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Old soul stuck in the millennial world!

She’s an old soul with young eyes, a vintage heart, and a beautiful mind.
― Nicole Lyons

I am sitting in my office in Bangalore. Surrounded by 200 people, yet alone. Unbothered, unaffected. Everyone’s making Friday night plans, leaving office early. Just waiting to go drink, have some fun, take a break. And I sit there and wonder, what do these people need a break from? Only 10 among 100 even contribute to household chores, work 5 days a week and most of us do not have family responsibilities, happily shop online and spend their salaries on meaningless things. I wondered if that’s the reason they needed a break? It just felt bizarre to me. Almost everyone was the same. Why am I feeling differently? Have you also felt like that? Like it’s not that the place you don’t belong to, it’s the people you don’t belong to kinda feeling? And I have constantly seen myself feeling like this. Do you feel this way too?

Well I did not belong to the neither the place nor the people. Clearly! But there are times when I feel I do not even belong to this era. While the world is fast and moving on so quickly, I stand stagnant wondering about so many things. If not for my anxiety, I even try to enjoy the moment. I try not to use my cell phone when I am with my friends and cousins and even encourage them not to do so. My dearest and loveliest cousin, Shaily says, “Aap buddhe ho gaye ho!”, which translates to, “you have become old!”. Now I wonder, have I become old or am I just old school? I personally think it’s the latter. Don’t mistake my personality for a nosy aunty. I am a modern girl with ambitions and dreams and I am forward thinking. But I, if not always but often find old-school influences in things I do.

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For instance look at this outfit. I love love love vintage fashion. Retro style is my favourite. There was glamour, style and more importantly representation of a certain era. I had seen polka dots making a comeback, especially these large one. Very rarely does my personal style resonate with the trends. This particular one, was right up my alley! Now big prints are a big no-no for a big girl like me. That’s a lot of bigs in a sentence. But let’s just move on. So even though this is not the best thing for my body, I went ahead and bought this nylon polka dotted  rust brown dress. But I made sure that it cinches at the waist so it adds definition to my body and enhances my curves. It snugs at the hip and looks flattering on my body since I got some booty poppin’!

I chose this really tiny pink handbag which sort of looks like a small Hermes bag to add that pop of colour. I love these big gold earrings that Chanel did in the past and took my inspiration from there for my accessories. This kind of ear stud gives a luxurious feel to the whole look. To add some more luxury, I was inspired by the Cartier bracelets and picked really dainty gold bracelets and nothing else. Round, leopard print retro sunglasses with gold rims scream bougie and glamour. Makeup was classic. Cat eyes, rosy cheeks and pink lip stain. The cherry on the cake was my hairstyle. I shot this look right before my bangs grew and I couldn’t have been happier with the outcome. It was just perfect. Now when I say I am modern, I wanted that to represent that in my look as well. So I chose these really cool light brown and pink suede strappy sandals to complete my look. Voila!

Honestly, this is an exact representation of my personal style. I like to keep things classy. I will go edgy if it represents retro and Chanel times of styling. I personally like to look luxurious, at a budget of course!

I definitely do get on the trend bandwagon and wear sneakers and everything. But this was the first time I could showcase my most preferred personal style. Thanks a ton to Praba  who brought life to my vision and took such stunning pictures.

Dress – Zara

Shoes – Ajio.com

Earrings and sunglasses – HM

Bag – Shop from Bangalore

What do you think about this look? Does your personal style resonate with an era too or you are the go with the trends kinda person? Let me know your take on personal style and if your personality and thoughts reflect your style as well.

Love,

                            Sindhu

This Chennai based sister-duo is bringing global style to the city

Food, culture, movies, Rajni, beaches and the likes pop in head when you hear Chennai. Fashion? Not so much! Well, not anymore! We may be far from being super fashionable and trendy, but we are doing a great job at catching up with the latest trends, fashion and style. We even got to witness the first lingerie fashion show in the city.  Thanks to all the brands, bloggers and the designers who are opening new avenues of fashion for us.

While Bollywood is all about the glam and fashion, South Indian film industry is never seen experimenting with the looks. Everything is simple and subtle and styling off the record or off-screen was never the case. But with globalisation and more access to impeccable clothing, the actors have jumped on the style wagon and are giving us some major style goals.

One actress that caught my eye was Regina Cassandra. Her style lately has gone notches higher. Best of designer clothes, makeup & hair and all that you might fall in love with! All thanks to her amazing stylists, Divya & Navya. This sister-duo have a designer label called Bluprint. While I have always loved their edgy clothes which is rich in fabric and pattern, I am loving their styling projects. From pant suits to sarees, they have curated an array of different looks for Regina. At a recent awards show, Regina was seen in a beautiful nude coloured Alpana-Neeraj gown. Hair & makeup and accessorizing kept to minimal, just letting the gown do all the talking!

There are so many looks that I have been loving by them. Posting a few of them here. Hoping to see more fashionable looks from the duo. All my love and support to the lovely ladies. You go girls!

P.S You must follow them on Instagram to see more of their drool-worthy work.

Follow the link – DIVYA & NAVYA
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Please note all the images have been sourced from Divya’s instagram account – Divyaniranjan_ . They do not belong to me.

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Is it ever a good time?

Honestly, is it ever a good time to do or not do something? I don’t know! I am the queen of procrastination. I avoid things. I do not act upon situations. I overreact and say the wrong things at the wrong time. I am a mess! And every one of us in a way is, right? There are a few people who get everything right. They follow the rules, timetables, and pretty much are perfect. But for people like us, perfection is a far candy! I avoid doing a lot of things waiting for the right time do it. The perfect moment. The perfect place. Well, reality check; there is no such thing as the perfect time! It is always now or never. Well except when you have to take your tablets at the prescribed time!

Have you ever bought something that looked absolutely perfect on the clothing aisle but is actually a size smaller and then you have that stupid thought bubble in your head saying, “Buy it! You are anyway going to join the gym and then you can wear it!”? You have, haven’t you? Let’s have a reality check again. That’s never going to happen! So can we just stop fooling ourselves? Just buy what fits you at this moment and then buy new clothes when you actually lose weight! But that doesn’t mean you should deprive yourselves from looking good and feeling confident. I really hate dislike people when they say they will buy nice clothes and dress up after they lose weight. My question is, “why?”! Why can’t you buy good clothes and look good now?!

I like you all struggle with body image issues. It doesn’t matter you are fat or thin, short or tall. Each one of us is insecure about our bodies. I have low self-esteem, I feel insecure, lose confidence a lot of times. I get intimidated easily. But have I learnt to cope-up with it? Yes! I do breakdowns every now and then. But, I can very confidently say that I have learnt to rise above all my insecurities and be confident. There is one thing that helped me boost my confidence. DRESSING UP!

Yes! Not many people realise the power of dressing up. You don’t know the amount of confidence dressing up well gives you. The moment you realise you are wearing something good and you are looking good, there is a change in your posture, your attitude, your behaviour. You look and sound more confident. Lately, I realised that the day I am comfortable in my clothes, I am the most confident. I remember the time when I used to wear something just because it was trendy. It might have looked good on someone else, but it looked like trash on me, because I wasn’t comfortable in it.

Dress up for your body and wear what suits you. Don’t be lazy and give yourself stupid excuses not to dress up. By dressing up I don’t mean you have be prim and proper all the time. I simply mean that you should feel happy about what you are wearing. You are wearing a simple t-shirt and jeans? Wear a nice lipstick or add a simple accessory to take the outfit up a notch. It’s that simple! You are good enough now to wear whatever you like. Don’t wait for the perfect weight, height or a time to look good. I am in no way preaching or saying that you shouldn’t tare about your body or should stop working towards it. All I am saying is that be comfortable in your skin. Look good NOW and work towards your goal to look better!

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A FEW TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND:

  • Kimono is a very versatile coverup and can be paired with multiple outfits. Wear it with shorts to give a casual look.
  • If you have a curvy body like mine i.e, if your waist is the best part of your body, make belts your best friends! I cinch my waist in almost every outfit I wear.
  • Wear solid colours inside. It is the best way to camouflage those extra kilos!
  • Swap the heels with comfortable thing sandals and swap the neckpiece with a simple long chain to look minimalist.
  • And as I always say, rock the outfit with oodles of confidence and a big smile!

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Strut in confidence with your heads held high and don’t forget to flip your hair!

 

If you found this post helpful and relate to it, please do let me know and share your views with me. If you want any help with regards to your body, how to wear what and about anything at all, please do write to me. I will definitely help you. You can email me at itsnotjustfashion@gmail.com

 

Love,

Sindhu

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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