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Easy DIY Bedroom Makeover Hacks - Inspired By Beautiful Homes

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 / , , ,

We just passed a good festival season when not only the leaves become slightly Red, also our homes are cleaned, ransacked , primed and retouched .
Its a tradition, or at least an unwritten law in India , to wait for the appropriate time of the year to get the things fixed . Before Internet or My space came into being, painting of the house /whitewashing was the only customary term associated with Diwali renovations. But in today's time renovation is a whole new game and thank god for internet, this time my imagination was running pretty wild, when I had the sudden urge to make small changes in my bedroom - not very massive or overtly expensive , but I wanted a lot of existing things like light fixtures, to wall hangings to move and make place for the new and "TRENDY STUFF "(snaps fingers **) to enter which would eventually help me create more space in my bedroom. There was a lot of work for me to do and  I needed a second opinion on everything .
Since I am quite nosy about pretty details, cute designs and have a creative bone , I wanted someone who could just enter my life and second me on everything, but at the same time also put their ideas on the table.
Then I Came across Beautiful homes, a website and a one stop online portal for inspiring homes, home decor, DIY ideas and what not . Browsing through the website not only gave me some amazing home shopping recommendations, but also got my imagination running pretty wild, and ideas with imaginative decor were born, and I think now it's so easy to breathe new life into my current bedroom with tips and pointers which are practical and inexpensive. And since I was not keen on changing the interior of the whole house, I stick to choose a few DIY ideas from the website beautiful homes that would also help complement my existing furniture and interior style.

Here are a few DIY ideas which you can also add /implement to enhance the look and feel and make your Homes Beautiful.

Indoor Plants : Plants lift the mood of the space immediately and plants in bedroom do not require high maintenance too. Start storing waste bottles, to incorporate a few creepers, trimmed and pruned.
Either go for mugs or small jars or plain white mugs which can be hung upside down ( hanging garden style)
If your bedroom walls are white, recycled Cola bottles can be painted and small natural or artificial plants could be kept near the bedside table . The other option is to get some twine and rope and add small Bonsais to create a wall of Bonsai  !! I think I am going for the hanging garden style, it's a little different and unseen .

DIY Switch Plate- Framing switch boards can cost thousands , and I have seen a few available at the lighting market. They come in textured/plated /wooden , you name it and they have a finish to match your bedroom. Now this idea cannot be restricted to bedroom only rather your whole house can get a lift with a simple hack. I saw a similar idea on beautiful homes, but here is my own twist to it.
Buy a few photo frames from the stationary/ toy shop. These days it's easy to get the ceramic frames too and they look ultra pretty . To know the size of your switch board, I suggest taking the board with you when you go shopping,this way you get to hold the frame against the plate to measure the size.
The next step is to spray paint them with either white or  or find a paint contrasting your main wall. Viola, your new jazzy switch board is ready .

Bedroom Decor with Mason Jars/ Earthen Pots-  Remember those Grandmas Jam / Pickle Jars ? - How many times we have put our hands right inside the big ( Achaar Ka Martbaan ) and always got a beating ? Yes that. Well here's what I Plan to do . Buy a set of Three Jars-  Large , Medium and Small and put it on my window ledge with Christmas tree plantations. Festive season is around the corner, and I would love to decorate it with candies, confettis and Christmas ornaments and  make my own Christmas tree base which is really different and one of a kind.

Throw over that Quilt - On the wall - Always wanted that Feature wall , but your rented home doesn't allow you the budget to go for one ? Its common sense to not invest in painting the walls in textures especially when you don't know when you are about to move out.
Wallpapers and Decals are other options, but an inexpensive alternate would be to just throw over a graphic quilt on any plain wall . It creates a great focal point, and nothing needs to be changed majorly in your room. We already have a feature wall in all our rooms, and I am going to try this DIY at my folks home, which badly needs a decent makeover.

So you see, adding style to your home and decorating it can be this easy, fast and free . Thanks Beautiful Homes for letting me access all the tips and creative ideas , inspired by your website, which I can easily incorporate in my bedroom to bring its own personality .
The website covers great info and How To to personalise your space, and is worth checking out . So take the DIY challenge , Be Creative and give your brain a great workout .
Happy D-I-Y.

Street Style AIFWSS17 With Fossil Q Marshal and Gucci Dionysus Bag

Monday, 14 November 2016 / , , ,

Fossil Q Founder Touchscreen Stainless Steel Smartwatch - Fossil

Some people are born a watch person while some develop an appreciation for it over a few years. Just like Wine !! You may or may not like it the first time, but gradually deep down inside it's becoming a syndrome.  We have all seen those timepieces , some fancy, some vintage and some eclectic..
Your trip through a watch is probably my trip through a watch and we all do the same things with it.
But things changed a bit when I got my hands on the Fossil Q Marshal.
I attended the official launch of it on 5th October where I saw Fossil group launching a range of connected devices across 6 of its owned and licensed brands.
Today we are talking about my new acquired Fossil Q watch , and how its definitely telling me more than time .
Look and Feel : With a soft curving multi finish case, and interchangeable genuine leather straps,the watch is nothing less than a normcore from style perspective . 
With a great density of design , it surely fits the bill of a watch collecting nerd and doesn't sit too heavy either on the wrists. The Q Marshal features a rugged case, along with a striking navy blue plated case, paired with vintage inspired leather case. A nice sporty watch like look perfect for summers 😼

Anytime Anywhere information : With Q Marshal , even if I want to get lost , I couldn't possibly, because it provides me with a uncomplicated way to navigate once I have connected it to my phone and it takes only seconds to do that .The touch screen feature, makes sure that all my alerts are right at the tip of my finger, ready to be scrolled up and down. From whats app, to voice calls alerts to processing any virtual information on the go , this marshal makes sure that I don't miss any real time update. 

The Screen with many Faces : Okay so this feature has to be my favourite one. The watch comes equipped with not only cool and funky screens options, but has a face for your mood of the day. Besides the custom face , a few more can be downloaded right from the Android Wear app. Since I wore the watch for all the five days of AIFWSS17 last month, I was more than happy to customise a face of the day coordinating with my look of the day. This changing the face part, definitely raised the bar of intuitiveness for the fashion week street style snappers coz a) Its elegant functionality and bright ( Mr. Bean ) display popped some eyeballs and b) It kinda blended with my all denim patches sober with a hint of fun look for the day and the outfit I wore on Day 3 .
Of all the other mandatory fashion week things /list, I don't know if anyone ever included being handsfree as a pointer in the list  ? Doubt it ? Well me too . This watch let me perform all sorts of tasks, without even reaching for my iphone. A clear winner when you need your hands free !!

Track my Steps : Often I am able to charm my friends ,when I just raise my wrist and track my daily  morning jog with them. In this age of touch screens , we all want that uncomplicated device to track all my activity while I am plugged to the music , and when my feet are in motion.

Price and Final Verdict : Fossil Q Marshal is priced at INR 22,000 in India . The Marshal is fun, with the only flip side of getting familiarize with it in the beginning. It helps me streamline my minute to minute notifications, coz I am a very social person incase you don't follow how active I am everywhere .
Its affordable watch for those who want to read texts every minute . The battery life is pretty decent- upto 8-10 hrs again depends on the usage, and is well sized for small wrists. The straps are interchangeable , and from fancy to being sophisticated , you can decide what's your mood of the day and  how do you want to dress up ! Now the only question remains is :
Is it essential ? No ..... Do I need it - Yes - Because I like being able to read my mails , check my message notifications, social alerts voice command it ,rather than having my smartphone in hand all the time.

I wore this outfit for Day 3 of AIFWSS17 . Deep in my quirky antiquity , this pair of denim, freshly picked from a random but funky store at People's Square, Shanghai took all my money . It was back there behind those fancier designer label things . My husband saw it first , and showed it to me . The first thought that struck me was - Can I wear it to my grave ? Okay that was an overwhelming response, for starters lets wear it to a more appreciative place ,where together with my Gucci Dionysus bag, I can Glamorously traumatize a few people .
I was lucky to get the Bee edition on my Gucci Dionysus,socially suited to my Instagram handle and most importantly meaning sense to my name  !! 
So what do you say ? Do I get your approval of strict good taste in fashion yet ?  

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Bag- Gucci Dionysus 
Watch - Fossil ( Available at all Fossil Stores )
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Meet My Perfect Daily Life Photographer - Asus Zenfone 3

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 / , ,

Being passionate about blogging comes with its own set of requirements. And one of the main requirement for any influencer is the need to capture perfect moments to tell a story. What if I could safely invest in a mobile phone with DSLR like camera features and carry the professional in my pocket on the go ?
Well its possible and with my new Asus Zenfone 3 I have taken my blog photography to the next level.

Body /Display : My first impression when I held the phone in my hands was , I love the look and feel of  Zenfone 3, its classy , has a bigger screen  and the shimmering glass and metal design, has a very cutting edge royalty. It has that iconic Zenfone spun finish , which gives  the phone a very premium feel.The display is 1920 X 1080 super IPS+. The display is good and crispy with 2.5 D contoured Gorilla Glass installed which is scratch free and (kids friendly, just in case your young one do some monkey tricks )

Memory 2 Sim slot card tray- Zenone 3 is equipped with the World’s First 14nm Snapdragon processor with with 64-Bit Octa-Core CPU @2.0Ghz : In plain english,this S625 processor is much more powerful than previous generation 14nm is the most advance process technology in 2016. FinFet LPP technology increase the power saving more than 35%. In short the phone takes the standard load way too quickly like web browsing,daily calls,games and other regular stuff. The speaker is loud and clear, sound quality is good. It supports a fingerprint sensor at the back, which is way too accurate.
So bring on all those videos and photos and this phone cannot fail you in storage department.

 Camera : Armed with 16MP Rear and; 8MP Front Camera : Zenfone 3 comes with PixelMaster camera which has incredible features like 4K Video recording, Optical Image Stabilisation, 4 Axis OIS for Steady photographs even in the objects are moving or if you take the images from a car/train, 3 Axis EIS for steady videos. 0.03 TriTech Auto Focus enables taking photos even if the object moves far or fast .e.g : Imagine having spent a fortune to watch tiger in the wilderness and not able to capture the golden moment due to a slow and sluggish phone. well not this one. Capturing your kid in motion,your pet or the wild animals is a breeze now. The camera also have a Super Resolution mode that can take pictures at 64MP resolution(with f/2.0aperture,laser auto focus,dual tone LED flash) giving a DSLR like experience. The moment I checked this out, I felt like  uploading my bulky DSLR on OLX. Taking stable selfies is a child's play even in low light conditions as well as the dual tone flash in low light brightens the face. . You may want to satiate your professional cameraman bug by using the Manual Mode in camera feature for better mobile photography. The large pixels (480 PPI) also add up the dynamic range and gives pictures a vivid depth . All in all ,its a good camera with the advantage of a mobile phone thrown in for free. So before Asus finds out that they need to built in the price of the phone  in this advanced instrument, you should buy it.

To validate everything we said, I decided to put the camera of Zenfone 3 to test and we sent our photographer to take some scenic shots while he was in Goa with the new Zenfone 3. I was amazed with the depth , wide angle and landscape elegance which was captured by this smart phone. 
Have a look .
Shot in Low Light mode 
Shot In VHDR mode 
Shot in Miniature Mode
Shot in Low Light mode 
Shot in Low Light mode 
Shot in Low Light mode / Art District Lodhi colony
Shot in Low Light mode / Art District Lodhi Colony
Shot in VHDR Auto/ Hotel Imperial Delhi
Shot in VHDR Auto/ Hotel Imperial Delhi
Shot in VHDR Auto/ Hotel Imperial Delhi
Shot in Low Light mode. Art district - Lodhi colony Delhi

Some other features of Zenfone 3 include·       
  •   5 magnet Speaker – Audio Feature
  •   4G LTE.
  •  Display FHD – 5.2”
  •  Type C 2.0 Charging – Reversible
  •  OS – Android Marshmallow
  •   ZenUI
  • Final Verdict - Priced at 21,999,  Zenfone 3 really sorts out my photography issue , coz the Camera is the main requisite of my life, and things are falling in place.  It gives me really amazing photo results as, you have seen in the photos clicked outdoors and is a lifesaver when it comes to taking pictures when I lose on the ambient light. The camera quality is definitely better than the counterparts offering premium smartphone features, and I can say bye bye forever to the noise in my pictures.
More Info on Zenfone 3 Here 
Read the specifications of the Phone Here
Colours Available White, Gold and Black on Flipkart

Tales from The Kutch | India Fashion week street style

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 / , , , , , , ,

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Today you would find some quirk along with sophistication which is a not a new phenomena if you follow my blog, plus there is one person I would love to introduce you all to.
Meet Dolna from Hungary. I met her on Instagram, and our bond grew from there on. From occasional chatting to regularly discussing fashion , we were both amazed by each others styles and what our cultures were bringing together as a whole in this digital world of fashion. That's what I meant by quirk + sophistication ( up, up , up ) 
Dolna did a recent feature on me on a 7 days 7 looks theme, which I think is really awesome and you all must read here.
Dolnas Blog Silksofine talks about beauty, lifestyle and personal stories and a little bit of her travels, and she really posts beautful photos from all things that interests her and she finds from her journeys.
Here is what she has to say about herself :
Hi I am Dolna .I am a Hungarian, living in Germany, blogging in english. The blog has a weird history, it started as a marketing tool corporate website for an upcoming online store (thats still in picture btw) but along the journey it took an unexpected direction and started to have its own life and became a personal style blog. So now while collecting infos about brands and learning the e-commerce industry I enjoy the creativity of styling. :)

Todays look is a flavour a mix of fashion and cultures, and I thought it would be really great if I get to the heart of what's contemporary, mixing it up with Dolna's style for this post.
India fashion week starts in exactly few hours , hence I decided to do a major throwback post to what I wore last year. My sleek austerity in a little, okay , but a bit extensive Indian Kitsch with glam look, which also came at an expense of lightness and ease having just the Lauren mix of fashion pace with grace.
Chunked up some silver antique jewellery down my throat, okay not literally down the throat,but adorned around the throat, a single hoop in one year, giving a sense of energy to the ootd, while knowing how to stay on the track,at the same time moving ahead.
Hope you like our feature. Follow Dolna  if you like to be engulfed around a positive fashion person and her classy style full of stellar fashion inspirations.
Follow me on Instagram to stay updated on all the fun we are having a AIFWSS17. 
You can also say Hi on snapchat btw  -(thefashionflite)
See you super soon :)
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