August 2011 | - Indian Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel Blog

August 2011 in Review

... and another month bites the dust  

This is going to be a very concise bullet-point kinda recap. I have been a little under-the-weather and really cannot gather the strength to summarize each and every post from this past month. Also, I think I am all talked out. Incase you missed all-my-talking this month, feel free to catch up and if you have been around all month and are sick of it then great! just vote for your favorite outfit and you don't have to read any further :)  

Firstly, today is the LAST day to enter the Giveaway! 
Win a Pair of Beautiful Earrings from Angarkh

Video logs:
1. Review: Feather Extensions
2. Workout Video
3. Workout Video - Abs

Featured on:
Oh to be a Muse

The Husband Series (Part III):
Our 'CURRENT' Favorite T.V. Shows

1. Stuffed Paranthas
2. Yogurt Dip

How to choose belts for your outfits?

Nail Care

I guess I am not the only one who remembers the unfavorable feedback, which is REALLY good to know. But what is more important is that we are smart enough to realize whose feedback to take seriously and whose to discard. We all need to set our priorities and stay clear of herd mentality. Popularity doesn't mean something or someone is right. It ONLY means it is popular, and something else will take its place tomorrow. You need to decide for yourself where you fall into all this! On the bright side I won 3 Giveaways this month - one via the BonBon Rose Girls and second from City Brewed and the third from one of my favorite blogs Leia's Delight. I luurvee blogging more now. 

Last but not the least, if you are an Indian Fashion Blogger, then please join us over at InFB.

I didn't do very many outfit posts this month. Just wasn't in the mood for it. Most of them were outfits from my trip to Maryland, MD. Only three were 'planned' outfit posts in August - #4, #8 & #9 -> Do let me know which one you liked the most below :o)

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How to choose belts for your outfits?

Some time back Ramya asked me this question over on Twitter. Ever since I have been thinking about this. Trust me, before she asked, I hadn't given a single thought to the concept of belts. Ever! Things that blogging makes me analyze :) 

Figuring out the belt fitting/styling is more of an art than a science. But these are some guidelines to follow if you are a complete novice: 

Original Post Here & Here

Where? You have to first figure out where will you place your belt on your waist. Sometimes the spot will be a little higher than your natural waistline and sometimes a little lower. If you have regular bust size and a little extra 'something' around the midriff, positioning a belt above the waistline is usually the right spot. If you are short-waisted but well endowed, positioning a belt lower than the waistline in front and at waist level in the back is often the solution. If you are long waisted, wearing a belt high on the natural waist is usually most effective.

Original Post Here & Here

What? Choosing the width of the belt will depend on your waist and the outfit. It is hard to specify which belt will go with what. Usually if you are short waisted then skinny belts would be more flattering. However, if you are long waisted then you could go either broad or skinny depending on the dress/outfit.

Original Post Here & Here

How? Once you have figured out where and what, how is relatively easy. You can 
- choose a belt in the same color scheme as your outfit or go bold and pick one in contrast.  
- pair two belts together to wear double-color. 
- belt it over a jacket or under. 

If you are not used to wearing belts then it is natural to be hesitant to try instantly. But it is a process of trial and error, before you figure out exactly what works for you. To begin with you can just try it at home and click pictures for yourself to see how it looks.   

Updated on Rashmi's suggestion
I had done a Belt Tutorial last month, which incidentally goes with this post. 

Referred from: Here
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From the Archives - Florals & Nude

Top - Gift from a friend [Anita, 06']
 Skirt - FCUK [05'] 
Shoes - Moschino, also a gift [Namrata, 11']
Necklace - Etsy [10'] 
Rings - Charlotte Russe [10']
Bangle - Gift from Mom [10']
Written by a 90 year old - Regina Brett from Cleveland, Ohio
"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written."

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is ONLY up to you.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative --> dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come...
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

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Blue & Green

... is it Friday already? :) 

I could go two ways - either write ANOTHER post with my thoughts and what not and make it heavy duty ... or keep it simple and easy ... just like weekends are supposed to be ... I am going to choose the later! :) Also, I have to keep my promise of being light on writing this week! 

P.S. I am sorry if my previous post was misleading. I have no plans to travel but I would LIKE to travel ... Just fly away ... somewhere ... anywhere ... so who is taking me? ;) 
Necklace - Anthropologie [10']
Shoes - Faith [London, 05']
Top - Ann Taylor [08']
Jeans - Zara [11']

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Don't Google Me!

 Top - Banana Republic [11']
Jeans - BDG via UO [11']
Necklace - Gift from Mom [10']
Bracelet - c/o Charming Charlie '11']
Clutch - Vintage [Mom's from 90's]
Shoes - Rare [11']
Dear Stalkers, 

You know the ones who follow me diligently, but are invisible to naked eye? The ones who never comment or email ... Yes! I am talking you! :) Let me first, Thank you for your readership. I find it flattering that so many people google my name and blog address daily and land up here. The first time I found out about this I thought it was surreal. Anyhoo, I have done little something for you and made it easier for you to stalk me now. 

<--- On the left hand, you can now find the "Subscribe via email" option which will get my blog-posts delivered right to your door steps inbox, soon after they go live. 

Hope you will find it useful. But I guess, I will never know unless you all decide to come out of hiding! 
- Tanvi

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Not an Outfit Post!

I will try and keep it light on the writing this week. (I know. I know. Past few posts have been quite heavy duty even for me!) I hope everyone had a good weekend. I know I did :)

The title says it is not an Outfit Post, 'coz I am not posting these pictures so much for the clothes as you can see they are quite "plain-jane" (as quoted by my husband). I am posting these for the night photography. You might have noticed that we have become quite obsessed with it lately. Pictures really look so different  (I wanna say romantic, but not sure if that is what I mean) without sunlight. 

These were taken on the last day of our trip to Maryland. 
Top - GAP [11']
Shorts - GAP [11']
Shoes - c/o Wanted [11']

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It all started with ... Chutney

After several years, she had finally settled in to her life as a home maker. Today she was cleaning the jar after blending a fresh batch of Coriander (Cilantro) Chutney for the coming week. It had been her all time favorite since childhood. There was a time when she refused to eat any meal unless it was accompanied with this chutney. As the water was running down the tap, her thoughts took her down the memory lane when she was a young girl and lived with her parents and grandparents. She remembered that how even at the age of six she behaved like an adult. She still didn't know why her family continued to play along and let her be in a the character of an 'adult' for all that time? 

One Sunday afternoon, many moons ago, she had entered the kitchen and saw her grandmother busy preparing the meal for the whole family. She eagerly offered to help, as she, too, was an adult after all, and as any kind grandmother would, she happily found something to occupy her granddaughter with. She could barely reach the kitchen counter, but to her grandmother's relief the blender was set on a lower counter where she had already prepared a jar with all the ingredients required for the 'Coriander/Cilantro Chutney'. Since her grandmother had a lot of other dishes to prepare she put her in charge of the chutney. All she had to do what to push the white button down with the highest speed and wait till all the ingredients were blended to form a puree. She was more than happy to help and readily agreed 'to push' that white button down. 

Later on the dinner table her grandmother declared to everyone with a lot of pride that the chutney was after all made her granddaughter's kid-y hands. And those who joined the table after that announcement were informed by herself in her kid-y voice "You know, who made the chutney, today?" Everyone praised her and said that it was the best chutney they have ever had, which of course made her gloat for several days after wards and she continued to remind her family of what a marvel she was in the kitchen. 

She, now realizes, that she had not done much except 'over see' the blender do its job, but a little encouragement from her grandmother had made her feel like a star. 

Today, while cleaning a similar jar, and looking back it seemed like a wonderful memory ... more of her grandmother's kindness than that of her being a 'false' chutney-making-marvel!  

For the first time I am not going to share my precious recipe with ya'll! 
But if you are truly interested in making this, then you can find one here.
It is not mine though! Mine is special ;)

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Growing Sense of Responsibility

I can see why it might seem like I live in an all-rosy-lala-land with a fabulous life, loving husband and a blog where all wonderful things happen. While I do love my life and have said this more than once that I believe in making most of whatever is thrown my way ... however, I my positivity is turning out to be a double edged sword. I feel the need to tell my readers who happens to be a lot of young girls (15-25 years) that it is never as it seems

We have already established more than once that bloggers are free to blog about whatever their heart desires. However, I cannot help but feel a growing sense of responsibility towards what I decide to share here. There are people, who are in a highly impressionable age reading my blog and forming opinions, not just about me (which I do not care about as much) but about their own life and career. I am not delusional to believe that "I" alone would have such an impact but from the feedback/messages/emails I receive I would say I definitely play a vital role here. This post is for all my YOUNG readers who regularly read my blog.

If you guys are ever going to trust me on something ... then trust me on this

- life is not perfect for ANYONE
- it might seem that everyone has it better than you, but they really don't
- don't believe everything people write on their blogs. People lie. 
- just because everyone in the world is buying something doesn't mean you have to as well
- savings are MORE important than shopping at SALES
- there is no such thing as a Free Lunch!
- believe in excellence and not short cuts
- be street smart but not vicious and mean
- always be kind and polite but never a push over. Stand up for yourself!
- AND everything turns out for the best in the end! Really does! Have Faith!

An Evening at National Harbor, Maryland

Top - Zara [10'] 
Outfit Details
Pants - Zara [11']
Belt - Ralph Lauren [08']
Shoes - Charlotte Russe [10']
Bag - Rebecca Minkoff [11']


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Don't take it personally!


One of my pet-peeves is the use of the phrase - 'Do not take it personally'. I never understand why people use 'it'. I mean I do know why that phrase was created and what it means, but I do not think it is always used appropriately. Or may be I DO take everything personally but thankfully thats my prerogative. As far as I am concerned, if you are connected to me 'personally' [best friend, parents, husband, sibling] and end up saying/doing something hurtful, then I am sorry but I am going to take it personally. 

What I would not take 'personally' are the action of a stranger. Clearly, since he/she doesn't know me and doesn't have any emotional bond with me then there is no question of taking anything he/she does 'personally'. I am indifferent to their complete existence. 

Fair enough, right

Here I'm at the Gaylord Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD
Top - Abercrombie & Fitch [10']
Shorts - Banana Republic [10']
Shoes - c/o Wanted [11']
Pendant - Etsy Store [11']

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Lead by example

I am someone who believes in leading by example, as well as, being led by one. I seldom give any weight to someone's opinion unless I respect them in 'that' particular field. If I like your body (or you are a certified trainer), I'll listen to your fitness tips. If you are a doctor, I'll listen to your health advice. If I like your style, I'll listen to your fashion mantra. If I like your food, I will read your recipes. You catch my drift? That's why I never pay any head to these random columns written by strangers, in the magazines or on the internet about '10 style mantras to look chic' '10 ways to rekindle passion' '10 things you are doing wrong in your relationship' ...etc. etc. etc. I mean first prove to me that you have got it all under control in your life and then you shall have my 100% attention. 

Similarly I never value the opinion of people behind the blogs which 'critic celebrity fashion' or 'street fashion'. First show me how you dress every day, and then I will listen to what you have to say. It is so easy to sit behind the shield of your laptop and type "oh! She was wearing this wrong and that wrong!

On the contrary, when I do know the people behind the voice and know where they are coming from then I absolutely love listening to/reading their thoughts and opinions about various subjects. I might even take their advice ;) .. And this is also a follow up of sorts from my post 'Unfavorable Feedback'. I might remember the unfavorable feedback but doesn't mean that I let it get to me. I just have a good memory but pretty much believe in doing my own thing. And so should you! If you feel good and are not doing anything to hurt someone intentionally, then you are doing everything you can! 

These pictures were taken at the River Walk, at night. 
Dress - BCBG [09']
Shrug - Bar III [11']
Shoes - Dolce Vita [10']
Necklace - From Ladakh [09']
Belt - Ralph Lauren [09']

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Five-Fabulous-Fashionistas 2011

Exactly one year ago on, on exact same date, I did a post about my favorite Five Fabulous Fashionistas. So I thought, hey! why not we repeat the custom with the bloggers who continue to blow my mind, for clearly there are innumerable of them out there. P.S. Two of the bloggers from last year's post have stopped blogging. I miss them!  So let's welcome the fashionista's from 2011! 

Single-handedly bringing 70's Glamour back
Mina from
I love her sense of style. It is classic, yet so much her own. For starters she has got gorgeous skin which radiates and is the best accessory. She is not scared to mix patterns or wear dazzling hats, or dress ├╝ber glamourous. In my opinion her style represents class and poise. 

Beauty with Brains Smoking Hot 
Rachel from
I cannot talk about Rachel without using the works 'hot' and 'sexy'. I've been following her blog for over one year now and I have a confession - I have a major crush on her since day one. Talking of her sense of style - It is timeless, understated, working one accessory at a time and impactful. I bet she turns a millions heads as she gets out of her home. 

 One Word Two Words - Fearless Fashionista
Zarna from
Zarna's style is outright fearless. It knows no bounds. She has an enviable collection of shoes and vintage dresses. And as if being a fashionista wasn't enough, she is also an artist. I love her style because it is experimental, bold and yet chic. Confidence is a huge part of someone's style and personality and Zarna displays that like no one else. 

Making statement with Basics
Verena Annabella from
I discovered her blog earlier this year and truly she can do no wrong. She has a contemporary way of dressing the basics and primary colors in a million different ways. What I like about her style is that her outfit always look polished and chic, even when she is doing casual. She too has a great collection of footwear and blazer.  

Simple & Chic
Linda from
I have been following Linda's blog since last fall, and never knew that she lived in San Antonio as well. Linda has a great style which exudes a sense of laid-back and easy dressing. She is very creative with her outfits and has a knack of finding great bargains and labels from vintage stores. Simplicity at its best!  

I hope you all enjoy their style and blogs as much as I do! 

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