June 27, 2015

How To Stay Stylish This Summer

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Chappals vs Stilletoes and Jabong.com brings you a style diary for how to go through summer in style!
Read on to find out the key pieces to add to your closet this season and cool off with our carefully curated sartorial list.


How to rock summers in a stylish way!
What do you love the most about summers? Definitely, not the weather! But this torrid climate surely allows one to experiment with so many styles and attires. One can easily be boho to preppy as the season allows you to get into the skin of your look. Yes, summers are all about style in shorts and skirts, and girls just love to go overboard. However, there’s a lot more to summer dresses for women. Without waiting much, let’s decode the best of fashion this Spring/Summer 2015.
Warning: Don’t get carried away, girls!

Skater dresses – be lady like
Skater dresses are simply ooh la la! Be it fit-and-flared, pleated, with frills or in aligned silhouettes, it looks good on petite girls as well as a bit curvy girls. It can be party wear as well as casual wear. Team it up with nice necklaces in beads and chain. When it comes to footwear, your flip-flops and flats will also look lovely, and you will thank yourself for trying this look.

Shift dresses – smart as well as chic
Shift your focus to shift dresses, and you will love the idea. The shift dresses are perfect for girls who struggle to keep their waist size in shape. Since shift doesn’t streamline in the middle, it looks wow on any body shape.

Jersey dresses – bold and beautiful
Jersey dresses are kinda maxi dresses but are more lightweight because of the fabric they are made of. Girls who love to flaunt their bold side are happy to sport it during summers. Team it up with denim jackets and shrugs and look feminine and chic.

Culottes – the new wave of the season
The season may be high on shorts and denims, but the newest trend to grip the style world is the easy-breezy culottes. The retro style of divided skirts from the ‘70s is back with a bang, and everyone is wearing it with élan including Victoria Beckham. With their semi-formal yet lovingly casual look, culottes look best with crop tops and shirts. Call it crop culottes or simply culottes; it can revamp your summer wardrobe.

Maxi skirts – playful is the way of styling
Maxi skirt has come as a boon for Indian females who are heavier at the bottom.  The style not only suits curves, but also sits well on a lean frame adding weight and flair. Maxis are simple, easy to carry and again can be worn in many styles. One can go for gypsy to formal as well as resort to semi-formal look. If you are a rebel enough then maxis with boots could be also your style. This summer, try maxi skirt and even dress if not anything.

Pleated skirts – be the sunny, preppy one
Unleash the sunshine school girl in you and go for summery pleated skirts. The style is in, and it has nothing to do with your age. When Kajol can do it with aplomb, so can you. Try colors like white, yellow and even prints. Pairing it with crop tops and shirts is the best option. Go for sneakers or shoes if being preppy is your way, otherwise a nice pair of stilettoes or pumps can do full justice to your attire, making you look all prim and propah – all set to steal the show.

Long kurtis and cotton maxi attires – let the desi in you shine
The fusion of long kalidaar kurtis and maxi attires works very well with Indian females who try to strike a boho or desi look. What’s more! Any girl, plump or petite, can go for this style. Have a look at this Sangria cotton dress available online at Jabong.com and you will love it.

Now, you have many options to try out this summer. While crop tops, shorts, ripped jeans, flowy tops, mid-length kurtis and churidars are common outfits, go for styles that can make you look hip and different in the sea of well-dressed girls. Always remember, as said by the celebrated designer Yves Saint Laurent: “Dressing is a way of life”. Embrace a new side of yourself and dress-up well as it brings a stunning confidence in you, making you smile, always. Make hay while the sun shines.

Author’s bio:
Usha Lakra is a stylist/fashion blogger working with India’s leading e-commerce company. She has been writing for celebrity fashion and is an avid Bollywood buff. This fashionista likes to go for fusion looks and is happy incorporating different style elements. Here she has written on summer dresses, and what’s hit this Spring/Summer.


So, rush over to Jabong.com and revamp your wardrobe with stylish outfits for summer!
Enjoy the season and stay fashionably cool!!!


June 22, 2015

{Travel Diary} Picturesque Krabi

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I will always count Krabi among one of the most cherished trips of my life - not only because it was my honeymoon, but also because the pretty little islands turned out to be one of the beautiful places I have ever seen! <3

So I thought of taking you all on a pictorial tour of the picturesque beauty that Krabi is..........hope I can inspire those of you who have not been there to pack your bags and plan a trip asap!

Longtail boats line the sea at the pretty Ao Nang beach

The hotel swimming pool had a cliffside view

More longtail boats on the turquoise sea

Lush trees and white sands on Bamboo Beach

Enjoying the sun, the sand & the sea!

The majestic cliffs tower over the sea all around the Phi Phi Islands

Shells & corals galore strewn across the pristine beaches

Oh!! The color of the sea was mesmerizing, to say the least!

Salons advertising their hair-braiding skills in the quaint li'l town of Krabi

I could sit by this view forever... <3

The holiday was perfect and me & the husband spent many a lazy afternoon lounging in the pool and many a breezy evening strolling by the beach.
I passionately recommend Krabi, Thailand to anyone who's looking for a relaxed seaside holiday and I myself plan to visit it again sometime!

Have a great week ahead!

June 14, 2015

{Beauty Box} Review: The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask

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In today's hectic, stressful life, a good night's sleep is very important to keep us going.
Till last year, the night-owl in me used to be up till the wee hours of the morning coz my creative juices seemed to flow more freely during those unearthly hours! But, along with many other changes in my life post-marriage, my sleep patterns have changed too; and since now I can't afford the luxury of waking up straight to brunch, I am compelled to go to sleep considerably early. 
But all these years of nocturnal adventures had left me with quite a few unwanted gifts including dark circles, dull skin and indigestion. 

So, understandably, even though I know how much some of you love those silent hours in front of the laptop, accompanied only by a mug of coffee, some sinful (and totally guilt-inducing) midnight snacks and the occasional distant call of a night bird; I would strongly advise at least 6-8 hours of sound sleep at night for the body to function properly throughout the busy day-time schedule.

And what's more! The Body Shop has just launched its new Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask to help rejuvenate your skin while you rejuvenate the body & soul!

A new addition to their best-selling youth-enhancing range, the Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask is designed to be left overnight as it moulds itself like a second skin, giving you fresher & bouncier skin in the morning!

When I was sent the Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask for review, I did some market survey on the product and asked The Body Shop sales staff about the response to this new kid on the beauty block. They said that so far the response have been pretty good, so much so that the product was completely sold out from the store!

The jar containing the 90ml cream is quite sturdy & heavy and the green packaging itself signifies the refreshing power of the product inside. The cute little spatula that comes with it helps in taking out the cream while applying so that the formula doesn't get spoilt due to the regular contact with our (at a microscopic level, unclean) hands.

Here's a swatch of the cream. The consistency is soft and a bit runny, but the cream gets absorbed quite quickly once you massage it into the skin. 

I have been using this cream for a few nights now and I'm pleasantly surprised to see that the skin does feel refreshed in the morning! I'm sure regular use of this youth-enhancing formula will just do wonders to my almost-thirty skin cells!!!

All ready to let the Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask work its magic on my skin!

I'm also sharing this helpful video where Dr. Terry Loong, Global Skincare Expert from The Body Shop shows us the correct technique of applying the cream.
Watch. Follow. Sleep.

Just apply properly at the end of your nightly beauty regime, pull on the eye mask and drift into a much-needed 'beauty sleep'!!! :)


Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, but a review post. The views & opinions shared in it are entirely my own.
June 06, 2015

Closet Sale Saturday: Edition I

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Hola everyone!

I am here with the very first edition of Closet Sale Saturdays and needless to say, I'm super-duper-excited!!! :D

Here's a chance for all of you; who have been admiring my colorful, quirky, whimsical & chic wardrobe over all these years; to get your hands on some of the carefully-curated gems that I want to pass on - not because they are the worse for wear (in fact they are all in good, wearable condition, albeit showing signs of age, but absolutely perfect otherwise); but because now I want to make space for new beauties and I feel that I have given these pieces enough love to last a lifetime! They are now free to go jazz up someone else's wardrobe and get some more love as they deserve! 

I'm starting the series with a few pretty baubles that'll spruce up any outfit in a jiffy!
These necklaces are trendy & versatile, and my heart aches to let them go....but really, my husband has threatened to not buy me another one if & when my jewellery closet explodes (or overflows or the doors refuse to close), hence this closet cleanse!

Hope you guys show these beauties from my wardrobe as much love as I have been showering them with since I brought them home from the stores. 
Waiting to see them on some other blogs soon! Happy shopping!!! :)

Item name: Green Tribal Jazz necklace
Condition: Almost brand new, worn 2-3 times only
Sale price: 350/-

Item name: Monochrome Magic necklace
Condition: Worn 6-7 times, the chain a li'l bit discolored at the back
Sale price: 250/-

Item name: Royal Blue Band of Beads necklace
Condition: Worn 4-5 times; the golden beads/chain have turned a bit dark due to prolonged exposure to air, giving it a more antique look
Sale price: 150/-

Now, the rules:
  • All items are used/second-hand - please understand this before buying as I don't want any complaints later.
  • The items will go on first come first serve basis. Whoever books it first by making payment will be sent the item.
  • The items are exactly as shown in the pictures and are not defective/damaged in any way. Hence, no such claims will be entertained later.
  • Flat shipping price of 100/- applies to anywhere within India.
  • For any queries/booking kindly e-mail me at anupriyadg@yahoo.com

Can't wait to see which of you scores these treasures of mine!

Be back soon! :)



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