Friday, April 29, 2016

The Mr Voonik experience

I have always been somewhat of a hyperactive shopper. I'm not going to begin an interesting piece by quoting Carrie and saying 'shopping is my cardio' (I did it, didn't I), but safe to say the only exercise I get on some days is all that energy utilised in tearing up online shopping parcels like a rabid animal. 
I am not sure how I feel about the practice of heading to stores and boutiques to shop becoming nearly defunct what with the advent of online shopping for everything. But this much I do know, I thoroughly enjoy the practice of sitting on my bed with a snack and lazily adding things to my cart that I might or might not buy. 
When Voonik was launched in 2013, from then to now it has apparently docked in 9 million registered users and 7 million downloads. But I was never a numbers kind of girl (unless we are talking Hugh Grant's phone number but hey, that is a topic for another day). I would rather talk to you about how Voonik stocks every plausible label under the sun and truly lives up to its name of being a fashion market place. I was amazed to see everything from Chennai Silks to Chumbak available on the website and you really have to sit up and ask yourself if the trip to the mall is really worth your time.
That aside, this one is for the boys. The male counterpart called Mr Voonik is now here and definitely here to stay. I love shopping for the boyfriend ( now my fiancĂ© ) and I almost took it upon myself like a social experiment to browse this website and give you a little bit of live coverage of everything about it that you need to know along with successfully shopping for the boy. 

  • User friendly interface. If I could find my way around for everything, it must be fantastic. I tend to be technologically challenged on many occasions.
  • It covers almost everything you can dream of buying for yourself or the men in your life; carefully divided under categories of top, bottom, sleepwear, accessories, grooming etc.
  • Once again, I found myself in a labyrinth of more than 1000 brands which just left me spoilt for choice.
  • Easy to shop according to the style preference. Take the style quiz and find yourself faced with options best suited for you.
  • Saving the best for the last and definitely the most interesting. By connecting directly to the manufacturers, you are paying the right price across all categories. How many websites today that we regularly shop from can actually boast of selling the product to you with no additional cost.





Mister will be made to read this and consequently appreciate my little Mr Voonik haul for him. Gotta love this selfless, unconditional sort of love, right?


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Thursday, April 21, 2016

A midnight summer romance

Somewhere down the line I became the person who took immense amount of pride in styling and writing that struck a chord. As opposed to styling to look pretty, of course. Or accompanying writing for that matter that made me appear like the perpetual optimist who was perfect in almost every sense. I am not constantly happy. I have really bad hair days too. I hurt in love. I open myself up to embarrassment. I make serious mistakes. I feel like throwing in the towel and fleeing on some days. I make spelling errors (Imagine that). I don't always behave in the manner deemed most fit. I enjoy a good cry. I fall almost everytime I start walking. I drop things all the time. I enjoy looking fifteen shades darker than my original skin tone (the heart wants what the heart wants). I do not always follow fashion forecasts. I think about what it would be like if we all just opened up our hearts and made space for ourselves before we let others in.
I conceptualised this look thinking about the dark, vengeful yet sometimes glamorously portrayed side to all of us. I look for ways to always put out a slice of me on the blog. I decided that this was the season and the summer for all things dark and fifty one shades of grey (points for originality? ). We shot this in a seedy yet a quintessentially Delhi lane which was about 50 mts wide. It made sense, since the idea was to explore the underbelly of human emotions and my city, I reckon.

The idea of this dark summer and romancing it in this (un)desirable way came to me after a lot of thinking and surfing the web and one of my go to apps for all fashion inspiration is Wooplr. I try and do a lot of sneaky outfits specially for Wooplr since I tend to get very inspired by the youthful fashion that is always on display there. So for more of my looks and other inspirational fashion looks from girls all over the world, head over to their app.











Photography and the mad edits by: Jagrati Marwaha

Wearing:
White waistcoat: Chemistry
Charcoal colored skirt with large pocket details: COS
Grey velvet choker: Dirrty Glam
Shoes: Charles & Keith
Tan pouch: The Design Collective

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

FTLOFAOTx Wills Lifestyle SS 16

You know a brand is working extremely hard on revamping it's public image and towards changing the general perception of the brand in the minds of the masses when you walk into the store one day and forget where you are. In my tryst with Wills Lifestyle, this time for Spring Summer, 16 I had a million and one observations to list out. It would be a fine place to begin if I told you that Wills Lifestyle is no more just your go-to option for all your workwear needs. This season sees Wills working it with all the coolest trends of the season and colour bursts like never before. I cannot get enough of the fact that denim, once never associated with a brand like Wills Lifestyle is coming out in different forms and shapes (all very very fashion progressive), this season. From a variety of prints that cater to the girly girl like the all popular Japanese cherry blossom, to the retro chic polka dots and the myriad of Indian inspired prints for the nomadic chic girl, they have their bases covered. 
We did a cool one day activity with the brand where we styled modelled in looks we created as fashion bloggers of Wills Lifestyle and also did this fun live chat on Twitter where I answered all your style queries. If you have been following Wills Lifestyle, I'm sure you didn't miss any of it.

I decided to bring out a relatively new facet of the Wills Lifestyle collection this season by working with a look that screams vintage glamour and relaxed nonchalant chic, simultaneously. Channeling my inner Alexa Chung, I styled this pussy bow blouse with the large polka print in black and white with these soft denim culottes in the most relaxed fit. You are never New York ready if you haven't put on those killer statement heels, ready to walk through the subways or hail those (dirty, made to look glamorous) cabs. These Kate Spade pointy shoes brought in just the right amount of oomph while continuing to keep the colour palette of the look more or less muted.  










Wearing:
Blouse and culottes: C/O Wills Lifestyle
Gold and silver cuff: Assorted
Shoes: Kate Spade New York
Black portfolio clutch: H & M

Photography by: Saumya and Shiva of The Open Art Project


A little sneak peek into what you can expect from this season at Wills Lifestyle. Given that the colour palette is full of pastels, aqua blues, tangerines and the prints go from bold checks to baroque inspired architectural prints, safe to say that SS,16 looks quintessentially busy for Wills. 
Would love to hear what you think.




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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Art meets fashion

Is it ever really too late to understand the history and to dig a little into the art scene of a particular country? On my multiple trips to Singapore, I could never really manage a trip to the National Art Gallery of Singapore. Sure, some might call that leaning towards the nerdy side but I really cannot think of a single reason to not explore one of the most stunning structures in Singapore. The erstwhile City Hall and Supreme Court of Singapore (now the Art Gallery), is architecturally a modern wonder. The moment I lay my eyes on the clean white arches and the modern bits of furnishing touches, I knew I had made the right decision by turning up in my brand new sequinned wonder by 3.1 Phillip Lim. Some still wonder if you can ever do sequins in the day but let me tell you, no amount of gawking could undo the joy of seeing the sequin splattered shadows on the clean minimal yet modern walls and surfaces of the Art Gallery. Besides the cultural richness of the structure itself, we spent an awful lot of time soaking in some of best pieces of art curated by the Gallery both pre colonial and post colonial in Singapore. Artists that worked with ancient Chinese methods of painting and those who decided to move over to the modern side and work with oil and other such mediums were some of the things that intrigued me. This is a story I've put together to show you a little bit of everything: my outfit (a crash course on how to wear (and enjoy the jaws dropping) sequins to an Art Gallery), the magnificent structure, the presentation of the art in the Gallery itself and the skyline which is the added bonus from the top floor of the gallery). Keep the feedback coming in. More travel and fashion stories to follow soon.









Wearing:
White camisole: Keepsake the label
Gold sequinned skirt: 3.1 Phillip Lim
Sneakers: Stradivarius
Neverfull tote bag: Louis Vuitton
Beige leather choker: Dirty Glam

Would love to hear your thoughts on my stories about art, travel and fashion coming together. Feedback makes us all work better.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A grainy affair

Oft-wondered the power that old grainy film photos possess. The inherent old world charm is irrefutable but there definitely is a lot more to be said about grainy old photos. As creative people, we are never really completely satiated with the work that we produce and as a result of that hunger to go a step further than just the obvious 'ol fashion posts, we decided to shoot and delve into ourselves to see if we could create photos that would serve as a time machine. Following is a series of photos from a photo essay project with the cool kids at The Open Art Project where we tried to replicate the feels of grainy vintage photographs with a styling that is part boudoir and part artistically pleasing. I wanted to challenge myself to write tales of love, passion and sordid dark humour in two-three lines to accompany the mood of each photograph and that is exactly what I have done. 

It had happened. The only thing she had ever dreaded with all her might had finally happened. Surprisingly, she didn't mind the separation as much as the loneliness it brought with it.


A bare patch of skin like the even sand just before the waves come crashing over it. I didn't need to touch it to know it. It felt like an artist's canvas, complete with its colours and imperfections.


"Hi, would you mind moving? This seat's mine", I said shoving my ticket hastily in his face. I saw his gaze linger all over me before he could say a word. I had never felt so exposed.



Those lines, she remarked to her lover, were lines of good fortune. It is good fortune indeed, she replied before they completed each other like the yin and yang. 



A sliver of the golden sun escaped the tightly wound up curtains around the room and found its way on her face rousing her from the depths of her sleep. 
That was his favourite colour on her.


Being a mother of two didn't stop her from missing her old life. Sure she was completed in a way only motherhood could complete women but on some days, when she was all alone she put on her ripped stockings and made herself a stiff drink just to remember her party girl days.


Past life regression feels like the only truth of my life. One moment I am here, tracing the curves on his form and the other I am gone. It feels like more than just a knotty tale. 


It isn't always that I give myself to something. That one time I did, I found every ounce of passion that I possessed and let it absorb me. 
Unfortunately, sometimes the passion does consume all.


Boy bands sing it, self help books write about it, mothers advise you about it, but that never made letting go any easier. The day I could smile to myself about having recovered from the damage is the day I took a leap forward.


Why are all protagonists pretty with black hair, fair skin and pink lips? I am neither of those things and yet I continue to spearhead a revolution of my own with a happy ending, just as I like.

Photography, editing: Saumya and Shiva of The Open Art Project
Modelling and words: Yours truly.


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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Amazon India Fashion Week: Day 5

This Autumn-Winter for Amazon India Fashion Week brought to you by FDCI has been quite a thought provoking one. As soon as you pick a theme like 'India Modern' for all the designers to showcase their collections around, you are lending a pre-emptive perspective to the spectators. I did not think that was a bad thing at all. If anything, it got me and possibly others like me thinking what #IndiaModern really stood for. How do you define what modern really is? In the Indian context, I love thinking of #IndiaModern as a way of bringing out everything that India has stood for all these years, since it's inception and putting it into a mould that represents a certain set of modern values. When I saw designer Jaya Rathore add a purple bomber jacket over a gold saree, to me that stood for a very modern Indian styling. Nitin Kartikeya's beautiful use of bugle beads to create patterns and his modern silhouettes set with years of lust worthy traditional embroidery stood for the choices of a modern Indian woman. The capes with the handiwork that gave you the illusion of a 'waterfall' and modern jumpsuits were pieces after my own heart. 
My outfit by Kanelle was my interpretation of an aspect of India Modern styling. The over sized crop top paired with a  draped skirt with a pop of color in the same shade as the crop top drew it's inspiration from a short top in India traditionally referred to as a 'choli' and a 'dhoti' that is worn at the bottom as a wrap skirt. The designer, Kanika Jain uses easy breezy fabrics and works with interesting silhouettes and surface texturing. The modern Indian woman embraces her roots but definitely knows how to add a little pizzazz to the same.










Photography by: Jagrati Marwaha

Details of my outfit:
Sliders: Something Borrowed, Singapore
Bag: Kenzo Paris

This post is in collaboration with POPxo and Amazon India Fashion.

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