Monday, April 21, 2014

The dungarees style

Fashion always goes around in a circle. Every style and cut that was discarded like yesterday's dinner will eventually come back to haunt your dreams as a 'trend'. Which is great for me because a) I am a hoarder of old clothes and b) My parents thought it was cool to dress up a 12 year old on her birthday, in clothes five times her size. These overalls my friends, belonged to my twelve year old self. Yes they still fit. Yes they still look quite new, albeit a little crumpled (you can imagine how long they were lying crushed in my closet if I was unable to iron those wrinkles out!). And yes I haven't (drastically) changed in size since then except maybe for my height. Have I made you jealous enough?

 I was lazing around in these dungarees when I decided that, this epic outfit that was every kid's uniform in the 90's, needed a place on this blog. Just like how it now has a special place in my closet. Now am wishing I hadn't thrown away all those old too-short-too-tight tops. They would have made such amazing crop tops. Darn!





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Dungarees: Too old to remember! | Top: FabAlley | Earrings: Gifted


Thursday, April 17, 2014

TheGirlAtFirstAvenue for sbuys.in

I've always tried to associate myself with brands that attract me because of that 'something different' that they are doing. It could be a bit of social responsibility, promoting up-coming artists or eco-friendly products or simply fabulous designs and prices! ;)

When I came across sbuys.in, two things struck me - simple basic designs and great prices. And that is all that I've been dreaming of this summer. Cotton clothes in pleasant colors, casual shirts and basic cuts that can be teamed with almost anything. There are also associated with an NGO called 'Arpan Donation' as part of their SBUYS Cares initiative.

I picked a few of my favorite pieces from their new spring/summer collection, and by the time I finished putting together these outfits, am already tempted to buy a couple of them (slouchy pants - my eyes are on you!)


Look 1:
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Pyjama pants, slouchy pants, loose fit pants - whatever you want to call them, I am secretly happy that its become a 'trend' to were pyjamas in public. Although that din't seem to stop me before either! Get this comfy blue pants here



Look 2:


This cotton dress with a cutout back is perfect for the summers. Its short, cute and has pretty neon embroidery! A fedora and comfy white wedges are your best bets with this dress. Get the dress here


Look 3:


Skirt + tank top + comfortable shoes = recipe for a great day right? Add some color with a floral sling bag and head out for it's the freaking weekend! Get the skirt here.

Look 4:


I cannot have enough of palazzos. Period! Team it with a crop top, contrast sandals and a big tote and you are set! Get the pants here


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Easy breezy

I kinda promised myself that I would try to avoid cribbing talking about the weather on the blog(because that's all that I seem to have to talk about) but, I can't stand it any longer. It is a fashion blog and what I wear is almost always directly related to the kind of weather there is. What is up with this heat wave? We are still in April and I am dreading the next month! For some reason I am holding this unbearable heat responsible for all the maniac drivers out on the road. Everbody is in such a hurry to get out of the sun and get where ever it is that they are going, that they are willing to drive like a rampant bull elephant on a rage, if its going to get them there just a few minutes earlier. It's already been established that we as a people have no traffic sense at all. And even if we do, we conveniently choose to ignore it because, you know, why bother about sticking to your own lane when, you can mow people down and bully every vehicle smaller than yours? Or why wait for the green light and waste those precious two seconds of your life when, you can sit on the goddam horn and blow it to bits.

There were days when my dad used to drive me around and I would 'tch-tch' at his road rage. But from the time I started driving I totally sympathize with him. Anyway, I digress. The point of this post is that it is SO hot. And you are going to say 'See Chandana, it is summer and it is supposed to hot. This hot. Maybe even hotter'. Thank you, but that doesn't help a bit. I think I've already decided am going to be grumpy about it. I've decided am going to yell and scream and scare the living daylights out of every motorcyclist that cuts across my path. I've also decided am going to shop for more summer clothes. So that's three decisions that together make absolutely no sense. And that my friends is how you take decisions.

So the point of this post was......? Ummm... I give up!

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Cotton trousers: Akkriti | Tshirt: Random shop in Pondy | Sling bag: Gifted(from Dubai) | Sandals: c/o DoneByNone


Sunday, April 6, 2014

How to: Personalize your fashion blog

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We all love bloggers with a fantastic sense of style. And when such a blogger is also capable of making you smile or burst into giggles, that’s just icing on the cake. Here’s how you can add a personal/humorous touch to your posts.

1) Make up a story
You are wearing your prettiest skirt and blouse, you have stunning pictures ready to post but your mind draws a blank at what to write. Spin a yarn! Make up a story about how you met your skirt (just don't make it as long as HIMYM). Add a fun element to your post. Being silly sometimes helps!

2) Share your thoughts/ opinions
Read an interesting article yesterday? Saw a tweet that sparked off a debate in your mind? You have a few more points to add to someone else's post?
Make a post out of it (and give credit to the source). If you want to personalize your fashion blog, you don't always have to talk about fashion. Let your readers into your mind. Let them know your way of thinking, your opinions on issues.

3) Add a bit of humor
Make people laugh. Sarcasm, satire, and witty one-liners - they all work!

4) Make fun of yourself
This is an instant icebreaker. There is nothing more delightful than knowing the other person is as big a klutz as you are. Readers will connect to you and love you instantly. But don't go overboard and sound like a fool!

5) Skip writing boring and monotonous descriptions about your clothes
"I decided to wear my new shoes for the party. I paired it with so and so and completed the look with this and that...". I've already skipped reading and gone to the next blog after a quick look at your pictures. If you want comments which are more meaningful than just 'Nice post' or 'Awesome outfit', you've got give more meaningful content.

6) Scriptwriting
This is my favorite and is totally fun to read.
Had a hilarious conversation with your friend? Overheard two people talk about something really funny?
Writing, "I said" "She said" posts are really fun to read.
Like this one for example.
Monica : Rach, its the visa card people
Rachel : Oh, God ask them what they want!
Monica : Could you please tell me what this is in reference to? Yes hold on.
Umm.. they say there's been some unusual activity on your account
Rachel : But I haven't used my card in weeks
Monica : That is the unusual activity

Just don't quote FRIENDS, but write your own conversation.

Keep it light-hearted and have fun with words!

Originally published here on www.in-fb.com 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Black and white

It's funny how sometimes the most mundane and unexpected things make such pretty accessories. This pink bow belt is actually a tie which I found in my sister's husband's closet. A slim pink tie which I have no idea why he had in the first place! I grabbed it for myself and have been using it as a belt ever since. Inspiration is all around us and ideas are waiting to burst from the ordinary, the plain and the boring. It just takes a new pair of eyes and a little curiosity to discover them.

On a different note, by May I will be completing another year of fashion blogging and I feel so happy to still be doing something that I love, that keeps my creativity engaged (and contributes to my wallet!). When I look at people around me constantly cribbing about lack of time to pursue their passion, I am overcome with a sense of overwhelming gratitude that I have the time, inclination and resources to do whatever I want, whatever I love. The busiest man always has the time for everything. If you have the inclination, you will somehow find a way to do what you love, although I believe that  timing too, has an essential part to play. Be it painting or blogging or writing, I am able to do what I love every single day, and it's a great feeling!

I see so many of my friends get inspired and start something, only to lose heart and stop mid-way. Most cases that I see are due to pure laziness and procrastination, and nothing major. And as expected, they regret it, start again and the same cycle continues. Not many are blessed with a second opportunity, so I urge every single person reading this - if you have something that you are extremely passionate about, if that is something you dream and think about day and night, make time for it! Because that's one regret no one should never have.

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Skirt: Gift from sis (from UK) | Top: Splash | Shoes: Steve madden | Earrings: c/o persunmall.com | Belt: Tie worn as belt