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The Blue Story!!

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The predominant colour seen ruling the Runway in the recently concluded Amazon India Fashion week was Blue. The other emphasis was on minimalism.I am amazed at the beautiful designs created by these geniuses. My personal favourite was the Anju Modi’s Neelambar collection which drew inspiration from the Inky midnight sky. The collection featured traditional separates.

Inspired by the same, i wanted to create a minimalistic look based on Midnight Blue and separates. Hope u like it.

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Skirt : Uniqlo, Top : zara, Purse : MK Mercer tote mini , Sandals : Manago
Pics : Dimple Rana

xxx
Shonima

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Just Go with it!!

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I have been absent from Blogging for a while but active on my social media instead. The reason being I have been in a conundrum of sorts for a while. Apparently if you don’t boast of some insane numbers on your Instagram, you are not taken as a ‘serious Blogger’. That kind of put me in a flux of sorts. I keep wondering if that is what Blogging has reduced to. Just putting up pictures in that now so famous square and hashtagging all the possible words that might get you likes on your post. Then what is the difference between me and a non blogger who has a huge following and gets same or even more likes???

For me Blogging started as a passion, a platform to connect with people. I would write about things I felt from my heart. My likes, dislikes, trends etc which gradually took an interesting turn into showcasing personal style. However even through those posts I have always attempted to stay connected to my readers and talk about things that are relatable. It pains me to see that probably that is no longer relevant cos we are living in an age where Fast food is anytime more welcome than gourmet. It’s cheap, its fast and its less laborious. To me Instagram is the fast food version of Gourment Blogging. No longer is anyone interested in what you have to say or the content you are creating or a story you want to tell. Everyone is looking at what you are wearing and from where can you procure same or similar stuff. Initially people would deliberately NOT put that information on Instagram so that readers/followers would take that extra effort to click on the link button to get the source details but unfortunately the same can be tagged in your tiny box and voila all the information is right there at your fingertips so why waste time!!

So in a typical herd like mentality I decided to chase numbers and concentrate on what is the “Norm of the Day” cos well I want to be considered ‘serious’. No matter how much work or thought you have put in creating your content, it doesn’t matter to your clients or industry.
I will be honest it did increase my numbers on the said social media but in no way did it satiate my creative appetite cos what the hell, isn’t everyone doing the same? The thought of giving up Blogging has occurred innumerable times cos it does get depressing and one has to be highly self motivated to continue. I have created a whole lot of non – sponsored content & that requires a great deal of conviction in yourself to go on but the dilemma continues. Should I be sticking to what I believe in – creating good meaningful content for people to read or should I be chasing numbers? This is the debate that keeps going on in my mind but time and again my creative mind takes a beating cos my logical mind says that this is the Norm if you have to taste success. So till the time I find some right balance, just going with the flow & maybe keep creating some content as well.

If at all you make it to my blog (chances are dim) do comment on my conundrum.. will be a great help.

PS : Those of you who have stuck with me and time and again appreciated my work, thank you so much for your help and support.

Sorry if the post sounds like a rant but honestly these are just my thoughts taking shape of words on an empty canvas.
Meanwhile enjoy some of my visual creations where my love for Tassles is pretty much evident
Have a great day

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Top, Shorts : Zara, Earrings : Aquamarine, Sandals : Aldo
Pics : Dimple Rana

Lots of Love
xxx
Shonima

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Inspired!!

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We as humans are constantly seeking inspiration in our day to day lives. Between the everyday drudgery of life, happiness & sorrow, daydreaming & everyday struggles, one is always looking to balance out things. During such moments something that catches your attention and makes you shift your focus (even momentarily) to bettering yourself can be construed as Inspiration. It can come from anywhere – movies, books, people, nature, songs & now a days Social media or may I say our Instagram feeds.

I actually “follow” a very limited amount of people (aside from few close friends). I like to keep my feed clean cos by following I am actually trying to appreciate, learn and gain inspiration from their work be it Fashion, Beauty, Fitness, Photography, Styling or just life lessons. Well, Inspiration comes from multiple places. Right?

Having said that one person who I have been following even before the Digital media exposed us to multiple talents and made it easy for us to connect with the world is Victoria Beckham. I have followed her evolution from POSH spice to being a paparazzi favourite to a style diva next to her hunk husband to a mother of 4 & to now a self assured extremely successful Fashion designer & entreprenaur. Her journey for me has been incredibly Inspirational and Aspirational. She is my Woman Crush Everyday :-)
So one of the days while scrolling down my Instagram feed I came across VB’s Pre fall 2017 collection that kind of stuck in my head for the longest possible time. I love the clean lines and the no fuss designs created by her which somehow makes a woman look classy and chic.
This look today is somewhat inspired by my forever favourite Victoria Beckham. The uniqueness is in the simplicity of the outfit which to me is very ‘VB’.. Hope you like it.

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Top, Skirt : zara (current) , Shirt : Mango (old), Sunglasses : Charles & Keith, Shoes : Christian Louboutin
Pics : Dimple Rana

Stay Stylish
xxx
Shonima Kaul

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Overalling yet again!!

Hey people.. If you have been following me for long I don’t need to proclaim my love for Overalls. I can actually spend my whole life in them.. My only grouse is that I am not very tall so I have to wear heels all the time to feel tall otherwise give me a pair of overalls and some sneakers and I am good to go these days. Don’t get me wrong I love love love heels but sometimes I wish to play it down especially when i see girls rocking those sneakers.
Anyway here is a brand new look.. loved these dungarees with front zipper and belt.. i think they look darn cool & I am somehow loving the straight hair vibes these days.. Very 70s look
What say??

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Dungarees : Akira prêt , Backpack : Topshop
Pics : Dimple Rana

xxx
Shonima

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My Himalayan Sojourn

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Hey guys, Finally here I am with my Manali Travel Diary. It took me forever to sift through the pics and make myself to sit & write this post. Nevertheless here I am.

I also was able to create a Video Diary this time with help of my brother. He has a You Tube channel of his own under the name of “NOMAD SAM” so you can catch some informative travel Vlogs there.

This was my 2nd consecutive New Years trip to Manali & needless to say that we had enjoyed so much the 1st time that we decided to go there again 2nd year in a row & what fun it was. I will not hide my mild disappointment for not being able to witness the Snow. We were so hoping that it would snow but unfortunately it happened 2 days post we left the place. Nevertheless Manali was as beautiful as I remembered it to be & even though I am not a Roadie at all, the company of my near and dear ones made up more than for my lack of enthusiasm for a Road Trip (no wonder I did it again)

The Journey begins
We flew down from Mumbai to Delhi & after spending 2 wonderful days in cold cold Delhi with friends & savouring some delicious Delhi food took to Road in our Myles XUV.  Myles is such a boon for people who like to take Road trips every now & then.

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AMRITSAR

We stopped over at Amritsar to visit Golden Temple and seek blessings from the Almighty and while we were there wanted to catch the Retreat at Wagah Border

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Wagah Border

A word of Advise about Wagah Border
If you plan a trip to Wagah in future especially during school holidays, a word of caution, please reach at least 2 hours earlier even with a VIP Pass cos the seats are limited and it is pretty chaotic. Extremely disorganised and you will end up missing the parade after driving so much so please reach early

GOLDEN TEMPLE
On the other hand Golden Temple is such a pleasure to visit. It is one of the most well organised Holy places in India. I was pleasantly surprised to see all the changes at Golden Temple. The whole square surrounding the temple has been redesigned and beautified. It is always an amazing feeling to visit the temple. So much peace, so much tranquility. Even though it was extremely crowded, the whole darshan and everything was completed in less than 45 min and we got ample amount of time inside the shrine without any pushing or pulling. It was amazing.

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IMG_0450The square outside Golden Temple

What not to miss in AMRITSAR

  • Authentic Amritsar Kulchas
  • Lassi & Jalebi at Ahuja sweets
  • Food at Kesar Dhaba
  • Chicken at Beera Chicken

JOURNEY TO MANALI
It was a foggy drive. The Roads towards Manali are very bad so yeah its a bumpy ride & if you are a non Roadie like me I suggest pop a sleeping pill and get up straight in Manali :-) But yeah before you take that pill do not miss the dhaba food on the way to MANALI

MANALI STAY
We stayed in this beautiful place called THE HIMALAYAN. Its got this old Gothic charm to it and the view is to die for. It’s surrounded with mountains and if those mountains are snow capped, its almost like you are in heaven so I will highly recommend HIMALAYAN to all of you. We stayed there the last time & really I mean even the cottage was the same :-)
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The first day was just chill and we decided to take it easy so just went to Old Manali to some of our favourite cafes for lunch. Old Manali is closed during this time of the year so there are hardly any cafes open during this time but I totally recommend DRIFTER’S CAFE for some nice continental food. Also Old Manali is a quaint little colourful place which means a lot of Photo opportunities.

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GULABA
This is usually where you get to experience snow (which happened last time I was in Manali) but this time it was not the case. Nevertheless the drive is beautiful towards Gulaba but this time it felt like the whole world was in Gulaba so a whole lot of rowdy public and traffic jams was a dampener. But I recommend a Maggi break at these small dhabas overlooking the mountains on your way to Gulaba. To have Maggi in the mountains is an experience you can only feel not explain. I am sure a lot of you have done that. We made 2 trips to Gulaba just incase we could catch the snow.

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A Wedding Affair!!

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Hey guys, So how’s 2017 treating you. Well, mine has been pretty interesting till now. Unusual but interesting :-)
I was also excited about this Destination Wedding of a very close friend. I hadn’t attended a wedding in a very long time so this one came at a time when I needed some distraction and boy it was great fun. Spent 4 days in hot hot Kerala but the Leela property made up for the bad weather. It was insanely beautiful. I have never seen such beautiful blue color of the Sea in India. It was my first visit to Kerala. Unfortunately I couldn’t go around the place as the schedule was pretty tight but I am not complaining at all. Thought will share my outfits with all of you. I am sure you would have seen most of them on my Instagram. Nevertheless here are some more pics.

WEDDING / BARAAT
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MEHENDI
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SANGEET
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SAADHYA – Traditional Kerala Lunch
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Pre Wedding Dinner at Villa Maya
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Pre Wedding Lunch
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Pics : Dimple Rana
All my Jewellery : Aquamarine

Have a wonderful 2017
xxx
Shonima

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Ponder!!

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Whoaaa Boy, Another year has come to an end, Another year is about to begin, where did all the time go??
I sometimes or rather all the time get this feeling of being stationery , standing & watching all this Time pass by me and not being able to do anything. Sometimes I want to catch a few moments and keep them with me and not let them go while most of the times I want to fast forward the ones that I wish were not happening.

2016 was just about alright rather uneventful of sorts which makes me wonder how many of such years can one have which give you nothing… Nada.

Will the next year bring something better with it?? This is a question that haunts all of us at the end of the year. Having said that the spirits are so high in the last few days that one is willing to forget what went by, wants to be in the present and is absolutely willing to embrace the future. It’s the month to make merry , look forward to some great things coming, let past remain in the past. Be thankful for all of it. The Highs, the lows, the blessings, the lessons, the setbacks, the comebacks, the love , the hate. So bidding 2016 a warm farewell and awaiting 2017 with enthusiastic childlike anticipation cos what is coming is gonna be better than what has gone. It will be awesome.

WISHING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A VERY HAPPY & PROSPEROUS 2017.
May it be fulfilling to your heart’s desire.

Shot these impromptu pics with Niklesh Malkani of Say Cheeze photography & I am in love with them. What better to end your year on such a high in terms of work. Wearing Gauri & Nainika for Koovs. It made me feel like a doll :-)

I am currently amidst Himalayan ranges enjoying the natural beauty of this world.  You could find me on my snap chat

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pics by Niklesh Malkani from Say Cheeze photography
Dress : Gauri Nainika for Koovs, Sandals : Michael Kors

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Peace Out!!

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Heya people.. Shot with Ushmi after a long time. She is leaving the country to pursue higher studies and I couldn’t be happier even if I am a little sad cos will definitely miss her. She has been FUF photographer for more that 2 years now and we have done some good work together. I can’t imagine getting that kind of chemistry with someone else but life moves on I guess & I wish her the best of best in her life journey. I hope we can work on a few more things before she finally leaves but for now I am happy we could get this one. This one is for you Ush:-)

Anyway thought will shoot this dope trendy look that’s kind of cool as well as bad ass. You know my love for jumpsuits/ dungarees so obviously had to pick this one in CAMO print. Unlike soldiers who use camouflage to blend in, street stylers are using it to stand out. There is something about Camo prints. It screams Power & Allure. And even though the Print is totally Bad Ass it is meant to make love not war!

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Dungarees :F21 , Bag :Zara, Sandals :Charles & Keith
Pics : Ushmi

Peace Out
xxx
Shonima

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Bombay Velvet!!

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I know the title is so cheesy but for the lack of a better one :-) One of the most sought after trends of F/W 2016 is the Velvet texture. There is no escaping this one. Dresses, Jumpsuits, Tops, Pant Suits, Bodysuits, Bombers & thats not all handbags, accessories, boots.. its just everywhere. It s no longer a fabric of dark, gothic evening clothes. Nor is it just Sabyasachi’s domain, Velvet has now moved into a Street Styler’s daytime wardrobe. Time to pack your summery dresses and make way for the fabric of the season.
Obviously the Runways of Paris & New york have been hugely responsible for bringing this trend to high street but what makes it more exciting is the way it has been incorporated in the casual day to day pieces instead of coming to us in some fancy (aka unwearable) form.
Since the weather is still very warm in Mumbai I decided to go with this T shirt dress which was pretty comfy for the weather outside & I am crushing on this beautiful Burgundy velvet clutch from Charles & Keith which i decided to sling across my dress to complete the look. Hope you like my style of wearing velvet in Bombay!

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Dress : Zara, Bag : Charles& Keith, Sunglasses : Vogue
Pics : Dimple Rana

Stay Stylish
xxx
Shonima

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December vibes!!

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Hello People.. How’s December treating you? I just got back from a short vacation and it was a good break. I can’t believe I had not been anywhere this year. It was my first holiday of 2016!! I ate a lot and walked even more (so what if it was in malls, it counts!). The energy was so good and I could see Christmas trees making their way into our lives and the moods were cheerful on the streets.
The weather in the city is getting chillier. Not yet perfect to take out boots but my fascination with boots is something that has been repeated umpteen number of times so here we are (even if my feet were sweating after 15 min). I feel the Global warming has hit us so badly that even those places that are supposed to get cold by this time are still warm. It is kind of scary. Anyway since a girl has got to do what she’s got to do, I decided to NOT pay much heed to the weather and do my thing. After all its December!!

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Playsuit : F21, Boots : Zara
Pics: Dimple Rana

Good vibes
xxx
Shonima

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