Monday, 30 May 2016

Style file: Sonam Kapoor

Style File is a series on footnotes and finds where we feature a person who we believe has impeccable style.  


If you know anything about bollywood you would know that Sonam Kapoor single-handedly changed the fashion game for actors when she entered the industry in 2007. Before her there wasn't much effort or thought put into what actors wore on red carpets, in their every day life or at events and now it seems that everyone has a stylist. Sonam Kapoor has supported many Indian designers like Masaba Gupta and Anamika Khanna into household names and has even worn them on the international stage at Cannes. Not to mention her films Aisha and Khoobsurat, produced by her father's production company headed by her sister, were every fashion lover's dream in terms of styling.

But what sets her apart from any fashionista anywhere is that she pushes the envelope every time, in the small details or in the grandeur of her looks. She also fuses east with west and even gets her make-up on point. She is often recognized for her style on the international fashion scene as she is a L'Oriel ambassador, regular at Cannes, seasoned front row-goer at Fashion week (Paris, London, NY), favourite of many designers like Ralph & Russo and Roberto Cavalli and best dressed-lister in Vogue America. She is both mine and Tript's fashion icon and I guess you can decide for yourself where you place her.

Sonam does fusion

Sonam does gowns

Not to mention her Cannes 2016 looks

Sonam does Saris/traditional Indian 

Sonam does jewellery



Wednesday, 25 May 2016

The death of my grandparents: the official close date of my childhood chapter

Let's take a trip down memory lane is a cliché that is overused, but that is exactly what we're about to do right now--so buckle in.

I'm going to get real personal on here, which, hasn't always been easy for me to do.

Prabh and I are almost 4 years apart...well 3 years and 11 months to be exact.  Her birth was the best thing to happen to me in my tiny 4 years of existence because I finally had someone to play with! It's interesting that from day one, me and her have been best friends.  

When I think back to my childhood, it is often filled with memories of little adventures that me and my sisters would go on.  I picture the grass being a brighter green and the sun shining differently. The world in those times is pictured in a different tone altogether. I remember climbing trees and jumping off of them. I remember rollerblading and riding bikes, coming down our neighbourhood hill as fast as possible. But most of all I remember my grandparents.  

My childhood is my grandparents. Of course my parents were also a part of our childhoods, but due to particular circumstances, my dad having a serious illness and my mother, due to these circumstances, having to work and study twice as hard, a lot of our childhood was spent with our grandparents (my paternal side), which was made easier by the fact that they lived with us. 

I remember learning quite a lot of things from my grandfather. He taught me how to ride my bike and tell the time. I even learned how to do a braid by practicing on his beard. I remember how much my grandfather would miss us when we would go away on trips. I remember standing on his shoulders and jumping off, over and over again. I remember whenever I was unwell, how he would make me a cup of tea and toast in the middle of the night. I remember walking down the same dirt path with him in Punjab India as a 22 year old, as when I was a toddler and had just learned to take my first steps. 

I also remember all the little things about my grandmother as well and all the life skills that she taught me without realizing it. I remember her taking care of me, especially when I was down with a fever. I remember her making meals especially for me right when I would get home from school.  I remember my baking sessions with her. We even shared a love of plants. I remember thinking that she was one of the strongest women I knew and honestly she is probably the strongest I will ever know.  

It's strange but when you add up all these little things, you realize what has moulded you into who you are today.  My soul was nourished by my grandparents: their stories, their love, their presence, their teachings and everyday I miss them.  In the last 5 years I have lost both of them and it has been the hardest thing ever.  As in for the first few years I wasn't even able to look at photos of them.  In fact I still have trouble looking at photographs of them.  But I'm getting better.  

Their passing away felt like a nail in the coffin of my childhood.  A piece of me died with them.  It's strange but since I had lived with my grandparents from the time I was born up until my mid-twenties, I didn't know life without them. They were always there and I didn't really know death before their passing. I always felt that they were invincible and couldn't imagine that they could die, or would die. I never really thought about how it would be after their death. 

I owe a lot of who I am today to them and that is why when I wrote my dissertation I dedicated it to them.  

This was an extremely difficult post for me to write and share, but Im glad I was able to get through it and share it with all of you. 

Monday, 23 May 2016

Where are all the curvy women?

necklace c/o Sweet Hyena

Let's talk.

I am a woman with curves. Meaning, a bigger bust, curvy hips and a bigger behind. This has meant that buying clothes has always been a bit of a difficult task.

Why? well let's just say that they don't make clothes with bigger bust women or curvy women in mind. By they I mean the fashion industry including everyone from high fashion lines to H&M. This is just one of the many criticisms I have of the fashion world.  Just think back to all the runways of all the big designers and all you see is that they are are dominated by women who are really skinny. The curvy woman like me is not represented.

What this says to me is that these designers are designing their clothes for a particular body shape and it is definitely not mine.  I mean sure buying jeans has always been a struggle. But honestly so is buying tops and dresses.

So when I am on Pinterest and scrolling down my my feed and I pin to my board, all I see are a particular body shape over and over again.  But see the thing is I love the style and so I pin it on my board. I head to the store wanting to replicate those said styles but each time i'm disappointed because those style are usually not so flattering for my body type.  I just needed to rant a bit and let that out, because the struggle is real for shorter curvier women! And I don't want to be misunderstood and so I want to clarify. There is absolutely nothing wrong with naturally thin and tall girls, its just that I would like to see body diversity on every level of the fashion world. From the runways to magazines to style and fittings, and, to finally, the shops. 

So now let's talk about this outfit.  This is just a super relaxed look for a super relaxed day.  The days I can wear my birkenstocks are my favourite days! And then the floral kimono, can we talk about this floral kimono and how it makes me feel like summer is approaching? It's just so fun to throw on any outfit. How beautiful is the necklace? Continuing our support and love of handmade artisans, this necklace is from Sweet Hyena and actually both of my rings are handmade as well, one is from Hawaii and one is from Greece.

Kimono: Forever 2, similar here, here and here 
Top: New look
Jeans: Old Navy
necklace: c/o Sweet Hyena


Friday, 20 May 2016

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a series that Footnotes and Finds runs every friday where we share interesting, informative and fun finds/links from around the web.  Follow along!


1. Checkout this teacher in Afghanistan that bikes to remote villages to bring books to children, truly inspiring!

2. Ever wondered about the language of the Persian empire, Farsi? This video has it covered for you and even presents a good reason for you to learn the language. In my opinion it is one of the more poetically versatile and rich languages in the world!

3. Love road-tripping and wanted to road-trip Europe? This guy has mapped out a near perfect road trip---summer is upon us, so get planning!

4. In love with this, this, and this kimono!

5. Hollywood has a diversity problem and this issue is becoming more and more of a hot-topic (rightly so). This recent #StarringJohnCho website that reimagines Hollywood posters with John Cho in them and its just incredible!

This week on footnotes and finds:

1. My current favourite makeup products 
2. My May Playlist

From the Archives:

1. All in the details
2. Sudio Earbuds: Perfect for music lovers
3. 10 things I love about winter

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