Animal Instincts

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I was always intimidated by leopard prints, since most of the times it felt like the pieces were either too bold or too sexy. However, that did not stop me from owning a few pieces of my own(as seen here and here), it just meant that I couldn’t wear them to work. Somehow, I always felt like they were too bold to incorporate into my work wardrobe. But, since lately my work wardrobe seems to be getting a little mundane and felt like it needed a face lift to shake things up for the fall, I decided to give leopard prints another shot. Also, this trend seems to be really popular and was seen all over the runways for Fall 2015. While I still feel it’s a little bold for work, I think I can pull it off. What do you think? Leopard prints yay or nay for work?

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{Jacket: H&M, Blouse: Mango by JCPenny, Pant: Express, Lipstick: MAC Rebel}

Photo Credit: Ravi Gollapudi

Windy City Chicago

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Skyscrapers that touch the sky, lake that looks like an ocean, architecture that takes you back in time, art that makes you reconsider your opinion towards it, food that makes your taste buds explode, last but not the least, friends that are like family. That pretty much sums up our recent trip to Chicago. This was my first trip to the windy city and it was a love at first sight. I wore this Maggy London Dress when we went on architectural boat tour, which steered us through the canals of a well-lit city. I finished off the look by adding a trench and a Louis Vuitton Handbag. This is the first time I invested in a LBD and I think it’s worth every penny. While the fit of the dress is very sexy, the length makes the look very demure. I think this dress perfectly complements the city, which in itself is very sexy yet classic. What do you say? Have I convinced you to buy a ticket to Chicago yet, or at least a Maggy London Dress? Or should I keep going?

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Maxi Dress: Summer To Fall

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It’s so fascinating to see how quickly the weather changes around here in Seattle. Just in one night we went from sunny mornings, starry nights to gloomy days and chilly nights. While, first day of fall is still a couple of weeks away, it sure does feels like its Fall already. With the change of season just around the corner, one skill that can come in handy is the ability to know how to take your wardrobe from Summer to Fall. With just a few tips you will be well prepared to tackle the chilly months head-on and use your summer dresses well into fall. Here’s how
Tip 1: Add a fitted jacket. It not only keeps you warm, but also balances out an otherwise feminine outfit.
Tip 2: Make-up – Go with some bolder/ darker lip colors and that instantly changes the mood of the outfit
Tip 3: Hair – Undo’s are a big trend this Fall. I usually don’t experiment a lot with my hair, but this fall I am looking forward to it.

Lets see these simple rules in action.

Here is a Maxi dress that I wore a lot during the summer. While I own a lot of pleated skirts, this is my first pleated maxi dress. The lightweight fabric and simple cuts and not so steep price tag made for an awesome and comfortable summer Maxi dress. To take this dress from summer to fall, all I had to do was to add some leather details and swap the casual jean jacket to a fitted biker leather jacket. I think the leather jacket perfectly balances out an otherwise feminine outfit. Also, went with a bolder lip color to match the mood of the outfit.
How do you style your summer dresses in the winter?
{Dress: Macys, Jacket: BCBG, Lipstick: MAC Rebel, Belt: Marshall’s}

Blue Pleated Dress

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Blue Pleated Dress

Rakhi..2015!

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A special note to my special brother:

From the minute you arrived into this world, you have become my biggest headache. Growing up I hated the fact that I had to share everything with you – mom, dad, room, friends, Lallu, school, everything. I also hated the fact that you always got things your way by just being the youngest of the bunch (paaapam chinodee…huhhh). I still remember the green bag I was stuck with because you wanted only the blue bag. Hated the fact that I had to write notes for you, because you decided to lose yours two days before the exam. Hated that you always borrowed money and never cared to pay back (I am still counting). Hated that time when you broke my nail and when I had to get stitches (I still have one wonky nail because of you). I hated that you always pulled my hair while fighting and that I always used to lose the flights. There were a million other things that I hated about you while growing up, but none of them matter anymore because little did I realize that one day all those things would turn into such sweet memories and we would become such best friends along the way.
Being an elder sister to you was no easy task and my life would have been so much easier without you in it. But then again, it wouldn’t be my life without you in it. So, God, thank you for throwing this idiot into the mix. #LoveYouBro

FYI – Just in case you don’t know what Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan (रक्षा बन्धन) is, its a Hindu festival that celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters; the festival is also popularly used to celebrate any brother-sister relationship between men and women who are relatives or biologically unrelated..

Chambray shirt and Red Lips

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Chambray shirts and leather skirts are easily one of my favorite casual-meets-polished combinations. I have always been a big fan of chambray shirts as they are very versatile and easy to either dress up or dress down. While I usually pair it with either a jeans(here ) or black tights for a casual look, this time I wanted to try a much more polished look, so paired it with a knee length pencil skirt with leather details and I should say I am obsessed with this look. How do you like it?

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{Shirt:Hollister , Skirt: Express , Lipstick: MAC, Aviators: RayBan , Shoes: DSW}

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Floral Overdose

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I thought I was all done with florals for this season, but my recent purchases prove me otherwise. During my recent Ideel online shopping spree, I bought a couple of more floral dresses to add to my collection of floral prints and I am absolutely in love with my choices. Also, in this process realized that one can never have too many floral dresses, so my friends never say never. While rose print dresses are usually very romantic and retro, this one is a little different, it has a modern and sketch like design to it which I think, is very refreshing. Also, the color combination is just amazing, well what can I say, I am a sucker for poppy colors.

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{This dress is no longer available, but here are a couple of similar dresses here, hereand here.
Shoes: Vince Camuto}

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Candel Holders DIY

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I have been eying this candle holder set for a very long time now. While I loved the candle holders, the price tag, not so much. So, I did what I do best, DIY to knock it off. All I needed was candle holders and a bottle of white spray paint.
One visit to GoodWill and I found exactly what I was looking for, bunch of candle sticks with intricate details. I did mix and match different shapes to keep it modern and also add a visual interest to the setting.
Once I selected the pieces I wanted to use, all I did was apply a couple of coats of white spray paint and I ended up with something that looks like this. Doesn’t this look gorgeous?

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{Never judge a book by it’s cover. Look for quality pieces, not pretty pieces. }

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{They currently adorn our spring mantel. Check out my mantel decor post}

Maxi Mania

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A perfect summer Maxi dress has to hit on a couple of different points to warrant a place in my wardrobe: it has to be simple enough to either dress it up or dress it down, comfortable enough to wear it all day, everyday and lastly should have summer colors to make it special. This “New York and Company” maxi dress fits the bill just perfect. While the color combination is so refreshingly fresh and fun, the streamlined lines keep it simple, making it a summer staple. From the time I bought this dress, I pretty much wore it everywhere, date night, office, grocery shopping, farmers market and everywhere in between. And now that’s called a perfect summer maxi dress, don’t you guy’s agree?.
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{Jacket: Guess}

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{This dress is currently out-of stock. Will update link once its back online.}

Decor – Summer Mantel

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Since we moved into our new house almost two years ago, I think we did a pretty decent job at decorating the place and making it our home. I am really proud of the work we put into it and how we incorporated our style into this place. But, just when my husband thought that we were all done with decorating, I started to get bored of the decor in our living room. I know, I know, it’s only been a couple of years, but, I can’t seem to shake this feeling off. However, if I tell this to him, I am pretty sure he is gonna flip out. But after all the hard work and the money he has put into this place, I can’t really blame him. So, to handle this delicate situation I decided to get creative and take matters into my own hands. I did a little research to find out ways to freshen up things at home without breaking the bank or even a sweat for that matter and I did find one.

Apparently decorating your mantel is the best way to change the look and feel of the living room. Since fireplace is the focal point of the living room, a few changes to the mantel and the entire place supposedly brightens up. But, I was not buying this theory until I saw it with my own eyes, so without further ado I put this theory to test. I should say I was really amazed by the transformation. I now have an amazing summer mantel to reflect my current mood – fun, sunny and bright. I also handled this project on a super tight budget. It cost me a total of 22$ to create this amazing look.

Here are the details.
1. Orange Wall ( we always had an orange wall, so did not cost a dime)
2. Art ( We got this as a gift when we moved into this place and it has been a center piece ever since)
3. Candle Holders from Goodwill + Spray paint $15 (Stay tuned for the DIY post.)
4. Books borrowed from the library $0. (Why buy them when I can get them for free. So, picked some books from the local library. I went with the books which had yellow and pink covers)
5. Vase $3 ( Goodwill)
6. Flowers from our backyard
7. Sea Horse decor $4 (Marshall’s)

Well, that’s all you need to have this colorful summer mantel. What do you think guys, love or hate? Also, please let me know if you know of any easy and simple decor ideas. Have a great week!!

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{ Loving these lavender blue hydrangea’s}

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Monday Blues

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I think not posting in three weeks is called being a slacker, but I like to think that it’s just being a blogger. After you’ve been blogging for 2+ years the idea that you can blog when you want to and have the luxury to take time-off without worrying about PTO is quite novel and freeing. To be frank, I’ve been busy lately and my writing really suffers when I’m stressed. Not like I’m writing a Game of Thrones next book here, but I like to write something a little more compelling than ‘this is my new dress’.
On that note, let’s begin!! This is my new dress 🙂 I recently bought a few dresses for NYC and this one is my current fav. The print is so crisp and refreshing, it’s a perfect summer dress.

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