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Straight from the weaver’s kalam

Straight from the weaver's kalam

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My affection for Indian wear knows no boundaries and you’ll always find me attracted towards it in the slightest of ways; whether it’s teaming up jhumkas with my western outfits or add a desi touch with bindi or mojris. It’s a cultured elegance that certainly boosts the outfit tenfold.

A house of textiles, India has always been known for its culture and crafts. Kalamkari is one such form of craft which includes freehand drawing and block printing on cotton fabrics derived from Persian words. Characteristically named after the technique of its making, ”qalam” denoting pen and ”kari” signifying craftsmanship, Kalamkari has been ubiquitous in numerous parts of Southern India, primarily in Andhra Pradesh. This art makes use of only natural colors or vegetable dyes which makes it unique!

Several Indian fashion designers are using kalamkari recurrently in their fashion week runways; the latest trend that seems to have caught the attention of fashionistas is the Buddha print. Fashion enthusiasts seem to be well-tuned to the fact that the Buddha need not be detained for being a statue in the lounge, but can be fashionably sported on dresses, sarees, jackets, or kurtas too.

I particularly love the way contemporary Indian wear binds traditional silhouettes with edgy styles and that’s exactly what I am wearing from my own label Perky Pockets. This outfit is an amalgamation of trendy style with alluring Indian print and design, sure to turn some heads!

Keeping the look simple and the attention focused on Buddha print, I paired up this dress with silver jhumkas and nude heels.

Perky Pockets offers you outfits using the finest fabrics. We have a lot of striking and amazing clothes, if you like them, wish to customize a dress, top, kurta and more… or just want to get to know them, get in touch with us on Facebook or Instagram.

Take a look and let me know about your views in the comment box below.

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Outfit-PerkyPockets

Photography- Vaishnavi  Mashal

Cheers!

Divya

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The Quirk Story

The Quirk Story
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Perky Pockets‘ new collection is all about funky and playful prints and keeping it quirky with just the right amount of spark. I am a huge fan of kooky prints, playful patterns which add charm to any outfit.
I can say that quirky art defines me and what I love to wear! It was love at first sight when I saw this print. And to me, this kind of sartorial is exactly what describes my personality. I like to be fun, fearless in my style and stand out from the crowd.
You can add kitsch, to your simple or regular outfits. It might be a frisky print, lively hues, or completely a different pattern and turn them into exclusive attires and look charming!
So, if you’re looking for kooky outfits and want to stand out, Perky Pockets is the best place to shop.
To keep it cool and casual, I teamed up the “HORN OK” print cape with shorts and a black tee with sneakers to look simple and stylish.
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Outfit details
Shorts-Veromoda
Tee-Pantaloons
Sneakers-Puma
PhotographyRuhi Dulare
I hope you enjoyed this post, made after more than a month and I Thank You all for visiting my blog today!
Cheers
Divya 
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Game. Set. Match

Game. Set. Match

Wish you all a very happy new year!

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I love how 2017 treated me both with my work and my family! I am super excited and am looking forward to 2018 with renewed energy and focus to realize all my dreams this year! The time has come to ring in the new year, so why not celebrate the night in style? Stay on trend this New Year! 

This season, I decided to trade in the classic but cliched party staples like black dresses, slinky or sequined outfits, and wear a Co-ord set from my label – Perky Pockets.

‘Co-Ords’, or two-piece sets is another 90’s revival trend. They are versatile, and it’s all about that hassle-free throw-on and go attitude when you’re in an absolute rush and can’t be fretting to pick different separates and put an outfit together!

Moving onto my OOTD, the material is absolutely amazing and the boat print is super cute and quirky. I am wearing a crop top along with a wide leg bottom. If you are a fellow print lover, this takes print appreciation entirely to a new level! If you’re edgy about wearing these same print items together, start with a solid colored one in a flattering style.

So, next time if you come across any cool print or material two-piece set, then buy it as matching sets and your co-ord will surely turn heads. This trend is all about having fun with the look, so don’t shy away from experimenting every once in a while. Co-ords are a must-have look this year so don’t be left behind! Two become one this season in the fashion game, set, and match.

You can find an amazing range of Co-ord sets, tops, dresses, maxi, and kurta-pant set in different designs at Perky Pockets and they’re affordable too!

Take a look and let me know about your views in the comment box below.

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Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great year ahead!

Cheers!

Divya Anand

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PRODUCT REVIEW – NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Shades-Stockholm (SMLC02) and London(SMLC04)

PRODUCT REVIEW - NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Shades-Stockholm (SMLC02) and London(SMLC04)

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream has 34 shades to choose from, all ranging from nudes to vibrant colors. Although, I prefer the pink and nudes. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream is one of the best lip creams I have ever used. I have become an absolute sucker for matte lipsticks ever since I bought these. It has a creamy texture that glides smoothly, feels weightless and sets to matte finish, and I prefer the texture of these over most liquid lipsticks as they do not dry out my lips. It lasts for at least 5 to 6 hours and keeps my lips moisturized, which makes this product simply amazing for the price!

Its packaging is not too fancy but it comes in a cute color-coded tube with a velvety black cap; it’s compact and perfect for your handbag. It has a doe foot applicator which helps in precise application. The shades are highly pigmented so you might not see a much difference in multiple coats, but to avoid the streaky feel, apply it once horizontally and then vertically.

My current favorite shades are-

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Here are the shades that I have and their individual swatches:

Stockholm (SMLC02)

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It’s an earthy shade with pinkish undertones. This matte lip cream smells amazing, somewhat like vanilla! For a more subdued look, it’s a perfect nude and I am personally very fond of it, usually the shade I reach for when I can’t decide what goes best with any outfit. However, it is a neutral shade yet richly pigmented and opaque enough to cover pigmented lips in one application. I recommend this shade as it is well-matched for light to medium skin tones and it could wash out darker complexions.

MRP: Rs 570 (bought from Sephora Pune)

Here you can see how it looks like on my skin tone.

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London(SMLC04)

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London is a beautiful nude lip color with a pinch of brown; it appears very natural on fair and light skin tones. Pigmentation is on the medium side, so it doesn’t look totally opaque on the lips in one swipe. I absolutely love how lightweight this is on the lips. It keeps my lips moisturized too!

MRP: Rs 600 (bought from Nykaa)

Here you can see how it looks like on my skin tone.

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If you are looking for warm neutral lip shades which are long lasting and inexpensive, you could give these lip creams a try.

 WHERE TO PURCHASE

SEPHORA

Amazon

Nykaa

Are there any shades you recommend to buy?

See you soon with a new blog post!

Cheers!

Divya

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Christmas Party Lookbook-2017!

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It’s December and planning for Christmas party is in full swing. I can’t believe where did the time go? I am very excited for Christmas, the parties, get-togethers, spending quality time with family and friends, the secret Santa surprises, the glittery Christmas tree, sharing gifts and carols in the air! Furthermore, along with splurging on presents and decorations, it’s also time to think about what to wear to parties. Are you ready? If not and you need to get your party style sorted, then this is the blog for you! Here are a few easy-to-achieve ideas that might inspire you.

It’s time for some swanky and festive fashion ideas for the Christmas season. So here are my few Christmas Party Looks; whether it’s a fancy Christmas party night or Christmas lunch!

Look 1

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This shift style red dress is such a classic shape and makes it a refined and timeless look. This shape and cut is so flattering as it really clinches on your waist and then kicks out making your waist look not only smaller, but also it hides the bulges in the tummy area – surely a win-win!

Look 2

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While red might be the color of the moment, green is still enjoying its fashion resurgence. Don’t forget about red’s faithful companion: green, this Christmas! Paired green palazzo with white bell sleeves top for an elegant and contemporary look.

Look 3

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Add some staple pieces from your wardrobe and still have a festive outfit on your hands. For a more casual look, team it up with scarves, wraps, and shawls; the easiest way to achieve a party outfit and look stylish and chic! I always have an element in my look that is minimal and classic and makes the whole get-up look clean and put together.

Look 4

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This next look is so feminine and fabulous, the lace dress is a perfect option for a romantic look. Wear it with the right accessories, hairstyle, and a flawless makeup!

Look 5

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I adore this look; ideal for a Christmas evening or a Christmas lunch in the city. This skirt gives a flattering shape and is perfect for all body types, the top I teamed with it is so versatile, perfect for matching with any skirts, or it would look equally chic if worn with some black pants and stilettos! 

Look 6

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I am a huge fan of maxi dresses all year long! And this RED maxi is perfect for Christmas party. Maxi dresses are stylish, feminine, comfortable and elegant!

So, which one is your favorite look? I would love to hear from you!

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Pic credits: Prekshita Manohar

Cheers!

Divya Anand

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CULOTTES IN MISSAMORE STYLE

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There is no doubt that this season culottes are having a big moment in the fashion world. These stylish pants are so versatile and give a flawlessly flattering shape to the body and allow an array of possibilities to wear them. At first, it can be tricky to style culottes but once u nail the look you will be wondering how you ever lived without them. They make a great travel staple and currently have replaced my stack of straight pants, denim, and trousers! 

Culottes make an outfit look perfect, be it a casual day out, lunch date, formal meeting, or last-minute dinner plans this style doesn’t fail to impress! And are available in various patterns, and lengths. If you are too scared of the prints try a monotone pair to ease into this style. You can style them with a crop top, any solid color top, cold shoulder top, blouses, boxy tops, sweater, jacket, options are endless! For petite girl’s vertical culottes is apt as it creates the illusion of height.

Wearing burgundy solid top + flared culottes, that I recently shopped from one of my favorite online site Missamore. One thing I loved about this brand is the unique style of their outfits which make you look just ‘perfect’ for any occasion.  I am loving their collection and definitely, goanna go back to #MISSA MORE and shop as much as I can.  

Take a look and let me know about your views in the comment box below.

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Cheers!

Divya Anand

Outfit: MISSA MORE, Myntra

Pic credits: Manjira Bandopadhyaya

 

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QUIRK UP YOUR STYLE WITH PERKY POCKETS!

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One of my picks when it comes to outfits at the moment is our PERKY POCKETS quirky hello kitty cold shoulder dress. If being in the spotlight, and style out-of-the-box, this is the thing you are looking for! Quirky prints are in burgeoning demand in this fashion world. These prints make you sojourn and perhaps even grin. They look so very contemporary, comical and whimsical! For me, cute quirky prints are perfect mood lifters and super fun and easy to style! These are available in various patterns and prints- Hello kitty, Garfield, owls, telephones, Donald, Mickey, pizzas, lips, cameras, bicycle, auto mustache, glasses, faces, hot air balloon, ice-cream and much more! To spruce up the blandest ensemble, the easiest way is to opt for prints. They can be stitched into tops, dresses, blouses, bags, clutches, or worn as scarves and to make a complete style statement.

In and around, several bold and insane fashion trends have been observed, but the hype these quirky trends established in the last few years is immense. If you like to try unique prints and want to be the new trendsetter, then you must own a quirky print outfit! And also, add a funky element to your outfit and look really cool!

Keeping the look chic, comfy and contemporary, I teamed the quirky cartoon patterned cold shoulder dress with a pair of white shoes. As for the makeup, I opted for nude lips and a pop of color on my eyes with a green eyeliner. Perky Pockets, created this cute hello kitty cold shoulder dress to fit their customer’s personality the most. Moreover, this quirky dress is super affordable too, just Rs. 999!

If you want to try some super funky outfits, then PERKY POCKETS is the right place! Perky Pockets offers you outfits using the finest fabrics. Some are with quirky prints while some are conventional ones. We have a lot of attractive and amazing clothes, if you like them, want to customize a dress, top, pants and more… or just want to get to know them get in touch with us on Facebook or Instagram.

Take a look and let me know about your views in the comment box below.

Cheers!

Divya Anand

Outfit: Perky Pockets

Pic credits: Rahul Sood

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CAPE-THE STYLE PIECE

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Are you looking for solid colored capes? Or looking for something quirky, floral, patterned, checkered or embellished capes? Long or short, sleeveless or full sleeves, At PERKY POCKETS  we have got you covered. We offer you with customized ordering too!

Capes and jackets are the one thing that I love to stock in my wardrobe and are pretty much the flavor of the season. It is a versatile, alluring, and stylish outerwear for any occasion. It is such an adaptable piece of clothing; so easy to pop, throw it on with anything you wear like a skirt, shorts, a dress, a pair of jeggings, palazzos or trousers and more. This wardrobe essential can be worn in multiple ways. Capes are a great companion for nippy evenings by the beach, can wear it to work to break the monotony or to add drama to a weekend outfit or with a pair of shorts. It is a great buy for all body shapes. Generally, capes are flowy and big, so opt for a well-fitted bottom to add balance to your body. Trust me this piece of clothing won’t disappoint you ever!

I chose to pair a solid cape with an all-black ensemble only so that the cape really stands out, and a  Geometric Print Cape with shorts and crop top. If you guys like the look don’t forget to leave a comment below! 

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Divya Anand

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GET YOUR SKIN READY FOR WINTER

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Winter is here and I personally love this season. Sipping steaming cups of tea, snacking on dry fruits, and cuddling up in warm blankets: winter has its own charm! But unfortunately, winter season, however, has its drawback too. It’s that time of the year where I need to take little extra care to ensure a glowing and a healthy skin.

Winter brings extreme skin dryness, leaving it flaky. It makes the skin vulnerable to lose its moisture and henceforth requires hydration. Staying hydrated is the key mantra to get rid of all skin problems! Trust me water plays a major role. It is hard to deny that my body feels better when I am especially good at getting my eight glasses of water every day. The most natural way to get a glowing, cheerful and healthy skin is by having an ample amount of water!

We are aware of hundreds of mainstream beauty products available in the market that promise to offer glowing skin in winter. And yes, some of them might stick to their promise but observe that the glow attained by using those affluent products won’t last long. Besides, there would be some hidden damage to the skin for sure, which an individual might realize later. Consequently, some commercial beauty products might give the desired result in a short span of time but may cause long-term impairment to the skin. So, instead of opting for such affluent beauty products, why not try the following home remedies for a healthy and a hydrated skin? All you need is a few ingredients from your kitchen, and you’re good to go!

Here are 5 home remedies for glowing skin in winters

Honey

 

 

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Honey is excellent for the skin when taken internally and externally. Honey is loaded with nutrients, antioxidants, and healing compounds.

Apply one teaspoon of honey and massage the skin daily. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and then wash. Pat dry and you will see that not only is your skin softer but also glowing!
Also, you can mix 1 tablespoon of honey with 1 tablespoon of rose water and apply this pack on the face for 10 minutes and wash. This will make your skin moisturized and toned!

Coconut oil

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Coconut oil is excellent not only for cooking but works wonders for the skin as well! It is rich in antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antioxidant properties. Also, acts as a perfect skin moisturizer and been used since ages for beauty and health benefits. Coconut oil helps in cleansing, moisturizing, removing makeup, healing wounds or scars faster, and also prevents razor burns.

Mix coconut oil with olive oil and apply this mixture all over your face daily at bedtime to lighten facial blemishes. This also prevents your skin from getting overly dry in the winters.

Glycerin

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Mix glycerin, lemon juice and rose water in equal proportion and apply it to face and body and leave it overnight.

Glycerin maintains the moisture in your skin and resolves the dryness problem during winter.

Papaya & Banana Mask

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Papayas are known to contain anti-oxidants while bananas are rich in vitamins and also act as an anti-aging agent. It is the easiest and fastest home remedy for dry skin in winter.

Prepare a paste with ripe papaya and banana and add 1 tablespoon of honey to the mixture and apply it on your skin and get the glowing skin in the winters.

Oatmeal Pack

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Oatmeal is amazing for sensitive, allergy or eczema prone skin as it is overloaded with anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, skin healing and itch-relieving benefits. Oatmeal is a healthy food and a treat for your skin too!

Take 2 to 3 tablespoons of oatmeal and add 2 tablespoons of lukewarm full cream milk (can increase the amount of milk to get the desired consistency of the pack) and soak it for 5 minutes. Apply this mixture to your skin for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse off with water. Repeat this process 2 to 3 times a week. It makes your skin clean and glowing.

Get your hands on these natural remedies regularly and say goodbye to the flaky, dry and itchy skin this winter.

Do share your experiences and queries in the comment section!

Cheers!
Divya Anand