Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Good TV Shows

 

My new post Good TV shows is available HERE

[caption id="attachment_6854" align="aligncenter" width="400"]guess, american eagle, denim shorts, red sandals summer[/caption]

Shorts: American Eagle


Top: Guess


Sandals: Indigo


Sunglasses: BVLGARI

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Noi

 

The dress in today's post is by a brand 'noi'.  I like its length, sleeves, colors, material, fitting, everything. I have more dresses by the same brand, I bought them around 10 years ago (for Rs. ~ 400) from Shopper's Stop, Pune, India. Don't know if they still keep this brand, if you happen to live there then do check it out (and let me know!).

[caption id="attachment_6856" align="aligncenter" width="400"]summer dress, shopper's stop, noi Indian Summer Dress[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_6855" align="aligncenter" width="400"]noi, summer dress, shopper's stop, pune Indian Summer Dress[/caption]

 

Dress: Noi


Sandals: Aldo


Red Belt: Target

Saturday, July 30, 2016

My opinions on opinions

 

My new post 'My opinions on opinions' is available HERE

[caption id="attachment_6845" align="aligncenter" width="400"]ann taylor, american eagle, me too Simple style[/caption]

Jeans: American Eagle


Top: Ann Taylor (on sale available in stores right now)


Shoes: Me Too

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Wonder

 

My new post Wonder is available HERE

[caption id="attachment_6842" align="aligncenter" width="400"]american eagle, abercrombie and fitch, imp The Red Top[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_6841" align="aligncenter" width="400"]american eagle, abercrombie and fitch, impo Summer![/caption]

 

Denim - Abercrombie and Fitch


Top - American Eagle


Sandals - Impo

Friday, July 15, 2016

Accessories Organization Tip

 

Quick tip to organizing Accessories

Belts - check out this hanger

Scarves - see this hanger

Jewelry - HERE

(*photo taken towards the end of the day, silk gets crumpled up quickly)

[caption id="attachment_6832" align="aligncenter" width="400"]j crew, american eagle, Ellen tracy Polka dots[/caption]

Blouse: J crew

Shoes: Ellen Tracy

Jeans: American Eagle

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

In your closet or store it?

 

[caption id="attachment_6827" align="aligncenter" width="600"]banana republic, american eagle, indigo, red sandals, animal print animal print top[/caption]

If you have your closet packed to the brim - sundresses in the winter and puffy coats in summer - then your mornings are going to be hard just looking for clothes to wear and you may end up feeling like you have nothing to wear. Do yourself a favor and work with ingredients for the weather outside your door, keep out current season's clothes and put everything else out of sight. I store them in a box like THIS.

Top: Banana Republic (also worn HERE)


Artist Crop: American Eagle


Sandals: Indigo


Sunglasses: Gucci


 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Shoes

 

Shoes is a small part of your outfit but an important one. Your shoe collection will be specific to you needs - standing or walking a lot etc. Here is a small checklist of the most basic shoes that will have you covered for every occasion -

  1. Black/brown - heels or flats

  2. Black/Brown boots

  3. Nude heels or flats - they work with everything (worn HERE)

  4. walkable flats - sneakers/ sandals or slip-ons

  5. a pair of bright colored shoes/sandals that will make a dull outfit look exciting


*Personal Opinion - Never wear sneakers to any place other than the gym or workouts.

[caption id="attachment_6801" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Alfani, American Eagle, Indigo Denim Shorts and Black Top[/caption]

 

Shorts: American Eagle


Top: Alfani (also worn HERE)


Sandals: Indigo

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

No repeat value

 

In the last 8-9 years, I have worn this dress just thrice. These kinds of dresses do not have much of a repeat value, after all, you can not wear the same dress to every party that you go to (not that people notice but it's our own fear that they will :-) ). I am not much of a party animal so I avoid buying party dresses.

So, today's recommendations are:


  1. Buy stuff that matches your current lifestyle and body type.

  2. Spend the minimum on clothes that have no repeat value (for you).



[caption id="attachment_6800" align="aligncenter" width="400"]AND, India, Black Dress, Party Dress No Repeat Value[/caption]

 

Dress: AND (from India)



Shoes: Me too



 

Friday, June 10, 2016

The Sun has arrived!

 

Seattle gets hardly 60 days of sunlight throughout the year (and I am not exaggerating). Vitamin D deficiency is the most prevalent deficiencies in Washington state, trying to store some D this summer.

[caption id="attachment_6802" align="aligncenter" width="350"]forever 21, ann taylor, tommy hilfiger The Sun has arrived![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_6804" align="aligncenter" width="350"]forever 21, ann taylor, tommy hilfiger Forver 21[/caption]

Jumpsuit: Forever 21


Top: Ann taylor (also worn HERE)


Sandals: Tommy Hilfiger

Monday, June 6, 2016

Good Movies on Netflix

 

[caption id="attachment_6785" align="aligncenter" width="400"]tj maxx, target, 7 for all mankind stripes and animal print[/caption]

Jeans: 7 for all mankind


Top: Tjmaxx (also worn HERE)


Shoes: Steve Madden (non leather)


Scarf: Target


My new post Good movies on Netflix is available HERE

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Goodreads Challenge

 

[caption id="attachment_6788" align="aligncenter" width="400"]american eagle, charters club, tommy hilfiger easy outfit ideas[/caption]

 

Denim: American Eagle


Shoes: Tommy Hilfiger


Top: Charter's Club


My new post Goodreads Challenge is available HERE

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Colors

 

Every color has some comrades and a few foes. When the friends are juxtaposed they make each other appear charming. When two enemies are put side by side they don't just make their own manifestation dull but also spoil the others appearance. In case of clothing/ accessories it is important for the friends to be next to each other, also the look wouldn't appear delightful if it is ruled by just one color. Every item loses it's own identity if you are covered with several other pieces in the same color, for example faint yellow/ red shoes would look smart if you are wearing a blue dress, both will then have their own intrepid and bold guise (rather than matching yellow shoes with a yellow dress).

Same is applicable for skin tones, every skin tone looks great with a wide range of colors, and some shades do not look so great. For example - red tops look the best on a tad dusky skin tone, for lighter skin you can modify it a bit (so that it reflects better with your skin tone) - just layer it up with something black or gray - may be a sweater, scarf, jacket, big necklace etc. Same thing goes for lipsticks (if you use them). I recommend - try on everything before you buy it. Not being able to test how the color looks on us is one big problem with online shopping (don't go for how it looks on the model).

[caption id="attachment_6782" align="aligncenter" width="400"]red pant, banana republic, j crew factory, lifestride Red pants with Stripes[/caption]

 

Top: J crew factory


Denim: Banana Republic


Shoes: Lifestride (non leather)


 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Exercise today!

 

[caption id="attachment_6779" align="aligncenter" width="550"]american eagle, ann taylor, steve madden, bvlgari Pink Shorts[/caption]

In last 5 years I went through bad health issues, be it surgeries, injuries, complete bed rest and never ending medications. Yes, it brings a lot of interruptions in my grand plan of weight loss (I weighed 180 pounds not long ago) but it also made me realize the value of health and how much I wanted to look and feel fit. 

I think all of us have our own struggles that the world doesn't know about, life isn't rosy for anyone, so take some time off but get back to your workouts as soon as you can. 'I will start from Monday/ 1st Jan/ 1st of next month' doesn't work. Do not procrastinate, resume today even if it is just 20 minutes, because something may come up on Monday or your planned date in the future. Future is always unpredictable.

 

Shorts: american eagle


Top: Ann taylor


Shoes: Steve Madden (non-leather)


Sunglasses: bvlgari

Friday, May 13, 2016

Girl, Goddess and Audrey

 

PurpleTopTop - Jones New York (also worn HERE)


Jeans - Abercrombie and Fitch


Shoes - AK Anne Klein


My new post Girl, Goddess and Audrey is available HERE

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

April 2016: Book Reviews

 

[caption id="attachment_6760" align="aligncenter" width="553"]american eagle, loft, tommy hilfiger Pink shorts[/caption]

Shorts: American Eagle


Top: Loft (also worn HERE)


Sandals: Tommy Hilfiger


My new post April 2016: Book Reviews is available HERE


 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Photographs

 

[caption id="attachment_6752" align="aligncenter" width="400"]gap loft american eagle, kelly and katie Simple Everyday Style[/caption]

I take photos in the area around where I live using a timer and tripod. Professionally taken and edited pictures can make the outfits look better than how they actually look. I do not want to fool the readers. The photos on this blog will always remain as simple and natural as my style. Also spending too much time on photos feels contradictory to the theme of this blog which is 'one can be well dressed without spending any time or effort on clothes'. Use the time you save to do more interesting or pressing stuff.

Some asked me to provide more variety in photo locations, I will try to add it as time permits but you will see outfits look the same everywhere ;-)

 

[caption id="attachment_6751" align="aligncenter" width="539"]gap, loft, american eagle, kelly and katie Everyday simple style[/caption]

Jeans: American Eagle


Black Tee: Loft


Jacket: Gap


Shoes: Kelly and Katie

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Have you seen...?

 

[caption id="attachment_6721" align="aligncenter" width="400"]american eagle, tjmaxx, nine west, stripes Wine color jegging with denim shirt and striped top[/caption]

Have seen these 2 type of Indian women?

  1. Wearing gold bangles, anklets, earrings, necklaces, toe rings, rings, nose ring, bindi - along with flip flops, formal skirt and formal shirt? - There is nothing wrong with wearing Salwar Kamiz or a Saree (even if you live outside India) than wearing a funny combination like that.


2. Wearing nighties at public places! Please ladies, I mean it looks bad even if you are in India.

Jegging: American Eagle


Shoes: Nine West


Button Down Chambray: American Eagle


Stripes top: Tjmaxx



Similar combo HERE

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Analyze your closet

 

[caption id="attachment_6729" align="aligncenter" width="450"]how to wear white denim, american eagle, forever 21, ann taylor White denim and Red top[/caption]

Most of us hold on to things for years thinking we will need it or fit in it later. The truth is most of those kept away items will never be used.  All we need to do is try it on and ask ourselves: Do I remember the last time I wore it? Did I feel good and comfortable when I wore it last time? and Does this flatter my body? If the answer to any of the above questions is no then why waste any closet or brain space on it? Just donate and someone will happily use it.

Top: Ann Taylor


Cardigan: Forever 21


Shoes: Ellen Tracy


Denim: American Eagle

Monday, April 25, 2016

Core color

 

[caption id="attachment_6737" align="aligncenter" width="400"]ann taylor, abercrombie and fitch, blank nyc, steve madden Animal print top[/caption]

One may end up with nothing to wear because they might have limited themselves to wearing an item just one way (this may happen if we buy head to toe looks). If everything flows from one piece to the next then we are left with many more potential combinations and it is best achieved by having items in core colors.

Here is the list of essential elements in core color Black, and I think it is totally worth to have good quality of following items in the closet:

  1. Blazer &/or cardigan &/or faux leather jacket

  2. Trousers &/or Denim

  3. Top (button down/ turtleneck/sleeveless/ any style)

  4. Skirt

  5. Camisole

  6. Tights


*Jacket also worn here.

Jacket: Blank NYC (faux leather)


Shoes: Steve Madden (faux leather)


Jeans: Abercrombie and Fitch


Top: Ann Taylor


 

 

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Stripes Trick

 

[caption id="attachment_6724" align="aligncenter" width="400"]american eagle, banana republic, tommy hilfiger, stripes top, pink denim The stripes trick[/caption]

Denim: American Eagle


Top: Banana Republic


Sandals: Tommy Hilfiger


 

Here is a quick trick to stripes  (or rather an optical illusion):

Vertical stripes - Make you look look thinner, the closer they are placed the slimmer you will look.

Horizontal stripes - Makes you look wider , however they can be used in your favor if placed properly.

[caption id="attachment_6726" align="aligncenter" width="408"]stripes trick clothing The trick to wearing stripes[/caption]

The boxes on far left and right look the slimmest and the one in the middle widest. That is why tucking the shirt in can make one look wider and shorter.

Diagonal stripes - are slimming and no matter where you place them on your body they will slim that area.

I am a stripes sucker and love horizontal stripes. Here are some more ways I wore stripes - STRIPES

Monday, April 18, 2016

what not to Do

 

*Opinions expressed in this post are for both genders (wherever applicable)

What NOT to do (when it comes to styling)

  1. Never sport a muffin top. This is the link to my old post on muffin top.

  2.  Showing bra straps or panty lines does NOT look classy. When you wear a low rise jeans be aware of your top length. Wear a camisole/skirt slip under see through clothes (unless of course see through is intentional!). I think it is a good idea to invest in a strapless/halter neck bra and no show (seamless) undergarments.


[caption id="attachment_6695" align="aligncenter" width="400"]j crew, j crew factory, black tights, black shoes Green Skirt and Polka Dots top[/caption]

Skirt: J crew factory , Tights: DSW, Shoes: Naturalizer, Shirt: J Crew, Sweater: J crew factory

Monday, April 11, 2016

Equality

 

My new post Equality is available HERE

Top: J crew Factory


Light mint denim: J crew


Shoes: LifeStride (non leather)




[caption id="attachment_6689" align="aligncenter" width="450"]j crew j crew factory lifestride light mint colored denim[/caption]

 

Other Ways I wore the Polka Dots top -

 

[caption id="attachment_6457" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]polka dot top, j crew factory, american eagle, gap Ways I wore polka dot top[/caption]

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Reduce, Recycle and Reuse

 

A materialist concentrates on accumulating things and a minimalist thinks of how to get rid of things, ultimately both are focusing thoughts on stuff. We accumulate stuff and then think of ways to purge it out of life (this is the First World Phenomena).

Owning more than what we need is consumerism, I think we all are consumerists in that sense. All I can say is don’t have a lifestyle of mindless consumerism, don’t be an impulsive consumer be a mindful one. The more realistic thing to do is donate things that you don’t use than giving away things in the name of minimalism. Know what is in your drawers, cupboards, fridge and corners. Donate anything that is not used for a few years. Ultimately have things that you utilize and utilize what you already have!


Denim Skirt: Banana Republic


Shirt: J crew


Sweater: Tjmaxx


Tights: Hue


Shoes: Vaneli 




[caption id="attachment_6680" align="aligncenter" width="600"]j crew, tjmaxx, banana republic, vaneli polka dots[/caption]

 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Few Things

 

I really do not like to shop much but I also get bored with the same set of clothes very quickly and so I try to wear different combinations. Mix and match turns out to be fun and I end up not shopping at all for long duration - the longest I have lived without shopping anything for my closet is 3 years. I buy just a few items every year from good brands (that lasts long) rather than buying 20 from unknown brands and I always keep a set of basic clothes that goes well with everything in the closet. If you are like me who doesn't like to shop a lot yet wants to be well dressed then this blog is for you.

Photo After:


Black Turtleneck: Banana Republic


Dress: Promod India


Tights: Hue


Shoes: Joan and David


Photo Before: HERE




[caption id="attachment_6672" align="aligncenter" width="600"]promod joan and david Promod India[/caption]

 

 

 

 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Using Timer

 

A lot of personal style bloggers get help from their friends/family to take pictures for their blog. Any professionally taken/edited pictures make the outfits look better than they actually are. I never use any outside help for taking my pics, I use a timer.

When I started taking pictures for this blog it took me some time to figure out the lighting/camera angle/ setting etc. - lack of sunlight in Seattle makes it a little challenging. Once I figured out the basic things now it takes me 5 minutes top to take pictures. The only thing I need to make sure is when the timer goes off I am standing still, otherwise the picture is all blur and at times it does catch me when I am adjusting my hair or something (as in pic 2).

In case you are interested Here is a good 101 that I liked on using timer for style blogs.

Silk Blouse: J crew


Sweater: J crew factory


Denim: Banana Republic


Shoes: Nine West




[caption id="attachment_6650" align="aligncenter" width="600"]banana republic nine west, j crew factory, jcrew Red Denim and Polka Dots[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_6649" align="aligncenter" width="400"]red denim, polka dots, black sweater and the timer goes off before I am ready[/caption]

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Things

 

Best things in life are not things at all.



Skirt: Modcloth



Top: Tjmaxx



Scarf: Target



Tights: Target



Shoes: Circa Joan and David



[caption id="attachment_6647" align="aligncenter" width="400"]modcloth tjmaxx david and joan target Stripes on Stripes[/caption]

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Leather


Numerous animals are killed to satisfy taste buds of humans, providing for our fashion statements should be the last thing animals are killed for. I understand that for many of us branded handbags/shoes/belts (like Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, Coach) are a status-style-andWhatNot symbol but still check out this video to gain some insight on where leather comes from - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcVDSSqdkFs

I try my best to buy non leather products, companies have to specify on the label if it is manmade polyester or real leather. Quality-wise manmade polyester products are as good as real leather. Most of the products that you see on this blog are vegan/faux leather. I admit to buying leather products at a time when I was ignorant about how the leather industry works. And yes, I am guilty of owning those fancy handbags, those will never make it to this blog. If you see any leather products - brands on this blog then they were bought a long time back and I am in no way promoting the use of leather. 
 I am not asking you to give up what you already have but I urge all the readers of this blog to minimize buying leather products. Again, please check out the video and make an informed decision.

Black turtleneck: Banana Republic
Vegan leather jacket: Blank NYC
Red Pant: American Eagle
Black Shoes: Vaneli (manmade)



Monday, March 7, 2016

The Demon Haunted World


My new post 'The Demon Haunted World' is available HERE

Dress: J Crew
Tights: Hue
Sweater: J Crew Factory
Shoes: Vaneli



Monday, February 29, 2016

Again: Use what you have

A lot of people buy something nice and then keep it away just for a special occasion or they never use it thinking it will get spoiled. Use what you have, if it looks worn out with use you can always buy something new and more exciting. Don't wait until it stops fitting you or you no longer exist to enjoy it!

White Denim: American Eagle
Gingham Shirt: J crew Factory
Stripes Top: TjMaxx
Shoes: Unisa




Thursday, February 25, 2016

Vaneli

I started with red shoes but then wore the good old Vaneli, I like the second look better.

Vaneli are the most comfortable high heeled booties that I have ever used.

Sweater: J crew factory
Black Denim: Abercrombie and Fitch
Booties: Vaneli
Scarf: Express



Monday, February 22, 2016

Ugly UGG

A few years ago I got these UGGs as a gift, I find them ugly and yet use them every other day.

They are extremely comfortable to walk long distances, they are light and super warm, perfect for the rainy & cold weather in Seattle.

Good looks are seldom directly proportional to usability, reliability and a great performance.

Black Denim: Abercrombie and Fitch
Stripes Top: J crew factory
Olive Jacket: Gap
Shoes: UGG







Thursday, February 18, 2016

Utilize what you have

I have a big basket where I put the used clothes (that are washed and ironed). I don't bring them back in the closet until I use (almost) everything remaining in the closet. This is a great way to utilize everything that you have. This also makes one realize how much stuff they already have! 
You can try similar thing for jewelry.

Jeans: 7 for all mankind
Chambray Button Down: American Eagle
Stripes Top: J Crew Factory
Shoes: Nine West






Monday, February 15, 2016

How do you wash your clothes?

For all your outside clothes use the handwash mode in washing machines. Don't use machine drying as so much of heat spoils the clothes instead use a clothes drying rack.


Jeans: 7 for all mankind
Stripes Top: J crew Factory
White Denim Jacket: Zara
Shoes: Unisa
Purse: Nine West



Thursday, February 11, 2016

How often do you wash your clothes?

Don't wash denims/ jackets/ skirts/ scarves every time you use them unless of course if they are dirty/ smelly. This elongates their life span. How often should you wash them - See HERE


Jeans: Abercrombie and Fitch
Chambray Button Down: American Eagle
Denim Jacket: J Crew
Scarf: J Crew Factory
Shoes: Vaneli


Monday, February 8, 2016

Big Magic

My new post 'Big Magic' is available HERE

Jeans: 7 for all mankind
Sweater: J Crew Factory
Scarf: Esprit
Shoes: Nine West