Monday, 4 December 2017

Plus Size Fashion | Layer It Up


“Where do you buy your clothes from?” – This is one question that I get asked on a regular basis. Considering the lack of availability and easy accessibility of quality plus size fashion in India, this question doesn’t surprise me at all. However, what does surprise and bother me is how so many Indian brands still ignore the needs and demands of over 50% of the nation’s population.  

Plus Size Denim Shirt
Even though a large number of Indian brands still don’t have a size inclusive and body positive approach, there are a handful of brands that are making the effort to create stylish and affordable clothes for plus size women.  Along with making clothes, these brands are also helping build the confidence of many women who have struggled with body issues due to lack of clothes and mainstream representation.

Plus Size Denim Shirt
Personally, I’ve always struggled with finding clothes my size. However, this issue became even more obvious when I started fashion blogging. When a large part of your job depends on creating new looks, the lack of clothes can hamper your career. And to a large extent this has happened with me. It was only around late 2015- early 2016 that ready-to-wear plus size clothes were noticeably available.

Plus Size Fashion Blogger India
Unlike straight size women, we plus size women are not spoilt for choice. Therefore, it is very important to invest in clothes that are easy to mix-and-match and layer up. 
Amydus is one such brand that offers a wide variety of pieces that have great styling and layering potential. Plus, the brand has figured out Indian sizing and what works for Indian plus size women. From Indian wear to party wear and formal wear, there is something for every occasion.

Plus Size Fashion Blogger India
I love wearing dress, but I was never a fan of belted dresses. I really liked this check shirt dress and was not letting the belt stop me from buying it. When I got the dress, I was planning to style it without the belt. However, the dress did not have the same impact without the contrast accent. I purely wore the belt for the colour pop. What surprised me the most was how the belt helped accentuate my curves and give a better structure to the dress. The belt completely changed the look of the outfit.

Body Positivity In India
With winter season finally arriving in India, wearing layers without the fear of breaking into a sweat inspired me to layer the dress with a denim shirt. The denim shirt gave the look a beautiful colour contrast without dominating the dress. 
Both these pieces can be worn separately as well as can be used to layer. In fact, most pieces with front buttons can be used as a layer. That is why I prefer to invest in them.

Amydus - Indian Plus Size Fashion Brand
In a year full of trying out new styles and taking sartorial risk, this belted check shirt dress is another one to add to the grown list.
Plus Size Indian Fashion
Amydus Check Print Shirt Dress | Amydus Denim Shirt | Bata Shoes | Accessorize Bag | Necklace From Kashmir | Forever 21 Bracelet | Swarovski Red Slake | Pure Rouge  L'Oreal Paris Pure Reds Color Riche Collection Star Lipstick | L'Oreal Paris Superliner Waterproof Gel Eyeliner | MAC Eyeshadow | Smashbox Mascara 

Photography by Shreyas Hegde


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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Plus Size Fashion | Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone


Wedding season is here – and it is here in full swing. This year I decided to change things around. Instead of going with traditional silk and embroidered pieces, I wanted to create a few looks that are not heavily embellished but still have a rich and luxe look. Plus, unlike traditional Indian wedding wear that can’t be repeated frequently, I wanted to invest in something that would be multi-occasion friendly.

Plus Size Wedding & Festive Outfit
Plus Size Indian Fashion

2017 has been my year of stepping out of my style comfort zone and taking sartorial risks. One of the main reasons why I was able to do that is because of the growing plus size fashion industry in India. Brands are finally understanding the needs of plus size women and realising that we too deserve stylish and trendy clothes. I was able to make a drastic change to my wedding season wardrobe mainly because I was lucky to find on-trend and chic Indian wear pieces.

From pretty prints to stylised silhouttes, Amydus has wide variety of tunics. While looking for something that is is both classic and at the same time statement making, this front slit, overlap tunic in deep green shade caught my fancy. It was unlike any other tunic I had seen in a while. However, as much as I loved it, I was not sure if I was ready to wear something that draws attention to my belly.

Amydus - Indian Plus Size Fashion Brand
Plus Size Fashion Blogger India

As a classic apple shape, plus size woman, I have always been very conscious of my non-flat belly. While I’ve finally made peace with the way my belly looks, I still haven’t reached the point where I am comfortable showing it.

I decided to finally take the plunge and get myself the tunic. I won’t lie - until I got the tunic in my hand I was a tad bit apprehensive and nervous about my belly showing. However, once I wore the tunic, I realised that all the nervousness and doubt was in my head. There was nothing wrong with my visible belly.
Like some women are fair skinned and other are dusky, some are tall while others are short, similarly, some women have a flat belly while others, like me, have non-flat, round belly. And that is just fine. Women come in all shapes and sizes, and so do our bellies. We should not be ashamed or asked to hide our bellies just because they are not flat or washboard abs.

Body Positivity In India
Plus Size Tunics and Kurtas

The Amydus tunic turned out to be a very wise and body positive investment for me. Not only did I get a new style and silhouette to add to my wardrobe but I was finally able to let go of my inhibition and get comfortable with my non-flat, round belly showing.

 Body Positivity In India
Plus Size Tunics and Kurtas
Amydus Tunic | Utsa By Westside Skirt | Inc5 Wedges | Necklace & hand Harness From Bandra | Pure Brick  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


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Monday, 27 November 2017

Himalaya Youth Eternity Range


I’ve to be honest – I’ve never been one of those who invested too much time and energy in my skin care routine. Partly because I have oily combination skin, and partly because I’ve never found any products that really made much difference to my skin. However, since I turned 30 I’ve been more careful with my skin care. While I haven’t made it a habit to buy every new product that hits the market, increasingly, I’ve made an effort to try out products that may work for my skin type.

No stranger to Himalaya products - I swear by their anti-dandruff shampoo – I was quite keen on trying out their new Youth Eternity Range. When it comes to quality and price point, Himalaya has been consistent. Staying true to its core philosophy, Himalaya has always been nature-derived, finding the best of nature and creating products that are natural and pocket friendly.

Himalaya Youth Eternity Range
Himalaya's newly launched Youth Eternity range has been specially formulated using stem cells from the Edelweiss Plant. The stem cells are combined with herbal active extracts of flowers like Rose Myrtle, Fire Flame Bush, Woodfordia and Cipadessia Baccifera, to hydrate and regenerate your skin. The range consists of day cream, night cream and under eye cream.
Himalaya Youth Eternity Range
I’ve been using all three products for over 2 weeks now and I’ve gotten positive results. As someone with very oily and combination skin, I found the creams, especially the night cream to be very effective.

Himalaya Youth Eternity Day Cream
Himalaya Youth Eternity Range
The Himalaya Youth Eternity Day Cream has a light and non-greasy texture. It gets absorbed easily into the skin without leaving an oily residue. For my oily combination skin type, the day cream provides me with adequate hydration without making my skin look shiny. 
Himalaya Youth Eternity Day Cream comes with SPF 15 and is priced at  ₹499 for 50ml (Also available in 10ml & 20ml size).

Himalaya Youth Eternity Night Cream
Himalaya Youth Eternity Range
Compared to the day cream, Himalaya Youth Eternity Night Cream is richer, offering more nourishment. Like the day cream the night cream too has a non-greasy texture. The night cream works overnight to provide intense hydration, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, leaving your skin even-toned and healthy. 
Himalaya Youth Eternity Night Cream is priced at ₹499 for 50ml.

Himalaya Youth Eternity Under Eye Cream
Himalaya Youth Eternity Range
Unlike most eye creams that are rich and heavy, Himalaya Youth Eternity Under Eye Cream has a very light texture. It is almost like a gel-cream that is rich in anti-inflammatory properties that nourishes and hydrates the tender skin around the eyes, helps reduce dark circles and fine lines. After using the under cream for over 2 weeks I’ve noticed my under eye region looks more bright and healthy.
Himalaya Youth Eternity Under Eye Cream is priced at ₹525 for 15ml.
Himalaya Youth Eternity Range
What I liked the most about Himalaya Youth Eternity Range is, that all the products are packaged in a travel friendly manner and all of them have anti-inflammatory properties. All three products in this range have stem cells from the Edelweiss plant and extracts from exotic plants and herbs. Plus, all the creams have a rich texture but neither of them leave an oily or sticky residue. The best part about this range is, the products are free from parabens and phthalates.
Himalaya Youth Eternity Range
If you are looking to start an anti-aging skincare regime, The Himalaya Youth Eternity Range is a good one to start with. These products can easily be used by women in their 20s, 30s and 40s. 
Ideal for all Indian skin types and Indian weather, The Himalaya Youth Eternity Range is for every woman who is aims to have healthy and glowing skin.
Photography by Shreyas Hegde

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