“It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the hap-happiest season of alll….”, there certainly is a certain merriment about in the air, with everyone gearing up for the holiday season. Decorating your christmas tree, preparing sweets, shopping for presents, oh boy I could go on and on : – )!!
In keeping with all the festivity around us, Divaly is very happy to announce it’s Christmas giveaway!! It cannot be Christmas without any presents, can it??!!
So as promised in our previous post, you can win an exclusive handpainted scarf and two hand painted greeting cards by the wonderful Svetlana Babic of Sekana Scarf.
All you need to do to win this exclusive giveaway is :
1. “LIKE” us on our Facebook page ‘Divaly’ and answer the question on our post; “Name any two products that Svetlana paints on??“
2. Incase you have already “LIKED” us, just answer the question!!
3. Contest ends on December 21st, 2014.
4. This is open to everyone worldwide
I doesn’t get easier than this!! Just participate and you will have yourself your very own personalized Christmas present : – )!!
A few months ago, I visited the Ripe Food & Craft Market here in Dubai for the first time. The Ripe Market is an organic food, vegetable and crafts market which runs once a week. It has local artisans, vendors, designers, musicians, etc something that was new to me after having grown up in Dubai all these years. Believe me I was fascinated with all the different items available whether beauty products, handcrafted items, paintings, clothes, jewellery – you name it, it was there and mostly made locally. I bought some wonderful products as I could not resist myself and met some wonderful people. I promise I will do a separate post on some of the products I think you should try out too!!
I met Svetlana Babic, a wonderful woman and artist, an artist who paints silk scarves, ponchos, greeting cards, mosaics, etc. There was one particular scarf that had caught my eye at the market and I kept going back and forth and finally decided to buy it. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love scarves and really wanted to get myself a unique one. Since then she has made two more scarves for me. We both got chatting on every visit and I told her about our blog. Svetlana has been kind enough to share her experience and knowledge of painting on silk and obliged to give us a little preview to her work.
We thought that since it is the festive season and you need some new gift ideas, do check her work out – it is especially wonderful to gift someone, because it is unique and personal to them.
Over to you Svetlana :
These are only a few of her designs, for more details and to order yours, contact Svetlana on firstname.lastname@example.org or check out her brand ‘Sekana Scarf‘ on Facebook.
Divaly’s makeup recommendations for the festive season have been really popular among our readers and friends and so in continuation to perfecting that look this festive season we are really excited to have our second guest-blogger for Divaly – Zarine Mistry.
Zarine Mistry is a senior from high-school in Dubai and is currently based in Canada. She is a makeup fan and enthusiast just like me and being a fellow beauty blogger in the past she wanted to share her own recommendations for a holiday beauty look to suit every budget. A big shout out to Zarine and we really appreciate all the effort and research she did, coz boy getting that perfect look ain’t easy ;-). The ‘holiday on a beauty budget’ will be in two posts because she really went all out to help us create that perfect look, we hope you enjoy!!
Over to you , Zarine :
Tis the season to look FAB-u-lous! But between decorating the tree, channeling your inner Martha with your holiday baking and finding the perfect presents for everyone on your list, you might find your makeup routine is lacking some Christmas cheer.
Fear not, here is a routine to help you look your holiday best! The kicker—these products will work with every budget!
Whether you opt for the effective, yet gentle St. Ives Apricot Scrub ($3.59, Ulta) or the more luxurious Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Face Brush ($180.00, Sephora), with an oil cleanser like the boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil Gel ($35.00, Sephora), you can be sure these bad boys will slough off that winter dullness, revealing your brightest skin. You will notice your face will feel smoother and your moisturizers will absorb quicker.
A little goes a long way when using the multi-purpose Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil ($20.00, Sephora). Opt for the light version if you have oilier skin. For a complete skin transformation you could try the Ole Henricksen Sheer Transformation creme ($45.00, Sephora); the formula melts into your skin as it fades dark spots and nourishes.
Stay bright eyed with Clarins Super Restorative Eye Concentrate ($92.00, Sephora). It’s pigments brighten, while the caffeine de-puffs and the shea butter nourishes the delicate under eye skin. For a quick and cheap fix, place warm (not hot!) chamomile tea bags over your eyes for about 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly with water.
You could get away with not priming your skin in the melty summer months, but in the winter, it’s imperative you don’t skip this step. With hundreds of different formulas to choose from, you are sure to find one that’s right for your skin type. Budget friendly options include Revlon Photoready Color Perfecting Primer ($14.00, Walmart.ca), which colour corrects uneven colour and redness while smoothing out the skin. L’oreal Magic Perfecting Base ($12.00, Ulta), gives you a silky matte finish that lasts all day.
Pricier options include, Stila One Step Correct ($42.00 Murale.com). This all-in-one super-serum colour corrects, brightens and primes, in one, simple, no-fuss step. It also offers a healthy dose of anti-aging goodness, which doesn’t hurt! If your skin is on the oilier side try the Smashbox Photofinish Primer: Blemish Control ($50.00, Sephora), which contains Salicylic Acid that fights spots while you prime. For your eyes, MAC Paintpots ($21.00, M.A.C.) come in a number of colours, my favourite is Painterly, which brightens the eye for a no-makeup makeup look. For the festive season, Urban Decay Primer Potion ($23.00, Sephora) in Sin, adds a fun champagne coloured shimmer to the lids. These can be worn alone or under shadow.
If I was trapped on a desert island in Santa’s Sleigh (see what I did there? Festive change-a-roo) and could have just three things, foundation would be on the top of my list (beauty first, right?). My favorite drugstore brands include the dewy Revlon Colourstay Makeup for Oily/ Combination Skin ($12.99, Shoppers Drug Mart) and Rimmel Stay Matte BB Cream ($10.99, Shoppers Drug Mart) for a shine-free finish. For a more done-up look, I like using MAC Studio Sculpt foundation ($38.50, MAC Cosmetics). This one is a thick, full coverage foundation which I reserve for special occasions. Make Up Forever’s Invisible Cover Foundation ($48.00 Sephora) is an oil-free cult-favourite, which is formulated to withstand harsh lighting and those awkward Christmas photos.
Conceal those skin grinches, a.k.a blemishes and dark circles, with NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($33.00, Sephora) or the super luxurious YSL Touche Eclat- Radiant Touch concealer (46.00, Sephora).Surprisingly, my personal favorite is the budget-friendly Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment ($8.99, Ulta), in the shade Brightener.
Tip- If you don’t feel like using your fingers, try a dense, flat-top brush, like the ELF Flat Top Powder Brush ($3.00, ELF cosmetics) to buff everything out or, splurge on the beautyblender ($20.00, Sephora) for an airbrushed finish.
Stay tuned for part 2 from Zarine! As always happy shopping ladies 🙂
You can’t have the perfect festive outfit without the perfect accessories to go with your outfit. Here’s our list of footwear to complement your outfit pick for this festive season.
First for the cash option. These cute as a button sandals by Pooja Duggal are as comfortable as shoes come. At $55, they are a bargain and can easily be worn with a pair of jeans once you retire that lehenga.
Next we have some gorgeous glitter peep toes by Michael Kors for our debit option. True to the brand, these shoes are extremely comfortable and would jazz up your sari or salwar. They would work amazingly for a night out as well. At under $140, these shoes are a closet must have.
How can we talk shoes without mentioning Christian Louboutin? Picture this – red soled glitter peep toe sling backs, Manish Malhotra anarkali and some gorgeous chaand baalis.. need we say more? At $880, be sure to have your credit card ready.
Some wise guy said ‘Jimmy Choo ki nok par rakhi duniya saari hai’. Well, we couldn’t agree more. No wedding or festive wardrobe is complete without the perfect pair of Choos. This $1000+ pair of pointy pumps will look amazing with an anarkali and even more amazing for a cocktail night out with the girls. As far as investment pieces go though, you need to look no further.
As always, happy shopping!
We are all geared up for the festive season to start – First Diwali, then wedding season and then Christmas and New Year. Let’s kick off with some wardrobe planning shall we? Here are our 4 top outfit picks across different budgets. All are available to shop and ship internationally, so happy shopping!
Let’s call the first option the cash option. This gorgeous salwar suit by Monikaa’s Aura is the perfect outfit. The traditional fabric is cut in a modern pattern and is the perfect complement to the gorgeous bling you want to sport this festive season. At $89, it is the perfect price for a timeless outfit which will serve you well for a long time to come.
Get out your debit cards for my next pick by Shyam Narayan Prasad. This red, orange and gold sari is absolutely divine. It would go perfectly with Indian skin tones and no other colour combination screams festive more. At $190, this sari is easy to tie on and would be absolutely perfect for Diwali festivities and attending your friend’s wedding.
What are India festivities without the mention of Manish Malhotra. If you like me enjoy the occasional healthy dose of Dharma and Yash Raj movies, you have definitely wanted some Manish Malhotra in your closet. This emerald green kalidar is opulent without being over the top. At $800, your credit card may need an outing.
And we can obviously not talk about Indian outfits and not talk about Sabyasachi. Pink, girly, flirty and extremely easy to wear, this pink lehenga saree by Sabyasachi is a dream outfit. Remember when Madhuri Dixit wore this on a TV show? The outfit costs $1,440 and you may need to rob a bank or sell a kidney for this investment piece.
Divaly is almost 2 months old. Boy, have Vasudha and I had a good time. We have always maintained that we wanted our family and friends to be a part of our journey. So to kick off this festive season we are going to have our very first guest post written by Priyanka Bhansali – fashion stylist and writer from Pune, India.
Priyanka and I met at a wedding. We really hit it off and quickly bonded over our love of fashion. Honestly, you should stay away from her – she knows all the best deals and exhibitions happening in and around Pune and you can only imagine what that does to me!!!
To kickstart this festive season, we thought why not have the must haves for the season? Read on what you must have in your closet !!
Priyanka : – When I was asked to do a guest post for Divaly about whatever I felt like sharing or contributing, my one and only thought and eagerness to talk about was about letting all you fashionistas know the best finds for the upcoming festivities. There’s a plethora of fabulous finds across the web and I have managed to pick up the best, (believe me, it wasn’t easy! Phew!) right from dresses to shoes.
Here’s the list below that will help you get your hands on the best of the trends. So, move over from the usual, these fresh trends are the ones to watch out for!
1. Krishna Mehta tunic with Palazzo – With palazzo’s trending all over, this pick from Krishna Mehta was an obvious choice.
2. Jumpsuit by Rubina K – Here’s this classy shimmery jumpsuit for the woman who wants to look different. Style it with statement neckpiece and you’re good to go!
3. Satin Embroidery Kaftan by Zzaaki – If you like going minimal, this satin kaftan with intricate embroidery on the neck fits the bill just right!
4. Orange box clutch by Kunst – Add the right amount of bling to your classic pieces to give it a festive vibe.
5. Black golden wedge heels by Shruti Kaul Sachdeva – With pure silk brocade adorning your feet, it’s a sure shot stunner!
6. Heart of gold necklace by Manish Arora for Amrapali – I’ve always fancied jewellery by Amrapali and when they got Manish Arora on board, I expected it to be quirky in some way and so it does! Completely heart it!
7. Black embellished short dress by Amit Arora – For a Diwali party dress, your search ends here with this perfect LBD.
8. Maroon Anarkali by Rohit Bal for Biba – Rich color and elegant style is what Rohit Bal stands for. Get this gorgeous anarkali suit exclusively at Biba.
9. Black lehenga sari by Chhavi Aggarwal – What’s better than wearing a sari that is fuss free? A lehenga sari is what that comes to your rescue. This hybrid of lehenga and a sari is apt for your card parties!
10. Embroidered cut work jacket by Ritika Mirchandani – This exquisite cut work and a waist belt attached to the jacket makes it an instant hit pair with your lehenga’s, anarkali or even acts as a blouse to your sari. Mix and match and create chic styles to add to your sartorial sense.
Hope you have enjoyed the compilation that are on my must buy list. Till then have a fun filled Diwali celebrations and stay chic with Divaly.
To check out more on Priyanka’s work, check out her Facebook page Stylist!