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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One Tadka Martini please!

Now that the caption got you all curious, let me tell you this post has nothing to do with cooking, it has nothing to do with drinking and no! it has nothing to do with creative naming either (though I must say I’m mighty proud of “Tadka Martini” Patent material right? Loljk!)

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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! ❤️

Ushering Mustard into my wardrobe

I had for the first time in my life (hold on to your gasps) been to Forever 21 last November (ok gasp now 😒) I was busy behaving like a kid at a candy store when my sister pointed at this particular dress. “That dress? Who in their right mind would choose a dress in that color?” I mocked! “Try it anyway” she said. Try I did, and here I’m dedicating a whole post to that dress, so you figured how my emotions for the dress went after that trial don’t you? 😛🙆🏻 

As fashion bloggerly as I am, some colors like mustard/honey have never been in my radar simply because I decided they aren’t cool colors. But I stand corrected and how! Take a look 

 
A beautiful fit and flair short dress in the color mustard was bought!   
  Congratulations boyfriend! Never knew you had such brilliant photography skills! I have hit jackpot after all I guess 😛  
 
  

Chose to wear some F21 bling on my ear and went back to my trusted clutch and glitter pumps to complete the look 🤗 

  

 This valentine day if you are looking for the perfect dress, please consider Mustard will ya? 😘

Zumba in Style! 

What’s up everyone! It’s your favorite blogger (hahaha?) back with another post! I recently started taking up Zumba classes and boy have I been loving it! Dance + fitness + fun ? I’ll take all of that please! So a new fitness regime to a fashion blogger means : 

1. A new Pinterest board full of Zumba clothes 

2. A wardrobe full of Zumba clothes (not a wardrobe full…but hey it’s my blog and I get to exaggerate!) 

The thing with Zumba is its such a graceful and fun form of workout and it’s really motivating if you dress in interesting clothes because it’s one hour of seeing yourself in the mirror and it’s all the better if you like what you see! So I thought it would be fun to share with you guys some of my Zumba-wear which I have been spamming Instagram with! Here goes! 

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Now that all the pic-spamming is over I’ll get to what exactly you should and shouldn’t wear for Zumba! 

Shoes : Wearing comfortable shoes with a good grip is of supreme importance! Go for gym sneakers, dance sneakers or even your running shoes with a worn out tread. If however, you want “the real thing” Zumba.com has its own range of sneakers which look great on the dance floor because they are various shades of neon and I suppose they feel awesome too! (I use my Nike gym sneakers still!) 

Clothes : Zumba is all about having mad fun and so Zumba classes are usually filled with people wearing the craziest and the brightest colors (for reference go back to the pictures above 👆🏽) While there are no hard and fast wears and don’t wears, it goes a long way to wear very comfortable and fitting clothes while dancing because in between all the struggling to keep up with your instructor’s moves the last thing you want is for your clothes to get in the way and disturb you! I love layering to Zumba because the style is full of torso movements and I feel less conscious doing them when I know there is one more layer of clothing between me and the world (ha!).  So while there is no such thing as what to wear for a Zumba class, clothes you can avoid include-

  • pure cotton shirts and tops since Zumba is such an intense work out, you definitely need some material which will absorb the sweat and wick perspiration 
  • Ill fitting clothes, long sleeved tshirts and ill fitting underwear 
  • Low cut tshirts because Zumba is all about jumping moving around and bending and you’ll honestly not work out to your fullest capacity if at the back of your head a small voice keeps reminding you to protect your modesty! 

Some places I have found pretty cool Zumba clothes include : Myntra.com, Zumba.com, Nike, Westside and Jockey! 

That would be all from me folksies! Have a fabulous rest of the week and just to rub it into your face, we in south India have just two more days to go before the loooong weekend kicks in! Yay yay yayyy! Love y’all 💋

Posing and chilling with my zumba instructor Bhavana! :* Oh and please note, we aren’t sweating, we are sparkling!!!

Check out my instructor Bhavana’s Zumba work and know more about her classes at her Facebook page: Zumba fitness with Bhavana !!