Next Top Model with AXN

Hey family!

Here’s a little throwback to when I was 16. Just like any other girl living in Assam with no access to cellphones or video games, my only source of entertainment was either playing out in the fields or watching television at home. And hence I grew up like that. But in my teens, I do remember this craze for a lot of fashion related reality shows that were picking up and just like that, one of those shows took centre stage in my life: Next Top Model. 

If you aren’t aware about the Next Top Model, or NTM, let me first begin by giving you a gist about the show. 

NTM is a fashion themed reality television series and interactive competition organised in over 120 countries world wide. The crux of the show is that a number of aspiring models compete for the title of “America’s Next Top Model” and a chance to begin their career in the modeling industry. Like every other reality show, it has challenges in every episode and eliminations based on the performances of the girls. I absolutely love the series and the challenges that are thrown at them. So well, when AXN called me to be a part of a glamorous makeover by industry experts and feel like an absolute diva for a day, (just how they do in the show!) I was running in their direction, grinning ear to ear! Imagine getting super model make up and hair plus donning pretty shoes by Steve Madden while you are being taken in chauffeur driven cars to the venue: Yes, that’s the life. 🙂

Jean Claude Biguine got their hands dirty to give me the ultimate diva experience with some dark kohl smeared smokey eyes with a subtle mouth. Considering I have front fringes, we went for a clean poker straight look which I absolutely loved and one that complimented my outfit really well. The event was started with Khushi introducing us to the new trailer of Next Top Model and after we were done gushing over it (!), we had a professional photoshoot done with banners and the whole works! Talk about a dream come true experience.

Well, I may not be a model or even remotely the size or the part, but this activity just made me feel like one for a day and I am so thankful AXN got in touch with me for the same. While I know it is no easy task being a model, playing dress up for a day was nevertheless a fun experience. My love for the show has escalated to a whole different level as I watch it religiously every Mon-Fri 9pm and I can only ask you to watch it too! You will be hooked even before you realise it. Anyhoo, I’ll see you guys soon.

With Love,

Inaaya

 

An Indian Summer 

​A small headsup:

Waking up to the humid and itchy Mumbai heat is definitely not my idea of a Sunday but that was exactly the weather on this weird Sunday morning when I woke up with this sudden urge to shoot a couple of Indian inspired fusion looks for you all. I hadn’t done it in a while and it made perfect sense to shoot them that day (Atleast in my head!). So well this is a series of three looks I shall be posting this week. Hope you all like it as much as I liked styling them!

Honestly fashion isn’t always about splurging on new clothes but working around with what you have in your wardrobe and giving them a newer meaning each time. And although the pile of clothes keeps on increasing in my wardrobe, there are just a few favourites I cannot let go off. No matter how old or tattered they are, I find solace in old clothes. There’s a sense of belonging in them. To me they talk about a life I’d once lived, a memory faded now but alive only through the feel of the fabric or the tinkling of the bells on that necklace. 

This look honestly gives me the “Gaon ki chhori”  (Countryside Belle!) vibes and I love that about it. Not too cluttered, I tried keeping the outfit fuss free with just a necklace and choker layering and no other significant accessories.

Bless these fleas to introduce the mass to some good trends and brands! Although the dhoti really bulges around the crotch area due to excessive fabric, thanks to it being made for men (rolls eyes) I think my top hides it well. But what I really love is this earthy block printed top from Anokhi. I’ve had it for over two years now but that is the beauty of a good cotton, they do not wear out easily.What am I wearing?

  • -Top: Anokhi
  • -Dhoti: Sanyasi
  • -Mojris: Law Garden, Ahmedabad
  • -Necklace: Law garden, Ahmedabad
  • -Choker: Shein.com

With Love,

Inaaya
Picture Credits: Rahul Bhanusali and Akshay Shaji

Saree Genda Phool.

Saree has been my absolute go-to look when I have nothing exceptional to wear. Right from when I was two or three, I remember quite distinctly that I would wear all of Maa’s new sarees. She would fold them in half and knot the end to my tummy which would give the 3 year old me a pregnant belly but I couldn’t be happier about it! It was a happy kind of belly.

Over the years, my love for sarees has only grown and the admiration I have for this nine yards of wonder has helped me wear this versatile cloth in innumerous ways. Whether it is with a shirt or an off shoulder top, a body suit or with suspenders, as a dhoti or as a skirt: the possibilities are immense and you guys know that I have tried them all! It is a skinny girls sexy quotient and a chubby one’s delight. It hides your flabs like no other piece of clothing and yet somehow manages to make you look pretty.

I am not in the best of shape right now. With about 20 lbs extra on my body than I had last year around this time, this is a rather chubby version of me that I don’t like as much. And well sarees come to my rescue in this scenario.

However even after wearing sarees in all textures and styles, I have always shied away from a lot of bright colours. So for this look I tried challenging myself and trying something new. I got this saree from Flipkart and decided to give it an inḍo-western look. To keep my tummy and the love handles (that I don’t love as much) in place, I decided to wear a black off shoulder body suit. The black actually neutralises the otherwise over empowering orange and helps me keep the look edgy and not too loud. I tried balancing the desi and the videshi with the right styling and accessories. So while the earrings and the nath is really desi and traditional, the choker on an off shoulder top instead of a blouse was my way to balance it out.

Also did someone say gajras? For this look, I ditched the norms and opted for a marigold flower garland instead. I love how the yellow of the marigold is actually complimenting the orange in the saree, thanks to the black off shoulder!

You can select from a vast range of bright sarees on Flipkart and play with the styling to create a look which is a hint of videshi with a lot of desi. 

With Love,

Inaaya

Summer. Stripes.

“Inaaya hadn’t slept well for the last few weeks. The setting of the sun haunted her every night.  It reminded her of dark, cold empty chambers of her heart she didn’t want to visit. She struggled to sleep. The darkness around her was too overbearing. All she could think of was the loneliness that surrounded her. She wasn’t used to sleeping alone. The night whispered into her ears and her deepest fears started to creep in. There was anxiety. And then there was fear. She tossed and turned all night long and walked the empty corridors of nowhere in her dreams only to realise that light was not at the end of the tunnel: the light was within her. She was always alone. Everyone is. But she had herself atleast. And this was enough to ignite a spark and guide her back home. At least for the time being. In her heart she knew, this was the beginning of the end. Inaaya had never felt this way before. But she kept going in hope of making it work. She did not understand a simple fact that sometimes things aren’t meant to fall in place. Sometimes they are just supposed to not work out. And that is the beauty in them… she was to discover that soon though. The emptiness in her heart was a cavity not willing to fill itself. She struggled to keep the pieces intact. She struggled to smile and yet she did. She still looked up at life and smiled in the face. She was desperate, anxious, depressed even, but she wasn’t a quitter. But she knew deep down that the smile was a mask only for the world. Beneath it all, she crumbled. Silently. (: Everyday. Did it matter, though? Not really, she sighed. I’d brought this upon myself. I deserve eternal damnation for what I have done. For what I have lost, she whispered. 

If my stories are depressing you, let me know and I promise to stop. It is just easier this way. Coming here and writing my deepest thoughts and fantasies. 🙂

Anyhoo, hoe are you guys doing? How is summer coming along? It is freaking 42 degree Celsius in Ahmedabad and I am boiling every minute. The heat is just too over bearing! But that is all the more reasons to post good summer looks, no? This one here is inspired by the striped trend which is not going out of fashion anytime soon. The skirt is actually something I stitched myself. I am very proud of it! 🙂

What is on me:

  • Top: H&M
  • Skirt: Self-stitched
  • Watch: Daniel Welligton
  • Bag: Lavie
  • Shoes: H&M

With love,

Inaaya

A New Realm

 

Lips of velvet pursed and trembling;

Eyes searching for quests unsolved,

She entered the gates of a new realm,

When dimness turned to dawn.

Feet shivering to find their ground;

Heart thumping too loud,

Oh! the tension could be sensed 

in the way she stumbled around.

Pretty faces powdered white;

Long line at the bar behind,

Eyes Piercing through delicate lace,

Alas! There was no place to hide.

Unsure steps marked her entry;

Submissive and quite,

She struggled to stand tall

In a world full of lies.

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Hola family!

Hope everyone is doing well. This is a throwback post because it never made it out of my drafts folder for some reason! The poem was written in darker times but was the inspiration behind this shoot. I hope you understand it if not relate to it. We all go through paths that aren’t lit but the idea is to always remember that there is light at the end of every tunnel. To the times gone by and the times that are yet to come, I smile. 🙂

What is on me:

  • Dress: Splash
  • Heels: Talons Dor
  • Sunnies: Ralph Lauren
  • Sling: Aldo

Also, how do you like my shoes? Talons D’or have a customized shoe service where they let you design your own shoe. You can go through their services here. I designed these mint heels quite conveniently using their website and it was quite fun. Let me know how you guys like their services!  They offer wedding customizations too. Happy shopping, you guys!

Photo credits: Swapnil Junjare

Location: Asado, The Cocktail Street

With Love,

Inaaya

 

 

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