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TWO HAIR STYLING SERVICES TO TRY THIS HOLIDAY

It's party season and time to put your best 'DO' forward.

One of the many perks of being a fashion and beauty blogger is to be able to enjoy beauty services firsthand. I get invited to try out and review new launches both in the beauty and fashion industry before the general public. There are a handful of beauty services, namely Glam app, Glamsquad, Drybar and a few others that I've tried in the past, but today I am talking about two of my all-time faves: DRYBAR and GLAMSQUAD.

DRYBAR 

Drybar is a California-based chain of salons that solely focus on providing you the best BLOWOUTS in town. Their mantra is to give you the best blowouts, which lays the foundation for any hairstyle or hairdo. They specialize in all kind of blowouts - straight, wavy, curly and hair updos. In addition to their unique service list, their decor is unique too and pretty standard across all the locations- think white and yellow. What makes this place even more desirable is that they open really early and serve beverages like coffee and tea and mimosas all day, sort of a mini bar.  So you can have your hair done for work while sipping a cup of freshly brewed coffee on a weekday or mimosa on a weekend. Don't be surprised to see service names like Mai Tai, Straight up and Dirty Martini on the menu.

BOTTOMS UP- PANT OPTIONS IN WINTER

As much as I like the cold weather, for the sole reason of being able to wear my favorite coats, I don't enjoy being constantly swamped with the dilemma of what pants to wear, specially when staying warm tops the sartorial chart?? As I transition from a part-time property manager job to a full-time set up and to a more formal desk job in a few weeks, I have been brainstorming office looks. Not just professional outfits, but general winter outfits that are warm yet stylish. 

Truth be told, had I not been a blogger, I would have gotten away with wearing a pair of jeans everywhere, everyday, but now that I have my friends and readers who look up to me for fashion advice, I always feel adventurous, sartorially! So I've put together a winter-pant guide, with bottom options that are cool, chic and warm. Hope you enjoy reading it! 

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H&M top ( same ) c/o H&M // ANTHROPOLOGIE velvet pants // J CREW pumps ( on sale  ) // FENDI bag ( same ) // WAYF jacket c/o D/ELEVEN ( same


TRAVEL BUG SERIES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MODCLOTH- DC EDITION

This post is brought to you by Myriad Musings in partnership with ModCloth. I was sent a box of clothing items to style them my way and show you around some of the cool DC hang-outs. All ideas and opinions expressed are my own.

Taken straight from ModCloth blog, link HERE.

" We asked our friend Saumya of Myriad Musings to take us on a tour of Washington, DC. Read on as this super-stylish local shares her fave hangs, restaurant recommendations, and gives us a peek inside our newest FitShop. " 

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SHOP ALL MY OUTFITS 



JAMES ALLEN IN DC - DIAMOND BUYING GUIDE & AN EVENT RECAP

LOVE HAS NO RULES, speak your mind, express yourself, say what you feel like and embrace every little thing: that's the shopping mantra at James Allen. 

James Allen, an online retailer specializing in diamond engagement ring opens it's first brick-and-mortar store in the heart of Georgetown, DC. With the pink heart in it's logo and the sparkly window display, this quaint store will never go unnoticed. The minute you step into the store, you are transported to an episode of Breakfast at Tiffany's, where everything is sparkly and pristine and eye- appealing. 

There is more to this store, than meets the eyes. Think ace customer service, a virtual reality experience, a coffee bar, a lounging couch and huge TV screens. It's like giving you the virtual shopping experience from the comfort of your home, but the home being a physical store. 

I am thankful to James Allen and the team for inviting me to partake their opening celebrations. I got to chit-chat with the owner Oded Edelman and a few expert staff to gain a knowhow of this business-model and an insider guide to buying diamond rings and the also current trends in the diamond industry. 

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SHOP MY OUTFIT 




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