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!!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Playing Dress Up!

Hello All!

I am absolutely into monochromatic dresses these days. I haven't bought prints in a while and for good reason too. When it's a beautiful, bold, printed dress it becomes the nucleus of my look. As pretty as a floral or geometric print dress in bright, captive colors looks, there isn't much I can add to it. I am not a big fan of matching/clashing prints (yes... I know it's all the rage right now but it's not my cup of tea) and so if I wear a printed piece I just want to complement it with neutral accessories. However, if the main piece is a solid color, there are a lot of ways to play with it.

For example, I tried this simple plain dress with a blue blazer and it looked fabulous. I paired it with yellow floral pumps and it looked quirky. And in these pictures, I paired it with several black accessories to make it work for a lunch or a day at the office and it worked both ways.

Notice how the dress looks different at different lengths? I just wore the same belt in two different ways - one in which I puffed the top part of the dress around it so that the hemline would seem shorter and more playful, and the other in which I cinched the belt tightly around the waist, pulling the whole dress down and wearing it at its actual length.

I have also posted a picture with the blazer which makes the outfit look more professional and I have posted one with the dress sans accessories so that you get an idea of how the dress looked originally.

Photographer: Ashutosh Vidyarthi
Dress - JustFab (similar here)
Pumps - Shoe Dazzle (similar here)
Belt - Lauren Ralph Lauren (similar here)
Bag - Coach (worn here)
Fitness Tracker - Fitbit Alta (link here)
Blazer - H&M (similar here)

Hope you liked the post and the pictures! Keep visiting and keep spreading smiles!!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Back to Basics

Hola Amigas!

Someone says, make a career. Someone says, make a home. Someone says, you are too fat to wear that skirt. Someone says, that dress is meant for a voluptuous lady. Someone says, you should be married by now. Someone says, why did you marry so early. Someone says, you are a lousy cook. Someone says, you spend way too much time in the kitchen. Someone says, you are a terrible mother. Someone says, you are overbearing. Someone says you look sloppy. Someone says, your red nails are too slutty for office. 

We have all been there. Done that. At least one... if not all.

Your life is your story. The only one in which you will be the unquestionable lead. The only one in which you have the chance to say and do all you can. The only one through which you can show the world what you are made of. The only one that will be your legacy. Write it the way you want. Don't let the the world pen it for you.

At least once in a while, dance to your favorite tunes alone till your feet hurt. Eat a whole cake in one sitting without worrying about your weight. Wear your prettiest shoes to the supermarket even if it kills your feet. Wear the most seductive red lipstick and look into the mirror to seduce yourself. Watch the same movie over and over till your head explodes. Smile at a stranger even if you think you look like a fool. And love someone unconditionally because you will live just this once.

Photographer: Ashutosh Vidyarthi

Pants: J Crew (similar here)
Top: Abercrombie & Fitch* (similar here)
Bag: Aldo (link here)
Loafer: Madden Girl (link here)

*P.S.: After reading various controversial news articles about Abercrombie & Fitch and it's history of body-shaming, I have stopped buying anything from their stores. However, since I do not want to waste my old purchases, I continue to wear them.
(The statement is solely my opinion and is not meant to discourage anyone from shopping the brand

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Leopards in Spring!

Hello All!


Time to shorten the hemlines - spring is just around the corner. Everything looks lovely when the sun is out.

In truth, the sun shines rarely even now. It is still quite cold and damp. But I am bored of those layers and layers of wool. Those thick scarves. Those impractical gloves.

You know with what I am not bored? Hats. Yes, I am totally into hats now. I am building quite a collection too. There is bound to be a post exclusively on hats.

Now about this dress. I love combining leopard prints with neutral pieces. In fact, animal prints are pretty neutral themselves and easy to pair with a lot of different colors and several prints. Red fits the deal perfectly. I wasn't very sure about the bodycon though. I am not usually a fan of bodycons. Nonetheless, here it is and it doesn't look bad at all.

Hope you liked the post and the pictures! To what spring style are you looking forward? Tell us through the comment box!

Photographer: Ashutosh Vidyarthi
Dress - Forever21 (similar here)
Pumps - Guess (worn here before)
Bag - Matt & Nat (worn here before)

Saturday, January 28, 2017

White Winters!

Hi All!!

Don't I feel like an Indian actress standing in the snow with severely inadequate clothes, looking all comfortable and happy while my innards freeze slowly. The cold aside, who doesn't like the look of fresh white snow? It makes every color pop.And it doesn't really snow much here in Beaverton, so it was a welcome change from the mundane dampness that accompanies the dull winter here.

Now, about the dress. I get crazy about plum and burgundy shades this season. It works fabulously with almost every neutral piece of clothing or accessory. I have had this animal print coat for years but I love it so much that I never wear it. That is my way with all my favorite pieces. For the fear of ruining them, I don't wear them at all. I wonder if that is what you all do too.

Anyway, what with my cold feet, and I mean that literally, I forgot to take close-ups altogether. You can obviously neither see the texture of the dress nor the necklace. I was actually hesitant to post it altogether but I worked too hard to just leave it alone. Although, the dress is still available on the store website, so yippie! You can check it out in detail.

Photographer: Ashutosh Vidyarthi
Dress - Banana Republic Factory (link here)
Coat - Forever New (worn here before)
Boots - Aldo (worn here before)
Bag - Coach (worn here before)
Aviators - RayBan (similar here)
Gloves - Old
Thanks for reading! Keep spreading smiles!!