A Childhood Memory

 

I have always been fascinated by clothes, and fashion has been in my blood. Everyone in my family loves to dress up and we are a family of shopaholics. However, even as a kid, I always knew I wanted to be part of this world; not because of the glamour or the fame that comes with it but because I was always obsessed with clothes.

As a kid, my father would usually bring irresistibly cute outfits for me and my sister and I’d be the first one to get the door, go through his office bag looking for all that he bought for us and get the better dresses, for which my sister used to hate me BTW. This only happened the times when our parents weren’t buying matching outfits for us. Yes! My elder sister and I have worn matching OOTDs as kids; not just a matching skirt or a matching top but an entire outfit that matches.

Anyway, my childhood was filled with such vintage outfits, the high waist denim shorts, denim on denim look with canvas shoes, backless dresses, polka dot skirts, sleeveless tops, flared jeans and the most stylish vintage hats I wish I had NOW! The best moments were when my family and I would go to a grand event such as a wedding and I’d always be excited to go shopping or to dress up. While kids would have really tiny clothes that were made mostly for comfort while making them look all dolled-up, the clothes in the women’s section grabbed my attention more than anything in the world.

While growing up, I would always wait to just reach that age when I could fit into all those gorgeous clothes that I always saw my cousin sisters wear on weddings, reception and birthdays. I used to try my mom’s clothes that were way way bigger than my size and fell on the ground in a way that I’d fall every time I’d take a step forward. I would try her heels, make-up and even though I had a pixie haircut, I’d manage to do something or the other with my short hair, all behind her back.

Of all the apparels, it was the Indian/ethnic wear that grabbed my attention the most. It wasn’t just the fact that those expensive lehengas, heavy suits and beautiful net dupattas were kept as a treasure by the ladies to be worn only and only on special occasions  and was otherwise not to be touched at all, but also the time it took to just observe the art on them, let alone make it. The golden or silver embellishment, the carefully detailed embroidery, the see through net fabric of the dupatta that made your lehenga shine and added just the perfect colour tones to the outfit, the different border designs, the specific jewellery that would go specific outfits, the different blouse back designs, the heavy vintage sling bags or clutches and then, the heels that looked extremely uncomfortable to walk in but all the ladies would rather bear the discomfort than not look their fabulous self.

My inspiration for this post came from this very beautiful childhood memory of always wanting to grow up and be surrounded by heavy and gorgeous ethnic wear outfits and have  a wardrobe that everyone would die to have a look at. The lehenga in this shoot adds just the right amount of western touch to this otherwise ethnic lehenga. The pink net dupatta goes perfectly with the golden colour tone of the outfit and adds the right kind of “blush” to it just like I used to imagine myself wearing as a kid. Shooting for the blog post did make my childhood dream come true.

I have paired this outfit, designed by —- up with minimal dual tone sunflower shaped jhumka and added a bindi for the perfect Indian touch, with a simple make-up and bit of blush on my face.

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Photography by Pranjalasha

OUTFIT DETAILS:

 

OFFLINE STORE ADDRESS:

Guru Sewak Textiles

953, Kucha Kabil Attar,

Chandani Chowk, Delhi

I hope you liked this outfit and my inspiration behind it. For any Behind the shoot scenes, marketing tips, skin care tips and more, follow me on Instagram @PrettyLittleVirtuoso.

Have a good day!

With love,

Simran Bharti

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Of Prints & Patterns

Hey, beauties!

I have this habit of going through my old stuff, ditching my new apparels for some time and trying out the out-dated ones in a more modern way. When we were kids, my dad would always get us variety of new clothes and what was hilarious was that he wouldn’t just shop for us but also, for the future us. At that time, we had trunks full of clothes that didn’t fit us, that my sister and I planned to save for our “future” self. Funny, I know! However, it’s a lot like shopping online for yourself and still getting surprised when your order arrives or hiding few bucks in a winter jacket just so you find the same money next winter. A gift for you by you. I’m still fascinated with the idea and yes, I continue to do so even now.

While going through the same collection that I had saved when I was somewhere around the age of 12, I found this gorgeous green long skirt with the pattern you can completely get lost in for a while. I rarely wear skirts because I find them restrictive and difficult to travel in but this one, I couldn’t take off when I tried it.

My childhood memory of trying this skirt when I couldn’t fit into it and dying to grow up just so that I could fit in it is where my inspiration for this post came from. Hence, I decided to create an outfit that is vintage yet bohemian and something you can definitely wear to college.

In the outfit, I’m wearing a see-through knot crop top, white canvas shoes, a gemstone necklace as a waist belt (kamar-bandh), oxidized silver chandbalis and of course, the skirt from the past.

A fashion tip to keep in mind would be if you are not very experimental with your outfits, then pairing the apparel that has a very strong pattern with something plain would be better. In this outfit, I’ve paired my skirt with a plain top. Had I gone for something else which had patterns too, the outfit would have appeared too strong. I like keeping my outfits simple and sticking to just one statement apparel/accessory. Here, that would be my skirt.

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Photography by Eliza Anjum

OUTFIT DETAILS:

  • Top (Sarojini Nagar)
  • White Canvas Shoes (Amazon)
  • Chandbalis & Gemstone Necklace (My Instagram store @SimplyGorgoeus002)

I hope you liked this outfit and the story behind it. For any sneak peaks & my shopping hauls, follow me on Instagram @PrettyLittleVirtuoso.

P.S: Do not throw away your clothes. Donate them this December and bring happiness and warmth into someone else’s life.

Thank you for reading!

With love,

Simran Bharti

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Basic-ally Breathtaking

“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

Hello, everyone!

I’m back with another post. I know it’s been really long since I posted anything on the blog because I have been so occupied with a lot of things lately. The last month has been like a roller coaster of events. I hope your year has been eventful too.

This article features two of my basic shirts that I have paired differently, showing how basic apparels can be made breathtaking using the mentioned styling tips.

In the first outfit, I’m wearing a shirt as a shirt dress with my denim jacket, plain black socks and a bohemian necklace as a belt. While wearing a dress that doesn’t fit your body properly or is of a bigger size, don’t hesitate to go for belts.

For those of you girls who are into chunky accessories or have a nice collection of necklaces you feel you never get a chance to wear, this is your chance to be little experimental and show off your accessory collection. I loved how the necklace didn’t look out of place and was easy to carry around and adjust as well.

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In the second outfit, I’m wearing a shirt dress with a black belt, socks, boots and denim jacket. I’ve kept the first few buttons open to show my bralette’s design. Feel free to go for lace bralettes, chokers and quotation pendants. This shoot was done in the month of January when the weather was cold, hence the boots with the socks. My intention was to show how, instead of wearing thigh high boots with dresses and shorts on a daily basis which might look little over board, you can go for thigh high or normal length socks with your daily-wear boots or block/platform heels and save the money you’d have otherwise spent on the boots that you’d wear just once or twice in a year. But well, I guess it’s a little late for that fashion tip. 😛

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Photography by Eliza Anjum

OUTFIT DETAILS:

  • Shirt dress (Bought for Rs 250 from  Sarojini Nagar, Delhi)
  • Denim Jacket (Bought for Rs 250 from Sarojini Nagar, Delhi)
  • Check Shirt (Bought for Rs 200 from Sarojini Nagar, Delhi)
  • Sling bag (Bought for Rs 350 from Kamla Nagar Market)
  • Ring (My Instagram store @SimplyGorgoeus002)
  • Bohemian coin necklace (Amazon.in)
  • Black socks (Amazon.in)
  • Bralette (Amazon.in)
  • Boots from SSS

Anyway, the purpose of creating these two outfits was to show how your simple/basic clothing can be worn in a different style only if you remember to follow few styling tips. All it takes is a little effort to make your outfit more stylish, bring your confidence to a new level and look Simply Gorgeous.

I hope you liked the outfit and found the content useful.

Feel free to like and share the post.

Thank you for taking out time to go through the post!

With love and warmth,

Simran Bharti

My Choker Collection on Instagram

“The true work of improving things is in the little achievements of the day, and that’s what you need to enjoy.”

Hey, lovelies!

I’ve come up with this new choker collection on my Instagram store. For those of you who do not follow me on Instagram, @SimplyGorgeous002 is my e-store on Instagram where I sell accessories that are both trending and affordable.

Following are few of the pictures from my new choker collection. I absolutely love this new trend of chokers and selling chokers is how I started my small scale business and earned money to buy a camera and start my own blog. So, yes not only am I thankful to this trend but I’m also obsessed with them. The best thing about chokers is that they are the kind of accessory that you can wear every day from college to special events. Other than the fact that they are not at all expensive, they are also available in so many colors and designs that you don’t even have to worry about the variety.

If you like any of these chokers, you can order them via Instagram. The chokers are only around 100 INR.

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I took these pictures from my mobile’s front camera and while taking them, I had absolutely no intention of writing an article about this new collection. However, the pictures came out so good that I couldn’t help sharing them with you guys.

Anyway, I hope you like them and the collection. Do share the pictures with me if you order any of these pieces. I’d love to see how you style these chokers.

With lots of love,

Simran Bharti

 

Trench It Up winter fashion trends of 2017

Trench It Up

“I love new clothes. If everyone could just wear new clothes everyday, I reckon depression wouldn’t exist anymore.”

Hey, cookies!

A Trench coat or a long utility jacket is an apparel that every girls must have in her winter wardrobe. Not only does a good trench coat make your outfit more fashionable but also, it needs very less accessorizing. Without wearing much, you get a classy winter outfit which is very effortless to put together. You can get these trench coats anywhere online or on any fashion store. Forever 21, Zara and all the other brands have nice collections but if you cannot afford to spend 4,000-5,000 bucks, I have got more shopping locations for you to get these from. As a college student, I know how difficult it is to manage your finances, especially if you are a foodie who loves to eat around and try all the new places around the campus and if you are a shopaholic who just cannot stop shopping, be it online on sale or offline on great deals!

If you live in Delhi, you must have heard about Majnu Ka Tila market. That place has amazing stores where you can find trench coats, shrugs and cardigans at reasonable prices. If you are looking for even cheaper ones, you should definitely head to Sarojini Nagar Market in winters. You will obviously have to look for them but you will find something you love. Trench coats are available there in so many deigns and if you bargain, you can grab them for around 350-400 bucks. Yes, you heard it right.

The one that I’m wearing in this post is also from Sarojini that I bought for just Rs. 350. This is also called a Utility jacket. This one is a military green trench coat/utility jacket.

Let’s see how I styled it:

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Photography by Eliza Anjum

OUTFIT DETAILS:

  • Jacket (Bought for Rs 350 from Sarojini Nagar, Delhi)
  • White Crop Top (Bought for Rs 100 from Sarojini Nagar, Delhi)
  • White Heeled Shoes (Bought for Rs 400 from Sarojini Nagar, Delhi)
  • Be Brave Necklace (My Instagram e-store @SimplyGorgoeus002)
  • Bohemian Ring (My Instagram e-store @SimplyGorgoeus002)

I hope you liked the article. Don’t forget to check out my Instagram e-store @SimplyGorgeous002. All the accessories that I wear in my posts are available there.

Happy shopping, girls!

With love,

Simran Bharti

The Ripped Edit: Leather jeans, stripped top, boots with accessories and specs

The Ripped Edit

Hey, everyone!

Since it’s winters, I thought of styling few minimalist outfits and talk about the basics of shopping. So, few of my future posts are gonna be on the same theme i.e. Minimalist. However, this one is about the trend of ripped clothing. I bought these high waist knee-ripped jeans from Koovs and absolutely loved the fitting. The thing that girls do wrong is ordering the wrong size while buying high waist jeans online.

When you go for a low or normal waist jeans, it’s easier to decide the size because you already know where to measure your waist from. However, while ordering a high or mid  waist jeans, you have to measure the slimmest part of your waist. The size that I ordered was size 26 while I wear 28 when it comes to normal waist bottoms. So, I hope you know about the sizing now.

Coming back to the trend of the ripped jeans, I would suggest everyone out there to have at least one pair of denim that is ripped. They are very simple to style and make your outfit fashionable without you having to put any extra efforts.

In this outfit, I went for the basic stripped top with my black leather jacket and paired them up with these block heel boots from Street Style Store. I got a lot of messages on Instagram from girls, asking me about the website and the price. Let me tell you that the boots that I ordered from the website were nothing like the ones that I got but I was still very happy on receiving them because I didn’t expect such an amazing product to be available at such a reasonable price.

Let’s see how the outfit looks!

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Photography by Eliza Anjum

OUTFIT DETAILS:

  • Stripped top by Koovs
  • High waist knee ripped jeans by Koovs
  • Thin rim specs
  • Watch by Times
  • Bohemian rings (My Instagram store @simplygorgoeus002)
  • Black leather jacket
  • Black boots by SSS

I finished the look with few accessories and my new specs. For those who wear specs, don’t hesitate to try few new designs when it comes to glasses because that’s where the fun lies; in experimenting with your look. Don’t think that your glasses make you look nerdy and not-cool. They don’t. There are so many options available to you now. So, go ahead and change your look. Up your style quotient!

Hoping that you liked the article and found the content useful. Don’t forget to share and liked the article with your girls-friends. I’ll be coming up with more minimalist articles soon. For any updates, keep checking my Instagram. 🙂

A tip for all the girls with gorgeous curls or silky straight hair: Flaunt them!

With love,

Simran Bharti

 

9 Simple Ways To Carry A Scarf

9 Simple Ways To Carry A Scarf

Hey, girls!

I thought I have talked a lot about accessories in my posts and left out the most important thing to talk about for winter outfits i.e. a scarf. We love carrying scarfs and mufflers but when it comes to carrying them, we often run out of choices. That’s why I decided to come up with a post in which I show you some very simple and basic ways to carry a scarf/muffler with your everyday outfits. Let’s have a look at them:

1.The Classic Drape

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2.The Modern One Loop

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3.The Basic Loop

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4.The Classic Drape With Belt

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5.The Classic Drape As Off-Shoulder & With Belt

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6.The European Loop

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7.The Men’s Tie

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8.The Infinity

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9.The Boa

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Photography by Eliza Anjum

I have worn scarfs that are different in color, length, fabric and pattern, and that is exactly what you can do to add your own touch to the outfit. These scarfs can be worn with dresses, caps and belts and in a lot many ways. So, don’t let the winter season go without looking your gorgeous self and clicking pictures.

I also wanted to announce that I have started my own e-store on Instagram and Shopo app with the username @simplygrogeous002 where you can shop accessories and other products at reasonable prices without having to pay any shipping and packaging charges. Simply Gorgeous ships products all over India. So, don’t forget to check it out.

Stay gorgeous, ladies!

With love,

Simran Bharti