Sunday, 15 October 2017

A day with the artifacts of Bombay ft. Vajor & Love Them Curves

I have always felt that if you knew what you were going to do in advance, you would never do it! The great capability starts when you are curious. And that is absolutely what describes our collaboration for the second time.
I remember watching this TED Talk filmed at TEDGlobal London in September 2015, where Ole Scheeren favors what he describes as the “detrimental straightjacket” of the modernist mantra “form follows function” in approval of a phrase he attributes to Bernard Tschumi, “form follows fiction.”

My relationship to architecture can be described as a need to know basis.I just happened to chance upon times where I could study in-depth the resources available to me through my line of work. It sure as hell was the marvel, it makes me scrutinize the hardship they must have undergone to create something so monumental yet so intricate. I mean we have a world of resources today and yet we fail to get a building to stay for straight 4years.Mumbai has a perfect balance of Neo-Classical to Gothic infrastructure carefully disjointed by the grand effrontery of Victorian eclecticism

When Vishakha came to Mumbai it was that PERFECT time to get touristy again. And south Mumbai is the epitome of what the Britishers left in store for us.It is definitely my favourite part of the city where English meets Bawa and everything seems like a settled chaos.


Of all the cities that I have been to, I can vouch for it being one of the most captivating city,  it's a place that one can feel utterly overwhelming for the first time. Either you hate it or you fall in love with it-The pace is extremely frenetic, the roads frantic, and the whole place seems to thrive off a remorseless energy. I also honestly don't quite understand the idea of comparing two cities-this arguments has given rouse to endless arguments and possibly a crack in friendships. I hold both my cities in a very special place, Delhi is my hometown. There's so much to see that it can be hard to know where, to begin with, for me honestly nothing takes away from the spectacular architecture that remains of the colonial times here. Away from these popular tourist spots, there is so much else to indulge in, from trendy and traditional street food to a game of cricket at the vibrant Wankhede Stadium. When Vishakha came to Mumbai it was that PERFECT time to get touristy again. And south Mumbai is the epitome of what the Britishers left in store for us.It is definitely my favorite part of the city where English meets Bawa and everything seems like a settled chaos.I luckily grew up in an area that displayed extraordinary work-whether it was the school my brother studies in Don Bosco or the ritualistic visits with Dad to the GPO for his stamp collection to shopping with my mum in crawford, the architectural tunes have always played faintly in the background.








 We chose the heart of South Mumbai as our backdrop to signify our second look. It's perfect touristy thing to wear when voyaging around the city. I love how to put together yet comfortable we are in out respective outfits. I absolutely love the way jumpsuit fits and looks on Vishakha and the retro way she styled it. I'm an easy maroon dahlia tunic which is my go-to style. I'm also wearing my hair super straight and long with earrings from Vajor itself and uber comfy loafers for a touch of bling.







The dress makes me feel absolutely comfortable and is the right amount of sexy with a hint of cleavage peeking through these carefully placed buttons and the beautiful pom pom detailing. I truly adore dresses with pockets which I'm sure gets many of us excited.
I hope you enjoy the pictures and our chemistry which has been a pain for ridge and sanky to tolerate. But they always do!

See you super soon in the third look of our collab, Salaam Namaste

XOxo

Sunday, 1 October 2017

What home feels like...BomBae


I definitely can't take the credit of coining the term BomBae but most certainly attain rights over the word as any other of my counterparts breathing in the humid air here. I can be completely confident there are many cities world that one explores in their lifetime. When one travels they come back with tons of memories- some good while others a new learning to the way a city/town/village treats you. You recall them for a couple of days and then get back to your regular routine in your own city to which you belong. But, then there are some cities-the people you meet there that leave more than an  impression on your life. Travel teaches you something which you’d never experience anywhere else. One of those cities is Mumbai! For me, Mumbai is home. It has been a fascination not only in terms of the fact how the city has a perfect zine of balance amongst itself. If you know me my perpetual quest has been finding and making that little nuance of the city my own. During my styling finals, I breathed life into the inanimate objects of Mumbai-everything from cutting chai to local trains that speak the length and breadth of the city to me.

For the post, the intention was to collaborate with

1.the friendship I genuinely harbor with my fellow blogger, which is extremely rare for me to find a safe space beyond the virtual wall. Here there was some instant connect with Vishakha. She has written beautifully about us and I wouldn't ruin it for you, so let me redirect you to her here

2.Our relationship with the cities-Delhi and Bombay: What I instantly connect and agree with Vishakha is that we don't tend to compare both the cities. It's every kind of home for both of us-one that we were born in/lived in and one that we chose. I quite can't wrap my head around the fact how the tiff never ends.

3.To get onboard with a brand that our sensibilities match with. A very important aspect of our speaks about who we chose to partner with, what is the message being propagated through our blogs. We both can promise that we duly look after the quality content. Vajor has been a beautiful brand not only in its sensibility but its sense of designs, aesthetics, and inclusivity. I absolutely adore their collection and how particular they are about their collection update. I genuinely could live in Vajor for decades. The amazing thing is they extend to XXL which is an absolute boon for me!


Here's a glimpse of what we wore for our first look. They are definitely the most comfortable dresses. Also, have I ever wore 3 different kinds of stripes in a single dress and look flattering? Hell no! Vajor is capable of creating that magic. I would wear it (in fact I have been ) to brunches, to work and even casual dates nights with my girlfriends. I paired it up with my Mustard block heels and pearl drop earrings. Vishkaha is sporting a beautiful floral print twirl spree. It's even gorgeous in person.






Happy to be finishing up the second draft of t his series as I post this on the blog. Let me know what do you think about our collaboration.Don't forget to checkout  Vajor's festive collection!
Looking forward to seeing you in the next posts
XoXo



Sunday, 27 August 2017

Get Casual




Do you love tartans?
As in the highlands wear the family tartans in homage to the tradition of the finest Scottish society. Bon chic bon genre version revised with classic air or reinterpreted in the style of the most irrelevant fashion designers
 Tartan enters into the autumn and the winter wardrobes and shares the stages with classic menswear fabric like prince of Lea check as well as herringbone and tweed gently unstructured a la Chanel which is now a common heritage no gender.

I have always been asked about what I like to wear on an everyday basis to work and running errands. My only answer to that has been some several basics that I have repeated over years now. For work(Those of you don't know - I teach at a design Institute in Mumbai) I like to pick out separates that can have multiple wears and can be worn multiple ways. For this post I'm sharing an ensemble I have been wearing a lot lately- I love the tartan plaids trend, now peplum has not been a choicest of a trend that I always vouch for. This top is a thrift find from Bandra that has chicest airy sleeves along with a clinched peplum. The intricate embroidery on a very high neck (not sported often by me) makes it appropriate for workspace. I have paired it up with flared denim from Dorothy Perkin and my got to block heels from New Look. I  have literally worn them out ever since I got them and never failed to receive compliments on them. I wish I could buy them back again, 'cos it's falling to pieces now-yes, it's such a staple for me!

Thinking how I would wear the top otherwise? I would pair them up with a denim pencil skirt and wedges or with maxi with slits and low ankle boots.
How do you incorporate trends in your wardrobe, what are your staples Let me know?
See you soon in my next post!

How Can I miss out on thanking my bae Sanky for the epic hair and the pictures, we did foil curls which took over 2 hours to complete but definitely worth the pain.
XOxO


Monday, 21 August 2017

Beyond The Virtual Wall

Hello my lovely lemon tarts,



Some days are just about procrastinating to get up while some days kick starts with you being mentally upbeat about everything you have to look forward to today . I'm a firm believer of the fact that you often become the person you keep company with. Not to sound highly philosophical or preachy it has much to do with myself, I became the girl who would walk with cliques around college to someone who has boiled down to close knit of 5 to 10 people. However much we speak of the fact about how uber cool we have become we have become with communal living it gives me great joy to get back to people of m y comfort zone..often that is myself. I love being in my company and learned it in a hard way, still learning in fact. I  really have mapped out my journey who wouldn't step out to even get medicines in the direst situations to just about getting anywhere today. Of course, I'm still averse to the idea of striking conversations with someone as soon as I get to a room full of people. My eye searches for another familiar set of eyes.
My gateway has been my writing-my virtual conversation. But One thing that I'm lagging is making a connection with you in the real world. I read tons of DMs and Messages but I had like to know your input and develop a healthy conversation here-a two-way traffic.

I had really appreciated if you can comment/ask/question on my Instagram or Facebook page with #beyondthevirtual and we break the bubble. Trust me it's harder than it looks but I'd appreciate it tons if you do it!


Coming back to the post I had wanted to do something with this Bhane Dress(which personally isn't something I see myself picking up from their store).It was a completely new challenge for me to style it. So I paired I with a thrifted long line jacket which was such a steal at 150 bucks!







I paired it up with my comfy wedges from Forever 21 but I don;t find myself wearing to often. This look is a no jewellery zone and my hair takes a backseat for a while being gelled back. I also flaunt my favorite accessory Mr.Sanky who has quite often hoarded my blog space. So now we have come up with an Influencer platform for him on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/themadhairscientst/
Please go on and show your support as you have always shown me.
See you in an exciting new post real soon, take care
XoXo
Some days are just about procrastinating to get up while some days kick starts with you being mentally upbeat about everything you have to look forward to today . I'm a firm believer of the fact that you often become the person you keep company with. Not to sound highly philosophical or preachy it has much to do with myself, I became the girl who would walk with cliques around college to someone who has boiled down to close knit of 5 to 10 people. However much we speak of the fact about how uber cool we have become we have become with communal living it gives me great joy to get back to people of m y comfort zone..often that is myself. I love being in my company and learned it in a hard way, still learning in fact. I  really have mapped out my journey who wouldn't step out to even get medicines in the direst situations to just about getting anywhere today. Of course, I'm still averse to the idea of striking conversations with someone as soon as I get to a room full of people. My eye searches for another familiar set of eyes.
My gateway has been my writing-my virtual conversation. But One thing that I'm lagging is making a connection with you in the real world. I read tons of DMs and Messages but I had like to know your input and develop a healthy conversation here-a two-way traffic.

I had really appreciated if you can comment/ask/question on my Instagram or Facebook page with #beyondthevirtual and we break the bubble. Trust me it's harder than it looks but I'd appreciate it tons if you do it!
Coming back to the post I had wanted to do something with this Bhane Dress(which personally isn't something I see myself picking up from their store).It was a completely new challenge for me to style it. So I paired I with a thrifted long line jacket which is thrifted and was such a steal at 150 bucks!

I paired it up with my comfy wedges from Forever 21 but I don;t find myself wearing to often. This look is a no jewellery zone and my hair takes a backseat for a while being gelled back. I also flaunt my favorite accessory Mr.Sanky who has quite often hoarded my blog space. So now we have come up with an Influencer platform for him on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/themadhairscientst/
Please go on and show your support as you have always shown me.
See you in an exciting new post real soon, take care
XoXo

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

My first Canary


On the occasion of our 71st Independence Day as I jot down my words for the new post-i've realized how I have come a long way from looking in a mirror and I couldn't accept the reflection to be able to stand up for myself to my reflection. I don't completely feel positive a cent percent of the times and it's only human to feel in this way. I bring to you the latest label you would want to brag about and solve your everyday woes to occasion wear at extremely affordable prices.







I'm back with my shoulder-baring top shenanigans -well it is a story that's not going anywhere this 2017.I have honestly have been loving this trend so much that most of my seasonal must haves are these unspoken heroes that cover my jiggly arms and let me add highlighter to my shoulders. Win-Win situation I say.

What I absolutely liked about Nubella is that it hasn't lost its identity for clothing with this new surge of labels that want to cater to us plus size ladies in India. I would also go to the extent of saying that even though we do have a whole range of e-tailers making clothes available for us not everything has been designed keeping in mind the body shapes and kinds of curves we ladies come in. Although we are not a fruit and we can wear whatever we want to! There is an extremely helpful guide that helps us choose our clothes.



I chose a fun yellow ruffled top with my favourite trend. I paired it with my denim from Dorothy perkins and peep toes from Done by none. I love how simply the top is the star of  the outfit and I really didn't have to accessorize at all. Also, I haven't ever thought of yellow being my color, but honestly you can call me a convert now and would definitely see me in more yellows! You can find a fine tuned curation on their website, also have I told you about their useful blogs.It's well-versed blog on your everyday problems.This is definitely becoming my got to brand.Hope you like the post,do let me know how would you pair this top! 

Friday, 4 August 2017

A Shades of India Collaboration

ROSSIYA -IN CELEBRATION OF A UNIQUELY RUSSIAN SENSE OF SURFACE DESIGN

Seen here on me is the Pokachi kurta with Digora pyjama.This features a beautiful abstract embroidery adorning the neckline and the glistening silk so light, I could practically live in this.
I have tried to keep the look minimal for both my outfit post and let the clothes speak louder than myself.

Textiles-Indian handlooms are a very new and adventurous avenue to me. The concept of handlooms has almost had a very vague sense of prevalence only to be seen occasionally in my mother or grandmother's closet. They sure seemed the pieces as a kid I got most attracted to but little have I known their importance up until now. Sustainability is in, and several brands are taking up sustainability in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint. But what does sustainable fashion really mean? The term sustainability, like I, always discuss with my mate Sourav Das is a way of life -an approach. It is not a fad that shall fade away and I see the same reflection in Shades of India. I am still in the very process of learning and finding more of insights-more than the hard work & toil of weavers, more than the struggle stories and more than what the designers are doing to revive them. I no longer want to know a brand on their face value but how my clothes are made. I do long to adopt a Slow Fashion approach but not just for the heck of it. It is a process I shall imbibe slowly but steadily to incorporate in m y lifestyle.


I picked up The Shades Story from their website, you can read more in detail here

Shades of India is internationally known as one of India’s most creative textile companies. Led by Mandeep Nagi (Design Director) and David Housego (former UK journalist), the brand combines contemporary design with the inspiring workmanship of traditional craft. The uniqueness of its style lies in the texturing of fabrics, the coordination and contrasting of colors, and the inventive, unexpected use of surface treatment.
The company is acclaimed internationally for originality and inventiveness of its designs and has won various awards including best product awards at shows in Paris and New York. Mandeep Nagi, Design Director, has thrice won the Elle Decor Design Award in India for fabric.





                       

 



I'm wearing another of their kurti from Romaskha collection, inspired Saint Petersburg city.Romashka is also the Russian name for Camomile- a flower and tea popularly available. Wearing the white set was honestly being in my comfort-a zone so unexplored and so unknown to me. I've always been the girl that would take more than a Lil pain if I wanted to explore the trend more and make it my own. Time and again it is so importantly inflicted how fashion has to be painful, uncomfortable-we may speak about chic comfortable clothing but how many time have designers, brands or retailers adhered to the idea of Comfort Chic. Being in this experience has given me a completely different purview of thing around me. TO me this is more than just another handloom label-the sincere effort reflects in each of their pieces. I was fortunate enough to try a few and wear them. The next goal really is to own a few key pieces in my closet.
I really hope you enjoyed this, I absolutely loved writing the piece. With a new keenness in my heart I take my farewell for now.

XOXO


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Breaking Myths With Afamado

I personally think there has been so much rue about what a Fat girl shouldn’t wear but time and again and we a plus size community have been trying to break the shell. It’s honestly very heartbreaking to see that as a community whose very members are we, levy such rules upon what to wear and what not to wear! The dress custom made by me defies all the rules that as plus size woman I’m supposed to be following.
The dress has my favorite trend off shoulder, a cinched waist, and a slit. I don’t want to be a hero but just normal person who wants to exists and do her own thing, eat what she likes, dress up as she likes and be  in this community just as anybody else.

One of the biggest style trends to emerge from  the very beginning  of summer 2016, without a doubt,  the off shoulder trend- is also  known by the name“Bardot  .” As a curvy girl, I remember baring my shoulders felt like a throwback to another time(being a vintage pinup fam), but also felt more comfortable sporting this trend.
To me these styles are flirty and the appeal lies in the fact that we can show skin but you got your upper arms covered. And that is a complete summer win for me. For colder weather, I would wear it with a button up plain shirt with prominent collars. 
You have seen me embrace the trend quite a few number of times on the blog.
It’s not hard to wear off-the-shoulder dresses – they make a statement on their own hence they really don’t need much else.

For this blog post, I have a beautiful geometrical print dress from Afamado. The dress is an off shoulder baby in Non stretch rayon woven fabric that can be either worn cinched or loose. The elastic on the shoulder and neck line enable a better fit. The dress was customized to my size and preference and that is what I loved about Afamado that ensures that each of its garment is made to the customers sizing’s.

For me my biggest accessory thanks to Sanky has become my Hair. We made it fun with tight curls. I have paired the dress with my pastel drop earrings from ALDO and block heels from Truffle Collection.

I really like the pop of color and the patterns of the dress. You can check out their curvy collection HERE and honestly these are all the dresses I would genuinely want to wear catering to different occasions.