Easy DIY Hacks, Styling

Monsoon-Friendly Styling Tips: Do’s & Don’ts

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Happy monsoon errbody!

The cold, the wet, the damp, the perpetual prune-y fingers’ season is here!

No, no. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t HATE monsoons. But I do find the above mentioned things really annoying. I do, however, look forward to the lush green roadsides, thoroughly washed roads, chai pe pakode and then jalebis,¬†and wearing my RAIN BOOTS! It’s the one time I feel super happy: in my squeaky rain boots as I walk through every puddle on the road with a smug face thinking, “HAH! You can’t do shit to my feet, puddle!” Yes. I feel incredibly smug and happy in those times.

But this post ain’t about my monsoon rants… This post is actually aiming to prepare you in braving the dark monsoon clouds and how to triumph over them like a pro-fashionista, in full-on Bahubali swagger, ignoring the clouds that are now looming over all our heads.

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That’s right. In this article, I’ll write about a few essentials you must have, how to master layering techniques specifically for rainy season, what fabrics to wear and what fabrics to avoid, what accessories to have and what accessories to stash away for the next few months, some tips if you’re wearing Indian outfits and a few links for supah cool raincoats, parkas, boots, and umbrellas you can buy! Shopping ki bhi season hoti hai kya¬†(Is there a season for shopping)? Kabhi bhi karlo¬†(do it whenever), and especially during sale time!

  • Essentials. Let’s start with the basics, yea?
    1. Raincoat. Duh.
    2. Hair ties / hair bands. Nobody like frizzy hair. Monsoon makes it even worse. So how about some hair ties to keep your hair in place and not allow it to misbehave?
    3. Cotton Scarf. Protect your face and neck from the monsoon winds.
    4. Rain boots (anti-slip). Forget your hole-y crocs. What if your feet gets infected or something with the dirty rain water? Get some boots please.
    5. Umbrella. And twirl it while you walk, please!
    6. Waterproof watch. Keep your phones in your pockets please (unless it’s water resistant like the new iPhone 7. My birthday isn’t here yet but I wouldn’t mind some cool gift yo). Plus, wearing a waterproof watch would be cheaper…

  • Master Layering Tips. Because layering isn’t exclusive to fall or winter… duh… If you’re the practical types, just get one knee-length (or longer) raincoat of a versatile colour like black, navy or the transparent ones that are trending currently and wear it with all outfits. If, you’d like to experiment, however, then here are some layering tips:
    • A Skirt Outfit. (Keep the skirt knee length)
    • A Pants Outfit. (Wear full length pants only if you have rainboots to protect them. Otherwise opt for capri styles)
    • A Leggings Outfit. (Keep your top knee-length unless you have longer raincoats)

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  • Fabrics: what to wear and what to avoid.
    • Choose fabrics that dry off quickly and resist mud stains like light cotton, crepe silk and natural fabrics. Partially synthetic lycra, polyester and nylons are also good fabrics to go for.
    • Avoid denims, wool and other fabrics that are thick and heavy which will take a long time to dry in humidity, if it becomes wet.
    • Avoid leather and suede too. Moisture isn’t very friendly with those guys!

 

  • Colours.
    • Fight the gloom with hues of red, yellow and blue in your wardrobe. Feel the instant surge of energy and happiness that will go a long way to keep you energetic in the monsoon gloom!
    • Avoid whites. Otherwise they will cease to remain white…

 

  • Accessories.
    • Carry a light cotton scarf to protect your face and neck from cold monsoon winds.
    • Avoid wearing wet shoes continuously. Wet shoes that are worn without having been allowed to dry in room temperature tend to breed fungus and bacteria that can feast on your feet and cause infections. How’s that for the picture that was just conjured in your head?
    • Avoid wearing leather, suede, canvas footwear. No stilettos either, unless you want the monsoon water logging to damage it.
    • Water-resistant footwear are your best options, especially when travelling.

 

  • Indian ethnic.
    • If you’re wearing ethnic outfits, opt for shorter kurtas with leggings and ditch the salwar and long kurtas for now, unless you have an equally long raincoat to cover it.
    • If you’re wearing sarees, go for khadi sarees. Bandhani print and some other forms of printed sarees, when wet, can start running colours, and it ain’t time for holi yo.
    • Water-resistant kolhapuris in Colaba are your best bet to match your ethnic style!

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Here are 12 cool raincoats, water-resistant parkas, boots and umbrellas you can buy! Just click on the images and get all the info you need to buy them! Happy shopping!

 

Ciao for now!

Mosh. x

PS: My heart-felt gratitude to my friend Ankeeta, who brainstormed and gave essential ideas for this! More posts to follow regarding the monsoon season, so stay tuned.

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Fashion, OOTD, Styling

How To Wear Tie-Dye Without Being Too Festive

1 | Punk Princess.

Achieve this look by matching your tie-dye top with a pair of leather pants, statement earrings, choker, sneakers and a smart / sports watch.

2 | Pretty Powerful.

Slay a military-inspired look unprecedentedly with a tie-dye top that goes with a military green skirt, layered necklaces, baseball cap, a pair of sunnies, a watch and some tie-up block heels.

3 | The New Girl.

“Easy, breezy, covergirl” sorta look, wear tie-dye as a chic minimal ombre maxi dress, minimal rings, aviators, a quirky sling to go with equally quirky slip-ons.

4 | Into The Light.

Wear grey monochromatic tie-dye look with a pleated skirt, a watch, stud earrings, bangles and block heeled sandals.

5 | Street Smart.

Wear tie-dye palazzos with a tshirt, long vest, clear frame glasses and converse to become street smart.

6 | Gypsy Rose.

Make a dramatic appearance with a flared sleeve tie-dye top paired with a printed mermaid skirt, a turban, a waistband chain, drop earrings, basket weave bag and frilly heels.

These 6 looks definitely make a tie-dye print wearable outside of Coachella, so I’d say that it’s a #MissionAccomplished.

Mosh. x

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29 Looks To Copy From The Zendaya Style File

She’s a freaking Fashion Goddess and you should add to your list of #OOTD inspirations. I shall say no more, and here we go with my 29 most fav looks ever, from The Zendaya Style File.

1. That rad grey off-shoulder heavy knit sweater

2. That avant garde cold-shoulder dress

3. That chic satin slit dress you just want to slip on in this heat

4.  Whoever but Zendaya cold have rocked those beautiful dreadlocks to the Oscars red-carpet in that goddess like gown?

5. That blush tone of the sweat-dress with spotless white sneakers

6. The SEXIEST salmon-toned crop-top and maxi skirt co-ordinates eva!

7. That way-too-hot-to-be-true siren red jumpsuit

8. That beautiful wine-red three-tiered gown

9. The effortless manner she pulls off a purple boot-cut pants

10. That gorgeous off-shoulder floral dress

11. That M-slit midi skirt and halter-neck top combination

12. That royal blue she worked with a delicate lace number

13. And who can beat that double denim outfit that involves a pair of dungarees and an orange lip?

14. That faux mohawk she pulled off with an elegant mixed print midi dress

15. This is the ultimate hippie chic look of all times!

16. The colour block of her trench coat is to die for!

17. Once again she pulls off two bright colours (mustard yellow and purple) like it’s the most normal thing to do

18. When she turned up looking like a wood-nymph in this Zuhair Murad number

19. She wears military green in the right way – chic athleisure way

20. When she works a camouflage look like a total cutie

21. When her #DailyCool is your #DailyGoals

22. When she outdoes Blair Waldorf in a Blair Waldorf outfit!

23. When she wore a transparent skirt, and nobody even batted an eyelid

24. When her tomboy looks are bang-on!

25. Read number 24, AH-GAINNN!

26. When being a skater girl never looked so fresh!

27. She does athleisure right, ALL-THE-TIME

28. What did I say in number 27?

29. Saving the best for the last – culottes jumpsuit given a badass interpretation in leather, all the while still seeming classy!

Check out her other looks, make-up and even hair inspiration on my Pinterest board that I spend ages curating! Trust me, you will fall more in love with her the more you see her fashion sense, because

Zendeya Coleman = Vanessa Hudgens + Selena Gomez + Olivia Palermo + Victoria Beckham. 

How can you not love her?!

Have fun!

Mosh. x

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Art & Lifestyle

#BookReview – Mrs. Funnybones

Twinkle Khanna is Jane Austen, reincarnated.

Booted with a keen eye that observes every minute detail, an open mind that soaks in information without bias, and an endearing self-deprecating sense of humour, Twinkle Khanna is most definitely my favourite authoress, Jane Austen, reborn. She’s charming, witty and fast becoming one of my role models.

Throughout the book, her ability to keenly observe social norms and behaviour and putting her point across with an impertinence that is so sweet, it can only remind you of ¬†Austen’s literary works. This book is seriously my kind of forever. Even 20 years down the road, I know I’m gonna pick this up and read it with just as much gusto as my first time.

This is a classic, guys. Pour yourself some coffee, get cosy¬†at “your spot” and devour this read!

– Mosh. x


 

Check out my Goodreads account to see what’s on my bookshelf, and check out the original review here.

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Prattle

15 Fantastic Things I Understand As I Turn 25

I read this article shortly before writing this post, which I found to be 100% relatable, but it so happens, that with every point, my mind just wandered and before I knew it, there were essays forming in my head about each point. Read on, because I think a lot of you might agree…

1. I find that the only drama in my life is on television.

There are a lot of toxic, dramatic and negative people in the world. I find their insatiable need to have drama, heartbreaks, and quarrels, extremely¬†draining. It’s been a while since I¬†realized that I¬†really don‚Äôt have time for all that and I have cut them out of my¬†life. The only drama that is in my¬†life now is on TV while I am¬†having dinner.

2. I’m great¬†with change.

Nothing is ever set in stone and I’m totally¬†okay with it. Growth and change go hand-in-hand after all.

“We all have changed our minds on who we want to be, what we want to do, what we want to look like and where we want to live. Someone once said ‚Äúlife is not about finding yourself, it is about creating yourself.‚ÄĚ There is no set road map to my¬†life and I¬†have gotten over that.”

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Prattle

Demons In The Head

It starts with an increasing sensitivity to the slightest of criticisms. Gradually, these criticisms sink in, deeper into the skin, till they become a part of your identity, taking the shape of insecurities. Then, enter the vicious circle, where with every insecurity forming, more criticisms are taken to heart, and who you are becomes more distorted, more deformed. Every slight, every insult stays right there in your skin like scars; never fading, always ugly.

They don’t go away, when you try to get rid of them.

They won’t go away.

Unless someone else intervenes, and makes you believe in your beautiful self again; that you can shed this skin so full of scars.

Life, at it’s happiest, is¬†about how many accolades you have accumulated, how many friends you have (and trust), how much wealth you have, how you have made someone else believe and love themselves.

Life, at it’s worst, is this – all of your peaks of successes have turned to invisible dust; friends who try to love you but have stopped understanding you; wealth doesn’t seem to matter; nobody, and least of all, you cease to believe in yourself.

That’s what you’re really left with at the end of your worst¬†day.

So, don’t assume someone had it easy in their life. Maybe that was true, once upon a time, when happiness blinded them.

Life’s become about battling your demons every day, going to bed feeling relieved they haven’t taken control over you and your everyday actions.

Today, there are flowers on the head, and demons in the head.

#WIP.

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DIY, DIY Accessories

Do It Yourself – Sash Belt

Since 2015, I’ve been thinking to¬†post about this Marni Spring/Summer 2015 inspired sash that I made (rather, designed and then proceeded to harass my tailor wale bhaiya to stitch it up because I don’t own a sewing machine… yet). But, unfortunately, due to studies, lack of time to blog/write, I was only able to publish this today.

So let’s go back in time to 2o15, shall we?

Specifically to the time when Marni showcased their Spring/Summer collection. The collection on the whole seemed to be inspired by Japanese sensibilities and aesthetics that included minimalism, organisation, structure, textures and even costume (the Kimono) out of many other elements. My favourite thing about the collection was the black and white graphic way of styling the garments, the use of peach/rose pink with jet black colour and that beautiful sash (both black and white)!

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The sash itself was quite basic, but I loved how it was accessorised with dresses, pants and tunics. Versatile piece? Well, that I’d completely love.

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How To Make The Sash?

Well, I bought some muslin and some lace, and rushed over to my tailor’s to get it stitched. He first made the base sash with a curved end, and then sewed on the lace onto it for the pattern that I wanted. You can play with different colours, but for me, black lace on off-white base works wonders for me, and goes with a lot of colours too!

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And then wear it like the pro fashionista you are!

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The sash in itself might seem like a complicated accessory because it’s long, not used very often, and the above shown collage just shows one way to style it, which could make you go like “eh, why should I make something when I can only wear it in one way?”

Worry not folks! Mosh is here to save the day! Soon¬†I’ll demonstrate¬†the 3 unique ways you can wear your sash and parade around like a fabulous diva!

Till then, stay tuned!

Pictures Courtesy: Viraj

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