21 June, 2012

The CFDA... finally

Well well well, I finally got to watch the 50th CFDA Awards and I must tell you it's the best award show I've watched. It was everything that says inspiring. For someone who has grown watching award shows, this front seat to the awards by Style.com was a magnificent treat. In 50 years, this was the first time ever the award was broadcasted live. WOW!

What I love about awards? I believe in hard work, I believe in striving towards your goal, I believe in determination, chasing your dreams and thus I believe that there's always that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow if you are persistent towards what you want to achieve and award shows are all of that. It's the living proof that you have arrived, that you have achieved something in life, it's rewarding to be rewarded. It brings the toughest of man in tears while accepting an award for their work. Although there are other means to getting to know your positions, but none like being nominated and luckily awarded. It's very direct, to the point, crystal clear and encouraging. I know what you've done and can do, cannot be addressed with a piece of exquisite design of metal or whatever they are made of, but who wouldn't like to be bestowed with something so prestigious. 

The entire show was enthralling and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The CFDA is parallel to the Oscars. It is noted as the Academy Awards of fashion, but for me it was even better than the Oscars.
I loved the accepting speech by cult director John Waters for Comme des Garçons, for winning the International designer of the year, who was wearing a paisley jacket by Comme des Garçons. It was so witty and beautifully written. With that speech, you could tell how much he knows about art and the label itself. My favourite quotes were, "I wear Rei Kawakubo to be fashionable in secret", "We know how great her clothes are but others think we're just poor."

And the Olsen sisters scooped the best award everybody was eyeing on. My god, it's only been a couple of years they started with The Row and they've come this far. Why wouldn't they? Just look at what they've created in such a short span of time. All that luxe clothing and their jackets are to die for. They've penetrated the designs that many designers seem to have tried their hands on but missed out on few aspects here and there. And amazingly, the sisters have hit the right notes from the very beginning. Their clothes are very minimal, fuss-free (just the way I like it), luxurious, monochrome; any woman from any age bracket would want to wear The Row. 

They adorably thanked each other, in the end  

Some of my favourites looks from their Resort Collection 2012

Who wore the best!

The Olsen Sisters in The Row
Mandy Moore in Lela Rose
Dakota Fanning in Proeza Schouler
Carine Roitfeld in Alexander Wang with Alexander Wang
Kate Bosworth in Joseph Altuzarra
Hilary Rhoda in Rebecca Minkoff
<<<I'm only wondering what Johnny Depp would've worn if he attended the event since he won the Fashion Icon award. >>>

Be inspired. Find your inspiration. 

19 June, 2012

Chop Chop Chop

Top from JC Penny; Necklace and ring from a random store in NY; Bag from Nepal; Jersey dress, thrifted; Flats and glasses from H&M, 

Yesterday I had lunch with my friend Arpana and we tried cooking an entire fish. Both of us had the most difficult time trying to cut the head especially with its one eye staring blankly at us. In the end, we just had to smack the knife from the top a little and 'chop', it was done! 
We weren't really proud of ourselves. For me it was more about my faith and for her it was more to do with psychology. Whether we chop the fish or a butcher does it for us, it's more or less the same thing I think; it goes into our tummies. 
I tried a sock bun yesterday. Too bad I overestimated the power of two bobbypins, by the time I was half way to Arpana's apartment, I was struggling, trying to refrain my hair. It would've been a lot sleeker if I used two more pins. And also I think it's time to shorten my hair by few inches. 

Something's wrong with my blog's template. The fonts keeping changing and when I try adding a new page it doesn't show on the blog even though the page has been set up. I guess the universe is trying to tell me it's time to change the look of the blog. But there has been a certain attachment to this template that every other template is not good enough. But I can't keep up with these technical hiccups I get once in a while. I think I should start looking for something else. Do you think I should change the template? 

17 June, 2012

Let me breathe

Polka dot dress and bag from Nepal; Boots from Envy (Nepal); Scarf, Vintage; Earrings and cuff from India; Belt, Gifted

No matter how much I'd want this post to be a little longer than it will be, I'll have to keep my fingers under control, keep it very short and minimal in words. My cold is getting the better of me and I'm trying to take my nightly swan-dive on time and not stay ogling at and scrolling down some site past midnight. I think I have been doing that quite well and gulping down many a glasses of lukewarm water helped tremendously.

Weekends over. Time to roll up your sleeves and pull up your socks!
...Have a lovely week...

10 June, 2012

You get my thrift?

There are too many a reason why I like thrift shopping, or should I be talking on behalf of an army of people who stack their closet with thrift store deals. Well, for me, thrift shopping is not only about budget shopping but it is more of an adventure and it is in a way, therapeutic. You never know what you might find; at times you could find nothing for yourself but mostly, these stores always have something or the other to offer you -- whether you want it or need it or wish to gift somebody. The chances of one leaving a thrift store empty handed are very slim. 
Having a fond liking for most things vintage and from another epoch, these stores have much to satisfy me. Yes, that's the word. It's satisfactory for me to go on a thrift shopping spree. Not only do the stuff come at good prices (sometimes it depends on the kind of thrift stores you go to. The vintage thrift stores that have second-hand designer wear aren't what you'd expect from a thrift store but comparatively, since it's a designer wear, it's a great steal) but you get amazing styles. And since fashion is always reversing and re-emerging, what could stop any fashionista and fashionisto! 
PLUS there is always that proud moment of truth, where you tell a friend or two at what price you got your so-and-so and the other so-and-so. 

*Ironically, I'm not wearing anything from a thrift store here. But the last photo is my first thrift shopping experience.*
These shoes look particularly good on slender feet. Unfortunately not for me. 
My friend Yankey and I always used to talk about how we could go to these stores together and that's exactly what we did the first time we met after many years. Both of us have been friends since we were 6 I think and have seen each other grow from innocent schoolgirls devouring waiwai and titaura in the school bus after schoolhaving sleepovers, sharing each other's tucks, helping each other finish homework and many other memorable trivialities into... into... ummm... whoever we are and have become today. It would sound very egoistic of me to call the both of us smart, witty, competitive, caring and loving, compassionate, understanding, likable and lovable with great sense of fashion and far-sighted people so I'll just try and be modest and maintain my humility.   
A welcome gift card from Yankey

I came across various thrift stores and this one came with a lot of hangers that needed extra digging. 
Banana Republic Suede handbag
I hope all of you are enjoying your weekend.
Just a thought: Make new friends (lots of them) but never forget your old ones. 
Cheers to friendship and super-duper cheers to Thrift stores!
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