Print Preview – Sway the Indian Way 2.0!

A quick post this one! Ever since I launched a facebook page for my blog I haven’t been giving the usual life updates that I used to. Granted, I don’t lead a page3 life (not even page 16 if you ask me πŸ˜‚) but it used to be fun, talking about completely random stuff. But going big means channeling and focusing on strengths which effectively put an end to these ancillary topics. *Sob. Sob.* However, here’s a “life update” I’m gonna have to give you! I’m learning STITCHING.!! Ahhhh!!! Yes its the most fun thing to do! I enrolled myself in a stitching class recently and boy am I having a ball – a cotton ball – a stitched cotton ball – hahaha! So far I’ve done a pillow cover (elementary my dear Watson!), a kids jubba, an A-Line dress (more on that later 😍) and now an umbrella skirt. Yay!

So when my teacher asked me to buy material for my next class which was going to be an umbrella skirt I didn’t quite know what print I wanted. I went shopping and a bit of picking and prodding ended with me getting a beautiful material. Add a class of sewing hemming and a lot of struggle and Ta-daaaa πŸ˜‡πŸ˜πŸ™ŒπŸ‘‡πŸ‘—

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I won’t say this skirt was easy for me to stitch. Especially the waist where I had to insert an elastic into a slit and sew up after that but I had fun all the same with my tailor-teacher. πŸ˜πŸ“βœ‚πŸ“πŸ˜‡

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This skirt is basically a patchwork of odds and bits of plain and kalamkari prints which were probably in excess. It must have involved so much labor because use square you see there has been individually sewn to the next square. I got this running material for Rs.200 per meter x 3 meters. So for Rs.600 ($10) I have a lovely summery printed maxi ready!! 😍

Outfit Details : Plain T-shirt: Globus, Skirt: Material Color’s Choice Chennai, Stitched by yours truly, Necklace: Gift, Platform heels : Khadims Chennai.

I found a lot of Indian fabrics and prints in this skirt. Its a prettiest and the most satisfying thing I have done and/or worn in a long time. Hope you guys liked this post. Thank you so much readers for coming back and showing so much love every single time. πŸ’

5 Not at all Annoying Questions people ask Fashion Bloggers!

What is it like when you reveal to the world you are an amateur fashion blogger? Its funny how people ask you the same set of not at all irritating questions and make not at all punch-worthy comments 😝 yes that was pun heavily intended there. :mrgreen:;) If you’ve been there done that to a fashion blogger, henceforth just, don’t. Please. 😂

1. Do you spend your entire salary on clothes?

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Yes most definitely and then I steal money for food, rent, and gas. 😇 Truth be told, I try to eat my clothes, try to live in my clothes and try to shove my clothes down the gas pipe of my car and that’s how I survive. 👍😑

2. “She’s pretty self(ie) obsessed”

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Follows you on Instagram Facebook and WordPress and calls you self obsessed for every post. 😐 maybe you’re obsessed about me and my obsession. How about that huh? 😝

3. You’re a fashion blogger. How can you come dressed like THAT?!? – employ a “I’m trying to be smart and funny” tone to that one.

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You are a human being. How could you come into this world processed to ask these dumb questions like THAT!?! – employ “truly amazed by the beauty of life” tone to that one. 😝

4. Ho.! So that’s going on your blog next.

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Gosh you smartie… 😨😱Had Einstein heard you he would have adopted you. Wonder how that smart brain of yours looks so small. As small as a pea maybe? 😤😜

5. When do you intend monetizing your blog

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Ummm…I don’t know, when do you intend monetizing the sleep inducing subjects you decide to talk about. When? When? Whe….zzzz! 😴

Website Review (and collaboration) : Vesa Online

I have had a week full of travel so while I have one last exciting post lined up to bring the WorkWear theme to an end, I was unable to plan for it and so I wanted to do a quick review as part of my website review series. (there’s exactly one other post in this “series”..so err yeah moving on!😜)
Vesa online is a small website in terms of number of products they deal with but every outfit is so well thought of and well made. I recently bought a dress and a blazer from them and I’m totally thrilled. πŸ™‚
Vesa products come in three easy sizes S, M and L. Its best to stick to the sizes you usually go for when buying a normal T-shirt because their outfits fit comfortably.
Vesa is has its Online store, and an instagram account. Check out their entireΒ  collection there. I bought two outfits from Vesa and here’s what I thought about them πŸ™‚
Red Marble Dye Dress :

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This marble dye dress is a fit and flair kind of dress. What is stunning and so lovable about it is the neckline!

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The cut work of the neck was what I fell for when I decided to buy this dress.

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The fit is classic and perfect. While I was over cautious and like my clothes to not be very tight and hence went for an L.

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Marble dying has something so Indian and elegant about it. I love it when western trends are incorporated in Indian textiles 😍

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Vesa deals with a lot of Indian fabrics like silk pashmina tie and dye cotton, etc so they have perfect clothes for any tropical country.

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Outfit details : Dress : Vesa Online (c/o), Heels : Westside

Pashmina Silk Blazer

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Wow! Coming to my favorite piece which drove me to buy anything from this site. This blazer. Tada!!

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This blazer. Is so. Fabulous. And so. Chic. I can. Honestly. Wear it. All day. 😂

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The blue green and gold did give me a tough time when it came to deciding what to pair the blazer with, but honestly, do you even want to see what I’m wearing apart from the blazer itself?
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I thought the sand colored kurta which I wore like a blouse and the black fitted jeans did justice to being the subtle subordinates of this magnificent blazer 😜

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Outfit details : Blazer : Vesa Online, Kurta (turned blouse) : FabIndia, Jeans : Waves (Chennai), Platforms : Westside, Shades : Polkadot and You (Instagram)

Vesa online has definitely found a repeat customer in me especially due to their prompt replies to mail queries, request response time, and general importance associated to customer satisfaction. 👍

That brings me to the end of this post. Have a fabulous rest of the weekend you guys! Oh and happy siblings day 💝😘

While I paid for the blazer, the dress was sent by the brand for styling and review. All opinions however are purely mine. I genuinely loved the brand and the outfits.

P.S. Oh how could I forget! Thank you so much Rasika for being my lovely photographer πŸ™‚ its so heartwarming to note that one when door closes approximately seven doors open 💝

Decoding – WorkWear – What’s your Go To Quirk?

Haven’t we all had weeks where its just Wednesday and we be like “What? Shouldn’t it have been Friday already?” You say every week of yours is like that? Hehe shhh! 🙊But when we have such slow weeks what do we do? How do we survive through the rest of the week? While I don’t know about guys, girls I do know have a go-to style of dressing to help them get over the week. This week’s post is all about this Go-To Quirk which we all have and so many pretty friends of mine willingly agreed to share their Quirk for the Tough Week.

Quirk One : Preeti makes pretty statements

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I for one know for a fact that when Preeti my friend and colleague brings out her amazing range of statement necklaces it means she’s heating her week up because not much has been happening. It’s true isn’t it?

Inference : Amp up your simple boring dress! Accessorize like there is no tomorrow!

Quirk 2 : Ranjini Does Layers

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When I asked Ranjini what her go to quirk was she readily shared this picture of her in several layers. While this was in a colder country, I’m guessing her quirk (like one of my many quirks) is layering, either in thermals like the pic above or in cool cottons when she heads back to the ever tropical ever hot Chennai πŸ™‚ thank you Ranjini 😘 try as I might, I just wasn’t able to crop out the stray napkin sorry. Hahaha

Inference : Love your layers. Always remember, two’s better than one!

Quirk 3 : Pastel style by Srishty

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I must confess, when Srishty of Life Of srish shared this picture of her in pastel formals she might not have been aware that I’ll use it for this particular post. Thank you so much Srishty and I can confidently say Going Pastel is her quirk because we had a discussion a few posts ago about how no one embraces their pastels and srishty quite strongly agreed and openly declared her love for pastels too!

Inference : Pastels may not add much color but they add so much confidence and focus. Embrace them pastels because work wear is incomplete without them!

Quirk 4 : Shilpa does eye blinding color

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While I plan on doing a detailed post about Pakistani Cut Kurtis like the one I’m wearing above, this picture is only proof that my dull days get literally brightened up with eye popping, gaze blinding colors.

Inference : Quite a contrast and a contradiction to the previous Quirk but my quirk is to add lot of color to my outfit to bring back interest and add some life into my outfit!

That brings me to the end of this post. Thank you so much all you lovely girls who so readily contributed for my post! I owe you guys one. 😘

Thank you all for reading these posts patiently but right now close this work wear post because its weekend and honestly who cares about what you wear – work or otherwise? Go out and have some fun 💝

Inspiration for some Perspiration!

While I have dabbled in some sort of physical activity from when I was about 6 years old (yes my mom claims she caught glimpses of the dancer stowed away in the depths of my cranium right when I was SIX YEARS OLD. Can’t you beat that can you?) I have never focused so much on how what you wear plays a significant role in your performance as I am realizing now. Ever since I have taken to running I’ve started taking a conscious effort to dress appropriately. Now let me tell you, this post is not going to make you fashion-wise any wiser because today baby its all about COMFORT!
So, as I was saying, dressing appropriately for running means wearing something which feels like your second skin, which you are super comfortable in. Five basic rules of thumb (is that the correct plural form? Never mind!) include the following:

1. Choose that outfit which involves least hindrance. While we might like nothing better than to wear a sports bra and sprint on the street we know that that’s not happening in India anytime soon. So your alternative would be to be smart and choose a climacool sweat absorbing pair of shorts or tights and T-shirt which isn’t too loose or tight.

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2. Put a leash on that mane. Don’t forget you are preparing to sweat it out. Keep your hairstyle as fuss free as possible. A simple high – out of your face – ponytail is the best hairstyle for workouts.

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3.Fluorescents for safety. Become a living siren. Go all out fluorescent if you plan on working out on the roads especially before dawn or after dusk. Safety and grabbing eyeballs at the same time? Yes please! πŸ™‚

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3. Restrict the gadget freak in you to the bare minimum. Personally, even my watch is a burden for me when I run. While deciding how much is too much is totally up to you, do realize that these gadgets take away the beauty of the workout itself. After all, that might be the only time of the day you can stay completely clear of calls and the social media. Make the most of that time concentrating on your body and mind and not on gadgets.

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4. Brand consciousness is a good thing. The only place where being brand conscious actually makes a difference is sportswear. Be it shoes, tights, t-shirts or shorts, out of personal experience I’ve realized the hard way that good brands last way longer than thrifty buys and it is definitely worth every penny investing in good quality sports wear. Think about it. You are not setting fashion statements in your gym or on the roads. So buy minimally, but whatever you buy, go branded!

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4. Footwear faux pas. Read up extensively on the signs to look out for, for footwear wear and tear and be observant and mindful of the same. I cannot and need not stress the importance of good footwear. This point goes beyond just looking good. Shoes used is like the make or break of your fitness routine so be wise. (It might just deprive you of two months of shopping for the regular boring t-shirts and tunics. And honestly those t-shirts and tunics aren’t sprouting legs and running away anywhere anytime soon so footwear people footwear!!😂) 

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5. Just to make it to five points. Finally, know that working out is the happiest thing you’ll probably be doing that day. So go crazy, be yourself and have some well deserved fun the fit way!

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(Love the burpees T-shirt…dafuq burpees go away. We all hate you! Lel!)

All pictures from pinterest

Hope you enjoyed the post. While I have told nothing you probably havent already heard a dozen times before, I hope they motivate you to stay suave trendy and safe while working out. Hope the week is panning out well so far! Have a great rest of the week. So long!🙋

P.S. I decided I could come out of the closet (lol) and tell the world about my blog. So I have opened a Facebook page and linked my Instagram account too! So much for taking the blog to the next level!

Major sequin crush

Its unfair you guys. Its unfair how some of you have found your perfectly sequined piece to add glamour to your wardrobe when I have searched the lengths of my world in vain.

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Wherever and whenever I see an outfit involving sequins I imagine wearing them and immediately I get the image of a dance performance in the middle of which I have come to show off my dance appropriate sequin piece to my minds eye.

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That thought disturbs and disgruntles me enough to meekly place that outfit back in its shelf and walk to other familiar shelves silently!!

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I have never bought sequins, albeit thinking and dreaming about them half a million times a day, every day. And I choose to end that by Rhonda Byrne’s mechanism of positively wishing for it so that my universe schemes towards making that perfect sequined wardrobe addition I’ve been waiting for pop in front of me!

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Using a pop of sequin and still managing to make the whole outfit look like you haven’t tried too hard is pretty achievable is what I gathered when I dug into the Pinterest ocean for sequin outfit inspiration!

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photo courtesy : Pinterest

Hope my sequin crazy bug bit you just as hard after seeing all these beautiful outfits and accessories involving the sequin! Happy hunting for your perfect glitter statement piece. Wish me luck while I look for mine!

Mulberries on my Mind

Its well past 9 in the morning and if I don’t run helter skelter starting NOW I’ll most definitely be late to work. Yet here I am lounging and lazing around and talking to you about things as random as blackberries mulberries without a care in the world. The things a sore throat and a heavy head can do to you! Sigh! 📃💉😭

Anyways I’ve been MIA for a bit though there has been quite a lot of things happening and I thought I would tell you all about it in this random post, quite as random as its title. LeL!

1.Mint mishmash
I bought mint pants a while ago and try as I might, I am just not able to pair it with the right top and I end up with too many colors on me. See for yourself.

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Yes bloggers please tell me what I should pair these pants up with. I’m kinda lost here! No Pinterest inspirations aren’t working either! 😐

2.Marathon madness
The ladies in my running group decided to do an all ladies beach run! And guess what, I did a 15 kilometer (9.3 miles) in two hours. Howabout that 😎

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In other marathon news, I did a 10km in 1 hour and 20 mins at a marathon in the city!

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That would be me looking bulldozed passing a bulldozer. Lel!

3.Multicolor Mix n Match
My friend was so terribly sweet, pampering me silly when she gifted this beautiful multicolored statement piece she bought when in Mumbai and I’ve been dreaming about that piece stowed safe in my drawer ever since.

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4. Mostly Monochrome
Le boyfriend’s birthday happened when he was here visiting us, so among other things, I made him a birthday card. Now he’s a Kobe Bryant mad fan and so I laid my thinking cap safely to rest and just drew a pencil sketch of Kobe (and me!) Here’s a rather bad picture of the inside and the outside of the card

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Shilpa the living breathing candy floss!

Such creative! Much wow!

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And inside the card!

Also, a closer picture of my Kobe (I say my Kobe because I know this is unlike the original by a mile! :|)

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4. Made and manducated by me!

I have in recent times started learning some cooking. Thanks to some amazing blogs I’ve tried doing some easy south Indian dishes and you’d be happy to know, I nailed most of them :mrgreen: I have also been completely disregarding this waistline issue and have been binge eating some amaze balls dishes from crazy eat outs around the city! 😍 A collage of all that lovely yummies in my tummy of course⬇

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That would be all from me folks. I successfully completed this post with every title and subtitle having M-words.. Yes yes I’m pretty cracked up that way. Have a great rest of the week! Ciao! 💝

Open this post and read it! – A heart wrenching story!

Yes that was just an attention seeking technique my post title. 😝 But I couldn’t afford you guys not reading my post because it’s a small, quick, easy and ridiculously helpful tip that I wanted to share.
So, have you guys had to put away entire outfits because they became lint-ridden? Here’s an easy as hell sure shot way to get rid of the lint.

Step 1: Lay the lint ridden outfit on a flat surface

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Step 2: Take a wide width tape and stick it on the lint area and pull. (Pst..it’s eerily similar to something we do to ourself too… My skirt wants to tell you what it’s similar to.)

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Step 3: Keep repeating step two till all the lint is ripped off. You can use the same strip of tape for as long as its adhesive. Once it becomes non sticky, cut out a new piece and repeat!

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Simple and highly effective tip eh? You can thank me later guys. 😝 Hahaha have an amazing week. 💝

This new year I vow to push my ass and….

1. Start being judicious about them finances (the problems they create towards the month end…deadly! O.o)

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2.  Start taking care of my skin. ( World War III : Shilpa vs Acne!)

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3. Start shopping on a “oh that’s a versatile piece and I know I want it- go to store – find the blessed piece – scamper back home” basis rather than the “oh my salary is credited lemme aimlessly stroll into the mall – oh I like this oh I like that oh I like the ENTIRE SHOPPP – impulse binge buy every thing I lay eyes on” basis.

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3. Read more. Actually let’s make it measurable! Read 12 good books – one a month! (Ya ya blab about it in your stupid blog if that’s what motivation means to you..!) If I might entertain you with a picture which “summarizes” my reading habit.

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4. Take up that fondant class I’ve been dreaming of for looong sometime. Get over the obsession ASAP by 1.knowing I suck at it or 2. Knowing I can give peek-a-boo cakes a run for its money *insert maniacal laugh* (or a pitiful gosh-this-chic-needs-help kinda laugh if you please!)

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Hahaha ohhhh I crack myself up! 😂

Honestly the resolution list could go on guys but let’s keep it simple shall we πŸ™‚  I’ve had a lovely 2014 with many ups and very few downs and I hope that’s how things panned out at your end too. Have a happy new year. Stay happy , stay safe , party hardest. Love y’all for loving me so much. Goodnight! 😍😍

He’s here :D

Guyssssss!! Aaaaahhhh!! 💟💟💟 picture this : you have a 60 day countdown because you are seeing the love of your life after two frikkin long years, the days are in no hurry (wonder how they act so lazy during countdowns and are so hyperactive when the vacation after the countdown starts :?) and after a tiresome 58 days you are down to 2 days. The last ten days go exceptionally slowly with you checking the date and the time on your computer calendar every five minutes (no I’m not exaggerating guys!). Anyway, I was in the last but one but oneth day of my countdown 😝. It was Friday and after a longgggg day at work I’m walking towards my car in the rather empty parking lot when I suddenly sense a movement behind me and the persons gait is all too familiar but I’m not able to put a finger on who it was..so I do the turn look back, not realizing who it was, so look in front and get sooooo shocked and look back again routine we are all too familiar with! My boyfriend had me surprised shocked blown out of my wits all at the same time by arriving two days before schedule. Yaah yaah HiFi!!! He’s here 😍!!!!

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BEST.SURPRISE.EVER. 😍 Happy holidays people. I know I’m going to have an amazing one 💝