Friday, 25 October 2013

Gay People Are The Most Stylish Ones.

Yes, don't be shocked or don't think this is a sarcastic post because I'm certainly not mocking gay people here. According to me the gay people have a better fashion sense than women or men. I'm not saying they are any different but in a way they've got their own way to dress up. I'm sure you may have seen at least one gay person in your life. If you haven't then I feel sorry for you.
For me, they add magic to whatever they choose to wear which makes them outshine others. The gay community has made a complete profound impact in fashion. Even the best designers come under the gay people's place.

WHAT MAKES THEIR CLOTHES UNIQUE?
I'm a die hard fan of colors. Get me a neon tshirt with colorful scarves and I can make a new outfit out of it. Similarly the gay people have a power to make colors look really good on a guy's body. No kidding, they love colors. Whether it is orange, red or even pink! Ever seen a guy wear pink? He will practically die of embarrassment but with gay people, they have confidence on their clothes that whatever they are wearing looks perfectly fine.
Gay people also like prints. Floral is their sheer favorite. Hand them a shirt full of floral print and they can show you what dazzling means even with a floral shirt.

Have you ever seen gay people actually shop for brands? You won't be able to get your eyes off them. Mark my words dear readers, gay people adore brands. If you're in the middle of a conversation in which you're confused as to which is the signature bag of Louis Vuitton and if there is a gay person along, he'll be the first one to solve your query. From shoes to carry on scarves, every little dress on shouts "brand"
One observation I made about gay people was that they have the finest choice with regard to fashion. As I mentioned earlier, the fashion industry is what it is due to the gay people. Don't get me wrong, I love what women/men designers design but then again this is a post for the gay people.
#Selective ones prefer carrying hand bags along. They are not girlish but they show that gay people also have a right to carry the hand bags without any problem
#Some also wear boots and since wearing boots in summers in India is not considered "in" they stand out from the crowd.
#Those who wear specs buy a different Harry Potter frame like specs which make people like me say "wow" without even realizing.

*Because gay people are amazing*
XOXO
Shweghna

Sunday, 20 October 2013

W For Women: Bloggers Meet.

On the 19th of October '13 W for Women hosted a bloggers meet in which they displayed the newly launched festive sparkle collection. Most of the women who buy clothes from W know that W is known for selling indian wear and gives a sophisticated look. But teenagers of my age anyday preferred Forever 21 over W. Yesterday the meet surely changed my opinion about the brand of W and gave altogether gave a really different outcome.
The Digital Media's Manager Aditi Ohri personally came to give each and every blogger, the invite for the event. This gesture was really nice as it was seen that she is really making an effort to make the meet a complete blast. She and I had a chit chat for quite long time where she made me familiar with the meet and the concept.
At the meet, W showed their new collection to the bloggers and even let us interact with the designers. The designer head told us about each and every outfit and told us that the designs are chosen from different eras and times.
The festive sparkle collection had a touch of sparkle as the name suggests in each outfit. The necks of kurtis and suits were slightly bigger which is quite good for young generation to put on.The use of embroidery was very fine and the sequins and glitter work gave quite a girlish look which is totally different from the usual W collection. Along with floral, the designers also chose to go with net sleeves, prints, patterns and unique designs like the print of kettle on the back.
The ideas were quite exclusive, unique and some of the outfits had a dazzle in them.
They also introduced trousers which are stretchable, compact and goes lovely with basic and bright colors.
W had a section for maternity wear which obviously I didn't check out but I'm sure it's pretty nice. The store had kept accessories too which were much better than claire's if you ask me because these days indian accessories are too in and teenagers are really hunting for such accessories. (I'm sure that they're gonna have a lot of sale there)
After reviewing the clothes, all the bloggers interacted with each other and even played Jenga. The meet was more of a bloggers get together where the whole staff was very friendly. There was perfectly no scope of a disaster.
We even got goodies at the end of the event.
Lastly, I would like to mention about the innovative idea of the invite's cover. It made me more excited for the meet!

Invite

Cover of the invite


While playing Jenga







Fellow bloggers


Aditi: Host of the evening




Festive wishes from the bloggers.


XOXO
Shweghna

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week: Krishna Mehta

Delhi saw Asia's biggest business of fashion event in the past 5 days. The 22nd edition witnessed 160 designer's immense hard work in the 30 shows. The 5 day event brought forward national and international buyers for the designers.
I attended day 04 of the event. The fashion show was of Krishna Mehta a tremendous designer who is much known for her work in traditional weaves and textiles.
The show was dedicated to the Weavers of Varansi. The show unveiled the exclusive designs on cotton clothes. The use of chanderi was done along with frills, prints, floral designs, embroidery, block prints and a lot more.
Being diverse with the colors, Krishna Mehta introduced the use of trousers, drapes, tie and dye, all together in one outfit. As the collection was of spring- summer, the designer kept in mind to use bright and subtle colors which go perfect and look artistic as well.
Saree had the block prints which dwell easily in all festivals or functions.
The trousers comprised of block prints, tie & dye, printed silk, brocade and linen print.
What surprised me the most was the fact that the designer chose to use sharara with the organza jacket. As the people residing in India very well know that sharara came and went out of fashion in no time, but this new effort of the designer actually worked well.
The drapes which are usually not too long happened to be till legs in Krishna Mehta's fashion show which were looking good with the prints. Some of the outfits were even identical to the kaftan look which is quite "in" in Delhi these days.
Non of the outfits were sleeveless. Instead the sleeves were of half or 3/4th quarter.
The heels worn by each model had the floral print (mind my words: print) and the colors used for the heels were mostly dull and light colors going in contrast. All the heels were block heels and none of pencil ones. Shrugs and indian type blazers were put upon the saree in a few outfits, making the outfits more colorful.
Overall the event was a huge blast and it gave a new innovative look to woven outfits.










WHAT I WORE:




Dress: Forever New; Heels: Aldo; Neckpiece: Thrift.



XOXO
Shweghna

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Because Everyone Has a Reason To Pray

India is a country where people believe in god more than they believe in anything. You will see people more engaged in god than any other thing. People believe that by putting their faith in god, they will be able to achieve inner peace. You abandon your comfort for the search of wisdom, love, power and sometimes to see god. My reason of praying or rather calling god is because I believe god is that spirit which is nowhere to be seen but still everywhere around me. When I was small, my mom taught me that every night before sleeping spend at least 5 minutes with god. Talk to him, tell him about your day and think of him as a friend. At first I couldn't understand what to do as I couldn't see my new friend but as time passed, I started talking to god and his presence became real.
My reason to pray is that god is my closest friend and you always need your close friend with you.
He's there listening, solving my problems, getting me out of worst of situations and giving me hope and faith that everything is gonna get fine. I also believe that what you do, you do it for god and what god does, he do it for us.


I will also be using the lakshmi pooja pack for all the preparations which consists of  woods incense sticks, yagna incense sticks, a booklet (script in 6 languages) and audio CD which has the procedure, necessary shlokas and Shree Vinayak Ashtottarashta Naamaavali for performing the pooja.
This pack is useful as it will make work more handy for everyone and for today's generation to take actual interest in the festivities. 


P.S- This post is for a bloggers competition.
You can further go to:  www.pureprayer.com

What's your reason to pray?

XOXO
Shweghna


Monday, 7 October 2013

Bridal Asia 2013

Delhi had one of the most happening events in the past 3 days. Bridal Asia 2013, presented the most exquisite, royal and mesmerizing bridal couture ever. The event was held at the Ashok hotel, New Delhi on 5th, 6th and 7th October. The 3 day event brought forward 40 participants from India and Pakistan which were personally chosen by Divya Gurwara, the CEO of Bridal Asia. As Bridal Asia completed it's 15 years, the event was pretty grand.
The event included famous Indian designers like Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Varun Bahl, Vikram Phadnis along with young new designers like Divya Khuller, Seema Khan, Ekaya and many more.
As a 15 year old, I'm usually not interested in Indian wear that much but this event had my eyes popping out. What I observed from most of the designer's collection was that red is fading away from the bridal couture and colors like neon pink, orange and golden is taking over. These colors sync easily in weddings these days. Loads of embroidery was done on the gowns, saris and suits along with net work. The patterns used on most of the gowns, lehengas and suits were from flower designs to patterns which gave a royal look. On some of the bridal wears such as saris, velvet cloth was used which made the embroidery look more versatile. The jewelry mostly comprised of lavish work of diamonds, white gold and gold along with big stones like sapphire, rubies, emerald, pearls and a lot more.
It was surprising and amusing to see different designer's creations being shared under one roof. The show gave a new vision of the upcoming bridal fashion.
The clothes dazzled me.
Designers like Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Varun Bahl showed an outstanding work on the saris which made more and more people get the urge to buy their bridal wears.
The event even displayed the efforts of other stores such as Home Alone Foods, Apollo Cosmetic Clinic, 19 sides by Neera Chopra and a lot more.
For further information you can check out: Bridal Asia

Divya Gurwara, CEO of Bridal Asia













What I wore:






XOXO
Shweghna

Friday, 4 October 2013

2nd Birthday.

It's that day of the year when I actually realize the importance of this hub of mine where I write whatever I feel about clothes, fashion, shoes and every other word which reflects even 1% of fashion in it.
Yes, Trendy Mannequin turns 2 today. It's been two years since I'm writing and believe me I have learned way too much with this amazing little thing. I was able to reach world wide and interact with quite a few bloggers residing in Paris, London, Tokyo and even New Jersey!
As I mention in From A Hand Me Down Diary to Trendy Mannequin about how this journey began, I won't bore you with the history.
Last year on this day, I had cut a little cupcake. Rest of the day went by in a usual manner. But the thought of doing something special for TM was down there inside my head eating me up. Then one whole year went by and I did nothing. Now when it's TM's second birthday, I realize how much this blog has given me like the Anjali&Arjun Kapoor: Jamawar Aria or the Wella Bloggers Meet and much more. All of those experiences were breath taking. So this blog post is dedicated to my blog itself for being so perfect in it's own way.


So as I wanted to do something for TM, I baked a cake. For some of you, that might sound just funny or weird that what's so special about baking a cake? But a girl like me who is so clumsy in kitchen, it is a big thing.



P.S- Stay tuned for new updates.

XOXO
Shweghna

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Wella Bloggers Meet: Ammonia Free Is Not Damage Free

I, along with many other Delhi's fashion bloggers got invited for the Wella Bloggers Meet, held on 28th September. Being the youngest there, it was pretty surprising to see so many other bloggers who were older than me and in some way or the other more knowledgeable. Each one of them had a different story to tell as to how they started their blog.
The theme for the meet was "Ammonia free is not damage free"
As you all know I don't post blog posts about hair knowledge or tutorials, but this meet helped me gain immense knowledge about hair color which was both shocking and amusing.
Our meet started with all bloggers interacting with each other. Then we were all seated in a room where the host introduced each one of us personally and asked all the bloggers to give a brief description about themselves and their blogs. Then the sensational Maria Castan, a senior scientist at Procter and Gamble from Darmstadt, Germany came to reveal the secret behind hair color. Being a scientist since a long time, Maria could help us understand that hair color will not damage our hair as believed by 90% of Indians. Many women who do get their hair colored, prefer ammonia free color as they feel ammonia will damage their hair. In fact some of the people residing in India even say that hair color is a disaster to your hair because they can damage the natural hair beauty. But as soon as Maria gave us knowledge about the hair color, we all bloggers wanted to get our hair colored. She told us in detail about the chemicals used to form the hair color. It was all really helpful and new.





COLORANT COMPOUNDS:
The usual colorant compounds used are dyes, alkalizers and oxidants.
Most of the people in India prefer using dyes. But only a few know that people whose hair gets ruined CAN be allergic to the dye and not the hair color.
In fact, my advice to those using dye would be that you all should stop using it immediately as it is ruining your hair.

Ammonia v/s MEA:
For years there has been a fight on Ammonia v/s MEA.
People don't like ammonia as it has a lot of smell and they think that ammonia is simply acting as a bad agent on them. But it is unknown to many that Ammonia is perfectly fine for your hair. When it comes in contact with air, the moisture gets evaporated making the color permanent and giving out a bad smell.
Ammonia is good for lightening of hair, gives a bad odor and can be easily washed out whereas, MEA is not required for lightening of hair, gives no smell and is quite harder to wash.

How MEA works:
Our hair's pH value is 5.5 which extends to 10-11 after adding MEA to our hair.
It swells our hair and the color enters.
MEA dissolves inside the cuticles.

THIS IS DONE TO LIGHTEN THE EXISTING COLOR.

But with Koleston there are three steps involved:
1. COLOR NAVIGATION: This is the preparation phase.
2. COLOR INTENSE: Color formation phase.
3. SHINE GUARD: Final and seal phase.

We also learned on certain facts like:
  • Scientists work 70 hours on the creation of a new shade of hair color.
  • Red color is the most sensitive color and it looses it's color when exposed to sun.
  • Color protection shampoos should be used after getting your hair colored.
  • A new product cannot be launched without testing in any country. 
  • Hair is protected by natural lipids which are very sensitive.
After the end of event we got goodies as well! The experience was lovely and I learned a lot more about hair color.


Fellow bloggers

While the meet was going on



For further information: http://www.wella.com/

XOXO
Shweghna