Friday, 14 June 2019

Country Girl in Yellow Summer Dress

As the weather changes, we enjoy showing more skin and wearing vibrant lipsticks that bring out our skin tone. Dresses that feature flowers and floral patterns are often our spring and summer staples. I often opt for a flattering A-line dress, a skin-tight bandage dress, or slip into a sexy bodycon piece. I like pulling off sophisticated flare and pick floral patterns to bring out my confident femininity. In today's blog, I'm sharing with you one of the most beautiful floral print dress, that I paired with my choice of country style accessories to alleviate the gloom of winter and fall!




The hot month of June calls for a cute A-line dress in yellow that I picked from Shein.in. It's a 100% rayon fabric and feels amazing on the skin. The fit and flare is what attracted me to this gorgeous piece. The spaghetti straps makes it easier to don in the summer months with a low back cut out and a knot in the front makes it appear fancier.

I styled it with some raw accessories - a fabricated choker, sleek gold cuffs in the wrist, brown suede heels, leopard print sunnies and a hat. Completed my look by adding a multicolored sequin bag, giving strong summer feels. More looking like the country girl, eh? Oh, and always remember if you don't want to flaunt the deep neck, go for a tube top inside - like I did (with a black one).








Dressing for summer and picking the right floral outfit can be a task, but if you know your body structure, Shein.in has the best summer dress collection for you! Do check it out and let me know if it helped. Until next time, love & luck.



dress, sunnies, choker : Shein.in | heels : Steve Madden | hat : Forever21 | cuffs : Daniel Wellington


Photographed by : Shiv Ahuja


~xoxo~

Saturday, 4 May 2019

4 Ways to Style 1 Flared Pants ft. Shein

Hello everybody, how's it going?
It feels amazing to be back at writing blogs, but more than that sharing my thoughts with you! It's an everyday story now that all of you come to see what I'm doing on my social media pages, but what's rare is that y'all coming back here on my website and checking out my blogs. Thankyou for being my regular readers!

Coming to what's happening in my life; well, A LOT! It has turned upside down since the time I've come back to Lucknow. It feels great to be back home and doing what I love - work, party, eat, repeat! These 4 moods of mine are so in routine that I chose to share them with you all through this post. 

With all the rush, I hardly get time to dress for every occasion distinctively; and honestly, I don't have all the time in the world to select different pair of bottoms every day. But what's comforting is to be able to style just one set pants with different tops, shirts, tees & shrugs. I recently bought a pair of black flared pants - much in trend, and styled them differently and received tons of compliments. Check out my 4 looks below..





BOSS LADY

I am not a believer that you must dress to conform in an office space. I am a believer that you should dress in a relatively modest, office-appropriate manner. But within those guidelines, you do you! My style theme is : "To be classy without being OTT." I believe less is more. And again, moderation is key. For this particular look I opted for a white, cotton half sleeved shirt with cold shoulder cuts to pair with my black flared pants. Buttoned the shirt till the collar and tucked the length inside the pants. Secured the waist with a chic belt to add perfection!

As for accessories, trust me, they can make or break an outfit. They tend to be a focal point, so make it a good one. I chose to add a collar pin, classy dangles in my ear and a few black, white & gold bracelets in my wrist. It was a touch task deciding which black heels to add, but these pointed ones look dope! Sunglasses of course add royalty to the entire look, and a high quality handbag completes it. PS : I often carry a laptop with me, and keep changing my laptop sleeves - this pink one with the "cute but psycho" quote is my current favorite! Lastly, for my makeup, it's always red on my lips, and curls on my head!





shirt : StalkBuyLove | pants, bag, sunglasses : Shein | Heels : Talon D'or | earrings, bracelets : MEB |  laptop sleeve : UpTown18


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PARTY PRINCESS

With most of you already seeing my current stories, you know where I'm partying and how much I'm enjoying! I try and keep you updated my regular party OOTNs but this look is so special that I never posted about it, as yet. I feel it's super classy to club a rust color top with a black pair of pants and layer it with an oversized shrug in peach. I had randomly picked the top from F21 in Lucknow last year and it came out to be a size smaller. I didn't want to return the piece since it was the last one in stock so I chose to always layer it until I could get back in shape, and see it worked! I cringed a broad brown belt over the shrug on my waist to give it a definition and it turned out to be so elegant!

I completed my look with some black, gold and silver bracelets and hand cuffs on my wrist, a broad gold ornamental chain in my neck that added splendidness, and peach colored heels that matched with the shrug. I love how graceful everything turned out. Finished off my face with smokey eyes and a glam touch with red on lips and curls on head!






top : Forever 21 | shrug : StalkBuyLove | pants, rings : Shein | heels : Inc.5 | belt : Local Market | necklace : Kazo | bracelets : MEB


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CASUAL QUEEN

Once in an article, that featured me, they titled me as "the girl next door". Well, they simply described my style as trendy and casual that can easily be an inspiration to many girls who want to dress easy and yet look up to the minute. Well, they weren't wrong! I mostly dress in comfortable clothing rather than high end fashion. For the times when I've to run errands and still look my best, I choose to throw in a pair of black pants and top it with a casual, white, cotton t-shirt : best for summer months. For this particular look, I jazzed up a bit by layering a denim jacket and my black pointed-toe heels.

For accessories, I stacked a few navy blue & silver bracelets in my wrists and small white dice studs in my ears. It's basically a day look and I tend to carry it all night long as well so no neck pieces! For my makeup, it's a subtle face with red on lips and curls on my head. Modish & sassy, ain't it? 





t-shirt, jacket : Forever21 | pants : Shein | heels : Talon D'or | bracelets : Local Market


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RETRO BEE

I got inspired by Spring for this look. The colour of this bell sleeved top is so springy and summery! It's a synthetic fabric crop top and suited best with my black, high-waisted, flared pants. The bell sleeves of the top are so vougish and I love how the red floral pattern on pink base takes all the attention, back & again! I added my black, stiletto booties in my feet and a pink sling bag to keep it matching with the outfit. A pink pair of big sized sunnies was such a last minute addition but so on point. Simple bracelets added the magic, and you have to now agree that red on my lips and curls on my head look the best!






top : Sarojini | pants : Shein | booties : Forever21 | bag : Max Fashion | sunglasses : Miniso | bracelets : Local Market


I hope you all liked this post. If Yes, do let me know in the comments below. Your appreciation is my motivation! Lots more coming your way soon. Until next, love to all!


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Photographed by : Ravish Siddiqui  |  Makeup by : Siddhi  |  Location Courtesy : The Flying Saucer Cafe Lucknow



~xoxo~

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Delhi to Dalhousie : Weekend Getaway

What better a way to start 2019 than travelling! My first weekend getaway of this year was to Dalhousie. A lot of you know, I was in Lucknow for the New Year eve, but I had to be back in Delhi to join back by office, but somehow I wasn't feeling satisfied. I said to myself "This is not how I want to start my year", and that was it! Two of my friends had planned this trip, and asked me if I wanted to join, and I reacted spontaneously and the next I found myself at home, packing anything and everything that I found on the top in my wardrobe and running for the bus, that we boarded from Delhi for Dalhousie. 

We had booked our Volvo through redBus (Indo Canadian Tpt. Co.). 3 seats costed us Rs.3685 and we boarded it from Majnu Ka Tila (North Delhi) at 9:30 PM (Friday, Jan 4). It was an overnight journey, and we had so much fun all night which included a little break that we took at Murthal for dinner, all the gossip, and some hilarious conversations. I had mostly slept since I could see nothing outside the window; it was so foggy that we'd given up peeking out! Early January it was after all. We were literally driving into "nowhere". 




At 7 in the morning (Jan 5), we reached Dalhousie and it was the BEST SIGHT I'd ever witnessed. I won't lie, it was my first snow experience. It seemed like the little white balls are welcoming us, as we were reaching the bus station in Dalhousie. The locals said, it had started snowing right then, and we were lucky to witness the most beautiful snowfall! It was so fascinating, that we got off the bus and waited for almost an hour at the station, enjoying the snowfall, clicking pictures and getting cold, until we spotted a maggi point and hogged like mad in a hot plate of spicy maggi that made us feel a bit warm. You have to agree, mountain maggi is unbeatable!!!!





After a fun filled morning breaky, my travel partners - Saumya (travel blogger from RoadToTaste) and Tushar (ace photographer from Delhi) stuffed me in a cab (cab driver charged us Rs.200) and we headed towards our hotel, which was only 50 mtrs from the bus station at Moti Tiba. We also stopped at the market to fetch some umbrellas and gloves - because evidently we didn't realise while packing that it'd snow heavily at Dalhousie - the town named after The Earl of Dalhousie.

We checked in at Grand View Hotel. A property that exists since the 19th century. It is ideally located in the heart of Dalhousie, a 5 minute walk from the Mall and very close to the Tourist Bureau and The Dalhousie Club. It is beautifully maintained with a long faade of wood and glass leading onto a garden, terrace. Nestling amidst the ranges of the Himalayas, the Colonial Architecture of the Imperial Block offers the perfect ambience to rejuvenate your soul! The facilities include : Spa, Coffee Shop, Restaurant, Conference Hall, Banquet, Lounge Bar, and a Recreational Activity Area.

The Hotel offers Quality Service, Legendary Hospitality and attention at all times. The largest hotel in Dalhousie consisting of 53 rooms and suites, it is divided into three blocks Imperial, Luxury and Economy. We checked into our luxury room - we three opted to share one room which wasn't just an economical decision but the most fun one. A two day trip wouldn't be so much fun if we stayed separately! The room costed us Rs.5557 in total; was booked via goibibo. It was an insulated room so that made it cosier. It was equipped with all amenities, and the best part was the balcony from where the Himalayan snow peaks seem within touching distance. We decided to chill in the room for a while, and take a nap!











Post lunch, we got ready and went out for a walk, mostly to click photographs in snow. Later in the evening, we decided to visit Gandhi Chowk, which is about 2 kms from the hotel. We hired a cab and it took us 15 minutes to reach our destination. The roads were blocked because of traffic, so we had gotten off the cab mid way (costed us Rs.200) and walked till the chowk! We were exploring the market and it started snowing again. So much so, that within minutes the entire area was packed with snow and we could hardly see any humans! We requested a cab driver to drop us at our hotel, and very sweetly he agreed and dropped us safe (cab from Gandhi Chowk to Grand View Hotel - costed Rs.300). Hill driving is such a task, I've seen it!







We reached our hotel and went straight for dinner. Honestly, dining in the majestic British Style Multi- cuisine "Tiffins" restaurant at Grand View Hotel was an enriching experience. Tiffins, the in-house restaurant is the largest restaurant in Dalhousie!





The next morning (Jan 6), we woke up to the snow covered peaks that we could see from inside our rooms via the window glass, and once we got off from the bed, we could see our balcony covered with snow too. The view was surreal! We quickly sipped our morning coffee, and decided to explore Khajiar & Chamba, but unfortunately we were informed that due to heavy snowfall and security reasons, all roads were blocked. So, we decided to stay put at our hotel but not miss the fun! We got ready, checked out of the hotel as we had to leave for Delhi in the evening. We left our bags at the cloak room to collect them later, while leaving.

Now, our hotel had super alluring view, but in another case, we had some majestical sight to witness from the adjacent hotel - Hotel Mount View that had prettier locations to get photographed at. We literally left no spot untouched! I went back to my kid mood and played with snow like a happy baby. You won't agree more seeing my pictures, eh? These were the best moments of my life, with my favorite two.








After staying there and enjoying ourselves till 3 PM, we decided to head back to the hotel, have lunch and leave for Banikhet - till where we had to trek because the roads were shut so our bus couldn't climb up! We had to catch it from 3 kms down from Dalhousie. We quickly got a porter to carry our luggage from the hotel (costed us Rs.300). I was so scared climbing down the hill, and can't thank enough Tushar for being my support throughout. Tip : always by shoes from Woodland, they keep you gripped on the mountain roads, and you'd be able to help others walk down too! The roads were entirely covered with snow, and the cars were too. We also passed a little church that looked really pretty, covered in the white cotton like snow. After a walk of about 3 hours, we reached at the cab that dropped us a kilometre ahead till the bus stand (costed Rs.300).







We had reached before time to the bus stand, so we decided on hogging onto some tea and pakodas at a local shop in the market. The tea wasn't that great but I loved the pakodas, and was almost on the verge of ordering another plate when my partners cried "the bus is here". It was 7:50 PM, and time to bid goodbye to the beautiful city of Dalhousie! We boarded the HRTC bus from Banikhet (tickets costed us : Rs.4792, booked on redBus). Again, an over night journey to Delhi.

We reached back at 6 in the morning (Jan 7), dropped off at North Delhi. I hired a cab back home, slept for a bit and got ready for office. Back to my daily grinding!




It was a super budget trip, amazing experience and an unforgettable one. Honestly, it was the best start to the new year! And, it wouldn't have been possible if Saumya didi & Tushar wouldn't have accompanied me. They are the best travel partners in the whole wide world, undoubtedly! Mostly because one pampered me and the other one clicked the best pictures for me. *teehee*


Looking forward to more such happy trips in future. Until then, tada!


Photographed by : Tushar Mahajan


~xoxo~

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

4 different sweatshirts, 4 different looks ft. H&M

Hello my loves! How are y'all doing? The last week's been pretty crazy, I had my li'l cousins over and I was their personal tourist guide, taking them around and showing them all of Lucknow. But, it was fun 'coz I was kinda reliving my childhood! Well, now that they've all gone back, I'm back to writing my blogs, like I promised this year will be better than the last. I have for you...this very refreshing post with H&M today. Oh yes, I finally have the brand up in my cloud and I couldn't be happier!

Though the winter season has almost come to an end, but what's better than sharing a closure with some sweatshirt styles that I rocked unapologetically in the last 2 months. Below I've shared with you the hoodie styles that you can fashionably mix and match with different pieces to create something that suits your needs! I never thought I could go that west but it did happen. Scroll down for the looks..





SPORTY


Casual, comfortable and snuggly. These are every girl’s definition of a sweatshirt. The classic combo of a white hoodie on a blue denim is never going out of fashion, and I chose to throw up my very sporty looking white sweat on a pair of spunky blue shorts, and touch up the look with a red hat to hint some swag. My new sport shoes in black & white did all justice to the look, and of course a lot of you are aware that I've started following a fitness regime so you'll never find me without my apple watch. That's a series 4!

You can very easily go out for a run in this look, or just casually for a winter brunch. Trust me, it's super comfy & swaggy to carry!







FANCY


Okay, so before I even begin expressing how much I loved putting this look together, let me just say I felt like I'm walking the NYFW. The colors are perfectly coordinated, and the black sweatshirt with the New York monogram on the front is super sassy. I added it over a long, sky blue, pleated skirt of which I wore the back side in front. Yes, the slit is supposed to be at the back but I pulled it to the front, and it did turn out to be a thing, so why not! Added my thigh high boots to give the look a fancy edge, and save myself from the chill under a super flairy skirt! 

This look is a very refreshing combination in the winters and can be a head turner at events. You can don it at a lunch or a dinner party! The hoodie on the sweatshirt will save you from the chilly evenings.







BASIC


Hoodie sweatshirts are the most humble pieces in our wardrobes. But, sometimes sweatshirts are more than a lazy day outfit. The trick to convert your boring sweatshirt and jeans look is very simple - add Heels. A basic pair of skinfit jeans in a dark, bold color paired with my favorite grey taupe sweatshirt from H&M's NASA collection was my easiest OOTD, everyday, especially when I'm meeting different people. I just threw in a matching pair of knotted heels in brown suede with the outfit, added metallic accessories and a brown wrist watch and I was good to go!

Morning to noon to evening to late night, I can forever live in this attire.







FEMININE


Sweatshirts have long been associated with sporty types but have evolved into a versatile wardrobe necessity; and they're not just designed for keeping us warm and toasty on cool wintry nights. We can pair it with high heels or sneakers, formal blazers or coats, statement earrings, and anything in between, it will always add the perfect contrast to your dressed up outfit.

As for my last look, I did the same. Added the element of elegance! I wore a below-the-knee length dress (which I generally don't 'coz I don't really know what to add over it, it's all noodle strap and I kinda fear showing off my heavy arms). Wearing dresses in winters is always a task, but layering it with a crop sweatshirt was a good idea. I topped the black dress with my most favorite sweat piece ever. It's a crop from H&M's 2018 collection and has "chase the rainbow" embroidered over it on the left, also has a front, high-neck zip, making the look interesting! To finish off, I wore a pair of silver hoops (matching with the zipper hoop) in my ears, and went bold with my red footwear - the snake print edition.

This look is strictly for the weekend parties. You're sure gonna get applauds for this one!






By now we all know sweatshirts are the most comfortable & practical item in our wardrobe and this fashion-forward piece is here to stay! I hope you liked reading the post, and checking out the pictures! Do let me know which one's your favorite look out of the 4 above; and which one would you actually like to don, maybe for the next winters?! 


Photographed by : Ravish Siddiqui  |  Makeup by : Simran Taneja

Location Courtesy : Bombay Brasserie (Lucknow)


~xoxo~