Spruce up your wardrobe!

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I think it has finally been deeply ingrained in all our brains that, to have a functional wardrobe you need to have your basics covered. The basic skinny jeans, a white shirt, a pair of classic black pumps and etc. etc. A lot of blog posts and articles have covered this topic so thoroughly that I don’t think there is anything else left to add. But I do have something to say about how to spruce up your closet by adding a few funky pieces. There is no ‘set list’ of statement pieces to have because, well, they are statement pieces! Each unique to it’s own self – be it an accessory or clothes or shoes. There are no rules except to go wild, to go for the unexpected, to experiment and to simply have fun by including one-of-a-kind pieces that take your basics to the next level! Over the years I’ve collected a few of such pieces that never fail to make a statement. This list is a compilation of my personal favorites from my wardrobe. Hopefully it inspires you to buy something the next time you spot a piece that makes you do a double take!

Laptop sleeve that doubles as a statement clutch:
This laptop sleeve has always been a conversation starter. Whether I use it to carry my laptop to client meetings or as an over sized clutch to accessorize an outfit, I’ve always been asked where I’ve purchased it. Personally I love it because it has been customized to include my blog’s name and a piece of art that I really love!

Body chain:
Body chains are a great way of accessorizing an outfit. With the innumerable number of designs available, its almost impossible to narrow down on which one you want. Start with something a little simple. One that can be worn over western wear as well as traditional outfits. One of my favorite ways of pairing it is with a saree. Yes! Just like you wear fancy waist belts (or vaddanams) on sarees, a body chain can also be worn for a really different look. You can then go for shoulder chains too which would look great when paired with a plain saree.

Green harem pants:
In the past few years I have seen about ten different varieties of harem pants but have not liked a single pair except this one. I don’t think I get the concept of a harem pant. Where would you wear it? Personally the drop crotch version is something that I strongly dislike and I don’t think it look flattering on anyone. The only pair that I find comfortable and have worn to death is this bright green pair. Whether its paired with a kurti or a tshirt it never fails to live up to its promise of comfort and style!

Hand made shell necklace:
This particular piece was a special buy, a hand made necklace by an artisan in the tiny town of Mahabhalipuram. The shells, the little mirror and the bright colors instantly made me buy it. Its not a ‘statement necklace’ but it still is a unique piece, one that you don’t get to see often. And definitely not in any high end accessory stores. Hand crafted items have their own personality, their own story. Whether they have a sentimental value of your first trip away from home, or memories of an early morning trip to a far off beach – they are definitely for keeps!

Inkkas shoes:
Okay so by now you must be knowing that I have a thing for anything hand-made and eclectic. When I was first sent this pair of Inkkas shoes, I was blown over. Made from local materials found in a city called Cusco in Peru, Inkkas’s philosophy has always been philanthropy and authenticity. Inkkas is a team of dreamers and their story of how they founded this company is something everyone needs to watch

How To: Turn a t-shirt into a cardigan

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I’m the kind of person who always wants to ‘thrown on something’ over a t-shirt. A lightweight denim/chambray shirt or a plaid shirt or a cardigan are my three most favorite options to wear over a t-shirt or a dress.

Since I have a ton of old t-shirts lying around, I decided to turn one into a cardigan for casual use. This is one of the most easiest DIY and hardly takes you ten minutes. Also, the options here are endless. I chose a plain v-neck tee in a very thin, soft material (bought in Marks & Spencers ages ago).  If you have any t-shirts in a thick sweater material that you hardly use because it’s too warm to layer with anything else, it would make a great cardigan for layering! 

You can choose a striped tee or a printed one too. Or you could choose a plain one like me and add your own designs over it. You can add embellishments, studs or spikes, patchwork pockets, brooches, or simply paint/write over it with fabric markers! Like I said the options are endless. But let’s get started with the basics: 

What you need

Draw a straight line from the center of the t-shirt neck, all the way to the bottom

Cut across the line to ‘open up’ the t-shirt

Fold the edge over about 1/4th inch and hem the edge with a thread and needle

Iron the edges to make them flat and you are good to go!

Monochrome in Indian

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A long break from the blog was just what I needed to come back refreshed and full of ideas! Creativity cannot be forced, no matter how artistic or creative you are as a person. After struggling to get out of a rut that I’d somehow gotten myself into, I finally feel recharged enough to take up new projects and brainstorm new ideas.

With Diwali soon approaching, I felt the urge to infuse a bit of traditional Indian fashion into my outfit. I’ve always been fascinated by Indian clothing and have worn it countless times on the blog. Monochrome will always remain a favorite classic trend for days to come, so I decided to incorporate the ever popular black and white with a pop of color into my Indian outfit. A simple white kurti, black leggings and a 20 year old tie and dyed bright pink dupatta with gold detailing (that was dug up from my mom’s closet) made up my outfit for the day. We were staying at the Bella Vista Resort in Mahabaleshwar, which was a treat to all my senses. Clean, green and spacious – it was a pleasure to soak in the beauty of the surrounding mountains and landscape at this place. I had clearly underestimated this little town prior to this!

The resort provided a perfect backdrop for my understated, no-makeup, no-hassle traditional look. But it wasn’t until I visited the charming little Krishna temple that I realized I simply had to click a few pictures against the rustic, stone pillars. For me a temple doesn’t necessarily have to be a religious place but rather any place where I can feel at peace with myself. And in the midst of mountains, following a trail through a forest, with tricking streams of water, in a rustic stone structure, with moss covered walls, that almost looked abandoned – that’s exactly what I found.

Kurti and leggings: Max Fashions | Earrings and bracelet: FC road (Pune) | Dupatta: Old
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Monsoon Madness

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Photoshoots during the monsoon are all about how fast you can manage to get a few decent pictures during the 5min rain-free time that the rain gods decide to give you. It’s all about rushing out, hoping the lighting is good enough to not make your pictures hazy, clicking a few shots and praying that the slight drizzle that started has not gotten onto your camera lens. And I must say I’ve become a pro at this. Shoots that used to take half an hour are now finished in exactly 5min. Outfits are mentally planned and stored in imaginary files in my head. In fact a whole file system has been dedicatedly developed and arranged for what clothes to wear and when, based on weather, color, newest-addition-to-wardrobe or dug-up-from-farthest-corner-of-wardrobe and a whole lot of other factors (all in my head). So dressing up is a two minute job. More so because I’ve started to completely ignore doing up my hair during the monsoon. Humidity and frizzy hair are bffs. And I have given up trying to tame my hair and instead started embracing the wavy, frizzy and voluminous look that comes with it. Why waste a whole lot of time and hair products just to have it go back to the same state in a couple of hours? If beach waves are a thing, then I insist that frizzy-monsoon-hair be a thing too. Only fair right?

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Skirt: Buy here | earrings: Buy here | Shirt: Buy here  | Belt: Gifted | Shoes: Catwalk
This bright maroon skirt from oasap.com has become my go-to outfit for most days. Now I’m always wary about buying from online stores that offer wholesale or mass produced products. When something is dirt cheap you automatically start doubting it’s quality. And when so many of these Chinese online stores started cropping up, I was even more sure that I din’t want to ever buy from them. But oasap has surprised me not once or twice but quite a few times. Their product quality is surprisingly as good as their prices and variety! *win-win*

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Royal Desires

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Desire…

For ticket stubs collected from every train ride taken and the sound of waves splashing while you slept on a boat. For a sunset so beautiful that you forget to take a picture and a rain drenched walk ‘coz you missed your ride. For journeys taken alone with just your thoughts for company and hot mugs of tea made in your tent. For the feel of the soft river bed sand between your toes and a hoarse voice from shouting over thunderous waterfalls.

For local cuisines and the smell of a spice market. For a bird’s eye view from a helicopter ride and a crawl through a tunnel to lost cities. For a roof top seating to watch the fireworks and a soaked shirt from a water balloon fight. For clothes full of sand from the desert safari and a slightly burnt marshmallow from last night’s bonfire.

For wind blown hair that’s enjoyed a water scooter ride and tired feet that have reached the splendid view on top. For damp, humid weather that comes with exotic tropical islands and insect bites that tell tales of your travels in the rain forests. For salt on your skin from sailing all day and tanned arms from never leaving the beach. For crowded dorms on your backpacking tour to polaroid pictures of the strangers who became friends.

For a road less travelled, a soul more thrilled. A wandering heart’s desire fulfilled.

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Jumpsuit: AND by Anita Dongre | Charm bracelet: fourseven.in | Shoes: donebynone.com

If you are wondering what has inspired the write-up above, it is this movie/documentary about a girl who takes a solo trip around the world on her sail boat. MUST watch for anyone with a wandering heart that simply wants to see the entire world and never stays put in one place!

p.s – Sometimes an all black outfit with absolutely no color is just what you need!

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Evening soiree

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One of the best things about blogging is the insane number of talented people that you come across. Even though we are all just fashion bloggers on the surface, everybody is good at a minimum of two things or more. Writing, styling, designing, DIY’s… the list is just endless! Inspiration hits you from every angle and appreciation floods every sense of yours. It’s a feeling that you can understand if and only if you are part of the blogging community. The way you connect and click with total strangers over common grounds is fascinating and thrilling. Art of every form requires appreciation and only a true artist will whole heartedly applaud art without any form of competitiveness or jealousy. Because art cannot be defined. It is not owned by any single person nor can it be replicated by every other person. It is something unique to each individual, which makes it personal and universal at the same time.

As you can see I am in one of those ‘profound’ moods today, so before you decide to close this little window, we shall move on to the outfit (which was what I was trying to get at with my first sentence, and then I rambled on). The dress is by my blogger buddy Agam from Trimmings and Lace (remember her guest post here?) It’s a really pretty, delicate little thing in a pleasant pastel yellow. It’s part of her Trimmings and Lace collection, and the best part is, you specify whatever specific changes/alterations you want and she’ll have it ready even better than the mental picture in your head. Customizable to the T! What more can a girl ask for right? The color of the dress and the almost-tea-length length of it reminded me of an evening soiree – good food, good music and great conversations. I could use an evening like that!

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Dress: TrimmingsAndLace | Shoes: DoneByNone | Bag: c/o AddOns | Earrings: persunmall.com

Different strokes

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“I dream my painting and I paint my dream” – Vincent van Gogh

A quick post for those who have been asking! Making up for last year’s absence of paintings, I picked up the brush with a whole lot of hope this time. This might be a repeat for those of who are already on my facebook list, but for the others who haven’t yet had a peek at these paintings, here are a few of my all time favorites.

The first three are quite recent and the last two are old ones, although they still remain my favorite! Hope you like them 🙂

p.s – I am now taking orders. If anyone is interested shoot a mail at thegirlatfirstavenue@gmail.com

Black and white

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It’s funny how sometimes the most mundane and unexpected things make such pretty accessories. This pink bow belt is actually a tie which I found in my sister’s husband’s closet. A slim pink tie which I have no idea why he had in the first place! I grabbed it for myself and have been using it as a belt ever since. Inspiration is all around us and ideas are waiting to burst from the ordinary, the plain and the boring. It just takes a new pair of eyes and a little curiosity to discover them.

On a different note, by May I will be completing another year of fashion blogging and I feel so happy to still be doing something that I love, that keeps my creativity engaged (and contributes to my wallet!). When I look at people around me constantly cribbing about lack of time to pursue their passion, I am overcome with a sense of overwhelming gratitude that I have the time, inclination and resources to do whatever I want, whatever I love. The busiest man always has the time for everything. If you have the inclination, you will somehow find a way to do what you love, although I believe that  timing too, has an essential part to play. Be it painting or blogging or writing, I am able to do what I love every single day, and it’s a great feeling!

I see so many of my friends get inspired and start something, only to lose heart and stop mid-way. Most cases that I see are due to pure laziness and procrastination, and nothing major. And as expected, they regret it, start again and the same cycle continues. Not many are blessed with a second opportunity, so I urge every single person reading this – if you have something that you are extremely passionate about, if that is something you dream and think about day and night, make time for it! Because that’s one regret no one should never have.

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Skirt: Gift from sis (from UK) | Top: Splash | Shoes: Steve madden | Earrings: c/o persunmall.com | Belt: Tie worn as belt

First Avenue Style #2: The Maxi skirt

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Black. The color of darkness. The color of fear. The color that makes you envision something sinister and evil. A black heart, ruthless and unforgiving. Black magic, ominous and threatening. Black death, deadly and horrific. The Black wind, mysterious and possessing.

Black. The color of a freshly wiped black board on a new school day. A black stallion, powerful and majestic. Long black hair, smooth, shiny and beautiful. Black diamonds, rare, exquisite and expensive. Black night sky, velvety and mesmerizing. A sleek black car, empowering and classic. A little black dress, elegant and graceful.

Black, the paradox color. The color of evil and pride. The color of rejection and resourcefulness.
Blackmail. Black-belt
Black sheep. Black coffee.

The color of power, of control. The color of the hidden, the secretive and the unknown. The barrier, hiding feelings, building walls, shrouding everything that it surrounds that it all seems to vanish into shadows. Black, authoritative and uptight. The color of self-control and confidence. The color of independence and strong will. Black, conventional and conservative; sophisticated and dignified. Black, the intriguing temptress.

Black the end. The end becomes a beginning. Black, a new beginning.

One color. Two sides. The good, the bad. So the same applies to people, yes?

Skirt: FirstAvenueStyle(self-designed) | Top: (I don’t remember?!?) | Shoes: c/o Done by None
I’ve been wanting a blue maxi skirt for so long but as always, all my attempts at searching for one proved to be futile. It was never the right shade or the right price so I decided to just make one myself and get it over with! And I absolutely love the result! A word of caution about these shoes. I love them, the color, the design, everything but it has the most uncomfortably designed strap. It could be that its just this piece that is faulty or maybe this design. This is just my second wear and with every five steps that I take (literally exactly five steps), it snaps off and I need to stop and buckle it again. Extremely annoying to do that. And the strap has already started fraying at the edges. Another couple of wears and I can see it coming off completely. So a word of caution for anyone wanting to purchase these. Like I said the design is really bad so I’ll probably get it changed to a regular old buckle because other than that they are super comfy and cute. Done by None has really some really trendy and innovative designs but definitely need to improve on their quality!
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First Avenue Style: Printed Skirt

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Dreadful internet connection problems , rain playing havoc and spoiling outfit shoots, bad lighting conditions, and when all is well and perfect – a missing photographer. Is there no end to this fashion girl’s problems? *insert heavy dramatic voice* Why? Why? Why? Sadly I have no answer. In-spite of these major problems of this major drama queen, we shall battle on,  and not give up. Next time, I don’t care if I get drenched in the downpour or blown away in the wind – when I want me some photos, am gonna get me some. Period.

Now that my little rant is over, these are the few pics that I could manage to salvage. We were checking the lighting, location and going about all the ‘pre-shoot’ work before the rain came down. So these are the only pics I have as of now. I was too excited to show off my self-designed skirt to wait another week for a proper photo shoot, so here goes! Trust me when I tell you that it is hard to shop for clothes when you have long legs. Skirts and shorts end up being shorter than what you expected or what you saw on the model. Minis become micro minis, middies become knee length and long flowl-y skirt become awkward length skirts :/  Anyway, like all things I design and create, first and foremost I need to name it (major OCD). So in case you still haven’t understood what First Avenue Style (FAS in short) means, its self-designed 😉

Keeping it short for now, hope you like it!  🙂

Skirt: FirstAvenueStyle (self-designed) | Top: Local boutique | Bracelets&Ring: Accessorize | 
Belt: Gifted | Shoes: c/o Done by None

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