Monday, June 24, 2013

In Review : The FabAlley Jewel Box

Call it a typical Gemini trait, but I get bored. Really, really fast. A trend that is the object of my obsession one week is easily discarded for another the next. A bag that i spent a month drooling over (and about two month's paycheck on) makes it's way to the back of my closet almost as soon as I unwrap the packaging. A pair of get the picture. 

Which is why, when presented with a new concept in fashion, I can't help but want to give it a go. I ordered myself a Jewel Box from FabAlley almost the second I heard about it. And while online shopping didn't win me any brownie points at work, it sure added a pinch of pep to my daily dress-up ritual. 

Here's the good, the bad, the ugly about the Jewel Box phenomena, giving high street a run for it's money:

What is a 'Jewel Box' anyway?
An avant-garde notion introduced to the Indian market for the first time by FabAlley, a jewel box is exactly what it sounds like. Pick through a series of boxes, each containing three or four carefully curated, pre-selected pieces of jewellery that reflect your personal style.

For the fashionably confused, a short quiz helps you determine which box is best suited to your style sensibilities, though the results may catch you by surprise.

What makes it cool? 
If you ordered the same pieces of jewellery individually off the site, it would amount to roughly Rs. 2000/-. However, opt for the box and they knock off Rs.1000/- which, in my opinion, is quite a bargain. It also makes for easy gifting as you could ballpark a friend's personal style and pick a box you think would work for her.

What's the jewellery like?
Bang on trend and seemingly high on quality, the Casual box I opted for featured three pieces of costume jewellery, two of which I loved. The blue/green necklace is what drew me to the box in the first place and the knuckle rings worked their way into my Jewellery Hall of Fame the second I slid them on.

Since I tend to lean towards the outlandish when it comes to accessories, I wasn't particularly sold on the third piece, a simple gold and gunmetal chain link necklace. Although I'm quickly warming up to it and throw it on on days I can't be bothered to do much else.

How long did it take to get there?
Not long at all! The box was at my doorstep 3-4 days within placing my order. 

What was the packaging like?
I won't lie, I was not blown away. No fancy packaging but a boring black box, plain white tissue paper and lack of a personalized thank you note left a lot to be desired.

What I would change:
 Personally, I would love it if I could pick three pieces and create a box of my own, rather than leaving it to fate and being stuck with one piece I'm not really going to wear.

Ultimately, however, the experience worked in my favour and I'm quite thrilled with the three new additions to my accessory drawer. Looking forward to the launch of next month's boxes!

Have you tried the FabAlley Jewel Box? Share your experience with me in the comments section.

Bisou bisou,
Anushka xx

Monday, June 17, 2013

To Delhi and Back in Fendi Pumps

If you ask me, even the tiniest pieces of success are worth celebrating. Maybe it's just the child in me, but I ceremonialize even the smallest press mentions or brand collaborations with a piece of cake. Okay, a new bag.

But when Cosmopolitan called to say they were flying their favourite bloggers out to the capital for an editorial spread in their Digital Issue, I was ecstatic. Numerous phone calls to their fashion editor later, I was ready to pack my bags and head out to big, bad Delhi (much to the discontent of everyone back home!)
It felt so exhilarating to be a single girl heading out on a fashion adventure, that I spent a large part of the plane ride making mental notes for a chick flick starring Anne Hathaway as me, in my head.

Of course, thanks to frantic calls from home checking to see if i was safe, my phone battery died. Luckily I was greeted by a very kind policeman who not only helped me find the magazine's rental car, but loaded my accessory-jammed bags into the boot after checking the driver's credentials. Score One for Delhi! 

Somewhere, as street after pretty street whizzed by to the sound of U2's 'City of Blinding Lights' and the driver chatting animatedly away, we got lost. Which turned out to be fantastic as I got to drive by India Gate. Sightseeing? Check! 

Which now meant that I was horribly late. I was the last to arrive at The Pink Room in Haus Khas village (or as I like to call it, base camp), but was quickly enveloped in hugs and air kisses from the Cosmo team and my favourite Santu Misra. 

As I filled fellow blogger, Akanksha Redhu in on the latest episodes of the Bombay blogger scene and got to know the lovely Naina between sips of coffee in hair and makeup, Aradhana, Cosmo's fashion editor, carefully curated pieces from the racks that were the perfect balance of high fashion and our own personal styles.

Soon, it was my turn to be whisked away for my shoot. I felt like royalty, having my dress held up and my Fendi shoes and bag carried as we made our way through the crowded streets, held our breaths through narrow alleyways and trekked up about a dozen flight of stairs. 

We finally made it to this darling little cafe on the roof of a building that had the prettiest view of a lake. I took a deep, steadying breath and tried to channel my inner Coco Rocha while I waited for the madness to begin. After about thirty minutes of camera clicks, Santu yelling 'werq' and me wondering how models did this for a living, we called it a wrap and made our way back to home base.

A plate of pesto pasta and onion rings later (yes, people in fashion do eat), my phone buzzed to let me know the car had arrived ten minutes early to take me to the airport. 

As I bid everybody farewell and went on to get stuck in the worst traffic jam of my life, I realized, in more ways than one, that Delhi is a lot like that girl you knew in school who had a bad reputation for being a bitch, but who was secretly quite nice once you got to know her. Or maybe I'm just naiive.

All I know is, I had the best time and can't wait to visit again!  

{ Dress : Iconic Dubai | Jacket : bYSI | Bag and shoes : Fendi | Necklace : Outhouse | Ring : Blur, Sunnies : Prada }

 Photography : Santu Misra from 'The Devil Wore'

Oh, and did I mention I met a really cute boy wearing an Herm├Ęs
tie on the plane back home? But that's a story for another day!

Bisou bisou,
Anushka xx

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The New Uniform

It isn't something I'm proud of, but I'm one of those people who is late no matter how hard she tries. And even though I substitute my regular shampoo for dry, skip eyeliner and brush off breakfast, being tardy comes to me a lot easier than I'd like it to.

Which is why, on a rushed morning, i can't help but reach for my seasonal no brainers - stripes and statement necklaces. Almost my 'uniform' now, having these babies on hand means I can pack in an extra thirty minutes of beauty sleep, subsequent snooze-hitting time and still arrive in a safe 'fashionably late' zone.

In light of this recent fashion discovery, I decided to treat myself to a couple of necklaces, but since a full-time job leaves me with little time to shop, I took to the web and hit up my favourite online jewellery destination - Youshine.

Stocked with the latest trends, practically at Colaba prices, I swiped up a collar necklace to keep things on-trend and the Portuguese Petals bib necklace for a touch of girly glam. 

And I'm happy to report, with new trinkets popping up on the site daily and my shopping being delivered to me in under 24hrs, being late is a trait we don't have in common!
{ Green striped shirt  Hill road,  | White t-shirt : Max | Orange striped shirt : Bought in Dubai | Orange Dress : Hill Road | Striped blazer : Globus | Necklaces : Youshine }

Photography : Mehi Shah

What do you throw on when you're in a rush? Tell me about it in the comments section.

Bisou bisou,