Saturday, 24 September 2016

A Love Letter to My Blog

Everybody should have a happy place. A place where they can forget about the hardships of life, everyday struggles, fights with a love one and what work lies pending. Even that one thought which greets them in the remotest corner of the head should be forgotten in this place. This place should make you so so happy that you can easily forget about the thoughts which do not please you. And this place must only be yours.
Some find their happy place in music while some call another human being their happy place. My sister's happy place happens to be food!

It was around 3:00 AM and YouTube was my only source of entertainment. An international fashion blogger's makeup haul caught my attention at that time which further led me to locating her blog. After hours of researching and understanding whatever little I could about fashion blogging, I decided to give it a shot. Little did I know, I would end up discovering my happy place.
This was five years ago.
I was in the ninth grade when I took this plunge and trust me, it was no cake walk. Handling a blog and keep it running along with middle school was one hell of a task. Cheers to all those all nighters on a school night for covering events!
A huge credit also goes to my sister for being my personal photographer, accompanying me to events and also for driving me to the remotest corners of the city for blog work. You always, always need somebody who can keep up with your frenzies and she kept up with mine.
When I look back at that night, I still wonder what would have happened if I would have slept early?
There would be no Trendy Mannequin. I would probably be getting a degree in BBA and still trying to figure out what my dream career is. Lucky for me, I didn't sleep early that night. And here I am , five years later, loving every bit of my life primarily because of my blog.
The journey has truly been a beautiful one. Blogging for me was always about expressing my love for fashion, sharing whatever incidents struck my life and telling my readers stories that they would enjoy reading. I've never once felt like quitting and no matter how difficult it will get to take out time for this happy place, I will somehow manage to.
This one is for many, many more years of blogging!







Dress: evoguestore (customized) 

A beautiful photo story by the Time Shutterz!



-Shweghna.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Why Getting Highlights Was A Mistake

As many of you might already know, a few months ago I got my hair highlighted in a light shade of brown. The move was sudden and stupid. Doing things in a rush is something quite expected from me considering the fact that I don't give anything a second thought.
Till the time the color hadn't touched my hair, my mom kept on pestering me to quit this thought and not ruin my beautiful black hair. At that time I thought that all moms find their daughter's hair to be beautiful so it's no big deal. How I wish to have listened to her that day.
The week that comes after getting something new done to your hair is always a pleasant one. You'll get noticed, hear 20 compliments a day, look prettier and feel confident. The same happened with me. I was on cloud nine and the feeling that my life cannot get any better wasn't ready to leave. But after that pleasant first week, comes reality. After every wash, my hair changed color. The more I washed my hair, the more I regretted the decision of getting them colored in the first place. I freaked out so badly that I started pulling out the highlighted strands of my hair. Also, my hair got so rough and frizzy that I couldn't step out of my house without applying serum to it. (Toni & Guy's natural hair serum was a great support at this time!)
Was I delusional? Completely. Was I ready to stop? Not at all.
Finally after weeks of pulling out the colored strands, I decided to again make a rash decision. I bought L'Oreal Paris' Natural Brown Hair Coloring pack and used it on my hair. 
Now in normal circumstances, my mom would scold me and get really pissed for not thinking rationally and doing the first thing that pops in my head. But this time she stayed mum and waited for the result. It's not like anything could be done after I had applied the hair color. 
After 20 minutes of waiting and chanting the mantra, "I won't regret this" I washed my hair and waited for it to dry out. Now I had this mindset that my hair cannot get any worse so I wasn't really scared. Turns out, for the first time since months my judgement was right. The hair color turned out to be somewhat nice and tolerable. That was itself a lot for me considering my previous hair color was golden. 
The color of my hair is now light brown and it no longer shines in the sun. The color is just settling which is completely okay by me. I'm not completely satisfied but I can wait for my original hair to grow back with this color. 

My point of sharing my hair coloring experience with you all is that for your own sake, do not make such a rash decision when it comes to your hair. It can take at least one year for you to gain your former glory. Till then, you're just stuck with a bad hair color and frizzy hair. If you're in the mood of experimenting or trying something new, go for dip dye. At least if the color turns out to be bad, you can get your hair chopped off! 


-Shweghna.


Saturday, 27 August 2016

For All Those Who've Experienced One-Sided Liking

After trying my hand on hard core fashion writing for 5 years now, I decided to focus on lifestyle blogging for a while. As my college has begun, taking out time for shoots has somehow became a huge task. (Although I'm soon gonna post fashion shoots on the blog)
Opting for journalism and mass communication in college has helped me realize that there's so much more to writing than I was aware of. Fashion writing is still my forte but wouldn't mind giving lifestyle writing a shot!
And here's my first attempt at that. 
Ours is a generation which falls in and out of love every day. Liking somebody for real is life changing.
Anything that's life changing requires work and that's something many are not willing to do.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Monsoon Diaries by Rahul Mishra at the India Couture Week 2016

I'm a sucker for pretty show setups. Put me in a room with an out of the box setup and I'm all set for the next few hours. Rahul Mishra's Monsoon Diaries setup by Abhishek Kaushik was built by recycled paper which created illusions and gave a shadow effect.


Traditional techniques, flared silhouettes and handcrafted embroidery comprised Mishra's couture collection. The audience was stunned to see the zipper jacket and sari combo, blazer jackets with ghagras and capes instead of blouses. 
It was like the entire show had a story to tell. One that the whole crowd was eager to listen. 

Friday, 22 July 2016

Hiraeth by Rimple & Harpreet Narula at the India Couture Week 2016

The third day of ICW kicked off with the first show being Reynu Tandon's followed by Rimple & Harpreet Narula's show. The show began with the first outfit being an extremely beautiful white lehenga. The chunni was made of net with a thin border of sequins, subtle yet graceful. As far as the blouse is concerned, it was to die for! Heavy thread and sequins work.




After this super pretty lehenga, came a line of more lehengas in the shades of white. Some had net work while the others had heavy sequins work. This line was so pretty that the entire media section had their phones fixed to the ramp to capture the best of these lehengas. 

The Last Dance of the Courtesans- Tarun Tahiliani for India Couture Week 2016.

It was 10:05 PM and the call for the show to begin had still not been made. We media people utilized this time to marvel at the courtesan setup for Tarun Tahiliani's show. With a chandelier at the beginning of the ramp and strands of chameli flowers on the sides, the entire Durbur Hall smelled as well as looked stupendous.

After some waiting, the lights went off and I got completely bound to the ramp for the next 30-40 minutes.
The beiges had delicate embroidery while the shades of red had intricate swarovski work. After an eye feasting collection of reds and beiges, Tahiliani also put in a touch of black (not one of my favorites to be honest)

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Diva Rose by Simran Aggarwal- Store Launch.

With a beautiful chandelier right in the middle of the room, the store of Simran Aggarwal is a burst of colors where you'll get to witness fine designs. The brains behind Diva Rose is a NIFT graduate who believes that every woman is a diva. (Pretty evident in her collection)



On the right side of the store, you'll find the pret and couture collection. The pret collection lies between INR 10,000- 25,0000 whereas the couture collection ranges from INR 25,000 to INR 1,50,000.
I personally loved the pret collection. The colors used for this collection were so so so pretty and the textures reminded me of Serena Van Der Woodsen's dresses from Gossip Girl! Diva Rose's pret collection is all about peplums, cut out dresses, off shoulders and every such detail which fascinates the age group of 18-25.




This orange peplum cut out dress was the winner of the evening for me. As soon as I laid my eyes on this dress, my heart was stitched to it. 


The couture collection was not like any usual couture collection. Gowns had a modern touch, backs were made of sheer net, capes had exquisite thread work. In a nutshell, there were designs many had never seen before. And the best part was, this was all quality work. The different types of materials used felt so soft and comfortable to the skin. 




Those who are on the lookout for something fresh and crowd pleasing, pick Diva Rose. Trendy Mannequin gives it a big thumbs up! 


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-Shweghna.