Sunday, December 26, 2010

Maddonaman! And a Happy New Year!

I found this revolting picture of Madge. Her arms look like Wolverines and her hands look like some other kinda shit man. Gross. I mean, while it's remarkable that at age fifty you can be so 'strong' and well, flexible (If you know what I mean) but dude, seriously? Calm down on the Steroids... they make you look like something else altogether. That said...


I leave you and 2010 with this image of Madonna, inspiring you to achieve better than that when you're fifty. I leave for Goa tomorrow and therefore, shall not be able to blog. Sun, sand and surf beckons, and who am I to decline? I'm headed to where the action is, quite literally. Meeting two of my best friends there. It's just got awesome written all over it. I know I need to follow the basic rules of being safe, no drugs, no alcohol from random strangers and all... It sounds lame following these rules but you don't want to regret anything you do there, honestly. I mean, at least I don't. Fo sho. This is going to be a fun, safe New Year celebration with two of my closest friends! What more could one ask for?

So, I've got my electric blue Flossy Plimsols packed, three pairs of sunglasses (including the Lanvin for H&M ones that I LOVE right now)-Check... Clothes- check... Slip Flops- Check.... Myself- CHECK!

HAPPY NEW YEAR YOU GUYS.
And while I only have one follower, Arushi, my friend... I know I get a lotta views. I know some of you out there even read my blog frequently... Heck, to those who even opened this blog once.... I thank you. I thank you for increasing my page hits, I thank you for giving me an ego boost. I thank you for reading my blog... I thank you, all.

Lots of love to all of you and I hope the coming new year would give you the strength to be who you are, do what you love, be with the ones you love, love yourself, and also learn how to be appreciative for the little things in your life. I know I am. I'm so happy for most (uhm) of the people I know, they're wonderful. And I want the coming year to be just as magical, if not more.


Also, to those who didn't believe in me, you guys can stick it. :)

Xxo.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Keeping it simple.

Here is a great ideas for some great evening wear... It's all about the colours and form, and playing it up differently. Weather to keep the outfit simple by minimal accessories or blinging it up with more. It all depends on the look you're going for and the person wearing it.



Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Window to the world of Lanvin.

I was on Facebook today and going through all the pages I like, and Lanvin is one of them. I began to go through one of their albums which was all about their window displays. I love the entire concept. Making a canvas frame the main prop and working around it in all the different ways. I also love how all the mannequins are poised so elegantly in every frame with the make up and everything done so impeccably. Beautifoooooooool eet ees. :)















Pictures courtesy: Lanvin Facebook page.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Not quite Kitschy.







Kitsch, one of my favorite stores in town. Hosts a select group of designers from across the world, introducing them to the Indian market. Already existing brands like Stella McCartney, Lanvin, Marc Jacobs and Moschino, amongst others. Kitsch, owned by the powerful duo Charu and Priya Sachdev (they're sisters btw) held a special preview of a few of its labels and also an introductory fashion show of Herve Leger, Elise Overland and Alice + Olivia. While I'm ecstatic that brands like Herve Leger and Alice + Olivia are now finally available to the Indian market, perhaps changing the way the social frat dresses, I'm still rather bummed about last nights preview.

The show started with up beat music, and models strutting down the stage that was the runway, wearing Stella McCartneys SS11 collection, then moving on to Alice and Olivia and further on to Herve Leger and Elise Overland. What I loved most about the show was the music which was perfectly in sync with the beautifully choreographed walk that the models displayed... But what was more impressive was the simple pony and non dramatic make up. Which really helped give the garments the importance and sophistication they deserve. Everything was going well, The McQueen show started as scheduled and male models began to appear, they walked down the stage as the women followed closely. All was beautiful and there was a sweet taste in my mouth, feeling content, I expected every coming minute of the show to be as beautiful as the minutes gone by... Only to realize, I'm back in India now, and no fashion show is ay fashion show with an actor/actress walk down the ramp as the finalé. Lame. Seriously. Move past the Bollywood fascination people. And anyway, getting Bobby Deol to walk down the ramp is NOT paying tribute to the late McQueen. He does not and would not care.
The whole Bobby Deol incident left a bitter taste in my mouth and I was convinced that perhaps, the fashion frat of the country is yet to develop to something more extra ordinary and sophisticated.
The after party involved meeting some fun people and talking about stuff in general. And of course, the alcohol. Hah, good times.

I went with my friends Arushi- a stylist, Kaveri- A fashion journalist in the making and well, me. We all got our sexy on (hah, sexy on.) and did our thing and headed back home just in time to call it a night.


Oh, what did I think of the Sachdev sisters you ask? Yes, you!
Well, I've mentioned before how big a fan I am of the two sisters. For all that they have done. And bringing labels like Leger and Alice + Olivia to India, was just pure genius. However, they might want to dress it up a notch. While Priya stuck to a miniscule body hugging black bondagy dress with (patent leather?) POINTY boots (Yeesh) and a head band, Charu was the better dressed of the two with a long woolen dress with pleates and poofed shoulders and a red patent leather clutch. Again, not working. I wish they'd hire a stylist. With such versatile looks such as theirs, they could pull of so many different kind of looks. Yet they choose the pointy patent leather boots. Sigh*

Well, this is a message to you, I knoooow you guys have access to so many clothes and what not. But perhaps hiring a stylist COULD do you some good, no? Why don't you give that a shot? Once? HIRE ME. Hah. A stylist in the making, myself... I would love to present them with a few options! Anyway... Here's hoping they do better next time!

Cheers.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

From Drooling isn't pretty to Fashionmeal, with love.




My dear dear friend Emma, gave me an early Christmas present this year. She bought be a pair of sunglasses from Lanvin for H&M. I LOVE them! I remember eyeing them at the sale time but every piece was sold out except... one. Which she bought. And then gave to me.
So thoughtful of her! I love the present and it's going to be PERFECT for Goa! Something to wear on the beach and what not. So excited! :D
Thank you Emma, for this lovely present.
Now... I need a way to top this one. I have to get her something exquisite from India, something she'll absolutely love.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Planning New Years Eve.


My winter plans are set. Goa it is. My friends and I have decided to spend a New Years away from the hectic life of Delhi. Where we always end up doing the same thing- Party at some farm house. Not that they aren't fun (before the fights break in and the chairs are being thrown around) but still... Something new... Goa it is. That's our new year plan. :D Sun, sand and water. Sounds like a whole lotta awesome to me!
Staying right where the action is, thankfully. Therefore, no travel. Joy to the world. I was out buying presents for family back home and stepped into Office to check out what they had and I saw a line of Plimsolls in all colours in the basement of their shop in/next to Soho. Neon Yellow, Navy Blue, Red, Black, Camel, White and electric blue. And I picked up the electric blue ones for Goa. They're comfortable, easy to slip on to, simple, cheap and so beachy. :p
I LOVE my new plimsolls. My mother is going to KILL me. Ever since I got here, I've been shopping like there's no tomorrow. To which I do have a well rehearsed and fairly simple response: BUT IT'S LONDON MAA!
These plimsolls are by Flossy Shoes and available in Office or online here for you to buy. They retail at 20 pounds but because the people at Office love my face, they gave me a discount and I got it for 17 pounds. I kid, I used my student ID Card. :\
Anyway, very beachy, easy to wear, comfortable and everything. Recommend it. :)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Easy A.

I just watched this movie called Easy A. Starring Emma Stone and Penn Badgley. And I loved it so much that I figured a post on it was but necessary. The movie revolved around the life of a teen girl who's gone unnoticed her entire life in school. Until one of hr gay friends convinces her into lying about having sex with him just so everyone would stop bullying him about being gay. Eventually, word spread and all the downright losers in school started to approach her and give her like, gift coupons to allow them to spread a lie about them having scored with her. She eventually becomes the school slut and the centre of everyones hatred (including the christian community of the school, the leader of which is played by Amanda Bynes). The movie then journeys through life as an abominable slut, and how she deals with it.... And just when things get really sticky, how she orchestrates an elaborate plan of coming clean (about still being a virgin and what not) to the entire school via a video log. I thought the movie was funny, the characters were well chosen, although Amanda Bynes still proved herself to be a prettay darn horrible actor. Penn Badgley is the one boy through out the entire movie who genuinely likes Olive (Emma) for who she really is. Lisa Kudrow is the school counsellor who sleeps with a student who gets Chlamydia who then blames it on the school whore- Olive.
It's a really funny, twisted take on the 'high school comedy' genre of Hollywood. I loved it. Emma Stone did a phenomenal job at being witty and fit the part well, while Penn Badgley was well, myeah.
I'd recommend it to anyone to watch it. I loved the movie and thought it was wonderfully done with just the correct amount of humor and seriousness that revolves around such a touchy topic.
The poster for the movie is here below, check it out!:

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Shooting Monica


I had a photo shoot due today (thursday, 25th November 2010 and knowing me, I will definitely leave everything to the last minute.
However, I'd been planning this shoot very well in advance. But anyone who knows me that things I plan in advance never work out. EVER. I'm spontaneous and do things as and when I feel like. True story. Now, I can't say that it always works for me, because it doesn't. But I do get lucky sometimes. ;)
Anyway, this photo shoot is something like that. Did it fairly late in time but still on time. My professors didn't quite show anything on their face when they saw this so I can't figure whether that was a good thing or a bad thing. My model is Monica, a friend from where I live, the The camel coloured felt coat and dress underneath are my friend Kirsties, who also, lives where I do. Anyway, then there's the brown leather jacket, the lace dress and the denim shorts which are Monicas. So I sourced from only two people with some wonderful clothes in their wardrobes.
Anyway, I was going with a more Autumn based theme in mind so that kind of explains the colours. The locations were at a backyard of my student accommodation and the laundry room. I love the pictures I've shot and Monica makes a prettay good model, really.
Check out the photos here:





Wednesday, November 24, 2010

What I bought.

I'm such a sucker for packaging. Seriously, if a product is packaged well, that's got me half convinced to buy it.
The Lanvin for H&M sale was just shy of being bizarre. People had lined up from the NIGHT before. Of course, that was expected but THIS IS IN THE MIDDLE OF NOVEMBER PEOPLE. NOVEMBER IN LONDON! And incase you didn't happen to notice but it's FREEZING outside. Heck, it's freezing INSIDE!
Right, back to what the post is supposed to be dedicated to:

I bought the shoes! I bought the shoes! :D
SUCH a happy person right now. Hah. I tried on 5 different things and I wanted everything! :'( But being a student and all, it has it's own rules (Never spend beyond your means- personally, if Lanvin for H&M isn't within my means, then I shudder to think what really is, but then again, to be fair, it was fairly over prices too, if you convert into Indian Rupees) ANYWAY, moving on. Remember how I thought I'd buy those blue shoes? Well as awesome as they were, I was kinda feeling the bronze ones instead. So after many a coin flips my friend Emma ofDroolingisntpretty and I decided to go with the bronze ones instead. And I LOVE them. They're just perfect. (Minus the scratch I got on them on day one itself, lame)
Here's a few pictures I thought I'd share.

They gave a shoe bag and all! Sweet. SUCH a sucker for packaging. I'm so glad they looked into everything to make this collection look as exclusive as the actual Lanvin. Love it!


Loving that carry bag. It's so big and simple and awesome like that!

The shoes! :D Aren't they just the awesomest things you've seen?

A scarf for a friend. ;
)


The window displays

Monday, November 22, 2010

Today's the big day.

My friend makes fun of me because she thinks that the world won't end if I don't buy that one piece. She doesn't have nice clothes, so what does she know, right? Hah.
Anyway, so todays the big day. The Lanvin for H&M sale starts TODAY. Let's hope I make it in time for me to get what I want.
If that doesn't happen- I'll be veeerrryyy disappointed. :\

I have my eyes on a blazer and a pair of shoes. Now, I'm a student on a budget, therefore buying both the items is fairly out of the question. SO, I might actually just buy either one of them. Look below to see what I'm eyeing right now!






Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The last Episode Of Gossip Girl.


About the most recent episode of Gossip Girl. The one with all the drama and all.
As much as it makes for some GREAT TV. It made NO sense what so ever.
So Juliette is a poor girl who still manages to make herself look like a billionaire, even after Conan stop supplying her with the money. But not ONLY that- she also had just enough money on her credit card to buy herself a Carolina Harrera gown just LIKE Serenas. Of course, because one would rather go broke trying to bring down their enemy than feed themselves. But then again, these girls don't even look like they eat more than a cheese cube a day. Then this girl in her early 20's (tops?) also texts the dean of Serenas college from Serenas phone to tell her she withdrew from college. This is of course, after she sedated Serena with that chemical thing. Of course, because if you want revenge, that's what you do, especially if you want to handle it like a lady.

Personally, while the show had me so glued to every second of it.... I found this episode to be fairly MORE extravagant and exaggerated than all the others. Non?

Did I also mention that girls from school and college dress in Chanel skirts and blazers on a daily basis and the boys wear tuxedos to bed? I get that 'fashion' is an integral part of the series, but in my opinion there's no harm in a fairly more realistic approach to the series. To the fashion.

That said, only Serena Van der Woodsen can carry off ANY look with such grace. Like the otherwise tricky-to-carry-off lace gown by Zuhair Murad that she wore a few episodes back. Or the sequined Vivienne Westwood skirt with the tan belt and denim shirt she wore to the red carpet. Tricky tricky tricky. But Blake Lively, somehow, ALWAYS seems to just look beyond amazing.
Love her style in the show and otherwise.


Love Form



Love form is this brilliant new design house specializing in things one would need around their homes. From clocks to cups, you're sure to find something you like. This label stands out to me because of it's simplicity. And the statement it makes with that. Founded by sisters Vasundhara and Arushi Parakh of Delhi in September of 2010, this label is now selling through some of Indias most sought after retailers such as Tarini from Delhi- based in GK-1 N Block and Gurgaon Galleria, Attic and Loose Ends in Bandra which is in Bombay and Sobo- Chowpati which is also, as a matter of fact, in Bombay. With such a young history they're already ahead of their game just by the sheer number of stores that stock their products.Now, very well, very well, nuff about the stuff and more about the ladies you say? Well, alright...Vasundhara Parakh (the elder of the two) holds a masters degree in Product Design from Domus Academy, Italy. Before which she was in Indias prestigious NIFT, New Delhi. With a knack for exploring different materials and following a simple design language with a mass appeal there's no wonder this brand picked up so fast. Although, having worked with Paolo Rizzato, Joseph Forakis and Magpie could also partly be the reason, no?
The younger sister of the two- Arushi chose to go a different route but showed equal dedication to evolution of this brand from just a concept to what it is now. Studying in Delhis Pearl Academy Of Fashion doing Fashion Styling she's also quite professional having worked under NDTVS's 'I'm to sexy for my shoes' and reviewing fashion week and traveling across the country for shoots assisting stylists like Gautam Kalra on sets for advertisements or editorial spreads for magazines. She's even worked for Marie Claire. As well as a lot of work with National Geographic Channel (she styled the animals, in stuff straight off the runways from Milan, Paris, New York and London, even Tokyo!.....Nah, just kidding.... Or am I?)
So you know, if you're ever in either one of the above mentioned shops and looking for a lamp for your room, or cutlery to eat your food with, or just a clock to check the time on... You know not to look further than Loveform.If you guys have any doubts of any sort or just want to get in touch with the designers themselves,Like them on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Loveform/118026744923170?v=wall or,go check out their website: www.loveform.in