All about that Base

There is something I want to share here that I am really obsessed about these days. You see I am trying really hard to get the best possible skin I’ve ever had. This obsession started as soon as I came back from India. My skin was breaking out so often, it was dry, patchy and so, so dull. Frankly I started avoiding looking straight in to the mirror. I am a firm believer that ideally you should not need a Foundation (on a daily basis). Your original skin must be clean, clear and glowing. It’s not that I don’t use make-up or Foundations. I do, but only on very special occasions. I don’t even Photoshop or touch the pictures I put on the blog. I like the raw nature of my pictures. I like to wear my skin bare 95% of the times. But now, no amount of make-up was helping either. The breakouts were extremely red, bumpy and painful. They were all over my face. I was helpless. 😦

I then decided to take charge and do something about it. Because I was sure that it was not my diet or lifestyle. Since I work out religiously, eat clean, sleep well then what the hell was going wrong! Then I booked an appointment and paid a visit to a dermatologist. She then told me sometimes it’s the hormones. There was nothing wrong from my end… sometimes it’s just how your body is changing. So she gave me some oral tablets to re-balance the hormones and a medicated ointment to apply on my face daily. That really helped. It made my facial skin go back to normal. Since then I have been taking reeeeally good care of my skin. I changed all my (skincare) products stash! From drugstore cheap ones I switched to very good quality high-end products (for which I will be doing reviews very soon). And that really worked. I feel so much better now. 🙂 I also installed an app on my phone which helps me keep track of how much water I drink during the day (isn’t it cool..??)

Sometimes, we tend to neglect the importance of something until we realize it’s gone. My skin never used to breakout like that. No redness, no dryness ever. But then ageing happens. Years go by and you lose the elasticity of your skin, the soft and supple texture. Hence, extra care is required. And it’s better to start early. There is no harm in trying & testing. Go lookout for yourself. After all, your skin does not have to show your real age! Who wants to age anyway..??

Ok yeah.. yeah.. I get it. We all must age naturally. We all must age gracefully and I am totally up for it! However, taking care of yourself is important too. I say do it, if you love yourself!

Jacket: Aeropostale | Corduroy Pants: Gap | Sweater: Old Navy | Boots: Target | Bag: Wilsons Leather

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Three Things I am Loving Lately

Isn’t it fun to make lists? Lists which are totally random! So here goes mine –
  1. The fall in my waist size – I had to share this! Last week I was in my Bootcamp class and it was a ‘Leg Day’ (as my trainer calls it). So he sent us on a short run for a warm up.. kinda like 2 miles. You would not believe.. as soon as I started running.. my workout pants started slipping down! Oh man!! I was like what the heck!! Those were my new pants (bought them just a month ago) and they are already loose? And so loose that if I run they start to slip down. So guess what this girl did? She DID NOT stop. I held on to my pants with one hand and ran, ran, ran! One of my workout buddy noticed that and she was like “Wow did your pants get loose? Hmm.. Lucky girl..” I was like “This is all hard work babe!” 🙂
  2. Watermelon – Oh yes! Yes. I always believed my favorite fruit was Mango. But looks like I am not getting any sweet/ripe/delicious mangoes anytime soon (here in U.S.). So my second most favorite is Watermelon! I can eat and eat and eat it some more.. Oh and I love the blood red color of it. More reasons to love the gigantic delicious and tasty fruit! Which fruit is your favorite?
  3. The sound of a travel plan – If traveling is not on the list, then it’s an incomplete list for me! I can’t share what my next travel destination is.. (at the moment). But travel is on the cards and this girl is EXCCCITEDDD!!!
 What are the three things which you love the most? Share with me! 🙂
Oh and we clicked these pictures yesterday evening! I am definitely not a typical black and white or gray and black kinda girl! I love adding surprises to an outfit. Like this fuchsia top! That keeps it interesting.. Do you agree?

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T-shirt: Loft | Skirt: Asos | Shoes: Aldo (Last worn) | Watch: Fossil | Sunglasses: Ray Ban

How to Style Peplum

Sometimes taking the ‘over-sized’ route is a GREAT idea. It can do wonders to your look. Don’t worry about the size or the extra fabric. Just learn to play with it.. and enjoy it. I managed to pen down a few super easy styling tips with regards to Peplum –

  • Cinch it for that ‘slim waist’ definition! Orrrr.. just let it hang and swing. Enjoy the room and the extra comfort 🙂
  • Balance out the proportions. Wear something form-fitting underneath. Kind of like a bodycon skirt (like I did here) or skinny pants or leggings (check this previous post of mine)!
  • Wear nice heels or flats depending on your comfort level (both look good actually). I prefer heels though!
  • Try to stay away from sneakers. Personally, I don’t like dressing up a Peplum top with sneakers/sport shoes.
  • Accessorize – You may wear a big belt or a nice scarf. Or even both! Just try not to over-do it.
  • Wear nice statement jewelry if you can! It usually brings out the dressed up look more.. I am personally biased towards statement earrings! How about you??

Oh and please don’t hesitate to add more to the list! I look forward to hear how you like to style your Peplum tops and dresses.

P.S. Remember when I bought this smock dress two sizes big. TOTALLY worth it!! Well I did the same mistake thing again. I bought this lovely Peplum top one size big and man I love the print and style!

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Outfit Details: Top: Asos | Skirt: Asos | Shoes: Sole Society | Belt: Target | Earrings: Random | Watch: Fossil | Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

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The Fairest of Them All

We finally made it to New York. With mother being around, we are traveling more than usual. This weekend we went to see the one and only ‘Statue of Liberty’. It was nice and bright during the day. The city is crowded like anything. It reminded me of the Old New Delhi city. Stuffed roads, crowded streets, lots of people, food carts selling kathi rolls and biryani, numerous local and branded stores to shop, people playing music on the road, selling you passes to the next comedy show and what not! At one point, I was overwhelmed! Yes and that’s quite something coming from an Indian. And the parking sucks! I don’t mind paying for the parking if that’s how it is, but $45 for a day! Are you kidding me? I would rather be walking on foot or riding a bicycle or may be just staying at home! 😛

That being said, I think it is safe to say that I love.. love, love love Virginia. This is the best place I have ever lived in. But yes, New York was interesting. And no, it’s definitely not my favorite!

This dress is a  favorite. It fits like a glove. The pink border makes it stand out in the crowd! It really is the fairest dress I have, hence the title 🙂

P.S. This is the second bag of the two I talked about earlier.

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Dress: Gap | Sandals: DSW | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunglasses: Oakley | Bag: Coach | Denim Jacket: Gap

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