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

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

Kurta Skirts = Shadi Ready Ft. Flipkart

Hello Love!

I believe you guys know by now that yours truly is a Fashion Expert for Flipkart! If not, now you know. To begin with, the last couple of weeks have been crazy for me and I have been off the radar for a while, but I had a lot going on and I am so glad I’ve had you all by my side.:)

To make up for the lost time, this month I took it upon myself to make sure you guys are ready for the wedding season and we all know the most important part of any wedding is dressing up(!). Just kidding (not)!

Well, jokes apart, I have a really interesting way of dressing up for weddings which is both practical and socially acceptable (No, we are not wearing Pajamas!) and is also something that looks good: Kurta Skirt Sets! They are honest to god, number one on my list of to-wear-outfits for a friend’s mehendi or a cousin’s haldi. They are easy breezy, they are fun and did I mention absolutely chic? If you have a tummy like how I do, or are not really comfortable wearing short cholis and blouses, kurtas are your answer.
If on a budget, you can mix and match your kurtas and skirts but if you are not really sure about what would go best with what, Flipkart has a whole bunch of options you can pick and choose from.

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Coming to the styling bit, to style my kurta skirt set, I kept it really minimal and just wore my mom’s oxidized silver earrings, anklets and a cuff. With short hair, there’s only so much you can do hence I just tied them half up. I tried keeping my make up really basic and fresh since the look was more suited for a day event. Oh also, kurta skirt sets have been trending on Flipkart, and you can find yours there too!
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Until next time.
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

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