Leather bralet DIY

28.7.13

Hidesign has an ongoing competition - 'The Art of Reuse', where they provide (those who register) with a few scraps of leather, a needle, thread and a leather punch, and you have to make something out of it.

Of course I could never let an opportunity like this go by. Even though it took me almost a month to make mine, not because I'm slow, but I really had no time!

So I originally was going to make a clutch or a sling, but my mum and Sheehan talked me out of it, saying it was the most common thing others would do as well. Sheehan jokingly suggested that I should make a leather thong, and amidst laughter I thought why not? I mean not a thong, but a corset!
But when I checked, the scraps weren't big enough to make a corset, so I had to make do with a bralet..


Since the thread they provided, which was supposed to be about 5 mts, was only a metre or so, I used a white contrasting thread, and a bit of elastic at the back, to hold it in place.



Little Black Dresses

26.7.13

For the past couple of weeks, I've been pretty busy with work. My timings have gone haywire. I leave early and get home late, and of course by the time I'm home at night, I'm too tired to do anything!

Just last Sunday, we (and by we I mean everyone else, excluding me, since I was too busy) planned a surprise party for my grandfather. So of course my outfit was last minute. And you know what a last minute outfit means? An LBD of course!


So when Myntra asked me to check out their stuff, I obviously was more interested in taking a look at their black dresses, and boy, was I blown away. I really like how they have so many styles and patterns from different brands with different price ranges. There's one LBD for every girl out there.


So soooo many sweet black dresses to chose from!

So I picked the ones that really caught my eye.

With the very 'in' high-low hem, this dress is such a pretty vision! 
Add some sweet pops of colours with sky high heels and a pretty clutch/sling, and you're good to go! 

Black - red and gold - a colour combination you can never go wrong with. Everything about this screams 'glam goddess'. 

I love mixing two opposite trends! Like if I wear a floral tunic, I'll add studded bracelets and faux leather leggings. Same concept here.
Each time you add something edgy, add another item to contradict it!
Sequinned dress vs girly pastel bag
Shoes with chain details vs pearly bow neckpiece.

Interesting shapes and patterns can make any boring dress look amazing. Not that this dress is boring! The soft drape is every girl's best friend, as it helps to cover up unflattering bits and parts.

While most of us like our one shoulders and tubes, some like to leave a lot more to the imagination. This dress is perfect for that!
With the embellishments on the cuff of the sleeves to the overlapped bodice, it looks very chic and at the same time doesn't scream 'prude'



From a peplum dress to a unique shaped bag, to a wrap watch to leopard printed heels, this girl makes heads turn, always. 
This has got to be my favourite look! I already have the shoes! Have to lay my hands on the rest now! 

All these clothes and accessories are available right now on the website (if they are not sold out already, that is!)

Now is the right time to pick your LBD and some other treats as well!
 Visit Myntra and indulge in their awesome sale! 

The horrors of looking for an intern

15.7.13

I know I have been whining about looking for an assistant for the past 3-4 months. Yes. Months!
While my efforts have been in vain, maybe you will find this entertaining. Also here is a small set of dos and don'ts to any aspiring fashion designer/stylist.


While my rants on twitter were a bit too dramatic, you can see for yourself, what I've been dealing with first hand. Since I've been looking for someone who is a fresher, and can join immediately, I succumbed to posting on Quikr.com, from which I received more than 15 replies.

The ad in question

Now what Quikr brilliantly does is, also gives out your phone number, along with the ad. So of course people decided to bombard my phone with calls, at their own convenience.

Word of advice : Please don't call a prospective employer at 9:30 pm on a Sunday night. They will hate you, and most probably not hire you. If you really have to contact them, you can text them. If you still insist on calling, at least start with 'I'm really sorry to call you on a Sunday..' or 'Is this a good time to talk' or something similar. 

So I keep getting calls now. So many calls, that I've gotten a bit robotic at the moment.

Them : Hi, I saw your ad on Quikr...
Me (cuts through) : Have you sent me your resume?
Them : What?/ Sorry? .. blah.. blah..
Me : HAVE YOU EMAILED ME?
Them : No.
Me : Please mail me your resume. Thank you (hangs up)

Thats how most of them go.. 

Just this morning, I received another call..

Girl : Hi I saw your ad on Quikr..
Me : Have you sent in your resume?
Girl : No I haven't
Me : Please do, and I'll revert back asap.
Girl : Can you give me a few more details?
Me (trying to be extremely nice) - Yes, of course. What do you want to know.
Girl : This is a post for an assistant stylist?
Me : Yes...
Girl : And the location is in Andheri West?
Me : Yes..
Girl : It's a full time..
Me : Let me stop you there, you said you found this on Quikr?
Girl : Yes
Me : And you still ask me questions, of which all the answers are mentioned clearly in the ad?
Girl : Um..
Me : Thank you (hangs up and screams silently)


Then of course, we come to the emails..

There are people who shout at me..
I think it's pretty universal in chat and text lingo, that Caps lock = raised voice/ shouts.

People who think I'm a man, even after I've mentioned my name in reverts.
Has happened 3-4 times already.
What really annoys me is the fact that people assume that a job poster is male. It really wakes up the crazy feminist in me!



While I appreciate short stories and essay writing, now is not the time and place. Remember I receive a lot of replies, and this is not something I'm in the mood to read.


 And of course I've saved the best for last!

This Monday morning, I received a missed call at exactly 9:17 am. Of course, since I was at home, I was not near my phone to answer it. When I did see it, I realized that it probably was from one of the people who I'd asked to come see me at 12 for an interview. I called back at 9:35 am..

Me : Hi, I received a call from this number, some time ago.
She : Oh yes. I sent you my resume and you asked me to come and meet you.
Me : Yes of course. Do you need the address?
She : Yes.
Me : I'll text it to you right away. See you at 12. Bye.
She : Thank you, Bye.

I sent her a text. 

Explanation : Now I work for a styling company and I operate/sit in a studio. My head office is very inconveniently placed in Marol east, and we prefer the studio as a work space, since Andheri West is somewhat closer to 'in habitation' as we call it, and also sourcing and other things are much more easier.

So my address starts with 'Shop no 10, ...'

She calls back within 2 minutes.

Me : Hi, yes..
She : Oh this is a shop?
Me : Umm.. Yes it is a..
She : I was under the impression you do television and ads..
Me (flabbergasted) : I'm sorry. Is there a problem?
She : I'm not interested in working in a shop.
Me : It's a studio and I don't think you fully understand..
She : I don't want to work in a studio either
Me (really really angry now) : Excuse me. Firstly you call me up at 9 in the morning. Who does that? I haven't even begun my working day.
She (scoffs) : What kind of person doesn't accept calls at 9? Where I worked I got calls at 9.
Me : I get calls at 6am too, pertaining to shoots or clients I'm handling, but for you, to call me at this hour..
She : I don't like your attitude.
Me (thinking of what to say): ...
She : I'm not interested anymore (hangs up)
Me : WTF just happened?


And then she has the audacity to email me this..



I was going to take the high road, and not reply back. But her words hit me a bit. I know for a fact that I am very sensible. Also I'm generally (if not always) very polite! And lastly, if you know me, you'll know that I might have a bit of an attitude at times, but I never throw it around. Especially when it comes to work related stuff. Diplomacy is a requirement here.

So I reverted back to her.


Conclusion : I give up.

Also, if you are ever applying for a job, please pay attention.
Be polite. Be reasonable. Read the requirements. Have some empathy towards the person on the other end.


UPDATE!! 

She messaged back! Just had to have the last word! 



P.S - I'm actually considering sending her a link to this page!! Ha! 

Shopping at AddOns

11.7.13

What I find really impressive about some brands are, that they take the trouble to have an online shopping option. In today's digital world, almost everyone I know has ordered something from online. Going to stores is almost so passe!

AddOns recently contacted me to check out their own shopping website, with which I was really impressed.  
All their products are very reasonably priced. From bags to jewelry to footwear, everything comes with a price tag that would delight you.

I decided to take a step further (actually many steps) and visit their store. And I'm glad I did. If the collection  on the website was brilliant, the one at the store was 3X better! The variety and choices blew me away! I spent a good 30-45 minutes, clicking pictures and choosing my 'booty' 


A glimpse at their neckpieces, bracelets, rings and earrings.

I took a fancy to these shoes. 

Yummy neon accents

Beautiful statement neckpieces

Fell in love with this geometric beauty. So I got this one

My mom got hooked on to this ornate ring!

I'm not a big fan of earrings, but this cute LBD themed one is just too cute! Mix and match away!

While these sling bags were a little too tiny for my liking, with their cutwork details and metallic shades, I think they would be perfect for hands free night out.

Pearly wonders if you're ever planning to attend a Great Gatsby themed party!

More sling bags!

Love the colour and detailing.

They had an impressive array of belts as well.

I would have picked up the yellow studded bag if I didn't already own another yellow studded one! *sigh*
But I picked up the pink dangly neckpiece!

A closer look at the neckpiece.

Not my usual style, but I loved the mix of lace and stones. Taking 'girly-ness' to a new edge.

Another thing that couldn't be ignored were these pretty red earrings!

Tassels are so under-rated! I picked up the turquoise one


So I walked out with three neckpieces, after a lot of deliberations and trying on a few 'John Lennon' inspired shades, yes they have them too!' and all three pieces under the price of 1200! Isn't that amazing?!?!

And great news, AddOns is currently on sale on their website as well as the store, so check them out!


On me,
Dress : Streets of Santa Cruz station road (W)
Rainy sandals - Topshop

AddOns Store - Linking Road, Bandra West (just after Mc Donalds)
Photos by - Sheehan and mom