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Layering florals this spring

on
3/24/18
Hello my beauties! It has been so long since I’ve last posted and I apologise! There have been so many new changes happening in my life that sometimes it’s hard to keep with the pace of things. I sincerely hope you all are doing well. The seasons have long changed and Indian summers hardly give us a chance to transition and adapt to the weather changes. But I am a summer kinda girl, who prefers a sunny climate any day and I am ready to welcome the season with full swing!
The one trend that resonates most with spring-summer is florals. And boy, have I been eagerly waiting to wear them ever since March started! There is no denying that soft/vintage florals have made a huge mark on Spring summer 2018 runways of well-known designers like Prabal Gurung. And no, you do not need a designer wear to get the same romantic feel in your wardrobe. There are plenty of ways you can achieve the look for a fraction of the price. Keep an eye out for Chiffon maxi dresses, skirts, wide-legged pants in satin, cover-ups and shrugs all in vintage floral prints to get the same appeal in your daily dressing.
In today’s post, I brought the runway look in my outfit by a simple layering of floral pieces. I chose to wear a plain pink spaghetti top with a sky blue shrug in floral print. I combined the top wear with a pair of black floral pants and completed the look with matching pink sling bag & heels. Simple and effective way to achieve the runway florals look and quite wearable for a lunch out with your besties or even a romantic date! Let me know what you think of this look and I will see you all in my next post!

Spaghetti top- Honey by Pantaloons
Floral Shrug- Faballey
Floral pants- Luluandsky
Sling bag- Forever21
Heels- Vero Moda


Baby, it’s cold outside!

on
1/14/18
Hello, my warm cocoas! How is the year going so far? It’s almost mid-Jan now, boy does time fly by fast! As we move into an officially cold season, it’s time to add layer our wardrobes with some statement pieces that are sure to keep us warm for the days to come. Let’s have a look at what 2018 trends in winter are, shall we?

Oversized sweaters seem to be a season favourite with lots of fashion aficionados opting for a high collared variety. Red sweaters, jumpers, jackets and boots were also a popular darling this season. Jackets in neutral colours were such as greys, beige & tan also seen being worn more than darker colours. Duster coats, puffer jackets and parkas seen dominating wardrobes of young fashion followers. Also high neck ribbed tops were a favoured choice when it came to winter basics. As for winter accessories, beanies, berets and fuzzy hats were worn with much enthusiasm. Thigh-high boots in suede & velvet, slouchy boots & leather booties were the staples of most winter wardrobes this season.

In my previous post, I had mentioned that it isn’t that cold here in Mumbai. It gets cool during the evening & night time here, but it’s still not that chilly. Hence, the outfit I’ve put together today is very Mumbai- weather appropriate. I was lucky enough to snag 2 high neck tops (similar ones here, here & here) from the surprise sale Vero Moda had in December, and I thought they would be perfect for a winter outfit. The one featured in today’s post is navy blue in colour and I chose to pair it with a scallop-hemmed mini skirt from ASOS (similar ones here, here & here). I also layered my outfit with a sleeveless parka with pockets (found here & similar one here). A maroon sling bag (similar here & here) & black lace-up boots (similar here) completed my look.

All the links I’ve added have similar products so that you can effortlessly recreate this look, if you wish. To top it off, almost all products linked are on sale right now! Scroll down below to see how the outfit looks and I hope you like the look!


Top- Vero Moda
Mini Skirt- ASOS
Sleeveless long parka- All about you by Deepika Padukone on Myntra
Sling bag- Accessorize

Lace-up Boots- Forever21

Cheers to a New Year #2018!

on
12/30/17
A big hello to all you lovely people out there! We’re so close to the end of the year that is 2017, and what a whirlwind it has been. I’m sure we have all had our shares of highs and lows and so many memories we had and so many experiences we have taken from this year. But it’s now time to wipe the slate clean and start afresh with a ray of positivity and I hope 2018 will have lots of good things to offer.
Today’s post is a celebratory one and hence I wanted it to be really special. Although I have covered a lot of trends this year on the blog, there’s still one trend that I’ve always wanted to try and that is the monochrome trend. A one-toned outfit fashioned by combining pieces which are of the same colour to create a look. And I have always wanted to do it specifically in beige/nude colour. I am not much of a party goer or someone who does clubbing so doing a post wearing an outfit full of bling for a New year’s blog post would be very unlike me, so I decided to go with a simple, yet glamorous outfit.
One website which has been much talked about in the fashion world is SheIn, an online store which takes its inspiration from runway to create trendy clothing which is really affordable. And they very recently introduced a plus size range, which was so exciting to see. I had been on a hunt for mesh tops in India & it’s very hard to get it in my size here. I was really stoked to find a pearl beading mesh bodysuit in my size at such an inexpensive price. I really wanted to pair it with a nude pencil skirt/leather skirt to keep the look classy. But again I wasn’t able to find one in my size, which is okay because I found something even better!
While I was searching for a pencil skirt at the Splash store one day, I came across a pair of ribbed wide leg pants, which were calf length. It was really comfy and so fun to wear and it is the perfect nude colour to go with the outfit I had in mind. To put emphasise the nude-on-nude look I accessorised my outfit with a nude clutch with a peach pom-pom fitment and a pair of fur stilettos. A pair of pearl dangling earrings completed this monochrome ensemble.
I hope you enjoyed this all-nude outfit and I am so happy with how it looks! I might even try out an all-white or all-red look next time. I would like to conclude this post by thanking everyone who have been so supportive and encouraging towards this endeavour of mine. Blogging has been a huge part of my life for more than an year now, and all you amazing folks have had an important role in making my blog a success. I thank you with all my heart for making this year such a fantastic one for me. I hope we can continue on this journey in a bright new year. Till then, cheers my loves!

Mesh bodysuit- SheIn.in
Cropped wide leg pants- Splash
Fur stilettos- Truffle Collection
Nude Clutch- Forever21
Fur attachment on clutch- H&M

Pearl earrings- Splash

Can you hear the jingle bells ring?

on
12/22/17
Tis’ the season, my merry marshmallows! Hope you are having a jolly December. After all, tis’ the holiday season and what could possibly bring more delight than the festival that we all know as Christmas! Time to deck your wardrobes with warm knits, velvets and a lot of bling! Colours like Red, white, green, gold, silver all chime well with this jolly season.
I have seen a lot of reds and whites in terms of Christmas outfits, which I honestly love! But this year I thought of switching it up by taking the road less travelled. I muted down the use of red & white and decided to let the green and gold shine through in my Christmas outfit this year. Since I am not much of a party person, I decided to do a casual Outfit of the Day (OOTD, in short) instead of a Christmas glam look in my post today.
The idea first came to me when I saw this leather skirt on an online shopping site, and the green reminded me so much of the Christmas tree. I decided to pair this skirt with a cropped and oversized gold sweater, adding a modern touch to cosy winter sweater. I knew that I could easily pull off a crop sweater look as it does not get too cold here in Mumbai during winters. In fact, this outfit alone was keeping me so warm, I decided to ditch the black stockings and wear my nude block heeled pumps, which were super comfy. To complement the Christmas spirit, I added a pop of red to my outfit by pairing it with a red sling bag and a pair of matching red earrings. The earrings were in the shape of baubles, an ornamentation used widely to decorate Christmas trees.
On a side note, this is the third subsequent post featuring this red sling bag, it just shows how versatile a red bag can be and I am so happy I invested in it! That concludes my post for today, scroll down to check out the OOTD pictures and I wish you lovely folks a very merry Christmas! 

 



Cropped sweater- Forever21 on Myntra
Leather skirt- Dorothy Perkins on Jabong
Nude pumps- Mast&Harbour on Myntra
Sling Bag- Rocky Star
Earrings- H&M

SAM x Kelnstef

on
11/12/17
Bonsoir, beauties! Bonsoir is French for Good evening, for all those who want to expand their language skills. I was torn between doing a winter related post and a casual ootd(outfit for the day, in short), because it isn’t really winter where I live. So today’s post will be a collaboration with a new brand in town- KELNSTEF. Made with love by two sisters- Kajol(fondly known as “Kel”) and Steffi, the brand derives its name from the coalescence of their names. Their collection comprises of cotton garments with emphasis on mirror work, embroidery, button work and other such surface ornamentation techniques. The silhouette of all their garments is relaxed in terms of fit with asymmetrical hemlines and soft tones. So it’s no question that their collection is a perfect fit for all those beauties who want a bit of quirkiness and fun in their wardrobe!
The most intriguing part to me was when I heard Kajol talking to me about button work in her collection. I’ve never seen button work garments and I love experimenting with my style (by now, I’m sure you all know about this little fact!) so I decided to showcase a garment with button detailing in today’s post. The second aspect which drew me towards the brand was that their clothing is wearable, affordable and easy to wear. So we settled on a custom midi-length dress with frill sleeves and button detailing on the neckline. I also had an idea to pair the dress with sneakers, as it would be both quirky and fun.
It didn’t take long to make the garment, which was a relief, considering it is Kajol’s birthday today. And what best way to delight her, than to do a post featuring her brand on this very day! (Happy birthday, love) I was really happy the moment I saw the dress and the outfit idea came to me instantly! The button detailing is hand stitched and I wanted it to be the hero of the outfit so I decided to match the red buttons with a sling bag. I also added tinted shades to compliment the look and I styled my hair into space buns. I tucked in the sleeves into the armhole because I like the dress better sleeveless. A huge shoutout to my mom, who was my saving grace today as my photographer and hair stylist. You're really multi-talented, mommy, thanks for being so helpful and encouraging! I’m really pleased at how the shoot turned out, so please scroll below and let me know what you think in the comments below!
Dress- Kelnstef
Tinted sunnies- Forever21
Sling bag- RS by Rocky Star
Platform sneakers- Luluandsky

PS- If you click on their brand name, it will take you to their Facebook page, so be sure to check out for lots more fun outfits. They’re super affordable!

Embroidered with love

on
10/29/17
Hello there, welcome to your weekly brew of the fashion market! Have you observed the surge in embroidered pieces this season? It's presumably the biggest trend this fall. And rightly so, as it gives the perfect pop of colour to otherwise plain surfaces. And I say surface, because this trend is seen not only in tops, jackets and skirts but also on bags, shoes and hats. Wardrobe staples, such as a plain white t shirt, shirt, leather jacket and jeans are seen donning embroidery work. 
The choice of design in all retail and high street fronts seems to be floral embroidery. Seen in all bright colours, this technique gives a contrasting effect which is fascinating to look at. But how do you wear it? The easiest way to do so would be a plain white embroidered shirt. And that's what I have chosen to style in today's post. 
Today, I've chosen to style a button down cropped shirt with floral embroidery on the chest area. I've paired the crop shirt with a maxi skirt which is black in colour and has a small slit on both sides. To give a shape to my curvy frame, I’ve tied the bottom of the shirt into a knot. Tinted sunglasses added a classy edge to this look. Since the embroidery was yellow flowers, I chose to add yellow floral danglers as my earrings. I also added a black statement to match my skirt. Black sandals completed this look.
Scroll down to see the entire look and I hope you like it. Would you favour the embroidered look this season? Comment below and let me know! Catch you later, loves!
Cropped shirt- 109°F
Skirt- River Island
Tinted sunglasses- Forever21
Clutch-
Earrings- Life
Necklace- H&M
Sandals- Jabong

Keeping it elegant this Diwali

on
10/18/17
Namaste, my loves! Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Diwali and a prosperous year ahead! How are the preparations going? I’ve had so much fun redecorating my room this season because I had a proper direction of what I wanted to do. So if you’re interested to see how I decorated my room, please mention in the comments below and I might just make a post about it! However, today’s post is going to be an outfit post of what I am wearing this Diwali. Before I start, let me give you a short insight on what the major fashion trends are for ethnic or Indian wear in 2017.
2017 trends for Indian wear are all about relaxed silhouettes and playing with layers. Giving a new edge to your kurta by pairing it with a lehanga or wearing a salwar with palazzo pants are just some of the layering options you can choose from. You will also get to see a lot of metallic fabrics in the foray this season. Other than metallic, bright and popping colours are also seen these days in the market. Bling, in the form of sequins, appliques & other ornamentation are seen in a lot of pieces this season. Another major trend seen is pairing a crop top with a lehanga, which gives the outfit a more casual, yet chic look this festive season. Also seen in the market are cut-out shoulders, high necklines & mesh fabrics so you have a lot of options to choose from.
This year, I, my sister and my mum went to Hyderabad to visit our relatives. We took out time one day to check out the local market for traditional wear as my sister had a function she had to attend and needed 2-3 outfits for the occasion. The market was so vast and the options were endless. It surely felt like heaven because whatever store we went to, there were such beautiful pieces and we just couldn’t make our minds on what to pick. I asked the shopkeeper that I wanted to see some simple pieces for myself because I didn’t want any fancy or heavy set which I wouldn’t be able to wear later on.
After trying on a few pieces, I came across a silk anarkali set which was really simple but looked so gorgeous. The top part comprised of a fitted blue sleeveless blouse, with tiny teardrop shape embroidered all over it. The blouse ended in a belt with gold embroidery and mirror work and the skirt was plain silk of bright pink colour. A pair of blue leggings and a bright pink dupatta completed the outfit. Because of it’s breezy silhouette, it gave the lower half of my body the right curvy shape, which was so flattering. I chose to accessorise the outfit with a pair of statement earrings and  gold sandals. The outfit style, design and fabric gives a south Indian feel to it.
Scroll down below to see the outfit snaps!
Anarkali set- Hyderabad market
Earrings- Kashish
Bangles- Crawford market
Sandals- Inc.5