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Here’s the thing about fashion: it is downright addictive. Every season brings with it a host of new trends, patterns, colours, silhouettes and embellishments to try and those of us with a penchant for style often find it very hard to resist. Fast fashion is wonderful and glorious, but I firmly believe that there are certain classics that will take you through several seasons and years. These are the pieces that will never go out of style and the ones that are definitely worth investing a few extra bucks in.

Ladies, the five pieces that follow are those that every girl should invest in. Start saving, today!

The Little Black Dress

Most fashion related publications would tell you that the classic LBD is a wardrobe essential. What they often do not tell you is that this basic garment is worth investing some extra moolah in. An LBD in a good quality fabric and the right fit will last you for years and save you from several “OMG-I-have-nothing-to-wear!” situations. Need I say more?

The Tailored Blazer

No wardrobe is complete without a well-tailored blazer. Again, when it comes to this piece, fit is everything. That is why I recommend splashing out some extra money and investing in blazer that fits you really, really well. Not only does it play a role in chic office wear; it is also a great piece to add some extra pizzazz to any ordinary outfit. As far as possible, try to find a blazer that comes in a wrinkle-free material.

The Classic White Shirt

If I had a choice, I would wear a crisp white shirt and boyfriend jeans every day of the year. You simply cannot go wrong with a classic white shirt – it can be worn pretty much everywhere and anywhere! Avoid synthetic fabrics and instead, opt for a shirt in crisp cotton. This piece is going to be the workhorse of your wardrobe, so make sure that it fits you perfectly. I highly recommend getting a shirt tailored to your size if you can.

The Good Old Blue Jeans

No matter the style, medium blue jeans are always a good bet and I definitely recommend investing time and money in a pair that fits you really well. The perfect pair of jeans should be tight without being overtly so, and should enhance your booty rather than flatten it. Bootleg, boyfriend, skinny or anything else, a trusty pair of blue jeans can last you a lifetime so make sure you choose the right one!

The Leather Jacket

I am a sucker for all things leather, but the edgy leather jacket holds a truly special place in my heart. Most high street stores are filled with faux leather pieces around autumn and winter. Don’t get me wrong – these options are super chic too – but at some point, every girl should invest in a real leather jacket, ideally, in a bold black colour. Leather jackets will never go out of vogue.

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With the end of the LFW 2015 comes the excitement of discovering what new trends it has produced. After all, you have to justify your next shopping spree some way – upgrading your wardrobe to match ramp glamour can be the excuse for now.

But before all else, you need to know what’s in vogue this season; what cuts, prints and styles would be best to sport. So here’s a list of the top trends that emerged from the Lakme Fashion Week 2015 - put together outfits keeping these in mind!

Blue Hues

With Manish Malhotra’s ‘Blue Runway’ collection being such a huge success, it comes as no surprise that this colour is topping the fashion charts now. From dresses and skirts to suits and lehengas, all seem better and brighter in blue, especially its indigo shade which dominated the leading designer’s line. Manish Malhotra in fact himself predicted that blue and yellow are going to be “huge colours” this season. So if you love the blues, this is the time to go all out and wear the colour with much panache. With blue becoming a fashion statement, other allied styles such as denim-on-denim and royal-hued, satin clothing shall also make a comeback.

The “Sculpted” Look

Anamika Khanna’s ‘Sculpt’ was the grand finale of the LFW 2015 and grand it certainly was. Several elements from her collection are now being incorporated into everyday fashion and you shouldn’t miss out on these. ‘Sculpt’ played with the idea of structure and silhouette to produce beautiful drapes and flowy styles. Making liberal use of zardozi embroidery and thread and metallic work, her designs naturally used shades like gold, silver, ivory, nude, black and gunmetal liberally. You too could stock up on jewel-toned clothing with either structured of flowing silhouettes (whichever suits your personal style mantra) for both are dominant trends this season. Also, with the Kapoor sisters modelling for the designer, wearing the latest Lakme makeup line which promises a more sculpted look and sharp finish, you know what look to aim for when primping up for the next party.

Funky Headgear

Who doesn’t love their hair accessories? This season you can be as experimental and bold as you like for funky headgear is so in. Tarun Tahiliani’s 2015 ethnic collection was striking and uber-glamorous owing to the exquisite turbans he incorporated into his outfits. You can follow his lead and make quite a statement with some well-styled boho headgear. A scarf wrapped as a turban, or a hat with intricate patterns will immediately add dimension and edge to your outfit. And a happy by-product is that you will have some more fortification against the sweltering Indian heat!

Crop Tops

If you thought that crop tops were “just a phase”, think again! LFW 2015 seems to suggest that they are here to stay. Spotted on the ramps of a huge number of designers, these mid-riff baring blouses seem to have been re-presented in new and interesting ways. Both Sabyasachi and Tarun Tahiliani had a range of ethnic crop tops, while Alan Alexander Kaleekal and Salita Nanda offered more modern, western creations. These were teamed with all kinds of bottoms, from denims and pants, to skirts and shorts. It would be a wise choice to pair fitted crop tops with high-waisted skirts and loose, casual ones with skinny jeans and cut-offs. While these would be safer, classic ways of styling your crop top, you can go in for more unconventional pairings, taking inspiration from the collection by Kavita Bhatia.

Round Sunglasses

One of the many retro trends to be revived, round sunglasses were spotted rather frequently on the ramps this season. Outfits by designers including Sabyasachi, Aiman Agha and Armaan Randhawa, Shruti Sancheti, Anuj Bhutani and Tarun Tahiliani were chicly accessorized with vintage round-framed shades. You can get yourself a cool pair of such shades too! Adding a touch of quirk and high couture eclecticism to your look, such eye-wear will jazz up both formal and casual outfits.

These are some of the top trends that the LFW 2015 has ushered in. Fortunately for us, these can all be adapted to one’s everyday wardrobe with much ease. So ladies, gear up for a season full of beautiful blues, lovely drapes, cutesy crop tops and fun accessories!

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Identifying and finding the colours that best suit your skin tone can be confusing, but it really needn’t be. The first thing you need to do is to identify whether you have a cool or a warm skin tone, and this in itself couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is look at the underside of your wrist. If your veins are bluish or purple in colour, then you have a cool skin tone. If your veins are more green or yellow in colour, then you have a warm skin tone. It really is as simple as that.

Now, the next thing you have to do is to understand the colour wheel. It’s not exactly difficult to differentiate the warm half of the colour palette from the cool. On a very basic level, the cool colours will suit those with a cool skin tone, and the warmer colours will suit those with a warmer skin tone. So, as a general rule, if you have a warm skin tone, look for earthy colours like reds and oranges, browns and tans, stretching through to leafy greens. If you have a cool skin tone, sea-type colours will work for you, blues and jades and turquoise and blue-purples.

However, it’s not always as simple as that. For example, I have a cool skin tone and I love wearing oranges and pinks. Some colours can straddle the cool/warm divide with their undertone, just like our skin. Reds, oranges, pinks and greens are the most prominent in these, as reds, oranges and pinks with a blue undertone are technically cool colours. The same works for green with a yellow or even red undertone. This is especially important to consider when choosing lipstick. Cool-skinned ladies, do not despair for there is a statement red lippy out there for you! You just have to find one with a blue undertone.

One last thing. As a general rule, when it comes to metallics, golds, rose and bronze suit those with a warmer skin tone, whereas silver suits those with a cooler skin tone. Ultimately, it comes down to each individual, but it’s absolutely useful to know your skin tone and know your colour wheel to work as a guide when it comes to determining what colour you should buy that dress in. Knowing your colour wheel will also help when it comes to pairing block colours that you wouldn’t usually see together, or even clashing patterns which is oh-so-in right now. Just remember: work with what you’ve got, you beautiful ladies out there....!

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Start With Primer

If you're old enough for laugh lines, a skin care makeover can give you a fresher, younger look. Our skin dries and thins with age, so products used five years ago may look quite matronly today. A better routine calls for skin primer, according to Robin Rylant, a celebrity makeup artist who's worked with Celine Dion. A high-quality primer fills in small wrinkles, making them less visible.

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Forgo Thick Foundation

If you still slather foundation directly over aging skin, you're likely adding years to your look. That thick top coat tends to break into deep cracks, which look far worse than the fine lines you're tried to hide. Instead, apply moisturizer, primer, then a light liquid foundation for additional skin-plumping moisture. Ryland suggests tapping it in gently with a sponge, rather than rubbing it in.

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Avoid Clown Eyes

Applying flattering eye makeup requires precision. Unfortunately, eyesight tends to decline with age. "If you don't see as well, you may not get the makeup on correctly," Ryant says. The results can include clownish amounts of eye shadow or crooked eyeliner. The solution: "Get yourself a good magnifying mirror."

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Enhance the Shape of the Eye

As we age, the eyelids tend to droop, so the goal is to draw attention away from the lid and toward the actual eye. Eyeliner is the key. Apply it in a thin streak along the line where the lashes begin, top and bottom. This will enhance the shape of your eye and create the illusion of thicker lashes. Use soft shades and a light touch when applying eye shadow.

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Put Eyebrows Back On

"Eyebrows are extremely important because they frame the face," Ryant says. But the brows tend to grow thinner and grayer with age. To "put eyebrows back on," Ryant recommends using eyebrow pencil that complements your hair color. Placing powder over the pencil will help it stay put. Some people choose to have eyebrows permanently tattooed, but the FDA and Consumer Reports has raised safety concerns about this practice.

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Don't Let the Lips 'Bleed'

Few things draw attention to wrinkles like bleeding lip color. This happens because lipstick is a cream, and it tends to slip into any low spaces -- including the lines around your lips. To keep color from traveling, use moisturizer, then coat the lips with foundation before applying lipstick.

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Plump Up the Lips

Ryant offers three steps for creating plumper, younger-looking lips. Begin by coating the lips with foundation. Next, line the lips and fill them in completely with pencil. Finally, use a lipstick brush to apply a lip-plumping lipstick. Ryant sees good results, though Consumer Reports suggests the plumping may be modest. Choose a color with enough pigment to enhance the lips without being over-the-top bright.

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Keep Lips Moist

Even the best quality makeup will have a tough time concealing dry, flaky lips. For this reason, it's essential to moisturize often. Lip balms with shea butter, petroleum jelly, or vitamin E work well, says Ryant. Look for a product with sunscreen to protect against the sun's drying effect. If you use extended-wear lipstick, be sure to let the stain dry completely before applying lip balm.

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Whiten Stained Teeth

Whitening toothpastes can help remove surface stains so your teeth look about one shade lighter. To go deeper, try peroxide-based whitening gels or strips. These products bleach the enamel of your teeth to change your natural tooth color. For the most dramatic results, an in-office treatment with your dentist can make the teeth visibly whiter in less than an hour. Several treatments may be needed to get the desired shade.

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Rejuvenate Tired Eyes

If your eyes look tired, the most obvious solution may be to get more rest. Sleep triggers the release of hormones that help the skin remain thicker and more elastic. To reduce eye puffiness, cut back on salt and stay well hydrated. You can also try soothing swollen eyes with cool cucumber slices or moist tea bags.

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Reduce Dark Circles

Getting enough sleep can also minimize dark circles under the eyes. But in some people, the discoloration comes from too much pigmentation in the skin. In that case, creams containing lightening agents such as retinol, hydroquinone, green tea, or vitamin C may help. To camouflage dark circles, use a concealer one shade lighter than your skin and yellowish in tone.

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Wear Sunglasses

Sunglasses do triple-duty in the quest to look younger. A good pair will protect the delicate skin around the eyes from sun damage. It will also keep you from squinting, a motion that can create additional wrinkles over time. Finally, sunglasses may help delay cataracts, cloudy areas on the eyes' lenses that can diminish your vision. Long-term exposure to the sun's UV rays can increase the risk for cataracts.

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Boost Thinning Hair

You can give thinning hair the illusion of more body with some simple styling tricks. Use a large round brush to lift the hair and add volume. To set the style, use the cool button on your hairdryer. Styling with hot rollers is another good option. If you're looking for a low-maintenance way to add body, Ryant suggests a perm.

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Don't Fret Over Grays

There's currently a trend toward embracing gray hair. To make the most of this look, Ryant recommends using a good conditioner and shine enhancer to keep the gray rich. If your skin is very pale, light gray or white hair could make you look washed out. In that case, you might want to punch up your hair color. There are effective over-the-counter dyes for covering gray. Just remember that they should never be used on the eyebrows or lashes.

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Exfoliate

Exfoliation gets rid of dead, dry skin cells to reveal the fresher skin underneath. You can use a washcloth, along with an exfoliating cleanser, to gently scrub your face and body. Exfoliating regularly will help remove dull, flaky skin. But be careful not to scrub too hard or you could leave the skin raw and irritated.

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Target Wrinkles With Retinoids

These chemical relatives of vitamin A can reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles for a more youthful look.  Creams that require a prescription have the best track record, including tretinoin, tarazotene, and their brand-name versions. A less potent, OTC form is available too, called retinol. The best results come from regular use over several weeks or months.  All can cause redness, irritation, peeling, and can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

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Fight Crow's Feet With AHAs

Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) are found in fruits, sugar cane, milk, and other foods. When applied topically, they exfoliate and remove the outer layer of dead skin cells, which may help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The results may be most apparent in the thin skin around the eyes. Mild skin irritation and redness can occur, and your skin may be extra sensitive to the sun while using AHAs.

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Fade Age Spots With Hydroquinone

Hydroquinone is the active ingredient in popular bleaching creams. It interferes with the skin's production of melanin, the pigment that gives age spots their color. Hydroquinone is available over the counter or in stronger concentrations by prescription. Kojic acid is another skin lightener available in OTC products or by prescription.

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Fight Damage With Antioxidants

Antioxidants are vitamins and minerals that can counter the damage caused in your body and skin by free radicals. You can eat foods rich in antioxidants or apply antioxidant creams directly to the skin. Studies suggest that topical vitamin C maybe especially helpful to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Check with a dermatologist for products that contain enough vitamin C to be effective.

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Eat Salmon for Smoother Skin

Salmon offers a treasure trove of nutrients for the skin. It's packed with protein, a critical building block of healthy skin. And, along with other fatty fish, it's rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s may help fight wrinkles by keeping the skin plump.

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Pamper Your Hands

The skin on the hands has very little fatty tissue underneath and can easily become crinkled when dry. Applying moisturizer throughout the day can draw water into the skin to help hands look plumper and more youthful. Look for a moisturizer that contains glycerin, shea butter, or safflower seed oil. You can also use lightening creams to fade age spots on the hands.

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Strengthen Your Nails

Prevent brittle nails by avoiding harsh soaps and moisturizing with thick creams or petroleum jelly. Vitamin B7 supplements, also called biotin, may help soften brittle, breakable nails. Ask your health care professional what amount is right for you. To avoid unsightly hangnails and ingrown nails, be sure to trim your nails correctly. Look for nippers that are shaped to follow the natural curve of the nail.

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Soften Your Heels

After decades of walking, most people develop thick layers of skin on the heels and balls of the feet. While you're unlikely to regain the soft soles of your youth, you can take steps to shrink the calluses. Begin by soaking your feet in hot water. Once the dead skin is moist, you may be able to remove some of it by scrubbing with a pumice stone.

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Don't Smoke

One of the surest ways to protect against skin damage is to avoid cigarettes. Studies of twins suggest smokers have skin that is more wrinkled and up to 40% thinner than nonsmokers. Researchers believe tobacco smoke releases an enzyme that breaks down collagen and elastin, compounds that are vital to the skin's structure and elasticity.

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Use a Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

You probably know that sunscreen can ward off wrinkles by blocking the sun's harmful rays. But did you know that SPF refers only to protection against ultraviolet B rays? It turns out that ultraviolet A rays may play a larger role in causing wrinkles. To block both UVA and UVB rays, look for a broad-spectrum or multi-spectrum sunscreen.

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For More Dramatic Results ...

If your home-care regimen doesn't give you the look you want, cosmetic procedures can yield more dramatic results. A dermatologist can plump up laugh lines with injectable fillers. Those derived from the botulinum toxin are popular for the brow area, and are not toxic, despite the name. Chemical peels and dermabrasion can soften fine lines and age spots. And laser resurfacing is effective for reducing wrinkles and discoloration.

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Till recently I have been apprising everybody about my real life experiences in fighting this deadly disease. From today onwards I would like to make cancer take backstage and let me enjoy something which I like the most. I would like to unleash my passion and that is to dabble in Fashion Blogging. Encourage me to bring to fore the latest trends in Clothing, Accessories, Cosmetics, Fashion Trends, Healthcare etc.....

Fashion Trends That India Has Gifted To The World

India has given the world bountiful reasons for happiness: Bollywood, butter chicken and Bhangra are the first few that come to my mind. Film and food aside, the striking subcontinent has made a lasting mark on the global fashion scene. Let us explore the iconic gifts of style that India has given to the world with love.

The Jodhpur Trouser

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With humble origins in the traditional Indian churidaar pant, the Jodhpur trouser is now a fashion statement in its own right and the key reason behind the birth of the ‘Equestrian Chic’ trend. Indeed, an Indian polo player popularized these pants in Europe. They quickly became a must-have in every horseman and horsewoman’s wardrobe. Today, they are making waves across international runways and leading fashion magazines. I fell head-over-heels in love with Dolce and Gabbana’s silky rendition a few years ago.

The Maang Tikka

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Once reserved only for the big fat Indian wedding, this sultry head accessory has absolutely skyrocketed in popularity, both in its home country and across the globe. In fact, Karl Lagerfeld was so inspired by this accessory that all of the models in the Chanel Pre-Fall 2012 show, aptly called ‘Paris-Bombay’, sported regal maang tikkas. And we all know that Karl can do no wrong, right?

The Bindi

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The spread of the bindi trend to the furthest corners of the world has not been without its fair share of controversy. Opponents of the trend believe that those who sport it are actually disrespecting the Indian culture where the bindi is worn by married woman to signify their commitment to their husbands. Right or wrong, this trend is here to stay as an important part of the bohemian music festival style. I’d love to know what your take is on this craze – fashion trend or blasphemy?

The Henna Tattoo

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Another ethnic bridal trend that has made it to the frontlines is the art of applying henna tattoos to hands in intricate designs. Popular with the artsy lot and bohemian babes, the henna tattoo trend has been spotted on many celebrities who are trying to make a bold fashion statement. It has also inspired an entirely new trend altogether – the temporary metallic tattoos that became all the rage at the end of last year. I’ve noticed that Vanessa Hudgens, a personal style icon, has been experimenting with henna designs for a while now. I have to say that I am pretty impressed with her handiwork!

The Sari

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To my mind, the sari is one of the sexiest outfits in existence today. A long kept secret in India, the sari has now made its way across the borders and into the hearts of fashion buffs across the world. No matter how you drape it, this six yards of cloth scream elegance like nothing else. Is it any surprise that Hollywood Stars and Celebrities have worn it? I hope to see more women rocking this sultry outfit on the red carpet in 2015.