Fashion blogging and sensible shopping!

Blogging, Fashion, Look of the Day, thoughts
I feel the time has finally come to start revamping my wardrobe. For the longest time (almost an year) I’ve refrained from buying any new pieces, except for one or two basics here and there which I needed. When I initially started with fashion blogging, I went into a shopping frenzy, buying things that I thought were needed, only to realize later that they were never really ‘investment pieces’. It took a while to get a hang of the whole remixing of clothes business and contrary to the popular belief that style blogging makes people blow off a lot of money and indulge in frequent retail therapy, it had the opposite effect on me. I learnt to make the best use of my existing clothes, by shopping very little (I’ve even tried my hand at designing and making my own clothes). The fact that I maintain my clothes well, and haven’t really changed in size since college days also helps!

Since I had stuffed so many useless pieces into my closet, it rewarded me in the exact same way every time I wanted to dress up in something nice. In-spite of having so many clothes I never found anything appropriate for any occasion. More than half my clothes lay untouched, and the other half felt too boring and repetitive. After many self-imposed shopping bans, ridding my closet of some clothes, sorting the rest and a resolve to repair the damage done, I’ve finally arrived there! I am no longer interested in shopping. For the past two months, I’ve been trying so hard to shop but I don’t seem to find anything interesting. Even if I do, its just an initial rush which dies down in a couple of days.

I guess I am truly happy with what I have already, even if it means re-using and re-styling the same old pieces. In fact that’s more challenging and exciting. This pair of trousers is one such piece that has stayed with me for almost four years and can you believe its non branded? (and it still fits like a glove yes! muhahaha!). But of course shopping is something that we girls can never live without, so I’m still on the lookout for something that will catch my eye and make it to my wishlist. Certainly looking forward to adding some exciting new pieces this year! 🙂

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 Top: Gifted | Belt: From another dress | Shoes: Catwalk | Earrings: GB 

The girl at first avenue on Instagram Part II (@thegirlatfirstavenue)

instagram, Random ramblings, sneak peek
Hello! A quick hi to all those bracing the cold winter weather with the help of hot chocolate and warm layers and to all those melting in the heat. And not to forget the ones stuck in between a.k.a moody can’t-make-up-it’s-mind weather. What a contrast right?

Not to sound like a broken record but time really is flying! I know I keep saying it all throughout the year but I can’t help it! I always seem to be lagging behind on my things-to-do list or maybe I am constantly going on adding to it so it’s like a never ending list. But hey! What can you do when there is so much more to see, learn, explore and do? Just make sure that you get to do what you enjoy and love every single day! 🙂

Globetrotter: Konigssee Lake, Germany

Destiny, Europe, globetrotter, konigsee, Salzburg, Travel
I had a really hard time trying to choose pictures for this post because there were so many and each one is as picturesque as the next one. Honestly it is impossible to choose and since I anyway hate taking such decisions, I went ahead and loaded the post with photos. The more pictures you look at, the more you’ll want to start making holiday plans and that’s exactly my intention! 😉 Because everybody deserves to go to a place like this. A place so silent and so pure that it makes you feel so small and insignificant with its majestic-ness, and at the same time fills you with wonder and a sense of accomplishment. All you have to do is go and look at this place that has formed its own beauty, and although you had no role to play in its formation, the very fact that you are able to see something so wonderful with your own eyes makes you feel, for one teensy moment, that you can achieve anything in the world!

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View from hotel
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Heated indoor pool which we din’t get to use(except as a background for pics)

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Literally translated as the “King’s Lake”, Konigssee is the cleanest lake in entire Germany, and its easy to see why. Only electric powered passenger boats, rowing boats and pedal boats are allowed in the lake. Either that or you could hike your way forward. One of the best things about this place is the silence. It’s rare for such a huge tourist attraction to be so peaceful and silent. The view of the lake, the mountains, and the stillness of the water automatically makes you just sit back and stare…. at everything. One way or the other they’ll make sure you are a well behaved crowd. They are Germans after all! Sticklers for rules. The guide on the boat speaks only German and blatantly refuses a kind request to explain at least a few of his points in English. You ask for a few words of English and he looks at you like you demanded his kidney! A yellow line on the dock that says ‘Do not cross’ strictly means DO NOT CROSS. A concept that we Indians simply can’t wrap our head around. So if you decide to take just one tiny step forward to peep under the bridge and look at those cute ducklings – bad idea. Angry Germans are worse than rude Germans. You’ll get the filthiest look that they reserve specially for dark skinned people. They are not big on welcoming foreigners. That’s something they can’t wrap their head around.

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Just look at that water!!!

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Pirate attack!!

There are two stops along the lake – St Bartholoma and Salet. To reach Salet, over the 8km stretch of the lake it takes about one and quarter hours. A 10 to 15 minute walk from Salet and you reach a smaller lake, the Obersee. If it’s possible to describe a hike as ‘cute’ that’s probably the word I’d use! Everything from the path, to the little restaurant mid-way, to the ducks that keep giving you company along the way, the fresh mountain water streams that you have to keep crossing over (straight out of an Enid Blyton novel!) is just picture perfect and adorable!

At the end of your little walk you reach a much smaller lake, almost hidden in the valley, with water so still that it seems to reflect everything around it. It doesn’t look real. Almost feels like its a set up where someone has planted perfectly symmetrical trees and painted a reflection that is too still to feel real. I don’t think our chaotic minds are used to such stillness. It didn’t come as a surprise that the instinctive reaction of most people over there was to throw a rock or pebble into the still waters just to see the ripples.

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Reflections

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Such pretty balconies!

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A few days of exploring got me convinced that I need to go back here not once but as many times as possible in a lifetime. How great would it be to just pack up and leave one fine day and just keep going, keep exploring and getting inspired? Some day! Until then, dream, dream, dream and make it happen!

Koovs zippered skirt

Fashion, Humour, Look of the Day, Musings
We are already one month into the new year! This Jan I started working towards putting together a collection of my paintings. After having done just two last year, I decided would have to dedicate more time towards art/painting this year if I am to call myself an artist. Holding a brush every six months will not do anymore! Also got to watch a movie after months. There are movies that you walk out of feeling all warm and fuzzy on the inside and there are those that leave you lost in thought about whatthehellamIdoingwithmylife?!? Then there are those that you walk out of looking like you were cloberred on the head with a giant fly swatter or worse – wishing that you were clobbered, coz anything would feel better than what you sat through for the past two hours. That is One by Two for you. There is absolutely no sense or logic to anything that goes on in the movie. It was so bad I couldn’t even fall asleep.

Adding to the already no-sleep situation is another problem. It starts in the morning, every morning, early morning. First come the shrill shouts of this lady ‘To the right, no I said RIGHT! Now, jump jump jump!’. She could any-day surpass a drill sergeant making you half-wonder if you sleep walked and joined the military and salute in your sleep just by the sound of her voice. Then comes the loud blaring music of ‘Disco deewaneeee’. And then someone starts crying. All this from a play school rehearsing for their annual function. Kids brawling and music blaring – who needs an alarm clock? I guess I should take a page from Abhay Deol’s (movie) book and start strumming my guitar to ‘I’m just pakaoed!’ All speakers pointing in their direction mind you!

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Skirt: Koovs.com | Top:FabAlley | Necklace: crunchyfashion.com  | Shoes: Catwalk