12.24.2013

Fashion mission with Allen Solly



Allen Solly sent me on a fashion mission to spot five very chic women wearing Allen Solly. I must say, it has been exhilarating experience shooting for the blog post with five vivacious women.

LOOK 1

CHINMAYI P: Chinmayi is a researcher in Molecular Biology by profession. Adventure junkie, her "must-do" adventure activities include trekking, biking, sky diving and globe trotting.

I love how Chinmayi has styled the simple Allen Solly orange structured dress with bold accessories of color red. The hint of gold in the form of bag completes the look perfectly.




LOOK 2

KRUTHI KOTA: Kruthi Kota is a final year MBA Student from Jain College.

I am a huge fan of mix matching and print clashing. I love how Kruthi has styled the bird print Allen Solly dress especially the hint of leopard print via her footwear. The puff hairstyle, beige trench coat, orange lips and belt complete the look perfectly.




LOOK 3

DIVYA SHET: Divya Shet is a junior research fellow at Indian Institute of Science. A Coorgi at heart, she shifted to Bangalore two years ago after her marriage.

I could not take our eyes off Divya walking out of her office looking effortless chic in her Allen Solly polka dot dress. I love how she has added matching accessories to complete the look.



LOOK 4

PRAJWALA JAYRAM: Prajwala is an intern at Castrol India Ltd.

I found this leggy lass, outside her house on her way to a party. Black and gold is my the eternal favorite combination. The bold anklet adds oomph to the black sequin Allen Solly dress.



LOOK 5

DEEPIKA: Deepika is a Final year MBA student from Acharya Institute of technology.

I have a soft corner for stripes. I was amazed how Deepika had styled the Allen Solly stripe dress for a coffee meeting. The grey blazer to compliment the pink and blue stripes. The grey Mary Jane pumps completed the perfectly.

:: OUTFIT DETAILS :: All dress -- Allen Solly (Buy here)

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12.15.2013

Anarkali - Stilettos Diary for House of Biba




Firstly I would like to apologize to Biba for the delay in publishing the blog post. House of Biba has always been synonyms for contemporary ethnic wear at affordable prices. It was one of the fashion houses which played a pivotal role in propagating the "Mix & Match" trend in India.

I wore this House of Biba anarkali suit ( my obsession with red and blue color continues) for my friend's mehndi and sangeet ceremony. I absolutely feel in love with the color and the simple print. The asymmetric cut and light fabric makes the anarkali extremely comfortable. I kept the styling very simple (had to run around and do a lot of work) with blue crystal earrings and blue Lotus Mendes ring. I added a bit of texture and dimension with python print heels matching the black and yellow print.

Do let me know what you think of the styling and don't forget to drop by the nearest Biba store.

:: OUTFIT DETAILS ::

Anarkali - C/o Biba (Buy here)
Earring - Stilettos Diary Shop
Heels - Inch 5 (Got it on sale for Rs.600)
Ring - c/o Lotus Mendes (Buy here)









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12.05.2013

Work Outfit.




I hardly get a chance to do photo shoot of my everyday work outfits. Fortunately, I finally got a chance. We were shooting a video in office for internal use, I made the best use of the opportunity and asked my colleague Sunith "WITH KELLY" (he will understand the pun while reading this blog post) to click few photos for my blog.

Whenever I have client meetings, I am usually dressed in formals (more so only skirts! I don't know why, I have an aversion to formal pants). Remember I told I went crazy shopping in H&M Store in Malaysia? Well my entire outfit is the fruit of spending hours in H&M Store. India does not have any H&M Store, but fortunately H&M has got clearance from FIPB India. It would be investing about 7.2 billion in India and have plans to open about 50 stores across India by 2015. Until H&M Stores comes to India, do bug your friends who stay abroad to shop on behalf of you (That's what I used to do and still do :))

Previously I had done a post about Smart Casuals (Read Here) and today I would be sharing few tips I keep in mind while wearing formal wear outfits.

1. Invest in good formal trousers or skirts in grey, black, brown and blue. If you love to experiment like me then opt for other colors such as purple, bottle green and khaki. Light colors such as white and cream look very good if you can manage to keep them look clean for a whole day (for me, this is like a herculean task).
2. Always ensure that the trousers cover your foot and stop halfway of your shoe heels.
3. If you love experimenting, then I suggest that you invest in two tone skirts or trousers. I have worn them to office and adds a classy touch to formal wear.
5. Ensure the Business suits are tailor-made (it makes a huge difference). Dark shades make you look slimmer. Grey, black are common colors, but if you love to experiment teal and white blazer adds a great sophisticated formal touch to any outfit.
6. Experiment with blouses especially blouses made of silk material. The flow of the fabric makes the outfit look formal even if it is of bright color.
7. If you are a daredevil like me, then mix printed shirts with waist coat to infuse a change in everyday work outfit.

FOOTWEAR:

1. A closed shoe with heels (upto 3 inches, if you are comfortable in heels, then upto 4 inches) is formal. Nude and black pump heels are a must have in work wardrobe.
2. Peep toe heels are also acceptable. Ensure your shoe is polished and clean at all times.
3. Avoid Sneakers, flip-flops, open sandals and extremely high heels.

MAKE-UP:

1. Wear minimum make up. Light foundation, eyeliner and light colored lipstick is ideal.
2. Nails must be trimmed regularly and ensure nails are not chipped off.
Wear light perfume or deodorant. My favorite perfume is Chanel No 5.

ACCESSORIES:

1. Scarves are great add on, it can be styled with shirts, sweaters and even waist coats.
2. Most people usually don't wear heavy jewellery. I am an exception to this rule. I always wear a statement necklace with most of my outfits.
3. A simple watch is a must have accessory to have.

I hope you found these tips useful. Hopefully, I can do more of work related outfits (I love formal wears and business suits). Do share your thoughts on styling.

:: OUTFIT DETAILS ::

Skirt, top, blazer, rings - H&M - Malaysia
Necklace - Finura accessories
Bag - Stilettos Diary Shop (Currently sold out)
Heels - Avirate India
Sunglasses - c/o Oasap.com

PHOTO CREDITS : SUNITH "WITH KELLY"










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12.02.2013

Instagram Diaries - Malaysia Day 2





I am back with Day 2 of my Malaysia trip. First half of the day I spent shopping and roaming around Bintang Walk, central KL’s main shopping and entertainment district. Bintang Walk consists of many worthy malls to pay visit. My first stop was Bukit Bintang Plaza, Sungei Wang Plaza and Low Yat Plaza (known for gadgets). The three plazas together form the Golden penchant triangle. The path to the plazas is filled with local food vendors cooking an array of seafood options and tropical fruits. If you manage to take a walk early morning you get to see local vendors preparing for a hectic day ahead.

After speaking to few locals, Sungei plaza turned out as one of the cheapest places for retail therapy and foot massage therapy. Every floor has a plethora of hair salons and nail salons providing great service at affordable prices. I spent an hour visiting local designer shops, understanding about places to visit nearby and of course getting my nails done. I also managed to take appointment for hair setting in the afternoon. I had to leave for TOP Corporate Ball around four in the evening.

Connecting the malls to the main boulevard is Fiesta Street, which is a new sidewalk with a selection of restaurants that serve Italian, American, Chinese, South African and Asian fare. In typical mall fashion, fast food outlets are in abundance within the complex. Most places serve only non- veg, being a vegetarian my food choices were very limited and scantily available. Of course, Starbucks came to my rescue. I managed to have some hot chocolate and enjoyed the view of different version of KL Shopping street.

Berjaya Times Square is one of the biggest shopping centres within Bukit Bintang. It is one of the city centre’s most easily located structures. In the same lane the first H&M Store of Malaysia is located. I have never got a chance to shop in H&M before. I made best use of the opportunity and spent hours shopping in the store, trying on clothes and finally walking out with few formal blazers (H&M Blazers have great fit, I had a hard time choosing!) and leather skirt. I did manage to see few of ISABEL MARANT designs for H&M (honest opinion : quiet disappointed by the collection. I expected more options and affordable prices). The biggest attraction about the store was its unique display and the billboard. If you are ever in Malaysia do not forget to visit H&M Store.

After my shopping spree, I was off to get ready for award night. More about the award and ceremony in the next post.

:: OUTFIT DETAILS ::

Dress - C/O Persunmall.com (Buy here)
Red Bow Belt - C/O Romwe.com (Buy here)
Bracelets - C/O Romwe.com (Buy here)
Watch - ALDO C/O Majorbrands.in
Bag - Stilettos Diary Shop
Sunglasses - c/o Oasap.com
Heels - c/o Oasap.com












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11.26.2013

Instagram Diaries - Malaysia Day 1





Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "Do not follow where the path may lead. Instead, go where there is no path and leave a trail". My pathless journey started in India and somehow the trail managed to reach Malaysia. (Wondering what I am talking about?) Recently, TOP 10 OF ASIA Magazine hosted TOP Corporate Ball on 15th Nov 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They honored many inspiring individuals and I was one among them for my contribution in lifestyle blogging. I decided to mix business with pleasure and managed to explore few places in my short five days visit to Malaysia. Hope you will enjoy reading few pages from my Malaysia diary shot via my iPhone(Yes! it is my DSLR)

My journey started on 13th Nov 2013 at midnight via Malaysian Airlines (I really hate travelling via midnight flights). My usual grumpy self checked in with all plans to sleep through the entire journey. With my luck, I managed to secure seats next to the engines and not to mention the plane was a mecca filled with crying babies (I really can't share the thoughts that stormed through my brain listening to babies crying. Lets just go with BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP option) I secured a headphone, watched back-to-back movies and enjoyed the in-flight entertainment system (including endless drinks). Somehow, I managed to kill four hours. Due to the time difference, plane landed in Kuala Lumpur International Airport at seven in the morning.

The first thought that raced through my mind after getting out from airport is, "Malaysia truly Asia"( I know! Don't sue me) The endless tourism ads of Malaysia saying the same was hard coded in my brain. I kept singing Malaysia truly Asia and annoyed my taxi driver, who finally caved in and told why it is the slogan. According to him, one of Malaysia's key attractions is its extreme contrasts which further add to this theme of ‘diversity'. Malaysia is bubbling and bustling melting-pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony. Hence, the name "Malaysia Truly Asia"

The first day I was staying at Radius International hotel at Bukit Bintang. My initial few hours had loads of hiccups. Starters, Matrix customer support had not registered my SIM Card. I was completely paralysed without a working sim card. After what seemed like ages, I track down a Matrix customer service and got the work done.

Bukit Bintang (Star Hill) is the mecca of consumerism. A strolling ground for civics, Bukit Bintang hosts an array of shopping and entertainment hubs. One of the advantage I had was, the hotel was just half a kilometer away from the major plazas, food joints and pubs.

The first day I did not do much shopping, went to famous Thean Hou temple. When I travel, I love understanding culture and learning history about places I visit (Yes, I am a nerd!). It's dedicated to the heavenly mother, Thean Hou. Her statue takes centre stage in the main hall, with Kuan Yin (the Buddhist goddess of mercy) on her right and Shuiwei Shengniang (the goddess of the waterfront) to her left. Statues of Milefo (the laughing Buddha), Weituo and Guandi further contribute to this Taoist‒Buddhist hodgepodge. Architectural marvel reflects elements of Buddism, Taoism and Confucianism. Apart from enjoying the architectural wonder, the temple is known for predictions about the future (As you can see in one the photo, I am bored with my marriage prediction!). The temple hosts a garden with statues of animals representing each Chinese year and a garden of peace.

Next stop was KL Bird Park. It is World's Largest Free-flight Walk-in Aviary. I spent about two hours exploring the place, feeding birds and being admist nature. If you love animals, this is must visit place in KL.

After visiting KL Bird park, I visited KLCC Aquaria. It is similar to Dubai Aquarium. After seeing Dubai Aquarium, KLCC Aquaria was a disappointment.

I reached hotel around eight in the night, took some rest and hit the streets of Bukit Bintang to explore the night life. Nightlife at Bukit Bintang is a colorful and glamorous affair. Changkat Bukit Bintang hosts many luxurious lounges such as the Envie Club Lounge and Elixir. I managed to secure a table in casual open-air spot the Havana Bar & Grill. If you love dancing, I suggest that you visit Werner’s on Changkat.

This is how my first day in KL, came to end. Now to more important part, outfit details:

:: OUTFIT DETAILS ::

Dress - C/O Zovi.com (Buy here)
Jacket - Old Zara
Bird brooch - C/O Romwe.com (Buy here)
Leopard scarf - c/o Romwe.com (Buy here)
Bracelet - c/o Romwe.com (Similar here)
Bag - c/o Romwe.com (Similar here)
Arrow metal embellished flats - Tibetan Plaza (Cost Rs.500)

Photo Credits : Me and the random people I bugged in KL to take my photos. (Confessions of a Solo traveller!)











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