Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Formal Basics for Fall '17

Hello ladies! Hope all's going great at your end. It's getting cold here in Lucknow, but somewhat not, and I am not really appreciating the climate change because I've literally got a ton of summer dresses to flaunt, but in the evening it gets chilly and I have to ditch them. Is it the same for you? You know that one-pieces are my favorite picks mostly but wearing pants is all I'm left with! It's evident that winters are not yet here, but this is that period of time which brings in some excitement with the fall season, making you wear summer clothes put together with full lengths that look both comfortable and chic.

Well, in the middle of fall, lie two glorious weeks (more or less) where the weather literally could not be better and you're equally comfortable sipping on a warm coffee drink as you are a cold one. You're also probably going on a stroll in the park because this is the only time of the year that sounds like something nice to do too! Anyway, in this post you're going to read about my fall picks that are both summer bright and winter shady, also a few tips on what fabrics to choose. Let's scroll down and take a look..

top, pants : Pantaloons | heels : Steve Madden | bag : Stitch in Style | watch : Daniel Wellington

I have always been a casual stylist. For me comfort is of utmost importance. I dig into my wardrobe daily but pull out all basics everyday. For once when I chose to give street styles a hit, I got my hands on a black & white polka peplum top in polyster fabric with quarter sleeves and teamed it up with a pair of sky blue skinny pants in cotton that look formal but make me feel hep over those laced tan booties that are the classic fall footwear, and also match the tan sling I carried. Oh yes, this entire look is a timeless fashion trend!

Well, it's not just about colors that make fall fashion a hot topic to be discussed, but the fabric as well. It's essential to be aware of what type of fabric is going to suit your skin during this muddled season where you are not even sure of pulling out your trench coats and packing your shorts back in the trunks. It's no secret that if you choose the correct colors, it can make a trend outfit that may be used in a lot of situations. But with my recent studies fabrics that are picked with right colors are even better for the smartness people see in you! Basics like polyester, cotton and suedes work wonder for you (because of their insulating value that conserves your body heat) and you tend to walk in confidence, without shivering or feeling no sweat on the skin or getting irritated. Isn't that reasonable?

My entire look is a mix of easy feminine pieces. This look can be carried at a formal meet in office (layer it with a blazer) or at a casual lunch with your friends. Appears pretty hep and classic! Say wha'? Leave your comments in the section below if you liked it.

Photographed by : Devina Rastogi & Yash Athwani | Shot at : Free Spirit


Saturday, 28 October 2017

Funkyween : No Costume Halloween

"Change the game, don't let the game change you!" - Macklemore

Been saying this for years, Halloween parties are not my thing. Spooky costumes, scary music has never been of my interest, but with the urge of gaining new experiences and adapting to different ideas, I've learnt to give everything a shot! But, like always it has to be my way or no way. I get it, Halloween is all about turning the everyday on its head, being dead when you’re not, wearing your underwear in public and calling it a costume even though it's really cold. Certainly I am not doing that, though with Halloween approaching in just 2 days, I know people are working on their outfits to look crazy AF! However, I have my own way of looking glorious for a Halloween eve that I plan to attend. 

I never like to dress up extravagant and go out-of-the-box making efforts to look stylish. Each one of us has a different way to make him/herself stand out of the crowd while being comfortable in their own skin. My personal style is minimalistic and I love carrying outfits that speak more of what I am than what I might try being. For Halloween, I have created a simple yet classy look while adding some funk to it! Scroll down for complete details..

top, leggings : Pantaloons | boots : H&M | choker : ProLeather | sunglasses : Amazon

With Halloween around the corner, it's only natural to look entertainment for costume inspiration. But if you're a person like me - lazy, carefree, fundamental, you know uncultured costumes aren't for us. You are going to look stunning with what you have in your wardrobe, just like how I knew and picked out a turquoise blue side-shoulder top and paired it with black lace leggings! The lace gives elegance to the entire look while the colour of top being an unusual one, looked raw and gorgeous. I chose to add some spice to the outfit with a hot pink broad sized choker that covered my entire neck but appeared graceful and unconventional at the same time! Needless to say, it looks fancy. Also, I snugged into my black suede boots, keeping it sleek and comfortable for the eve. It's a lot of dancing so you know you gotta stay unworried. PS : The sunnies are optional but they look absolutely mesmerising!

To complete the look, my MUA gave me lose curls to add definition to my hair, making my face look sleeker, while she also added some pop glam with subtle colours while painting my face with makeup keeping it sumptuous and swanky. The bright pink lips look even cooler because of the neon coloured choker and compliment each other!

Let's get on tricking with no costume this Halloween and still treat ourselves with the pleasure we all deserve. Go out, dress fun, stay comfy, stun for run! I hope you all liked this look. For more, connect with me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and for my daily whereabouts, add me on Snapchat (username : shubhigarg04). May you have a great Halloween! Until next, love and luck.

Photographed by : Madhukant Tripathi | Makeup by : Simran Taneja


Thursday, 19 October 2017

Festive Outfit : Option 2 - Bhaidooj

Happy Diwali guys!!!!! Hope y'all are having a great time. I am thrilled to receive the amazing response on my last post, published just yesterday, showing a Diwali outfit, and I can't thank y'all enough for the love you've showered. One of the most viewed posts in less than 20 hours, it's stupendous!

Well, I've just got done with the 'maha pujan' at my place and as promised I am sharing the second festive option (for Bhaidooj) with all you lovely readers. The entire Diwali series, starting from Dhanteras till Bhaidooj is a gala affair and it's so much fun selecting your favorite attires for each day.

For bhaidooj, I thought of dressing up a bit extravagant this year but with a simple kurta paired with churidar, the best way to go about looking absolutely graceful and traditional at the same time. Scroll down to read all details of this regal look for the high-spirited season..

kurta, footwear : Sarojini Market, Delhi | leggings : FBB | Dupatta : Local market, Lucknow
bangles : The Trinket Shop | earrings : Sarojini Market

Festivals give us a chance to dress in traditional silhouettes and make heads turn wherever we step into. This time I picked a simple, color block maxi kurta in chiffon fabric with karshmiri embroidery in blue + white + yellow (bought for Rs.200), and chose to pair it with a yellow churidar pajama. Adding some authentic Indianness, I threw up a silk dupatta in red with gold emboss print that complimented the bright hues of the kurta and churidar. Dupattas enhance the beauty of all ladies instantly, trust me! Moving further, I chose to accessorise the look with traditional metallic jhumkas (bought for Rs.50) in my ears, with silver metal bangles in my hands to give a mystique touch; and ditching heels this time, I added a pair of white bow flats (bought for Rs.100) with wooden beads, that look pretty fashionable.

Adding some more magic on my face, my MUA - Simran Taneja gave me a glam look with golden eyes, heavy mascara and white waterline with a hint of bronze on the sides. Deep contouring and gold blush with deep red lips and soft curls made me look even more enchanting, and yes, I feel like falling in love with myself all over again!

Finding the right cuts to don, and mixing-matching colors and prints in the hustle bustle of festivities looks like a task, but then I'm always here to help you flaunt your best styles for the same reason, making it simple for you to pick your attires for all occasions. I hope you liked this look and if you did, do let me know in the comments below! Until next, lots of love and best wishes. Enjoy!!!!

Photographed by : Madhukant Tripathi


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Festive Outfit : Option 1 - Diwali

Hi everybody, how's it going? I know I've been MIA for a long time, and just 2 posts in 2 months didn't suffice. But guys, you've been seeing my crazy schedules all over my instagram and snapchat and because you've been my constant supporters, you know how #lifeofablogger is! However, I promise to be a bit more active in the coming days as I have a lot in-stored for all you lovelies.

Well, that brings me to today's post - a beautiful Diwali outfit option that I have created for girls across the nation who are scouring through the deepest treasures of malls, fashion streets and online shopping portals to make their perfect ‘Diwali outfit’ come to life! 

If you remember, I visited Delhi in early September, and I did mention to you guys that I will be visiting the very famous Sarojini market, and might even do a haul video for you guys. Though the video couldn't happen, but I must tell you that I did shop a lot of stuff which also includes a few picks that I've paired up to create my Diwali looks this year! I don't really like to spend much on Indian clothing, as I wear it occasionally, say twice a year and that's it. So, while I got hold of some regal odds and sods during my Sarojini stroll, I grabbed it all. 

kurta, earrings : Sarojini Market, Delhi | leggings : FBB | heels : Steve Madden
rings : H&M | handcuff : Auhna Creations

Diwali being the grand affair of the year is loved by all, and just like all of you, I too have a thing for the occasion and prep to celebrate it in full enthusiasm. I mean for me, it's all about extravagant lighting, good food and beautiful clothes! This time I have opted to get dressed in a straight cut, maxi kurta with full sleeves, in royal blue in chiffon fabric (perfect for the hot weather we have in town right now) that I bought from Sarojini for just Rs.200, paired with a cotton churidar in white, complimenting the minimal white and orange embroidery on the neck of the kurta. Churidar pajamas work best for petite girls like me as they make our legs look sleek and us tall, and then we also have the option to add funky heels in the feet. I threw in my favorite Steve Madden pair in gold and beige that looked apt with the accessories - hooped earrings with orange and white pompoms bought for Rs.50, a gold handcuff and platinum rings.

Though, one of the fanciest parts that makes this look stand out is definitely the makeup and the hair that have been thoroughly worked upon by my friend and MUA - Simran Taneja. A pretty soul that she is, gave me a fresh face with deep bronze and brown eyes, pink blush and bright pink lips, with little contour and curled my hair making me look nothing less than mesmerizing! #MirrorSaidPretty

I hope you liked my Diwali outfit option 1. I shall reveal the other one (for Bhaidooj) tomorrow, so stay tuned for that. Also, if you're looking for a good makeup artist to help you get ready for weddings or other festive occasions, please feel free to contact Simran (and refer her with my code : 'Picker at Pace' for discounts). I can vouch, she is one of the most talented MUAs I've come across.

Until next, wishing you lots of love, happiness and a prosperous Diwali!

Photographed by : Madhukant Tripathi