Category: lifestyle

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Dark Paradise

This year has been incredibly eventful for me both personally and professionally. I started working, shifted jobs, had a very twisted personal life. Like every year, this year wasn’t very great either. But this year  will be remembered forever! I learnt a lot this year, went through transitions and changed as a person. A better person? I shall judge that with time.

Last year around this time, I moved from blogspot to my very own website. It definitely wouldn’t have been possible without my dear friend Deepak. He encouraged me and did everything, from registering my domain to designing my blog. I can’t thank him enough for supporting me and doing so much for me. Secondly, I would like to thank my photographer Abhijith for helping me with my blog, waking up early in the morning, coming to my place, shooting and then go to work. Lastly, i’m extremely grateful to my friends who have encouraged me so much. They not only helped me with my personal life, but believed in me and encouraged me to do things i’m fond of. I know this sounds like an award acceptance speech, but I am very bad at expressing my feelings directly hence chose my blog to do it.

Enough with the drama, can we discuss the outfit already!?(Trust me, I had this thought on my mind)

Olive green is the colour of the season and I love this shade of green!  It screams autumn/winter. Streetstyle blogs are flooded with olive jackets, camouflage prints, military trend and the like. It is a classy colour and can be paired with any other shade. I chose this studded shirt from Zara. Paired it up with black denims and black heels.

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I decided to add some more studs to my look and wore these very comfortable studded heels. When it comes to accessories, I like to keep it minimal. I wore a layered golden chain and a subtle bracelet.img_6830

To finish the look, I chose to wear oxblood lips. It’s not winter until you wore berry lips! They are also my favorite shade for lipstick at the moment. It suits every complexion. If you are from medium to dark toned, you must definitely buy a maroon lipstick. A dab of highlighter on my face, flowing hair and i’m done!

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This outfit is perfect for dinners. Swap your shoes with flats or wedges and it would be perfect for lunches as well!

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Yes I have put on a massive amount of weight. I told you, this year wasn’t all that great! And yes, my new year resolution is to lose weight and do many more things. May this year be the ‘it’ year!

Thank you all of you for reading this and being so kind.

Let’s bid adieu to 2016 and welcome 2017 with a hair flip!

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Diwali Look: The Forum Vijaya Mall

Hello ladies and gentlemen. I am  writing  blogging after ages. Its been a long time but and I am on a hiatus which is completely unintentional. But I have been very active on my social media channels and have been posting lot of stuff there. You can follow me on instagram- HERE and catch my super crazy side on snapchat, username- sindhugupta17. Since Diwali is almost here I thought I should get back to blogging.

As we speak of Diwali, what completes Diwali? Sweets? Crackers? Diyas? House cleaning? Well ya! But what is the most important thing? You got that! DIWALI SHOPPING *I’m screaming that in a very shreaky voice* . And as usual I wanted something ethnic for the festive season. You may think Im all cray-cray for shopping, but I actually hate going to a lot of stores. Did I mention I’m a mall person? Not the kind who go to malls just to watch a movie and eat at the food court! I love shopping there and so I went to The Forum Vijaya Mall, Chennai at Vadapalani. You can know more about the mall HERE. I head straight to my favorite store- LIFESTYLE. I have been shopping there since I was a kid and I haven’t found a better multi-branded store yet!

The men’s collection was a fun one. I could spot festive colors like maroon and beige to casual colors like blue and orange. I loved their casual collection. It was perfect spread of variety of clothing. If you are planning for a trip during the new year’s, Diwali could be the perfect excuse to shop for it and Lifestyle will get you covered!

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And then I head to my favorite section, the ladies section. I obviously went to check out the shoes first. I am into metallics these days and festive season is incomplete without the bling. I also liked the metallic bag. I think this would go with every outfit and can be easily carried from day to night. Any ethnic wear is incomplete without the box clutch or the potli. But I loved this one and what I loved about it is it could easily hold my lipstick, phone and money!

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Moving on to clothes, I found lovely stuff from Biba, Melange and Global Desi and a couple of other brands too. The best part was there were clothes that would fit any occasion. A heavy look for Diwali, a classy look for a Diwali party and a easy ethnic look for cards party, you could shop it all at Lifestyle!

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All in all I would say the collection was absolutely gorgeous at the Lifestyle at Forum mall, Chennai. They had collection that covered all the major trends of the season like, bold jewellery, cape kurtis, metallic accessories and boho fashion. It was a fruitful visit and it turned out to be me saviour as I have no time to shop because of my work and busy schedule.

If you are waiting to shop for Diwali, trust my words and go to Forum Mall if you are in Chennai. While you’re at it, do visit Palazzo cinema. What a theatre! Lovely interiors.

Have a lovely and colourful Diwali.

 

Love, Sindhu

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Pondicherry – Day 2

Hello guys. I hope you have read about DAY 1 of my trip. So we wanted to all touristy things on the second day of the trip. Also it was my sister’s birthday (Belated Happy Birthday!) so we wanted it to be productive. We had a lazy start to the day and head to the main city and reached there by around 12 noon.  The first thing we wanted to do was to visit the famous Ganesh temple and Sri Aurobindo Ashram (they are very close to each other). But there are timings which you need to keep in mind which we din’t! Also the Ashram is shut during lunch time. So we couldn’t go inside. So we decided to first have lunch and then look around a bit and then see the places. So after lunch dad dropped us to roam around. The manufacturing factory of HIDESIGN is located in Pondicherry, also they have a beautiful store there. We had to go there. Then we did some street shopping at Jawahar Lal Nehru street. They have decent stuff. We then head to Mission Street and let me tell you it’s the most beautiful place. The street is filled with French architectural houses and buildings. Its very clean. We were lucky the weather was good which made it look even more beautiful. There are a lot of shops there and you can buy very good stuff there. Almost a lot of shops were owned by the Ashram. I wanted to buy incense sticks and candles and head to one of their stores. It was beautiful and smelled like divine inside. My cousin picked up a beautiful candle stand and floating candles and I picked up bath soaps and candles. We finally went to the temple. And then we went to the ashram(Its Sri Aurobindo’s samadhi). The ashram is one peaceful place. What was more fascinating was the people’s devotion for Sri Aurobindo. People bowed and prayed with respect. The place is quiet and full of positive energy. I loved seeing how people can be so devoting and believe in peace and harmony. By the time we were done with all this, we were super tired and wanted to take some rest. We head back to our hotel and slept. At night we got all dressed up and had dinner at the resort’s restaurant (let me tell you that the menu for buffet that day was horrible and we ended up eating bad food!). After the bad dinner we just slept! That was day 2 for you.

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Sometimes you get lucky and get to see such a beauty

Outfit 1:

Top:Tirupur
Skirt- Mango
Scraf- Sarojni Nagar
Bag- Zara
Footwear- Lifestyle
Outfit 2:
Top: Mnago
Leggings: Mango
Shoes: Zara
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Pondicherry- Day 1

Hola chicas. If you have been following me on twitter and instagram, you would know that I was vacationing in Pondicherry (now known as Puducherry) . I had posted a few pictures and said a few things about my trip. But im gonna blog my entire trip dividing it into days. And a special post listing the do’s and dont’s of the trip.
So we decided to go to Pondicherry by car. It takes about 5 hours from Erode (my hometown) to reach Pondicherry via car. We left in the morning and reached by afternoon and immediately had lunch there. We stayed at Club mahindra big beach resort. Its a huge property with cottages kinda rooms and the best part is they have the private beach. So we decided to take rest for some time and then thought of seeing the beach. We got dressed up and headed to the beach. It was so different. It was deserted and clean and peaceful and beautiful! I have been brought up in Chennai so for me beach was not something new. But pondicherry beaches are different! If peace is what you want, then pondicherry is the place for you. We spent some quality time there, clicked a few pictures and returned as they close the entry to the beach after 6:30 due to safety concerns. My sister, my cousin and myself dint want to waste a minute and then headed to the pool.  Spent some time there and left super hungry. We again got dressed up and left to the Pondicherry city for dinner. We returned back tired and dosed off! That was day 1 for you!
Wait as I blog about my entire stay in Pondicherry.
Entering the resort (Club Mahindra Big beach resort)
Our beautiful room
My sis, My cousin and yours truly!
That’s my dad!
Beach posing
Cliche!
Sakshi Kiran Sindhu
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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