Vintage Summer Vibes

Hola family!

With vacations fast approaching, we are all looking for places we can head out to and explore. I am sure a lot of us would have our Pinterest wanderlust boards in place. Also the new Instagram feature for saving pictures in different boards doesn’t help either 🙂 I ḍig that new feature and have made twenty some boards already! (Just Kidding!)

But the point is, if you can travel, great. No one would be happier than me! But if for whatever reasons you cannot get time out just how I can’t, let me share something I do to make myself feel better: I read.
Cliche as it may sound, books transport you to another world all together. Its magical how mere pages with ink on them can take you to a different space. While growing up The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton used to have that effect on me. They would give me an adrenaline rush each time an adventure would start. I would be Anne sometimes and George on other nights but I would love reading them. Reading helps you evolve. It helps you grow worldly wise. So read, my dear. This is a fashion blog but not all bloggers are dumb hangers you know? Some of us have brains too. And I happen to be an academically sound one. So yes you can discuss your favourite books with me. My all time favourite (other than the HP series , duh) is Shantaram and The Book of Tomorrow.  🙂

Coming to fashion: What am I wearing? I love dresses. I cannot stress enough on how convenient and functional they are. But this one holds a special place because it is a pastel mint with polkas: an absolute eye candy for a retro era lover like yours truly!
Anyhoo, the dress is my recent summer purchase and if you have seen my recent haul on summer shopping with Maa you’d know exactly what I am talking about 🙂

I think the colour is perfect for a day look and the tan wedges just make life so comfortable (and tall) for me. The floral choker gives the right hint of summer vibe to this look and since the neckline is a little low, I took the liberty to team it up with some layered gold pieces.

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Outfit details:

  • Dress: H&M
  • Heels: Steve Madden
  • Choker: Shein
  • Necklace: H&M
  • Watch: Daniel Wellington
  • Book: The Heiress by Jude Deveraux 

 

 

 

With Love,
Inaaya

 

  • Picture Credits: Rushabh Shah, The Tilted Lens
  • Location Courtesy: Mumbai Vibes

The Solitary Reaper

Now is the time you can say, “Oh hello stranger!” I get it. I deserve it, okay? Go on. Say it. I have been pretty much dead on my website for the longest time and you guys have every reason to hate me for leaving you alone for all this time! But can I atleast try and make up for it? Give me a chance?

Enough with the cute talk, if you are reading this, you have probably decided to give me a chance so “HELLO!”

As we close on 2016, I have a total of 4 story posts (I know I am sorry!) that have been in the drafts section of this site for the longest time and deserve that much needed attention. This one is my favourite and my personal best I feel and I am sharing raw unedited pictures straight from the camera. Inspired by a childhood favourite poem, “The Solitary Reaper” this idea and concept came in quite effortlessly. However, I have to admit that the trek up these treacherous hills required some extra efforts! To give you a better understanding of the mood, I have shared the poem below. Enjoy reading!

‘The Solitary Reaper’

Behold her, single in the field,
Yon solitary Highland Lass!
Reaping and singing by herself;
Stop here, or gently pass!
Alone she cuts and binds the grain,
And sings a melancholy strain;
O listen! for the Vale profound
Is overflowing with the sound.

No Nightingale did ever chaunt
More welcome notes to weary bands
Of travellers in some shady haunt,
Among Arabian sands:
A voice so thrilling ne’er was heard
In spring-time from the Cuckoo-bird,
Breaking the silence of the seas
Among the farthest Hebrides.

Will no one tell me what she sings?–
Perhaps the plaintive numbers flow
For old, unhappy, far-off things,
And battles long ago:
Or is it some more humble lay,
Familiar matter of to-day?
Some natural sorrow, loss, or pain,
That has been, and may be again?

Whate’er the theme, the Maiden sang
As if her song could have no ending;
I saw her singing at her work,
And o’er the sickle bending;–
I listened, motionless and still;
And, as I mounted up the hill,
The music in my heart I bore,
Long after it was heard no more.

-William Wordsworth

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What is on me:

  • Ikkat Culottes: Inaaya
  • Top: Inaaya
  • Watch: Daniel Wellington
  • Brogues: Street Style Store
  • Hat: Shein.com

 

With Love,

Inaaya

 

  • Concept, Styling, Talent: Shivangi Lahoty
  • Photography: Rushabh Shah, @TheTiltedLens

Pahadi Shaadi. :)

Hello there family!

It is coincidental how I was actually reading And the mountains echoed by Khaled Housseni when I traveled to the mountains where Mussoorie awaited a band wagon of 350+ people for the union of two families in what we commonly call holy matrimony. I really needed this break. The last two months could be summarized in one word: crazy. From odd working hours, to no sleep, to running around and just being exhausted all the time is how I’d define 2016 so far. Can you believe we’ve already completed 1/3 of the year? May is half gone! But first thing first: Mussoorie. ❤

50+ people woke up early in the morning with their bags packed and met at Ahmedabad Junction to board a train which would take us to Haridwar from where we intended on taking a halt for lunch, and then drive to Mussoorie. 26 hours of playing Antakshari (a song game where one person starts a song from the alphabet “M” usually and the person next to him/her has to sing a song from the last alphabet of the last word in the song that has been sung. This is just for my international readers! Haha!), Housie, Cards and just laughing without any reasons, we finally arrived at our destination: Jaypee Manor Residency. It was a beautiful property set not quite exactly in Mussoorie but a few kilometers down hill. The breathtaking view this place had made me fall in love with it, not once, not twice, but every time I looked out of my room’s window. It seemed like every room had a mountain facing view that was drool-worthy. 🙂

  • For the travel I was dressed comfortably in printed denims and a round neck tee. I also carried with me my denim shirt just in case it got chilly and well, also because its kind of long so I could save myself from the butt show while climbing up the seats! Haha. I am brutally honest sometimes but hey! These are tips you guys could use. 😀 I’ve never traveled this long in a train so well, it was a little overwhelming but the good company made up for it. Make sure you carry a good book, some lotion, your headphones and a hand sanitizer in your hand bag. Rest you can do without.

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  • For the DJ night, I wore my favourite grey dress with a Kimono on top. It was comfortable yet chic. Just some subtle make up with a dark lip shade took this look from day to night for me.

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  • The next day I wore my hair down with just a light lip colour and some good perfume. I knew I had to put on make-up for the Sangeet already so I kind of avoided makeup in the morning. I wore this beautiful Anarkali in cotton because well, Mussoorie is hot in the day time. Atleast it was while we were there. If you are going for a destination wedding, make sure you carry a couple of changes that don’t occupy as much space but give you the option to get comfortable if you are tired. Also, carry a pair of sneakers and flats. You never know when you might get bitten by the Wanderlust bug and decide to sneak out.

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  • In the afternoon, we had a couple of hours to ourselves so I quickly changed into a crop top and skirt I was carrying just in case and snuck out in an old white Ambassador to explore a little bit of Mussoorie. Walking down to St. George’s College, I had the good fortune of meeting these beautiful girls who were on their way back home and agreed for a picture! So much cuteness in one picture! After exploring a little bit of our surrounding area, we went to Mall Road and did a quick walk uphill from where we took a Ropeway to the top of the hills. The view there was surreal. Just clouds all around as your company and the mountains smiling back at you as you try and preserve everything in your heart. 

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  • Sangeet was a sorted affair for me. Wearing too much is never right. Always accessorize smartly is what I’d say if you ask me. My main highlight for the evening were my beautiful Amrapali earrings and my hands. I avoided wearing a lot of jewelry like most of us usually do. Less is more. Please remember. 🙂 Being a bindi lover, you’d see me wearing bindi everytime I wear Indian and this day was no different. Quick tip: You don’t have to drape your lehenga in the same old fashion all the time. Experiment a little. Do a saree drape, just let it fall your your shoulders, do anything but the Gujarati style. It has become quite a regular way of wearing the lehenga. 🙂

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  • A plain kurta and a Bandhani dupatta is what I wore on the last day of the wedding for the Carnival. Also, taking the “accessorize smartly” notion forward, I wore just statement earrings which were actually self-made. Remember you don’t have to wear heels at all times, comfort comes first. Definitely for me.

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  • I’ve worn this lehenga twice in the past and each time has been so different than the others. This time I absolutely love how my eye makeup is really doing all the work. The slight twist on the front and leaving the rest of my hair open was also convenient I feel. It looked effortless and was very quick to achieve. You do NOT have to do crazy buns and spray unlimited hair spray on your hair each time there is an event. For a destination wedding specially, you can try temporarily straightening your hair which will be easy to manage and also stay for two days atlas. It’s a safe investment if you ask me. 🙂

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These were my seven looks in Mussoorie and well, although it was a short trip, I did have ample fun thanks to Disha and Hanish. I hope you guys enjoy reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it down for you and I also hope my tips and tricks help you while you plan your next trip to a destination wedding. I am sorry I don’t have the best set of pictures for this one, but getting a photographer to Mussoorie could have cost me a little too much, don’t you think? 😛

Just Kidding.

I love you all.