But, can we go to the beach?

I honestly cannot resist beach & swimwear, despite the fact that I haven’t dipped a toe in salt water since 2014, I have a soft sport for itty bitty bikinis, flare sleeved mini dresses, good ol’ cut offs & the ocean. The ocean has such an intense vibe & energy, it’s exhilerating.

I’m always on the hunt for pieces that are unique, not only in fabrics but also cut & style. When I came across The Naked Tiger, it was instant love! The Bardot dress is perfect for a pool party or even a cute cover up to wear to the beach.

Made using handmade batik cotton fabric, each piece is unique. Also, features a shirred elastic throughout the dress & a lace tie up at the front. This mini hugs every beautiful curve & literally feels like second skin.

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But, how do you feel?

A few weeks ago a friend/photographer/beautiful soul suggested we do a photoshoot at Carriageworks where they have commissioned a large-scale work by renowned German artist Katharina Grosse. Using over 8,000 square metres of fabric. Grosse draped, knotted, then created a multilayered painting on the surfaces and folds of the fabric, resulting in a out-of-your-mind experience.
After shooting at Carriageworks, my appreciation & curiosity for art has been perpetual. Art has a way of expressing your thoughts onto a blank canvas, just like Fashion, your body is a blank canvas waiting to be covered in beautiful work.
A big part of this expression is colour. Colour stirs up a lot of emotions, sensations, memories and is something we register in our mind & attach to a memory. The decision to wear black was not only to stand out against but to be a juxtaposition against the mixture of colours.
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Dress: Bardot
Shoes: New Balance
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But, does it even matter?

Living in a diverse country is a blessing & I have whole heartedly embraced the culture & movement. It’s 2018 & there is a change in the air. The way we think & feel about love is changing. This year only we saw the forefront of this new tradition of boy or girl meets loves whoever the fuck they want!

Knowing that love has no boundaries fills my little heart with nothing but love & hope. Hope that this incredible step forward will transcend over oceans until we completely overwrite the text book belief that only a man & women can be together. Also, that one day we can put aside race, creed, culture, religion, socio economic backgrounds, status, class, bank balance & taste in music aside to believe that we are one and what binds us all together is love.

Alas, the word does not spin this way & we are still succumbed to traditionalists who believe in marrying “your own kind”. I get it. Back then the cookie crumbled a whole different way but seeing a further change will only be pushed forward by changing your mentality!

Its break my heart my when two individuals are forced to walk away from their relationship due to small differences & senseless beliefs. I know life isn’t a Bollywood movie where love triumphs over everything & after three emotional breakdowns, six family arguments, foursong sequences & a train ride everything will magically fall into place despite cultural and life differences.

But it makes me wonder, is being with the person who makes you happy not enough?

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 Crop Top: asos

Pants: Forever 21

But, does it really mean a fresh start?

2018.

The year of new beginnings, old habits & the end of old flames.

Every new year brings out a fresh, crisp new list of resolutions or goals. Be it, financial, career orientated or self – care, taking time out to outline & manage your goals for the year is a great way to map out how you would like your year to flow.

Write down a list of goals to accomplish every day which in turn will lead to the larger goal. It could be as simple as going to the gym or reading a chapter before bed.

Breaking down your goals into smaller actions plans, makes them more attainable & provides clarity.

One of my goals of this year is to read more, being an avid reader in the past, I found myself getting lost in the deep, dark vortex of useless Youtube videos. Instead of dwelling into Youtube, I read a chapter or two before bed, which also helps me fall asleep quicker.

 

 

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Top: General Pants & Co

Shorts: Bardot

Shoes Vans

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But, is it too simple?

My style mantra is super simple & straight to the point. I always find a hero piece & keep the rest of the styling simple. In this case, I grabbed this delicious velour dress on sale & immediately decided to wear it in the middle of summer!

This dress takes you from day to night with just a quick shoe swap & hair change. If you’re not feeling risqué enough to go bra free, wear a a pale pink bralette to avoid any nip slips.

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Dress: General Pants & Co

Shoes: Vans

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But, is there time?

time

[taym]

1. A system or method to track the passage of time 

2. Not to waste

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I think it’s safe to say it’s taken me a plethora of time to

a) write a blog post for this outfit

b) find a compelling topic to talk about

While researching for a topic, I realised I was spending more time scrolling through Instagram – all the in the name of research – instead of reading other styles of work & topics. After spending three hours staring at a blank draft, watching four Buzzfeed videos about puppies & sending two texts messages on how busy I am, I realised I wasn’t going to be able to meet my self given deadline.

Time can be a foe or friend.

Either plays with or against you.

But it’s your choice on how you will let time fuck with you. You either use it wisely & go chasing Z’s feeling accomplished or let it eat away at you while you watch time be good to those who know its value.

The key is not to waste time on things/people/doings who will add no value to your life. When you don’t add value to your life, time will not be of your value.

Focus on what sets your soul on fire & time will follow.

 

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Shirt: ysl

Cut – offs: Bardot

Shoes: Chinese Laundry

Shades: Ray Ban

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But, does it have to end?

My dear enchiladas this is the last outfit for the thigh high series on the blog. With Spring blossoming in T minus 2 days, I’m sure I’ll have to give these bad boys a rest soon enough & what perfect way to pair them with some good ol’ denims!

On my previous posts, I found myself talking about how I was breaking society norms one boot at a time & I will continue to stand up against trivial issues blown out of proportion by judgmental assholes who I hope are allergic to puppies!

I hope these last few outfits have inspired you to rock your thigh high boots with confidence, kewl & most importantly with conviction

 

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Bomber: Atmos & Here

Jeans: h&m

Boots: Public Desire

Sports Bra: Wrangler

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But, what else do you have to offer?

2k17.

In the amidst of new jobs, old flames, bigger goals & many useless boys, I sometimes find myself questioning my recent blog shoot. If you’ve been following my Instagram or blog, you may have seen my experimental side awaken.

It’s not that I care if people can see a bit of nipple through my kurta but it’s the fact that people judge my character based on the clothes I wear. I like wearing shorts, crop tops, thigh high boots & dresses which show a decent amount of side boob, but that does not mean I’m ‘easy’, ‘cheap’ or a ‘slut’.

People are not what they seem based on the clothes they wear, there’s much more to someone than meets the eye. A women’s body is not a way to determine her character, but a way of expressing herself & her many forms.

But I have to ask, will this change?

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Dress: General Pants & Co

Boots: Public Desire

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But, does my bindi match my boots?

I feel #blessed coming from such a diverse & rich culture & even more lucky to be able to mix my western & Indian clothes. My all time obsession is cotton Kurta’s, I literally pair them with denims, shorts, palazzo pants (current obsession) & better yet thigh high boots. Having such diversity in my wardrobe allows me to experiment with my everyday look & put together pieces which I would previously shy away from.

If you told me two years ago to rock a bindi, jhumkis & a kurta to work, I’d laugh & say “hell to the no boo”!

Ask me the same question today & I’m all like “HELL TO THE YEAH” with remnants of  Amla oil in my hair. Today I can say with a certain conviction I’m more comfortable in rocking a kurta with boots or even juttis with jeans.

Check out the hashtag #decoloniseyourwardrobe for more inspiration from some bad ass people!

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Note: Still going bra-free. 

Boots: Public Desire

Kurta: A market in Goa

But, can I wear this to work?

I wouldn’t really call myself a rebel in my everyday life but when it comes down to my office style I’m a self proclaimed revolutionist!

Okay that is a little dramatic but, if you ever catch me in the break room, I can assure you I won’t be unvaried.

I’m not the girl to have a “work” & “weekend” wardrobe, but rather believe recycling items in your wardrobe, especially key pieces to create different looks.

In the next coming weeks, you’ll see the Thigh High Series unfold & see how I pair these bad ass boots with three different outfits.

And to answer the question, Yes you can…

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Shirt: Olio Stories

Shorts: Topshop

Boots: Public Desire

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