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Wardrobe Essentials – Part 1


I will be doing a five part series on wardrobe essentials. These are evergreen clothing items that can be the base to create various looks. Along with product suggestion I will be posting 3 styling options in each post. This series will help build your basics in western clothing along with classic and experimental looks. Enjoy.

The first part of the series states the five bare minimum items you require to build your wardrobe on.



The most essential item of clothing. You could buy a light or a deep shade of blue jeans but keep the wash and styling to a minimum. The most important factor to keep in mind is the FIT, go for a slim or straight fit depending on your body shape. Most of you already own a favourite pair of denims.

Buy: United Colors of Benetton (Rs.1500)



A black semi formal trouser is the base for many work outfits and can easily be paired down for a casual look. Go for a mid-rise narrow fit trouser reaching just below your ankle. In the adjoining the picture the Mango trousers look short on the model but it is originally 40.5 inches in length which would reach just below the ankle on an average height girl, while picking a semi formal trouser be sure of the length because a short trouser will take away from the formal look.

Buy: Mango (Rs.1790)



A white button down shirt with narrow semi-spread collar is a classic. You could buy a fitted with concealed placket shirt like this Mango shirt or go for a standard placket with a slightly looser fit. Buy a comfort fit shirt and not too tight beacuse pulls at the chest or waist draws attention to your problem areas and takes away from the clean look.

Buy: Mango (Rs.1790)

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Drape Style – Lehenga Dupatta


Today I will be discussing some dupatta style (draping) for lehengas. Some of these styles are similar to the suit dupatta drape styles I have discussed previously and some are specific to lehengas.

Click here for Lehenga Dupatta Drape Styles (Part-2).

In the picture below three of the most common drape styles are depicted in the same lehenga. The first style is to open the dupatta on both shoulders in front and let it fall naturally and arms. This style is most suitable for occasions which involves very less activity by you. The second style is to pleat the dupatta on one shoulder and taking it across back drape it on the opposite forearm. There are variations of this style in which you could open the dupatta pleats on the shoulder or on the arms or even wrap one corner of the dupatta around your wrist instead of draping it over the arm. The third style and probably the most common is the saree style in which you tuck one corner of the dupatta at the lehenga waist, taking the rest of the dupatta around back bring it to the front and drape it over the shoulder. You could also open the dupatta pleats at the shoulder or even tie it in a knot for a light weight dupatta.



Style 4. The fourth style is an extension of the first style. For this pleat the dupatta on one shoulder and leave it open on the other shoulder. A plain dupatta if draped in this style might bring down the look of the lehenga and blouse embroidery. You could use this style if your dupatta has medium to heavy embroidery.  You could either drape the dupatta higher at the neck or form a ‘V’ at the necline with the use of safety-pins. If you have a simpler blouse- drape the dupatta in the second and third variations which cover the blouse giving the ensemble a heavier look.

Lehenga Dupatta Drape

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Classic Gifts for the Bride


In the past few weeks, over various weddings, I have realised how difficult a wedding gift can be. Various questions arise while deciding on it – What to gift? How much to spend? Should I gift the couple or just my friend? Should I gift individually or in a group? Will he/she like it? Some questions are situation based and have to be answered by you, but for some there are answers I can help with. If you decide upon just gifting the bride following is my list of some classic favourites.

Note: I have compiled products from three price range options for each category: (A) Under Rs.2000 (B) Rs.2000-Rs.5000 (C) Rs.5000-Rs.10000



(A) Gold Plated Pendant Amrapali (B) 18k Gold Pendant- Tanishq (C) Crystal Earrings- Swarovski

Jewellery gifting in India is quiet common among relatives but for a friend this might get tricky especially with the pricing. There are many reliable brands like Amrapali and Tanishq that make jewellery in lower price ranges too. Amrapali has a huge range of silver jewelry and silver jewellery coated with gold with prices starting from as low as Rs.1000 for a pair of basic earrings. Swarovski jewellery makes a good gifting option especially for brides who will be wearing more western wear after marriage, based on the fact that white jewelry usually does not match with Indian ethnic wear. You could check the brand stores in your city for more design options.



(A) Hair Care Gift Set- Victoria’s Secret (B) Makeup Palette- Lancome (C) Makeup Case- DKNY

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Everyday Makeup Routine


Today I will be discussing the basic everyday look and my personal daily makeup routine along with some product recommendations. Most girls I know follow variations of the same process moisturise, base, conceal, face powder, eye liner, mascara, lip colour and blush. It might sound like too much work but it actually takes just about 10 minutes to do the everyday look.


Larissa shows us the classic everyday routine. Her makeup routine is the closest match to my daily routine that I could find online. Special mention to the ‘inverted triangle’ concealing technique and her use of a lash brush, these two are probably the most understated tips by vloggers (video bloggers).

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Look for Less

Hi, I came across this picture of stylist Margaret Zhang on a fashion website and loved the smart casual look. I couldn’t find the exact same checkered trouser and banker’s collar shirt for online shopping in India, but the following picks will work well too. I am definitely trying a blue shirt with my old Chemistry black checks pants.


Look: Margaret Zhang (Instagram)

Look for Less: Trouser- Stylista / Shirt- The Closet Label / Sunglasse- Propshop24/ Shoe- Forever New

I will soon be posting about various ways to style your shirt outfits. 😉

Lehenga Mix-Match – Trending


It’s time to store away your regular lehenga and matching blouse combination. In the spring/summer 2015 fashion show I noticed the presence of interesting lehenga pairings. It is not a new trend but with Rohit Bal’s finale collection at Wills India fashion Week ’15 the mix-match lehenga is getting the attention it needs.


I assume Rohit Bal designed the specific pairings but what stands out is the ease with which they could be interchanged or even paired with western wear. For example the gold colourful jacket can be worn with a pair of blue denim and white top, the white floral peplum top can be paired with beige palazzo pants or one could wear the white peplum jacket with white pencil skirt and shirt. The skirts too can be paired with regular cut blouses giving it a different look altogether. The bonus of this trend is the multi-utility of each garment piece.


As I mentioned earlier the mix-match trend is not new to the indian fashion world, various clippings of it can be seen in editorials ranging from Harpers Bazaar Bride to Vogue India. An Anamika Khanna ombre lehenga skirt is paired with an embroidered jacket, a Anju Modi red skirt gets the same treatment with a contrast gun-metal grey jacket and a Rohit Bal velvet peplum top is paired with a heavily embroidered lehenga skirt. Kareena Kapoor is seen wearing a Sabyasachi skirt with a sequined jacket for an editorial.

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