Thursday, March 28, 2013

Flower Head

When I came up with this outfit idea, it was 2 am. I'd just finished a packet of Oreo and a bottle of iced water. Thoughts flashed through my head. 'Why not get a flower head?,' I thought.

...and then it happened. 

Mid way, the flowers started falling of my head and it made for the perfect flower rain. Except, you can't really see it. Considering, I didn't ask mom to do stop motion or anything. 

If you're wondering why I cropped the top (literally). It's because I love crop tops. Besides, I always look for ways to bring about twists to normalcy. So crop your top in 4 seconds. Cool. NO? Faiine. 

I've drooled over Indiebazaar and their pretty products in the previous post. You'll told me that you checked it out and loved it. So wohoooo! SCORE. 

If you're clueless, then I'll tell you anyway. Indiebazaar is an online retail store that brings together independent artists to share their art with the world in the form of jewellery, accessories, shoes, clothing, home decor and what not! Some of my favourite artists on Indiebazaar are:

Candle Cafe (Candlesss. Need I say more?)
Crunchy Fashion (Love the amazing jewellery! So trendy and pretty) 
Drop Dead Gorgeous (Necklaces. WORD.)
Grass Rootz (They have some amazing clothing items)
Howrah Bridge (Quirky meets classy. You'll fall in love)
Le Monto (Not much of a collection, but what they have is good) 
Madhuri Mamgain (Art meets fashion. Pure brilliance)

...and there's more. 

So you can imagine. Head to Indiebazaar NOW.

The poofy bun has become a summer essential. Why? 

1. Keeps the hair sweat free.
2. Takes me less than five minutes to pull together.
3. Goes with everything (legit) that I wear. 

Outfit deets: Shirt: c/o ZOVI (Not available anymore, but you can find many similar ones), Dress worn as skirt: thrifted, Bag: gifted, Necklace: Westside, Bangles and Bracelet: c/o Indiebazaar via Crunchy Fashion

ZOVI just got their new collection for the Spring and Summer. I'm totally loving some tops and dresses. They're in various fun colours, and amazing designs too. Pretty unique and different. What's best? They're so affordable. 

You must check it out! Hurry. 


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Black Monster in the Corner

Important matters: 

1. Google reader is shutting down. *pause. weep. get over it.* Yes, they're finally shutting Google reader down on 1 July, 2013. It's a sad sad day, but guess what? I switched to Bloglovin. I finally opened an account on Bloglovin! I've actually always wanted to, but I just didn't want to dabble in all sorts of social media. Anyhoo, come join me on Bloglovin! 

Would love to see you'll there. 

Follow me on Bloglovin

Also, please leave your Bloglovin links here so I can check em out? :P 

2. New blog layout and design! You must have noticed that I've played around with the blog layout. Figured out how to work with basic HTML and sat up till 2 am working on it. Tell me what you think? I was going for a plain, spring look. My mood and tastes vary according to the weather et all. Of course, given it's study holidays where you're supposed to do everything else except study. 

What do you think of the new look?

Coming to today's outfit. 

There's a story behind each outfit and the inspiration. As I've said before, inspiration is everything. I don't really know what inspired me to do this, however I just felt like it one fine day and went ahead and did it. Mom was pretty surprised as she began shooting, and even asked me what I had in mind. 

Mom: What are you wearing?
Me: You know me *grins*
Mom: Yes, but this is just so different.
Me: Muahahaha.
Mom: I'm not scared of you. 
Me: You are, you are, let's click pictures.
Mom: Fine, go ahead and amuse me. 

Now you're freaked aren't you? Well, I shot this a while back but for some reason it kept getting postponed. I showed a picture from the shoot to my friends and they were pretty flabbergasted too. It's funny. Usually, people make comments on my outfits. Good. Bad. Weird. Something? For once, no one actually said anything. But, I gathered a lot from their eyes and expressions. 

Anyhoo, I shan't bug you anymore. Skip to the pictures, shall we?

Black lips are a very fall thing. I know, I know. I'm stuck in fall and I refuse to move. But, when have trends stopped me from wearing what I want to, when I want to?

Paired my dancey maxi with a comfy sweatshirt, braided my hair and added black lips and winged eyes to mix a ton of people into one look. The girl next door, Lady Gaga and of course ME. 

They say: 

Don't do dramatic eyes and lips together. Choose one. BROKE THE RULE.
People on the bulky side should avoid wearing skirts with lots of pleats and volume. BROKE THE RULE.
Don't mix many different styles into one. BROKE THE RULE. (I've got such a contrast of styles in this outfit).

Rule breaker much?

Won't say anything else.

You talk. 

What do you think? 

Sweatshirt, Maxi worn as skirt, Jacket: American Apparel; Bangles: ZOVI and thrifted

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Layered Colours

Time is funny. Sometimes it's unbearably slow; and other times it's zooming by. Funny how somethings seem so hard because of lack of time. Funny how you might have to compensate on doing one thing you love, for another you love equally Funny how time won't budge - 24 hours is all you've got. 

You can't bargain, you can't fight. You've got to accept it and live with it. 

Time rules you. 

You can rule time too?

After that random rant ^

Hello earthians, 

Let's jump to the pictures right away? I've got some summer hippie vibes being channeled. :P Don't you want to see?!

Today, I'm going to introduce you to Indiebazaar. 

Indiebazaar is an online retail store that provides independent artists and designers a platform to express their creativity. They deliver amazing goodies to your door and help make the entire online shopping experience all the more unique for the seller and the buyer. 

When they sent over goodies, I instantly instagrammed/facebooked them. :D Literally like delivering smiles, it arrived safely with great packaging and within 3 days. Obviously, I was overwhelmed. 

What's great about Indiebazaar is the collection. They have such a vast collection of shoes, bags, wallets, apparel, and even home decor. Everything has a touch of art and creativity and you can fill your wardrobes and homes with these splashes of colour! 

Their website is pretty easy to navigate through as well. I must say, I loved their shoe and jewellery collection. Loved the chunky necklaces and the pretty and different shoes that make them stand out from many other websites out there today. 

From traditional and ethnic to modern and western, you can find everything on Indiebazaar and it caters to everyone. What's more? They have stationary! If you know me, you'd know of my loveeee for stationary. Was I excited or what, when I saw that they had stationary. Such pretty ones at that. I've added so many of them to my wishlist and will soon be buying them. 

The mix of quirk and classy is what makes Indiebazaar a great place to shop at. 

Find Indiebazaar on Facebook

Outfit: Crop top, Sash: American Apparel; Necklace c/o Indiebazaar; Pants: Debenhams; Tank top: Thrifted; Slippers/Shoes/Jhootis: Flea market

Be back soon


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Bye Bye Split Ends, Hello Beautiful Hair!

The importance of braids in a girl's life is undeniable. If you've known me long enough, you'd know of my undying love for long hair and pretty braids.

When I was a child I used to sit in front of grandma and wait for her to braid my hair. After which, I'd carefully remain still so as to keep the braid intact. She'd braid my soft and silky hair into two side braids and add ribbons at the end of each. I would nod my head to see them jiggle and play around the entire house. My cousins remind me of this image till date because my braid was bigger than my head. It's like a love story that's still on...

Though I'm not that little girl anymore, I still love braids. Constantly on the look out for new braids and being called the 'braid queen' just goes on to show how I love braids. From fishtails to boho ones, I can wear a braid everyday and never get bored. The other day, I'd worn a fountainesque fishtail braid to college and someone asked me: "You do this to your hair everyday? So much patience?" and I replied, "Braids make me happy. Why wouldn't I like to braid my hair everyday if it makes me smile?"

Trust me, there's nothing you CAN'T do with a braid. From formal to casual, flea markets to luncheons, you can rock a braid anywhere. 

But all this is irrelevant when your hair isn't braid-worthy. Right?

As a child I always had medium length hair. But it was soft, silky and definitely split end free. Obviously if you've seen pictures you'd know that for the past year or two I've been going strong with long hair. It's something about the beauty it adds to your personality that draws me towards it, repeatedly. However, it's not split end free all the time. 

Long hair has a tendency to be prone to many problems. Most importantly split ends. With the heat, pollution and chemicals we put our hair through; it tends to become home to split ends. 

Split ends are a common problem for many people. From short hair to long hair, everyone goes through this phase at some point or the other. This occurs when the protective cuticle is destroyed at the end of the hair. The hair tends to split into two or more strands. Many people say split ends cannot be cured unless you chop them off and get rid of them. 

Dove surprised me yet again with a new solution for split ends. 

What they say:

The Dove Split End Rescue Shampoo is a part of the Dove Damage Solutions range, specially formulated to help bring split-ends together. It has fiber actives that work on the deepest level of your hair, to give you up to 4x lesser split-ends

When you have split ends, the first thing you want to do is cut your hair. But, I suggest trying Dove's Split End Rescue System instead. Magical solutions in a bottle. 

I have been dealing with crazy amounts of split ends because of change in weather and extreme stress. It was like fairy godmother had arrived, when Dove came out with this new range. I instantly grabbed it and have been using it for 2 weeks now. 

After using Dove's Split End Rescue System range, I must say that it's been nothing but nostalgia and happiness. I've gone back to feeling my soft and silky hair. I love looking at the perfect endings of my braids and every single time they bring out a smile on my face.  

While I must say that my split ends haven't entirely gone away, they have lessened and the endings have become softer and smoother. No breaks in your long tresses, say goodbye to them with Dove's new split end rescue system.

Everyone has bad hair days, everyone goes through hair problems, everyone has hair fall, everyone has crazy hair days. Dove clearly understands this for their wide range of solutions cater to all of these days. To everyone. I've been a fan of Dove for years now, it's like a family thing to use Dove. 

What's amazing about Dove is the pampering effect it brings on after a long shower. From the time I was a kid, mom would always buy Dove because it was most trusted. When I grew up, I decided that I wouldn't move on from it because it was my trusty fairy. It was always there. 

When you go to a shop and look for shampoos, you see black ones, pink ones, yellow ones and even green ones. But for me, it's always the white one. DOVE. From the damage therapy to intense repair and now split end rescue, Dove is a family name to me. It always will be...

The Dove Split End Rescue System Therapy
As suggested by Sonshu

1. Keep your favourite candles burning around you as you step into the shower. 
2. Play some light, relaxing music in the background. 
3. Pour the Dove Split End Rescue Shampoo into your palm in accordance with your hair length. 
4. Massage it gently onto your scalp and wet hair. 
5. Dance around for about five minutes. I usually pretend to ball room dance to Leona Lewis music. 
6. Rinse the shampoo with warmish cold water. 
7. Sing along to a Bruno Mars number. What I typically do is to sing to 'The Lazy Song'.
8. Grab the Dove Split End Rescue Conditioner.
9. Pour it into your palm according to your hair length. 
10. Massage this through the length of your hair with a shimmy hand movement so that it reaches every strand of hair. 
11. Dance to 'Thrift Shop' and show some hip-hop moves. 
12. Now you can wash this off. 
13. Put on your bathrobe and sit amidst the aroma of your favourite scents. 
14. Listen to Rihanna's 'Stay' and look at your new silky, smooth and strong hair in the mirror. 
15. Now, you have Rapunzel like hair, and of course your sweet scent will be impossible to ignore. 
16. Put the Dove Split End Rescue System Shampoo and Conditioner on your shopping list and SHOP AWAY! 


Yes, Dove is spreading smiles and happy endings. :D I'm happy! Are you?




This post was written for the Indiblogger and Dove contest.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Looking like rainbow barf


I must say that the impromptu blogging vacation or break was amazing. WHO AM I KIDDING? I missed blogging tons. So let me be honest, college happened, assignments, tests and hence no time happened. Thinking about the scenario, I can't really say it was a vacation. I haven't been on the blogosphere for over two weeks and it's March! This year indeed flew by fast know? 

However, I have been working a lot on my writing and also doing shoots for the blog etc. So now that I'm all pumped and kicked to be back, there's going to be a lot of posts. Sometimes I just get so exhausted after college that I just want to sleep. But I can't sleep, so I just lounge around. #LIKEABOSS.

Why you should look like Rainbow Barf?

1. Colours are cool. 
2. Rainbows are ultra cool.
3. People think you are from another planet
4. You look like an artist's palette
5. Instant therapy: Makes you happy

What's weird is that, if I told someone they looked like rainbow barf they'd probably be offended to the highest degree. See? My sense of humour is just creepy. I would just jump and be like "So cool yo" if someone called me rainbow barf. Now you can just jump to the pictures before I turn you deaf. 

Now that I've rambled enough.

Top and Pants: Gifted, Scarf: American Apparel, Bracelets: Here and There, Shoes: Zara, Bag: c/o Youshine (NOW ON SALE)



Saturday, March 2, 2013

Jack Is Back in Corporate Carnival

Cover Price: Rs 150
Format: Paper Back
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 307
Category: Fiction

About the author:

P.G.Bhaskar lives in Dubai with his wife and son. When asked what he does for a living, he sheepishly replies, 'banking'. He loves cricket and quizzes. (Information via Penguin Books India)

Blurb excerpt:

When a former colleague offers Jack Patel and his best friend Kitch a job with a conservative British bank in Dubai, Jack has no qualms about taking it up. Solidity and stability are just what he is looking for.

The Verdict:

When I get a book I always Google it to find out more about the author and some unknown interesting aspects about it. On doing the same with Jack Is Back In Corporate Carnival, I realized that there was another book in the series ie Jack Patel's Dubai Dreams. After reading the summery of the first book, I realized that this might not be a sequel, just a book with the same character. I have to say that I couldn't stop myself from making connections with The Bankster because of the obvious corporate connection. Obviously however, there are pretty different from each other. 

Jack Is Back In Corporate Carnival in a few words is about corporate struggles, family dramas, friendships. You get to see Jack's professional and personal life and experience the roller coaster ride that his life is. From the stingy departments at work to his funny friend Kitch, you will love the book for the one liners and humour that it brings to Jack's life. I haven't read P.G. Bhaskar before, but I do know that through this book his style has been very easy to understand. Of course his humour is pretty amusing along with the constant dedication to keep you awake and wanting to read more. 

'Does my bum look big in this?' Mina asked.

No,' I said quickly. On the verge of celebrating my first wedding anniversary, I was a veteran of twelve months at disposing of such questions. 

The travels from Africa to Chennai are one to watch out for. Jack's annoying and tough clients. I found the 'Zulu' language aspect of it very interesting. Keen to learn the language much? The reality in the relationships displayed with a mix of fiction makes the book very easy to believe and read. Of course the power struggles that are constantly hovering in the corporate world are portrayed well through the book. It claims to be the 'Funniest Book of the Year'. I wouldn't say 'Funniest' but it was pretty funny. With football that affects his bank, helps his friend's brother find true love, insane scenarios with his clients; the author brings out one humourous moment after another and leaves you wanting for more. 

Little details in Jack's life are described with great clarity and this descriptive style of writing gives the author a thumbs up from my side. I did enjoy the little para gliding symbol at the corner of each page descending as you read more. Kitch and Galiya, Jack and Mina are to watch out for along with the witty events that unfold as you turn each page. 

Go catch this book over the week if you want some humour in your life and delve into the   Jack Patel's! 

BUY: Flipkart: Rs 150  Rs 144