November 07, 2016

I Am My Own Tribe

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I am an ordinary woman.
I am a special girl.
I am a part of the everyday crowd.
I am someone who stands out in a crowd.

I am the first rays of the morning sun.
I am the strong blaze of the noon sun.
I am the red-gold hues of the setting sun.

I am your mug of coffee.
I am your cup of tea.
I am your glass of wine.

I am a mermaid soul.
I am a mountain spirit.
I am a forest force.

I am tame, yet wild.
I am bound, yet free.
I am soft, yet sharp.
I am sane, yet eclectic.
I am here, yet everywhere.

I am my mother's caring heart.
I am my father's perseverance.
I am my sister's free spirit.
I am my friends' laughter.
I am my man's wanderlust.
I am like all my loved ones.
I am unlike any of them.
I am a lone ranger.
I am a groupie.
I am everybody.
I am nobody.
I am somebody.
I am my own tribe.


[Floral kimono shrug: Forever 21 | Grey jersey dress: Forever 21 | Aztec print leggings: Shoppers Stop | Belt: Westside | Scarf (used as turban): Howrah Bridge | Watch: Fossil | Tribal beaded necklace: Sunday Soul Sante, Bangalore | Boots: Hush Puppies]

Photography by: Prospero Productions


This look has been inspired by the African tribal fashion centering around the traditional beaded necklace of the Masai & other African clans, that has been paired with a contemporary belted dress & floral kimono combo, the tribal print leggings balancing the folk-boho vibe. The headscarf and the body art are all part of embracing the African tribal sensibilities in my neo-eclectic way. 

Also, I strongly believe that even in this age of blindly following trends and imitating celebrity fashion, there are a whole bunch of you wonderful women out there who make their own fashion rules and strut their own style. That makes them unique, one-of-a-kind and the perpetrators of their own tribe.

If you think you are one of them and want to show it to the world, do post your pictures on social media with the hashtags #StylePrism and #IAmMyOwnTribe
I would love to connect with other tribes too!! :)

October 20, 2016

Beach Holiday Essentials To Brave The Autumn Sun! {Review: Himalaya Tan Removal Orange Peel-Off Mask}

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The festive season is here and that means long holidays, celebratory mood and vacations!!! Specially, it's the perfect time to head out to seaside towns and spend a few days enjoying the sun, the sand and the sea! Himalaya Herbals couldn't have chosen a better time to launch a tan removal peel-off mask that can prove to be our go-to solution for those post-holiday tan lines. And when they sent the new product for review, they accompanied it with a well-curated selection of holiday essentials, sending me #beachvacaygoals in a box!!!
So for those of you planning a quick beach vacay, or even fighting the October sun every day, here's a list of must-have essentials that you should not forget to pack if you want to brave the sun in style!

Hats & scarves

You shouldn't even think of hitting the beach without a wide-rimmed sunhat and a few light scarves that'll help keep the strong sun off your face and neck. Pack in a few vibrant scarves that will not only save you from the sun, but will also prove to be a fun way of accessorizing your dresses! 


A good pair (or more) of sunglasses with high UV protection are a must if you want to save your pretty eyes from the sun's harmful rays, and of course, they need to be stylish too since they'll be making appearances in almost all your selfies and holiday pictures! So, invest in a good pair of stylish sunnies and amp up your travel style quotient while beating the heat this season!

Himalaya Tan Removal Orange Peel-Off Mask

And of course, now our holiday essentials list is incomplete without the new Himalaya Tan Removal Orange Peel-Off Mask which is the God-sent answer to all our unwanted tanning woes. This mask is an effective blend of the natural skin lightening extracts of Orange Peel and Honey which helps reduce skin tan and lighten skin tone. It also soothes and moisturizes the skin keeping your face fresh and glowing throughout your holiday! 

The application process is quite easy, and as with any new product, you should always try a swatch on your hand first before applying it to sensitive areas like the face, to make sure that your skin doesn't react adversely to the product. 
Apply the mask evenly over cleansed face and neck, avoiding the area around the eyes. Allow the mask to dry for 10- 15 minutes. Gently remove the peel from the side of the face. And voila! Hello tan-less, lightened, glowing skin!!! :)

The Himalaya Tan Removal Orange Peel-Off Mask is available online or at any local drugstore at Rs. 70/- for 50gm and Rs. 130/- for 100gm.

So, what are you waiting for? 
Pack those bags, book those tickets and get, set, go! 
Just don't forget to carry these holiday essentials and you're sorted!! Happy vacays!!!

September 15, 2016

His or Hers?

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Those fighting wars of feminism around the world chant slogans of women's rights & gender equality. Feminism is not so much about proving women to be superior, as it is about the fact that both men & women are equal. Most so-called "feminists" forget this simple fact when they proudly claim that "women are better than men" - why go into the game of good-better-best when we all can be equals? 

Fashion is one of the rare ways of expression that give men and women a chance to be equals, while letting each gender revel in the glow of this symbiotic relationship. The ease of gender fluidity in today's fashion has blurred the lines between stereotypes & conformations, giving fashionable souls the freedom of dressing however they please. Dapper dudes now don't think twice before flaunting pink, while modern women beg, borrow & steal effortlessly from the men's closets.

For the recently held Bangalore Rosé Bloggers meet, arranged by The Digital Rosé, I decided to indulge my feminist self and put together an outfit that is a seamless amalgamation of men's & women's styles, thus championing gender equality (an idea I heartily believe in).
So, my little denim dress got the rough-and-tough company of a camouflage jacket with a 'manly' moustache brooch flaunted as a bow-tie, while the chunky brogues on my happy feet flirted away with a pair of pretty, floral socks! Needless to say, the moustache pin, the camo pattern or the oxfords were looking every bit as perfect on me as they would have looked on a suave man, thus proving, once again, the gender fluidity of fashion.

So, next time someone wants to show or profess their feminist ideals, tell them to start by embracing the genderless beauty of fashion, will you? 

[Denim dress: Max, thrifted | Camouflage jacket: USA | Fringe bag: c/o Lifestyle | Moustache brooch: c/o Designerds | Earrings: Amrapali | Watch: Fossil | Sunglasses: H&M | Socks: Thrifted | Patent brogues: Westside]

Photographs courtesy: Sayantani of Live. Laugh. Dressup/ Shona Sinha

So, what do you think? Will you try breaking gender stereotypes in fashion? Will you dress for gender equality? Will you be a true feminist???

September 02, 2016

Fashion made fun @ United Colors of Benetton AW '16 preview

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When a brand embraces the ethos of making "clothes for humans", you are intrigued to know how they will be living up to their new motto. 
So, I was excited & apprehensive in equal parts when I got the invite to preview Benetton India's AW '16 collection at a special showcase by their new Creative Head Mr. Neeraj Sachdeva. Their new mantra "Dress up, Dress down, Dress to move" tickled my fashion fantasy and I was eager to see what they have in store for us!

Mr. Sachdeva turned out to be a fun-loving guy who took us through the idea behind Benetton's new ideology and showed us the line-up of their new AW '16 collection. According to him, the pieces were designed in such a way that the consumer can wear them individually, as well as mix & match them together to form ensembles. The inspiration behind the collection are their customers who inspired them to create pieces that can be molded into any style sensibility and embraced by different people with different aesthetics. The way a Benetton customer styles an UCB garment, giving it his or her own unique touch is what inspired the brand to bring out a collection that can be dressed up, dressed down or dressed to move, as per the wearer's style sensibility & personality!

The new AW '16 collection looked fresh & contemporary with a color palette consisting of classic neutrals, rich jewel hues, rustic earthy tones and pops of bright colors here & there. The styles are classic, yet contemporary and the silhouettes are effortless, yet stylish. The collection boasts of a medley of graphic prints & patterns ranging from stripes and geometric patterns to polka dots & color blocks. All in all, a collection that promises to be fun, fashionable & fabulous!

Having a fun moment with Mr. Neeraj Sachdeva, Creative Head, Benetton India

We were told to style a look from the AW '16 collection and I went for some print-mixing in a pair of comfy navy/white striped pants, worn with a color-blocked navy/green top and layered with a printed monochrome shirt thrown casually on. This look is cool, casual and can be effortlessly worn to an airport, a coffee date with the guy as well as a weekend trip with the girls!

Check out the new collection available at all UCB stores across the country now! There are a few cool pieces I have had my eyes on....and something in these pics might catch your eyes too! So, head over to the nearest Benetton store this weekend and take your pick from their cool new AW '16 range!

And this is what I flaunted before & after my mini UCB makeover....some light layering yet again with a long denim vest worn over a maxi tee with slits & aztec leggings. My new favourite accessories - asymmetric tassel necklace & metallic slip-ons - tagged along for a ride! :)

If new clothes make you happier too (read that cutout I am toying around with in the pictures), then Benetton's new collection is a must check-out for you! Let me know what you think of it!

August 25, 2016

Even warriors deserve a break

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"We are the warriors.
At home and at work.
Day in and day out.
We fight for our survival.
We fight societal pressures,
We fight the patriarchy,
We fight gender stereotypes,
We fight judging stares,
We fight gossiping mouths,
We fight windblown comments,
We fight for our rights.
And in between all these flights,
We need some time for ourselves.
Far from the battlegrounds,
Far from the madding crowd.
To laugh, to play,
To laze, to think,
To live, to be..."

Today's women (or in fact, women of all times) are nothing less than warriors who fight for their survival & their rights every day. They fight gender stererotypes at work. They fight the pressure of juggling multiple roles at home. They fight the society's attempts at curbing their dreams. They fight the notion of being objectified. They fight to bend the rules. They fight to jostle ahead. They fight to fly high.

But, in the middle of all this fighting, they also need to catch their breath. They need some time out. They need to rejuvenate. They need a break.

This story was conceived on one such much-needed relaxed afternoon, when I was taking a breather from all the stress of managing my brand, my blog, my content writing work, home duties and family engagements. This look was inspired by tribal warriors - taking inspiration from their layered outfits, piled up jewellery and face art - and toning it down to an outfit that puts a twist to ethnic fusion wear. The story is all about taking a break in between the fights of life, when we don't even have time to shed our warrior garb, but we need some time to ourselves to renew our energy & passion.

So, all you warriors out there, however grave your fights might be, you must allow yourselves some time to relax and rejuvenate, so that you can keep fighting with renewed vigour and make all your dreams come true!

[Navy tunic: Westside | Printed palazzo: Westside | Red/navy tie-dye leggings: Platinum Mall, Bangkok | All jewellery: thrifted | Kolhapuri sandals: Catwalk]

Photography by: Shreya Nagrecha
Location courtesy: The Chaiwala

Make yourself a cup of tea. Catch up on your reading. Pursue your hobbies. Make some music. Create something new. Take a breather. Take a break.
You deserve it.



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