Saturday, 22 April 2017

From One '90s Kid to Another

One fine morning last week, I started my day as with the ritual of checking all online stores to see if something new had come. It was a known fact that Disney was soon going to collaborate with Koovs but I was completely unaware of when the collection was going to be live. I must have woken up from the correct side of the bed because that morning the Disney's collaboration with Koovs lied in front of me!
All the 90s kids would understand my level of excitement right now. (Literally had to rewrite the post because of too many typos!)
I've been a sucker for Disney ever since I started watching the television. More than Telly Tubbies, my life revolved around the love story of Micky Mouse and Minnie Mouse. When my mom used to leave for her office, she would wake me up after which, the entire day, my eyes would be glued to the Disney Channel until she came back in the evening. So when I saw the collection live on Koovs, it was but natural that I would lose my cool and add a few pieces from the collection. 
One of the things that I ordered was a monochrome printed bodycon dress. The day it came, I couldn't let go of it and literally slept hugging it. (Yes, I love my clothes too much)
To all the 90s kids, this blog post is for you guys! 






If your level of excitement got as high as mine had, stock your closet with DisneyXKoovs collection now- http://www.koovs.com/disneyxkoovs


-Shweghna.



Product Review | Nykaa SKINGenius Compact

My first encounter with a compact was when my best friend forcibly put some on my face, years back. After that incident, I switched to compacts but always stayed loyal to Chambor. Recently, Nykaa launched their own range of Skin Genius Compacts. This range contains three shades- Natural Ivory, Warm Honey, Rose Beige. 
When I first saw the collection on Nykaa's website, I fell in love with their packaging. For heaven's sake, they had a separate compartment for the compact and a separate one for the blender. (Something which nobody can say no to!) The next thing I knew- I was adding the shade Rose Beige 02 to the cart and placing the order.


For the ones who are skeptical of ordering online, my order came in three days in this pink box and was of top notch quality. 
Available for just Rs. 525, the Rose Beige 02 was perfect for my complexion. As my color is on the wheat-ish side, this shade perfectly blends on my skin. I prefer my compacts to not make me look white and should give a natural look on my face and this matte finish compact did exactly that for me. Oh, and it's texture is creamy and soft.
For somebody like me who sweats like a pig, having a compact which helps me fight the oily look is actually a blessing. For me the deal breaker about this product was that it lasts all day long. (Which even the brand I was loyal to, couldn't offer) And anyway, nobody likes to put makeup on their face, 10 times a day. I hated doing that but since I had no other option, I went ahead and put compact on my face, again and again.
In a nutshell, if you're looking for compacts that blend with your skin tone and help you survive the dreadful weather, go with the SKINGenius compacts range. You won't be disappointed. I know, I wasn't.


-Shweghna.


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Dressing Up for Other Women

Ever since I can remember, I've dressed up for other women. It started at the age of five with those really pretty skorts which my mom used to buy in abundance for me. The feeling I would get when all my girlfriends used to stare at them with envy was out of this world. Back then, I didn't know what I was doing but now I know that the term was- dressing up for other women.

There's a party of about 50 people and you know literally everybody whose going to show up. Your body is killing you because you've had a long and tiring day. Gym pants is all you want to slip into right now. But do you step out of your house wearing the most comfortable piece that lies in your closet? No, you instead pick the off-shoulder bodycon dress, wash and curl your hair, take a minimum of 45 minutes to do the make-up and don the H&M danglers you bought just last week.
Are you doing this for yourself? Absolutely not. 
You're doing this for those 30 other women who're going to look their best and you don't want to be one step behind.


Don't get me wrong dear readers, dressing up for other women is not wrong. If you ask me, it gives me a thrill, a reason to take an extra effort towards myself. And every time I get the stares with envy, I transport back to the time when I was five. The feeling still is out of this world. To some like me, it is a way of boosting the confidence, while there are others who take this as a stressful task.
But sometimes this term can mess up with your head for real and make you do things which you would swear to never have done if asked by a friend.
That leads me to the second part of this post- 

Have you ever criticized your friend's outfit so that she doesn't wear it and you get to take the lead? 
I as a matter of fact did it once. One week before this really huge party, one of my friends sent me pictures of two dresses out of which one was so good that I shed some stoic tears and the other one was relatively not that attractive. My friend wanted to go with the dress I too liked but I made her wear the other one. I said all the things which I knew would convince her to wear the average dress. She came to the party looking ordinary and feeling not-so-great while I, even after looking better than her and getting what I wanted, felt worse than her. 
No, I'm not proud of the incident but it helped me realize what a bitch of a person I was becoming. So I decided to make my peace with this term and not go so crazy. Ever since then, I've tried to dress up for only myself and it's truly made me happy. 

But if you were sailing the same boat as mine, you would know that every now and then, it's not so bad to get the "out of this world" feeling when dressing up ;)


-Shweghna.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

7 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Interning

I have spent a good amount of time on my blog (considering this is the sixth year) writing about things related to fashion and lifestyle. But last year after my boards ended, I knew that it's time to gain professional experience now- learn from those who knew better than me. I applied at zillions of fashion start ups, companies and digital magazines and my effort did eventually pay off. I started getting responses, some were positive while some simply declining my application.
Now after one year, when I look back at that time, I feel I should have known these things before I started interning-



A Strong Cover Letter
Your cover letter is basically a letter where you can show your passion for the position or the company. From why you want to intern there to what are your expectations from this internship, it contains everything. I made one after 7-8 months and by then it was too late. You should always include this letter in your mail to give an insight about your vision and goals.

Know the Company- Company 101
If you get through the applying phase, start reading everything about the company. Nobody wants to have an umm moment where they have no answer to give. I've had that moment once or twice so trust me when I say this- YOUR INTERVIEWER IS GOING TO CRINGE AND DISLIKE YOU ALREADY! 
Be prepared and if needed, know something about the employees as well. 

Don't Be Scared of Speaking
I'm a talker so my sister and friends always advice me to talk less. I blindly trusted their advice and screwed two-three interviews like that. It happened because I wasn't able to express myself freely and I left many pros about myself. Don't be afraid of talking much. Express yourself and tell those things which you feel is necessary to be told. Also make sure that you're not blabbering and boring the person sitting in front of you. 

Sample of Your Work
Carry the samples of your work to your interview. Let it do the talking for you. I once took my fashion photography folder and it really helped me but it was after I learned from my prior experiences. Samples will show how experienced and talented you are and will surely please your interviewer.

Crack The "Why Do You Want This Internship?" question 
This is the concluding question of all interviews. No matter which industry you choose, if you fail to nail this one, then you can kiss the internship goodbye. Ask yourself this question ten times or more but do come up with a response. I now include the benefits that the company can offer, my growth prospects, learning to work out of my comfort zone etc.

Know Your Industry
No matter what field you choose, know the important people of your industry along with the kind of work they do. Interviews can be pretty general so don't be shocked if the interviewer mentions somebody well known from your field. The important names and their works should be your household topics!

Ask for Work 
This stage comes after you're hired. If you feel that you're idle for long, ask for work. Do any sort of work even if it is filling cups and cups of coffees for your bosses. Learn the left and right of every department. This will help you in the longer run for sure and the amount of appreciation you'll get by the end of the internship will be immense.


-Shweghna.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Genderless on the Ramp of Abraham & Thakore at AIFWAW17

Fashion shows which have exciting setups are the ones I look most forward to. Although I was put off by the first look of Abraham & Thakore's ramp, yet I went ahead and sat in the media pit (which is quite a pain if you ask me) to get the best shots of the show. The 'Back to Work' show was opened by the stunning Lakshmi Rana in a tuxedo shirt and pyjamas. (If not the audience then I was pretty satisfied with this autumn-winter trend!)
Next came a line of the most comfortable looking clothes which also happened to look really trendy. The shade palette will be perfect for blending in any kind of work place. (Hello corporate fashion)
From churidar pants to choga jackets, from angarkha jackets to lungis, all fabrics used were of pure cotton. This was because the designers wanted to introduce a solution for all the individuals who are made to work in the heat. Ladies, stock this collection before it's too late.



The highlight of this show was when the male models were seen in bindis and lipstick and the women models in ties and nehru jackets. Clothes taken from both the genders were seen to be interchanged on the ramp to eliminate the idea of gender specific dressing. Indeed, a bold move. Abhraham & Thakore had my heart after they portrayed this beautiful concept. 
Something refreshing and comforting was seen on the show because of simple separates and subtle colors. 






The first day of AIFW was everything that I had hoped for and in some instances even better. This time with backstage, street style and the runway to cover, I will get to experience a completely new side of the fashion week. Here's hoping it gets only better!


Until next time.
-Shweghna


DISCLAIMER- All pictures belong to this publication.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Spring Comes Early.

Don't know about you but I was pretty bummed about the fact that Spring came early this year. I'm a sucker for Winters and now all I can think about is how badly I'm going to get tanned. (And imagine, March has JUST started.)
Recently I payed a visit to Sarojini Nagar where I was only able to spot clothes with bad quality and bad designs. I was nearly heartbroken when I stumbled upon this super pretty playsuit with a floral print. (Even my best friend had eyes on it!) For 300 bucks, it was a great purchase. I styled this playsuit with comfortable flats and a peachish-pink shoulder bag from Koovs. 








Jumpsuit: Sarojini Nagar
Flats: Venus Steps
Bag: Koovs


Until next time.
-Shweghna

Friday, 10 February 2017

With Love from Pushkar

I was supposed to be travelling to Pushkar last week but I ended up staying back because of college internals. Sucks, doesn't it? While I sulked in Delhi, my mom and sister shopped their hearts out in Pushkar and got quirky indo-western clothes for me. Although I would have preferred being in Pushkar and buying the stuff on my own, the clothes did enough justice to me.
In this post, I've styled this indian black half jacket with a basic black teeshirt along with matching patiala salwar. Since winters are almost over, I wanted to write an outfit inspiration post for the incoming spring/summer.







Half Jacket & Patiala: Pushkar
Top: Forever 21
Earrings: Thrift
Chappal: Venus Steps

-Shweghna.


Friday, 27 January 2017

White Clouds In Jaipur

Since almost 3 years, I had dearly wished to attend the Jaipur Literature Festival but something or the other always came up due to which I ended up staying in Delhi whenever it took place. However, this year I was adamant that I will attend the JLF even if I had to go alone. Lucky for me, one of my college friends agreed to accompany me on a one day journey as I had to leave for Dehradun the next day. (post on that trip coming too!)
We took an overnight sleeper bus to save time and reached Jaipur at sharp 5:00 AM. Although we reached way too early and got lost, it was a wise decision for us because by 11:00 AM, we were at the festival. Plastic flowers and colorful paper mache greeted us as soon as we entered the Diggi Palace. Almost every body present at the venue was clicking pictures with the decoration. Even the news anchors and journalists chose to make the paper mache decoration their background, while reporting the festival.


There were 6 halls in the festival- Charbagh, Mughal Tent, Front Lawn, Baithak, Durbar Hall and Samvad where sessions of authors and poets were taking place at every hour. My favorite author- Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni was one of the speakers at the festival. Sadly, I missed her session and couldn't even get her new book- Before We Visit the Goddess signed. (broke my heart!) There was also a huge bookstore from where one could purchase books (signed copies as well) of only those authors who were going to speak in the festival. I bought many novels (mostly of Chitra Banerhee Divakaruni only) and left from there as a happy kid. 
Stalls of clothes, accessories and bags were set up right next to the Front Lawn. While I bought a wallet in the shade of lime green, my friend eyed the dream catcher earrings and Khadi kurtis. 
We spent a good amount of time roaming around and taking in the feel of the festival. We even bumped into the contestants of the famous reality show- Big Boss!
A whole section was dedicated to food stalls which had all sorts of cuisines while another section was for just the Rajastani cuisine

After attending the Jaipur Literature Festival, we decided to kill time at one of the most famous hangout places in Jaipur- Tapri, The Tea House. Their tagline is- "Himmat Rakho" which was printed on every waiter's tshirt. There we ordered cutting chai, masala shikanji, khakra pizza and a few other dishes. But when at Tapri, do order their splendid corn shots. (consists of cheese, mayo and corn) I get sudden midnight cravings for these shots every now and then. The atmosphere at Tapri was calming and serendipitous because of the pleasant weather and the Rajastani songs being played in the background. 
After chilling at this rooftop cafe, we went back to our room and watched tv till midnight. Next day, I had to leave as early as I could to reach Delhi on time and pack for Dehradun but due to the Jaipur Literature Festival, all the buses were full and I was stuck in Jaipur till late afternoon. Something like this was bound to happen as it was my first trip alone but this trip also opened new horizons for me and I realized, what a bliss travelling alone is! 




If you ever get a chance to travel alone even if people tell you that it's crazy and that you'll get bored, tell them to screw themselves and go ahead with the trip. It may turn out to be the best decision of your life!

-Shweghna.


Sunday, 8 January 2017

Genderless in Japan- Approve!

Yesterday an article in the Times Trends section caught my attention. After reading it, I knew I had to share it and what could have been a better portal than my own blog?
We've all been familiar with the fact that Japan has been leading the pack when it comes to fashion but this time they chose to target the norms of the society and has got the entire world surprised for real. 

Genderless Kai (genderless style) came into existence after the Tokyo Girls Collection 2015 A/W fashion show. Ever since then, there has been no turning back for the danshi (young men) of Japan. Now some might anticipate that this movement is related to sexuality but it has nothing to do with it whatsoever. It's a movement to blur the line between pink and blue- between femininity and masculinity. Genking, an out gay male model gained a lot of popularity after his appearance in the Tokyo Girls Collection fashion show. Toman, another model and a member of the XOX band is often spotted defending the movement on the Japenese telly. He in fact, flaunts his genderless style whenever he's performing on the stage!
Toman feels that if a person finds something which suits him or matches his taste (even if it's a slim-fit tank top), then gender has absolutely no role to play. You will be able to watch many Danshi of Japan to be bending the gender norms by dying their hair, getting manicures done and donning bright colored lipsticks.

Toman

To some this may seem odd. And surely, there will be many out there who might find this concept interesting but will be too afraid to try it because of the society. Because our society has taught us that dolls are for girls and cars are for boys. That if a guy cries, he may seem weak which is just not acceptable. So why is it that when actors are seen with makeup on screen, it's completely fine but when it's off screen, the guy is assumed to be gay? Many guys from Japan pointed this out that for decades women have been jealous of men who get to work and do whatever they wanted. But what they are jealous of is how women get to express themselves by the clothes they wear and the makeup they put. 
I feel that this is a splendid attempt by the young generation of Japan to break the norms formed by the society. It means that a guy has to be brave enough to let down his guard and actually do whatever he wants.

-Shweghna.


Saturday, 7 January 2017

TMxPolishTheNailBoutique

Situated on the 100 feet road of Chattarpur, Polish the Nail Boutique is a nail salon which provides services such as nail extensions, eye lash extensions, pedicures, manicures and facials. Never having done anything to my nails before, I was pretty thrilled when Karuna (one of the founders) invited me over for a review. As soon as I entered the salon, I could't help but fall head over heels for the white and grey interiors.There were two booths for nails and two for pedicures while a whole section was dedicated to facials. Right opposite the nails booth, I spotted a cabinet full of nail polishes and one of creams. The nail polishes cabinet looked nothing less than heaven even to somebody like me who rarely paints her nails.


  

I had my doubts about nail extensions but as soon as I saw the designs and prints that I could get done on my nails, those doubts exited as quickly as they entered. 
After consulting Karuna about the designs, I decided to go with a black french manicure. The technician then started with the process by first removing the cuticles of my nails. As I'm a nail biter, I hardly had nails on my fingers to begin with. To fix this, my technician first put extensions on all of my fingers. Then he cut the length as per my convenience. Next came the filing and shaping of these extensions. I wanted the semi oval shape so my technician kept the length to medium. Believe it or not dear readers but getting the extensions fit only took one and a half hour. 





Nobody loves nail art more than my sister so she had to be taken along to Polish. She decided to go with a multi color glitter nail art which would go with all of her outfits. For both her and my nails, UV gel was used. 
After extensions were fit and shaped, my technician used the gel and asked me to insert my hand inside the UV lamp. Now this can be risky because there is a chance that your nails might burn inside the lamp so you have to be really careful while getting extensions. This went on till three times after which finally the gel nail polish was put. Then the technician again put the gel and asked me to put my hand inside the lamp. After 3 long hours, my nails were finally done. 








Although the process is time consuming and it can be difficult for clumsy women like me to stay still, it is worth the wait. You won't be able to stop staring at your nails once the work is done. In my sister's words, my hands now look girly and eyeful. The results were bang on for both me and my sister and we loved the fact that the technicians were able to make any kind of design we wanted. Polish can also provide digital prints, one stroke designs, 3D and 4D designs on the nails. The nails will remain the same for 4-6 weeks after which new nails will start to grow so what one can do is get the design changed after a month. The staff is super sweet and will make sure that you leave the salon only after getting exactly what you want. I had a wonderful experience with Polish and I sure am going to pay it a monthly visit from now on.


You can see their work on- 



Get in touch with them for appointments-

Salon- D/94 100ft road chattarpur
New Delhi, India
Call- 098100 76910


-Shweghna.