I hope everyone’s been having an awesome week so far! From what I can see there’s been some really crazy weather news over the last few days. My friends from UK sending me pictures of the snow, rain in Dubai and well, I experienced Bombay getting HOT! I just returned from my trip to India. I seem to be a bit of a nomad these days – while figuring out where my next journey takes me.
You know I’ve noticed that in the last 2.5 years while I was away from blogging, a lot has changed. There’s mostly vlogging through Instagram and YouTube! However, I still kind of like the whole concept of writing and talking to you guys; I mean that is how we started Divaly isn’t it? I am thinking of maybe interspersing some videos and including recipes and restaurant reviews as well, to keep up with the times ;).
In this post, I thought I’d share some of the new products I picked up on this trip to India. I tried to keep my shopping to the minimum but for anyone who knows me, THAT almost seems impossible. I mean I don’t even really even need to be buying clothes or make up, it could even be like random tea bags and coffee for all I know!
Sooo I’m going to share some of the things I’ve been wanting to checkout whenever I went to India and I’ll do seperate product reviews on some of them in another post.
I believe this is India’s answer to getting all those ‘foreign’ cosmetic products but at good prices and all under one roof! They also have their own product line, so from blushes, highlighters to lipsticks, nail shades and even shower gel! They have a pretty nice range of products with a decent price point too! I’ve been seeing their ads and products all over social media and naturally, but of course, I had to go check it out! Here’s a couple (not all) of the products I picked up.
Now this is another brand I personally hadn’t heard of until I saw an instagram post of Masaba Gupta’s (an Indian fashion designer) about the rose spray! Face and body mist sprays are great, especially when you have more hot and humid climates, really refreshes and hydrates the skin. I was advised to buy a pack of three different face sprays for a great introductory offer of Rs 625. The fragrances were lavender, mogra and rose! The brand seems to be similar to Forrest Essentials, and I am keen to explore their products more.
Now what can I say about this brand and it’s products? I absolutely love, love, loooove this brand and all they offer. I am so fascinated by their natural, exotic ingredients and all the fancy concoctions they come out with! I was good this time, I bought only one product, a head massage oil. With all my travelling, bad water and stress, my hair’s taken a little bit of a beating. I’ve been told good this about this, so hopefully it works!
Since most of these products are new for me, I’m going to use and test them for a little while and then do product reviews on each! I hope you have a wonderful week and stay tuned for more!
Firstly, a Happy, happy 2018 to everyone! Guess who’s back?? Well duhhhhh, we are :)!!
We know it’s been a really, really long time since our last post. In-fact, we weren’t even sure if and when we would post again. There’s so much that has happened in the last 2.5 years, mostly personal commitments that had kept us away, BUT its safe to say that Divaly never really left us, and we never stopped talking about how we could have shared our hits and misses with everyone. We really missed celebrating our festival of fashion and more – we missed the writing, the talking and most of all getting to talk to all you guys. Well, before we get on to our usual kind of posts’, that we have at Divaly which is covering our love for fashion, beauty, food and fitness!
I wanted to give you a little update on what the both of us have been upto in the time that we were away. So starting with V, she has just been crushing it. I am so, so proud of her. In 2015, she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She’s been a total superwoman, killing it at work, home, being a mommy and if all that wasn’t enough for her to conquer; she co-started Chic Cult – a venture where they sell luxury goods at great prices! (We’ll do a separate post where we will dish out all the deets). And as for moi (Aly), in 2016, I got to go and pursue one of my life-long dreams of going to business school – I went to study Strategic Marketing at Cranfield University in the UK. In 2015, however, my dad had gone through a bout of ill health, which is why between the both of us, we had to take some time off. But, do you know the coolest thing of all? V and I, got to be 15 mins away from each other. There was no way, we would have ever imagined, that my school would be a stone’s throw away from her (just to let you know, Cranfield is in the middle of nowhere!!!!) and I couldn’t be more lucky!
I am hoping that our readers are still around and we are going to work to build that connection again. I know when we had started out, we were called the Divaly girls and had so many messages asking us why we weren’t continuing. We’re sorry we were away for so long and we are so glad to be back!
Here’s a little photo of V and I when she took me around London city….
And for those new readers, here’s the link on who we are and how we started!
Thank you for reading and we hope to hear from you all :)!
We know we are a little late with our August wishlist, but better late than never 🙂
Read on for our picks for August.
1. Kenneth Jay Lane EarringsThese resin earrings provide just the right amount of pizazz to just about any outfit. The would work marvellously in transforming your office outfit into something appropriate for a night on the town. They would also work with a tee and a pair of denims for a dressed up brunch look.
We love all things monochrome. This top by Aanchal Kohli would be flattering on anyone irrespective of body shape. We love the high low hem and the embellishment on the neckline. A pair of sky high heels and you would be ready to paint the town red.
Shopping is good for the soul – always. It’s even better when it does good for the community and looks absolutely gorgeous. One look at this clutch under the brand name of Aiyana by the Umeed Foundation and you know exactly why you absolutely need to have one in your closet.
4. Marc Jacobs BraceletThis MJ bracelet will add the pefect amount of shine to your day outfit. It won’t detract from your o-so-important presentation and will make you look polished and pulled together.
Krishna Mehta is known for her extensive use of Indian handloom fabrics and to die for ethnic wear. We love adding the so called Indian touch to any outfit. This Chanderi silk top would look amazing on a pair of skinny black jeans and you wouldn’t need much else to complete that outfit.
PS: You can buy all of the goodies above quite easily if you win our birthday giveaway. What are you waiting for? Enter and get ready to shop!!
Well we can’t believe we’re saying this but time’s really flown by and we’ve already turned one :D!!! This has been a fantastic year and we’ve truly enjoyed being on this journey with you! What a birthday without presents? As you know Vasudha and I love presents and what we love even more is to give them!! As a small thank you and to also celebrate in style, we’re giving away a USD 50/- giftcard from either Net-a-Porter OR Pernias Pop-Up Shop! The choice is yours!!! How awesome is that?
And plus since we’re feeling extra generous, we’re going to throw in a surprise present as well! So go on girls, all you need to do is :
Like ‘Divaly’ on Facebook
Click the “Follow” button on our blog
Leave a comment on this post
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Now that’s really simple! We look forward to celebrating with you!
We’re still celebrating our birthday month, and as promised we have something fun planned for all the girls. Wouldn’t we all love to take a trip just with our girls? So much shopping, eating, traveling, gossiping and making loads of memories. It’s always something else when it’s just the girls – twice the fun!!
This post we are excited to have Natasha Amar, who I have known for years, she was my classmate and we used to be partners and share the same bench. How sweet is that?
Natasha is a Dubai-based traveler and writer experiencing the world in cultures, cuisines and hiking trails. Follow her adventures to the far corners of the planet on her blog TheBohoChica.com and Instagram.
Hope you’ve got your travel bags ready girls and are all set to take off on holiday of a lifetime :)! Read on for more..
Who says girlfriend getaways have to be only about shopping, spas and luxury holidays? We girls can be classy, cool, adventurous, glamorous, sporty and unabashedly self-indulgent, effortlessly slipping from one role into another or magically whipping them into a winning combination all at once. Whether it’s a raging adventure that gets your girls excited or a yoga retreat on a remote island, here are four totally cool ideas for your next girls only vacation.
City Lovin’ in Istanbul, Turkey
A girls’ getaway in the city that boasts one of the most dramatic skylines in the world (the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque in one picture-perfect frame- hard to beat) translates into a healthy dose of vibrant culture, delicious Middle Eastern cuisine and tapping into Istanbul’s undeniably cool vibe.
By day, visit the heritage sights such as the Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace, and take in the gorgeous views of the city onboard a Bosphorus cruise. Begin your evening at one of the edgy bars that spill out on the street in hipster Beyoglu and later, move the party to one of Istanbul’s posh nightclubs.
Oh and while you’re there, don’t forget to head to a traditional hammam for a thorough scrub session- you’ll feel clean and relaxed like never before.
Whether it’s the stars of Istanbul’s historical extravaganza that sweep your girl gang off their feet or the incredibly handsome men who look like they’ve stepped out of Zara commercials, an escape to the city promises a great girls’ vacation.
Don’t forget to pack: Good walking shoes and high-heels.
Don’t miss: Trendy boutiques in Beyoglu and the local alcoholic drink Raki.
Exploring Off-The-Beaten-Path in Sapa, Vietnam
I know, I know, a holiday to Vietnam is the last thing you’d expect as a girlfriend getaway suggestion, but it’s not for nothing that this one’s called ‘off-the-beaten-path’. If your girls and you fancy yourselves an active vacation that involves spectacular views, and hikes that are both challenging and rewarding, then consider a trip to the mountainous region of Sapa in northern Vietnam.
Begin your adventure in Hanoi, a city that serves as a great introduction to the country with cool things to do such as shopping in the Old Quarter and watching a water puppets show. Then hop onboard an overnight express train to make your way to Sapa. Here you’ll find yourself hiking in lush green terraced fields, and lovely mountain villages such as Lao Chai and Cat Cat with colorfully dressed ethnic women from the local tribes. From Sapa, take a day trip to the Bac Hamarket to buy beautiful handcrafted jewelry, hand-woven scarves and other textiles, and to try market style meals. After long days of hiking, spend your evenings at one of the cozy bars in town warming up with a cup of Irish coffee.
Don’t forget to pack: Hiking shoes, warm jacket and a daypack.
Don’t miss: Vietnamese filter coffee and Pho (traditional noodle soup).
Adventurin’ in Queenstown, New Zealand
If you’re not afraid to take the adventurin’ up a notch, then there’s no place better than Queenstown on New Zealand’s South Island to get you girls your adventure fix. If there’s a place where you should head to face your fears and challenge yourselves, then Queenstown is it.
The surreal landscape of the town at the edge of Lake Wakatipu and flanked by the Remarkables range, and the wide choice of adventure activities makes Queenstown a haven for those who like to push the limits way further. Jump out of an airplane while skydiving at 15000ft. or warm up with a gentle paragliding session at G-Force Paragliding. From bungee jumping, zip lining, canyon swinging, and river surfing to hang gliding, there’s something exciting for even the most fearless of your girlfriends.
In the evenings, kick back and celebrate your feats with craft beer at one of the brewpubs scattered in the town center.
Don’t forget to pack: Your inner daredevil.
Don’t miss: Wine tastings right in the center of town at The Winery.
Coastal Charms in Tossa De Mar, Costa Brava, Spain
Just a 90-minutes’ drive from Barcelona, this charming little beach town on Spain’s gorgeous Costa Brava is the perfect place for a relaxed girls’ getaway that involves days of doing nothing but lying on the sand, wandering the narrow streets of the old town peppered with bars, cafés, gelaterias and restaurants, shopping for boho-style and vintage clothing and enjoying the delicious seafood that Costa Brava is famous for.
Unlike its infamous neighbors, the former fishing village of Tossa De Mar manages to retain its charm in spite of the number of resorts that now line its main promenade. When you’ve had enough of soaking in the sun on the town’s golden beach that’s overlooked by a 12th-century Roman fortress, sit down at one of the al fresco bars to enjoy glasses over wine over impressive sunsets.
Don’t forget to pack: Your most stylish swimwear, flip-flops and sunscreen.
Don’t miss:Tinto de verano (chilled red wine cocktail with soda and lemonade)
So are you ready to take that girls’ getaway yet? Hey, don’t waste time thinking about it and book those flight tickets already!
We can’t believe Divaly is going to be 1 year old in almost a week!! Wow time sure flies! So to celebrate our one year birthday, we wanted to reach out to our fellow bloggers and friends to celebrate with us.
Today, we have the multi-talented Priyanka Bhansali from India, she was our very first guest blogger. Priyanka is a fashion stylist, personal shopper, content creator and social media manager! To find out more about her work click here!
We are excited to have her write for us again, where she is covering the Amazon India Fashion week, read on for the gorgeous show stoppers and designs :)!
The Amazon India Fashion week got a dream kick start with Sabyasachi’s dreamy collection and joining him was the brilliant shoe maker Christian Louboutin, it sure seemed like a dream team. This was just a beginning to the fashion forward week and every designer left us mesmerized by their unique take on cuts, fabric and opulent craftsmanship. The cherry on the icing were our very own Bollywood divas, who completely stole the show.
Here’s a sneak peak.
The opening act by leading couturier of India, Sabyasachi unveiled his bespoke tailoring and embroidery that was spell bounding and the gloomy design of the ramp was justified so as the luxurious garments in blacks, red and beige sparkled in the Goth atmosphere. Joining him was Christian Louboutin who created exclusive line that goes in sync with the collection for a royal bride that he is best known for.
The internationally acclaimed designer and winner of the Woolmark prize, Rahul Mishra’s collection was for the women of 21st century. Mishra’s vibrant line had intricate floral embroidery; sheer fabrics with sharp tailoring combined with handwork of subtle rural crafts gave us a glimpse of the bygone years.
With no surprise Kalki Koechlin was the showstopper for Gupta. Expect royal outfits exploring and celebrating the femininity in you. Shimmery outfits with a color palette of blue, silver, peach, nude and light gold casted a magical spell. Embellishments, cinched waist line, luscious draping added to the magic.
Veteran fashion designer Monisha Jaisingh unveiled the glamorous collection calling it a ‘sailing bride’. We wonder, what would it be for a bride celebrating her perfect day on the yacht? The answer is not the typical; Monisha shows us the unusual with paneled skirts, pre drapped sarees, lehenga gowns, crossover brallets, voluminous gowns, embellished cigarette pants and structure jackets. Showstoppers Kriti Sanon showed a rebel side of the bride finishing the look with sneakers and fashion entrepreneur turned stylist turned actor Pernia Qureshi entered in a baby blue gown.
It was all floral for Rohit Bal, showcasing us red roses and marigold that had blossomed beautifully and were placed on floor sweeping lehengas, gowns and accessories. As expected the collection was luxurious and grand. Rich velvets, royal silk embroidered with heavy zardozi looked opulent and seamless.
Models showcasing ethereal pieces accentuating in gold, vibrant colors in elegant Parisian style as to what was called as “Le’ Amoureuse” collection. Seen were new to the eye fabrics like sequined georgette, sheer tulle with shades of gunmetal, sensual purple, peachy coral and aqua. Kangana Ranaut, the reigning queen of bollywood looked spectacular in a purple gown as she discerned like a true diva on the runway.
The designer dedicated the show to the flower blooms which were seen in heavy embellishment in his bespoke collection. Weaved thickly and intricately on lehengas, dupatta’s and anarkali’s and for the men it was all ill fitted pants with structured jackets, and that is how a royal luxe collection concluded.
RIMPLE & HARPREET NARULA
Shilpa Shetty showing off her envious curves (how does she do that??) in gold lehenga was absolutely resplendent and she looked ravishing like always. The entire collection oozed monarchial vibe with garments in fine woven embroidery, rich fabrics infused in colors of the royalty.
Reynu Tandon showcased a vibrant collection featuring the sartorial splendor of Persia. Seen were heavily embroidered lehenga’s and anarkali’s that gave us a sneak peak of Persian weaves. Showstopper Richa Chadda showed us what a Persian Princess looks like in a gold and red lehenga.
The show started with pretty girl Aditi Rao Hydari in a sepia toned cocktail lehenga which gave us a cue that the collection takes inspiration from various styles of bollywood glam right from the 1940’s to the current time. We saw an interesting interplay of colors fused with fabrics and embroidery which added to the runway drama. Though shades like black, sepia, pastels and some romantic tones reflected the era back then, the modern silhouettes made it look modern and contemporary. Finishing the show was the dusky beauty Chitrangada Singh looking lovely in a bridal avatar.
What started with a bang the end to the glitzy week was even better. The couturier brings a style soiree called the Empress Story and by the means of it, we knew what was coming. The old world charm, captivating drapes, stunning weaves and raw bold hues just added more than enough perfection. Behold now, the real Empress, the stunning and evergreen beauty Aishwarya Rai walks in his best and the end to the show couldn’t have been this grand.
We hope you enjoyed these, tell us your favourite looks?
Tee/Teestu – as I fondly call her, go way back. She is an old friend and classmate. We both moved to Pune, India for college, where we first met. If there was one word to describe Teesta, it would have to be fashionable. I have always loved her quirky, experimental yet elegant style.
Teesta likes to describe herself as a third culture kid. She was brought up in Oman and has spent time between India and London. She is currently based in Dubai and works as a PR and Comms Consultant.
We are excited to have her share her opinion on style!! Read on for more…
When asked by an old friend, fellow fashionista and founder of Divaly what determined my fashion choices, not only was I excited to share my thoughts on my haute couture choices (wow: I was being asked which means I probably don’t dress too shabbily), it made me take a step back and think about what did actually affect my decision to try and not look like a slob every day? And the answer is really simple – my mother.
Back in 1958, my mother was born into a typical middle class, slightly unconventional Indian house hold where her parents defined the style and fashion choices of the bygone days. When I look back at Mum’s pictures, I am yet to find one where she doesn’t look chic, sexy, on point, fleek (yes, I went there) but always elegant. I started to wonder what was the elegance attributed to?
White on white on white. Black and white. Navy blue and white. Beige and white. In my opinion you can never go wrong with white. When in doubt for a casual look to sport, a simple white T, a fitted pair of jeans and heels or flats (depending what’s the occasion) can’t be amiss. I have perhaps stated the obvious but we seem to underestimate the power of the neutrals (the wanderer in me prefers to use the words “earth tones” puh-lease) – the main colors of this group include black, white, gray, brown and beige. I’m talking very Muji.
High-waisted jeans, maxi dresses, crop tops, co-ords sets, peplum tops, bodycon, dungarees (oh lord, here we go again), every time I follow the latest fashion inspiration on Instagram and Pinterest there is a new look in town. Very much like a painting, using the neutral palette, irrespective of what the ‘style’ is, one can enhance ones best assets – skin, eye, body (hide, enhance, whatever be your personal choice).
It’s really simple – when in doubt, go back to the basics, and stay neutral. The one thing that is clear as Yves Saint Laurent and Hepburn summed it up in a punchier line that I can – be it summer, winter, spring or autumn, one look that is here to stay: elegance.
Everyone is on holiday, or at least is still in the holiday mood. And you know what means? A relaxed calm mind, indulging in whatever makes you happy, for us that’s food, pampering and how can we forget SHOPPING!!! This month, we wanted to share some of the cool things we’ve found and would love for you to try!
1. Highliner Gel Eye Crayon – Marc Jacobs
This has been one of my newest finds and I absolutely love this!!! I’ve been using my Maybelline pencil for the longest time and wanted to try something new. I came across this eye-pencil at Sephora. I’ve never used the Marc Jacobs beauty line before, other than for shoes. It’s really soft and easy to glide on. It doesn’t make my eye water and it stays on for quite long. I first bought the black, which is dark and pigmented and olive as it looks great with my brown eyes (it also stands out with hazel and green eyes). I now have the sapphire blue and silver, which I’m yet to use but they looked lovely! Girls, I really think you should give this a try, perfect for your smoky eyes!
2. Pure Melt Cleansing Gel – Clarins
This is a pretty cool cleanser. It starts out as a gel that clings on to impurities and make-up, it then melts into a cleansing oil with the skin’s body heat. Only once you splash your face with water it turns into a gentle cleansing milk. Please remember you need to use this on dry skin, I made the mistake once of using it in the shower and it turned into the cleansing milk. This is really great for travel as it serves as a multi-purpose product. This product is suitable for all skin types and leaves your skin deeply cleansed, soft and soothed!
3. Hangover Primer – Too Faced
This is like a refreshing cool drink but for your face! Whether its long work days at work or late nights. This primer is your cure, it hydrates, smoothens and brightens your skin for a healthy finish. It is also really light and comes in a tube with a pump which is again great to carry on for travel.
We hope you enjoyed our new finds and tell us your favourites this summer!
This month’s wishlist is a bit early. We have some lovely treats for Eid at some amazing prices, thanks to sales still being on.
1. Prerto Earrings
These earrings are absolutely gorgeous. They would jazz up a pair of jeans or complement a Lehenga perfectly. These would come in handy not just at Eid, but at an iftar party as well. The site has some variations of these earrings so grab a pair while they are in stock.
2. Astha Narang Lehenga
The threadwork on this Lehenga is exquisite. The Lehenga is also in an amazing colour so can be worn all seasons. It can easily be worn at a wedding without any fear of upstaging the bride. Now if only we had an excuse to grab one ourselves…
3. Christian Louboutin pumps
The birthstone for July is the ruby, which is why this list has some element of red to all our picks. For us, the most iconic red is the Louboutin sole. This pair is a wardrobe staple.
4. Fendi 2jours tote
The house of Fendi always had the baguette as an iconic bag. The 2jours tote is on its way to the hall of fame. We love the combination of colours and how the turquoise interior looks against the red. The best part is its at a 30% discount.
5. Ruby and Diamond ring
What’s a celebration without bling? This Blue Nile ruby and Diamond ring is breath taking. It’s perfect as an engagement ring or as a complement to your ethnic outfit. Either way its definitely heirloom material.
So what are you waiting for? Get you Eid wardrobe all set and happy celebrating.