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

Spring is here

“Her smile was real.

She felt it too.

The muscles didn’t ache as much.

Her heart didn’t feel as heavy.

The laughter reached her eyes.

Today she smiled from within.”

The days had been dragging endlessly for Inaaya. From dawn to dusk and dusk to dawn, the dates would change, the clock would tick and yet nothing would really change. For her atleast. But today? Today was something different. She felt it too. The shine in her hair, the glimmer in her eyes, the bounce in her steps, the smile on her lips: why of course! Spring had arrived. And how! The mundane grey days were coming to a close as the sun shone handsomely and lit up her very soul. She laughed like a little girl and felt herself coming to life again. “I can leave them behind for sometime.” She thought to herself as her worries started to creep up again. “I can be myself for a bit.”

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Outfit details:

  • Top: Wooplr
  • Skirt: Forever 21 Contemporary
  • Shoes: Steve Madden
  • Barrett: Came as a gift 🙂
  • Watch: Daniel Wellington

Picture Credits: Rushabh Shah, The Tilted Lens

With Love,

Inaaya

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

The. Classic. Diwali

Happy Diwali!

 

I have been forever busy with preparations for a few new things planned with my label and that has pretty much kept me off social media. So well this is my come back effort to coax you guys into liking me again. Okay? Sharing a few pictures from the second look I shot with Sohail! 🙂

We kept it really subtle and classic for this one. A classic bandgala suit for Sohail in black and black shoes was enough to give him that suave look. And well I wore a white on white kurta set with a contrast dupatta. I kept it really subtle with pearl jhumkas and bangles and a pretty gold clutch to accessorize my look!

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Until tomorrow.

With Love,

Inaaya

 

  • Photography: Rushabh Shah, The Tilted Lens
  • Concept and styling: Shivangi Lahoty, With Love Inaaya
  • Special Thanks: Sohail Khan, Khan’s Couture

‘Em Rustic Diwali Feels.

Happy Dhanteras you all!

Diwali is right around the corner. Can you believe it? Last year this time I was working in a 9-5 job and struggling everyday to keep up with the fast paced life that I was living. This year I am in a flight to Ahmedabad as I type this blog post (on my dad’s loaned laptop). I no longer wait for holiday approvals before booking a ticket to home. I can also work at my own convenience. That also means I need to work 24 hours sometimes because I carry work back home.  I am my own boss and my own employee (as my mom likes to remind me every day!) But if someone asks me to go back and change any of it, I wouldn’t. 🙂

Diwali is my favourite festival of them all, minus the fire crackers and the toxic smoke, I love everything about it! I know this is coming in a little late considering Diwali is in 2 days but I really wanted to share two really easy looks with my family. And an added bonus? This time I am not alone. I have Sohail as my partner for a Mr. and Miss combination! Boys, are you listening yet?

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The first one is a very desi look for both of us. The idea was to combine a look from whatever separates we have in our wardrobes. In my case, I tried doing a DIY Garara set knowing that Shararas and Gararas are back in trend. The skirt I am wearing is made out of a saree I had bought from Khadi Bhandar. The dupatta was actually a felicitation gift given to me a few months back at this fashion show I had choreographed (a little bragging there). The kurta is Fab India. Combine whatever is in your wardrobe and voila! You have your own budget version of the Garara set!

Sohail doesn’t have a lot of ethnic clothes. I think for someone who doesn’t wear Indian at all, it was a rather nice gesture on his part to agree on working on this blogpost with me. But we cannot deny we had a really hard time figuring out what could be combined to make a dressy and wearable Indian wear look for men without a lot of choices. Finally we found this kurta in his wardrobe that is a short, really casual grey linen kurta with patialas borrowed from Zaid. The look goes with his taste and doesn’t make him very uncomfortable about being in ethnic. I love the black mojris he wore with the look. Understated yet let’s the other person know that we know what we are doing!

The second look? Tomorrow Shoomorow! I promise

 

With Love,

Inaaya

 

  • Pictures: Rushabh Shah, The Tilted Lens
  • Content, Styling and Concept: Shivangi Lahoty
  • Special Mention: Sohail Khan, Khan’s Couture

Mirror.Mirror. Ft. AlterMirror

Hello Family,

One thing fashion blogging has taught me in the last one year is that all of us wish to look and feel good about ourselves. Who doesn’t want to get noticed and complimented for how they are carrying themselves? I doubt anyone would say no to that! Over the last few months, a lot of you have approached me for styling tips, make-up advice and hair care regimes. And believe me when I say it that it makes my day to see your questions and interact with you! While I’ve tried to do my best and answer all the queries that keep coming in, it made me realize that there are a lot of people out there who need advices on fashion, make-up and hair but do not have the right resources or the time to go for consultations. Enter AlterMirror – a mobile grooming app – that resolves all these issues and more. AlterMirror allows one to get expert advice and supervision on grooming without having to invest in any extra products or services. The idea is to help you look fab with what you have.

Fortunately for me, I had the luck of stumbling upon this app last week and I can honestly vouch for the quality of their services after having used the app. The app breaks down all barriers of distance and time and connects you to the best grooming experts from around the country who answer all your queries about fashion, make-up, hair and total grooming. So how does it function? Let me break it up in 7 steps for you:

  • Step one: Download the AlterMirror Android app from Google Play Store
  • Step two: Fill in your profile details and upload a cute picture of yourself
  • Step three: Select from the 4 services offered on the app – Makeup, Hair, Fashion and accessories and Total Grooming
  • Step four: Browse through the profile of all the Consultants offering the service that you have opted for and select a Consultant of your choice
  • Step five: Book an appointment with your selected Consultant
  • Step six: Make sure to show up at your designated time of appointment and call your Consultant using the video calling feature of the app
  • Step seven: Introduce yourself and ask your Consultant all the questions you have on the service that you have opted for

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Sometimes I feel being new to the world of make-up, there are so many tricks of the trade that I am unaware of. Hence the moment I saw this app, I knew what I wanted out of it! I booked an appointment for a Makeup session with Neelam Kamall who is a Bangalore based Makeup artist and it was a wonderful experience! Neelam was patient enough to answer all my questions. Due to a lot of late night work and stress, I’ve developed these dark circles that never seem to go away. My big question to Neelam was how I could hide these dark circles using make-up until I got back to my daily sleep routine. Did you know that one is supposed to use a darker shade of concealer instead of a lighter shade under one’s eyes to hide dark circles and blemishes in general? I may sound like a dummy but honestly I had no idea! Neelam also helped me with the kind of foundation that would suit my T-Zone skin type and work in the humid Mumbai weather. My questions weren’t stopping anytime soon but she was patient enough to answer them all. The conversation lasted 23 minutes or so and the video quality of the app was great. There were no voice lags or hazy frames which is usually the case when you are video chatting and travelling at the same time. So if you are someone who is always on the go and doesn’t have the time to go to experts for consultation, this app could prove to be quite useful. At Rs. 350, a grooming session with an expert regardless of where you are is definitely not too heavy on the pocket. The app is in its launch phase and is offering a Rs. 100 off on your first consultation. Use the Coupon Code AMPROM01 until October 15 to get this price off.

Unless you are a professional, we all need grooming tips and advice that is personalized and relevant for each of us. While there are other sources of such advice like YouTube, the advice there is very generic. I have seen a lot of tutorials on YouTube and I know it is useful overall but often a more personalized experience can make a lot of difference. Try the AlterMirror app to believe it and let me know what you feel about the app and its services. I would love to hear. 🙂

With Love,

Inaaya