CURRENT MOOD:DENIM

In these "trends change in a flash" times,your obsession period over a certain fashion can only be a week.Without having found out exactly why,I currently feel pulled towards denim.Denim rompers,denim shorts,denim everything that's not a crime to wear in summer.That u can wear when its hot and not feel stuffed,that u can still go chill in the sun.But it's definitely not an easy approach like a pair of jeans and a tee,I wouldn't lie.It's for the greater good though.

Overalls and top - zara      Shoes - H&M

xoxo - vin&teji

HOW CREATING AN "INSTA-WORTHY" SPACE HAS BECOME THE WAY TO SELL

Planning to open up a restaurant ? Launching a retail space ? Promoting your brand / business ? Well, do we really care about how good the food is and what you are selling? Just give us a pretty Insta wall and we will show up. 

From Refinery29's 29 Rooms event held in Brooklyn last September which had Insta fans waiting for over six hours, To the Ice cream museum that sold out tickets for the entire month in record time , Multiple deliciously insta-worthy art installations , walls and spaces have proven to be tremendously successful in drawing unmanageable crowds. After visiting a bunch of these insta-famous brunch places , night clubs and pop ups i kept wondering. Is Insta art replacing the "i don't get it" museums? is it a new avenue for young and talented artists? Or is it just a way to psyche us into thinking "that Matcha latte was delicious" , when in reality i dint really care about the latte but what i loved was how cool my instagram post was.

Either ways instagram in a cool way has replaced a bunch of different apps on my iphone. wondering how? Well , i don't really use yelp anymore to scroll through endless and irrelevant list of restaurants for dinner plans. When i find something delicious on instagram i just pin it. I dont really use Trip advisor for traveling , i just go to my favorite travel/ traveller accounts on instagram and narrow down by location. I don't really spend endless hours browsing through clothing websites to find the perfect outfit. I just find them on insta and inbox the brands. But i'm not sure if this has made my life simpler or has me obsessed over my glamorous never ending Instagram feed. You guys have similar thoughts? let me know in the comments below :).

Outfit details : Skirt - vintage from AuH20 , Plain white Tee - Brandy Melville

An Insta wall in Elvis Guesthouse bar

Museum of ice cream:

29 Rooms event - Brooklyn

 

 

 

ONE FOR THE HEAT WAVE

Everyone loves summer, but its really hard to keep up your dress game when you are sweating like you are just out of the gym. Well,  the trick is to keep it minimal without looking like you are headed to the beach. For me this outfit did just that, it looks minimal and feels comfortable.And also they look as chic when paired with a basic tee and a pair of slogan sliders just like the ones i wore.The top! my solution for every outfit problem off late.Like they say ,'practice makes a man/woman perfect'.I choose to practice wearing this lovely top all summer long :p
 top-zara       shorts-h&m      sliders-topshop XOXO - vin&teji

 top-zara       shorts-h&m      sliders-topshop

XOXO - vin&teji

ARE YOUNG INDIAN DESIGNERS THE NEXT BIG THING TO LOOK OUT FOR?

Gone are those days when Indian designer clothing was accessible only to Bollywood, and Lakme Fashion Week was only seen on runways and editorials. Indian fashion industry as a whole is going through an undeniable state of transition. Younger designers are coming up with affordable, chic and wearable clothes that won't make us look like we are going to a wedding. Major retail houses like perniaspopshop are out there for us to get our hands on them. Even better, find them on Instagram and inbox them your orders. 

One such gem was Aiman Armaan. Traditional exquisite embroidery on modern silhouettes make their clothes trendy but yet couture and unique. As people who love clothes, you guys will agree with me that there are few better feelings than the one you get when you score an amazing piece of clothing. Even better, when people ask you where it's from when you go out. That's exactly what this wolf print shirt was. Everywhere I went people wanted to know where I got it. That's when you know you scored a gem :).

Outfit Details : Dress - Aimaan 

XOXO - Vin & Teji

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OFF SHOULDER TREND

If you think of what has been the most popular trend off late,without a second thought its the 'off shoulder'.Ofcourse white sneakers come very close too.Its literally everywhere and on everyone.My absolute favorite(for now!!) The reason obviously is that its looks so chic and easy to pair too.Pair it with an edgy skirt for a cool brunch look or even with your fav pair of shorts if its gonna be an active day for you.Here i paired mine with these chic palazzos i got from necessary clothing.Enjoy the trend while it lasts,we sure are.Which i think is not too long before its gone

TOP-H AND M(oh!i was so determined to get this top,i think i went to 5 h&m's in 3 cities )

PANTS-NECESSARYCLOTHING

XOXO vin&teji

SPRING TIME RITUALS

Everyone deals with the season change in their own way, some people pack up their coats and boots, some like to spring clean and some like to get a hair cut and have a makeover moment. My springtime ritual is to prep my closet for the warmer days. This is practically the best time to shop for summer. Most boutiques and brands stock up and it's like a fresh blossom of summer clothes everywhere. I love to wander around at this time of the year, discovering new neighborhoods and stores. On one such voyages i found this pretty "perfect for spring" wrap skirt at a vintage store.

Remember wearing wrap skirts in the 90's? My mom used to buy me so many of them but I used to hate them at that time. I guess I was just such a big tom boy. But, I must say I rediscovered their beauty. They are so easy breezy and versatile, perfect even as a beach cover. This one, I found at a vintage store in east village and to keep it simple, I paired it with a cotton tee from Brandy Melville. Do you guys prep your closets for spring summer like me? Let me know in the comments. XOXO.

Outfit Details : Skirt - AuH20 Vintage | T-shirt - brandy melville

XOXO - Vin & Teji

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ITALY TRAVEL GUIDE: POSITANO + CAPRI

You guys know how everyone who a has travel bug in them has a bucket list of places they want to visit? I think I figured out what my version of it would be. It would be to visit every single coastline in the world. There is something about the beach and coastal living that makes me feel like I am in my natural habitat. The villages, the simplicity in their living, their food, their warmth and of course the sunsets. And I can't stress enough on how much more fun it was to live in an Airbnb, I really felt like I was living with my family. You will see what I mean in the pictures :).

Positano:
Positano is a tiny village etched on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean. Staying here really felt like it was living in a postcard. If you guys want to spend a good amount of time exploring the Amalfi coast, I really recommend making this your base. It's really easy to take day trips from here to various other towns like Sorrento, Amalfi and Ravello. Various boat companies even offer day trips to Capri from here.

The AirBnb we lived in had a humungous private terrace attached to our room and I used to wake up at 5 AM everyday, just cause I felt like I couldn't get enough of the terrace and the view ( of course i would crash again by 8am ;)). Honestly I could have spent my entire trip on that terrace sipping wine. 

A trip to Da Adolfo is a must, it's almost like an all day event. Da Adolfo is this historic restaurant established by a world war II prisoner turned sailor . You can only get there by boat (they have their own boat that picks you up from the pier for free, look out for the red fish on the boat's mast). The views from here are spectacular and the food is to daaaieeee for!! Also don't forget to shop here for ceramic-ware and have lemon scented products.

DAY 1

Outfit 1 Details : Jumpsuit - Editor's Market | Shoes - Converse | Head scarf - Old

Outfit 2 Details : Swimsuit - Zinkie swimwear | Bag - Forever21 ( Similar here )

DAY 2:


Outfit 1 : Dress - Masaba Gupta

Outfit 2 : Swimsuit - Gap Kids ( i got the last size in kids ;) , kid's swimwear is so much cuter ) | Shorts - Forever21 

Outfit 3 : Dress - Reformation
 


Must Do :

  • Relax on Spaggiana bach
  • Day trip to Da Adolfo
  • Hike to Nocelle
  • If staying for long - Try the Path of Gods Hike
  • Dat trips to - Amalfi , Sorrento , Ravello
  • Explore the less crowded beaches 

To Eat:

  • Cafe Positano - Amazing for breakfast
  • Il Capitano  - for a dinner date with a view
  • Le Sirenuse - Expensive but has great views
  • Casa e Bottega - boutique hotel for healthy breakfast
  • Ristorante Mediterrano

 

CAPRI:

Oh my god, I have no idea where to start. This island blew me away and I did not want to leave. Most people take a day trip to capri from Positano but I would suggest staying here for a couple of nights. The views make you feel like you are on the set of a James Bond movie. And if you are into luxury goods this place beats fifth ave, New York any day. Capri town is the prettiest I have seen and is an insta addict's paradise.

Must Do :

  • Hike down to La Fontelina - for lunch and a day at the beach
  • Stroll around Capri town 
  • Shop for ceramics
  • Boat trips around capri coast and Blue Grutto
  • Rent a scooter and explore all the unseen beaches
  • Explore Anacapri and the authentic restaurants 

To Eat:

  • LA Fontelina
  • Fargolini 
  • La Limonaia - set in the midst of lemon blossoms , the ambience is amazing
  • Lido Del Faro - amazing views of the sunset
  • Aperivito in any little place in capri town

 

 

Italy Travel Guide : Milan + Lake Como

Someone had once told me that there are 4 types of travellers one typically comes across
1. The Control freak.
2. The Social Network star
3. The Lives-to-eat
4. The Party Animal

I am totally the control freak , sleeping on a vacation is almost inconceivable to me. Im the one who needs all the documentation done,  decides where i'm going for breakfast, lunch and dinner , hunts for chic places on Instagram and Pinterest , stars them on google and plans an optimal route around them. I need a jam packed itinerary and i leave no stone unturned. Or rather i leave no place un-visited. The downside of this though is that i often crash from exhaustion and i need a vacation from my vacation ;). However i find out about all the cool places that trip advisor would never tell you about. So here's my journey through Italy just in case you guys are looking for more inspiration to plan your next trip. (Since there was no way i could fit everything into one i divided them into 3 posts , stay tuned for more next week )

Milan: The women in Milan kind of set new standards for me. Everybody was so impeccably dressed it almost felt like they woke up from bed looking so stylish. Rightly called the fashion capitol. We were here only for a few hours on the day we landed and on our last day when we left for New York. But i did manage to check off all the things on my list.

Don't miss aperitivo while you are here , its a quintessential Milanese experience. It's their version of a happy hour. From 6 - 9 pm everyday you get unlimited appetizers with any drink and these hours are brimming with locals. Also Don't miss canal district , has a stretch of cool and affordable bars and breathtaking views of the sunset. 

Outfit Details |  Vintage T-shirt Worn as a Dress - brandy melville |  Gladiator Sandals - Aliexpress | Bag - Forever21 | Choker - Old Black Ribbon worn as a choker

Must Visit : 

  • Piazza Del Duomo
  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele ||
  • Brera Area
  • Fondazione prada - Modern Art Museum right next to Bar Luce
  • Navigli District - must go for sunset and drinks , this where the young kids hussle
  • Corso Como - for night life
  • Via Torino , Corsa Buenos Aries and Corso Como - for shopping

Food: 

  • Luini at Via Santa Radegonda , 16 , Milan Italy - Iconic street food joint - Must Try
  • Bar Luce - Cocktails + Coffee + Cafe
  • Le Biciclette - Once a bicycle store converted into a chic coffee shop
  • Un Posto A Milano - Local place for amazing food

Drinks:

  • 10 Corso Como - Lovely place for a cocktails - also has Milanese Dover Street Market inside.
  • Corso Como - This Entire Street is filled with cool bars for Aperitivo
  • Bar Brera - If you are in the Brera area this is a good place for cocktails
  • Noor - Great Hookah
  • Roi Alto - Best Aperitivo

Lake Como :  Driving around Italy was quite interesting. You can could really be transported from a cosmopolitan bustling city to picturesque snow peaks in about 30 minutes. This natural paradise which was in news recently for George Clooney's famous hideaway and is a bunch of medieval stone villages located around the lake. Opulent Villas , Lakeside estates , Scenic vineyards , alpine Peaks this place has it all for perfect vacation.

OutFit : Maxi Dress - NU NewYork

Outfit Details : Dress -  Awoke Vintage | Shoes - converse

Must Do:

  • Go Village Hopping on the water taxi.( Most common transportation in this area )
  • Go Shopping in Bellagio
  • Visit their Opulent Villas 
  • Cross the border and visit Switzerland for sunrise / sunset ( best experience in this trip )
  • Visit one of the churches - Each village has their own
  • Try the wine - Its one of the world's best.

To Eat:

  • Hotel Villa Cipressi - Varenna
  • Trattoria San Giacomo - Bellagio
  • Tower of Barbarossa - The airbnb we lived in.

 

 

 

 

VINTAGE FINDS

If you guys have been following me on my Instagram handle @vinitapenmatsa , you know I've been obsessed with vintage clothes lately ( posts here and here). I was always a non believer in the ability to find wearable / trendy pieces from the sea of clothes in every flea market. But I was obviously wrong! In the first three minutes of sifting through the 10$ bin at Brooklyn Junk, I found three pieces that I know I would wear the hell out of this entire summer. I guess it's more to do with luck... Sometimes patience and an eye for the right pieces.

This breezy summer dress, which had a reformation-ish vibe (link to the store here ) was like love at first sight (it was 8$). I wore it at-least five times already this summer! For a bbq party, for a lounge day when i had friends over and even as a cover up when I was in Tuscany (Italy). I can't get enough of it! I paired it with my staple converse sneaker for a casual brunch day in the city. Stay tuned for more vintage finds and a guide to vintage stores in the city.

Outfit Details: Dress - Junk Brooklyn | Sneakers - Converse.

XOXO - Vin & Teji

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SHIRT DRESS + SF TRAVEL DIARIES

San Francisco's weather gotta be challenging,we r not complaining though..its definitely lovely.the only tricky part is to decide between a trench coat and a breezy summer dress.fortunately for me it worked out well with that day being quite pleasant..so i decided to wear this woven skirt with hand embroidery and layer it with a basic shirt dress...both from h and m..yes yes the sneakers too..h and m can easily pass for being one's best friend with all the super chic and affordable stuff..believe it or not..my whole look costed me $65..everybody in the fashion world knows its another word for peanuts ;)

shirt dress-h and m    skirt-h and m    shoes-h and m    bag-charles and keith     

-VIN&TEJI

MINIMALISTIC APPROACH

I'm the one who always thought minimalism means boring. No Prints and No color read No fun to me. I always wondered how a category of women, whom I call the "Minimalists" always dress in white , black and Navy and still look like a million bucks. And so i challenged myself to be one of them for a day , this is what I learnt.

Confidence is Key - One thing i've noticed about all these women , they walk like they don't care who rules the world. Attitude and confidence adds to your look. P.S. a bright red lip too.

Shapes and cuts Matter - They might look like simple at first glance , but on careful inspection what really makes an impact is the clever cuts and unique construction of the pieces they wear. Makes you want to be one of them.

Invest in quality basics - Can't stress enough on this , one style mantra they all swear by. Invest in great basic pieces , sculptural black cotton tops and Japanese trousers.

Since I wasn't one who invests a ton on basics , I pulled out a few favorite pieces i wear to work and tried to put them together. The vest is from Mango , for the shirt I just took a basic white formal shirt I always wear to work and cut out the sleeves and the skirt is an old one from topshop. Let me know how I fared in the comments below.

Outfit Details : Vest - Mango ( similar here ) | Skirt - Topshop | White Shirt - Old formal shirt for which i cut off the sleeves | shoes - Converse

More Acts OF Minimalism

XOXO - Vin & Teji

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CURRENT MOOD : ROOFTOP BRUNCH PARTIES

It's that time of the year guys...when all the rooftop brunch spots open up in the city, when spring is in full bloom, when outdoor patios are cluttered with people and all the fashionable women in New York City gather to show off their spring / summer collection. Its my favorite time of the year!

All through the winter I stock up on dresses, just because I cant resist but buy when I see a great one but obviously can't wear it till the weather gets warmer. This red one is one of them. Perfect for a brunch event . Flowy, romantic and a color that wont go unnoticed. I got this dress a few months ago from Zara and the shoes you guys have seen before. They are from Mod Parade Singapore and you can tell how obsessed I am with them :).

So what are you waiting for girls, go get your Mimosas.....get partying and stay stylish. 

 

Outfit Details : Dress  - Zara ( similar here ) | Shoes - ModParade

XOXO - Vin & Teji

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BACK TO BASICS

How do you look like a million bucks on a lazy Sunday when you are not in the mood to plan your outfit and dress up? Just pull your favorite basics in each department and pair them together , it always works and looks put together.  

Thats what i did with this basic turtle neck that i got from Zara early last winter , it was literally my goto piece all winter. I paired it with this flowy wave print skirt i got from aliexpress. Sticking to basics i kept everything neutral with the black kitten heels ( got them from h&m on sale for just 7$). And added my funky Lego clutch to it. 

So excuses for not dressing up , invest in basics and there is not a single bad dressed day in your life.

Outfit Details : Grey Turtleneck : Zara  ( similar here ) | Pleated Skirt : Aliexpress | BLack kitten Heels : H&M

RE-CREATING GUCCI SPRING / SUMMER 2016

Hi Guys, I know we've been MIA for a few weeks now and have been getting a lot of questions from followers. I'm honestly overwhelmed to see how many of you guys are waiting for our posts every Saturday :). so here I am and we promise to be regular from now. We have exciting posts coming up this summer so we cant wait.

We guys have been lusting for all the Gucci looks we've been spotting on the runways and on fashionistas. Love the flirty metallic pleated skirts with mis-matched shirts and neck embellishments, frilly victorian blouses and silk georgette dresses. Ever since Alessandro Michele has taken over, the perception of the brand has moved from lukewarm to straight up fanaticism. 

So we tried our hands at re-creating the gucci look and I must say we had so much fun with it! The skirt we found at topshop, but pretty much most of the high street brands are housing pleated skirts this season. If you haven't got one yet you need to rush. This shirt I thought shouts out Gucci because of the color palette and the pattern. And the shoes are from Mod-parade Singapore. To recreate the neck piece I went to Mood (our local fabric store ) and got a flower embellishment and attached it to a bow I made out of black ribbon. I added my old nerd glasses which we saw a lot on the runway. Let us know if you thought we did a good job or not.

Outfit Details : Skirt - Topshop ( similar here ) | Shirt - ASOS | Shoes - Modparade 

GUCCI Looks Off The Runway

SUEDE SKIRT AND TURTLE NECK

I have been wanting to wear this skirt for a while now,especially since i got it diy'd with the cutest PU stickers(#1 in the list of new obsessions).It was one of those pleasant winter days,and dangg! comes out my skirt.I was heading out for lunch with my buddies.I paired it with a ribbed turtle neck top and keeping in mind it is STILL winter i carried this over-sized woollen  scarf with me.By evening it got a bit chilly and this scarf felt like it was so literally just born for me. 

skirt-neccessary clothingtop-zara  scarf-zara  clutch-asos  PU stickers-in many fashion stores 

MIDI SKIRT + BUTTON DOWN IN INDIA

India trip is always fun and interesting in so many ways , every year i go to Hyderabad i am surprised by how fast things are changing . I love driving around and  trying all the new food joints , coffee shops and hangout spots and i am never disappointed with what the city has to offer each year. Also its quite challenging to edit my outfits to fit the bill over here. For a casual day out i picked this multicolored abstract midi skirt and muted it out with a classic blue button down. For accessories i added a Charles + Kieth red baguette and shades both from my Singapore trip. And excuse me for the poor choice of footwear , just wasn't  in the mood for heels.

P.S : Big thanks to Team CLICKOHOLIC for the great pictures.

Outfit Details: Skirt - ASOS | Button Down - H&M | Shades - ModParade Singapore | Bag - Charles & Kieth

XOXO - Vin & Teji

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SEPARATE STORY

Separates / Matching sets are the first thing i look out for when i visit a new website. For me they make dressing up in the morning a no brainer, easiest way to look cool and put together. All you have to do is slip into a pair of matching separates and you are good to go. These minion printed separates up the game a tad bit more simply because of how cute the print looks. Scroll down for more separate looks.

Here's another monochromatic version i wore a couple of years back.

P.S : Big shoutout to team CLICKOHOLIC for the amazing pictures

Outfit Details: Matching Separates - Quirkbox | parka - Choies 

XOXO - Vin & Teji

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HOW TO SHOP IN SINGAPORE + OUTFIT 2

How do we guys shop when we travel? Most people I know ( including me sometimes ) regret buying things while traveling. For the lack of time, patience and information about local and unique shopping neighborhoods we often end up shopping at areas most talked about and written about on trip advisor. And then there is that additional pressure to buy something. I mean we all want to tell our friends - "That's from when I was vacationing in Singapore ;)". So we end up buying things that we would never wear or could find for much cheaper back home. Here are my tricks and tips to shop abroad like a pro.

  1. Do Your research before you get there  - Google for local designers and boutiques and make a pinterest board. Enable maps to your board so u don't have to keep checking for the locations while your are roaming around. Most of them have websites, so go check them out and narrow down the ones that fit your style.
  2. Ask the locals for flea markets - Most cities, especially asian ones have flea markets and wholesale clothing stores that sell trendy clothes for really cheap. Ask the locals for these type of places cause you might not find them on google.
  3. Look for brands that originated there - Brands sell for much cheaper at their headquarters. Zara clothes are much much cheaper in Spain when compared to USA. Charles and Keith was founded by two Singaporeans and the prices there were cheaper and the collection was really good! So take advantage shopping for such brands.
  4. Be smart about your shopping itinerary - Shopping on vacations can be exhausting and time consuming. You might have a ton of things planned, so mark places you want to visit on google maps and star them. This way when you are exploring a neighborhood you can check if there are any starred places close by so you can cover them while you are there. This saves a lot of time.
  5. Do not fall for tourist traps - Avoid the typical and touristy shopping malls and when you are buying something, if you cannot image in your head how/what you would wear it with...never buy it.

For my outfit there, I paired this fun denim maxi skirt with a plain white t-shirt and metallic heels. The LOL clutch I got at the airport from charles & kieth for just 26 USD :). I was carrying it throughout my trip and was obsessed with it :). 

Outfit Details : Skirt - StyleNanda | T-shirt - H&M | Shoes - ASOS

HOW TO WEAR RESORT | PART 2

Its an outfit thats made out of dreams.The nude skirt with tassels is so lovely that anyone would instantly wanna own it.Archana Rao Label comes up with another amazing outfit that transitions easily into either resort-wear with a dressy top,like the shirt with sheer panel i wore here or a casual outfit that you can wear with a simple t-shirt or a even a plain black tank top(Not as weird as it sounds.Try the combo and you'll sure love it).

My last post was actually supposed to be short,but this one ended up being short.Life is so unpredictable right!?

skirt and shirt - archanaraolabel (available at perniaspopupshop.com)

 

SINGAPORE TRAVEL DIARIES : OUTFIT 1

By now you guys know i love traveling, and when i travel i like to travel in style. That's the most exciting part for me, i love planning outfits for each day and usually have my shoes, accessories and the entire look sorted out before i leave. Makes it easier for me to pack the right things and i don't have to pull my hair out deciding what to wear on the trip. Also gives me a chance to wear all my quirky outfits which  would normally look too dressy / over-the-top back home.

Singapore was more than what i had expected. The city / state is a combination of Chinese, Indian, Malay and Western influences, and is truly a cultural melting pot. Food options here are endless and if you love seafood you're in paradise. Delicious food, high street shopping, contemporary arts – you can find them all. For Day 1, we wandered around Marina bay sands a.k.a MBS and Gardens by the bay. Both spectacular sites if you are visiting Singapore for the first time ( don't miss the two domes (flower dome and cloud forest) that are right by the gardens) . After which we strolled to Arab street to try some delicious food and went shopping in the neighbourhood.

For my outfit i packed this metallic leather skirt i've had for a while and paired it with a high neck blouse from Zara. For shoes i wore these nude sling backs i found at Haji Lane Singapore. To find out where to shop in Singapore come check  back for my next week's post and i'l reveal all my finds.

Outfit Details : Skirt - Asos | Top - Zara (old)  | Heels - ModParade Singapore