Short Trip to D.C. | Indian Woman Fashion, Fitness, Food, Style & Travel Photography Blog by Tanvi Rastogi

Short Trip to D.C.

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Day 1 (Super Cold)
Jacket - Massimo Dutti [04']; Tee - Mom's [Esprit 10'] 
Jeans - Miss Sixty [09']; Shoes - Air Walk from Payless [08']

Day 2 (Still cold but bearable) 
Jacket - Burberry [09']; Trousers - GAP [11']
Shirt - Old Navy [11']; Shoes - Tory Burch [10']

Day 3 (Super HOT!) 
Top - GAP [11']; Skirt - Old Navy [11'] 
Shoes - Me Too [09']; Necklace - For TxSCC via Charming Charlie [11']

Some of the readers have asked me that why do I never inform them (on the blog) in advance about my travel plans. As, usually, I say I am taking a break and only when I get back I spill the beans. I have narrowed down to essentially three C's (reasons) for why I do that:

1) Control: Due to the blog, most parts of my life are open for public consumption but still somewhere within me I like to feel in control of the information I give out. And choosing when and how to share it, is simply a way of doing that. 

2) Caution: Giving away your whereabouts while you will be away from home (for long periods of times) just does not sound safe to me. Last year we fell prey to a house burglary and I do not think I could live through another one. Hence, better safe than sorry?

3) Curious Cats: Unlike most bloggers a huge percentage of my readership is via non-bloggers, i.e. friends, friends-of-friends, family etc. However, due to this wide spread of people and word-of-mouth (both of which I cannot track), I have no way of knowing who is reading my blog. My recent trip back home (earlier this years) brought to my attention that anyone who is even 'remotely' related [yes! you-creepy-relative-who-never-comment-I-am-talking-about-you!] to me or has 'ever' heard my name - reads my blog! [Is it just me or does anyone else find that creepy?]. And while they are also so-called-readers and may even be 'loyal' readers, but I cannot help but wonder if they have an ulterior motive (gossip, etc.)? Therefore, it makes me wanna filter what I choose to write and share in this space! Do not want to give "them" [you know who you are!] the satisfaction...

Are my reasons justified?



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69 comments

  1. Totally justified! :)
    We all have our own set of rules, of what to share and when to share.

    And yes, its very creepy and sometimes un-nerving when someone you never expected, says that they follow your blog. As i always say, when you go public you'll be judged!

    Love the burberry jacket!

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  2. totally love the orange ballet flats :) n keep your hair loose, you look berry pretty

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  3. haha totally agree with all the C's!
    And i love the last outfit and the tory burch shoes! <3
    xx

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  4. Love all the outfits, Tanvi! :) Did you get to see all the cherry blossoms while in DC? :)

    Okay, now coming to your three C's.. I think one should share only what they feel comfortable sharing. Period. You don't need to justify what you share on this space to anyone (I know you know that :D) It is for similar reasons that Holly and I are anonymous and faceless and we don't mention where and when we are going on a holiday... It is better to be safe rather than sorry, right? :)

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  5. YES, I TOTALLY understand why you don't want to tell us when you're going on a trip. You are absolutely right and justified in your reasoning.

    And as for the outfits, is it any surprise that I like the 'hot day' skirt and top outfit the best? Well, it's just so much pink! How could I not love it? :P

    I hope you had a fun trip to DC!

    Leia

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  6. I'd buy those reasons. I wish there were better tracking tools. Friend's relative reads my blog and I had no clue and had several things to say...many such people. I never understand why they don't openly come forward and say what they have to!

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  7. Your reasons are fully justified babe!! You have & should always utilize the right of choosing which information to make public & which not to! I guess, we, your admiring readers, are happy any which ways....aren't we??? :))

    P.S.: Loving all the looks, as always.....specially the summery one!

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  8. Your points are totally well stated! I had no idea you had so much family reading your blog!

    Happy weekend dear!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  9. Well said.Reasons are absolutely justified.
    Happy to know you enjoyed your trip.C u soooon.

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  10. Cool and chick outfits! You are looking very pretty

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  11. Very justified reasons and end of the day it is your personal space so you write what you want :)
    But u shudnt have elaborated on your 2nd C too mch coz people now know that when u r taking a break u cud be travelling.. Just a thought that came to my mind.... :)

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  12. Very sensible, indeed.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  13. Love your transition from fall too spring. so pretty :)

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  14. Hi Tanvi! Loving the pink and white skirt that you have in one of your outfit shots! Very spring, and something I would love to wear if the British weather decided to cooperate for once.

    Also, loved your v-log! And thanks for the blog comment!!

    xoxo

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  15. LOL, I do the same, and I never tried to analyze why. Of the blogging world, a few people are actually privy to any deets that I want to share, but yes I think you've given very sound reasons(plus, this is just one snippet of your life, you don't have to tell the interwebz everything!)

    Loved the way you've paired denims in the first outfit--super cute!

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  16. First of all, love your outfits. Those flats are awesome!
    Second of all, definitely justified reasons. I recently found out a relative (whom I've only met at 5 years old and haven't kept in touch with) has been reading my blog, printing out articles and sending them to my grandmother! Way creepy.
    Have a great day!
    -Ellie

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  17. You're one chic traveller, the pink outfit is absolutely my favourite!

    And yes, one can never be too cautious:)

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  18. Yes, the reasons are justified..100%!

    Mwaah!

    PS. Love the outfit in pink!
    PPS Yaaayyy, am back! Personally asked the IT head to tweak my system's settings :)

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  19. Love your outfits and totally justified. In fact, today I wrote about "how much is too much" in blog posts:):)

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  20. Absolutely justified @ you privacy and the sharing boundaries. And its totally creepy when random people are reading you, when you are unaware of it!

    Love the pink look (skirt) :)

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  21. Absolutely justified! It is always better to control the amount of info you give out on the blog because you never really know who is reading/stalking your blog..and I totally love the last outfit:)

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  22. Love day three outfit and yes, you gotta control access.

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  23. Of course, your reasons are perfectly valid! You don't need to explain yourself, Tanvi! I don't blame you for being cautious about announcing when your house will be empty. My house was broken into about three weeks after I moved to Mexico, and I never want to experience that again!

    So happy you had a taste of warm weather for your trip! I can't believe you were so well prepared for everything Mother Nature threw at you!

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  24. love all your looks and good choice of shoes...totally comfy for walking round!!...
    and i totally agree with you tanvi with not giving info beforehand...i even do not tell if i am going or on a break on my blog, i think im entitled to my privacy!!

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  25. Oh no that's horrible.

    Completely justified!!! I think it's best to share with your readers what you'd like and feel comfortable sharing, but to an extent. If you're going away, maybe don't mention when and where until you return to share with your readers.

    To me, my blog is sort of like my journal - my diary, but there are things I like to keep private. :)

    Love the pink outfit.

    xoxo,
    melrod

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  26. I completely agree with not wanting to share when/where you are going until you return. Makes total sense! Sorry to hear about the burglary, by the way- that's so scary!

    Love your bright orange Tory Burch flats! Super cute!

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  27. well i prefer not to know at all when and where u go and just to see u there on the pics,it's better surprise for me and i enjoy more!:))) i loveee the third hot day-hot in each sense!!:)))
    kisses
    http://glamfabchameleon.blogspot.com/

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  28. Super hot wale din aap toh super hot lag rahe ho :D

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  29. Yes - totally justified!! I have heard a lot of stories of people sharing their travel plans and coming back to find their place robbed! In fact, when we travel, we ask our neighbors to pick our newspaper so that no one see them stacked in the driveway and know we are not in. I know, talk about being paranoid:-)

    love reason#3, hehehe!!

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  30. I completely agree with you. Totally justified - infact I'd do the same (If I could control my excitement about forthcoming trips) lol.
    As usual looking so pretty! Feel like gifting those orange beauties? (Tory Burch) ;)

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  31. Your reasons are definitely justified. You never know who's reading.

    Love all 3 trip outfits. The 2nd one is perfect for a cool day and the last one is my favourite. It's so pretty and pink.

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  32. ♥I love your blog so much.)) ♥

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  33. oohh great skirt! <3 EverRubyGirl.blogspot.com

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  34. You don't need to justify your preferences: you are entitled to set whatever rules you want. We're grateful for what you do give us. We have no right to ask for more.

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  35. yep justified!
    I mean you dont need to specify where you are goin!
    it like probing into someone's privacy!

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  36. I think you're totally justified. It's a real smart move. Sometimes I wish I could censor myself a little better. LOL

    Have a great weekend, sweetie! Love all of your outfits especially the last one. It screams spring prettiness! xoxo

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  37. So did you enjoy DC? I live just south of it, and love it - such a pretty city and so much to do :)
    ps. i think your reasons are justified - very smart actually

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  38. GIRL I WANT TO REPOST THIS ENTIRE THING ON MY BLOG BECAUSE I FEEL THE SAME WAY> I understand everything you are saying. Why not say hey I stopped by your blog, but insted they'll act like they never heard of it but they are really probly obsessed wuth you, I took it too far huh...lol.
    Anyways you look pretty as usual. Love those orange flats. I need them in my life:)

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  39. You don't have to tell anyone anything! It's your blog! I'm just glad you took pictures while you were away so I didn't miss your cute matching red outfit!

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  40. I couldn't agree with you any more. I never tell anything about my plans unless I am flying solo, cuz then house safety is not an issue since the husband is home. I limit giving away information to any tom, dick and harry about my blog too, cuz then I cannot rant about the unusual characters I meet :) Just out of curiosity and don't answer if I am prying, were you at the GTL conference at DC early this week?

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  41. lovely outfits and yes i totally feel ur reasons r justified. Be back soon!

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  42. apart from the fact that you are looking cute as always, you reasons are JUSTIFIED. opening up your life to the public eye is fun at times and you get so much out of it but at other times you never know who is out there. I know with mine I have some creepy past expiriences and even though i love blogging and my blog I like to keep my personal life as it is. it makes sense. Just coz you allow ppl into your world to some they think they own you

    http://themashedup.blogspot.com/
    Lydz xX

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  43. the reasons are totally justified!! hope you had a fun trip!!
    you look hot in the pink outfit!!

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  44. totally justified. it's your blog and you can choose what you want to say and when you want to say it! i totally understand that relatives and "friends" love to be nosey and will "stalk" everything you say or do either via blog, facebook or twitter.

    luckily you got one hot day in dc!!! it's been quite cold here too. still in the 30s and 40s for the most part :(

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  45. Love the pink skirt! Looks like you had a good time! xo style, she wrote

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  46. your orange ballerinas are simply adorable, and i love how your outfit matches the cherry blossoms in the background of that other shot! :)

    hm, and i have to agree - i also don't really feel comfortable spreading the news of going on vacation (before the vacation) on my blog (even though i think last time i did it - not the exact date, though). you never know who's reading it, and these days it's actually so easy to collect all necessary info about you on the internet. so i don't think you're paranoid :)

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  47. I love the outfits, especially the pink skirt and orange flats.
    I am so sorry your house was burgled last year. It makes me angry to know that some unknown violated your home.

    I agree with your reasoning although it is your blog so of course you make the rules! No need for justification but I appreciate you sharing the reasons and I agree with them.

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  48. Can't agree more. Not just on blogs, its not safe any more to publish whereabouts even on FB. I am not too happy about FB entitlements/accesses.

    Congratulations on your Cosmo debut. You so so so deserve it.

    I saw your video as well, you sound so cute. I don't know I kind of imagined a head strong girl - may be you are cutesy-head-strong girl.

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  49. oh .. why justifying ? you are free to do whatever you wish ..

    p.s. loving the looks... the first one looks kinda cozy ..

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  50. seriously?!why should you have to announce your travel plans to anyone...i never understand why people do that stuff on fb because it's not safe. anyway, love all the looks and i'm a huge fan of miss sixty jeans. i bought a few when i lived in Italy and they're still going strong several years later:-). love coming to your blog when i get a few free minutes by myself:-)

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  52. I adore your blog! love the tips! The combo you're wearing in the last pic is chic! you've got approachable style :) love it!!

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  53. You've got approachable style girl
    nice job
    xoxo

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  54. I'm loving the denim on denim! and the pretty pink skirt is just lovely!
    Also, i think you have very justified and sensible reasons for not posting about your travel plans in advance :)

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  55. i do think you're justified, but you also dont have to explain to us - its your blog and you should do what works for you! how awful about the burglary - dont blame you for not giving out info before hand!

    i CAN relate to the weird family-reading part. my immediate family hardly ever reads, but members who are more removed have found it and do, which is so strange and creepy to me! AND my boyfriends family - they are SUCH dedicated readers. so sweet, but i kind of feel like i have to censor myself. but, i also put this info on the internet and cant control who reads it, even though i wish i could! haha.

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  56. Don't worry about the lurkers. Just shame them once in a while, like so: http://wendybrandes.com/blog/2008/01/happy-delurking-week-eben-shapiro/

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  57. Tanviii the point is not whether your reasons are justified or not; the point is whether you are content with them or not! :)

    Honestly, I don't think so much but my case is different. I know how you're talking about those readers who never comment! I'm always met with surprises at gatherings when someone or the other always tells me that they *always* read my blog! I wonder how many anonymous readers are out there! But yeah, we choose what we want known so I guess that's what matters at the end!

    Oh I love how you did denim on denim in the first couple shots! :)

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  58. Tanvii, that second C is so important.

    Cool orange shoes on the second outfit post.

    windowshopz.com

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  59. you look as fresh as those blossoms. Pink suits you really well(especially the first 2 pics).

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  60. Um, I agree with you on it all.

    I love that cute pink outfit you have going on... :)

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  61. Hi Tanvi,
    These short trips are great boosters, ain’t they?
    And you look fitter and leaner...lost more weight?
    Omg...eat something woman...you’d be gorgeous anyways.

    You carry out all the three looks with super panache...
    Looking different in each of them, yet having your signature stylish stamp somewhere:-)

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  62. So stylish tanvii! You look like barbie here :) So girly! Love the outfit ! :D

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  63. Justified, Justified, Justified!

    Sweet photos...Really like the pink skirt..it's screaming HELLO SUMMER!!

    Keep em coming :-)

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  64. love the orange flats! such a good pop of color :)

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