Smile a Little More maybe? :)

Hello there!

What I have to say to you today is something that came out of a very random conversation with someone today. I thought it was important to share this with all my readers, because it was something that made me think too. Therefore, here goes….

Given the festive season and the number of people we all have to interact with on a daily basis, one of the casual topics we are often engaged in, starts with – “So, what do you do with your spare time?”

Now, whether you like it or not, you do come up with a list of things you do. And in my case, when I mention the phrase “Fashion Blogger” I usually get a whole range of reactions, from joy to excitement to judgement. Well, this time though, the person I was conversing with immediately went “Oh wow! Can you tell me the quickest way to become pretty?”

Obviously, I got out of the conversation – but somehow, the question got me thinking…. Why is it that people feel the need for an instant solution to “look pretty”, as the asker put it. But even worse, what can I, as a person – tell them in response to this?

Well, I realised that the person who asked me this is just another person who has just forgotten to smile over time. Sure there are a lot of things you can do and a lot of methods you can adopt, to become more attractive in society’s view. But what makes the difference? A lot of little things, but most importantly, your smile.

So, I suppose my answer here is simple – No matter what you look like; no matter what you’re wearing; no matter where you are; no matter whom you’re with.. flashing a genuine smile, internally and, or externally – is indeed the best way to look “prettier”, instantly. Not going into too much detail about the ‘benefits of smiling’ (because I know a lot of people have already written and spoken about that!) here’s hoping that you find more reasons to smile more often.

Until we meet again!

Love,

YourEverydayFashionBlog ❤

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Season’s Greetings :)

diwali

Hello there Reader! 🙂

If you’re from where I am, then today was Diwali for you. If you aren’t or don’t know what Diwali is – well, in very brief – it is the festival of lights, celebrated to commemorate the triumph of ‘Good’ over ‘Evil’, in Hindu mythology. Not dwelling too much on the supernatural aspects often found in connotation with the festival, here are my thoughts about what Diwali is.

(Do note – this being my little corner of the vast, vast world wide web, I do not wish to impose any of my thoughts or opinions on anyone, in any form. The following are my perspectives and being mere opinions, they are not open to debate 🙂 )

As the age-old lore goes, the wolf that we feed within each of us, is the wolf that wins. However, by dedicating a festival to the triumph of the ‘Right’ over the ‘Wrong’, or more correctly, the ‘Good’ over ‘Evil’, what is it that our ancestors wanted to tell us? Well, in what little I have been able to gather in the two decades I have been around for, what I have understood is simple – reminding ourselves of our immense potential to do good. Didn’t get me? Let me explain.

You see, each of us has unfathomable undiscovered potential to do good in this world. This could be as doing good to ourselves, doing to those around us or maybe even doing something for the greater good of humanity. But, wait a minute… WHAT, is “Good”? Not dwelling too much on the relativity of the literal meaning of the word, the generic understanding here is a deed favourable to all parties concerned, with the most minimal negative consequences. However, this “good” is easier spoken about than done. That is why, having a day to remember that there was once someone in our legends, who could do this kind of “good”.

By remembering and remiscing this act of bravery to stand up against the erstwhile representation of sins and injustice in the world, if one of our ancestors could lead supposedly insignificant individuals to victory, we as evolved beings must find the insipiration to do all the good we can, to all those we can, in all the ways we can, at all times when we can!

Another important symbolism in the festival of lights, is of course, the literal lighting of lamps. But what is the parallel we draw, with regard to the ‘good and evil’ theory, from lamps? Well, that is an easy answer. You see, when a lamp burns, it consumes itself (or its minimally available resources) to provide heat and light to its surroundings. That way, the lamp is doing all the good it can. As humans, if we can do the same thing or attempt to do the same, indeed, the world Will be a much nicer place to live in.

Last but not the least, even scientifically, Diwali is celebrated at a time when the seasons are in metamorphosis from autumn to winter. In a situation that is likely to cause humans to curl up and become low in productivity, starting off the season by joyous interactions with loved ones, is an unintended motivation to keep individual spirits up. This way, such celebrations are a great way our ancestors found to keep us cheery in the harsh months that loom ahead.

Thus, as we can see – each element of our festivities has a reason, a rationale behind it. Sure, aeons of interpretations and misinterprations may have made things seem a little askew, but there are reasons why things are the way they are. And though times and lifestyles have changed – these traditional practices still hold a lot of value and can have tremendous positive impacts to all our lives, if we let them. After all, to the eye of reason and logic, there are a hundred reasons why. 🙂

This was just some food for thought – let me know of what you think.You can leave me a comment below or email me at teenxadventurer@gmail.com. You can also find me on Instagram – @youreverydayfashionblog

All that said and done, here is wishing all my readers a wonderful Diwali. May you have a prosperous, positive and productive year.

Love,

YourEverydayFashionBlog ❤

To Gift or Not to Gift

Hello there! 🙂

With the festive season in full-swing around us, most of us often find ourselves in a fix, wondering what to gift someone with! Well, while the tradition of giving and receiving gifts is a practise deeply rooted in the sands of time, one woe most of us face is gifting or being gifted with the same thing(s), year after year. Be it as dry-fruits, or a box of sweets from the locality’s confectioneerit is almost as if we can guess the contents accurately by now, in each wrapped box!

But that said, I will admit that being told, “Oh My Goodness! This gift is amazing! Thank you!!!” is something that all of us want to hear. Well, if you genuinely want people to be that kind of happy because of your gift (whether or not they say it out loud! :P), you might want to read on.

Before I go on, though, I need to make something clear – I happen to be in the midst of a whole lot of gift-exchanges and planning for the upcoming ones. However, this post is NOT about festivals alone. You can use these for birthdays, anniversaries, marriages, graduations… pretty much Anywhere where gifts are involved!

These are simply things to remember and consider while picking a gift for someone the next time. These are not rules, but following these snippets have made a lot of people get sincere gratitude and compliments in the past.

So yes; while it is indeed a wonderful thing to be a part of the gift-exchanging excercise, here are a few things that I’ve seen expert gifters consider (while I keenly stood by and observed them over the years, I may add!), while picking gifts:

  1. Know thy receiver – While this might seem obvious (and slightly less applicable in the case of new acquaintances – in which case cliche gifts are completely acceptable, ok?) paying attention to the receiver’s latest interest or a mention of something they ‘WISH’ they had…. is pretty much a perfect gift, no matter what! 🙂
    But to let you in on a little secret, the Utility of a gift to the receiver must be concidered too – because let’s face it, a one-year old can’t really do much with a beautiful bouquet of flowers except maybe take it apart… right? 😀
  2. When in doubt, go classic – Be it as handing down a family heirloom or buying something as classic as a string of pearls, if you’re gifting someone something that is aspirational for more reasons than one, you’re pretty safe. Yes; we’re talking about ties, jewellery, accessories, home-decor items, etc here.
  3. Get help – If you don’t know the receiver themselves well enough; but do know someone close to them who won’t spill the beans on you, ASK them! What’s  the wordt thing that could happen? – You won’t get help. But, best case scenario, you’ll end up giving them a perfect gift 🙂
  4. Gift-cards – For those people whom you simply HAVE to get a gift, but don’t know of their likes or interests… or even for those who aren’t that close to get any real gifts from you; some Genius human being in the past has thought of this concept where you can pay in advance and let the receiver choose what they want from the store! Crazzzy riiiight? I know 😀
    But jokes apart, rely on gift cards from mostly-all-encompassing stores and bazinga! You’re the new gifting Guru!
  5. The ultimate challenge – While I understand that this is a step most people DREAD to take, in some of my experiences – Asking People What They’d Like is a fantastic way to prevent going wrong. Agreed – a lot of good souls out there are going to reply modestly with “Oh Nothing! Thank you so much!” convincing them of how you are hell-bent on giving them the gift is going to be a great experience for you too! Moreover, if they refuse to listen, give them the ultimatum that if they don’t tell you themselves, you’ll pick for them and that may not go as well!

So there you go, folks! There are many more fine details to note in the art of good gifting, which are enough to fill a book in themselves and hence, have not been shared here. If you have, nonetheless managed to get a fairly good idea on things to consider while getting someone a gift or would like to know some more about giving the right gifts, let me know in the comments below; or at teenxadventurer@gmail.com

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Until next time!

Love,

YourEverydayFashionBlog ❤

Knowing Your Ties

Heya!

As always, Welcome Newbie Reader – or – Welcome Back Existing Reader! 🙂 Hope you’ve been well in the while that I’ve been away for.

Now, why should you be reading what a random blogger has to say about ties, when the last time she herself wore one, was nothing short of years ago? Well, the truth is, you shouldn’t. But now that you’re here, why not read on? 😀 Alright gentleman (or lady!), here we go!

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When to Wear A White Tiewhite-tie

Well, I know that these aren’t so common today, but in the ages bygone, the “white tie” attire was considered the “formal eveing dress” for men. Though there are very few events that actually ask for guests to be in literal white ties these days, for any event that is of absolute importance post sun-down, wearing a white tie can really help you contribute subtly to how serious your involvement is.

(Here, it’s supposed to be this guy’s wedding. Also, this guy is supposed to be a 108 year old vampire – so you see how the older peeps still go for white ties? Yeah – same.)

When to Wear a Black Tie black-tie

Initially, wearing a black tie was considered semi-formal. However today, most formal events of various kinds do allow for guests to wear black ties. It has been noted though, that unless it is a corporate event or other such absolutely serious business, a black tie is preferred in the evening.

What to Wear During the Day bright-ties

Depending on how formal the occassion is and the role you are going to be playing in it, you can go in for numerous choices. While a lot has to do with the weather in the material of the tie you choose and also what you are pairing your tie with, it is pretty safe to say that lighter or brighter shades are great choices for occassions during the day. Of course, I don’t mean for you to wear a lime green tie to a funeral, but hey – there’e no denying the edge of a cool light-blue tie with a white shirt or even a pastel tie with a matching shirt, you know? 🙂

What t0 Wear During the Night dark-colour-ties

With fashion designers and lovers going in for free, bold choices round-the-clock, there have been a lot of instances in the past where an unusual choice of tie or component of attire – has made heads turn – for reasons right and wrong alike. Nonetheless, there still exists a faction of the world who prefer to choose classics (thus making them even more classic! 😀 ) and for those among these, a black or dark blue tie is the epitome of evening tie fashion. Despite other options such as burgundy, deep purples and shades of dark greek entering the foray of ‘acceptable colours’ for events in the evening, you know just as well as I do that nothing beats black or blue (pun definitely intended XD).

Other Random Things to Remember for Ties

  1. If you are accompanying someone to an event and the two of you are likely to be together for a majority of the evening, finding one element of your total outfit to match an important element of their attire is a great way. You could wear the same colour of tie as your prom partner’s dress or if your suit is black while your dad has opted for a blue blazer, opt for a tie closer to his shade. This trick works wonders in getting perfect photographs. 🙂
  2. If you are carrying a silk handkerchief (which is highly recommended for formal events and not having one tucked in is often looked down upon, thank you!) then it MUST match your tie. Of course, if you’ve skipped the tie altogether, then you are at liberty – else, a mismatch could be a blunder that sticks out like a sore thumb 😦
  3. Prevent a clash of prints between your tie and your shirt – as this could make your outfit look shabby than put-together, no matter how many hours you spent on it. While self-designs are a completely different story, it is important to balance out the visual effect on the beholder – by going for bold, noticable prints on either the tie – OR the shirt, preferably, never both.
  4. Learn how to tie more than one knot. I cannot emphasise on this hard enough, because there are so many different lengths, materials and kinds in ties, that a knot that you’ve worn all your life on one tie, could look like a disaster on another. Again, based on the kind of tie and the kind of occassion you will be attending, choose the knot you wear.

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So there you go folks! These are just a few things about ties that I know a lot of people struggle with. I hope this has helped you in some way, if it hasn’t you smile. If you have any tips, tricks, suggestions, queries or comments, do let me know below, or email me at teenxadventurer@gmail.com 🙂

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Until next time,

Keep Calm and Stay Fashionable.

YourEverydayFashionBlog ❤

 

The Basics of Heels

Hello there! 🙂

If you’re new to my blog, Welcome! And if you’re a regular reader, welcome back! Now, if you’re anyone who knows me even remotely, you’ll know how fond I am of wearing and admiring heels. That said I know a lot of people who need either info about or a refresher in the kinds of heels there are. However, before getting into the deets though, I promise you, dear reader that this is no rocket science . So, with no further fuss – let’s get straight to it 😀

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1. Stilettos classic-stilettos

There’s a reason why they’re classic – these super genius creations can be worn for any
occassion, with any clothes and they’ll just be perfect. If you don’t own a comfortable pair of these beauties yet, I’m sorry! Stop reading this (Right Now!!!!!!), and go get yourself a pair.

(PS: So long as you’re not being too bold in your choice of colour based on the occassion, these are pretty much the safest bet there can be 🙂 )

2. Peeptoes peeptoe-stilettos

Well, while your Stillettos say “I mean business” like no other shoes, for relatively more laid-back-yet-serious approaches, Peeptoes are your BFFs. Of course, this is not the main reason why you should wear Peeptoes! The main reason? Showing off your UUUUUber-Fabulous pedicure, of course!!

Peeptoes come in all shapes, sizes, textures, colours and levels of comfort. Take a pick and voila! You’re ready to take on the world!! 🙂

3.  Wedges wedges

Can’t afford to take the risk of pointy heels that ring the knells of terror (especially for people like me), owing to unpredictable or bad terrain, a hella lotta walking or both, besides unforeseeable circumstances?

Don’t worry – you can rely on wedges to sail your way right through! Being flat, these babies not only protect you from the dangers of twisting your foot in the case of a mishap, these are also relatively easier on your back! Available in any type and range to suit your need, not having a good pair of wedges is almost as bad as not eating chocolate 😛

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So there you go folks! Back to the basics of heels. Hope this helps! 🙂

If you’d like to know more about the history of heels and iconic moments within the niche of fashion footwear, either let me know in the comments below; or email me at teenxadventurer@gmail.com.

To know more about the do’s and don’ts of wearing heels, stay tuned – the post should come around sometime soon.

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Until we meet again,

Keep Calm and Stay Fashionable.

Love,

YourEverydayFashionBlog ❤