This has been such an exciting and fun month. I am loving the change in scenery. I am loving the influx of weekend activities and socializing. Let's just say, I am loving everything. Well, not everything but that's for another post. But mostly everything! (;
Sartorially speaking, it doesn't get any more diverse than this. Am I right? We had a little bit of everything. This was the most popular outfit post (not surprising at all!) and this was the least popular outfit post. Also, I am glad that the "Three Ways" series is being well received. I am enjoying putting it together as well.
Just in one month I have been to DC/Georgetown and Annapolis VA, tried possible 20 new restaurants, met several bloggers, hosted lunch and hung out with friends and family. (Phew!)
June is potentially looking very exciting as well. Follow along on Instagram as that's where I share most of my daily-life-snapshots.
I hope May was equally exciting for y'all too. See ya next month aka tomorrow (;
You know as lucky as I think Dr. A is, I also think he is super brave. The other day he came back from work and I was in the kitchen and in a foul mood (for no fault of his). He continued being his usual-happy-go-lucky-self and I realized, "Wow! He has no idea that he is walking on a land mine!" I mean I could have blasted (not literally, of course!) at any second and he would have no idea what happened! That got me thinking ... and I concluded that men are quite brave. Between the time that they leave home to the time that they come back, a million things could happen in a woman's brain (for no fault of their's) and they would have no clue that they are entering a war zone. It is quite unfair really. For the record: I didn't blast and he didn't even come to know that I was in a foul mood. With practice (and experience) you learn to control your moods. (:
These pictures are from the Memorial Day parade we attended on Monday!
Shorts - Stradivarius // Similar
Starting the week with another 9 Questions: Sunday
1. What do you love most about your life?
Erm. Everything? And nothing. Depends on the day! (:
2. Dog or Cat lover?
3. East Coaster or West Coaster?
East (I guess!?!?)
4. What would you say to President Obama if you ran into him at Starbucks tomorrow?
Hey! Fancy seeing you here too! [And the chances of that happening now are more than ever! ;)]
5. What is your "go to" uniform?
Short and T-Shirts
6. Jimmy Kimmel or Jimmy Fallon?
7. Favorite city in the world?
I would like to say London, but I think I don't have one any more.
8. Do you have any tattoos? If yes, where?
I do. Here.
9. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
Compliments? :P ... Also, the power of expression!
Again, I have each single piece of clothing still part of my wardrobe. Boy, do I need to giveaway old stuff or what?
I got this tank top in Delhi in 2011 for an impromptu trip to Goa in the month of Feb. Unfortunately, there were not many beach/summer wear options available in the market as it was still pretty cold in Delhi. I had to hunt down a pair of shorts, a skirt and tank top from nooks and corners of random stores. This particular tank top is LARGE, simple because that was the only size available. Although I think, it fits me fine, as long as I do not bend down.
Y'know how sometimes an adjective is used for you and you are not sure how to take it. It does not have to be negative or positive. Just a mere observational word.
Lately, I have been called 'simple' a couple of times, in reference to my personality and/or style. Of course, I didn't ask them to elaborate on their remark. However, if I did, I wouldn't have to wonder or even write a blog about it! As far the contents of inside my brain goes, I can tell you for sure that I am outright complicated. But in terms of style, I am not sure if 'simple' is how I would define myself. Would you?
Shirt - GAP // Similar
Trousers - Esprit // Other Options
Shoes - Faith London // Other Options
Bracelet - macy's // Better
I usually miss home (India) when I am hungry and too lazy to cook. There is someone or the other always there who can prepare the dish you are craving. Anyhoo, below is the recipe for the day
Although I am a 'north' Indian (geographically) I happen to LOVE South Indian food more. My current addiction is Lemon Rice. I love lemon. I love rice. Hence, this seems like a match made it heaven. Except I have added my own twist to it (of course!). This is also a great way to recycle left over rice but I often make it the same day for THIS dish specifically.
3 cups of basmati rice
Salt to taste
1 tsp sugar
¼ cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
¼ cup fresh cilantro/coriander (chopped)
2 tbsp Vegetable oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
¼ teaspoon turmeric
2 tbsp dried cranberries
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 fresh green serrano peppers/chilies (chopped)
pinch of saffron (optional, for garnish)
- Boil the rice and let it cool down. Or use a day old rice.
- Take a large bowl and gently mix rice, salt, sugar, lemon juice and cilantro. Set aside.
- Heat oil in a large heavy sauté pan on medium heat. Add the mustard seeds; immediately cover with a spatter screen, and cook until the seeds stop popping (for no more than 30 seconds).
- Add onion, chilies and turmeric and sauté for about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low.
- Add cashews and cranberries. Stir, until mixed together.
- Add rice and mix thoroughly until you attain unified color. Cover and cook for 4-5 minutes.
- Transfer to a serving platter. Garnish with cilantro and saffron (optional).
In the past I have had issues being happy in the moment. I think I had mentioned that I always have a late reaction, to happiness specifically. So I decided to work on that and I think I might have solved that problem.
I am happy when I am supposed to be happy and sad when I am supposed to be sad ... and neutral when I am supposed to be neutral (that's a thing, right?) - And it has been great!
Now I know how rest of the world feels. God knows how I had been surviving for the last thirty odd years. This is so much better!
Spring is glorious on the East Coast.
I love staying out on the weekends, soaking in the sunlight.
Dress - Joie // Other Options
Shoes - Shelly's London // Similar
Bag - Cuyana // Almost Same
Watch - c/o Caravelle // Same
You know how you have this image or prejudice or an assumption about things, people, places? ... I do too ... Recently, A LOT of my prejudices have been shattered. I am not ashamed to admit, I was wrong. Things, people, places can be different from what you had imagined them to be ... and I couldn't be happier about that. For, it means several things ... one, that life will continue to surprise me, world is a better place than I had started to believe, and most importantly that I am not all that inflexible and stubborn in my beliefs. All good things. Right? A good enough reason for me to smile.
Here's another one of my hassle-free outfits. Keeping life simple at all fronts! (:
Shoes - Jean-Micheal Cazabat //Similar
Before I say anything, can I just tell y'all that I still have every single piece of clothing/accessory you see in all three pictures above. It is like I never throw anything away. Although while I moving, I remember giving away bags and bags of clothes. I am amused. What's going on? Anyhoo ...
I bought these shorts in 2007 and then have them altered a year later and then have been fitting me just fine ever since. And as they are still in mint condition I do not see why I should give them away. I love styling them for casual evenings and even for dates. It seems rebellious to wear pin-stripes casually. Y'know what I mean?
I guess you already know I am a fan of accessories, and not just fashion accessories. All-things-accessories. They can after all give a facelift to anything: closet, kitchen, home and of course gadgets.
Today's topic: Tech Accessories.
I was recently sent a protective case for my MacBook as well as for my iPad. When aiino contacted me, it was a good thing that I was already in the market looking for replacement for both. You can say that our stars aligned and aiino ended up contacting me before I could checkout from my cart on Amazon.
- First up is the the MacBook Retina Case: I love this color (and yellow). Can you tell I have been attracted to all things blood orange lately? It seems like spring has sprung in my home. I am a fan of the anti-slip, scratch-free material as I am super clumsy and have known to drop my laptops/tablets numerous times. Although I should mention that the circular tabs which should be at the bottom corners for extra protection were missing from my package. These things happen, but once I raised my concern the aiino representative was extremely courteous about it. Nonetheless, it doesn't take anything away from the protective case and I am sure I will be using it for months to come. Come August, will start looking for a replacement in fall colors. What say?
- Second is the iPad Multi Function Case: I exceptionally liked this case. The outlets have their own dedicated cover which avoids dust or other particles from getting inside. It has a sturdy grip and can placed vertically and horizontally both. And of course, I love the color. If you are in market for one do check it out. It comes in various colors and blue is on my list next.
Do use protective cases for your gadgets? How often do you change them?
Disclaimer: I was provided these products free of charge for the purpose of this post. The opinions mentioned are my own.
10 Random Things On My Mind:
- I am thankful that the spring is finally here
- The more time I have, the more unproductive I am
- I have not read a single book in last 2 months
- I thought this was amusing. Although what's going on with his hair?
- I need more whites in my wardrobe
- This is my new favorite dish. It is kinda addictive
- Remember this post? There is not a single flower left on any of the trees. Rain kinda destroyed them all *sob*
- I am so bored lately. I want to take up art and craft. May be start with this.
- I am sure everyone heard/saw this family feud. Any theories?
- I've finally finished unpacking. Now decorating and
rearranging is another story.
Cardigan - Calvin Klein // Similar
Tank - ASOS // Similar
Skirt - c/o StyleIn // Similar
Shoes - ALDO // On My Radar