Thursday, 21 December 2017

Is Instagram Killing Fashion Blogs?

Just yesterday one of my NIFT teachers asked us to ponder over the question, "is Instagram killing fashion blogs?" I've been blogging for six years while I've been on Instagram for three years now. When I started off, I had no such portal to grow my blog or to spread a word about it. All I could do was refer it to people or send a broadcast message with a web link of my recent blog post. You may be thinking that Instagram is indeed doing us, bloggers a huge favor as we get to promote it widely now. To some extent, I would agree with you that Instagram came around the right time and saved us. We can now finally connect globally and have a space where a single picture is enough to represent the entire blog. Oh, and let's not forget that Instagram is helping us get business and connect more with brands.
While all this makes Instagram look too tempting, you should also get the real picture that it is in a way killing fashion blogs. If a person sees the entire outfit of a blog post on Instagram, then there are very few chances of him opening the blog. Content is getting shorter and shorter and the focus is completely shifting to pictures. And hearing, "did you see that blogger's outfit on Instagram" is more common than, "did you read the recent blog written by so and so blogger?" Oh, and it's suddenly become all about the number of followers you have on Instagram rather than the quality of the blog post.
If you ask me, content should be the king while portals like Instagram should only be used to spread a word and promote your work.

On a lighter note, here's a look I wanted to compile since forever but couldn't get a hold of these pants. Finally, my prayers were answered and I was able to compile a look which is a fusion of the 70s fashion and the modern times ahead.

Blazer: H&M
Pants: Zara
Heels: Marks & Spencer


Friday, 1 December 2017

The Wedding Edition

The months of November and December have been the ultimate wedding season of India ever since I can remember. I'm one of those people who hate weddings but love to shop for them. No matter how time-consuming it is, shopping for weddings is a different kind of fun.
This wedding season, my mom wanted me to get my clothes stitched. Her plan was to go with basic shararas, sarees and lehengas. I, on the other hand, wanted to experiment with the outfits. Now my mom is skeptical when it comes to experimenting but after negotiating with her, I got to experiment with one outfit. Since I have no knowledge of designing or of tailors, I tried looking online for Indian outfits. It wasn't long before I found the exact outfit I wanted. Gone are the times when wearing Indian clothes was a huge task. We live in an era where wearing heavy Indian wear has also become effortless and I definitely want to make the most of this time! 

Outfit: Missa More Clothing
Heels: Venus Steps
Earrings: mom's earrings


Thursday, 23 November 2017

Winter Lookbook 2017!

It's my favorite time of the yearrr!
Winters are finally here and I can't be happier. Wait. Maybe I can. On Christmas. Definitely!!!
I absolutely never write my blogs like this except when winters begin so please bear with me.

So after 3 years I again got a fringes haircut done to my hair. Everybody told me to not experiment with my hair yet again but being the crazy hasty decision-making teenager that I am, I got my hair chopped off again. Although I'm pretty happy with my new look and I'm also getting a great response on my social media, it did hit me that I'm no longer that girl who would go out of the way to experiment or take risks with her hair (and here I thought that I'll dye my hair pink in college!) Don't get me wrong dear readers. I love my new haircut but if asked, whether I'd prefer my straight cut to my fringes, I'd go with the former.

On a lighter note, here's one of the many lookbooks for winters that I'm going to display all winter season long on my blog. I've always wanted to try this look but somehow it was never done. I've tried this look in both of my colleges and got a positive response. For all the fashion students and people in the creative fields in colleges should definitely don this look this winters. It's a big hit amongst fashion colleges for sure!


Tuesday, 7 November 2017

What It's Like to be in Two Colleges

Almost every day I am asked, "what it's like to be in two colleges?" People belonging to all age groups ask me this question. Whether it's my friends from one college or my relatives from a different generation. And I'm pretty sure that half of you have opened this post only to know the answer to the same question.
But first, I'd love it if you go through my recent shoot and then you'll find the answer and the explanation to this question.

I'm pursuing Journalism and Mass Communication from Amity University, Noida and in NIFT, I'm studying Creative Fashion Styling which is a six months long course. My attendance in all the subjects, in both the courses has to be above 75%. Otherwise, I'll get debarred in Amity and won't get a degree in NIFT. In this semester, I have nine subjects in Amity while this month in NIFT, I'm studying three subjects (subjects change according to the set classes).
I get assignments in both the colleges for all the subjects. In fact NIFT teachers give 2-3 assignments in each class which we have to submit before the next class. If we fail to submit even one assignment, we won't get a certificate.
To be honest, it is no cake walk. I have a tight schedule which I have to follow at all times. I can't procrastinate or I'll be behind in one college or in my blog.
I've lost a lot of sleep and I now have bags under my eyes which are not ready to leave. Oh, and I'm constantly dependent on coffee to get through the day. Even on the days when I don't have classes in NIFT, I have to do assignments and keep up with my course. Attendance in Amity is always an issue so maintaining it is any way a big task. Now with my other college, I'm always on the edge.
I feel tired most of the times and on days when I can't chill even when I deserve to, I feel very agitated and I scream at anybody who tries talking to me.

This is my second month in NIFT and I feel that now I'm coping. In the first month, I couldn't manage much and used to end up crying on one out of three days. I questioned my decision of joining NIFT millions of times during my crying sessions.
Because of being into so many things, I couldn't give any time to my family. My sister had to drag me from my room to spend time with her. Most of the time, I'm still not able to give them time because of a tight schedule but I'm trying to improve. My friends obviously had the same problem that time was always an issue with me.
The worst incident was when I got a severe eye allergy and dryness (still have it). I got it because firstly, all my work is online so I'm hooked to my laptop. Secondly, I used to put lenses for 12-15 hours each day which dried my eyes. Thirdly, because of lack of sleep, my eyes were getting no rest at all. They started turning bloodshot red and I had to give up my lenses for a month. Now I'm allowed to use my laptop but I've to take breaks to give rest to my eyes.
One month into being in NIFT, I got a call for an interview for the post of a fashion intern at Cosmopolitan India. Now dear readers, I must tell you that Cosmo is my dream place to work at. Ever since I've started this blog, I have dreamed of working there. I went to give the interview. I was given just three minutes. It was the shortest interview of my life but after giving it, I was given the internship. I could work at my dream place and learn from one of the best people of the fashion industry. I obviously couldn't do the internship because the timings didn't work out. It took me a week to recover from this incident.
And just last week, I got an internship offer from Harper's Bazaar Bride as a fashion intern. Still couldn't do the internship because of the same tight schedule. Let's just say that this time my heart was not completely broken.

But I feel that once I've finished this course, I'll have more experience and more knowledge. I'll obviously be able to perform much better than I can now. There's tons of growth in both my courses and even though it's one hell of a ride, I don't regret even for a second for opting this course along with my other course and blog.


Friday, 3 November 2017

I Have a Disease. I Can't Stop Shopping!

I first saw Confessions of a Shopaholic when I was in school. I still remember how fascinating the entire movie was for me because I could relate with Rebecca Bloomwood SO much!
Just like she couldn't say no to clothes and found any possible reason to shop, I can't stop buying clothes just because I'm bored or I need to cheer myself up. 

There was this one time when I shopped online off the hook. I bought something every day for 3 weeks. Because of a tight schedule, my entire family had odd timings of going home so there was nobody to collect my orders. To not delay the procedure I had asked all the delivery guys to give the orders to my next-door neighbor. My neighbor accepted my order once. Then twice. Then thrice. But after that, he blatantly said no. My neighbor also shared the fact that he thought of me as an insane girl who has no life apart from purchasing clothes and makeup. Apart from the humiliation caused by my dearest neighbor, there were also incidents which made me realize that I have a disease of shopping. 
Don't get me wrong dear readers. I still don't get up at 5:00AM to reach the Forever 21 sale or buy something just because it's not there in my closet. But, when I see something that I like, I have to, have to buy it. And if you too get haunting dreams of the things that you don't buy then you're no different than me. I'll admit something out loud. As soon as I get my pocket money or the money that I earn from a campaign or internship, I spend 97% of it on clothes. There are so many times when my friends want to go out to eat and I tell them, "I can't go for lunch. I spent my lunch money on clothes" (let's not discuss the kind of looks I get after using this line").
Now I've practically never met anybody who loves shopping as much as me but I'm sure most of the girls out there have a similar mindset.
This post is to all those ladies out there who are sailing in the same boat as mine!


Friday, 29 September 2017

Durga Puja Special

This time of the year is pretty exciting because it's the time when the festivities take place. One festival which has my attention this year is Durga Puja.
Durga Puja is a multi-day festival that marks the battle of goddess Durga with the shape-shifting buffalo demon Mahishasura and her emerging as victorious. The festival incorporates the victory of Good over Evil and is in part a harvest festival that marks the goddess as a motherly power behind all of life and creation. Inspired from Bongs and the women of Kolkata, I've compiled a look for Durga Puja. I really wanted to don a laal paar saree but it just couldn't work out. But the look I compiled came out really well. See for yourself-

Pictures credit: Kanika Sharma


Monday, 25 September 2017

Purpose of Life

There are days when I ask myself that, "why am I doing as much as I do right now?" or "why don't I get to procrastinate and spend my time doing absolutely nothing?" I've had days when I felt jealous of every friend of mine who could watch a movie without giving a shit about some submission or about sticking to deadlines.
Those who know me also know this that I tend to take on 5 things at once without doing the aftermath. Thus, the feeling of jealousy. When I was in school, I had to juggle between school, blog and plethora internships. At that time, I believed that the good days will come when life will be easier and all of my focus will be on my blog. But, when I came in college, my internships became full time and the blog's workload grew. And as I mentioned in my previous post, this year I decided to do two colleges together (plus an internship and my brainchild- my blog). But don't for once believe that I don't enjoy all these things that I'm doing together. God forbid, if something was ought to happen and I would get enough free time, my boredom will end up killing me.
Maybe, I found my purpose way too soon but I won't have it any other way. Have you figured out your purpose? And if yes, what is it?

And on a lighter note, here's this month's look by yours truly. This dress was love at first sight and since I didn't own something like this, I needed it in my closet.

Dress: Koovs; Shoes: Charles & Keith

Photography by: Kanika Sharma


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 


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