Doing Red

Laundry by Shelli Segal¬†dress, Our World Boutique necklace – C\o , India Trend earrings – C\o , Shoes old – similar , Prada wristlet, Swarovski bracelet (one of my fav gifts ūüôā )

Nothing says festive like red. I picked this dress from Saks last time we were there shopping for my hubby but somehow ended up in the women’s department – its a mystery how that¬†invariably¬†happens¬†every time ūüôā The fit is very flattering and love the monochromatic base so I can play with accessories. This necklace is one of my¬†favorites¬†and I see it pairing beautifully with most of my dresses.

This weekend we celebrated my husband’s birthday with some close friends at a wonderful middle-eastern restaurant in Boston that hosts a live band a belly dancing performance. By the end of the night, we had spent more time on the dance floor than the belly dancer herself ūüôā In the afternoon, we decided to grab lunch and picnic around our¬†favorite¬†pond. ( the weather here has been¬†gorgeous¬†lately!) Enroute, a wrong turn brought us in ¬†front of a facade covered with fall wreaths and dangling intertwined leaves and flowers. We decided to take a quick peek inside and saw a garden that could only be out of a dream sequence.Fountains,small foot bridges, a romantic dome, two little girls running around in their blond braids, an older couple sitting on the bench¬†holding¬†hands…this was the romantic-lose-yourself-to-the-universe¬†clich√© that I had only read in books¬†. It reminded me of Paris – so serene and surreal. I am glad we lost our way and found this beautiful gem( totally believe that things happen for a reason)

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Dressup Diva of the Month – September ’13

In the fast paced fashionable life and the chaotic blur of raging fashion trends – personal style always stands out! I applaud that and feature one such inspiring diva on the blog as a part of a monthly series ¬†ūüôā

I am a firm believer that being fit is the first step towards being fashionable. This month I got the opportunity to interview one of Boston’s most popular fitness & Zumba instructors – Lindsey Varghas. Lindsey has been teaching Zumba since the last 3 years and has ventured out into spreading her passion for dance & fitness by¬†organizing¬†sessions at corporate and private events.¬†

Now if you are a fitness freak or just getting started on a workout regime, you must HAVE questions. Drop any questions you might have below in the comments section and I’ll get answers for you from the pros ūüôā
(Photo credit – Aperture Element )
1)Why did you choose to be a Zumba instructor?

I chose to become a Zumba instructor because my passion in life is dancing and instructing dance. I started as a student taking Zumba classes and fell in love with it. 

2)Can Zumba be the only standalone fitness option or does it need to be combined with anything else?

A well rounded fitness program should consist of more than just cardio; cardio does not build muscle but does help to shed those pounds so muscles can be built. Weight lifting and other things like yoga and pilates build muscle and give you that nice lean look.Cardio should be done atleast three times per week for at least 30 minutes.

3)What’s the one important tip you would give to anyone taking a Zumba class or working out at the gym?

My one tip to any one working out at a gym or taking a Zumba class would be to make sure you are stretching before and after your workouts, stretching is very important to prevent injury, oh and have a BLAST! 

4)Can people who are not the greatest dancers take Zumba classes as well?

Anyone can take Zumba classes .Zumba is easy to follow because the moves are  repetitive and simple, so even if it takes you a little time you will catch on and you will love it as a cardio fitness option.

5)What is your advice for people who complain about not having the time for working out?

Working out does not mean having to go to a gym or fitness club, times are hard right now for every one and a membership to a gym can be costly but that does not mean that¬†you cannot go out and do a fast pace walk or run to get that heart rate up an burn those calories. If you have time to relax on your couch¬†and watch TV ,you have time to get out there and walk or run. Me personally -if i don’t have time for the gym, I make use of things I have at home – liked my floor¬†to do sit ups, push-ups or squats.

It all starts with the WANT to be healthy and fit.  I promise that when you start you will have more energy to do the other things in life that you love. 

6)Can you give some tips for shopping for the right workout outfits?
My advice for shopping for work out attire is first to make sure it is comfortable and fits properly, you do not want to do a work out in loose fitting clothing, one because it can cause injury and two you are not able to move as easily. Proper fitting shoes are also a huge must, improper fitting shoes can also cause injury, so make sure the shoes you are wearing are comfortable and fit properly with good support. Our feet and ankles are a big part of being able to stay healthy.

7)¬†Do you¬†believe¬†in “fit is the new fashionable‚ÄĚ or do you think being skinny is important?

Fitness and being fit is very fashionable, when you look good in your clothing you feel good both mind and body.

Thank you Lindsey for agreeing to do be featured .Your energy is very inspiring and incredibly contagious ūüôā

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Knee high socks

True to human nature – I remain in usual denial of changes that happen around me.There is always an eventual gradual acceptance – like for now – I am holding back on bringing out those high boots and jackets out ūüôā¬†For this “in-between” weather, knee high socks are my perfect mates.They keep my legs warm and look ultra cute.To be perfectly honest – I’d be sporting them all year round ,may be because of the preppy vibes they give. The best part about these knee-high-boot-socks is that they pair well with most style of shoes – oxfords,booties -open or closed toes and any sort of heels – platforms,pointy,pumps.

So pull up your socks and definitely give this playful, nerdy trend a try !

Jcrew sweater – similar here,¬†here &¬†here¬†, Self-designed skirt – similar , Rugby socks ( so sad that Rugby has closed shop ūüôĀ ) – similar here & here, Prada wristlet, Houndstooth and Nail Love ring -C/o , Piperlime Booties¬†

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Peacock Inspiration

There’s just something about the colors of the peacock that I gravitate so naturally towards. Maybe it is the the color combination, the iridescent bursting of shades, the mix of hues – that nature so effortlessly put together. ¬†This blue top from Our World Boutique reminded me of the pretty colors in a peacock.¬†I knew it would pair perfectly with my pencil skirts – which by the way are a fall staple in my wardrobe! Extending my love for all things-peacock … ¬†this bangle from India Trend is my new BFF. I literally have been pairing it with every outfit ( like this one) and it just goes with everything.

Our World Boutique Top РC/o, Forever 21 Skirt (on sale right now for $18 ! )  similar options here & here, India Trend Peacock Bangle РC/o, Forever 21 Peackcok Ring, Louts Blossom Design Earrings РC/o ,Betsy Johnson clutch (gift) , Asos heels

Besides, I have always associated¬†peacocks¬†with dance –¬†that’s why the peacock feather tattoo on my ankle. Dance has been and will always be life. It has been a platform for me to emote, rejoice and vent.I miss the stage and wish I could and would dance as much as I used to. The stage has always given me a sense of security and belonging and I am eternally grateful for that !

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