Pardon the look on my face – it had just started raining! :(

Over the years, I’ve seen many a shorts that I loved at first sight, but they never loved me back. When I laid eyes on these shorts though, they look back at me and I knew they loved me back! So, I brought them home with me. I was dying to take them out on a date but it’s been too cold the past couple weeks. Yesterday, however, the weather was warm enough so, we went out together to run errands.

Rainy and cloudy as it was, these shorts and I had a lovely time on our date and I am so glad I brought them home with me!

Sweater: H&M, Shorts: TJ Maxx, Bag: Aldo’s (Similar – here), Shoes: Simple Vera Vera Wang for Kohl’s (Old)
Ring: 6pm (Gifted), Necklace: Anthropologie (Old), Bracelets: Forever21 and Loehmann’s
Do you have a favorite pair of shorts?
xo
Dhruvi

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With Fall setting in and the days getting shorter and shorter, my motivation to get up in the morning has become non-existent! I catch myself hitting snooze over and over, not wanting to get out of bed.
In an attempt to save precious time in the morning, I have tried my best to simplify my make-up routine to just the basics – a technique that takes just 5 minutes!

                 

(1) BB Cream: This product that was initially very popular in Asia has now hit the US mainstream. BB cream is my favorite time-saver as it incorporates a moisturizer (with SPF), primer, tinted moisturizer/foundation, concealer and mattifier into one small tube leaving you with flawless skin in one single step. RecommendSmashbox Camera Ready BB Cream, $39

(2) Setting Powder: I like using a setting powder after foundation to prevent excess oil and add a slight glow. Recommend: Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder, $32

(3) Bronzer/Highlighter: A bronzer or highlighter can be used to add a little color, especially when skin tends to get paler in colder months. They can also be used to contour the face. Recommend: TANtalizer ® Highligter & Matte Bronzer Duo, $32

(4) Eyeliner: A thin swipe of eyeliner on upper and lower lids gives eyes an instant pop. Pencil liners tend to be easier to use than messy liquid liners in the morning. Recommend: Estée Lauder Automatic Eye Pencil Duo, $25

(5) Eyelash curler: Every girl should invest in a good eyelash curler! A 3-second pinch makes a huge difference in creating a wide-eyed look with beautifully curled lashes. Recommend: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, $20

(6) Eyelid primer: I didn’t realize the value of a good eyelid primer until a few years ago. I used to wonder why my eye-shadow would always slide off my skin. Then I started using eyelid primer (which is different than regular skin primer) and saw a difference immediately. Eyelid primer should be used anytime you apply eye-shadow to ensure all day coverage. Recommend: Too Faced Shadow Insurance, $18

(7) Eyeshadow: For daytime use, I prefer a soft shadow of neutral shades just to add some color and dimension to the face. There are many palettes that are available with softer shades that can be used during the day and transition right into night. Recommend: Too Faced Naked Eye Soft & Sexy Eye Shadow Collection, $36.

(8) Lip Gloss/Stain: I prefer lip glosses and stains to lipsticks because they look more natural and also last longer. Early in the morning, I hate the feeling of having makeup caked on my face. Lip stains and glosses provide a less heavy alternative to lipsticks and give sheer, natural color. Recommend: Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Baby Doll, $24; Tarte LipSurgenceTM Matte Lip Tint in Hope-warm rose, $24

I timed myself to see exactly how long steps 1 through 8 would take, and even with the time needed to rummage through my make-up bag it took me 5 minutes and 11 seconds! By minimizing your morning prep time you’ll have a few extra minutes to get some zzzs or cuddle time ;) ! Good luck guys, and Happy Fall!!

xo,

Sheela

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So, a few weeks ago, I “rotated” all my shoes. I think I own over 60 pairs, not including sneakers, flip flops, and sandals; and I rotate them twice a year to prepare for spring/summer and fall/winter. Anyways, as I was in the middle of this project, I realized that there are some shoes that I wear ALL the time, but most of them have been worn a few times, if that – I’m sure this is the case with a lot of women! That’s where the motivation of this post comes from. So, from my personal experience and feedback from my awesome twitter followers, I’ve come up with the 10 shoes that every woman should own –

The Classic Black Pump: This is pretty much a given. My pick – the Aldo’s Stever pump. The heel height on this pump and the round toe make em perfect for work/interviews and the interesting shape makes em perfect for a night out!
Nude Pump: The new black pump, in my opinion – a nude pump can instantly add class to any outfit and the right nude – that matches your skin tone – can elongate legs! My pick – the Aldo Lazcano Peep Toe Pump. The patent leather and peep toe add a fun elements and these are great for work or play!
Ballet Flats: Comfortable and stylish, these are a must. All you need is a black pair, a nude pair, and a bold pair!
Metallic Sandals: Whether it’s a wedding, a gala, or a night of dancing – metallic sandals make the prefect go-to!

Boots: I personally love my flat, black boots or as I like to call them – city boots. They’re the perfect combination of comfort, style and coziness! The buckle detail on this Sofft Claremont Riding Boot adds ample character to a plain, black boot! It’s also good to own a pair of heeled tall boots. The Nine West Ivanbella Boots are simple enough to pair with just about anything with the buckle adding a pretty detail! Also, depending on the weather where you live, it might be good to own a pair of rain boots! Since rainy days are gloomy and blah, I’d suggest getting a pair of fun, bright rain boots – like these adorable frog rain boots!
Sexy Heels: Every woman needs a pair of shoes that make her feel sexier than usual! The Jimmy Choo Loila Sandal is the epitome of sexy! In my friend Rina’s words, they’re “a tease” because there’s the “allure of skin” and I agree.
Booties: Booties are super versatile and are perfect for all seasons. I’m in love with these Colin Stuart Peep Toe Booties. I like that they’re longer than ankle length so they’d be perfect to wear over jeans. The metallic platform is super edgy and these can definitely elongate bare legs!
Espadrilles: Espadrilles are a summer essential. You can pair em with ankle or rolled up jeans, sun dresses, skirts, denim cutoffs and pretty much anything else that’s summery! I absolutely love the Aldo Noriega Wedges.
Flat Sandals: Another summer essential – great to have a few casual flats and a couple fancy ones! Aldo’s always has a fantastic selection.

Sneakers: Yes! Every woman needs to own, at least, 1 pair of cute sneakers – not ones you work out in. A basic pair of Converse Chuck Taylors is probably your best bet!

Well, that’s it – my list of 10(ish) shoes every woman should own! What do you guys? Do you agree? Disagree? Did I miss any?

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Hello Fashion Lovers!
I’d like to start off by thanking my bestie- Dhruvi Brahmbhatt for convincing (and nagging me :P) into the world of blogging. Not only is she an amazing friend and my partner in crime, she has been a great support and influence in my life and even in my fashion sense. Her ability to effortlessly put together trendy colors, prints, and textures that I could never even conceive has helped me evolve and develop my own individual sense of style. Thanks boo <3
By profession I am a Biomedical Engineer for the U.S. Army (Yeah- im kinda a nerd) but to any of those who have walked into my office, you’ll find more copies of Cosmo, Glamour, Lucky and Allure than any scientific journals or papers. I’ve always had a great interest in fashion and beauty for as long as I remember. I recall sitting around with my cousins – dressing them up with different outfits, trying new hairstyles, makeup trends and playing “spa”. Looking your best on the outside is definitely a reflection of how you feel on the inside- when you look your best, you feel your best. I also don’t believe that one should hide behind clothes and make-up, they are only accessories to highlight your true inner beauty!
With the end of summer approaching, my husband and I decided to take a last minute vacay to Puerto Rico Labor Day weekend. It’s been a pretty hectic summer, so we really wanted to let loose. It was my first time there and I absolutely loved it – the people, the food, the weather!! It was great. Unfortunately, upon return I realized that my extended time in the sun and pool had let to my hair and skin looking parched and dry. I came back wanting a makeover ASAP to get ready for the fall season. Looking to revitalize my look, I sought after my end of summer essentials!

Elemis Frangipani Monoi Moisture Melt: I discovered this product during my trip to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas in 2009. I decided to get a signature Elemis massage at the Mandara Spa on Atlantis Paradise Island and it was by far one of the most beautiful and relaxing spas I have been to. As the massage began, the room was immediately filled with a very aromatic fragrance. When I inquired about the product I was told that it was an Elemis body oil used at the spa. I fell in LOVE this scent – it is a combination of coconut oil, sandalwood and jasmine and brings back fond memories of my grandmothers house in Mysore, India. I knew I had to have this product. It can be purchased at Mandara, Elemis, or Bliss spas and can also be found online. When warmed, the oil can be massaged onto skin, penetrating deep and making it super soft. The Elemis Monoi melt is pretty pricey, but a little goes a long way. This product is perfect for dry skin and really restores smoothness and moisture- not to mention the scent is to die for!

Peter Thomas Roth Laser-Free Retexturizer Exfoliating Scrub: My favorite part of any skin care routine is exfoliation. A good exfoliation can not only get rid of dead, dry skin cells but also clear tone, texture and reduce hyper pigmentation and pore size. There are so many different kinds of exfoliating scrubs on the market, and at times it’s difficult to identify which type is suitable for your skin. I have been looking for a good exfoliator for some time now, so when I heard about the Peter Thomas Roth  Laser-Free™ Retexturizer™ Exfoliating Scrub I decided to try it out. What is unique about this exfoliator, is that it is not only a textured scrub, it is also an enzyme glycolic peel. After getting back from PR I used this scrub on my face. I could see immediate results – my skin looked more even and healthy, and felt very smooth. At $38 per bottle this stuff isn’t cheap, but the product lasts and using it 1-2 times per week is more than enough to maintain your glowing skin.
Moroccan Oil: Over the last few years there has been so much hype over Morrocon Oil and its benefits to hair. Numerous brands of this oil claim that this antioxidant rich oil will give hair dramatic shine and softness. Returning from four days of sitting out in the sun and spending hours in the pool, my hair needed an emergency fix. Desperate, I decided to try an un-opened bottle of Morrocanoil I had purchased years ago and realized what all the hype is about. I rubbed a small amount of product through my towel dried hair and blow-dried it as usual. My hair felt softer and healthier than it has felt in a LONG time. In addition, there was no greasiness (something I wouldn’t expect from an oil serum) and my hair seemed to have great volume and bounce. I am totally hooked!
I am excited to begin as the beauty blogger on Stillettos and Sequins and hope to bring forth insights and topics that appeal to readers. Thanks for your time and I look forward to hearing from you!

XO,
Sheela

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You guys might have seen my tweets and facebook posts about an exciting announcement coming to the blog. I have been dying to share this with you guys and finally, here it is ….



S&S is getting a beauty expert, ya’ll! My best friend, my personal beauty guru, my confidante and my voice of reason – Sheela! After a year of nagging her, she has finally decided to join S&S! Sheela and I have been best friends since 2002 and she’s like the sister I never had. She and I have seen each other through lots of ups and downs and she’s always been my rock. I am so thrilled to be doing this with her. S&S is only getting bigger and better and I’m sure you guys are going to love her!


Sheela and me, at her 2011 wedding in India!

Sheela, who’s been a Sephora VIP for years, knows everything about everything when it comes to beauty! When I go to Sephora, or any other beauty store with her, she always knows more than the trained employees there. She’s a subscriber to various beauty publications and magazines, and will be joining the blog to share all her beauty knowledge and to answer all your beauty-related questions!

The best part is that her expertise comes from her personal experiences and when she vouches for a product, I trust her. I honestly couldn’t think of a better person to bring to S&S!


The summer just came to an end and with months of exposing skin and hair to the harsh sun and, and pool and ocean waters, it’s time to fix all the damage! Stay tuned for Sheela’s first post – coming to the blog on Monday – where she talks about her end of summer essentials!

Once again, I hope you will help me welcome Sheela to S&S!

Welcome to your new playground, boo! 

xo

Dhruvi

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