Sunday, June 26, 2016

Beauty at your fingertips {Shopping experience with}

In this day and age of digitalization of every possible kind of commodity, there are very few dedicated beauty portals that cater to each & every need of the consumer and stocks a well-curated collection of brands at the same time. 

I have had a few unsatisfactory experiences with beauty websites in the past, with me even losing some money on a very popular beauty products portal whose service, evidently, doesn't match up to its popularity. 
So, when I came across, and found that they stock a wide variety of brands for beauty lovers - from drugstore brands like Lakme & Maybelline, to high street brands like L'oreal & Revlon, to international brands like Margaret Dabbs & Rodial- I was over the moon, but apprehensive at the same time.

I ordered a couple of basic necessities for starters, but Aplava's smooth user interface & efficient service made my shopping experience effortless & extremely satisfactory!

I received the parcel around 3-4 days after placing the order and every step of the process was intimidated to me via e-mail & SMS. 
The packaging was firm, well-sealed and came accompanied by a sweet Thank You note and a first-time buyer's discount coupon code!

After excitedly ripping off the bubble wrap - and uncontrollably bursting a few bubbles along the way - out came my new additions to the beauty box - a Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer in Honey and a Maybelline Color Sensational Bold Matte Lipstick in Mat 3!
[Note: No, this post is not sponsored by Maybelline, I just like their products]

The products were both well protected inside the packaging, hence, they were perfect and worked fine once I broke the seals. Needless to say, I loved the bright orange hue of the lipstick and the concealer, though bought without trying on my skin tone, proved to be the perfect shade for me!

Thank you Aplava for restoring my faith in buying beauty products online and providing me with such a vast range of great brands & products to choose from! 
You can specially check out the range of Sebamed products on the website or get your hands on some awesome Vichy products online in India on Aplava! I know I'm going to get myself some of these nice products on my next order and I'll get my first customer discount too!! #win

So, do check out and get your fix of good beauty products under one roof! From make-up to skincare to haircare to grooming tools; Aplava has got it all covered for the beauty lover in you! What's more, they cater to men too!!

Let me know what you thought of this beauty shopping portal. Of course, you can thank me later for introducing Aplava to you! :)


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. But the views & opinions shared in it are entirely mine.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Mondrian Retro

Lately, I have been feeling chased by memories...

The air feels weighed down by lost laughter & bygone wishes,
The wet earth & its petrichor reeks of the possibility of moments left behind,
I feel forced to take the time machine back to the future...

As they say, change is the only constant thing in fashion, or rather, life.

And history repeats itself. Time & again.

Pushed by memories on sleepless nights, nostalgia on rainy evenings and my wistful love for all things retro; I went back in time and created a story with elements from all my favourite decades.
Sometimes, the value of art lies solely in its true appreciation.
And I have always found immense inspiration in the art & fashion of yester-years. 

So each element of this photo story - from the styling to the colors - comes together to form the retro bubble in which I am currently residing. A bubble filled with the smell of nostalgia, the colors of bygone times and the sounds of my favourite Beatles songs.

Warning: This is a picture-heavy post.
Welcome to my time-machine! Enjoy the ride!

[Kurta/ Belt/ Suede loafers: Westside | Ikat palazzo: Tailored | Star print scarf/ Pin-up bow (worn on hair): Howrah Bridge | Oversized shades: Aldo Accessories | Bag: Tommy Hilfiger | Watch: Giordano | Earrings: Accessorize | On my lips: Flaming Function by Lakme 9 to 5]

Photography by: Harleen Kaur
Location courtesy: The Table Blue

The renowned artist of early 1900s, Piet Mondrian was always one of my favorites and this post is undoubtedly inspired by the colors of his artworks (hence, the name). The retro-fusion twist to the ubiquitous modern-day kurta+palazzo look helped me indulge in my current old-fashioned fancy, while not making me look like I have stepped out of a 70s poster.
And the primary colors held hands, indulged in group hugs & played with each other in a rhythm that cast a nostalgic spell. 

Do you share this insane love for retro of mine? 
Has a piece of art ever inspired your fashion?
Has the smell of nostalgia ever nudged you to take a ride back in time?

Share your retro-love stories with me! I would love to hear them!!

Till next time!


Monday, June 6, 2016

{Chef's Diary} Jam-filled Thumbprint Cookies

Well, there has been a lot going on, what with work, travel, guests at home and the year just rushing by us (can you believe it's JUNE already?).....I am working on a few new projects that I am planning for the blog. Here's hoping & praying that they all work out well!! *fingers crossed*

Meanwhile, I just thought of trying my hands at these very easy Strawberry & Apple-Cinnamon Jam-filled Thumbprint Cookies this evening and they came out pretty decent, so I am sharing the recipe with you all!

Do try it and let me know how it was!! :)

Quantity: 15 cookies
Preparation time: 30 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Total time: 50 mins

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 small egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • assorted jam
  • Preheat oven to 180 degree Centigrade. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Mix the flour & baking powder well together.
  • Beat together the butter & sugar until light & fluffy. Beat in the egg & vanilla extract until the mixture is smooth & consistent.
  • Add the flour mixture in two portions and blend well until incorporated and the dough is formed.
  • Roll the dough into small ball, flatten slightly and arrange in rows on the lined baking tray.
  • Bake at 180 degrees for around 10 mins. Then take out the tray and make indentations in the middle of each cookie with your thumb or back of a spoon.
  • Fill the indentations with whatever flavour of jam you are using, making sure you add the right amount of jam.
  • Bake again for yet another 10 mins, or till the edges of the cookies turn slightly golden.
  • Take them out and cool for some time.

That's it! Easy-peasy cookies ready to be devoured!!


By the way, I'm totally excited for a beach getaway coming up next weekend! Follow me on Instagram - @styleprism - to stay updated about my travel shenanigans!


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

An Indian Summer {Style Prism x Bohurupi by Roy}

In a tropical country like India, it's summer (read hot) for most part of the year.....but still, the hottest months, i.e., from April to June (or till the rain Gods have mercy on us), are said to be the quintessential Indian summer. 

Even though we may be forever cribbing about the sweltering heat, the unbearable humidity, the blazing sun and the stuffy air swirling around us, our summers are not only about these climatic conditions. 
Our summers also mean vibrant flowers, lush greenery, chirping birds, fresh cotton clothes and midsummer night's dreams. Our summers mean tall glasses of iced teas and tumblers of watermelon coolers; our summers mean gorging on ice-cream on evening walks along roads fragrant with wafting smells of summer flowers; our summers mean lightweight flowy clothes and stylish sunglasses; our summers mean much-awaited beach vacays and tan lines to flaunt thereafter; our summers mean juicy mangoes on lazy afternoons and revisited memories of childhood summer holidays. 
Our summers mean all these and much more...

When I went to view the latest SS 2016 collection of Kolkata-based designer label Bohurupi by Roy, fresh off the ramps of India Runway Week, I was met with a collection that boasted fresh, summery hues; hand block prints on natural fabrics and unique, yet wearable cuts & silhouettes. Designer Abhishek Roy plays around with block prints and natural fabrics to make breathable garments that ooze style, while upholding values of sustainable fashion. The color palette of whites, yellows, limes, greens and browns told an earthy tale with a summery twist and the patterns of flowers, foliage & birds transported me to my own, enchanted summer garden!

After much dilemma, I picked this pretty bird-print long jacket hand block printed on the softest mulmul that, I knew, would easily become my staple summer jacket. I could think of a zillion ways to wear it - on shift dresses, on maxi dresses, on flowy skirts, on cotton tunics - but for now, I thought it best to show how this versatile jacket could be teamed with a regular jeans-and-tee outfit too! Put an ethnic twist with Rajasthani embroidered clutch, jootis and a mirrorwork necklace; and you've got fusion fashion at its best!

The jacket with the cute li'l birdies on it, shot amidst lush green trees & bunches of summer flowers, and accessorized with quintessentially Indian accessories created a frame that could be the perfect representation of an Indian summer.

[Bird print mulmul jacket: c/o Bohurupi by Roy | Black asymmetric tee: | Grey jeggings: Splash | Embroidered clutch bag: Jaipur | Thread & mirror necklace: Chammak Challo | Embroidered jootis: Jodhpur | On my lips: Bois des Rose creme, Estee Lauder]

Photography by Shreya Nagrecha

What's your take on the Indian summer? 
You may love it, or you may hate it, but this is one season you really can't ignore!

Till next time, guys!


Friday, May 13, 2016

Pantone Bag Of The Year {Style Prism x Lino Perros - Chapter II}

Since Pantone has announced the two beautiful colors of the year 2016, I have been meaning to add a bit of those hues to my wardrobe. Serenity; being a tranquil, light-washed shade of blue; makes its appearance somewhat in the form of my beloved denim dresses and pants, but I was on the look for the perfect Rose Quartz piece - preferably an accessory - when I got this beautiful bag from Lino Perros that came as an answer to my sartorial prayers. 

On a hot summer afternoon, this bag proves to be my trusted arm candy of choice as it complements a variety of styles of outfits and holds all my essentials too! #win

[White shirt: c/o Elle Fashionwear | Blue maxi dress: 109 F | Pink handbag: c/o Lino Perros | Crochet earrings: Krabi Night Market, Thailand | Silver mirror aviators: Forever 21 | White watch: Giordano, gifted | Pink sandals: c/o]

Photograhy by Sayantani Saha

This outfit also proves that you can layer up in summer too! A light, airy white shirt can be your perfect summer layer buddy as it goes well with anything - from tank tops to midi dresses to maxi dresses to crop tops even! And such summer layering comes in handy during those not-the-best-underarms days (you know what I mean, right?) .

So, I feel a Rose Quartz or a Serenity bag is a must-have in your closet this year and Lino Perros might have just the ones for you! 

P.S.: Their denim bags are the shizz too!! Check out how I styled my denim sling here.

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