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Style Destino is my personal style space bout cruelty-free and vegetarian style. Fashion is not above someone's life and it is irresponsible when someone makes a fashion choice that involves taking a poor animal's life. I believe in style that has a conscience. We are in 21st century where technology has advanced immensely, there are myriad options available and any person with a desire can make things happen. So it is sheer selfishness and irresponsible behaviour when people make unethical fashion choices. Through StyleDestino I share everything cruelty-free and ethical in my style. I do not use any handbags, shoes or accessories made from leather (animal skin), the make-up I use is also vegetarian and cruelty free. Luxury and compassion can coexist stylishly and Style Destino is an attempt to prove just that. Vegan fashion is not about dowdy clothes, cheap bags, or tawdry shoes. I can just easily be vegan and trot in my Olsen heels, sporting a Stella McCartney luxurious vegan handbag while showing off my red lips painted with OCC lip tar!! I travel the world around and never find dearth of stylish, high quality vegetarian fashion.


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Colours of India

It is amazing how you can find talent in the most unexpected places. On one of my online journeys, I discovered some wonderful pictures clicked by unknown yet really talented photographers who captured the colours of India at the most unusual places through their lenses.

Shashwat Shah, a photographer by hobby and jeweler by profession, does not like to take pictures of the obvious places like heritage sites or museums, but rather he loves to click private houses and havelis hidden in unknown alleys of Rajasthan, which are symbol of cultural grandeur and splendour of yesteryears but are now mostly in dilapidated states. The houses that he has brought to life through his photography, most of which are atleast 200 years old, have beautiful wall art, windows, frescoes, domes and exquisite carvings and are a testimony of the glorious history of India. 

On one of his photographic ventures, while capturing these images, Shashwat was amazed to discover that these exotic murals were painted in natural vegetable colours using no synthetic colours, something that speaks of the heightened care and compassion that was involved in creating these masterpieces. These beautiful buildings, or whatever is left of it, bask in the glory of past, however it saddens Shah that these "heritage" buildings are not cared for but rather remain today in shambles and at the mercy of people who couldn't care less about their well-being. With his camera, he hopes to bring these beauties to the world, so that we can take pride in whatever little we have left of our glorious art.

Kudos to Shashwat who makes us fall in love with India's heritage yet again and we surely need to keep alive these architectural marvels of the bygone era. I am especially awestruck by these beautiful colours!!!

The outside world is always charmed by India's confluence of terrains, colors, and cultures. However, I never imagined that when they talked about colours of India, it also included these architectural marvels and not just the Indian women clad in their bright outfits and festival of colours, Holi.

While Shashwat captures the rich history and old charm, Meghna Saraogi makes even the most unsightly things appear beautiful through her clever clicks. The picture below is a live example.

Meghna Saraogi's work caught my attention while searching for a graphic designer for some work. Formerly a graphic designer, Meghna is a girl of many talents - photography being one of them. Meghna first discovered her passion for photography when she was undertaking a course in Visual Communication from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore. Later while working as a graphic designer her random clicks were loved by her clients which were used in their brochures, annual reports, calendars among other things. She has shot for the likes Brazilian Embassy, Dr. Reddy Laboratories and Unitech.

She was chosen amongst 25 young photographers for an exhibition called “Secret Delhi” held at Galeria De Arte at O Palacio, New Delhi and her work has also been exhibited at Gunpowder restaurant, Haus Khas Village, New Delhi.

Photography takes Meghna to a different world, where she can interpret things from a different perspective. Meghna says, "I enjoy clicking pictures, I do it despite a hectic work schedule and when I am enjoying a project, when I am in my singing and dancing mode or I am alone and sad. On my way back home, when I am stuck in traffic or when I see the first ray of sunlight."

I love how Meghna plays with light and makes the banal look beautiful.

Isn't this a wonderful click?


Fashion and Photography
(Updated - 7-Apr)

Talking about "Colours of India" and posting a black outfit did not do justice (seriously, what was I thinking?). So right after posting these wonderful pictures by Meghna and Shashwat, I went cray cray over colours and I just had to dig out all possible hues from my closet. And here I am lapping all of it with gusto - pink, yellow, red, brown, orange. Wahoooo!!!! (is that even an expression?).

Zara Skirt, D&G Cardigan, Warehouse Shirt, River Island Shoes, Ring own design

I am for sure enjoying this fantasy (is it still a fantasy? Oh no. I've finally broken my shell and shining bright and happy in all these colours,, yay!!!)

It's time to give the poor computer some rest now, so have a good weekend.

But before I forget, if you would like to see more of these photographers' work or would like to buy them, leave your comment. I'll make sure they contact you.

Ok time to say goodbye.

Photo Credit: Sejal Purohit

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  1. the pictures are really amazing. your outfit is quite chic!


  2. Its one hell of a lovely pictures post and outfit! :)

  3. Interesting frames, loved the compilation

  4. Love the pics! Your style is also great!

  5. S J,

    Read all pending posts. Nice comparison of Delhi and Mumbai. Dots look good. They both are very talented photographers.

    Take care

    1. Thanks so much :) I'll surely pass on your message to Meghna and Shashwat

  6. thanks a real lot for your warm welcome at ifb!

    i really like your blog and i especially like this post. the photos are amazing!!

    i'm your newest follower :)

    would really appreciate if you check out my blog and let me know what you think as i'm still quite new in the blogger world!

  7. Amazing Photography!
    And the LBD looks fab on you!

    I like your idea of combining photography +fashion, i'm kinda trying to do the same on my blog!
    I'm following you!
    check out my blog and follow if you like it!:)

    1. Thank you so much Shubhangi. Will look forward for your post too, keep me posted.

  8. Colours of India are just amazing. There are thousands in one place and somehow they fit together perfectly!

    I love your outfit - it's simple and elegant :).

    But I thought you'll wear more colorful clothes after all the India inspiration. Hope to see you in colorful version soon :)).

    1. Thank you so much :) Will surely put together a colourful look soon and would keep you posted.

    2. Ok girls, thanks for ure lovely feedback. I have graciously followed it and posted an outfit inspired by the colours.

  9. Wow!!These colors are wonderful!
    How lucky you are to live in India with all these vibrant colors!!



  10. wow sooo beautiful!
    I loved the pics
    Already following ;D

  11. That is some great photography! The colours and structures are exquisite! I also loved photographing old homes and locations when I was in Pakistan, especially at the inner walled city in Lahore the pictures were great! I wish people still put the same amount of attention to details as they used to! I am so envious of your friend for having such a bright place to work.
    BTW thats a great outfit, you have a great eye for sharp pieces!
    That Haute Dude



    TO BLENd COLORS AND FASHION and the INDIAN FERVOr, couldn't have been any better!

    looking forward to more work like this!

  13. wauw... that outfit is terrific n u luk fab!!!!!!!! xx,

    lovin d fotography, both hve so different picha but luking equally gr8 man. d ordinary wall can also luk awesome.

    u hve gorgeous hair, can u recommend me sme gud salon in bombay, visitn in a mnth. thanks

    1. Thanks dear. For list of good hair salons in mumbai, check this link:

  14. The photography is lovely - I especially like the one with the blue windows.
    And that outfit of yours is so pretty & vibrant :)

  15. Love your blog, found it through lookbook, just followed :)

    Shaz xx

  16. Gorgeous! I bet India is an amazing place to live! I hope to travel there someday soon! (I can dream haha)

  17. I absolutely love the photography! The second picture is so amazing! The purple is to die for!

    ❤ Fabulous Little

  18. I love this post - it's really inspirational. The photos are amazing, really capturing the sense of the place.

  19. zeees u luk absolutely gorgeous my luv in tht outfit. n amazin photography, pretty pretty colors.

    colors of india ,, perfect name. whenever i think of india i always c all those pretty bright colors. in fact ive been savin fr sometime now to visit india, hve heard so many gr8 things bout d country. frm my research so far, i am assuming these vintage bldgs r of rajasthan? correct me if am wrong cos i'd want to knw d place n mke it a part of my plan.
    yah sure these pics wud keep colourful grand houses alive n spread a word of these architectural marvels. gr8 photography by d guy. cheers

  20. I loove all your outfits! You have a great style.


  21. awesome mix of fashion+photography. awesome pics
    kudos to d photographers

  22. amazing and chic pichas . . . great photography . .

  23. Lovely captures there.
    I love the colors in the outfit pic,esp the fact that the marigold flower strings behind add a classic Indian vibe to such a western outfit!

    1. Thanks Ila, I loved the work of these photographers. Had to post them :)

  24. Hi dear, thank you for your lovely comment!!! These photos are incredible
    :-)) This is exactly the kind of photography I love- great captures, architectural elements and beautiful colors!!! I would love to visit India sometime... Thank you for sharing...:-))
    p.s- I love your outfit too!!! I completely fell in love with your skirt!!!
    We will keep up with your blog...

  25. SJ, thank you for visiting our blog and leaving a comment with us.
    You were right, we really enjoy this post- the combination of fashion and architectural elements in one post is what we`re all about :)
    Keep up the good work!


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