You read it right! My Diwali look post made me aware that it has been a while since I wrote about beauty and fashion and was really missing doing those posts. So today, I am going to share my experience of styling a thick woollen coat. Having lived all my life in Mumbai, I had almost no experience of a proper winter. I had a great fascination for winter wear though. Who wouldn’t? Those long coats, the high boots.. they instantly glam one up. I bought a brown coat when I first moved to Delhi. It was a flattering cut, the colour was versatile and it served me well for a few years. However, being the lover of colour that I am, I wanted a brighter coat and a thicker one too.
During my North East trip in 2012, my leather jacket sleeve tore and so, I bought myself a long, thick wool coat in the most gorgeous blue and dark blue pattern. The only other option then was a drab black coat and I decided to chuck practicality out of the window and follow my instinct. The only things I looked for are good quality material, a good finishing and lots of warmth. I am so pleased I made that decision. This coat has been my faithful companion on all my travels so far. Here are some ways I have styled it.
Diwali is the time of the year, besides Karwachauth that I bring out all my traditional finery. This year, on an impulse I decided to wear a sari. I had picked out this silk Paithani many years ago and finally opened it up this year in Diwali. Since this was an impulse, I did not have a matching maroon or green blouse ready so paired it with a dull golden blouse. This blouse has been so handy whenever I want to wear saris on an impulse (which generally is the case with me) that I am now thinking of getting a silver, black and multi coloured brocade one a well!
Our Diwali celebration was simple. As always, we were going to do the pooja at home and light a few sparklers. So I kept the makeup simple and quick. A wash of gold eye shadow by Hard Candy, a big round bindi, sindoor and lipstick. Ah, the lipstick. When I was looking for the best lip colour to go with the sari, I realised I did not have a single maroon one. I ended up mixing a blue based red with a brown red brick colour to come up with a shade that went with the look. It is not a true match but I think it goes. What do you guys think?
Did you sport a special ethnic look this Diwali? Do share!
MAC Fluidity Collection – How gorgeous is the promo? I am not fond of editorial eye make up but this one is just gorgeous. Would you just look at that palette! Am just going gaga over it…
Did you notice that Green? It is a fluidline pen in the shade Privet. That is the colour I am literally salivating after. Simply gorgeous. I want to buy a dress, bag and shoes in this colour and wear it with the liner. Yea yea, match much but I can’t help it. Such a gorgeous colour. The last time I went gaga over a colour like this was Maybelline Hooked on Pink and I ended up picking a lipstick, gloss and nail paint in that colour. Waiting for a chance to get this now… Hope the MAC Fluidity Collection hits the shelves soon 🙂
If you are the kinds who leave things till the last minute or you thought you would not go and party this new year’s eve but only just decided that you will in fact go and party, chances are you are wondering, “What Do I Wear”? Before you go hunting the malls or boutiques for new year dresses, pause and think. Can you wear something from your wardrobe? Is there a way you can avoid breaking your bank and still sport some fabulous new year dresses?
Last Minute Ideas for New Year Dresses
Am sharing a few ideas here that will perhaps help you look into your wardrobe. The key is to sport a memorable look and all said and done, the new year dresses are nothing but regular dresses incorporated into your entire new year’s look. The dress at the end of the day is just a part of the look!
Style a seldom worn dress differently
This used to be a big challenge for me. I always had the same accessories, the same styling for a garment. Then I started reading a genius called Imogen Lamport, and learnt loads about body shapes, flattering cuts and unflattering styles. Go read her if you haven’t already. She marries the art and science of styling in a way that every woman can benefit! Okay, I digressed. So pick a dress you have morn maybe once or twice and style it differently. In the example below, I am wearing a long black dress. The first option is where I added a lacy shrug to it and the white lacy shrug captures all the attention. In the second option, I shrugged off the shrug and let the pearl neckline take the centre. I also tied my hair up in a french twist so that the look changes.
With Lacy Shrug
With Silver and Red Accessories
Refurbish an Old Dress
So you have a dress that your third aunt gifted you a year back when she visited you that was completely wrong for you? See if you can refurbish it. Maybe cut off the unflattering puffed sleeve or get rid of the high collar for a deeper neckline. Maybe take in the flare or take the waist up. Small alterations like this can make a dress usable. If you can manage a little more than that by being a master seamstress yourself or sweet talking your local tailor, then head over to New Dress A Day by Marissa. You’d never want to throw old clothes again! An hour on her blog can give you inspiration to turn any dress from Meh to Wow!
Wear a Dress as Skirt
By wearing an eye catching top over a dress, it can be converted to a skirt. This works well if you want to –
Wear a statement print but feel the entire dress is too much
Wear a top with a lot of detailing
Save money on a skirt / jeans 😉
A combination you have not work before will give you the look of a new dress.
Create your New Year Dresses from separates
I love to do this. If you have a skirt and top in the same solid colour, it can be worn together to give an illusion of a dress. This would work especially well for black. Fish out that black pencil skirt and find a fitted tee or tank top in the same shade of black. Be sure it is the same density else the look fails. Add a lacy shrug or a blazer to it and you have a brand new dress! You can just buy a tank top in the same colour as your skirt and you have a new dress! This will not work for constrasts though and definitely not for a day time party. But it works great for new year dresses since you are most likely to be in a low light setting.
Stack up on loads on Accessories
I cannot stress this enough. Accessories like scarves can completely change the look. I have used scraves in different ways and long shrugs as statement pieces. They catch so much attention that the other elements of the dresses fade away in comparison!
Using a scarf
Long Statement Shrug
Scarf as a necklace
So these are my ideas for rocking your new year dresses. What are yours?
I think after fragrances, make up is something I really look forward to in my beauty subscription boxes and I was delighted to find not one but two skincare products in my box this month!
My Envy Box December 2015 Packaging
The red christmassy box with trees, snow men, stockings, bells, candy, snowflakes and mistletoe is cheery for sure.
My Envy Box December 2015 Products
This month’s My Envy Box had two full sized make products from Catrice, a night cream, a mattifying base and a mask from O3.
Catrice Nail Polish
I was sent the Catrice Nail Polish in Get The Blues. The shade is a gorgeous Blue, Purple and Grey Multichrome. I applied it 3 days back and it has just about started fading at the corners. There is no chipping which is great 🙂
It sells for INR 445 for 10 ml and the sample was full sized product.
Catrice Glamour Doll Curl & Volume Mascara
I had recieved a mascara even in the Anniversary My Envy Box and have not used that still. Since I don’t wear mascara as often, this is a good way for me to try some new ones 🙂 I loved the packaging of this Catrice Mascara
It sells for INR 660 for 10 ml and this was another full sized product.
Ananda Light Moisturiser for Dry and Normal Skin
Since I have super oily skin, this one is not really for me. So, am not excited about it at all despite the fact that this cream aids cell renewal and smoothens fine lines. It is supposed to be rose and sandalwood and would surely be great for calming skin down.
It retails for INR 1350 for 50gm and the sample sent was 10gm
Bioderma Photoderm AKN Mat SPF 30
It is surprising that even with an oily skin, I have never tried a mattifier. So when I read the product name, I thought this was a mattifier and was really excited. Upon reading the description though, I reaslised that this was not so and one was something intriguing. This product doubles up as a UVA. UVB protction as well as a sebum controller. It prevents sebum from clogging the pores. All said and done, this is a sunscreen!
It sells at INR 1400 for 40ml and as you can see in the pic above, I was sent two samples of 5ml each. I personally prefer a single, larger sized sample rather than two of smaller sizes. Much less product wastage.
O3+ Whitening Mask
I used to get O3 facials done a long time ago and still recollect how luxurious it felt. My skin would actually glow. This is a plain and simple whitening mask. I have to see if it delivers as well as my high expectation of it though..
It sells for INR 775 for 50 gm and the sample sent was 10 gm.
Final Thoughts on My Envy Box December 2015
If you go by value of money, the products are valued at INR 1880. Even though there were two full sized products in this box, the value was lesser than the previous boxes. I am used to luxury products in My Envy Box and they were missing this time. Overall, this month, it is not a miss but not a hit either.