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STYLE SWAP TUESDAYS - HOW TO DRESS FOR THE IN-BETWEEN WEATHER

Now that it has started to warm up weather-wise, it is safe to say that "spring has finally sprung." While you can go easy on the chunky layering, it is still a little cold to go bare legs, specially in the evenings when the temperatures drop drastically. Like the other day it was warm and sunny during the day and suddenly it went down into upper 20's and the winds picked up as the night drew on. It was pleasant while the sun was out but later my legs craved for some warmth. So how do you dress up for when the weather man says spring, but the temperatures say almost-spring.

Wear your spring dress with jeans/pants 
One of my favorite ways to wear dresses in spring is to wear them over pants/jeans. It's time you ditched your knit tights and made peace with your pants and jeans. This way you get to wear your new spring dress and still stay warm without being sweaty. 

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TARGET dress ( buy same ) // ZARA pants ( similar ) // ALDO SHOES booties // c/o TAUDREY earrings and rings 



MONDAY MOOD- SOME RANDOM THINGS AND NEON OBSESSION


The weekend flew by in a whiz and as usual my to-do list remains pending. I got to call my insurance co. for some mix up they did with Riri's medical insurance, I have to set up an appointment with my closet designer, my nails need to be filled-in, my hair needs a trimming and the list goes on. I am sure I am not the only one who makes a list and then makes another list with the previous to-do list on the top followed with the newest set of to-dos. 

Anyways, one thing that I was able to accomplish was going to the temple. We had been meaning to go to the temple for a very long time, the last time I was there was on New Years day,  but somehow it wasn't falling in line with our schedule. While at the temple the management was handing out flyers for the temple's 35th year celebration. One of the guys came to us and said they were organizing a few special ceremonies and everybody was invited. The purpose of doing this was to inculcate a sense of religion in our future generation. Well, that got me thinking if Kapil and I were being a responsible parent and doing our best to pass on our heritage and culture to Riri. We celebrate all major festivals, we pray and say our mantras every morning and at night, we take our daughter to India very often so that she is aware of  her maternal and paternal history, we speak to her in hindi which she is fluent with and all that we can to keep the sense of religion and culture ignited in her. If any of the above counts towards us being responsible Indian parents, then do Kapil and I get any brownie points???

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ZARA skirt ( buy same ) // BANANA REPUBLIC sweater ( buy same ) // SCHUTZ Candi pumps ( buy same ) // GUCCI bag ( similar



BEAUTIFUL SKIN IS IN WITH SKINCEUTICALS GYCOLIC 10 RENEW OVERNIGHT

Disclosure: this post is sponsored by SkinCeuticals. All ideas and opinions are my own.

Would you believe if I told you that $80 and 8 weeks can make your dull-looking skin appear younger and brighter?? I did not until I experienced this transformation myself. I have been using SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight for about two weeks now and my skin hasn't felt this beautiful in months. 

A couple weeks ago I had the chance to preview Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight and attend the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) conference.  In case you did not know glycolic acid is the holy grail for exfoliation that effectively removes the outermost layer of dead cells from the complexion, revealing brighter, fresher skin. Thanks to Dr. Smith-Phillips, an exclusive partner of SkinCeuticals, and her eye-opening talk at the Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight luncheon earlier this month. 

A little about SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight 

Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight is an overnight skin-refining treatment that exfoliates to promote skin clarity and brightness. It is formulated with a free acid value of 10% glycolic acid at optimal pH and concentration proven for effective, even exfoliation with minimal irritation. It is paragon, dye and fragrance-free and works for all skin types. You should consider using this corrector because it is scientifically-backed and clinically-proven to show results in 8 weeks. 



ZARA blazer ( similar ) // CUSTOM MADE pants ( similar ) // ALDO SHOES heels 


CONFESSION 101- A WILD GOOSE CHASE

After blogging and sharing my life online for five years, the process started to wear on me and feel almost stifling. Instead of writing from my heart and about my passions, I began second guessing myself, silencing my voice and feeling hesitant when it came to my own point of view. A blog that was my passion became a burden. I was not enjoying it, I had the content but I did not have the drive to edit, write and post. 

Coupled with the intense changes I've experienced over the past few months, I think it was necessary for me to step back and get some much needed perspective. I took time to reassess myself and my blog and realized that the very essence of my blog had changed. I started my blog to share my sartorial and lifestyle musings with my readers. It was a platform to give, grow and empower. My blog was about sharing my personal take on a trend, on a recipe, on a beauty product or even a pair of shoes for that matter. But the entire purpose of starting my blog had changed. 

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J CREW heart blouse ( buy same ) // ANTHROPOLOGIE high waist pants ( buy same ) // BCBG MAXAZRIA trench ( similar



TWO HAIR STYLING TOOLS YOU NEED IN YOUR VANITY TODAY

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Revlon Hair Tools as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

I would be lying if I said that my hair is super manageable and I enjoy styling it. Trust me as much as I enjoy styling my hair, I am not a huge fan of the time and effort it requires owing to my head full of thick hair. It takes me anywhere between 40-50 minutes depending on the look I'm trying to achieve. For a blowout followed with straightening on an average would take me 45 minutes. Yes, you hear it right, it is a lot of time but that's how it is.





MONDAY MOOD- BASICS WITH A TWIST


There is nothing quiet fascinating like a black and white outfit. It is that classic pairing that one could never wrong with and you are guaranteed to have these colors in your closet like right now. While, this color combination might be a no-brainer, I always like to switch it up and make it a tad bit more interesting. How????.......Read along.

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ZARA tunic, similar // GAP jeans ( buy same ) // BCBG MAXAZRIA coat // c/o SUGARFIX by BAUBLEBAR necklaces // ALDO SHOES booties ( buy same on sale  ) 






STYLE SWAP TUESDAYS- THE DAD SNEAKERS


Forget Mom jeans, fashion is now reaching new heights with Dad shoes. These ugly-turned-trend shoes are everywhere. From celebs to street-stylistas, everyone is embracing these oversized. thick-soled sneakers. I hear ya girl, I wasn't a huge fan of these clunky sneakers either, until I tried them on. It definitely wasn't love at first sight, but I grew over this trend over these past few weeks and now I am hooked. I have worn them with skirts, with jeans, with trousers and pretty much everything in between. I've received compliments from so many of my friends and from people on the streets, that my decision of investing on these babies has proven worth.

Inadvertently, I am rocking another trend of the season- NEON ...... Which other trends are you looking forward to this Spring?

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&OTHER STORIES skirt ( buy same ) // H&M blouse // ZARA cardigan // ALDO SHOES sneakers ( buy same





SAUMYA IN THE CITY- TYSONS CORNER SHOPPING CENTER

Welcome back to yet another blog post of my series "SAUMYA IN THE CITY". Unlike my first post of the series, today's feature happens to be a shopping mall. Popularly known as Tysons corner, Tysons corner center is the younger sister of Tysons Galleria that is more upscale and houses all the high end designer brands, Gucci, Henri Bendel, Louis Vuitton, and Saks to name a few.

Locate in the heart of Virginia, Tysons corner center is no less. It is one of the best malls in the DMV area, I will have to say.  It has been my go-to mall for years and has now become my family's favorite. It is like a one stop shop for all your shopping, food and family entertainment.

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