10 STYLE trends for SUMMER 2016

We look up to Fashionistas and Designers to let us know the best style trends to follow every season. Each year fashion weeks are an affirmation of the current style, and what you see on the runway is a prediction of upcoming trends. These trends dictate our shopping;  our wardrobe and most importantly form the basis of our ensemble for the season.

I know so many people who’d choose to disagree and as much as non-conformists and idealists like to tell the world that they take themselves too seriously to care about what they wear (aka fashion) that’s really not the case. When designers showcase their creations on the runway, they provide a platform for the $1.2 trillion global Fashion industry to build on. From the runway: prints, designs, silhouettes, colours, craft and style trickle into the mainstream & fast fashion clothing industry making that trend available for everybody. So, even the smallest piece of clothing or accessory that you you see in the clearance section of a shopping mart, is actually the result of a super elaborate process that created fashion as we know it.

That being said Spring/Summer2016 has brought back some old school trends with a twist. From Kendall Jenner to India’s Sonam Kapoor everybody is reveling in these classics and putting their own spin to it.

  1. Coachella Dress: The Annual music and arts festival has inspired many a trend and most importantly the Coachella dress. Considered the Woodstock of our times the Coachella festival brings out the free spirit in you and the dress is meant to do the same. A loose, maxi silhouette in an organic fabric that treats your skin with love and lets you be casual & chic.

Available at: Shift by Nimish Shah

  1. Midi dress: Not all dresses can go from office to everywhere and won’t be considered in several social settings. Maxi dresses are too bohemian or too princess-y. There is a midway that meets both the styles and that’s the midi dress. Investing in a few midi-dresses makes your spring/summer wardrobe that much fuller, more wearable, and yes, even cooler.

Available at Mango and Asos

 

  1. Dyes & ombres: A celebration of colour, the dyed and ombre prints provide for a true bohemian and whimsical feel.

Available at Indelust and Tomas Maier

  1. The bob with texture: Spring is going to be the season for midway. With dresses, heels, bags and even your hairdo. While long hair is romantic, while a short haircut is got courage, but you can take pleasure in the best of both worlds by having a short to mid length hairdo. While straight hair is ultra chic, and spring curls are high school cheerleader, take the stand and be the mid-20s girl with wavy hair. Add texture to your bob mid- length bob for that playful bounce yet not letting your hair go too out of place. From work to a premiere your hair is all set.

 

  1. The contemporary bucket bag: Not slouchy, not rigid but structured. This season the bucket gets a chic makeover, from a bohemian, crocheted piece the bucket bag emerges as a style statement, versatile in its purpose and unrestrictive in space.

Available at Charles & Keith and Net-a-porter

  1. The classic white shirt with a twist: Originally considered to be a “men only” piece of clothing, women took this classic button down from the men and we owned it! And how! The classic white shirt has been through an endless number of twists and styles, but still always emerges as a staple piece in every girl’s wardrobe.

Available at Proenza Schouler and Neiman Marcus

 

  1. Bell sleeves: Bell sleeve tops are on the fashion forecast for 2016! They are fun to wear with shorts, skirts, and your favorite pair of jeans.

Available at Nordstorm and Zara

  1. Bardot dresses, tops & jumpsuits: Perhaps taking cues from what was popular in 70s, more than a few designers showcased tops and dresses with cold shoulder silhouettes for Spring 2016. This season it’s all about shrugging off your sleeve.

Available at River Island

 

  1. Denim on Denim: Once a faux pas, the denim on denim trend is breaking the barrier and fast! The secret ofcourse balance. Know your body, flatter your shape and most importantly keep the accessories from minimum to none. Don’t try to steal the spotlight from this bold choice.
  1. High waisted shorts: As temperatures rise, you’ll be more than happy to cut down on length and show off a little more leg. With high-waisted shorts you can do just that and occasionally step away from the dress option. In the right fabric high waisted shorts are perfect for either a casual brunch or an evening cocktail party.

Available at Stylebop

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In pursuit of a Prince (Chapter 1)

Ever since she could remember, she always figured her husband would be like one of those guys you see in American movies. Charming, suave, well spoken, well groomed, tall. Handsome wasn’t necessarily on the list but well-groomed, well-spoken and charming trumps good looking any day. She’d daydream about him brewing coffee in the morning; making breakfast on weekends, even cooking on weekdays sometimes. An Indian girl’s American dream! Oh wow! More than anything else, it was the cooking she really looked forward to. It wasn’t as if she was a bad cook or an inexperienced one, quite the contrary but she just liked the idea of being cooked for. A dream of sorts for her, we could say. So she dreamed and dreamed and dreamed about her perfect man and his amazing cooking skills or atleast the idea of him. After all, a girl can dream, can’t she?

As it is in all Indian households, when she was old enough (atleast by their perception) to get married, her parents began looking for alliances. They weren’t closed minded people, oh no they most certainly were not! They, in fact kept asking her if she had a special someone in her life. She kept responding “No yet”. She said she was waiting..waiting for ‘The One’. She told them that she wasn’t going to go looking for him but she would sit back and let him find her. She was convinced that match making activities and online marriage portals wont lead her to him. He was going to carve the path that would lead to her. She had convinced herself that this was how it was meant to be. But you can’t really explain concepts such as these to Indian parents, can you? So what do you do? You give in and you hope that they inadvertently end up creating the bridge that will lead Him to find you.

Being caring and loving parents that they were they listened to her entire monologue on finding The One. They contemplated and subsequently confirmed that she did in fact want to get married, but her reassurances just confused them more. But she said, she wanted somebody who could cook. Parents being parents, they didn’t think it was as critical a criterion while selecting a possible husband for their precious darling. And I mean come on! What are you even supposed to say? “Our daughter won’t marry you unless you cook?” That would just sound like our daughter can’t cook. People will just think we didn’t teach her anything. She will come across as spoilt. We can’t risk that! Oh no no no!

So they searched and they met and they introduced their darling to several lovely boys, but she didn’t show too much interest. She returned from each meeting with a new deal breaker every time. The first one was too obsessed with his work; the next one was too obsessed with his looks. The third one seemed to love boys more than girls, and the fourth one smelt funny. The fifth, sixth and seventh were either too educated, too laidback or still connected to his parents with an umbilical cord of sorts. No! No! No! This was not working and she did not want to do it anymore. None of them were right and none of them were Mr.Right. The one she was looking for was just lost, needle in a haystack…you think? Her parents thought it best for her to find somebody on her own. Disappointment turned into sadness and soon depression, and bordered on thoughts like maybe she was being way too picky than was acceptable, maybe she didn’t know what it meant to recognize somebody for their inner beauty? Maybe she didn’t even know what went into deciding what was right for her in terms of a partner? Nobody trained her on the art of selecting a life partner, so how could she possibly be expected to know? There needs to be a rule book on things like this!! Ugh..!! But even amongst all these depressing thoughts, there was one underlining feeling, actually more of a faith now that you think of it. Faith that made her believe, that she was going to find him. He’s literally right around the corner, and when she finally meets him, she’ll recognize him for who he is: The One.

To be continued…

 

Return of the Queen

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To start off I have to thank the girl (you know who you are!) who had a sizeable role in me actually writing and posting today. Thank you girl! This one is just to brighten up your evening and hopefully make you laugh, and if you don’t, just guffaw a bit to make me happy 🙂

Writing is my passion- love it and I do it all the time, in some way or the other. I started this blog because I wanted to provide an outlet to this passion, and also coz as conceited as I am, I genuinely believe I have lots to talk about and tell you (I mean you– the reader) and I assume that you want to read what I write. But, with my professional life being so busy and full that I just can’t get the time to sit down and articulate my thoughts on so many various topics that are worth talking/writing about. So, my blog suffers and with the lack of regular content I lose a percentage of my readership. I hate it but sometimes it’s so difficult to juggle so many roles.

I wake up as me- the individual, then I transition to the wife, then to the boss at work. I talk to my mom and mom-in-law and I’m the daughter & daughter-in-law; I come home to being the wife and almost everyday I go to bed feeling like a Queen- having achieved everything that I have in the day. The flow of praises from my husband helps a lot in making me feel that way too. It’s amazing how much of a difference it makes- those few words of praise and appreciation, and trust me! My husband is very generous with his praise. I love it and they make me feel like a queen. 🙂

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Anyhow, before I get side tracked and turn the post around and start talking about my husband and my marriage, let us move on. As I was saying I love writing and I think it is an integral part of my life. You can most naturally ask if I love it so much and I don’t write my blog regularly what do I do to fill the void? I write an unnecessary number of emails at work. This is comical but for the sake of writing- I actually once wrote an email that said, “ love the design”, to a colleague who was sitting next to me staring at my computer screen and she said “I’M RIGHT HERE!” I literally had nothing to say! Was actually a first for me.

Besides writing several unnecessary emails I also write several long ones. Situations that don’t require the usage of as many words, sentences and paragraphs. This one time I took 2 hours to write an email because I wanted to make sure I wrote it ‘perfectly’. I wrote & re-wrote and re-wrote and after a few thousand iterations, I arrived at the perfect version of the email. I’m sure you’re wondering what could possibly be the nature of an email that requires being re-written so many times?

It was an email to my boss requesting for 10 days off from work for my sister-in-law’s wedding. Let me give you a brief background. I have the sweetest most amazing boss you could ever ask for. I love her to bits. She has all this amazing world experience and we work together on making our fashion house bigger and better. She has never known me to have a filter in the things I say (not that I have one), or my timing to say those things. So keeping all that in mind you can imagine how bizarre it was for her, my husband (and after this, I’m pretty sure, for you as well) that I worked on this email so much. For your amusement here it is below:

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Hey Boss! (*name replaced*)

I know this is a little odd but I had something really important to discuss with you. I wouldn’t be surprised if your first question is why didn’t I just discuss this with you 3 minutes ago when we were talking on the phone, but I was hesitating to the point of actually stammering. Anyway, I have a wedding in my family and I’m going to need to take off from work from *from date* – *to date*. I’ll be travelling to Delhi for the weeklong festivities. I’ll obviously be available on calls, emails and texts and that goes without saying. I hope it’s ok! I appreciate your support.

Thanks,

*My name*

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That was my email. That really was! What do you have to say now? I told my husband about the whole thing and as I opened my mac and put in the password to show him the e-mail, he kept wondering what I might have actually written. He thought I was probably nonsense-ing about having re-done the email a “ghazzillion” times (in my own words). When I showed him my email, he was like “Really? And you spent 2 hours on that? And you couldn’t have just called?” He couldn’t stop laughing. He gave me that I-wish-I’d-asked-her-parents-to-show-me-a-medical-checkup-certificate-to-confirm-that-she-was-sane-before they-married-her-off-to-me look. I kind of feel sorry for him at times.

Do you want to know my boss’s reply?

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Hey Divya!

Thank you so much for the heads up.

Hope you enjoy the wedding

X

*Boss’s Name*

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My husband asked me the next day why I wrote her an email, and I said because I needed to convey the message and at the time I was feeling super inspired to write, but I didn’t have a topic to write about, so the “not-so-fancy” email was born. I bet she was rolling her eyes while reading the email. I wouldn’t blame her. L

All this stupidity combined with a lovely message from an acquaintance asking me why I stopped writing really brought me back. So here I am…. & this time, I’m here to stay!

It’s the return of the Queen b*****s
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From cooking dud to cooking stud..How?

It’s been the longest, forever-est time since I last wrote here and it kills me,  that I haven’t had the time to do the one thing that I enjoy the most-writing. But anyhow, I’m here now back to writing and it’s wonderful.

So, I recently joined a new job. It’s fantastic and I love it. I work for a fashion start up which is focused on sustainable fashion. It’s a novel concept and it’s introduced me to so many different  aspects of fashion, sustainable, responsible and ethical. That being said, I made a few good friends in my new workplace as well. We bonded so well and in no time we were having lunches and afternoon cocktails and then I invited them over to lunch one day on the condition that I’ll cook for them. I made spaghetti bolognese and a chocolate fudge cake, and I wanna say “Holy what????”

I never imagined last year  this time that I could cook something like that. Admitted spaghetti bolognese and chocolate fudge isn’t rocket science but coming from somebody who could barely understand the lack of salt in a meal.. lemme tell u..it’s a big deal!

Its the learnings of living on your own. With no mommy standing behind you directing your every move, and with no elder sister periodically walking into the kitchen telling you some recipe hacks- you tend to learn a lot!!! When I moved out of home, all I kept thinking was how I’m gonna be eating takeout and microwave dinners every night. Uggghhhh imagine your taste buds dying slowly and steadily coz you ate too much TV dinner. I’m pretty sure that’s what kept urging me to learn and try to cook new things (or cook in the first place). I picked up new recipes from the hundreds of websites that tell you all the best ways to cook and plate and present a dish. I discovered some recipes on my own, though I’d rather say I stumbled upon them. I also fabulously picked up a few cues from my mom and some from my stylish chef girlfriends and after about an year I can now say I can whip up anything you wanna eat. And I’m proud!

One of my achievements has got to be that I single handedly cooked an authentic Indian meal for a party of 10 to the most glorious of praises. Come on!! That’s gotta mean something right? In a way my whole cooking quest started off as a means  to an end and then it slowly became a challenge to push myself and see how far I can go and now it’s become a source of happiness and it’s an extremely interesting a hobby to have.

I wonder if anybody else thinks this way but the fact is that cooking is a mirror for your feelings. Literally! How you feel can actually be tasted in the food you make. When you’re angry, and I mean really really angry and you’re cooking, the food never tastes as great as you want it to. So I make sure not to cook when I’m super upset. I want to put as much love and affection and good wishes in the food I make because it isn’t just me eating the food now is it? I’m feeding it to my friends and family and I don’t want any negative energy passing on to them through my food.

I don’t have any children, atleast not yet and I hope to have 1 someday and I want to train myself to drain my negativity and replace it with positivity, especially while cooking. I imagine myself cooking wonderful things for my growing baby and I would need a technique to push the negativity out so I can put all of my love even from my deepest reserves and all of luck in the food I make for my child.

Getting back to the original topic of discussion, I also learnt much to my surprise as much as I thought cooking is difficult or even Herculean for that matter, it actually isn’t. All of you men and women out there who think cooking isn’t for them or that it’s a waste of time, I urge you to try it. I don’t mean you take a class and you learn fine Italian cuisine. I mean just go through your kitchen cabinets and your refrigerator put together all the things that you can find (or are atleast edible) look up a few possible things to make using one or all of the things you found and just go about it. There is no such person who cannot cook. Everybody can cook!!! And I mean EVERYBODY! You may not cook well, or fast or in variety but that doesn’t mean you can’t cook. Trust me, coming from the biggest rebel against cooking (simply because it was too messy) it’s definitely true!

Do you wanna take up the cooking challenge today? 🙂