The Violet Box: Unboxing and Mini Review

The Violet Box Jan 2017

The Violet Box is a new (to me) beauty subscription box that started in early 2016. Yogita, who is the founder & CEO of The Violet Box had an idea while she was studying at the London School of Economics. She was inspired from the lifestyle & culture in London and her idea was to have a beautiful luxury box that women could use to feel pampered. The Violet Box has organic & vegan beauty products. As a bonus, it includes treats like gourmet teas, coffees & chocolates.

The Violet Box Unboxing

I thought it would be more fun to talk to you guys and show you the products as I unbox The Violet Box. So here it is… my first, beauty guru style youtube video…! Check it out and let me know what you think…

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4 Ways to Style a Blue Coat

4 ways to style a blue wool coat

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.

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Ethnic Indian Look This Diwali

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!

Ethnic Indian Look

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?

Ethnic Indian Look

Did you sport a special ethnic look this Diwali? Do share!

MAC Fluidity Collection

MAC Fluidity

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…

MAC Fluidity

 

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 🙂

 

 

Last Minute Ideas for New Year Dresses

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.

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 –

  1. Wear a statement print but feel the entire dress is too much
  2. Wear a top with a lot of detailing
  3. 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!

So these are my ideas for rocking your new year dresses. What are yours?