May 25, 2016

An Indian Summer {Style Prism x Bohurupi by Roy}

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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!

May 13, 2016

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

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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.

May 07, 2016

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

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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!


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


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