Tag Archives: I Style!

I Style!: Retro Style for Gadgets

If this mobile phone were a woman, she’d be rocking the retro look. I spotted this cassette-style mobile phone cover on someone’s table at my last office. Gadgetry has become a vital part of our style quotient as well so for the first time, here’s featuring a gizmo on I Style!


I Style!: No Excess Baggage

I haven’t been a big fan of Fastrack ever since the ‘cheating is cool’ subtext in their ad campaign. But this duffel bag from their collection caught my eye, especially for its label. It reminded me of the Tantra tee-shirts form of humour. So, after a long hiatus, an I Style! feature with this bag labelled,

Not for ex’s baggage

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I Style!: Big Bang Srini

A crazy work day is made tolerable by a Vulcan salute from a Sheldon Cooper fan.

Big Bang Srini

This is Srinivas Kulkarni (better known as Srini and the inspiration for such Sriniisms as “A Srini in time saves mine” by SWLers). For his poker-face acceptance of my announcement that he was being featured on the style section of my blog and for free Quora tuitions, Srini gets my I Style! vote.

For any of you who didn’t get the reference (shame! shame! shame!), here’s the answer:

Also see a Quora question on RPSLS. And this is how you play Sam Kass’s ‘Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock’:

  • Scissors cuts paper
  • Paper covers rock
  • Rock covers lizard
  • Lizard poisons Spock
  • Spock smashes scissors
  • Scissors decapitates lizard
  • Lizard eats paper
  • Paper disproves Spock
  • Spock vaporizes rock
  • Rock crushes scissors

* Cross-posted to Divadom.

I Style!: Moustache Ro!

If it’s been awhile since my last I Style! spotting, it’s because you people are just not being adventurous in what you wear!! But I guess what makes this fun is how a surprise might be waiting around any corner, any minute (oh, I really must carry that camera around at all times!).

Here’s what Rohini Ramanathan, RJ & all-round Media rockstar was wearing while she compered Culture Shoq’s Big Mic last month.

While her 40s cabaret-crooner look does rock, what really caught my eye was what she was wearing around her neck. Here’s Ro parodying the ladylike outfit with a moustache pendant!

Thank you for lifting our spirits with that whacky pendant, Ro and for bringing back I Style!

I Style!: Biscuit Babe

D is one of those good ol’ sorts whom I meet a couple of times a year at best. But the conversations are always delightful & interesting. She has a certain comfortable air about her that always calms me down and makes me feel good, wherever I am. What’s more, we talk about books, movies, womanhood, relationships, people, life and every possible thing under the sun. So I was looking forward to meeting her, of course. (see what I wore at The Harvest Honour).

She was waiting for me at Phoenix Mills, to grab a quick coffee & chat. I spotted her a corridor away but it wasn’t till I got closer did I spot this:

Parle G biscuits are part of that era of Doordarshan & Bata shoes when Ravalgaon toffees were a treat and pepsi was frozen juice stick, not a drink. There’s something fun and not at all kitschy about this tee-shirt.

D is strongly individualistic in a subtle, unselfconscious way and not the OTT attention-grabbing sense of the word. Her style that day matched her attitude too. The funny yellow-on-brown tee was paired with classic navy blue denims, black Adidas sneakers for comfort & style.

The final kicker was the backpack. How many women and well-dressed ones at that, do you see carrying a backpack? Even at work, juggling mobilephone, files & computer, most women would rather tote a shoulder-straining tote or just risk losing everything by scooping it up in their arms. No such reservations for D though.

Her look screamed comfort, style and individualism. Very I Style!


* Cross-posted to Divadom.

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I Style!: The Bird Lady

At the Kala Ghoda Art Festival 2011 this year, where I conducted a session on blogging, I had a chance to meet some new people. One of them was the lovely Snigdha Manchanda Binjola, better known on the twitterverse as @actionink. I, like everyone else in the session was captivated by her bright eyes, her warm smile and her fantastic session about tying in story-telling techniques into business solutions.

Much intrigued, I connected with her later and we had an enjoyable evening chat where we discovered a common love of tea, stories and much else. I cherish the memory of that first tea-date. And here’s what she wore to the meeting (which made me laugh heartily), which gets her on I Style!

Snigdha says the earrings are from Accessorize, the new everyday jewelery store that’s hit malls across the city. Of course, that admission merited a trip and some impromptu shopping. 🙂

* Cross-posted to Divadom.


See what I wore to the Kala Ghoda Art Festival at The Boheme At Kala Ghoda.
Catch other people who incorporated fun into their style at the I Style! gallery.

I Style!: Three Aliens Plus One

Back in February, I had the privilege of conducting a blogging workshop as part of the Kala Ghoda Art Festival 2011. Among the team, was my dear friend Moksh Juneja (also known as The Social Media Catalyst). Now Moksh is a regular teddybear, a fact known well to those close to him. He’s also a regular on the social media circuit. In another avatar, he moonlights as a college lecturer, a job that gives him all the practice needed in rescuing us from difficult crowd situations(!).

So what does a college lecturer/social media professional wear to a funky, artsy festival? Here’s what:

Now Moksh deserves an I Style! award just for that pose, never mind the tie, what say? Incidentally the photograph was shot right outside the Kala Ghoda office, by E Vestigio whose superb lens skills also it possible for me to blog about what I wore (I Wear: The Boheme At Kala Ghoda).

* Cross-posted to Divadom.

Moksh isn’t the only one to incorporate a little fun into his wardrobe! See the I Style! gallery for more!

I Style!: Keep An Eagle Eye On That Bag!

I’m one of those women who loves big bags. I hated the style of tiny, itty-bitty handbags and clutches are my personal cross to bear. My favorite bags are all large, roomy creations. But sitting down at a restaurant or a cafe usually poses a problem. Such bags usually need a chair of their own and this causes quite a bit of resentment in a space-starved city like Mumbai. I don’t like the idea of putting the bag down on the floor (yech! Would you place your dupatta on the floor where people walk?). Most of these places have fancy furniture that doesn’t have a place to hang your handbag. And even if they did, the danger of someone walking off with your handbag is high. I usually end up bunching up my handbag on my lap, folding my legs cricket-style, despite the discomfort it entails.

That’s why I was tickled to see the accessory that the otherwise demure Pushpa had carried with her to Lavasa. When we sat down to dinner at the admittedly fine Chor Bizarre, she took out an unusual contraption from her handbag and quietly proceeded to set it up. I actually didn’t notice it till later when the glint of metal caught my eye from her corner of the table. I ignored it at first, putting it down to some fancy design on the wooden table. But when I stood up to leave the table, I noticed what it really was.

This handbag holder fastens onto the edge of a table and lets down a hook from which to hang your handbag.

The holder on the table isn’t an ugly block but has an interesting eagle’s face embellished onto it. Quite an eagle eye when it comes to watching your handbag!

For functionality and aesthetics, for the sheer innovativeness of this accessory, Pushpa features on I Style! Incidentally, the bag in the photographs belongs to Monika.

* Cross-posted to Divadom.

I Style!: Matchless Shoes

I spotted this at the post-rally celebration at Lavasa this weekend. Shibani Kashyap performed the Lavasa anthem and right after that came a cutesy boy band called SQS Supastars. They began with hot favorites like ‘It’s My Life’ and progressed even to ‘I Will Survive’. The women hooted, they cheered and they enjoyed themselves as the boys entertained the crowd.

Amidst all the laughter and madness I noticed that the guitarist (already notable for his hip hat and vest ensemble) was wearing different shoes! Simple but quirky and bold, no? I thought it really suited him. The crowd was too wild for me to get close enough to talk to him but I did manage to grab a pic. Take a look.

For a simple but eye-catching shoe style, the boy features on I Style!


* Cross-posted to Divadom.

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