Friday, 30 January 2015

Monotone love

Remember our school uniforms? Since school, ever worn such a monotone outfit (except all black or all white) from head to toe? Well, I haven’t:). An all-black outfit is possibly the easiest to pull off (read: SRK :P). A pristine Chikankari patiala suit is my favorite all-white outfit, which is again a great but safe choice. The difficulty goes to level 500 when we try to pull off monotone outfits with brighter hues.

Now take a moment and think - how can we wear yellow or purple from head to toe?  This dressing style can be a struggle, for instance, with colleagues at work asking us, “Why are you dressed like a bandwala today!?” I feel the trick here is to combine different shades and textures of the same color. Add a pinch of accessories and you will stand out in a monotone outfit. 

With a few tips and tricks, you can perfect the monotone trend. Once you figure it out, you’ll realize that this is a fashionable yet easy outfit for work as well as an all-day outdoor event:

  • Combine different textures or fabrics. For example, leather with silk or georgette with cotton.
  • Add different shades of the same color family. For example, navy blue and sky blue and cobalt blue. 
  • Wear a bright colored shoe of a contrasting shade. For example, with a peach-colored monotone look, wear maroon pumps to spice up the outfit.
  • Add statement jewellery. A neckpiece or earrings will accentuate the outfit. Optionally, flash quirky sunglasses or a chic belt.

For this photoshoot, I was really excited to wear this gorgeous and flowy maxi dress from Cupcakes and Closet. Chic is what comes to mind when looking through their product offering. What sets them apart is the colorful swimwear and elegant maxi dresses on display. With their confidence in my ability to style a maxi dress, I took upon this personal challenge. I usually keep away from wearing cocktail dresses or evening gowns (with my broad shoulders and all!). But what good is a challenge if it cannot kick you out of your comfort zone?! :) I did just that in this look - a strapless maxi dress with a casual blazer. I added minimalistic jewellery and a neat ponytail to offset the blue and to keep the lines clean. This is my version of an all-day cocktail dress.:)

Maxi Dress from Cupcakes and Closet | Blazer from VeroModa | Peep-toes from Hush Puppies | Necklace from Swarovski | Silver Ring from Udaipur |

Lakme Eyeconic Kajal | Revlon Blush| Miss Claire and Oriflame Eyeshadow Shadow | Isadora Lip Color | Lakme and Colorbar Nailcolor

Photos - Chetan Bhatia | Creative Direction, Editing Pictures and Styling - yours truly

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Thursday, 8 January 2015

Shopping Gateway for Less

Happy 2015 to all! May we go beyond our wildest dreams this year!!

“The people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who actually do.” - Steve Jobs.
This quote has completely consumed me. So, be crazy guys! Do not be 'just satisfied' in your comfortable chair. Do that one thing that you always wanted to do. Dream BIG and work towards it every day. You never know, you might be the next one to change the world.
Ok, enough of my gyaan! Coming back to my first post of 2015.:)

New Year, New Beginnings, New Post, New Backgrounds, New Location, New Outfit Inspiration.

With shopping malls at every nukkad and naka, street shopping has become rare these days. Let’s face it - we love the luxury of shopping in air-conditioned stores. When tired and hungry, we grab a bite at the food court and rest our legs. Plus, parents can leave their kids in the play area and continue with their shopping. I have been experiencing this “luxury” for a long time now until recently when I happily went back to shopping on the streets of Colaba.

I remember, during my college days, I would bunk lectures and strut happily to Linking road and Fashion Street. Those decisions were impromptu and the conversation would be like:
Girl 1 – Ye Sir kitna pakata hai, abhi 1 hour bore hona padega!
Girl 2 – Baithna hai kya ye lecture?
Girl 3 – Naahh bunk!
Girl 1 – Linking chale?
Girl 1 and Girl 2 – YESSSSS!!!
To reinvent these memories, I dared to street shop again! I say “dared” because I hate the push and pull of the crowds on those street markets and I dislike heat and sweat. I must say, the “Mumbai winter” was a total relief. My new mantra – I will street shop only during winters. :P It was a super fun walk on the streets of Colaba, bargain shop, experience the bustle of vehicles and street vendors, and gaze at the fashion sense of foreigners. Plus those old buildings there have such a wonderful charm! The beautiful architecture, colors, and textures create a perfect background for pictures.

Here are few tips and tricks when you street shop:
1) Look out for pants/lowers in elastic.
2) Carry an extra top or tee in your bag to measure the size if you intend to buy tops or dresses.
3) To save time, buy 2 items from the same vendor for a quicker and better bargain.
4) When buying shoes, check the sole. If the sole is weak, it may break in one wear.
5) While buying bags, check if the zips are working fine.

Lastly, you must have a good eye to pick out stuff when street shopping. Select pieces that look good on YOU and, automatically, people think you shopped from a branded store. :P

Happy Shopping :p

What I shopped that day in Colaba. Got all the items for 1300rs. :)

Finally, leaving you with some of my InstaPics. Enjoy!

His and Hers :)

As usual, my obsession with shoefies. :p
Tee from Zara | Zara Jeans | Shoes from Sketchers | Rings from Forever21 | Necklace from Udaipur | Bagpack from Limeroad

Maybelline Calossal Kajal | Revlon Blush and Eye Shadow | Inglot Lip Color | Maybelline nail color

Photos - Chetan Bhatia | Creative Direction, Editing Pictures and Styling - yours truly

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