Thursday, December 31, 2015

Quite the adventure!

I think I’m beginning to enjoy these returns after long intervals because they make me appreciate this space so much. As I look back, it’s been quite a year. I probably haven’t blogged as much as I wanted to but I’m happy because it’s been year filled with so many lessons. I’ve often wondered why I take off from here for strangely spaced out breaks and I think it has a lot to do with the journey I am on, with my body. Yes, there are somedays that I feel crappy about my body too, though those days are few now in comparison to what they were before. It’s hard sometimes to come here and write about what I feel because I really just want to curl up with a book and shut out the world. But I think I’m going to push myself to do it next year, or at least make an attempt to. I’ve realised over time that this blog is anything but perfect - it’s a constant work in progress and a reflection of how accepting your body for what it is, and understanding yourself is a long adventure too. There’s so much more that brewing in my head, so many experiences I’m waiting to share, but I’m going to hold on to them for now, till I find the words to put them down.

I was lucky to have Cover It Up kindly print one of my designs on this phone cover and send it across. I was a little apprehensive at first because a lot of attempts at customised products before haven’t turned out the way I’ve wanted them to - it’s either a horrid mess up with the resolution or a really bad material. But I was pleasantly surprised to receive this case because apart from being really sturdy, it was exciting to see my art printed exactly as it was created, without issues of colour, resolution or material. It has become a favourite of course because it is the perfect companion for every outfit in my wardrobe and always a lovely way to start a conversation. The best part about Cover It Up apart from the really good quality is that they don’t only cater to the iPhones. So you might just find a case for your phone there, seriously! 

I hope you’ve had a wonderful year too - one filled with lots of love, experiences and excitement! Can’t wait to see what the next one brings, right?

I’ll be back here soon, I hope. But till then, I post daily on Instagram and Twitter, so you can catch up with lots of art and fashion there.

See you on the other side!

Photographs by the exceptionally talented Shikha Sreenivas



Sunday, November 8, 2015

Dressing up for Hogwarts

If you’re a potterhead, I’m hoping you got what I was trying here with these outfit choices. 

A lot of people get annoyed when I talk about Harry Potter on my blog, instagram or just about anywhere and I’ve heard a lot of ‘move on’ comments. I’m not sure if I’ve spoken about this a few years ago because I feel like I’ve been writing here forever and probably have addressed this but I’m going to do it again. The reason I can possibly never move on from Harry Potter is because it wasn’t just a book to me. Some books just become a part of your life and Harry Potter has been one of those books. It might seem immature and silly to some but it’s been a journey for me. I remember that I first started reading Harry Potter thanks to my cousin who was one those people to line up at stores and buy the book the day it released. I borrowed her book and read it the first time and now I can never own enough copies. I remember being glued to my Harry Potter books during lunch breaks in school and on the way back home in the van and it was almost like a safety blanket. I could write posts on what J.K Rowling created and how Harry Potter will always mean a lot to me but I’ll save that for another special day. Putting these outfits together with Shikha (who was so patient with the camera) was so much fun because it gave us a chance to relive the Harry Potter magic and to feel like we were a part of Hogwarts, again.

I’m that person who walks into stores and gets annoyed when there’s a wide range of phone cases to choose from only for users of certain phones (you know what I’m talking about). When I got an email about Cover It Up , I was so excited because they had phone cases for almost all phones in the market. After days of adding things to my cart, I finally narrowed it down to two cases that I couldn’t imagine not having. One had to be a Harry Potter theme case! The other is something really special and you’ll see it soon. I wanted to style this case a little differently so I did a Harry Potter theme and I had so much fun digging the colours from my wardrobe. I’ve been carrying the Harry Potter case around for a while and I’ve surely got a lot of questions about where it is from. Apart from being a really sturdy case, it’s a great conversation starter (especially if you’re a potterhead and are always on the lookout for fellow potterheads) 

Harry Potter case: Cover It Up 


Cape Scarf: M&S,  Tee shirt: ZARA, Dreamcatcher necklace: Flea Market
Cape: American Apparel, Tee shirt: Street shopping
Sweater: Mango, Necklace: Flea Market
Jacket: American Apparel, Shirt: M&S, Hairband: Masaba Lite

Shoes: Payless, Jeans: Forever 21 Plus Size 

Photography: Shikha Sreenivas

See you soon.


Friday, November 6, 2015

Planet Fashion Turns 15!

Planet Fashion turned 15 yesterday and it was a grand celebration as they showcased their AW 2015 collection. Launched in 2001 as a menswear showroom, they’ve come a long way and become the go-to place for menswear. 

I love the different themes and collections that they’ve put together to seamlessly take you through everyday. The AW show showcased four different collections to preview some of the other ones they have in store this season. From The Suit Collective that has a range of the classic tuxedos and bandhgalas to my favourite All Whites, the collection also included the crowd favourite comfortable Wrinkle Frees that are non iron shirts especially for those late mornings or impromptu meetings. There were also a party wear range with some very interesting jackets and shirts. Though the collection tries some new hues and prints, I particularly enjoyed the classic pieces - the khakhi trousers and the crisp white shirts. The celebration at The Black Rabbit, Indiranagar saw Santosh CS, a rally biker and Behram Siganporia, lead of the band One Night Stand sporting and supporting the collection. 

With the festive season around the corner, now is the best time to head to Louis Philippe, Van Heusen and Allen Solly to get your hands on the new range designed for a smooth transition through different occasions from fun outings to formal meetings. 

Don’t forget to send me pictures if you do visit their stores and pick out outfits. 

See you soon.


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Why it’s okay to ignore anyone who has a problem with the way you look

...and other reasons you should not give a damn when you get free advice about the way you should look. 

It’s time to address something that’s been on my mind for a really long time. The only reason I haven’t done this before is because I didn’t want to sound repetitive or annoying but it has been incessantly jumping in my head and I have to talk about it here. 

In August, Nirali’s post on Buzzfeed about 11 curvy Indian instagrammers took me by surprise and I was completely overwhelmed but I noticed all the comments about fatness and the irritation with Buzzfeed for featuring plus-size women. At the time I just let it be because I kept telling myself: trolls are always hanging around, we just ignore them. After a few weeks I began noticing a pattern - any project done on body image, plus-size women, bulling about fatness got hoards of comments like “You’re fat, nothing else. Just go hit the gym.” It hit a point of absolute frustration when I read a comment about how fat-shaming is the one form of bullying that can save lives on a couple of posts including the recent video of Genny Zuniga. I’m specifically addressing fat-shaming but I know that this is the general attitude towards many things uploaded on the internet and while criticism is okay, bullying is not. 

I’m sick and tired of people thinking this is a joke or irrelevant because it’s not. It’s comments like this that make people feel like shit and spiral into a cave of sadness. It’s comments like this that cause fad diets and body image dysmorphia. It’s comments like this that ruin someone’s day. It’s comments like this that cause a space polluted with negative energy when it is already enveloped with cruelty. It seems like everyone has constantly been speaking about peace but no one is listening. It kills me to see so many people out there hating the person they see in the mirror. It angers me when I’m walking past the hall and I overhear an advertisement or TV show clearly indicating that the only way to a man’s heart is a diet. It’s frustrating when people at stores won’t stop staring at fat people like they don’t deserve to dress up the way they want.

I will say this a thousand times over - we have different bodies and it’s not a crime.

[I’ll be addressing this over a series of posts, so hang on]


Outfit: Top: Westside ; Black vest, shoes, bag: street finds; Hairband: Masaba Lite 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Delicious Groceries at your Doorstep

I feel like an app collector since I’m constantly on the Play Store looking for new apps to download. You can guess that I was obviously excited when I spotted PepperTap on the billboards while I was heading to a couple of meetings. I had to try this new app on the block.

An app that delivers fresh groceries to your doorstep? Hell yes! If it means I can catch up on some extra sleep and have home delivered weekly veggies and fruits, then why not? With a couple of taps and selections, my cart filled up and my order was ready to be delivered. Living up to their promise of delivering within two hours of the order I had some yummy for my tummy.

Covering Delhi NCR, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Chennai, Pune and Kolkata, PepperTap is slowly taking over and soon they’ll be in smaller cities too. From food to spices, home to hygiene, dairy to bath, they have everything so it’s not just another grocery delivery app. PepperTap is a supermarket on your phone!

What I love about PepperTap is that I can avoid monthly visits to the supermarket. Now that I have delivery of the freshest supplies at home, I can order each week. The icing on the cake for me was definitely the free delivery. Many apps provide services but burn a hole in your pocket with delivery charges. An order of more than Rs. 250 gets you free delivery at PepperTap. [Trust me, you’ll want to order everything since it looks delicious]

All this goodness apart, my number one criteria with an app is its functioning on my phone and I was delighted to experience no lag while using it, unlike so many other apps in the store. If you haven’t tried it already, go. Stop worrying about tiresome queues and download PepperTap.

Available for free download for Android and Apple users.

See you soon!

PepperTap requested me to review their app and share what I thought of it, so I hope you enjoy the app too.