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STYLE SWAP TUESDAY - THE PANT RANT

Memorial day is almost upon us, which means it's time to dig out your all your white pants and white summer dresses of the deeper side of your closet. Personally, I don't approve the ' no white labor day' rule, cuz one- nothing is prettier than winter white and two- white is my favorite colorless color and  there is something about this time of the year that the mind unintentionally craves white clothing. 

While I wanted to pair my Rent the Runway metallic blouse with something white, I couldn't really find many options in my closet. The only option I could find were these white trousers that I've had for a good three years and which got me thinking - if these were the same trousers I owned? The appearance and fit of the trousers was different, the length was shorter, the fabric felt thinner than usual and the color- it looked whiter than what it originally was ( my first outfit in these pants ). For a minute I thought the pants got swapped out with someone else's at the dry cleaners, but when I looked at the label- it was the same ole Banana Republic, size 4. I wanted to slip out of them right away but there was no choice than to keep them on, thanks to my closet that lacks white  pants. I  am not sure of I'd be wearing those white pants, but the hunt for a good-quality white pants is definitely on the cards. 

So while I try to solve the mystery of these white pants gone wrong you enjoy my metallic blouson top, which you could rent HERE for 50% off with code SSHIOH50

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c/o RENT THE RUNWAY  blouse // BANANA REPUBLIC pants // BADGLEY MISCHKA heels // c/o RENT THE RUNWAY bag 

MONDAY MOOD- ONE DRESS TWO WAYS ( DRESS FROM THE PAST )

I love me a dress that is versatile, fits well and transitions easily from day to night- and this dress is all that I need. This dress is the perfect summer dress that can go from daytime edgy to nighttime chic in no time.

Last week I styled this dress in a more dressier look ( original post HERE ), but today it is casual with a spin. I would have never thought of pairing sneakers with a maxi dress, but trust me trying things out of your comfort zone, sometimes brings a good change of pace. I have been really experimental these days and have been enjoying trying out newer trends, fresher silhouettes and bolder colors- both for my makeup and clothing. 

Which look is your favorite- the dressier ( HERE ) or the casual ( TODAY ) ? 

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RENT THE RUNWAY dress ( use code SSHIOH50 for 50% off your first month rental // EVOLVE sneakers c/o ZAPPOS // BLOOMINGDALES bag 





STYLE SWAP TUESDAYS- THE MUST HAVE TRENDS OF THE SEASON

Two trends I just can't get enough of this season- lace everything and bolder cropped blouses.

I have had a love hate relationship with crop tops, primarily for the reason that I am not comfortable flaunting my belly. It is obviously not the most slimmest part of my body and all those nasty stretch marks from my pregnancy make me even more conscious. As much as I would love to wear crop tops in the summer, my bodily inhibitions always come in the way of me even trying out crop tops in the store. But when I tried this top, I was hooked. The length was just what I would have liked it to be. It hits me mid-waist and hides all my problem areas. The elastic along the hem keeps it from riding up. I have worn it a few times already and I'm sort of loving this trend a little more. 

And this lace skirt.... so I just can't stop raving about it. It is one of those skirts that can be dressed up or dressed down effortlessly. Below I've styled it both dressed up with the blazer and dressed down sans the blazer. Which version is your favorite? 

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H&M top // H&M skirt // TARGET sandals // TAUDREY earrings 



WHAT I DID LAST WEEK - A RECAP

What I did last summer I don't remember but what I did last week I remember everything second by second. Blame it on my short-term memory that took over my long-term memory ever since I became a mother. Talking about which, " wishing all you lovely mommas out there a very Happy Mother's Day"! Hope you had a great day with your little and big munchkins.

Anyways, I feel blessed to be a part of the community that we all know as INFLUENCERS. This term comes with a lot of expectations and invitations- yes invitations! I get invited to so many local events, even four on one day, that it sometimes becomes hard to keep pace with all that is happening. I have to make strategic choices for when there are a slew of events on the same day and believe me, making my RSVP picks is undeniably more much harder than deciding what to cook for dinner??"

Anyway, this past week was no short of such events- some I took up on the invitation and other's I had to pass, of course time-constraint and event-clashing were the main reasons for being so picky. As much as I would like to share event details here on the blog, it is neither possible nor practical. I share the event/party highlights mostly on my stories, but today I wanted to share last week's highlights here.

In case you did not know, I do restaurant reviews biweekly on my Instagram and Zeppelin DC was on the chopping block this time. A Japanese cuisine restaurant located in the heart of Logan circle, Zeppelin DC boasts of it's unique decor and a life-size mural that overlooks their patio. The food was phenomenal and you could check out my full recommendation here




STYLE SWAP TUESDAYS- JACKET OR NO JACKET

The story of this jacket dates back to a few weeks when I suddenly felt the urge to own a metallic, preferably gold, jacket in my closet. My search took me far and wide ( a couple of malls to be precise) but nothing worked. The jackets that I saw were either in sequin that were way too gaudy for what I was looking for or either too trashy looking in their faux metallic fabric, until my eyes met this one. It was love at first sight and even better- it was on sale.

I had to have it and ever since I bought it I have already paired it with this dress below, this super-fun jumpsuit and this gingham skirt. It is a statement piece without being too over-the-top. For reference I am wearing my usual some small. I'm sure this bomber is going to be my summer jacket of the year.

Bummed, my jacket is sold out, but the gingham version is still available and I've have linked some similar options below.

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J CREW bomber ( gingham version ) // SEMI COUTURE dress via Rent the Runway ( use code " SSHIOH50" for 50% off your first month rental // KATE SPADE heels ( same



MONDAY MOOD- PLAYING FAVORITES

Happy Monday Lovelies!

One of the many perks of being a blogger is all the PR packages I receive. Most of the times I feel obligated to try out things and review them for my readers, which mostly happens on my Insta-stories. Over these years I have tried so many beauty products that I have lost count at this point. But there are some of the products that I have been using and have now become like a staple.

Today I'll be sharing some of my makeup favorites in the order I apply them on my face. Even better news- you could get 15% off all the products featured- use code " HEYVIB " here

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KATE SPADE dress ( same on sale )  // KATE SPADE heels ( same on sale )  // KATE SPADE feather earrings ( on sale )  // FENDI bag 


PATIO ENTERTAINING - A ROMANTIC SUMMERTIME TABLESCAPE

It's May which means the patio entertaining and backyard picnic season is officially here. Hubs and I, we both love to entertain as he gets to showcase his grilling skills and I get to showcase my creativity with the decor and table setup. All these years in US we never had a patio, a tiny little balcony was just our outdoor tete-a-tete spot since we lived in apartment buildings for the last ten years. Now that we are proud owners of a house and a decent-sized backyard that we consider our summer escapade on a long day after work, we always have a reason to party in the backyard. For instance the day I shot these, Riri and I ended up having our dinner here. The smell of the peonies and the aromatic candles made for a good company. 

Honestly, I had everything at home except for the candle holders and flowers that I had to order for the tablescape. I tried to make the most of what I had in hand, even the leaves from the peonies that ended up on the runner. 

There is no rule of thumb when creating a tablescape. Just a few supplies, a whole lot of your creativity and some PINSIRATION and you can have a whimsical setup in no time. 

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MONDAY MOOD- SOME RANDOM THOUGHTS AND THINGS

Happy Monday lovelies!

Why is it that the week after a vacation seems the longest and most exhausting?? I guess it's cuz the vacation activates the chill-mode on and forgets to switch it off post vacation till you have all that pending work staring at your face.... Not sure if that's the case with you all, but for me- it is cent percent real. This past week felt the longest at work and I just yearned for the weekend to arrive. I did nothing major this weekend except for binge watching Bollywood movies. In case you are looking for a movie recommendation, you should watch this one. I just loved it!

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FREE PEOPLE jeans ( buys same ) // CO blouse via  Rent the Runway // ZAC POSEN bag via Rent the Runway // ZARA heels ( buy same )  // RAY BAN sunglasses ( buy same