Gold is not Old it is Beautiful and Bold

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I am a very impatient person, so indeed when I purchase something new I just cannot wait to start flaunting it. Such was my last week, I went on a statement jewelry shopping spree and came with my hands full.

There is something about the colour Golden which attracts me a lot when it comes to jewelry and I am the last person you will see sporting white gold! The baubles in the above picture were styled and carried by me on the very same day. Yes they looked classic and sexy and no I did not attend a wedding. I had styled myself for a dinner!!

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Step one was choosing a basic dress. Since it was Independence Day I wanted to wear something colourful and that is the reason why I chose this dress. It’s a very simple dress in Brown,Orange and Green colour. The belt is an addition, it does not come with the dress, I just wanted add some spunk and flash to an old outfit. Wearing a simple outfit when you have blingy accessories is very important. The most you can experiment is with the colouring. Wear an outfit with 2-3 colours if plain is not your style.

I have a carried a basic LV purse as since I was heading out for dinner I just needed to carry my keys and my to go thing i.e. compact and lipstick which easily fit into this beauty. The colour of the purse is also very important. We do not want to carry those flashy clutches,let the jewelry make a statement 😉 . I chose my favourite to go peep toes in a shade of beige and mustard. Please make sure to not wear gold sandals when flaunting too many baubles.

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Now getting to my best and most favourite part of this look. As I was wearing a dress with a prominent neckline I chose a statement necklace. This beauty is a cluttered collection of Gold Maple Leaves which dominates my neckline prominently. You can also try a gold rope necklace for a similar outfit. Now the basic question why not any statement necklace and why the gold one? Well since I was wearing a basic outfit with no detailing or work, the gold adds a spunk to the otherwise bland look, a statement necklace in co-ordination with your outfit colour will look good but my objective is to always STAND OUT.

The round earrings collided perfectly with the Maple Leaves. Also next to the necklace they look like beautiful about to bloom buds. Never ever wear tassels when you wear a prominent gold neckpiece as it will look too flashy. If you want to go for some function/party and want to wear tassels then choose earrings in accordance with your outfit colour with just a dash of gold, this will look nice on your outfit and you get a hint of gold too!!!

Handcuffs are very much in vogue now-a-days and choosing the right one is almost as important as deciding if or not to wear that LBD again. I chose this one for the Gold colour and the brilliant red floral detailing. Another reason for choosing this particular one was because the floral theme of the cuff matched my necklace. It’s almost fitting to match leaves and flowers 🙂 .

Now below is the fun part ❤

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I love playing with open backs and here is what I did I styled my regular flower pendant and put it at the back instead of front. This will definitely turn those heads!!!

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I played with my lip shades a bit. A red colour loyalist generally but this time I went with the autumn theme and went for Coral Lips. In the above image I have used Maybelline Colour Show Orange Icon Lipstick and Lancome Gloss in Love Coral Shade. On my face I have used my regular MAC Studio Fix Compact.

And here is how it looked with red lips!!!

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I am wearing Maybelline Colour Show Red Lipstick in the above image!!!

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This is how I had styled my hair. Since I was having a bad hair day I kept it at one side for sometime and then little on both sides but you can try a ponytail too.

Well that is it for all gold lovers out there. Be bold and be beautiful!!!

Love

Shiningstylista

From Weddings With Love

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A wedding is the most important day in a bride’s life!!! Ah cut the crap a wedding is the most important day in every girl’s life who attends a wedding 😉 . It’s more important because this is one day be its a friend’s,brother’s or even an acquaintances wedding you can dress up the way you like. A bride has to take into consideration many pros and cons before deciding her wedding outfit and she can hardly experiment or go over board. So girlies experiment as much you can in other weddings and by the time you get married you have so many perfect looks to choose from that you really can Rock on your own wedding day!!!

The kind of shopping which I did in my brother’s and close friend’s wedding was almost equal to a bride’s trousseau. I wanted to write about this from a very long time as I haven’t shared anything about how to dress yourself in a Wedding or our most favorite Indian look.

First I am going to start with my good friend’s wedding. She is a Maharashtrian and had opted for the big fat Marathi wedding.

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Yellow,Green and Gold are my to go favorites when it comes to Maharashtrian weddings. The saree which I am wearing is a Paithani which is the Queen of Sarees and a must have for every saree lover.

I decided to go heavy on the jewelry and adorned a gold choker necklace and kundan+pearl jhumkas. Hairstyle was a simple bun with just one string of flowers. Too many gajras is not my style but if you like it you can use them in your hairstyle as with traditional outfits they indeed look beautiful. Also I opted for a white gajra as my outift was yellow and orange would horribly clash with it but if you are wearing any other colour outfit like Red or Orange you can choose orange gajras too, they blend in very well with your outfit colour.

Despite it being a wedding and having hired a make-up artist I did not drop my mantra of just highlighting one feature on your face. I went with the dark lipstick as my highlighted feature and rest of the make up was in light shades of Gold and Nude.

Since it was a day time function I decided to use more bold colours!!! I am a fan of bright colours and tend to include more of them in my wardrobe. Few other bright colours which will work in an Indian wedding are Bottle Green, Orange and Red. Styling them with the right jewellery and perfect make-up will make people eye you even more than the bride!!!

Continuing this if you don’t want to wear a saree which I didn’t want to in my best friend’s wedding as I wanted to dance in the baraat and I feel more comfortable dancing in a Salwar here is how you can style yourself if you don’t wanna wear a saree.

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So you want to wear a dress and yet want to stand out. Will the brocade do the trick? No it won’t you will get lost in other hundreds who wear a Brocade Salwar/Saree, Then how to stand out?

Rule 1: Do the opposite of what you do while choosing a saree colour. Keep the same base dark but ditch the Green,Red and Yellow as they are Brocade favorites instead go for colours added with Electric shades Pink,Orange and Golden.

Rule 2: Accessorize heavily as your dress cannot be as heavy as a saree and even if it is the accessories will make it look more beautiful.

Rule 3: Footwear should either be  in Gold,Silver or Copper. Don’t try to match your outfit with you footwear instead match it with the embroidery or the lining. This will give a nice mismatched look and will make you stand out. Too much matching creates a horrendous look when it comes to electric colours.

Rule 4: What applies for the footwear is exactly opposite for the make up. Electric coloured outfits call for heavy make up which means highlight your cheeks, eyes and lips in co-ordination with your outfit. Reason- if you opt for pale make up you will look uncomfortable without actually being it.

I have styled a Purple/Pink Velvet and Net dress with pearl earrings and lots of bangles. Since my dress has a gold lace I am wearing strapped Gold heels. As for my make-up I have highlighted my lips,cheeks and eyes the way I have told before. I had to deviate from my to go lipcolour here and use purple’s and pink’s instead.

So don’t worry girls you can look beautiful and rock it even while wearing Salwars!!!

Every girl who wears red isn't essentially a Bride!!!
Every girl who wears red isn’t essentially a Bride!!!

Before I start blogging about this look, I wanna clear a myth ” Red is only a bride’s colour” this statement might have applied before but it’s of no truth when it comes to today’s bride.

Weddings have totally changed. Right from the food that is served to the clothes that the bride and groom wear. Earlier Red was a staple colour when it came to bridal clothing but now that has changed bride’s are seen sporting sister shades of Red namely Orange and Coral. Also with change comes confidence today’s woman doesn’t care if a girl in the same room is wearing a similar shade outfit(at least my friends and me don’t).

So it’s okay to wear Red even if you are not the bride!!!

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This is the dress which I wore in my brother’s main wedding. Red Lehenga with Gold and Green Work. Yes I am a sucker for these colours.

I paired a Choker necklace with this outfit as the Blouse which I am wearing has a simple U neckline and the neckpiece goes in perfect symmetry with it. The earrings are my most to go earrings on any Indian outfit that’s why I chose them. While making a bangle set I mixed studded and pearl bangles keeping in mind the colour of my outfit.

I do not like overdoing hairstyles on Lehengas so I went for a simple mid puff with sleek and straight hair. You can use hair accessories if you like them but I like to keep my hair simple and without any accessories. But if you use hair accessories make sure they are not too blingy and shiny otherwise it can clash horribly with your outfit.

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In all this don’t forget to smile because at the end of the day the best accessory a woman has is her smile!!!

Now I am moving on to discuss evening looks which we can keep in mind for Sangeets and Reception.

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This 7 1/2 Kg Aqua Lehenga is what I wore for my brother’s sangeet ceremony. Its a beautiful net piece with gold embroidery and red,green velvet flowers.

My reason for choosing this particular colour is that it’s one of the most beautiful shade in the family of Blue and yet it’s used very less. I reserve bright colours for main weddings.

Always wear evening outfits with more work/embroidery having subtle fabric colours!!! Evening time is to shine so its more about being blingy than bright. The reflection which your diamonds cast on the floor when you twirl is priceless!!!

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Avoid loud makeup as the extra lighting will not only make your face look overdone but it will also spoil all your pictures completely.

I have just worn studded blue and clear bangles. Earrings are crystal clear chandeliers though they are not completely visible you can get a glimpse of them but for your reference I am uploading a picture of the earrings.

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Many people tell me we cannot wear a lehenga and dance. Is it okay if we wear a dress?

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You can absolutely wear a dress for sangeet. Just make sure that you don’t go for too flashy colours. Make sure that your dress has net at least 1% as it looks beautiful in those perfect evening lights. Also it would be more perfect if it has gold or silver in it (: !!!

Now let’s move on to the reception. Yes we can wear a saree,lehenga or even a salwar suit in a reception too, but what if we have already exhausted the use of these three outfits? What if we want to wear something different and yet keep it within the fashion circle? I have the perfect outfit for that!

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The Indo-Western Gown is the answer to our prayers!!! Yes we could wear a normal gown but would the fun and allure of the look be the same in an Indian wedding? No it won’t.

The concept of Indo Western gowns is so fresh that you will be talk of the function if you wear it.

The gown which I am wearing is in pastel colours except for the front sash which is hot pink. I asked the designer to make the sash in a dark colour as it creates perfect contrast and make it look even more sexy!!!

I went for a half straight and half curly hair do because I wanted to create that Athena style Goddess look and yes I pretty much nailed it. You can go for a bun also but if you want to break a stereotype go for something different like this.Buns and Gowns are pretty old school now.

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At last what matters is how you carry yourself!!! A classic woman has style and grace. Never forget that!!!

I had so much fun writing about this and I hope you enjoy when you read it too.

Xx

Shiningstylista

Yes we are Fashionistas and we do think

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Hello peeps. Hope everyone is having a fabulous month. I am surely enjoying the weather by excess tea drinking and lots of reading. As far as seasons go Monsoons are my favorite but they are also the hardest months of dressing.

Monsoons are totally a no-jeans month for me. I just cannot tolerate that mud and muck on my pants. I love all my dresses but carrying the same style for quite sometime doesn’t sit well with me. So when I was standing in front my wardrobe little bored an idea came to my mind let’s play dress up. When I was a kid I use to take all sarees of my mom and just drape them around myself creating a mix-match but a mind satisfying effect 😉 . Then I grew up and things got complicated so I started playing less and worrying more. But I thought why not try mix matching again, why not play dress up again.

I had picked a beautiful striped short fitting skirt from Bossini but had never worn it as there was nothing in my wardrobe which matched it. I wanted to wear to it so badly that I decided if I am trying why not try something with this particular skirt. After trying few long tops on it (which looked good but not good enough) I came across my black dress and decided to try that with the skirt and the effect was Voila.

I just tucked the dress in the skirt and tied the belt (which is a part of the dress) in the front in a bow shape. It simply looks beautiful and chic. Much better than any crop top or tank top would look with it. And to be honest I am not a fan of crop tops unless they are in a set or oh-so-not-casual. I paired the dress with platform heeled shoes but you can wear stilettos too, my reason for wearing platforms were my leg sprain, but hey they look good. I am sure people who are reading this post must not be doing this but fair warning never ever carry a sling bag with this kind of outfit. The best bag that you can pair with it is a tote. Also avoid hobos they tend to look plain casual and even if this outfit is casual its downright sexy, so please don’t cause a disaster by carrying a hobo/sling with it. You can carry a purse but since I carry a lot of stuff while I go out ( as my boyfriend says my bag is the atlantic ocean) I need to carry a tote. Another pointer when you are wearing a monochrome outfit don’t try contrast colour bags as they totally kill your outfit. The only contrast you need to try here is with your make up. Discard the browns and go with the reds and pink. I simply love red so I am wearing a Revlon Red Lipstick here and a basic N42 Compact by Mac (which sums up my make up). You can try wearing collar jewelry with this outfit it adds the right amount of dash (I am not wearing any as my purpose that day was casual). All this and you are ready.

I have written a short blog today because I just wanted to highlight that fashionistas use their brain too. It’s not just wearing anything that comes in front of your eyes.

Fashion is about using your brains and thinking out of the box. Don’t copy your favorite fashionistas, instead take inspiration from them, add your own style statement and create an absolutely fabulous look 🙂 . Also you don’t need to always go shopping to create an amazing outfit, every fashionistas wardrobe is awesome so out of those if you put two super outfits together the effect will be fantabulous.

You were born original. If you copy someone you can only achieve less than what they have but remember a Woman who doesn’t follow anyone and takes that left turn actually is leading to Discovery. 

Love and Light

Jumpsuits a girl’s best friend

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Firstly I would like to apologize for being MIA for so long. I was having a very good time chilling at Disneyland and post that I caught a bug so now am still recovering from sickness. But I miss blogging a lot so here today while having Coffee I just couldn’t resist and had to switch on my laptop and start writing.

I am a dress person, be it a short,midi or maxi the first clothing choice that comes to my mind while going out is a dress. I am very comfortable wearing dresses and comfort is the first thing I look for while dressing up. But this summer when I had a travelling plan which included going to 2 adventure parks I hit a bit of snag. My sister immediately packed her Jeans and T shirts for those 3 days as that’s her to go outfit. I pondered a lot and decided that I wanna experiment outside the range of jeans and shorts this time so while out for shopping I picked one jumpsuit and a play suit.

At first I was skeptical about wearing one because I am more on the line of Audrey style dresses so wasn’t sure if I would be able to carry it and also be comfortable at the same time. But to my surprise on a scale of 1-10 my comfort level was 11 and my Style Meter was 12. Also no matter what size you are it simply looks killer on you.

Now to the point as to why they are our best friend’s and most to go outfits. I am a nature person and also I like to take a lot of breaks while walking which means that I can feel like lying on the grass or sitting on the pavement at any point of time and this time I didn’t even have to take care of fluttering or pulling down.

Second are those rides in adventure parks where they make you go full 360 degrees on a roller-coaster, in that moment I wanted to experience the sheer thrill and the adrenaline coursing through my body than worrying about any wardrobe malfunction.

Thirdly it solved my question of what to wear on a surprise date. My boyfriend being the sporty type has a lot of adventure dates on his mind. As I remember my first surprise date was an utter fiasco as I turned up wearing a dress thinking it’s a candle light dinner which turned out to be para-sailing. On my second date which was surprise too I wore a jeans and a casual t shirt to be safe but ended up looking oh so very casual,so instead of enjoying the hike I was too perplexed about my appearance. Now I can look good and also be sporty and ready for all those surprises with a huge smile on my face.

Jumpsuits and Play-suits are trendsetting too. Personally I like to set my own trends but for those who are very cautious and like to wear something which is worn by the population this covers your problem too.

Now to answering the myth. Jumpsuits don’t look feminine. This is the most absurd thing I have ever heard. All the jumpsuits which I have seen are in patterns which have flowers, mesh, net and embroidery which when I last checked were still in the feminine category. My style is very feminine and personally I feel jumpsuits are a mixture of feminine style + rebellious fashion and that is why I fell in love with them instantly (I love Rebel 😛 ) . So all my rebellious girlies out there this is the best for you.

A friend of mine very recently asked me how to style your jumpsuit? Is there any specific footwear or accessory which goes best with it? For that I will say what I always advice people on style, accessorize your look with whatever you feel comfortable in. Because maybe what I have worn might seem hideous to you. Always style yourself according to your likes and not according to what the world wants to see you as. Be Original and comfortable and people will actually start following you and copying your looks.

I am going to put up two pictures one in a Jumpsuit and one in a Play-Suit for reference.

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So I paired my Floral Play-suit with Checkered Slip-on’s,sling bag, heart shaped sunglasses and an animal print hair band.

You can go for stilettos or wedges as your footwear, I chose slip-on’s as there was a lot walking for me that day.

A tote or a hobo will look great with a play-suit but I chose a sling since I wanted to carry less weight but hey all my essentials( sunglasses,lipstick,compact,wet tissues,passport,hair brush and wallet) were well accommodated in it, so that was great too.

One little tip I would like to give about Sunglasses is that no matter which outfit you wear choose your eye-gear according to your face size. I wanted to add little spunk so I chose the heart shaped Sunglasses.

The belt is an add-on. Its from my another dress which I just experimented with and the look was Viola.

Lastly the hairband was an addition because of a really bad hair day plus experimentation of using two parallel prints at the same time i.e : Animal Print and Floral.

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Black Jumpsuit with light net and embroidery

Not carrying a bag since it was not allowed in the adventure rides.

I am wearing black basic Hawaiian Sandals with Gold straps (Gold because they match with my sun glass stick) as they are among my most favorite to-go flats (yes I call them flats as I am more of a stiletto person) . Couldn’t wear slip-on’s as the height of the jumpsuit is little longer and I wouldn’t be able to walk freely.

I am obsessed with Oversize Sunglasses so I chose them but you can also wear Black Ray bans as the sex appeal would be the same in both.

The floral Hairband is to add a little feminine touch and summery feel. A low ponytail along with the hairband looks classy too.

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I like to highlight only one feature for a normal day make-up and since I love dark lipsticks those get preference always . In all my pictures I am just wearing a compact (Mac Studio Fix NC 42) and Bobbi Brown Lip Colour ( Red 10 ).

I had so much fun writing and I hope you enjoy while reading it as well.

Sending loads of love and light.

Stay Blessed and Keep Shining!!!