4.28.2012

Stilettos Diary presents Lotus Mendes "Magical Jewels".



Hello Everyone.
You all know about the current giveaway happening. Today I would like to official introduce Lotus Mendes Jewels and the lovely Victoria Cheatham.







Victoria Cheatham self taught jewelry designer is the creative genius behind Lotus Mendes. Her collection is an eclectic fusion of rawness, anarchy, opposites, symbolic messages and a mixture of new generation and tradition. I got to know Victoria up close and personal. This is what she had to say...



1. Where did you start selling your jewelry? What was the response like?

I have been creating and designing precious jewels for over 12 years for myself and for friends. It all started as I never wanted to be seen in the same piece as anyone else. I wanted and craved uniqueness and individualism so I would sit in my studio for hours creating and designing. As I created more and more pieces I knew it was time I started to actually make money from what I did so I started to sell my jewelry at Bondi Markets about 5 years ago. The response to my pieces was always different – some people loved what I did and some people did not get it – but for me to create jewelry it was like there was a force that was inside if me that I could not stop. It was about making women feel and look amazing – that if they understood the magical element of jewelry they would understand the power it could unleash within them. I use my body as a blank canvas and my jewelry is like my oil paint, each day I paint a different picture using my jewels.

2. What makes your artistic style different?

My style all comes from within. My style personifies my emotions and my feelings. Every piece I create has a meaning which I pass on to the wearer. My style is more about portraying a message to the wearer about understanding life itself and how adorning yourself with precious jewelry it can have such a positive effect on your own being. I believe that jewelry is magical and I create pieces that “speak without saying a word”.

3.What’s your favourite thing you have created so far?

That would have to the Powerful Goddess Ring. I have now released it in 14 colours and this is just the beginning. My plan is to have every shade of colour in the whole world within 5 years so if you are searching for a colour for your outfit and you cannot find it anywhere you will definitely be able to find it at Lotus Mendes.

4.What motivates you to do what you do?

I have an amazing support system around me which helps incredibly, but Its like I have a force inside of me that just makes me create and design. I have no choice really as I am creating even when I sleep. There is this underlying force and want to be able to make every woman feel powerful, strong, beautiful and believe she can do anything she wants that ultimately motivates me the most. To know I have had a positive effect on someone is the reason I create. It’s the best feeling ever and really gives me a purpose.

5.What are your greatest inspirations?

Life! Life is the greatest inspiration of all. Being alive, having a wonderful husband and family and knowing I can make a difference through my creativity. Everyday I am inspired by what I see, feel and believe. Through these emotions I then create pieces that mirror what I feel, believe and want to teach.

6.What projects are you currently working on?

I am now working on my next range which is so exciting! I just can’t wait to see my samples! I visualize them everyday. This is the best part when you really visualize a design then see it come to fruition is an amazing feeling! There are also a number of other projects going on but don’t want to say too much!

Firstly I should say those Goddess rings are a must have in your wardrobe. Her first collection I saw imprints from skulls, hearts, stars, angels, frogs and warrior swords to Egyptian influences of Queen Nefertiti, King Tutankhamen and vultures. I was mesmerized by Victoria's creativity. Something that caught my attention is each of her jewels have a symbolic message. The star ring symbolizes the 5 acts of Lotus Mendes with its five ray points and has a message for its wearer to “Reach For The Stars”, other symbolic pieces include the Warrior Sword Earrings with “Unleash The Warrior Within”, a chess piece ring with “Every Move Counts” and a love heart ring with “It’s All About The Love” inscribed on the shank. These symbolic images will always be present in each Lotus Mendes collection, as their meanings have created the foundations of the label, where her pieces can “speak without saying a word.”

I can't wait for her next collection! Here's a sneak peek of her upcoming collection.



You can win Lotus Mendes Goddess rings. Click on the image to participate!

Check out Lotus Mendes for more of her collection : http://lotusmendes.com/

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4.24.2012

A Summer Dress.


Hello everyone.

Time for Wardrobe Wednesday. The temperature in Bangalore is soaring and "A Summer Dress" is the perfect way to beat the summer heat. This week's post is very special to me because I am wearing my favorite designer Ashley Zaba outfit and Lotus Mendes goddess rings.





I am wearing
Aguilla dress courtesy Ashley Zaba.
Goddess ring courtesy Lotus Mendes

Green Cardigan - Old (as seen in Green Fever)
Electric Blue Heels - Van Huesen (as seen in Green Fever - thrifted it during Van Huesen sale for 800 Rs)
Electric blue bag - Old (From Colaba Mumbai)
Nail Paint - Blue Lagoon Color bar.
Make up - M.A.C and Maybelline.



One thing that never goes out of style is "summer dress". Summer dress is comfortable, colorful, chic and perfect way to beat the summer heat.

On casual summer days where your plans don't involve much more than running to the grocery store, having lunch with friends or running errands, choose cool, comfortable clothes that you can wear all day.

I got my colorful summer dress from Ashley Zaba. Contemporary and innovative fashion label Ashley Zaba is stylish, chic, unique and colorful. Ashley Zaba label was founded in 2008. Since the conception Ashley Zaba has participated in various fashion shows in and around Ontario. Her label expanded to USA within a year of conception. The silhouette, design and cut of the dress is just perfect and very comfortable for everyday wear. The dress is so colorful, it did bring out the playful side in me. I couldn't stop jumping around during the entire shoot.

Accessories play a very important role when you wear a simple summer dress. Go for bold statement rings like I have. The Lotus Mendes goddess ring not only adds more color but also give a sophisticated touch to the outfit. Self-taught jewelry designer Victoria Cheatham is the creative genius behind Lotus Mendes collection. Her first collection comprises of an eclectic fusion of rawness, anarchy, opposites, symbolic messages and a mixture of new generation and tradition.

To me summer is about colors, I paired the dress with Electric blue heels and matching bag. I added more color with yellow stud earrings. Remember it's Summertime, and the dressing's easy. Crave-worthy dresses in this season's chicest length, compiled the best accessories is the mantra for comfortable,chic, stylish clothing for summer.

Summer is a chance flaunt your accessories and pretty dresses. Get them out of your closets today!

Learn more about Ashley Zaba. Check out my previous post Blue Night Falls were I got upclose and personal with Ashley Zaba.
You can buy this Aguila Dress through these links : http://www.parkerandpaige.com/product/aguila-razorback-mini-dress and http://www.ustrendy.com/store/product/41451/aguila-dress
You can win this amazing dress from Ashley Zaba and as well as the Lotus Mendes Goddess rings. Click on the image to participate!



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4.16.2012

Neon Punk.


Hello Everyone.

This week's inspiration is a combination of Neon, Punk and color block.






















I am wearing :

Zebra Effect Fishnet Stocking Courtesy Oasap [ BUY HERE!!! ]


Studded Red Leather Jacket - Forever 21 (Gift)
Neon Pink Layered dress - Thrifted from Brigade Road for 500 Rs.
Heels - Trendz (Old as seen in lot of my posts. Yes it's my favourite heels got it during 50% sale for 800 Rs.)
Accessories : Skull ringed clutch - Stilettos Diary (ON SALE!!)
Rhinestone skull ring - Stilettos Diary (ON SALE!!)
Spike Ring - Stilettos Diary (ON SALE!!)
Skull Ring - Stilettos Diary (ON SALE!!)
Nail Ring - Stilettos Diary (ON SALE!!)
Green aviators: Fastrack (old as seen in many of my old posts.)

I am n love with these stockings from Oasap [ BUY HERE!!]. The herringbone zebra effect just adds an amazing punk edge to my outfit.

Well we all know the biggest trend right now is neon. Well I thought to add a personal twist. I decided to combine neon with punk style. The common misconception about punk style is it involves shaving your head and wearing a Ramones tee pierced together by safety pins.There are many smart, sophisticated ways to add some punk patina to your everyday wardrobe.

1. The Motorcycle Jacket : The beauty and brilliance of the motorcycle jacket is that it can work just as well over a T-shirt and jeans as it does over a sundress, ruffled party dress or monochromatic neon tank. Definitely adds the punk look required. The studded red leather jacket perfectly complements the neon dress.

2. Studs and Accessories : Simple equation studs = punk! Don't be afraid to add accessories. Rings / Nail ring, zipper details on heels and studded/skulled handbags add grit and intrigue to a look. Stockings like zebra effect fishnet socks from Oasap [ BUY HERE!!!] also adds to the punk look.

3. Skinny Jeans, Black Leather Skirt and Ankle Boots : Leather pencil skirt is another way of adding punk. Mini leather skirt as well as skinny jeans. A rugged, adorned ankle boot in black is modern twist to combat boots adds to the punk appeal. Whatever you do, ditch the safe pumps for either a chunky motorcycle heel or a sky-high stiletto.

4. Makeup : Finish your look with heavily lined eyes and a pale lip and neon nails. I choose to wear pale pink shade maybelline lipstick, cobalt blue eyeliner (Revlon) and Blue nail paint (Perfect contrast to the outfit).

Don't be afraid to experiment with punk style. If anyone interested in buying the accessories please drop me an email.


Don't forget to join My birthday bash giveaway. Refer to win. Click on the image to participate.


P.S. Few notes from unitedstyle.

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4.11.2012

Tangerine Chic.


Hello everyone.

Time for Wardrobe Wednesday. This week's inspiration is tangerine and polka dots.

























I am wearing..

Retro Dots Embellished Dress with Long Princess Sleeves from Oasap [BUY HERE!!]


Leopard print sunglasses - Polo Club (thrifted it for 500 Rs during 80% discount on pepperfry.com)
Accessories : Vintage bow hat earrings, YSL inspired ring and pearl ring from Stilettos Diary [ON SALE - Email me if interested)
Bag - Hidesign
Footwear - Yebhi.com (as seen previously on Leopard Mullet)
Faux croc leather Belt - Old (gift)
Nailpolish - Blue Lagoon - Color bar
Watch - Vintage (borrowed from my mom)

Well something I crazy about this summer - colored nails. I am crushing on the blue lagoon color bar nail paint. It adds the perfect contrast to my OASAP dress [BUY HERE!!] .

I love this dress from OASAP.com [BUY HERE!!]. We can style it in so many different ways and the long princess sleeve gives it a very sophisticated and elegant touch.

Now that summer's here. I thought I will make a post about must have fashion colors, trends, accessories , nail paints and sunglasses this season.

1. Mint green, Tangerie, Neutrals , Neons are the must have colors this season in your wardrobe.

2. Whimsical patterns from bird prints to deers, fruit, feathers. Polka dots are starting to make a comeback this season. Stripes - Stripes seem to hold a place in fashion year after year.High-Waisted flare pants are very much in this season. Of course florals are so big this spring and summer.Lace is a must have this season too. If you are not found of whimsical prints you can try paisley prints. Even shorts have made a big comeback this summer.

3. Footwear must have this season - Blooming tootsies, Gladiator Sandals, metallic infused footwear, lacey sky high heels, neon colored high heels and Cut-Out Booties (not something that be worn in India during summer because it's too hot).

4. Handbags - Clutch, the tote. Neon and neutral shades are great way to add value to your outfit. Brown Bag can be used with most outfits (like my Hidesign bag.)

5. Sunglasses - Oversized sunglasses. Leopard print over-sized sunglasses are a rage this season (I got mine Polo Club brand from pepperfry.com for 500Rs during promotional sale of 80%)

6. As for nail paints any neon color would do the trick this summer. Try color blocking nails.


How to style neons, lace and stripes please check my posts Color Mania, All over lace, Military and Lace and Ready Red.


Don't forget to Join My birthday bash giveaway. Refer to win.Click on the image to participate.





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