Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Happy Wednesday

My dad was a photography enthusiast at a point. For whatever reason he bought a heavy SLR when his friends were buying compact cameras years ago before the hype of digital cameras hit the market. I think he got this before I was born. Work and life in general reduced the use of the camera and now even holiday photos are taken by the compact point & shoot. I have lots of free time and I am seriously interested in learning photography. I will be experimenting with my dad's SLR.. I don't have a scanner so I won't post anything even if the end result turns out good enough. I hope to learn. Give me any tips you can.


He also has a 52mm lens to go with it. I have taken pictures with this before. But it was always too heavy for me and I often ended up taking headless photos because of my height!! I didn't feeel it this time when I took a few photos today at 7 am.
Have you ever gone up to your roof so early on a crisp morning and seen the orange sun? It was beautiful and the wind was just crisp and chilly enough to gently soothe me somehow.
Hope you all are having a great time :)

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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

The Best Thing


Love yourself every day.
Smile at least two times during a day.
Listen to loud music whenever the mood strikes.
Read something you like as often as you can.
Love the work you do.
Look in the mirror and say, "I am a good person."
Laugh like a child.
Appreciate awesomeness.
Compliment others and mean them.
Watch movies that make you feel good.
Be inspired by the genius that surrounds you.
Plan a trip.
Smile some more before going to sleep and think of the happy things in your life(even if you had a bad day)
Cry a little before you can smile if need be.
Do something you love and enjoy it.
Dream.
Hope.
Have faith.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Finally Winter

Winter is coming. December winds will be blowing in 4 days. I hope the temperature keeps falling. We have major outings planned for this month. I finally painted my nails again after a break (yes I was lazy with all the exams around).

red and green toes- in the Christmas mood already ;-) (Colorama- Rubi and Verde Palmeira)
ignore the silver dripping( Colorama-Prateado Metalico)

My aunt gifted me this lip colour this week. I hate browns usually. But this was so soft and creamy that I think this would be my first brown. (Avon Glazewear- Milk Chocolate)

Hope you all had a great time with your families and loved ones. :-D
Happy Chilly days guys! Cuddle under your blankets on Sunday or bask in the warm sunshine! Whatever you do, don't forget a crispy warm smile!


Thursday, 24 November 2011

Behind the Digicam

I keep saying I am a US size 12-14 but I don't think I look that big in most of my posts. The reason behind that is the poses I am in. As you know I use a very basic Sony Point and Shoot camera without a tripod or even a remote control. I have to discard atleast 20 shots every time I put up 1 decent enough photo. Then I need to correct the colour so that the clothes are looking as close to reality as possible. Sue Bryce of  "Inside The Glamour Studio" has been doing these blog posts on how curvy girls (or as I like calling myself- fat girls with sass) can be shot beautifully. I have thought of doing a similar thing with my own photos before and now I am just going for it.
So, I have a tummy and I have huge thighs and big arms, my double chin is hidden only in some angled shots and those are the ones that are featured on my blog. Most often due to closer proximity with the camera lens and better focus they are the shots with best quality and don't need any retouching. I like softer tones rather than the harsh ones that come off in the camera and I obviously photoshop the photos like hell!
You remember this shot?
How many of my outfit posts have me in this same posture? 80% of them!
Now this was an experiment to get a shot on the road outside of the room. I know looking at the boring yellow wall in every outfit post can get monotonous. But the experiment failed. Firstly, the afternoon harsh sunlight was all wrong. Secondly, with the thought of neighbours watching I got super awkward. And the result was a not blogging material.  But I still  think I looked good that day. I know my hair is not in place, I know I should have tied the front(which I did later), I know I should have smiled (which I was doing the rest of the time).
 

This particular one is the best example of how I look from different angles and different distance from the lens.
 
See how my body looks different in the different positions? I like emphasizing the waist in the photos to create the idea of a curvy shape. It is not possible to do so all the time of course nor is there a necessity to suck in the tummy. I love myself no matter what.
I have a few other photos I can share. How did you like this post? Do you have several flattering positions you like taking photos of? Or do you tend to get stuck in a comfort zone? I like to show of the whole outfit as best as I can with my limited resources. Do you do the same?

Have a great day :-)

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Tagged

Wii of A Single Girl's Musings has tagged me to do this post!
Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with four things per question. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

A) FOUR JOBS I'VE HAD IN MY LIFE:
I used to give tuition classes to a few young kids till last year. But that's about it! I am still waiting for a proper job!

B) FOUR MOVIES I WOULD WATCH OVER AND OVER AND OVER:
1. Pride & Prejudice
2. Titanic
3. Devil Wears Prada
4. All the Harry Potter films!
Plus- The Departed, any Woody Allen or Scorsese film

C) FOUR PLACES WHERE I HAVE LIVED:
 I have lived nowhere else apart from Calcutta where I was born.
D) FOUR TV SHOWS I LOVE TO WATCH:
1. Moder Family
2. Big Bang Theory
3. The Vampire Diaries
4. Community

E) FOUR PLACES I HAVE BEEN ON VACATION:
1. Andaman Islands
2. Delhi
3.Agra
4.Ooty (On Spell Check the suggestion for this was "Booty" :P)

F) FOUR WEBSITES I VISIT DAILY:
1.Facebook
2.Twitter
3.Lookbook
4.Any kind of news website

G) FOUR OF MY FAVORITE FOOD ITEMS:
1.Double Decker sandwiches
2.Ice cream
3.Chocolate Cake
4.Pizza

H) FOUR PLACES I WOULD RATHER BE RIGHT NOW:
1. NYC
2.Hollywood
3.On a Euro Tour
4.Goa

I) FOUR OF MY FAVORITE PERFUMES/ COLOGNES
Still haven't got a favourite.

J) FOUR OF MY FAVORITE MUSICALS
Same as Wii. I am not a fan of musicals. Even an impending exam couldn't make me watch West Side Story.
But I liked Singing in the Rain, Mary Poppins and Sound of Music.

K) FOUR FRIENDS WHO I THINK WILL RESPOND:
1.Miss Star Shiny
2.Bessie
3.Kim
4.Wii has already done it.
L) FOUR FAMOUS PEOPLE I WOULD LOVE TO MEET - DEAD OR ALIVE :
1.Oprah
2.Meryl Streep
3.Satyajit Ray
4.Frederico Fellini

M) FOUR THINGS THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY:
1.Food
2.Sleep.Lots of it.
3.Dreaming about travelling the world.
4.Ice cream
N) FOUR PEOPLE THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY:
1.My best friend
2.People who help others
3.I am also good at making myself happy if I am in the mood
4.My readers!


Now time for Stella of  Miss Star Shiny's tag
I was tagged by Stella to make a post about 8 most worn things for fall:
1. most worn lipstick/ lip gloss - Avon Naturals Cherry Lip Balm
2. most worn jewelry - The usual; my four rings and gold chain
3. most worn shirt - This one





4. most worn nail polish - Colorama Laranja Citrico & Verde Palmeira
5. most worn shoes - Definitely the Charles & Keith Gladiators
 
6. most worn hair product - HairX Styling Extreme Volume Mousse 
7. most worn perfume - Fa Spicy Black (it's for men I know!)
8. most worn handbag/purse - This one
Accessorize quilt and chain bag
I am tagging you all who wish to do either or both these posts!
Have a great weekend! 
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Friday, 18 November 2011

Marc Jacobs Robbed!

I read such a ridiculous and crazy news that I had to share. Marc Jacobs, the American fashion designer who owns his own line Marc Jacobs and helped change the fortunes of brand LV was forced to cancel his European press tour to be held on Thursday because his entire Spring-Summer collection en route from Paris to London was stolen!!
That news came from his fashion house to the media. Merchandise worth $63,000 went missing and it was reported by telephone to the London Metropolitan Police, who are currently investigating the theft. They were sample pieces so they don't have much market value but it means the British fashion editors won't be able to sample Jacob's next year's collection.

First his perfume ad with Dakota Fanning gets banned in England and now this. That ad was accused of sexualising children. You can see for yourself here the "Oh Lola" ad. The flower shaped bottle between her thighs and the obvious reference to Nabokov's novel is quite clear. Fanning is 17, so she isn't exactly a child unlike 11 year old Thylane Blondeau, but aren't there models of age who could have done the job? It wouldn't have created enough controversy and that's a sale point I guess. I don't see the necessity of putting up suggesting images of children out there. A huge number of people who were outrage saw something which they chose not to see maybe? Their best defence was there's something wrong with the people who notice any sexualisation. I say these people like me realised there are pedophiles out there who will see it for what it is and there's where the outrage came from. It is very easy to warp the minds of a child. But of course it comes down to the parents/guardians of children at the end of the day as to how much a child is exposed to the adult world. With huge number of child molestation cases all over the world it is evident children need to be protected much more and with more caution.


I am a huge fan of Dakota's acting abilities and I have not seen any crazy young Hollywood syndrome in her. I am not really very offended at this campaign. Definitely not as much as programs like "Toddlers and Tiaras" make me feel. They make me want to poke my eyes out and put those crazy parents under house arrest. Stop exploiting your children, stop ruining their childhood, go get a real job.

P.S.- I increased the width of the blog page because it always looked so crammed up.

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Thursday, 17 November 2011

Tags and Awards

First o f all let me share this trailer with you. I got this awesome sensation again while watching it. Titanic Official Trailer. I am seeing this in the theatre again. I don't care I have seen this a gazillion times already. I don't care I can say some dialogues by heart already. To quote Joey from my favourite show of all time, F.R.I.E.N.D.S. , "They only had each other!".



Now I want to thank the amazing and sassy Kim of SassyUptownChic for giving me The Versatile Blogger and The Best Blog awards.


The Rules are Simple:
1. Link back person who awarded you: Kim of SassyUptownChic
2. Answer award questions

1. Favorite Color: BLACK!
2. Favorite Song: I can never pick 1 favourite ever! But give me a Beatles song and I will find a mood for it. 
3. Favorite Dessert: Chocolate Cake
4. What makes you mad?: Oh lots of things! But hurtful, condescending and mean minded people top the list. Or maybe spineless, gormless, dimwits top the list.. Hard to choose.
5. When you're upset: I pick a bunch of really sad songs and play them on repeat and I sigh a lot.
6. Favorite Animal: Love them all. From a safe distance. Very very safe distance.
7. Black or White?: Black, as if it was hard to guess! 
8. Biggest fear: That my identity will be stolen! 
9. Best feature: Got to be my short, pudgy, misshapen nose.. Yes my nose. 
10. Everyday attitude: Be nuts
11. What is perfection?: Nigella's desserts
12. Guilty Pleasure: As long as it's a pleasure I refuse to accept it is guilty

3. List 7 random facts about yourself
I have done this before.
4. Award who are your best bloggers...
I award BOTH of these awards to (these bloggers are the best! if you're good to them, they will be good to you- quoting Kim!):
Wii of A Single Girl's Musings
Kim of SassyUptownChic
Francesca of Don'tCallMeAFashionBlogger
Bessie of BravoeRunway
Marina of FashionMakeupLifestyle
TheFoolishAesthete (What's your name? I always wonder. I even tried to find out then felt stalkerish and quit O.o)
MisStarShiny (same question to you)
SoapyMermaid

I have said this before and I repeat blogging is not just about how many followers I have. I appreciate the sincere readers and commenters.
Wii of A Single Girl's Musings and Miss Star Shiny have tagged me in a couple of posts and I am going to do them in my next post. I can't wait. Now I will enjoy some "Modern Family" awesomeness.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Fashion & Photography

I know all of us, who have developed a love for fashion, like sifting through fashion magazines and admiring the things we see. We know we can never afford half the things there but still who is to stop us from getting inspired. These photos are not just clothes hanging on a model. Some of them are put together by some of the best creative artists and the model is the canvas. A mannequin can't tell the same story a human can. Some of the best photographers are responsible for making us gasp at that shot we know we will bookmark to go back to later. You don't have to wear the exact things you see on these glossy pages. In fact I believe we should take lots of inspiration from them and even those who can afford these without sacrificing (let's say) lunch for a month or falling back on rent should get absolutely creative with similar (or same) pieces. When you put together such an outfit your original style sensibility shines through and getting a compliment on such an outfit feels absolutely amazing.
So without further jibber-jabber I want to show some such shots where you admire the whole deal and get lots of inspiration from them.
Erin Fee for Dior
pinterest.com
Brigitte Bauer in harem dress of pale pink jersey by Grès, photo by William Klein, Vogue 1965
Dovima in Balenciaga's gown of embroidered champagne satin and pale pink tulle photographed by Richard Avedon, winter 1950

weheartit.com
from http://pinuppage.blogspot.com/


P.S- In other news the yahoomail id I had used to create this blog was hacked last week. I got a bunch of mails, all of them saying the password was changed. I realised it was compromised and deactivated it as soon as I got access again today. Thankfully I had changed the email connection for all my important accounts including the one for my blog long time back (hence that one got neglected for days). No major harm was done (as far as I know).
All you bloggers be safe with all your accounts. Beware of spammers.


Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Making Wishes Come True

Let's start off ambitious shall we?

I want her job. Yes, Anna Dello Russo's job.
Anna dello Russo in Topshop.source- mydailyglamour.com

I want Fauja Singh's determination - won a full marathon at 100 years of age,in Toronto, October 2011.He started training at 80.
source-google images


I want that attitude...Plus her equally awesome glasses.
source- thesartorialist.com

I want a dress like this..
source-pinterest.com


a coat like this..(winter wool coat with a cape!).Cool eh?
source-www.aoisos.com


teashade glasses like these(given their origin they would suit me just fine).
source of all the above-google
source-theglamourai.com


This photo framed on my wall.(wish I knew who took it).Beautiful.
source-pinterest.com


How often do you wish your wishes came true?
I know I do so every time I wish for something significant. Clothes, shoes and accessories are a passing fancy to me.

Keep eyeballing the clock so that Friday hits sooner and you can go. "TGIF!!"

 

Monday, 7 November 2011

Autumn

Autumn has been my favourite season for as long as I can remember having a favourite season. The best thing are the changing hues of nature you get to see around this time. Later I learned that autumn is associated with melancholy since the warm sunny days are gone and a cold white winter waits at its end.

To quote from Keats' "To Autumn" would be a very fitting way to describe autumn

"Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,-
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies."

peasant sleeve orange top with sequins and pattern from 109F

Levi's Curve ID, Black stole from Delhi

layered neck piece from chemistryindia.com




Wipe off the Monday blues!Have a great day! :-D



Saturday, 5 November 2011

Ethnic Print

I usually don't wear such prints; not that I don't like them. I really liked this one and went ahead and bought it today only. This is more of a summer wear but I can easily wear it underneath a cardigan. I am in love with red lips and I don't know how many times I have said it here. I wish I had more places to wear it to.








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Thursday, 3 November 2011

Denim Day



So I have had this skirt in my closet for years. It was always loose and fit real bad but I could never throw it away because I liked the pinkish rust colour. I wore it last night to finally convince myself to give it up but I again decided against it. Plus my weight gain makes this fit better :D




Hope you all having a great week!