Kalpa Druma | Summer Look #1

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The outfit is super basic because I can’t stand to wear anything else during the heat. I mean let’s be honest guys, we try to plan out outfits a day ahead of time but we end up picking something in a span of 5 minutes, and we usually pick something we’re comfortable in. This is that kind of outfit. The material of the top is really thin, but it has a small thin fabric around the chest area inside, just so that you can wear any color bra without it being visible from the outside. I’ve paired it with a pair of Juthis I got from Banagalore, and a pair of Jumkas from Zahana Accessories. I’ve kept my makeup minimal as well, with just a little bit of concealer and my FAVORITE red lipstick the Maybelline Lip Gradation in Red 2.

This red leaf printed kurti is from Kalpa Druma. I was introduced to this store by my friend Varsha, and it’s a haven for people who love handicrafts and love to explore new “cultural” outlets . What I liked most about the boutique was their clothes, they had beautiful kurtis. kurtas, western wear, etc – the material of it all seemed so pure. Yes most of their kurtis can be a bit pricey, it can go up to 1000 rupees, but they have some for even 500 rupees, like the one I’m wearing. Honestly if you want to experience different products and have the time, you could end up spending hours here. They also have a diverse set of products from quilts, table cloths, curtain material, paintings ( semi-precious stone paintings), antique items, brass items, home decor, and lots of dress material along with finished clothing.

Kalpa Druma is located just opposite the Chola Sheraton hotel in Gopalapuram.

Outfit Details:

Top – Kalpa Druma

Pants – Lifestyle

Juthis – Bangalore

Bag – Cotton On, Singapore

Ring – Lovisa

Earrings – Zahana Acessories

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LAKME ENRICH SATIN | SHADE: M422

Any girl in her 20’s will soon discover or grow an addiction towards lipstick. At least, I know I have.

What I look for in makeup, and pretty much everything, is affordability. So, you can see why I was ecstatic when I saw this lipstick. Anyway let’s get to it.

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Overall:

This is NOT a matte lipstick so it doesn’t have a finished look to it. Which means that lines on your lips are visible (pictured above.) It is on the glossy side, and gives a little sheen depending on how many coats you apply. I like to wear it to semi-formal events or short hangouts.

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Color:

The pigmentation is a very dark red, 2 coats would give you a nice deep wine(ish) red.

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Texture:

The texture of this lipstick is VERY smooth – it glides on perfectly. What I found is that my lips didn’t have to be super moisturized before I applied makeup, unlike with matte lipsticks where dry lips is a big no no. BUT because it’s very smooth it doesn’t settle onto the lips, so it’s very smudgy. I’ve tried drinking and eating whilst wearing it and unfortunately this left traces of the lipstick. That’s one of the major turn-offs of this lipstick.

Durability:

The Enrich Satin series unfortunately lacks on this front. I apply about 2-3 coats just to get maximum amount of color and darkness, but because of its texture it kind of just wears off in about 2 hours? Also, while I was wearing it I didn’t know if the color was intact, so I found myself constantly checking to see how it looked.

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Packaging:

The packaging is fairly simple. It comes in a metallic grey color box, and the tube is transparent, it’s cute and to the point.

Price: 

The Lakme Enrich Satin line is pretty affordable with each costing just Rs. 265 . It’s perfect for those who don’t want to spend a lot on a quick fix!

Rating:

3/5

 

Diwali 2015

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Skirts and Basics

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Top –    Cherokee at Megamart

Necklace – Westside 

Skirt – Miss. Bennett, Jabong

Hat – Street Shopping at Yercaud 

This outfit is for those days when you can’t bear to wear jeans and you want to a lazy yet stylish look. When I go shopping I don’t buy a bundle of clothes at once, I shop now an then which I think most people I know do. I always buy basics as they are affordable, and obviously can be worn with anything. Hence the green Cherokee basic top, I got it on sale at Megamart for only 300/- which I thought was a bargain because I like the feel of the top. I usually pair it with a normal pair of blue jeans and a scarf/statement necklace or even leggings and a cardigan when I feel ultra lazy. I think Megamart is really good when it comes to basics, they even have really funky printed pants which I unfortunately couldn’t get!

The skirt from Jabong was an impulsive buy because I didnt really know how I would pair it, but when I saw the deal on Jabong I just had to have it. I don’t really wait for those ‘huge’ sales on clothing sites like Jabong or Myntra, I go on once a week to just see what they have in store and if Im lucky I’ll find something within my budget. This black pleated maxi skirt was only 800/-, an insanely good buy! I was a bit skeptical about the length of the skirt, but it worked out well. The easiest way is to just use a measuring tape and refer to the size chart. When in doubt, just order a larger size because you can always alter it later.

Westside has some really good accessories, especially during the big sale months like Diwali and Pongal. This necklace was only 50/-. When I saw it I was looking around thinking it was a joke or just misprinted. I know it’s not a very fancy necklace, but I liked the layered look it has plus the texture of the necklace. For that price you cant really ask for more. Westside also has some pretty amazing bags and shoes during sales, so it’s usually my first stop when I go to the mall!

Photography by Shyam Vasudevan

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Cruising through Mylapore, Chennai

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Credits to Shyam Vasudevan

I recently visited Mylapore with a  few friends in an effort to mark one of the many photo walks we wish to embark on. For any photo walk, it’s best to go very early in the morning or late in the evening, especially in Chennai or the heat will get you! The ideal time for a photo walk would be during 6 AM -10 AM or 4 PM – 7PM.

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The Mylapore tank pictured above, taken on a road that joins N Mada St and S Mada St

You can start at Mylapore Tank bustop and head right down RK Mutt Road towards N Mada Street. Usually you’ll find many small shops along that street selling little trinkets but before they open you can see a line of colored doors which happens to be a perfect place to take pictures.

Understanding Mylapore isn’t too difficult as long as you trace your steps. We went in a circle, and made the tank and the temple our center point.

Continue on N Mada St and take the first left onto Chengalneer Pillaiyar Koil St, here again you’ll see many closed shops, but very colorful gates and a little graffiti here or there. This road is where I got the inspiration for my little lock series because of the colorfully varying gates and locks.

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The best thing about Mylapore is the olden, almost run down type of houses that take you back to the days past. These colored houses keep up with the essence of culture that fills the roads of Mylapore.

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