Wood Jhumkas & Ring: c/o IWOWD
Dress & Shirt cardigan: Forever 21
Septum ring: Forever 21
Perched atop a cliff staring at the silent water below me, I felt like a loner by the lake. My thoughts flowed like the water I stared at, no forcing, no holding back and no stopping. As I stared at the lake and the pillars far across the shore, no boundaries surrounded me and yet freedom was what I craved for. Walking by the calm lake, staring up at the sky as the sun’s rays continuously pierced my neck making me sweat, I still didn’t want to stop. I didn’t want to stop or close my eyes in the fear of missing out on life around me. As the cool breeze hit my face it comforted me for the moment and I continued walking. I noticed the brewing romance between the wind and my hair as I sensed my dry throat begging for water. But I knew it wasn’t just water that would satisfy my craving dry throat, so I kept walking.It was during these lonesome musings that I became fascinated by the mysteries of the other world. In this world, I was left with no choice but to use my imagination for survival, so I let my mind play some music. With the music faintly being played in the background, I transformed myself into the characters of each song, sensing & feeling every emotion the song carried. As the music started to fade away into a blank space, I heard the birds chirping and the dry leaves making sounds as the wind brushed against them. Suddenly I stopped walking, I heard the cars rush past me bringing me back to reality. I stared at the sky one last time as I walked ahead, I couldn’t take my eyes off. Suddenly there was an innate sense of strength I had developed in these last ten mins- I felt fearless.
I’ve always admired and been inspired by people who’ve were able to not only identify their passion but also chase it and be obsessed with it. One of the best things about being a blogger is that you get to work with amazing brands and people that share a similar interest. One such person I was glad to know and work with was Manasa, the founder and designer behind IWOWD- I walk out well dressed! She knew from a very young age that her passion was designing and creating beautiful pieces of art. But it was only much later that she gathered the courage to quit her corporate job only to pursue her dream of making exclusive pieces of handmade wooden jewelry. I was so impressed by the unique concept of adorning jewelry made out of wood and not the usual metal based ones. When I spoke to Manasa for the first time, I could very well sense how passionate she was and how much she loved doing this. I was so inspired and was in awe of her dedication, her designing skills and the pieces that she created had such finesse that it was hard to believe that they were handmade! IWOWD’s main goal is to make people aware about the importance and exclusivity that lies in wearing a handmade piece as opposed to the mass produced ones. Manasa is slowly beginning to expand her venture and transition into different categories too. So now she not only designs and makes wooden jewelry but has also included bags, sarees, skirts, tunics, stoles and home decor items to her basket. You will be transformed into a different world when you visit her website. Each piece carries a beautifully handcrafted story that boasts of an innate aesthetic sense she possesses. I was sent these stunning pair of jhumkas and a finger ring, going by the brilliant craftsmanship it was hard to believe that they were handmade! I loved the fact that these jhumkas were big in size but so light weight that you barely felt them in your ears. I insist you check her wonderful designs out here and I’m sure you’ll love them. I also have another gorgeous piece that I’m yet to shoot with, it’ll soon be up on the blog.