Monday, 5 December 2016

#AGAMIT 101

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While working on some personal logistics this Monday morning, I found myself composing the infamous 'About Me' of our lives. My to-do list also included writing a new post for the blog and because of that prior exercise, ideas flowed fast. Being around here for long, you might know me a little or virtually a lot, but perhaps THIS wasn't enough to let you know about US. We may be the #Agamit, but who are we? Well, now you know -

1. Starting with the very basic. (In case you are new here) My name's Agam and his name's Amit Rabab Singh.

2. We were batch-mates through school, lost touch post that, met again while we were in college, dated for about ten years and have been married for ten months now. Touchwood!

3. While you know what I do, Amit too is an entrepreneur and has his own company. He is into skill development for the banking and financial sector.

4. We both are Pisces. Our birth dates are a week apart and I'm a week elder to him.

5. We were in a long distance relationship for about three years and after that too we were in different cities. As tough as it might have been, it strengthened our relationship and us like no other.

6. I wouldn't call Amit a fashion aficionado. But he undoubtedly has a great sense of style. He strongly believes in investing in statement pieces and his taste in shoes and bags is unmatched.

7. We both have sisters' as siblings. Amit has a younger sister while I have an elder sister.

8. He's a self confessed food and wine connoisseur while my food barometer is quite dismissive and I barely know my Malbee from Merlot.

9. This might get categorized as being a cliche, but I am the temperamental one between the two of us. He is pretty much always calm and composed and hence always the peacemaker.

10. Being in the profession that I am in and being a 'geographically distant' boyfriend, I sometimes missed having him as the 'photographer boyfriend'. Request you to kindly not judge me quite literally here but get the drill. Now, Amit himself is camera shy but has recently developed a penchant for photography. My Instagram's a proof. And now I can finally say with pride "I love that man behind the camera!"


Wearing - 

Top - H&M
Skirt and Sunglasses - Forever 21
Booties - ALDO

Thank you for stopping by...
Love
Agam

Thursday, 24 November 2016

If I Had A Number


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While working on my 'internal logistics', the other day I stumbled upon a list of my old, my favourite (if I may say so) TrimmingsAndLace blogposts. So, if you have been a regular, avid reader of my blog this may be your deja vu moment, and if you've joined me recently here's something about my journey so far. 



I am sure such a plethora of links is bound to leave you overwhelmed, but I also do hope that they make up for a wonderful read and have something to offer and to cherish!

Wearing - 

Dress - TrimmingsAndLace
Earrings - H&M

Thank you for stopping by...
Love
Agam

Thursday, 17 November 2016

The Misread Theory Of Professionalism

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Its quite rhetorical when I ask myself or a group of like minded individuals as to whether 'Professionalism' in today's time is a disregarded virtue or simply an illusion. From what I can say for myself, I am a propagator of professionalism. I may have an occasional slip or two, but then my morality takes the better of me and the whole situation and perhaps the lack of "call of action" from my end, makes me feel guilty to the stomach. I do also believe that there are a few gospels that constitute the very fundamentals of professionalism and are independent of the industry you operate in. 


The sheer idea of TIME is nothing but a myth and punctuality an unknown virtue. We all have been late to a meeting or an event and have also been on the other side of the table. But why does being late become a characteristic symbolic of your stature and being right-on-time fetches you an  "Ohhh! You're here", topped with sufficient quantities of dismay.

Another aspect of our everyday functioning, which we all might have resorted to ourselves at some point of time, and have largely become okay with is NON-REVERT. One of the very basics of virtual communication is acknowledgement. But since when and why, a simple acknowledgement to an email, a text or a call become a damper to the position you hold or a reflector to how busy you really are. Why are we in a race to supersede the other on grounds as trivial as these. Has talent and hard work indeed lost their value that we cannot bank on them.

We battle it out on the OUTCOMES, results and deliverables. Yet it is easy for people to renege on their commitments and what was apparently agreed upon, easily compromising on the time and efforts put into the initial discussion and decision making. In some cases, your efforts might be deemed as obligatory. While in others, it might seem fair and just to put off a task for reasons more personal than professional, sometimes to an extent where it becomes an arduous exploitation of your professional dependence. 

I am sure each of us can add in more to this rant, coming from a tank of experiences we gain in and during our professional tenure. Likewise, each of us would have evolved a mechanism that works best for us. However, much like my thoughts on MODESTY, it sometimes saddens me to find myself swimming in a pool as shallow as this. But I'm glad to have my virtues as my lifeboats and retain them with pride. I would love to know your share of professional inexperience(s) and how you dealt with them. In the end, all I say is that - Let's bring the ship home!

Wearing - 

Top - ZARA
Skirt - Forever 21
Earrings - H&M
Shoes - Woolworths

Thank you for stopping by...
Love
Agam


Saturday, 5 November 2016

Do-It-Yourself : Tasseled Sandals

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Tassels and fringes are pretty much regarded as the trend of the 70s, but making a glorious appearance on shoes this Spring/Summer'16 made them absolutely delectable. Laced up to the mid-calf, sitting pretty on ankle straps, platformed, wedged or stilettoed, fringes and tassels add a striking dynamism to the entire look. I've personally loved the infamous Aquazzura Wild Thing Sandals and did pick up similar ones from Daisy Street (here). But if you're wanting to embrace the trend without burning a hole in your pocket and unlike other DIYs existing on the web, don't want to shelve and cut paste your existing pair of sandals, this tutorial might be of help. So, let's get started! 


You'll need:


1. A classic pair of sandals. Try picking a pair which is simple and minimalistic in virtue. If you have a pair that fastens on the ankles, its a bonus!
2. Tassels in the colour of your choice. These are easily available at all craft stores.
3. Suede, faux leather strings. Avoid using ribbons because they tend to slide and don't really hold on the legs.
4. Tape.
5. A pair of scissors. 
6. A straightening iron (optional).


Steps:

1. I started by trimming and refining the ends of the tassels to make them look neater and even.
2. Next, I used a straightening iron to smoothen any wavy and wiggly threads and strands.
3. This step is optional. I secured the loop of the tassels with a tape to make it smaller so that it doesn't move around, once slipped through the suede strings. 
4. Weave the strings through the straps of your sandals. Pretty much like this.
5. Finally, just when you are about to knot the strings slip in your tassels and secure them between the strings. 

Though I admit that the outcome can't match the grace of the original, but I still feel that revamping your sandals once in a while can be a fun activity and an interesting change. What do you think? 

Wearing - 

Dress - Tailored
Sandals - River Island

Thank you for stopping by...
Love
Agam







Thursday, 27 October 2016

Diwali As The Bride

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Among the many moments in life, when adrenaline rush thrives and the monotony of life comprises itself in a time frame ever so characteristic and dynamic, is the "festive season". If you've been a regular reader of my blog (or an occasional one around this time of the year), you aren't stranger to my indescribable love for the festive season. Maybe it is because of the faint celebratory sounds that make way through the quietness of the night or it is the unison with which the roads gets jam packed, sweet shops get flooded with people or the sight of your city beaming in a sea of lights. Or so because, I believe that October Speaks To Me.

From much awaited get-togethers with family to endless conversations till the wee hours of the morning. From card parties with friends to all those exciting food menus. From the absolutely necessary shopping trips to planning for all the upcoming shaadis. The festive season is a bountiful of moments, occasions and celebrations All Brought Together.

For two years now, I've made it my tradition to share with you all my ideas on festive dressing. Much like our lives, our sartorial choices also pace and evolve. Though, each year I have tried to very practical and realistic when it comes to my choices but this year I am all prepared to go unabashed. This festive year is rather very special (and huge) for me because I get to spend it with my husband, my main man. So this, Once Upon A Princess is all set to head-out for the hustle, bustle and bang and cherish each moment of this beautiful gift of life in its complete glory. Join me?

Wearing - 

Suit - Vanasvi Boutique (New Delhi)
Maang Tikka - Mom's
Sandals - Charles & Keith

Thank you for stopping by...
Love
Agam




Wednesday, 19 October 2016

TrimmingsAndLace For Himalaya : The Orange Peel-off Mask


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The summer heat might be bidding us a fast farewell, but it does leave behind bitter sweet traces of tan on the skin which are hard to get rid off. The summers and the holiday season must have been the time when you loved this tan and made up for quite a show off, but come festive season I bet you want to look your radiant and glowing best. Well, we are in luck because Himalaya recently launched their Tan Removal Orange Peel-off Mask, and you'll be over the moon that they did. My earliest memory of a peel-off mask is that of my mother using one regularly, and now if you follow me on Snapchat and Instagram you would know that I am a mask lover myself. Hence, when I was given this opportunity to try out this product while it was in its pre-launch stage, no surprises I couldn't refuse.


The Himalaya Tan Removal Orange Peel-off Mask, is an effective blend of natural ingredients like Orange peel and honey, known for their skin lightening and brightening properties. Orange peel, through its peeling action, helps control melanin synthesis aiding in removing tan and lightening the skin tone, while honey helps in soothing, moisturizing and hydrating the skin. The Orange peel extracts also act as a natural cleanser for the skin, help eliminate excess oil and render a more even-tone texture to the skin, Likewise, honey contains superior antibacterial, probiotic and healing properties and is extremely beneficial in nourishing the skin for that healthy, youthful glow. 


HOW TO USE - 


Apply the mask on cleansed skin avoiding the skin around your eyes. The mask is similar to a gel in consistency and hence glides smoothly. Allow the mask to dry for 10-15 minutes. Once done, gently peel off the mask from the skin. I do recommend doing a patch test before you apply the mask on your skin, because the mask did break me out where I am most susceptible to acne. Since then, I've avoided using it on that area in particular and am quite happy with the results on the rest of my skin. I do use it twice a week, and can reckon that it fairly does what it claims. 

I hope this was helpful and made you less stressed about looking your best this festive season. Don't forget to let me know! 

Thank you for stopping by...
Love
Agam

Friday, 30 September 2016

TrimmingsAndLace : My 6 Must-Have Foundations

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For the longest time ever I have believed and accepted on the blog, that my make-up knowledge is a result of tests and trials and much of it had been borrowed. It took me quiet a while to come up with this post and to claim that this piece of writing comes out of experience. My own wedding and my real sister's, probably two optimum occasions for me to "experiment". None the less, being a regular in my make-up bag for over three years now, with an increased rate of application, I can affirm that my views can be borrowed. Without much delay, let us begin!

Disclaimer - I won't be delving into the different skin type details, because these are formulas that work best for my skin. I have a combination skin and I am typically oily around my T-zone. My skin is also very sensitive, is prone to acne and isn't blemish free.

M.A.C Face and Body (I'm in the shade - N1)



This product has been my maiden major make-up buy. M.A.C Face and Body has been a timeless, patented classic and a must-have for all prominent make-up artists. It took me about two empty bottles to finally purchase the shade that suits me right. Since the foundation is water based, it is a little runny but is quite hydrating on the skin. It provides a light to medium coverage, which can be built depending upon your preference. As M.A.C claims, it is meant to provide a natural, even and a luminous appearance to your skin and indeed does so. However, since it is a light-weight formula, it does little to conceal any under-eye patches or blemishes, but smoothens the skin to impart a healthy glow. Because of the very same, when I do wear make-up I do not reach out for this product because I do want to conceal my problem areas. Which is why, I largely use it on my legs and arms especially when I am filming videos. What I absolutely love about this product is the fact that it is super long-lasting and doesn't come off on the clothes at all. This is a major sell-out for me, and hence a part of my must-have!

M.A.C Studio Fix Foundation (I'm in the shade - NC 20)

If I have to qualify and put something in the "Can't do without" bracket, this product would be it. I absolutely love it. I am very minimal when it comes to make-up, and my everyday work make-up (excluding shoots, events and important meetings) simply involves a swipe of this wonder product. To begin with, M.A.C Studio Fix is an amazing combination of both a foundation as well as a powder. It is highly refined in texture which is why it is almost unnoticeable on the skin, leaving enough room for the skin to breathe. It imparts a velvety feel to the skin, gives a matte finish and is amazingly long-lasting. The foundation can definitely be built up, but if you are someone who prefers a full coverage, I would suggest that you use it on top of your regular liquid foundation. I resort to this step only when I am shooting and it works perfectly for touch-ups as well. If you are a make-up beginner, this product is a must-buy simply because its an all-in-one kinda thing!

M.A.C Mineralize SkinFinish Natural (I'm in the shade - MEDIUM)



I picked up this product, before my wedding, while I was on a look-out for a setting powder and boy do I love it or what! M.A.C Mineralize SkinFinish Natural is a range of baked, mineral pressed powders largely meant to be used as a setting agent for your make-up. True to its claims, it works perfectly. More so because, it feels so light, breathable and natural on the skin. This product has been my perfect bet during the rainy, humid weather as it works brilliantly to control oil and saves you from that oily sheen. Basis the same, you do have an option to use it simply over your regular moisturizer, however, the product being sheer in texture it won't impart any coverage of sorts. It shall simply help in making your skin look smooth, semi-matte and dimensional. Its main role is that of a setting powder and it does so wonderfully. So much so, I have to admit that I feel incomplete without it. I use it over my SPF, over all the products mentioned in this post and for any touch-ups during the day. I think I've made my point!

CHANEL Vitalumière Aqua (I'm in the shade - 20 Beige)



I could actually find myself gushing at the thought of CHANEL Vitalumière Aqua because it is magical. It is smooth, has an ultra fine texture and sits perfectly on the skin. It lends a very dewy, healthy from within, fresh rosy glow to the skin which for me is the perfect rendition of the French skin. It smells divine and an absolute sell-out for me is that it has an SPF of 15. This ones again a water based formula and requires a good shake before you use it. For me it works best when applied with fingers. Claimed to provide light to medium coverage, for me personally, it works as a full coverage formula concealing blemishes and/or other problem areas. Because of its refined texture, this foundation also is light reflective and hence works perfectly for occasions where you are likely to be photographed. An added bonus in that scenario is that it is extremely long-lasting. However, it does transfer on to clothes which is why setting it with a powder becomes necessary.


Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Creme (I'm in the shade - 32 Beige Clair Light Beige)




So, if you are following me on Snapchat you'll be familiar with me reviewing products and/or giving a break-down of my make-up looks. I happened to review the Bourjois CC Creme last year, and my first words were that this product is the budget friendly version of CHANEL Vitalumière Aqua. I picked up this product primarily because Lisa Eldridge had raved so much about it on her channel. Also, because I was on a look-out for a more "everyday" product and keep aside my premium buys for special occasions alone. As the name suggests, this product is a combination of colour correcting pigments and a moisturizing creme. I was in denial of the whole colour correction fad and the whole idea of a green, red or an orange product targeted towards different skin concerns. However, after using this product I can second that it does something to address these concerns. Is that the coloured pigments or the basic formula in itself, but yes it does work. With an SPF of 15, for me this product works as a second layer of hydration and protection on the skin. It provides a light, sheer coverage and adds a healthy glow and luminosity to the skin. For me, its best applied with fingers and with a swish of M.A.C's SkinFinish I'm good to go. If someone was to ask me what is my everyday make-up routine, majorly, it would be these two products used together. If you suffer from acne, the green pigments work perfectly to conceal any redness. I also have a feeling that when I use it on top of any angry pimple, it helps reduce the inflammation as well. Lastly, for its price it definitely is a grab! 

Make-Up Forever HD Foundation (I'm in the shade - N125)

Once again, I picked up this product after seeing Lisa Eldridge's videos that seconded the claim that the product has been designed for the more extreme details of today's ultra high definition technology. Since, I had decided to do my own make-up for all minor wedding functions of mine, plus I had a professional need as well, to put it straight I had to buy it. And once again, totally worth the spurge. This foundation is an oil-free, SPF free formula and is nearly invisible to the HD cameras and the naked eye alike. It provides a medium to full range coverage, rendering a very even, smooth and radiant canvas to the skin. However, it sets a little too early on the skin so you need to be quick and work your way around it. Also, it oxidizes after a couple of hours and on me gives a very sun-kissed, tanned kinda look which works brilliantly (If I may say so) in photographs. Because this foundation sets so well, the need of a setting powder is marginally reduced. I do like to brush it over my T-zone though. The product is a little on the costlier side, but a little goes a long way which makes it totally worth the amount spent. So, if you are a bride-to-be or in a profession that requires you to be in front of the camera, Make-Up Forever HD Foundation is an absolute holy grail. 




Would just like to quickly add in here that none of these products broke me out or caused any kind of irritation to the skin. So if these are your concerns in any way, be rest assured. I hope this post was helpful and would love to know your views on the same!


Thank you for stopping by...
Love
Agam