Saturday, 9 September 2017

Key to Happiness

Are you happy?
Like really, really happy?

If you asked me this question a few months back, I would have probably said no. But if you ask me now, I will tell you that this is the happiest I've ever been. I am pursuing two courses parallelly- one is an undergraduate course from Amity University while the other is a diploma course from NIFT. Apart from that, I am freelancing and doing an internship. All my friends ask me, "how do you do it?" or tell me, "you're insane to be taking on so many things at once!" I usually don't have a reply to these things but I did consider not taking more on my plate until there was an opening in Cosmopolitan for a fashion intern. I gave the interview and got selected for the job but it couldn't work out because of juggling between two colleges. Now you guys have to understand that this was my DREAM JOB. I've always wanted to work there and there's nothing I wanted more than this. I even considered getting debarred in a few subjects to make everything work out but it just wasn't practical. I sulked for a day or two but eventually realized my worth. Even though the timing sucked, I was good enough for the job. I've made peace with it and I'm working as hard as I can to get there someday when the timing is not wrong. 

So to give my answer to the question which started this post, I am happy because I know my worth on the career front. What's your reason for happiness? 







Top: Westside Store
Skirt: Lulu & Sky
Shoes: Venus Steps
Earrings: Pins & Bows 


-Shweghna.



Wednesday, 23 August 2017

I Said Yes to Bodycon!

I used to believe that there is nothing nice about a bodycon dress.
It's too tight. It's too short. It's too sticky.
Not that I wasn't able to pull it off but bodycon clothes never seemed to escape from my wardrobe after a one time use. There was no comfort in those clothes and my body could just not function freely in a bodycon. Basically, I had lost all hopes of finding a bodycon dress which would be exactly what I want. 
Lucky for me, one evening when I was diligently browsing the net for online shopping, I came across a blue bodycon dress on StalkBuyLove. My instant thoughts went on the clothes that never saw the sunlight and were piled up in my wardrobe. 

Was I ready to give bodycons another shot after what happened to those poor souls?

As it turned out, I was. In fact I enjoyed playing street style darling for this one! 
Oh, and so many people told me that this bodycon is nothing like what I usually wear but it looks very smart on me and that I should invest more in such clothes. 

Nothing better than a few unexpected compliments right?  








Dress: StalkBuyLove
Shoes: Koovs


Behind the camera: Kanika BatraAtul Maurya & Tushar Jangid


-Shweghna.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

My Experience of BloBar- India's First Only Blow Dry Bar!

Located right next to the Defence Bakery, BloBar is India's first blow dryer bar only. Everybody knew about this place even before its doors opened. This was because this bar wanted to create out of the simple concept of having a girls' club where you can either come and look ravishing with your girl friends or make new friends along with getting your hair done. They have mainly 8 hairstyles and all of them are named after cocktails (yes, you read it right!) The best part is that with every blow dryer, you get a complimentary mocktail/coffee.

As soon as I took the stairs, I was greeted with pictures of family, friends and every other person who helped in making BloBar happen. My first thought about the place was that it is so pretty and neat (not something you usually find in other parlors). The space was big enough to accommodate 15-20 people and work on 8-9 people's hair at once.






I had been wanting to pay the BloBar a visit ever since it opened but because of some thing or the other, I was never really able to go. After hearing tons about this place and seeing their work on my sister's hair, I was adamant to go here whenever I next wanted to get my hair done. The perfect opportunity came when I planned the Dressing Up for Work shoot. On the day of the shoot, I canceled every other plan I had for the day and headed to the BloBar. Sargam, the owner of BloBar was super sweet. It's a good feeling when you feel welcomed at a place and she definitely nails it when it comes to hospitality. She chatted with me for a while and then asked Umair to take it forward from there.
Umair first washed my hair and then used conditioner. He made sure that my hair was fresh and perfectly prepped for the blow dryer. Before starting with the blow dryer, I walked him through the concept of my shoot. He suggested a few hairdos and we settled on keeping it simple but with volume on the crown section. He used hair spray to make my hair look heavy and used a round brush to give curls on the end. I told him that the shoot will take an entire evening so I want something that will stay. He worked beautifully and made sure that I got exactly what I asked for. While he was working on my hair, Umair gave me a few tips on what else I can do to take care of my hair. It took Umair just 15 minutes to do my blow dry my hair and the outcome was just breath taking!


I loved how beautiful my hair turned out after the process was completed. Oh, and these curls lasted till the next day (curls never last on my hair for more than 3 hours, you guys!) This gem of a place is definitely on the top of my list and I'm soon going to go back here to try on different blow dryers. 

Website: www.blobar.in
Where: 36, 1st Floor, Defence Colony, Main Market 
Contact: (011)-40-8000-70

-Shweghna. 

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Dressing Up for Work

I've grown up watching my mom getting dressed up for office. Five days a week, she used to diligently get up at 6:30 AM, make food for the entire family and then spend the rest of her time in getting ready. On days when she wore a saree, her excitement was at epitome. But I looked forward to the days when she would don formals. Every time she took out one of the many trousers that she owned and paired it with a blazer, I told myself that this is exactly how I'll dress up for office when I start working.
I recently got to implement the work mode look when I went to give an interview to NIFT for a short course. Although the interview was to get admission in that college and not for work, I felt I could try one of the looks that I saw my mom create for office. It turned out pretty well as I felt that I was authoritative (which is a damn good feeling if you're going to the best fashion college in India).
Also, as I cracked the interview, I think I'm going to always don formal wear to important events. Here's what I paired for my interview-







Pantsuit: Stalk Buy Love
Shirt: American Swan
Heels: Marks&Spencer
Hair by: Blobar 


-Shweghna.  

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Contemporary Fashion 101

For starters, contemporary fashion is fashion specially designed for those who are in their early 20s and 30s. It's the only type of fashion which is constantly changing so don't be surprised if you pick something today and it is out of fashion, the next year. The ongoing contemporary fashion for me is something which is super comfortable yet stylish. People are now preferring clothes which don't require much effort but are stunning.
This fashion includes culottes, espadrilles, bomber jackets, or tops with heavy shoulders or flares and ruffles (another trend which is gaining popularity). 
The top that I'm featuring in this post is the best example of contemporary fashion. It is so voluminous and detailed that you'll end up getting everybody's attention. Oh, and I wore the same outfit to one of the days of the India Couture Week and many people stopped and praised me for the look I created. 







Top: Fashion Exhibition
Skirt: Zara
Heels: Marks & Spencer

On a lighter note, you must have noticed that I got another tattoo made. It's my sister's name which was her birthday gift (third and the last one!)


-Shweghna.


Friday, 28 July 2017

Opera by Monisha Jaising- A Photo Story

As the title tells, Monisha Jaising's couture collection was inspired by the Opera. While I had my eyes on most of the silhouettes, there were many which didn't match my palate (like the green and the burgundy ones). Apart from some of the outfits, the collection was lip-smackingly good. I was able to get some fine shots from the show and you'll find below, the ones that I adored. 









-Shweghna. 



Disclaimer: All rights of these pictures belong to this publication and cannot be used without permission. 

India Couture Week '17- Shyamal & Bhumika

I entered the hall 30 minutes late, breathing heavily, running towards the media pit to capture the perfect shots of the show. As it was my first Shyamal & Bhumika show, my excitement was beyond words. I have been an ardent follower of the brand since quite some years now but getting to watch their creations live is one hell of an experience.

With my camera in hand, I was ready for The Princess's Soiree Couture Collection. As soon as the lights came on, 9-10 models were seen happily chatting to each other. They had donned glamorous clothes in the shades of gold.


The collection tells a story of the modern day bride who is celebrating life through her clothes. It consists of European details and colors like champagne gold, ruby wine and coral blue. There's fine sequins work and intricate embroidery in this collection. Some of the outfits took my breath away like the one with the heavy work on the shoulders or the flowy gown which give a fairytale feel. These styles are fresh and appealing to the young Indian women out there who won't mind a foreign touch to their outfits. 

I really liked how the designers combined ruffles, frills and flares with lehengas. These details made the outfits look heavy and grand while being super easy to carry. If you plan on wearing these lehengas, all the attention will go to these details and you won't be able to find a single woman who'll be able to match your outfit. 


My first experience of Shyamal & Bhumika was superb. Every detail, every outfit and every style spoke to me. All I wanted to do, after watching this show was to get one of the designers' creations for myself. 
We would definitely love to see more of the duo in the upcoming fashion weeks!  


-Shweghna. 

Disclaimer: All pictures belong to this publication and cannot be used without permission. 

Sunday, 9 July 2017

A Pastel Affair

As you all might already know, the GST rules of this year just came out. Right before the declaration of the GST, all online websites went on sale. And not any sale but the sale of the century. I don't think I've ever shopped so much in two days.
The one maxi dress which I came across during the sale was from Ajio. They had a huge variety to choose from and that maxi seemed just perfect. I ordered it instantly and I just had to wear it and post pictures on the blog. No reason at all. Also, I'm investing a lot of money on maxis because there's pretty much nothing which is comfortable enough in this weather of Delhi (I know, many can relate).
Oh, and the pictures were taken at this adorable cafe in Saket called the Soho Cafe. Their interiors are very homely and comforting and the food is lip smacking!






-Shweghna.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

I Got Inked and Here's Why!

The thought of getting a tattoo made, first came across my mind right after my boards. I had just got out of school and the sky was the limit for me. I wanted to try every crazy thing I could think of back then. But the thought of getting inked soon got pushed back, somewhere inside my brain and I forgot about it in no time. You see, getting inked at that point of time, was just to try something new. It was the "new cool" for me. Up until last year, I didn't realize how important a step it was. I took months to decide the tattoo I wanted and for that, I went through a million images to decide the correct size and design.
Some of my friends tried to talk me out of it while some simply gave the green signal. The ones who were against it, did give a fair argument. However, I was adamant to get a tattoo made.
Those who've kept up with my Instagram page know that the first tattoo I got made was months ago. I didn't do a post on it because my experience was pretty bad. I got it made from the wrong place and imagine, it faded after only a week. After that I'd lost all hopes of getting inked again.
Until now.


My Experience:
I had my doubts after that but because I had to get another tattoo made, I researched extensively and talked to a lot of people who had their bodies covered with tattoos. Finally after loads of consultations, I went with The Inkinn Tattoo Studio, situated in Defence Colony.
As soon as I reached the second floor, an orange and white cat greeted me after which I no longer felt jittery (lucky for me that I'm obsessed with cats!). My tattoo artist Jasmer was more than willing to clear all queries before the procedure started. He even made me sign a form which I hadn't at the previous tattoo studio (felt like a complete idiot at that moment). He chose the correct size for me and told me to stay calm. After six months, I found myself, again seated on a tattoo artist's chair but this time with confidence. I'm so scared of needles that I could feel the blood vessels pumping in various parts of my body but in about 15 minutes, my tattoo was done and dusted. Jasmer paid painstaking attention on the details. According to him, that's the most important part of a tattoo; getting the details correct and I completely agree with him on this!



What I Got Made:
Semicolon Tattoo: The tattoo may seem small but it has a deep meaning which many are not aware of. A semicolon is used when an author could've chosen to end the sentence, but chose not to. You are the author and the sentence is your life. It is a beautiful tattoo which gives you strength and courage.
Birds Tattoo: Birds symbolize freedom of the human spirit or the soul. Birds are not bound to anybody. I felt three was the perfect number for underneath the collarbone (not too much, not too less).


Procedure:
First the tattoo artist will take a printout of your tattoo and tell you to choose the right size. Once you've decided on that, the printout will be used to trace the tattoo. Then the action begins. Getting a tattoo made is a time consuming and painful process. Blood might also assemble on the area where you're getting the tattoo made (luckily, not in my case). And as the tattoo is pierced till four layers of our skin out of seven, it takes about 15-30 days for the tattoo to get healed. In these days, bid goodbyes to perfume, beach, shampoo, soap and the sun for as long as you can. I was also told to apply Johnson's Baby Oil, twice a day. Once the dead skin is peeled off, the tattoo will settle and the color will come out just right.

Don't Forget These Things:

  • Remember that a tattoo stays with you forever so you can't just wake up one morning and decide to get inked. 
  • Your tattoo will speak for you. You WILL get judged because of it. When I got a semicolon made, people were curious to know about my past and what had happened. 
  • Research about the right tattoo place and consult people who have tattoos on their body. I highly recommend Inkinn as my tattoo turned out to be exactly what I wanted. 
  • Avoid your loved one's name, anniversary date and identical tattoos. Don't mean to sound rude but you can never be certain of the future with people. And, I've heard that the process of getting a tattoo removed is not very pleasant. 
  • Do NOT scratch. If your tattoo is in the healing process, you'll end up ruining it by scratching or rubbing it too hard. You have to be very careful with the tattoo. Treat it like a new born baby (no kidding). 


Inkinn Tattoo Studio
Address | S-5, Second Floor, B-87, Defence Colony, Near South Ex Flyover, New Delhi - 110024
Phone No. | 9910236996

-Shweghna.