Monday, 11 June 2018

Plus Size Fashion | Ready For Eid


Ramazan is my most favourite month of the year. I love the whole spirit of the festive month. It is also the month of retrospection and deep connection with Allah. And like every Ramazan this one too has been a month of finding the answers I have been looking for.  
It was in Ramazan of 2011 that I decided I want to start a fashion blog and pursue a career in fashion blogging. Some of my life's biggest, best and life changing epiphanies have occurred during Ramazan.
As much as I wish Ramazan lasted a little longer, I enthusiastically look forward to Eid celebration. It is a great way to spend time with family and relatives and celebrate the completion of yet another Ramazan.

Past experience has taught me to always plan in advance for Eid. With the last minute Eid rush, it becomes next to impossible to get anything stitched in time for it. This year I decided to skip my Eid staple, the traditional kurta chuddidar, and opt for something a tad bit different. Instead of getting a full suit stitched I decided to play mix and match and go with an all new Eid look for myself.

While browsing through one of my fave plus size shopping sites, Amydus, I found this bright yellow printed kurti. I loved the traditional silhouette with the on-trend off- shoulder sleeves. The kurti was a break from the run of the mill kurti without being too dramatic. The bright colour made it an ideal for a festive day. And since the kurti had no embellishments it could easily be styled post Eid for different occasions.

When it came to pairing the kurti I had a slight conflict. Originally I wanted to pair it with blue palazzo pants. Since I wanted a different look I finally opted for a printed skirt instead. I love mixing prints and the final look was just what I had in mind for Eid.

I love the fluidity and playfulness of the look. A classic Indian look with a modern stylised twist. And post Eid I can wear this look for any day monsoon wedding function. One of the main reasons why I opted for the kurti is because of its versatility. It can easily be paired with a number of bottoms as well as be layered up.


Amydus Off-Shoulder Kurti | Westside Printed Skirt | Charles & Keith Pumps | Accessorize Clutch |  Pure Vermeil  L'Oreal Paris Pure Reds Color Riche Collection Star Lipstick | L'Oreal Paris Superliner Waterproof Gel Eyeliner | MAC Eyeshadow 
Like always I have had a wonderful and blessed Ramazan and I can’t wait to celebrate Eid. Here’s wishing you all Eid Mubarak. May the blessings of Ramazan carry forward year round. 

Photography by Shreyas Hegde

Till then, tra-la,

Amena!!

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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Summer Wedding Ready


Indian summer wedding season is upon us, which means endless sangeet dance practice, high intake of Indian mithais and pretty outfits to purchase. Whether you are going sea side for a costal affair or travelling out of the country for a destination soiree, the right outfits and accessories are on top of everyone’s checklist.
Should you opt for an out and out heavy Indian traditional ensemble? Or maybe an Indo-western look? Or play it safe with a classic saree? While the choices are endless the weather, sadly, is the biggest hindrance of it all.  
As much as I love to adorn myself in the finest Indian silks, colourful brocades and lush embroidery, I keep all of this for the cold winter weddings. For summer weddings I prefer to keep my outfits light and fluid and glam up my look with statement jewellery and accessories. And there is nothing more glamorous than Indian jewellery. 
While planning my summer wedding looks I came across Jivaana, a delightful treasure trove of jewellery and accessories. From traditional minakari and kunda sets to chic fashion bags to trendy juttis, Jivaana is your one stop shop for all your wedding accessories. 
I was drooling over many of their pieces, but it is this Green Stone and Kundan Jewellery Set and Multicolor Navaratna Ring from Label Amara that caught my fancy. 
I love the versatility of both these pieces. The jewellery set and the ring are a fine balance of classic Indian design and contemporary aesthetics. The styling potential is endless and these pieces can easily be pair with Indian wear, Indo-Western wear as well as Western wear.
For summer weddings I prefer fusion attire. I decided to style the jewellery set and ring with a printed handkerchief hem kurta that I styled as a dress. A cool colour palette ensemble to beat the heat. The blue of the kurta and the green of the jewellery complemented each other. Adding final touches to the look with the multicolor Navaratna statement right and a dash of dark red lipstick, the look is summer wedding ready.
The beauty of this jewellery set is it can be paired with any of the wedding functions outfits as well as for other semi-formal and formal occasions. What I like about the green stone and kundan necklace is, that it can be worn two ways. Depending on the look, you can either style it with the kundan side or turn it around and style it with the minakari design. The versatility of the necklace makes it a smart investment. The green stone and pearl earrings have a very Indo-western feel to it. They can be worn with the necklace or styled individually as well. 
Other than the jewellery I was also very impressed with Jivaana’s bag collection. They have a wide array of potli bags and clutches. 
Along with jewellery and juttis if you are looking to buy clutches online and potli bags online then Jivaana is the place to shop. Their collection is well-curated and has something for every occasion and season.
Amydus Kurti | Label Amara Green Stone and Kundan Jewellery Set From Jivaana | Label Amara Multicolor Navaratna Ring from Jivaana | Inc5 Wedges | Acessorize Clutch | Pure Garnet  L'Oreal Paris Pure Reds Color Riche Collection Star Lipstick | L'Oreal Paris Superliner Waterproof Gel Eyeliner | Smashbox Eyeshadow | Maybelline Volum Express Colossal Waterproof Mascara 

Photography by Shreyas Hegde

Till then, tra-la,

Amena!!

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Monday, 12 March 2018

Plus Size Fashion | Casual Chic


I’ve never worked in the corporate sector. My previous jobs – as a fashion designer, stylist and bridal consultant and now as a blogger and writer – have always been in the private space. None of my previous jobs ever had a dress code. However, since I worked in the fashion space I was always expected to dress well.
Plus Size Tops
Nowadays the line between formal and informal dressing is blurring with people mixing both up. Most professions don’t have strict dress codes like they did before. One can wear a pair of jeans with a crisp jacket for meeting or a trendy t-shirt with a pencil skirt. The healthy mix of formal and informal pairing has created a new work-wear dress code that is both, chic and comfortable. 
How To Style Plus Work Wear Look
The key to smart casual work wear look is finding the right balance between formal and semi-formal or informal pieces. There needs to be that one piece that will balance the whole look. 
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My current job as a blogger/influencer and writer gives me the freedom to dress up in a more relaxed manner. I am not obligated to follow a dress code. However, that doesn’t mean I show up for events or meeting in track pants and a gym tee. Depending on the occasion I have the liberty to pick and choose what I can wear.
Tops And Pants For Plus Size Women
As much as I love wearing dresses, pants are often a more convenient choice for a day on the go. And since I reside in a city that is permanently hot and humid layering can sometimes be cumbersome. Very often I just opt for a top and pants. 
Indian Plus Size Brand Amydus
I spend a good amount of my times in meetings and I like to dress in a comfortable manner but at the same time look professional. For that reason, I have invested in a few pair of well fitted pants and tops. These pieces can easily be mixed and matched as well as layered up depending on the occasion.
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For a chic causal work wear look I have paired Amydus violet polka dot top with navy blue pants. To add some contrast to the look I decided to pair it with a funky and colourful folder and and finished the look with black brogues. The final look is casually comfortable but at the same time polished and professional too.
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Amydus Polka Dot Top | Amydus Pants | Very Moda Brogues | India Circus Folder  | Lush Rose Lakme Absolute Argan Oil Lip Color Lipstick | L'Oreal Paris Superliner Waterproof Gel Eyeliner | MAC Eyeshadow  

Photography by Shreyas Hegde

Till then, tra-la,

Amena!!

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