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New Year: New Wardrobe by a Personal Stylist

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My personal Snob Box! Got a sequins top, poufy skirt,  golden clutch, earrings and necklace.

There is nothing better for a lady to begin her new year with some new and exciting outfits for the upcoming year. Now, if you are like me and A) usually don’t have the time to shop and/or B) end up the buying the same style clothing, you should try Snob Box!

What is Snob Box? Well, Snobbox basically is a personal styling service that sends you a box of 5 items (usually one complete set that includes a top, bottom, earrings, necklace and bag) that is personally picked up for you by a professional stylist. This service enables one to experiment with looks, latest trends, and styles all in the comfort of your house.

How does it work?

  1. Go to the website and fill out a quick style questionnaire about yourself. The service allows you to choose a price point as well for the box with the basic box and all 5 items being between Rupees 3000-4500.
  2. Select a date of when you want your box and wait to be surprised.
  3. When the box arrives, try on all the items and keep what you want and return what you don’t. The best part? The courier/shipment company comes back and picks up the box so you never have to step out of the house.

I ordered my first Snobbox a few weeks ago. I was so elated to see that this service had finally started in India, and I wasn’t disappointed. I appreciated that my stylist actually called me to talk about my personal style and preferences, and for the most part got my box quite right. I kept 3 out of 5 items.

The only draw back to this service was that I sent a few emails to the main email address regarding my return and never got a reply. It wasn’t  a pressing issue so I let it go, but it is something to think about for this startup as it expands to new cities (they current service Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Pune & Delhi).

Receiving my Snob Box was like giving myself a gift 🙂 I look forward to trying their services again when I need to add some new pieces to my wardrobe.

 

 

Styling while Pregnant

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Styling while Pregnant

Hello! Hello! If there is one thing I could say is slightly upsetting about pregnancy is the lack of wearing stylish or fashionable clothes. I am bored of wearing the Indian kurta and leggings and while I was browsing Instagram and the web, I came across this cute service called BumpStyleBox, which basically is a maternity boutique that delivers adorable outfits you can wear while you are pregnant! Oh how I wish a similar service was present in India. There are countless maternity clothing websites, but their selection is not quite flattering. Looking at this service, I thought of going back to my closet and putting together a few outfits that could be cute. However, let me warn you that I am no fashion stylist; I just randomly tried on clothes that I thought would break the wardrobe monotony.

So I am leaving you with two looks I tried out. Let me know what you think.

Look 1: Jeans & Jacket. One can never go wrong with jeans, a simple black cami and a jacket. One can even add some junk jewellery and bangles to glam up the look.

Front View

Front View

Look 2: Black & white dress from Express (two years old). So this dress was always a little too big on me, but fits well now and the strips accentuate the growing bump as well. A nice pair of red ballets or even a statement necklace could be added to complete the look. 

A little dress to spice up the wardrobe!

A little dress to spice up the wardrobe!

Wedding Outfits

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Clink…Clink!!! The Grand Indian wedding season is here 🙂

The best part of weddings, apart from all the dancing, food, catching up with friends, is dressing up! I recently (well, almost a month ago) attended my brother-in-law’s wedding. I tried to mix and match my outfits but ultimately ended up wearing more suits and etc. A lot of my clothes were from my wedding trousseau, but I did indulge in one splurge; I got a suit from Rohit Bal collection at Biba.

Let me know your thoughts on the dresses? Which is your favorite style?

Simple Blue Bandhi Suit for Morning Puja (Picked this up in Ahmedabad)

Simple Blue Bandhi Suit for Morning Puja (Picked this up in Ahmedabad)

Hit the Ladies Sangeet in a Golden and Brown short fitted kurta with churidar

Hit the Ladies Sangeet in a Golden and Brown short fitted kurta with churidar

My favorite halter neck anarkali that wore to the Cocktail Party. (Source: Seasons, Mumbai)

My favorite halter neck anarkali that wore to the Cocktail Party. (Source: Seasons, Mumbai)

This Cocktail outfit was one of those that I picked up last year when I was out and about doing my own wedding shopping. Ever since that wonderful day at the store when I got this outfit, I was itching for an event when I could put this dress on! That day finally arrived, and the dress was as fabulous to wear as I remembered it to be!

From the Rohit Ball collection at Biba...loved the color!

From the Rohit Ball collection at Biba…loved the color!

With my sister’s wedding around the corner, I can’t wait to mix and match outfits even more!!!

A Peak ino my Bag Closet

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This past week we got our baby’s closet worked on and fixed so that all his clothes could finally be unpacked. While the handyman was over, I even had the my bag closet fixed, so it now has sheets of sunmica or laminate instead of unpolished wood.

Since they were all out I though this could be a good time to do a post on my bag collection, which I have plenty of but probably not enough (I think). At last count I have 20 handbags and 23 clutches, and they range from high street to designer. Most of my clutches are Platinum buys and not branded, and sadly that shop has since closed.

Lovely Longchamp

Lovely Longchamp

Some of my favorites are my Longchamp bags, which are perfect for both work and also for a weekend trip. I definitely want to pick a travel size one though the next time I am at a duty free.

Guess Hobo

Guess Hobo

I also really like the above Guess hobo bag my mom picked for me from Singapore. It is quite slim but it can literally fit in everything that you would stuff into a larger bag. And even after it manages to maintain its shape.

H&M

H&M

Another favorite is this bright orange H&M one I picked from Singapore. The orange Hermes shade brightens up any outfit and is perfect for the current gloomy weather that we are witnessing currently in this part of the country.

Coach leather hobo

Coach leather hobo

This Coach leather hobo comes with both a small and long handle making it work as both casual and dressy. And the shade is the loveliest of pinks. I had my blog partner Swara order this for me from the States, as I definitely did not want to pay at least double if not more if I had purchased it in Bangkok.

My absolute favorite are definitely my LV Neverfull and Speedy, which I purchased for two of my birthdays. I prefer the Damier print to the monogram and so both carry the same. I would have picked the monogram but there are just way too many fakes on the streets-just devalues your purchase.

As far as designer bags go I already own two out of the five on my list of must have handbags. The others are Balenciaga City, a classic Chanel flap, and of course an Hermes Birkin.

Which is a favorite that you own, and which are you dying to purchase?

Sari-Defining Indian Beauty

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It’s award season in India and around the globe, and tonight I just finished watching the Zee Cine Awards. While I was seeing and passing commentary on everyone’s dresses, I realized that the indian sari (saree) is still very fashionable amongst the attendees, even as international designer gowns make their way to the Indian red carpet. I wasn’t a fan of wearing a sari earlier, I always preferred other Indian outfits such as a suit piece, or lenhga for events, but I have become a new found fan of the sari.

A sari is basically a single cloth piece of 5 yards that is draped around you. The most popular style of draping is to have majority of the sari wrapped around the waist, with one end pinned to your left shoulder. This style tends to leave your midriff open. To make the sari look even more stylish or modern, a lot of women opt for backless, halter, patterned, or contrast blouses. The blouse design adds more  “omph” to the entire outfit.

I can count on my fingers the number of times I have worn a sari to an event. There are a lot of reasons behind it, the major one being that if not draped or pinned properly, the sari can become quite difficult to walk in. However, like anything in women’s fashion, there is a reason behind the madness of wearing a sari. I officially declare that sari makes an Indian woman look most elegant, graceful, and sexy!

I have attended my fair share of wedding in the past two months and have worn a sari to each wedding. I did need assistance in draping the sari as I am still learning all the dos and don’t of sari draping, but overall it was a great experience. I got numerous compliments on wearing a sari, and which lady doesn’t like that?

Me trying to bring Sexy Back in a almost backless sari blouse

Me trying to bring Sexy Back in a almost backless sari blouse

The sari has also made a splash on the international red carpet. Most recently, we saw Indian actress, Tabu (starred in Life of Pi) wearing a gorgeous red Abu-Sandeep sari.

Tabu in a mirror work blouse and red sari by Abu-Sandeep

Tabu in a mirror work blouse and red sari by Abu-Sandeep

The used to be famous Pussy Cat Dolls also wore sarees to a red carpet event several years back.

Pussycat Dolls owned the red carpet in black sarees draped in multiple ways

Pussycat Dolls owned the red carpet in black sarees draped in multiple ways

Like any other clothing, the styles and types of sarees continue to change. However, what doesn’t change is the fact they make all women look their best. Here is to more sari draping and shopping in 2013!