Category Archives: Jewellery

Make-up & Jewellery Organization

Here are a few things I have learnt about make-up and accessories organization:

· Make-up and jewellery looks pretty. So they need to be displayed, not hidden away in drawers and cabinets.

· They also need to be displayed because you need to see your entire collection every time you dress up. If you are a shopaholic like me, which you probably are if you are dealing with storage problems, you won’t even remember what all you own. So, it is important that everything you own is laid out in front of you, so you can choose justly.

· Innovative storage solutions can act as decor! Baskets, cute boxes, vintage chests, DIY storage – wonderfully satisfying ways of organizing things make your room artsy and add that personal touch.

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After years of dealing with broken, lost, tangled up jewellery and cosmetics, I decided to bring them all out. I love baskets and when I saw so many cute baskets at the Dollar Store, I decided to change the way I did things. And I am so happy! I have everything organized and laid out in front of me. I do not repeat things and give other items ‘a chance’. That also gives me the satisfaction that I am using all the stuff I have and have not merely wasted money on things I am never able to use.

What are your storage problems? And ideas?

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India International Jewellery Week 2014–My Favorites

It rained stars at the recent IIJW event held at Grand Hyatt, Mumbai. IIJW showcased some of India’s best jewellery and costume designers. The ramp sizzled with beauty, jewels and rich fabrics for 3 days. Celebrities and models, equally dazzling, showed off fabulous pieces of jewellery along with gorgeous lehengas and gowns. Difficult to choose a few favourites but here is my list.

Brand ambassador Sonam Kapoor walked for Nazraana in a beautiful, vintage off white dress by Ashi Studio (a Lebanese brand). As always, she rocked the vintage look. This one has got to be everyone favorite, right?

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Former Miss India, Pooja Chopra, walks for Swarovski. Now this one looks like a very cute demure Indian bride.

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Raveena Tandon looked a beautiful mess when she walked for Dipti Amisha

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Amisha Patel wore a gorgeous lehenga in a beautiful color combination for Swarovski.

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Sagarika Ghatge projected an Indian woman’s pure beauty in a simple elegant saree by Anavila as she walked for Ganjam Jewellers.

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Diya Mirza looked delicate in a catchy half saree as she walked for Shobha Shringar.

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Parineeti kept her makeup minimum and let the Shyamal and Bhumika black and gold gown do all the talking as she walked for Bridhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers.

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Sunny Leone reminds me of Cleopatra in this royal black attire. She sashayed down the ramp for Apala.

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Canadian beauty Lisa Ray glowed in a coral gown and outstanding blue stone earrings by Farah Khan Ali.

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Bong beauty Bipasha Basu turned showstopper for Neeta Lulla’s Autumn Winter Bride collection. She looked amazing. The color combination is stunning, so is the intricate embroidery.

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Sonam Kapoor did it once again. She looked a real princess in a delicate white saree by Neeta Lulla. The headband was icing on top of the cake.

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Got a favorite?

All pictures from internet

Embellish Me

Statement neckpieces made an entry into the fashion scene almost a year ago and are still in rage. Blinding glass crystals, huge neon beads to brew of gold and glitter; as bling-y as they can get. One statement piece can transform a plain dress into a glamorous one. Wear one over a tee and denims and you convert a plain casual outfit into a classy outfit.

I always strive to bring in Indian ethnic elements into regular western outfits. One way of doing this is via jewellery. Wear a piece of Indian jewellery like painted wooden bangles, silver jhumkas or beaded neckpiece with a carved metal pendant to change the whole look from Western to Bohemia or Fusion. The more ethnic or tribal, the better.

Think beads, thick threads, loud pendants and lots of color.

Add color to a plain outfit by adding a multicoloured piece.

Go wild with colors and textures. Think out of the box. Make unusual pairings.

There is no dearth of junk jewellery in India. If you look for these in malls and department stores, you are likely to find what everyone else is wearing. Move away from the regular. Go to old markets. Visit exhibitions. Hit the streets. Watch out for steals on your visits to different cities (and countries) and treasure those pieces. You will find the real loot there.

On the recent India trip, I rummaged around whatever neighbourhood I was in, attacking street vendors and buying whatever my heart fell in love with and protected those pieces like my second life. I found wonderful pieces in the most unexpected places.

Here are some of them. Just some of them.

Beaded jewellery

Black thread pendant

metal statement piece

multicolored tribal

pink embellished collar neckplace

So go ahead. Add bling to your look. Go wild or go classy.

Random Facts About Me

Current wish list:
  • A pair of Nine West pumps
  • Red jeans
  • The perfect ripped jeans
  • Animal print top


Can’t get enough of:
  • Denim
  • Shorts
  • Shoes
  • Painted Cloth bags
  • Metal / Stone jewellery


I like:
  • Top knots
  • Pumps
  • Smokey eyes
  • Messy hair
  • Nude lips
  • Gladiator sandals
  • Hazel eyes
  • Beads
  • Summers dresses
  • Wedges
  • Nose rings
  • Lace
  • Boots
  • White
  • Scarves
  • Oversized glares
  • Anklets and toe rings
  • Pleated skirts
  • Blue hair streaks


Favourite places:
  • Book shops
  • Coffee shops
  • Castles
  • Beaches
  • Malls
  • Markets
  • Ruins
  • Old houses
Next Destination: Singapore
Dream destination: Peru


Inspire. And Be Inspired.

Ok. So many Bollywood songs are copied or ‘inspired’ from English/Korean/Russian songs. Many hindi movie songs are ‘inspired’ from Indian folk songs. Indian actresses copy / imitate styles of Hollywood (Sonam Kapoor and JLo in Gucci evening gown??). My question is, is there a problem with that – getting inspired, which is crudely put as copying or imitating? Do we stop liking a song when we come to know it’s been copied from an English song? As long as an equally beautiful duplicate is created, what’s the harm? It’s another form of beauty or art. Looking at it from another angle, you get to appreciate two forms of the same music piece or appreciate the better one, whichever one it is.

The above outfit is similar to the following outfit worn by Deepika Padukone (the newly acquired bronze and pearl necklace reminded me exactly of this!).

PS: Did you know the song ‘Teri Meri’ from Bodyguard has been taken up from the song La Betleem Colo-n Jos by Cleopatra Stratan (its a Romanian song). Listen to it here. It’s sung by a little girl who has a very very cute voice. This doesn’t stop me from still loving Teri Meri.