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STYLE SWAP TUESDAYS- THE MUST HAVE JACKET THIS SEASON

Disclosure: this post is sponsored by ModCloth, all ideas and opinions expressed are my own. 

When I moved to the States eleven years ago, gosh can't believe it has been so long, I was a complete stranger to the fashion scene here. In summer a pair of jeans, a tee was my uniform: plain Jane and simple ! In winters, a winter coat topped off the summer uniform. Talking about which, little did I know of the multitudinous options of winter coats available in the market.  For me it literally implied a long piece of warm fabric meant to keep you warm. Down jacket, pea coat, puffer jacket, duffel coat, all these sounded french to me......

I am glad that's not the case now. If you ask me, I will sit high on a chair, roll up my sleeves and give you an extensive walk through of all the types of coats out there- no kidding !! So if you have been a stranger to the world of winter coats, listen up, I am talking about THE winter coat you need in your closet.

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c/o MODCLOTH dress // c/o MODCLOTH Sparkly sweater // c/o MODCLOTH polka dot jacket // VINCE CAMUTO pumps 





HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING - HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS

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

'Tis the season to celebrate and make merry and if 'entertainer' is your middle name then you are just about to hit a jackpot. Both hubs and I love to entertain and with the holiday season in full swing we have been gearing up for hosting. Unlike India where you always have to be hands on to host guests who arrive unannounced, here you get plenty of time to plan and prepare. In retrospect Indians are great hosts and always welcoming, partly due to the domestic help they have. But here where everything needs to be done with your own two sweet hands, planning and prepping becomes essential.


I am sure we all get cold feet and hands when it comes to hosting and entertaining, specially when there is so much to accomplish in so less time. Today I am sharing some foolproof tips on how to stay ahead in the game to help you beat all those hosting blues- basically a Holiday Survival Guide for being the hostess with the hostess!



GIRLS ON THE RUN

Disclosure: this post is sponsored by Always and Target 

Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts- that's what little girls are made of.......and Girls OnThe Run recognizes, nurtures and embraces it all. 

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Did you know that starting at the age of nine, girls’ confidence begins to drop and by the time they reach the age of 10, their physical activity levels also begins to decline and continues to decrease throughout adolescence? In the spirit of continuing to support these young girls, I recently partnered up with Always and Target to raise awareness of Girls on the Run (GOTR), an organization that is dedicated to uplifting adolescent girls through social, psychological and physical skills. As a brand that has been dedicated to building girls’ confidence for over 30 years, Always understands the importance of Girls on the Run, which is why the organization partnered with Target to support Girls on the Run for a second year in a row.  Together, Always and Target have contributed $1.8 million to help move Girls on the Run closer to meeting its goal of serving two million girls by 2021. 

I had the chance to meet and chit-chat with a local GOTR coach. I also participated in a couple of their weekly sessions and witnessed the girls triumphantly cross the finish line at the 5k celebration this past Sunday. It was such an amazing two weeks. I’ve learned so much from these young girls- hard work, unity, determination and fearlessness. This experience will surely serve as a constant reminder of how privileged I am to be a part of this community, where my daughter ( perspective GOTR member) can grow, express, embrace and be herself fearlessly.

24 HOURS IN HARBOR EAST BALTIMORE

I am not going to lie but cobblestone roads, waterfront, uncanny neighborhoods and boarded doors was what I had in mind when conjuring an image of Baltimore. But my preconceptions dispelled the second I walked down the streets of Baltimore. The beautiful sight of marina lined with boats and yachts, the fancy restaurants along the waterfront, the quintessential shops and boutiques, the welcome smiles from pedestrians, all of this flipped my first impression. 

In case you did not know, Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland, despite it isn't the capital. Home to The Ravens, Baltimore's National football league, and Michael Phelps, the most decorated olympian of all time, Baltimore boasts of harboring the behemoth sports retailer Under Armor as well. I hadn't been to Baltimore in a few years and was totally taken aback by the transformation the city has been through. 

I spent 24 hours in Harbor East, one of the newer upcoming neighborhoods in East Baltimore. The boardwalk, the Marina, casual and formal eateries, fancy hotels, the small shops and boutiques, kids riding on their scooters, the hustle-bustle of the office-goers, this area was so lively. It is a perfect live, work, and play environment for young professionals and their families. With the influx of tech companies, Harbor East is becoming one of the most sought after neighborhoods in Baltimore. 

I wish I had extra time on hand to explore this neighborhood, but below are some of the must-visit spots, streets and stores in the Harbor East area

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H&M dress // TORY SPORT bomber jacket // ALDO SHOES booties // FENDI mini Tresor bucket bag 





THE HUSTLE NEVER SLEEPS WITH V8+ HYDRATE

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by V8, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.


Work hard, play hard – you know the drill. But as the work after partying tides crash against the shore of an awesome long weekend, you may be wishing you subbed that bevvy for a little more R&R. Luckily, the new V8+HYDRATE is packed with natural electrolytes from sweet potatoes to help you ease into the work week like a champ. 


BLACK FRIDAY AND CYBER WEEK SALES 2018


Happy Wednesday lovelies!


Thanksgiving is finally here, which means its time to get the holiday shopping kickstarted. It is the best time to buy Christmas gifts for all the folks on your list and stock up on winter items like overcoats and cashmere. Retailers gave us an early preview of the Black Friday deals past week, which officially launched today. I am not going to lie but I am feeling highly intrigued coz there are so many and some really amazing deals, discount over discounts out there and I don't know where to begin.

It took me a while to collect the data and compile a list of some of my favorite retailers and their Black Friday/Cyber Monday promotions. Shortlisting my favorite items was another challenge coz I loved everything. But, I did your share of hard work and curated this list with some of my favorite pieces from some of my favorite retailers......happy shopping!

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STYLE SWAP TUESDAYS: THE CO-ORDINATE SET YOU NEED RIGHT NOW

Every season, retailers make a version of tops and bottoms in the exact same print. If you happen to get your hands on their catalogue, you would stumble upon pieces that they style and advertise together as a set: a co-ordintaing set. The amazing looks the retailers put together, you are sure to be tempted to buy the co-ordinating pieces. I have fallen prey to this, what about you ? 

Now, that I am totally into this never-to-go-out-of-style trend, I see no reason you shouldn't give this trend a try ! 

1) IT SAVES YOU TIME - this ones' a plus. Since the two pieces are meant to go together, you really don't have to spend time deciding what top to wear with your favorite bottom or vice-versa. Just throw on the co-ordintaing separates and voila: OUTFIT MADE !

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&OTHER STORIES pants and blouse // FREE PEOPLE coat // GUCCI Marmont belt // FENDI bag // ALDO SHOES booties 



MONDAY MOOD- SWEET AND SHORT

Happy Monday Lovelies!

Sorry for being MIA the whole past week. It has been really busy both at work and home. I have been working on some exciting projects which you might have read about on my Instagram, but if you haven't- stay tuned..... I can't wait to share the details with you!

Pumped, that this is a short week. We don't celebrate thanksgiving, but good food, family time and Black Friday shopping is always on the cards. It is very unlike me to not have a long list of Black Friday shopping. I guess coz I shop all the time, that these deals and steals don't excite me anymore. But, I have some not-to-miss shopping items coming up later this week,  that would be worth considering this Black Friday....so visit back soon.

Meanwhile, I am sharing this look with you that I shot a last month. The ombre hair says it all. I am no more blonde and my hair is much shorter now. Anyways, most of the pieces in this outfit are on sale including the bandana print dress. The dress fits TTS and it has pockets- even better!

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KATE SPADE dress // STEVE MADDEN booties // GUCCI Marmont bag // LEVI'S denim jacket c/o Potomac Mills