April 2015 | Tanvii.com - Indian Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel Blog

Florals for Spring!

Florals For Spring, Trend 2015, Tanvii.com

I know what you are thinking. Not that same-old-dialogue again! But it wasn't intentional. I promise. I had planned this post. I wrote the title and then I realized. If you don't know what I am talking about, here's your clue ...


There is a good reason why florals are for spring. Duh! Right? So why not embrace it in your closet. For a simple reason that it spruces up your look instantly with color, prints, flowers (!). Don't limit it to just one piece of clothing. You can try is for different looks, from day to night, formal to casual. 

The trend for 2015 is deep, dark florals. While the silhouettes are same as last season, crop tops, pencil skirts, sheer dresses, the looks is more edgy and playful. You can invest in separates and pair them with staples like a white button down or white denim. 

Below are few of floral looks from the past:

Florals For Spring, Trend 2015, Tanvii.com
Florals For Spring, Trend 2015, Tanvii.com


Florals For Spring, Trend 2015, Tanvii.com


Florals For Spring, Trend 2015, Tanvii.com
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Daydreamer

"I'm often daydreaming, and it's because I've always liked the idea of there being something more than the normal world. - Samantha Shannon" - Click To Tweet!
I need a vacation in my life. Like right now. Right this second. I have been browsing through magazines and sites looking for exotic destinations. Haven't made up my mind where I would want to go yet. For now I just know that I want to go. Somewhere! Do you sense my restlessness? 

Anyhoo ... this is my third and final look for the Shop With A Cause Campaign. Checkout my favorite spring/summer pieces to my PopNod StyleStory here. Do sign up on PopNod and hit “Support This Campaign” in my style story. Special thanks to South Moon Under for helping me put together my outfit!

Maxi, Cardigan, Footwear, Hat - South Moon Under, Tanvii.com
Maxi, Cardigan, Footwear, Hat - South Moon Under, Tanvii.com
Maxi, Cardigan, Footwear, Hat - South Moon Under, Tanvii.com
Maxi, Cardigan, Footwear, Hat - South Moon Under, Tanvii.com
Maxi, Cardigan, Footwear, Hat - South Moon Under, Tanvii.com
Shop The Products Here and 
don't forget to hit "Support This Campaign"
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Fitness Motivation: Hrithik




When I reach a slump in my workout routine, I seek motivation on YouTube. And this time I found GOD! Quite literally. I mean, come on. There is one thing to be fit, there is quite another to be THIS good-looking (... and SO fricking hot)! While I know I will never have that lean body, 'coz I cannot stop eating my chocolates and bread ... but I can still continue to hope and at least stay active. 

P.S. I have been YouTube obsessed for the past couple of months. I mean I always watched videos on YouTube, but now I am on it non-stop! Super productive time spent!
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Pro and Cons of Living in Texas

One year ago, today we left Texas. And if you know me, you know that has me reflecting on my past year and being all-melancholic about what I have left behind. However, this is not a sappy post. I was thinking about my time in Texas and I came up with a list of what I miss and don't miss about Texas. Here we go: 
Things I miss about Texas 
  1. HEB - There is nothing quite like HEB (Its a local grocery store chain). Even their smallest store is bigger than the Walmart here in the North East. I miss the convenience of one-stop shopping. 
  2. Low cost of living - Not to forget, one stop shopping AT AFFORDABLE PRICES. When we were trying to cut down our expenses we were able to live at a budget of $50 per week grocery for two. That is so NOT possible in the North East. 
  3. Margaritas - Yum! They know how to make a margarita. Anything you are having in other states is not even 1% real deal. Go to Texas, and have a Margarita. Have one for me too!
  4. Over all cool swagger - You know that Texan vibe you see in the movies? It is real. People with their thick southern accents, laid back lifestyles. Sigh! There is nothing quite like it. 
  5. 55 m/hr Speed Limit - Oh. Lord. The speed limit. I used to crib about how slow the traffic is moving in Texas. Now SLOW has a whole new definition with the 30 m/hr speed limit. Being on the road is a torture here. 
Things I don't miss about Texas 
  1. Heat & Humidity - Yeah! I don't miss that. Having 75F temperatures in spring is no joy. But the worst part is that weather changes there on hourly basis. You never quite know what climate should you dress for. 
  2. Polarized religious views - Without going into too much detail. I did not enjoy the radical religious views down there. 
  3. Lack of diversity - People living in Texas might think there is diversity, but there really isn't. In one year of living in DC area I have probably interacted with more than 20-25 nationalities. In 7 years of living in Texas I came across no more than 3, max. 5 nationalities!
  4. Taking forever to get out of the state lines - You can never plan a long weekend because it bloody takes 24 hours to get out of the states and then another 24 hours to get back in. For a travel junkie like myself, that was seven years of torture. 
  5. No public transportation - I hate driving. You need to be attentive, you can't read, you cannot slide back your chair - Driving is super uncomfortable. But since the public transportation practically doesn't exist there was no other option. 
Regardless of my list, I wouldn't change a thing about my last eight years. I'd like to keep my faith in 'everything happens for a reason' so while I am happy living in the North East, I was happy living in Texas as well. 
Every step of the journey that matters, right? 
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How To Style Spring Layers

How To Style Spring Layers, Tanvii.com
Spring in the North East doesn't mean you can step out sans layers. You still need a light layer to feel comfortable in case of wind, chill or just a sudden drop in temperatures. A couple of must haves for this season are:
You can layer all the above over dresses, jeans, or skirts. The options are unlimited. The idea is to always play with proportions and silhouettes. If the bottom is fitted (skinny jeans, pencil skirt) pair is with a voluminous top. Follow a rule of three: the third piece of clothing being a layer which brings the outfit together. Also, you will notice that in all the below three looks, I have opted for flats. Comfort before fashion. Always!   
Blazer - ASOS Shirt - Joie Clothing Jeans - Zara  Bag - Crazy & Co.  Shoes - New Balance Tanvii.com
Blazer - ASOS // Similar
Shirt - Splendid // Similar
Jeans - Zara // Similar
Bag - Crazy & Co. // Similar
Shoes - New Balance // Similar
Jacket - Massimo Dutti Dress - Miss Sixty Shoes - Tory Burch Bag - Bally Tanvii.com
Jacket - Massimo Dutti // Similar
Dress - Miss Sixty // Buy here
Shoes - Tory Burch // Almost Same
Bag - Bally
Vest - Banana Republic, Top - Zara // Similar Jeans - Zara, Shoes - Converse, Bag - Crazy & Co. Necklace - Crazy & Co. Tanvii.com
Vest - Banana Republic // Similar
Top - Zara // Similar
Jeans - Zara // Similar
Shoes - Converse // Same
Bag - Crazy & Co. // Similar
Necklace - Crazy & Co. // Similar

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The Glorious Spring

I didn't know that I loved spring as much as I do, till I moved to DC last year. I mean there is spring, and then there is spring in DC. It is glorious and pleasantly warm 'n' cool at the same time. The flowers are blooming and leaves are turning green. The patios are filled with people at the pubs and restaurants and parks are filled with fitness enthusiasts. It is a glorious time. Starting now, till end of October I will be out and about ... but come November-end I will go back in-hibernation for following four months. Until then you will (hopefully) see some beautiful scenery in the background. 
Sweater - ASOS, Shirt - Banana Republic, Skirt - OASAP, Bag - Crazy & Co., Shoes - Wanted  Tanvii.com
Sweater - ASOS // Similar
Shirt - Banana Republic // Similar
Skirt - OASAP // Similar
Bag - Crazy & Co. // Similar
Shoes - Wanted // Similar
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10 Equipment Free Exercises

For the last couple of months I have been working out without a gym. Yup! that's right. No gym. But thanks to Dr. Fab I have a home-gym now. And since there is limited space for machines and equipment I have been incorporating a lot of exercises that are effective and don’t require any equipment at all. 
Below are 10 easy exercises that you can do without entering a gym and at home. No equipment required. You can click on the highlighted exercises to see the correct form of doing the exercise. 
  1. Walking – Now that the spring is here, it is the perfect time to get outdoorsy and soak in the fresh air. You can go out or walk at home, whichever one is feasible in your daily routine. Going up and down the stairs is one of my go-to-exercise. I find errands to run within my house just to keep moving.
  2. Jumping Jacks – These are easy and fun. They are a great form of cardio, and a good way to warm up before strenuous exercising.
  3. Pushups – These are probably not the most favorite exercise of many people, but while they can be hard to do, you can find easier ways to do them. You can start with your knees down. Or, do them standing up against a wall. You will be building up arm strength and working out muscles in your chest area.
  4. Lunges – These are great for building up strength and muscles in your legs. Just make sure your legs are always at 90 degree angle when bend. 
  5. Sit Ups – This is my favorite exercise for building and strengthening abdominal muscles. When you’re just getting started, just try and maintain a steady movement and bringing your body 90 degree above the ground. Eventually you can try touching your feet every time you come up. .
  6. High Knees – Another great form of cardio and warm up. The only equipment you will require is a good pair of shoes, to eliminate any stress to your legs.
  7. Squats – This is an effective exercise for your legs and buttocks. You can start by sitting and standing up again from a regular chair, while just barely brushing your buttocks to the edge of the chair. As you build strength increase the repetitions. 
  8. Mountclimbers – Mountain climbers is a plyometric exercise which strengthen multiple muscle groups as well as the cardiovascular system. To this exercise, you must activate the core abdominal muscles in addition to those in both the lower and upper body.
  9. Dancing – Dancing is a wonderful form of exercise, which is great for your legs, abdomen, and heart. It is also a mood enhancing exercise. 
  10. Burpee – Now most people hate this exercise because it is hard. But it is also super effective when done right. It is a total body exercise in just one movement. Get 20 in a day and you are going to see a difference in your strength and endurance. See my variation with weights here 
So no more excuses. Time to get moving. Summer is almost here and who doesn't head to the beach. Right? Now you don’t need to pay for the gym, or buy expensive equipment in order to give your body an effective workout. Use what you have: your own body!
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Beauty Talk - New Products


April 2015, New Products, Tanvii.com, Soft Lace Bra, U By Kotex
one / two / three / four / five / six 
Disclaimer: Please read my previous post on my skin type to make an informed opinion/decision. Also, these products might or might not be available in India and/or outside United States.
one: Probiotic for Women*
PRO-Women is specially formulated for women. It helps restore beneficial bacteria for optimal digestive and immune health, promoting daily relief from allergies, gas, bloating and constipation. Having tired it for two weeks, I can say it hasn't had any side effects on me. The best part I like is that it can be taken on empty stomach. 
two: Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish*
I received this Face Polish for review and have been using for about a month. It would be an understatement to say that I am absolutely obsessed with this product. My skin was brighter, smoother and has an even complexion just after the first use. Over the weeks it has only improved. Follow it up with a moisturizer and you would be glowing in no time.
three: Benefit Roller Lash*
I have liked most of the benefit products I have tried in my lifetime. As for mascaras, I have tried a total of may be three. This happens to a good one. The roller brush evenly distributes the mascara on the lashes. It grabs, separates, lifts and curls. It also lasts up to 12 hours. 
four: OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum*
I have been trying a lot of serums lately. I have had pigmentation for the past five years which I have tried hi and low to get rid of. While this hasn't solved it yet but after two weeks of using it I can see significant change. It also provides anti-aging effects, leaves skin radiant and youthful-looking.
five: U By Kotex Pads*
This has been one of the best pads I have ever used. They are soft and doesn't bunch up. There is no chance for leaks and discomfort. Why were they not invented 'back in my days'? But don't take my word for it as you too can get a FREE SAMPLE for yourself here
six: Soft Lace Bra
These might not be for the big chested women, but honestly I have no idea. However, I happen to love them. I had been wearing wired bras for the longest time, but these are perfect to summers under a flowing blouse or maxi. Cannot wait to add more to my collection. 
* These products were provided to me at no cost. All opinions mentioned are my own.  
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Can we talk about Menstruation?

U by Kotex, India, Menstruation, Taboo, Tanvii.com
I have wondered for a while why "periods" are such a taboo topic in Indian culture? There are some regions in the country that celebrate the coming of age of a woman, so to say, but from my personal experience it has been a topic which is whispered and talked about in a hush-hush tone. Having a period is treated as a untouchable disease and a matter of shame in most Indian societies.  
I was brought up in a joint family. For my International readers: this a set up where you live with your grand parents and all their children (four sons in my grand parents case) and their growing families together. I remember all the women in my family (four to be exact) taking a sabbatical during their menstruating days. They were not allowed to enter a temple, kitchen, or any other religious/auspicious ceremony. They are considered impure, dirty and cursed during "that time of the month". It made sense centuries ago when there was limited water, and lack of hygiene facilities. But today? Not so much. Even when I hadn't had my first period I knew, I would never stand for such treatment.  
I learnt about menstruation from a friend of mine, who had learnt about it from her teenage cousins. So my first lesson didn't come from my mother or from the biology class. There was some story about a Hindu God who had cursed women and what not ... I cannot recall it word-for-word. When I did have my first period, I knew what had happened but I felt too awkward to go tell my Mom about it. But I had to, because she was the one who would give me a sanitary napkin! I remember going for a walk with her and having an awkward talk and feeling really uncomfortable for several months. 
One incident that singularly stand out in my brain is the one from my middle school days. We were given a few days off between examinations to prepare for the next one. I used to create a time-table for those days just like one in school and plan my study schedule on hourly basis so that I can use the days off efficiently. (You can see I have been an organized person since childhood! It is a birth defect). On one such day when I was studying and was in between my self-created school time-table, we had a guest over and Mom asked me to do something (can't remember what). Without thinking twice, I said I can't because I am in between my period. Y'know no body would ask you to serve the guests if you were at school! My Mom glared at me, as if I had said "FUCK YOU" in front of the guest. It only took me two seconds to understand the confusion and I explained that I was referring to my study 'period'. But that was when I realized that 'period' is something you cannot mention in front of people, especially male members of the society. For those you didn't get the reference: In India, a class is called a "period" For example, your Monday might start with a science class, in India we would call it a science 'period'. 
After about a year into being a 'woman' life went back to normal. Periods became a second nature and I didn't ever think twice about them, unless I had to go swimming. And I DID enter the kitchen, temple and all auspicious ceremonies. I just didn't tell anyone that I was on my period. I ain't letting anyone discriminate against me for their own pre-historic views.
And now I am in my thirties and safe to say there is no shame associated with periods in my life today! Just another biological cycle in the life of a woman. 
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Life Without Google

Remember when there was no Google? (If you don't, then you are way too young to relate to this post. You can skip directly to the outfit!) I successfully got through my school years without Internet. It only became part of my daily existence from 1998! 
There after I don't remember spending a single day without Internet, unless I was on a long distance flight. In 1998 Google didn't exist. It was only founded in September 1998. Imagine that! First it was ask.com, then yahoo.com, and then eventually Google came along. All this got me thinking, in spite of spending two-thirds of my life without Google, would I be able to survive today? I practically live on Google, from search, emails, calendar, maps ... the list goes on! 
I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Internet in general. Hate, because I do not like being a slave to anything (or having any addictions) and let's face it, we all are slaves to technology today. Love, because Internet is what keeps me connected to the world. It also makes interacting with people a tad-bit tolerable. Y'know by letting you communicate without having to see anyone's faces. Yeah! I am 'that' person. So back to my original dilemma - Can I live without Google today? The answer is a solid No. Sure I can breathe and live in the literal sense of the word but I wouldn't be able to get any shit done. And while that would be great for the lazy bum that I am, my guess is that it would suck for pretty much everyone else. 
Anyhoo, moving on to the outfit ... this is my second look for the Shop With A Cause Campaign. Check out my PopNod StyleStory here, I have added my favorite spring/summer pieces to my stylestory where you can purchases all the pieces from my looks for the PopNod Stylemaker campaign . Do sign up on PopNod and hit “Support This Campaign” in my style story. Special thanks to South Moon Under for helping me put together my outfit!
 Jacket, Tank, Jeans, Shoes, Necklace - All South Moon Under, Tanvii.com
Jacket, Tank, Jeans, Shoes, Necklace - All South Moon Under, Tanvii.com
Jacket, Tank, Jeans, Shoes, Necklace - All South Moon Under, Tanvii.com
Jacket, Tank, Jeans, Shoes, Necklace - All South Moon Under, Tanvii.com
Jacket, Tank, Jeans, Shoes, Necklace - All South Moon Under, Tanvii.com
Jacket, Tank, Jeans, Shoes, Necklace - All South Moon Under, Tanvii.com
Shop The Products Here and 
don't forget to hit "Support This Campaign"
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Three Ways To Style A Skater Dress

Three Ways To Style A Heart Print Skater Dress, Tanvii.com
1 / 2 / 3
This heart-print skater dress is from 2012! (Boy! I need new clothes, eh?) After wearing it once as a dress, I have never worn it the same way. This is, in fact, how I style most of my dresses. Also, thankfully dress-over-jeans is in trend. It is good to have options with styling dresses. They are rarely the most versatile piece of clothing. Click here for how I styled a white lace dress #threeways.
P.S. If you are in the U.S. you can purchase this dress is 67% off here
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What does "Sorry" mean?

For the longest time I had maintained that I cannot forgive someone unless they apologize. To me 'sorry' was a reaction. I went by the childhood definition that you say sorry when you do something wrong and then you are forgiven. 
... One grows up and realizes that sorry has nothing to do with forgiveness. Sometimes they might come as a package deal, but most times you would either have to forgive or apologize and expect nothing in return. With time I have learnt to forgive even when they haven't asked for my forgiveness. It is a part of letting go. You forgive them ... so that you can forget (them) and move on with your life without any (excess) baggage. Traveling light is really the way to go. Pun intended! 
As for the outfit, this is the no-fuss-casual-look. Since the weather has been swinging from cool to warm, light layers in the form of blazers and sweatshirts are my go-to-look at the moment. 
All Gap Outfit, All Blue, Tanvii.com
All Gap Outfit, All Blue, Tanvii.com
All Gap Outfit, All Blue, Tanvii.com
All Gap Outfit, All Blue, Tanvii.com
All Gap Outfit, All Blue, Tanvii.com
All Gap Outfit, All Blue, Tanvii.com
All Gap Outfit, All Blue, Tanvii.com
All Gap Outfit, All Blue, Tanvii.com
Sweatshirt - GAP (Men's) // Similar
Jeans - GAP // Similar
Shoes - Camper // Similar
Sunglasses - Armani Exchange // Similar
Bracelets - Here & There
Bag - Same
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Attitude Is Everything

This year I have learnt that attitude is everything. Even if you are a good person, your intentions are right, you are successful and may be even fun ... but if your attitude in general towards life sucks or is unreasonably negative, then you are doomed. 
In the last couple of months I have come across some people from different walks of life, with one thing common between them: They all are convinced that the world is conspiring against them. Their 'attitude' towards life is like everyone is out there to get them. They play the victim card when actually they are only victims of their own attitudes and nothing else. I think keeping our minds open, giving benefit of doubt, and making as less assumptions as possible is probably the best route to take. 
Anyhoo ... this is my first look for the Shop With A Cause Campaign. In the coming weeks I will continue to add my favorite spring/summer pieces to my PopNod StyleStory here. Do sign up on PopNod and hit “Support This Campaign” in my style story. Special thanks to South Moon Under for helping me put together my outfit!
Dress - South Moon Under, Shoes - Converse, Bag - Rebecca Minkoff, Sunglasses - RayBan, Tanvii.com
Dress - South Moon Under, Shoes - Converse, Bag - Rebecca Minkoff, Sunglasses - RayBan, Tanvii.com
Dress - South Moon Under, Shoes - Converse, Bag - Rebecca Minkoff, Sunglasses - RayBan, Tanvii.com
Dress - South Moon Under, Shoes - Converse, Bag - Rebecca Minkoff, Sunglasses - RayBan, Tanvii.com
Dress - South Moon Under, Shoes - Converse, Bag - Rebecca Minkoff, Sunglasses - RayBan, Tanvii.com
Shop The Products Here and 
don't forget to hit "Support This Campaign"
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