Saturday, 18 June 2016

Beauty and beyond

Today, we live in a world who judges us by our superficial appearances. We are constantly shown that being young is beautiful or being fair skinned and slim is.

The society has stereotyped beauty into a superficial skin deep thing. For me, beauty is not just skin deep.

Yes outer beauty is a great thing and it's a good thing we strive to achieve it and look good.
You, me, everybody!

But for me, it is much more and hence I am writing a poem along the same lines :)

In the smile of a child
and the mother who smiles back
beauty shines

In the falling of leaves
during autmn
beauty pervades

In the darkness of night
where stars shine bright
beauty deepens

In the dark colour of beautiful skin
which is weaved with a heart of goodness and gold
beauty beams

In the scars of a wounded soldier
beauty bleeds

In the courage of a social activist
beauty stands tall

Beauty is an act of kindness
done selflessly

Beauty is holding the hands
with someone you love

Beauty is an eighty year old
smiling happily through her wrinkles

Beauty is in being unconventional

In being the best you can be

A beautiful face may or may not last a decade
But a heart with humantiy and generosity
Shines through centuries..

Beauty is in the integrity of a woman
and the mettle of a man

Beauty which transcends fading appearances
and weakening bodies
which glows through the intelligent mind

and stands through the storm of hate and greed
and jealousy and manipulation

Only such a person,who's inner beauty is unshaken
through the turmoils of life
is truly beautiful

Be beautiful..
Be true'...
Be you...

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Fashion sense simplified - choose your colours!

Hey! So it's been a long time since I posted about fashion. If someone had told me few years back that I would be blogging occasionally about this genre, I wouldn't have believed them. Lol. I am not a fashionista per say, but I believe that a sense of style and clothing goes a long way. So here I am, sharing a few things with all of you, which you can use in your day to day lives.

We all hear the word "Fashion sense" when it comes to clothing and dressing up.
Whether it is celebrities, the media, corporate functions, house parties or traditional gatherings, the word' Fashion Sense' crops up everywhere.

The thing is, combining outfits and creating a sense of style isn't really that complicated as it seems. It is mostly about choosing the right colour combination than anything else. Of course accesories play a great role and for women make-up too, but those are secondary.

As the saying goes 'Clothes maketh a man' We all can spruce up our wardrobes with a tiny bit of information about mixing colours and using the right colour combination; something that I have realised over a period of time.

Colour Combination is something which we all want to know about, don't we??

Whether you are a man or a woman,  combining colours confuses most of us. Combining the right coloured outfits and teaming them up makes a lot of impact. Afterall, life is nothing without the right colours is it??

A few basic types of colour combinations which we can use in our day to day lives are  Monochrome, Complementary, Analogous and Split Complementary

MONOCHROME style is using only a single colour like black, red or anything else.
Black Monochrome (me)

COMPLEMENTARY style basically works on the principle of opposites attract! So just use two contrasting or opposite colour shades. eg- red and green, black and white, dark blue and red etc.

Complementary (opposites)
Analogous (neighbours)
ANALOGOUS style means that neighbours get along well. Which means you can mix two colours who are similar. For eg- deep green and light green or dark pink and lighter shade of pink,  blue and violet etc.

SPLIT COMPLEMENTARY style means mixing two analogous colours (neighbours) are mixed with one complementary (opposite) colour to create an enhanced and different look.
Split Complementary
For example pairing a pale blue T-shirt with dark blue jeans and adding an orange scarf for contrast or enhanced style. That's split complementary for you.

So that was a bit about colour combination..Confused? I hope not! Head to your wardrobe right now and have a look at all those colours in there!

These days, prints are in fashion. Whether they are animal prints or nature prints or just plain design prints, we see them everywhere. In fact, as Indians print and designs in our clothes has always been a part of our wardrobes since generations together.

Double printed outfit. Bright print top and soft design print leggings (me)
Many of us shy away from wearing prints, but I think prints are cool. They give a different, funky and fun look to your outfit.

The basic rule of print is to team a printed top or tee with a plain or monochrome pant or a printed legging or jegging or jeans with a monochrome top or tee. There is no question of mix and match if you are wearing a printed dress (one piece)

If you want to wear both of the outfits in print make sure both of the prints are not loud. One of them is soft print and the other one colourful. I am sure if you stick to this, you can definitely pull off a head to toe print outfit.
Monochrome Top with Printed bottom dhoti harems (me)

So there you are.. That was some information about clothing and colour combination.

Go ahead, mix n match and have fun!

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