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Love, Fashion & Valentine Wishes

Life is really a lot about love. We are  here to love and to be loved.

Valentine’s day is around the corner, lets talk about LOVE. If you ask me the real thoughts about Valentine’s day, I believe everyday should be Valentine’s day. Love is an emotion, it is the sweetest thing a living being comes across. Love between a mother and child, between man and woman, love for a teacher, love is that one important and strong feeling we all go through. That four letter word at once takes you through a journey which is magical and pure.

Now I want you guys to close your eyes and picture that one person you love, that person who loves you back unconditionally. That partner in your life who guides you home.  Feel the love ?

Why dont you make this special person feel special on this special day :)Lets get glamorous then. I am sure no girl would like to be under dressed on her date night. I have gathered up the best Valentine’s day outfits for you gals.

 

 

A perfect evening gown with sensuous textures can never go wrong when it comes to date nights. With a refined french knot or elegant curls will hit the perfect notes.

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Dress: codecollections by lifestyle

Photography: @jbn7( Jayanth Nayak)

 

 

 

 

 

Romantic and eccentric floral dress with plush colors will surely take his heart away. Glam it up with chic accessories and you are all set for the evening.

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Dress: @zara

Photography: @pik_a_shoot

 

Pair a pastel pink top with white flared pants for a stylish and elegant look.The golden necklace and turquoise pearl earrings add an extra oomph .

 

 

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TOP: @forevernew

PANTS: @zara

Photography: @jbn7(Jayanth Nayak)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing beats the color red when it comes to Love. Red is very emotional and instantly catches the eye. Make a statement with a silky ruffle sleeve dress made even more romantic with a front tie up

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Dress: Vanheusen

Photography: @jbn7( Jayanth Nayak)

 

So all you beauties bring on the champagne and the dancing shoes because these outfits will have your valentine head over heels.

Wish you all a very Happy Valentine’s day. Have the best date ever:)

 

You are what you wear!

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Take a moment and notice what you are wearing right now .  How many of you consciously got dressed ? Maybe you are a fashionista and wore the most trendy outfit or you just woke up and put on whatever was lying. While you did all this, have you realized that you are part of the most incredible world of FASHION.

This blog is about vintage dressing. If any of you guys have stepped out recently in search of vintage collections you will agree with me as to how challenging a task it is. When it comes to retro or vintage, what comes to your mind instantaneously? The 1950’s beauties Sharmila Tagore and Mala Sinha . I  have tried to create the same with a modern twist.

Why did I want to do this? I am sure not many are fans of retro, but believe me when you mix retro style with modern style it becomes very fashionable and classy. There is an absence of uniqueness in style today, everyone wants to wear and do the same thing. Retro is suddenly becoming a mediaspeak. The everlasting classics are  coming back with boat necks, frills, lace works, florals and puffs,polka dots and what not.

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In this look I chose a saree because I feel that saree is one garment that is most flattering and always eternal. This is a kalamkari saree paired with a modern lace sleeveless top which I bought it from zara. Let me give you a brief .  Kalamkari actually means Pen Craft. Kalam as in pen and kari is for kraft. These are either hand printed or block printed, most of them depicting the stories of Mahabharata, Bhagvad Gita and Ramayana. The saree I am wearing has bold block prints of Buddha.

Make up as you know is not an easy job,unless you really know how to do it well or else you will end up having an uneven or cakey look. When it comes to retro makeup you think of a cat eyeliner and red bold lipstick.But as this was a fusion, we paired modern smokey eyes and pale pink lipstick with well contoured cheekbones and long false eyelashes. Hair tied back and the red roses gave the extra oomph. I must accept that back of my mind I always wanted to get a retro makeover and was inspired by the talent, creativity and  hardwork put in by one such artist KOWSHIGA ASHOKKUMAR. Please do check her work.CYMERA_20180120_155106

This whole look is charmingly old fashioned with modern touch which speaks out confidence. I would say you can flaunt this look at any occasion,and you are all set to be the headturner.

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Photography: The fantastic photos are captured perfectly by anilkumarfotography. Just check out his work,it speaks for itself.

Makeup and hair: Kowshiga ashokkumar.  She is on instgram as: hergrandeur

Happy New You!

 

IMG-20171220-WA0067 (1)While I write this blog, I definitely feel happy and fortunate with so many things that has happened within this year. There have been so many ups and downs but now I can say with complete certainty that I really love what I do.  Do you also feel the same? Are you HAPPY?

Dont worry about what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive” – Howard Thurman

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I feel so motivated reading these lines. We are climbing up the ladder someone tells us to. Doing things what the world wants us to and more often we lean the ladder against the wrong wall or no wall at all.

I never imagined that one day I would be blogging or would be known as a blogger. But there was always a question nagging me  “what do YOU want to do in life?”. I always wanted to do something for myself that makes me happier.

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When I published my first blog, there were lot of questions playing in my head like What will people think about me? Am I making a fool of myself? I even felt like going and deleting everything and sitting back. We all have a habit of hesitating. You have an excellent idea, a direction, but you do not say it or implement it because you are hesitant. That moment, that small hesitation sends a stress signal to the brain  and we back off. We are not designed to do things that are uncomfortable or scary or difficult.

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We are in a scripted life that everyone seems to be living. We are reaching for something that does not mean anything to us but we are doing it because everyone said we are supposed to be. We have to figure out what it is to make decisions and to know what our souls are made of. We learn things everyday, every minute, about what we love, what we hate and what we are good at. And if we do not spend time paying attention to that learning and applying it to the rest of our life- its all for nothing. To everybody, to any person, “tomorrow is new”- Make the move, whether your friends,family or partner believe it or not- YOU believe it. You never know a passion can come and hit you on your face.

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So guys, this new year come out of your comfort zone, I did. Do the things you love to do, no matter whether we are paid or not. Do the things that people thank you for.

No matter how long you wait, the right ride will come. Go ahead and challenge yourself.:)

                                                          Wish you all a successful 2018 🙂

                                                                       

                                                                       Dress: Indya

                                                                       Jeans: zara

                                                                       Jewelery: Asha Jacob

                                               Photography: anilkumarfotography

Historical Athens

IMG_20170829_114249-01Conflicts and contrasts define the city of Athens. Having said that it was a pleasure to see the ancient architecture advanced with luxury buildings,hotels and malls dotting the city. Athens, the capital city of Greece,is a place where people are coming to, from the different islands looking forward to newer opportunities to secure their future.

Most of the tourists come to Athens as a transit to other Greek aegean islands and of -course for its dominant role in history. Our trip to Greece also started from Athens. We traveled through Turkish airlines . Must say they were helpful with excellent onboard servics. Athens has an active transport system from buses and trams to metros and taxis. They also have connections to the airport. We chose to take a taxi from airport to our hotel The Athens Cypria. This hotel is centrally located within walking distance from all the historical sites and shopping areas with comfortable and clean rooms. Athens Cypria will definitely not disappoint you at all.

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No visit to Athens would be complete without seeing the renowned UNESCO World Heritage site- The Acropolis/Parthenon. Although the walk is a task,the hill has a great view with rustic ruins and elegant architecture from the pre medieval period. The buildings were constructed in the 5th century B.C and we could currently see the restoration work carrying on. The Parthenon was a temple devoted to Goddess of the city- Athena. For those who would love to know more about its history can visit the huge Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological Museum. It houses most of the symbolic artifacts in Greece.  Most of the artifacts are recovered and painstakingly restored after the fires of the great wars destroyed themIMG_20170829_102506-01IMG_20170829_112911-01IMG-20170829-WA0049_01-01

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Athen’s  is a chaotic city with streets lined with graffiti. But ,You see glimpses of ancient history everywhere. This place now seems to be in conflict with itself trying to retain its traditions plus keep itself the path for progress.

 

Shopping in Athens? You will find something here for everyone, from the  local flea markets to high end coutures. Taking a walk from Syntagma to Monastriraki you will be impressed with the display of talents from the  street artists and acrobats. This square gets its charm by evening bustling with people from different nations and the locals. This area seems to be the meeting point for all the youngsters in Athens. There are loads of roof top restaurants,cafes and bars here with stunning views of The Acropolis.

You can also take a pleasant short walk towards The Plaka which is known for its flea markets, hellenic houses and vintage lanes.

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Are you a foodie ? Like every other city and place has its own swing for food, Greece is known for its Salads and the souvlakis. The taste of the real Greek salad in its purest form, the scrumptious Gyros,the souvlakis and the heavenly desserts are a must try. Leave behind the cappuccino and the espresso when you are in Greece, instead try the Greek coffee. It is a kind of flavor that will keep lingering in your mouth for a very long time.

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Well if you are an enthusiast about history like I am, Athens has a lot to offer. You will not only leave this place with memories of its history and culture but also few kilos heavier on your weight. 

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Please feel free to ask any questions if you have. Will reply back as soon as possible.

Rule in red this party season.

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IMG_9197With Christmas and many parties coming up, its time to find suitable dresses for all the occasions. And I thought it would be an excellent reason to make this month’s “themeghalook” about party wear.

December is the month of getting social. Meeting family and loved ones, Christmas gifts, planning your new year’s eve. Oh yeah its never too late to start deciding what you are going to wear to all the events. I know its one difficult task and I often put it off until the very last minute, but not this time, my outfit is all ready :). This is a dress I spotted last week when I was window shopping. I saw the dress,put it on and just fell in love with it. Its ideal for all who want to be simple and basic this year.

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Red in particular is always the color for all party wears. And I genuinely feel this dress will look good on anybody, a perfect one which can be worn conveniently for any kind of events. The brilliant red speaks fashion and modesty with its pattern and curves, the perfect tie at the waist to fit right giving a more sexier look, the simple work on the neckline and the stylish flow. I feel this is a dress that brings the best in you and I guess that is what every woman seeks for.

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I totally fashioned it right by pairing it with nude sandals to have the spotlight on the dress. You can also make a statement by styling it with bright and heavy ethnic necklace and ear rings like I have done for the chic look. See how a necklace can change the entire look of an outfit. Keep the makeup very simple and elegant and you are set to have all the eyes on you.

 

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You can buy it online or outlets near by.

Nude sandals – Koovs.

Photography by anilkumarfotography.  Reach out to him if you need some great photos taken of you & your friends or loved ones

 

Will be posting a new look everyweek , hope this helps you prepare for this new year’s eve 😉

 

Glowing skin in minutes- Kiehls

When it comes to skin, you always want to be cautious about what you apply and how it would react.Masques have always been the finest way to get rid of problems like acne or any skin related issues

On my search for good masques which can brighten my dull and tanned skin,I stumbled upon this amazing one by KIEHLS.

KIEHL’S TURMERIC & CRANBERRY SEED ENERGISING RADIANCE MASQUE is infused with natural ingredients and it comes in a small cute orange jar. Guys trust me on this it gives you an instant even and radiant skin tone in few minutes. If you are heading for a party, weddings and looking for glowing skin, this is the perfect one, and when it comes from a trusted brand you do not have to think twice.

This is a great mask for all skin types. As you all know turmeric is widely known for its antioxidant properties, brightens your skin and while the cranberry seed extract exfoliates removing the dead skin.

HOW TO USE:

  • Apply this thick creamy product on a damp skin and allow to dry for 10-15mins.
  • Afterwards,it stiffens and gets a yellow orangish tinge
  • Wash it with luke warm water, thereafter the mixture gets soft
  • Gently exfoliate with cranberry seeds. The best part is that the cranberry seeds are very mild and does not irritate the skin.

The smell is very mild and refreshing. I have been using this product since 2 months now, probably once or sometimes twice a week and my skin is actually 2 shades brighter. All my friends want this product as well after seeing the good results on me.

So have I actually found the right product for glowing skin? Well I guess Iam atleast a step closer to it..So guys this product is easily available online kiehls.com or stores near you. I got mine from nyka.com. Go grab yours and I promise you will be glad you did 🙂

                                       HAPPY GLOWING 🙂

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Storytelling about Santorini

santorini meghaAfter 15 days of incredible holiday in Greece, getting back to everyday life was no easy. There was extreme fun,laughter and friendship. But I also realized every time I return from a holiday, it always made me so dynamic,cheerful and positive. I guess travelling opens you to various forms and attitude towards life.

Santorini was on my wish list for many years. I am sure on everybody’s as well and why not. It is in deed such a breathtaking place.

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This island is all about beauty. Known for its royal blue sea, white washed buildings with blue domes,mountains, stunning views and romance. When I write this, my heart is till beating with the rhythm of excitement and euphoria. I had heard about it and seeing it in person was something spectacular and dream come true. I can recollect, when I told a friend of mine about my travel to santorini ,she at once showed me her mobile phone screen saver. And I see a perfect picture of santorini.

Santorini was the last destination on our travel itinerary. After experiencing a week of crazy parties and beach life, this island was more relaxing which we were looking forward to. We stayed at the sunrise studios on the beach of kamari which is beyond wonderful if you are looking for a studio with luxury. From there we would walk right into the beach,restaurants and shopping streets.

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To watch the eminent sunset in Santorini we had to drive to Oia, another scenic town.  Weather being warm and humid I slipped into this black off shoulder dress from FOREVER21 and I guess I made a good choice as it was perfect for exploring around Oia. Also inaugurated this new black sunnies which I picked up in Athens. So this cute little town is built on the slope of the caldera, bustling with people,cliff side cafes and restaurants with spectacular view of the sea and street shops. You can easily spend a day straying around the streets.If you are looking for souvenirs and gifts to take back home, you can do it here and a twilight zone for amazing pictures.

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The delicate whites and burst of blue will always remain in your mind wanting you to go back again and again.

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Santorini recommendations:

  • Eat Greek salads- Crisp and refreshing. Try the Gyros and Greek coffee as well.
  • If you are someone who loves adventures. You can do scuba diving. Check volcano Dive center, they are really good.
  • Sunscreen is a must or else be prepared to get tanned.
  • Shopping is good in Fira. There are lot of cute antique jewelry shops.
  • If your palate is in the mood for spicy Indian and Chinese food, try these Jaipur Palace Indian Restaurant and Kiwi Restaurant.
  • Sunset at Oia can get very crowded so get sewed up for the wait and the selfie sticks.

Okay, I think thats about it. For those who are planning a trip to santorini, I hope this blog was helpful, I am sure you will have the best time ever.

If you guys have any more questions please do leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

Jump it up with a jumpsuit

jumpsuit loveIn this glamorous world of fashion and changing trends, Jumpsuit is one outfit which is always in style and form since Elvis Presley.

I was always very skeptical of wearing one, but let me tell you jumpsuits are the most comfortable and versatile clothing . A fashion attire which can be worn for a chic party when paired with elegant accessories and classy stilettos or as a street style clothing when you are out shopping with friends.

I picked up this basic jumpsuit from Athens, Greece last month and is an excellent solution when all you hunt in a clothing is style and comfort. I love the color and the fabric is very delicate and easy. I have paired it with  mustard shoes from zara, to give more contrast and feminine look. A pair of white sneakers would also look positive if looking for a more street fashion.

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The glamour mom

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For nine months you will be carrying a cute little life inside you,embracing, nourishing and praying anxiously. Being a mother means going through all the bodily changes,mood swings,heart burns and exhaustion…. but loving every bit of it. It is a moment to be proud that changes your life forever.

The result of child bearing would certainly mean some weight gain and body differences. Losing weight should not be the foremost concern after your pregnancy. But you mommies, just do not sit there and use pregnancy as an excuse to let yourself go easy . Attend to your baby’s needs first and also monitor your body. Take your time and do not rush yourself.

Meanwhile, till you get back into those sexy jeans and body-con dresses, a few mom- friendly tips to dress your baby bump and those extra pounds, will help get going. Inspire your family and friends who also need help in this department.

         Fashion is what you buy, style is what you do with it

  •  Smarten yourself up in one color from head to toe. This makes your look very  composed  and covers up all your bulges. 

 

 

  • Most women try to hide their bump with too many things, do not layer your clothes.This will make you look even more sloppy and bulky. Just wear jackets if you want a professional look or simple wraps, kimonos, cardigans, ponchos. Style it with various additions like a cool pair of sunglasses and trendy handbag.

 

 

  • Wear straight cut kurtas or tunics, to give you an elegant look and you will also feel very comfortable. You can pair it with a stretchy yoga pant or your maternity denims.

 

 

  • If you love to wear skrits, try with flared ones. This evens out your size, particularly along the end of pregnancy when your belly is big.

 

 

  • Horizontal strips will camouflage your big belly and accentuate your curves.

 

 

  • If you want to show some skin, go for slit dresses or skirts. This will help with free movement as well as giving you a convenience to flaunt your legs.

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  • Sneak into your partner’s wardrobe and flick his over sized button-ups. The billowing material will devote your belly. Roll up the sleeves for that stylish look and when your belly is too big wear your button up open over a cool t-shirt. To make it more feminine, you can accessorize it with nice set of oxidized or gold bangles or a long chain.

 

 

  •  Why not a bohemian dress? Accessorized with minimal jewellery. You will feel as fine as a may day queen -light and sexy.

 

 

 

  • Fetch for belt dresses or tops. Wear the belt just above the belly. This look is very adaptable and transformable. Style it with a cool pair of flats and oversized sunglasses.

 

 

  • Stretch for pencil skirts with non fitting shirts. Pair them with sneakers and a neutral bag to impact your overall look.

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  • Pamper yourself with a nice and relaxing hair spas, pedicures and manicures.  Most women have hairfall during pregnancy,hair spa helps to nourish and strengthen your hair and stabilize the extra oil secretions during this time.
  • There is no need to do a full face makeup, as you are already glowing with pregnancy and your hormones acting up. Three basic requirements like mascara, lip gloss and moisturizer will help you get going. For acne prone moms,concealer will definitely help camouflage those scars. 
  • Last but not the least, do not forget to pose for those gorgeous photos with glamorous outfits.

So, ladies its not about what size you wear, its about how you wear your sizes. Do not be afraid to show off those curves. Life is too short to wear dull and lifeless clothes.

Dress shabbily & they remember the dress; dress impeccably & they remember the   woman                                                                                                                                                            – coco chanel

Saree and me!

Known for its tradition,ethics and rich cultural heritage, South India is the spiritual home for sarees which has forever been an integral part of Indian fashion.Through the ages,trends have come and gone, fashion is always evolving, yet the saree remains the favoured apparel of the Indian woman.  

And why should it not be? This six yard long garment is one of the most versatile ways of expressing feminism and personality,unlocking a myriad of possibilities in draping styles,adapting to the shape of any individual seamlessly. 

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Sarees always add that special graceful touch whatever the occasion may be. You might not guess from looking at all the pictures in this blog that I’m actually not very comfortable wearing sarees. I always have to run for help to drape it in the right way, but there is always some sort of joy and happiness when I’m in one. And no matter how accustomed you are ,there always seems to be better ways of draping a saree, but then again I suppose that is part of timeless charm

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Throughout India’s illustrious past, Silk has been associated with royalty and opulence. My mom was always very fond of silk sarees because of its contrast,fine texture and refinement, and her huge collection reflects that perfectly. Having seen her in sarees since I was a child, I did not even think twice before deciding to go with a traditional saree for my cousin’s wedding which I attended last month. I usually prefer to mix match the blouse with contrast colors,embroideries and variations to make it a little more stylish and distinctive.

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And what can be more exquisite than the combination of a silk saree and antique jewellery? With the temple necklace,jhumkas and bangles adding that authentic South Indian touch, the look was complete.

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Without a doubt, an Indian women’s wardrobe will always feel empty without the elegance and sophistication of the evergreen saree!