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STYLE SWAP TUESDAYS- CORDUROY PANT SUIT

It finally feels like fall here in DC and I know I am going to cherish every minute of it: both physically and sartorially.  Fall brings with it an array of sartorial goodness such as cashmere, brocade, velvet, plaids, tweeds and even corduroys. I am personally not a huge fan of the thin cord, but a thicker cord weave... and I am all over it.

This year corduroy suits are huge and I am not letting it go without getting the most out if this trend. Letting you in on a little secret: I bought both this and this pant and blazer set and I can totally justify my purchase.

  1. It is pant suit, hence a no-brainer. It easily goes from desk to dinner with just a footwear change. 
  2. I can use the pieces as separates to mix and match with other pieces in my closet.
  3. The suit together came under $200 each. 
  4. The blazers are a double breast style, the most flattering blazer ever made. 
  5. Pastels never go out of style. 

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ZARA pant suit // SHOEDAZZLE heels // ZARA bag 



HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR SUMMER WARDROBE TO FALL

As much as I cherish summer, my mind yearns for a slightly cooler weather all the time. Not like the chilly winters, but mostly October/November when the air is crisp, when the mornings are dewy and when there is this hint of cold that seems to heighten your coffee-cravings. The time when a nice warm jacket and a pair of boots become your best friend.... it is just ahhhmazing

Sartorially speaking, I love fall more specially when I am able to transition my summer wardrobe well into fall. There is no better feeling than stretching your closet for as long as you can, but without  compromising on comfort and style quotient. Based on your personal cold-bearing capacity, you can definitely adapt ways to transition your wardrobe into the next season: in today's case " Summer to Fall." 

There are several tried and tested hacks, and I'm sharing a few of em that I feel would make sense to everyone. 

I) LAYER UP 
Think of parkas, denim jackets, utility jackets, cardigans and even bomber jackets. Bomber jackets are huge this season and they are a stylish option to layering versus those thick jackets, that are too early for the game. A good fitted bomber jacket that you can get away with or without zipping up is a must-have this season. 

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DILLARDS dress // ZARA suede bomber jacket  // STEVE MADDEN pumps 




STYLE SWAP TUESDAYS- NINE THINGS I HAVE BOUGHT FOR FALL

Can't believe it is almost October and we are still experiencing a major turbulence in the weather. Mornings are slightly cooler and the days are hot like an oven. Even the air conditioning is getting tired of working overtime. Mother nature is definitely being sluggish in bringing fall, but that ain't going to stop me from stocking up on fall must-haves extras. 

Since it is the 9th today, I thought I'd share with you my top nine things that I have bought in the past few weeks, or ever since fall began ( only in the books). 

1. Who doesn't need a pair of sparkly booties??? Well, I do and after a long deliberation with self and my Insta family I bought these and I have no regrets. Good news: these booties are now 25% off HERE

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LEVI'S denim jacket  c/o Potomac Mills  //  LOFT skirt  //  GAP blouse  //  STEVE MADDEN booties




TREND TALK- MUST HAVE BOOTS FOR FALL

Well, fall might not have gotten the memo yet, but I am so looking forward to it and some cooler temps coz this girl LOVES her boots and light layers. I am a sucker for boots and I am glad that I live in a land where there are options abound. Growing up winter was brutal back in India, but boot options were sort of limited and more for men. In retrospect, I did not even have access to trends as we hailed from a small non-metropolitan town. But never mind, we were still happy, smart, stylishly-dressed kids...thanks to my mommy darling. 

Whatever is up with this capricious weather, I am wearing my boots and in anticipation of the soon-to-be-here fall, I am sharing with you the must have fall boot trends: ranging from wild to thigh highs and everything in between. 

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FALL FLAVORS WITHOUT THE CALORIES brought to you by CELESTIAL SEASONINGS TEA

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Celestial Seasonings but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

No one's a stranger to the goodness of a warm cup of green tea. Call it a cup of liquid gold, drinking green tea used to be a fad amongst the stars. Growing up I remember my mom talking about how the celebrities drank cups of this heavenly water, not only to detox but also to hydrate and get that dewy glow from within. Mom would occasionally make us sip on homemade herbal teas, which at that time annoyed us, but now when I am in the blogging/beauty business, I am glad I am already accustomed to drinking green tea. 

Green tea has excellent levels of antioxidants and some of the benefits that you might enjoy as an avid green tea-drinker would be: 
  • beautiful glowing skin 
  • slimmer waistline 
  • healthy heart 
  • more energy 
  • lower blood pressure 
  • allergy relief 
  • good oral health
I have tried a few different green tea brands, but Celestial seasonings wins the trophy. They have a large assortment of flavors, Vermont Maple Ginger, Honey Vanilla Chamomile, and Sleepytime to name a few of my faves. Ideally, you should be drinking about 5-6 cups of green tea to reap the aforementioned benefits and I am sharing the few ways I am we are enjoying Celestial Seasonings Green tea this fall without worrying about the calories. 

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REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD START MAKING YOUR OWN BED

I have always been a clean-freak and husband and daughter can bear testimony to that. I am sure they both will not have the happiest face acknowledging this, coz I am after their lives all the time to keep the house organized and presentable. Tell me if I am wrong in expecting things to be at the right place in right order, especially when you are juggling multiple things before you head out the door in the mornings. Is it wrong to find the umbrella at the right spot on a rainy weekday morning, is it a crime to find the key at the right place right when you are rushing out of the door, is it a sin to come home to a clean made-up bed after a long day at work - TELL ME???? 

If you think I am not wrong then you are lucky today.......to give myself the benefit of doubt, I am giving you all the more reasons ' why you should start making your own bed every morning!' 

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ZARA black knit // ZARA jeans // PeachSkinSheets brushed silver sheet set c/o // KATE SPADE pjs 



STYLE SWAP TUESDAYS- FIVE WAYS TO UP YOUR OFFICE STYLE

Whether you like it or not, your overall look and appearance play a pivotal role in your success in the modern day workplace. The way you dress up, the way you carry yourself and the way you present yourself to a great extent determines your overall image at the workplace.

The whole "office style" was not of too much interest to me, until I started a 9-5 desk job a couple years ago. Initially, I was clueless about what to wear and how to dress appropriately for work, but sooner I was able to curate my own style for work, that of course, conferred with the workplace sartorial ethics. Not only was I able to decode the entire 'work appropriate look', but also come with my own ways to step up my office-look game, without breaking any preset rules.

So without any further ado, let's get to the five ways you can up your office style, and still stay within the set bounds.....

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TARGET blouse // TARGET skirt // ALDO Bralilia pumps // MICHAEL KORS personalized bag 



MONDAY MOOD- FLORAL FOR FALL

Fall is finally here and I couldn't have been more excited. I love fall not only for its chillier mornings and mesmerizing yellow and orange leaves but I also love it more coz my blazers and jackets get to see light often. No kidding, I am a girl of jackets and blazers and over the years have racked up a collection which definitely needs more sartorial love this time around. 

Well, besides the few things why I look forward to the cooler weather, there is one more thing rather print that is giving me an adrenaline rush this fall and that is FLORALS. From plaid to animal to paisley, any print you pick and that's probably trending, including florals. Summer is all about prints in lighter hues but come fall and those prints get placed against much darker and richer backdrops. 

If I were to wear prints, I would wear it all year around and I am excited that the designers are making a serious case for fall floral dresses, so if you find me wearing more florals and animal prints, don't blame me.......-wonk wonk!  What are you excited about this fall??? 

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MASSIMO DUTTI dress // ZARA heels // ZARA bag // ANTHROPOLOGIE necklace