May 31, 2017

Taking On The 1960s Shift Dress In Indie Fusion Style

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Having studied in a fashion school, I have spent the better part of a year learning about the history of fashion. Needless to say, the wonderful past eras and their fashion trends have always awed & intrigued me. 
From the 1920s flapper dresses to the 1990s grunge looks, every decade offered some fashion styles that has inspired me in my life as a fashion professional.
So, from time to time, I take inspiration from retro fashion and present those trends in my own style. 
Recently, I thought of doing a fun series on the blog where I would showcase my contemporary take on the coolest fashion trends of some of the past decades.

Starting the series with my newest obsession - Shift Dresses - that was all the rage back in the 1960s!
The 60s Mod culture saw women flaunting cute shift dresses with Mary Janes or pumps. The 60s shift dresses were made more popular by designers like Balenciaga, Givenchy & Lily Pulitzer who made stylish shifts for celebrities like Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy & Jackie Kennedy. The shift dress is chic, classic and easy-to-wear, thus making it much-loved by fashion-enthusiasts all over the world.
Over the years, the shift has undergone many new looks and designers have played around with the prints, fabrics & styles - but the silhouette has remained an eternal favorite for most women who like easy-breezy effortless clothes!

The shift has made a major comeback this summer, and my outfit is a fun combination of this timeless silhouette and fusion indie fashion. My love for the elegant traditional weave of Ikat, the trendy bell sleeves and the ubiquitous shift resulted in this dress which is a piece from the SS '17 collection of my clothing brand Howrah Bridge. (For all those who don't know, I'm a fashion designer by profession)
I thought of giving an athleisure (yet another huge trend) twist to my retro look by pairing the 60s-inspired shift dress with hand-doodled sneakers! I have been wanting to doodle myself a pair of white canvas sneakers since a long time now...and finally did it! And thanks to the great response that my sneakers got from friends & family, I'm taking orders for these now!!! You can contact me via social media or e-mail for further details. :)



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[Ikat shift dress: Howrah Bridge | Cat-eye sunglasses: Pieces via Vero Moda | Tribal choker: Street-shop in Hampi | Doodle sneakers: DIY | Watch: Kenneth Cole]


Photography by: Arjun from PicsPlot


Using Indian traditional fabrics for smart, contemporary silhouettes is what's running the design world right now and this dress is a chic example of that. I added some boho-chic fun to the look with the tribal-ish handmade choker that I picked up from a street shop in Hampi last month, and of course, what's a retro look without some cat-eye sunnies?
As you can see from the lat image, the shift dress is as timeless and chic today as it was way back in the 1960s....only the pattern, design, detailing and styling have changed. 

I have made the biggest 60s trend my own in my eclectic & boho-fusion way.....how do you like to wear your shift dresses?

Let me know if you had fun reading this post and whether you'd really like me to do more of these retro-inspired looks for you all!

Till then, stay stylish!!!


Love,
Anupriya
May 20, 2017

An Easy-Breezy Shaving Experience {Review: Gillette Venus Breeze}

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Today's women are always on the run.
They are running from role to role - be it a daughter, a sister, a wife or a mother.
They are running from duty to duty - handling household chores, managing kids, running a successful career.
They are running from place to place - home to work to party to travels.
Always on the run.

For such women, diamonds don't qualify as best friends, good razors do.
A good razor that makes shaving off unwanted hair a quick, easy & effortless affair is what our dreams are made of!
But not any more!! The Gillette Venus Breeze comes into our lives to take our shaving experience a notch higher with its super-cool features!

Here's all that you need to know about the new Gillette Venus Breeze that is here to make shaving an easy & effortless activity in our fast daily lives!






About the Gillette Venus Breeze:
The newly-launched Gillette Venus Breeze is made to give you the perfect ultra-close shave for smoother skin. With its contour non-slip ergonomic handle for that sturdy grip and three-blades feature for a close, super-smooth shave; this razor ticks all the right boxes. This razor also boasts of 2 moisture gel bars flanking the blades that gets activated by water and gives you a gliding shaving experience, without the need to use extra soap or shampoo. These gel bars are formulated with body butters like Olive, Avocado & Kokum, and Glycerin to help retain skin moisture even after a shave. And the best part? The mild yet fresh tropical fragrance that emanates from the gel bars while shaving.......removing body hair was never such a rejuvenating & sensorial experience before!





My review of the Gillette Venus Breeze:
I have been a regular user of the Gillette Venus razor and this upgraded version of my favorite beauty essential is my new-found-love as far as grooming products are considered. The moisture gel bars are the best part of the razor as they make the whole process smoother, easier & more fragrant! Although the lather produced by the gel bars are light and enough for the shaving process, I sometimes feel a little bit more lather would have been nicer. But, they definitely help in keeping the skin soft & supple, and the shaved areas don't dry up as easily as before. The ergonomic handle is perfect for a sturdy grip and the flexible head helps shaving in curvy areas smooth & effortless. Not to mention the pretty lavender color and the beautiful packaging that I love!
What's more, the gel bars will fade up when they are not usable anymore, acting as an indicator that you need to get a new cartridge!





At 299 bucks, this promising new razor on the block is all set to knock other hair removal methods out of the park! If you haven't got yourself a Gillette Venus Breeze yet, get it now to make shaving unwanted hair an easy-breezy affair!!!

For those of you who are still unsure of using a razor for hair removal, I'm going to bust all those age-old shaving myths in another blog post coming up soon! Stay tuned!! 


Love,
Anupriya

May 12, 2017

Athleisure Alert: Taking Yoga-wear To High-street {StylePrism x Satva}

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Like most of you, I have had my stints with workouts. I have been to gyms and made excuses till my subscription money ran out, I have tried working out to zumba videos on YouTube and after a few days told myself that I can't make time for it. 
Like some of you, I can't will myself to stay fit as much as I can will myself to bake a cake. 
Like some of you, I am knowingly guilty of not taking as much care of my body as I should.

But that doesn't mean that I don't have the need for workout clothes!
I love active-wear of all kinds........and now that athleisure has been a sartorial trend that's making a steady appearance every season, I've got excuses a-plenty to use gym clothes as part of my fashionable outfits!

Needless to say, when I came across the classy minimalist yoga-wear by sustainable fashion brand Satva, I knew I needed them in my life, even though I haven't stepped on a yoga mat ever (nor do I intend to, anytime soon)! Satva, originally a New York-based brand, just made their entry into the Indian market and their products are just what the fitness-enthusiast Indian crowd needs. Built on an ethically strong foundation of environmentally conscious vision, this brand is dedicated towards building a holistic and harmonious ecosystem, that satisfies its end customers, supports the economic development of the farming communities growing organic cotton, and improves the global environment at the same time. Using only the finest quality organic cotton, chemical-free dyes and naturally growing substances, Satva produces trendy yoga clothes that are as comfortable as they are stylish.

Unlike all the buyers of this brand; who gives their yoga sessions I stylish twist in their organic, chemical-free Satva bralettes, leggings or shorts; I decided to take these active-wear pieces for a street-chic spin! Taking on the much-popular athleisure trend, I paired my Satva peplum top and abstract print leggings for a look that can take you from shopping with the girls to a coffee date with the guy in one effortless sweep, without making you looks out of place for a second!


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[Peplum top, printed leggings: c/o Satva | Tribal print cape: Shoppers Stop | Necklace: Fancy Living | Handbag: Kate Spade NY | Glasses: AliExpress | Shoes: Solovoga]


Photography by: Prayoon Sajeev


Does this outfit look like I'm wearing yoga clothes or that I have mistaken the roads for the gym?
No...right? Well, that's the fashionable versatility of Satva pieces that can take you from the gym straight to college or to a brunch with friends without even having to change into a new outfit!
And if, like me, you are somebody who steers clear of anything to do with 'working out', you can add some Satva beauties to your wardrobe to elevate your casual outfits with some trendy athleisure quotient.

What's more! Satva is offering a cool 15% discount to my readers!!!
Just log on to https://in.satvaliving.com and use the coupon code SATVAADG15 while chekout to avail the offer. 
Pls note:
  • The code can be redeemed only on the SATVA website - www.in.satvaliving.com
  • The code is valid till March 31 2018
  • You can redeem this code only once on a single order. 
  • Please enter this discount code at the PROMO CODE space at check out.
So, what are you waiting for? Get, set, shop!
Don't forget to follow Satva on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.

Embrace the athleisure trend with organic & sustainable fashion from Satva and stay on top of your style game!


Love,
Anupriya
May 04, 2017

Gillette Venus Breeze Gets Bangalore To "Subscribe To Smooth"

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We are slowly inching towards the middle of the year and the rising temperatures are just making us tired, giving us frizzy hair and making our mood cranky!

Needless to say, after a long day at work and endless hours stuck in traffic, we hardly get time to sit back with some chilled lemonade & catch up on our current reads......let alone take time out for skincare & beauty treatments! Our body hair might grow to grizzly-bear proportions, but this heat & humidity just makes the thought of going for a waxing session seem like an arduous task. 
Well, if you have not been living under a rock, you must have seen all the world & its neighbors talking about the new Gillette Venus Breeze women's razor that's just been launched in India, and trust me when I say it's a God-gifted boon for all us girls right now! The Gillette Venus Breeze is a 2-in- razor that has in-built gel bars that means all you lazy, heat-affected women don't even have to use soap or shampoo separately while shaving! With a flexible head, ergonomic shape & 3 blades for a closer shave, this razor is top-of-its-game! Just glide the razor on your skin and voila, hair-free, smooth skin ready to be dressed up in all the pretty summer outfits!!!




Gillette Venus recently launched this brand new (life-saving) product in Bangalore and who better to do the honors than the awesome-sauce Kalki Koechlin! I have always admired Kalki - not only for her acting prowess - but also for her indomitable stand on feminism & women empowerment. Her bold choices & confident personality are what makes me a fangirl of this spunky woman.
So, when Kalki spoke about how she swears by the new Gillette Venus Breeze and how convenient it is for life on-the-go, we all knew we had a winner in hand!


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The event was made all the more interesting by the presence of renowned dermatologist Dr. Rashmi Shetty and celebrity make-up artist Namrata Soni who, along with Kalki, educated us on the features of this must-have razor, shared their own experiences about the product, and busted some age-old shaving myths on the way!


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It was a fun afternoon of busting shaving myths, informative Q&A with members from the audience, some hazy selfies with Kalki and getting to know the Gillette Venus Breeze a bit better! I'm happy to say that I'm sorted about my hair removal choices from now on. No more too-lazy-to-g-to-the-salon excuses......a few minutes in the shower with my Gillette Venus Breeze is all it'll take for me to sport smooth arms & legs, and flaunt all those off-shouldered dresses and summer shorts!


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[Shirtdress, fringed belt, slip-on shoes: Koovs.com | Tasseled clutch: Miss Chase]


Also, this is what I wore to the Gillette Venus Breeze launch event at The Oberoi, Bangalore.
I chose a pastel look to go with the brand's pastel branding identity! :)

My wardrobe is currently OD-ing on blacks, greys, navys and a few pop colors....but this new pastel print shirtdress from Koovs makes me think that I should add a bit more sorbet shades to my closet....eh?


Now that I've given you the go-to solution for hairless, soft skin; what are you waiting for? Get your own Gillette Venus Breeze today!
And if you are still not convinced, a full review of the product coming soon on the blog, along with the busting of a few popular shaving myths!! Stay tuned and subscribe to smooth!


Love,
Anupriya

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