Lifestyle, Fashion and Beauty

28 November 2015

Asus ups the Style game with #ZenLooks Contest

You all know about my love for fashion and technology and when i can get a perfect combination of both it is an EPIC win. My current phone Asus zenfone 2 is just that, a sleek beauty with fabulous camera , amazing build and power packed performance.




The technology addict me always carries my phone around in my hand and not in my bag , yes iam geeky like that  but i make sure my phone grabs eyeballs every time it is in my hands by dressing it up in fun  and quirky case covers. What happens when I am wearing an aztec printed top with a skirt? My phone blends into the look clad in a icy blue- white ombre case cover!

I am very picky about my style and pay attention to every small little detail from make up to bags, from shoes to case covers! When I am shopping , be it online or offline I make sure I check out the mobile cases and covers section for the latest styles and if there are offers running, then Super WOW, grabbed and added to cart! So, you can Imagine my excitement when I came across #ZenLooks contest from Asus on their Facebook page. Enough of my technology and case cover addiction rant lets talk about this Incredible contest now.

So Asus with its #Zenlooks contest asks you to wear your creative hat and design your very own Zenfone case . This design can be a photo you've taken or a design you've created but you have to make sure it is fashion forward and represents your fashion aesthetic because the best designs stand a chance to win .

I did not waste even a minute and went on to create my own #zenlooks case which features a bejeweled lock and muliple keys signifying my zenfone being my key to happiness. I have given my case a lavender backdrop to match my kaftan which I recently shopped for.
Do you know from where i got inspired for this case cover? It was after i spotted Deepika padukone in a grey key printed sweatshirt at promotions of her movie Tamasha.

The uber stylish ZenFone 2 also inspired me into creating these look books

Festive Glam: 
Be it a diwali party or a birthday do , glam up with a A line kurti having an embellished bust , pair with a blinged out clutch and a pair of jhumkas. Add some drama with a head band and complete the look with your Asus Zenfone 2 and the limited edition cutiepie Marzia case



Pink Passion: 
I just love pink, the instant girly vibe this colour lends making me look fun and feminine without much efforts is amazing, no wonder i keep stocking up on pink outfits and accessories a wee bit too much. This cute Pink and cream sling bag paired with white top and denims is best comfort wear and i can carry it off to multiple places. A luncheon with frnds, shopping trip to a mall or even a movie date , this look fits in well and the classy Zenfone 2 with glacier white case from illusion series blends in nicely.



Desi Delight
This vibrant blue and yellow kurti and patiala I recently brought from Jaipur kurti is perfect for summer . Beat the heat in style with this look , pair with a white or silver clutch and a pair of bangles. Zenfone 2 with a vibrant yellow case from fusion series goes well with this look 



Are you inspired enough to create your own case designs? Then take part in the #zenlooks contest

How to Participate in #ZenLooks contest?
Log on to ASUS India's Facebook Page Here and upload your own unique design for #ZenFone 2 case . The contest is open till 6th December 2015 and the prizes are super exciting. One winner every week gets to win a ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML), Limited edition ZenFone 2 case by CutiePieMarzia and as the grand Prize your design will be printed as the limited edition ZenFone 2 case. Amazing Eh?


15 November 2015

#MadeOfGreat - Meet my maid Salma

Some people come into our life and quietly go, others stay a while and put footprints on our hearts with their heart wrenching story of life.

A single parent to a 11 year old girl child my house help is a blessing in my life, if not for her I wouldn't know how to lead a normal life in this fast paced times of today.

Salma's Story: 
Born in a poor family, deprived of any kind of education the girl salma had seen many hardships very early in her life. Salma started off as a house help at an early age of 15 years to support her financially struggling family consisting of her mother and siblings . Later she was married off at 18 years of age but her woes did not end with marriage. She continued to work as a domestic help to support her husband . salma discovered more truths about her husband, he was a gambler and an alcoholic and as if all this was not enough salma also learnt of her husbands alive first wife . The man was already married and had 2 children from his first wife and to add to this Salma discovered she was pregnant too. The woman had taken in too much and now she decided to move out and bring up her child on her own.
Salma rented a room and worked as a maid all through her pregnancy to support herself. She gave birth to a  baby girl and with help from her mother she took care of the girl and is today a proud single parent of a 11 year old who studies in 6 th standard of an English medium school. If this woman salma isnt #MadeOfGreat tell me who is?

*She decided she will give birth to her baby and will not deprive her of anything in the world. she was uneducated but she would make sure her baby got the best education .

*She now works in eight houses to support her daughter and mom. She prepares food at her own home in the morningand then sets out to do dishes, sweeping and washing clothes at 7 other houses all day, then returns home to do the dishes and cook dinner for her own home again.

*Sheer hard work earns salma around 12,000 a month which she uses to pay rent, school fees and tuition fees of her daughter , electricity  and water bills and ration for the house.

* Being a domestic help has its own health related issues. Salma keeps falling ill and takes leaves for atleast 5 days a month but this doesnt stop her from returning back to work happy and smiling. She never complains or frowns and the best thing about her is her work. She keeps my home spic and span, displaying amazing dedication to her job , also she is trust able person. In the 6  years she has worked at our house never have we come across even one incident of theft.

* This women takes complete care of her now old mother and her daughter . she inspires me with her compassion and sheer devotion for the well being of  her family.

*Sacrificing all her life for her family, she is a true role model living a simple life managing both her family and work #LikeABoss

* Salma Fought the Fight all her life.. . Stood her ground and refused to accept tantrums of her husband.. Survived the fall kicking ass of her numerous health issues ... Believed in her strength to take her through the journey called life.

* An embodiment of 3 D' s... Determination , dedication and discipline... her immense will power will inspire all.

Salma I tell you is a  woman of real substance, particles, atoms and molecules, undeniably #MadeOfGreat. 
G -Grit
R - Reliable
E - Enduring
A - Adept
T - Trustable


This post is an entry to the #madeofgreat campaign by Tata Motors.





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10 November 2015

Style up This Diwali

Diwali the festival of lights is celebrated in almost all parts of India . Being a muslim i dont celebrate diwali at my house but having so many hindu friends and neighbors means i end up being a part of the celebrations.  I get invited to so many diwali parties and i make it a point to attend all of them afterall who wants to miss an opportunity to visit a friends house and treat my taste buds to yummulicious mithai . Diwali is also an excuse for me to go all desi and show off my ethnic wardrobe . Iam sure all of  you want to look your festive best this season and so Here i Present to you  tips to style up this diwali.

Tips to dress for a Diwali Party :

Embrace bright colours: Diwali is a festival of lights and colours too. Try strong colours in rich fabrics like raw silk . You can even try bright neons in pink , green or yellow paired with shimmery golden borders . This will help you stay comfortable and light especially if you plan to burn some crackers


Experiment with dramatic silhouettes : If you really plan to stand out then you should think out of the box and be open to experimenting. I mean your anarkali or saree can be uber gorgeous but accept it they have been done to death instead look for hatke stuff like a pant sari , plazzo kurtas, crop top lehenga or just an anarkali with an asymmetrical hemline.


Reinvent the Sari : If you really want to wear a saree wear it in a new way or drape it differently. You can pair it up with a corset , metallic underskirts , cigarette pants , peplum cholis or jackets. If you are not feeling too wild then just go for a sari in quirky fuss free prints . You can also go for dual toned chiffon sarees but make sure you pair it with a statement accessory or go in for an ornamental blouse. for more tips with modernizing the saree see this post i wrote here

Opt for comfort in the evenings: If you want to indulge in a little cracker bursting or just want to light of some phuljharis then change into your cotton kurtas first. Dress up in bright cotton kurtas with embroidery and skip the dupatta . You could try pairing short flared kurtas with patialas or plazzos with short kaftans to add the extra style zing. 

Accessorize it Right : Ethnic look is never complete without proper accessorizing but it is important that you dont overdo it or it will look like you are dressed for a wedding and not a festival. The trick is to add one statement stand out piece and keep everything else subtle. Try adding  a pair of jhumkas, chand balis or just a jhoomar with a dash of you radiant smile and you are good to go . 

This year i will not be celebrating diwali with my friends since iam away from home and that means iam going to be invited to lesser parties and ofcourse without my old friends diwali is always going to be incomplete. I am going to miss helping my friends clean up their room before the festival , preparing sweets and also putting in the colourful elaborate rangoli . Diwali bina dost is a Diwali bina Lights!

Anyway happy diwali to all my virtual friends and blog readers :)

Stay bright, stay stylish!

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5 November 2015

Trend Talk: Cape Jumpsuits from Ridhi Mehra

Ridhi Mehras designs  have an amazing blend of contemporary and traditional and her delicate florals always have me drooling. At Lakme Fashion week winter festive Ridhi showcased her collection titled Prism which had a varied silhouettes and colors but what caught my interest the most was Ridhis twist to the jumpsuits. Most of her jumpsuits had a cape element in them with almost floor length sleeves. Ridhis trademark floral embellishments were ofcourse a common element in all her creations.

Here are favorites from the collection


The floor length sleeves with floral detailing makes this very unique chic jumpsuit. Athiya shetty was spotted in this creation during promotions of her movie Hero



This jumpsuit has peplum kind of asymmetrical detailing which i totally love. Fuss free look to rock this season



This jumpsuit with floor length cape sleeves can be a cool outfit to flaunt at a wedding. Great way to stand out without coming across as trying too hard


New twist to florals in a classy and elegant black



A dash of red


The colour of the season marsala sheer cape with high front!



Did you like the cape jumpsuits by Ridhi Mehra?

1 November 2015

This festive season Asus brings to you #HarPalHappiness Offer

Diwali the festival of lights, cheer, family and gifts is like two weeks away and every indian household is already busy preparing for the festival. Festive season means yummy mithai, crackers, positivity, togetherness, desi clothes and gifts galore. I am shopping crazy for the festive season and to make sure i look my traditional best . I have shopped for some anarkalis, plazzos , tassel earrings and a 3 finger ring. Still on my list to shop are a pair of juttis and some glass bangles. Helping me shop smart are the super saver festive offers by brands and e commerce portals. This year I am doing most of my shopping online and almost everything i shop has a discount on it and this is making my shopping more fun.

 I love surprises and gifts, even the simplest of gifts come with a power to put a smile on my face and so i always make it a point to keep gifting my loved ones from time to time. I like the idea of gifting choice by way of gifting Gift vouchers but the personal touch is lost and there is no emotional connect so i always put in a lot of thought when i gift my loved ones. Every time I am shopping i look around to see if i can find something meaningful or useful to gift my family and friends . My gifts range from being something my friends would actually use to being personalized stuff bringing back memories  or even something practical or functional.

I always gift my husband dear personalized photo gifts but this year i wanted to gift him a smartphone and in my search for the best phone to suit his needs I came across the #HarPalHappiness Offer by Asus, where where customers buying a ASUS Zenfone will get a chance to win Flipkart gift vouchers worth Rs.1,000 every hour. And, one lucky customer will also stand a chance to win gold vouchers worth Rs.25,000 every day! The offer is available here on Flipkart.


Talk about Cherry on the cake! If I gift my husband a zenfone I may end up gifting myself too with a flipkart gift voucher worth 1000 or  gold voucher of 25,000. How amazing is that?  Laser

The mobiles available under this offer include ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe, Zenfone Selfie and Zenfone Laser. The specs of Zenfone Laser 2 look perfect for the needs of my husband and that is exactly what I am going buy . If you are planning to gift yourself or your loved ones a mobile this festive season I recommend you check out this awesome offer from Asus and do it quick because the offer ends on 11th November.

To claim the offer purchase the zenfone from Asus exclusive store or from flipkart online and register your phone at Asus Website with details like full name, Invoice Number, Mobile Number, Order ID and dont forget to pray for lady luck.

Happy shopping!

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