November 6, 2017

Blue Stripes Dress: Zaful

Hello people

I'm back with a sunny post for you guys. Right before taking these pictures, my mom brought this pretty sunflower home. I was like, let's use it as a prop and brighten up my pictures :)

I had many apprehensions before wearing this dress. My parents told me, it looks like a teen's dress while my brother said, I look like the kid in the dress! I was so in love with the dress that I decided to wear it anyway. This blue stripes cotton dress from Zaful was so pretty and I requested them to send it as early as possible. When it arrived, first of all, it was exactly as it was in the pictures. Second of all, the cute cotton belt was really giving me ideas right and left on ways to tie it.

 Agreed, I looked a bit younger than I already look for my age. But, once I tied the belt at the back; things changed. Take a look at the 6th picture. Would wear it again for a winter look. With white leggings and an overcoat? How you would wear it? Let me know in the comments below.






 


 




 



WEARING:
Dress: Zaful, Pumps: Chic Factor, Necklace: Chicnova

Here are 5 tips on wearing cotton dresses:

1) At the beach- The perfect place to wear them if you don't plan to go near the water with the dress on! Wear it with those cute platform flip-flops, a loud cotton tote-bag (picture below- an old one), and sunglasses/hat. If your dress is solid colored then you can also tie a colorful scarf around.

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2) Party- Yes! Break the rules and live a little. If you feel extremely comfortable in cotton dresses (like me? Please drop me a mail & Hi5) then by all means go ahead and wear them. But be a little dramatic and wear a classic burgundy, brown, and the likes, lip shade. If it's a little cooler outside then it's a perfect way to add a leather jacket on it. If not, let your hair down, do some awesome make-up, carry a nice hot colored clutch and rock it.



3) 80s Fashion- As I said above, I would wear it with white leggings and throw in a ribbon over my head and turn it into a bow. I'd probably want to wear soft curls on my hair. If you're feeling a little more Yale (read Blair- Gossip Girl) then a white lace jacket and some pearls would look really neat.



4) Fusion- You know what would be really innovative? Wearing a crop top or a nice top over your cotton dress. Some nice sneakers and a backpack (optional), you're so owning this look.



5) Prop it- If you have a belt like mine then I already told you two ways to wear it. There's one more way to do it which I've never tried but would love to see if anyone has. If there's any chance to hide those belts by folding and pinning it, do that. Add another belt, maybe a metallic one. You can also leave the belt as is and wear a grey cardigan over it.
If belt is not the issue with your dress then I strongly recommend wearing a great belt and experimenting with its placement- empire, mid or low. I love wearing bandanas and still wear them (sometimes for work).



I hope you enjoyed the post. Check out my previous post if you missed reading my Mumbai rants and another cotton dress I wore. This time it was sequined, printed and maxi!

P.S. Next time, a special post would come. If everything is ready, then watch out for my next post :)

Until next time
xoxo
Akanksha

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October 28, 2017

Diwali outfit: Printed cotton maxi dress

Hi readers :)

This Diwali, I was confused between two dresses which I bought recently- a mustard double shift maxi dress and a printed cotton maxi dress. So I asked you guys on Instagram stories, to choose for me. This printed maxi dress got more votes so I wore them on one of my favorite days of the year.

As you must have seen in my previous posts, I love wearing either brighter shades or one dark and elegant shade like this sea moss green HM shirt
But this time, I knew it was time for some change and so I wore this dress along with some ethnic fusion earrings and square shaped ring.

As I'm writing this post, I'm watching Dangal, the movie. It stars Aamir Khan, one of the most sought after actors in India. The story is about a dad, who fights with the underdeveloped minds of the Indian society which has regressive views about Indian women. He trains his two girls to be a wrestler and dreams of seeing them win the championship.

The current scene I'm on, shows how the eldest one, after winning the National championship, takes success to her head and it affects her relations with her dad.

The scene is so delicate that you instantly self-reflect your current position in life. The success and failures you have encountered, how you have reached where you are, and how far you have to go.
Everything said and done, it gets so difficult to have someone control you, then you move away and suddenly nobody is under your control but you.

I remember when I went to Mumbai and my health, my emotional stability, and my discipline went for a toss. I decided to try Cassey's pilates for 21 days and then I would stop being so hard on myself. When 21st day came, I didn't feel like continuing but something inside me pushed me to continue for another 7 days.

Before you know it, it was 45 days and then 60 days. That was 3 years back and there hasn't been a day when I didn't exercise.

So guys, just have faith in yourself and continue with your efforts till it feels right.



 



 



 





Now about  the dress, how did you find it? I was not much confident about its color- you think so?

WEARING:
Dress: Thrift, Heels: Miss England, Bracelet/cuff: Forever21

Until next time
xoxo
Akanksha

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October 22, 2017

Zaful: Halloween spookiness

Hello crazy people

Not as crazy as I am. I'm so excited to be sharing this Zaful post with you. Living in India, we get to celebrate so many great festivals but the festivals that are celebrated in the west, are even crazier than Holi (yes every festival should be bench-marked to its craziness).

I got an opportunity to celebrate Halloween last year with my flatmates and guess what I dressed up as? AUDREY HEPBURN. That's right! Not so halloween(y) anymore. I don't play Holi, what do you expect out of me? To color my face in some paint or wear a black dress and vampire teeth? It ain't me. You either do it right or you don't do it at all :)

Another reason for my excitement is my Instagram account. I'm trying something new there. Some theme is to follow my recent instagram post. Check it out and let me know if you like it. Also, hang around for at least a few days to see what I'm talking about.

Today, I have a different post for you. It's Halloween spookiness vs Regular craziness. You have to choose between which pair of pants or sweater you like the most. Do you have the venomous blood (not literally, right?) or are you just the normal crazy girl or guy. Their range of halloween special white sweaters inspired me to bring out the craziness (or spookiness?) since it's there in each one of us!


2. Bloody spooky or floral crazy choker necklace

3. High rise spooky or wide leg crazy palazzo pants?

On completely different note, how cute is this yellow two-piece? Maybe, for post-Halloween after you are done shedding those extra calories? ;)

 

 Let me know your picks and how you'd pair them.
Also, do check out my instagram account @fictitiousfashionblog and let me know what you think about my new theme. 

xoxo
Akanksha

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October 14, 2017

White with sea pastels

I've always believed in the saying, 'Age is just a number'

Don't know who said that but I guess they were talking about me. Always young at heart and never boring. That's 100% unfiltered me; given that I'm comfortable around you.

Today I am going to talk about a topic which is slightly uncomfortable to talk about and definitely weird to follow- exposure. No, not talking about exposure to a disease, sunlight or career. I'm talking about physical exposure (or exposing). These loosely placed letters, make way for an even loose concept wherein 'femininity' would soar up in this post (not by me but by others reading it). 

I am all about wearing what you want, speaking your mind, eating puffy breads and cheesy onions. But, when it comes to doing all those things for myself, I have a thing or two to say about it. Now those women and men who cannot keep an open-mind or have to pass an opinion about everything, please refrain from reading the post. You can share your opinions among yourselves but if you have something very genuine and strong comment then go ahead and comment below.

I've been born and brought up in Delhi and completed my masters in Mumbai so that's 20 odd years vs 2 years. But the 2 'adult' years should definitely account for more matured thinking and better perspective, right?

I will not begin the Delhi vs Mumbai debate here (although we know who would win).
I will talk about the kind of outfits the two women wear in these cities. Now these women could have been born in respective cities or switched locations.

Anybody from outside of Delhi, who visits it, has two things to say about Delhi women- hot/beautiful with a loud dressing sense. This is a general picture and does not talk about every Delhi woman but yes, this is somewhat true. We love to wear bold colors, makeup and jewelry. It sometimes looks funny and we could use a class or two.

Now, about Mumbai..
When I was waiting, with my friends, for my cab at the Mumbai airport, I saw a girl wearing a black printed blouse. She had her back against us so we couldn't see her face but we could tell she must be really pretty, for her dressing sense and great shoes. My friends would agree with this. Now, let me tell you, none of my friends present there were Mumbaikars.

Anyway, when she turned walked towards us, we were stunned at the sight! That printed blouse was suddenly lacking any print in the front and was, well, see-through!
She had the decency to wear at least a black lingerie but the point is far from the color-coordination she kept in mind.

Now, I don't know about other girls or women who decide to wear red lingerie underneath a white top, or even purple bra-straps with a yellow tube top. Hey! I'm not judging. But could you at least tell us what are you trying to say?

Yes! Your outfit can say a lot about your personality. So is it, that you are color-blind or maybe you were suddenly inspired by a mandarin duck? These women, are well-spoken, seem intelligent, and on occasions, also look nearly perfect.

But, all I want to say, a bralette is a bra and so is a balconette and whatever is sold online today! Sorry for the bizarre topic and unsolicited advice, but it physically hurts to see such striking combination of colors and visible bra straps hanging callously from gorgeous blouses and dresses.
White for white, black for white. 

Wear what you like but know what looks good at public spaces on roads and what is meant for beaches :)

Would love to read the suppressed hate comments and genuine remarks about my thoughts. 
 
Now about my gorgeous skirt from zaful. This skirt, is a perfect fit for any beach party. The calm of the blue was so pleasing to my eyes that I had to get this one. I decided to pair it with the classic white shirt and threw in my favorite tassel mint stole.
Just to give it a Sonam Kapoor spec(y) look, I tied my hair in a messy fish-tail braid and these black-framed cat-eyed clear glasses.

 










 

 



WEARING:
Skirt: Zaful (more colors available), T shirt: HM, Stole: Alia, Specs & bracelet: Zaful, Flats: Clarks

xoxo
Akanksha

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