Ways to Wear: The Romper

A romper is perfect for a sunny day as well as for the breezy evening look. We tell you how to style yours and make your own fashion statement this Summer.

The Domina Romper in Black, Mauve and Mink

-AK

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City Snapshots

The whole cricket fever has also got us (more) interested in our cities and so some of us are planning a tour together. But before we do that, we asked some of our other colleagues who’ve already been there and done that.

Bangalore
“When I was in Bangalore a few years ago it was so green and fresh. I liked the fact that it was close to Mysore and I also liked the hotel we stayed at. I liked the snails there. They were very weird with their conical shells.”

Chennai
“The food with all the chutneys! I can just eat them. I loved the temples – beautiful architecture. I loved the silk saris and it was fascinating to see how people personalised the Chennai diamonds by inscribing messages on them.”

Delhi
“I like the fact that Delhi is a kind of place where you can remain unseen if you want or you can go out and meet everyone whenever you want. And there is so much variety in terms of food, places and people. You can go and watch a jazz concert or go partying at night.”

Kolkata
“I liked Kolkata because it’s really old and vintage with its little streets and archways. You can almost imagine the old British men and women walking around the city.”

Mumbai
“The thing about Mumbai is that you can’t miss the energy. I liked the feeling of being next to the sea. I liked the coast. But most importantly, I think I like Mumbai because of the people.”

– SB

The Flashback Cafe: Backstreet’s Back

You know the moves. He knows the moves. She knows the moves. And admit it, you all know the lyrics. Growing up wouldn’t be the same without them.

Take a break for five minutes and revisit the old Backstreet 90s: The music, the dance moves, the heartbreaks and the hairstyles.

– SB

Homies and the POPz

Think of Compton – or Google it, if you must, and you’ll see that it is a city in southern Los Angeles County, California, United States,  infamous for gang violence. It is also known for the Compton Cricket Club (the Homies and the Popz). And do you know why?

Founded in 1995 by Ted Hayes and Katy Haber, the Cricket Club has given the team members a new meaning to the “gang” life. The team, comprising African Americans and Latinos from the area, plays cricket at amateur level in LA and takes occasional tours in the UK and Australia.

This “All American Cricket Team” promotes good will, civility and peace while bringing Cricket to America and harnessing the raw talent from the country, waiting to become the future US Cricketers.

And what are they doing when not winning games? See here:

Homies & the POPz performing their hit Hip-Hop Cricket Rap hit, “From Bullets To Balls during the Cricketer Unite Against Terrorist Rally at the LA City Hall on March 14,2009

Snoop Dogg wearing the Compton Polo while performing at the Summadayze Music Festival

-AK

Cuppa Cake

We couldn’t get our minds off the Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cupcakes the other day. Last week one of our colleagues had come back on Monday with the Cinnapple Muffins. This long weekend proved to be extremely fulfilling too, when we baked some really amazing tasting cupcakes with the following recipe.
(Makes around 20 cupcakes)

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cupcakes

Ingredients:

Cinnamon Cake:
– 3 eggs
– 1/3 cup oil
– ¾ cup buttermilk
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– ¾ cup sour cream
– Vanilla  cake mix
– 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Buttercream:
230 grams cream cheese, softened
– ½ cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cup cinnamon toast crunch powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line pans with 20-22 cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, gently combine eggs, oil, buttermilk and vanilla.
  3. Mix in sour cream.
  4. Add cake mix and cinnamon and mix until smooth.
  5. Stir in lightly crushed cereal.
  6. Fill cupcake liner ¾ full and bake for 15-18 minutes.
  7. Buttercream: Beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add cinnamon toast crunch powder. Add vanilla and powdered sugar. Adjust the consistency using milk if it’s too thick.
  8. Pipe the icing onto cooled cupcakes and top with cinnamon sugar and cinnamon toast crunch squares and serve.

Yummy!

(source: yourcupofcake)

-AK

Update Your Look

We love how  The Jacqueline Dress gives you three different looks with easy styling. So whether you are attending a rock concert, an afternoon tea party or meeting friends for an evening cocktail, you know what to wear.

Update Your Look

-MU

Making of the Cricket Ball

A long time ago, during the middle ages, an English shepherd threw a ball made of rags and wool at a certain something. Another playfully defended that certain something with his crooked staff. Of course, this game of two did not singularly evolve into modern cricket but it makes sense to assume that this was the game at its most primitive stage. And the ball of rags and wool was arguably the first Cricket ball.

Today, the best Cricket balls are still manufactured by hand but it’s far more complex than what the old shepherd made.

– MU & SB

In the Curves

The winter is long gone. It’s time to put the sweatshirts and heavy knits aside and get into the spring summer mode with tank tops, cotton blouses and kaftans.

While the fashion glossies are telling us to hit the gym and get rid of our winter fat to get the summer body just in time to be on the beaches, the crazy office hours and other random excuses say otherwise. And while we, and you wait for it, here are some easy styling techniques to hide that ‘extra’ under the flimsy layers of silk and linens.

We’ll categorise the same under the 4 basic body types for women.

Body Shapes


Apple

This body type is top-heavy.
If you have this body type, you need to emphasize on your legs and neck, drawing away attention from your waist and shoulders.

What to Wear: Flared denims, loose tops, v-necks, short skirts.
What NOT to Wear: Round necks, skinny tops, anything that draws attention to your waist.
Weapon of Mass Destruction: Those legs.
Get inspired by: Jennifer Hudson, Elizabeth Hurley and Rosie O’Donnell


Pear

This body type is bottom-heavy.
If you have this body type you have a lot of options to make your bottoms look slimmer, unless of course, you want it otherwise. (wink, wink)

What to wear: Bootcut trousers, brightly coloured and patterned tops paired with darker, structured skirts or jeans, boat necks or cowl necklines, straight leg trousers.
What NOT to wear: Tops and tunics that end at the hips and lighter coloured bottoms.
Weapon of Mass Destruction: Bare arms and shoulders.
Get inspired by: Jennifer Lopez, Shakira and Kim Kardashian


Hourglass

This body type has equal hip and bust measurements with a narrow waist.
If you’re one of the lucky few with this body type, dress to flatter your beautiful curves.

What to wear:  Wide leg trousers, knee length hems, low necklines, pencil skirts, fitted jackets, waist-clinching and graphic patterns, slim belts, skinny denims.
What NOT to wear:  Anything with too many ruffles or frills. Shapeless tunics and maxi dresses are a big no, no too.
Weapon of Mass Destruction: Those killer curves.
Get inspired by: Dita Von Teese, Sophia Loren and Salma Hayek


Straight/Rectangular

This body type has the waist, hips and waist of the same size.
Women with this body type should try and exaggerate the curves. Add ruffles and frill for an added texture and volume to your figure.

What to wear: Flared skirts and drawn in waists for a defined waist, sweetheart neckline, skinny denims paired with ruffled and textured tops.
What NOT to wear: Overwhelming styles.
Weapon of Mass Destruction: Your arms and legs
Get inspired by: Alexa Chung, Sienna Miller and Hillary Duff

-AK

Helen Calling

We love Bollywood and more so, the fashion associated with it. With a retro flashback on the fashion runways including the 20’s flapper girl look to the 50’s “New Look”, we go back in time to our favourite fashion moments closer home – one in specific.
With the Hippie culture trickling down to Bollywood during the 70’s, we saw mini skirts, knotted tops, bell bottoms and the Queen of Cabaret – Helen with her seducing moves and glittery eyes.

Here’s an easy way to what we call the “Helen Look” from the 70’s – Perfect for those evening where you want your eyes to do the talking.

 

-AK & SB

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