Sunday, 9 July 2017

A Pastel Affair

As you all might already know, the GST rules of this year just came out. Right before the declaration of the GST, all online websites went on sale. And not any sale but the sale of the century. I don't think I've ever shopped so much in two days.
The one maxi dress which I came across during the sale was from Ajio. They had a huge variety to choose from and that maxi seemed just perfect. I ordered it instantly and I just had to wear it and post pictures on the blog. No reason at all. Also, I'm investing a lot of money on maxis because there's pretty much nothing which is comfortable enough in this weather of Delhi (I know, many can relate).
Oh, and the pictures were taken at this adorable cafe in Saket called the Soho Cafe. Their interiors are very homely and comforting and the food is lip smacking!






-Shweghna.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

I Got Inked and Here's Why!

The thought of getting a tattoo made, first came across my mind right after my boards. I had just got out of school and the sky was the limit for me. I wanted to try every crazy thing I could think of back then. But the thought of getting inked soon got pushed back, somewhere inside my brain and I forgot about it in no time. You see, getting inked at that point of time, was just to try something new. It was the "new cool" for me. Up until last year, I didn't realize how important a step it was. I took months to decide the tattoo I wanted and for that, I went through a million images to decide the correct size and design.
Some of my friends tried to talk me out of it while some simply gave the green signal. The ones who were against it, did give a fair argument. However, I was adamant to get a tattoo made.
Those who've kept up with my Instagram page know that the first tattoo I got made was months ago. I didn't do a post on it because my experience was pretty bad. I got it made from the wrong place and imagine, it faded after only a week. After that I'd lost all hopes of getting inked again.
Until now.


My Experience:
I had my doubts after that but because I had to get another tattoo made, I researched extensively and talked to a lot of people who had their bodies covered with tattoos. Finally after loads of consultations, I went with The Inkinn Tattoo Studio, situated in Defence Colony.
As soon as I reached the second floor, an orange and white cat greeted me after which I no longer felt jittery (lucky for me that I'm obsessed with cats!). My tattoo artist Jasmer was more than willing to clear all queries before the procedure started. He even made me sign a form which I hadn't at the previous tattoo studio (felt like a complete idiot at that moment). He chose the correct size for me and told me to stay calm. After six months, I found myself, again seated on a tattoo artist's chair but this time with confidence. I'm so scared of needles that I could feel the blood vessels pumping in various parts of my body but in about 15 minutes, my tattoo was done and dusted. Jasmer paid painstaking attention on the details. According to him, that's the most important part of a tattoo; getting the details correct and I completely agree with him on this!



What I Got Made:
Semicolon Tattoo: The tattoo may seem small but it has a deep meaning which many are not aware of. A semicolon is used when an author could've chosen to end the sentence, but chose not to. You are the author and the sentence is your life. It is a beautiful tattoo which gives you strength and courage.
Birds Tattoo: Birds symbolize freedom of the human spirit or the soul. Birds are not bound to anybody. I felt three was the perfect number for underneath the collarbone (not too much, not too less).


Procedure:
First the tattoo artist will take a printout of your tattoo and tell you to choose the right size. Once you've decided on that, the printout will be used to trace the tattoo. Then the action begins. Getting a tattoo made is a time consuming and painful process. Blood might also assemble on the area where you're getting the tattoo made (luckily, not in my case). And as the tattoo is pierced till four layers of our skin out of seven, it takes about 15-30 days for the tattoo to get healed. In these days, bid goodbyes to perfume, beach, shampoo, soap and the sun for as long as you can. I was also told to apply Johnson's Baby Oil, twice a day. Once the dead skin is peeled off, the tattoo will settle and the color will come out just right.

Don't Forget These Things:

  • Remember that a tattoo stays with you forever so you can't just wake up one morning and decide to get inked. 
  • Your tattoo will speak for you. You WILL get judged because of it. When I got a semicolon made, people were curious to know about my past and what had happened. 
  • Research about the right tattoo place and consult people who have tattoos on their body. I highly recommend Inkinn as my tattoo turned out to be exactly what I wanted. 
  • Avoid your loved one's name, anniversary date and identical tattoos. Don't mean to sound rude but you can never be certain of the future with people. And, I've heard that the process of getting a tattoo removed is not very pleasant. 
  • Do NOT scratch. If your tattoo is in the healing process, you'll end up ruining it by scratching or rubbing it too hard. You have to be very careful with the tattoo. Treat it like a new born baby (no kidding). 


Inkinn Tattoo Studio
Address | S-5, Second Floor, B-87, Defence Colony, Near South Ex Flyover, New Delhi - 110024
Phone No. | 9910236996

-Shweghna. 

Monday, 29 May 2017

Head to Bir for a Life Changing Travel Experience!

Travelling to Bir, Himachal Pradesh was something my sister and I had been planning, since months. As soon as my exams ended, we packed our bags, booked our tickets and headed to the bus station to catch an overnight bus till Palampur. We left from our house feeling proud because we didn't forget anything but the one thing which we didn't keep a check on, was the time. After reaching the bus station we were frantically running everywhere to find our bus. Being the clumsy girl that I am, I even managed to fall badly and bruise my knees. But in the end, we tracked down the bus and everything worked out for us.


How to Reach
We took a cab from Palampur to Bir and it took us 45 minutes to reach but if you're planning to go from Delhi, you can take a bus. On the way back, we took the Himsulta Volvo from upper Bir and the bus dropped us to I.S.B.T Kashmiri Gate. From Delhi to Bir it will take you approximately 12 hours in the bus. I would suggest, take an overnight bus because you won't get to know where the time passed. The bus stops at every station for 5 minutes and at three to four places for dinner/lunch/breakfast and tea breaks.

You can get your tickets booked at-http://www.hrtchp.com/hrtctickets/


Where We Stayed
Colonel's Resort was the resort where I stayed for three days. As soon as I entered, I fell in love with the property. The resort has an overlooking view of the mountains and so much of greenery that you'll feel like staying outside the entire time. The resort has 15 rooms, tents for camping, a dining area with a verandah, a yoga room and a huge parking space.


What took my heart away was the adorable pets of the resort. This one is a three year old Cocker Spaniel called Dash. For those who don't know this about me, I'm a hardcore cat lover but by the end of three days, I became very fond of Dash. I used to start my day by playing with him and sleep, only after I had spent a good amount of time with him.
Apart from Dash, Colonel's Resort is home to a Labrador called Frisky and two horses named Namta and Noorie. Oh, and I'm pretty sure I spotted some exotic species of worms and birds right outside my room.
One can easily pass his time in this resort by playing with these animals. They give so much of love to a person that you'll completely forget all of your problems.




Wednesday, 24 May 2017

L.A.Girl Pro Conceal HD Product Review

There was a time when makeup was never on my shopping list. But then I hit the phase when after trying makeup just one time, I couldn't let go of it. Now for somebody like me who has heavy bags under her eyes at all times, using a concealer is must. After trying on a million concealers, I came across the L.A. Girl Pro Concealer. While ordering this brand from Nykaa I was pretty skeptical because I had never used it before but I really liked the packaging and the size of the concealer, so I confirmed my order anyway.

The process to use it is pretty simple-
All you have to do is give the bottle a little squeeze and instantly some amount of concealer will come out on the brush. Gently apply some amount of it on the needed areas like the under eye, forehead, upper lips etc.
Some people also use it on their neck to even the skin tone but I just find it super weird to use the concealer on any place except the face.
L.A. Girl's concealer brush is pretty soft and smooth so the concealer can be applied very easily. And spreading it on the face is no task as it's texture is creamy.
I'ts very important to use a good primer before applying this concealer otherwise the effect won't be visible. Make sure that after applying the concealer, you're blending it properly otherwise you'll end up looking like a jaundice patient. (The experience my sister and I had the first time we used it!)

The process to use it is pretty simple. All you have to do is squeeze the bottle a little and some amount of concealer will come out on the brush. Gently apply some amount of it on the needed areas like the under eye, forehead, upper lips etc. (Some people also use it on their neck!)
I had purchased the shade Warm Honey, which was slightly darker than my skin tone. Last time I bought a shade lighter than my skin tone, I ended up looking like a ghost. Warm Honey was the perfect choice because all the lines and uneven color was gone, giving my face the texture I always wanted. I'm hooked to this concealer now and you will be too once you use it!
There are 24 shades in the Pro Concealer so no matter which skin tone you have, you will find the right concealer.



Price- INR 535



-Shweghna.


Thursday, 18 May 2017

The Face Shop Brightening Face Mask Review

To be honest with you all, I've never been a lover of face masks. I feel a face pack is much better than a face mask as you can choose the quantity. But one evening while I was adding makeup to my cart on Nykaa, I saw the brand- The Face Shop listed in the top brands. After reading all the reviews and stalking the brand's official Instagram page, (background knowledge is everything) I added their Brightening Face Mask to my cart.

Price- Rs. 150


Every time I shop online, I have this excited feeling going on till the time I don't get my products. It's not just there when I'm trying something new but also when I'm ordering things that I use everyday. After ordering the face mask, I was literally running towards the door every time I heard the doorbell ring. 
When the product arrived, it was rolled in bubble wrap. Next morning, I evened my skin tone by using a toner after which I tore the package and put the face mask on my face. The smell of this face mask resembled that of the shampoo my hair cutter uses every time I pay him a visit. Because this face mask smells so good, you will want to put it on your face again and again. 








The process is pretty simple. All you have to do is peel the film off and then spread the mask on your face. Adjust it properly from the eyes to the nose. Keep it like that for 10-20 minutes and then tap lightly to absorb the leftovers of the mask
I could see the difference on my face right away. All the uneven texture was gone and my face had suddenly lit up. Oh, and on the plus side, my face smelled SO good after that. The face mask made me feel fresh and love my face. This is a must try for all those who feel that dirt and dust stick on their faces, every time they step out of the house.









Get this face mask now from- http://www.nykaa.com/the-face-shop/


-Shweghna.

Friday, 28 April 2017

TMxNityaBajaj- The One from the Equine Collection

If you're an ardent follower of Indian designers who are killing it with their designs, then you must know about Nitya Bajaj's recently launched collection- Equine. Previewed at the India Showcase Week which took place at the Roseate, Aerocity, this collection of Nitya Bajaj gained so much of media coverage that the updates from this show was all I could see on my social media platforms for a whole week. (And mind you, I follow a LOT of publications/media houses)

Who wouldn't adore this collection?
After all, it has prints of horses, hoofs and bows. Oh, and did you spot the flares, the lace work and the bows on the neck!? I went nuts over this collection and watching videos of the stunning Divya Khosla Kumar, walking in these adorable clothes was the cherry on top for me.
A fun and flirty line, this is the pocket friendly collection you wouldn't wanna miss.

Here's what I loved from the entire collection-







Peplum top- Nitya Bajaj
Trousers- Wills Lifestyle
Heels- Marks & Spencers
Briefcase- Hemant & Nandita 


This white peplum wrap around shirt was my favorite from the Equine Collection. I tried to give a Work Mode look by pairing these black trousers and white heels with the wrap around shirt. To add a little color to the look, I paired this floral briefcase.

To shop the collection you can go to- http://www.nityabajaj.com/shop/equine-summer

Keep up with the designer Nitya Bajaj's latest collections by following her on-

Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/labelnityabajaj
Twitter- https://twitter.com/LabelNityaBajaj
Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/nityabajajbirla

You can also visit her store to see the collection- 37A Shahpur Jat, Siri Fort, New Delhi.


-Shweghna.

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.