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February 2014 in Review

February Outfit Posts, Tanvii.com
TOP ROW: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
BOTTOM ROW: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
And with this my favorite month is over. *Sigh!* I am usually very upset about the year flying by but this time I am not. I want this year to fly by. I want the time to keep moving. And I am glad that it is. 
Sartorially I think the month was pretty interesting too. Lot of layers. Lots of scarves. Lots of travel-style. A little bit of legs towards the end! (;
Other than that we also did a book review and shared a few style tips: here & here, created an inspiration board and a gift guide. 
A rather well-rounded blogging month. Wouldn't you agree?
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Spring Is Around The Corner

You know what I am obsessed with lately? Google Analytics. They simply blow my mind. I can waste a whole day (what is otherwise known as researchjust looking at the tracker. 
Google can not only tell me the country, but also which state and the exact city, from where my readers come. For example, right this second (while I am writing this post) there are 5 readers on my blog: 2 from U.S., 1 from Belgium, 1 from New Zealand and 1 from India. I can also see which which pages (post) they are checking out and how they reached my blog (from Facebook or URL). All I don't know is their exact identity (which I am sure CIA can provide if I ever have the "need"). 
This isn't new information: Google Analytics. But its new depth and data is extremely distracting fascination. Like today I learnt that there is a city named Sparks in Nevada (NV) that I didn't even know exist. And now I do.
The last weekend was pretty sunny and pleasant. 
Let's hope the weather continues its good streak this weekend too. 
Bershka Jacket, Dress Nordstrom, Ted Baker Peep toes, Crazy & Co. Clutch, Tanvii.com
Bershka Jacket, Dress Nordstrom, Ted Baker Peep toes, Crazy & Co. Clutch, Tanvii.com
Bershka Jacket, Dress Nordstrom, Ted Baker Peep toes, Crazy & Co. Clutch, Tanvii.com
Bershka Jacket, Dress Nordstrom, Ted Baker Peep toes, Crazy & Co. Clutch, Tanvii.com
Bershka Jacket, Dress Nordstrom, Ted Baker Peep toes, Crazy & Co. Clutch, Tanvii.com
Bershka Jacket, Dress Nordstrom, Ted Baker Peep toes, Crazy & Co. Clutch, Tanvii.com
Bershka Jacket, Dress Nordstrom, Ted Baker Peep toes, Crazy & Co. Clutch, Tanvii.com
 Jacket - Bershka (from 2002!) / Similar
Dress - Nordstrom (Previously worn here) / Better
Shoes - Ted Baker // Similar
Clutch - Crazy & Co. // Similar

Fair Warning: Google Analytics also breaks your heart 
... when you see this 
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White Sands National Monument

The sand at White Sands National Monument is almost pure gypsum. Gypsum is different from many other rocks because it is readily soluble. That means it will dissolve in water, just like sugar or salt. When rain falls on the mountains, the layers of gypsum start to dissolve, and the gypsum runs down the mountains as fast as the water can carry it. The mountains supply the gypsum. The rain washes the gypsum into the basin. The shape of the basin keeps the gypsum from running into the sea, and the wind breaks up the gypsum crystals into sand grains. via
The visit to the White Sands was probably the highlight of the whole trip for me. I have never seen anything like this before. I have been to the desert several times, but white sand is something else. Its so clean, and magical. If the sun had permitted, I would have just stayed there all day and read books or pen my thoughts. It was the perfect location to do that. Instead, all I managed to do was get severely sun burnt. It took weeks to get rid of that nasty tan. Nonetheless, if you are ever find yourself around El Paso, TX or in New Mexico, you must make a trip down there. It is SO worth it! 
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, Tanvii.com
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, Tanvii.com
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, Tanvii.com
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, Tanvii.com
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, Tanvii.com
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, Tanvii.com
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, Tanvii.com
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, Tanvii.com
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, Tanvii.com
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, Tanvii.com
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, Tanvii.com
Blouse - GAP // Similar
Jeans - Miss Sixty // Similar 
Boots - ecco // Similar
Sunglasses - Ray Ban // Same
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Metallic Shift Dress

Is it just me or did this weekend go by too fast? I have nothing profound to share so let's make it up with another 9 Questions: Sunday. If you too have a burning questions you wish to ask, feel free to leave it in the comments below.  
1. Favorite musician?
No one in particular. 
2. Flower of choice?
Peonies
3. Favorite person to follow on Twitter?
Fat Amy :)
4. Where and when do you blog?
Home. Over the weekends.
5. Drink of choice?
Frozen Margarita
6. Four words to describe yourself.
Eccentric. Creative. Stylish. Honest. 
7. Biggest pet peeve?
Stupidity
8. Who inspires you?
Smart working people
9. How would you describe your style?
Experimental. Eclectic. Evolving. 
I clean up pretty good, eh? (:
Addison Dress, JustFAB Pumps, Boa Pendant, Zara Clutch, Tanvii.com
Addison Dress, JustFAB Pumps, Boa Pendant, Zara Clutch, Tanvii.com
Addison Dress, JustFAB Pumps, Boa Pendant, Zara Clutch, Tanvii.com
Addison Dress, JustFAB Pumps, Boa Pendant, Zara Clutch, Tanvii.com
Addison Dress, JustFAB Pumps, Boa Pendant, Zara Clutch, Tanvii.com
Addison Dress, JustFAB Pumps, Boa Pendant, Zara Clutch, Tanvii.com
Addison Dress, JustFAB Pumps, Boa Pendant, Zara Clutch, Tanvii.com
Addison Dress, JustFAB Pumps, Boa Pendant, Zara Clutch, Tanvii.com
Addison Dress, JustFAB Pumps, Boa Pendant, Zara Clutch, Tanvii.com
Addison Dress, JustFAB Pumps, Boa Pendant, Zara Clutch, Tanvii.com
Addison Dress, JustFAB Pumps, Boa Pendant, Zara Clutch, Tanvii.com
Dress - Addison // Similar
Pumps - c/o JustFAB // Similar
Pendant - by boa // Similar 
Clutch - Zara // Better
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Three Ways To Wear A Fair Isle Sweater

Three Ways To Wear A Fair Isle Sweater, Tanvii.com
1 / 2 / 3 
Winters are about to leave us (yay!) and before I bid them Goodbye lets have a look on how I have styled my favorite sweater in the last couple of years. I like picking multi-color separates. They are easier to style. Here you can see how I have picked colors from the sweater and paired my bottoms.
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Albuquerque, New Mexico

So ... the whole purpose of asking y'all to fill this survey last week (btw, you can still answer it. There is no deadline. I will continue to check it every week) was to get an idea about which social medium, majority of you use to keep up with the blog. I have to say I was surprised with the results (so far).  
I cannot believe that 70% of you still type the blog url in your search engine every-other-day to check for new posts. While I truly do not mind how you choose to get here, as long as you do ... but if I were to guess I would have said either Facebook or RSS Feed (Email Subscription). 
Oh Well. Looks like most of my readers don't 'use' social media as much as I do. Anyhoo, if you want to get an easy access to the posts you can always get it in your inbox (see 'Subscribe via email' on the right) or follow on bloglovin' - even if I can't know who all read my blog, I would definitely be interested in knowing how many do, Y'know? (: No pressure though! 
And as expected Facebook was the most popular social platform and Google+ the least. No surprises there.  
These pictures are from Sandia Peak few miles out of Albuquerque, NM  
Heart Print Scarf, Lucky Brand Jeans, GAP Boots,, Ray Ban Sunglasses, Tanvii.com
Heart Print Scarf, Lucky Brand Jeans, GAP Boots,, Ray Ban Sunglasses, Tanvii.com
Heart Print Scarf, Lucky Brand Jeans, GAP Boots,, Ray Ban Sunglasses, Tanvii.com
Heart Print Scarf, Lucky Brand Jeans, GAP Boots,, Ray Ban Sunglasses, Tanvii.com
Heart Print Scarf, Lucky Brand Jeans, GAP Boots,, Ray Ban Sunglasses, Tanvii.com
Heart Print Scarf, Lucky Brand Jeans, GAP Boots,, Ray Ban Sunglasses, Tanvii.com
Heart Print Scarf, Lucky Brand Jeans, GAP Boots,, Ray Ban Sunglasses, Tanvii.com
Heart Print Scarf, Lucky Brand Jeans, GAP Boots,, Ray Ban Sunglasses, Tanvii.com
Jacket - Borrowed from Mom // Similar
Scarf - Les Parisiennes à Delhi // Similar
Jeans - Lucky Brand // Same
Boots - GAP // Similar
Sunglasses - Ray Bans // Similar

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How To Wear Bright Colors


While I am known to wear bright colors from head-to-toe, I realize it is not something everyone is comfortable doing. So while I was browsing through my 2014 Outfit Archive, I realized that there are some good examples already to show how one can infuse bright colors in her outfit, in moderation!
  • Create a monochrome outfit and add color through accessories (hats / sunglasses / etc.). 
  • You can wear light-weight-cotton scarves in summers and pashmina stoles in winters
  • Bright clutches are are a great way to infuse colors such as fuchsia pink, parrot green and sunflower yellow into your everyday wardrobe
  • Colors lights (like my previous outfit) is one of my favorite tricks to make an outfit quirky. Be sure to keep rest of the outfit neutral and/or same color palette.  
Below are some examples of outfits where I have applied these tricks. You can click on the link below the pictures to view the original outfit post. 
Skull scarf, C&C Clutch Cover, Tanvii.com
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Book Review: Home

Book Review, Home by Manju Kapur, Tanvii.com

I have not done a book review since 2010. I feel like bringing them back to the blog. Feel free to leave me book suggestions in the comments below. 

I recently finished reading this captivating novel - Home - by Manju Kapur. And since I do not keep the verdict for the end, here goes: I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I have only read one of her previous novels Difficult Daughters, which I enjoyed reading too, and now I want to go back and read her other works. 

Home, is a story which takes us through a fascinating journey of three generations of a family. Banwari Lal migrates to India after India-Pakistan partition. He attempts to set up his family sari and cloth-house business in Karol Bagh, Delhi by selling his wife's jewelry. While it takes him time to establish the shop, his sister, Sunita, is of a marriageable age. Against his better judgement he marries her to a man with no steady income and sketchy character. As fate would have it, Sunita is abused and possibly murdered by her husband - leaving behind a son, Vicky. Banwari Lal decides to bring him to Delhi and take care of his education and well being, to make up for his sister's death. Vicky becomes a source of all disputes here on.

Banwari Lal has two sons. His elder son, Yashpal falls in love with Sona and informs his parents that he would only marry her or chose lifelong celibacy. The younger son, Pyare Lal, however resorts to traditional-arranged-marriage. Slowly their respective families expand, as does their expectations and dissatisfaction with their lifestyle.

As time passes by, the family adapts in its own reluctant ways to changing-modern-India. With the death of the Banwari Lal, the shop is now managed by the two brothers and their sons. The family house is transformed into flats. The story here on relies on Nisha, Yashpal and Sona's daughter, to show us the confusion and challenges faced by people in 1980s. Nisha represents the face of repression and sexual abuse faced by many women in those days.

Home is a piece of fictional Indian writing in English packed with stories of weddings and deaths, arranged marriages and love affairs, cooking and bickering in a joint family in India. Home keeps the reader guessing and entertained with its colorful characters and backdrop and an effective use of Delhi middle-class English. If you are looking of an easy read, pick this up.

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Lazy or Active?

You know what I cannot decide? - That whether am I lazy or active? I procrastinate things till the last moment. My taxes are begging me to get to them for the last couple of weeks but I keep moving the paperwork from one corner of my house to another, thinking this 'spot' will keep them right in front of eyes and make me get to them this weekend (fo-sho!). But what do I do when I get to that moment over the weekend? I shove them to the bottom of the pile because can't seem to give myself an excuse to not do them. Same goes for laundry. I keep postponing it till I have no clean underwear and socks left to wear (I might be a procrastinator, but definitely not unhygienic). I also have the same attitude towards replying to emails (in my defense I receive one too many of them!).
... but on the other hand I am fully capable of waking up at 4:00 am and head to the gym ... cook all my ten meals for the week over the weekend ... head from one meeting/appointment to another and be on the move all day ... stick to my blog-calendar and dish out posts throughout the week (on four different blogs) ... have a full time job and still pursue my dreams and nurture my hobbies ...
What does it make me? Lazy or active? What do you think? 
P.S. Thank you everyone who has answered the survey. I love all the appreciation as well as the constructive criticism. And if you haven't filled it yet, I would like to hear from you too!
Scarf Print Sweater, Banana Republic Skirt, Aldo Pumps, Crazy & Co. Earrings, Tanvii.com
Scarf Print Sweater, Banana Republic Skirt, Aldo Pumps, Crazy & Co. Earrings, Tanvii.com
Scarf Print Sweater, Banana Republic Skirt, Aldo Pumps, Crazy & Co. Earrings, Tanvii.com
Scarf Print Sweater, Banana Republic Skirt, Aldo Pumps, Crazy & Co. Earrings, Tanvii.com
Scarf Print Sweater, Banana Republic Skirt, Aldo Pumps, Crazy & Co. Earrings, Tanvii.com
Scarf Print Sweater, Banana Republic Skirt, Aldo Pumps, Crazy & Co. Earrings, Tanvii.com
Scarf Print Sweater, Banana Republic Skirt, Aldo Pumps, Crazy & Co. Earrings, Tanvii.com
Scarf Print Sweater, Banana Republic Skirt, Aldo Pumps, Crazy & Co. Earrings, Tanvii.com
Sweater - Borrowed from Mom // Other Options
Shoes - Aldo // Similar
Tights - Similar
Earrings - Same 
Pendant - From a local artist in Albuquerque 
Ring - Crazy & Co. // Sold out
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