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 : gold24.in/products/gold-stylish-bracelets

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 :
Website: www.indiadesignid.com 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/IndiaDesignID 
Instagram: @indiadesignid  
Twitter: @IndiaDesignID


Top Highlights of India's Most Definitive Design Week | India Design ID 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Bid Goodbye to Parlour Woes with Veet Sensitive Touch | Veet Sensitive Touch Electric Trimmer Review

Hey lovelies!
Today I am doing a review post after a long time, but I am the most excited about this one.
I am going to write about a product that has definitely solved half (if not all) of my parlour woes, and has come as a knight in a shining armour in my hectic schedule.

With my blog and job as a social media consultant, I hardly get time for myself - especially for daily chores and regular parlour visits. To make the matters worse, all the parlours in my locality close by 8pm while I am able to reach home only post 8.30pm.

That's why since past few weeks, I literally had to skip a lot of my parlour appointments and was looking for a product that I can use at home that could solve some of my worries - like the regular threading sessions. And that's when I was introduced to the amazing new launch by Veet Sensitive Touch™ Beauty Trimmer - that promised to work on face - especially brows and upper-lips effectively, without damaging the skin.

Now, ofcourse I was very apprehensive to try this product at first - as I have never used a razor or even wax on my face - and even the thought of something going wrong with my facial skin scares me.

But I met a team of experts at Veet and when I was assured that this product is different and is designed specially for sensitive skin areas like upper lip, side burns, eyebrows and bikini lines.
- I decided to give it a try.

Read on to know my experience about Veet Sensitive Touch Electric Trimmer -


With new Veet Sensitive Touch you can now easily achieve the precise look you always wished for. It quickly and gently cuts and shapes your hair on sensitive and delicate body areas such as face, bikini line and underarms

  • QUICK & GENTLE: easily remove any unwanted hair in one go with no fear of cuts.
  • HIGH PRECISION: dedicated accessories to get precise shaping and styling
  • Also ideal also for quick touch-ups
  • Water rinse-able. 
Box Contains :

The first thing that really impressed me about the Veet Sensitive Touch is that it comes with attachments that work well with different body types. It contains :

For Face :
1 x 2 Sided Trimming head – 16mm and 6mm
1 x comb attachment (2mm & 4mm) to uniform hair length
1 x Styler cap

Other Body parts:
1 x 1 sided Trimming Head (20mm) and 1 x comb attachment to uniform hair length

Other Accessories:
1 x Cleaning brush, 1 x Beauty pouch  and 1 x AA Battery

The beauty pouch comes handy when you just one to keep the trimmer with its cap and carry it in your bag anywhere and anytime.

How to Use :

Now, I will be doing a detailed video and post about the best practices to make the most of this Trimmer and get desired results, I would explain the key usage points here :

  • While using the trimmer for eyebrows- use the small head provided with the kit and add the comb. Steadily move the trimmer against the direction of hair growth to trim the brows.
  • For further shaping of eyebrows, remove the comb and use the high precision head. Touch skin lightly and push it across the eyebrows.
  • Similarly, for smaller skin areas like upper lips and chin, one can use the high precision head and move it in opposite direction of hair growth.
  • For shaving the bikini line, use the large head provided in the kit. Touch the skin lightly and move the trimmer in the opposite direction of hair growth.
My Thoughts about Veet Sensitive Touch :

Using this trimmer is really easy, and as its blades don't touch the skin - there is no fear of cuts. Also, it works very smoothly on the skin, and with its precision head - it gives the best results in less time. 
You don't need to use and pre or post-treatment products like shaving creams or moisturizers while using this trimmer.

Being so lightweight and handy, I have been carrying it in my bag whenever I travel - and I no more have to worry about those pending parlour appointments - as now, I can shape my eyebrows and upper lips at home whenever I want.

PS : You can now buy the Veet Sensitive Touch trimmer at a special discount on Amazon by clicking here - Shop Online !

I would be sharing more tips & tricks about this amazing product on my new Youtube channel - so don't forget to subscribe me there for the upcoming videos. The video on the Veet Sensitive Touch is now live here


Bid Goodbye to Parlour Woes with Veet Sensitive Touch | Veet Sensitive Touch Electric Trimmer Review
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Selfie in Style : A Unique Photography Session by Dabboo Ratnani for OPPO Times Fresh Face in Delhi

Hey everyone!

Last week, the Selfie lovers in Delhi (including us) had a gala time as we received some useful and interesting tips to click those perfect selfies in an exclusive photography session with the famous celebrity photographer Dabboo Ratnani.

The one-of-its-kind photography session was organised by OPPO and Times Fresh Face especially for the finalists of the OPPO Times Fresh Face 2016 and we were also lucky to get some handy tips for clicking stylish selfies.

Joining Dabboo Ratnani for the session was the beautiful FBB Femina Miss India 2015 Aditi Arya, who also shared tips on how to make one's selfie experience stylish and perfect.

During the workshop, Dabboo Ratnani offered the tips with the Selfie Expert ie. OPPO F1s and the newly launched OPPO A57 that are the best smartphones in the market currently loaded with technologically advanced features to click those unstoppable selfies.

Here are a few tips shared during the workshop that helped us understand the Art of Clicking Perfect Selfies :

  • Make sure the light is Perfect - The best selfies come when the lights are bright and highlight the things that you want to show in the selfie. Fluorescent lights should be avoided as they can ruin any photo.
  • Know your Best Angle - Well this isn't anymore a secret, as a lot of us prefer taking our selfies in that best-angle. But if you haven't figured out yours yet,  try yours in different ways before you find an angle that focuses your best features and make them streamlined. One useful tip is to keep your chin down and hold the camera up a bit higher than face level.
  • Crop it Right - We aren't talking about the crop top trend here, but the way to crop your selfie to hide the unwanted features like a weird underarm or heavy arms.
  • Use Filters - All thanks to various in-built filters in the OPPO Selfie Expert as well as a lot of editing apps, you can use these filters to make your selfie rock on social media.

  • Get Makeup for Rescue - No Light? Don't worry, use your favorite highlighter to give your skin an amazing glow that won't be hidden in the selfie. Or use a bold lipstick to get a cool natural effect in the selfie.

About the association of OPPO and Times Fresh Face : 
In the past the two brands have successfully collaborated for the OPPO Times Fresh Face contest which is the most talked about event amongst colleges. OPPO as a brand has also connected with younger audiences well with their extensive product portfolio of ‘Selfie Experts’. Thus this association was bound for excellence amongst the college fucchas. 

Hope you'll use the tips for best use to click your selfies and we assure you won't ever have to retake a selfie again! Let us know if you also have that Perfect Selfie Mantra in the Comments below.

Team TSD

Selfie in Style : A Unique Photography Session by Dabboo Ratnani for OPPO Times Fresh Face in Delhi
Saturday, February 4, 2017

OOTD - Tough Girl Leather | How to Style a Trendy Biker Jacket

Hey lovelies!
We are already in the month of Love, but I still can't get over the fact that how soon January has passed and I couldn't share any of my favorite Winter outfits.

This winter my wardrobe was majorly ruled by dresses and jackets combo as they are so easy-to-style and apt for work as well as parties. Today, I am going to share one of those outfits that can never go out of style.

I am talking about the Biker Chic look that's been ruling the fashion circuits since ages and has been in trend even this winter.  When paired with a cool dress and tough girl attitude, a leather jacket can take your look from dab to a carefree cool girl in a jiffy.

I recently purchased this patchwork jacket in faux leather from ONLY which is a perfect mix of edgy and chic and paired it with an A-line dress from Vero Moda for a look that has an all over self-embossed print.

My knee-length Aldo boots added another biker element to the look without making it seem over the top. I added minimal accessories - a choker and a watch plus carried my ZARA fringe bag that is my latest find from their AW collection.

Jacket : ONLY
Dress : Vero Moda
Boots : ALDO
Bag : Zara
Shades : Rayban
Watch : GUESS
Choker : Carma

You can also achieve this tough girl look easily by finding a leather jacket that suits you the best. Go for imitation leather or PU options that are available at ZARA, ONLY and Promod.

Instead of a dress, you can also wear the jacket with a pair of jeggings and a tank top, finishing the looks with booties and metallic accessories. Don't forget to add a pair of sunglasses with minimal makeup for that edgy look.

Location c/o : The Ashok, Delhi

What's your favorite trend this winter? Let me know in the Comments below.
OOTD - Tough Girl Leather | How to Style a Trendy Biker Jacket
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Feature : Vibrant Madhubani by Designer Anubha Sharma

Hey everyone,

In today's feature post - we are going to introduce a new-gen designer whose designs are not only unique but also very creative and versatile. We are talking about the upcoming designer Anubha Sharma who launched her brand at the recently held Asian Designer Week. Here are few excerpts of our conversation with Anubha:

Inspiration behind the Collection
“Vibrant Madhubani”, as the name suggests, takes inspiration from the eye-catching art form called “Madhubani paintings”. It showcases the art’s motifs in vibrant colours on the fusion wear. The garments embody an assembly of its classic elements like flowers, birds, animals with an original spin. The silhouettes are a manifestation of modern edge combined with traditional ethos.

Why you chose to launch your brand with Asian Designer Week?
I had seen a Facebook ad about Asian Designer Week, too curious to know what it is all about, I clicked on the ad, which first registered me and then re-directed me to their website. On the website, it was mentioned that I will need to upload a Look-Book to participate. Since, I didn’t have one I thought “maybe next time”. Then, two days later I got a call from Asian Designer Week. I told them the same and they asked for my Portfolio. After seeing my Portfolio, they offered me to participate in “NextGen Fresh Talent” category which was basically for students or someone who has recently passed out of college and hasn’t launched their label. It seemed like a wonderful opportunity to start with and that’s how Asian Designer Week happened to me and my label “Anubha Sharma”.

How do you feel after winning the “NextGen Fresh Talent” Title at Asian Designer Week?
It feels totally amazing. So, I didn’t had any idea about this while I was creating my collection. It was just a few days before the show I got to know that there will be a winner out of all the participants. It feels so good that out of all the participants, I was honoured with this title. It’s very encouraging and motivating for me. It feels GREAT!

Your favourite piece from the collection
This piece has received the most no. of compliments from the entire collection. People from the Industry, my family and friends have all loved this piece and have complimented me for this one.
And honestly, if I hadn’t created this collection and was just a client, this piece would have grabbed my most attention. So, my favourite has to be this one.

Future Plans
I’ll be setting up my unit and get the label registered ASAP. These two things are the top on my list. I’ll be also participating in more no. shows and putting up more stalls and exhibitions. And, that’s the plan for now!

Where is the collection available?
People can get in touch with me to get the pieces of their choice.

Contact Details:
Mobile: +919654597214
Email: as.anubhasharma@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AnubhaSharmaOfficial
Instagram: anubhasharmaofficial

We are also available at “Muse- A Designer’s Commune”, a multi-designer store in Punjabi Bagh.
Address: 10, NWA, Club Road, West Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi-110026

TSD Favorite from the collection :
This intricately designed lehenga is a perfect pick for the ongoing wedding season for the bride's trousseau or even for the bridesmaid. We love the play of colors and the trend cross-over blouse that gives it a modern touch.

Team TSD

Feature : Vibrant Madhubani by Designer Anubha Sharma
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

5 Wedding Gowns to Ditch your Lehenga For this Wedding Season | India Modern Festive

Hey everyone!

The wedding season is in full swing and with so many celebrities getting married lately, new fashion trends are coming up for inspiration for the the to-be brides.

While last year it was all about lehenga sarees and jacket-style lehengas that were ruling the ramps as well as the silver screen, this season – a trend that has  stood out in the Indian wedding fashion is of Ethnic Wedding Gowns.

Wedding gowns have been quite popular in the Western culture, but their Indian-ised version or I should say the ethnic gowns are now being accepted in the Indian culture as well.

So much so that many Indian brides are ditching the heavy-duty lehengas for trendy yet ethnic wedding gowns for their special day. As it’s no more only about looking their best but also being comfortable on the D-day so that they can enjoy all the festivities with ease.

Recently, two popular brides - Sherry Shroff and Kishwer Merchant were seen in strikingly similar wedding gowns by Gaurav Gupta in different colors.

Kishwer Merchant and Sherry Shroff
If you also want to try a different look on your wedding, then you should pick an ethnic gown that is similar in work to a traditional lehenga (featuring intricate work in zari, Swarovski etc. and in bright colors like red, fuchsia, peach etc.) but has a modern twist in its silhouette- just like this pink gown from Craftsvilla - that's both glamorous and easy-to-style.

If you are looking for more inspiration, then check out these beautiful designs by Sabyasachi and Manish Malhotra - that are absolutely elegance-personified.

The peach colored ethnic gown by Sabyasachi features his trademark work with a jacket detailing that gives it a fusion twist - and is perfect for a day wedding.

For a night wedding and for a glam look, a wedding gown like this red one from Manish Malhotra is a perfect work with its A-line silhouette and intricate work. You can also go for a more conservative neckline that works best for your body type.

A contemporary silhouette, flattering fit and unique design blended with intricate work makes a wedding gown a perfect choice for the modern brides who don't want to go the conventional route and want to be the trendsetters.

While I have picked my 5 favorite picks from the wedding gowns I have seen recently, you can look for more options on Pinterest or browse through the endless options available at online shopping websites like Craftsvilla.

What's your take on the ethnic wedding gown trend? Do you also think more brides would be opting these trendy gowns instead of lehengas in the coming wedding season?

Let me know your views in Comments below!
5 Wedding Gowns to Ditch your Lehenga For this Wedding Season | India Modern Festive