Five chic things to do before Diwali

Five chic things to do before Diwali

It’s Dhanteras today, ladies! And if you are as unprepared as I am for Diwali, here’s a quick checklist of things to do in the next two days.

One: Get your outfit ready

If you’ve bought a new outfit for Diwali, it’s time to get off the packaging and figure out the best way to wear it. How will you drape your sari or pin up the dupatta of your lehenga? Does your blouse or choli fit you perfectly?

Chic tip: Stock up on safety pins and carry some in your clutch for emergencies.

Below: Anita Dongre at LFW W/F 2011; Payal Kapoor at LFW W/F 2011

Anita Dongre at LFW W/F 2011 Payal Kapoor at LFW W/F 2011

Two: Choose your jewellery

Polkis are a big trend and they’re here to stay—choose a traditional piece for Diwali. “Indian” designs like flowers, petals and peacocks are fantastic for Diwali.

Chic tip: Younger women could opt for trendier pieces which they can club with jeans and blouses after the festivities.

Below: Earrings from Sia Art Jewellery; Mor-Peacock ring from Toniq

 

Sia Rasrawa earrings  Toniq Mor- Peacock Ring

Three: Grab a clutch

If your outfit goes easy on the embellishment, you can choose a blingy clutch with it. Brocade clutches go wonderfully well with Indian ethnic wear.

Chic tip: If you prefer dangling a bag from your wrist or bangle, choose a cute potli.

Below: Nizam clutch from Holii, clutch  from Esbeda, potli from Shagufta Quamar at LFW W/F 2011.

Holii accessories Nizam clutch Esbeda Clutch

shagufta quamar-potli

Four: Embellish your feet

If you haven’t got a luxurious pedicure done yet, get one immediately. Then step out to buy bejewelled footwear that will you will wear for the entire festive and wedding season.

Chic tip: Can’t find shoes that match your outfit? Don’t worry, shoes need not always be matchy-matchy! Just make sure they go with your ‘look’.

Below: Groom Multi from Steve Madden, sandal from Mochi

Steve Madden Groom Multi

Mochi-sandal

Five: Last-minute gifts

Some fashionable gift ideas that suit all budgets (depending on the brand):

  • Beauty/ skin care hampers
  • Perfumes
  • Set of candles/ diyas
  • Watches

Below: Juicy Couture light moisturising lotion, perfume: Guerlain Shalimar, men’s watch from Fossil.

Juicy Couture light body lotionperfume Guerlain Shalimar_plumesFossil watch

 

Chic tip: I’ve recently turned into an advocate of gift cards or vouchers (giving my cousins gift vouchers for Bhai Dooj). Most well-known stores have gift vouchers, and we stumbled across a site called Gift Cards India, where you can shop for vouchers from an amazing number of brands!

Bonus: Shopping for the festive season

Diwali shopping is a great time to get wonderful options and offers on clothes, accessories, makeup and tonnes of others things. So for fashion lovers, it’s ideal to gear up for the upcoming wedding season NOW!

Chic tip: Pret-amoda.com has some excellent festive pieces. Type in the code bcNVoFAH2I when shopping to get a discount. (Valid till October 26, 2011).

Pret-amoda Diwali promotion

Happy Diwali, everyone!

Chic Finds: 4 fabulous Friendship Day gift ideas to please your BFF (and your pocket)

Girls, it’s Friendship Day this weekend! And while most of you plan to celebrate by tying ribbons, maybe it’s time to give some thought to your special friend—you know, the one who knows about all your crushes, responds to your 2am SMS and listens to your rants about the b**** who stole your ex. In short, your BFF.

But inflation is sky-high, pocket money is limited and it’s only the beginning of the month. So we’ve shortlisted some presents that your friend will love (and so will your wallet)—everything’s Rs 500 or less!

Idea 1: Fashion

Shop at 109F—their stores are offering flat 50% off (and some even 70%)! Prices start at Rs 695, simple math will tell you there are great bargains to be found!

109 F sale

Idea 2: Accessories

Choose colourful accessories from the girl who brightens your dull day. From statement rings to charm necklaces to long earrings, your friend will love these!

Below: “Key to my heart charm necklace” from Toniq; earrings from Aldo Accessories; kundan ring from Sia

Key to my heart Charm Necklace from ToniqAldo earrings

Sia kundan ring

Idea 3: Beauty

Here’s a fun thing you can do together this weekend—get your hair braided at b: blunt. Then join your other friends and show off the trendy plaits.

Braids at bblunt Braids at bblunt

Idea 4: Makeup

This one’s for the girl who can never have enough makeup… even though she’s gorgeous. Go wild with glosses (very wearable), dark kajal and mascara, and funky-coloured nail polishes.

Below: Lakme Lip Love conditioner, Maybelline Colossal Mascara, Colorbar nail polish, Lotus Herbals kajal.

Lakme Lip Love conditionerMaybelline Colossal mascara black

Colorbar Nail Polish                                          Lotus Herbals kajal

Have a great Friendship Day weekend with your friends!