Sunday, September 28, 2014

Shine, seal, delivered

In an attempt to create some fantastic eerie, gothic yet reminiscent of a lot of elegance kind of photographs, we managed to ruffle a few feathers in the mall. (Read: mall guards)
Does that make any difference in the larger picture where I got to combine the stunning and classically elegant jewellery by Minawala and the magic of the make up brushes of the talented Sakshi Malik in Delhi. The answer would have to be a no.
The idea behind picking these particular jewellery pieces and this kind of styling was to create an editorial that highlights the versatility of this jewellery. The long chandelier earrings with successive flowers, the chunky statement ring with the use of rubies and diamonds and the classic bracelet with a spray of diamonds in a structural format could work wonders with your lehenga for your best friend's wedding just as much as they could with a snake print camisole and leather pants a la Pantera loving rocker chic.
There is no marriage that works just as harmoniously as that of the right jewellery and the right make up. Make up artist extraordinaire Sakshi has worked on a dramatic look complete with false eye lashes and full oxblood lips and smokey eyes to complement the shades of winter and fall as seen in the jewellery.

The make up artist Sakshi Malik can be reached on instagram and twitter at username: sakmalik
Find her on Facebook at Sakshi Malik and Minawala Jewellers at Minawala jewellers.

The break up of the make up used:
Started off my prepping the skin with himalaya cleanser and toner. Followed by biotique morning nectar moisturising lotion. Then I applied the 'stila one step correct' primer with a foundation brush. I used MAC studio finish concealer in shades NC 42 and 35 on the under eyes, forehead, under the lower lip and also on the sides of the lips. Then I used 'bourjois healthy mix foundation' in shade 56 all over the face, neck and ears with a stippling brush. I contoured the cheeks, jaw line and nose with foundations in shades 'almond' and 'warm walnut' from my Bobbi Brown BBU palette. Also used my MAC bronzing powder in shade 'matte bronze' on the cheek bones. Secured it all with MAC translucent powder. 
Eyes- first applied my eye primer by 'two faced'. Then used a cream pigment in pearl from my illamasqua reflection palette. Used a pearly eye shadow from my NYX palette on top. MAC Prunella to line the eye lids and blended that with MAC eyeshadow 'sketch' and used it on the crease line. Also used black shimmer eye shadow from my NYX palette on the crease line. Defined the eye brows with black eye shadow from my screenface palette. Mascara used was 'great lash' from maybelline. And used fake lashes 'sultry' that I got from primark, London. Used prunella under the water line too to give a smudged effect. Last I used 'rice paper' from MAC on the brow bone as a high lighter. 
Cheeks- contouring with the Mac bronzer. 

Lips- prepped with a lip balm. Then applied MAC lip pencil in shade 'nightmoth'. Used revlon lipstick in shade 'black cherry'. 

Snake print camisole: Zara
Black Leather pants: Next
Jewellery and location C/O: Minawala Jewellers

Photography Courtesy: Riddhima Arora Behance or reach her on email at

Till the next time,

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Street Chic

Anything that floats your imagination. Anything that makes you break out of your shell. Anything that gives you wings. You can own any style that catches your fancy. Because frankly, the only rule that I play by when it comes to my sartorial choices is that there are no rules. The only fashion rule that I have played by for as long as I remember is going by my instinct. I love inspirations and I love my share of world street style blogs. But the final verdict on any look that I create is by answering one simple question, "how true to my style will this be?"
I'm gearing up for the exit of this balmy summer season. And fall definitely is the herald of all things grey and oxblood. This dress put together with my black and white buckled heeled loafers seemed to liberate me in a way that a flouncy dress or A-line skirt could not.
With a dash of gypsy gold and a bag that epitomises all that is right (or wrong) with our generation, I came to a conclusion that this is my idea of street chic.

Dress and accessories: Forever 21
Shoes: Charles and Keith
Bag: Zara
Sunglasses: C/O American Swan

Photography Courtesy: Riddhima Arora Behance or reach her on email at


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Piece de resistance

It has to be counted as a perk of being a fashion blogger when you are exclusively introduced to labels that you might not have encountered till that point. If you have in the past seen or invested in one of the timeless pieces by That's Thefft, then consider yourself darn lucky. When I first saw the lookbook of this particular label, I was in a state of awe since each garment by designer Mihika of That's Thefft is painstakingly hand embellished. The designs are truly modern and chic and definitely for a modern day diva. Having known to be a self confessed embellishment and sequin lover, I decided to pick this 'Ibbie' dress to style since its rich, yet Indian brocade element in a full skater silhouette posed a challenge. The belt created at the beginning of the skirt with chunky red gems and a plain black blouse of the dress both fall in fashionable harmony with the gold brocade. The stiff brocade makes the dress appear grand in all its glory. I decided to give it a raw Indian feel with complementing red and gold jhumkas and a sturdy leather and rose gold Daniel Wellington watch. The 'I-woke-up-like-this-hair' (just kidding, I have to put in a lot of effort to even slightly curl my poker straight hair :/) seemed like the right idea with the combination of the brocade, the jhumkas and the bright red lips. Thats the thing with That's Thefft, each piece is a piece de resistance. You never have to try too hard.
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For all the information about the latest That's Thefft collection that goes live in stores on 20 September (Including Ibbie), find them on Facebook here.

Ibbie Dress: C/O That's Thefft
Leather watch: C/O Daniel Wellington
Envelope clutch: Aldo
Rose gold sandals: Zara
Jhumkas: Beget, G.K-I

Photography Courtesy: Riddhima Arora Behance or reach her on email at


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