Posts Tagged With: makeover

Our own In-house makeover story

I remember the day when Parvathi came to us as we were looking for someone who could take care of our store . I was not very sure if she could do justice to the brand image that we are trying to project for our clothing brand BAJA . Then Amrutha ( my business  partner )  and me decided to give her a chance and we also were very confident that we would be able to groom her .

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  So here is Parvathi’s  makeover story  from a very meek girl to a very confident BAJA employee. A girl who would shy away from camera. Everything about her is a true transformation – from the way she speaks to the customer, she coordinates with people in our unit , managing the couriers, following up with customers and getting the job done at the bank. Love the attitude shift – Now her confidence level has increased so much that she can go to anyone and ask ,clear doubts and get the job done – Proud of her and ourselves 🙂

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Way to go Parvathi , she has now inspired so many more makeover stories .

Love

Babita Jaishankar

 

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weekend maddness

Often, when I do a makeover for a person, I tell them that I need to see more of their personality.. the personality that their clothes reflects. I want to see more elements of their lifestyles, something that matches the occasion. for example, take resort wear- going out for a vacation is a time to let go, get free of the stuffiness of their routine lifestyle. so why not? why not do it completely, along with the clothing.. spice your clothes up a bit, go free, romantic, maybe, sexy.. for those few days that you spend away.

On a similar note, long weekend is coming up, and I’ve been hit by a surge of interested, prospective buyers who want to know what they can do for their weekend off… with their clothes, that is. This got me thinking, “What would I do?” So I pulled out my designing skills, and got this together ( this one for getting the pattern right i stitched the sample myself )  , something that I’d love to wear on my few days off, but not anywhere else.. something different. Here’s what i put together and photography by Rashmi did complete justice to the out fit . Accessorized with  a watch and a handmade ring from Amrapalli ._DSC1082 copy_DSC1097 _DSC1107

So just analyze your lifestyle and your personality so you can have a wardrobe that fits   that .

Love

Babita Jaishankar

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Crazy formals

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There are some days when constantly changing outfits is not an option. Today, since I had to meet a very successful entrepreneur, who is now a budding politician, my outfit needed to be very versatile. I love putting together my crazy Wednesday outfits, and I didn’t want to pass up the chance today, thus the mustard colored necklace. I was going for a formal look, with a black tweed jacket, and tan boots, paired with khaki, fitted trousers. The watch is one of my favorites, a brown large-dial. Keeping my hair and makeup simple as possible, I had loads of fun putting together a combination like this one, crazy and formal.

This crazy-formal outfit wasn’t the talk of the day though with my client. We found a common ground in our passion and hopes of seeing India “Go Green” someday. As a fashion fanatic, I can’t wait till fashion goes eco friendly  or clothing that are recycled , but there is so much connected to this whole eco  fashion idea.

Walking on the roads I constantly shop on, there’s always an overload of goods (cheap products or export surplus) or trash lining the streets. Sometimes it’s just plastic, but sometimes it’s even cloth, clothes that have been discarded carelessly. Some people shop, but once they take their bags home, and try on their clothes, they realize that they aren’t the right style after all. The clothes then find themselves discarded, never worn. This might be a small thing, but with so many people doing this, it’s become a big issue. If only we knew what suits our personality, lifestyle, body style, career profile , color profile and how to build a wardrobe with limited number of outfits !!!

Love

Babita Jaishankar

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Pink Glass

My Tuesday wardrobe consisted of one of my favorite #BAJA  dresses,

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  A collage of white and pink chiffon fabrics. The dress looks three- toned because of the overlap, and the dress is backed with stretchy lining. My necklace is lace with glass beads hanging off it, and the watch is antique finish , with floral designs. The lack of earrings stop the dress from becoming too dressy, and the vest in pale pink completes the look.

Love

Babita Jaishankar

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When cotton feels like silk

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Monday wardrobe –

The day was calling for this sari, i think. That, and my love for the color and the style of sari in general. This sari is like one of those delicious desserts that you can almost taste , just looking at them. I could imagine the feel and the colors that would go so perfectly with certain pieces of jewelry from my collection.

Wearing it, I can truthfully say it is everything I’d thought it was, who says appearances are ‘always’ deceptive? The sari’s drape is perfect and feels deliriously like silk, though it is  organic cotton. The borders are woven, and beige colored. Simple as it is, it delights me to wear something as beautiful as this particular sari, just like many of my other clothes. It almost feels as though this reflected on my day! A session that went wonderfully, a client from jammu-kashmir, even! A few delightful moments when I realize that people have traveled far and long to come for my makeover  sessions, not to mention the variety of other things that they must have had to take care of!

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I strongly believe that clothes can impact your day is so many different ways, feeling confident and comfortable just seems to push everything in the right direction, somehow. Not just clothes, even the small things matter, like the tiny moonstone that glinted on my finger, the silver  bangle on my hand and of course the antique hair pin in silver , that held my carefully mussed curls in place during my hectic day.

Ridiculous as it sounds, I am absolutely sure that it was my sari that held my day together, making it bright and beautiful, till the clouds set in, dulling the harsh sun, and cooling the air. strangely, they looked the same shade of grey as my antique pieces…

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Love

Babita Jaishankar

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WOW Honey ;)

When i am putting down skin care and hair care regime for my clients i generally prefer to keep it very simple and something that they can just grab from their kitchen shelf .  So let me tell you ” why ” honey

Honey – “natural” alternative to medicine

One of the most important attributes of raw honey in this context is that it possesses inherent antibacterial properties. This makes it particularly useful in treating burns, peptic ulcers, gastroenteritis, and infections. 

The properties that make honey such a potent antibacterial agent are high viscosity; low pH;  low availability of free water; and its natural ability to produce hydrogen peroxide.

 

  1. Honey inhibits bacterial growth by stopping it at the cellular level.
  2. Honey also generally has a pH value between 3.2- 4.5, making it a very acidic agent. Thus, most types of honey will inhibit growth of bacteria.
  3. Honey has a low availability of water for bacteria to use, being about 84% fructose and glucose. The 15-21% of water by weight in honey strongly interacts with the sugar molecules and, thus, there is very little left available for anything else (like bacteria).
  4. Honey also has an enzyme, glucose-oxidase that produces hydrogen peroxide. Fully ripened honey has a pretty low level of hydrogen peroxide and when you dilute the honey in water, this enzyme’s activity increases by a factor of up to 50,000, making it a very effective slow release antiseptic. This “slow release” effect is particularly helpful as it does not damage healthy tissue, rather these slow release, low doses kill only the germs, while leaving the healthy tissue unharmed.                                                                                   
  • Will keep you all posted on other things that you can grab from your kitchen shelf and look WOW :).             ——-   Love      Babita jaishankar                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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Wonderful world of skirts !!!!

Wonderful world of skirts

Most of the time when I am doing a wardrobe restyling  I find orphan skirts  because there is “nothing “ suitable to pair it with …

To start with be careful about how you select or buy skirts – Hem lengths of skirts change constantly but it’s important to stick with the length that flatters you most. I suggest that this will often be on the leanest part of your legs, which is usually mid-thigh or just above or below the knee or little above the ankle.

Here are some of the rules I follow while wearing or selecting tops (can be knitwear, blouses, tank tops , t- shirts )

  1. Go – Untucked – You can absolutely wear voluminous top over pencil or fitted skirt.

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2.  Tuck it in – Tuck the top in  to emphasize the waist .

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3.  Belt – the untucked – This is how you can make a longer and less form fitting top work with a skirt.  The belt can be loosely worn so that it rest on your natural waist or the one which fits your natural waist.

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4.  Buttoned up Cardigan – Button-up a cardigan and wear it with a skirt. Here the cardigan is acting as a top, rather than just a layering item.

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5.  Layer a cardigan over a tucked in sleeveless tank top – Tuck a plain tank top into a skirt and layer over a cardigan. The cardigan can be cropped or boyfriend. Cropped cardigans look great with A-line skirts whereas pencil skirts work with most lengths of cardigan. You can leave the cropped cardigans loose or partially buttoned. Longer length cardigans look best unbuttoned.

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6. Tailored made tops –

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6.  Plain old tank tops –

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Enjoy creating more options and excuses to wear skirts 🙂

Love

Babita Jaishankar

 

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Rags to riches

Rags to Riches…

Looks like, the passion to work with fabrics runs in the family. As we at BAJA are into manufacturing our own garments we produce lot of scraps too. Being a Green family we tend to use up the scraps.

So this ‘summer vacation makeover project’ was to make rag dolls. Ashu my teenage daughter is the one with the right ideas and she was the teacher/ instructor/ supervisor.  So in this project there were two of my kids Ashu , Esha  and their two cousin sisters ( Sithu and Shalu )

The outline of the dolls were drawn on to white cotton cloth and cut.

 

The edges were stitched , it was amazing to see how these 8 to 14 year old

stitched the dolls together .

 

Two of them stitched it and turned it inside out and the other two just hemmed it with different colored thread.

 

Scraps of fabric were shredded ( I think they enjoyed this more ) to fill up the dolls .

 

Crochet thread were used for hair, this was the most time consuming part as each hair needed to be hand stitched.

 

Also saw redheads

 

Yep it was all worth it for this …..

 

 

Now they are busy with making clothes for the doll, so the story continues …….

Signing off for now…

Babita Jaishankar

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