Desi Girl

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Every once in a while I tend to come back to my Indian roots and desi dressing. In fact I would say it’s quite often! As much as I enjoy the comfort of a jeans and a tshirt or the feminine and flirty look of a lace dress, I would always always say that there is nothing as elegant and graceful as Indian wear. More than half the Indian population still dresses in a traditional attire so I never understand why as fashion bloggers we rarely feature Indian clothes on our blogs. As an Indian fashion blogger, I make it a point to include Indian wear as part of every day dressing and not just as festive wear or special occasion wear as most project it to be. Having grown up in a comparatively conservative city like Hyderabad, all of my college years were spent in churidars. My working years too were mostly in Indian formals, as that was the most obvious choice for the sweltering heat in the city!

When online shopping became a buzz a few years back, the options for western wear and International brands kept multiplying and soon you didn’t have to look beyond your laptop to have the latest trends and styles delivered to your doorstep. Up until then I was still going to my favorite local shops, buying vibrant prints of materials, mixing and matching prints, designing my own kurtas and blouses and trusting my local tailor to deliver the best stitched suits for everyday wear and festive wear. But with the new surge of online shopping sites for Indian wear that stock up on every kind of design, shopping for Indian wear has taken a whole new direction. Whether you are living abroad or living in India, getting your hands on sarees, lehengas and kurtas has never been easier. One such website that offers a great selection of designs along with customization options is CBazaar.

For this particular look, I wanted to play with different Indian accents that could be worn on an everyday basis. White is always an artist’s favorite color as it provides the perfect canvas to throw on splashes of color. Bandhani (tie-dye) dupattas need no introduction at all. The crinkled fabrics with vivid dramatic colors come in so many playful patterns. There is a whole lot of meticulous process involved in creating them and each pattern has a given name and is usually worn for a specific occasion. I had picked this pair of mojaris while street shopping in Pune, and although this is the first instance that I am wearing them I already have tons of ideas for remixing them with both Indian and Western wear. Finished my look with a pair of sliver jhumkas, a few bangles and a printed cloth bag for an evening spent walking around stalls, satiating my visual appetite and getting inspired with all the crafts, colors and designs around me.

So the next time you reach out to wear your pencil skirt or your skinny jeans, give it a miss at least once in a while and instead go the desi route. Don’t restrict yourself to wearing it only for festivals or weddings. We have a riot of colorful options that can look just as classy and trendy as a western outfit, so go exploit them to the fullest and be proud of wearing Indian attire! And in case you need a serious wardrobe update, don’t forget to check out Cbazaar for their various options!

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Dress: Stitched by local tailor | Bag: Shilparamam | Earrings and Mojaris: FC road Pune

Photography: Divya Medikonda

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Best Budget Hotels to stay in Hyderabad

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After staying in the same city for more than twenty years, it can be challenging to look at it from a tourist’s perspective. You know the chaat waala at every galli, you know the best street shops for a shopping spree, you know which theater offers buttered popcorn and which doesn’t, you have your favorite coffee haunts and you know the exact time to start to beat the peak traffic and reach your destination on time. It’s basically home no matter what. When a friend who was visiting for a weekend, asked me for a list of places to stay in Hyderabad, at first I was stumped. And then I realized there were some really good themed hotels if you were looking for a quick weekend stay.  After a lot of research, careful scrutiny and talking to many who have stayed in these places, I bring you this list of best budget hotels in Hyderabad. So the next time you are in the city and looking for a place to stay or if you are living in this city but decide to take a mini-vacation within the city itself, this list is your friend!

Bikanervala Boutique hotels 

Located in the prime area of the city, you have easy access to everything you need – restaurants, malls, parks and even the airport! But the USP of this Boutique hotel would definitely be the delicious food. It is a paradise for vegetarians and the options are simply endless. It’s the best place for authentic Rajasthani/Gujarati dishes and chaat.

The Lime Boutique Suites

With 30 boutique rooms, conference rooms and a global vegetarian restaurant, this brightly done place is bound to put you in a cheerful mood instantly – whether you are here on a personal holiday or a business trip. The cafeteria style restaurant seating and the bright lights make a pretty picture!

Concord Comfort – Upper Crest

This is actually a mix of hotel + service apartment, again in the heart of the city, but very budget friendly. Concord Comfort offer their service apartment services in a total of five different locations within the city – all with lovely decor, home cooked food and incredibly kind staff.

jüSTa The Residence

 
Its a boutique hotel situated on Necklace road, offering masterfully designed guest rooms with herbal bath line products and a roof top multi-cuisine restaurant overlooking the lake. Also a great place to try amazing vegetable biryani.

  

Don’t forget to visit these places the next time you plan your mini holiday!

Monsoon Challenge at Inorbit Mall

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Last month I was invited by InOrbit mall, along with a couple of other bloggers, to take part in a fun challenge. InOrbit is one mall where you’ll find all your favorite brands under one roof, making it easy to put together a whole head-to-toe outfit. Since almost every store and brand had launched their monsoon collection, we were given a task of putting together a whole new Monsoon Look based on a theme of our choice. The slight twist was that we were given a budget of Rs.5000 and a limited time of an hour and a half only! I’ve always been a fast shopper and decision maker so I was pretty confident that I would finish way before the time limit. But it’s just not that easy, specially when you have the camera crew following you everywhere, filming your every move, and throwing questions at you right in the middle of deciding between between a high-low dress or printed pants. Tough decisions eh?

Nonetheless it was really fun to have met some other cool bloggers Swati (The Rickrack project) and Sangeeta(The Lipstick Addict), and to have been dashing in and out of stores with a camera guy in tow, much to the amusement of other shoppers!

For me monsoons are all about going bright on colors and light on accessories. So I decided to go for a boho-casual look by keeping it very simple. After a lot of hunting in Max, Globus, Lifestyle, Chemistry and other stores, I finally picked a bright red kaftan top from AND. To let the color of the top stand out, I picked a monochrome houndstooth print pant from Lifestyle (which was one size bigger but I got it altered now). Finished the look with simple charcoal grey sandals from Shopper’s Stop and a big turquoise statement ring and silver midi rings from Accessorize.

Thanks to InOrbit mall for hosting a fun event and to fellow bloggers who added to the madness! 🙂

Watch the video here!