TRYING OUT THE CROP TOP TREND!

You may remember my recent Shopping Bag post where I gave in to the crop top trend and bought one? My first crop top try was the basic outfit of a crop top with a pencil skirt. Since I went in for a basic black crop top, I decided to jazz up on the skirt part (yes, a floral skirt is my version of jazzy!).

Boohoo Black Crop top, Splash Floral Pencil skirt and Gap wedge heels.

Boohoo Black Crop top, Splash Floral Pencil skirt and Gap wedge heels.

Boots no. 7 Sienna lipstick

Boots no. 7 Sienna lipstick

Vero Moda Faux Leather Jacket and ASOS Blue Leather Bag

Vero Moda Faux Leather Jacket and ASOS Blue Leather Bag

Also, a pencil skirt seemed like the safest way to go. I remember a friend recently commenting on how non-teenage people should not wear crop tops and in most cases I would agree. However, I had to try! Any suggestions on where I should go with the crop top trend from here?

- Anisha

COCKTAIL OF THE WEEK: PINACOLADA #DOTW

I would have to be sitting on the sand by the beach and drinking this. But then again, like my friend Jewel, some people can be sitting in the pub of a bustling city like Mumbai and drinking it too. I find, a pinacolada is a drink that you either like or you just don’t. There is no middle way. I tasted my first one at least fourteen years ago, my reaction to it was, pineapple juice with coconut? YUCK.

My new found love for pinacoladas came approximately a month back in Goa and now, post drinking three-four in a row, I can vouch that its definitely not just juice. P.S – steer clear if you are on a diet. This drink is not the way to go.

Pinacolada at Alcove in Goa.

Pinacolada at Alcove in Goa.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 30 ml white rum
  2. 30 ml Malibu rum
  3. 5 pieces of cut pineapple
  4. 2 small cups of ice
  5. 30 ml coconut cream
  6. 180 ml of pineapple juice.
  7. Additional ingredient – vanilla icecream.

TOOLS – Do buy a jigger for measuring your ingredients. You will also need a shaker.

Goa sunset and a Pinacolada.

Goa sunset and a Pinacolada.

RECIPE:

  • In a shaker, pour in the rum, the Malibu, pineapple juice, coconut cream and ice.
  • Give it a good shake for 2 minutes.
  • Pour the drink into your glass,
  • Top it with the pineapple chunks
  • A small dallop of vanilla icecream on top is a must!

Make sure you have one of those toothpick umbrellas – just feels better. The buzz will kick in soon so please try and remember with every sip that there is alcohol even if it doesn’t taste like it.

Pineapple for garnish.

Pineapple for garnish.

- Bidisha.

Fashion in ‘Manhattan': Diane Keaton

I recently saw Woody Allen’s ‘Manhattan’ on a screen laid out on the roof-top of a bar in Shoreditch. The movie as well as the setting was a great experience and I enjoyed myself thoroughly.

Expectedly the movie stars Diane Keaton and this post is about the fashion that is inspired by her looks and outfits from the movie. I cannot pull off the shirt and tie looks from her later Woody Allen movies but there are two particular looks from this movie that I loved. One was the buttoned up shirt and long coat and the other is the turtle-neck with the button down cardigan.

Black turtleneck and button down cardigan

Black turtleneck and button down cardigan

Buttoned up shirt and jacket

Buttoned up shirt and jacket

I loved the outfits. And the great thing about a look like this is that forty years on, it still looks like it could be worn by fashion bloggers everywhere. And it has definitely been worn by this fashion blogger!

I tried out the first look for myself but had to add my own two-bit – hope you don’t think I have ruined the Diana Keaton look! I thought her look was too plain for my day out and had to add a bib necklace.

Tailored black duster coat, Gap denim shirt and bib necklace from e-bay

Tailored black duster coat, Gap denim shirt and bib necklace from e-bay

Boots no. 7 lipstick in Sienna

Boots no. 7 lipstick in Sienna

Black Chemistry leggings and black lace satchel bag from Bandra (and an intensely suspicious expression for no reason)

Black Chemistry leggings and black lace satchel bag from Bandra (and an intensely suspicious expression for no reason)

Rust shoes from Carlton

Rust shoes from Carlton

The first look with the turtleneck and cardigan is a little too winter friendly to resort to right now so I will keep that for the later cold days. I will be sure to keep you updated.

I also wanted to end this post with this great picture from that night at the movies – on the left are the steel and glass office buildings of London and on the right, Woody Allen from Manhattan. Lovely.

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- Anisha

Photos by Nikhil and edited by Bidisha

Dressed down rock chic – studs, skulls and leather

I’ve been having the busiest couple of weeks ever! So much so that even the thought of doing my hair seemed too much. Its been living in a messy bun for most of the week. But you can never be too busy for a coffee run, right? So here’s what I wore for one such trip to Starbucks.

Sometimes I wonder what I would be wearing if leggings hadn’t been invented. These faux leather ones I’m wearing here have a patch of lace on them, which I thought was quite interesting.

I’m especially fond of this shirt with the skull print in different colors. I got it at this tiny shop on Commercial Street – Bangalore that had the most fun printed shirts ever! My bag is from Tibet Mall. If you are from Bangalore, then you probably already know that the Tibet Mall has the best stuff! Shoes, bags and sometimes even clothes, you can get some really cool stuff at extremely affordable prices.

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Leggings – Vero Moda, Shirt – unbranded, Open toed booties – Mango, Bag – Tibet Mall

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Great find from the Tibet Market. I love the gold detailing on this.

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Let me know what you think!
 

- Satarupa

COCKTAIL OF THE WEEK: LONG ISLAND ICED TEA #DOTW

With my earlier posts you may have realised that if I wasn’t a fashion stylist, you would have found me behind the bar counter, handing out drinks while chugging a few down myself. (Minus the skilled juggling of course since I am prone to clumsiness.)

My this week’s cocktail post began with me wondering – does one put actual tea in a LIT? Apparently no, when you check the recipes on the internet but I wanted to twist up this classic cocktail a bit. My favourite LIT is the one made in the TGIF in Mumbai. However, the bartender was very secretive and refused to give me his recipe. So I mentally put him on my hit list and moved on to making my own favourite LIT.

Long Island Iced Tea at TGIF.

Long Island Iced Tea at TGIF.

Did you know that there are different kinds? There is actually something called a – wait for it – a Bullfrog. Yes, its also blue in colour. My first reaction to seeing this drink was ‘you are so pretty ‘!
So let me begin with a basic Long Island Iced Tea and I will specify the differences when making a ‘Bullfrog’. (This drink is not for the faint hearted).

LIT with Sprite.

LIT at TGIF.

Ingredients :

1. 30 ml Tequila
2. 30 ml Vodka
3. 30 ml Rum
4. 30 ml Gin
5. 30 ml Triple sec
6. 90 ml Sweet and Sour mix
7. Coca-cola as according to ones preference.
8. Ice cubes.
9. Lime Slices. (2-3)
10. 1 tea bag

For a Bullfrog, instead of Coca Cola, Sprite is required and no tea bag is needed.

Additional Ingredients -
Blue Curacao for Bullfrog.
Cut fruits for a fruity LIT – strawberry, raspberry, mandarin, blackberry…
Mint leaves (because I like them).

Recipe : Fruity LIT.

• Pour the different alcohol in a glass. Make it a large glass.
• Put in the mint leaves.
• Add the Sweet and Sour mix.
• Next goes the actual tea – 30 ml of black liquor tea.
• Top up the glass with ice.
• The Coca Cola goes in next – the requirement may vary from person to person depending on how strong one likes their drink.
• Throw in the lime slices.
• Add the cut fruits from top.
• Give it a good stir.

For the Bullfrog, do the first five steps but instead of the Coke, pour in the Sprite. Then,

  • throw in the lime slices,
  • add two table spoon of Blue Curacao,
  • do not stir.
The Bull Frog at Bonobo.

The Bullfrog at Bonobo.

Just a warning – two of these should be good enough for a crazy night in!

Bidisha 

Fake a co-ordinated outfit – a co-ordinated outfit WITHOUT buying the co-ordinated outfit

I remember a time when my mum made me wear co-ordinated tops and shorts or skirts or trousers. That feels like it was a million years ago when they were called matching sets. And I hated them.

However, the co-ordinated sets that came back in fashion about last year are a far cry from the matching Mickey Mouse shorts and tops that were my style as a kid. You now have sets in lovely cutesy prints, florals to Aztec print to geometric and abstract. For those of whom a printed set is a bit much there are sets in bright solid colours with some interesting details.

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Yellow Chelsea Girl Heart Print Shirt and Skirt

River Island Yellow Chelsea Girl Heart Print Shirt and Skirt

Missguided Floral Scuba Bralet and Skirt

Missguided Floral Scuba Bralet and Skirt

 

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Miss Selfridges Blue Aztec Sequin Bra Top and Skirt

Miss Selfridges Blue Aztec Sequin Bra Top and Skirt

New Look Blue and Black Check Short Sleeve Top and Skirt

New Look Blue and Black Check Short Sleeve Top and Skirt

Missguided Laser Cut Top and Skirt

Missguided Laser Cut Top and Skirt

I did end up liking the co-ordinated trend but felt there was was too much commitment required. I didn’t feel upto taking the plunge and spending so much money. So how do you shop (or preferably, not shop) for this fading trend you want to try but which may not be around in a few months and which is difficult to align with your normal wardrobe?

  • Try and use your existing wardrobe. Even if you are like me and wear five primary colours (I am, of course, including black and white as primary colours), you should have something in your wardrobe that is a colour. So for instance, if you have mint green pants and a mint green tee (major fading trend as fall and winter approach), use it. Put it together with a white belt and you are set. Even if you don’t have the mint tee for it, its easier to buy a tee then a whole trend outfit.

Note: this kind of cheating works well with specific colours like bright blue, red, yellow, green, etc. Needless to say, wearing black and black is not working the co-ordinate trend.

  • Use a coloured or patterned blazer or jacket. Coloured or patterned blazers and jackets were a major trend and should go through this fall as well. Chances are you did manage to acquire a coloured blazer/ jacket not appropriate for office. Use it. Wear it. If its a solid colour you have more freedom and can wear it with some colourful shorts or trousers or skirts. If its a pattern you can wear it with its co-ordinated piece or it would still be an interesting item to wear as is after the co-ordinated trend is done and dusted.
Missguided Tiffany Premium Blazer and Shorts in Neon Orange

Missguided Tiffany Premium Blazer and Shorts in Neon Orange

H&M Textured Cape and Skirt

H&M Textured Cape and Skirt

H&M Patterned Leggings and Jacket

H&M Patterned Leggings and Bomber Jacket

  • Dots on dots, stripes on stripes. I first saw this look on Helena Grazer from the Brooklyn Blonde, one of my favourite blogs. This is an easy and interesting look to pull together with some basic separates just like she did.

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Apart from polka dots, you can also use the cutesy star and heart prints that were around recently to achieve this look.

I tried this look with stripes, as you will be seeing soon enough.

  • This is a little more difficult, but use a dress, a jumpsuit or a romper and pass them off as  separates. How do you do this? With a belt.

Note: this works very well with items which have patterns like this jumpsuit shown below.

H&M Patterned Jumpsuit

H&M Patterned Jumpsuit

H&M Scuba Top and Skirt

H&M Scuba Top and Skirt

There maybe some amount of shopping to be done – you might need to get a coloured tee or a pair of shorts. That’s ok. But if you are invested enough, go the whole hog and get a set. For me personally, I would go for a geometric set with basic neutral colours like the H&M one above. Items like these are easier to wear separately at a later point but are still interesting enough.

  • Another idea is to look for a set with a silk shirt (one with a floral pattern is preferred) as the top. I admit this is a difficult find. This is suggested since a silk shirt is a wardrobe staple for most. Apart from the co-ordinate shorts or pants, it can be worn with your jeans or black trousers later, or over a vest as a jacket or wrap with your co-ordinated shorts or skirt.
  • A denim-on-denim look would also be an interesting twist on the co-ordinated trend. I have tried this with items of different colours but definitely want to try it out with the same colours as well.

I know what you are thinking – why am I not following my own advice? Don’t worry – I did make myself the guinea pig and the pictures will follow soon!

Have you tried this trend yet?

- Anisha

Cosy knits + long skirts = Easy, breezy, lazy #OOTD

Strangely I didn’t feel the need to wear all the skirts I have when summer was on but with fall and winter approaching I started wearing all my skirts which I other wise wouldn’t be able to wear in the winter. This means flowey, chiffon, midi skirts. These are definitely not the type of skirts you can wear with tights in winter.

Vintage midi skirts are all the rage now, like I mentioned here. But I didn’t really think this was a trend that would work for me so I tried the lose knits and jumper with the midi skirts. And I love this look – its easy, effortless and perfect for a lazy girl like me!

H&M White Jumper, unbranded white button down shirt, Forever 21 high-low black skirt and silver bib necklace.

H&M White Jumper, unbranded white button down shirt, Forever 21 high-low black skirt and silver bib necklace, Zara lace cross-body bag and Gap wedge heels.

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Army green maxi slit skirt from Forever 21, H&M  white jumper, Zara lace cross-body bag and unbranded brown flats.

Army green maxi slit skirt from Forever 21, H&M white jumper and unbranded brown flats.

As you can notice, I am wearing the same H&M white jumper in both outfits with the same jewellery.

Zara lace cross-body bag

Zara lace cross-body bag

Bib necklace from Bangkok.

Bib necklace from Bangkok.

I am sure I will be wearing more of these looks till I can pull this off, before it gets really cold.

- Anisha

Photos by DJ and edited by Bidisha