Beena Choksi, a home-maker, a sareeista and a parent to three, gives us major fitness and style goals as she flaunts her sarees, dresses and jumpsuits with equal elan at 53. A self-confessed cinephile and music lover, Beena’s graceful and elegant saree clad feed has made her an Instagram hit. Her insta-stories are filled with #fitat50 videos and the feed is occupied with #beenstergramSarees and #beenstergramtravels pictures. Her dedicated daily fitness videos have motivated many to start treating their bodies with care. A culture vulture by choice, she attends all the art and culture centric events in Ahmedabad; be it musical concerts or performance recitals, be it theatre or dance.
In a candid tete-a-tete with Ciceroni, Beena spilled the beans about her personal style, beauty regime and fitness funda. Read on…
- 3 words to define your personal style
Effortless, comfortable and understated
- Your favourite fashion icon
I like Kareena Kapoor Khan’s easy breezy casual style that always appears sophisticated in all avatars.
- One fashion trend you are digging in 2019
I do not follow trends as I am a believer of sustainability. However I would like to see more sarees being worn with a twist, like team it with a sexy top, add a belt or try a different drape.
- One fashion trend that makes you cringe
Bright and neon coloured Velour track suits
- If you had just one garment to wear for the rest of your life, what would that be?
Handloom sarees, hands down.
- Understated elegance or maximalist drama
Understated elegance definitely
- One celeb you would want to swap your wardrobe with
- 3 make-up products you just can’t do without
Eyeliner, Mascara and nude lipsticks
- How old were you when you first applied lipstick ?
I am 53 so that was a long time ago. I guess I don’t remember…
- Bold lips or nude style
I usually wear nude lipsticks but when I need to create statement, I opt for bold lips.
- One nani ka nuskha that you swear by
I swear by orange peel powder with fresh cream for exfoliation regularly.
- Night ritual for skin
I follow cleansing and moisturising routine with aloe vera gel.
- Easy solution for bad hair day
Ceramic hair straightener or tied up hair.
- Vacation on your mind
I am a beach person travelling to Maldives soon.
- What’s on your reading desk ?
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
- Music for your soul
Sufi music, Bollywood and 80s tracks
- Movie and Series recommendation
Chernobyl, Game of Thrones and The Crown
- Daily fitness routine
I work out for 75 mins daily doing a mix of cardio, weight training, resistance training, isometrics and stretching besides brisk walking for 30 mins daily.
- Your food craving
Khichadi with veggies is my soul food
- Quote that you live by
Smile is the prettiest thing you can wear.
Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind always.
“Style Speak” is a weekly series of interviews exploring the fashion, style, beauty, fitness and cultural identities of different personalities thereby shaping the discourse beyond the flippant surface of mere trends.Read more of this series here – Style Speak with Ishita Parikh