Looks like winter is not about to leave us anytime soon. The weather has me looking for more "colored" layering options. I think these colored-winter-coats might help me get out this funk. What do you think? Purple and yellow are shouting out to me. Really! You can't hear them but its a pretty loud call (in my head!).
There is something so dreamy and whimsical about a "tulle skirt". No? I am especially lusting white tulle. It seems magical,
pureclean (?) and can pretty much be paired with any color. What do you think?
These outfits also make for a perfect canvas for statement necklaces. *sigh!*
A very Happy New Year, everyone!
I would like to start this year on a thankful note: I am usually iffy about thanking my readers for reading my blog, because I (would like to) believe that you are doing so by your free will and not "for me" ... but nonetheless I would like to THANK YOU all today, from the bottom of my heart for continuing to join me on my journey, for questioning me, for appreciating my words (and dressing!), even for disliking me (sometimes) and being part of my everyday snippets of life (this one is especially for these guys!). It makes blogging all the more fun. I do not think I would enjoy it this much and for this long without these reactions from y'all!
And now I would like to share this story which I read a couple of weeks back and thought it would be worth sharing on the blog and to start the new year with this message. I hope everyone have a wonderful 2014 ahead.A successful businessman was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business.
Instead of choosing one of his Directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together.
He said, "It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you. "The young executives were Shocked, but the boss continued. "I am going to give each one of you a SEED today - one very special SEED. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO."
One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story. She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed. Everyday, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow.
Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew.
Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing.
By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn't have a plant and he felt like a failure.
Six months went by -- still nothing in Jim's pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing
Jim didn't say anything to his colleagues, however, he just kept watering and fertilizing the soil - He so wanted the seed to grow.
A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection.
Jim told his wife that he wasn't going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest about what happened. Jim felt sick to his stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right. He took his empty pot to the board room.
When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful - in all shapes and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry for him!
When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives.
Jim just tried to hide in the back. "My, what great plants, trees and flowers you have grown," said the CEO. "Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!"
All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the Financial Director to bring him to the front. Jim was terrified.. He thought, "The CEO knows I'm a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!"
When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed, Jim told him the story.
The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, "Behold your next Chief Executive Officer!
His name is "Jim!" Jim couldn't believe it. Jim couldn't even grow his seed.
"How could he be the new CEO?" the others said.
Then the CEO said, "One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead - it was not possible for them to grow.
All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new
Chief Executive Officer!"
* If you plant honesty, you will reap trust
* If you plant goodness, you will reap friends
* If you plant humility, you will reap greatness
* If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment
* If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective
* If you plant hard work, you will reap success
* If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation
So, be careful what you plant now; it will determine what you will reap later..
Do you not get enough use of your bangles/bracelets? We have good news: Start stacking them! Mix and match different styles and colors with each other and wear them for an eclectic-bohemian-vibe. If that is too much for your, try going for one color to stay subtle and yet bold! Here's some inspiration for you!
Have you checked our post on Necklace layering?
It is just me or are these oversized scarves everywhere you look except when you are out shopping/looking for them?! I have been on a lookout for an oversized tartan scarf for the longest time. One can style it from day-to-night in a number ways and stay warm at the same time (I hope!). While I continue to search for it high-and low why don't you check out some of my inspirations!
I have been living in messy buns for the last couple of weeks. It is too cold to do anything else. That also explains the dearth of outfit posts on the blog. I have no idea what has gotten into me but I simply cannot be bothered to pose when its freezing outside. But rest assured you are not missing out on any sartorial experiments. I have been dressing up pretty much how I have dressed in the past winters. Layers. Layers and more layers. So thats that. Hope everyone had a good weekend!
I cannot stop staring at these pictures. Which is kinda inappropriate 'coz it means I am staring at a woman's chest (essentially!) but you have to agree how effortless this layering is. Done to perfection.
… and apparently all you need a white-button-down and sh*t-load of necklaces to look effortlessly-boho. Point noted!
Talking of necklaces, Crazy & Co. is having a Cyber Monday SALE - Get 20% STORE WIDE - Use Code: CRAZYMONDAY
A lot of you have asked my beauty routine, but I am sorry to disappoint you as it ONLY involves - Sunscreen, Kohl and Lipgloss/lipstick - and Voila! However, I do envy everyone who can apply make up to perfection, every day. I am a bare-skin-kinda girl. Don't get me wrong, it is not that I do not enjoy make-up, I just don't have a patience and/or skills for it.
But I have to add, even if I did have the time, I do not think I would be doing it very often. I like being able to touch and feel my real skin. After a few hours with make up, I always have an uncontrollable urge to go wash and strip-clean my face. On the bright side, I would never be featured in one of those 'before & after make up pictures'. You guys have pretty much seen both here on the blog itself. For the record, below pictures are WITH make up, done by my very talented sister-in-law! (:
Make up via Richa
Top - c/o Oasap [12'] Similar
Skirt - French Connection [05'] Similar
Footwear - ALDO [12'] Similar
Inspiration: Marlien Rentmeester via luckymagazine.com
This outfit is inspired by one of the dresses styled in the Target collection by Kate Young
Top - Urban Outfitters [10']
Shoes - Report [13']
Belt - J.Crew [Thrifted, 10']
Bag - Hand-me-down from Richa [13']
On my eyes - Hashmi Kajal
On my lips - On my lips - stunner (840) via blastflipstick from COVERGIRL
About a month ago when I couldn't decide what to blog about, a few of my readers made some suggestions. Majority of them were Fashion & Beauty related but this one specific one was about life ... And we all know. I love life. And this also felt the easiest one to blog about. (You guys, have no idea how much work beauty-related posts take!)
Here goes: The five life lessons I have learnt -
1) You cannot please everyone. Someone or the other will always get offended. Might as well do what makes you happy. P.S. In Ricky Gervais's words, "Just because someone gets offended, doesn't make them right!"
2) Actions DO speak louder than words. If there is something you wish to do, then do it first and talk about it later. Its always more fun listening to real-stories than the imaginary ones.
3) Life is short. Do not make it shorter by being foolish. I am all for adventure and dare devil sports but I do not believe in taking risks from which I might not recover. Ever!
4) Financial Independence is important. Until you are dependent upon someone else for your 'survival', you will never truly be your own person.
5) Happiness is a choice. And it comes from within. You are either a happy person or a whiny person. No external factor can change that.
These are lessons that I have probably learnt in last 5 years. What happened before that one might wonder? Who knows! I didn't have a blog back then to archive it all in (; P.S. If you have an idea for a post, feel free to leave it here. I am always looking for new concepts.
A lot of people think that because I am married, I must 'believe' in marriage, having-children, settling down in one city ... so on and so forth! The truth is i don't. I only believe in happiness and mental peace. I think everyone should do what is right for him or her. How the next person decides to lead their life,
There is absolutely nothing wrong in staying single, choosing career over love, getting divorced or anything else for that matter. If you believe it will make you happy and thats what you want out of your life, then that's exactly what you should do. Life is too short to over think. The only rule I got is - no whining! Make a decision and stick by it. Don't throw blame around or curse the world to dealing you a bad hand. Think real hard what you want, and then make it happen or at least die trying!
50 years from now, when you are probably dead (or close!), world is not going to be judging you, might not even remember you. Although they might hear or read about your adventures purely for entertainment purposes, ... so at least make it worth their while, no? ;)
Blazer - Urban Outfitters [12']
Dress - Promod [10']
Shoes - Nine West [09']
What is an 'inspiration'? Oxford dictionary defines it as
Most people seem to define it as taking all the credit for someone else's work or creativity aka 'copying' and then pretending to be a genius. Hence, I thought a lesson in 'inspiration' was a long time due on the blog.
How to show that you are inspired (for DUMMIES!) :
1. Must mention clearly (where everyone can read/see) from whom or from where were you inspired. You are not fooling anyone, if you don't mention. In today's world with blogs-facebook-twitter-tumblr do you really think people wouldn't find out the real source? Really?!? Are you that dumb?
2. Must make the inspiration your own. Bring your own creativity - personality - opinion - twist (you gotta have one of them? No? ... something!!! ... anything???) to the subject. "Tep-o-ing" (translation: copying) everything from A-Z and then mentioning the source is not inspiration but just another form of dumbness! #fact
Quite simple really! You might even say it is common sense, but like ALWAYS, common sense is not common. And that's not about to change anytime soon.
Let's see who is inspiring my today outfit:
|Inspiration - Rachel Roy|
Shirt: Banana Republic [10'] Similar
Necklace - Gift from Mom [India, 10'] Similar
Cuff - Tanvi's Closet [12'] Similar
P.S. If you look closely, you can see tini-tiny rain drops in the pictures above!
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After yesterday's rather lengthy post, I shall keep it short today. This Saturday we had a meet up with a small group of San Antonio Bloggers. If you are from the city and would like to join in group [SAFABB] do check the details here. Oh and while we are on the topic, this is what I wore to the meet-up!
I am submitting this look for the InFB Remix - NEON.
If you too, are feeling neonic lately, please do join me there on 4th April 2012
Shirt Dress - GAP [12']
Skirt - MANGO [03']
Shoes - BCBG [08']
Ring - c/o INPINK [12']
Necklace - Macy's [12']
Bracelet - Stella & Dot [12']
Bangles - Here & There
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