All shapes, sizes and colours are welcome, finally.

It is 2016, and Mattel has finally transformed Barbie to look like the human race- diverse. We now, will have Barbies in all shapes, sizes and colours. Barbie, the iconic plastic toy doll model, is getting three new body types this year. Further, the toy company will include several skin tones, eye colours and hair styles to its Barbie doll collection.

I think it is good time to acknowledge, more importantly embrace, that we all don’t have to aspire and shoehorn ourselves to a single style and size. Just because a style or colour looks great on a pencil –thin runway model, doesn’t mean it will look great on me or you. Why? Because we don’t have a pencil-thin body, the same eye colour, or hair colour. We all our unique in our shape, size and colour.

Discover your unique style by learning about your body type and what styles compliment you. Learn about the 5 elements that should define your style. Learn to stitch your body-type, lifestyle, personality, using your colours with a touch of fashion to create an image that fits you like a glove




Made of Plastic, not so Fantastic!

Precious few can afford prestige wrinkles, majority of us make peace with polyester. Propelled by the recession in 2008, and to continue increasing profit margin, the quality of clothing steadily worsened to a point we struggle to find clothes made of 100% natural fibers.

Natural fibers include wool, cashmere, cotton, silk, chiffons. They are breathable, hypoallergenic, last longer, easier to clean at home without dry-cleaning (of course techniques other than your washing machine’s delicate cycle).

Finding well-made, current, economical, natural fiber clothing, which works for our body-and-style, is nothing short of finding a needle in a hay stack. Off late, I get sticker shocks when I like a dress, it fits me like a glove, but it’s polyester and I need to chop of my limb or a few toes to pay for it. 

Polyester is wrinkle-free, cheap, and insect resistant. I remember my grandma and mum would store away seasonal clothes with a bunch of Neem leaves to prevent insect attack. Luckily, now we are not worried about insects eating our clothes, because insects haven’t acquired a taste for plastic.

Skin is our largest organ, what we put on our skin is what we feed our bodies. This would be a topic for another day, so going back on how to pursue prestige wrinkles that are easy on the purse- I feel there isn’t one stop shop that will give us what we want, we just have to go about poking around, and before we like the style and colour, we need to reverse the garment and check the fabric make.


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Does bad dress sense mean lack of professional credibility?

Monday, August 3, 2015

Does bad dress sense mean lack of professional credibility?

As Greece walks on egg shells yielding to the plan from creditors, we learn the importance of a basic principle- Bad dress sense leads to lack of professional credibility.

Yanis Varoukfais, an erudite in true sense, with MSc in Mathematical Statistics, PhD in Economics and sometimes credited as most knowledgeable man on Game Theory, had some brilliant ideas for Greek debt swap, which didn’t find much favour with the German creditors. Probably no one was as honest as Varoufakis in openly stating Greece’s inability to service its debt since the first liquidity injection in 2010. His statement to the press on July 6, 2015, when he was forced to resign, speaks to the clarity and grasp he commands on the Greece debt crises.

Regardless, Varoufakis is being thrown under the bus, accused of illegally plotting Greece’s exit and to some degree being made a scape goat for the resurgence of Greece’s liquidity problems this year.  I propose these accusation stem from him not fitting in with his European counterparts. Unfortunately, his good message was lost, and his proposal discredited because he didn’t behave in line with how European politics works. To add fuel to the fire, he didn’t blend in with political elite by dressing conservatively. He vocalized his thoughts openly without first socializing and seeking blessing of the current European rainmakers.

Motorbike riding, loud shirt wearing thought-leader’s message was discounted and dismissed. A political shame, as we will see Greece’s economy further shrink in the coming years under the burden of huge debt payments. Varoufakis channelled a radical image that cast him as an outsider from the very start when he was appointed Minister of Finance.

Bloomberg framed "Varoufakis Has Bad Dress Sense But He's No Crook, Tsipras Says"

Varoufakis made news when he walked into Downing Street dressed casually; wearing a leather jacket. An article by TheGuardian referred to the attire as “Madchester drug dealer’s coat”.

Europe is in dire need of radical thinking to salvage Greece and the other Greece’s in making, but at the same time, Varoufakis stuck out like a sore thumb amongst the Eurogroup  political class,     which disliked his casual clothes and non-conformist attitude, and could never move past it to embrace sound macroeconomic plan proposal. This international debacle underscores that dressing can’t be taken casually, even if one is brilliant.