April 2016 | Tanvii.com - Indian Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel Blog

Spring Essentials

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Refinery29 had posted this list sometime back, of "spring essentials" for this fashion season. I thought it would be fun to see where I stand ... 

N.B. This is an on-going post on the blog. I first posted it back in 2012 back then I only had 15 out of the 30 pieces on this list. Although the trends have been coming and going in the last four years some how this list has stood its test of time. Scroll down to see how many pieces have I acquired over the years. 

1.    Spring loafers 
2.  x  Printed wide leg pant 
3.  x  Oversized blazer
4.    Long Pendant necklace
5.    The Midi dress
6.    Pleated Maxi skirt - 2014
7.    Pointy pumps - 2016
8.    washed out cropped jean - 2016
9.    denim jacket
10.    strings of beads necklaces
11.    trench coat
12.    printed clutch
13.    white sneakers - 2016
14.    springtime scarves
15.    lightweight topcoat 
16.    button down denim shirt
17.    eyelet tea dress - 2014
18.    printed one-piece bathing suit - 2016
19.    boxy shoulder bag
20.    opened toe bootie 
21.    sweater jacket - 2016
22.    floral blouse
23.    cocktail ring
24.  x  daytime bustier
25.  x  school girl dress
26.    wedged sandals - 2016
27.    striped t-shirt
28.  x  nude colored leather jacket
29.    heavy chain necklace (been pining for this for a while) - 2014
30.    perfect white tank - 2014


Original: I had 15/30 pieces from the list (2012)
Updated: I have 19/30 pieces from the list (2014)
Second Update: I have 25/30 pieces from the list (2016) 

The original post over at refinery29.

How about you? How many of these 30 pieces are in your wardrobe? Or do you even think this list is worth your while?
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Difference Between Hate Comment & Criticism


I had had this topic on my mind for a while and one afternoon while doing my hair (I was heading out soon) I realized I really felt passionately about it. Before you know it, I set my tripod and starting pouring my heart out. You can clearly tell I hadn't prepared what I was going to say. I went with the flow and then posted it - Un-edited!

If you have been reading the text with the videos then you know that these videos are first posted on my YouTube channel and then posted on the blog the following week. The only reason I am telling you this is because I want you to be surprised that how we people had already seen and commented on the video. :) 

Hit PLAY below to hear my thoughts! 


And as always, feel free to share your feedback or ask me questions in the comments below or via this survey/Facebook/ Tweet / Email me.
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Repurposing Clothes

I bought this skirt a year back. And then when I tried to wear it a few months later it was big on me. I am bummed. And ecstatic at the same time. Bummed because my new purchase had gone to waste, and ecstatic because I had clearly lost a few inches. Soon after I remember my old trick. I decided to repurpose my skirt as a dress. I love showing off my shoulders and clavicles. And this does the job. I used to repurpose my clothes in my early blogging days a lot more (you can check those posts here) but with minimal styling and closet clean outs, I have not been doing it as much in my daily life, lately. I do mix and match while traveling though. 

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Skirt worn as dress - Piperlime // Similar
Shoes - Nine West // Better 
Clutch - Gift // Better

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Sweet Confessions

You know, I actually love sugar. As much as it is not good for me (or you), I do love it. Case in point, this! I like cakes, ice creams, pastries, and everything else that tastes divine thanks to the key ingredient - sugar! However, I am always trying to underplay my love for it (sugar), for the sake of people around me. I feel everyone already keeps harping about how they cannot resist the sugary-delights so feel the pressure to be the voice of reason in their life. 

Although personally, I have tried to practice moderation and incorporate strenuous workout so that I can continue a healthy relationship with sugar, which not everyone else in my life (friends and family) have been successful at. But sometimes I feel I have been unfair to my self expression. I too want to express my love for sugar, else I come across as someone who never indulges (ask my husband he will tell you that I indulge ... and HOW!). 

So I wanted to dedicate a whole post to do that. Here goes: I love sugar. I love it very much. But I know sometimes things (or people) you love can be harmful to you. So you practice caution. You learn to protect yourself from any thing (or people) will cause you irreversible damage. While the cellulite in my butt looks pretty darn irreversible right now, I am crossing my fingers that that is the only damage I have to deal with and that the moderate amount of sugar I have learned to consume will not be a cause for any life-threatening ailments. Amen!

Below are some pictures I took while 'visiting' Krispy Kreme. I the whole process is such a visual delight. I think I am going to get a doughnut this weekend for my weekly treat. :)

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How I Pack For Multiple Cities


Believe it or not, I love packing. It accounts for 50% of the excitement I have for traveling. Over the years, I have created a plan which ensures I am always prepared. (Although I have realized I under pack for myself. I am always one or two outfits short for the trip!). I like to pack in pouches, as it helps me stay organized. Also, makes it easier to find things. One of my key tools in packing for longer duration is the vacuum bags (like this). I also carry a few dust bags, for shoes, dirty laundry, etc. You can checking out my packing list here

Hit PLAY to find out how I pack when traveling to two or more cities. 


P.S. This is how I had packed for my trip to Spain & Morocco last winter. 

And as always, feel free to share your feedback or ask me questions in the comments below or via this survey /Facebook/ Tweet / Email me.
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DITTO: Netflix For Your Face

Up until couple of years back, I had a habit of collecting a lot of thing - clothes, shoes, handbags, jewelry, sunglasses! I am proud to report, that it is not the case any more. I do not collect any of these things any more. 

However, I do have a soft spot for sunglasses still. I enjoy switching between different lenses, shapes and colors. And now that the sun is shining bright, I cannot wait to bring them all out to play. I do not shop for them much any longer though. I have found DITTO. It is a sunglasses subscription service, where you can pick any designer sunglasses for $24/month only and switch them with another paid any time you want. How awesome is that? I have a feeling that Summer is going to be pretty awesome this year. 

Use the code: TANVII to receive first month free. If you do use it, don't forget to show which pair you got. Also scroll right to the bottom to see which one I picked first. 

Below is the proof how almost all my spring/summer outfits include sunglasses -
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My Comfort Style

There is very little difference between the last look and this one. 

Everyone has a a comfort zone when it comes to their everyday style. Something they wear when they want to fuss-free. Something which is meant for grocery runs, or picking/dropping kids, or just when one is not looking to make a style statement. It just so happens, I want to be fuss-free all-year-around, all-the-time. (Exception of date nights and parties.) This has become my uniform - jeans, button-down/tunic with a layer (blazer/cardigan). 

This was I was wearing when I visited Montpelier (7:15) on our weekend trip to Charlottesville, VA. 

Shirt - GAP Cardigan - GAP Jeans - Joe's Shoes - Converse Bag - Mulberry Montpelier Virginia Tanvii.com  
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Shirt - GAP Cardigan - GAP Jeans - Joe's Shoes - Converse Bag - Mulberry Montpelier Virginia Tanvii.com

Shirt - GAP // Another option
Cardigan - GAP // Another option
Jeans - Joe's // Similar

Shoes - Converse // Same
Sunglasses - Ray Ban // Same
Bag - Mulberry // Another option

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Some Simple Closet Organizational Tips

One of the most important aspects of being efficient in my daily life is to have a functional closet. Over the last year along with making changing in my shopping habits, I also took some steps in ensuring I use my existing closet to its optimum level. It started with taking some simple steps. 

Below I am sharing some of the organizational tips that have worked for me. Hopefully you will find them useful too. 

1. Color-code your closet. It makes it easy to create looks when in rush. 
2. Display thing (jewelry, accessory, shoes) as much as your space allows. One ends up using the pieces one sees the most. (Display Mannequin)
3. If you prefer to fold clothes, then ensure that they are at eye level and where you are easily able to access them. 
4. If you prefer to hang your clothes, do so by the category first (and color second)
5. Use coordinated hangers. They make the closet appear clean and organized. I really like these, as they are light in weight, easy to stack and save space in comparison to the round ones.
6. Use transparent boxes for storage. Whether it is to store out-of-season clothes or bags, or accessories, transparent boxes allow you to see what is inside without having to rampage through the whole closet. 
7. If your closet does not have natural light, invest in some white light options. If you can't see what's in your closet you sure can't find it. 
8. Last but not the least, create a seasonal wardrobe. I have recently invested in a garment rack where I put out the clothes I want to wear in the reason. This has cut my dressing time in half (by itself).

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Obsessed With This Tunic

I wore this outfit on a Wednesday and then again on the Saturday of the same week. I have no qualms about repeating my outfit. And just to be clear (you know in case it is your first time on the blog) my outfits are not "just" for the blog. 9/10 times they are what I wore in REAL life. Gone are the days when I used to dress up for the blog. Ain't no body got time for that. I mean I do dress up (aka wear clothes) in my daily life so why not just document that. Right?

Also, I bought this tunic around first week of March and in last two months I have already worn it for about five times or so. My minimalist lifestyle is dictating my shopping and dressing up habits. I am more inclined to buy fewer things, but better things. Wear them to their inadequacy, give them away and purchased newer things (if need be!). Last couple of years of minimizing my closet, has proportionally maximized my efficiency in dressing. 

On side note, this is what I wore on my drive to the Clifton Inn (as seen here 0.09). These pictures were taken there. 

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Tunic - Target // Similar
Jeans - J Brand // Similar
Blazer - Urban Outfitters // Similar
Shoes - Converse // Same

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Head to Clifton Inn NOW

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This year Ashish and I have revived our love for road trips and weekend getaways. The opportunity to spend the weekend at Clifton Inn, Charlottesville couldn't have come at a better time. 

With under a three hour drive from the DMV area, Clifton Inn is a perfect getaway from the city into the nature. We arrived at the property around 4:00PM and were just in time for the Afternoon Tea and sandwiches. We were, soon after, greeted by a downpour which thankfully only lasted for a short while. Once the rain stopped, we headed out to explore the property and enjoyed the sprawling hills amidst which the property is situated. We had a wonderful time hanging around the Lake Leane which is by the property. Check out the outfit shoot we did by the lake, to enjoy the view by the lake. No matter which direction we looked we were in awe of the scenery and serenity. 

After our stroll we headed to our room to relax and unwind. We enjoyed the view from our spacious and comfortable room while sipping at the complimentary Madeira. Soon after, we got ready and made our way for our four-course-dinner at their award winning restaurant led by Chef Yannick Fayolle. Every single dish was made to perfection and tasted delicious. The chef was kind enough to make a vegetarian meal for me. We also had the pleasure of meeting the owners Mitch and Emily Willey, who were so welcoming and such a delight to talk to. (Insiders Tip: It would be hard, but make sure you leave some space for desserts.) Next day's breakfast was no exception. Checkout the video below to see for yourself.

The retreat is situated in the shadows of the Bleu Ridge Mountains alongside historic Presidential homes, boutique vineyards and is a stones throw away from the University of Virginia and historic downtown of Charlottesville. 

A special mention of the staff at the property - Each one of them was so friendly and courteous. Our no demand was small and was met with a sense of urgency and top-notch-service. 

Fun Fact: Clifton Inn was originally built in 1799 by Thomas Jeffersons son-in-law, Thomas Mann Randolph. Clifton began as a small office for Randolph.

While the prime focus of our getaway was to relax and unwind from the busy routine, we did enjoy scenic drives and the visit to Montpelier. If you are a history buff like me, then you would enjoy your visit to Montpelier as well, which is about a 45 minutes drive from Clifton Inn. Montpelier is the lifelong home of James Madison, fourth President of the United States, and Dolley Madison, America's first First Lady. There is much to see and do at Montpelier - there are 2,650 acres to explore! They offer a variety of tours all year round. Checkout their website for more details and stay tuned for an outfit post shot there next week.

Last but not the least, below, first the the video diary of our weekend followed by the pictures from our getaway. 



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Charming & Spacious Room
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Enjoying Afternoon Tea
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Oats Crushed Lamb Strip Loin 
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How charming is this cottage?
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Delectable waffle with caramel sauce for breakfast!
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Relaxing by the front porch
Click through the album below to checkout the complete stay and activities.
Clifton Inn, Charlottesville, VA

The stay was sponsored by Clifton Inn. All opinions mentioned are my own. 
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