High. School. Musical.

Okay! What is your favourite teenage movie? A movie that you had watched over and over again and yet if it was playing on TV you would leave all work at hand and sit in front of the idiot box? While growing up, High School Musical was one of my favourite movies. Judge me all you want but a major reason why I dearly loved it was because of the styling. Okay Zac Efron too But well, I looked up to these cool characters who would be always on top of their dressing game. I was so inspired by them that I would try and dress up as Vanessa for any event we had in school. While curating this look, the movie was probably somewhere running in the back of my head because the look totally reminds me of HSM!  Does it to you too? If not, great. You can just forget everything I just said and consider this to be a college look created for you. 🙂

Now about the look, a cute nerdy style never goes out of fashion. While one part of me would end up going to college in chappals and kurtis most days, the other part would want to look presentable and cute. THIS is the latter part talking obviously. I decided to team a floral short dress with a denim shirt and wore white sneakers with them, not because they are in trend (which they SO are!) but because it is practical to wear sneakers when you have so much walking around to do in your campus. A casual chic look that doesn’t require much efforts and will allow you to fit in if you are a character from HSM for sure. Haha! Jokes aside, the milkmaid braid? Definitely a keeper.

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What is on me?

  • Dress: Mango
  • Shirt: Promod
  • Shoes: Max
  • Bag: Kazo

With Love,

Inaaya

 

Mustardy Blues (:

Hello there!

Fair disclaimer: There are millions of pending blog posts that have been literally lying in the drafts section of my blog for over 5 weeks now and well, HAHAHA evil laugh, I shall be boring you with all of them for the next few days so stay tuned for that! Also, I have this weird eye allergy which is not letting me shoot at the moment. Hopefully it will get better in the next few days and allow me to get back to shooting some cool styles for you guys. Also, did I ask? I guess not. 🙂 How is everyone doing? I have been great but I missed coming here and writing my heart out.

Talking about this look: This here is a street style look that took quite some thinking. Frankly, tomboy biker jacket kinda street style is not my expertise. But I did try it for a change because well, isn’t that what fashion is made of? Embracing new styles and owning them? Anyways, mustard and blue remain to be in trend for Fall16 and hence, I have very generously used both the colours to create this look. My fringes are now growing back and so is the length of my hair. In the humid Mumbai weather, milkmaid hairdos remain to be my current favourite and correctly so: hassle-free, great for hot days, cute, and manageable.

 

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What is on me?

  • Shirt: Mango
  • Pants: Chemistry
  • Heels: Qupid shoes
  • Bag: Shein
  • Choker: Shein
  • Jacket: Vero Moda
  • Sunglasses: Armani

With Love,

Inaaya

Garnier Ultra Blends

Garnier is a part of the French cosmetics company L’Oréal. It is a pioneer brand when it comes to cosmetics on a budget. But they surely went all out there when it came to Visual Merchandising. For the launch of their Ultra Blends range, Garnier set up a display at Phoenix, Lower Parel and boy was I amazed! The very vibe of the place was so beautiful and fresh, it had me hooked. If you don’t believe me, look at the pictures down below!

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THE PRODUCTS

Do you believe me now? 🙂 So there were 4 product ranges that were launched. And the best part about them is that they are very reasonably priced and of course, they smelled delicious! A shampooo bottle priced at Rs. 120 can be bought by any of us to give a try. An honest request, use the products atleast 3-4 times before deciding if it suits your hair or not.

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To make it easier for you, let me give you a break down of which product would suit which hair type according to me:

Ultra Blends Soy Milk and Almonds shampoo

The formula here is a blend with Soy Milk and Almonds, known for their rich protein content. They vouch that it intensely repairs and restores damaged hair. But I feel my hair felt incredibly soft with every wash.

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Ultra Blends Henna & Blackberry Nourishing Shine Shampoo

For those of you who have dull hair that lacks shine, this formula might work wonders. The reason why hair lacks shine is due to lack of nourishment. This range is a blend with Henna & Blackberry and not only does it nourish your hair but also gives it shine.

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Ultra Blends Royal Jelly & Lavender Anti Hairfall Shampoo

Those of you worrying about your hairfall, worry no more. Atleast for brittle hair, this product might help some. Hair tends to fall more when it is weak and fragile so this formula is a blend with Lavender Essence & Royal Jelly, known to be rich in amino acids, vitamins and lipids. It helps reinforce and strengthen your hair.

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Ultra Blends 5 Plants Revitalizing Shampoo

The city life exposes our hair and scalp to a lot of pollution, dust and heat, making it weak and lifeless. To revitalize your hair, this one here is a blend with 5 precious herbs- Green tea, Eucalyptus, Aloe, Lemon & Henna – known for Anti-oxidant power, Anti-bacterial property, Moisture, Shine and Conditioning respectively.
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Let me know if you guys actually use them and what are your reviews!
Until Next Time.
With Love,
Inaaya

Seven Tips To Make The Best Of Sale Season

Hello family!

How is everyone coping with the sale season? I don’t know about me but my wallet  is definitely not doing well. It seems to have lost some weight lately. How about yours? If you understood what I meant, you should be smiling like an idiot while looking at your screen right now (not necessarily, you could be frowning at my lack of ability to joke as well. It’s a free country!). If not, well what I meant was, are you as broke as I am? 🙂

Sale season is that time of the year when most brands put out their last season’s products up for grab at a reasonably decent price for us the buyers. The reason why that is a win-win situation for both parties is because:

  • With every new season comes a new collection and no one would lay hands on designs that were from a season back. Putting it out on sale is the store’s last hope of making some money on pieces that’ll be dead stock otherwise.
  • Buyers get things at a relatively cheaper price so well who wouldn’t be happy on saving a little money?

A few things I keep in mind while shopping. I am serious about these:

  • List things: Maintain a list of things you actually need which are otherwise too expensive. You don’t have to write it down on paper per say. You could write it down on your phone or text it to your mom. For the record, I do the latter. This ensures you know your essential requirements and helps you plan. Also, if you have a cool mom like mine, your mom might actually remind you of something if you forget 🙂

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  • Set a budget: Unless you are an Ambani or a Birla, you don’t have a never ending source of money. Spend wisely. YES. I am saying it. Splurging on things just because you like them is not just a waste of money but REALLY a waste of space too. Where would you keep all the trash once you’ve bought it? 🙂

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  • Track your brands: Keep checking on your favourite brands for when is it going on discount. Shopping is a serious business and if you want to make the most of sale season so that you don’t burn a hole in your pocket later or lose out on your sizes and styles, make sure you keep a track of when your favourite stores are entering sale. Check with them when you are in the mall or have your number in their contact list. Most brands send out messages for their loyal customers for a preview or if not a preview, atleast details of their next sale.

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  • Don’t buy it because it’s cheap: A lot of us face this difficulty while we are shopping. We see the price tag and go crazy because it is available for cheap. It’s not a smart practice. If you don’t need it, even if it is just worth Rs. 500 it is a WASTE of money. You could have spent it on something better.

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  • Shop Smart: Shop for classics and not fads. Now what is a classic? A product that remains in trend and is fashionable regardless of what year you are living in. For example: A white shirt is a classic. A fad is something that fades out with fashion, for eg. cheetah print was in trend at one point but no longer (thank god for that!).

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  • Buy your size: The temptation to shop for items that have their prices slashed down can be immense. I agree. But don’t lose control and shop for the wrong sizes. Buying a pair of denims that are too tight or a skirt that is too short may be a waste. Part with your money only if you think the item in question is actually a perfect fit for you.

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  • My last tip for you all is a list of things you could invest in:
  1. A classic black/white/red/orange/pink/navy/yellow tee: One cannot have enough of tees and well, they NEVER go out of style. They are wardrobe staples after all. AND available at MAXIMUM discounts usually.
  2. A pair of denims: Invest in the colours you don’t have. Black, white, grey, blue. Distressed denims will continue be in trend coming fall as well, so I can safely say you can invest in them.
  3. Biker Jacket: Whether it’s denim, corduaroy or leather, biker jackets never go out of style
  4. White shirt: One can never have enough whites. Versatile, fashionable and ever-green, you could always invest in another white shirt this sale season
  5. Light sweaters and sweatshirts: With winters soon approaching, investing a few light sweaters for fall is not a bad idea really. Go for basic colours and you’d be fine.

Hope this helps you. If you have any tips, feel free to share them in the comments section! 🙂

With Love,

Inaaya

 

 

Kind attention:

All pictures in this post are from various sources and we give full credits to the owners whosoever. All copyrights belong to their respective owners. These images are not intended to generate income for the artists or the writer and are being used only as references.

 

Fifth Avenue Ft. Fancy Pants

Hey there!

This is my New York Fifth Avenue Tribute. Quite honestly, the last few weeks have been really nostalgic for me. I’ve been reminiscing my time in the States like never before. I’ve also been thinking over how if I’d started blogging back then, my growth would have been much different and maybe better. But then I have to literally calm myself down and remind myself that I was right to have done what I did back then and I am right doing what I am doing right now. Does that make sense? Fortunately it made sense to me then and helped me calm down a little. We can’t change the past. Haven’t a zillion people already told us that? Then what are the regrets for? When you cannot undo or do something about the past. why crib and cry over it? What you CAN do is change your future by working on your present. So I am trying to focus my energy on that. 

In a fast paced world like ours, pausing is a luxury. No one does it. It’s too risky. “What if people move ahead of me?” “What if I can’t walk as fast later?”
Questions like these bother most all the time. That and the insecurity of being left behind. So we keep running. Aimlessly. Shamelessly. We keep running to not be the last ones.

Inaaya was bothered as well. In the rat race to move ahead, she was losing touch with herself. She was losing her identity. She was losing her voice. She was soon becoming one of them. She knew it. But sometimes knowing is not enough. Sometimes, in life, you need someone to tell you, to guide you. So she kept looking for that someone. Until her conscience finally asked her “Stop it. Will you?” And her only response was a sigh. “Finally you asked.”

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What is on me:

  • Top: Fancypants
  • Denims: Armani
  • Heels: Forever 21
  • Choker: Fancypants
  • Sling: Fancypants
  • Sunnies: Fancypants

 

With Love,

Inaaya

 

Photography credits: Prabhu

 

 

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Seven Haircuts To Try: 2016 Edition

Hello there!

How is everyone doing? I am not in one of my best forms, have been better. But well, that doesn’t stop me from blogging and talking to you all. ❤

I’ve been asked by a lot of you through DMs and messages on what haircuts to go for after you saw my super cool haircut (Just kidding!). I am so grateful to each one of you for the compliments and love you’ve showered upon me the last few months. Blogging has definitely been the best decision I ever made. It made me realize that there are so many wonderful people out there in the world I never knew existed. Coming to you guys whenever I feel low is a wonderful feeling. With all honesty, you guys are now a big part of my tiny little heart, so thank you. (:

And well, since you insisted (not!), I decided on doing one of my “SEVEN” best blogs for you. If you don’t know what I mean, you need to read this and this. 🙂

So here is a list of Seven Hairstyles you should definitely try this season. They are not arranged in order of preference so I love number 8 as much as number 1! Gotcha! There is NO number 8. Okay, Sorry.

  1. Layered Bob/Lob: Whether you have poker straight hair or wavy ones, this one is an absolute joy to have! It’s sexy and it’s low maintenance. Although if you do have voluminous hair you might need a little mouse to texturize it and tone it down. But if your hair is limp, this cut will give an added illusion of volume.
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  1. Bob With Bangs: Cute as cute can get, bangs are my favourite this season (for obvious reasons) but bangs with a short bob takes the cuteness a notch higher. If you really wish to chop off your hair, this is a haircut I am betting will make heads turn. Although I do recommend side swept bangs for a round face. Front bangs with a short bob on a round face may be a little overwhelming to have.
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  1. Over Grown Layers: If Selena Gomez has them, you shouldn’t need any further convincing. For all the women out there who are afraid to cut their length short but still want a change, this haircut is a classic. It’s modest and in vogue. I also like the fact that it works well with straight and wavy hair both.
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  1. Asymmetrical Angled Lob: An edgy haircut that’s trending this year is the asymmetrical lob. Although I would never muster the courage to try this (I have this thing about things looking symmetrical), if you don’t suffer from the same disorder I do, go give it a shot and share pictures with me!
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  1. Bangs with Long Hair: Yay! You know why this remains to be on the list right? If not, you should probably click here. Duh. Anyways, another long hair favourite, this haircut is adorable for more than one reason and it makes you look much younger than you actually are. So give it a try. A couple of my friends/followers have actually taken cues and gotten this cut already but if you haven’t yet, I’d suggest you give it a shot. But let me be honest, you don’t wake up looking like this. Atleast I don’t. Its all over my head like a halo. But it can be tamed. No need to stress out.
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  1. Angled Bob: Edgy yet feminine for some reason, this is a haircut you must try if you intend on going for a bob. You could keep them straight, wavy or curl them a little. That’s totally on you. But don’t they look amazing in side pictures? drools
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  1. Pixie Cut: Are you really an experimentalist? If yes, this is a haircut you must try. I do feel it looks best on angular faces with a strong law line though. But if you are round faced like how I am, and strong headed like how I am, you’ll get it regardless. 🙂
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I hope this article helped you in some way and gave you inspirations for your next visit to a hair salon. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to write in the comments section below or DM me on Instagram or inbox me on Facebook. If you want tips on what haircut would suit your face type, send me a picture of you on the above portals and I promise to get back to you. ❤

With Love,

Inaaya

 

Kind attention:

All pictures in this post are from various sources and we give full credits to the owners whosoever. All copyrights belong to their respective owners. These images are not intended to generate income for the artists or the writer and are being used only as references.

Raining Colours

Hola Peeps!

How are the monsoon showers treating you all? Monsoons are my favourite time of the year. Why?

Let me, maybe start from the start? I was raised in a small town in upper Assam with mountains and lush greenery as companions. Dikhow river was at a walkable distance and so were numerous tea gardens. When you see so much greenery around you, this is enough evidence to prove that it must rain a lot there. And well it did.

Mumbai rains remind me of Assam. The smell of wet mud and fresh grass, it takes me back to Assam, where I lived the first 15 years of my now nomadic life. 15 years that framed my character and made me who I am today. In a fast paced world that is pretty colourless, the rains fill colour in it for me. In a world that’s always in a rush, rains force me to pause, even if I don’t want to. And maybe that’s what I enjoy the most about them. It rains colours for me. Does it for you too? (:

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About the look:

I decided on wearing my cute cat-print skater dress with stockings today. Because why not! And yes I am guilty of enjoying wearing black and white way too much these days! Blame it on the fact that they are so versatile. Remember I’d said these Zara shoes are the best? I meant it. I practically have no shoes that’ll get me through the Monsoons like this one will. I did pay a steep price for these (Rs. 3499, I think) but it is worth every penny. I wear them almost every day with every outfit and somehow it ends up looking classy. It may burn a hole in your pocket, but it’ll be worth it. Trust me. ❤

What is on me:

  • Skater Dress: H&M
  • Stockings: Thrifted
  • Shoes: Zara
  • Jacket: Promod
  • Bag: Aldo
  • Hat: Forever21
  • Umbrella: I bought it from Andheri Lokhandwala. I don’t remember the name of the shop but it was in the lane of Wok Express, Jean Claude Biguine and all of that. There is a Dosa guy right next to the store! He makes the crunchiest dosas by the way! Ask for Paneer Onion Dosa. You are welcome.

 

With Love,

Inaaya

Photographer: Shripad Bandekar