Saturday, 27 January 2018

Plus Size Fashion | Sorbet Stripes

For years, the fashion industry world over has confined plus size women inside a very small box that limits her sartorial choices to the bare minimum and depriving her the joys of fashion.
Not anymore! As the saying goes, rules are meant to be broken, and it’s about time we break all those antiquated plus size style rules that are just begging to be demolished.

Some of the most debated and discussed plus size fashion questions are: Should plus size women wear stripes? What kind? Should they only wear vertical ones and avoid horizontal ones? Should the stripes be thin or thick? And so on.
Here’s the thing – plus size women can and should wear stripes. And yes, they can wear all types of stripes. However, just like any trend, it’s is very important to select a style that fits your body type best. 
Plus Size Stripe Dress
I’ve been wanting to experiment with stripes and Afamado’s pastel stripe cold shoulder dress offered me the perfect opportunity.  The sorbet-flavoured colour palette instantly caught my eye.
How To Style Plus Size Stripes
I loved the clever juxtaposing of horizontal and vertical stripes. The empire waist line balances the the stripes in a way that the horizontal and vertical stripes complement each other. The overall dress is well-designed keeping plus size women of different sizes and shapes in mind.
Dresses For Plus Size Women
Another thing I loved about this dress is, it is very versatile. It is one of those dresses that can easily transform from day to night wear with minimum fuss and effort. Plus, the dress on its own is so striking, it requires very little accessorising. 
Indian Plus Size Brand Afamado
Instead of paring the dress with a solid colour bag, I decided to do a print mix look and pair it with a floral tote and clutch.
For a day look I decided to pair the dress with a floral tote and add a necklace to it.
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For the night look, I swapped the tote with a floral clutch, and replaced the necklace with gold statement earrings and palm cuff. With just the simple changes the love can go from day chic to night glam. 
Plus Size Stripe Dress
I’ve always worn stripes, but I have been a tad apprehensive about wearing horizontal stripes as well as mixing stripes. This dress completely changed that for me. Whether horizontal, vertical or diagonal, I have no qualms about wearing stripes or mixing them up. 
How To Style Plus Size Stripes
The key to acing the stripe trend is by finding the right stripe proprotion for your body type. This is applicable for both straight and plus size bodies. Once you figured out the right stripe proportion for your body type and shape, the rest will fall into place.
Dresses For Plus Size Women

Afamado Pastel Stripe Dress | Ted Baker Tote & Clutch | Van Heusen Wedges | Accessorize Necklace | Kate Spade Watch | Bubble Pink Lakme Absolute Lip Pouts Matte Masaba Lip Color Lipstick | L'Oreal Paris Superliner Waterproof Gel Eyeliner | Oriflame Eyeshadow | Maybelline Mascara 
I've said this before and I will say it again - fashion rules for plus size, curvy and fat women are nothing but a way to control their bodies and keep them out of the mainstream fashion narrative. 
To all my dear plus size, curvy and fat sisters, please don't let these ridiculous, sizeist rules stop you for experimenting with fashion and taking sartorial risk. Wear what you like, how you like, and when you like. Life is too short to follow rules that are discriminatory towards you.
Photography by Shreyas Hegde

Till then, tra-la,

Amena!!
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Sunday, 21 January 2018

Himalaya Winter Bundle

All through the second half of December and starting of January I was travelling. While some places were really cold, the others not so much. With the weather being different, I had to take care of my skin at all times.
To avoid all kinds of dryness, flaking, chapping, itchiness and tightness, I made sure I had the right products to keep my skin soft and hydrated. 
I had a great experience with Himalaya’s Youth Eternity Range and decided to give their skincare and lip care range a try. The products I selected were keeping my skin type in mind and something that I could use post the winter season too.
Himalaya Skin Care And Lip Care

Himalaya Strawberry Shine Lip Care
This is the first time I am trying a lip balm from Himalaya Herbals. One of the main reasons why I decided to go for it is because it is enriched with 100% natural colour, Vitamin E and antioxidants. Plus, it is free from preservatives, petroleum jelly, mineral oil and silicone. 
Himalaya Skin Care And Lip Care
On application it gives a delicate strawberry fragrance and a glossy finish and enhances your natural lip colour. What I really loved about this lip balm is, it is not heavy and sticky and doesn’t leave a greasy residue. The lip balm easily lasts for 4-5 hours, prevents moisture loss and offers complete hydration. 
Himalaya Strawberry Shine Lip Care completely moisturises your lips and keeps them soft and supple.
Himalaya Strawberry Shine Lip Care

Himalaya Nourishing Skin Cream
When it comes to skin cream I tend to be very picky. Since I have oily skin and live in a humid weather a lot of skin creams don’t suit my skin type. Therefore, it is paramount for me to choose something that is oily skin and humid climate friendly.
Himalaya Winter Bundle
The main reasons why I chose Himalaya’s Nourishing Skin Cream is because it is light, non-greasy, easy-to-use daily cream, which provides all day moisturising, nourishment and protection and keeps the skin soft and supple for hours.
The cream is blended with the extracts of Aloe Vera, Winter Cherry, Indian Kino Tree and Indian Pennywort, which protect the skin from pollution and bad weather conditions, providing nourishment and adequate hydration. A major plus point for the skin cream is, it is dermatologically-tested and hypoallergenic.
Himalaya Nourishing Skin Cream

Himalaya Cocoa Butter Intensive Body Lotion
I won’t lie – I’m one of those women who doesn’t moisturise on a daily basis. I know it’s a bad habit that needs to change ASAP, but until that happens I make it a point to invest in a body lotion that gives my skin the much needed hydration. 
Himalaya Skin Care And Lip Care
Himalaya's Cocoa Butter Intensive Body Lotion is ideal for me. It deeply moisturises, softens and smoothens the skin. Cocoa Butter's deep-penetrating, natural ingredients repair and nourish the skin as well as makes it supple and the Wheat Germ Oil restores the skin's elasticity, leaving it softer and more toned than before along with improving the skin texture.
The body lotion has a delicate smell that lingers for a while after application. The texture of the lotion is creamy and fluid, gets easily absorbed into the skin and doesn’t leave a sticky residue. This makes the body lotion ideal for not just dry but humid weather as well. Like all Himalaya products this one too is free of preservatives and harmful chemicals. 
Himalaya Cocoa Butter Intensive Body Lotion
One thing I’ve learnt over the years is, it is very important to invest in good skin care products. Products that improve the skin quality over time and help keep it healthy and supple.
Himalaya products do not disappoint on that front. They offer the best skin and lip care in the harshest of weathers and help you to retain fresh and glowing skin at all times.
Photography by Shreyas Hegde

Till then, tra-la,
    Amena!!
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Sunday, 31 December 2017

Plus Size Fashion | Go Glam Or Go Home!

I love December! It is hands down my fave month of the year. Not just because it is my (and my mother, father and kid brother’s) birthday month but also because everything around is bright and sparkling. The cool air is full of life, people are in high spirits and everyone is in a merry-making mood ready to bid adieu to the year gone by and to say hello to the new one awaiting us.
While the year may be coming to an end, the party season has just begun.

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Nothing says holiday and festive glam quite like glitter and bling. As someone who loves both these things, any occasion is good enough for me to flaunt my treasured statement pieces and baubles.
While styling festive bling and party glam one needs to be mindful of not getting carried away and going over the top. If not careful, a look can go from tasteful to tacky in a heartbeat. 
Like most women around the world, my party season staple is a little black dress as well. Depending on the occasion, the LBD can either be glammed up or down. 

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Body Positivity In India
Taking a break from shifts and shirt dresses, I got myself a black skater dress from Amydus. I’ve always wanted to try out this silhouette and the festive season seemed like the perfect time to try it out. 
The dress is a quintessential LDB. It can easily be glammed up or kept simple and chic depending on the occasion. Since I wanted to wear the dress for a friend’s cocktail party I decided to style my look with gold accessories. The classic combination of gold and black with a hint of red colour pop can never go wrong. 

Curvy Fashion In India

Amydus - Indian Plus Size Fashion Brand
I am a huge maximalist who strongly believes in go big or go home. Not one to shy away from larger than life statement accessories, the LBD was the perfect companion to complement my bejewelled necklaces and embellished clutch. The simplicity of the dress balanced the dramatic accessories, creating a sophisticated and eye-catching look ideal for the party season.

Plus Size Party Look

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Amydus Skater Dress  | Pavers England Pumps | Accessorize Clutch | | Crimson Silk Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip & Cheek Color Lipstick | L'Oreal Paris Superliner Waterproof Gel Eyeliner | Oriflame Eyeshadow | Smashbox Mascara 

As we say goodbye to 2017, here's wishing you all a splendid and wonderful Happy New Year. May 2018 be your year.

Photography by Shreyas Hegde

Till then, tra-la,

    Amena!!
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