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Winner of Onam Race Quiz

October 15th, 2014

Hi everyone!

Thanks for participating in the Onam Race Quiz. The winner has been decided. And it’s Gunavathy Ghun Jain!

We’ll be coming up with more exciting contests. So, keep watching our Facebook Page.

Colours This Season

October 2nd, 2014

The month of October is here and as the Starks put it ominously – ‘Winter is coming’.
But for all you fashionistas out there, there is indeed a no-so-somber ring to this epiphany as the runways all over the fashion capitals are busy with the unveiling of the fall-winter collections. We will be providing the choicest color picks of the season so that you all can put your best foot forward this season.

Winter is all about wrapping oneself up in comfortable cuts and stunning hues.

Pink has been every little girl’s dream and has made a comeback like no other this season. The dull and grey winters are always brightened up by brighter hues and this season, the colors of red and family are setting the runways on fire. Tangerine, Blood Orange, Cherry, Cranberry, Hot Pink and Fuschia are the current hot favorites and have caught the fantasy of all designers. Caution Yellow and its more demure cousins, Honey Mustard and Lime are also being spotted in vogue. It is also the right time to sport two of the most revered shades of green i.e Teal and Emerald Green.
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One can never go wrong with combination of red and linen! Complement your red linen pant with a light colored linen shirt and chic slipper.

This winter is all about Fur in the international circuit and needless to say that neutral shades of Fur embodies timeless elegance. Be it the shades of ivory or, dull grey or, camel,from 1940s till the current times, the appeal of these colors in fur have wooed women like no other.

One other trend that is doing the rounds is coloring up those gorgeous tresses in the metallic colors like Rose Gold or Bronze.

With so many options to choose from and so many experimental styles and colors to delve into, this season surely promises to be a lot of fun.

Style Tips This Durga Puja And Navratri

September 29th, 2014

It is time to welcome the festive season in India. Celebrations are on in each and every part of the country. With Durga Puja and Navratri just around the corner, it’s the ‘desi’ look that’s everyone’s talking about! We’ve jotted down a few fashion tips that will make you look wow and single you out in the crowd.

Outfits for the Celebration:

 Saree Check- You can don a Bengali look, the traditional one! Wear a red bordered-white saree and team it up with a huge red ‘bindi’. The red color is symbolic of love, celebrations and joyfulness while white is used for symbolizing peacefulness. Give a twist to your look with a sleeveless blouse.

 Personalizing Chaniya Choli – Instead of wearing the traditional red or green, dare to tread the garbha floor in fluorescent orange or neon pink. Bollywood actresses have been spotted in these colors in several movies lately. Backless choli is another sexy option. Flaunt your attractive back in a designer choli. Opt for backless linen blend cholis that come in colorful strings. If you want to dance without any worries, try the knee-length ghagras.

 Clothes and Make-up Combo- You do not need to be told this but just to remind you- stay away from colors that contradict your skin color. Overdoing your makeup will only make it look painted instead of adding to your beauty.

 Style Check for Men- Go for colorful bandhgalas ( embellished with stylish button) and churidars or dhoti pants. Linen kurtas always add style to you overall appearance. Plus, with linen kurtas you don’t have to worry about the outfit sticking to your body due to sweat. FYI – Linen is a breathable fabric.


Quick Make-up Tips for Women-
 If you are planning to go pandal-hopping in the sun, do not forget to mix your foundation with sunscreen.

 Ran out of blush? Try the double-duty pink colored lipstick to get that pink glow on your cheeks.

 To successfully use your concealer, make a triangular shape right underneath the eyes. It will hide the blemishes.

 For night-time makeup use lip liner instead of lipstick.

Hope the style checklist helps you glow this festive season. Have loads of fun and stay safe!

 

Celebs in linen

September 15th, 2014

It is quite an established fact that style trends seep into our everyday wear only from the glitz and the glamor of the celeb world. In this age, fashion doesn’t only refer to strikingly beautiful clothes but more often than not, it stresses on the comfort factor. Hence, sometimes these style trends are extremely simple to carry and embodies effortless grace.

Summers in any country, be it the tropical nations or otherwise, demands comfortable clothing. Needless to say, linen fits the bill perfectly. Over the past few years, designers have taken a fancy to this amazing fabric and have been churning out designs aplenty. No wonder, the celeb brigade too have been spotted sporting linen in various cuts and designs. Apart from being used in vogue in runways all over the world, it is a hot favorite among international celebs. Casual yet chic, the fabric is indeed the reflection of one’s personality.

Here’s our pick of your favorites who has been spotted carrying off this fabric with elan. Doesn’t each of these looks qualify to be drool worthy?

Keira Knightley
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The tall and beautiful Keira Knightley blends the chic and laid back look effortlessly in her chic linen pants.

Cameron Diaz exudes her bubbly and vivacious personae in her white jeans and floaty white linen top

The dark linen jacket perfectly complements the orange fedora hat and jeans worn by Brad Pitt. Dashing is rather an understatement of how the star manages to carry himself.

Style Trends This Season

August 20th, 2014

The month of August quintessentially implies that autumn is on its way but that monsoons are not yet over. Fashionistas all over the world look forward to the season of monsoon despite the set of challenges that this season has to offer. Incessant rainfall indeed makes life difficult for all, but the joy lies in dressing up to counter all the adversities.
Here, we will list out 5 top style trends during Monsoons. Investing in these statement pieces guarantees that you will be in the limelight every monsoon, year after year:
1. Umbrellas - The world of boring umbrellas are over. The long handled ones have made a comeback over the past few years and are the ultimate fashion accessory during monsoons. Be it a transparent or be one of those in colorful pretty patterns, one can seldom go wrong with these umbrellas. Various designers and boutiques are rendering their own artwork to be printed on umbrellas, each one more unique than the other. Owl prints, old school rock prints or kathakali prints, all are being spotted in vogue all over town. Be it teenagers, college-goers, office-goers or home-makers, nobody steps out of their homes in monsoons without this extremely utilitarian yet fashionable accessory.
2. Water resistant ballerinas - Each year, these ballerinas offer the much sought after protection from the water logged roads. Various brands unveil their stunning collection right before monsoons and they sell like hot cake all throughout the season. Durable yet chic and comfortable, these ballerinas again come in various patterns and colors. Neon ballerinas are a particular rage this season.
3. Shorts - Can anyone really do without a pair of shorts this season? Be it the loose and comfortable capris or be it the hot pants, these are an absolute must this season. The brighter the color, higher up do they feature on the fashion quotient.
4. Linen Fabric – The season of monsoon is marred with humidity and hence, the most favorable and fashionable clothing this season is made from none other than the comfortable linens. Be it the lighter hues or the darker hues or be it a patterned one, these linens are slated to be one of those items in your wardrobe which will never ever go out of fashion.

Cameron Diaz
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5. Abstract prints - The current favorite of the celeb world, this abstract prints are a beauty to behold whether they adorn your clothes, bags, umbrellas or even the phone covers. They brighten up the otherwise dull and dreary monsoons and hence are expected to keep coming back year after year in this season.

Brad Pitt
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Celebrities Channel Different Looks in Linen

July 17th, 2014

Linen is every celeb’s darling who love to make this über-comfortable fabric look über-stylish in their own way. Today we have picked up two celebrities with two distinct style persona who have made linen their fashion statement.

Our first pick for today is Kate Middleton who was spotted wearing a lacy, white linen dress which complemented her slim frame beautifully. The young Duchess kept the whole look simple with only a pair of tan wedge heels to go with her outfit. While her sartorial sense has been appreciated widely, she lived up to those praises as she pulled off this flirty, girly and fun look so effortlessly. She kept her blow-dried deep auburn hair loose to to match with the look.

Next in line is: the Diana star Naomi Watts. The star-cum-supermom was seen breezing through LA running errands on what seemed like a busy day for her. However, she did not compromise on the style as she sported a chic look in a black and white spot print shirt and light-shaded denims. The addition of a black linen blazer definitely added to the style quotient.

Naomi Watts

The 45-year old actress chose to keep the look simple and comfortable with a pair of black and beige flats and tortoise shell glares. With her blonde hair tied in a messy ponytail, she exuded a cool, casual and comfortable style with perfect ease!

Which linen-inspired look do you like better? Share your thoughts with us.

Cressida Bonas Makes Linen look Sporty and Fun

July 11th, 2014

When it comes to creating a mix of style and comfort, most celebrities rely on linen to do the magic! This time, we spotted Cressida Bonas channeling the sports-luxe look in linen.

Coming from a royal lineage, Bonas was shot into the limelight when she started dating Prince Harry. Though the 25-year old has broken up with her prince charming, she seemed to be enjoying herself at the Glastonbury festival as she made a super-stylish appearance.

She wore a white linen shirt with frayed denim shorts and topped it off with a mint-green satin bomber jacket in contrasting black sleeves. She completed the look with bold Hunter wellington boots to save herself from the mud.

As for accessories, Bonas chose to make a simple yet fashionable statement with an Okapi Gloss Springbok horn pendant necklace. Her patterned square-rimmed Le Specs sunnies with blue-tinted glasses made for a perfect young and peppy style. With her toned legs in full display and her blond locks left loose and breezy, Bonas made effortless look so stylish.

Did you like the way Cressida Bonas wore linen? Share your thoughts with us.

Stylish Ways to Wear your Linen Pants

July 7th, 2014

Linen pants are an exceptionally smart piece of clothing that you must own to beat the sweltering summer heat. A fabric that feels like a second skin, linen is cool, comfortable and oh-so-breathable which makes you forget that you’re actually wearing anything.

Since most revere linen more for the comfort factor than style, it might not be listed among your daily wearable. Again, many of us associate linen with a carefree, careless and easygoing mood. So, if you’ve saved your linen pants for those low-on-fashion days, it’s time to rethink. We’ll show you how a fabric as comfortable as linen can be stylish too. Go through these ideas-

Idea #1: Wear your linen pants to work

What to wear: Wear a light blouse with a pair of slightly cropped linen pants. Finish off with black heels and a tote bag for that perfect off-to-work look.

Where to wear: While this look is perfect to be worn to most offices, you can also wear this outfit to after-work dinner parties and official brunches.

Idea #2: Sport a relaxed look with your linen pants

What to wear: Team up a straight-cut, full-length pair of linen pants with a square short sleeve top. Boxy sandals or wedged flip-flops are a great to go with this outfit.

Where to wear: Wear this outfit to any of those laid-back brunches with friends, or a casual movie outing. Bottomline: you can wear this outfit to any casual get-together with friends without looking casual.

Idea #3: Beat the chill with linen pants

Does the idea seem a little revolting to you? Well, linen being a natural fabric can beat the slight nip in the air and make you feel comfy.

What to wear: Sport a bold printed sweater with your linen pants. Wear a pair of box-heeled ankle-length boots to nail this look.

Where to wear: Think of autumn evening chills or an extremely air-conditioned office; this outfit can offer just the right amount of warmth and loads of oomph.

We’ll share with you some more ideas, until then you can share your thoughts about these 3 ideas.

How to prevent Linen wrinkles

June 28th, 2014

Dresses, shirts, pants or blouses, linen is loved by all and sundry! The fabric is delightfully soft and breathable but quite delicate when it comes to maintenance. Linen wrinkles are a nagging chore and can be quite challenging to maintain on a daily basis. The creases on your linen garment are difficult to smoothen even after a vigorous session of ironing. If you wish to keep the wrinkles at bay, you must wash and iron them carefully before use. You can easily prevent the stubborn creases on your fabric with the help of basic household products. Read on to find out how!

Ingredients that you need

1.) Cool water
2.) Sink or Basin
3.) A mild cleanser/detergent
4.) An iron
5.) An ironing board
6.) A spray starch
7.) Clothes hanger

THE ACTION PLAN

The water: Rinse your garment with some clean, clear and cool water.

Cleansing techniques: Rinse your linen with a gentle cleanser in a sink or a basin filled with cool water. Wash you garments gently and softly with your hands. Avoid wringing or balling the garment to protect it from wrinkles.

Drying: Make sure that your garments are laid flat while drying; they must be dried until they’re slightly damp.

Ironing technique:
- You must make sure that your iron is switched on to the medium setting or any other temperature that is mentioned on the care tag of your linen garment.
- Turn your linen inside out before placing it on your ironing board.
- Always start ironing your linen from inside. Maintain the inside-out motion.
- While ironing, if your linen goes dry, you can use a spray starch to retain the dampness.

- Iron and press the inside of the garment into a smooth finish and turn the linen to its normal side and place it on the ironing board.
- After the linen is adequately pressed and free of wrinkles, you might want to hang it on a hanger and wait for it to cool down completely.
- Store inside your wardrobe once it’s completely dry.

If you dislike ironing:
- Wash your linen or spray it down with water and hang it straight on a clothesline outside in your garden or terrace.

- Clip some clothespins at the bottom of your linen to add some weight.
- Let the wind blow and work its magic on your garment!

Who Dressed it Better in Linen- Kimberley Stewart or Gwyneth Paltrow?

June 23rd, 2014

Every Hollywood celebrity tries to look super-gorgeous and stylish but while some manage to pull off the look they desire, some miss the mark. Today we have picked up two celebrities who chose to step out in linen- Kimberley Stewart and Gwyneth Paltrow. Who did it better than the other? It’s for you to decide.

Kimberley Stewart appeared in a cool and absolutely chic avatar while she ran errands in West Hollywood. With her 2-year old daughter Delilah, dressed in a mustard yellow smock dress, resting on her hip, the former model looked every bit the busy mom that she is while she kept her look breezy and comfortable.

The 34-year-old single mother wore a pair of super-skinny denims in dark wash with zippers at the ankle teaming it up with a cool and crisp white linen top with split at the back. The sleeveless split top, an edgy addition to her otherwise simple look, helped her flash her toned arms to full advantage. She styled her blonde hair up in a high ponytail while sporting a pair of black Ray-Ban shades. A pair of cool, strappy gladiators finished her casual look with perfection.

A regular on the fashion mag covers, Gwyneth Paltrow is well-known for her inimitable fashion sense. She was seen stepping out of Goop pop up store to sign copies of her book It’s All Good. The Iron Man 3 lady nailed it yet again with a blue linen shirt tucked neatly into a pair of white jeans. Making an appearance sans makeup, the 41-year-old star let her hair down and looked totally casual while those dark aviators took her glamour quotient a few notches higher.

So, who according to you, made linen look better on her? Share your thoughts.