May 11, 2018

The Summer Edit: Chapter I

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"It's a smile,
It's a kiss,
It's a sip of wine,
It's summertime!"
~ Kenny Chesney

Yes, summertime is here and that means longer days, colder drinks, lazier afternoons & a shinier sun!
Of course, it means a rejuvenating summer vacation too...and I've just had mine! Hence, I've been MIA for a while. #facepalm

I spent a glorious week in the beautiful country of Jordan with a couple of my girlfriends....and I just couldn't have asked for a better start to the summer of 2018!
Of course, that means I have loads of travel posts coming up soon!!!

But, before that, I wanted to share a few Summer looks that I had shot before leaving for the holiday.


This summer, I collaborated with one of my favorite multi-designer ethical fashion stores in Bangalore - Timri - to create some summer looks from the new collections available at the store!
The store is full of fresh SS '18 collections from some of the coolest (but little-known) small designer brands from around the country....and I went ga-ga putting together looks using the clothes & accessories! 
Here's the first look - an easy-breezy, summery outfit; perfect for any occasion - from Sunday brunch with family to flea market shopping to the BFF's birthday party to even an off-site client meeting!












[Everything (except shoes) from Timri | Handloom cotton dress: The Indian Sparrow | Necklace: Paulami | Sling bag: Madras Motifs | Earrings & Bracelet: Alankaraa | Ring: Glasshopper]

Photography by: Arjun of Arya Photography

As you can see from the above pictures, Timri is a beautiful & quaint boutique space that stocks some of the most interesting brands from all over the country. They bring beautiful, handcrafted garments & accessories to the people of Bangalore, and also to others through their website
Timri can be your one-stop shop for all things pretty, ethical and comfortable! If you haven't been to the store in Indiranagar, Bangalore yet; then it's time you visit it to take your pick of slow & sustainable fashion!

So, update your summer wardrobe with easy-breezy clothes & accessories available at Timri - take a cue from the look I've put together - and beat the heat in style!

Stay tuned for another summer look, curated from Timri, that'll be coming up next!

Till then,
Drink loads of water, swathe on the sunscreen, bring out those oversized shades, and keep it stylish!


March 31, 2018

Neutrals With A Pop Of Pastel

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Let me confess my degree of laziness to you right now.

I had these pictures lying in my folder since January when I had shot this look....and I've been too lazy and/or too caught up with work till now to post about it!!

March has actually been a whirlwind of activities and travelling.......and am dead beat right now! *phew*

Summer is already here in full swing, and layering doesn't seem to be a good idea anymore. But, this outfit is a nice light layered look for Spring, or even for the cool, rainy evenings (like what Bangalore is experiencing since past 2 days).

I still have shitloads of work calling out my name from my never-ending To-Do I'm keeping this post short & sweet.

Over to the pictures!

[Shirtdress (worn as jacket): c/o I Am Trouble | Black maxi dress (worn inside): Howrah Bridge | Fringed belt: Koovs | Pastel pink bag: Splash | Necklace: Colaba Causeway, Mumbai | Rose gold reflector sunglasses: AliExpress | Rose gold metallic sandals: Shoppers Stop | Rose gold watch: Tommy Hilfiger]

Photography by: Arjun of Arya Photography

This cool, street-chic beauty from I Am Trouble is one of my favorite pieces that is actually a maxi shirtdress. But, since I always keep looking for interesting layering options, I thought of trying it out as a long jacket, and it works! I love the smart yet subtle cityscape pattern woven in the edge where the two different shades of grey meet - isn't it cool???

What's probably cooler is my absolute favorite statement fringed belt that I had got from Koovs almost a year back! This belt is great for cinching in the waist in the most stylish way possible....and is a great piece that instantly makes heads turn! #win

But, my go-to summer bag this season is definitely this pastel pink bag from Splash which doubles as both a backpack as well as a slingbag/handbag! How chic is that!!
Plus the color is ever so perfect for summer!

So, as you can see, this summer, you don't have to say goodbye to your beloved greys, blacks or navys! Just add a stylish dose of pastels through accessories and separates, and you'll be summer-ready with effortless ease!

I have tons of content that I want to put up on the blog.....but Time is being a bitch right now! :(
Hope to be able to do it all soon!

Till then, don't forget to follow me on Instagram for all fashionable updates!

March 01, 2018

A Celebration Of Colors

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"Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams" ~ Paul Gauguin

We can't think of a world without colors.
Colors are an essential part of our life and soul.

In our country, Spring is welcomed with the festival of colors.
Holi, Dol or Basanta Utsav is a celebration of happiness, new beginnings and all things good - celebrated through the language of colors!

I have always had a soft corner for colors - be it in fashion, or decor, or even my art. I love all things colorful, so it's no surprise that Holi is one of my favorite festivals of the year.
As Spring approaches, I veer towards my most vibrant prints and outfits.....and this year, I thought of celebrating the Spring colors by mixing two trending Spring-Summer patterns - florals and checks!

Florals are synonymous with Spring fashion and colorful checks are slowly making their way from runway to reality this season.
Hence, here's a laidback and casual fusion look that shows you how to mix patterns with effortless ease!

[Floral printed kurta: Westside | Denim culottes: Vero Moda | Checkered scarf: Westside | Red suede loafers: Westside | Embroidered clutch: Street market, Jaipur | Fringe earrings: Street market, Pune | Watch: Kenneth Cole]

Photography by: Arjun of Arya Photography

Here are a few ways you can flaunt vibrant colors and mix prints this season with ease:
  • Keep the colors complimentary, so that the two different prints don't clash with each other
  • Keep one item of the look neutral so as not to go OTT with the colors - my favorite denim culottes make for the perfect bottoms with this bright kurta and brighter scarf!
  • Accessorize, accessorize and accessorize. Accessories are great for adding fun pops of color to any outfit.
  • Play with proportions - you can mix bigger checks with smaller checks for a fun look. Or go for oversized florals with small polka dots  for a chic pairing.
  • Experiment with colors. Step out of your comfort zone and try wearing bright colors or colors that you don't wear often. You never know, you might just chance upon a new favorite hue!! (In my case, it's yellow!!)
  • Balance out colors wherever possible - for example, the red of my earrings complements the red of my shoes.
  • And lastly, have fun! Follow the big trends, or create your own ones. Experiment, enjoy and embrace colors like your second skin!

On that note, I'm writing this post sitting in my room in a homestay in Shantiniketan where I'm spending Holi! (Check out my travel stories on Instagram - @styleprism)
In case you don't know, this is the town of Rabindranath Tagore's famed Visva Bharati University where Holi is celebrated in a beautiful cultural melange of dry colors, performances and festivities.

How are you all spending this colorful day???
Do let me know!

February 11, 2018

My Latest Haircare Regime #4FabulousHair {Review: Himalaya Anti-Hair Fall Range}

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Since I have semi-moved to Bangalore, I have been having issues with hair fall...coz we all know that the water here does not suit everyone hair-wise! 
That, and the pollution, irregular lifestyle and frequent travels have made my hair go from bad to worse, without me having the time or patience to properly take care of it. :(

So, when Himalaya sent me the #4FabulousHair hamper sometime back, I was ecstatic to see it contain their entire Anti-Hair Fall range - from hair oil and shampoo to conditioner and hair cream! 
I started using it around the middle of January, and as I write this 10 days into February, I can safely say that I've seen the effects of these haircare products on my hair over this period of time. I won't go as far to say that the Himalaya Anti-Hair Fall range has solved my hair problems 100% (I'm guessing it would need more time for that), but I can surely say that my hairfall issues have reduced by at least 60-70% of what they were before. Not to mention, that my hair feels softer, smoother and easier to manage when I properly follow the haircare regime with these products!

Now, let me tell you that no product is miraculous enough to get rid of your woes in just one use, or in whatever way you use it. Every grooming regime has a proper process to follow and you need to be disciplined and regular about it if you want to see positive results.
So, here are the easy-to-do-at-home hair spa steps using the new products from the Himalaya Anti-Hair Fall Range that'll leave your hair feeling nourished, healthier and stronger.

Step 1: Oiling

If you don't oil your hair, and yet think that you should have fabulous hair, you are gravely mistaken. Oiling is an indispensable part of any haircare regime, and without regular oiling, your hair will lack bounce, lustre and nourishment. 

The Himalaya Anti-Hair Fall Hair Oil, enriched with extracts of Bhringaraja and Amalaki, helps strengthen your roots and prevents hair fall. Part your hair and apply the oil on your scalp. Massage the oil gently into the scalp with your fingertips, in circular motion, for the oil to get absorbed into the scalp. Soak a towel in hot water, wrap your hair in it and leave it for 30 minutes before washing your hair for best effects.

Step 2: Shampoo

Choosing the right shampoo for your hair is an important step towards its care and nourishment. If you are faced with hairfall, dry hair, dandruff or other hair woes, then you must use a shampoo that has ingredients to nourish, nurture and care for your hair. If your existing shampoo is doing nothing for your hair damage issues, then it's time to change it!

The Himalaya Anti-Hair Fall Shampoo helps reduce hair fall with its ayurvedic composition of Bhringaraja and Butea Frondosa. This shampoo also conditions the hair to make it soft, and makes the hair texture smoother. While washing your hair, gently massage the shampoo into wet hair and scalp. Leave it on for 2-3 minutes and rinse thoroughly. Repeat if necessary. 
The best part is that this product can be effectively used on all types of hair, and also on colored or chemically-treated hair!

Step 3: Condition

Using shampoo on your hair and not following it up with the right conditioner is the biggest injustice you can do to your mane. A conditioner is must for helping make your hair soft, bouncy and smooth. So, don't skip the conditioner at any cost. Ever.

The Himalaya Anti-Hair Fall Conditioner contains Butea Frondosa, Bhringaraja and Chickpea which helps in nourishing hair, preventing excess hair fall and makes your hair silky and soft. Once you have washed off the shampoo, gently apply the conditioner on the whole length of the hair. Rub the required quantity on both palms and apply it on all strands - from base to tip. Leave it in for a couple of minutes and rinse thoroughly. 
This product is also effective for all hair types as well as chemically-treated hair.

Step 4: Protect

A leave-in cream is necessary after every hair wash, so that the goodness of the shampoo and conditioner stays in, and your hair reaps the benefits by getting softer and smoother. These kind of creams can also double up as hair oils, or as styling products while straightening or curling your hair.

The Himalaya Anti-Hair Fall Cream, with its herb-based formula containing Bhringaraja and Amalaki, is a great product for reducing hair fall and strengthening your tresses. After conditioning your hair, take a small amount of the cream and gently apply it on your damp strands. Regular use of this cream will help maintain healthy hair. This cream can also be used on all kinds of hair, and can even be applied before straightening or curling your hair as a protective serum.

I've been following these steps religiously for some time now, and I must say it's made a marked difference to the condition of my hair. My hair fall issues have reduced quite a bit and my hair does feel softer and smoother. So, yes, I'll continue this routine for healthier and stronger hair!

Hair fall is an issue faced by most women - specially ones residing in urban areas, with hectic work schedules and irregular lifestyles. So, Himalaya's Anti-Hair Fall Range is a welcome way of making sure your hair stays on your head (instead of leaving a trail on the floors of your house). 
So, if you, like me, suffer from hair fall woes, then do give these products a try! Please follow the whole routine in a disciplined and regular manner to get the best results!

Also, who else can't believe that the first month of the new year is over already!?
How fast does Time fly??? *sigh*

Hope you all are having a great February!


January 31, 2018

Breaking Myths: How To Wear Oversized With Oversized

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In today's world, there are two kind of women - those who are comfortable in their own skin and wear whatever they feel like they can carry off, and those who go by the so-called standards of beauty & perfection as put forth by the money-making industries and swear by fashion rules dictated by the experts.

The fashion gurus, who give us fashion dos and don'ts to follow, have a long list specially for curvy women. According to that list, slim super-models can carry off almost everything that those above Size 10 cannot. 

Among those rules, there's one that says you can't wear two loose silhouettes together. Baggy + baggy = you looking like a sack of potatoes (according to industry experts). And if you are curvy or plus-size, then God help you! You can kiss your dreams of wearing a flared top with billowy pants goodbye before you can even try them on!

This year. I thought of starting a series - "Breaking Myths" - that aims at opening your eyes and telling you that there's no rule for dressing up. As long as you are comfortable in what you are wearing, and you like what you see in the mirror - the world is your runway! 
The first rule that I'm dissing in this series is the 'Can't wear oversized with oversized' rule.
I quite like the chic comfort of anti-fit clothes and one fine day, I thought of trying out a flared tunic with the widest-legged pants I own; and I realised that it certainly doesn't make me look like the proverbial sack of potatoes!

So, here I am, showing you that curvy women can rock the baggy on baggy trend too, as long as you dress smart! Let me know what you think!! :)

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[Flared kurta: Global Desi | Ikat palazzos: Tailored | Lotus Afghan necklace: Taselcrafts | Afghan earrings: some Instagram store | Coin head ring: Bibi's | Black brogues: Westside]

Photography by: Arjun of Arya Photography

So, now are you confident enough to try two loose silhouettes/styles together on yourself?
Let me know how it comes out in the comments below!

Here are a few things you might keep in mind while trying this pairing:
  • Try to put together complementing colors, as two very contrast or clashing colors might take away from the flow of the viewer's eyeline, thus making the two separates look forcedly-put-together.
  • If you go for print mixing (like me), try to keep one of the prints smaller than the other so that the eyes can move smoothly from one print to another without looking too much together.
  • Go for garments that individually fit you well. Even anti-fit clothes need to be your size for the basic look to be in harmony with your body. Something 2 sizes bigger than you when put together with another thing 3 sizes bigger than you can actually make you look like that sack!
  • Accessorize well. So that the focus is not entirely upon the fact that you are wearing more than one oversized item together. Also, the right accessories will elevate the look further and add some interest to the overall baggy silhouette.
  • Last, but not the least, have fun! Don't put anything together forcefully or just for the sake of trying out the trend. See if they naturally look good together and more importantly, on your body. Experiment to your heart's content and turn heads as you break those myths!

Hope you guys liked the post and some of the Indian street-style pictures we took (including the random passerby and locals - have always been wanting to do that!). I can't thank my photographer Arjun enough for making my wish of taking these kind of pictures come true! :D

Till next time peeps!



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