How to style regular white top or kurta?

White top or Kurta is such an integral piece of clothing.  You can style it up as formal wear or dress down as casual depending on your day.  It is hell lot of easy to take it from day look to night look by just making some minor changes.  So I thought let’s sit together and style our white top and Kurtas for some change and variation in our looks.  What say, shall we?

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First of all, I believe that all of own one white top, but in case you don’t (Check your wardrobe!!), then invest in one good quality plain solid white top.  It will go long way and you will wear more than you think.  Below are links for some good pieces that you may consider depending on your liking and budget.

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Style Up Agents – So the basic idea is wearing basic solid white top or kurta and accessorize it with some style up agents.  Always invest in some accessories that become highlight of your look. Keep a few clothing items that become conversation starters and kind of elevate the whole look.

I am listing them down for you in three categories, long jackets, short jackets and scarves.  Check them out:

Long Jacket 1        Long Jacket 2            Long Jacket 3

 

Short Jacket 1          Short Jacket 2           Short Jacket 3

 

Scarf 1         Scarf 2          Scarf 3

So this is for today.  Hope that it peps you and gives you more ideas to style up for the workday.  Have a good one! 🙂

Take care of yourself after your work day is over

‘Beautiful skin requires commitment, not miracle’

Hello to all the wonderful ladies out there!

How is this summer treating you? We are facing the brunt of this scorching heat, though truthfully speaking, this season has not been so bad this time.  We have been getting little showers every week even if for slight relief. 😊

Today’s article is about the much needed self care in your 9-5 routine.  Few of us are fortunate enough to get some relaxed ‘me’ time in evenings after reaching home and some of us really do not.  We have our kids to take care of or some other reasons or sometimes we are just tired and lazy enough to just crawl into our beds and manage to sleep.

Well, let’s take a pause here, shall we!  Those who are shaking their heads thinking that I do put on my night cream and I am doing good then.  What if I tell you that you don’t really.  Sorry, but that is the truth.  Various expensive creams with multi miraculous ingredients do not work till we don’t.

So here I tell you to do a small test.  Go near the mirror and smile.  Smile wide as if somebody is going to give you millions of rupees to smile and notice very, very fine lines near the eyes and the corners of lips.  Does those lines act in accordance with with your age?  Now notice your skin.  Is it dull and lifeless until you don’t put on some BB or CC cream?  I guess I have your attention now.

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Thanks to the continuous staring at computers and mobile screens (netflixing too), our skin is ageing and that too very fast.  After 10 years, it might be a little late to start thinking of taking care of yourself.  So I put down few points for you to bring into action.  Try these for at least 15-20 days and you will feel the difference (betting my new dress on this).  Those who do not find a lot of time to do some self-pampering can try these and I am hopeful that it will bring significant change.  Ensure that you care for yourself too as much as you do for others.

  • Start with splashing cold water on your face and washing with mild cleanser. Then put on your aloe vera gel or evening cream or moisturizer and massage upwards for 3-5 minutes.  Remember that creams do moisturize your skin and protect from pollution etc, but massaging helps in retaining the firmness and lift of the skin.  It enables the cream or oils to work more efficiently.
  • Next is neck rotation. 10 times Clockwise and anticlockwise.  This is super amazing and helps with stiff neck and shoulders, double chin and sagging skin near the neck and jawline.
  • Raise your arms and do the regular stretching for your body to release all the tiredness. You will be amazed to see how much energized you feel after a regular 10-15 minutes of stretching.
  • Now last step would be to put your fingers on your scalp and do a little massage to get the blood circulation going good. It helps in relaxing your brain and at the same time, controls the scalp oil maintaining good hair too. Total win-win, yeah!

So yeah, we are just doing this much only for now.  Put a reminder on your phone to spend 10-15 minutes on yourself.  Ideally you should do it when you return from office.  If your household is chaotic and you cannot sit tight for 10-15 minutes, then enter your bathroom and restore yourself.   Everytime you do it, remember to say ‘Thank you’ to yourself from your future self.  😊

Must haves in every working woman’s handbag

 

Hello everyone,  How have you been? I know it has been sometime since I posted.  Have been a crazy busy month carrying my handbag and juggling between work and personal front, but finally I can find some breathing space and here I am! 

We females are multi-taskers and hence we end up doing a number of chores during the day and after one week of using one particular bag, we have thousands of things accumulated in all corners and we struggle whenever we have to find one particular thing, especially small things like hair ties or loose cash. Hence I decided to put down a list of must haves which every working female must have in their purse. Infact this list can be an easy guide for every female. You can add number of things depending on your requirement, but the below mentioned things are staples in your whole day.

  1. Cardholder – It keeps your life easy and trouble free. Keep all your id and financial cards safe and in one place and no way of losing the card as you will always find them snug tight in their place.
  2. Sanitary Napkin/Tampons – We never know when these unexpected and unwanted guests arrive, hence always be prepared and you never know, you might help some other female in the restroom in times of need.
  3. Phone Charger – My life depends on this one thing. Can’t even imagine how earth will survive if my phone goes dead for couple of hours. Hence always a place in my bag for my phone’s charger.
  4. Hand Sanitizer – You use public transport; hold the same door handle which is touched by almost hundreds of people in one day. You use office washroom which is again used by all females. You visit restaurant and hold the menu card which is probably the dirtiest thing in the whole restaurant. It is never cleaned. This list can go on. Always keep a hand sanitizer for your regular hygiene.
  5. Peppermint – Never stop yourself when you want to binge on the delicious food ordered for lunch, but no one would like to do a meeting with you if you smell bad after lunch. Keep peppermint handy and toss one in your mouth when needed.
  6. Cosmetic Kit – Lip balm, Lipstick/gloss, compact, sunscreen, hand moisturizer – No word. All of us have this kit and we all know what kinds to keep.
  7. Bobby Pins & Hair-ties – My baby hair plays all kinds of games when I have a busy day or do not have time in the morning to do a proper hairstyle. Always keep some bobby pins or hair ties in your bag for the days when you want to deal with the world without worrying about hair falling on your face.Must haves in every working woman handbag
  8. Safety Pins & Nail Filer – Once I did not have safety pins and my kurta’s underarm stitching opened without any prior intimation. I stapled both ends and survived for the day, but it was way too uncomfortable. Since that day, safety pins are staple pieces in my bag.
  9. Band Aid – Apart from hurting yourself, you will always need a band aid when wearing new shoes. We all have had our shares of pain with shoe bites.
  10. Pen – C’mon you are a working woman, you need a pen always. Never know when boss is going to call to mention some urgent list of to-dos.
  11. Pepper Spray – Precaution is better than cure. Hence always carry one piece of safety in your bag. I learnt it hard way that there might be more than one person who intends to trouble you and you might not be physically capable to handle more than one person. Travelling in public transport, keep this product always handy and those who will shrug off their shoulders saying that I travel by my own car, lady, you go to basement alone. Your car might decide to stop right in middle of street. You never know when emergency arrives. A safety product should always be in your bag. No matter what bag size you are using. Period!
  12. Pain Killers – If you have low immunity or a long day of hard work troubles you often, do get it checked with your doctor and keep your regular medicine handy. I always have Meftal in my bag for period’s pains. Never know when needed. L
  13. Fresh wipes – Sometimes your face gets tired after long hours staring at laptop screen or you anyways feel tired after long hours of meetings. Keep fresh wipes in your bag to use when required.
  14. Deodorant/Roll on perfumes – A spray of your favorite perfume or deodorant lifts your spirits high and boosts your energy.
  15. Headphones – This is a personal choice of mine. I never leave house without my headphones. If you also love music and cannot walk a step without a bit of music in your ears like me, then keep it in your bag, always!

So tell me how many of these things you carry in your handbag and what other things you can think of that should be in our bags. Share it with all of us.

Workwear outfit – Cotton saree

The summers are getting over my head now.  Its way toooo hot here in Gurgaon.  The minutes you spend in this scorching heat are getting unbearable with each passing day.  I sincerely hope that we get to see rains very soooon.  Everyone is in desperate need of it. L

My first outfit post was a western outfit and so I decided to bring an ethnic look for the second one.  I thought of kurtas and then I thought why not go for full 9yards of saree.  Wearing saree is not easy for everyone, but everyone will agree that females look very gorgeous in saree.  So depending on your comfort level, you may include this beautiful piece of clothing in your workwear closet.  If you feel that there is too much to take care of, then you may wear it for the special occasions or ethnic dress up days in office like Diwali celebration.  Remember some things take time, but then they end up making you look like an inspiration.  I am sure that you will find some reason to don a simple beautiful saree.

I usually prefer soft cotton or khadi sarees since they have an earthy look that instantly makes them appropriate for the office dressing.  For special events, we may also opt for simple silk sarees.  Narrow border looks better.  Here I am wearing a beige colored saree with blue flowers in cross stitch work.  It is perfect for the hot summer days.  The saree is perfect for a regular day at office.  I am wearing this with a black crop top(Were you able to figure it out!)

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Blouse – Please ensure that your blouse does not reveal much of your skin.  The neckline should not reveal more than what you are  comfortable with.   No cleavage! You may also try a fusion look by wearing a plain black crop top with the saree.

Tips –

  • Always tuck safety pins at all the pleats so that they stay in place and you need not worry about it for the whole day.
  • Do not tie the saree too low or too high. Remember the simple rule is that your saree should cover your heels and your midriff should also be covered.
  • You may check out this easy guide given below for wearing saree. It is easy and ready reference for new learners.

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Personally I love cotton sarees, though I am also guilty of not wearing it often. Will share some regular ethnic looks too in coming posts.  What is your most loved ethnic look.  Share your thoughts.  Would love to hear from you all.

And by the way, have an amazing week ahead.  Keep giving your 100% and you will get the reward for sure! 🙂

Workwear Outfit – White blouse and blue skirt

 

‘Anyone can get dressed and glamorous, but it is how a girl dresses on Mondays that is most intriguing – Alexander Wang’

Today’s post is my first outfit post and I am crazy excited about it.  I was confused whether to start with formal dress or what, but then I decided to go with a white basic blouse which every girl has in her wardrobe and styled with a blue pencil skirt.  This skirt was a steal from Zara (INR990!).  The combination of White and blue is epic and can lift your spirits any day.  I would always wear something comfortable on Monday since it is the day when you need maximum energy to cope with the work and something stylish as you need maximum motivation after the weekend just gone by.  So here it my first outfit post and many more coming in weeks ahead.  Would love to hear your thoughts.  Let me know what is your most loved color combination.

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Finishing touches

 

 

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Conquer the world with your heels

 

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Attention

 

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Shirt, Skirt – Zara

Handbag – Mango

Heels – Carlton London

Earrings & Ring – H&M

Makeup – Maybelline Colossal Eyeliner and Baby Lips Balm

 

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