Hi Again!

Why hello there! It has been a while isn’t it? Quite a while infact…201 days to be precise! In between my last post and this one I quit my job, I got a husband and I moved cities! ๐Ÿ˜€ So this new hello comes all the way from Los Angeles! An Indian at heart, figuring her way through the Hollywood city would be an apt description of me now! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Married, happy and in love!

This move has been the biggest one for me so far! Married, living with A BOY! (:O) and thousands of miles away from where and with who I had spent the first two and a half decades of my life! The settling in and figuring out a pattern and setting a routine took me more than a couple of months but that just doesn’t justify a 6 month gap of no blogging!

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Well I do have a reason for that, just hear me out! ๐Ÿ™‚ So in the first month of arriving here, I was so pumped and kicked about the fashion scene here, about all the clothes I could buy and styles I could create for my blog, (I even wrote a couple of blogs – they are still in my draft) about the amazing clothes I was generally going to own and so on until I went to a mall.!!! *insert dramatic drumbeat music* So this was an outlet mall where you get top brands at heavily discounted prices and each shop I entered into was more chaotic than the previous one. There were clothes strewn around and girls going bonkers throwing them about and treating them like trash (which I later realised was where those clothes belonged in the first place….especially clothes of some shops we can call Always22 and NotH&NotM? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) I am not going to lie, I did buy a couple of clothes in that mall that day, but the overall experience left me quite disgusted and far from what I expected to be honest.!

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Till then though, never a great fan of fast fashion, I hadn’t seen its impact in the true sense. In fact, I have styled clothes from these brands in the past because I just didn’t care about the larger issue at hand. Up until that point I had just seen thisย video of John Oliver about the issues of fast fashion and din’t know much else about it. But the day after I was back from the mall (we all need one night’s sleep to figure out what we are feeling and figure out our plans of action don’t we? :)) I sat down and started reading articles and seeing videos on the impact of buying cheap clothes going regularly on sale was having on our planet and I was quite shocked. This is NOT how it should be! This is absolutely not what I should be standing for!

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So for the first time since I started blogging, I had purpose! A new found sense of why I should blog. The first ever cause I felt the need and motivation to associate my blog with! The very drive I needed to renew and up my blogging game. Henceforth this blog is going to be all about Ethical fashion – ethically sourced, ethically made and fairly traded fashion.

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In the upcoming posts please expect to see brands (Indian and American) which support ethical fashion, the various vices of fast fashion analysed one at a time and tips and tricks to adopt responsible fashion without burning a major hole in your pocket.

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I intend to slowly change my wardrobe and your views on fashion and what better way to do it one outfit and one blog post at a time right? ๐Ÿ™‚ This post is interspersed with this beautiful swing dress I got fromย Mogra Designsย in India. Mogra was one of the very first brands I noticed who paid so much attention and love to painstakingly source their materials and have mentioned in detail about the care and attention they give to their weavers and artisans and about fair pricing their products. ย This whole blog post was to sort of warm you up to the idea of ethical fashion and not a brand feature and so I used this beautiful dress I already had for this post.

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The more I read the more I realized fast, mindless and cheap fashion does nothing good to you, to the artist creating it or to the environment and it is just not worth it! This is a change which is not going to easy, let me not kid myself, and definitely not going to be instant! I am still probably going to style that ethically bought t-shirt with my Zara skirt, or that beautiful handmade dress with a Forever 21 bag (I am NOT going to shy away from the things I already own!) but I am going to be mindful of my choices and purchases in future! Are you with me on this mission? ๐Ÿ™‚

Before I sign off, here are some interesting articles and compelling images which might just urge you to join me!

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-22476774

https://www.thebalance.com/textile-recycling-facts-and-figures-2878122

http://www.npr.org/2016/04/08/473513620/what-happens-when-fashion-becomes-fast-disposable-and-cheap

 

 

 

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 whyย Madhu’s Tadkaย popped from the hundreds of other vendors on Instagram for me!

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Seasonsal Transitions – Summer! Bright Light and Beachy!

Hola dearies! Happy yappy Monday to you all!! Do I sound too excited on a Monday? That is ONLY because I have an awesome post in store for y’all! :*

A little back story before we dive right into the post. A week back I was thinking what my next post/theme/couple of posts was going to be and just when an idea was forming in my head my sister told me she and her friend would shoot with me as well! Two cuties who look like a million bucks in just about anything they wear on my blog? I’m on!

So the Concept of the next four posts isss……1 2 3 4! Confused? That’s One Theme, Two Staples,ย Threeย Girls andย Fourย Seasons!!ย ย Ta-daaaaah! So its basically seasonal transitions of the same staple outfit. (Sonam Naidu..You remember you asked me to do this long ago with my red skirt? Thanks babe โค You inspired me!) So I will be showing you guys how to wade through the four seasons in a staple maxi skirt, my sister in pants and Sandhya in a dress! *So excited I could dieee*

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So this post is all about Summer! Summer is all about the beach and bright and light colors and that’s what we went for indeed!! ๐Ÿ˜€

First up, Sandhya’s Look

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Firstly, lets all step back for a moment and admire this cutie…now lets proceed to the look. Ha! So we decided to keep Sandhya’s beach look very simple with this thin cotton brightly colored almost spaghetti strapped dress. She chose to pair it with these open gladiators which look elaborate and simple, dressy and laid back at the same time! Simple airy dresses like these scream summer and we love that! Dresses are also easily transitionable and you’ll see why we need that next week ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Suspense and all!! :P)

Next, Anusha’s Look

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Anusha look like a pretty picture in these comfy as hell palazzo pants and this lacy spaghetti top. Palazzo are one more piece of outfit which define sweaty summers and she sure was uber-cozy in them! She finished her look with these open flats and a pair of blue aviators!

And finally,ย Shilpa’s Lookย (yes mine!)

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I bought two maxis recently (like at last!!) and the minute I saw this coral one I knew this is exactly how I wanted to style it! This orange shirt and coral skirt combination almost give it a maxi dress like feel and knotting up the shirt made me feel breazy in my tummy and I loved it! (Lol!) I finished this look with these pretty F21 turquoise beads and I was pretty pleased with myself for thinking up of that color combination! (not at all pompous! Nope!) I also wore these cool blueeye collection beaded bracelet (birthday gift from *wink wink*) and my lazy flip flops to complete the look.

As I’m finishing this post I realise I’m running so late to work! So this is where I sign off peeps! Next week we three will show you how the same three staple outfits can be worn for spring! (Also, I just realised, I should have totally gone spring first and then come to summer isnt it?) Excited? Oh I sure am! Hope you enjoyed this post! I’m yapping too much today! Have an amazing week ahead! Love you! Stay Happy!! โค โค !!

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Look Book Series : Tan Bag Look #3 – Off to Work

  
Hi guys! So today I’m back with the last and final look in the tan bag look book series! It’s a traditional Indian office wear look! It’s Monday and you’re looking for some inspiration to dress up to work aren’t you? Well let’s consider this post to be God sent then ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜‹ 

  
While in my last two looks with this bag I tried mixing it with contrasting materials like denim and colours like navy blue, in this look I took the amateur and straight forward route! Used the colours appearing in the bag to make an outfit! And Ta-da here’s what I got! ๐ŸŽถ

   
    
    
    
   
While you are looking at the pictures, imagine me to be standing next to you clapping my hands ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ and jumping up and down like a five year old because I’m thrilled about how well I think these pictures have come out! All thanks to my friend and upcoming photographer Pranav and the amazing graffiti walls we decided to use as the backdrop! 

Coming back to my outfit (yes I definitely will yap about it for sometime and you have to read through that! Please ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜‚) So the white kurta and white leggings look has come up on the blog a couple of times before, as this is my go to attire when it’s not the dress but something else it the outfit which needs to stand out! In this case it was this beautiful Dupatta and the bag and the sandals of course ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I have to tell you a little some-some about this Dupatta now! My mom bought this Dupatta close to 15 years ago because she was at that Beautiful expensive Dupatta – with plain yet elegant Salwar kameez phase (don’t we all go through that phase? ๐Ÿ˜Š) and my dad got a brainwave and decided to fabric paint some flowers into it because I think the salwar she wanted to wear it with had these similar flowers. But 15 years later the salwar is gone for good and what remains is this beautiful flowy dupatta and I found it stashed away by mom one day while digging for something else!! La la la laaaa laa! And ever since I found it I have been obsessing with it, pairing it with literally every plain salwar I own, wearing it to work atleast once a week and I decided why not show it to you guys as well ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ I also kind of sealed my brown-white play by adding these brown beads and brown (and new!) sandals to this look! 

I think this look compliments the tan bag the best and it makes me office ready too in the process (win-win?). It is a really easy and effective idea to pair the color combination of the statement piece (bag in this case) to make your outfit!

Outfit Details – White Kurta – Fab India, White Leggings – Colors, Dupatta – really old, mum doesn’t really know where it is from although she thinks it’s either from Nalli or Kumaran, Chennai, Tan Bag – Bags by Anqi (Instagram), Sandals – Charles & Keith, Watch – Tommy Hilfiger, Beaded Necklace – Thrifted from Delhi 

That’s all about my look, coming to something else I wanted to tell you guys!  

Pranav and I are friends for the past five years now! And recently he told me how he liked everything about my blog except the quality of the photos and the locations I choose ๐Ÿ˜‚ Pranav wants to take up photography ( fashion or wildlife? Lol) as his serious hobby and very sweetly agreed to use me and my blog as his guinea pig and you won’t hear me complaining about that ๐Ÿ˜‹ thank you Pranav and welcome abroad the Frillthrills team (team? What team ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚) 

That’s it from me guys! Hope you enjoyed the look book series! Cheers to more such awesome posts coming your way and a bigger toast to the deadly Monday definitely coming your way ๐Ÿ˜‰! 

First Blog Anniversary!

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Its been a year! A year since I decided I wanted to blog! A year since I realized clothes, styling and writing are my true passions and decided to follow them. A year since I decided to give up apprehensions about how good or bad I might be at this and get down to business and find out. A year since I started discovering how beautiful, giving, welcoming and heartwarming the blogging community is. A year since I made so many strong soul-matey connections with various bloggers all over the world.

I know I haven’t come too far from the start line and I definitely can’t write award winning books like “how I made $40k my first year of blogging” (there is really one such book ๐Ÿ˜‹) Hell I can’t even write about making $40 in my first year of blogging but what I can talk about are the friends, readers and memories I have made this one year and I can talk about what a well rounded personality blogging has made me. Its amazing what like minded people when brought together on a common platform like this can do.

This blog and the people that make it have become very close to my heart through the course of this year and I thank you all so much for showing me so much love! I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! Signing off!!