Flower Child from the 60s

Hey my darling readers, I hope all is well. I apologize on going M.I.A on you but a lot has happened since my last post. I will keep you posted and you can expect to get more regular posts now that I have finally settled down with the major move, yes, I just moved permanently to the United states and I’m really excited as I have great plans and projects up my sleeves. Its a beautiful country with great opportunities, like they say “the sky is the limit here” 🙂

For starters I have a few pictures of a look that I so damn much enjoyed putting together. I  had to attend a party yesterday and the theme was the cool 60s and it’s one of my favorite era in fashion. The 60s were all about the hippie movement, flower power, psychedelic music & art. The flower children (as they later came to be known as) believed in rejecting conventional society and advocating love ❤️, peace ✌️ & simple idealistic values! The fashion scene was laid back and comfy. The style gave a bohemian vibe and music was mostly psychedelic rock and blues rock and had mind blowing music festivals like Woodstock where thousands of people gathered and partied and listened to good music. All they wanted to do was spread peace with love and music and stop war! Hmmm… sounds like an era that I wouldn’t mind living in, simply ’cause I’m Flower child with a rock&roll soul :p

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Boho Chic

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Flower child with a rock&roll soul

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ready to go… hippie

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Yup 60s hippie

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Flower Children from the 60s

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Flower Child ❤

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Fashion Fantasy on the Runway – Sumi Gurung

Hello my lovely readers and followers,

I hope all is well and I hope you guys had a great Dasain. I really apologize for not posting regularly but I have been extremely busy and I also feel honored to share with you guys that I have officially launched my collection, Sumi Gurung, and have recently successfully done two runway shows. I thought I owe it to yo guys so here is a quick post and glimpse through my first collect “Fashion Fantasy on the Runway” .

One enters a land of fantasy and fashion as the modern day princesses strut down the runway displaying the whimsical yet classy evening wear. These designs resemble a dream I saw and how it has inspired the final designs. The collection is Dramatic, Eye catching and the silhouettes are classic but inspired by the modern woman who is confident, strong, fierce and beautiful inside out.

 

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I hope you guys liked the designs and shall be posing the pictures of my second show as well so do stay tuned 🙂

MUSTANG – The Forbidden Kingdom

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MUSTANG – The forbidden kingdom 

 

We plan, plan and plan to do things that we’ve always wanted to do and to go to places we’ve always dreamt of going and then… life happens! As a result, we are provoked to push those dreams in the back of our heads and carry on with the mundane like a horse led by a bridle! This is exactly what’s been happening to me and my long awaited vacation which I have been postponing because of so many “important” things that’s been happening in my life! Well, if that’s what being an adult means then I would definitely not mind “Benjamin Buttoning”.

In spite of all odds this time I somehow managed to put things aside and finally marked a date with my squad. We were tired of parties and always landing up in Pokhara, which no doubt is an amazing city, but this time we needed something more adventurous yet peaceful. We couldn’t think about any other place beyond Mustang which was ranked the third most popular destination in the world in 2013 by the most famous travel guide book, the Lonely Planet. The lost kingdom of Tibet is said to have an enchanting aura with its rich natural beauty and ancient culture and tradition and it should be visited once in a lifetime. Tibetan is widely spoken and the traditional culture of Tibetan is still prevalent throughout the region. It is said that the caves and the monasteries house priceless historical treasures which really sound appealing. As per history the name Mustang is derived from the Tibetan word ‘mun tan’ which translates in Nepali to mean ‘fertile plain’ and for centuries it has been the safest trading route between Nepal and Tibet. Finally, we mapped out a rough itinerary to visit this exclusive destination and we didn’t want to plan out everything but rather wanted to take things as it comes and keep things spontaneous. The eight of us headed out for our adventure on the decided date and all that followed were simply mind-blowing. 😀

Day 1 – We left from Kathmandu in the afternoon as the plan was to stay the night in Pokhara and leave for Mustang early morning. We hired a micro bus from our regular agent as it’s  more convenient for us as we could go at our own pace, make unlimited noise, stop where we want and most importantly play our own music, trust me… the music in some local vehicles is so torturous it makes you want to jump right out of the moving vehicle! Although the drive was pretty long we had a great time as the company was awesome. We reached our destination in the evening and had just the right amount of time to wash up and loiter down the roads and lounge around our all time favorite Lakeside.

Day 2 – We have some really good friends in Pokhara so thankfully we had booked our vehicle before hand and we also got a good deal else the trip uphill is pretty expensive. The ride was very serene and picturesque in the beginning but as we started our climb it got really bumpy and dusty as the roads were crazy! It’s amazing how the drivers around that area drive, hats off to them! As we went further up, the view got more and more shockingly beautiful, the mighty mountains towering over us, the river steadily flowing downhill and the magical rainbow… it was Picture Perfect! After a long bumpy yet fun ride we reached Jomsom in the late evening and found a perfect hotel to rest those aching bones. All we needed was a hot bath, good food and cozy clean beds which we luckily did in this welcoming lodge called “Trekkers Inn”.

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We got so much love ❤ …

Day 3 – After a really long and sound siesta and heavy breakfast we headed out for a hike towards the heart shaped lake called the Dhuba lake, which was around one hour from Jomsom Bazaar. It was surreal walking along those tiny streams, wild flowers and pretty stones witnessing beauty at its best and singing at the top of our lungs like kids with no worry in the world and the wind howling along with us! The wind was crazy though and was literally throwing us off-guard. Once we reached the lake we were thrilled with delight and admiration. The lake was so breathtaking I don’t have the words to express it. I still miss the moment when I sat by the lake and got lost in my own little world.

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The surreal hike towards the heart shaped enchanted lake…

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The crazy wind blowing on my face… I feel good!

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Rekindle the fire in me! (My hair has an uncanny resemblance to a flame from a fire in this picture and I’m loving this artistic approach!) 

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Sumi lost in her Wonderland!

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The Enchanted Lake and me…

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Trish doing what she does best… living in the present! 🙂

Day 4 – The Plan of Action for this day was pretty tight. Hence we left early morning as we had to visit Muktinath and also Kagbeni on the way back. The further we went the roads were literally “Off road” and the climb was steeper and the fall would definitely be harder! However, it was an amazing mixed feeling, we were in awe witnessing the larger than life beauty of the place and scared for our lives as the roads were too dangerous. Finally, we reached Muktinath and we had an option to ride a horse (which all of us loved) to reach the temple which is a very popular Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage site. Once we reached the temple we took the sacred bath in the legendary 108 bull faces through which water pours out continuously and boy was it fun! We went bonkers running under the long line of spouts pouring chilled water screaming simultaneously with delight and shock of being hit by the freezing water! After the bath and religious rituals we resumed our exercise and explored more of the place and later headed towards Kagbeni which was another mysteriously charming small town. The narrow dark lanes and the doors with weird hangings were creepy and showed the darker side of the town.

 

 

Day 5 – We headed back to Pokhara  on the fifth day but on the way back we had lots of places to check out. We went to Marpha which is very popular for apples and Kalopani where we went for a short hike in the forest and also halted for lunch. Once we reached our hotel in Pokhara we were so drenched out of energy we actually had to coax ourselves to take a shower and I think I personally had never appreciated room service so much in my entire lifetime as that particular day. We slept like babies that night and dreamt of pretty things. 🙂

Day 6 – 10 – So the rest of the trip we spent in Pokhara simply chilling and relaxing. We also went for stand up paddling, a swim in the Fewa lake, paragliding, Pamey for the delicious fishes and visited some of our favorite pubs like Busy bee, Oxygen and Trisara. Sometimes I wish I lived in this amazing city as there are so many things to do rather than the mundane things. Well, I guess that’s the reason why my friends and me always end up here when ever we need a break!

The trip was incredible and without a perfect group nothing would have been possible. We have been going for trips together since a long time now and I cant imagine travelling with another bunch of people, I know we should “Never say Never” but we share such a strong bond and we feel so comfortable and at ease with each other we just don’t need to try, everything is so natural and real. We really had an amazing time together like always and I shall cherish each and every moment of it. I especially miss our chats at night which used to extend till midnight until our eyelids would feel too heavy to keep it open. Those moments were priceless and I am simply in short of words, I hope the pictures do justice to the trip. Do check them out and I hope you enjoy my first travel post. The forbidden kingdom was opened for tourism only in 1992 which makes it one of the most preserved region in the world and I feel lucky to have witnessed this fairy tale landscape which still holds its mysterious and magical charm.  Mustang is one of the most alluring places on the face of the earth and that’s the reason why I also intend to visit upper Mustang as I hear it’s the grander version of the lower parts, I hope it materializes soon.

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Girls Goofing around… (Darling Sonia the youngest of all, me, adorable Asmi and Rockstar Trish)

We had a marvelous time and it’s surprising how you discover so much about who you are and what you want as a person when you travel. Hence, I say travel not only to discover the places but also to discover yourself…

 

 

 

 

Something Floral…

Hey ya’ll, it’s Tuesday and all of us need a lil’ something to bring a smile on those weary “desperately waiting for weekend” faces and what better ways than looking at some pretty floral prints that somehow in an uncanny and inexplicable manner lifts up our spirits and makes our hearts go “hallelujah”…..

I know you must have heard many fashion enthusiasts proclaim or might have read in many glossy magazines that Floral Prints are the “in” thing to be sporting in spring and summer and I’m sorry but I would be saying the same for the umpteenth time. No matter how cliché it may sound and how tired you may get of these prints but one cannot help but admit that no matter what, in spring and summer it’s inexplicably natural for us to gravitate towards these darlings! And how can we even think of spending the brighter days without these prints? Life would seem so incomplete and empty! I know I might be sounding OTT at the moment but yeah that’s how strong the bond is between fashionable floral prints and spring & summer.

The fashion Gods and Goddesses i.e the legendary and talented international designers have been sending down the Runway some really breathtaking pieces with amazing floral prints. There are different types of these prints mainly the Romantic, Realistic and Abstract floral prints which have taken the fashion industry by storm. From designers like Jason Wu who played the abstract version of these prints on a black background for spring 2016 to Michael Kors who preferred bringing those bluebells to life in New York. Romantic versions of the prints are seen on the shows of Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, Alexander Mc Queen and Dolce & Gabbana in their spring 2016 collection.

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I’m not asking you to ape the trend but just understand what kind of floral prints are you favorite so that you can style your pieces accordingly. You don’t need to read old fashioned and nostalgic but you can aim to look stylish and edgy if you know how to have fun with them. Here are some tips to make these prints look whimsical yet fashion forward:

  1. If you’re a girly girl I’m sure you would be fine with just keeping things simple but if you don’t like to look “Miss goody two shoes” you should keep your hair a little messy, if you can rock a bed hair that would be an icing on the cake, keep your shoes bit tough and stay miles away from pieces that are too pretty.
  2. You could also add assertive and surprising appeal to them by teaming a skirt or a pant with these vintage prints with a sheer blouse. That would definitely get those heads turning.
  3. Instead of keeping all things sweet as candy try and team these heavenly prints with darker colors to balance out the sweetness. Probably a weather beaten boots or leather jackets would add the extra oomph.
  4. Make maximum advantage of the fact that it’s festival season. With Music festivals like Coachella the boho-chic look is more in demand now and fashion pieces with floral prints are a major fashion statement. Team them up with suede and some fringe and it’s gonna do some wonders to your outfit.

 

Follow these simple tips and its really gonna be a game changer, so try and push away the prints that you dearly love and also don’t repeat the same styles that you have been for the last two years! Step up your game and enjoy these happy prints and I also hope you enjoy the look that I have put together! 😀

 

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Enjoying the beauty of nature…

 

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Hello There…

 

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Sitting Pretty…

 

 

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Out on the Highway…

 

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The Silver wall…

 

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Pretty lil Daisies and the Turquoise door…

 

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Abstract floral…

 

OUTFIT

Floral Dress – Korea

Turquoise Bag – Kate Spade

Nude Heels

White keds – Lane88

Accessories – Thrifted

SHE GOT INKED…

 

Like I always say I’m an Art fanatic and Tattoos were something I had always longed to get since a really long time. It may sound cheesy but one of my friends said that this is the only thing you will take with you when you die and I think it’s true to a certain extent. So think twice before you engrave your body, you don’t wanna be taking an “Ex” with you to your grave do you? 😛

In a society like ours people still raise their eye brows when they see someone inked but there are also quite a few who adore this art of decorating their body with colorful ink with full passion. All I want to say is that, let’s not be judgmental and simply do what we like to do and that makes us happy rather than worrying about what others do or think. Talking about my experience, well, in simple words it was “priceless”! I think that the fact that it’s permanent and also because I couldn’t pick one design took me so long to get inked. Finally, I got around choosing one and I’m really pleased with it. I wanted something that reflects my roots and is ethnic but also modern and chic in its own unique manner, something that is rare and something that I could customize. Hence, I decided to get a Mandala after much contemplation as I’ve always loved the geometric shapes which are really artistic and simultaneously graphic and cool and also has a beautiful meaning behind it.

The word in Sanskrit means “Circle” which represents wholeness, balance and eternity as the measurement from the center of a circle to its edges is the same all around. It also represents a cosmic diagram reminding us of our relation to infinity, extending beyond and within our bodies and minds and the notion that life is never ending. The flower is mainly known for its blossoming nature and thus when used in these tattoos that mainly reflect life issues it can be used to show the blossoming of life. They also have a spiritual significance to many religious groups especially the Hindus and the Buddhists, where the latter often express it in the form of sand art, in which monks use dyed sand to create decorative mandalas.

After doing some research on it I now had to decide where to get it done and I couldn’t think beyond Mohan Dai’s Tattoo parlor as they are simply the best. Hence, I got an appointment fixed and sat down with my talented tattoo artist, now a friend, Vivek, who is a Mandala expert and explained to him what I wanted as I din’t want to copy any random designs from the internet and create my own unique design. My requirements for the design was pretty long and chaotic but thankfully he was able to comprehend exactly what I wanted and I am more than Happy with the final customized output. I was quite worried about the pain but gradually I got used to it and the four hours was finally over and the pain was really worth it.

Talking about the “DOs & DON’Ts” the best time to get inked I feel is the colder months as there is very less chances of getting an infection and also since it’s mostly covered the ink gets more time to settle in before it’s exposed to the sun. Likewise, if you also intend to get a Mandala on your body then just understand that due to their geometric nature, mandala tattoos look best on a flat area of the body such as the back or chest. Lastly but not the least be 110 percent sure before you get printed because once you have it there is no looking back!

So now that my Ink has set in I thought it was high time I share my experience with you guys and did a shoot with my amazing team. I hope you enjoy the pictures and also get inspired to do what you like to do and appreciate art…  😉

 

 

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Reaching out for the stars…

 

 

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Tattooed…

 

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Mandala Ink…

 

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InKspiration…

 

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Serendipity…

 

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All Black everything…OOTD…

 

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And… its a wrap! (this is a random pic clicked by Trish when we were just fooling around after the shoot. I had to post it ’cause it reminds me of the good times and how much fun we have during the shoots with the team) Love you guys 😀

Outfit:

Pencil leather skirt – ASOS

Lace Corset – Forever 21

Peep Toes – Thrifted

Watch – D&G

Accessories – Thrifted

Celebrating this beautiful phenomenon called LIFE – III (A beautiful mess)

It’s exactly a year now since the unwelcomed guest visited us and gave us a shock of a lifetime which we will never forget! I can literally picture myself enthusiastically narrating this scary experience to my grand children some day. Apparently, there were some pointless rumors everywhere saying that the Mother Nature would move again but thankfully seems like she decided not to…

The last year has been pretty rough on Nepal and I’m proud to say that we’ve always had our spirits high and stood united. Although, the government has not done anything to repair the damages and rebuild the country, the people have been very positive and standing tall with their heads held high, making the best of the resources that they have and setting an example for the entire humanity. The ones who are well off somehow have been able to move on, desperately trying to forget the horror of the 25th of April of last year but it’s heart breaking to see the underprivileged lot still suffering and still hoping for some assistance from the government. The aid they received from the various NGOs and INGOs and many kind souls was without a doubt life saving but obviously not sufficient as the damage was of immense magnitude. Hence, I hope their prayers are heard and they find a permanent solace soon.

During our recent visit to the rural areas in the outskirts of Kathmandu, we came across innumerable ruins and broken houses which was very depressing and they seemed to be telling their own stories. This post in dedicated to all the Nepalese who have been strong and helping out each other and hoping to see happiness and prosperity flourish in this beautiful land in the majestic Himalayas. Yes, our country is a mess but it’s nothing but a “Beautiful Mess” which we cherish and love from the bottom of our hearts…

You can read the previous posts here  and here

 

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A beautiful mess…

 

 

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Tell me your story…

 

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The ruins of time…

 

 

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Let’s rise again…

Trench is in (always)…

Happy Nepali New year to all my lovelies, here’s wishing each and everyone a fabulous year ahead filled with happiness and prosperity 🙂

I’m kick-starting this year with the ever so popular and absolute cover up hero, the Trench Coats. The long length and the beautiful draped fronts are perfect for those days when you feel a lil’ flabby without looking like your wearing ill-fitting borrowed coat. The icing on the top is that you also end up looking like you’ve just stepped out of the pages of Vogue 😛

Unlike yester years, Trench coats are no longer only heavy duty and raincoat like. In this era of booming fashion we can find this bad boy in some really insane and mind blowing fabrics with new and trendy shapes as per the changing seasons. Contemporary designs or belted wrap coats in various prints and colors are some favorites of the fashionistas all around the globe. Lately, I’ve developed a real soft corner for over-sized outfits and love to team it up with something more fitted as I’ve always loved the juxtaposition between my pieces. The Trench coat that I’ve styled for this look is something that I love <3, the perfect for spring blush pink and the casual drape took my heart away… I teamed it up with a simple white cropped top and a lacey shorts to keep it casual. The shoes had to be my comfy Charles and Keith platform heels and the cute DKNY hand carry to add to the outfit. I have also added some accessories to pump up the look and kept the make-up simple.

Lastly, the quite and the peaceful countryside area of Bhaisepati that we drove to last weekend I simply love. Meaning to explore more places round the K-city, give me some suggestions if you have and also holla out some feedbacks. Till then take care and be happy 😀

 

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Love the Golden rays of the sun… 

 

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Deep contemplation…

 

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Let’s go for a stroll down the memory lane…

 

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Blush Pink…

 

OUTFIT:

Blush Pink Trench coat – Lane 88

Shoes – Charles and Keith

Bag – DKNY

Watch – D&G

Shorts – Thrifted

Silver & Gold neck pieces  – Thrifted