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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

1 Bomber 3 Way


Resolutions are for the naive so this year I have goals. And among them blogging consistently is on the top of my list. And considering the amount of photo shoots I do on a weekend-ly basis, this goal is totes achievable! Speaking of goals, is Mumbai competing with Delhi when it comes to cold? This is the coldest I have found Mumbai weather to be in 7 years! But I believe there’s nothing a bomber jacket can’t handle! I got this velvet bomber from the good folks over at Redesyn and we have been inseparable ever since. Tracks, skirts or shorts no matter what you prefer – here’s how you can style any bomber like a total fashion fleeka a.k.a chica who is on fleek (yes, I will take all the credit of making this term up!).

1. Track On Some Monochrome Magic

Kicks: Adidas Superstars | Tracks: Thrifted | Black Bralette: Zivame | Necklace: Anupama Dayal | Photography: Vincent King

A pair of comfy tracks and jacket has got to be the current fave of all the celebs from Khloe Kardashian to our desi doll Jacqueline Fernandez. Trust me when I say this, This is also the combo the models wear off-duty no matter which fashion week we’re talking about. So this staple look was a no brainer. I added my superstars and a cute cloth necklace and it made me feel like I am Kanye’s hommie! (Yeah, I made that bitch famous!)

2. Swag With Some Shorts

Block Heels: Topshop | Swag Socks: Forever 21 | Denims: Levis | Crochet Cover-Up: Thrifted | Hamza Chain: Hippieque | Photography: Vincent King

This is my favourite look mostly because of my bias of being a shorts gal all the way. Currently I am also obsessed with cover-ups especially when I discovered the secret – they are not just for the beach! It only took a while to hunt down my swag-licious socks to go with the street-chic look and we’re back in business!

3. Skirt Up The Shirt

Kicks: Adidas Superstars | Skirt: Beneton | Boyfriend Shirt: It’s Boyfriend’s! | Tank: Koovs | Peach Cuff: Thrifted | Tote: H&M | Photography: Vincent King

Apparently a crisp white shirt looks even better when layered under any jacket. The proof is right in front of you! That’s how you spice up the styling for a simple tank and skirt combo. I wouldn’t recommend layering if you have a boxy figure because it might not suit you. But a cheat sheet to that is ‘confidence’ and there’s nothing you can’t pull off no matter what size or shape you are! So go forth and experiment with your favourite bomber, I’d love to see some pictures so tag me!

Monday, January 9, 2017

How To Win In 2017

How to win in 2017

If I were to go with the memes I saw during the last leg of 2016, I’d say it was a pretty shitty year for the most of us. Again, the basis of this theory is what people have put out there in the mighty universe a.k.a social media. In my honest opinion the year had given me countless moments to be thankful for but also enough reasons to ‘like’ an anti-2016 meme floating out there (no kidding!).

For people like you and me who consider themselves WIP, I’d say a new year is another opportunity of brushing off all our bruises and giving it another go! Just work to your best potential to get to where you aspire to be.

Most people enter the year with a wild bash and a hungovered morning with a promise of quitting alcohol that year or that month (lol, good luck!). But I on the other hand try to ponder as to what the year brought me and what I shared with the world. Now, I know some of you might think of me as ‘how very saint-ly of you!’ but being the volatile Cancerian that I am, I do like to ‘reflect’. However, this NYE I did not feel like we’re about to dive into a new year. Maybe it was because I was travelling for a week and I was little disconnected from the world outside my wanderlust bubble, but it just didn’t give me a moment to STOP and think.

Believe it or not, the day I landed back to the city, I was diagnosed with chickenpox! Universe gave me a full week (and still counting) of thinking (and itchiness). This little time was more of an un-wanted vacation where it was just me, myself and my isolation. A hundred naps and countless pills later, I took some time out to blog the things I’ve learnt  after assessing my 2016! Are you ready for the pearls of wisdom? Read on.

1. Don’t Look back don’t hold back

It’s not always bad to look back. Sometimes the uncertainty of tomorrow can be comforted by a sweet memory from the past. Be it an ex- boyfriend/ girlfriend or an old friend who’s drifted apart with time, always regard your past with positiveness as it does have an impact on your present whether you like it or not.

2. It’s not always your fault

‘Guilt’ is a major factor that plays a strong role in our everyday lives. You’ll be surprised how the small things of not doing something (or doing something wrong) can turn painful for your conscience. Don’t be so hard on yourself sometime it’s just not your fault. But if it is, then stop being a dick and find a way to fix it!

3. A Relationship is a two-way street

Be it lovers, colleagues, friends, or relatives a relationship is always reciprocal. Now I’m not saying start counting everything you’ve done for that person but hey, know when you’re being taken for a ride and quit! It’s easier said than done but you’ll be surprised at how much it de-clutters your life by leaving the ‘anchors’ behind you.

4. Show gratitude for the little joys of life

If you open your eye for a little detail you will realize there are certain things that put a smile on your face everyday. Appreciate them and show some gratitude. From the morning hug of your dog to your mom making your favourite food, from the office boy getting you coffee (the way you like it) to the boss who let’s you leave early (if that ever happens) … we all get ‘the small joys of life’ on a daily basis but we often overlook them and move on to facing the big bad world!

5. You can be a perfectionist but your life can’t

You can picture me as a black woman with Mindy Lahiri‘s swag telling you that “girl, you can fix your face airbrushing  all you want but you sure as hell can’t airbrush your life to perfection.” Perfect is nothing! Your perfect might be Beyonce’s average and your bad can be your Instagram follower’s amazing. Comprende? Just be glad with what you have. (And this is coming from a person who’s suffering from chickenpox ATM!).

6. Holding on to something will not make it work

Something I am guilty of. I’m not the kinds who will quit the first time around (or apparently a millionth) but like most of you guys, I like to stick to my comfort zone even when it stops feeling comfortable. This is something I have to overcome this year, but I am pretty sure I am not the only one. Be it your job, a long time relationship or anyone who you thought will make you happy but now has turned it all up-side down. You need to take the exit. #GesturesLikeAnAirHostess

7. It takes time to heal but you will heal

When things don’t go the way we want them to go often we are heartbroken. It’s okay to hurt. It’s okay to cry. Let it out of your system everyday till the day you don’t have to do that. You can get past anything if you just believe that one day you will heal and you will get better. Don’t wait for anyone to fix you. You ain’t a Coldplay song!

8. The only person you need to unconditionally love is yourself

Please take this pointer in a less selfish way but we all love the (hand-picked) people in our lives and things that we are attached to, but we often forget to love ourselves. Insecurities and competitiveness consume us and we struggle to be ‘good enough.’ Now this is not the Hailee Steinfeld in me speaking but gotta love myself, no I don’t need anybody else!

9. Do something ordinary for the world and make an extraordinary impact

Now even if you had the heart to do something selfless, where would you begin? Lucky for you this step is the easiest of them all. I can actually guide you on this one if you really want to do some good to the world. All you have to do is pick something you are passionate or empathetic about. Nature conservation, poverty, children’s education and welfare, animal welfare, women’s protection, recycling… the list goes on and on. It hurts everywhere and there’s always something you can do to help. Once you have homed down to your cause, research and see what people are already doing for that cause. You can either join them and be a helping hand or you start a campaign/ project of your own to help the cause. Trust me, the love you feel doing something for a community that really needs your help can over-power the love you feel seeing the new collection of Louboutins.

10. This is it!

Lastly and most importantly, no matter what you’ve done in the past or what you’re planning for the future – THIS IS IT! Live every moment like it’s the last one. Life is happening now! Not yesterday, not tomorrow it’s happening right fucking NOW!

So you’ve sat around your buried ambitions for far too long. Life is happening NOW. Go forth and slay!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

So Laid Back

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Photography: Rishabh Maliwar || Bralette : Zivame | Singlet: Colaba Causeway | Belt: H&M | Jeans: Forever 21 | Shoes: Adidas Superstars

Impromptu shoots are the best! And yes, this too was one of those spur- of-the-moment kinda shoots. If you follow me on my social media, you’d actually witness the fun we had shooting this look. From endless laughter due to uncomfortable posing (I don’t know how Kim Kardashian does it!) to squinting eyes due to the harsh sunlight, this shoot was such a delight! Also, because my photographer Rishab is the sweetest guy ever!

Coming to the look, a straight up casual OOTD consisted of a pair of trusted denims with a boho-printed singlet over a bralette. A black belt and a pair of cool kicks were just what I needed to accessorise the look for the day. Such a sporty meets sexy kinda look is the safest bet for a Friday, I’d say. So tell me how much you liked this look by commenting below.

xx until next time!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Festive Season Is The Reason

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Photography: Natasha Kishore || Hair & Makeup : Eashwar Log | Anarkali: The Hippieque | Earrings: Colaba Causeway

There is really no festival like Diwali. The festival not only illuminates our home but also showers us with gifts, relatives (who make time to come and visit) and loads of sweets (did I mention my love for kheer?). To dress up for so much fun is another task! Isn’t it? So out came my favourite anarkali. I know that we’re supposed to wear something new on this day but the new things I bought were far away from anything traditional (blame it on H&M!).

So this look is all about the regal vibes. Since the outfit in itself is so dressy with all the different kinds of work on it, I chose to go with just a pair of statement jhumkas. That’s all the accessory this look needed! A pair of my current favourite footwear (yes, I’m obsessed with juttis!) completed the look with ease.

So share with me how you celebrate Diwali and most importantly, what did you wear?!

Since we’re about to dive into the festive season (not to mention the grand wedding season) here are some ethnic inspiration you can grab.

1. All shine

2. Embellished elegance

3. Busy prints for the win

4. The cape story

5. Sari not sorry

6. All-white everything!

Loving this ✨✨✨ @malaikaarorakhanofficial in @taruntahiliani #diwaliishere #stylist #stylefile

A photo posted by Maneka Harisinghani (@manekaharisinghani) on

Monday, October 24, 2016

BeTheirSuperhero Too!

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Shot by: Harshit Sohu | Music by: Anshuman & Hrishitaa | Video editing by: Antich


The Diwali campaign that got your massive love and support in 2015 is back! Last year, you all really made a big difference by pledging to #BeTheirSuperhero and sharing your own pet’s pictures and the love you have for your little best friends. This year, as Diwali is just around the corner, we bring out the big guns (rather the cute guns) and urge you to celebrate this festival of lights, noise-free.

Last year, the dogs had a special message for you’ll and this time us (the dog owners and the dog lovers) have a message for our four-legged superheroes who’re in our homes or even outside on the streets! For all the times they were our superhero…we thank them and pledge to step up our game this Diwali and be their shields!

Make sure you share the video and spread the word so like last year, this year you #BeTheirSuperhero too!

Thanking all the dogs and the dog owners who came together to be a part of this campaign and everybody who actually cares for our little fellas during Diwali. Wishing you all a joyous Diwali!

Big love!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Pump Up The Basics!

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Photography: Vincent King || Sneakers: Adidas Originals Superstars | Skort: Koovs | Top: Hippieque | Ring: Thrifted


I’ve never been the great minimalist when it comes to my personal style (for those who really know me, know this very well about me!). Perhaps I never grew out of the ‘dressing up’ phase. But all said and done, I do understand the essentials of basics; speaking of which one needs to own a good pair of white sneaks! I know Adidas Superstars are no new launch but somehow like half a billion people around the globe, I’m a huge fan of them!


Sticking to my vibrant palette, I choose a cut-out coral top and paired it with this skort (yes, that’s a thing now!). You could style this skort with a monochrome top as well but (like in life) I chose colour! To keep up with the atheleisure trend just make sure to take stripes and pair them up with the right kind of sneakers. Yes, that’s my secret to rocking this trend! If you’ve already got your hands on these Superstars, then take inspiration from some guys who really style them a level up! (Like me!)

Style them with your gym clothes like it’s the norm!

Goes well with military green and short skirts!

Missing NY extra today 😢 #sickofboston

A photo posted by Joyce Dahjung Yoo (@bundleofj0yce) on

Pair em’ up with your go-to LBD!

Work it with some prints!

Accessorise them with your cape!

Oh Sunny Day … ☀️☀️☀️ #Georgetown

A photo posted by Surelee Joseph Shah (@sureleejoseph) on

They are also the best buds of your ripped jeans!