{ E.D.I.T.O.R.I.A.L} The Vintage Soul - I

Hello my sweet people.

I cannot explain how elated I'm to present you with " The Vintage Soul " series. The feeling of finally executing a concept after visualising it for over 6 months is inexplicable. As a blogger - creating unique & visually striking content is the only passion and i have been living and breathing this series in my mind since last August . All i needed was an old museum or a restaurant with vintage vibes . Unfortunately , due to a BMC stay on shoots in museums it could not commence when i was in Bombay last October. In the same month when i returned to Johannesburg, i was frantically searching for museums because A) I love museums and B) I wanted to explore the possibility of shooting in one! The dream came true when i booked my visit to Lindfield Victorian Museum which is a house museum  . The owner of the house who curated this museum with so much love over the years along with her mom is a sweet lady - Katherine Love. Thanks to her and my favorite girls at SLRPHOTOSA - this editorial comes to reality  !

But wait ! It wasn't a piece of cake still.

As luck would have it, load shedding was at its peak that week and scheduled outage at the museum was 4pm which we got to know only when we reached there. We started our shoot at 3.30 pm and finished one look by 4 pm which you will see in Part 2.  Luckily got a few shots during the remaining minutes before load shedding and secretly wishing load shedding would never happen but it did. This look that you see here was shot with the help of a "torch light" provided by Katherine and some sunlight peeking in the dark victorian style home. How we wished there was light but we were very pleased with the results nonetheless as we also made use of the amazing under-construction outdoors which Katherine thought weren't upto the mark.  We thought it was "rustic" and she nodded almost in amazement - Rustic , i see  !  It was a fabulous all girls crew with Sasha & Vanessa from SLRPHOTOSA behind the lens and Katherine kindly helping us with little things throughout the house- such as moving a pile of books which she thought wouldn't be perfect for our shot even though we were ok with it - its like we had a mother figure making sure everything looked neat ! As i always say - there is never anything impossible if you set your mind to it and " The Vintage Soul" series is an example.

Hope you love it as much as we loved shooting this . Cant wait to hear from you in my comment box. Also don't forget to follow me on my insta and Facebook pages along with twitter! Lets get to know each other more !


 Blouse- Shop in Hill road ,Bandra | Sequin Dress - Bershka from a Shop in Hill road | Headbands, earrings - Zara | Neckpiece - Hill road, bandra |  Pearl heart ring- Globus | Watch - Daniel Wellington | Leather brogues - Clarks | Stalkings - Marks & Spencer |
                                   Photography - SLRPHOTOSA, Edits - Me

Till next time , CIAO .

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{F.A.S.H.I.O.N} Today's headlines

Hey lovely people.

Are you someone who starts your day craving for fresh headlines ? I have  been thinking of all the wild news that surrounds us everyday. While most of it is facts and figures or incident reporting , increasingly its opinionated headlines that create a furore. Competition for a spicy tabloid has taken the game of modified/ inferred news to an obnoxious level. Add to this, social media discussions especially on Facebook pages and twitter. While social media would've united the world in many cases  , it is also gradually spreading hatred with negative opinions being exaggerated by the common man . In the end , its not you who takes the cake - but the political agenda + paid journalism who laugh at their master plan and applaud their skills to generate charged up tweets and messages via the common man! And let us not forget the biased messages doing the rounds on WhatsApp- they disarm men of their common sense and judgement . Because these messages are controversial in nature and perpetuate feelings of betrayal and discrimination- People are silently becoming agents of negativity thus also affecting their own mental peace. The sooner they realise , the better. It'll be nicer to participate in your personal wellness or wellness of the society which will naturally evict all the negative emotions spread through paid media! Its time we take charge of our own thoughts and opinions and not be carried away by forwards!

Now coming to the outfit- this is actually a black dress . Most of you thought it was a skirt. I wore my favourite blouse from the previous blogpost over this dress to give it vintage vibes. Also, finally happy to have my pair of black PVC pumps - though mine are shaded rather than clear with silver coloured kitten heals . Don't forget to comment if you like the look <3 coming="" more="" next="" p="" posts="" themed="" up="" vintage-="">


Dress- Bebe | Blouse, pumps, earrings - Zara | Bag- Guess | Watch- Daniel Wellington

Location Courtesy - Bull Run , Johannesburg

Till next time, CIAO!

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{ F.A.S.H.I.O.N } Bon Sens

We have always agreed with the idea of a crisp white shirt & Blue denims being the ultimate Combination ever - almost as if it were "Fashion"-common sense.

Turns out- common sense ( Bon Sens is french for common sense) is just not common.
It looks like a harmless word , but in reality it may lead to wrong decisions.

For example, I expect a certain behaviour from a certain someone because its "common sense" but end up being completely surprised in reality. The fact is common sense stems from our personal experience and every person has different experiences. On the basis of this experience -derived common sense , i make certain assumptions about the person and end up being disappointed when their reaction deviates from what i expected. And then i make another assumption - " This person lacks common sense" and there i go totally wrong ! Because -  who has ever defined common sense or its limitations !

And so, I think its best not to assume and concur basis our own "common sense " to judge anyone. A healthy discussion is all it takes to hear everyones views and understand that every person is unique and hence has a Unique common sense - Ironic much ;)

But we all agree on the "White shirt + Blue denim" combination right ? :D

Oh, but its not white here - its cream. I try to mix a lot of 80s elements these days  .  Those Matte gold earrings and  gold buttons on my blouse add the vintage touch ! These were the same gold buttons i used to cringe at when my mom would make me wear tops with these :D . How choices change! I wouldn't be surprised if decades down the line i go back to that phase! Anyhow,  I thought it'd be nice to do a super relatable and super "common" look on the blog which most of you can wear with a twist of your own ! So how will you accessorise this look??? Always happy to hear more from you <3 p="">

Blouse, Denim, Earrings, Leather pumps - All ZARA | Leather Purse- From Dharavi market ,Mumbai | Watch- Daniel Wellington 

<> Photography - SLRPHOTOSA <>

Till next time , CIAO.

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3 Things for which we will be thankful to Karl Lagerfeld

I have never owned a Chanel anything, yet today when the legendary Karl Lagerfeld's demise made headlines - I knew i had to pen my admiration for this legendary design-Lord down , because we all know - our Runway excitement will never be the same again .

1. The " TWEED" obsession

We have to give it to Karl Lagerfeld for carrying Coco Chanel's  tweed obsession from the 20s archives back to the 80s and now into every girls "Must-have" list ! A look at anything tweed , and we exclaim - Thats so Chanel - no matter who has made it . My recent purchases from my favourite high-street brand were all Tweed and i couldn't stop raving about them because thanks to Karl- its the most desired fabric which makes one look  "Parisian chic". Though tweed has its origin in Scotland , Coco was quick to adapt it to her collection when she released the first Tweed cardigan in 1925 inspired by the Duke of Westminster .

What Karl did was re-imagine Tweed and bring it out of its very formal setting to something casual and even Grungy with frayed bottoms. While most tweed creations were monochromatic , Karl introduced multicolour Tweed which made it more appealing to young girls who loved vibrant wardrobes . The formal "Jacket-skirt" suits were now being used as separates with different materials like leather . Tweed is no longer limited to mature women but also "girls" , all thanks to Karl.

2. The "CHANEL" Revival

Chanel was a dying fashion house after Coco Chanel passed away in 1971. A decade later when Karl was hired to bring back the Parisian fashion house in 1983 - his strategy not only gave Chanel a roaring success - but also inspired other fashion houses who were reeling through the same scenario to take note and re-build themselves. Lagerfeld always believed in living in the moment and hence infused modern elements into vintage elegance created by Chanel thus keeping the signature Chanel designs intact with a modern twist . The loyal consumer was sold on this strategy because his style continued to have a recognisable "Chanel " aura yet was relevant . Keeping all the vintage Chanel elements constant like Pearls , quilting , braids, CC Logo,  Chanel 2.55 bag - Lagerfeld continued to re-invent Chanel every year with his experimental tweaks thus making the brand the most coveted Ready-to-wear luxury label . His grand Chanel runway sets exude extravagance of a kind relatable yet larger than life. Runways will never be the same again without him but we do hope his legacy will be carried on just like he did for Coco Chanel.

3. The "Unstoppable Creative "

"Please don't say I work hard. Nobody is forced to do this job and if they don't like it, they should do another one. If it's too much, do something else." - Karl Lagerfeld 
Working 16 hours daily , Lagerfeld called himself a human machine . But unlike a machine- he was a creative machine leading not one but 3 Fashion houses at the same time - CHANEL, FENDI and his label "KARL LAGERFELD" even at the age of 85. Not only that he dabbled in photography , often shooting his own campaigns every time he'd launch a new collection - showing how deep the creative  veins ran. 
He is an inspiration to all of us who complain we don't have enough time to do what we love - because turns out - his life was a lesson in accomplishing everything he liked under 24 hours every day which also included losing 40kg in 13 months just to fit into a Dior suit! Dedication Supreme!

When asked about retiring he said "Why should I stop working? If I do, I'll die and it'll all be finished. I'm lucky to work in the most perfect of conditions. I can do what I want in all kinds of areas. The expenses are not expenses. I would be stupid to stop that. Work is making a living out of being bored."

Till next time, CIAO

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{ E.D.I.T.O.R.I.A.L} Songs of my garden - II

"Seasons came and seasons went ... waiting in vain for that unknown scent . 
Never a glimpse , never a hint - all I hear is my cuckoo clock sing ...
Maybe the nightdress shouldn’t have wrestled the thorns ,
Maybe you thought I wouldn’t like you around ... And so I preen everyday , in my favorite cotton dress with a smile to match the Christmas roses...

Seasons came and seasons went...roses bloomed and daisies sang.
Surrounded with Bees  and dancing wasps ...
The villagers could smell the dreamiest patch .
Hot-cross buns and crotchet handkerchiefs , the vendors came to catch a glimpse...
A mix of rhubarb and coffee beans , I'm sipping on endless cups lest i don't sleep
Will i ever see you to be at peace???"

Hello Folks and i hope you are enjoying the dreamy "Songs of my garden" series . As a matter of fact i would've myself slipped into a daydream while sorting these dreamy pictures  - I'm so glad Nik and me make the best team - as much as he despises the camera , he's improving at the game! As we step into 2019, there will be more looks in this series. 

This look was shot on our longest vacation ever . This is where we stayed in a village called Greyton - which -hold your breath - claims to have wild horses roaming the streets! I was hoping to get a pic with them , but they were rare when we spent a night in here . However this guesthouse has become my favourite - one of the most beautiful places i have stayed in !

" Songs of my garden "is a poetic-vintage take on simple flowy fabrics - this series is here to un-complicate fashion. All you need is a great fabric and a color that complements your skin- and voila - you look like a princess with minimal embellishment. 

Featuring another piece from Delhi-based conscious designer brand "Juanita", this post is an ode to all things dreamy . The dress is again made of organic cotton sourced from weavers in Bihar just like in the previous post . For more details on the brand, don't forget to see the earlier post and please do share your views - they make my day <3 .="" nbsp="" span="">

Location - Lady Grace, Greyton ( South Africa),
                  Vet Clinic ( House with hydrangea )  - Greyton ( South Africa) 

Till next time , CIAO!

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