{ F.A.S.H.I.O.N } HOPE IS A ROCKSTAR

Hello my beautiful people !



If you decided to include "reading more " in your 2022 resolution list, then i am here to make you achieve that resolution faster ! Ofcourse by writing more haha! 

Skipping the whole of 2021 like it never existed and directly updating the blog in 2022 - bet there will be a lot of blogposts come rain or sun ! I wrote a couple of drafts in 2021 but didn't go on to updating them- the year just didn't feel like it  ! However , the last 3 months of 2021 were such a relief with an all time low of COVID cases and return to normalcy ! 



While the year has begun with a landslide of Covid cases and other viral infections , it somehow seems like the beginning of better times with more of us protected with vaccines and those with Covid having manageable symptoms. And yet there are some of us who are struggling to fight the infection despite vaccines . As the recovery rates are promising, the scenario is hopeful  ! 


The past two years have made us bank on one word the most -  " HOPE" more than we ever did ! It has also shifted our focus inwards . More and more people ignoring their health all these years have in some way embraced better lifestyle habits. As much as there has been loss, there has been an opportunity to grow. 


While Some of us have deeply suffered when it comes to work and finances , some have made commendable strides to be proud of  . The year has been that of extremes and some averages. And yet , the only thing we need to take away from this year is that every little thing needs to be celebrated right from being able to just wake up every day to achieving dreams in difficult times ! Every little thing is worthy of a pat on the back . You are fabulous if you've read this far and i only hope the best is awaiting you ! Here's beginning 2022 on a hopeful note - We got this ! 

Leaving you with a look shot on the beautiful Christmas morning of 2021 ! 





Sweater, Dress, Shoes - Zara | Bag - Dharavi market ( Dooney & Bourke ) , almost a decade old. 


Till next time , 

XOXO


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{ F.A.S.H.I.O.N } The Bohemian Diwali- A series of Self-portraits

 

9 months into the pandemic and we've all found our own tricks to work from home. While i have been majorly creating content from home since 2 + years , i used to travel for shoots, trend discovery, brand events/meetings for my work . While most of my work is stitched end to end by me - the added responsibility of being my own photographer 24x7 has been exciting yet challenging at the same time  ! Shooting in the 4 walls of my Mumbai apartment , not a challenge i don't like ,even though there's just 2-3 walls as backdrops . For the first 6-7 months, most sunlight filtered through my bedroom- now you know why my instagram feed is full of bedroom shots! With the sudden change in weather post Dussehra, the lights changed their way! They now shine in full glory in the drawing room. Which means i have now shifted my shoot backdrop to the drawing room!I am literally dancing to the tunes of mother nature till i invest in artificial light . I am not sure what is stopping me but sunlight has to be my most favourite filter ever. This entire series of course is shot in the new backdrop which is my drawing room with my camera resting on the dining table ! I know , i am beginning to sound very "Jugaadu"- but thats me! Yet to add a full-length tripod too! 

While i do this, I have come across so many young girls on the gram who are nailing the self-portrait game! Who knew it would become a fad ! This year has brought in a lot of learnings and unexpected trends for sure! 


I hope you enjoy this festive series - All too bohemian, easy to wear and Re-wear! For the first two looks , I have styled a skirt which first made appearance on the blog in 2015. You can read about it in this post! 

I still remember how head over heels i was over this skirt which came as a set. It was expensive then but right now i can only say it was totally worth it. The number of re-wear looks i can do with it is endless! If you build a wardrobe with solid colors, they continue to look unique - because unlike prints , they don't end up easily in the human memory ! To everyone looking for sustainable options, remember that an outfit with maximum re-wears qualifies too! I don't see myself parting with this one for sure!  


Look 1: I paired the skirt with this structured sleeve zara blouse ! Puffed sleeves and a structured shoulder add the necessary drama without the frills! You could wear a choker or style with an embroidered bib necklace like i did- this one from PROMOD. They did some really amazing accessories earlier! You could even wear this outfit to a sangeeta if you are to attend one during this lockdown- stay safe!







Look 2: This is my favourite look because of the accessory overload and the fluid dupatta layered with the skirt . The skirt has a zipper and a hook and hence it looks pretty neat up there! If it had an elastic, the look would've been a bit fluffy. The duppata is special - its part of the anarkali set which i wore for my Roka / Bata Pakki ceremony 8 years ago! Me and Nikunj had a crazy time selecting the kurta visiting every market in Bombay! Over 10,000 visits and then we ended up liking this one! The bangle with the green stone is from 3 years ago . I got it from Maheshwar- the birthplace of Maheshwari silk sarees and a favourite Bollywood shoot location for a lot of aesthetic movies like Bajirao Mastani and Kalank. I spent a great deal of time haggling with the seller who sold this bangle at the ghats. He said this was elephant tusk ! Its banned due to animal cruelty and yet these people think they can fool people! Its quite a statement though! Now, the sterling silver nose- pin and the neckpiece are from FAB-INDIA and this is part of my lockdown sale steal this month! I have never worn a nose pin and this was just to experiment. Not a very comfortable accessory but certainly worked well with my theme! The white metal bag is from Udaipur which was bought in November end last year! It was an expensive street buy but looking at the quality , i think it was totally worth it!  What do you think of this look? 













Till next time, CIAO! 




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{ E.D.I.T.O.R.I.A.L } An autumnal paradise

 

Today should have been the day for our 9th Blog anniversary post - but i am keeping this treat as a pre-cursor because well, I promised ! 

Honestly , I could go on an expedition to find that remote that will help me to fast-forward to December of 2020 ( hoping that would be a better phase for the whole world !) . I decided to go slow, and bring around some autumnal vibes instead. We shot this beautiful editorial in a place that felt right out of my parisian dreams ! In the lovely city of Pretoria , South Africa , when the weather was chilly and the autumnal leaves decorated the sky before falling down and crisping under my feet like wafers! Shooting in a different country has a different set of challenges but this day, I will always remember !  It was dreamy and the place looked even better than the pictures thanks to the autumnal beauty ! All this while, I  couldn't decide between the 100 good shots taken by Mandy. She was a delight to work with but later we couldnt seem to work together which made me sad. But sometimes, despite everything being perfect , things don't work out. Not complaining because this shoot is one of my most favourite ever and perfect to welcome the autumn season soon ! WARNING: THE MOST PHOTO HEAVY POST on our blog ever! Tell me if you have a favourite shot?

























 
DRESS, earrings : ZARA | Heels : Charles & Keith | Bag : Shop in dharavi | Watch : Fossil 




Till, next time , CIAO! 








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