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WHAT TO WEAR TO AN INDIAN TAASH ( CARDS ) PARTY THIS FESTIVE SEASON

Diwali is the day when gambling and playing cards in public and with public is socially acceptable in India. It's not that people don't play cards otherwise, but there is some sort of superstitious belief that underlies this recreational activity- winning money on Diwali is actually considered a good omen. It is believed that the more you win on Diwali,  the more wealth Goddess Lakshmi ( the Goddess of wealth ) will shower on you. The tradition of gambling on Diwali also has a legend behind it. It is believed that on this day, Goddess Parvati played dice with Lord Shiva and she declared that whosoever gambled on Diwali night would prosper throughout the ensuing year.

Anyways, enough of gambling talk. If I was invited to a Diwali taash ( card) party back in India, I would have worn this lehnga-kurta outfit in a flash. It is pretty comfortable ( think ease of sitting on the floor to play cards), uber feminine, and strikingly pretty.  The skirt has quite a bit of a poofy flare to it but I'm all about skirts that make my waist look slimmer and hips looks plumper.  The flowers in my hair ( in case you did not notice ) and the red lip were added for the pop of color and a dash of  flirtatiousness- just kidding! 

What are you wearing to your next Diwali poker party? 

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REASONS WHY YOU NEED A BANARASI SARI - STYLE SWAP TUESDAYS

Diwali, the most significant Indian festival is just around the corner and I couldn't be more excited, cuz unlike yester years, this year my wardrobe is equipped with myriad traditional outfits. In the past I wouldn't bring much from my traditional stock back in India as there was no use, honestly! But now every time I go to India, I swap my current US stock with that in India to bring back more and newer Indian clothing options to US, to flaunt them here on the blog and at all the Diwali parties 

I bought this Banarasi Silk Sari for my housewarming celebration three years ago and haven't had too many occasions to wear it. I am glad I chose to wear it today for the photos and will be wearing it to one of the four Diwali parties I'm attending this year. 

Bananas silk saris are Indian Saris made in Varanasi ( former Banaras ), a city in Uttar Pradesh. These saris are indigenous to Banaras and hence the name- Banarasi Sari. These saris can be a bit expensive depending on the extent of gold weaving. The more intricate the gold thread work is the higher the price would be. The price can range anywhere from thousands of rupees to lakhs and sometime even more. 

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STYLING A MIDI SKIRT FOR FALL- RANDOM THOUGHTS AND THINGS

Hello Lovelies!

Sorry for the radio silence here. It has been a crazy past few days with a little bit of this, a little bit of that and a whole lot of things in between. The party season has officially begun for us- with Indian festivals and American holidays overlapping, there is so much to look forward to this time of the year. But don't you worry- I am not going to go missing again cuz I have so many exciting posts planned for you. It is Diwali this coming Sunday and I have not one, not two but three different festive outfits inspiration coming up here this week. So stay tuned and keep checking back everyday. 

Last Friday Kapil and I were invited to celebrate Champagne Day with Champagne France. It was an intimate event with few guests but Champagne abound. We savored a few different types of champagne and I was surprised to learn that Champagne only comes from Champagne France. There is a small region, around 90 kms from Paris, called Champagne and most of the champagne comes from there. Well, next time you are in France, you should plan to visit Champagne if you love your bubbly- I know I will!

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RITU KUMAR skirt ( buy same ) // KATE SPADE sweater ( buy same ) // c/o ANAND PRAKASH necklace ( buy same ) // CHARLES AND KEITH bag ( buy same ) // CHARLES AND KEITH sandals 





A LITTLE ABOUT ME: SELF-LOVE MONDAY

For all those who know me- "hello again " and for those who don't know me-" Hi, I am Saumya Shiohare, a thirty something wife, mom, blogger and an ex-property manager!" I have been married for 13 years now, been a mom for almost 9 years and been a blogger for 5 years. I work 7 days a week, 26 hours a day ( if that is considered legit ). My days are crazy, I am always hustling to get things in order, but I love how my days are, after all " We don't grow when things are easy, we grow when we face challenges"......right?

Well, I am not here to talk about the everyday struggles I face as a mom/blogger, I am here to share ten random things about me that you all did not know.

1) I was the head girl of my school in 10th grade and I took my responsibilities pretty serious. I still have some authoritativeness left in me from that position and my sisters would call me 'Hitler.' 
2) I was an academically bright student and wanted to add the IIT'an feather to my cap. I even dropped a year after high school to retake the IIT-JEE. But I guess, physics never liked me...

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HAPPYxNATURE dress ( buy same ) // MANGO boots // FENDI bag 





HOTTEST COLOR TRENDS FOR FALL 2019- STYLE SWAP TUESDAYS

Pantone releases it's color report every year wherein they announce the color of the year but its only during FASHION WEEK that these colors come to life. While a lot of stunning and eye-catching colors and color-mixing patterns were seen both on the runway and streets of NY this past September, some of the colors that were more prominent and are here to stay are: 

NEON 

I wouldn't be surprised if I wasn't the only one obsessed with NEON. This color was predominantly spotted on the streets of NY during fashion week and is now making it's way in small doses into my closet. I paired my neon vinyl pumps with this moss green dress, which happens to be another coveted color-combination of the season. This is undeniably a bolder way to stand out in all of winter's storms but I am loving it!

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HAPPY x NATURE dress ( buy same ) // SCHUTZ neon pumps ( buy same ) // GUCCI bag 


PLAYING THE ARE YOU GUILTY OF GAME ?

How many times have you stepped out of the house, done all your work, came home just to  realize 'that the price tag of your blouse was still attached??' Well, I am guilty of this one and I would like you to raise your hand if you are guilty of the above or any of the following fashion and lifestyle habits....

1) are you guilty of visible contour lines?? : it was just about the other day, I was waiting at the traffic signal to cross the road and that I saw a savvily- dressed attractive women, waiting across on the other side. I won't deny that I enjoy people-watching, specially when they are dressed impressively. So I watched this girl walk towards me as the signal turned green, all beautiful and flawless from a distance. But as she came closer, I could see her contour lines to the point, where I could count the no of contour lines. As she passed by me, my thoughts were" oh lord, can someone please bring a beauty blender and rescue her from the makeup blunder...." ! 

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MONSE skirt // LEVI c/o Potomac Mills jacket // ZARA heels // GUCCI bag 





PARISIAN CHIC, HOW TO STYLE A DRESS TWO WAYS ( STYLE SWAP TUESDAYS )

I am not going to lie but I kinda, sorta had a Carrie Bradshaw moment in the first picture. The voluminous skirt ( thanks to the wind, the dress ain't that poofy IRL), the beret, the Valentinos- ahhh, I felt oh-so-fancy. 

I won't lie but the dress was way harder to style than I originally thought. Partly because I was in-between sizes and partly cuz the weather has been so capricious- the calendar says fall but the weather says summer. Anyways, the dress is beautiful but the sizing for me was an issue. I ordered both a small and a medium. The small fitted me around the waist but the bust was a bit snug and medium fit me around the bust but the overall body hung loose. After a couple trail sessions of both the sizes I decided to keep the Medium. Reason, it would be much easier to take it in around the waist that hangs loose, than trying to work around the bust.  

My first look is more Parisian. The beret, the flared skirt, the snazzy heels and the elegant dress all add to the Parisian vibe. The dress has such vibrant colors that any color would pair with it. The yellow was definitely a pop, but if you know me well, you would know how much I love bolder colors. 

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Look 1: IZAAC MIZRAHI x TARGET dress  ( buy same ) // ZARA yellow leather jacket //  FENDI bag // VALENTINO rockstud heels ( buy same )  // H&M beret 
Look 2: IZAAC MIZRAHI x TARGET dress // URBAN OUTFITTERS purple snakeskin trench ( buy same ) // SAM EDELMAN pink sandals // GUCCI bag 





HOW TO WEAR THE COLOR OF THE SEASON- BURNT ORANGE

Hubs- "Are those your yoga shorts?"
Me-" Nope, they are my bike shorts turned fashion shorts." 

I am all about fashion and function. I shop for pieces that categorize as essentials but come through as fashion must-haves sartorially. For instance these bike shorts made their way to my closet primarily to be worn at the gym, but I found myself itching to wear it is a pair of fashion shorts. In case you didn't get the memo, bike shorts were a thing this past summer which now have been taken over by bermuda shorts for fall. As a responsible fashion blogger who believes in bringing you the latest and greatest style trends in a timely manner, I've ordered these bermuda shorts and can't wait to style them for you as soon as they arrive. 

However, the topic of discussion today is not 'Athleisure' ( read this post in case you wish to learn more about this trend from the past ), I am here to give my two cents on yet another fall trend - Burnt Orange

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ZARA blazer // ISAAC MIZRAHI for Target blouse ( shop same ) // URBAN OUTFITTERS bike shorts ( shops same ) // CHARLES AND KEITH heels