Sunday, September 6, 2015

Fashion your Style

Fashion is something that has existed since time immemorial. Humans are visual creatures, and hence are attracted to everything that is visually appealing. Fashion is therefore not only vanity, but also necessity. However many times fashion is confused with style. While fashion fads come and go, styles remain with us forever. The art here is not so much to follow the latest fashion trends, but to in fact make your own style fashionable.

We think of clothes in a very narrow and limited manner. Clothes are the strongest tool of communication. They perform the biggest role in visual communication. Did you know it is impossible to not communicate? This is because they way you look also communicate volumes about you, even before you begin to speak.

To dress impeccably, just remember the 4 A’s- Appropriate, Authentic, Affordable, and Attractive. Be appropriate for your occasion, roles, and goals, authentic in your style, affordable on your budget, and attractive at all time. Here are some tips that will help you to achieve all A’s.

Rely on basic styles in clothing. Simple clothing goes a long way and is easy to utilize for various occasions. For example a simple basic white shirt can get you ready for office, and with some accessories for men and women both, can even get you ready for an evening out! The objective here is to get the maximum from the existing wardrobe, than adding a new piece every now and then.

The fit of the clothing is extremely important. Often people feel that wearing loose fitted clothes is better if you have figure variations. However loose fitted clothes make you look bulkier. Have well fitted clothes that add crispness and sharpness to your personality. That doesn’t mean you adorn a bodycon dress at all times. But a good fit will take you a long way.

Use colours that go well with your personality, mood, and physical characteristics. For formal wear, use neutral colours. To begin with invest in good black, blue, grey, beige, brown, and olive green bottoms and trousers. These may be mixed at matched with most colours available. For tops and shirts, use the dull and muted shades of your favourite colours. Remember there is no wrong or right in fashion, it is just about how and where you use it! It isn’t about what you wear, but always but how you wear it.

For Indian wear, the same tips may be applied. Use minimalistic patterns and prints so that you can make many outfits out of the same garment pieces. For example, a plain black classic kurta will look different with beige chudidaar, white chudidaar, a red stole, or just a god piece of gold jewellery. Avoid using leggings as they create a bad image for you. Classic prints in Indian wear are a must have. Some of them are warli, lucknowi, and kuiriya.

Men should go in for straight cut kurtas and bottoms. A monochromatic colour scheme looks great on both men and women.
Always add a layer to look more authoritative, like a jacket, scarf, or even a tie. Angular shapes are great to add authority, while cured ones make you look friendlier.

And always wear a smile and your confidence. Those for sure will fit your style, and never go out of fashion!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Dear God VI

Dear God,
Do I really need to say anything this time?
Thank you for my life sublime...
A new gift that you brought to my life,
A new role, to be someone's wife.

My 27th birthday brought more happiness,
Didn't miss a chance to feel like a princess.
Hubby gifting me a vacation so memorable,
Definitely makes him even more adorable.

And like always the blessing flowed,
From family & friends they were bestowed.
A heart felt wish, from each very discrete,
Made my day so complete.

I can't thank you enough for everything you do. You keep me in mind for all the wonderful things life can offer. I hope, wish, and pray that everyone is blessed with the happiness that I enjoy.

Thank you Dear God
Please always do love me
Please always let me be your special child

Monday, February 16, 2015

Vanity as a Necessity

I aspired to be a Corporate Trainer right out of my MBA. People laughed and scoffed at me. I knew however, that I'll achieve what I want.

In this journey of working towards my goal, there were many things that I learnt. One of the most important was that of presentation.

We as humans automatically get drawn towards what lures our eyes. Visual creatures as we are, we have a photographic memory. Our brain remembers the pictures. And that is why our Image is important.

Conducting a Training for IOT Employees

One such important element for women is Makeup. I was never a makeup person. I was too lazy to care. However I realise that your face is the point of focus and should be so at all times. Especially as a trainer, to look my part, and feel it too, it is important.

Personal Branding Workshop

Basic makeup tips can help you feel more confident and presentable. You do not need to be layered with cosmetics. Nor do you need to splurge on expensive products. A minimalistic vanity can do you wonders.

Conducting a Skin Care & Makeup Workshop

Today, I am an Image Consultant and a Corporate Trainer. I train people on experiences that I have learnt over time. One such learning is that of having an impressive face. And makeup definitely helps.

Because Vanity is Necessity!

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

A Month's Learning

It is my one month wedding anniversary today. Oh yes. It has already been a month and the usual talk of time flies and blah blah blah. However, there are certain things I've learnt in this month that I thought didn't really exist as far as marriages were concerned. Sharing 31 here on this auspicious occasion. One for each day of my married life :)

P.S. I've known my husband for 8 years, live very close to my parents, and his as well. Thus the learnings may differ from couples with different backgrounds.

1. Marriage is an over rated institution. Oh yes. I said it. It does not change your world. It doesn't turn your life upside down. It only adds to your life. To your family.

2. It isn't just about you and your spouse. There are other people involved. That is how families are formed. Whether or not you live together, you are still part of his family, and he is part of yours. You have multiple sets of parents, cousins, uncles, and aunts. And it is easy to accept it.

3. Leaving home for the girl isn't as traumatizing as the thought of it. I think it is the mere conditioning, and hence the placebo effect. There is a lot to do post the 'D Day'. You get involved. You have fun. You spend time with your parents and his. Life just expands...

4. There is no honeymoon phase really. That is just what the other married couples make it look like. There may be the getting to know you, or adjusting to you. In my case that too wasn't there.

5. Marriage is about understanding. Within a month, there have already been times, (yes times, more than once that is) where we both wanted to kill each other. Hence point no. 4. Love may disappear for a while. Yet there is this feeling of belonging and you get over the irritation and the fights.

6. First night, honeymoon, and its relationship with sex is over rated. It is tiring, and sometimes so tedious that you'd rather skip it. Oh yes and painful. And scary. Even after knowing your partner for a very long time. There is nothing special about the first time, other than the relief that it is done with and it will only get better from here.

7. There are no gender specific rules and roles. We both earn, cook, clean, pay bills, laze around, love, fight, make up, cry, laugh, give each other head massages, and leg massages when the other is tired. That is what marriage is all about.

8. Celebrations are up to you. You don't need an occasion. It should be enough that you are married to each other.

9. Communication is the key to everything. And I mean it. You HAVE to talk to each other. You cannot expect him to know, understand, assume, etc. Just say it, and it will be done. Makes life so easy. And your relationship, healthy.

10. Your wedding season will show you different colours of your closest people. Be prepared. People are on a far different tangent during weddings,

11. Do not change yourself just because you're married. Meet your friends. Keep them close. Meet your parents, and his. Open up to the new family. Network. Have fun.

12. Keep your girlfriends close. You will need them. To discuss issues and share fun things. Both your married and unmarried friends are equally important.

13. Your in laws may surprise you with how cool they are. Love them like your parents.

14. Keep a tab on your finances. Yes please.

15. Feel free to ask for help. You cannot know how to handle a home on your own. Ask multiple people. Then choose your best way.

16. Have a system in place. That really helps.

17. Keep your home clean.

18. Get out of your home and have fun.

19. Learn to cook. Basic meals. In case of emergencies.

20. Have some cash handy at home.

21. Travel light. The travel becomes fun, and the packing and unpacking becomes easier.

22. Add some glam quotient to your life.

23. Things do not change after marriage. Not immediately. The changes are gradual and it is a natural progression. Individuals grow and mature. That happens all the time. Nothing specific to marriages. People need to just stop saying that things change after marriage. No. They. Don't.

24. What you think of marriage before is nothing like what marriage really is. It is far easier. There I said it.

25. There is no other place like home.

26. Do not feel guilty of point 25. You definitely miss your parents and the other home as well. Yes that is still home no matter what.

27. People's perception about you changes. Do not let that affect your perception about yourself and your spouse.

28. There is nothing wrong in changing your name post marriage. Your identity still remains intact. Likewise there is nothing blasphemous if you do not want to change your name. Stop making a big deal about either.

29. Love. And love more. Be vocal about it. It will always give you butterflies in your stomach.

30. Every marriage has a different set of rules and dynamics. No one is like the other. Respect that. And make your own family unit.

31. Marriage isn't the end. It is the beginning of a beautiful process of unlearning, learning, and relearning. Enjoy it.

Hope this was an enjoyable read. And for those who think that marriage is not for you, not just yet, watch the video :)

I'm off for a dinner date with hubby. The place is a surprise and I'm loving it.