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! πŸ˜€ 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! πŸ™‚

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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! πŸ™‚ 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? πŸ˜‰ ) 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 thisΒ 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? πŸ™‚ This post is interspersed with this beautiful swing dress I got fromΒ Mogra DesignsΒ 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. Β 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? πŸ™‚

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

 

 

 

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 whyΒ Madhu’s TadkaΒ popped from the hundreds of other vendors on Instagram for me!

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Summer Style – Part I/IV – Cool and Comfortable DrapesΒ 

After what seems like the longest break I’ve taken from the blogging world, I’m back with the next post you guys! 

So, before that, tell me..how you been? πŸ’•πŸ’•didja miss me? Didja think about me? πŸ’πŸ»πŸ‘ΈπŸ»πŸ’πŸ» a big hug if you did! A big hug if you didn’t too! πŸ˜‚

Diving straight in, I decided to do a four part post about what to wear this summer  when you decide Pants are not your cuppa! What with the sun scorching, I bet jeans are the last things on your mind. But what are the alternatives you may wonder. Fret not love, for I’m here to show you four cool and easy ways to waltz through summer pants-free! 😊

Part I – The quintessential Six yards

The Saree is the touted to be the most beautiful attire. Drape it well and it can be the most accentuating outfit you’d ever have worn! And that’s why the Saree is my first choice of clothing this summer! 

This beautiful Kota cotton Saree has a funny story behind it! It about a year ago (oh coming to think about it, exactly a year ago!) that I decided to gift my grandmother (let’s call her paati because that makes typing a whole lot easier for me!) a Saree for her birthday. I fell in love with this Saree the instant I saw it because I could so imagine my paati looking cute and bright in yellow and green. Also, I presumed she would love something cool and comfortable like a Kota cotton anyday over a heavy silk Saree. Well I was mistaken wasn’t I! 

Let me continue the story after the next image! πŸ˜›

So I buy the Saree and take it to her, and my paati being my paati looked at it with a dead pan face (something like this 😢) and took it. Hahahah! I later realised she wanted a silk saree as it turned out that I wasn’t alone in thinking cottons would be what she needs. So one year later, this saree was still new and unworn and I shamelessly went and borrowed it back from her for the shoot! Yup thaaat’s me! Happy and shameless! 

And that’s exactly what I seem to be happily declaring to the world in the next picture! Lol!) 

Cotton sarees in general and good Kota sarees in particular weigh almost nothing! So take out your mom’s or maybe even your paati’s saree out and take it for a spin this summer! 

Outfit Details: Kota Saree – Shilpi (Chennai), Readymade blouse – RmKV (Chennai), Necklace – Gift, Footwear – Koblerr (Chennai) 


These pictures were taken by the awesome Sneha Chandrashekhar! We did all four outfits in one shot and they have all come out so well that it’s making me exercise so much self control to not release all of them in one go its not even funny anymore! ☹️ Thank you Sneha for ensuring I’m spoilt for choice!  (follow her on Instagram @purplecurlss) 

That’s all from me this week! I promise I’ll be regular (atleast till this series is done with!) with a new post coming out every Monday! See ya! ❀️

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 πŸ˜’) 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? πŸ˜›πŸ™†πŸ» 

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 πŸ˜›  
 
  

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

  

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

How to pull of a Graphic Tee w/o looking like a 9-year old – Part II

Hola all you wonderful people! So the new year is finally here! I (very clichΓ©d-ly) can’t believe a year has flown, sped, zoomed by so quickly! It has been a very good year but definitely hoping for better things in 2016!  Aren’t we all? πŸ™‚ 

So as the second part (finale!) of this Graphic Tee styling post, I bring to you two more ideas to style such funky tshirts without them looking age inappropriate on you! Let’s get started! 

1. Skirt it or knot it

Wearing these tshirts with skirts are a very popular and easy styling way! Here I have used a Winter is coming (Game of thrones) crop top and paired it with my trusted pencil skirt! I have knotted the top because it sort of structured the look that way! 

 
    

This was such a candid photo..my friend who was clicking the photo went “1..2..3..tummy tuck” and this was my instant reaction while tucking the tummy! such big tummy issues! πŸ˜›


Pro tip: I used a H&M in-skirt and it gave the pencil skirt such a neat finish..no more you-know-which lines I’m talking about lines while wearing pencil skirts! Yay!

2. Go Laid back

Going for the laid back look is probably the easiest thing you can do with such tee shirts. For this look I have chosen this wolverine tshirt (courtesy : sister’s wardrobe! Hehe) and paired it with my Khakhi shorts and my denim shirt. A last minute addition were those nerdy specs because my friend thought and I agreed, that it bound and sealed the look…I don’t know why we did that and that’s precisely what I was telling  her when she clicked this first shot! Haah!  
   

    

 
  

  

Another candid capture! I think we were discussing about conquering the world and i was all “yeah lets do it! you mean now? Yeah why not?”

  
Pro Tip: I know pairing such short shorts with sneakers is the cutest thing to do, but try pairing them with flats or something boho like these mini boho gladiators I’m wearing because that looks pretty cute too! Lol (not pro at all!)

Outfit Details : Winter in coming crop top – Myntra, Pencil skirt and khakhi shorts – New York and Company, Nude pumps and boho gladiator sandals – Westside, Wolverine Teeshirt – Marvel comics website (I think!), Denim shirt – Street shopped in Mumbai, nerdy glasses – flicked from my friend!

So that brings us to the end of this post! Hope your first week of 2016 went by eventfully! I couldn’t wait with such good photos until Monday to post and hence this change in schedule! How’d you like this post? Tell me I’m all ears! 😍 

P.S.: It was a new year and I HAD to do something new, so on Jan 1st I went and got my nose pierced! Cool eh? 

   

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. πŸ˜‡ 

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 πŸ˜‚ 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 – 109β€’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! β€οΈπŸ˜„