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August 1, 2018

A/W 2018 top trends

Hello dearest people,

 I sincerely apologize for the delay between blogposts. I have been dealing with an hand injury, which unfortunately even after this long wait, has not recovered completely... but is MUCH BETTER. Thank You to all of you for your lovely messages on my instagram. 😚 If you do not follow me on my instagram, you definitely should.. I vibe a more raw version of my daily self there. The handle is @hellosanjeevani. 

 Anyway, to end my ramble, let me start with telling you more about the title of the blog. I know I know I know, you girls are going to look at this and be like.. its peak summer babe aka 1st August.. why are you getting us into Autumn trends already. 

 The answer to your question is all the trends always come out a season ahead and with Fashion weeks just over, its time to welcome the new trends and also look at what was passed on from the previous season.

 I have matched these trends by looking into a lot of fashion week shows online and also by reading them, along with looking at looks from our very beloved high street or as I love to call it fast fashion.

 I hope you all find this post and also all the trend pieces finds informative.

 Trend #1: 

 Man oh man! where do I begin? This trend has been ruling the market for a long time now, and is also going to be one of the biggest best seller trends for autumn winter, from bags, shoes to clothing to now even in jewelry pieces, and vivid accessories that you can think of.. this trend has been incorporated.

 These are few of my favorite pieces from fast fashion.. I just love this word 😀
These are just forcibly restricted to 5, cause I honestly just wanted to link the entire topshop website for this. *teeeeheeee*

1. Dress (Zara)
2. Top (Topshop)
3. Jacket (Topshop)
4. Dress (Asos)
5. Cardigan(Asos)

 Trend #2: 


 Continuing from Spring/ Summer, Autumn/Winter is also going to be all about experimenting the color, get those red boots you saw on sale. or that neon sweater or a yellow coat.. cause babe, you are so going to be in style  <3

 Picking up few favorites in this trend:
1. Blue top (Zara)
2. Red top (Zara)
3. Pink Top (topshop)
4. Yellow top (Asos)
5. Orange Sweatshirt (Asos)

 Trend #3:

 This trend has been really coming in and out, and come Autumn, this is going to be a hit definitely. Anything that is embellished and blinging, sequence is going to be a on trend.
And as per usual, please see some of my top picks

1. Silver Top (Zara)
2. Silver Dress (currently on sale on Zara)
3. Silver jumpsuit (Topshop)
4. Bandeau Dress (Topshop)
5. Silver shoes (Topshop)


 Trend #4:

 I literally cannot insist enough about the Tan/Rust color trend. If you look at shirts, sweaters and shoes, pants, even co-ord sets are made in this color trend.
Click your way below if you fancy this trend, Sorry but all the really cool pieces were only from Zara that I particularly fancied.

1. Top (Zara)
2. Sweater (Zara) 
3. Dress (Zara)
4. Pants (Zara)
5. Dress (Zara)




 Trend #5:

 If only the picture print was not clear, this is THE BIGGEST trend of A/W 2018, inspired by all those silk scarf patchworks turning into quilt prints. Now this trend is all over the clothing line.
Here are some of my top picks

1. Midi Dress (Zara)
2. Short Dress (Zara)
3. Maxi Dress (Zara)
4. Midi Skirt (&other stories)
5. Jumpsuit (Asos)

 There are so many other trends that are a hit, however, I added these 5 as my version of top trends. I hope you all found this informative, you will definitely see me incorporate more of these trends in the upcoming blogposts all through winter.

 Let me know which ones are your top trends amongst the ones mentioned.

Lots of love,
xx
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July 29, 2018

Lets Catch Up...






 Hello last Sunday of July. Time has really been flying around. It seems like few weeks ago I started my 2018, and now in a split second.. here I am.. entering my birthday month in 2 days (My birthday is in August)

 I was initially going to write a blog post about some other topic that I had in my head, however, I decided to give you all lovelies a little catchup on what I have been up to in my absence on this blog since May.


SELF CARE: 

 It is like where do I begin on this subject, since the start of this year I have constantly had pain in my right hands wrist here and there. But the pain would go away in a few hours/days and I just kept on procrastinating on visiting the doctor. More so, because I did not want toffee that something might not be okay with it. At 27, you do not expect someone to be such an idiot. But here I am... here I AM. Obviously as expected, around May, my pain increased so much that basic activities to get through my day were impossible to achieve. So, I finally decided to stop using my head and go visit a doctor and he mentioned that I have a wrist injury. I have been getting a PT (physical therapy) treatment on that since May. My hand is a lot better now and I can do all my chores and also can type as much as I want. However, the range of motion in my wrist is still recovering. It is definitely a long process....

Anyway,  the most important learning message that I have for all you lovelies after my terrible 3 month absence is to NEVER ignore slightest of health symptoms, always prioritize your health first over work or just life basically. Cause even though in the moment you would feel like that dinner party is more important or that you need to get this thing done.. but, in the long run you will regret that decision most certainly. Because nothing comes before your health and wellbeing. Trust me... These 3 months definitely made me realize not to take my health lightly ever again.

MOVING:

 I am sure I have not discussed this before with you all, but while I could not move my hand even if a mosquito was biting me, I was also suppose to move during the same time (for anyone wondering, I was renting an apartment and yes I still am only renting).. I know... lucky me. 👧
 But, bless my entire family!! They literally came running to me and have basically been sorting my jhuujhhzz for the last few weeks. I am still in the middle of settling into my new place plus getting it instagrammable ready. Not sure how long will that go on for, but if and when I am happy with a few parts of my house, I will hopefully start posting more house update content as well.


                             

AUGUST GOALS:

Entering my birthday month, I want to put-up a blogpost every single day for 31 days or every other day. I have not entirely decided yet, but definitely planning on uploading frequently here so that you all can enjoy more content often. I am also thinking of starting a new weekly lifestyle post which would each include a motivational message as well, because, during my bad days, I am definitely way too positive and I would love to spread the message with y'all as well. Health and fitness in august will also take priority, as I have derailed myself from this for a long time now. Working out in the morning is a new feeling to me and something I have dreamt of incorporating for a very long time. But it is definitely time I stop day dreaming and make it a reality!

Finally, I want to know more from you, have you all angels missed me. Are there any topics that you want to see more from me, do let me know in the comments below

Love you babes,
xx

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May 6, 2018

My Summer Passione

 I tend to go into my own deep shell as it starts getting colder, the less the light outside, the less you will find me on the streets, but Spring/Summer is favorite time of the year since moving to the US. In India I was all about the rainy season as that was the time I felt the most active and happy (more so because everyone had to travel and walk a lot due to the water logging all around 😁) 

 'Scent' play a big role in keeping that chirpy and happy feeling going all through the day/night or it can even comfort/uplift your mood instantly. Finding that right scent is a difficult task, there are millions of florals, musky, fruity tones available in the market. For me personally its an instant feeling of choice, the moment I try out the tester in any shop or smell the samplers in the magazine and if I feel any of the sensations I mentioned above, I am SOLD. I know that scent is for me and I will stay loyal to the bottle for as long. 



 The scents that I generally love are sparkling floral and fruity scents with a slight musky, but nothing too sweet or candy like. The new Armani Si Passione is a combination of all those notes that I have always wanted in a perfume and I have smelled them separately but never together in a bottle.


 The best way for me to describe the bottle is by saying that its the perfect feminine scent. It is a fruity, floral scent but with notes of woody vanilla and rose. This Eau de Parfum generates varied textures from its vibrant red colored bottle, making it very floral and poised during the day and sexy and full of passion as the day moves to night. I have studied a few Armani runways and I have always observed that their collections are unusually sensuous yet classic and something that make women feel like a complete girl boss. And this scent is exactly that to me, it smells super luxurious and makes me feel confident and beautiful. 


 Armani Si is a collection that has been going on for a long time and out of all the different types of Si perfumes, 'Si Passione' is definitely my perfect scent that I have discovered.  

What are your choices of notes in your perfect scent. Do let me know in the comments below. 



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May 2, 2018

The only Zara bag you need


    Believe me I have had a LOT of experience in finding the affordable perfect bag to carry out everywhere that is on trend yet classic. whether its used just for going out to get groceries or it is going out on those very rare occasions when I am outside my house after 9 pm 😀
 

    And this search has costed me both in terms of money and time to find that perfect version of my bag. However, look no further girls, I have found my dream bag and its by Zara (mini city bag). The bag is both spacious plus chic. I have been carrying it everywhere with me since I bought it (day and night). The bag has two main compartments, that are protected by a magnetic clasp and also a chain compartment on the front. Additionally, it also has a long cross body strap and is comfortably long that it can be carried as a cross body bag or just hung on the side of the shoulders (I am 5'3" for reference). It also has a fixed top handle, which in my belief, is the best thing of the bag.


    Top handle bags literally were everywhere since A/W '17, and the trend continues to grow even in S/S '18. Zara has always been like the high street version for replicating everything luxury. And this bag in my personal opinion looks a lot like the Louis Vuitton Capucines bag in BB size. And believe it or not but when I walked into the Louis Vuitton store with this bag, the SA was like, "love your Capucines!!!" and I was like, "umm... nope its not Louis Vuitton" and he was so embarrassed and I could relate to that... and instantly *attempted* to lighten the mood by saying, "yup, thats what even I thought and so I bought it.. but looks like I was fooled too (and pointed to the original Capucines bag)" but some things just can't be reversed.. he just was too upset to react and walked away.....  

    Even though I have the bag in black color, since the time this bag has come out, Zara is now selling this bag in red too. And I think both the colors are perfect to be worn in Spring/Summer as well as Autumn/Winter. You can style it so many ways and it goes with skirts, shorts, jeans, dresses literally everything....




Let me know which is your favorite zara bag or any other special bag that you always carry with you. From everyday use to going out occasions. :)

xx





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April 29, 2018

Soft Matte for Dry is literally Velvet

 


I am not a person who loves to wear makeup every single day... the lazy girl inside me barely pushes myself for a complete skincare routine and then thats it... I am ready to step out of the door in my super glam bare face :) ... 


But this foundation has completely changed the makeup game for me. I am talking about none other than the Fenty Beauty Soft Matte Foundation [The shade I wear is 300]. First of all, for a brand that is a new launch in the beauty market, the packaging is a-m-a-z-i-n-g... Its a sturdy packaged foundation bottle, also most of the foundations are 30 ml in size. However, this is 32 ml in size and priced so well for its awesomeness. (It retails for $32 USD) 

Now I am a dry skin gal, completely. I have tried wearing matte foundations in the past and they just crack all over my face, and itch my skin so bad... that I need days and days of no makeup makeup to recover from it. However, even though the fenty beauty foundation is supposed to be matte, it is not like a full on matte look on my skin, it is literally like the name says a soft matte look and just looks so amazing on my skin that I have added this to my wedding makeup basket for sure. I don't know how have they achieved this finish but it just looks velvety, soft matte and the coverage being buildable between medium to full. 


One something I always swear by before I apply any foundation literally, but, more specifically with matte foundations is to use an oil base in my skincare regime. So, after I cleanse my face and apply my serum and eye cream, I have started using this radiance oil by AMOREPACIFIC. Now this is definitely an investment as the oil is not cheap and I completely realize that, however, it is the first oil that is calming on my skin and gives me an awesome glow along with adding the punch of hydration without breaking me out at all. Once the oil really sinks into my skin after a couple minutes, I apply my moisturizer which is, always the ultra repair cream by FAB cosmetics. This is one moisturizer that I have been using since forever. Literally from Autumn to Spring, this is always on my face both morning and evening. 



This face that you see is after I was wearing the foundation already for 6 hours and as you can see the foundation did not move at all, I was also so happy with the coverage and finish on my face, that, for the first time I wore just my foundation. That just goes to say how amazing the product is.

One thing full coverage foundations tend to do is they make you look very one dimensional (though I did not go full full coverage that day), hence, I applied glossier cloud paint in the shade beam. I am not a fan of powder blushes and prefer them in liquid format. And this paint is the worlds most perfect peachy coral blush.


I am sorry girls but this is my honest review about the foundation and I have nothing bad to say about it whatsoever. Everything from the awesome packaging to the large and varied array of 40 shades to the finish and finally to coverage.. I JUST LOVE. Rihanna, big thumbs up on this from me.

This summer I am definitely all fenty for my base and under its full coverage umbrella.... ella.... ella.... elllaaaa... eeee....

Definitely let me know your thoughts on the foundation review and what do you personally think about the fenty beauty range, is there anything else from them that pleases your face? Look forward to reading all the comments..

Have a lovely sunday xx...










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March 21, 2018

My version of Cinderella Shoes......



I am now that girl who will find every occasion to skip wearing anything above an inch on my feet. However, growing up I did not quite accept that I cannot wear heels nor carry them. And I have had some major accidents pretending to walk in 4 - 6 inches (Yes, for a girl who did not know how to walk in them, I was a bit of a daredevil)... Even the thought of remembering those days while writing just makes me feel so bad and sorry for myself.

On my 25th birthday, I still remember, I wore a jazzy pair of shoe 4'' from Mix no. 6 ( a brand sold DFW) and it literally hurt my feet so bad, we had to cut short my birthday dinner trip and my feet were aching for days after that night.

After my 25th birthday did I finally let myself into accepting that I am not meant for sexy stilettos.

Two years since then, last summer, I got introduced to a brand named 'castañer' and I saw their selection of wedge heels, I always considered wedges as my fall back option to satisfy the feeling of adding a couple more inches to my petite body. However, most of the wedges that I had tried prior to these were either equally uncomfortable as the stilettos or even worse.






But the castañer wedges are a total game changer. The only annoying part of wedge heel generally would be when you have to buckle a strap, but since these are tie ups, you do not have to worry about that, as you can tie your shoes to the desired intensity & be very very comfortable. Another added advantage is the fact that these go with everything, from a simple pair of jeans, to dresses, skirts, literally erryyythinngg and thats why I said they are my version of cinderella shoes <3


I recently also wore them during my first trip to San Francisco, and on my 1st day of being a tourist, I got lost somewhere, and was almost sprinting in the opposite direction to get out of the area. At the end of my sprint, more than feeling happy for the fact that I managed my way out, I was happy about my purchase. :)



Now, coming to the price point, I bought these off of Net-A-Porter for $90, and I know that $90 is a lot more to spend on a pair of shoe, but, since I wear it to every occasion possible, I am already getting the cost per wear down on them. And being a person who has always opted for the cheapest shoe possible over comfort or durability, I have definitely learnt my lesson the hard way.

Since I bought these wedges, they have gone up in price and are now sold on Net-A-Porter above $100. However, I have found an amazing site Matchesfashion where you can get these exact shoes  for $85. But, for some reason, when I am launching the website now, it does not show the cost of the shoe to be $85, instead it shows $100+, but, via the mobile app the cost is still $85, I assure you that. (Reallllyyyy dont know why there is this difference in price between the two)

Additionally, matchesfashion has a wide array of these shoes in many colors and varied heel heights, so giving us all more options to choose from, yay!! <3 (I know there is an additional overhead of downloading the app, but it never hurts to have a retailer app, isn't it? *_* )

Hope you enjoyed the story of my version of cinderella shoes, I would love to hear your thoughts about them in the comments below and also your story about a pair of shoe that you swear by!


Love xx




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March 18, 2018

Au revoir 2017...


    

     
   

 

Its the first sunday of 2018, yay! are we all bored of the first of 2018 series already? I AM! And what better way than to spend it retrospecting whats gone behind, yes, it's 2017... If you are someone who knows me in-person (an identity outside my blog) you would know that I say this every year but how did we get here so soon? It was literally a few days ago I was in NYC waking up to the most beautiful sunrise ringing into 2017, when I got a call from my sister informing that we had lost our grammy!

The start of the year was definitely a rough one for me and my fam... And I shit you not with each passing day and month, things got very very rough. I have been a little bit of a cry baby all my life honestly, I am 'Rachel' that way [a character from friends], however, this year it was different. Every agony different than the other and this year it was not about watching those sad feelings on a 5.5" screen via a film/video, it was really experiencing every pain personally and when I say pain it was not because my phone broke (which happened thrice this year btw) or I look so fat in this dress, it was adulting in the real sense by testing skills in accepting things, or letting things go... 





Nonetheless, I am grateful that 2017 happened, it has made me realize the power and the fact that I can handle so much more than I give myself credit for. Having said that, there have definitely been some personal achievements that I am so proud of. No ones life is a 100% bed of roses (right???!!), and everyone has to face adversity. Instead of focusing on what was lost, I would love to focus on what I have learned. I really hope these lessons help you as well.
                         

THINGS I HAVE LEARNT 

1. Value your loved ones. 

Experiencing death of a loved one in the beginning of the year has made me grateful, respectful and considerate towards my family. 1st Jan 2017 changed my outlook towards them so much. Earlier it was all about eating that extra slice of pizza first before talking to them (also because your boyfriend will finish it until then) or getting that assignment up before facetiming them. However, juggling both efficiently is definitely my jam now, I definitely do not mean to say that give your assignment/pizza lesser importance, however, I ensure that I speak to them at a designated time. Hence, balancing my time around those hours. Though it's easier said than done, catching up with my family everyday is something I  swear by. 

2. Female Friendships.

Growing up I have valued my girlfriends, importantly because I was that girl who would fear talking to guys in my teen ages and for many years after that (umm... engineering years were most certainly the first time I started speaking to guys), which is why, I have always preferred a secure company of my chicas! And I can almost imagine all my girlfriends agreeing to this point. Hence, not going to lie, though this was least of all the other revelations this year, I am absolutely grateful for their presence. I do not think I would have had this  strength to sit here and accept the change so gracefully were they not present in my life. 

3. Going the distance 

I am with my best friend for over 2 years now and we have lived together for a year in that relationship. However, September really was my testing period. Yes! He moved out of our house because he got a job on the other side of the world. I know this happens with everyone and you would think what excuse is that? But being independent in a not so strange town was not easy for me. Every single thing that is present in my house is a choice made by both him and me and suddenly when I started coming back home alone and not having presence around my house, things got very very sad. I would literally have no motivation to cook, do anything fancy, let alone fancy, I had no motivation to even do basic tasks. LITERALLY. For days after he moved out, I would call him and ask him what he wanted to eat and I would cook that cause only that made me happy. Living alone and independent was definitely more difficult than I imagined. From changing water filters to doing all the big admin tasks that he took care of, it suddenly was enforced upon me. However, the importance of him strengthened further in this period cause I realized the level of my dependency on him. And I do not say this with pride because I like to be dependent on someone. But it is in the effort that he put into this relationship (in all these additional tasks) and till date continuous to support me.

4. Battling Anxiety

I still remember my first panic attack back in 2016, it was when I recently moved to a new town with my bf, the feeling of something great about to happen did not sink in well for me. And I remember gasping for breath so hard that I kneeled down on the floor and attempted to crawl but could not do anything. A couple months later, I realized that this was happening more often and decided to seek help. That decision definitely changed my life for ever, and I saw huge improvement in myself this last year and it is definitely something I am proud of. Even though I still struggle with anxiety, over the course of 1.5 years, I have definitely learnt to pacify myself and come to terms with it better. (I apologize for not having to give complete information or more information about anxiety than this, its just that, I am not that comfortable talking in detail about it yet. ) 

5. Accepting my body

As you may have seen by now in my photos, I am no US size 0 or 2 or 4. I am a happy US size 10 :) Yes, it took me 27 years to accept my body shape and weight. But it has definitely involved lots and lots of crazy diets and stupid stuff that I am completely not proud of and would love to yell at my past self. However, though I can't change the habits that I had, I have definitely completely changed my perspective as a person now. In fact, one of the main reasons for me to start this blog was because of that. I have been a huge follower of the fashion industry for a really long time, and I have observed that there are not many people in this industry who carry that extra weight and are around my size. If my style makes your one outfit/ one day easier, I cry a river inside each time that happens, as that fulfills the purpose of the existence of this blog

Phew! thats a lot to take, isn't it? 

2017 is something I want firmly behind me so that I can look forward to 2018. My only goal for this year is just to take care of my health and be happy with my family and friends. 
Because the key to getting through a year happily is always in valuing these important and core moments.

What are some of your new year thoughts for 2018 and what were the learnings you thought you achieved in 2017.  I would love to hear more about this in the comments section below. 

Best,

xx



P.S. The reason this post went up this late is because today is considered as a new year according to my religious calendar. It is called as 'Gudhi Padwaa'. 


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A/W 2018 top trends

Hello dearest people,  I sincerely apologize for the delay between blogposts. I have been dealing with an hand injury, which unfortunate...

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