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RANCHI LOVE- photoshoot at the Ruin House

Ever since Jharkhand became an independent state 18 years ago and Ranchi was identified as the capital, there has been a tremendous change both in infrastructure and economy in the capital. Ranchi is no more what I left it as thirteen years ago. Ranchi is much more cleaner and greener. The whole city has kind of undergone some kind of metamorphosis. While I'll leave the infrastructure and economy discussion for a later time, the social life in Ranchi is worth looking into. It is undeniably on a all time high. New restaurants, new malls, new sports and games arena have popped up all around the city, rendering Ranchi slightly more metro. 

One of the restaurants that caught my attention in particular was The Ruin House. Located in the heart of Morabadi, this place is sure to leave you mesmerized with it's mixed vibes. The second you step in you are transported to the sets of a Bollywood movie. Each corner has it's own theme and the way the entire set up flows, you are guaranteed to be left captivated. With the big barrels and exposed brick walls, the bar reminds somewhat of an Irish bar. The hay roof perched atop the outside seating is so reminiscent of a village house. Talk to me about the small blue and white nook that is so Greek. So if you can't go to Greece, bring Greece home with this little corner at the backside of the restaurant. This place is truly full of photo ops. So, next time you are heading to this place do bring your camera and your appetite, cuz their food is amazeballs too. 

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THE CAPE STORY- STYLE SWAP TUESDAYS

We always have that one piece in our closet that is close to our heart, has a memorable story and that we cherish forever. Well, the piece I'm referring to today isn't exactly close to my heart, but it sure has a unique story that makes it special.

Circa July 2018, my sister and I went on a shopping date and she bought this designer cape ( the last piece ) at a store in Delhi. I liked it but I wasn't sure how I would wear it, so I ignored. Two months later my inner voice spoke to me ' buy this cape from your sister '! I still wasn't sure why I should buy it but Pinterest gave me a billion ideas to style a cape like this. Moreover, the upcoming December wedding in the family, where I was planning to wear this lehnga skirt with this green cape, made me ask my sister if she would sell the cape to me. Well, good news- she hadn't worn the cape and had it brand new with tags attached. I was pumped and made all arrangements to transfer the funds to her. Unfortunately, the wedding got called of and I had to cancel my tickets to India. The cape now became history.......

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KIRAN UTTAM GHOSH cape // ARMANI jeans // ASOS sandals 


FANNY PACK - STYLING A FANNY PACK

" You buying a Fanny Pack, seriously"? " - hubs said to me. Hubs usually never accompanies me on a shopping trip, but thus time when I headed to a nearby outlet mall with the intention of buying a fanny pack, he was with me and he took all the liberty to share his opinion of a fanny pack, which clearly wasn't favorable. Irrespective, I was determined to bring one home and it happened. 

Call it a Fanny Pack or the belt bag, this trend has become a rage. This pouch on a belt accessory has become a must have amongst the fashionistas. And why not- it is convenient and keeps you hands-free. It is so easy to style, just wrap it over any outfit or wear it cross-body, styling options are endless. 

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SOME WAYS TO DESTRESS AND UNWIND

Honestly, I did not know how to enjoy leisure, until I quit my day job. All these years I was busy playing multiple roles, sometimes of a mom-wife, sometimes of a property manager and that of a blogger in whatever time was left. Leisure always felt like an estranged friend. But, I am glad I quit my day job back in June. It sucked, actually I sucked at it cuz I wasn't enjoying it anymore. It felt mundane- like a chore that I was no longer enjoying. My heart and my soul was here- with my BLOG, my third baby! 

I wanted to blog full time, give more time to what I was passionate about and hence I decided to bite the big bullet. It hasn't been the easiest journey so far- thanks to Instagram and it's ever-changing algorithm that is now beyond my comprehension.  Undeniably, it is stressful and time-consuming. It's like getting sucked into this whirlpool that the world calls 'Social Media'. Initially, it was exasperating  and I was loosing my mind and patience over it, but sooner I realized that taking stress was not going to help- rather it was just going to impede my performance and the quality of my content. 

Call it a desperate measure, I decided that once every few weeks I would do a social-media detox and reset all buttons. Truth be told, it works and I feel more in control of the situation versus the situations controlling me. A day or just a couple of hours to yourself can do wonders and I am sharing some of the things I like to do to destress and unwind. 

1) Read a book 

I was an avid reader as a teenager but fell off the track as life became busier. I hadn't read a book all these years and it was a challenge to channel all my focus towards it.  It still takes me a few minutes to redirect all my attention but once I am on it - I am there and it is so relaxing. Talking about what I am reading, I am just picking out books from hubs' collection which are mostly autobiographies and documentaries. 


PHOTO EDITING APPS THAT I USE EVERY SINGLE DAY

I had some interest in photography, thanks to the work I do, and learn't some basic skills from my brother and sister who holds a degree in mass communication, but I had zero knowledge of how the world of photo-editing worked. When I started as a blogger five years ago, there weren't as many tools or apps as today that I could use for editing my photos. Using the filters on Instagram and photoshop were the only two photo-editing resort you could adhere to as an amateur. While photoshop still required some learning curve, Instagram filters were easy and user-friendly. I would apply them to my photos and just publish, without going into any detailed editing. Occasionally, I would use pic-monkey for editing photos for the blog, but I parted ways when they turned into a paid subscription. 

Fast forward five years later, photo-editing has become a huge industry and bloggers and influencers are spending hundreds of dollars getting their photos professionally touched. Having a cohesive looking, well-curated feed is the new trend and everyone is going cray cray with photo-editing. I agree that it is time-saving and the results are amazing, but why spend your precious dollars when there are gazillion apps that have preset features that you can apply to your photos, tweak it up a little and have the same look as a professionally edited photo. 

I have over the past year spent a lot of time testing out different photo-editing apps and their features. It has been kind of fun and a little overwhelming, blame it on the myriad options out there, but I am now at a happy place with a few of my favorites that I use pretty much every single day. 

1) ColorStory 

This app is available for both Apple and Android. Otherwise free for the basic presets, you could buy the premium ones for a small fee or for $25 buy the entire ACS+ package. There are close to a 100 presets to choose from. In addition to the presets, you can tune the images, add special effects and create a photo grid which is a duplicate of your IG feed- more like a preview of how your feed would look like. I use this app to apply the presets and my favorite is UDO from Lost Stories. I should be using this app for tuning my images, but I am pretty loyal to the Lightroom app coming up next. 


ZARA blouse // ZARA pants // CALVIN KLEIN kim heels // LELE SADOUGHI headband 





HOW TO STYLE A VEST TWO WAYS- STYLE SWAP TUESDAYS

If you guys have been following me, you would know that I'm a sucker for a good co-ordinate set, proof here, and here. So, when I saw this magenta pant suit here, I was sold and it had to come home to me. I generally would wear my coordinates set here on the blog and talk about how you can split and style them as separates, but would never share actual looks featuring the individual pieces as separates. 

I have been watching my spending lately and this was my perfect chance to challenge myself to come up with ways to split the pant suit and make the most of each piece individually. The first look is more dressy and exactly how it was advertised on the retailer's website. I would totally wear this look to office with a printed blouse under that vest and swap the open-toe sandals for more professional closed-toe pumps. The second look is definitely more casual with the mom-friend jeans, the dramatic sleeve blouse and the white mules. I would wear this look in a heartbeat and just swap the shoes for whatever the place I'm going to demands. 

I think I faired well in this self-imposed challenge of wearing a co-ordinate set as separates...what say? 


ZARA pant suit // ASOS zebra sandals // GAP jeans // GUCCI marmont belt/bag // ALDO mules 



SAUMYA IN THE CITY- CITY CENTER DC

It' been a while, precisely a month,  since I featured a new local hotspot over here. In case you are new to my blog or just need a memory refresh, I write a monthly series called " Saumya in the city " where I take up a local attraction and share some fun facts about the same. It could be a restaurant, a hotel, a museum, a shopping mall or even a building of national interest- the idea is to show you the real DC area.

Well, today's feature is a very posh, upscale location in DC- City Center DC. A $1 billion project that took almost a decade to complete, blame it on all the political controversies involved, is now owned by the Qatari government. Back in 2013 the Qatari government invested $650 million into the City Center project, thereby becoming the main owner. It is one of the hotspots in the heart of DC that looked recession free. With all the line up of high-end stores and restaurants this place is always bustling with tourists and enthusiastic localites.

CityCenterDC is a mixed-use development consisting of two condominium buildings, two rental apartment buildings, two office buildings, a luxury hotel, and public park in downtown Washington DC. It encompasses 2,000,000 square feet (190,000 m2) and covers more than five city blocks. The main spine through CityCenter is Palmer Alley, a three-block long pedestrian mall running east-west through the middle of the development. Palmer Alley is one of Washington, DC's only pedestrianized streets, on which cars and other motorized vehicles are not allowed.

SHOPPING

City Center is a shopping mecca for all who come to DC. It is home to stores like Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Hugo Boss, Gucci, Kate Spade, Moncler and a few other high-end brands. Stores like Caudalie, Allen Edmonds, Alexis Bittar, and Tiffany & Co. are some other retailers that are a part of City Center.


EAST ORDER jumpsuit // ALDO shoes pumps // POP&SUKI takeout bag 



MYTHS AND FACTS ABOUT OUTLET SHOPPING MALLS

I have been gushing about these white jeans over on my Instagram and stories, that I bought during my recent shopping trip to the Leesburg Premium outlet mall with my sister. These jeans are from Armani Outlet and having snagged them for $14 plus some change makes me want to gush about it even more. Yes, you hear it right $14 and some change- it was actually on clearance for $20, but if I spent $200 plus at the store, there was an additional 20% discount on the entire pre-tax amount. 

Well, this might sound like a sweet deal to you but appears you didn't pay much heed to the $200 minimum spending part. In order to save a little more, I ended up spending more than what I had aimed for. Like everyone else I fell into this trap widely known as the 'marketing gimmick' that lures you into spending more to avail all the additional in-store discounts. This is just one of the many marketing strategies that stores use, but since we are talking about the outlet malls in particular, let's review some of their myths and facts. 

What is a factory outlet? 

An outlet store or factory outlet is a brick and mortar store in which manufacturers sell their stock directly to the consumers. 

MYTHS

If you need deep discounts on anything, shop the outlet locations- while this might be partially true, it is not applicable to all retailers. Brands have separate manufacturing units for outlet and retail malls - what you might see at the retail store, it is very unlikely that you might find something similar at the outlet location. Sometimes merchandise at the outlet store is either rejected or are just sale leftovers of the retail stores. Whatever doesn't sell at the retail might gets redirected to the outlet for resale,  price adjustment not guaranteed. So when shopping at the outlet mall next time, remember that the collection is unique and the price is priced for outlet location which could be slightly lower than what you find something similar for at the retail. 


ARMANI outlet jeans // ZARA blouse ( similar ) // ALDO SHOES heels ( buy same