Saturday, 10 February 2018

Valentines Classic Look : Premikaa ... the saree saga with The Fashion Curve

Valentines Special, OOTD, Look Book, Indian fashion, Curvy Blogger, Ethnic Fashion, Saree, Premika, Desi fashion, Indian Fashion Blog, Indian Lifestyle Blog

By Tarry

"Aap ki yaad aati rahi raat bhar, 
chaandni dil dukhati rahi raat bhar, 
gaah jalti hui gaah bujhti hui, 
shaam-e-gham jhilmilati rahi raat bhar..."
- Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Namaste people, 

This post is really special for me. And I hope you all shower all your love on this one as I have worked really hard. 

Back stories aside, I always wanted to do a different kind of a Valentines's Day look ever since I started blogging. Being a curvy girl, I have a certain style of dressing and I always focused on fashion for women like me. 

The other day I was chatting with a fellow blogger and one of the prettiest girls I know, Madhurima of The Fashion Curve about doing a collaboration for Valentines Day outfit looks. And it suddenly struck me that we never come across desi looks for Valentines. Since the concept itself is very western, people always prefer western looks. 

Whenever I think of dressing up for the celebration of love, I always look at classical Indian literature and poetry for inspiration. Somehow for me, love is a classic emotion which has been defined most beautifully by classical literature only. Be it Hindi, Bangla, Urdu, English or French, each and every language has defined love and lovers amazingly. So me and Madhurima decided to take a peek into literature and churn out two classic looks. 
Presenting my Valentine Classic look

Premikaa ... the saree saga

with The Fashion Curve  

I always wanted to do a saree look. And for this one, I took inspiration from Black and white Bengali movies and also, Vidya Balan. For me, she is an epitome of beautiful Indian woman. So I chose this beautiful cotton silk saree that I had got from a Bengali weaver during an exhibition. I love the turquoise colour of the saree, which brings out my warm olive skin tone beautifully. And the addition of mustard and beige stripes just makes this saree even more beautiful. Simple, yet perfectly elegant. Do have a look at the complete saree. 

For this look, I wanted to add silver pieces as jewellery since like this saree, even silver jewelry is a timeless classic. Like old wine, as it ages, it becomes even more beautiful. I added a pair of beautiful silver Jhumkas from Deepika Designs (she's my favourite for Jhumkas), a beautiful Banjara neckpiece from Anokhi (another favourite of mine) and a kada (thick bangle) gifted to me by my mom. For footwear, I went with basic black chappals. 

The look wouldn't have been complete without one person... A super talented and young Makeup artist from Lucknow, Ayushi Agarwal. It was so much fun interacting with her on the look. She is really understanding and listens to your ideas. I wanted a classic look with smokey eyes and nude lips. And Ayushi just translated it perfectly. Properly contoured face with heavy smoky eyes (Love the falsies Ayushi used) and Nude lips with soft curls and a small bindi in the middle of the forehead, and my look was complete. 
Do check out Ayushi's page if you are looking for a wonderful makeup artist. 

This look is actually a dream come true for me and I wouldn't have got a better location than Elev8, the book cafe at Levana Suites Lucknow. And bahut saara thanks to my best friend who shot me beautifully and made my dream come true. 

Photography by : Mohammad Naeem Chishti.

While my look is a Indian Classic, Madhurima's look has been inspired by English and French Literature. Here's a sneak peak into her look. Check her blog The Fashion Curve for the complete post. Both these looks are perfect for curvy Indian girls to celebrate the festival of love. 

Do share your comments and views below. Your comments really make us feel so happy.  :-)  If you are a blogger, make sure to leave your blog links and let’s form a love connect.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Tame that winter frizz with Aroma Essentials Leave On Hair Serum

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By Tarry

Hello my dear lovelies…

So how are winters treating you guys? Must say that winters came with a bang with the New Year ... hain na! Oh btw, happy new year everyone. May you be blessed with loads of love and happiness and fulfill all desires this year. 

By now, you all know how much I love this indie brand called Aroma Essentials. They are amazing handmade products sans any chemicals. They not only help in detoxing your skin and hair from the long chemical usage, but also give an amazing life to your skin and hair. I am an absolute fan of few of their hair products.

Most of you who follow me here or on my instagram (go follow me there, i'm super active) know that I have super wavy, frizzy hair. So I cannot move out of my house like literally without a hair serum. And whatever serum I may use, my hair either ends up looking lifeless after second day or they look limp. And I know most of these serums have silicons so want to stay away from them in a long run. 

Recently, when I was chatting with Madhu of Aroma Essentials, I told her about my hair concerns. And I must say she is a magician. She sent me a hair serum from her range, which is made from all natural ingredients. And now, after nearly finishing my bottle, I can happily give my opinion on this serum that is a must have for every girl who loves her hair.
Presenting my deets on

Aroma Essentials Hair Serum 

INR 150 for 35 ml

Online through their FB page Aroma Essentials or their Instagram page. Do connect there because the brand’s creator, Madhurima, makes it a point to customize products according skin type and need.

On the Outside
Aroma Essentials Products are always packed in simple, reusable containers. This one comes in a small bottle with a cap that has a small hole to squeeze the product out. One can see the product in the bottle and the label too gives all details including Madhu's number for reference. The packaging is quite travel friendly too as the product does not spill out at all. 

On the Inside
This is one of the best smelling serums I must say. On taking a few drops in your palms (the quantity required is much lesser than any other serum) , the beautiful floral fragrance immediately makes you feel calm and happy. The product looks like glycerine, but once you rub it on your hair, it is not visible at all. After applying, the hair looks more tamed and sleek, although the effect isn't as sleek as any chemical based serum. But that's the best part. The fragrance stays for the whole day which is really lovely and makes you fall in love with your hair. 
As for the effect, the hair is tamed the first day but doesn't go limp on the second day. And now comes the best part. If you have severely dry hair, you can apply it on your scalp too. YES! because it has no harmful chemicals. Isn't this the best!! 

PEL Rating
4.9 on 5.

I am in love with this leave on serum. It may not have that super sleek effect like the chemical based serums, but it certainly makes the hair look and smell beautiful. Also, i noticed that with regular usage, the hair does become more manageable and softer. And above everything, you can use it even for your kids. Full marks to this hair serum. If you are looking for something natural to tame your hair, do try this one from Aroma Essentials. 

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If you are a blogger or instagrammer, do leave your blog & IG links and we will form a 'love connect'. Stay blessed

Monday, 25 December 2017

O Womaniya : These women are on a journey to highlight Indian textiles

FASH FRAT, O Womaniya, Meraki A Creative Soul, Handlooms, Indian Textiles, Handlooms, Best Instagram store for Indian Textiles, Indian Fashion Blog, Indian Lifestyle Blog 

By Tarry

Hola lovely people …

Thank you so much for your patience guys. I know this has been the longest break but believe me, there were issues which went beyond my hands and it was tough. Check my instagram feed for the answers.  
Anyways, issues aside. I am back and kicking. And what could have been better than coming back with my favourite column, O Womaniya. 
In this addition of O Womaniya, I am featuring a label which I really love.
My Navratri post featured this label and it has been one of my viewed OOTD so far. This label, run by two women, is just perfect for a modern woman who wants to stay connected to her roots and yet, wants a trendy look. 

 Presenting this edition of O Womaniya 
featuring Guneet and Simran of Meraki, a Creative Soul.

These women are on a journey to
highlight Indian textiles

(Left to right) Simran and Guneet, the women behind Meraki

We spoke to Guneet about their journey and here's what she said. 

Tell us a bit about yourself
I AM an electronics engineering grad, having worked with Infosys Chennai for 4 years. Post marriage, I wanted a break from the usual office routine. You know how monotonous it can be. So didn’t return to the big bad world of IT. Then got busy at home with the love of my life, baby boy. My son is 4.5 years old now and I now wanted to start something of my own from home so that I could balance work and home well. My mother runs a boutique at her home so from a very young age I saw designs and fabrics and learnt a lot about them. Armed with the affection and help from my sister in law, mother in law, my mother and above all, my very supportive husband, I decided to start off MERAKI – A CREATIVE SOUL.

How did 'Meraki' happen? And how did the name come in?
MERAKI means to leave a piece of yourself in your work. And that’s what you would see in our collection. Each and every pieve is single and specially curated by me and my partner in crime, my sister in law Simran. She is also the photographer for the products and also, the official name giver. We want to showcase an exquisite range of Indian handlooms and fabrics because our country has a rich heritage of beautiful fabrics and designs. Each product is personally checked by us before we upload it.

Driven with the concept and philosophy of presenting handcrafted products that showcase Indian heritage, what does MERAKI offer? How are the products chosen?
WE HAVE a huge range of products for the modern woman who is connected to her roots. Apart from dupatta kurta fabric combos which are our best sellers, we offer trendy buttons as add ons too. We also have block printed plazzos, slim fit and straight pants,skirts (long and short), embroidered dupatta sets and sarees too. Infact, we do help our customers find perfect combinations from our collections and be assured, each piece is unique… just like every woman is.

How has been your journey so far?
IT HAS been unexpectedly very good. We never expected such wonderful response from our patrons. Each day, we get amazing responses and even more orders which makes us reach out for more. Every happy client makes us strive to give the best and the most unique.

What has been the happiest and most memorable moment in your 
journey so far?
It has to be the time when we uploaded pictures of our Madhubani coordinate sets. As soon as we uploaded them, they were sold out. Infact, people also asked us to book more. We also did some international orders which was amazing for us since we are just a instagram store. But the feedback was amazing and inspiring for us.

Did you ever face any challenges in this journey? 
How did you manage to overcome them?
No journey is complete without challenges. And for an online store, the biggest challenge is orders. People book stuff, order it and then just vanish. It becomes difficult to track them, specially since they have blocked a piece. Also, delay in orders when people are waiting and of course, timely payments. But all this apart, we have a huge set of loyal patrons whom we love.

What are your future plans for your venture of passion ?
For us, Meraki is not just our dream venture, but also our passion. With each day, we are exploring a new textile of India and we plan to make Meraki a platform where you can find the best of Indian Textiles.

I am madly in love with Meraki. And if you look at their instagram store, you would fall in love too. Their collection is not just fabulous, but also exclusive. Each piece is unique and gives the feel of being personally designed for you. If you love Indian textiles with a modern twist, you must check out Meraki. You will surely thank me :-)

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Sunday, 3 December 2017

Flawless base and perfect makeup with Wiseshe Oval Brushes

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By Tarry

Hola my beauties…

Ya i know you guys will say that I am taking long breaks between the blogs. There are things which need urgent attention. But I promise that new year 2k18 onwards you will see me posting more frequently... Pucca promise :-)

I always love to see women following their dreams. And if it is a blogger who has years of expertise as one of best beauty blogger, my happiness becomes double. I am sure all of you know about Anamika Sureka. She is the name behind one of India's best beauty blogs, Wise She . After years of blogging, she is now turning into an entrepreneur and launching her brand of Oval makeup brushes. 

Oval makeup brushes have taken the world of makeup. But there aren't many Indian brands who sell quality brushes. When Anamika asked me to try out some of the brushes, I was super happy. After all, she is one of my favourite bloggers.. 

Presenting my deets on

Flawless base and perfect makeup 
ft. Wiseshe Oval Brushes

They would be launched super soon. Follow Wiseshe Blog or @anamikasureka on Instagram to know about these.

On the Outside
The brushes were sent to me in a beautiful box. There packaging would be different once they are launched. I received three brushes, which are medium face brush, one small brush and one longish brush. You can see the photo above for reference. The brushes are really sturdy and easy to hold. They are really soft despite being synthetic. I have washed them all twice but so far, they haven't shed hairs at all. Loving these brushes. 

On the Inside
These are just the perfect brushes you need for a full face makeup. The big face brush is perfect for foundation, blush and even cheek and forehead contouring. The round small brush is perfect for concealer application and also, liquid lipsticks and even eye shadows and highlighting. The small thin brush is best for brow filling, gel liner application and nose contouring. I keep a brush cleaner handy to dry clean between each step. I love how perfectly my makeup was blended. And they are super easy to use and clean. Love love love these brushes. Do check my photo below to see my full face makeup with just three brushes. 

"I just love these brushes. They are perfect to make your makeup complete. I love how smoothly they blend out, leaving an airbrushed look. Will update this space and also my social media handles when they are out. Also follow Anamika to see their launch dates. They are surely a must have in your makeup kitty because they don't need much expertise but make your makeup look perfect.”

#product provided by brand. Review is honest and completely true, without any biases.

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Saturday, 4 November 2017

Dine like the Nizams at Novotel Lucknow

Food Fiesta, Food Festival, Hyderabadi Food Festival, Nizami Cuisine, Novotel Lucknow, Accor Hotels, Review, Best eating options in Lucknow, Lucknow food, Good Food, Indian Food Blog, Indian Lifestyle Blog, Food Blogger

By Tarry

Hola my lovelies

What comes to your mind if I talk about Hyderabadi cuisine or the Nizami cuisine? Ofcourse Biryani. Because this is one dish that has become synonymous with the food of the Nizams. But there is much more to this royal cuisine, including a host of vegetarian dishes and desserts. 
I have a strong connect with Hyderabad. My cousins live in Secundrabad, which is the twin city of Hyderabad and I have spent a number of vacations in my childhood in the lovely city. Not only the city has an old world charm, it also boasts of a yummy cuisine that has been favoured by the royals but popularised by the commons. 
Lucknow now has an array of hotels. Almost all the big names in the hospitality industry is opening a property here. And these hotels are presenting some of the best of world cuisine to the Lucknowites through various food festivals. Novotel Lucknow, one of the latest properties, has organised a Hyderabadi food festival to bring the flavours of the Nizams to the city of Nawabs. 

Presenting my deets on

Dine Like the Nizams at Novotel Lucknow 


What sets the Hyderabadi cuisine different from the Awadhi and Mughlai cuisines in the strong use of spices. The Southern states of India are also the spice growing states majorly and hence, their cuisines use whole spices in abundance. Also, like the Kashmiri cuisine, Hyderabadi cuisine uses dry fruits a lot in the gravys, enhancing the taste. 
Novotel has specially flown in Masterchef Mohammad Ishaq Khan Lodhi, who hails from an illustrious family of khansamas and has used the most authentic spices and mixes to bring out the real Nizami taste. 

The starting drink is the refreshing Irani Chai. Served by a bearer dressed as Hyderabadi Mundu, it is just perfect in this autumn evenings. If you want to read more about the tea, head to my Instagram.

Amongst the kebabs, one has the option of Murgh Gilafi kebab picture) and Fish pakora in Non veg and Lal Mirch ka paneer tikka and Tarkari shaami kebab for veg. 

The main course  has a heady mix of vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes too. From paneer tikka pasanda, paneer pista korma, Nizami handi, Aloo 65, Gobi Tamatar Mattar, Palak ki Sabzi aur suwa, Dum ke baghare baigan, Tadke wali khatti dal in the vegetarian platter to Hyderabadi Murgh Korma, Murg Nizami, Dum ka Murg, Dalcha Gosht, Dum ka Keema, Gosht Pasande and Hyderabadi Nihari in non vegetarian.

There are exclusive counters for Haleem and Biryani too, where one can find both vegetarian and non vegetarian varieties. Don't forget to try out the Hyderabadi Haleem and Tarkari haleem, along with the Nawabi Tarkari Biryani and Kachche Gosht ki Biryani.

After the sumptuous meal, one cannot miss the dessert table that again has a host of yummy desserts. Sample this - Sheer Korma, Shahi Tukda, Double ka Meetha, Sewaiyan ka meetha, Qubani ka meetha, Gil e Firdaus and Hyderabadi Falooda with Ice Cream. Each one even more tastier than the other one. Truly divine.

And here is a mandatory pix with the man behind the whole festival, chef Lodhi.

This is certainly a festival not to be missed. It in on till November 5 at The Square, the all day dining facility of the hotel. It is a dinner time festival, with some live music to add to the mood of the festival. Don't miss it.

Ambience – 5/5
Food – 4.9/5
Value for Money – 4.8/5

Do check my instagram feed for some more pix and also, Meet the chef. 

All clicks by : Mohammad Naeem Chishti

Do share your comments and views below. Your comments really make us feel so happy.  :-)  If you are a blogger, make sure to leave your blog links and let’s form a love connect.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Move On & Take the plunge Ft. Iknowstudio

Iknowstudio, OOTD, Look Book, Autumn fashion, Curvy Blogger, Buy fashion apparels online, Fashion Blogger, Indian Lifestyle Blog, Fashion Blog, Instagram Stores

By Tarry

"To help yourself, you must be yourself. 
Be the best that you can be. 
When you make a mistake, learn from it, 
pick yourself up and move on..."
- Dave Pelzer

Hola my lovely people, 

I am so sorry for taking such long breaks between blog posts, but trust me, I am missing it too. Just some technical issues which need to be sorted super soon and I would be back in action.

Most of you have always complimented me for my smile in my photos. And I thank you all for that. But behind these smiles is years of pain which I have been through on different moments in life. Yet, I have always felt strong enough to stand up, face the world and walk again.

But one thing I have always shied away from is changing my style. I just like to be in my comfort zone when it comes to my personal style. And for me, westerns always mean a pair of comfy denims. Dresses, especially short lengths, are something which I don’t like to try as I always. More so ever, because I always feel that since I am on the curvier side, I may not look good in them.

But recently, two things made me change my mind. One was a blogger Amena, who blogs at One of my favourite bloggers now, Amena is a plus size beautiful girl who truly inspires every girl, whatever the size may be. Watching Amena wear almost everything beautifully is surely inspiring.

Second was a beautiful dress, which made me totally fall in love with it the moment I saw it. I was collaborating with a lovely brand called IknowStudio and they have a fabulous collection of tops and dresses. When they sent me options, this was a dress that caught my eye. The design and the styling looked perfect for me to try my first ever #LittleBlackdress.

Presenting my latest #ootd and autumn look

Move On & Take the plunge
Ft. Iknowstudio

As much as I love moving out of my comfort zone more often, my personal style is still something where I don't change often. Comfort is the key thing for me when it comes to dressing up and loose denims are my second skin. Even if i venture towards dresses, they tend to be long maxi ones. 

But this time it was different. When I had to choose a piece from Iknowstudio's vast collection, my eyes fell on this one. Now we all have a few designs in our mind when we think of the words "Little Black Dress". But think again... isn't this knee length, cold shoulder black dress with neck detailing just the perfect LBD for someone like me who is looking for a chance to move out?

The dress is simple, yet perfect for those autumn days. Knee length is good enough for all the curvy girls as it manages to accentuate your best parts. Black is a classic colour and the V shape design on the neck creates a beautiful slimming illusion. see these photos to understand more what I am talking off. 

 I love this dress not only because it makes me feel beautiful, but because it doesn't make me feel a wee bit uncomfortable and just caresses me like a dear friend. 
I chose not to accessorize much (another comfort zone of mine) and just paired my super comfy black wedges with it. A black simple wrist watch, hoops, messy hair, MAC eye liner gel and Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipstick in Top 8 completed my look. 

You can check Iknowstudio's fabulous collection on their instagram page here . They are available on several ecommerce sites and are launching their own webshop soon. 

Photography by : M Naeem Chishti.

Do share your comments and views below. Your comments really make us feel so happy.  :-)  If you are a blogger, make sure to leave your blog links and let’s form a love connect.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Navratri/Durga Puja look 2 - Invoking My Inner Goddess with Meraki

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By Tarry

“For we women are not only deities of the household fire, 
but the flame of the soul itself...” ­

- Rabindranath Tagore

Hello my beautiful people,

This time, I began my post with words by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. Some of you may ask me why... and some may understand by the title of the post. The festival of Navratra and Durga Puja, or Pujo as they say in Bengal, celebrates the spirit and the strength of a woman. It reminds us of the inner strength which every woman is born with, but time and circumstances make her forget that.
And what could have been better to start a post on Puja look than lines from Tagore himself !

I have a soul connection with Kolkata. And when I say that, I have a reason. I have never been to that city but somehow, films shot in Kolkata always enchant me. Videos, Photographs and even small anecdotes related to that city touch the strings of my soul. In fact, a very dear blogger friend of mine, Dolon also knows that I literally have dreamt of roaming around the city with her J 
So much I lust to be in my city of joy.

So when I was thinking about my perfect Durga Puja look, I wanted something that connected me to Kolkata. But I also wanted the outfit to be something that I could wear any time of the day… to work and then, straight to Pandal hopping (Yes, even I do pandal hopping here in Lucknow). So saree was not something I was looking for although I would love to don a Bengali style drape.

My search took me back to Meraki A Creative Soul, an instagram store whose collection of Indian handlooms is total love. Meraki’s forte is Kurta and Dupatta
co-ords, which have been specially handpicked by the owners Guneet and Simran
In fact, they make it a point to accessorise each co-ord set with beautiful metallic or wooden buttons to give that extra special touch to the outfit. Each dupatta beautifully defines the Indian heritage, while the kurta (unstitched) is one of the most perfect accompaniment to it. And you don’t’ have to go else where to search for bottoms too. Meraki offers an array of handloom bottoms ranging from straight pants to palazzos to long skirts.
They are just a handloom or Indian textile lover’s paradise. 

Presenting my Navratri/Durga Puja look 2, 

Invoking My Inner Goddess 
with Meraki

 For my Durga Puja look, I knew that red and white would have to dominate my palette. I picked up a fabulous Chanderi dupatta that has yellow and red print and golden border. The dupatta has a beautiful print of women carrying pitchers which is really a definition of an Indian woman… for she carries the weight of so many things on her head. Coupled with it is a beautiful pure vermilion red cotton kurta with dull silver buttons that create a perfect symphony with the dupatta.

For my bottoms, I wanted something in white since the look was Pujo. Also, something that was comfortable for a curvy girl like me. Guneet helped me select this beautiful cotton straight palazzo with hakoba border in off white which went perfect with the look.

Perfectly traditional yet contemporary, just like the Indian woman.
Since the look is for the women on the go, I did not accessorize it heavily. A pure silver kada (thick bangle) in my hand and kalamkari earrings from Voylla in my ears. Black basic heels from Westside to match the small black border in the bottoms. Light kohl lined eyes, PAC retro matte lipstick in 08 on my lips and a small red bindi… All this and the look was just perfect.

If you love handlooms and want that perfect attire for the festive season, Meraki is your perfect destination. Check out their instagram store which keeps updating their collection everyday. Also, Meraki sends all their products in reusable cotton bags as their endeavor to save the environment which is truly commendable.

Photography by : Mohammad Naeem Chishti

P.S - I was truly inspired by two amazing bloggers Sharmishta and Mamta Sharma Das who epitomise handloom and Indian textiles for me. Also, this post is really special for me as I shot at a building which is over 100+ years old and all these years, it has been giving education to children irrespective of their caste, religion or social class. Thanks to Syed Masoom Raza sahab for introducing us to this inspiring place.

Do share your comments and views below. Your comments really make us feel so happy.  :-)  If you are a blogger, make sure to leave your blog links and let’s form a love connect.