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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

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Shonima Kaul

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Seeing life in Color!!

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The best thing about summers is the colourful clothes.. These days I am kind of inclined towards everything colourful. I like to wear brighter shades and color block them. It just makes Summer that more fun and the heat more bearable. Blush pink seems to be the color of the season so in order to make this muted color come  alive I wanted to thrown in some brighter shades. What better than Reds and Blues. I also think that these colourful mirrored sunglasses are somehow a boon to the Fashion Industry. Suddenly just pops up the look so much more. Right? Hope u like it.

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Pics : Rishabh Kabra / Dimple Rana
Skirt : Zara, Shirt : Mango, Belt : Zara,

Stay colourful
xxx
Shonima

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Accessoire du Moment!!

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Unless you are living under the rock, it is hard to miss the must have accessory of the moment. If you keep a keen eye on the #OOTD stars of Social media world, you would have noticed several looks styled with this one.
Yes I am talking about the Corset belts that were seen on Spring 17 collections on the runways of Balenciaga, Isabel Marant to name a few. It did not take much time for us to see them on the Kardashian sisters and once its there, its sure to trickle down on the streets. I remember coming across the first one in one of the flea markets in Dubai but soon spotted it in the New Arrival section of Zara and have never looked back since then.
What about you, have you cinched your waist yet???
I clicked a few pics before leaving for Magnum X Label life unveiling.. On that note do check out the latest collection of Label life based on unleashing your inner beast.

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Shorts :Zara, Shoes : C Louboutin, Belt : Zara, Jacket : very old (don’t remember from where), Bag : Prada
Pics : Dimple Rana

Have a great Sunday
xxx
Shonima Kaul

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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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