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Took this pretty picture of the leaves and those bright red flowers at the Humayun Tomb, New Delhi. If you’re in Delhi, you have to visit this place. It’s beautiful!

    People! Firstly. I’m genuinely sorry for not being able to update my blogs for a long time now. Not that I’ve not been writing the last couple of days, but I’ve been writing way too much for other people than I have been for Effeminare. There’s been a lot happening since I last updated the blog. So *Drum rolls* and yes, I’ve been interning finally. And more importantly it’s a fashion internship with KOOVS as a Style Ambassador. I will slowly and steadily reveal more about it in the coming days. But as of now you can get a little faint idea of what I’ve done from my Instagram and Facebook Feeds. I’ve posted my work there, and you are absolutely welcome to go check out my work and give me some love. ^_^

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Picture with the Bride. How pretty does she look! *_*

So let’s start with where I had left this. Firstly around the second week of March I had the opportunity to go and visit my mum’s hometown Bhubaneswar. It was so so so so good and I felt like never returning. It was a wedding and there were not too many people (which seldom happens given the fact that we are a joint family). I got to do a lot of shopping for the wedding and bought a new pair of Kolhapuris. I wore a cotton dhoti with little orange weaving in the borderline of the cloth. A green Sambalpuri ikat kurta and a reddish-ocher kantha jacket. I had loads of good food (obviously) given that my maternal grand father has a little workplace where he makes loads and loads of the most amazing Indian (and mostly Odiya) desserts. It’s like I am in a candy land when I’m in Bhubaneswar. Absolute bliss. :’)

And then once I was back, a slew of assignments popped up which have occupied me till now. I had the orientation that I had to attend for the internship which took me to LetsIntern Office. There office is a beauty by the way! Also that week, I got to attend Pearl Academy of Fashion’s fest, where I felt like the most under-dressed complex torn individual ever. It was like walking into the sets of Splitsvilla. Almost everybody was fit and everybody was well dressed. I had my staple Dell bag which is not actually as fashionable, but I had my Artist At Work session at Aasra before that and I had way too many things to carry, so you now know why I had that bag. And guess what! I got to see Kanan Gill’s amazing show! LIVE! He is obviously very cute and extremely funny. He is a package. Period. Also there was this amazing show by Mustafa Zahid. I know he’s married but hell yeah, he’s hot! And an amazing singer. He had the entire crowd drooling to his beautiful songs. Wow!

Mustafa Zahid looking very hot. And then he also sings well.
Like OMG! ^_^

Last week my uncle, aunt and her kids were here in Delhi and you know what, there’s no one who can replace the happiness of being with your family. It’s better than any therapy in the world and the most fulfilling experience of all. I haven’t been able to go back home (or Jharli to be precise. Yes that’s where my parents live. :P) and just being able to meet them and visit all these cool places and talking to them is like the best feeling ever.

Aaaaaaaaaaaand. Ahem! Guess where I went this week. *Amazon India Fashion Week* ^_^ I got to touch those clothes by Manish Arora and Gauri and Nainika. They’re absolute genius!

Harper’s Bazaar India Collection on display at AIFW

Peace in.

Fashion

Back in 2014. Durga Pooja. Golden Nehru Jacket from Fab India. Location Courtesy: Jharli Haryana

    It’s been a while since I wanted to add a fashion section to my blog, and I’m kinda really glad that I finally have made up my mind that from today ‘The Effeminare’ is truly going to be all about the things I’m passionate about.
    I am a ‘Fashion Sybil’. I love monochrome, black and white, embroidery, kitsch, quirk, psychedelic prints to a mad riot of colors. To me Fashion is all about experimenting. It’s okay to make mistakes but never stop trying. Never be afraid to take risks and mix and match things to create different combinations and designs that you think look good. That’s what style is about. Fashion is clothes, style is what lies within you. That thing that you make out of the clothes and the fabrics you have around. So my very first post is going to be about my love for everything Indian. And as we move up the ladder, I’ll write about the new things I’ve learned in the process. So let the game begin!

So what exactly is Fashion to me? Expression. That’s the first thing that pops into my mind when I think of it. Fashion lets me express myself in the best possible way. And then it is obviously about creativity. What I truly love about it is the fact that there is no language to fashion. There is so much to explore and so much to learn that it sorta gives me my much needed adrenaline rush. I’d like to believe that this one’s a passionate love story. It all began with Delhi Times which happened to be my Bible throughout school. My first thing in the morning or my first thing after school. Many a times I’d end up taking the newspaper to school. From that it moved on to Filmfare, Femina, Harpers Bazaar, Vogue and a super-high dose of the Next Top Model series- America, New Zealand, Australia and one season of Asia. As I flipped through those glossy sheets, I was transported into a mad world of design, colors, freedom, madness and happiness. Guess that is how it feels when you’re high on dope. 😉

First thing on my list is the classic Nehru Jacket. What I love about jackets in general is the structure they provide to your body. They’re perfect to wear during early winters or during the spring. Wear it on a kurta or a shirt and you’re good to go. I love Kantha Nehru jackets. In Delhi you can either buy them with sleeves or without the sleeves. In fact women who are up for taking risks and if you think you’ve got the body and more importantly the confidence to pull it off, give that shirt or kurta a miss and wear your Kantha jacket with panache (well tailored and well-fitted of course). The ones that I’ve got were all made in Rajasthan. They have an interesting mix of not just colors but also unique and pretty prints. Kantha is pretty famous all around Odisha and Bengal. My mum used to cover the matrices and bed cushions with kanthas. I’ve for some reason loved the smell of Kanthas since the beginning. They’re warm, comfortable and have this distinct smell that reminds me of my childhood. #Nostalgia

Peace in.

Throwback to last year’s Durga Pooja in Delhi.
I went to Miranda on the 28th of Feb for Sona Mohapatra’s Concert. It was incredible. Loved how vocal she was about issues that really matter. And  this is Geetika with me, my friend from Vishwa Bharati.