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July Wish List

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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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So what are you waiting for? Get you Eid wardrobe all set and happy celebrating.

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Divaly Recommends – Top 10 Travel Essentials

“In the summertime, when the weather is high….”, well thats me getting my jam on for the holiday season.

Summer is here, we’re all gearing up to our holidays and taking that much needed break. Planning a holiday can be quite daunting, what can be worse is the packing!! You always feel you have everything ticked off your checklist until you suddenly remember ALL the things you forgot to include – this happens to me everytime.

I know us girls, like to carry our own products whether cosmetics, creams, lotions, etc. The biggest problem though is how much extra weight and bulk it ends up taking and that’s one thing that really bothers me!!! Why waste precious space when you need it for all that shopping you plan to do?

We’re sharing a couple of our space-saving, essential products that you need to have in your bag this holiday !

1. Take-Off Essentials Set – Clarins

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Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a self-confessed Clarins girl and am very particular with what products I use on my skin. This set is absolutely perfect as it has all the right products to keep you covered throughout your trip. I usually pick this up at the airport, it has a facial cleanser, hydraquench cream, beauty flash balm, hand cream, body lotion and eye gel. I think the only thing missing is probably a face wash but it has the rest covered. You don’t need to limit yourself to Clarins, airports usually stock most of your favourite brands and they are a tad bit cheaper there.

2. Frequent Flyer Set – Sephora

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If you are going on a shorter trip and don’t want to buy new/extra products to carry along. These are a set of jars for your liquids and creams. Right from having a tube for serums, shampoo, etc to the jar for creams. These sleek containers will be perfect to carry all your favourite products. They also have a deluxe set which has even more bottles and jars!

3. All for One : Full Magnetic Travel Brush Set – Sephora

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Another nightmare I have is carrying all my huge brushes to fit into my makeup pouch.  This set allows you to switch and combine brush options and are the ultimate space-saving set. This set contains a powder, angled, foundation, angled shadow and brow brush along with a pouch. I currently have a travel size brush set from M.A.C but hope to get my hands on this one soon!

4. Star Bronzer Bronzing Brush – Lancome

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You cannot say summer without talking bronzer! This a perfect carry on and space saving idea, saving you the hassle of carrying your brush and powder separately. This all-in-one product releases powder onto its brush at the press of a button. It gives you a natural-looking, shimmering, bronze glow, head to toe and is for all skin tones.

P.S – I am using something similar from Lancome – Tropiques Minerale ( I think it is possibly discontinued but has the same effect, a natural sun-kissed tan not looking too cakey or loud). You also get similar versions at The Body Shop.

5. Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm – Clinique

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I love carrying these on holiday! You don’t need to carry extra lipsticks and a separate lip balm. These are super-nourishing and is loaded with mango and shea butters. They are not sticky and leave just the right sheen. From pinks to browns. They have over 16 shades to choose from. They are great for a touch up and always make sure you look great! My personal favourites are Mega melon, Woppin Watermelon and Super strawberry!

6. Real Nature Mask Sheet – The Face Shop

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With all that travelling, sight seeing, who really has time to go for a facial or make a pack of your regular mask? These face mask sheets are great to carry and use for whether you’re looking for hydration or oil control. They have a wide variety to choose from. I frequently use the aloe vera sheet for hydration. Use this face mask sheet for a quick fix while sneaking in a power nap too – sorted!!

7. Herb Tea Body Wash – The Face Shop

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I found this at checkout while I was buying from products for last my trip. I always hate carrying or buying new body wash because I end up wasting the product. I carried a few of these tubes for my trip and saved me a lot of hassle. They also have shampoo, conditioner, wash, etc. Worth checking out!

8. In- Flight Refreshing Facial Mist – Kiehl’s

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Long hours of travel, especially on board can leave your skin dehydrated and irritable. This cooling spray instantly hydrates your skin and has a very refreshing and calming aroma. They have other products in this line as well, i.e. moisturizer, lip balm and hand cream which would be great to try out as well.

9. Instant Nail Polish Remover – Sephora

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Chipped nails can be quite a bummer when you’re on holiday. We have recommended this before and we can’t help recommending it again. Its convenient size is perfect for on the go, especially for travel since it doesn’t require any cotton pads. You can now have fresh, clean nails anytime !!

10. Deodorant Wipes – Sephora

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We’ve recommended this product before as well but what can I say I really find this convenient! This is a perfect alternative to bulky deodorants or roll on bottles. These are perfect to slip into your bag while travelling, either for when you’re on flight or sightseeing. Ideal for cleaning and refreshing and ensures that sweat doesn’t spoil your day!! They even have a really small deodorant spray as well if you aren’t yet comfortable with using deodorant wipes.

We hope you’ve found this list handy and give them a try. They really are useful. Tell us which ones you plan to try and what you recommend for us to try?

Happy holidays girls !! 🙂

June wishlist

Summer is officially here!! With days so warm that only the beach can help, there’s no reason to hold back on some treats for all the hard work into getting beach ready. The sales actually make the treats a bit ‘healthy’.

1. Pandora Moonstone earrings
One can never go wrong with a pair of birthstone earrings. Pandora has these gorgeous studs which go perfectly with any outfit.cd682e51891476c894da7269bc83bf9a
2. Jimmy Choo sandals
Net a porter’s annual sale is amazing. There’s just one problem. It comes between our birthdays and we can’t quite justify going crazy. But with comfy Jimmy Choos for a ridiculous discount, we are almost at the checkout page.496877_e1_xl
3. Alexander Wang dress
This Alexander Wang dress is amazingly versatile and chic. It screams retro workout outfit, but reminds us of Michelle Obama. Get your hands on it before it sells out.

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4. Payal Singhal Lehenga
This Lehenga is perfect for a summer wedding whether you are the bride or just attending. It’s dreamy and you can pair away the lace crop top with a pair of high waisted trousers for an absolutely amazing evening look.

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5. Gucci bamboo tote
The Gucci semi annual sale is actually very good. They have iconic bags on sale at almost 50% off. My pick would be the bamboo tote. There’s even a cheery yellow version at a heavy discount.

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So what are you waiting for? Happy sale shopping 🙂

Happy Birthday Aly :)

Happy birthday Aly!! Every year I hunt for the perfect gift for my partner in crime and this month’s treats are all things I would buy Aly for her special day.

1. ZARIIN – Gold plated blue and green bead mesh hoops earrings

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These earrings are oh so chic and within complete any outfit in a heartbeat. Aly loves accesorising and these earrings would fit in perfectly in her closet.

2. TURQUOISE & GOLD – Persian green crossback maxi dress

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I’ll let you in on a secret. Every year Aly plans her birthday outfit. This is my pick for this year.

3. Valentino –  Rockstud 100 t-bar heeled sandals

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I have known Al to go weak in the knees for bags and watches, but these are the only shoes I have seen her crave.

4. Roberto Cavalli – ‘Pearls Mask’ Necklace

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The two of us love a lot of accessories. I use my bags and shoes and Aly uses her jewellery and watches. I think this necklace while out of her comfort zone would add the right amount of oomph to a night out outfit.

5. Neverfull MM

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And finally.. Her Achilles heel is anything from Louis Vuitton. Tote bags are the lady’s style and this Neverful in green epi leather is absolute perfection.

Happy Birthday Aly!!! I hope you have everything on this list and any list this birthday and always!! Xoxo

Divaly Recommends – Summer Must Haves!

Summer’s here with a bang and it’s leaving us feeling hot hot hot!!! Since we’re girls on the go, Vasudha and I always believe in one thing – which is being prepared!! So we’re going to share some of our summer must haves, which are great to carry with you!
1. Clarins – UV Plus HP SPF40 Day Screen
The most important product you need to have with you this summer *drumroll please* is SUNSCREEN!!! I cannot tell you how important it is. I have tried many different brands and this by far is the best that I’ve come across – it’s light, not oily, gives you a matte and natural finish. A little goes a long way, just a drop or two with your moisturizer and then your regular make-up routine. I especially love that It doesn’t have a cakey white layer that some sunscreens have. You don’t need to necessarily buy Clarins, find a brand that works for you and your skintone but never ever leave the house without sunscreen. Depending on where you live and how much you will be in the sun, use anywhere from SPF 15 – 50 but don’t forget to include this! It will save you from pigmentation, spotting and damaging your skin!
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2. Boots – Cucumber Cleansing Wipes
Another staple product that’s always with me, if you’re out in the sun a lot and feel like you need to cleanse up, these definitely work for me and are light on the skin.  These cool cucumber wipes refresh me everytime. They are also a cheap, gentle yet effective way to remove your make up. These are great to keep in your bag and perfect for travel.
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3. Fa Eau De Cologne Body Splash
Most of us remember using Fa deodorant while growing up. I used to love the Caribbean Lime and Aqua. They have now come up with a body splash, which is perfect for some respite in this heat!! They come in different scents – these are especially great after a shower to freshen up or to keep in your bag for a little freshening up!
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4. Sephora – Express Deodorant Wipes
Don’t you always hate to carry a bulky deodorant or roll on bottle in your bag? It takes SO much space and can sometimes be a mess! I’ve found an awesome alternative  – deodorant wipes! These are perfect to slip into your bag. Ideal for cleaning and refreshing and ensures that sweat doesn’t spoil your day!!
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Do try these products and let us know what you think. What products would you recommend we try out?  Stay tuned for our travel favourites :)!
As always, happy shopping girls !!

Let’s get FIT!!

Summer is just around the corner and we’re all getting ready for the beach, our holidays and most importantly be swimsuit ready. Plus we’re also gearing up for the holiday season and I know most of us are trying to get fitter to enjoy the rest of the season.

Sometimes it can be difficult to stay disciplined and on track all the time. So we’re sharing some of the ways that got us motivated and most importantly kept us motivated.

1. Detox Water Bottle – oGorgeous Gym Boutique

We started the new year with our detox posts i.e. the juice cleanse and fruit infused water. This is one of the best and easiest ways to help with losing those extra kilos and all by just drinking fruit flavoured water! These super cute and colourful bottles with a motivational message helps hold your fruits and vegetables in a convenient infusing compartment perfect for making detox waters! As a bonus, the website has a different recipe for each bottle so whether you want to burn fat, deal with bloating or clear out skin – this becomes very handy!

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2. Blogilates – 30 day challenges

Blogilates is one website that I really love. It’s founded by Cassey Ho, a fitness instructor who runs this blog and online community. She is extremely motivating and has great ways to help you lose weight and you can do these all at home. One thing I love about her blog is her monthly challenges, these have a different focus every month so whether you need to tone your arms, thighs, abs, etc. You’ll find it here! She also has seperate monthly workouts as well. So get a friend or colleague for the ‘Sleek Arms’ April challenge and get started – it’s super fun!

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3. Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred

This was introduced to me a few years ago by a friend, and boy is this not for the faint hearted!! This 30 day shred has 3 different levels and is only about 20-25 mins each but is pretty hard core and intensive. You can do this at home and trust me will you see results!! She also has a ton of other workouts but this is a great way to get your fitness regime kick started. We’ve linked the video of level 1 to check out!

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4. Fit Girl’s Guide

This is one of the most awesome online communities I’ve come across. It is the girly girl’s guide to getting fit! It’s so great because girls from all over the world jump in, possibly with their significant others and really encourage and help each other. They have come up with the perfect way to make getting fit, fun, encouraging, healthy and accessible!! They initially had only one plan, a 28 day jumpstart which is an e-book (costs USD 24.99) with a full meal and exercise plan. They now have introduced two new books. Their next challenge starts April 20th, the last challenge for the summer – perfect to kickstart the summer 🙂

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5. Revolution Fitness

If this still isn’t enough to get you started and you still believe you need personal help to reach your fitness goals, I would highly recommend checking out Revolution Fitness. For those of you based in Dubai, they provide excellent personal trainers, who train anytime, anywhere and tailor make fun but super effective workouts. Whether you want to train at the gym, park, beach or even your home they can help you get those fitness goals!

If group classes are more your thing, they even run Insanity classes – this is a 30 minute max interval training bodyweight workout which gets you body changing results fast!! They run these once a week in South Ridge Park, Downtown Dubai. Go check it out the first class is free!

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6. The Protein Bake Shop

With all this talk of getting fit and beach ready, we never got to the bit where we need to reward ourselves!! Who would imagine desserts to be healthy and that too filled with chocolate? And most importantly good for you too?!! For those of you in the U.A.E and India, try out these yummy treats from the Protein Bake Shop. They have a wide variety of treats from biscuits, to cakes and even mousse! I would recommend the chocolate stacks, chia & flax seed cake (which are my favourites), mint chocolate bark, etc!

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7. Nike Reversible Bag

Now how can we send you off to get fit without a little bit of fashion? Check out this awesome bag to carry all your stuff! What’s awesome about this bag is that it has a reversible design and can be used for the beach and your holiday too!

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We hope this list has helped getting fitter for this summer oodles of fun!

Tell us which ones you liked best. Happy almost summer holidays :-)!

March Treats!

As we have given our wallets sufficient time to recover from our indulgences last month, we thought it was about time to get splashing the cash and spoiling ourselves again. We have gone blue this month with our finds.

1. Zara bag – This Zara bag is oh so chic. It is polished, cute and wearable whether you are 15 or 50. This bag is perfectly priced and will add the perfect touch of youthfulness to any outfit.

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2. Rohita and Deepa earrings – You don’t need much apart from these earrings to jazz up your outfit. I thought of Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada when I set my eyes on these earrings. These earrings will take your outfit from day to night quite easily and if anyone reading this is planning on buying me a present, I would like these earrings along with items 1,3,4 and 5 on this list!

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3. Chamee and Palak – This anarkali by Chamee and Palak is mesmerizing. The embroidery on the back is exquisite and the way the outfit falls will help anyone twirl like a princess till the end of time

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4. Giuseppe Zanotti – Cage heels are in this season. These Giuseppe Zanotti heels are cage heels gone completely wild. These are perfect for a night out on town and will make you walk tall and feel amazing in any outfit they are paired with.

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5. Prada Tote – And you thought we would only suggest a bag from Zara! The Prada Saffiano Lux tote is a must have bag. So go ahead, order yours in the most gorgeous of periwinkle blues and spoil yourself this month.

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Divaly Recommends!

Today we’re celebrating International Women’s Day, what better way to celebrate than to have some really awesome products to make you feel fab!

Over the past few months, we’ve been told and requested by most of our readers to post more product reviews of the products we use and experiment with. Taking that into consideration, we decided to also include a ‘Divaly recommends’  post once a month along with our monthly indulgences post!! This way we have more variety and choice to choose from :-)!

V and I will recommend absolutely anything – from a product,  to a service or something as random as a great place for cupcakes and macaroons, anything we think you must and absolutely need to try out !!!

So for this months post, we recommend :

1. Kerastase Elixir K ultime

This is an absolute must have for all you ladies. It is a lightweight multi-use oil that helps to nourish, soften and make your hair silky smooth! It can be used for all hair types and can be used in a variety of ways. You just need a small drop or two to use either as a pre-treatment oil before your shower, on damp hair as a style aid , after a blow dry for some shine or just on its own on dry hair. It also helps keep away the frizz and makes your hair super soft. It is slightly expensive but goes a really long away and worth every penny!Kerastase-Elixir-Ultime-Haaroel-125-ml

2. Instant Nail Polish Remover by Sephora

This is another absolute must have especially if you love to do your nails! It is a nail polish remover in a bottle with pre-moistened pleated foam which eliminates the need for cotton balls. Its convenient size is perfect for on the go and even for travel and doesn’t require any cotton pads. It takes off colour instantly without leaving any traces of nail polish and lasts you for ages. For even the most dark or hard to remove nail polish, this remover helps to take off lacquers. Get ready to say goodbye to bottles of nail polish remover and bags of cotton pads!

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3. Midnight Recovery Concentrate 

There are a few products that are miraculous and one wonders how you ever lived without them – Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil is undoubtedly one of them. Yes, you read that right, it’s an oil and it works spectacularly well on all skin tones in all climates. A couple of drops (I use 3 in winter when my skin gets extra dry) warmed up in your palms and massaged onto your face before you head to bed makes you wake up with a glow on your face – even if you have only slept for 3 hours! If you feel a spot coming on, put a drop of this oil on it directly and we promise you, not only will the spot disappear, it most definitely won’t leave a mark that takes ages to go away. Midnight recovery oil is one of those products that just works. You absolutely need to have it on your night stand. One bottle goes a long long way, so it is worth every penny. If you want results, buy this and don’t go in for a drug store substitute. You can use this oil on its own or put on some extra moisturiser if your skin gets really dry and flaky. And yes, this product is good to use all over your face – there is no need to avoid the T zone or anything of that sort.

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We hope you try these products and love them as much as we do. Let us know once you do! Happy shopping as always and hope you have a fabulous week ahead!

Shoppers Stop

Since we propagate loosening the purse strings so much, it would only be fair for us to also tell you where we shop and which stores we are grateful to have around.
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Unless you live under a rock or have no internet, you must have heard of Pernia’s Pop Up Shop in some way or form. This e-store stocks some amazing designs and designers and is still one of the only places to make names like Manish Malhotra, Anita Dongre and Sabyasachi accessible to our credit cards. The website is functional and easy to use. They have loads of pictures with each product so you know exactly what you are buying. The most important thing for me is that their customer service is blooming brilliant. They have always made me aware of any issues with my transactions, and respond to queries via email within 24 hours. Given their wide product range, I usually make a pit stop here before I head off to other sites to spend my money. They don’t discount goods that often, so when you get a deal snap it up before it’s gone!
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Exclusively.in burst into the Indian e-commerce scene a few years ago and boy have they made a huge impact. They not only stock some amazing designers and home goods, but are also responsible for driving the ecommerce websites of Manish Malhotra and Tarun Tahiliani. If you live in the USA, then they do a lot of trunk shows which means amazing goodies at some amazing prices. If you live anywhere else, fret not, they have multiple deals running all times of the year. If you paid full price for anything on this site you probably have a bit too much extra cash lying around (if it is the case, please contact us and we can offer alternatives for the extra dough). They factor in taxes and shipping to pretty much all countries in the world so it is very convenient and you do not need to worry about whether or not your goods will reach you on time.
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PKG is undoubtedly credited with bringing Sabyasachi to the world. They have made the elusive designer accessible to all of us no matter where we live. The website is very very basic and does not have pictures of everything the store has to offer. Facebook is a much better bet of their inventory. They also promote their special offers on Facebook so keep your eyes peeled if you are looking for a new outfit. Their customer service is brilliant and Neel and Pia aunty are always at hand to help you out with any questions you may have.
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When I first visited this site, it looked like a scam. It still does to me, but it is legit. They stock small name brands and outfits which won’t really blow a hole in your bank account. It is the perfect place for a spot of wardrobe rejuvenation for the festival season or a new outfit for a wedding. Customer service is again impeccable, but marketing can be a bit over whelming (they call you rather than emailing at times). They ship worldwide at reasonable rates and if you are on the look out for a look alike outfit, you will probably find one on Indian Hanger.
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Indian Roots is an initiative by NDTV to get us away from screaming news anchors to doing something more pleasant. They stock limited garments by top Indian designers, but have a wide variety of products to suit all budgets and tastes. Their shipping is quite slow, so order well in advance if it is for a special occasion. Customer services also leaves some room for improvement, but their product range more than makes up for it. They do have deals running a lot of the time, so keep your eyes wide open. However if there is a product you really like and can’t live without, then snap it up before it’s gone.
We know that there are a whole bunch of other ecommerce websites out there that sell some amazing Indian goodies, but these are the ones we have personally used and ordered from. As we broaden our repertoire, we will review those stores as well. Till then, as always, happy shopping!

 

“FAB”-ruary Indulgences

It’s been a hectic few weeks for V and I, both on the personal and professional front. So firstly, we’re extremely SORRY we haven’t been able to post as regularly as we would like to. We have some great ideas for Divaly in 2015 and we weren’t able to get down to writing. But we promise to be more regular and have got some fun stuff lined up in the next few weeks : -)!

We’re midway through February already. Seems about time to say the year is flying past. We thought we would put together a list of perfect presents for that special someone in case you missed out in Valentine’s day or need something extra special for a birthday or just need some spoiling. Given that the birthstone for February is an amethyst, we have gone down the all things purple route.

1. Rose Quartz and Amethyst Earrings by Bansri – These earring simply put are absolutely adorable. These earrings would go with any outfit and are a wardrobe staple at this price point.

febpic12.  Valorie Glittle Finished Clutch by Anya Hindmarch – For the girl who loves to party, glitter completes an outfit like no other accessory can. Anya Hindmarch;s glitter clutches have slowly but steadily climbed on the fashion charts and become a wardrobe must have. Grab yours while it’s on sale.


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3. Pearl and Amethyst Bangle by Manish Arora for Amrapali – These bangles made our hearts skip a beat. They are absolutely stunning. The combination of pearl and amethyst provide the perfect amount of sparkle and can easily go from day to night.

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4.  Iriza Suede Pumps by Christian Louboutin – Red single sole in a rich jewel tone – need we say more? There’s no time like now to invest in some gorgeous Louboutins. Guys – this is a sure fire way to her heart!

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5. City Textured Tote by Balenciaga – A classic from the house of Balenciaga. The city tote is a timeless classic and is a perfect addition to any handbag collection. This is a colour that will work across all seasons and is still easy enough to to sell on if you are buying as an investment.

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