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My 8 Way to look Taller in a Picture!!

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One question that I get a lot from my readers on Social Media or otherwise besides “Is that a piercing on your neck??” is “How tall are you?” or when someone sees me in person “Oh you look taller in your pictures”. I am not sure if i should be taking it as a compliment or feeling bad about it :-) :-(
Standing not so tall at just about 5’3″ I have kind of mastered the trick to look taller than my natural height. I guess it came from spending so many years getting photographed for my blog.
I recently again heard this comment so thought would be great to let you all in on the tricks I use to lengthen my frame for the pics. I learnt these over time and after many trials and errors (feel free to browse thru my earlier snaps) found what works best for me. Try these out next time for your pics & let me know how it goes. Remember you may not get them right the first time but you will eventually get a hang of it. And if people start complimenting you on your frame you know whom to thank.
Practice makes a man Perfect so happy clicking people.

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1. Take your pics from a lower angle
This I think is the be all and end all of taking a great pic.  A good photographer and a very good angle. This creates an illusion of longer legs. Never take top to bottom, it will make you look stunted and wider. I usually refrain from asking a tall person to take my pics. If you taking from phone camera just ask the person to adjust the phone a little below your waist level or eye level but never above that. Trust me those pics don’t come nice. The lower, the better. Figure out which angle looks best.
I will tell you one more trick – Using your phone camera on a Tripod works very well. I have mastered that Art. They make my legs look mile longer. Just adjust the angle.
Anther trick is to ask your children (not a tall child but someone shorter than you) to take a pic. Since they are shorter than you, it will almost everytime come taller

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2. Stretch yourself a little
If you have a short torso like me, stretching gives the effect of a taller frame. Maybe stretch your arms up or throw your head back or lean a little backwards

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3. Maintain a good posture
Remember your mom screaming at you “Do not hunch”. Well that works later in life. If you hunch you look short and not confident at all. Throw those shoulders behind. You will be surprised how tall , slim & confident you look.. even I need to practice this more often.

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4. Wear Nude heels
I almost never ever photograph myself without heels. They just help me lengthen my frame and give me that confidence. I do NOT feel confident in flats and if you wearing Nude heels they will just add that extra length you need.

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5.Wearing shorter lengths.
I actually live in shorts. its mainly because I hate jeans in this weather. And secondly shorter lengths make my legs look taller. Play with the part you feel is your asset. If you have a longer torso. Wear crops. They will again make you look taller. Or wear Maxis. They too give an illusion of longer legs. I totally refrain from wearing anything that cuts on my knees or little below them. It almost always makes me look short. So work those legs and show them off for a longer leaner look.

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6. Say Yes to High Waisted bottoms
High waisted trousers/ skirts or shorts give the illusion of your legs starting higher up on your body and make you look taller. Like these Promod Trousers I picked recently from their latest collection.

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7. Cover the whole frame
Unless you trying to show Eiffel tower or Qutub Minar in the background or its a perspective shot, try and cover the frame. That way there is no comparative distraction and you stand tall.

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8. Work a Pose
Lastly you are the best judge of which pose makes you look better. Some argue that crossing your legs and standing makes you look taller but I always stand with my legs a little apart and tilt my body a little. I feel its a much stronger & confident Body language like below 2 pics. which one looks better according to you?

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Top : Zara(currently available), Trousers : Promod(currently available) , Heels : Steve Madden
Pics : Dimple Rana

So these were few of my tricks. Hope I have been able to enlighten you all. About my outfit like I mentioned I am loving this high waisted paper bag trend. They make you look slimmer. I bought these pants from Promod (latest Spring summer 17 ) collection and decided to pair with a summery crop top. Do you like??

Happy Clicking & keep reading FUF
xxx
Shonima Kaul

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Sorbet!!

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It’s crazy how the temperatures are just soaring outside. I just want to stick my head in a freezer all day long. Its not even funny the number of trips I make to my refrigerator just to get that cold blast on my face.
However instead of just cribbing about the heat I am trying to look at the brighter side of the summer and things you can do to feel better :
1. It’s the best time to shed that extra weight. The heat suppresses your appetite and with the right exercises you can get to your goal weight
2. Time to wear some colourful clothes. Summers is the best time to sport those gorgeous bright colours and with Yellows , Blues and Pinks out there in the market you can look like one hot piece of candy
3. Say yes to Icecreams. The only season that makes eating ice creams legitimate. After all its so hot outside
4. Add that glow to you skin cos you are definitely going to increase your water intake
5. All those watery juicy fruits like Watermelon are a saviour. Light on your stomach and great for your health.
6. Take that beach holiday and get some sexy tan. I don’t know how people do that becos I always end up getting burnt but this time i am gonna google ” how to get a sexy tan” and go.

I decided to go all out with this colourful look and celebrate Summer

Hope u like it

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Top, Skirt , Scarf : Zara, Shoes : Steve Madden, Sunglasses : miami blue
Pics  : Dimple Rana

Lets Celebrate Summer!!
xxx
Shonima

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Who is the fairest of them all !!

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When Halle Berry, the first black actress to win an Oscar took the stage, the whole world got up and took notice. She later went on to play the Bond Girl with equal aplomb, a very highly recognised stature for beauty.

Years later Lupita Nyong’o won an Oscars for her role in 12 years a slave ,  but what caused a bigger stir on social media was her being named the first black face for Lancome , as she joined the ranks of fair skin beauties Julia Roberts and  Kate Winslet.

Naomi Campbell has been on 66 Vogue covers and countless other fashion magazine covers.

Rihanna is considered the biggest Fashion icon the world has seen.

Jennifer Lopez has been declared the sexiest women in the world countless number of times by a number of publications & media houses

Beyonce & Shakira can still send numerous hearts spiralling with that shaking booty.

Closer to home Ujjwala Raut made it so big on the International ramps that she is the only Indian model to walk the ramp for the prestigious Victoria Secret’s fashion show in New York, another hugely recognised Beauty standard by the Fashion Industry

Lakshmi Menon still casts her southern spell over the most influential designers and publications. The only Indian model to get casted in the famous Pirelli calendar. Like her, many Indian models are hot properties in International fashion scenes and send heartbeats racing of the likes of Karl Lagerfield.

Bhumika Arora, the newest kid on the block is cast very much in the dusky mould & lets not forget our latest pride the dusky desi girl Priyanka Chopra who is now a well known International face.

Ok , there are so many articles on how much Jennifer Aniston must be spending on getting that Bronze or Golden tan and the whole Bronzing fad has been started by the Kardashian sisters to get that darker glow. Beauty Industry internationally is minting money on people wanting to get browner by coming out with products and services to help them achieve it.

You must be wondering why am I talking about all these things.  The current backlash about celebrities endorsing products with unrealistic and dodgy claims got me thinking hard. While the dusky / dark / black / bronzed skin is taking over the world  & being celebrated at Oscars, Red carpets , Runways, Hollywood, we here are still bickering about how we should get fairer to be considered beautiful!! I mean wake up people and think about it. Are we blind to all these happenings.

My gripe is not so much with these brands using get fairer skin ploy for Indian market  as much as it amuses me that, how are people in my country so naive that they can be made to believe that a certain fairness cream can make you fairer even if it is endorsed by the most famous celebrity or God himself. I mean expecting a darker complexion to become fairer is expecting a tall person to get a few inches shorter!! How stupid and crazy is that. More than the Beauty Industry taking us for a ride I am appalled at the lack of wisdom used by the people who get influenced by such bulls*#*t. And then targeting celebs for spreading such racist ideas is the easiest thing to do. 

I honestly don’t have a problem with Celebs endorsing products. I understand they are here to make money but I just feel that since they are such key influencers , it should be done more responsibly by both the brand and the celeb.  I do have a problem with the message that the Industry is sending to the society that Dark is ugly and Fair is beautiful. How badly must it be playing on the mindset of people. I  have a problem if some of us are believing such claims blindly. I also have a problem with certain bunch of morons who are then making a big issue about celebs endorsing it cos we are so foolish as to not  understand that such things don’t happen unless you go under the knife.

C’mon people its 2017, the whole world is connected with just one button. People are connected. we can see everything around us. No longer are we living in a cocoon where the supposedly more learned could feed us any crap and we would listen starry eyed and bushy tailed. We can see things around us & I see some of the best models with that beautiful bronzed skin taking over the world and here we are still fighting the battle of who is going to be the fairest of them all!!

Do you guys have an opinion on this ?

Coming to my outfit, belts are big this season especially corset belts. Embrace them and make them work in your outfit. And if you are wondering why am I looking darker in these pics cos I have used products to make my skin look 2 – 3 shades darker than my usual skin tone in support of Dusky is very sexy message i want to send out.

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Knit : Zara, Dress : Zara, Belt : Charles & Keith
Pics : Dimple Rana

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Feels like Fall!!

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Hey guys.. Is it just me or are you also feeling a slight nip in the air?? Since I am very good at creating my very own make – believe world I am not sure if its actually happening or is my mind playing tricks with me again. Whatever it is , the weather feels good and in my mind we are experiencing Fall. The days are getting shorter and the Sun is setting faster. We are almost at the end of the year & I have no clue how the whole year passed. And since we are in November, darker shades are the primary drivers in my wardrobe & also my make up.
I am loving the whole Bold lips look this year, makes a strong statement. So what are going to be my Fall favourites this year.. Well let’s see

1. Burgundy – lips, clothes, shoes, bags…the works I love that colour
2. Blush Pink – Fall 2016 color is gonna make way into the wardrobe
3. Thigh high boots – still looking for a sexy pair to satiate my fashion hungry senses
4. Bomber Jackets
5. Metallics – clothes, lips, eyes
6. Velvet
7. Tassled earrings – ooooh love them
8. Bold lips

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The whole look : Zara
Pics : Dimple Rana

Happy Fall
xxx
Shonima Kaul

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Urbane!!

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As you all may have gathered by now, I love dressing up. It’s my thing. Even if I am in a bad mood, dressing up makes me feel alive. I do it for myself & I insist everyone should do it. The amount of confidence it will give you is unbelievable. The days I am not upto the mark (by that I mean the standards set by my own self) it is very evident in my demeanour cos I don’t feel my 100%. It’s a therapy I feel that we should all invest in :-)

As we grow our style evolves with age. Offlate I am steering more towards pieces that are sophisticated & suave. Case in point this dress that I found extremely classy. I love the neck detailing and Navy Blue is one of my favourite colours. I was not very sure about the length of the dress cos I feel it will look much better if short. As for this look I wanted to look elegant so kept the styling very clean.

I am sorry I don’t have much to share today as last few days have been a bit unfortunate. Hoping to come back with some good stuff in next post. Hope u like this one.

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Dress : Zara, Shoes : Steve Madden, Bag : Charles & Keith, Earrings : Zara
Photog : Mrinmai Parab

Location courtesy : LPQ Powai

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Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda ???

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OK, I have to tell you that I kept looking & then re looking at these pics for almost 2 hours. Actually I will let you in on one secret – Everytime I am writing a new Blogpost I go back to my previous posts and keep looking at some of my old pictures and then think to myself “Are these appropriate??” Should I be dressing down a little bit?? Does this look OTT? Am I going to get judged?? Therefore Should I have been wearing it, Would It have changed anything, Could I have done it better? These and many more such doubts run through my mind. Some sit there for a longer period of time & some get quashed there and then. The only valid argument that I give to myself that this is precisely the purpose of my Blog – to showcase my style which is an extension of my personality.

Don’t get me wrong I am not regretting any bit of it. On the contrary these questions make a good enough base to debate with our self doubts & emerge a winner. We are everytime faced with the challenge of Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda. Second guessing a decision or thinking of an alternate response to a situation may not be a bad idea but its possible to get so caught up in the paths not taken that a person can get entangled in the endless web of Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda blame game. The only thing that works at that time is to act according to best of your capabilities and leave the doubts and second guessing to some other time.

I am so grateful to have my Blog that lets me be myself & express myself in a manner I wish to. I am inspired by so many women in the world in different spheres of life & one common thing I see in them is that they do not want to blend in. They are constantly pushing the boundaries. Sometimes i wonder if they are haunted by “Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda” when they look back into the rearview mirror of their life. Well, even if they are I am sure they are shrugging it off with an optimistic explanation. The point I want to make & at the risk of sounding cliched (but I will anyway say it is) Stay true to yourself. Live freely, experiment as much as possible & let your style evolve. People will stare, At least make it worth their while.

Coming to my outfit – I am not a quirky dresser. Infact I like sticking to classic with a hint of edgy. I wanted to make this one look fun, young & playful hence the choice of this cutesy top & hairstyle. I hope you like it as much as I do.

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Top, Pants, Choker : All Zara ; Bag: LV, Shoes : Steve Madden
Pics : Mrunmai Parab
Location Courtesy : LPQ Powai

Stay Happy
xxx
Shonima

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Fresco!!

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“Find what you love & let it kill you ” -C Bukowski

I know I have been MIA for a while on the blog trying to keep in touch via my Instagram / FB shares. Though many a times I wonder what is it that I am doing & whether or not I am making any sense to anyone. The only consolation I give to myself is under the pretext of sharing an outfit since I have not been able to shoot in the longest time. Ofcourse Fitness being my other love takes up a whole lot of space on my Social media. Oh Well, Snapchat is just another story. Honestly I have no idea what to do there because it feels like a shot in the dark to me. Still trying to wrap my head around this new kid on the block. Anyways I am glad to be back with this colourful post on the Blog. I am hoping to get my act together and be more regular.

It felt a little awkward to shoot after so long and I had not arrived at any concept so far for the shoot so the first time I shot for this post, it was so random & disconnected that it had to be scrapped. However Ushmi & me were very excited about these Murals that we decided to build the theme around it for a re- shoot. This Pyjama style jumpsuit made a perfect outfit to depict an artist bringing his imagination to life on a canvas (wall in this case) through splash of colours.

I often wonder what these people envisage in their minds to bring out such beautiful pictures to life. I would love to get into the realms of their minds to understand the creative process. It’s same for every artist I guess. The thoughts in their mind, the driving emotion, their passion all comes out in form of their Art. I also feel that having some kind of passion allows you to vent out your negative emotions leaving you toxin free. What do you think? I really wish I had some artistic talent in me. For now I am just playing one through my blog. Hope you like the pictures.

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Jumpsuit , Heels , Choker : Zara, Bag : Charles & Keith
Pics : Ushmi

Lots of Love
xxx

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Sheer!!

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I have been a huge fan of Self Portrait label.  Have you heard of them? I have provided you with a link incase you haven’t and you could also google them. It’s probably one of the best brand that can make sheer dresses look so classy. Every time I see it on someone I want to get my hands on this brand. Unfortunately it seems a little difficult at the moment so I decided to create something similar of my own.

Playing with sheer is extremely beautiful. If I had the body for it & most importantly if I was living in a place like New York (which btw I am sure I will, some day soon) I would have probably styled Sheer very differently. I remember experimenting a lot with sheer in confines of my dressing room but every time I would get something my husband would give me a big nod of disapproval so I just stopped. Till I found this piece in Zara and I was not going to let it go. Finally I knew what I had to do and so I created my own Version of a Self Portrait dress. Ofcourse it’s not as pretty as the original but I guess I can make do with it.

Ok so the point I am trying to make here is that there is plenty of inspiration around us. All we need is to keep our mind and eyes open. I know we all do not have access to big time labels/ designers but there are a lot of things available in High street brands you can use to create your style. You just need to have an eye for it and figure out a way to get the look that you so desire. There is a reason all these Street Style Blogs are gaining popularity. It’s to show us different ways you can style something simple and put a look together. So girls keep looking for inspirations and don’t ever think you can’t do it.

Hope u like my look :-)
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Sheer Cover up : Zara, Separates : Zara, Bag: Kate Spade NY, Shoes : Christian Louboutin
Pics : Ushmi Kanakia

Stay Stylish
xxx
Shonima

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Olive!!

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The temperatures are soaring and its getting rather difficult to wear clothes. I mean really you just would slip into some torn cotton T shirt and shorts and pray you do not have to step outside. I am so glad to wear the off shoulder trend these days. It kind of makes summers easy to bear. Only problem you gotta work hard on those shoulders and for someone like me who is broader I need to work harder :-)

Ok I have to tell you that I am completely in love with Olive green right now. As the fashion circuit internationally are claiming it to be the new Black (I wonder how Black must really feel cos every time some new colour is bragging to replace it, first navy , then Orange and now Olive.. Hmmm but Black you will always remain my first love) . Anyway coming to Olive – my love affair started when I spotted this colour on the Runways last year and  then saw a number of people wearing it at Fashion Week all over & then some street style looks on my favourite fashionistas so anticipated this Military colour to take over the streets. I actually wanted a jacket but then I would have to migrate to the other part of the world to wear it Right?? So I settled for this Skort at the moment. When I bought it I envisaged wearing it with a cream knitted crochet top and flats & a hat – la Coachella look or a high neck mustard top with a khaki jacket for winters but I liked the way it turned out with this Off shoulder piece. I promise to show you the other way I thought of styling it if I get my hands on the top I am imagining in my mind.  For now this one is not that bad either.

Also a special mention to this Box clutch from Charles & Keith. I know I have told it before but I don’t mind repeating that I am in love with Charles and Keith Bags/ clutches. If you looking for sophisticated and affordable chic I totally recommend the brand. It’s true value for money.

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Skort , TOP, Choker : Zara ; Bag : Charles & Keith , Shoes : Steve Madden , Watch : Gucci
Pics : Ushmi Kanakia

Lots of love
xxx
Shonima

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White Glam!!

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I had put together this outfit for a friend of mine cos she needed something in White for a party. Instead of opting for a dress I put together these separates to arrive at a Glam solution. While she rejected it saying it would be too hard for her to carry it, I ended up at the cash register line buying it for myself. A poor case of an Artist falling in love with their own creation only in this case there was hardly any Artistic creation just another excuse to shop :-)

I decided to give it a complete White theme and therefore added no colour. I love how rich an all White outfit can look. And God Am I happy or what with the Choker trend.. As many of you who have been reading my blog for years know that I love love love chokers though I feel they don’t suit me so much as my neck is not too long but I don’t care I still wear them a lot and I love them a lot so accessorised this all white look with this gorgeous thrifted piece. I love the way it glams up the whole outfit. What do you guys think.. Do you like??

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Whole outfit : Zara, Shoes : Zara, Neckpiece : Thrifted
Pics : Ushmi Kanakia

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