Spring has always been associated with regrowth, rejuvenation and resurrection. In India, there are many festivals that celebrate this season of hope.

In Kerala, situated in India’s southern most part, spring is celebrated with a festival called Pooram–a festival dedicated to goddess Kali or Durga. The invincible goddess of destruction from Hindu mythology.

I was lucky enough to experience the festival for the first time in Malappuram. Here’s a glimpse.

ImageBootham or Pootham: The mythical warrior of the Goddess.

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Chaliyan’s (Weaver’s) horse:  The horse which brings prosperity to the town. Four men shoulder this horse and run around, a popular myth is that if the horse breaks during the run, it can bring ill-luck to the town.

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dance of the divine

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Setting the stage

Coco Chanel once famously said, “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” Now, who could argue with an icon like her? I definitely feel that every girl should have an ensemble that feels like a perfect marriage between class and fab. Yes, I would love to have a Chanel trousseau in my wardrobe but times are tough. And tough times call for smart measures.

To emulate the Chanel mantra, I’ve combined a black lace pussy-bow blouse with a dip hem skirt to re-create my own classy and fab look right from the British high-street.

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There is something so subtly romantic about the pussy-bow blouse, it is timeless yet feminine whilst a dip-hem skirt lends an ethereal charm yet is modern and trendy. A waist-cincher is a must-have to accentuate those curves.

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Lace insert blouse: Next, Dip-hem skirt: Topshop, Belt: Jane Norman, Clutch: Gifted, Kitten heels: Dune

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Earrings: Topshop, Coral Lippy: Maybelline, Green Kohl: L’Oreal

What makes an outfit classy and fabulous for you? And how do you give a classic twist to a trend. Would love to hear your thoughts.

Fashion has such a lovely habit of repeating itself. One of the top trends for Spring/Summer 2013 is neon. But did you know that Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli  first popularised “shocking pink” fashions in 1937? The 1980s saw a revival of neon colours when it was used in everything from skirts to jackets and now in 2013 it seems neon is here to stay.

A bright pop of colour that can elevate any look and really make you stand out of the crowd. I don’t even remember if it really left the fashion fabric but the present take on it is to keep it feminine, sophisticated and balanced.

As a person who loves colours, I couldn’t be happier but I would definitely stay away from really bright bordering on garish neon and go for slightly-washed look. Here’s how:

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As balancing is the key here, I have balanced this neon pink skirt with a well-fitting striped T-shirt (combing the two key trends of this season neon+stripes).

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A balloon skirt might not be the most-flattering silhouette for a curvy, hour-glassed girls like me but what to do if you are an impulsive shopper? I’ve thrown a dark blazer to balance out the proportions. Bunching the sleeves of the blazer like this gives it an added edge don’t you think?

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Striped t-shirt: Gap, Skirt: Thrift store, Suede Bag: Next, Blazer: Next, Ankle Boots: Watch: Swatch, Tights: Marks and Spencer,

Accessories: Gifted

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And here’s some trivia about Neon. The term was first coined in 1898 and pop-culture guru Andy Warhol used a silk screen pink neon cow design in 1966.

Now, would you be joining the Neon Bandwagon and how would you make this trend your own? Do share your thoughts.

P.S. Please do share your thoughts so I know I am not talking to a void 😉

(The inspiration for this post came after reading a beautiful thought on a friend‘s Facebook page. Individuality is such a rare factor these days, with many of us (sometimes including me) trying to be someone else. All for the sake of getting into somebody’s good books. Then, I read an apt quote by Johnny Depp, “I think everybody’s weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it.” Now, who can argue with Johnny boy? And it got me thinking about my own weirdness and quirks that make me….well…me!)

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I am not a morning person but I love waking up to the chirping sound of birds.

Chocolate is the answer to all the problems. And then Coffee.

The best sound in the world is the sound of waves lashing against each other and the rocks.

I love scavenging for sea shells and coloured stones.

I am not a believer but every time I see the vast expanse of an ocean or the might of a mountain, I experience God.

Sometimes, I dance with a complete abandon. It’s my way to get a high.

When I am really happy, I throw my head back and laugh a throaty laughter. People then call me mad but I am just happy.

I love the feeling of ocean water slowly washing my feet.

I have many expensive gifts but the best one is a black marble Ganesha given to me by some villagers from a tiny hamlet in Rajasthan.

I don’t care for perfection; imperfections are endearing.

There are many things  that make Me.

Just like many things  that make You.

Then why this rush to be someone else?

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I love an ensemble that can take me from work to play with one snap of a finger. Work outfits should be part conservative and part fun. I opt for clean-cut silhouette, with crisp details and no-nonsense cuts. A dark blazer is another staple that can give you confidence in every step.

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Dress: Yumi, Navy Blazer: Next, Bag: Next, Pumps: Clarks, Tights: Marks and Spencer

A large tote that can carry my world, some sensible yet stylish pumps and minimal jewelery is my way to feel like a corporate chic. The bow detail in this mono-chrome dress gives it an element of playfulness.

Want to go out for a dinner with the man, movie with friends or have some pints with your colleagues? Simple, remove the jacket and you’ve a sleeveless, casual and fun dress that will take you through night  stylishly.

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Dragonfly pendant: Gift from the boy, Bracelet: Superdrug, Watch: Titan

A well-fitting blazer is the easiest way to make sleeveless work appropriate. What do you look for work outfits? And how do you take a look from work to your playground? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.

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