{ E.D.I.T.O.R.I.A.L} The Fuss-Free Bride series - Part 2

Hello Lovelies,

Firstly I am so thankful to your response on the instagram preview of this post . I hope this final post can meet the high expectations that the preview post created .

When i was at the Soch store for sourcing , this was the third option out of 3 i had shortlisted . I was not sure if this heavy work would look good on me though i loved the piece on the hanger. When i tried it on and stepped out of the trial room, all eyes in the store were gleaming with approval- and Suraj who was the sales executive helping me with trials,  instantly said- Ma'm this is the best  . I literally felt I'm shopping for my wedding again, haha!

Most of the times, wedding shopping is concentrated excessively on the 'outfits' that a bride is wearing. However, a very important aspect of making a bridal outfit work is the accessories+ hair.

Even if you choose to wear a simple monochrome tulle Lehenga, you can look like a million bucks just by adding mogra/white roses to your hair and of course layered Kundan jewellery. That was the idea of my own bridal look and you wouldn't believe but my outfit costed Rs.12,000 and i made it look special with the kundan jewellery.

In this look, while the kurta is definitely a heavily embroidered piece with a luxe silk fabric,  bridal vibes stem from the way its styled viz. the Red gerbera flowers in my hair and the nath . Imagine the look without these two additions- it may not spell as bridal as it does with them . In general, this kurta doesn't even demand a neckpiece if you see its heavily embroidered neck, but the addition of  neckpiece adds that "extraaa-bridal " feel . Now you know how you can add that "EXTRA" to any bridal look without investing in an extra-expensive outfit - always remember to throw the attention on your face first which means Hair>Accessories >Outfit.

Wish you a happy wedding season. The finale of this series will be a cocktail look -so stay tuned. If you missed part 1, its here.

Outfit- Soch | Photography- Rahul

Till next time, CIAO. 
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{ F.A.S.H.I.O.N} The Fuss-Free Bride series - Part 1

How are you beautiful people? Hope this Diwali was a fabulous one and i wish that your year ahead is full of LOVE, LIGHT and LAUGHTER. 

Just like last year , Diwali is the beginning of all things festive on the blog. Now that the wedding season will be in full swing , these new posts are ideas for all you Fuss-free brides out there ! 

If you are one of those brides or even the family of the bride who love elegant yet easy to wear looks, then this post is for you. Red is the color of passion and synonymous with all things bridal in India. 
The best part - red brightens every complexion and the simplest of accessories can take the look from plain to glamorous. 

If you are looking for a simpler outfit for the Roka ceremony or even your Sangeet so that you can dance free like a bird, take a cue from this Bandhani/Brocade border Anarkali from Soch
The flare is absolutely gorgeous as you will see in one of the pics and the use of gold embroidery patchwork makes it very royal . 

I have paired it with a Rajasthani Borla Maangtikka , contrasting ocean blue earrings , a simple Nath and a kundan neckpiece . You can even dress down with just a big Jhumka and a Maangtikka. 
Hope you like this easy look and the next Fuss-free bridal post is on the way! 

Pics- Mayur Shedge | Edits- yours truly 

Till next time, CIAO!
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{ F.A.S.H.I.O.N} Good over EVIL

Hello lovelies!

Here is wishing you all a Happy Dussehra. This post was scheduled for tomorrow but surprisingly the festival shifted and got me working early morning. This festival has always resonated with me since childhood because it celebrated - The VICTORY of GOOD over EVIL.
As a child i always felt strongly that all evil must die and our world be a heaven of good!

This year, the festival comes at a time when #MeToo- a movement against sexual abuse is at its peak in India.
The idea is to make the predators known so that no more innocent women are subjected to their condemnable acts. We live in a world of hypocrisy- but when the good unite - there will always be victory. Luckily a lot of good news is floating as a consequence of some confessions and the defaulters are stepping down. And all this around Dussehra - I am glad.

I still remember as a kid, me and my kid brother erected a Raavan once-  the most frail looking history has ever seen- He even looked cute ( Evil need not look ugly) because his face was made by an inverted clay pot , eyes painted beautifully with felt pens . I realised i couldn't even draw EVIL. But evil is inside, its not what the eyes can see. Exactly why you can never tell a predator by his looks until you've seen his mind! So i decided to make the Raavan evil from inside. His paper body was filled with explosive crackers and a lot of paper trash. The next task of burning the Raavan was the most difficult - who knew destroying evil was difficult ! I thought fire would burn the evil crackers inside - but i forgot his head made of  clay pot was rather rigid just like the ideologies people carry. We took a stick and smashed it till it was reduced to sand. At the end of it we realised it was quite a task to celebrate Dusshera in our backyard - this was our first and last. But we knew Good will always win- even if it takes a lot of efforts - one has to keep fighting !
And don't forget to eat a laddoo after you've got rid of evil - sweet celebrations!

Wearing - INTRIKA | Heels- NINE WEST | Jewellery- Just Jewellery |
Photos by Kartik Kundar

Till next time, CIAO!

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{ E.D.I.T.O.R.I.A.L} Spring Meets Fall !

Hello peeps!

Happy Autumn and Happy Spring :D

What do you do when you're a blogger that shuttles between the Northern hemisphere and the Southern hemisphere ? It gets as amusing as "What blog-post am i to write ?" - AW18 trends or SS18 trends!

Obviously these topics are seasons apart and thats the real dilemma . For the uninitiated , seasons in Northern and southern hemisphere are the opposite. Its graduating to Fall/Winter in the northern hemisphere and Spring/summer in the southern hemisphere. I never knew this until i started living in Johannesburg !

So i decided to take up a new challenge & mix the two in this post and give both sides of the globe a fair fashion read! Read on...

This post features my SALE finds from Zara in South Africa . With a delectable oriental print and the most gracious Kimono sleeves, this blouse was an instant grab especially because it was the only piece left.Clearly a great summer piece to go with cigarette pants or even hot pants. 

The flared pants in mustard felt very Gucci especially with that floral print at the bottom . Also, this AW18 , shades of yellow are making heads turn even on the runway. The heels ,also from Zara were instant love because a) They are leather  b) Orange leather has always been on my wishlist. c) They match the cute orange leather purse i scored in Dharavi leather market ( Wearing in this post) . The earrings with delicate net and soft fabric beads looked special because of the flower that fits on the ear-lobe . 

Here's a BONUS styling tip: In the RGB (Reg-Green-Blue) color-wheel ( scroll to the bottom of this post), blue is the opposite color for yellow. As you know, RGB works as a great reference when it comes to combing contrasting colours- this combination seemed to make so much sense. Whenever in doubt, you can always refer to the colorwheel while mixing and matching your outfits! Happy pairing and hope you liked this look! 

Shot by Darrel Collins

*RGB colour-wheel to MIX and match your outfits*

( Disclaimer: Remember , fashion has no rules and this is just a reference to make it simple for you!)

Till next time, CIAO !

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{ FASHION } Story of a Beach vacation

Hey there peeps!

Firstly thank you so so much for an overwhelming response to the previous post. I am also glad to know that you would like more editorials on the blog. I am currently curating more looks that can fit our editorial themes, so stay tuned.

This fashion post is about to bust some myths about beach holidays and pleasantly so!
Like most of my posts that are envisioned and planned in advance, this post is an exception. I planned this shoot with Trevin who is a photographer based in Durban . We were going to shoot a tropical theme.

I was taken by surprise when the weather gods suddenly brought in snow and a mighty cold wave in some parts of the country . This, while we were already on our way to Durban.

This was my #Tfmqturns7 beach holiday and i had packed accordingly. I did see some temperature dips in the forecast and `added a jacket to my bag. But, the weather dipped to -1 on our mid-way halt with stormy winds and consistent rains.

My heart sunk as my idea of a beach holiday came crashing down. What saved me were these pants, my cap and of course the jacket. My denim shorts and mini dresses clearly got a free ride in this trip and the only important passengers were my outerwear!
So here goes the look that saved me on a cold beach vacay . The bright pink and yellow scarf saved the day for me with its happy colors. Its the best accessory for a monochrome outfit.

Busting the Beach holiday myths- 

1. Black is an absolutely delightful color on the beach especially when the waters are azure blue!
2. Not just floppy hats but even caps look trendy on the beach because they can withstand the stormy breeze.

I think the most important part of being on a holiday is to be comfortable . I couldn't have enjoyed if i was freezing . Looking at how the pics turned out , i am pretty glad i chose to be warm and monochrome with a hint of color !

Black cami- ONLY | Pants- Zara | Jacket- Forever 21 | Scarf- Zara | Sunnies - PRADA| Leather Bag- Dharavi | Slippers- Hill road, Bandra | Cap- Forever 21

Pics- Trevin Maharaj Photography , Durban
Edits- Me
Location- Thompsons Bay, Ballito ( South Africa)

Till next time , CIAO!
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{ E.D.I.T.O.R.I.A.L} Winds of change

Hey sweet people!

The wait is over. This is the first look of the #TFMQturns7 blogposts and I am so stoked to share the first editorial we shot in Durban. I am so glad to have worked with the talented Darrel Collins on two of my editorial looks. Check his website for some really amazing work!

Outfit- Top to bottom in Zara, not sponsored ( Blouse/ pants/floral accessory/earrings/Mustard heels)

Bag- Dharavi market, Mumbai
Watch- Daniel Wellington
Turquoise ring- Hill road flea market, Bandra
Location - Lavender moon guesthouse, Umhlanga & Umhalanga Rocks .

Coming back to "Winds of change".
If you are following me on instagram, you know that I've moved to Johannesburg for a while. Its been an amazing stay here in Johannesburg since May . As most of you know, I quit my day job back home to pursue blogging as a full-time career.

This was a big change for me and i can say that with your love and support, i am loving every moment of this! Its not easy to take such steps especially when you hold the most coveted engineering degree with an MBA. Most people think you're wasting your qualifications. I decided to let them think what they thought and go about my own way - because - better late than never! I decided to break away from "What people might think" inhibitions and its not a piece of cake

. Its simple when you work for a multinational - friends & family seem too contented with that ! Its when you branch out on your own- people question. Luckily for me, i have the most amazing partner & friends that have been pushing me in this direction . They saw me in this role even before i could muster the courage to give up my job.

Truth be told, as indians - we love to play safe. Risk is a risky word and no one dares. Thats how most of us are brought up- study and get a good job. Not having a business family background means - high preference for private or government jobs. But then, you have just one life. And i wished to do what i wish to do in this life. If you are in the same boat as me , kudos you've chosen to follow your heart. Just Press "PLAY" and go for it ! There is no better day than today to do what you are passionate about.

Blogging has given me so much fulfilment in life that i had never imagined as a small town girl. I have grown manifolds and evolved rapidly thanks to the exposure that blogging brought me.
I have always dreamt of creating magazine-worthy content from the longest time and blogging gave me a platform. It gave me people like you who love to read and appreciate whats being shared.

For me, the challenge was not just about being on your own , but in a new country.
I have people to support me back in Bombay and thats how i get content for all my Indian readers. However, in SA, i have to start from scratch . This shoot is my first collaborative effort here and i am so looking forward to be relatable to the global audience. In the coming days, it will be about creating great content on every platform - Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and of course my blog and making the blog more global with not just indian brands but SA brands on board. I need your blessings to be successful in this new journey and i know that you guys are there for me!

Till next time, CIAO

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