Monthly Archives: February 2014

Let’s know her better: Shreya Kalra from www.ftlofaot.com

Hey you lovely people. Without wasting time in my stupid random convo let’s get to business.(ya right!). I hope you are not dumb and understood that the post is basically a casual interview of the blogger Shreya Kalra. (sorry to those whom I referred to as dumb.you know how I am.) I have been following blogs since years and I wouldn’t be bluffing if I said I have been following Shreya’s blog since the begining. She is a diva, a lawyer, a writer and a reader. Her blog reflects her personality. I love her style and confidence.There are so many things I know about this beautiful lady, but there were some I needed to know and moreover I wanted to share it with you guys. I wanted to show that blogging in India has become a big deal and we ought to appreciate the ones who have worked their a** off and have become successful indian bloggers.

So here you go. Let’s know her better.

Sindhu Gupta: Congratulations on your recent milestone Shreya. How does it feel?

Shreya Kalra:

Thank you so much. It sure feels amazing, most naturally. the fulfilling part of it is however, the emails, messages and comments that urge me to keep doing what I do.
SG: You have attended a lot of blogger events. Few of the interesting ones were the Suneet Verma styling competition and your project with ‘The Mill’. Does it help to be a part of these events? You feel collaborations are good for a blogger?
SK:
I love the concept of blogger events and collaborations. I just believe in associating with brands that I personally approve of and relate to, in order to not misled my readers or their buyers. Its also essential that as a blogger I get the right amount of benefits from a collaboration so most collaborations are based on these two ideologies. Blogger events, again I personally think are fun and a great way to meet and network with fellow fashion folks from the industry. As far as blogger events also go, I usually attend those which I find extremely interesting and I feel that inclinations towards attending. It definitely helps in so far as meeting , socializing and sometimes even recognition is concerned.
SG: I believe you are working with Creative Marketing Fix. But we know you have a degree in law. How did this happen? We bloggers would like to know how you pursued  a career in fashion even though you are a lawyer.Did you use your blog as your portfolio?
SK:
I am working with Creative Marketing Fix and it is true that my graduation is in the field of law and I worked as a lawyer for a year before making this change. However it was not all that sudden considering I have been doing freelance fashion writing for a number of fashion clients even through law school and of course  devoted a large part of my time and attention to my personal fashion blog. The final straw was the fact that I felt that this was my true calling and I need to at least give it a shot before I even discarded that idea. I’m happily writing and styling with CMF and doing freelance projects on the side and I feel supremely content. My blog was a part of my portfolio but not just my blog alone.

SG: Has your style and sense of fashion changed after you started blogging? Are you experimenting more and open to new ideas?
SK:
Most definitely, yes and yes. I have come a long way from blogging about what I felt safest wearing in terms of fashion choices to sporting tulle skirts with studded leather jackets (a la Carrie Bradshaw). I am definitely a lot more open to experimenting with different styles but I  think the basic structure of my styling and being remains the same as I am a girl’s girl.
SG: What is your take on Indian  blogosphere? Can you name your favourite Indian blogs?
SK:
The indian blogosphere is definitely witnessing what I call the big bang theory as you notice all bloggers taking off in different directions trying to establish a foothold of their own. I think that’s highly commendable but at the same time we are a relatively under-valued lot. We have a while to go before bloggers all over are recognized as a force to reclon with. Different blogs give me a different sense of fashion so in no particular order and I will probably miss quite a few that I cannot remember right now, Fashion Bombay( one of the first blogs that I loved and still do), Delhi Style Blog( sharp observational fashion commentary and quick wit), Purple Peeptoes (street style with a pinch of crazy), Manou ( street style with a soul), AJ( Adventurous personal style post), Republic of Chic( astute sense of fashion and design and I definitely miss her posts) from the top of my head.
SG: It was an overdose of serious questions. Let’s have some fun. Answer in one word. Ya ya like rapid fire. (I am such a cliche’)
SK:
I am definitely on Koffee with Karan 😀
SG- I am super embarrassed . **goes into hiding**. 😛
anywhoo…
Dresses or Pants?
Dresses.
Indian bloggers or foreign bloggers?
Home is where the heart is. Indian.
Sonam or Deepika?
For the fashion girl in me, Sonam.
Lipstick or lipgloss?
Lipstick.
Favourite cuisine?
Italian.
Paperback or kindle?
Kindle. (Yes, I am a convert but I have my reasons)
Currently reading?
The Mockingjay. (final book of the hunger games series).
Shopping bags in hands or online shopping?
Currently, online shopping.
Sleepless in Seattle or Harry met Sally or Breakfast at Tiffany’s?
Breakfast at Tiffanys (its my comfort movie) Although I find all the three beyond adorable.
Thank you so much for appreciating my work and considering me worthy of an interview. 🙂
Editor’s note: Shreya thank you so much for taking the time to answer the questions with so much details. It was more than expected,  I am deeply humbled. I have always loved your blog and will continue to do so. I hope you had fun as well.
You can all check Shreya’s blog – HERE . She is an amazing blogger and a stylist.
 
If you liked the interview or disliked it, please comment, I appreciate your comments.
Also if you want me to interview some other blogger, do let me know. I shall try my best to interview them for you. 
 
                                                                Much love,
                                                                  Sindhu

Stripe it baby!- OOTD

A day out with the girlies demands a cute+ fun + fashionable + comfy outfit. Well I had a girl’s day out with just one girl i.e my cousin, who is as old as I am and is my bestest friend. So less girls, less fuss. I picked out jeans, t-shirt and thong sandals. I know it sounds so boring. But then the colour and patterns changes things and makes this simple outfit look interesting. Oh I watched gunday that day and oh my god, Ranveer Singh is so freaking haawwwwttt. He looked super hot and cute and all that. I din’t like the movie a lot, but it wasn’t bad either. One time watch hai boss! We wanted to roam around a bit and ended up at a hotel that had a rooftop restaurant. (Ya I know it sounds fancy. It was NOT) . Whatever, I had fun and it was ok! After having really bad manchurian and noodles, we head over to our favourite ice cream parlour and had butterscotch sundae. yummmmm.

Anywhoo, I wore red skinny jeans with black and white stripped top. Its nothing new, but few things never get old. You can see my outfit below.
P.S I taught my cousin candid photography. flashnews: candid photography is so not candid!
My face looks realllllly bad I know! In my defence the pics were taken after a really long day!

OUTFIT DETAILS:
Red skinnies: www.stylefiesta.com
Stripe top: Local shop
Flower thong sandals: Lifestyle
Watch: Aspen

   

10 Must – haves in your handbag

Hola chicas.weekend is here, and I can imagine the enthusiasm you guys are having about it. I have no weekend plans. Its boring here in my hometown. **snore**. I am trying not to take heavy dinners and concentrating on having veggies and soup.
Anywhoo, I was rearranging my handbag and thought of the amount of stuff I keep in my bag(which is a lot!). I realised all of it is important and I cannot do without them. No matter how much men criticise about our big bags, they eventually use most of the stuff we have.
I have listed the ten most important things that you ought to have in your handbag.
1. Hairbrush
Do I even need to say why you need a hairbrush in your bag?
2. kohl
Kohl brightens our eye and when you are going to be out for a long time, it could be your best friend and make you look fresh.
3. Lip balm
Lip balm is very important. You don’t want people to see you with chappy lips!
4. Lipstick/lipgloss
Haven’t we heard the thing about running into your worst enemy when you are badly dressed. Well this could be your saving grace. A lipstick just brightens the face and gives you the instant glam.
5. Compact
You need this for the same reasons above.
6. Grip/ rubber band
You leave your home looking like an actress with your locks hanging down and dancing around with bouncy hair. Then you face the reality, the wind doesn’t make you look like a heroine, it only messes up your hair. Also its so hot that you wish you were bald. Rubber band is your superman!
7. Spray rose water
Leaving from work and suddenly your bf/friend asks you to meet them. Wanna look fresh? Spray some rose water on your face and you ll look and feel fresh. You now see how important kohl,lippie and compact could be?
8. Tissue
I cannot list its immense importance. YOU NEED THIS BABY!
9. Sunglasses
I do not leave home without sunglasses. Its one thing that is super stylish and super essential at the same time.
10. Small diary and a pen
Phone to-do lists don’t work for me. Also being a blogger means anything could inspire you and you need to write it down.
I carry a few more stuff than I mentioned. But these are the most important ones. Please don’t say I did not mention mobile phone. Thats obvious and also the wallet or your keys.
What do you all generally have in your handbags? Anything different? Swiss knife? Pepper spray? 😛 Let me know if you carry something interesting like Swiss knife.
P.S You can participate in my giveaway. HERE

Preconceived notions

Don’t we all have preconceived notions? I admit, I do. In fact all of us presume something or the other about a certain person or situation or a thing. It’s not that bad. It is human nature. But you know we need to draw a line. We need to stop assuming and make so many judgements even before knowing a certain thing. We see a person all smiling and cheerful and assume the person to be the happiest person alive. That’s completely fine. But moving a step forward and saying that the person who smiles a lot cannot have any pain, that’s preconceived notion! May be that person is just emotionally strong and deals with pain and pressure easily. That does not mean the person has a perfect life. Why do we assume these things.
When a girl dresses up really well, the girl is termed high maintenance. What if the things she is wearing is thrifted and not as expensive as you think. Just because a girl is wearing Western clothes, we assume that she is spoilt, bad and isn’t homely. This is just ridiculous! When will we think beyond this? When will we start accepting things the way they are and not assume things.
A recent incident in my life made me think this. I never knew facebook account could be used as your character certificate. This is just absurd and these things just irritate me. When will people mature and understand that its not always what you see. It may be the things you haven’t seen!

Be positive guys. There is already so much negativity in the world. Spread happiness and positive energy. Sayonara.