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)

Skirt, pants and ethnic outfit combinations

  • 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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Easy DIY Hacks

Do It Yourself – Book Binder

There is no diplomatic or subtle way to say this, so here it goes:

I AM OBSESSED WITH MY BOOKS.

You know… as the saying goes…

“I like big books, and I cannot lie!”

And my obsession even goes as far as to clean them on a regular basis, check their binders to make sure the pages aren’t falling apart, and ensuring I don’t eat while reading them (I’d hate to get food stains on them, tbh).

So that brings me to this quick DIY hack, where my blog planner (yea, I have two different¬†planners that separate my work from blog stuff), which has a ring binder and is often prone to opening up in my bag, especially when I start to stuff it and it’s right at the bottom. This leads to the poor pages crumbling (sometimes even tearing up around the corners)! Hence I decided to make an elastic binder that will keep my notebook shut at all times, reducing the number of times the corners of the pages could become creased. *purr*

Hah! Needless to say, I’m super happy with this DIY and find it to be incredibly useful too!

Literally taking less than 2 minutes and exactly 2¬†steps to make it, I’d highly recommend this to my beloved fellow bookworms.

Things you need:

  1. Book
  2. Elastic
  3. Scissors (normal)/Sewing scissors
  4. needle & thread (matching the colour of the elastic)

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Steps:

  1. Cut out a strip of elastic that’s about 1 inch more than¬†twice the length of the notebook.
  2. Sew it close!

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Dear math geeks, here’s the equation:

Length of elastic to be cut = 1 inch + (2 x length of book)

Cool eh?

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Easy DIY Hack – Earring Organisation

Hey y’all!

A thousand apologies for posting so late, but I recently got accepted into a university in Milan, and I’m super excited about it. During this time I’ve working on my documentations and all for visa and housing applications, so… I hope you guys understand! I’ll be moving to Italy super super soon, and I can’t wait for it!

Now for today’s DIY. It’s the last of the series for Jewellery Organisation. If you haven’t checked out the previous jewellery organisation DIYs, check them out now!

1. Necklace Organiser

2. Ring Organiser

3. Bracelet Organiser

And just like the other DIY projects from this series, this DIY is Dust Proof! Safe from collecting dust over time and loosing the shiny patina, this method for earring organisation is perfect to store your jewellery without loosing much of its shine through oxidisation.

And here are the instructions.

 

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Friggin’ brilliant I think! Don’t forget to leave your reviews about this one. I want to know if you think this is crazy good or no!

– Mosh. x

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Easy DIY Hack – Ring Organisation

Hey y’all!

I’m bring you another addition to the¬†¬†Easy DIY Solution – Jewellery¬†Organisation.

Previously we’ve had dust-proof methods for the Necklace Organisation and Bracelet Organisation, which I sincerely hope you guys liked.¬†Adding on to it this week is the Ring Organiser.

Rings are tiny little baubles that, if you guys¬†are like the careless person I am, can easily get misplaced. This DIY not only ensures it stays tight and in its place while you’re not loosing it, also keeps it dust free. Not to mention the foam used acts as a great way to the shine on the rings.

Find out how by reading the instructions below!

 

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Awesome no?

– Mosh. x

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Easy DIY Hack – Bracelets Organisation

Hey y’all!

Here’s yet another quick Do It Yourself project for your jewellery – and this time it’s the bracelets.¬†Whether you want them to be neatly stacked on your dressing table or stored in a cookie box that would keep it dust free, here’s a DIY that would hardly take 2 minutes.

 

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My bracelets are so glad they won’t be getting lost anymore!

– Mosh. x

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Easy DIY Hack – Necklace Organisation

Hey y’all!

Here’s¬†a quick Do It Yourself project for you all, especially if you are in the middle of spring cleaning and sorting out your wardrobe due to season change. To be honest those winter clothes do take up a lot of space in my closet, and I can’t wait for summers where I can show off my beautiful accessories. So taking this opportunity, here’s an Easy DIY Solution – To Necklace Organisation.

The best thing about this DIY is that it’s Dust Proof! Safe from collecting dust over time and loosing the shiny patina, this method for necklace organisation is perfect to store your jewellery without loosing much of its shine.

And here are the instructions.

 

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Awesome no?

– Mosh. x

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Easy Do It Yourself Solutions – Permanent VS Organic Colours

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Hey y’all!

Those of you living in India¬†would know why I am hyper excited for what’s to come next week. YES. One of the major festivals in India, Holi, which is hands down my most favourite one, IS HERE!

Holi is the¬†festival of joy, colours and vibrancy that is reflected in India’s rich past and boisterous¬†present.¬†Although the history of the festival is about the same as any other, it being “The Triumph of Good over Evil,” it still manages to be¬†delightfully different from others in the way it is celebrated using colours, hugs, dance and music.

But with the amount of joy it showers on all of us, it brings with it self its own set of problems for us, namely: the issue of colour permanency on skin and the ways in which we could avoid it.

Honestly, as (an¬†almost) veteran Holi participant, I’ve gotten pretty good at dealing with those ugly shades of dark blue, green, magenta and black! It’s really annoying how it stays on your skin for almost a week, and sometimes even damages skin and gets inside your pores.

So here is a DIY Remedy to avoid the colour from setting permanently in your skin:

1. Take a generous amount of COCONUT oil and apply it everywhere. Including your tummy, ears, hair (scalp), etc. reason being, if you don’t apply to regions that are not exposed to direct contact like you belly (because they wouldn’t be lifting your shirts up to apply there!) the colour travels through your garment, especially when you’re being doused with water, and sticks to drier region.

2. Now after you’ve applied it everywhere, wait for about 15 minutes to let¬†it to seep into your skin’s pores and prepare¬†for the merciless onslaught of weird colours everywhere on your body. Coconut oil easily forms a very good protective layer over your skin, and you can take it as a guarantee from me that the colours will not stay. I managed to annoy a lot of sadists last year when they found out that not a speck of colour was found on my skin after a hot shower. So just be generous with the amount of oil that you apply on your body, and it will take care of the problem easily!

Having said that, have you guys thought about having an Organic Holi? Forget these permanent colours! Why not use organic mediums like Haldi (turmeric), Besan (gram flour), Henna, indigo flowers’ powder, saffron powder and Kohl (in bulk)? They all have unique colours of their own, and are quite good or neutral on skin! And I think that organic colours are¬†an incoming tsunami in the near future of the consumerism world.

There are probably more ways to extract organic colours by yourself, so if you know any, why don’t you share with us?

– Mosh. x

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