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It’s been a while! What started as a conscious move towards blogging for my professional life, that followed with a hurriedly put-together fashion blog (more than 10 years ago) with a free domain name resulted in something much more.

I’m going to be raw with you today.

Not every day was perfect. Not every day felt like I wanted to blog.

What matters is your consistent effort towards things you love without worrying what people will say or what the results would be like.

We so often forget to appreciate ourselves when we are worried about how the audience perceives us. As a blogger, there will be tons of people who will write into you and share their advice, suggestions, beautiful thoughts, silly comments, lewd ideas, and so much more.

What matters here? What you choose to pick and listen to while allowing the rest to fade away into the background.

As a Bangalore fashion blogger, I’ve had my share of ups and downs and I can only say one thing – believe in yourself, be kind to yourself, and pat yourself on the back every time you do something that is closest to your heart.

To the regular followers, I’m sharing the behind-the-scenes look and some photographs that did not make it for the final edits. From blogging to vlogging, it’s been so much of a learning experience.

Here I was wondering what pose to strike while Jade snapped a picture

 

Ok, stop the photos, I got to eat this!

 

Plently of shots taken to get a perfect one. This was one of those unused photos 🙂

 

 

Yes, there’s lots to be done. But, we often forget we are human and yes, some things do take time. So, take the time to pursue what you love to do. Find the things that excite your heart. Find that reason that makes you want to explore a fun side of you – one that is no longer dependent on anybody’s expectations, an area of your expertise that fills your soul with wonder, and fulfillment.

What goes behind each blog? There’s tons of work and not so much makeup. (Ha, ha!) Those who know me well are aware that I do not promote the use of heavy makeup and I am fine if my rawness is seen as well. If you consider it as a flaw, that is entirely your perception!

There is a lot of hard work, people being good to you, bad to you, but most importantly, it’s how you constantly work on your own thinking to face the camera even on days you don’t feel good about yourself. It’s about telling yourself things will be okay, and you are here rock.

 

Shounak’s editing skills. This photo was not used for the final blog

 

The weather changed again making the natural light a constraint for us

Today, I’d like to thank each one for believing in me i.e. my family, for supporting me (even if you don’t understand fashion), for always cheering me on.

I’d also like to mention some entrepreneurs behind these ventures and staff who were supportive in every way.

Lifestyle Mall at RMZ Galleria

Soch (Indian wear brand)

Dr. Jamuna Pai (Watch the Skin Lab video)

Cafe 60 Four

Staff at Global Desi, AND by Anita Dongre

Cafe Nosh

Women’s Web Team (Watch the video)

 
 

 

Am I gonna flip through the menu or order something?

 

I began to laugh here! Photo by Nitin Chauhan

 

Yeah, that was not a drink! It had food colouring!

 

Shounak’s creative expression through his edits 🙂
Mohua finds me in a comfortable frame, one of the first who worked her creative skills for the blog

Most importantly, I’d like to thank that one friend who always reads everything I write. 😉 Thank you so much for your suggestions!

 

The Lifestyle End of Season Sale (EOSS) is on and shopaholics are happier than ever before. There are discounts being offered on women’s wear, makeup, footwear, men’s wear, kid’s section, and almost everything out here. The Flat 50% is a treat for shopaholics who love to shop till they drop. I browsed almost everything in the women’s section and picked up so many things for a great discount. Fashionistas – this is the right time to revamp your wardrobe with the Lifestyle Flat 50% off for the EOSS going on at RMZ Galleria, Yelahanka New Town, Bangalore. Do view my video below.

Browsing through the collections at Ginger by Lifestyle
Amazing collection at Lifestyle!
Have you checked out the Lifestyle EOSS?
Melange by Lifestyle
I love the jewellery collection at Lifestyle!
Dress: Ginger by Lifestyle
Outfit: Ginger by Lifestyle
That’s the way, I like it
Great service and trials at Lifestyle
I want the makeup!
I’ve sealed it with a kiss!

Thank you, Lifestyle, RMZ Galleria, Bangalore. I’ve had a fun day here and loved your collection and service!

 

I’ve often been asked how do you dress warm and stylish for the winter? Winter clothing ideas always bring to the mind either lots of layering and warm winter jackets. As I am based in Bengaluru, the winters here are deliciously cold but not so cold that you need extremely thick jackets. I always love layering but on light winter days, I’d love to put my stylish foot forward without having too many layers that add more bulk to the look.

Bangalore Fashion Blogger: It’s cold in Bangalore but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be stylish and warm 🙂

My favorite winter outfit ideas always include denim jeans. However, in recent times, I’ve wanted to go beyond the denim jeans and jacket look. This time, the weather in Bengaluru has been quite cold and I decided to combine some comfortable elements to get that chic look and stay warm in the lovely winters!

If you are wondering how this winter clothing idea can actually keep me warm, let me spill some secrets.

  1. I always believe in comfortable and closed footwear. In this case, I’ve deliberately worn ankle-high boots. These have a comfortable inner lining that keeps my feet warm. To me, keeping my feet warm solves half the problem already. Footwear that is strappy and peep-toes are a big no-no as winter clothing ideas (if you are comfortable though, please go for it!)

2. I have chosen a warm woolen mermaid tail winter skirt from Ginger brand. This has a snug fit and is soft in texture with a great fit. You can combine it with inner pants to keep those legs warm and you are set!

3. I’ve opted for a full-sleeves black top as it retains the warmth and my hands are covered. If you think you’ll still feel cold, you can opt for matching gloves and a woolen black cap. There are so many varieties available that it is so easy to style your winter clothing look.

4. Keep those ears covered if you have to. Another trick is to use cotton in your ears as the weather gets windy often!

“As always, team your outfit with the best fashion jewelry piece in your wardrobe. Remember, less is more!”

Here’s a collection of some of my favorite winter clothing items. You can opt for long skirts or team the short ones with black leggings or warm stockings. These are easily available in malls and on online stores.

Photographer: Shounak Kelkar

Top: Peppamint, Pune

Skirt: Ginger, Lifestyle mall, Bangalore

Necklace: Shoppers Stop, Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore

Footwear: BLAK, Bangalore

Winter Tips: Keep sipping on top tea or coffee 🙂

*This blog contains affiliate links.

 

Hello, everyone!

I hope you’ve had a wonderful start to the New Year! I’ve had so much fun dropping in by the Soch Store for the Red Dot Sale at RMZ Galleria Mall, Yelahanka New Town, Bangalore. I loved checking out the EOSS collections as well as the new collections. It was fun to meet Soch fans who couldn’t stop raving about the quality and designs of Soch. Do view my video below to know more about Soch reviews and what’s in store! 

 

 

Hello, folks! I’ve recently posted about Diwali dress ideas and shopping smart this season! The festivities of Diwali includes invitations for different parties that may not always be traditional in approach. So, as you are allowed to break some rules, I ensure I have multi-purpose garments to be used for various occasions. In my earlier post, I combined this outfit with a yellow jacket. And, for those informal parties where you might need to shake a leg, I prefer a light-weight garment. So, when I am in a hurry, I ditch the jacket and add earrings or a statement necklace to jazz up the outfit. As this outfit is also in two shades with a sheen, I did not want a loud appearance. My style statement is to keep it simple and neat. You can certainly combine the dress with statement jewellery pieces, accessories or add a pair of glamour heels to rock the look and add your own touch!

 

When it comes to a Diwali fashion dress, bright loud colours always dominate the scene. These colours reflect the joy of Diwali. But, often, my bright outfits end up being unused all throughout the year. I always love combining different looks and experimenting to ensure I have more options to dress up without the constant need to buy things.

We had a ball clicking these photos. As a blogger, I had my share of funny moments in the crowd wherein most people unaware of the concept of blogging stared in curiosity. As you can see, my dress crumpled up a bit after a long drive in the Bangalore traffic. If you are a Bangalorean, you would surely be used to this by now. 

What have you shopped for your Diwali outfit? I’d like to know. Do drop by on my social media channels and I’d love to hear from you! Wish you a Happy Diwali!

Photographer: Shounak Kelkar

Dress: Cotton Village

Earrings: Zaveri Pearls

Footwear: DressBerry

 

 

 

Kashmira Lad Bangalore Fashion Bloggers

Diwali Dress shopping figures high on the list of many looking to curate a unique look. The demand for Diwali Indian dresses increases around this time of the year when swirling skirts, anarkalis, trendy kurtas and even Indian fusion wear is high of the lists of many. So, if you are looking to buy a Diwali dress online or purchase from your local store, there are some basics you need to follow before making that splurge. It’s ok to expand your budget for designer dresses for Diwali, but in a time when shopaholics shop all through the year, it makes sense to shop smart and wisely.

I’m all for an environmentally safe Diwali as the importance of a green Diwali holds high for me. So, if you, like me, are planning for a Diwali dress shopping, read on for fashion tips for Diwali in Part One of the series.

Quick Tips for your Diwali Dress Shopping

#1 Shop Smart

You might have fallen head over heels in love with that ethnic ensemble but before you put it in your cart…hold on a second! Think about the usability of the garment for the coming year. How often would you wear it? Does it serve a single purpose? Can it be worn for multiple occasions? Buying the latest fashion for Diwali is tempting indeed. Let’s be honest. Do you only shop for special occasions or all throughout the year? If you’ve found your answer, I think you’ll know what I am talking about! 🙂

#2 Invest in a Multi-purpose Garment

All right! I said invest for a purpose. Well, fashionistas have to get over that guilt hence invest! When you shop for a Diwali dress, make sure it’s a multi-purpose garment. I personally do not like my Indian wear sitting in the cupboard till another occasion comes up. So, I have worn this peach and pink dress with a contrasting jacket with work in gold that shimmers. This works for different occasions. Layer up or layer down as per the party you are attending.

You can also combine the look with different accessories. Make it a mix of modern and traditional as per the occasion. Change your footwear and makeup and hey, you are ready to rock! I’ll show the second look in the next blog.

#3 Keep it Elegant

I love flamboyant outfits as much as you do. Yet, I’d like to emphasize going easy on the choice of clothing. I’ve recently browsed through all the collections in the mall as well as online for Diwali Indian dresses. The common thread among all was loud colours and extra work in zari. Too much of heavy work makes the garment uncomfortable for me so I like to keep my ensembles neat with clean silhouettes. I’m not against zari work mind you! I only feel it should not overpower your personality. If you’re looking for more ideas to dress up for Diwali without the feel of wearing uncomfortable clothing, stay tuned for the next blog.

I’ve combined this outfit with earrings from Zaveri pearls and two light bangles. I always prefer to tone things down rather than over accessorize and look like a Diwali lantern myself 😛

Tip: If you are confused about the accessorizing, here’s one thing you need to remember. The moment you get ready, you must remove one accessory off you to keep a great balance! That’s easy! You’d now never be overtly accessorized for any occasion.

If you’ve already done your Indian Diwali outfit shopping, I’d like to see what’s in your wardrobe. Do share your comments below or write to shopinstilettos@gmail.com. I wish all my readers a very happy Green Diwali and a prosperous New Year!

Photographer: Shounak Kelkar

Dress and Jacket: Cotton Village, Pune

Clutch: Pune

Earrings: Zaveri Pearls

Footwear: DressBerry

Green Diwali Tips: Respect Nature!! 

 

 

The cold shoulder fashion statement has been around for quite a while in India now. I guess, I would definitely say I’ve seen almost every woman of every body type and age sport the cold shoulder trend with an effortless ease. So, be it a cold shoulder dress, a cold shoulder blouse, or a cold shoulder top in Indian wear, there’s something for all! That’s the beauty of the cold shoulder trend. It’s versatile, anyone can sport it and it seems less likely to fade out soon, given the choices we have on the most popular shopping sites online as well as at all the leading brands.

Why Cold Shoulders?

Well, as you might have noticed, the shoulders are bare. As everything else may or may not be covered, this fashion trend may leave you feeling cold around your shoulder region! 

I opted for a red cold shoulder dress that is combined with the style of a halter. This dress includes a tiny elastic that ensures it hugs the body and falls freely below. This short red cold shoulder dress is made of cotton, hence you’d see it crumples a bit easily. But, I don’t see that as a hindrance as comfort matters always.

How to Wear the Cold Shoulder Dress in the Cold Winters

Well, the trick to wearing the cold shoulder dress in a city like Bengaluru where the weather is always cold is to keep those feet warm! I’ve paired them with heeled boots that cover my toes and hug my feet tight. I find this actually keeps the cold out and as long as you don’t particularly go for a walk on a cold night, this cold shoulder dress is perfect for your special occasions!

Red being the red-hot favorite color in my wardrobe, I’ve kept the accessories to the minimal. Teaming it with hoop earrings and a contemporary bracelet design, I thought of going the less-is-more route. The footwear is already adorned with red and green embroidery pattern which keeps the look quite busy.

The cold shoulder dress trend is great for all women as it accentuates and flatters the shoulder region. You can make it dramatic, tone it down or even keep it sporty, depending upon the kind of look you’d like to achieve. You’ll find this trend in formal wear as well and is a great way to add a spin of elegance to your office style. Team it with fitted pants and you’re ready for a great day at work.

If you are still feeling apprehensive to wear the cold shoulder dress trend in the cold winters, I’ve always combined my outings with a hot cup of coffee 🙂

If there is one thing I will always try, it is a cup of coffee at every new outlet in Bangalore. There’s nothing more stimulating than a coffee that’s just brewed right.

We went to a new pizzeria on the block and we shot our photos in low light. If you’ve felt the photos have a deep and mysterious touch…well, you know the reason now 🙂

So, are you ready to sport the cold shoulder fashion? Do let me know in the comments below.

Location Courtesy: Cremona Pizzeria, Yelahanka, Bangalore

 

 

 

 

Photo: Owned by Cremona

Cremona Pizzeria is a quaint little Italian place set in the upcoming areas of Yelahanka, Bangalore. We loved the coffee and pizza here and surely plan to go back for more. If you are in this area and are looking for delicious pizzas, pasta, tempting mocktails and something sweet for your taste buds, Cremona Pizzeria is a cute place to hang out with your friends or even while on a date 🙂

Visit their Facebook page here.

 

Photographer: Hana Hudain Jade

Dress: Ajio.com

Footwear: Ajio.com

Accessories: F.C. road, Pune

Aroma: Freshly brewed!

 

 

As women, we already have a great choice among the type of sleeves available for every outfit! My first outfit which had the flounce sleeves as a fashion statement was during my college days. The tamer version, known as the bell sleeves, was considered an exaggerated design in those days. The led to many giggles behind my back from those unaware of fashion trends and those who simply found it funny! As someone who unapologetically wore her ‘fashion on her sleeve’ (pun unintended), I’ve known to walk gracefully around people who tend to poke fun or pull you down. 🙂 Here I am with a flounce sleeve dress which is comfortable, trendy and includes a little bit of sass! 

How I styled the Flounce Sleeve Dress

The design is a bold fashion statement in itself, I decided to keep it simple as always. I’m honestly not the fashion blogger who wants a clutter of things shouting out for attention from the looks I create. I’d always let one element stand strong and mute the rest of it. So, I opted for tassel earrings with light jewellery and a clutch. I felt like wearing my stilettos because they just make me want to dance the day (and night) away!

So, here I was flaunting the flounce on a Sunday. We decided to head over to The Pallet, one of Bangalore’s Whitefield brewery that is soon turning out to be a magnet for all things exciting! You are struck with awe the moment you step in. The Pallet, a Microbrewery is a hub for the creme-de-la-creme. The Pallet brews some of the finest crafted beers and is a name that is soon turning out to be the swankiest destination in Whitefield. The interiors are exquisite complete with wooden frames used artistically to create a visual masterpiece.

What is a delight is the fact that there is a Goan connection! Goa being my hometown, I was pleasantly surprised to know the menu is handpicked by none other than the culinary Guru and Executive Chef – Kanishka Kamat. There’s also the expert guidance of Head Chef, Anuj Rawat. Mr. Kamat, a celebrity, is known the world over for his culinary experiences that creates a wonderful experience for people who have exquisite taste. Head brewer Derek Oxford has ensured The Pallet offers the best variety of brews that are crafted right here.

Highlights of The Pallet – Brewhouse and Kitchen, Bangalore

Music, music, and music. Although we arrived early for our afternoon brunch, I loved the DJ belting out some great tracks that were not limited to only the latest music. As I grooved to the pulsating beats, it reminded me how much I missed this type of a place – great ambience, great food, and great music!

I loved the private seating area complete with comfortable sofas that oozed style. You can watch TV here and sip a drink, all in the comfort and privacy of your own room. This is great for conversations over food with your family members, corporate team members or for those who simply seek some private space away from the crowd and extra-special attention from their staff.

What to Order?

  • Try their bitter-sweet drink, Oak with caramel-toffee notes.
  • Amazing salads
  • Pasta (white sauce) – my favorite
  • Thai Curry
  • Red Wine Curry with Grilled Vegetables

If you are looking for a quick bite, do check out their burger section.

Check out their website and Facebook page to stay updated about all the events, DJ nights, Happy hours, Ladies night and more! I’d say this is one of Bangalore’s snazziest brewery and those around Whitefield have loads to celebrate at this hottest destination! 

Photographer: Shounak Kelkar

Location: The Pallet, Whitefield, Bangalore

Dress: Jealous 21

Accessories: Westside, Bangalore

Footwear: Soles, Bangalore

Drinks: With High Spirits!

 

 

 

Ruffles, frills – this clothing trend has many names and still makes an appearance even now on the fashion runway. I’ve somehow always been mesmerised with little frills when I was tinier though. So, the local tailor armed with my mother’s fashion designs would always be facing new challenges to tailor frilly dresses for the little me. Why! Even my dolls had outfits with frills. A frilly skirt or a dress adds a touch of femininity to the entire look. Ruffles in fashion history have been dainty, loud, attention-seeking, or playful. Besides, you can plan how to wear them. It could be worn as tight frills or those with wider ruffles. These are known to add that zestful appeal to any outfit! 

Ruffles have always dominated the history of fashion as well. Think the Elizbethan age. Here, ruffles were meant to enhance femininity as well as define your status. If you’d notice, the trend was bulkier earlier. Over time, the style had more flounce to make it appear lightweight as well as a style that should be easier to sport by women. Earlier, a strip of fabric was sewed tightly together to create frills or pleats. This was sewed on to another garment. Layers and layers of heavy ruffles were sewn together to create more drama though the comfort factor would always be a debatable issue!

Fancy frills and layers and layers of it are flirtatious, edgy and so very attention-grabbing. From the tier of ruffles that adorned one’s necklines to the rather flouncy versions of today – ruffles have indeed come a long way. Wedding gowns with tight frills that are bound to make jaws drop to salsa skirts that have delicate wider ruffles, this trend is just so versatile that it keeps getting better over the years. I’ve loved portrait shots on magazines such as Vogue and Cosmopolitan where ruffles made for a dramatic cover. After all, fashion is art and what is art without a little drama? A photograph with a ruffle just adds that element of drama to a cover photo. Large and loose dramatic ruffles are so gorgeous even on the red carpet moments. Which is why, most Hollywood as well as Bollywood stars can’t seem to get enough of it!

Here’s one interesting thing about ruffles. Did you know even men’s fashion had designs with frills? In fact, if you love fashion, you’d definitely note the beautiful influence of fashion in Spain for the modest ruffles. Be it ruffles, frills, flounces, lace – the world looks up to Spain to get that bit of fashion inspiration to make a strong statement on the runways. Men with their large ruffled shirts with details either at their neckline or sleeves paved the way to show this style is unisex and there’s a lot that can be done with it! The Indian ramp has boasted of sarees with ruffles with Bollywood’s leading ladies already sporting this trend.

 

That’s when I got my hands on this soft and flowing frill hemmed skirt to gently flaunt my love for these slight waves in my
wardrobe. Adorned with tiny beads, this knee-length skirt is what I was looking for – a hint of frill with an asymmetrical edge. The skirt being a little elaborate on its own, I decided to opt for a sheer crop top that does not overpower the look. I was out hunting for a lovely spot to have some coffee, great food and of course, spend time with myself thinking about my next idea. This skirt has a fresh appeal and is perfect for a dressy evening or a date night. As for me, I just wanted to pamper myself at this cafe that is gaining so much popularity in North Bangalore.

A little more on what I was upto while flaunting all the frills 🙂

Cafe 60 Four, Yelahanka New Town, Bangalore

If you are a pukka Bengalurean, you must have already explored the areas of Indiranagar, Whitefield, M.G. road, UB City and the like for good cafes and restaurants. Tucked away towards the outskirts of Bangalore lies a cute little cafe named Cafe 60 Four. Just like their uniquely written name, the cafe boasts of a neat menu with smart and clean interiors – a boon for those residing in Yehahanka, Sahakarnagar, Vidyaranyapura, and other areas of Bangalore. The menu includes a mouth-watering range of pastas – the white sauce pasta being my personal favourite. I also loved their Cheese Chili toast served with hot cappuccino. I have even tried their range of veg wraps and burgers. These always tempt me to return for more!

Warm interiors at Cafe 60 Four, Yelahanka New Town, Bangalore

They also serve pizzas in two styles – Indian as well as Italian. This is best when paired with their thick shakes or mocktails. The bright red interiors, the quirky messages on the walls and the different seating arrangements that range from low to high ensures there is something in it for everyone. You can flip through books and play card games. As I munched on to my toast, the music played softly behind so that I could savour my food, enjoy the view from their large windows and watch the world go by at a crazy pace.

Bangalore’s Cafe 60 Four is a delightful place to catch up with friends. The cheese chilli toast (seen in pic) is great for a quick bite downed with hot coffee

As for me, I’m happy with my piping hot coffee and cozy interiors of Cafe 60 Four. Don’t forget to hop by to the Cafe 60 Four Facebook page and if you are in Bangalore, do check this out once! I’ve also tried their service on Swiggy and it was honestly as good as the food that is served in person. 

Cafe 60 Four is located at: First Floor, Site 904/1, 1st Main Road, Beside IDBI Bank, Yelahanka, Bangalore.

Crop Top: Romwe.com

Skirt: Romwe.com

Accessories: Westside, Bangalore

Footwear: Westside, Bangalore

Bag: Orion Mall, Bangalore

Photographer: Shounak Kelkar (Instagram: x.focus)

Coffee: Delightful!

Location Courtesy: Cafe 60 Four, Yelahanka New Town, Bangalore

A big thank you to Mr. Pratik of Cafe 60 Four!