Archive | November, 2011

Polka dots and moonbeams

23 Nov

hairband, ALDO; top, ZARA; pants, Promod; watch, Calvin Klein; necklace worn as bracelet, gifted; footwear, thrift; bag, vintage

I really did not. I swear. It just happened. The hair and the pearly hairband would probably lead you to believe that this was an attempt to execute the Louis Vuitton Spring look 2012 created by the Godsent Marc Jacobs. But its not, it was an accident. Also, lucky Dior (i.e. if they can get anymore luckier) as the latest fashion week at Paris was probably his last for LV (if rumours are to be believed) before he moves on to Dior succeeding  John Galliano as the creative director.

A belt would have looked good no…I had the perfect one in mind…ah but just like my black knee-length socks it seems to be on a nice long vacation, probably in the darkest corner of my cupboard.

I like necklaces for many reasons. And one of them is that they are multipurpose. So what if they’re meant to be worn around he neck. You can wear it as bracelet, anklet, pin it up on you blazer’s/shirt’s/pant’s pocket, sew it on your purse/handbag, etc. (caution: not to be tried with mother’s diamond necklace) . This particular one that I’m wearing was gifted to me on birthday, and if you pay attention you can actually see the silhouette of my face etched inside the pendant. LOVE IT!

French Toast

18 Nov

jeans. Mango; turtle neck top, ZARA; bag, vinatge; scarf, SN; pumps, Commercial Street, B'lore; wayfarer, ray-ban; bracelets, gifted

This post is a toast to one of  the ‘all-time’ fashion favourite, the French. Now when I say French, I do not necessarily mean only the people but anything and everything French.  Two attributes characteristic of French that I am wearing are—nautical stripes and french cuff.

The nautical stripes have a great deal of history behind them, starting from the French sailors of the 19th century to being discovered by Coco Chanel and subsequently to the  rockstars of the 60s. I shall not delve into much into it.

There is no exact information about this, and it might very well  be a misnomer, but pants when cuffed inwards at the bottom are sometimes reffered to as ‘French cuffed’. Most exponents will ask you never to go for this sort of thing if you are vertically challenged, especially pertaining to slim-fit jeans. I say, go for it, but back it up with a pair kick-ass heels.

 

 

Campus TrendS – V.I.T

15 Nov

Cliché alert. College days are the best days of our lives! We love it for so many reasons. Right from the classes to the parties. And what makes it special are the people around us. More important than that (and without realising it), what we actually like is the kind of person we are while we are with them.

Today I would be covering campus trends at my alma mater Vellore Institute of Technology (V.I.T).

All the images are courtesy Indrajeet Rajkhowa, a dear friend and an upcoming name in photography. You can treat yourself to some of his works here.

Toshi is wearing the fundamental blue blue jeans and a casual shirt.

Toshi

She’s chosen and coordinated  basic colors like black and grey.

What has actually upped the fashion quotient in her case is the black belt.  Cinched at the waist, it gives the whole outfit a feminine feel.

Accessories have been kept to the bare minimum with just a watch.

All in all, facile and practical for a wining day at college.

shirt,zara;jeans, allen cooper; belt - G.K. M-block; handbag- lifestyle;footwear SN

Arpita

Arpita is a self-confessed shoe-aholic, which is quite evident by the cutesy peep-toes that she’s walking in.  Its neon pink heels and detailing on blue body of the shoes are to-die for.

The blue tote adds an inadvertent dose of colour blocking.

The quirky glasses with red frames sum up the whole conviviality already built-up by the heels and the fuchsia top.

jeans, levis strauss; peeptoe platform, lin's; top, tibetan Market; bag, berggitt; watch, tommy hilfiger; glasses, baolong

L--R: Rebecca (jeans, old navy; belt, aldo; top, jennifer; bag, gifted) and Varsha (Pants, X'pose; Top, twentyone; watch, tommy hilfiger, bag, footwear, thrifted)

The girls at V.I.T love their tote bags. And why not, it is commodious and practical.Perfect for a hectic day crammed with classes and running around for notes andwhatnot.

Varsha is carrying a black bag with a Marilyn Monroe-esque etching in silver and black sequins. Her top is perfectly matched to her footwear and her jeans to her bag.

Rebecca is carrying a ‘you-simply-cannot- go-wrong-with-this’ bag. The bag and the belt are naturally paired together, in that where the bag ends, the belt picks up. Rebecca has played the muted colours quite beautifully. Even in her footwear. And this dear readers, is how you capitalize on understatement.

L--R: Harshita and Toshi. (On Toshi, top, Llifestyle; afghani, Janpath; neckpiece, Fabindia; bag, thrifted

necklace, fab india; bag, lifestyle; footwear, lifestyle; pants, janpath; top,SN

A printed Afghani contrasting with the ambiance and neckpiece infuse all the elements of ‘ethnicity’ into Toshi’s outfit. The jhola and the roman slippers complete the look.

Amongst the posse of ‘jeans-wearers’, when we stumble upon  somebody, in nice, cool, airy khaki pants, like Harshita, it is such a refreshing sight. Khaki pants are comfortable and go with everything. They look good even when they’re wrinkled! Must-have in everybody’s wardrobe.

The single piece of brass tribal jewellery is the defining aspect in this outfit .

Bag, M & S; Top, Splash; Jeans, Base Denim; footwear - Levis; earrings, fab india

V.I.T has quite a large campus (implying lots and lots of walking around), add to that the hot and (most of the times) humid climate of Vellore, and your choice of footwear is mostly flip-flops.  Flip-flops are cute and fun and they come in all colours (and their permuations and combinations). You can slip into these in a jiffy and walk off into the sunset :P.

Mrigya is wearing green nailpaint with her pink flip-flops, makes for a nice pop of colour. The green-and-red earring are a very subtle reflection of the aforementioned green nailpaint and pink flip-flops.

Is it just me or do the ladies at V.I.T really like to match their footwear to their tops/tunic..

L--R: Ishita (Kurta, karol bagh, Chudidaar, Bangles, Bag, SN; Chappals,Commercial Street, Bangalore), Anuja and Meetu

On Anuja: kurta, biba; patiala, pantaloons; Bag, chappals, thrifted

Kurtis with leggings or patialas are the things to go to on uncertain days when nothing is inspiring. You don’t even need to have any particular body type to wear it, as it suits all kinds of shapes.

Meetu is wearing an interesting dress as a top which she has quite creatively folded and tucked in. Note the neck, which is quite detailed, almost appearing Egyptian.

Right, Heena. Jeans, X'pose; top, NUON; handbag, baggit

So basically, BASICS rule. T-shirts and jeans.

Parth

Boys at V.I.T mostly go with the regular denim jeans. But Parth here totally works it in khaki shorts and his converse instead of going down the hackneyed jeans route.

Harish

Some of the types of t-shirts spotted

  • Funny-liner
  • brand-loyalty
  • band-loyalty
  • striped
  • checked

    Hassan

    Is it just me or do the boys at V.I.T really love their french beards goatees…

Hats off!

5 Nov

Of all the various pieces of accessories, a hat is perhaps something that never really gets its due. I sometimes think of it as an underdog. But don’t we all love underdog stories. When we seem to be swallowed in a prosaic fashion quicksand, a hat always comes through. We are rescued for the day. Today’s post is dedicated to HATS. Instead of my usual rant, I share with you a an assortment of quotes devoted to (what else, but) hats.

1.  “We just know inside that we’re queens. And these are the crowns we wear.” (Felecia McMillan)

2. “Wearing a hat is like having a baby or a puppy; everyone stops to coo and talk about it”. (Louise Green)

3.  “A hat is a flag, a shield, a bit of armor, and the badge of femininity. A hat is the difference between wearing clothes and wearing a costume; it’s the difference between being dressed and being dressed up; it’s the difference between looking adequate and looking your best. A hat is to be stylish in, to glow under, to flirt beneath, to make all others seem jealous over, and to make all men feel masculine about. A piece of magic is a hat”. (Martha Sliter)

4. “You can flirt with a fan in your hand. You can flirt holding a cigarette, too.  But a woman can really flirt with a hat”. (Dolores Foster)

5.  “If a woman rebels against high heeled shoes, she should take care to do it in a very smart hat”. (George Bernard Shaw)

6. ” Women wearing hats are at once sophisticated and whimsical….Their faces are younger and softer.  They carry themselves differently, daintily, like deer.  Their voices flutter a bit…even when they are talking about things like money and power and work, even when it’s clear they’re very much in charge of their lives”. (from “O” Magazine).

7.  “Throughout the years, I have mentally put together a profile of women who can wear hats.  Generally, they are women of great confidence.  When they visit someone in the hospital, they park their car in the tow away zone.  It is always there when they return for it.  Their hair is always long enough on the sides to pull back and secure without little pieces standing out over the ears like Howdy Doody.  They love blueberries, and they never stain their teeth.

They have two children: a boy and a girl, who are not allowed to watch television.  Their husbands recite them poetry that doesn’t rhyme.  They’re the first to wear white shoes in the spring.  The family dog wears braces for an overbite.

I know I am generalizing, but I’m bitter.  In my heart, I know there is much to admire about a woman wearing a hat who knows that she attracts the attention of every eye around her and can still walk like a person.  I used to give speeches, and I’d be so self-conscious that I’d walk to the podium as though I were marching into Poland”.

shorts, shirt, ZARA; hat, scarf, SN; wedges, ALDO.

8.  “Leave everyone wondering which is the more interesting piece of work…you or your hat”.

9.   “Life is like a new hat. You don’t know if it suits you if you keep trying it on in front of your own mirror”.  Shirley McLaine

10. ” When you wear a hat, it is like medicine for the soul.  The hat is the expression of who you are as a women in every moment!  The hat is your dreams of who you can be.  It facilitates the different parts of who you are:  With the wave of the hat, voila!  You are mysterious…no, you are sexy…now proper…now playful. 

You cannot hide in a hat; you will be noticed, especially by men.  To men, you become a lady when you don a hat—one who they rush to open doors for.  To women, you become an inspiration, reminding them that they have a closet full of hats they have not had the courage to wear.

When you wear a hat, you become the dream that started when the hat was conceived.  The original energy that was put into the hat doesn’t die; it only changes forms and owners.  The dream doesn’t die; it is passed on, sometimes from generation to generation.

And when you see a women in a hat in the next car on the freeway, the dream grows.  We as women acknowledge each other’s growth.  It is the symbol of the feminine which is so needed for us and our earth to heal.  So let’s share this gift with as many as we wish to share such a vision.  For…this is how you will ‘Go Ahead and Bloom’ “.

Break

2 Nov

You need a _____ when you are about to _____. *Now please do not let your imagination run wild*. For answer, look above, no not your ceiling, the title. Yes, BREAK. The middle of the week, when you just cannot take it anymore, and the next step is a BREAKdown, just take a break. Let your work, studies, etc take a backseat (ofcourse, if the deadline or exam is tomorrow, I suggest you ignore this post altogether, in fact why are you even online ?!)

Mother and I went to our favourite little cottage like store (a complex, with a coffee shop and a bakery), located at Subroto Park. It has this old worldly charm about it. You get all sorts of knickknacks over there. Right from quaint crystal animals and figurines to silverware to rugs to herbal soaps (and other products) to everything.

cropped top, black-and-white stripped tube, necklace, SN; jeans, big C (SN); flip flops. Miss Joe; purse, ZARA.

I liked how in this photograph, a piece of the background appears to be printed on my purse. Didn’t even plan on it 🙂

 Mother piled up on plenty of unwanted ‘knickknacks’, while I chilled out with a cold coffee. Doesn’t cold coffee make our world go round.

I am indolence personified, hence, unless and until I know that I would be interacting with a lot of people, I usually go for a high knot. Its fuss free and gives me that much needed height.

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