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

Pet-Peeves Part II

- People who tweet to tell me they have sent an email
Now seriously! 24 hours is a respectable amount of time for anyone to respond back to your email. Someone could be at work, could be driving, or sleeping and there you are increasing their pressure. Not only would I have to reply to your email, I would also have to reply to your tweet ('coz I am a polite human being). Who has that much time in the world?

- People from my real life who tell me, "I read your blog" as soon as they meet/talk to me. Now, I am not being rude. I am humbled that you read my blog. I really am. But you don't have to tell me that every time we meet/talk unless there is something specific you would like to discuss about what you read. 'Coz in all honesty I have no response to that, except 'Thank You'! ... Then what? 

- People who cannot stop Instagr.am-ing the pictures of their pets. I get it. You love your dog/cat, but do you really think people want to see them eating, sleeping, and doing whatever-it-is-that-they-do? It is almost like parents posting pictures of their kids. Why do they think that it would interest others, I can never understand that! 

- People who give minute-by-minute narration of their vacation WHILE they are on a vacation. I am glad you are having a good time, but ... are you? Really? 'Coz if you were you wouldn't have THIS much time to share about the fantastic holiday you are "currently" having. May be it is a personal thing, but when on a holiday, better to enjoy it than to share it with others 'coz that's cutting your holiday-time short. Think about it. 

- People who asks questions, which 'Google' can answer. I mean we all are a friendly lot and always help each other out but if God-Google can solve your problem why trouble another soul? Besides the fact that it might be quicker to google it, it will take exactly the same amount of time to type the questions. Wouldn't it?

Rant Over!

One of the outfits from the Quebec trip!

Dress - ASOS [12']
Shoes - ALDO [11']
Belt - GAP [12']
Sunglasses - D&G [11']
Ring - Oasap [12']
Bracelet - C&Co. [12']


Spiderman & Batman

There was a time, not long ago, when I couldn't live without watching all the latest movies, that too on Friday itself. And now? Well I barely make it to the cinemas once a month. Life, I tell you. Growing up sucks, in more than one way. Anyways, without whining any further, I finally made it to the theaters this Friday and watched, not one but two 'superhero' movies. I am sure most movie buffs must have already seen them both but on a reader's request I am micro- reviewing them, just for old times sake! 

Review: The Amazing Spider Man
Now I wasn't a big fan of Tobey Maguire. He looked more like a malnutritioned poor kid than a superhero. Not to say Andrew Garfield is super muscular either, but he is right for the part. The movie starts right from the beginning, showing how a nerdy-bullied-kid happen to acquire few 'superhero' powers. The director, Mark Webb, of 500 Days of Summer fame, has depicted Spiderman to be more human than ever, which makes his character much more interesting and relatable for me. I liked that the writers didn't take their sweet time in getting to the point. From the word go, you know Peter Parker is meant for greater things. Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy is perfect, but then I could be biased, but I am pretty sure, she was perfect. Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben and Sally Field as Aunt May played their parts well. My biggest surprise was to find Irrfan Khan (Indian Actor) in it. How come no one had mentioned anything about it anywhere? I mean I usually hear all my news on Twitter. Anyways, the sheer experience of seeing Spiderman swing freely was pretty-damn-exhilarating. 

Review: The Dark Knight Rises
I have never been a fan of Batman. He has got to be the weakest hero of them all. My personal childhood favorite is and will always be Superman. Anyways, back to the review, ... I went to see the movie with an open mind. Firstly, I had forgotten all about the previous one, and since I hadn't seen any movie in a long time, I was more than happy to catch this much talked about one. The movie had its moments and although it finally came all together, it sure took its sweet time in getting there. The narrative was a tad-bit slow for my taste. And then I didn't appreciate most of the performances either. Anne Hathaway wasn't catty enough for Catwoman, Marion Cotillard wasn't convincing enough ... and Tom Hardy? Now that's a different story. His character worked for me, and personally I think it is unfair to compare him to the Joker, as most people are doing with Heath Ledger having passed away and making that character a legend! Lastly, Christian Bale was good, even excellent in parts but not great. He leaves me wanting for more. Nonetheless, in the last 30 minutes, he more than make up for the rest of the movie but it would have been nice to have the same experience throughout. 

Between the two, I enjoyed Spiderman more! 

Figuring our way around the Quebec City!

Tee - GAP [12']
Shorts - GAP [12']
Sunglasses - GAP [12']
Footwear - Target [12']


Five Ways to Wear a Floral Scarf

A 2010 purchase from Zara, which has quite an accessory to my outfits! 


Readers Spotlight (XVIII) - Kavita

Dear Tanvi,

Your blog was one of the first wonders I discovered when I started my own. I instantly fell in love and ever since I have been kind of your biggest fan. From your pairings to wonderful writings, everything on your blog inspires me to open up and be straight while sharing my own feelings. In the last one year I've seen your blog grow by great measures. I always try to incorporate little things into my wardrobe taking inspiration from whatever you've posted on your blog. So if there's someone who has helped my style sense grow even by a little measure I'd credit you for the same. Thank you so much for being such a wonderful person and being so loving to me always.

Here's what I wore recently for a date out with my girl friends. I've been really really busy lately and, since it's raining here and the weather is cool most of the times I decided to go with the Dhoti Pants and cover myself with the Corduroy Coat to protect from the harsh winds and at the same time not feel too hot because of the humidity. I also wore kolahpuri sandals with the dress since I love giving dresses an ethnic touch. I hope I've done justice to what I've worn. What do you think??

Thank you Kavita, for your kind words. I am humbled and am glad that you enjoy reading my blog so much. I like that you are experimenting and trying new things from the pieces already in your wardrobe. I believe personal style is developed over a period of time, but for that to happen one needs to continue trying new looks. My only suggestion to you would be to balance the colors. E.g. While this look is sartorially great, but the dark colors matched with heavy prints, seems too much for one look. A white/cream/blush pink blazer or a white tank under would have worked better, in my opinion. But do continue what you are doing, because you are on the right track. Hope you would find this helpful. Have a wonderful day!  

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.

... as good as

A lot of you have asked me how it is going without comments on my blog! 

Comments: The biggest debate in the blogging world. It has been four months since I closed comments and I have not regretted it for a moment Having a thriving Facebook Page and Twitter accounts helps too! Now the ones who do not have a blog this post is not for you. You do not have a clue about what we (as bloggers) feel and experience so your opinions in this particular matter, don't matter! to put it bluntly.

Receiving comments was a wonderful experience. In the beginning, I would not even lie, I blogged only 'coz I was addicted to the feedback. So many wonderful people from all around the world, having such lovely things to say about my miniscule-little-life? Wow. I had sleepless nights, because I would wake up and check the downpour of comments on every blog post. 

But as time went by, the quality of comments deteriorated. The ones who left thoughtful, insightful and touching feedback reduced in number and the ones with such : "Great Post" , "Please check my blog" , "You look nice. Have a wonderful day!" increased by the multiples of 10! I know many people think that a blog without comments is as good as a magazine as it doesn't allow a dialogue/conversation (I used to think the same, up until last year) but in my experience it mostly ends with one comment and a consequent 'Thank you!'. That hardly qualifies as a dialogue. Nonetheless, what I am saying is that a comment is as good as the person writing it. 

Absolutely, in love with this dress! 

Bracelets - Streets of Delhi [07']
Ring - C&Co. [12']
Bag - Kenneth Cole [12'] 
Dress - Oasap [12']
Flats - Aldo [10']


How to style Polka Dots

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What comes to your mind when you think of Polka dots? 80's? With this trend getting a revamp this season, you can style it the way you want and the options available are just irresistible. You can sport this trend from your college campus to the board room meeting.

• Dots is the trend which compliments with all the other trends this season. You can pair this top in different ways viz. with your favorite pair of denim or colored denims or neon shorts. If styled properly it looks great with pleated skirts.

• Layering is the easiest option for a curvy Indian body and what would be better than a polka dot blazer. Pair it with a simple maxi dress and increase the oomph factor.

• In mood to go retro? Polka dot dress is your option. Want to stand out in crowd? Pair this dress with a knotted shirt. This style would be good for petite bodies to create an illusion of curves.

• Don't like polka dots but still want to be in trend? Accessorize your outfit with variety of options. This trend is available in variety of accessories like  feather earrings, neon clutches and pastel bangles. Umbrellas in this trend is also big this season.

• Mesmerize everyone with your effortless style in boardroom with this polka dot pencil skirt. Pair it with a white shirt and a perfectly tailored blazer. 

• These polka dot wedges are sure to give you an edge. Sport them if you don't dare to wear this trend in your apparels.

• Last but not the least, who would deny the comfort of these shorts during scorching summer heat. Wear it with white t-shirt and a tan messenger bag for that comfortable and ├╝ber cool look.

Do you enjoy wearing spots?



The thing with people, who don't like opinionated people, is that it automatically makes them one too. They've got an opinion about the 'opinionated' ... do they not, now? Personally I think most people are opinionated whether they would like to own up to it or not. Some of us make our opinions heard while others grumble inside and maintain a silent front on the outside. 

Now on the blog front I have observed there is a pattern in the kind of reaction I receive. We have discussed it previously as well, but this is from another angle. There are people who like what I have to say, 'coz it is like a guilty pleasure. I speak 'their' mind, and write about stuff which they are not able to say in their lives, for whatever reason. They read, smile, move on and then come back the next day for some more. The other kind are the ones who are just like me, with lots to say (opinions!) and share but they don't agree with me and in fact get frustrated. Mostly because they cannot tell me that they are offended. But yet, they keep tabs on me via the blog, of course. I don't know why though. But my guess is thats how curiosity killed the cat, eh! 

This outfit is from 10 days ago. The haircut-day

 Shorts - GAP [12']
Top - Anthropologie [09']
Bracelets & Rings - C&Co. [12']
Gold Cuff - Won via SSW' Giveaway [12']
Wedges - Dolce Vita via TJ Maxx [12']


Story Time

Sometime back I stumbled up on this blog and read an inspiring story. I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I did.

A businessman was at the pier of the small Tuvaluan island when a boat with a fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were fish. The businessman complimented the Tuvaluan on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The fisherman replied only a little while.

The businessman then asked why he didn't stay out longer and catch more fish? The Tuvaluan said he had enough to support his family's immediate needs. The businessman then asked, but what do you do with the rest of you time? The Tuvaluan fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a nap with my wife, Puna, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitars with my friends; I have a full and busy life."

The businessman scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and I could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats; eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. You could sell directly to the processor and eventually open your own cannery. You would need to leave this small fishing island-nation and move to Australia, then LA and eventually New York City where you would run your expanding enterprise."

The Tuvaluan fisherman asked, "But how long will this all take? To which the businessman replied, "15 to 20 years." "But what then, sir? The businessman laughed and said, "Thats the best part! When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and make millions, flying around on your own corporate jet!" "Millions, sir? Then what?" The businessman said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing island where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a nap with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your friends."

The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said, "Isn't that what I'm doing right now?"

- Author Unknown

Five years together: Today! 
& this is exactly how we are living our life too. 
- full of love & adventure - 


Five Ways to Wear Blue Shorts

One of my favorite purchases from GAP [Circa 2009 - Imagine!] 


Flat Out

N.B. This is a pre-schduled post while I am away living life! :)

I would like to believe that I am kinda-popular for my footwear collection. Am I ... not? Well, regardless, following up from this post, I would like to re-emphasis on the fact that I have an equally good collection of flats, as I have of heels. In fact, flats are my best friend. In the time of need (travel, everyday errands, etc.) they are the ones who have stood by me ... not the pretty pretty heels! For now I would let you gaze through some of the pictures, but on of the readers' request, there is a post-in-progess on "How to style footwear?" soon after I return. 

Do you feel the same way about flats, as I do?

How to Style Stripes

N.B. This is a pre-schduled post while I am away living life! :)
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The yesteryears' trends are making a come back this season and stripes is one of them. The classic thing about these trends is that if incorporated properly they can give you a retro as well as an edgy look, but one has to choose the products wisely to get the look right. Here's your guide to effortlessly don the style from tip to toe:

• The easiest way to wear this trend is a simple tank top, pair it up with skinny fit denims or shorts and you are good to go. If you are in the mood to experiment, pair it with coloured denims.

• If you want to go bold, horizontally striped skirt is your thing. Nothing accentuates your curves better than this, but if you are a person with a pear shaped body you would want to avoid it. Those colourfully striped skirts are sure to make heads turn.

• If you are crazy about this trend and want to, want to adapt it, go for the horizontally striped dress. This will give an illusion of a perfect body and long legs.

• Who would not dream of a holiday by the beach side, if you started to think of relaxing at the beach side this striped bikini set is the perfect option. Go glam with this.

• If you are the one who thinks that stripes make you look fat, do not worry you can still don the style with help of accessories. You can choose from a wide variety of bags, bows, bangles and footwear.

Are you in love with stripes like I am? 

Living Life

Dear All,  
It is that time of the year again, when I step away from my computer and all things social media, to take time to rejuvenate, find new inspiration and gather my thoughts. I will definitely be back soon but in the mean time I have scheduled a few posts intermittently.  
Be good & Miss me :) 

Readers Spotlight (XVII) - S

Hello darling!

I was just checking your mix & match series, and am amazed by the versatility of certain garments! I get so much inspiration from your posts that I've decided to share this with you. 

I bought a pair of earrings last summer, which I never got to wear (I've become reaaaally lazy with jewelry, so I keep wearing the same ones). I liked them very much, but didn't feel like wearing them with any outfit. And a couple of months ago I came up with the idea of using them as collar brooches! But then I felt I could give them a better use, so I added them to a pair of shoes I redesigned! What do you think?

What do I think? I think you are a genius. Absolutely LOVE both the ideas. I MUST try this out for myself. I have to find a pair of earrings that I don't wear as much! Thank you so much for sharing these pictures with me. I am inspired and I am sure so is everyone who is reading this post. P.S. Also LOVE the over all look - the turban, those shoes, white shirt - love.love.love!

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.

50 Shades of Brown

Over a period of time people from my 'real' life who read my blog have very conveniently fallen in to three categories: 

1) Who liked me pre-blogging-era, and like me post-blogging-era: They are not affected by what I write or what I wear. At least not to the degree that it would influence their opinion of me and/or change their relationship with me. 

2) Who were not my biggest fan before, but have come around after reading my blog. Its safe to say, outfits have little to do with it. I do not know whether they agree or not with what I say, but my guess is that, at least they relate to me and/or 'get' me now. 

3) Who liked me in the pre-blogging-era but now I just plain offend them. And it is safe to say that outfits have nothing to do here as well. I guess what they had 'assumed' me to be, my thoughts writing proves otherwise to them or just that they don't agree with me, which, also is fine as long as they have also read this post ;)

Moving on to the outfit ... I am having a major conundrum right now. While the heat doesn't allow me to wear jeans or leggings, the damn mosquitoes are biting the hell-outta-me and making it really hard for me to step out in shorts/dress/skirts! God Save Me, 'coz I don't think there are any other wardrobe options left!

Dress - Asos [10']
Necklace - Asos [11']
Shoes - Charlotte Russe [10']
Belt - Ralph Lauren [09']
Bangles & Bracelets - Here & There

Office Wear Must Haves

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From colourful college campus to decently painted board rooms, similar is the transformation of the clothes. Many dread the transformation of careless to crisp dressing up. Here are the 5 golden rules to cake walk through this phase:

• It is very important to dress as per your office atmosphere. First you have to decide whether the dress code required in your office is business casual or business formal. You are lucky if the code is casual for your office, it depicts lots of liberty and freedom from crisp tailored suit everyday.

• Secondly it is necessary to dress as per the place. The clothes you wear should not be too tight or too loose. Well fitted clothes will boost your confidence and people will start taking you more seriously.

• Office clothing doesn't always mean boring mundane clothes. Choose your pieces intelligently. While dressing up for office you don't always have to dress up like opposite sex. Experiment with pencil skirts and sheath dresses.

• While on work most comfortable pair of shoes is the most essential thing. You don't want to slog with your heels in the office, select your footwear carefully. Also try to look for a comfortable pair of heels people are sure to look up at you. Stacking accessories is 'in' thing this season but for office you ought to keep it simple.

• Last but most important thing is choose the pieces that can transform you easily from office chic to casual beauty. Wear your sexy button down shirt with a scarf as a neck tie to office and with a contrast camisole for a casual day out. You need not maintain two exclusive wardrobes.


Revlon: Expression Experiment

This post brought to you by Revlon. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you have been around for a while then you must know that I was not a make-up person for the longest time. However, with blogging I seem to have turned a new leaf. So when i saw an opportunity to review some of Revlon products, I jumped, if nothing else, to come out of my comfort zone. Hence, this is going my first beauty products review.

1) First is the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick (Certainly Red) and lustrous it was. The color looked great against my skin tone and I defintiely felt va-va-voom! :)

2) Next is the Revelon Longwear Nail Enamel which is spposed to last you for 11 days. While I can't say it stayed on for that long, but it did have a gel-like sorbet shine. I usually apply nail paint so that I don't bit on them, but this almost made me think otherwise, purely due to the richness of the color.

3) Revlon Colorburst Sizzle Canicule - This has, in no time, become my go to gloss for the season. It has a great tangy color with no shimmer. The texture of the gloss is not on sticky and doesn't dry my lips out.

4) Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter (Cherry Tart) had a reddish orange shade which is bright and creamy. If you are looking for a new shade which can be worn during day or evening, this would be my pick.

5) Revlon Photoready Color Corrector Primer - It did what its name says. Over all I saw an even color tone, reduced redness and smoother finish after applying it.

6) Revlon Photoready Eye Primer & Brightener - It's a good concealer for brightening the under eye without being cakey or creasing. It has a liquid texture and was as easy as tap-and-apply with just the tips of my fingers.

7) Revlon Colorstay (Inspired) - The packaging stated that it would last a good 16 hours and it held up it end. i applied it over the primer and it lasted me good 10 hours without fading and creasing through the night. I pretty much look exactly like I do in the picture for the whole night through.

Have you tired the Revlon products? What has your experience been?
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