In case you’re bored and want to shop…

Hi people,

So I am back with my edit of shopping suggestions and this time, the list focuses on two websites that I recently discovered. It’s almost like a “What would Shivani buy – Part II” except that Who am I kidding – I can’t afford it. Yes… yes, they aren’t expensive but when you make little and pay a lot of rent, you really have to count every buck.

Moving on, here are some things I discovered that I couldn’t help but share with you guys.

Denim Halter Dress, Nicobar

Buy here for Rs. 4800

Wear this Denim Halter Dress with Tan lace-up boots found on Vajor.com

Buy here for Rs. 1990

Tan Lace-up boots by Vajor.com | Fabric detailing | Textile | Derby Lacing | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

Chanderi Shirt Dress, Nicobar

Buy here for Rs. 7200

Huhu Dress, Nicobar

Buy here for Rs. 3800

Huhu pale blue-green dress found on Nicobar.com | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

Wear the Huhu Dress with these Sequinned White Sneakers found on Vajor.com

Buy here for Rs. 2250

Sequinned White Sneakers | Embellished White Sneakers | Pureskin | Vajor.com | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

Ashwani Chanderi Dress, Nicobar

Buy here for Rs. 5200

An ivory coloured cotton-silk chanderi dress found on Nicobar | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

Try wearing this gorgeous number with these sandals found on Vajor.com

Buy the Oxblood here and the Candy Pink here for Rs. 179o.

 

Lastly, two more outfits that I sort of found interesting…

Jumpsuit with Ikat Detailing | Vajor.com

Buy it here for Rs. 2790

Black Jumpsuit with an Ikat Yoke found on Vajor.com | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

Printed Skirt | Vajor.com

Buy it here for Rs. 1375

Printed Pencil Skirt found on Vajor.com | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

Well, hope you liked this edit.

Happy Shopping 🙂

 

 

 

 

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What a shopping trip is like when you’re broke.

Today I stepped out for a run. But ended up going to Forever 21 instead. (Don’t say it – I know – it’s silly). It started off quite ordinarily. After watching quarter an episode of The Good Wife on Netflix and downing two mugs of tea, I suddenly realised that if I didn’t step outside now, it would be too late. Daylight would’ve disappeared. So I changed into my sneakers and shorts, almost didn’t take my wallet (which on second thoughts would’ve been much smarter) and bounced outdoors.

Once I was actually out on the street, I got this sudden itch to spend money – which is surprising as I am literally in debt with most of my recent purchases being on a credit card. However, I thought – a few steps in the crisp, fresh November air may inspire me to stick to the healthier original plan. So I continued walking towards the park. The itch, sadly, was a stubborn one. I couldn’t walk it off. And by the time I reached the corner, I found myself hailing an autorickshaw – “Bhaiya, Infinity Malad?” And fate decided to take me on with a slight nod to the affirmative.

I sat in the rickety rickshaw, my thoughts racing. What do I do once I reached Forever 21? Shop or just browse? What if I actually liked something? Shit, that would suck as I can’t afford it. What do I do when I am back home? Maybe I should finally start writing the book I’ve been meaning to write for the last gazillion years. The book about love. But what part of love? My first boyfriend? Current boyfriend? But, I have no clue on how it all turns out! Should I assume? No. I should concentrate on what’s elapsed. Finish a story that’s already finished. This happened and then this and finally this. Oh, but would people want to read it? And what if it sounds too rushed? Maybe I should just stick to an incident and elaborate every little detail. Maybe, I should add a hint of magical realism like Murakami? But what? Murakami’s books are mostly metaphors about uniting with your dark side or shadow. What would my books be about? I need to discover something and then use metaphors to explain it. What have I discovered?

And like this, my brain raced on and on and before I knew it, me and my auto were speeding along a windy backroad that ran parallel along a sewage drain. For a brief moment, I thought we were near the sea but the black colour gave the drain away. What a disappointment. A sea would’ve been the perfect sign for me to begin work on the book. Romance. Possibility. Freedom.

The auto screeches to a halt near Forever 21. I get off and rush to the women’s loo. I find a stall that seems it’s about to get vacant any second -a brush against the flimsy door somehow seemed to me an indication of pants being being pulled up clumsily – however I was wrong and the lady in my stall decided to have a nice, long dump.


I got to Forever 21 and the first thing that caught my eye was a faux leather button-down miniskirt. Love at first sight. My mind began racing – I would team it with a t-shirt and a boyfriend shirt. Or a vest for a night out. And  I found myself throwing it in the black mesh bag, an overenthusiastic sales person handed me.

The collection was very streetstyle inspired – hence I was in love with it. There were jackets – military, bomber, trench-style, fluffy, straight – all kinds. And there were skirts – corduroy, military, pink georgette, rust hued. The bralets and bustiers didn’t fit well – so I didn’t pick up any- I wanted to wear one with a saree. However, the skirts were lovely. Boots were a colossal disappointment – they had barely anything that fit my large feet. Plus the designs were very blah.

Anyway, after a bunch of clothes I tried, I ended up buying nothing.The faux leather skirt was awesome – but was I really going to travel in a local train looking like a goth-inspired monkey? Nah. So, reluctantly I placed it back on the shelf I’d borrowed it from.

A lady walked over to me, “Ma’am, would you like me to find you another size?” “No, I murmured, I am just putting it back” How could I explain to her that the skirt fit me like a glove and how I wish it had been too big or too small so my heart wouldn’t tear when I placed it back like that?

So, sheepishly I hailed another rickshaw. And took an hour reaching home. Evening traffic.

A run would’ve been more fulfilling after all.

 

8 times Kangana gave us serious wardrobe envy.

My last post focused on giving you tips on how to get Kangana’s look. It didn’t do that well, to be honest. So, this time, I’m just going to upload a selection of Kangana Ranaut’s finest (and most wearable) airport looks, and I want you guys to tell me your favourites.

Look 1: Don’t be afraid to play matchmaker. Pop your neutrals with yellow and be prepared for unexpected results.

Kangana Ranaut wears a blue gingham check skirt with a graphic printed tee, yellow jacket and pale blue Oxford shoes | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan
Image borrowed from PinkVilla.com

 

Look 2: Throw on a neutral overcoat and matching heels over your favourite outfit. Go from sweet to stylish in seconds.

Kangana Ranaut wears a Neutral overcoat with matching heels to tone down a green outfit | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan
Image borrowed from highheelconfidential.com

 

Look 3: Tough love. Punch your toughest, military-inspired look with polka dots for a happy surprise.

Navy blazer, skinny pants, black derby shoes, polka dot shirt and black sunglasses worn by Kangana Ranaut | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan
Image borrowed from http://st1.bollywoodlife.com/

 

Look 4: Princess meets boho. A flowing white maxi dress assumes effortless-cool when worn with neutral flats and a slouchy bag.

White hippie boho princess dress worn by Kangana Ranaut | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan
Image borrowed from http://www.fashionlady.in/

 

Look 5: Retro Cool. Don’t be afraid to try on a new hairstyle every once in a while.

Kangana Ranaut wears a check dress with a jacket, spectacles and nude Oxfords. Her hair is done up in a baby bun | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan
Image borrowed from MissMalini.com

Look 6: Country-girl chic is always in style. Wear a hat, thick glasses and carry a book (you don’t have to read it 😉 ) to complete this look.

Kangana wears a midi dress in checks with dark derby shoes, a hat and a sling bag | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan
Image borrowed from http://www.beautyandfashionfreaks.com/

Look 7: Layering done well. Wear a white shirt dress under another dress to turn heads.

Kangana wears a white shirt dress under a red printed dress | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan
Image borrowed from: http://thethriftychicgirl.com/

Look 8: Neutral accessories and a dark lip take this plain grey dress to dizzying heights.

Kangana Ranaut wears a grey sleeveless dress with neutral accessories and a dark lip | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan
Image borrowed from images.indianexpress.com

 

Well, that’s it for now. Do comment below and let me know which look you like best.

🙂 🙂 🙂

How to layer like a pro

Hello everybody,

I hope you had a glorious weekend. So, if you’re bored and want to try something new this Monday, why don’t you try layering – a trend that’s suddenly gained focus?

To layer, no need to buy anything. Walk into your closet and stare at what you already have. Look for graphic tees, jackets, plain white tees, oversized boyfriend shirts, strappy dresses and silken slips.

Basically what you’re looking for is a combination of the following:

A: Something boyish

B: Something incredibly sexy, strappy or girly

C: Basics

Now, look at these images that I have borrowed from Vogue – and see how many of these looks you can channel today.

Graphic Tees

Wear your graphic tees with contrasting separates – a skirt or a blazer, for maximum impact.

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Strappy Slips

Layer your strappy slips with a plain white tee or toughen it up by adding some leather.

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3. Jackets

Wear a lot of jackets. Use them to layer and add interest to your everyday attires. Indians, yes, I know it’s hot for a jacket, but if you’ve ever fought with a colleague over the AC temperature, you know indoors, even India can be shivering cold. Yes, so buy some jackets to channel workplace chic.

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4. The boyfriend shirt

I decided to layer my white sundress with an oversized boyfriend shirt for just the right amount of playfulness. The best part? It covers the love handles and muffin-tops while accentuating the girlishness of the dress.

Wear an oversized boyfriend shirt with a sundress and white sneakers | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

Well, that’s all for today. Do try any of these outfit ideas, take a picture, upload on Instagram and tag me at @shivani_krishan

Lots of love, and Happy Monday. 🙂

Shivani

 

5 types of ‘bloggers’ you’ll meet on Instagram

When you’re a wannabe blogger like me and are really-really interested in fashion (and stylish women), you end up following a lot of people online. You get their id’s from Vogue or you suddenly read about them somewhere, or your friend tells you that you have-to-have-to follow this one, and soon even Instagram is in on the plot (and guesses your secret ambition to harness a million followers) and begins to show you “recommendations”; and before you know it you’re following a 1000 people with very few people returning the favour – yes, let me be very frank about expressing my honest hurt. *sniff*

And after all that following and commenting (‘you-must-comment-for-them-to-comment-back’ – which NEVER works with me), you’re still stuck with 570 followers (Oh, shit, now its 566 – why are people unfollowing me?), you’re like @#$%, what am I doing wrong?

Anyway, long story short – I don’t think I have it in me yet to make it as an Instagram “visual” blogger – either I am really ugly or I lack skills, and so I have come back to wordpress, to well, try and analyse what are the “types” of bloggers ruling the online space.

But, before I start…

Disclaimer: This article does not intend to classify or discredit the uniqueness of each individual online by amassing them into “types”. It is merely an attempt to decode what is it that really works online.

  1. Head-to-toe perfectionists

They are the bloggers who look like they actually spent time to craft and curate every look for every photo they upload – I am sure every blogger does this – but this category actually adheres to the theme and pulls it off brilliantly. Case in point – That Boho Girl. Every look is perfect – boho – her makeup is never out of place – hair is always styled to perfection – her pictures makes me (and my blog) want to hide under a rock – yes, that level of perfection.

2. Wander-lusters

They are the bikini-clad, suntanned, beautifully-bleached haired people that you find sprawled under a coconut tree or sipping a martini on a hammock or water-babying it up at the Bahamas. In other words, they are the bloggers, who make the rest of us feel like we are leading really sucky lives. Their pictures make us want to throw a resignation letter at our bosses and take the first flight out to the exotic Fijis and Balis of the world – even when deep down we know that we neither have the money, the guts or the bodies to pull it off.

*Sigh*

3. Hot People

Well, this is a category of people who are just hot. They aren’t (usually) modelling clothes or selling looks or even promoting products – they are just really gorgeous and lead really gorgeous lives and post really gorgeous pictures of their really gorgeous lives. And since they amass an envious number of followers, thanks to their booming Instagram personality, soon they are modelling clothes and selling looks and promoting products. I think, they’re called “influencers”.

4. Hash-taggers

Well, this is a category of people who have managed to win followers thanks to using the right hashtags and following the right people, and tagging the right handles. Their content is average, their pictures are dull and they generally have no real theme to their blog. They are the ones who are just really smart. And really dedicated. And I tried to fit my blog into this bucket. But seems even this didn’t work out for me

5. Controversials

They are people who have an insane Instagram following due to cutthroat content that’s provocative and sometimes controversial. From a new generation of feminist artists like Nimish Bhanot to free-the-nipple activists, this is an interesting space to be in, if your work genuinely raises some good points. So, yes, some scope here.

Well, yeah, so that is it for now.

Some of you may argue that this is a simplistic view of the blogger landscape and I do agree – but who am I to delve in to the depth, anyway.

After all, I am just another wannabe blogger.

 

What would Shivani buy? 8 things to shop right away.

Hello people,

I know I’ve been away for quite sometime. Been  busy with stuff. Something really exciting is underway. (Shhh. Tell you about that later.)

For now, here’s a Chai High guide to WHAT TO SHOP this week. Here’s a quick look at everything that’s caught my eye in the affordable fashion market.

 

What: White cotton sleep shirt

Where: Buy in online here.

How much: Rs. 1790

White Nightshirt by The Label Life | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

 

What: Cotton off-shoulder dress

Where: Buy in online here. 

How much: Rs. 2140

Pinstripe off shoulder dress by The Label Life | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

 

What: Basic black tee

Where: Buy it in the H&M store

How much: Rs. 699

Tip: It looks blah, but trust me, it will go a long way. Wear it tucked-in with all your skirts.

Basic black tee by H&M | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

 

What: Organic Cotton Box Shirt

Where: Buy it online here.

How much: Rs. 1600

A box shirt in a subdued lilac hue and wispy organic cotton by The Summer House | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

 

What: Organic Cotton Pleated Midi Dress

Where: Buy it online here.

How much: Rs. 2600

A cloudy blue, organic cotton pleated midi dress by The Summer House | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

 

What: Organic Cotton Night Shirt

Where: Buy it online here.

How much: Rs. 2800

An organic cotton nightshirt by The Summer House | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

 

What: Off-shoulder cotton top

Where: Buy it online here.

How much: Rs. 750

Off-shoulder top from Spring Break | Chai High is an Indian fashion blog started by Shivani Krishan

 

What: Backless maxi dress

Where: Buy it online here.

How much: Rs. 1490

A backless maxi dress by The Spring Break | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

Well, that’s all for today.

Happy Shopping. 🙂

 

 

5 Trends Instagram bloggers are OD-ing on.

Here’s a short post on what my Instagram-feed is full off. In other words, trends that everybody is OD-ing on.

1. Shoulder-show

Fashion bloggers across the world are in love with the off shoulder trend | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

 

2. Sneaky Sneakers

Fashion bloggers across the world are in love with the white sneaker trend | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

3. Floral-me-up

Fashion bloggers across the world are in love with the floral dress trend | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

4. Boudoir glam

Fashion bloggers across the world are in love with the lingerie trend | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

5. Ultra-torn denims

Fashion bloggers across the world are in love with the torn denim trend | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

Hope, you enjoyed this post.

Would love to hear about what you think about these 5 trends of the season.

Have a happy and productive Monday everyone. 🙂