A fresh take on ethnic wear

Hey ! Happy Ugadi to you all. Once again a festival is up right there and I am so excited to post my pictures with #festivemodeon. For sure few of you felt like saying LOL. Just kidding.

A fresh take on ethnic wear

I was just going through social network sites and could see that there are many festival today. Most of them are new year occasions for different regions of India celebrated in different ways with their unique names. WOW! Isn’t it amazing that we still remember our culture and follow our calendar too. I got introduced to Ugadi when I moved to Bangalore as a young undergrad student. It has been over a decade now and every year I have celebrated it with my friends who are an extended family now.

A fresh take on ethnic wear

This festival typically falls in month of March or April (Chaitra) according to lunisolar calendar. Date of the festival is decided based on calculation of position of moon dating back to 12th century. Festival begins on the first moon after spring Equinox and is celebrated after sunrise. India is incredible and has lots of things hidden behind each and every celebration we Indians cherish.

A fresh take on ethnic wear

This festival keeps me lively and happy. We start the celebration by drawing colourful patterns on floor with coloured rice flour. These colourful patterns are known as Kolams. We also decorate our main door with mango leafs known as Toran. We also exchange gifts with friends and family, give charity to poor, prepare dish called pachadi and visit Hindu temples on this auspicious day.

I could not get a helping hand to drape a sari for me this time (Yes, I admit. I do not know how!) I decided to go for a look which is a modern take on traditional Indian wear.This is what I wore.

A fresh take on ethnic wear

I took out my boho printed skirt and and paired it with double slit kurta which has mandarin collar with a key hole detail. This yellow kurta makes me feel so bright this summer. If you love those boho princess look, pair your maxi skirt with a kurta and team them with your favourite jewellery. You can choose any of you floor grazing skirt and kurta to create this look.

A fresh take on ethnic wear

To accessorise I am wearing my Tanishq uncut diamond jhumka, Tanishq gold bangles and traditional Gujrati handwork clutch. This pink bag looks so pretty with yellow and green work over it.

This particular combination is so ethnic yet stylish in a modern way. I always like unusual ethnic more because ,“Life is too short to wear boring clothes”. Play around with different prints, patterns or solids for this noteworthy look. Make your own style statement with your long skirts and well stitched Kurti. You can pair them with any style of kurti. be it long or short, solid or printed.

A fresh take on ethnic wear

Some of you must be wondering why am I so much emphasising on skirt? The answer is because it’s summer and I love to wear stylish outfits, but at the same time I want to feel free and relaxed in them. Remember, if you are not comfortable in what you are wearing, you will never get the confidence.

A fresh take on ethnic wear

Trash the old school, hard and fast rules and create your own look book. Start this Ugadi with a colourful outfit. This look is not only time saver but also allows you to move with confidence and grace.

A fresh take on ethnic wear

Once again, happy Ugadi. Celebrate this festival with love and joy.

 

A fresh take on ethnic wear

What I wore:

Skirt by Gerua

Kurta by Gerua

Jewelry by Tanishq

Clutch by Panigha

Photos by Candid Snaps

 

The versatile shirt dress

Hey! How have you been? I had been a little tied up all this while and could not come up with a new fashion related blog post. I apologise if I have made you wait long. This afternoon I had to go for a meeting by evening and then rush for a casual dinner with friends.I was in a dilemma whether I should wear my formal dress and carry a summer dress along or return home, change and scoot for the dinner. Suddenly, an idea struck me – What if I wore the same outfit for both occasions varying the look with accessories and add-ons. I picked a navy striped shirt dress by People as the base piece.

I am glad I had to clear my closet when I moved apartments.  I have been doing a little bit of shopping in-between to refresh some of my closet basics. Since I love affordable shopping, I had stepped into the People store and picked few summer outfits. This navy stripped shirt dress happened to be very basic and casual, yet it was ideal for an informal business meeting. In my opinion, shirt dresses are one of those pieces that everyone needs in their closet. You can either accessorise them or play it simple. I have kept it simple as its summer and I want to feel free and relaxed in an outfit I wear. This particular dress has a great little waist cinching tie that has the most flattering silhouette. Shirt dresses are great to go hopping for meetings or even for a brunch. Put it on and you are ready to go. It’s so simple and modern.

For the meeting, I have clubbed my shirt dress with tan pointy toe pumps by forever 21 and Baggit women tanned laptop bag. This bag is my life saver. It not only helps me to carry my laptop in a stylish way but also has great storage capacity for other handy stuff like make-up, charger, power-bank, etc. This bag helped me to carry my favourite white sneakers for the dinner outfit as well.

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For the casual dinner, I paired the shirt dress with my all time favourite white Puma sneakers. And I was done. Isn’t it effortless yet dapper? I love how a simple can give flawless look when paired correctly. I am in love with stripes – be it, nautical, pin or vertical. It might come across as a little basic but is always a classic pattern that returns in trend few seasons apart. I love the way this shirt dress is easy to pull off and  look effortless. This lightweight shirt dress is simply perfect for a brunch. You could add to the look with your favourite sunglasses. I got the pictures clicked after I was done with the meeting. It was dark and I chose to skip sunglasses for the shoot. Keeping with the summer theme, I splashed Davidoff Cool Water EDT which has perfect fruity mild fragrance. I let my hair loose since it was an informal occasion.

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The whole concept is that when you are out for the day and have to attend multiple events in varied settings, you do not need to carry different outfits for each occasion. Play around with accessories, your hair and glasses and you can pull off different looks matching with unique settings.

So, for all you lovely ladies who are looking to cleanse your closet with a fresh piece, I would highly recommend a summery, lightweight shirt dress.

Until next time. Keep in pace with my closet diary. Cheers to life and womanhood 🙂

 

What I wore

White sneakers by Puma

Dress by People

Pumps by Forever 21

White handbag by Guess

Laptop handbag by Baggit

Watch by Seiko

 

Photo by: Candid Snaps

 

Fitness for a woman on the go

Hey there! I was climbing stair to my work and suddenly one of my colleague asked me Namrata you are already slim why do you climb stairs every day? I smiled and replied, because I want to stay fit. And she laughed at me as if it was a joke. Trust me she is not only person who thinks that way about me or anyone of same interest. On other hand whenever I go to parties in a crop top or bodycon dress, girls ask me to help them reaching similar figure like me. There question is how do I manage to get time for workout or am I blessed with this figure?

So here I am to answer all positive and negative thoughts about getting fit. I am no more different than you. I work Monday to Friday, go for dinner on weekend, party overnight, have a family to look after, spend some time in kitchen, go to shopping, etc. Still I manage sometime for myself. Want to know how? Here are few tips I follow for my fitness.

Try to work out every day

My Closet Diary - Fitness for a woman on the go

Work out anywhere possible for you. It’s not necessary for you to join a gym or workout in morning itself. You can plan your exercise at your convenient time. Try to tag along a fitness buddy who can keep you motivated. It might not be possible for you to maintain a strict regimen. In fact, there are days when I have to skip gym for a reason or another. On these days, I compensate by doing few body weight or resistance band exercises at home. It barely takes 15-20 minutes and gets me going for the day!

Say hello to water

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Drink as much of water possible – by some studies, up to 3 litres a day. Don’t wait for the moment you feel thirsty. By the time you realise you are thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. Sometimes, we even confuse thirst with hunger and snack up when we are actually thirsty.

Have a hearty breakfast

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When we wake up, our body has been through six hours or more of fasting cycle. It needs fuel to run smoothly. When we deprive ourselves of breakfast, our blood glucose level falls and there is a tendency to grab anything to eat at first sight before mid-day. It doesn’t matter if your breakfast is North, South, East or West Indian. You would be good to go as long as you strike a balance between your carbs, proteins, fibres with a little bit of fat.

Order healthy takeaways

My Closet Diary - Fitness for a woman on the go

It may not be possible to carry a home cooked meal to workplace every day and everyone ends up ordering takeaways. It is okay to order that cheese burst pizza once in a while but on a whole try to stay with healthy options. There are many healthy options to order from these days and FreshMenu is a personal favourite.

An important aspect here is to steer clear of peer pressure wile ordering takeaways. It is your body, your wish to look good in that crop top or dress and your Instagram pictures! So, order in line with your wish!

Slim down your snacks

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I carry a fruit in my bag for my mid meal hunger pangs. That deep fried samosa or kachori does look tempting, but again, make a wise choice. You could replace them with steamed momos or even a dosa from one of those ubiquitous 99 dosa joints. Try to skip that dollop of butter and added cheese. You would start loving the taste with a slimmer waist.

Add fruits to your desert

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I do have a sweet tooth and cannot resist the temptation of ice creams and sundaes. However, I make it a point to include some kind of fruit in it, be it strawberries, mangoes or kiwi. It tastes better to me and does add vitamins and other essential nutrients to my dessert. Come one, even a lone cherry on top of a death-by-chocolate cake is a good start!

Embrace green tea

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Green Tea is not a magical weight loss potion. It essentially works in two ways. First, it cuts down the calories present in a milk and sugar added beverage. Secondly, it boosts your metabolism for you to feel light and energetic throughout the day. Some may not like its flavour to start with. There are variety of flavours available in your nearest supermarket – from mint, lemon, honey to even tulsi (basil) and pomegranate. If you have not already, include green tea in your daily diet. You would not look back.

Take the staircase

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Remember that awkward moment I shared in the beginning of this post? How I have been teased over and again for using staircase. Does that mean I should stop doing that and please everyone and forget about my fitness? No, right?

Have six meals a day!

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Yes, break up your meals into smaller portions and spread them evenly across the day. The longer you wait between meals, the hungrier you get, and then you’re more likely to overeat. It would also prevent any acidity related issues some of us are prone to. You do not need to cook separate six meals every day. With some ingenuity, your healthy snack such as a bowl of poha could also be counted as a meal.

Avoid refined carbohydrates

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Refined or simple carbs have had most of the nutrients and fibre removed. Common examples are refined flour (maida used in bread, pizza base, pasta, etc) and refined sugars. They are digested quickly and have a high glycemic index. So after the initial spike in blood glucose level falls, you would feel hungry quickly and are likely to snack up. This adds to the overall intake of calories.

There are whole wheat alternatives available now – be it breads, pasta or even pizza base (look in BigBasket). Avoid sugary bottled drinks. If you are cooking at home, substitute sugar with honey, a much healthier alternative.

Six essentials for a girly goan vacation

Hey Everyone,

Hope all of you are doing well in your life. I was on a vacation in Goa, India last week. Such an amazing place to relax and forget all your worries. A few days before this trip I was unwell and was not feeling up to pack my bag for the trip. This is when I realized, if you plan your wardrobe in advance, you are far less likely to over pack or leave behind a key wardrobe item for a trip. Well, that’s not the only truth about my trip. I planned everything in advance to have a hassle free trip. If you want everything to fall in place, try your outfits a week in advance so that you have a fair idea of how many things you already have or what all needs to be replaced.
Let’s come to wardrobe check first.

Swimsuit

Swimsuit is very essential when it comes to beach vacation. I am sure few of our inner-wear look similar to swimwear but it is not advisable to replace a good swimwear with those. A well made swimwear gives you the advantage of quick dry fabric and ease of movement, unparalleled by inner-wears. I understand some of us don’t like to show our skin too much and also we become conscious in public places – you don’t have to wear a bikini or a tankini, if you would not feel comfortable in it. There are just so many stores where you can find out mid to high coverage swimwear to suit your style quotient and body type.

Flip flops or slip-ons

Flip-flops are the most comfortable footwear especially when it comes to beach walk. But in the end we are girls, we want to look good and stylish without sacrificing comfort. If you are bored with wearing rubber flip-flops, try slip-ons, espadrilles, etc. to treat your feet to a stylish yet simple look. You can also try flats or summer sandals for that matter. Please avoid your heels if you want a torture free trip. You will not like to torture yourself by every painful steps in the sand. If you really can’t manage without your heels,  try to take a pair of comfortable wedges.

Shorts and tops

Carry your chic shorts, preferably cotton and linen ones to keep yourself cool in hot weather. There are various kinds of shorts you can carry such as, cut- offs, cargo shorts, jean shorts, capris and hot pants. Take different kind of tops, such as tank tops, crop tops, off-shoulder tops, tube tops etc. Don’t forget to carry tank tops, tubes and spaghetti, they are multi purpose clothes and give you room for choice. There is no hard and fast rule that you should stick to pastel shades. Carry your most lovable shorts and cute looking clothes to get memorable pictures in them. I am sure you would want to come back with loads of memories to cherish forever.

 

Mirrored Sunglasses

I always prefer mirrored sunglasses for beaches as these are, not only trendy, but also reflect the high intensity light. As a tourist in the beaches, we do not have experience of such intense light. These reflective glasses protect our eyes from the harsh light better than the regular ones. Try out different styles of mirrored sunglasses such as aviators, wayfarer or round ones.

Boho jewellery and accessories

Since you would be carrying all basic and fuss free apparel, carry a few statement jewellery with you to pimp up the look. Mix and match your jewellery with your apparel. In case you have a doubt on pairing your jewellery with your outfit, try boho (bohemian) jewellery. They are in trend these days and the best part is, they match pretty well with most colours and outfits. One serious advice, on accessories,  leave your expensive watches at home and carry silicon strap watches if you really can’t step out without a watch.

Dresses

Carry few dresses depending on number of days you are going to stay there. Dresses are meant for all purpose provided you chose the right one. Carry a party dress – you cannot miss on parties especially when you are in Goa. Carry few lightweight summer dresses such as off-shoulder, peasant dress, t-shirt dress or tube dress as per your comfort.

Remember you are going to enjoy and make memories. Live each and every moment with love and joy.
Cheers to life!!

 

Photos by: Candid Snaps

The colours of Holi

Holi – the festival of colours and love signifies the victory of good over evil and is one of the most popular festivals in India. Holi lasts for two days starting on the Purnima month of Falgun (according to Hindu calendar). Holi is not only popular in India and Nepal but it is also celebrated in many parts of South Asia. We celebrate this festival a night before Holi by doing Holika Dahan(Holika bonfire) where people gather and do certain rituals in front of a bonfire and pray to God that their internal evil should be destroyed. The next morning we celebrate the colour carnival festival Holi. This festival is not only famous for colours, but also for food. We begin our day by pranking, chasing and colouring each other with dry and water colours. We also enjoy this festival by playing our most popular hindi songs from rang barse to balam pichkari.

Well if I continue talking about this festival, it won’t get over because I enjoy this festival to the core. Let’s talk about the thing which is going in almost every girl’s mind right now. Yes, it’s about what they are going to wear for holi.

I always wear white on holi – not because it’s my favourite colour but it’s the colour we should wear on holi as per our tradition. Since childhood, I have been wearing white kurta or kurti on this festival because it’s festival and we should wear our traditional clothes or may be something ethnic. Come on you can wear anything or everything on your festival as long as you are comfortable wearing them.
I recently purchased a white high slit stylish back maxi top of course for holi itself. How can I miss wearing white on Holi. Today, I am going to show you different ways you can choose to wear the same kurta . Since slit tops are very confusing and can be worn as a top or kurta, I will be wearing it making different combinations.

To begin with, I have paired my slit top with royal blue palazzo pants and colorful pom pom earrings. I am so much in love with these pom pom earrings and they are so perfect for Holi. Also, to give this top a fusion ethnic look you can also wear a stole or dupatta around your neck if you want to. Don’t forget that its Holi and if you play with colours of your make-up, no one would judge you. Try different eye shadows and eyeliners, match the colour with your outfit or be as colourful as you can. Try different colour of neck pieces as well.

 

holi 2017- slit top- palazzo pants

holi 2017- slit top- palazzo pants

holi 2017- slit top- palazzo pants

holi 2017- slit top- palazzo pants

holi 2017- slit top- palazzo pants

holi 2017- slit top- palazzo pants

holi 2017- slit top- palazzo pants

holi 2017- slit top- palazzo pants

holi 2017- slit top- palazzo pants

holi 2017- slit top- palazzo pants

holi 2017- slit top- palazzo pants

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holi 2017- slit top- palazzo pants

holi 2017- slit top- palazzo pants

holi 2017- slit top- palazzo pants

holi 2017- slit top- palazzo pants

 

For my next look, I have paired same white slit top with skinny fit jeans. Obviously I love to mix and match and I have tried all different sets of colourful jewelry I have in my closet. When the event itself is about colours, what’s wrong in trying out different colours!
holi 2017- slit top- skiny jeans

holi 2017- slit top- skiny jeans

holi 2017- slit top- skiny jeans

holi 2017- slit top- skiny jeans

holi 2017- slit top- skiny jeans

holi 2017- slit top- skiny jeans

holi 2017- slit top- skiny jeans

holi 2017- slit top- skiny jeans

It’s not too late if you haven’t decided on what to wear and how to pair them. We have one more weekend. Go out and explore different colours and combinations available.

To summarise:

  • Wear whites. If you are not comfortable wearing white, you could choose pastel shade of your favourite colour
  • Don’t wear dark colour such as black as they go against festive spirit of a colourful festival
  • Choose a translucent outfit so that you can play Holi comfortably without being conscious
  • Drape a stole or dupatta while playing Holi so that you can cover your bosom
  • Tie a knot to your hair while playing Holi so that you do not end up hurting yourself
  • Most important – be careful with yourself and people around you to keep everyone safe and happy!

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Have a safe and happy Holi !

 

What I wore

Owl necklace set from Panigha India

Slit top by Shoppers Stop

Mirror Wayfarer by Lenskart

Blue Round shades by Lenskart

Palazzo Pants by Global Desi

Blue Jeans by Allen Solly

White Stilettos by Mochi

 

Photo Shoot by Candid Snaps

 

Summer essentials you cannot afford to miss!

In today’s fast moving world we are so busy running behind success, money, taking care of family, socializing etc. that sometimes we totally neglect ourselves. As summer is here, I wanted to share few essentials of summer every woman should have.
Summer is very harsh to our skin, hair, and body. It’s my humble request to all you ladies out there please take out some time for yourself and do not neglect these essentials because you are beautiful and summer should not take your charm.

Sunscreen

whenever I apply sunscreen to my face and neck. I have noticed many girls asking me.” Aren’t you tired of applying makeup all the time? It’s summer… You will be sweaty after some time and your makeup will be washed off.” To all the ladies out there who feel applying sunscreen is a make-up; I say sunscreen is an essential and applying sunscreen is as important as any of your daily routine like brushing your teeth, combing your hair or taking bath for that matter. It not only protects your skin from sunburn it also gives you pigment-free and wrinkle free skin. Buy a good sunscreen, at least with 30+ SPF. I personally use LOTUS safe sun UV screen matte gel SPF 50. Name itself says all about this product. Trust me I am not exaggerating. This product gives perfect balance to my skin without leaving any breakouts. Prior to this, I was using Lotus sun safe 3-in-1 matte look daily sunscreen. Well that is a good product too but my current matte gel sunscreen gives me better absorption.

matte gel sunscreen- lotus safe sun UV screen matte gel - SPF 50

 Lip balm with SPF

Lip balms should be only used during winter is the biggest myth. Our lips need protection during summer too. You should use a lip balm with at least 15+ SPF. I personally use Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Lip Moisturizer. This lip balm has got all I want from my lip protector. It’s fragrance-free and does not tempt me to lick my own lips and make it dry again. Also, it has got no wax-like feeling, unlike other lip balms.

Neutrogena LiP balm with SPF - an essential for summer 2017
Sunglasses

you need them. Period. It’s the perfect time to try out different colours, shades, and styles. I do not go by brand names and am willing to loosen my purse as long as they look good on me and offer reasonable protection to my eyes. (UV 400, Cat 2 or 3). Lenskart and Coolwinks are some places you could find trendy styles without breaking your bank.

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Hats or Scarves to cover your head

The maximum temperature has crossed the 30s and it’s going to rise further in the coming days. In this blazing sun, keep your head covered if you are riding on bike/ scooter every day or maybe need to walk at least 15 minutes out in the sun.  Not only it keeps your head cool, but also protects your hair from turning dry and frizzy. To an extent, it would also keep you from getting tanned. So keep yourself protected from harsh direct sunlight.

Hydration

Since summer is here drink ample amount of water to quench thirst. Begin exercise well hydrated; drink water before, during and after exercise. You could substitute water with natural drinks like coconut water, fruit juices, buttermilk, etc. (try your local vendor over the packaged ones) Avoid caffeine during summer as it is dehydrating. Also, avoid sodas/colas as they usually have an unhealthy amount of added sugar.

 

 

Oh! This looks little difficult with your busy routine. Here are the tips for making it simpler:

  • As soon as you have taken bath, apply your sunscreen, moisturizer and lip balm
  • Keep your sunglasses handy by keeping it in your handbag so that as soon as you feel it’s sunny you can wear them
  • Keep a tab on your hydration. Buy a water bottle which has got marks on them representing the volume you have consumed
  • There are so many apps in Android and IOS app store where you can set a reminder for these ( search by water reminder, hydration, etc. I use WaterMinder® – Water Hydration Reminder & Tracker, a free app in IOS app store)
  • Tie your scarves with your handbags or sling bags so that you never forget it at home

So girls, this was my rant. What is the essentials regimen you follow to take care of your skin, hair or body in summer? I would be happy to read them in your comments below. Until next time!