Saturday, 24 December 2016

Pajama Christmas


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It's been a while since the last rambling and choosing to contain my thoughts courtesy the overwhelming flu, here's wishing you and your wonderful families a fabulous Christmas. Until we meet again, have a great one! 

Wearing - 

Pajama Shirt - Stalk Buy Love
Pants - ZARA
Sunglasses - RayBan
Earrings - ToniQ
Sandals - ALDO (here)

Thank you for stopping by...
Love
Agam

Monday, 5 December 2016

#AGAMIT 101

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While working on some personal logistics this Monday morning, I found myself composing the infamous 'About Me' of our lives. My to-do list also included writing a new post for the blog and because of that prior exercise, ideas flowed fast. Being around here for long, you might know me a little or virtually a lot, but perhaps THIS wasn't enough to let you know about US. We may be the #Agamit, but who are we? Well, now you know -

1. Starting with the very basic. (In case you are new here) My name's Agam and his name's Amit Rabab Singh.

2. We were batch-mates through school, lost touch post that, met again while we were in college, dated for about ten years and have been married for ten months now. Touchwood!

3. While you know what I do, Amit too is an entrepreneur and has his own company. He is into skill development for the banking and financial sector.

4. We both are Pisces. Our birth dates are a week apart and I'm a week elder to him.

5. We were in a long distance relationship for about three years and after that too we were in different cities. As tough as it might have been, it strengthened our relationship and us like no other.

6. I wouldn't call Amit a fashion aficionado. But he undoubtedly has a great sense of style. He strongly believes in investing in statement pieces and his taste in shoes and bags is unmatched.

7. We both have sisters' as siblings. Amit has a younger sister while I have an elder sister.

8. He's a self confessed food and wine connoisseur while my food barometer is quite dismissive and I barely know my Malbee from Merlot.

9. This might get categorized as being a cliche, but I am the temperamental one between the two of us. He is pretty much always calm and composed and hence always the peacemaker.

10. Being in the profession that I am in and being a 'geographically distant' boyfriend, I sometimes missed having him as the 'photographer boyfriend'. Request you to kindly not judge me quite literally here but get the drill. Now, Amit himself is camera shy but has recently developed a penchant for photography. My Instagram's a proof. And now I can finally say with pride "I love that man behind the camera!"


Wearing - 

Top - H&M
Skirt and Sunglasses - Forever 21
Booties - ALDO

Thank you for stopping by...
Love
Agam

Thursday, 24 November 2016

If I Had A Number


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While working on my 'internal logistics', the other day I stumbled upon a list of my old, my favourite (if I may say so) TrimmingsAndLace blogposts. So, if you have been a regular, avid reader of my blog this may be your deja vu moment, and if you've joined me recently here's something about my journey so far. 



I am sure such a plethora of links is bound to leave you overwhelmed, but I also do hope that they make up for a wonderful read and have something to offer and to cherish!

Wearing - 

Dress - TrimmingsAndLace
Earrings - H&M

Thank you for stopping by...
Love
Agam

Thursday, 17 November 2016

The Misread Theory Of Professionalism

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Its quite rhetorical when I ask myself or a group of like minded individuals as to whether 'Professionalism' in today's time is a disregarded virtue or simply an illusion. From what I can say for myself, I am a propagator of professionalism. I may have an occasional slip or two, but then my morality takes the better of me and the whole situation and perhaps the lack of "call of action" from my end, makes me feel guilty to the stomach. I do also believe that there are a few gospels that constitute the very fundamentals of professionalism and are independent of the industry you operate in. 


The sheer idea of TIME is nothing but a myth and punctuality an unknown virtue. We all have been late to a meeting or an event and have also been on the other side of the table. But why does being late become a characteristic symbolic of your stature and being right-on-time fetches you an  "Ohhh! You're here", topped with sufficient quantities of dismay.

Another aspect of our everyday functioning, which we all might have resorted to ourselves at some point of time, and have largely become okay with is NON-REVERT. One of the very basics of virtual communication is acknowledgement. But since when and why, a simple acknowledgement to an email, a text or a call become a damper to the position you hold or a reflector to how busy you really are. Why are we in a race to supersede the other on grounds as trivial as these. Has talent and hard work indeed lost their value that we cannot bank on them.

We battle it out on the OUTCOMES, results and deliverables. Yet it is easy for people to renege on their commitments and what was apparently agreed upon, easily compromising on the time and efforts put into the initial discussion and decision making. In some cases, your efforts might be deemed as obligatory. While in others, it might seem fair and just to put off a task for reasons more personal than professional, sometimes to an extent where it becomes an arduous exploitation of your professional dependence. 

I am sure each of us can add in more to this rant, coming from a tank of experiences we gain in and during our professional tenure. Likewise, each of us would have evolved a mechanism that works best for us. However, much like my thoughts on MODESTY, it sometimes saddens me to find myself swimming in a pool as shallow as this. But I'm glad to have my virtues as my lifeboats and retain them with pride. I would love to know your share of professional inexperience(s) and how you dealt with them. In the end, all I say is that - Let's bring the ship home!

Wearing - 

Top - ZARA
Skirt - Forever 21
Earrings - H&M
Shoes - Woolworths

Thank you for stopping by...
Love
Agam


Saturday, 5 November 2016

Do-It-Yourself : Tasseled Sandals

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Tassels and fringes are pretty much regarded as the trend of the 70s, but making a glorious appearance on shoes this Spring/Summer'16 made them absolutely delectable. Laced up to the mid-calf, sitting pretty on ankle straps, platformed, wedged or stilettoed, fringes and tassels add a striking dynamism to the entire look. I've personally loved the infamous Aquazzura Wild Thing Sandals and did pick up similar ones from Daisy Street (here). But if you're wanting to embrace the trend without burning a hole in your pocket and unlike other DIYs existing on the web, don't want to shelve and cut paste your existing pair of sandals, this tutorial might be of help. So, let's get started! 


You'll need:


1. A classic pair of sandals. Try picking a pair which is simple and minimalistic in virtue. If you have a pair that fastens on the ankles, its a bonus!
2. Tassels in the colour of your choice. These are easily available at all craft stores.
3. Suede, faux leather strings. Avoid using ribbons because they tend to slide and don't really hold on the legs.
4. Tape.
5. A pair of scissors. 
6. A straightening iron (optional).


Steps:

1. I started by trimming and refining the ends of the tassels to make them look neater and even.
2. Next, I used a straightening iron to smoothen any wavy and wiggly threads and strands.
3. This step is optional. I secured the loop of the tassels with a tape to make it smaller so that it doesn't move around, once slipped through the suede strings. 
4. Weave the strings through the straps of your sandals. Pretty much like this.
5. Finally, just when you are about to knot the strings slip in your tassels and secure them between the strings. 

Though I admit that the outcome can't match the grace of the original, but I still feel that revamping your sandals once in a while can be a fun activity and an interesting change. What do you think? 

Wearing - 

Dress - Tailored
Sandals - River Island

Thank you for stopping by...
Love
Agam







Thursday, 27 October 2016

Diwali As The Bride

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Among the many moments in life, when adrenaline rush thrives and the monotony of life comprises itself in a time frame ever so characteristic and dynamic, is the "festive season". If you've been a regular reader of my blog (or an occasional one around this time of the year), you aren't stranger to my indescribable love for the festive season. Maybe it is because of the faint celebratory sounds that make way through the quietness of the night or it is the unison with which the roads gets jam packed, sweet shops get flooded with people or the sight of your city beaming in a sea of lights. Or so because, I believe that October Speaks To Me.

From much awaited get-togethers with family to endless conversations till the wee hours of the morning. From card parties with friends to all those exciting food menus. From the absolutely necessary shopping trips to planning for all the upcoming shaadis. The festive season is a bountiful of moments, occasions and celebrations All Brought Together.

For two years now, I've made it my tradition to share with you all my ideas on festive dressing. Much like our lives, our sartorial choices also pace and evolve. Though, each year I have tried to very practical and realistic when it comes to my choices but this year I am all prepared to go unabashed. This festive year is rather very special (and huge) for me because I get to spend it with my husband, my main man. So this, Once Upon A Princess is all set to head-out for the hustle, bustle and bang and cherish each moment of this beautiful gift of life in its complete glory. Join me?

Wearing - 

Suit - Vanasvi Boutique (New Delhi)
Maang Tikka - Mom's
Sandals - Charles & Keith

Thank you for stopping by...
Love
Agam




Wednesday, 19 October 2016

TrimmingsAndLace For Himalaya : The Orange Peel-off Mask


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The summer heat might be bidding us a fast farewell, but it does leave behind bitter sweet traces of tan on the skin which are hard to get rid off. The summers and the holiday season must have been the time when you loved this tan and made up for quite a show off, but come festive season I bet you want to look your radiant and glowing best. Well, we are in luck because Himalaya recently launched their Tan Removal Orange Peel-off Mask, and you'll be over the moon that they did. My earliest memory of a peel-off mask is that of my mother using one regularly, and now if you follow me on Snapchat and Instagram you would know that I am a mask lover myself. Hence, when I was given this opportunity to try out this product while it was in its pre-launch stage, no surprises I couldn't refuse.


The Himalaya Tan Removal Orange Peel-off Mask, is an effective blend of natural ingredients like Orange peel and honey, known for their skin lightening and brightening properties. Orange peel, through its peeling action, helps control melanin synthesis aiding in removing tan and lightening the skin tone, while honey helps in soothing, moisturizing and hydrating the skin. The Orange peel extracts also act as a natural cleanser for the skin, help eliminate excess oil and render a more even-tone texture to the skin, Likewise, honey contains superior antibacterial, probiotic and healing properties and is extremely beneficial in nourishing the skin for that healthy, youthful glow. 


HOW TO USE - 


Apply the mask on cleansed skin avoiding the skin around your eyes. The mask is similar to a gel in consistency and hence glides smoothly. Allow the mask to dry for 10-15 minutes. Once done, gently peel off the mask from the skin. I do recommend doing a patch test before you apply the mask on your skin, because the mask did break me out where I am most susceptible to acne. Since then, I've avoided using it on that area in particular and am quite happy with the results on the rest of my skin. I do use it twice a week, and can reckon that it fairly does what it claims. 

I hope this was helpful and made you less stressed about looking your best this festive season. Don't forget to let me know! 

Thank you for stopping by...
Love
Agam