Friday, 30 September 2016

The Wedding Store- Store Review

Every outfit that you can possibly dream of as a bride-to-be lies in the India Bridal Fashion Week's recently launched wedding store located in South Extension part 1. When I heard that the store had finally opened, I knew I had to pay it a visit.


With my camera tucked on one shoulder, I headed inside the SBJ store. The main manager of the store was kind enough to assist me to the basement or you can also call it the land from where no wedding lover can leave empty handed. As soon as I entered the basement, a mannequin in a peach lehenga with silver sequins work greeted me. It had an enormous pearls mala which I personally loved as the display. Kudos to the team of SBJ for the setup!



In front of me stood a collection of indian gowns, fishtails and tutus in the colors- peach, yellow and pink. (So beautiful that you would want a wedding to take place only to wear these gowns!)
It was a pretty intelligent decision to place the gowns right in the starting to please the visitors. After all, who isn't fond of an eye catching embellished indian gown?


The entire right side of the store was occupied by eye feasting lehengas and suits with sofas to help you make crucial shopping decisions. It felt like nothing less than love at first sight. Leave me in that room and I might not even require food! 
This area has a mannequin placed in the middle along with creations of multi designers, waiting for you to get them off the racks.



The store isn't that huge but it's collection will please any body who wishes to look ravishing in an upcoming wedding.
The collection ranges from INR 30,000- 2,95,000.

LOCATION | SBJ South Extension I
Right next to- Aakash Institute 







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.