Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Limitless Luxury

This month has gone in a jiffy. There were festivals and preparations towards them, Pre-parties and after parties. We played our favorite dressing up game throughout this month. I call it the luxurious month of dressing up. Luxurious in a way that all that glitters comes out of the boxes. Just not 24 carats gold (for some yes) even the dresses, accessories, houses, faces all lit up. The love flows just like river. Please read, here I am not just talking about material glitter.

I believe each one of us can experience the luxury. The experience is in quality and not quantity, It is in your personal style and not off-the-shelf style; it is in sensibility and not frivolity. It is about that heartfelt compliment and not the mere curtesy greetings, a truly fulfilling life instead of following the herd; thereby creating your own personal luxury life of peace and contentment. Living in the moment and truly being there. Acknowledging the small details around.
Luxury is always in our proximity if only we know where to look, regardless of where we might be living as long as we are open to being selective and passionate. A stylishly fulfilling life can be cultivated with careful attention, whether it be found in wine, food, fashion, home decor, gardening, or entertainment. Here’s to the good life!
There is no one way to define what I am trying to say but I would ask each one of you to give this thought a moment and reflect upon it.

“You have the potential to make beautiful things, yes. You!”
The pictures I am sharing are from one of the pre-diwali days when I wanted to wear this gold shimmer shrug gifted to me by my best friend. The fitting was a 2 sizes bigger but all thanks to my alteration tailor and my hands on designer. The shrug seemed snug on me.

Some pictures are inside the house on and around my fav bench and some pictures are from the well-decorated society entrance. The auto driver who dropped me that day felt so happy looking at the lights here. A well-created space brighten up faces.


Are you giving yourselves and your loved ones the much needed worth-it moments?

Outfit details : Offwhite small pleated maxi dress from a factory outlet in Mumbai | Gold Shimmer shrug from Muscat with love. I love the fall of this piece. A look of a cape from behind.

Shoes : Flat patent leather loafers from Zara

Monday, November 9, 2015

Kiss your skin this Diwali

Open this box of pamper
 In India we call it the season of festivals. Even the commercials are getting mushy, strongly portraying the family connect, neighbours coming together and re-iterating the community living that we have been always associated with. Every brand tells a story, which touches some chord within. Those ads and films takes me down memory lane with fondness. Diwali is here and the lights are lit everywhere.

Well, with Diwali comes a series of card parties, wholesome Indian delicacies and a-lot-of-late-nights much in advance. Our skin tells the tales later.

I say, make the most of the parties this year and go the whole hog!! We look forward to such days and what’s the point if the food and fun is not lived to the fullest. Keep the detox and strict diet plans for later. This week concept is of a cheat week with a twist ofcourse. The twist is that skin regime stays. Trust me, you will love me for this, if you follow it.

Step 1

Spray water on your face when you wake up in the morning. I have heard it opens the clogged pores. With the season change and the change in our dietary intakes, our skin behaves differently. Have you noticed? It is a good idea to buy yourself a small spray bottle. (you may want to add some drops of glycerine if you are in a cold climate).

What I use: I have this pink bottle of Vitamin E mist by bodyshop, which I usually use over my make-up. Am starting the plain water spray in the morning.

Step 2

Use a mild facewash and pat dry your face. Read again.. pat dry not scrub.

What I use: kiehl's Ultra facial cleanser for all skin type. Yes, I am a total Keilhs nerd

Step 3

Toner is important. They say Gulab Jal is the best toner. This is used for closing the pores that open up with the washing or scrubbing. Our pores open to eliminate dirt even with plain simple water.

What I use: Toner from kiehl's and sometimes when those pimples sprout out the astringent on the spot works wonders.

Feel free to continue your usual regime if it is a normal day. Moisturizer, sunscreen. But if it an evening of partying, then..

Step 4

Makeup trick for the glow. Use some ice cubes on your face. This massage will not only cool your soul, it will make your face glow. It helps in closing all the open and oily pores and increases blood circulation. This is a sure shot refresher and a dewy look. This trick is from my mom and it worked every time.

Step 5

Moisture Magic. Well moisturized is the key. Use an oil free one. Use it as the base for your base. Let it settle for 5 mins and then check if you really need a base/primer/concealer. You may want to try the BB cream tint too. I would suggest avoid too much layering.

What I use: Alternating between

·         NARS all day luminous weightless foundation. It is the lightest I have ever laid my hands on.

·         MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder

·         Etude House BB cream (Korean Brand)

Step 6

Use good quality products when it comes to cosmetics. Read the instructions and ingredients well. And yes. Use clean brushes and sponges. They harbor germs and bacteria. If you are someone who is not a regular in using makeup. Blog it out or youtube it for the kind of look. Go bold, go subtle! Have fun creating. Dazzle the world.

Just before you hit the sack.

Take it out if you have put it on! Remove it before you say a good night. Shed the layers. Use a makeup remover. Oil based, cream based, wipes whatever you like. Remember remember.. even the kajal. They are stubborn but please take them off. Left over kajal are also one of the reason for those dark circles.

What I use: My favourite is baby oil massage and wipe off. Facewash and dab of Kiehl’s midnight recovery oil. I am dewy to bed and welcome my wonder sleep.

Yes! Wonder sleep it is. Even if it is late night. Try and make sure you have minimum 7 hours of sleep. Do not tell yourself that you do not have time. I am sure you will find a way.

Sip on that best drink. Water. Drink more water that the usual. Best remedy for all the dehydration cos of alcohol, late nights, pollution etc etc..

P.S: This isn’t a lot of work. It is just some ways to shower love to your skin. You love your skin, your skin loves you back. Yes, it is that magical. Tried and tested.

Spread love and happiness wherever you go. Go bask in the glory of your worth-it moment.
 P.S: This gorgeous ethinic box is a gift from a dear friend. Love it Nidhi, I had to feature this on OStruck.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Durga and the fun-fair

The soft mul cotton brushed against my skin each time I walked. Airy and light as a feather. Summer friendly and in this I will want to be a part of the flash mob.

Well, we were a week back going through one of the hottest months of the year and the Bengali Carnival co-incided. Durga Puja, addas, food from the stalls and meeting friends in 37-degree heat. The Puja Shamianas captured the heat out of those jarring halogens in the ground, but dressing up and chilling out there in the midst of the maddening crowd (who are also actually chilling) is the fun part and utmost important.

So, the sight was Sultry! Sultry days and sultry muses sashayed in their prettiest and trendiest of outfits in and around the mother goddess and together they displayed relaxed power and grace.

The story of mother goddess visiting her maiden house with her kids bounces back to action. The mythological story of how she was requested by all the gods to emerge in her power and stop the demons. The demons had taken over the worlds and the gods were pushed out of their own houses (heavens) and were walking on the earth, all confused. Does this story ring a bell? In our own consciousness? The demons within us and the god(dess) power with in us. For the confusion, victimization etc etc to go, somewhere within the goddess has to be requested to come alive. Leaving you all with this thought with a smile on my lips , I am going back to the feast, and dressing up part.

The sultry hot days and the desperate need to wear something light. So, my new possession came right on time as a gift. The gift was this pretty-looking-light-weighted saree. Yes, it is the Mul Cotton.  

Here I present to you another eco-friendly print and a super brilliant fabric. And, this time it is from our very own colourful Rajasthan. The traditional print called Bagru a quaint block printing technique loved world-wide. If you travel to Jaipur anytime soon, include in your itinerary, a definitive time to check out these creations. I have heard that they mastered this art locally. These artisans are enjoying this craft for over 300 years. The dyes used are all natural and I would love to witness the making…live!

Like I say, This fabric and the feel of this print is so comfortable that I could sleep in this saree.

A word of caution, always get your sarees ready before you wear it. I mean to say, get the fall stitched at the lower edge before you drape it. Otherwise, it may have a tear by your high heels leaving you feel sorry. Well, no points for guessing what I did in a moment of greed.(Facepalm!)

Some captures while I Pandal hopped with my family and friends and hogged on some Bengali delicacies.

Power lies deep within, all we have to do is acknowledge and flaunt! 
The mythological story depiction

Love for the autos

The red is important

Mul Cotton and Organic print
Pictures taken by: Abhinandan Chakraborty