Friday, July 27, 2012

Pick of the DaY

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Spring fever with Australia's FOREVER NEW

While browsing through sites and looking for new brands and eye catching collections (as I often do) I came across the ICE CREAM PARLOUR collection by the Australian brand 'Forever New'. And since spring is just round the corner for South African and Australian fashionistas, there is a refreshing feel to this collection. A long time back I had featured a few sets for spring based on the colors from my favourite ice cream flavors and this particular collection reminds me of the same, with a more soft, almost dream-like feel to the whole range.
All the images taken are from the Forever New site here:

My favorites by far are the polka dots strapless dress with mustard yellow/ sunny yellow necklace and the crochet/ net powder blue dress. The milky hues and the soft pastels are such a delight and with all the essential must haves of this summer (read: peplums, pleats and vintage inspirations) this collection sure has me drooling all over it. Also to be found are fun color blocked and pastel toned accessories to match the outfits.

I am also loving the colorful belts and the cute little phone cases they have got in the accessories category. Also not to be missed will be the lovely shoes and the precious little charm bracelets, earrings and necklaces.

Okay frankly, I hadn't heard of this brand before and I only new Forever 21, but I am very glad that I found them just in time to squeeze into some ice cream-ed frock while licking a real one in my hand. xx

P.S. saw the brand initially on ifashion website, then googled for it. check it out here:

All pics from

Thursday, July 26, 2012

random summer luv

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random summer luv

A collage showing all things I am in love with this summer.As evident with my latest blog layout, I take inspiration from the polka dots (rather say I took inspiration from the summer street style and favorite runways, mixed and matched the colors and made the new blog layout- reflects my current mood). I am loving (like I said before) polka dots, beige and all things earth toned- more so desert toned, shades of turq, neon red, a little hint of green and fuchsia. I am a summer child so I love the rains, with rain comes the fabulous world of posh umbrellas, some cute, some lavish but never a plain Jane for me. I love white, takes me to the beach- white nail polish in summers is always an indulgence for me, white sand beaches, white frocks and white marble tables with colorful cocktails lined to be served. The whole Olympic inspired patriotism (as I call it) has me seeing flags and similar colors and I am loving them. Also a big fan of the vintage, this summer has gotten me thinking of music and pianos and fringes on a bob cut with a crisp white shirt and indigo blue denims. Another all time favorite for my summer 'happy endings' is wrap dress and embroidered tunics- currently I am seeing mustard yellow, brown and beige with bold prints and show-stopper wedges. A big fan of the colorful denims, I also worship converse and live inside my day tote. I believe every girl should own a denim jacket and a bunch of colorful bands/ bracelets with a crazy pair of sunglasses for summer.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Spotlight on: Shashi Bracelets

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Today's mail came with a colorful bunch of shashi bracelets

visit the online store here:

As I was going through my daily online deals and fashion finds, I came across this poster from (shown below). These bracelets really speak a 'perfect summer fun look' and piled up together in a dozen or more, make a cute colorful accessory to brighten up any gloomy day or outfit.

Although not that cheap starting at $30 going all the way up to $80 at times, I believe I can totally make these at home and get the look for an extremely low price tag. Check out a few of my favourites from the brand...

All photos via the online site and from their e-mail advert

Let the torch Shine

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Olympics 2012

With the London 2012 Olympics starting this week, brands have seized upon this opportunity to capture enough attention amidst all the adrenaline pumping events. The best of Olympic inspired wardrobe can be found at none other than the official Team GB sponsor Adidas with Stella McCartney's designs emphasizing on the four elements, namely- earth, air, water and fire.

The clothes are a feast for the athlete/ casual gym regular with the team GB logo on each piece, also the interpretation of past Olympic events and Britain’s performance being spotlessly chic. No more excuse to not to hit the gym.

Also, if looking for cheap versions of the inspirational Olympics wardrobe, look no further than your nearest GAP outlet. With tanks and tees for as low as $20- $25 these vintage inspired tees are a pretty good bargain to go for considering the price is next to nothing.

Check out a few pictures yourself:

pictures from the internet, site and adidas official page

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

weekend DIY

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So the summers are at their peak and we were looking to do something new and fun for the weekend, now three months in Toronto and we are kind of still furnishing and decorating our new home. The dining area had been an empty space to play ball with the dogs for a while now and after much discussion we realized that we will never settle for the classic dining table and wanted something more sleek and simple yet different for our space. The final verdict was that we need a bar height table, that will more often be used as a bar than for dining ;), with stools facing the TV, right behind the leather couch.
We had been looking around online as well as local stores for something that matched our style, fit and budget. With not much success, we figured it was time that we dealt with a little DIY of our own. Now, having never built anything, let alone a whole table to be a place for conversations and fine dining, we wanted to keep it simple to make sure it turned our sturdy enough. Our basic design was a 40x16x75 inch plan that finally became a 41x16x78 inch bar.
We used pine, specifically knotty pine for the rustic, roughed up look we desired and select pine for the base, also we chose to stain it with a single layer of green tea color with a lot of rubbing it off and sanding involved after, so now the table looks like it was probably the pride of a road side pub for years before we rescued it (love that look).
Initially we were suppose to border it on all four sides, but considering we have no tools to cut/ chop wood/ planks at home and we got them all cut to size at the home depot, our borders for the length came our about 2-3mm longer than required and we just simply chose to avoid and put them only on the two shorter edges (sides) looks cool though (check out the pics at the end).
Also, the green color we chose, out of many reasons, one was the eclectic feel that our living room has till now and the fresh/stark contrast it will be to the rest of the stuff. We also used brass screws, angle joints and corners from the top, making them as visible as possible, as opposed to the normal thinking of hiding any nails. Also being first timers at it and crazy as we are, we let the glue stain our sides, the crooked edges go willy-nilly and we refused to fill any gaps created during gluing. All this turned out to give exactly the kind of feel we wanted for the table. It looks like it's right out of an old country hotel at Jaisalmer in India (those of you not familiar with this place, Google now), or from a crafty resort in some artsy town.
Okay, enough talk, check out our newest treasure (such tables if in the size we wanted were going for CAD500-600 +delivery and we made ours in just CAD150/- sweet I'd say!
P.S. We are yet to buy the bar stools, we were planning on white (it will seat three comfortably, so three stools). Also S has now gotten such a hang of it and it was so much fun and therapeutic that we have decided to build our own TV unit (in a turquoise/ sea blue) and coffee table (in chalk white stain) soon.
Oh and there was a piece of the wood left, we stained it to match the pub table and will make it into a tray with door handles on the side to grab it, soon. That chair with a green piece of wood sitting under the money plant- that's it, also the money plant has been planted in an empty coffee tin.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Welcome to the JuNGle

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What I have recently been oodling and OMG-shing over are the leopard prints and so many are seen on the resort 2013 runways. But Kenzo took the jungle and the leopards and derived a whole new meaning for 'inspired by the wild'. The leopard prints are everywhere, from dresses to skirts to every imaginable accessory. Also the thing to note is that the print used is of a specific leopard, know as the clouded leopard, native only to East Asia. But that didn't stop there, to be spotted on some fabulous pieces are whole tigers roaming around the silhouette like back in the wild.

I am so much in love with the volume and the cuts of the whole collection, also the color combinations have been beautifully miss-matched to give it a unique quality. Totally loving the accessories too, be it the little clutch or the leopard print flats, even sandals. A special mention for the two-tone sunglasses here, as I just can not get them out of my mind!

Note: this collection was inspired by the designers' travels to the wild and truly reflects the majestic beast in all its glory. A very innovative take on the old classic leopards in fashion.

All pictures via moda operandi website

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The french Manicure Renaissance

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The french Manicure Renaissance

I am loving the new take on french manicure so much that I had to post about it on my blog. Firstly, this is the most fun trend to be this season, as per my thinking. Loved the whole neon and color block looks and now, it's all over nails! how cool is that, especially when you re-do the classic french manicure, your way!
Anyways, here's a few styles I spotted over the net, the classic french mani, with a twist to it {see image: left bottom} the add-on stickers and nail arts to the classic french give it a character of it's own, one that reflects your style.
Second favorite has to be the colored tips, that is something, I myself am going to try, maybe even today. Love the neon bright polka dots, or the colored tips, in particular the one with a different shade on each finger. {see image set: right bottom}
Also loving the black nails with glitter highlights, makes me think of a LBD on my nails. I am definitely doing this soon {see image set: right, middle} also check out the blue nails with sparkly/ shiny tips. I am so in love!
Next style doing the rounds is that of solid colors complimenting each other in the french mani. Check out the image set {top centre}. Love how I can mix and match and create a color block look for my nails (this is gonna be so much fun :P)
Lastly, my favorite (not really, since I am in as much love with all the other styles, this is tough choice ;)) no doubt though, this look will go with an evening out or a cocktail party, without making it look shabby. The transparent nails with shimmer tips, or shimmery nails with a solid color, love the silver and black combination too. {see image: top left}

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

canada day colors

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Ok! so everywhere I look in the blog'world, people are doing posts on the US flag colors (being the 4th of July). I thought, since I am in Canada, and 1st was Canada day (for those who are not aware) why not do a look inspired by the maple leaf flag (I know I am like....4 days late on this post, but hey!! it's the thought that counts :P).

So here it is, two simple summer looks in red and white, all set to rock your wardrobe for the season. Try mixing these two colors (even if not to create a Canada Day look) I like the combo and the soothing/ calming feel of white in contrast to the bright red. I am sure to try this soon, will you?

canada day/ colors

Thakoon short shorts

Glitter flat

Tote handbag

Mango vintage shades
$31 -

Mango sunglasses
$19 -

Chanel nail polish


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