Festival of lights!

Diwali is here and I can’t stress enough about my excitement for this festival. Diwali has always been special to me as it reminds me of my childhood. My mom is a cleanliness freak and during Diwali, her OCD peaks to another level. Right after dussehra, she would instruct everyone in my family to clean their rooms and my brother and I would clean ours grumpily. Then came the exciting part of shopping for Diwali. Mumma would make sure that we have shopped well in advance and she would also plan what she wants purchase on Dhanteras. She would drag me to 10 different shops to find perfect diyas to light up our entire house. She always prefers diyas over fairy lights, says it looks better.

The festivities would start on Dhanteras, followed by Choti Diwali and Diwali. Since morning all of us would be cleaning for the last time and start preparing puja room for evening. My duty had always been of placing diyas in the entire house and my brother would be filling diyas with oil and bati. πŸ™‚ We would then change into new clothes and sit for puja. Once we are done with it, we would be lighting diyas everywhere and start bursting crackers (just for Shagun, I vehemently protest against bursting crackers). The day would end with gorging in Diwali sweets and delicacy.

Ahh! This is the first time I am not there at home to bask in the celebrations but here I am celebrating my favorite festival with another family.

Hope you all have a safe, happy and prosperous Diwali. ❀

This dress was designed by Megha. Go green this Diwali. Say no to crackers.

Celebrate Festival and life with the little Kanjaks.

Navratri is one of the most revered and celebrated Hindu festival devoted to Goddess Durga. The nine day fast ends with Ashtami/Navami Puja when 9 Kanya or Kanjak are prayed as avatars of Goddess​ Durga. It is a custom to wash the feet of these nine young girls, offer them clothes/gifts and feed with delicious […]

Navratri is one of the most revered and celebrated Hindu festival devoted to Goddess Durga. The nine day fast ends with Ashtami/Navami Puja when 9 Kanya or Kanjak are prayed as avatars of Goddess Durga. It is a custom to wash the feet of these nine young girls, offer them clothes/gifts and feed with delicious channa, puri and halwa. One of my vivid childhood memory is of Navratri, when on the last day I would get ready to be a Kanjak and feel like a celebrity. I never clearly understood it’s significance then. At that time being a Kanjak was all about being pampered. But my perception changed when I kept the 9 day fast (which I should tell you is a tough thing to do) and hosted my Kanjaks. The feeling of feeding nine young girls and seeing their happiness can’t be articulated using mere words. Amidst the fast and celebrations, you can feel immense faith taking over your mind and filling you with positivity.

Kanya Puja fills your heart with satisfaction and hope. Hope of a brighter future when women are not just celebrated on certain occasions but everyday. Hope of the day when social fabric is rewoven with respect and regard for both genders equally.

This was taken last year during Kanya Puja. I wish these girls grow up to be mindful and learn to stand for themselves, have firm beliefs and understand the essence of this lovely world and know the meaning of true beauty.

Formal Indulgence!

As the autumn approaches and there’s chill in the atmosphere, my heart wanders off to days with wooly jumpers and hot chocolate. It’s mid week and tiredness has already taken over my spirit. Amidst all these lazying, I realise I am late for work and have meetings lined up.

I quickly jump out of my bed, barely take a shower and fish out these snuggly fitted dresses that are perfect for formal event. I feel sorted for next day as well.

For the first day, I chose my jeans dress. The fit hugs my curves well and makes me feel like the boss lady that I am. I ditched the heels for comfortable stone encrusted flats and wore simple pearl drop earrings. The look was completed with my favorite gold watch and a hint of red on my lips.

The orange and pink dress has been one of my favorite as it gives a fresh vibe and a structured look. For Team Lunch, I paired it with the statement pearl neckpiece and as the colours are too bright, I went for subtlety in footwear.

The two formalised dresses really worked well for someone like me who was too confused to take a decision and solved my mid-week dress woe.

An Evening Affair!

Last night while watching “An evening in Paris”, I was suddenly drawn to the beauty of France. How impeccable the city seems entwined with old world charm. I started taking a virtual tour of Paris and couldn’t resist falling in love with the city.

For a date night we always look for something that is elusive, delicate yet lasting. And this time, the bewildering beauty of the city of love was our inspiration.

The look reflects the vibrant and passionate vibe of the city and makes for a perfect date night outfit, something that’s a tease as well as elegant.

Paired with the red flared skirt here is a fitted black crop top and a pair of matching pom pom earrings.

Contrasting and Vibrant! Let your partner drool with admiration.

Friendspiration!

We are overwhelmed with the kind of support our friends have extended to us and are truly honored to share this special bond with them. Couple of days back, we did a blog on travel style and our friends have been gracious enough to share their personal style with us. Each of their look is an extended part of their personality and speaks volume about them. We will start with our personal favorite fashionista, Priti. She works with Deloitte where she is known to inspire people with her astounding sense of style. She puts her trust into classics. During her recent trip to Dubai, she swayed the locals with her on point dressing. Next is the woman who is closest to our heart, our Desi girl, Salakha. She is a true tester, fixing bugs professionally and also in her friends life. Her sense of style is completely opposite to her nature. The quirky prints and accessories, often overshadow her demure nature. We would now like to introduce you to our star Baker, Charul. A foodie at heart, she has converted her passion into a business. A true believer of the adage “Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes” . Riddhi is the wild child. Sexy, outgoing and lover of finer things in life. She can convert your home into a heaven with her designing skills. She is frequently seen experimenting with her clothing. What do we say about Richa. She is simple, sweet yet a fierce career women. Travel is her life. She has an effortless sense of style that mirrors her personality well.

Festive vibes!

Ganpati Bappa Morya! Bappa brings lots of happiness, good luck and of course the best modaks! πŸ˜‰

Not just people in Maharashtra but every one else too waits for this auspicious occasion. Some even say, that the season of festivals and celebrations have begun. You see we have Navratri, Dussehera, Diwali all lined up. It seems as if the festivals are just waiting for one to get over so that the other can commence. This year Ganesh Chaturthi begins on a Friday which means long weekend, pandal hopping, good food and yes dressing up to the level best. We thought of three simple and different ways to colour our long weekend that we would definitely love to share with our readers too.

Day 1: This has to be the toughest yet the most excitement filled day of all. Lord Ganesha arrives at our homes and pandals. Arti, Puja, Bhog and every ritual has to be done perfectly. With all these work to do, staying simple yet stylish is the best solution. We have a soft corner for the colour yellow but it is a very difficult colour to carry if not teamed up rightly. This lime green Lucknowi Kurta with yellow embroidery is not just pleasing to the eyes but also gives a very comfortable feel. To go well with the yellow motifs, we paired it with a pair of yellow leggings and simple jhumkas. A perfect look for Day 1. What else do we need? Yes, you are right. We need to now think for the upcoming days. πŸ˜‰

Day 2: We all love to flaunt our best dupattas. In the recent fashion times, the dupattas always do most of the work easy. Here the orangish red kurta and dupatta coordinate well enough and give a bright and radiant look to the eyes. The pair of straight white pants is the best partner to create a festive ensemble. Kolhapuri chappals, jutis or any such traditional flat footwear would complete the look for you. Yes flats are best when you have plans to roam around a lot and visit everyone during festivals. It just makes your feet feel lighter.

Day 3: Its Sunday and surely you have had enough of pandal hoppings and visiting your friends. Its time for some relaxation and looking the best. And like every girl, we too love our sarees. Draping them becomes difficult at times, but the feeling of donning one never fades our smile. This black and white saree has beautiful motifs on the pallu. Paired it with a velvet blouse, it does not look too bright to the eyes. Saree and no jewellery cannot be an option for us. The look is so elegant that too much jewellery would also ruin its simplicity. So we thought of pairing the saree with silver and pearl drop danglers and embellished bangles. It really worked the best!

We hope you agree with our thoughts. So without much delay, enjoy the celebrations and don’t forget to look the best. πŸ™‚

Shrug it!

An ardent globetrotter is always in the search of some really comfortable clothes. And when we say this we also mean that it has to be uber chic and Instagram worthy.

Upon seeing the black crop top, the first thing that struck is to pair it with plain white shorts. Of course you can go with a distressed one too. This somehow gave a contented feeling that we wanted. To give it a smarter finish, we accentuated the whole look with a long denim shrug. And that worked wonders. The embellishments were kept minimal as the polka dots were the attention seeker.

You could also alter the denim jacket with a different colour or fabric that matches well with your shorts and top. If you too want to try this look for a short trip with your friends, then shop the look below:

Shorts:

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Crop top:

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