FROZEN MOMENTS

After a brief stint of overnight snow last weekend, the temperature in London took a dip and danced around the freezing point for the remainder of the week. It was only when I headed down to Victoria Park for a much needed dose of Sri Lankan chai (following several hours of mind-numbing lectures) that I realised how cold it really was. The West Boating Lake had partially frozen over. My mug warmed my trembling hands, but watching life on the lake warmed my soul. Ducks, geese, seagulls and other waterfowl continued with their usual fanfare at a negligibly greater elevation than most days. They were clumsy little creatures, tripping and stumbling all over the place as they attempted to tread over slippery surfaces. I observed them silently as I demolished my brownie. The mallards seemed to struggle the most with every step they took, while the coots appeared condescending in their rooted positions. Only the wise swans knew it was better to stay out of the lake altogether. As the sun grew in intensity, the smooth surfaces began to lose their solidity and move like satin again, creating ample opportunity for the cormorants to dive freely. I wasn't particularly sad at that point in time, but I felt like a weight on my shoulders too melted into the lake. It's important to learn how to go through life mindfully. Recently a friend told me that, "happiness is when you live in the present and let go of all your troubles, of negativity, and just enjoy the moment". In today's hectic world, most people, myself included, spend too much time contemplating and worrying about future events and where life...

ENDURE

              Much like a Taylor Swift song, good basics never go out of style. With fashion month creeping up on us in only 28 days (already?!), I've been thinking a lot about what to wear and the trends that we'll be seeing after the Fall/Winter 2016 season. If Pre-Fall was any indication, I have a good feeling about where things are heading. One thing we all know about the world of fashion is that it's beyond fickle-minded. The value that trends carry are volatile. One day you could look haute and the next day not. But much like a Taylor Swift song, good basics never go out of style and I'm going to show you how not to drop off the best-dressed radar. Put away your gladiator sandals* and listen up closely. It's easy to be temped by the allure of a fashion fad. There's nothing more seductive than being constantly fed image after image of a particular trend as you flip through Vogue. Or even while scrolling through your Instagram feed, full of streetstyle, during fashion week. No matter how much you may think you dislike fringe, if you see it the right amount of times, you'll probably think "maybe I could pull that off." And here's proof. But before you do so, I believe it's important to learn to appreciate clothing that can endure the test of time - classic and quality pieces that will not only survive wear and tear, but the ever-changing sartorial landscape. Two pieces that have never let me down are plain white t-shirts and leather jackets. They're versatile building blocks for all wardrobes, whether you're a guy or a girl...

TWOFOLD

              If you've ever been to heaven,this is twice as nice. Several years ago when I first began to dabble in shooting editorials, it used to be a small and simple party of two. Just me and my model. In addition to taking photos, I would style outfits, do hair and make-up (thank God for YouTube), build my own lighting equipment (with lamps, boxes and paper) and try to be my own assistant by stretching out an arm to either fan the models hair or hold out a foil-wrapped makeshift reflector. I played these multiple roles partly because I was insecure and shy to allow other people to witness what I was doing, and partly because I was a stubborn brat who insisted and wanted to prove that I could do it all on my own. And partly because, being the perfectionist that I am, I didn't trust anyone to carry out something I had visioned in my head. After all, they say if you want something done right, do it yourself... Now I've learnt that it's not always the case. Yes, there are times when it would be best if I multitasked, but that doesn't mean it should be so constantly. Change can be frightful, but it can also lead to beautiful things. It started out with friends lending a helping hand on set - some voluntarily and some forcefully. I was so relieved by how much easier it was to get things done. Then, once my entire wardrobe had been exhausted in the photos I took, I decided it was time to ask someone else to step into the styling department....
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