Curing Monday Blues with Craftsvilla

Let's face it every now and then Monday morning blue disease hits us especially if you land up opening Facebook first thing in the morning and can see hundreds of Monday hatred memes shared. To add more fuel to the fire, the eternal drama of what to wear to work and I have nothing to wear makes Mondays even more frustrating.

I remember reading a quote somewhere "The love of all sartorial things a.k.a "the passion for fashion" is both a gift and a nightmare". I feel it is my gift, I always spend the extra hour to try on clothes which put a smile on my face. I usually land up wearing a fun outfit and bright lipstick to add that necessary sparkle to make my Monday!

I usually dress according to my mood. Of-late, I am tending to wear more ethnic clothes and ditching the pencils skirts. You never have to worry about office appropriateness of kurta unless you are wearing heavy anarkalis. You can wear them plain or printed, long or short. It is easy to mix and match and rotate your kurtas and yet land up looking like it is a new outfit. I have previously also mentioned that I have always found that kurtas are more comfortable option for office wear.

I have curated three favourite picks from Craftsvilla's casual and office wear collection. These ethnic outfits are fun, trendy and modern and will definitely cure your Monday morning blues!

1. Black and beige combo is eternally favourite combo of mine. Mainly because you can pair it up with quirky jewellery and footwear and have your way with a classic outfit. I especially love the style and cut of the kurta (buy here), a modern uptake from the usual humdrum kurta.

2. You can never go wrong with colors. They are my instant sugar upgrade. I loved this bright yellow kurta and side slit (buy here). The fun side kurta gives a modern edgy feeling and yet it is office appropriate. I would pair this with colorful rings and mid size heels. Lets face it! Mondays is not the time to wear high heels especially if your job involves running around.

3. Experiment with different styles. I love this kurta with the balloon finish in the bottom and the colorful piping (buy here). I would pair this with colorful juttis or jodhpuri shoes and finish with a bhindi. Juttis and jodhpuri shoes are definitely pocket friendly and nowadays you have an option to customize them to suit your needs.

Hope this blog post will help you choose not so boring kurtas to work. Let me know what you think of the styling ideas and if you land up buying any of these kurtas from Craftsvilla, tag me on my social accounts and show me how you styled them.

Loads of love,



LeEco L2 Review

Recently, I was asked to attend the launch of LeEco L2 and LeMax 2 in Delhi. Unfortunately, due to my prior commitments I could not make it! Nevertheless, post launch at Delhi, LeEco had a fun #Superfan session organized at Hardrock Cafe recently. It was the first time I got my hands-on the LeEco L2 phone. I had been planning to buy a cost effective smart phone for my mother. After searching and testing a lot of phones, I have finally found a phone which matches my needs and yet looks super stylish.

Popularly called Le2, the smart phone is just not about specifications, but as proclaimed stands up to the tag of #2Future phone. The sleek metal body in rose gold combined with qualcomm snapdragon 652 processor is the ultimate package. For the non geeks, lets just say the specifications are top-notch and finding it at a cost Rs. 11999/- is the best bargain ever! Someone who has been an iPhone user, I must say Le2 impressed me so much that I am considering to shift phones. The biggest attraction being even with a metal body the phone is as light as a feather. The laser cut finish gives it a premium finish and makes it an "Fashion blogger" phone.

The Le2 comes with 5.5 inch in Cell Full HD (1920 * 1080) display, 3GB RAM and 32 GB storage. The Le2 offers a 16MP rear camera with LED Flash. The front camera boasts an 8MP camera for selfie addicts. For a fashion blogger like me who makes my mother take unlimited photos, it means unlimited selfies! It also houses different modes to make your selfie picture perfect. Though there isn't an option to expand memory, the sufficient built in memory makes it a win-win!

My verdict : The phone gets a 4 star rating. For all smart phone junkies, the phone is a perfect combination of affordability, class and high end specifications. It's a thumbs up from Stilettos Diary team!

P.S. I did check out other phones in market such as Samsung A7/ A9, Xiaomi. None of the phones came close to Le2. I did gift this phone to my mother last week! Trust me it turned out to be a really good surprise. I will be sharing photos of her using the phone and unboxing shortly on my social medias!

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A good start!

To me, morning is an important time of the day. How I spend my morning usually decides the kind of day I am going to have. Most of us have 50 to 60 work hours during a week. It is extremely important to create a morning ritual to combat distractions. For someone who has a daytime job and runs a blog, I need to balance time out. Mornings are usually "me time". Today, I thought I will share my morning rituals through photos.

1. Get up early : I know sounds cliché. Unfortunately I am one of those old souls, who likes to go to bed early and get up early. Having head start in the day gives me extra time for myself before I get lost in the rat race.

2. Cup of Water : My morning usually starts with a cup of lukewarm water. It helps cleanse your body by flushing out the toxins. It also helps improve blood circulation.

3. A bowl of fruit : I am a huge Rujuta Diwekar follower. I followed her diet and it did wonders for me to lose weight. Yes, I have been on and off the weight loss wagon. Starting your day with fruit balances your system levels. My go to fruit is papaya. I have been eating it for years now.

4. Dress Up : It is important, I spend some time taking a hot water shower and getting ready. I usually spend little extra time setting my hair and doing my makeup. It makes a huge difference to my confidence level. I love comfortable and classy work wear. My wardrobe is filled with them. I love wearing lace and pearls to work. If you have been following my blog, you would have noticed the zillion times I have restyled this lace skirt.

5. Read : Morning is the best time to read. I start my day reading newspaper, fashion magazines and blogs. I usually check my favorite blogs out. I also land up answering few blog emails.

As important it is to follow my morning ritual, it is extremely important for me to have a cozy and warm place for myself when I am reading or having my morning fruit bowl. My go to places in my house have always been the kitchen and the dressing room.

I am not someone who walks out in the morning. I prefer going for walks late in the evening. After this, I am off to work to start my day!

If you have few moments to spare, do share your morning routine and what you thought of the styling.

Loads of love,



LP Cup 2016 - Gala Dinner & Celeb Styling

Louis Philippe is the premier Indian brand catering to men's fashion. Recently, they hosted the 5th edition of the Louis Philippe Cup that was held at the Karnataka Golf Association from 1st June – 4th June 2016. Prior to the event they hosted a Gala dinner at ITC Gardenia. I was invited for the Gala dinner and do a celeb styling on the next day (perks of being a blogger!)

To be really honest, one of the reasons I wanted to attend the event was Ajit Agarkar. I am huge fan of Ajit Agarkar since 5th standard. I never thought my blog will one day open up avenues to make one of most cherished dream of meeting Ajit Agarkar come true! The 10 year old in me was literally fangirling throughout the event. I am grateful for each and every one of you for reading the blog and making this dream come true! Thank you so much!

I got a chance to meet amazing people during the event. The gala opening dinner and pro-am of the tournament has had a legendary following, and it attracted stars such as R.Madhavan, Mani Ratnam, Ajit Agarkar, Charu Sharma, Syed Kirmani and Papa CJ amongst others.

The next day, post Gala dinner, LP decided to a fun celeb styling session for which I was invited. I was suppose to style Ajit Agarkar, but unfortunately he had to leave because his flight was pre-poned. The 10 year old in me was sad, but then I got someone fun to style - Papa CJ. Had a fun rendezvous when shooting his photos. He shared about his idea of style - casual and comfortable. He never has followed trends blindly. His go to outfit ideas is jeans and t-shirt. In between the shoots he did run away with the LP Cup as well! Keeping his fun and happy go lucky attitude, I styled him in LP Jeans collection. The fun prints and blue jeans were perfect against the tan accessories.

About LP Cup : The four day, 72 hole tournament approved by the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) will have a purse of Rs. 1.2 crore, the second highest for any domestic tournament in India. A total of eight teams vying for the top honours at the 5th Louis Philippe Cup which tees off at the Karnataka Golf Association (KGA) in Bengaluru from May 31st, 2016. The Louis Philippe Cup has had a rich history featuring Jeev Milkha Singh, Jyoti Randhawa, Anirban- Lahiri, Gaganjeet Bhullar, SSP Chowrasia and many other Indian star players competing regularly.

Loads of love,



Stilettos Diary Tips to style Kurtas to work with House of Biba

For someone like me who works in the Corporate, I need to follow a dress code. My official dress codes are formal wear from Monday to Thursday and business casuals on Fridays. In India, kurtas and salwar kameez are also considered formal wear. I love wearing suits and western outfits to work but with the weather and constant travel involved, I have always found that kurtas are more comfortable option for office wear. I do have many kurtas in my wardrobe and from my personal experience, I love how comfy and yet stylish kurtas are. Today, I have partnered with House of Biba to pen down how we can style kurtas to work.

1. Kurti & Leggings : This is the simplest way to style the kurti is to pair them with leggings and statement accessories. My usual preference is to style straight cut khadi kurta or straight cut simple cotton kurta in muted colors with plain white leggings or again muted colors. This is mainly because straight cut looks professional and the muted colors make it comfortable for summer wear. Moreover, when you go for meetings, it looks classy if you style it with few statement accessories and structured bag.

2. Kurta & Palazzo : This is again a very simple way of styling the kurti, pair them with palazzo pants. They are fresh, summery and extremely comfortable. Whenever, I am styling my kurti with palazzo, I tend to experiment a bit. My first go to option is to style them with less flared palazzo pant with muted kurti and a scarf. If I am in a mood for bit of drama, then I styled layered or asymmetric kurtas with high flared palazzo pants. I cannot begin to comment how stylish and trendy these are to office. Since I am going for a bit of drama, I once again stick to muted colors and patterns. Another great way to style is to mix patterns, I usually wear these if there are any occasions at office. When I am mixing prints, I do not look for loud prints and stick to medium flared palazzo pants. I sometimes add dupatta to the outfit. This gives it a very polished and professional finish to the look.

3. Kurti & straight pants : This is my current favourite obsession! Though straight pants usually goes well with formals, I am really surprised how kurta and straight pants make a great combo to work. Let me be honest, I got this idea to style via Biba website itself and I landed up picking one of their straight sets. Then, I started picking up kurtas and styling them with straight pants. My go to styling options is to stick to monochrome colors when I am pairing kurta and straight pants. This makes the outfit look simple and more subtle for office wear. Again, if there is any occasion at work, then I add in a bit of color with dupatta.

I really hoped you liked the few styling ideas shared by me. What is your take on styling kurtas to work? If you are looking for some comfortable and trendy kurtas to add to your wardrobe, then I suggest you to check out Biba. They have some great kurta for women.

Loads of love,



Unlimited Summer Looks X StilettosDiary

I recently got invited by Unlimited Store for a fun morning to style UNLIMITED Summer Looks. I usually get invited to attend a lot of event, most of the time, I refuse to attend them. The few I do attend, this event by far has been the best.

A fun morning meeting fellow bloggers, CEO and designers of UNLIMITED. Good music accompanied with great food and drinks. I also got the opportunity to style one of the models.

UNLIMITED is a family fashion store, which aims to enrich the lifestyle of Indians by offering meaningful fashion at Smart Prices. It hosts array of brands such as “Excalibur”, “Geoffrey Beene”, “Cherokee”,“Ruggers”, “Colt” , “Karigari” ,”Anahi”,“Bronz” “Sugr” which has expertise in Men formal wear.

We all agree that Indian ethnic clothing is epitome of vivacity and elegance. UNLIMITED has a wide range of Ethnic wear under the brand names Karigari & Anahi. Both brands have a perfect blend of distinct style with bold and colorful ethnic prints. Karigari range includes styles that celebrate the contemporary Indian and Anahi range is adorned with exquisite embroideries for occasion wear that reflects authenticity.

Simplicity in dressing up is the key approach. Therefore, my favorite was the casual wear collection. The looks for the season carried the nautical essence, keeping in mind high importance of comfort and easy dressing. The collection reflected the shades of red, navy and white used in rustic tones.

They also have a kids collection under the brand names “Cherokee Kids”, “Donuts” & “Day to Day” which offers great variety at smart prices!

It was one of those days, I really did not feel like dressing up. I think some outfits which look amazing in-person, but inphotographs they look really badly. I think my outfit to the event was one of them. I am personally loved the outfit and it is sad I do not have a great photo of it. I also did not feel like wearing make up. Bare minimum make up and outfit put together in two minutes.

I usually do not get to style a lot of male models, but I enjoyed styling Zafar. My look was inspired by the nautical casual collection. I wanted to do a fun look that is versatile for any event. Do let me know what you think of the styling?

Until next time!

Loads of love,



Stilettos Diary X Gillette Venus #SubscribeToSmooth Challenge

Hi Everyone!

I am back with final blog post with Gillette Venus and sharing my final views regarding #SubscribeToSmooth challenge. I hope you enjoyed reading my reviews as much as I did posting. For few people who connected with me asking questions such as "how often I shave, Is it better than using hair removal creams, What to use after shaving". I thought I will compile my answers in this blog post.

For the first question : I shave whenever I feel the need to achieve hair free skin to go out. There is no limit and clean shaved leg makes a statement. The Gillette shaving cream helps me achieve a smoother shave and not to mention it leaves my skin soft and supple. For one of my blog post I did a quick shave to achieve phenomenal results ( Seen above in the photos).

Second question : Yes, I do find shaving better than using hair removal creams. Ultimately it is chemicals and bleach products which are present in hair removal creams. Shaving is more safer and lasts longer according to me. Every time I use hair removal creams, my hair tends to grow back faster.

Third question : I usually use a moisturiser after the shave. It keeps your skin hydrated and supple.

The most important element, contrary to popular belief it does not cause any skin damage or discolouration (Read here). It does not cause any uneven hair growth as previously established hair growth is associated with one's genetics and nothing to do with shaving. (Read here)

I hope the methods and tips (Read here & here) I have learned through my journey helped all of you. To get the best result out of shaving, I suggest that you pick up the All in one Gillette Venus shaving kit with the razor, a pack of shaving cartridges and Satin Care Shave Gel.

For more questions about shaving you can also refer to Gillette Venus’s app

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Powerpuff Girl

For someone who has been blogging for sometime now, I have seen both highs and lows of it. For me blogging has always been a creative outlet which satisfied me. It's been quite sometime that I was extremely excited about any photoshoot. On Sunday, it was one of those golden days when I used to cherish shooting. From dreaming about which location I will shoot, calling my friend Virender and asking him to shoot for me and getting ready. Every single aspect of it I enjoyed and reached my location to shoot. After all the drama, I landed up with a DSLR with no memory card. Virender who had travelled an hour and half just to shoot. Being the nice guy, he graciously shoot few photos from my iPhone.

I contemplated whether to put up these photos are not. Keeping in mind the drastic changes in how blog photos should be and with the advent of Instagram bloggers where numbers speak quality of work, than actual work. I decided to move ahead blog with these photos. This blogpost is an representation of my love for blogging.

I would like to dedicate this blogpost to all those people who supported me through the years of blogging. To my readers who believed in the quality of work and geninuely appreciated my work. I would like to thank all the photographers : Vignesh, Murali, Monish, Sahana and Dhatri who worked with me through the years. I would like to thank my mother who supported my decision to blog in her small ways and my sister Prajwala who came to my rescue when I needed help, be it as a model or as a photographer. A big thank you to Virender who was excited to take photos for my blog! I believe in life we need to appreciate the small endeavours people make. We are so busy in crafting a so-called beautiful tomorrow that we forget that the present is more important and we need to appreciate that. A big thank you to everyone who helped me. I believe a small gesture can make more difference than a grand one. A big thank you to everyone who made those small gestures. "A big Thank you"

Hope you liked the post and the styling !

Loads of love,