How to: Wear a red shirt in 5 ways

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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

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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!

How to: Personalize your fashion blog

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We all love bloggers with a fantastic sense of style. And when such a blogger is also capable of making you smile or burst into giggles, that’s just icing on the cake. Here’s how you can add a personal/humorous touch to your posts.
1) Make up a story
You are wearing your prettiest skirt and blouse, you have stunning pictures ready to post but your mind draws a blank at what to write. Spin a yarn! Make up a story about how you met your skirt (just don’t make it as long as HIMYM). Add a fun element to your post. Being silly sometimes helps!
2) Share your thoughts/ opinions
Read an interesting article yesterday? Saw a tweet that sparked off a debate in your mind? You have a few more points to add to someone else’s post?
Make a post out of it (and give credit to the source). If you want to personalize your fashion blog, you don’t always have to talk about fashion. Let your readers into your mind. Let them know your way of thinking, your opinions on issues.
3) Add a bit of humor
Make people laugh. Sarcasm, satire, and witty one-liners – they all work!
4) Make fun of yourself
This is an instant icebreaker. There is nothing more delightful than knowing the other person is as big a klutz as you are. Readers will connect to you and love you instantly. But don’t go overboard and sound like a fool!
5) Skip writing boring and monotonous descriptions about your clothes
“I decided to wear my new shoes for the party. I paired it with so and so and completed the look with this and that…”. I’ve already skipped reading and gone to the next blog after a quick look at your pictures. If you want comments which are more meaningful than just ‘Nice post’ or ‘Awesome outfit’, you’ve got give more meaningful content.
6) Scriptwriting
This is my favorite and is totally fun to read.
Had a hilarious conversation with your friend? Overheard two people talk about something really funny?
Writing, “I said” “She said” posts are really fun to read.
Like this one for example.
Monica : Rach, its the visa card people
Rachel : Oh, God ask them what they want!
Monica : Could you please tell me what this is in reference to? Yes hold on.
Umm.. they say there’s been some unusual activity on your account
Rachel : But I haven’t used my card in weeks
Monica : That is the unusual activity
Just don’t quote FRIENDS, but write your own conversation.
Keep it light-hearted and have fun with words!

Originally published here on www.in-fb.com 

How to: Five ways to wear a black pencil skirt

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Poor little pencil skirt. After the round of interviews, for which it had been purchased and used, it lay there in a corner of my wardrobe, literally crushed and forgotten. Having followed no formal dress code in college or work for the past three years (except for presentations, interviews, or other ‘formal’ events) I’ve blissfully ignored them all for most part. Recently after yet another I-need-a-new skirt excuse of online shopping, I decided to pull out this ever popular classic piece, determined to use it to its full potential.

For those of you wanting to give your formal skirts a more casual or classy spin, these are just a few ideas to get you started. I had three more outfits to shoot but testing my photographer’s patience is never a good option, so that’s reserved for a future post. ‘kay?

Look 1:
Colorful candy colored blouse with a loose fit, since it’s a fitted pencil skirt, side swept hair and your favorite pair of heels. I feel a very false sense of gracefulness wearing this, which am not!

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Blouse: Gifted | Bracelets: Accessorize | Shoes: Steve madden

Look 2:
For a really unusual yet flattering look, pair a (short) kurti with your pencil skirt. Perfect juxtaposition of  Indian formal with western formal. Cinched waist with a thin or broad belt and nude sandals add the finishing touch! (I threw in chunky earrings too)

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Kurti: Street shopping (Chennai) | Shoes: Catwalk | Bracelets&Earrings: GB
Look 3:
I don’t know what to call this but this is my kind of look. Skull tee – love it. Fitted colorful blazer – looove it. Layered necklace – *swoon*
Seriously I’d wear this anywhere.

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Blazer: paperlillie.com | Skull tee: Max fashions | Necklace: Gifted
Look 4:
Denim screams casual, right? Side note: never quite understood why clothes have to ‘scream’ anything.. I’m all for whispered tones than blowing someone’s ear drum off. Anyway, reallyyy messy braid, casual tee, casual sandals, casual denim shirt thrown on… casual everything.. casual coffee with me?   

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Tee: Max fashions | Denim shirt: yepme.com | Sandals: Soles | Earrings: GB
Look 5:
Another favorite of mine – black on black. Elegant, powerful, strong, smart, confident, I could go on and on about this combination. Black always makes me think of gold, so a hint of gold, a pair of heels and I am superwoman (for me!)

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Black shirt: Van heusen  | Shoes: Steve madden
p.s: Any other five ways to wear (or more) that you’d like me to do, drop a comment! 🙂

How to: Five ways to wear stripes with pants

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I asked the zebra
Are you black with white stripes?
Or white with black stripes?
And the zebra asked me,
Are you good with bad habits?
Or are you bad with good habits?
Are you noisy with quiet times?
Or are you quiet with noisy times?
Are you happy with some sad days?
Or are you sad with some happy days?
Are you neat with some sloppy ways?
Or are you sloppy with some neat ways?
And on and on and on and on
And on and on he went.
I’ll never ask a zebra
About stripes
Again

– Shel Silverstein

So why in the world am I talking about zebras? Because its a silly yet profound poem. Because before this entire fashion blogging scene and before stripes became the most essential casual fashion staple, I associated them with only two things: zebras and jail uniforms. 

Mr. Zebra seems to have been offended by the stripes question back then but if only he could see it now… its not just black and white but every possible color in stripes! Seriously, if it wasn’t for stripes, what would we do on all those monday mornings when are running late or those days when you are totally uninspired to put together a chic outfit? I guess we have our four-legged striped friend to thank for the trend! (hey that rhymed!)
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How to: Choose a unique blog name

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I love discovering new blogs to read. But there were many-a-times when I was thoroughly confused with similar sounding blog names that I eventually gave up reading those blogs rather than trying to match the blog name to the right author. With so many fashion and style blogs popping up, every other name has either one or more of words such as, ‘fashion’, ‘style’, ‘confessions’, ‘diaries’, in it.
Well, when you are starting a fashion blog what better way is there to indicate that its about fashion than naming it fashion. Right? I couldn’t agree more. There are already well established blogs with such names. But as more and more such blogs are popping up, you really need to move away from the same old beaten path, if you want your blog to stand out. 

Content is king. Agreed. But your blog name will play a major part in attracting people to your content (only then can they decide that your content is king.. or queen!)
These are some of the reactions that your blog name should/shouldn’t be getting from people.
The “Of course I know this blog/I always read this blog!” reaction.
Your blog name must be unique enough that it stays in people’s minds not slip away. The moment they hear a word or see something connected to it, your blog name should be the first to pop into their minds.
The “Why would I want to read anything named like that!” reaction
You don’t want a blog name that is too unique i.e something that sounds like you are trying too hard. That actually ends up creating a disconnect between the name and content (or may just put off people.. like me!)
The “Been there, seen that” reaction
Unless your content is really really good and offers something that doesn’t already exist, a very mundane blog name will receive only a very mundane reaction. “Oh so ‘fashion something by someone else? Another style blogger.. big deal”
The “Don’t you have at least an ounce of creativity?” reaction
There are many well established popular blogs with phrases such as ‘style’ ‘fashion’ ‘confessions’ etc. They were the pioneers so, yes, they could afford to name it whatever they wanted. Try to stay away from those common phrases as it adds to confusion. Naming your blog similar to your favorite popular blog will only make yours invisible. 
The “Identity mix” reaction
Lastly, if someone googles your blog name, yours should be the first to pop up. NOT another blog with a similar sounding name that is more popular than yours.
90% of the time, your first choice of blog name will not be available. Try out some word play, add/delete few words, change the spellings, try to let it describe your style rather than just saying its about fashion. Use those brain cells and make sure its unique!
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How to: DIY Shoes

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I’d been wanting a pair of new sneakers for a long time. Why? No idea. I hardly ever wear shoes on a daily basis except when I go walking/jogging. I had a pair in a dirty-brown-military-green color. I think I bought them when I was going through the phase of ‘only-black-or-brown-are-proper-colors-for-shoes’. Bright reds and yellows and blues for sneakers? Oh the horror! Now I am repelled by anything that doesn’t have color.

So I sat down over the weekend and gave my dirty-brown-military-green color shoes a much needed makeover. My dad entered the room, saw me happily sprawled over the floor, with paints and brushes spread all around me and said “Why would anyone want to paint their shoes?”

😐

Men! They just don’t get it.

What you need:
1) A pair of shoes (Duh!). Pick the ugliest looking pair. So even if you mess up it’ll still look prettier than the original. Unless you are that bad at painting. Then I can’t help you.
2) Paints in whatever colors you want. I used fabric paints.
3) Brushes and cloth
4) Lots of free time and music

1. Think of the colors before hand. Unless you want to paint over it again and again. Umm.. No I din’t do that.
2. Once you are half-way through it’ll start looking so horrible that you’ll regret even dipping the brush in paint in the first place. But its okay. Keep going (Like you have a choice)

3. Annnd you are done! Wear your new shoes and prance around.

4. Add some fun laces. Click a few pics. Congratulate yourself on a job well done!

Ugly to Brand New
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