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Back in Texas

1:01 AM

This is my first outfit photo shoot in Texas since the Maxi! And that's like a whole month. So much has happened since then. 

1. For starters I have not shopped since a month. Yes! That's right people - No shopping. None. Nada. Zilch. (Just in case it wasn't clear in one language :P). It hasn't been that hard, just means I need to delete all the SALE alerts and mails I receive without even opening them. No walks in Mall any more and reducing the use of plastic for ONLY filling fuel in the car and groceries over $20.00! So far our plan is working. 

Why am I doing it? Well, I 'coz I feel I need to bloody-purge my closet first before I add anything new. Plus, I could always use a little savings towards my travel! 

2. Secondly, I have also completed ONE whole month of surviving without Sugar! By 'No Sugar' I mean anything and everything which is not NATURALLY sweet (likes fruits and vegetables) is off-limits ... i.e. no cakes, no pastries, no cookies, no Starbucks, no bottled juices, no desserts. So basically today's generation's concentration camp (term used lightly!)!

Why am I doing it? For the thrill of a challenge. I haven't really pushed myself to do something crazy for sometime now. Whenever I go to India I always fear the amount of food that will be forced down my throat by everyone. And on top of that I like to eat all the sweets that I genuinely like. So this time I went with a plan. I pledged to swear-off all forms of processed sugar for the whole of 6 MONTHS (i.e. till 30th Nov. 2011) and only eat home made food during my stay back home. Needless to say I didn't gain any weight and came back same size!

I can understand why to others my means would seem a bit too drastic and fanatic, but it is exciting for me. And don't even bother telling me 'you have one life' ... and how one should 'live to eat' ... and 'enjoy life to its fullest'! You don't hear me telling you how your poor eating habits, and no exercise is going to take a toll on your old age and so called 'one life', do you? ;) 

I am enjoying my life, but enjoying it by MY RULES! :) 
The Pretty Pendant c/o Nanostyle with the Pisces sign (which is not visible in the pictures)
Jumpsuit worn as loose pants!
Top has been added to Shop My Closet
Random shot, but I like it! 
Don't know what's up with the serious look! *hmm* ;)
 Spooky, right?

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62 comments

  1. good for you lady! elminating sugar from your diets is so beneficial to your body. americans have way too much sugar in their diet...me included...happy weekend lovely

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  2. I agree we should all enjoy ourselves but there is nothing wrong with a bit of control over what you are eating. I always have much more energy when I cut out sugar, it never lasts long though. Love the new look of your blog.

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  3. I love your shirt!! I like it shape, very interesting

    Ylenia
    http://longuette.blogspot.com

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  4. welcome back Tanvi..i love reading your posts. you look simple and fresh.
    cactusandcucumber.blogspot.com

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  5. That is one kick-ass challenge, I would have failed hopelessly at not eating sugar!
    But I have also been scrupulous with not shopping for about a month too and only buying what I really need grocery wise. It is incredible how much food can go to waste.

    Hope you've settled in back in Texas girl, have a lovely weekend!
    x.o.x.o
    p.s the colour of the top is a gorgeous hue on you.

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  6. i relate to this once in a while urge to do crazy things like tht! but hey all for the good ;) i like this top, I like it better when you had paired it with a salwar!

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  7. yes lady, live you life you way!!!...

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  8. what a cute header and giving up shopping for travel is something I can totally relate to,I actually tell my husband that I won't shop if we go on vacation :)

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  9. Everyone has their own way to live the life and should not care what other think about that.
    Like the new look of you page.

    Somehow i do not like this outfit much.Not sure about the reason but I like it the way you mixed it in the older posts.

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  10. I think it's amazing that you're giving up sugar! Honestly! I can't go for more than 7-10 days without caving in to a piece of chocolate - and that's when I'm really trying hard. Yeah and your 'one life to live' is going to be a lot healthier than those who are addicted to sweets!

    P.S. I thought this was a fashion blog? Why so many close ups of your face? :P Hahahahahahah :P

    Leia

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  11. I should cut out sugar...I try but I get too tempted by things like macarons and nutella coconut crepes.. Happy the comments are back because you look GORGEOUS in this post and otherwise I wouldn't be able to tell you, haha, well, I could always tweet you, i guess. Have a great weekend, Tanvi!

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  12. That's great Tanvi. Day 1 of my frugal is fabulous challenge started today. The launch post is here
    http://www.caribbeanprincessmusings.com/2011/06/introducing-cps-no-shopping-detox.html
    If anyone is interested. I will need your support though but I am thinking of my end reward of that mulberry handbag!
    I think it gets easier with time. I am also deleting all emails and throwing away catalogues when they arrive.

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  13. Ah! There is such a joy in no shopping na? I never thought I'd say it but it feels freeing to not have new stuff piled up in your closet. Give the shoebox sized flats in Bombay it makes sooooo much sense to not add to one's existing things. I am going to turn a blind eye to sales signs too....as much as I can! I didn't shop for close to a month and then yesterday bought a few things, ubt only after really thinking about it. :)

    The pink and black combo is so soothing and really nice. I have to try it soonly :)

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  14. I think what you're doing is so admirable! I don't think I can last one month without any shopping or sugar fix:)

    The last pic is kinda spooky haha!

    xx

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  15. Good for you Tanvi.
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  16. Great job on cutting out sugars Tanvi:) I have been doing it for some time too, and it makes me feel good. Love your outfit, the black and pink combo is very nice.

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  17. Its so liberating to stay away from shopping :) The top you wish to purge has so much potential, tuck-in , tuck -out..!
    xo kay

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  18. The header is brilliant! I'm not a fan of sweet stuff (other than the coke in my rum) so I could cope with your challenge but the no shopping? You're a braver woman than I!
    Love the close up photos, you are beautiful. x

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  19. do you realize lady that you are super inspiring for us?
    i am soooooooo thinking of going off sugar too...trouble is that i have been just thinking about it since a month when i heard you do it:(

    keep up the great work!:-)

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  20. Proud of you for not shopping and not eating sugar. That is inspiring. I wish I could do both...I can control shopping a bit but sugar....

    Welcome back home :)))


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  21. GORGEOUSS !

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  22. You, my friend, have tackled two addictions that I cannot imagine living without--shopping and sugar. Great job!!! This top is gorgeous! You are such a pretty girl!

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  23. First... hahahahahahahahahahahahaha at Leia's comment!!!!!!

    I love the serious look... it's quite sexy!! No wonder the camera shook for the photo after that... ;D

    Yay re the sugar strike! You know I don't eat sugar and you also now know how easy it is to stay off it... once the 'vampire' is quietened, it doesn't crave sugar anymore.

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  24. Loved the new header. I can never live without sugar. :p

    Good going with the two challenges.

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  25. The new header is cute. I like its clean look.

    That shirt/top is adorable. I love asymmetrical clothes.

    Kudos on the shopping-ban and suger-restriction. Both are very tough things to do. American society is saturated with advertising urging us to spend and eat poorly; no wonder so many of us are overweight. I can't, however, figure out why so many of us dress badly. You are inspirational on both fronts.

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  26. The change in blog title and the girl there looks awesome (it truly witnesses you there)… Diet plan and all, Specially NO sugar, Gr8.. I would never be able to do such things.. :)

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  27. Self control on what you eat!! I like it! Staying healthy is key to living a longer and stronger life! :)

    Lovely necklace. :)


    xoxo,
    Mel

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  28. I am very impressed with your no sugar restriction. Go girl. Love the pink and black combo for your 1st July outfit. Have a great weekend. Xxxx

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  29. Tanvii,
    I love ur post today, esp the ending. It so vibes with my lifestyle, I work out a lot too and dont binge or indugle when my other friends do, and they think I am a freak to be so 'obssessed' But hey, i am going to live once and i want to live it by my rules. And with working out so much and eatign right, my body doesnt even crave sweets or bad stuff anymore.. Keep up ur hardwork and ur dedication!

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  30. Ouch!That sounds tough!But I've also completed my month of living without any butter!Yipee!

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  31. Wow! You're amazing. I am pretty sure I could never do that. I once tried a juice fast that lasted about 36 hours...You look great in pink!

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  32. Well done for not shopping!! I've been pretty good about not shopping as well.
    And yay for cutting out sugar. That's one thing I could never do!

    You look so great. Wearing the jumpsuit as trousers, and by adding the pink top, is a great idea!! Also love the blurry shot.

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  33. I'm impressed you've gone so long without sugar! and shopping! You are inspiration to us all :)

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  34. I'm really impressed, Tanvi (not only by your new header)... It's weird with these diet choices. Sometimes I just haven't got the inner strength to face a drastic thing like that - and on other times it's really easy.
    Happy long weekend!

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  35. Gr8!! I admire ur will power. :) And like the last pic, all blurry.

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  36. I went on a budget imposed shopping diet haha. I haven't gone clothes shopping since April. It's not that hard when you know there's nothing to buy things with so there's no point. I've online browsed a little but never actually gotten anything. I'm also reconsidering my shopping habits, I need to bring more lists with me when it comes to clothes shopping- I do it for supply and food shopping! Congrats on the no sugar challenge- I've lessened my intake but I doubt I could go sugar free- especially since dairy has sugar! I love your new header too, and wow, is there a color you don't look great in? ;) Love this asymmetrical tunic!

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  37. super cute top, Tanvii. kudos to you on continuing your no sugar pledge and your non shopping. i'm changing up my food diet starting this month too -- pretty much increasing protein and decreasing carbs. i am a carb-a-holic

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  38. love the new header .. and great going with the challenge .. :)

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  39. Sugar free literally! I'm trying it too! Best of luck with it sistah! :)

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  40. love your shirt!

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  41. love the second last shot. beautiful!

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  42. i love the cut of that top and the button detailing and youve styled it perfectly -tres chic xx

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  43. My dear Tanvi I really like cause u listen or at least trying to understand your body without comparing it to the other's programs, that's exactly what I'm doing... U look great here, pale pink suits u, and the pants are fantastic! U're one cute pink ghost on the last photo!:Dlol
    kisses
    Jelena
    http://glamfabchameleon.blogspot.com/

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  44. love the new look of your blog..:):) the sketch is adorable!

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  45. The header is nice. I'm not a sugar fan, but it's great that you are showing such discipline...w/ shopping as well. Best of luck! I like your pink shirt. :)

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  46. Love your shirt! The buttons are really amazing...
    And congrats on shopping for a whole month. I have to stop shopping too - but my weakness is plates and baking pans!

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  47. The new header is cute! I like doing challenges, just because! The satisfaction you get after its completion is amazing :)

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  48. well done for being so strong and sticking to your rules. (eating a lovely cinamon bun as I write this ).

    I believe in a happy medium in all. But we are all different and thats what make us so great :)

    I do know that cutting out sugar makes u feel amazing once u got over the first few days.

    x

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  49. Hey Tanvi,you are one beautiful fashionista! I like your blog title so much...you are a great writer.thanks for stopping by at my blog
    "CherishDreamLove"

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  50. No shopping for a month? wow that deserves all my respect, I could never do it, love that blouse is so unique!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

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  51. no shopping or sweets?? i'm impressed!

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  52. I love this! you stay strong girl! Love the new header!

    XX!
    YvonnaLivianna
    YvonnaLivianna.blogspot.com

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  53. Wow! No shopping and no sugar! Thats a deadly combo! But congratulations on going through it for one month...like always...u are a genius!! Good luck and may the angels be with you for the next few months when it comes to avoiding sugar :-)

    Like the look! And you have lost weight! The no sugar this is showing its effects!

    Keep it up and keep the *weight* down :-0

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  54. Gorgeous outfit!! You look great!!

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  55. love the blog and you look fabulouss. the top is so fun!

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  56. Your skin looks great, you look radiant! I have to try this. I need to say no sweets and no shopping!

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  57. Oh.. Enjoying ourselves is the best thing to do.. Also.. I totally agree with living life.. by your rules.. AWesome!! You are very pretty... and I totally love your dressing sense.. stunning!!

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  58. wow., double congrats to you on the no shopping and no sugar! totally agree it's important to purge... on both! -- every once in a while.

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  59. HAHAHAHAH --> " And don't even bother telling me 'you have one life' ... and how one should 'live to eat' ... and 'enjoy life to its fullest'! You don't hear me telling you how your poor eating habits, and no exercise is going to take a toll on your old age and so called 'one life', do you? ;) "

    most of the people who say that "khao yaar" thing are... kahi na kahi se.

    I am addicted to Hanumanji ki boondi these days :/

    i like your plan, all the best!!!

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