Product Review – Lee Stafford Original Chopstick Styler

Welcome to the 80’s!!

Yes, I am going to take you back to the 80’s with the LEE STAFFORD original Chopstick Styler. It has to be one of my favorite hair tools ever. I have naturally straight hair and I like to experiment with them a lot. I am a big fan of curls, hence I have so many curling wands – different sizes but this has got to be number one on my list.

About the product –

This product is by Lee Stafford (http://www.leestaffordelectricals.com/curling-wands-c25/the-original-chopstick-styler-curling-wand-p26) and is available in the UK/US.

Demo by Lee Stafford itself – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWiEoAAUl0I

I bought it from Amazon (Lee Stafford Original Chopstick Styler ) since I needed the US plug.

Features –

  • Extra skinny barrel to get tight, corkscrew curls that really impress
  • Ceramic coated for healthy, smooth and silky hair.
  • Fast heat up time up to 450°F.
  • Exclusive free heat protection glove
  • Built-in safety stand to protect the surfaces.
  • Cool tip to protect your fingers for ultimate control
  • On and off switch with LED indicator.
  • Durable swivel cord.
  • US Power Plug

Here’s my take on the product-

Packaging

Packaging was very nice and sturdy. It came in perfectly good condition, the product includes a chopstick styler, a glove and instructions on how to use. Below is what I received except for Dry Shampoo.

 

Product review –

I came across a YouTube tutorial on this and I decided to give it a try. I used this styler to curl my hair at my recent trip to Vegas, I received numerous compliments from complete strangers and it made me so happy. The curls look very natural and they stay for a very long time. I am very impressed with the quality of this product and it’s a bonus that it only costs $25 on Amazon.

I did the curls the morning of my flight to Vegas and I used the “strong hold” spray (Garnier) and heat protection serum (Nume Argan oil) for long lasting effect. I have thick hair and it took me approx. 45 mins to 1 hour. It also depends on the sections of the hair that you take. I took really thin sections for tighter curls. I kept the tight curls for 2 days and then I opened the curls with a wide tooth comb for a softer look and kept them for 2 days. I used the Batiste Tropical dry shampoo to keep my hair fresh and smelling good.

Day 1 – Tight curls

Day 2 –

Day 3 – Loose/softer curls

Day 4 – Softer Curls

I am enjoying these curls and extremely happy to own this product.

It is also available in India on Amazon.in but it is very expensive comparative to UK/US.

Amazon India – Lee Stafford Original Chopstick styler

But don’t be disappointed. I have found a similar curling wand for little less price and it’s available on Nykaa. It is from the brand called “Corioliss”.

You can buy it here corioliss-style-stick-super-slim-curling-wand

Thanks for reading!

Richa

Disclaimer : I buy all the products mentioned with my own money unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own.
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Spring/Summer Trend 2017 – Stripes

This spring, Stripes are seen everywhere. It comes in different variations; nautical, 70s and Technicolor. It was a common theme on 2017 runways. I didn’t go really crazy with colors and variations. I like them simple but I have listed some of the others for ideas.

Here’s how I styled some of my favorite stripes:

  1. Striped Jumpsuit
  2. I have been adoring the Primark’s new collection for Spring/Summer 2017. This jumpsuit in particular is a steal, it has two variations of stripes – diagonal and vertical.  I also love the colors – Blush Pink and navy blue. The Fabric has this woolen feel, but it’s actually for warmer weather.
  3. Outfit details –
  4. Navy Pink Striped Jumpsuit – Here

 

2.Stripes in a Shirt Dress

  1. This is by far my favorite stripe styling because it’s so versatile. This shirt dress can be styled many ways. I would be doing a separate post on this one.
  2. Shirt Dress –
  1. 3. Classic Stripes

This is the simplest yet classy outfit, I got this one from Primark as well. It doesn’t take much time to decide on buying              a dress like that. It will be perfect for summer to just put on when you don’t know what to wear.

 

Thanks for reading 🙂

Richa

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Getting Summer Ready : White Yoga Pants, Red Bikini & a sundress

Hey Summer, I am ready for your 9 PM sunsets now!! 

It’s my first summer in Boston and I am so excited! I am ready for road trips, picnics, the ocean breeze, sundresses and beach views! While I am dreaming about summer, I am making a wishlist to be summer ready. Top of my list includes getting beach ready and getting fit.  Also, I believe Fit is not a destination, It’s a way of life!  but you got to start somewhere.

I have recently started taking yoga classes and have been on the lookout for nice yoga pants. I found a few online –

White Yoga Pants

Another thing in my wishlist is the red scalloped bikini and palm print bikini. Zaful has a great collection of bikinis at reasonable prices. I have added a few that I like.

Red Bikini

Palm Print Bikini

and a must have for summer – a perfect sundress. There are so many to choose from – below are my new favorites.

Floral Sundress 

Pink Beach Dress  

All we need is an excuse for shopping, Summer is the perfect reason.

 

Happy Summer!

Richa

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Shein : Online shopping and Honest Review

Recently, I did some shopping from Shein for my birthday. I had seen a lace dress that was out of my budget and I found a similar dress on Shein. I wasn’t sure at first about the purchase but I decided to give it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised with their service. I received my items in less than 10 days.

Shein is an online retailer that is based in Asia. They sell inexpensive and trendy clothing and accessories. They have so much variety and if you start adding items in your cart, you cannot stop at one or two. This is not a sponsored post.

I bought the below items and this is how I styled them.

Fit –  I usually wear size “XS” but I ordered size “S” as it was the smallest size they had and measurements were same as “XS”. It fits me perfectly.

Fabric – It is a very delicate lace dress with cut out designs. I felt the gold zipper looked cheap but it’s a small detail compared to the beautiful overall look of the dress.

 

Fit – I ordered size “XS” in this dress and it runs true to size. I comes with same print sash so that you can cinch it from the waist and make a cute bow at the back.

Fabric – Fabric was soft and airy. I love how it feels on the skin, it’s perfect for the summer.

 

Some Do’s and don’ts when you shop at Shein

  • When you like something, make sure you go through the details of the item, especially size. I always avoid an outfit which says “One size”. Make sure you read the measurements for “one size” outfits, if you really want to order them.
  • I ordered these in the US so I added return insurance of $1.99 and they send you the return shipping label for free. It is cheaper and reliable form if you want to return something.
  • If you’re based outside US, make sure you check the custom duty they charge you during checkout. I think it is calculated on the weight of the package.
  • If you review their items online, they do give you points on your purchase that you can use to shop later.

I would definitely be making a purchase from shein again. Thanks for reading my post.

If you have more questions on my purchases or review, please comment down below.

Love,

Richa

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Las Vegas – Outfits of the week

I just spent a fun and warm week in Vegas, just strolling at the Las Vegas strip, exploring so many different themed casinos, pool parties and what not. It’s so fascinating that a desert area is converted into the entertainment capital of the world. I can do a separate post about “travel” part of Vegas but this post is exclusive to Fashion and styling ideas. I wanted to share the outfits I wore while I was there.

Outfit 1- The classic airport look

This is my go-to airport look, and it doesn’t take any effort to pull this off. You just need a comfy top and leggings – just basics from your existing wardrobe. I usually carry a jacket with me because I feel cold in the plane and it works for the colder evenings. Don’t forget walking shoes- it is a must for the trip.

Leather Jacket – I bought this Jacket last fall and loving it ever since. It’s from Urban Outfitters (Sold out, similar – Here).

Slouchy white top – The top is from Primark, just something I picked up recently. You cannot have too many white tops.

Pants/leggings– My pants/leggings are from Zara (Here), I have had them since 4 years now and they are not worn off yet. I love the thickness of the leggings/pants and they are very much comfortable.

Shoes– I bought them from DSW because it’s one stop shop for shoes. But you can also buy them online from the Converse website. Converse (Here)

 

 

Outfit 2 – Strolling around the strip and casinos

This outfit was my favorite from the trip. I loved everything about it – The feel of this fabric, it was airy, off the shoulder, and perfect spring Marigold color. I also experimented it with wearing a corset belt and it just changed the whole look of it. I loved how it looked.

Yellow Off the shoulder Swing Dress – I picked this dress up in the store, honestly I wasn’t sure at first but when I tried it on, I couldn’t let it go.  It’s from forever 21- Here

Wide elastic corset Belt – I ordered this Asos (Here ) belt online just before this trip, I was really excited to style this. I love how it cinches your waist. It does get uncomfortable if you wear it for long.

Backpack – Kate Spade (Sold out, Similar Here )

Yellow thong sandals – Bought these from Primark Here. Just to add to my wardrobe and it matched perfectly with the dress.

 

Outfit 3 – Most fun outfit- very summery

Top – I bought this really cute, Pineapple print, scoop neck crop top from Primark. They had so many colors and different prints in them. It was very comfortable. I can’t find them on Primark website but it’s available in stores. Similar (here).

Shorts – These shorts are from Primark too, these are distressed denim high-waist shorts. Again, I can’t find them on the website but these are available in stores. Similar linked (Here)

 

Outfit 4 – Watching a show at Bellagio – Cirque du Soleil

Maxi Dress – I have been wanting to buy something from “Who what wear” collection at Target stores. I finally found this casual and classy Knit Skater Maxi Dress (Here). I styled them with red pumps and wore it to the show at Bellagio in the night. It was perfect for the occasion.

Red suede pumps – I adore these pumps from Charlotte Russe, sold out (similar Here). I bought them for Valentine’s Day but they work great all year round.

 

Outfit 5 – Heading to pool party

Navy shift dress– The attire for pool party was Swim wear only, I forgot to carry my cover-up for Bikini so I just wore this shift dress from Charlotte Russe, Sold out – Similar (Here, Here). It was nice and flowy. But it does make a cool summer outfit for a casual day.

Straw Hat – Now this was also a special purchase for me, I so wanted to buy a straw hat with some slogan on it. I found just perfect Hat before my trip. It says “Vacay”, how cool is that! It is from Asos – sold out (Here , similar Here )

Navy shift dress- Charlotte Russe, Sold out – Similar (Here, Here)

Straw Hat – Asos – sold out (Here , similar Here )

 Outfit 6 –  Exploring the place

Bardot Top – I recently bought a lot of crop tops from Primark, they were all priced from $4-$6. Yes, it’s hard to believe. The quality is average but everything is really trendy. I couldn’t find this print online but   similar options are here.

High Waist shorts – These shorts are from Primark too, everything at Primark is priced low. They are distressed denim high-waist shorts. Again, I can’t find them on the website but these are available in stores. Similar linked (Here)

 

Outfit 7 – Post pool party outfit

Scoop neck Red crop top – This one is similar to the one above in Pineapple print. It’s from Primark and I love the pop of color.

Denim skirt– This frayed denim skirt was a steal because I bought this in winter sale and it costed me only $7. It’s from H&M and I love the fit of it.  This was is sold out but similar Here.

Outfit 8 – Classic stripes

Black striped cami dress – This is the most casual and comfortable outfit for warmer weather. I wore this the day we arrived in Vegas after a 7 hour flight. This one is from Primark and I have already worn this thrice since then.

Thanks for reading my post. :))

Richa
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Spring/Summer Trends 2017

Trends come and go but trendy doesn’t mean stylish. Not all the trends will please your personality or style. I personally don’t adopt each trend and I like to develop my own style that transcends many seasons. It doesn’t mean you should not follow new trends. Each year I pick a new trend or two and personalize it according to my style preferences. I have been following New York Fashion Week (NYFW), Paris Fashion Week (PFW) and have seen below trends for this season. Also, I have listed a few websites I like to shop from.

Head to toe florals

Warmer weather, blooming flowers, flip flops and green grass – Florals are probably my favorite for spring & summer. It is something that really works for me. Here are some of my favorites for floral collection –

Ruffles, Frills and Bell Sleeves

This is the most hyped trend of the season- many of my favorite fashion bloggers are already taking this trend to another level. I am not sure how it would suit my personality but I am thinking to give it a try.

Big Bold Stripes

It may look less appealing at first but I already have styled one outfit with big bold stripes, I really liked it. I will be exploring more of this trend in spring. Here are some of the options –

Denim everything

Denim is still going strong from last summer, but now it is available in prints, soft denim, overalls, with patches, embroidery and gems as well. I do have some pieces from last year which I will be restyling. Options:-

Khaki

Yes, it’s back but with a modern twist. I remember seeing khaki pants in the last decade. I like the new look of it, especially as a jacket or a dress. There are Khaki jumpsuits and shorts, skirts in the market too. Here are a few options –

Gingham

We saw a glimpse of this print last year but it has made its way back in this year. I do have a crop top I bought in this print last year but I am seeing a lot of gingham dresses, tops online. Here are some of the options to shop from:

Color Block

I don’t have anything in my wardrobe with color block design. I will definitely be trying this new trend and see if it works for me. Here are some options to shop from:

 

Peace,

Richa

 

Disclaimer: Opinions and views expressed above are all my own and I am not getting paid from any of the websites. These are just some of my favorite brands and websites to shop from. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Self confidence is the best outfit, rock it and own it.

Confidence may not bring success but it gives you power to face any challenge.

One of the things that held me back from pursuing my dreams for many years was fear of failure. I clearly remember the day I did my first fashion post on Instagram and Facebook; it wasn’t easy to put myself out there. Constantly thinking what other people think made me anxious but I can say I have come far since that day. I may not be successful yet in this new venture but I am improving, my confidence keeps growing every day. Confidence is the ability to feel beautiful without having someone to tell you.

Outfit details –

Turtleneck White Top– Forever 21 (Here )

Multicolored Wool Skirt – Forever 21 ( Sold out everywhere)

Sunglasses – Quay Australia (Here)

Studded Sandals – Chalotte Russe – sold out  (Similar Here)

 

Be Humble in your confidence yet courageous in your character ~Melanie Koulouris

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Re-purposing old clothes

Good morning 🙂

Nature never ceases to amaze; love it when it feels like summer in Feb. I love warm weather but I had one question in mind – what do I wear on such a beautiful day?

I went through my winter wardrobe and wasn’t convinced with any outfit that would do justice to this weather. Voila, I found a summer outfit I had completely forgotten about. I decided to change it up a bit and restyled it for a warm winter day.

Do take a look at the transformation of a summer black dress into a casual, chic winter outfit.

Summer Look –

Dress- Forever 21(Sold out, Similar Here)

Fringe Bag – Stalk Buy Love (Here)

Slippers – Charlotte Russe (Here )

Sunglasses -Provogue

Warm Winter Look –

Dress – Forever 21 (Sold out, Similar Here)

Turtleneck – Forever 21 (Here )

Backpack – Kate Spade (Sold out, Similar Here )

Ankle Boots – Forever 21 (Sold out, Similar here)


Please let me know if you would like to see more of such posts. I have great ideas on re-styling and re-purposing old clothes.

Peace,

Richa

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Indo Western Fusion

Hello and Namaste 🙂

Someone once told me that Indian women look more striking and elegant in Indian wear like sarees, suits and lehengas than in western wear. I didn’t agree much at the time but now I would and the reason would be that we are most comfortable and confident in our ethnicity and culture. Since confidence is the key to look beautiful, I would say we Indian women do look the best in the Indian wear, at least I feel this way. The beauty and glow comes from within when we are dressed in ethnic attire.

I recently visited my family in New Jersey to celebrate my niece’s 2nd bday and the theme was Indian Ethnic, hence this post. I wanted to show additional outfit options when you don’t have many Indian outfits and can do fusion of Ethnic Indian & western. My style has derived from Punjab. So I would mix and match some of the outfits that are common in Punjab.

Outfit 1 –

I am most excited about this one because I designed and stitched it myself. I spent a month in India (Punjab) last summer where I learnt how to sew and while learning, I made a few outfits myself from the scratch.

I found a light blue/turquoise fabric in floral print in the local market. We decided to make a flared skirt out of it and we call it “Lehenga” in India. I paired it with cut out shoulder crop top in hot pink made from silk fabric. Of course, you would want to dominate the Indian ethnic side and for that, wear all your jewelry and bangles to make it perfect and glittery.

Here are some of the looks:-

 

Outfit 2 –

An Indian girl should at least have a white and a black skirt (lehengas) in her wardrobe. I bought a black raw silk skirt recently from India and it is so versatile that you can wear a heavy embroidery blouse or a plain crop top to dress it up or down depending on the occasion. I paired it with a halter neck crop top from forever 21 and wore some silver antique jewelry with it to keep it simple.

Outfit pictures –

 

If you would like to know how I choose my fabrics or designs, I can do a separate post about it. Please let me know :))

Richa

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Ice Castles – Lincoln, NH

Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door
I don’t care
what they’re going to say
Let the storm rage on.
The cold never bothered me anyway

Yes, this is the song that truly explains my experience at Ice Castles, NH. Magical, enchanting and straight out of fairy tales is what Ice castles are.

I stumbled upon pictures of Ice Castles when I was searching for easy winter activities to do. Since I do not know Ice Skating or Skiing, Ice Castles made to my bucket list. This would technically be my 2nd winter in Boston, but this year I have had more time to enjoy it rather than curse it :P.  The more I researched, the more magical and enchanting it looked in the pictures but I was amazed to see much more beauty in person.

Since I found out about it pretty late, most days tickets were sold out. We finally were able to get tickets for Sunday, 12th Feb and we booked it about a week ago. We hadn’t seen the storm coming on Sunday and the most difficult part was to get there in the snow storm. It was about 2.5 hour drive from Boston and it took us way more than that. As soon as we reached, we spent most beautiful 30 mins of the day inside the Castles. They played music from the movie “Frozen” and it was magical.

As the name suggests, the castles are made of Ice. There were slides, tunnels and the throne – all made of Ice. Here are the few pictures –

 

 

 

The Throne – made of Ice

And yes, I took full advantage of making my own fairy tale and I wore a gown to the place, took some pictures.

P.S.  You must wear snow boots and dress up in winter coats/jackets. I was wearing leg warmers inside and wore snow boots which are hiding in the pictures. I removed my coat for just 15-20 seconds to take these pictures and I was freezing.

I would definitely recommend making a visit there if you’re in East coast, Ice Castles have many locations. Do check out their website.

All opinions are my own 🙂

Richa

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