If there is one thing that makes me happy instantly, it is chocolate. I can vouch that not only children but we adults too love this soul food!
There is always a debate that these sweet treats lead to weight gain and pimples. On International Chocolate Day, I had a tètè-a-tètè with Andaleeb Sahar Sayed, Executive Pastry Chef of The Lalit Mumbai, on the bitter sweet things about Chocolates.
The word ‘Freedom’ might mean different things for different people. With the Independence Day countdown beginning, I wanted to ask – Who wants freedom from pimples?
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Getting the festive look right is easy when you mix and match the classy and the contemporary. That’s how you can stay on trend but rope in tradition at the same time. For that Diwali special look, here’s what you can try:
Go Indo-western:You will be able to achieve a boho-fusion look.
• Even if you do not wear ethnic clothes, wear traditional motifs or elements as prints on western silhouettes.
• Make sure the fit is semi-formal and the fabric is classy.
Let your make-up sparkle:Opt for a sparkling eye makeup.
• Outline the eyes neatly with khol pencil and smudge the edges softly. Keeps the line defining the waterline close to the lower lashes sharp.
• Touch up the eyelids with a hint of purple and blend it to the outer corners. From the middle of the upper eyelid smear glitter powder that you like.
• Your best bet can be the latest M.A.C Reflects Pearl in silver or gold to open up your eyes. Brush out the lashes with loads of mascara.
Try head turning hairstyle:Try the side braid that is making heads turn currently. It is simple and you can do it yourself.
• Brush all the hair on one side and start braiding neatly by weaving the strands such that the plait cuts across the face or close to it, like a textured fringe.
• Add an interesting hair accessory to bring on the traditional finish.
No matter what you do, have a Wow Diwali! -Sayanti Banerjee
Photo credit: Sanifa Dias
Makeup by: M.A.C Cosmetics Artist, Manseey Vorra from MAC PRO Store, Juhu Accessories: Ear cuff used as headgear from Forever21
While one of the most awaited Bollywood movies Tamasha is gearing up for Diwali release, the teasers are grabbing all eyeballs. I love Deepika Padukone’s sun-kissed hair colour that makes her stand out as an effortless diva in this romantic flick. I got the look this weekend and here’s what makes it WoW:
1# It is subtle yet sexy. You can carry if off fashionably with any outfit you like.
2# It is low maintenance as you don’t need a frequent hair cut and can wear it messy but still look classy.
3# It is trending on instagram currently as balayage or tie-die which is almost like hand painted hair strands. Try it now!
Cutting or colouring your hair often, may not be feasible but you can surely change the way you look with stylish hair accessories. Even if you stock up just 3 of them, invest only in the best!
Here’s how to look wow with them effortlessly:
1# Bow clip- If you have to bank on a single hair accessory to change your look, vouch for a bow clip.
DIY: Push your hair over to one shoulder and simply clip on this hair accessory on the other side, to pretty up your side-profile and how.
2# Bobbing pin – These basic hair pins have gone a notch higher now with fashion colours and metallic hues. DIY: For a party look, simply make a deep side parting and clip on a few golden bobbing pins in a row to nail this chic, trendy look. It flatters every face shape with a ‘cute girl’ feel.
3# Floral hair band- will help to rope in the pretty and the boho-chic elements together.
DIY: Wear a chain of rosettes like a tiara or a band around your head. Leave the rest of your hair open, a bit scrunched and messy with a subtle middle parting.
You might have the right makeup, hair and outfit on, but the footwear you wish to wear, can make or break the look. In order to put your best foot forward, you need to match the style of shoes with your attire and here’s how to do it:
1# Ballerinas: These pretty shoes grace your feet beautifully. Sans heels, they are comfortable for walking around or running as well. You can opt for floral prints or graphic motifs to upgrade the fashion quotient of your casual wear.
2# Wedges: These heels are high on comfort but well-heeled for style. Balancing it out literally, you can wear this style of footwear for work as well as an outing.
3# Peep-toes: This style of footwear is for the girl with pedicured feet. As a part of ultra-chic grooming, your nail paint would need to complement the colours of your outfit.
4# Boots: Edgy, funky and fun is how you would want to style yourself, once you get into boots. As the length increases from ankle length to calf-high styles, you bring on the persona of the boho-chic, Texas cowboy girl. It’s grungy all the way!
5# Stilettos: Classy and red-carpet poise is what you can spell with these sleek heels. They make the legs appear visually lengthened as you step into them and walk in style. Perfect party wear to boost your glam quotient.
If you have been shopping for clothes mostly, try picking up different accessories for a change. By mixing and matching a few of them, you can wear the same outfit differently. I felt WoW picking 5 pieces from Accessorize to redefine my look in the red floral printed dress.
Here’s how to do it in style:
1# Dare to wear a floral tiara: With this ultra feminine hair accessory you can make heads turn at a brunch…
2# Swing along a sling bag: A purse with a cute motif can complement your casual chic style effortlessly. Choose the one you like to carry for some quirky fun element.
3# Throw on your sunglasses: While you need to protect your eyes from the UV rays of the sun, sport the one that frames your face well. A sexy pair of aviators can boost your glam quotient instantly.
4 # All ears for cuffs: If you wish to go subtle with your style, try ear cuff that graces a single ear lobe. Push your hair on the other side, over your shoulder and flaunt a celeb-style, side profile?
5 # Neckpiece to match: You can dress up your look effortlessly with a nice neck piece that sits pretty gracing your collarbone. It would spell classic for an evening date!