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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!

 

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Christmas Giveaway!!!

“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.

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Giveaway – Scarf
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Giveaway – Greeting Card
Giveaway - Greeting Card
Giveaway – Greeting Card

 

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 : – )!!

 

Painting on Silk by Sekana Scarf

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 :

I must admit that I have been fascinated with silk scarves from my early years, when my father used to bring them from abroad for my mom –  they were such wonderful colours and designs. I used every opportunity to “borrow” them from my mom, the scarves carried the scent of her perfume, everytime I put the scarf over my neck it was as if she was embracing me.
Scarves are extremely personal accessories – a scarf can tell you a lot about the personality of the person who wears it, her style, color preference.
It took me a few years to learn the different techniques of silk painting and to understand the old rule of painting on silk – when you paint on silk, you are not the master but silk is the master! It is like the silk is alive,a very capricious and unpredictable material to work with.
The techniques of silk painting are very old , you might even say ancient, it is believed to be originated in China, since China is the birth place of silk. Some believe that the earliest surviving Chinese silk paintings are dated around 165 BCE.
I am make all sorts of hand painted silk items such as scarves, ponchos, silk paintings, cosmetic bags, pillowcases, lamp shades…even greeting cards with silk screen on it.
Designs are related with what is interesting and challenging for me to try to create, that is why I can create design in accordance with personal preference of person who would like to have such silk item – personalised one, not just in terms of design itself, but at the same time in terms of preferred colour scheme or even color shades.
Please find below some of my work :
Scarves :

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Pillow Cases : 

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Greeting Cards :

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These are only a few of her designs, for more details and to order yours, contact Svetlana on babic.m.svetlana@gmail.com or check out her brand ‘Sekana Scarf‘ on Facebook.

Since we are all in the festive mood, she has a special giveaway just for our Divaly readers this holiday season. Stay tuned for our next post!! Happy Shopping : -)

Holiday Beauty For Every Budget

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!

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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.

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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.

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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 🙂

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What’s a celebration without shoes?

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.

Pooja Duggal
          Pooja Duggal

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.

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                      Michael Kors

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.

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                 Christian Louboutin

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.

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                   Jimmy Choo

As always, happy shopping!

Let’s prepare for the fun

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.

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            Monikaa’s Aura

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.

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        Shyam Narayan Prasad

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.

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                 Manish Malhotra

http://www.manishmalhotra.in/emerald-green-embroidered-kalidar.html

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.

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              Sabyasachi

Festive Finds: The must have list

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.

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Krishna Mehta

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!

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Rubina Khan

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!

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Zzaaki

4. Orange box clutch by Kunst – Add the right amount of bling to your classic pieces to give it a festive vibe.

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Kunst

5. Black golden wedge heels by Shruti Kaul Sachdeva – With pure silk brocade adorning your feet, it’s a sure shot stunner!

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Shruti Kaul Sachdeva

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!

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Amrapali

7. Black embellished short dress by Amit Arora – For a Diwali party dress, your search ends here with this perfect LBD.

Amit Arora
Amit Arora

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.

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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!

Chhavi Agarwal
Chhavi Aggarwal

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.

Ritika Mirchandani
Ritika Mirchandani

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!