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 ūüėČ

(The inspiration for this post came after reading a beautiful thought on a friend‚Äės 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‚Äôs good books. Then, I read an apt quote by Johnny Depp, ‚ÄúI think everybody‚Äôs weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it.‚ÄĚ Now, who can argue with Johnny boy? And it got me thinking about my own weirdness and quirks that make me‚Ķ.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.

 xoxo

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Me to my hair: Dear hair, please behave yourself.

My hair: Bah. I’ve a mind of my mind own, deal with it!

This is almost a daily ritual when I am getting ready. I can easily write a tome about so many occasions I’ve been late only because I was trying in vain to tame my perpetually rebellious curly/wavy hair. But, now I’ve found a great cheat-sheet to deviate the attention from my hair to some where else–my eyes lined with a nice shade of purple.

I am not sure where the fashion mags stand on this colour but for me it is a favourite colour to ring in the spring and summer season. It is fun, hypnotic with a bit of glamour thrown in. Purple liners can instantly add more oomph to any look and even be a conversation starter. What’s more? It perfectly embodies the free-spirit of spring and summer. Now, lets get going.

You can start with either applying a good primer or going naked. Next, apply a subtle eye-shadow like the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Taupe. The warm tone gives a shimmery effect. I am using the Max Factor Colour X-pert Waterproof eye liner in Lilac.

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Measuring from the outer corner of your lower lid, make a ‚ÄúV‚ÄĚ which extends to top of the eye lid. Extend this line till the inner corner. Fill the colour slowly between the lines.

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Complete the look by lining the lower lid with Maybelline Eye Studio Master Kohl Liner Deep Purple. Finish with a good swipe of mascara like Maybelline’s Colossal mascara.

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Et Voila, You are now ready to rock the town.

Do you have any such beauty cheats? And how do you like to play with colour purple? I would love to hear your thoughts.

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Sometimes when our eyes meet, I easily leave the whole world behind me.

When we kiss, I often wish that time should stop right away.

I’ve many insecurities, many things that scare me

But when you hold me in your arms; I feel I have reached the safest spot.

It really annoys me that you can read my mind and see the deepest depths of my heart.

You are not an average knight in the shining armour.

Heck, you are not even average.

Because you give me wings to fly.

Your pride in me makes me dance with joy.

You never stop in letting me be me.

I know you will love me when the twinkle of my eyes

will get replaced with the wisdom of age.

When my dark, cascading waves will get peppered with grey.

When my body will have seen the ravages of passing years.

You show me

that the best attitude in life

is not to have any.