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.
Now Minimalist ≠ Boring! Summers are always about the happy, bright and feminine pastels styled in the simplest way.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 🙂
If there’s one night to go all out and turn heads, it has to be the New Year’s Eve. But the parties start way ahead, don’t they? From year-end office parties to family countdown get-togethers our social calendars are packed and celebrations are at an all time high. This season, make sure you take the sparkle with you wherever you go. Invest in that one shimmer outfit that you can get your hands on without any second thoughts.
I have lately been obsessing over any outfit that has to do with pleats. Even as a kid, I loved all kinds of pleated skirts – Box pleats, Cartridge pleats, Honey comb pleats…
For my year-end party at work, I got my hands on this lovely asymmetrical shimmer dress from Label Ritu Kumar. It’s a strapped, flowy A-line dress with accordion pleats. I originally wore it over a full-sleeved black crop top to keep from the chilly breeze. I finished the look with a chunky silver afghan necklace.
For this post, I styled it with an embellished jacket from Only. I personally am in love with this jacket; it’s quite versatile with the silver and gold sequin details. It could easily be that one go to element in your wardrobe to add that extra glam to any outfit.
Don’t miss my wedged sneakers that I bought a couple of years ago. They are your best companions if you are heading to a dancing night – Style and comfort assured 🙂
YES! Having a statement outfit for every party that you’re invited to is a tad bit too much. So go ahead and invest in some party staples and style them differently each time.
I recently discovered this Electronic Pop band called Muna and I’m in love with their music. My current favorite number is the Mahogany Sessions version of this song.
Christmas is just around the corner. There is a hustle and bustle on the streets, malls and markets with people shopping for their perfect outfits, sweets, gifts, and much more.
Christmas Ball is the most awaited affair of this season and of course, as exciting as it is, planning an outfit for a Christmas Ball can be overwhelming with the plethora of choices we have around us. This time around, forget the little black dress and throw them colors and fabrics together to create a one-off look. The Christmas party season is an avenue for every kind of high fashion trend from red ruffles, feathered embellishments to volume sleeves. Nothing is off limits.
Well, I don’t need to say much about the shift dress trend; it’s been around for a while and it never fails to make an impression and when you have those statement sleeves going on, you definitely have a winner. This wine colored dress with the little pocket detail from Zibiah has my heart. It’d make a perfect dress for that Christmas ball you plan on attending. The length and fit are just about right for anyone to twirl around that dance floor with utmost ease.
Going to the Ball with your date? The guys can always experiment with their accessories. Wear a scarf around your blazer and look suave. The Bowties as well, have had their share of moments in the men’s style spotlight. But this is one classic look that can take your look from drab to dapper. AJ Aaron looks sharp in this bowtie by Zibiah; the Christmas motif pattern just adds to the spirit of the season.
Zibiah is a fashion brand started by Beulah John, featuring Ready to Wear Outfits as well as Customized Clothing. The ready to wear collection is filled with unique new prints and quirky designs and the customized clothing offerings include creating outfits just for YOU within your budget 🙂
Saree shopping sprees with mom are what I’m reminded of whenever I think of handloom sarees; especially sarees from Unnati Silks. I’ve paid endless trips to this one-stop store which has now become a family enterprise. They are a saga of ‘Handloom for Women’ with varied handwoven and handcrafted products made by talented ethnic artisans from across 21 states in India.
Bengal, India, is known for its Bengali Jamdhani handloom cotton sarees with fine texture weaves, handwoven zari bootas and classic motifs. The hand-woven technique of Jamdhani is also a prominent feature across various other handloom varieties like Banarasi, Venkatagiri, Uppada, Kanchi and Darmavaram sarees.
The saree featured in this post is a Pure Handloom Bengal Cotton Tant Saree. The plain body saree with zari detailing on the borders and pallu, is a widely popular version. It is indeed an elegant affair, and it fits perfectly for a variety of occasions from casual get-togethers to formal functions. It is also a preferred choice for corporate executives. Tant sarees cover a wide range of dark, subdued and light breezy hues. They also come in beautiful double colored stripes on pastels, minimal floral versions that are quite impressive.
I have never been a saree person; I cannot for the life of me, manage to survive a day in one. That said, I cannot deny its elegance and sheer glam.
When I received this beautiful saree from Unnati Silks, I knew exactly how I was going to style it. I have been a great fan of the way Tia wears her traditional sarees with a twist. Her can-can skirts, with sarees draped differently each time, are a treat to watch. This is my attempt at one of her styles – The Saree as a half-saree with side pleats.
Have that elegant dress lying in your wardrobe that you’re contemplating on wearing to a chic Christian wedding but have your doubts about the sleeves? Layer your outfit by throwing in a blazer or a shrug in a bold color; I bet you can never go wrong with this and also keep the chill at bay.
Brocade + Velvet
The more you can mix fabric, the more fashion-forward you are; read this somewhere and I couldn’t have agreed more. For my final blog post in this series, I have chosen a fabric that’s probably every lady’s favorite – Brocade. This off-white beauty in brocade, that I got for a steal from Vero Moda – Marquee edition, has been lying in my wardrobe for over a year. It’s a sleeveless dress, with intricate embroidery around the waist. I love it for the fabric, the finish and the fit. To complete the formal look I chose a velvet blazer in ox-blood; the two colors and fabrics blend together to create a rich yet elegant look.
A pair of stilettoes in gold are a must have for a girl; but when you’re heading out to one of those weddings, throw a pair of your flats in the boot of your car, cos you never know who’d ask you for a dance that might last all night 🙂
Christian weddings always have me looking forward to the rock and rolling to old country songs. This is one of my favorites 🙂
Some trends come and go, but I’ve not seen anyone sporting the ‘Coordinated Separates‘ trend ever go awry. Taylor Swift has been rocking this trend for years now and looks super modish every single time.
Jacquard Velvet Separates
The second look that I’m featuring on my blog as part of the Winter Weddings series is my take on the ‘Coordinated Separates’ trend. This outfit would fit perfectly for a semi-formal wedding look.
For this look, I was inspired by one of Samantha Ruth Prabhu (now Akkineni)’s outfits that she posted on her Instagram. A subtle gold matching separates outfit in chevron and checks pattern. Ever since, I was on the lookout for something similar. Luckily enough, I stumbled upon this lovely olive-bronze pleated skirt from Kazo on Myntra and bought it without any second thoughts.
The jacquard and velvet blend of the fabric makes it a perfect choice for a formal winter wedding or even a pre-wedding ceremony. And who doesn’t love the houndstooth pattern? It comes with a boxy crop top in the same fabric with short flared sleeves.
The two are quite versatile pieces of clothing. If you are not a fan of matching separates, you could pair the top with a black skirt or palazzos in black or olive green. Give the boxy top a miss by teaming the skirt with a black or gold crop top and you’ll be able to pull off a whole new look. The basic black lace choker always helps me sassy up any outfit. I coupled it with an angel-wing detailed statement necklace and of course a mini sling to finish the look.
Got a winter wedding coming? It can become quite overwhelming to choose what to wear to a winter wedding. There are several things to consider while choosing a winter wedding guest dress, ranging from the formality of the affair, to your body type and personal style. You need to get the right balance between warmth and style this season. While putting together a winter wedding attire consider to include dark hues, rich (thick) fabrics and longer sleeves.
Velvet is a winner
Every so often you see an old style or fabric doing the come back. One such fabric that is back and here to rule the winters is the classic velvet. Velvet is always a winner when it comes to wedding wear in winter.
I’ve styled three different looks using a hint of velvet in each of them.
The first look I am donning is an ethnic one. A trend that’s been around for a while and is gonna stay is the crop top and lehenga. I’ve styled my ethnic outfit taking cues from this staple trend and experimenting a tad bit.
This uber chic yellow georgette lehenga is one of my best ethnic buys. I chucked the crop top and styled it with a polo neck velvet top (which in fact is a knee length body-con dress from Vero Moda). The length of the dress adds the extra warmth you would need under that flimsy sheer lehenga on a cold starry night.
I added the silver mirror choker to go with the gota lace detailing at the hem of the lehenga; it adds the extra edge to the otherwise plain look of the top. I must mention, I feel incomplete without a bag or a purse in my hand and hence I opted to wear my silver mini satchel to finish the look.
One of my all time favorite songs by Guns n Roses happens to have the most iconic video of all time featuring a really beautiful wedding. Who else loves this song?
More winter wedding looks coming soon. ❤
Navy Blue Solid Shift Dress (Worn as a top) – Vero Moda
Yellow georgette tie and dye lehenga – Hi Life Exhibition, Hyderabad
How many of you can relate to me when I say I know plenty of songs, some of them by heart although I haven’t watched the video or the movie that the song is from? Some of these songs that I know belong to none other than Ilayaraja. When I discovered he was going to be performing in Hyderabad, I had no two thoughts about attending it.
Hyderabad saw one of its most beautiful nights on Sunday with the maestro regaling the young and old alike. It was endearing to say the least, to see youngsters bring in their parents and grandparents to cheer Ilayaraja and his troupe (all the way from Hungary).