Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Golden Summer!

Summer is here and as much as I enjoy the sun, I hate what it does to the skin.
I am on the oily side so winters are easier. But come summer, and I start tanning. Not the good, sexy tan but the patchy, irritating one. However, I can neither stay indoors nor can I spend too much time caring for my skin. I reiterate - I am lazy. It has been four months since I got my eyebrows done!

So, my summer beauty care regime is as simple as it can get. Ample water, fruits and veggies, moisturizer, face wipes and minimal fried food. I wish I could say I sleep well but my sleep cycles are all over the place. I am wide awake at night and my eyes are glued shut in the morning. It's time I realize I am no longer a teenager.

Anyway, I started using the Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Luxury Age-Defying Hair Mask and it is awesome.  Although it is a bit expensive and tedious to use, it is well worth the time and money. That kind of got the "gold" idea rolling. I have been thinking, while everyone wears candy colors and tangerines in summer, won't it be awesome to wear gold instead. What better way to beat the sun than become one!

Throwback Time!

Unfortunately, I don't own a lot of metallic outfits or makeup but I am really curious to try some. To play it safe, I am starting with a gold highlighter. I don't think I can experiment with metallic lipstick but I have seen a few girls wearing it and they looked gorgeous. So yes, if you do try it please let me know what you think!  

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Skirts and Scarves

Hi All,

Today, I had to decide between a photo shoot and a hike to Punchbowl, Oregon. I chose the hike and like it was destined, after hardly a quarter of a mile, I twisted my ankle. Though hubby wanted to turn and go back, I was feeling quite the hero myself. It didn't hurt much at the time, and undaunted, I hiked all the way to the bottom of the fall. I even took a leisurely, luxurious dip in the freezing water. 

Well, right now I sit with my ointment covered feet up a cardboard box, wincing in pain and typing my quixotic adventures. It is so bad that I can't walk at all right now. I just hope it gets better by tomorrow because I hate going to the doctor. 

It's a good thing that I at least had the sense to have this photo shoot last week. I have been buying so many scarves lately but this is one of my favorites. So, this time, I built the whole outfit around this scarf. I love that this outfit can work so well for work and at the same time, I would totally wear it to a sophisticated lunch.

Photographer: Ashutosh Vidyarthi
Skirt - Banana Republic (similar here)
Top - Old (similar here)
Scarf - Burberry (splurge/save)
Clutch - Aldo (similar here)
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban (worn here)
Boots - Ann Taylor (worn here)
Watch - Movado (worn here)

Hope you enjoyed the post! Keep visiting and keep spreading smiles!! :-)

Friday, May 12, 2017

Guest Blog: DIY Patchwork

Guest Blogger: Sushmita Bhattacharya & her DIY Shoe

Remember how I posted an outfit with patchwork shoes a couple of weeks ago? (link here)

I was surprised when I saw the DIY version of these shoes came up on my Instagram feed. My adorable friend/sister-in-law, Sushmita, was the brains behind it.

Now, a little secret. I am terrible at DIY fashion projects. The last time I tried modifying my shoes, they became a goop of glitter and glue. I had to throw them out. So I requested Sushmita to do a guest post for me and she sent me this beautifully crafted piece. So, here she is and here is how to do patchwork perfectly. 
Hello beautiful people!

I am Sushmita Bhattacharya from Kolkata, India. I love DIY projects, creating something new out of the things I already have. Like most of you I have an undying love for shoes and what’s better than combining these two.

In a world where fashion trends change faster than anything, it is very difficult to keep up with everything that catches your eye. I know the struggle of not finding that exact thing in stores or buying it online, paying extra taxes and delivery charges. I loved the ongoing trend of patches and having been unable to find the patches of my choice in stores, I have tried my hands on making them myself. These patches are very easy to make and look perfect, casual yet chic, without burning a hole in the wallet. You can put them on your old tees, shoes, bags and give them a new look.

There are multiple ways of making patches. Here is how I made them.

Things Required :

*An old denim/ thick cloth-for the base
*embroidery rings
*embroidery threads and needle
*pen/color pencils
*fabric glue

Step 1: adjust the embroidery ring on the denim to keep the denim stretched . Keep the smaller ring at the bottom of the cloth and place the larger ring on top and adjust the screw to keep the cloth stretched.

Step 2. Draw the design on the cloth with a pen (you can also use a colour pencil in case you need to make corrections while drawing like I did.)

Step 3. Stitch the border of the design and fill the design with simple stitches.

Step 4. Cut the patch leaving a little cloth around the border and stick it to your shoes/tops/bags using fabric glue.
... and TADAAAA its done!!

Hope you have fun trying this out!

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Stripe Me!

Hi All!!

I usually take all my pics at the same location, right in front of my house so that the focus stays on the outfit and not the background. Another reason, of course, is that I am immensely lazy. However, my photographer, who also happens to by husband, spotted this beautiful wall near the local train tracks and insisted that we do a shoot here.

I am not really shy but it is never easy for me to do a public shoot.  I get conscious and my brows furrow and I look like I swallowed a bug. So, I was relieved when I saw this spot which was concealed by buildings and trees yet sunny enough to pop those blues.

Don't those black and white stripes contrast well with those brightly painted walls?!

Photographer: Ashutosh Vidyarthi
Dress: LOFT (similar here)
Watch: Longines (link here)
Necklace: Tiffany (link here)
Shoes: Nike (worn here too)

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Spring Shoulders!

Hi All!

Time for some musings. I recently read When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin Yalom and I became insanely philosophical. Then I read the Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht and that was a bit depressing. So now, I started binge watching Father Brown on Netflix and painting weird abstracts.

Also, I caught the shopping bug again. As a result, I bought a mélange of mismatched clothes. So, obviously, I had to shop again and again and the cycle thus continues. Anyway, a lot of clothes I bought are more fit for summer and it is still winter here in Oregon. If you love the feel of new clothes and accessories as much as I do, you understand how difficult it is to resist putting them on immediately. So, I decided to mix and match some winter wear with my latest finds.

This is one of the outfits, with which I felt immediately at ease. I love the quirk of bare shoulders with the thick black winter skirt. Since the top is quite fancy with its lacy white details, I steered clear from all accessories and just added a pair of white sneakers. I hope you like it too.

Photographer: Ashutosh Vidyarthi
Top: Loft (link here)
Skirt: Banana Republic (worn here before)
Bag: Victoria's Secret (worn here before)
Shoes: Nike (link here)

Keep shopping and keep spreading smiles!!