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September 2011 in Review

September was a good month, as I had hoped it would be. I got the MUCH NEEDED blog-cation during the last 10 days ... but I promise I am back with usual posts and outfits from Monday! Now over to re-caping this past month...

Some of your enjoyed the Satire on the Anonymous ... and some of you questioned why I was letting them get to me? I can promise you that they do not affect them, the only reason I bring them to light is to show that while they exist they do not bother me. It is my way of facing them head on. 

On the bright side I got a chance to visit NYC for the IFB Conference and hang out with so many fabulous bloggers ... with few even at the Central Park. Gave a shot at the stripes on stripes trend. Wore two of the things I won from Giveaways last month - the earrings and this gorgeous dress. Got inspired from the fabulous J for this outfit, which most of your approved (Thank You!). Showcased my pretty-dainty-fisttail braid- for the first time. Lastly, if you didn't like this outfit, you didn't offend me. I always appreciate your honesty! 

Travel Lists & Tips:

Video Logs:

Lust Lists:

Blast from the past:

My take on the 'I am ...' series. 

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25 ways to wear a scarf!

This is practically genius! 
plus SOOO creative. 
Admit it, she is kinda cute too! :) 
Can't wait for fall any longer! 

P.S. Getting back to outfit posts from Monday! Promise :D
... even my closet and camera are shouting my name now ...

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Mood Board - 'I am...' Vol.1

These pictures didn't make the cut for the original outfit posts, 
but are a perfect representation of my many moods! Yeh? ;)

Hello world! How are you doing? I know I have been missing in action for the past week. The blog has been running like an infomercial, without an anchor :P ... But it sure felt good. A little time away from the blog always does-me-some-good. But I am not necessarily back with any interesting outfits or profound thoughts. Time off doesn't mean an automatic access to inspiration - That's a myth.  

Although, I did decide to share my weird-funny-faces with you in return. Some of you told me they you thought I was a little strict or serious types before you saw and heard my vlogs, which made me think even more about myself (as if I need a reason to do that :P) ... I realized it is time to show you the outcast photos. These don't always make it to the blog, but they are the REAL ME! :) 

This is as good as any other reason to give a shot at the 'I Am..' series as well. This was started by Whitney of The Meade Feed. I heard about it here. 

I am a thinker.
I am confident.
I am opinionated. 
I am positive.
I am a travel-o-holic!

...I will continue to add to this list :) 

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Lust : Diwali 2011

1. Ring 2. Clutch 3. Earrings 4. Bracelet 

I do not mean to write my sob stories here but Diwali (an Indian Festival) is coming in exactly one month and had I been back home, in India, I would have definitely indulged in some traditional Indian Sparkle and dress-my-a**-up (excuse my french)

... Oh Well! But there isn't anything stopping me from lusting over it. 

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Chanel + OPI

Some of you asked me, about my nail paint from this post, so I thought I will spill the beans on it! 

...although, for now I am obsessed with my chrome nails

Receive $15 off this pair of earrings ALL THIS WEEK!
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March 2011 in Review

As you already know from the previous two Sunday's, we started the Review series in May 2011, ... and since we do not want to leave out the other months, we are reviewing the first 4 months as well. 

After this it will be - 3 down, 1 to go ... 

I did a mini 30 for 30 in March, followed by TxSCC 

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How to make a Hair Bun?

I am supposed to be on a break from blogging! 
... but then I ended up making this video yesterday (on a reader's request)
and now can't resist posting it ...

... I am sure you guys don't mind, do you? ;) 

I am using these spin pins in my hair bun, in the video above!

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If you would like to know more or have any questions, 
please check the information here and feel free to drop me an email!

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Last Night in NYC

These pictures are from my last evening in NYC. I was contemplating posting them as they are not as sharp as what we have gotten used to here on the blog, ....but I really liked the 'raw' effect. Everything cannot be perfect, all the time right?

My friend took these pictures and this was her first time operating a DSLR, that too at NIGHT - a difficult task! At first, I thought she was struggling all for my cause, but only after asking her to let it go for about 10 times, I realized she was actually having fun and was down with the whole outfit-photography-thing! 

I often complain about not having any friends who live close by, but I am really thankful for having some really good friends all around the world. Me and Khushbu are middle school friends. We became friends in 1994 and were in the same school till 1998 - since then we have always maintained a long distance friendship. I love that even today I can meet her and connect from the same point from where we left off. This girl is smart, kind, down-to-earth and a go-getter! I already cannot wait to see her again :D

This are taken on her apartment building's rooftop
The lights shooting into the sky, was in honor of 9/11
Photography courtesy my friend Khushbu
This was her first time using the SLR, that too at night, hence a little blurry shots!

Tank - ASOS [10']
Jacket - Urban Outfitters [10']
Cut Offs - Made from Miss Sixty Jeans [06']
Boots - United Nude [08']

P.S. I knew when I was posting these pictures that this is going to be one of those outfits which looked much better in real life than it does in pictures, but then since I dress for myself and not the pictures, I thought I will post it anyways! If you don't like it - No hard feelings. :) 

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Travel Lists - EU Countries


EU - Out of 27 countries I have been to (only) 10 so far *sad.face*
  1. Austria
  2. Belgium 
  3. Bulgaria
  4. Cyprus
  5. Czech Republic 
  6. Denmark
  7. Estonia
  8. Finland
  9. France 
  10. Germany 
  11. Greece
  12. Hungary
  13. Ireland
  14. Italy 
  15. Latvia
  16. Lithuania
  17. Luxembourg 
  18. Malta
  19. Netherlands 
  20. Poland
  21. Portugal
  22. Romania
  23. Slovakia
  24. Slovenia
  25. Spain 
  26. Sweden
  27. United Kingdom 

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I received a parcel from Leia on Friday. I eagerly opened it to find this dress in in it. To say that I fell in love instantly, would be an understatement! What I feel for this dress is definitely more than love! :)

Colored Tights | Everybody, Everywear
Dress - InLoveWithFashion [11']
Necklace - c/o Charming Charlie [11'] 
Shoes - Dolce Vita [10']
Tights - Hue [10']
Soon it will be 3 years since I wrote my very first post (and 1.5 since I started Fashion Blogging) but even today I have this same redundant conversation with people in my life. At first it used to irritate me, but now I simply find it amusing. Here's a semi-fictional conversation for your entertainment -

World - Hey! How are you?
Me - Good! And you?

World - Good! ... So what's new?
Me - *trying to avoid the topic of 'blogging' at all costs* Oh! Nothing much, you know! Same old. Same old!

World - Are you still blogging?
Me*dang! How did I even think I could avoid this?* Yes! Yes! Very much so.

World - So tell me again, what do you blog about?
Me - *Yeah! Sure for the millionth time...* Well, about everything! My thoughts, fashion, fitness ... everything really. 

World - How does it work? You blog about stuff and a bunch of people read it?
Me - *Yeah! Sure. If 3,000 odd people are just a 'bunch' for you* Yup! Yup! That's how it works. People read and leave feedback as comments or emails. 

World - Oh! The world is getting so 'technological' nowadays. There is no human interaction. I think it is not good how much time people spend on social networks. Blogging, Facebook and all...
Me - *in a little stern tone now* Sure! But blogging is more than just social networking! It is an exchange of information and thoughts about common interests and passions. 

World - Hmmm! But how much can one blog?
Me - A lot, actually! People have made blogging their full-time career option. 

World - Really? Like who?
Me - You wouldn't know them but a.lot.of.people. In fact I met few of them in person, at a recent blogging conference. 

World - Bloggers have a conference now? *in a shocked tone*
Me - They sure do, and about 300 of them attended it, while 1000s followed it online via live-streaming.

World - What happens at this conference?
Me - *already loosing interest in this conversation* We discuss different aspects - readers, advertisements, feedback, etc. It is quite interesting. 

World - I really don't get it! I guess, I am not the blogging type! 
Me - *I already, knew that* ... That's O.K. I am sure you have other things keeping you occupied ... and I trail off to the next topic *hopefully*

...and I have such redundant conversations on many topics in my life - 
Food, Dieting, Fitness, Movies ... no matter how many times we discuss it, 
people go back to the same ground zero whenever we meet/talk again! *sigh*
May be people in real life are not half as interesting as online? Just, may be ... 

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February 2011 in Review

We started the Review series only in May 2011, so I thought why leave out the other months? Might as well get you all to weigh in on them as well. 

Though I doubt, anyone is going to be interested in what I posted back in February. Quite honestly I am not all that interested myself. It was like a million years ago. 

So let's just Poll this and get over with, ... what say? :)

Month of February was also spent in Delhi, India
although the first two outfits are part of a photo shoot I did with Anita/Myraa Ahuja! :)

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ONE Country!

... Readers from  countries other than India, this might not be of your interest. 
Feel free to scroll down directly to the outfit :)

If you don't like something, change it. 
If you can't change it, then change your attitude. 
Don't complain. - Maya Angelou

I worry about my country. A. LOT. While the world admires our culture, diversity, and traditions ... us Indians we see those exact same things and call them our differences on the basis of race, caste and color

Any logical person would know that no city (or country/or person) is without its faults. Every region has something to offer while it lacks in something else. Wasn't that the whole point of bringing all the states together and making India, ONE country? So that we can co-exist and reap the benefits of a nation? Can one single state, honestly say that they are self sufficient and will be able to survive on their own? That's fundamental economics, which any one who went to school would know! 

Of course, while growing up I have been naive enough to become part of many discussions where Delhi was being pinned against Bombay and I felt I had to stand up for my city. But today I know better! I might not have the power to control everyone but I would not participate in such a discussion even if it is done in 'good' humor. For I know that such discussions never reach a conclusion but definitely sew seeds of racism/regionalism. As educated-internet-savvy-well-traveled-responsible-adults, we all should think (more than) twice before we even try and make joke (or remark) which has even a hint of racism or discrimination (don't even get me started about people who write full-fledged blog posts!). 

The world is moving at lightening speed, while we are still arguing over whether Bombay (will some Thackeray come and kill me if I don't call it Mumbai?) is better than Delhi or South Indian food is better than North Indian food or if more color and tradition lies in West India than East India. I mean, who cares? We all are luckily part of the same country and do not have to choose! Shouldn't we be glad about that? ... Or would we rather, prefer to live in a world where we needed visa and passport to go from Madras (oh shoot!) Chennai to Begaluru Bangalore (darn!) & from Orissa (Blah!) Odisha to Pashim Banga West Bengal (Mehh!)? I mean, just imagine GOA not being part of 'YOUR' country? [That got your attention, didn't it? ;)]

SO, until WE do not stop dissecting our country in to regions and start seeing it as ONE, there is little-to-no-hope of real advancement! I kid-you-not!

My previous endeavors in the same area: 
Come on, India! Really?
... In a larger scheme of life!

Necklace - ASOS [10']
Bag - ChloƩ [07']
Skirt - c/o Lulu's [11']
Dress worn as top - Zara [06']
Shoes - BAMBOO c/o Lulu's [11']
Bracelets - From streets of Delhi [07']

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Sponsor Love - Stylish Desi

Last year I stumbled upon this great site for affordable Indian Ethnic wear, with a wide selection - Stylish Desi, and now they Sponsor ©! A warm Welcome! 

They collaborate with various boutiques to showcase their collection on the site, which is their secret to the wide selection. Not only women's wear, but one can also find a good variety of men's and children's wear as well. The icing on the cake is, that if you own any new or even gently used Indian wear, which you would like to sell, you can do that on this site. What I liked the most about Stylish Desi is that how accessible it makes Indian wear while living in the U.S. You can have all your transactions stress free on their site, via PayPal.

I do know that that many of my non-Indian readers also are a big fan of Indian ethnic clothing and accessories. I am sure this site will be a treat to many of you all. 

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My Favorite picks from their site!

1. Saree 
2. Kurti 
3. Garnet Earrings 
4. Turquoise Earrings

Disclosure: While I have been compensated for this post, all opinions stated are of my own. 

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Rainy Evening

...the outfit, being discussed in this post is not the one below, instead was posted here

Ruth & SEPO both asked me if it was stressful deciding what to wear to the conference! Honestly ( it wasn't! I checked the weather and then looked through my closet and decided to wear the cargos with the bright orange (it is not red, people!) top. I picked the top, for the sole reason that I hadn't worn it yet. Then I picked the shoes which had heels but were also comfortable as I knew it was going to be a FULL day! Having picked the tan color booties I matched my tan color bag. Easy! 

And this was all sorted 2 weeks before the conference. But closer to the date the weather forecast showed that it was going to be rainy all through the week, so I added the cardigan as it was light and was luckily in contrast with the dots on the top. Simple! 

So, No! there was no stress what-so-ever **. There never is ... I do not remember stressing over what-to-wear ever. Not even for my wedding!

On an absolutely unrelated topic, I tried the fishtail braid yesterday for the first time, and I was really happy with the result, i.e. I will be doing it quite often now till I do not get bored of it :D

P.S. I forgot to mention that my hair (which I didn't even brush once) in my previous post were styled on request of Megha from Bohemian Rhapsody Capturing Fashion who asked me to give it a shot at the 'messy hair'! Whether they looked messy or not is another thing, 'coz I have miserably straight hair which no-matter-what are never anything but straight.  

Photography courtesy Deepti from diptea-esque-ish
Jacket - Urban Outfitter [10']
Necklace - c/o clyde's rebirth [11']
Shoes - Tory Burch [10']
Trousers - Gap [11']
Tee - Gap [11']

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