Lace Fixation

This blog post has been sitting in my drafts for months now, and I decided to finish up today, a gloomy Friday morning. This look has been one of my most liked on my Instagram.

My love for anything lace has been clear and blunt. I still vividly remember paying endless trips to ‘Cheap Jack’ in General Bazar with my mom to pick up the perfect lace fabric for those dreamy outfits.

All of 12, I remember putting together an outfit that I had in mind; a flared lace skirt, a solid shirt and a lace crop jacket to go with it – all in peach.
It was my go to outfit. I would want to wear it to every place we go until I finally outgrew it. Ever since, I’ve not really owned a full lace outfit as I grew weary of anything mildly flimsy. Wearing something sheer or lacy meant factoring in a lot of things; the delicacy of the fabric, the translucency et al – just too much work.

However, when @women_and_dresses sent across this beautiful dress it made me oh so nostalgic. I readily agreed to style it and I think it is safe to say that I cannot seem to part from my love for lace after all.

I think my Instagram speaks a lot about my new found love in beige and neutral tones. I feel like I’ve been leaning towards this aesthetic a lot lately. Keeping it simple and minimal. And of course, the gold brogues; I have had so much love coming from people for these. I picked these up from Ajio over a year ago. I’ve been hunting for them in black but haven’t been successful 😦

Let me know how you like the new look on my blog 🙂

Love,
Rad All Day.

New Year, Rekindle!

‘I was wondering after all these years you’d like to meet?’

I still remember writing my first blog post of 2018 – Whimsical Blossom.

I still remember the grim and dreariness of the beginning of the year as if it was just yesterday, although a year has gone by.

As I mentioned in one of my recent Instagram posts, I was in a place where I was on the verge of giving up on everything I was doing, because I couldn’t believe I gave people the power to hurt me. It altered the way I thought of myself, the way I perceived every emotion and relationship; love, patience, forgiveness, and friendship.

Although my blogpost of 2018 had me saying, rejuvenate, renew, and regrow, I found myself unable to do those myself, because I was met with far more difficult situations as the year went by. Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, they did. And how!

However, writing was something that strengthened me. I was able to draw courage from all the messages from people. I was able to write my heart out whenever I felt the need to. I may have hurt some emotions and feelings in the process, but it was needed. It was needed, that I bring out those words.

I look back at this year as the most difficult year so far, but that is not going to stop me from making the coming year better. The struggle has strengthened me, reinforced my beliefs, and restored my faith.

As a first step towards making this year a better one, I spent the last couple of weeks trying to rekindle some friendships that I thought didn’t hold any significance in my life. However, now my comprehension of them seems to differ and for good. 

Rekindling old friendships or relationships is quite a vacillating pursuit. But it’s never impossible. 
I came to realise that no matter how wrong someone has done you or how wrong you’ve been to someone, there’s no way it cannot be mended. Holding on to anger and shutting yourself off isn’t the only way out, always.

When you know you can look someone in the eye and not be enraged by their wrong doings, you know you’ve overcome. It is not easy, but it is not impossible either.

It has been a good start to the year after all.

One song that also kept me going was, Everybody Hurts by R.E.M.

Listen to it here: Everybody Hurts


Outfit

Before my favourite kid could leave to pursue his dream at FTII, we met for a couple of shoots together and this was one of them. I never got a chance to post them.

I put this look together to channel my love for White + Denim – The Classic. Paired a pale blue denim with a vintage-y off white shoulder frill top.

I have been musing over Jenna Roi Long‘s Instagram feed for a while now. The hat was inspired from one of her posts.

As always, this kid creates magic with his pictures. I mean, is that even me?

Outfit Details:

  • Off-white Top – Only
  • Blue Denim – Levi’s
  • Gladiator Sandals – Forever 21
  • Sling Bag – Zara
  • Hat – HnM

Pictures by AJ Aaron.

Hope you guys have a great year ahead.

Love,

Rad All Day!

A Walk Through Art

An unusual start to a Sunday morning; dawn broke, and while on any other winter morning  I’d be snuggling under the quilts, here I was, on my way to discover the art district of Hyderabad.

Always been a fan of down_trodden‘s work (funny no one knows his real name), and when he announced this meet, I was all game to attend it.

The StreetMeetHyderabad, first of its kind, was the epitome of what goes down when a bunch of bloggers and shutterbugs get together at an art district! Although the location has been an attraction ever since it’s inception, this was my first ever visit and I knew instantaneously why it was an obvious choice for a Street Meet. As we walked around the art donned walls, we were met with playful stares from the locals.

Bloggers were clad in their ‘street’ best, coalescing smoothly with the graffiti-filled walls and posing for the shutter bugs attempting to create aesthetic content for their socials. I have been to Instagram meets earlier, and unlike other meets this one was high on energy owing to all the color and art around us.The locals although gawking at us, were engrossed in their own world as this a common site for them (frequent visits from photographers). As we passed by, we saw women drying out their clothes in their verandas blocking our view of the art on the walls of their homes.  But heart of hearts, they were beaming with pride knowing that their locality is of course an attraction for many.
The StreetMeetHyderabad made up for the long overdue official world wide Instameet that couldn’t happen this year for some reasons.

StreetMeetHyderabad was featured in the November 12th edition of the Hyderabad Times. Read here:

Maqta peeps gawk on as shutterbugs make merry

Outfit

What better outfit than a pair of denims and a solid T-shirt for a street meet?
I have been wanting to own a T-shirt in olive green, but my struggle knew an end only in the Men’s section. I picked up the smallest size possible and I think it did a fairly good job. Accessorized the look with a choker and a couple of dainty chains, one of which just slid under my T-shirt and I kept thinking I lost it the whole while. :/

Backpack from Accessorize

Shoes from Steve Madden

Posing with Himstylejournal

The talented down_trodden also documented the walk in all its glory to create this stunning video!

Pictures by Vamshi Bhasham and Roydan Dsouza

Vintage Dreams

Old school never goes out of style; in technology, in music and almost everywhere. It is no surprise that old long-playing vinyl records of the 1980s and 1990s have been making a steady comeback thanks to dedicated audiophiles. They also make for quaint interiors. Oh so #tumblr. Age old Yashicas too.

The same goes for fashion.

When was the last time you looked at something so beautiful that you just didn’t want to get your eyes off it and took all the time in the world just to stare? Well, of late this has been happening to me with all the vintage clothing that I poozle on Instagram, Pinterest and just about anywhere I can find them.

My day usually starts with me listening to music, sipping on my daily tea and scrolling over my Instagram feed, basically ogling over all the Vintage and Victorian era fashion accounts that I have been following. I am so old school, so I’ve been told; probably that explains it. Well, my choice in TV shows tells a lot – Crown, Tudors and Vikings and of course my choice in music too.

Vintage fashion:

Why it keeps coming back: It complements curves and looks polished but never over-the-top. It’s a classic amalgamation of elan and ease.

How to wear it now: Sophistication lies in the details. Bow-tie kitten heels or vintage-y jewelry can effortlessly class up your outfits. For a rather subtle look, spruce up an old jacket or blouse with a dainty brooch, earrings or a scarf.

Some of the vintage clothing accounts that have been inspiring me:

Outfit

I hope to buy some authentic vintage clothes off of Etsy or a walk-in store someday. The ones that date back to their time. Someday, sigh! But for now, I have experimented and curated a look that is inspired by all that I have been browsing through.

I paired a chic nude peach shirt with a button down skirt in grey tones. The bell sleeves on the shirt and the concealed placket detailing add all the drama to the outfit. Subtle mini floral print on the skirt blends so well with the bougainvillea in the  background. Played up my eyes to a heavy smokey look to make the look all the more edgy.

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Outfit details: 

  • Concealed Placket Shirt with Bell Sleeves: Vero Moda
  • Printed Maxi Skirt with Pleats: Ajio
  • Chunky Heels with Criss-Cross Straps (Not seen in pictures): Ajio
  • Earrings: Forever 21
  • Watch: Fossil

Pictures by AJ Aaron

The one song I can think of that sets the tone for the pictures on this post is by Gabrielle Alpin.

Hope you enjoyed this post.

Love,

Rad All Day.

 

 

Back to School

| Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be this hard
Oh take me back to the start |

Rewind to a few years ago and June was the most exciting month cos that’s when you could go back to school. Well, not really! Sometimes I kind of dreaded the idea of it –  with all the assignments, projects, exams here and there – but there’s no denying the little excitement of meeting old friends and making new ones and learning new things.

It’s ironic that this post is going live on the last day of June, if I had procrastinated any longer it would lose its relevance? #NotProud.

We’ve all come a long way from schooling to college to professional lives. Growing up has been a roller coaster ride that we never imagined of. I dint even know what a roller coaster was until I was 10.

The truth about ‘growing up’ is, there’s no right way of doing it. Each to his own. We’re all transformed by the choices we make; some of which we are proud of while some we’re not very sure about. At any given time, we’re usually under-prepared for what life has to offer and we try really hard to make sense of what is happening around us.

From all of my encounters so far I have made a few observations about life that aren’t very straightforward. That to endure life in its true sense means to go through all of its twists and turns and yet be agile and strong!

  • Find your answers

    In this journey of growing up, nobody is going to have the answers to your questions. You will have to seek them, time after time, all on your own. And when you do find the answers, you will be engulfed with more questions. Well, that’s how it goes on; if you’re not out there looking for something you will lose the drive for life.

  • Time doesn’t wait

    Time always goes by! Figure out how to treasure the moments you spend. Be available for people who need you and also be occupied enough to not waste the precious time you have at hand.

  • Rejection is part of growing up

    We all fail in life at some point. It could be anything, a job or a bad break up. But every rejection comes with a lesson and we need to be able to embrace the rejection and learn from it.

  • Friends don’t always stay

    And that’s really okay! Some friends do, some friends don’t. You will always make new friends as you graduate through different phases of life.

  • Letting go is the key

    You cannot hold on to something that impedes your growth. If you have to evolve, you have to let go of that something that’s tying you down to the ground.

As you grow up, you realize how important it is to be yourself. Most of the time we get stuck in a rat race of growing up, doing the right things, and making it big in life. The essence however lies in finding the true purpose of YOU and living up to it.


YES! I will not make this an ‘all motivation‘ blog post. Fashion story right here…

The first thing that came to my mind when I was thinking about ‘Back to School’ was the ‘Divided Skirt’. Although it was a uniform, I loved wearing those with the wide pleats.

And to channel my love for this trend I put this outfit together.

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Outfit Details:

  • Blue Denim Skirt: Ether from Jabong
  • Black Crop Top: Forever 21
  • Boots, Belt and Choker: Forever 21
  • Backpack: Accessorize.

Pictures by Arshad

Love,

Rad All Day!

Roots

A few years down the line, on a hot summer morning; wouldn’t you love to dig your wardrobe and have that ideal summer dress in the perfect fabric? Would you want to care to hoots about what’s trending or what’s not? Get on the Slow Fashion bandwagon.

The term Slow Fashion is doing quite the rounds on all platforms concerning fashion; but it can only be operationally defined, as a string of words cannot completely explain its meaning.  However, it can be synonymously used for “trustworthy” fashion. Every so often we’re presented with heart wrenching tales of ‘I made your bag, I made your clothes’ – the victims of high/fast fashion as they call them. Slow Fashion started out as a movement to overcome this trend with time.

Slow fashion as the name suggests aims to decrease the speed of production, consumption and disposing by enabling you to place greater appreciation on your purchase. You might want to carefully consider an acquisition, concerning fashion, instead of having just another addition to your wardrobe which may be only worn for one occasion.

Makes you Responsible

Love how Ankita points out in one of her posts, that over the years she’s accumulated way too much jewelry and how in an effort to change that, she has stopped buying cheap accessories completely. What she is consciously trying to do now is to ‘invest’ in pure/precious metal jewelry that will last forever and can be passed down to anyone and more importantly, acquired from brands and people whose aesthetics she deeply admires.

While buying clothes, we’re willing to pay for anything that we think looks good on us. Slow Fashion encourages us to slow down and be conscious about our decisions while shopping.

Educates

Revolving around the concept of being able to know who made your clothes, where was the fabric sourced from, how much time did it take to create it and how different things came together for that particular piece of fashion to come to the market; Slow fashion helps us discover and educate ourselves on the process. It also enables us to not compromise on quality as we are aware of the process behind it.

It tells a story

It highlights the craftsmanship of the people who make them and weaves a story of where it came from. Investing in Slow Fashion helps us express ourselves, what we stand for and what we feel, through the clothes we wear.

It helps you tell a unique story. Slow fashion brands are usually small-scale, making indie clothes and most pieces are hard to be recreated. So, it’s quite unlikely that you’d pass by someone on the street wearing the same top. If you do, it gives you a chance to interact with other people out there who are keen on investing in the same fashion that you do; it helps you strike a chord.

Builds a Community

Shared passions and purposes are what drive these movements and they make way for lasting relationships between, the makers, the brands and customers. This automatically changes the process of purchasing; it moves away from merely purchasing some goods from a seller to investing in a shared vision because you respect the people who make exactly what you love and helps you familiarize with other people who share the same interests.

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Roots by Nangalia Ruchira

One such name for Slow Fashion that we had the chance to work with is Ruchira Nangalia. She hails from Jaipur and her love for the place transcends into her creations.

Her newest collection titled “FLUID’ is an amalgamation of stripes and hand-looms with a hint of androgyny rawness. The collection is the epitome of Jaipur’s immemorial craftsmanship translated into a contemporary form.

A juxtaposition of handwoven fabrics sourced from South India in earthy colors mixed with a mustard palette gives it that freshness needed for summer. The designs, needless to mention, are bold, raw, and chic in character confabulating an androgynous yet feminine look.

Outfits: Roots by Nangalia Ruchira

Love!

Rad All Day.

Here Comes the Sun

Sitting at home and devouring mangoes, this is my ideal summer day!
Doesn’t it feel like just a few days ago we were greeting each other with new year wishes and yanking each other over our new year resolutions? Time really flies and Summer is here already.

There’s much to envy about Hyderabad, including our summers. Unlike most cities summers here are, yes HOT, but at least not humid. They can be a little too harsh and scorching at times but with the right choice of clothes and summer essentials you can be ever ready to beat the heat in style. I have tucked away all my warm clothes in my closet and have brought out all the summery outfits to keep the heat at bay.

Go minimalist 
Now Minimalist ≠ Boring! Summers are always about the happy, bright and feminine pastels styled in the simplest way.

Comfort:
Don’t give comfort a miss this season. Choose outfits made out of fabrics that are breathable. Cottons are always your safest bet and of late linens have been a big hit.

Colors: 
When it comes to summers, choose pastels. You can never go wrong with them. Pastels can be worn all year round, but during summers they induce a certain calmness.


How cool is this pastel blue dress by The Yellow Label? I took inspiration from The Greyhalfway and styled it with a chunky belt and boots. This is definitely my idea of a perfect summer brunch style – pastel, cotton, printed, volume sleeves – ah!

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About The Yellow Label

The Yellow Label is a modern Indian clothing label based out of Jaipur. It is a contemporary interpretation of Indian crafts. What I love about them is, while their motifs and fabrics our Indian, their color palette and silhouettes are chosen to meet the needs of modern Indian women. They handpick all our of their materials (including linings, threads & buttons), and work closely with the printers, weavers, vendors and manufacturers.
Love,
Rad All Day!

Bridal Musing!

So, you are getting married! Did you ever imagine the array of questions that you’d be asked ever since you made that decision to get married – what do you want your wedding to look like, what are you wearing, have you decided on the venue, are you having a destination wedding?

Well, who would have thought planning a wedding would be so stressful?

The first tip to get these sorted is to calm down and make a plan. Do not worry, there are numerous sites and apps that will help you plan and execute your dream wedding just the way you want it. Start your research early and you will realize that it’s not all that difficult to make your dream wedding come to life.

Of course,  I don’t have to worry about a thing as I can safely say I’ve already had my tryst with my bridal look long before I even thought of getting married. Thanks to Abrianna’s Bridal Studio. A couple of weeks ago my friend who runs Abrianna’s asked me to be a part of a Beauty Expo that was happening in Hyderabad for the very first time and I readily agreed.

Donning one of Abrianna’s beautiful wedding gowns, I sat in front of an exhilarating crowd, while the super talented Samaira dolled me up with her mad makeup skills using Pac Cosmetics. While I sat there for about an hour and a half, without a clue about what’s happening to my face, I saw Samaira in her true element as she kept the crowds glued to every single thing she had to say. I was blown over by the outcome. I absolutely loved how she matched my eye makeup with my earrings – a pop of green to play up the face and the entire look.

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Before taking the stage to get my make up done!

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Samaira in her zone

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Would you look at how gorgeous the lace up back is 🙂

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Planning a wedding can be overwhelming but with your plan in place and the right people around, you can, in fact, get through with it quite smoothly:

A few tips that I’ve gathered from various blogs and a few friends whose weddings I have helped plan:

  • Start shopping early and set a budget.
  • Use Pinterest and Instagram to discover various options. Create boards and save your favorites (not just for gowns but also for decor)
  • Pick your fabrics and search based on that. Depending on which season you plan to get married, choose an appropriate fabric. Create a keyword list – for example, net can-can gown or satin flowy wedding gown.
  • Try a few looks (make-up) beforehand and schedule your dress trials close to one another – so it is easy to compare between looks.
  • Choose your Bridal Party early and plan their looks well in advance. They need to be in sync with the whole decor as well and you can never be sure of each one’s availability and comforts.
  • Always take the steering wheel – a stylist may suggest various things – but trust your instincts.
  • Shop for them undergarments wisely and advice your bridal party too.
  • Pay attention to all the accessories – flowers, veil, wreath etc.

About Abrianna’s: 

Abrianna’s Bridal Studio is a one-stop shop for a bride. It provides luxurious made-to-order wedding gowns that are truly affordable. They make sure that every bride has their undivided attention and focus on helping them create the Gown of their dreams.

They offer couture, designer, individual appointments with consultations booked with a stylist to ensure your appointment is tailored to your style and need. Everything at the studio is chosen carefully with a wide range of options from accessories to gowns.

Gown by: Abrianna’s Bridal Studio

Makeup by: Samaira

Pictures by: Reinhard and Noel

I realized I did not share any music in my last post; not gonna miss out on that. Since this post is all about weddings, what better than this love song by Shania Twain. I absolutely love her attire in this video.

Love,
Rad All Day!

Timeless Drapes

Do you go back in time when you flip through old photo albums of your mom and realize that some trends are called ‘Classic’ for a reason and they stay true to it all times?

The Timeless Drape, the Saree is surely a marvel in Indian clothing. It showcases an exquisite sense of luxury and elegance that is a symbol of subtlety and feminity.

What better way than to work with the lady who wears her sarees like second-skin, Ankita Katuri.

Silk

Burrowing into our moms’ wardrobes, while we were discussing our looks, we made sure we picked some vintage sarees. Silk sarees in Ikat and Kanchi Pattu sarees with heavy Zari borders were what ruled the age of our mothers and we wanted to experiment with these trends and bring them back to life.

The color palette of Ankita’s pick is to the key. The contrast of colors played up with heavy zari is something that you could still pull off at a wedding with the right jewelry and that customized contrast blouse. The Saree that I picked was an Ikat silk one in a lovely lilac/lavender color and the subtlety of the saree is what makes it a timeless piece.

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Cotton Silk

The second look was a blend of plain Cotton Silk sarees paired with elaborate jewelry and contrast blouses. Cotton Silk is one of the most comfortable fabrics and the Sarees can be draped hassle-free in less than two minutes. If you are someone who is apprehensive of carrying off a heavy saree, cotton silk sarees are your safest bet.

I am personally in love with Ankita’s style, I have always been. Working with her was a sheer pleasure. The elegance she exudes in every outfit that she dons is RAD!

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Tips for styling Sarees:

  • Always keep some spare blouses in neutral colors – Black, Silver, and Gold. You never know when they’d come handy.
  • Choose Classics over Fancy. In my opinion, you can never go wrong with a classic saree.
  • Choose fabric and color over style. Do not overdo the saree look with overembellished picks; it steals it off of its elegance. You can always play it up with jewelry.
  • Pick your underskirt wisely. It is what will decide the look and fall of the Saree.
  • Ensure the Saree is pinned and secured.
  • Understand your body type and drape accordingly. There are various styles to drape a saree; it will probably take another post to sum that up 🙂

Jewelry by: Manjha Shop & Myesha

Pictures by: Subham Swain

Love,
Rad All Day!

Whimsical Blossom

My first post of 2018 is coming a bit late, actually a whole lot lately.  2017 has been a year of new experiences, one being the genesis of this blog. 2018 started off on a high note as well, but we all have our downs, don’t we? I am going through one of those phases right now and it doesn’t look great down here. No, I am not going to steer this blog post away from fashion but going to make it a little different.

Winter has come and gone and Spring is here. A lot of festivals are celebrated in India to mark the coming of spring and it is indeed one of the most beautiful times of the year. And why shouldn’t it be? It resonates with philosophical ideas of Rejuvenation, Renewal, and Regrowth. I have learned it the hard way that, if we are hurting, we should let ourselves; but we should also pick ourselves up until we have seen the full picture of the glory of spring that we have been longing for.

Rejuvenate 

Most times we are so caught up in our own world, our phones and our problems that we almost always forget to give ourselves a break. How about just taking a step back and rejuvenating our real spirits?

Renew

The season of renewal is at our doorstep; Let’s not beat a dead horse over mere new year resolutions, but let’s vow to renew ourselves to do better and better in life.

Regrow

Every situation that we find ourselves in is caused by us. This may sound scary, but it is the truth. However, the good news is that the more we are willing to take responsibility for, the more freedom we have. Only we have the power to change the things we are going through and regrow like a lettuce that sprouts a whole new head after being chopped.

Outfit

Flowers, a symbol of freshness and rejuvenation are synonymous with spring. If there is one staple/happening spring trend then it is got to be florals. The upcoming warm seasons will find designers and brands experimenting with vivid floral canvas artwork in every color.

I’ve tried to add a little drama to the narrative of these pictures – transcending the gloom of winter to a vibrant spring. The maxi-dress in a burnt orange shade with the ornate floral print made it a perfect choice for the mood that I was trying to set for this post.

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This beautiful acoustic track by Tall Heights, an electro-folk duo based in Boston, is one of my top picks currently.

Outfit Details:

Pictures by: Vincent
Assisted by: AJ Aaron and Shevanee

Love,
Rad All Day!