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I Went With Something Generic

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This post's title would have been more accurate had it been 'Public Service Announcement'. But since that sounds like a news telecast more than a lifestyle blogpost title, I went with something generic. 

Here's the thing - I get a lot of feedback, on all social media platforms ... which is cool because A) it comes with the territory and B) I often ask for it and welcome it. I like feedback primarily because I enjoy learning about people and their thoughts. I find it quite exhilarating to exchange ideas with people and seeing things from their perspective. Sometimes it is amusing and other times it is entertaining (and seldom it is hurtful but I try not to dwell on it). However, as always I digress. 

I was taking about 'Public Service Announcement', so here goes - my posts where I share my thoughts and opinions (e.g.are never in the actual order of how those thoughts came into my brain. Neither are those posts in real time (except this. this is in real time). Mostly I write my thoughts down whenever they strike me, then I ponder over them. If I think they are worth sharing or if it is something I feel strongly about then I try and elaborate on them ... still exclusively in my notepad. I continue to do so till I am happy with whatever I have written. And then I post it. It could make it on the blog a weeks later, sometimes even months later, but it is rarely ever in real time. 

The reason I felt the need to mention it on the blog is because sometimes the feedback I receive on my posts is from people know/knew me in real life. They then assume that I am going through that 'right now' or worse they assume that just because they read my blog, that counts as 'keep in touch'. I thought I will put it out there that my posts are not in real time and often the snippets of my thoughts shared here are just that snippets and not the whole story. 

And with that said let's move on to the outfit. I wore this, this past weekend for a spg + American Express party at the National Museum of African American History. Usually we never take pictures past sunset, but we tried and they came out pretty good. What do you guys think? 

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Maxi - Fab India // Another Option
Duster - South Moon Under // Same
Shoes - Kate Spade // Same
Bag - Celine // Same
Watch - Omega // Same


Staycation in the Heart of D.C.

If you have been around for a while or have visited my blog often this summer, you know this year has been all about staycations and enjoying what the DMV-area has to offer as a visitor. 

After Virginia countrysideAlexandria Old Town, it was about time I stayed in the heart of D.C.. Although I had done a staycation at Pentagon City last December, but that doesn't really count because we never really left the hotel property.

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For our D.C. stay we picked the newly renovated, The Watergate Hotel. It was in the heart of Georgetown and I had heard that it had an excellent ambiance and decor. We checked in around noon. Our room was not ready as expected, so we stored our luggage with the concierge and headed to the restaurant to grab a bite.

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I must mention that while I was impressed by the exteriors and the refurbished property itself, I did not have a good experience with the front of house staff. From the doorman to the front desk, everyone seemed unfriendly and disinterested through the whole process. 

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The restaurant staff however was quite warm and friendly. Our server made an excellent suggestions for non-alcoholic beverages and vegetarian options for me. The restaurants itself was quite good and had great food options and a beautiful setting. The Top Of The Gate (aka rooftop) has an excellent 360 view of Washington. The Whiskey Bar is quite an eye catcher. The wall at the bar is made up of some 2500 bottles.

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We were in a Deluxe room which was quite spacious spacious. The bed, linens, towels and other amenities were top notch. The room had a fabulous view to the Potomac River. The spa and swimming pool area was quite impressive too. 

One of the drawbacks of the hotel however, was that it was not really all that close to any D.C. attraction. You had to walk for a good 15 minutes to get anywhere or needed a car to commute. Since I enjoy walking it was not an issue but for someone who wants to be amidst the action this might not be the best option. Also, the Uber pick up is quite confusing, as they are not allowed to drive up to the hotel's entrance so you have to go and wait by the street which is quite a nuance. 

While I did have a good stay, and appreciate the attention to details like avant-garde architecture and retro-chic staff uniforms I do think the hotel can work on its service and in turn improve all customers' experience. 


What Lifts You

My heart has been filled with gratitude for a while now. One of the recent reasons is this book. But even before I read that book, I had been thinking about how exceptionally calm and at peace I feel with my life lately. 

I spend all of my energy in pursuing my passions and conquering my shortcomings. I am not hassled by anyone's opinion of me. I do not spend a single moment lending unasked for advice. It does not concern me what anyone is doing in their professional or personal life. I mind my own business, in the real sense of that phrase.

I believe in setting good intentions out there and following them up with constructive actions, without any expectations. I know that was a mouthful, but it is my truth. I am thankful for everything I have. And everything I don't have. I have come to a realization that things come to me when I am ready for them, and if they never do, then they were never right for me in the first place. I am thankful for the peace of mind, a content heart, and a stable life. I am also thankful for books and movies for that's what lifts me*, when I am down! (*See last picture for reference

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Saree - From India
Blouse - Elie Tahari
Necklace - From India // Another Option
Clutch - Art Meets Fashion // Another Option
Shoes - Steve Madden // Better



Basic Clothing Care Tips

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One of the easiest ways to save money is to take care of clothes you already own. Shopping for better quality often costs more, but shopping only for good quality also means shopping less. You know what I mean? Following up from my last clothing care post, this post has more generic tips to better care of your clothes.

1. Don’t over wash your clothes. Washing doesn’t only cleanse the item, but often fades color and removes structure. Items worn carefully and lightly can often be made fresh again by simply airing them out.

2. Denim lasts forever between washes. Denim is super durable and easy to spot clean, but can lose its shape drastically with each wash. With that in mind, try freshening your denim with a nice steam in the dryer, or even hang them over your shower rod for a natural steam.

3. Use a mesh bag for washing delicates. Put delicates inside it before washing to prevent them from catching on the washer and other garments.

4. Keep bras organized and folded properly to maintain the cups. Fold padded bras in half with the straps tucked under the cups. This helps them keep their shape.

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5. Organize your laundry. When it is time to do laundry, carefully read the tags on your clothes and divide accordingly. Not only lights with lights and darks with darks, but cool dry with cool dry and gentle rinse cycle with gentle rinse cycle items. The more attention you pay, the longer your clothes will stay looking like new!

6. If something shrinks in the wash, keep it damp and stretch. Often times, damp items can be gently stretched back to shape. After gently stretching the damp and shrunken item with your hands, try wearing it while it dries so it reshapes to your body. This is especially useful for fashion emergency situations!

7. Avoid the dryer! It is better for you, the environment, and your CLOTHES if you air dry. Dryers not only rapidly dry your clothes, they rapidly wear down your clothes also. Do yourself and your electricity bill a favor and air dry the pieces you want to last. Most pieces can be dried in the sun, but take care to see which clothes need a cool dry (i.e swimsuits or more sensitive fabrics.)

8. NEVER use the dryer on your bras. This will seriously damage the structure and support intended; as will improper storage.

9. If you must use the dryer, always clean the lint trap after every load, and use the most gentle setting.

10. When your clothes are done drying, hang or fold them as soon as you remove them from the heat (sun or dryer). The change in temperature (from warm to cool) will lock in the current state of the clothes, hence why you want them in the most optimal position to not wrinkle. Hanging them is ideal. 

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11. Fold clothes along the seems, to avoid unwanted creases and to maintain the shape of the item.

12. Don’t over crowd your closet! Cramming clothes together, not only wrinkles, but wears down sensitive fabrics. Recently I minimized clutter by giving into those velvet (space saving) hangers

13. Avoid wrinkles, by using a handheld steamer! This is my must have when getting ready for an event or shoot. Handheld steamers will save your outfit every time, and will leave your clothes fresh and wrinkle free.

14. Always clean seasonal clothes prior to storing. If you ever plan on storing your clothes, know that bugs like dirt, and strong scents like perfume and smoke. To avoid a breach in your seasonal gear, clean them before you store them.


I hope you found these tips helpful. Feel free to share yours' in the comments below. 

What or Who Is A Natural Beauty?

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Everyone has their beauty ideal they wish to achieve. Mine has always been a natural dewy look, which brings me to natural beauty what it means to me. Below are the qualities I believe someone who evokes natural beauty embodies:

1. An appreciation for life! An ability to find meaning in a simple, fleeting moment just as easily as they can in a large-scale or life changing one…

2. A love for real food; which means enjoying your indulgences but also understand the importance of a balanced diet and quality of food.

3. A desire to challenge their mind and body. Expanding one's understanding via books and art or trying a new workout or a yoga pose. Value both physical and cognitive growth.

4. An attempt to exudes kindness and warmth to everyone.

5. An ability to walk out the door, with confidence and ready to conquer the world, every day!

I have never really been a 'make up' person. My friends and colleagues have often told me how 'brave' I am to step out 'au naturale' aka without an ounce of make up. Having lived over a decade in U.S. I have a better understanding of the insecurities and the relationship women have with makeup. I realize a lot of it stems from ours culture and upbringing. Personally, since I was brought up in an environment where no one ever applied make up unless they were attending a wedding, it never felt like a 'brave' move on my part to live sans make up. However it did encourage me to take better care of my skin as that is the only armor I wore. I have extensively researched and opted for products which are The Perfect Fit for All Over Beauty. Now as the weather is transitioning, so is my skin. I have been using the AVEENO Positively Radiant collection. It contains ingredients such as tone-evening ACTIVE NATURALS® Total Soy Complex which brighten the skin for a flawless radiance, which I crave the most!

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AVEENO Positively Radiant - Daily Cleansing Pads

I recently discovered these pads and I have been obsessed with them ever since. These dual-textured cleansing pads gently exfoliate and lift away dirt, oil and makeup to leave skin soft, smooth and even-looking. I use them every night as the first step in my cleaning process. 

Formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® moisture-rich soy extract, these pads help improve skin tone, texture and clarity, leaving your skin looking luminous.  They’re also oil free, soap free, hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic.

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AVEENO Positively Radiant - Skin Brightening Daily Scrub

I have sensitive skin, and while this is a daily scrub I use it only two to three times a week. I use it in my morning skin care regime. This scrub helps improve skin tone, texture and clarity. 

The naturally derived granules gently exfoliate while you cleanse, leaving your skin soft, smooth, and looking luminous. It’s oil free, soap free, noncomedogenic (won’t clog pores), and hypoallergenic. 

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AVEENO Positively Radiant - Brightening Cleanser

I follow up with this cleanser after the scrub in the morning. And just like the scrub this too helps improve skin tone, texture and clarity. 

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OGX - Argan Dry Oil 

This weightless healing dry oil helps to mend split ends and tames fly-away frizzies. It helps infuse your locks with a veil of shimmer and shine. Spray is evenly on a towel try hair.  

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While perfection is a mirage, you can still find your "Perfect Fit" from OGX and AVEENO at Rite Aid -  until 10/22 you can use the BOGO50% Aveeno Masterbrand AND/OR spend $20, Get 800 Plenti Points with OGX. 

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All opinions mentioned are my own. 

Dressing Without Accessories

... I used to be an accessory aficionado. I had been collecting jewelry since my early teens. Then I lost all of it, when my house of burglarized a few years back. ... but worry not ... I continued to buy more. I loved collecting unique pieces from my travels. I also loved adding to my Indian ethnic collection. The more different and outlandish the piece, the better. I still own a crazy-huge statement necklace collection. 

However, when on my recent trip I didn't bring a single piece of jewelry with me (not even a watch!), it dawned upon me how I had changed. Until a few years back, I would have packed a necklace, earrings and rings to match my every outfit option. And today, I didn't even remember to carry a pair of stud! 

Mostly this behavior seems like a by-product of my over all life philosophy to live fuss-free. Accessories, after a few hours start to bother me. Rings make me feel I can't move my fingers, necklaces feel heavy around my neck, earrings make my ears itch ... so on and so forth. I have been going jewelry free in everyday life for years, but now it looks like I am not making the effort nine out of ten times while stepping out either. Whenever I do remember to wear jewelry, it is mostly out of the guilt and pressure of using all the 'stuff' I own, else I will be tempted to give it away. Safe to say, I have not bought any jewelry in a LONG time. 

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But the positive takeaway from this change in behavior is that while accessories can bring an outfit together, not wearing them doesn't really take anything away from the look. Or so is what I believe. 

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Location - Baltimore, MD

Dress - AND (from India) // Similar
Kimono - South Moon Under // Same
Shoes - ssh-oes // Similar



Weekend Brunch At Stella Barra

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I have been loving exploring restaurants around the Montgomery County. Driving to D.C. and spending 30 minutes looking for parking or spending $30 for parking - neither sound like an ideal options. That's why 9 out of 10 times, husband and I choose to stay within a reasonable driving distance.

stella barra has been our go-to-place pizza place with friends. We have visited the restaurants a couple of times in the past year and it has never disappointed. This time around, we were a party of four meeting for a weekend brunch.  The brunch menu offers $3 Mimosas or Bloody Mary's; brunch buffet consists of: hard boiled brown (farm) eggs, scrambled eggs, eggs Florentine, roasted beef hash w/ potatoes, roasted potatoes, chicken sausage, thick cut maple bacon, enchiladas, guacamole, sour cream, three types of sauce (verde, spicy and a mild one), waffles (made to order w/ fixings) fresh blueberries, and parfaits. There is more than enough food and all of it was served hot and fresh.

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But the reason I love going here frequently is for their pizzas. stella barra is a creative pizzeria, with two, regular and roman-thin crusts, both of which are delicious. I would recommend the avocado and arugula pesto white pizza. 

stella's features a scratch kitchen with locally sourced ingredients. They are also very accommodating to any special dietary requirements (vegetarian in my case). In addition I really love the vibe of the place. 

Check out more on their website


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