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Tales of a tiny girl

We are a culture obsessed with perfection. And while that is great in many aspects like a career and studies, I don't believe it holds true when it comes to body image. Body image is a topic discussed widely, in particular, skin colour and weight. And I find it slightly alarming that height isn't a topic that is generally included and discussed in this category.



At one point of time, a tiny part of you has probably ached over having that 5' 8" kind of height, the ones the ladies on the ramps at various fashion shows have; or those long legs that never seem to end. I, as a tiny 5 footer myself, admit it *rather grudgingly* Ever since I was in school, being short meant being in the front row of my class pictures and being seated in the first few benches of the class. It was during those years that I became a tad insecure about my height and the way I looked because of it. Now insecurity is a perfectly natural emotion but at no point should it affect your own self-perception and cause you grief. 



As I grew up, left school and the menacing front bench, maturity set in and things changed. When I started blogging  about style and image *and now having completed 2 years of it!*, things changed greatly. The truth is, height is just another statistic of your body. It plays no role in what kind of personality you have, the way you dress and the way you live your life. Celebrities like Lea Michele, Amy Poehler, Michael J.Fox, Kim Kardashian and even Lady Gaga all fall below the 5' 3" height mark. In fact, us short girls, have the advantage of looking adorable in just about any dress, looking dazzling *and not too gawky* in heels and of course, getting the tightest of bear hugs.



So if you're part of the short girl gang, I've love for you to know that there is so much beauty in being a tiny little thing and in fact, it's something that I've come to love about myself. Embrace it completely because truly, I would not love myself any other way than this.


xo
Dayle

Essentials: The DIY girl

I don't know about you lovelies but I consider myself to be a hands-on, Do-It-Yourself kind of girl. I enjoy gazing through the stationary aisle, through quaint old craft stores and through street stalls for items I believe I can fix, mend, add, subtract and beautify. And often enough, when you try your hand at a project, like my previous glitter accent project, you can save tonnes of money, you can try your own take on a current trend and you can add your own personalized touch to something because well, you are the one who makes it from scratch. Now getting down to this post; since I enjoy carrying out such projects every other week or so, I have a delegated space and bag in my closet for my art supplies so that it's more organized and simple when I have a creative burst.

So all my DIY dolls, you're in luck because in this post I will be showing you what  essential items you should have on hand to create something for yourself or just spruce up an old top.


#1

I don't know if it is some kind of sorcerer's potion but truly, fabric paint is magic in a bottle. I own a wide range of solid colours, the basic necessities of black and white and even a few metallic hues in bronze and gold. From making an old pair or shoes look new again to making a dull necklace more bronzed, these colours can paint over most surfaces and can reinvent a boring old piece of clothing.


#2

Fabric glue can do almost everything except mend a broken heart. It can fix the unexpected popping of a button or help you jazz up a blouse with added embellishments, though for heavier fabrics, a stitch or two would be recommended before the glue is added.


#3

Who doesn't enjoy a sprinkle or glitter here and there! My supplies contain different hues of glitter in the form of tubes, in the loose form as well as in the liquid form to make different types of application easy. However, so many types of glitter aren't completely necessary if you are a DIY newbie. Just pick up a loose packet and proceed to make glitter glue as I have previously demonstrated here


#4


For application and mixing of paints, colours and glitter; a palette with a number of partitions and a few brushes come in handy. Pick a couple of varied sizes of synthetic brushes like seen above to make your painting either intricate or fast. And no matter how lazy you get, wash your palette and brushes once you're done or else they'll be clogged and cakey the next time you want to use them.


#5


Scout streets, craft stores, stationary stores and your grandmothers cupboard for pretty embellishments to add to your existing clothing and make it look better. The best thing is, such embellishments like the rhinestones and skulls above can be easily attached with just a stitch and the star sequins, being flat can be stuck with a drop of fabric glue.


#6


Finally, a fabric marker is so essential to draw outlines to your painted portions, to make markings on clothes or to doodle on a tshirt. While you can buy them in a number of colours, make sure you pick up a black one since it can turn out to be quite necessary.




I've had such a blast putting this post together and I do hope you guys enjoyed it and soon have an DIY bag put together for those boring summer afternoons. Do let me know in the comments if you want to know the details of any of the products in the pictures. I'm looking forward to your response because I'm hoping to do a number of DIY posts this summer!

Happy weekend dolls! Go ahead and celebrate it with a DIY project!

xo
Dayle












Fusion

Currently, the weather is such that, the afternoons are blazing and the nights are chilly. The weather Gods must still be indecisive as to which season it truly is here. But from what I can see *and feel*, it seems like spring is in the air. The sun delicately grazing my window sill, the perfect blue sky and the pleasant nightly breeze seem to suggest so. While I wish I could be frolicking in this lovely weather, I've got my finals coming soon so that's out of the question. However, dressing well can cause no harm so that's what I'm going to stick to for a while.










White strapped top - United Colours of Benetton [previously seen here], Denim jacket - Nuon, Westside [previously worn here], Blue and green printed tube dress (worn as a skirt) - Thrift (Colaba), Tan sandals - Catwalk [previously seen here], Turquoise and gold charm bracelet, Tan belt - Thrift (Colaba), On my eyes - Maybelline Colossal Kajal. 


And just like the odd amalgamation of the weather, the outfit I'm in is a little like that too - pieces that exist in your closet but one's you generally wouldn't fuse together in one look. But I decide to mix it up a bit and add a light layer to an otherwise breezy outfit. The peaceful and calm blue being my favorite shade, I decided it was about time to blend it with a bit of green and create a calming, serene look that's apt for the season - summery shades and relaxed silhouettes.

xo
Dayle



Snapshots :: February

Hello my pretty's,
It's been a busy month *like every other month* and with the last couple of weeks of college ahead of me, things are more serious. The drama is getting heightened and soon enough it will be time for the nostalgia to set in. But that's a story for another time so for now let's get down to the month that has been - a month full of outfits, DIY projects *which I will be sharing soon!*, pretty baubles and of course, food.
Now, let the pictures do the talking.

My handmade leopard bow *Eeeep!*

Fresh out of the oven -  a batch of my cookies and cupcakes

Summery days with my sunnies and polka dots


Taking a break from the world with my fuzzy slippers and Nancy Drew's horror stories

My favorite motivation: Pretty stationery!

Sunday brunch with freshly made crepes, honey and strawberries

Spontaneous birthday parties are brilliant

My latest extremely bohomian DIY project!

Late night Modern Family session




Hope you liked the compilation of pictures this month, I told you it would be full of prettiness! My favorite one, of course, is my leopard bow, which has already fetched me a number of compliments already. But then again, food's always awesome. Specially when it's a batch of my famous chocolate chip cookies.

Have a productive and enjoyable week ahead, doll.

xo
Dayle







Hello Sailor

Now as the scorching heat is enveloping the city, there is nowhere I'd rather be than relaxing on a beach with the waves hitting the shore in front of me. However, since that is not even remotely possible with my boards approaching next month, I will just have to settle for the closet thing there is i.e the nautical look. So even if I am not on a beach, I can at least pretend to be taking a walk down that shore now, can't I ?





Striped Tshirt - Zara [previously worn here], Red skirt - Vintage [previously worn here], Black wedges - Ginger at Lifestyle [previously worn here], Black belt - Thrift (Colaba), Black structured clutch - Local Boutique (Bandra), On my lips - Colorbar 'Hearts n Tarts', On my eyes - Colorbar Indian Eye Kohl


Although the pictures were done in a jiffy on an evening where the sun was just about setting, I knew the outfit was based on such a pretty color palette *one of my favorites!* and one I just had to share.
While stripes have been around for centuries, the style has been spotted  all over S/S '13 runways and so the summer of 2013 is going to be celebrating all varieties of the stripe *specially the classic black and white* in abundance.

Have you stocked up on your stripes yet?



xo
Dayle



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