Sunday, October 16, 2011

Gulity Pleasure:Online shopping

browsing through the site, took a break to pose.........

Back in school days, I used to hear stories about how people in western countries shop from their home without going to the store. I wondered how it would be like to buy things without physically seeing them and if I'll ever get to experience such a thing. Few years later when I left my country and moved to USA to pursue my higher education, I made my first online purchase from Amazon; my text books! That was the day and here I am today, obsessed with online shopping.


With all these fabulous online stores and tempting bargains, it's hard to resist, not to shop online. What I love about shopping online is, it's extremely convenient, less time consuming, less expensive, and of course, you are spoiled with choices. Recently, I came across this site called www.styletread.com.au which is Australia's No.1 online shoe store (that's what they claim to be!)What first drew me to their site were these phrases below:



Yes, it offers free delivery, free return and 100 days return policy, how cool is that???I am usually reluctant to pay shipping charges when shopping online and here I don't have to worry about it at all, now this is got to be a very good reason to love this store. Not only that, they carry a large selection of shoes, practically all major brands like Tony Bianco, Lipstick, Peeptoe, Siren, Guess and much more, cool huh?

selected some shoes, yet to pick one!


So here I am browsing through the site, trying to figure out which pair of shoes should I own. With so many gorgeous shoes to choose from, it's one hell of a task to select one but I thought of a cool idea to end my dilemma. Since it’s the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I thought of getting a pair of pink shoes to support the cause. As it's for a good cause, I won’t feel guilty about spending my money; moreover, I’ll own a new pair of shoes in a colour that I don’t have and that in trend this summer. (Colour Blocking) Now that's what I call a smart shopping. Style Tread, here I come...........

Stay stylish!

Romu




Thursday, September 8, 2011

Know where to go on VFNO, 8th September 2011

For one night only anyone can shop like a Vogue VIP but you should know where to head to. Below is the list of few places to be where you can grab some fabulous bargain, freebies and much more!!!

Sunglass hut: Customers will be styled for their own red carpet 'moment' (as Rachel Zoe would say), complete with a hair and makeup artist on hand for zhushing and paparazzi snapper at the ready. Join the fun at the Westfield Sydney store.

Bally: Enjoy tunes by Emily Scott whilst sipping of Courvoisier cognac and delish desserts. There's also a luxe tote up for grabs on the night.

Zimmermann: Meet designer Nicky Zimmermann, and snaffle a luxe beach towel and gift when you spend over $250.

For more FNO events to add to your must-visit list just read more

Bianca Spender: Join the delightful designer in the David Jones concession store, and receive a free gift with purchase.

Forever New: Go nuts with 15% off store wide, as well as getting up close with the live model installation and performances from YouTube sensation McKenzie Corner.

Ellery: Be amongst the first 30 shoppers to receive a free embroidered bib-collar, valued at $95.

Sambag: Receive 15% off, and receive a bonus gift when you spend over $400. All purchases receive a sweet Bobbi Brown present and consultation voucher.

Bassike: Nab a free scarf, Aveda hair care pack and a $25 Aveda hair voucher when you purchase any Bassike item from David Jones.

Cue: Buy a Dot Shirt at Cue Westfield Sydney, Sydney Central Plaza or Myer Sydney on VFNO and receive 25% Off your next full price purchase.

Mimco: Spend over $200 to score a free Mim Pouch, worth $69.95.

Tiffany & Co.: Celebrate VFNO in Studio 54 style at Tiffany's 70s themed soiree. Get snapped in theme and groove to the disco tunes.

Wanted Shoes: Shoes and chocolate, together at last! Shoppers can indulge in both delights whilst enjoying DJ Siva's specially created mix.

Little Joe Woman: Shop the range with a glass of Laurent-Perrier in hand, and nab yourself a bracelet and Lancôme gift with any purchase, at 10% off.

Oroton: Get snapped by blogger Sarah Donaldson, then get a free nail polish worth $25 when you spend over $100.

Mulberry, Westfield Shopping Centre : Join them for an evening of fashion, fun, traditional and eclectic English touches, with mojitos, face-painting, cupcakes and prizes!

Peep toe: Customers will be treated to delicious Stella Bella cupcakes and PeepToe stylist Gabrielle will be there to provide style advice and will also talk through their latest 70’s Starlet Collection.

Bobbi Brown: Spend $150 or more at the Bobbi Brown Studio and you'll get a complimentary Berry Lip Quad Palette and Lip Brush in a classic black beauty bag.

Chanel: Head to the Chanel Makeup Studio in Myer to check out the denim polishes created by Peter Philips for Fashion's Night Out.

Crabtree & Evelyn: Spend $60 and receive a free Age-Defying Hand Remedy worth $34.95.

Estée Lauder: Learn how to turn eyes from fatigue to fabulous in five minutes and receive a deluxe sample of Advanced Night Repair for Eyes. Also, the first 20 people who purchase Advanced Night Repair for Eye will nab a full-sized Sumptuous Extreme Mascara. Score! *Offers available exclusively at David Jones.

Gorgeous Cosmetics: Get complimentary makeovers, plus free mascaras with purchases over $79.95.

Jurlique: Get 15 percent off all full-priced Jurlique products!

Kiehl's: They'll be complimentary samples, plus free lip glosses with purchases over $25 for the first 160 customers. And you can have some fun at the on-counter photo booth!

La Prairie: Complimentary relaxing hand and arm massage and, if you purchase anything over $200, you'll get a full-sized Cellular Hand Cream, valued at $155.

Molton Brown: Any Fine Fragrance collection purchase will be personalised free of charge.

Napoleon Perdis: 20 percent off purchases, excluding brushes and kits

Pelactiv: There will be free goodie bags for the first 200 customers!

The Body Shop: Free makeovers for all and the chance to win a spot prize valued at $29.95.

Tom Ford Beauty: Everyone can take home a sample of their favourite Tom Ford Private Blend scent. *Offer available exclusively at David Jones.



For more information, visit http://www.fashionsnightout.vogue.com.au/ or just be there!

See you at VFNO tonight.

Romu



*Information extracted from www.fabsugar.com.au and www.bellasugar.com.au

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Shopper's Delight - Vogue Fashion's Night Out

It wasn't very hard to bid goodbye to cold winter days since I was desperately waiting for warm summer days. It's officially Spring here in Australia and what could be a better way to welcome Spring other than by having a fashion's night out with fashion and shopping extravaganza on a Thursday night. Vogue Fashion's Night Out (VFNO), a global initiative designed to celebrate shopping and support the fashion industry is back in the town to celebrate fashion and take retail shopping experience to a whole new level.

Australia's fashion night out is one among the other events around the world to be held on 8th September 2011, with fashion’s night outs in New York, Paris, Milan and London. Though Melbourne claims to be the fashion capital of Australia, this event will take place in Sydney (one more reason to love Sydney!) as Vogue Australia and the majority of the fashion media are based here. More than 600 retailers will take part in VFNO, which includes fashion shows, parties, special offers, designer meet-and-greets and much more.


This is perhaps the biggest and the most exciting event on the retail calendar which won't I be missing, you shouldn't either.

Event Details:

Where: Sydney CBD various venues & retailers, Pitt St Mall & Westfield

When: 8th September 2011, 5 pm to 11 pm

Cost: The VFNO event is open to everyone and free to attend

For more info visit: http://fashionsnightout.vogue.com.au



For exclusive information on best places to be on that night, keep an eye on my next post which will be up tomorrow morning.



Stay Stylish!

Romu

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Red Alert!

It’s been almost three weeks since I last wrote a blog post.  Have I been really busy or lazy or perhaps both? Well for my laziness, I blame the weather! It's that time of year in Australia, where days are chilly, gloomy and often worsen with nonstop rainfall! Having said that, Sydney weather is acting well for past few days by letting us soak some sun and finally I have pulled up my up socks to work on some new posts.
Moving on to my  look for today, it is kind of inspired by Nepalese bride. Red and gold is the most predominant colour associated with majority of  Nepalese wedding and that is what I have used here; a little red dress(LRD) styled with lots of golden accessories.
BTW I am  not dressed up  as bride or anything, dress worn by  most of  the Nepalese bride is very much exotic and intricately designed saris, jazzed up with lots of 24 carat gold jewellery and make- up is usually on darker and heavier side, much more dramatic than mine in the pictures.
Gold jewellery looks good with any colour clothes, especially blood red. Here, these chunky golden accessories compliment my LRD perfectly,  giving my entire look a very much festive and rich feel. Less is more but not always and it’s okay to break some of those fashion rules once in a while and go crazy with accessories!!! After all fashion and style is all about taking risk and having fun experimenting & being creative!
With so much red going on from red dress to red lips, it won’t  be inappropriate to give my  blog the title of  Red Alert!! Now ladies, how about  painting  the  town red with your LRD? Thoughts?
......And as always stay  stylish!
R.S.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Style Checkk - Brigette Baca


If you had read my first blog, I had mentioned that I'll be blogging about my style as well as others'; that could be style of my friends, relatives, colleagues or just random people I meet. This is going to be one such post and I thought why not name it "Style Checkk" along with the person's name who will be featured in it. The name "Style Checkk" is inspired from one of the TV shows I used to watch back in good old days, the show was called "MTV Style Check"(with only one K at the end). Anyways, I took some pictures of one of my friends  during a recent birthday party, she is known by the name Brigitte Baca. I didn't style her or anything, just asked her to pose and clicked few pictures. Yes, it's that simple!



As you can see in the pictures below, she looks absolutely stunning in a pair of black skinny jeans and black and  white tank tops. The black ankle boots and black leather jacket give her outfit an edgy look. Black and whites don't always have to be boring when you know how to jazz it up with some cool accessories and an elegant up do, this is exactly what she has done with her look. I totally loved how she has done her hair; it instantly perks up her entire look. It's a simple look but she has pulled it off in such a stylish manner! I hope her style can be inspiring in some way or the other for all you beautiful ladies out there, enjoy the pictures below and stay stylish :)




















Monday, May 30, 2011

Thursday nite @ Myer's Fashion Event

Last Thursday, Myer held a fashion event to celebrate the addition  of 30 brand new labels like ARTHUR GALAN AG, TRUE RELIGION, SIMONA, BALMAIN and BRUNO MAGLI in their store. The event also witnessed the presence of former Miss Universe & Myer's Brand Ambassador, Jennifer Hawkins and some top Australian Designers like Charlie Brown, Manning Cartell, Fernando Frisoni, Wayne Cooper and more.  It was quite a dazzling event with fashion parades, refreshments and an opportunity  for shoppers to meet with designers for personal shopping and styling guide.

Here's few pictures from the event that is sourced from Myer's Facebook page(http://www.facebook.com/myer.mystore?ref=ts#!/media/set/?set=a.205265629510669.44323.120199444683955) as I didn't have my camera on me to take pictures!






As I headed to the event after work, I couldn't catch much of the happenings but I did manage to watch some of the fashion parades and enjoy the refreshments. While most of the attendees  were busy chatting with designers and talking pictures with Jennifer Hawkins, I headed towards the make-up section for a  mini make-over at Elizabeth Arden counter. The make up artist used new ceramide collection from Elizabeth Arden  for my skincare and makeup. You can find out more about the collection here: http://shop.elizabetharden.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=2571560&cp=2860507
I am not doing a review about the products because I haven't been using it but I must say that I was very impressed with my final look. She used very subtle and neutral colors on me and the make up wasn't very heavy, my face looked radiant with a very nice glow....... see for yourself in the pictures below:)







Products used (from what I can remember):

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Graduation and the shoes!!!
















Years of hard work have paid off, now the time has arrived to celebrate your accomplishment and take that graduation walk. Graduation day is not only the time to celebrate your achievement and victory, it's also the time to dress up, look pretty and take lots of pictures; pictures that create memories for lifetime. It's one of the most memorable day of your life, hence it's really important to keep your attire simple & basic, yet chic & classy. Choosing the right shoe is equally important as choosing the right outfit or even more as shoes will be the point of focus while your outfit hides behind your gown. So what is this right shoes and where can you find it, the answer is very simple, it's either in your wardrobe or shopping mall. For me, I found mine in the shopping mall......as usual!
 Black is not the only option when it comes to choosing a classic pair of shoes for your graduation. You can always play around with different shoe colours as it can make a difference when you walk the stage. You can try wearing shoes of contrast colours of your gown, like for black gown wear gold or tan, for blue gown wear fuchsia. My gown was black, so I opted for these leopard print pumps which are very much hot this season.
These classic and trendy pair of shoes can lift up any simple outfit without much effort and the best part is, they never go out of style or get boring. Though the heels are bit high, they are quite comfortable because of the thick platform. The key is to wear comfortable shoes as you'll be putting quite a bit of pressure on your feet, between standing, walking and posing for pictures all day long. Sky high heels aren't for everyone and your feet might get hurt after a while no matter how comfortable the shoes are. Now if you decide to go for heels, it might be a good idea to carry after party shoes like fold up flats to slip into something more comfortable when the need arises.
In any case celebrate your big day with the right shoes that will make you look stylish and keep your feet happy.
Congratulations and Happy Graduation!

Monday, May 9, 2011

A Beautiful Bride

With Royal Wedding  being the hottest topic this season, there is so much being talked about Kate Middleton's bridal look; her wedding dress, her make -up, her jewelry and everything else. Doesn't every bride want to look and/or be treated like a princess when she gets married to her prince charming, of course she does! While some do manage to look  like a princess on her wedding day, they never make it to the news for whatever reasons, an obvious reason being bride is not a celebrity, more precisely every bride is not a celebrity. Here's one such bride who looked like a fairytale princess  on her special day and she happens to be a very dear friend of mine; Keti Krekovic and now Mrs. Keti K. Splinter.

I wasn't able to attend  her wedding as I couldn't travel all  the way up to Florida from Sydney. But, when I saw her wedding pictures, I realized what I had missed. I was totally mesmerized with the way she managed to carry  herself as such a stunning and elegant bride. I said to myself,' she's got to be the most beautiful bride in a white gown I have ever seen', and this opinion hasn't changed even after witnessing  Kate Middleton's bridal avatar!

She  beautifully created a princess bridal look  for herself choosing the dress with a corseted top, cinched waist and cathedral length train, accessorized with classy tiara & jewelry, enhanced by  subtle make-up. As she  looked impeccable on the biggest day of her life in that classy & elegant bridal style she chose for herself, I thought why not share some of her wedding pictures  including few from her engagement (here she rocks a black mini dress and red shoes) in my blog.


So here they are, enjoy the pictures and do share your thoughts about the look by commenting below!


My Blog on Royal Wedding
http://istylemantra.blogspot.com/2011/04/fairytale-wedding-and-fashion.html


Photos by Andy Martin
http://bludomain5.com/~wwwandy/
Wedding Gown by Casablanca Bridal
http://www.casablancabridal.com/collections/view/1


See pictures for credits and more details about the look!


Wedding look




Jewelry, and Crown by Nadri Jewelry - http://nadrijewelry.com/default.htm








Shoes by Brianna Leigh - http://www.newandblue.com/shop.php?m=product&id=098661


Jewelry, and Crown by Nadri Jewelry - http://nadrijewelry.com/default.htm








Veil by Casablanca Bridal, http://www.casablancabridal.com/collections/view/1


Make up by MacCosmetics
1. http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/157/278/Select-Cover-Up/index.tmpl
2. http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/158/251/Studio-Fix-Powder-Plus-Foundation/index.tmpl
3. http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/156/15668/Cremeblend-Blush/index.tmpl
4. http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/146/4397/195-Concealer-Brush/index.tmpl
5. http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/146/1508/134-Large-Powder-Brush/index.tmpl
6. http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/146/1344/182-Buffer-Brush/index.tmpl
7. http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/147/295/316-Lip-Brush/index.tmpl
8. http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/145/813/208-Angled-Brow-Brush/index.tmpl
9. http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/145/380/217-Blending-Brush/index.tmpl
10. http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/150/400/20-Lash/index.tmpl
11. http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/152/256/Mascara-X/index.tmpl
12. http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/151/326/Eye-Pencil/index.tmpl
13. http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/164/642/Tinted-Lip-Conditioner-SPF-15/index.tmpl
14. http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/167/340/Lip-Pencil/index.tmpl
15. http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/168/966/Viva-Glam-Lipstick/index.tmpl
16. http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/154/363/Eye-Shadow/index.tmpl


Groom by.............lol




 Engagement Look
Dress and Jewelry by BCBG


Shoe by Carlos Santana http://www.carlosshoes.com/Shopping/ProductDetails.aspx?p=EC1134323&pg=5078255




Tuesday, May 3, 2011

My first style icon and the most beautiful woman - my mum

Every girl or should I say every fortunate girl grows up seeing her mother dress up, put make up on and do all the girlie stuffs that a woman would do when she grows up, I am no different! I remember seeing of my mum while growing up , playing with her make up and getting dressed up in her clothes when she was away and that too without her knowing anything. Yes mum, I was a naughty or rather say a curious child and played with your stuffs when you were not home!
My fascination for Saree (a traditional Nepali costume) began when I was a very little girl, watching my mum carry it off so gracefully. I have never seen her wear anything else except Saree and she used tolook absolutely beautiful with less or no makeup, she still does! Simplicity was her style and natural beauty was her asset.
Today  on  mother's day,  (it's the official mother's day in Nepal) I wanted to recreate her style as I have in my  memory  from one of her old  pictures. I wish I had that picture to upload it here but I don't. I am not as beautiful as her but I hope I managed to resemble her in some way though my family say I don't look like her at all. Nevertheless, I got another opportunity to play around with make up & clothes, click some pictures and cherish some of my childhood memories.

I dedicate this post  to my mum who is my first style icon, who I consider the most beautiful woman in the world and I am pretty sure that every girl feels the same about their mum!

Classic 70's style




My bling blings!









I took some pictures after I took off all my accessories, Saree is statement piece in itself!!!