In this fusion look, Madsam Tinzin adopts the Greek influenced draping, colorful ornamentation, and textural elements of the Brok-pa tribe of East India. Silver details are woven through as homage to the group’s affinity for silver jewelry. The simple and delicate flowing fabrics are reminiscent of the fairy tale spirit of this exotic, yet colorful tribe.
About the Brok-pa Tribe
The Brok-pa people of Ladakh, India are almost a modern day relic, diminishing in number, yet full of spirit. The theory is that this tribe of mountain dwellers descends from Alexander the Great’s army and is alleged to be what’s left of the pure Aryan race. However their true origin remains a mystery. Around 4000 people still exist, making it one of the smallest ethnic groups of the world. As they live in an incredibly isolated region, their numbers continue to dwindle.
The exoticism of the Brok-pa is magnified by their style, which includes colorful floral headdresses women may wear while working in the fields. The headdress often includes rows of coins and flowing ribbon. Men might wear a long woolen gown with trousers, yet are also known to style their turban with a flower or two for a burst of color.
Shop this collection at Madsam Tinzin’s flagship store in New Delhi and watch their Instagram for updates on their next U.S. trunk show.
I love a statement piece. And the easiest way to make a statement is with a statement trend. Bell sleeves are having a moment this year. I scored this classic Chelsea28 bell sleeve top during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. It sold out during the sale, but this popular top is back in stock. Super fun to carry, bell sleeves are guaranteed to grab all the attention in your look.
Bell Sleeves: Looks to Try
Here are some of my favorite styles featuring bell sleeves starting at $40.
Can you reverse the signs of aging? It’s 2017. I certainly hope so. Unfortunately Indiana Jones doesn’t really exist, which makes it unlikely we’ll discover the fountain of youth anytime soon. So what’s a girl on a budget to do in the meantime? I’ve tried all sorts of serums and lotions and various at-home anti aging devices that all promise to diminish those pesky wrinkles. None have brought me quicker and more dramatic results than the SpectraLite™ EyeCare Pro by Dr. Dennis Gross. I’ve started my own quest for youthful and rested eyes with these super fun futuristic glasses, no dangerous adventure á la Indy required.
A Simple Anti Aging Routine
What I really want is a simple beauty routine. I’m so over the morning and nighttime rituals of applying 10 different types of gels and creams to my face. My life is complicated enough. Can’t my skincare routine be simple? I’d love something that seamlessly integrates into my lifestyle, without adding extra time to my routine. When I tried the SpectraLite EyeCare Pro for the first time, it was like a light bulb went off. Well it actually has 72 LED therapeutic lights, so a light bulb literally did go off.
These glasses are so sexy. More importantly, they are incredibly easy to use. First of all, the glasses are hands-free. Just attach the strap to either end of the device, put the glasses on, and tighten the strap for a comfortable fit. Press the button on the left side to turn on the glasses and they’ll start to emit an orange light. This therapeutic light is what gives your eyes all those juicy anti-wrinkle benefits. The light stays on for about 3 minutes and then shuts off automatically. That’s it!
I like to wear the device in bed at night while I’m winding down for the day. I can spend those three minutes reading the news or checking my Instagram (rather than doing my nightly anti-aging ritual, which usually turns into me analyzing my pores for an ungodly amount of time). After I’ve used the glasses, I apply a little bit of eye serum. The skin around my eyes ends up super soft and supple. I’ve been using this anti aging device for a few weeks and here are my results.
As you can see, the fine lines are starting to see some noticeable improvement. There is visible diminishment. The company had a 10-week study with some awesome anti aging results, which totally has me motivated to keep tracking my progress for the next few months.
I’m about to wind down for the evening myself. As I write this post, I’ve got my SpectraLite EyeCare Pro right next to me on the nightstand, ready to do battle with my raging crows feet. If you’re excited to try the device, you can find it at Sephora or you can order online at http://drdennisgross.com.
Thank you to Dr. Dennis Gross for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.
I love a black dress, especially one with a twist. This gown by Ritu Jain Singh features subtle zardozi work (metallic threading) and an attached dupatta (scarf) that drapes effortlessly down one side. The light gold embellishments on the skirt of the gown give a subtle twinkle. It’s the light details that elevate this simple and elegant look — a contemporary take on a traditional style. See more looks by Ritu Jain Singh here and here on the blog.
What I love most is that she does not rely on machine work or pre-made pieces to adorn her clothing. Once the design has been rendered by Ritu, and the material prepared and stretched for embroidery, each embellishment is hand stitched carefully by skilled artisans. I’ve seen the craftsmanship up front, executed in her workshop. There is an attention to detail and skill that goes into each piece. I can’t wait to share more about this process — hopefully coming soon after my trip to India. Stay tuned!
It’s that time of year! Fall clothes have trickled into stores. Although summer may be winding down, there’s plenty of warm weather left. That’s why I love transitional style. You can shop fall looks early by choosing strategic layering pieces. Hold onto your t-shirts and tanks. But make way for cute knits, chambrays, and light jackets. Best of all are the Labor Day sales! I’ve shopped a few fun pieces from Old Navy to highlight how to master the upcoming change in weather.
Summer to Fall Transitional Style Tips
Tip #1: Hold onto summer fun with clever graphic tops like this super soft metallic quipped sweatshirt.
Tip #2: Layer a lightweight button down top under your knits. These tops are light enough that you won’t get overheated. Or layer them on top of a graphic t-shirt for simple summer transitional style.
Tip #3: Don’t be afraid to mix prints. Stripes and cute little foxes make perfect friends.
Tip #4: Think fall color schemes: I’ve chosen a bold pops of color on a neutral palette with plum, mustard, and denim. Shop these bright lace-up ghillie flats for only $27. The plum headband is available in stores.
BONUS TIP: The Rockstar jeans at Old Navy fit incredibly well! I chose the Rockstar mid-rise jeans and they hug me nicely. And at $29, they’re a steal!
There are so many size options from shape to length. You’re bound to find the perfect fit easily.
Don’t forget to shop their Pre-Labor Day sale for all your transitional style needs. Sale starts 8/24 with discounts like 30% off all jeans, 40% off all dresses, and 50% off all tees (some exclusions apply).
The first time I ever stepped into Sephora, I was 19 years old and wore very little makeup. That all changed when I walked into this adult candy store. After receiving my first pro makeover, I was addicted. I looked like a million bucks and had never been hit on more. I wanted to learn more about this place that turned the face into a canvas for art. These days, I often visit my local Sephora for pro recommendations. They’ll help me choose between brands or shades of lipstick, like this NARS Audacious Lipstick in Liv. But they’ve also introduced the new Beauty Insider Community on Sephora.com, an amazing alternative for real beauty opinions from real women.
Sephora Beauty Insider Community
Create a profile. Then join groups that share your specific beauty interests like “Everything Eyes”, “Best Hair Ever”, “Combination Skin” and more. I joined “Frizzy Fighters” because my hair never wants to calm down. These groups are a great place to start a conversation, swap tips and tricks, share photos, and talk beauty with people who share your interests.
Choosing a Dark Lipstick
Sephora sent me on a mission to pick up some new items and share my thoughts in the community. I’ve been dying to try a dark lip so I gravitated toward the NARS Audacious lipstick in Liv. What I love about it is the strong pigment and the array of awesome colors. It has such a smooth finish and looks amazing on. Plus the magnetic closure of the black case is super fun. If you’re looking for a great dark lipstick, here are some of my favorite options below!
This post is in collaboration with Sephora. All opinions are my own.