Monday, May 22, 2017

Review : The Perfect Selfie Phone for those on a Budget - VIVO V5S | Moonlight Camera Smartphone

Hey lovelies!

Hope you all had a nice weekend! I am back with another smartphone review, for another phone that's making noise in the Selfie-crazy youth.

I am talking about the recently launched VIVO V5S selfie smartphone - which has been priced at a budget that will suit all the tech freaks as well as the selfie-phone diggers.

Vivo is one of the few smartphone brands that keeps bringing updates to its popular smartphone models every few months, and this time they have come up with an update to the V5 model with VIVO V5S.

We got our hands on the brand new V5S few weeks back and I've been using the smartphone - specifically for pictures since then. Based on my experience, here's what I think are the best features of the VIVO V5S: 
  • Impeccable Looks, Sleek Design : The smartphone has a sleek and smart metal unibody design weighing only 154 grams, featuring a 7.6mm slim chassis with a 5.5-inch display. The standout feature is the fingerprint scanner (like those in iPhones) that works as the home button as well and functions accurately. One of the sweet deals is that its Gorilla Glass 3 display comes pre-applied with a tempered glass.

  • Power-packed Performance : V5S has a 4GB of RAM and an internal storage of 64GB (the previous model had only 34GB) that can be extended with the external storage slot as well. This makes the phone really fast while switching in-between apps, playing games or watching a full HD video. 
The V5S has a 3000-mAh battery which lasts entire day with moderate usage. Infact, a full charge done once is good enough to make the battery last for 18-20 hours with regular usage like Whatsapp, listening to music, calls etc. 

  • Moonlight Camera for those great Selfies : Now, coming to my favorite feature of the smartphone - also the selling point of this phone is the 20MP front moonlight camera which is one of the best selfie cameras in the smartphones of this range. 
Here, I took a few pictures with its impressive front camera in different light conditions - and the pictures came out really sharp and bright - even in low light conditions. 

Selfie with Nimrat Kaur at the launch event

#NoFilter Selfie - Morning

#NoFilter selfie using the Moonlight flash - Night time
The VIVO V5S has a 13MP rear camera which also performs decently and helps take sharp pictures.
The only con being that you have to hold the phone really firmly, else the picture goes for a toss.

Overall Views : Priced at Rs 18,990, VIVO V5S is one of the best smartphones in the market currently under Rs 20,000 bracket with an amazing selfie camera, great battery life and sleeks design.
If you are on a budget and selfies/taking pictures is your main criteria while buying a mobile - VIVO V5S is definitely a better buy with value-for-money, as compared to other brands in the same league.

Review : The Perfect Selfie Phone for those on a Budget - VIVO V5S | Moonlight Camera Smartphone
Saturday, May 13, 2017

OOTD : Of Pastels, Tulle and Twirls - Curvy Style Guide

Hey lovelies!
It's a lovely weekend and I finally have the time for myself, to work on the blog and share my latest fashion picks. I also made a big luxury purchase last week which I am really dying to share with you all in the coming posts.

But in today's post, I am just sharing my new found-love : this pastel H&M tulle skirt which is a classic wardrobe choice with endless possibilities to style.

Now, tulle skirts have been famous since ages, but Carrie Bradshaw from Sex in the City made a tutu the it-skirt that all the fashionistas had to have in their wardrobes.
She not only rocked these skirts with confidence but also gave us endless ways to style them, no matter what the occasion is.

I earlier styled one of my mini tutu skirts for the India Fashion Week couple of years back in this post . So, when I saw this beautiful pastel skirt in the H&M store few weeks back, I knew this is going to my summer favorite for all those lunch dates with my BFFs.

Top : Vero Moda
Skirt : H&M
Wedges : Charles & Keith
Bag : Charles & Keith
Watch : Michael Kors
Necklace : Pipa & Bella
Bracelets : Aldo
Earrings : Pipa & Bella

I dressed up my skirt with this tropical print off-shoulder top from Vero Moda which perfectly blends with the pastel tone of the skirt. I completed the look with my Charles & Keith sling bag and wedges in monotones to add a minimalist touch to the look.

Keeping the accessories bare minimum as always, I just picked my favorite pearl choker from Pipa & Bella , dangler earrings, bracelets from Aldo and an animal-print Michael Kors watch.

If you are are also looking to try out a tulle skirt this summer, but confused about the ways to style it up, here are a few tips that would help you out pick the perfect outfit :
  • Go for pastel hues when picking a tulle skirt as look perfect on every body type and can be styled easily.
  • Play up the skirt with feminine details like a statement choker neckpiece or strappy heels.
  • Pair your skirt with a flannel shirt for a cool street style or pair it with a turtle-neck top for a dressy look.
  • Many curvy women believe that they won't look good in a tulle skirt for its layered look, but don't under-estimate the power of a trendy and chic tulle skirt. Check out brands like ZARA, H&M and Vero Moda for those feminine and versatile skirts that would fit you the best.

Photography : Picture Phactory
What do you think about this feminine trend? Let me know in the Comments below!

OOTD : Of Pastels, Tulle and Twirls - Curvy Style Guide
Friday, April 14, 2017

Review : OPPO F3 Plus Selfie Expert - Enjoy Your Selfies the Dual-Way | OPPO F3 Plus Launch by Deepika Padukone

Hey lovely people!
I am back with review of one of my favorite smartphone brands - OPPO Mobiles- latest edition that is here to change your Selfie-game completely.
I am talking about the recently launched Oppo F3 Plus Selfie Expert which boasts of a dual selfie camera that is nothing like I have ever seen in the latest smartphones.

Oppo has been known for offering the best camera smartphones ever since they have entered the Indian mobile market and this time also they aren't here to disappoint as the Oppo F3 Plus Selfie Expert comes packed with amazing features that would make you want to get it right away.

Read on to know more about the launch event, Oppo's new brand ambassador and my experience with Oppo F3 Plus :

Dabboo Ratnani, Sky Li-Global VP & President of OPPO India and Deepika Padukone - Oppo Brand Ambassador
At their launch event that happened a couple of weeks back, the new brand ambassador of Oppo Mobiles - Deepika Padukone launched the dual selfie camera phone - Oppo F3 Plus. Also present at the event were Sky Li - Global VP & President of Oppo India and Dabboo Ratnani - renowned photographer.

Priced at Rs 30,990 and available in two colors : Gold and Black, the F3 Plus features the brand’s first dual front camera including a first-ever120-degree wide-angle Group Selfie Camera. The F3 Plus First Sale begins from 1st April 2017 across India. It will also be available through OPPO online stores on Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal.

Yours truly with Dabboo Ratnani
I took the trendy new smartphone for a spin to find out more about its amazing features and here's what the phone has an offer for all the Selfie-lovers :

Perfect pick for Selfie-addicts
Clicking and uploading selfies online has become a huge trend, thanks to Instagram and Facebook - and this trend isn't going to die anytime soon. That's why, realizing the potential, OPPO perfectly puts together an innovative dual front camera in this smartphone - that comprises of a 16MP primary and a secondary 120°wide-angle lens for extra-wide selfie shots. 

And when I say extra-wide selfie shots, I truly mean the Groufie shots (Group Selfies) that we always find hard to click. Here are a couple of pictures I shot using the front cameras : 

Posing with Ritu from the Indian Beauty Blog

Thanks to its wide-angle lens, you no more have to take along a selfie stick for those perfect pictures and it clicks images that are really detailed as compared to those clicked from a normal selfie camera.

The 120-degree wide-angle 8MP camera  captures a wider view, up to 105 percent more than a regular 80-degree lens field of view. With the built-in Smart Facial Recognition, the F3 Plus also notifies the user to switch to ‘Group Selfie’ mode if there are more than three people in the frame

The extra-wide, no-filter night club selfie 
F3 Plus also has a 16MP outstanding rear camera which offers high-quality photography performance with fast focusing speed, noise reduction and advanced low-light performance.

Trendy Looks

OPPO is a brand that makes really stylish and sleek smartphones and I am glad they continued the trend with the F3 Plus as well which boasts of a 6-inch, 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 screen that also has a pre-applied protective screen coating, giving it an elegant, classy and premium look while retaining unmatched durability and longevity.

Long battery endurance and VOOC flash charge

I was glad to find the F3 Plus has a long-lasting battery that performs way better than my current smartphone (iPhone 6S). F3 Plus is packed with a 4000 mAh built-in battery that charges four times faster than standard batteries. Infact, you can get up to 2 hours of talk time with just 5 minutes of charging.

Other features include : 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM, a dual-slot card tray that can hold two Nano 4G SIM cards or one Nano SIM card with amicroSD card and an expandable memory to upto 256GB, making OPPO F3 Plus a power-packed phone.

If you are confused with all the new smartphones that have been launched recently and have been saving up your money for a phone that offers value for money - you should make your way to an OPPO store near you and book your new best friend - F3 Plus - and get ready to impress your family & friends with your Groufie skills.

Review : OPPO F3 Plus Selfie Expert - Enjoy Your Selfies the Dual-Way | OPPO F3 Plus Launch by Deepika Padukone
Sunday, April 2, 2017

5 Tips to Use Veet Sensitive Touch Electric Trimmer | How to Use Veet Electric Trimmer

Hey lovelies!

Following up on my previous post reviewing the Veet Sensitive Touch trimmer, in today's post I am going to share 5 useful tips to make the most out of this amazing product.
  • Shape your Eyebrows : 
Shaping eyebrows on your own can be a little complex especially when you are using a thread. But with Veet Sensitive Touch trimmer, you can shape your eyebrows effortlessly with this simple tip - You should brush your eyebrow hair upwards to reveal the unwanted straggled hairs hidden underneath and then shape them using the smaller razor.

  • Trim Sideburns or Upperlips :
For desired sideburn length just trim them by using the small head and the comb. Place the device over your sideburn and move it against the direction of hair growth for best results.
Try different angles if you can't get the results you want.
  • Trimming Bikini Area :
Move the shaver very slowly when using the trimmer on your bikini area as it gets clogged easily and pulls at hairs.

  • Don't Use the Trimmer in the Shower : 
While the trimming heads of the device are ‘water rinseable', the body is not designed to be rinsed and should be kept away from water. Therefore, avoid using the trimmer in shower/bath to prevent the trimmer body from getting wet.

  • Veet Sensitive Touch works best on clean and dry skin only. Do not use with shaving gel or foam. Also, as the trimmer is very gentle on the skin, it doesn't require any post or pre-treatment skincare.
These are the few tips that have helped me use the Veet Sensitive Touch trimmer in the best way and has helped make hair removal an easy task for me.

Have you tried the Veet Sensitive Touch yet? If no, it's the right time buy it online from Amazon as its available at an amazing discount.


5 Tips to Use Veet Sensitive Touch Electric Trimmer | How to Use Veet Electric Trimmer
Friday, March 31, 2017

Top Picks from YWC (YouWeCan) on Jabong | Yuvraj Singh Launches YWC on Jabong

Hey lovelies!
In India, we treat Cricket as a religion and most of us (who are die-hard Cricket fans) celebrate it as any other festival. Influence of this sport in the country is such, that it reflects in our fashion as well.

That's why when the handsome and talented cricket Yuvraj Singh announced the launch of his fashion label YWC (YouWeCan) on Jabong last week, we were truly elated.

Conceptualized around the ethos Live, Dare and Inspire YWC is a sports lifestyle brand that represents all individuals who fight despite insurmountable odds, give people courage and make fighters of us all.

The launch event was hosted by India's leading fashion e-tailed Jabong as a fun filled afternoon with fellow bloggers and sports enthusiasts. Yuvraj Singh unveiled the YWC collection at the event along with Gunjan Soni, Head of Jabong and Rahul Taneja, Chief Business Officer, Jabong.

Speaking at the event, Yuvraj Singh, owner of You We Can Ventures said,” YWC is built around the ethos – Live, Dare and Inspire – and aims to motivate individuals to fight against insurmountable odds, have courage and make fighters out of all of us. Jabong has a dedicated base of sports-loving and fashion-forward shoppers and will be an excellent platform for YWC to connect with more individuals and inspire them to have the grit and determination to overcome unassailable difficulties. I am sure YWC will continue to reach a wider sect through its association with Jabong.”

Why we love YWC?

The reason why we love the brand even more is that YWC is Yuvraj’s own label and is an offset of his foundation 'YouWeCan' - an NGO dedicated towards working for cancer-related causes, funding education for cancer surviving kids and much more. And well, fashion with a cause is what we truly support and admire.

YWC is now available on and offers a variety of products for men and women such as t-shirts, joggers, track pants, jackets & hoodies ranging from Rs. 600 to Rs. 1500.

Our Favorite picks from YWC - 

Well, we have picked our favorites from the collection and can't really stop gushing over the trendy prints and vibrant colors that we all need in our wardrobes this summer :

You can take your pick from these and a wide variety of t-shirts, tops, leggings and a lot more from Jabong here : Happy shopping!

Team TSD
Top Picks from YWC (YouWeCan) on Jabong | Yuvraj Singh Launches YWC on Jabong
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Fashion Week Essentials | Beauty Essentials That Get Me Through the Fashion Week

Hey everyone,

The Amazon India Fashion Week  AW17 finally got over last weekend. With my dual jobs as a fashion blogger and as a digital marketing professional, things get really difficult as I run between office and the fashion week venue - leaving me with almost no time for beauty maintenance.

Many of my blogger friends wonder how I still manage to attend the Fashion Week with equal energy, well, after attending 5-6 seasons of Fashion Weeks, I have got myself a beauty essentials list that easily get me through the Fashion Week season without stressing out much.

Infact, these are the things I keep with me before every important occasion to prepare myself for a beauty emergency :
  • Makeup Setting Spray

I use NYX long lasting Makeup setting spray that not only sets my makeup but also gives a matte finish that is long lasting and takes me through entire day with ease.
  • Veet Sensitive Touch Trimmer
Rushing to the parlour before every Fashion Week used to really troublesome every season, as I hardly used to get time for the same. But ever since I have been using Veet Sensitive Touch, I hardly have visited a parlour for hair removal.

I always keep the trimmer in my handbag, and before any important occasion, I use it to get rid of the unwanted hair with ease. Plus side is that it works gently on the facial skin as well, thus making trimming eyebrows and upper lips smooth and effortless.
  • Blotting Paper

MAC Blot film is definitely a must-have product in every vanity kit. It instantly de-shines the skin and absorbs excess oil without spoiling the makeup or leaving any residue. It is easy-to-use for touch ups and serves as a great replacement for compact. 
  • Lipstick

No matter how gloomy the day is, a bright lipstick instantly brightens up my look as well as my mood. I usually carry MAC Riri Woo, MAC Impassioned and MAC Ariana Grande lipsticks in my vanity kit so that I can prep-up my look during any beauty emergency.
  • Perfume

I always carry a purse spray with me to top-up my fragrance, for a fresh all-day scent. My current favorite is the Bvlgari Rose Goldea which has a soothing floral and musk-based fragrance that lifts my mood while leaving from work to the Fashion Week venue.
  • Dry Shampoo
A dry shampoo is definitely a fashion week saviour. Even if I miss washing hair while busy sorting out outfits for the fashion week, I keep a dry shampoo in my handbag to disguise those oily roots and tie my hair in a messy bun.

So next time if you are also tackling your busy lives, keep these beauty essentials in your handbag to be prepared for every fashion emergency!

Fashion Week Essentials | Beauty Essentials That Get Me Through the Fashion Week
Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Best Bride-to-Be Gifts for Your BFF | Five Best Wedding Gift Options for Her

Hey lovelies!
Hope you all are doing well! It’s my best friend’s wedding in less than a month’s time and if you all follow me on Instagram, you would have had noticed that I celebrated her bachelorette recently.

Apart from preparing my outfits for the D-day and other functions, one activity that had really kept me occupied was looking for a perfect wedding gift for my bestie.

Trying to choose a perfect present for a wedding or bridal shower is really tough, especially when it concerns your best friend. But now that I have already chosen a gift for her, I will take you through five best Wedding Gift ideas that will make any bride-to-be feel really special :

Designer Watch :

No matter what profession your bestie is into, a watch is a gift that she would cherish forever – as it is a wardrobe staple. Look for a dressy watch that can be worn to work as well as important occasions and has a versatile appeal. Take your pick from brands like GUESS, Fossil or Tommy Hilfiger that have a wide range of watches to match every mood and occasion.

Bracelets : 

She already has a ring, get her a trendy gold bracelet to go along with it. You can choose from a lot of options like a bracelet engraved with her first name or initials, a dressy pearl bracelet or a delicate gold bracelet with diamonds that looks amazing when paired with other wrist jewellery and would also suit her personality.

Moreover, it would be a meaningful gift that she can add to her everyday jewellery collection. You can take your pick from the trendy gold bracelets available at the leading online shopping portal Gold24 here :

Gold Coins :

Nothing can be as auspicious as a gold coin for a wedding gift. This gold coin with engraved Lord Ganesha would be the perfect gift as it is also considered to bring good luck and happiness.

Jewellery Box : 

With all the jewellery pieces that she will buy and get during her wedding – your bestie deserves a spacious and trendy jewellery box that would help store all her precious jewels in a co-ordinated and safe way.

Spa membership : 

After all the festivities are over and the honeymoon fever breaks down, your BFF would really love a pampering spa to soother her senses and to make all the stress go away. A spa membership will be a thoughtful gift that goes a long way and your friend would really cherish.

Well, these are not the only gift ideas – as the options are endless – but these would certainly stand apart from all the gifts that your bestie will receive on her wedding.


The Best Bride-to-Be Gifts for Your BFF | Five Best Wedding Gift Options for Her
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Top Highlights of India's Most Definitive Design Week | India Design ID 2017

Hey everyone!

The season of Fashion and Style weeks again with a lot of events happening around Delhi and Mumbai. However, among all the fashion weeks - that sadly, have started looking like a repition now - one event that stood out really well is the India Design ID 2017 which is a unique Design week that held last weekend in Delhi.

I was lucky enough to be a part of the 5th season of India Design Week - an Ogaan Media Initiative that was held at NSIC, Okhla with my team.

India Design is an exhibition space that showcases the finest in home decoration, with high-end brands and designers unveiling their latest collections. India Design ID recognises and celebrates designers and creativity from diverse disciplines in designing ¬– interiors, product design, architecture and installations.

Into its 5th year, ID truly lived upto our expecations and here I am sharing the highlights of India's biggest Design celebration :

India Design ID 2017

Preview and Launch party :
The celebrations started with a grand launch party organised at the venue with a preview of the exhibits as well as a band performance, among the presence India's biggest names in Design as well as the design-lovers.

ID Design 2017
Themed Pavilions : 
India Design ID presented themed pavilions, namely Decoration, Decoration I, Decoration II, Design and Trends. Housed within the Decoration Pavilion being the best in décor, the Trends Pavilion presented the Colour Next trend forecasts for 2017, and the Design Pavilion showcased the talents of designers and design labels.

Sarita Handa
Sarita Handa is all about pure design made with uncompromised craftsmanship. They launched their first ever handloom range of textiles and home-linen, including soft furnishings and accessories hand crafted from handloom fabrics.

The Palace Collection by Adil Iqbal Ahmad 
One exhibit that was totally breathtaking and mesmerised us was the Palace Collection by Adil Iqbal Ahmad that was inspired by the royal splendour of Indian palaces, The collection includes handcrafted wallpapers, elegant furniture, resplendent chandeliers, and luxury furnishings and tableware that would definitely convert an ordinary house to a palace with grandeur. 

Apartment 9
Another exhibit that caught our fancy were the aspirational interiors by Apartment 9, whose designs cultivated innovative design spaces, while creating a fine balance between both contemporary and traditional styles.

We also loved the decorative lighting installations by New Delhi based brand Klove - that specializes in unique lightings made using wirework, brass, silver, aluminium, wrought iron and stainless steel to translate ordinary lights into contemporary art.

Baby Select
India Design 2017 also showcased brands that manufacture bespoke furniture for children like Baby Select that offers several themes to nurture the unique interests of each child.
After all, we all have been raised reading about fairytales - and kids these days want their room to look no less than a palace too.


The Trend Pavilion featured designer interpretations of the colour trends forecast for 2017. Asian Paints announced Intense Ocean as their Colour Next 2017 forecasts at the event to supplement the efforts of creating awareness and backing the design intent of India Design ID 2017

ID Symposium :

India Design 2017 not only proved to be a visual delight for the design enthusiasts, but also as a medium to share and gain knowledge with their initiative- ID Symposium that seeked to inspire the design fraternity in India, and also offered a networking opportunity to build relationships within the industry. 
ID Symposium featured engaging speakers from different walks of life, such as Alberto Alessi, Humberto Campana, Sou Fujimoto, Ashiesh Shah, Sanjay Puri, Alberto Meda, Li Edelkoort to name a few. 

Outdoor installations
Artists were invited to put up special installations across the fairgrounds of the design exhibit.

These unique fluid funicular structures were a work of art by MOFA Studios and Cutting Creations, that were made of scrap steel were an effort to recreate a mega urban landscape for people to sit, lounge around and enjoy a cup of tea .

Food Court :
While the event presented food for thought, it also had a lot of options for the foodies such as Brown Sugar and Dunkin' Donuts. The special attracton was the No-Mad cafe by The Park Hotels that served amazing Indian and Thai delicacies to savour the tastebuds.

The fifth season of India Design 2017 was definitely a success in terms of presenting a curated experience of India's biggest and finest design and architecture names as well as sharing knowledge about the design industry and latest trends.

Know more about India Design here :
Instagram: @indiadesignid  
Twitter: @IndiaDesignID


Top Highlights of India's Most Definitive Design Week | India Design ID 2017