermatologist Dr. Rashmi Shetty. We received the newly launched Gillette Venus Breeze at the event and since then I have used the razor more than a couple of times and therefore thought of sharing my views on it. Shaving has been the first hair removal tool which I had tried and I keep coming back to it every now and then when the situation demands. Shaving is one of the easiest and quickest methods of hair removal however one cannot ignore the fact how important the role of the razor is in having a safe and smooth shaving experience. I have always been a big fan of Gillette Venus razor and I was happy to see another amazing launch by the brand. 

Price: 
Gillette Venus Breeze Shaving Razor: INR 299
Pack of 2 cartridges: INR 350
Special Offer: Razor + 2 cartridges: INR 499
Product Description:

Now smooth skin is just a shave away! The all new Gillette Venus Breeze razor for women is the secret to a time saving shave. It is built with flexible shave gel bars and contains rich body butters for a light lather. A smooth glide that makes no need for separate shave gel or soap.
• 3 Spring-mounted blades with telomer coating with shower storage.
• Gives a smooth and silky shave
• This razor is gentle on the skin
• Easy to use and convenient to carry


My experience with Gillette Venus Breeze Razor:

I was pretty impressed with the packaging. The Gillette Venus Breeze 2-in-1 Razor comes in a pretty transparent plastic box. The front part has some violet floral print, whereas the other side has a nice plastic tray, which contains one razor and one cartridge. The cartridge comes in a small plastic box which can be used as a cap. The translucent lavender body done in rubber provides an easy grip making the shaving experience even more pleasant. One has to attach the cartridge to the clip like part on the top of the razor. The cartridge contains two shaving gel bars which has a very pleasant floral fragrance. 
Gillette Venus Breeze 2 in 1 Razor glides on quickly and smoothly on the skin. And the built-in shaving gel bars create a light lather which helps to make the shaving process quicker. The best time to use this razor is during the bath, otherwise the shaving process can get a little messy. The razor head has 3 blades in it and they are sharp enough to give a smooth shave without causing any cuts. Also, the razor has a user-friendly curved body & head, which helps to reach the curved areas easily. Since it's a 2-in-1 razor Gillette claims that you don't need to use any soap/ foam for shaving and to my surprise the gel bars lathered easily after dampening the razor. The triple blades ensure a close shave and successfully eliminates even the tiniest hair. The quantity of the gel bars is sufficient and they do not melt easily. Overall, the experience of shaving with Gillette Venus Breeze was wonderful. I was really satisfied with its performance, one stroke removed all the hair making my skin soft. There wasn't any irritation or scratches after shaving and the lather created by gel bars hydrated my skin well. 

Pros of Gillette Venus Breeze Razor:

  • Attractive packaging
  • Travel friendly
  • Easy to use
  • Comes with two shaving gel bars attached to the blades eliminating the need of using shaving cream/soap
  • Provides smooth and silky shave
  • Feels gentle on the skin
  • Flexible razor head glides easily to curved areas
  • Skin doesn’t feel dry/itchy post shaving
  • Pocket friendly
Cons of Gillette Venus Breeze Razor:
  • Gel bars remains damp post shave and needs to be kept in a dry place vertically
  • The gel bars may wear down before the blades loose its sharpness.
Would I recommend Gillette Venus Breeze Razor:

I would highly recommend you all to try out Gillette Venus Breeze for a quick, safe and easy shaving experience. And I would definitely be repurchasing the cartilages for future use.

My Rating:
4.5/5




Tuesday, 11 July 2017

New Hawker's Hall Menu at Mamagoto

Hello Chicas,

Being an ardent lover of Pan Asian cuisines, I was super excited when I received an invitation from Mamagoto to try out their newly launched Hawker's menu. Pan Asian cuisines are known to have a lot of different flavors reflecting the broad diversity of numerous cultures within Asia. The vibrant colors combined with the depth of flavor is something which I love about Pan Asian cuisines.

Hawker's menu as the name suggests, is the cuisine which has been picked from the streets of Thailand, China, Indonesia and Malaysia all in a single menu. The traditional recipes of Pan Asian cuisines have been given Mamagoto's signature twist. The menu has a good mix of 10 dishes of different Asian cuisines. As we entered the restaurant, we couldn't help stopping by in awe of the quirky decor and the play of colors. They don't only bring their signature twist to the dishes, but also to the decor of the restaurant. 

Coming to the food, we started off with mocktails, which are already there on the permanent menu of Mamagoto. I tried the Kiwi Mint Collins and Cranberry Kaffin Lime Punch. Both of them were very refreshing, but if I had to pick one, I would go with the Cranberry one as I love berry flavors. Both the mocktails are priced at INR 229.

Next came in one of the most epic dishes, Thai Puchka. The puchkas were on a bed of grounded peanuts and stuffed with betel leaf. There were hints of  coconut, tamarind and ginger. The platter consists of 6 puchkas and for a person like me being a huge puchka fan, I wouldn't share it with anyone. Priced at INR 219. The puchkas were followed by Rice Pancake with Chicken another favorite dish of mine. The pancake was filled with minced chicken and veggies and was accompanied by lip-smacking apple and mint sauce. The rice pancake comes in a generous quantity and can be easily shared between two people. Priced at INR 249. Now coming to my favorite dish from the Hawker's menu Mekong Boat Chicken Curry, it tasted absolutely smashing. It has a peanut based chicken curry along with broccoli and is served with rice noodle nests. I am still salivating while describing the dish. The whole dish beamed with all the right flavors and I'm definitely going back for this one. Priced at INR 429. Bibimap is another wholesome dish which is basically a platter of sticky sesame rice accompanied with sauteed seasonal vegetables and meat keema. I really liked the way this particular dish was presented. Priced at INR 539. Lastly, I tried the vegetarian Garlicky Noodles which were served with broccoli and burnt garlic. Again, the flavor was too good and the dish tasted like an authentic Chinese one. Priced at INR 349. Finally coming to my favorite part of meals, dessert, there were two spectacular dishes served to us. One was Home Made "American Style" Chunky Caramel Cake served with warm Toffee Sauce and Ice-cream and the other one was Choco Walnut Fudge with a scoop of Ice-cream. Both of them were absolutely delicious. I particularly loved the divine toffee sauce served with the caramel cake.

Coning to my look, I wore a monochrome outfit, I don't know why I have been doing monochrome so much these days. I paired a basic round neck ripped tee with a drawstring black skirt. The skirt has a really sexy mesh detailing at the hem. Again, to add some colors I opted for a pair of candy stripes pump.

Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal



Thursday, 6 July 2017

Monochrome with a Pop

Hello Chicas,

No matter how much I love experimenting with bold colors, I keep coming back to neutral shades every now and then. Recently this particular monochrome stripe dress from Raaika caught my eyes while surfing the net. This one came with a belt, but I ditched it as it was on the wrong place and kinda made me look even more petite. I really love the fact how shirt dresses work for just about any occasion. This one, for example can be worn to work with statement earrings as a sleek office wear or dressed down for a casual look. Also, you get to play with layering by pairing it over a basic outfit to level up the look.


Coming to the brand Raaika, it's a brand new label based at Kolkata catering to the fashion-conscious, independent woman who wants to look good, feel great and have fun with her look. Their pieces are stylish yet sufficiently casual with super unique design and is sure to add flair to your look book. I was really happy with the products I received from them and would definitely recommend you'll to check it out.

I have kept things simple and worn the shirt dress casually with a pair of white sneakers. To break the monotony I have added a turquoise bag which has a huge pink pom pom attached to it. I was so dead tired with another shoot before this one that we ended up taking some shots in McDonald's and a few nearby a local hawker's magazine stall. And, yes I was checking myself out in Cosmopolitan throughout the shoot. :P

Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal



Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Gillette Venus Subscribe to Smooth Event

Hello Chicas,

If you are following me on my social media channels you must be knowing that I recently attended the launch of Venus Breeze from Gillette. The launch of Breeze was done by none other than the flawless Bollywood beauty Kalki Koechlin accompanied by ace dermatologist Dr. Rashmi Shetty. Kalki made her appearance in hawa-hawai style wearing a gorgeous sea green ruffle dress and donning a sleek top knot. The stage was lit up with purple lights and the entire set up was beautifully done in lavender and white complimenting the lavender hue Gillette Venus Breeze. 

The event started off with Kalki and Rashmi addressing to one of the most dreadful issues faced by women from all walks of life, the consequences of using a razor. Remembering her school time Kalki mentioned how she used to buy low cost razors and later worry about thick hair growth which was nothing but a myth. Dr. Rashmi went on explaining us how using a razor is as normal as any other method of hair removal. Giving a sigh of relief to all women, she even said that the razor can be used for all forms of waxing including bikini waxing, but need to consult doctor before shaving facial hairs, as it occurs due to hormonal imbalance. Dr. Shetty busted all myths regarding shaving, saying that the most common myth is the hair growth will be faster after shaving but in reality, it doesn't. The number of hairs in any given part of the body is genetically and sex determined and not by the tool which we use.  

The discussion ended with an interactive session wherein they answered to some of the questions from bloggers and clarified all our doubts. After that Kalki busted the shaving myths quite literally by bursting balloons. Post that I caught up with some other bloggers from the city over high-tea. A more detailed review of Gillette Venus Breeze and what I wore to the event is coming up soon on blog.

Picture Courtesy: Jyotika Baijal





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