September 26, 2013

The Story of Stuff


We have become a world of consumers.

No, this is not just another emotion-stirring picture of how deplorable a state this planet is in. Instead, I would just urge you to spend some time looking at this highly enjoyable animation, The Story of Stuff.


If you haven't got twenty  minutes now, save it for later... You won't regret it, trust me! As this is a fashion blog, and at times I do promote lusting after a particular necklace/headband and mention brands in my posts, a realization(That had always vaguely been there) dawned upon me. I was a part of the system! And whats more, as blogs are essentially media, I was promoting the system!

Does this mean I'm going to stop blogging? No.
Does this mean I'm going to stop shopping? No.
But I can certainly be an informed blogger and a shopper. And so can you, dear friends. I'm already doing my (teeny-tiny) bit by not being a slave to changing fashion trends. By reinventing my accessories and clothes, so that they look different each time. By not throwing away that old broken necklace, but insead, making a head accessory out of it.

Here's what we can all do:

  1. Most importantly, think.
  2. Look around your house. Look at all the things you bought, but never end up using, or throwing out within six months.. Never buy things that fit that description again.
  3. Do not believe advertisements blindly. Introducing you to a product that is good for you is the last thing advertisers have in their mind. I think we all know what the first thing is.
  4. We are all advertisers of some sort. We talk to our friends and family, write reviews, and tweet our opinions. Be informed advertisers.

Narrowing down to fashion:

  1. Buy things that have a timeless appeal.
  2. Buy things that last. Spend an extra buck and buy better quality stuff, designed to last.
  3. Dress for yourself. Create an own fashion identity that appeals to you. This way, you will never feel the need to fit into a certain look or identity.
  4. Make accessories. Customize. DIY. It is fun, inexpensive, and really adds that personal touch to the things you own. This way, you automatically don't throw them away!
  5. Reduce your shopping. You won't hear anyone telling you this, for obvious reasons. But it is the best thing you can do if you want to help out.

There's a lot more we can do, to make a difference. The planet needs us. And we need to open our eyes, and see, and respond, to the bigger picture.

September 23, 2013

Photographs from My Life

I am learning to see the unseen. This paint dribble on a wall is so minor, it hardly catches the eye, but when photographed, it adds a strange, animated quality to the picture.

I am learning to be patient. Previously, art for me was essentially a few hurried brush strokes creating a composition.Then I discovered calligraphy , and am still trying to steady my mind and hand into creating disciplined and beautiful words.

I am learning to find time for myself. In these ever-buy days, surrounded by ever-interesting people, it is very important for me to take some time off to see where I'm headed.

I am exploring my own city. And how beautiful it is at night.

I can't stop appreciating the beauty of the place I currently live in. This is the view from my window.

I can't wait to add more photos, magnets, and posters to my new hostel room.  These two colourful magnets are from NYC, and they take me back to last December, with the cold NY chill on my nose.

Pictures from my room.My pet wooden elephants, my adorable new alarm clock, My favourite books, and the mess from my wardrobe!

September 16, 2013

Summer Wine

Life has been a mixed bag of sorts, of late. Besides facing a major blog-writer's block(Which is why i don't write much for my blogposts), I have surprisingly written a few poems, and made an illustrated book out of them, which I will share soon! I am also looking to do more photography and less posing, lets see how that shapes up! There is so much to be done, and so little time to do it..

The days are passing by fast. The monsoon is at its end, and each hot and sunny day ends with an evening of showers and an orange dusk- I can almost hear it saying goodbye.

Photographs by Satya Naren Photography.


Outfit Details

September 11, 2013

Event with MTV and Lifestyle

I had a blast last Thursday, when I got an invite for an event by Lifestyle, which is one of my favorite stores to shop! Lifestyle is collaborating with MTV, for their new show, 'Get the Look' with Host Anusha Dandekar.  A group of Fashion Bloggers and media people were invited. We were shown around the new Autumn-Winter collection of Lifestyle, and then, much to our delight, asked to put together an outfit! We could pick any piece of clothing or accessory from the whole store, to put together a look!

Sometime later, the gorgeous VJ Anusha turned up, and she was to pick out her two favorite looks...
And yay, I won! And so did Rhea from FUSS!

Personally, I was trying to go for a grunge-goth look with a tinge of neon,  but I ended up looking more Boho-chic, 'The New York' look, as termed by Anusha.

Overall, I had a great time catching up with my fellow bloggers, especially Shanaya from Little Miss Sinner!

You can visit the Lifestyle Page here:


September 07, 2013

Pink Dusk

I wish life was as simple as back in the seventies. I wish big bows were still in style. I wish we could all drive around in Volkswagen Beetles and Ambassadors. I wish, that back then, time would have stood still.

Outfit Details:
Skirt-(Top worn as a skirt)-Ginger, Lifestyle

Photography: Upasana Gagil