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.