10 Rakhi Gifts for Brothers and Sisters


Rakhi is less than a fortnight away! This week I will be talking about a few things related to the festival celebrating sibling love. Today’s post is on 10 items (all below Rs.2000) that any brother or sister will love receiving. You can’t go wrong with these. I have linked his and her versions of the same items, no matter what personality type your sibling will be glad to receive these. It’s best to start your Rakhi shopping before the last minute rush and delays in shipping happen. Happy shopping!

coffee mugs rakhi


First is the most common gift item ever, but in funkier and prettier versions.

His: Alphabet Coffee Mug by Chumbak (Rs.236)
Her: Interlace Bouquet Glass Mug by India Circus (Rs.599)

People usually buy mobile cases themselves, but when they are as edgy and slightly expensive as these cases your effort will be well appreciated.

His: Domino Real Cherry Wood Case by Daily Objects (Rs.1785)
Her: Geometrical Pastel Case by Daily Objects (Rs.1185)

mobile case rakhi

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3 Celebrity Makeup Looks with Hair Waves


In today’s Indian Celebrity Inspired makeup post I have listed makeup looks inspired by Bollywood ladies walking the ramp at India Couture Week 2015. The couture shows had an equal dose of glamorous makeup and celebrities. All three makeup looks are different from each other yet based on wavy hairstyles. At the end of the individual tutorials I have linked the wavy hair tutorial, you could also check my previous post here on various other methods of achieving hair waves.

Aishwarya Rai for Manish Malhotra


The focus of this makeup look was on the eyes- burgundy rust smokey eyes. The stark eye was paired with soft glossy nude lips and strong contoured cheekbones. Akriti Sachdev’s video is an indepth step-by-step guide for the makeup look, with a slight difference in colours.

Eye shadow: MAC’s Sketch and Ricepaper or Makeup Revolution Stripped eye palette

Lip colour: MAC’s Mehr or Rimmel Apocalips in Nude Eclipse

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The Long Jacket


The long jacket style was prominent at the recent fashion weeks, even though it’s been around for a while now. By long jackets I mean front open- below mid-calf length- over layers. Rohit Bal has incorporated long jackets in his collections since 2009 and Manish Malhotra’s 2012 was a trendsetter for it’s kalidar full-length kurta jackets. But it has never been as omnipresent as now, from modern day designers like Rahul Mishra to industry veterans like JJ Valaya had a few pieces each in their collection.

The designs have evolved over the years- silhouettes, embroidery motifs, fabrics and under layer styling. There are umpteen design options available for both panelled jackets and kurta style long jackets among the recent collections. Take your pick.

couture week 15 india jacket


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Embroidered Belt


Today I will be showing you how to design and make your own  embroidered belt. It’s easy to make and requires almost no investment of time and money. Like I discussed in my first ethnicwear DIY post, even if you have only basic sewing knowledge or a tailor at your disposal these are easy to make. The design can be comfortably customized to suit your ensemble needs. The versatility of an embroidered belt is evident in the styling shoot, as shown below.


Embroidered border- 31 inches (your waist measurement+1.5 inches)
Lining fabric- approx 20 cm (including fabric for tie-ups)
Sewing thread matching the lining fabric- 1 piece

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Chalkboard Clipboard


Today’s DIY idea is the easiest craft I have done recently. In sync with this week’s Housewarming theme it is a must have for most kitchens- a chalkboard clipboard. You can note down anything between your grocery list to daily reminders of things-to-do. It makes for a great housewarming gift for young adults with packed schedules, they can even note a reminder to call their mom. You could design one with funky Hindi titles like the “किराने का सामान” (meaning grocery list) title or English basics “remember” or “to-do”.


Clipboards- 2
Chalkboard paint- 1 can
Acrylic paint black- 1 bottle
Paint brush
White marker (a broad felt tip preferable)


chalkboard paint clipboard 1
Paint the front of the clipboard with a coat of chalkboard paint. You could use either a flat brush or round brush.

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