Monday, June 30, 2014

Denim on a Big Hair Day!

It has been a really long time since my last post. Although I had a lot of  fashion gossip brewing in my head, I could not find any time to pen down my thoughts as I got terribly busy furnishing my nearly barren house.

However, I am back with a classic summer trend which is easy to sport and beautiful to wear - Denims on Denims!

The day I sported this look, I went crazy with the volumizer and the resulting hairdo was really REALLY big. The pics have been taken after toning down that huge hairdo. I completed the look with a pair of moccasins and a big steel watch.
Photographer: Ashutosh Vidyarthi
Denim Shirt - Tommy Hilfiger
Denim Shorts - Forever New
Moccasins- Old Navy
Watch - Swatch




Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Fit is Fun!

Hi Friends,
Of late, I have received a few requests for writing a post about fitness/weight loss measures.
Honestly, I am a person who is strictly against promoting a specific body image and I believe everyBODY is beautiful. If you feel that you would look pretty only if you are thin, please remember that you are beautiful already and it is not a crime to have a little flab. Unless you realize you are beautiful, no amount of weight loss will help you feel good. Do not pay attention to people who tell you that you must be a certain size to look attractive. Instead, focus on building body strength and stamina. If you feel fit at a size 16, you are perfectly fine and have nothing to worry about. As clearly visible, I am not skinny myself!
However, we all know that a combination of healthy lifestyle, a balanced diet and a good workout regime is essential for a fit body and mind.
So here are a few tips to improve general health and fitness:
  1. Eat more of home cooked food – This is my number 1 rule as this is what makes the biggest difference. When you cook your own food, you know what is going into the dish. You can keep a track of your nutritional ingredients and increase or decrease the intake of a specific item.
Stir-fried veggies make a great dinner.
  1. Never, ever skip breakfast – Eat breakfast like a king. It is controversial as to which breakfast item is the best but anything is better than skipping breakfast. I generally satiate all my higher calorie cravings like cakes or fries during breakfast so that I have the entire day to burn them off. As for the other meals, I time and weigh them sensibly and try not to eat anything after 7pm.

  2. Water, water everywhere – Start your day with a glass of lukewarm water and a dash of lemon (you can also add some honey). I make sure that I drink at least 8-10 glasses of water throughout the day. Keeps me hydrated, aids digestion and makes me feel full.

  3. Switch your drinks and snacks– Replace alcoholic and other high calorie-high fructose beverages with fresh squeezed juices, skimmed/soy milk, herbal teas and good old water. Throw out the beer and cola cans (including diet colas) and stock up on fresh, healthy alternatives. Similarly, replace chips and cookies with fruits, carrot sticks and wholegrain crackers
    Green teas and herbal teas are great alternatives for coffee

  4. Do not assign cheat days – Although popularly advised, I have never benefited from having cheat days. The body generally craves what it does not get. The key is to provide everything in moderation before the craving begins. I find it more helpful to have two bites (not slices, just bites) of pizza or a quarter plate of pasta after my bowl of oats in the morning. I do not even need to do this everyday because even if I indulge in a few bites of my favorite dish once in 2-3days, it satisfies my taste buds.

  5. Share and split your food – Try to share food, especially when eating in a restaurant. I always share a dessert with my husband which means cutting down half the usual calories straight away! Also remember to split your 3 daily meals into 5 or 6. Smaller portions - more times. Include nuts and dry fruits into you diet as they make you feel full for a longer time.
    Dry fruits and whole wheat pretzel sticks make a great snack!

  6. Avoid the car – Walking and cycling are two of the best exercises. Leave the car or motorbike behind and get on your feet. It does not just tone up those legs but also tones up your thighs, waist and belly. Similarly, leave the elevator car and hop up the stairs. Keep your heart AND the environment healthy!

  7. Moderate but regular workouts – Yoga has proven to be one of the best workouts for me as it has the least side effect. It focuses on general mind and body health rather than weight loss. Weight loss would just be a pleasant by-product! The safest and easiest asanas are Pranayam and Suryanamaskar. I do a few light stretches and Pranayam followed by 30-40 sets of Suryanamaskar 4 days a week (caution: Do not practice more than 10 sets of any asana at a single stretch at least for the first 20-30days). As for the rest of the 3days, I walk around 5-6kms, skip rope or dance a little.

  8. Workout clothes – Do not hesitate from buying proper workout clothes. You are bound to feel more encouraged to work out, once you have spent a good amount of money and time in the preparation. Having breathable, properly fitted clothes also help ease out your workout sessions. A good, well fitting sports bra for girls is a must.

  9. Confidence – I repeat again, nothing will work if you do not have self confidence. Have the confidence to live life on your terms and treat your body the way you want to. Have the confidence to care only about being fit and not worry about being fat.
Please feel free to contribute your views and suggestions in the comment box!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Track Pant Inspirations

Track pants and track pant inspired trousers are making a huge comeback this summer and they are not going to be restricted to the gym or the jogging tracks. Be ready to take them to pubs and restaurants and even to offices.

These are sporty pieces of clothing by themselves. So this summer try not to wear them with tees or boxer tops but with cool shirt dresses, perky bright tops and even under light skirts or dresses. Replace the  sneakers with strappy sandals or high heeled pumps and a stylish bag!

Yet again, over accessorizing is a big NO this season so go for the bare minimum. Go from just "comfy" to "comfy glam" by adding a single clever piece of jewellery.

I chose to wear track pant inspired comfortable trousers with a bright top, tribal inspired necklace and quirky pouch clutch for a weekend dinner. Here are some pictures.

Photographer: Ashutosh Vidyarthi

Pants - Old Navy
Top - Forever New
Tassel Clutch - Bebe
Necklace - Old Navy
Pumps - Style & Co.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Ever Classic - Black and White

This is my favorite color scheme and these are the two colors that almost everyone has in his/her wardrobe. However, it gets a bit monotonous to wear this same color palette repeatedly. With a little twist we can get rid of this monotony and wear these colors over and over again.
5 Fun ways to spice up black and white:
  1. All white outfit with balck accessories: Wear a white dress with black shoes, black shades and a white and black scarf/purse. Shed off jewellery, load on glam!
  2. Hat it up: A casual black outfit can be taken up many notches if you add a cool black and white printed hat. You are sure to stand out in the crowd if you master the hat-trick right. (I am going hat shopping today..will post pictures if I find the right one.)
  3. Suspenders: Tricky trend but cool if you wear it right. Black suspenders with a white tee and white flared pants are very fashion forward!
  4. Bowties are Cool: Remember Doctor Who! Add it to the simple white shirt and black pants and see the difference.
  5. Printed Pieces: Add a printed coat or jacket to a single colored black/white outfit or pair a printed skirt/pants with a solid colored black shirt. It is much cooler than just wearing a single printed outfit.
In the photos below, I am wearing a black top and black shorts with a black and white animal print coat. I have paired it with black heels and black-brown sunglasses.
Photo Credit: Ashutosh Vidyarthi
Animal Print Coat - Forever New
Racer Back Top - Mango
Shorts - Only
Shoes - Calvin Klein
Sunglasses - Vero Moda