Category Archives: Make-over

Monochrome x Pop of Color

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I love monochrome. But going all out may look a little drab. The best way to spice it up is by way of accessories.

Here I am wearing an all black outfit which I have accessorized with a multicolored stone necklace. It adds enough glamour to shift from a day look to  an image makeover for an evening out.

This is easy fashion!

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Hope you liked the look.

ENJOY!!!

Long Black Sweater and Kurta.

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Wearing shrugs, like I did in my last post, is good when it is not too cold. But it is surely, not a very good way of beating the oncoming  severe winter. To make Indian wear more comfortable in winters, I am going to show a look that can keep you more warm.

It is a task to make Indian wear look smart and chic in winters.

The short sweater and shawl look is very boring.

Here I am wearing a mauve long printed satin kurta with a mauve drape and tights. To make this outfit wearable in more cold, I have layered it with a nice long black sweater, a multicolored stole and black boots.

Actually, a long black sweater, black boots and a multicolored scarf should be a part of your winter capsule wardrobe.

As usual ,I love my favorite silver accessories. Here I am wearing a silver Amethyst necklace.

Go, check it out.

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Long Kurta with Animal Print

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I am a huge fan of traditional wear but I love a slight twist. Today I am wearing a long yellowish beige kurta with an animal print patching on the neckline and on the hemline.

I have paired it with a simple silver hasli and diamond earrings.
To beat the chill I have picked up a black shrug.
Beige  ballet flats complete the look.
The key is not to go OTT and let the animal print stand out.

This is a nice outfit for fall. It is traditional yet has a contemporary touch to it.

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ENJOY!

Shimmer Jackets

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That is the bestest thing ever. Though I myself don’t wear short jackets ,I love picking them up for my daughter. Here she is wearing two blingy jackets that I picked up from Hong Kong. While the white one can be worn during the day and for evening dinners, the grey one is a beauty full of bling. This is a perfect choice for winter clubbing. The gold chain detailing and gold buttons on the grey one,is out of the world.

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Go for it girl !

Back to Fashion.

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So finally my blogs are sorted. One for fashion and one for my usual and unusual ramblings.I just wish I am that sorted out in my life too.

This time around I am  also going to write about Indian Wear for women. After all, I wear that and fusion clothing most of the times. By fusion I mean something that is not purely ethnic and Indian, but a mix of Indian and western influences both. Before starting let me introduce my fellow bloggers to some terminology we use in our clothes.

1) KURTA. A loose collarless shirt worn by people from South Asia, usually with a salwar, churidars, or pyjama.

A kurta  (also kurti for a shorter version for women) is a traditional item of clothing worn in Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. It is a loose shirt falling either just above or somewhere below the knees of the wearer, and is worn by men. They were traditionally worn with loose-fitting paijama (kurta-paijama), loose-fitting shalwars, semi-tight (loose from the waist to the knees, and tight from the calves to the ankles churidars, or wrapped-around dhotis but are now also worn with jeans.Kurtas are worn both as casual everyday wear and as formal dress.

2) SALWAR.

 A shalwar kameez, also spelled salwar kameez or shalwar qameez, is a traditional dress of SOUTH ASIA. It is worn by men and women in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Shalwar are loose pyjama like trousers.. The legs are wide at the top, and narrow at the ankle. The kameez is a long shirt or tunic, often with a western-style collar.

3) CHURIDARS.

Churidars or churidar pyjamas ,are tightly fitting trousers worn by both men and women in South Asia. Churidars are a variant of the common salwar pants. Salwars are cut wide at the top and narrow at the ankle. Churidars narrow more quickly, so that contours of the leg are revealed. They are usually cut on the bias, making them naturally stretchy. Stretch is important when pants are closefitting. They are also longer than the leg and sometimes finish with a tightly fitting buttoned cuff at the ankle. The excess length falls into folds and appears like a set of bangles resting on the ankle .

3) DUPATTA.

A dupatta is traditionally worn across both shoulders. However, the dupatta can be worn like a cape around the entire torso. The material for the dupatta varies according to the suit: cotton, Georgette, silk, chiffon, and more. A length of material worn arranged in two folds over the chest and thrown back around the shoulders, typically with a salwar kameez. Can be draped in a number of ways.

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So welcome to this colorful journey….enjoy!

Insomniac.

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The clock strikes 12 midnight

I hurry to brush my teeth, wash my face

Apply night cream,look in mirror for wrinkles. See many.

Apply cream anyway. Lie down. My back itches. Turn sides. Still itching. Get up to apply talcum. Lie down.

Ah sleep finally.

But no, A dog starts barking in the street. Try to ignore. Keeps barking.

Get up again. Opr the window to shoo off the dog. Does not go. Go back to bed.Look for my ear beds. Put them in my ears. Try to sleep.

Light coming from in between the curtains. Get up again. Close the curtains .

Go back to bed. Look at the  clock. Its already 2 a.m.

Panic. Have to get up early. Try to sleep.

Damn, I am thirsty. Get up again to drink water.

Come back to bed, exhausted.

Try to sleep. Wake up with a start. My alarm went off.Look at the clock. It went off early.

Try to sleep for an hour more.

Get up because of someone knocking at the door.

Time for work, my son says.

Get up finally.

Did I sleep at all?

See no degree of rest or sanity in my nights….

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The Traveling Fashionista.

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Chic comfy traveling fashion is what we all desire.Now this is a simple guide on fashion while actually you are on the move! Once you reach your destination , these strict rules can be relaxed a little.
Right from shoes. to your hair, small things matter that make your trip comfortable and make you look chic and hep at the same time.

THE SHOES

Wear flats obviously with a great sole that has a good grip. Closed shoes are a must as that prevents all the dirt from getting to your feet. You can go with good sports shoes, but for me I like nude ballerinas with a good sole. They are easy to slip on and off, look good and go with everything. You can also wear nice sport shoes with a great arch.

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LOWERS.

My latest fashion fixation is pajama pants. With an elastic waistband and loose fit they are oh so comfy. No buttons no zippers ….pure bliss. The best part is that they come in all types of fabrics now including denim.

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UPPERS.

Need. I say much about that? Any upper in a wrinkle free fabric, dark colors, comfortable fit …that’s it. I prefer carrying a stylish stole for those oh so cold airports. Also u can have a good snooze inside it.

MAKE-UP.

Moisturize moisturize moisturize…that and a nude makeup which is mainly concealer based. That looks the best. A light colored gloss and u r good to go. Dont forget a waterproof mascara to make your eyes look wide open and awake. I personally like to add color with the help a rose tinted blusher. ( Again , the pics!!!)

Dont forget the mini makeup must haves.Refer:

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https://toweararainbow.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/fashionista-on-the-go/

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HAIR.

Freshly washed ,neatly tied is the way to go. I prefer a blow dry before setting out as it gives me neat look and stays for a long time. That is also important as we need to look good in photographs too:)

CARRY IT ALL BAG.

Carry a cross sling bag for comfort ,with a lot of zipper pockets for safety. Carry a black or a brown bag in n faux leather so that it is easy on maintenance. Multiple zippers ensure compartmentalization and make it easy to locate your stuff.

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ACCESSORIES.

Wear a simple yet chic neck-piece that can easily be removed . I don’t wear earrings as I find them uncomfortable, bot if you must wear ones with a clasp so that they don’t poke you while you doze off while traveling.

A simple watch with a metal strap is all that you need. Don’t overdo the accessories. Wear just one classy , comfortable piece.

Following are some pictures from my travel diary.

At the airport.

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With my daughter.

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With the Gods at Madurai.

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Had awesome coconut water.

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At the sheep farm at Kodaikanal.

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I had a wonderful trip with all my basic traveling stuff in place. Would definitely list a capsule wardrobe for traveling later. Till then…ENJOY.

BE HAPPY ALWAYS

XOXO

P.S. All photos by my son Vidur.

Wardrobe woes…How to manage a working girls closet.

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That is a universal problem I bet. Every morning staring at my overflowing wardrobe and at the same time staring at the watch ,has become the norm. I am sure the same is true for most of us.I had to device a quick fix for that , so that I don’t leave home exhausted. Following is my easy to do mantra.

1) Have a capsule wardrobe.

Focus on buying good quality staple pieces that never go out of fashion. These may differ from person to person . My capsule wardrobe is as follows:

Nude or beige upper.

A white shirt or top.

Black uppers.

Black lowers.

Navy lowers.

Little black dress.

A nice black trench coat.

A pair of beige flats.

A pair of silver flats.

A pair of ballet flats.

A pair of black pumps.

A pair of boots.

A daily wear neck piece.

A statement necklace.

A pair of studs in silver and gold. I have diamond earrings in gold. They go mostly with everything.

Silver and gold hoops for the evening.

A pair of chandelier earrings.

A black and a multicolored stole.

A nice diamante watch.

Morning Clutch or tote in nude.

Evening Clutch in black and gold.( black goes with silver outfits too)

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2) Plan in advance for the whole week.

I do that most of the time. If possible ,I do plan what I have to wear each day of the week on Sunday. It saves my time and the mornings are less hurried. I also decide the accessories if they are going to be different for some particular outfit. Mostly I change my neck-pieces, but my bag and slippers remain the same during the day, at least for one week.

3) Try your outfits beforehand.

Now this has saved me many a time from being embarrassed because of a zipper gone wrong or for instance  a tear on my leggings. Sometimes you can improvise your outfit if you try it beforehand.

4) Have an inventory.

This is applicable if you have too many key pieces like I do. I also write down the various looks I can create with my staple pieces. Again I save a lot of time because of this.

5) Have your ”must have” make up kit ready and and updated.

Also keep your evening and night make up items separate from your daily essentials. Things like shimmery eye shadow, illuminator and dark blushers should be in a separate kit.

6)  Have some items to add drama to your outfit always at hand.

A blingy necklace, a cocktail ring, a quirky bag are some ideas of adding some drama to your attire.

 

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7) Red lipstick

Another instant pick me up essential. My personal favorite is M.A.C. Russian Red Matte.

It adds enough drama to make heads turn.

So girl, get going and plan your capsule wardrobe.

Till next time…

xoxo.