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Books, Lipstick and Whatever Love Means with Aditi Mathur

When was the last time we had some girl talk? Well, dunno about the last time, let us have some girls talk and bond over some fabulous lipstick and a wonderful book.

Talking about books, I am such a bibliophile but have become a meagre reader these days. Notwithstanding my regular reminders to self, I could barely read a book these days. My excuse is as usual- a book needs to be as tempting to make my lazy bum sit still on my couch and lust my eyes to turn pages post the first chapter.

So when my WhatsApp Blogger Friend, a gorgeous woman, a travel blogger and a published author [oh yes, that many and some more adjectives in one woman] asked me to read her second book, I almost said No. But then I saw the splendid cover and I could not resist the temptation to check it out. She turned a deaf ear to my usual excuse of being a meagre reader and decided to risk it with me.

Her patience paid off, and if you have seen my Instagram stories [needless to say, you should be fortunate enough to follow me on Instagram], you would have seen me hooked to this book since last 2 days. 

Aditi Kumar Mathur is a fellow blogger. Her first book was "Soldier and Spice", and if she is not travelling around the world, she stays at Dehradun- Delhi-Dehradun.

Five Shoes That Every Woman Should Own

What takes away her woes?
and cures her moody blues?
Diamond? Oh yes!
Clothes, accessories and
pair of dazzling shoes!



Well, women and shoes have a history of mutual love and fondness. Whether it was Cinderella's shoes that helped her unite with her Prince Charming or the Dorothy from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, who loved her silver shoes dearly.

No wonder why the shoe is such a popular accessory with so many fairy tales and their protagonists including the Karen of Red Shoes and the legendary Puss in the boots. Shoes are after all no longer a mere accessory but have become an important part of a woman's dressing and social standing. 

While I cannot help except living with my sports shoes [ I cannot wear any other shoes], I cannot stop swooning over those lovely pairs, though. So, if you are fond of shoes and planning a shoe wardrobe, you would like to read about these 5 awesome #mustHave shoes in a woman's wardrobe.

5 Must Have Shoes in a Woman's Wardrobe

Your shoe is not just a fashion accessory that compliments your dress but it talks a lot about your personality. A good shoe not just adds to your dressing but accentuate your style too. 

There are a plethora of shoes available in the market. Here are top 5 types of shoes that every girl must own-

1) Pumps: Classic Pumps are the most versatile shoes that a woman can have. You can wear them for your college, work, parties and even shopping. Choose between a pointed pump, a black pump or a flat pump. They are easy to wear, maintain and quite comfortable too. My pick- Black and a nude pump or a Ballet Flat

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My Hair CC 14 Days Challenge with Pantene Pro V

Hey girl,
I love your mane
hey girl
it drives me insane
Hey girl,
it is your crowning glory
silky, long, a smooth love story
Hey girl
open your tresses
Rapunzel is thy name! 

Hey Boy,
I love your song
your compliments will go way long.
However,
let my hair be tied
behind the bow
till I length them small
cause you do not know
I have a bad hair fall!!


Having a Hairfall that breaks your heart?????
Ain't it breaks your heart to see your beautiful hair falling off your head? Well, it does break my heart to see those lovely strands of hair on my pillow, comb and washroom sieve. Given Mumbai's high humidity and the jam-packed life, hair fall and damage is one of the lifestyle disorders that a lot of girls/ women battles on a day-to-day basis.

I am no different. My once upon a time, the crowning glory, my hair are no more strong and silky. Hair fall has cast a bad eye on them and I am losing my precious hair by every passing day. 

I have checked my diet and found it fine. It is not the diet but my fast paced lifestyle laced with heavy duty hair styling and lack of sleep that is causing the damage. We cannot stop the lemons that life throws at us and no matter how much we plan to make a nourishing lotion from that lemon and apply on our face and scalp, it remains an unrequited dream in our "forever on the toe" life. 

Solutions are many but nothing is effective unless you have a good OCC regime i.e. Oiling, Cleaning and Conditioning.





My Hair CC Regime with Pantene Pro-V
The regime begins at properly following the OCC mantra on a regular basis. and it ends with using the right product for your hair. 

Blame the monsoon or the hard water, post my hair smoothening process, I was experiencing extensive hair fall. I went to my hair stylist and asked to cut my hair short to achieve some volume but that wasn't helping much. 

It is then I decided to take the Pantene 14 days challenge to reduce hair fall. They promised to bring a new, improved solution to reduce hair fall, make them look luscious and smooth too. Now they have all the ingredients to tempt any girl. Hence I complied.

The brand sent me the bottles of the new Pantene Pro-V shampoo and conditioner along with another  competitive brand in an incognito bottles. I found trying it easier than doing a head stand. Lolz..

As per the instruction, I separated my hair into two equal parts and used the products. It felt messy but a small price to pay to prevent hair loss.

My hair at both sides felt good and ok. However, I could not see any reduction in the hair fall. Baah! empty promises. I thought and left the shower. My hair did felt good and if you follow me on snap chat [@ektakhetan] you would have seen how my hair looked post the wash and after getting dried too.


Once my hair wee completely dried they felt better and looked shinier. I could see the volume and the beauty are- it made my hair cut looked prominent and in the place. Whereas the hair from other side felt shabby and I shampooed them with Pantene Pro-V, the very next day.

Since I have used Pantene in past and it has always come to my hair rescue, I decided to give it further try and complete my challenge. my hair fall is not 100% gone though but it has been reduced to a good extent. 

Here is what I liked about it
1) Creamy and soft texture
2) Easy to lather
3) Easy to cleanse
4) Cleans Scalps effectively
5) Mild fragrance, not strongly deodorised
6) Cost effective
7) Works on the volume of the hairs
8) Cleanse effectively

What I did not like
Dry Scalp: I have a dry scalp and the shampoo in the bid to clean, makes it further dry too. 
You can combat this situation by diluting your shampoo in a little quantity of water before applying on your head.

Packaging: It comes in sturdy tube packs and easy to carry/use.

Pricing: Shampoo 110 INR for 180ml; conditioner 55 INR for 75ml.

Ingredients:

Pantene Pro-V Shampoo

Pantene Pro_V Conditioner

Haute Kutir Verdict: I am a loyal Pantene user. I have been using their products even before it was launched in India and have a distinct liking for them. I like them for the sheer fact that they make my hair look good, feel happy. The new Pantene Pro-V does help in combatting the hair fall. Not just that my hair, as I mentioned feels bouncy and good.  Do take the Pantene Pro-v 14 days challenge and let me know if it worked for your hair. It is a cosmetic product and is for external use only. It is an alternate and not a complete solution. In case, of heavy hair fall, you may like to see your nutrition as well.

Look at my Pantene- "no styling tool used, no potion applied" Hair. All I did was to paddle brush my hair and step out for a beauty launch event in Mumbai.

No risk of hair fall even on  your whites and light shade cloths

Happy Hair Dance

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Stay Haute
Ekta

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I am taking up the #14DayChallenge as a part of product review activity at BlogAdda in association with Pantene

Build your Lingerie Trousseau with Zivame Bridal Collection

Lingerie: Mark of A Woman
If a man is known by the shoe he wears, a lady is distinguished by the lingerie she picks. A lingerie, after all, is not just an essential piece of clothing but also a fashion and lifestyle bearer. A good lingerie not just makes you feel comfortable from within but is a great confidence booster too. 

If you are a newly-wed or a bride to be, then lingerie is an essential part of your Bridal Trousseau


Lingerie and Bridal Trousseau
Lingerie is an essential part of your bridal trousseau. I have seen many brides running pillar to post while shopping for lingerie and often picking up stuff that they may not actually use. I have quite some adventures lying in my trousseau closet [quite figuratively] and every time I look at them, they remind me of my dead investment. 

As women, we often neglect the importance of having a good lingerie and unfortunately, it is given third preference over our clothes, shoes etc. Time is changing and a lot of women are waking up to the need of having a good lingerie. The only issue is not knowing what to buy and from where. No, I am not getting into those prickly stores with male shopkeepers and the dingy dressing rooms. You can brave all that as long you know what you want to buy and how to buy without burning a hole in your pocket. Lingerie shopping has off late become quite an expensive task with zillions of brands available in a store, vying for your attention and repelling it at the same time with the expensive price tags. 

Recently, I went Bridal lingerie shopping with a friend who is getting married this December. We walked into this fancy looking store in the Mall and came outside within 30 minutes after breaking our heads and hands trying some great looking lingeries at the trial room. 

Reason? The lingeries looked cool from exteriors but were a discomfort to wear. We felt like mannequins from SAKS 5th avenue that looked good only in the showcase. Besides, the price tags of Rs 4000 per piece made us feel illiterate and like a fool. Come on, that is little too much for a piece of a brassiere in name of bridal lingerie. We indeed need something that is classy, elegant and yet not pretentiously priced. 

I was suddenly reminded of Zivame as I have tried their shapewear bottom a few days back and quite liked it. We immediately checked their website on our smartphone and happy to discovered their newly launched Bridal collection.


Zivame Bridal Collection

Zivame, a well-known name in female lingerie label, has recently launched an attractive new collection- "The Bridal Collection".

The collection has some attractive range of lingerie including brassiere, panties and camisoles. The range looked attractive, colourful and economical as well. We picked quite some pieces for my soon to be bride friend, who was apparently happy with the size, the fit, the texture and overall look. 

Being an avid shopper, I could not resist the temptation either and picked two for self. My excuse was- she is getting married, so why should I wear an old lingerie on her wedding ;)

Here is what I picked for self-






When it comes to lingerie, my favourite colour has always been white and black. I have picked -

1) Zivame Satin Brides Padded Moderate Pushup Low Back Bra- Pearl White : It is a plush bridal level-2 push-up bra, which visibly adds a cup size, making you look fuller under your bridal outfits. It's made of rich satin fabric with smooth padded, seamless & underwired cups with partial lace overlay complementing the mesh wings. Plus, it's very low-back design stays hidden under your deep back necklines.

Price: Rs 1395


I totally loved the look and the feel of it. It looks classy, elegant yet Haute [read sexy] at the same time. I actually do not like padded ones but this designed won me over.



2) Zivame Satin Brides Balconette Neckline Bra- Pearl White (A-E)

This extremely delicate, plush bridal bra has a mesh-lined lace underwired cups. It is set in a rich satin frame complementing the mesh wings. Plus, the 2-sectioned cups with balconette neckline stay hidden even under low necklines.

This is a luxurious lace woven with lurex threads. The non-padded design offers breathable comfort. The only drawback is the sheer, look through fabric. 

Price: Rs 1295.

My friend liked the pieces so much that she twinned them in her order as well. Guess, the bride and the bridesmaid going to wear the same balconette on her wedding ;)

Haute Kutir Verdict: When it come so lingerie shopping, I am quite reserved and highly selective. I always handpick my lingerie with utmost deliberation and high expectations. I understand bridal lingerie is slightly bolder than regular ones and yet prefer classy over kitschy. These lingeries do have an Etsy feel to them and are quite comfortable for regular wear as well.


I so much loved their online collection and think that it is an easier way to shop lingeries. They have 15 days return guarantee too.

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and gift your Bridal Trousseau a lingerie makeover with Zivame Bridal Collection.

Live Haute, Read Haute Kutir!!

You can check out the collection here or something with the below link....
https://goo.gl/K4S0eF

Do not forget to check my "Top 5 Essentials of a Bridal Trousseau" Video on my @Youtube channel!


With Hindware, Your Dream Bath is an APP away

The changing face of bath rooms

Gone are the days when bathrooms were merely a place to brush your teeth, do your daily ablution and take a shower. With changing times, lifestyle marches forward and the concept of bath-rooms is far revolutionized from being merely a sanitation space to more of a personal style statement.
To suit the changing lifestyle, lifestyle tech too takes a step ahead with augmented reality.
Yes, you read it right- Dream Bath with Augmented Reality!
 
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Review & Video of Lakme Absolute Illuminate Makeup- Sabyasachi Edition




Fashion- When Saree Wooed Hollywood!

Hollywood Loves Indian Saree

There have been instances in the fashion world when the west took inspirations from the Indian culture to sport fashion in more graceful manner.

Saree is one of the classiest picks that west is inspired with, we can spot leading Hollywood ladies draped in designer sarees on important occasions. Here’s a little glimpse into the times the Hollywood sported saree at different occasions.

Drape It That Way
Draping is an art and it sets your outfit and you apart, there are a couple of prevalent draping styles that are popular.

Butterfly draping is a style in which the end piece of the saree is pleated very thin to reveal the midriff.  Usually paired with a heavily embellished blouse that compliments the thin drape across the body. Gujarati and Bengali style are a couple of styles originated from their region and are very famous. The most trending is the dhoti or the pant style saree draping where you compliment your saree with a well-fitted pair of trousers or dhoti.

Even Lady Raga could not remain un smitten by whole 6 yards


Let’s have a look at the candid pictures of Hollywood beauties rocking the desi dress.

Naomi Campbell
The supermodel walked the ramp for a charity event in Mumbai, in a black Sabyasachi in 2009.
                                                

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