Jun 13, 2014

Boyfriend - Honey, did you steal my jeans?

Summers may not be the perfect time to rock your skinny fits; should that leave the jean lovers sulking? No, we have the laidback friend, the boyfriend jeans. Beat that, you scorching sun! 

Gwen Stefani, Jessica Alba

Reese Witherspoon
Celebrities wear it literally borrowing from their boyfriends. The whole point of this jeans is to be slouchy at hips and crotch, cuffed above ankles. I feel that boyfriend jeans should not be styled at all, they demand to be relaxed and hanging around with you on the streets. 

(L-R: Old Navy, Gap, 7 For All Mankind)

(1. Keds 2. Aeropostale backpack 3. Paez espadrille 4. Asos boat shoes)
Although every brand has tried to trend this product but the best finds could be at the cool and casual retailers (Gap, Levi's, American Eagle) or go the high street denim brands.

image courtesy: huffingtonpost.com, hatchcollection.com, justjared.com, denimblog.com

May 29, 2014

Burberry Launching Skincare

Fashion house Burberry has plans to launch luxury skincare line by 2015. Moving into skincare is also an exercise in customer relations; skincare "drives loyalty over time," says John Smith, Burberry chief operating officer. Burberry hopes to become one of the top 10 players in the luxury skincare field. Although not much raved about on blogs, Burberry makeup is top quality as other luxury brands and has released beautiful seasonal collections since its launch.

My Burberry wishlist:








May 21, 2014

Cannes 2014: Trending the Slit

What is soaring this year other than summer heat?

(L-R: Blake Lively, Alessandra Ambrosio, Jessica Chaistain)
 The slit at Cannes Festival. Causing quite a stir on the red carpet, thigh high slits are challenging but freedom expression in street style. Still thinking why Angelina Jolie’s leg caused such an upheaval at Oscars.

Maxi dresses with slit by Namshi

(L-R: BCBG Max Azria, Forever 21)

May 7, 2014

Nivea Pure Effect Total Face Cleanup review

Nivea Pure Effect Total Face Cleanup is a combination of face wash, scrub and face pack for normal to oily skin.

Quantity – 50ml
Price – INR 99

Product info - Nivea Pure Effect Total Face Cleanup enriched with active magnolia extract provides you with 5 benefits for pure and clear skin. Its unique cleansing complex deeply washes off skin impurities. Its peeling particles unclog pores and purify skin from blackheads. Refine skin’s appearance and support a perfect complexion. Antibacterial formulation helps fight spot causing bacteria. Soft and gentle due to its mild Formula.

This product true to its claim delivers soft and cleansed skin. I start using it as face wash after moistening the face, massaging the small blue particles gently in circular motion and leave it on for 2-3 minutes, then wash off. The scrub particles are very fine, not harsh and very helpful in removing the dead skin. Kaolin being one ingredient, I can feel the clay as the base of this. It has a fresh peppermint fragrance and thick texture. I use Total face cleanup once in 10 days to get rid of blackheads, white flakes and dead skin. As a face wash, it does not lather, as a scrub it serves the exact purpose and does nothing as a pack. In my opinion, it should have been marketed only as a scrub. After using Total face cleanup, my skin becomes more porous and moisturiser works deeply.

Recommendation – I will buy this product again as it worked really well for my dry skin. Total face cleanup is perfect soft scrub I needed and cleanses well. However I recommend using it once a week maximum.

May 6, 2014

Singapore Trip: Day 4 and 5

Day 4 – Clarke Quay, Singapore River, Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay, 31st Dec night fireworks

Early in the day, we decided to visit the Clarke Quay and take a stroll of Singapore River. Full Boating rides were closed due to New Year’s eve. Lazily, we walked around the river, reached Fullerton hotel and met Merlion. People were going crazy for pictures with the mythical creature,  as were we. Next we came across Esplanade theatre and the heavy duty arrangements in the amphitheatre for 31st night. Youngsters were already throinging the area in afternoon to reserve their seats for night show. Reached our destination Singapore Flyer.

Clarke Quay, Singapore river

Merlion, Esplanade

Singapore Flyer, the view from top

Statue of Sir Stamford Raffles, Balestier food market
Early evening headed back to hotel, had early dinner and all geared up to visit Marina Bay for New Year’s eve firework show. You have to visit the area yourself to see the crowd on 31st night there, people were crawling everywhere, many of whom might have reached in evening to reserve space. We managed to have inches of space to sit and wait for 12 am. After the show it’s a complete stampede when whole crowd iss jostling to go back to their places.

Marina Bay

Next day we had our flight back home so visited the Dhoby Ghat area for shopping.

  • Singapore weather is very humid and it might rain anytime, keep umbrella for those showers.
  • Lots of walking, do not risk new shoes, wear comfortable pair and flats.
  • Take light cotton clothing, as airy as possible.
  • Get the Ezlink card at airport, will save travel money and Singapore watching would be a breeze.
  • Choose a hotel near bus stop / metro station.
  • For food, I found the Balestier local food market near our hotel on 2nd day, it offered breakfast, lunch dinner, ranging from, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Singaporean, veg and non veg. Go look for nearby hawker market, as surviving at KFC , McDonalds would be hard. For purely breakfast, Toast Box also has good options.
  • For late night bites, KFC and McDonalds are open till wee hours on public holidays.
  • Convenience stores like Cheers and 7 Eleven are open everywhere for 24 hours.
  • Singapore is a very clean and mannered city, so everyone must mind their hygiene and be on best behaviour. Sometimes locals may not oblige you with clicking your photos, do not be disheartened and try to find fellow tourist.
  • There are more places to be covered like China Town, Little India, Haji Lane, Jurong Bird Park and so on. However, do not clutter your itinerary and enjoy your time there focussing on what you wish to see.