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. 
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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

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Saturday, 3 March 2018

Poised, Professional and Plus Size


I’m the first woman in my family who has worked outside the house. My mother, her mother and her mother, never did that. I’m not the only one. Lakhs of Indian women from my generation happen to also be the first time working women. Women who have chosen to have a career and empower themselves with financial independence. With a wide array of career options now available, women are taking over. From corporate boardrooms to the political arena and from directing a movie to launching a space shuttle, Indian women are making their presence felt everywhere. And it is only fair she is dressed perfectly for her dream job.
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 How To Style Plus Work Wear Look
Indian fashion magazines and websites have done endless articles on work wear dressing. Articles telling Indian women what they should wear to look poised, professional and polished at the office. However, most of these articles favour western work-wear dressing and very often ignore Indian work wear dressing. With a large number of Indian women still preferring kurti and leggings and sarees over tops and pants/skirts and dresses, it is absolutely necessary the Indian working woman should have clothes in Indian silhouettes that are chic and work wear friendly. 
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Kurtis For Plus Size Women
Kurti, often referred to as tunic, in varying lengths is one of the most preferred Indian garment women wear to the office. For starters, the silhouette of the classic straight kurti is very comfortable and it can be paired with different types of bottoms. Most importantly, the silhouette of the classic side slit kurti complements all Indian body types making it a wardrobe staple for most Indian women. 
Indian Plus Size Brand Amydus
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A lot of my readers have been asking me to create an Indian work wear look. I finally decided to that. Instead of opting for a regular kurta, I choose this lace detail Amydus kurti. The two things I love about it: First, the colour. Navy works for both day and night. Second, the lace detailing. It adds an element of sexy without being in your face.  
When it came to choosing a bottom to pair with the kurti I decided to skip the run of the mill churidar leggings and pants/jeans and instead opted for a printed palazzo. Since it was a look for the office, I decided to keep the the accessories to the bare minimum and only added a colour pop bag to enhance the overall look.
While both the kirti and palazzo are fluid silhouettes, their fluidity balanced each other out well. 
How To Style Plus Work Wear Look
Kurtis For Plus Size Women
Amydus Lace Detail Kurti | Westside Printed Palazzo | Charles & Keith Sandals | Coach Bag | Kate Spade Watch | Cherry Bite Lakme Absolute Lip Pouts Matte Masaba Lip Color Lipstick | L'Oreal Paris Superliner Waterproof Gel Eyeliner | MAC Eyeshadow
Not only does this look work for the office but you can comfortably wear this post office hour too. It is one of those minimum fuss, AM PM friendly looks that can be worn to a number of functions and occasions. 


Photography by Shreyas Hegde

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