Mona & Ray in Crave the Shave!

Read the cover on her wedding album.

As Mona flipped the pages of her memoir , she couldn't help smiling eye to eye.
It was her day.
She could still feel the excitement. Everything went as planned.

She was dressed in her dream wedding gown. Her prince charming looked radiant in his royal blue velour
suit embellished with matte golden buttons.
All she could see was her dream coming true right in front of her eyes.Yes , you do get to live your dreams, she thought to herself.


It was Mona and Ray's 2nd wedding Anniversary.
She was excited as Ray had planned her a surprise he wouldn't disclose until 7 pm that day.
Oh well, Mona couldn't be any more elated!


7.00 pm

What was Ray's surprise for Mona?
Come back to find out what happened at 7 pm.

7.01 pm

The lights went out and Mona shrieked in horror.
It was not something she had wished.She was just kissed by a thorn prince!
And then a familiar voice- Darling its me!

'If this was a surprise, you bet you are in for some',declared Mona in disgust.
They didn't talk that night.

Breakfast was a dull and dry toast without butter.
Back from work, Ray entered the bathroom for his evening shower.
Mona used to prepare him a relaxing bubble  bath every evening.
'Thank God', he said to himself,' Atleast the bath is ready.

He slipped into it with a sigh of relief and - Ouchhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
The bath bed was a bed of thorny particles!
He jumped out of the bath and wrapped his towel around in disbelief!

Mona felt bad for him , but this is how she showed him - a prickly kiss can spoil the day!

Ray, the smart man that he was, slathered himself with ointment and went on to shave first thing after that.
Mona smiled and next day Ray threw her a surprise belated anniversary party.
He looked suave , desirable - clean shaven .All eyes were on him and Mona couldn't thank him more.

Breakfasts were back to buttery and delicious, baths bubbly .
Mona and Ray lived happily ever after!!!

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Christmas Giveaway: ORIFLAME 'VERY ME' range!

"We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.  ~Seneca "

The Christmas season is back again ! The season of gifting, love and cheer! Its time i spread some love just like you do !

Recently ORIFLAME hosted a showcase of their VERY ME product range . More about the eventful evening in my next post.

ORIFLAME showered us with their VERY ME goodies and it gives me great joy to share them with one of you lucky winners!

The beauty santa from ORIFLAME is here and this is how you can woo her.Yes , she is a lady! ;) 


1. Like Oriflame India Page- here

2.Like The Flea market Queen Page- here

3.Become a member of The Flea market Queen Blog- here 

(Go to Members section on the right and sign in with your gmail account to become a member!)

4. In the comments section of this post write your FB name ,GMAIL ID ,Location and TELL US WHY YOU WOULD LIKE TO WOO THE ORIFLAME BEAUTY SANTA?


One Lucky winner will receive goodies from ORIFLAME VERY ME RANGE!
Keep watching this space as we reveal the gifts!

P.S If you would like to check out the VERY ME range yourself, head over to their brochure for DECEMBER- here.

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Shoppers Stop : The Perfect Festive Look

Shopper's stop Festive 2012-13

Shopper's stop Festive 2012-13 by ilawise featuring french connection

 Presenting to you the modern Indian woman- She has just started something new!

This geometric print saree captivates with its contemporary design adding a modern twist to the festive
attire.Giving it the royal shine are these dazzling blue earrings and steel blue
French Connection-Ladies Kimberly Sparkle Box Clutch.

The royal blue watch from Esprit is the perfect companion for the woman who believes time is money!
She loves to wear her heart on her wrist with the Guess bracelet.
The oomph factor only soars high with these orange stilettos and a dash of hot red lipstick from Chambor!
And when she moves past, she smells of  Green mandarin orange, red berries, red peppercorn,Jasmine, orange blossom, heliotrope, Cedar, patchouli and amber- > 'Absolutely Irresistible' from Givenchy!

She will come, she will see, she will conquer!

Only at your nearest Shopper's Stop store or

*THIS POST IS AN ENTRY FOR a contest on Indiblogger.
Fingers crossed!
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Trend : Animal prints

Animal Print Trend : SNAKE Bite

Animal Prints come around every year and stay till people get bored seeing them too 
often. However, every season boasts mostly of the evergreen Leopard prints from scarves to shoes!

This time we look at Snake print. Snake prints are not as loud as leopard prints but loud 
enough to make a statement.

How to sport the Snake print?

Wear one piece of Snake inspired apparel or accessory that will transform your look
dramatically.Snake prints being delicate in nature are safe to wear for every body type.
Snake prints are best worn with whites/blacks/nudes/royal blue/Bottle green.
So go ahead and style yourself in Hisss..sss way!

Photographs by Surabhi, Edits- Me

Snake print pants- Colaba | Leather pumps-TASHI | Ring- Cleosara

         Did you like the subtlety of the Snake print? How will you wear it?

                                                                Go ahead and tell us !
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Autumn/ Winter 2012-13: Dark Florals

 The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination.  
~Terri Guillemets

Frosty florals : Style 1

A dark floral tank worn inside a warm blazer
accessorized with golden floral filigree necklace

Frosty Florals: Style 2

A dark floral waist belt worn with a light peach-pink tunic 
and black tights

 This year's Autumn/Winter collection boasts of florals transported straight from the feminine pastels of summer to the dark and edgy shades of winter!
"Flocked fabrics and lace overlays added an air of ornateness, putting a fresh spin on the idea of flowers in winter," explained Lucinda Chambers, Vogue fashion director. 
I name this trend in my favorite way- FROSTY FLORALS 

How to wear Frosty Florals?

The slouchy bag adds a casual appeal to the look

Contrasts play their best in this look accentuated with dark and light accents
There is absolutely no rule-book that says dark florals can't be worn a certain way.
The biggest advantage of dark florals is that they flatter every woman irrespective of her body type! Great news ,isn't it?
Photography by Apurva

So go ahead and splurge on dark florals this winter. Sport them in flowy blouses, waist belts, scarves, skirts, pants and even gloves!
Let the bouquet of  frosty florals rule your wardrobe this winter!
P.S These shots were taken in 2011 ! So next time, watch out this space for Fashion Forecasts!
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Fall/Winter 2012 inspiration

“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” 
― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables

And then you would laugh - Its already nearing December!

True that, but how could you miss the charm of the autumn woods?
The crisp bed of orange leaves that extends a welcome carpet?

Whats more? These color palettes suit the Indian skin-tones really well !

Have a look at the Hermes Fall/Winter 2012/13 Campaign here:

This outfit ' Orange Blossom wood' is an inspiration from the lovely landscapes in Autumn.

LACE in winters !

Lace in darker hues in Winter adds a vintage chic to your look.
Afraid you will catch the cold?
Fret not, wear a skin colored warmer inside and let the faux skin show :)
Or you can choose a Lace fabric that is a wool blend just like the one I am wearing!

Tribal accessories

Generally , lace is associated with all things delicate from thread-like gold chains to
gleaming pearl ribbons.
Break the routine with chunky tribal jewellery in earthy hues like orange,tangerine,crimson red,maroon,chocolate brown and the like.

Leather for the weather

Just when winter is nearing ,it only makes sense to invest in stylish leather footwear.
They not only protect you from the cold but give a rustic feel to the look!

The bag featured here is a rare find in leather.And hence gifted to a special person.
Though i would like to buy the same for myself too!
Swap the boring browns /blacks with brilliant pops of Orange,turquoise or Red leather!
For people who prefer not to use leather- go for Faux leather footwear/bags.

Can't get enough of this orange beauty!
Side swept hair aren't that difficult to carry after all!

To warm up this fall/winter look, add a dash of your favorite lipcolor in Orangey-red.

Baby Lips in winters

Winters demand you take special care of your lips.
Do not forget to religiously slather your lips with balm before you kiss goodnight.

Before you apply your lipcolor swipe a layer of balm and let it settle for healthy looking lips.
After a few minutes ,apply your lipcolor .See the magic !
Make sure your lipbalm has natural ingredients especially beeswax.

Lace blouse,OVS | Orange Leather bag,Dharavi| Tribal necklace, gifted by my sister|  Leather pumps,TASHI |  Brown shorts, OLD NAVY

So go ahead and dig up your wardrobe to create the perfect autumn inspiration and don't forget to share with us !

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What is a VELLVETTE Box?

The black cardboard box wrapped in a baby-pink bow-ribbon is what happy surprises are made of!
With the most courteous people ensuring this box of happiness reaches you on time-this is one of the best customer- experience stories which you come across only rarely!

 Welcome the Vellvette Box!
Some beauty bloggers have been raving about it lately and i gave in to the temptation only to be 
overwhelmed with what i saw!

What is inside a VELLVETTE box?

Three high-end beauty, cosmetics, skincare and fragrance samples from the best brands in the world that have been specially curated to your tastes every month along with instructions on how to use them.

How do i order My VELLVETTE box?

* Every month VELLVETTE box releases a limited number of such boxes and you need to enter your details here to know when the orders will be active.The shipping is done in the 3rd week of every month!
You pay Rs.399 for each month and if you like it so much that you just can't live without one surprise every month you can subscribe for 3-6 monthly packages with discounts!

How do the people at VELLVETTE box customize the box for every subscriber?

After you sign up,the lovely people at VELLVETTE box send you a fun quiz that you can fill in if you want to receive a "personalized box". Their beauty experts make sure that your box contains product samples that are suited to your tastes. 

My Experience

* The Products:

When i received my Vellvette box, it smelled like the most wonderful woman i would want to meet ;)
It was the LUSH sugar body scrub that smelled like heaven even before i opened this box which was wrapped in 2 more layers of packaging!!!

I got- 100 gm ( FULL SIZE)  
Price- Rs.350

The next surprise -CLINIQUE SURGE PALETTE- New clover blush and Eye shadow trio got me 
feeling like God's most lucky child today! And why?
Well , I use only Kohl and lipcolors for makeup and I have been wanting a nice eyeshadow palette since a while now.

I got- 3 gms (sample)
Price(FULL SIZE)- blush-Rs.1550,
          eye shadow duo-Rs.1250;

Are people at VELLVETTE box magicians??? 

And this is exactly why i had to write about the box today after i received it.
My friends are jumping in excitement and have already bookmarked their link to make bookings for

The third product is another aspirational brand i would always think about. Shiseido from Japan.
White lucent brightening balancing softener- Whew! thats a long name for a cleanser which claims to
get you showered with compliments on your complexion!
Well, let's see!
I got- 25ml
Price(FULL SIZE)- 150ml for Rs.2850

Know about VELLVETTE BOX here:
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Peter Pan Collar

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Remember those cute little dresses you wore in your baby photographs with a round flat collar- thats the peter pan collar.
Peter pan was a lovely character from the fairy tales who never wore a peter pan collar himself !

Well,that is something even I did not know until I found it out here.
The American stage production of J.M Barrie's play 'Peter Pan' in 1905 introduced this trend. A blouse with a similar collar was designed for this play's lead - Peter Pan.
In 1920s this style was incorporated in baby clothes and hence the 'innocence' that is still associated with this style.
Though i very much wonder why we ever had to let it go as we grew up.
Perhaps the designers never thought they would look good even on grown -ups!
I would've liked one for every new year! But its not late you know :)

I get this unexplainable itch every time i see a peter pan collar . I feel like grabbing every piece I come across.

I would love to share all the peter pan clothes i have in the coming posts :)

In this post I have done a Retro look with flared corduroy pants, a vintage Victorian pendant , white aviators , my favorite saddle bag and of-course a chiffon blouse with a black lace peter pan collar!

Do you like Peter-pan collars?

Peter pan collar chiffon blouse- Ebay HK, Corduroy pants - Marks & Spencers, Leather shoes- Tashi 

Photography by Surabhi Gawde

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VOGUE India 5th Anniversary Party

When i saw my invitation from Vogue India, I was beaming with joy like a 5-year old who gets to have all the cherries on the cake :)

I had plans to wear my orange denims as I had taken tips from Manish Malhotra in our last meet as i was sure I would bump into him, and i sure did!
However, i decided to keep my color palette basic,very basic!
Shimmer batwing blouse- OVS, | black pleated skirt- H&M,| Green leather pumps- Amore,TASHI | Turquoise soft nappa leather bag, Osprey London | Turquoise statement necklace- US| smile, mine :)
 An evening filled with a sense of achievement and pride and the decor screaming 5 letters in bold
V O G U E. Vogue India celebrated their 5th Anniversary with a glamour quotient no one could match! Being under the same roof  and dance floor with the who's who in the world of fashion and Bollywood , I felt like living a dream !

Column 1 From L-R Bandana Tewari, editor Vogue, Sushma Reddy,Sameera Reddy,| Column 2 ,top to bottom- Diya Mirza , Alex Kuruvilla,MD Conde Nast, Priya Tanna, Vogue editor

L-R in clockwise - Kajol & Manish Malhotra, Alia Bhat & Karan Johar, Jacquelin Fernandes in Sabyasachi, Angela Johnson
To mark this event, Vogue did the impossible!

Yes, Vogue brought 21 leading global luxury fashion brands under the same roof in
 The Renaissance project.
As a tribute to the Indian textile industry, each of these designers were given a piece of Indian textile to work on and their creations were displayed here.

In the right column from top to bottom- Renaissance collection| FENDI baguette -a coming together of Indian and roman cultures|  Jimmy Choo -brocade mules with a sculpted 3D element.
It was hard to believe I am seeing a Salvatore Ferragamo,Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, Roberto Cavalli, Alberta Feretti, Fendi and the likes in front of my eyes!

The next stunner was the '50 ways to a Black Saree' fashion show where models sashayed on the ramp with creations from top Indian designers like Shaina NC ,Anita Dongre, Lecoanet Hemant to name a few.

The party saw the glitterati of the city such as Kajol, Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt, Jacqueline
Fernandez, Dia Mirza, Sushma and Sameera Reddy, Kalki, Anurag Kashyap, Queenie Singh, Manish
Malhotra, Sidhartha Mallya, Rahul Khanna, Natasha Poonawala, Yash Birla, Kalyani Chawla, Sabina and
Anil Chopra, Shazahn Padamsee, Prateik, Jiah Khan, Tara Sharma, Simone Singh, Nethra Raghuraman,
Poorna Jagannathan, Arjan Bajwa, Pria Kataria Puri, AD Singh, Diandra Soares, Gayatri Oberoi, Nina
Manuel, Shobhaa and Dilip De, Rhea Pillai, Sheetal Mafatlal, Rahul Bose and Feroze Gujral, who joined
in Vogue India’s anniversary celebrations and mingled over cocktails, as they discussed fashion and
The charming Sushma Reddy in a Anushka Khanna ensemble
The Vogue's 5th Anniversary edition will be out on Oct 4,2012 in five different covers to choose from featuring Deepika Padukone,Katrina Kaif,Sonam Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Anushka Sharma; which one would you pick? Let me know :)

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