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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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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DIY, Fabspirations

Patches + Clothes – Fabspiration (2nd Edition)

Trailing after the first edition of beautiful patches on jeans that I posted back in 2014, the trend originally started with DKNY back in 2014 when Cara Delevingne wore them for their advert, and nearly every brand has adopted the patches into their collections, because they are just so cool!

Here’s the second edition of patches on clothing (mostly denim though), with more inspirations for you to get hooked onto and revamp your jeans that you would be thinking about trashing/donating! I’m highly inspired by the pop-art comic representation at the back of my jacket… Might just DIY it super soon!

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Sources: Pinterest

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Art & Lifestyle, DIY

2017 Calendar – Free Printable!

Oh, hello there!

I am but 16 days late in doing this, but I do honestly have a pretty little all-original calendar for you to print out!

And this is what it looks like..

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Click here to download.

Attaching loads of love with it too! <3

Mosh, xx.

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DIY Apparel

Pocket Embellishments – Fabspiration

It is a truth universally acknowledged that jeans are your best friends in the casual department of your wardrobe. And we often get influenced by “trending things” and buy a pair of jeans just because it has some embellishment that our other pairs of jeans don’t. And turns out, you don’t wear that pair of jeans as often as you’d think you would at the time of purchase. I call such purchases the “Fantasy Purchases” bought on the whims of a shopaholic mind that gets instant gratification on “owning something that we never had.” But let’s be honest. Jobs are rare, and I’m realising that my hard earned money is just as liquid as my economics professor once said and they do slip by my fingers just as easily as water does.

But I do like a change in my wardrobe, and temporary ways to upgrade it, sound very appealing to me. Since I’m in the mood for playing around with my jeans, a temporary stitching of patches, ribbons, rhinestones and other embellishments around the pocket region of the jeans seems like a great idea where my pair of jeans get to don a different personality and become more playful!

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All images are sourced from Pinterest, my heavenly source of inspiration.

Hence, stitch your desired embellishments in a way that it doesn’t come off while wearing it, but once you’re bored of the look, you can easily remove them and bring the pair of jeans back to their original form, or make some other changes with it. I think it’s a fabulous temporary way to upgrade your jeans, without having to spend much!

Mosh. x

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Art & Lifestyle, Prattle

Mosh Book Review – The Secret Of The Druids

The Secret Of The Druids by Christopher C. Doyle

The Secret Of The Druids by Christopher C. Doyle

I had to pick this up. After having read his previous books (with the exception of The Mahabharata Secret), once I pick up a book series, I have to know how it goes on. Here’s a snippet of the review, mainly discussing the plot, writing style and characters, my overall opinion and especially recommended age. The actual review is here on my goodreads account along with other books’ reviews.

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