Wednesday, March 30, 2016

#TrendAlert - Metallic Oxfords

Oxford shoes are quite a rage with women these days. Normal flats are just too simple, so when your feet crave comfort opt for the chic Oxfords and now the metallic trend is here to jazz things up a bit more .

I spotted many celebrities like alia bhat and Athiya shetty wearing metallic oxfords and I think this is perfect blend of comfort and style.

Metallic oxfords are high on glam, so this trend can be worn as casual wear or even for parties. Best way to wear this trend is to pair them with basics. A white shirt paired with denims and copper toned metallic oxfords will give you a well balanced causal look. If you are the experimental kind you can pair your LBD with silver metallic oxfords and party in comfort and glam. I even came across a bride who wore metallic oxfords under her lehenga, amazing winter wedding footwear option I tell you!

In cities like Bangalore where the weather is pretty unpredictable for most part of the year oxfords are a blessing. Oxford shoes arent fully open like your chappals or even close and stuffy like boots , perfect wear when you cant guess if it will rain of remain sunny.

What do you think of the metallic oxfords trend? Like? Love? hate? Tell me !

Stay trendy
Kamar jahan

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

7 Fun ways to Rock the Cape Trend with Ethnic wear

The cape trend was first spotted on Sonam Kapoor when she made an appearance at Cannes Red carpet in a cape saree and ever since capes have been see here there and every where in the Indian fashion scene.

Want to get noticed without trying too hard at the next wedding you attend? cape is your answer. Pairing a cape with lehenga or saree is the most effortless way to stad out without coming across as looking to upstage the bride.  This is one trend which will bring eye balls on you and all in a good way

 Here are 7 fun ways to rock the amazing cape trend.

Reinvent the Saree with cape:
Want to up your saree game, make it look contemporary with a traditional touch? try the cape saree trend.
Drape your saree the normal way and add a sheer cape in contrasting colour over it. Easy peasy, no accessories requied you are good to go. You can even add a necklace like Sonam did at cannes.

cape on a lehenga:
When it comes to weddings lehengas are etrenal favourites. Add a dash of sash to your lehenga look by skipping the dupatta and opting for a cape . Tada! blend of modern and tradition.

Keep it cool in cape and dhoti pants:
Free flowing silhouttes are super welcome in summers. Pair your breezy dhoti pants with a cape and go indo western the chic way.

Sharara and a cape:
Shararas and Palazzos are coming back in trend , so why not go a step ahead pair wo hot trend ? the cape and the sharara can be paired to bring about a unique ethnic look. See how sonali gupta pairs this yellow cape and sharara for inspiration.

 An anarkali cape:
Anarkalis are pretty much everywhere so the best way to stand out when wearing an anarkali is to bring in variations. You can pair a cape with your anarkali.but this has to be done very carefully or it will end up looking  funny.
If the anarkali has work at the bust area, go for a sheer capeto show off the work yet be different. if the anarkali is plain in the neck area adda solid cape in contrasting colour . You can even add a cape in rich fabric like raw silk to bring about a regal feel.
If all this feels too much of an experiment for you then just buy an anarkali with an attached cape.

Dramatic cape twist to your gown:
Indo western gowns got more drama and layer thanks to the addition of capes. Zuhair Murad has been churning out gowns with cape details and there is no reason to not wear this combination to an indian wedding

Sheer Delight:
The best way to really pair a cape with ethnic wear is to keep it sheer. This works well if you have tones arms and flat belly, show them off in style. !

Which way will you be rocking the cape trend?

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Style up this Summer with Airy Dhoti Pants

The south Indian dhoti has been embraced as a happening fashion trend by divas all over India. I have spotted both bollywood celebs and Mango people sport this comfortable trend and summer is the best time to wear them.
Dhoti sarees, dhoti dresses and dhoti pants are all a big hit with women these days  and why shouldnt they be? They are airy, comfy and  chic, a total must have this summers. Its time to ditch those denims let your skin breathe and embrace these pants.

Here are some cool ways to style the free flowing dhoti pants

Dhoti Anarkali:
Anarkali is like my favorite ethnic silhouette as it is stylish and easy to carry off too but the problem is anarkalis are everywhere and almost everyone is wearing one especially at weddings and festivals. Pairing an anarkali with dhoti pants is a great way to stand out.  This combination is both funky and traditional at the same time. Love this Shilpa reddy creation

 Asymmetrical hem line kurta : 
Hi-Low hem line kurtas fascinate me a tad bit too much and I spotted some celebs like like Sonakshi sinha, Yami gautami and karishma kapoor pair asymmetrical hemline tunics with dhoti pants, super sophisticated and chic. Love. Will try this soon, what do you think of this pairing?

Also Read: Currently loving: Floral Asymmetrical hem line kurta

Tank tops and dhoti pants: 
Tanks are hot favourites in summer, so why not pair them with breezy dhoti pants and stay cool in style

Peplums and dhoti pants:
Love the peplum trend? Pair your favourite peplum top with  dhoti pants for a sophisticated and polished look.

Cape it:
Capes are the hot in trend this season being paired with sarees and lehengas. A sheer cape is an instant way to glam up for a wedding or party and pairing them with dhoti pants gives a edgy vibe . You can even pair a solid cape with dhoti pants

Floor length gown with a slit
Floor length gowns with a front slit are popular fusion wear these days ad many designers are pairing these gowns with dhoti pants. Opt for this silhouette when you have to go dressy like for a party wedding or festival.

Add a jacket:
If you live in bangalore then you may have encounter cool days in summer months, for those days pair your dhoti pants with a jacket .

A staple for summers kaftan is my way to jazz up and beat the heat. I am trying different combinations with kaftans like pairing them with Palazzos, denims and dhoti pants.
Also Read: The new Style Staple: Kaftans . 7 Ways to style them 

Shirt :
For a more formal look pair your solid black dhoti pants with a crisp white shirt.

Short kurti:
You already have a lot of short kurtis in your wardrobe, give them a new life by pairing them with dhoti pants. You can add more glam to a dhoti-kurti look by adding a mirror work koti/vest.

Try this too
Dhoti saree: 
A contemporary twist to traditional saree , dhoti saree is sure to grab you eye balls without compromising on comfort.

Dhoti Kurti:
The comfort kurt is being reinvented in many ways and the dhoti kurti is one very trendy version of it.

Tips to rock the Dhoti pants, the right way:

  • It is summer so dont shy away from playing with colours. Opt for dhoti pants in floral prints, and neon colours. Pair them with plain tops 
  • All body types can rock the free flowing dhoti pants but if you are on the heavier side dont go for pants with too much volume.
  • For a more structured look pair dhoti pants with well fitted tops.
  •  when buying dhoti pants look for free flowing fabrics which looks better and also dont stick to skin
  • With dhoti pants you can go monotone or mix comlementing colours. If  you are pairing a same coloured top with dhoti pants add a net or chiffon dupatta in complementing colour for added impact.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Blissful living with Sheth Avalon

Buying a new home is probably one the most important decisions you will make. You would want to make the perfect choice so that you and your family can make the best of your new life in your new home. Comfort, convenience, and security go hand-in-hand with the happiness you deserve. If you’re a bit lost among the choices you’re presented with, here’s some help. Among the factors to keep in mind when you make your choice, are the various amenities that support a convenient, happy, healthy and pleasant residential experience. Here are some factors you shouldn’t miss out on when picking your dream home:
  1. Safety and Security: The most precious elements of your life deserve to be worry free. Along with the people you love, the possessions and wealth need protection too. So that you can focus on the best things in your life, you need to ensure that all that you care for is safe and secure.
  2. Transport: Whether you’re making your way to work, dropping your children off to school or heading out to relax over the weekend, convenient transport facilities will help you get out and get there as soon as soon as possible.
  3. Schools and Colleges: The best way to ensure a bright future for your children, is the convenient proximity to the best education institutions. The time they’ll save in a short journey to a long day at school will give them the freedom to play and absorb their lessons to the fullest.
  4. Healthcare: The best living is accompanied with the best health. Your own and your family’s health should be at its best at all times and should something go wrong unexpectedly, professional healthcare should be as close as possible.
  5. Shopping: Frequent visits to supermarket or convenience store will be a regular task for every home. The closer these places are to your place the less troublesome it will be to stock your home with all it needs.
  6. Recreation: Whether it’s after a long day or a long week of work, school or homemaking you and your family can do with an extensive stretch of doing what makes you happy. You needn’t have to travel far for access to the best recreational facilities, it’s more enjoyable when the journey to them is brief.
  7. Beauty: An everyday spectacle of the sunrise or sun set, the plumes of whimsical clouds, the lush greenery of rolling hills will not only calm your mind, it will make your home the place you will want to come back to no matter what.
The next big question is, “Where, Oh where will I find this ideal access to blissful living?” It’s  really not that hard to find.
Sheth Builder’s upcoming housing project Avalon ticks all boxes when it comes to convenient transport, proximity to education institutions and hospitals, nearby shopping centres, quality recreation facilities and an enviable view of nature’s abundance.
•Eastern Express Highway (100m) 
•Jupiter Hospital Bus Stand (300m)
•The Freeway (22 km)
•Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (27.6 km)
•Thane Railway Station (5.9 km)
          Schools and Colleges:
          • DAV International High School (4.4 km)
          • Euro Kids Pre-School (2.7 km)
          • Hiranandani Foundation School (1 km)
          • K.C. College of Engineering (5.7 km)
          • NKT Degree College (2.6 km)
          • Jupiter Hospital (200 m)
          • Hiranandani Hospital (5 km)
          • E.S.I.C. Hospital (1.7 km)
          • Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital (2.5 km)
          • Karkhanis Super Speciality Hospital (3.1 km)
          • Viviana Mall (500 m)
          • Korum Mall (1 km)
          • High Street Mall (2.3 km)
          • R-Mall (2.6 km)
          • Hyper City (6.5 km)

          Safety and Security:
          • Video door phone, intercom and a panic switch facilities for each home.
          • CCTV cameras in the lobbies and common areas.
          • Gas leak detector in every kitchens.
          • Fire alarm system and sprinkler system in common areas and apartments.
          • Desel Generator back up power for common areas and elevators
          • Enjoy the priceless view of the Yeoor hills from your personal Sundeck.
          • A 60,000 sq ft. garden landscaped by renowned international designersParking Space

          • Children’s Play Area
          • 5 Star Eco Deck
          • Indoor pool and mini pool
          • CafĂ©
          • Squash courts, table tennis and billiards tables, and carom boards
          • Private theatre, Mini library, Gymnasium, Banquet spaces
          • Cycling/jogging track, Yoga lawn

          Saturday, March 05, 2016

          7 Tips to #BeatTheHeat in style this Summer

          The year is flying by and we have already entered March . The mercury may not be soaring too high yet but Bangalore is already beginning to feel the heat and it is important to take extra care of our skin, hair and body in summer.

          When the temperature rises we find ourselves rushing near an air conditioner or the beaches (which we dont have in bangalore ) and reaching out for juices , ice creams and chilled water . These things can keep you cool from the outside but it is important to keep your body also cool and here is how you can do that without compromising on the style factor

          #1 Cotton and linen is the way to go: 
          Wear cotton tunics and kurtis and linen pants in summer which is comfortable and will keep you cool. It is best to wear full sleeved tees and tops to fight tanning but indoors you can opt for shorts or 3/4ths with linen shirts. you can even try other natural fabrics like khadi or the all new Liva.

          #2 Wear Light colours:
          Pastels are totally in and summer is the best time to flaunt them. Dark colours adsorb more heat so it is best to stay away from them in summer. Pantone also announced baby pink and pale blue as the colours of 2016 so wear them . Also white is classy and white will keep you cool as cucumber.

          #3 Loose fitted clothes
          In summers it is best to avoid tight fitted clothes but that doesnt mean you have to go around looking baggy. You can go for cotton clothes which are one size bigger than your normal ones. Even footwear should be loose because your feet tend to swell a bit in heat.

          #4 Carry a bottle of water:
          Everyone knows this bit, plenty of water is good for your body. Staying hydrated is very important to prevent heat strokes and it will also keep your skin glowing so make sure carry your water bottle along every where you go. if drinking water gets boring then opt for coconut water, butter milk, lassi or fresh fruit juices.

          #5 Dont forget the Sunscreen:
          Summer means you need to sunscreen a lot more regularly and also keep reapplying very 2 hours. A sunscreen of atleast SPF 30 ++ is required for Indian summers.

          #6 Sunglasses and scarves:
          The best accessory to style up in summer is with the sunglasses. Funky shades will give your outfit a quirky touch in addition to protecting your eyes. Scarves also a big thing at present in India, you can add a touch of colour to your outfit with a scarf when indoors and use it to cover your hair when outdoors, this will reduce damage from sun to your hair.

          #7 Minimal makeup :
          Dont go over board with your make up in summers as it can melt down and look all all grasy and messy. I personally just apply tinted sunscreen from Lotus herbals with kajal and lip balm in summers. If you do have to apple make up for events then go for water proof make up which can withstand sweating and carry some blotting papers to blot the sweat or oil out.

          Wednesday, March 02, 2016

          Intolerant Bhakts want to #RemoveMughalsFromBooks

          Twitter is my favorite social networking site and I love beginning my day reading witty rants in less than 140 characters. The old twitter about 4 years back had a charm of its own and was free of bhakts, apptards, salmaniacs and SRK fanatics, these days though twitter has become a tad bit too intolerant and anything and every stupid thing makes it to the trending topics list.

          Today when i logged in to twitter I found #RemoveMughalsFromBooks trending and laughed out loud for real! History can be rewritten but these bhakts are actually calling for erasing history, how funny and mindless is that?

          Using the tag #RemoveMughalsFromBooks RSS supporters are calling for Mughal history which is a part of Indias heritage to be trashed from school syllabus. These bhakts say that Barber and Aurangzeb killed millions of hindus, looted temples and forced islamic conversions but isnt that how every other regime functioned in those times? And what about the monuments from the Mughal Era , do these RSS supporters want to destroy even them ? What about the bristish did they not loot India, why are we demanding for their removal from books? Evene british is glorified in Indian books for bringing english education, railways and more to India!

          So did RSS fanboys come out of the blue deamnding for Mughal removal from text books? Nopes. This demand came after Smriti Irani in her speech criticised what children are taught and wanted a revision in the way history books are written.

          This latest demand by bhakts is pretty ridiculous and twitterattis responded with sarcam cracking witty jokes , here are some of the funniest tweets . I have RTed most of them , do follow me on twitter , so we can connect there too (@theonlytash)

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