Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Where did that come from?

Thank God for museums. I mean what an inspiration powerhouses they are! You have the paintings, the artifacts, the architecture, and the clothes dating back to stone-age, and you wonder how stylish (or not so stylish) our ancestors were. Now,  I feel there is a deep connection between the arts and the clothes we wear. And, I don't mean that we walk around looking like an oil painting of some grass and trees, but more about how we can use the color combination, the print mixes and sometimes texture from the world of painting to be unique and trendy in our personal way. Oh, there is just so much to absorb and be inspired with. I am no expert (yet), but I can spot style when I see one.

Let me show you in pictures what I am reallllyyy trying to say. And, remember, styling is always about having fun, being a little dangerous, but truly having fun. See...

This...

...Translates to this

fashion inspirtation series
This look above is all about wearing and mixing bold colors! Color Blocking with the most bold colors!

And, then I saw this exhibition advertisement at the Met and I had an a-ha moment. I knew what I had to do with this inspiration...incorporate it!

FROM THIS

Duncan Phyfe: Master Cabinetmaker in New York

TO THIS...You See,   you see!


prada glasses

Enough Said!
Enjoy your week dearies!
Love!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Fly Away....Away

You can probably tell - am away on vacation!

Until then, please enjoy this fabulous website, which is a bit voyeuristic, if you will.

http://thecoveteur.com/Jessica_Sailer

Love ya...and do tell me if you are doing anything interesting this holiday season!


courtesy:madebyjacqueline.blogspot.com

Tadaaaa!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Werelese

A month ago, I had entered in a contest on polyvore about designing a collection by taking a piece or pieces of clothing from the Werelse collection. It was my first contest entry ever, and I was very excited to take part in it. I did not win, but I got good comments. So, I believe I did a decent job.

For The Polished look, I used the Werelse Jellyfish tee, and for The Edgy look I styled their Wave tee.

What do you think?


Love!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Why I like this time of the year

There's something about the cold air. There's something about the smell of fern. There is something about tree lights blinking like stars. And, then the wreaths, ornaments, carols, snow and happy smiles on people's faces.
All these make me feel so cozy, so loved and so blessed.

So seeing the Christmas decorations and tree popping up at the malls, the houses, and even the laundromats brings a huge grin on my face. And, then I blend easily into the crowd because I become one of the people with happy smiles on their face.

In this eggnoggy, shopping spirit, I bring to you some of the best Christmas window dressings. Oh, how I love to see the stores upping their game to celebrate the holidays. Love Love Love

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Anthropologie - am I in the actual forest dressed like a fashion freak! Yes, I am!


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Henri Bendel - glam rocks my jingles!


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Lord & Taylor - suburban celebrations never looked so real :)
Bloomingdales holiday windows 2011
Bloomingdales: Santa gone wild

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Macy's Make a Wish theme -1

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Macy's Make a Wish theme -2

Now, these displays are making me want to shop....baad!

What say?

Love!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Of hemlines and line graphs

They say that fashion and economy have a rather funny relation. So, they say. And, what they really say is that the movement/sentiment of the economy is inversely proportional to the hemline of the clothes. So, if the economy is tanking, the hemlines are rising, aaand if the economic sentiment is on the uprise, well the hemlines are lowering.

Now, I will show you the following pictures from Spring 2012 RTW, and then you decide which way the economy is or is headed. And, while you are deciding don't forget, there are jobs out there waiting for you (if you are looking for one). Please, the economy (no matter how it is), will always have openings for who are willing and able to work hard. Good luck my darlings (if you are looking for a job)...you deserve nothing but the best, and you will get the best! 

3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear Jil Sander Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear
3.1 Phillip Lim                                                                                                   Jil Sander 

Chanel Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear Prada Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear
Chanel                                                                                                               Prada

Proenza Schouler Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear Celine Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear
Proenza Schouler                                                                                                        Celine

Givenchy Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear Bally Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear
Givenchy                                                                                                                         Bally

Lyn Devon Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear Thimister Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear
Lyn Devon                                                                                                              Thimister

So, what does the last dress (above right) say? If the inverse proportion theory holds true, we are in economic boom time,  right? right?

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Love!

{images courtesy style.com}

Monday, December 5, 2011

You saw it here, CL and all

As I was scratching my head trying to come up with the content for the post today,  my eyes fell on an image on a website. I clicked on it and lo! I got my content, and lucky me that it spells luxury for...feet! Yes, my darlings, I am referring to the god of red soles, Christian Louboutin. There's no other subtle way to talk about him and his designs, really, its always like this "blah blah shoe genius blah blah shoe god blah blah Christian Louboutin."

In November this year, Christian Louboutin or CL (for the sake of not writing the whole name over and over again) was dedicated with a namesake book full of pictures of  his shoes, his design philosophy and the genius that he is. Oh, here we go again with the praises! Anyways, the book has its hands deep into the personal archives of the designer, so you get some real behind the scenes as well as never before seen photos of CL's shoes.

Wait, there is more!

And, no this is not your "As seen on TV" offer, because well, its CL we are talking about.

The Design Museum of London will be holding an exhibition of CL's most exquisite shoe collection as well as a look into his personality and eccentricity. The exhibition will be on from March 2012 to July 2012.

Remember, you saw and read all this here!! Yes, you did.

Must we wait anymore to see the pics, you may scream! And, I say no. Here are some pics from the book that show CL's one of a kind intricate unique shoes! Love em'...I say...love em'!


COVER OF THE BOOK











This is just to whet our appetite...and, now we really need the book so that we can get our hands on the hidden (actually, not so hidden) CL magic!

Love!

{images courtesy Yatzer}



Friday, December 2, 2011

Fashion Punchlines, if you know what I mean

Sorry for the lagging posts, its just that I have been down with some stomach bug of sorts and am not feeling my 100%. Plus, while I throw up and all, I still have to run around my son and take care of him, feed him, bathe him. Ok, I am not trying to garner sympathy here (although if you give me your love and blessings at this point, I will take it with my eyes closed), but I am just trying to paint a real and pretty hectic picture/situation here. Would it be awesome if I had a nanny right now? Yes Yes YES! Would it be awesome if even for a little while Kartik could take time off from work to help? YES YeS YES! But, these are like my Christmas wishlist. Good to have but not necessarily going to happen. I have made my peace with this, so its ok. Plus, not that I cannot move and all. I am grateful that inspite of the sickness I can still run around after my son.

Ok darlings, I don't want to discuss this further. It can get boring and trust, me that's the last thing I want to do....ie, bore you. And what happens when I bore you? You don't visit my blog!! No, I can't afford that. I need you like I need water. :) Love ya!

Moving on.

I came across this photoshoot of model Dimphy Janse (funny name, won't you say,...Dimphy!)by Signe Vilstrup and in each shot, I saw fashion punchlines (new phrase alert!). I couldn't help but notice how a single element could take the outfit to the next level...ofcourse you have to give it to the make-up, styling and photography team to bring it all together, but are you getting my gist? Good!

Come on then, let's take a walk through these punchlines. Trust me, no one gets hurt here!

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FASHION PUNCHLINES

Aah, the glitter pants. Aah! {phtaaasssh} punchline: the medal on the rope belt!

The uber gorgeous color blocked sweater with pleated tuxedo (linen?) pants. {whatissssh} punchline: the fingerless gloves!

glittery riding pants and the medal worn as armlet {phatisssh kapoww} punchline: metal shoulder pads

Don't care much about the model's expression here, but man that jacket! {pow boom kapow aaah} punchline, the horse'e neck! hahaha tricked ya, right?

Tadaa! the cute colorful fur balls, such a darn addition to the basic white outfit. {phatissssh kaboom!} punchline: the orange lipstick matching with the orange belt


Oh, and there is a beauty punchline here too, just a tad bit

what I call the sparrow eyes. Love it! {chirp chirp kaboom}


Photos: Signe Vilstrup for Tush Magazine
Model: Dimphy Janse
Outfitted by: Wiebke Brederhost {doesn't it feel like this stylist last name means horse breeder, perfect for the shoot she styled...hahah, funny bone tickling here..loud!}


So, what's your fashion punchline? Phatisssh? Kaboom? or Kapow? :)

Love!

{images courtesy FGR}

Monday, November 28, 2011

Bells for Bally

I love nice clean leather products. Sometimes, yes, rarely sometimes I would like to throw in some texture, but usually I am sucker for soft leather in beautiful colors and shine. And, in this respect, I respect the following affordable leather houses that make such luxurious products: Cole Haan, Tod's, Bally and Coach.

And, then recently I came across Bally's 2012 ad campaign, and I was like, gotta share with my fellow leather lovers! So, here it is.



bally2 Miranda Kerr & Julia Stegner for Bally Spring 2012 Campaign by Norman Jean Roy

Dear Santa,


I have given you enough hint(s).


Love,
Shivika!

{images via fgr}


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Time to feast, have fun, talk non-sense, catch up with the happenings in life, enjoy the company of our friends and family...because its Thanksgiving!

Because this festival (ok, I like to call it festival as opposed to a holiday, because really it is a festivity) has the word "thanks" in it, you know exactly what I will be doing. Giving Thanks for:

  • A wonderful husband, a healthy happy son, awesome parents and loving sister (and her family)
  • Health and happiness of my grandparents and extended family
  • The opportunities of work flowing my way, especially the ones that are in line with  my passion
  • Following my passion
  • My amazing shoe collection
  • Having positive attitude and thoughts
  • Living a beautiful and amazing life in America
  • Crazy, silly and darling friends I can't live without
  • Coupons in the mail
  • Forever 21 being right around the corner to where I live
  • Love and blessings all around me

Happy Thanksgiving y'all!



What are you thankful for this year?

Love!

This is what happens when you stare at a word for too long

Dunno' why, but it just jumped at me.

THE + RAPIST = THERAPIST

Anymore words you have?

Love!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

That's me!

So, here I am sharing with you my personal style.I am dressed to go out for a formal dinner at Kitichai, a thai restaurant in Thompson Hotel in Soho, and the occasion - Kartik and I were celebrating our five year anniversary. Woohoo.

Marshall Dress, Banana Republic coat, Banana Republic thin gold belt, Wolford stockings, Jill Stuart black pumps

I look serious, but that's because I was nervous posing. I mean do I smile or do I just pretend to be a model and pout. Aha! And so here's my pose. And yes, darlings, that's a stroller in the back. We were taking our son out on the dinner date as well....coz' well, he is a part of us and we need to celebrate together!

What do you think? Do let me know.

Love!

Monday, November 21, 2011

What makes it personal

We all have worn blue jeans with a t-shirt or black pants with a red blouse or a leopard print with a snakeskin. Ok, well maybe not the latter but some combination of the prints. But, what makes it look different on me from you or someone else is how we make it personal. Its how we launch our own spin at dressing ourselves and styling them - do we clip the edges with a hairpin, would it be a good idea to tuck the sides of shirt and leave the front part out or how about adding a brooch to spice up.

In this endeavor, I present to thee some personal styling tips I came across scoping the pages of street fashion. Everyday, these fashion forward peeps (and many more like them) are taking risks...BIG risks to challenge the norms of how we dress up. They just know how to twist that jeans and t-shirt look and make it  their own. Make it personal. I salute them because they are a source of inspiration, and when I look at them, I take away tips and tricks from them so I can learn how to make my clothes....more personal.

Here we roll, shall we?


WHAT MAKES IT PERSONAL: See! the tucked in shirt, but this one's in the front. And the belt giving pants that menswear feel - you know too large for your size.  Love it !



WHAT MAKES IT PERSONAL: The print mixing, holla!! Also note the monkey pin/brooch on the left front pocket. And, ofcourse, the bracelets bunch and rings tribe - openly being flaunted. Totally ghetto, but totally cool.



WHAT MAKES IT PERSONAL: First off, this lady has worn denim on denim (oh, no you dien't). Then, there are these big bozo cut-off shorts. But, how she works her magic is by layering it with a beautiful teal leather jacket, which makes the entire outfit an award winner!


WHAT MAKES IT PERSONAL: The oversize belt hanging on the simple green shorts is what defines this rather casual normal outfit. Then its the red lips. But, ofcourse.



WHAT MAKES IT PERSONAL: The pink bow-tie is such a unique combo against the deep blues and greens in her outfit. And, if you look closely, the shirt has been tied in a knot in the front and tucked nicely in the belt loops of pants. And, then bring the preppy outfit together by tucking it in combat studded boots. Love it!



WHAT MAKES IT PERSONAL: This simple shirt and jeans look goes glam because of the buttons done/undone. Sometimes its really that simple


WHAT MAKES IT PERSONAL: Need I point you the obvious? Didn't think so :)



WHAT MAKES IT PERSONAL: The blue watch. The roled up pleated pants. And, the white laced loafers.


WHAT MAKES IT PERSONAL: The neckline of the the simple white tee, the light washed jeans with a thick belt, and the bag adding the pop of color.  And, no accessory except for the simple round dial watch.

So darlings, you see how simple it is to make your outfit really your own. Now, did I just sound like a redundant radio? Oh, well you get the gist.

Do share some of your tips! Would love to know.

Love Love!

{thank you theSartorialist and Stockholm street style for the amazing pics}