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“What makes the desert beautiful,” said the little prince, “is that somewhere it hides a well.”

A Unique Blend of Desert Fashion with Street Style

Desert fashion is usually portrayed in an exotic way. Ethereal outfits in sad but gorgeous landscape, capturing the movement of the sand. That intrigued us. We wanted to have a different take on it. A casual look on a barren land. Sans the flying sands!

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The barren landscape was a great inspiration. We also took inspiration from the 2015 Hollywood movie ‘Mad Max: The Fury Road’ as a post-apocalyptic landscape. We wanted to show its amalgamation with modern street style! The look I chose was a casual travel look in the color palette of rose gold.

The outfit is a simple combination of faded denim shorts with a rose colored top that floats over a deep purple cami. I paired it with rose-peach pumps that have denim-colored heels, a rose-gold cuff and a pink necklace. An easy breezy travel look that one can actually wear on a trip to a barren land!

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My hair naturally assumed an untamed look with cool waves. The makeup is also simple. Rose-colored lips on a slightly-contoured face with a bit of eyeliner and rose-gold plus copper shadow.

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The Storyline: Exploring Unknown Places

‘Où sont les hommes? On est un peu seul dans le désert.’
‘Where are the people? It’s a little lonely in the desert…’ said the little prince in Le Petit Prince – a famous French novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

The first few moments of when we travel to unknown and uninhabited places can be daunting. We’re away from home. Out of our comfort zone. Will we be able to handle whatever comes our way? Will we be able to make new friends in the unfamiliar land? We look for support. But then, curiosity wins over fear. We want to explore the new place, and the endless possibilities it brings with it. We begin to not just acclimatize but also enjoy the change. That’s the only way to move forward in life!

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And when we are not afraid anymore, we never want to turn back. We want to have no more regrets in life. That’s when we truly have fun!

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I was wearing:
Rose Top: Vero Moda Marquee by Karan Johar
Denim Shorts: Request Jeans by Macy’s
Grape-Colored Basic Cami: Ann Taylor
Rose-Gold Cuff: Diva, Sydney
Pink Bead Necklace: Diva, Sydney
Peach/Blue Pumps: Inc.5
Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren
Peach Lip Pencil: M.A.C. A73 Lasting Sensation
Liquid Eyeliner: Slick Liquid Liner by M.A.C.
Lip Balm: Maybelline Baby Lips Clear Balm

Photo Credits: The Guy. Follow him on Twitter

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Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion. Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That's how it evolved over centuries and that's how it's been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives. Shilpa's work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times. Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book "Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India". Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email contact@shilpaahuja.com

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