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.
After a long day at work, you might wish to go for a dinner date… Selecting clothes will be the last thing on your mind. Do not waste your energy on fretting about what to wear. Keep it simple, classy and wow:
#Opt for a monochromatic a-line gown to keep it classy. It can be your best bet for a romantic evening. # Make sure that it fits you well and looks comfortable too. #Opt for a statement piece like a necklace to accessorize your attire. A watch can look chic too. #Keep the makeup glamourous with a hint of glitter on the face, soft smoky eyes and glossy lip colour.
Photo credit: Yogita Verma
Wardrobe credit: AND by Anita Dongre Venue: Kebab Korner @ InterContinental, Churchgate, Mumbai
#1 As far as the exotic recipes are concerned, they are from the legendary Chef Imtiaz Qureshi with a modern presentation by the sous chefs. #2 While you are bound to get spoilt for choice, some of the ‘must-try’ dishes from the menu are – Starter: Kakori Kabab – the skewers of minced lamb are grilled on charcoal embers and will simply melt in your mouth. Main course: Khameeri roti – is soft bread cooked in clay oven and topped with exotic saffron. Safed murgh supreme – has strips of tender chicken tossed up in mild spiced cream and yellow chili gravy. Desserts: Jalebi pearls as the name suggests, the caviar of jalebi are worth savouring with royal rabri by the side. #3 The view of Marine Drive is completely breath-taking! You would want to sit by the huge glass windows overlooking the Arabian Sea and get mesmerized. #4 While the décor is classy, the ambiance is warm and welcoming. #5 It is a place ideal for a traditional, sit-down family buffet but you can also enjoy some couple time or ‘me-time’ there as well. – Sayanti Banerjee
How innovative can you get with stripes, depends on you. So next time you decide to wear something semi-formal to work, ditch the stripped business shirt and opt for a smart dungaree instead. Here’s what I choose to do to make my weekday dressing different and feel wow even on a Monday!
# Team up a simple black and white stripe bottom-wear with a fresh green for a change. A hint of fluorescent always has a fun and funky effect.
#Keep the mood casual chic with minimal accessories.
#Simple makeup and clean hairdo always works best to complement this street style effortlessly.
15th August is Independence Day and I wish to celebrate this day as a ‘freedom from the regular routine’. There are a few things that you can add-on to your weekend planner in order to do something different and feel Wow:
# Sport the tri-colours of the Indian National Flag as a part of your makeup or as a cool tattoo!
#Even if you do not wear ethnic clothes like salwar suit or a saree often, go desi and look graceful.
#Accessories yourself with Indian trinkets and a bindi to make all the difference!
While the face looks wow, the hands and the feet remain neglected… Quite common but can change right? So for a ‘head to toe’ well groomed look, make sure to try out a mini pedicure and manicure at home at least.
Here’s how to go Wow!
# Use a scrub to remove the dead skin from your hands and feet.
# Apply a hydrating moisturizer to make your skin feel soft and supple. Choose the one that is non greasy and has a sweet aroma too.
#Apply vibrant colours on your nails that have an instant ‘pick-me-up’ effect!
I love sunflowers and wanted to rope in a hint of sunshine with shades of yellow. Go with the hues that make you HAPPY!
It is Friday evening and you are wondering what to wear, where to go and what to do… Well, I am in that frame of mind right now and have realized that an outfit can actually set the mood for everything else to follow suit. You can call me a ‘fashion show’ addict as I never miss to check out what’s hot on the ramps across the global runways. They not only are a visual treat but can inspire you to look ‘wow’!
I love to experiment but if I feel a designer’s style suits me, I don’t mind picking up more from her collection. Of late, http://www.latej.com has become my ‘go-to’ option. This pink maxi gown makes me feel like a diva.
#The vintage cut work embroidery around the neck makes it ideal attire for a sophisticated occasion.
#The long cuff sleeves upgrade the style quotient to Victorian glamour. So you can bring on the indo-western look effortlessly.
. #While the elastic waist band makes the fit comfortable, the plunging back transforms it to ‘super sexy’!
#A gorgeous mix of georgette and silk fabrics keep the fashion statement regal and classy.
Photo credit: Aanchal Dhara Wardrobe credit: La Tej by fashion designer Tejal Kandpile Venue: Cafe Aylanto