Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Wednesday Wishlist: Fall 2016 Beauty edit.

Right-so you know how they say, 'if you look good, the simplest clothes look stylish?'
It's true.
Ask yourself- what's more attractive- a fit, happy woman in a pair of great jeans and a crisp white shirt, or a woman who's not in shape, wearing a designer dress that looks 2 sizes too tight, and with her face plastered in makeup? This is not to say you can't be healthy, happy and wear designer threads - a few lucky people certainly can. But what's more important?

To look good you need firstly to be healthy and feeling good inside, and then you need to put some effort into mastering the basics of beauty. When we say 'beauty' we mean great skincare, great haircare and some basic enhancing makeup.Once you've got the basics of good skincare/haircare in place, the makeup part quickly falls into place with less effort. We really believe that less is more when it comes to makeup.

That's our philosophy, and we know not everyone feels the same way. In fact there are people who think having enough money can fix everything, and that may be true to an extent!
We aren't arguing- to each his/her own.

So here are some products on our wishlist to cover all these aspects: Skin, Hair and Makeup.
(We won't go into health here because that's a whole different world ; it's a topic for another wishlist).

We hope you like them, let us know what you think in the comments below.
Also tell us what's on your wishlist!

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex 

Despite very expensive entries in the anti ageing category, this serum is still the one most women
swear by. The price seems a bit high except when you see this or this...
Trust us this one is worth the price.

Garnier Skincare Skin Renew Clinical Dark Spot Overnight Peel For All Skin Types  (48 ml)

We don't have to go for the huge expensive and scary peels, this gentle peel can be used safely at home for good results. We don't want  new face, we just want even-toned, brighter skin!!

SK II Facial Treatment Oil 

We have heard good things about this product all over YouTube. A face oil has become something of a beauty staple for most women, now whether you choose pure organic Jojoba/Argan oil or you choose a pricey concoction one like this is up to you.
This is a wishlist!

Clarisonic Mia 3 Facial Sonic Cleansing System

Yet another well respected product, a facial cleansing system that gives gentle exfoliation and ensures your skin is really, really clean. Clean skin is a must if you want all the other products to work better.
(Apparently a Derma Roller works too, but this seems like a safe bet compared to mini needles!)

Kerastase Elixir Ultime Oleo Serum Moringa Immortel For Damaged Hair

Amazingly light and effective, this one has been on our list for a while.
Again, it is a tried and true product no more experiments with hair!
(you are already frying it with all that heat).

bareMinerals Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

This product does not have a lot of the 'bad stuff' like silicones, fragrance, oil etc and delivers a natural flawless look. It's also a skincare product. Genius!

Artis Elite Mirror 3-piece Brush Kit with Cleansing Set

Beauty gurus consider Artis makeup brushes truly exceptional and life-changing.
What more can we say, except- nothing that good is ever cheap!

La Prairie Cellular Luxe Lip Enhancer

A beautiful lipstick with lip enhancing properties? Of course we need it ASAP!
Not to worry, It's got plenty of shades to choose from!


Really a good little pack of the most wearable fall eye-shadows, an eyeliner and mascara.
The little Chanel pouch is darling.

Tom Ford Private Blend 2016 Reserve Bois Marocain Eau de Parfum Decanter

Now this is a unisex perfume and might not be everyone's cup of tea.
But we think it's intriguing, adventurous and perfect for the chill weather.

So that's it for this week!
Of course wishlists are eternally growing, and we shall be back with more stuff to covet.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Wish you all a Happy Diwali (and a festive home wishlist of the most unabashedly luxurious sort!)

Hey folks, Season's Greetings to everyone- it is the 'festival of lights' season.
Instead of doing the regular clothes and shoes wishlist, we thought it might be fun to do a luxe lifestyle wishlist. So here are some lovely things rounded up from some of the best  luxury shopping spots.

We haven't mentioned the prices here, but we have included links so you can go take a look for yourselves.
We hope you enjoy our picks.

Do let us know in the comments section below, what stuff you are planning to pep up your crib!
If you are aware of any really, really, good lifestyle stores online, or even if you know of a fabulous vintage furniture and curios shop share those details with us- we love hidden gems.

And finally-

Happy Diwali & a Happy New Year!

PS- In the spirit of festivity we have considered some of the more ornate, opulent,and vintage or vintage-looking things-- not the minimalist/modern styles!

Classic living room Rialto

What an elegant living room sofa set, we are just happy to note that makers of such fine furniture are still around!Fit for a royal home.


Oh, but you can't just whip out your credit card and buy carpets like these...
You have to first read up and then trace the current owners of precious antique carpets, and as soon as they appear for an auction - you spring on them. (Then you must outbid other fanatical collectors)

JEZEBEL Folding Screen

Add drama to any corner with this beautiful folding screen.
The antique mirror finish will work beautifully with a variety of decor styles.

Fendi Casa Diamante Bed

Gorgeous, posh and desirable! 
This is a slightly modern piece that nevertheless offers great opulence and can blend well with vintage pieces.
Make sure your monogrammed silk pyjamas live up to the bed ;-)

Antique French Giltwood and Marble Console Table

An exquisite antique piece, this console will add a touch of class to your little place.
Quelle joie...

Rare Roman Baroque Carved and Giltwood Mirror, with a Grotesque Head

Of course, everyone needs a gilded mirror!
This one might be too foggy to look in, but it's stunning to look at.

Antique Pair Venetian 7 Light Table Top Chandeliers Murano

Could there be a better way to light up your home than with this stunning pair of table top chandeliers?
Highly unlikely...they are in exquisite condition too.

Vetro Gold Glassware

Stunning handmade Italian glassware, the best wines deserve the best glasses!

Versace 5 Piece Place Setting (5 pps) | Butterfly Garden

Possibly one of the most beautiful porcelain sets we have ever seen!
It may trigger stark envy...


This wonderful chandelier with dark crystals evokes old world charm; yet it doesn't look too old fashioned and curious.
We realize a classic brass and crystal chandelier would have gone better with the rest of our picks, but our taste is eclectic, and we have a feeling this piece will awe in any setting.

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Luxury Candle

It's the little things that matter...
Nothing evokes memories like smells, make sure your home smells like heaven with this affordable luxury candle that also makes for the most perfect gift.

This is by no means an end of our list of desires, these are but a few of the many things we covet.
We haven't even started on wardrobes, art, kitchens and home electronics!

Luxury and beauty will always have the power to attract and motivate us to acquire the best things;
but, Diwali is not just about buying new things mindlessly.
It is about joy and new beginnings...It is about appreciating "wealth & luxury" of every kind.
The best things can't always be purchased.

A row of twinkling mud lamps, a box of sweets, a few sparkly crackers and some family time might be all you need to make you feel pretty happy!

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Wednesday Wishlist: The N*A*P edit (Fall picks)

Have we mentioned that net-a-porter is our favorite destination for Luxury buys? Yes, and that's not only because they have all the brands one could possibly want, great photos, great packaging, and great service... but also because we love Natalie Massenet (old video there) as an entrepreneurial Shero.
Now, of course, we have many, many luxury shopping websites and we will -going forward- do edits from those as well, but it's only fitting that we start with N.A.P.

Enjoy, and do let us know in the comments section below what you liked on N.A.P. and why.

PS- Of course, we love everything on the website but just to keep things manageable we've imposed a restriction on ourselves: if we had 10 minutes of free shopping to do, and we could choose only 1 item per category to add to our shopping cart- what would we pick? These are those things...

CHLOÉ Lace-up velvet ankle boots $1,291

Perfect boots for the season: burgundy is so right for fall/winter, and it's velvet- kind and gorgeous!
We are completely sold!
Note- you do not have to lace them up, there is a zipper (phew!).

LANVIN Sugar mini quilted velvet shoulder bag $1,855

Repeat everything we said above- you have to have something in velvet and in this color!
Plush quilted velvet, perfect party size...
Don't bother trying to match you shoes and bags, because Plum is the new Black this season.

PREEN BY THORNTON BREGAZZI Audrey printed devoré silk-blend
 chiffon maxi dress $2,739

A dark floral dress is perfect for fall and this one is beautiful, with the soft fabric and long sleeves it is ideal for styling with coats and boots- just lovely!

CHLOÉ Cashmere turtleneck sweater $714

This season keep your sweaters sleek and layered under your main clothing items.
Now this Chloé turtleneck here is so amazing it can be worn by itself, but it can also be layered under so many things without looking too bulky.

SAINT LAURENT Satin-trimmed wool tuxedo blazer $5,458

Fall is the time to sport menswear-inspired structured blazers juxtaposed with feminine pieces.They will provide all the warmth you need while upping the style quotient of your outfit about 10X
What's more chic, not to mention versatile, than a YSL (now Saint Laurent) tuxedo?
Can you see it casually draped over the shoulder of that preen dress above? Ah, so chic!

BOTTEGA VENETA Fringed cashmere scarf $603

This is not the best time for printed silk scarves, save them for spring.
This is the time for cashmere...this scarf here is exactly what you need as the 3rd piece to lift your outfit.
Long , fine and sleek - it whispers of total refinement in taste.

Okay! that was a quick 10-minute dash and we're out of time...
Tell us what you think.

PPS- As a side-note, do observe the lapel closure on the Saint Laurent Tuxedo - it is left lapel over right which is typically considered appropriate for men's clothing. Obviously, in Blazers (and presumably other formal menswear inspired apparel for women) the rules are more flexible...