Sometimes I really wish I could be Bob Marley and not give a F*** about anything.

 

But then I was born a girl and that ruined it for me.

I do love the peace and quiet that lets me hear the songs nature sings to us every day. Can anyone tell me how do we bring back the sparrows into the city? My dad always says while growing up my best friends were ants (because I always played with them instead of doing my homework ❤ ), God knows I will be punished on judgement day for troubling them! And for persistently chasing cats too 😉 God created all kinds of creatures big and small, He also made humans the god’s of the earth, yet we are so willfully destroying it! ❤ Yup you might have guessed it right! I’m a big sucker for the organics grown naturally from the earth. I love the softness of cotton and the flavors of organically grown foods. It is a rare occasion on which I have fallen in love with an outfit without checking it’s fabric composition.

I love to ❤ with all my heart, and find ‘hate’ a non-existent emotional state!!! Who am I kidding I do have a list of people I want dead, but I don’t find it worth the wasted effort to destroy them and make the world an unhappy place to live in! I know I wish i were a hippie but hippie’s reject evolution,and I am a sucker for technology too!

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Photography by wanderlust artist | styling and editing by Nita Dsouza

Top: Fabindia (modified by me)| Boyfriend jeans : forever 21| sunglasses: Koovs (shop here) | Shoes : Ginger (shop here)

 

XOXO

Nita

At the time I joined Pre-university college, it had become a trend for colleges to make Indian ethnic wear the dress code. Student’s wore kurta’s and teachers wore saree’s. But of course, I do not approve of this dress code and never have because it’s is gender biased. The boys still wear shirts and trousers, why can’t all of us just wear kurta’s to college. We are all still Indian, right?  All in all, I didn’t like the dress code all the more because back then it was impossible to acquire XS sizes for  petite girls. Everything in the market was always too loose and tailors were a lot of effort and time.

Really wish I had the branded options that are available now back then. So many reasonably priced kurta’s in the market, god knows I would have been better dressed and a lot cooler than the cool kids. The only sad thing about all the branded kurta’s in the market is the are in the majority of 3/4th sleeves. Sometimes I tell myself that the selection of kurta’s in my wardrobe would be better if the sleeves didn’t cover the elbow.

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My verdict: I still love kurta’s for summer, and pairing the palazzo with them brings the breezy feeling to cool off the season. The one thing I really miss about the college attire are the pointlessly large earrings some of us used to wear. even I had two of my own, although i was never much of a mainstream kinda kid.

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Kurta: aurelia (shop here) | Palazzo: Safina Plaza, Bangalore| Shoes: Blak| Bag and bangle : Brigade road, Bangalore| Earings: Jiva, picked it up at the United charities bazaar that happens every Christmas.

My logical brain tells me “art in itself has never achieved anything productive”. Yet the only form of art that has proved that statement wrong for me was the glorious era of pop art. All thanks to the creative advertising it generated. I wouldn’t and couldn’t care much to debate about anything about the art itself because as an average person I do not understand the many facets of art that make it so important. What I do know however is no art is good enough unless it triggers an emotion and pop art has always been a trigger in my head. Bright colours, bold outlines, almost life like yet so half way humorous about the things of everyday life.

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Photography by wanderlust artist | styling and editing by Nita Dsouza

 

If you were to put me in a space filled with roy Lichtenstein paintings and “I would rather drown than call for help”. 

Top & shoes: forever 21 | Pant: mango| scarf:splash

Curious trend: corals comimg back in trend, this time round I really wish it isn’t paired with pastels.

Pigeons don’t like marron!

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At my first job, I had to park my beautiful marron 800 in the open parking space next to the building wall where the pigeons nested. It was annoying how often they found a way to consistently dishevel only my car! C’mon, there were atleast eight other cars to shit on. Apparently they liked to shit only on the maroon cars. But no! I didn’t dress up in the maroon block print dhoti pants to test my theory, however, I did notice the pigeons would run away at the sight of me. Is it in my head? I highly doubt that! Pigeons are strangely hungry creatures. When they are eating they don’t care so much anyone’s invasion of privacy into their space.

Cubbon park has always been a strange place to me. Major part of all my school summers has been in and out of the Bal bavan. Yet the park was like a real life Narnia to my tiny mind, the grandfather trees with the gigantor government buildings. I still don’t think I’ve truly seen even half the park. Until this day out at the park, I didn’t even know there was a designated space for the band of the parks own pigeons.

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Top: FABELS by fabindia| Dhoti pant & juthis: fabindia| Jewellery: Brigade road

And come back after the summer

I kept telling myself “put the whole outfit 😋” it just didn’t work out! Gosh! I looked so fat! (summer is the worst time to try to lose weight) And the horrible slippers! I still don’t understand the comfort trend? So what happens to women like me who are not so fond of wedges and the block heels? FYI in my experience when you fall with your wedges on you are at greater risk of twisting your ankles. I guess I should look on the bright side Because the comfort trend also brought in a wave of sneakers and loafers ❤ ❤ ❤ The oxfords and the brogues.

So then like all fashion bloggers and Instagrammers I decided to crop the pictures to show you the best part of the outfit, and also because I couldn’t waste the amazing feeling of running away on breezy whimsical journey every time I looked at the images, and mostly because I love the upper half of the outfit. The pink shades cool off the summer while the starry cuff gives the euphoric fluidity of a wine filled mind, that reached out to the sky to grab the stars hiding behind the clouds.

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Photography by wanderlust artist | styling and editing by Nita Dsouza

Jacket: only | wine tee: forever 21 | sunglasses: Aldo| Cuff: community flee market

So feel inspired and figure out the rest of the outfit.  Hope u like it.

I wasn’t really Indian. Being a Christian in India was like being the unwanted child left behind by our forefathers who were unwanted settlers. Of course, a lot of things of the past have lost their importance over the years. Also being named Nita made it difficult for the average Indian to even believe I was Christian. I used to hate wearing Indian wear, primarily because during every national event and holiday I never had a proper outfit to wear to school. Until of course I discovered the saree, something I adapted pretty quickly too. But kurta’s was a “never want to wear” feeling.

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However, those feelings fade growing up. It doesn’t really matter because I was never expected to wear Indian ethnic to any of the major events. What really happened was, I discovered a new love for Indian wear when I worked for Fabindia for two years. The best challenge at the job was the ability to mix and match the available products to create a full outfit. Kurtha, pajama, and dupatta too with the value adding accessories. I find summer the best time to pick out my kurtas to wear, also the best season to wear the vibrant Indian` colours.

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Photography by wanderlust artist | styling and editing by Nita Dsouza

I was hoping to create an all Fabindia products in the ensemble, but I guess I haven’t worked there long enough to acquire those many products. My Verdict: Kurta’s are a favourite outfit for the summers. Also, the beauty of a kurta can be magnified or destroyed by the way the dupatta is draped. Show her some love and be fully aware that she will make or break the outfit you choose to wear.

Kurta, dupatta, bangle and earrings: Fabindia

Leggings: Bossini (very old)

Footwear: Commercial st, Bangalore.

Bag: Silk exhibits cum sales

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Hope you like it 🙂

I never really liked Jhumkas, I always found them an over glorified part of the Indian ethnic wear. As a typical nonconformist adolescent, It gave me an extra reason to reject the Jhumkas. However working with Fabindia and dealing with the customers and employees changed my perspective on what really is conformism. One of the rules of conformism in Indian ethnic wear is Jhumkas can not be worn with western outfits. I would ignore it when a customer would say it to me with a smile on my face, but few weeks ago I had one of my own family members saying it to me 😉 Oh my, it felt like a lightning strike my face! So I just decided to break that myth. 

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Hope you like it.

 

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Photography by wanderlust artist | styling and editing by Nita Dsouza

My Verdict: The Jhumkas are just like any other statement earrings. Does it matter if I’ve worn them with a shirt? not really. The pants were a part of the trend called the paper bag waists (ref link) Love the trend but I guess I needed a size bigger cause I’ve grown fat as of now!

Shirt: Forever 21

Pant: Lara Karen @jabong

Earrings & kolapuris: commercial st.

Clutch: Fabindia

 

 

Distance makes the heart grow fonder, so when your almost American brother is visiting India invites the whole world home, it becomes the awesome excuse for us to host a cousin’s meet up. All the more awesomely perfect is when the cousins agree to meet up for breakfast! On a Sunday! But as a typical Indian agreement of sorts, both parties do not keep their end of the bargain, my brother called them all too early and my cousins turn up too late for breakfast.

so what’s the best option for an outfit when you are the host, technically my mom is but I am her personal assistant 😉 at home, you need something light, won’t hinder ur movement while attending,  and still look like I’m at home and comfortable. what a perfect excuse to wear my yellow dress. The cotton makes it light and breezy, The small red flowers makes it pretty and pleasant, and the yellow makes it a bright and happy.

 

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Dress : Fabindia

Shoes: Allen Solly

Earing: Accessorize

Sunglasses: Forever 21

 

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