Its been a while since we met on this space. There’s lot that’s been going on in my life, some new happy developments and of course, some not so happy ones have been keeping me away from documenting my fashion space.
Guess what?! Past few months your fashion crazy girl was on a roller coaster of another kind; most of the time went by in Track pants and tees; balancing books and backbends; and trying to calm and station them fashionholic; place-hopping nerves… for way too long. But it was a necessary satiety for the hunger of the body, mind and soul.
Won’t lie, some time went in philosophising; rethinking and procrastinating too but i’m back now with a long overdue fashion edit that i created some time ago that had gotten lost in the multitude of data storage, but now that i have it retrieved; its a fashion story i must weave.
The biggest trend 2018 saw was the re-inventing of the timeless Classic… The Magnanimous Saree; the second name of beauty and grace. A masterpiece drape that embraces a woman like no other.
While this garment was re-invented and re-styled in many ways on the ramp and wardrobes of Fashion icons; celebrities and super models from some years now. The contemporary trend saw itself being embraced; welcomed; and adopted by women from every household; age-group and field, nationwide in 2018.
It was almost as if, fashion lovers were hit by a massive wave of Saree Obsessed fashion market… while we witnessed experimentation of blouses a great deal; saree draping styles; a fusion fashion of Traditional Indian Saree with Western garments; cuts, hues and styles reached a new high.
The most amazing part of all this was the younger generation of reluctant saree wearing lasses who dabbled in this garment rarely in weddings; that too often shunning saree for more comfortable and stylish options of lehengas; gowns; dresses etc were now supporting it crazily as the new hashtag #whatstrending fashion.
The market saw an array of newly designed; Saree-dresses; Saree gowns; Lehenga sarees; pre-stitched drapes paired with Dhoti -pants; Long kaftans; Kurtas; some digital prints and 3D embroidery flowy sarees paired with croptops; sheer blouses pallazzos; leggings and even denims, coats and boots !!!
It was almost as if traditional, elegant homebound Saree was out to experience a free, wild psychedelic world not bound by symmetry; convention or humdrum of the tried methods. It felt as if Saree paced and once again embraced the generation that thrives on Change and breaking the stereotypes.
However, the loyal lover; the ardent admirer and incessant hoarder of Saree in me was a little skeptical; even critical at first. Even though i had dabbled in experimenting with the draping styles and even ditched the traditional blouse for much trendy and comfortable and stylish options (see previous blogs & insta pics)…. i thought pairing it with another western garment and accessorising it in totally different look altogether would mar its soul and would be going a bit too far.
But then we shouldn’t be adamant without at least giving the trend a chance.After all its mass popularity in the fashion world couldn’t be denied and the way it won over the hearts and brought the Saree from “Special Occasion Only” closet to everyday “hangers” in the wardrobe.
So, Mekins too set out to style my personal Edit on this trending fashion statement!!
I have always been in awe of Indian artisans and weavers ;for they are the reservoir of great many arts; dyes; techniques; textiles and weaves, though not often given their dues in contemporary times; i often feel indebted to them in enriching my experience of Living in a country as vivid as India.
I like to source my sarees directly from the weavers but it is not always possible due to multiple reasons but in my pursuit of collecting and reviving all art forms of various Indian states on textiles in the form of sarees mostly, i’m on the look out of Indigenous ,authentic ,handicraft brands that work towards the sustainability of the art works and textiles in an organic, fashionable way.
Luckily, I stumbled upon this amazing brand “Jullaaha ” that is in all spirits what i wrote above and much more!
Go through their website and find about the amazing work they are doing in creating such artworks in Saree domain and the unconditional work they are doing with artisans by providing them more work and their dues.Cheers to more such endeavours . This is what is “fashion with Purpose!”
Hence, instead going for the contemporary printed silhouettes; i chose to go Sustainable and hand -painted in my choice of the Staple Saree-BATIK SILK .And i chose to go extreme and Style it with a pair of Denims and an aztec striped print mul mul Beach Halter top !
I wanted to see for myself how i would feel and carry the style on me and then make a call on the trending fashion.
The Saree i received was an absolute delight and its traditional best.. a soft silk, navy blue base and reddish maroon hand-painted batik prints on the border and pallu. Very light weight and super comfortable; easy to carry and style and drape in an experimental fashion.
I chose a broad black belt for highlighting the contemporary styling on the midriff and keeping the saree well-placed; and wore black Pumps with glass heels from Metro Shoes. I settled for a very stylish yet ethnic looking metal box clutch to seal the look.
I did my own makeup and hair for the shoot and chose to go no kajal for the eyes and coloured lids and definitely bold and grunge on the lips. I accessorised with Beaded earrings with a picture of iconic Rekha on them courtesy KraftedWithHappiness .
Also, i Braided my usual curls in a thick, stylish side braid and was ready to shoot.
It took us a couple of hours to complete what we were set out to but i felt completely at ease in carrying this denim -Styled saree; needless to say I FELL IN LOVE with this Indo -western statement.
Now I know why the rage! And in a way i feel, it does bridge the gap and brings the younger generation more into Sarees as they can carry it hassle free and blend it into their untameable and free spirited, uber style of the ongoing Time!
So, for me this Trend is for keeps and would continue to be vogue in coming time as well.
So, Happy Draping the Six Yards Of Magic into the drama of your choice!! Most fashionable way.
Did you like this kind of fusion styling? Would you ever try it? Please share your opinions in the comment box below.
The morning was brimming with excitement, i was eager to dress up and look beautiful, for, after all i was meeting my long lost dearest friend, after so many years. Re checked myself in the mirror, “hmm not bad, not bad at all”!, and rushed out of the door.
There she was coming my way, I Literally ran towards her to give her a big bear hug.
She greeted me! “Hi sweetheart, long time huh! YOU LOOK SO DIFFERENT, HAVE YOU GAINED WEIGHT?!”
Another day, at an all girl’s brunch date!
While pulling each others legs, in jest, one of them asked her, “Hey till how long you want to fly like a free bird?!, High Time you grow your nest?!”.
She visits her friend over tea. Her friend’s Mom-in-law speaks!
“These modern girls i tell you, they just want to enjoy life, no sense of responsibility!. One becomes the kind of company one keeps!”.
I’m all excited and decked up for my cousin’s wedding, eager to meet my relations. There one of the aunts’ in our relation catches hold of me and says, “Your in-laws are too gentle to tell you this.” “If next time i don’t hear any good news, you will have it from me”.
At one of the official family get-together. One lady with a toddler in arms and a little girl next to her, trying to make a polite conversation with me, says “Hi! How many years you guys have been married?, No plans of kids yet?!”. “No no…, you must plan, else, what is the joy of living?!”.
You must be wondering as to why these abrupt, sentences; conversations. As to where am i leading or have i lost it?!
Some of you might even have guessed the topic too.
Well, well, well… These are some of the opening lines, greetings or well-being addresses that me and many Women like me hear, witness or bear on a day to-day basis.
Sometimes in the form of care; sometimes rightful advice; sometimes, jest or taunt and yet other times, out of mere curiosity or sheer boredom.
Today’s blog post is yet another one of heart ramblings but definitely not insignificant.
In a World full of civility, relationships, cordiality, certain expectations in regard to treating a fellow human being vis a vis his personal life is becoming a rarity of sorts.
If i may request you to remember how in a world where we were mere children… the art or i rather call mannerisms of greetings were like?!
We were brought up in such a way that it was pertinent to be careful not to hurt anyone’s sentiments by way of action or words.
We were taught and and taught rather well, never to cross the line of polite concern or getting too personal.
I thought we had learnt well.
But i’m appalled, rather aghast to see the stark shift in progressive society of ours. In terms of everything, i believe and understand, we have come a long way. But in terms of mannerisms, if i talk as such, i think now, that we were better off before.
I’m neither a doctor nor a science expert…, so this blog post does not document my medical struggles, victories or failures… But the post rather talks about the battles of the Emotional nature, more so, of Societal Judgements.
And yes, I call myself a Survivor, a Warrior; at least in my eyes and i dare to represent a section of Men and Women in this regard.
Dealing with a medical condition of your loved ones or your own, is on its own a tough period to go through physically, financially and emotionally… But on top if it.. If one faces direct or indirect judgements; probings; insensitive questioning; it can lead to undue duress; cause misery and may lead to mental breakdown as well. Disrupting further, the already disturbed equilibrium of a situation, family or person.
But in our society it’s sort of taken to interfere or have at least keen interest into the personal matters of closed doors.
I’m not here to familiarise you or seek sympathies by telling the gruesome details of the medical conditions or the treatments.
I’m rather here, to pen down my grievance regarding the matters of Judgement, Bias, Shaming and Insensitivity on the part of a sophisticated society, myself, and lot many fellow survivors are from.
The issue of infertility is stigmatised to a level that it either becomes a taboo to address or is hinted at in hushed tones, or taunting voices.
From a personal and long understanding of the whole dynamics of the situation of people, or couple or women, battling infertile condition, i must say its more of a Social condition.
Its not a story; mentality; belief, restricted to one community, area, faith, country or religion.
We have been brought up or conditioned in a way that says that facing difficulties in conception; inabilities to conceive naturally; having to seek medical monitoring/intervention in this regard… is a matter of shame, disgrace, a pity; a lack and talking about it openly is accepting defeat. Its something to be dealt with in hiding; behind closed doors; in secrecy.
The pressure from the kith ‘n’ kins, the so called inner circle of love looms the largest; the topic is either completely ignored; advised to be kept underwraps or only hinted provocatively. So much so that humans, couples, specially women facing it, start alienating; feel the ostracism. So much so that it becomes a reason for marital discord, battles with the familial hierarchies, family rejections, rights, often leading to divorces and forced separations.
From there starts, the social distancing; anti-social behaviour so much so that i have seen my fellow warriors ending up in hiding and depression.
I’m not trying to give this issue a Feminist turn. But from where i stand i do honestly feel that the BLAME GAME is real and traumatic for Women.
We the infertility survivors really do feel like a minority within a minority at times!
The struggle is real, needs strength and grit to not fall prey to the feeling of a lack.
The irony is that the pain is more emotionally felt, rather than physical, despite the painful procedures! And more so, because strangely, the Insensitivity comes largely from our own Gender.
Our mothers and daughters of this powerful Avatar of a Woman; Women who have borne witness to the worst prejudices; women who have stood against the wrath of times and continues to battle for their rights till today; women who bear testimony to all that could be harsh, brutal and cruel. Its strange that the ones who can be a source of power to the fellow sisters, often tend to shun them and make them feel lacking or to be blamed!!
In the name of society, tradition, culture, family name, lineage, their behaviour often sums up to be discriminating, insulting and biased.
Why is it that if ever a question in this regard is asked, its only to a Woman? Why is it that only a woman falls prey to prying eyes, or becomes the topic of a discussion or is given all sorts of advises; admonishing and scathing remarks?
I don’t say this from a biased heart towards Male gender. I speak only from my experiences in particular and of my fellow couples whom i have spoken to, at great lengths. Of Course, in muted tones, behind closed doors.
MY WAITING ROOM INTERACTIONS!
Over the years i have often found myself Waiting!
For most part of any bright, cheerful day!
Waiting in crowded corridors with empty hopes; cold waiting rooms of strict silenced clinics! Bare feet but not bare feels! Sometimes alone, sometimes with your spouse but mostly lost in the crowd. Somedays its like a swarm of women, all sorts, shapes, looks, mind yet all of them having same look in their eyes! Mostly of guarded eyes, silenced lips and open ears.
But then there are some bored to death, always chatty, the ones the whole room can’t ignore even if they wish to kinds’, like me… foolishly looking all happy, excited and hopeful in the dingy waiting room.
I forged friendships out of long periods of waiting, or maybe the similar situations helped… And they spoke and spoke their hearts out.
I found many out of us women have lacked safe places to all their stories and to construct a positive meaning about their autobiographical narrative within their marriages, families friendships, workspace etc. Hence they all turn inward.
Sometimes overwhelmed by their situation –Defeated;
Sometimes accepting it as a negative fate –Resigned;
or Ignoring it and assuming an unrelated identity –Denying.
But all of us have questions, tons of them.!! Maybe to the society we live in.
First of all, to have a child or not is the sole and complete prerogative of a couple.
And in circumstances leading to infertility, the future decisions solely theirs.
Being treated for Infertility is like being treated for any other medical conditions say, diabetes, jaundice or something else… then Why the Stigma?! Why the silence? Why the Shame?!
From time to time i have myself revisited many stages of my own understanding and interpretation of fertility and have reconstructed my narrative of WHO I AM! in this light.
I do have the capacity to see myself from a distance and be an impartial observer.
During the initial phase of knowledge and acknowledging of this situation; then the choice of seeking treatments; the decisions undergoing procedures or not; the success and failures of it. In all this and much more…, I have felt the presence of dark depressive forces of self doubts, alienations, mood swings, hiding into a shell all around me. But thank heavens, never overpowering me. Because i knew My Worth. I had the confidence to love myself no matter what. I had the strength of character to see my beauty. And also i had a safe heaven, my inner circle of love, and my partner to share my experiences with. And hence, my narrative is just the way it ought to be.
‘Am i just my Womb?!’ Will all that is to me becomes insignificant in front of this one sudden alteration in my persona??
Is child bearing an only ultimate yardstick to a successful matrimony?
Motherhood, the greatest joy of Womanhood is restricted only to biological chords?
Can it not manifest itself amongst the ties of heart?
What good or what greatness is it of then, if not unconditional?
Such questions and many more…
Coming back to me, i am perennially a happy go lucky; eternally hopeful; hopeless romantic; highly expressive human. I don’t get dettered much or rather easily by the circumstantial change within or without. The survival instinct is strong and hence, the urge to keep going Happily in life everafter.
Opinions of others do hurt sometimes but don’t matter at all. What rather affects is the distress, pain caused by my situation to my loved ones.
So when people judge the course of my life, my decisions, my lifestyle or what not, i generally ignore big time. But when it starts affecting my loved ones, i sit upright and answer back.
Remember people, you are not in my shoes, hence you don’t get to decide. Period!!
There is so much more to me than just one condition. There is so much to be done in life and so much to be grateful about. I carry my heart on my sleeves and intend to do so all my life. I have been blessed to have a friend for a partner who shares the same zest for life as me. Our decisions have been mutual and struggles too. And what lies in future too shall find us in togetherness ever so more.
But then there are my fellow sisters and brothers who are battling severe distress, loneliness and agony in their lives. So the world around us that is the so called educated society of sophistication (not considering the scenario of superstitious/remote thought process here at least), we need to buckle up on sensitivity and kindness. We need to create an atmosphere of an open dialogue. There should be acceptance from both ends. The taboos and shame should be dispelled. The onus of mental and emotional well being lies with each one of us. If we would talk openly and not indirectly, in remarks, a better understanding would prevail. And this would reduce anxiety and depression amongst the already suffering.
Also, suffering from a medical condition does not yearn for sympathy but that also does not mean that life should stop for the one… It should not be a Taboo… The life goes on, and if that one person enjoys life with zest and happiness and has accepted or moved on, no one has the right to Judge… No one deserves to be Judged for Trying to have a happy life, for dreaming further. Or on the basis of their decisions.
If you cannot understand it, at least do not dare condemn.!!
This blog post will be an abrupt end or rather one without an end, for my experiences won’t end here definitely. It’s going to be a long journey and a long ending one. But i’m hopeful the change in the attitudes and sensitivity will occur, if not radically then gradually.
If even one person reading this blog post will gain an insight and a better understanding into the emotional nature of the situation and will exhibit some sensitivity, i shall feel all this worthwhile.
ℹI’m back with another blog post. This time its a 💅 Fashion blog post and the topic under my scanner is “Military Fashion” ‼
Call it ‘Khaki’, ‘Olive’, ‘Camouflage’ or ‘Military’, Its one timeless trend that’s here to stay.!
ℹ have never been one to follow the dictats of fashion trends or to bind fashion into yearly ,seasonal changing themes or to follow the herd. I have always listened to what my heart and instincts wanted me to buy, design or create and to wear anything that my heart takes fancy to, at any given occasion in my life. Never have I felt conscious or uncomfortable to go in complete opposite to trending tastes of the season!
🔷However, Even I could not deny or ignore the influence and impact of “Military Fashion” on the Fashion scene ! Nationally and worldwide‼
⭕live Fashion has been in vogue as long as 1960’s or so. Whether its the camouflage prints, tough parkas, pea coats, trench coats, or the ceremonial dresses, dinner jackets swagger with brass buttons, pockets on chest and hips and stripes, leather trimmings plus embellishments and metallic buckles and tan belts; nautical wide legged trousers, The Cartier Tank Watches; The Welligton Boots; The neck scarves or Cravate; dungarees or plain powerful, summer cool, robust khaki’s; Militaria influence is unmistakable and everywhere around the globe; from raw, rugged street styles; thrift-stores to luxury fashion houses of paris; or runway’s of the world! Its presence cannot be ignored.
From celebrated designers worldwide like Yves Saint Lauren, Givenchy, Balmian etc and fashion scene closer home, everyone’s clothing line atleast once created something military-inspired and the process would be, and still is, cyclical.
🅾live fashion has invaded and carved a niche in the fashion world, It began influencing the fashion scene with hippie style cargo pants and army jackets and then came the parkas and over sized military coats, igniting a trend that added an air of power, intellect and sophistication‼
Not only clothing but even, accessories, like eye wear, watches, belts & bags and boots took to military inspiration. Who can forget TomFord’s Aviator Sunglasses, or super cool “Italian World War II Naval Submarine Watch “, a trademark “Belt Forces” fashion, almost a tradition followed till date❗
🅰lso, Louis Vuitton handbags and luggage cases have unmistakable military camouflage, army green or cargo inspiration.
Ⓜilitary fashion due to its earthy, palette of olive greens, grey’s, dark navy blue’s, burnished neutrals and khaki, beiges, browns and rugged, comfortable fabrics, clean cuts is a very utilitarian fashion, perfect for autumn classics but now rules almost every season. But thereal factor that highlights the military style is its practical side; more pockets, baagy style, rugged, comfy fabric, clean cuts and shapes for everyone, layering, neutral tones to match most silhouettes.
For quite some time this power packed trend remained in a very masculine zone and feminine side never much experimented with it. But from around 2008, we witness a massive wave and experimentation in this arena. Also, Militaria not only remained casual, streetstyle but entered the formal and classic fashion too, so much so that current scene is replete with military inspired fitness gears, gym clothing and athleisure wear lead by brands like Nike http://www.nike.com, Adidas http://www.adidas.com , Zivame http://www.zivame.cometc
〽any Unisex clothing articles and accessories saw their advent and apart from typical men’s cargo pants, camou jackets, trench coats, tan boots and metallic belts. Feminine fashion too saw comfort and power in military fashion and took fancy to it. As a result, we see a lot of khaki pants, shirts, tees, fitted dresses, backpacks, eyewear, boots, fishtail parkas, metallic chains, chokers and buttons, camou hoodies, shrugs, spahgetti tops, skirts, shorts and what not❗
🅰 woman adorning this trend believe it not, is sending a message across: of Power, of being comfortable in self and of being the sole authority on self but definitely a raw elegance and don’t mess with me attitude‼
ℹhave a comfy, cozy and special place for it in my life and my wardrobe. Its one trend I welcome with open arms! I truly and madly am in love with this one and its for here to stay.
ℹ truly believe what we choose to wear, what we pick up while shopping all transcends from what we feel about a certain style, fabric or hue, what aura a garment carries for us in our lives. Knowingly, and unknowingly we choose what we feel and behave.
🤷♀️Dressing up for me has always been a language; my clothes always convey my approach, my personality and my confidence in my life. Hence, fashion for me is the expression of my persona. May not be so for everyone, and I’m certainly not conveying that a person should be judged by his clothes; but neither can we deny that it does help us in creating an image.
Ⓜy love❤affair with “OG’z ” started way to early, as a school kid, at home watching my parents donning the Olive hues and camouflage uniforms (needless to say I’m a true Blue Fauji Brat).
Watching my Mom and Dad donning their uniforms, brought a kind of reverence to the pattern, shade and hue. It kind of attained a dignity and sense of 🅿ride and 🅿ower. How handsome and dignified they both looked!! I often dreamt of wearing “camous” and “OG” boots; and saving this world and mankind. It would almost give a 💪superhero vibe to me and I would wear my father’s boots and hold his stick and act like one😛.
☛Teenage years saw me experimenting with my parents’ discarded, outlived uniforms, trying to make something fashionable out of them. The military boots started fitting me and I often paired them with short dresses and skirts or denims. Especially, when the trend of ankle boots raged the fashion scene post movie “Rangeela” and the song “Yai re yai re” in which actress Urmila’s short dress and boots became the rave of those times. I saw lot many girls following the trend.
Grown up years saw a prominence in the military taste, watching my brother grow into this handsome, sophisticated, gentleman officer looking so dapper in his Olive greens, 🕶Aviators, 👞Wellington boots and ⌚Nautical watches brought so much awesomeness and fascination to me that my love of militaria became a serious affair.
🅰nd it so happened that I found love, with a persona who donned yet another hue of militaria. “This was destined to be”…. I seamlessly fell in love with earthy blues and pastel white tones of militaria, the dungarees, the white pintex, crisp ruffled shirts, ceremonial dinner jackets with brass buttons and stripes and the 👒bow-ties. And the love between me and the military fashion remains rock solid till date.
Hence, truly in my case my life’s reflections run true in the nuances of my clothing styles. I wear my pride and my life.
So, you see how important it was for me to write an ode to this gorgeous fashion that has my ❤ heart.
🅰nd all that I wrote above was to tell you how and perhaps, why I’m so taken in by this perennial fashion trend. But now I talk about what fun it is to style and wear this trend on different occasions.
✅So, here i go:
MY 🔫MILITARY WARDROBE UTOPIA/ ESSENTIALS :
Currently i own
1️⃣ Three miltary Jackets: One summer hue plain pastel olive and one camouflage hoodie open zipper. And one khaki shirt jacket with floral motif embroidery.
2️⃣ Two pairs of olive and grey joggers; One camou print and one nautical
3️⃣ One olive green long straight skirt
4️⃣ Olive badges and sticker tees
5️⃣ One earthy olive shade fitted evening dress
6️⃣ Athleisure jeggings in camou print and a six-pocket cargo pants
7⃣ One Puma sports bag and one camou printed Nuon 🎒 backpack and leather tan bag
8️⃣ Must have boots
9️⃣ Can’t live without Five pairs of aviators
🔟 One camou swatch and two nautical watches by Casio, G-shock (i love wearing men’s watches and perfumes, that’s my thing).
1️⃣1️⃣ One self designed embellished party jacket that i have designed with tons of brass buttons, golden stripes, shoulder badges and so on.
And the list is growing still and will do so forever, I feel.😛
😎STYLING MY MILITARY WARDROBE :
ℹ have heard many people saying that olive fashion doesn’t gel with other clothings and is difficult to match with and hence, boring or not multipurpose or diverse. But i have quite the opposite views, thoroughly enjoy styling the military clothing and love elevating the looks with accessories and mix-n-match too.
Here, i bring to you some military inspired street style, casual chic, sportyand casual evening drink looks. I have collaborated with my in house male models who share the same olive fetish as me @Tilak👤 Instagram Account , @Nik👤 Instagram Account to showcase some men’s military fashion too!
ℹ love going overboard with an all military look! I know for some people this might be little too much but trust me with right attitude, styling and accessories, this can be a very comfortable, statement, powerful and chic look to carry.
🔴We can wear co-ordinates aka matching top and bottom sets, like we are wearing in the shoot. We have styled olive green tees, sweat shirt or knitwear with matching tight bottomed comfy joggers.
To accentuate the look furtherwe can style the look with choicest of accessories and 👠footwear.
You can go with ankle 👢boots or sports shoes or slide on platforms of same or complete contrast colours.
Team it up with some tan leather 👜bag and a cool navy inspired ⌚Nautical watch
A camou or nautical print really goes well with an overall plain, solid olive coordinated outfit.
🅰dding metallic touch whether its some rugged, quirky pendants, chains, badges or choker or even sneakers will add just enough glamour to the look.
☑Styling olive bottoms with sheer tops, net sphagetti’s and layering it up with a jacket is yet another way to add the right amount of sexiness to the whole look and this look can be versatile whether its travel, evening out or to be donned when there’s a slight chill in the weather!
❇Cargo pants or “six pockets” as we commonly call them, the comfiest style statement, has been in vogue ever-since; it has been the first choice of travellers and trekkers all across the globe; a unisex garment that has utilitarian appeal, rugged and soothing at the same time. A statement in itself, Perfect to be worn with printed cotton tee’s and tan shoes and you are good to seize the world.
🔰Denims can gel perfectly well with anything military! A pair of jeans, shorts or skirt paired with an olive solid bomber jacket is stylish, smart and casual street chic; the styling can be taken up a notch higher with gothic lips, pigtail braiding (hairstyle) and wearing tons of metal chains and badgeson the waist and thighs. Sure shot stealer look that sets you apart❗
🅰nother perfect styling would be pairing the solid, summer 🆒khaki bomber jacket with a long straight khaki skirt; and just add a dash of colour with a ‘spaghetti top’ or a ‘ganji’ and Voila!! You are good to go for a shopping date with self. A comfortable yet effortlessly stylish.
Ⓜilitary fashion doesn’t only fit the streetstyle bills, it can be a powerful sexy weapon that unleashes the Goddess in you for some coffee evenings with friends and pub nights out as well. Style the military bodycon dress with some bright colour block layering and boots and a sexy sling and red lips.
WHO SAYS YOU CAN’T GO OLIVE ON VALENTINES!!.
Go Bold and all out Olive this Valentine as “OG Love is for real”!! You gals!!
MAKE YOUR MEN IN UNIFORM FEEL SPECIAL THIS VALENTINE!!
🅾live jackets paired with metallic shoes and shades and a net blush top, style with a top knot bun, a perfect recipe for a day on a ⛵boat out to sail or anyother adventurous activity. Keeping the fun and style quotient balanced.
🅰nother amazing way of pulling off the Olive look with elan is teaming up two different shades of Military together. Going olive with green or khakee with grey or beige and tan; navy blues and rugged greys!! These can be mixing and matching two different garments together or colour blocking with accessories.
🔰So friends With this style, i conclude my blog post, this blog post saw me exhibiting various militaria inspired garments, styled with different fashionable and comfy clothes and accessories to achieve the desired looks to suit the occasions. I feel Olive trend is one of the most versatile, easy to style; most comfortable and suitable to one and all kind of styles. It has a versatility and likeability to it; it can at once be converted to a high-end fashionlook and an everyday casual, sporty look to a powerful, awestruck one. Its here to stay and can be played upon with with our sensibilities .
👉 In this blog post, i exhibited my love for styling militaria in everyday, casual yet statement looks; another blog post would be soon curated to showcase a more embellished, decorated and dramatic avatar of this fashion trend!! Till then Hail Militaria!! Go OliVe ! Go Green!!
💃I’ll be back soon with more interesting stuff! Till then stay stylish, be fashionable, imbibe conscious beauty, keep experimenting but most of All BE THE MAGICAL SELF YOU ARE!!
Its a well known saying that “You are never completely dressed till the time you wear your FRAGRANCE”.
I Do Believe truly that’ Your Fragrance should linger on long enough even after you are gone.’ Our fragrance, like every thing else on the outside , is also a reflection of who we are as a person. Its like a scented message of your persona, a liquid emotion, more so, like your signature style.
A Fragrance is the first thing that reaches out and spreads your aura after of course, 👄Smile. It transcends the other, to a dream like happy state, its like a metaphor for communicating emotions, that can be felt.
Well Cmon, its a fact that who doesn’t love to communicate with a person who smells nice!! And we do become the cringy-nosed people when we spot Body Odour!! Yikes!
So Folks! It was pertinent for me to bring some product for my beloved readers in this regard. I mean how could i not! A good and genuine fragrance is the utmost essential weapon in the most well-dressed Woman’s armory. 😉Wink! 😉Wink! AND Definitely YOU 👨🎨Men out there its equally important for you as well as we 💁women prefer to be in the company of Gentlemen who smell nice Ahem!Ahem!😜
Its very important that a fragrance matches our senses, our spirit and our persona to call it our very own. Hence, we can’t depend on gas-filled deodorants, sprays etc to call it our personal fragrance. For that we need a unique, trusted and long staying PERFUME.
SO, After much search and thought i bring to you on my Blog A Perfume Brand named ‘PERFUME BOOTH’ a new, yet a trusted and very renowned brand in our Indian market. They have curated a wide range of international fragrances both for Men and Women, in the form of perfumes and that too at an unimaginable price range.
I See a lot of us opting out and depending totally on deodorant and sprays for our day today fragrance needs and i feel the major reason so is their affordability. BUT deo’s, sprays don’t have the longevity and aren’t in the purest forms and often darken the skin and are harsh.
PERFUME BOOTH, as a brand has understood this fact that perfumes are associated with an ‘expensive’ purchase.Hence,they have managed to eliminate the various steps in marketing and distributing a perfume and have brought premium quality fragrances from all over the world directly to the customers.
This brand offers about more than 40 products to choose from for both the genders. Their product range is divided mainly in two packaging categories:
PERFUME SELFIE some of the names of products are, lurve; sophistique; teaze; cazanova etc
100 ml Perfume Bottles namely, Creation Noir; Presidente; Classic Man; Active Woman; True Reflections etc.
The product that i have been sent for Review is a PERFUME SELFIE package box named LURVE.
Its a pack of Women Perfume comprising of 7 International perfume sticks, a Perfume Selfie Case and along with it a Gift Voucher of Rs 501.!!!😍
👉SO, Here’s my review of this Perfume Selfie BOX.
I found this Perfume Selfie Box concept to be a unique and one of its kind concept. In this box you get to try out 7️⃣different mini fragrances from 7️⃣different brands and later we can always pick up a bottle of your choice.
✅PACKAGING : This Perfume Selfie box LURVEhas a very impressive and luring packaging. Its a cylindrical shaped box covered with a very attractive and tantalizing colour paper sheet in red and the product name name hologrammed on it. On the inside, it has a thermo case in which all the 7 black coloured perfume sticks and the red selfie case beautifully stands in a small circle. Along with it, a rounded series of placards, describing names of all the 7 perfume sticks and a gift voucher card is also inside the box.
Packaging is a very formative step in introducing a product to the consumer market and how impact fully its done speaks volumes about the dedication, sincerity and ambition of the brand and also, winning the hearts of its customers. I LOVED their packaging game on point.
✅QUANTITY : Each of the 7 perfume selfie sticks contains 4ml of product i:e, 7×4 ml =28ml of product. Hence, we get a good deal of product in just one box, that too of 7 different varieties to suit our mood and occasion. The product can easily last up to two months approximately.
✅PRICE RANGE: The perfume selfie box containing 7 international perfumes sticks of 4ml each,comes at a price of Rs 475/- only . Considering the wide variety, good quality and long lasting products, it surely is value for money, worth every penny and high affordability factor, a big thumbs up!!
✅PAY-OFF: The brand claims the sprays to be six times longer lasting than deodrants, having a high quality perfume oil concentration. Personally, i felt it lasted more than six hours on me.
✅TRAVEL WISE: The perfume selfie case and sticks are made of light weight, plastic unbreakable mini bottles with lock lids, so are highly travel friendly and can be carried anywhere, anytime without any damage or wastage. We can easliy pick the perfume stick for the day, put it inside the selfie stick and are good to go for the day.
✅QUALITY: All the perfumes availed to us in this box are from 7 different renowned international brands of high quality and amazing, long lasting fragrance.
✅FRAGRANCE: The LURVE Box sent to me had 7 amazingly unique and pleasing fragrances that completely suited the persona and style of a woman like me. You will find everything that suits your taste or style whether its, floral, woody, citrus, fruity, musky etc.
They write about the LURVE WOMEN, “She’s all things classic. You’d picture her walking down the Parisian streets, holding a dozen carnations. She personifies’lurve’. She’s special and you know that.”
AND yes, the fragrances match the description perfectly and hence, suited me so well, that i fell in love with each one of them.
The name of the fragrances in this box are as follows:
1️⃣CHIFFON EMPER; 2️⃣TRUE REFLECTIONS CHRIS ADAMS PARIS ; 3️⃣CREATION POUR FEMME; 4️⃣VIVECA MARYAJ; 5️⃣GOLD LOUIS CARDIN; 6️⃣LADY PRESIDENTE EMPER; 7️⃣SENSUAL LOMANI PARIS.
While each of the fragrance was beautiful and soothing my top favourites are 👌🏿SENSUAL BY LOMANI, my everyday perfume and 👍CHIFFON BY EMPER for evenings and 👏LADY PRESIDENTE for my work wear.
ALL, in all, i’m highly impressed and bowled over by this brand, its concept and product range.Specially,their initiative of bringing ‘affordability’ to the otherwise elite and occasionally used perfume.Their high quality perfumes are much better than cheap deodrants, have longevity and can now be easily incorporated into daily usage by one and all. Also, their ‘Patent Perfume Case’ is a unique and stylish concept and can be easily carried anywhere in style and used all day long.
HENCE, I’m highly recommending this brand to my readers, not only for their personal use but also for gifting purposes. NOT to forget the gift voucher of Rs.501/- that can be redeemed while purchasing an 100ml bottle perfume out of 42 more stylish and encapsulating products. Its a great deal.
Try these ones out and keep yourself and your lives beaming, fragrant and happy !!!
DO CHECK OUT THEIR INSTAGRAM PAGE AND THEIR WEBSITE, THE LINKS OF WHICH ARE GIVEN BELOW:
A CRUNCHY, CRISPY, CHATPATA 💁HOLA !! TO ALL MY READERS❗️
Well, you must have guessed by now why I’m sounding so desperately 👅hungry, that too for little tit-bit munching on the side.
Well, That’s because I have discovered my munching friend recently!!!
and that’s none other than SNACKEXPERTS!!
Are you one of those people who loves munching, has a taste for the chatpata, crunchy small eats; who loves to eat yummy snacks; one who cannot have evening tea without any snacks or feel the need of munchies while reading, watching movies, travelling or gossiping with friends????/??
BUT BUT BUT❗️ You have given up on snacking; you are starving your tastebuds; or you are ridden with constant guilt everytime you tend to snack on that pack of mixture; that pack of wafers; those maida cookies; that sugar rush candy box or that chocolate cake❗️
WELL❗️ Lets accept it guys nothing comes before health and anything and everything that we buy from the market in packets and boxes these days is full of adulterated, unhealthy health hazardous, refined goodies that tempts us all but brings lot of health issues and addictive eating habits as well.
Nostalgia writs large❗️
There was a time when every household in our country would smell of some freshly made home goodies at tea time in the evening; as tea time is almost a sacred every day ritual in our country and inviting guests at tea time especially is a culture in itself. Mothers and ladies of the house would extensively prepare homemade healthy and fresh goodies; sometimes to be stored in jars for few days and sometimes freshly made and served. Only a little portion would be served everyday and some kept safely for guests as well! Those were the days!! We could polish off an entire platter and never worry even a little for any ailment, fitness issues or ill-health.
TODAY, as we reach around mids of 2017, a look back makes us realise the paradigm shift of the shape shifting world. We are always running; running to meet the deadlines; reach offices; schools and what not. TIME today has become the most hard to get commodity. It really gets tough for such elaborate rituals and a quick ready to eat bite or packaged snacks; on the go kind of thing seems most befitting. I’m not saying that today our households don’t indulge in home-cooked fresh and health goodies; we do and kudos to all the men-women and families for that! Its only, that the frequency has lessened and so has the preference.
Not to talk of the alluring, well-marketed unhealthy, yet tempting and easy options that our flooding the market today. Not only these are addictive and fast becoming our lifestyle, its trending as well! Almost like a fashion fad, status quo! Especially the children are falling prey to this trend. Also, as most of us are always conscious these days of what to eat and what not to; often when sudden guest plans catches us in tight corner with no time to stir up some fresh goodies and we have to get something packed or from the market; often our guests decline the served goodies and we become the reason of our own embarrassment.
Well❗️ there’s another side to our story as well. We are aware of the health hazards and most of us are trying our best to look for healthier options.BUT again, the same issue of market being flooded with so many options. While there are products whose label read healthy, organic, natural and so on; often found misleading, adulterated, greasy, refined, unhealthy and finally when we actually find trustworthy organic products; their whopping prices touch the roof.
Well❗️ enough of my rants and ravings! AND back to being the crunchy munch HOLA GIRL!
For now the time has come to introduce the newfound guilt-free joy my tastebuds have fallen for!Its a great snacking option and good on the pockets too.
The brand named SNACK EXPERTS, is the candy to my tongue these days.I got a chance to review their snack pack and was apprehensive at first but was amazed and highly impressed when I tried them.
SO, HERE BEGINS MY HONEST REVIEW OF THE SAME:
SnackExperts is an award winning online snack store that delivers nationwide; their base store is in Chennai. I received their products in a cute and sturdy recyclable cardboard package, that had their logo and tagline printed on top,…. saying……
“HEALHTY SNACKING UNLEASHED”
And on the back side of the package instruction the ways this pack can be reused are written. This I found quite cute and useful. For me, how much a brand makes efforts in packing their products speaks volumes about their sincerity towards their venture.
Upon unboxing I found five zip-locked, neatly packed assorted varieties of healthy munchies inside.
Each of the snack pouches looked tempting,fresh and mouth watering but best of all — they were healthy, less oily and wholesome.You can munch on these goodies without having to worry about any ill-health produce. They remained fresh for as long as their expiry date in their pouches.
Each snack packet has a name synonymous to the ingredients inside;
The five packs out of their 50+ snack varieties that I received were:
1. DRY FRUIT MIX
This snack pouch was a sweet tangy fruity delight. It tasted freshness even though they were dried fruits. A mix of golden raisins, green raisins, pineapple and cranberries. Not only it looked so colourful. It was a treat to the palate. We all know about the goodness of raisins and berries but how often we remember to use them? Only occasionally. Nutritionists and dieticians are often heard suggesting these as healthy options, so when they come in a snack pack,their usage is ensured by family and guests. These can also be used as add-ons in yoghurt, oatmeals, porridge, kheer and salads.
2. HONEY ROASTED CASHEW
These were an absolute tintillating treat for my tastebuds and were polished off sooner than all. Everyone who was served, loved the taste and it was addictive, nutritious and wholesome and even a little satiated that munch hunger pang.
The pack consisted of roasted cashews with yellow mustard seeds, chilly flakes, salt and honey glaze. They were mouthwatering and super yum and perfect to serve at party or at home. The fact that they are roasted makes them more healthy and they can be a good accompaniment with beverages.
3.KODO MILLET CRISPIES
This goodie pack was my most favourite of all. As it reminded me of a South Indian household and the elaborate preparations they make to cook up each savoury. It was a beautiful, typical homemade, authentic preparation. Just like the ones i have tasted many times at my South Indian friends’ home. You can’t get enough of this one and this will be a sure shot hit with everyone. Made of kodo millets, moong dal, rice flour, urad dal etc; they are fresh, tasty and crispiest to the core. You don’t worry about the calorie counts and other stuff while savouring these. They just make you happy, nostalgic and full.
4. OLD FASHIONED NUT MIX
This is a perfect mix pack of goodness and health and rich nutrition, often recommended by experts, to be snacked upon a handful a day. It is what its name suggests, an old fashioned nut mix, the healthiest to munch on. Its a mix of Roasted Peanuts, Pepper Cashews, Almonds, Walnuts. It would be a good snacking option on a regular basis for us and our families. Though I feel this lacks something in the taste department, I mean only the cashews are slightly salted, rest all nuts are blandly mixed. Well, We do try to include nuts in our daily routines, walnuts and almonds at least. Also, peanuts and cashews occasionally as well, but when we like to have it as a snack and that too from a brand like snack expert, we would like it to impress our tastebuds a little more.
5. CHOCOLATE FLAPJACK
This snack was a first timer for me. I had never tasted a flapjack before. Its a chewy bar or granola baked usually with rolled oats, jaggery, butter, choco chips whole orange and honey. Its almost like a modern twist to a traditional chikki. It did not appeal to me at first bite, but definitely grew onto me. I simply loved the goodness of ingredient infused with taste for the palate. I think kids and youngsters and health freaks would definitely grow onto this as its a trendy mildly sweet savoury with an attractive list of ingredients as well. It will serve as a perfect dessert to a meal and can keep a watch on the exceeding pressure, all the festivities and parties put on our poor waistline. All in all a big thumbs up to this innovation.
ARE you someone like me who is too lazy to follow any skin care regimen and being bestowed with a naturally healthy skin, have taken it too much for granted or, are you someone whose sensitive skin always creates new breakouts, reactions, allergies, acne and a truckload of worries or more so, are you someone who has seen a drastic change in their skin owing to the fast life, ageing, habits, pollution, hormones, diet or lifestyle. NO MATTER who we are out of the above mentioned or not mentioned; one thing I’m certain of that is, like me, many of you lovely people are CONFUSED and more so, SCARED.
Confused with a wide variety of skin care products and ranges flooding the market; more confused as most of the products are highly endorsed and advertised in the glossiest possible way and admittedly we fall tempted. But we all are often Scared too, atleast I am. Every time I think of buying something for my skin I feel the entire shopping experience becomes too taxing for me as I keep worrying whether the product I’m thinking of buying will suit my skin type, or if it will work well on my skin and hope that it doesn’t harm my skin and if its chemical free or not.
Nowadays, most of us are aware and are trying to bring in the concept of conscious beauty and natural, organic, sustainable fashion into our lifestyle. This is exactly what my blog is dedicated to pursue. I want to associate myself with such conscious brands and urge and bring out the message of same to my readers and viewers.
But most of the time the conscious ,natural organic brands are either not easily accessible to the masses and are mostly so high-end that they sure create deep holes in our pockets. And many other times we are often duped by duplicates or harmful cheap products that might be cheap on pockets but definitely not friendly to skin. Hence, I’m constantly on the lookout for some amazing natural brands that cater to all our woes.
So, My Friends be the scapegoat to the alluring markets no more!
Me as a blogger am here to review and give my honest views about such brands and products that would be flag bearers of conscious beauty and all natural, cruelty free products and organic, sustainable fashion.
Hence, I present to you a REVIEW again. Today, I bring to you my reviews on some selected products from the skincare range by a renowned brand named FUSCHIA BY VKARE.
The company very cordially sent me to review some of their products in two shipments of very cute little boxes with the samples of the products. TODAY I bring you the review of three out of all the products. I have tried these products for a long period of time and now I’m ready with my views on it.
👉The three products I’m reviewing today are:
1. ARABIAN JASMINE ANTI-AGING NIGHT CREAM.
2. ARJUN BARK SOAK
3. GREEN TEA CLARIFYING FACE AND BODY SCRUB
So, Let’s get talking dearies,
This conscious brand is fast making its way up in the market and into the hearts of its consumer clientele. Its fast becoming a must-have in the skin care kitty of all the people out there who want to use all natural, chemical free products.
👉The products by FUSCHIA BY VKARE BIOSCIENCES are:
.MADE IN INDIA
1. ARABIAN JASMINE ANTI-AGING NIGHT CREAM
This cream is hands down the best product I have used so far.Infused with the goodness of jasmine oil that acts as a hydrating,clarifying and healing agent. This cream also has a base of Kokum butter, olive oil, sweet almond oil along with skin’s most essential foods Aloe-Vera and Vitamin E. The ingredient list is the first step towards a trusting relationship with this product. It has a very herbal, oily and flowery fragrance to it, the one that we usually associate with many Ayurvedic products. This product claims to have no artificial tints and synthetic perfumes. I have religiously been using this product for past many days now as a night time skin care regime. A very small quantity is required for a single application. The product feels very light but creamy and richly oiled in my hands. After cleansing and washing my face off of any makeup or day’s residue and making it squeaky clean. I usually place a little bit of cream on my face with my fingers and work it up on the entire face in circular and upward motions. I massage the cream for about a minute or so and magically, it feels so light on my skin and oil-free as the oils are at once absorbed in the skin. Leaving you with a light scenty-feeling.
Night time is the repairing time for our skin and body and a good night cream can be a wonderful support system. This cream not only restores skin’s natural oils but claims to check on those premature wrinkles and fine lines. Well, I can definitely say that every morning I’m waking up to a very rejuvenated glowing, baby-soft, relaxed, supple and happy skin for sure ever since I’m using so. And hell yes!! finally I’m following a skin care routine and I’m following it too without any apprehensions of harmful effects.
Well, you can grab this beauty from their website (link in the end) that comes in a tin cap and glass jar, with 50 gms of product in it for an MRP of Rs 675/- currently on discount for Rs 600/-
RATINGS: PROS – CAN DEFINITELY GIVE IT A SHORT WITHOUT WORRYING ABOUT SIDE EFFECTS
– Easy to use lid jar
– Well absorbed and easy results
– Worth its price
– Nice fragrance
– Well suited to ALL SKIN TYPES ( Best for my normal to dry skin)
CONS – Simple basic packing
– May not be too travel friendly
– Maybe excessive oily skin types might not like it.
– Not liked by people who are averse to perfumed products.
– Would like the brand to list more details about the product on the jar
Overall, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this product, a thumbs up from my side.
Coming to the second product of today’s post.
2. ARJUN BARK SOAP
This product is a natural handmade soap with the goodness of Arjun Bark extract. While Arjun Bark extract is the key ingredient it is enriched with some other ingredients Olive Oil, Glycerine base, Castor oil and Coconut oil. It has a very woody and chocolatey translucent dark-brown colour and a mild fragrance. Its Listed ingredient sold me out to this one. Though, I’m not into using soaps and always go for body washes/milks instead but keeping true to the reviewers job, tried this one and to my amazement I actually liked it. I have always found the most delicate of the soaps to be hard on my skin, often rendering it dry and lifeless, hence, had shifted to washes long back. Coming back to the ingredients of this soap, Arjun Bark is known for its anti-bacterial properties and glycerine has always been a childhood go-to product to rescue from dryness and provide hydration. Olive, castor and coconut are already are already established aces in the skin care world, nourishing protecting our skin since ages.
It lathers easily and builds up well, hence, minimal product used. It comes in a colourful paper packaging. Each packing has a bar of 100 gms for an MRP Of Rs250/-
RATINGS: PROS – Maintains the moisture levels
– Removes impurities and makeup well
– Does not clog pores
– Lathers creamy without drying
– Chemical free, handmade alternative
CONS – Slightly Overpriced for its worth
A Good recommendation👍.
Moving onto the final product review of the day;
3. GREEN TEA CLARIFYING FACE AND BODY SCRUB
This product has also become a hot favourite of mine. I have a very soft, baby skin and because of the strong granules found in most of the scrubs, i used to shy away from scrubbing. But this one has a good balance in the texture. This scrub starts showing its results on your skin within few uses. Its chief ingredients being Green Tea, Aloe Vera, Olive Oil, Wheatgerm Oil. This formula is enriched with Catechins. Green tea has multiple skin benefits widely known, specially controlling acne, breakouts etc. Olive and Wheatgerm oil nourishes the skin keeping it supple and preventing premature ageing signs.
It Gently scrubs away excessive oil, dirt, sebum, harsh pollutants, leaving a fresh feel and a clear supple skin. It has a mild tea scent and not a very thick product. Apply to moist skin and massage in circular motion, then rinse off, pat dry.
It comes in a glass jar and a tin-lid with 100 gms product for an MRP Of Rs450/- on discount offer currently for Rs 400/-
RATINGS: PROS – Revitalizes and acts as a toner
– A stealer specially for oily skins and acne prone skin types
– Good for all skin types
– Anti ageing properties
– Value for money
– A little quantity suffices
CONS – Not travel friendly
– Simple basic packing
– More details to be listed on the pack
Its, a thumbs up👍 from my side to this product, definitely recommended.
So, With this my darling readers I come to an end of this blog post reviews.
I hope you will benefit from this review. IN CASE, you are looking to purchase these products and many more from the brand I’m linking the website right here.
you can also, visit there Instagram page by the name FUSCHIAVKARE.
DISCLAIMER: THE PACKAGING COULD BE CHANGED AS WELL,AS THEY PROVIDE DIFFERENT KINDS.
ALSO, I HAVE REVIEWED THE PRODUCTS ON THE BASIS OF MY KNOWLEDGE AND HOW THEY FARED ON MY SKIN TYPE.
Before signing out I urge you my dearies to embrace and imbibe conscious beauty, natural, organic and sustainable fashion into your life as much as you can, to incorporate and promote INDIAN PRODUCTS AND WEAVES WITH PRIDE into your lifestyle and to spend your hard earned money on sensible and chemical free products. I’m surely making an effort and hope you do so too.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
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So, I’m back with a blog post!! This time its a collaboration for a Review!
The product under review is PEE-BUDDY by PeeBuddyIndia.
I chose this collaboration in keeping with my endeavour to bring in brands, products or topics that are organic in their essence, conscious in their branding, sustainable and revolutionary and contributory to humane side of the Mankind. This brand is all this and more.
👉PEE-BUDDY ‘GIRL’S BEST FRIEND FOR UNFRIENDLY TOILETS’!!
This very first tag line got me curious and I jumped on the opportunity to review it!
WELL! You only tell me which girl wouldn’t? And hence, the collaboration.
🤓Do you remember the school picnic days? the excursions? the college tours, the hiking, competition trips or matches trips?
AND now the weekend getaways, road tripping, travel plans, bus hopping, mall shopping?
Well that’s a truth when we say all these memories and events lead to so much fun and happiness but I’m talking about that one thing that’s common in all of these and is not a happy or fun memory !!?
How can we forget ladies?! The worst part and the first thing that comes to our mind, at least my mind for sure, is the thought of having to use a PUBLIC TOILET!
EWWW AND YIKES!! ARE MY FIRST REACTIONS TO THIS THOUGHT!
We women have been facing this grave issue of going out of our homes for work or leisure and dealing with unhygienic, dirty, smelly, stinky public toilets since ages!
Every time I have to go out for more than few hours, I cringe at the thought, “What if, I have to use a public loo? “All my growing up years, this thought has always bothered and disturbed my happy trips somewhere or the other. I have seen many of my friends and classmates often cancelling their outdoor plans and trips for fear of this. This fear lurks at the back of my mind, still whenever I plan something.
The unfriendly public toilets with a lack of hygiene, dirty, unkempt, uncleaned, unwashed and multiple-used not only make us sick but threaten of contracting various infections and specially UTIs !!
Many a times when the situation is exigent and I have been forced to try out a public loo; I have entered them with restraint but the next moment I have seen myself running out without using one! But holding onto a full bladder is equally unhealthy !
India as a country has developed manifolds and reached many milestones in the past century and I am a proud citizen. Many programs, schemes and movements have been initiated and are being followed for the upkeep of nation’s hygiene, health and public areas in general. But as a woman I still feel that we women have to compromise a lot in terms of hygiene and sanitation.
Why Pee Buddy??
I think all the females reading this would relate to this women-woe and must have faced this problem many times and this is my reason to review this product all the more. I wanted to try this product myself to see if it is actually the buddy it claims to be? and if yes, then I would really want to spread the word and sensitise and educate my women tribe to ‘Say no to dirty toilets’! ‘No to UTIs and ‘To lets talk hygiene!’.
This weekend I finally got a chance to try this product and review it on the weekend travel getaway! And to my wonder of wonders I thoroughly enjoyed my road trip without any moment of a worry at the back of my mind! All thanks to my new buddy PEE-BUDDY!
Already recommended to my friends and fellow travellers and was amazed to see their reactions and hear their personal incidents on this front!
So, let me brief you guys on the product and write my detailed review as well. This product PEE-BUDDY as the name suggests helps us girls to ease the process of peeing in public toilets. Be it anywhere from restaurants, malls, hospitals to road, rail, airport travels.
👉Its INDIA’S first ‘FEMALE URINATION DEVICE’!
That gives females the FREEDOM TO STAND UP AND PEE in advent of dirty, unfriendly toilets.
Talking of Freedom, this device is no less than revolutionary movement that gives us women freedom from a major women woe and is a step towards safe, hygienic world for women.
So, this device basically comes in a biodegradable envelope that contains a one time usage funnel/ strip, which is made of a coated waterproof paper that can easily be disposed off in dustbin after usage. M.R.P of single funnel is 💰Rs.30/- only.
Its an easy to carry everywhere, hassle free device which can be opened and easily placed and then thrown after usage. The directions to use are clearly depicted on the envelope.
Trust me ladies’ I found this device an answer to my problems, especially that of contracting a UTI! It is also a boon to the ladies with joint pain, arthritis or patients and even pregnant ladies as it allows us to stand and pee without any worry.
Its a very positive review from my side. I’m going to stock these right up and I’m sure you will also give this device a try and definitely bring it into your travel lifestyle.
As, its high time we should say No to unhygienic toilets! Why should we suffer when the saviour PEE-BUDDY is here. So, lets make it a companion for life and travel in comfort, style and hygiene all the time.
ALSO, word for all my 🤷♂️GENTLEMEN readers, if you chance upon my blog post then do read this with interest and help and inspire the women in your life to adopt and adapt this product in their lives for better and easy hygiene and comfort .
FOR ALL YOU LADIES LOOKING TO BUY THESE. THE LINK IS GIVEN HERE:
I’m back with my second blog post. This post is a celebration of the soul of Womanhood and so is the fashion and styling that I have woven into this post. For me a Soul is WHITE… Pure, Serene and Angelic. and my soul has something to say to you.
Let yourself free for some moments in your life. STOP! Stop doing whatever important work that you are doing. Loosen Up! Take a break. BREATHE! Breathe deep. Shun away all the chores, world’s burdens, duties and responsibilities and all the turmoils and chaos.
Just few moments for yourself. Only few… I promise!
Stand in front of the mirror. Devote a minute. No, don’t hurry, stay there for a while please.
When was the last time you actually took time out to gaze into your reflection for longer than a few seconds? I’m not talking about mechanically getting ready for work; or to hurriedly dress up before entering the kitchen or to put on make-up for an obligatory party. No! What I meant was when did you spare sometime out; out of love for yourself or to admire your beauty at leisure, to see those features; those worldly wise eyes; that crooked smile, that impish nose; those new found wrinkles and that grey speck in the hair.
Come let’s admire together… God’s Strongest and most magical creation.
Keep looking into the mirror and connect with your reflection. Admire her beauty, give her a well-deserved grin. Feel you are passing through the epidermal layers of your body and reach out to the Goddess that resides within.
She is residing inside of you. Crammed-up & locked in some lonely, deep, dark dungeon of an ancient Haveli in your heart, that was once lit with laughter of a young, bratty, carefree little girl. Today, no-one visits her. She is buried under the pile of worldly worries, duties & responsibilities that crowds your head-space today.
She is covered in the black residual angst of the busy, burdened heart but her fairy duststill sparkles from places beneath the soot.
She is unmistakably sad !!!
Sad, not because she is wronged or lacks the will to stand out or has seen only dark times. She is sad because she is forgotten! She is sad because that little girl who was once her friend has not visited her since long. That girl has grown up to be a Woman and has a world of her own.
In the fight to reach afar; to meet her responsibilities and never ending duties; in the race to be what is expected out of her and keeping everyone happy. She has no time for the Goddess within her. Slowly the goddess is dying, she’s calling out… calling out to, her only friend.
So have you looked into the mirror enough? Keep looking till the time you find that Girl-Woman.
Now that you have found both, understand they both reside inside you. Both are your reflections. All that, the Goddess inside you needs is a little of your time and love. She is the one who instills the aura in your persona and uniqueness in your being. Do not forget! She has been there all along; when you got scared at that extempore competition but still won; when you were banned to dance but you danced your heart out nevertheless; when you dreamily gave that speech on your farewell and talked about your dreams and desires, some still unfulfilled; when the chubby you joined the football team and everyone laughed. She was there when you first wore a saree which looked more like a lungi and even when you cooked your first half-burnt meal.
She is the one, the Goddess in you, the magic in you, who never lets you back down. She is the one who gave you that wand and the invisible crown and fairy dust in your hand. You went on to become the best possible self of you, a self you loved, a self who has perfected the art of wearing a saree; cooking a perfect meal and giving the best speeches ever.
Today, you are adept at all the worldly things and more. Yet the Goddess cries.
She cries for those days when you used to revel in your own self, never bothered about what anyone said or criticised. She yearns for those leisurely, fun-filled days when you used to do as you pleased; picked up what you fancied; said what you felt; with absolutely no care about what the world said and expected out of you.
She wants your love, your admiration, your adulation. She wants you to cut yourself some slack. She wants you to judge yourself a little less. She wants you to flaunt your self just the way you are. Whatever Shape, whatever Size, whatever Age, whatever Colour, whatever Height. She wants you not to constantly nudge & torture yourself into the race of being the best mother, best wife, best daughter, best sister. She wants you to rid yourself from the worry of these called tags of ‘a working selfish woman’ or an aimless ‘identity ridden homemaker’. More so, of being called a ‘man -eater widow’; ‘a lusty cougar’ or a ‘gold-digger’.
She wants you not to succumb to ever changing worldly beauty standards and feel a mis-fit in the world where everyone is judged; some called ‘blonde bimbettes’ or ‘sexy brunettes’; ‘size zeroes’ and ‘fat hoes’.To not follow fashion fads; or trends blindly; to not go by rules someone else made;to not order a pizza if you preferred dal- chawal; to not be a party animal out of obligation; to not judge or bitch about fellow sisters to be a part of any mighty social group; to not put on makeup if that’s not your style.
Rather, say what you feel; eat what you please; wear what you fancy; do what your heart tells you not your age, people or their social status.
She wants you to revel in the divinity of your Womanhood; to keep the Goddess alive. Shower her sparkly dust to everything you touch. She wants you to let the little girl live inside of the Woman you are now. To take pride in your likes & dislikes. To take time out for your own self and the little joys of life even if its for a few moments in a day.Whether its reading or music; laughing with friends over a cup of tea; shopping or dancing in the rain; staying in your pyjamas and torn- tees; whatever that makes your inner Goddess happy and thriving.
Coming to the outfit and styling part of the blog, ITS BEEN STYLED FOR ALL THE GODDESSES OUT THERE.
The dress i picked up for this post’s shoot is a basic cream-white, soft, crinkled woven cotton skater dress; it has a delicate lace detailing, bell-sleeves and cold shoulder. Its from the brand STALK BUY LOVE and is named Alabaster dress.
This outfit was love at first sight; even though i had pledged not to go for anymore whites; couldn’t resist! Guilty as charged! I have a thing for whites; i feel a little more of myself wearing it. This dress is comfortable and easy breezy and brings out the inner GODDESS in me; happy, dancing and confident in her skin. As much as this outfit goes by what’s trending, in terms of sleeves and cuts; i went in for this one because of the fabric, silhouette and colour. My perfect go-to outfit for summers, monsoons and fall.
My LWD-little white dress has become a wardrobe essential as it can be used and styled in multiple ways; It can be a perfect comfy travel outfit or can be worn for a brunch or an evening party. It can be highlighted with accessories and you’ll be good to go for an event.
For the first look i have teamed the outfit with just a white-floral tiara; for that angelic look; in dedication to today’s topic.
For the second look i have paired the dress with a quirky shirt and a broad tanned belt at the waist and tanned comfy pom-pom tie-up flats; perfect for travel; coffee date with friends; shopping or hopping places; a tanned travel bag is used to highlight the look at places.
The third look that i have styled is by using a floral, printed pure-chiffon dupatta with the dress, tied around the waist with a tanned belt and some black bangles just to add to the look and you are good to hop from an airport look to a party look!! (the outfit is too comfy to change, better style it up a notch and attend the party!)
DRESS : Stalk Buy Love #babesofsbl
SHIRT : Sarnam Quirk Store, Bangalore
DUPATTA : My Jammu Wardrobe
BELT : Colaba, Causeway
SANDALS : Westside Stores
BAG : Pelle / www.pelle.in
TIARA : Monica Store, Jammu
BANGLES : Colaba
💄MAKE UP DEETS :
Nude natural look using Maybelline NewYork, The Nudes Eye Shadow Pallete.
BASE: L’Oreal True Match BB Cream & Concealor; Lakme Highlighter & Revlon Photo ready Compact
MASCARA: Diana of London
Eyebrow Pencil: Diana of London
💋On the Lips: Amway Coffee Shade
So, that’s a wrap on this blog post!
Hope, you liked what i created and the write up as well!
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My first blog post ! I have all the feelings juxtaposed inside of me. I’m a nervous wreck but super happy and hopeful as this feels like my calling! I thought and thought time and again, tore many a pages from my diary. What should I write about in my first blog? Would it be impressive enough? Am I doing justice to the shoots? I’m already joining the band wagon pretty late! Will today’s learned readers have time & love for my work in their busy lives? In today’s fleeting world, will I have few loyal critics. All this was messing my head ,so I closed the diary, shut down the computer & went out for a stroll to clear my head. A breath of fresh air did real good to me. A sense of calm achieved, I realised that the first thing that brought me to setup my own blog was to have a place where I can be unapologetically me. I wanted to share my persona in the truest sense with the like-minded people. Then why these doubts? They have no place in mind.
So, here I am, pretty confident & transparent with my first fashion blog post. I bring to you what comes easily to me.
My momma has been the benchmark I always wanted to achieve. I’m her shadow and that’s who I want to be. So, the first garment I wanted to style on my blog
1. had to be something from my momma & my mommyland,
2. had to be a piece with Indian hand-work,
3. had to tell a story,
4. had to be my most favourite one,
5. had to be a style that reflected my persona.
So, I chose a Saree; my quintessential go-to traditional outfit forever. This one is a Kashmiri Pure Chinon fabric, a must-have in all wardrobes and trousseau’s of J&K women. A bottle green six yards of sheer elegance with mukaish hand-work (fardi, badla work of shiny dots on the fabric, though nawabi, lucknowi art form but zealously pursued in J&K), perfect for this season, neither too heavy nor too casual.
Currently my favourite and most prized possession, I had thrown a huge tantrum back then when momma gave me the news that she had given a Saree for dyeing and hand-work and that one day it would be a part of my wedding trousseau. I don’t know what got over me and I started finding faults with the choice of colour, work and the fact that if it was for me, then, I should have been the one to choose. To my surprise, when the final product arrived in my momma’s hand, and she unveiled it, I was AMAZED!! It was the perfect shade of green I liked, perfect amount of work and an easy-breezy light weight fabric. Nevertheless, I had to maintain my annoyed-daughter-face, and still looked for excuses to not approve of the Saree. Why do you think I was behaving the way I Was?
I tried to hurt my momma’s emotions that day of which I repent till date. I thought many a times then, that why I behaved the way I behaved. A teenage girl wouldn’t understand the complexities of her own growing self but today, that girl is a woman; her reflections more clearer, her emotions more sorted. Today I understand that the fact that, the word wedding trousseau triggered many unknown emotions inside me that day. The first one being, my momma is going to give me away one day. Rest were all excuses.
So folks, I have styled this important piece of my life in two ways.
First, I have styled this Saree with a plain magenta raw silk choli/crop-top; with an intention to make the look not so heavy and to let the Saree do all the talking. I embellished this look with silver metallic jewellery; a chunky peacock neck-piece, and lotus jhumkis. A smokey blackish-green eye makeup and pink lips; and let my hair the most natural way I keep. Also, for the cover shoot of my blog i styled this same look with a gorgeous pink and white double-shade stole of kasmiri aari work from my collection.
My second look comprises of the same Saree paired with a very quirky, trendy, urban white off-shoulders, bell-sleeved top with my most favourite mangoes print on it (mango being the king flavour of the season).
I embellished this bold look with a gorgeous metallic belt (my favourite accessory in my wardrobe) and continued to team it with the lotus jhumkis.I tied my hair in a basic bun and a satin clutch sling to complete the look.
Magenta Raw Silk Crop Top/Choli : Kainaat Studios Jaipur
Mango Print Off Shoulders : Myntra
Saree : My Personal Wardrobe Collection
Footwear : Catwalk
Jewellery : Silver Palace Mumbai
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