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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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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Art & Lifestyle, Fashion, OOTD

How To Pack For Goa

Sun. Sand. Sea.

If you’re an Indian, there’s only place you’d think of instantly that is synonymous to these three words: GOA.

A fun weekend destination for Mumbaikars, all of Goa never loses its appeal to all tourists who come here to relax in the cool, sunny beaches while lounging in shacks, having the best seafood food ever!

Home to Portuguese culture, colourful houses, and tones of palm/coconut trees, the dwindling green roads of Goa are a breath of fresh air after coming from a stuffy city life in Mumbai.

Therefore, keeping the destination in mind, here’s a little guide as to what clothes I packed for Goa (sans the swimsuits, since I did none of the swimming one must do).

 

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Images here in this collage are not exactly from the same brand as mentioned below and are only used for illustration purposes

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Art & Lifestyle, Prattle

Mosh Book Review – A Secret Revealed

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A Secret Revealed by Christopher C. Doyle

Hey y’all!

The last time I wrote on my blog, it was a review of The Mahabharata Quest: The Alexander Secret, and this time round, I’m here with a short review of the shortest read of my life A Secret Revealed. The book took a total of 35 mins of my time reading the front page, back page, and the contents.

A recommended read for those who like to drift away to the land of fantasy and mystery, continue to read my full review below.

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Art & Lifestyle, Prattle

Mosh Book Review – The Mahabharata Quest: The Alexander Secret

The Alexander Secret

The Mahabharata Secret: The Alexander Secret by Christopher C. Doyle

Hey y’all!

I have a confession: I don’t like being an insomniac, and I try very hard to go to bed on time. Reading helps (sometimes only, because there have been situations when I’ve been unable to put down a book).

So here’s a book I picked up at an airport during my recent travels and luckily the book, The Mahabharata Quest: The Alexander Secret, did not let me get bored. Here’s a snippet of 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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DIY Accessories, Fashion

Do It Yourself – Burberry Inspired Shoes

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Hey y’all!

Posting this week’s DIY for you guys, I’m in the mood for keeping all of my heels aside, and make something funky (and comfortable) for my feet.

Thanks to the tremendous database of Style.com and their daily inspirations, I was back to browsing the collections of one of my favourite brands, Burberry, when I came across these wonderful shoes!

Colourful, playful and slightly on the bonkers’ side, these sneakers from Burberry Spring/Summer 2015 are just the right kind of accessory I need in my wardrobe. Funny that they cost a whooping (amount) (well, not really that funny), which sort of made my wallet very sad.

Thus, I decided to do this: Do It Myself.

Yes. The steps to making this are very easy and the materials you need to make these are also very inexpensive (perfect ingredients for any fabulous DIY really!) and they hardly take an hour to make.

So read on to find how easy and fun this DIY is!

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Yes. That’s it. Literally a one-Step method to doing this DIY.

And now, I’d love to see you guys give this DIY a try. Don’t forget to tell me all about it, and maybe send a few snaps?

Cheers!

– Mosh. x

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Easy DIY Hacks, Fashion, General

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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