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

 

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One Week Of Style

Hello generous-followers-who-actually (hopefully)-read-my-blog,

I’ve started this thing on Instagram. You know, one of those hashtag contest/activity like things. Thanks to everybody’s suggestions to do something meaningful, something with an “idea” otherwise, I’ll drown in the sea of packed-like-sardines hashtags with no real engagement.

Anyway, so I came up with this BRILLIANT idea (right!) to post a picture of what I wore for a week and (yes, so smart isn’t it) I encouraged others to share their outfits too, for the gigantic reward on being featured on MY blog. Yes, you heard me. MY blog.

And, the hashtag I came up with for this exciting, new idea *roll-eye-emoticon* was #OneWeekOfStyle.

So original.

The interesting thing in this entire story is probably the fact that every one of these pictures will be taken in the exact same spot (Don’t ask me where. Shhh…my office loo), and hence it will lead in to a fun GIF at the end.

Anyway, so since I started this thing on Tuesday, I have just put up 3 pictures on Insta right now. Here they are.

You too, can participate in this humble (but fun) initiative and after a week, won’t it be exciting to see what you wore?

You can even compare looks, hairstyles and see your varying styles. I think, it’s fun.

Day 1:

Plaid Dress: Forever 21 | Sandals: Charles and Keith

I wore my plaid school girl forever 21 dress with Charles and Keith Sandals | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan
Once in a while, it’s fun to work school girl chic. Hello quarter-life crisis.

 

Day 2:

Black basic vest: Forever 21 | Black handloom skirt: Designed by mom

I wear basics from high street labels with indigenous, handcrafted fabrics | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan
How I wore high-street with Indian handicraft. *feeling cool*

Day 3:

Midi Dress: Cotton-on | Kolhapuri Slip-ons: Linking Road, Bandra

I wore my black midi dress with slits with Gold kolhapuri slip-ons and a statement pendant | Chai High is an Indian Fashion blog started by Shivani Krishan
Does it really look like I forgot to wear pants? Because, people often think I did. Also I wouldn’t admit it, but in my head I agree with those who called it a kurta without salwar. 

In one shot, here are my 3 looks.

 

To participate, all you have to do is upload your pictures on Instagram using the hashtag #OneWeekOfStyle.

Chalo, I got to go and work.

tata.

The 15 best Instagrams on my feed right now.

So I recently discovered how to get more people to see my Instagram posts. “Hashtag Marketing” they call it. So basically, there are these specific hashtags that are trending. And you need to find the relevant ones and just post it with your update.

Ta da! And just like that from a maximum of 21 likes per post, I have gone to a maximum of 133 likes. And God knows how many views. In just two weeks. Oh, now, that sounds like a tele-marketing commercial. 😉

Anyway, ever since a friend told me how to leverage this magic-tool, one that I really turned my nose down upon once, I have been posting left, right and centre. And hash-tagging everything left, right and centre too.

“Yes. Come on. You can fit one more hashtag, Shivani. Yeah. See.”

#StyleInspo #FashionInspo #OutfitInspo #LookInspo

Just #Inspo

Make every goddamn thing Inspo.

#ShivaniInspo

And many people have unfollowed me too, I guess. *sigh*

With my discovery of the wonder-tool, came the discovery of the “right” Instagram handles to follow.

Like Man Repeller. That Boho Girl. etc. etc.

You can follow me here. (It’s honestly not that bad. I think, you will like it.)

Anyway. Here’s what’s really hot on my Instagram feed right now. You can click on the names to be directed to their respective Instagram pages.

  1. Amrapali Jaipur

Amrapali Jewels' update on Chai High's Instagram home | Chai High is an Indian fashion blog started by Shivani Krishan.

2. Jaypore

Indian online website Jaypore on Chai High's Instagram home page | Chai High is an Indian fashion blog started by Shivani Krishan.

3. VOGUE India

Vogue India does a kurta makeover in this cool Instagram update | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

4. New Outfitters

Super torn denims look so much cooler on Instagram | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

5. Smrti Srivastava

A shirt worn backwards. Now doesn't that look awesome. | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan.

6. Balmain

Balmain does a mesh top and football earrings for their Instagram page | Don't miss the model's septum piercing | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

7. Blaireadiebee

Orange heels meets white tunic meets blue jeans | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

8. Man Repeller

Man Repeller's awesome look for Instagram | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

9. Pallavi of That Desi Girl Blog

That Desi Girl teams a happy check jumpsuit with a hair band | Her beautiful long hair is the 'desi' in every picture | Chai High is an Indian Fashion blog started by Shivani Krishan

10. Kritika of That Boho Girl

That Boho Girl gets Color-popping right | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

11. Amanda Shadforth

The White Sneaker trend shows no sign of dying | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

12. Song of style

Loving the flowers and tasselled sandals in this Instagram post | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

13. Nicole Warne

Love the fun-loving pose in this Instagram shot | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

14. Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist

Black knee-high socks, black boots, grey shirt and an afro | The perfect look | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

15. SALT.BY.SIMO

Love the top view angle in this Instagram update | Chai High is an Indian Fashion Blog started by Shivani Krishan

So, what did you think? I loved all of these posts and more. Do click on the handles you like and explore more posts.

And, in case you still don’t follow me on Instagram, here‘s a link. 🙂

Goodbye. And Happy Thursday to you.

 

Behind the scenes of fashion.

Hello People,

It’s been a while since I have posted anything here and I have been feeling so so so guilty. Been caught up in packing my house, working at work (yes. FINALLY), and watching Game of Thrones. Woohoo!

How have you all been? Anyone else planning to shift house? Any packing tips you’d like to give me? Cause I am going positively insane trying to wrap things up, stealing and begging for cardboard boxes from anyone who’d listen, and washing my face a zillion times. Thanks to the year-long layers of collected dust on my bags. *sigh*

Last to last weekend, I attended (or rather volunteered) at an exhibition. Both Saturday and Sunday. My friend Pallavi Dhyani is the founder of THREE, a darling label of anti-fits, innovative cuts, cottons, linens, whites and stripes, and she needed someone to mind the stall with her. Now this exhibition was quite an interesting one. Firstly, the venue was unlike the usual hall or ground. It was held in the backyard of a colonial style bungalow; an area in Bandra, Mumbai called The Vintage Garden.

You can follow The Vintage Garden here.
Vintage Garden, Patkar Bungalow, 34D, Turner Road, Bandra (West)
Patkar Bungalow, 34D, Turner Road, Bandra (West)

Doesn’t this bungalow look cool?

So on the 23rd and 24th of April, I walked into the Vintage Garden for the first time. A sweltering hot day, with just some half-hearted floor fans for respite, I began helping Pallavi sell her gorgeous clothes.

Here’s a glimpse.

THREE clothing by Pallavi Dhyani at The Vintage Garden, Bandra West, Mumbai

A muted palette  of light greys, whites, off-whites and stripes met soft cottons, linens and cotton-linens, in a collection that instantly brought your temperature down by a couple of degrees. One look, and you’d feel easy-breezy, summery and happy, even as the sun scorched its angry rays, trying to get you to furrow your brow.

Pallavi Dhyani wearing her own creation from THREE at the Vintage Garden. Her collection is fabricated from cotton and linen and has plenty of stripes. She wears her THREE shirt dress with a striped under-slip and white sneakers. At the Vintage Garden, Bandra, Mumbai.

That’s Pallavi, the mastermind behind THREE. She’s wearing a light grey semi-sheer shirt layered over a navy and white stripes slip dress – an outfit from her creation. In fact, everyone who passed by our stall, wanted to wear what Pallavi was wearing.

I mean, what better brand ambassador than the designer, herself, right?

Her clothes are a delightful mix of wrap jackets, thin-enough-to-be-sheer cotton shirts, long dresses with slits,  button-down skirts with attached pants and more.

Pallavi Dhyani wearing her own creation from THREE at the Vintage Garden. Her collection is fabricated from cotton and linen and has plenty of stripes. She wears her THREE jumpsuit with white sneakers.

Pallavi wears a comfy overall on the second day of the exhibition. Once again, everybody wanted to wear what she was wearing.

Ratna Gupta and Pallavi Dhyani pose in front of the RESTORIES stall. RESTORIES is Artist Ratna Gupta's pet project. As the name RESTORIES suggests, she upcycles ordinary everyday objects and converts them into stylish extraordinary designs for your home.

Neighbouring stall owner and artist Ratna Gupta wore a THREE playsuit. It wasn’t long before the jailer stripes-meets-daddy’s shirt vibe had engulfed everybody present.

Mansi Kadne wears a long slit dress from THREE and geometric jewellery from her own label, at the Vintage Garden, Mumbai.

Manasi Kadne, a jewellery designer wore this THREE slit-dress with her self-designed geometric jewellery. You can follow her super-fun jewellery brand  here.

Mansi Kadne wears a long slit dress from THREE and geometric jewellery from her own label, at the Vintage Garden, Bandra, Mumbai.

The fabrics are so comfortable to wear and so loose and flowing, that the sweltering Mumbai weather doesn’t just ask for THREE, it DEMANDS it.

I mean, look how actor, TV host and anchor, Kubra Sait pulls of her THREE creation. This slip dress can be wore with shorts underneath (like Kubra) or even layered under THREE‘s semi-sheer button-downs.

Actor, TV Host and Anchor, Kubra Sait wearing Three at the Vintage Garden. Three is a label by Fashion Designer, LFW regular and Pearl Academy graduate Pallavi Dhyani.

The vibe of the place was so happy. There was music, jokes and a lot of mutual admiration with people buying each other’s creations.

Here’s an example. Pallavi of THREE wears a Manasi Kadne nose stud. And Manasi wears a THREE dress. 😀

Pallavi Dhyani of THREE poses with Mansi Kadne. While Pallavi wears jewellery by Mansi Kadne, Mansi wears a dress from THREE clothing. At the Vintage Garden, Bandra, Mumbai.

Well, well, it was indeed a lot of fun. So many well-dressed people in one enclosed space! Wow. 😉

Here’s a glimpse of artist Ratna Gupta‘s brand – Restories.

The Vintage Garden | Bandra | Exhibition | 2016 | Ratna Gupta | Restories | Upcycling the ordinary into the extraordinary | Recycle | Product Design | Creative | Mumbai | People

She creates these extraordinary products by upcycling the ordinary and the everyday, into gorgeous, innovative designs.

Artist and Designer Ratna Gupta poses in front of her stall - RESTORIES, at the Vintage Garden, Bandra, Mumbai. She is wearing a playsuit designed by Pallavi Dhyani of Three.

Well, with this, I come to the end of this blog post. Hope you enjoyed going through it. 🙂

P.S: I managed to shift my luggage today. Yes. I started this a while back. :/

Have fun. Tomorrow is Friday. So yayiiiee. 😀 😀

A Hairstyle to make you feel ‘Happy in the Head’

One Sunday morning she went red. And no, she wasn’t blushing.  She woke up that morning with a single agenda.

“I want to colour my hair.”

And off we went to Happy in the head, a darling salon near National college in Bandra, Mumbai. The kind with cats aplenty and an adopted stray dog, and delicate Pinterest-y hair accessories with metal and feathers that shine and glimmer in the afternoon light. Hair stylists with dashes of pink and purple in their hair, some with Ariel-like flaming manes, eyes lined blue and lips painted red, scuttle about in little skirts and cropped jackets, snipping, chopping and styling hair, as they sway to a curated playlist. (What genre, I can’t recall now) Seems like a walk into Enid Blyton’s fairyland with pink haired pixies and slender blonde elves.

Anyway, so on that bright sunny afternoon, dressed in a navy shift dress with pretty white motifs and white sneakers, Sarah walks in for a consultation. And me, rather shoddily in old denim shorts follow her, with my less than perfect Moto G-2 camera phone in hand. All excited to click Sarah, cause she really pulls off her outfit well.

Check it out. And don’t miss those retro sunglasses. 😉

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So we walk in and I see this couch on the left facing the counter. Piled with bags.

I move the bags and plant myself on the couch, as Sarah goes and gets her hair examined. Should she get a cut or colour or both?

And a girl with a freshly bleached crop looks at me with a wide smile, a towel draped about her shoulders, a happy mess of confusion and excitement, wondering aloud to Avani (the gorgeous owner) whether she should indeed leave her hair bleached blonde or go purple as planned.

I look about the salon, my eyes darting from one lovely hair stylist to the other. All in metallic sneakers and socks and bright hair and fun clothes while the words “the barber shop” high on the wall above stares down at us.

It seems like a place where a stardust bomb has gone off transforming a microscopic bit of Mumbai into little fairies and happiness.

No wonder the name, “Happy in the Head“, I think.

Sarah’s stylist Precy has the prettiest hair. Green. Who’d have thought GREEN out of all colours could look so adorable. I even featured her on my Everyday Showstoppers album on Facebook.

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After seeing her, even I felt like colouring my hair green. Turns out, Precy coloured her hair in November! Imagine. November. And it still looks so good!

And that’s their resident dog. I forget its name.

Meanwhile, Sarah decides to colour her hair red.

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So I wait outside on the bench as Sarah gets triangular bits of her hair on foil. Me basking in the happy spring sunshine, watching expectant women walk in. Each with starry eyes, their voices quivering, breathless with the possibility of the “perhaps” that can change the way they look in the next few hours.

The excitement is palpable. I can literally stretch my fingers out and grasp the anticipation that grips the waiting women. Some with curls, others with poker straight hair, some teenagers, others aunties.

These women probably have nothing in common. Except that they’re all probably high on the drug of possibility. Of change. Of previously unchartered territory. Of feeling empowered through something as seemingly small as the style of their hair. The thing, every woman has in her control – the power to transform herself at will. And in that tiny thing, lies the meaning of liberation. (Sometimes, at least)

And so I sit there, book in hand, but not doing it justice, as the world outside, for once, is so much more enticing.

I look up at the trees. On the swing opposite, a man is seated, waiting for his beautiful curly haired girlfriend (or wife?) who’s gone in for a haircut.

Yes, I had moved to the waiting area from my previously occupied couch-facing-reception stronghold. For two reasons. One, I felt sort of silly occupying a coveted spot when I wasn’t giving them any business. Two, I prefer natural air to air-conditioning.

We discuss hair. He says he’s had the same hairstyle for the past ten years! That’s when the bleached-crop lady walks out, her hair purple! I don’t recognise her until the gentleman points it out to me. “Oh!” I say, surprised.

And I wonder, it’s just hair. Why play it so safe? Hair grows. Waxing appointments, remember. So, why not colour, bleach, cut and transform your locks? Just as you change your outfit.

As I am thinking all this, Sarah steps out, her hair washed, gleaming in the afternoon sun. It’s got rich red streaks. Red-velvet cake, I think to myself, suddenly hungry.

Doesn’t she look just wonderful?

 

And so so happy?

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I love her red-velvet and dark-chocolate hair. She didn’t even need to bleach it. So when it grows, it won’t turn the blonde-red monstrosity we shy away from.

I gather my bags and we head to Theobroma.

To get a slice of an actual red-velvet? Nah! We had the orange juice cake. On second thoughts, red velvet would have been a much better bet.

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So… what colour will you go this Sunday?

Think about it.