Saturday, September 23, 2017

Romantically Blue

As a tween, once, I begged my parents to buy me a pair of skinny jeans. It wasn't like the super skinny jeans of today but just a pair of narrow fit jeans which looked dapper especially with folded cuffs. At the time, I lived in a tiny town with few shops most of which were unaware that such a thing existed. With great difficulty, they managed to find me a pair. It didn't fit me and looked nothing like the jeans that I had seen on television. Worse still, a month later, skinny jeans were out and boot-cuts were in. I was a kid and people's opinions mattered. I never really got a chance to flaunt my fake skinny Levis. 

Now I am an adult and only wear outfits that make me feel good. I still love skinny jeans and have pairs that fit me well. So, it doesn't matter whether those are en vogue or not.  But ever since that jean-fiasco, I have been wary of fickle fads.

Although one should wear everything one wants to, without any fear of judgment, consider yourself lucky if you find your personal style. A style that you can don confidently without worrying what "fashion experts" say about it. A style that is immune to transient trends because it makes you feel beautiful. If you have found your personal style, whether it be LBDs with stilettos or sweatpants with flip-flops, you have one aspect of your life figured out. 

If there is one thing that makes me feel glam and sweet and pretty, it is cotton off-shoulder dress/top. I have never seen a girl not look utterly beautiful with bare shoulders, and that includes my humble self. I bought this J. Crew dress on sale this summer and it has been my absolute favorite ever since. I am so sad that fall is almost upon us and I will have to put this dress away and add the weight of wool to my shoulders.

Photographer: Ashutosh Vidyarthi
Dress - J. Crew (similar here)
Shoes - JustFab (similar here)
Bracelet - Old Street Find 
Necklace - Tiffany Diamonds by the Yard (link here)
Earrings - ForeverMark 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Basic T-Shirt Dress

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As much as I love frilly skirts, silk shirts, and strappy heels, their upkeep isn't easy. Most of us aren't Kate Middleton and our hair doesn't stay in place all day. Our dresses crease and we don't look like we just walked out of a Gucci ad shoot. It also doesn't help if you are lazy like me. 

Basic, low-maintenance clothing is all the rage now and I can see why. It's comfortable to wear and needs minimal upkeep. And if it also looks pretty, no harm done, right? A t-shirt dress hits just the right spots. It is a summer must-have and transcends to a fall favorite if paired with a light jacket and stockings. I love how little space it needs when you need to travel light, and looks perfectly prim and pretty even with sneakers or flats.

My jackets and boots, out and ready, I hope to wear it, again, in fall. The summer has been endless this time!

Photographer: Ashutosh Vidyarthi

Dress - Polo Ralph Lauren (similar here)
Sneakers - Nike (worn here before)
Bag - Matt and Nat (worn here before)
Watch - Longines (worn here before)
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban (worn here before)

Friday, August 25, 2017

Rocking Black and White 7 Ways

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There is something about the no-nonsense simplicity of black and white that enables it to sneak into almost every closet. It's pretty hard to go wrong with these colors and they work for every occassion, every event, and look gorgeous everyday. The only risk with this color combination is ending up with the same look over and over again. For example, my got-to outfit is a white silk shirt paired with ankle length black pants. I wear this look so often that I realized just now that I have never posted that outfit on this blog. It is that mundane.

Thankfully, from time to time, my experiments with these colors have moved beyond the mundane. Here are seven of my favorite black and white looks that I have donned in the past. Do let me know which one is your favorite? Also, leave a comment telling us what's your B&W game? 

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Styling Structures

Given that one-shouldered, off-shouldered and other structured tops are all the rage right now, I thought I will try an overstated version of it for once. I must say, I really enjoyed styling this one. 

I bought this shirt at Forever 21(link here) on sale, and I truthfully admit that on seeing it go back to its original price, I felt immensely proud of my shopping skills. I wore it a bit differently from the model on the site, not raising the right flap and not wearing the waistband in a bow. 

A few years ago, when I started the blog, I had been conscious of my under-arm fat and my lack of Barbie-doll arms. At the time, I either avoided wearing clothes that divulged the body parts of which I was insecure or discarded any pictures that revealed any fraction of them. Not anymore. I guess part of growing up is being secure in your body and mind. Also, I have to credit my photographer/husband who has always cheered me on, encouraged me to wear whatever I want and give not a damn about what people think. Now, I have stopped following all tips to feign bodily perfection. I just feel more perfect.

As an ode to the thought, I will start by sharing the picture from this shoot that I least want to share.

Photographer: Ashutosh Vidyarthi
One-Shoulder Top - Forever21 (link here)
Jeans - Old (Abercrombie & Fitch*)
Pumps - Michael Kors (worn here before)
Purse - Matt & Nat (worn here before) - My current favorite purse!
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban (worn here before)

What is the one thing you have been afraid of wearing? Will you wear it before the year ends? Let me know through the comment box.

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*I am not making any purchases at Abercrombie after learning about their history of body-shaming. However, I detest any kind of waste and therefore, I still wear my old purchases. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Cotton Candy!

Contrary to popular belief, not every girl is born loving pink. In fact, till about 1940s, before the clothing manufacturers chose to flip our minds to their benefit, pink used to be associated more with boys and men. Another proof that genetilia derived rules are always arbitary, useless and transient. So it's best to wear what you enjoy. The world is bound to change sooner or later and who knows, you might be a trendsetter, in body and in brains. 

I for one, am not particulary fond of pink. I have hardly had three pieces of pink in my closet. But I loved this top. Its high quality, responsibily sourced cotton is very light and airy, and its color is a perfect match with the right pocket of my shorts.  

My doting hubby planned the perfect weekend in Leavenworth, a quaint German town, for my birthday. We watched Annie and Sound of Music amid the mountains and chowed down scrumptious Mexican and Italian dinners. Unfortunaltely, being vegans/vegetarians, we didn't get a chance to try any German food, famous for its various wursts.

The pictures were taken in downtown Leavenworth. Hope you enjoy these pieces of our travels.

Photographer: Ashutosh Vidyarthi
Top: Anthropologie (similar here)
Shorts: Gap (similar here)
Shoes: Nike (worn here before)
Bag: Matt & Nat (similar here)
Sunglasses: RayBan

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