November 10, 2018

Diwali 2018: Something Special


Happy Diwali! 2018

This Diwali was a special one. Not only was it the most beautiful one, but also, it was extremely confusing one.

I bet most of you will be aware of what Diwali is but if you are not then here is the gist - It's an Indian festival that is celebrated every year with people decorating their homes, visiting loved ones, stuffing faces with sweets and other unhealthy food and bursting crackers (which is reducing y-o-y, thank god for that!).

As many of you know from my Instagram stories and highlights, that I recently moved to this new apartment in the same city. It was our first Diwali in this new place so we had all the more reason to go all out with the decoration and cleaning!

I wrote, confusing because it might be my last single Diwali ;). Let's see what the future holds for me but I had mixed feelings through the few days of the festivities. Although, Diwali takes place on one designated day since it is the BIGGEST festival in India; the decoration, shopping on auspicious days (Dhanteras), buying gifts for near & dear ones, etc. takes days. 

I can't complain as I LOVE 1. Decorating my place 2. I'm all for spending time with family 3. I love seeing happy faces.

 

What do People do on Diwali?


This is how a typical Diwali day looks like in an Indian family - we get up early and clean our house (if we haven't earlier).

By Diwali most people would have decorated with flowers and streamers, a series of lights inside and outside the house, if not, they do it today.

Rangoli (an art form made on the floor, usually outside the door to welcome guests) is made with various coloured grains (or other materials) or flowers. Nowadays, artificial stick-on acrylic ones that look really beautiful and are fuss-free.

We decorate the mandir with new deities and lighting diyas in and around the house.

 

What I Wore on Diwali


This Diwali, I wore this beige and hot pink ethnic suit gifted by my future in-laws on my birthday. I thought what better way to commence the Hindu New Year than by wearing new clothes gifted by a future family :)

I paired the suit with my favourite traditional sandals, mom's pink danglers and brass bangles bought from Diwali Mela (I told you Diwali is BIG. We have huge exhibitions and Diwali festival events in every city).







Rangoli made by me - Also, hand-painted diyas

Rangoli made by my mom


Our new society and how it looks from outside. People decorate their galleries with colourful lights.

Aerial view of the rangoli I made.




WEARING:
Suit - Meena Bazaar, Sandals - Metro, Bangles - Diwali Mela, Thrift, Earrings - BGs


What are your thoughts? Do you celebrate Diwali? How was it for you?
I did not burst crackers this time as a) too much pollution in Delhi b) Just waste of money.

What are your thoughts on bursting crackers? Would love to know below.

Till then, keep rocking!
xoxo
Akanksha

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October 20, 2018

6 Gorgeous Dresses - Every Woman Should Own


Not all dresses are created equal. Some fit well for parties while some others are timeless classics worth investing in for special days like a wedding.

No matter what the excuse or the occasion, dresses are always worth buying and investing in.

Here, we bring you the top six kinds of dresses every girl should try to get her hands on! Read ahead 

1. The Shirt Dress - Tired of all those regular office formals and looking forward to trying something new? A shirt dress is something that you must try in such a case! It is a kind of dress designed for the ladies borrowing details and features from a man's shirt.

Available in many fabrics like denim, cotton and even synthetic, the dress often includes a collar, a button front, or cuffed sleeves. Shirt dresses often fit loose. This can be attributed to the fact that they are typically cut without a seam at the waist.

You need to use a belt to define the waist in a shirt dress. Say hello to amazing dress days with a chic shirt dress and leave everyone in the awe of your cool fashion sense. 

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2. Casual Maxis - Maxi dresses are known for making women super happy during the summer!  And why should it not be after all? It is easy to wear, carry around, looks chic and feels super comfortable.
Pair it up with flip-flops and some fun accessories to completely rock the party look. These are even perfect for movie dates. Actually, a maxi dress is a timeless classic. Plain black or red maxi dresses are all-time favourites among the women.

Pulling off a minimal or no makeup look with a maxi is just the perfect thing for summers. 
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3. The Corset Dress - A Corset Dress, as it turns out to be, is a long corset. Although it resembles the traditional corset, it is long enough to cover the legs, making it look like a dress - hence the name.  Corset dresses used to be very famous among the ladies in the 90s. Of late, these have regained their position in the fashion world.

A corset dress is known for defining the curves very elegantly thus making you look more attractive. A corset dress paired up with a nice pair of heels and some accessories is enough to make you look like a diva!

These modern style dresses are functional and fashionable enough to be worn, just about anywhere, with complete comfort. 
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4. The Sheath Dress - A Sheath Dress is yet another popular dress option that ladies love to wear. A classic black sheath dress is all that you need to fill that void in your wardrobe. Couple this with some light jewellery and shoes and get ready to rock the party.

These are the perfect choices for parties and family gatherings. Another reason these are popular is that they don’t drown you and work perfectly well for petite women. Besides that, you could even opt for printed t-shirts, so trendy, that it would suit you well enough even if you are plus size.

That’s the beauty of it, certainly a must-have in your wardrobe. 
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5. The Floor Length Gown - Floor-length gowns are the true example of the royal look. There is no way that you can turn this option down for marriage and reception parties. You can wear it in spaghetti style sweetheart neck or a V- Neck style.

Either way, they look larger than life and are grand and voluminous. You can safely go for a heavy makeup look with floor-length gowns as they are generally plain and have room for accessories without making you look extra loud. 

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6. The Slip Dress - Slip dresses make you look effortlessly sexy. They have what it takes to rock the look without looking extravagant. Wear it over your favourite tee or pair it up with your cool sneakers. Throw on some earrings and you are all set to go.

Besides, a classic black slip dress becomes even more glamorous when decorated with some intricate lace. This all-time classic look will surely strike a chord with you and become one your favourites.

With so many dresses and options available, it is hard to select the right one for any occasion. Maxi dresses are the secret to looking cute and comfortable during the summer, while mini dresses are perfect for a girls’ night out. 
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Fitness apparels can be the best fashion and fitness gifts while slip dresses are perfect for birthdays and weddings. Lastly, it narrows down to what suits your taste and makes you feel beautiful about yourself. 

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How many of these dresses do you own? What's your score out of 6?
Comment below

xoxo
Akanksha  

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August 26, 2018

7 Hot Outfit Ideas With Corsets Thigh High Stockings: Back to the 90s

August babe

Bell bottoms, high rise bottoms, vintage corsets and thigh highs made quite a rage in the 90s and are all set to rock your wardrobe once again.

Here we bring you top 7 hot and exclusive ideas for outfits containing corsets and thigh-high and stockings.
Be it a house party, a pool party, a casual get together or a formal office party, corsets and thigh highs can give you the look you have been aspiring for since long. Moreover, it is important to break the monotony after a certain period. These outfit ideas will not only give you a different and retro look but also make you the star of the event by the aura they create!

1. A Loose Bohemian Dress With Thigh High Stockings

A loose bohemian dress can be perfectly paired with thigh high stockings and a hat to get a totally different and admirable look. Since the 1960s, Boho fashion has earned itself an important place in the fashion industry. The carefree aura that it creates and the hip culture that it signifies has been attracting people for long. It is equally popular even today and has never disappointed anyone! The effortless look that it gives and the ease with which it can be carried are other factors behind its popularity. Thigh high stockings perfectly complement the free look of the dress and add sophistication to it. This can give you a complete Boho-Chic look for the chocolate and wine party you are planning to throw over the weekend.

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2. Thigh High With A Romper

Rompers and jumpsuits are two popular all-weather options among women. Pairing thigh high stockings with a romper can make it a fantastic choice for the fall. Being effortless and versatile, rompers have been more popular among teenagers as compared to the working class. Wearing a body shaping corset under a romper can enhance the look even more. Moreover, you don’t need to wait for the weather to officially get warm before starting wearing a romper. Just pair it with matching thigh high stockings and some cool accessories and you are good to go!
Kitten heels or wedge sandals can go hand in hand with your romper.
Source in the below image: Jennifer Wang, Lookbook 

3. High-Waisted Shorts With A Corset Top 

Corsets offer the most variety when it comes to upper wear. They can literally be teamed with anything and can be worn over the dress, under the dress or even as a corset belt!

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August 4, 2018

Junagarh Fort Bikaner: Myriad Colours - FICTITIOUS FASHION

Hey readers

To continue off the series from a few posts before, here is the last part of the series.

I brought three of the VERY Indian outfits you can see on one blog. First being, the Lucknow Chikankari suit behind the pastel pink backdrop and the second being, the three Bikaner wedding outfits for Mehendi, shaadi and reception.

Today you will see the most typical yet beautiful of all forts in Bikaner, the Junagarh Fort. You know how nature grows around something that is 'supposed to be' a hurdle (e.g. tree roots around a rock). The same way, but opposite, the modern city of Bikaner has grown around the Junagarh Fort a.k.a. 'Old Fort'.

As we proceed through these pictures, I will take you through the enchanting history behind each image. Stay with me on this one. It is not every day that a fashion blogger acts a guide to an Indian fort.

Bikaneri Haveli, Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

Welcome to the Junagarh Fort in Bikaner. This is the pride of Bikaner city. The perfect staircase, the dome-shaped door, the tiles and other architectural words, are definitely an architect maven. Just look at this monochromatic beauty. Guess, monochrome look in Fashion was inspired by this?


Some parts of the haveli were restricted for the public so only a few Mahals were open to tourists.

 

This was our entrance to one of the forts. These iron curtains, I wouldn't mind staying behind in.

Anup Mahal, Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

Welcome to Anup Mahal. The guide said that the tiles were Italian and we could see ornate mirrors on ceiling and latticework on doors and pillars like on the respective ends above. This was known for its grandest construction. Guess we had a great taste back then as well.

One thing you should know about me is that personally, I'm not a great devotee or hold pride 

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July 8, 2018

Celebrity Hairstyles: Inspiration

Hi people

For the past one year, maybe even over an year, I have been obsessed with a few celebrities.
Celebrity habits, shopping style, behind-the-scenes and their life in general!

Celebrities are the biggest influencers and whenever a celebrity does something new, fans go crazy and want to follow the same.

Following celebrity hairstyles is one of the most easiest of those changes! If your  celebrity has changed their hairstyle recently, you can most likely adapt that, than wearing an ornate dress at the Met ball! But, changing hairstyles that often requires a lot of investment in terms of:
- quality of hair
- maintenance
- stopping the hair from being washed out completely
- maintaining one's image (unless you are going Taylor Swift in showing that you have changed)

But, can you honestly change your hair as often as they do? We cannot! The expense to maintain our hair, will bear us down.
Enter wigs and extensions. Until a few years ago, wigs were meant for transgenders or sick people who have lost their hair. They were NOT for entertainment purposes. But, this didn't stop women from selling their hair for a few bucks. For some, it was how they sustained their livelihood.

Now, remy, non-remy and virgin hairs are sold along the lines of hair colours and other cosmetics. For you it could mean, a makeover while for someone else it is a compensation to their lack of hair-growth or other hair related problems.

Lace wigs have become so popular these days. I recently saw a video where a magazine editor went from salon to salon, to find the best lace wigs in the world.

There are a lot of variations that celebs do, that are easy to follow. Read along.

Clockwise Top left: Kylie Jenner, Margot Robbie, Gigi Hadid, UniWigs, Blake Lively, Priyanka Chopra


Kylie Jenner - The lady with the fastest career (and personal= new mom) growth, wasted no time in hitting the salon chair as soon as 2018 hit. Her hair experiments are crazy and she is known to carry blonde, black and whites - all effortlessly.

Curls would really suit you if you have a long, oval and thin face.

Shorter hair look great in curls and waves. Ashley Tisdale, Margot Robbie (above) and Leighton 

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