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 I want this winter to be over now ( if not sooner ).  It is still pretty cold here in Boston, but I am now craving soft, pastel pieces that actually are great for transitioning into spring and pair well with the winter wear as well . What I desperately need is this powder blue leather jacket – perfect combination of femine and fierce. Here are some of my favourites – what do you have your heart set on ?

 

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The Happy Shirt

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Once there was a king of a peaceful kingdom who was plagued by a serious and mysterious pridacament called “unhappiness”. He lost all interest in the state of affairs and melancholia had taken over the kingdom. Physicians, astrologers were called from far lands but none of the remedies they suggested helped overcome the looming unhappiness. One day, a  passerby heard of the problem and suggested that, if the king could be given a shirt of a happy man – that would be the panacea of all his problems. Desparate devout followers began their search to find that happy man whose shirt would be the answer to their flailing king and his dooming kingdom.

First they found a man who looked extremely happy. They approached him and asked him if there was anything he wanted that would make him really happy. He expressed that he needed money to build a bigger house for his family. They moved on. There were many who looked happy but were looking for something additional that would make them really happy. Almost having given up, they heard a farmer singing to himself while plowing his land. They followed him to his house and overheard him telling his wife how happy he was with the crops this year and how blessed he felt to have his family with him every day. They went inside his tiny, crumbling house. Torn by his impoversished conditions, they asked him if he wanted anything that would make him really happy. In an instant response, he said he had  everything that he would ever need in his life. They beamed, celebrated and satisfied with their discovery, asked the man to give them one of his shirts. The happy man however so poor – did not have a shirt !

There’s always something we seem to want in life. New job –  promotion –  new car – new pair of shoes – a raise – another vacation – always something. I am a strong believer of not being satisfied with what we have, because that might stop us from pursuing further. But, we have to appreciate what we have, where we are, celebrate the small successes and find happiness in little things. That’s not optional but a must !

Honestly, I think all the king needed was some bright colored clothes or a shopping trip. Retail therapy sure has proven to be an expresso-shot for an instant dose of happiness. { ask the girls ! } With spring around the corner, I am already getting all jazzed up about wearing florals and colorful pieces.

P.S : The mister’s take on the happy shirt’s tale was – Get Naked & Be Happy ! { **big eye roll**  you see what I am dealing with !  }

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Michael Kors shirt ( sold out – similar 1//2//3//4 ), Topshop faux leather tights,  Ivanka Trump Boots    ( similar save option ), Coach gloves – similar, RayBan Aviators, Burberry Jacket, Prada Wristlet

 

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Judging the Oscars’

The worst thing to happen at the Oscars would be if nothing happened. 

And the red-carpet would never let that happen ! What I loved most this year was the presention of color on the red-carpet. Sure there was black and there was some white and mostly the theme was “play-it-safe”. Therefore those little risks that stood out.

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Lupita Nyong’o pale-blue Prada looked divine and it’s the pastel on the carpet that we dont see much, that I loved the most. However, the Fred Leigton jewelry and the headband in particular seemed unnecssary and too princessy.

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Sandra Bullock’s wavy curls and dark make-up were perfect choices for Alexander McQueen gown. And those ear-cuffs – LOVE !

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Angelina Jolie’s red-carpet appearacances are rare, but one thing we know is that consistently delivers( remember this ? ) . This time though – I was left wanting more inspite of the Elie Saab Couture gorgeous gown.    Mainly because of the  hair & make-up deparatment.

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While the backwards-necklace was a repeat strategy from last years’ , I absoultely loved Jennifer Lawrence’s hair and make-up. The jewels stood out and the red Dior was as charming as her undenying humor.

Simple & Statesque – Charlize Theron looked very dramatic in her Christian Dior couture gown.

Kate Hudson might be the unanimous choice for the best dressed of the night. Oozing glamor and dripping with sexiness in her work-of-art Versace gown – she was hands down the winner on the carpet !

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It would be unfair not to mention how adorable Matthew Mcconaughey and Camilla Alves looked and how much their outfits complemented each others’ . Him , so dapper in Dolce & Gabanna and Her – in a powder-pink , delicate Gabriela Cadena gown.

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Not helping with my hopeless crush over Kevin Spacey – looking  polished, sophisticated and every bit the hero he is in Burberry  !! ( don’t judge me !)

Lots of love & appreciation to each and everyone for the year-load of enetrtainment and such fashion moments.

 

All Photos borrowed from E-Online

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Comfort Food

stripesI love Boston..the winters’ snow, the summer sun, the red buildings, the umpteen restaurant choices, the vibrant downtown – the entire package. There’s no feeling that compares to strolling in the Commons or entering the charming Trinity church. My heart flutters when we make plans to go down to the harbor. There are million places that I love eating in and still have a million that I want to try. But, I’d be lying if said, I dint feel homesick at times. With so much hustle around and the city offering so much –  sometimes, I just want to be home with a cup of hot tea { the Indian chai } and enjoy a tea-biscuit dunked in. That’s an instant cure to my homesickness. It amazes me how such small, simple and basic things can be so powerful.

Ever think of what would be the wearable version of comfort food ? For me – its a basic tee and a pair of jeans. They are those classics that can easily be your laid back look and be just as easily prepped up with a sharp coat or a crisp blazer. Now all of you know how much I love dressing up {  the blog  name gives the story all upfront) – well, sometimes I just don’t! {our secret ?} There are times when I just want to throw something on and get going. That’s when these basics come to the rescue. I totally receommend having some good basics in your closet for those homesick, lazy days.

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Gap T-shirt, Zara Jeans, Burberry flats, Marc Trench, Michael Kors tote,

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