A girl who loves affordable fashion, a little bit of makeup and lots of travelling. Just trying to help a few of you with my reviews and styling tips to dress happily, comfortably and affordably.
Contact me for any query or collaborations at email@example.com
This has been quite an eventful year for me both personally and professionally. I’ve recently changed jobs and have been really enjoying my new work. I think change is so important in life to make sure you keep going and learn something new throughout. I don’t believe in New Year Resolutions, but I’m definitely looking forward to what’s in store for 2019.
Anyway, this post isn’t about my New Year plans but about my beautiful experience at Tiffany’s a few days back. I’d heard from my friend about the Tiffany Blue NYC taxi that was part of their Christmas promotions for this year and I knew I had to take a few pictures in front of it (well cliche’ me). I know a lot of you might be like ‘what’s so special about a taxi?’ , but as a blogger, I’m always looking for reasons to get some picture clicked. Haha! So I went along with my friend to not just click some pictures but to also experience the beautiful Christmas decor, the hospitality and some of their beautiful pieces.
I’ve also styled a few pieces that I own from Tiffany & Co. to get fully into the Tiffany vibe.
Hope you all enjoyed the Tiffany Christmas vibes through my pictures. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and safe New Year. I hope 2019 brings you prosperity and success to all of you. See you next year 🙂
Tie-front shirts are the perfect style for spring and summers. Tying up tops and shirts have been in fashion for ages now and thanks to this trend, a lot of brands now makes shirts and tops that have built-in ties just for the purpose of giving you that tie-front look.Tie-front shirts gives you the illusion of a smaller waist (who doesn’t like that!!)and more of an hourglass figure.
Wondering how to style them? Here are 2 flattering ways to style a tie-front shirt. I picked up this tie-front shirt from Postiefor just $25 from their new collection. It is not only affordable but is also of great quality and is made of 100% cotton which is perfect for the coming Spring and Summer.
The Classic Look:
Since wide legged pants are back in fashion, I wanted to pair this shirt with my trusty pair of these black wide-legged trousers that I own since my teenage years(yes, I still fit into them.LOL). I love this look for the classic black and white combination with the extra bit of the tie up detailing of the shirt. Since this shirt from Postie has tiny embroidered detailing on it, the outfit doesn’t look plain and boring. I styled this outfit with a pair of heels from Cotton On as I always feel wide legged pants look great with heels or wedges.I’ve made a half up pony and kept the accessories pretty minimal and went with these silver earrings that I got from India recently to keep the entire look more classic yet super chic.
The Flirty Look:
For that perfect brunch look, you can go for a fitted pencil skirt along with a button down tie-front shirt. I’ve paired my floral pencil skirt from Portmans that I’d got from The Recycle Boutique a few months back along with my Postie shirt. To accessorise a bit and give it that flirty look, I wore this dainty necklace from Tiffanys and opened a few top buttons. By doing this, it gives an illusion of a longer torso and makes you look leaner. Since I’m pretty short, a more exposed neckline always makes me look leaner and taller.
I would totally recommend a tie-front button-down shirt in your wardrobe essentials. It is so versatile and can be styled in a so many other ways. You can also pair a plain tie-front shirt with a summer dress or with a flared skirt or just the classic way of wearing it with a pair of denims.
If you don’t know where to get your tie-front shirt from, checkout Postie’s new collection. They have so many different kinds of tie-fronts- from shirts to T-shirts to even tops and all at a remarkably affordable price.
Are you thinking of giving this style a try this summer? Let me know what you think of it.
Till then stay awesome
This is not a sponsored post. I was given a voucher by the brand to shop from their store but this post is in no way biased towards the brand. All my views are absolutely honest and impartial.
A few weeks back I was invited for the official preview of the SS18 collection from Postie which is now available both in stores and on their website. I was so pleasantly surprised by the beautiful collection of clothes they had for not just grown ups but also for the little babies and kids at such affordable prices.
Their SS18 collection is inspired by the chic summer adventures and carefree fashion and is perfect for those who love to keep it stylish without a hole in their pocket. There is something for everyone- from those who love bright mustards and reds to those who like to keep it neutral yet chic.
Talking about the women’s wear, the collection has a lot of fresh prints from florals to forest prints. They’ve also included some really pretty linen-blend pieces and my favourite were the linen striped dresses which were just for $39 which is a steal for a good quality comfy dress which would be the perfect addition to my summer wardrobe. The collection also includes front-tie cotton shirts which would go so well with beach shorts, denims from just $15. I loved it so much that I picked up a piece for myself the very next week after the event!!
The fact that Postie not only caters to fashion for grown ups but also for new borns, little girls & boys and big girls & boys. I think more than the women’s wear, I was so excited to see the kid’s collection. There is a huge variety of essential pieces for those who are looking for fashionable pieces for their little bubs starting just at $5. Isn’t that awesome!!! Not just that, there were a lot of boho pieces for your kids now and trust me, now all I want is a little girl to dress her up in all these must-have cute outfits. Haha!!
Now don’t think that Postie has forgotten the little boys, as their new season has a strong essence of the New York street-style and has a lot of khakis, camos, blues and reds. Their jogger range is the cutest for little boys to big boys with some really cool graphic tees too.
Apart from these, the brand also has an array of pieces in their Disney range and it was a big hit among everyone at the event and I would totally recommend them to anyone who’s looking to dress up their kids in some cute yet affordable and good quality clothes.
Overall I’m glad I could experience the new collection first hand and in fact so impressed by the price and the variety that Postie has for the entire family. I’m so excited to style some of the pieces that I picked up at the store recently. They are super affordable yet stylish and I’m all about that great bargain!
If you have shopped at Postie, do comment below and let me know what you love the most about the brand. Hope this post has made you all excited for your next shopping trip to Postie 😉
Deciding what to wear to work is itself a hard job, but when it comes to winter it gets all the more difficult. All most of us think about is to keep ourselves warm and reach out to the same sweater and warm pants.
Winters are associated with colours like blacks, greys and blues, but why would you want to just stick to these boring colours. The cold weather can be quite depressing in itself, especially in a city like Auckland where we have literally 6-8 months of just cold and wet days. I like to add some colour to my outfits and since half my life is now in office, I like to carry colour with me to work. Adding bold colours with your blacks and greys can be quite fun and you can easily sail through the horrible cold days.
In part 1 of this series, I’ll show you an outfit that can be carried from work to a brunch with your mates to even a casual meeting.
I’ve paired a pleated skirt with a bright orange high-neck sweater and to beat the wind, I’ve added a trench jacket/coat which I recently found during my op-shop visit. To give it an office look, I’ve added these black pair of pumps from Catwalk that my lovely friend picked from Reliance Footprints in Bangalore (Dola, you are amazing!). Together this makes a wonderful outfit for days when the sky is grey and all you want to do is curl up in your bed. The colours are definitely going to pick up your mood and make everyone around you as well happy and cheerful 🙂
Go for darker lip colours like plums and browns. Here I’ve used ‘Fragile Things’ from colourpop on my lips and the rest of the products are all from the ‘Flights of Fancy’ collection from Wet n Wild. I’ve recently posted a complete first impressions review on the collection and you can read about it here.
Orange sweater: Myntra (borrowed from the lovely flatmate)
Trench Coat: Op-shopped
Black Pumps: Catwalk from Reliance Footwear
Don’t let your wardrobe suffer due to the weather- get experimental and play with colours to turn your boring winters to an enjoyable one.
The next outfit post would be for those who like to play it safe and have a bit more stricter corporate dress codes at work. Stay tuned for it! Are you someone who loves a colourful outfit during the colder months? Let me know all about it in the comments section below.
Wet n Wild has always been a favourite brand of mine. Their products are super affordable yet the brand has never given away on their quality and pigmentation and they are cruelty-free too! From college goers to working professionals, the brand has something for everyone without really having to burn our wallets.
Recently, I was sent this beautiful PR box filled with products from the Wet n wild ‘Flights of Fancy’ collection. The collection is inspired by the Allen’s and Costa hummingbirds and was all things bright and colourful (definitely needed it during this grey and gloomy winter here in NZ). I’m still trying out all these products, but I thought I would give my first impressions on all of these products, since I’ve made my hands dirty with these beauties a couple of times already. Tehehee
Coloricon Baked Blush:
I was blown away by how gorgeous they looked in this revamped packaging. They came in two shades- one a pink peachy (Don’t filter yourself) one and the other more of a warm golden(Hummingbird hype) tone. They are definitely going to be my go-to during the bright summer days. But for now I would be using them more as a highlight and Hummingbird Hype is my favourite among the two.
Price: NZD $12.99
Coloricon Eyeshadow Quads:
There were three different quads in the collection (from L to R)-
‘Hasta La Costa’- This palette is perfect for those who love playing with colours. The green shade is my favourite and I’m planning to do a peacock look with this baby.
‘Stop ruffling my feathers’- I would say this is for those who like to play it safe. The palette has a mix of neutrals but with an added touch of shimmer to take your look from day to night without much effort.
‘Flock Party’- I would say this is in between playing fun and playing safe. Love the cranberry shade in this and infact I used this to create a look which you can see at the end of the post.
The brand is the best when it comes to eyeshadows and you can see the same with these three palettes. They are super pigmented and stay on your eyelids for a good amount of time even without an eye primer.
Price: NZD $6.99
Coloricon Lip Gloss:
I would be lying if I say I love wearing lip gloss. I’ve always ran away from donning a lipgloss only because I have this annoying habit of licking my lips and this would mean that I would eat off my lip gloss, which would in turn mean I would have to keep reapplying the gloss.
But when I saw the beautiful red shade in this collection, I was tempted to try it out. The floral packaging on the lid was all the more alluring. Sadly two of the shades were not something that would suit my skin tone, I swatched the red shade which is called ‘Love Bird Affair’. The pigmentation is so so good and it gives you that gorgeous plumped up lips look. You don’t always need a cosmetic surgeon for those Kardashian lips!!
Price: NZD $8.99
The last three products were the most interesting one to me.
Photofocus Primer Water Spray: I’ve never ever tried a primer in a spray bottle, hence the excitement. When you spray the product, the mist evenly distributes onto your skin and get absorbed fast enough to give you that perfect smooth skin to apply your foundation. It smells good and doesn’t tingle or irritate your skin. I’m so hooked onto this one. Price: NZD $12.99
Perfectpout Lip Scrub: This one tastes so goooooood!!!! It smells like watermelon as soon as you open the lid and tastes so good that you would actually feel like eating. It not only smells good but also helped in taking off the dry flaky skin on my lips. This scrub has now become an everyday part of my night time skincare and I’m definitely repurchasing this. Price: NZD $8.99
P72 makeup brush: I’ve heard such great reviews about the Wet n Wild brushes and when I saw this pretty brush in the box, I was damn excited. Apparently these purple brushes are part of their limited edition and are super soft. I’ve used to apply my brush and it did a wonderful job. Price: NZD $16.99
Here’s the look I created with the products from this collection.
The best part is yet to come! All the Wet n wild products are now available at Farmer’s in New Zealand. You can either find them at selected stores or online on their website. Isn’t that a great news! You don’t have to now wait for your mates to get your these beauties from overseas. If you are looking to buy any of the products mentioned in this post, go ahead and buy it on the Farmer’s website. The entire collection is available just for $79.99 which is a great deal.
My recommendations would be the eyeshadows (super pigmented at a great price),Baked blush (hummingbird hype), the lip scrub(great for chapped and dry lips) and the makeup brush (amazing quality and super soft).
What do you think of Wet n Wild products? Have you tried anything from this collection? Which one are you most excited about? Tell me all about it in the comments.
It’s mother’s day today; A day to celebrate the unconditional love and sacrifices by our mothers! Well most people would have already planned their gifts and booked restaurants a long time back but for some of us who tend to either forget to get a gift or was too caught up in their busy schedule, here are some really easy ways to make your mom feel special on this day.
Cook her favourite dish
Let your mom take the day off and cook her favourite dish. This would especially be amazing to all those moms who usually take care of the entire kitchen all by herself. Give her a glass of wine and show her that you can manage the kitchen while she relaxes. Remember, if you aren’t so confident about your cooking skills, you might want to make something easy or even get her favourite dish from a good restaurant. The plan here is to make her feel special and give her the time to relax.
Plan a spa session
Remember, your mom wouldn’t have had that haircut or that manicure in ages. Since most salons would not be free without prior bookings, why not do an at-home salon session!! Set the mood by lighting some candles and put on that relaxing music and let her relax. This might also be a good time for you to get her some refreshments while she relaxes.
Take her out for shopping
Shopping can be so therapeutic especially when your mom has had her busy few days. This could be a great way to spend some quality time with your moms and help her pick her favourites.
If your mom loves makeup, Karen Murrell has some really pretty gift sets which you can get her from any pharmacy near you. They are natural and have lovely shade range which anybody would love. They are currently running specials ($15 off) on their cosmetic bag which comes with two pretty lipsticks and the bag has dual compartments to store the makeup brushes and lipsticks- a perfect gift for those mommies who love makeup 🙂
My mom loves shopping for her bedroom and beddings and linens are kind of her weakness. If your mom is like mine, you can take her out to Wallace Cotton. They’ve got a great range of duvets and quilts which can be really handy for the upcoming cold days. You can checkout their website to find a store near you. Wallace Cotton also has a variety of kitchen ware, cute PJs and aromatherapy; its a shopping paradise for moms who love to amp up their house now and then 🙂
You can also do some online shopping with your mom. Help her choose some of her favourites and this way you would not only be spending time with her but also get her something that she wanted. Ethique is having a specials on their website where your moms can shop their favourite natural soap bars at a much discounted price. The best part is they’re shipping out all orders for FREE today!!!
Gifting your mommy friends
If you have a friend who’s a new mommy or have toddlers, why not make her feel special! There are a lot of brands who does twinning outfits for mom and their bubbas and I think it’s a really cute way to cheer up their day and maybe help them take a few cute pictures in those outfits.
You can find some really cute twinning outfits at Cotton On and Cotton On Kids. This would be a great way to not only spend some time with your otherwise busy mommy friend but also let her have fun with you and her kid 🙂
Another cool place to find mother’s day outfits is Postie+. You can find some really quirky and fun outfits for both mommy and baby here. Last year I’d picked up some cute outfits for my partner’s new-born niece and it was big hit among everyone!!
Take her out for a movie
Who doesn’t love a good movie! Take your mom out for a movie she would like to watch. Most cinemas would be running mother’s day special screenings and this would be the perfect time for you to watch a chick flick with some yummy buttery popcorn and soda.
Events Cinema is running a special screening of ‘Mamma Mia Sing-Along’ for $10 a ticket! What a steal!!!! Sing along those ABBA songs with your mommy while enjoying your popcorn!!
You see, it’s never too late to pamper your mom. She would of course know you forgot to plan her a special gift, but she would be so much more happier to see you taking the effort to maker her feel special. Even if you are reading this post after days or months after Mother’s Day, it’s okay because your mom deserves to be pampered everyday for her selfless and unconditional love for you and your siblings all her life 🙂
Happy Mother’s Day to all the super moms out there. You deserve all things awesome 🙂
It’s been a long long time since I wrote a post. Lots of reasons behind it which also involves a bit of me being a lazy prick! Anyway, keeping all those reasons aside, I want to talk about a product that’s been my absolute favourite from the past 6 or more months.
Last year, I was sent the newly launched FERNZ SKINCARE ‘Bee Venom Mask’ to try out. This was my first ever NZ made skincare product and I was looking forward to trying it out mainly because of the ingredients. The product contains the OG Manuka honey, Bee Venom ( Oh Yes! It’s the best for your skin), Shea butter and some of the best vitamins (Vit C, B3, B5, B6 ) that your skin craves for.
What the product claims:
The Fernz bee venom mask provides the dual action treatment of plumping up the skin to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and helps in hydrating the skin to boost radiance. It’s got the best of New Zealand Manuka Honey and Bee venom that does the magic!!
Not suitable for those with bee allergy!!
The product is available for NZD 55.90 and is available on their website.
I have a combination skin with most parts of my face being dry. After moving to New Zealand, I realised my face started getting flaky especially around my nose and mouth area. I believe it was due to the dry and cold air and the mask I was using was only making the skin more and more drier as it catered more to the Indian weather.
Ever since this baby came into my life, I noticed a big difference in my skin and I’m not saying this because it was sent to me by the brand. I mean it girls! The mask is nothing like what I’ve used in the past.
The mask has a creamy texture to it and when you have the first look, it would look more like a jar of moisturiser. A thin layer of the product has to be applied all over for about 20 minutes. After a few minutes of applying the mask, you’ll realise that the product is completely absorbed into your skin and that’s when you know that your skin is happy 🙂
After leaving it on for 20 minutes, I gently massage my face and then rinse it off . There’s this natural healthy flush to your skin and the skin looks fresh. The first time I thought it might be a placebo effect. So I went ahead and used it for 1 whole week (yes, you can use it every single day) to see if I’m just imagining things or if this thing really works. In fact my entire family tried this product when I was in India and they only had good things to say about the mask. It works equally well on men’s skin and this was proved when my dad (matured skin) and brother (teenage boy) tried out the mask for 3 weekends and they felt their skin looked less tired.
By now I was convinced that I’ve found my holy grail face mask and I would definitely be going back to a new jar once I run out of my current one!! I love that the ingredients are all natural and made in New Zealand (say yay to supporting local businesses) and that it suits all skin types of any gender. You get one jar for your entire family and they’re all sorted 🙂
This mask is definitely worth giving a try. The packaging says to be used everyday but I think using it once a week would do good too. The best time to use this mask is in the night as it has enough time to do its magic on your skin.
Definitely not very friendly on your pocket but if you love some good natural ingredients on your skin, this is definitely something that you need to have. The jar is good enough to last you for a long time and also looks pretty luxe in terms of packaging.
4.5/5 (Deducting 0.5 only for the price)
If you’ve tried this product or any other bee venom products, make sure to share your stories in the comments section below.
Happy Halloween to everybody! 2014 was the first ever time I celebrated Halloween and dressed up for it and ever since then, I’ve always enjoyed the idea of dressing up. For me Halloween is not just about looking scary, its about creating your own version of your favourite characters.
A few days ago I came across a Pop Art Halloween look created by the YouTuber Shweta VJ. It was not only different and unique but also super easy to create and today I decided to recreate the same look with whatever minimum makeup I had in my kit. I’m not sure if Shweta will ever come across my blog, but I hope I make her proud 😀
So here’s my two versions of Desi Rani-The Pop Art Version!!!!
I’ve tried to play around with yellow lighting here just to give a better pixelated effect. Definitely not the perfect recreation, but I think for an amateur like me, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I wish I had more Indian jewellery to accessorise though. Here’s a picture in white light with no editing
I hope you liked this Halloween look and would recreate it. You can checkout Shweta’s YouTube video HERE, to see the original version of this look.
Where have I been all this while??? Well! I was trying to blend in a new country, around new people and culture. It took me more than a year to discover myself here. Trust me it isn’t easy and not what it looks from the outside. Long story short, I’m back and trying to get back into what I love the most-sharing my experiences with you lovely people 🙂
I’ve been trying out a lot of new skincare and makeup ranges exclusively made in New Zealand and recently came across ‘Miri Skincare’ on Instagram. I was so mesmerised by its pretty green packaging, that I had to have one in my skincare kit. The team at Bare PR and Miri Skincare was kind enough to send me a sample to test out and I have all things good to say about this multi-purpose balm.
But before that, here’s a small introduction about the brand- When Miri’s founder Paul Jarvis saw his wife and her friends extensively using a popular Aussie brand’s multi-purpose balm which had petrochemicals in it, he knew he had to make something that was New Zealand made and had no nasty ingredients in it. NZ is well-known around the world for its kiwifruits and Manuka honey and that’s what Paul Jarvis wanted to include in his product for its exceptional properties, and that was the birth of the Miri Balm. Miri is a Maori word that means ‘to rub, smear or smoothe’.
Ingredients: With no nasty ingredients, Miri balm mainly consists of kiwifruit seed oil and Manuka honey with Omega 3 and is completely paraben and SLS free. Find the ingredients list in the below picture-
How to use: This magical balm can be a life-saviour in all seasons for various skin-related issues. It can be used for issues like chapped lips, dry hands, rashes, burns or insect bites.
The tube is a perfect size for your handbag and I’ve been carrying this balm in my bag everyday to work. I’ve super dry and chapped lips all year around and this is kind of a staple for me everyday in the morning. I use a tiny amount on my lips before applying my matte lipsticks and this ensures that the lipsticks don’t crack and also keeps my lips hydrated.
The balm has helped my cuticles to heal to a large extent. I rub a small amount on my cuticles and massage it for a minute so that the product is completely absorbed. They are also an amazing solution to cracked heels due to its antiseptic property.
I was a bit skeptical about it being oily, but honestly the product is non-sticky. It gives a nice shine to the skin and completely gets rid of dryness. The absorption takes a few minutes, but you would not feel the need of constantly moisturising your skin after using the balm.
Overall, I find this product great and I feel having an all-purpose product is superb when you’re travelling or going to work as you can refrain yourself from carrying bulky skincare kits everywhere.Due to the absence of many preservatives, it’s recommended to shake the tube well before using to so that the ingredients can mix well together.
I would totally recommend this product to everyone and to all my Non-NZ readers, this is currently available only in NZ pharmacies at RRP $12.99. I hope Miri Skincare starts selling internationally, so that the world can experience this tiny tube of goodness.
Have you tried Miri? Which is your favourite all-purpose balm? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.
I know its been ages since I posted anything here and if you follow me on Instagram, you would know the reasons for my absence. I’m not going to get into that now, as I’m here to talk about something that is definitely going to interest a lot of the men readers here. Recently, we were invited to the launch of PN Rao’s launch of their ‘Stretch Fabric’ collection for suits that are specially catered towards the urban men.
About the brand:
PN Rao is an epitome of a classy man’s fashion standards without ever compromising on the ethics and culture set up by Shri P N Rao, who built the brand by encouraging the budding tailors to develop their skills according to the growing demands of the customers. The brand is synonymous for bespoke suits with a rich and successful history of 95 years without ever disappointing the customer’s needs. P N Rao has always answered the need of the fashion industry with introducing the best men’s fashion and setting standards for their competitors.
Now let’s talk a bit about ‘Stretch Fabric’- This is a new entry in the fashion world and would be taking over the consumer world soon. Since, more consumers are looking for sleek, slimmer and snug-fit looks, the stretch fabric is definitely going to cater to such needs.
At the event, Mr. Naveen Pishe and Mr. Ketan Pishe who are partners at PN Rao gave us an insight about how the fabric is different from their counterparts. According to them, the stretch fabric caters to those men who prefer to be suited up for most occasions, be it a corporate meeting, a casual day at work or even various social gatherings and functions like weddings. I’ve come across many men, who love to wear suits on a regular basis, but find them too uncomfortable to sit or eat in. This stretch fabric is well-tailored to put any man at ease with an amazing feel and finish.
Here are some pictures from the event where the PN Rao partners, Mr. Ketan Pishe and Naveen Pishe gave everyone an insight of the fabric design and various ways they could be used in men’s suitings.
With the launch of this comfortable yet stylish fabric, PN Rao has continued to keep up its reputation by getting products to the country of international standards by further strengthening its position in the Indian men’s fashion industry.
Now, if you are a guy and reading this, tell me what you think of the new launch from PN Rao? And if you are a lady, would you love to gift a slim and sleek blazer made out of the stretch fabric to a man you know? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Till then stay awesome 🙂
PS: The pictures were sent to me by the brand and I do not own any of the pictures.