Sunday, February 7, 2016

Fit for a Duchess

Two B-town leading ladies were recently spotted out and about dressed in brands known to also be favored by the Duchess of Cambridge. I always jump at a chance for a little crossover action between my two favorites: the Royals and Bollywood. Kareena (with magnificent balayage highlights going on) breezed into the stands of the derby event at the Royal Western India Turf Club in a fabulously printed Temperley London dress. Now I seriously doubt we will ever spot the Duchess in such a print, she has been a fan of Temperley for years.
Next up, Katrina chose another vibrant yellow piece for "Fitoor" promotions in Jaipur. Roland Mouret has been a favorite among Bollywood ladies and the Duchess in recent years. We have spotted the Duchess in yellow hues in the past, and given that she chose a bold, red gown for the reception for the Chinese PM, there is a small chance we could see choose something of this sort for herself at some point in the future.
Anyone else as excited as I am for the Duke and Duchess' upcoming India tour?!
Photos: @yasminbodyimage, @bombaytimes, @feminaindia

Friday, February 5, 2016

Suddenly Sonam

I've concluded that Rhea Kapoor must have a ball styling her sister; Sonam seems up for just about anything! Take her four recent appearances, for instance. She split evenly between long tops and exaggerated salwaar-style pants. I loved the two Anamika Khanna ensembles - the silvery grey tunic over salwars being my favorite (that knockout oxidized necklace!). The best parts of the red Anamika outfit was were the ankle detail and those killer sandals. Playing around with shape and proportion, the Bungalow 8 outfit was so Sonam - business on top, style adventuress on bottom. The Dhruv Kapoor plaid shirt-dress lost me a bit though. It's a tad too shapeless for me, and then tucking in skinny jeans into boots just shortens her legs unnecessarily. But you know what? Three out of four isn't bad at all!
Photos: @sonamkapoor

Thursday, February 4, 2016

YBTJ: Mellow Yellow Edition

Katrina and Sonam have been tearing it up on the promotional warpath. Most recently, both were spotted in sunny, yellow ensembles. Props to Sonam for being ever-adventurous and unpredictable in her fashion choices. But I just can't figure this one out - what is it? A sweater? A dress? A sweater dress? It's too manic for mere mortals, and thus, perhaps perfect for Ms. Sonam.
In terms of wearability, my vote is with Kat. She takes on an intimidating color, wears it top to bottom, and manages not to resemble a banana. Also, and this is probably because it's Primary Season here in the States, but the color of the suit and the wide cut leg, prevent the 31 Phillip Lim ensemble from veering into power pantsuit territory. Even Hillary is edging away from her beloved pantsuits!
Photos:  @prabalgurung, @elleindia

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

SAG Awards Prettiness

I'm so excited that PC is tearing it up Stateside - gives me a reason beyond Mindy, Padma, and Rachel Roy, to cover American awards shows. Let's be honest, Filmfare, the "Hooray, it's Wednesday", IIFA, NDTV, and the ilk can get a tad boring at times ;) I kid, I kid.
Priyanka's punchy, mermaid-style gown with its tulle detail seemed to complement its wearer's personality quite well.
Also by Monique Lhuillier, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss was equally eye-catching. She's so effortless, and those Loubies are covet-worthy!
Photos: @officialjld, @douevendesi

Friday, January 29, 2016

Coldplay's "Hymn for the Weekend"

Controversy surrounding Beyoncé's appearance aside (follow me on Twitter for a recap), I must say that the video is visually stunning. The cinematography makes me want to jump on a plane and land in Mumbai asap. Lovely!

Ms. Rhea Kapoor did a phenomenal job styling sister Sonam for her beautiful, albeit brief, appearance. Her whole gaon ki gori look is fetching. Check out the close-up details of her blouse - the embroidery is gorgeous.
Queen Bey's look is just...well...over the top. There's no denying the workmanship of the Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla piece. However, the styling screams "exotic, goddess, mystical, mysterious, sensual, eastern blah blah blah". The usual, tired Indian trope. Where is the value added?
Photos: @rheakapoor, @sandeepkhosla

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Lady in Red

On the occasion of Republic Day, La Rai was invited to the capital to lunch with the President of France, Francois Hollande. And she certainly brought her A-game for the event! La Rai presented a complete, Bollywood diva look - everything from her sleek chignon, to her kundan jewelry (!!), to her sari, was on point. I think that the roses tucked into her chignon *might* have been OTT, but no matter. If it was "dramatic diva" she was aiming for, she hit her mark.
Photos: pinkvilla, @htshowbiz

Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector

Where I live, it's sunny 90% of the year. I'm not complaining about the abundant sunshine, but it has made daily UV protection absolutely imperative. Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector is touted as an oil-free, tinted moisturizer with a whopping SPF 43. It comes in three colors (I use #3), that really sink into the skin. It is also said to have skin-improving qualities that inhibit wrinkle-formation and skin discoloration in addition to basic sun protection.

Pro: I'm all about combining steps in my morning routine. This product combines moisturizing and SPF 43 with a slight tint. It is oil-free, which is a must for acne-prone or oily skin types. I've learned that SPF 35 is the absolute minimum one should wear for sun protection, so we're obviously well-covered here! Don't be alarmed that there are only three shades available - as I've stated, the color payoff is minimal, and I've found that #3 disappears right into my skin without leaving any dreaded whitish mask as some sunscreens do. 

Con: it's a tinted UV moisturizer - it makes no claim of hiding imperfections so it's not surprising that this product is not going to provide any blemish coverage beyond the most sheer. 

Bottom line: The color pay-off is just enough to achieve a glowing complexion (assuming one has fairly even skin tone to begin with). It does an excellent job hydrating my skin without making it look like an oil slick (yuck!), and it provides robust sun protection to boot.