March 2012 | Tanvii.com - Indian Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel Blog

Wardrobe Staple : White Tunic



A must to survive summers, in Texas and/or Delhi!
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Reader's Spotlight (IX) - Diksha


Hey Tanvi,

I thought of sending you a picture of myself from my best friend's wedding. Your blog is currently going through the "Indianized Phase" so thought of sharing the picture with you. And like you say, "If Indian women won't wear Saree, then who would?"


Thank you for sending me the picture Diksha. You look LOVELY in the Saree. I cannot take my eyes off your earrings. They are so pretty and unique. And you know what? I think I will take on the title and happily become the Brand Ambassador for "Saree" on Indian Fashion Blogs! What say? What do you all think of Diksha's saree? And I should also mention, that she is the face behind the brand Kunst and makes the clutches I had featured earlier this month. She is one talented/artistic lady. 

Thank everyone who has sent their pictures for the Reader's Spotlight. I will continue to post them on Friday in the order that I have received the email. If you are new here: this is a segment where my readers get to share their style or ask of suggestions (if they need any!) from all my readers. So if you have been inspired by my blog then Email me your outfit pictures for this feature. If anyone wishes to stay Anonymous just say the word!
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Wings to Fly



Lately I have been inspired by passion. Specially when people have passion for their work and they follow their dreams, and in turn create magic. Due to blogging I have been approached by many companies and artists and designers to show case their work. Seldom I do, but often I refuse 'coz I do not connect with their art or company. Email from Karishma of Kish & Evie was a pleasant change from the usual. She was sweet, kind, personal and professional, all the qualities that I hold in high regard. She introduced me to her company; In her own words,
"Each of the scarves/shawls has a story. I guess they're about where you're at in life and what you might be going through. The only thing I'd really want from any wearer, lover, stylist etc. - would be to know the meaning + feel the story behind what they're wearing. Sometimes I can see a little part of me in each of them :) 
Wings to Fly You're a dreamer, an inspirer, you've probably read "The Secret" and you know you can be anything you want to be. [Tanvi, you're a bit like this :)] " 
- Karishma of Kish & Evie
And thats all it took to convince me that I needed this scarf in my life. I received it wrapped in a beautiful box which itself is a collectable. And when I wore it I felt precious, as Kish & Evie said I would! If you don't believe me, check the pictures below! :) 

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Shirt - Banana Republic [10']
Jeans - BB Dakota [via Lulu*s at TxSC, 12']
Shoes - Charlotte Russe [10']
Scarf - c/o Kish & Evie [12']
Necklace - Gift from Mom [10']
Earrings - Oasis [10']
Bangles/Bracelets - Here & There

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Favorite : Harem Pants

Best $$$ ever spent! via BCBG
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Fashion Review: The Hunger Games



Worry not! This is not a movie review. No secrets are being revealed. 

Without giving away much about the movie and letting it be enjoyable for everyone who will be watching it, I just want to share my "fashionable" observations from the movie. To say the least, I am absolutely smitten and amazed by the styling of the characters in the movie. This must have been a picnic for ll the stylists, as definitely one doesn't not get a chance to experiment so much in usual commercial cinema. And after much google-ing for the last few hours, since I returned from the movies, I have learnt that their design of fashion had been making waves for a while and I am only catching up to it now. Forgive me, I am not a Hunger-Games-Groupie! 
The pupil of this fictional land could give the Gagas, and Katys and Nickis a run for their money, as far as eccentric costumes were concerned. On second thoughts they would probably feel completely at home among them, or may be not as they wouldn't stand out (thats the aim of crazy-dressing, right?)

One person who would stand out in the movie, in terms of styling is Elizabeth Banks. She actually looks like a character out of one of Tim Burton's movie. Think Johnny Depp in Alice in Wonderland meets Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but in a gown. Quite stylish and she carries it really well!

The men in the movie were extremely fashion forward. 

- Look at the intricate beard deisgn, I wonder if there is a stencil he used, else I can't even begin to imagine the time it would take them to maintain it everyday.
- If any man can carry off an eyeliner and yet look that damn sexy then it has to be Lenny. His screen time is limited but you do not take your eyes off him, or at least I didn't ;)    
- Blue hair. Cute pony tail. Personality of Stanley Tucci. AWESOME. Enough said!

Jennifer (girl crush! *sigh!*) aka Katniss and the people from her district are the only ones who dressed like normal people, i.e. like us, i.e. like boring! When sharing screen time with Elizabeth Banks, she looked like, how-I-feel-like while watching MTv Awards -> Out of place! Although she looks absolutely drop-dead-gorgeous in that red dress with stick-on-crystals on her left shoulder. 


This has nothing to do with the movie, 
except that now I am obsessed with all things arrows.
The 'hunt' is ON!

So have you seen the movie? What did you think? Let me know, if you like! :) 

Thank you for reading & Have a good weekend, y'll! 
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Reader's Spotlight (VIII) - Vanshika




Hi Tanvi,

I am a huge huge fan of yours and I follow you regularly. I am a Bachelors in Technology student and I love trying something new. Your posts are a great help in experimenting and carrying different styles! In these pictures, I was inspired by you to wear my long skirt as an off-shoulder dress and accessorized it with my black belt. The dress was a huge hit ;). Thank You for the inspiration!

Thank you Vanshika, for being my loyal reader. I am happy to hear that you love experimenting and try new things. I am glad that your look was a great hit! Do you all experiment with your looks? Would you wear your skirt as a dress? 

Thank everyone who has sent their pictures for the Reader's Spotlight. I will continue to post them on Friday in the order that I have received the email. If you are new here: this is a segment where my readers get to share their style or ask of suggestions (if they need any!) from all my readers. So if you have been inspired by my blog then Email me your outfit pictures for this feature. If anyone wishes to stay Anonymous just say the word!

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Purple & Orange

I do not know if it happens with anyone else but whenever I am watching a movie or television series (of non-Indian origin) and the credits rolls-in my eyes automatically catch the names of Indian origin. Even if the credit are rolling in at an lightening speed (#truth!) ... and then exclaim, rather loudly, in delight to whoever is sitting next to me, "Did you notice that XYZ was of Indian origin?". There is a sense of pride, like I am talking-in-my-head-Go-Indians-Go! Never mind even if they are 10th Generation-American-born-Indians, or Kenyan Indian, or British Indians who have never even visited India. As long as they have an Indian name, they are Indian in my head :o)

Moving on to the outfit post ... This is officially my last outfit post from TxSC. I will get out of the house this weekend and take some new pics, in spring colors! Promise. I was prepared for a rainy weekend but not for a cold-wet-shivering weekend. Thank God I got a pair of these bright-orange-skinny-jeans in the Swap from Lulu*s 'coz no way could I have survived in a skirt or a dress (even with tights!). Then I stole borrowed my husband's sweater, added the scarf as an accessory, paired it with my leather jacket and voila - I was still COLD!

P.S. I blame the ruffled-look on the darn weather. 
TxSC weekend was all about making emergency changes to my perfectly-planned-spring-looks!



Jeans - Won via Lulu*s at TxSC [12']
Scarf - Shashank & Prajwal [11']
Jacket - French Connection [04']
Sweater - Husband's [GAP 10']
Boots - Børn [10']

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I ❤ Organic

... yesterday's post got quite intense even without the comments. A lot of you had questions, concerns, and as expected even disappointment but I know, more than ever, that it is the right decision for me. And I thank you all for understanding. Lets move on and make a new start of sorts! 

I have attended total of three Blogging conferences so far (2 TxSC and 1 IFB) both of these avenues I have enjoyed immensely. The joy of meeting your favorite bloggers in person is unparalleled. The lessons I have learnt from all of them have been the same. While I have never attended them to 'learn' but more to interact. However, one common question all budding bloggers ask the panels is 'how to become popular' or 'how to get sponsors' or something on the same lines. These questions and this discussion in the blogging community all round the year has made me realize that I ❤ Organic. Not just the food. Everything. That's probably why I am not made for a corporate culture. I could never be on board with a 'set' strategy and game plan. Considering we all are different, the situations around us are constantly changing and everyone has their own agenda for their life so how can a set strategy work for all. Let me mention this here, that I do understand the need for it. I am not illiterate but just that it doesn't work for me. 

Stories where things just happen and are passion driven motivate me more. I believe when you do everyday tasks with tenacity and fervor you create greatness. And then for someone else to come along and think that they can 're-create' that greatness with a strategy is foolishness according to me. Instead of replicating one should go ahead and create their own wonders. That's the only way to move forward, else we would all keep revolving in circles. At least thats the path I wish to choose.  


This is what I wore on the day of the TxSC Conference. 




 Lace Top - Urban Outfitter [10']
Cardigan - Ted Baker [09']
Pants - Urban Outfitters [12']
Necklace - Ladakh [09']
Shoes - Giftcard via Lulu*s [11']
Bag - Da Milano [07']



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Comments Conundrum

"At the end of the day, it's just a blog. You can dress it up with how ever many ads as you want or fill it with how ever many pretty photos of yourself, but until there's a true passion driving it and some sort of point, it's always going to be just another shallow, insignificant part of the internet." - Indiana, of Adored Austin

Lately, blogging has been leaving me with mixed feelings. I am trying to stay away for social media even after I ended the hiatus. Somewhere down the road I feel I am losing the zeal for it, not because I am not passionate about blogging. I am. A LOT. But because my passion does not seem to coincide with the outcome. I started blogging for myself. PURELY myself. I was alone in a new country. Still am. And this gives me a medium to get my thoughts out of my system. When I write what I am thinking, I get a clarity about myself. 

In the process I have discovered an amazing online community. It nourishes me. But it has also started to undermine me. The mad rush to gain followers. The constant tweets to promote posts. The non-stop requests to follow people on Blogger-Bloglovin'-Twitter-Facebook-Instagram! Something's gotta give?!?!?! I refuse to be sucked into this game. I refuse to feel guilty for not being able to comment/visit 100 blogs each day. And I refuse to follow tit-for-tat. 

However, the problem will not get solved by writing one post. Eventually this will get buried as the new posts come along and there will be always be people doing the same song-and-dance. Hence, I have decided to switch off the comments, permanently. It breaks my heart because I really do love to hear from all of you. I love the interaction. I also love the adulation but the pressure to keep up with all the blogs is driving me insane. 

It can be seen as probably my own short coming in not being able to compartmentalize different aspects of blogging. But it kills me if I do not visit the blogs of everyone who has left a comment. I tried to reduce the number of posts in order to make time to visit blogs but there are just not enough hours in the day. I believe in treating others the way I wish to be treated, and in my books it would be rude to not return the gesture (except for the follow-me-commenters!) simply because, I too was "new" one day and felt "left-out/hurt" if someone did not reciprocate my visit, even once. I have never asked anyone to visit, or follow my blog. EVER. But now I realize, that I had expected it, even if it was done subconsciously. Today, I feel I have two choices; one, experience the joy of receiving comments and/or experience the joy of blogging, and between the two I choose latter. 

More than me, probably some of my readers, especially my parents, will be disappointed about my decision, as they enjoy reading the comments as much as they enjoy the post (if not more!) but I feel I have to take this step for my own sanity. This way I know, that if and when someone decides to visit my blog, and/or I visit their's, its genuinely because we wanted to and not because there are any expectations in return. 

Although, if ever you feel that you really wish to say/share something with me (good or bad!), then please do not think you can't, 'coz I am still around. We can still communicate. If you want to. And you already know how -  Facebook, & Twitter plus there's always email. I hope this will not change anything between us and you will see where I am coming from. Thank you for reading.

What few others have to say on this topic: (List via Gala Darling)
Why I don’t have comments (Seth Godin)
Making space for creative credo 
(Danielle LaPorte)
4 righteous bits on art & interactivity (Danielle LaPorte)
3 timeless & simple strategies to connect with anyone (Everett Bogue)
The end of conversation in social media (Mitch Joel)
Turning off the comment demon (Jeremy Wagstaff)
Proposal: A new kind of blog commenting system (Dave Winer)
Why did you turn off comments on Zen Habits? (Leo Babauta)

Why I Turned Off Comments (Gala Darling)

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Sale Purchase : Promod Dress

Who doesn't love a good deal? Got this dress for about $22 (Rs. 1420) and that was in 2010
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Reader's Spotlight (VII) - Sanghamitra




Hi Tanvi,

How are you ?

I am Sanghamitra. I really enjoy your blog. I have so much to learn in terms of fashion from your blog. These days I am experimenting with my style with whatever I have already in my closet rather than buying new outfits. I am trying to Mix and Match. I might have made a few mistakes here and there while trying to put an outfit together as I am a new entrant in this fashion world. You can say that I am still trying to get it right. But above everything else, I have noticed one thing - when I dress up in my own style, I feel more confident and happier. Also, I believe that fashion is the extension of our own personality, a way of expressing ourselves and our creativity. Nowadays, even if I go to the neighbourhood grocery store, I make sure to wear my flat pumps instead of a slipper, and wear a proper outfit instead of a casual dress.

Thank you for the lovely compliments. I am glad you enjoy reading my blog. Also, thank you for sending in your pictures. I think you are doing very well. I do not see any mistakes in these outfits. Love the colors, accessories, and layering. You have already got it right! I definitely believe that when you look good, you feel good and confident - and you are definitely looking both! What do you all think? Sanghamitra's look is fun, no?   

Thank everyone who has sent their pictures for the Reader's Spotlight. I will continue to post them on Friday in the order that I have received the email. If you are new here: this is a segment where my readers get to share their style or ask of suggestions (if they need any!) from all my readers. So if you have been inspired by my blog then Email me your outfit pictures for this feature. If anyone wishes to stay Anonymous just say the word!
  
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