Travel Hack: My Colour Coordinated Travelling Wardrobe

This travel or packing hack is one of my favourites – yes, I have a colour coordinated travelling wardrobe, and it works wonders (for me). It’s no secret that two of my favourite things are to travel and to look stylish doing it. It’s all about the gram these days, and when you have beautiful locations to shoot at, you want to look the part too.

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This is a feat that is often harder than it needs to be due to baggage allowances and how much I can physically haul. Another key point is where you’re travelling to, if it’s an easy journey, then travelling heavy isn’t an issue. However, if you’re going island hopping or to a place that is remote and you need to transport your bags all by your lonesome – then keeping things smart is the way to go. Continue reading


Shoe Bites: Ear Make-up… a trend?

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Make up by Violette for Glamour Magazine. Image Courtesy

Clearly I’m not keeping up with the trends, because I thought ear jewellery was the only thing that was ever going to happen to the humble hear – besides, you know… hearing. But colour be stupid, because ear make-up is a thing now. before you dismiss it though, this trend has been popping up all over, from the runway of Louis Vuitton to photoshoots in magazines.

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Dare-to-Wear: Chiara Ferragni in Christin Dior

Every once in a while you stumble upon a trend that really has your inner fashionista jumping with joy. This week it happened to be Chiara Ferragni who turned up looking unbelievable at the Christian Dior couture 2016 show.  The Snapchat queen wore head-to-toe Dior and as far as I’m concerned never looked better.


Chiara Ferragni in Christian Dior at their couture show 2016. Image courtesy

This grey open front, open back top is the right type of sexy sophistication that every girl craves. Who would think that a design this “scandalous” would look so demure and lady like. There is obviously a taste line at play here, and Ferragni in this Dior ensemble nailed it.

Chiara Ferragni in Christian Dior at their couture show 2016. Image courtesy

Not everyone can pull this off, but it got me thinking, just how many women, no matter the body type would wear an outfit like this? Personally I would love to, give me a constructed top with peek-a-boo cut outs and a tailored pant any day. High street stores everywhere are already doing their version of this blouse, but how successful they are, is yet to be seen.

Would you Dare-to-wear?

High Heel Celebrities: The Plunging Neckline – Charlize Theron and Deepika Padukone

Charlize Theron and Deepika Padukone are going head to head in my battle of the plunging neckline. A huge trend for 2016, popping up on the runways, bridal gowns and the red carpet. Got to say with their stunning bodies, these two fashion icons are working it!


Styling wise, both ladies did the updo and long chain, which works with the mermaid silhouette. However, I’m giving my vote to Theron because she rocked this outfit way back in February. Also compared to Padukone, Charlize’s softer look was more striking and effortless on the red carpet. Got a favourite?

#1 Charlize Theron
Where: 88th Academy Awards, Vanity Fair After Party
Wearing: Christian Dior gown and Harry Winston Jewels


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#2 Deepika Padukone
Where: IIFA Rocks 2016
Wearing: Swapnil Shinde gown and Farah Khan Ali jewels


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High Heel Celebrities: Crushing on Athiya Shetty’s Monsoon Hues

Nothing matches glorious gloomy, rainy days better than Athiya Shetty’s monsoon hued wardrobe. I’ve had my eye on the long-limbed rising star and I’m crushing on everything she wears. Thanks to stylist Ami Patel, Athiya’s girl next door style has been elevated with classic stand out pieces that would look stunning on any girl. Glamorous, elegant and all in the shades of monsoon’s first shower. Here is a look at my favourite Athiya Shetty outfits.

#1 Athiya Shetty in Madrid
Wearing: Plakinger dress and strappy gladiator flats.


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Monday Mood Board: Rose Quartz & Serenity


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I’ve been so inspired by Pantone’s colours of the year recently, that I thought it would be great to do a recurring post inspired by colour. Any design student will tell you that after inspiration hits…the most amazing products, clothes, interior spaces etc. all come together from first making a mood board. It is essentially a board filled with pictures, quotes, textiles or colours, that focus on an overall theme.

This Monday I’m crushing on Pantone’s hottest (or should I say coolest) colour cobination – Rose Quartz and Serenity.

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Decoding the Runway: Bridal Trends 2016-17


Monique Lhuillier Spring 2017. Image Courtesy

Maybe it’s the excessive amount of wedding shows on TV or all my friends getting married, but I am OBSESSED with wedding dresses. Brides these days are spoilt for choice, no matter the budget, style or body size (finally) there is a runway worthy dress out there. If your boyfriend just popped the question, you are one lucky bride, because the bridal fashions for 2016-17 are fabulous – almost anything goes! Continue reading

Shoe Bites: 2014 to Present Day – quick update!

It seems like a lifetime ago since I last wrote a blog for Elevated Saunterer. A lot of time and many experiences have unfolded and guess what.. I’m about to let you in what I’ve been up to. After moving back to my lovely Pune city, I decided it was finally time to stop procrastinating, gather up the courage and chase my dream – to open up my own fashion label.


Ridz Castell – founded by Sue Castellino and Reema Kudalkar

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Shoe Bites: Cassue – Coming Soon

Been walking down memory lane the last two days, figuring out what exactly I want to do with my label. Firstly, I need to start off by naming it. After much back and forth (in my head) I’ve decided ‘Cassue’ for my RTW and ‘Castellino Couture’ for the eventual catholic bridal label.

This year has been a roller coaster of emotions and with that a change of my personal sense of style. I’ve been heavily influenced by minimalism, and while I try to embrace the ideology the best I can, considering we live in a world of excess, it’s something I strive to achieve. Which leads me to my next problem, will minimalism be part of my design process?


My fashion school days were some of the best design wise, it challenged me on a daily basis and no matter what highs and lows I had, it’s one of those experiences that made you grow. Today I pulled out all my portfolios, clothes and even scraps of fabric I had stuck in my dusty closet. Searching for what my design aesthetic would be from now on. I chanced upon this particular collection I’d designed and realized that out of all the sketches and drafts I’d made it was this one that most caught my eye; 3 years from the day it was conceived.

Starting a small clothing brand, on little to no budget is a constant battle. Any designer without great financial support will tell you what a journey of struggle it will be. But I figure, at age 25, if you don’t do it now, and don’t try to do something that makes you feel happy then you’ll soon find yourself in jobs you don’t love, with people who won’t see you for who you are, because lets face it you are lost, living in limbo.

Shoe bites: Got 15k? Would you buy Wendell Rodricks or FCUK?

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‘Think before you buy’…This is a motto I’ve had to harshly consider, especially when it’s mid-month and your funds are rapidly depleting. However, if you really use some practical thought and a whole lot of common sense, you’ll see that your thinking will have you spending on the right things.

A good example of this is what I call the FCUK Wendell scenario. At Lakme Fashion Week winter/festive 2012, I saw the most beautiful minimalist dress from designer Wendell Rodricks. A dress that no matter how many times you wear it, will be appreciated and remain timeless. Having gone to the stall post show, I was pleasantly surprised by the price of the dress. The sales lady told me that it was approximately 14,900rs. 15,000rs and you can grab yourself a timeless Wendell creation. Money well invested.

A month from fashion week, browsing through Palladium mall, I find myself looking at a classic sequined dress, that I thought would be perfect for a friend’s post rokha cocktail party. Having seen it at FCUK, I presumed the dress would set me back about 5-7 thousand, boy was I wrong. Walking in I realized that I was staring at a price tag of exactly 14999rs. Unfathomable, even Zara has dresses for less.

You see my predicament, it’s a matter of value; what gives you more value. Considering FCUK is at every major mall in the country, there will be at least, 10 (or more) women who will have bought the same dress. Whereas only a handful of those Wendell dresses will be made, therefore making this a better purchase. I think both dresses are gorgeous in their own way, and if styled right can be worn numerous times. Yet, I’d put my money on real designer, real luxury, not a high street brand that in time will give way due to mass production. Not to mention that an adept tailor could probably make a version of the FCUK dress.

What’s your verdict?