SUMMER HUES : FOTD

They said yellow eye shadow is the biggest trend this summer. From mustard to neon, my Instagram feed was flooded with great artists experimenting with the brightest and sunniest shades of yellow. So when I set out to explore the streets of Prague on a very sunny day, I decided to experiment with the bright hues of yellow. Thanks to my Huda Beauty Electric Obsessions, the color pop was totally worth it.

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I would not even have to explain what I used if you would see the palette for yourself. I started with a Bobbi Brown eye primer for the eye shadow to show its true colors.Basically, I used a mix of pink and purple in crease and base which are evenly spread out. I used the benefit concealer on the inner corner and spread it to the middle of the eyelids for the yellow to be as bright as possible. Then, I tapped the yellow color on the concealer and slowly blended it across the lids to even it out with the purple.

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Interestingly I had left my INGLOT AMC77 gel eyeliner(which I generally use) back home and I had no option but to use a lip liner on the eyes. I used NYX Maroon lip liner for the same and it did not disappoint me at all.

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As always, I was a little too shy to use a bright lip color with bright eyes and a very bright yellow top. Hence, I chose MAC twig, an absolute subtle and everyday wear lip color . Benefit brows and Benefit Roller Lash mascara as usual to complete the look.

More such FOTDs on my Instagram stories. Follow http://www.instagram.com/missvogueviolet for more!

DRESSLILY : HOLIDAY SHOPPING

Talk about sweet serendipity and how I landed up on this awesome online shopping website dresslily while looking for some holiday essentials. From vintage dresses, plus size dresses, tank tops,swim wear and even home decors, they have it all. What a respite, I could easily to all my shopping in just this one website. Well, that’s not the end of it , all fashion must haves are also right up here –fashion.So, from here on, if I have to look up for a wardrobe revamp, these are the two destinations I will always hit up.

Since this is summer and I am soon to hit the beach, my search for bikinis ended right up here.Dressing up for a beach holiday is really fun and can be very easy if you find the right outfit. While a bikini is a go to for such holidays, you really need to add the quirk element to stand out in the huge crowd. I found these really fun pineapple prints on this website. You can check out the collection here. I love to get creative with my clothing and I totally loved the range of strappy high rise, stoop neck empire waist, wrap bikinis and many more all available in such fun prints. Here’s one that I find very wearable –

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ROSEGAL : ONE SHOULDER CRAZE

RoseGal was in fact started by a group of friends all of whom shared a deep passion for great fashion. They give specific focus to a lot of particular styles. First of all, plus size fashion – They have the most affordable range of outfits fit for all occasions – from party wear to swimwear.  The second broad category is vintage fashion – There’s something so ladylike and elegant about the vintage collection they have.The vintage style is a unique  fashion statement, truly capturing the essence of classic fashion. The most appealing category is the one which caters to most of us – contemporary and modern.It showcases the very recent trends and the styles are loved by one and all. My personal bet on this website, solely because it had something for everyone irrespective of gender, body type, taste etc.

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Coming to the latest trend of one shoulder tops and dresses,I think it is a great way to jazz up a look, bringing in the glamour quotient almost immediately.It gives a great structure to an outfit and also breaks the body shape lines into visually longer and leaner. I love how sophisticated it looks and the fact that it makes one look really party ready in a jiffy.

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You can shop for many more such one shoulder outfits here – See more details here

 

ZAFUL : APPAREL & MUCH MORE

ZAFUL is definitely one of my favorite shopping destinations when it comes to trendy apparel that does not burn a hole in my pocket. They have such a wide variety and always stocked up on all kinds of trending styles. I have been looking for style inspiration lately and this has been my one stop destination. My current favorites are the high waist skirt collection. You can check out the whole range by following this link –   see more details here

ZAFUL has something for everyone, for every size and every taste. I have a fetish for colorful and playful outfits and this just serves my exact taste. I am spoilt for choices at the moment from seeing embroidered floral skirts, faux suede, slit button, micro and maxi skirt, faux leather skirt they just have it all.  If you are looking for glossy fashion looks or street style swag, every thing under the sky is found here.

The range doesn’t end here, you may possibly find the dreamiest of dresses and dazzling prints in the best of outfits they have to offer.Since stumbling across this gorgeous website, my life has been so much more colourful. I love to give styling advice and do OOTD posts and these days most of my content comes from the inspiration I find in their collection. So, go for it and let me know your feedback in the comments below.

SPEECH FEAR IS NO FEAR!

Recently I came across this word called ‘Glossophobia’ meaning speech anxiety or fear of public speaking. Honestly I did not even know such a word existed to describe the anxiety which each one of us have experienced for years. Most of us as children have faced challenges in becoming socially comfortable.This is what turns into social anxiety and speech anxiety when exposed to a large crowd. While being a fearless speaker is very rare, your fear can definitely lessen with time if the following points are kept in mind.

     1.You are the winner

Preparing mentally minutes before speaking works really well for me, may not work great for you but what is for sure is a good audience engagement.Visualizing yourself at the venue and  looking your best through the eyes of the audience contributes greatly to your confidence.Believe that you are delivering your best, you are giving in your 100 percent and you are winning the show.

  1. Breathe

Nerve control comes from the breathing pattern. Deep breathing helps calm the nerves and gives more power to your communication . It gives a major boost to your confidence and credibility in the concerned forum.

  1. Rehearse , rehearse and rehearse

Rehearsing for a performance acclimatizes you to the environment of pressure. Research says it has a neurological impact which helps convert your thoughts to words and actions more clearly.

  1. Skill can be developed

Public speaking is a skill and like all other skills, it can be developed with practice. To be successful in developing a skill, it is important to not just devote time but constantly seek feedback from people around oneself. So, pick up topics and start engaging in group conversations with friends and colleagues.

     5.Focus

It is one of the primary tools as a speaker who knows how to engage audiences. It is natural for irrelevant thoughts to intrude into your mind, just let it float and move away. The more consciously you try to dissuade it on the stage, the more evident it becomes to the audience. Just let it be, that is the way to speak effortlessly.

  1. Body Language

If you stand still at one point, the pressure automatically builds. The stress hormones are dealt with movement. It is important to use your body movements to express your thoughts with animation.It helps you fight the pressure and makes you appear more confident.

  1. Be yourself

The last point but the most important one. Being natural gets you brownie points everywhere. You may choose to act but your audience can sense personalities. Hence, it is best and easiest to be just yourself.

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COMPETITION AT WORK!

In the Indian society, the concept of peer pressure is seeded in our minds since a very early age. Whether you blame it on our education system or the fact that we Indians are born competitive by nature; more often than not, it does more bad than good. So, dealing with it is tough at times. Here are 7 ways how you can deal with such anxiety and juice out the positivism from it.

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  1. Competition is ubiquitous – It is important to accept the fact that competition is inevitable. One must make peace with it and utilize it as a reason to strive to work harder and perform better.
  1. Channelize it into self-improvement – This is a great opportunity to polish and fine tune one’s skills. Taking a competitive colleague as a challenge is a good chance to leverage the strength areas and plan support and training to improve one’s development areas.
  2. Showcase the best: In the process of meeting targets and deadlines, we often forget the fact that selling skills are very important irrespective of the role one handles. Showcasing the best in you to the world is a mandatory skill that every professional needs. Hence, when one sees a competition flaunting his/her work, we must step up and exhibit our talent as well.
  3. Choosing a mentor: Mentor ship and professional guidance programs are extremely critical as one grows up the career ladder. When one feels down due to an aggressive competition at workplace, it is always good to take additional support from an experienced hand who can help pave the way forward for the individual. I have seen several mentor ship programs turning around the game for critical resources in the organisations I have worked for.
  4. High on Integrity – It is often noticed that when two employees at the same level have similar competencies and skill sets, integrity is a differentiation factor. So, one who maintains integrity is bound to score better than the one who does not. No wonder, most organisations have a very strict Code of conduct and compliance policy.
  5. Befriend the competitor: It is not easy to turn competitors into allies. It requires a deep level of empathy and a determined effort to build a new bridge. If it works out, you can really get to learn and appreciate some of the good aspects of his/her challenging behavior.
  6. Identification of critical influencers: Sometimes how you gauge your career has a lot to do with whom you measure yourself against. If one closely observes the competitor, one can choose individuals who motivate and possess skills that one wishes to emulate. This is the right opportunity to identify roles models and people who critically influence one personally and professionally.

 

Competition is largely positive if one looks through the right glasses. I have personally evolved quite a lot owing to the tough competition in the corporate world. I would also love to know more about my readers’ experiences.

 

APPAREL:VOUGEVIOLETXWISHALLEY

The greatest feature of a kurti is its versatility. It can be worn to almost every occasion. Be it a casual gathering or a formal party, kurti can make its way through to all such events.

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While pairing a kurti is almost hassle free since it goes with patialas, loose pallazos, leggings, jeans etc; I tried creating a look with this flared skirt. The kurti is from one of my favorite online shopping websites Wishalley.com ; made of the softest crepe fabric and the perfect combination of subtle colors just suiting my taste.

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Crepe fabric is anyway known for its varied appeal and when you get the finest crepe kurtis at affordable prices, you can only thank your stars. I loaded the look with lot of silver jewellery and went for a light makeup.

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The second kurti is a combination of peach and coral bringing in both soft and bright touch to it. While most of us like being fashionable without being in a straitened situation, very few of us actually manage to be chic without burning a hole in our pocket. Thanks to wishalley.com who offers the best options in an economic range. Whether the occasion is grand or not, the wise combination of colors in this attire makes it perfect for any event. I have teamed it with a bright orange pallazo and an orange dupatta which makes it appropriate for a formal occasion as well. For a more dramatic look, you can go for traditional hand accessories and an Indian choker. Thanks to the versatility of kurtis, you can add your flavor as per your personal style and enjoy sporting different looks.

If you feel the tranquilizing vibes of kurtis and want to breathe new life into your wardrobe; it is time to head to wishalley.com and pick some from the amazing collection.

FOTD: GOLD SMOKEY EYE MAKEUP

Smokey eyes bring up the glamour quotient in no time.

I absolutely love it and when it comes to a signature makeup look, smokey eye has always been my go to. It appears a lot difficult but is definitely not to hard to do. I have improved with time learning from my mistakes and here I shall explain the whole process in 7 simple steps –

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Steps I followed to get this look –

Step 1: Prepped and primed the eyelids with the Urban Decay Eyeshadow primer potion.

Step 2: Used Bae from Huda Beauty Rose Gold palette as a base.

Step 3: Used a tape at both ends to get the cut right.I used the dark brown bossy shade from Huda Beauty Rose Gold palette and applied it to the outer corner and then took it further into the crease to create the depth.

Step 4: I applied the shade Smog in gold from the Urban Decay  eyeshadow box to the middle of the lid and the shade blackout in the outer corner till I was happy with the intensity.

Step 5: I applied the gold eyeshadow to the lower lashline and followed up with black liner on the lower water line.

Step 6: Then I used Chambor kohl on the upper lashline as an eyeliner.

Step 7: Lastly, I loaded it with Benefit Roller Lash mascara.

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I have a more dramatic smokey look coming up very soon on the blog!Stay tuned!

GLAMRADA – Real People,Genuine Reviews

Glamrada is an online beauty community where one can read & review skincare & makeup products,share honest opinion with brands & fellow members of the community.Anything from a regretful purchase to a new obsession, people are free to give their opinions and it also works as a great repository for reviews which can be referred to before you buy a product.

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If you are a Glamrada member, you would not miss a latest trend or styling tip that is reserved for only registered members.Well not just that, you also have coupons and deals on the best of brands which help you make an informed decision on your skincare and cosmetics purchases. Blogs to makeup/hairstyle tutorials, food to healthy lifestyle products, they have it all covered. Check them out on Instagram  –

 

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Depending upon how active you are,you could be a part of their trial squad,where you get to test products from the featured brand for free & in turn you are expected to write a genuine review on their website. So guys, check it out and join me in the trial squad for the coming month.