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Luxemi Crush: Our Favorite Indian Fashion Bloggers

Indian fashion bloggers

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Make way for the new celebrities of the fashion industry—we’re talking about the uber chic and social media savvy clique of fashion bloggers. Often spotted at the front row at fashion week, these digital darlings always have their sartorial game face on. While names like the Man Repeller and The Blonde Salad have been making waves internationally, there’s immense talent brewing closer to home (India, that is!) too. Here’s a line-up our favorite Indian bloggers, who are taking Indian fashion to incredible new heights.

Love and Other Bugs

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Founded in 2013, Love And Other Bugs showcases Shereen Sikka Bharwani, Kayaan Contractor and Trishala Sikka’s distinct personal styles and the way they experiment with various looks. What’s refreshing is the way they add a fun twist to outfits while keeping them practical and wearable. They’re also big on highlighting new talent and bringing start-ups to the forefront. Always out and about, their dramatic images represent the quintessential urbane girl-on-the-go!

IMBB – Indian Makeup and Beauty Blog

Indian fashion bloggers

Started in 2009 by Rati Tehri Singh as a mere makeup blog, IMBB has grown into an international beauty and fashion community with 3 successful blogs running in India, Dubai and Philippines. From beauty product reviews to wedding makeup and hairstyle dos and don’ts, the blog covers everything you’ve ever wanted to know about beauty and skincare.

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Rhea Gupte, the petite Goa-based belle shoots against bright blue skies and sandy beaches. Her images, however, carry the quality of dark edginess and a haunting retro charm. With collaborations ranging from Nike and Papa Don’t Preach to Ridhi Mehra and Quirk Box, this girl means business.

Style Fiesta Diaries

Indian fashion bloggers

When Masoom Minawala isn’t busy running her high street fashion and accessories label, she shows us her urban take on the latest trends. While the focus is often international styles, she even delves into the world of Indian wear from time to time too. The Wedding Series she covered last year showcases her sporting designers like Manish Malhotra and Sabyasachi. P.S. Masoom used to be a writer for Luxemi!

Style Drive

Indian fashion bloggers

Aayushi Bangur’s brainchild, Style Drive, is immersed in highlighting the urban, casual culture with a wide variety of flowy dresses, patterned tops and offbeat bottoms. Bangur’s girly girl perspective features a whole world of undiscovered Indian wear (love her in Anita Dongre) and feminine accessories from upcoming as well as known brands. We love how she juxtaposes gold temple jewelry with utterly western cuts and silhouettes too.

Wearabout

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An Indian version of The Sartorialist, Wearabout is photographer Manou’s eclectic compilation of pictures from his travels and captures interesting street style from across the country. We absolutely love how each photograph carries a unique editorial quality – Manou sees the most mundane situations and turns them into something extraordinary, telling a story through people’s choice of clothing. No wonder his works are featured so often in the most renowned fashion magazines!

Hybrid Hues

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Reva Bhatt is a 20-something fashionista struck by wanderlust. Hybrid Hues is her attempt at starting broader conversations about important issues through fashion, both critically and creatively. Not only does she take pretty pictures, but she also goes into the cultural, social, and artistic aspects of each ensemble, while giving her readers a better understanding of her personal style.

Got a favorite? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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Summer Nails to DIY For!

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Whether it’s your wardrobe options, your make-up essentials or favorite layered necklace, summertime calls for change and experimentation. Itsy bikinis, flirty sundresses, statement shades and fun flip flops aren’t going to cut it— you need vibrant and colorful nails to lend your look a finishing flourish. We, for one, are big fans of summery nail decals—all you need is a nail art brush and a few other tools to amp up your style. Here’s a round up of 6 of our favorite nail art tutorials. Read on to up your summer style game!

Flower Power

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These hibiscus nails resonate with the spirit of summer. The happy shades of yellow, red and green in pretty floral designs easily make this a must-try look. We suggest you start of with a white base for best results. Add square studs to that and you’ve got yourself gorgeous summer nails!

Find the entire tutorial on Precious Polish.

Sporty Chic

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Whoever said nail polish is just for girly girls was obviously mistaken. This sporty look is all about look-at-me shades with a touch of silver – perfect for when you’re playing volleyball on the beach. Not only will this look great with your neutrals, but also with your tank tops and shorts.

Find the entire tutorial on Love Maegan.

All Aboard

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Ombre has been a fashion favorite for a while now. And why restrict it to just your clothes? This look explores the dark blue to mint gradient, allowing you to unleash your inner mermaid. If you’re prepping for a cruise or a beach wedding, get in the nautical spirit with these nails! While you’re at it, don’t forget to pack your sunscreen and straw hat too.

Find the entire tutorial on My Awesome Beauty.

Sunny Side Up

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What’s summer without some polka dots? This fun nail art guide goes one step ahead with the gradient trend. Think brilliant orange and yellow with polka dots added to the mix. Now all you need is a Tequila Sunrise cocktail to complement your sunny nails!

Find the entire tutorial on My Awesome Beauty.

Colour-Blocked Moon

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Fashion icon Dita Von Teese’s go-to look, the classic half-moon has been popular since the Gatsby era. Give it a modern twist with a color-blocked version. This tutorial explains the tricks to getting the half-moon just right without any hassles. C’mon, time to get your vintage on.

Find the entire tutorial on Divine Caroline

Geometry Class

Don’t fret, this has nothing to do with extra Math classes this summer. Phew! If you’re ready to delve into something a tad more complicated than the other looks, try this one out. The pastel hues and diamond shapes will match all of your art deco inspired accessories!

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Find the entire tutorial on Precious Polish.

So are you ready to nail it this summer?

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Luxemi’s Holiday Gift Guide: Chic Presents Under $100 + 15% Off!

 

Photo by Oliver Schwarzwald

Photo by Oliver Schwarzwald

Aaaah December, the most festive time of year indeed. What with the jing jing jingling, sparkly numbers, and free flowing champers, it’s enough to make a girl go giddy! The parties and the shenanigans aside, it’s the gift giving that’s really our favorite part of the holiday season. There’s nothing better than hearing genuine squeals of joy—that’s when you know you done good.

If you want our advice, why not go beyond that bottle of wine when picking out gifts for your loved ones this time around? Spoil the ladies in your life silly with something chic they’ll cherish for a long time. Our gift guide has something for everyone—you included! What’s more, you don’t need to burn a whole in your wallet to find the perfect presents either—our edit brings you the chicest options, all under $100! Use code bauble15 for 15% of all retail accessories including jewelry, bags, and scarves!

What: Navy Blue and Magenta Embroidered Flower Clutch by 5 Elements

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This embroidered clutch is the perfect marriage between traditional and contemporary elements. It will brighten up a lehenga and elevate a jeans and top look as well. Pretty prefect for your BFF or younger sister, don’t you think?

Price: $98

What: Crescent Kundan Earrings with Pearl Drops

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The wedding invites just won’t stop pouring in and these earrings are the ideal pick for one of your girls who has a lot of them to attend! We bet this ear candy will catapult into her go-to accessory in no time.

Price: $88

What: Refined Gold and Pearl Pendant Set

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This elaborate pearl and polki embellished set is bound to be a hit with your mum or aunt—basically someone who loves adding traditional elements to her repertoire. She can wear the set as a whole for more festive occasions or use the pieces separately when dressing down.

Price: $58

What: Gold Bracelet Set with Black Accents

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There are many reasons that this one is a winning choice—gold is a trend du jour and stacked bangles are a must-have in one’s accessory arsenal. This incredibly chic choice is sure to bring a smile to your home-girl’s face, particularly if she likes to stay trendy at all times.

Price: $38

What: Simple Gold Ball Headpiece

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Gift this simple yet statement-making headpiece to the boho chic belle in your life. Rest assured, she won’t be able to get enough of this versatile piece—after all, it can be worn pretty much everywhere from a music festival, a night out or to a wedding.

Price: $38

What: Turquoise and Pink Hand-Embroidered Phulkari Dupatta/Scarf

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If you’re scouting for a gift for someone who’s not really big on jewelry, then this scarf is just what you need (to gift wrap!). Not only is it weather-friendly, but its versatility promises to give any look that extra edge too. And did we mention that it can liven up a salwar or a tunic as well? Win-win, indeed!

Price: $98

And if you’re still not sure about which one of these stellar options to pick, we have another fab idea for you. Simply opt for a Luxemi Gift Card, and let your loved ones pick out what they want!

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Did our gift guide help? Tell us in the comment box below! 

 

 

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Birchbox’s Deepica Mutyala on Beauty Tricks for Indian Women

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At the ripe age of 16, Texas native and now beauty maven Deepica Mutyala had set a goal—that she would move to New York City and ignite her dream of working in the beauty industry. And that’s exactly what this University of Texas, Austin graduate achieved. After stints with companies like L’Oréal USA and L Brands on Victoria’s Secret PINK, Deepica now works as a Senior Manager in Brand Development at Birchbox in NYC. Getting makeovers by Beyonce’s make-up artist (!) and being exposed to the biggest brands in the beauty biz is all part of typical work day for this gal (sounds terrible, right?).

We caught up with this makeup maverick for a quick tete-a-tete on the best beauty trends for Indian women, common mistakes, must-have products and more! Pssst…she even threw in some cool insider trade secrets!

Luxemi: What are the most common beauty mistakes Indian women make when dressing in traditional wear?

Deepica Mutyala: I don’t think there should be any rules with makeup. It should be about your mood and how you feel whether you’re in Indian or western clothes.  Indian girls tend to stick to red lipsticks as their go-to with Indian ensembles but mix it up and have fun, I say! You can completely change the way your outfit looks by just changing your hair and makeup, thus allowing you to repeat that sari at the third wedding of the season (that is, of course, if you haven’t already discovered the beauty of Luxemi!).

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What are the latest beauty trends that will lend themselves beautifully to Indian wear?

  • Plum lips and bold brows! I especially love plum lips with white Indian outfits and I am definitely not a believer in the ‘no white after Labor Day’ rule.

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  • Braids: I don’t think Indian girls play with braids enough because they fear that it’ll look too traditional. But there are so many ways to experiment with them. My current favorite is a voluminous messy fishtail. It’s a great way to stand out in a room full of straightened or curled hair.

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  • Contouring: Contouring is still having its moment and lends itself perfectly to Indian wear. Who doesn’t want defined cheekbones and glowing skin, right?

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 5 must-have beauty products a desi girl’s kit ought to have?

  • A brow pencil: You know how threading your eyebrows completely changes the look of your face? Filling your brows lends the same effect! It’s a product most Indian women don’t realize they need (because they already have dark, thick brows) but can’t live without once they see the difference it makes.
  • A bold lipstick: I am loving plum lipstick right now. A classic, high pigment plum that I love is M.A.C Cosmetics’ Rebel, but if you’re looking for a light berry shade, I recommend the Cynthia Rowley Beauty creamy lip stain in Dahlia. It’s layerable, so you can add coats for intensity and personal preference.

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  • Concealer: I think if you surveyed all Indian women and asked them what their number one beauty concern is, we would say dark under eye circles. Since I battle this problem too, I like using a heavier concealer that also has brightening properties. My current favorite is the Vasanti Instant Pick Me Up Color Correcting Illuminator in shade CC 4. It has the glowing effects that everyone loves from YSL’s Touche Eclat with the coverage power of M.A.C Cosmetics’ concealers—the best of both worlds!

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  • Highlighter/Illuminator: If you want radiant skin, I have two tips: drink tons of water and find a killer highlighter. I especially love the way highlighter looks when I’m in Indian clothes. You can instantly tell the difference in pictures when you do and don’t wear it. I use a cream highlighter because I have dry skin. My current favorite is the Bio Brightening Stick from W3LL PEOPLE. The stick format makes it really easy to apply.

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  • Beautyblender: I’ve never met a makeup artist who didn’t have a beautyblender in their kit. The difference in how your makeup applies is unreal with/without it. It’s especially helpful when you’re contouring to blend with zero streakage. I can’t go back to using any brush again now. Make sure to wet the brush to where it doubles in size before using.

Indian celebrities who nail desi-dressing makeup according to you?

I love the versatility of Deepika Padukone’s beauty looks. She always mixes it up, from dramatic smoky eyes/bold lips to more subtle natural glows. She also gives me major brow envy.

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It’s also really exciting to see Mindy Kaling’s makeup looks evolve. I love that she’s not afraid to experiment with different looks across both fashion and beauty and you can tell she’s having fun with it.

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Insider beauty tricks you’d like to share with us?

If you have extreme dark circles, use a bright red or orange lipstick as a base under your eyes before applying concealer. The bright pigmentation of the lipstick evens out your skin tone. We work with celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin at Birchbox and he mentioned that this is one of his favorite beauty tricks to use on Mindy Kaling. Major game changer!

Most people apply mascara outward going towards their ears to create a sort of cat eye look. But for a more wide-awake makeup look, apply your mascara inward. By re-directing the lashes this way, your eyes will pop and look more refreshed. I learned this trick from Mally Roncal who has been the go-to makeup artist for celebrities like Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez and now has her own beauty line called Mally Beauty. The products are all extremely brown-girl friendly (high pigments)!

Want more fun tips from Deepica? Follow her on Instagram @deepicam

What do you think of Deepica’s tips and tricks? Tell us in the comment box below!

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Get The Look: Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt in Vogue

Vogue India, September 2012

Bollywood’s newest entrant, 21-year-old Alia Bhatt, hasn’t just wowed critics with her acting credentials but has also quickly climbed fashion charts to become a celebrity style favorite in a short time. Considering she was groomed by Karan Johar and that her first magazine cover was Vogue’s September 2012 issue, did you really think it would be any other way?! We love this spunky young gun’s no-holds-barred attitude and fuss-free approach to fashion — she knows she’s a looker but doesn’t try too hard to hog the limelight — and that is exactly what makes her a winner in our books. Here’s how you can snag her style in three simple ways!

Color Crush

Alia Bhatt in bright colors

When in doubt, wear a statement color! At least that’s what Bhatt swears by. She doesn’t seem to be one to go overboard with prints; instead keeps it simple in bright solid colors for utterly fuss-free looks. Throw on statement accessories to complete your outfit when opting for something similar.

Luxemi Pick: Dusty Pink Mukesh Saree with Bronze Feather Border

 

Crop It Like It’s Hot  

Alia Bhatt in crop tops

This newbie shed oodles of weight for her Bollywood foray so it’s no surprise that Ms. Bhatt has taken to flaunting her freshly toned midriff in a smattering of crop tops. Whenever she turns to them, she makes sure to maintain a delicious balance between neon pops and netural hues.

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Luxemi Pick: Gold Stretch Satin Blouse with Embellished Neckline by Kavita Bhartia

 

Layering Love

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Bhatt’s petite frame demands that she add more dimension to her looks, which is why she is often spotted in layered Indian wear — and that, more often than not, translates into dhoti pants with a kurta and vest.

Luxemi Pick: Coral Red Tie Front Jacket Salwar with Floral Embroidery

For more on Bollywood style icons, read our style files on Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez and Kangana Ranaut

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