Photos: Emily Wolfe
Gold Booties: BCBG Max Azria | Earrings: Miraya (coming soon!)
There are days when I have a styling epiphany in the middle of a meeting, and there are days when I aimlessly browse through the Internet hoping that inspiration strikes. As I keep exhausting outfits from my wardrobe for each post, I have come to realize that innovating is NO easy feat, fam. And if you’re a Type A stickler like me who needs an outfit to come together like a perfect symphony, you’re going to have to get used to sleepless nights. But as I accrue more sleepless nights, I get better at this whole effortless styling thing, and that feels hella rewarding (on a very intrinsic and personal level, and that’s what counts the most.)
Ever since I snagged these textured gold booties during BCBG Max Azria’s closing sale, the pressure to style them was at an all-time high. I got a ton of DMs asking me how I would wear them, and honestly, I HAD NO IDEA. I am still getting used to having an intent behind a purchase now that my outfits are out there for the world to see. But I’ll tell you this - the expectations, readership, compliments, love, and the support, all amount to gratification that is more than I can ever express, and more than you’ll ever know. So please keep those DMs coming because however daunting they may seem at first, they really do keep me on my tippy toes, and paradoxically, grounded.
On that hardly-insightful, sappy, and grateful note, I present today’s outfit: a black Anarkali Kurta. I almost always favor lehengas and contemporary silhouettes over kurtas, but the gold booties demanded a midi-length outfit. I got this solid black Kurta made on a whim during my trip to India, and you know just how much I love an outfit that I can deconstruct at will, don’t you? So, if your Kurtas have been stashed away in your closet, bring ‘em out along with your booties to hit the refresh button on your ethnic wardrobe.
In other news, the last few weeks have been particularly busy, leaving me very little time to shoot and post. But I'm stoked that that will change in less than a month. I also have some exciting new endeavors coming up (one involves New York!); you'll be the first to know as soon as I can share more. :)
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Miraya originated as a concept magazine for a Publishing class, but much of it now exists online and has been adapted for this blog. The core remains intact, and that is to explore the changing landscape of contemporary Indian fashion through the international lens, engaging readers in a creative juxtaposition between tradition and modernity. It is spearheaded by the Founder and Creative Director, Namrata Loka.
Namrata R. Loka
Founder & Creative Director