Friday, June 29, 2012

And You Thought Its a One Way Road

Most of the times there are more than a one way of doing a thing. My little factory of words is kinda closed today. So I guess I would not be able to tell it in a way I would intend to. I guess all I want to say is that at times we should just try to find new ways of doing the same things.
A few days back, my sister and I decided to do something; to do things differently, in more ways than one. So we thought of being creative. Like most elder sisters, I ended up doing most of the work, but both of us were kinda happy with what we discovered.

We discovered how to wear one dress in two ways. Well, guess it was all about accessorising.
With the Indian look, she wore a pair of traditional slip ons, and an ethnic looking neck piece. For the second look, she wore yellow heels with a different neck piece and a braided belt.
And yes, this is not a dress. It is a W kurta. A special thanks to Fashion and You for this; I could not find this one at the stores.

Kurta: W (bought from Fashion and You), Braided belt: Fashion and You, Yellow Heels: Carlton London, Green Slip Ons: Catwalk, Neckpieces: From the shops near ghats of Varanasi

Friday, June 22, 2012

Shoes and Women

“A man is known by the shoes he wears,” said the mother to her daughter in the famous story ‘The Umbrella Man’ by Roald Dahl.
The story brings back all good childhood memories to me. I hope you all remember this story where a mother and daughter needed an umbrella on a rainy night and a stranger offered them his umbrella for 20 bucks. But the mother was suspicious of everything, starting from strange men to boiled eggs. She declined to take the offer at first but somehow got convinced later.
I am planning to read the story tomorrow. And I am also planning to come to the point now: Shoes and men. Well, I believe that if a man is known by the shoes he wears, so does a woman. What do you think?
A woman has more options as well, flats, heels, platforms, wedges. You take your pick. I personally also believe that you can be more experimental with the colors of the shoes.
I recently stumbled upon an amazing collection of shoes on a website called Done by None. If you ask me, I am awestruck with the collection. Its different, its fresh and its so cleverly designed. And its well priced too.
I am planning to buy the Bohemian Rhapsody. I like the candy pink one too! Which ones do you like?

Astro Magic Platforms

Bohemian Rhapsody Wedges
The Candy Kane Wedges
Serendipity Blues Peep-toe Wedges
Harajuku Flats
Photo Courtesy: Done by None

Friday, June 15, 2012

How to Get Natalie's Casual Look

Natalie Portman is not just one of the finest actors alive, she is a living proof that one should never undermine what's inside someone who on the surface looks like just a girl next door. That doesn't mean she is not a diva. But her casual style is worth getting inspired.
If you are one of those who believe in keeping it minimal and classic, this look is just for you. Perfect when you are going for a casual dinner with close friends, grocery shopping, walking your dog, taking a stroll at a flea market or while going out to for that ice-cream after dinner.
Here is how you can get this look.
Shorts: Mango, Shirt: Freecultr, Sleeveless top: Zara, Shoes: Bata, Bag: Fastrack

Friday, June 1, 2012

Mother and Child

A mother is someone who loves you even when she scolds you. What sets the relationship between a mother and child apart is the constant, never ending love that a mother gives. Margaret Culkin Banning once said about a mother, “She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn't take them along. “ You agree. Don’t you?
A few months back I saw this movie,” Mother and Child” on a lazy Sunday when the TV channels had spared us girls from the perennial dose of weekend mindless action flicks. The movie though a bit slow in the start, blew me away as it started weaving up the theme around the 3 central characters.
Karen (Annette Bening) is a nurse who is so uptight and blunt that you start hating her in the first half of the movie. And then director Rodrigo Garcia unfolds all the layers of her personality in a way that your hatred is soaked in her difficult and yet vulnerable character. She has a past of getting pregnant at the age of 14 and giving away her daughter for adoption.
Elizabeth (Naomi Watts) is the successful lawyer who uses her sex appeal for things that you kind of understand days after you have watched the movie. Garcia has left it to his viewers to figure out her intent behind most of her actions. She is Karen’s daughter who very much dwarfs men around her with her self control.
Lucy (Kerry Washington) is an Afro American woman who wants to adopt, after unsuccessfully trying to have a baby of her own. Her husband who is too upset at not having a baby of his own blames her for all the misery. Kerry Washington has enacted the frustration of a childless woman so well that you heart would reach out to her.
Three women. And the movie links them beautifully. There is a time when Garcia surprises you with a beautiful turn of events. I do not want to spoil it for you all. You can watch it on TV or download it on Torrentz.
You can watch the movie for the near perfect performance of Annette Bening who displays a character all of us have come across in our lives, at some point or the other. Her inability of not being happy because of her thoughts about her daughter convinces you.
And Elizabeth is another tough nut. In pain, but strong. You would be intrigued by her nonchalance when she sleeps with her boss and he offers her a promotion. She says,” I will get it on my own.”
The movie has something to offer for all you with a taste for serious cinema. And for all of you who want to explore the bond that a mother and a child share, the pain, the agony, the happiness all surrounding motherhood, from a distance.