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December 2014 in Review

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One more day and 2014 is over. I don't have anything profound to share (just yet) but I do think that 2014 was an awesome year. Lots of changes, lots of new turns, lots of life-altering-decisions ... but none that I regret (so far!?). 
In terms of blogging there weren't many changes. There was a routine (even if no one else recognize it) and I stuck to it. I posted 10 outfit posts each month, with the exception of April & November (posted one in the prior and none in the later). And an average of 5 posts in a week!!! 
In hindsight it feels like A LOT of blogging. No wonder I was drained out by the end of each month. Going forward I would be tuning down my blogging frequency, else I am afraid I wouldn't be able to keep up and have to shut down. I do not know how many posts I would be able to post but I know for sure that there are definitely some changes coming along. I know that my readers appreciate that I blog regularly and do not disappear on them. Rest assured you will hear from me regularly just not everyday. 
This is the last post for this year and I would like to thank you all for supporting and being part of my blog. As we bloggers say, without loyal readers it wouldn't be a blog, it would be an online-public-dairy. And that's just weird no-fun! 
Last but not the least, wish you all a fabulous new year's eve and an awesome New Year in advance! 
See you in 2015!  
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His & Hers 2014

Over the years the frequency of His & Hers segment has gone from weekly, to monthly, to twice a year, to (now) once a year! It is partly due to my laziness and partly because Dr. Fab is very (very!) picky about his pictures. Although he did feature in a few solo outfit posts of his own!  
Anyhoo... this is what I have got for you this year. 
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P.S. You can check out the previous His & Hers here
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Three Ways To Style A Blue Tunic

Three Ways To Style A Blue Tunic, Tanvii.com
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My Mom gave me this tunic, because she thought it would look good on me. It is one of those colors that I love looking at, but I doubt I would have bought it myself. However, in last two years I have worn-the-hell out of it. Clearly my Mom knows me better and of course has good taste. She is my Mom (duh!). It is much more versatile than I would have imagined. On can style it up or down depending on what you wear it with. I have also styled it with a white salwar several times. 
This also brings us to the last (35th!) Three Ways post for 2014. This has been the well received segment for several years, and I have loved putting it together. Let me know if you have any feedback or would like to add/change this up in future.  
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Beauty Talk: New Products

New Products, Beauty, Tanvii.com
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Disclaimer: Please read my previous post on my skin type to make an informed opinion/decisions. Also, these products might or might not be available in India and/or outside United States.  
oneShiseido White Lucent Power Brightening Mask
I recently tried Shiseido products followed by their custom facial. I am a loyalist now. I was able to see visible and long lasting changes. Trust, you me, I am going in for re-fills and to try their remaining of the brightening product line (as soon as I am done with my recent quota). Talking of brightening, this mask is amazing. My skin was moisturized, bright and even-toned after just one use. 
twoHerbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoos need no-selling. They are a must-have for those rushed mornings, or for post-workout hair. This is a good budget buy. It left my hair refreshed and clean. I will definitely re-purchase it.  
three: Auto Rickshaw Bookmark
I received this as a gift from my sister-in-law. I have been using it ever since. Love the unique design and that it is hand-made. Thanks Richa! (:  
four: Philosophy Amazing Grace
OMG. I can't believe I lived without this for so many years. I have been using Philosophy products for a long time but never tried their "Grace" collection. I tired. .I smelt. I died and went to heaven. It smells great and is moisturizing and gentle. Highly recommend it.  
fiveEvian Facial Water Spray
I love using Evian facial spray. Especially, in summers. They are great for winters too, because you can never moisturize your face enough. It is a mild mist that penetrates and hydrates the upper layers of the skin. A perfect addition to your skincare and make up routine. You can easily carry it on the go and/or in your travel bag. Learn more about it at http://www.evianspray.com.
six: The Farm To Table French Phrasebook
It is a charming short book. You learn about the French cuisine through french culture. I had recently finished reading the book and interviewed the author. It only grew my love for the book. If you enjoy learning about the cultures then this is a book for you. You can also enter the giveaway, to win a copy here.
seven: Humans of New York
If you haven't heard about this book it is probably because you don't "really" follow what's worth following on social media (my personal opinion). That aside you MUST read pick of copy of this book. It is like 'Chicken Soup For Soul" but with pictures and people narrating their own stories.  
Earlier this year I started this segment sporadically and have been enjoying putting it together. Let me know if you have enjoyed it too and would like me to continue doing it in 2015? 
Previous Beauty-Product-Posts: March 2014 / June 2014  / September 2014
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FIGI Jeans

I am officially in love with these jeans. L.O.V.E! I am usually not a cosmic-print-jeans-kinda-girl but when FIGI jeans sent me their catalogue I saw these, I thought I would give them a try. Just push my style-limits, y'know! And I am glad that I did. These fit like a glove and are soft in touch and the print rather looks good. Check out their other styles here. I am sure you wouldn't be able to resist either. 
Sweater - Philosophy Jeans - c/o FIGI Jacket - Tahari Boots - Diesel Bag - From Jaipur, Tanvii.com
Sweater - Philosophy Jeans - c/o FIGI Jacket - Tahari Boots - Diesel Bag - From Jaipur, Tanvii.com
Sweater - Philosophy Jeans - c/o FIGI Jacket - Tahari Boots - Diesel Bag - From Jaipur, Tanvii.com
Sweater - Philosophy Jeans - c/o FIGI Jacket - Tahari Boots - Diesel Bag - From Jaipur, Tanvii.com
Sweater - Philosophy Jeans - c/o FIGI Jacket - Tahari Boots - Diesel Bag - From Jaipur, Tanvii.com
Sweater - Philosophy Jeans - c/o FIGI Jacket - Tahari Boots - Diesel Bag - From Jaipur, Tanvii.com
Sweater - Philosophy Jeans - c/o FIGI Jacket - Tahari Boots - Diesel Bag - From Jaipur, Tanvii.com
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Interview with Victoria Mas & Giveaway

Interview with Victoria Mas & Giveaway, Tanvii.com
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A French native, Victoria Mas was raised in the South of France. Unique local specialties from her village still haunt her today. After studying in California, she got her master’s degree in literature from the Paris-Sorbonne University and remembers all the times she stepped into her favorite Montmartre bakery to get through the exams. A compulsive reader and croissant eater, she has worked as a cultural columnist, photographer, screenwriter, and writer for various projects in film, theater, and TV. She is devoted to writing and sharing her passion for French food with which, like all her compatriots, she’s had a romance since childhood.



- You have such a diverse portfolio. How do you cultivate your skills in so many varied fields?
I studied literature and film, therefore every project I've worked on so far has been different and led me to try something new. I enjoy creative projects and producing stories. However, how diverse my portfolio may seem, my first and main passion remains writing.

- What inspired you to write this book?
Speaking about french food is a passion of mine, and I wanted to share it with readers who were interested in french cuisine. Far from writing a formal book with a list of names and definitions, I wanted to approach the subject in a more conversational way, as if I was directly exchanging with readers.

- I like how you have brought french culture and cuisine together. How did you come about this concept?
I thought the most interesting way for readers to learn about french food was from a french person's point of view. Food and culture, notably in France, are inseparable. Eating is very revealing of the french habits, mindset and behavior. I therefore tried my best to give readers a look of the subject on a day-to-day basis based on personal experiences, observations, facts and anecdotes.

- Any suggestion for other upcoming writers?
I'm still learning myself about writing, and I believe it is a never-ending process! I always remind myself of what Charles Bukowski said to aspiring writers : "Don't try".

- Let's talk about other things ... What is your favorite cuisine besides French?
Italian food is a joy to the senses - but who doesn't feel that way about Italian food ? Lebanese and Indian food also count as my favorite. 
- What is that one suggestion you have for the first-time visitors to France?
I would suggest avoid eating at touristic areas. Not only food is not so great, but waiters tend to be inconsiderate. Instead, opt for local brasseries or restaurants, far from the crowded and expected areas - you will get much better service and food.
I know that first-time visitors to France are often taken aback by how rude the French seem; although they may look grumpy, and it takes some time for them to warm up, in fact they are hospitable and welcoming.

- Do you have other plans for writing another book?
I have a few ideas in mind which I'm currently brainstorming... 
- Anything else you would like to share with your readers?
I hope that they will find the book entertaining and helpful, and come to appreciate french food on a whole other level!

Dine, drink, converse, and indulge à la Française. “The Farm to Table French Phrasebook,” is a new comprehensive language guide for food lovers that serves up the vital French expressions other books leave off the plate. After reading this book I came to appreciate the stories and culture behind the food. I cannot wait to go back to France. It has rather been a long time. 

It is great for anyone who wishes to leave how to: navigate produce markets, charcuteries and pâtisseries; prepare meals the French way with delicious, authentic recipes; speak the lingo of Paris’s top restaurants and bistros; pair regional wines with delightful cheeses; and, master the proper table etiquette for dining at a friend’s house.

"Whether you’re spending a semester in Paris, vacationing in the Riviera, dining at a local bistro or mastering the French culinary art in your own kitchen, “The Farm to Table French Phrasebook” opens a bountiful world of food you won’t find in any textbook or classroom."


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Three Ways To Style A Dark Chambray Shirt

Three Ways To Style A Dark Chambray Shirt, Tanvii.com
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You know how the most random purchases end up being the most worn and more cherished. This is definitely one of those purchases. I bought this shirt during the 2013 Black Friday Sale and it has been my favorite ever since. It has a comfortable fit and is rather quite versatile. My recent favorite look with shirt was this. I would recommend everyone invests in one. 
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PK Movie Review: Movie that you cannot ignore

Disclaimer: There are NO SPOILERS! 
To say that PK is the most awaited Hindi movie of 2014 would be an understatement. It is rare that I make it to the movies first-day-first-show (FDFS) lately. The only movies I have seen FBFS in this year are Queen, Bang Bang and PK. 
PK has been work in progress for last five years and what a masterpiece it has turned out into. Hats-off to Rajkumar Hirani. He has some how managed to write a script which is equal parts funny, and equal parts thought-provoking. Just like all their previous movies, the team has been successfully able to translate a sensitive subject into a national debate. 
All the performances are strong and help elevate the story. Saurabh Shukla portray's his character with finesse. Boman Irani is spot on (as always). Sushant Singh is pleasing and likable. Anushka is enchanting and lights up the screen. 
And what does one say about Aamir? He is as good as one gets. His performance makes you sit up and take notice of every single expression and nuance he brings to the character. You wonder whom do you even bench mark him against? He is one of a kind and the finest actor we have in this century. There are so many moments in the movie that I would like to mention but that would spoil your experience of the movie. So I will withhold my thoughts and opinions for a few weeks and may be come back and share them in another post. 
For now, all I can say is, you must watch PK ... and then ... learn from it and change yourself!  
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Top - GAP Jacket - Theory Skirt - DKNY Shoes - Dolce Vita Earrings - Lou Lou Boutique Tights - Falke Gloves - SAKS Bag - Fendi Tanvii.com
Top - GAP Jacket - Theory Skirt - DKNY Shoes - Dolce Vita Earrings - Lou Lou Boutique Tights - Falke Gloves - SAKS Bag - Fendi Tanvii.com
Top - GAP Jacket - Theory Skirt - DKNY Shoes - Dolce Vita Earrings - Lou Lou Boutique Tights - Falke Gloves - SAKS Bag - Fendi Tanvii.com
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You came here today because

I am going to play a game today ... I am going to make some assumptions about why you are here?
Let's start with the ones in my favor first (;
  1. You liked the cover picture which showed up in your feed and were compelled to click on the post 
  2. You were intrigued by the title and wanted to read what was I going on about today
  3. You are a loyal reader and you read all my posts no-matter-what (and I love you!)
  4. You are bored at work and the post link showed up and you thought, "Why the hell not!"
  5. You hate me but read my blog regardless, just to feed your animosity
  6. You are here for the first time and do not understand why would someone write such a pointless post
Is there something I have missed out? I can't think what other reason might there be ... but this was fun! I should do more of such absurd posts for my own entertainment. 
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Jacket - From London Dress - C&C California Boots - Calvin Klein Scarf - From Delhi Rings - Crazy & Co.., Tanvii.com
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Jacket - From London Dress - C&C California Boots - Calvin Klein Scarf - From Delhi Rings - Crazy & Co.., Tanvii.com
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Jacket - From London Dress - C&C California Boots - Calvin Klein Scarf - From Delhi Rings - Crazy & Co.., Tanvii.com
Jacket - From London Dress - C&C California Boots - Calvin Klein Scarf - From Delhi Rings - Crazy & Co.., Tanvii.com
Jacket - From London Dress - C&C California Boots - Calvin Klein Scarf - From Delhi Rings - Crazy & Co.., Tanvii.com
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Is it just me?

Growing up we were taught to never talk 'money' in public. It was (still is) considered crass un-classy. Asking anyone how much things cost, or which hotel you stayed in, or if you flew first class etc. was never encouraged. These questions could only be asked from close friends and family, only when it was a matter of necessity and some serious decisions needed to be taken regarding matters they had more knowledge that yourself. This school of thought has stayed with me all these years and I am extremely uncomfortable talking about the all things 'money'. (Or let's say all things that cost more than 50 bucks.) However, I have come to realize I am a minority in today's world, where asking about the cost of things, or flashing your lifestyle is an acceptable behavior. 
A common statement thrown around on Instagram is that "if you didn't take a picture, did it even happen?" That encompasses the whole social media attitude in one phrase. Instead of living in the moment, people now, need to make a virtual time stamp of every single thing that happens in their lives, just to prove to themselves that it did really happen. If the world was not a witness to their life events (or even shopping!) then it is almost not worth it. 
Another rather annoying social media habit among people, especially couples is wishing their partners (who also happen to live in the same house), "Happy Birthday!" & "Happy Anniversary" on Facebook. Why not just shut the bloody computer/phone/iPad or whatever else that you use, and wish face-to-face? Why do you need an audience to express your undying love for each other? I don't get it. 
A little might have to do with the fact that everyone is now on social media and they need content to share but that is NOT all there is to it. It is essentially a popularity contest, in which one is competing with an imaginary world where everyone is trying to one up each other - virtually. 
I do admit that I am also part of this social media culture, but it is just about where you draw the line. I also realize that everyone has the right to decide their own limits. This is not a judgement on society, a mere observation. I do not fit in in this culture, and doubt ever will. I only wonder if I, my family and a handful of friends are all there are left from this school of thought ...  
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Wool Coat - Eileen Fisher, Leggings - BCBG, Scarf - Gift, Bag - Jimmy Choo, Boots - Calvin Klein, Tanvii.com
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Three Ways To Style Snake Print Jeans

Three Ways To Style Snake Print Jeans, Tanvii.com
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Animal prints are a good example of how blogging has widen my style choices. Till 2009 I would have never even dreamt of wearing animal print in anything more than a bag or shoes. Let me correct that, I did own one leopard print dress, which I had worn a total of 1 time in all the years. Come 2010 (when I started outfit blogging) I started wearing that dress more often. Down the road I own a dress, top, shoes, and also these snake print jeans
These jeans are a great canvas for colors. You can pair them with a solid color or create a monochrome look and add pop-of-colors.  
Do you wear animal prints? What are your thoughts on it? 
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Authenticity


Husband - Didn't you wear the exact same thing in the previous outfit?

Me - Whaaaa? I don't think so. 
Husband - It was the same outfit - Jeans / Sweater / Jacket / Boots
Me - Erm. Ya! But its completely different pieces. They look different together.
Husband - I think it looks the same ...
Me - Regardless, even if it does ... let's just take pictures because this is what I am wearing in real life (IRL!?) ... and it is bloody cold!  
I will leave it for you to decide if the last outfit and today's is same or not. But my mantra for blogging is exactly THIS - authenticity. I am not 'necessarily' dressing up for the blog and/or trying to be something I am not. This is how I would dress in real life ... outfit post or not!
Jacket - Fossil Sweater - From India  Boots - Lucky Brand Gloves - SAKS Tanvii.com
Jacket - Fossil Sweater - From India  Boots - Lucky Brand Gloves - SAKS Tanvii.com

Jacket - Fossil Sweater - From India  Boots - Lucky Brand Gloves - SAKS Tanvii.com
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Jacket - Fossil Sweater - From India  Boots - Lucky Brand Gloves - SAKS Tanvii.com
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