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 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.
- Dress: H&M
- Heels: Steve Madden
- Choker: Shein
- Necklace: H&M
- Watch: Daniel Wellington
- Book: The Heiress by Jude Deveraux
- Picture Credits: Rushabh Shah, The Tilted Lens
- Location Courtesy: Mumbai Vibes
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.
What is on me?
- Dress: Mango
- Shirt: Promod
- Shoes: Max
- Bag: Kazo
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.
What is on me?
- Shirt: Mango
- Pants: Chemistry
- Heels: Qupid shoes
- Bag: Shein
- Choker: Shein
- Jacket: Vero Moda
- Sunglasses: Armani
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 🙂
- 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? 🙂
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!).
- 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.
- My last tip for you all is a list of things you could invest in:
- 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.
- 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.
- Biker Jacket: Whether it’s denim, corduaroy or leather, biker jackets never go out of style
- White shirt: One can never have enough whites. Versatile, fashionable and ever-green, you could always invest in another white shirt this sale season
- 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! 🙂
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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.”
What is on me:
- Top: Fancypants
- Denims: Armani
- Heels: Forever 21
- Choker: Fancypants
- Sling: Fancypants
- Sunnies: Fancypants
Photography credits: Prabhu
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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? (:
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.
Photographer: Shripad Bandekar