{ 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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{ FASHION} 3 Ways to wear the 70s Flared Denims



Hello beautiful people!

I still remember how much i adored bell bottoms as a teen. The first bell bottom i ever owned was a Red Velour one and it fit me like a glove on the thighs and then flowed into a beautiful flare. I was obsessed with it as a 9th grader. I could barely wear it enough as the top choices that went with it were limited. Then came college and my engineering college unfortunately had a uniform ! In the 3rd year, i happened to be in Mumbai for my cousin's wedding and thats when i got my hands on a stone wash grey-blue Denim bell-bottom.  It was mid-waisted & I wore it to death in my 3rd and final year- i thought i looked quite the bomb in those because every time i stepped outside campus- people stared and cat-called. Not the desired kind of attention, but i loved the denim anyhow.

Then came the first job out of campus. I bought my 3rd bell bottom denim- this time I was not a waist 30 - but waist 26 and so got a low-waisted bell bottom denim which had an embellished pocket.

I thought i looked a bomb again, because i had never worn a low waisted denim ever and never had waist 26. So i conceded this denim looked amazing for these reasons.

Then came skinny jeans and i felt how off the mark i was wearing those bell-bottoms which my mom despised. I thought i finally graduated into classy fashion and should naturally pile skinny jeans.

For 10 years, i didn't even look at bell bottoms , until now! These pretty pair were grabbed in Zara sale this season - July 2018 for approx Rs.1800 and i couldn't be more amused at how i am back with the flare- this time more exaggerated and for the first time- high-waisted. Suddenly i feel a relief because i no longer need to feel uneasy in my skinny pair during summers. It cannot get better.

I have styled it 3 ways to showcase how versatile these are and we can go on to 10+ ways to style these- if you were to use all tops in your closet. Anything i pair with this pair- seems to work . Woohoo!

Tell me if you will wear these looks and which one is your favourite?



STYLE 1: With a Frilly Blouse
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STYLE 2: With a Skin-tight blouse & Denim jacket
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STYLE 3: With a cropped-top and a knee-length Denim dress worn as a jacket
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Till next time , CIAO!



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{ BEAUTY} 5 Monsoon Hacks for Beautiful Hair


Hello gorgeous people!

Firstly , i hope you are doing well in this rainy season especially since its wreaked havoc at some places! Secondly , sorry for posting all the time on instagram and not as much on the blog. I often
notice people like reading small informative captions as compared to a full fledged blogpost. However, for important topics like these, a blogpost is a must . A lot of you voted for this one on twitter as well as instagram and i did an INSTA LIVE with so many hacks. In this post , i list 5 important Hacks that I've used in the rainy season in Mumbai over the years .

Enjoy and share if you used these hacks!






1. CONDITION, SHAMPOO, CONDITION 

Yes, you read it right. Monsoons make hair unmanageable . The excessive humidity causes frizz leading to entangled hair. During hair wash, we struggle to de-tangle the hair and end up pulling at them with our fingers or the comb. Mind you, this makes the hair break and you not just lose hair from the roots but also mid-way. To make things simple- First, condition your hair with a conditioner. 
Keep it on for 5-7 minutes. Wash it off and you'll see smooth hair ready to be washed. You just saved yourself from a bad hair-breakage! Once you shampoo- remember to condition again. 
Infact you can use this tip whenever your hair get extra frizzy or after you've come back from the beach . 


2. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR FOR NO FRIZZ

A wonderful home remedy which is slightly smelly! I have used a cap-full of apple cider vinegar mixed in 5 parts  water to rinse my hair post shampoo. This is not only a remedy for frizz free hair but also helps in getting your scalp rid of dandruff . Talk about killing two birds with one stone! 
Remember to do a patch test just to ensure your scalp doesn't have wounds. Vinegar on a wound can be itchy and painful . 


3. USE WIDE-TOOTHED COMB

Thinly spaced or fine -toothed combs can further add to the frizz . After wash, use a wide toothed-comb to further detangle your hair. You may use a fine comb during blow dry for a straight-hair finish. 


4. BLOW DRY

Its important to not leave moisture in your scalp or hair before you head out. 
This little moisture can add to the frizz and attract fungi . Use a good dryer which is meant for daily use - esp 2000W and above. These are salon grade dryers which help in drying with minimal heat and effort thus causing less damage to the hair. 


 5. HAIR SERUM FOR BETTER HAIR 

Even if you use a good conditioner or a conditioning mask, the hair needs serum for 
manageability. Use a serum that suits your type of hair. Work the serum half-way day from the head to the hair tips. If hair tips are smooth, they won't entangle till your next hair wash. Also, serum can be used daily before you comb your hair . With consistent use of serum, i have experienced a lot less hair breakage and i can definitely vouch for its effectiveness all year round leading to better hair-growth conditions . 


Have a HAPPY MONSOON folks !

Till next time, 
CIAO!

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{ F.A.S.H.I.O.N} A Simple guide to Swimwear






Hello Hotties!


For some of us lucky people, summer is all year round. For others, its about to hit! Most sources on the internet classify body types and recommend swimwear styles according to that. Truth be told, thats where
most of us stop because we are not sure of our body type. To make it simple, lets just focus on the bust size and the lower body . Lets hope this is a simple guide to help you choose the perfect swimwear. For any queries, post in comments!



*Get above styles on OYSHO and AVAVERDU.




Lets get started....

BRA CUP - A/B :  Try the classic bikini/ triangle shape bikini or wear a strapless one-piece to accentuate the upper body. You can totally flaunt Bandeau tops or ruffled bikini-tops which are best when less support is required. Even high neck halter styles do wonders but such pieces are difficult to find.


BRA CUP - C/D : Go for a full support one piece . Choose a deep V-neck for minimising the bust - it looks amazing! If you love wearing a bikini , think broad straps for better support. You can also wear bikini tops with an underwire for support & pair it with high waisted bottoms to look ultra chic . Have you tried 3/4th sleeve bodysuits? Well, even they make for an amazing style on the beach if you're not swimming . You can also try the halter that ends near the bust which again makes for a minimising style.


A BODYSUIT worn as swimwear


HEAVY LOWER BODY: You can draw attention away from heavier lower body by wearing a top that has ruffles to make the look proportional. Try boxy shorts if you are wearing separates. Try color-blocking ,if you love experimenting and use darker colours for the bottoms.

BRA CUP D onwards:  Busty women look great in tankini tops or bikini tops paired with high waisted bottoms. 
For a heavier bust, its always great to pair a beachwear look with heavy metal accessories- like layered neckpieces. Heard of the beach goddess?

At the end, its always best if you spend a lot of time in trial rooms . The more you try, the more you’ll discover what works best for you. Its definitely not a one type, suits all scenario! So don't be shy and try till your eyes approve with a YESSS!

COLORS: 

For any body type, Solid colours are the best way to look toned down. Also look for one piece swimsuits which have a curvy outline/pattern/patch near the waist which make you look like an hourglass figure- only if you prefer it that way. Dainty prints look good most of the times. Avoid big floral prints as they make the look too busy, 
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Underwired bikini Top - ALDO | High waisted Bottoms- ZARA



2018 Trends: Ruffles and polka dots are back . Especially with the high waisted styles , a  60s bikini look is whats being seen in a lot of collections. 
Also, if you have a petite frame, do try the scooped front high leg style to make your legs look longer. This trend takes a lead for 2018 swimwear looks. 


Till next time, CIAO!


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{ E.D.I.T.O.R.I.A.L} Sequinned Dreams


Hello my sweet people!

I am truly truly elated as i share this editorial with you. You know that feeling when ,what you visualise in your very casual thoughts, materialises into something even better.

This post is very much that and more. By now you know that Dolce and Gabbana is my favourite runway designer. Call it Rockstar royal- the D&G collections with their sequinned /shimmer dresses steal the runway limelight. There was a D&G collection in 2013 and i was floored with the embellished hairbands and of course sequinned dresses.

I thought the hairbands would never see a fashion store because it was too luxe to handle. But I was proved wrong 5 years later in 2018 !
Better late than never and thank you Zara for bringing runway glam to the stores. Though this hairband is half as good as the D&G ones, its perfect to flaunt in a day time or night time party .


The dress was thrifted from a store in Bandra. Its a limited edition Zara collection to which i will share the original ZARA website photo. This 80Euro dress ( it had labels intact) was bought in Rs800 on New year's eve- 31 DEC 2017. For those who follow me on instagram , i wore it on the same night and brought in the new year 2018 in this shining beauty. Lets not talk about what i was doing :D
There was no empty restaurant and i was eating street food in this dress, haha and i definitely had people staring at me in this bling !!!


The hairband was on sale and i got it for Rs.390. The shoes are also Zara and i got them in sale for Rs.1690. The earrings are another hot favourite and were found in Colaba causeway for Rs.120.

This whole look completed in Rs. 2900 and it cannot get better. You can also DIY the hairband in case you don't find it. In 2018, i am betting on hairbands and hair accessories that perk up the look, what about you?



















Dress- Thrifted ( Zara) | Hairband,Shoes-Zara| Ring- Forever New | Earrings- Colaba Causeway



Till next time, CIAO!
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{ E.D.I.T.O.R.I.A.L} My idea of LOVE



Happy Valentine's day people!
While the indian media will be divided on how and why this day is observed in India, i believe life is too short to contemplate especially when it comes to LOVE!

I have never overly obsessed over this day in my life, and by obsess i mean i didn't set unrealistic expectations . I would be happy if i got those secret flowers and not sad if i didn't.

At times, i also thought, why only girls think of receiving gifts and flowers, even the boys will be  delighted if someone gifted them. But thats not how love is supposed to function for most of the populace.

The guy's gotta play the first innings. But luckily, more and more girls have taken charge and love to start the match- lucky men, right! And i think its absolutely fair.

Its funny that days like Valentine's celebrating LOVE ,are more popular when we actually don't understand love- in the teenage years. As we grow, the meaning of love gradually takes shape and now we know its more than just a day when you say I LOVE YOU!

Making your partner feel good isn't about flowers or gifts , though if they matter to your partner you should definitely use these to bail yourself out of difficult situations :D . Otherwise, the department of love functions on a heady dose of respect, acceptance, care, kindness and everything else in between. This makes up LOVE! So tell me whats in your bouquet for your favourite person? All of this or red roses ;) I sure have some red dresses thrown in for myself. Take a dekko!








Dress- C/o French Connection| Tiered Tassel earrings- Colaba causeway for Rs.120 | bejewelled hairband- ZARA sale at Rs.390 | Heels- Charles & Keith ( From a secret sale for Rs.1500| Watch- Daniel Wellington- Use Code - ILA for a 15% off if you are yet to get yourself a DW Watch!



Till next time, CIAO!


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