Desi for a Month

First of all, I’m sorry for being so erratic with my blog posts. Call it the repercussions of a new job or sheer laziness, it has only resulted in me being inconsistent with my writing. Yet, you guys have shown me so much love on my Instagram.

If you aren’t already following me on Instagram, a friend and I recently took up the #DesiforaMonth challenge. For the longest time I have been told I might not be able to carry off traditional/ethnic clothes. A few weeks ago I posted an #ootd picture of me in a red kurta and a bindi and I received responses like ‘Oh my God, you and desi?’. So it was only right for me to take up this challenge.

The timing couldn’t have been any better either, as it was the perfect time to pull out all our cotton kurtis for the summer.

And no, this doesn’t mean I went shopping for clothes just to fulfill the challenge. I literally pulled out clothes (that I probably would have not worn otherwise) as old as 8 years and tried to style them differently.

Honestly, these past couple of months have been particularly overwhelming and handling blogging while working had become a bit stressful. I literally have more than five posts sitting in my drafts; I either have not stringed the right words together or do not have the right pictures for them to go live. Anyway, here I am, trying to edit this post the nth time only cos I promised myself I won’t sit on it any longer.

I started blogging while I was working with my previous organization and it was easy to figure out how I would make time for blogging as I was well aware of my schedule and my commitments. However, after I moved organizations, things changed quite a bit–from work timings to time spent on commute. Starting a new job is always challenging, isn’t it? There’s so much involved in it – learning about your job, learning about what is expected of you, learning of the people who work there and most importantly making new friends. Luckily enough, I have always made some good friends wherever I have worked. More so luckily I have found a fashion enthusiast at my current company and hence this #DesiforaMonth.

She’s a powerhouse of positivity and has an infectious laughter. Follow her at devils_angel2511 on Instagram. Our everyday climb down the stairs just to get a good picture was definitely worth it as we had at least a dozen others sporting their desi best and flaunting along #DesiforaMonth.

Outfit Details:

Owing to my metabolism, I have always been a petite skinny girl. I found it very difficult to find ethnic clothes that fit me perfectly and so I’d get most of them stitched. But the horror with some tailors needs no introduction; it’s like they were born to ruin your clothes. Anyway, of late, I have found online shopping sites like Ajio, Myntra, and Jabong house some really lovely ethnic clothes in various sizes — size that fits me precisely.

From the outfits that I am wearing, most of them are from Ajio (Ajio own), AND by Anita Dongre, Sangria, and Project Eve. The #indowestersn look, shirt with the ethnic skirt seemed to be quite a hit with my followers. 🙂

Thanks for all the love again.
I will be back with a new post; sooner than I did this time!

Love,
Rad All Day.

Ola Singapore

Throwing back to 2015 travels!

Wrote this after my trip to Singapore in 2015. Honestly, I was very skeptical about starting a blog. I always wondered if I was good enough. Would anyone read the stuff I write? Would anyone resonate with my experiences and words? Oh, the doubts were many.

But I finally took a leap of faith and started this blog and made it public. I started a blog in 2014  and it was called IdleMinds. I wrote this travel story on that blog. Sharing it here cos, why not?

Time’s got wings, yeah? Seems like we were exchanging new year wishes just a few weeks ago, but well it’s already April. I have mostly been working five days a week and whiling away time over the weekends like any other 20 somethings would do.

Exactly a month ago I was busy getting my stuff together, gearing up for a massive office party and of course my much awaited trip to Singapore. My first ever trip out of India.

The Journey

About four and a half hours after I boarded the flight from Hyderabad, the digital clock on my phone skipped two and a half hours ahead by itself. We were there – Singapore. The Sun was almost up, but since we were travelling East, I couldn’t really catch a glimpse of its enormous beauty. Also, a bed of clouds were hanging so low, while we were in flight still above them. I kept looking down, to spot some land, cos I had almost forgotten the water, the ocean. I could see something moving like tiny beetles. While I was still staring, I saw them, the massive waters, crowded with operational vessels. It was a beautiful sight indeed with numerous islands scattered here and there. In no time, we landed. Singapore. Gorgeous, is an understatement to describe the airport.

The Place

Terminal 2. My friend came to receive me at the Airport. We took a cab and headed to Clementi Ave 5. Zooming past tall buildings, like really tall ones, my friend narrated to me the Public Housing in Singapore model. More than 80% of the residential housing developments are publicly governed and developed. The housing estate that we were staying at was a self-sufficient one with access to daily needs and luxuries alike. A school, a 24/7 Supermarket, numerous hawker centers with amazing food, a basketball court that doubled as a late night chilling spot for many. At the back of my mind, I was thinking about India, mostly Hyderabad. My knowledge over housing policy in India is probably zilch. But, I gave my mind to it and the only thing I could think of was if ‘Right to Shelter’ was taken a tad bit more seriously, then any other fundamental right would seem like a luxury.

The South-East-Asian City State is an incredible blend of Western and Asian culture. The gleaming skyscrapers, Chinese shop-houses, Malay mosques, Hindu temples, numerous interesting architectural masterpieces, endless chains of plush shopping malls, Little India, those 24/7 food outs – with all of these Singapore is unbelievably attractive.  Also, it is a safe city, even petty theft is quite uncommon in this city-state. This city has been around only for fifty years, defying all odds it has manged to be the most outstanding cities in the world. Word!

Places to visit – Marina Bay Sands – the beautiful skyline of the Financial District overlooking the waters is enthralling. Orchard Road, this street is a home for numerous shopping malls that house luxury brands including Prada, Gucci Versace, and Zara. Clarke-Quay, a scenic riverside quay has a lot to offer from food, music, boat-ride et al.  It’s an ideal place to spend a cozy evening. Sentosa – an island resort with a sheltered beach, golf courses, multiple hotels and of course Universal Studios.

All in all, this so called ‘fine’ city where nothing usually goes wrong stands up for its reputation. Being a Hyderabadi, I was really mesmerized by the calm, serene and overly systematic way of life. But somewhere down the lane, I knew I would miss the chaos. However, it is safe to say that I have definitely left a piece of my heart back there.

Love,

Rad All Day.

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.

 

 

Roots

A few years down the line, on a hot summer morning; wouldn’t you love to dig your wardrobe and have that ideal summer dress in the perfect fabric? Would you want to care to hoots about what’s trending or what’s not? Get on the Slow Fashion bandwagon.

The term Slow Fashion is doing quite the rounds on all platforms concerning fashion; but it can only be operationally defined, as a string of words cannot completely explain its meaning.  However, it can be synonymously used for “trustworthy” fashion. Every so often we’re presented with heart wrenching tales of ‘I made your bag, I made your clothes’ – the victims of high/fast fashion as they call them. Slow Fashion started out as a movement to overcome this trend with time.

Slow fashion as the name suggests aims to decrease the speed of production, consumption and disposing by enabling you to place greater appreciation on your purchase. You might want to carefully consider an acquisition, concerning fashion, instead of having just another addition to your wardrobe which may be only worn for one occasion.

Makes you Responsible

Love how Ankita points out in one of her posts, that over the years she’s accumulated way too much jewelry and how in an effort to change that, she has stopped buying cheap accessories completely. What she is consciously trying to do now is to ‘invest’ in pure/precious metal jewelry that will last forever and can be passed down to anyone and more importantly, acquired from brands and people whose aesthetics she deeply admires.

While buying clothes, we’re willing to pay for anything that we think looks good on us. Slow Fashion encourages us to slow down and be conscious about our decisions while shopping.

Educates

Revolving around the concept of being able to know who made your clothes, where was the fabric sourced from, how much time did it take to create it and how different things came together for that particular piece of fashion to come to the market; Slow fashion helps us discover and educate ourselves on the process. It also enables us to not compromise on quality as we are aware of the process behind it.

It tells a story

It highlights the craftsmanship of the people who make them and weaves a story of where it came from. Investing in Slow Fashion helps us express ourselves, what we stand for and what we feel, through the clothes we wear.

It helps you tell a unique story. Slow fashion brands are usually small-scale, making indie clothes and most pieces are hard to be recreated. So, it’s quite unlikely that you’d pass by someone on the street wearing the same top. If you do, it gives you a chance to interact with other people out there who are keen on investing in the same fashion that you do; it helps you strike a chord.

Builds a Community

Shared passions and purposes are what drive these movements and they make way for lasting relationships between, the makers, the brands and customers. This automatically changes the process of purchasing; it moves away from merely purchasing some goods from a seller to investing in a shared vision because you respect the people who make exactly what you love and helps you familiarize with other people who share the same interests.

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Roots by Nangalia Ruchira

One such name for Slow Fashion that we had the chance to work with is Ruchira Nangalia. She hails from Jaipur and her love for the place transcends into her creations.

Her newest collection titled “FLUID’ is an amalgamation of stripes and hand-looms with a hint of androgyny rawness. The collection is the epitome of Jaipur’s immemorial craftsmanship translated into a contemporary form.

A juxtaposition of handwoven fabrics sourced from South India in earthy colors mixed with a mustard palette gives it that freshness needed for summer. The designs, needless to mention, are bold, raw, and chic in character confabulating an androgynous yet feminine look.

Outfits: Roots by Nangalia Ruchira

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!

The Party Edit

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.

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Wedged Sneakers from London Rebel

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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 🙂

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Tassel Bag from Boga Accessories

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Choker from Max Fashion

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.

Outfit Details: 

Pictures by: Nehal Kaza

Location Courtesy: The Coffee Cup

Happy New Year, everyone 🙂

Love!