The Solitary Reaper

Now is the time you can say, “Oh hello stranger!” I get it. I deserve it, okay? Go on. Say it. I have been pretty much dead on my website for the longest time and you guys have every reason to hate me for leaving you alone for all this time! But can I atleast try and make up for it? Give me a chance?

Enough with the cute talk, if you are reading this, you have probably decided to give me a chance so “HELLO!”

As we close on 2016, I have a total of 4 story posts (I know I am sorry!) that have been in the drafts section of this site for the longest time and deserve that much needed attention. This one is my favourite and my personal best I feel and I am sharing raw unedited pictures straight from the camera. Inspired by a childhood favourite poem, “The Solitary Reaper” this idea and concept came in quite effortlessly. However, I have to admit that the trek up these treacherous hills required some extra efforts! To give you a better understanding of the mood, I have shared the poem below. Enjoy reading!

‘The Solitary Reaper’

Behold her, single in the field,
Yon solitary Highland Lass!
Reaping and singing by herself;
Stop here, or gently pass!
Alone she cuts and binds the grain,
And sings a melancholy strain;
O listen! for the Vale profound
Is overflowing with the sound.

No Nightingale did ever chaunt
More welcome notes to weary bands
Of travellers in some shady haunt,
Among Arabian sands:
A voice so thrilling ne’er was heard
In spring-time from the Cuckoo-bird,
Breaking the silence of the seas
Among the farthest Hebrides.

Will no one tell me what she sings?–
Perhaps the plaintive numbers flow
For old, unhappy, far-off things,
And battles long ago:
Or is it some more humble lay,
Familiar matter of to-day?
Some natural sorrow, loss, or pain,
That has been, and may be again?

Whate’er the theme, the Maiden sang
As if her song could have no ending;
I saw her singing at her work,
And o’er the sickle bending;–
I listened, motionless and still;
And, as I mounted up the hill,
The music in my heart I bore,
Long after it was heard no more.

-William Wordsworth

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What is on me:

  • Ikkat Culottes: Inaaya
  • Top: Inaaya
  • Watch: Daniel Wellington
  • Brogues: Street Style Store
  • Hat: Shein.com

 

With Love,

Inaaya

 

  • Concept, Styling, Talent: Shivangi Lahoty
  • Photography: Rushabh Shah, @TheTiltedLens

Mirror.Mirror. Ft. AlterMirror

Hello Family,

One thing fashion blogging has taught me in the last one year is that all of us wish to look and feel good about ourselves. Who doesn’t want to get noticed and complimented for how they are carrying themselves? I doubt anyone would say no to that! Over the last few months, a lot of you have approached me for styling tips, make-up advice and hair care regimes. And believe me when I say it that it makes my day to see your questions and interact with you! While I’ve tried to do my best and answer all the queries that keep coming in, it made me realize that there are a lot of people out there who need advices on fashion, make-up and hair but do not have the right resources or the time to go for consultations. Enter AlterMirror – a mobile grooming app – that resolves all these issues and more. AlterMirror allows one to get expert advice and supervision on grooming without having to invest in any extra products or services. The idea is to help you look fab with what you have.

Fortunately for me, I had the luck of stumbling upon this app last week and I can honestly vouch for the quality of their services after having used the app. The app breaks down all barriers of distance and time and connects you to the best grooming experts from around the country who answer all your queries about fashion, make-up, hair and total grooming. So how does it function? Let me break it up in 7 steps for you:

  • Step one: Download the AlterMirror Android app from Google Play Store
  • Step two: Fill in your profile details and upload a cute picture of yourself
  • Step three: Select from the 4 services offered on the app – Makeup, Hair, Fashion and accessories and Total Grooming
  • Step four: Browse through the profile of all the Consultants offering the service that you have opted for and select a Consultant of your choice
  • Step five: Book an appointment with your selected Consultant
  • Step six: Make sure to show up at your designated time of appointment and call your Consultant using the video calling feature of the app
  • Step seven: Introduce yourself and ask your Consultant all the questions you have on the service that you have opted for

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Sometimes I feel being new to the world of make-up, there are so many tricks of the trade that I am unaware of. Hence the moment I saw this app, I knew what I wanted out of it! I booked an appointment for a Makeup session with Neelam Kamall who is a Bangalore based Makeup artist and it was a wonderful experience! Neelam was patient enough to answer all my questions. Due to a lot of late night work and stress, I’ve developed these dark circles that never seem to go away. My big question to Neelam was how I could hide these dark circles using make-up until I got back to my daily sleep routine. Did you know that one is supposed to use a darker shade of concealer instead of a lighter shade under one’s eyes to hide dark circles and blemishes in general? I may sound like a dummy but honestly I had no idea! Neelam also helped me with the kind of foundation that would suit my T-Zone skin type and work in the humid Mumbai weather. My questions weren’t stopping anytime soon but she was patient enough to answer them all. The conversation lasted 23 minutes or so and the video quality of the app was great. There were no voice lags or hazy frames which is usually the case when you are video chatting and travelling at the same time. So if you are someone who is always on the go and doesn’t have the time to go to experts for consultation, this app could prove to be quite useful. At Rs. 350, a grooming session with an expert regardless of where you are is definitely not too heavy on the pocket. The app is in its launch phase and is offering a Rs. 100 off on your first consultation. Use the Coupon Code AMPROM01 until October 15 to get this price off.

Unless you are a professional, we all need grooming tips and advice that is personalized and relevant for each of us. While there are other sources of such advice like YouTube, the advice there is very generic. I have seen a lot of tutorials on YouTube and I know it is useful overall but often a more personalized experience can make a lot of difference. Try the AlterMirror app to believe it and let me know what you feel about the app and its services. I would love to hear. 🙂

With Love,

Inaaya

 

10 Frequently Asked Makeup Questions

Hello pretty ladies!
Most women love makeup. For me, I was introduced to makeup only after I started blogging. Until then I was a kajal and lip balm girl like most of you may be as well. But well, hello eyeliner! I enjoy makeup as much as I enjoy dressing up today.
This blog is a collaboration with a MUA and Hairstylist, Muskaan Sama where she has very kindly answered 10 FAQ’s about makeup and is sharing her wisdom with the With Love Inaaya family.
Happy reading.
Muskaan Sama, 34, is a hairstylist cum makeup artist hailing from Mumbai. She also runs her own salon Swanky Makeover in Malad. For over 7 years, she has been in the industry and glammed up celebrities and brides. Her Salon has partnered with ZOOM TV for hair and makeup for their show: Let’s design season 3 &4 and Zoom Anchor Hunt 2012. She has  also worked with the likes of Miss Argentina (Micaela Lopez Bianchi), Miss Poland (Beata Stelmaszczyk)and Hollywood actress Ali Faulkner for their respective projects. Other than her numerous TVCs and print ads, Muskaan is a humble down-to-earth person who makes makeup really a fun experience. Here we have 10 FAQ’s Muskaan has answered for us:

 

Q. How can one do an easy smoky eye? 

A. Smokey eyes can be created easily just with a kohl and a blending brush. All you need to do is follow these steps properly:

  • Apply kohl like an eyeliner and blend immediately with a blending brush.
  • Repeat these steps until you achieve the desired result!
  • So remember: apply, blend and repeat!

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Q. Most of us end up making the blush look too artificial, what’s the best tool to blend it evenly?

A. To make the blush look as natural as possible, always after picking up the product, tap the body of the brush against the back of your palm. This will get rid of any excess product!

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Q. What is the proper order of applying one’s makeup?

A. These days, thanks to INSTA-MUA’S theres no right or wrong way. But if you want to go by the books, start with concealing any spots. Then apply foundation over it and set it with a compact.

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Q. Is lip liner really a must under lipstick?

A. I recommend the use of lipliners under lipsticks to maintain the durability of the product as well as to enhance the shade and make it look more opaque.

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Q. What is that one hack to make your makeup stay longer?

A. My one hack would be to wait and let the product set between each layer!

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Q. How often would you suggest washing of makeup brushes?

A. Washing of makeup brushes depends on the usage. If its for personal use, then it can be done when the brush is visibly carrying products. But for professional use, they are to be washed more frequently. I also spray them with Isopropyl alcohol (97%) before any appointment.

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Q. What SPF would you suggest is perfect for the sticky Mumbai weather?

My personal favorite is the Clinique sunscreen, it keeps the face matte even after application.

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Q. What is the best brand for foundations?

A. Maybelline is my favorite drugstore brand. for more professional look, I prefer MAC.

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Q. Is it okay to apply foundation everyday?

A. It is okay to apply foundation everyday ONLY IF you take it out thoroughly the same day. Keeping your skin clean is essential.

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Q. One life saving makeup hack?

A. Since eyebrow gels aren’t big in Indian markets yet, I suggest to use transparent waterproof mascara to keep baby hair away from the face and also to set your eyebrows in a certain way!

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Hope this was helpful. Thanks for reading!
With Love,
Inaaya
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Featured Image photo courtesy: Swapnil Junjare
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Beauty At Your Finger Tips. Ft. Amber

When you live in a city like Mumbai, time is money. How many times have you faced a situation where you need a booking for some xyz beauty services at a salon but have been denied due to no availability? Or how many times have you delayed a haircut or a waxing because the traffic itself is such a turn off, you don’t feel like mustering the stamina to travel all the way to your favourite salon?
Enter @appamber, a beauty and styling services at home that literally comes to your doorstep with everything you can ask for in a bag! I was really on a tight schedule the last few weeks and thus had been postponing my manicure and pedicure session for a while. Believe me, when you travel in the locals, you need regular cleaning for your hands and feet. I had a wonderful session with Amber which I’d like to share with you guys. You can book your sessions here at: Amber

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The best part about them? They are exceptionally reasonable!. I absolutely loved my manicure and pedicure and am delighted to share this experience with you guys.

Until next time, stay happy. Stay beautiful. 🙂

With Love,

Inaaya