Shorts for Summer!

Fashion, indian fashion blog, myntra, shopping, sponsored post, summer, wishlist
Shorts and skirts have always been synonymous with summer. They are comfortable, cute, airy, makes it so much easier to ride a bike, sit, stand, run and do absolutely anything inspite of the heat. Also you get to show off a gorgeous summer tan from your most recent beach vacation.  As the temperature gets soaring higher and higher, I have started packing away my jeans and trousers and replacing them with printed shorts, lace shorts, denim and so on! From the time Myntra has launched their shopping app, I haven’t been able to resist browsing through all their summer collections every day.

Style has always been a way to tell the world who you are without having to speak. I always believe that any outfit you wear is an extension of your personality. For someone like me who relies heavily on visual stimulation, playing dress up everyday according to my mood is the best way to project how I am feeling. If someone had to look at my pictures and put my style under a category they would say its simple, casual and experimental. Those words pretty much sum up my personality as well!

Come summer, I tend to go the same route again – casual, simple and experimental. A lot of people restrict their options for styling just because they think certain types of clothes have been stereotyped for certain types of personalities. You can look simple and elegant whether you are wearing a full-sleeved dress or hot pants or a backless blouse and saree. It all depends on how you style and carry the outfit. Similarly you don’t need mile long legs to wear shorts and look good in them. You just need to pick the right style for your body type and wear them like you own them (not the other way around!)

Myntra has stocked up on more than 2000 styles of shorts and skirts on their app for you to explore. Here are some of my favorite picks and how you can style them for different occasions! 

 Active shorts from Only: Summer is no excuse to skip on your workout. Yes, the heat and the sweat might make the thought of walking away from your air conditioned bedroom unbearable, but that’s the reason you have cute options like these right? Priced at Rs.747/- there’s nothing like a bright cheery pair of workout shorts to get you moving and grooving. Plus you need to have those legs ready to flaunt them all summer!

Printed black shorts from Tokyo Talkies: They’ve got some really good options in both plain and printed shorts. The plain ones can easily be paired with a bright tee and maybe a blazer if it’s not too hot. I’ve always been a fan of printed shorts, and these black ones are a steal at just Rs.524/-

White lace shorts from Only: You can’t do summer without at least one option of white. With a pretty lace hem, these can be dressed up with a summery top, fancy flats and a pair of sunglasses for an evening dinner. Only has always been one brand that’s up-to date on the latest trends and they have some really good pieces for the summer. This pretty number is priced at Rs.2495/-

Blue and white skort from Belle fille: This brand is a new discovery of mine. And I have just one word to say about their collection – amazing! I literally couldn’t choose which ones I liked more. The options are endless, for every occasion, mood and body-type. The blue and white skort was something that attracted me instantly. The stripes make it look all the more cuter and this can be style in many different ways. Priced at Rs.1079/- it’s totally worth it!

High waist printed shorts from Belle fille: For a slightly bohemian look, this pair of high-waisted shorts priced at Rs.1079/- would be a perfect pick. Whether you pair it with a crop top or a long, loose white shirt half tucked in, it won’t fail to make a statement. Belle fille is one brand with endless options specially if you are looking to update your summer wardrobe with plenty of shorts!

Denim shorts from Only: Your shorts collection can never be complete without a pair of well worn denim shorts. When in doubt, always go back to classics. Invest in a well fitted pair of denim cut-offs, and you are set for almost any occasion!  This pair is priced at Rs.2295/-

If you are still looking for options and inspiration, have a look at the below video on ideas for how to style your skirts & shorts for this summer! 


Garnier #TwiceAsNice

collaboration, Fashion, garnier, indian fashion blog, Look of the Day
The first time I had used Garnier was when they came up with the Love Long hair range of shampoo & conditioner with a new formula, sometime last year. Until then it wasn’t really a brand that I had paid much attention to. Although I tend to keep changing my hair products every few months, I used Garnier constantly for almost six months or so. I was never much into beauty products but with the launch of Garnier’s new Summer cleansing skin care routine, I decided to give one my favorite brands a try again. I have combination skin and it’s a nightmare to manage it all through the year. It’s moody and I can almost never get it to behave properly. Recently Garnier had come up with an interesting challenge for their new launch, where you could team up with your blogger buddy to create looks based on the theme TwiceAsNice.

One of the best aspects of blogging is the chance to connect with like minded people and fellow bloggers. For the longest time Rohita from My Faded Denim and I had been planning to meet up and collaborate.  When she contacted me regarding this I jumped at the chance of doing something interesting with the concept. After a lot of messages back and forth over a period of two weeks, we finally decided to embrace the ever popular summer trend of crop tops and slouchy trousers. Although, because of time constraints and other personal commitments we couldn’t manage to shoot together, we did manage to put together looks that complemented the theme perfectly!

I love using scrubs during the summer! I usually use a lot of home made scrubs as my skin tends to get dehydrated very quickly due to the dryness and heat.
Garnier Neem Pure Active facewash: This was so refreshing to use and so light on the skin. The consistency is very gel like and tt cleanses like a dream and I’ve been using it regularly!

Garnier Apricot exfoliating scrub: This feels quite soft and even. Exfoliates well and is not harsh on the skin (which is a must for me!). Although the smell is yummy, it’s does get a bit too strong for my taste.

 

Trousers, Crop top, necklace – myntra.com | Shoes: Max fashion

Check out the post on Rohita’s blog as well here!

Shop through an app!

Fashion, indian fashion blog, myntra, online shopping, sponsored post
My day typically starts with my phone and ends with my phone. Whether it’s for a quick check for new emails, a browse through instagram or facebook, or reading the news and interesting articles while having breakfast – I don’t think I can live a second without my phone. I use it for everything right from replying to mails, chalking out to-do lists, scheduling meetings, scanning documents, browsing videos, being up-to-date with all my social media accounts and last but not the least – shopping!

As a blogger, my work schedule can sometimes get crazy with no time to sit and breathe. There are days when I am at an early morning shoot, followed by a quick breakfast, rushing to meetings, making calls while in the car, planning the next shoot, jotting down ideas for posts – all while I am on the go. Needless to say, shopping happens when I am on the go as well. I like to keep myself up-to date on what’s new and what’s on sale on my favorite shopping sites. You never know when I might need to source something for the next shoot or when I might spot something that I love on sale or when I might come across something so quirky that it instantly gives me an idea for the next shoot.
With more and more retail stores like Myntra coming up with exclusive apps for shopping, the need to open your laptop keeps decreasing day by day.

Access from anywhere, anytime
Like I said, my whole professional and personal life is run from my mobile (sounds dramatic I know, but it’s true to an extent!). I need to be connected 24×7, and there are many instances where the thin line between using social media for recreation and for work keeps getting blurred. Spending additional time on my laptop is something that I try to avoid, more so because my shopping urges tend to hit me at the most unexpected times – while in the car, when eating at a restaurant, or when am simply too lazy to walk three feet and get my laptop while am on the bed. Why go to all that trouble when I can shop from the comforts of an app, from literally anywhere!

Stay logged in all the time and faster checkout
Shopping through an app is definitely way faster than trying to browse through your laptop. Just one click to access the store, another couple of clicks to select your products and you pay in an instant. Personally I hate logging in to my account each time, and since I have too many accounts to even remember them in the first place, this works for me! Instead of typing in every mail id that I could have possibly registered with, or trying to generate a new password every time, I can actually breeze through the checkout process in a matter of minutes.

App-only discounts and offers
I am a huge discount shopper, and am always on the lookout for coupons and deals while shopping. Apps like Myntra usually provide exclusive discount coupons which are not available anywhere else. So there’s your chance to snag that dress you’ve been eyeing for so long or a pair of heels that you’ve secretly been hoping will go on sale so that you don’t have to break your account over them.

Sharing is easy
Social media, email, and instant messaging – with an app for everything on your mobile, sharing your finds with friends and family (or your readers if you are a blogger!) is so easy. Each time I find something that I like, or I put together a look with products from a website that I feel might inspire someone; I tend to share it on my social media channels, sharing is caring after all!

With the ease of shopping through an app and the convenience of selecting any product that you want, app shopping (yes I just made up that word) is here to stay!

Bloom

Coffee, Fashion, Look of the Day
Orange has never been one of my favorite colors, rather it’s been one of those ‘ignored’ colors for some reason. But with each progressing day of summer I’m turning to shades of orange, coral, peach more and more. I know people always say white is the color of summer but, for me, bright has always been the color for spring and summer. This orange high-lo dress has been waiting to make it’s debut at a possible beach side summer vacation, but seeing that as usual, my vacation plans have been postponed, I decided to wear it already. I am currently obsessed with pairing dresses, slit dresses, t-shirt dresses etc. with jeans, and I went with the same style for a coffee date! I know that at any time of the year and day I would be up for traveling, and in fact that’s one of the main things that I keep on talking about on the blog (and complaining some times) but right now, I wouldn’t mind if my travel plans, dreams get postponed a bit more. I am in one of the best phases of life professionally and personally. April has been a roller coaster of a ride with extreme highs, and am really excited to be working on some of my dream projects that have been in the pipeline for a long time, and I can’t wait to reveal more about all of that! The title of this post is exactly how I am looking at my life right now. Blooming in every aspect and every direction. All that’s left to do is work my a** off, never lose focus and take time to stop and smell the flowers!

Dress: Code | Jeans: Levis | Bag: NewLook | Shoes: Catwalk | Earrings: oasap.com

The workplace Diva

Fashion, sponsored post, work wear
When I was working in the corporate sector, my mornings usually started with staring at my wardrobe for a good ten minutes and wondering if I could just walk in to office wearing a leather pant, a flow-y white top and get away with it. When you dress up everyday, you might as well make it interesting right? That’s always been my mantra and my motivation to dress up everyday. Work place dressing up is a bit tricky especially when you work in a formal environment that requires you to stick to formals. That being said, you don’t need to stop being a workplace Diva. Check out the following options for your most essential workplace item – laptop bags!


For the professional Diva

Black is the color of elegance, power and sophistication. It would without doubt be the first choice for a professional look. A soft textured (faux) leather bag with plenty of space inside for your laptop and all your essentials. Pair this with a formal pantsuit for a polished look!

 

For the artsy Diva

If your work environment is the creative and chaotic type, like a media company or an advertising agency, then show-off your personality with something unique and trendy. Bold colors, graphics, silly quotes – it could be anything that describes your personality, or your workspace. Since your dressing too would veer more towards business casuals, you can get away with almost anything here!

For the casual Diva
 
This unisex laptop bag keeps it casual yet professional. Whether you are meeting with clients over a cup of coffee, or working as a freelancer with no fixed office space or timings, this tan brown leather laptop bag is your friend. You can pair it with a simple blue jeans and a crisp white shirt for a classy look!

 For the girly Diva

Simple, pink and cute. This pink canvas laptop bag is perfect for the girly girl. Whether you team it with western formals, traditional wear or casuals, this is one bag that would go with them all!

Indian August

collaboration, Fashion, Indian wear, Look of the Day, summer
Summer breeze in the air, long drives into the sunset, open fields, lying on the grass and reading books, long maxi dresses, the golden hour of sunset. I love clothes that inspire you to come up with themes and Indian August is one such brand that does exactly that. Something about the name Indian August makes me think of summer rains, old rickety swings, getting blown away by the wind while the sky thunders above you – a very bohemian, care free vibe that inspired me to come up with this look. A chance happening brought us to this quaint little park that formed the perfect setting for this shoot. So much so that I think I quite enjoyed just sitting around and becoming engrossed in my book, while my photographer did all the work!

Indian August has a range of products that includes clothing and apparel, home textiles and decor. With a focus on Indian contemporary designs, they have under their roof more than 25 designers and master craftsmen who bring to you the most elegant and contemporary designs. The eclectic use of traditional fabrics like chanderi, mangalgiri for Western outfits like ankle length pants and trousers was something right up my alley. The Khadi and kalamkari skirts were another favorite of mine. They also have an enviable collection of the cutest, quirkiest home decor. When I move in to my own place, you can expect it to be a mini shrine to this store! Another favorite of mine is of course their jewelry – exquisitely handcrafted dokra necklaces and earrings that I could wear every day. For my look I chose a comfortable and bright cotton maxi dress perfect for the weather here. Instead of going for the obvious choice of black accessories, I chose this pink Dokra necklace/earrings set which I think compliments this outfit perfectly.

This had to be the laziest shoot ever (well for me!) where all I had to do was walk around, settle down on the grass with a good book, and prance around during the golden hour of sunset!

Dress, bag, earrings, necklace: eindianaugust.com | Shoes: Steve Madden

Photography & Editing by: Divya Medikonda

Summer footwear – embelishments!

Fashion, indian fashion blog, shoes, sponsored post, summer, trends

As the temperature has slowly started to soar, I have already begun my whining and complaints of how hot it is and how I feel like I am melting into a gooey puddle just after a couple of minutes in the sun. I am all for summer and tropical weather and beaches but sometimes it gets too unbearable, and there is nothing much that you can do about it. When summer comes I turn nocturnal, venturing out only after sunset. Rest of the day is spent being holed up at my desk with work, accompanied by a constant supply of cold drinks, and editing and researching for articles – which is just a fancy term for mindless browsing over various blogs, magazines and shopping sites.

Clothing during summer has to invariably be as comfortable, airy and minimal as possible. There is absolutely no intention of stacking up on accessories either. Just the thought of layering anything, even a simple necklace, makes you want to peel off the layers. The only accessories I have fun with are shoes! You must know by now, that I am a hoarder of shoes and happily so! A girl can never have enough! Embellished shoes are all the rage this season. They add a little sparkle to your otherwise hot and humid day, and they are also the easiest way to add an extra something to your simple summer dress/skirt/shorts. Since I’ve already committed the sin of not shopping for the longest time ever, I didn’t waste any time in putting together a wish-list that would help all you guys with some inspiration as to what style you can go for as well!

Gladiators

  • Consider the shape of your leg before buying gladiator sandals
  •  Knee-high gladiators for long legs and ankle length for shorter legs
  • Also, wear chunkier styles with pants rather than dresses
  • Decide if you want flats or heels. T-strap looks great for flats!
  • When wearing knee-length or calf length, don’t overdo the clothes and other accessories

Embellished Sandals

  • Evaluate your wardrobe before deciding which pair to purchase
  • If your wardrobe leans to the casual side, you can go for heavy, colorful embellishment
  • If you wear a lot of dressy pieces, go for neutral solid color
  • Embellished flip flops are a more casual alternative that you can consider
  • If you don’t want to spend big bucks, buy some beads/studs/stones and do your own DIY!

Embellished Pumps

  • Perfect for a night out where you sparkle in your best
  • Go for quality and make sure the embellishments don’t fall off! 
  • Subtle colors with delicate embellishments are your best bet
  • A six inch heel + striking color might be a little too much sometimes, so opt for a shorter heel when going for bolder patterns

Arture – By Shivani Patel

accessories, bags online, brand, collaboration, Fashion, people, stories
Meet Shivani Patel, an accessories designer from Chennai and founder of Lemon Drop Design Solutions. At a very young age she developed an interest for making little bags, pouches and gifts for friends and family, by picking up scraps of leather from her father’s factory, and soon enough that led her to take up an accessory design course from NIFT, with specialization in footwear and leather goods. Soon after college, she wanted to design and so she started making wallets and handbags under the brand name “Lemondrop”, and started offering design services to other brands.

Tell us more about Arture and how did you come across Cork?
When I was done with my course and I was free for a few months, I took the time to completely redecorate my boring white room. I painted in earthy colors and murals, made some shelves for the wall with some old plywood that was lying around, and even decided to work on a pin-up board for myself. That’s when I started looking for cork to use. I sourced cork sheets locally and they really intrigued me. I  thought about the idea of using them in products but I knew it wouldn’t work as the cork I found here was rubberized and very thick.

I had always thought of the idea of starting an all-natural, Eco-brand, but I didn’t find anything that felt right. When I researched and learned about the properties of cork, and the benefits of using it, I didn’t need to think any more. I just needed to find the right supplier.
In 2014, I was in HongKong for a materials fair, and that’s when I found what I had been looking for. I then sourced samples from various parts of the world and did not settle until I was 100% happy with the quality of the cork. I finally decided one supplier that had the perfect material for me.

Do you do the designing and manufacturing by yourself?
I design myself, as well as handle the business side of things. I work alone with a very skilled technician, who helps bring my designs to life. He also looks after the production and quality aspects.

Entrepreneurship at a young age, what were your struggles if any?
Dealing with fear is the tough part. When things get a little rocky, fear creeps in. And you’ve got to learn that fear is the enemy. On days that I get scared, I need to take a step back, relax, and remind myself of why I do what I do. And then I’m back 🙂

What/Who is your inspiration?
My parents mainly. My dad is the reason I got into this field. He ran an export company which is very different from what I do, but it did make me develop an inclination towards this field. I decided to take up design, and they supported that decision. My mom has an inherent sense of style that comes to her naturally, and I like to believe that’s where I get my design aesthetic from 🙂
Other than that, on a completely non-design side, Audrey Hepburn is my constant source of inspiration, and I am a big Seth Godin fan.

Your favorite brands for accessories?
Brands like Bellroy and Nuvo really inspire me. I love the character that the brands have. It resonates across their products, their website design, everywhere. I love that they constantly stick to their brand voice, and simultaneously create beautiful, meaningful products. That’s the kind of brand Arture aspires to be.

Future plans for yourself and your brand?
I want Arture to become all that it is capable of being. And cork is just a starting point. It just so happened that I stumbled upon cork and loved it. But Arture is about nature. So we are constantly going to be on the look out for any materials that are natural and innovative.
 
Arture crowd-funding campaign is now live! You can check out the products and the story behind Arture here.

HappyCheckout.in for Happy Online shopping

bags online, Fashion, shopping, sponsored post
Slowly but surely I am turning into an avid online shopper. Although I have been shopping online for quite a while now, initially I refrained from buying stuff like shoes and jeans online because, I still preferred going to the store and trying them out before deciding to swipe my card. But the crowds at shopping malls, the never ending queue at the trial rooms and dragging my legs out of exhaustion after a whole day of standing and walking is not how I prefer to spend my weekends! Another big bonus of online shopping is definitely the discounts that you can avail and get your favorite products delivered right to your doorstep at a much more reasonable price than the original!

HappyCheckout is one such website that’s your one stop solution for exclusive, verified coupon codes. There are a large number of websites that claim to provide discount coupons but how many of them provide genuine coupons that actually work? The frustration at not finding such sites that add actual value to the shopper’s intent was what made this team of online shoppers start HappyCheckout.

Just as the names says, the main intent here is to make your checkout process happy and hassle free! All you have to do is follow these simple steps:

1. Open happycheckout.in and search for your choice of shopping site or simply click on the popular ones available in the list given.

2. Browse through the coupons available for the website and click on ‘reveal code’ for accessing the coupon.

3. You’ll automatically be directed to the website where you can browse and shop to your heart’s content!

4. Copy the code from happycheckout.in and enter it in the checkout page and apply the coupon!

They offer coupons not just for purchasing from fashion retail sites like Jabong, Myntra, Yepme, Zovi but also travel websites like Make my Trip and Redbus, and food like Dominos and KFC. It’s really that simple! I for one, am pretty excited to be using this for all my future shopping hauls!

How to: Wear a red shirt in 5 ways

Fashion, how-to, indian fashion blog, Remix
As I sit at my desk today to pen down a post, it feels as if I am coming back home after a very long vacation. Life has taken a drastic turn over the past month and I am still trying to get my feet back on the ground!

For a change blogging had taken a back seat while I focused on other important matters of my life. You know those phases where priorities just take over, and you really don’t want to spend too much time coming up with creative outfits to wear? That’s usually when I tend to live in the same clothes day after day, the comfiest, softest ones that are just so familiar to touch and feel. But, there’s no reason to dress the same way even if you are wearing the same clothes everyday!

 Color block it with a skirt! 

Red and royal blue has somehow become my go-to combination. I love the visual contrast they provide and how they perfectly complement each other. Although it might seem a little too festive (think 4th of July) or cartoon-ish (think superman), when the right shades are paired in the right way and with the right kind of accessories it’s a visual treat!

Skirt: oasap.com | Shoes: SteveMadden 
Clutch: Newlook via koovs.com

The classic tucked in look!

There is something about tucking in a shirt into you favorite pair of skinny jeans that gives it a very business like, no nonsense feel. Black and red are a classic color combo that never fails, be it for business or pleasure! 

Jeans: Levis | Bag: stalkbuylove.com |
Shoes: Dorothy perkins via jabong.com 

The I-shall-laze-around-home-with-a-book-all-day look!

Whether you love them or hate them looks like overalls are here to stay. They are one of the most versatile pieces of clothing and if paired correctly you can very much look like a grown up in them! You can wear them with crop tops, tank tops, simple tshirts or a bright red shirt!

Overalls: Levis | Shoes: forever21.com

Tie it around your waist

This is the easiest, simplest trend that evokes an effortlessly cool vibe. Also, your shirt is always in a handy place if you suddenly need to throw it on to keep warm. If you are wearing a loose top, trying a button down shirt around your waist will automatically balance it out to create an hour-glass figure. And adding a bright colored shirt to a basic blue jeans – white tee combo adds color and a spark of interest to your outfit!


Jeans: Levis | Tshirt: c/o cupcakesandcloset.com

Shoes: forever21.com








Wear it over a fancy dress

 The best way to tone down a fancy dress and wear it in a more causal setting is to add a cardigan or a shirt. Adding a button down shirt over a dress makes it possible to wear it anywhere during the day time. This is also the easiest way to wear all your summer dresses during chilly weather. A sling bag and a pair of heels will complete your look!

Dress: Gifted | Bag: oasap.com | Shoes: jabong.com