Featured in “The Hindu”

Featured in “The Hindu”

 

Hello Divas!
I am excited to share with you that my interview got featured in the Monday edition of “The Hindu”. Yes, the copy of the print version of 19 Feb 2018 has your Curvy Diva Chic, as herself, Aakanksha Luthra in it!
All this time of writing articles lead to one thing I had never thought would happen: being written about, and that too in the most respected newspapers of this country! I feel honoured, happy, excited and thankful.
I remember calling my father up as soon as I got off the phone with Sunalini Matthew, sharing with him the news, “Dad! I think I am gonna be in The Hindu.” Dad initially thought I am going to write for the newspaper, he congratulated me. Later I explained how I was interviewed today and will be featured soon.
Yesterday, we were descending the stairs and he asked me “So, when is this article going to be out?” I just said “I don’t know, maybe this week, or on Woman’s Day. I will confirm with Sunalini today.” I got excited about the fact that I am going to be featured, that I completely forgot to ask when it is going to be published! I just mailed Sunalini and asking about the publishing date, and she immediately responded with “Today!”.
I was still at the office, she was kind enough to send me the online link and the PDF of the page. It was my celebrity moment and I feel amazing.
Well, none of this would have happened without your support and love. Cheers to you guys!!!
For those who wish to read the online version of this article, may click the link here.


Until Next Time,
XOXO
A.L. 🙂

The Right Shade Of Red

The Right Shade Of Red

There is a red made for every woman, and a woman who knows her red, ain’t supposed to be messed with. If I were a color, I know I’d be red. I am a Ruby Woo on my lips, Merlot for my hair, crimson on my feet and I know for a fact that I am Marcella on my Gowns.


Dress: CurvesOnStyle
Location: Khama Ghani
Clutch: IGP

The people who know me closely know one thing about me, I love Adele. She is my lady crush, someone I look up to, I believe it was her who made me fall for fashion for the plus in the first place. it all started when I first saw her ever famous Albert Hall Concert on YouTube (“Set Fire to the Rain” is still my favorite).

The idea for this outfit started had seeded in the moment when I had watched Adele online in a concert where she was wearing this beautiful Marcella gown and was performing in front of thousands of fans. As I have mentioned earlier, Kritika (owner, CurvesOnStyle) and I have had long conversations before finalizing the outfits for me.
We discussed how I wanted a Marcella off-shoulder gown, with a free long flow skirt that’d make me wanna twirl. And it did make me wanna twirl, all the time, during the shoot, as you may see in the pictures. Now I didn’t want my skirt too fluffy, so we didn’t use a can-can here, but one may totally use it under the skirt, to add that princess fluff to the gown.
The best part about this outfit was that it was so light-weight I loved it. The outfit is fully lined and simply pretty. CurvesOnStyle paid particular attention to the color and fall of the skirt, something I wanted specifically right.
The place we chose here was a beautiful restaurant in Udaipur called Khama Ghani. This place is the perfect blend of hospitality and ambiance. And the food? Well, it was amazing!
It was a fun shoot, I had a great time. I felt so pretty in this dress, and I couldn’t help twirl most of the time. CurvesOnStyle was really helpful designing this outfit for me.
If you like this blog, give it a big thumbs-up! Aso, show me some love and subscribe to my blog, if you want to say something, do share your views in the comment box below. I promise to respond as soon as I see it.
 This year is all about creating your own story. Your CurvyDivaChic has always got your back! Stay Loved!
Until Next Time,
-XOXO-
A.L. 🙂

Valentine’s Round

Valentine’s Round

                                     

Dress: Afamado
Location: Khama Ghani
Clutch: IGP

Here it comes, Valentine’s Week and I feel relieved as I have my biggest challenge sorted: the dress. Divas, if you are someone like me who like to plan things in advance than look no further. I present you your fairy godmother, Afamado with their Valentine’s Round Collection, specially curated for the Cinderella in you, for your fairy tale deserves the perfect dress and the perfect fit. Just like the shoe, the dress is meant to celebrate your luscious curves, that’ll help unleash the diva in you. Afamado’s custom size feature gives you have the option to get the outfit made in your own size.

My dinner dress is all set and ready. I will be wearing this beautiful, Marcella Off-shoulder Maxi Dress that Afamado has customised especially for me. I am in awe of the colour of the dress, and how the fabric feels against my skin. This piece is designed to make you feel sexy yet elegant, with a touch of quirk and a spin of sass.
Who am I celebrating this day? Well, I go the good old school sex and the city and will be celebrating this day with my soul mates, who have helped me shape my life. In the very own words of Samantha Jones, “We made a deal ages ago. Men, babies, it doesn’t matter. We are soul mates!”
Check out Afamado.net and do share in the comment box below what do you like the most about this outfit. Also, show me some love and do like and share this blog post. Love is in the air and your CurvyDivaChic has always got your back! Stay Loved!
Until Next Time,
-XOXO-
A.L. 🙂

Chic Work Skirt!

Chic Work Skirt!

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I have reached the point in time where I am finally comfortable in the skin I am in but that wasn’t always the case. This not only resulted in a low self-esteem but also kept me away from discovering my style as well. For a very long time in my life, I did not wear skirts. Sometimes due to social obstructions, sometimes due to my own mental inhibitions. But I have always admired long, flared skirts that trail behind your legs, especially the low high maxi skirts.      

Well, I couldn’t understand the attraction, but I realized this is one part of my personality I need to embrace. So one fine day, I decided to get over my mental obstruction just got one for myself. I am a huge fan of Pinterest, and learning cello has been on my bucket list. So one day I was googling about cellos, and I came accidentally landed on a page with very beautiful styling pins for cellists. I funnily was reminded of Master Oogway’s statement from “Kungfu Panda” that said: There are no accidents. I believe the man was right!
I came across a beautiful ensemble of a plain white tucked in shirt and a wide belted high-waisted floor-length skirt. The collar was tastefully lifted just right, and the lights were perfect in the picture.
That’s when it hit me, I got my inspiration for an outfit. All I needed was a designer who’d do the same for me. Lucky for me, I learned about CurvesOnStyle on Instagram. Kritika is a fashion designer based out of NCR (Faridabad) and boy is she amazing! I called her up and we had a long discussion on how I wanted my designs to be. She was very patient and great at visualizing my ideas. We had a detailed discussion about what would suit my body type, what materials should I wear that would be comfortable and look chic at the same time. She also designed the shirt, which is lined, so I don’t have to worry about it to go see through.
I absolutely loved what I received, I had a lot of fun at the shoot as well. I wore the outfit to work one day and people loved it. The location chosen for this shoot is this beautiful cafe called Cafe lazy Beans. The place has hand-painted pictures of characters of pandas. I am a fan of the wall with all the beautiful frames.
Dress: Curves On Style
Location: Cafe Lazy Beans
Shoes: Street Style Store
Clutch: Espelho

Fashion for the curvy is a bit more complicated than the normal sizes as each one of us have our own problem areas. CurvesOnStyle not only designed this beautiful ensemble but also helped me learn more about my body type, and what would look better on me. Her Instagram page displays her couture work and the designs are so chic.
So Divas! If you like this blog post, do hit the like button. Do not forget to like, share and subscribe to my blog post and if you have anything to say, leave it in the comment box below and I promise to reply as soon as I see them. Check out my Instagram to get the updates. Love Ya!
Until Next Time,
-XOXO-
A.L. 🙂

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Comfort Food ft. Santa’s Elf

Comfort Food ft. Santa’s Elf

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Merry Christmas Udaipur! For those searching for their haven of Comfort Food, there’s a new haven in Udaipur, and I couldn’t wait to share it with you. Giddy up! We have Marky Momos is in town! Finally a place to comfort those comfort food cravings. I am going to share a couple of reasons why I am in love with Marky Momos.

 

 

Food: My Favoite Picks

 

  • Momos: Being a food connoisseur, finding a decent place in Udaipur that actually serves dim-sums in the authentic Bamboo Dim-Sum Steamers, just the way they should be served, is a real struggle. Finally, we have Marky Momos. But this is not This is not it. They have more than 40 varieties of momos to choose from. My personal favourite are Afghani Momos and Tandoori Chicken Momos. #Yum

    They also have something interesting called Momo Burgers, which consists of fried momos in buns, with a tasteful combination of sauces. My brother loved it.

 

 

  • Prawns: All the seafood lovers in Udaipur know the struggle of finding prawns on the menu. Marky Momos has some mouth watering prawn preparations to choose from. My personal favorite is Honey Garlic Prawns . #MamaMia

 

 

  • Noodles: I am “Hands Down!” a disciple of their Hakka Noodles. The noodles are perfectly cooked, the salt and pepper ratio is perfectly balanced (this is very important for me while choosing my noodle, and I am quite particular about it). #Meow

 


 

Take Away and Home Delivery

 

Yes! Marky Momos delivers to your house! And they have their own app as well! They are amongst a very restaurants which delivers to the far-fetched areas like Badi, Balicha etc. They also have started a “late night service”, under which they cater to your late night cravings between 12:00 a.m and 2:00 a.m. The food packaging is proper, which is a novelty in Udaipur for budget-friendly restaurants. They have branded their packaging containers. I am particularly a fan of their Dimsum Packaging (it is properly sealed and microwave friendly).

 

 

Multi Cuisine Menu

 

Do not get confused by their name. Marky Momos might just be the name, but they serve a lot more than just Momos. They have a well established menus that covers cuisines of the likes of Chinese, Italian and Indianised tastes. There indeed is something for everybody.

 

  

Image Credits for all the pictures above go to Marky Momos.

 

Offers

 

    • Marky Momos have some exciting offers on their Web App, so download their app and save some extra bucks.
    • Also, Check out their Zomato Page for some cool offers. Do not forget to share your reviews and ratings on Zomato. You may also check my reviews about Marky Momos on their page.
    • They have an exciting offer for their dine-in guests as well. Happy hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.! Get Buy One Get One Free on momos, and flat 30% on the rest of the menu.  

 

So people! As Santa’s elf, I believe this is the best present I could leave under your Christmas Trees. Jingle Bell Rocks and Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas Everyone!!! 🙂

 

Until Next Time,

 

-XOXO-

 

A.L. 🙂

 

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RSVP Ready: That Diva In Black!

RSVP Ready: That Diva In Black!

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Hello Divas!

New Year’s Eve 2017- the most awaited event of the year is around the corner and like always, I bring exciting news! Ladies! Brace yourself because Afamado has come up with an awesome All Black RSVP Ready Collection for your themed party. New year is around the corner and this is probably the right time to choose your New Year’s outfit. Use their “Made to Measure” feature and Afamado will make sure that the outfit fits like a glove.

I am wearing the V-Neck Cold Shoulder gown and might I just flaunt that I feel really plush in this beautiful gown? The cold shoulder details with an extra ruffle layer not only looks beautiful, but also adds to the comfort. Above that, the material is of high quality and is wrinkle free, so you do not have to worry about any last minute ironing hassles and enjoy your evening. Plus the dress feels the right weight so it flares just perfect, and doesn’t feel heavy at all. So the dancer in me is oh-so-happy because this is a no brainer, effortless look to pull off. Minimal and chic is how I kept it. One thing I loved about the fashion of 2017 is, the only rule is that there are no rules!

So my resolution for 2018 is what I have learned from this wonderful 2017. The only rule is that there are no rules! So let’s dress our best, pop the bubbly, clench the glasses and Slanche!  Bid adieu to this wonderful year you had and let’s begin a new one with more celebrations!

Until Next Time,
-XOXO-
A.L. 🙂

 

 

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How to Dress Up for Business Meetings?

How to Dress Up for Business Meetings?

Hello Divas!
How are my favourite ladies doing?
So a lot of You have ask me quick tips on how to dress up on business meetings and other formal work events, where you can look chic, get effortless and business ready at the same time. So I am here to talk about it.

I recently had to attend this event which was super formal. I was on a clock that day,  it was a very busy day and I wanted to look my best because there was a very important business meeting just after that and since I was running short on time, on occasions like these, I usually prefer to wear something I don’t have to put in a lot of effort mixing and matching. So a formal maxi dress was my first preference. I narrowed down to this gorgeous cotton gown I got designed from Samshek. Not only it was super comfortable it was chic light and very, very easy to carry. It was a hot day and that’s when the material that was cotton came in very handy. The design is very simple and that somehow made the entire look very polished and that’s what I loved about this business formal maxi dress.

Samshek gives you the freedom to actually tweak the basic design on the website as per your needs. So if you are someone like me who doesn’t like to wear stuff off the rack, this is actually a very good opportunity for you to tweak the basic design on the website, choose from the many, many things you can change in your outfit and make a whole new one. I was surprised to see how simple changes like sleeve length, length of the dress, shape of the neck and back etc can transfer the entire dress. You may check this blog post for a whole new look to this very design. Not just this, Samshek gives you the liberty to choose from their list of materials too. #Wow

I chose this design as such, with a minor increase in length. I loved the subtle grey, hence I kept the details as such in the website. The dress comes with a side zipper to give your curves a better shape  I take the dress with the Turquoise blazer I got from stalkbuylove started off very sophisticated touch to my entire outfit. The shoes I chose word basic Clark’s stilletos (Clifton Bridge) they have never failed me.

 

No talking about the meeting it went well it was a sunny day like I said but since I chose since I choose the right fabric to wear it helped me focus on my work endless on the discomfort of the day. Also I kept the jewellery minimal it was this Emerald set my father got from me from USA. The lipstick I am wearing is from Maybelline,  the eyeliner is NYX, the mascara is again Maybelline, the blush is from the Body Shop.

When you are dressed right, you develop a sense of confidence in you that adds to your work without you realising it. I read it somewhere “nobody really has confidence this is all a game of projecting it at the right time and at the right place”. A lot of people ask me how I keep up my confidence I believe I just answered your question. And of course I like to dress well.

Photography for this blog was done by Ravish Nagori. The editing was done by me.

Do share your thoughts in the comments box below and if you like what you see do share it with your friends do not forget to subscribe to this blog to get my latest updates.

Until Next Time,
-XOXO-
A.L. 🙂

 

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Maleficent in Me

Maleficent in Me

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I love fairy tales. I have grown up hearing about those fantasy worlds, the beautiful, beautiful girls, who weren’t even aware how amazing they are, who stood by what they believed in. They came from  humble backgrounds and proved that money or birth has nothing to do with being a true princess. Cinderella was humble, Bella was wise and curious, Moana was an explorer, Pocahontas was a born leader. But the most iconic character who laid a huge impact on my mind, was Maleficent. I am not sure whether it was Angeline Jolie’s perfection as an actress and a role model, or the character’s depth, or the direction of the movie, or the combination of all, but I could see myself as a Maleficent. And that’s why I decided to keep it as the theme of my this photoshoot.

Mystique as it could be, I adore Maleficent.

 

Before I could ever know, I was Maleficent.
Love the off shoulder details and the cape.
The choker was a hand made present by a beloved friend. what do you think?
I love the fact that my watch matches with my outfit, like it was meant to be.
Thus I walk down the aisle, as I was supposed to do.
This is me, thanking Afamado, for the lovely design.

I saw this piece at Afamado and it was a love at first sight. I wanted one when I saw the Rebel Wilson in one of the award function shoots on google and I fell in love with this piece. (Needless to say, for plus size fashion, Adele and Rebel Wilson are my go to celebrity inspirations.) The quality speaks for itself, and the best part is that long cape with off shoulder details. It was oh so beautiful I couldn’t ask for more.

The design of this dress is bold, something you will need a lot of confidence and sass to carry, but if you are thinking “who the hell she thinks she is”, well, I’d say “someone who wanted you to ask the exact same question”. The best part about this outfit? Well, the cape! it shows off your curves yet hides the problem areas at the same time. The shoot was pretty interesting, and the pictures are right in front of you. So if you are looking for something to flaunt your curves to perfection, do check Afamado and sass that body!

Until Next Time,
-XOXO-
A.L. 🙂

Work in Style: Summer Work Wardrobe Editon (In collaboration with Samshek.com)

Work in Style: Summer Work Wardrobe Editon (In collaboration with Samshek.com)
CurvyDivaChic For Samshek

There is nothing classier than a well fitted dress, and I am glad to have found an online solution in Samshek.com  that not only gives me a huge variety of well fashioned designs to choose from, but also gives me the liberty to customize my dress according to my needs. Not only this, I even get o choose the material of the dress, from the list of mentioned materials for the available design, which is really, really cool!

Summer is all set and so is the time for loose, subtle clothing that makes it easy to beat the heat yet make you look chic and elegant. Did you know that the level of comfort directly affects the work efficiency?  So we may start with the clothing.  Choosing a comfortable yet elegant work wardrobe in this scorching heat can be a task. As they say, fashion may change, but style remains. A bit of this and that may help you look smart, office ready without compromising with your comfort, yet keep your style. A few things to make sure your work wardrobe are all about comfort, yet chic to make necks turn, wherever you go.

Outfit Details

The Design: I was in love with the corporate collection, where you can find oh-so trendy professional clothes, and get to tweak the design and customize your own dress. Now my curvy diva chic out there know how difficult it can be for us to find our right sizes off the shelf, so it can be really,  really beneficial for you to make your own dress. Like here I have chosen the following details for the dress:

  • Front Puritan Neck
  • Back slit neck
  • Basic 3/4 sleeves
  • Inverted Box pleads on skirt
  • Conceal side zip
  • Relaxed Fit
  • Color: Cool Pink

The material: This summer, make comfort your mantra. Now comfort doesn’t mean you cannot look stylish. Choose an outfit that is made out of summer friendly material, preferably cotton or Crepe that lets your skin breathe. Here I have chosen woven cotton for this dress that is oh-so-soft and oh-so-chic in the color “cool pink”, which lives up to its name. The quality of the material is very light weight, breathable and extremely comfortable. This summer I am all about skirts and dresses for work, and Samshek surely does have a very fine list of smart dresses to pick from.

Styling Tips: There are a couple of ways to style the outfit. I wore this dress to work in the morning and was complimented on the way I looked. I paired it up with a scarf and let my hair loose. I also wore a tan belt and my classic Clark’s Clifton Bridge shoes which happen to be my all time favorite too.

In the evening I was supposed to attend a party. Since I was running late, I went to the party directly. All I did was retouched my make-up (on the go), put on my favorite Voylla Ear Loops, and Voila! I was good to go. I got so many compliments for my look and this is how I turned my work wear to party wear.

Bag: StalkBuyLove
Jewellery: Voylla
Watch: Fossil
Photography: Aman Bhandari and Vaibhav Dadheech

So divas, do try Samshek.com and share your experience with me in the comment box below. Also, if you have any queries about shopping from Samshek.com, do not hesitate to ask. Lastly, do not forget to like, share and subscribe to my blog!

 

Until Next Time
-X0X0-
A.L. 🙂

Confessions of a Shopaholic-in Collaboration with IGP.COM

Confessions of a Shopaholic-in Collaboration with IGP.COM

Hello Divas! How have you been??? I have missed my lovely ladies so much! I know, I know, it’s been a while that I have posted a look-book, but I promise I won’t disappoint you. So I have been exploring fashion since some time now. Four years to be precise (I was a tomboy before that). The one thing I learned from it is rediscovering myself once I starting believing in myself more. It grew my confidence, outgrew my insecurities and my self esteem is at level Hallelujah! now. Before we proceed further, try look at these pictures with a TLC ad running in the back of your head, with some drumrolls,cuz that’s how we roll it, baby! Yeah!

Look at me everyone, look at me! #MeiMei #KungfuPanda3

 

Now that you have admired my beauty and style and my clutch, Spot the human mannequin in the picture!

I recently did something that could have been really, really awesome for a friend, but it backfired. Okay do not judge me until I finish my story. Judge me after that… #chuckles So it was my friend’s birthday. I was searching for something to fit her taste- sophisticated, charming and elegant, yet sassy, wild and poised- Just like her. I kept looking and looking. I was on a budget at that time, so I had to work hard on finding something that would fit her taste and my pocket too. I learned about igp through a friend, and I decided to explore it. I was amazed at the choice of gift hampers they have to offer, and at every budget possible. They have categorically organized the gifts so systematically that the Monica Geller in me was yelling at the top of her voice (in her heart… out of joy of course!). They have gifts organized on the basis of age group, occasion, gender, personality, likes… you name it. There was a whole different section for kids. The personalized section touched me the most as their options of personalized diaries and pens, and not just any generic diaries, but truly artistic and sophisticated collection of tasteful colors and great quality of papers to choose from. They even have next day delivery options for those 12’o’clock cakes and flowers, so that those far yet so close can now know for sure how much I love them.  I find this great because you get to have everything under one roof, and a few clicks away. I chose the one from the festive section, with a sexy discount. I was lost in the sea of options they have when I found this beautiful, beautiful mosaic work studded clutch I immediately fell in love with. I knew one thing that she would fall in love with it for sure. Checking out was a cake walk. They have option for a personalized message. There is an additional hard box gift packing option available at a very reasonable price.  They promised a delivery in three-four days in my location. Everything was perfect. But I still had my doubts, since I was ordering from IGP from the first time. So instead of delivering the clutch at her place as a surprise, as I had planned, I decided to get it delivered at my place, and that’s where the issue began. I received the package exactly 3 days after ordering it. The package was so perfect I didn’t want to open it.  But I did anyway, for I wanted to see what I got. I found broad bubble wraps.  Wrapped in it was this beautiful, beautiful metallic clutch, it was love at first sight. Holding it gave me goose bumps. It was colourful, just the right combination of basic colors, neither too loud, nor too dull. The body is metallic, with mosaic embedded, each piece individually. This piece is so elegant, that I did something I shouldn’t have done- I gave in to my greed, and kept it for myself!

metallic clutch available at igp.com
My heart skipped a beat.

 

Turquoise, red, Yellow, metal, green, blue… The perfect blend.

 

Look at me in the eye and tell me you don’t want this beauty!

Okay I did a bad thing, I shouldn’t have! “Okay, I promise I will get her another present, but can I please keep it?” I kept asking myself. I am allowing myself one more indulgence, but that’s it! But have a look at this baby and tell me, Can you blame me? If your answer is yes, I may need help. I have already thought about my opening speech.“Hi! My name is Aakanksha Luthra, and I am a Shopaholic.” #AnObsessedShopaholic #ConfessionsOfAShopaholic My only advice to you is that if you are a shopaholic like me, and are choosing a present for your loved ones, just send it directly to their address, the indulgence is real. You might end up keeping it. Do shop from IGP and share your experience in the comment box below.

Being a Shopaholic Pays off!

Clutch: IGP
Top: 109f
Cape: Vinegar
Denim: Levis
Shoes: universesoulcouture
Earrings: Voylla
Photographer: Vaibhav Dadheech
Editing Credits: Aman Bhandari
Styling: CurvyDivaChic
Location Courtesy: Brewmen

-XOXO-
A.L. 🙂

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