Why Scarves really can’t go out of Style

Summer can certainly be a bummer! Especially for those who have to travel a lot and face the harsh rays of the sun. Unless, of course, you are out early morning then, a dose of sunshine is good for you.

I’ve seen many ladies pay through their nose for de-tanning treatments in beauty salons. (This seems to be quite popular in Bengaluru). While others swear by sun block creams, I’d rely on the use of the humble scarf. When it’s shorter in length and width, it turns into a stylish stole. A dupatta can replace a wider and longer version of the scarf so that it works as an accessory to your outfit. This also protects you from the harsh rays of the sun. When you reach the destination, it can be worn as a dupatta or folded and stored away.

Bolywood actress Karisma Kapoor wears the animal printed scarf with so much elegance!

Bolywood actress Karisma Kapoor wears the animal printed scarf with so much elegance!

Don’t really want to spend from your pocket? Any old dupatta or a long tunic top can be repurposed into a scarf. In Indian cities like Pune, girls cover their faces entirely with it! I found it silly initially but then I followed suit. It also gave a feeling of security when unwanted elements were around (hee hee). Which is probably why, I have so many scarves to use all throughout the year! They can be worn for any season and any reason.

Stay inspired with these celebrities shots showing you how to wear the scarf in innumerable possible ways!

Remember the trend of using scarves on ponytails? Urmila, Shilpa Shetty, Ayesha Julka….all tried this trend! (P.S.- I’m a little biased towards Kareena Kapoor Khan in this post. ♥)
Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar used a scarf on her ponytail! Image source: bollywood.celebden.com

Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar used a scarf on her ponytail! Image source: bollywood.celebden.com

Kareena Kapoor Khan seen in movie 'Ek Main Aur Ek Tu'. Image source: Rediff.com

Kareena Kapoor Khan seen in movie ‘Ek Main Aur Ek Tu’. Image source: Rediff.com

Kareena Kapoor Khan sports a pink stole seen in movie 'Ek Main Aur Ek Tu'

Kareena Kapoor Khan sports a pink stole seen in movie ‘Ek Main Aur Ek Tu’. Image source: rediff.com

Bollywood Actress Sonali Bendre at an event wearing her version of a scarf.

Bollywood Actress Sonali Bendre at an event wearing her version of a scarf. Image source: apunkachoice.com

Bipasha Basu makes it look so casual and comfy!

Bipasha Basu makes it look so casual and comfy! Image source: Bollywood.celebden.com

And this is my version! (Dupatta) This one is handmade.

Instant Tie and Paint handmade dupatta

Instant Tie and Paint handmade dupatta

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Instant Tie and Paint Handmade Dupatta

More on Instant Batik at this link.

 

Quirky Accessories for the Fashion Savvy

What do you think about these pretty fashion accessories by artist, Khyati Mehra Sharma? I find her collection vibrant, bold, and so Indian to the core! Her accessories are a burst of colours….all set up brighten up any day of the week. Khyati connects with her spiritual side through her paintings and other creations and has been in the industry for over 5 years. No wonder, every piece is a story in itself. Khyatiworks is a bold and vibrant collection of handpainted products that all art lovers will connect with instantly!

Visit her Facebook page or check out her website to browse the collection.

Pretty footwear

Pretty footwear

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Earrings that can be teamed with an Indian or Western outfit

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Cool fashion accessories

 

‘Happy Feet’ with Zubiya’s Creative Footwear

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Colourful Ballerinas

A very happy New Year to all the lovely bloggers and readers out there! I hope the year 2014 is filled with creativity and happiness! Speaking about creativity, I must make a mention of one spunky lady who has taken it to a different level. A passion for fashion and a never-ending zest to create handmade products, she now has her own brand of creative footwear…. Yes, you read it right! Footwear!

Meet Priyanka Gusain, a young entrepreneur who has a fetish for footwear. And of course, a creative bent of mind. Her brand,Zubiya’, is a result of her hard work and creativity that began at an early age. Says Priyanka (founder), “I have always been a creative person. I used to paint my own converse shoes, bags and wallets whilst in college. This would garner appreciation! My friends suggested that I start something creative and Zubiya was born!”

It’s been an overwhelming one year for ‘Zubiya’. Creative ballerinas with funky hand painted motifs are available for a steal on Ms. Priyanka’s website. Freaky moustaches on a neon green background to ethnic prints on footwear, Priyanka’s creativity extends to wallets and hand bags as well! Custom made designs are also an option.

When I asked her about any hurdles faced at the start of this innovative venture, she replied, “Once you think about starting something of your own, it can be exciting but one should be prepared to face the difficulties. There have been many sleepless nights to finalize an idea or a particular design but in the end, no matter how much hard work I have put into this venture – ZUBIYA, for me doing something I love gives me creative satisfaction. This is totally worth losing some beauty sleep.”

With the growing demand for e-commerce sites, ‘Zubiya’s’ products are also sold online and through exhibitions. When asked about the customer response to e-shopping, she quipped, “The times are changing! It’s all about e-shopping now! The easy return policy helps customers to get quick returns in case there is a problem with size. Easy money-back policies also make it helpful for the customer who could be located anywhere around the world.”

With a unique range of colourful funky shoes, iPhone covers, bags, etc., the products appeal to all age groups. Priyanka is proud that her products are used by a 12 year old to a hip and happening granny! She underlines that her speciality is about customizing products to suit individual fashion taste. Ranging from quirky, ethnic to abstract, her collection has it all!

When quizzed about any advice for fashionistas, she mentioned, “Experiment with things. In this manner, simple things will have an interesting twist!”

On that note, do visit Zubiya’s Facebook page and website to have a glimpse of her colourful zubi’s (products). I’m sure even Cinderella will bid adieu to her glass slippers!

 

Find Your Expression at Instring, Bangalore

I’ve been window-shopping off late and I think I’m suitably rewarded. Since I’m new to Bangalore, I have to begin my search for fashion destinations from scratch. I don’t mean the branded stuff, that’s available everywhere at malls. You find dozens of replicas too! I like collecting interesting stuff that should hopefully have fewer copies being sold around in the market. (And at a competitive rate!)

Today, when most women are so conscious about looking good and feeling fit, there are many things that go into making you feel like a million bucks! No, I don’t mean spending this obscene an amount of money. I mean simple fashion accessories that can lift up a dull dress or liven up your pretty smile. A beautiful strand of cultured pearls can make a little black dress look super elegant. Or a kundan jewelry set can give a royal feel to your saree.

I came across one such place, bang on the main road at J.P. Nagar 7th phase, Bangalore. Named as ‘Instring – The Lifestyle Studio’, this destination is aimed at women, men and kids. Women, eat your heart out as the imitation jewelry pieces on display here are bound to tempt you into picking not just one…. maybe two or more!

An elegant glittering necklace for traditional wear or funky earrings with bracelets….it’s all here! So whether you are a fashion diva or a hippie at heart, there’s something here for every kind of woman. I found my choice of chunky jewelry….an emerald green necklace and a funky little neckpiece with a modern painting design. I think these will accentuate a pretty white top with blue jeans!

Psst…ladies, they do have an amazing collection of lingerie designs too. Besides, the service is quick and disciplined. Quite contrary to many shops I’ve been here, where language can be an issue. The toys and gift article section is interesting as well. It includes items carefully selected for the quirky and elite clientele.

Mr. Narendra Kumar Choradia, the brain behind Instring, has been kind enough to share exclusive photographs of his gorgeous collection of jewelry. Eat your heart out girls if you can’t make it here!

To know more, you can visit their Facebook page. Reserve a good amount of time for browsing here.

 

 

Street Shopping

I’ve been out of touch lately, though not that I am lazy. Was kind of down with health issues. I hope all you lovely people have been having a good time and blogging like crazy.

This time, I skimmed through an exhibition near M.G. road, Bangalore. There was a simple stall that attracted me with all kinds of chunky jewelry. Guess what? It also came at an affordable price. Wow!! Now, I’ve seen similar stuff in the malls of Bangalore and Pune, albeit at a higher price. (No, the quality does not differ.) I picked a long beady necklace for myself and clicked photos for all you fashionistas! Enjoy!