Monday, February 29, 2016

Goodbye Winters!

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{Pullover - Vero Moda, Skirt - Koovs, Necklace - Forever 21, Clutch - Dorothy Perkins}

So, after the long stretch of the cold days we are finally getting some sunshine! The weather is nice and sunny allowing us to dig into our summer wardrobe once more and whip up outfits which allows us to show some skin while still keeping us slightly warm when it comes to chilly evenings. 

One of my go to looks around this time of the year is to wear a light pullover or cardigan paired with a skirt. It looks chic and it's easier than you think to style. If you are opting for a fuller skirt like I have done in this look, tuck in your pullover or a buttoned up cardigan for a defined waist and add a chunky necklace or layer some delicate pendants. If you want to go for a bodycon skirt, wear an oversized pullover, throw your hair up in a messy bun and add some red lipstick, one of the easiest and chicest looks! 

So, bid adieu to the chilly nights and welcome the warm sunny days!

xoxo,
Srish

Location : JW Marriott, Aerocity
Photography: Vaibhav Sachdeva
Styling/Content/Post-Production: Srish

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Story of Firsts feat. The Grand Arch

Hey guys! So today I want to talk about something different and new as I honestly feel like more people should know about this. I had been having a hectic week with day long shoots, meetings, travelling, covering events, etc and near the end of the week I made plans with one of my old college friends who lives in Gurgaon. Our plan was to kick back and chill at her brand new condo and even though I wanted to go out for a drink or to the salon, she assured me we would not need to. I went there assuming we will be doing each other's nails and having a girls night in sipping wine and as much as I love spending the day in bed and some quality time with my friend, I was in the mood of some pampering. To my surprise, when she said it will all be taken care of, she meant business! Her swanky new 2BHK condo was in the famous Ireo Grand Arch Apartments and that place is not a sore to the eyes, I will give you that!

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Upon reaching The Grand Arch apartments, first thing that greeted me was this stunning installation  of Dada tree by Subodh Gupta. What a brilliant idea to get an Indian contemporary artist's work to complement the minimalistic chic structure of the property, first time an architectural marvel inside a condo!

[Dada Inspiration: "The tree is called Dada, which is the Hindi word for grandfather, the patriarch under whose protection a family thrives," said Subodh.]

This place continued to surprise me every minute. Along with a club where you can wine and dine, a lounge area with huge flatscreen, jogging trail, tennis court, swimming pool, fitness center, and what not, the distinctive "Arch" tower is the tallest residential arch tower in the world! It is taller and wider than other iconic arch structures like Arc De Triomphe of Paris and India Gate Memorial in New Delhi. And it is the first residential arch like structure, let alone in India but the whole world!

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In between being amazed and jealous of my friend's new dream house, I was also tired from the aggressive week I have had and it clearly showed on my face. It was then that my friend decided to reveal the best kept secret of her dream house, a Warren Tricomi Spa and Salon in the midst of The Grand Arch!!

I was pleasantly surprised to find a reputed international luxury chain spa inside the premises. It is truly new levels of luxury and it is the first time I have ever heard of a spa in a condo, you can visit the spa and salon by just going down the lift from your apartment! Need to get hair done for a wedding you are supposed to attend? Click! Need a facial before the big date? Click! Need a relaxing foot massage? Click!

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After going through the extensive list of services they offer, I opted for a Luminous Glow Facial. The staff told me that in order to see the full effect of any facial, you need to wait for 24 hours but this facial can provide instant glow and radiance to the skin. Took me 45 relaxing minutes of the facial to without a doubt believe her. All the tiredness felt like old news and I was relaxed and looked fresh as ever. With just a hint of blush, liner and lipstick, I was ready! No need for any base makeup or concealer.

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Post the facial, I opted for a Gel Buff and Polish. I wanted Gel Nail Extensions but the staff suggested me that my nails are healthy and the length is also good so I honestly don't need the gel extension as it does need a lot of nail filing which results in thinning of the nails and a lot of upkeep. He suggested that I go for a Gel Buff and Polish instead which was a lot cheaper and a much better suited option for me. I was impressed with their honest suggestions, this proves that they are not just their to rip off customers but they genuinely want the best for them.

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It took nearly 30 minutes for the buff and polish and it looked incredibly pretty once finished. Even after 2 weeks, it is still fresh and the color has not chipped. All in all, I was pretty impressed with the services and can't wait to go back already!

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After this little weekend visit to my friend's new apartment, my views towards living in luxurious condos have changed and how! The Grand Arch by Ireo is truly the ideal place to live when it comes to living in uber style. Loaded with a beautiful pool, state of art gym, bowling alleys and what not, a home that's no less than almost a resort! And on top of all that, a first of it's kind to house an international luxury chain spa and salon!

xoxo,
Srish

Location : The Grand Arch by Ireo
Photography: Vaibhav Sachdeva
Styling/Content/Post-Production: Srish 

Mint Overcoat

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{Denims - Zara, Overcoat - Vero Moda, Clutch - Dorothy Perkins, Rings - H&M, Sunglasses - Prada, Watch - Michael Kors, Shoes - Marks and Spencer}

I have talked about pastels being one of the biggest trends for Fall Winter this time around (Read HERE) and before the winters are completely gone, what better way to step into spring but wearing this gorgeous mint overcoat as one of my last winter outfits!

xoxo,
Srish

Location : JW Marriott, Aerocity
Photography: Vaibhav Sachdeva
Styling/Content/Post-Production: Srish 


Fur Gilet

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{Lace Top/Shoes - Forever 21, Denims - H&M, Fur Gilet - Koovs.com, Belt - Forever New, Sunglasses - Prada}

Always being afraid to look fat in fur, I never tried this trend and always avoided it when it came my way. But this fur gilet has become my recent favourite whenever I quickly need to put together a chic and warm outfit. Needless to say that the fur is not real. But it does a great job in keeping me warm on a cold winter night. 

From striped fur stoles to pastel furry coats, designers are using fur accents to give everything an added oomph of luxury. It probably doesn't hurt that these items are the winter equivalent of a statement necklace - guaranteed to get you noticed!

xoxo,
Srish

Location : JW Marriott, Aerocity
Photography: Vaibhav Sachdeva
Styling/Content/Post-Production: Srish 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

SFE Men: Blue and White

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{Denims/Blazer - Zara, Shirt - Bershka, Watch - Aeropostale, Shoes - Jack & Jones}

Winters are almost over and as Spring is knocking on the door, the favourite colors to wear this time around is blue and white. To come out of the dark gloomy weather, these two colors are probably the best options as they scream summer. An all white ensemble looks just as good on men as it does on women. I have rarely seen men in white denims and I honestly think they should definitely invest in a good pair of white denims as they are super versatile and can be styled for many occasions. 

These denims are Rohman's favorite pair and I see him wearing these all the time. Keeping aside the fact that white is his all time favourite color given that he has so many white shirts and shoes as well, these pants really do go with almost everything. 

I styled this outfit as the perfect day time look and also keeping in mind that as Summer is soon approaching, poolside parties are going to follow as well. With a little breezy weather, this look will work perfectly for a poolside party where the semi-casual blazer will keep you warm enough and the outfit will still look summery. 

xoxo,
Srish

Location : JW Marriott, Aerocity
Model: Rohman Shawl
Photography: Vaibhav Sachdeva
Styling/Content/Post-Production: Srish 

Friday, February 12, 2016

A Day @Pearl Academy!

Entering Fashion Industry was never a part of my plan from the beginning. But once I started blogging while still graduating from a business school, my interest towards fashion started growing roots. It was Pearl Academy of Fashion who gave the budding dream a sense of direction and shaped my future. The two years I spent there with an extremely amazing and well trained faculty helped me find my way through all the mess and a big credit goes to them for what I am today. 

Now, if you are baffled and wondering what made me think of the old days, you are clearly not following me on Snapchat! So before you miss out on anything new and fun, do follow me! My snapchat id is SrishSFE.

A few weeks earlier, I received a mail from my former college inviting me to spend a day at Pearl, where prospective students will be coming to the campus and witness life in a day of a Pearlite. They get to attend exciting workshops, take campus tours and meet the counsellors for an interactive session. 

My role was to feel like a student again and be a part of this creative day. I could attend workshops of my choice, meet the faculty, interact with them, take campus tours and also witness the work done by the existing students and towards the end, give my feedback as a role model for young fashion aspirants. I was more than ready to be a part of this activity. It was an exciting opportunity for me to revisit my college after 3 years as sort of a role model! 







Students from various schools and colleges around the city were invited to spend a day @ Pearl. On the arrival, the students are asked to change to a bright red T-shirt provided by Pearl Academy with a message – ‘Creativity is intelligence having fun’. Post that they were briefed about Pearl Academy, various UG and PG courses available and about the new age career one can build. Priya Mary Mathew, Head, School of Creative Business at Pearl Academy helped in moderating the sessions.  The students were then taken for campus visit where they witnessed the facility and well equipped Delhi campus. The bunch was then divided and workshops by Pearl faculty on different subjects were conducted to give them  flavor of oozing creativity a Pearlite submerges into. Towards the end, each student received a certificate of participation. Below is the list of workshops and faculty who conducted them:-

Course
Name of workshop
Faculty
# of Students
FD/FSID
Trends spring summer 2016 to suit your body types
Shalini Gupta / Vasundhara/ Mohan
32
Communication Design
Stop Motion Animation
Ridhi and her team
12
Interior Design
Interiors in a Shoe Box
Rashim Mahajan
11
FLE
Creative Thinking
Deepmala
25

Being there as a blogger and role model was an unique experience. I got to attend the workshops and I particularly loved the styling workshop, so much so that the faculty who was showing me around had to pull me out of there but I did not budge until the end. The stop motion animation workshop was also very interesting. The students were using a shoe box to cut and mould it in a way that it tells a story. It was a day full of fun and creativity and I was lucky enough to be a part of it. 

If you want to have a career in fashion, the forms for Pearl Academy are out now. So grab the opportunity and get into one of India's top fashion schools. You will get the best of faculty and guidance and being an alumni, I can give you my word for it!

xoxo,
Srish

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

OPPO F1 - My Selfie Expert

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My recent trip to Mumbai was to attend a mobile phone launch by OPPO Mobiles. I had the idea that they were launching a new phone with focus on mobile photography, particularly selfies and that was what made me most excited. And I was not disappointed, which you will know as you read on!

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Signifying the growing importance of mobile photography globally, OPPO mobiles launched its new device F1 which is supposedly a "Selfie Expert" with a front camera of 8MP, f/2.0 aperture lens and a sensor size of 1/4 inches. This allows for more light to enter the camera so you can take a clear selfie even in less ideal lighting conditions! It also has a Beautify 3.0 feature which brightens the skin and seamlessly removes blemishes so you can always look your best. You can also choose from different inbuilt filters and three beautification modes while clicking the perfect selfie. I tried one filter and clicked a quick selfie at the event and here's how it turned out:

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Needless to say, I did not use any other editing app or Instagram filter on this image as there was no need! It came out perfect in the first try! There are no blemishes, the skin looks brighter, the makeup looks perfect and the overall picture is amazing!

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{OUTFIT DETAILS: Skirt - Stalk Buy Love, Crop Top - Koovs, Heels - Forever 21, Watch - Michael Kors, Rings - H&M, Bag - Louis Vuitton}


Along with a 8MP front camera, it has a 13MP rear camera with an ISOCELL sensor, the phase detection autofocus (PDAF) with a focus time of just 0.1s, and the anti-shake optimisation feature which enables the camera to automatically select the clearest image from a huge buffer of image data the moment the shutter button is pressed. 

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The design and build quality is exceptional too! The beautiful gold color is stunning and very sleek. The phone itself is very lightweight and it comes with a clear cover which enables you to show off the beautiful design while not compromising on the safety.

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The F1 is specially designed with powerful software and hardware to make capturing stunning selfies a breeze, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 series Octacore processor with 3GB RAM and 16GB ROM, all backed by OPPO's spectacular build quality with a silk feeling metal panel.

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The F1 comes is two colors of Golden and Rose Gold, and is 4G enabled at a price of Rs.15,990/-. Also, the F1 Hot Sale is going to start from 4th to 6th Feb, where 8-9 celebrities will be visiting the stores!

Here are a couple more selfies without any filter and with an inbuilt filter.

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With the incredible price and amazing selfies, I really think you guys should at least check it out! It's definitely worth buying and plus it gives major competition to iPhones when it comes to looks as well as picture quality. The look and feel is in fact better than any iPhone, as per my own personal opinion and the price is unbeatable!

xoxo,
Srish