BE YOUR OWN COMPLETE!!!!! CHOOSE TO BE YOU!!

HOLA READERS!

 

Its been a really long time that i blogged about  heart renderings and mind ramblings. So, in order to cleanse my mind and pour my heart, here’s a post that will be a much needed catharsis for myself and hopefully, a good read for you.

There are days when you wake up to a smiling, happy, busy day ahead and there are days when there is a coldness in the air, like a foreboding silence lurking; yet there will be days you wake up with time in your hand to sit back and stare at the sun, some good music playing and lot of time to introspect.

No two days are similar; SAME GOES WITH OUR LIFE , we go through phases in our life, different all, of those different from each other. And what do we do, we always try to beat ourselves in trying to bring all phases of our lives to the best one we had.

I often sit back and think about how  people and relations around me think and work. I always find most of my girl pals especially, giving their own selves a very hard time constantly muling over how they looked in past and how they are not their best self now.

Reminiscising the past and the whole nostalgia vibe does give you a proud,mushy ,warm feeling ,and we often like to seek comfort and revel in how we looked in the past . While some of us draw inspiration from our own looks,fitness levels,youthful, glowing skin in the past  and try to maintain ourselves,some of us beat ourselves and make it a reason of our unhappiness,stress,lack of confidence and depression.

Many a times we compete with people and trends around and put ourselves under much strain.And if any space in self bashing is  left, much chagrin is added by our so called friends,acquaintances and relations.

YES, isn’t it true? Don’t we all know someone or the other who  sometimes very gently ,sometimes sarcastically and yet another times to generate much humour  slide in remarks  about our age, height, weight, boniness,shape, bachelorhood, motherhood,nerdy looks and what not etc  that often render us speechless or tongue -tied ;and sometimes with a twitch in our heart and ;sometimes deeply  wounded BUT AT  ALL TIMES SELF-CONSCIOUS!

 

I have often seen people around me,  many a times,completely ignoring to  acknowledge  the commendable work done or achievements but would make it a point to specially take time out  to reach out and point out any signs of weakness, faltering or failures if any. .This often raises a question.WOULD WE EVER BE ENOUGH!! Someone amongst  us would always be too skinny or weak and plastic; someone too fair or made -up , someone too dark ;too short- heighted or tall; too fat hence,a glutton or a slag ;slut shamed to be single or flirty or  even a gold- digger and so on.

WOULD I BE EVER ENOUGH!!!!!

I am suddenly reminded of one such instance when once grocery shopping in the market i happened to come across a long lost friend,upon looking at her i literally ran towards her with sheer joy to give her a bear hug but was rather welcomed by quite a judgey remark about how i looked and was admonished at not fulfilling my duty of planning motherhood and still enjoying life like a newly wed!!! ……. For few seconds i was dumbstruck and caught in a tight corner. A very small incident and a casual matter if you see,but had this occured some time before it would have probably caused me much pain,anger and the feel to retaliate,   ending up wounded ,sulking or withdrawn.BUT NOT ANYMORE .

I laughed it out and turned the conversation to a whole new side as it didn’t really matter .IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT OTHERS THINK OF YOU,YOUR LOOKS ,YOUR LIFE CHOICES ,YOUR DECISIONS!! AS ITS YOUR JOURNEY AND NOT ANY ONE ELSE’S.

We must  remember that we evolve each passing moment of our life sometimes for the good,and  ahead a few steps than before and yet some days we see ourselves  relegating backwards, not progressing rather , regressing.

ITS OK TO BE NOT OK or, in your best frame always,Its OK to be pushed back a few steps.ITS LIFE  NOT A RACE.

ITS OK TO BE NOT OK SOMETIMES…..

There are gazillion of us mere mortals in this world ,each one has descended on this Earth with one life,one purpose, a greater reason to be on this place.Each one of us born with our own perspective and ideologies in this society .Can we make each one happy??Can we fit into every mold or frame  construed by this society?? Do we need to??

NO! WE DON’T . WE CAN’T! There comes a point in life where each one needs to ask ourselves these  questions. We are not born to a lifetime of trying to fit into definitions conceived by others for us. We need to break the definitions. Anything and everything that starts burdening our existence and our soul doesn’t want to bend to,needs to be stood against.ALL TABOOS AND STEREOTYPES made by others need to be  vanquished.

And to do  that my fellow friends we need to embrace,caress,love and protect our own real self first.We must see the good in us at all times; We must count on and trust  our instincts at all times; if we only won’t ,then who else will?!

Admire our  own  idiosyncracies,  our oddness ,our little crazy selves ; our own flaws ( if at all we want to call them that),WELL, THAT’s what makes us our own special selves.

We need to understand what makes us truly happy,what kindles our soul and ignites our mind.And that my dearies would be our true calling.We can’t force ourselves to do what our peers are doing ,if that doesn’t interest` us; we can’t dress up or behave like our siblings because that put-up act or facade won’t last for long and would be a sham.Its sometimes really scary to be different or not fit in, but definitely worth your life and your comfort.YOU CAN’T BE SOMEONE YOU ARE NOT,FOR LONG.

 

We can’t  allow anyone and everyone to affect us in any way that shakes our faith and love in our own real self. Not fitting into the stereotypes of how one should be, or how one’s suppose to lead one’s life be it, in terms of BEAUTY,FASHION,BODY TYPE,LOOKS, STATUS,CAREER,MARRIAGE OR MOTHERHOOD. We can’t allow judgements to affect us to a point that hamper or alter our course of chosen life.

FALL IN LOVE WITH YOURSELF; WIPE YOUR OWN TEARS;LAUGH AT YOUR OWN SILLINESS;  BE YOUR OWN COMPLETE!!!!

The above mentioned line,once upon a time struck a cord within me and has stuck with  my soul ever since.I HOPE IT REACHES OUT TO YOU THE SAME WAY AND HEALS WOUNDS IF ANY,UNTIES KNOTS IF ANY ,RENDERS YOU FREE OF SHACKLES IF ANY….AND INSPIRES YOU ANYHOW.

BE YOUR OWN COMPLETE !!

We must feel free to dream; free to fly.Also,learn to let go of our dreams.Be anything and nothing at all!!

Wear what you please, travel;dress up; be raunchy or geeky; foodie or a fitness freak; speak up ,be brash or quiet or moody; fall in love with the same person again and again or fall in love with different;read or not; gaze at stars or be   a hopeless romantic Flaunt your curves and take pride in your bony structureBe raw, be polished; BE YOU. Choose to be you.You are a work of art in itself. You live,therefore,you Exist.

JUST LIBERATE ,liberate yourself from the vulnerability of getting hurt and conscious of the judgements and harsh criticisms.The  day you will realize it no more matters what they think of or,expect out of you.The day you don’t feel the need to be defined anymore.

FLAUNT YOUR CURVES OR BONINESS; BE NERDY OR A SENSUAL LASS…REVEL IN YOUR GLORY

On a personal front i feel that i have as a person finally come of age now..I have come to love and respect who i am and who i have come to be.I am more accepting of myself than ever before; more comfortable in my own skin.No more do i feel the need to validate  my actions ,no more do i care of opinions about me .In the ever changing  myriad of Life;LOVE STRUCK, A DEVOTIONAL ,ENLIGHTENING,LIBERATING  KIND OF LOVE  ,I FOUND MY CONSTANT IN MY SELF.  I   consciously  choose to eliminate toxicity  in any form or manner from my life.As we progress in age,life and maturity ,we no more feel the need to be surrounded by a huge group of peers or be a part of happening   crowds as comfort,reality and loyalty preceeds  validation and you find yourself with less but valuable companionships that know you inside out and are all accepting of you and love you just the incredible special way you are.SUCH RELATIONS ARE FOR KEEPS.

BE RAW,BE POLISHED,CHOOSE TO BE YOU !!

While i talk about how if we embrace ourselves the way we are  and shower some SELF-LOVE on to our special being, none of this matters,YET A WORD OR TWO TO OUR VERY CONCERNED ,CARING WELL WISHERS… with my hands folded,thank you  so much for your love and concern  but there is always a better and more polite way of trespassing  someone’s personal space. And if at all you may, or are genuinely concerned.PLEASE keep in mind your one question,judgement,taunt or tease can cost someone dearly their life,their confidence or self -esteem,as you can’t even begin to imagine or fathom how they have reached to the point where they are.A moment of your casual remarks can stay in someone’s psyche and scar them for life.

 

I CHOOSE TO BASK IN GLORY OF MYSELF,EACH DAY , EACH MINUTE.

I CHOOSE TO BE MY OWN ,BEFORE I AM OF THIS WORLD OR ANYONE ELSE’S.

 

BE YOUR OWN GUIDING LIGHT!!!

On this note ,i intend to rest my pen and my thoughts.This piece is a heart pour as much cathartic for self as it is written for my darling readers to connect  and send positive vibes to.I hope anyone and everyone if at all ,going through any lows in life.LETS BE EACH OTHER’S GUIDING LIGHT. AND HEY, REMEMBER TO BE YOUR OWN COMPLETE COZ ,THEY DON’T MATTER.

UNTIL NEXT TIME CHAO !! STAY POSITIVE! REVEL IN SELF LOVE!

BUT MOST OF ALL BE THANKFUL  FOR A HUMAN LIFE AND BE HUMANE TO OTHERS!!

ITS VASHI / THAT Pashmina Girl signing off!!!

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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!

I WILL BE EAGERLY WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU IN THE COMMENT SECTIONS. DON’T FORGET TO LIKE, SUBSCRIBE, SHARE AND COMMENT!!

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

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