The Skirt Hack – for the short & plump

I’m NO FASHIONISTA – I’m fat, I have always been so. In my everyday, I make do with some basic hacks or guidelines to make me look slightly slimmer than what I’m in actuality. I thought of sharing them with you. People who know me keep on asking why I end up wearing so many skirts, and what are the basic things that I look at while purchasing one. Here is what I think you should do if you are short n plump (read fat) like me :

1. Discard anything that has a typical ‘ELASTIC WAISTBAND’ : Trust me when I say this, waist bands are not for anyone with belly fat. The reason is simple – waistbands form a noticeable bulge below the region that it is placed,making your belly fat all the more visible.

2. Show off your LEGS : If you are short n stout , show off that leg.. surprised much ? Let me explain – knee length or midi skirts are the ideal. Showing off some part your leg or at least your ankle & feet goes a long way in making you look taller and thinner tooooooo ( trust me on this) . If you chose to go maxi pair it with some heels and make sure it’s not wiping the floor after you. If you chose to go mini, match it with knee or thigh high boots as these will create the illusion of longer and slimmer legs. But whatever skirt you wear, it should be well fitted at the waist. The WAIST is the most important part of your body that gets highlighted in a skirt.

3. Go A-LINE / FIT & FLARED : Well-fitted at the waist and rest should be lose, flowy and flared. The flare aspect of any skirt will help you hide that tummy n thighs and the basic cut will give your body a nice shape. Moreover it will allow you to tuck in your top or blouse giving you that perfect curve around the waist. Please keep in mind that while they have some flare, it’s not too much. And with your fit & flare skirt , make sure that the fit part of it isn’t making your stomach bulge.

4. Make it DARK and/or PATTERNED : Yes, we have all heard it – ‘Dark Colors makes one look Thinner’ and it’s true. Go basic. Most Indians have issues in their tummy region and thighs, so no need to go light-colored their. Also patterns help break the color and gives a slimmer illusion. But make sure it’s not horizontal. Anything horizontal will make you look plump, so however cute that horizontal pattern is, it’s a strict No No.

5. Don’t FLARE it much : While A-Line skirts are excellent for stout people, make sure that there isn’t too much of flare. This will kill the entire purpose of wearing skirts and you will end up looking short n fat. The thumb rule for flare is – less pleat , preferably no inner lining , and most importantly once you wear it – it doesn’t look either like a ghagra(too much flare) or a petticoat(too less flare). Too much flare = Too much volume = Look Fat.

6. Make it to the TOP : Well, once you get that perfect skirt you need to know that perfect top to pair it with. I say a tight or shapely top (preferably tucked in) with a flowy skirt is the best choice. You can also wear a shirt but tucking it in is imperative. With skirts your entire emphasis is on the waist, remember that.

Well, if you are still unsure , just send me a pic of your skirt and yourself and I will try my best to help you.

Hey, have fun with it !!

MUMBAI’s first ever FLOATING RESTAURANT ..

In my travels to Mumbai I spend most of my time around the sea – Marine Drive, Chowpatty, Juhu, Nariman Point, Elephanta Caves, transit to Essel World. The intricate relationship that Mumbai shares with the sea is beyond words!! So, when I heard the news about the first ever FLOATING RESTAURANT in MUMBAI, I was thrilled.

Shripriya Dalmia Thirani is coming up with the first-ever floating restaurant of Mumbai. She has won the much-touted bid to have a floating restaurant close to Mumbai’s world famous Chowpatty beach. The ship will sail from Chowpatty to Nariman Point. Interestingly, the restaurants that 37-year old Thirani is now working on, will be on-board a large vessel which will be docked a few miles into the sea off Chowpatty. Passengers will be picked up from the stated points of Mumbai’s coastline and taken on board the ship for an “unparalleled dining session coupled with a cruise that would allow people to see the city from the water”.

Thirani spent most of her childhood holidays in Mumbai at her grandmother’s house and always harbored a dream to watch the city from the top of a large ship parked on the Arabian Sea. She now says that winning the bid will help her fulfill that dream – not just hers but the millions in Mumbai who have harbored a similar wish.

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Mumbai is one of India’s most visited tourism hubs that welcome over 55 million domestic visitors and 5.10 million international visitors annually. Over 15 million people inhabit the city. Mumbai is also home to over 500 restaurants offering different cuisines. However even though the city has a massive coastline, it does not have a single restaurant on the sea.

Thirani said “I am thrilled that the Mumbai Port Trust has decided to open up iconic water areas off Girgaum Chowpatty, Gateway of India and Ferry Wharf for setting up floating restaurants. It was needed and will now place Mumbai alongside places like the French Riviera or Monte Carlo where people eat on restaurants over the water and experience unparalleled views of the city”.

She added “Indians will not have to travel outside anymore for such an incredible experience. I have won the rights to operate between Chowpatty and Nariman Point and hope to roll out the ship with the restaurants by the end of 2017 or early 2018”. The tender allows Thirani to run as many restaurants she wants on the ship and host events on board.

She said “the tender is clear that people won’t be allowed to stay on board overnight and also does not give us permission to run a casino. The ship will docked in Chowpatty – a few miles into the sea. Diners will be taken on small boats giving them a real feel of sailing on the sea. The vessel will have state of the art safety features to ensure highest level of security for our diners and will also be pollution free. I want to make one thing clear – this isn’t just for the rich and famous but also for Mumbai’s middle class families. The sea is theirs and so will be my ship”.

Thirty-seven-year-old Shripriya Dalmia Thirani has won the much touted bid to have a floating restaurant close to Mumbai’s world famous Chowpatty beach.

“We propose new rules to experiential dining. An attractive multi-deck boat will host our themed restaurants. With different heights in the vessel, all the decks and tables can boast 360 degree views of the breath-taking Mumbai historical skyline and the Arabian Sea – spectacular in the day and just as magnificent in the night,” she adds. The Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) has been keen to turn the city’s eastern coastline into a recreation spot. MbPT said in its tender document “The floating hotel may be operational for eight months a year”.

The overall plan includes among other things, building a world-class cruise terminal, new waterways projects, a 500-room floating hotel to be anchored off the Raj Bhavan coast, 3-4 floating restaurants, a Ferris Wheel on the lines of London Eye and marinas and jetties to promote intra-city water transport in Mumbai.