September 23, 2017

Hot Pink Fusion-Ethnicwear

Hello everyone

I'm so happy to be writing this post. The weather outside is amazing and it's a weekend! That always gets me in a good mood.

Today, I feel like making this post about two things:- some words of wisdom and the outfit.
First, the outfit; and if you stick till the end, there would be some inspiration waiting for you.

A few weeks back, I had attended a wedding. I didn't feel like going extravagant in my clothes, like Indian ethnicwear is. Took out this new floor-length hot pink dress suit and threw my mom's printed dupatta or stole around it. The result? A match made in heaven- no need to go to shaadi.com for it ;) (Brown girls would get it).

Thanks mom for taking such nice pictures. Bro- you were missed!










 

I have always emphasized on two things really- Change & happiness. So, if you read my post about 'Change is inevitable' and 'Happiness is a measure of life', you'd know how important these things are. But, all this applies to oneself, doesn't it? What if you love someone and feel like changing them? Even if it's for their good, you cannot help but take a piece of cake for yourself too. You definitely have some advantage in that situation else why even bother? 

"Our lives would become better". Sure thing, but is it really bad right now?
I guess the real question is, "Can I control everything?"

Don't even look for the answer here. You know what I'd say. It is simple really. 
You care, they care: you care more, they care.

Don't expect the same kind of love. Don't ever expect the same kind of respect. I'm a firm believer of "Everything happens for a reason". Don't get me wrong. I do not leave everything to fate and sit on the grass, staring at nothing. I do, I wait, I move on and think, ".. it really did happen for a reason.

Long story short, here's what my experience tells me-

1) Expect less
Easier said than done. What do you even compare your expectation with? How do you not expect if you give a lot? The solution is to keep a benchmark for everything that happens in your life.
Like for example, if you've studied really hard and still don't get what you deserve then don't get disheartened. I was really good at studies but my marks during engineering were like Trump is to America- a disappointment! But, when I started my MBA; the results were totally an Obama! I was surprised, happy and kept on going.
So just don't rest your heart after one thing and expect everything from it. Benchmark it. 
I will care this much about people and after my threshold reaches, they won't hear from me.

2) Leave
Not the situation, but your worries. You have so much to be thankful for. Nobody is perfect; believe me! You get a kind, gentle and loving friend but if they don't have time for you then no scolding, time management classes, factual examples, visual examples or demos can help them. You give them one lesson and step back.
You cannot inculcate good behavior into someone, behavior develops naturally.

3) Settle
It is not the worst idea. There is a reacher and a settler in each relationship (How I met your Mother). Lily really settled for Marshal. But, is it that bad to settle for the one? Yes, the over-cliched 'the one'; but like I said, nobody is perfect. Think what is most important to you? Not one, go ahead and think of 5 must-have things your partner ought to have. Mostly that would be something you lack or you're so good at and what a partner with higher dosage of your qualities. In either case, don't settle on those 5 things but don't expect them to be on perfect in each quality. We are only humans and settling down for someone equal, below or higher than us in some quality; only shows the extent of satisfaction we have with ourselves and with other.

Let me know your thoughts on the post :)
xoxo
Akanksha

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September 6, 2017

September Wishlist: Zaful

Hello everyone!

Zaful has easily become my favorite website (this line isn't sponsored)! When I started this blog 6 years back, I'd have vouched for Oasap. Also because they were my first sponsor! As my taste evolved, I realized what the offering is of different fashion portals, could understand the quality of the product from online images, could tell whether the piece would look good on me or not. These are some of the very basic things to know before you shop from online websites. Gradually, from hundreds of sponsors & websites I stumbled upon, I narrowed my favorites to ten and now 2-3. 

I had my first collaboration with Zaful in March last year and it is one of the websites from my above choices. So every month or so, I try to do a post for them that comes more from my own will than an obligation of sponsor-blogger contract. Just search for "zaful" in my search bar (right sidebar) and you'd find how each wishlist is different from another. Their website has variety of options not found in other similar ones so this is the least I could do. I'd prepare styleboards or review it by wearing my picks but today let's keep it simple! These are my top 5 picks and a big cry for the Winter is Coming since I'm a huge summer fan! What are you? Beach babe or Winter person? Let me know in the comments below :)
Remember that these picks are my personal favorites and Zaful had no say in this matter ;)

I'm particularly in love with their lace dresses. Got one here and lace is one fabric, I can't get enough of. Yesterday, while picking something for myself I found this straight cut skirt in apricot and I couldn't move away from the page. I remember silently getting angry with girls that have natural tiny waists! Gahaw, I love myself. :D You can carry killer red pencil pumps or even pink if you can carry it like Blair from Gossip girl!



Next in line is a sassy black sports leggings. Well, my current gray one is wearing off and I'm on a lookout for a different fabric now. Such sheer net leggings are quite hot this season with almost every fitness diva wearing these if not hot shorts. These practically go with anything- oversized shirt, sports-bra, tank top, crop top. You get the point?


Stripes shirts & skirts with floral patchwork is so hot this season. You'd find every blogger sporting something in this look. This was in my top 3 choices for myself. Pair it with cotton tops in pastel colors of white or blue especially with bow-knots if you can. This look would go well with x-bags.


I'm thinking of having one tee that speaks about me (LOUDLY). Yes, that's me! It's always fun to show your developing areas or talk something fun about yourself first; before anyone pin-points the fact. This shows that you're confident about yourself-your body and is a fun way of interacting with people, no? I'd wear this with white pants and a fringe bag.


Last but not the least- Winter is coming and I want to look cute too! This bow sweater with a V-neck is what I'm looking for this winter. V-necks give the petite like me, fuller figure and the bow-knots give a pretty appearance to such items. Wear it with black denims and boots.


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So which one is your favorite pick and how differently you'd wear it? Remember to wear something that is in sync with your personality else you'd just be uncomfortable all day and the world-remembers! ;) (Too much of GOT) Any GOT fans here?


xoxo
Akanksha

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August 22, 2017

Blackbelle: Rosegal

Hello Beautiful

So much to talk about obviously because I was MIA. August, the thirteenth: as scary as the number sounds, it was my birthday that day and I wore a black slip dress ;)! I don't believe that 13 is unlucky for me or for anyone. Whatever sheer coincidence happens with this number, it brings beautiful pages for memories to be made.


So my friends and I decided to visit the pink city of India, Jaipur. As you can see from the pictures below, everywhere you look you can find artistic inspiration. Stone walls, pillars, doors, palaces or even cafes of this place have some history behind it. No wonder, photographers and soon-to-be-wed couples come here for photoshoots or even get married!

The dress- I wanted to wear a maxi dress for my birthday this time. Was looking for something- a color or style, I don't have. After full 2 days of research online & offline (btw, found only one Forever New dress which I liked but it was insanely expensive! Anyone else thinks they are over-priced?) ; I narrowed it down to two dresses. This and another in burgundy lace with boat neck. Keeping in mind that I already have two in burgundy and also the fact that you can never have enough in black; this was my obvious choice. First of all, the material is so easy to carry. It gives a grand look and doesn't need to be ironed. So perfect for vacations! The sheer maxi tulle was a perfect addition & contrast to the otherwise horizontal stripes which run throughout the dress.

I wore crocs with these for two reasons- One, it was supposed to be a let-your-hair-down vacation and I always prefer comfort over packing too much! Second- If you remember my pin from few years back on "Different ways to wear converse" you'd see how one can wear it even with sneakers and they look kickass! If you want to see more ways on how to wear converse then head here.

When I was about to wrap-up this shoot, I realized this dress has pockets as well! Score!!! Utility + style, I'm comfortable at the very least. You should check out Rosegal for more such dresses.










WEARING:
Dress: Rosegal, Shoes: Crocs

Here's a coupon code for you guys to get 10% off- ZEFN. Use it well!


Can't hear to hear your thoughts

xoxo
Akanksha

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July 21, 2017

My Birthday Picks: Rosegal

My Birthday month is fast approaching!

I'm so excited for my Birthday this time. August is without a doubt my favorite month of the year. So many colors in sight, good weather, long weekends (15th Aug is Independence day in India :)) and so many weddings/parties to attend to. So picking the perfect outfit is very important for me since this is the period of Sales & fresh arrivals come one week before my birthday. It's now or never, it seems? ;)

This time I'm thinking of a maxi dress or an dress shoulder off. The thing about off-shoulder outfits is, they look great on about anybody if worn right. If you are petite then go ahead and wear one without thinking. Just make sure the rim rests tightly on you. If you are chest heavy then pick one with high off-shoulder neck. This way you can draw your attention towards your neck. I really enjoy getting all dressy and celebrating with friends & family: good food, music and just rocking through the night. This month I suppose, we'd be celebrating with friends a day before, lunch with family on D-Day and then going for a trip with friends somewhere in Udaipur. Let's hope it all turns out for the best. Traveling is truly an addiction which only energizes & repays you well.

Talking about addictions, there's another style, I can't seem to get over with; sequins! It grabbed my attention when Serena wore the sequin dress in the first episode of Gossip Girl. I'm thinking of this top with black leather shorts, do you like it? I'll pair it with my black sequins clutch from my previous post and black lace pumps.



For jewelry, I believe less is REALLY more if your outfit is that flashy or you have an agenda to attract attention to a particular part of body like neck, shoulders, etc. But certain occasions demand you not go empty handed. I like to then wear, a simple bracelet like the one below. It's so simple, elegant and totally boasts my personality. Jewelry is really personal to me and I don't wear it for the sake of it. It should either be particularly required with the outfit or mean something to me ^_^


Another one of my favorite trends is pink flower dresses. Internet is flooded with these cutesies and you just cannot have your favorites ready. I'd wear with with nude accessories.


What is your favorite from Rosegal?
Let me know in the comments below



Here's some Hot Summer Sale for my fans. Use the code RGEN for ANOTHER 10% off!!!!

xoxo
Akanksha

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