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KCFW SS'17 DESIGNER INTERVIEW WITH MUNELLE DE VIE


Spring is almost here ! And who is looking forward to updating their wardrobe with the latest trends?! I know I will indulge in some shopping. How about I bring for your some cool Fashion  Advice from a fabulous Fashion designer in town. Designer Munisa Khuramova designs under the label : Munelle De Vie. I had loved her show at the opening night of Kansas City Fashion Week Spring Summer '17. So it made sense we followed it up with a lovely in depth interview, where she talks at length about everything Fashion.

If you want to know all about my experiences at Kansas City Fashion Week,then Click HERE 


INTERVIEW : 

Journospeak : What's one word you would use to describe your clothing line ? 
Munelle De Vie : Power

Journospeak : When did you start Designing ? What inspired you to become a Designer ? 
Munelle De Vie : I started designing since six years old . First I designed for my dolls and later attended drawing and sewing schools .
What exactly has inspired me is simply impossible. My life and my being and everything I do is Fashion; my essence is to Design. Its not just and idea- its a dream. When I was a child I always used to say, " I will be a famous Fashion Designer in America ." That's what has ultimately brought me here. My mother instilled in me the knowledge of a powerful country known as the United States. Her stories and the clothes she would bring from her long trips would widen my eyes to the possibilities that lay waiting for me .


Journospeak : What is the inspiration for your current line - Spring Summer'17 ?
Munelle De Vie : The inspiration came from observing patterns in ocean, fishes and their world. Nature has a power that I want my woman to feel when she puts on a piece.


Journospeak : In terms of Trends, what will go on from the Runway, to Every Day Fashion in Spring Summer '17? What are the trends to look out for in Spring Summer ?
Munelle De Vie : The organza assymetrical shirts, organza sweater puffy sleeves that will be replaced with a silky charmeuse , pants (with beadings, high waisted) , shorts(silk charmeuse), coats and silk chiffon dresses will definitely be a must buy for SS'17.
Purple , historically the color of power and royalty , as well as striping. Luxury textures of flowy silks. Comfortable and chic clothing is essential in a woman's wardrobe.

Journospeak : What makes your latest collection or design aesthetic stand out ? 
Munelle De Vie : Sustainable fabrications, inspiration for any woman, and an intimate story co-related with each peice they will be wearing.

Journospeak : What are you looking forward to in your upcoming collection - Fall Winter'17 ? 
Munelle De Vie : A lot of LOVE, passion and eye opening. Its all about getting romantic and flirty while on the path to fulfillment of one's passions.


To read more about my experiences at Kansas City Fashion Week, Click HERE.


BLUSHING FOR BLUSH : VDAY OOTD










Is it just me, or is everyone , desperately waiting for Spring ? Valentine's Day was just around the corner and it was a perfect opportunity to bring out some Spring colors. I love my monochromes , but pastels have a way of touching your heart . We have been having quite fluctuating temperatures here in the Midwest,which made it all the more easier to lose some of the multiple layers, we are otherwise bundled in.

Chunky knits are an eternal favorite of mine. And I might just have a bit too many of them, in my current rotation of clothes.

Valentine's Day is after the color of love. There are years, when I bring out the reds, but this year, I decided to go with a dusty rose. Blush was after all +Pantone 's Color of the Year for 2016. The sweater is chunky, yet has a lacy knit, which gives it a more romantic vibe. I paired it over a white button down. And I wanted to juxtapose the soft romanticism of the top with some something tough. Hence came my new Ripped Skinnies from American Eagle Outfitters . I loved the rips, the season's latest hemline, and undoubtedly the fit.

For my accessories, I wanted to keep them simple. My Prada Cat Eye Shades are a classic, and I love bringing it out ever so often. Its an investment piece, by all means, The red tone of the glasses were a great pair with the rosy sweater. My Nude Pumps , with kitten heels, are perfect, for Mommy runs, which always happen before a date night. And my old pink handbag from Coach.

SHOP MY LOOK :

HAPPY GALENTINE'S DAY LADIES


Valentine's Day is just around the corner. The day doused in 50 shades of Red and Pink and all things Passion. The reservations are made, and the gifts are in place, baby sitters are booked in. A Date Night with your significant other. February 14th in all its glory . My plans are similar to some extent. But its my pans for the evening before, which I thought I might chat up about .

Galentines' Day . February 13th. A day dedicated to your girl gang. Amy Poehler, might have coined the fancy moniker in Parks and Recreation, but the tradition of spending a dedicated to your friends, has been around. Honoring friendship, is always a special tradition.

If I was hosting a Galentine's Day Party for my Girlfriends, here's what I would do :

1. Dress Code : Red and Pink

2. Candles, Flowers , Confetti :
Setting the right mood for any party is a sure shot way of making your guest feel comfortable. Twinkling lights of the aromatic candles set around the room, pretty flowers and even some confetti, will have your guests in the right spirit soon enough.

3. "Hey Mr. DJ, put on the Music."
Which party is complete with music. And when its a night for your girl friends, let the Power Ladies of Music tak eover. Adele, Queen Bey, or  even the Spice Girls for a trip down memory lane.

4. Think Pink, when it comes to Something to Drink :
Virgin : Pink Lemonade
Alcoholic : Pink Champagne on Ice(Yes,she said it ), Raspberry Martini

5. A dessert table with the sweetest treats.
Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate is never a bad idea. Champagne pairs pretty well, with a chocolate covered strawberry, if you didn't know. And for a doughnut loving soul like me, its the perfect evening.



6. Cue up my favorite Romantic Movies on the TV. Netflix and Chill can be a favorite for a Gilrs Night In.

7 . DIY SPA and Mani Pedi Stations for my favorite girls.
Biting into some chocolate covered strawberries, sipping on some Bubbly, watching the chocolate boys on the TV and having a spa date at home. It all sounds too good, right.


8. Last but not the least , engaging in some face to face conversation. Catching up. In today;s world of calls being by speedy texts, meet ups being replaced by Face Time, meeting up with friends in person, is very precious and much needed.

9. Or you could play dress up and hit the hottest spots in town, with the best Wing women, that your always treasure.

Have a lovely time ladies !

Pictures by : Debashish Dasgupta 

TARTE RAINFOREST OF THE SEA RADIANCE RITUAL - REVIEW


Rainforest of the Sea : Tarte had me hooked in the name. I had seen this line at my local Sephora, and was quite intrigued. S when one my friends had picked up a gift featuring some products, from the line, I must say, I was very happy.

Are you as confused as I was, when you saw that name? Well, lets talk about it then. Tarte wanted to create a collection or a line, for those of us, with dry parched skin. In their search for natural ingrdients, they went ahead with KELP. Yes, its Kelp, which is described in the fancy branding of this line. Hydration and Anti Ageing are the key areas, in which this line focuses on. Marine Algae, coconut, cucumber are some of the natural ingredients of this line.

The packaging was blue, teal purple, with a marine inspired design. You could not miss the Kelp connection from it.

Tarte's previous line - Amazonian Clay was targeted more towards Oily or Combination Skin.


To begin with, I was most fascinated to try out one of  the most hyped product of recent times . Tarte Maracuja Oil . It has been quite a rage among beauty lovers. I tried it out in my skin care routine, and understood what the hype was all about. Although I have dry skin, its very sensitive , and can be prone to breakouts with certain products But this face oil, was very calming and very hydrating. It was not too heavy, yet my skin felt plump after a single use. Its currently on my nightstand, and I am surely getting the full size one.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea - Drench Splash Lipstick in Cabana Boy . Isnt that quite a mouthful to remember. Its a satin Matte lipstick, in mauvy nude pink. I have a warm complexion, so these tones suit me better than brownish mauves. The lipstick was quite creamy, and it glided on quite easily. But its not very long wearing, I must add.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Highlighter in Exposed is yellowish golden highlighter. It was very creamy and easy to blend. As I have a warm undertone, I love highlighter which are warm. I used it with a light hand, and it gave a subtle glow. It was in the same league as the Tarte Blushes, which I really love. Its a good highlighter to be worn during the day. I might layer it, if I wanted to use it for a nightout make up.


Tarte Rainforst of the Sea Marine Boosting Mist claims to be a 4 in 1 product - primer, make up setting spray, hydrating mist and skin refresher. It has a lovey orangey citrusy perfume. I use it as a moisturizing primer before my make up. It lives up to its claim of being hydrating, and you will be reaching for it every day. Especially for us, in these harsh Midwestern Winters, this product is like a breath of fresh air.

The least favorite product in this set was the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel . It was lavender scented,which I really loved. But there wa snothing path breaking about this cleanser.My friend, who is a beauty expert, and who had picked up this gift set for me, was most interested in finding out, how this product worked. It was a gel based cleanser and a little went a long way. I use waterproof eye make up, and while this cleanser removed my foundation and other facial makeup, it didnt do a good job, in removing my robust long stay gel eyeliner and waterproof mascara.

SHOP THE COLLECTION :

JOE'S STONE CRAB, MIAMI

The Miami experience is incomplete without Joe's Stone Crab. The iconic joint, which is known for being the favorite of celebrities, two hour wait and Stone Crab. Founder Joseph Weiss, discovered the Florida specialty, Stone Crabs ,and the rest as they say is history. One claw of a Stone crab is harvested, and it regrows. It makes it a pretty sustainable way of sea food fishing, I must say.

Joe's does not take reservations, hence you realize why you always have to be prepared for a two hour wait. Located in the southern part of South beach, and is a walk away from Ocean Drive. A 100 year old institution, which still keeps up its old world dinning charm, in every possible way. A very rare feat of being both Classic and Hip, without compromising on any thing

Joe's is always buzzing with people, who are all waiting for their tables. I tried my best, to see if I could recognise any of the faces, when we finally made it inside. But I had left my glasses at the hotel. Yes, this is the spot, where you easily spot celebrities, any time of the week. People watching game was quite strong, I must add.

While we were waiting for or table, I could not help but notice a plaque(board) which had a list of Dos and Don'ts. Among the many things it mentioned, Cut Off shorts not allowed. So presumably, Joe's has a subtly enforced Dress Code. Make sense to not head from the beach, with flip flops. Good for us , that we love dressing up. From all my previous visits to Florida, I knew that if you are planning a dinner at a hot joint in South Beach, then you should take the time to plan out your outfit.


Tuxedo clad servers hovering, dark woodwork all round, impressive and ornate ceilings, I almost felt if I had taken a trip back in time. Service was impeccable, even if the servers seemed a bit too serious . Our seat was a cross between a booth and a normal table. A bit of exclusivity, in an otherwise crowded and bustling restaurant. Date Night brownie points, for our Maitre'D for sure.



Sadly enough, there was nothing special for kids, in the menu, so we went head and ordered French Fries for our daughter, and an order of Fried Green Tomatoes for us.


 It was time for our piece de resistance - Stone Crabs. Stone Crabs claws are graded according to size and priced accordingly. We ordered a plate of Large Stone Crab Claws. They come boiled, and cold. The shells are cracked, and ready to eat. Served with their famous Mustard Mayo(sorry, forgot to take close up shots). The stone crab claws, with their black tips, were quite a pretty sight, on the white table cloth laden table, amidst a room of ornate wood work.


The crab flesh is pretty sweet, and quite quite fleshy. As we dunked our crab meat in the mustard mayo , we did have to be careful for the juices running by. I know there were paper bibs placed on our table by our server, but we managed pretty well, without them. It was distinctly different in taste from the Dungeness Crab, or the King Crabs of Alaska, or the Blue Crabs of Baltimore. For sea food lovers , it was quite an experience. Stone Crab Claws are harvested in the Crab Season, from October to May. We were there for our Christmas break, and the crab claws could not be any fresher.




As we had expressed a soft regret, that there was no Kids Menu, our server surprised our daughter with some house made Raspberry Sorbet, at the end of the meal.


The food was pricey, like any other fine dinning joint, but the experience was surely very exclusive. Date Night perfection . So if you are planning a trip to Miami Beach, make sure you have time for Joe's Stone Crab.



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SEPHORA PLAY DECEMBER '16 : REVIEW



January is over, and it seems like yesterday, that we were getting ready for the Holidays. And Sephora's Play Box for December could not have been better put together. There is no need to how many different kinds of Holiday parties, we all get invited to, and a bag, with the best selection for the party season was much welcome. Titled "The PartyGoers", this box was not the usual monochromatic one, but rather a Black and Gold party pouch.


I am well known among my friends and family as a Red Lipstick Lady. Its a weakness, you can say, but Red Lipstick is hard to resist. But its all the more easier for me , to realize which Red Lippies are great and which are duds. Sephora Collection Creme Lip Stain in Always Red has been a favorite of mine for the past few years. I had first heard of it, from British Blogger Estee Lalonde, who could not stop raving about it. Then other British Bloggers, jumped the gun and everyone had it. And its one product, which is worth every hype. To find a sample size of it, was indeed a great start. As a liquid lipstick, this lip product, goes on glossy and dries matte. It does not cake off or flake off, as liquid lipsticks tend to do. Its described by Sephora as a Matte Classic Red.


The second product in the box, was another favorite of mine - Urban Decay All Nighter Make Up Setting Spray. I have been using this product for years now, and it has never let me down. And its a savior of trips, especially when you want your make up to last all day. The trick with this make up setting spray is that, you have to spray it , at a distance from the face, and let it mist you. I made a mess when I tried it the first time, and sprayed it too close to my face. It almost washed off my eye shadow. I was in tears almost, as I was getting ready to attend a wedding. I learnt my lesson the hard way. I know there are make up enthusiasts, who also use this spray as a make up primer, before they start doing make up, and as a setting spray after their make up. A Winner Product by all means.


 I am usually not great at describing Fragrances. But Elizabeth and James Nirvana has beome quite popular over the last few years, in the beauty circuit. So I was excited in finally receiving a product from the line. And being a Bourbon lover, I must say, I was more interested. Elizabeth and james Nirvana Bourbon is an intoxicating blend of vanilla bourbon and spice wood with a delicate floral note. IT came across to me as more woody than floral, I must add. If I had a full size of it, I would rather gift it to my husband, than use it myself. Sometimes its worth it, to use hyped products, and see whether they are worth the hype or not.


I  might leave my home without a full face of make up, but I always try and add a touch of eyeliner and mascara. So its good to try out newer Mascaras. I dont use much of Bobbi Brown products, in my Make up stash, so the sample was try out my hands. I must add though I personally prefer Waterproof Mascara, as a formula, and so wished all mascara samples were waterproof ones. Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara is described as Jet-black, kohl-pigmented mascara delivers high impact volume, with a  smudge free formula. Its a good formula, but honestly, my drug store Maybelline Falsies Mascara delivers an even better result at less than half the price.


As I have mentioned earlier. I am not much of a Primer user. But Sephora Play is getting me to chnage my habit with their primer samples, every month. Make Up Forever is a brand i really trust with my base make up. Make Up Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Soothing Primer claims to do as its name suggests. I would not purchse this product on its own, but its nice to try out primer samples, in a bid to figure out which one suits me the best.


My least favorite product was the Dry Shamppo. I am a big fan of Dry Shampoos, as I use them pretty often. My favorite Dry shampoo is a drug store one - Batiste , as it has  adarker pigment. Even a drug store dry shampoo like Tressemme, does not leave as much as residue, as this high end dry shampoo left behind. Dry Bar Detox Dry Shampoo claims to be lightweight, extending the life of blowouts by absorbing oils and adding body. I have blonde balayage but dark roots and this product is a strict No No.

SHOP THE DECEMBER'16 PLAY BOX :

ROMANTIC NIGHT IN - NETFLIX & CHILL WITH ADORE ME


There was a time when Night Outs were a regular feature of the weekends. Followed by even late mornings. But lets say, those times seem to be from that of a different life altogether. With a pre-schooler, life has its own schedules and weekends are different. And by different, I mean by no means, not fun.

Romantic Night In seems to be the order of the day, currently. Some Mixology ,some tasty nibbles, something comfy to snuggle in, with the perfect arm candy of  a man and you are all set to Netflix and Chill. Binge watching on your favorite shows, while you curl up your toes, in your favorite fuzzy blanket, can make Winter weekend evenings seem a lot more fun.

Me and my husband love to mix up some cocktails, on weekends. From White Russian to Bloody Mary , from Ginger Snaps to a Dirty Martini, we take our pick,from our home bar.  A well stocked bar at home, goes a long way, in making evenings in, more interesting.

But its not just the spirits , which can make a great evening. Comfort is key for me, for a relaxing evening at home. The Lounge Wear from Adore Me are a great choice. Adore Me is a monthly subscription service, for intimates and lounge wear. Priced at $24.95 for your first box, you are treated to a beauitful collection, where neither comfort not style is compromised.
IMAGE COURTESY - ADORE ME 
So once I am done with all the chores, and the baby is in dreamland in her room, I treat myself to a warm bath. A bubbling and fizzzy Bath Bomb from Lush might go in the mix. Then I slip into comfy Ygritte Lounge Wear and  am ready for the evening with my Man. I love this PJ set as its comfortable, yet doesnt compromise on the spunk . The Cold Shoulder and the stripes, are a nice touch.

NETFLIX ORIGINAL : THE CROWN 
Neltflix and Chill, can hardly happen without some Netflix, is it. Me and my husband have been Netflix loyalists, over the years. While we rarely follow trends, and latest fads when it comes to our TV choices, but I guess, The Crown, was an exception in this regard. We have been binge watching this British Royal family drama, over the last weekend. There's a reason why this Netflix Original has gaied the popularity, it has, over the world. Coupled with the Ice Storm, which was so kind to visit us, this routine surely made our weened evenings very enjoyable.


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