Sunday, 19 July 2015

Wear your Confidence

Some say that confidence comes with having knowledge and applying it with intelligence. Others feel that good looks are a must have. I feel that the bridge that ties these factors together is having a positive attitude. My effort at being positive and confident comes from dressing up and looking my best. For instance, attending an interview looking disheveled and sweaty does nothing for my confidence levels and as a result, answering questions becomes tougher.

My body shape has always been curvy. The only time I was thin was the terrifying final year of my post graduation. To compensate for the tough times, I thought that losing weight would boost my confidence. With no eating habits to be proud of, I skipped meals regularly. I ended up with low hemoglobin. Friends told me that unless I want to be size zero, I must START EATING! I learned my lesson the hardest way possible by being forced into taking painful injections for the lack of iron. Since then, I have been proud of being curvy.

I extend my confidence quotient by wearing clothes that help me feel great about myself. Beyond Shoppers Stop, Pantaloons, and Max, I have started saving up and moved on to brands like Marks&Spencer, VeroModa, Only, and Mango. A size M at Marks&Spencer is flattering, but a size L or XL at Relience Trends can uncomfortably hug my body. I cannot stress enough about the importance of wearing clothes that fit you well. Not only do they enhance your positives but they also help in hiding any negatives. Over time, I have read a lot about brands that cater especially to us curvy women.

One brand that is doing great in this space is LastInch. From formal shirts to printed pants, from fringe style kimonos to pretty skirts – there is a design for everyone. Some of my personal favorites on LastInch are mentioned below.

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Until next time, Sayonara! I would love to know your views/feedback, leave your comments below.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

A Bag Story

It has been almost a year since I started my blog and it feels like an amazing accomplishment! I am of course happy about it, but all this feels surreal. What’s great is that I am already looking at new endeavors and challenges. A nervous excitement has crept in about learning something new, growing with my blog further, and applying my experience in the real world. What I am most eager about is my temporary phase of living single again. Hahaha! I will be posting about my adventurous stories in the coming months (and it is going to be one hell of a ride!!).

Now, about the bag story - When Lavie approached me about this styling activity, I was elated and all ready to take up the challenge since I have always created a look around an outfit but never around a bag.
Thinking back about my younger self, a bag was never an important part of my look or style. My school bag had just one purpose - to carry my books. Where the size of my college bag reduced, it was still nowhere close to being fashionable. My fascination with bags started at work when I realized how gorgeous a leather bag could look at my office desk. When the compliments started pouring in, I not only started obsessing over bags but also started pairing different designs of bags with different outfits.

The following combinations come to mind:
- A satchel with a casual denim outfit
- A tote bag with a formal outfit
- A fringe bag with a boho outfit
- A clutch with a nicely fitted dress

I hope you enjoyed reading my bag story and the way I have styled my bright yellow Lavie bag. The bag is perfect for adding color in these dull and gloomy rainy days. :D

Skirt from Splash Fashions | Black Tee from Forever21 | Denim Vest from Shoppers Stop | Gladiators from Forever 21 | Bag from Lavie | Bracelet from Jabong | Maybelline Nail Color

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

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