{ F.A.S.H.I.O.N } Twirling in the 1950s

Hello beautiful people!

When Shubdha sent me this dress as part of her new Sustainable collection ,  it was a surprise again !
And what a brilliant surprise- this dress screamed retro with an indian twist  .You know my love for all things retro!  I never leave an opportunity to create something that opens an old time capsule . So while i did my research , I came across this article on the evolution of women's dressing and this style was very 1950s indeed,  except that it had Indian elements like the Angarkha Neck and dainty floral embroidery- such a delight  .

And so began the task of searching a retro location and what better than a Movie set which was made to mimick the 1950s ! This set was made for a movie and is now open to public on weekends ! Oh google, how I love you ! About an hour's drive from Johannesburg , this makes for a great photo location . However, there is nothing to do here except take pictures. Its a really small set and houses a cafe with milkshakes. If you happen to go here for a shoot, you can go to Harteebeespoort town next door to enjoy the dam as well as visit the cafes around!

This was my last shoot in South Africa and it was a bitter sweet moment ! I was in pain due to lower back issues, the skin virus that still hasn't left and the task of shifting countries again! Nonetheless , the show must go on ! And this dress,  uplifted my mood as you can see  . I finally smiled because this dress was such a joy  - cosy organic cotton layers and that fabulous flare - Enjoy the pictures.  And no matter which part of the world you are reading from , Juanita ships worldwide. Isn't that awesome! NOW NOW, if you did read till here, I have to give you a BIG BIG HUG and air kisses because , i think the world of blogging with words is becoming passe. Tell me what do you think ?

Do you think i should continue to write along with my pictures or just put pictures on the blog? Its easy for me because writing can take more energy than a shoot sometimes  ! And if you answer this question in the comments and have read till here - YOU KNOW YOU ARE MY FAVOURITE <3 p="">
DRESS: JUANITA | Belt - Madame | Shoes - Zara | Bag- Accessorize | Hairclip- Chinatown , johannesburg 

Shot by NIK on my SONY RX100Miii

Till next time CIAO!

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{ F.A.S.H.I.O.N } Land of abundance

Hello beautiful people

I am back to India and what better than a style post with indian wear to start this new innings. 
As much as i missed the wonderful Indian spices, i missed the overflowing cloth markets! 

In countries outside india, malls are the only places where you get clothes. Its only in India that we have such a huge variety of locally made clothes, fleamarkets , fashion boutiques and the likes! 

Whenever i did see designer pop-ups in South africa , the clothes made from cotton were at a premium. We don't realise how we take our lovingly cultivated cotton for granted which otherwise comes at a premium price tag in other countries. Its because we live in abundance ! 

Synthetic fabrics are everywhere and easy to work with , but the real gems are these handwoven fabrics. India not only has an abundance of cotton,  but also skilled weavers who create wearable  melodies out of them . 
Putting their work on the forefront and creating slow fashion pieces you'll treasure is what i love most about JUANITA

Just about everything she creates is simple yet regal . As always she picked this Khadi linen Kurta from her latest collection and it was a surprise until it reached me. Those who have been following me for a while know that i wear indian styles only on festive occasions , but Juanita makes me fall in love with Indian-wear irrespective of occasions ! Remember the chanderi silk suit? See here if you haven't. 

I have cinched this burgundy Kurta at the waist with a belt and i totally love this silhouette . The pants look regal in their Bananas silk weave and i can totally see myself wearing them with a white blouse too!  I have not worn any statement pieces in this look because the statement sleeves and the silk pants are a statement in themselves ! 
When you wear a Juanita , everything looks effortlessly chic ! Hope you love the look as much as i did !Also , can you tell I shot this in a funny 13 degree weather with a strong sun! 

Location - Pretville, Hartbeespoort , South africa 
Shot by Nik on my Sony RX100Miii

Till next time, CIAO! 

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{ E.D.I.T.O.R.I.A.L} Caravan Diaries - II

Hello beautiful people

Here is the second look of the Caravan diaries editorial . It was so much fun talking about the lesser known Caravan culture of South Africa in the first post of this series. If you missed it, don't forget to click here . This series is a take on the modern traveler who loves to travel the gypsy way, stopping at every beautiful sight ( Just like we did during our shoot in Dullstroom , South Africa ) and soaking in all that the senses can experience  . Dressed in their overused T-shirts /cargo pants/denims you can spot them from a distance , but we at TFMQ would love to share some ideas on how you can be a CHIC backpacker- the gypsy way  !

The modern WANDERER's wardrobe

If you are a backpacker , its likely that you love " messy " and wear whatever you carry in your backpack. I am about to break the myth that a backpacker or a "CARAVAN TRAVELER" cannot be
stylish. The trick is to carry a lot of pieces in thin fabrics to create a variety of combinations instead of one HEAVY DENIM /cargo pants + jumpers and some STATEMENT accessories .
 The statement accessory  : my " Flower hairband "is all it took to create an eccentric yet dressy vibe in this look !


To imitate the wardrobe of a backpacker , I have used a pyjama pant and a semi-formal blazer- both super light-weight and breezy. Also, they were both bought a couple of years ago . The blazer is a gift by Nik which he picked up on his trip to China and the pant is a flea market find.

Now lets come to the star pieces of this look - The embellished net Bralet ( picked in last ZARA sale) and the flower crown hairband ( WOOLWORTHS). Both the bralet and the hairband instantly make this look super chic. There is barely any weight these two would add to the luggage and yet they pack so much punch. Look for embellished or sequinned crop tops which you can use to layer for a trip like this! For accessories, hair accessories are having their moment right now and every high street store is full of choices right from scarf scrunchies, pearl barrettes , embellished hair-pins to oversized hairbands. Take your pick and don't forget to pack them for your next backpack travels !

Photography : Dali
Edits : Yours truly
Location: Dullstroom, South Africa


Bralet, Leather Pumps- ZARA| Flower crown, Hoops - WOOLWORTHS | Pants- Fleamarket finds | Blazer- From Guangzhou | Kolhapuri chappal- Colaba Causeway ( Pioneer)

Till next time, CIAO!

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