Afternoon Tea Party

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One of my favourite traditions with mom has been our afternoon tea dates. It started with me inviting her over to  my doll house and serving tea in mini teacups { that came with barbie and her kitchen set }. We continued our sessions every afternoon I came back from school – tea for her , milk and biscuits for me over silly school stories. Fast forward many years, and even today, I look forward to our endless gossip sessions over tea. There’s something about afternoon tea parties that I absolutely love – the prospect of the afternoon lazily  stretching in front of you , with nothing really on the agenda – just some close friends chatting away to glory. Lately, I have been aching to host one for my girls and here’s a round-up of the things I have my heart on –3-30-2014 1-23-56 PM

Tea-pot Set, Appetizer Plates, Tea-bag Caddy, Cookies, 3-tier Server 

You can always order scones or macaroons from your local bakery. These sandwiches are perfect to pair with the sweetness galore and very easy to make. Make a trip to a thrift store and you might find some really cute vinatage china. Keep it simple or go all out – tea parties can be a great stage to bring out the hostess inside you. Don’t worry about etiquetees. Its okay if you don’t know which side to keep your spoon after stirring the tea – just dont forget to have fun ! Check out some of my “hostess with the mostess” picks on Pinterest and let me know some one of yours 🙂

P.S. If you are in the Boston area, you have to try the afternoon tea at The Langham – nothing like it!

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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.

 

Organizing

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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

 

Shoe Displays

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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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Hukk It

Today I have something so awesome for you,  I might just be your bff forever ! 
Let’s put that to test –Do you shop online? Well, thennnn, this is for you ! 
Do you love a  great deal when shopping  – totally for you  !
There are times, when you’d rather wait for an item to go on sale, 
instead of buying at the current ott price – no doubt – this IS for you ! 
 
For an online shopper , keeping track of sales and cashing out on good deals might not be always desert served on a platter. Add the busy lives we live  to the mix – you know what I am talking about ! I recently came across HUKKSTER – which to be honest, is soon taking the place of the-best-thing-that-happened-to-me ( besides Pizza ofcourse ! ) Its sort of your very own postman notifying you as soon as your favorite items goes on sale ( and includes a coupon if there is one ! ) It’s a boon for the busy folks who cant keep track of sales, flash sale hours are just not an option and scoring a great deal is always number one priority.
 
Give it a try – its very easy to use. Simply tag your items via Hukkster and pretty soon
you might get the email with the golden words  –  ITS ON SALE !!
 
These are some of the items that I have added to my Hukkster shelf & waiting for my Hukkster Alert 🙂

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Golden Globes Verdict


I don’t know if I love fashion more or some good cinema… maybe I cant decide – and that’s why the award seasons mean so much to me ! 
I’ll  watch the awards cover-to-cover and pass judgment like nobody’s business.

Here are the winners in my book !

 Kate Mara in J Mendel – 2nd Runner-up
This dress is ART !
hello Greek Goddess 🙂

Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren – 1st Runner-Up
This girl is on fire….. she is a walking ball of fire…

 Olivia Wilde in Gucci Premiere – Winner
How can this not be photoshopped? P-U-R-E PERFECTION !
I wish I would look half as good even when I am not pregnant …

And then there were some Ohh .. Oh My God… and Oh..Ok moments !

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior : The-Almost-Bride Award
Sans the ribbons, I would have given you the award for the bold & beautiful bride fo-sho !


Kaley Cuoco in Rani Zakhem :  I-Love-You-But-Dude-Why-O-Why Award
Oh…Ok..Hmmm..Not great…not bad.But you could do so much better Penny !

Amy Adams in Valentino : You-Sure-Arent-Getting-My-Mom’s-Approval Award
Oh My God… that Plunge !! 

All Photos borrowed from E-Online


What were your favorites and the not-so-much ones from the night?
Do tell … xo