August was the month of fashion weeks in India! We got to see a whole lot of bridal and pret designs. One style that really stood out was ‘layering‘. Layering is described as a way of dressing using multiple garments worn on top of each other, either to provide warmth or to create a fashionable ensemble.The concept of layering is not new to Indian fashion but never have we seen such variety in styling and it’s presence in over 25 designer collections in the same season. Even though layering could be as simple as throwing on a shrug over a kurta, to add an oomph to the outfit play with lengths and textures. Keep it classy.
Let’s start with a look at layering with lehengas. The concept of a basic lehenga skirt and blouse has anyways been redundant for the past two seasons and this year we also saw top-layers replacing the dupattas. You could pick anything from short heavily embroidered jackets like Sabyasachi’s, a lapel blazer in soft fabric like Rahul Mishra’s or a slit cape like Neeta Lulla’s to wear over a blouse. It has been noticed that most designers kept the layering pieces either in the lehenga’s colour family or in the neutral colour family.
It’s the end of the month and I though of sharing a few articles, items and designs I have been loving this August.
1. BoF Education
The London based publication Business of Fashion has launched a new section of its site, BoF Education. In addition to a Forbes-like ranking of fashion schools and new pieces of writing examining the state of fashion education, the section also includes free fashion “courses”.
I needed a kurta for a family dinner I was attending but wanted to use something from my existing wardrobe at the same time. After a bit of brain storming, and with my experience in the industry, I came up with quiet a few design changes I could make to a basic black kurta I had. One of the ideas was adding embroidery and lace detailing to the kurta. I bought a piece of embroidered fabric, some lace (which I naturally dyed to match the embroidery colour) and used buttons I already had in my craft supplies. Below is a step-by-step guide to achieving the design.
Lace- 21″ (1.5″ extra from the collar measurement of the kurta)
Embroidery on net fabric (net colour same as kurta)
Sewing thread matching kurta colour
Sewing thread matching lace colour
T-pins/ pearl pins
Seam ripper (optional)
Today’s post is about achieving the professionally done pretty nails in the comfort of your home. Though there are manicurists who provide at home services, I will be discussing do-it-yourselfways of making your hands and feet look pretty. Every-time I got a salon mani-pedi I would try and observe the steps the manicurist used and it took me some time to finally accomplish a similar finish at home. The hardest parts for me were the cuticles and the nail paint. The warm water cleansing and massaging were the easiest sections of the process. If you have ever tried a mani-pedi at home let me know what you find hardor easy.
Manicures and pedicures follow the standardized nail shaping- soaking- cuticle removing- cleansing- moisturisong- paint routine. The following is a step-to-step guide :
Step 1:Remove all traces of old nail polish from the nails.
Step 2:Cut and file the nails into the desired shape and length. While filing don’t see-saw back and forth because this tends to leave the nails weaker and with jaggered edges. Instead file from the edge to wards the center and repeat on both sides, then gently even out the center of the nails.
Step 3:Soak your hands in a bowl of warm water, you could even start the process after a hot shower. The warm water softens the skin around the nails making them easier to buff and shape. You could even apply a hand or foot scrub for a deeper cleansing.
I would like to start by saying I am not fond of cooking and the only item I can make decently is a sponge cake. But for over a year I have tried my hands at some desserts-in-jar and other easy dessert recipes. I tweak them to suit my taste buds and usually go for recipes with less number of ingredients.
Among today’s three recipes- one is an all time favorite of my brother’s (Choclate Biscuit Pudding), one is my favorite (Banoffee Pudding) and the third I tried for the first time ( Caramel Apple Trifles). Along with links to the original recipes I am including a few amateur cooking tips from my personal experience with each dessert.
The best part of the recipe are the easily available ingredients. I have made the biscuit pudding a couple of times including variations with condensed milk and fruits, chocolate syrup and nuts and additional toppings to the original recipe.
Once you read through the recipe it is easy to follow and there are just three points you should keep in mind:
– It takes time to crush the biscuits but do it with hands anyways, if you use the mixer for crushing you will be left with a powdery texture instead of the crunchy crumbles.
– Vanilla extract addition has been mentioned in both biscuit crumble and chocolate sauce, add 1 1/2 tsp to each. When I had first made it, I mistakenly added the entire vanilla extract only in the biscuit crumble and was left with a bitter tasting chocolate sauce.
– Use a non-stick pan for cooking the chocolate sauce.