Summer Ease in NAushad Ali

There is nothing more enticing in summers than a relaxed piece of clothing that lets you flow and your body breathe while looking gorgeous. This is exactly what my Naushad Ali outfit makes me feel this summer. A designer with minimalist inclinations, he believes in revisiting designs to adapt more than to add. He fosters a deep love of Indian traditions and crafts, creating designs that bring together modern cuts and heritage fabrics.

While i knew of the brand for a few years now, it is my time in Pondicherry that got me further aware him, his designs and techniques revives India’s traditional fabrics and sustain its practitioners. His label endeavours to balance the inspiration of India and its history, in all its forms, while keeping a keen eye on the world of today. At his studio in Pondicherry, every garment is designed, tailored and packed with earnest dedication.

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Arte – Alter, Calcutta


There is something about clothes that look beautiful and are so comfortable you can practically live in them. Over lock-down I have been trying more and more to bring to work and create content in collaboration with homes grown brands that bring out the best of craftsmanship, are eco-friendly promotes sustainability and are socially responsible.


Arte Alter, a made in India brand from Calcutta, a city that is a melting pot of art and culture and reflects everything a socially conscious brand stands for. They firmly believe in creating impact, from the betterment of artisans in terms of health & safety, to textile revival in a contemporary fashion, everything to minute detail of packaging is encouraged by local artisans making it reusable and eco-friendly. At Arte-Alter, they celebrate handmade and craftsmanship, and that is what we as a country “India” is proud of.


The first thing that comes in mind when I see their collection is free flowing comfort, refreshingly beautiful colors, a sense of simple sophistication and a splash of subtle art throughout the collection. The name Arte-Alter itself means, an alternative form of art. All their products are made by hand, and for them, that is art.


Fabrics They Use: this is something I feel needs to be highlighted as it’s the core of any good garmnet. With comfort and care as a key aspect, arte-alter takes immense care to provide you with fabrics made out of azo-free and natural dyed yarns. The yarns are all-natural yarns, like khadi, cotton, silk and linen. The yarns used are hand spined yarns and hand spinning is an ancient textile art, in which fibers are drawn out and twisted together to form a yarn.
The biggest advantage of using natural fabrics is that, they are biodegradable, breathable, soft, durable and also can be produced organically. These fabrics are very comfortable to wear, they are porous, so they do not stick to your body, and they do not cause any harm to the nature when produced. The fabrics are hand washed in minimum amount of water, after the fabrics comes out of the loom, to make them soft and reduce the possibility of further shrinkage.


Arie hand woven khadi dress
Handwoven soft khadi cotton jamdani dress. I like wearing it as a dress, can be paired with a beautiful scarf / belt, add a pair of pants and there is yet another look. The vibrant color is such a mood and it has hand-stitch detailing on neck and sleeve making it a perfect day wear. Shop Here


Aquamarine hand-woven khadi overlayer
I can’t wait to travel and wear this overlayer everywhere. It makes for a great airport style, adding as a layer to my mountain trips and back in city it makes for a stylish work wear. I paired it with their pink resort dress, that can be worn as a separate as well. This aqua cerulean drop shoulder trench overlay comes with patch pocket detail and is handcrafted in soft khadi jamdani with tie and dye detailing on sleeves. Shop Here

They are a luxuriously affordable brand that offers customization option and a joy of wearing them, complimentary with each outfit.

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Upasna

I discovered Upasna during my year in Pondicherry. Searching for local brands that was comfortable for the humid weather i was living in, stylish and worth the money.

Upasana, an Auroville based brand is a beautiful amalgamation of creativity, fashion, design, Indian culture, social responsibility and spiritual progress – woven seamlessly together.
Clothing has power, the power to change lives. The lives of farmers, spinners, weavers, printers, tailors, designers and many more who have invisibly woven their souls into what we wear. Upasana honours them all, consciously, at every stage of crafting their products. Shifting fashion to touch the soul instead of just the body, we believe life is interconnected. Beauty is beyond vanity.

Upasna Label, aims to create conscious sustainable fashion where they take care of our environmental cost and not pass it on to the future. For them, design is creative, problem-solving. Any problem, be it post-tsunami trauma, farmer suicides, garbage littering, weavers losing their job, Upasana looks at social issues as a space to exercise for change. Out of these real problems were born the following projects:

» Kapas – organic cotton project with families of Madurai

» Varanasi Weavers – a project with the weaving communities of Varanasi

» Tsunamika – a tsunami related project providing livelihood to fisherwomen

» Paruthi – India’s local organic brand to support India’s organic farming community

» Small Steps – compact bags as an alternative to plastic bags

It is great to be sharing about brand like this, investing in something that helps nuild my conscious lifestyle.

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Doodlage

Sometimes mind can contradict our own thoughts, i used think if you love fashion, its difficult to walk on path of sustainability; but then again, with time, i ask myself, if i truly respect the fashion i love.

I have never cared about fashion rules, i have always loved wearing colors i like, trends i adore (no matter how yesteryear they are) so trying to give up on fast fashion isn’t very hard (but i am just getting started). Not caring about trends doesn’t mean i am not aware of them, and being a 90’s kid, last decade i have only seen trends come back and nothing majorly fresh, a lot of reinvention, yes! but then again its a very personal opinion.

The only trend i have been trying to get in line is to buy thoughtfully and keep up the main aim- comfort and style. This dress i got from Doodlage is every bit of style and comfort and can easily go from work to brunch, movie date to a vacation outfit.

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Doodleage was born from a simple idea—to create unique, environment friendly products, that are high in style. Everything at Doodlage is made with love; every piece they make is exclusive and unique.

Doodlage is a perfect sync of sustainability and innovativeness. They work with eco-friendly fabrics, such as organic cotton, corn fabric, banana fabric. Another source of fabric is the left over or quality, discarded textile from large manufacturers, which account for the “wastage” in export terms. They also source fabrics, which are left unused by other retailers post-cutting. Much like pieces of a puzzle, these bits and pieces come together, each with its own story. As a brand they love experimenting with textures, embroideries, panels, washes, shapes and sizes to optimize the use of every little .

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Mahabalipuram


Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its exuberant group of sanctuaries, founded by the Pallava kings, was carved out of rock along the Coromandel Coast in the 7th and 8th centuries. It is known especially for its rathas-temples in the form of chariots, mandapas – cave sanctuaries, giant open-air reliefs such as the famous ‘Descent of the Ganges’, and the temple of Rivage, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva. It is so fascinating to see structures so old, surviving innumerable natural and man-made calamities and still have power to leave you impressed.

Ito India

I recently collaborated with a homegrown label that represents itself as a connoisseur of slow living. Ito India, a clothing label that is all about being simple and fuss free, while also offering style and comfort. The outfits are mostly made of 100% pure cotton, mulmul, clean lines, relaxed silhouettes and pastel shades.

My fair lady maxi in blush pink with delicate details on neck and knots on sleves and neck. The design is simple, the outfit is comfortable, even with the minimalistic approach i can wear this to the fanciest of brunches, travel in it and still look elegant.

Reversible Choga, my favourite piece from brand that give a benefit of two, at the price of one. Checkered hand loom at one side and pale quartz mulmul at the other i wore this on my trip to palampur. This kept me warm in the pleasantly chill weather and i got a lot of Instagram worthy pictures in the beautiful palampur.

The clothes are are perfect foe modern yet conscious consumer’s. They use natural material to create contemporary and eco conscious products.
You can shop them on Instagram @itoindia

Knockout Pink, Masaba Gupta

I really like Masaba Gupta’s designs, they are vibrant, fun and comfortable. The quirky prints, classy and some times playful silhouettes add a character to your look.

This particular kaftan cape was my favourite piecs from her festive collection. It enhances my styles, can be worn as an Indian option or a western outfit, the styling only ends where you ideas do.

The store now open in Hyderabad offers some really good jackets, capes, dhoti kurtas, sarees and some accessories as well.

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Ikat love with Translate

In the clutter of fast fashion ‘Translate, Handwoven Ikat’ has given me something to be grounded about. Collection by Translate India is very avant-garde, with supreme quality. I love how each of their garments can be used as separates or mix and match in numerous ways. Be it summers or using them in layers in winters, they are stylish yet minimalistic, comfortable yet classic and every bit feminine. Translate is a perfect blend of age old traditional that meets modern cuts.

This particular garment is easy and contemporary, be it lunch with friends or meeting a client it’s just perfect. This dress has an amazing pattern play and there are number of ways to style it. Pair it with a palazzo or wear it as dress, add an Ikat scarf or wrap a belt, let your style define the garment.

Translate’ as a brand uses artisanal fabrics that spell luxury. It is a concept apparel and home textile design company, made in India that empowers regional Ikat artisans in transforming the traditional hand-loom weaving to contemporary outfits and home accessories. The primary focus of ‘Translate’ is to revive the age-old traditional art of Ikat; bringing it to a larger audience through weaving, designing, producing and retailing. ‘Translate’ primarily focuses on warp, weft and double Ikat that is almost on the brink of extinction. All textiles at ‘Translate’ are hand-woven by their team of trained weavers and exclusively designed for each collection. All textile are specially treated with VAT dye to make the wearable skin friendly and pre-washed, softened to ensure they are very comfortable for every day wear.

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Good Cow Café

The new café on the block, which is the brain child of Masaba Gupta promises to satiate your appetite for both good food and a good coffee.

Cappuccino at Good Cow Cafe

This post made it to my blog almost 3 visits later, the place has a very artistic vibe and somehow ambiance to me matters as much as the food itslef.

Iced Americano and Falafel at Good Cow Cafe

Good Cow Café offers both indoors and al fresco seating, both huge on design. The indoors are more of monochromatic drama full of bright light and cow figures, while the outdoors is a burst of colours, perfect for a summer outing. The place is full of wooden tables; old school benches outdoors, glass windows, book shelves but our favorite parts are definitely the black and white tiled floors and artful walls all around the place.

Grilled Cottage Cheese at Good Cow Cafe

The interiors of the place are done by Masaba Gupta herself. Anyone who is familiar with her designs will see its shadow in every corner of the place from cushions, caricatures, art pieces and even on the menu.

Monochrome interiors at Good Cow Cafe, Hyderabad

A dream come true for any voracious reader who can settle on a comfortable couch and satiate an appetite for both good coffee and books here. It makes for a great outing spot, be it with your friends or family; with its location away from all the hustle bustle of the city you can end up spending hours without even noticing it.

Pizza party at Good Cow Cafe, Hyderabad

The menu is a novel treat at the Good Cow Cafe, while their signature cappuccino that comes with their logo is fast becoming most Instagramable coffee in town, their iced Americano is just as good. For tea lover you have plenty of fascinating flavours but what will catch your attention is the range of special ‘Good cow shakes’ that offer flavours like brownie rocher, classic cheesecake, chilli alphonso mango, cookies and cream and berry merry.

The Wholesome Salad and Iced Americano are perfect summer treat at Good Cow Cafe

Coming to food i start with  their ‘Wholesome Salad’ that is flavorful and delights at every bite; and it makes for a hearty appetiser. ‘Arinchini’ is a crispy delight filled with goodness of carrot, beetroot, garlic flakes, served with tangy sauce on side that completes the dish.  Their thin crust pizza are in for the run of best pizzas in town, you must try their ‘Lamb Pepperoni’ that tastes as good as it looks and for vegetarians the ’Quattro Formaggi’ pizza is the one you will go home thinking  about.  My vegitaraian companions also tried their ‘Falafal’ and ‘Grilled Cottage Cheese’ relishing it with smiles on their face.

Arancini at Good Cow Cafe

The menu doesn’t have desserts yet, but they promise there is lot more to be added in the menu. Something for later right?

Place is brought alive by two talented architect’s – Soumya jagarlapudi and Apoorva Balakrishna 

Location:  Good Cow Cafe, Road No.21, Jubilee Hills.

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Reminicing in Red Ruffle Dress

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Dress: AND Earrings:Maithili Kabre Location: Marriott, Hyderabad Photography: Arpita Patel

Happy New Year to everyone reading this, while I am sure you must be reading a lot of – plan your year, make resolutions everywhere, I am wishing you do exactly opposite. I wish you be open to everything this year. While I for myself is one of those who plan a lot, but I have realized in 2017, that I have experienced so much more than I had planned on. Keeping your options open helps you experience things that are beyond your bucket list. It will either be a lesson or a gift of lifetime, a memory to cherish or a motivation to work harder, either way you live and experience life.

Do more of what makes you happy, when things get tough, breathe in the positivity and exhale the negativity. Stay happy and Love yourself more each day, because when you love yourself people around you infectiously become happy.

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Retro Red

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Fashion is probably the easiest way to convey your mood and inner self. I for one love to play around with vintage style and trends because they forever remain.

This top has three trends in it, its red; which Paris has officially declared the color of the season, it has ruffled sleeves and gingham print that has been around for some time now. The extra large bow just adds to the whole look like a statement. A classic print and color, this is a piece that will stay in my wardrobe for ages and i will hardly ever get bored of it.

Keeping my accessories minimal but on point, I chose to throw in an extra set of bow’s – flats by Chalk Studio and a mini white bag- Anqi Bags that played its part impeccably with this pretty top from Stalk buy love.

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Sleepwear style with ‘Blanche’

What come to your mind when you say pajamas or sleepwear? Well I think of comfort, relaxed state of mind and SLEEP (of course). Sleepwear is not just a garment of night anymore, everyone will be able to relate the ecstasy of coming back home after a long day and getting into your comfy pj’s.  We gen next love to laze around in our Pj’s all day when we are at home.

While women’s nightwear was once full of shapeless garments whose sole reason was to just keep us warm and discreet, rather than looking nice and being comfortable. Nightwear is no longer for sleeping only, but has transformed into a fashion statement. Modern women prefer to wear sleepwear with a choice of fashionable cuts, sexy look or like me classy and well groomed.

So, when I had to choose, i undoubtedly went for a classy black pajama set with white detailing from ‘Blanche’ a Jaipur based brand that specializes in sleepwear. While the brand is all about some quirky prints, I was glad to find something that suits my taste.

This particular nightwear has been my holiday accompaniment for last few trips. Holiday mornings for comes with tons of coffee, breakfast in bed and undeniably strong desire to not leave the warm soft bed for the rest of your life. In such cases a comfortable and stylish sleepwear is just the thing I need.

For me Comfort and style go hand-in-hand and I found my hunt for perfect nightwear stops right at ‘Blanche’. So, snuggle yourself in comfortable (but not boring) nightwear, after all why stop being fashionable in bed?

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Fashioneatista X Nicobar 

Nicobar store, Hyderabad

Nicobar has finally come up with a grand store in Hyderabad, with a tropical feel as soon as you step into the store, the store is filled with all things pretty. Metallic cutlery spread on tables, a wall full of subtle dinning sets, pretty mugs and a swing showing off their printed cushions. As you move in you will notice how much the store has to offer, clothes, candles, bags and of course drinks and cakes to indulge in the launch

Nicobar Store, Hyderabad

Nicobar as a brand creates a modern Indian way of living, dressing and looking at the world. With travel as inspiration you will find little bit of world in a lot of their products. They collaborate with real people sharing real journeys with a desire to shape culture in an original and inspiring way.

Nicobar store, Hyderabad

Nicobar A/W collection, Hyderabad

Black Pyjamas paired with Front Tie Overlay that is made of soft airy chanderi and so versatile I could style with a sari, jeans on a dress etc. This garment is super comfortable, airy and has a knack to flow easy from any day to night event.

Nicobar, Hyderabad

I have a thing for Anti-Fit, it gives you option to style them and pair them in so many ways and this particular layered beauty is my festive favorite of the season.

Nocturnal section is my favorite part of their store in Hyderabad, it spells a travel wave and you would want to pick up everything from bags to scarfs, little travel pouches for your essentials or smart and comfy casuals for your leisure trip.  Hyderabad Blogger

Shop them online-  Nicobar 

Visit their Store in Hyderabad- Nicobar, above Good Earth, Road no 12, Banjara Hills.
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Rock it like a Boss

Palazzo’s are stylish answer to summer heat. These airy trousers are great substitute for jeans, leggings and the overdone jeggings. They are really comfortable and when paired with a right top can look really stylish and give you a sculpted look even with loose fit of palazzo.

You can team palazzo with crop tops, kurtas, shirts, tank tops or even stylish blazers. You can choose from prints to solid colors, this style looks great on women of all sizes, just pick a top length according to your shape and carry it with panache.

I love these beige set from AND that I paired with black tank top and black stilettos. It’s a perfect look for any formal event and makes a great brunch outfit too. Paired it with my carry all bag and stilettos giving it an effortless chic look. Heels are perfect for palazzo’s because the added height makes the palazzo flow very well with your outfit.

 

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Winter Green

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Pantone releases a color ever year declaring it as a ‘Color of the Year’ and this year they choose ‘Greenery’. Pantone Doesn’t set a trend but helps set a base for it and companies, be it fashion or otherwise make trends, business around it. Pantone has said with the world we live in today, it’s a very stressful and intense one. With high demands and pressure to succeed in everyday life, we forget to “stay calm”. This color visually is designed to bring those emotions and thoughts into place. According to the company, the color of the year “Greenery” brings meaning and an idea of what’s been happening in the global culture.

I like the color, especially emerald green. Green as a color is so uplifting, and when you say green you have all the visuals of trees, mountains, grass basically all things fresh and alive. I agree that people need to make a sense of connection to reality (not man made but natural) and encourage people to “Take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate”.

I Love this dress from H&M I got it last year when the store just launched in Delhi. It’s perfect for Hyderabad weather. The boots add to entire winter feel, seeing I wait an entire year to wear them, I have worn these boots so much and now can’t wait for winters to return or take a holiday abroad to take them out of closet again (as it is it’s hard to wear boots in Hyderabad, a big face palm)

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