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Change is the only constant!!

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I have been in a kind of creative rut for sometime now. I have been struggling with a lot of things on work front. I feel uninspired and sometimes even frustrated. In the past I used to go into these long periods of absence because I would just not feel like doing anything but now I try and be present by way of some medium.

Blogging is hard and you know what is harder – YOUTUBE. It’s a lot of work. I am not afraid of working hard. Infact I love slogging my ass off but then I get hit by so many limitations. It’s also an expensive profession (Blogging) cos you have to keep spending your own money (PS: all u get in return from brands is some vouchers or a promise to be promoted on their very big social media platform for which you have to keep following up and they may or may not do it )so obviously you have to keep cutting corners if you want to keep on going. Its like any other business where you keep investing but the ROI in this case is extremely slow. I am so grateful to my friend Dimple who helps me out with my pictures and together we make a good team. He is not a professional photographer, he is just trying it out as a hobby but it has helped me tremendously in the sense that I am able to create more looks and shoot them. However we have our own limitations and we just try to work around it.

Big Question why am I doing it??? I do it cos I am really really passionate about Fashion or dressing up. It’s the only place where I can be creative, where I translate my dreams into something real. I love being creative. I like that I am constantly thinking of how can I style an item differently. I like dressing up. For me its an Art. Even when I am going out for an event or some parties I like to constantly push the envelope. I truly believe that as a blogger I am representing my brand. ‘You’ are the product that you are selling so if you end up looking sloppy how do you prove your authority on that subject. The biggest reward I get is when some of my followers send me their pics saying ‘inspired by you’. It is the biggest high in the world. But honestly it is hard, it is very very hard. To make it worse there are a sea of bloggers now so you can only imagine how difficult it is to make an impact. You have to constantly think of what new can I do to stay relevant.

For a long time I have been feeling like I am not doing anything new and its the same thing I am creating again and again. Why would anyone even be interested? Why would they want to see me? Am I sharing any useful information with my audience? Are they even reading it?? All these kind of questions keep plaguing me. You will not even believe how many looks have I shot in the past few months that are just sitting in my hard drive cos I just feel what is so great about them and after spending hours looking at those pictures I shut it and move on without even sharing them. It’s work.. It is hard work that is just getting wasted. One of the reasons I started with YOUTUBE is that I wanted another creative outlet. I felt like I have reached my saturation in Blogging and I need to try a new medium but then Am I ready for it? or Am I stretching myself too thin?? Questions, Questions and Questions Pfffftttt!

On the other hand I also believe that Change is the only constant so if we have to change to stay relevant and new. It is difficult to go through a change but one has to get a little uncomfortable to see something new. If we keep doing what we are dong we will keep getting what we have been getting. On that thought the first thing I wanted to do was change my Hair hahaha. I thought that would be a good place to start. It was a difficult decision but I am glad I did it cos it changed up my look and I see something different. Its a small step but nevertheless its a step towards Change.

I was inspired by Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Fall Winter 2017 Blue creation for DIOR where she has played with Tulle and Velvet and French Berets and I was so obsessed with it that I have forever been looking for the right skirt. This Tulle skirt from COVERSTORY was just the right one for my look so this look is an ode to DIOR.

Its from Runway to Real life look. Hope u like it :-)

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Top : Zara, Skirt : Coverstory, Cap : Accessorise, Booties : Zara
Pics : Dimple

Stay Inspired
xxx
Shonima

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What Am I wearing this FALL – 4 Looks

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Before I even begin, a small disclaimer : these looks are keeping in mind the weather in Mumbai :-)
I wanted to do a LOOKBOOK for my YOUTUBE CHANNEL but I still haven’t figured out how to make a decent Lookbook video so I thought of putting these on the blog itself.

The weather is slightly nippy in morning and evening and I can’t even begin to explain the joy I see on the faces of fellow mumbaikars. Its been a long time since we have experienced this kind of weather in November and it makes me feel very happy. It does get slightly warm in the afternoons but nothing to complain about. This is the best time to bring out your boots and knits(nothing more than that) and dress up a little bit.
I have put together 4 looks from my existing wardrobe and the clothes I wear all year around but just adding a few accessories makes it work for the current season. Also it doesn’t hurt to follow a few current trends. Just helps you stay relevant haha. Major FOMO you see I am suffering from (wink)

LOOK 1
I have worn this oversized slouchy knit outfit before too on the blog but this time I made it look wintry by adding these SOCK BOOTS (Totally trending these days). I added this Broad belt (again on trend) to cinch the volume and added these oversized geometrical sunnies to finish the look.

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LOOK 2
You might remember this dress from my last Dubai Trip. It’s a slightly heavy knit so a perfect time to take it out. I paired it with OTK Boots to give it that extra edge and keep myself warm. Tinted sunnies just provide the perfect contrast.
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LOOK 3
I actually worked out this look based on these Boots that I love so much. I had seen similar ones on LOUIS VUITTON FW ’17 Runway and as soon as I spotted these I had to pick them up. This simple dress looks elevated by just adding a belt and a jacket with these shoes. And since i wanted to keep it classic, I went with these classic Black sunnies (yes from Victoria Beckham, you might remember my VB Vlog from London )
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LOOK 4
No Fall look is complete without a leather jacket. I paired it with a classic white shirt Black jeans look and guys Caps are so in these days so I had to finish the look by adding one :-)
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PICS : DIMPLE RANA

OUTFIT DETAILS
LOOK 1 : Twin knit set : zara (very old), Belt : Mango , Boots : Misguided, Sunnies : Aldo, Bag : Charles & Keith
Look 2 : Red Dress : H&M , Boots : Zara, Sunnies : Quay
Look 3 : Dress : H&M , Belt : LV , Boots : Zara, Sunnies : Victoria Beckham , Bag : Zara, Bomber : Zara
Look 4 : Shirt : H&M , Jeans : Zara, Jacket ; Zara , Cap : Mini cooper gift

Hope u liked them

Stay Beautiful
xxx
Shonima

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What’s your Poison?!?!

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I am drunk on life beeyatch, what’s your poison????

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I am not much of a drinking person. Infact I abhor it. However I do indulge in it once in a while and then its a different (and embarrassing) story altogether. A lot of people ask me why aren’t you drinking but honestly I do not need to get drunk to be intoxicated. I am usually intoxicated. Anytime I want I can go completely crazy :-) To others I might seem completely sober and balanced but internally I like to be high. I like being high on life. I want to be enriched with experiences. I want to be enriched with love, with enthusiasm, with learning and I feel that kind of high is better than any alcohol or weed you have. What say people?? That and a crisp white shirt.. now that’s my poison!!

Just thought of randomly shooting and I loved the pics so much that I wanted to put them up on the Blog. Hope u like them.

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Pics : Dimple Rana

Lots of love
xxx
Shonima

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FESTIVE SEASON LOOKBOOK

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Hello People of my world. Hope you are feeling happy and cheerful cos its festive season. My spirits are usually vey high from Sept till start of next year :-)
As you would know I have also started my full fledged YOUTUBE CHANNEL which will have some VLOGS and videos from time to time of anything interesting or just a usual week in my life. Do let me know how you feel about it. Meanwhile this post is a Blogpost of all the looks (minus 2 variations) I showed on my YOUTUBE Festive looks video. Hope u caught it. If not you can see it here below

1. COWL JUMPSUIT FROM GLOBAL DESI
I loved this blue color cowl jumpsuit and I know most of you have too from all the comments and DMs I received. It’s currently available in Global Desi in their festive range. I am also wearing earrings from Global Desi.

PS : A Variation of this look is in my Youtube video

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2. MAXI DRESS WITH JACKET
An easy breezy daytime wear from Global Desi. Perfectly apt for attending daytime functions. I paired it with Flats and earrings from Global Desi again and kept the look very neutral.

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3. ANARKALI WITH A BENARSI DUPATTA
Benarsi trend is so in these days. I love taking old saris from my mom or aunts (their wedding time) and converting them into dupattas. I did one earlier too with a blue dupatta and you all loved it. This time I converted this green one. This Anarkali has been lying in my wardrobe since last year so just paired it with this one. I am wearing earrings from Curio Cottage. I also love big bindis.

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4. SHORT KURTA WITH PATIALA AND BENARSI DUPATTA 
I got this Kurta tailored to my fit and wore it with a white salwar so I could pair it with this bright benarsfi dupatta. Just added a mango tikka and good to go.

PS : A variation of this look is there in my video

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5. A LONGLINE JACKET WITH KURTA AND CROP PANTS
This is an evening GLAM look. I love adding jackets to everything. They just look beautiful
Again this jacket is made from a 40 year old sari I took from my aunt and got it tailored. My boutique owner suggested wearing it with crop pants and Kurta & I am glad I listened to her. I love how my eye make up turned out. I smoked it up, kept my hair straight and slick and added this beautiful choker from Aquamarine. The good part about these jackets is that you can later pair them with a western outfit & it looks very cool.

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Hope you liked my looks and got some ideas for what to wear this Diwali

Do holler if u need any more info on any of these looks

WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY & PROSPEROUS DIWALI
HAVE FUN & BE SAFE

Lots of love
xxx
Shonima

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Just a Number!!

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It was my birthday last week and I can’t believe I am one more year older. Just a few days ago I went down the memory lane when I came across some of my pics when I was much much much younger like 17 /18 / 23/24 I just cringed at the sight of those pics. Gosh I have transformed so much. Earlier this morning my friend sent me a very old pic of mine and I was laughing in the bed. We were discussing how stupid we used to look with our 90s haircut and 90s Bollywood influenced style. In my opinion and most of you will agree that Fashion was going through the roughest patch in those times and the ones caught in that era had some ridiculous stint with Fashion and Style. The nets and the frills and the frocks can not even be spoken about today. We laughed and laughed and my friend said “Gosh we are old”. The thought does strike me many a times. We sure are getting older. However, I refuse to feel like one.

I started blogging wayyy later in life. If you see the bloggers around me, they are all in their 20s – in their prime and youthful. Does that make me feel old. Hell, no. Ofcourse there is a limit to everything in life and I know that one day i won’t be able to click pics like this anymore, I won’t be able to wear clothes like this anymore & I will have to tone it down so might as well go full throttle.
I always believe and will repeat that Age is just a number. The more you keep telling yourself you are old and this is not appropriate for your age , the older you will feel and then what. Its just over. Rather grab life by the balls and give it your best shot. Honestly I have not felt fitter, sexier and more confident about myself than I feel today. I am trying risqué & bolder looks. I go out of my comfort zone to do that little extra and I feel good about it. I don’t care what people think about my age, I know if I can pull it off I will feel good about myself. I have never pretended to be younger. I am very well aware of how much risk I can take and I go for it. Believe me It’s just a number!!!

Coming to this dress, I had my eyes set on it for a long time. I saw it on Juhi Godambe (blogger) and its from her Brand Arabella. A lot of you appreciated this dress on my Insta story so I had to shoot with it. I love the Asymmetrical details and the futuristic design vibes. Contrary to that I wanted to give this shoot a vintage feel (a la Audrey) cos I love how classy it looks. I like some of the stuff from Arabella. My only gripe is that the sizes are too small. I can hardly fit in them but maybe because Juhi has targeted it at the younger generation. However like I say Fashion should have no Age limit and if Juhi ever reads this article I hope she makes bigger sizes because I am sure a lot of people would love to wear her label :-)

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Dress : Arabella, Choker : Forever21
Pics : Dimple Rana

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Art of Procrastination!!

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Pics : Dimple Rana

I am proclaiming myself as the the Queen of Procrastination and believe me its not a title I am proud of. I have absolutely no clue as to why I procrastinate so much. I set out to do a task and then something hits my brain and I am like Ok I can finish this later and then pick up the most inane of tasks and working on it and then hop on to another one without finishing the current one. With the result I have a lot of Unfinished business to deal with.
For Instance every time I am back from a shoot I know I have a whole lot of things to do and create a post to be up on the blog so I sit on my comp and start with my work and then suddenly find something interesting on the net and start reading that till I come across something a celeb is wearing and then google some more on that celebrity and then get on to the You tube and stalk that person and 4 – 5 hours later I am exhausted with all that looking into the comp and no work done except for some absolutely rubbish information that I might have gained with my mindless googling. 5 hours and no useful work later I decide to take a break and sit later to finish my job till something else catches my fancy.

So I sat down to read this book Art of Procrastination by John Perry (again another excuse to not doing anything useful ) thinking it might offer me some solution. I must say first and foremost I was relieved that I am not alone and that this world is filled with a whole lot of us. Also its an amusing & hilarious read cos I could relate to so many things. It also made me feel good that the author thinks that Procrastinators are actually perfectionists who are not happy with less than perfect results and therefore might want to leave the task. Well, I don’t know if its true or not but I would go with that explanation to keep boosting my ego hahaha. I am not sure if it gave me any insights into how to overcome this habit but it did pass my time for 4 hours till I realised I had other things to be done Pheww!!!

It didn’t end there , I actually did a little bit of research since I want to understand why does it happen and what goes inside the brains of a Procrastinator. I found out the reason that sounded quite logical. Human brain tends to value immediate rewards / instant gratification more highly than the future rewards.For eg: when you set a goal to lose weight, your future self is getting rewarded because you will look good , feel better and be healthy but for that your present self needs to take an action. but the present self is not getting any instant gratification so the future self and present self are constantly conflicting with each other. The future self wants to be trim and fit but you are in present and presently the brain wants to eat that whole bar of chocolate to get rid of immediate sweet cravings and feel better and therefore you say to yourself – Today let me eat it and from tomorrow I will work out. It happens right? I came across this very interesting, light hearted fun TED TALK by Tim Urban who explains it so well that you actually feel good and special. So for all you PROCRASTINATORS out there, do give it a watch

Anyway whatever might be the reason, the best way to get something done is to Begin somewhere so I sat on my desktop today, edited a few pictures and thought of sharing my plight with you and guess what i am done with a post.. yaayyy!!
Now on to the second task….. And thats how we get things done.

Coming to this look I am not usually satisfied with anything simple. I have to add a piece or 2 to make an outfit interesting. This was not actually even meant to be shot but that day I went out somewhere in these shorts and tee and found this Net cape in Masaba and what luck it was on sale so I picked it up and on my way back my friend clicked a few pics for me. I like how cool the outfit looks with the addition of this simple cape. Nothing genius but then all great inventions came out of some very simple ideas. Say whaaaa???

xxx
Shonima

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Law of Attraction!!

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Hey guys. Hope you doing great. It’s been a while since I have put up something on the blog. It’s been a busy few days plus I wanted to take a break for a while. Sometimes a break can do you a world of good right? Life is great and things are looking up. Actually the reason I felt like writing this today was cos I wanted to share something with all of you.

We all go through periods of darkness and sadness and I am no exception to that. I have had my fair share of downs but what is very important during such times is to keep faith in oneself and hang in there. Know that one day things will start falling in place. The most crucial thing is Don’t give up. If you feel something from your heart and you feel it is what you really want then believe me it will happen. It will just happen. Bring all your positive energies together and let it flow towards what you want and wait for the Magic to unveil.
Everything in our Universe is Energy –  everything you see, feel , hear , perceive. Energy always moves. The fact that you can hear, see or smell – means energy moves and you are capable of turning it into vibrational frequency.. Our thoughts are energy. As soon as you conceive and entertain a thought, it immediately flows into the universe and attracts like thoughts. They in turn attract material manifestations of the similar energies. Miserable thoughts attract more misery and good happy thoughts attract happiness and abundance
“THAT WHICH IS LIKE UNTO ITSELF IS DRAWN” is the premise of the Law of Attraction”The only way to manifest new and improved version of outer world is to change the vision within yourself – your inner vibrations, your inner thoughts.    3 things I try to practice

The first and foremost thing we need to learn is Self Love. Lack of self worth is a killer. If you feel you are no good and keep repeating that to yourself, you will keep attracting more such circumstances. Instead, you have to tell yourself that you are a Rockstar :-) and you are the best. Keep repeating it till you believe in it.

Last few days I heard a lot of people saying lot of good things about me and I felt that if so many people can see so many positive things in me then why am I blind towards them. Why do we need others to appreciate or validate us to feel good. Why can’t we do it for ourselves. So I practice Self love consciously so much so that I could come across as shameless haha.

Let go of Resistance – Resistance thoughts are our inner energy blocks. It is also mainly because of lack of Self worth. It could be towards people, situations etc etc
One of my very close and dear person told me the other day “You are ruthless and it’s a great quality in you. You don’t look back” which is very true. I ruthlessly eradicate the unwanted. (it takes a while but I do). What I leave behind I leave wayyyy behind. I don’t look back. Be it people, things, situations. I like to move forward because the reason its been left behind is that It was no longer serving my purpose. If in future it comes in my way then I am sure it is meant to come. Till then there is no need to mull over it. How it helps me is that If I don’t let it enter my life I have blocked the negativity to come inside of me. These are mostly people. If someone has hurt you or your energies don’t work well, eradicate them from your life. Don’t let that thing bother you forever.

Also Learn to compliment people. It is a great way to let go of Resistance. When you compliment someone, it is a flow of good energy and it blocks you from thinking negative about the person so try and compliment 5 people in a day. Be generous with your compliments.

Practice Gratitude – Life is beautiful and we just need to believe it with all our heart. Always be grateful and count your blessings. Everyday in the morning Say 5 – 10 things you are thankful for.  Send Positive energies to the universe and wait to receive them back. Universe will reward you for being kind towards it. It is the Law of Attraction. Practice, it works!!

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Outfit : ZARA, Earrings : Arabella
Pics : Dimple

xxx
Shonima Kaul

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A Speck of Dust!!

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Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by things around you. Its like everything around seems so big that you can’t make sense of anything. It happens to me sometimes when I look at things around me and wonder what is the purpose of my existence. What role am I supposed to play. Why am I here? Everything looks so large and unattainable. I feel like I am never gonna reach where I want to because its so beyond my reach. I look at the vastness of the universe and feel like a tiny speck of dust. It is unbelievable how one thought can bother you so much. Can we as humans control these thoughts?

Probably yes, if and only if we can separate these overwhelming thoughts from emotions and say “hmmm, what i think and feel is not so important”. Learning to separate the thoughts from emotions is a big challenge. However, if one could master this process one will feel empowered in ways one has never felt.

I was discussing this with a friend today and he rightly pointed out that we search for answers in others when truly all the answers are within ourselves. We just need to listen.

Just some thoughts for the day cos I was feeling deep :-)))
Have a great day
xxx
Shonima

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Not just another Black n White!!

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Shirt, Skirt : Zara, Bag : Charles & Keith, Shoes : Steve Madden, Sunglasses : Quay

I love myself a Black n white outfit. It’s chic, its eye-catching and it works for every occasion. Recently I have been wearing a lot of Black n White so thought will share some of my Monochrome looks with you. This one has to be one of my personal favourite outfit. I loved the way it all came together.
How was your weekend guys. I had a binge – astic Sunday. For some reason I went berserk and woke up with a very guilty me this Monday morning. I think all the carb and sugar loading makes you extremely lethargic which is what I was feeling the whole day. Anyhow kicked my lazy ass and got some work done. Tomorrow is a new day.
Hope you guys like my look. Enjoy

xxx, Love
Shonima

 

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