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I am quite a bit of a foot soldier when it comes to exploring a place. So when it comes to travel dressing, I choose comfort over everything else. A minimal fuss free basic outfit serves me good.

On my recent visit to Udaipur, Rajasthan, I created a casual look focusing on lightweight and functional pieces which can be easily layered. The focal point was a cushioned  pair of slip-on footwear.

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Travel Quick Fix

  • Choosing a comfortable footwear is utmost important.
  • Pick up a sling bag/waist pouch/bag pack to keep your nick knacks. Avoid oversized shoulder bags which restrict hand movement.
  • Opt for layering your clothes to counter unpredictable weather conditions.

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Outfit Details

Cover Up- H&M

Top- UCB

Pants- Duo of Duck

Shoes- Clarks

Watch- Casio

August 31, 2016 0 comment
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Small town. University politics. Gender inequality. Seems like a set up straight out from a Bollywood potboiler. And this is where our protagonist spent her formative years getting exposed to the alternate reality. Pareina Thapar, Managing Partner at India’s leading boutique PR firm VTY has been nothing short of a game changer both in her personal and professional life. Growing up in Lucknow, Pareina was exposed to the dichotomy of a small town early on in life. She credits her parents for raising her sister and her to be fiercely independent.

 Pareina spent a good part of her initial career in the field of Journalism. It was while completing her university education in Lucknow that she got initiated in the field of writing as well as marketing for newspapers and magazines. But having moved to Delhi, it was her grounding at Business Today profiling entrepreneurs and doing HR stories that she got a real taste of journalism. “Post marriage and pregnancy is when I made a move to PR. It was quite organic I must say. For me telling stories is most important and that is what I did with my initial clients like Olive and Wills Lifestyle”, says Pareina. It was her experience in lifestyle and business journalism that came in handy. Post doing freelance PR projects, she joined VTY in 2003 as a Managing Partner. “At VTY we operate in the universe of good living. The idea is to add value to life to make us all happier. Clients such as Nicobar, Ekaya and Sabyasachi have been nothing short of movements”, she adds.

Pareina Thapar, Managing Partner, VTY

Pareina Thapar, Managing Partner, VTY

Pareina has been lucky to have a strong support system in her family. “As women, we are conditioned to feel guilty about the choices we make. I think the debate is overdone. Anybody who steps out to work makes choices. Even men do. Privilege shouldn’t bring you guilt”.

As a woman in the fashion industry Pareina feels that “we should change the dialogue with ourselves. It is extremely important to be confident of who you are in terms of your body and being fit and healthy at the same time.  Never let anybody hamper your self-esteem. ”Her advice to budding fashion entrepreneurs is to find their signature. “If you already have a reference point then you are limiting yourself in a boundary. You can’t think out of the box. Freshness is very important part of storytelling”.

Pareina’s Quick Fix

1.    The craziest thing you have ever done- Shaved my head off at the age of 40!

2.    Describe yourself in three words- Paradoxical, Impatient and Serene

3.    Your comfort food- Dal chawal, Egg Sandwich, Chocolate 

4.    Fashion idol- Diana Vreeland

August 18, 2016 0 comment
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India Couture Fashion Week came and went, and along with it, the exquisite, extraordinary one-of-a-kind works of the couturiers. As they say all good things come to an end But even though the fashion frenzy came to an end last month, at least we have the photographs of each look to obsess-slash-drool over.

Have a look at our top 5 drool-worthy picks from India Couture Week by FDCI:

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THE PERSIAN STORY by Manish Malhotra

Scape Song by Gaurav Gupta

Scape Song by Gaurav Gupta

Epic Love by Anita Dongre

Epic Love by Anita Dongre

When time stood still by Anamika Khanna

When time stood still by Anamika Khanna

The Return of Opulence By Rohit Bal

The Return of Opulence By Rohit Bal

August 10, 2016 0 comment
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In an industry obsessed with looks, it is hard to find someone who wears her scars as victory marks and struts down weddings bald headed. Meet Anisha Oberoi, Fashion Editor at Amazon India. With over a decade’s experience in branding, marketing, media strategy, communications, etc across verticals such as hospitality, media and fashion, it is her instinct to understand people that set her apart.

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Anisha Oberoi, Fashion Editor | Design Manager Amazon Fashion, India

Her first big break in fashion came with the 100 year old Italian luxury menswear label- Ermenegildo Zegna where she handled PR and Marketing. In her current role, Anisha is responsible for creating the voice of Amazon Fashion through engaging content for onsite assets as well as for Amazon India Fashion Week, making fashion simpler to understand and consume. The idea is to engage and educate the customers. “My experiences in diverse environments have equipped me with unique skills and mindset that is open to change and experiment, and the ability to engage with different types of people in any geography. I take a lot of pride in everything I do, and I am enjoying this evolution,” says Anisha.

Time froze for her when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. This was just before she was leaving to pursue her MBA degree from the prestigious INSEAD. But she didn’t get into the victim zone and got into the survival mode pretty quickly. She did feel ugly and depressed from time to time but hope gave her strength and lifted her spirits. “Today I still deal with the repercussions of what happened back then because of medical implications and consequences of choosing such a hard treatment but I am a new person as a result of what I went through. I became deeper, stronger, more loving – life became more meaningful. I lost two girlfriends to cancer at the same time and I carry their fight in my heart,” she adds. She calls cancer a special experience which made life more meaningful for her.

Her advice to all the budding fashion enthusiasts is “propel yourself to the dream and not be scared to try new things and take risks. Have the belief that the universe will manifest your convictions. You have to create opportunities to evolve to the best possible version of yourself; no one is going to do that for you. Never take no for an answer, and never give up.”

Anisha’s Quick Fix

  1. The craziest thing you have ever done- Bungee Jumping!
  2. Describe yourself in three words- Brave. Passionate. All-heart.
  3. Your comfort food- Guacamole (Mexican)
  4. Your Fashion idol- I don’t idolize anyone as such but I admire Victoria Beckham’s tailored dressing which can be both powerful and feminine. Gwyneth Paltrow and Charlize Theron also do this very well, and the stylish fuss-free way that Blake Lively dresses. Have you seen Suits? I want Jessica Pearson’s work wardrobe!
August 7, 2016 0 comment
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Rustling of the wind, falling of the rain drops and smell of the wet mud- scream MONSOON!! And sometimes all you need is good weather and a glass of wine to lift up your spirits.

Bringing in glimpses from our recent getaway to the gorgeous western ghats.

 

Whenever it rains you will think of her!

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Top+Sneakers- H&M

Culottes- Zara

 

Stand tippy-toe, to walk between the raindrops!

 

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Dress+Sling Bag- Koovs.com

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Location Courtesy- Sula Vineyards, Nashik, Maharashtra 

July 7, 2016 0 comment
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We are travel freaks and love to travel all year round but there is something nostalgic about those hill station trips we used to make with our parents during the summer break.

So Team Style Coquettes along with their friends decided to hit the road for a short and sweet escapade to the queen of hills-PALAMPUR.

 

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Bringing you some of our favourite no make up looks!

Gypsy at Heart

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Macho Man

 

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Channelling the Boho Vibe

 

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Street Style Swag

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Diva Game On

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June 16, 2016 0 comment
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This season a lot of the  international designers showed us how one can have fun with tropical colours and various textures; branching out to more exotic surroundings and being inspired by the summer holidays – I planned to pull out a yellow- tropicalesque look for the day.

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Tropical Tryst is all about feeling uber feminine all over again. Whether it’s going out to a brunch or chilling by the poolside, it’s more like 80s nostalgia of Bahamas – “Effortless yet Chic”

I wore this abstract print – wrap maxi and paired it with my Michael Kors watch that I am currently obsessed with, it’s a kempton brown leather watch which I feel is beyond major as it looks good with all things tropical.

Have a Look!

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Watch: Michael Kors – Love how the minimalist brown leather strap allows the unique tort acetate and gold-tone circle-within-a-square dial to shine.

Wrap Maxi Dress: Ritu Kumar


*Location Courtesy: FIO Country Kitchen and Bar

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May 4, 2016 0 comment
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We happened to catch up with Marta Santambrogio  on the sidelines of #AIFWAW16. With a strong background in Italian luxury design, Marta leads the creative designing part at Shingora, a leading retailer of luxury scarves and shawls for women and men.
Here she talks about the story of brand Shingora and also gives us some easy breezy Scarf Draping DIY techniques.

April 7, 2016 0 comment
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Well yes we know the official fashion week season is over  but our roaming street style lens continues to document fashion scenes captured exclusively during the fashion week this season!

You might imagine Fashion Week as a glittering parade of bloggers, models, and editors in the season’s biggest trends and teetering heels. However the truth is that this season everyone opted for solely sneakers or quirky flats .

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Here are some of our Fashion Week Approved favourites courtesy #AIFWAW16

Click on to see the kicks from FDCI’s #AIFWt hat erred on the practical side this season 🙂


 For more street style updates stay tuned to www.stylecoquettes.com 

April 5, 2016 0 comment
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