Friday, December 12, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The tunic dress however, fits like a glove. I really like tunic dresses of this kind but I can never find them in my size or a size bigger in here. Plus it is so soft it is like wearing a nightgown.
Pants - Zara (More than 12 years old)
Shoes - Busy Bee (Koregaon Park)
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
I have some exciting news. I have been asked by an e-commerce menswear company called Bonobos to participate in their Fall Style Challenge along with other bloggers.
The challenge is to style different looks for women that would complement any items from their Fall men's suit line. This is a no brainer because I love Fall: it not too cold, not too hot and you get to layer. Plus I have to say their Fall line is very nice even if I am no expert on men's fashion. They have some pieces I know the hubby would have liked. Who am I kidding, they have some pieces I would have picked for myself (if the price was not too steep).
Anyway, based on the Bonobos Fall lookbook, I decided to style these following outfits: (and they all come with a story!)
It is Sunday. You and your man want to have a lazy day: sleeping in, then going out for brunch at your neighborhood cafe, maybe end up antique shopping. He is dressed relaxed in Jeans and shirt but he adds a little bit of texture with his tweed jacket. You want to match his effortless look with a boyfriend jeans but you up the ante by paring it with a bejeweled sweater, peplum shirt and your favorite trench. The beret makes you feel like such a lady but the grey booties say " you rock, girl!". Well, just because it is Sunday, does not mean you have to let go of your style.
There you have it: three different styles that would compliment any items from Bonobos Fall line. It was fun styling these outfits. I cannot wait to see what the other bloggers will do with the challenge. Stayed tune to learn more as well. Do not forget to check Bonobos for more Fall styles.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
I am stuck. In a dress routine. I wear the same thing over and over and sometimes the same way. I wanted to dress better this year, wear more of the clothes that keep hanging on my closet. Basically have fun with the clothes I neglected. For a while I was trying. I went on Polyvore and made styling boards of different items that I have problems wearing. And it worked. Dressing up was fun and so much faster in the mornings. But these past weeks I have been wearing the same thing maybe because I have been busy. I grab these Jeans my Hubby bought for me from the US and a top. Sometimes when I have more time I throw on a blazer on and some heels. Truth is I love the jeans. They are a nice dark wash and not too loose or too tight. They are perfect. But I was trying to get out of my comfort zone and avoid the jeans uniform. Not stay in.
I hate routine. But I am not comfortable with change either. The truth is I would love to just change my entire wardrobe and start from scratch. But that would require funds I do not have. Therefore I better work with what I got. Since most of it is not bad at all.
Take this tunic for example. I had it for a year now. I love it so much I made another one just like that. Sure it is big and not that flattering unless I use a belt (which I never do). But it is comfy and so easy to style. Plus the tropical print always gives me a boost. So far I always wore it with jeans or black pants. But today I decided to pair it with orange pants and ankle strap heels. It was nice and unusual. The pants could have used a bit of ironing but I am happy with the result.
Maybe the problem is that I want to dress great but I am not willing to suffer from it. If you have been reading for a long time you will now that I am all about comfort. I get that fashion is to have fun and experiment. But you cannot expect me to have fun strutting in five inch heels. I am not into that "fashion is pain" thing. I am more into "fashion is comfort" thing. And I am not willing to sacrifice that. I need a pair of jeans I don't have to struggle to get in. I need a pair of pants that is not so tight I can't breathe. I need heels that give me enough support so I do not wobble when I walk. My dresses will never be too tight or too revealing.
But I will tell you what I am willing to do in the name of fashion: I am willing to experiment with color and prints and materials. Everyday I am discovering more prints to fall in love with and more colors that may suit me. Living in India, you have to fall in love with prints and colors and embellishments. It is what they do best when it comes to fashion design. Furthermore I would experiment with silhouettes. I have been dying to try and make (or have someone make me) pleated midi or full skirt. They are so ladylike and elegant, an attribute that I find missing in my style. But also simple pants. I need simple structured pants. That is what is lacking in my wardrobe: more tailored outfits. Less boho and more chic. Because the bohemian thing can get you so far. Have you seen how much crap the Olsen twins get for their dress style. Personally I love it (and even dedicated a full board on my Pinterest) to it. Yet, something got to give.
There you have it, my next goal in perfecting my style: not stray too far from my comfort zone by trying new things. How on earth am I to accomplish that? Well stay tuned!
Sunday, September 28, 2014
"Life is too short, buy the shoes!"
I wished I could live by that moto. I often deprive myself of little pleasures just because. I see a fabulous pair shoes at the mall but I do not get it. I see the red velvet cake I have been eying at the bakery but I resist it. I have coupons for the spa waiting to be used but I do not go. Why am I doing this? Why am I always denying my self? What am I so scared of? True, I have too many shoes and really do not need to buy more. But one more pair of shoes will not hurt me and my bank account. If I end up never wearing them, I can sell them. And if I wear them, they will make me happy. And what about the spa? I do not have much time to enjoy a full body massage and all that jazz but I could get a mani pedi.
And that is what I did today. I went and got myself a pedicure. It was not my first time getting one. But I never got to enjoy the full experience on previous occasions because it easily takes two hours. And who has time for that? Today I sat for an hour and a half. As a result, my feet are super soft plus I had my toenails painted. I am a henna girl but I thought that I could give nail polish a try particularly when someone else is doing it for me. I felt great but I could not quite relax. During the whole thing I kept on thinking that I would feel better shopping. What is wrong with me?
I really need to learn to indulge more. My best friend says that I am afraid of getting out of my comfort zone. She may be right. I am a housewife and my life revolve around my family. I take care of their every need but often ignore mine. The only thing that I seem to do for myself these days are eating, watching TV, Zumba and shopping. But I am thinking that there is more to life than just that. I want to have fun and laugh out loud. I want to do something out of the ordinary that does not involve spending too much money or putting myself in harm's way. I want to go see a concert, a show, enroll in a class.
Speaking of depriving myself, this sequin tee is almost as old as my second son yet it it the third time I am wearing it. I find it too daunting to wear in broad daylight. It is too bright, too shiny. "But what is the worse that could happen if I wear it? " I asked myself this morning. "Maybe draw attention to myself." was my answer. So I put it on and went on to enjoy a sunny Sunday: pedicure, burgers for lunch and a quick stop at the Women's entrepreneurs fair (where I did not buy a single thing however tempting it was). It was not as bad as I thought. Sometimes in life you have to take chances, you have to indulge, you have to wear sequins in daylight, buy the danm shoes, eat the cake and get those toes painted..... Before they turn the lights out.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
You would think that after 10 hours on the road, I would be fed up with driving (or being driven). But a two hour drive to Palolem beach just reminded me how much I love just driving. Plus the scenery was beautiful: luscious greens, colorful houses, even the tumultuous river was a sight not to miss. Plus listening to the radio made it so fun. Which brings me to my number two.
2-Listening to Indigo radio
I actually discovered this radio on my 1st trip to Goa and urged the hubby to check it out. He loved it and said that it reminded him of the radio in the US. They have all the latest hits but also some good oldies like How will I know from Witney Houston or Pray by Take that. I just wished I could have this radio in Pune as well.
If you go to Goa you got to eat well. And their selection of international food makes it so easy to indulge. We love Goan food but we also enjoy other cuisines. On this trip most of the joints we wanted to hit were closed for the monsoon, but we got to discover new ones like Fat fish and Cafe Délicieux. The fish Thali we ate at Fat Fish was succulent. I am not big on seafood but I was licking my mussels and sucking my crab legs till the last drop. I could not stop. And I could not remember the last time I enjoyed seafood. My husband said that if it was any indication of how good coastal food is, we should try to go to kerela.
Cafe Délicieux was a surprise. I could not believe how cheap everything was. Plus it was good. The dessert selection was a bit of traditional and bit innovative. The sandwiches were great and came with a refreshing salad. I just wished we stayed longer because they have these huge velvety couches that are perfect for lounging. Actually I wished I had such a nice place to hang in Pune.
4-Stroll on the beach
Well duh! It is Goa. You may want to swim but I would not recommend it during Monsoon. The waves are high and strong, they may drown you. So a nice little stroll is in order. The sand is wet from the rain but still feels nice under the toes. If you are lucky, you may see the skies clearing up and enjoy the light peeking through the clouds. Is it peaceful.
5- Visit old Goa
Old Goa is an area in the city with old buildings dating back to the 15th century. They have old churches and Unesco World heritage sites. They provide a peaceful and nice shelter from the rain and many Instagram opportunities.
There are plenty of others things to do in Goa like shopping but for a short trip and under the crazy rain, I was glad of what we did. I hope I get to go back to Goa. It is really a nice place for vacations with or without rain.
I leave you with what I wore on the way to, in and out of Goa. To learn more about what to wear on road trips, read this.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Yesterday I went fabric shopping for my business and I spotted a really nice leopard fabric. I bought 3 meters thinking that I could make a maxi dress. At home, I played with the fabric a bit thinking about all the things I could make instead of a maxi dress (I am getting a tad bored with them) : jumpsuit? Not sure I am confident enough to pull it off and wear it. Pants? I already have one. A dress shirt? Yes! That could work. But wait a minute, a blazer would get more use.
So there I was on a Sunday afternoon between reheating lunch for the kids and preparing for Iftar, cutting and sewing the blazer. It actually took me more time because as always I mess up ( finished it the following Tuesday). I used this tutorial found on Youtube that looks super easy. I was glad to realize that sewing the sleeves before closing the sides is much easier than sewing them on a finished garment. For a touch of fun, I addded a pink collar and cuffs. And voila?