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,

Forever21 ear cuffs, Ray-Ban aviators

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Secrets of the Shoe Closet

 
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“Really and truly you can never have too many pairs; they are all different.
You need a pair for every mood – and everyone knows that women have a lot of different moods.”

Every girl dreams of having a shoe collection like Carrie Bradshaw and a closet to host that collection, built by her “Mr.Big”. In my humble opinion – finding the Mr.Big of your life  is possible , but having that  dream-like-walk-in closet might  just be a myth.  Shoes are definitely our priced possessions and there are a few things we can do to keep our shoe collection super impressive.

Cleaning

  • Sole- Care:
    Wipe the shoe-soles with a slightly damp towel to remove the dirt stains. This will prevent the dirt from drying up and leaving ugly patches on the sole.
  •  Removing snow/salt stains:
    If you live in snowy regions – I feel your pain sister. Instead of making a trip to the cleaners – try the traditional method of using little vinegar mixed with water and rubbing gently with a sponge.
  • Retaining the luster:
    Let’s face it – if we’ve spent a fortune on a pair of shoes, we want them to last really long.  There are tons of shoe-care products available in the market – but I’ve got a few non-expensive tricks up my sleeves  that work just fine.  Nail polish remover or a little bit nivea (cream) can be used to remove scuff marks off patent leather pumps.

 

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  • Avoiding boot-slump:
    I hate it when the top of the boots droop lifelessely and cause creases. To avoid that boot-slump, simply use old magazines to stuff your boots to retain the structure.
  • Shoe Boxes:
    Using under-the-bed storage boxes or storing boxes on the top shelves of closets are good options when there isn’t much space available. These are some of the options – Under the bed : 1//2  or In-shelf shoe-boxes like these ones

 

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If  you have the benfit of real-estate available for having a shoe-display at home – these are some of my favourite options currently available here , here & here.  Book-shelves can also be used as alternatives for displaying your coveted shoe collection.Imagine all your shoes flaunted in this cute shelf.

 

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Of all impulsive purchases possible – an impulsive shoe snag can cause the most remorse { I have more “sitting” shoes than wearable ones – true story } My new rule is to only buy shoes that will go with atleast 3 outfits in my closet . { rule testing period will begin after a few days – I promise )

Pack-up out of season shoes & donate the ones you never wear,  to keep a clean & de-cluttered closet.

 

If you have any other ideas of organzing these little priced possessions – do leave me a comment.
I love finding new ways of organzing my stuff and keeping things neat & pretty .

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Black or White

 

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Let’s close our eyes and imagine a world where everything is either right or wrong and where answers to our questions were either yes or no.  A world where results were predictable and every consequence was black or white ! Many times, there are two voices in our head, each one screaming on top of the other to be heard. And there are times when they are both right. The choice is eventually ours to make. I wish there were some rules – some clearly defined formula providing the exact outputs to the inputs we provide. No exceptions. While, we  hope for a simpler life – where we wouldn’t have to decipher the gray matter, or test the waters and would just know what the future holds –  the best we can all do is simplify the challenges and accept that there is going to be gray and infact a lot of other colors that we have to experience and enjoy !

On another note – what do you think of my black cape ?  I cant gush enough of how much I love it – its very stylish , doesn’t weigh  down my shoulders like the bulky winter jackets and the oh-my-god-you-cant-believe-the-price tag it comes with… $15 !!! Sammy Dress is an online store that has some really  fashionable pieces and with a prices that don’t break your wallets. Check out these dresses below$25 : peplum, plaid , party & some of this cute outerwear.The obvious next question is “quality” – well, its actually very good.  I was a bit wary myself at first – but was pleasantly surprised at how good their stuff looks and feels. Definitely worth checking out !

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Sammy Dress woolen cape, Mango top (similar items with lace sleeves 1//2 ) ,

Asos skirt, Forever21 heart tights ( similar ), Asos booties ( similar 1//),

Forever21 cuff, H&M rings, Kate Spade Beau Bag

 

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