Apurva Saxena

1970’s Inspired Summer Trends 2015

July 16, 2015
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Many a trends keep resurfacing time and now on the fashion front. From seeking retro summer trends inspiration of a legendary fashion show or editorial spread to simply soaking up the tones of a historic design has become a norm of this industry. But then there are certain ‘evergreen trends’ then tend to repeat with decades passing by and still manage to become a rage even in the current world of vogue wherein being quirky and normcore are absolutely normal! This international Spring Summer Trends 2015 showcase too saw some nostalgic Déjà vu’s happening on the runway, for both men and women. While most of the designs followed the basics and a few presented art on the front, their were a few designers who adored the classic trends and made it a point to present them in futuristic silhouettes that the people of the current world can adore and wear. There is something about the 1970’s (wish I was born in that era *Sigh!*) that keeps resurfacing in terms of fashion picks on designers labels. Have actually lost count of the times when someone referred a particular silhouette or design to something that was introduced in and around the 1970’s timeline. Was that the time our fashion goddess came down on earth and sprinkled some modish inspiration on our lace & layered land? Maybe! 1970’s Marrakech Maxi Flows We just can’t do without having some free-flow silhouettes in our summer wardrobe. Which is why any trend that works around these almost-floor touching fabric arrangements are a win-win situation for us. And when someone amalgamates it with bohemian side of style, the wishlist scribbles topple down with these added as the top priority. Many designers internationally and even on Indian front have presented this earthy yet eye-catchy trend on the runways this year. From …

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Oriflame The One Color Unlimited Lip Gloss (Review)

July 10, 2015
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I absolutely love the current mood of weather. Being an ardent fan of this romantic monsoon season, I always go cray with my style regime and take to the wet streets with a broad smile! The madness of temperature fluctuation and humid-dry weather conditions always end up making my skin go crazy. And I guess it’s not just me, but most of us fall prey to sulking over sometimes dry and sometimes oily skin conditions. Am I right, or am I right? If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you’ll know that since the last few months I have taken up the art of applying lipsticks in different shades, seriously. But looking at the current condition of the weather, I am kind of restraining from get a smudged up look with a lipstick on. To make things more eventful, chapped lips and non-pigmented lip balms are making the conditions gloomier. Well, when there is a will, there is a way. Oriflame has proven this term right, by introducing so super luscious ‘The One Color Unlimited Lip Gloss’ in the market. Indeed, it is the one! Why I say so? Because this lip product is unlike your regular lip glosses and comes with 3 major benefits. It moisturizes the lips like any other lip balm. It adds sheen just like any other lip gloss. It adds the right pigmentation to your lips just like any other lipstick. Ain’t it a win win situation for the current situation? My experience   The packaging is light, sleek and comes with an easy to apply applicator. Applicator is soft on the lips and its make helps in preventing excess usage. I reviewed the plum shade that absolutely matched my skin tone. The longevity of the product depends on what you do post application. …

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Za Perfect Solution Youth Whitening Serum (Review)

June 25, 2015
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What age is actually the right time to start protecting skin from anti-aging? Well, dermatologists consider this question vague, because aging process takes place differently in different women. On an average, 25th year of your birth is the time when you should start investing in anti-aging skincare regimes. But is it justifying to put your skin through these chemicals, when maybe your skin is still young and hasn’t shown signs of aging yet? Most of the skincare products that are available in the market are either for the young teens or for the ladies who have started aging. But what about the young girls in their 20s who are freshly out of their budding years and are slowly growing into womanhood? Za Beauty has surely taken this point into consideration and have presented a serum that is perfect for the women in their 20s. This serum is not an anti-aging product, but more of a process that delays first signs of aging. What’s interesting about the product is that it has been designed, keeping in mind the modern reasons of aging. Gone are the days when aging was only limited to motherhood or your hormonal/biological changes. In today’s chemical and polluted lifestyle, there are many hazardous exterior factors too that promote early signs of aging. About Za Perfect Solution Youth Whitening Serum This advanced serum is the latest Skinovation developed by leading scientists from The House of Shiseido. It features Za’s breakthrough Retinowhite Complex, that delivers unmatched radiance and retains youthful luminosity. Retinol Derivative – Combines benefits of Retinol known for its Youth Retention properties & patented 4MSK- a super corrective and brightening ingredient renowned for reducing melanisation, dark spots, pigmentation and unevenness of the skin. Crystal Brightening Complex – Combination of Apricot extract and Vitamin C derivative of APM …

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#Papagoto : Father’s Day with Mamagoto

June 23, 2015
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There is this one day every year, when we express our truck loads of love for our dear fathers. While some call it Father’s Day, Mamagoto like to promote it as the ‘Papagoto Day’. The day when fathers steal the limelight from the mothers. This year too, on June 21st, while half of India’s population (some universal territories too), woke up to the practice of #YogaDay, me and my family were more focused on dining in for some Asian flavours by the afternoon. With the quirky hashtag #Papagoto buzzing on my tweet-feed, I knew that my family is going to love this setup, courtesy the Mamagoto team. For those who have been following my blog will know that I reviewed their winter menu few months back (Mamagoto Winter Special), this time I was more keen on munching on their summer menu. As before, the menu wooed me away and my family couldn’t stop praising the authenticity of everything that we ordered. Right from the bar munchies, starters to the wholesome main course and to-die-for desserts; everything was out of its world and stood apart from the lot. Take a look at how I added on to my gluttony (without guilt) last Sunday, as I treated my father and family to some Asian flavours.   About Mamagoto Literally translated, it means ‘to play with food’. A Japanese social experiment of sorts, involving infants to use their senses to understand the textures and shape of food. Born out of this idea came our concept – to make Asian eating fun. To make it experiential and social, to create a relaxed casual atmosphere where affordable and authentic food plus drinks combine with quirky décor. Kalapalette’s Recommendation : Passion Fruit & Orange Cooler, Street Style Spicy Dumplings (we ordered Chicken), Honey Chicken with Bell …

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Father’s Day 2015 : GANT Style

June 20, 2015
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There is a certain way in which a father dresses up. Be it for work, or a casual brunch out with family over the weekend; there is certain flair to his modish sense that defines him from other men in our lives. We can’t help but be swoon away by his charm and adapt that certain sense in our personal style quotient too. But this post is all about our fathers, so let’s keep it focused on to that only. It’s not just his personal style, but the brands that he opts to propose it that sets in as a great example of style too. There are numerous brands that offer menswear or accessories, but there are selective few that take menswear onto a whole new level and introduce class and finesse to the wearer. GANT is one such luxury brand that defines menswear with class and sets the style apart from the general ensemble dictations. The brand not only offers formal suits and an array of shirts to choose from, it also offers a wide collection of semi-casual and casual spring summer wardrobe essentials for men. Breaking the monotonous association of men with shades of black, blue and browns; GANT also offers collection in various other colors like red, pink, green, pastels and yellow. When I thought about gifting my father some style additions to his extended wardrobe, I couldn’t think of a better brand than GANT to do the honors. Check out the ‘Father’s Day Gifting’ look I decoded from their latest SS’15 collection that I am ideating my dad to wear this father’s day. Now if you are already charmed by the collection and how stylish it can make any man look, take a look at their collection since I managed to click some photographs at their …

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Royal Enfield : Riders on the Storm (OOTD)

June 9, 2015
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We girls are often pictured in pretty pink toned feminine silhouettes. So much so that the very idea of being edgy mostly falls appalled by the society. But in this world of being at the forefront, baring yourself to the rough wind and walking driving down the raw paths is what keeps us all going. Royal Enfield recently launched first of its kind gear & wear store at Khan Market, Delhi. Just like any other blogger launch event, I went to check out the collection. Wasn’t expecting to fall in love with the collection so much, that a mere conversation with their team member Radhika and an exceptional idea of doing a feature will prosper into this immensely victorious OOTD feature. Take a look! Psst.. the braids just happened to be by accident. I had roughly braided up to get frizzy hair at the time of the shoot, but everyone insisted that I keep the braids on as it brought out the more raw look to my attire. Well, rest is history.   Photographs Courtesy : Faizan Patel Photography Outfit Details T-Shirt, Jacket, Jeans, Gloves, Bag& Helmet – Royal Enfield Heels – Next UK Ring – Thrifted from Manali   The Despatch Rider inspired collection exemplifies Royal Enfield hallmarks: craftsmanship, durability & detail. Leather jackets are the defining pieces of this collection, complimented by other outer wear pieces. Cold weather layering gets a leg up with sweaters, sweatshirts and henleys. The additional outer wear items include over-shirts, t-shirts, denim trousers, water resistant canvas bags, belts, wallets and shoes in pure leather. Find them in Delhi No.31A, Khan Market, Delhi Twitter : https://twitter.com/RoyalEnfieldIn

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Mamagoto : Food Review

March 13, 2015
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If you are craving for some authentic East Asian cuisines, then say out loud ‘Mamagoto’. While Delhi streets are crowded with vendors selling ‘chowmein’ and ‘momos’, the true taste of China/Japan/Korea cannot be achieved if not for the right wok and ingredients. Taking the food seriously and impregnating it with some contemporary quirkiness, Mamagoto is one dine-in restaurant that is much more than just the authentic cuisines. Called the ‘Fun Asian Eating Restaurant’, from the decor to the palette they serve, everything is worth experiencing! Kalapalette’s team tried out a portion of their extravagant menu at their Promenade, Vasant Kunj (Delhi) outlet a few days back. With the confused Delhi weather still keeping the temperatures low, this was the best time to treat ourselves to some hot soup bowls and steamed delicacies that are signature of Mamagoto! About Mamagoto Literally translated, it means ‘to play with food’. A Japanese social experiment of sorts, involving infants to use their senses to understand the textures and shape of food. Born out of this idea came our concept – to make Asian eating fun. To make it experiential and social, to create a relaxed casual atmosphere where affordable and authentic food plus drinks combine with quirky décor. The Drinks Having the same drink for long can be boring. How about tasting different cocktails flavours with your friends? Mamagoto’s offer : Choose any 4 shakers for Rs. 799/- Signature Shaker Range : Red Currant Whiskey Sour, Vojito, Original Blue Kamikaze, Dark Rum Winter Mojito, Passion Fruit Rum & Green Apple Vodka. Twist : The drinks are served in shakers that you can shake, strain and shot! The Starters  Honey Chicken with bell peppers + mild schezwan pepper  Shrimps with dry Red Chilli + burnt Garlic Makati City Discovery – Cooked vegetables wrapped in a …

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Land Rover Experience – Car Review

March 10, 2015
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The cars we drive say a lot about us. – Alexandra Paul   From owning a car to driving one, the experience is extraordinary. Be it a car for utility, status or simply fulfilling a dream; the importance of this 4 tiered technology has become a ‘must-have’ entity in our lives. Absolutely everyone remembers the first time they took control of the steering wheels. It’s not about luxury, but more about the feeling of power that captivates our mind towards automobiles. I might have travelled plenty by cars on a regular basis, but some car rides are different from the daily grind (note – traffic jams and bad weather conditions). Well, Jaguar’s Land Rover team was adamant on giving a few lucky peeps like us; one such ride of a lifetime. Such commercials look so artificial, don’t they? To be honest, I totally criticise such adverts assuming that these are just exaggerated promotional activities and in real life such critical adventures are not possible. I was about to be proved wrong! #LandRoverExperience – Freelander An experience which was way beyond getting the feel of a car and driving it on the smoothed out roads of Delhi. Taking up the challenge of proving what a Land Rover is actually capable of doing, Jaguar sought out one of the roughest terrains in the outskirts of Delhi NCR (Aerocity) to prove their point. What? The experience of a lifetime to challenge and polish your driving skills with expert tuition and gain a greater understanding of vehicle control, obstacle handling and how to assess different environments. This includes navigating steep inclines, descents, side slopes and whatever might keep you from being where you want to be.  Where? Barren and adventurous land amidst fine-stay hotels at Aerocity, Delhi. The Experience The time I sat inside this …

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‘Extra Lasting’ Beauty – AVON

March 7, 2015
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“Don’t know why girls take so much to get ready. What’s with all the time simply to look make-up perfect, eh?” – The boys Only if they knew the amount of efforts it takes to get that make-up right! Of course, not talking about the thick layers of foundations and rouge that some women put on in the name of looking ‘fair & blushy’. But let’s all face it, the task is not only to look pretty but also the effort to look the same 9 to 5; if not after-party ready. With this pace of techno-frenzy lifestyle, their is hardly any time to even give touch ups for those post work parties or while you are club-hopping. What comes to your aid then? Fancy a range of ‘Long Extra Last Cosmetics’? This is what AVON has to say about it’s ‘Extra Lasting’ range. The Breakthrough: Makeup that multi-tasks like you and keeps up with your life. The Inspiration: You multi-task, so why shouldn’t your makeup? Avon introduces a new collection of long wearing, multi-tasking, uncompromising makeup that works as hard as you do. Delivering color, coverage and comfort, the new range never lets you down. With the Extra Lasting collection, you can rest assured that your lipstick will last, your foundation with stay put, and your mascara will make the grade. The Technology: Every product in the Extra Lasting collection is formulated with the Comfort Wear Complex to help maintain the quality of wear. The multi-tasking formulas go above and beyond lasting color and coverage to offer additional benefits—Extra Lasting means makeup that doesn’t compromise. My Experience A must have range in your kitty. Why? Because having your lipstick stay put whole day long, without touch ups, is a win-win situation in itself. One word : Carefree Make-up. Avon Extra Lasting Lipsticks Pink Perfection …

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Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Electronic Foot File : Review

February 18, 2015
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Our feet are the most neglected part of our body. True that!  While our lives revolve around dressing up well and looking (facially) pretty, we totally forget to look down and pamper our feet; while we’re at it. Not to forget the horror one gets when months of ignorance cloud up resulting in cracked heels, layers of dead skin and painful heels. Ouch! I know, what the ideal excuse be like. Not time to visit a salon! In today’s super fast life, things would have been so much simpler if everything was available on ‘express’?!! Well, guess the people at Scholl are living a fast forwarded life already, because their latest launch is one such express deal. Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Electronic Foot File Get feet that look great and feel super smooth without any hassle. Velvet Smooth buffs away hard skin in minutes leaving you with fabulous feet that you’ll want to show off. It’s so easy to use. Gently rotate the file over hard skin and see the dead skin disappear. Once your feet are smooth and soft again, breathe a sign of relief. Product Offers : 1. Ergonomically Shaped Soft Touch Handle. 2. Specially-designed Micralumina Replaceable Head. 3. Gentle & Effective Rotating Action. 4. Battery Operated Press Kit Included : 1. Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Electronic Foot File with 4 AA Batteries. 2. Scholl Foot & Nail Cream 3. Pen Drive Regular Usage Instructions : 1. Remove the protective roller cover before use. 2. Ensure that the roller head is securely inserted into the unit. Do not use without the roller head attached. 3. Turn on the unit by twisting the silver ring to the left and gently glide the roller head over hard skin and the dead skin will gradually exfoliate.  4. Use only on …

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