Monday, 30 May 2016

Gucci X Net-A-Porter

For a while now, I had been getting push notifications on my phone from the net-a-porter app about a special, 20 piece capsule collection Gucci was doing for the popular online shopping portal. Today, I sat down and finally checked it out. Albeit a little late in the day (it went live on the 12th of May) as most of the stuff is sold out especially the bags,  I still got a glimpse of what this special collection was all about. And it is exquisite. Alessandro Michele played around with floral motifs inspired from vintage tapestries, and released some fresh reinterpretations of the Dionysus bag, Ace sneakers along with some super fun ready to wear. If you have been converted into a Gucci girl in the last one year like I have, then a piece of this collection is a must have for your closet. Here are some of my favourites.

1. Floral Appliqued Wool Blend Skirt - Ever since I saw Kangana Ranaut wearing one of their pleated mini skirts, I was instantly a fan. Very kilt like in appearance, with flirty pleats, this blue piece is too pretty not to have. The little embroidered flower and the striped waist band add the perfect finishing touch. Click here to purchase.

2. Adonis Floral Print Silk Twill Scarf - If your savings account is on the lower side and you still want a piece of the action, then this scarf is exactly what you need. Featuring beautiful romantic florals and the signature stripes on the border, the scarf will be the focal point of any outfit. Pair it with a simple silhouette so it can stand out. Click here to purchase.

3. Horsebit Detailed Floral Print Canvas Slippers - The Princetown slippers have been quite the rage since they were launched. Especially in the fur variation. Comfortable, stylish and easy to slip on, at least one pair of these are an important addition to your closet for those days where heels aren't your friends. However, more than the fur ones, I like this pair the most! The vintage tapestry inspired roses, the horsebit and the quirky mouth printed on the inside of the shoe all make this a serious MUST HAVE! Click here to purchase.

4. Embellished Wool Sweater - There's nothing better than a well fitted, statement sweater that can be paired with virtually anything. Click here to be added to the wish list.


Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Pantsuit & Sneakers

I had been wanting to experiment with wearing sneakers under a skinny pantsuit for a while. But for some reason, my inhibitions had been holding me back. However, ever since I started personal style shoots for the blog, I have slowly been stepping out of my comfort zone and started to have fun with trying on various looks. For a predictable person like me, who almost always sticks to a set personal style mantra, it wasn't easy. Because I don't have the perfect body type, I'm always a bit conscious.

But that day, I said to hell with it! Lets do this. Especially since it was such an easy look to put together. I fished out my go to and extremely flattering black formal jacket, my skinny trousers and my favourite sneakers. Because a suit is on the masculine side, I wanted to add a feminine touch to it. I didn't want to wear a boring tank top so I used a twenty year old pale pink slip blouse (a hand me down from my mother) with lace detailing near the bust to wear under the jacket. I loved the sheer lace on it as it felt really sexy and the black bra I wore under worked just perfectly. In addition, slip tops and dresses are trending majorly so I didn't feel too off track.

The best part about this outfit was that I didn't have to buy a single thing. Most of the separates are wardrobe essentials, so they're probably in your closet already! All you have to do is pull them out.

Do you think I pulled off the outfit?

Blazer & Pants - Zara
Sneakers - Longchamp
Clutch - Victoria Beckham
Earrings (on my sister) - Pankaj & Nidhi
Photography - Surbhi Sethi
Location - Grand Hyatt, New Delhi

An Organza Jacket For The Summer, Why Not??

As you have seen from my previous shoots, I have a strong obsession with jackets. Even in Delhi's 46 degrees, I can manage to find an appropriate piece to wear over an outfit. This shoot was quite hectic as Surbhi (from and I had literally two hours of daylight left to photograph each other. I rushed home from the airport, lay all the clothes on the bed and scratched my head in confusion as to what to wear. Luckily, Surbhi, who is a pro at layering helped me out a bit. We selected a boxy bi-colour mini dress with little pleats on the bust and rust coloured jacket. The problem for me is because of my body type, boxy silhouettes make me look slightly bigger. So to give the look a little bit of a shape, we added this gorgeous, sheer organza trench with oversized pockets and lovely detailing on the lapels. Instead of tying the belt around my body, we tied it up at the back so the dress doesn't stay hidden.  We didn't want to accessorise too much so I chose a simple gold cuff on my wrist and nothing else.

So instead of avoiding layering all together this summer, try hunting for lightweight pieces. The best part about this jacket was that it was so thin, I didn't feel the heat at all. It was almost like I was wearing nothing! Also, it's something I can wear through the summer and also during the fall.

Dress - Selvage by Chandini Mohan
Jacket - Quo by Ishita Mangal (Click here to purchase)
Shoes - Balenciaga by Nicholas Ghesquière
Sunglasses - Tom Ford
Photography - Surbhi Sethi

Friday, 6 May 2016

Minimalist Handbags You Need Right Now

There's something about minimalist handbags that never goes out of style. Clean cut and simple designs, paired with classic shapes and masterful craftsmanship make these purses eye catching without screaming 'look at me' in an obvious way. Here are my current favourites.

1. Mansur Gavriel Circle Leather Tote - Rachel and Floriana are always ahead of the minimalist game. Their design aesthetic has been highly successful resulting in sold out bags since they started their brand. Currently, I am absolutely in love with this circular bag. This piece is so contemporary but also takes you back in time reminding you of those hat boxes ladies would travel with. I remember, growing up I was crazy about the Louis Vuitton hat boxes and always wondered how I could carry one as a purse! Click here to purchase.

2. Victoria Beckham Half Moon Bag - First seen in a giant version on her SS16 runway, this baby is chic as hell. Be gone with you teeny tiny bags that can only hold my credit card and keys! Just kidding, there's a time and place for every purse. Moving on, the name itself makes me want to click 'purchase now' because it sounds so mystical. Virtually hardware free, this baby is nice and light to carry and also comes with a detachable suede pouch (BONUS!!). The best part is its shape which means you can carry it for a long time to come. Click here to purchase.

3. Celine Trotteur Bag In Calfskin - Ah, can one ever go wrong with a Celine? I was just about to start saving for a Mini Belt, but since I've discovered this, looks like my priorities might change. Sleek, slightly structured and lightweight, this timeless bag can transition easily from day to night. It comes with a unique, geometrically shaped clasp that stands out beautifully. And being a sucker for grained leather, it's texture really gets my heart racing. A zipper on the back of the bag make it easy to organise your immediate essentials. Click here to purchase.

4. Vitasta Mini Backpack In Tan - I've never featured an Indian handbag designer on my blog, but after seeing Aditi Dhar's designs, I have every reason to! This backpack really caught my attention due to its super slick design and the detailing. Both the geometrical flaps exude a futuristic vibe whereas the braided drawstring and woven grommets add a warm touch. Entirely handmade, this back is what understated luxury really is all about. Click here to purchase.