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. 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Inside Bangalore Fashion Week

A lot of times bloggers skip collection previews and product launches, but everyone makes it to fashion week. A lot of my relatives and friends have often asked me what fashion week is like, so this time I decided to take you with me to Bangalore Fashion Week 2015, 13th edition powered by Snapdeal. I decided to do things a little different rather than just a trend report so I’ve collected footage of some of my favourite collections as well as ones I didn’t particularly enjoy. Surprise! I also got some behind the scenes peeks from hair and makeup and some outfits straight from fashion week goers. 

COME. YOU! Let’s go. 

I think it’s safe to say that I’m not sitting anymore because I’m jumping around the room screaming!

Also, hello August!


Friday, July 17, 2015


There are very few things that excite me as much as working on a project where I get to do all the things I love, like this one. I don’t know if it’s the mad waves of thought or the kicks that I keep giving myself to stop being lazy - there’s something appealing about self projects. It’s really different from working in a team because here, you are the team. While that does mean you get a lot of creative freedom (who doesn’t love that), it also means being organised about your thoughts all the time (not to mention the stares you will get from people while self-timing your photographs). Looking back, all those moments are worth it when you’re adding final touches in post production. In this project I wanted to bring in all the elements that have had a huge impact on me. From what I was wearing to how I posed, from the lighting to the aperture, from the words to the colours, each element was important to create the final piece. I found that expressing myself through this project was not only easier because I got to put pieces of myself in each element, but also very therapeutic. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I loved working on it. I’d love to hear your feedback so I can work on improving and adding more the next time. 

If you’d like to know more about the concept, the story and the way I went about shooting it, leave a comment below or message me and I’ll do a post on it. If you want to follow more of my design adventures, follow me on Instagram @sonaksha. 


P.S: I’m looking for photographers to collaborate with on future shoots, let me know if you’re interested. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Wearing everything a plus-size girl shouldn’t wear

Yes, it’s just another day in the wearing-everything-a-plus-size-girl-shouldn’t wear-series 
a.k.a this website. 

Peplum: A short overskirt that is usually attached to a fitted jacket, blouse or dress

Peplum was all over the runways and magazines a while ago, and while it was never my favourite trend, I recently read how fat girls should avoid them as they add layers of weight to the tummy area and create an appearance of being heavier. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that a statement like that spikes the rebellious ‘curvy' ‘fat' 'plus-size' girl in me. I had to. However, I took the peplum trend a step further and added layers to match what I had in mind. Now this isn’t a peplum top per se, but it follows the same style and design so I had to use it when I found it in my wardrobe. 

There’s something about chunky jewellery - every time I shift to a more minimal style, there’s one day when I go all out and pull out my chunky jewellery. Clearly this was one of those days. Also, I love bindis so I take every chance I have to wear them. 

I can’t wait to see what else people think 'plus-size’ girls shouldn’t wear, because I totally will wear them. Since it’s out there now, tell me if you’ve come across something people constantly advice plus-size people not to do/wear and I’d love to break that tip. 

On that note, I happened to stumble upon this annoying comment: Plus Size Clothing should not be available on high street

I can’t remember the last time someone wanted to explore a new hobby
rather than make it to Instagram’s popular page. 

I can’t remember the last time they told us what it felt like to be in love with a human being, 
and not her new profile picture. 

I can’t remember the last time we woke up and wished each other good morning,
rather than checking 256 new WhatsApp notifications. 

I can’t remember and it’s scary.

I’ve been thinking about this for a while and quickly jotted this down during an auto ride. I put it at the end of the post because shooting this post was not just fun but also really therapeutic because I spent a long time twirling around on a windy Bangalore day and just watching people go about daily activities like playing, walking, jogging and meditating. There’s something calming about watching people laugh and look relaxed.


(No outfit details because they’re all flea market purchases except for the skirt which I have stolen from my mom, forever)

Monday, July 6, 2015

Get Monsoon Ready with these looks!

It’s here. 
The rains are here. 
The woes are here.
Mucky roads, scary puddles and splashing water. 

Monsoon is one of those seasons that I love to hate. I love the rains, which you probably already know if you follow me on Twitter since I sound like a weather reporter whenever it’s raining. But, it’s also extremely annoying when you’re stuck outside during the rains. While the rains here aren’t as scary as the ones in Mumbai, they definitely have their moments too. Most times I find myself waking up during monsoon afraid to wear something because of the weather predictions. But that can’t mean that I have no options right? I wanted to see what my options were so I decided to make a fashion board with some monsoon inspiration from Limeroad.

I love wearing bright colours during monsoon. The skies are gloomy so turn the day around with really bright colours on your clothes. The great thing about monsoon is that it’s never too hot, never too cold. So this is the perfect season to pull out those dresses, rompers and flowy tops. 

With the first look I paired this really pretty Ikat print dress with some basic orange and brown sandals. I prefer avoiding too many layers during monsoon because you don’t want to be managing your long cardigan while skipping through the puddles. I wanted the focus to be on the dress so I went with similar tones for the accessories. The orange necklace adds a nice pop since the neckline is really basic. I had to pick out this backpack when I saw it because it’s so fuss-free! I love how it’s PVC and that’s perfect for the rain, of course it also goes with the vibe of the dress. 

If you’re not a sandals person you can switch those out for rain boots or jelly shoes. Whatever you’re comfortable with. But I suggest avoiding leather or suede shoes because they’re really not great with the rain. Don’t be afraid to mix the colours because the brighter, the better. 

I’ve noticed that it’s easier to feel down during monsoon because the weather tends to have this sleepy effect on you. The solution for me is to compensate with neon colours. I’ve noticed that neons are a favourite during monsoon. There’s something about bright greens and pinks against gray skies that’s just perfect. This outfit is a little more dressy, if you’re attending a brunch or something semi-formal. The hot pink is so in-your-face that I didn’t think it would need a jacket to go with it. However I played with using tones of the hot pink in the other accessories. 

The necklace is a huge statement because the romper is a solid colour. As you can see, it is beaded and multi-coloured. I had to add this sling bag because it’s so neon, printed and perfect to grab the essentials. I always try and add some funky prints to my outfit, for instance the tribal inspired print here is a small addition. Since sandals aren’t really everyone’s choice, particularly for a more formal event, I went for these ballet flats. However, if you think they can get ruined in the rain, always carry an emergency pair of flip flops. They can be life savers! I’ve linked a pair that I found particularly cute above. 

Biggest and most obvious monsoon tip: 
NEVER leave the house without an umbrella, unless you want to be soaking wet. 

When I was on the website, I stumbled upon some other fun stuff that I absolutely love during the monsoons, and have particularly been loving this year. As you can see, the cushion cover and phone cover are umbrella prints and I’ve been on the hunt for really fun monsoon prints like that so I’m definitely going to go ahead and buy some. Can we also talk about how perfect that tea light holder is? I want it. NOW. I love candles, scented ones all the more. So if you do too, this is a perfect cosy addition to your room. But if you’re not a candle person, switch it for this really cool LED glass bottle that’ll add the cosy warm feel to your room minus the smoke. My favourites have to be those rainbow aviators. I NEED them right now. How funky are they? And the pineapple sling because pineapples are the fruit of the season. Haven’t you seen them everywhere? I’m talking fashion season. Pineapples are the new owls. 

If you’re wondering why I chose Limeroad over the other websites to do this monsoon post, let’s talk about how they have plus sizes. One of the biggest criteria for me when I’m browsing a website is to see if they cater to all sizes and body types and I was super excited, impressed and happy that Limeroad has an entire section dedicated to plus-size. I’m going to go shop now. 

Now that you’re monsoon ready, tell me what your favourite monsoon accessory is? 


Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored by Limeroad, but was written as a part of a contest.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Plus-Size or Not?

I’ve often used this space as a medium to express my opinions, most times they just involve me stating what I think about a certain event or an issue. But today I’m a little confused. I’ve been thinking about this for a really long time now and it’s been bugging me, in a I’m-not-going-to-leave-your-brain-till-you-have-a-clear-idea kind of way. 

A while ago I came across this campaign by Stefania Ferrario and Ajay Rochester and they call it #DropThePlus. This is a campaign to stop the usage of the word plus-size. The idea is to get rid of this term, since it has become a label to define women who don’t conform to a certain body type or size. The aim seems to be to break the existing stereotypes about beauty in the fashion industry and to be recognised by your work rather than your measurements. After reading about this campaign and the thoughts that went behind it, I began wondering if the term plus-size is just another scheme to add to the ones already existing in body shaming. 

But that wasn’t enough. I had to know more. A little research directed me towards Stefania’s quote: "I'm NOT proud to be called 'plus', but I AM proud to be called a 'model', that is my profession!” While it does seem like the campaign is meant to break existing definitions of beauty, I can’t help but wonder if the model herself is offended being called “plus” because our society condemns fatness. The campaign suddenly seemed less about changing society standards and more about the fear and embarrassment that comes with being fat. So is it okay to deny the relevance of the word plus-size?

The campaign clearly wants to deny the differences between body sizes, but there are differences, and these differences are real. We live them. Rather than dropping the term, a more sensible solution would be to change the market in such a way that it makes equal space for all body sizes. Completely banishing the term plus-size might just take us on a downward spiral back to where we began. Rather than being ashamed of being called plus-size, we should embrace it. We should understand the differences in body sizes the way we understand differences in culture. Just as there is a section for petite people, there is one for plus-size.

But this argument leads me back to wondering if this is also a way that we conform to a beauty standard that exists and consider ourselves outside it, away from the norm? Should we just drop all the terms and refer to ourselves as women? Or should we acknowledge these differences and be proud of them? 

I want to know what you think since this seems to be a never-ending loop in my head. 

Yes, this is the first time I’m baring my arms on the blog. 
Yes, they are fat. 
No, I don’t care. 

Now that I’m on this mission to break all the fat myths, here goes another one. 

Outfit details: Dress: Flea market, Goa, Rings: Thrifted, Necklace: Levitate, Shoes: Pondicherry


Monday, June 29, 2015


This blog has not only been a space for my ramblings, rants and scribbles but also one for experimentation with my personal style. I’ve spoken about how I enjoy creating outfits based on themes, characters and stories I’ve written. Usually I also just narrow it to a single piece in my head and create an outfit with that. I’ve lately discovered that though I experiment so much with how I pair each clothing item in my wardrobe, I do have a favourite. Something that I think others would associate as an image in their head with my name, something you’d definitely catch me wearing a lot and something I usually gravitate towards unthinkingly. 

Basically, an outfit like this is not only simple to put together but also really makes it seem like you’ve put a lot of effort, more so if you’re running short on sleep and still want to look decent. So obviously this became my go-to outfit during college when I had to get ready in five minutes and almost never had more than 2 hours of sleep. Most days I’d end up wearing printed pants and kurtis or tops along with some layered bracelets and necklaces. There’s something about printed pants that makes them so effortlessly lovely to look at. And my hair was usually fuss free in a bun/top knot or a braid. But since I’m not in college, why not let it be now!

Someone messaged me on The Sonshu page on Facebook recently, asking for suggestions for college outfits. I realised I hadn’t ever really documented what I wore to college most days so ta-daaaah! 

Also, it’s become really hard to shoot for the blog because the winds are insane, so as you can see, everything is flying. 

Oh oh oh, tell me what your staple outfit is, or maybe even what you wore/wear/plan to wear to college? 

Outfit details: 
Pants: Colaba, Mumbai
Shoes: Westside
Top: Goa
Necklaces: Levitate and Commercial Street 



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Vacation in the Clouds

Hi you, 

As a recent graduate (not even a month old), the most popular question in my life has gone from “What’s up?” to “Have you got a job?” (No, really, not even kidding). I’m quite tired of the horrified looks I get when I say I’m taking a break. I know that for some this question comes from a place of curiosity and others, care, but I think that this is the first time in years that I don’t have something that will necessarily go on my resume and I’m okay with that. Almost everyone associates ‘taking a break’ with someone who is directionless in life.

I’ve always been someone who constantly works, project after project, not a breather. This decision to take a break was a well thought out one, and when I made it I know that a lot of peers were shocked (still are), and a lot of other friends are quiet stunned too. But it’s okay to not always be that person who works non-stop. 

The last three years have been crazy in terms of the number of assignments, internships, freelance work and what not. I’m not tired, but I want to take a break to focus on some self teaching, some personal projects (writing, designing, painting) till I find something I really want to do. I’d rather wait around than accept a job that’s going to make me frustrated every morning. It’s important to enjoy and love what you do, because that’s when the killing, the pressure, the work, feels really good. And I can say that because I loved everyday of what I studied - the subjects, the assignments, the work, the endless papers I had to read, the writing - it was something that truly made those sleepless nights worth it. 

This is turning out to be a rant. I just wanted to throw it out there for everyone reading.

It’s been a month and a few weeks of this break and I’m so glad to have taken it. It has given me time to travel, read, draw, paint and learn so many new things that I’ve always wanted to. It’s okay if none of these things are going on my resume. They’re always going to stay with me, and I’m okay with that. 

2,3 and 4 were shot when I wasn’t ready, and somehow they still made it to the post. I guess it’s good to go with the unpredictable every now and then? 

Also, yes, new header and theme for the blog. (Surpriseeeee) I really wanted a change from the previous one so I decided to mess with some patterns and drawings and designed this. What do you think? 

Outfit details: Top: River Island, Pants: H&M, Clutch: Splash 

Thank you for your lovely comments, messages and responses to my previous post. It really does feel lovely to be back!


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

I’m alive.


I won’t blame you if you’ve assumed I’m dead, hibernating or never coming back. After reading numerous posts on how to get back to your blog after taking a break I’ve decided that I’m not going to follow anything I’ve read. How can I just not talk about my absence from the blog and just avoid it like it should get a hint and run away? Not happening. 

I stopped blogging in October, and back then it wasn’t conscious decision. I didn’t just wake up and decide to stop blogging. It happened. Amidst the piles of work and sleepless nights, I stopped having the ability to process my thoughts here. I was still writing, for class, but I never figured out how to access this space again. For a while I just got caught up with assignments. But then, in the last month or so of being relatively free, it’s been hard to return here.  

I think I just felt like I had too much to say, too much to catch up on and I’d been gone too long. Everything looked unfamiliar. 

Today, I woke up and decided that I was tired of feeling like a stranger on my blog and that is why I’m here. For a long time I felt like I’d outgrown this space or I couldn’t do this anymore but that wasn’t it. I’ve written on this blog since before I could construct meaningful sentences, there’s so much here and this blog has been a constant in the process of growing up. It always will be. I think the unfamiliarity scared me. But I’m done with waking up and feeling like I can’t write here. 

A little break the ice thing since it’s been long: 

I’ve been painting and documenting my doodles and drawings on
I’ve been travelling a lot more in the last two months than I have in the last two years. 
Being back on this blog feels really nice. It always was my happy space.
There’s a surprise coming up soooooooooooooon.
 I graduated. I’m done with college. 
 I cut my hair a while ago. 
I’m still fat. 

Outfit details: Skirt: Splash, Shoes: American Swan

I’ve often been told, "Oh Sonaksha, you look so pretty, but...if you lost a little weight beta (child).” I’m so tired of the buts. I’m so tired of having to appear thin. So I decided to wear this - a crop top and this skirt that I love and everyone else hates because it ‘makes me look fat’. Well there’s nothing to be made, because I am. 

Now that it’s out of the way. 

I’ll see you soon.

I’ve missed you.