Friday, May 12, 2017

Guest Blog: DIY Patchwork

Guest Blogger: Sushmita Bhattacharya & her DIY Shoe

Remember how I posted an outfit with patchwork shoes a couple of weeks ago? (link here)

I was surprised when I saw the DIY version of these shoes came up on my Instagram feed. My adorable friend/sister-in-law, Sushmita, was the brains behind it.

Now, a little secret. I am terrible at DIY fashion projects. The last time I tried modifying my shoes, they became a goop of glitter and glue. I had to throw them out. So I requested Sushmita to do a guest post for me and she sent me this beautifully crafted piece. So, here she is and here is how to do patchwork perfectly. 
Hello beautiful people!

I am Sushmita Bhattacharya from Kolkata, India. I love DIY projects, creating something new out of the things I already have. Like most of you I have an undying love for shoes and what’s better than combining these two.

In a world where fashion trends change faster than anything, it is very difficult to keep up with everything that catches your eye. I know the struggle of not finding that exact thing in stores or buying it online, paying extra taxes and delivery charges. I loved the ongoing trend of patches and having been unable to find the patches of my choice in stores, I have tried my hands on making them myself. These patches are very easy to make and look perfect, casual yet chic, without burning a hole in the wallet. You can put them on your old tees, shoes, bags and give them a new look.

There are multiple ways of making patches. Here is how I made them.

Things Required :

*An old denim/ thick cloth-for the base
*embroidery rings
*embroidery threads and needle
*pen/color pencils
*fabric glue

Step 1: adjust the embroidery ring on the denim to keep the denim stretched . Keep the smaller ring at the bottom of the cloth and place the larger ring on top and adjust the screw to keep the cloth stretched.

Step 2. Draw the design on the cloth with a pen (you can also use a colour pencil in case you need to make corrections while drawing like I did.)

Step 3. Stitch the border of the design and fill the design with simple stitches.

Step 4. Cut the patch leaving a little cloth around the border and stick it to your shoes/tops/bags using fabric glue.
... and TADAAAA its done!!

Hope you have fun trying this out!

Keep visiting and keep spreading smiles!!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Stripe Me!

Hi All!!

I usually take all my pics at the same location, right in front of my house so that the focus stays on the outfit and not the background. Another reason, of course, is that I am immensely lazy. However, my photographer, who also happens to by husband, spotted this beautiful wall near the local train tracks and insisted that we do a shoot here.

I am not really shy but it is never easy for me to do a public shoot.  I get conscious and my brows furrow and I look like I swallowed a bug. So, I was relieved when I saw this spot which was concealed by buildings and trees yet sunny enough to pop those blues.

Don't those black and white stripes contrast well with those brightly painted walls?!

Photographer: Ashutosh Vidyarthi
Dress: LOFT (similar here)
Watch: Longines (link here)
Necklace: Tiffany (link here)
Shoes: Nike (worn here too)

Keep visiting us! And keep spreading smiles!!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Spring Shoulders!

Hi All!

Time for some musings. I recently read When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin Yalom and I became insanely philosophical. Then I read the Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht and that was a bit depressing. So now, I started binge watching Father Brown on Netflix and painting weird abstracts.

Also, I caught the shopping bug again. As a result, I bought a mélange of mismatched clothes. So, obviously, I had to shop again and again and the cycle thus continues. Anyway, a lot of clothes I bought are more fit for summer and it is still winter here in Oregon. If you love the feel of new clothes and accessories as much as I do, you understand how difficult it is to resist putting them on immediately. So, I decided to mix and match some winter wear with my latest finds.

This is one of the outfits, with which I felt immediately at ease. I love the quirk of bare shoulders with the thick black winter skirt. Since the top is quite fancy with its lacy white details, I steered clear from all accessories and just added a pair of white sneakers. I hope you like it too.

Photographer: Ashutosh Vidyarthi
Top: Loft (link here)
Skirt: Banana Republic (worn here before)
Bag: Victoria's Secret (worn here before)
Shoes: Nike (link here)

Keep shopping and keep spreading smiles!!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Playing Dress Up!

Hello All!

I am absolutely into monochromatic dresses these days. I haven't bought prints in a while and for good reason too. When it's a beautiful, bold, printed dress it becomes the nucleus of my look. As pretty as a floral or geometric print dress in bright, captive colors looks, there isn't much I can add to it. I am not a big fan of matching/clashing prints (yes... I know it's all the rage right now but it's not my cup of tea) and so if I wear a printed piece I just want to complement it with neutral accessories. However, if the main piece is a solid color, there are a lot of ways to play with it.

For example, I tried this simple plain dress with a blue blazer and it looked fabulous. I paired it with yellow floral pumps and it looked quirky. And in these pictures, I paired it with several black accessories to make it work for a lunch or a day at the office and it worked both ways.

Notice how the dress looks different at different lengths? I just wore the same belt in two different ways - one in which I puffed the top part of the dress around it so that the hemline would seem shorter and more playful, and the other in which I cinched the belt tightly around the waist, pulling the whole dress down and wearing it at its actual length.

I have also posted a picture with the blazer which makes the outfit look more professional and I have posted one with the dress sans accessories so that you get an idea of how the dress looked originally.

Photographer: Ashutosh Vidyarthi
Dress - JustFab (similar here)
Pumps - Shoe Dazzle (similar here)
Belt - Lauren Ralph Lauren (similar here)
Bag - Coach (worn here)
Fitness Tracker - Fitbit Alta (link here)
Blazer - H&M (similar here)

Hope you liked the post and the pictures! Keep visiting and keep spreading smiles!!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Back to Basics

Hola Amigas!

Someone says, make a career. Someone says, make a home. Someone says, you are too fat to wear that skirt. Someone says, that dress is meant for a voluptuous lady. Someone says, you should be married by now. Someone says, why did you marry so early. Someone says, you are a lousy cook. Someone says, you spend way too much time in the kitchen. Someone says, you are a terrible mother. Someone says, you are overbearing. Someone says you look sloppy. Someone says, your red nails are too slutty for office. 

We have all been there. Done that. At least one... if not all.

Your life is your story. The only one in which you will be the unquestionable lead. The only one in which you have the chance to say and do all you can. The only one through which you can show the world what you are made of. The only one that will be your legacy. Write it the way you want. Don't let the the world pen it for you.

At least once in a while, dance to your favorite tunes alone till your feet hurt. Eat a whole cake in one sitting without worrying about your weight. Wear your prettiest shoes to the supermarket even if it kills your feet. Wear the most seductive red lipstick and look into the mirror to seduce yourself. Watch the same movie over and over till your head explodes. Smile at a stranger even if you think you look like a fool. And love someone unconditionally because you will live just this once.

Photographer: Ashutosh Vidyarthi

Pants: J Crew (similar here)
Top: Abercrombie & Fitch* (similar here)
Bag: Aldo (link here)
Loafer: Madden Girl (link here)

*P.S.: After reading various controversial news articles about Abercrombie & Fitch and it's history of body-shaming, I have stopped buying anything from their stores. However, since I do not want to waste my old purchases, I continue to wear them.
(The statement is solely my opinion and is not meant to discourage anyone from shopping the brand