Wardrobe Essentials – Part 2

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In continuation with last week’s wardrobe essential post, today I will be discussing the important tops and shirts to have in your cupboard. These are the fourteen basic styles and you could create various looks using them. I have suggested a product for each style and you could even buy something similar in your price point. Styling inspirations are given at the end of the post. Enjoy.

1. BLOCK COLOURED TEE

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This is the most basic top style you will need. You could buy block coloured tees in various colours as per your choice. A heathered texture adds an additional element to the basic tee dressing it up a little. Go for a fitted or semi-fitted silhouette.

BUY: Forever 21 (Rs.429)

2. PRINTED T-SHIRT

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The printed t-shirt is an universal favourite. You could wear them for a lazy evening in, to go shopping or even a casual brunch outing. There are tons of styles and brands to choose from.You could purchase a mid to lower priced product because we tend to get bored of them easily. Buy two-three each quarter for your wardrobe.

BUY: Mango (Rs.790)

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Homemade Scrubs

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I, like my mother, am an ardent lover of all things natural when it comes to skin care. Since adolescence I have been applying raw ingredients like honey and lemon and touch wood I have had decent skin. In the past few years, inspired by bloggers, I have started experimenting with homemade scrubs too. They have given me positive results and today I will be discussing 3 of my favourite scrubs! The best part is that you can customize it to your liking. Most ingredients will be easily available in your kitchen and it takes less than ten minutes to make each scrub.

The scrubs also make for interesting gifts and favors. I am gifting a set to my friend for her birthday but you could even give it as bridal shower favors.You could gather your bridesmaids and have fun making them as mehendi favors too. I have packed the scrubs in glass jars with customized labels along with a detailed pamphlet and tea-lights.

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1. HONEY LEMON FACE SCRUB

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 An exfoliating sugar based scrub with detoxifying properties of lemon. Honey acts as a revitalising agent along with the calming properties of lavender essential oil. 

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Contouring and Highlighting

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Contouring and highlighting are makeup techniques which help give your face a more chiseled look. Depending on your skin type and face shape you can use various products and product placement methods to define and sculpt your features. Kim Kardashian has been credited in recent times to have brought these methods to the foreground with her constant contoured and highlighted makeup looks. Though the forecast for 2015 is a more subtle contoured look as seen in spring-summer shows of Rag & Bone, Alexander Wang and a few others.

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Most girls I know aren’t really aware of contouring and highlighting methods. I would urge you to TRY this makeup route. It brings a definite suave to the face when done right and you could always play it up for a more dramatic evening look. The following are the top few videos that cover the basics of contouring and highlighting along with variations in looks.

1. FINDING YOUR CHEEKBONE AND APPLICATION OF BLUSH

Makeup artist Wayne Goss shows us the technique to find our cheekbone and explains the placement of the blush and the highlighter. The fish mouth is the most common method used to find the cheekbone but personally I find Wayne’s method to be better. According to this article applying your blush too low on the face can age your appearance and that’s what the fish mouth method did for my appearance but since I have been using Wayne’s method it is easier and more precise to apply the contouring products.

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Wardrobe Essentials – Part 1

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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.

1. BLUE DENIM JEANS

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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)

2. BLACK TROUSERS

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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)

3. WHITE SHIRT

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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

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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.

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CLICK ON THUMBNAILS BELOW TO SEE VARIATIONS OF THE ABOVE STYLES

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

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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

1. FOR THE JEWELLERY LOVER:

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(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.

2.FOR THE BEAUTY ADDICT:

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

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