Monday, November 30, 2015

OOTD : Denim Over Denim Look | Curvy Style Guide

Hey lovelies!

Before my favorite month ends, I am here with an Outfit post featuring my customized Denims from Pepe Jeans.

I had visited Pepe Jeans store in CP, Delhi a few weeks back to have a look at the Pepe Jeans Custom Studio and had got myself a pair of Denims and a denim shirt.

So, I styled my customized Denims from Pepe Jeans which feature a customized Star tattoo across the knee with a slouchy Denim shirt from Pepe Jeans as well featuring Studs at one shoulder.

I completed the look with a comfortable pair of wedges from Charles & Keith, which I wear to almost every event and occasion these days. To break the monotony of the blues, I carried a chic bag from Accessorize and wore my retro BCBG sunglasses.

Have a look at the pictures :

Shirt : Pepe Jeans
Jeans : Pepe Jeans
Bag : Accessorize
Shoes : Charles & Keith
Sunglasses : BCBG
Watch : Titan
Bracelet : Forever 21
Necklace : Forever 21

Styling denim over denim can be little tricky, but if done right, it will definitely give you a chic vibe.
To get the look right, go for contrast hues for your shirt and bottoms. This means that you can pair a light washed blue denim shirt with a dark blue jeans or skirt.

While you can pick either shade for your bottoms, a darker wash for the bottom would slim you down and give you a nicer illusion.

Also, if you are going for Slouchy denims, make sure that only one clothing item of your look is baggy or you may end up looking messy (just as I paired a slouchy shirt with a fitted pair of jeans for a perfect look).

Following these simple tips can let you get the Denim on Denim look just right by amping up your style quotient.

Photography : Tina Pandher
Hope you liked this look! If you also want your own Customized pair of Denims from Pepe Jeans, you can head to their store in Connaught Place, Delhi.

OOTD : Denim Over Denim Look | Curvy Style Guide
Thursday, November 26, 2015

Review : Maharaja Whiteline Preciso Garment Steamer | Expert Care for Garments | Tips for Garment Care

Hey everyone!

Recently I got a chance to review and experience the amazing Preciso Garment Steamer by Maharaja Whiteline.
Gone are the days when you had to rely your neighborhood Laundry service or dry cleaners to keep your clothes as good as new and remove wrinkles from your expensive garments.

Maharaja Whiteline has come up with a revolutionary product which not only serves as a great alternative to dry-cleaning by removing tough wrinkles, but also helps sanitize garments.

I will be covering my experience and its amazing features that makes it a must-have garment care solution in every home.

Maharaja Whiteline Preciso Garment Steamer has a power rating of 1600 watts which provides powerful steam that helps eliminate wrinkles from any kind of fabric. Its powerful vertical steam works very well on all kind of garments like shirts, and also works well on curtains.

It comes with 5 different attachments - Fabric Brush, Upholstery Brush, Lint Pad, Door Hook, Crease Attachment - that are suitable for different fabrics and garments like Shirts, Sarees, Trousers etc., making sure each garment is ironed efficiently with minimum effort.

The plus side is that it also helps sanitize fabrics and foam, and can be used on a regular basis.

It has an ergonomic handle and has a strong grip, making it easy-to-use on a daily basis for all kind of garments and even bedding.

While regular ironing is time-consuming and doesn't remove tough creases, Preciso Garment steamer not only gets ready in 2 minutes and removes wrinkles easily, it also removes lint and odor from the clothes.

Other Features :

This amazing garment steamer can not only be used for your clothes, but can be easily used to steam-iron your Cushions, Sofas, Bed linen, carpets etc.
It is also compact and easy to store, as it has an integrated cord that can be wrapped beneath the body and secured for storage.

Maharaja Whiteline Garment Steamer definitely serves as an all-in-one home solution for efficiently removing all the wrinkles and sanitizing the house. Priced at just Rs 6099, it is a great buy as it ensures you don't have to visit a dry-cleaner ever again for your regular garment steaming.

While we are talking about Garment Steaming, here are some easy-to-follow Tips to keep your clothes as good as new :
  • Always follow the cleaning instructions on the garment label to save your clothes from any damage.
  • Sort out your laundry before washing. Always wash delicate fabrics separate from sturdy fabrics to protect the delicate fabrics, which might be damaged by rubbing against coarse fabrics. 
  • Machine drying denim pieces can affect the texture of your favorite denims. Instead, turn down the temperature to the lowest possible heat setting and take the denims out before they are completely dry
  • Leather can be kept clean and fresh as new by using a damp cloth.
  • Don't overheat delicate fabrics as it can ruin their texture and quality. Try to use the right heat level for different types of fabrics, as instructed in their labels.
Hope you loved these tips and the review! Do share your views in the Comments below.

Review : Maharaja Whiteline Preciso Garment Steamer | Expert Care for Garments | Tips for Garment Care
Friday, November 20, 2015

John Players AW'2015 Collection Review | Contest - Win John Players Vouchers - 7 Winners | #PlayUpStyle Giveaway

Hey everyone!
After we received an amazing response to our last collaboration with John Players, we are back with another post featuring our favorites from their Autumn-Winter collection, and an exciting Contest.

This time, we have on board Abhinav Bhatia - who is a Sports Science student from DU and, a budding cricketer and fitness fanatic.

He recently visited the John Players flagship showroom in V3S Mall, East Delhi and picked two of his favorite outfits - that are perfect for Work & Play.

John Players is a name synonymous with comfort and style, and their AW'15 collection features vibrant colors, playful prints and comfortable fabrics.

For the first look, which is perfect for Work or College, Abhinav picked a trendy shirt featuring a monochrome print in a contemporary fit. He styled it with a pair of chinos that give the outfit a relaxed vibe.

The brand is offering a range inspired from Playing Cards called Jack of hearts. It offers shirts, Tees & sweaters with prints of numeric graphics & monograms which will add liveliness to your style. 

For a look that is perfect for Party or a day out with friends, Abhinav styled his chinos with a striking red solid colored shirt which can also be paired with darker denims or pants for a chic look.

You can play up your style quotient with the season’s fashion with Playlist range that brings a dashing-variety of shirts, tees, trousers and sweaters. We loved the use of vibrant colours like Spicy Orange, Pepper Yellow & Sour lime.
#Playupstyle with geometric graphics from the Playlist collection by John Players.

Apart from these two looks, we also loved their Informalist & GlobeTrotter range of formals which showcases meticulous craftsmanship along with playful styling to break the monotony of office hours.

For all denim lovers, John Players Jeans has come up with an entire range of Indigo Theatrics denim wear showcasing contemporary fits in experimental washes & bold styling to complement every day style, be it work or play. 

The brand’s entire jeans collection is with ‘stretch’ & is available in 4 fits – Regular, Slim, Skinny & Comfort skinny; so that you can pick one which suits you best.

Well, that's not all, we have collaborated with John Players for an exciting Giveaway this season.
By participating in this simple contest, 7 winners will get a chance to win John Players vouchers worth Rs 2,000 each. 

To Participate in this contest, you just have to follow these simple Compulsory steps :
  • Like The Shopaholic Diaries on Facebook
  • Like John Players on Facebook
  • Style your self in Vibrant Colors in your Winter wear. Click a Selfie and share it with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and add #playupthestyle. (You need to tag @Theshopaholicdiaries on Instagram, @nitika_bh on Twitter and @Theshopaholicdiaries on Facebook so that we can track the entries.) 
Share a Comment below on How would you Style your Winter Wear?
After completing the steps through the Rafflecopter widget below, Add a Comment below this post telling What do you Like about the new John Players collection, mentioning that you have Entered and adding the LINK of your FB/Twitter/Instagram Selfie. 

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Contest starts today ie. 20th November and will run till 23rd November. Winners will be declared on or after 24th November!
Best of luck everyone!!

John Players AW'2015 Collection Review | Contest - Win John Players Vouchers - 7 Winners | #PlayUpStyle Giveaway
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Review : LG Nexus 5X - Light-weight, All Rounder Smartphone | Price and Highlights | #ChampInCity

Hey lovelies!

Wishing you all a very Happy and prosperous Diwali! I know its just a day away, but I don't know if I would be writing a post that day as I am visiting my hometown - so wishing you all in advance.

Well, if you actively follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you must've noticed me talking about #ChampInCity and carrying a new phone around with me since last 10 days.

I am talking about the new smartphone in the market - LG NEXUS 5X which is a brand new offering from LG having promising features and technology.
I would be writing in detail about its many features, highlights and how it faired across the last 10 days as I used it for almost 12-14 hours every day.

Being promoted as the All-around champ by Google, Nexus 5X is rich in some key features like a powerful camera, Nexus Imprint, USB Type-C charger, Android Marshmallow and more.

As I have used the phone for my blogging and photography purpose majorly, I will be covering my experience on three main aspects important for anyone considering to buy a new smartphone : Battery Life, Camera and Features.

Features :

One of the remarkable features of Nexus 5X is undoubtedly its weight. This striking smartphone weighs only 136g, making it one of the lightest handsets of its category without compromising on the looks or features.

It has a compact design which fits easily into your hand and I was able to use it effectively with just one hand. (If you are a sucker for normal-sized phones which don't cover your entire face - you'll be happy to lay your hands on this beauty.)

The 5.2-inch screen makes it easier to browse Apps and even browse internet with a great speed.

It runs on an Android Marshmallow operating system. Another interesting feature is the Google Nexus Imprint sensor which helps unlock the phone and your apps quickly, with just one tap of the finger. Well, you can now let go of having to remember those tricky passcodes now.

So, another standout feature of this smartphone is the - USB-C port - which is reversible - that means you can use either side for the charging plug and phone charging port. It also makes charging the device almost two times fast as the other phones I have used. Even with charging for 10-15minutes, your battery would be good enough to last for a few hours (Perfect! Isn't it?).

Well the iPhone users would be used to this, but people who are used to having an external memory card might find this as a con that Nexus 5X comes with an internal storage of either 16GB and 32GB.

Camera :

So, if you haven't yet seen the dozen of pictures I clicked with my LG Nexus 5X, I am just going to share with you how it helps me take amazing photographs which are of the same quality as of a digi-cam.
It has a 12.3 MP main camera with dual-LED (dual tone) flash and a front camera of 5MP.

Being a blogger and social media professional, I can't ever miss an opportunity to capture amazing shots - whether I am at work, on-the-go or at some important event.

Whether you are a food fanatic, fashion lover or nature-enthusiast, Nexus 5X proves that it can take any shot effortlessly and beautifully.

Have a glimpse of few of the many pictures I clicked using Nexus 5X :

Fashion Photography :  I basically survived at the recently organized Asian Designer Week which I was covering officially with my Nexus 5X. At a fashion week, where the models walk so fast that you have less than few seconds to get a perfect click - it helped me get precise and sharp images.

Normal Photo
Photo with Auto - Focus of LG NEXUS 5X
One of the many amazing features is its laser-assisted autofocus which helps you click sharp, detailed pictures with just one click. It is actually helpful when you want brighter shots during dim-lights.

Product/Food Photography : If just like me, you can't live without clicking pictures of every food item you eat and post it on Instagram, Nexus 5X will prove to be a blessing for you.
Don't trust me? Look at the amazing, detailed pictures above!

Front Camera : Ohh thank god for its 5MP front camera, I managed to get great shots even in the evening when the sunset was about to happen. All you selfie-addicts, Nexus 5X helps you click Selfies without any pain or discomfort (People who have a habit to click 100s of Selfies like me will understand this).

Night Photography : I clicked the above picture at around 8.30pm and Nexus 5X still managed to give me great details and a lovely shot.

Here's also a Video I recorded using my Nexus 5X during Asian Designer Week, which is really sharp and clear.

Well I can go on and on gushing about its amazing camera, but let's go ahead to its Battery Life.

Battery Life:

So coming finally to the Battery life, as I said, I survived the fashion week using Nexus 5X for all my photography and social media updates, and the battery (which I charged just once in the morning) lasted me for a good 10 hours (no kidding, seriously!).
I remember having to carry my charger every time I go for an event, but Nexus 5X's battery left me really impressed.

Verdict :
Priced at Rs. 31,900 for 16GB or Rs. 35,900 for 32GB, LG Nexus 5X is an all-rounder, power-packed smartphone with an amazing Camera and some noteworthy features which make it one of the best smartphones launched this year. If you are looking for a smart buy that not only gives value-for-money but also has a great design, NEXUS 5X is the smartphone for you.

I have been using this smartphone for last 10 days, and frankly I haven't had faced any issues except from getting used to its unique USB Type-C port.

Update : Check out my LG Nexus 5X Journey over video HERE

Hope you liked my review! You can leave your feedback or Queries in the Comments below.

(PS : All the images are clicked and owned by me and are unedited versions to give you a real feel of the Camera quality.)
Review : LG Nexus 5X - Light-weight, All Rounder Smartphone | Price and Highlights | #ChampInCity
Thursday, November 5, 2015

Day 2 : Asian Designer Week powered by FTV - Fashion Crosses Borders | ADW 2015 Highlights & Grand Finale

Hey everyone!

I am back with the Day 2 and Grand Finale highlights of the first edition of Asian Designer Week 2015 powered by FTV .

Day 2 of ADW 2015 saw an interesting mix of Indian, International and NextGen designers who set the stage on fire with their excellent designs.

The day started with a power-packed show of 7 NextGen designers and was closed by leading Indian designer Charu Parashar with the stunning Bollywood actress Bhumi Padnekar walking as a showstopper for her collection.

Grand Finale designer Charu Parashar with Showstopper Bhumi Pednekar at ADW 2015 - Day 2

NextGen Designers

A Pearl Academy Jaipur graduate, designer Ankur Tyagi is highly motivated and passionate about art and its innovating process. He showcased a quirky collection rich in creative elements like drawstrings and yarns entwined and knitted to create forms.

Ankur Tyagi showcasing his collection

Shipra Singh, a NIFT Bangalore graduate, showcased a beautiful collection that focused on simple clean silhouettes and flowy drapes with intricate prints and surface details. The simplicity and elegance in her designs made the collection wearable and chic.

Shipra Singh

A NIFT Delhi graduate, Anna Vyas presented a collection featuring monochrome dresses, skirts and co-ordinates that had a minimalist yet classy appeal.

Anna Vyas

One of the remarkable collections from the lot were from Lasil L - a Pearl Academy graduate. His unique imagination reflected in the collection which featured drama and creative elements.
Lasil S

Priya Arora, a Pearl Academy graduate, showcased a gorgeous collection which included metallic hues, structured silhouettes, power shoulders and more.

Priya Arora

Another upcoming fashion designer from Pearl Academy, Shrankhla Sajal presented her collection which featured various hues of Grey in the form of dresses, skirts, co-ordinates etc.

Shrankhla Sajal

Yaachika Mendiratta (Pearl Academy Delhi) presented a creative collection featuring a beautiful amalgamation of silhouettes and shapes.


For the second show of the day, leading designer Sonia Jetleey showcased her collection featuring hues of blue, flowy silhouettes and easy-to-style dresses.

Sonia’s creations reflect an elegant sensuality, with a modern attitude offering an artistic touch, tempered with technical discipline, where garments are modern in form and Indian in expressions with colors and embroideries interplaying in a distinctive Sonia Jetleey style.

Sonia Jetleey

Next we had the young designer Ankita Chaudhary of the label Saaj by Ankita present a stunning ethnic collection designed for the modern woman who loves to play around with her wardrobe. The collection highlighted a fusion of colors, technique and excellent craftsmanship.

Ankita used vibrant hues of orange, blue and pink in her collection that featured lehengas, sarees and more.

Ankita Chaudhary

Mauritian designer Lida O' Reilly  showcased a collection of wedding dresses that reflected her sartorial statement in designer gowns which elegantly fit the body types of every woman.

Her collection featured dresses having exquisite details like use of semi-precious stones and swarovski crystals, beading, sequins, hand embroidery etc. on fabrics like raw silk, brocade etc.

Lida O' Reilly

Grand Finale designer Charu Parashar showcased a collection keeping in mind the modern bride's demand for an amazing Trousseau.
Her collection featured capes, peplum jackets, skirts, lehengas which the contemporary Indian bride can wear as separates at various occasions.

Redefining bridal couture by lending a subtle and minimal character to it, the collection has been designed keeping in mind the sensibilities and needs of "New Age Contemporary Bride".

Bollywood actress Bhumi Pednekar (Dum Laga ke Haisha fame) walked as the Showstopper for Charu Parashar's show. She wore a voluminous gold gown featuring intricate red embroidery which was styled with stunning jewellery that made her look like royalty.

Pictures Courtesy : Anand Tikekar

Closing the evening at a thankful note, Robby Rawat, Director iGenius Entertainment said,

"We were very excited to open the first season of Asian Designer Week. Today we witnessed a beginning of new era in Asian fashion with stunning collections by leading designers from India and International fraternity. And that’s the concept behind Asian Designer Week – to strengthen the bond that exists between Asian countries with respect to the cultural values, traditions and heritage despite the diversities, with fashion and pure talent."

Well, it truly was a delight to watch and cover the first edition of Asian Designer Week which featuring such amazing talent and brought together established, NewGen and NextGen designers to an international platform.

Hope you all enjoyed this feature and looking forward to the next (even bigger) edition of Asian Designer Week soon!
Day 2 : Asian Designer Week powered by FTV - Fashion Crosses Borders | ADW 2015 Highlights & Grand Finale