Backpacking Checklist

A lot of people asked me how I packed 1 single bag for my 20 day trip. 
Honestly, if it wasn’t for the numerous backpacking blogs, travel forums and 
warnings from my husband & brother about abandoning me with my heavy bags if they were made to carry them , I would have been lugging down 2 heavy suitcases and may be 2 on my shoulders.It was no easy feat – trust me to take only the “bare” essentials. Tough decisions had to be made – choosing between black pumps and cant-live-without hair dyer – with both of them eventually losing . There are were atleast 3 iterations of the “final” packing. There was also a 10pm run ( 6 hrs before leaving for the airport) to buy a new backpack. 
Here are the not-so-secret contents of the backpack that I took with me.

It was more than just a vacation – it was about learnings, experiences, meeting people, making friends, and above all living  enjoying out of the comfort zone. I wasn’t thinking about what to wear, was unfazed by the bumpy bus rides cross countries, heck I wasn’t even concerned about showering !
There was a lot I loved – the dangerous hikes,the food, struggling past the language barriers, hitchhiking – but more than anything – what I enjoyed the most was the PEOPLE – seeing them on the streets no matter what time of day (or night) , chatting away all night with the locals  & the best of all – getting welcomed into their world. 
My advice – everyone should do one backing trip …atleast one … put that on your bucket list kids  🙂

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Fur & First Snow

” Their times in nature usually held a secret surprise. It could be anything, really—
a rainbow touching the snow or heart-shaped shade cast by a pair of trees. Anything. 
Today, the gift was being outside the second it started to snow ” – Debra Anastasia


Mango leggings, Ralph Lauren Faux fur sweater ( Sold Out! )  – similar 1//2//3//4
( Alternatives :   Fur collars or scarves – 1//2//3 )
Kate Spade Bag, Asos Boots, Gucci Sunnies

The first snow of the season  always reminds me of my favorite movie – “love story”. 
As some sort of cue – Richard Clayderman starts playing in my head as I watch the snow fall outside the window.
The magic of the first snow will never be lost– I still feel the same excitement as it was 8 years back ,
 my first winter in Boston when I called home  and screamed into the phone ” ITS SNOWING, Mom” 🙂

This faux fur sweater is my new favourite and if you are following me on Instagram
you know that I have  been wearing it every day and with everything !
 The fur trimming is warm, comforting and I love snuggling  into it. 

Hope you had a great weekend and are ready for the first actual week of the year ..xo

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Find a way or make one …

Aut Viam Inveniam Aut Faciam  ~ I will either find a way or make one ~ as says my tattoo  ~ 

 This year has been a roller coaster of sorts – cliched but what else is life anyway?
I was able to bring together my obsession for fashion and love for writing and
 do what I am crazy about  – connecting with people. 
Baby steps helped me climb one of the scariest peaks and made me raft 
though rough rapids.  Heck – I was even successful in making my husband 
clean his closet – no small feat there ! 

Living in Boston – there is no escaping the snow – no doubt about that.
But after a bad snow-mobiling accident – snow activities & I have just 
not looked into the eye. 
May be – its time to let go , find ways and have fresh starts. 
Its time to look back & cherish, move ahead and keep going.  
I wish that for the new year.


Damselle Fur Vest – similar 1//2//3 , Topshop faux leather leggings, Hunter boots

Happy New Year 

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On an adventure …

I’ll be away for 20 days… backpacking my way into South America ! 
Now those are 2 words I dint think I’d ever say in the same breath – 

I’ll be stumbling, falling, picking myself up & running again – 
playing dressup will take on a new meaning in the adventurous backdrop !

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Hope you all have a fabulous holiday season 🙂 xo

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