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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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 😂) 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 😇😍🙌👇👗

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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. 😍📍✂📏😇

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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. 💝

Colorb(older)locking!

I color blocked once again and this time a little bolder. 😍 See? I told you guys I could do it!!
I must warn you, I had no one to click pictures so the pictures are all selfies.!

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So this was the basic combination. Green shorts, red tank top inside and a yellow blouse over it. Is that wild or what? 😎

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This yellow top I got from my aunt who was probably bored of wearing it. 😝 (not complaining!) It has been bought at CottonWorld! And I love it because its beautifully light cotton with a lot of embroidery and cut-work.

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These GreenShorts are from VeroModa. When I bought it more than a year ago, the only consideration was that I wanted shorts which didn’t make my thunder thighs look more thunderous. 😂 And when I saw this one I grabbed without second thought. It was only later that I realized it was such a good buy because green pairs with the most unusual colors and I love deciding what to wear with it. 😍

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Lastly, I wore red cubed earrings and a red watch (talk about wild😂) and golden ballerinas to tie up the whole look. LOL!

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So what do you think about my bolder color blocking?? Did I live up to the challenge? 😆;) Have a super week folks. Stay happy and stay safe.

P.S. I am adding this Postscript because I wanted to show you guys my inspiration behind color blocking.
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This is my cousin and she designed this dress herself. Can you believe it.?! Its so perfectly and beautifully color blocked and I understood the idea of mixing three colors of pretty non-related color families from this outfit. Who would have thought peach purple and green would go together so wonderfully well right? 🙂

I got my Neon This One!

Hahaha don’t my punny titles crack you up? Please say it did! 😂 So! Say hey to my next four part segment – “Neon-daze” (Remember my Orange is the new black Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4? No? Oh very well!😝)

These segments are here to show my neon obsession in life! Right from a little before it came into being trendy and well after the trend has died a peaceful death I continue to be the moth attracted to the bright neon haze and be dazed in it (am I killing these rhyming words or what! 👐😂)
Well when it does come back in vogue, I can at least say “Duh! Been there done, doing, will continue to do that!” Can you?!? Tell?

Moving on! I present to you the first neon in my wardrobe! A shocking pink and white blouse. Lately I’ve been obsessed with wearing shirts and blouses over t-shirts, so that’s what I did here too..! Ba-dum-tsss cover your eyes and take a peak at this neon-over-neon-overdose!

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This neon pink and white shirt I bought at a cute thrift store in Malaysia and paired it with this butterfly T-shirt a friend who visited France bought back for me.
It was such a clash of brash colors but I had a lot of FUN wearing them.
To give some respite to sore eyes I paired this look with plain black jeans.
Psst… my earrings were neon too! Muhahaha!

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Hope you have an amazing weekend. My weekend is going to be super fun. I can just feel it already! 😍 Stay happy and safe.!

Straight from the Shoulder!

This weekend I’m teaching Idioms to the kids which the organization I volunteer at are associated with and that explains the reason for the idiomy title 🙄
(#funfacts : straight from the shoulder actually means being honest or frank 😝)
So, long long ago so long ago, a blogger friend had a post about a beautiful studded bag she had and I realized I had a similar backpack full of beautiful embroidery and I thought why not a post on that.!
Here it comes!!! 🎼🎶🎼

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It is a black backpack with the flaps on the top and sides alone in white with a splash of colorful random but beautiful embroidery!

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This bag is such a show stealer that I use it judiciously. When I’m dressed very well I give this bag the skip because it’s more likely that it will steal my thunder anyway 😜
Leaving you with some more images of the bag and the link to the site where I purchased it from 🙂

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You can find this same bag here!

Have a nice weekend folks!