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Summer style essentials for our last sunny days of 2020!

We are almost done with our summers, but if there is one thing that all of us can agree on, it’s that we can never get enough of flaunting our outfits for summer. But these hot and humid days are not just about the right clothes, it’s so much more than that.

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So now that you have survived almost all these sweaty days, we have a few last minute essentials to add to your list. Make sure you have these, to get you through your last days of summer 2020!

Hats of all sorts

If you ask me hats are quite dramatic and will make you grab quite a lot of eyeballs! But these are some really stylish accessories that’ll also double up and protect you from those harsh sun rays. It could be a full blown fancy looking hat or a baseball cap that you’re looking for. Suit yourself and have a few, they might come in handy on a sunny day! (Buy Online)

Shades to keep you chill

I can’t stress enough about these beauties. Sunglasses in summers are a must, one should never leave the house without a pair of these. Let it be the bright car lights on summer nights or the Sun’s UV rays, wearing these will protect your eyes and keep them cool. Shades are available in a variety of styles ranging from aviators to wayfarers, pick the ones that work for you. Also these will add up to your style quotient so, no worries there! (Shop Online)

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Shoes to cruise

Everybody has their personal shoes collection, that they are proud of! Well this is the right time to flaunt those pretty pieces. Along with the heat, summers also mean tanning, which is mostly hands and feet as they are exposed. Bring out your nicest shoes and save yourself from those extra salon visits for anti tan treatments! Right from your basic sneakers to fancy printed loafers, find one that goes with most of your outfits.

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Bags and handbags

Now we normally have a lot to carry while heading out, add summers to that and the list of things to carry just goes up! Right from sunscreen, lip balm, water bottle to sunglasses case it’s a lot of stuff. This is the right time to invest in good bags, we would suggest you to opt for a style that doesn’t wear you down. Like satchel bags and canvas/jute tote bags, these bags will have a lot of space and also don’t feel heavy to carry around. (Shop Online)

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Get that Umbrella

I know what you’re thinking, but Umbrella’s are so old fashioned! It’s really not that, agreed that it isn’t as convenient compared to the other stuff, but there’s nothing like it! These days we have mini bags sized umbrella‘s that are easy to carry around which are available in a wide variety of designs. So don’t hold yourself back from serving some suave old-school English looks this summer!

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So it’s time to stop sweating it and start making it work for you!

5 Best Affordable Drugstore Beauty Brands!

Women love dressing up and makeup is what completes it! Everybody knows that, especially the beauty brands who have flooded the beauty industry with a lot of makeup options! But its really important to pick the ones, that are safe for our skin and also doesn’t burn a hole in our pockets!

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There are a lot of makeup and beauty brands out there! So it kind of gets exhausting trying to figure out, the one brand that ticks all your boxes. Well we have some suggestions for you, the below mentioned brands are easily available, safe and reasonably priced. Let’s get into it!

Maybelline Newyork

Maybelline is a hit with the college and office going crowd. Their products are dermatologically tested and non-comedogenic that makes them safe for even the sensitive skin types. Maybelline has a wide variety of cosmetics ranging from lipsticks to foundations. Their lipsticks are have good pigmentation and are available in matte, gloss and cream consistency. Our personal favourites are Maybellne hypercurl mascara, color show nail paints and Maybelline CC cream.(Shop Online)

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Lakme

Lakme was the country’s first cosmetic brand to introduce makeup to Indian women. Every Indian teenager has had a lakme product in their makeup kits, at some point. We have known their products and used them almost all our lives. Other than makeup, Lakme also has an elaborate skin care line and might i remind you the importance of skincare? We pick Lakme 9 t0 5 mousse lip and cheek tint ,Color crush nail art and Lakme 9 to 5 naturale day cream as our personal favourites. (Shop Online)

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Biotique

If you are somebody who is looking for mild and mostly natural skincare/ makeup brands, Biotique is a pretty good option. Their products are made of 100% botanicals, no chemicals, no preservatives and are dermatologically tested for safety. They have a range of haircare, skincare and bodycare products curated for particular concerns. Recently they have launched a range of natural makeup, these products are mellow and skin friendly. (Shop Online)

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Elle 18

Elle 18 is every high school girl’s bestfriend! I remember saving up my pocket money to buy Elle 18 lipsticks and eye liner. Their products are super pocket friendly and get the job done. They have a limited range of everyday makeup products, we really like Elle 18 color bomb lipsticks and color pop nail colors!(ShopOnline)affordable drugstore makeup elle 18

Colorbar

Colorbar has gained popularity in the past few years in India. They have an extensive range of skincare, makeup, brush kits, makeup accessories and even a men’s range! Their collection is pretty impressive with multiple options. Their products are potent with quality color pigments that last long when applied. This brand is also free of parabens,  preservatives, and cruelty free. (Shop Online)

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Let us know about your personal favourites among these beauty brands!

 

Statement jewellery must haves to own for all your ethnic wear needs!

Any outfit is incomplete without a little bit of dazzle and shine. What better than a favourite piece of jewellery, that can compliment your outfits in a jiffy! Ethnic wear all the more demands eye-popping, elaborate pieces of pretty jewellery to elevate the whole look.

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There are certain statement jewellery pieces that will always come in handy, on those wedding marathon days. You’ll need a few edgy ones, that will be in trend for a really long time. Let’s dive into the list of these statement classics, that one’s got to have in their personal collection!

Earrings to love

Beautiful big chaandbalis or jhumkas are one of the most liked and used accessories. These are perfect for anybody who likes to keep it minimal but still wants to look stylish. They go with almost all outfits right from your patiala suits to dressy lehengas. They are available in a lot of designs with kundan, precious stones and pearls. Get one in antique gold, silver, copper and black metal to go with most of your outfits.

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That one choker

From Deepika Padukone to Samantha Akkineni, actresses have been flaunting these chunky statement chokers with ethnic wear ensembles. It’s time to add one to your collection too. If you are a minimalist, then opt for a choker that is set in pearls or precious stones. These are also available in silver, gold and Kundans. Chokers are perfect for when you don’t want to go overboard with your jewellery.

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Rings to go

Hand jewellery has been in fashion for a while now. Let it be haath phools or stacked rings, one can never get enough of these gorgeous accessories. With a variety of designs available in the market, you can never have too many of these. Experiment with a combination of these rings for a sleek look. These work really well with full sleeved anarkali’s, fitted gowns and even saris.

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Belt it tight

We can see a lot of fashion bloggers styling ethnic wear outfits with beautiful big belts. These create a nice fusion wear look overall. Invest in good quality embellished belts, as they would go really well with Indian wear. For starters big golden buckle black belts and beige ones will do. Wear these over a saree or your favourite front open kurta and cinch it near high waist to finish the look.

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Can’t do without Maang tikka

It almost slipped my mind to include this one here! How could I forget the ever ethereal Maang tikka! These just ooze so much Indian-ness. They are dramatic, fancy, elegant and instantly brighten your whole outfit. Maang tikka’s can be worn almost with any ethnic outfit, be it an elaborate lehanga or a simple sharara set. You can also style your everyday kurti over denims look with a minimal maang tikka to add that extra sass.

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Regal Nose rings

Now nose rings are something! They are bold, gutsy and for sure will make heads turn. One has to be really careful while picking these pretty nose pins, as your nose type makes all the difference. Likewise the perfect nose pin will give you that extra oomph factor to flaunt! Bring out the banjaran vibes in you by going for dainty black metal ones or pick a gold nath to go with you silk saree!

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So what are you waiting for ? Go grab these beauties and gear up for the wedding season!

Dress this summer up in these breezy block prints by Chhapa!

What’s the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of summers? Well yes ice cream ofcourse! But also some fun and breezy cotton fabrics in all colorful hues. What if we were to tell you, there is a fashion label that does unique, quirky block printing on light and breathable organic cottons ? Yes. We are talking about this thoughtful and refreshing sustainable brand, CHHAPA.

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Pretty block prints on handwoven organic cotton fabrics, that are dyed in natural colors while screaming effortless style. They sell a variety of merchandise starting from women,kids and men’s apparel to accessories.

Sarees and Prints

One can never have enough cotton sarees. These simple and uncommon block prints on calm,faint tints and shades are a fashion addition to your closet. Cute elephant block prints, tiny fish printed complimented with stripes or block borders, with playful tassels make you want to own one!

Vidyabalan in Chhapa saree

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Kurta Craze

Kurta’s , over a period of time have evolved into being wardrobe essentials. These pretty sets from Chhappa in muted colors with contrast bottoms and dupatta with minimal block prints keep it casual. These can be worn on formal occasions as well as for a  pooja at home, which makes them super handy. With this summer hotness upon us, you might want to have few of these in your wardrobe.

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Stole’s for days

Stoles and dupattas are the most under-rated pieces of clothing. A statement scarf can instantly amp your look up! Chhapa has a limited range of quirky and playful block printed stole’s and dupatta’s. These are available in fresh colors like mint, candy pink and buttercup yellows.

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Chhapa Accessories

Chhapa has some really interesting collections of bags and belts which look super chic. These are perfect for college going and working crowd. Unique block printed bags and belts are sure to draw some attention, these are super practical while being fashionable.

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Chhapa Kids

Kids are quite fussy when it comes to clothing, while parents would want to dress them up in all things pretty. The block printed shirts and frocks from Chhapa will be super comfy and not irritate your kids, as these are handwoven cottons dyed in natural colors. The cute prints, fun frills and playful pleats are sure to steal your hearts.

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Be summer ready by making these airy outfits a value addition to your wardrobe! Shop them online HERE!

Manchu sisters are twinning and winning in gorgeous coordinated outfits!

It’s fun to dress your kids up, if you have twins then that’s just double the fun and cuteness. Viranica Manchu is a mother of beautiful twins Viviana and Ariaana, often seen all dolled up in cute coordinated outfits. Instead of choosing same outfits, Viranica Manchu smartly plays around with complimentary pattern and color combinations.

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Ariaana and Viviana in Coordinated Outfits

We have gathered some of the adorable coordinated outfit looks of Ariaana and Viviana for you to style up your cute little munchkins! Let’s get right into it.

Glam Gowns

Gown’s are all little girls fairytale outfits! The sparkly dresses with pretty bows and frills are sure to excite them. You can see the girls here wearing a dull gold gown, that has been played around with to create two different yet similar outfits. In the other look , these beautiful red gowns have the same glittery bodice but with fall variations.

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Crop Them Cute 

Crop tops look really cute on kids! Showing off their peek-a-boo midriff, its a fun and playful outfit for sangeet and mehendi parties. Viranica picked this quirky printed Masaba crop top with skirts in contrast colors keeping it stylish. She also opted for a pastel peach and blue floral lehenga and crop tops with sleeve variations for her twins.

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Half saree princess

In most of the south Indian wedding functions, you can see little girls all decked up in vibrant half sarees. You can go for pastels and bright color combinations with more pattern play and subtle embroidery work. For the first look Viranica Manchu dressed up her twin daughters in silk zari work lehengas paired with bright contrast dupatta’s with delicate floral work blouses. The second look is more dressy with heavy embroidered blouses and banarasi lehengas.

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Manchu sisters in coordinated ethnic outfits

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Frockalicious

Frills, pleats, ruffles or tulle, all kinds of frocks are loved by kids. They are available in a huge variety to suit every occasion. Here the twins keeping it merry in rich deep red dresses for Christmas. With tiny pleats and big florals all over, these coordinated outfits look festive. The second look has them wearing girly soft net frills in pastels.

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Ariaana and Viviana in coordinated outfits

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Pretty Lehengas

Lehenga’s are girls favorite ethnic wear outfits for festive occasions. They can be chic, dressy and girly depending on how you style them. Little girls are no exceptions, lehenga’s look all the more adorable on these munchkins. Here Manchu twins are wearing Banarasi silk lehengas with paithani silk blouses with an embellished shawl collar and belt. For another occasion they wore a super breezy pair of blush white with peach florals all over. The neon colored backing for the lehenga border’s kept this look uber cool for our summers!

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Ariaana and Viviana in Coordinated lehengas

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Use your free time to style your kids up in such various adorable coordinating ensembles. Don’t forget to capture those dressy moments!

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