October 28, 2009

Black or White

This was another shoot styled by us for Idiva, a supplement with the Times of India. The idea of this shoot was to style three different looks with the same white shirt and black trousers (both from Mango). These two items are a prerogative in any office attire, so we explored different ways to wear them. The three looks we have here are -- a media house, a formal corporate office, and a high-end fashion house. These pictures were clicked by Madhur Shroff. Hope you guys like it.

Journalist on the run
Being journalists ourselves, we realise the need for a balance between comfort and fashion. This look was just that.
Jacket from Forever New, scarf from Forever New, shoes from Aldo, bag from Forever New, cuffs from Curio Cottage

The board room look

Many people limit fashion to important functions and dress-up on certain occasions. Office is one place people spend majority of their day, so dresing-up for that is an absolute. Explore your wardrobe and don't fear to mix-and-match fabrics and prints.
Blazer from Mango, shoes from Charles and Keith, bag from Aldo, watch from Cerruti 1881, pearls from Forever New

The fashionistaStyling yourself should a fun activity. Examine your wardrobe and understand what can be experimented with. As you can see here the same white shirt and black trousers can be worn very differently. The trick is be open to exploring your clothes.
Blazer from Promod, broach from Aldo Accesories, bag from Aldo, shoes from Aldo

October 27, 2009


Layer with accessories
Accessories are just thing one needs to lift their ensemble. The two of us love to add a flavour to our attire with funky jewellery. Although the Bombay heat doesn't allow us to layer with extra clothing (we love vests, shrugs and jackets), so we layer with jewellery.
Here's a look at our recent purchase.

Being Owlish

This owl necklace from Promod was like love at first sight. Although it's not very chunky, it's big enough to be my pet. At Rs: 900, I thought the necklace was quite a steal.

The chime fantasy

I bought this necklace on Dhanteras from Popley at Colaba. I loved this chime necklace with an angel's wing, a heart and a black stone. I'm not superstitious but this necklace was a just too tempting to resist. It is a little expensive since I had to buy the link chain with the pendant. Bought at Rs: 2,000, I kept telling myself I'll have to wear it for a lifetime.

Made for you

Jasleen and I invariably land up shopping for similar things. This owl/ chime necklace was bought by Jasleen before she saw mine. This necklace has a very cute faux feather attachments and a message that says "Made for you."
Bought for Rs: 750 from Promod, this owl necklace too, is a steal.

What women want but can't have!
We are hardcore shoppers and don't get the idea of window shopping. We shop very often but with a limited budget.
Here's a look at jewellery we loved but couldn't afford.

  1. Butterfly cuff
    This butterfly cuff from Aquamarine at Colaba is a good blend of gold and silver. We adored this unique cuff, but not so much price. It was priced at Rs: 3,000. Even though we loved it, we realised that cuffs are not something one can wear too often. Necklaces, rings and broaches are more versatile and can be worn more.

    2. Gold bangles
  2. Gold bangles is a must-have in every closet. You can team it up with almost everything. It'll look great with Indian wear, fusion mixes or even with just a plain tee. These bangles were approximately Rs 1,500 each. Thankfully I've inherited similar bangles from my mom, some of my most treasured items are the ones I've got from her.

3. Flower Power
This flower-shaped pendant was so adorable, but I've bought a lot of gold and dull- gold jewellery so I had to resist this one. This funky necklace is available at Aqauamarine for Rs: 1,500.

Splashes of colour

This shoot was styled by Sonu and her close friend Asish Samanta for Time & Style -- Beauty. Although this shoot was styled specially for the monsoon season, the Bombay weather permits you to dress like this throughout the year. These pictures were taken by photographer Vishal Kullarwar

Get the 80s look
Dress: Kazo for Rs: 1,200, belt for Rs: 400, earrings: Curio Cottage for Rs: 300, cuff: Curio Cottage for Rs: 800

Your first dinner date

Dress: Sisley, earrings: Curio Cottage
We loved the emphasis on the eyes, while the rest of the face and lips were kept very fresh and dewy. The flushed cheeks add the perfect feminine touch for your first date

Disco Diva

Dress: Aftershock, earrings: Curio Cottage
The 80s is back and shades of blue are doing the rounds. Love the metallic sheen of the fabric and the block-print on the dress.

The perfect shopping attire
Racer back: Mango, shorts: Mango, necklace: Curio Cottage for Rs: 1,200, bangles: Curio Cottage for Rs: 300, bag: Aldo for Rs 2,400
Love the knot on this racer back .

Coral is the fashion colour this season. Try coral lips, they look great with the Indian skin tone.

October 14, 2009

Recycle this Diwali

Sorry for not updating the blog for the past few days. We were busy styling Sarah Jane for a fashion shoot of IDiva, a Times of India supplement. Here are the pictures of the shoot clicked by Ronnie Sequeira. She looked gorgeous in all the clothes.
The theme of the shoot was to recycle your existing wardrobe and mix-and-match with what you already have. Here are some tips, hope you guys like it.

Wear a corset choli
Pink net lehenga: Anamika Khanna, choli and dupatta: Falguni & Shane Peacock, gold shoes: Aldo, necklace worn as maang tikka: Amrapali, assorted kadas: Curio Cottage

Recycle tip: Break your lehenga choli set and pair it with a spaghetti top, a corset or a tunic blouse that you can tuck in. Accessorise with interesting waist belts or hair accessories. Match any dupatta in contrast or similar colours and get a brand new ensemble!

Modernise your sari
Sari: Jashn, blouse: Tarana Masand (Ensemble), crop shrug: Tarun Tahiliani (Ensemble), hair braided with gold link and nose ring: Curio Cottage, plain gold kadas: Aquamarine

Recycle tip: Take your simple sari and dress it up with an embellished corset. You can get a heavy shrug made in velvet, brocade or raw silk to take the glamour a notch higher.

Club your bohemian skirt with a sherwani
Sherwani: Tarun Tahiliani (Ensemble), skirt: Anita
Dongre Interpret (AND), earrings: Curio Cottage, clutch: Aquamarine

Recycle Tip:
Don't fear to mix your skirts with more traditional tunics. You can dress-up or dress-down the skirt with a belt or wear a simple tunic with a lot of accessories.

Modify you skirt as a tube dress
Cream skirt doubled as a dress: Urvashi Kaur (Ensemble), red booties: Trés Mode, kundan set: Amrapali diamond necklace, gold link necklaces: TBZ Nirmal Jhaveri, flower hair accessory: Curio Cottage

Recycle tip: Wear a heavy lehenga or a plain voluminous/ crushed skirt as a tube dress. Pick a solid colour of your choice and accessorise with heavy Indian jewellery to add the ethnic touch.

October 01, 2009

Nautical colours for today

I really wanted to wear this candy-coloured stole I got from Colaba Causeway. My entire attire was based on it. Teamed with mid-waist jeans, a basic blue gypsy top and an attractive yellow strapped watch, I fit the Friday wear at work.
Blue top: Bandra local store for Rs: 400, mid-waist jeans: Aftershock for Rs: 1,000, candy-coloured stole : Colaba Causeway for Rs 100, bag: Aldo for Rs 2,200, white loafers: Bata for Rs: 1,200, Tommy Hilfiger watch: gifted

A white bag is a must in every woman's wardrobe. It's chic and goes with everything. I bought this bag after a very busy week at work, it was such a stress buster.

My brother-in-law gifted this gorgeous watch to me just after the 26/11 attacks in Bombay. He thought the bright coloured watch would brighten my day. It sure did. It's sturdy and simple, yet stands out with anything I wear.

It was fusion all the way

I had a lot of work today, so I wanted to wear something comfortable yet stylish. This kali-style kurta is very easy-breezy with beautiful embroidery. I clubbed it with a vest to add a silhoutte. Worn with leggings, I thought the entire attire looked quite interesting.

Kali-style kurta: forgot, vest: Bandra roadside for Rs: 400, leggings: Promod for Rs 800, studded bag: Forever New for Rs: 2,000, gladiators: Aldo for Rs: 2,200, chime necklace: thrifted, Rs 100

This chime necklace has a funky tribal feel to it. It makes a tinkling sound when I walk, almost announcing my arrival.

This is one of my treasure finds. I bought this bag when studs weren't exactly popular. I loved it then; I love it even more now.

Going earthy for today

Coincidentally, Sonu and I wore the same colours today. It was an earthy day for the two of us. I love the comfy two-layered dress look with a pop of colour added with my gladiators.

Beige dress: Mango for Rs: 2,500, black dress worn on top: Fashion Street for Rs: 150, gladiators: Forever 21 for Rs: 1,000, butterfly felt scrunchie: Goa, neck accessories: Curio Cottage for Rs: 200, quilted bag: Forever 21 for Rs: 400

This felt butterfly was a discovery in a small local shop in Goa. This shop specialised in felt accessories right from shoes to bags and hats.

I love adding character to my outfits through pop of colour, these studded gladiators do just the thing.

Although link accessories are in right now, the special thing about my necklace is that it is made of fabric instead of metal. Makes it
much easier and lighter to wear.
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