17 December 2014

Over-sized jackets and The Unbearable Lightness Of Being| Blogmas-1


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Long overdue the post that I have been planning since December 2013. However that didn't work out. So here we are, December '14 with a series of blogmas mostly because I'm extremely excited about Christmas this year and also because I'm off to a 10 day vacation to the hills because what's better than white Christmas? (Answer: nothing). Most of my friends are already on their way to winter vacation wonderlands and that makes me a little sad, at least there's nothing hot chocolate can't fix. These days it has been a series of baking and redecorating bedroom and eating the said baked goodies all by myself while playing Michael Buble on repeat. Can I get more cliche than this? Probably not. I finally found a perfectly oversized leather jacket that I may or may not have stolen from my brother. I finished decorating the tree and already opened a lot of gifts. Guilty.

On a closing note, here are a few quotes from one of my favorite books(The Unbearable Lightness Of Being):
-“When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object.”
-“Anyone whose goal is 'something higher' must expect someday to suffer vertigo. What is vertigo? Fear of falling? No, Vertigo is something other than fear of falling. It is the voice of the emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves.”
-“But when the strong were too weak to hurt the weak, the weak had to be strong enough to leave.”
-“I want you to be weak. As weak as I am.”
-“The only relationship that can make both partners happy is one in which sentimentality has no place and neither partner makes any claim on the life and freedom of the other.”
-“And what can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself?”
-“It is completely selfless love: Tereza did not want anything of Karenin; She did not ever ask him to love her back. Nor has she ever asked herself the questions that plague human couples[.....]Perhaps all the questions we ask of love, to measure, test, probe, and save it, have the additional effect of cutting it short."

12 December 2014

Camel Coats and Patent leather boots | Raise.com

Raise.com, Lovesicklilac, Rupsha B, Camel colored coats
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wearing: Came coat, find similar here, here, and here. Sunglasses by Aldo, t-shirt by H&M, boots similar here, ripped knee jeans-similar here and here. Shoes similar here

It comes as no surprise that I am a coat enthusiast hence my affinity for winter and layering. I love all coats regardless of their shapes and sizes, If you feel a compelling desire to read more about my obsession with this particular outfit piece, I'll make sure to write about it over and over again. Mostly like how all the fashion magazines and websites are talking about camel coloured coat or trench and how they are a 'big thing' this season. I'd like to point out that I'm absolutely obsessed with this trend, apparent from me wearing this coat for a week in a row, now. I think we might have a problem.

My winter 2014 wishlist includes camel coloured coat or trench, these amazing leopard print sunglasses, patent leather boots and (if not extremely obvious by now), ripped/distressed-knee jeans featuring peek-a-boo with a gold stripped holiday themed socks. Following my quest for the right kind of camel coat, I came across Raise.com. Which is pretty amazing. It's a cool online marketplace specializing in helping you buy discounted gift cards. Even better for the holiday season for all your Christmas shopping. Find your favourite stores and brands ranging on apparels, book, accessories, food and health. You'll come across companies such as Forever 21, Victoria's Secret, Macy's, Guess, American Apparel, Amazon, Sephora, Starbucks and many more. My personal favorites are these Topshop, Victoria's Secret and The Body Shop gift cards that offers 6.7%, 5% and 6.1% discount respectively or these PacSun gift cards that offers upto 18.8% discount. You can also sell unused discounted gift cars that you have lying around.

Starting this week,I'm doing blogmas over here. Stay tuned for that. So,what's on your winter wishlist ?

06 December 2014

"Sharp Dressed Man" | Paul Fredrick


Paul Fredrick, menswear, Lovesicklilac
Picture courtesy : Paul Fredrick.
During my days at fashion school where I studied a year of fashion designing, I somehow made quite a lot of friends from the recruitment and the creative design team, it was nice to be around people who knew what exactly the professional fashion world looks like. One such afternoon, I was chatting with someone who knew the ins and the outs and I remember her saying how most men don't realize the importance of sharp dressing is as a part of  their presentation. People do notice when you're dressed properly. Being well dressed is psychological, it helps you feel more confident and at ease. It shows that you care enough about your appearance.

It's important that the dress shirt you wear makes you feel confident over anything else. Make sure it is crisp and clean. While buying a dress shirt, focus on details like the collar and the cuffs. Buying a proper dress shirt isn't anything like CSI. Everyone has their own desired style of dress shirt, however there are a few points I would like to talk about. You'll often spot men wearing shirts that suffocates them in the collar area. To avoid this always remember the one finger-rule, if you can fit one finger in between your collar and neck then it's good to go. The four most versatile collar types are, 'the straight point', 'the semispread', 'the button-down' and 'the spread'. Please by all means, avoid ballooning shirts. Those folds of extra fabric all around the torso isn't flattering.

Moving on to accessories, two thing I'm personally very fond of are hats, scarves and I'm sure a lot of men out there are in love with hats too. There's nothing more universal, timeless yet stylish than white button downs with a semispread/button down collar. Easiest to dress up or dress down depending on the occasion. Make a statement with a vintage lapel pin, bold pocket squares. The one suit that catches my eyes every time on the street or street style blogs is the blue suit or the purple one from Paul Fredrick, since no one ever said, you can't have fun with sharp dressing. Think Harvey Specter,Neal Caffrey and Chuck Bass(minus the awful attitude, in the earlier seasons)

So in the end, the way you dress plays a huge part , it demonstrates self-discipline, personality and confidence. Paul Fredrick came out with their 2014 Winter collection, which definitely reminds me of the amazing 'Boardwalk Empire'. Have a look at their catalog here and their website here. I have a bard on pinterest dedicated to menswear which you can check out by clicking this link.
[Disclaimer: This post was in collaboration with Paul Fredrick]