Maandna

collaboration, Fashion, indian fashion blog, Look of the Day, maandna, new year, Styling
January always reminds me of spring and bright colors. Being in South India is equivalent to having practically no winters at all, except for a short span of a month or two. This month is definitely my favorite as it still retains a bit of chill factor and lovely foggy mornings, without the numbing, uncomfortable cold of December. Light layering, bright colors, iced drinks in the afternoons and hot drinks in the evenings is what January is made of! And of course the new year, the fresh start, new plans and all that excitement associated with it (which of course lasts a very short while when we quickly realize that this year is no better or worse than the previous one!).

In keeping with my mood, I decided to wear this bright and cheerful tunic, with tassels in the front,  from Maandna. It’s a recently launched brand on Flipkart, with very comfortable silhouettes and peppy warm colors. I’ve never been into over the top clothing whether for casual wear or festivities, and Maandna with it’s pure cotton & gold khadi print tunics, fits the bill perfectly! I specially loved this and this for the carefully crafted mirror work and embroidery. All their embroidery work is done by desert artisans of Bikaner. Although their collection is limited in number, they have made up for it by making sure that every single piece from their collection is something you would want to buy. I would any day prefer that than to search through a hundred pieces and narrow down on one!

I wanted to make this a cheerful post and what better way to spread cheer than through flowers! And since I am still hungover last month’s get-togethers and celebrations, it just made sense to prolong the holiday mood by adding a bit of sparkle with these copper toned heels and a fancy box clutch.

p.s – Welcome on board for another year of fashion, travel and style inspiration! This first post is dedicated to YOU guys (clearly the below picture indicates!)

Tunic: Maandna | Trousers: c/o Lifestyle | Earrings: oasap.com | Box clutch: Local boutique | 
Heels: Dorothy Perkins via jabong.com
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The end and the beginning

Look of the Day, Musings, new year
I usually don’t like taking long breaks from the blog, but December was such a busy month (if you’ve been following me on instagram you’ll know why) that I couldn’t set aside any time for blogging. But I decided to end the year by sharing a look that we shot almost three months back. I didn’t need to think at all for this outfit. I just picked all my favorite pieces and threw them together and came up with this messy hair (I blame the humid seaside weather) fusion look.

I don’t believe in new year resolutions, but I did make some (for lack of a better word) plans for the coming year and I can’t wait to see how they go! This year has been great for my blog in terms of collaborations, features in magazines and all the opportunities that have come my way and am hoping for even better experiences in the coming year. Thanks for reading my blog, for all the comments and all the support. Let’s continue the journey!

Skirt: Street shopping (Hyderabad) | Shirt: Forever21 | Shoes & earrings: Local boutique | Necklace: Myntra.com

Best of 2013

Blogging, Fashion, Month end review, new year
It’s become a ritual to do an year-end-recap post every december. I almost wanted to skip it this year, but for some reason, maybe an itch that the blog would be incomplete without this year’s recap, or because my basic human nature is to think back and reminiscence, I decided to pen down a post after all. Sometimes just putting pen to paper gives you clarity on what you want, what you need to do, what you have achieved, what you have missed and what next. My resolution for 2014 is quite simple really – it’s to be happy. Might seem very vague and ambiguous but it’s not. If I start asking myself that simple question every single day, it won’t be long before I fall into a routine, a hard to break habit of doing only and only what I love and what makes me happy every day. Be it work, personal relationships, travel, hobbies, art, exercising, health – anything. For someone who thinks extensively and incessantly about others’  (more than myself), ‘Be happy and be content’ is the perfect motto for me. Everything else will fall into place soon enough! 🙂

Like every other year, this year too had its share of ups and downs. In all my year end posts, I keep challenging the coming year to bring in on, and the universe seems to be taking that as a literal sign to reallyyyy bring it on. I think I know better now!

And as always, thank you, thank you, thank you for reading my blog, for all your comments and emails and for showering this little corner of the web with so much love. Together we shall definitely take this blog to higher levels in the coming year!
Here’s a short recap of the best, silliest and moments of 2013!

p.s: I’ve also added a new lookbook section on the blog, making it easier to browse through all the outfits so far over the years. Take a look!