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Keeping it elegant this Diwali

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10/18/17
Namaste, my loves! Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Diwali and a prosperous year ahead! How are the preparations going? I’ve had so much fun redecorating my room this season because I had a proper direction of what I wanted to do. So if you’re interested to see how I decorated my room, please mention in the comments below and I might just make a post about it! However, today’s post is going to be an outfit post of what I am wearing this Diwali. Before I start, let me give you a short insight on what the major fashion trends are for ethnic or Indian wear in 2017.
2017 trends for Indian wear are all about relaxed silhouettes and playing with layers. Giving a new edge to your kurta by pairing it with a lehanga or wearing a salwar with palazzo pants are just some of the layering options you can choose from. You will also get to see a lot of metallic fabrics in the foray this season. Other than metallic, bright and popping colours are also seen these days in the market. Bling, in the form of sequins, appliques & other ornamentation are seen in a lot of pieces this season. Another major trend seen is pairing a crop top with a lehanga, which gives the outfit a more casual, yet chic look this festive season. Also seen in the market are cut-out shoulders, high necklines & mesh fabrics so you have a lot of options to choose from.
This year, I, my sister and my mum went to Hyderabad to visit our relatives. We took out time one day to check out the local market for traditional wear as my sister had a function she had to attend and needed 2-3 outfits for the occasion. The market was so vast and the options were endless. It surely felt like heaven because whatever store we went to, there were such beautiful pieces and we just couldn’t make our minds on what to pick. I asked the shopkeeper that I wanted to see some simple pieces for myself because I didn’t want any fancy or heavy set which I wouldn’t be able to wear later on.
After trying on a few pieces, I came across a silk anarkali set which was really simple but looked so gorgeous. The top part comprised of a fitted blue sleeveless blouse, with tiny teardrop shape embroidered all over it. The blouse ended in a belt with gold embroidery and mirror work and the skirt was plain silk of bright pink colour. A pair of blue leggings and a bright pink dupatta completed the outfit. Because of it’s breezy silhouette, it gave the lower half of my body the right curvy shape, which was so flattering. I chose to accessorise the outfit with a pair of statement earrings and  gold sandals. The outfit style, design and fabric gives a south Indian feel to it.
Scroll down below to see the outfit snaps!
Anarkali set- Hyderabad market
Earrings- Kashish
Bangles- Crawford market
Sandals- Inc.5

Colour blocking this fall

on
10/2/17
What’s cookin’, good lookin’! It’s October, which means it’s officially fall season. Time to bust out those comfy oversized jumpers, cardigans, leggings & booties! For those of you, who want to know what fall is, do head over to my previous post.  Let me start today’s post by adding that I love colours. I love looking at them, mixing them up & wearing them. Which is why I have decided to dedicate a post on how to colour block this fall.
Colour blocking is essentially pairing the opposite colours in a colour wheel to make complimentary combinations. The idea was inspired from a painter, Piet Mondrian, who is best known to use the same colour scheme in his paintings. His lozenge paintings in the mid-1920s inspired Yves Saint Laurent’s The Mondrian Collection, a collection of dresses created as homage to the work of several modernistic artists. This style of dressing was also inspired from the Pop art movement that began in the 1960s that translated to Mod Fashion(or Modern fashion), which included mismatched solid colour separates, composed of blocks in different hues.

Today, the colour block trend has come a long way from just wearing coloured separates. There are various ways in which one can colour block- wearing the same colour head to toe, but in different hues; wearing mixed colours from head to toe; or balancing different colours with neutrals. Today I’ve worn different colours from top to toe. And how did I manage to pull that off? Scroll below to see! 

Full sleeved t shirt- Elle
Skirt- AND
Clutch- Flaunt by Femina
Pumps- Vero Moda
Necklace- Thrifted at Bandra Hill Road market
Wasn't this fun! These colours will add just the right pop colour to your fall wardrobe. Hope you liked this little colour blocking experiment and are excited to try it for yourself. Till then, see you next time!

XO.
Pranita

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.