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Five Ways to Wear Linen Shirt

This is definitely one of the investment pieces in my closet.!

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Reader's Spotlight (XVI) - Snigdha

Hi Tanvi,

I am Snigdha and I have been following your blog for quite some time and really like your style. More than that I love the way you write and keep your readers engaged. We have exchanged a few tweets in the past. 

In the photos I have styled my floral shirt with my denim shorts and also a pair of trousers. In my opinion anything flower print is a perfect spring/summer outfit and looks great. I have kept the other accessories minimal as the flowers can be bit over powering. The pics are from my recent holiday in Santorini, Greece.

Snigdha, firstly you have me dreaming of Greece and those stunning locales. You lucky girl! This is a great follow-up post to my floral top. I like how you have remixed your closet for travel. That's the best time to get your creative cap on! Who, after all, wants to pay excess luggage, right? While I like both the looks a lot, I am drawn to the shorts the those orange flats a tad-bit more simply 'coz of the weather here in Texas. And also 'coz you are looking smoking hot in that look! Thank you for sending in your pictures. Catch you on twitter! ;)

For those who are new here: This is a segment where my readers get to share their style or ask for 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. post this feature every alternate Friday.

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Sway Chic

This is my 700th post ... I know, right??! :)

You know how as kids everything looks bigger? I always have this grave sense of disappointment when I re-visit places from my childhood and they fall short of how I had imagined them all along! I think, the same applies to people, specially family, teachers, and close loved ones - they seemed better ... even greater! A beacon of hope & light. It is only when you reach a certain age (30 in my case) you realize things/places aren't all that big and people aren't all that great. They are just your average human beings (seldom with extraordinary qualities), living through their life and doing the best they can. They haven't figured it all out, and they don't have all the right answers. Which only makes life a little scarier, for if they haven't figured it out yet, then what are my chances? 

Anyhoo, in other news ... Dr. Fab and I, will complete five blissful years of married life next month. I cannot believe it has been that long, 'coz I remember this day, like it was yesterday! Time flies ... and since we like long celebrations, we have already started the countdown.  

Top - Ted Baker [10'] available here
Skirt - Oasap [12']
Clutch - Gift from Brother [11']
Earrings - ASOS [10']
Bracelets - Gift from Mom [10']
Shoes - c/o Sway Chic [12']

P.S. I am in LOVEEEE with these shoes, not only are they simply gorgeous, they are comfortable too. And we all know how rare that is! I am grateful to the lovely people over at Sway Chic for sending these over 'coz I don't want t take them off ... EVAH! :)

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Five Metallic Must Haves

Metallics are in full bloom lately. While incorporating this trend in clothing and day wear might not be for everyone, but one can take baby steps and start with accessories and jewelry. 

Metallic Tote - Great for a shopping day and traveling. A hold-it-all-bag which is also stylish! Win-Win. 
Bangles & Bracelets - Mix a couple of dainty bangles for a lunch with the girls, or layer few chunky bracelets for a chic-boho-vibe. 
Metallic studded belt - They are versatile and can easily turn an informal look in to a formal one. 
Loafers or Ballet Flats - Stylish and comfortable pick for everyday wear and travel. They can make anything look cute -pants, jumpers, shorts. 
Watches - The chunkier the better! - They add the right amount of metallic glam and can practically be worn with everything. 

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I have been browsing through my old posts a lot lately. Re-reading them and assessing how far I have come and how my thoughts have changed. Something I have realized (and so have some of my old readers!) that I used to write much opening and bluntly before. Lately it is a diluted and subtle version of my my real thoughts (and yet! some of you think my writing is harsh). The thing is that if you were to meet me in person I would not share my thoughts and opinions with you. Hell! I wouldn't even give you an advice even if you asked for it. I have learnt that no one really wants to hear the truth. They just want you to tell them what they already believe in. In a way 'approve' of their thoughts and actions. And I am someone who wouldn't say something unless she meant it. While I do not apologize for my opinions, I do not even try and change other people's either. One has to live with themselves, so whatever rocks your boat is fine with me. What I am not interested in is a tug-of-war with someone who either doesn't know a thing about he/she is imparting wisdom on or in the past has proved incapable of 'agreeing to disagree'. So I only find it amusing that how my blog could easily portray an absolutely opposite picture of who I think I might be in real life. For I share more in my writing than I ever would in person. Which could also mean that my writing is more honest than I am as a person. In turn, as a reader, you know me more than someone who knows me in real life. 

... Nice to meet you too! :) 

In other news, ... I liked 'today'. It was a good day. I was productive, active, positive, and creative. What a rare combination, right? I marked the date on my journal. Will look back at it on a crappy day! 

SAFABB met at the Adelante Boutique at Pearl Brewery this Saturday
And this is what I wore to the Sip & Shop ... 

Tunic - Zara [05']
Pants - Delhi [11']
Wedges - Dolce Vita via TJ Maxx [12']
Earrings - Gift from a friend [Sakshi, 11']
Owl Ring - c/o InPINK [12']
Bracelets - Here & There

With Linda. Picture via SAFABB

P.S. The winner of the Giveaway is Rocquelle P. 
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Earlier this month we organized a challenge at InFB to use minimum of 5 colors and create a project - Outfit, Make up, Art, anything. Now going for an outfit with 5 or more colors is hardly a challenge for me, right? I mean, my every second outfit is a fricking rainbow. So I thought of bringing back my childhood hobby - art and painting. 
The afternoon spent working on this piece was 
one of the most fun afternoon I have had in my 30's! 

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Have you ever noticed...

that ...
  • when people are performing well professionally or doing something to bring a change in society, to which no one can oppose or say something negative about, the jealous-bitter-people always resort to personal digs?
  • people who stay forever young are the ones who live in present and laugh a lot?
  • people who start ahead in the race are often not the winners?
  • life seems harder when we over-think and over-complicated it?
  • I like saying things in bullet point? ;) 

 Maxi - Banana Republic [09']
Vest - Banana Republic [11']
Footwear - PrettyFit [Dubai, 07']
Bracelets - Stella & Dot + C&Co. [12']
Necklace & Coral Ring - INPINK [11']
Belt - UO [10']

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Five Ways to Wear a Floral Blouse

I bought this top last year from Zara (India). It has been put to some good since. 

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Friday Fitness: Dance your way thin

I have an attention span of a two year old. I get bored of people things quite easily. I am constantly looking for new activities, new hobbies, new recipes, new restaurants, new everything! It is truly a miracle that I have stuck to Blogging continuously for 3 years. So it is no surprise that I cannot stick to one fitness activity for long either. I am regularly switching between running (outdoors), elliptical, step class, boot camps, yoga, pilates, kick boxing. The key to my weight management, besides cooking my food, is that I am constantly looking for ways to motivate myself. And adding new routines is what works for me. 

My current love is - Dancing. Zumba, Salsa, and Hip Hop. Dancing is one form of exercise which makes me feel beautiful. The world suddenly become a wonderful place where everything is possible. O! that was kinda-philosophically-poetic! :P

Some of the changes improvements I have experienced in last couple of months that I have been dancing:

  • Stronger obliques 
  • More definition in my abdominal area
  • Improved posture
  • Sexy shoulders
  • Improved metabolism
  • Better balance
Dance is definitely a total-body-workout! If going to the gym isn't not your thing then I highly recommend this.  

P.S. Everyone who asked for more "Fitness" posts - I am posting about Health & Fitness every alternate Friday at the moment. With everything that this blog is about, that's the best I can do

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Subtle Pastels

The best part of asking people to tell you what they do/don't like about you (or the blog in this case) is the amount of data you get to write about in the future posts. I cannot wait to bore you guys with posts as lengthy as essays on things you have said in the survey. I kid!

On a serious note, Thank you EVERYONE who took time to give me their feedback (It is open till Monday, June 25th). I REALLY appreciate it. I WILL try and incorporate your suggestions as much as I can (The Search this Blog feature has been added as per the request. Find it on the top left corner). However, a common theme, just like the last time, is that there is one person who likes and another one who doesn't like that exact same thing (except for technical stuff). Lesson: You cannot please everyone! And I aint even trying.

 Shirt - Oasap [12']
Skirt - Lulu's [11']
Blue Bangle - ASOS [10']
Pink Bangle - C&Co. [12']
Rings - Charlotte Russe [10']
Wedges - Dolce Vita via TJ Maxx [12']
Necklace - Banana Republic [10']

Look who gave into purchasing her first pair of wedges in 14 years? That's right - ME! I used to own one in high school and then when they came back in fashion 2 years back I just wasn't 'feeling' them. Looks like I am more than 'feeling' them now. And this is one of my sale purchases after the three month ban, that I was telling you guys about! 

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Lust : via Posh Fusion

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Now that the shopping ban has lifted, I have been dreaming of all kinds of new pieces to add to my wardrobe. This weekend I couldn't help but feel that my wardrobe needs a little spring-cleaning and then a mini-makeover. And before I knew it I was browsing through the Posh Fusion site. They have an abundance lovely pieces in summer colors. Personally I loved their collection of hand bags. I can't decide which one I 'need' the most. 

While I cannot justify everything on my lust lists, I definitely need a good looking pair of flats in that neutral color and an animal print clutch. Who doesn't, right? :) 

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