Be so good, they can’t ignore you: Steve Martin

I think I speak for all womankind, when I confess that even the best fashionista gets stumped whilst choosing the perfect bridesmaid dress. I mean forget the usual concerns about fit and style, there are zillion other things to think of! Can we opt for ivory /white? Should it be long and flowing or short, simple and chic? Is it long enough or too long? Is it too short?

Bridesmaid dress style

When I saw this blush pink dress (in TK Maxx) I knew I have found the perfect bridesmaid dress. There is something ethereal about the blush pink colour that you simply cannot ignore. Add to it, the spiffy lace details which gives it a romantic feel.

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I have kept the accessories minimal. Golden earrings, bangles, statement necklace and floral headband. I have opted for rose gold heels. Simplicity as they is the key to sophistication and this kind of style brims with both.

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So, what do you think of this idea? Are you a not-so-blushing bridesmaid or do you like to play safe? Let me know what’s your favourite bridesmaid dress idea in the comments and make my day!

Dress: TK Maxx, Necklace: Mango, Earrings and bangle: H and M, Shoes: Clarks 

I would like to thank my friend Annukka for these wonderful photographs. She is a wonderful photographer from Hampshire UK who loves capturing animals (particularly horses) and people (in that order ūüėČ ) You can check out her work here.

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Recently, a LA Playboy model Dani Mathers came under fire (and some) for snap chatting an image of an unknown bystander. She captioned¬†it “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either”. And then she goes on covering her mouth in mockery. Her photo is under investigation and she has since lost her modelling role as well as several lucrative deals. The whole fracas made me wonder, why as a society are we so obsessed with thinness?

If you follow my blog and social media accounts you would know I am a gym rat. However, my reasons for working out and staying healthy is different. To find what other women feel, I spoke to three different women to find out what is healthy and what is fitness.

Arjabi Thapa:

US based Arjabi is a fitness guru like no one else. Her training videos will kick your butt and then some more. You can check out her blog here.

“Three years ago when I stepped into the gym to workout, like any other newbie¬† gym intimidation crept in. I kind of caved in some way or the other , totally unsure of what to do and how to do it. I remember this one incident where I was using overhead¬† press machine and my back was not rested on the bench completely and somebody came and told me I would hurt myself. I was embarrassed , yet acted as if I am completely oblivious to the situation I was in- Thats how slowly yet steadily, I crawled and started my fitness journey. I worked out regularly and saw the scale budge rapidly in the beginning¬† and 30 lbs less in about a year’s time wasn’t less than a feat,but after that I plateaued so if it was just the scale that defined my notion of fitness, I prolly would have given up long time back.It isn’t what kept me going. Its the air of confidence that fitness had instilled in me. Its as if I was looking at my image in a new light.Its the strength and endurance improvement. Its the life lesson about patience and dedication. Three¬†years later,things I couldnt do in the past, I do with ease now. There is so much to learn , so much to grow and endless¬† avenues to unravel and fitness is my biggest teacher. I might not be size zero nor strongest of all but I am getting stronger by the day and thats all that matters. So, fitness if I have to sum up is a friend that taught me to leap when I was barely crawling, the strict teacher who disciplined me to work harder, the mentor who taught me to strive to be better than I am today. So I am forever thankful!”

Shilpa Chandravanshi:

Idaho based working mum, Shilpa’s instagram page gives me serious fitness envy. If weekly exercising is not enough, her weekend activities comprising hiking, walking and doing other activities with her family will seriously help you re-consider your fitness goals.

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“Being fit means being fit, and not being fat or thin or anything like that. People exercise to have a fit body and to avoid any health issues. For me exercise is my “me” time. I love that and can’t let go of it ever as it helps build my confidence and let out any stress. It doesn’t matter what body you have, all that matters is you are exercising. I get so infuriated by all the body shaming and most of it is imbibed by marketing a the body image. You don’t have to go zero figure to be fit, neither an anorexic person is fit. It doesn’t matter what size you are, you don’t have to be a hot figure to be working out. YOU WORKOUT TO BE FIT, period.”

 

Mridula Kaul:

Mridula, my beloved friend and another working mama, is one determined person. Her consistency and go-get attitude is something I always look up to.

 

IMG-20160725-WA0003Fitness means a lifestyle change for me, it means me taking control of my life again and feeling and looking like a better version of me not just for my family but for myself

I want to be able to look at myself and say, yeah you look fit girl, you look toned and healthy. I know I will never be skinny so that’s the best I can do :). ”¬†

Me: 

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I often quip that I only workout for getting back into my pre baby dresses. The Red dress I have worn here was last worn here.  Whilst I admit, vanity is one of the reasons it is not the only one or for that matter the most important. I workout because I want to honour this beautiful body I have got, which helped me make another human being, which helped me deliver it and which helped me to nourish it as well. The benefits of regular exercise is more than just having a size zero, it makes you stronger, healthier and dare I say happier. Exercise is the best stress buster and cheapest therapy. 

At the same time, I also want my daughter to not have the same body images issues I had growing up and understand the beauty and strength of her body. giving up hence is not an option. 

When I hear news like the Playboy one it makes me angry not only was it a gross violation of someone’s privacy but claims that unless you are pathetically thin and anorexic you are not fit or beautiful. This mentality has to change. And I am glad people stood up and made the right noises against the model because we all know we have enough critiques in this world and not enough encouragers.¬†

So, why do you work out? Do you think fitness is only about thinness or is strong really the new sexy. Do let me know your thoughts.

I would like to thank my friends featured here with all the gratitude. Thanks for taking time for me and I hope you appreciate my little effort. 

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“Beauty begins the moment, you decide to be yourself”–Coco Chanel

Summer and denim shorts are one of the best fashion relationship you can ever find. In Britain, there was a glimmer of summer few weeks ago when it was gloriously sunny for half a day (and if you missed it then too bad). Denim shorts are perfect for summer–laidback, chic and versatile. These are just some of the ways you can describe denim shorts.

There are zillion ways to style them–wear with Breton top for a Parisian feel or with a slogan tee, bomber jacket and sporty shoes for casual evening with friends. Polish it up with a boyfriend blazer and wedges for a night or go girly (like I have done here)¬†for a beach day trip.

How to wear denim shorts

I have paired my denim shorts with a cold shoulder top which I last wore here. Because of the coral piping on the top, I have also added coral earrings. Finally, to add a bit of zing to the outfit, I have added a scarf which I have used in a “few” different ways here. First, I used it as a bun tie (no images) then head band and then finally belt. I have sealed the look with simple flip flops¬†and an anklet because it is a beach and less is more here.

 

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Denim Shorts: Gap, Top: Boohoo, Scarf: DIY (from Mum’s old saree), Flip Flops: Superdry, Glasses: Oscar Del a Renta

So, how do you like to wear your shorts? Let me know your thoughts.

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“Clothes aren’t going to change the world; the women who wear them will”~Anne Klein

Sometimes I wonder why I bother. Every week, I am here discussing and giving you ideas what you should wear this summer/spring/winter. What are the “in”colours and the various ways to pair the autumn-winter state–boots. Honestly, it is exhausting! My mind, however creative, sometimes has no idea how to describe a dress for the zillionth time. And then I wonder, if it really matters in the larger scheme of things–children still dying for hunger and poverty, women denied equal rights and Brexit. Ofcourse it does not.

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However, I convince myself if something as simple as a dress and boots can bring some realm of happiness in the daily grind of life then why not? So, whether you hate it or love it I am here. Boots are esentially a winter thing but the British weather being more temperamental than a woman; it is here to stay even in summers (if you want call it that!)

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The trick to making an ankle boot work with a dress in summer is to create a gap (no this is not some imaginative made-up rule by me). Pair with a midi and bare calves or a mini with opaque/sheer tights (if you wish, I had to here as it was just too windy) or with a maxi that ends just on your ankles.

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If you ask me, the ankle boots with dress style¬†is perhaps just the summer option you need when sunshine is still…..a bit weak.

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Boots: J D Williams, T-Shirt: Tu, Skirt: Primark, Necklace: Monica Narang, Bag: Zara (old)

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Summer is finally here (apparently) and here I will be showing you (once again) what are the trends to try so that you are fashionnably ahead. I recently attended the fashion fix event at Broadstreet Mall (Reading, UK) which showcased a great show about affordable fashion for all age and gender groups.

Prints, Prints and More Prints:

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Prints (unsurprisingly) are going to big season. If you know me, you would know that I am already sold. There is nothing like a vibrant, graphic and colourful print that can up the ante of any look without much effort. Pair with single colours for added oomph (and also looking like a Christmas tree is not a great look). Not a fan? Pair printed accessories like a scarf or bag with neutrals.

If you want to know how to pair clashing prints, then check this post out.

Colours:

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Orange is definitely the new black (yes even for men) don’t be shy with colours go all out and pair it as you want. For women, pink is the hue of the season thanks to Duchess of Cambridge and her Indian sojourn (remember, the pink dress which practically broke the fashion internet?). I must admit I am particularly pleased with this trend.

Shoulder-baring

fashion trends for Summer 2016

Shoulders are apparently the errogenous zone of the season (yes, it is a thing; no don’t ask me how). Cold shoulder and off shoulder clothes have already hit the high street and is here to stay. I like it very much–it is chic in a nonchalant way as well as effortless without much skin show.

And what did I wear?

A cold shoulder top (trust me I had no idea) with ripped jeans and coral accessories.

Fashion trends for Summer 2016

Fashion trends for summer 2016

Top: Boohoo, Jeans: Gap, Earrings: H&M

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