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

Visit Annapolis

I have been in the DC-area for about 16 months now and I have been exploring everything it has to offer. I am so glad that I (finally) live in a place where I can visit places, cities, even states in just about an hour or so's drive. 

Annapolis is one of such cities. It is about an hour drive from DC but feels practically like a new country. It has a very old-world-charm about it. I have visited it about 5 times in just one year. That already tells how much I enjoy the city. So when an opportunity to explore it again came along, courtesy Visit Annapolis, with twelve other DC Travel bloggers, of course I said yes!

The Harbor is, like everyone else, my favorite place to hang out and relax. I love taking a book alone, and can spend hours by the water just reading and enjoying the view at the same time.

We started the day with a trolley ride, followed by lunch at Galway Bay Irish Pub and Restaurant. Next stop was the Great Frogs Vineyard which definitely was the highlight of the day. The wineyard, the barn, everything looks right out of the movies. Then we had two-hours at our discretion to enjoy the city which of course we used to drink another glass of wine at Pussers. Later in the afternoon we took an amazing boat tour. Last but not the least, ended the day with dinner at Carrol’s Creek Waterfront Restaurant, via a water taxi. It was a perfect day trip one could ask for, planned to perfection. 


I cannot recommend this city enough. If you are ever in the area and have a day or two on hand, you MUST visit Annapolis! 

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Shoes - Sam Edelman via TJ Maxx // Similar
Bag - Karla for Coach // Similar
Sunglasses - Gucci // Other options

If you ever wondered, what is it that bloggers do? OR
How it is to be among bloggers? 
This ONE MINUTE video from the trip will give you a good idea! :) 
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Currently Loving: Stowaway Cosmetics

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Finally, a makeup line which I can carry in my bag, no matter what size, and which I can actually finish. One of my OCDs in life is that I do not like wasting anything. Anything at all. 

However, makeup is something that I am never able to finish in the duration is it supposed to expire. I have never, literally never, gotten through a whole lipstick, or foundation. The only exception of an eyeliner (kajal). I apply it daily.
The result is that I have bags of tubes and sticks lying around, which I can't throw, neither can I use. Until, I was introduced to Stowaway Cosmetics

Last month I had the opportunity to meet the creators of this line: Chelsa and Julie, and from that moment I was intrigued. I have been using the Stowaway cosmetics ever since. They are high quality products which come in just the right size, plus are available at a good price. Everything I ever wanted from my cosmetics. Tick. Tick. and Tick. I cannot tell you how happy I am with their products. In all my outfit posts in the last month (One, Two, Three, Four), I have ONLY used Stowaway cosmetics.  

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Beauty Balm
It is light weight, lasts long and gives a natural looking radiant glow to the face. I love it. 

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Creaseless Concealer
This is my first time using a concealer. And I am glad this Stowaway is my breakout concealer as it is perfect for touch ups, helps my blend my (proud!) imperfections effortlessly. 


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My Shade: Medium in both
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Cream Lipstick (Fig)
The only cosmetic I am crazy about is lipstick. I have one in practically every shade. This battery sized lipstick is long lasting and now goes with me everywhere I go! (Shade Check)

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Cheek & Lip Rouge (Peony)
I am not much of a rouge-person either, but every now and then I do want to play up the drama. This rouge is highly pigmented and lasts for a long time. It also doubles as a lip stain. (Shade check)

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Effortless Eyeliner
Now we are talking. Eyeliners are totally my thing. I love this one because I can easy tuck it away in my bag or in my pocket. It is smooth and easy to apply. My Mom bought one too. So that says it all! :)

Now, I bet you all are wondering how I get my hands on these fabulous products? Right? Well, worry not, I have you guys covered. I am collaborating with Stowaway Cosmetics to give one of you a chance to win a complete Stowaway Kit, of your own! How exciting is that? Now, all you have to do is to follow the entry requirements below. The giveaway ends on Friday, September 11th at 11:59PM and the winner will be announced on September 14th.

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All Your Styling Questions Answered

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I am so excited about today's post/video. Last week I had an opportunity to interview on of my most favorite people in the DC area - Rosana Vallmerhausen, who is a chief stylish and the owner of DC Style Factory. There is so much one can learn from her and her work ethics. What I admire the most about her, is that she has a warm personality, but is also professional at the same time. while I have had the opportunity to observe her closely, it is a pleasure to have her over on Tanvii.com and share her styling insights with you all. Also a BIG shoutout to DC Noodles (on U Street), who very generously allowed us to use their location for shoot. If you are in DC, must try this restaurant. They are my favorite Thai place. 

I hope you enjoy the video, as much as enjoyed recording it. 


Below are the questions I asked Rosana:

What is a life of a stylist like? + What are some biggest misconceptions about being a stylist?

Reader's Questions:

1) To wear whatever we like or something that suits our body - Which is the way to go? - Sindhu on Twitter
2) How can I dress with more variety without buying new items? - Sabrina on Facebook
3) Any tips to wear heels without them hurting? - Pallavi on Twitter 

4) For a 5'4, how long is too long for a skirt? - Megha on Twitter

5) How can I mix and match patterns and feel comfortable and stylish on my Size 16 #"2 frame? - Peloise on Instagram

6) How can I make some ethical brand purchases? Where do we begin and what are some good brands for this purpose? - Gayatri on Instagram

7) What are some good clothing options for hot and humid weather? - Ira on Instagram

8) Do you think people have started dressing better due to the rise of fashion blogs? - Tanvi (Myself)

Hope you learned a thing or two from this interview. Let me know, from what other industries would you like me to interview people. You are also welcome to share your feedback (positive as well as critical). I love hearing from you and answering your questions. You know the drill: Survey / FacebookTweet / Email

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Underneath Your Beautiful Locks: Scalp & Hair Health

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I am never quite happy with my hair, ever. I wish they were thicker, healthier, shinier and basically gold-coated-goodness. But of course that's asking too much from just hair, you know? Nonetheless, I have been taking good care of them  for the last decade. Every now and then I have suffered from dry and itchy scalp or excess hair fall, but taken immediate steps to alter that. 

Scalp skin is actually the same skin that we have on our arms, legs and the rest of our body – it has the same function and structure. You wouldn’t (or shouldn’t!) skip cleansing and moisturizing the skin on your face and body, so the same care should be applied to your scalp. Below are my tips for healthy scalp which in turn leads to good hair quality.

1) Take Supplements: Adding a supplement can help you achieve maximum lengths. I take the one made for hair, skin, and nails that has biotin, silica, vitamins B, C, and E, iron, and omega-3.

2) Nourish your body and hair at the same time: Your hair is affected by what you eat. If you suffer from a dry scalp, try incorporating more omega-3 and fish oils into your diet. Help keep hair shiny by eating walnuts and avocado for omega-3 fatty acids; spinach and carrots for vitamin A; and cashews for zinc. All help maintain scalp and hair health, as do low-fat dairy, whole grains, and vegetables.

3) Hydrate your scalp: Just like your face requires moisturizer, your scalp benefits from hydration. 
CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ Intense Hydration Nourishing Shampoo and Nourishing Daily Conditioner deliver the following benefits:


    • Hair is resilient to dryness for 24 hours of soft, hydrated hair
    • Infused with cactus extract, a known hydrator
    • Clinically proven to help replenish the scalp with essential hydration with regular use
    • Leaves hair beautifully strong from root to tip

4) Cover your head in sun: Too much sun can make your hair brittle, and give split ends. And if you already have thinning hair, you risk a sunburn on your scalp. It's a good idea to wear a hat when you're out in the sun, especially if your scalp is exposed.

5) When it comes to your hair, doing less leads to healthier tressesBlow drying, curling, coloring, bleaching, even over-brushing, can damage your hair. CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ moisturizies dry scalp daily conditioner keeps the scalp’s moisture balance in check via Nutrium 10 moisture complex with vitamins, aloe vera, and sunflower, almond, soybean and coconut oils.

My Verdict:
After using CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ for over a month, I can feel my hair are softer, stronger and over all just healthier. I like how the product is not harsh on my scalp and yet leaves it clean and nourished. And with winter months just around the corner, it is more than necessary to protect my hair from dryness and breakage. I would highly recommend you to try it. 


CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ is a global haircare brand focused on nourishing the scalp, for strong, beautiful hair. It is available at Target.com and Walgreens.com for a suggested retail price of $4.99 – $5.99

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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Brunch Style

It has been one of those perfect summer weekends. Friday night we went to see a play. Saturday I spent in Annapolis with #DCTravelBloggers, and Sunday we started the day with a hike, and followed it with an amazing brunch at Fuego with friends. And now I need a day to recover from the weekend. Ha! :) Hope y'all had a fabulous weekend too. 

You might have had a glimpse of this outfit in the previous post. 
Below is the full outfit post. 
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Cardigan - GAP // Similar
Skort - Nanette Lepore // Similar
Sunglasses - RayBans // Similar
Pendant - c/o WorkHorse // Same
Shoes - Puma // Similar
Bag - From India // Similar
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Off Duty Bohemian Style LookBook

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Ever since I started blogging, I have had a chance to explore my sartorial choices and view my personal style evolve. After years and years of outfits archived, I pronounce myself a bohemian soul who prefers her clothes to be comfortable and polished. I like mixing high low pieces from my closet. There is nothing quite like a look which is effortless and chic, and 80% on right out of your own existing closet. Earlier this year, I shared my tips on how to build a functional closet, and today I show you six ways of shopping your own closet. 

Below are my go-to-outfits for various off-duty occasions: 

I. RESORT STYLE via HANES
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includes Black Cotton Leggings,
Hanes Men's Traditional Fit TAGLESS® ComfortSoft® Dyed A-Shirt,
and Vintage Cotton Stretch Hipsters

II. CLUBBING STYLE via HANES
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includes Hanes Men's Traditional Fit TAGLESS® ComfortSoft® Dyed A-Shirt,
and ComfortFlex ® CottonStretch Smoothing Briefs & Hi-Cut Panties

III. MOVIE STYLE via HANES
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includes Fleece Crew Sweatshirt,
and ComfortFlex ® CottonStretch Smoothing Briefs & Hi-Cut Panties

IV. PICNIC STYLE via HANES
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includes ComfortFlex Fit® Get Cozy Seamless Wirefree Bra
and Vintage Cotton Stretch Hipsters

V. TRAVEL STYLE via HANES
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includes Live.Love.ColorTM Scoop Neck T-Shirt
and ComfortFlex ® CottonStretch Smoothing Briefs & Hi-Cut Panties

VI. BRUNCH STYLE via HANES
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How To Deal With Failure & Move On

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This is my personal favorite series from my YouTube Channel- Readers' Questions. This is where you ask me anything and everything and I get to mull over it and share my thoughts. This is in fact the most favorite part about blogging. Here I get to share about, more than just fashion and beauty. This is personal. And I like personal-vulnerable-stuff (thoughts wise). 

Today I am answering, Kamal Tiwana's question, who has been a long time reader and a loyal supporter of my blog. Thank you for sending in this question. I found it interesting as well as challenging, to succinctly form my thoughts around. I hope you and everyone else, finds my answer logical if not also, satisfactory. :) 

Like I keep repeating, you all are welcome to share your feedback (positive as well as critical). I love hearing from you and answering your questions. You know the drill: Survey / FacebookTweet / Email

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Movie Style

I am officially going to stop talking about summer coming to an end soon. What's the point of doing the same song-and-dance right? It is what it is, so might as well get on with the program and embrace fall as it arrives. 

In the meantime, I have had an awesome weekend and I hope so did you. Today's outfit post is my movie-style. It is always freezing at the theaters and I either carry cardigans or wear something to keep myself warm. If the movie is followed by date night then this is my outfit of choice.  

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Shoes - Rocketdog // Other
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Picnic Accompaniment: What to Always Pack

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I cannot believe we are already in Mid-August. Summer is almost over. *Sigh!* I love staying outdoors as much as I can and as much as the heat will allow. One of my favorite summer activities, after leisurely-reading, is picnics. And of course you can always combine the two activities together. 

Picnics I believe as a shorter version of a staycation. You get to leave the confinement of your home, head out with all your basic necessities and enjoy the sun and the company. 

Today I am sharing what's in my Picnic Basket: 
  1. Picnic Blanket - This is the most important thing you need for a picnic. As refreshing and fun it is to sit on the grass, it gets quite tiring after about five minutes.
  2. Sandwiches - Oo. The sandwiches. You know you associate food with every important thing in your life. It always goes hand in hand. Similarly, picnics and sandwiches are made for each other. 
  3. Refreshing Drink - IZZE Sparkling Water is the latest addition to my picnic basket. It comes in three a bold sparkling-fruity-flavors: Blackberry Pear, Raspberry Watermelon and my favorite Mandarin Lime. This is a great way to IZZE elevates your picnic or get-together, making them brighter and more interesting.
  4. Games - You could carry playing cards, frisbee or board games which do not require too much effort e.g. UNO or Snakes & Ladder! 
  5. Other necessities: Serving utensils, trash bags, paper towels, bottle opener and cups. 

And if you are like me, then some books too! ;) 
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My Lazy-Day Cleansing Routine


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All opinions are mine alone. 
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My cleansing routine for 'those' lazy days/nights is simple as 1-2-3-4

I have been a long time user of Burt's Bees products, as on average, Burt's Bees is 99% natural. Over half are 100% natural. Burt's Bees believes that what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it. And I couldn't agree with them more.

  1. I use the Burt's Bees Cleansing oil, which does an amazing job of removing the makeup without making my face burn or leaving an oily residue. I squirt a few drops of the oil on my fingers and distribute them evening on the fore-front of the fingers
  2. I then gently massage it into my face for about under a minute. This helps cleanse as well as circulate blood. Since it has natural moisturizers like coconut and argan oils, it soften the skin simultaneously. It doesn't clog pores or irritate skin. 
  3. I wet my hands and continue massaging my face for another minute. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry with a towel.
  4. I follow this up with the Burt's Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion. This is a broad spectrum SPF 30 moisturizer. It's supposed to help reduce the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles. And also improve firmness. I gently massage it in to the clean skin with circular motion for about 30-45 seconds.
It takes such a few minutes of my time and my skin feels clean and refreshed. If you haven't' tried the Burt's Bee products, I would highly recommend you give them a shot. You can easily find the Burt's Bee products at Target!

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Let me know if you have used Burt's Bees products, and what were your thoughts!
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Tanvi Vs Tanvii.com

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Hello people! How are y'all? I am in such a good mood while writing this post. You know, when you feel the world around you is in sync with the world in your head? That is a some awesome state-of-mind to be in. Wouldn't you agree?

For this week's #GwT video, I am sharing with you the rather-boring-story about my blog, my name and my random ways of making decisions. As always I am thankful to you all for your constant feedback and the time you take out to visit this blogging space. Also, feel free to ask any questions or suggest topics that you would like me to cover in my videos. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or feel free to fill this survey / Facebook / Tweet / Email me.

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This App is Godsent - Soothe

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Elisa, my therapist 
I had booked our first massage via the Soothe App last week. I have been looking for a dependable and affordable massage and I then, just in time Soothe launched its services in the DC area. I downloaded the app, made my appointment for the evening after work hours. Elisa, my masseuse, arrived right on time with her professional grade massage table, and a super friendly attitude. I felt at ease from the moment she arrived. She had a great aura around her. She was attentive throughout the session and gave me an amazing massage.

What I truly appreciate about the app is that it eliminates the waiting time between making an appointment to the actual massage, which can be anywhere from days to several weeks. You do not have to worry about traffic, parking or the waiting time in the lobby. And if this wasn't enough their massages are very reasonably priced and the tips are included. You read that right. No tips after appointment.

It is not an exaggeration when I describe my overall experience as the best massage I have had in the recent time. I would be making another appointment with Elisa very soon. 


Here's what you need to know about Soothe in a nutshell: 
  • Soothe allows you to book in-home (or hotel) massages with the best hand-picked massage therapists in as little as one hour.
  • Unlike traditional spas, Soothe will never ask you to tip.
  • Soothe currently offers Swedish massage, deep tissue massage and sports massage.
  • Soothe offers massages 7 days a week from 9 am to 12 am.
And because you are a reader and I would love for you to experience this service as well you get $30 off the first massage with the code: TVI30. Checkout their website to see if they service your area yet or not. 
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Bohemian Travel Style

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Mine was pretty good, in case you were wondering. :) 

Today I am sharing how I dress for airplanes in spring/summer time. It is always freezing in there but with limited luggage allowance it doesn't seem right to pack unnecessary jackets or scarves. Hence, the shirt. I can wear it as a light layer while traveling and then also use it as a shirt later during my travels.  

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Shirt (previously worn here) - Husband's // Similar
Jeans - Michael Kors // Similar
Shoes - Converse // Same
Bag - From India // Similar
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