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.

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.

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.

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.

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!