Sunday, April 26, 2015

Simple Stripes!


I am loving stripes of late!

I recently bought pants, skirts, three tops and a bag, all in stripes. It is like one of those times when I suddenly find myself crazily fascinated by a color or print and fill my entire wardrobe with it.

There is a classic elegance to stripes and they can be styled in so many ways making them wearable any time, any place.  The fun thing with stripes is, I can pair stripes of different patterns together, especially if they fall in the same color palette. As for the days when I want to play safe, I can wear them with solid colors or other gentler prints like florals.

This is the outfit that I recently wore to a lunch. I bought these pants at a huge clearance sale at Macy's. They are comfy, soft and really awesome for the super low price I paid.

Photographer: Ashutosh Vidyarthi

Striped Pants - Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren (similar here)
Blazer - Van Heusen (similar here)
Crop Top - Only (similar here)
Necklaces - H&M (similar here)
Bracelet - Express (similar here)
Shoes - Calvin Klein (similar here)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Styling the Tresses

Hi Chicas!

Here I am, as promised with my next post on hair care. To check out the first post, click here. In today's post I am sharing with you some of the coolest hair styling products that I have tried and tested over the years and found useful.

I do not style my hair everyday nor do I recommend anyone else to do it. In fact, if I have the time, I prefer air drying or towel drying over the quick blow dry. However, at times when I want to feel a little fancy, I do style it. When I do so, I am very careful about the products I choose. I am not discussing any specific hairstyles today, but a few products that you would like in your kit before you attempt any elaborate hairdo.

Heat Protectant: I find it very helpful to use a good heat protectant spray or serum before I use any heat on my hair. It is one of the most important products when it comes to styling because it lets me keep my hair safely glued to my scalp amidst all the havoc the styling tools let loose.

TRESemmé Leave-In Spray
Styling Tools: I try using economical styling tools that damage my hair as less as possible and last long. I read a LOT of reviews and do a lot of research before buying any of these because I do not want to be stuck with a straightening iron or curler that makes my hair smoke every time I use it. So far I have been happy with the tools I am using but my old hair dryer is now pretty much in its last stage. It works for me, but for people who need a powerful dryer, I would not recommend this one. My current choice for a powerful yet budget hair dryer would be  Remington T Studio Silk Ceramic Hair Dryer
My Faithful Old Philips Hair Dryer
Remington T Studio Silk Ceramic Flat Iron
Bed Head Rock 'n' Roller Ceramic Styling Iron
Hair Spray: To keep the style set longer. I usually choose a firm hold/high shine spray. I am also partial to a good smelling one!
Dry Shampoos: For the days when I am too lazy to wash my hair and when I want my hair to look a little dishevelled yet fresh. It absorbs the extra oil near the scalp and gives body to limp hair.
Tony&Guy Dry Shampoo and Sebastian Dry Clean
Combs: Last but not the least, I feel combs make a huge difference. On a regular day, I start with a detangling comb and end with a flat brush. I keep a teasing comb, a round brush and a tail comb handy for the fancy hair days. The teasing comb to tease the hair for voluminous styles, the tail comb for dividing the hair for layered styles and the round brush for quick, soft, blow-dried waves.
Hope you found the post useful. Happy styling!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tame the Mane!

Hi Girls!

I have been meaning to write this post for a long time, but for some reason it kept getting delayed. Now here I finally am!

To begin with, I must tell you, I do not have naturally good hair. Growing up, my hair was a major challenge. It used to be rough, frizzy and awfully thin. During monsoon, it used to get oily and messy and looked dirty even after a heavy wash. For many years, I paid no attention to my hair whatsoever and kept it really really short. However, after high school, I started spending some time and energy on it.

I started with a coconut oil massage twice a week, followed by thorough hair washes. Later I added homemade yogurt and lemon hair packs once a month to the routine for deep conditioning and to prevent the scalp from drying. This really helped me keep the roots healthy and get rid of split-ends.
Of late, I often replace the homemade packs for other hair masks and hair butters due to sheer laziness, but honestly, they work too. I also kind of replace coconut oil with Argan oil at times as Argan oil is much lighter and non-sticky.
I feel regular conditioners do not work that well on my hair, so instead, I use hair masks regularly (like, twice a week). Since my hair is quite frizzy, I make sure that I apply some serum or anti-frizz spray before I comb.  
To cut the long story short, after many years of exploring and experimenting with different hair products during different seasons, here are my top picks.

 For dry flaky hair or during winters - The Body Shop Ginger Scalp Care Shampoo/The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter

For oily hair or on limpy hair days - Lush Big Salt Shampoo/Lóreal Professional Absolut Repair 

For normal hair or for everyday use - Kérastase Elixir Ultime Shampoo and Mask

After-wash hair treatments - The Body Shop Grapeseed Serum, Soy Renewal Argan Oil, Bed Head Ego Boost Frizz Control Serum

My Picks!

Home-made hair pack - Yougurt, Lemon and Coconut/Olive Oil Pack
Healthy Hair!

Hope you found the post helpful. To check out some basic styling products, catch my next post here!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Lazy Leggings, Shabby Shoes & A Field of Flowers

Hi Friends,

This was one of those times when fashion had to take a backseat...
This Sunday I and hubby visited the Wooden Shoe Tulip farm at the Oregon Tulip Festival. I am neither a huge fan of leggings nor of  unflattering sports shoes, but who cares when you are in a field of beautiful blossoms!
It had rained the day before and the ground was really muddy at places, so I decided to take my oldest pair of shoes for a walk and paired them with boring black leggings (which proved really useful because we had to walk a lot!). To add some color to the outfit, I wore a bright yellow tank top under my denim shirt and tied a printed scarf to my bag. I accessorized with matching earrings, a charm bracelet and oversized shades.
We had a lot of fun at the adjoining fair and of course in the fields before someone's dog bit Ashu(LOL with a sad face..). Thankfully the bite was through the jeans and hence, wasn't too bad, but that incident did actually spoil our day with worry. We took a lot of pictures before this tragedy, mainly of the flowers, but sadly can not post all of them. I am sharing some here. Hope you like them!! 

Photographer - Ashutosh Vidyarthi

Denim Shirt - Tommy Hilfiger (similar here)
Leggings - Victoria's Secret  (similar here)
Racerback Tank - Mango  (similar here)
Shoes - Puma  (similar here)
Bag - Coach  (similar here)
Sunglasses - Dolce & Gabbana  (similar here)
Earrings - Forever New  (similar here)
Scarf - Forever New  (similar here)
Bracelet & Charms- Pandora Essence Collection  (similar here)