Saturday, 30 August 2014

Puja Shopping

It's that time of the year again. Durga Puja is just round the bend and people have already started their shopping. It will be a massive blow to all our bank balances because we do not just buy things for ourselves, we gift things to our families and we spend like crazy all through the 5 days of Puja. This is why I believe smart shopping is very important for all fashion lovers on a budget. If you follow me on twitter and facebook then you must have seen me post about how I got massive discounts while shopping on Jabong. I got 35% off on my whole bill and also got 10% cash back. Isn't that sweet? Avail these Jabong coupons from 27coupons. Never hit the 'confirm order' button before checking what deals you might be missing out on. I almost did and I am sharing this with you because I don't want you to spend more than you have to. 
Happy shopping! 
:)

Puja Shopping

everything in this collage is available on Jabong


Saturday, 23 August 2014

How To:Hair Chalking, 90s Inspired Grunge Green Hair

Our decade can easily be defined as the comeback era. We have taken everything good from the past style decades and put a modern twist on them. Grunge and Gothic subcultures have always attracted me because of their aesthetic appeal. My wardrobe predominantly consists of blacks and darker solids. As much as I love prints, it leaves me feeling slightly chaotic. So, I instinctively tend to reach out for solids. I have done a couple of posts previously about how to colour your hair unnatural shades. I have done a post about How To Do Pastel Hair (if you do not have chalk pastel) that discusses how to put the colour in your unbleached hair step by step. I did another one  How To: Lighten Dark Asian Hair Without Bleach where I described in detail how to lighten your dark hair before colouring in a gradual and safe way with the soap capping method.
Grunge styles are inherently gritty. It regales in imperfections, a slight messiness. The colour looks best when it's slightly faded. Opt for a piece-y/choppy shag haircut. Leave your long locks slightly wavy. Your hair should look like it's not been made up. Mr. Cobain and his hair was a huge inspiration in the Spring 2013 designer runways. Just look up Peter Som's Spring 2013 collection to get an idea. The hair was absolutely fantastic. P.S. - Green hair has shown up at the Indian Fashion Week 2014. Check out the Easton Pearson show *here*
Here are a few tips to get the perfect (imperfect?) 90s Grunge green hair with hair chalk pastel:
  1. Shampoo your hair and use a light conditioner if at all. I would advice not to use conditioner. It prevents the colour from depositing it's pigments properly even if hair chalking doesn't lead to penetration of the colour into the hair.
  2. Use the twisting method I wrote about in the 1st post (scroll up to see link to the relevant post). The friction leads to better colouring. Do it on wet hair. This time I used the blow drier to set the colour.
  3. You do not need lightened hair. This green would have showed on unbleached hair as well, not as brightly perhaps but, still would have showed up.
  4. But, having said that ^ I did like the effect better with my lightened hair. There was a three tone ombre effect which was everything 90s Grunge hair ideally is supposed to be. You do not need to damage your hair with bleach. You can use the soap capping method instead. Follow the detailed directions provided in my previous post (link provided above).
  5. If you prefer a more pastel Grunge effect then you need lighter hair than mine. 
 I used soft hair chalk pastel from Born Pretty. Shade - Dark phtalo green 026. I also have their Magenta 022 (seen *here*). It was very easy to put them in my hair and the colour showed up pretty easily. Just wear regular plastic gloves that you you would wear to colour hair to avoid staining. The pastels did not break while applying and there is still a lot left. They are a steal at only $1.27 each.
90s grunge green hair
images via google, pinterest, tumblr.
Sport it in an off duty ballerina bun hairstyle just like in the 3rd photo. It is the hottest hair trend of 2014, been spotted at Diane Von Furstenberg, Altuzarra to Marchesa. Well so are all kinds of fun braids. Why not try a braided bun like at the Dolce & Gabbana show?


Monday, 18 August 2014

Clarity

I am having one of those rare moments of clarity. I know I am reading a good book I like when I have this urge to stop reading and immediately start writing. Writing something positive, and funny or at least a tiny bit sarcastic. I scratched the word 'good' because if 5 years spend to acquire 2 arts degrees, that are largely turning out to be useless in getting any appropriate jobs, taught me anything it's that art isn't good or bad. Any art is artist's expression of what they are thinking. How well it gets executed is whole another issue. I digress. I have had a mental block. A writer's block, if you want to call it that. Then my computer, like every other good thing in my life chose to die on me. It died so completely and with such utter finality that the computer fixer guy couldn't keep it breathing for even a few days. I am sitting in front of my sister's laptop in my old floral shorts bought for 50 bucks(that's like $1) from some roadside vendor, a huge shirt my dad got free with his Wrangler jeans and 3 day old un-watered messy bun thinking how I can own it all. I have been doing a lot of thinking lately, not that I am not spending my time over thinking some thing or the other on any given day, this is special. I am still trying to figure out what I want to be. I am at an age where I have most friends settled in their jobs, some going back for further degrees, some biting the marriage stick and others spending nights blacked out after a lot of boozing. I am doing none of those things. I am still trying to figure out what I love doing and if I can pursue that as a career. Meanwhile I am trying to stay financially independent enough so that my parents don't question all my soul searching this year. Needless to say I laugh at those who say they have willpower because they stayed off shopping for a month or so. I am made of iron when it comes to budgeting nowadays. I am giving myself a year for long term clarity's sake. 
Hope you all have been doing well while I was away.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

I Touch You And You Turn To Dust

Will: At some point, Kalinda, you're going to have to confide in someone.  
Kalinda: No, I don't. You know what I discovered? I never have to confide in anyone.
~
The Good Wife

People will judge you no matter what you do or say.  They will place blame, make you doubt yourself, carve out a slice of your happiness and destroy it, but never will they acknowledge that they fell short as well. It will be easy to say that these people are taking the easy way out. But, life is not easy. Nothing in it is easy. People torture themselves in their own ways. You may think, if only you could explain, explain it all, and it would be perfect once again. But, trust once lost is hard to regain. You cannot tell them that, that won't make them see their own ways any clearer, it will drive them further away. It's better not to confide in anyone, not all the time anyway.
 
I hide wisdom and shattered dreams in my old wooden trunk.

wooden old trunk

floral dress boots


pop pink lips

Chiffon Floral Dress - (click to buy) Romwe
Boots - Catwalk
For the details on make-up click *here*

FlySongbird

Thursday, 24 July 2014

The One In Which I Scold The Camera

I do have a certain affinity towards the way F.R.I.E.N.D.S episodes were titled.
Everyone who has to click their outfit photos mostly with the help of a timer, tripod and remote knows how easy it is to imagine the camera as an animate object who is deliberately screwing with you to ruin your shots.


This is a behind the scenes kind of shot from an upcoming outfit post.
Make-up I used to create this look:
Garnier BB cream with SPF 24
Dusted some loose powder
Avon Matte Lilly on the lips
Lakme Eyeconic - White
Colossal Kajal - Black
Miss Claire Matte Black Eyeshadow - 0804
The Body Shop Blush - shade Berry Cheeky from Color Crush range