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Fashion Tips for the Office Goers

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Office is that one place were we spent so much time working that we always want to wear anything that gives us comfort. We look for anything that is easy to wear and has not too much going on. Only the daredevils opt to wear a saree at work which in itself is a task to do. But there should be a style manual for the office goers. They surely need one. I see people wearing almost anything for the sake of work. Their is no colour coordination, or anything but some might contradict that its an office and not a runway but this one is only for those who wish to make fashion their best friend!

Zara Formals

First things first, no matter if you’re going to an office looking pretty and smart is never off limits. One should always look presentable not because the world wants it but also when you dress good you feel good. Its all about feeling good. Opt for things that are for your body type, skin tone and that suits you. Because wearing anything that makes you feel uneasy is not something that we want.

Then try to find time for fashion, before you good to bed choose the outfit you want to wear the next day and then find the appropriate accessory to go with it. Even in the morning wake up a little early to spend time on yourself, REMEMBER: its an office and not a runway so don’t stress on putting to much makeup. Just a good amount of moisturiser along with a right of BB cream, maybe an under eye cream (only if you need one), along with an eye liner or a kajal which ever you prefer. After doing so its completely onto you whether you choose to pick a darker shade of lipstick or lighter shade. But then again, if you are putting both an eye liner and a kajal and then a dark shade of lipstick it will look as if you are out for a party.

aurelia

Thirdly, the right kind of clothes. For the ones who always prefer traditional, I think Aurelia and W have the best collection for office goers. Their kurtas are very office friendly there is not much work, it’ll either be thread work or some print and thats it. Moreover, W is trendy they have kurtas and suits which are very modern in terms of style.

W

 

The Label Life

For those who are modern and also dress in a casual way like jeans and trousers and stuff. The label life is the brand for you. They have a very trendy collection of shirts and tops which can be worn in meetings and offices. If you think that the designs are to much for you to carry, then Zara Basic is extremely in that sense. In terms of shirts their formal collection is outstanding and the same is with H&M but then in H&M you might have a problem with the lower, their lowers or trousers don’t really have the right fit. And for the modern ones, who prefer wearing skirts and dresses to work, all hail Donna from the TV series, Suits. Make her your goddess and workshop her because her fashion sense and her office dresses will surely become a dream for you to have.

Donna from Suits

Fashion Tips for the Skinny Body Type

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We should celebrate our bodies no matter how healthy or skinny we are. There are a lot of videos and blogs on how should a person with a healthier body type should dress up. But in my opinion its high time someone did a blog on how skinny people should dress up to celebrate their bodies. Firstly, do not care of what others think of you what really matters is what you think of yourself, which is the only opinion you should really care about.

Dolly Singh

Secondly, dress according to your size, the skinny ones are always buying clothing that are slightly bigger than their actual size which makes them look even more thin and skinny. Wear the right kind of clothes, no matter how tight they are. Also, in older days there were not too many brands with all the size ranges, but now we have brands like H&M, Forever 21, even Zara that like to keep clothes of all sizes. I personally feel Zara has the best range of jeans and lowers as in they have jeans of literally all the sizes which is a rarity as Zara gives the best fitting of jeans. And for tops, shirts I think Forever 21 has probably the best range in terms of quality, variety, and sizes. I never came back home disappointed from forever 21.

Sarah Hyland

Thirdly, celebrate who you are. If you are still not able to find your mojo then take some inspiration from some of the skinny personalities who are just breaking all the taboos. First on my mind is, Modern Family star, Sarah Hyland. She is a diva and she is 27 years old. But look at her thin structure it makes her look younger. And the way she dresses makes you wanna take some notes out of it. She is often seen wearing crop tops. Which is a perfect advice for the thin structured people. If you are thin then flaunt your structure, wear crop tops, racer back top and every thing that accentuates your waist line, and your neck line. Upon wearing a crop top wear some jewellery like Sarah, big hoops are a huge thumbs up.

Sarah Hyland

And then why just crop top wear them with some ripped jeans, styled hair and a dark sexy lip shade. And for footwear prefer anything with a little height not only heels, but even opting for shoes with some heels. Thin people with a good height are no less than a model. And because you are thin you can experiment with a lot of jeans, skirts, shorts even. Try avoiding to much fabric, like flowing gowns because they will just highlight your structure in a way that you end up looking like a hanger.

If you still are under confident then start with some layer, experiment a lot with jackets, cardigans, shrugs and anything which is an add on layer and not the primary one. And for some further inspiration go check Dolly Singh, Instagram handle, Spill_the_sass which is something every skinny should see to learn and praise what you have. Dolly according to the Indian standards has probably the best wardrobe sense even though she is skinny and sexy at the same time.Also if clothing still make you uncomfortable with your body then divert the attention to your make up and hair that is the best way to draw someones attention to your talent and not your physique.

Lakme Fashion Week, Day 3

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From Day 3 began the tremendous flare of the fashion week. I mean from Day 3 the line up of all the designer was just great. We saw so many big actor and actresses walk the ramp for some of the very famous and acclaimed designers. There were outfits and fabrics that blew us away and it was something that any fashion enthusiast would have died to be there.

Line up included very acclaimed and the most talented duo, Flaguni shane Peacock, then the amazingly gifted person  with loads of creativity, Tarun Tahiliani. We also saw the refreshing collection by Gaurang. Two very different collection also made an appearance on the ramp, Amooh, and Anaam. Lastly with a Circa Malgudi. But besides the supremely talented designers fashion week are fairly interesting because they make us come across some very quirky and stylish fashion bloggers who are seen capturing the moments at fashion week. These bloggers are just a notch ahead of us with their style and looks.

Bloni Atelier

The regeneration of all the electric colors was all that glittered on the runway when it was time for Bloni Atelier to shake the runway with some jazz. The hair web was a total eye catcher. But the web was not behind the crown but instead in front! Who would have thought of that, that was something which made it clear that it is the Day 3 of fashion festival and it is going to get more interesting.

ASA

Bloni and ASA were part of the same time slot. But ASA was different than Bloni. Their outfits had more earthy colors and the way the models walked up the ramp it was like some sort of a drill. But it was very exquisite and different. We saw heena green, tangy orange, nudes and all the cool shades on the ramps.

Rahul and Shikha

Fresh, easy, breezy colors and lovely prints. The Virsa by Rahul and Shikha was a window to the beautiful summers and similar to an evening spent in a garden. The outfits were very flowy and had a lot of fabrics and beautiful prints of bees and flowers. As accessories the models wore over size glasses and had slings. There were very minute details to the creation especially the button which had flower embroidery on them.

Gaurang

There was a lot teal that was soon in his collection. Teal and gold embroidery saree and dresses and capes so many other elements all out of the same tone. The one popping fact that all the models from Gauging’s collection had was that they were sporting a grey coloured ‘tikka’ which was very contrasting to the teal shaded outfits. Also, the hair of all models were wrapped by a shimmery fabric but again in teal color. But not to be too biased with regards to the tone of the collection, the collection also had soft shade of blues.

431_88

Well, well, well, their designs were red carpet worthy. Anyone wearing them wouldd create a statement then and their itself. They were raunchy, stylish, full of tassels, glamorous and everything that a red carpet look needs. 431-88 made the runway lit with all the glamour and sexy designs.


Falguni Shane Peacock

Straight away moving onto the elephant in the room( though its not really a room) but even then on the closing if the show one would have never thought of seeing Karan Johar walking the runway in silver hair. Yes, thats what the husband wife duo did they made him walk the ramp with so much panache and poise no one would have ever thought of. Also it was Sonakshi Sinha accompanying him in the closing of their collection. The collection that the FSP brought to the runway was set in black. It was all glittery and shimmery without the signature FSP feathers clinged to the outfits.

Tarun Tahiliani

This was probably the best closing collection in the 3 day fashion festival. This time got some pastel hues to life oknt the runway. The designs were elegant, and so amazing. There were a lot lehenga that we spotted on the ramp. All of them looking super gorgeous. There wasn’t even one design were we could even find faults. The collection was really elegant and very quintessential. Kriti Sanon closed the show and looked superb in the floral lehenga. It was a brilliant wedding wear collection. And the waterline silver eye liner just took our breaths away.

 

 

 

Music Awards

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It was a great coincidence as the two music awards from different parts of the world took place yesterday. The Grammy’s and the Mirchi Music awards took place yesterday and it was great to see the vivd contrast between the western and eastern music awards and the celebs who attended it. Though in a way its a WWW part 6 but this time we have the fashion police keeping the check on the style quotient of the award night.

Starting from the best dressed from both the Grammy and the Mirchi Music awards:

Manushi Chillar

The Miss World 2017 took our hearts at the Mirchi night, she stole the night in that beaded black gown. It was the night of the music awards and so she let it be the night devoted to music and not to her dress. The beaded gown had the right kind of bling, her stylist did justice to the Zara Umrigar gown with the right amount of glitter by her diamond jewellery.

Nashrut Barucha

Pyaar ka Punchnama star was the star for the night in her black gown, stole our hearts and that string of diamonds was what that Nishita and Mitali dress needed. She made her entrance in that beautiful ensemble and she truly looked like a diva in that draped organza black gown.

Chrissy Teigen

The soon to be Mamma was all shimmery in that Yanina Couture dress. Even though she is due but she didn’t let the style in her be sacrificed for anything, not even the Grammys. She wore a front slit Yanina fashion’s silver shimmery  dress, complementing it was her wavy hair and the soon to be Mamma glow.

Cardi B

She looked like a swan, she was seen wearing an Ashi Studio dress. That dress was so different and yet classy. Her stylist did a fab job in pairing the dress in such a way that it did not end up looking like a fashion blunder. Her hair looked perfect giving her the vibe of a swan with a dash of diamonds.

Rita Ora

Rita glittered and was looking damn hot in that high slit diamond studded Ralph and Russo black gown from their Spring and Summer 2018 collection. She was looking extremely beautiful and those diamond studs looked great with the gown with a touch of wavy hair and that was all she needed to create a memorable look.

The celebs who need a good stylist:

Gauhar Khan

Although black was the color for the Mirchi Music night but that white feather took our attention away from the sheer dress to those weirdly attached white feathers. The Sid Tyler dress was actually a bold step by her to give a go to the sheer dress but the dress didn’t make it. The embroidery was very intricate but the feathers were awkwardly designed for a knee length dress.

Zaria Wasim

Secret Superstar star was a bit too red. Keeping in mind that unlike other celebrity she lacks the height but then people with short height should prefer wearing fabric that fits them correctly. The red dress if would’ve have been more skin tight and not to flow she would have looked far better.

Lana Del Ray

Everything about her dress was great, it was Gucci that she was wearing with the right sequins and how can that not be of any good but that head gear just put the whole thing off. Yes she always does something to stand aside from every body else but that head gear was just one wrong step. Even her really long 60’s style eye liner couldn’t make up for the weird head accessory.

Who Wore What Part 5

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Its WWW part 5!!!!!!! I mean we are done with the Filmfare, Zee awards and guess which is that one award which is left? Okay, lets play a tiny little game. Our celebs have one thing in common, stylishness. And the paps absolutely love their style and are always so alert to catch that one perfect shot. But why do our celebs dress up so much and why are they so stylish ? A little hint, it is related to fashion. Lets not keep you in a suspense this time the WWW is for the HT Style Awards.

Yes, our celebs are super stylish not just for the paps or for you guys but they are stylish because they want to grab on to that stylish HT Style award trophy. The HT Awards happened last week, and like the name of the award the red carpet saw all the style sensations glorifying the beauty of the awards. Everyone looked extremely stylish, worthy of the award. But this time we saw another emerging style icon, Hina Khan gracing the award night.

Hina has definitely broke the image of the onscreen ‘bahu’ and came out as an extremely stylish celebrity. Big Boss probably helped her break the shell of her image in the reel world. But even on the award nights she looked really stylish, her highly fuller sleeves made the look and her sleek pulled back hair did their wonder. She even won an award as the most influential personality, which is a great achievement for a TV star.

Soonam Kapoor lived to her title as the style diva. She turned the red carpet to a yellow carpet for sure. The bright yellow dress was the perfect color for the most stylish night of January 2018. She wore a Hyunmi Nielsen yellow dress along with Aquazzura by Edgardo Osorio heels. The heels gave the bright look of the dress the right kinda bling. And it is needless to say that she was yet again styled by her stylist sibling, Rhea Kapoor.

The power couple of Bollywood, Mira and Shahid Kapoor set the perfect mood for the night. The sensational couple were from few for whom the paps desperately waited for. Mira glittered in the star cut racer-back pristine white Monisha Jaisingh gown, Mira was spot on, the new mamma was the sight catcher. Shahid wore his favourite designer, Gaurav Gupta. He wore a black star check tuxedo from GGman. The black and white combo of the power couple looked amazing on the red carpet.

Miss World 1994, the never ageing Aishwarya Rai Bachhan glittered in a Manish Malhotra attire. She looked gorgeous as hell, she was seen posing like a queen. It was like she was in her territory completely, not denying the fact that all the other celebs have stylist and look as superb as their on screen personalities but she is hands down the most beautiful woman of probably this eternity. Well, apart from all the praises she looked like an empress wearing the raw silk corseted blouse encrusted with muted antique gold floral embroidery. The corset blouse was complemented by the navy blue and grey lehenga skirt with a wreath embroidery in antique gold. Because, the dress had a lot of embroidery so to tone down the look and to let the outfit grab some points, her makeup did not include a pop color of lipstick and was rather a nude shade. It helped the outfit to be noticed more than her hair and makeup.

Younger Chopra from the house of Chopra, Parineeti chopra wore a different type of dress. It was the first time we saw Parineeti sporting a sheer dress. For the night of the awards she chose a sheer dress by the designer Sadek Majed. On the other hand we had Sonakshi Sinha twinning with Varun Dhawan. The twinning duo took everyone by a surprise to be seen wearing the same color for the awards.

The Shetty sisters shook the awards with their glittering dresses. I mean how can someone look so seamlessly young and beautiful, we have to give it to Shilpa Shetty Kundra who sizzled on the red carpet. But Shamita wasn’t far behind  in sizzling, she glittered equally and made the sound of shetty sister roar.

The veteran beauty Sri Devi Kapor looked even younger, she attended the night along with her husband Bonny Kapoor. Even she glittered at the carpet in an Temperley London outfit and that pink glittered was all we wanted. But then their was this one diva who took our heart. Deepika wore her pink Kanjivaram saree that was gifted to her by the evergreen diva, Rekha. But more than her dress its the message that came out through, it was the style awards and style does not mean to wear different designer and different outfits every time. But it means to look even more prettier in the way you carry an outfit no matter how many times you wear it. It was the second time Deepika was seen in this saree, but she looked even more gorgeous than the first time she wore it.

Who Wore What

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The 4th Who Wore What, this time its the 63 rd Jio Filmfare Awards that took place on the 21st of January. The legacy of the Filmfare continued , all the B-Town stars looked amazing. It was filmfare and you could easily guess that with the way they were dressed. There were a lot winners and so many stars took their black divas home but do we really care about all that jazz? Nah, no jazz here all we look for is total sass!

Starting in no particular order the divas that took over the red carpet looking super gorgeous and an epitome of beauty.

Alia Bhatt

She wore a voluminous Monsoori ball gown at the Jio Filmfare Awards. But for the beautiful gown by Monsoon she chose to go all vintage with her hair. She looked like a teenage girl, that gown made her so young and so fresh it was lovely watching her walk that carpet. A big thumbs up for that outfit!

Sonam Kapoor

Well well well, the sale icon of Bollywood took a road not taken and stepped out in a Vera Wang outfit. Yes, the style icon wore the Fall/Winter 2017 collection of Vera Wang to the 63rd Filmfare. She entered the red carpet with Akshay Kumar for the promotion of their movie, Padman. She paired the stupendous Vera Wang with an Elie Saab clutch and was yet again styled by her sister, Rhea Kapoor.

Manushi Chillar

The Miss World, wore a red Sonakshi Shiraaj scarlet gown to her first Filmfare awards. The best accessory that she carried with herself was her Miss Worl tiara. The tiara brought the beauty of her dress which she paired with a Jimmy Choo clutch.

Kajol

The 90ies diva walked in a Manish Malhotra maroon classic velvet gown. The outfit spoke for itself it suited her body type and was far less worse than what she wore Mickey contractors event. The silhouette went well with her vintage styled hair and she looked beautiful.

Parineeti Chopra

She definitely chose a very blingy attire for the night but even then she looked drop dead superb! She was seen wearing a Kujta & Meri beautiful red carpet gown which accompanied with jewels from Aurelle and completing the look with a sleek side part. Her makeup was not too much and her stylist let her dress do all the talking.

Preity Zinta

She was the perfect light for our eyes. Her pink gown swept so elegantly on the carpet took our heart. She wore a Garrison Roferos’s pink gown. She looked like a barbie for sure and red lips took her look a notch higher than everybody else. She was delight on the carpet.

Madhuri Dixit

She walked the red carpet in a Mark Bumgarner fall/winter 2018 ensemble for the biggest night of the year. That gown did justice to her title of the most beautiful faces of Bollywood. She looked ravishing in that black MB gown and wore Jaipur gems accessorised and beautiful square emerald earrings. Her pulled back hair in a pony definitely gave a very fresh vibe.

And now the gents who made our hearts throb:

Shahid Kapoor

The rajput from the movie Padmavat chose an all white outfit. Shahid was seen wearing an all white Gaurav Gupta suit which looked so hot with his sauce look. Just by looking at him one can never say that he is a father, that dapper ensemble is just so handsome.

Ranbir Kapoor

He looked really handsome in that royal blue checked jacket and suit. It was good seeing him after a very long time.

Ranveer Singh

The crazy maniac of a person and the most unpredictable B-Town celeb was a total eye candy. No one can ever match up to his level of styling and the type of thoughts and courage it takes to pull out such out of the box outfits. Ranveer, wore the movies for the award night in praise of the movies. Who would have thought that a Filmfare will have such an outlandish dress to be remembered.

Raining Surprises

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January has not even ended and 2018 has so much to offer us. It seems 2018 has a lot of surprise planned for us. Just after Gigi Hadid x Maybelline came to surface there was not hot new for the glamour industry. It was the Balmain x L’oreal exclusive collection that stunned. There is so much to say about all the goodness that is coming our way in 2018. The limited edition is beyond our imagination and the colors are not the everyday-colors they definitely scream  Balmain. The shades are very pop and unusual. The 12 color riche Balmain lip colors are edgy and embody 3 three femininities; Safari, Rock and Couture.

But enough said on this bedazzling collabs, there is so much more coming our way. All the surprises are worth waiting for. For instance, Mickey Contractor completed 12 years in the industry and with MAC hosted an event. The event marked the entry of many B-Town biggies and all of them put their best dress forward for the event. Mickey probably got the best event till now on completing so many years in the make-up world. The event saw the presence of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan along with Abhishek Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit Nene with her husband, Shilpa Shetty, Kajol, Sonali Bendre, Sushmita Sen and many other celebrities making the event a big one. The event was no less than the perfect B-Town with all the gorgeous divas.

Well, these might not interest you that much but guess what Dabbo Ratnani calendar got launched last week and it was a total SURPRISE! Yet again this year itself Dabbo Ratnani and his wife hosted an event which marked the first look of the calendar. Dabbo Ratnani always have the oomph in them. He portrays the actresses with their rawness and beauty, that’s what makes it the most awaited calendar of the year. His calendar celebrates the celebrities in a more raunchy yet sophisticated way. Sunny Leone and Kriti Sanon definitely hit the brief on that one, their shoot was oomph level 2.0. Yes, thats right their shoots were very sexy and so are the end results. For some these surprises might not hold so much importance but the next one surely will.

There is republic day on every leading clothing and cosmetics website. For those looking to try on the amazing Balmain collection , Gigi Hadid collection or any other cosmetics or make-up products go to Nykaa. Nykaa is giving out the best discounts on almost all the brands other than the premium brands. But on the contrary this sale is everything that you ever want sorta sale. You will see discounts on so many beauty and make products especially on the contouring range! Also why stop yourself at Nykaa all the brands, Vero Moda , Zara, H&M, Marks and Spencer, Nautica, GAP have got some amazing sales that are going on and that will probably end after 26th. So get those shopping bags and your cards ready cause January has got some crazy fun surprises to make it the best start for the year.

2018 is being so good to us, no wonder what’s next in store for us. A lot of other launches and fashion shows are coming up so can’t wait to see what all the designers have for us this year!

75th Golden Globes

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The 75th Golden Globes took place on 7th of January 2018  in California. Golden globes is considered to be the most prestigious awards, preceded by the Oscars. And award functions are often correlated with the dresses that the celebrities and the type of make-up they did. But the 75th Golden Globes brought with them a wave of support for the movement, Times Up. All the actresses wore black outfits in support of the movement. Many men came out in support of the movement by either wearing pin batches or by wearing black shirts. But 75th Golden Globes is registered in history, it has now turned into a remarkable event because the entire film fraternity of Hollywood came out in complete support for the movement.

Times Up

Black was the only color that shined the brightest during the Golden Globes. Even though all the Hollywood actresses were supporting a very imperative movement they still didn’t leave the sass behind.  All the actresses slayed at the Globes in the most adorable and marvellous black outfits. They took it to a whole new level, making it the most versatile colour of all.  Higlights from the event are :

Oprah Winfrey

She was the star for the night. She looked so beautiful and so gorgeous for the award show. And she was not the start for the way she was looking but for the inspirational speech she gave on Times Up and on #MeToo. Her speech inspired a lot of women and was the highlight from the globes. Oprah wore a customised Versace gown for the 75th GG.

Reese Witherspoon

She was most passionate supporter of Times Up. Reese wore a black custom made Zac Posen gown for the event. She accompanied the custom made gown with Bulgari Jewels and Jimmy Choo heels with a Tyler Ellis clutch to go with the gown. Her were in a side part, she looked ravishing.

Traces Ellis Ross

The Rainbow Johnson from Blackish chose a very interesting look. Traces wore a turban and dress from Marc Jacobs Spring ’18 collection. She accompanied the Marc Jacobs dress with heels from Jimmy Choo and an Irene Neuwirth Jewellery to go with the dress. She choose a fiery red lip color to match the vibe of the dress and the movement.

Gal Gadot

The Wonder Woman actress wore a Tom Ford black evening dress and tuxedo jacket at the GG. She paired the dress with earrings from Tiffany which added a bling to her look. She choose a wine red lip color and her hair were pulled  back in a pony.

Nina Dobrev

The Vampire diaries star wore a Ralph Lauren dress along with a Alexis Bittar’s encrusted spike accented choker. She chose a Stuart Weitzman clutch to go with the dress and with her look. Her hair were wavy and beautifully textured for the evening.

Eva Longoria

Eva the new mommy to be wore a total black deep v-neck custom gown for the GG. Her pregnancy added a low to her look and she looked gorgeous. Eva besides her pregnancy looked sexier in that  Genny dress. She did justice with the gown by not doing too much with the hair and make-up.

Emily Clarke and Kit Harrington

The Game of Thrones stars shined bright in their black dress. Emilia looked lovely in the black deep neck gown. Just like all the other actresses Emilia too went for a red lip stick but with a centre part. Kit accompanied her in a black suit and black shirt both GOT stars were in complete support of Times Up.

Angelina Jolie

After such a long time its was a relief to spot Angelina at the GG. She drop dead looked so beautiful and elegant in the Versace gown and her hair were tied in a messy bun. She wore Forever Mark jewels and Stewart Weitzman shoes.  Jolie was a vision in black, no less than the queen that she is.

Festival of Juttis and Parandis

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The festival of juttis and parandis is here, 13th January is set some hours away, followed by 14th of January making the day of Makar Sankranti. The beautiful and the most loveable festival Lohri is here. Its time to get those juttis out, the beautiful kurtis and suits ironed and the accessories ready! This time its total relief to welcome Lohri due to the extreme weather that is there outside. Nothing is better than letting these frosty winters to go away and to welcome the season of spring.

Johri in Punjab

For the North Indians for winter after Holi, Lohri is the most celebrated festivals. And that is because Lohri even in this chilly weather makes you wanna get up and dress up and dance around the auspicious bonfire which marks the end of the cold weather. Relating to some mythological facts, according to Bhagwat Gita, Lord Krishna manifests himself in his full magnificence during this time. Also a bonus information is that the earth is farthest away from the sun at this time and begins its journey towards the sun on Lohri.  Eating popcorns and rewadis becomes the thing on this day. Its that one day that everybody decides to ditches their quilts and blankets to celebrate this auspicious fest.

But enough on all the facts and information, every festival is incomplete without the zest of fashion.  Its Lohri, favourite festival of the Punjabis and all the other North Indians so why not make it colourful? Yes, no festival is complete without some beautiful bright colors. So, leave those bulky and warm blacks and greys and step out in some beautiful colors to make the festival even more glorious.

Juttis

For the ladies, dump those boots and booties for the day and grab on those handcrafted beauties, your juttis! For those who are missing on life by not owning a pair of juttis, should just log on to Instagram. After amazon or Myntra its Instagram that has so many amazing clothing brands. Whether you want to go the traditional road or the rather modern road for this day its a total win-win situation for the Instagram users. Insta has these amazing clothing and footwear brands that have very traditional yet the most funky and chic juttis available.

Enough focus on the footwear, for the ones looking for a traditional look you can wear a salwar kameez ( opt for a plain salwar kameez) and then pair it with a heavy dupatta. Yes, make the dupatta the hero for this festival. You can experiment in loads of way like instead of going every plain and simple you can wear a suit with a little work or print on it and then use contrasting dupatta this way your suit will be the hero and not just the dupatta. Then after the clothes going on to the accessories, its the perfect occasion to wear jhumkas! No matter what size your jhumka is just put them on! Jhumkas look so perfect with salwar kameez that is there no doubt that this heavenly match could ever go wrong.

Additional to jhumkas you can (optional though) wear some silver coated or golden coloured bangles any of the two which suits the combo of suit and jhumkas. Now, the tricky part, MAKE-UP!!!! Okay, so because there is not much which is going with your dress and accessory so you can go for slightly loud make-up. And by slightly loud I mean a rather darker shade of lipstick and nothing else. The reason why loudness right now is only circling around the lip color because firstly its not an event or a function its celebration which happens during the night. And by during the night it means the bonfire will only help your lip color come into notice. So you can tone down your eyes and cheeks and chose a rather darker shade of lipstick to glorify other features on your face and not look heavily dolled up.

Beautiful parandis

For the hair its more of a personal choice sorta thing, people in the villages and rural areas opt for parandis specially for this day, but obviously none of us are going to do that. Instead let your hair down and let them be free. Moreover, its is said that Lohri marks the coldest day in Northern India. Therefore do cover your self nicely, fashion is important but not at the cost of your health. Happy Lohri and Makar Sankranti.

Trapped In Print

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2016 started off with color blocking being the major trends and that continued for about 2 years and now with 2018 kicked its time to trap the print. Initially a lot of people had lesser idea about what really are prints where can you buy it from.  And these prints and the printed fabric was only available at selective places. Prints lost their existence long ago but now they are making a come back.

2018 will be marked as the return of prints.  Instagram is blown away but the amount of profiles that are being created for the selling of these prints. And there so many differnt ways of prints that are availabel nowadays. Block print, then there are hand prints and then there the Madhubani prints. There is no end to these and talking about Instagram these accounts are actually very unique and exclusive.

Garments by Chidiyaa

There is an account on Instragram named as Chidiyaa. The account features block prints on cotton fabric , so they have block printed sarees, dresses, tunics, kurtis, skirt, dupattas and what not. And its not just any block prints they are specially hand crafted by block printers of Jaipur. Its an amazing site for those who so love wearing prints, its a dream come true for them.

Block print designs by Chidiyaa

Talking about block prints, not many people know the beauty of these prints. For a block prin, first a block is made out of wood and then the pattern or the design is carved on that wood piece. Then these blocks are soaked in water so than they absorb the color nicely and in a repeatitive fashion the block is dipped in the color and then stamped on the fabric. This is done with a lot of precision and neatness, these block printers are so experienced that every piece of pinted fabric comes out to be beautiful.

Then there is another account that I explored just a few days ago, Picchika. So now is yet again an amazing clothing brand that features block prints and hand painted clothes. The difference between the two clothing brands Picchika and Chidiyaa is that, Chidiyaa features bold designs and prints, generally their block prints are of Black, White and Red color and no other color. But Picchika has a different story all together. Picchika features clothes in elegant prints, they also only create clothes of pastel colors they do not feature colors. Their prints are very elegant and very floral.

Designs by Picchika

Picchikas designs are very delicate and its mostly floral prints on pastel fabrics. And generally they do a lot floral print on silk fabric. But they usually have suits, sarees, kurtis, and lehengas. But for those who love wearing minimalistic desgins Picchika is the brand for you. They even have hand printed floral designs that makes this brand stand out from the rest. Talking about hand prints, Madhubani prints are the most intricate prints one could ever come across. They are part of our heritage. Madhubani prints are the most antique wearable hand printed pieces.

Madhubani Scarf

Though Madhubani is known but yet not turned into a fashion trend. But trapping ourselves in prints, also includes the selective prints. There are certain clothing brands that have limited patterns and designs but somehow that is not the fashion trend. The changing trend in fashion is all about bringing the Indianness and collaborating it with the modern designs. And thats why block prints and hand printed fabrics and garments are turning into the latest trend.

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An artist at work

A lot can be done with prints, pairing prints is pretty easy. There not too much which needs to be done with prints. And moreover they give a very moreish kinda look. Though the embellishments filled garments are always a delight for the crazy fashion enthusiasts but print gives a very traditional yet classy look.