July 15, 2017

Fifty Shades Of Pink: A Study In Tone On Tone Dressing

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Tone on tone fashion is something that have always intrigued me visually. Being a fashion student, I have spent hours in the college library pouring over glossy magazines filled with images from the latest runway shows. And more often than not, I would come across an impeccably put together tone on tone outfit by some renowned international designer. I would ogle at the well-balanced styling of the ensemble and dream of being able to carry something remotely similar off ever!

As a designer, I have never tried my hand at creating tone on tone garments. But, after all these years, as a blogger, I finally steadied myself to try out a monotone look, featuring one of my favorite colors - pink! I mean, I might have done all-blacks or all-greys at some point of time, but they don't really count as a daring tone on tone adventure....do they?

When an all-new fashion brand for curvy girls, LastInch, sent me this trendy cold-shoulder printed dress, I spent quite a few days thinking of how I can add my own twist to this chic dress. I didn't really want to pair this dress with outerwear or bottoms, as I didn't want anything taking away the focus of the pretty print and flattering cut of the dress.
It was then that the print of the dress - which was a visually-appealing mix of different shades of pink - gave me the idea of going for a monotone look, somewhat instigated by the memory of a blog post on a similar theme on another style blog Fashion and Frappes! Since the dress already had all kinds of pinks on it, so why not add some more splashes of the same color for a fun & vibrant outfit?

Also, you know how they say wearing tones of the same color head to toe makes you look fat?
Well, what better to break that stereotype than in this dress that is by a brand that champions the cause of trendy fashion for curvy girls! I mean, why should women with the ideal body stats have all the fun? As my blogger buddy Sayantani says,  "Fashion is should be for all"! And LastInch is all for plus size women flaunting their curves in the most stylish ways possible!












[Printed cold-shoulder dress: c/o LastInch | Pink tassel earrings: Koovs.com | Pink oversized clutch: c/o Miss Chase | Reflector sunglasses: Gifted by sis | Metallic sandals: Shoppers Stop | Watch: anne Klein | On my lips: Rock n Roll Pink, Nykaa Painstix]

Photography by: Arjun from PicsPlot


As you can see, I opted to wear the pink printed dress with pink tassel earrings, a pink oversized clutch, rose gold metallic shoes (rose gold is a pink-ish shade of gold only, right?), pink/gold reflector sunnies, and of course, pink lipstick! But all the shades of pink in this look complement each other instead of clashing, thus making this a harmonious sartorial style. 

I know many of you out there might be sceptical about wearing monotone outfits, so here are a few pointers that will help you overcome your initial hesitation and go for it!

  • Play around with patterns & textures in the same color family to create a look that's not flat or monotonous.
  • If you are unsure, start by choosing basic pieces to create the outfit and add interest with same-toned accessories.
  • Pulling off one shade from head to toe is expert-level stuff, so try pairing various shades of the same color or color family to keep things fun & easy.
  • Remember, wearing monotone from head to toe makes you look taller, so let that thought pump up your confidence!
  • Add in subtle touches of a break through your accessories - a dash of metallics or subtle neutrals can help put the whole look together.
  • Last, but not the least, keep your make-up light so that focus stays on the outfit and doesn't stray.
Hope this post inspires you to try out this fun way of dressing up!
Do let me know if you do put together a monotone look and tag me on Insta or FB when you post a picture of it!!! would love to see your take on tone-on-tone dressing too! :)



Love,
Anupriya
July 07, 2017

Give Your Skincare An Organic Upgrade With Hemp Seed Oil Products By Satliva

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In today's fast-paced life - full of stress, unhealthy food habits, exposure to pollution, and erratic sleeping patterns - women (or men) are inevitably plagued by skin & hair problems, more often than not. Acne, pimples, dry skin, dull skin, hair-fall, frizzy hair and many more such issues pose as some of the biggest problems in our lives! Coz making the right impression starts by having healthy skin & hair - a goal which every woman strives towards. 

With a plethora of skincare or haircare products available in the market, not to mention home-made remedies or the random 'daadi ke nuske', you might just be spoilt for choice (and often, confused) when it comes to choosing the right product for your problem. But in this crowd of mass-manufactured products and chemical-induced cosmetics, how do we know what's good for us?


I got the answer to this question a couple of months earlier when I was invited by luxury organic beauty brand Satliva to visit their factory and check out the whole process of how they make natural skincare & haircare products using - wait for it - Hemp Seed Oil!!!

Many of you might know what Hemp is. For the uninitiated, Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis plant from the leaves of which Marijuana is made! But not to be shocked, that's not the only use of this versatile plant. Hemp is grown commercially to be used in various items such as textiles, paper, biodegradable plastics, biofuel or animal feed. 

But, but, but. Satliva has used this wonder plant - rather, the seeds - in creating organic beauty products that prove to be magically effective in dealing with our regular skincare or haircare issues! Hemp seed oil, which is the core ingredient of Satliva products, is said to be nature's most balanced oil. It contains important amino acids, omega 6, omega 3, protein, essential fatty acids, anti-oxidants and quite a few minerals; thus helping keep our skin & hair healthy. 

Our visit to the Satliva factory was enlightening, to say the least! We could actually witness how the raw hemp seeds are compressed to give off the pure oil, and how that oil is mixed with other 100% natural ingredients to create amazing beauty products!









We got to bring home some of these great products, according to our choice & skin type or issues, and I must say I've been quite impressed by using some of them! 
I have currently been using the following products that I got from Satliva and each of them have proved to be quite awesome in its own way:

A detailed review of each product will be up soon...so stay tuned! :)

If you are still not convinced, then visit the Satliva website to check out their wide range of skincare & haircare products and read testimonials from their happy clients!
Don't forget to follow Satliva on Facebook & Instagram to stay updated about their new products and know more about the benefits of hemp seed oil for your beauty regime!

I'm happily using my Satliva products and noticing a healthy difference to my skin & hair! 
You can too!!!

Till next time!


Love,
Anupriya

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