Giving Thanks

I have a soft spot for monogrammed things.Monogrammed/personalized gifts are a fabulous idea for the holidays. They add a personal touch that makes the price irrelevant and makes your present exclusive. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I wanted to give thanks to a few people who have supported my 4 month old blog journey so far. I’ve received so much love – love in the form of appreciation and encouragement. Love in the form of ideas, collaborations and features. It absolutely makes my day when  someone sends me a note saying they can easily relate to me. Or when someone tells me that my tidbits helped them plan an outfit. Every comment  solidifies my want to keep writing on these pages. I got these personalized cards made that I am planning to send to all the beautiful women and the stores that collaborated with me on the blog.

One of the best decisions we made was to have our picture on the wedding invitation. It added intimacy and warmth to our invitation. Besides, we always keep these monogrammed cards handy – they are great tandems with gifts no matter what occasion.

Most of all, I want to thank all of you for taking the time to read what I have to say –
 that means the world to me – Thank You 🙂

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Oversized Sweaters

Big, baggy, oversized clothing might not be everybody’s cup of tea – but lets be honest – is there anyone who loves being in form fitting, body con dresses all the time ? Well, I absolutely love bundling up in oversized clothes – like you’ve seen me here ! At the risk of sounding thrifty – I prefer wearing my brother’s hand me downs to the gym instead of wearing the “body skimming – moisture wicking” gear. It gives me a lot of room to breathe ( and sweat ! ) Even at home – you’ll see me sprawled over the bed reading a book in my husband’s shirts.  I can use all the extra room to hide the traces of overeating I do on weekends **blush**. Oversized sweaters are a rage every sweater season – they are great for layering – can be  pulled over tanks, shirts, dresses & they look great with skinnies, leather pants, skirts shorts .. basically most of the stuff from your closet. I get a lot of wear out of my oversized (and clearly my brother’s & husband’s) clothing for sure 🙂

Urban Outfitter Sweater ( some other oversized  favorites –  1//2//3) , Free People skinnies – similar 1//2
Alexander McQueen Scarf ( less expensive options : 1//2) , 
Kate Spade BagTory Burch flats, Prada sunglasses

Hope everyone has a great weekend !

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Back to basics for 9 to 5

Mornings during this transitional seasons can be such chores ! I cannot find a legitimate reason to leave the warm comfort of my bed. And then ofcourse, there isn’t enough time to get ready for work. I don’t know how my friends and colleagues who have kids – get the kids ready for school and still manage to look radiantly put-together when they come to work. They must have super powers ! As for me –  I have a dress-up formula for such guilty mornings 🙂 A simple blouse , skirt, throw on a pair of tights and add some booties to the mix. The best thing about such basic pieces is that if you repeat a piece in the same week and pair it with another basic piece – chances are , no one would even notice the repeat telecast 🙂

Hope everyone had a great start of the week. The festival of Diwali began this weekend and I am in a desert-coma.  I feel like I’ve fulfilled my quota for the rest of the year ( and the next one ) in these 2 days 🙂

Asos blouse, Topshop Skirt (similar ), Michael Kors Booties ( similar – 1//2), 
Tory Burch cuff, Forever21 tights, Tory Burch earrings, Louis Vuitton Bag

P.S : Have you entered the necklace giveaway yet ? 

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Dressup Diva of the Month – October ’13

This month  , I had the amazing opportunity to meet 2 amazing stylists at James Joseph – an award winning salon and voted amongst the top 100 salons in America. Vildan Ocalan is an advanced stylist at the Salon and has experience in styling for fashion shows, photo shoots and TV commercials  She is here today sharing some of her hair styling secrets and giving some tips to dressup for the holidays.

1)  Define your own personal style?

My own personal style is eclectic, a little bohemian, and always evolving. It changes day to day depending on my mood.

What is one style tip that you can give the busy women that could make a world of difference? Maybe it’s just one particular product that they should be using or one thing they should be absolutely doing to take care of their hair or make it look fabulous?
Dry shampoo is every busy woman’s secret weapon! Use it to hide excess oiliness or just for added volume and texture to make your style last longer. Bumble and Bumble has several different kinds including a traditional powder called Pret a Powder, tinted aerosol powder spray, and my favorite Dryspun Finish spray.

3)  Can you suggest some hairstyle which is quick, easy, and trendy and would be great to pull off for the holidays?
My go-to quick hairstyle that’s perfect for the holidays is a high bun, extra points if you have bangs. Super easy and chic, go online for how-to tutorials.

4) There are a lot of things that seem to be at war with the hair – heat, multitude of products, hair color, dust – how do you suggest that we can take care of hair while still be constantly styling it.
 Sometimes we over style our hair and forget that we need to give it some TLC every once in a while. In addition to regular maintenance at your salon, I recommend doing at home deep conditioning treatments every couple of weeks, especially in the winter months when our hair can really use the extra moisture. We carry a wide array of deep conditioning products at James Joseph including some great ones from Morrocan Oil and Kerastase.

5)  What are some of your recommended hair accessories that can be used to jazz up an updo?
One of my favorite trends recently when it comes to hair accessories are hats! From vintage inspired hats to slouchy knit caps, I think it is a great way to have fun with your hairstyle.

6) What type of clients do you prefer – the ones who know exactly what style they want or the ones who leave everything up to your judgment?
It’s hard to say what type of client I prefer working with because I love when a person has a vision for their hair and knows exactly what their style is, but of course I also love when I get to play a big role in helping to create a personalized hairstyle for my client.

7) Favorite hair discovery/secret that can change the world !
 A hair discovery or “secret” that I really believe in, and I don’t think it’s much of a secret anymore, is to cut down on the amount that you wash your hair. It is better for the overall condition of your hair and scalp, and not to mention it helps the longevity of your hair color.

8) What is your own particular favorite hairstyle of all time?
 My favorite hairstyle of all time…what an immense question! Any hairstyle that my client feels the most confident in is my favorite hairstyle for them. As for me, I feel the most confident with beachy waves. And maybe a great hat!

9) What do you love most about being a stylist?
The thing I love most about being a hairstylist is the feeling I get when the person in my chair is thrilled about their hair.

The right stylist can change your life. You’ll just know it when you meet the stylist made for  you – not sure about the whole husband – wife thing – but THIS relation is definitely made in heaven. After meeting Vildan, upon hearing to her colleagues rave about her and manily her passion into styling – her following of loyal clients makes complete sense.Thank you Vildan for being a part of this feature. 

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