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So Long Texas …

We are relocating and en route to Washington D.C.
As we look back on our years spent in Texas ... 
Texas was a turning point in my husband's life. Texas is not only where he got his education but also learnt the lessons of life. This is where he discovered himself and realized his strengths and indulged in his weaknesses. While there was complete independence, there was also no safety net to fall back on. He met many new people, came across many new cultures and learnt that no matter where we come from, we all have same emotions.  
All the milestones of his life have been achieved in Texas - got married, got his Ph.D, got his first job … But then all the lows were also, here in Texas. He adds that it never felt like a low because, "… we were together."  
Texas is what has shaped our marriage, our life, our mutual understanding. Texas has taken as much as it has given us. We made many friends here and also lost one too many, but these contradictions are what makes it our best and the worst of times. 
We have crossed mountains and valleys but always with a smile. We have tackled all our problems as a challenge instead of looking at it as a set-back. If you ask me all our struggles have been the most fun times of our life together. Even when we had nothing we had each other. Even when nothing was going our way, we were there for each other. Situations when one would expect people to breakdown, we would celebrate our life. This is when we discovered that happiness has nothing to do with circumstances. You create your own happiness.  
For me Texas was nothing more than a reminiscent wilderness of Western movies. I was used to big cities and their hustle. But Texas's warmth made me feel at home pretty fast. This is where I found my best friend, this is where I started blogging, this is where I made peace with who I am.    
Now we are leaving Texas … with a heavy heart. Although we have no family here but somewhere deep down it feels like we are leaving home again.
I want to cry, 
the tears are dry 
I look out the plane, 
as we are about to fly, 
There's no smile 
nor there's a sigh, 
So long Texas, 
… for now it's goodbye!

Girl Code: Rules Among Girl Friends

Girl Code: Rule Among Girl Friends,
Columnist E. Jean was asked (in a an Elle issue) regarding Girl Code and she gave the following suggestions. Plus I added my own repertoire and a few of my own rules. 
Never hate a woman you have never met. Except reality-tv-stars. They are practically asking for it.  
Never date a friend's ex. Unless you don't want her as your friend any more. Then go right ahead.  
Never reveal another female's secret. 'Coz that's just rotten. That's what we need to learn from men.
Never leave an inebriated friend alone at a bar. That's something a guy would do, and that's more of a reason why we shouldn't.  
Never invite a friend's enemy to the party. You gotta stay together to survive this war.  
Never dine alone with a friend's boyfriend/husband. Unless she is already dead.  
Never stay quiet when a friend is falling for an asshole. You will only save time 'coz let's face it, you will be cleaning the mess later anyways.  
Never trust a girlfriend who dates married man. There are simply no excuses.  
Never favorite a friend'd sarcastic tweets. Always retweet them.  
Never give four stars to a friend's business on Yelp. Always give five.  
Never give constructive criticism on your friend's Facebook wall. Give it to her in person.  
Never agree with your friend when she self-deprecates herself. Tell her her best qualities and save the day.  
Never treat other women disrespectfully. It gives men ideas. 
Never discourage a friend or her dream. Be supportive and kind.
Never give dishonest feedback. That ain't helping anyone.
Never bail on a friend when she is down. Be there no matter what. 
What are some of your rules?  

Three Ways To Style Striped Denims

Three Ways To Style Striped Denims,
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I love this pair of denims. They are comfortable, body flattering and as you can see also versatile. I cannot wait to get more wear, out of them. They are extremely easy to style. Finally a pair which I can wear during warmer temperatures too. 

Lust List: Pastels Galore

Lust List: Pastels Galore,
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10
11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17 / 18 / 19 
When I told you guys I am drawn to all things pastels I wasn't kidding. The mish-mash of all these colors is just stuff dreams are made of. 
How adorable is that bikini, and the headband? And that cute little skirt and the quirky clutch? oh! Well ... I am LOVIN' everything on this list. And WANT everything on this list. 
If only the weather would get a Spring Memo too, it would just be great! 

Oxford Shirt & Jeans

It has been over two weeks since I did an outfit post. Can you believe that? I was trying to go old school with blogging. Y'know the first year when it was all words and no pictures. I have to say, I really enjoyed it. I didn't miss the outfits. Did you?
So why am I breaking my no-outfit-streak? Well ... I got a haircut. I couldn't resist taking pictures. And when you take pictures, you have to post them. Right? (:  
Button Down Shirt, Skinny Jeans, Polka Dot Heels,
Button Down Shirt, Skinny Jeans, Polka Dot Heels,
Button Down Shirt, Skinny Jeans, Polka Dot Heels,
Button Down Shirt, Skinny Jeans, Polka Dot Heels,
Button Down Shirt, Skinny Jeans, Polka Dot Heels,
Button Down Shirt, Skinny Jeans, Polka Dot Heels,
Button Down Shirt, Skinny Jeans, Polka Dot Heels,
White Button-Down (previously worn here) - Husband's // More Options
Jeans - Zara // Similar 
Bangle - Crazy & Co. 
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