Sustainable Silhouettes Ft. Arodhi


Over the course of this year I have consciously cut down accumulating clothes. Now many will think this isn’t a smart move for a “fashion blogger” because new clothes means new posts but for me the need to shift into sustainability was far greater than my love for blogging, OOTDs and making a statement. Besides, its surprising how happy you get, and the number of different outfits you think of, when you remove that constant need to update your wardrobe.

Going into sustainability and ethical fashion also meant one more thing, I no longer wanted to be associated with mass produced fast fashion brands. So, when Krithika of Arodhi approached me for a collaboration I was thrilled because she and her brand have very similar ideals and principles as my blog and we were a perfect fit for each other! 😉

Arodhi is basically a fresh and a small start up by a recent NIFT graduate ~ Kirthana. She and her single tailor anna – Shabeer form the Arodhi team at the moment. She designs single pieces and takes orders on these designs and customizes them and Shabeer brings all her beautiful imagination to life with his impeccable tailoring.


Arodhi literally translates to fulfilling life through art! A design student at heart Kirthana truly fulfills her life and that of her customers with the beautiful silhouettes and patterns she creates for them!

When I asked how she would describe the clothes she made, Kirthana told me she saw Arodhi as a brand which makes garments which are trendy yet very simple and elegant. This is a conscious effort to ensure the women of this generation become ambassadors of our Indian traditional fabrics in styles they are most comfortable in.

It is beautiful that a young girl who has just launched her brand has such a clear beautiful vision about what her brand is and what it should stand for. I consider myself lucky to be getting to interact with such focused and confident women. 🙂

All clothes in Arodhi are made of organic fabrics which are hand painted/ hand dyed. Each piece is stitched specifically for a client and customized to their needs. The beauty of such small scale boutiques is that more often than not, they practice basic sustainability and ethical fashion without even trying too hard.

Arodhi however wants to take sustainable fashion to a whole new level and they practice it in the truest sense because one can always take back the garments stitched by them when they have had enough of wearing them and Arodhi recycles them into whole new outfits at a very marginal cost! It’s like having one piece of fabric which magically transforms into various pieces of clothing every once in a while! Now how fabulous is that? 😃


For showcasing their brand Kirthana sent me this beautiful cream unbleached natural jute dress. It is a pleated dress which has a very easy and relaxed silhouette. These breezy clothes are the kind I find myself levitating towards a lot these days. I think its an age thing. I no longer enjoy wearing figure hugging tshirts,  bodycons and jeans. Many people think these loose fitted clothes are not forgiving and they make one look rounder than normal. Just giving such outfits a try once will dispel such any doubts!


I kept the rest of the look very simple with a pair of golden mojaris and a violet clutch for a pop of color both of which I bought while aimlessly roaming the streets of Udaipur once upon a time.



I am thrilled I get to work with such young upcoming and yet tradionally rooted brands because of my blog. Hope you liked reading through this blog post. Do check out Arodhi on Facebook  and Instagram! Have a beautiful week ahead folks! ❤️

 

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Onam Special Ft. Mahatriya

Hailing from a city called Palakkad which lies almost on the line dividing Tamil Nadu and Kerala has its own strange perks! We get to celebrate Keralite festivals without looking like a South Indian going on Karva Chauth fasts (er…yes I have some such friends! :P)

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Of Indian Prints and Western Twirls ~ Ft. Tadka by Madhu

My favourite kinda clothes are the ones which resonate Indian but come with a small western twist to them! That’s why Madhu’s Tadka popped from the hundreds of other vendors on Instagram for me!

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Summer Styles IV/IV – Off to Brunch!

A nice three day weekend only means one thing! A delayed post 😆! But this is a good one so I strongly urge you to read on! 😉

Summers are a definite no pants time! Unfortunately there are only so many options when you try to fully remove pants from your outfit equation! So I sat thinking about how I could sneak pants into this look book and lo and behold! 👇🏾

PALAZZO pants are the answer to all your sweaty qualms! They are comfy airy and totally fit into our “summer no pant but need something like it” condition! 

I went for the boss lady look and the pictures just don’t tell the whole story of how I was giggling in between each shot! 😆

I never usually have the confidence to truly pull off a print on print look but the minute I bought this crop top I knew the abstract patterns and the whites, blues and greys would totally compliment the neat vertical symmerty of these dark blue palazzo pants! 

At last a smile! lol

I absolutely loved the way these pictures have turned out! The blue of the random garage door and the words on it, the casual spread of the dried pink Bougainville and the shadows and sunny spots created by the trees add such a classy charm to the whole setting! Thank you Sneha Chandrashekar (Instagram handle: @purplecurlss) for these spectacular images! 😍 

Outfit Details: Crop top – Stay Fabulous (Facebook), Palazzo Pants – Splash, Heels – Gift from a special person from Zara’s ❤️, Watch – Tommy Hilfiger


Though I came a day late the stuff I brought along were pretty latest right!? 😂 Hope you enjoyed this blog post! I’m so bummed it’s the last of the summer look book series because I had soooo much fun creating it. But fret not I have a couple of really cool blog ideas I’ll be working on very soon! So until next time, ciao! ❤️

How to pull of a graphic tee w/o looking like a 9 year old! Part-I

Hi everyone! Since I gave away the whole theme of the post right at the title let’s jump into the main content straightaway! 

So I thought there are four ways to get away with wearing a graphic or a cartoon tshirt without having to look like :

a) You are sporting a right out of bed look or 

b) a 9-year old basically! 

I thought I’ll do this post as two parts with two ideas each and here they are! 

For the two ideas of this post I chose a colorful graphic tshirt full of butterflies! 

1. Give the look some structure 

Adding an extra layer like a shirt or a jacket or a blazer is the easiest way to look put together! Since I’ve done the shirt over tshirt look several times (and since I simply wanted to wear the red blazer) I decided to go for a blazer 😬👍🏽 Take a looky!  

  
  

  
2. Give the look some much needed BLING! ✨✨

For the second look I kept the rest of the look the same and replaced the blazer for a statement necklace ! A heavy necklace or a pair of earrings really take such a pre-teen-like tshirt into a suave and sophisticated outfit! I know you might at first think it is crazy to wear bling with cartoon and graphic tees but once you find the right piece of jewelry you’ll love it! Take a peeky! 

  
 
    
  
 Outfit Details : Red Blazer – ONLY, Butterfly Tshirt – Gift, Jeans – 109•F, Statement necklace – Some Instagram account (forgot which one!), Heels – Zara, Watch – Fossil, Sunglasses – Rayban  

I will be back next week with two more ideas to look neat in a cartoon tshirt but until then make sure you try the two ideas in this post! ❤️ Happy Monday! 

Casual Chic on Fleek Look

Hi my lovely readers! I’m back after quite a while with my next post but before that I got to tell you why I was MIA! I live in India in a city called Chennai which became pretty famous globally last week for a tragic reason. We were ravaged by extremely heavy cyclonic rains and floods and in a matter of a couple of days the city was left looking like a dumpyard. So many people lost their lives and a thousands more their homes. Chennai traditionally being a very dry city (remember how I always say we have summer throughout the year?) is not built for such rains and so the water levels reached 10-15 feet heights in several low lying areas causing massive damage. But as any positive story goes, here’s the part where there’s light at the end of the tunnel! 😊 The people of chennai showed such solidarity in relief and rescue missions. NGOs, corporate offices, actors and ofcourse the Indian Army came together and did such phenomenal  and unbelievable work rescuing people, distributing food and other survival kits, conducting medical camps, etc and while life to come back to normalcy is going to take several months, these rains and floods have shown what a city chennai is, it is secular, giving, and so sensitive and independent. We will be up and raring to go in a while but until then please make sure you keep us in your prayers. 😇 

So I kept my look super simple today because I’m still not in a position to shoot elaborate theme based posts! This would ideally be a look you can sport on a day full of running errands or simply a day out at the mall with your friends! Here goes! 

    
    
    

 It was such an easy and loungy and a no-brainer sort of look and it took me just a few minutes to put together which is usually the time late-lateefs like me get before heading out 😂 so if you are like me make sure to stock up on a lot of basic tshirts like this one because they are so versatile and it is almost like you have a new outfit every time you wear them. 

Here I paired this basic black tee shirt with my trusted light blue jeans and a statement neck piece. The rest of the look was simple in muted gold tones. Just adding a statement necklace or a scarf or a shirt over such tee shirts elevates the simple and basic outfit into something so much more suave and sophisticated! 😍 

Outfit Details : Black T-shirt – Forever 21, Blue Jeans – 109•F bought at Lifestyle, Necklace – FabIndia, Earrings – Forever 21, Sandals – Zara 

That would be all from me for today’s post folks! Make sure you have an amazing week ahead! And tell me you had a ball! ❤️😄

   

One Pencil Skirt Two Ways 

What’s a Monday without a post from me right? Wrong! Don’t tell me you were wondering why I dint post a post on Monday…I wouldn’t buy it even for a second but yes lament about it I will! Due to some technical glitches faced by this technically severely challenged fashion blogger (I had to convert CR2 files to JPG…nope I dint know how to do that 😬 judge me!) I was unable to post yesterday but fret not here I am with a new post and this one today is about a pencil skirt which I came to own a couple of months ago. Now a pencil skirt can be a tricky piece of clothing especially for the ummmm…how do I put this subtly…the pear-shaped people like me! I have always shied away from them but then I realized I could make it work if I paired it with the right blouse. So here’s how I used my pencil skirt to create a morning and an evening look (both however shot in the afternoon…sorry you should have seen that PJ coming 😝💁🏻) 

Morning Look 

For the formal look I kinda toned down my bright coral-peach skirt with a teal shirt which hit the right length such that it covered the problem areas well enough 👍 
  
I kept the look pretty simple with a gold tassel long chain I have been obsessed with and a coral flower earring. I opted for my Zara flats which are both comfortable for an all day use and a bit dressy too with all the gold detailing.

    
A close up under some white light so that you can see the 1) winged eyeliner swag I’m pulling off 2) the actual color of my top and 3) the winged eyeliner swag I’m pulling off…oh yeah! 


Evening Look

The evening look was without doubt so much more exciting to create! I’m the most comfortable person in bubble tops but I find they do absolutely nothing to accentuate our figure so when I realized I could play around with the blouse since I had a structured skirt my hands instantly reached out to this fun bubble top I love!  

This attention pose has become something of a favorite though everyone around actively hates it 😂     

For this look I decided to carry my golden glitter clutch and I brought out my much used and abused glitter pumps. I traded the quaint tassel chain for this chunky peach beads and completed the look with my used and reused cat eye glasses! 

      

   

And again a closeup shot because forgedaboutme just look at that cute kids face painted 😍
 

Outfit Details : Formal Teal shirt – Westside, Pencil Skirt, bubble top and tassel long chain- NewYork&Company, peach statement necklace – Walmart, Gold flats –  Zara, Gold Platforms – Westside, Watch – TommyHilfiger, Earrings – Mumbai Roadside, Clutch and glasses – Polkadotandyou, Coral purse – Capresse 

Picture Courtesy – Pranav Agarwal 

That would be all from me folks 😍 Enjoy the rest of your week and hope you feel inspired enough to bring out and flaunt those pencil skirts which have been sleeping in your closet for a while now. Ciao! 

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