Saturday, 17 December 2016

My Top 4 Picks At The DLF Emporio Sales

There's nothing nice than end of season sales to really kick in with the holiday spirit. Be in online shopping, or in store, sales really lift my mood and get me going. Of course, that also means that my credit card needs to NOT be maxed out before I hit the stores. Anyways, I had no clue that the sales at DLF Emporio had already started since I was in Dubai for the last month. When I heard about what's going on at the mall, I immediately made my way there. I just had to check out what they had in store. To my disappointment, Tod's was pretty much sold out, the Burberry Kensington Trench in pale blue (at nearly 50% off) wasn't available in my size, and a pair of boots I was admiring over at Salvatore Ferragamo was also not available in my size. But, I didn't give up hope. I still went from store to store, pushing through the lines to make my way inside to see what's left of all the goodies. Despite a lot of stuff being sold out, I did manage to find four things that I've quickly added to my wish list. And I urge you to check them out before they disappear too.

1. La Martina Borja Jacket - Everyone knows I have a thing for fitted blazers. And if it's as stunning as this one, it makes me weak to my knees. Featuring a structured fit, gorgeous black embroidery with a high collar, this exceptionally cut jacket is a must have.

2. Salvatore Ferragamo Sofia Bag - Honestly, I really don't need to say much about this bag. Clean cut, and minimalist with a very convenient zip on the back; this bag is ideal for everyday use. I like the softness of the leather and this pink colour (official colour name is Anemone) is just delicious. Go check it out, its on sale at the boutique. Discounts on the Sofia bags vary between 30% to 50 % depending on the colour.

3. Fendi Bag Bug - When a Fendi bag bug goes on sale, you buy it! Simple. This pink one in fox fur and shearling with crystals decorating the eyes is just too cute. And when it's priced at roughly INR 38,000 - Well, what are you waiting for?!

4. Fendi Chunky Heel Sandals - So I have been looking for a good pair of high heels ,since in the past one year I've only bought myself Gucci flats. But, I also prefer something that doesn't make me look silly when I walk (because of the heel height) and I want something comfortable for the days that I take my little baby out with me. These Fendi shoes are just what I have been looking for. Classy, colour blocked and comfortable. I did do some running around and dancing at the boutique (an instagram video on my eye rolling behaviour is coming soon) and they were super comfortable. I strongly recommend them as they're pretty reasonable. If i remember correctly they are around INR 27,000. 

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Layering With A Light Sweater & An Overcoat

It's official. Winter is here. And so it the time to pull out your fabulous coats, or better yet, buy new ones! Winter dressing can be tricky sometimes. There are times when you bundle up on a really cold day, but then before you know it you're sweating buckets because you're sitting in a heated restaurant wearing thick layers. What I've learnt is, the key to layering is to keep it light. Wearing a big sweater under a jacket never makes sense to me. I've realised it's important to invest in some thin, woollen sweaters that aren't super bulky. Recently, I've been obsessed with Cos Stores. They're one level up from Zara in terms of their pricing, but what I love about their winter clothes is that they have so many amazing light pieces to brave the cold weather. This pink merino wool sweater I'm wearing is ideal for layering. Its boxy silhouette is chic and the fabric has a lovely fall to it. And I adore the simple high neck. I threw on a camel coloured overcoat to add a bit of a contrast. It's a really easy look to put together and transitions easily from day to night. A pair of heels under the cropped jeans will do the trick if you want to wear this on a night out.

Top - Cos Stores (click here)
Jacket - Zara
Shoes & Purse - Gucci (Click here and here to check them out)

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Amazon India Fashion Week Day 3 Outfit

For day 3 of fashion week, I wanted to wear something a little blingy. Not in your face kinds, but something with a little more embellishment on it. I had been eyeing this label called Sanchita by Sanchita Ajjampur for her easy to wear separates that were comfortable and made a statement at the same time. I chose a sporty dress with some really fun detailing. The bottom half of the sleeves had fun fur on it and the shoulders were embellished with stones. I felt a little empty with just the dress so I chose a letterman jacket from her collection to layer on to the dress. My whole look turned out to be really sparkly because both the border of the dress and the back of the jacket had lots of embroidered sequins. Funnily though, despite all the bling on my outfit, none of it looked tacky. It just looked playful. At least to me!

Jacket & Dress - Sanchita
Shoes & Bag - Gucci
Photography - Surbhi Sethi
Sunglasses - Tom Ford

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Handbag Review - Ralph Lauren Ricky Drawstring Bag

Although the Ralph Lauren Ricky Drawstring isn't a brand spanking new model, I recently got my hands on it and have been dying to talk about it ever since. A fun reinterpretation of their iconic Ricky bag, the Drawstring is luxurious, utilitarian, fabulous and just plain gorgeous. I've used numerous bucket bags in the past, and I have to say, none of them come close to being as comfortable as the Ralph Lauren one. 

I used it for two days back to back at fashion week and I was amazed at how easy it was to get stuff out of the bag. It comes with a very easy to use and NON-FUSSY drawstring closure (my Kenzo bag's drawstring is the most annoying one till date) so it doesn't take forever to open it and dig into it whenever your need to. And interestingly enough, the closure is at the back of the bag giving the front a very clean look.  I've experienced my share of inconvenient and hard purse zippers. If not the zipper then the weight of the bag is good enough to give me a shoulder ache. Whilst the purse comes in various leathers including calfskin, alligator and python, my favourite has been the Nappa leather version because of the leather's buttery soft texture and lightweight properties which makes the purse really light to carry.  Plus, I love how nappa leather rarely creases. 

In addition, both, the top handle and the cross body strap are removable giving you more than one way to carry the bag without the added weight of the handle/ strap when not in use. Unless you want to leave them both on like I did! Of the two internal pockets, one of them is specifically designed for your mobile phone giving you easy access to it when you're in a rush. At fashion week, whilst Surbhi and were shooting each other, I needed to be as hands free as possible but I also needed to be able to get to my phone without digging all the way into the bag. This pocket made organising my phone really convenient. And finally, it's the signature Ricky push lock that I am totally smitten with on the external front pocket which comes in various finishes like antique brass, silver tone or gold depending on which model of the bag you choose. 

Overall, it fits the bill for the perfect everyday handbag. Minimalist, light and easy to move around with, the Ricky Drawstring is a bag every girl needs in her closet. 

Official bag images via
My Images  - Surbhi Sethi

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Amazon India Fashion Week Day 2 Look

For day two of fashion week, it seemed like yet another trip down memory lane outfit wise! I chose a very thick denim dress, that was reminiscent of the 90's button down denim jackets. This mid calf length dress with long sleeves (I chose to roll them up for an effortless feel) was cinched at the waist giving it a nice cut. Also, I loved how it fit on my bum and accentuated it. For once my rear end had a nice curvy feel!

For my jewellery, I made a quick trip to Olivia Dar's boutique in Shahpur Jat. I had heard so much about her stuff so I thought why not try it out for fashion week. I picked a pair of very tribal looking earrings with strands of dangling beads. What was really cool about this pair was that the top part of the earring had a suede backing. So some of the beads were actually sown into the suede giving it a very luxurious feel. I love stacking bracelets so that's exactly what I did at her boutique. I chose a really fun black bracelet with a very cleopatra feel to it with all the dull gold sequins that were embroidered on it, a multi layer wrap bracelet with metal beads that had silver polish on them and a simple crystal bracelet and just put them on all at once. I loved the way it looked. Affinity Salon's killer hair and make up completely my look.

Dress - H&M
Earrings & Bracelets - Olivia Dar
Sunglasses - Tom Ford
Bag - Ralph Lauren Ricky Drawstring
Hair & Make Up - Affinity Salons GK2
Photography - Surbhi Sethi

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Amazon India Fashion Week Day 1 Look

Getting read for fashion week this time was so last minute everyday. On the first day, I had nothing to wear. Normally I plan ahead with my outfits, but we had a lot of family stuff going on that I couldn't really function and my clothes were the last thing on my mind. For the first day, in the midst of my yoga session (a few hours before I was heading to the ground) it struck me. I had one of my mom's vintage blazers from the 80's hanging in my closet and I thought why the hell not. What goes around comes around and has been so for a while in the fashion world. So I pulled out this gorgeous linen, double breasted jacket with padded shoulders and threw on a mini skirt and my outfit was done. For my purse, I chose this gorgeous Ralph Lauren Ricky bag in a camel colour (review coming soon) and I was good to go. Agreed, it wasn't the typical fashion week street style looks that get snapped up for street style photos, but it is a pretty easy look to put together for a chilled day out.

Since my clothes were relatively simple, I wanted to go all out with my hair. I headed over to Affinity Salon in GK-2 where their top hairstylist Naazish worked her magic and created a super fun look. She made multiple braids starting at the top of my head and then tied them up in a messy bun at the back. I couldn't get over how cool it looked.

What did you think of my day 1 look?

Hair & Make Up - Affinity Salons
Blazer - Vintage
Skirt - Zara
Sunglasses - Tom Ford
Earrings & Necklace - H&M
Bag - Ralph Lauren
Shoes - Gucci
Photography - Surbhi Sethi