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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: Jabong.com | 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!

Love,
Anupriya

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 Jabong.com]


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.


Love,
Anupriya

Saturday, May 7, 2016

A luxury manicure & pedicure perfect for the summer! {Review: Club Salon, Kolkata}

The sweltering summers are here and it looks like the inflation has hit the temperature too – it just keeps on rising. Kolkata, being both hot and humid, has turned into one being mass of panting, sweating population who are waiting for the monsoons with as much bated breath as they wait for the Durga Puja.
I am here only for a couple of weeks; but I’m already counting days to my return back to the humidity-less city of Bangalore and running from one air-conditioned surrounding to the other while I’m in the City of Joy.


In these extreme conditions, the invitation from one of Kolkata’s premier salons, Club Salon, to try out their popular Luxury Mani & Pedi, came like a breath of fresh air, albeit a fragrant one at that. Club Salon is one of the largest chains of salons in the city with branches in almost every part and a range of services that will leave you spoilt for choice.



I chose to visit the New Alipore address and the salon was spacious, classy and very welcoming. The staff was courteous and in no time, I was seated comfortably, ready to experience one of the best manicures & pedicures till date!


The Luxury Mani-Pedi started with a chocolate-flavoured Ice Ball immersed in the basins of warm water that gave out chocolate-coloured fizz and worked its magic on my tired hands & feet. The cleansing process followed with a moisturizing Papaya Nectar body wash. Further exfoliation was done with a yummy-smelling Strawberry Kiwi Sugar Scrub which helps in detoxification too. The pampering message session that followed used a Papaya Nectar Body Icing Crème de Corps with Shea Butter extracts that, coupled with the masseur’s expert hand movements, helped me relax and de-stress wonderfully. 



Once the message was over, I got a thick layer of Chcocolate & Glycerin Mask brushed on to my hands & feet and left for around 5 mins. Once the mask had worked its magic and helped make my limbs smoother & softer, it was washed off with lukewarm water. 



My happily pampered feet got a spray of refreshing foot mist and after the finishing touch with some bright nail colors, I not only flaunted a pair of happy feet, but happy hands too!



The session took almost one & a half hours and it was some time taken out of my hectic schedule when I could really sit back and relax. The wonderful service by their efficient staff rejuvenated me beautifully and my hands & feet felt as refreshed as they looked pretty!



I would totally recommend the Luxury Manicure & Pedicure at Club Salon for a refreshing makeover of your hands & feet this summer. The flavours of products they use are yummilicious and perfect for some summer rejuvenation. But, apart from this service, I would also recommend various other haircare & skincare treatments offered by the salon that are a must-try at any of their numerous outlets around the city.

If you are looking for some good haircare services, don’t miss out on their Kerastase Ritual that’s bound to make your hair soft & smooth. You can also go for the Serioxyl from L’Oreal which is a denser and more intense hair treatment. For very damaged hair, opt for the Profibre treatment which is efficient & helpful.
Looking for some effective skincare treatments? Club Salon is the answer to your beauty woes! Be it the Microneedling from O3 Plus or the Shine & Glow from Agelock, the salon’s various skincare services will give your rejuvenated & glowing skin in no time! For pigmentation problems, try out the Meladem treatment that’ll solve all your skin issues.

Stay updated about Club Salon’s latest services & products by following them on Facebook or follow @ClubSalon on Instagram & Twitter. 
Don't forget to check their website for more services & products!


Go and get pampered guys!! Till next time!


Love,
Anupriya
  

Disclaimer: Club Salon invited Style Prism for a complimentary session of their services. But the views & opinions shared in this are entirely my own.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Back To School With Bow-Ties {Style Prism x Indian Bow Tie Company}

We always knew bow-ties to be one of the coolest accessories for men. But in this age of gender equality and unisex fashion, what's stopping women to don a few of 'em too? 

My earliest memories of wearing a tie is associated with the quintessential school uniform - the checkered pinafore with a white shirt inside and the small red tie still stirs up fond memories when I spot girls on the road wearing the outfit that I used to happily flaunt everyday all those years ago!

So, needless to say, when the Indian Bow Tie Company, in association with Thinkquisitive, sent over this quirky wooden moustache-shaped beauty, I couldn't help but style a back-to-school look around it. 
The Indian Bow Tie Company is known for their dedicated approach to reviving the art of wearing bow-ties and as with all fun accessories, fashionable men & women have been seen lending their stylish twist to these bow-ties. As a contemporary take on the ubiquitous neck accessory, Indian Bow Tie Company, has also introduced funky wooden versions of the fabric bow-ties - in fun shapes like the trending handlebar moustache - that can amp up your cool quotient in a jiffy! 

So, out came the white shirt and the pinafore-ish dress, on went the belt, the quirky pineapple print gave company to the funky bow-tie and my favourite metallic slip-ons finished the preppy-meets-quirky-meets-schoolgirl look!








The two fun pieces of awesomeness that just got added to my wardrobe!

[Wooden bow-tie: c/o Indian Bow Tie Company | White boxy shirt: Forever 21 | Pineapple print dress: Forever 21, gifted | Belt: Westside | Watch: Giordano, gifted | Gold quilted slip-ons: Max Fashion]


Photography by: Sayantani Saha



You can follow Indian Bow Tie Company on their FB page for more fun updates on their quirky bow-ties!!!

Would you try a back-to-school look this summer? let me know!


Till next time, drink lots of water to beat the heat guys!!!


Love,
Anupriya



Note: Thinkquisitive is an online collaboration portal that strives to bring brands and bloggers together by sparking off communication between the two channels. 




Thursday, April 14, 2016

Fashion & Fun @ Wills Lifestyle SS '16 Launch

With the days getting hotter and the evenings getting warmer, the fashion-conscious crowd is looking out for trendy & comfortable summer clothes that can see them through these hot months and take them from work to party, if required. 
As an answer to your summer fashion woes, Wills Lifestyle has launched a refreshing Spring-Summer 2016 collection that boasts of fun prints and trendy styles for both men & women. Full of pretty prints and summery hues, this collection comprises of both smart work-wear as well as stylish semi-formal pieces that can be effortlessly taken from day to night. #win

To mark the launch of this vibrant new collection, the brand called the city bloggers to come together for an evening of fun & fashion, styling models in clothes from the new collection and putting together looks for themselves as well. Needless to say, we all had a great time playing dress-up in the Wills Lifestyle store and catching up with fellow bloggers!




I chose a casual cool look for the guy, adding a dapper knitted tie to his printed cotton shirt & rolled-up denims look. I dressed up the girl in a classy printed shift dress with heels & an envelope clutch that will look perfect for a date night or dinner party.



For myself, I opted for a pretty tangerine shift dress with pockets with a subtle tone-on-tone print that exuded smart chic. A maroon houndstooth scarf added an element of playful class to the outfit that can be easily taken from day to night!





Check out more of their lovely collection at any Wills Lifestyle store near you!



And this is what I wore to the event - some summer layering in light colours with a quirky bag and sporty shoes!


What do you think of the Wills Lifestyle SS '16 collection? Let me know!


Love,
Anupriya

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