January 26, 2012

Stacked up

Ditching the minimalist trend, this season is all about OD-ing on bracelets, charms, bands and cuffs
Bid farewell to your rings, necklaces and all other accessories, this season your bracelets and cuffs take center stage. The trend du jour is wearing all your finest arm candy all at once. Stack up all your charm bracelets, cuffs, wrap-around bracelets, bangles, and watches together.Create an interesting and diverse mix of colours, textures and fabrics one that matches your personality and style. Don't be afraid to mix your chunky cuffs with your smaller bracelets, the key here, is to make sure that the pieces are visible.
Club your large dial watch with neon leather bracelets and a plain blouse with denims for a coffee date. Add a masculine vibe with ceramic watches and dark-coloured wrap-around bands with studs and rivets. For a young and preppy outfit wear a bright-hued plastic watch with beaded bracelets and your vintage charms bands.
No matter what style of watch you choose, wear it with a nice stack of bangles and bracelets for a chic look. Use this trend to make an artistic statement through your outfit but stick to your personal style: girlie, goth or simplistic.
One can never go wrong with this trend, simply mix-and-match any of the jewellery you already own. If you want to get your hands on this trend visit stores like Curio Cottage, Popley, Espirit or Guess.
For those looking at cheaper options hit streets of Colaba Causeway or Linking Road and get your mix of bracelets and cuffs. You can also add a personal touch by making your own bracelets use neon threads, broken chains or old charms lying at home to make your own collection.
So ladies, push your sleeves up, throw on all your bracelets, and hit the streets!

January 24, 2012

Black bottoms

Black pants have been the crowning glory of a woman's wardrobe and both of us decided to do a different take on the quintessential black pants.

- Don't be afraid to brighten up your black pants with multiple colours. Black is stark so it can take a lot of colour in contrast. Sequins in black, white and colour is something the black pant can carry easily.

- In terms of silhouettes, people get stuck with basic blouses and shirts. Experiment with a boxy crop top; mix it with a blazer or a vest or a long wrap. Wear long t-shirts, tunic styles as tops with your pants as another alternative.

- Change up your pants by wearing brogues, wedges or clogs. The natural instinct is to pick a pair of pumps, refrain from that.

- Think out of the box with your hair and makeup as well. Pops of pink, orange and red can refresh your look and very dressy at the same time.

- Going monochrome with an entire black ensemble and adding a pop of colour is very done, so try and change it up a bit for fun. Try a splash of vibrant colours to a fresh take.

- It’s a myth that black and brown don’t match. It is in fact, one of our favourite combinations. See for yourself here.

Jasleen wore her lace front black pants with neon colours
Pants, Kazo| wedges, Nine West| cropped blouse, Forever 21| blazer, Gia Says That| thumb ring, Republic of Chic shop| clutch, Down the rabbit hole| lipstick, Heatwave from Nars| Blush, Multiple in Orgasm by Nars| sunglasses, Tommy Hilfiger

  Sonu wore her embossed black pants with a sequins top
Top, Oberoi Shopping Center| pants & clutch, Zara (sale)| wedges, Bandra| cuffs, Swarovski & Curio Cottage| glares, Ray Ban

Clicked by Yash Virkud

January 19, 2012

The Fratelli Fever

Solapur was cold and therefore we gathered our measly collection of winter clothing to travel to Fratelli Vineyards. We both decided to wear stockings to battle the cold because denims are such a bad idea, they make you feel worse.

On Sonu: Dress, Mango| stockings, Marks & Spencer| sling & necklace, Splash| Oxford pumps, PAX
On Jasleen: LBD, Mango| shoes, Forever 21| tote, Bandra| cuff, Lifestyle

Jasleen decided to do a spin on the LBD with sneakers and a comic print bag
- The black dress with high heels is so done to death, that's why the sneakers with stars on them paired with a comic print tote was a refreshing change.
- You should also look at changing up your LBD with coloured stockings, funky peep toes and satchel bags instead of clutches and high heels.
- Adding colours, a hat, an interesting tribal neck piece are other ways of doing that.

Sonu wore a bright coral tunic dress with Oxford pumps
- A tunic dress is really versatile and can be worn as a blouse, dress, tunic or shirt.
- Here, the pairing with Oxfords gives it a strict androgynous twist instead of going the entirely girly route.
- Adding a belt to the tunic can change up the look and take it up a notch.
- Adding a statement neck piece or cuff is also a good option.

A big thank you to Karina from Giggle Water for taking such beautiful images shot in the Fratelli Cellar.

January 16, 2012

Wining and Dining

We always thought we're not meant for road trips, not that we are high maintenance or anything. It's just that we love the comforts of our respective homes and refuse to move out at any cost. Plus, being away from the city makes us very uneasy, no sound, no light, no people - eerie.

However, we decided to brave this weekend trip to the Fratelli Vineyard purely for the promise of wine. The 7 hour journey brings you to the vineyards that house four really huge rooms with plush beds, linen and a fancy bathroom. We loved the French windows that opened into the garden area.

There was no TV in the room, the only part we hated. The staff is super nice and so hospitable. They wait on you in absolute silence and appear from nowhere just as you need them. It's like they read your mind. Lean, organic chicken and the masala omelette is on our list of recommendations.
The wine tasting with Sandeep was really an enlightening session since Sonu and I are both wine drinkers we were embarrassed to find out how little we knew about the subject.
We also took a quick trip of the wine cellar where we did our next outfit post as well (so stay tuned). You can get up and about at the vineyard in the ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles) available at the property itself. We recommend this to couples and friends who want to have a quiet, fun-filled getaway from the city buzz. This is also a chance to do something different from the usual eating/ drinking weekend and actually throw in some learning on the field.

The way back was also an excellent trip when we stopped at this one dhaba called Kanchan (veg.) and tasted some fresh, organic food for a mere Rs.430 that included a lot of food. Our favourite though was Mastani, a blend of mango juice, milk, dry fruits, tutti frutti and two butterscotch ice cream and vanilla ice cream.

Will update you some more later but till then, Don't Drink and Drive
Thanks a lot Giggle Water for some of these fab photos.

January 12, 2012

Pleats please!

I remember when as a little girl my aunt from London would get me these pleated skirts in royal blues and emerald greens and mesmerised by the fabrics and fall I never knew how I cold wear them. I would try them in front of the mirror and never end up actually wearing it.

Cut to 2012 where Sonu and I are still trying to master the art of wearing a pleated skirt.

Our tips:

1. Don't be afraid to experiment. Try your pleated skirt with t-shirts, jerseys, tunics and blazers and see what look works for you.
2. When in doubt where the skirt suit in monochrome solid tones.
3. Belts, different lengths of blazers and flat versus heels can be make or break points so keep them in mind.
4. If you are wearing colours then try something out of the box and quirky like mixing prints, colours and silhouettes.
5. Stay away from the temptation of wearing a tank top or a over-fitted tee. Just because your skirt has volume, doesn't mean you top can't.

 Sonu is wearing her pleated skirt with a sweatshirt
 Skirt, H&M| sweatshirt, FCUK| heels, Bandra| bag, Zara| glares, Ray Ban

Jasleen is wearing her pleated skirt with a tucked in tunic and blazer
Skirt, gifted by my sister (Goa flea market)| shoes, gifted by my friend Twinkle| tunic, gifted by my husband G (from Vero Moda)| bag, Dharavi| blazer, Zara| cuff, Lifestyle

See our previous post on skirts here, here, here and here.

January 06, 2012

The Fort

The New Year has got us geared up for more work, fun and more posts for you guys. We met up after the Holidays for our usual meeting over some coffee in Bandra. Decided to shoot in the Bandra Fort for a quick post. Leaving you with only images no gyaan.

Jasleen wore a pencil skirt with a blouse
Blouse, Ritu Kumar Label| skirt, Max| heels, gifted by MIL| sling, gifted by Sonu| bracelets, Aquamarine & Aldo Accessories| watch, Aldo Accessories

Sonu wore a blouse with denims and ethnic jewellery
Blouse, Splash| jeans, 7 for Mankind| necklace, vintage| bag, Dharavi| wedges, Charles & Keith| cuff, mom's| watch, Guess| bracelets, Silver House| friendship band, F21

PS: Thanks to this beautiful necklace, I was caught in the Customs. I had to open my suitcase to explain that this is simply metal; not silver/gold. Only after a female inspector checked it, I was set free :P Worth the effort I think. Don't you?
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