Diwali Lookbook

Hello festivities!

Hello drunkards! Hope you’re vibin’ high on festivities. Who doesn’t love this time of the year? I mean the last 3 months are my absolute favs, occasions back to back! Every year, after throwing a kickass trick or treat on Halloween (click here for details) Suddenly, I transform into this god sent avatar which makes people wonder if I’m the same person. All groomy, ready to ride the shiny horse! Drastic? Well, that’s the beauty of creating new styles & to double the celebration for y’all this year, I collaborated with Flyrobe & created some suave, enhanced festive looks. Have a look:

Look 1: Beige Plain Sherwani With Churidar & Stole

This elegant beige sherwani is finely crafted with art silk and features the embroidered mandarin collar, angarkha closure with gold metal button fastening, chest welt pocket and front & side slits. It is teamed with the cotton silk churidar and completed with match tone floral embroidered shoulder stole.

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Rent the look: click here

Look 2: Black Sherwani

This sophisticated plain black sherwani is tailored finely and features the embroidered mandarin collar, embellished button fastening, chest welt pocket and front & side slits. It is teamed with the coordinating trouser.

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Look 3: Grey Embroidered Bandi With Kurta & Churidar

This elegant ethnic ensemble is finely crafted and comes with the grey art silk bandi featuring embroidered mandarin collar, embellished button fastening and enhanced with floral embroidery all over. It is teamed with ivory cotton silk kurta and churidar.

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More handpicked festive looks:
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2. Maroon Self-Textured Sherwani

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3. Grey Plaid Nehru Jacket With White Shirt And Wine Pants

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Click here to rent the look

That’s all for today, don’t forget to keep up with everyday dope OOTDs & other stuff on Instagram (never_stay_sober) Here’s a glimpse:

 

Photography: Kartika Mehta & Manasi Kj

 

 

Stay festive, stay humble

Akshay Sharma

NSS.

 

 

 

 

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This Summer, No Bummer- How To Keep it Casual yet Trendy?

HELLO! Drunken youth. Summer has just begun & my MIA on this handle just halted. While everyone’s busy keeping up their ass hydrated from the scorching heat, I’m on a quest these days shooting for new stories while trying to get along with the hectic college life & of course a bunch of other dramas which goes without saying.

Starting off! The idea behind these 2 looks is ease, comfort & keeping it minimal for everyday wandering.

Look 1: Military Greens 

Trend spotted: Relaxed fit

From military uniforms to high-fashion runways, olive green has indeed come a long way. We have seen more and more brands adopt this colour not just in clothing but in various other categories as well as footwear, bags, jewellery, and even home furnishing. As aptly quoted by the goddess Miranda Priestly, floral for spring is way too mainstream & hence bringing some camo utility in action.

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Paired with green ankled trousers, giving camouflage vibes while stretchability adding a dose of comfort to the whole look.

Sneakers- Obtrusive, loud, flashy & so damn fancy. Recently got these beauts in silver from Koovs apart from the shimmery golden ones which you might have seen in my previous stories. And guess what!? They have little LEDs too, literally so lit.

Outfit: Westside

Shop the look : http://www.mywestside.com 

Related Accessories: Sunglasses: Coolwinks. Sneakers: Koovs.

Look 2- The Mechanic

A little smaller than a jumper, bigger than a romper. By whatsoever name you’d like to call it, totally up to you. What I can assure you is that this piece of absolute charmer is captivating, eye catching & like I mentioned earlier, comfortable af.

Whether you’re dressing for a causal day or an evening out with your friends, it’ll definitely make you the”IT” guy at every occasion, standing out among the crowd.

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Teaming up with these new Adidas originals kicks, being the perfect addition to the look. Giving it a very laid-back & relaxed overlook.

Quick tip: Over a period of time when everyone’s done checking out your new romper/jumper & now it’s not new anymore! You don’t have to worry, I’ve got you covered.

You can actually pair it with a solid coloured t-shirt & boom! You’ve got a new outfit. Just like this: 1. A t-shirt over it. 2. Open it till your waist & keep it hanging.

 

Outfit: Westside

Shop the look : http://www.mywestside.com 

Related Accessories: White T-shirt: H&M. Sunglasses: Coolwinks. Sneakers: Adidas.

Photography: Karan Prakash

Let me know what you guys think of the outfits, feel free to write down your opinion in the comment section below. Also! Reminding you guys to keep a track on my bomb Instagram feeds ( https://www.instagram.com/never_stay_sober/ ) as I’m not able to write on this handle more often these days. Here’re a few handpicks:

 

Also, Hope you guys came across & watched the new Make-up Challenge video uploaded recently. Here’s the link, in case you haven’t:

Glam make-up challenge video

k. bye. xo

 

Stay hydrated, stay humble.

Akshay Sharma

NSS.

 

DIY Summer’17- Cold Shoulders For Men.

Tried & tested! Here’s a summer tip for my fancy boys & dainty girls: not even the most expensive sunscreen can protect your sweet soft skin from being sautéed. Bitter truth, yes. Setting down, get a snack, your boy has got a solution for this mess. Continue to read the article you sloths rather than just looking at the pictures.
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I always crib & I know you too, when you have to put your winter clothes back in the deepest section of your closets. The worst situation is when you had shopped the new winter collection but you can’t wear it because now it’s too hot to wear those beauts outside. Dishearteningly, you have to put them back until the next cold breeze knocks your gut.
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I’m talking about abstaining to expose your skin to the sun, directly. Now I’m not saying you to be nocturnal like me & get out of the house only at night (I do that a lot, it’s pleasant). I’m advising you to cover up your body parts when you go out. It’s good to hang around in tank tops & shorts when you’re in a mall or any closed, central air conditioned area but at places where your skin is directly exposed to sunlight, refrain yourself from wearing such clothes.
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Can I vent out my anger for a moment?- We humans are mean bastards, we have fucked the nature & now it’s Mama Nature’s way to take her revenge. Get out of your comfort zone you twats & start making up for it.
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You must be like “Look, who’s talking? Guy probably has all the privileges & now peaching us eco-shit” Yes & no. I do my part, you better do yours. That’s the only way how it’s going to work. Otherwise you know we’re already doomed. 
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Anyway today we are experimenting, stepping a level higher. How about cold shoulder cardigans for summer? Well you’re just a DIY away from experiencing this cool trend. If you’ve doubts, I’m here to clear em by showing you guys that men can also slay these dope shrugs.
Cold Shoulder Cardigans/Shirts--Why in summers? Because even when you got an umbrella with you, the sun is still going to fry you up. Don’t believe me, step outside. The only way out is to cover yourself up & when you’re back under a shed, take em off.
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DIY-

Take any old shirt (preferably boyfriend shirts), fold it equally by the sleeves & cut out the lower end near the shoulders in a circular manner. Yeah! It’s that simple.
I’ve made dozens of these using my dad’s old shirt, my mum’s old cardigan & my sister’s old jacket.
Though I got this readymade cold shoulder shrug from koovs, supremely soft & hella affordable.

AGATE STONE BROOCH :

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Agate stones are hypnotically mesmerising & are found in almost every colour, each one having different layers & pattern attached to it.
The artisans use it to make ornaments such as pins, brooches or other types of jewellery, paper knives, inkstands, marbles and seals. Agate is also used for decorative displays, cabochons, beads, carvings and Intarsia art as well as face-polished and tumble-polished specimens.

Gladly, I got this stunning piece of art from A’men Menswear on one of their preview events. And boy! Brooches never looked prettier than before.

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DIY- Old T-shirt

Correct me if I’m wrong but your closet is full of old, wrecked t-shirts which you don’t wear anymore. And even if you’ve given a few of em away to charity, you still own a lot of them. Well here’s an idea, what if you can wear each one of em in a different style & look completely kickass.

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I had this t-shirt with me for almost a decade (with a weird looking guy printed on it) which is now a vest. Thanks to my tremendously sharp scissors which hey! Btw my mom hates & would toss it away in the garbage if she ever has a chance. Why? Because her son is a crazy cloth ripper who cuts almost everything in his wardrobe.

Also hey! Happy Mother’s Day (day I’m writing this article)

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I have tied a knot on the back of my neck by taking both sides of vest to give an avant garde touch to the outfit, which also makes it a complexed crop top.
Related apparel/ accessories:
Corduroy trousers– Already blogged/ here’s the link: Hawaiian Hallucination- 4 Dreams Straight Outta Closet.
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That’s all for today, gotta rush. I’m working on something crazy already. See you guys soon, feel free to write your views in the comment section below.
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Stay hydrated & take your mother out on a date. 😗

Photography: Parth Avneesh


Akshay Sharma
NSS.

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15 Fashion Trends You Must Follow This Year/ Obsolete Trends You Should Avoid- Men /Women

Not upgrading your wardrobe with the present-day trends is like sticking yourself in a bad relationship. It’s like keeping the cadaver of your dead cat, even when you know it’s dead af. The only wise decision is to move on, bury the remains & accept the inevitable change.
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If you’re ever confused between white & black, choose blue. Pasta and risotto, order a lasagna. Coke & Pepsi, have a thumbs up. Doesn’t make sense? Well my point here is that sometimes wild choices make all the difference.  Also timing plays an essential role, if you aren’t up to date, chances are that you’re gonna lose the game.
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Don’t worry! I have your back at least in making you aware of what’s trending in fashion? From NY Fashion Week to Indian Fashion Week, I’ve got you all covered.

Current/Trending:

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The Velvet Vogue:
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Velvet is making a huge comeback & I can not wait to fill up my wardrobe with this enchanting fabric.
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From jumpsuits to tailored jackets, velvet & its allys like silk is booming everywhere these days. And why not? It looks so slinky, slutry & rich. I had plenty of ideas in my mind on how to add more quirkiness to plain velvet apparels & giving them an edge.
All black everything. (well mostly everything) Have a look at this black velvet hoodie from H&M.
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Try & resist yourself but tell me honestly if you haven’t fallen in love with it already.
Benefits of having this stunning piece of clothing is that it saves you from the unpredictable weather because it’s not fully warm but just enough to give you that feeling of warm cuddles.
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Man Up With Pink- Birthday Special- How To Look Dapper This Wedding Season?/ The Lost Boy

No one truly interesting is universally liked except on his/her birthday. Hi fam, today’s the day I came out of my mum’s-gina just like you did. Needless to say, I feel special. A day wholly devoted to reminiscing, birthdays are like report cards. They tell you when you did yourself proud & when exactly you fucked up. A long time ago I decided,  whenever there’ll be a situation I’ll either sleep on it or drink my way through it. Trust me, it works most of the times.

 

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Have you ever felt like talking to your younger self? Telling him/her about the unseeable future. I wish I could tell my 17-year-old self that before falling into love, make sure solitude fits him like a glove. That every person who gives him a candy is not necessarily his friend. That it’s okay if people stare at him, it only makes him special. That it’s okay to have his heart once broken, let go of people who aren’t good to him. That it’s all part of the game, that’s how it works. It’s more important to give a peck on his mother’s cheeks & giving a warm hug to his dad rather than texting “good night baby” text to his partner. Well we can’t go back in time, not yet. But we can patently work on the future.

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One more year is added to the series of strange happenings. I’ve definitely become calmer than last year. I care a little, but still I care too much. I have stopped taking their words so seriously, but still I’m learning not to get affected by them. I somehow have survived the tragedies of adulthood & have kept myself grounded as much as possible.

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But just when you think you have seen it all, life gives you a new shocking experience. Flipping & mostly tragic moments when you couldn’t imagine that this could happen to you. The self evaluation of my timeline reveals that I live in a generation where expressing your emotions is regarded as uncool. And that night stands are more common than having french fries.

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Somehow I’m reaching to feel this weird sense of belongingness with my soul which I couldn’t feel in past few years. Maybe I was too busy doping my mind with things which gave me happiness, temporarily. Or maybe I’ve started respecting myself more than I did before.

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Finding contentment in small pleasures, which life gives you as surprises. Just enough courage to deal with another fuckup & face it bravely. Life seems deceptive, everything seems to fall apart but as you grow up, you realise that it’s the darkness in your mind which creates the monsters.

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I’ve had enough fancy things on previous birthdays. Two days before, I’m writing this article & my mind is entirely blank on how am I going to celebrate this year?. Anyway first let’s start with today’s outfit.

 

The old blazer story
I was an above average kid in my school days. Always up for random competitions & participations.(not sports of course) And so they used to have these royal blue (so called scholar) blazers for 2 or 3 genetically inbred nerdy Eisenstein kids in my class. Honestly I gave zero fucks to this ritual of treating some kids superior to other kids in school. But anyway I was young & dumb (& if it’s hasn’t been established yet, I’m in love with the colour BLUE. All shades of blue, blue this, blue that, blue everything. Don’t believe me? Scroll down to my summer articles.) I went back home, asked my dad to get me a blue blazer (in a sad voice) because the teacher didn’t give me one. And guess what! I had a dapper blue blazer, perfectly stitched, in my wardrobe within the same week. Isn’t he the best dad in the world? ❤️

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And after that, as I grew bigger he made sure that I’ve enough blue things. Like this jacket from Van Heusen

 

Does it sound sad if I say that once in while I buy flowers for myself? It doesn’t, right. I’ve been doing this for almost an year now.

It’s not about the tags they put on you, it’s all about knowing who you truly are & what’s your real strength, the purpose of your existence.
Touch your shadow & feel yourself because no one will ever be more committed to your body than you yourself.

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Making everything so chic & suave. Giving an edge, the pink trouser’s clearly the star of my birthday outfit. Ankled length, slim fit, exquisitely stitched.

Shirt & Trouser: Blackberrys Menswear

Belt: Levi’s 

Pink Sunglasses: Coolwinks 

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Bow Tie- Forever21

Yes! There’re different innovative ways to slay a bow tie. When you feel to clingy, you can simply put your bow tie on the the pocket of your blazer. It gives a fresh look to the whole outfit.

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Brogues: Filled up with ease & elegance, these brogues gives sharpness & coordinates with the jacket. Koovs

Related Accessories:

Rose brooch: From Amazon Fashion

Socks: Happysocks / Nose Ring- Thrifted from Kasol

 

Watch: Tag Heuer, Never leave from your house without wearing an alluring watch, especially when the whole look just seems incomplete without it.

 

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That’s all for today, I’ve gotta put my mind into finding ideas for celebrating my birthday. There’s an absolute probability that I’m already tipsy while you’re reading this article.

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See you guys soon. XO

Location Courtesy: Vapour Bar Exchange

Photography: Einsjordan

Akshay Sharma

NSS.

Quirky Cunts: 4 New hip kicks.

This is to all the tender- hearted, compassionate lovers out there. Get out of the shirk immediately if he tells you to slow down on fries or if she only uses you for a new cologne. Would you wanna spend another second with that person? Certainly no. Also It’s 2017 no one should judge you if you’re dark skinned or too pale, asexual or with a sex tape. Thin or thick booties, they are to be worshipped equally, Right? Rule #69 of How to piss off temporary people in your life? says pizza is above all fuckboys. And then he’s not your dad, so stop entertaining his calls when he tries to impose his passion on you. Or when she just wanna do unnecessary baby talks at night after a long day at the shopping mall. Ugh! Why roam around with emotional baggage? Fuckboys are just like parasites, they feed on your weaknesses & hey don’t get me wrong I’m all for everlasting love & always have been a fitness preacher. But it’s important to know the difference between constructive criticism & plain bullshitting. No matter how much I refrain myself from meeting such people, god bombards these self proclaimed fitness models one after another in my life. Quick personal mention! So I met this person last week who I thought would be super chivalrous & intellectual but FML he turned out to be a silent cry for help. Yes! He suffered from this thing called the “douche bag syndrome” Basically improper drainage system in his mind, full of shit opinions & judgmental thoughts.

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As you can guess from the title, this week I’m gonna help you guys to slightly quirk things up! Well actually a lot.

Filling up with new trends & definitely stepping up your outfit game.

QUIRKY KICK 1:

CROP-TOPS FOR MEN.

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The crop top movement has existed since 1970s. Mathew McConaughey, Zac Efron, Mark Wahlberg, Will Smith, Johny Depp are just few examples of men who broke the stereotype “dudes don’t wear crop tops”

Well wear whatever the fuck your heart says & your ass approves. Here’s my attempt & contribution.

Crop-top: Uptown18

Denim- Levis, Sunglasses- Marc Jacobs.

Pair up the slogan crop tops with your favourite pair of denims & possibly a leather jacket if the cold persists.

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Duffel Bag: Hidesign

QUIRKY KICK 2:

METALLIC PALAZZOS.

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Palazzos prominently came into trend around 1960s & 70s. Flared out evenly from waist, palazzos are undeniably comfortable & surely trending back. Don’t even care if they weren’t. This beautiful metallic thing is eye catchy & quirky enough to dazzle up your whole look. And it becomes even more special when a man is roaming around wearing this on the streets full of basic people.

Pledge to never dress up sober.

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Palazzo: Koovs

Bomber jacket goes perfectly with this look. Also everything’s fair for the sake of fashion but I try not to fall sick deliberately when the weather is so fucking cruel outside.

Bomber: Zara

Sneakers, nothing else. Okay? Okay.

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Sneakers: H&M.

QUIRKY KICK 3:

PAINT IT YELLOW!

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Slay tee- Uptown18, Ripped shorts: H&M.

Lately I’ve been getting  compliments like ” yellow is definitely your colour” Do I look cute in yellow? Idk because someone said the same thing about red when the Christmas post came out. Also if you noticed Yellow was so prominent at The Golden Globes this year.

I definitely love experimenting with colours. So back in the days when I was around 14/15 with hell lot of insecurities & acne of course. I used to think I look so fucking fat in bright colours like yellow or red or even white. Few years later, I ended up wearing the same bright colours, not thinking of how fat or thin I look. Inspiring enough? No. okay.

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QUIRKY KICK 4:

LIGHT UP TRAINERS

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This is by far the dopest thing I have ever had in my life. No seriously! This is an investment bruh. So now every time I go to a club, I can literally lit up the whole damn place. Aren’t these the coolest? Screaming beauties, you can’t keep calm after wearing these trainers. And pocket friendly? Absofuckinglutely.

Trainers: Koovs

2017 has just started, be strong.Try not to repeat the same mistakes. It’s important to learn your lessons. But even then something happens? Drink up! Listen to Ariana Grande & chill the fuck up.

Don’t forget to share your opinions in the comment section below.

PhotographyAiyush Taneja

I’ll see you guys soon.

Stay warm, stay humble.

Akshay Sharma

NSS.

Art of Layering- Get Winter Ready

Are you one of those weird creature who feels super hot in summer & freezing cold in winter? Well I’m definitely one of them. Guess how many piece of clothes I’m wearing inside out in these pictures. They must be around 12. Winter is on & it becomes essential to step up your wardrobe game to not to get sick.
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LAYERING keeps you warm & protect you from chills & other winter related problems. But you should know the correct way to do it. I mean yeah you can put anything over your body & go to work or college. But life’s little better & less shitty when you know the right way to do things.
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3 Rules for Layering (aren’t mandatory & totally depends on every person’s choice & body type. Yet it works for most of em)
1. Don’t try to mix too many colours in one outfit. As you can see I have stick to basically 2 colors. Mixing would mess it up & it won’t come out superbly.
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2. Winter adds extra chubbiness to your body. Haha yeah wearing layers makes you look bloated but not when you wearing overcoats & long Blazers. They hide the extra cheese you’ve been having lately.
3. If you wanna pull over scarfs. Make sure they compliment your other piece of clothing. And please no hideous Doraemon or Shinchan scarfs.
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Let’s come the details now. The denim by Levi’s. I ripped it by myself. I find it super cool & ripped denims are always in fashion be it any season of the year.
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How can I forget about this beautiful floral tie by Koovs. This is worth buying trust me. Floral prints are in trend & they look amazingly stunning over a tux or a suit.
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Whenever I go out wearing my spiked boots. People are like” WHATTTT ARE THOOOOOSE?” Everybody falls in love with em. Secondly they’re super warm and comfy & protects me from bitter cold.
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I’m wearing a nicely tucked plain black shirt & a faux leather waist coat over it. You can pull this over almost anywhere. From work in the morning to the late night kikis.
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Here comes the beautiful & classic solid green long coat. My sister bought it for me last year. I wear it when it’s super chilling outside & Sun is nowhere to be seemed.
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Layering is super easy. The simple rule is try not to make it look messy. It should be comforting & easy to eyes. 
If you have any queries or feedback that you’d like to share, feel free to comment down here.
I’m gonna come up with more such amazing concept & tutorials soon.
Till then stay tuned & spread love.
Akshay Sharma
NSS.

Nail art for Men- Introduction

Okay let’s get this straight. People won’t stop judging you no matter how high you get on their “Perfection meter” Let say if a girl is wearing shorts or her bra strap is visible or she’s having a smoke with her friends or all of the above, they won’t take another second to title her as a slut. And wait it doesn’t end here, if her body is fully covered with ethnic wear or a saree they’d call her a behenji or Gavar.

I personally got over this bullshit long time ago. Tell me what’s feminine to you? Few years ago men were tabooed to have piercings, colourful pants, long hair buns etc. They might address you with different slang but hey keeping a beard and having such a mentality doesn’t make you a lumbersexual but rather a bitch.

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Men & women are not safe in our country walking alone at late night so forget about ‘free the nipple campaign’or ‘No Pants Friday’ to happen.

Anyway I said to myself let’s do something which you really really want to do & which brings you closer to the person who you really are. And hence Nail art is on of those things. Some of you will say “Ah! Definitely something is wrong this guy?”

But keeping my hopes held high, some of you might actually like this & say “Man! This shit is actually inspiring” Like they say ” Hope keeps us alive”.

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Anyway so coming to today’s matter of attraction. I present you guys a whole new amazingly colourful concept of painting your nails or as we call it “Nail art for men” So I know I’m not the first one do this but usually you don’t see men in India wearing it. Maybe they don’t like it or consider it very feminine. But hey! If you think wearing beautiful colours make you less of a man? Shut down this article right away.

Fashion is limitless. Your mind has immense power to bring out beautiful and crazy ideas everyday. And this is what I truly believe in.

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the above hand isn’t mine. haha.

On one hand people talk about equality, love, peace, justice for all. But on the other hand they become completely narrow minded & deny the fact that everybody has the right to do things the way they want.

Enough with this drama I’m starting here as if my readers actually believe and love this colorful piece of art. I had this in my mind for a long time but to bring it officially I had to go to proper nail art shop & so I did.

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3rd floor Select Citywalk Saket

Nervous but confident outside, I headed to select citywalk to finally had it done. I entered & asked the nail art designer to get the art done on my hands. All of them went stunned as if they saw a monster or whatever haha. They said ” Sir we only do for girls” I replied ” Well, everybody has the same fingers & nails so how does it matter?” & after a quest they finally agreed to it.

As you can see there were many options out of which I chose these two as 1.) they looked pretty af. 2.) the colour combination went with my outfit. There were hundreds of variety you could choose from.

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I’m a newbie so I really don’t know how to do it at home but I’m being taught by one of my friends. So yes it’s easy peasy japaneasy to get it done at your home.

Take it as my new year resolution though I don’t believe a thing like this exist. I’m gonna ship nail art as much as I can. This is just the intro.

Also I’ll bring you guys different crazy & uber fashion ideas and tips every now & then.

Stay tuned & spread love.

Don’t forget to write down your valuable comments down there.

Akshay Sharma

NSS.