Meet the Style Guru:Kanika Batra

Our next Style Guru is Kanika Batra, a 19-year old fashion enthusiast currently studying in Sydney, Australia. Kanika loves to shop, try latest style trends and hopes to work in fashion after graduation.

Let’s hear what Kanika has to say to our fashion team:

SS: Describe your personal style.
Kanika: My personal style is feminine, preppy, classic and elegant. I tend to mix and match trends from different eras, namely the 1950s, 20s, 60s and 90s. I prefer timeless pieces to flashy fads and I will more often than not wear dresses and skirts instead of jeans and pants.

SS: Who is your favorite style icon?
Kanika: My favourite style icon would have to be Grace Kelly; she was feminine, classy and demure. A close runner up would have to be Sophia Loren.

SS: Can you name a season-less, classic trend that you adore?
Kanika: I adore body hugging, 1950s pencil dresses! There is no better way to accentuate an hourglass figure.

SS: Which are the biggest trends this season?
Kanika: Sheer dresses, androgynous suits and lots of gold and cerulean/indigo!

SS: Would you rather be overdressed or under dressed at a party?
Kanika: I would definitely prefer to be overdressed- I love being the centre of attention!

SS: Which is the favourite of the accessories that you own?
Kanika: My favourite accessory would have to be my Miu Miu black sequined pumps, they can dress up the simplest of outfits, including a plain white t shirt and skinny jeans.

SS: What’s on your wish list right now?
Kanika:A Hermes ostrich skin Birkin, a Pringle of Scotland argyle sweater, a Review Australia floral sundress and an Alexander McQueen signature skull clutch.

SS: A must-have in every girl’s wardrobe.
Kanika: A fitted Balmain leather skirt, for those days you want to be both daring and feminine, pair with a preppy Ralph Lauren shirt for added effect!

SS: Would you try the trend of colored mascara?
Kanika:Yes, definitely! I’d love to try electric blue or emerald green.

SS: How is your signature make-up like?
Kanika:I love a natural, understated and effortless look– for that, I apply a minimal amount of eyeliner, tinted Chanel aqualumiere lip gloss and a light smattering of bronzer. There’s nothing worse than looking like you’ve spent an hour applying every make-up product you can get your hands on!

-Jeena Sharma & Akanksha Narang


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Meet the Style Guru: Vidhi Purohit

For the second round of ‘Meet the Style Guru’, StyleandSparkle.com’s Fashion Team comprising of Jeena Sharma and Akanksha Narang met with Vidhi Purohit in Mumbai. Vidhi is an under-grad student of Management Studies and a fashion fanatic, a self-proclaimed shopping addict and a keen follower of latest Indian and International fashion trends.

SS:How would you describe your personal style?
Vidhi: I like to mix things up; it’s never preset. A great degree of it always depends on factors such as state of mind or mood, you know. But I’d say it’s always an apposite balance of elegance and spry.

SS: Who is your favorite style icon?
Vidhi: It has to be Anna Piaggi, the confidence and the comfort the woman exuded in her own skin is remarkable.

SS: Can you name a season-less, classic trend that you adore?
Vidhi: A white shirt teamed with a jet black pencil skirt or skinnies never fails to look stunning. That and ‘nude’, the colour, which is a classic trend in itself.

SS:Which are the biggest trends this season?
Vidhi: Leather is definitely emerging as a huge fall trend and it is going to be carried forward to winter. Also,  fur on leather and mixed prints were major on runways.

SS: Would you rather be overdressed or under dressed at a party?
Vidhi: Overdressed, without a doubt. Standing out has its own thrills and perks.

SS: Which is your favorite accessory that you own?
Vidhi: A Louis Vuitton Vernis and a pair of nude sequined pumps!

SS: What’s on your wish list right now?
Vidhi: A Vera Wang, a Mary Katrantzou print dress and a pair of Stella McCartney faux leather pumps.

SS: A must-have in every girl’s wardrobe.
Vidhi: I am big on classics. So, I think a LBD and a black and gold clutch. ”

SS:Would you try the trend of colored mascara?
Vidhi: I haven’t thought about it but yes, I think I’d want to experiment.

SS: How is your signature make up like?
Vidhi: My make up is usually minimal and is in accord to occasions. It is usually a MAC lip-gloss, a base layer of foundation and I am good to go. I think make-up is like that sequined clutch which adds a charm to your evening ensemble. So, I never abstain from it or say it’s not required. Of course it is, it enhances your appearance and everyone wants to look their best.

If you would like to be featured as our next ‘Style Guru’ on this page, let us know why on our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/StyleandSparkle

- Jeena Sharma & Akanksha Narang


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Meet the Style Gurus: Kaveri Waghela

‘Meet the Style Gurus’ is a new hot topic on our magazine where we interview young and stylish women in your city on their favourite subject – Fashion.

This week, we met with Kaveri Waghela, a 21 year old intern at Verve magazine in Mumbai. Kaveri is also a freelance fashion designer and aspires to become a successful fashion writer and fashion designer in the near future.

Let’s hear what she has to say on fashion, style and beauty:

SS: How would you describe your personal style?

Kaveri: I don’t have a fixed personal style. I go through phases. Right now, I am in the ‘Bohemian’ phase. I would say my personal style is always evolving!

SS: Who is your favorite style icon?

Kaveri: I love Giovanna Battaglia for her effortless style. In India, I also really love the way Priya Kishore carries herself. She can look good even in a gunny sack!

SS: Can you name a seasonless classic trend that you adore?

Kaveri: It has to be a button up white shirt with high waist pleated pants.

SS: What do you see as the biggest trends this season?

Kaveri: Print on print, hands down! There is a lot of sheer and baroque playing on the runways in India as well as abroad.

SS: Would you rather be overdressed or under-dressed at a party?

Kaveri: I would neither be overdressed nor under-dressed. It’s a sin.

SS: Which is your favorite accessory that you own?

A treasured Tiffany’s ring! It’s sparkle can blind..

SS: What’s on your wish list right now?

Kaveri: I am really saving up for Masaba Gupta’s camera print blazer and Jeffrey Campbell Litas. The Hermes Birkin is a constant on my lust list!

SS: What is a must-have in every girl’s wardrobe?

Kaveri: Good lingerie. Whatever you choose to wear, if you don’t match it with good lingerie, I don’t know what to say.. Besides lingerie, a classic pair of nude pumps is also a must-have!

SS:Would you try the trend of colored mascara?

Kaveri: Err..NEVER!

SS: Do you follow a daily make-up routine?

Kaveri: I don’t really fuss over make-up but usually I wear a  little bit of tinted moisturizer, lots of kohl, a touch of my favourite flavoured lipbalm and I am good to go!

If you would like to be featured as our next ‘Style Guru’ on this page, let us know why on our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/StyleandSparkle

- Jeena Sharma & Akanksha Narang


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Meet the founders of shop.inonit.in

Co-founders Meghna Mittal and Namrata Kothari met at the Wharton School. They both graduated in 2006 with a degree in Economics and continued to work in New York for a few years. Meghna worked for Bear Stearns and Namrata for Goldman Sachs. When the duo returned to Mumbai in 2010, they began researching for potential business opportunities in India where they could add value. Having lived in New York, they love to explore the city and discover new places and products.  Styleandsparkle.com caught up with the Inonit duo for an exclusive interview.

1.  They say it takes just a moment to make some of the most life altering decisions! When was your moment with Shop Inonit? What gave you the idea to start off with Inonit?

We came to realize that the Indian online space was being flooded by websites offering deep discounts and daily deals, e-directories and e-magazines. But we found very little online that would help us get around our own city, Mumbai and keep us updated with everything in the lifestyle space. We were used to having such resources in New York. Thus, was born the idea to have a comprehensive directory as well as an event update system making it easy for members to just log on to find out general information about all lifestyle merchants in their city. Along the way, as we discovered new and upcoming brands across India, we decided to give our members the ability to purchase from them online and have a product range which is unique, interesting, young and affordable – which brings us to part 2 – Shop.InOnIt.in that was launched in December 2011.

2.   Shop Inonit is increasingly becoming popular among designers as a platform to exhibit their creations. In fact, it has also been the reason for many of them to try their hand at product and apparel design. So how did you first find out about these independent designers?

We worked hard on finding the kind of brands that we wanted to work with. We defined our target audience as members of InOnIt who were net savvy, mostly in the age range of 18-40 years, who were trendy and willing to try new brands and designers and would like to make a statement kepping affordability in mind. Based on this, we conducted a lot of online (everything from google to facebook search) and offline research (rounds of exhibitions and multi-designer stores) for the type of designers.

3.  Shop Inonit has a vast collection of merchandise. How do you pick out the products that go on the website? Do you follow trends or is it good taste?

We’d love to think (that) it’s purely good taste (laughs) but it’s a bit of both. We pick products based on quality and personality. By quality, we mean the worthiness of the product in comparison to its price and by personality, how unique it is or what kind of design element it has,  essentially, what statement it makes. We don’t define trends that we follow, but as we are connected to what’s going on in the city and what people are into at this moment, it does translate to what you see on the website. For example, we realized that this summer a lot of people are wearing neons, a lot of fashion mags are featuring bright colours, so you will see a lot of this stuff on our website.

4.  How many of the cool products from your website do you own? Can you pick out a few of your favourite products?

A lot of products. Also, we’ve stopped allowing our families to shop from elsewhere – just kidding!

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A few that I’ve bought are:

  1. Quirkbox – I love all the stuff – but I own their Grey Minion BF Jacket and the ice cream factory vest, which honestly are some of the coolest things ever!
  2. Cushions from Serenity – these are really cool – love all the prints – but I own the auto and the vintage car.
  3. Happily Unmarried aalsi tattoo cushion cover – love it!
  4. Coasters from Shor Sharaba  – Andaz Apna Apna – one of my all time fave movies!

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  1. Nuteez pyjamas set – wide awake – super cute and comfy. I wear it all the time
  2. Live Love Laugh cushion cover from Shor Sharaba
  3. iPad Case from Cupidity – own one in an orange colour and simply love it as it fits my smart cover as well.

5.   After the recent pop up outlet at the Kingfisher Bazaar, are we going to see Shop Inonit outlets across the city? What else is in the pipeline for Inonit?

Yes, we hope to do more of these pop-up stalls. (These) Helps us gauge what people are liking and also gives us some visibility. But at this point permanent outlets have not been planned.

(There’s) lots in the pipeline – more cool products for users, more offline experiences. And we’re constantly trying to better our customer service and backend support.

- Interview by Vidya Sathyapriyan


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