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SAM x Kelnstef

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

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
Earrings- Life
Necklace- H&M
Sandals- Jabong

Keeping it elegant this Diwali

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

Colour blocking this fall

What’s cookin’, good lookin’! It’s October, which means it’s officially fall season. Time to bust out those comfy oversized jumpers, cardigans, leggings & booties! For those of you, who want to know what fall is, do head over to my previous post.  Let me start today’s post by adding that I love colours. I love looking at them, mixing them up & wearing them. Which is why I have decided to dedicate a post on how to colour block this fall.
Colour blocking is essentially pairing the opposite colours in a colour wheel to make complimentary combinations. The idea was inspired from a painter, Piet Mondrian, who is best known to use the same colour scheme in his paintings. His lozenge paintings in the mid-1920s inspired Yves Saint Laurent’s The Mondrian Collection, a collection of dresses created as homage to the work of several modernistic artists. This style of dressing was also inspired from the Pop art movement that began in the 1960s that translated to Mod Fashion(or Modern fashion), which included mismatched solid colour separates, composed of blocks in different hues.

Today, the colour block trend has come a long way from just wearing coloured separates. There are various ways in which one can colour block- wearing the same colour head to toe, but in different hues; wearing mixed colours from head to toe; or balancing different colours with neutrals. Today I’ve worn different colours from top to toe. And how did I manage to pull that off? Scroll below to see! 

Full sleeved t shirt- Elle
Skirt- AND
Clutch- Flaunt by Femina
Pumps- Vero Moda
Necklace- Thrifted at Bandra Hill Road market
Wasn't this fun! These colours will add just the right pop colour to your fall wardrobe. Hope you liked this little colour blocking experiment and are excited to try it for yourself. Till then, see you next time!


And most of all, I love fall!

And how many of you guys agree with the title? If someone were to describe my nature as weather, it would definitely be autumn. Autumn also starts in mid-September, which also happens to be my birthday month! Someone rightly said that autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go. And that’s when life starts all over again. In school, we were taught that autumn is a harvest season and the most popular produce associated with this season happens to be pumpkin and apple.
In the fashion world, autumn marks the transition from light summer wear to layered fall looks. The colours popularly recognized as “fall” colours are mustards, olive greens, military greens, burnt orange, oxblood reds, burgundys, browns, greys, etc. So if you want to update your wardrobe this season, be sure stock up these colours. One of the most popular trends seen in all retail fronts this season is “power sleeves”, mainly bringing focus on sleeves by adding ruffles, frills and other texture on them. Being a girly girl that I am, I couldn’t resist but try this trend! In fact, I think I am going to stock up my entire wardrobe with frilly, ahem, power sleeves.  
The look I have styled today is a layered outfit in fall colours of mustard & grey. I’ve layered a top with frilled sleeves and a midi dress. The cami dress has a straight fit and cuts on both sides so it is really comfortable to just walk around. The best part is that I got it on sale while searching for a cami-dress at H&M! I’ve also accessorised the look with a black statement necklace and a matching messenger sling bag. For footwear, I wore my lace-up heels with a pair of mustard socks, to add to the layered look. It is a simple and wearable outfit, so I hope you are inspired to try it too.

Top- Vero Moda
Cami dress- H&M
Necklace- H&M
Sling bag- Baggit

Lace-up heels- Topshop at  

Back to school basics

Hey lovelies, how’re you doing? Hope you’re having a great time celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi! It’s a long weekend again and the monsoon showers continue in full swing here in India. It is also back to school season or in India as we call it, back to college. While sales still continue online, many retail outlets have started stocking up autumn winter apparel. It is the perfect opportunity for you to build your  autumn wardrobe for school, starting with the basics.
Today I will be featuring a basic which is the ultimate wardrobe staple and can be worn any season. And it is the denim jacket! Perfect for casual occasions, the denim jacket can complete any look and it can be worn in a multitude of ways. Hopefully, in today’s post, I can show you just how two basics can be coupled to create a prefect back to school look. 
The second basic I’ve styled today is the basic midi dress. You can also substitute it with a basic t shirt dress or even a tee and jeggings. I’ve accessorized my look with a backpack, which is another back to school key piece. I’ve completed the look by adding a simple necklace and a pair of boots, to give an autumn look. The boots can also be substituted with a pair of sneakers.
 Although I’ve crossed the 'school' phase of my life quite a while back, this look is what I would have worn if I were a school teen today. It is casual, comfortable and chic at the same time. Scroll below to see the outfit and I hope it inspires you to recreate the look with pieces you already have in your wardrobe. 
Denim jacket- H&M
Midi t shirt dress- Rigo
Backpack- Perse
Boots- Forever21
Necklace- Splash
Earrings- Life by Shoppers Stop

Peach perfect with my sister!

Hey, loves! August month has just begun & I hope it brings all good things your way. Can’t believe 6 months have already passed by and there’s still so much I’m yet to accomplish!
Do you feel the same?
As we all know, Raksha Bandhan is just around the corner and I thought now would be the perfect time to do a blog post featuring my lovely little sis, in honour of the festival. For all my non Hindu readers, Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi is a festival among Hindus to celebrate the love and duty between brothers and sisters. On the day of the festival, the sister ties a rakhi (a sacred thread) on her brother’s wrist, which symbolises her love & in return the brother gifts her a token and a promise to protect her.
Although this festival is celebrated among brothers and sisters, I was inspired to do a spin on the same with my sister. My sister’s sense of style is simple, laidback, yet chic. She likes to downplay sophisticated pieces, but mostly is seen wearing crop tops & tees with denim. She is also taller to me, something which I had trouble coming to terms with for a while, being the older sister. I am so happy she agreed to do a blog shoot with me and words are not enough to describe the camaraderie between us two. Just like most siblings, we have gone through thick & thin, had each other’s backs at all time & always looked up to each another for advice. We’ve also had our share of own ups & downs, but that didn’t let the bond between us wane. It is hard for me to say what I would have done or been like had I not had a sister. Life without her is quite unimaginable.
We are both very different in every way. And it can be seen in the way we style our self. I wanted to do a simple & classy look with some pieces we both have in our wardrobe. Which is why for today’s post, you will see that we have two totally different outfits, yet are similar in terms of style. My sister chose to wear a tailored peach playsuit with shoulder cut-outs and paired her outfit with black strappy heels, black sling bag & oodles of confidence. I wore an off the shoulder peach bodysuit, black pencil skirt with a split & combined my outfit with nude clutch & nude heels.
Because we did the shoot during the monsoon, there is a bit of lighting difference in the images. I am very happy with how the images turned out and I hope you like them too!
Wishing you all a happy Raksha Bandhan!

On my sister:
Nude playsuit- Zara
Sling bag- Baggit
Strappy heels- Forever21
On me:
Peach Bodysuit- Stalkbuylove
Pencil skirt- H&M
Clutch- Forever21
Pompom attachment-H&M
Nude heels- Forever21