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Blue minds and Pink hearts

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All my life, people around me (except my immediate family, bless them) have shamed me for being curvy- or fat as they like to call it. It made me hate myself for very long. It made me borderline anorexic for a few months.

And one day, I woke up and decided I wouldn’t let what they thought of me harm my love for myself anymore. I grew stronger in my resolve in wanting to love myself the most in this world and I want all of you beautiful girls to know, do not condemn yourself. No matter your colour, body-type or height, you are you. And at the end of it all, it is you against yourself. Your mind blocking your heart. You are your strongest ally and your own worst enemy. The choice is yours to make.

And so, I started the blog and received immense love. This is one of my favourite designs so far. I hope y’all like it.

Stay strong. Love yourselves.

I love you guys!

PS: The lighting doesn’t show the true colours of my dress. Here’s one with a flash for you.

Earrings: Archies, Watch: Guess, Shoes: Pavers England

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How To Wear A Peplum Set As Separates

 

When I found this amazing textured fabric, I had about a hundred ideas running through my head. Different styles of dresses (using the fabric as a whole or in parts), palazzos, skirts, structured tops, you name it and I thought of it! But I wanted something I could wear as a whole and as separates, something that could fit most occasions.

Hence, I designed a peplum top and a pencil skirt set (I’ll upload a picture of the whole look together on my look- book).

The peplum top has a V-neck that matches the V shaped slits at the shoulders. What can I say? Harmony is important to me. I made sure that the flare started at the narrowest part of my waist so it would flow with my curves. A thumb-rule that I always abide by: perfect fittings!! Alter everything required. I swear, even half an inch makes a difference. I wanted this look to be formal, so I paired it with well fitted black trousers that have faux-leather detailing at the side. For the accessories, I added a gold choker I bought from Zara and ankle-strap heels from Lavie.

Due to the texture and wanting to keep it a set, I designed the skirt to be knee-length and fitted with a slit at the back. High waist skirts are the best to define a curvy waist. I tucked in an old bling top from my closet to add oomph. Any bling top would do, even a tank. Since the top was short-sleeved, I decided to add extra accessories on my hands (also, I’m always looking for a reason to up my arm-swag). On my right arm(to your left) is a slave bracelet purchased from Koovs and on my left arm is a cuff from a stall at Colaba Causeway, and ring from Vero Moda. I paired this outfit with ankle strapped blingy heels from Pavers England.

Sound track: 3AM (C4 ft. Bama Baby)

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A Happy 2017!

 

Happy New Year, y’all!

I know I’m 3 days late, but as they say – better late than never.

2016 has been amazing! I started my blog and received so much appreciation from you guys, friends and family. Crossed 3K followers on Insta and 1300 likes on my Facebook page in 5 months! I am extremely grateful because while I thought being a plus-size would be a huge challenge, I have only and only received positivity from you guys which has motivated me to push myself 10 times harder.

Above everything else, I have reached another level of confidence and self-worth. It is all because of you people.

So here’s sending all my positive and good vibes to you this year. I know we’re gonna achieve great things together this year! Thank you for standing by me.

I love you guys!

xoxo,

Dimple

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How to Glitz up for Christmas without looking OTT.

Wish y’all a very Merry Christmas!

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Jumpsuit: Koovs; Necklace: Forever21;  Cuff: Colaba Causeway; Rings(L-R): Koovs, Vero Moda, Koovs; Pumps: INTOTO 

Christmas is the only festival I really look forward to all year. As soon as November sets and I feel the winter chills, my heart starts racing at the very thought of the nearing Christmas. It could be that another fabulous year is coming to a close and leaving me with more memories to treasure or it could be the entire warmth of this festival, I just can never resist the charm of Christmas.

I religiously put up my tree a few days before Christmas and spend an hour decorating it. Of course, with all this excitement, comes another excuse to dress up. As if I need any more of those!

I bought this golden glittery jumpsuit a few months back because it hit home for what I thought I’d wear for Christmas. So I saved it. What a task. Christmas is not Christmas if you don’t add a little glitz. So I used my cuff, the gold and black necklace, added the rings for swag and to not make it very OTT, I paired the look with classic black pointed pumps.

PS: This was my happiest shoot ever!

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Denim on Denim Layers

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Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a penchant for anything swagger. So when I found this old denim bomber while going through the old cartons at home, I was beside myself with joy. Figuring that it belongs to Dad, even better!

I didn’t want to do a dull DOD look. So I took this long glitzy top and tied up a knot in the front, put on my camouflage pants and pulled out my swagger glasses. And voila! Here I am 🙂

PS: I have mentioned this on my Instagram handle, and this couldn’t be a better day to say this, be grateful, for every little thing you have. I swear, it multiplies. Happy Thanksgiving!

Bomber: Dad’s, Top: Code, Pants: Khodal, Glasses: Jack&Jones, Heels: Lavie, Watch: Fossil, Choker: Lifestyle.

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Winter is here!

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Winter is here. And each year, I get super-excited about being able to layer. I am so in love with layering; I could live in layers forever, if only the weather permitted. But the weather in Mumbai is never the type that would let one wear overcoats. So I stick to layering with thinner materials.

Like I have mentioned before, I am going to post quite a few designs of my own here. This is another.

The black asymmetrical tube dress is made of Habotai silk and a layer of georgette over the skirt. The fabric used for the red cape is georgette. Me being me, could not resist adding bling. Hence, the hand-stitched diamond studs.

And once again, winter is here. Expect a lot of layering in the next few posts!

 

Choker: Linking road Bandra, Shoes: Lavie

 

 

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Halloween

I remember, even as a child, I always was attracted to spooky things. I would ask friends in school to tell me any scary stories they knew. As soon as I was old enough, I started watching anything scary I could get my hands on. The Adams Family was my favourite. So, for my Halloween costume, I took a trip down the memory lane.

The dress is self-designed. I took inspiration from Morticia Adams. I loved how elegant she always looked, how poised she always was, and that straight face, all the time. And I swear, while shooting this whole look, I had their title track playing in my mind, throughout.

I hope you like this. Wish you all a belated Happy Halloween!

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Diwali Outfit

With Diwali coming up, I couldn’t not design my own outfit!

So, I set to sketching. I am a bling person as long as it is moderated and most definitely if it’s concentrated on one part. Also, I’ve always loved high necks and chokers making it a definite to have the bling concentrated there.

Where I would wear this apart from Diwali? Any function that demanded an Indian attire or an event hosted in the evening or night.

Here’s wishing you guys a Happy Diwali in advance 🙂

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Shoes: Lavie

Ring: Avon

Location: China Pavilion

 

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Mom & Me at La Prairie

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With a week to go for Diwali, primping our homes is not the only change we go for. With us ladies, this is another excuse to go splurge on ourselves. So I thought, why not take my mom out for something different this time? I wanted her to have a different experience as opposed to the routine facials she always went for. I visited La Prairie during one of my trips to the mall and discovered the amazingly unique range of products they have. Upon speaking to them, they offered a facial service for mom using their special Skin Caviar range.

The most amazing thing about this range is the use of caviar extracts in this entire range that helps your skin get a naturally healthy glow. Regular usage over a period provides permanent change. Each product has high coverage, the smoothest texture and a distinct fragrance.

This is how she looked before her facial service (she has her compact on):

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The products used in order (L-R)

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Skin Caviar Essence-In-Lotion, Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex, Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream, Skin Caviar Liquid Lift, Skin Caviar Luxe Cream and Cellular Swiss UV Protection(SPF 50)

This is after her facial service:

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The difference was instant and amazing. Her skin had a dewy natural glow, I couldn’t take my eyes off her.

She said “The cleanser (Skin Caviar Essence-In-Lotion) used did not dry my skin at all like the other ones we use. This one hydrated my skin. I could easily skip the moisturiser if I wanted. The products have left my skin feeling supple and well hydrated but not greasy, unlike when I use the usual products. I did not even know my under-eye was dehydrated until I felt the serum seep in. Service was great. Would recommend this to all.”

While she was getting her facial service, I looked around a little more and found other extremely fascinating ranges. They were happy to let me sample a few:

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Considering the 24karat gold particles, I had to try their serum.

At first, I thought the gold particles as seen in the serum, would be visible as particles over my skin. But after massaging the serum in my skin, I realised they only left behind a healthy yellow-undertone finish. The serum kept my skin hydrated till the next morning.

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Just like the gold range had gold particles, this infamous range has platinum particles. I sampled their moisturiser.

The texture was dense, but it blended into my skin smoothly. This one left behind a white-undertone glow. The platinum particles are used to make the skin tight and supple.

They also have a range of cleansers and toners. The toners do not take away the natural hydration of your skin and work wonders due to the amount of quality ingredients present in them.

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Cleansers

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Toners

While their skincare products are already so nourishing, I also found their limited cosmetic range to have a excellent hydrating capabilities. Upon my request, they applied their Skin Caviar Concealer+Foundation(which comes with that cute little brush) on my mother’s face finishing it with a light brush of the compact.

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Even just the cosmetics are so hydrating, you can skip the moisturiser altogether. And the sunscreen too, since they contain SPF15.

Here’s how she looked after:

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These foundations come in different high and medium coverages with ample shades to choose from.

They have only one bronzer, but it is the one of the best I have used so far. The shade is perfect for most indian skin tones and even though it is glittery, the finish is dewy.

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Last, but not the least; I am also in love with their fragrance named Life Threads Gold.

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They have a lot more products, but it would take several posts to cover everything up. Skincare is a long-term investment, and I am glad there are brands like these that put in so much effort and research to give us its worth.

My mother felt pampered and loved. So will yours. Go take her out this week, for a little treat, for a little pampering.

Their store is at Palladium, Mumbai.

 

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Rosy Red

Red. The symbolisms of this colour are as varied as contradictory amongst themselves. There’s blood and fire, love, passion, desire, heat, lust, sexuality, sensitivity, romance,  rage, danger, malice, wrath, action, vibrance, radiance, and determination.

For me, it has always been love and passion. Hence, I always relate it to roses. So when I came across this off shoulder crop top, I couldn’t help but want to put it up for you guys. The patterns of the lace are so floral, the colour so vibrant, they add a pop and appeal to anything you pair them with.

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Crop top: Forever21

Tank: Zara

Shoes: Rocky Star

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5 days of glittery flats challenge!

I love glitter and sparkle, albeit in moderation. So when I purchased these flats from Head Over Heels at Westside, I was so smitten that I decided to take up a 5 day challenge of wearing only them as my footwear. Having a busy week ahead, these were just perfect as they provided comfort, a little glam and the almond shaped toes made them look a wee bit formal too.

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Day 1

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I started out simple, matching them with a slip-dress and a long shirt that had the exact same shade of blue as my flats. I added my Zara choker to complete the look for the day.

Day 2

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Since I had a few meetings, I decided to pair these shoes with my navy blue formal pants, an oversize Global Desi crop top that had little yellow pom-poms. To add a little extra colour, I put on my neon pink hoop earrings that I had purchased from Forever21 and a yellow strapped watch which I picked up at an exhibition while in Gujarat.

Day 3

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I have this uncanny habit of stealing my father’s and brother’s clothes. This old Spykar shirt was stolen from my father’s wardrobe. I paired it with matching blue jeggings and a black tank top. To add more structure and break the monotonous colours, I put on black and tan slim belts.

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Day 4

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This camouflage print denim has always been my favourite, but most difficult to pair fashionably. I put on my Zara crop top and paired the attire with my Vero Moda tote.

PS: Since I was asked quite a lot about the lip shade, its Chilli by MAC.

Day 5

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I am crazy about layering. For this look, I paired a Forever21 slip dress with my Ginger sweater over black stockings. The necklace is from Forever21 too.

Since I loved my make-up that day, here’s a bonus picture 🙂

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Fashion Designing? HELL YEAH!

Do you know that feeling? The one you get when you’ve known your purpose and strayed from it? That is exactly what I had for over 2 years and stopped having a couple weeks back.

I fought tooth and nail to study fashion because that’s what I grew up around. Watching all these pretty dresses and ripped jeans being manufactured in my father’s export factory, I kept dreaming of growing up one day and owning them all! And when I did start studying fashion designing, the realisation of the depth and intricacy, the nights where I lost sleep, the countless tests and jury’s only added to my excitement. I had found my love. And then, I strayed. For two years.

The style section in this blog was a baby step to what I subconsciously knew all along. I could never give up on designing. I mean, I have question papers from my 7th grade where I sketched a design in the middle of an examination and a whole folder of drawings of clothes that I passed around the class back in school. So, with a lot of courage, I knew I had to begin again. Go back through my journals of patterns and start anew. This is the first dress I designed for myself a couple of weeks back, including the print. There are more to come.

However, if there’s one thing I’ve learned from this process, girls, is to take what you want. Do not wait for it to come to you. Make it faster. Time is the only thing you will never have enough of.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Dress: Self-Designed

Earrings: Pantaloons

Choker: Katha

On my wrist: Chain from Accessorize

Ring: H&M

Shoes: Lavie

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