Friday, August 15, 2014

Mastering the art of throwing a bachelorette

Bachelorettes and bridal showers have not been a norm in our country since time immemorial. Only over the last decade or so have we seen a crazy upsurge in this particular cultural practice and boy, is it a welcome change. For all the bride-to-bes, it is that one last night where you want to hang loose, let your hair down and make it count with all your main girls. While I have also noticed a trend of a bachelorette week with some, the rest of us are not that lucky to get a week off from work to celebrate the last few days of our friends' spinsterhood especially since we look for more holidays over the wedding celebration anyway.
To the meaty discussion now, I scoured the internet like a spy looking for clues to throw the best bachelorette for my best friend. While there are some articles out there, nobody wants to think more in detail than the obvious, get away with your friends etc.
Of course, a get away is a wonderful idea if you have that kind of time at hand and I would suggest that if you plan to get away, do it at least a month prior so as to stock up on your leaves ahead (This is for all of you women who have crazed work schedules like most of us).
While if you are going to be in the city, here are a few pointers to keep in mind while throwing a bachelorette to make the experience memorable not just for the bride to be but also for everyone attending.
  • The first thing most people think of when they think bachelorettes are the crazy amount of paraphernalia associated with this celebration. From sex toys to kinky hand cuffs, drinking board games to customised balloons, everything needs to be given enough detail. If you are looking to throw a down and dirty bachelorette then this article is not for you since I am personally over the whole male anatomy cake movement. Keep it classy. Make sure you keep your friend's taste in mind which is why I kept everything refreshingly girly and fun. Polka dotted balloons, bride-to-be-balloon, a kinky pink furry hand cuff just for the element of fun, customised badges keeping in mind all the girls who are going to be wearing it and the works.

  • The second thing that most people do not give much thought or importance to are the party favours and how those tie in to the party. My searches yielded a few ideas of creating hang over kits for everyone which included bandaids, a box of disprin and some crisps etc. As cool as that idea is, I wanted to do something of my own and tie it into the party. So my party favours were specially picked bright coloured Nyx lipsticks for all the girls. It was placed in their glass before they came in and when they picked their lipsticks, they had to wear it for the rest of the night, keeping it in the theme of the loud, bright girls' night. Safe to say, everyone loved their shade.
  • The third thing that I gave a lot of thought and emphasis to was the cake. The other option always is to customised cupcakes with cute fondant figures like bikini tops, bottoms, lipsticks, a bottle of champagne etc, but I was quite keen on a cake. Ensure that you do an in-depth research on the cake bakers in your city and choose the one who gets exactly what you need. I spoke to my baker in depth so much so that she knew how I wanted the insides of the cake to be! Be a pain but make sure it is the perfect cake. As far as the question of what cake to get goes, I skipped the trashy perverted connotations for a classic timeless Victoria's Secret cake with interesting pink ruffles peeping out. It looked and tasted divine and my research paid off. The other peppier options available these days are cake pops and if you live in a metropolitan city, those could be customised in colours and toppings too.
  • I did not obviously take photos of everything since after a while I just wanted to concentrate on having fun and obviously not share all the photos from a personal night. :) Another important aspect of the night if you plan to notch it up real high is the right champagne. We popped pink bubbly which I thought was appropriate given the theme of the night. I opted for Moet and other pink option is Chandon. Two ideal pink champagnes.
  • The aspect where I found most articles really unimaginative was the part about what games should follow the customary cake cutting, champagne popping. There are the obvious options of drinking roulette, which I must admit is quite fun but it is important you come up with games that engage all the girls throughout the night, depending on what you plan to do. I planned a bar crawl across the best bars in the city with a rule to consume different liquor at every bar, so the games had to up the ante too. These are two game ideas that I found and had a blast playing with the girls. Since many painstaking hours were spent finding it, I guess its time I share my research with the world to benefit many others.

  • Most importantly, whatever activity it is that you choose to highlight at a bachelorette, make sure it is keeping in mind what the bride-to-be will enjoy. Take a lot of photographs, do not sleep and ensure everyone wakes up with at least a mild hangover. Mild embarrassment in public is also due and should be on your agenda. (Fight with the DJ, drinks and conversations with random couples, hugging the bouncer, weird dance moves, some ideas that are tried and tested and can comfortably be spoken about on a public forum). The rest I shall leave up to your imagination. :)
I hope a few of these pointers and tiny detailed references help. The images are not of the finest quality and I am sure you could understand why. Make sure you give the bride-to-be a night that she will not forget and do it in your own style. There is nothing people love more than a party that screams of your effort and enthusiasm. 

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Strange Love

Named after a very popular song by the Kooks which also incidentally made it as a music score for a cute Coke advertisement, this post is an ode to my crazy mid season fixations with certain colour families. I need not even devote any time to emphasising how metallics are basically the florals from the 50s and 60s. I have found this new kind of love, love albeit a bit strange for all things grey and silver and this post is a testimony to that. More than the colour, it was this dolman style of the top that won me over. Its a futuristic asymmetrical hemmed poncho-like top that makes a perfect top for a snug pair of jeans. What I definitely cannot get enough of in this metal-silver frenzy are my silver pointy-toed pumps that I almost take to bed (just because I love them too much, you filthy mind).
I also have the addition of a cute nautical print baby clutch in an anchor print by American Swan which was the perfect addition to this silver crazed look.
I would have also introduced the zit that has found a home on my forehead for the last two days but I haven't named him yet. I would never photoshop the friendly bugger.














Wearing:
Dolman style top and slinky beaded gold necklace: Forever 21
Jeans: Guess
Pumps: Charles & Keith 
Clutch: C/O American Swan
Sunglasses: C/O Paperlillie
Hairband with beads and crystals: Aldo

Photography Courtesy: Riddhima Arora Behance or reach her on email at riddhimarora17@gmail.com

Till the next time, maybe when my zit has left the house.
x



Saturday, July 26, 2014

All my summer favourites

How many times have you found that one thing that you continuously obsess over for the next few weeks before you tire it out or wear it out? That one product that works wonders for you, so much so that you almost over use it death. It has happened with me as far as clothes and shoes go quite often, but this season I put together a cohesive, yet diverse list of my favourite things as they stand today. These were all sent across for reviews and I believe that has not coloured my judgment of what I think of them or why they make it to my list of favourites. Here goes:

1.
Skin Yoga Rose and Oats face wash

The rose and oats face wash by Skin Yoga is this granular powder mixture as seen in the photo above. Add a little bit of water to this amount of powder and rub and create a mixture and apply to your face.  Smells soft and nice and also cleans well. My favourite part has to be the fact that it leaves your skin scrubbed and slightly moisturised. It is not as handy as a face wash in a tube or a spray so this is not my everyday face wash but I definitely enjoy this indulgence once in a way. Find out all about this at their website and buy it there: Skin Yoga Priced at Rs. 1450 (INR)

2. 
India Circus: Flower Quill Mug



The colours, the lotus feathers and prints on this mug, everything comes together to make it a delight for your house. I am sipping my green and lemon tea in this mug on days on end now and do not plan to stop anytime soon. My favourite part is that it isn't glass and yet it has the beauty of one and is such a refreshing change from the porcelain and china around. Buy it here on India Circus. Priced at Rs. 399 (INR)

3. 
India Circus: Garden of ShangriLa cushion cover
This velvet cushion with the perfect scenario of the garden of shangrila as it is known creates the perfect prop for your back to sit around in all the comfortable corners of your house. A word of caution: This one is for the ultra small cushions. Buy this cutie on India Circus. Priced at Rs. 599 (INR)

4. 
Holii make up pouch



The folks at Holii create bags out of natural leather and handwoven textiles. The bags have a great Indian aesthetic that is almost unseen in most leather bag manufacturers in India. What is the best part about this? Buy any Holii bag at any of their stores or on their website and get this fabulous leather make up pouch free till the 31st of this month. This one deal you want to make the best of. 
As seen in the bag: (L-R) Burt's bees lip balm in grapefruit, Chanel nail paint in beige, Fleur Cherie hand cream by L'Occitaine, Green chunky ring by Forever New, Perfume by Jimmy Choo.

All products courtesy of the brands as mentioned above except the components of my bag. 8-)

Till the next time.
x

Monday, July 21, 2014

Before the sun sets

Spring turns to summer,
Autumn turns to winter,
Before you know it,
the sweet goes bitter.
The tide comes in,
bringing with it a host of shells,
Before you know it,
her dreams begin to melt.
We sit and ideally wonder,
about life and its way,
Before you know it,
April turns to May.
She wants to extend her arm,
one more time,
touch it before it wilts,
one more time, before the sun sets.















Wearing:
White blouse: Zara
Floral Pinafore: Forever 21
Box sling bag: Toteteca
Gold Cuffs: Forever 21 and Vero Moda
Platoform strappy sandals: Zara
Necklace in pastel: Pipa-Bella
Sunglasses: C/O paperlillie.com


Photography Courtesy: Riddhima Arora Behance or reach her on email at riddhimarora17@gmail.com


x

Monday, July 7, 2014

Tropical with a flourish

What do you get when you combine a bomber jacket with a vibrant tropical print and a price tag of Rs. 500? A must have? But of course, a must have. I must admit that as much as I have been lusting over the whole sporty luxe fashion movement, I have not found the ideal mix of sporty with the girly for myself. The right mix where I don't go overboard following a trend blindly and instead adapt it for my personal style. But this bomber jacket in lush tropicals demanded to be taken in just as much as this chequered white midi skirt in net did. It was interesting to see how this odd pairing would work out. Of the tropical bomber jacket and the feminine midi skirt in white net chequered in self.
I think it worked, especially with this white satchel bag and the cobalt blue pumps and the almost lack of accessories. Which trend are you flirting with this summer?










Wearing:
Tropical print bomber jacket: Street find, Gk-1, M Block Market, Delhi
White midi skirt in net: ASOS
Cobalt blue pumps: Michael Antonio
Reflectors: Ray Ban
White leather satchel: Toteteca

Photography Courtesy: Riddhima Arora Behance or reach her on email at riddhimarora17@gmail.com

Till the next time,
x

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

I'm batman

Kimonos are to summers what capes are to winters. Can you imagine what Fashion Weeks would be like if we didn't see at least one street style celebrity strutting it in a fabulous block coloured cape? Or even one of those fur ones? The paparazzi would have a field day looking for that one style saviour to photograph and make the street style headlines. I wouldn't say its entirely gratuitous since I truly believe in the super power of a good cape, or in this case a kimono. This geometrically inclined patterned kimono is so easy to style, you could throw it over a pair of track pants and still work it. So while I might not be batman (well, ever notice how I'm never in the same room as batman) or am I, I could still work my kimono like a charm with this lets-go-take-a-hike look. Especially with the addition of this large star studded nautical carry all from American Swan.
Would you trudge off on a getaway with this kimono and funky hold all look?
















Wearing:
Grey midi dress: Forever 21
Patterned kimono: Forever 21
Patent leather loafers or smoking shoes: Zara
Layer of necklaces: Choker with the elephants: Forever 21, longer necklace with the Buddha: Street find, Khan Market (Delhi)
Large hold all: C/O American Swan
Sunglasses: C/O American Swan

Photography Courtesy: Riddhima Arora Behance or reach her on email at riddhimarora17@gmail.com

x

Friday, June 27, 2014

The paradox of dressing up

It often strikes me as extraordinary, the paradox that comes along with the phrase 'dressing up'. Especially, given the context dressing up has been placed in, in this day and age. Where dressing up is mostly dressing down, keeping it clean, minimal chic and the other unending list of synonyms fashion bloggers use in their common parlance to describe effortless looks. Its a paradox that we have found ourselves completely intertwined in and at some levels, I am enjoying blurring the lines between dressing up and dressing down.
When I look at inspirations such as Jamie Beck of Ann Street Studio, I realise fashion editorials can be so much more than beautiful locales. And more often than not, Ann Street Studio does a beautiful version of minimalist photography on the blog and it still manages to capture the essence of inspiring fashion from across the world. Currently obsessed with the Cuyana campaign shot in Bali. The lethal combination of lush greenery, waterfalls and the simplicity of the clothing is enrapturing.
Now that I have disclosed that part of my brain that houses these fashion visuals, let me share the outfit that got me thinking about this paradox. I couldn't have epitomised this paradox anymore, even if I tried.
















Wearing:
White peplum Top: New Look, Dubai
Blue distressed cut outs: Forever 21
Tan gladiators: Forever 21
Aztec printed summer jacket with neon trims: Street find, GK-1, M Block Market (Delhi)
Layered Necklaces: Shorter (Australia), Longer (Street pick, Khan Market, Delhi)
Hand harness: C/O Youshine
Tote with sweet lime print: C/O Uff Shop at The Mill
Sunglasses: C/O American Swan

These sunglasses are my newly added babies to the ever increasing collection. Maybe I should share all my favourites one day. These ones are from American Swan and till now, I have had a pleasurable experience wearing them everyday. Easy on the pocket too, so there is always that option of diversifying your collection. This shape is perfect for thinner face structures like mine.

x

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