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And most of all, I love fall!

on
9/17/17
And how many of you guys agree with the title? If someone were to describe my nature as weather, it would definitely be autumn. Autumn also starts in mid-September, which also happens to be my birthday month! Someone rightly said that autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go. And that’s when life starts all over again. In school, we were taught that autumn is a harvest season and the most popular produce associated with this season happens to be pumpkin and apple.
In the fashion world, autumn marks the transition from light summer wear to layered fall looks. The colours popularly recognized as “fall” colours are mustards, olive greens, military greens, burnt orange, oxblood reds, burgundys, browns, greys, etc. So if you want to update your wardrobe this season, be sure stock up these colours. One of the most popular trends seen in all retail fronts this season is “power sleeves”, mainly bringing focus on sleeves by adding ruffles, frills and other texture on them. Being a girly girl that I am, I couldn’t resist but try this trend! In fact, I think I am going to stock up my entire wardrobe with frilly, ahem, power sleeves.  
The look I have styled today is a layered outfit in fall colours of mustard & grey. I’ve layered a top with frilled sleeves and a midi dress. The cami dress has a straight fit and cuts on both sides so it is really comfortable to just walk around. The best part is that I got it on sale while searching for a cami-dress at H&M! I’ve also accessorised the look with a black statement necklace and a matching messenger sling bag. For footwear, I wore my lace-up heels with a pair of mustard socks, to add to the layered look. It is a simple and wearable outfit, so I hope you are inspired to try it too.

Top- Vero Moda
Cami dress- H&M
Necklace- H&M
Sling bag- Baggit
Socks-Forever21

Lace-up heels- Topshop at Jabong.com  

Back to school basics

on
8/26/17
Hey lovelies, how’re you doing? Hope you’re having a great time celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi! It’s a long weekend again and the monsoon showers continue in full swing here in India. It is also back to school season or in India as we call it, back to college. While sales still continue online, many retail outlets have started stocking up autumn winter apparel. It is the perfect opportunity for you to build your  autumn wardrobe for school, starting with the basics.
Today I will be featuring a basic which is the ultimate wardrobe staple and can be worn any season. And it is the denim jacket! Perfect for casual occasions, the denim jacket can complete any look and it can be worn in a multitude of ways. Hopefully, in today’s post, I can show you just how two basics can be coupled to create a prefect back to school look. 
The second basic I’ve styled today is the basic midi dress. You can also substitute it with a basic t shirt dress or even a tee and jeggings. I’ve accessorized my look with a backpack, which is another back to school key piece. I’ve completed the look by adding a simple necklace and a pair of boots, to give an autumn look. The boots can also be substituted with a pair of sneakers.
 Although I’ve crossed the 'school' phase of my life quite a while back, this look is what I would have worn if I were a school teen today. It is casual, comfortable and chic at the same time. Scroll below to see the outfit and I hope it inspires you to recreate the look with pieces you already have in your wardrobe. 
Denim jacket- H&M
Midi t shirt dress- Rigo
Backpack- Perse
Boots- Forever21
Necklace- Splash
Earrings- Life by Shoppers Stop

Peach perfect with my sister!

on
8/5/17
Hey, loves! August month has just begun & I hope it brings all good things your way. Can’t believe 6 months have already passed by and there’s still so much I’m yet to accomplish!
Do you feel the same?
As we all know, Raksha Bandhan is just around the corner and I thought now would be the perfect time to do a blog post featuring my lovely little sis, in honour of the festival. For all my non Hindu readers, Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi is a festival among Hindus to celebrate the love and duty between brothers and sisters. On the day of the festival, the sister ties a rakhi (a sacred thread) on her brother’s wrist, which symbolises her love & in return the brother gifts her a token and a promise to protect her.
Although this festival is celebrated among brothers and sisters, I was inspired to do a spin on the same with my sister. My sister’s sense of style is simple, laidback, yet chic. She likes to downplay sophisticated pieces, but mostly is seen wearing crop tops & tees with denim. She is also taller to me, something which I had trouble coming to terms with for a while, being the older sister. I am so happy she agreed to do a blog shoot with me and words are not enough to describe the camaraderie between us two. Just like most siblings, we have gone through thick & thin, had each other’s backs at all time & always looked up to each another for advice. We’ve also had our share of own ups & downs, but that didn’t let the bond between us wane. It is hard for me to say what I would have done or been like had I not had a sister. Life without her is quite unimaginable.
We are both very different in every way. And it can be seen in the way we style our self. I wanted to do a simple & classy look with some pieces we both have in our wardrobe. Which is why for today’s post, you will see that we have two totally different outfits, yet are similar in terms of style. My sister chose to wear a tailored peach playsuit with shoulder cut-outs and paired her outfit with black strappy heels, black sling bag & oodles of confidence. I wore an off the shoulder peach bodysuit, black pencil skirt with a split & combined my outfit with nude clutch & nude heels.
Because we did the shoot during the monsoon, there is a bit of lighting difference in the images. I am very happy with how the images turned out and I hope you like them too!
Wishing you all a happy Raksha Bandhan!

On my sister:
Nude playsuit- Zara
Sling bag- Baggit
Strappy heels- Forever21
On me:
Peach Bodysuit- Stalkbuylove
Pencil skirt- H&M
Clutch- Forever21
Pompom attachment-H&M
Nude heels- Forever21

LAST INCH X SAM Part 2

on
7/15/17
Hey folks! I know it’s been a while since I’ve come up with a post, but everybody needs a little break every once in a while. I am so happy with the positive feedbacks I got from my first collaboration with curvy-friendly brand- Last Inch, I decided it’s only fitting if I post another one! This time featuring one of my favourite items of clothing- the playful bowtie trouser. The trouser is wide legged, with a belt cinching the waist. It’s quite summery with striped patterns and colourful flowers printed all over. The best part of the trouser is the relaxed fit and the material feels smooth and luxurious, as it is made out of poly-crepe.
I could see myself wearing this trouser with a multiple of outfits, a big plus because of the colourful patterns. Perfect for lunch-out with friends or family, this chic trouser brings on the playful vibe along with total comfort. I chose to pair the pants with a basic black ribbed t shirt to bring out the vibrancy of the pants. I also felt Japanese on the day of the shoot, so I created a red & white geisha inspire eye look, which I finished with bold black eyeliner & a red lip. I accessorised my outfit with a turquoise statement beaded necklace, a white clutch & white strappy sandals.
Hope you enjoy the outfit I styled. It’s monsoon season now, so both outfits that I have featured on the blog are on sale now. So all those curvy beauties out there, grab this opportunity to hoard your favourite styles on Last Inch’s website- http://www.lastinch.in!
    T shirt- H&M
Statement necklace- Thrifted
Printed trousers- Last Inch
Clutch- Allen Solly
Sandals- Femina Flaunt

  

Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream- Review and lip swatches

on
6/14/17
It’s not lipstick nor is it gloss. It’s like nothing that you have experienced before. It’s lipstick that goes on silky but looks soft matte.
Available at Amazon // Flipkart // Ebay

Alright, pals! As you may have guessed by the title, today’s post is going to be a beauty related post. Amongst all beauty products, lipsticks have to be my absolute favourite things! I’m a true believer in the term- Lipstick is always good idea. So much so, I’m always hoarding on them, any chance I get. On most days, I am in favour of some regular drugstore brands but every now and then, I like to explore and find out something new.
When it comes to lip products, it is okay to look for affordable options, but do so with caution. You can always check reviews online if you find a new product in the market which you want to try, so you will know if it’s safe to use or not. Moving on to today’s post, I am going to review a lipstick range which I totally adore, the Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream. I discovered them while I was shopping for makeup & skincare products at Beauty Palace in Crawford Market area, and I am obsessed with these.
Since I am of the dry skin type, and wear matte lip products on most days at my workplace, I tend to use a lip balm underneath every time. I would recommend using a lip balm underneath Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Cream as well just to give you a bit of moisture, which will be needed when applying a matte formula. The lipsticks come in a compact & travel friendly packaging and carry 6.5 grams of product. It has a mildly sweet scent, which I like and it is buttery smooth when applied on the lips. The applicator is a doe foot sponge, which is easy to apply the product. The colours are highly pigmented and have a smooth application. You may need to coat this product twice to make it look better on the lips, but no worries, as this product dries quickly once applied. It looks like satin finish when applied, but is flat out matte when dry
I’ve swatched the shades- 55, 35, 01 & 10 in today’s review as each one is unique in shade. Scroll down the images to see the colours on my lip.
The 4 shades I am reviewing:

55- A mauve brown, perfect for everyday nude. It is my go to shade for workplace.
35- A bright popping pink colour. Perfect for festive occasions & day wear.
01-   An orange toned red colour. A day wear staple.
10- Deep red, my most favourite of them all. It’s for those glamorous occasions at night time. It’s a really striking colour, perfect, if you’re going for a bold lip.

Now that you’re familiar with what the product really looks like, let’s go through the pros and cons of the Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Creams, shall we?
Pros:
Very affordable
Wide range of shades
Very good formula
Quick drying
High pigmentations
Travel friendly
Goes well with Indian skin tones
Cons:
Not easily available in stores
Every shade may not be available online
Lasts about 3-4 hours

Hope you liked my review on the Miss Claire Soft Matte Lip Creams. Would I purchase it again & again? Hell, yes I would! A little trivia for you, I have even used it as a blush once and it didn’t disappoint! Feel free to ask me anything about this product in the comment section below. 

Last Inch x SAM

on
6/3/17
Hey, you! You are wonderful, smart and loved no matter what shape or size you are! And on this note, let me introduce you to one of the most delightful plus size fashion brands- LAST INCH. Made for those curvy beauties out there, Last Inch provides trendy and fashion forward range of apparels at an affordable price and made with premium quality fabric. Their love for the curvy community and the support in the cause that they believe in is what inspired me to do a collaboration with Last Inch!
The best part about Last Inch is that it is available on almost a dozen popular online portals as well as their website: www.lastinch.in. Featuring the trendiest styles in a wide range of sizes for the curvy figure, Last Inch has all your fashion needs covered. Which is why I was overjoyed when they chose Style And Macarons (SAM, for short) to feature their newest spring trend- Shift dress with ruffles.
Ruffles are spring’s most favoured trend right now, with the masses coveting the style due to the feminine feel they add to most outfits. The dress featured in today’s post is a navy blue shift dress with Aztec print. The best feature of this dress is the ruffled collar, which is so unique, yet right on trend. This dress also has bell sleeves, which makes it look so chic. To emphasize on the feminine side of this dress, I chose to pair it with pink accessories, like pointed toe pumps and a mini sling bag. I also added an ankle length stocking to give a quirky look to my outfit. I completed this look with a geometric necklace which went well with the Aztec print of the dress.

Scroll down to the pictures below to see what I’m talking about. I hope you will love the look I have created. 

Dress- Last Inch (click here to shop)
Bag- Forever21 
Pumps- Vero Moda
Anlke length stocking- Forever21
Necklace- Splash

Major trend alert: Fishnets & Denim

on
5/21/17
Hey, my lovely fashionistas! Did you ever stop and notice how the 90s trends are making a huge comeback this season? Let’s refresh some of the 90s trends, shall we? Metallic apparel & accessories, chokers, animal prints, wide legged denims, ripped denims, overalls, crop tops, co-ords are few of the trends that were widely popular in the 90s and they’re now back for good! The perfect mix of the modern 90s grunge is what we call fishnet + denim or fishnet + jeans trend. What is that, you may ask? It is simply wearing fishnet stockings underneath ripped denim. But why fishnet? Well, because it adds an interesting edge to an otherwise dull tee and denim outfit.
Popularised by reality star and fashion model, Kendall Jenner, who throughout her stay in Paris for Fashion week swayed fashionistas everywhere with her effortless pairing of an oversized crop sweater, denim and of course, fishnet stockings. Originally it was meant to be a winter trend, but people all over the world loved it so much, it pretty much has continued to dominate the street style in spring as well. And the it has definitely taken on all different forms, with fishnet being paired under boho dresses, t shirt dresses, slip dresses, high waist denim, shorts, skirts etc. the list is endless! Since this trend is still going strong this season, retailers and fashion houses can now be seen having a variety of colours in fishnet stockings or even fishnet ankle length socks.
Hence, I have decided to give this trend a try and see how it looks with a basic tee and moderately ripped jeans. And since this look is a bit grungy, we decided to do the shoot outdoors, in a completely different location. You will understand what I am talking about once you see the snaps. In this look, I’ve worn a tee with sushi printed all over & paired it with fishnet stockings and denim. I’ve also accessorized this look with a pair of black sunnies, a backpack and white sneakers. Hope you like the look and let me know will you be donning this trend anytime soon?


Top- Forever21 (similar here, here and for the pizza lovers here)
Fishnet Stockings- Forever21 
Ripped Denim- Deal Jeans (similar here)
Sunglasses- Forever21 (similar here)
Backpack- 20Dresses (similar here)