Hits & Misses – Oscars 2015

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She walks like she don’t care.
Walking on imported air.
Ooh, it makes you wanna die.

The most awaited and certainly the most coveted Annual Academy Awards witnessed the regalia like never before ; the rich and the famous actors of Hollywood were sashaying their carefully curated looks on the Red carpet, secretly hoping to win the prestigious Oscar award of course but also wishing to be there, in the best dressed list.

Little do people realize that it is also the night when the fashion stylist, who worked tirelessly to create that complete aesthetic look for the celebrity client, is on her nerves. This day could make or break her career, much like Rachel Zoe’s.

So now, without delving excessively into the behind-the-scenes of the Red carpet look, I am happy to share with you my list of the BEST DRESS in OSCARS 2015.

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1- Emma Stone in Elie Saab

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2- Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab

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Keira Knightley

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Rosamund Pike in Givenchy

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Anna Kendrick in Thakoon

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Cate Blanchett

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Dakota Johnson in Saint Laurent

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Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford

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Gwyneth Paltro in Ralph and Russo couture

 

Clearly the blush pinks, nudes, beige and whites were the favourite trending colours at the OSCARS. Elie Saab once again proved it that creating surreal charm is definitely his forte. Tom Ford & Givenchy gave the razor sharp tailored looks whereas Ralph & Russo Couture created a poetry in motion with the blush pink gown.

While the fashion experts at Oscars thought that Scarlet Johansson , Jennifer Aniston and Lupita Nyong looked ravishing, I thought of it otherwise.

Either the neck piece was too jarring for the look ( Scarlet Johansson) or the colour was just not right ( Lupita Nyong) or maybe the silhouette was too long and dowdy ( Jennifer Aniston)

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Scarlet Johansson in Versace

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Lupita Nyong in Calvin Klein

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Jennifer Aniston in Versace

So, who do you think was the best dressed in Oscars ?

Do write to me on drpatel.falguni@gmail.com or comment in the box below.

Stay Stylish always.

Psychedelic Love

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Their worlds collided on a sweaty afternoon,

Each one in their own daze,

Figuring their lives impenetrable maze.

Resigned hearts and sullen spirits, looking for a gleam of hope,

Psychedelic dreams were woven with a joint of dope;

Respite came from his words and her wit

And happiness imploded from within.

Thought Patterns are the invincible enemies

Who claw their way through the darkest paths,

Killing each one with the fears and pride…

Was the respite becoming another pain, sucking away the last hope of rain?

She was scared to give in her whole, yet was giving in each day

Until she turned into a moth running to the flame…

 

~Falguni~

My cloud has a Silver lining

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Lazy Saturdays swept me over with nostalgia of the past blog posts which I had carefully written while collating the much-needed content. And look what I stumbled upon, “My Cloud has a Silver Lining’….. Apt find to revisit just about when I am writing the upcoming blog on jewellery line by a California-based Indian designer :) Go read on and indulge in some silver love.

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As much as I am a Bohemian at heart and very much free-spirited , a part of me is control freak to keep everything possible around me in order . This carries forward in my style also , boho-chic but clutterless

We have been covering the favourite must have’s in jewellery section. While we are at it , we can’t miss the statement neck pieces doing rounds all over the globe. That we will cover in next post. We will be checking up silver and beaded jewellery in this post.

As much as I love jewellery , I still have not developed the taste for real ones. For me Since the time I understood Fashion , jewellery was more about fun,creating an identity ,changing it as often as possible. So if you did notice, I still haven’t ever mentioned about real gold or diamonds . I am not the gold or diamond girl…

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10 MAKE-UP ESSENTIALS FOR BEGINNERS

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The Indian market is flooded with beauty and make-up products like never before, attribute it to the growing need to look good among women and men or possibly a schematic plan of giant cosmetics brand to create a demand for their promising products and thus stay strong in the market. What ever be the reason, if you love applying make-up or are in the process of learning the same, I suggest you do read on further. In the greater good of giving the world economy a much-needed boost and in the puny little interest of our invaluable organ – skin, I bring to you 10 ESSENTIALS in your Make-up kit.

So if you have one already in place, go right ahead and keep saying every time aloud oh of course I do have this , but if you don’t, then do make a mental note of your next purchases.

You are welcome :)

My first tryst with make-up was back in 2003 when I had just about joined my first job at VLCC Healthcare Ltd ( undisputable leader in Beauty & Wellness Industry in India). I was averse to wearing any kind of make-up, let alone be a lipstick. And then the inevitable happened to the fresher, my boss picked on me; she made me go through the basic make-up regime which included a compact powder, Kohl, eyeliner, mascara , lipstick and blush.From then it has only been an upward curve of understanding nuances of make-up, teaching the fresher basic grooming and imparting advice to a handful of friends. No wonder, when a new make-up studio – ‘Megha Mittra‘ opened in Ahmedabad, I had to visit the premise.

An English literature graduate from Xavier’s college , Megha Mittra, 24, thought she needed more colours in life than just words. Make-up had always fascinated her like any other teenage girl. She would admire her mom from behind a curtain while she was getting ready for a party, applying that beautiful shade of lipstick. The finished look of her pretty Mom always enamoured her and she got hooked on to learning make-up techniques through Youtube videos. Wanting to follow her passion, after her graduation she went to Mumbai and learnt make-up professionally from the very renowned Fat Mu academy. She recently launched her professional make-up studio in Ahmedabad by the name of Megha Mittra Professional Make-up.

In a conversation with her over Make-up must have’s and combining it with my limited knowledge of beauty industry, here are the 10 commandments of Make-up Essentials.

1) PRIMER – Primers are used as a base for the make-up.If you would want your make-up to be in place , then this is the first step to it. So identify your skin type into either oily, dry or mixed and then pick a primer from one of the below.

Recommendation  – Oily Skin – Colour Bar  Perfect Match Primer

Loreal Paris Base Magic Primer

Dry Skin – MAC Primer

2) FOUNDATION - Initially I always thought foundation was to be applied only when we go to a wedding or a party but my myth got busted during my working years.

It is extremely important to identify your skin colour first. Are you a warm coloured person with a yellow tone or are you a cooler coloured person with a pink undertone to your skin ?

Megha says ‘ Pick a foundation shade that matches your skin shade first. Then ask the cosmetics counter girl to show you both pink and yellow undertone for the same number shade. BY quickly applying both on the forearm, you will get an idea which shade to pick up. More often that not, we make two mistakes in picking a foundation. One , we choose a lighter shade than our original skin shade in an attempt to look fairer and then we mix up the yellow/pink undertones badly.

Once the skin shade and skin undertone is identified, choose a foundation also based on skin’s oil properties.

Recommendation – Dry Skin – Cream Based foundation / Mousse

Oily Skin – Liquid based foundation

Acne prone Skin – Mineral Foundation ( Loose powder base, silicon free)

For all of the above foundations, I strongly recommend only MAC 

3) BB CREAM /CC CREAM – For the uninitiated, BB Creams are Beauty Balm and CC Cream are Complexion Care products. In layman’s terminology, they are basically tinted moisturizer with added element of primer, sunscreen and light foundations all in one and thus an easy wear for a routine day.

So keep one of these handy with you for the days when you don’t want to apply foundation.

Recommendations – BB Cream – Deborah Milano BB Cream 

CC Cream – Lakme CC Cream  ( My personal favorite)

– Bourjois CC Cream

4) LOOSE TRANSLUCENT POWDER – It is the most important step in Make up and yet most of us skip it. The loose powder basically sets the foundation right. It doesn’t allow the make up to be transferred on your phone while you are yapping away neither does it stick to the clothes. It gives an instant even finish to the skin.

RecommendationsInglot Translucent Loose powder

MAC Mineralize Foundation/Loose

5) BLUSH –  As the name suggests, it will give you a beautiful just-pinched-cheeks look. But it is very important to pick a light pink/peach shade that matches your skin tone lest you might end up looking like having tomatoes painted on your cheeks.

(I remember my old school days and I cringe when I look at the pictures of the cultural evenings. Two big blobs of digene pink on the cheeks, yikes !)

Recommendation - MAC powder Blush

Lakme Pure Rouge Blusher

6) KOHL  – I can never imagine my eyes without Kohl. It instantly perks up the face, giving eyes the much-needed definition and sharpness. Though the trends are shifting and trendy fashionistas are moving towards white eye liners, I still prefer to go classic. Nothing can look better on an Indian face but a dark black Kohl. I have tried all possible Kajal ( Kohl) available in India, from Revlon to Maybelline to Lakme and MAC. Oh yes, I have even tried Surma.

RecommendationMAC Gel Eye liner 

Revlon Kohl Kajal Eye liner Pencil

7) EYEBROW FILLER – Eyebrows frame our face. In fact most of the women dread the day when the beautician screws up the shape of the eyebrow. It is much neglected beauty regime , but given the right treatment it can instantly glam your face up.

Go in and fill up those empty spaces in your brow. Maybe if you don’t want to buy a specific product, then just apply a brown/black eye shadow in the spaces, comb the eyebrows well and let them be.

RecommendationMac Stud Eye brow filler

8) MASCARA – Its shouts from the vanity case – Pick me up and I will make your tired eyes look happier. Yes mascara does that to the eyes, curls up and elongates the eye lashes and opens up the eyes making them look bigger. In a country obsessed with big eyed beauties, I have made applying mascara as my Guru mantra. It definitely opens up my half-baked Chinese eyes too :)

Always pick up a waterproof mascara. Though I have my reservations on their authenticity , but well atleast it claims to be one.

RecommendationMaybelline Volum Express Colossal Waterproof Mascara

9) EYE SHADOW‘If it is your first buy, then always buy a neutral palette of eye shadow and then proceed on to buy other trendy shades’, says Megha. You could always pick palette to create smokey eyes, glitter, trendy colours like blues and greens later on.

For the starters, nude shades, peaches and pinks should do the trick.

RecommendationMaybelline The Nudes

10) LIPSTICK  – And the final step of finishing any look would be those ravishing lips. The colour on the lips can make or break a look. So all you beauty conscious girls out there, always own one neutral shade and one bold shade of lipstick that suits your skin tone.

Neutral – Peach, Pink, salmon pink, Nude, lattte

Bold – Red, Oxblood , fuschia pink, tangerine orange

RecommendationChambor Powder Matte Lipstick

MAC Lady Danger 

Megha indeed gave quite an insight into the essentials in cosmetics. Well equipped with beauty basics and artistic make up trends, she is all set to teach professional make up in Ahmedabad, not only to those who want to pursue career as make-up artists but also to all of us who would want to learn daily make-up and party make-up. The details for her courses are available here.

With my stock of 10 Make up essentials, I am set for any party invitations floating my way. Are you ready ?

Do share with me if you have any other Make-up Must have’s that I might have missed out on.

And if you want to shop right away, Click here for super deals.

Until next post on Beautiful jewellery collection,

Stay Stylish and stay pretty, always :)

 

 

Ethnic love at Nextdress

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Recently I came across a video on spoken poetry called ‘ Validation’ by the Airplane Poetry Movement that is gaining momentum in India. The spoken poetry emphasized on the need to seek validation in every aspect of our lives. Be it social status, career ,love partner, being straight or gay, single or married, nerd or a flower child, we constantly seek approval at the base of it. In my little crusade to defy the norms, I have always been experimenting in life, more so in fashion & styling. Thus, dressing like a clone as projected on all Fashion portals seems but a lost cause to me.

With the incessant need to be different ( maybe wanting to be different from the norm is also some sort of twisted validation ? ) Ethnic wear finally paved its way in my wardrobe since around 2010. Like any other fashionista, I too passed through the stages of fashion fixation – at some point of time wearing denims & party tops, dresses and miniskirts and then finally finding myself most comfortable wearing boho chic long skirts, patiyalas and sarees.What a journey of finding oneself metaphorically through Fashion & Style..

This new year while I was browsing through various online portals, I pleasantly came across the site called Nextdress.com ,a site dedicated only to ethnic wear. While  I have spoken on the must have’s in Indian Ethnic wardrobe here , you might want to know what is so special about Nextdress.in in the clutter of other available portals. So I say read on further ahead.

Nextdress.in is a pleasure trove for those who want to buy beautiful designer wears at absolutely affordable rates. Started by a young entrepreneur and a mother of two kids, Nuzhat Shareef herself is in love with ethnic wear. On one hand, there are giant Fashion portals for western wear in India who have literally taken over business from small time vendors whereas on the other hand there are luxury Fashion portals for designer Ethnic wear by famous designers of India. There is a gap in the mid range segment Ethnic wear for those who want to look and feel gorgeous, at the click of a button. Nextdress is Nuzhat’s answer to that existent gap.

You will find all of it on Nextdress- from daily wear kurtis to opulent & intricate embroidered Anarkalis, from trendy designer wear sulwar kameez to the ever classic straight cut dresses,from uber sexy party wear sarees to the grand wedding collection.

On asking her about her venture , this is what Nuzhat Shareef had to say –

1) When did you decide to start your venture ‘Nextdress’ and why ?
I come from a business oriented family in Pune. The urge to do something on my own and create my own name was thus present genetically. I personally love ethnic wear.  Ethnic dresses are an epitome of grace. They are chic, elegant and make a strong fashion statement. While I was looking at  the Indian websites which sell ethnic dresses, I found that most of them sell at exorbitant rates. That is when the idea of starting up my own apparel store for Indian ethnic wear took shape and NextDress was born.
 2) Why did you choose only Ethnic wear for your Fashion portal?
 
 I love ethnic dresses. NextDress is aimed at providing quality ethnic wear to ladies at very reasonable prices.That is not to say I have any aversion to western wear. Perhaps, a few months down the line I might add western and girls’ apparel too, to my catalog. Another reason for a fully ethnic site is western dresses can be purchased from anywhere. Good Indian ethnic dresses are hard to come by. 
3) What are your personal favorites on the portal ?
These are 3 of her personal favorites.
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Black Anarkali with intricate embroidery

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White Princess Anarkali dress with hints of Blues

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Grandeur magnified in the Red wedding collection

4) What does Nextdress as a venture mean to you ?
NextDress has helped me understand the nitty-gritties of running a business and has eventually instilled a sense of confidence in me that a woman can be independent financially and emotionally. I did face a lot of negative flak from friends and relatives initially, but the more I heard it, the more I braced myself for any challenge that might rear its head in the process of establishing my business. It has actually paid off, in that, I now have my own store and my own brand – Nextdress.in
While Nuzhat shared her favorite dresses, I had my eyes on these beauties.
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High necked Black Party wear Anarkali Dress

Style Tip – Wear this splendid Black anarkali to your Best Friend’s Sangeet Party. Team it with Luscious bold Red lips, Comb those goldy locks in a neat bun and flaunt your kundan ear-rings. 

 

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Salmon Pink Sheer saree with Lace Blouse

Style Tip - Salmon Pink Saree transports me to a world of  poetry. Team it with Pearl danglers, let your tresses loose and apply the very- in Nude shade of lipstick. You are ready to inspire someone to write a couplet for sure.

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Black & Ivory Cream Lehenga Suit – Perfect for Reception

Style Tip – If you are looking for something opulent and classic with a dash of trend, then you ought to pick this luxurious ivory cream & black lehenga suit. Middle parting is the way to go in 2015. Team it with Meenakari earrings and try on a bit of smokey black eyes with bare nude lips.

With such a diverse variety of selection available on the Fashion portal , Nuzhat Shareef , a Microbiologist from Pune is all set to woo you with her enchanting range of Ethnic wear. 

While I bask in the pleasure of wearing my Black Anarkali dress from Nextdress, you may quickly want to go and have a look at it.

http://nextdress.in/

Till the next upcoming post on Beauty Basics, Stay Stylish people.

 

 

7 wardrobe staples for Ethnic wear – India

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Refresh your wardrobe in 2015. Revamp the Ethnic wear, get a whiff of fresh air , break the routine of westerns, be yourself…. If you still do not know what are the MUST BUYS for your ethnic wear, then you need to stop doing what you have been doing, take a break, sip a cup of coffee and read this. Do check our next post on a Brand new Ethnic Wear shopping Portal :)

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Ethnic wear has always lured me towards it time and again, from the summery colorful kurta & patiala to boho chic long skirts , from the oh-so-hyped anarkali to the sarees in rich vibrant colors. They bring a fresh change to the usual western wear dressing. I enjoy varying my style from chic uptown girl to a desi belle on weekly basis. In my attempt to do so, it makes it imperative for me to know what’s in my wardrobe. The eternal question comes back again is how do I create a basic wardrobe for ethnic wear.

But before I brief you on 7 wardrobe staples for ethnic wear fashion , these tiny little monstrous questions might be jumping in your head. So read on.

WhyBecause it’s a fresh twist from the same ole fashion

WhenWear it to Work | Evening out | Festivals | Weddings

How

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Beginning with the new year 2015 , let’s begin arranging our wardrobes once again :) Use the principle of 5 R’s.

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I think each one of us gurls must have gone through this moment atleast once in their life time, for some  it would be a daily routine –  waking up in the morning, opening the wardrobe and staring at it for good 10 minutes and eventually sighing , “ Aarrgh , I don’t have anything to wear “ !! (Even though you might be having at least 50 Tee shirts, 10 denims, 30 Dresses!! )

So here are some suggestions on How you can arrange your wardrobe on the basis of 5 “R” s..

Take everything out of your wardrobe and designate it into one of the following 5 piles.

Return- If you like the piece, it fits you well, it still looks fresh, it goes with many other pieces in your wardrobe and the colour suits you. So basically it is a perfect wonderful piece that has loads…

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