Friday, October 24, 2014

The Modern Muse

Early this month, Estée Lauder unveiled Modern Muse, a new fragrance that is inspired by the intriguing duality of today’s woman and complements every aspect of her dynamic life.

A Modern Muse is strong and confident, enhanced by her own intrinsic femininity and individual style. She is the heroine of her own life, always following her own instinct.  She is an independent spirit who possesses a natural magnetism that draws people in, inspires them with her smile, and speaks to them without saying a word. She is memorable, a force of creative energy, a true inspiration to others.

Personally I love perfumes that have floral fragrance. I must say that I was a lil hesitant when they mentioned that it has two contrasting aspects: Sparkling Jasmine Accord and Sleek Woods Accord. I love the idea of having the jasmine fragrance but slightly dicey on the woody accord.

I was pretty much dumbfounded at how the mixture of the two contrasting ingredients can create such an exceptional scent. First off it is nice and saturated with scent. Also I love the fact that the jasmine and honey suckle has overtaken the essence more with a hint of woodsy, musky undertones. One may dabble it in the morning and even at night but ideally I prefer using it at night. All in all I’d say I love it but if you ask about the lasting power I’m a lil disappointed. Hopefully they’ll improve the staying power in time. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Udaipur Chapter II

The Carousel life cycle of a person sometimes demands gratification from straying away from the mundane. For me, this gratification was achieved in a form of nostalgia for a different time period. The royal retreat resort with the lush green hills of Udaipur in the backdrop on a subtle monsoon served as a perfect setting for my mental travel back in regal Rajasthan times. With the architecture style of the retreat being a cross between old Jaipur and European renaissance, I felt it was only fitting to put together a Spaniard inspired outfit.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Udaipur Chapter I

My instagram feeds must have given you enough hints to convey that we've visited Udaipur, Rajasthan early this month. This was our first trip together as a team and we weren't really sure what to expect, though we heard and read all about it through friends and by browsing online.

We were lucky to be there during monsoon season as the climate was soothing. It was a good excuse for us to run away from the scorching heat of Delhi as Monsoon was taking forever to start.

What we heard and read about the city before we traveled was undoubtedly true. But the experience is altogether different when you’re actually there and enjoying the view and beauty of the city. We fell in love with the lakes, the hills, fairy-tale palaces, gardens, vintage cars and their giant doors carved beautifully in almost all the palaces we've been to. We actually discussed how to smuggle one of the many doors we saw throughout our visit. No kidding.

The first hotel we checked in was Hotel Fateh Garh. A beautiful Palace settles on a hill within the very heart of Lake City Udaipur. We were immensely mesmerized by the beauty of the hotel. The room allotted to us was warm, comfortable and their complimentary tea bag sachets and electric kettle definitely stole our hearts.

The ambience and architecture of the hotel intentionally made us indulge and make use of the space and beauty that it stands. It’s a majestic blend of royal past and modern comforts, a perfect place for fairy tale weddings or an excuse to be treated as royals. Did we have fun? Hmm …

Let the pictures speak for themselves.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Natural Habitat And Daily Rhythm

Over a recent period of time I've been exchanging words with the Homegrown team for a collaboration with Nike Sportswear, featuring the Nike Dunk Sky Hi. I was asked the question what a day in a fashion blogger's life looked like. I thought this was interesting because I never really reflected or looked into how a day in my life went by. Honestly my daily routine is a chaotic mess, but isn't that the best part of being your own boss.

Mandatory. Nothing rejuvenates me better than a cup of coffee and the daily bugle in the morning. And if I am feeling ambitious then a jog is in the cards. For me a change of scene is crucial, that's when I make the rounds to my favorite cafes around town for a little work, recreational and me time with another does of caffeine.

I make sure I dedicate a significant amount of my time to source garments and accessories for my online store and blog. Some of my favorite hot spots are Sarojini Nagar Market, Paharganj, Sadar Bazaar, Chandni Chowk etc. Trust me if you look carefully, you'll find budgeted/wallet friendly treasures.

Time to find inspiration at the comfort of my own cozy home work space. Hopefully that's where I find the next content for my readers and put together the collection for my store. Of course, I do cheat sometimes with a new favorite read or a play date with Layla, my loyal canine.

One of the most important thing for me as a personal style fashion blogger is to do a look book post apart from the collaborations, concept shoots etc. That's when I like to think my research on the latest trends pays off. And my photographer cum boyfriend cum business partner scouts for locations to shoot these looks.

What better way to end a long tedious day than to have a night out with my favorite peeps that I call family. Unwind with a couple of drinks and maybe shake away our worries with a visit to the dance floor.

And thus the cycle of my cut and dry life repeats again.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

N&S GAIA by Sidarth Sinha: Voice of sustainable style

Gaia, nature, sustainable fashion all tied together with a pretty ribbon to create what we know as N&S GAIA by Sidarth Sinha to convince us sustainability is the next big fashion fad. With clothes that speak of an avant – garde tone tied in with the sensibility of ready to wear; you can trust Sidarth Sinha and his label to live up to the statement “Fashion Is Art.”

We met Sidarth and Nathaniel in their modest work studio, with their team of artisans and weavers working on the fabrics from their next collection. What stood out was the array of beautifully crafted garments that filled the space. Sidarth draws inspiration from the northeast region of India, though not originating from the region; he shares much love and appreciation for their craftsmanship and creativity and strongly believe people should really start looking towards the east. Sidarth truly pays tribute to his inspiration and the environment by using natural organic fibers and natural dyes to produce fabrics for his garments. With impeccable draping, embroidery and pleating techniques, his garments are truly works of art. An N&S GAIA women is an inceptor, she is someone who wants to look chic while being environmental friendly and isn’t afraid to garner a bit of attention.