Get fresh with SS 2015 fashion trends

2 Mar

Infuse a bout of freshness into your wardrobe with the latest in fashion. Here’s everything you need to know to stay on trend this summers.

White is right

It’s been a complete white-out on the red carpet off late. From dresses to jackets and gowns – this summer hue has dominated Spring Summer runways. What’s more! Both Bollywood and Hollywood stars are choosing white as their shade of choice.

Dorothy-Perkins dress Rs 2574 available at Jabong

Dorothy-Perkins dress Rs 2574 available at Jabong

An easy white shift dress is perfect for a hot summer day especially when you go brunching or for a movie outing with friends. Keep it casual and comfortable with a pair of open toe sandals. Grab a pair of colourful sunglasses to complete the look.

Go Floral

Though florals can be chic all year round nothing says summer like a fresh bout of flowers. Big and bold, small and petite florals are here to stay. “Wear it to a brunch or even to a party by adding a jacket over it. Accessorize with the right amount of jewellery, a sling bag or clutch,” says designer Vidhi Shah, Creative Director at BKind.

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Floral Dress by Vizyon

Floral bomber jacket by BKind

Floral bomber jacket by BKind


This season flowers are everywhere from dresses to smart suits, slinky gowns and retro jumpsuits. Florals in themselves make a strong statement. So go easy on the makeup and keep the hairstyle simple. Just add a pair of sandals. If you’re not ready for the jungle yet, ease in gently with a floral jacket with a plainer outfit. Go ahead – take the plunge before winter kills both the plants and the style!

If in doubt… go for denim

There’s a reason why denim remains a fashion mainstay since its invention. It’s easy, stylish and oh so versatile. This season raise the fun quotient on your denim with dark-wash, low-slung, high-waisted, or even patched or bedazzled denims.

Denim and top from Nuon, Westside

Denim and top from Nuon, Westside

If you are overwhelmed with the variety in terms of styles, washes and rises – here are a few hints. Pair skinny jeans with voluminous tops to balance out the tight fit. Go with white shirt and blue jeans for a preppy look or trendy denim jacket for an easy appeal. Pair your jeans with heels to glam up the look.

Sheer Genius

Ring in romance into your wardrobe with sheer fabrics. From Rick Owens and Valentino to Corrie Nielsen and Vionnet, sheer rules this season. They are not just feminine but a great way to show off a little flesh without showing off too much. There is a very thin line between sexy and sophisticated. And with sheer it almost diminishes. Smart layering is the way to go.

Vizyon's sheer rose gown with 3D flower detail

Vizyon’s sheer rose gown with 3D flower detail

Feeling adventurous? Team a neutral blouse with a colourful slip. Sexy? Show off a stylish bra or crop top underneath. You could even add a dash of sophistication by throwing on a blazer over a sheer top for some structure or a knit sweater for warmth. The idea is to keep it loose for a relaxed and floaty look. The more fitted the sheer garment, the more risqué your look becomes.

Crop… Crop… Crop

This midriff baring trend is still a hot favourite this season. Pair it with long pencil skirts for an elegant evening or go playful with matching shorts for summer days. A flash of midriff may be difficult to pull off, but it’s not impossible. The operative word here is ‘flash’, not the whole thing. A high-waisted pencil skirt is the best bet. And remember to keep it simple.

Denim shorts and crop top by Nuon, Westside

Denim shorts and crop top by Nuon, Westside

Avoid fussy prints and too much detailing. And if you are baring the midriff, spare the cleavage. Go for a high neckline. Whatever you choose – plain and lacy or bold and bright don’t forget to match the top with the bottom. But before that hit the gym!



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Band Bajaa…Action – The latest trends in wedding films

18 Feb

Photo Courtesy: Megha Israni

Pic courtesy:  Gursimran Singh

Photo courtesy: Gursimran Singh


If a picture speaks a thousand words, a moment on film captures a million emotions. A wedding photographer will capture the moment, but after the champagne glasses clink together, the look in your groom’s eye when he first sees you appear at the ceremony, the way you look at each other during the ceremony and your father’s teary-eyed approach to your pheras are only a memory – unless you have them on film. Wedding films capture the sights and the sounds of your day, evoking a feeling and portraying the day’s emotion. If you are tying the knot anytime soon, here’s what you should know about the latest trends in wedding films… (My story in Wedding Vows Magazine)

PDF wedding Videography story

Nivedita Jayaram Pawar


The Bar Stock Exchange

16 Feb

???????????????????Restaurateurs Mihir Desai and Amit Singh (the guys behind The Big Bang Bar and Masala Zone) are bringing stock-market principles to their new all day eatery, The Bar Stock Exchange (TBSE). The deal: Customer demand influences the fluctuating drink prices, which is displayed on a digital ticker. Prices start from MRP. Watch out for the prices of your favourite drink and snag it while when no one is ordering it.

Beers at Rs 75 and Chivas Regal at Rs 69 is a bargain! We started the night on Corona, but switched when the price of the Mexican beer got too racy.

Trading gets easier when you download a free mobile app fed with the necessary algorithm and order in real time. Ps. Treat colleagues during lunch, as all alcohol is static at MRP. Trading begins post 6 pm.

The Bar Stock Exchange

The Bar Stock Exchange

TBSE is not only about raising ‘spirits.’ The kitchen helmed by Jerson Fernandes an ex-Olive chef, dishes out some seriously delicious eats. Among the starters the tandoori lollipop is spectacular. Perfectly seasoned and constructed the chicken drumsticks are brought to life with a subtle, smokey treatment.

The piled-high nacho platter topped with guacamole and sour cream is cheesey and perfect for sharing. Or not, if you’re feeling particularly hoardey.

Tortellini stuffed with chicken mince and herbs is another satisfying indulgence – the pasta shells whisper underneath the noisier tomato and cheese notes. Fernandes displays a deft hand with the risottos too. Don’t miss the mushroom risotto that comes with three types mushroom and a white wine parmesan sauce.

For desserts go for the Bluberry Cheese cake – perfectly moist and not overtly sweet, its something a character from a fairy tale might eat.

However, not every dish is swoon-worthy. Excess salt killed the mustard fish tikka. Rubbery calamari served with Chilly Mayo is both stiff and dull.

One last quibble: While the low lighting shaves years off your face, it also makes reading the menu a strain.



Shivani Industrial Estate, Opposite Times Square (Behind Mc Donalds), Andheri (E), Mumbai – 72. Walking distance from Saki Naka metro station. Tel: 0222850 1214/15, 0222600 5858

TBSE has outlets in Bandra and Oshiwara too.

COST: Rs 1500-2000 for two




A Box of Happiness – Mad Over Donuts

12 Feb

Your Heart's Desire by Mad Over Donuts

A box of fried yeasty sugar bombs – Donuts can brighten up any day. Especially when they are stuffed with gooey chocolate or sprinkled with dark chocolate shavings!

Pretty In Pink Donut

Pretty In Pink Donut

And though I am partial to plain donuts tossed in sugar, Mad Over Donuts’ (MOD) heart shaped donuts are really charming. I especially loved the pink ones filled with strawberry custard and dipped in white chocolate with pretty pink and white sprinkles. The donut with dark chocolate ganache and generously topped with chocolate shavings will resonate with the chocoholics.

Hot Pink Love Donut

Hot Pink Love Donut

But the best donut was undoubtedly – Hot Pink Love. The donut comes covered in strawberry compote with vanilla butter cream. Messy but yummy. Priced at Rs 59 the spongy donuts are somewhere between airy and cakey.
For Valentine’s Day you could even craft your donuts with a personalised message. I like that.

I suspect MOD is on a mission to make beautiful people just a little bit fatter. And going by rush at their outlets that mission is well on its way to being accomplished.

Nivedita Jayaram Pawar

Get peek inside Shekhar Suman’s 4 storey English Mansion – my story in HT Luxe

9 Feb

Old world English charm infuse actor turned director Shekhar Suman’s Andheri home. With the ocean on one side and the hills on the other the 12,000 sq ft penthouse offers enviable views too. My story in HT Luxe

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Brewing up a storm

7 Feb

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Andheri’s first microbrewery is yet to serve freshly brewed beer, but the food here makes for a compelling visit. The two-storey Brewbot is achingly hip in an unpretentious way – open brickwork walls, quirky bot quotes and installations and a factory meets brewery décor. The low lit eatery gets progressively moody as the evening evolves with loud music and a more boisterous crowd. The beer vats on display add to the allure. There’s an al fresco section on the ground level, which opens to a main bar and dining area. But if you want to sit among gigantic steel beer vats head to the first level which is spacious and quieter.

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Mini and Kabir Khan’s penthouse is a perfect balance of rustic and refined – HT Luxe  

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