Monday, October 27, 2014

Diwali - Glitter, Glam and Gourmet!

Diwali is an Indian festival that celebrates the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness and truth over deceit. The story of Diwali is based on the epic tale of Ramayana.  However, I will not discuss it here as it would be a really long post if I do so and although the festival has its origin in Hindu scriptures, in India, people of every religion celebrate it - just like Christmas, Eid or Gurunanak Jayanti. Moreover, since I was a kid, I have been too busy feasting and being merry to dwell upon the religious aspect of any holiday.
The streets on Diwali night are filled with strings of lights and the houses glitter with innumerable rows of diyas (lamps) and candles. The aroma of delicious sweets and snacks emanates from every house. Everyone dons his/her best traditional outfit and shares gifts with friends and family. Holidays are indeed happy times!
Alas! This time I and my hubby were a long, long way from home on Diwali. So, to escape all the loneliness, we decided to make the best of it. We did a lot of cooking (although it was not even half the amount of cooking that is done back home on Diwali), lit a few candles and dressed up traditionally.
Here are the pictures. Hope you enjoy it!

The Outfit:
Red & Golden Sari and Blouse with Crystal and Bead Work (similar here), Golden Jhumkas(earrings)(similar here), Red Glass Bangles (similar here) - Local Indian Boutiques and Street Vendors

Sandals - Inc 5

The Food (Anti-clockwise -- 1st picture):
Aloo Rasa (Potato Curry)

Matar Paneer (Cottage Cheese and Peas with Spices)
Tamatar ki Chutney (Sweet Tomato Chutney)
Kachori (Deep Fried Stuffed Indian Bread)
Pulao (Fragrant Indian Rice Tempered with Spices and Dry Fruits)
Badami Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding with Ground Almonds)

Photographer: Ashutosh Vidyarthi

My friends and readers who have not yet visited India, do consider visiting India during Diwali or any such festival and you will certainly have a lot of fun! :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Casual Weekend

Hi Friends,

Nothing says weekend coffee better than a simple tee and miniskirt!
I buy a lot of stuff during sale and clearance events. I got this skirt and this tee at a clearance sale this summer for $25 and $20 respectively. Since a black A-line/skater skirt or a regular grey tee has hardly any chance of being termed "last season"(not that I give much importance to "in season" when it comes to fashion), I thought it was a pretty good deal.
The weather in Oregon is extremely unpredictable this time of the year with winter and summer simultaneously blending with fall. I donned this look on one of the warmer days. Come winter and all I need to add is a knee-length coat with stockings and a pair of black booties!
Quick Tip: While buying stuff at clearance sales be sure to only buy stuff which is classic and perennial in nature. Silk blouses, cotton shirts, simple tees, traditional blazers and LBDs are the safest bets. Stay away from stuff that is supposedly too trendy as it is bound to be considered passé within weeks. Exercise caution and you will never goof up a sale/clearance purchase.

Have fun shopping!



Photographer: Ashutosh Vidyarthi
Skirt - J.Crew (similar here & here)
T-Shirt - J.Crew (similar here)
Pouch Clutch - Bebe (similar here)/(used here)
Moccasins - Old Navy (similar here)
Watch - Tommy Hilfiger (similar here)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Yellow and Orange

Hi Pals,

I spent the last week in San Francisco and Los Angeles. In SFO, I spent majority of my time in Yosemite National Park and hence missed out on the street fashion in the city. However, in LA, I was blissfully glancing through the streets at some beautiful women with impeccable taste in fashion. I am a bit shy at asking people to pose for me, hence, I was unable to capture these wonderful fashionistas. However, certain things that were very noticeable on the fashion front are-
  1. Black Still Rules - Black dresses, skirts, silk blouses and well fitted pants are very fashionable this season. There was a lot of grey too, especially during the day.
  2. Re-Boot - Boots and booties of various lengths and shapes fill the streets.
  3. Time to Shine - Glitter, sequins and embellishments never go out of style.
  4. Orange is the Color of the Season - The color goes from day to night with perfect ease.
Currently, we have very little summer left and fall has almost arrived. So, for this outfit, I have tried to put together both summer and fall colors, i.e., yellow, beige, brown and orange. Hope you enjoy the photos, the outfit and the post!


Photographer- Ashutosh Vidyarthi
Dress with Belt - Nine West
Shoes - Nine West
Bag - Mango (gift from a dear friend)
Watch - Fossil
Necklace - Street Find