How I started my blog

It’s been quite a journey. Thanks to everyone who stuck around, and everyone who joined me mid-way through these two years.

It all started off in a bizarre way for me; not just blogging but this whole inclination towards fashion etc. Back in 2012, one of my seniors at university was working on her thesis and her topic was fashion blogging – I never really got to read it (which I should), and I was fascinated by the idea. While in my third semester, I wanted to write a paper on fashion blogging for our cultural communications class, but the idea was met with a big NO. I eventually ended up working on some other topic – It was about the cultural nuances of the most popular shopping street in Secunderabad – James Street. Let’s leave that discussion for later.

This fashion and beauty frenzy version that you see of me on my socials doesn’t go back too long. I won’t be ashamed to admit, I was such a tomboy. I was in fact dragged to the parlor during my college days to get my eyebrows threaded just one day before our freshers’ party. I did have an eye for good clothes/style but I made a lot of horrendous blunders too. Fashion grew on me, slowly over the years and here I am.

Every time someone asks me ‘how did blogging start for you?’, I say it was through Instagram and not the version of Instagram that we see now, but the novel platform that it was back in 2013/14. 2013 was when I started working, and could afford a smart phone. It was then that I started investing in better clothes or rather say I was able to since I was earning for myself. Makeup then for me was just lipstick and a good compact – my favorite compact back then was the one from Lakme in the shade Coral, which costed only Rs. 99/- (and there were only four shades, Lakme really hasn’t come a long way even now). It was a time when a lot of budding artists were sharing their work and when Hello Hyderabad started. Zuvam was one of the co-founders of this beautiful initiative. All of a sudden people were editing with various filters (not native to Instagram) and that lead to the start of VscoHyderabad. Both these accounts used to feature pictures from across the city. They organized a series of meaningful meet-ups – Karthik, Meghna, and Sandhya were the pioneers. I took on the one post per day challenge, and used to religiously click pictures everyday and post them with relevant hashtags. I got featured a few times on these pages, and also in one of the little book released by VscoHyderabad. That’s how my Instagram gained traction. Our evening breaks at work were when I would coax my friends to click pictures of me and post them on Instagram, back when I didn’t even know #OOTD. So it was a mix of pictures of the places I went to in and around the city and the clothes that I wore.

During this phase, a lot of people would reach out to me and ask me to start a blog on fashion – talk about where I buy my clothes from, how I style them etc. Since I was already working, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to give my best to it because, let’s all agree – it is not an easy job. Although writing has been a passion, and it comes to me naturally, I did not want to venture into something that would force me to budge on quality.

Nonetheless, October 28th marked the birth of this little baby of mine – Rad All Day. I posted a poll on Instagram and about 87% said YES – they wanted me to start a blog. It did more than just convince me; that I could do it.

It has been quite a ride for me; I never thought ‘fashion and beauty’ would be something I’d be talking about in my life when I grow up. From fighting snide remarks about my complexion since a very young age to now, where I am asked for the right shade of makeup to use: I think I have come a long way. Also, this balancing act hasn’t been easy. Everyone at my work place thinks I make a huge amount of money with what I do in my blogging world, and everyone in the blogger community thinks I make way too much money, so I don’t need to make money out of blogging. I once had someone encourage their child to befriend me because apparently I get an unlimited supply of new clothes and makeup. Sigh. If only that was true. But the sad truth is, the blogging world has changed and how. There are people out here, and here only for the freebies. The key to being successful is to be real and most importantly just be yourself.

I have posted a poll on my Instagram, if I should start a YouTube channel and the response has been overwhelming. I will probably do that, but it is going to take sometime as it requires a lot more hard work.
I am going to sign off by quoting one of the responses I got to my question on Instagram ‘What kind of content would you like me to create on YouTube?
“…Content as real as you already create here.”

Sharing some of my favorite looks from the last two years here:

Thank you for all the love and support. I will be creating more content and I am hoping you guys will love it.

Also, won’t forget to share more music with you guys.
Currently obsessing over this new track by Coldplay – Feels like the good old ColdPlay. Get what I mean? Yes, minus the Chainsmokers Haha

Love,
Rad All Day.

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.

Bad Hair Day? No more.

When people ask me if my hair is naturally straight and I tell them it’s not; they look at me in utter disbelief. I’ve realized that over the past few years, straightening my hair had become an everyday thing.
I got so used to it that one of my biggest nightmares was a power cut in the morning. 🙄
In all honesty, short hair is high maintenance and not the other way around.
The key to keeping your hair from damage, despite all the heat, is to invest in a good straightener and of course regular hair care.
I recently got a chance to be a part of Himalaya Hair Care’s #4FabulousHair event. We were treated to a very relaxing 4-step hair care regime that included oiling, steaming, shampooing, and masking (conditioning).

One of the most important hair care steps is oiling. But it is also important to allow the oil to seep into your roots. During winters, I suffer from severe dandruff and heavy hair fall. But ever so often, I find myself strapped for time and cannot dedicate enough time for oiling. However, I figured, tying a hot towel around your head after oiling is a good exercise to follow. It allows the oil to seep in instantly. You can leave it on for about 5 minutes and wash your hair off.

I have been following this routine for a couple of weeks and it has really been helping me.

I hope you guys will try out the Himalaya product range soon and also my little tip. 🙂

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!

City of Joy

My first ever trip to the city of Kolkata was bound to be one tightly coupled with music, given that the city is known for its culture rich in cinema, art, and music. I have so many friends from the land of Bengalis but never got a chance to visit the place. 

Earlier this year, I was browsing through the lineup of NH7 Weekender, Pune and discovered that Joe Satriani was coming down. Instantly, I booked my passes; cos who would miss that? 

Just the next day, I learnt that Poets of the Fall and Switchfoot were gonna be headlining the NH7 Weekender at Shillong. Bamm! Now, I wanted to go for both the gigs. But I knew I could only make it to one of them (time and monetary constraints). Also, travelling to Shillong was going to be a tedious and expensive affair, so I convinced myself that it’s only going to be Pune this time around. 
Skip to a week later, it was announced that both the bands were going to be headlining the NH7 Weekender Xpress at Kolkata. And I thought to myself, wow, now there’s a chance cos travelling to Kolkata was no big a deal. I was excited beyond words.

I convinced my dear friend CreativeGenious to tag along with me. And the sweet human that she is, she readily agreed. She also ensured she listened to both the bands before she came for the gig. In her words, she absolutely loved the music and she later thanked me for introducing them to her. Yayy win! 

We took an early morning flight and landed in Kolkata around 9 am. We stayed at AltAir Hotel. It was a comfortable stay and was also pretty close to the concert venue. For lunch, we walked down to a quaint little Dhaba round the corner and savoured some yummy butter chicken. We got back to the Hotel and napped a bit. We later took a cab to the venue, Nicco Park, only to realise it was, in fact, walking distance from where we were staying.

An Alternative/Indie band named Tiny Fingers was on stage while we got there and their music was quite impressive. We walked through the crowds and made our way closer to the stage. Since this was the Express edition there was just one stage. The clock struck 8, the POETS banner came down and the crowd couldn’t handle their excitement. That was the start of two hours of non-stop music, as the Finnish Poets serenaded us with some of their best hits. Their trip to India was part of the #Ultraviolet Tour named after their latest album and they rendered some of their new EPs. Cradled in Love and Gravity were the most asked numbers. I got back to a lot of messages asking me if they played ‘Carnival of Rust’, and how could they not? It was their closing number. So Poets of the Fall – Check.

It was my birthday the next day, 4th of November. I was up until 12 am, cuzzz, so many calls y’all! Kidding. I answered a couple of calls from family and close friends and hit the bed. We decided to hop around the city the next day. So after our mandatory cup of chai, we took a cab and headed straight to Prinsep Ghat. Watching fleets of yellow Ambassador taxis sort of amused us. We later headed to Esplanade to do some window shopping and actual shopping if something interested us. We spotted some really lovely shantiniketan leather bags and picked up a bunch of them for ourselves and our friends. We then had our share of authentic bengali food (thali with rice and fish curry). The icing on the cake was the Chai in a Kulhad. It was undoubtedly one of the best chais I have ever had. By now you must know I am such a chai lover.

In the evening, we decided to walk to the concert venue. It was going to be Switchfoot tonight. I have been a fan of this band from times immemorial and what better gift to give yourself on your birthday.
Pentagram, one of the pioneers of Indian independent music (with Vishal Dadlani), was on stage belting some of their biggest hits. The crowd knew exactly what they were in for – A night dedicated to rock music and it couldn’t get any better. They knew their music and enjoyed it to the core. Lots of headbanging coupled with singing along, IN TUNE! Honestly, I haven’t seen this in Hyderabad.

Cut to Swichfoot – they hit the stage with one of my all-time favourite songs – STARS. I remember we used this song as a background track to one of our video productions back in 2009. Wow! 9 years later, I was watching them LIVE. And was it surreal or what? Their frontman Jon Foreman is such an artist. He absolutely has the nack of engaging with the crowd. He jumped into the crowd a couple of times and the young guns carried him through. Ah! The energy of the place was infectious. All of my favourite songs made it to the setlist that night. Of course it included ‘Dare you to Move’.

Outfits

I traveled in the most comfortable clothes to Kolkata – a flow-y tunic, tights, and sneakers. For the first day, I teamed a plaid shirt in olive green with high waist denim and ankle boots! The shirt has some intricate embroidery going on on the back, but I couldn’t get a picture of it. Will put it up on Instagram.
The next day, I wore this ever so lovely dress from Kharakapas. I chose to wear the same boots to add a little edge to the otherwise elegant piece of clothing.

Outfit Details:

That was my trip to Kolkata.

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.