Saumya Chawla

Yes to black lips and no to make-up ‘mansplaining’

This week, perhaps I could share stories about how jet-lagged I am from flying in from Paris because (obviously) I had front row seats for all the Spring/Summer shows.

12 hours ago

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the oiliest of them all?

I’m on a mission right now. A not-so-covert operation where I remove all the magnifying mirrors from the face of the earth.

16 Jan 2018

Belly rubs, make-up blues & feline fun

Guys, I know I mention my boyfriend obnoxiously often here, and that it’s slightly extra. I KNOW, okay??? Even he has pointed it out to me.

09 Jan 2018

Faux fur mules instead of flip flops to ‘dress for success’

When I left my job in newspapers last year to explore the fashion industry further, I took a list of contacts, a lifetime’s supply of ballpoint pens and the unwavering belief that the term ‘dress for

02 Jan 2018

Because change is the only constant thing

Papa, don’t grow old,” I threw my arms around my father and pleaded; and held him tighter and longer than I have in a very long time.

26 Dec 2017

Where’s my winter wonder, Santa?

The past few weeks have been a big, smelly-doozy, crap fest.

19 Dec 2017

Essential oils, foam roller & a back massage to heal thyself

Let this column serve as my last will and testament — stating that I, Saumya Chawla, being of sound mind and body, shall be so generous as to share with you a few life-changing tips and products to he

05 Dec 2017

On land or below sea, keep sunscreen handy

There are as many reasons to go on a holiday as there are places to go.

28 Nov 2017

Nature’s call for your skin

Chennai-based skincare brand Astrea produces handmade solutions for all your skin woes. The brain behind the brand, Sharon Sabina Natrajan, makes her own formula that’s free of chemicals.

22 Nov 2017

Wasabi and pepper have no business on your lips

Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and been greeted by a red face, bloodshot eyes, trickling nose goo and a sweaty reflection frantically looking for ice cubes and tissues? Do you ever find yourself thinking, “How did we end up here?” Well that was me last week.

21 Nov 2017

May you never be denied the bliss of a bath tub

Okay, okay I’ll come out with it: my boyfriend’s bathroom makes me want to snotty-sob forever; because nothing really makes me sadder than an unused bathtub.

14 Nov 2017

Do not dismiss the art of overpacking!

The world is ending, guys. Not to be a huge buzzkill or whatever, but it is. Look at the rains! And all these attacks.

07 Nov 2017

Your whole life can fit in a lighter handbag

You know how sometimes you spend all your life thinking that you know something and then realise that you actually have no idea? Like how I genuinely spent the first 11-odd years of my life telling pe

31 Oct 2017

Meet the style maker behind Sania Mirza

Ever wondered how Sania Mirza always slays the red carpet? Her secret weapon is her stylist and sister Anam Mirza, who is a fashion genius.

31 Oct 2017

Sleep in a bus terminus and start a savings a/c...the things I’d do for a bracelet!

It’s finally happening! I have to stop buying clothes because my life and wardrobes are overflowing.

24 Oct 2017