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CONFESSION 101- A WILD GOOSE CHASE

After blogging and sharing my life online for five years, the process started to wear on me and feel almost stifling. Instead of writing from my heart and about my passions, I began second guessing myself, silencing my voice and feeling hesitant when it came to my own point of view. A blog that was my passion became a burden. I was not enjoying it, I had the content but I did not have the drive to edit, write and post. 

Coupled with the intense changes I've experienced over the past few months, I think it was necessary for me to step back and get some much needed perspective. I took time to reassess myself and my blog and realized that the very essence of my blog had changed. I started my blog to share my sartorial and lifestyle musings with my readers. It was a platform to give, grow and empower. My blog was about sharing my personal take on a trend, on a recipe, on a beauty product or even a pair of shoes for that matter. But the entire purpose of starting my blog had changed. 

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J CREW heart blouse ( buy same ) // ANTHROPOLOGIE high waist pants ( buy same ) // BCBG MAXAZRIA trench ( similar



TWO HAIR STYLING TOOLS YOU NEED IN YOUR VANITY TODAY

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Revlon Hair Tools as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

I would be lying if I said that my hair is super manageable and I enjoy styling it. Trust me as much as I enjoy styling my hair, I am not a huge fan of the time and effort it requires owing to my head full of thick hair. It takes me anywhere between 40-50 minutes depending on the look I'm trying to achieve. For a blowout followed with straightening on an average would take me 45 minutes. Yes, you hear it right, it is a lot of time but that's how it is.





MONDAY MOOD- BASICS WITH A TWIST


There is nothing quiet fascinating like a black and white outfit. It is that classic pairing that one could never wrong with and you are guaranteed to have these colors in your closet like right now. While, this color combination might be a no-brainer, I always like to switch it up and make it a tad bit more interesting. How????.......Read along.

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ZARA tunic, similar // GAP jeans ( buy same ) // BCBG MAXAZRIA coat // c/o SUGARFIX by BAUBLEBAR necklaces // ALDO SHOES booties ( buy same on sale  ) 






STYLE SWAP TUESDAYS- THE DAD SNEAKERS


Forget Mom jeans, fashion is now reaching new heights with Dad shoes. These ugly-turned-trend shoes are everywhere. From celebs to street-stylistas, everyone is embracing these oversized. thick-soled sneakers. I hear ya girl, I wasn't a huge fan of these clunky sneakers either, until I tried them on. It definitely wasn't love at first sight, but I grew over this trend over these past few weeks and now I am hooked. I have worn them with skirts, with jeans, with trousers and pretty much everything in between. I've received compliments from so many of my friends and from people on the streets, that my decision of investing on these babies has proven worth.

Inadvertently, I am rocking another trend of the season- NEON ...... Which other trends are you looking forward to this Spring?

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&OTHER STORIES skirt ( buy same ) // H&M blouse // ZARA cardigan // ALDO SHOES sneakers ( buy same





SAUMYA IN THE CITY- TYSONS CORNER SHOPPING CENTER

Welcome back to yet another blog post of my series "SAUMYA IN THE CITY". Unlike my first post of the series, today's feature happens to be a shopping mall. Popularly known as Tysons corner, Tysons corner center is the younger sister of Tysons Galleria that is more upscale and houses all the high end designer brands, Gucci, Henri Bendel, Louis Vuitton, and Saks to name a few.

Locate in the heart of Virginia, Tysons corner center is no less. It is one of the best malls in the DMV area, I will have to say.  It has been my go-to mall for years and has now become my family's favorite. It is like a one stop shop for all your shopping, food and family entertainment.

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FRENCH CONNECTION sweater ( buy same on sale ) // MADEWELL jeans ( buy same on sale  ) // ALDO SHOES booties ( buy same ) // POP AND SUKI takeout bag ( buy same





LIFE UPDATES - NOTHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY

Hello Beautiful people! 

It was so heartfelt when one of my readers reached out to me saying that "I looked tired and that glow was missing in my last post HERE."  It was that moment when I felt that my readers really cared for me, my content and their concern for me was genuine. Trust me folks, it took me less than a second to get all teary. She was so on point for empathizing with my recent lifestyle change that has been nothing but stressful. She heard me without me saying anything. 

Nothing out of the ordinary, just that yours truly landed her first full-time job, YES my first full-time job at the age of 36 and it has been a real hustle. I had never worked all these years, not even in college. Fresh out of college, I got married and moved here. I started working part-time only a couple years ago, and full-time only a couple months ago. It has been a whirlwind of work, meetings, phone calls, emails, late office hours, sleepless nights and everything in between. The struggle has been real.

Monday through Friday I manage a commercial building, Saturdays I manage my blog and Sundays I manage my family and house chores. Honestly, there has been no time to manage myself for the last few weeks. I was feeling it and now my readers do too. I understand that this transition is temporary and soon I'll have a regular week when I'll be back home on time, have my evening tea, help Riri with her homework, shower her, eat dinner peacefully and sleep for a good eight hours. Right now it's thirteen  work hours, loads of coffee and five hours of sleep that I am running on, but no complains- this girl loves the hustle

So the next time you feel the lack of energy in my posts, blame it on my crazy work schedule, those sleepless nights, my untamed eyebrows that have been begging to get threaded, my skin that has been bearing all the grunt, the cold weather that has left me Vitamin-D deprived and the stomach bug that has had me for the last few days. 

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H&M dress // c/o JOANIE CLOTHING skirt // SAM EDELMAN heels // POP AND SUKI bag // ALDO belt  


WINTER LAYERING 101- OFFICE EDITION

What seems to be a long winter has actually been the longest and coldest winter in my thirteen years of living in the States. We've had days of constant rain, icy and snowy conditions with strong wind gusts and even no sun for weeks. As depressing as it might get, it is even more debilitating sartorially. Who likes to wear the same jeans, sweater, coat, scarf and boots uniform day in day out. Well, I don't and specially when wearing jeans to work is not an option. Hence I have found my own hacks for wearing the same number of layers but in a more eye-appealing, office-appropriate way. 

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ZARA blazer (similar) // ANTHROPOLOGIE pants (same) // APPARIS coat // ZARA kitten heels // FENDI bag (same)





STYLE SWAP TUESDAYS - SPRINGING IN SKIRTS

Spring might be far from coming but we've had a few warm spring-like days in the past week and I couldn't help go a little adventurous in the leg-revealing department. I decided to wear my satin skirt that I paired with a fur cuff top and threw in a fierce print in the mix. Along came those rockstud Valentino pumps to add that extra element of luxe in the fierce wintry mix going on.

This is just a way I would wear my skirts in winter, how do you like to wear your skirts in winter?

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ASOS faux fur coat (same ) // J.CREW skirt ( same ) // ZARA fur cuff blouse ( similar ) // VALENTINO ROCKSTUD pumps ( same )