Monday, 23 December 2013

What's To Come...The better and the best!


                                                                            

                                                                          

                                                                                   

                                                                           

                                                                           

                                                                           
I have always believed and learnt over the years, that life is about two things (much of it maybe) - love and hope. The latter is a state of mind, a scenario for the better and beautiful to come. As the sun dips, the sky grey's and a blanket of fog greets our mornings and evenings, a spring like outfit goes a long way to...simply make-believe in the sunnier days ahead. Like I said before, colours, cuts can depict and transform our mood. So, as I bid goodbye to bare legs and slipped into the routine hues, I needed this outfit as my rebound. Or maybe, I got impatient to wait for spring afterall. 
After multiple sessions of how not to match your prints, fashion runways this year showed us how to wear them with aplomb. Boxy top and shorts make up for a completely care-free and comfortable outfit, suited for those sunny soft winter brunches. The great part about this look is that you can pair the top and shorts together or wear them as separates. Pair a silk blouse with these shorts for the day and slip into a solid coloured blazer with this top and your favourite pair of jeans for the night. Further, you can always swap the boxy top with a tailored blazer for the super chic short-suit look. A basic white T-shirt helped me instill a break in the print, besides keeping me warm. I preferred wearing these neutral flats, since I felt anything taller would be too much leg. 
Until I re-style it soon, I say "¡Hola Spring." Have a wonderful holiday season.


Wearing - 

Boxy Top and Shorts - TrimmingsAndLace
T-Shirt - Next
Bag - Mom's (Chanel 2.55)
Flats - H&M
Bangles and bracelets - Westside (here), FabAlley, Gifted
Ring - Myntra.com
Mid Finger Ring - ASOS

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Love
Agam










Wednesday, 11 December 2013

The Quirkviduality Duo

                                                                                  

                                                                            

                                                                             




As a stylist, Autumn/Winter is my favourite time of the year. It’s the time when you can safely detach your fashion ideas from the conventional. You can throw on a scarf to brighten up the monotones and play around with colours and contrasts like never before. Against the dim sun cheerful prints help brave the cold, much like the vibrant plaids and tartans.
Talking of prints, fashion has forever been revolutionizing prints. I have never doubted the power of a print – be that florals, abstract, whacky, geometric or animal prints. However, post this I have never been surer of the power of a kitsch piece to make a statement like no other. THIS thanks to the pioneer of functional art in India – The Quirk Box. The Quirk Box products besides being fun, colourful, entertaining and a show-door to anything and everything mundane, are inspiring. They draw out a different perception, sometimes subjective, but always let the quirkviduality shine. Case in point this dream circus boyfriend jacket. Initially, my styling ideas were up against the wall with this jacket, but once worn all pieces came together and this statement jacket was ready to shine on.  
A cropped top lends a wonderful balance to the boyfriend jacket, while keeping the femininity of the look intact. My infatuation with crop tops over seasons has grown by the day. Bra tops, crop tees, ruffled bandeaus' or corsets, this is one trend and I vouch for self, is not going to be ditched anytime soon. Statement earrings and some arm candy in neutral tones were my accessories of choice to enhance the look without diluting the glory of our center-piece!



Wearing - 

Boyfriend Jacket - c/o The Quirk Box (Shop)
Top - Promod
Peep-toes - Vero Moda (last seen)
Watch - Kenneth Cole
Bracelets - Assorted
Earrings - Forever 21
Ring - Thrifted
On my nails - O.P.I Alpine Snow

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Love
Agam





                                  

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Colour Musings

                                                                            

                                                                         

                                                                       

                                                                           


This particular outfit is having a resurgence from the drafts (Read: long hair). The neon palette has stayed around stylishly for a long while now and is surely befriending us this Fall. Collections like those of Tanya Taylor and Victoria Beckham have incorporated neons by complimenting it with the classic plaids and checks. A streak of neon among the winter darks' and monotones is always enough (and safely enough) to make a statement.
Currently, with the wedding season in full swing and most importantly my bridesmaid duties in force, I have had a lot of encounters with fuchsia pink in Indian wear. It is the hue you cannot help but fall in love with over and over again. Its a shade that complements all skin tones and tends to reflect that rose blush glow on you. Treat it with a neutral or contrast it with another bold colour, fuchsia is surely a winner.
If you have been a regular reader of the blog, you must be aware of my indispensable love for skirts. Having put together a contrast here, I matched the solid fuchsia with this printed, fuller midi-skirt. The midi skirt may seem more 1950s than 2013, but has taken the runways and street by storm (love this one). If a mini skirt gives you shudders and maxis seems overwhelming, then midi is the length to be. I always feel that the choice of colour makes styling very easy. Colours like fuchsia, royal blue, emerald green and red suggest minimal accessories. Hence, for this outfit I accessorized with these chandelier statement earnings. To add a different dimension I wore my pair of metallic silver heels (much like here) keeping up the power of colour! 

Wearing - 

T-Shirt - ZARA (last seen)
Tank (Underneath) - Aeropostale
Skirt - Gifted
Slingbacks - Local Store (Chandigarh)
Earrings - Gifted
On my nails - China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint

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Love
Agam

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Fall Wish-List : TrimmingsAndLace For Sheinside


For all those who feel like a novice in the big, lustful world of online shopping, here is a 'style-for-less' website for you - Sheinside. Discover and shop the latest trends without burning a hole in your pocket. A quick look at what made into my wish-list.

Happy Monday Everyone! 



Clockwise - Shop, Shop, Shop, Shop, Shop, Shop

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Love
Agam

Thursday, 14 November 2013

The Golden Midnight

                                                                         

                                                                           

                                                                             

                                                                       

                                                                   

                                                                         

                                                                  

                                                                       

As I sit to pen down my upcoming outfit posts, I am fearing that I'll bore you off all my outfits which include skirts. Along with the fashion world, I seem to be having a major skirt moment in present. Though I have been in love with skirts forever for their undisputed ability (have I said this before?) to give me a new outfit every.single.time, currently skirts and more skirts seem to have been filling my wardrobe and The TrimmingsAndLace Collection. A silk skirt was an added risk to the collection, but I am happy I swayed that way. More than the look of it, the feel of silk is sure to poise up your look. I am not marketing, but you got to slip into one to believe me. A ruffled blouse, denim wedges, scaled and spiked jewellery were my bits to add different textural elements to the outfit. Also, I was happy to let these gorgeous wedges have a second sighting on the blog.
From chiffon's and lace to silks. I am definitely in the Dolce and Gabbana zone now. With me?

Wearing - 

Top - Forever 21
Skirt - TrimmingsAndLace (Shop)
Wedges - Marks&Spencer
Earrings - Gifted
Flower Ring - Forever 21
Spiked Ring - FabAlley
Cuff - Westside

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Love
Agam







Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Love Struck...Twice!

                                                                           

                                                                         

                                                                         

                                                                        

                                                                      

                                                                          



I am definitely the nth person to be saying this, but online shopping has been a world saver. Yes indeed, there is a whole management and economical cycle involved to it. (I am struggling with self to not get into the details right now. Call it my MBA genes). In addition to the convenience factor in terms of effort and time, what’s applauding is that many of these stores carry multi-product lines. So, if you are looking to create an outfit from scratch, online stores provide you a ‘one-stop-shopping’ experience to the T. Among the many, the one store that is placed up on my list is Rooja. Rooja offers your conventional products with a little twist and quirk. There is always an element that is new and unique in its own way - be that clothing, accessories, shoes or home d├ęcor.
Likewise, when I was asked to pick an outfit from their wide range I had a real tough time stopping at just one. Maxis and illusion skirts being my love this season, I simply couldn’t look past this dress. Besides, I didn’t have a chevron piece in my closet so this came as a perfect addition. True to the picture, I was elated when I received my piece.
Much like the Rooja fundament of bringing out the unconventional, I decided to style this dress with traditional kundan jewellery.
This dress is my current favourite and with winters setting in, I can’t wait to style it with knits and blazers. Have you picked your favourite yet?

Wearing - 

Dress - c/o Rooja
Earrings and Bangle - Mom's (here)
Peep-toes - Vero Moda
On my nails - Chanel Fantastic
On my lips - MAC New York Apple

Remember my maxi-look from earlier this year? 

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Love
Agam
 




                                                                       

                                                                         

                                                                           








Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Magic Can Sometimes Be Just An Illusion

                                                                               

                                                                        

                                                                    

                                                                        

                                                                        

                                                                             

From high-waisted and retro to slim and neat, skirt is that one garment in your closet that offers the greatest variety of options. From pencil and A-Line skirts for office wear to the mini, midi and maxi route for the happy hours, skirts are a multi-faceted piece of clothing. What I personally love about skirts is their ability to stand out on their own and at the same time blend with the top/blouse/shirt/T-Shirt of your choice and lend the outfit feel of a complete dress.
Skirts - maxis and midis - are having a major fashion moment, but the new entrant to the universe has been the sheer trend. The 'Illusion Skirt' as it is being called popularly, finds a comfortable balance between sexy and elegant. While I found favourites in this and this when it came down to adding one in The TrimmingsAndLace Collection, I couldn't escape my inherent sense of choosing lace (how I love you). The styling with this outfit has been very simple and muted. While the floral shirt (last worn here) provides minimal degrees of colour, the embellished sling bag adds texture to the entire outfit. I preferred the jewellery to be in the same colour tone as the rest of the outfit, so as to let the skirt shine unperturbed.
So, does the outfit move up your alley? Afterall, as quoted by Voltaire, "Illusion is the first of all pleasure." I say the next is shopping?

Wearing - 

Skirt - TrimmingsAndLace (coming soon)
Shirt -Vintage Boutique (Dubai)
Neck-piece - XOXO Accessories (here)
Ring - Myntra.com (here)
Bag - Gifted
Peep-toes - Vero Moda (here)
On my nails - Chanel Fantastic
On my lips - MAC New York Apple

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Love
Agam







Saturday, 12 October 2013

It Is Okay Being Okay


                                                                           

                                                                              

                                                                               

                                                                                

                                                                             



Mostly, we are believers of the extreme. We believe that there is either a certain yes or a certain no. We are preached to keep our emotions and thoughts clear and transparent - this way or that way, black or white. A middle path - the grey's, neutral's or okay's - many a times define the weak. Those who allow the clouds of ambiguity to overpower them. Those who are uncertain and incapable of choosing between an obvious yes and no, correct and incorrect, right and wrong. But is being okay, is being amidst the greys and is holding a neutral approach really wrong? I feel that the real power or sign of strength actually comes by being okay. Okay defines the state where the threshold of your acceptance for things, circumstances, situations and even thoughts is higher than the consequence off them. Okay is the state of being YOU. I feel it is always easier to choose between the correct and the incorrect, but to choose the better of the correct and worse of the incorrect, accepting it and choosing the direction of your life from that cross-point is what demands strength. Success, failures, happiness, sadness, memories and regrets are the inescapable realities of life. Acceptance of either comes from being okay and being at a place where the difference between either is dissolved. That's a state where you become fearless and confident of your thoughts, actions and self. A fearless person doesn't judge and is often rewarded with the highest karma and that is of compassion. The strength to accept things in totality, respect the perspective of others, forgive and be at peace for ones own self.

Above are the thoughts from a week of 5am walks amidst the autumn chill and wrongly timed downpour. The unexpected always spurs new beginnings. All fashion posts back soon!

Wearing - 

Dress - TrimmingsAndLace (see me do a similar outfit here) (Shop)
Clutch - Gifted
Slingbacks - Local Store (Chandigarh)
Bracelet worn as a neck-piece - Gifted (here)
Rings - Thrifted (Australia)
On my nails - O.P.I Alpine Snow

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Love
Agam

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Days I Dream Blue

                                                                             

                                                                                  

                                                                         

                                                                         

                                                                                

A quick hello to all of you and some random rumblings. October has started. My favourite month and time to bring in all the festivities. Stay tuned, because TrimmingsAndLace is all set for a bigger, grander ride. Loving the projects I am currently working on. Details soon! Totally crushing bejeweled hues for Fall. Loving monotone nails too. But Fall favourites sum up for another post. Have you seen the latest additions to The TrimmingsAndLace Collection and have you followed me on Instagram. No? Hover over the links!

Have a wonderful week everyone. Love!

Wearing - 

T-Shirt - ZARA
Shorts - Local Store (Chandigarh) (Last worn here)
Sandals - Marie Claire (here)
Neck-piece - 8teen Style Boulevard (here)
Rings - Myntra.com
Bracelets -  ALDO, Splash, Gifted


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Love
Agam







Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Do-It-Yourself : Crop Up

                                                                                

Cropped tops have been the hottest trend this summer with celebrities, fashionistas and bloggers adorning the same with complete aplomb. I have simply grown to love this trend and cannot have enough of it. There are cropped T-Shirts, button-downs, knotted plaids, turtle necks, bralets and corsets…et all. What’s better is that cropped tops which ruled the roost this summer are sticking around for spring 2014 as well. So, ladies let’s keep those crunches going!
Whether paired with leggings, shorts, a high-waisted skirt, palazzo pants or a maxi skirt, a good crop top will never let you down. You can show a little or a lot of skin depending on what you’re comfortable with and you can even opt for half or full sleeves, cutouts, embellishments — pretty much anything! However, this doesn’t mean that you have to burn your pockets to fit the bill. All you need to do is some chopping and cropping and this runway to street style trend is all yours! 


You’ll need:

  1. A top/T-Shirt – I picked an old body suit.
  2. Measuring Tape
  3. Scissors
  4. Needle
  5. Matching thread
  6. Some sewing skills - If this part is a little tricky, you always have your local tailor.  

                                                                            

                                                       

                                                                    

                                                            

                                                                   

                                                          

                                                                     


Steps:

  1. Using the measuring tape, measure the length that suits you. Ideally, a cropped top reveals only the midriff.
  2. Mark the length.
  3. Using a pair of scissors cut along the mark. If you cannot cut along a straight line, you can give it a curved shape.
  4. Once done, simply hem the top/T-Shirt.

                                                                                


Trousers - Tailored (here), Top - DIY, Neck-piece - ZARA (here), Pumps - Marie Claire (here)

Style Tip:

If you wish to show less skin, always opt for something high-waisted to go with your cropped top – an A-line skirt, skater skirt, trousers or palazzo pants. This is the easiest way to rock the look! For regular updates on my personal style and much more don't forget to join me on Twitter - @TrimmingsNdLace and Instagram - @trimmingsandlace.

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Love
Agam