Sundaze with Moderas #5: Festivities + a bit of Queer Eye

Hello and welcome to Sundaze with Moderas, where I share top-of-mind thoughts, videos, links, interesting reads that I came across during the week, for you to read on your Sunday. They will primarily be centered around sustainability, fashion, and design, but it could be anything, really! I had asked my followers if they’d like an email newsletter or a blog feature – they chose the latter. But if you would like a dose of interesting reads on a lazy Sunday delivered to your inbox – I’m still figuring it out, so watch this space.

What’s on my mind?

It’s festival time! With Navratri and Diwali back to back, there’s a lot of shopping and celebration all around. It’s quite difficult to stick to borrowing when “traditionally”, you buy new things for Diwali.

I’m trying to avoid it because I already have a new sari to wear for the festival. I just can’t seem to avoid the guilt of making festive purchases that I’ll very likely never wear. It happens frequently; the clothes end up taking space in a closet back home which I won’t open.

On the flipside, I’m growing increasingly picky these days when it comes to clothing. I buy very little because I always find a reason to not buy. I don’t have that feeling of “I must get this!” when I see clothing because everything seems so repetitive and boring.

Anyone else feel this guilt or has a festive wardrobe that usually never sees the light of day?

My favourite video this week

You might already know that I am a huge Queer Eye fan. If you are too, then you have to watch this video with Hasan Minhaj, a comedian, and Tan France. Think of it as the greatest India-Pakistan collaboration you’ll ever watch. They also talk about how chai tea is the dumbest name ever so what’s not to like?

Outfit inspiration: colour combinations that caught my eye recently

When it comes to outfit inspiration, I have two main resources – my Pinterest board, and my Instagram feed. On the latter, I have a collection to which I save unique colour combinations, outfits, and anything that catches my eye. I thought I’d share 2 of my favourite looks that I saved this week.

Santoshi Shetty, aka The Style Edge, via her Instagram

Why I love this outfit: This combination of nude, red, and white is classic but elevated. I’ve never seen a print using all three colours, and the red accessories make the print stand out even more.

How I’d implement this inspiration: To make this work for my wardrobe, I’d break it down to the colour combination – a beige & white outfit with pops of red print OR red trousers, white blouse and a cream/print overlay.

Masoom Minawala, aka Miss Style Fiesta, via her Instagram

Why I love this outfit: Not only is the oversized sweater + fitted skirt a perfect example of balancing silhouettes, the rich burgundy and the petrol blue make for a unique combination. Add a cool-toned sparkle and this becomes a unique party look.

How I’d implement this inspiration: sari combination! Take a petrol blue georgette sari, wear a burgundy velvet blouse, and add a silver waist belt or sparkly bangles.

Pro-tip: I’d recommend this method of saving outfits to anyone who is looking to experiment or develop their sense of style, or if you’re just starting out with fashion. It can be quite daunting when there’s so much information thrown at you everyday, but start with saving outfit ideas on Instagram whenever you see something interesting that you’d like to try out. It doesn’t have to be a complicated outfit either. Simple combinations, silhouettes, accessory pairings are all good places to start. Then, start trying them out. You don’t have to completely imitate the outfit, but just implement the principles of colour/pattern/accessorising.

Face mask I’m loving right now

My skincare routine is currently in shambles, but I try to put on a face mask every Sunday. Currently, the face mask I’m using is The Body Shop’s Amazonian Acai mask. Acai berry is supposed to help fight signs of fatigue. I like the mask because it does exfoliate my skin (which is great because I have no other exfoliating product in my routine right now). I also find that it helps with the appearance of acne scars, which may be because acai contains vitamin C.

Anyway, if you’re looking for an exfoliating mask which also smells like berries, I’d recommend this.

Buy it on, Rs. 1895.

For your mental health

I want to re-emphasise that if you’re going through a tough time and don’t know what to do to make you feel better, it’s okay to ask for help. Celebratory occasions can be hard for many reasons and it’s okay to feel that way.

In my last Sundaze post, I provided a list of resources, tips, and practices that can help you through a tough time. Check that out if you feel like you need a hand.

To quote one of my favourite people, Jovanny, “your mental health is over every damn thing”. 

And that’s all for this week! I hope you have a lovely couple of weeks ahead, with sweets and quality time with the people you care about. Let me know in the comments what your plans are for Diwali. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Sundaze with Moderas #5: Festivities + a bit of Queer Eye

  1. Thanks Varsha. Looking forward for more posts!

    It would be wonderful to share some ideas on work-wear : semi-formal and formal.

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