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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Cerulean Skies


Cerulean Skies

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Cerulean Skies

Cerulean Skies

Cerulean Skies

Jumper: Thrifted | Coat: Shillong | Bag: Hidesign | Juttis: Rajasthan | Photography: Saahil Taksh www.lensthing.com

 

The word ‘cerulean’ takes me back to the trickle-down theory as advocated by Meryl Streep a.k.a Miranda Priestly in the iconic fashion-flick, The Devil Wears Prada. She recited the journey of cerulean blue and how it percolated to the masses after being showcased by different designers on the runway. In her words:

“In 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns, and then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent — wasn’t it? — who showed cerulean military jackets, And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner, where you no doubt fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.”

 

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While Miranda spoke about the colour cerulean, I’m conversing about cerulean skies, under which —Anything goes! When it comes to fashion, anything goes; when it comes to social media, anything goes. We’re living in the era where The Kardashians are the role model of #FamilyGoals, and a girl whose wink goes viral on social media bringing her the status of influencer, with millions of followers overnight. Do we fear such a world or die trying to make a mark?

 

One sunny afternoon, underneath the cerulean skies, I realised that we cannot contain what is already exposed but make a conscious choice of standing our grounds and being the individuals that we are. Rather than measuring success in making others as a benchmark, try to set goals only keeping yourself in mind. Rather than dressing according to the trend or the ‘norm’, wear what makes you happy. Rather than having a different image on social media and different real-life personality, embrace who you are on all the pages of life and web! Chances are in the world where anything goes – your choice might just be a hit. The silver lining of today’s times is that the blurred lines of fashion will conjoin anyone’s style as long as it’s something unique.

 

So there I was standing in a printed jumper with a front open skirt, which looked pretty good in itself without the pink blazer but I added that anyway because that’s ME. There was no rule broken here, the little hipster jumper very well accommodated the little chic brought by the blazer and that’s what made me feel Hippieque and myself. Did this look break the internet? No. But did I get loads of compliments simply by being myself? Yes, and that felt pretty kick ass!

 

 

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Wedding Dressing Without Any Stressing


Ethnic Co-ord with Cape | HippiequeXAnj

Makeup: Vanshika Chawla | Hair: Dhriti Chhabra | Photography: Saumya Sharma | Maatha Patti: Ritika Sachdeva

 

‘Tis the time to see everyone around you get married and bid goodbye to the singledom they shared with you! It comes with lavish invites to the even more lavish destinations and that’s where the fundamental question of ‘what will I wear?’ haunts us like the apocalypse.

After skimming the fashion markets for an ideal label which caters to your taste and pockets, I came across Anj Kreations—A stand-alone store in Bandra. It houses some great options for all the functions you’d have to attend including the wedding. From beautiful ethnic dresses you can wear for mehendi, exquisite lehengas for sangeet to sexy gowns for the black-tie dinner you know you’re going to get sloshed at, this store has you covered! The store with a big blue door is hard to miss if your heart yearns for some head-turning pieces you’d like to flaunt at your BFF’s wedding.

I had to go for a reception dinner and the wedding for which I chose two of their most unique pieces that instantly had my heart. A gorgeous darker-than-blood red gown for the reception dinner and an elegant crop-top skirt with a cape for the main wedding. It was a great choice for the winter chill as well! 😉

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Hippieque Travels – Udaipur


#HippiequeTravels Udaipur

This is not the first time I visited the City Of Lakes—Udaipur and neither will it be the last time. From rich history to scenic locations, this beautiful city has so much to offer. Unlike a typical 2017 city, this one resplendent in history and oozes with hospitality. If you’re a person who can leave the gizmo bliss aside and be one with the Indian heritage and beauty, then this city should be on your list to explore over the next long weekend you get!

Here are all the things that made my travel the most amazing one in 2017 so far!

1. Throwback to the life of Rich and Royals at The City Palace

The City Palace was built by Maharana Udai Singh II and his successors over a period of 400 years. The Royals lived here and ruled their kingdom. This palace is said to be the largest of its kind in Rajasthan. No dearth of ‘Game Of Thrones’ plot stories here!

#ProTips:

      • Get a guide from the entry point to know exactly how the royals lived and get the inside scoop on all the interesting stories from their time.
      • There is a lot of walking, so make sure your footwear is comfy and not runway ready!
      • Must see the Crystal Gallery. It houses some of the most exquisite crystals in the form of decorations and ornaments. Basically, all the bling the Royals owned like a boss!
      • Instagram worthy level: 8/10

 

2. Detoxing mind and soul at the scenic Monsoon Palace

Monsoon Palace, Sajjangarh

Monsoon Palace, Sajangarh

This is another highly attractive tourist point based on the view that one gets from the top. In The Monsoon Palace you don’t have much to do except enjoy the view, so make sure you charge your devices because this place will need a lot of Instagram posts!

#ProTips:

  •  You need to arrange for your own vehicle to go to the top of the Monsoon Palace from the entry gate. Trust me that’s a long walk unless you’re lucky enough to hitch hike!
  • Only go for the view. The Palace structure is not maintained and looks highly unreliable.
  • Wear a cap because there’s almost 88% chance that the birds will poop on your head!
  • Instagram worthy level: 8.5/10

 

3. Strolling along the bylanes of Lake Pichola

Lake Pichola

Lake Pichola

There is nothing better than taking a walk by the calm lake Pichola. The smell of freshly baked breads from the bakeries on the street is heavenly, and shopping for irresistible nick-knacks from the petite street stores is a must. The area is also known for some highly recommended restaurants (read point number 5 for specifics).

#ProTips:

  • Carry enough cash with you as there are limited ATMs in the vicinity (if they work!).
  • Must visit The Ambrai at Amet Haveli for the view and some delicious food. Also, please make sure you pre-book a table because it runs even more packed than Taj Lake Palace! (Not even joking!).
  • There are small boutique stores by the lake that offer you their services to stitch up any kind of outfit in just a couple of hours. All you need to do is show them a picture of it! I personally didn’t try it because for once, I was more focused on travel than fashion!
  • Instagram worthy level: 8/10

 

4. Shopping at the local market of Hathi Pole

Street shopping is one of the factors I always consider while choosing my travel destinations. My love for traditional shoes and bags makes Udaipur on the top of my splurge list! The Haathi Pole market is where the locals shop from but it also caters to a large number of tourists. The (if I may) iconic green skirt that I’m wearing for most of my Instagram pictures is from this market and you’ll see many designs and colours in the same!

#ProTips:

  • Do not pay anything more than Rs 350 for a pair of juttis. Even though, I bought mine for INR 150 since I have mastered the art of haggling (thanks to Sarojni and Colaba Causeway!).
  • Most of the shops are selling the same design, so do NOT give in to impulse buying!
  • Instagram worthy level: 5/10

There are also many jewellery and art stores near Sahelion ki Badi. One such store is The Silver Arts Palace, which houses some of the most creative jewellery, bags, and decor.

5. Foodies gone wild with these recommended eateries

The down side of ‘livin it up’ in Udaipur is that you’re sure to gain at least 3 kgs when you snap out of your trip! #TrueStory

There is some mesmerizing food to be tasted in this city. Here’s THE ONLY list you need to satisfy your tummy with beautiful food and dream about it for the rest of your life!

1. Hari Garh Restaurant 

  • Location: Overlooking Lake Pichola. Get a seat on the 1st floor of the restaurant for the best view.
  • What to order: Go for Indian food and must try the Mewari Chicken! I still dream about that dish TBH.

2. Tribute Restaurant

  • Location: Overlooking Fateh Sagar Lake. Pre-book a table by the lake, it’s truly divine!
  • What to order: Indian food all the way!

3. Upre by 1559 AD 

  • Location: Rooftop restaurant. Perfect for a romantic date. Better to go at night for the view!
  • What to order: Can go for Indian or Continental.

4. Ambrai by Amet Haveli

  • Location: Overlooking Lake Pichola. This place really has the best view of the area. Must pre-book at all cost!
  • What to order: Indian as well as continental. Must try laal maas!

5. 1559 AD

  • Location: Near Fateh Sagar Lake. Beautiful boutique restaurant.
  • What to order: Continental and Indian. Must try their desserts!

6. Cafe Edelweise

  • Location: Bylanes of Lake Pichola.
  • What to order: Bakery foods & breakfast.

6. Experiencing the luxury at The Oberoi Udaivilas

A high tea and a tour of this lavish fifty acres property, which includes twenty acres of wildlife sanctuary has got to be the highlight of my trip! The Oberoi Udaivilas is built on the hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Mewar and has both Mughal and Mewar architecture.

Fun fact: The domes that you see with a pumpkin design is a clear signature of Mewar architecture. While the plain domes are a representation of the Mughal architecture. That’s why Taj Mahal has a plain dome as it was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan! (Only getting you smarter by the minute!). You’re welcome!

Did I mention, that the private tour included the Presidential Suite that costs INR 9 Lakhs a night! (Future husband, are you reading this?).

The Oberoi Udaivilas

The Oberoi Udaivilas

It has an infinity pool right outside the bedrooms

The Oberoi Udaivilas Presidential Suite

The Oberoi Udaivilas Presidential Suite

The lobby entrance of the room smells like you’re sitting next to fresh water springs

The Oberoi Udaivilas Presidential Suite

The Oberoi Udaivilas Presidential Suite

The drawing room is worth drawing in the book titled – This is what lap of luxury feels like!

The Oberoi Udaivilas Presidential Suite

The Oberoi Udaivilas Presidential Suite

This hotel has been in countless Bollywood movies, the latest one being Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani. Remember Kalki’s wedding destination scenes?

The Oberoi Udaivilas Presidential Suite

The Oberoi Udaivilas Presidential Suite

The Oberoi Udaivilas has been awarded as the Best Hotel In The World, consecutively 3 times. The splendid property and the fine hospitality by the staff, makes this hotel perfect to create some memories for a lifetime!

#Protips:

  • If you’re not staying at the hotel, it will be still amazing to have a meal at one of their restaurants and request the front desk to give you a tour of the place.
  • Pre-book your rooms as they are very packed throughout the year.
  • If you do happen to stay there book yourself for an afternoon of enjoying the nature and chasing peacocks in the gardens!
  • Instagram worthy level: 100/10!!!

And finally, here’s my travel movie that says it all…

A BIG SHOUT OUT TO:

1.  @MyPixelPantry a.k.a my cousin who gave me company in all the madness I had! (What’s travel without having someone amazing to share it with?).

2. Udaipur’s most exciting Instagram – @InstaUdaipur for making my trip rather interactive with The Hippieque take over!

3. And lastly, my travel partner – @PeeSafe without which I do not even dare to step out of my house let alone escaping to a travel fantasy. The toilet seat sanitizer is a must for every woman out there so that you are free from any infections like UTI. Buy it HERE.

Hope you liked my Udaipur adventure. It’s time you live your own!

Comment below with a travel destination you’re most excited to explore, and I might just go there as a recce team and give you all the details!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Not Your Basic Desi


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Not Your Basic Desi

Not Your Basic Desi

Photography: Harshit Sohu || Styling – Mirror- work Top: Mom’s jacket made into a cut out top! | Shorts: Forever21 | Bag: Collaba Causeway | Stacked Bracelets: Thrifted | Flipflops: West Side

 

Raiding my mother’s closet has a charm of its own. No amount of shopping from a designer label will give me as much happiness as re-inventing something from my twin’s (my genes have taken the phrase—Like mother like daughter, very literally) vintage collection.

 

One fine day, a long long time ago, a Rajasthani sleeveless jacket from my mom’s closet, featuring intricate mirror work and embroidery, met my eyes and I knew exactly what needs to be done with it. I snipped out the back of it completely and cut the neckline according to its mirror work and—Voila! Another vintage jacket bites the new age dust! In my defense, at least I made a good use of it. I packed this top for a great adventure in Gokarna (travel blog soon to follow). A pair of sturdy, ripped shorts and a big desi tote bag made this look just right for the new form of my mom’s vintage top.

 

Not Your Basic Desi

Have you ever done some experiment with your mom’s closet? I can’t wait to hear it. Go on, inspire me!

 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Chic End


The Chic End

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The Chic End

The Chic End The Chic End

The Chic End

The Chic End feat. Eashwar

The Chic End

Shot by Vincent King | Hair&Makeup: Eashwar Log | Outfit deets -Cape: Kashmir | Golden jacket: Hippieque | Denim cami: Forever 21 | White Shorts: Thrifted | Ring: Shahapurjat, Delhi | Mustard kitten heels: West Side

 

Layering is love. It sure is a tricky trend to master because you can either hit the spot or go a little too wrong. It doesn’t matter what your body shape is but how you layer it, is what makes all the difference. Allow me to take you back to a beautiful day where my team and I shot this editorial consisting of an exquisite Kasmiri work cape and a short brocade jacket.

A simple trick to layering: If you are bottom heavy then a long cape will only complement your curves and if you are bottom skinny then you can flaunt a short jacket that ends at your waist.

And if you’re more like me; make-your-own-fashion-rules kinda gal, then just go creative with all the jackets and cape in your wardrobe. You can make an outfit casual or formal, sexy or covering with just the right kinda layering element.

Want more inspiration in layering? See how other fashionistas are rocking this age old trend.

1. Layer with a skimpy crop-top over a plain white shirt.

BOWS ON BOWS – a full look at this outfit! All outfit details will be up on the blog soooon 🎀 #samiahhannan

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2. Loosely hang your leather jacket over your shoulder for a chicer look.

3. Mount a loose cardigan over a denim shirt to complete your OOTD.

4. Or an XL sweater over a printed shirt to add some uniformity to the look.

So hope these tips inspired you to go forth and layer away that outfit. Comment below and tell me if you need some inspiration to rock any particular trend and I’ll have a great excuse to shoot soon!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Fashion ERROR 101


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Photography: Vishal Kumar |Sneakers: Adidas Originals Superstars | Skirt: Ekam | Bralette: Zivame | Necklace: The Hippieque | Bracelets: Forever 21

If you guys follow me on Instagram and Snapchat (id – fiercecosmopout) then you know all about the fun I had at Lakmé Fashion Week SR ’17. It is that week when I lost my appetite for food and gained all the enthusiasm for fashion! Seeing such creative shows back to back straight for 3 days was simply amazing. The fashion week is not just about the fashion but the creativity and inspiration that you can absorb. Meeting old friends, admiring new talent, ogling over hot models (guilty as charged!) and interviewing celebs – is what my day comprised of during the mad week.

And like they say “when in Rome do as the Romans do, ” when it comes to fashion week you need to dress like the fashionistas do. So knowing the very talented designer Arman Randhawa from Ekam, came in handy. His label Ekam was one of my favourite shows at LFW. I have seen his work before and have always been a fan, but his recent collection for Ekam is simply super. With trendy bomber jackets, capes, bodysuits, skirts and everything a trendy millennial would want to wear; his collection is a must check-out for a stylish 2017.

I styled this skirt featuring ERROR and floral motifs with a simple black bralette, a pair of good ole Superstars. This skirt really needs minimal accessorizing as it is a statement piece but since it was fashion week (and you’re allowed to go a little OTT) I stacked some bracelets and accessorized with a hand-made neck piece.

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