My Sustainable Saree Fashion Fusion Edit ft. JULLAAHA

Hola Peeps!

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.

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The Fertile Flight of a Thinking Womb

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?!”.



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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.


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Hola Peeps!

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.

 


 

DSC_0408-1e_1542311634265Dealing 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.



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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.

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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!

DSC_0394-1e_1542311349672The 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.



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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.

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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…


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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!!

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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.!!

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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.

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If I’m not Colour Red does not mean I’m not Colour Purple. You can’t take away the Rest of Me from Me.

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.

Until next heartpour…

Xo Xo !!

That Pashmina Girl

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Visit to the Epitome of all things Royal – Lake Palace, Udaipur!

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Destination Next !!

Upon getting only a week’s holidays at hand, and a dire need to escape into another world from ours, we decided to make the most of it by travelling to someplace nearby. The name AAPNO RAJASTHAN reverberated in unison, and hence, zeroed on. It is a state that resonates INDIAN ETHOS at its purest and most embracing; ROYALTY of yesteryears redefined and served to your heart’s content and majestic grandeur and rich cultural heritage to fill your sights and mind for years to come.



Travel Partner Who?

WE BOTH KNEW ONCE WAS NEVER ENOUGH! Hence, we were TRADITIONALLY YOURS, O’ LAND OF RAJPUTANA, for a week.

It was a revisit for the both of us, though we were going to colour ourselves together in this experience for the first time.

You must be wondering, my referral to “WE“…. so before moving ahead let me introduce you to the other me who completes my “WE”…. My Companion, my co- traveler, friend, guide, photographer … a Naval OFFICER by profession; photographer and artist by passion; and bitten by TRAVEL BUG …JUST LIKE ME – TILAK!

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My co-companion for life long travels


Udaipur -City of Lakes

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Rangeela Rajasthan through our Eyes

Rangeela Rajasthan, so rightfully said is every inch a colourful experience, every corner has a story of Proud Palatial Regalia; sagas of bravery; tales of unrequited romance; songs of nomadic folklore and dance of the dunes which being Rajputs ourselves, drew us like a magnet to the royal land.

These majestic sights and places once, become a part of you, they never leave your soul. You carry a piece of them in your heart and memoirs wherever you go.

About to Board

However, making a quick itinerary wasn’t that difficult, we, each knew at once the places we wanted to revisit, the places that kept calling us back, the places we had faint memories of, however, etched fondly in our hearts.


This time however, it was going to be different for now we have changed, we live with a  better perspective; a deeper vision and a knack for details, a hunger for travels persists. FOR We…. Have tasted WANDERLUST like never before; we want to explore GOD’s canvas and want to find our true calling; we are now in pursuit of zenith, for we now are TRAVELLERS… OF THE GLOBE!!

Airport Diaries

We instantly booked our flight tickets from Aamchi MUMBAI and landed in UDAIPUR!! An early morning flight brought us to the bewitching city at 9:00 am in the morning. As per the week’s itinerary, our first halt that we had most desirously chosen was JAG MANDIR! 

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Jag Mandir – From a distance

We had a whole day of exploration planned  ahead of us and O’ Boy were we any less excited!!



A day Well Planned

SO, My Dear Readers, this blog post is about our visiting to one of the most breathtaking places of ROYAL inheritance; aesthetic presence; grand historical eloquence and architectural marvel: JAG MANDIR of Udaipur city, Rajasthan.

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Jag Mandir – Lake Garden Palace


What History Says?

It is a palace, also known as the LAKE GARDEN PALACE, built on an island in the Lake Pichola. It is credited be built during reign of three Sisodia Rajput Maharanas of Mewar and hence, named “JAGAT MANDIR”, in honour of the last ruler, Maharana Jagat Singh (1628 -1652). This place speaks volumes of the grandeur and leisure of the royalty. It was used as a pleasure palace for holding huge parties and was a summer resort for the royal family and guests.

This palace is also famously remembered as a refuge asylum given by our Rajputana Mewar kings to prince Khurram, later came to be known as famous Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal, in annals of history. A portion of this palace, initially built specially for Khurram was known as GUL MAHAL. Its one of the most remarkable structure of great architectural glory by Mewar dynasty and was built quite unusually than other relics. It is said to be believed that this palace came to be the inspiration behind conceptualisation of eighth wonder of the World, Taj Mahal; Built by Shah Jahan in the loving memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.

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Relic of Taj Mahal in the Museum Section




 

 


What we wore?~

I deliberately chose to style my outfit of the day befitting the occasion and place of visit. Bringing out the every bit of Rajputani that exists in me and fusing it with classic contemporary traveller, this is what I wore:

Neon lehriya skirt/ghagra + Classic black knot shirt + Red boots

I paired my ethnic gheradaar neon lehriya skirt/ghagra with a classic black knot shirt and a pair of my most comfortable red boots,[the perfect choice as we had long walks ahead of us!]; ethnic accessories and metallic bag pack to carry my essentials for the day.

AND I SET OUT TO EXPERIENCE EVERY BIT A QUEEN EVERY WOMAN DESERVES TO BE!!

Tilak chose to wear,  a cool pair of co-ords, a commando black tee with detailing laces and super comfy and stylish joggers; paired with his most favourite military boots! keeping in mind his behind the lens activities and long day ahead.DSC_0768-1less



How we reached Jag Mandir ?

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Bansi Ghat Jetty

We embarked on our small trip, super excited and landed in UDAIPUR, after merely two hours of rest we couldn’t wait any longer and headed towards  City Palace & reached its BANSI GHAT jetty We bought tickets at the corner ticket counter,the prices of which differ from morning to evening hours; as we went in the morning ferry, it costed us Rs 400/- per person. It is however, advisable to go in the morning itself, specially if you have a bigger travel group as charges are higher in the evening hours. Also, you get more time in hand to enjoy the island palace and hotel exerience at leisure.


We waited for  about twenty minutes for the ferry to begin the tour  to the island palace. The weather Gods seemed pleased with us too, as it was a gorgeous, breezy day.

DSC_0840-1This ferry ride is the most magical and soothing ride that traverses across the LAKE PICHOLA, while showcasing the magnificient scenes of the ghats and city palace  all around you. The experience i believe  is similar, to the romantic Venetian lakes and boat rides.

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Lake Pichola


 

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The Palace Jetty

The palace jetty is the first striking scene of majestic grandeur that welcomes you and leaves you spellbound. The elegant facade includes brilliantly carved four elephants on either side alluring you to much more promising  sights and architectures.

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Brilliantly carved Landmark Elephants
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Standing on the Main Entrance

Upon entering the first thing that amazes and beholds you is the marvellous crown shaped domes of GUL MAHAL, built in yellow sandstone, three circular domed chambers, two marble chhatris, giving it a Mughal architectural style. We couldn’t  help but marvel at the craftsmanship and refined taste of those times.

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Architectural Marvel

It felt every bit a Paradise  for people who love Art, Architecture and Photography!!

We felt so at peace yet excited to soak in the entire experience and the royal vibe and  capture every bit of this beauty into our lens.

We decided to stay longer than we had intended.


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Backdrop of Aravalli Hills

I loved  the fact that the pavilion upon entering the palace, a gorgeous white colonnade carved with crisp arches marks the periphery of the island with a scenic back drop of Aravalli  hills and opens up to THE GARDEN COURTYARD and the DARIKHANA on its northern side.

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Garden Courtyard

Walking along the  huge GARDEN COURTYARD amidst roses, frangipani trees, bougainvillea, palm trees was invigorating and brought in a sense of peace to your being. Despite many tourists, there was a very respectable silence around; one felt enchanted and transported to a not so distant world of kings and queens and felt every bit a part of them.

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The courtyard is a classic make of black and white tiles that leave a resonating effect on your senses  with its fountains and waterpools, low marble handrails, crisscross walkways bedecking the garden surroundings mesmerising your entire experience.

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That pigeon timed too well into the frame

A flock of pigeons can be seen fluttering, playing around the whole areas and tempt you to capture them in your frames for sure, and i too couldn’t resist the temptation either!

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A flock of pigeons – Beautiful sight

DARIKHANA, an open sided terrace built with marble columns, is now being used as a lovely restaurant for tourists and private parties.

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Incorporating GUL MAHAL is the prestigious main palace the JAG MANDIR. It is a masterpiece of sheer elegance, its tower ,an octagonal in shape, topped with dome shaped, weather proof, cupolas. It encompasses many interconnected residential suites, reception halls and The Zenana -residence of royal ladies chambers, built in great Rajput and Mughal architectural styles!

Also, one cannot fail to mention the beauty of THE KUNWAR PADA ka Mahal, the palace of the Crown Prince, located at the western end of the island.



‘The Palace of The Twelve Stones” or Bara Patharon ka Mahal, situated at the eastern  wing of the main palace is yet another architectural brilliance carved out of twelve marble slabs. It indeed was the highlight of the entire architectural marvel.

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Head to toe immersed in this experience

We really had an amazing time wandering in and around the labyrinth of the island palace; gaping  and gasping  looking at the detailed craftsmanship and enjoying the halo of the royalty. Loitering around we went into the section where a mini museum was built and relics of yesteryears historical importance were kept there to depict the significance of the times immemorial.

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As we toured ever inch of this gorgeous relic , enjoying the scenic galore; capturing moments, we decided to take a breather and check out their restaurants and cafe menus and services as well. A Coffee date amidst the royal gardens seemed the most apt choice to rejuvenate.



The menu was crisp and uncomplicated, not with too many options as well. Good, selective beverages and some cosmopolitan dishes to order. The prices were on the bit expensive side but good for one time experience. As we were not hungry we did not go for the dining services. Though we checked out the details for future references. The five star hotel diner looks warm and cozy with a perfect view to look at. For a fine dining experience, one needs to reserve a table on telephone. The menu comprises of Rajasthani  and international cuisines served in utmost royal regality. A meal for a couple could cost approximately around Rs 5500/-. Food can be best experienced here in the evening as dinner to experience  the fully lit ambience and atmosphere of this Royal heritage at its best with lighting and music though the service is a bit slow. However, to relish the cuisines there are far better places in the town and budget friendly too and this experience can be given a miss on the island.

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Coffee & Unending Conversations

After the much needed break, we set out to, we set out to see one last straw of this island and that is the garden on the eastern side of the island. I fell in love with this portion of the island that had so much beauty, tranquility and grandeur to offer to its visitors and on-lookers.

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Some more Exploring

We started roaming in this beautiful garden and enjoying the breezy scenes the lake provided. One could see at the shore and marvel at yet another royal architectural marvel CITY PALACE from here and a art of the Udaipur town on the shores as well. Also, couldn’t help but gape at the white beauty of the HOTEL LAKE PALACE, Standing tall and graceful in its glory.

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Hotel Lake Palace – A closer view

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AND then amidst all these scene searching, i found my favourite place to perch and click umpteenth pictures. I’m talking about the most talked about marble takht out in the garden, onlooking scenes of lake Pichola and the entire city of Udaipur, such beautifully carved and strategically placed chair.

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Enjoying The Royalty Feels

In yesteryears Maharaja and the Maharani’s of the Mahal ,must have spent a quality time here, amidst serenity and romance.

This chair literally led me to day dream and envision the mystic era gone by.

I Sat on the marble chair to my heart’s content  and soaked in the Royal feels and the beauty around me to last a lifetime .

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The Famous Marble Chair & the view to behold

Have i told you this before….i often feel i’am an OLD WORLD SOUL trapped inside a new day body. The era’s gone by, their lifestyle, thoughts; poetry; architecture; music; mysticism; larger than life caricatures; language have always fascinated me and i feel difficult to disconnect once, in that zone.

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One more pic please…

Anyhow, dusk was slowly  spreading its wings and the whole island was being prepared to be lit for the approaching  night. It was time to take the ferry back to the city of Lakes.Rejuvenated , satiated and at peace we alighted the ferry bidding our adieu to the Island Palace and to enjoy the cool ferry ride across the lake.

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Excited and Happy at the phenominal beginning of the trip and making plans  for the day 2 of the vacay we sailed through.

Want to know how our rest o the trip went? and if you are keen to know my experiences though the rest of the journey! Stay tuned and kee watching this space for more.

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OLIVE is the New Black : Military Fashion Trending

💁‍♀️HOLA Peeps ‼

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‼

Olive is the New BLACK
Around the globe military trends!!

⭕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.

Navy inspired Nautical watch

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 trademarkBelt Forces” fashion, almost a tradition followed till date❗ 

Trademark gentleman military fashion Aviators @Raybans ;Camouflage watch @Swatch

🅰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.

Ceremonial jackets inspired coat ;burnt hues;clean cuts!

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

Athleisure ,camou,nautical military fashion done right!
Gym it up in military style #bootcampvibes .
Wearing @Nike camou print bottom wear & Sports Bra; Sports tee@ Reebok ; Camou Watch ltd edtn .@Swatch

〽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❗

Unisex Military fashion trend
FeminineMilitary Fashion

🅰 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😛.

 

My Militaria !!

☛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.

In love with Military Olive Fashion!

✅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!

Shoot life !!
OLIVE IS THE NEW BLACK!

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.

Going completely bold military

🔴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.

Ankle boots in black with comfy olive Joggers ,perfect for a day out with camera

Go all Militaria

👉Highlight the look with must-have, statement Aviators by 🕶Rayban http://www.rayban.com


Team it up with some tan leather 👜bag and a cool navy inspired ⌚Nautical watch

Elevate the look with statement aviators, tan leather travel bag, nautical watch

A camou or nautical print really goes well with an overall plain, solid olive coordinated outfit.

Raise the rugged, street style quotient by sporting A camou hoodie with overall olives
Camou hoodies, olive joggers and metallic shoes

🅰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!

Net sheer top with sphagetti top from @hm; joggers @nuon

❇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.

Teaming up six pockets or cargo pants with basic print tees and tan boots
Seize the day my friend!

🔰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❗

Pairing olive summer jacket with boyfriend denims and chains and button badges
All the right kinda attitude you need from your outfit! #oliverules

🅰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.

Olive co-ordinates outfit; perfect style statement for a comfy evening out or shopping !!
Im born 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!!

A military green bodycon shift dress, just the one for cocktail or a pub night!! AND EVEN FOR YOUR VALENTINE THIS SEASON!!Outfit @hnm ; Red jacket @ Sassy soda; Boots @ Mochi
Colour block military fashion and be an evening diva! An Ode to theArmagadden this Valentine!!
A casual coffee evening gets better wearing a cool tan pocket dress, styled with a hoodie shrug and comfy shoes!  Instant Hit

🅾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.

Rugged Olive Shirt jacket with floral embroidered patch and buttons!
Olive joggers and embrodered shirt jacket with net rose blush net top @lifestyle

🅰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.

Teaming Different shades of green together to rock the outdoor traveller look. High neck jersey @woodland with Olive joggers@westsidestores and Ankle Boots @woodland; Camou watch @Swatch
Olive Rules!

🔰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 fashion look 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!!

Style statement! Camouflage fashion highlighted eith with white cap, backpack and gloves!

Stay tuned!!!

💃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!! 

💁‍♀️Chao for Now!!

💋Xoxo!!  Vashi/That Pashmina Girl!!


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GET IN THE BOOTH WITH ME ! WONT YOU?! ”PERFUME BOOTH”

💁HELLO EVERYONE!!

Its a well known saying that “You are never completely dressed till the time you wear your FRAGRANCE”.

AND YES

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.


THE SCENT OF A WOMAN

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

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.

PERFUME SELFIE BOX

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:

  1. PERFUME SELFIE some of the names of products are, lurve; sophistique; teaze; cazanova etc
  2. 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.!!!😍

SEVEN IN ONE PERFUME SELFIE BOX

👉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 LURVE has 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.

PERFUME SELFIE CASE

✅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.

LURVE WOMEN

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.

 

LURVE

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.

PERFUME SELFIE STICK

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:

https://www.perfumebooth.com

This brings me to the end of the review for today, my lovelies. Hope you will like what is reviewed and will benefit from it. Keep watching this space for more such informative posts.

KEEP SHOWERING YOUR ♥️LOVE! HAPPY READING!

ITS CHAO FOR NOW! FROM VASHI / THAT PASHMINA GIRL!💁

UNTIL NEXT TIME XOXO!!💋💋

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Fuschia by Vkare


Hola!!

💁I’m back with a blogpost dearies!!

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.

Some face pampering

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

Fuschia Vkare Skin Care Range

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:
.GMP certified
.100% NATURAL
.HANDMADE
.SLS FREE
.PARABEN FREE
.PTHALATES FREE
.CHEMICAL FREE
.CRUELTY FREE
.MADE IN INDIA

1. ARABIAN JASMINE ANTI-AGING NIGHT CREAM

Arabian Jasmine Anti-ageing 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

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

Green Tea Face&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.

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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.

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Pee Buddy Review

💁HEY LOVELIES!

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.

PEE-BUDDY! GIRL’S BEST FRIEND

🤓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 !!?

LURKING FEAR!

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!

WOMEN WOES!! WHILE TRAVELS OR IN PUBLIC PLACES!

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 !!

FEAR OF UTIs AND INFECTIONS, UNHYGIENIC UNFRIENDLY TOILETS!

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 !

STRANDED! AND OPTION-LESS!

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.

A BUDDY, A SAVIOUR!

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.

TRAVEL IN COMFORT AND HYGIENE!

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 .

LETS SAY NO TO DIRTY TOILETS! YES, TO FREEDOM!

FOR ALL YOU LADIES LOOKING TO BUY THESE. THE LINK IS GIVEN HERE:

Go to the website www.peebuddy.in

Also, upon using my unique collaboration code ” PBPASHMINAGIRL” ,

You will get a 5% discount. SO, HURRY! GRAB THE OFFER!!

👆THIS OFFER IS VALID FOR TWO MONTHS FROM NOW!

P.S.  Do check their all female comfort range of products as well. I’m looking forward to reviewing them as well.

AND If you try these, don’t forget to comment and give your feedbacks to both  PASHMINA GIRL + PEE-BUDDY INDIA, on this blog and all  our social media platforms  (Instagram + Facebook + Twitter etc)

Well, that’s a wrap from my side on this blog post! Chao for now!

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MUCH LOVE XOXO!!! THAT PASHMINAGIRL!💁

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Celebrate the Goddess within You

Hi Readers !!

WAITING TO KICK START THE BLOG !

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.

HEY YOU! YES YOU WOMAN !

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.

NO TIME FOR HER!

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.

THE GODDESS IN YOU!!
REVEL IN YOUR DIVINITY

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.

KILLING IT IN SOME TRAVEL READY OOMPH!!
SOME AIRPORT KILLER STYLE STATEMENT MAYBE!!
TRAVEL HOPPING IN STYLE
TOO TRAVEL TIRED TO CHANGE FOR THE NEXT EVENT.?

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!)

BLACK BANGLES & SOME CURLY ENTANGLES
THE EXTRA MILE IN STYLE
SASS IT UP A NOTCH AND PARTY!!
WITH THE INVISBLE WAND,THE CROWN SPREADING SPARKLING DUST AROUND!

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💃🏻OUTFIT DETAILS

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
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So, that’s a wrap on this blog post!
Hope, you liked what i created and the write up as well!
Do 🗣comment and ✍🏿write about your feelings on this one.
I’m waiting to read your valuable suggestions.

CHAO! UNTIL NEXT TIME! 💁XOXO!!

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Wearing my Mother’s Touch

Namastey !!

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.

Saree with a plain magenta raw silk choli/crop-top
Teamed with silver peacock neck piece and lotus jhumkis
Silver lotus jhumkis. Sheer love
And that mole… my heart on my cheek

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.

Saree paired with a quirky, trendy, urban white off-shoulders, bell-sleeved top
Quirky mango print off-shoulder top paired with the Saree
Sealed the look with a silver metallic belt and green satin clutch
Drool-worthy green heels to slay the look

OUTFIT CREDITS:

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

Please drop your comments and suggestions about my post and the styling. It would mean a lot. Let me know if you would like to read more such stories on my blog.

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