About

Here’s an attempt to de-mystify us, our blog and answer a few of the zillions of questions we get.

Q: Who are Payal and Priyanka?

Extremely bitter, complexed, sociopathic loners. Recovering alcoholics too, who happen to fall off the wagon with every alternate post!

In all seriousness though, we are two friends who as cheesy as it sounds, have always been passionate about fashion and decided to get vocal. Or is it Blogocal?

When we first started blogging back in 07, we found there weren’t too many (dare I even say any) sites that catered to the Desi fashion scene. We quickly came to realize that there were many just like us out there who were looking to discuss and analyze celebrities’ sartorial choices, fashion faux-pas and the general happenings in the fashion industry. We found our niche and decided to call it home.

It hasn’t always been easy juggling our own active personal and social lives, day jobs, shopping jaunts and having to blog regularly every single day, but when it’s doing something that you love, it gets done. You make it happen.

Q: Why the blog? Why don’t we ever see ‘Hollywood’ stuff on it?

This blog came about because we never could really find a ‘Desi-centric’ fashion blog… Not just ‘Bollywood’ but all things ‘Desi’ pertaining to style and fashion make their way onto this site.

And why no Hollywood stuff? Really, do we want yet another Hollywood celeb/fashion/daily dish blog?

Q: What’s the logo all about? Why the bald lady?

Err. We could give you many reasons, even one as complicated as this one:

The blog is for the woman who appreciates a classic ‘lbd’ (a symbol of timeless chic), for the woman who can carry off the fieriness of a high heel (a symbol of undisputable sensuality) and for the woman who dares to defy convention, even if it means going bald. Because when it comes to personal style, not everyone wears their hearts on their sleeves being slaves to fashion pundits. And for that woman, High Heel Confidential is an essential style file. And hence, the logo.

But the truth of the matter is, after a couple of martinis it’s easy to find logic behind anything. We just loved the image. Period.

Q: Why is my comment going into moderation or getting deleted?

Because on a slow day, we like to build up Freudian psychological profiles based on comments we don’t like. Nah, just kidding.

Actually, you’d blush if you read some of the comments that make their way onto the site, so moderation is necessary.

Comments containing the following will not be approved.

1. Botox, plastic surgery related.
2. A person’s body type. (‘Fat’ is not acceptable, but saying ’someone doesn’t dress well for their body type’ is).
3. A person’s personal life is off limits including a person’s conduct/gossip/rumors.
4. A person’s religious beliefs or associations.
5. External links to other sites unless posted by us.
6. Containing remarks about a region, communities, etc.

Personal attacks, non-content related malicious comments, abusive language (towards the subject in question, other posters or writers), hate words, insensitive words, possible racist comments, implied or otherwise, and comments that are posted merely to instigate drama will get deleted.

Constructive criticism is always appreciated, as are opinions, just not the vile kind. We can handle the heat, (as you might have noticed by the undeleted comments) but lets leave out other posters and subjects in question. The comments have to be civil. Also, outgoing links unless posted by us, will get deleted.

How come some comments of mine make it and some don’t?

While some comment might have seemed harmless at first pass (to us or to you), can seem offensive to someone who reads it much later. As a rule (like a bar fight), we will unapprove the new and the old comments and any comment that addressed the original one, to keep things fair.

Another reason might be, because of multiple posting. When a comment comes in, it comes with its corresponding IP address but often times some users to make their point far more ‘impactful’ might make the same comment in different words with different user names but their IP addresses remain the same…so we know its the same person!

Most of the time we let that pass, coz it might be a public computer or in general harmless but when the comments get vindictive or too self-promoting, we approve one or two comments and not the rest.

Also, any comments with outgoing links unless posted by us will also not get published.

Plus, hey, we own the blog, soooo, guess who has the deciding vote? We use our discretion and be as fair as we possibly can.

Q: How come my questions don’t get answered in ‘Letters’?

We do the best we can. Sometimes we just don’t know where one can buy a peach ‘anarkali’ in West Virginia.

Q: Do you have a personal vendetta against celebrities? Is this blog a way to channel the ‘hate’?

Actually no. We just call a spade, a spade. We have never shied away from the ‘compliments’ either. It’s just a look at all things ‘fashion and style’ and if they happen to come under fire, they do.

Q: You guys must be two very frustrated and complex’ed individuals, right?

Probably. Our better halves and shrinks will attest to it.

Q: How come there are no pictures of either of you on the site? Will you show pictures of yourself here so we can see what you look like?

Checked Interpol?

No. We won’t post pictures of ourselves, only because we are not celebrities. And this blog is about ‘them’!

Q: How do we get in touch?

Email us at highheel(dot)confidential(at)gmail(dot)com

40 Responses

  1. Hesha at | | Reply

    I love HHC – it’s been my guilty pleasure on a daily basis for the last 3 years! I’m shocked to see the background white — it’s too bright on the eyes, and the text is much more difficult to read now… Please go back to the damask-patterned black! It’s much easier on the eyes!

  2. nithya at | | Reply

    Hello ladies
    you guys are doing a fabulous job – I just love your site and love fashion so this is a perfect site for me. I love the white background its much more easier on the eyes. Earlier I used to struggle with the link but now its easy – thankyou again

  3. kari at | | Reply

    Hi Ladies,
    I love HHC. It makes me feel connected to India like no other site. You guys are doing an amazing job keeping with this blog. Having said that, this new web design isn’t user friendly at all. Light font color on white background doesn’t work. Its too difficult to read. The right nav is all messed up. I don’t know if its browser compatibility or what but the ads sometimes overlap the main post. I like to new hover over feature but that’s pretty much it. Main menu isn’t visible. It looks like a white/grey bar. Your blog went from professional looking to something a fresh out of college kid would create. The sad thing is it’s not the content that has changed but the presentation.

    1. Payal at | | Reply

      Hi Kari,
      What browser and/or device are you using??

      1. Kari at | | Reply

        IE8 on my laptop. I will try at IE10 at home and see if its any different.

  4. Rupa at | | Reply

    Hi P&P

    I love reading your posts of course. You guys are doing a fabulous job. The recent change in the background and design is not very appealing to the eyes and generally difficult to read. Its difficult to see where a post ends and the next one starts. I loved the classy black background.

    Please bring back the black!!

    Thanks

  5. Sumi at | | Reply

    Hi P n P!! Please consider changing the background back? Its not very legible, and the blog now looks more and more like the other blogs out there (read —-villa, etc), which it is not. Plus, we have been reading with the lovely black background for years now, and it is very much part of your brand in my opinion: changing it will unsettle failthful loyalists, including yours truly :)

  6. Jig at | | Reply

    Hi P & P:
    Great website………..been following it for years. As much as I love the content the new layout is not very user friendly. What motivated you to change it? Why try to fix something if it ain’t broken?
    Wishing you continued success…….
    Jig

  7. Simson Michael at | | Reply

    P&P, Please bring back the black background. The white look is not doing you any good or us. The black background was your ID and it was quite synonymous with your blog, and now it looks just like any other blog out there, which it is not.

    Please take some time, look at it again, and if possible, pleeeeassse bring back the BLACK

  8. Chandra at | | Reply

    Hi,
    The earlier format was so much better. This one does not have any right nav and it’s much more difficult to read on my iPhone. The other hassle the easy links on the right to recent posts etc. Pls go back to the otevious format !

  9. Chandra at | | Reply

    Ok not hassle – had is what it should say.
    Also previous format – not whatever word got in there ! Thanks.

  10. Nivi at | | Reply

    Hi P&P
    For someone who doesnt like reading blogs, I read your’s EVERY SINGLE DAY! I have been following your blog for more than 4 yrs now…Please please please bring back the BLACK…!!

  11. Vini at | | Reply

    P&P.. please go back to black background. I used to love your earlier look nd feel. Now it has become difficult to read and the zoom feature.. hate it :( the ads on the pics are poking in my eye and the scroll doesnt work on the zoomed pics. Few pics are not visible in the posts after this change.

  12. Amina at | | Reply

    So is there no logo anymore? The bald lady? in the High Heel? If it is, I don’t see it. I use Firefox on Mac.

    1. Priyanka at | | Reply

      Nope, no more bald lady.

      1. Amina at | | Reply

        Aww..Super Unlike :-( Please consider getting her back

  13. Sheila at | | Reply

    “Your blog went from professional looking to something a fresh out of college kid would create.”

    seriously….what the hell just happened…you girls just won an award for your blog…why are you changing it?? you had it great, don’t ruin it.

  14. Maith at | | Reply

    Just read that you’re in Dallas? Really? Always thought you lived up north someplace! I squee as I am also in Dallas, and have been reading you folks since you started the blog. And no, I’d never meet – too intimidated by you gals! :)

    1. Sneha at | | Reply

      most Indian women and lack-of-confidence walk hand in hand.

  15. R at | | Reply

    Hi,

    I just wanted to inform you guys that you’re doing a fab job! However, as a reader am a bit disappointed as I’ve time and again applied for all your contests but I’ve never received a feedback leave alone won anything. Being a loyalists, I’ve always tried harder but lost my patience this time thought i’d give some feedback. Hope that I’d hear back.

    Regards,
    A loyalist!

    1. Priyanka at | | Reply

      Never received feedback on? Am not sure I understand… As far as Giveaways go, you’d only hear from us if you won.

      P.S: Winners for Giveaways are chosen by a random draw from qualifying entries. Keep trying your luck, one never knows! :)

  16. SR at | | Reply

    Can you please add a ‘Next’ page button? Will make it easier to browse. Thanks!

  17. Anjali at | | Reply

    I am coming here after a very long time, and not liking the new format. Please please go back to the old one. That was so much nicer, so much classier, so much more user friendly. Change is good, but not necessarily. Sometimes no change is best.

  18. Farzana at | | Reply

    Really need your help Girls. Since the launch of this new version of your webpage I am unable to view any of the pictures. I am using IE10 and haven’t changed any settings.

    1. Payal at | | Reply

      Please send us a screenshot at highheel(dot)confidential(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. Kari at | | Reply

    Hi,
    Did you guys remove the “Pin” functionality? Wonder if its my browser or did you actually get rid of Pinterest icon.
    Thanks
    K

    1. Payal at | | Reply

      Oops. Its back now…

      1. Kari at | | Reply

        Thank you :)

  20. Beena at | | Reply

    Please could you tell me of some great boutiques in Jodhpur & Udaipur especially ones that do gota patti work
    Regards,
    Beena

  21. Ayushi at | | Reply

    Hello,
    I love HHC! a Regular reader:)
    I just finished a diploma course in fashion and needed some advice regarding fashion internships. Do you have any advice as to where and how to apply ? Keep the good work :)

    1. Annie at | | Reply

      Are you seriously asking this? I suggest talking to an adviser at the university where you did your diploma.

  22. ZA at | | Reply

    Hey guys,
    Since you’ll recently made a bunch of changes to the website, I thought this might be the right time to throw in a suggestion. In addition to the regular post-after-post scrolling view, could you also have an image-only view (perhaps a grid)? Users can click on the image box they like and read the entire post.

    It will make for easier searching and scrolling of all the posts. For new or returning users, the posts you’re most interested in, you can click on & read further (without having to click through pages of posts to get to the post you want). Not to mention, it’ll make for a cool visual.

    HHC continues to be my daily dose of desi fashion – keep up the awesome work P&P!

  23. Pranay Jashnani at | | Reply

    To whomsover it may concern
    Can you please request you to share your contact details with me . In order to figure out how I can get featured on your blog. I will share further details via e mail with you about our product.

    Thanks
    Regards
    Pranay Jashnani

    1. Priyanka at | | Reply

      Just write in at highheel(dot)confidential(at)gmail(dot)com

      Thanks

  24. Juhi at | | Reply

    So seriously are you guys going to be nonchalant about being mentioned on KWK by KJ!!! I would have squealed and done a hop!

  25. Juhi at | | Reply

    That’s more like it! :)

  26. S at | | Reply

    Hey – wanted to advertise on your site – can you advise how I do this?
    Thanks
    S

    1. Priyanka at | | Reply

      Write in at highheel(dot)confidential(at)gmail(dot)com

      Thanks!

  27. Samahita at | | Reply

    Hi,
    Does you blog write review articles on upcoming fashion startups which have online stores?

    Thanks

    1. Payal at | | Reply

      Email us at highheel(dot)confidential(at)gmail(dot)com for more info.

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