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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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Queen of Hearts!!

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Magical, Mystical, Beautiful she rules the Kingdom of “Hearts”. She guards it with her life. She goes to lengths to save it from demons. She keeps a keen vigil when everyone is fast asleep. Charming, Magnetic & very Attractive she has the ability to favourably influence others. She is loved, she is respected but she can be fierce if deceived. She moves around with the Lamp of Love. She lights it with the fire within.  She spreads that light in her Kingdom so no thief can dare to come in.

My Diwali Finale post. I had so much fun creating these looks. Hope you liked them. I tried to stick with Modern meets Ethnic theme for this festive season so combining a plain button down shirt with a beautiful lehenga by Priti Singhal styled with some breathtakingly majestic fashion jewellery by Aquamarine again. The whole point is to get creative and play around with the pieces in your closet. What are you wearing this Diwali season.. would love to know.
Signing off for the festive season with lots of good wishes from FUF

Have a very HAPPY, NOISE FREE & BLESSED DIWALI. May this festival of lights illuminate your life and bring you lots n lots of good health, wealth, prosperity & peace.
Be Safe & Have Fun!

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Lehenga : Priti Singhal, Shirt : Zara, Jewellery : Aquamarine, Cuff : my own, Lamp : flea market
Pics : Ushmi

Happy Dhanteras & Happy Diwali
xxx
Shonima Kaul

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Modern Princess !! Part Deux

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Taking forward my Modern Princess theme, this is the second version of how I styled the look. Half saris are totally cool way of draping this beautiful fabric incase you want to stay away from absolutely traditional style. I took a vibrant colour to match up with my Ivory earrings from Aquamarine. I have played with jewellery to come out with 2 versions of this look.

Hope you like the variations in the MODERN PRINCESS post.

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Sari : very old , Jewellery : Aquamarine, Crop Top : Vintage Earth, Shoes : Steve Madden
Pics : Ushmi

Location courtesy : Blanco

Happy Festivities
xxx
Shonima Kaul

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Modern Princess!! Part One

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This Princess does not have a carriage waiting for her to take her to the ball. Nor is she waiting for any Prince to come and save her. She is bold enough to drive her ownself to the ball if she decides to go. She is unapologetic about being the damsel who saves herself.
It’s a Neo interpretation of Modern ethnic wear and revamping the meaning of a “Key Piece”. I like my clothes to be strong and stylish , at the same time sensible. Here I am playing with 2 different capes from Global Desi & some beautiful jewellery from Aquamarine to add some spice to a normal crop top with trousers. Taking forward my India Modern theme, yet another take on amalgamation of Traditional & Modern
This is Part one of the series. Stay tuned for Part Deux of this look styled differently.
Hope you like it.

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A special mention about Blanco.. this Greece inspired restaurant will transport your to Santorini. The interiors are breathtakingly beautiful & the food is awesome with some great energy & music. Do visit.

Crop Top : Vintage Earth, Pink Cape & Blue dress worn as cape : Global Desi, Shoes : Steve Madden, Jewellery: Aquamarine

Location courtesy : Blanco
Pics : Ushmi Kanakia

Happy Festivities
xxx
Shonima Kaul

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Dusk!!

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Sailing across the twilight
Pushed gently by the wind
Gliding across the dusk sky
The darkness closes in

Remnants of Rain Storm
Drifting across the sky
Glistening with sunlight
as day becomes the night

The Sun hovers on the horizon
As night begins to fall
The darkness all around now
And the day has gone by.

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Another one from my Festive series.. Hope you all like it

Dress : Vintage earth, jewellery : Aquamarine, Dupatta : old one
Pics : Dimple Rana

Happy Festivities
xxx
Shonima Kaul

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India Modern!!

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I was recently following Amazon India Fashion Week being held at Delhi, the theme for which was “India Modern”. I love it because it fits totally with my Fashion sensibilities too. It connects modern to ethnic. The designers have gone to great lengths to bring this concept alive on Runways. The revival of Gold jewelry paired with modern silhouettes. The traditional Indian pieces being worn with fluid drapes just changes your perception towards these ornaments that we have only imagined with Indian wear. Can you tell me just  how many times has a Sari Reborn??  The innumerable times this traditional piece has been twisted and turned to make it as contemporary as possible is phenomenal sometimes hilarious. I mean we are now shortening the length of this garment to drape it as a Dhoti or wearing it over pants or doing some random things with it!! I am wondering how Draupadi would feel about it.

Having said that I salute the vision of these creative people who give us so much inspiration to work with and somewhat transform these ideas in our daily wear. We are seeing a massive wave of this kind of fusion all across. Bindis with shirts & jeans, Jhumkas with dresses, or Maang tikas with denims seems to be the direction in which our Modern India is moving. I remember a lot of eyebrows being raised when Sonam Kapoor was seen in a nose ring at Cannes Red carpet a few years ago. Many went on to say it was Blasphemy but that seems to be the norm today. More and more people are adapting risqué fashion. The weirder the better :-)

Looking at India in a contemporary way is the theme I thought of taking this festive season so I have decided to work on a fusion between traditional & modern. Mixing and matching everyday modern wear with something ethnic is the way I look at dressing up this season. So I chose this Anarkali to be worn as a cape over my denims. The simple ensemble has been brought alive by these beautiful pieces from Aquamarine Jewelry. I decided to wear something modern yet with a hint of Indianness & these beautiful gems just drove home the point.

This is the first post for this festive season. Wait for some more to come. Hope you enjoy the pictures.

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Denim Dungarees – Only, Anarkali worn as cape – lokhandwala market, Jewelery : Aquamarine, Shoes : Christian Loubutin
Pics : Ushmi Kanakia

Happy Festivities
xxx
Shonima Kaul

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