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In the outfit below I might look like a Gandhiwadi (someone who follows Gandhi ji's ideologies, most popular one being non-voilence) but trust me, that was not the intention at all! For starters, among many other unpopular opinions that I have about Mr. Gandhi, I am quite violent, prone to temper, and impatient to the nth degree! Nonetheless, Mr. Gandhi got one thing right - Hand spun Cotton! It is the best fabric to wear in summer - cool and comfortable! If you know me (or follow me on twitter) then you know what I am talking about ... I hate synthetic and polyester. It makes my skin feel trapped and gasp for fresh air. Long live natural fabrics. Long Live Cotton!

Don't read any further, if you are here for fashion. What follows has nothing to do with even the 'F' of Fashion :) ...
Talking of Mr. Gandhi, I suddenly remembered a Chinese movie (my husband forced me to watch last week, for which I am thankful!) - Ip Man. The movie is based on true incidents from the life of a marital artist Yip Kai-Man who later, also became a teacher to many, one of whom is our very own Bruce Lee. After watching the movie I started to ponder about the concept of 'Patriotism'. Until now I hadn't thought much about it. Suddenly after watching the movie I wondered if 'Patriotism' was one of the hurdles in the path to World Peace. Think about it, if there was no patriotism, but only general regard and respect for mankind, no matter where they were born or bred, wouldn't the need to own, capture, secure and protect a man made boundary disappear? It is wonderful to be proud of one's heritage but if that converts into thinking that you are better superior than the other cultures, then it is not really a nobel concept now, is it?

In my understanding 'Patriotism' which first was a by product of all the wars and battles which had been fought by tribes, clans, cults, religious groups to survive, has transformed into the reason for which countries send thousands of their troops to war now
! It is soon becoming an obsolete emotion. This generation is all over the place. We are born in one country, study in another, work in the third country and then retire in all together new country. So which country are you going to be 'patriotic' about? And I do not mean for a sports game, I mean in the time for war? 

Moving on, below is what I shall refer to as
Photo Bomb! Pictures we took over the weekend, on a quite afternoon, in downtown against a lime green wall. Enjoy!












Top - COS [10'] 
Shoes - Rare [11']
Pants - Anokhi [India, 11'] 
Necklace - Gift [Mom 10']
Bracelet - Gift from a friend [Anita Sunder 10'] 


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107 comments

  1. Simplicity and Chic speaks loud here :)

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  2. a perfect outfit for summer and you look like a diva, I am not a very patriotic person if by patriotism someone means that India is superior to others then I don't think so
    but in the event of an war, hopefully it'll never happen I would support India cause I live here and all my loved ones too
    what about you?

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  3. White cotton givs an impact of shiny day.You look so fresh and simple.(NOT TO FORGET)shoes and bag are adding color & beauty.

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  4. I love these photos a LOT. Especially the pants and the green wall. And the one where you're smelling your finger (crazy lady :))
    I love the new look of your blog!

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  5. i hope you realize its illegal to look this hot in summers :)

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  6. Yes! i love my India.Live in peace with my family and friends.
    You expressed Patriotism in a very appropriate manner.Totally AGREE.

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  7. Perfect and confy outfit for the summer.. U look gorgeous in the pics and the green wall and bag has added the total pop of colors in the pics..

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  8. Aaahhhh!! Nothing like cotton for the sweltering summer months!!! :)

    I'm also an absolute non-believer in Synthetic materials......it's natural fabrics for me all the way!

    Loving your ring......& the whole freshness in the outfit! The dhoti pants are great too!! :))

    P.S.: Like the new look of the blog!

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  9. That cotton outfit is simplicity at it's best as it not only looks cool but showcases your fab shoes and jewellery to perfection.
    xxx

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  10. I have the exact same pants from Anokhi in brown and i lurrve them so comfortable! :)

    And patriotism in itself is not a negative emotion, however, people associate a false sense of superiority with it, which I think makes it nasty. And I do agree that perhaps if we think of ourselves as 'world citizens' and respect one another in that sense, peace would prevail !

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  11. You look precious, Tanvii. I am a sucker for hand-woven cotton. in fact, my best friend Ritika Mittal's brand, MORA, is all about promoting natural fabrics, especially cotton.

    Your outfit is simple, summery, chic and striking. A rare combination, made possible by the white and the cotton match. Hope you have a great week ahead, girl.

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  12. WOW...
    love the way youve teamed up those platforms with the salwar...

    love your style:)

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  13. Three favourites together: simplicity, all white and Tanvi :)

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  14. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! even my Hubby Loved it!! ( I am bugging him now to now hep me find your ring look alike.

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  15. I second Rohinie. Platforms and salwar. That's a first!
    And I'm surely loving it!
    :)

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  16. Wow tanvi i think this is my most fav outfits of yours! i love each piece on you. You look so KHADI CHIC, even if there is something like that. and if not YOU can start it.
    Love the accessories sppllyyyyy the jewellery. The rings etc
    Bravo!!
    im blown over

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  17. pretty Gandhian princess......damn gorgeous!

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  18. I LOOOOVE IT! Exactly what ClassyFab said, you look so khadi chic! And your hair is looking fabulous too! Love the rings and the other accessories!

    My second-fav post after the cheerful yellow one :)

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  19. what a stylish look displaying your patriotism. I like the way that you did this post. Beautiful ring!

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  20. You look so calm and pretty! The location is BEAUTIFUL! Love your accessories & shoes! Only you could carry this off,really pretty!
    And,the post is really well written! *thumbs up*
    <3


    www.arty-heart.blogspot.com

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  21. WOW... After a long time I feel like actually commenting. Great Post. I like your thought process of translating patriotism in a totally different light. And you look STUNNING in these pics.

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  22. How do u manage to walk in those high heels :)

    and Gandhi I dont like him at all The worst thing to have happened to indian politics look we are still dealing with it inspite of independance ...

    Bikram's

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  23. Oh Tanvi! I totally agree about patriotism. In fact I have been saying the same thing for years but no one wants to listen to me! :P I've never understood nationalism (I guess because I don't belong to any particular nation) but I have always felt that human beings need to get rid of all barriers that stop us from banding together - we are all the same, we all feel the same emotions and have the same basic necessities. We need to look past race, religion, color, etc if we really want to live in harmony with each other!

    On another note, you are looking lovely. The outfit looks so breezy and perfect for summer, and I love the jewelry you are wearing with it too!

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  24. I adore your touch of white Indian chic, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh so fabulous!!!. loving your killer shoes Tanvi.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  25. So breezy and beautiful dear!
    I think that it's all about perspective. One can be patriotic and be more open minded towards his fellow man but it can also go the other way. The process of acceptance and inclusion unfortunately is still one in progress!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  26. nice look.... though I would have preferred a jooti instead of those high heels..

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  27. Lovely :) Have been staring at your pics for sometime now. Love the all white and long live cotton indeed, without cotton summer would be tooooo brutal to bear!

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  28. Those are some killer heels! Love your new blog layout too:)

    xx

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  29. You look fabulous T! Your hair, the shoes, the styling, perfecto!

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  30. Pristine! That's the only word thats coming to my mind right now :)

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  31. You look FAB!! I love love love those pants!!!!!! and the shoes are just Heaven!! :)

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  32. Love the look! You have made khadi sexy and chic..:) You have nailed the look..from your hair to the shoes...And 100% cotton ..so breathable :)

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  33. Love cotton and how it feels against your skin in the Summer. "Serene elegance" is what comes to mind. The splash of color with the handbag, jewelry and shoes make the outfit. Great job Tanvi:)

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  34. I think one of my favorite songs of all times says it best: "Imagine there's no countries, nothing to live or die for..."

    ;)

    Love love love the look!

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  35. Breezy!...lovely neck piece...would love to see some pics of this outfit with mojris...

    Patriotism...hmmmm...interesting thought...kinda makes sense...I think problems creep in when any 'ism' gets to an extreme...

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  36. Gandhi did get 'cotton' right. 99% of the times, I wear cotton shirts and trousers.

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  37. I'm with you 100% on your feelings about patriotism..
    And I love your shalwar kameez lookalike!

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  38. I love this look Tanvi! At first glance you might think, "what a calm, soothing look", but that fabulous bag brings a perfect pop of color! Maybe that was your violent side protesting to all that peaceful white? :)

    The shape of the pieces reminds me of the salwar kameez's I wore while in India. Granted, they were ridiculously colorful, but I always felt cool even while staying very much covered up. I'm a bug fan of cotton!

    Santina
    http://stylebysantina.blogspot.com/

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  39. if everybody had your view of patriotism, i think the concept of 'world peace' would be easy..
    being patriotic and feeling superior are two different things which sadly ppl always confuse and combine...

    love your outfit.. and ill be honest here.. i wouldnt have dared to even attempt such a look coz i dont know if i can pull it off!
    you look fab!

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  40. Love cottons too! And can't be thankful enough for them, in these HARD (read summer) times!!! :)

    Well, patriotism is a good and bad emotion. Bad being it creates differences which people take too seriously for the love of life!
    Good being, it brings out the Indian-ness in me (other country ness for others) :D

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  41. Absolutely love it! The shoes make the look so modern!

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  42. beautiful!

    http://fashionhandglide.blogspot.com

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  43. I agree with you concerning cotton. It's the best fabric for summer!
    I love your pants+accessories very much!

    Anna

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  44. I love this look completely..! you've some great style!
    kayc

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  45. amazing style!! i love your pants, great job on the challenge!
    xo Caitlin
    www.stylewithinreach.net

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  46. You look so sexy and pretty! Loving that bag!

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  47. I like those shoes Tanvii!

    windowshopz.com

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  48. Love the pop of pink from the bag!

    xx
    www.westmountfashionista.com

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  49. Love those shoes. And I also like that you are prone to violence and temper too. I am not the only one that lists "firecracker" as an adjective for my personality.

    xo.

    Angie

    thehotnessyourmommawarnedyouabout.blogspot.com

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  50. Love the white.. oh you look so comfortable in this heat! and of course, chis as ever... and i love the ring.. and i absolutely looove the kurta and patiala.. ohh

    btw, i hope you werent offended about my comment the other day.. I was just speaking my mind.. though i think you'd understand right? Just know though that i reallly do look forward to seeing a new post up on your blog! Was glad you decided to come by to visit mine! yep, its definitely a work in progress..

    (sorry bout going completely off topic here)

    ~Much love~

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  51. I love the shoes and accessories.

    milesoffashion.blogspot.com

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  52. The great thing about white? Any other color you use "pops"! I love that bag!

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  53. cotton and those deadly bomb shoes...awesome combination...you just brought cotton several notches up on looking sophisticated n chic:-)

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  54. You look amazing! Hand Spun cotton sounds SO comfortable!

    Thanks for the Photo Bomb! ;)

    xx rk

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  55. I know I said this on twitter yesterady, but: OMG, Your shoes!!!!!

    Hmmm, good points on patriotism. And all so true. I've always stayed away from heavy patriotism, unless it's a good ole' fashioned cricket match, hehe.

    I love this really light cotton outfit. It does look so comfortable and so good for this weather. It looks so fantastic on you.

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  56. You know I can't staring at those shoes. What an expected detail. Love!

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  57. What a nice, crisp outfit! I am not a big fan of cotton :-). It creases to easily and looses its sheen after the first wash:-(

    yup, patriotism is complicated in todays world where you live in different countries. From me its a question of giving back to the society what I have taken from it. I support causes both here and back in India.

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  58. I would literally look like a potato sack in this outfit.

    You, on the other hand, look spectacular!! I adore this look on you. It's so chic. And that bag is gorgeous. The color is my favorite. I love that it seems to match your lipstick. :) And those heels are AMAZING! xoxo

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  59. Oh my goodness, you look stunning! What a perfect summer outfit and those shoes are incredible!!! Hugs and kisses, sunshine

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  60. Looking forward to the day when war is obsolete. Cool outfit in more than one sense. Love the shoes. Xxxx

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  61. YOu go girl!!! Your pics looks so bright and love the handbag and shoes.

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  62. I think patriotism is definitely a stumbling block to World Peace (not that I think that could really happen for long anyway). But patriotism is bad, and I seem to notice more and more of it.

    Love the green wall, on a lighter note! Great backdrop!

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  63. With all the white, the pink bag just took my breath away!

    Would love it, if you would stop by and see how a 45+ year old handles “White Out”—you might get a good chuckle anyway! See you there! http://stillblondeafteralltheseyears.com/2011/05/white-out-change-it-up-outfits-modeled-by-women-over-45/
    The Chief Blonde

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  64. This looks so good on you Tanvi. I like the mix of the modern and traditional in it

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  65. In love w your shoes! You have great style, i am a new follower :-) Found you through bloggers do it better. Stop by my blog and check out my take on the white out!!!

    xo
    Flor
    http://flordemariafashion.com/

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  66. Viva cotton!

    And Tanvi, those shoes are killer! I am in love with the combination of the casual top / pants but the glam touches. :O)

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  67. love this post and outfit!!

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  68. You look gr8..:)

    http://idiotsandgenious.blogspot.com

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  69. loving your outfit ! its so perfect for the Indian summer. Also love the small bursts of colours via your lipstick and bag! way to go T!

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  70. WOW!!absolutely amazing!! di ur looking FAB!!

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  71. Tanvi you look so chic here :) I hope you win the contest!

    I have added the movie to my weekend movie list. I have utmost respect for Gandhiji, he was an exceptional human being. Unfortunately we as Indians have not been able to stand up to or reach the full potential we were supposed to reach, yet! We really lack a proper leader! I wish we had someone as charismatic as Obama.

    The concept of nationalism is pretty outdated and over hyped. I used to feel highly patriotic as a child, it was instilled in my by my surroundings. I was abroad during my childhood and visited India during summer holidays. The coming back 'home' was a great feeling :)

    Then I grew up, formed my own opinions, questioned rules which were put upon me with out any reasons, learnt more each day, travelled the world and did so much more. 10 years back I would have been offended by what you have written here about patriotism, but now at this juncture in my life..i completely agree!

    The world will be a much much better place if there was no concept of national boundaries and nationality and all that jazz associated with it! Maybe after a 100 years there might be a huge change in this..who knows!

    Coming back to your outfit, I admire your personal style. Chic yet simple, fashionable yet elegant :) and many compliments to the photographer. He sure knows how to capture the right moment perfectly :)

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  72. Looking so lovely tanvi!! I'm someone who'd never do white n white.. [all with looking big and all! ] but u look superb!! Elegance personified!

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  73. Love the look! Glowing in simplicity. And ll those pop of colors- from the wall to your bag just provide such FUN to the photographs.

    I like your hair also that u chose for the look

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  74. wow, nice new look for the blog...and u look like u r dressed to kill! :D

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  75. I love this outfit, those shoes are insanely perfect! You look great :)
    Have a great day!
    -Ellie

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  76. those pants are te greatest, this is a beautiful look, and the place looks different. i like it :)

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

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  77. Your pics make me love cotton even more!

    Good to hear your take on patriotism. Regionalism (in our country) is even worse, India sadly is severely compartmentalized. ok, i need to think abt cotton again and feel peppy :D

    www.kavisto.blogspot.com

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  78. well, i think patriotism is good!!!...
    your shoes are killer!!!

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  79. OMG your pumps are ridiculously high!! I am in love with the shoes!!!!

    Awesome doll!

    Have a great day!

    xoxo,
    melrod

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  80. i've actually heard a lot about Ip Man. i think my hubby was trying to get me to watch it too, but i still haven't gotten around to that.

    your shoes are stellar!

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  81. Your jewelry is so very lovely :)

    xx Cat brideblu

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  82. I don't even think Gandhi could rock that ensemble so fabulously! And super chic too with that shot of bold bright pink! You look gorgeously casual hun! Happy Wednesday!

    xo-Julie

    Haute Khuuture Blog

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  83. those shoes are pretty fabulous!

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  84. Love the red sole shoes! xo style, she wrote

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  85. Those are the coooolest pants ever!!! They have such an interesting shape! I'm wondering how they would look with a shorter shirt? Plus your ring is beautiful!!

    Btw, gave you a little award in my blog. You don't have to feel obliged to do it, just wanted to let you know that I've really liked getting to know you through this blogging world I'm discovering.

    :)
    Saludos!!

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  86. well u know how to rock the white without looking as a bride!:Dxixix my dear and gorgeous friend your shoes are to die for,and this bag color-loveeeee!!!;)
    kissssssssssssssssssssss
    Jelena

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  87. wow I love how you always mix it up - this is so simple and chic, I love the shoe choice! x

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  88. Love the shoes
    Raijean
    http://www.swa-rai.com

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  89. Hey there lady, you won one of the tees in our striped tee giveaway. Email us your size, color choice and addy when you have a sec!

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  90. Lovely! Those shoes are amazing, the bag was perfect choice, love the way it pops outs!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

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  91. You gorgeous you!!
    Love this crisp neat and fresh look :D

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  92. the outfit is so summer and breezy! and those shoes are hot

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  93. haven't been around for long but wohoo! Gorgeous :) the kurta is so so awesome..
    Lemme look around the COSStore :)

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  94. Your shoes just called me and said they wanted to come live in my closet...seriously though, those shoes are amazing and I LOVE them! They look stunning with the pants . You really pulled off the White Out!

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  95. Those shoes are the ISH!!! Love 'em with those pants!

    http://thriftyandshameless.blogspot.com

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  96. Love those shoes!

    When Geek Met Chic
    http://whengeekmetchic.blogspot.com/

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  97. i just luvvv the whole look...white kurta salwar n a chic pink bag!!!!wow....n the shoes omg simply gorgeous......

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  98. Nice ....can u pls tell which brand of bag is this??love the pink :)

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