Monday, November 30, 2015

Once Upon a Trunk...

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So, how is the festive and wedding season treating you all? I myself have been in a constant state of confusion and running around to designer stores for selections, fittings and what not. And with a part-time styling job and full-time blogging, time is not a luxury for me. Yes, you might be silently suggesting me online shopping to save time sifting through designer outfits while still sitting at home and finding my size, color and style but honestly tell me, haven't you ever wished for a designer drive-up service?  Spending all that hard-earned money on something you saw and liked on a computer screen might not feel as satisfying and justified. And the time crunch, injury, illness or some unexpected circumstances has been preventing you to visit the designer's store yourself to see, touch and feel the fabric, quality and make of the outfit. Will you be able to thank me enough if I tell you I found the solution to this problem?

Once Upon A Trunk recently launched it's website and guess what guys, they are offering home shopping service! You can book an appointment, tell them the occasion you want outfits for and your personalized trunk will be delivered to your doorstep along with a stylist to help you hand-pick the best suited silhouettes and accessories to you according to your body type and color while still keeping in mind your tastes and aesthetics. You can pay for what you love and send the rest back!

I opted to try out this service for an upcoming day wedding of a cousin. I wanted something classic with a bit of modern twist and in a day appropriate color which can effortlessly blend in for an evening function too in case the wedding stretches into the later hours. I discussed my complexion and body type along with my preferences of outfits with the OUAT team over the phone and the next day the customized trunk was at my doorstep for me to try! The surprising thing was that I fell in love with everything that was there in the trunk. It was like a personally curated pandora box for me and just me. The jewellery selection was stupendous and once I had everything on, nothing look forced or too much. It was perfect and I couldn't be happier! And guess what, the home shopping service is free the whole December! You do not have to pay any extra charges for the extra pain they go through to help you choose what you want and making you happy.

Apart from offering this home shopping service, they have pre-curated looks which you can buy on the spot. If you are in a time crunch, just go through the Styled Looks section and you will be sure to find the perfect fit for your occasion!

Do stop by the website and check out the amazing collection they have over there!

ONCE UPON A TRUNK

xoxo,
Srish

Styling/Content/Post-Production: Srish
Photography: Vaibhav Sachdeva
Outfit/Jewellery/Clutch - Once Upon A Trunk
Location: The Perfect Location, Faridabad



Saturday, November 28, 2015

Money, Money, Money - Why Are Rolexes So Expensive?

There isn’t a watch aficionado or a collector in the world that doesn’t know of Rolex. These revolutionary Swiss made timepieces are so highly revered that they have unequivocally been considered the epitome of unmatched luxury and sophistication since they entered the market.
Simply put, if you gather a team of all the luxury watchmakers in the world with unlimited funds to come up with a worthy adversary for a Rolex, it would still be impossible. Because Rolex belongs in a class of its own. Have a look at the Rolex Watches lineup on Ethos Watch Boutiques and you will realize the grandeur they come with.
Rolex manufactures timepieces in four ultra-modern production facilities. But, do you know what makes Rolexes the most expensive watches on Earth? Read on to find out.
1.    Rolex Uses A Rare, Expensive Steel
Steels, particularly those used in watches, come in different varieties, types, and grades. If you’ve researched watchmaking well enough, you will also know that almost all of the luxury watches are made using 316L stainless steel because it, albeit expensive, is readily available. But Rolex takes it a couple notches higher. The brand uses what is called 904L steel, which is ludicrously more expensive than any other type available. Why? Simply because it looks and feels better, especially when polished. The 904L variant of steel is extremely hard to engineer, which is why Rolex also had to scrap old machinery and build custom ones to handle it. Now, do you think any other watchmaker would go to such extremes? Probably not.
2.    It Has Its Own Research And Development Wing
Rolex is well beyond all its competitors because other firms can’t match the Swiss company’s level of dedication to churning out truly exquisite pieces. The company has a well-equipped, in-house science lab with accomplished scientists, who research how to better future watches. The R&D department’s work doesn’t end there; the laboratory also works towards improving their machinery and technology to produce technological and horological masterpieces. Said to be as advanced as the facilities in the CERN and the likes, the wing helps manufacture watches that are multi-dimensionally superior to competitors.
3.    Makes Its Own Gold
How many watchmakers would you say are this obsessed with perfection? The brains behind Rolex bring in 24K gold from external suppliers and custom-make them into 18K versions, which subsequently go on to be used in the varied collection of watches. It isn’t just gold that they make in-house, the platinum used in the watches comes from one of their foundries. The 24K gold is turned into 18k yellow, white, or non-fading ever-rose gold. Large kilns under burning flames melt and mix the metal to the set standard, which is later used to make bracelets and cases. Doing so also allows Rolex to maintain its quality standards while also manufacturing the most luxurious timepieces.
4.    A Rolex Takes A Year To Create
Yes! You read that right! However, this shouldn’t be surprising given the company’s obsession with producing the best and the most intricately designed timepieces. The company makes over a million watches over a year, but still hasn’t found a shortcut to increase production because, as we’ve already mentioned, Rolex is all about quality and that is the only tangible aspect they value more than others.
Watch the production process of Rolex:
5.    The Company Has A Group Of Gemologists
As mentioned above, Rolex customizes the gold, platinum, emerald and other precious stones to suit its requirements. To meet its own high standards, the company has a swarm of gemologists with expertise in testing all these precious stones. The sole job of these experts is to buy and check these stones and to ensure they meet the quality guidelines. Once done, they’ll have to arrange the stones to be used later on Rolex’s varied models. There is talk that Rolex, with its unparalleled testing measures, has found 2 fakes in the 20 million diamonds it has tested so far.
6.    Rolex Manufactures Almost Everything In Its Facilities
You might have heard of luxury watchmakers contractually buying quartz parts from external sources to use in their watches. But with Rolex things are quite different. Rolex manufactures watches with pretty much all the parts being made in its four facilities. This also lets Rolex run independently without having to rely on other luxury watchmakers for key components.
To say the least, Rolex has been a frontrunner in the watchmaking industry ever since its introduction in 1904. The independent Swiss watchmaker has achieved a rare feat by weathering the storm created by mega-rich conglomerates and corporations and still stands firm as the best watchmaker the world has had the pleasure to see.
It is the largest single luxury watch brand in the world that makes over 2000 watches everyday. The revenue of this renowned swiss watchmaker was $7.7 billion in 2012, which only cements its dominance in the luxury world market.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Fall Fashion and Hats

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{Denims/Jacket/Rings - Forever 21, Crop Top - H&M, Hat - Zara, Shoes - Aldo, Bag - StalkBuyLove, Watch - Michael Kors, Sunglasses - The Black Box}

Can we just hurray in excitement for a whole minute! My most beloved season is here in full form and I couldn't be more excited. Fall season is my favourite not only because it is the perfect temperature, neither too hot nor too cold, but also because it brings along limitless possibilities of layering, accessorising and styling. Although I am aware that Winter will surpass this temperature in a matter of weeks or probably even days but I am going to be making the most of this time however little of it I am allowed.

This outfit is my first tribute to this season, where I have incorporated the core trends for fall. Plaid is having a moment on the runways and I brought it down to the streets with this light woolen cape jacket. It was a gem found buried deep in the treasure hunt we all go through as we step into Forever 21. The denims and the bag are the results of a little DIY makeover project that we did on a whim while chilling on a lazy Sunday afternoon. We always find ourselves pointing out the little changes that could have made a garment or an accessory much more stylish and one day we had enough of the could haves and should haves and we took the matter in our hands. Or should I say, took the scissors in our hands! We snipped away the arm handles of the bag first which made it more street chic and then moved onto making those slits in the denims. It was hard not to go overboard as I kept insisting for a few more slashes but then felt this was just the right amount of skin peeking through.

With high waist denims, the most obvious choice is a crop top and that's what I went for. Yes, the nip in the air is more prominent but we don't have to let go of our crop tops just yet! With the right amount of layering, crop tops can easily work their way into our Fall wardrobes. Why don't you all show me your way of wearing crop tops in this weather! Share your styled outfits with me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat...I would love to see what you guys come up with! There is a stylist hidden in each one of you, dig deep and explore the possibilities!

Facebook - Style Fashion Etc
Instagram - Style Fashion Etc
Twitter - Style Fashion Etc
Snapchat - SrishSFE

xoxo,
Srish

Friday, November 20, 2015

[Review] Moto X Style: Phone with Style!

My new hobby is technology. Yes, you read that right. I am surprisingly enjoying learning about the technical side of everything be it phones, camera or laptop and let me tell you, it's intoxicating! The things you can do, once you know the tech behind things is stupendous!! My latest tech toy has been this newly launched phone by Motorola, Moto X Style. I have always been a fan of their impressive cameras, my mom has been using a Motorola phone and I always find myself grabbing her phone to take pictures whenever she is around. So, naturally I was really excited to get a chance to experience and review their new model. Let's get started!

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SPECIFICATIONS
- Moto X Style was launched in India in October 2015
- Being a large sized phone like Samsung Note Series or iPhone 6Plus, it can also be called a Phablet (Phone+Tablet)
- Dimensions: 6.06 x 3.00 x 0.44in with 5.7in Display (What this means is iPhone 6Plus is 3% taller and wider but Moto X Style has 7% bigger screen size!)
- Weight - 179gm (iPhone 6Plus, despite being a little bigger, is 4% lighter than the Moto X Style)
- Display Protection - Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Platform: OS - Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop), planned upgrade to V 6.0 (Marshmallow)
- Chipset - Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808
- CPU - Quadcore 1.44GHz Cortex-A53
- Expandable memory upto 128GB
- Internal Storage - 16GB/32GB/64GB [3GB RAM]
(Now, this is cool...iPhones offer only 1GB RAM)

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DESIGN
- Two colors available: Black with silver edge & White with champagne edge
- Moderate weight
- Sleek looking
- Volume Control is on the right side and so is the Power key
- The edges are curved and smooth
- Comes with a transparent bumper case
- Very good grip because of the textured back
- Subtle speaker placements in the front, looks very cool
- Very good build quality
- No physical buttons for home screen(There are touchscreen icons for home screen, back and multi-tasking window)
- Needs Nano SIM Card

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BATTERY
- Non-removable 3000mAh battery
- Turbo-charging feature which charges the phone upto 8hrs worth of battery life in just 15mins of charging!
- From my personal experience, battery life is pretty good. It lasts me all day with 3G/Wifi. I normally use Ymail, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Navigation which is not something you can call a light usage. When I say all day, I do not mean 24 hours, I mean 10-12 hours of heavy use.

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CAMERA
Rear Camera:
- 21MP camera (iPhone 6plus has 8MP rear camera)
- 5248X3936 pixels
- Dual-tone flash (This means no stupid white flash! It has one yellow and one peach flash, this makes the selfies taken with flash much more normal and pretty)
- Features: Auto Focus, Face Detection, Auto HDR, Low Light, Easy Exposure Control, Slow Motion, Panorama, Ultra HD(4K) 2160p
- 1080p at 60fps

Front Camera:
- 5MP Camera (iPhone 6plus has 1.2MP front camera)
- Dual-tone Flash (This is something new! You can now take selfies in dark or low lit rooms! Apple doesn't offer this feature!)
- Rest all the features are same as the rear camera except the Ultra HD feature.

Now, let's see some unedited samples of the camera!

Outdoor Photography w/o flash

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Indoor Photography w/o flash

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Outdoor Photography with flash

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Indoor Photography with flash

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Outdoor selfie (front camera)

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FEATURES
- Multiuser accounts can be created just like in your Macbook.
- Latest Android Version
- Motorola being a Google company, the updates will be the quickest
- Smooth Touch (though lately I have been facing few glitches)
- Excellent sound quality
- Excellent video quality 
- 4G compatible
- Moto Voice feature (Similar to Siri in Apple phones)
- Motorola Migrate feature (lets you migrate your pictures, contact, music, etc from your old phone which is very convenient!)
- Comes with free earphones 

PRICE
Rs. 29,999/- for 16GB
Rs.31,999/- for 32GB

AVAILABILITY
You can buy the Moto X Style on Flipkart.

RATING
7/10

RECOMMENDATION
I have been using this phone for a month now and I love it. The camera is fabulous and the pictures come out great even in flash. I just wish the front camera had the beautification mode. Also, I have been facing touch screen glitches, nothing major though. Would totally recommend. It's a great replacement for these iPhones which are super overpriced. 

xoxo,
Srish

Sunday, November 8, 2015

On the Chariot

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{Outfit - Ridhi Bansal, Jewellery - Own, Sunglasses - RayBan}

In my last post, I talked about what fashion blogging essentially is for me and how do I earn for it (you can read more HERE). Writing about it made me realise how far I have come. When I started blogging, which was over 5 years ago, I started it as a hobby. I clicked outfit pictures using my phone which later got replaced by a digicam, then a lower level dslr, then a semi-professional dslr and then the one we are currently using. We put so much time and effort into it and still I feel like the biggest reason of all the success is you guys. Without the support and appreciation, we bloggers would stand no where! Our readers are our biggest supports, they define us and give our work some meaning. So, I want to take a minute and thank all of you for your support, taking out few minutes from your busy daily life and reading what I have to say means a lot to me and I cannot thank you enough for this.

I am sharing my last instalment of Ridhi Bansal designs and one of my favourites. This lehanga which looks nothing less than a grand outfit right out of a fairytale is a pretty amalgamation of dreamy colors and elegant design. You can check out more designs by this talented designer here: Ridhi Bansal Facebook Page

xoxo,
Srish

Location Courtesy: The Perfect Location
Photography: Aman Bhatia
Styling/Content/Post-Production: Srish

Welcoming Fall with Layers

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{Pants/Long Shirt - Zara, Crop Top - Forever 21, Bag/Watch - Michael Kors, Brooch - Reynu Taandon, Shoes - Tresmode}

Being a fashion blogger has more to it than it seems. I have had many girls ask me in past few months that how I started blogging and how I made a career out of it. While it is good to see bloggers being recognised as influencers and being idolised by so many in the society, what saddens me is that almost every girl who comes forward with a query about blogging wants to know how to contact PRs and how to make money. While I have addressed this issue in the past, it is about time that I answer all those questions once and for all.

Blogging is not a primary means of earning money for me, I am not going to deny that I do earn for all the effort I put into shoots and writing, etc. but I don't necessarily depend on social media as my full time job. I have tried it though for a couple of months and while it worked out great, I do love a stable income and for that I work as a stylist with an ecommerce company. Anyways, the point is, the moment I started working as a full time professional blogger, it started to feel like work. I have always blogged out of passion and my love for fashion. The day it became my full time job, it started to overwhelm me with all the running around, attending events, meetings and what not. I felt that I had to post not because I wanted to at that particular moment, but because I had to...which I did not like one bit. And for those who wants to start a fashion blog, know that it should be your passion to explore fashion world and not your passion for easy money. If money is the reason you start a blog, you will be disappointed because it is not easy money. It would be easier to get a job and have a fixed income than start from scratch, build up your blog and market it, schedule meetings and shoots, edit images, videos, write the content, cross promote on social media, etc etc. I have had days when I finished my work by 3am and woke for an early shoot at 6. I do not mind it coz I love doing it! But if you want to earn money, you will be bitter and despise the time you are spending doing these things and not getting proper rest or sleep. So, be honest to yourself and follow your dreams, not money for only the dreams you can loose sleep over is worth chasing.

xoxo,
Srish


Friday, November 6, 2015

Dhoti Pants & Crop Top

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{Outfit - Mrignain by Mandeep Rekhi, Jewellery - Indiatrend, Belt - Forever New, Sunglasses - Aldo, Shoes - Zara}

And I am back yet again with an Indianwear attire!

With my body type, I feel high-waisted dhoti pants with crop top looks really flattering. I have an hour-glass figure which means I have a somewhat tiny waist(yay) so this outfit flaunts exactly that making me look even more slimmer than I am. The trick to wear crop tops flawlessly is to show just a sliver of skin and not more 1 or at max 2 inches. Unless you have the Shilpa Shetty body, any more than 2 inches and you can easily tip over to the slightly vulgar side. Keep it safe and classy but if you really wanna be a lil risqué, all power to you! 

This silhouette can be worn by girls with any body shape, even if you have a pear shaped body, rectangular or an apple shaped body, it kind of neutralises the silhouette by creating an illusion of slimmer waist and fuller bust and hips. This outfit would be perfect for a garden diwali party or an outdoor mehendi and sangeet function. Keeping that in mind, I kept the jewellery minimal for a fresh and young vibe. What are your thoughts about this look, do let me know in the comments section below!

xoxo,
Srish

Styling/Content/Post-Production: Srish
Photography: Nisha Singh