SHLOG 9: Modern Ethnic- A Birthday and #Canada150 Special

As we near toward 150 years of Canada on July 1, and my 27th birthday just a day earlier on 30th June, I dedicate my thoughts and my latest fashion blog post to these two exciting days 😍☺❤

What is to be an Indian living in Canada?
In the short span of two years that I have been here, for the most part it has been a journey nothing short of amazing for me…
I came here post marriage with my husband, I had my baby boy here and I have never felt alone or lost here because Canada is a country with diverse cultural and religious groups – I have never felt so free, there is a lot of expression by the people- whether through their cultures, their clothes, their art; and it has been one of the stepping stones of my blogging journey as a Fashion and Beauty Blogger who incorporates Indian elements, silhouettes and stories into western styling sensibilities…
Surely, as a person who has moved to a different country, and I am proud to say I love my country very very much, there have been challenges- the unforgiving weather for example; but it has all been a fun and growing experience…
Canada has provided me the opportunities to gather useful insights from the best practices of various cultural and social norms here and, mix them well with my own traditions and values…
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I have become richer- not in terms of money but in my all round growth- and I have added so much to my faith and values – I am so thankful for this🙏
I am and will always be living in Canada with Indian roots and this is the reason why I call myself an Indo-Canadian blogger 🙂
I am also very thankful that just as India is my janambhoomi ( land of birth) Canada is my karambhoomi ( land of action) and I can call myself becoming a global citizen in the years to come💖
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Coming to my fashion look:
  • I wore this risqué and sexy off- shoulder black thigh -slit dress and added a black dupatta for the classic Indian twist… I wanted to portray the blending of Indian and Western fashion to create a look like never before- a dress with a dupatta- and lend it some boho yet classy vibes!

 

  • The location for my shoot was Nathan Philips Square in core downtown Toronto and I wanted to symbolize what it feels like to be an Indian fashion blogger representing herself in Canada…
  • And oh, I totally dig the huge Toronto and maple leaf sign 🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁

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  • I kept my makeup fairly simple, with a clean dewy face and my go to pink lippy, my focus was the eyes- sparkly to show my Indian glam and the pink crease to show my Canadian subtlety 💖

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  • When it came to accessories, they were as always; the highlight of my simple outfit- all silver and diamanté necklace and big jhumki earrings with a matching silver cuff- the accessories and the dupatta provide the “Indianness” to my western outfit- and not to forget the dainty bindi that I adorned here as well!!!
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  • A few words now on my shoes: how I love these classic black block heels- and the diamante shoe clips which I attached to them ; I am not surprised at all how shoe clips are becoming the rage this season and, rightly so, you can wear one shoe in two different ways! Glam up or down in an instant! Go from formal to party just by adding them to your shoes ! Super chic!

 

All in all, this has been one of my boldest and most challenging shoots and the pictures will speak for themselves on this fact…

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It was an exhilarating feeling to have been standing in front of the “Toronto ” sign and posing; showcasing who I am…just being me …

 

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So here’s wishing a big happy birthday to myself and thereafter to Canada!!!

OUTFIT DETAILS:

Dress: H&M, Canada

Shoes and Shoe clips: Aldo Accessories , Canada

Dupatta: From India

Earrings and Cuff: Aldo Accessories

Statement neck-piece: From India

Photos by my awesome : LoveOverLenses 

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Much love to you all!!!

xoxoxo SHRUTI

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