Every year, I try to do one wedding guest outfit post on my blog, and since this year I am trying to join the sustainable fashion bandwagon, I will also be adding restyling tips so that you can reuse the same outfit for different weddings. I am including one traditional and one slightly more contemporary look in this edition to suit all ages, tastes and budgets. Do let me know in the comments which look do you prefer!
Handbags are some of the most fruitful fashion investments in my opinion and when I truly want to pamper myself I treat myself to one! However, choosing a handbag can be quite a struggle if you want to keep up with all the latest handbag trends without burning a hole in your pocket. I recently came across Baginning.com, an online store for handbags of all kinds, and this website seems like the perfect solution to the “to buy or not to buy” handbag dilemma because they offer trendy handbag designs at extremely affordable prices! Read on to find out more!
Happy New Year everybody! 2019 is here, and I am sure many of you have numerous resolutions for the new year. Today, I would like to remind you that we should also make some resolutions to practise sustainable living, to make sure that we do not continue to exploit our planet and its resources as we have for several centuries. Sustainable fashion has been gaining significant momentum over the past few years and it is time that you too should join the movement. Opting for brands that source their raw materials in a sustainable manner and manufacture products in small batches, adopting the principles of sustainability is one way, but you can also make some changes in your day to day life to make your wardrobe more sustainable. Read on to find out how!
I have always been an avid fan of sarees and am always looking for an excuse or occasion to wear one of the sarees from my wedding trousseau. The problem is that since all the sarees that I bought during my wedding are on the heavier side, they are not suitable for daily wear. For me to able to slip into a saree on a regular day, it has to be extremely light-weight and easy to drape. The Made in Heaven Mul Cotton Sarees from Suta Bombay fit the bill perfectly – here is why!
Guest Post by Sohini
I’m Sohini, a budding blogger, youtuber as well as an influencer. I’m into this thing since last year and Mrinalini is one of the first few bloggers whom I followed on WordPress as well as on Instagram and writing for LipstickforLunch is a great opportunity for me.
So for my first guest post for this blog, I would like to share my experience with a new and innovative product I recently used- the generic version of the original makeup eraser. I got this from the brand Stay Quirky. It’s called their Wipe Out Makeup Remover.
I have finally found a true nude for my lips, the perfect “My Lips But Better Shade”. It is the shade Mauve-1 from the Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gradation range. While it is clear that this lip shade is my go-to these days for when I have no other makeup on or when I have gone heavy on the eye makeup, here is how this product fares in other aspects.
The Maybelline Lip Gradation Lipsticks are twist up crayons with a sponge on the other end to create the “gradient lips” effect. Because the shade Mauve-1 is a perfect nude for my lips, I cannot really create a gradient effect with this shade, but I basically bought this product for its colour and formula anyway. The shade is a taupish-mauve, which has stronger brown undertones than pink or mauve undertones. The formula is pretty opaque and has a very unique velvety matte texture that glides easily on the lips. Since it has a velvety texture, it is somewhere between a creamy matte and a flat matte and does transfer a little when you eat or drink.
It is pretty opaque on the lips in one or two swipes and the thin crayon tip allows precise application. I personally find the formula pretty comfortable but it does exaggerate any lines or dryness, so if you have really dry lips then you would need to hydrate and scrub them prior to using this product. It stays on the lips for a good 4-5 hours, and fades evenly with time. It does stain the lips a little but since this particular shade is so light, it is pretty easy to remove.
Priced at INR 550, the product is slightly pricey considering it is a Maybelline lipstick, but I don’t mind paying the amount for the formula. If you want a lip colour that you can put on without giving much thought to and simply heading out the door, then you must pick up this lipstick.
As some of you might already know, I am a huge fan of Ajio.com, and I have been recently picking up a number of kurtas from the website. Here are some of my top ethnic picks from Ajio at the moment, so go check them out quickly before they run out of stock!
A beautiful flowy green kurti that can be styled both as an Indian or a western piece.
The print of this A-line kurta is definitely giving me the Poojo vibes, which are appropriate for the festive season ahead!
Another white kurta with a unique traditional print. It is available in a powder blue shade too!
This beautiful angrakha kurta in a very unique colour is droolworthy!
If you like off-beat styles then this checked tunic style kurta will definitely float your boat!
Will you be picking up any of these kurtas to sport some unique ethnic looks this season? Let me know in the comments below 🙂
Sunscreen is perhaps one of the most important skincare products that I cannot recommend enough! At any point of time, I have at least 2-3 sunscreens from different brands lying around the house and trust me, ever since I started taking my sunscreen game seriously, the texture of my skin has improved drastically! One of the sunscreens I am using at the moment is the Biotique Bio Carrot Ultra Soothing Face Lotion with SPF 40+, and here are my thoughts on the product.
The Biotique Bio Carrot Ultra Soothing Face Lotion comes in a convenient tube packaging with a flip lid. It contains SPF 40+ and claims to provide protection against UVA and UVB. It contains the extracts of carrot seed, which is rich in Vitamin A, a well-known skincare ingredient, along with some interesting natural ingredients such as Parijat Patra and Lodhra Bark, which are ingredients inspired by the wisdom of Ayurveda.
The consistency of this product is in the form of a cream that looks quite rich but sinks into the skin beautifully. It makes the skin look well-hydrated without leaving behind a greasy finish, although I do feel that the formula may be a bit too heavy for those with really oily skin. The formula is extremely mild and gentle with a pleasant scent that is quite soothing. Basically, this can be a replacement for a day cream because it provides moisturization while offering protection from the sun.
If you are someone who prefers natural ingredients and gentle formulas then the Biotique Bio Carrot Ultra Soothing Face Lotion will be a good choice for you. The price point of INR 115 for a 50ml tube is excellent and Biotique products never make me break out, making it a win-win situation. Do grab your own today and let me know how it works for you!
I am usually wary of buying clothes from new online brands because of my worries regarding the sizing and the quality of the clothes. However, when the lovely folks from Oomph In My Closet approached me, I couldn’t resist saying yes to their trendy kurtis that are definitely fashion forward and unique at the same time. I have realised over the years that the pieces of clothing that I really love and re-use the most are the ones that are not the standard styles that are “in” at the moment but a different take on them, and the kurtis from Oomph fit this description perfectly!
I loved the fabric of these kurtis because it is light weight and smooth – aka perfect for the summers. I am a size XS in the brand and this is a comfortable fit for me, which I prefer as opposed to body hugging kurtis, especially in the sultry weather. I love the fact that the brand combines unique colours, patterns, and prints with latest trends such as tassels and ties, to create offbeat designs that are not cheap replicas of designer wear.
Pricewise, these kurtis are quite affordable, with most designs being priced at INR 700-800 on Flipkart. This is a great price because the popular brands provide kurtis of similar quality at around INR 1200. So this brand definitely gets a big thumbs up from me and I am already eyeing more pieces from their range.
Disclaimer: PR samples sent by the brand but all opinions are honest and my own.
I am a huge fan of citrus scents, especially in the summer months, and like to drench my home, clothes, and skin in lemony fragrances when the mercury rises. The Ryaal Grapefruit Essential Oil has recently become my favourite oil for the diffuser because it adds a fresh summery scent to my home that has a calming effect on my mind. I trust the quality of Ryaal’s essential oils and their 100% pure grapefruit essential oil is no exception. Here are some of the ways in which I use this product.
You can use this delightful grapefruit oil in your diffuser for some relaxing aroma therapy and can also apply a few drops to your clothes or pillow for its refreshing scent to uplift your mood all day long. An added bonus of this is that the scent keeps the mosquitoes away, which is a MAJOR plus if you live in India. Grapefruit oil is also great at brightening dull and tired skin, so you can mix in a drop with your face mask or serum to get that natural glow on your face. Honestly, there are a bunch of other ways in which this product can be used but these are my favourite ways to use this oil.
Everything about this product is perfect, from the sturdy bottle with a dropper, to the super affordable price of INR 199 for 15ml of product, to the quality of the oil. Ryaal also has a bunch of other essential oils in their collection which you can try in case you are not grapefruit-crazy like me. So do check out their fascinating range and let me know if you try out any of their products 🙂
Black is hands-down the most flattering colour for all body types and skin tones, however, styling black outfits in the summer months can be tricky, especially during the day. Nevertheless, this does not make me ditch my black ensembles on warm days because I know that they are some of the best pieces in my wardrobe. Here is how I recently styled a black dress for a summer brunch, to make sure that I don’t look completely out of place and inappropriately dressed for the weather.
To keep things easy and breezy, I went for a black dress with a looser silhouette and floral cutouts from Shein.com. This loose-fitting style is definitely more weather appropriate than say a bodycon dress in a dark colour. I also didn’t want to sport an all black, wintery look, so I added a splash of colour with a beautiful tassel necklace from Ajio.com and a pair of matching blue earrings. I also sported a bright fuchsia lip that definitely shouts spring.
I would have loved to pair some colourful pom-pom sandals with the outfit but since I don’t own any, I went with the golden flats from Ajio.com which are also quite summer-appropriate. Flats add a casual vibe to the dress, which would look quite formal with heels, and the gold definitely adds a fun element to the outfit.
Overall, I was super happy with the final look and would definitely sport it again on a sunny day. Are you someone who loves their black dresses all year round? Leave me a high five in the comments if you are!
Tassel Necklace – https://www.ajio.com/indie-picks-tassel-metal-necklace/p/460131945001
Earrings (currently out of stock) – https://www.ajio.com/project-eve-set-of-3-metal-stud-earrings/p/491305815
Sandals (currently out of stock) – https://www.ajio.com/ajio-ankle-strap-sandals-with-laser-cutouts/p/460093688001
Does it ever happen to you that you spot an amazing pair of shoes on the runway or in a movie but are unable to find a similar design in any of the stores or online shopping portals that you frequent? This has definitely happened to me on more than one occasion when the shoes of my dreams remain just that and I never get to sport them in reality. However, I recently came across FSJ Shoes (fsjshoes.com), an international shoe brand that has a fascinating collection of well-made shoes catering to all the latest and timeless trends. They have a huge collection of beautifully designed shoes that range from sexy high heels to comfortable flats in all the colours one can imagine. Here are some of my favourite shoes from their website that are currently topping my summer shoe wishlist and are making me drool!
Gladiator sandals ruled the roost of shoe fashion in 2017 and they are definitely here to stay in 2018 as well. With bolder designs such as thigh-high gladiators adding an oomph factor to this footwear trend, my eyes are currently set on all gladiators, heeled or flat, calf-high or barely brushing the ankles – I want them all. Following are my favourite picks from FSJ Shoes.
1. Black Stiletto Heels Strappy Knee High Gladiator Sandals
Unlike most gladiator shoes that have thin straps, these black gladiator sandals have thicker straps running up to the mid-calves which make them unique. This pair would certainly be a head turner when paired with a floaty dress.
2. Gold Metallic Heels Open Toe Stiletto Heel Gladiator Sandals
Nothing spells sophistication like a pair of delicate gold stilettoes and these gorgeous gold gladiator sandals check all the right boxes for me. I can already envision myself pairing these with a royal blue dress for an evening out with friends.
3. Royal Blue Heels Suede Stilettos Gladiator Sandals
This striking blue gladiator shoe can add a pop of colour to any monochrome outfit and is also perfect for colour blocking with a bright yellow dress. An excellent choice for when you want to stand out in a crowd.
4. Brown Gladiator Sandals Knee-high Platform High Heels
Brown is a classic shoe colour and brown gladiator sandals look amazing with an all-white ensemble. This pair will look extremely flattering on anyone and can easily transition from day to night.
5. Grey Strappy Gladiator Sandals Suede Knee-high Lace-up Flats
On the days when you simply can’t bother with heels, this unique pair of grey gladiator flats will allow you to feel super stylish and comfy at the same time. A pair of denim shorts and a loose white shirt with these sandals is a practical yet chic look for the summer.
Not only are these wonderful designs from FSJ Shoes completely lust-worthy, the website also ships internationally, so you can easily get the best of global trends at your doorstep when you order a pair. I will definitely be investing in a number of shoes from this wishlist because FSJ Shoes provide runway designs at a fraction of the price. Which is your favourite pair from my list? Let me know in the comments below!
Visit www.fsjshoes.com to check out their entire collection.
* All images are taken from http://www.fsjshoes.com. This post is in collaboration with FSJ Shoes.