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!

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!

Winter Weddings

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.

Ethnic

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.

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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.

November Rain

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. ❤

Outfit Details:

  • Navy Blue Solid Shift Dress (Worn as a top) – Vero Moda
  • Yellow georgette tie and dye lehenga – Hi Life Exhibition, Hyderabad
  • Jewellery (Choker, earrings and ring) – Be a Glam Doll
  • Silver Satchel – Ginger by LifeStyle

Pictures by: Ram Chaitu and Nihal Reddy

Paisley

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).

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