Jewellery for your Inner Goddess!

Are you one of those people that loves to wear outfits that reflect your personality? I am. In this post I use Jennifer & Roger Woolger’s Six powerful Greek goddeses as personality types to help you pick the perfect jewellery for you, courtesy of Bead Studio.

Located in Koramangala 6th block,  Bead Studio hosts a niche, curated collection with Madhavi [the owner] at the helm. She brings to us a hand-picked collection of gorgeous beads and beading materials from all over India as well as custom-made jewellery. You can read more  about them on their website.

For your reference, read the short description of each goddess persona below; you don’t have to put yourself in a box because you most probably will identify with more than one category. Have fun accessorizing and experimenting!

Athena

The goddess of wisdom & civilisation: intellectual, academic, just, urban

Jewellery: Black metal drop earrings & Bold geometric earrings

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Aphrodite

The goddess of love & beauty: romantic, artistic, beautiful, confident

Jewellery: Deep purple drop earrings & Pink iridescent pendant

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Persephone

The goddess of the underworld: spiritual, mystic, intuitive, insightful

Jewellery: Midnight blue string necklace & Navy blue anklet

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Artemis

The goddess of nature: instinctive, athletic, wild, straight-forward

Jewellery: Leaf earrings, Teal beaded bracelets & Green candy earrings

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Demeter

The goddess of fertility: nurturing, caring, responsible, mature

Jewellery: Wooden carved earrings, Pearl chain with druzy & Shell pendant

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Hera

The goddess of power: leader, powerful, organised, disciplined

Jewellery: Ethnic pendant and earrings, Royal kundan pendants & Black & Gold set

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~this post is sponsored by Bead Studio. If you’re a jewellery enthusiast or maybe just have a creative edge, Bead Studio has an array of jewellery-making materials and a unique selection of beads for you to work with. They even have jewellery making classes! Here’s a small taste of their resources:

 

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10 Reasons Why I ♥ Cory Monteith

This day a year ago, Cory Monteith passed away from a drug overdose. From that day  I started thinking about how impossible it is to really understand a celebrity. Sure the paparazzi have made it easier to track them down but you never really know what’s behind the camera. But with that said, with his passing, Cory Monteith has left a huge void in my life. And even though, I may have not known him personally, I can say that not many people can leave such huge impact on someone as he did on me.

So in memory of Cory Monteith, I list out 10 reasons why I fell in love with him, am in love with him and will always be in love with him.

1. His beautiful, beautiful smile. (half smile and all out)
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2. His quirkiness.

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3. His odd sense of humor.

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4. His dancing skillz!

*Tiny Dancing*

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5. His ruggedly handsome looks. #swoon

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6. Not to mention, he was quite the romantic…

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*Aah those Finchel Moments on Glee*
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7. He always had a soft spot for his fans.

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8. He was a snooze kind of person just like me!

Check out this interview and you can skip to 3:00 where he admits to it.

9. He always lightened up everyone’s mood.

This video, explains how I will always remember Cory, these are few of the many examples of how he lightens the mood.

10. He was never ashamed of his past, and was proud
to have reached where he reached.

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Watch this one to know a little bit about his past.

I am so glad that I got to experience his one of a kind, charming personality even if it was only on Glee and for a short amount of time. He has inspired me in so many ways, I find it hard to describe. I think about him everyday and I am still mourning his death. I know he’s watching over all of  us with his huge smile.

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Cory Allan Michael Monteith, I love you and I will always remember and cherish you as the fun and goofy person with a big heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update: LimeRoad Scrapbook & Magazine Feature! ♥

To start off, let me apologize for our sparse posting habits on this blog. We’ve been caught up with college stuff, but hopefully this isn’t a precursor to what will happen when we go off to college. :\ While we’re working on more fashion-related posts, albeit slowly, we thought we’d share with you the wonderful course our blogging life is taking!

Recently, LimeRoad, a popular online shopping platform for women, asked us to be part of their Style Council, which includes other fashion bloggers as well as the gorgeous Neha Dhupia. LimeRoad has come up with an amazing tool called ‘LimeRoad Scrapbook’, where users like ourselves can put together outfits in creative ways to express our own style and help other shoppers visualize how products they might want to buy can be styled. As LimeRoad tell us,

“Today, they have  a community of 10,000+ scrapbookers who come from 22 states 138 cities of India, and have created 2,50,000 looks via Scrapbook. This community primarily consists of women, and for them Scrapbook has become a way of expressing their independent style. “

Ofcourse, we HAD to be a part of this! LimeRoad Scrapbook is all about everything we blog for in the first place: sharing our ideas, getting inspired by others and creating a fashion community. :)

These are some of our favorite scrapbooks that we made using the tool. Click on each picture to view the scrapbook in detail and shop the products featured! For more TBI Scrapbooks, click here.

If this hasn’t made you sign up for Scrapbooks already, I don’t know what will! You can try out LimeRoad Scrapbooks for yourself by clicking here.

As if being a part of the Style Council wasn’t cool enough, we’ve now been featured in the LimeRoad Magazine! Click on the picture below to see our feature, flip through the magazine, discover other style council members and getting style inspiration:

A bear hug and a huge thank you to YOU, reader! It’s your support and love that has gotten us this far. We hope you stick around for everything else that is to come. :)

Stay tuned for more posts about this, and more!

Much love,

TBI x

How To: Style Edgy Jewellery ft. ‘Crunchy Fashion’

Edgy jewellery is all the rage right now; cuffs, spikes, mixed metals and claws find themselves in every store. Statement necklaces and oversized metal rings look attractive on the shelf, but sometimes it can be a challenge to style them. In this post we show you how we style our favorite edgy jewellery, courtesy of  ‘Crunchy Fashion’ a jewellery brand hosted on mydesignersales.com, and tell you why we love each piece that we chose.

Claws Around You

Bronze Claw Ring 

I’ve always been a little on the edgier, punk side of fashion and I feel that this claw ring complements that side of me pretty well. This ring also helps me break away from the tradition of stone and delicate rings that we often see here in India. I love how the claw actually looks like it’s been wrapped around my finger tightly, very dark, I like to think. Even though I really wish the website could have added ring sizes so I could pick one that fit me properly, this is definitely a ring I loved to add to my collection. It defines my quirky personality that doesn’t quite go by society’s standards. I felt that leather pants help complete this look; they’ve got just the right amount of punk to it without being over the top. As the ring is one that demands attention, I wore no other accessories.

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And it was all Yellow

Spiked Ear Cuff

Ear cuffs are the perfect way to adorn your ears if you have non-pierced ears like I do, which is why I chose this piece. I like the fact that it is gold-toned because it compliments my skin tone, and the pearls give it a transitional element between modern and ethnic.  My favorite part is this long spike at the end; unfortunately each strand did not end with a spike as shown on the website, and the pearls were a surprise as well. This is why I styled this ear cuff with a bright yellow dress- a more colorful and girly option to go with the feminine pearls. I love how the tone of the  dress and jewellery match my brown eyes and hair as well. The price point on this piece is a bit higher, but the quality is on point so I would definitely say it is worth it.

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Tribal Spiked Earrings

I’m really into tribal jewellery and this is a piece that incorporates both tribal and contemporary designs. The triangles give the earrings a look of geometric organisation whereas the spikes give it just the right amount of edge to stand out. What I liked about the earrings is that even though they’re bigger than I expected them to be, they’re lightweight and easy on the ears. The shade of blue is beautiful, and complements the gold perfectly.

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Two Faced

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I chose these bad boys because I am all about unique jewelry right now! When they arrived they looked fab and I fell in love with them even more. Unfortunately the black ring is smaller than the gold one and it only fits my ring finger. I can shove it on to my other fingers, but I need to rub on loads of aloe vera gel onto my fingers to get them off, and that’s extremely painful. Since these rings are pretty bold, they require attention; that’s why paired it with a very simple sheer crop top and high-waist  pants. The best part about these rings is that, there is no ‘right’ occasion to wear them on, it fits all occasions. I’ve been using these rings almost everyday since the day I got them, because of that the colour has sort of faded- they are now a more rustic color rather than bright gold.. But I think it looks good this way!

 

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Eye see you

Punk Nail Rings

I could use this baby to claw someone’s eye out; hell, this is an even better weapon than pepper spray! It fits my middle finger perfectly, so when I get pissed this ring will help me get my point across.  But in all seriousness, this nail ring IS pretty badass, and I especially like the little snake around it. I love it when a brand pays attention to minor details like on this ring. Best part is, IT’S CHEAP! And don’t we all love a good bargain? If only they had sent me two :’(

The outfit I chose for this one is very much my style- a little edgy, sporty yet flattering to the figure.

disclaimer: this post is sponsored by mydesignersales.com, all opinions stated are our own.

Splurge Or Save? | Ritu’s Story

The lovely people at Raise.com asked us a simple question: Splurge or Save? What to we spend on, when do we hold back? What’s worth it, and what’s not? Here’s Ritu’s experience! Enjoy, and after you’re done reading this, check out the original post for some great tips and tricks to prevent splurging when you think you’re saving.

Unfortunately my shopping needs are limited to only twice a year and my budget remains Rs.5000. You can look at this situation in two ways, either restrict your shopping needs to a bare minimum and thin your budget out over a long span of time or go all out in one shot. I happen to combine both!

Looking back, I realise that up until 2 years ago, I didn’t think too much about spending a bomb on clothing. My mentality changed when my friends introduced me to street shopping. Commercial street and Brigade road in Bangalore are the two places that you must go to if you want to buy a lot for less. So once a year I shop at Brigade road and commercial street and buy enough to satisfy me an entire year, but I make sure I make a trip to expensive places like Forever New, And, Chemistry or Fab India and splurge on one or two essential items. After all, you can’t compromise on essentials and staple pieces!

What really helps me save my money is making a list. I make a list of items that I really want and need and I only spend my money on buying those things. Girls, I’m with you, I understand WE WANT A LOT OF THINGS! But try to limit your list to things you really want and when you see everything on paper you’ll realise whether you really need them or not.

I tend to buy cheaper tops, shirts, blouses, skirts and jewellery: basically clothing that I wont be wearing everyday. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t buy these items solely based on their price tag; I make sure they look good on me and are made out of decent material. If you can’t decide whether something is worth buying or not, take someone shopping with you and tell them to help you. One piece of advice I find very valuable is this- Only buy something on sale if you’re willing to buy it full-price. This way, you know you’ve got a good bang for your buck.

In my defence, I am not a miser. There are a few items I believe that we must spend those few extra bucks on. Lingerie for example,  has to be the best quality. I always believe that to look good and feel good you must feel comfortable. Hence I am willing to bring out the cash for brands like Marks & Spencers, Enamour, Bwitch and Lovable. Footwear is another item that I am willing to splurge on. Brands like Catwalk, Soles, Tres Mode and Zara are placed on our foot rack. Another clothing item that I am willing spend a little extra on are jeans. Let’s be realistic, Jeans are everyday wear and if you want your jeans to last for over 2 years then they have to be top notch. Levi’s, Lee, River Island and Tally Weijl are brands that fit perfectly and last for years. Jealous 21 and Max are not too bad either! I am also very particular about my Indian wear. Most of my Kurtis are from Fab India only because I believe its the best material that doesn’t rip, is easy to wash and is very comfortable.

Only once I have had a bad experience of splurging… you know that ‘tingly’ sensation you get in your stomach when you feel guilty about something? I drained a huge hole in my dad’s pocket about 3 weeks ago when I went to Pune. I bought a pair of boots from Marks & Spencer’s only because they were on sale and they cost 500 bucks, but then I went ahead I bought a black skater skirt for 1200 bucks in Forever New when I could’ve snagged one for 600 at Forever21. Looking at those items in my closet still hurts :P No matter how much I try to justify myself for splurging on those items, I will still never be able to fully convince myself about that purchase. I still have those bills as a reminder!

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Other than that one bad experience, I am quite smart when it comes to shopping and extremely careful with my money.

 

 

Sassy + Boho + Classy | My Style In 3 Words

Sassy

midi dress- vero moda, lace-up heels- catwalk

Boho

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floral dress- fun ‘n’ flirt, shades- ayesha, mockingjay necklace- singapore

Classy

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sheer shirt and formal pants- tibet plaza, necklace- commercial street, watch- french connection, pumps- zara

 

 

Lazy + Cheeky + Androgynous | My Style In 3 Words

Lazy

BROWN DRESS FROM DUBAI | STATEMENT NECKLACE FROM MUMBAI

Cheeky

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‘LOVE ME’ CROP TOP FROM NUON | SKATER SKIRT FROM F21 | CALF HIGH SNEAKERS FROM SINGAPORE

Androgynous

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WHITE SHIRT FROM ANNE BECK | BLUE JEANS FROM TALLY WEIJL | LEATHER BACKPACK FROM MUMBAI

Edgy + Sexy + Quirky | My Style In 3 Words

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plaid skirt- cotton on | crop top- h&m | leather jacket- bugis street | wedged sneakers- lucky plaza

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dress- romwe | lippie- ‘rebel’ by mac

Quirky    

tshirt- diy | formal pants- van heusen | bag- commercial street | neon socks- bata | patent oxfords- catwalk

Comfy + Cutesy + Chic | My Style In 3 Words

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JUMPSUIT FROM BRIGADE ROAD | STATEMENT NECKLACE FROM KOLKATA

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WHITE DRESS | STUDDED FOOTWEAR AND NECKLACE FROM BRIGADE ROAD

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NAVY BLUE COAT FROM BRIGADE ROAD | STRIPED PANTS | LACE OXFORDS FROM DONE BY NONE