Funny side up!

We as Indians are not really known for our self-deprecating humour. But lately I have been seeing videos of Indian celebrities who are not scared to make fun of themselves, It does make for a refreshing change seeing them loosen up.

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How internet killed personal style

Style is a very personal thing. You either have it or you don't. Well, whoever came up with that line didn't foresee a world with internet and a little thing called google. The other day, I had one of those should-I-or-shouldn't-I-chop-off-my-hair moments and I googled, of course! And there were some how-to's online that made me go REALLY?!

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Is this what home means?

"Within minutes, before their eyes Ashoke and Ashima slip into bolder, less complicated versions of themselves, their voices louder, their smiles wider, revealing a confidence Gogol and Sonia never see on Pemberton Road." - The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri 

I read this book way back in India when I did not have an inkling that I will one day be living in the US. And still, this line stuck with me for some reason .

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Six Degrees of Bollywood


Facebook has made all of us aware of the six degrees of seperation that exists. That awkward moment when you add someone and realize there is a common friend between you. yeah, THAT! There is even a parlor game called Six degrees of Kevin Bacon. You are supposed to connect any actor in Hollywood to Kevin Bacon in six steps at the max. 

That leads me to Bollywood. I decided to put my bollywood gossip skills to test and connect two people based on relationships. 

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the Cool Girl



Gone Girl, the movie is soon to be released, well, in a week to be precise and I reserved the book again in my library and hope to reread it before I go watch the movie. My memory is pretty bad when it comes to remembering books and movies. Its a good thing because I can watch a movie or read a book over and over again without getting bored, kinda like the guy in Memento. But sometimes, I do remember specific things that stood out about a movie or a book. And the now-infamous Cool Girl passage is one of them. Here's the excerpt:

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The Perfect Grey Sweatshirt

  


Fall is here and along with pumpkin spice lattes and crunchy leaves under your boots, cozy sweatshirts make an appearance too. I am talking about the perfect grey sweatshirt. I am always on the hunt for that perfect one. Not too tight, not too loose, not too cropped, not too long with the perfect sleeve length. I have a couple of sweatshirts that I pull out during fall.

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Bill Cunningham : He who seeks beauty, will find it.


I recently watched Bill Cunningham New York  on Netflix, thanks to Tanvi. And if you follow me on Twitter, you'd know by now that I have become a huge fan of his. Bill Cunningham is a street style photographer in NewYork who has been doing this since the 60's. When the documentary was made, he had just turned 80. This documentary follows him around as he goes about wearing his trademark bright blue jacket clicking people and their clothes with his Nikon film camera on his bicycle. To call him influential would be an understatement. He knows everyone in the fashion world and any fashion week is incomplete without him. And the beauty of it is that he really doesn't care about any of the big names. Like he says in the documentary while watching a runway show during NYFW "If it isn't something a woman could wear, I have no interest in it".

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Katie Girl

One of my favourite movies of all time is "The Way We Were" and one of the many TV shows that I can watch over and over is Sex and the City. And when there's a reference of one in the other, it's just pure pop-culture heaven. Here's the quote from Sex and the city:

Miranda: Robert Redford is madly in love with Barbra Streisand 
Carrie: K-k-k-katie
Miranda: Right, but he can't be with her because she's too complicated and she had wild curly hair
Miranda: Yeah, so he leaves her and marries this simple girl, with straight hair
Carrie: Ladies, I am having an epiphany. The world is made up of two types of women: the simple girls and the Katie girls…I'm a Katie girl!”

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Go-to List!

I believe every woman should have a go-to list by the time she is 30. Here are the few things I came up with and I have it on my evernote! I am a nerd, yes!

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Unwritten rules of Facebook

                                                               

I used to love Facebook until 2008 when only the cool kids had Facebook accounts. I still have my account but it's not an active one. I keep it just so I don't become one of those wannabe snobs who think they are too cool for Facebook. When I say I'm not active, it doesn't mean I'm one of those people with a shadow for a profile pic and absolutely nothing else happening on their account. No, I do get tagged by my friends and I do occasionally "like" people's pics and go "awww" on their baby pics.

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The "Sanjana" in Ash is back!

Remember the "Hi, I am sanjana" pepsi ad. Remember how gorgeous that model was. That was the pre-bollywood, pre-missworld Aishwarya Rai. And whatever happened next to her was all a meh, atleast in my head. Because Sushmita Sen happened. And if there's any team, I am Team Sush. I think anyone growing up in the 90s know what I am talking about. This was before there was even a Team Edward or a Team Jacob ( Aah...Kids these days ;)) . So, there was this unintentional Team Ash and Team Sush that happened. Team Ash was more about the looks and Team Sush was more about beauty with brains. And I, like any loyal team member constantly found fault in whatever Aish's next move was. From her acting skills to her we-are-just-friends crap with some of the actors to her turning into an all-out bahu of Bollywood's first family. She was an easy target. I mean, have you seen those sack-looking Anarkalis that she was seen in all the time? BUT, and it's a big BUT, let's pause and take a look at this pic.

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Louie's "Fat" girl

I don't watch Louie, but from what I have seen of Louis C.K in interviews, he comes across as a funny guy. I watched this clip that is doing the rounds on the internet and it's being heralded as the most honest and heartbreaking TV scene. Here, have a look.



I just did not see the clip as heartbreaking or heroic. Let me break it down for ya.

First of all, I don't know a single guy who doesn't want to hold hands with a fat girl because she is fat. And let's face it. She is not fat. She is not thin either, but she is not break-the-door-to-get-her-out-of-the-house fat. So, the issue here is not even about 'fat' girls. Because being fat is not abnormal and not an issue unless you are being bullied in highschool. Then my friend, those bullies deserve a whack in their heads.

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What would Audrey Hepburn wear?






I remember when being stylish meant being yourself and making use of whatever was available in your closet. I remember that because I used to be one of those people who could put together an outfit without having to consult magazines (I am talking pre-google days here) or follow celebrities. Heck, In fact I thought I had better fashion sense than some bollywood celebrities! And then something happened. I started following fashion trends online, on TV and magazines just to keep a tab on what's happening out there. I didn't realize that I was getting influenced by what I read and what I saw. And as much as I would like to believe that I still stood my own when it came to style, I could see that my outfits were put together keeping in mind what people would think than how I felt wearing them.

Well, I have decided to get back to the basics, to trusting my own instincts when it comes to style. And like I tweeted , "When in doubt, ask yourself what would Audrey Hepburn wear?" .

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The Fakonistas




World, here's presenting to you a brand new word. You heard it here first!

Noun 
Fakonista ‎(plural Fakonistas
           FAY-kuh-nee-staas
  1. (informal) One who pretends not knowing anything about fashion but is always dressed up wearing the "it" clothes/accessories of the moment.

You see them everywhere. The one who says "Oh..I have no clue about what's in or what's out" and then comes dressed in exactly the same thing that's 'in' at that moment. It make me do a mental "eyeroll" every time this happens. My problem is not with them being well dressed or being fashionable. It is the fact that they pretend that they are not so into fashion, like somehow any association with anything fashionable would make them seem less intellectual and more frivolous.

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You know you are growing up when..

1. You are excited when you find a great coupon app.

2. You have to stop yourself from saying "When I was your age.." to a high school kid.

3. You actually call someone 'a kid' and not cringe.

4. You watch grown-up shows like Mad Men and Game of thrones and judge people who watch shows like 2 broke girls.


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Social Bankruptcy Portlandia




I came across this little clip from Portlandia and it made me laugh out loud. I can absolutely relate to all the messages going off on my phone on every single app I have. It does physically hurt when that happens. The flipside to this bankruptcy is hilarious too!

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