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Showing posts with label Accessories. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Accessories. Show all posts

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Accessory Storage Ideas

I have often been asked how I manage to match or compliment an outfit with the right accessories even if I'm running late. Or that I must take at least an hour and half to get dressed in the morning. I'm finally ready to answer that...are you ready? Here's the answer: The truth is...I, just like you, don't have all the time in the world! I value my sleep. Waking up two hours early just to get dressed is not my thing either. It's just about smart organisation! I should  now add, that organization didn't come easy to me.

After many broken and lost accessories I realized I just couldn't take the heartache anymore and thought to myself, that there just had to be better ways to store it all instead of just packing it away in boxes and forgetting about them because I do seem to suffer from the out-of-sight-out-of-mind syndrome as I'm sure most of us do when it comes to accessories. To top it all, the boxes were occupying too much space and with all the accessories piled together in one, most of them where breaking or tarnishing. I had had enough. I wanted something fun and practical and I also didn't want to shell out a bomb on it.

So here's what I did and must say has worked well over the past couple of years. I'm hoping it'll help you get some ideas too without burning a hole in your pocket:

1) The Cake Stand: 
Don't have one? Buy one because they're worth it! They come in various shapes, sizes and colors and are not too expensive. You can obviously use it for more than just stacking cakes or cupcakes on it! Accessories, hair ties or even perfumes.If you're into DIYs (Do it Yourself Projects) you could always make one with old plates, glasses and a hot glue gun!

2) Cup Stands, Bangle Stands or Clothes Hangers:
Definitely deals with my out-of-sight-out-of-mind syndrome and the clothes hanger is definitely a space saver! I have more bangles than I have stands so this works well for me and I can pick the bangles that match an outfit when I open my closet.


3) Wine Bottles, Tea Cups and Glass Jars: 
Stack all your stretchy or clasp bracelets, on empty wine bottles and beer bottles. Just make sure to clean them thoroughly and take off the labels.
Got a lot of perfume samples lying around? Put them all in a pretty tea cup. Looks vintage, classy and is functional at the same time. You'll never lose your samples again!

4) Scarf Earring Storage: This is my favorite storage DIY!! It made getting dressed in the morning a breeze!
What you need: a clothes hanger and a stole/scarf you don't use anymore. Hang the stole over the clothes hanger and hang all your dangling earrings on it. (Make sure to pass the hook through both sides of the stole). You can hang all your hoops on both sides of the clothes hanger.

I made mine from a piece of fabric from an old skirt. I didn't have a long enough piece, which is why I just stitched mine on the top after I folded it over the clothes hanger.Voila!

6) The Jewelry Tree:
For your long necklaces and short ones too!
What you need:
A dried out shrub (see picture below)
A box for the base or even a flowerpot.
A foam board and hot glue gun/powerful adhesive
pebbles to fill up the base

Stick the base of the shrub into the foam board and glue in place. Glue down this base to the bottom of the flower pot. Fill up the flower pot with the pebbles. That's it! You could spray paint the jewelry tree as well.


5) The Tie Hanger:
For all you long necklaces, this is a blessing! you could hang it out in your room by your dresser/vanity, like I do or you could hang it inside your closet.

7) A Tall Order:
Put all your hair bands in a vase or a tall glass.

Some more fun ideas:

The Anatomical:

The Old Figurine:

The Candle Sticks:

Box of Shades: great space saver, this one!

Hope you find these useful!


Tuesday, 3 September 2013

DIY : Glitter watch by DKNY

When I saw the DKNY glitter strap watch, the first thing I thought to myself was "oh em gee! I can totally do this!" All I needed was a watch I'd stopped wearing or heated; which wasn't hard. I found a watch I used to wear three years ago back in college and grabbed my bottle of glitter nail paint (mine is called Glitter Parade by FACES) and painted it over the strap till I couldn't see much of the strap. That's it! Plus point being that glitter nail paints do not take long to dry. So you can wear this in an hour's time after you've painted it!


Monday, 22 July 2013

Weekend: Live, Love, Laugh!

Saturday lunch out with my friends which was waaayyyy overdue! We've planned it every weekend and the weekend came and went by without us realizing it because we’re caught so deep in our own lives. And sometimes I swear if it weren't for work or for b-school, I’d have no idea what day of the week it is!

Things can get overwhelming at times and I for one need a weekend once in a while with my friends. J  I’m sure I can’t be the only one who needs a good talk session with a friend; I know you do too every now and then. You need someone to show you the mirror when you need it or to tell you what you need to hear or to give you a fresh perspective on things or just some laughs  and sometimes that’s all you need; things just seem clearer and you get a “bring it on!” attitude. 

I guess the feeling is similar to that of a tiny vacation but for your mind only, post which, the week seems bearable. For me, there are a handful of people who help me “keep things real” which, I've come to realize is so important now as an adult. That support system. 

With so much going on in life and in the different competitive environments that we now work/ live in has become second nature to us. I know competition is healthy because it's what makes us push boundaries but the negativity that comes with it can bring anyone down. therefore, the reason why it's important to surround yourself with the positive people. They serve as your heart and mind's fuel station. Sometimes it doesn't have to be a close friend, sometimes its just someone who's on the "outside" of things to give you a fresh perspective. I don't know about you but that gives me the "I'm not the only one!" feeling. It makes me realize that it's not that my work or the people I see everyday are not interesting anymore; or that I'm not as good at this as I used to be anymore. It is in fact, time to step back and take a break and I don't mean an exotic holiday (although welcomed) I'm talking about taking a step back to get an objective view or some fresh perspective of things. If that for you means taking a trip somewhere then go for it! But what good is a vacation if you don't get a chance to clear your head and then feel that you don't really want to get back to work, as your holiday is at its end. 

So take a 'mental' break. Take that comp-off if not the weekend. Spend it with people you like and who have NOTHING to do with your work; talk about what concerns you have but don't talk about work all the time. Remember, it's your day off not a board room meeting with investors. I promise, things will make more sense and work won't feel like Democles' sword.   
On that note, here's how I spent my weekend: at Truffles with my "council" :P 

what i'm wearing: Dress- Mango, Heels- Charles & Keith, Bag- Accessorize, Collar necklace: Splash, Watch- Fossil, Lipstick- Please Me by MAC... and a smile!


Monday, 18 February 2013

Prepare for Summer...!

Summer is almost here and it's time to stock up on summer essential. And by that I do not mean sunscreen. I mean shoes. Here's a guide on what to have this summer in your shoe closet!

Prepare for Summer

Wednesday, 6 February 2013


Sorry for the lack of posts this past month, exams have kept this bee quite busy and of course it only made sense to reward myself with a little surprise trip to big sis's place in Pune. Why? Because I needed a break and she needed a surprise or maybe I needed an excuse to- wait a minute! When has travel ever needed an excuse? In fact aren't the trips that you take spontaneously usually the best ones ever? when was the last time you did that? Just packed your bags and decided to hit the road and I mean like a travel adventure not leave home! :P I know going from one city to another doesn't count as a "travel adventure" really but the journey did make me think about a few things -- (darn train windows - making people question their lives since 1825!) some of us work towards our passion, are lucky enough to go to a job that offers just that and are driven by it and some of us work towards making a living but passion involved... ummm, not so much. Sometime the two meet and we're truly happy and sometimes they don't and we learn to adjust. But in both cases just once in a while we get stuck in the mundane life of work, college and school so driven to make a living that we might seem to be moving away from making a life. That trip you keep postponing? That art project you thought you'd finish or at least start, two Summers ago; that trip to a historical monument; the little adventures. Yes, I know I can't possibly be the only one to feel that way. So what do we do about it? Are we already working on a retirement plan or are we really supposed to make and live a life that we could look back on, laugh and say "Man! I did some crazy sh**!!" or say "oh should have done that! That would have been fun!" To me, well I'd like to have a life filled with "oh hell!s" than "oh well!s" yes I know it's easier said than done. I also am well aware that goin after what makes you happy instead of what you think is expected is difficult. You'll likely face opposition and questions like "that's all well and good, but what do you really do?" it'll be filled with faliures and It will be exhausting but there is hope...for there will be happines from satisfaction of having tried or done that one thing and maybe even been lucky enough to make a life out of it and if not, then oh well, you win some and you learn some! So what's the point of this long drawn thought process? It is this- Carpe Diem. Take that break and explore. Live and truly mean it. In the end I'd like to leave you with something that my father has told me often "if you're living in depression, you're living in the past. If you're anxious, you're living in the future and if you're happy, you are in the present." I know that's where I wanna be!


(top- AND, pants- Pantaloon, shoes- Lemon, bangles- thrifted, bag - a boutique in Pune, blue eyeliner- Bourjois Paris)

Tribal Instincts!

Just as basic as basic instincts, I have tribal instincts. Is it just me or the onset of spring-summer makes me feel like a tribal goddess. I imagine myself in a flowy animal print maxie dress paired with a chunky tribal necklace. Hair in a messy bun, luscious lip gloss, bronzer, mascara, the new Steve Madden studded flats, in the African Savanna. That's my imagination.
What I actually do is: White tank, ripped distressed denims, chunky necklace and bracelets, Steve Madden flats, in the concrete jungle.
If you think of it, tribal trend is kind of an amalgamation of the animal print+color trend. It works very well with any outfit. My two cents: Get a statement neck piece this spring-summer and feel like the goddess you ought to be.

Tribal Instincts!

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Yayoi Kusama for LV

This has been doing the rounds in my head for quite some time now and for a very good reason I must admit. It's catchy.

The latest from LV and Kusama is definitely quirky going on outrageous. But, you know what, it works. The pieces individually work. And I for one would definitely wear yellow polka dotted shoes...! Question is - would you?

Yayoi Kusama for LV

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Autumn Winter statement shoes

I love how edgy these two shoes are..! Honestly I would wear both. The heels are Sergio Rossi and the boots are Balenciaga. Both are on my Tuesday Wish-list!
Statement Shoes

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Oxford and the Sun

*Top- Revolution, Pants- Denims from Marks&Spencers, Shoes- Catwalk, Sunnies- Ray Ban, Bangles- Max and Ayesha, Locket- thirft store, Watch- Fossil, Bag- Gifted, Perfume- Ralph Lauren, Lipstick- Lakme, Day Kiss*

Essentially, it's a white top and dark pants. This is something that I've noticed and have learnt to add my own flavor to it -- a white shirt/top and dark lowers can do wonders for just about anybody. The key to make it work just lies in the fit. make sure the top/shirt fits you right.  I'm 5'2 which I think is around the average indian woman height so short tops and dark trousers add the illusion of length.
I rarely wear just black and white. I always and I really do mean always need a pop of color and spunk in my outfit so the bag and the shoes do just that for me.

Photography: Sana Ahmed