Choose your Khaki Pants

History – Sir Harry Lumsden is widely credited with giving us what we now consider the khaki pant.  In 1846 he was commanding a British Army troop of Indian recruits, and according to legend, ordered their white trousers dyed to better blend with the local terrain.  Mazari, a native plant was used to achieve the color called  khaki, also the Hindu word for “dust”.
After World War II, their good looks brought them, as surplus, to widespread civilian use and manufacture. Today there are hundreds, if not thousands, of varieties of khakis, from pajama-like drawstring jobs to your aforementioned Capitoline pleated, permanent-press “dorkers.”

Length – Length, and whether to roll-up cuffs or not is all personal preference. But here is my take – if your khaki’s are too long take them to a tailor.  Just be specific about what you want though, or you may end up with a creepy little jean hem on your khakis.  Go for a deep fold-over hem, or just cut ‘em off and let them fray naturally, if that’s how you like.
And if you’re vertically challenged or just have shorter legs, beware of rolling your khakis too high– it will only draw attention towards your short legs.

Cut – I suggest – avoid pleats. To up your game with khakis you’ll need to focus on fit. Straight-leg varieties are the most conventional and comfortable, while slim-cut versions, with a slightly low rise, are the most modern. Both types should skim your hips, and the fly should sit naturally.”
I like a cleaner fit, but don’t want to look like I’m wearing leggings. Again, personal preference and body type is the key, so go with what looks and feels the best.

Fabric – 100% cotton. No nylon, lycra, or rayon please. In general, try to avoid anything and everything that says– Stretch or Easy Care. Cotton twills are great year-round and lighter weight poplins are perfect for spring and summer.

Cuffs –  The Duke of Windsor popularized the look by turning-up the bottoms of his khakis (called turn-ups, across the pond)– that’s how cuffed bottoms came into popularity.  And surely you’ve noticed that formal trousers and tuxedo bottoms are never cuffed– considered a faux pas, too casual and completely unacceptable.

Where To Wear – Client Meeting, Gallery Opening, Dinner Party, Wine Tasting, Job Interview, First Date and so on..

I’m a lover of Khakis. The Khakis I own are soft, with a luxurious fabric and an easy stretch. Paired them with printed button down and neutral heels here, polished the look with an elegant stand-out bag and red lips.
Are you all set to roll in khakis?

Cheers
Ritika
Printed Shirt: Burlington Coat Factory
Khaki Pants: Gap (similar)
Scarf: Papaya (similar here and here)
Belt: Gap (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors
Shoes: Payless (similar)
Bag: Forever 21(similar)
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters
On my lips: A Million Kisses Lip Tint by Lush

In my Beauty List – Feb 2013

Hi everyone! Thank you for such a wonderful response on my previous post. Need not say, my husband loved it the most! Re-living those special moments is a definite turn on. What say?

Thought of starting a new section in the blog, apart from the musings of my life. I will be posting about few products I am loving lately.
Here goes the first list.
Note: All the views are my own. I have not been paid or compensated in any way by any brand.

1. Tigi Bed Head Control Freak Shampoo, Conditioner, and Serum – By far the best shampoo, conditioner and serum combination I have found for my super frizzy hair. It not only controls the frizz but also locks in the moisture. And how can I forget the bubblegum fragrance of the this range opens up my senses in the mornings.

2. Keratin Complex Style Glowtion Potion Styling Oil Styling Oil – I got this haircut done by one of the local salon here, where the hairstylist suggested me to try this product. She also applied it on my hair before blow drying. I love the effect it has on my hair. They are well in control, no flyaways and the style remains intact plus no stickiness.

3. Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Refining Moisture Cream Complex – Though it’s a moisturizing cream, I apply it at night before going to bed. The texture of the cream is a little hard, so a little goes a long way. It’s great for dry skin, especially in winters.

4. The Body Shop Born Lippy Satsuma Shimmer Lip Balm – Totally love the smell of this lip balm. And it also adds shimmer to the lips. A must try, I say.

5. SCHWARZKOPF Got2b OIL-LICIOUS Calm & Shine Styling Oil Triple Oil – It actually came free with the Schwarzkopf Dry Shampoo that I bought (got a smaller size). I really liked the effect of this oil on my hair. It doesn’t make my hair greasy at all. Actually it’s texture is thick, so a small pea-size amount is enough for my short hair length. The warmth of the palms activates the product. I apply it as a leave in conditioner. It smoothes out the frizz and tames the hair.

6. Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Waterproof Mascara – Classic Black – It’s my favorite mascara. I am hooked on to it ever since I bought it for the first time. My eyes feel bare without this applied on them. I don’t leave home without it.

That’s my list for now! 
Would love to hear which products are you loving these days, or what else should I try? Do share with me.

Cheers
Ritika

Excuses are useless. Results are priceless.

Fitness is the topic for today. Oh, how I love this topic! Can talk about it for hours and hours. Thanks to my dedication and determination, I’m getting fitter. The waist line is getting slimmer, my stamina is increasing, I can push myself more and I’m enjoying the feeling the way my body feels these days, though there is a super long way to go.
So, the change is that I’ve stopped going to the gym and now I work out at home itself.
I do these super short 12 to 15 minutes bodyrock.tv workouts every day. And by my own experience, I can say they are AWESOME and very intense.
You can check out their website here, and let me tell you this is NOT a sponsored post. I am talking about my own views and experience here.
I have been doing these workouts for 8 -10 months now and I love the fact that they are short and can be done at home. You don’t have to go to a gym (though you definitely can) and hence all your excuses of not having time and such nonsense can be trashed in to the bin! You can have Results or Excuses. NOT BOTH.
12 minutes everyday – now that’s not a big deal people! And need not mention, Slow Progress is better than No Progress. At least give it a try!
We all can do this much at least for our bodies. Leaving for you to decide!

Stay Strong. Stay Fit.
Yours truly
Ritika

Jet-Set-Jump-Suit

“They come and go out of style, but jumpsuits are chic and sexy no matter what.”

Take the Black way
Black is wonderful. It’s slimming and sophisticated. You can dress up your black jumpsuit in hundreds and thousands of ways. Trust me!

Pair it with a Jacket
Layer your jumpsuit underneath a jacket. It makes the look more subtle. For a dramatic style, you may pick vibrant tones for the jacket.

Look for a Loose Cut
This cut suits most body types. Grab one for yourself. I’m in search of one for myself.

Don’t choose the Skin Fitting types
A skin fitting suit is called a catsuit, not a jumpsuit. Even if you have a slim and toned body, this would not be a good choice.

Dress it Up
Accessories are the key! More is Less. Be creative and style your jumpsuit the way you like!

Cheers
Ritika

Jumpsuit: Promod
Shoes: Payless
Clutch: Gifted (from Dubai)
Belt: Macy’s
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters
Watch: Michael Kors
Necklace: Claire’s
Bangles: New Delhi