Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Top picks from sheinside.com

The best part about Hyderabad's winter is that it is the perfect amount of 'chilly' for me. I am the kind of person who feels cold at the slightest drop in temperature so living in a city with extremely cold winters (like Delhi or anywhere up North) is a big no-no for me. It's all about cozy sweaters and sipping hot drinks but after a while (read: a week) I can't stand it anymore. So yes, sleeping in the same room as me with the air conditioning on, is a constant battle of finding the 'right temperature' to please both parties and in short an absolute nightmare for most people!
Here are some of my favorite picks from sheinside.com to add a little warmth and color to my wardrobe this winder!

I really can't ever do without greys and blacks, so that's the first thing that goes into my shopping bag. Just to keep it a little colorful, my next picks are a bright colorful cardigan and a more subtle pastel blue sweater. The latter's color is so soothing and perfect for our winters.


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I've been wanting a black ripped jeans since forever but for some reason, every time I set out to search and buy one, I end up purchasing anything and everything except that (sounds familiar?). Also I'm still big on midi skirts, and the white floral one is simply too cute to pass on. If there's something that is a must in every wardrobe then that is a faux leather (say NO to leather) skirt/pant and drawstring trousers. Whether it's summer, winter or any season, you can't deny how comfortable they are! 



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The round clock bag is something we've been seeing a lot lately and why not!? It's quirky and cute. Being an absolute lover of gold jewelry, my next two picks - the chunky layered necklace and the entwined bracelet, were a no-brainer. Lastly adding a pop of color with some delicate and intricately designed chandelier earrings! 


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What are your favorite picks from sheinside.com?
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Monday, September 15, 2014

The shoe story

After years of having to follow a strict dress code of only kurtis and salwars (in college and then later in corporate) I sorta went on a mad spree of stocking up on every kind of blouse, trouser, skirt and dress. But just like my love for sarees, I always come back to these when the whim strikes, with the only rule being, it has to be a unique piece and not the same 'ol cotton kurta. This pretty kaftan with its bright pops of green and blue, by Howrah Bridge was an instant favorite the moment I saw it. It pays to have talented designer blogger friends! I've been waiting for an occasion to wear it, so when the weather turned sunny and I needed something comfortable to slip in for a lunch with friends.. this seemed like the perfect choice!

I almost ended up doing this shoot barefoot because these are the most uncomfortable shoes ever. Only I could do such a thing as go to the store, try them on, walk around in them, get them on sale and still end up with the most uncomfortable pair ever. Also it's not like they are sky high stilettos, they are practically flats (1.5 inch does not qualify as a heel). But there is something wrong with this pair and I haven't been able to figure out what exactly. So how do you wear a pair of most uncomfortable shoes? The logical solution would be to not wear them at all, but, we don't do that do we? One, 'coz they look pretty. Two, money doesn't grow on trees and neither does a free second pair to replace the current one. Three, it's a perfect match to a particular outfit. And once that happens, logic goes out the window because all that matters is that the outfit looks good. Whether you end up with blisters on your feet, or you are hobbling down the road, or you start walking barefoot after 20 bone crunching paces, it's all secondary. Amazing how fashion makes so much sense right?







Kaftan: Howrah Bridge by Anupriya | Shoes: Charles and Keith | Necklace & Earrings: Street shopping
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Forever Trends

What goes around always comes around in fashion, sometimes in the exact same way or sometimes with a slight twist or addition of its own catering to the changing audience. But there's no denying that trends that were 'in' in the 90's like crop tops and overalls or the 70's bell bottomed trousers and retro looks have all been churned out again. I have never been that keen on following trends mainly because I look at my blog, my life and my style as something very personal rather than fashion forward. Yes it's always fun to try out new stuff and get out of your comfort zone but not to the point of following trends blindly to the 'T'. Having said that, there are few trends that never go out of style and have become wardrobe staples. Keep these in your closet and you'll never have to worry about the what do I wear syndrome!

Stripes: Ever since I first started style blogging about three or four years ago, I've been hearing that stripes are the best thing ever to happen to fashionkind. Well it's true. I haven't come across anything else that is so versatile and chic at the same time.
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Polka dots: A polka dot dress automatically makes you feel all lady-like and a polka dot top or a shirt or even a skirt is just so cute and feminine.
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Denim on Denim: From being labeled as the biggest fashion faux pas thanks to a number of public fashion crimes committed on its name, it has been given a second chance and successfully emerged as a favorite trend.
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All whites: If you can leave aside the terrifying thought of spilling something or getting it dirty or being a total klutz while eating your favorite burger, an all white outfit looks sophisticated as hell. There's no cooler and simpler way to dress than to go white head to toe.
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Florals: Flowers are pretty. Period. Whether it's in your garden or on your table in a vase or a bouquet in your hand or on either side of the road during a scenic drive OR on your clothes - they just look pretty and make your day so much better. I challenge you to wear a floral dress and be grumpy the whole day. Can't do it.. can ya?!
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Maxi skirts/dresses: Whoever invented these, a million girls around the world are fervently offering their thanks to you. It looks flattering on every body type. It can be dressed up or dressed down. It's one of the most comfortable attires. It comes with pleats, it comes in crushed cotton, it comes in flowy chiffon, it comes in a riot of colors and it is perfect for so many occasions!
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Black and white: The simplest pairing of two colors and it couldn't look any more perfect.
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Perfect skinny jeans: No matter how many varieties of trousers we try - printed, palazzo, sports luxe - a perfect pair of skinny jeans that fits you like a dream is a must have in our closet! It's evergreen and never lets you down when you need a quick outfit
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Which of these are your favorite forever trends? 
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Monsoon Challenge at Inorbit Mall

Last month I was invited by InOrbit mall, along with a couple of other bloggers, to take part in a fun challenge. InOrbit is one mall where you'll find all your favorite brands under one roof, making it easy to put together a whole head-to-toe outfit. Since almost every store and brand had launched their monsoon collection, we were given a task of putting together a whole new Monsoon Look based on a theme of our choice. The slight twist was that we were given a budget of Rs.5000 and a limited time of an hour and a half only! I've always been a fast shopper and decision maker so I was pretty confident that I would finish way before the time limit. But it's just not that easy, specially when you have the camera crew following you everywhere, filming your every move, and throwing questions at you right in the middle of deciding between between a high-low dress or printed pants. Tough decisions eh?

Nonetheless it was really fun to have met some other cool bloggers Swati (The Rickrack project) and Sangeeta(The Lipstick Addict), and to have been dashing in and out of stores with a camera guy in tow, much to the amusement of other shoppers!





For me monsoons are all about going bright on colors and light on accessories. So I decided to go for a boho-casual look by keeping it very simple. After a lot of hunting in Max, Globus, Lifestyle, Chemistry and other stores, I finally picked a bright red kaftan top from AND. To let the color of the top stand out, I picked a monochrome houndstooth print pant from Lifestyle (which was one size bigger but I got it altered now). Finished the look with simple charcoal grey sandals from Shopper's Stop and a big turquoise statement ring and silver midi rings from Accessorize.

Thanks to InOrbit mall for hosting a fun event and to fellow bloggers who added to the madness! :)

Watch the video here!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sporty

I've never been much of a sporty girl except for a phase in school where I was totally into playing basketball and then another in college where I was totally into playing badminton and table tennis. After than my favorite 'sport' became foosball *ahem* And for those who disagree, it is a tough sport okay? You try playing it for three continuous hours starting at midnight, when you are already dead tired from giving presentations all day, to win an imaginary championship. Hmph.

I've never owned any sporty baseball tees either but when I saw this one, I decided I needed it. Fearless and Sporty - two things that we all need to be in life (and in fashion too if I may say so!). After a recent revelation to a rather ugly, self-centered side of some people I know, I'm all the more proud of my fearlessness. And by fearlessness I mean not being afraid to have an opinion of my own, voicing it and sticking to it. Not being afraid of believing in something strongly just because others don't see it.

In the words of Charles Bukowski, "When you believe in something or you decided to try something, you need to go all the way, irrespective of how others feel. Otherwise don't even start. This could mean losing friends, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on the park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery - isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you are going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the Gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is. 






Jeans: Gifted | Tee: Maxfashions | Shoes: Stevemadden | Necklace: Gifted

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