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STYLE SWAP TUESDAYS- FEELING FIERCELY FABULOUS

Stale but still going strong...

My blog might not be the first one to deem animal print as the IT print of the season, but I might be the first one, if not then among the handful of influencers to shake things up by pairing a snake print pant with some sequin. I always advocate giving bold pattern, prints and texture mixing a try, you never know ' you might just end up with a fantastic sartorial concoction '. 

I did the same and came up with this fiercely fabulous outfit, that is so wearable. I would wear this to work sans sequin on casual Friday or on a lunch/date with hubs or girlfriends. My office is pretty informal and there is no dress code per se, so I can wear this without any hiccup.

Would you rather wear this combo or skip it??

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ZARA pants ( same ) // ZARA sequin shell ( same ) // ZARA boyfriend blazer // ALDO SHOES boots 





A DAY OF ADVENTURE AND GLAM WITH TOYOTA USA


.......and the adventure begins!

This one's a little different kind of post. A post where personal fashion or beauty is not the highlight, but another beauty - this car is on the radar. Past weekend we loaned this white beauty Sequoia from Toyota and headed out to countryside for a day. The land cruiser was spatially ideal for all that we packed, specially when both mommy-daughter like to pack the whole house in their bags only in anticipation that you might need that particular thing, a bigger car was much deserved.

This one's a little different kind of post. A post where personal fashion or beauty is not the highlight, but another beauty - this car is on the radar. Past weekend we loaned this white beauty Sequoia from Toyota and headed out to countryside for a day. The land cruiser was spatially ideal for all that we packed, specially when both mommy-daughter like to pack the whole house in their bags, only in anticipation that you might need that particular thing, a bigger car is deserved.

This one's a little different kind of post. A post where personal fashion or beauty is not the highlight, but another beauty - this car is on the radar. Past weekend we loaned this white beauty Sequoia from Toyota and headed out to countryside for a day. The land cruiser was spatially ideal for all that we packed, specially when both mommy-daughter like to pack the whole house in their bags, only in anticipation that you might need that particular thing, a bigger car is deserved.
This one's a little different kind of post. A post where personal fashion or beauty is not the highlight, but another beauty - this car is on the radar. Past weekend we loaned this white beauty Sequoia from Toyota and headed out to countryside for a day. The land cruiser was spatially ideal for all that we packed, specially when both mommy-daughter like to pack the whole house in their bags, only in anticipation that you might need that particular thing, a bigger car is deserved.

This one's a little different kind of post. A post where personal fashion or beauty is not the highlight, but another beauty - this car is on the radar. Past weekend we loaned this white beauty Sequoia from Toyota and headed out to countryside for a day. The land cruiser was spatially ideal for all that we packed, specially when both mommy-daughter like to pack the whole house in their bags, only in anticipation that you might need that particular thing, a bigger car is deserved.

This one's a little different kind of post. A post where personal fashion or beauty is not the highlight, but another beauty - this car is on the radar. Past weekend we loaned this white beauty Sequoia from Toyota and headed out to countryside for a day. The land cruiser was spatially ideal for all that we packed, specially when both mommy-daughter like to pack the whole house in their bags, only in anticipation that you might need that particular thing, a bigger car is deserved.

This one's a little different kind of post. A post where personal fashion or beauty is not the highlight, but another beauty - this car is on the radar. Past weekend we loaned this white beauty Sequoia from Toyota and headed out to countryside for a day. The land cruiser was spatially ideal for all that we packed, specially when both mommy-daughter like to pack the whole house in their bags, only in anticipation that you might need that particular thing, a bigger car is deserved.

This one's a little different kind of post. A post where personal fashion or beauty is not the highlight, but another beauty - this car is on the radar. Past weekend we loaned this white beauty Sequoia from Toyota and headed out to countryside for a day. The land cruiser was spatially ideal for all that we packed, specially when both mommy-daughter like to pack the whole house in their bags, only in anticipation that you might need that particular thing, a bigger car is deserved.

This one's a little different kind of post. A post where personal fashion or beauty is not the highlight, but another beauty - this car is on the radar. Past weekend we loaned this white beauty Sequoia from Toyota and headed out to countryside for a day. The land cruiser was spatially ideal for all that we packed, specially when both mommy-daughter like to pack the whole house in their bags, only in anticipation that you might need that particular thing, a bigger car is deserved.

This one's a little different kind of post. A post where personal fashion or beauty is not the highlight, but another beauty - this car is on the radar. Past weekend we loaned this white beauty Sequoia from Toyota and headed out to countryside for a day. The land cruiser was spatially ideal for all that we packed, specially when both mommy-daughter like to pack the whole house in their bags, only in anticipation that you might need that particular thing, a bigger car is deserved.

This one's a little different kind of post. A post where personal fashion or beauty is not the highlight, but another beauty - this car is on the radar. Past weekend we loaned this white beauty Sequoia from Toyota and headed out to countryside for a day. The land cruiser was spatially ideal for all that we packed, specially when both mommy-daughter like to pack the whole house in their bags, only in anticipation that you might need that particular thing, a bigger car is deserved.

This one's a little different kind of post. A post where personal fashion or beauty is not the highlight, but another beauty - this car is on the radar. Past weekend we loaned this white beauty Sequoia from Toyota and headed out to countryside for a day. The land cruiser was spatially ideal for all that we packed, specially when both mommy-daughter like to pack the whole house in their bags, only in anticipation that you might need that particular thing, a bigger car is deserved.

This one's a little different kind of post. A post where personal fashion or beauty is not the highlight, but another beauty - this car is on the radar. Past weekend we loaned this white beauty Sequoia from Toyota and headed out to countryside for a day. The land cruiser was spatially ideal for all that we packed, specially when both mommy-daughter like to pack the whole house in their bags, only in anticipation that you might need that particular thing, a bigger car is deserved.

This one's a little different kind of post. A post where personal fashion or beauty is not the highlight, but another beauty - this car is on the radar. Past weekend we loaned this white beauty Sequoia from Toyota and headed out to countryside for a day. The land cruiser was spatially ideal for all that we packed, specially when both mommy-daughter like to pack the whole house in their bags, only in anticipation that you might need that particular thing, a bigger car is deserved.

The Sequoia had three rows and our stuff sprawled all the way to the third row. The bucket seats and the caramel leather was such a charmer. The music system, the power drive, the comfort: everything made this car a favorite in my family.

We started early on a Saturday, and thoroughly enjoyed the drive and fall foliage along the way. Things that we usually don't do, this time we did em all. We picked up drive thru lunch at McDonalds, Riri watched movie in the DVD player the entire time, she even drank coffee, we ate vegan ice-cream at a local, roadside Moo Thru named ice-cream shop, we took many pits stops: some for food and rest, while others for taking pictures along the way. I have to admit that this impromptu trip in Toyota Sequoia turned into a complete adventure trip. Random things, random stops and random food choices actually elated our excitement. The roads were smooth and the car was so uber comfortable that even after driving five hours for a two hours journey didn't feel tiresome. Thanks to Toyota for all the luxury and comfort.

Hope you enjoyed this adventure trip of ours...


SHOP OUR OUTFITS
 

AN AUTUMN GETAWAY



Welcome to Linda, our two day GETAWAY home away from home.....

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MARCHESA NOTTE FLORAL GOWN Neiman marcus // HANNA ANDERSON mommy pajamas // HANNA ANDERSON kids pajamas 



STYLE SWAP TUESDAYS- HOLIDAY DRESSING PART DEUX

In case you missed, I posted my first holiday outfit yesterday. While velvet and budget-friendly look was the highlight of yesterday’s post, today it’s all about sequin. Not necessarily a budget look, coz you don’t want to look trashy in a cheap sequin garment. Take some time, shop around and buy a sequin item that you could wear as is or pair with other pieces already in your closet.

I’ve had this jacket for a while now, but all that weight-gain in the past was coming in my way of wearing it. I’m happy that my hard work at Blast DC is finally paying off and after some inches loss, I am able to wear it again. The dress is definitely new and a splurge, but the best thing about it is that, I can wear it both in a casual and a formal setup. Formally, like I am wearing it today and casually with a denim jacket and a pair of flats for that matter. To make my today’s look more festive, I wore some velvet heels and topped it off with a velvet bag and kept my makeup minimal.

How would you style this dress and would you be wearing sequin this holiday and beyond??

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LAUNDRY BY SHELLI SEGAL dress // SIMILAR sequin jacket // ALDO shoes // c/o Filippo Loreti watch // c/o SUGARFIX by Bauble bar earrings 





HOLIDAY DRESSING ON A BUDGET - PART ONE

If you are determined to stay ahead of the holiday game this year, then this post is exactly up your alley. Holidays can be an expensive time of the year. From buying gifts for everyone in the family, to hosting dinners and every little thing in between, it can get a whole lot financially troublesome. But you got to be the hostess with the hostess: you got to put your best foot forward. After all that hard work you deserve to be treated to a new dress or a new something to add to your holiday wardrobe. 

This is the time when you can get away with luxe fabrics like silk, sequins, velvet and satin to name a few. It could either be the cold weather or just the festive vibe in the air, that I personally get lured to sequin. There is this inherent excitement that I get every time I come across anything  sequence-y. Be it a dress, a skirt, or even shoes,  come November-December I get all jittery every time I spot sequin. While sequin might be eye-appealing, it is not the most wearable option. Unless you are the adventurous kinds who doesn't mind looking like a disco-ball during the day, you don't want to attract those undesirable public glares. A little sequin is still acceptable, but this year I am more into velvet

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J CREW VELVET dress // ZARA jacket // STEVE MADDEN pumps 


STYLE SWAP TUESDAYS- TIPS ON JUGGLING LIFE

Not once, but I have been asked several times how I manage/juggle my life and the multiple roles I have to play on a daily basis. My duties as a mom, a blogger, a wife, a home maker, a property manager- "how I manage them all sometimes amazes me. " A big chunk of my duties gets offloaded on days when hubs is at home and pitches to help, but otherwise I am on my own, on my toes nonstop. It used to be daunting at the beginning, but soon I figured out a plan for myself: a plan which was realistic and really helped me keep my sanity. You might not relate to all but I'd still like to share some of my lifestyle hacks. 

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NY&CO plaid pants // ZARA dress // MANGO cowboy boots // FILIPPO LORETI watch c/o 



GETTING MY SKIN READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH " THE SKINBARRE "

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by and in partnership with THE SKINBARRE.  

Pronounced as The Skin Bar, I had my first experience of a med spa at "THE SKINBARRE." Andrea Natasha, my skin esthetician was beyond amazing. We chatted all things skincare and how we all need to switch up our skincare game after 25. Yes, you hear it right 25. I might be a little late in the game, but it is not that late to be irreparable. 

The minute you walk in, you will be a bit surprised, at least I was. It it is not like your regular spa with soft music buzzing and the smell of aromatic candles lingering in the air. It is a Med Spa where some serious skin-reparative treatment happens. At a med spa you can get corrective medical skin care products and procedures for treating fine lines, wrinkles, hyper pigmentation, skin laxity, loss of facial volume and all of the other unwanted consequences of aging skin.

I was greeted by the microbalding expert Tuull Enkhbayar ( another service detail coming up ), at the reception, where she made me fill out a brief questionnaire, just the regular medication, allergies, skin care routine related stuff. Thereafter, my esthetician Andrea escorted to me to one of the rooms. The minute you enter the room, you are transported to an episode of Dr. 90210, where there is a doctor, the gear and the  big surgical light. 

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ANDREA & SAUMYA 

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