Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Fair Day!

Hi Friends

I attended the Portland Rose Fair this weekend. It was a colorful and fun festival full of music, fragrant roses, and aromatic delicacies. Apart from the usual elephant ears, churros and such, there were some old fashioned swirl cakes, fried apple pies with cream and deep fried crunchy rose petals with salted caramel syrup. I and my husband were initially a bit hesitant to try the last one but it turned out to be really delicious!
There were a lot of thrill rides, some of which were unimaginably dizzying to even look at! I played a few hands at some silly yet fun games and managed to gather a few teeny-tiny prizes.
It was a somewhat hot afternoon and we had to spend quite a few hours walking in the sun. So I chose to wear a really loose fit, cotton baggy dress with a pair of strappy flat sandals. I also threw on a long, wide red scarf to add some color and for some light insulation in case the weather got chilly around evening. Posting some pictures below.
(I also had on, a pair of dangling pearl earrings which aren't visible, so, will post pictures with them some other time. )
Photo Credits: Ashutosh Vidyarthi
 Dress - Very Old
Scarf - Esprit
Sandals - Guess

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tribal Trysts

Tribal trends from all across the globe are finding place in our wardrobes. Turban hats, huge beaded necklaces and feather hair clips are just some of the many high-fashion items that are making waves. Tribal prints similarly, have inspired many designers the last few seasons and continue to do so. The eclectic mix of patterns and use of an unlimited, never-exhausting palette of colors is what makes tribal prints so popular and easy to wear.
These prints can be both in bright and soft, nature inspired colors. You can wear them either with other printed separates or solid colors. Since these prints are so diverse, they can be worn almost everywhere ranging from office meetings to night clubs. Depending on the occasion accessorize with complementing ethnic tribal pieces or simple, sophisticated pieces to strike an impressive contrast!

  1. Avoid horizontal/broad patterns on wider body areas.
  2. If on edge with this trend go for soft monochromatic patterns.
  3. While wearing ethnic patterns to a formal event, pair with neutral, structured accessories.
  4. For a decluttered look, replace multiple tiny patterns with simple, clean prints.

In the pics below, I am wearing a pair of tribal inspired printed trousers with a solid color racer back top in a complementing shade. The geometric pendant is the only piece of jewellery I am wearing with this outfit. The colorful sling bag and neutral wedges complete the look.

Photo Credits: Ashutosh Vidyarthi
 Printed Pants - Banana Republic
Racer-back Top - Mango
Wedges - Steve Madden
Bag - Holii (India)
Pendant & Chain - Only

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Liebster Award

To start with, I thank my lovely friend and amazing blogger - Kate from KateLouiseBlogs for nominating me for the Liebster Award. I really appreciate the thoughtful gesture Kate! Liebster Award is a great way for new bloggers to connect with each other. Additionally, it helps readers know the person behind the blog more personally.

An introduction to the rules for this award:
  1. Post the award on your blog
  2. Thank the blogger who presented the award and link back to their blog
  3. Write 11 random facts about yourself
  4. Answer the 11 questions posted by the presenter and ask 11 for your nominees to answer
  5. Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 1000 followers
  6. Let the nominees know you have nominated them

So, here are the 11 random facts about me:
  1. I am a dreamer...what is it to live without a million dreams!
  2. I strongly believe in the freedom of expression - art, literature, fashion..everything.
  3. I have a huge collection of dolls and I watch Strawberry Shortcake cartoons almost everyday!
  4. I am a lazy bum - my bed and I share a magnetic relationship.
  5. Despite my love for fashion, I use makeup very rarely - except for my red lipstick.
  6. My love for good food makes me a somewhat good cook as well.
  7. I am a poet at heart and I am working on a poetry collection that I would like to get published some day soon.
  8. I am a cry baby...I cry a lot while watching movies, listening to sad songs, reading newspapers and books and ofcourse...dicing onions!
  9. I guess it is true for everyone but I would still mention that I really love my family and friends.
  10. The best days are the ones that I spend with my husband watching stupid movies at home and cooking.
  11. I love the idea of love -  a mother's love, a sibling's love, a friend's love...any love is just LOVE and love is wonderful!
Now, moving on to Kate's questions:
  1. You are being marooned on a desert island and can take only one item of makeup with you. What would it be? - My Ambition red liquid lipstick from LUSH.
  2. What's the most treasured item of clothing in your wardrobe? - A beautiful soft pink jute silk saree gifted by my mother-in law.
  3. Who or what inspired you to start blogging? - I wanted a platform to express my passion for fashion without encouraging fashion snobbery. Starting a personal blog was the best way.
  4. Which do you prefer - bright lips or dramatic eyes? - Bright lips any day!
  5. What's your favourite book and/or film? - My favorite book  - The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and there is a tie between my favorite movies - My Fair Lady (English, 1964) and  Chupke Chupke (Hindi, 1975) . 
  6. What is your dream holiday destination? - A big, beautiful, uncrowded beach.
  7. Who is your biggest fashion inspiration? - Audrey Hepburn - There is none like her!
  8. What would you say is your best character trait? - I am a good listener even though I talk a lot.
  9. What's your biggest fear? - Hmmmm...this is embarrasing - I am still  extremely scared of ghosts.
  10. What is your favourite food? - I love Indian and Italian food. Although being a vegetarian by choice, I do miss out on some of the really good fares of both cuisines.
  11. What's your current favourite nail varnish shade? - Mandarin Orange.
Here are my questions for the nominees:
  1. What is the color that is most dominant in your wardrobe?
  2. What would you like best to do on a warm, clear spring evening?
  3. What are your two must have makeup items?
  4. Are you a coffee person or a tea person?
  5. How would you describe your personal style in three words?
  6. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be?
  7. What inspired you to start blogging?
  8. Who is your favorite fictional character?
  9. What is your guilty pleasure?
  10. Which fashion magazine would you suggest to your readers?
  11. What kind of music do you like?
Below are my nominees (based on Bloglovin followers). Please feel free to ignore me if you've done this already. My sincere apologies to some of the really great bloggers whose names I could not include due to the restricted number of nominations.
  1. FabFashionaire
  2. HeyPrettyThing
  3. CocoCami
  4. MuiloBurbulai
  5. Olivia'sCatastrophe
  6. VivaEpernay
  7. ChicStreetChoc
  8. ToyasTales
  9. AllThingsSweetpea
  10. EmilyLavenders
  11. SummerFling


Monday, May 12, 2014

Faux-Wrap Dress

Hi Friends!

My weekend started on a slightly bad note with an accident at the salon. I hate going to the salon so I only visit my nearest one, once a month for getting my eyebrows done. I have been going to the same salon for the last ten months and everything went smoothly every single time. However, this time the lady must have had something else on her mind because she waxed off at least 1/5th of one of my eyebrows!! Now they are so bad that they do not match each other at all even after her manager tried her best to fix it later. It was quite frightening for me to see my reflection in the mirror for the initial 5-10 minutes...now I am just hoping my eyebrows grow back soon to their original shape.
A piece of advice - Be very careful about choosing salons, especially if you are letting someone touch your face.
The same day I had to go for a wedding reception. It was of one of my husband's colleagues. It was kind of an informal get-together, yet, I saw the window of opportunity to dress up a bit and so I did! I wore a blue faux-wrap dress with matching shoes, a statement necklace and my favourite clutch. Well...that clutch goes wonderfully with so many outfits that its hard for me not to love it.

The dress had come originally with a thin black leather belt which was not very flattering. This dress already cinches the area above the waist perfectly so I removed the belt. I also unstitched the hoops on the sides of the dress meant for holding the belt.
Photo Credits: Ashutosh Vidyarthi
Faux-Wrap Dress - Arrow
Blue Peep Toes - Zara
Clutch - Forever New
Necklace - Aldo

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Feeling Blue!

I just love wearing monochromes! It is really fun to use different shades and tones of the same hue to create an entire outfit. A well coordinated monochromatic outfit spells class and elegance making the simplest pieces look gorgeous. It is a great way to take a break from the fashionably safe and prevalent albeit slightly common color-blocking. Just be sure to go for colors that are light on the eyes since you have to wrap yourself up in the same hue head to toe! The safest colors to play with are blues, grays, pinks and greens.
I found this beautiful leatherette jacket from Guess at a very good price on sale. I love the button detail around the neck and the look that resembles denim! It is very versatile and I will be posting pictures of it with other outfits quite soon.

(By the way, denim jackets are totally in vogue this spring and fit almost any outfit perfectly. So, if you have any shopping budget this month, a denim jacket should certainly be on your list!)



Photo Credits: Ashutosh Vidyarthi

Jacket - Guess
Racer-back Top - Mango
Jeans - Levis
Shoes - Nike
Watch - Police