Tuesday 29 October 2013

Red and Black..!

Green is my favorite color, and if you have been following So-Saree, you would know better about it.
But if I had to choose a color that I don't like..it has to be Red.
Don't hate me please..I may be a little crazy but not that bad.

My MIL feels that Red suits me the best, but I completely disagree with her.
She was utterly surprised and disappointed that I had chosen a light beige saree over a red one for my wedding reception. Nevertheless, I managed to look pretty(ahem) in that beige saree too..so I guess she was a little relieved.
I have always felt that red makes me look gawdy and loud...so I try staying away from it as much as possible.

But the best part of being a blogger is that you are exposed to such wonderful bloggers and trends, that you can't stay uninspired.
No wonder lately I seem to be experiencing a change in my tastes. No..I still don't love red..! But I have started incorporating hints of this color in my wardrobe.

The first step towards it was when my husband gifted me a red denim, and I had no choice but to accept it.
Months later, I have been loving it so much, that every time we are planning to go out, my husband has to specifically tell me not to wear my red denims. ;D

The second step was in the form of accessories. This was much easy and again I am totally for it.

The third step was again a very tough choice for me, it took me months of browsing through fashion blogs, magazines and tonnes of persuasion to try the RED LIPS look.
Yes..I shamelessly agree that I have surrendered to this trend, and though I am not too much for it, I am taking baby steps towards it. Let's see what the future holds for us. ;)

Right now, I think this is the most of Red that I can tolerate in my life, and I am coping fine with it.
And if I have already tortured the hell out of you with My Red Saga..
Please stay calm and see the pictures below.

A combination I seem to be flaunting a lot lately. Red and Black..

Red Denim: Gift From Husband
Top: Limeroad.com
Red Necklace, earrings:Colaba Causeway, Bangles: Local Shop, Watch:D'signer: Gift From Didi
Box Clutch:Gift From SIL

Mooch Ring:Colaba Causeway
Flats: Local shop

Monday 21 October 2013

Go Green.

Today's post is another Nail Art Post.
And the inspiration for this nail art is a Cotton Silk Saree I bought from Kerala.
I love this saree soo much..Why??
>It's cotton..I love natural and organic fabrics.
>It's Green...how I love green..!!!
>The price tag: INR 310.00...Can you believe that???
Neither could I..! And hence I had to pounce on this saree.

I had worn this saree to a family get together. People these days are not too surprised to see me in a saree, coz I wear it almost anywhere and everywhere. But they are still very excited to see my nail art, and it just inspires me to do better.
Coming to the pictures,

Me and My Saree..!

The neck-piece that you are seeing here, was sent to me by Shreeja of Pineapple-ish.
Why?? Because I won the Women's Day contest on her blog.  I had been waiting to wear it for a long time, but just didn't feel inspired. And then suddenly when I wore this saree..I thought of this gorgeous piece and decided to wear it. I am loving it too much.

Now coming to the nail art...
My Supplies.

For this nail art I used, a VOV Green polish, Milani Nail Lacquer Gold Glitz 525, Kiss Nail Art Black Sketch Pen and a VOV Top coat.
Lately I am literally in love with this gold polish which my husband got for me from his last business trip to the USA. My first reaction when I saw it was plain disappointment. I hate glitter nail paints as they are too tough to remove and I hate it when they do not spread evenly.
But this one is different. I became a fan with its first application. Not only does it spread well, it's opaque and can be removed with much ease.

Step1: Colour alternate nails Green and Gold.

Using nail art black sketch pen draw horizontal lines on the green nails as shown in pic, and finish with top coat.

Now, moving on to the striped nails..this is again something that my husband got me almost 2 years ago. Nail Art Sketch Pens..they can be used as easily as you use a sketch pen and spreads really well on nail paints. However, once dry make sure you top it up with a top coat to preserve it. These sketch pens have made my life so easy..!
That's it..this is how this nail art came to being.

Now something to end this post on a sweet note...

Homemade Srikhand ..Courtesy MIL.
You Ask Why??
Just because I decided to go overboard with the Green thing..!;)
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P.S. Too many 'Why's' in this post. You think that should have been the title of the post? Do let me know in your comments. :)

Wednesday 16 October 2013

My Current State of Mind and Navratri Pics.

Hello everyone.
Navratri is over already..can't believe it!
And Diwali will be here pretty soon...can't wait for it!

But amidst all of this, I am thinking.. Time's flying so fast.
So-Saree is 9 months old now, and in no time it will be a year old. (#proudmama) ;)
It just feels like yesterday, when I published my first post, and today.. it's 9 months already.
Today, I seem to completely understand the feeling new moms go through, wanting to grab every moment of their baby's growing up phase.
And I seem to be experiencing the same feeling today. Though I am happy and proud that my baby So-Saree has been able to sustain the past nine months, it kind of adds up to the pressure since So-Saree will have to perform better and better with each passing year. And when I say perform better, I do not mean sponsors, I do not mean FB likes and Twitter followers. I mean my enthusiasm and passion for So-Saree.
I wish with every passing day my love and interest for So-Saree increases manifold.
I want to experience that same excitement every time my post receives a comment, or feel victorious every time I have a new like on FB.. and that ..even after So-Saree completes 10 years. I know this may sound too childish to some, but it is these moments that made my journey worthwhile. I often hear people around me say that with time one has to grow up, but believe me I just want to be a kid again, an innocent and selfless kid. A kid who knows no numbers, knows no stats, but knows just to laugh and have fun.
And if I can just keep doing that for the rest of  my life, I will consider myself successful.

Coming back to Navratri, here are a few clicks from the Navratri festival which I took over the last week. Hope you like them.

And I always thought Garba is a dance form, but I understand that the Diya/Lantern below is also called Garba. During Navratri, this Garba Deep is decorated and worshipped as a form of Godess Durga.
The Garba

Inside the Garba.

MIL decorating the Garba

Wednesday 9 October 2013

Navratri Celebrations at Work.

Navratri celebrations are still going on in full swing, and I am in no mood to complicate things for you. So today I am just going to share a few pics of the Navratri Celebrations at my previous-workplace. There was a desk decoration competition and the theme was obviously Navratri. It was so much fun. Enjoy
Hallway To Our Department
Flower Rangoli

A closer look at the Table Decoration.
My Team's Desk

Closer look 1
Closer look 2
 Closer look 3
 Desk Decoration by other Teams.


And Finally My Happy Feet!

Saturday 5 October 2013

Navratri...Celebrations Ahoy!

Hello Everyone..! Nothing gets So-Saree more excited than festivals.
So get set as So-Saree gears up to celebrate one more festival: The Navratri Festival.
Navratri literally means nine nights, and as the name suggests this festival lasts for nine nights and 10 days.
It is primarily to worship Godess Durga and her various(9) avatars or forms.

This nine day fest celebrates 9 forms of Godess Durga, one for each day. Though I have been celebrating Navratri since I was a kid, I came to know about the nine forms of Godess Durga only until a few years ago. And so for the benefit of those who are a little less aware, I am going to introduce you to the nine forms of Maa Durga...all looking their gracious best in a saree of course. ;)

Mata Shailputri

 Mata Brahmacharini

Mata Chandraghanta

Mata Kushmanda

Ma Skanda Mata

Mata Katyayani 

  Mata Kalratri

Mata Maha Gauri

Mata Siddhidatri

Though all the nine forms of Goddess Durga look similar here, thanks to the sarees that have bee draped, they all have different attributes, and look very different.
Now coming to the fun part.
Every year during Navratri, one color is assigned to each day of the Navratri and everyone around will try to incorporate these colors in their daily wardrobe.
It is such a visual treat to see people on the roads, at your workplace and everywhere in matching color outfits, in an attempt to please Goddess Durga.The nine colors for this year are:
Day One:5th October: Grey
Day Two:6th October: Orange
Day Three:7th October: White
Day Four:8th October: Red
Day Five:9th October: Blue
Day Six:10th October:Yellow
Day Seven:11th October: Green
Day Eight:12th October: Peacock Green
Day Nine:13th October: Purple

And since it's Day One of Navratri, I am sharing here a nail art I had done not too long ago, in Grey.
Happy Navratri Everyone.

Wednesday 2 October 2013

The Story Of Gandhi Pants.

Today ...the 2nd of October is the birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi or simply Gandhiji.You will find a lot of stories about him, his life and his work on Google, but the incident that I am going to narrate today is something you will find only on So-Saree. It is based on a true incident that happened to me and involves the Man of the Day-Gandhiji. So Sit Back and Enjoy.

Not too long ago, in the city of Mumbai..a couple was planning a holiday to celebrate their second wedding anniversary...!
Okay now that's too dramatic..so let me just get straight to the point.

It was decided..Maldives would be our next holiday destination....and since no holiday is complete without a new wardrobe... (Are you listening, Mr. Husband?) I had no option but to go shopping. ;)
Being the lazy person that I am, very predictably I ended up at a store close to my home. I told the salesman a regular one, that I needed clothes that feel and shout beaches, and he started showing me the huge collection at his store.
Whatever, he showed, I just didn't seem to like it..too short, too loud, too common..my adjectives just wouldn't stop.
And then, the salesman gave me a knowing smile ..something had happened..it was a moment.. felt like a moment of enlightenment for the salesman. He said ..I know what u need...GANDHI PANTS!
I was flummoxed..! My brain was scanning data at lightening speed.
Gandhi Topi - check,
Nehru Jacket - check.
Modi Kurta - check.
Gandhi Pants???
Still no clue.
Did Gandhiji really wear pants?? Of course he did... but he was famous with the dhoti on. Gosh..!
All those years of reading fashion magazines, following fashion blogs, seemed like a waste..!
Did it really happen?? The local salesman knew more than I did..!
Finally I gave up and asked the salesman what Gandhi pants were.
And he was like..don't you know?..They are very ''in'' these days, and everyone wears them..!
Inside I was angry at my ignorance, and tired of his bragging. Damn it ..just show it to me..and kill the suspense.
But being The Miss Congeniality that I am ..I asked him humbly (or so sounding) May I have a look?
After a couple of secs, out came the Gandhi Pants..!
This? Really? What the #$%&...!

Maintaining a calm composure I said: These are Harem pants..I didn't know these were called Gandhi pants..!
He said..Arre Madam that's what it is... Hey Ram pants..! HEY RAM???
Now trying to show off his General Knowledge..he said don't you know the final words of Gandhiji?? HEY RAM!
Thats why HEY RAM pants are also called Gandhi pants..!
What a revelation! Mystery solved finally.
HEY RAM..!(face palm)
My blogger mind was screaming at this man's stupidity, and wanted him to realise his mistake. But I let better sense prevail and simply smiled at the salesman and let the moment pass.
So finally what did I buy?? No Gandhi Pants(wink) for sure...I feel they make my pear shaped frame look bigger..!
Just a few casual tshirts, beach shorts, dresses and flip flops, always work for me in the waters.

A few clicks from my Holiday in Maldives. Enjoy.


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