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!


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Agam














Sunday, 11 September 2016

ALOHA!


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Shot By - @farheenay

Besides the sempiternal nine yards, another Indian silhouette with an endless appeal is the quintessential Kurta. The Kurta or the Kurti as a piece of clothing has constantly re-invented itself and evolved in order to keep pace with the changing demands of the fashion forward world. Humble beginnings saw the very basic Kurti being paired with salwars/churidaars and dupattas. As lifestyles became more demanding, we proudly relaxed ourselves in the comfort of our jeans/trousers paired with the Kurti, ditching the dupatta. And now, this piece soars as breezy cotton dresses and the super women cape alike (and also like). Not to miss, how it holds its grace when worn as a beach cover-up.

I was instantly drawn to the delicate garden print on this Kurta by W (this one’s not from their latest collection) as it exhibited my never ending love for all things tropical, the idea defined as luscious banana prints and fashion presented amidst oneiric gardens. Sticking to the theme, I styled the Kurta as a cape making the whites and greens pop invariably. Likewise, while shooting our efforts were towards staying true to the whole concept of minimal tropic. Although this look would sit perfectly for a day at the beach, to put it humbly, this was the best we managed at Chandigarh. Thank God for no-beach hair though!

What do you think of this look? Do stop over my Instagram and Snapchat handle (@TrimmingsAndLace) to let me know. Also, I hope liked the latest video and subscribed to my channel. If you haven’t already, time to show some love people!

Wearing -

Crop-Top - Forever 21 (here)
Shorts - H&M
Kurta - W for Women
Choker - Gifted
Sunglasses - Missa More
Flats - Target

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Agam

Friday, 26 August 2016

And We're Married




Having rested in the drafts for close to six months, call it instinct or procrastination, I never felt it was the right time to publish this post. This video was shot within the pages of a test-run, the concept I wanted to structure it around came in much later. But somehow it couldn’t see the light of the day. Until, having lived that concept now, the eve of my anniversary (six months) seemed just the right moment to share this. This video and the following words are my attempt at sharing the structural and platonic shift that accompanied me after getting married and moving to a new place (Typing the post's title took me back to my first post and was enough to give me goosebumps). Maybe, I do a good job at it! 

Dwelling back in time, my husband and I were batch-mates in school, started dating while we were in college, dated for about nine years and finally got married. I feel, my words about getting married and the hum drum that accompanies an Indian wedding will be mere drops in an ocean of all that wed talk, so I’ll safely jump to the life that starts post-marriage, which, contrary to popular belief isn’t all about lots of sex or snuggling up for movies. 

Getting married introduces a couple to many challenges, which in a subtle way can be life altering and also pushing enough for you to explore and dive into all those innate, subconscious life lessons your parents and your story-so-far gave you. I am lucky to have married someone I knew so closely, which is why sharing an emotional or physical space came easy. There wasn’t any (as it might be called) adjustments involved. We know and understand each other’s professional demands, schedules, habits – eating and living alike, so yes it did come in easy. In the present world, the moment we begin to speak about managing a house, conversations are quick to boil over the whole idea of working women empowerment, independence, the equality in partnership theory and the like, and yes bearing that onus and responsibility can be overwhelming at first. I did have a feeling or rather the belief (which girls these days consider as cool) that I don’t know anything. But once again, thanks to my mum who managed both her professional life and her home so perfectly and thanks to a lifetime of lessons absorbed observing her and yes thanks to our helpers (they deserve so much credit), looking after our house, cooking, and doing its interiors (if you follow me on Snapchat, you know it’s my new found love) is something I fell in love with immediately. So, like I mentioned at the start…the challenges are of a happy kind! 


However, if I can be completely honest, coping with the professional arena has been the hardest for me. I have been truly blessed to have my husband and my family, provide a support system that encourages me to go out, chase my dreams and be the sport when it comes to achieving them. However, moving to a new city and putting together and getting oneself accustomed to the resources has been a challenge for me. The people are new and so is their approach and method towards work. Shoot locations don’t come easily and it’s been difficult to churn quality content for brands. On the other side, this straight line curve has been a boon in helping me strategize and work on newer avenues, concepts and business models. 


Any change in life is bound to cause a tectonic shift in our approach towards it. I do reckon that marriage is that “new phase” that’s often talked about and pondered upon by all of us. But this change is also that time in your life when you’ll mature as an individual, expand (or rather double) your capabilities, grow your horizons, multiply your ideas and have an undefined, subconscious desire to be better that what you were before. However, wherever this journey takes many of you and myself, let it most importantly be about love…because in the end that is and was all that really mattered!

Wearing - 

Maxi Dress (Worn as skirt) - TrimmingsAndLace (here)
Shirt  (Up for grabs on my Spoyl profile) - Thrifted 
Sandals - River Island

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Agam

Thursday, 7 July 2016

TrimmingsAndLace : What I Wore - June 2016


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Wearing - 

Look 1 - Shirt (Husband's, Rocky S), Skirt (Levis, Here), Sunglasses (Missa More), Lace-Ups (Koovs), Gold Bangles, Russian Red on my lips.

Look 2 - Blazer (Forever 21), Dress (Stalk Buy Love), Sunglasses (RayBan), Ballerina Flats (Lavie).

Look 3 - Cape (Gifted), Dress (Forever 21), Earrings (Claire's), Juttis (From a Chandigarh local store).

Look 4 - Kurta worn as a dress (FabIndia), Watch (Balmain), Bucket Bag (Mango, Here), Sunglasses (Vintage RayBan), Gladiator Sandals (Jabong).

Look 5 - Dress (Buy from Singapore), Scarf worn as choker (Satya Paul), Watch (Balmain), Bag (Gifted), Sunglasses (Jabong), Oxfords (Zara).

Look 6 - T-Shirt (Mango), Pallazo (Jabong), Sunglasses (Vajor), Neck-piece (Forever 21), Flats (Target)

Look 7 - Dress (Marks & Spencer), Sandals (ASOS), Pearls (Gifted)

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Agam

Thursday, 2 June 2016

TrimmingsAndLace For VAPH : Resurrection of Sorts

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For me the beauty of fashion lies, broadly, across two lengths - one being the utilitarian aspect of it and the other being the constant resurrection of the wardrobe staples. The same comes up with my second fashion feature story with VAPH.. Much like my maiden love with the Isabella Loafers, these Andrea (Salmon) sneakers instantly called out to me. Besides the gorgeousness in design and the finesse in skill, what really stood out for me on the day of the shoot was the comfort factor that came in with these shoes. The shoot literally had us walking endlessly from one end to the other in search of the sun, it had us running, jumping and skidding away to get a perfect shot, but this loyal pair didn't cringe a bit.


Taking inspiration from the fashion divas across the globe, I paired these on-trend-point sneakers with overalls sourced from Stalk Buy Love that lent a hipster vibe to the look, while the classic red lips and them sunglasses bought in the glamourous charm of the 70s. If you are a 90s kid, you definitely would remember having a love-hate relationship with the overalls. They either were your go-to wardrobe piece when you wished to dress up like the Rachel Greens of the world or there were times when they remained confined to the zones of farmers and toddlers. Irrespective of the sides you were on, the good news coming from the fashion radar is that this perfect hybrid of a comfortable pair of trousers and an uber glamourous jumpsuit has had a glorious comeback. Further, I decided to keep the other elements of the look minimal and added some statement jewellery pieces and this fringe bag for effect.


Wearing -

Overalls - Stalk Buy Love 
Tank Top - Thrifted (Way Back Here)
Sneakers - c/o VAPH (Shop)
(Check-out the latest Vagabond collection)
Bag - Gifted
Sunglasses - Miss Bennett (here)
Ring - Vajor
Cuff - The Trunk Label 

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Agam







Wednesday, 4 May 2016

TrimmingsAndLace For JORD : Breaking A Vow


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Shot By - Mr. Shutterbug

If we are 'fashion influencers' in the actual sense of the word, we do draw our outfits based on our subconscious story. This very outfit comes from a place of exploration, self evaluation, complexity and passion, which is probably why it comes this late. The only facet that runs linear throughout this outfit post, much like our lives, is time.

I say exploration because as I took time off to settle and soak in the beautiful challenges of a married life, and slowed down my 'virtual social activity' I came across the works of many a many bloggers and the endless chain of blogs that have come up. Did I go through all of them? YES. Did I like all of them? NO. Did it leave me underwhelmed and a little skeptical towards the trends prevailing in the blogging industry? CERTAINLY YES.

I say self evaluation, because this allowed me or rather forced me to go back and see what I had been doing so far. Perhaps I was too disconnected to realize how commercial the industry has become. How effortlessly that voice of creativity has been sucked in and how glamorously plagiarism, promotions and directionless styling in the name of fashion prevails.

I say complexity because in all dramatics, the content has lost its glory and what substantiates the quality of a blog are the numbers. I have a ***K following, my content is a little similar to what I wrote in standard 8th or at times better because I was able to rip it off from Vogue.com, I won't have time to style your pieces to the fullest because I have multiple projects in the pipeline but I have ***K followers...so the rest obviously doesn't matter. The scenario for me personally is very sad and disappointing because the industry was nothing like this when I started. Blogging was first a medium for self and then for anyone else. But Alas!

I say passion because, although this trend is discouraging to say the least, I believe in doing what I know and doing it right. I believe that it is the only tool you need for longevity. Yes, it might not give you a herd, it might not even be commercially viable but atleast you'll have a voice.

Thank you JORD Wood Watches and Steve Madden (Facebook) for partnering on this post. In tune with this post, I can say for a definite that your brand ideology speaks much louder than a few words from me which could have made a difference. 

Wearing - 

Dress - StalkBuyLove
Belt - Forever 21
Sandals - c/o Steve Madden India
Watch - c/o JORD Wood Watches ()
Kundan Earrings - Mom's

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Agam

Saturday, 26 March 2016

To Talk Or Not

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Shot By - Sahil Nanda


In a very long time perhaps, penning a post (again) seemed liked a challenge. With the exploding real-time bomb a.k.a the social media you already know about the Spring/Summer'16 trends, must-haves, dos and don'ts. Is there any particular trend this outfit conveys? Lace, crop-tops, culottes...you get the clue. Should I talk about life post marriage? Do readers really have time for it? Should I create a 'virtual' zone for my wedding festivities? Or should I tell you about the projects I am flooded with with or how stressful March endings are supposed to be with all the tax returns. Should I interest you with projects in the pipeline or with selfies at the fashion week. Maybe, I can do a house-tour and delusion you guys with the fanciness of a blogger life. I can pitch in my wedding outfits, venues and jewellery too. Do I sound cynical?  Does the blogger life seem much of a fad? Maybe you can join me on Snapchat (@TrimmingsNdLace) to have a glimpse of mine. Subtle Marketing. Or maybe for now, we can just hope for India to beat Australia in Cricket tomorrow.


Wearing - 

Top - Forever 21
Culottes - ZARA (Also wearing here and here)
Pumps - Naturalizer for BATA (here)
Sunglasses - Miss Bennett (Available at Jabong)
Accessories - Bonia Watch and Mom's Bangle
Bra - Marks&Spencer 


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Agam