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Inspiration - Miranda Kerr

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This weekend we watched two random suspense thrillers (Hindi Movies) ... [Kanoon (1960) & Uljhan (1975)] ... which has confirmed my belief that our old movies (up until late 90's) are responsible for portraying Indian women as submissive and docile. While I am quite sure the truth was quite different from this representation. For instance: 

They fainted on the spot at even a slight indication of stress or a disturbing news. Are you kidding me? I do not know any woman who is that frail and weak hearted. If nothing else, they are the ones who give strength to everyone around, unless they had a severe deficiency of Iron! 

They are shown painfully shy and bashful, even to their own husband. Errmmm ... picture this -> Husband has returned from a long day of work and wishes to indulge in some romantic cuddle-snuggle-nuzzle and instead of indulging in the same, their reaction is "Hatto na!" [Translation: Let go!] ... Really? WHY??!

Tears are their answer to all the problems and challenges. Illness, Death, Crime, Lost love, hunger, famine, Infidelity, Miscarriage, Betrayal, no matter what character they were playing - Woman in these movies cried their heart out with equal valor. *major.eye.roll* 

Phone 'ringing' is more important than being cozy with their lover/husband. This is the second most common scene -> The couple is having a cute romantic time and thats when the phone rings. The female is the one to break away and say, "Arre phone toh uthoa na" ...[Translation: First pick up the phone!] My reaction would probably be the exact opposite. "Leave the damn phone", after all who is more important?   

They are a picture of sacrifice and always succumbing to society's pressure for the sake of their family. Whether is the matter of brother's education, friend's chastity, husband's honor, or ailing father's health - the woman in these movies is practically dying to be a martyr and giving up their love and happiness. Like whatever! Might as well bury them alive upon birth. Such a poor rendition to a woman's resilience and strength!

Thankfully, our recent movies have long departed from this poor portrayal.      

...and so had my today's outfit - Departing from my forte (bright colors & prints) 
Black + White | Everybody, Everywear
Tank - American Apparel [11']
Skirt - Calvin Klein [10']
Shoes - Me Too via TJ Maxx [09']
Necklace - c/o clyde's rebirth [11'] 
Clutch - Karla's for Coach [10']

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122 comments

  1. Hahaha @ indian movies
    ..and you look smoking hot!

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  2. totally agree abt the women are portrayed in the movies, even some right now have them playing such bimbos.
    LOVE ur outfit.When i saw the heading and the little picture on my dashboard, I thought the picture was of miranda kerr!
    HAHA
    but u look awesome! and i LOVE miranda kerr

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  3. Old movies can be ai ridiculously funny. Ooh and love your necklace dear!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  4. Lovely outfit .. you look amazing as always ..

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  5. OMG I love this post! Your dissection of those movies made me laugh so hard. You look great too.

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  6. i love the contrast of your outfit with that multi-coloured backdrop.

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  7. You my friend, outdo yourself with each post! Love your entire outfit! And those observations about old Hindi movies are spot on :)

    Gayatri

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  8. LOL! I'd be furious too if he thought answering the phone was more important!
    You look amazing! Chic! :)

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  9. I'm glad women are being portrayed in a more accurate way now! And as for the outfit, I LOVE it... one can never go wrong with neutrals and simple silhouettes :)

    Leia

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  10. love this look. Special bias for black n white! While I don't ever relate to these characters from the movies u speak of, I know several ppl are like tht (i tell myself they're from another era, or got influenced thus!) What I also particularly dislike is that all nasty women have anglo names (e.g. if ur Rita ur auto bad as compared to Sujata!)utterly disappointing generalisation abt names no?

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  11. ROFL to all your observations!!!!!

    xoxoxo
    Ritcha

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  12. Old Hindi Movies, Oh God, now I wonder how I even sat through them ;-). You look soo good in that outfit, so chic, better than Miranda!!

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  13. love the outfit very chic
    good thing they don't shows us like that any more

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  14. Haha! The movies.

    And your necklace is absolutely gorgeous!

    Love
    labelpurple.blogspot.com

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  15. Liked the varied creation. Pls. continue posting your new creations through your blog.

    Thanks,
    Shravan
    Online Shopping, Womens Fashion

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  16. Once again, you're bringing up a great subject :)

    You're look is so fab, simple and yet glamorous. And the basic black and white looks amazing :)

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  17. Seriously, Hindi movies have come a long way...and thats a nice and pleasant departure from ur usual colors. :) U look gr8 as always!!

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  18. Loving your take on monochrome... so chic! The necklace is gorge.

    I was chuckling away reading this, I think some old Chinese movies/sitcoms have more or less the same portrayals of women... they all kick ass of course now and multi-task like superwomen!
    x.o.x.o

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  19. Wow. You look SO GOOD! Found the right kind of inspiration there. Miranda Kerr is gorgeous and I love her style!

    <3

    p.s. I wanna see more of this hair-do. You look exceptionally pretty like this. :P

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  20. Wow you look like a sexy secretary. Very hot!

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  21. Smoking hot and way sexier than the inspiration.
    Old movies are so cheesy but irresitable. x

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  22. I totally Love the bag, I am on a look out for a work-bag and this seems like a good option and you carry the outfit very well, I give more points to your photograph than the models....:) Loved the blue/green wall as well...

    Darn, you work hard for one post :D

    Hugs
    Chintu Singh

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  23. I love how you recreated Miranda's outfit! You look gorgeous!

    XoXo
    Plami

    http://www.fashionthrill.com/

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  24. white vest and pencil skirt will be my eternal favourite combination - and you totally rock it, Tanvi!
    Great film observations... The phone ringing often seems to be a rather weak method to push the story forward.

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  25. Ha, ha, old Hindi movies, my favorite for the music still though:) These days I love watching them with friends and/or family so that we can point out all the nonsense and laugh:):)

    I thought I loved you in color, but love you in black and white too:)

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  26. I love you with skirts sooooooooooooo chic, Tanvi.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  27. Excellent inspiration and excellent result!

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  28. LURVE the look! Elegant and hot! :)

    Also haven't noticed these stereotypes :D so let me lash out my stereotype about bollywood story writers and directors - they can never think grey, they think *only* female leads need to be exploited, and their sobbing leads sometimes make me cringe! :P

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  29. maybe the caller was calling to tell the lady that she won the sweepstakes she submitted a raffle for at the market earlier that week. aha! lol, ok, maybe not. the storylines were probably all written by men. they are still enough other attributes which make them endearing today (music, dialogue, etc).

    your outfit rocks, as usual, chica. you make clean lines look both casual and classy at the same time. :o)

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  30. dude!I agree about the old movies bit and its still similar in hindi soaps!I mean I technically watch all cwtv shows or other stuff now
    and as for you!You look so hot!I would say more like jenifer aniston!

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  31. U look super hot Tanvi!!!Loved it tottaly

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  32. u amaze me everytime wit ur write-ups tanvi..agree abt everything abt the old movies thank god v now have love aaj kal,devd...

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  33. LOL the Nirupa roy complex! and lol your remarks! I'm a leave the damn phone kinda girl too! :)


    Love love love this outfit--that necklace is a stunner(me want) but it's just too cold here right now. I'm filing this look away for summer. *she said as she shivered in her socks and chunky knit sweater*

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  34. Such a simple outfit... but looks gorgeous....<3

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  35. What a great post! You depict women (and Indian women in particular) very well here.

    I love your simple B&W number today. So chic!

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  36. OMG!This is CLASS PERSONIFIED! And I totally agree with what you said.This is one of those reasons of my cutting down on Bollywood movies a little.

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  37. So classy..Like I keep telling you over and over again..I love, love when you recreate outfits and add your own twist to it :) You look gorg!! And yes, so true on that " husband returning home from work for some lovin' " and the wife going all 'hatto na' on him..poor soul ;p

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  38. Wow what a perfect way to capture the look!! You look amazing.

    xoxo,
    Mel

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  39. i LOVE your clutch :)

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  40. so chic and classic! I was laughing while reading this post on Hindi movies. I couldn't agree with you more.

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  41. You are so right about the old hindi movies!! I cannot tolerate them! especially the fainting part...lol! You look so pretty in the first picture. Very classy look, I like the fact that you added a statement necklace, gives so much more oomph to the outfit :)

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  42. Miranda Kerr is stunning. I love her style. And you look mazing in the look as well! You did a great job on it.

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  43. TOTALLY love this look. The skirt is fab and the necklace is so chic!
    I agree..in movies they generally portray the extremes.. it is either the sati-savitri pati-parmeshvar woman or the bitch-y heartless one. I can rarely identify with any movie characters.

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  44. Old Hindi movies showed women as cows and nothing more. Btw, you're looking awesome as usual! :)

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  45. the post is really funny and u look very nice tanvi!

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  46. This outfit is very lovely and chic! Sometimes basic neutrals are all you need, and I adore the blue and green background!!

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  47. WOW! That's a great post... You look extremely gorgeous... And that thing on the Indian movies and women's role, I couldn't have agreed more... Tanvi, Please do write a book someday. I'd love to read it. <3 :*

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  48. Looking gorgeous, as always! You sure know how to work a seemingly simple outfit.

    Love the necklace!!!

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  49. am liking this monochrome luk very much!!!

    yupss some movies of the 80s are such pathetic representations of women!!!

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  50. Love this outfit - you look so chic! Plus your take on Bollywood films is so on point - its even funnier when you see it written out!

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  51. Love the outfit AND the wall. I think i'm the first one to notice the wall.
    lol.

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  52. Goorgeous necklace, Tanvi! This look is so simple and chic. Looks like you were plucked off the streets of Paris.

    Love that backdrop, too. There are NO colorfall walls in Fayetteville, GA LOL!!!!

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  53. So simple, yet so classy! Love the necklace!

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  54. the backdrop for these photos is AMAZING! Such great colours!

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  55. Love the location and your outfit. So simple but chic

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  56. Great job re-creating Miranda's chic look! xo style, she wrote

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  57. Oh I so knew the exact Miranda outfit you were recreating! I love it! Your clutch is fabulous :) xoxo

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  58. naice:) you just missed them black shades ;) but you look great1

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  59. This outfit is perfect...a perfect interpretation of Miranda's! Love it. I have to say I'm glad recent movies have moved on from that portrayal of women. it's almost unbearable!

    -Ellie

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  60. what a great outfit!! i love the classic black and white and that necklace really makes a statement. love it!

    cute & little

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  61. Ah, the exaggeration of oldies truly is mind-boggling.

    Love your look and overall inspiration :)

    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

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  62. Love the outfit you look so classy and chick.

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  63. Seriously, Indian movies. But you can't enjoy life without them, can you? I can't!

    The outfit is great. Definitely not your forte, a very simple and classy outfit. The background however compliments it. Lovely.

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  64. Love this look! That necklace is fabulous!

    GTBB,
    http://badjoan.blogspot.com
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  65. oh god ur completely rt. Its disgusting. Have u seen the Indian serials lately? They are more disgusting.
    Basically, the message behind it is to sacrifice everything and that how u will be loved. Well F tht!

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  66. You look beautiful in that dress! I must give some credit to your husband for clicking the pictures as well. And what a colorful background. Perfect for this outfit!! What place is it?

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  67. Let me introduce u to a new supermodel-> Tanviiiiiiiii!:))) Looking fab girl! Love the wall background!:D
    kisses
    Jelena (glamfabchameleon.blogspot.com)

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  68. I love ur outfit better than mirandas'...
    I want ur clutch ♥♥♥..heheh...

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  69. haha...you are so funny with what you write and then you call me funny:-)

    and very sleek and uber cool shots-though just a suggestion-wouldn't darker coloured shoes look better?:-)

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  70. what a great blog, love those pictures!

    love, lola

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  71. Although this isn't what I'm used to seeing you wear, you pull it off beautifully! You look very classy and sophisticated, great look!

    www.thejoyoffashion.blogspot.com

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  72. Hilarious post about Indian phil-lems.

    Great outfit!

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  73. I love this outfit because it is classic, simple, and undeniably chic. You look gorgeous! The statement necklace is a great addition.

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  74. I love this style on you, you looks so elegant, chic coco chanel ;) xo -Taj

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  75. Wowowowow! Lady, I am loving this classic and chic look on you. Simply perfect and perfectly simple. That is nuts about those older movies. It's so refreshing to know that pop culture has evolved over the past 20 years to be more true to life.

    xo.

    Angie

    thehotnessyourmommawarnedyouabout.blogspot.com

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  76. Black and white is no doubt a great combo..luv the bg colors and you look stunning tanvi.

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  77. Black & white is so simple and chic, especially here with the colourful background and your necklace.

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  78. miranda kerr really is the best

    FRASSY

    www.befrassy.com

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  79. I love this nice simple outfit....maybe because it's something I would wear :-D

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  80. wow love the outfit and the necklace!

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  81. Well, you look good in black & white also! Really great background for your pics!

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  82. tanvi ths s gorgeous...the neckpiece is a gr8 find for the dress...

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  83. Hello girlie!! I thought I left a comment yesterday, it didnt show up I think, lol..thanks for posting on my blog....LOVE the black dress on you...so nice to be back:)


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  84. so so beautiful. this necklace is beyond stunning. wonderful post, love. thanks so much for sharing. I'd love if you check out my latest outfit post. It's all about simplistic drama and one of my ultra favorite fall trends. xoxo

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  85. Well you are certainly no old-fashioned movie character! You're everything I picture an Indian woman to be like: beautiful, strong, independent, open-minded, professional, kind, and intelligent.

    Oh, and did I mention smoking hot? Because that's also what you are in that outfit! ;)

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  86. Miranda has nothing on you girl! That necklace is stunning, great way to spice up a simple basic look!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

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  87. sounds like the way a lot of women are portrayed in many movies--no matter the culture. women are usually the one to be saved, not usually the one doing the saving. but, of course, that's not always the case.

    love this cool backdrop and your beautiful necklace.

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  88. Fainting on the spot sounds like the European women and their portrayal of the olden days. lol

    I would NEVER say "Let go!" to my hubby. Is this some distorted version of feminine modesty? It's a little bit ridiculous.

    I really like your black and white outfit -- you are rocking it! :) Miranda Kerr would be envious, and Chanel would be proud. :)

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  89. I love how you added that awesome neck candy to the look!

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  90. I can't decide what I like more - the write up, the background, or your outfit ;))
    Guess all three are amazing..

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  91. happy dussera tanvi...

    http://megalivingg.blogspot.com/2011/10/happy-dusshera.html

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  92. whoa! *take a bow* such a simple skirt and such a simple top :) sheer hotness..haha!

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  93. Love the "color blocking" and I hear it's the rage on the runways. All you ar emissing is the red carpet under those heels :-)
    Meetu D

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  94. Classy, chic, and simple! My kind of style. You look "fabulous" And I am dying over that clutch.

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  95. office chic !!! so stunning this is..... i love the statement peice and the clutch.... thumbs up(Y)

    Cheers

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  96. Nahiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii...yeh nahi ho saktha hai....!!!

    That's my favorite dialogue :-p

    Yah, agree to your depiction of bollywood and its connection to docility! Some crazy scenes in old movies.

    this look is so simple and ATTRACTIVE...like how you chose to use a colorful background!

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  97. you look lovely! super classy and chic!

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  98. Tanvi, outfit is chic. love it.

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  99. You look GREAT, Tanvi! The look suits you better than it does on Miranda, really - maybe it's just a bad pic, but the skirt just seems a little TOO long on her and the white doesn't do much for her complexion, at least compared to other colours she's worn. ALL TO SAY, without bashing someone (ugh I feel mean now), you look pretty! :) I LOVE the purse!
    I have to agree with you on Bollywood's portrayal of women - I saw a movie from...1992? with Shahruhk Khan and Divya Bharti with the same traits, or at least not being as strong and realistic as women in movies now. On the other hand, though, I read an article a year ago, I think, saying that more recent Bollywood movies have gone too far in terms of leaving the conservatism of dressing and overall conservatism of personality that (apparently?) many women in India have, so men now automatically think all women in India are just as "promiscuous" as some of the Bollywood film stars?
    I mean I think the article WAS written by a man, so he could very likely be biased, but do you think that's true?
    Laura

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  100. LOL! Oh the Indian-movie-drama...sometimes a serious scene makes me laugh!

    you look gorgeous! and the background is totally complementing your outfit...

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  101. This is my FAV! You look great in the pencil skirt. Simple but super chic.

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  102. Gorgeous necklace Tanvi! Beautiful :)

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  103. You definitely need to do looks like this more often. How ravishing was that?!?! xxx

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  104. haha...funny post

    Lookin sharp! Love the look on you!

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  105. Went back to see the outfit again...simple, classy and bloody sharp!

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  106. This outfit is simply stunning- so effortlessly cool! I'll try it (but not till this summer! :)
    Great job!

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  107. I featured you as a favorite on my blog today! http://granola2glam.blogspot.com/2012/01/h-color-block-dress-missoni-for-target.html

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  108. Ah, I love Miranda Kerr. She's an epitome of beauty and style. Good thing your fashion inspiration is related to her, eh. And movies I believe have double standard when it comes to women's ability and "disability".

    Cheers,

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  109. Phewwit! Hot! I love it when an outfit can look super hot without peeling the $$$ off the wallet! Very inspiring!

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  110. I know this is old but it's still gold :)
    ...and so funny!!

    LOVE the outfit! and you xx

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  111. Hahah...awesome post n a classy outfit.

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