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

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

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

 

 

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

Garnier Ultra Blends

Garnier is a part of the French cosmetics company L’Oréal. It is a pioneer brand when it comes to cosmetics on a budget. But they surely went all out there when it came to Visual Merchandising. For the launch of their Ultra Blends range, Garnier set up a display at Phoenix, Lower Parel and boy was I amazed! The very vibe of the place was so beautiful and fresh, it had me hooked. If you don’t believe me, look at the pictures down below!

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THE PRODUCTS

Do you believe me now? 🙂 So there were 4 product ranges that were launched. And the best part about them is that they are very reasonably priced and of course, they smelled delicious! A shampooo bottle priced at Rs. 120 can be bought by any of us to give a try. An honest request, use the products atleast 3-4 times before deciding if it suits your hair or not.

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To make it easier for you, let me give you a break down of which product would suit which hair type according to me:

Ultra Blends Soy Milk and Almonds shampoo

The formula here is a blend with Soy Milk and Almonds, known for their rich protein content. They vouch that it intensely repairs and restores damaged hair. But I feel my hair felt incredibly soft with every wash.

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Ultra Blends Henna & Blackberry Nourishing Shine Shampoo

For those of you who have dull hair that lacks shine, this formula might work wonders. The reason why hair lacks shine is due to lack of nourishment. This range is a blend with Henna & Blackberry and not only does it nourish your hair but also gives it shine.

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Ultra Blends Royal Jelly & Lavender Anti Hairfall Shampoo

Those of you worrying about your hairfall, worry no more. Atleast for brittle hair, this product might help some. Hair tends to fall more when it is weak and fragile so this formula is a blend with Lavender Essence & Royal Jelly, known to be rich in amino acids, vitamins and lipids. It helps reinforce and strengthen your hair.

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Ultra Blends 5 Plants Revitalizing Shampoo

The city life exposes our hair and scalp to a lot of pollution, dust and heat, making it weak and lifeless. To revitalize your hair, this one here is a blend with 5 precious herbs- Green tea, Eucalyptus, Aloe, Lemon & Henna – known for Anti-oxidant power, Anti-bacterial property, Moisture, Shine and Conditioning respectively.
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Let me know if you guys actually use them and what are your reviews!
Until Next Time.
With Love,
Inaaya