Sunday, 29 March 2015

Fashion and Mayhem

Living in Hyderabad, I have missed more opportunities to attend events, movie screenings, and blogger meet-ups in Mumbai than I can count. With the increase in the number of Hyderabad bloggers, the blogger scene has a lot of potential to shine like that in Mumbai. But unlike in Mumbai, where there is brilliant recognition for bloggers, Hyderabad still has a long way to go.

Back to attending events, it was sheer luck that I was in Mumbai during the Lakme Fashion Week. A day before leaving (after packing clothes for just being around family and friends), I received an invitation to attend a day at the fashion week. My first reaction was, “OMG! I don’t have anything to wear for the event!!” (#FashionGirlProblems). Imagine my plight of searching for clothes in my waste bin of a closet, trying them on, and then re-packing my bag. Ufffff!:P

After travelling in the local train for 1.5 hours, in the taxi for 30mins, and half-baked in the heat, we finally crawled to the venue. With my planned 1 hour of dressing up before the show cut down to 15mins, I was expectedly late! We rushed to the show stage and were suddenly transported into our TV!! Everything seemed surreal - the music, the entrances, the models cat walking, the designers and their designs, the elite in their rightful front row, and the bloggers that I follow and admire on social media. Of all the shows that I attended that day, I loved Armaan and Aiman’s pastel collection and Nikhil Thampi’s metallics inspired from the 90’s.

In a room full of celebrities, social media influencers, and famous bloggers, me being intimidated was an understatement. Even then, I couldn’t resist myself to say “Hi” to one of my favorite blogger, Anushka Moore from BombayBubble. She was really sweet and humble.:) In this mayhem, I received a reality check that only a select set of social media ‘celebrities’ were approachable and welcoming.

Throughout the day, amongst all my interactions, the best compliment I received was “I am so glad you blog about fashion for all! Most new bloggers are born out of papa’s money and a Hermes in hand!” Next time I am here, I hope I can watch all the shows and enjoy the mayhem that comes along with it in all its glory.:)

Lame Fashion Week, celebrating 15 years

The stunning Palladium hotel

The #LetsTalkLingerie event by Amante'

Hosted by Shveta Salve and Miss Malini 

T-shirt from Asos  | Skirt from Marks&Spencer | Shoes from Asos | Forever21 Rings | Sunglasses from Vajor

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

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Monday, 16 March 2015

What Happened After 30 Days...

Around 30 days ago, I took up the Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Happy Hair Challenge. To document the condition of my hair before using the shampoo and conditioner, I wrote a post describing my hair story (READ HERE). This is my after-effects post (No, I did not go bald!:P).

Products:                                                                                             Price:
Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Strengthening Shampoo                   Rs. 135 for 175 ml
Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Strengthening Conditioner               Rs. 135 for 175 ml

What the Products claim:
You can nourish your scalp and strengthen your hair every time you shampoo and condition your hair. In addition to providing an exquisite fragrance, the shampoo nourishes the scalp, lengths, and tips with triple nutrition using a 3-oil formula:
- Coconut oil, which nourishes and makes the hair 10 times stronger
- Almond oil, which restores beautiful shine into the hair lengths
- Olive oil, which binds, repairs, and reduces split ends
The conditioner also contains the mentioned 3-oil formula, which helps in easily detangling your hair and also makes it softer.

Not only did I use the shampoo, but Mr. Husband also used it for the challenge.:) So, my verdict is targeted to both Men and Women.
Both shampoo and conditioner have a light texture and a faint fragrance that is easily likeable. The shampoo lathers in moderation which generally means that it shouldn't have harsh chemicals. The benefits of the 3 oils come across and the end result is indeed soft and hydrated hair.

What I liked:
- Pleasant fragrance
- Creamy and light texture
- Leaves the scalp squeaky clean
- Conditioner helps in making the hair soft, smooth and shiny
- Conditioner gives tangle-free hair 

What I did not like:
- Flaky scalp after 2 days
- Requires washing the hair more frequently
- Oily hair and scalp attracts dandruff faster

For individuals with oily scalps, I recommend using this as an secondary shampoo. Another tip - use your regular shampoo with the triple nutrition conditioner. Apply the conditioner only to the tips of your hair tangle-free smooth hair.
Husband says the the shampoo has helped in making his hair smooth and shiny. The 3 oils in the shampoo is keeping his hair hydrated and is benefiting his dry scalp.

My last words:
For the price, the shampoo and conditioner duo is a steal. I will definitely use the shampoo more often during the months of winter or on those days when the hair is frizzy and too dry.

Hope this helps in making your buying decision.:)

Wearing T-shirt form Splash India, Denim waistcoat from Shoppers Stop, Ring from Forever 21.

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

Leave your comments below and share your hair story. I would love to read it. :)

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Happy and Proud of it

Recently, at a party, a guy man offered me a drink. I understand that a glass of red wine won’t hurt, but I was getting late, my cab was ready, and all I wanted to do was say my goodbyes and leave. After refusing the drink an exaggerated number of times, he offered me the Cuban Cigar he was puffing away. This time, I declined with a bit of rudeness and dose of sarcasm. It was clear that he wasn’t taking the incessant refusal well (his ego was getting hurt!). While these events were unfolding, he gave me a passive introduction of his sari-clad wife who was having her own kitty party with other similarly dressed ladies. That’s when it struck me - he wouldn’t offer a drink or cigar to these women (guess why!).
There is an automatic perception that a woman in an Indian attire is truly Sanskaari!
Assumptions are today’s evil! My outfit does not imply that I have not been brought up as a Sanskaari girl. I wear what I want because I feel happy and proud wearing it.

On a lighter note and speaking about being happy and proud of it, let’s discuss my favorite women-centric TV shows. I am a movie buff and TV series addict. I say addict because I prefer to watch TV series marathons. Even though some of my favorite shows are The Arrow, Suits, and Brooklyn99 (hot or super cute leading actors:P), it is the leading ladies who inspire me to be strong, powerful, and to follow my dreams:

1) The Mindy Project 
Right from the theme song to Mindy’s signature line, “Hey man”, I love it all! Her character is full of energy, extremely funny, chatty, a little nut crack, and she is bitten by the Katy Perry and Chris Hemsworth bug (just as I am!:)). She can wear sequins, the brightest colors, and 9 bracelets at a time and still manage to look awesome. 

2) Ugly Betty
America Ferrara might have vanished after Ugly Betty, but her character as Betty is still alive and a break through. A short plump girl, with braces,  big glasses, disheveled hair, and without a fashion sense, works closely with a fashion magazine editor. Her character is the epitome of “being comfortable in one’s own skin”.

3) The Ellen Show
 ‘The Ellen Show’ is one of the most entertaining shows I’ve seen. In 2014, Ellen hosted the Oscars and nailed it. Her quirky sense of humor and spontaneity is always bang on! 

4) Jane the Virgin
In a rare feat, the plot of “Jane the Virgin” is the HERO of this show – every episode is full of high drama and is hilarious! Jane, the main protagonist, is an instant hit with her beautiful smile and effervescent personality. 

5) Grey’s Anatomy
As much as I love Meredith Grey’s life quotes, it is Christina Yang who creates the real magic on this show. Her badass attitude, intelligence, and total confidence to speak her mind make her character totally unpredictable and dynamic.  

In this post, I am featuring the SELFMADE tee by Cupcakes and Closet and the pretty mint-colored flats by Bowtoes. Bowtoe’s collection of flats and ballerinas are a must see! Finally, here’s wishing all you lovely ladies a very HAPPY WOMENS DAY! Let’s continue being happy and proud of being SELFMADE.:) 

Mint Flats from Bowtoes | Tee from Cupcakes and Closet | Skirt from Zara | Forever21 Hat and Necklace | Bracelet from Colaba market | Bag from Aldo

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

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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Kala Ghoda, Boho Chic

Even though I have been to the Kala Ghoda festival in Mumbai before, it was only this year that I got a chance to enjoy it in its full glory. Right from attending the inauguration function to connecting with people in workshops to enjoying yummylicious street food to going crazy with clicking pictures - it was all a fun ride!

This was my daily morning routine:
1. Reading the schedule in the newspaper
2. Deciding which events to attend
3. Dressing up accordingly
4. Not forgetting to pick up my trusty camera :) 

The Kala Ghoda festival is almost heaven for amateur photographers with ample options available for capturing. Be it the beautiful art installations or the peculiar subjects for street photography, it was very easy to spend an entire day just clicking pictures. With the exhaustive number of pictures I have clicked, sorted, and edited, I have decided to make this a two-part post.:) 
Even though the art installations were majestic, the main attraction for me this year was the workshops (more on that in the part two).

I want to talk about a deadly and uncontrollable disease that is quickly spreading in India - (a little drama:P) the #Selfie craze! Ok…alright…before you start pointing your finger at me, I accept that I am guilty as well. ☹ (In my defense, I did not click a single selfie in the entire festival.☺) I was annoyed by pouty boys and girls at every art installation with no respect to the installation itself! And then there were some who could do anything for a picture or selfie including ruining the art installation by stamping or sitting on it. My point is that you don’t need a selfie at every installation. Isn’t one enough? 

Segue to fashion talk, the Bohemian trend ruled the festival. Jumpsuits, hats, tassels, oversized sunglasses, backpacks, and gladiators were on song. To keep up with these happenings, I chose the Boho chic look by wearing my favorite printed dress from Zara. We had an opportunity to click pictures near the Asiatic Library as well. Hope you guys like the look and pictures of the art installations.:)

Vertical Mayhem by Krsna Mehta

Boho Dress from Zara | Forever21 Gladiators | Forever21 Jewellery | Backpack from Limeroad

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

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