Creative is not the way I think, it’s the way I like to live.
– says Puja Mishra, an artist, and a designer.
Since childhood, her favorite past time was to sketch animals and landscape as she has always been fond of nature and it’s beauty. Lucky enough to have a supportive family, she did her diploma course from IIFA International Institute of Fine Arts in painting. As an artist, she didn’t restrict herself to those four sided canvases but she explored totally different realms of beauty in art and fashion and chose Silk art as her medium to create exquisite paintings of nature and it’s elements, bringing the diaphanous beauty to the walls.
Having done more than 200 homes with Silk Art and blessed with a profound aesthetic sense, Puja along with her friend, ventured into the world of fashion with her brand – Scarf Songs, ushering beautiful designs onto silk scarves, making them classy and stylish.
With Van Gogh, Fantin-Latour, S.H Raza, F.N Souza as her inspiration, she is committed to usher the artwork into different forms.
At Scarf song, each scarf is a delicately crafted piece of art, a song that will resonate in your heart and mind. It is not just another wearable accessory but a fashion statement that will talk about your energy and aura.
We work on colour & pattern of each artwork which is reflected in the Scarves. Each scarf design is eclectic and bubbly just the way we are.
-says Puja, obsessed with love of art and fashion.
According to her, a Scarf can take on to your moods whether you are an office goer, a sports person, a romantic soul or a party freak. It really reflects your mood with it’s design.
It is not only that she is designing and creating an admirable work of art, she also takes style workshops for women to show how to carry Silk Scarves, showing the audience the simplicity and the sophistication of Silk Scarves with the impressive ways to drape them.
Impassioned towards her brand, she is known as Puja SS on all her social channels. Why? Coz SS represents her impregnable passion, her venture- Scarf Song.
You can be a creative genius when it comes to draping a scarf. You can make it as top, skirt, resort wear, handbags, head gear, cape, necklace etc. Since our scarfs are light weight, good length and have the sheen they can easily be styled in few minutes.
– tells puja, an entrepreneur and a social reformer too, who is working for domestic helpers by organising health camps, bank camps, training sessions and connecting them with the administration of Gurgaon to help them on social issues. Exceptional! Isn’t she?
So folks, next time when you are out for work or a party don’t forget to style yourself with a silk scarf from SS coz when you wear a Scarf song collection, it’s really a poetry in motion.
While a lehenga with a humungous flare that is larger than the mandap itself seems to be every Indian Brides dream, but what most brides forget is that it’s essential to still stick to an outfit that is close to one’s personality. Ask me why?
Coz when you wear an outfit that isn’t in sync with your personality, there’s going to be a conflict between your attitude and the attire.
Each bridal outfit delivers a certain vibe and it should always be styled to suit that vibe. Wearing it in a manner that is not in accordance with it’s style will only take away it’s grace.
When I got married, me and my cousins planned a fun & masti wedding coz that’s how I am in real life too. But like every other Punjabi girl, I had always imagined myself as a royal and graceful princess bride and that’s exactly the look I went for. Elegant and classy. But as planned, there I was, dancing, laughing, screaming, hooting and actually being nothing close to graceful. Seriously, my behaviour was far from it.
– says Nehal, a teacher and a Delhite who got married last winter.
See, she has a point!
In my view, your lehenga can even lose all the charm because of the way you style it. Imagine a bride in Manish Malhotra’s super funky bridal lehenga who opts for a traditional look. Don’t you think it will take away all the quirkiness of the attire? Of course, it will.
You just can’t afford a mismatch in your makeup and jewellery with your outfit.
Girls, your bridal outfit is really an extension of your personality. Wearing an outfit that’s in sync with the kind of bride you want to be, really helps! If you do want to be a shy, graceful bride – go for a traditional and ethnic bridal outfit OR if you want to be a carefree, fun bride, choose an outfit that’s fluid, vibrant and uncomplicated.
After all, it will highlight your personality and you want to keep it real. Don’t you?
“Allow your passion to become your purpose, and it will one day become your profession”
That is exactly what Shruti Agrawal did!! Meet the young baker who loves to bake and cook a yummy and delicious variety of food and desserts that will make you want to eat more. Shruti Agrawal is a penchant food and recipe blogger and owns the site well known as www.cookingdiarybyshruti.com.
Though Shruti completed her post graduation, her desire always remained in starting something on her own and be her own boss. However, she knew the value of education and hence wanted to finish her master’s hoping her education may help her in providing guidance to start and lead a successful business. bb
“Creativity is allowing yourself to do mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep”
Which perfectly applies to Shruti as initially, she tried various other things to find her true interest. Such as the fashion industry, online store, family business and few other, none of which could win her mind and heart together. But she realized that baking and cooking is something she loves to do.
Cooking and baking came naturally to her as Shruti’s mother was also an excellent chef around her kitchen and Shruti learned many things at a young age. She started experimenting recipes since the age of 12.
My mother is the biggest inspiration to me and all that I know today is something I have learned from her. I will be the happiest when I cook as good as she does.
– tells Shruti with all the love and fondness to her mother who inspired her to reach where she is today.
One cannot learn an art without making mistakes, and Shruti also faced a few accidents in the kitchen like burning her cupcakes or over roasting. Well, that’s part of learning because when you make a mistake you learn what to do and what not to do, isn’t it?
Sometimes when opportunities come, it knocks our door in the form of love by our family. Little did she know that one day she will own a cooking and food blog where people would look forward to what she writes and shares her recipes. In the year 2014, her sister Kirti encouraged her to start a blog with all her food recipes and share the idea with people who have similar interest and Kirti was adamant till Shruti started it. Until then she had no idea that she had it in her to turn her passions into a way of living.
As a teenaged girl, Shruti always watched the Nigella Lawson on TLC and aspired to become like her one day. However, she could not give much attention to what she truly loved to do as much of her time went into the preparation of her graduation and post graduation in marketing and advertising sectors.
When her sister forced her to start the blog, she was secretly excited too as she always loved writing. She decided to share her recipes through her blog. She did not know how to start one though. Hence, she researched and learned the basics of using a WordPress and started her blog.
She still remembers when she started the blog, the first post she wrote was about chocolate muffins. Prepared the muffins, took photos from her Samsung Note-2 and wrote a lengthy recipe. She was a novice in writing a food blog and was not as good in food styling and photography then. She kept the post in draft for about five days until she cooked up some courage to post it on the blog. She kept visiting her draft blog making sure if there were no errors.
When you do something out of heart, people always accept it gracefully and with love.
– claims the charming Shruti remembering her experience of her first post.
The love and appreciation she got from people in the form of comments and likes pushed her to work harder. People truly loved the idea of making a complicated recipe easier and upon that it was eggless. Since then there was no turning back. Shruti began to cook and bake the foods. Also took photos of them step by step to make a different post for every recipe. The process taught her to excel in other skills and fine tune her abilities in photography, food dressing, and styling.
For me, baking is Therapeutic. It makes me feel happy, calm and peaceful.
– says Shruti being content and happy with what she is doing.
Cookingdiarybyshruti is a food blog which is all about baking, cooking, food photography, food styling, and its trends. The blog concentrates on making different complex food items from scratch and breaking it down into easier recipes. The blog also features foods with gluten free, sugarless delicacies. Shruti likes to explore baking food with fruits, new ingredients, alternative flours and mainly most of it is eggless.
A visual appearance of food holds the same love for a food, as it takes for cooking it. Hence I love to take photos of all the food I prepare with exceptional skill on photography. I love to dress the food and take pictures of them before I post my recipe for my readers.
– conveys the young food inventor who also loves writing.
Shruti is also a writer in various e-magazines like Polkacafe.com, Foodkraft, TheUrbanSpice, and few others. Love for writing and baking has given a space where she has built a career that she loves the most today.
I believe if we love our work and have a passion for what we do, nothing can go wrong. All we have to do is dream and believe in what we do.
– tells Shruti, the strong believer with a voice of confidence.
Shruti also conducts baking workshops in Delhi. Her previous contracts for the workshops was with some of the well-known food companies such as the Epigamia Yogurt,
Shruti also conducts baking workshops in Delhi. Her previous contracts for the workshops was with some of the well-known food companies such as the Epigamia Yogurt, Wishq India, Frontier Biscuit, and Paper Design Company. Readers have followed her from blog to her workshops to learn her style of cooking and baking which talks volumes of her skills.
The love my readers have shown by coming again and again and asking me to share more of my recipes keeps me encouraged. The love and response they show keep me going and growing. My vision is to take my blog to bigger heights than it is today and bring more people together with similar interests. I also want to open a CDBS kitchen studio where people can learn baking and cooking different things with a difference. I want to create a community where each one of us could inspire one another in our culinary adventures and conquer the oven. I believe in making my passion my paycheck.
– says Shruti thanking her readers and all the people who stand by her appreciating her talent and skills in writing and baking both.
When you follow your passions there is no stopping you from leading the ladder of success. Shruti Agrawal is truly an inspiration for women who think all they know is only cooking because just cooking can be a hugely successful career, isn’t it?
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