Pleats and Flowers

I would’ve never opted for this outfit combo 5 years ago. My mantra had always been to balance the proportions of the outfit. If the top is big and flowy, the bottoms should be slim and fit and the vice versa. Why you ask? Because I’m not your average skinny girl. I’m curvy and have always been. I love my curves but sometimes it gets tricky to dress up when you love a piece of clothing but your body shape doesn’t agree with it. So you got to balance it out. This helps accentuate the curves and doesn’t make you look like an apple with a head and legs! So well, here we are.
This year all I want to do is wake up everyday and break my own set notions. I feel like all these boundaries that I have created for myself, must be taken down. All our lives we set these limits for ourselves – we must not do this, do that or I won’t ever wear this or that etc. and all that crap. Time to break it all and set yourself free. 🙂
P.S. Would you believe if I tell you I found this gem of a skirt for merely 12 bucks lying in the sale section of H&M. I lucked out, right?
P.P.S. No make up (except sunscreen), since I wanted the flowers to do the talking. Just kidding.. forgot to wear my lipstick! Ha. 😉
P.P.P.S. {Promise this is the last one} I cut my hair short (again, I know!) to a short bob (think Winona Ryder in Square Dance minus the bangs). So this is the last post with longer hair, or a pony if you will. Ok bye.

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Blouse: Loft | Skirt: H&M | Earrings: Asos | Sunglasses: Forever 21 | Shoes: CL by Laundry

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6 Things you would never see me wearing

Lip Gloss – I just hate the feel and texture of it. It bleeds, make me feel very weird. Yuckk!! I have tried multiple brands (cheap and expensive both) but never came to like anything. And anyways, my lips are full and need no gloss (to make them look fuller). I am happy and content with my matte lipsticks.

Tank Top: Somehow, I just don’t like how it shapes my body. It doesn’t really flatter my body shape as my legs are longer than my torso. Well, let’s just say I like to keep distance from tank tops.

Fake eye lashes: Fake anything doesn’t excite me at all. Fake friends, fake relationships, fake eyelashes, fake nails, fake hair – all are same to me! Plus, I am at peace with the length of my eye lashes (nails and hair too). A single swipe of mascara is all I need to enhance them.

Rings in all fingers/toes: As you know and I have mentioned it before, I don’t do too much of anything – be it jewelery, make-up, whatever! And wearing rings in all fingers – it’s just ‘uncomfortable’ to me. I mean if you shake your hands with someone, you could just injure them if you press too hard.. haha!!

Tube Top: I still have to find something with a ‘mind blowing’ hold and support! The hunt is on, so let me know if you find it first. 😉 Keep in mind that I am not a flat-chested woman, I have curves and I love them!

Black Lipstick: Well, some wear it with elan! I just can’t imagine even touching it. Not my style at all. There are hundreds of other shades which are fabulous, but black just doesn’t do the trick for me!

Posting the last installment of pictures from my recent trip to Niagara!

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Dress: H&M | Watch: Fossil | Bag: H&M | Sandals: Franco Sarto | Jacket: Gap

How to pack when Traveling

I travel so much that packing bags is like second nature to me now! I can count what all I need to pack on my finger tips. Just tell me when, and I can pack bags in less than 15 minutes without missing anything..!! 🙂 From toiletries to lingerie to emergency safety pins, I make sure to cover everything! When you travel frequently, you become good at planning ahead.

First things first, I always, always make sure to check the weather of my destination. It gives me an idea to whether I should be packing light clothes, or will need a jacket to cover up in the chilly evenings.

And then comes the skincare/toiletries – again I pack stuff depending on weather, how my skin/hair will react to the weather where I am heading! But yes, when it comes to skincare, I don’t travel light! Yes I do carry travel friendly sizes, but I make sure to pack all my essentials and leave nothing behind.

I don’t go overboard on make-up. My key make-up essentials include a Mascara (currently using this one), Eye liner (this smart liner is great for a cat-eye look), Blush (this dark one looks great on my skin tone) and at least 4 to 5 bright matte lipsticks. You know me (if you follow me on Instagram), I don’t do nude lips that much! Bright reds, plums and hot pinks are my favorite!

For footwear, I never pack heels (unless I have to attend a formal event or something like that!). Instead I pack a lot of walking shoes (these are my favorite). My biggest tip when buying flat sandals – just don’t go on the looks, check – how well they are cushioned and how thick the sole is. If the sole is too thin/flat, that ends up hurting the heels at the end of the day, which is not what we want! Such flats are of no use. For walking I mostly prefer Clarks and Franco Sarto shoes. They look good and feel good!

Jewelry comes last. You know I am not much of a jewelry person. I like light and unique pieces. So jewelry comes in when I have already selected my outfits. Then I match jewelry depending on the neck lines of my dresses, the print, fabric etc. For me, it’s always either a statement neck piece or statement earrings – never both!

Accessories: Watches, Sunglasses, Scarves, Bags – they all fall in to this category. At last I check how much more weight I can add to my bag. And if I have space left, I may throw in one or two cross body bags (they are easy to carry, light to pack and comfortable while walking).

Sharing a few pictures from my recent trip to Niagara Falls. I know you don’t see the Falls anywhere in these pictures, but a water fountain on a random street. To be honest, we were just strolling the streets then! 😉

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Denim Dress: H&M | Jeans: Shoppers Stop, India | Earrings: Charles Klein (last worn here) | Bag: Wilsons Leather | Sandals: Franco Sarto | Belt: Target

Sun and Me

All this sunshine is finally in my city! It was hot yesterday. Even though it was a Sunday, people were out like it was a national holiday or something. Roads were so crowded, so were the metro trains, the markets, parks.. I never knew so many people were hibernating in Boston! Only now I know Boston is so crowded.. hahaha!!

Well, I embrace the sun and never complain that it’s too hot, because I long for summers (since I moved to  the east coast). I had an awesome weekend, and I also have an awesome vacation coming up.. and honestly I am becoming quite impatient now! Just. Can’t. Wait.

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Top: H&M | Jeans: Loft | Bag: Wilsons Leather | Shoes: Nike