Work Week Wears: August 22-26

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It seems like August is always a busy month for me. This month has been filled with so many changes and the one thing that keeps me sane is that I get to pick out my outfits ad organize myself. We’ve been dealing with building a house, and the stress that comes with it. Plus I’ve been switched over to a new team in the past few weeks with a little bit more work than usual. It’s hard sometimes. And it will get harder as I start packing for our move to our new house. 

 


Monday:
Monday Blues



Tuesday




Wednesday:
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Purge Time: Cleaning out my closet

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The week after a long week of sickness is exhausting. Everyone tries to pack in all the meetings you’ve skipped and all the other events you couldn’t make it to because you were ill.

I’ve had an easy start to the week but as the week progressed it got harder to get dressed in the morning. Generally when this happens, it’s because I no longer fit in the clothes I own, I no longer like the items in my closet and/or the items are not in the best shape of their lives. In the beginning of the year, I made a resolution to donate or sell one item in my closet for every new item I bought. Well I haven’t really been keeping up with that as it’s easier to shop than it is to pick out something to donate. 

That means this weekend is purge weekend. Whenever I find it tough to get dressed in the morning, I’ll take some time out and sift through my wardrobe to make sure that everything that’s in there meets my current state of mind.

Here’s a few things that I make sure to do when purging…

1. Do the laundry

It doesn’t make sense to try and figure out what you like and don’t really care for in your wardrobe if half of it is in the ‘to be cleaned’ pile. I make sure to always do my laundry and put everything back in it’s hanger in the right spot of the closet. This way, I can work section by section and make sure I’ve tried and tested every piece of clothing I own.

2. Try and Test

The best way to figure out what to keep and what to donate/toss/sell is to try it on. One of my tips is to make sure you wear your ‘going out’ undergarments and put on some light makeup. This way you’ll feel nice and pretty when you try on your outfits and that can really influence your decisions.

  • Does it fit?
  • Does it have any tears, holes or need any patching up to do?
  • If it does, can you do it or does it need to be taken to a tailor?
  • Do you think you will wear it again in the next two weeks? 

3. Does it have a complementary piece? 

An important thing to consider when you decide to keep pieces is to make sure that the item of clothing has something that you can pair it with. 

So if I have a patterned shirt, I would want to see if I can find a pair of jeans or slacks to wear with it. If it doesn’t already exist in my wardrobe and I don’t absolutely love the shirt, then I would put it on a donate/sell pile. 

There’s no point in keeping something for which you need to go out and buy something to wear it with. It’s a waste of money, time and effort. 

4. Select your favorite items and compare the rest against it

Sometimes we end up with a lot of similar items in our wardrobes. I know that my husband loves chambray button downs and somehow he’s ended up with 4 of them in slightly different color variations. Whenever he purges, I make him chose his one most favorite button down and then see if he likes that one better than the rest. Whichever one he chooses is the one he gets to keep.  

So if you have multiple of the same style or color, pick your most favorite of the bunch and then see if you’d like to keep the rest. 

For me, I have about 3 black blouses that are very similar in cut, shape, and material. I’ll be sure to pick only one of those 3 when I purge. 

5. Try to sell things if possible

With the holidays coming up, everyone likes to keep their hands on as much cash they can get. For me that usually means selling my extra items to stores like Plato’s Closet or thrift shops. I get some cash, while others get some gently used clothes that are new to them.

Work Week Wear: Aug 6

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This week was filled with countless hours at my desk and stress pulling apart inside of me. It’s been a crazy week with work, doctors appointments and the craziness of packing for a vacation as well as packing for our move to our new apartment. 

That being said, I’ve been gearing towards a more casual yet work appropriate wardrobe. 


Monday:

dotted red



Tuesday

chevron you gotta be blue.


Wednesday:
leopard accents

Thursday:

bright and yellow



Friday: 

The pants-skirt pairing

#AICW: Couture in review

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Amazon India sponsored couture week ended this past weekend after a week of amazing designs, jaw-dropping drapery and awe-inspiring looks that would make any woman or man feel like royalty. 

The high fashion roller coaster started off with a collaborative collection from Sabyasachi and Christian Louboutin. From colors beyond imagination, and heels that elevated the models, the collection was memorizing. AICW, which started July 29 and ended August 2, featured some of India’s most prominent designers like Rahul Mishra, Monisha Jaising, Rohit Bal and my personal favorite Manish Malhotra.

Here’s a look at my favorite looks from the designers.


AICW_lineup


Designer: Anju Modi Image: Sagar Ahuja/Vogue

Designer: Anju Modi
Image: Sagar Ahuja/Vogue

Designer: Anju Modi Image: IBNlive.com

Designer: Anju Modi Image: IBNlive.com

If I had to choose one outfit to go home with from the show, it would be this gorgeous blue one by designer Anju Modi. The vibrant hues paired with the glittery golden threads on the raw silk bodice grabbed my attention instantly. I’m sure anyone would feel like a princess in this outfit!


Designer: Monica Jaising Image: Sagar Ahuja/Vogue

Designer: Monica Jaising
Image: Sagar Ahuja/Vogue

Designer: Monisha Jaising Image: Sagar Ahuja/Vogue

Designer: Monisha Jaising
Image: Sagar Ahuja/Vogue

Hubby loves a good sari and I think I would agree with him on this pale pink one by designer Monisha Jaising and the white one below by designer Varun Bahl. Not only do they provide modest coverage, the sarees have so much detail on the blouses. I’m definitely going to order these for the next formal occasion!


Designer: Varun Bahl Image: Sagar Ahuja/Vogue

Designer: Varun Bahl
Image: Sagar Ahuja/Vogue


Designer: Rimple & Harpreet Narula Image: Sagar Ahuja/Vogue

Designer: Rimple & Harpreet Narula
Image: Sagar Ahuja/Vogue


Designer: Rohit Bal Image: Sagar Ahuja/Vogue

Designer: Rohit Bal
Image: Sagar Ahuja/Vogue


Designer: Manish Malhotra Image: Sagar Ahuja/Vogue

Designer: Manish Malhotra
Image: Sagar Ahuja/Vogue

This hunter green combination from designer Manish Malhotra is definitely making me green with envy. The silky texture of the skirt paired with the elaborate sequins of the blouse would make this the perfect wedding reception dress. 

Designer: Manish Malhotra Image: Sagar Ahuja/Vogue

Designer: Manish Malhotra
Image: Sagar Ahuja/Vogue


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Designer: Manav Gangwani Image: SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP / Getty Images


Image: IBNlive.com

Designer: Sabyasachi Mukherjee Image: IBNlive.com


Designer: Deburan Image: Sagar Ahuja/Vogue

Designer: Deburan
Image: Sagar Ahuja/Vogue


Work Week Wears: July 31

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I’ve been loving the color combination of red, white, and black. White and black are simple enough that you can wear anything with them. I’ve combined various pieces of black, white and red this week to wear them in 5 different outfits without looking like I’ve been wearing the same thing over and over again. 

I’m in love with how the red makes these closet staples pop!


Monday:
Casual comfort

Tuesday:
lady in Red&black

Wednesday: 
Something Blue


Thursday:
black, white and red all over

Work Week Wear: July 10

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This week was exhausting. From being at work from 8-6 everyday then rushing home to pray, nap to preparing Iftar followed by taraweeh prayers, I’ve been super busy. Plus factor in the fact that we still have not found an apartment that we like. I can’t wait until Eid to spend some time relaxing with my parents. 


Monday

polka dot & maroon


Tuesday

bubblegum pink & black

Wednesday

Military Denim

Thursday

Sea-Green & Gray

Summer Sales- H&M

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H&M is generally very affordable on a daily basis. But add in a clearance sale and you definitely get more bang for your buck! 
Keep in mind that sizes and stock might be limited so hurry up and place your order or check out the store!


hm sleeveless-blouse
Sleeveless Blouse $12 USD $17.95

hm-long-jersey-dress

Long Jersey Dress $15 USD $29.95

hm-long-shirt-dress

Long Shirt Dress $15 USD $34.95

This dress is perfect with a pair of leggings for the Taraweeh night prayers. It’s light, modest and trendy all at the same time. 

hm-wide-leg-jersey pants

Wide-leg Jersey Pants $15 USD $24.95
hm-glitterpants
Glittery Pants $25 USD $39.95

So the pants might be a bit too shiny for some people, but you can totally pull them off for Eid-al-Fitr or any other formal occasion 😉 

Summer Sales- Zara

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School’s out and the summer heat is in! The time to update our wardrobes and when better to do it than now.

There are some amazing sales online right now. Here’s a few of the items I’m coveting from these sales. Let’s start with Zara.


Zara


Image 1 of PRINTED DRESS WITH ORIENTAL SLEEVES from Zara

Printed dress with oriental sleeves now 79.99 USD

Image 6 of PRINTED LONG TOP from Zara

Printed long top 29.99 USD

Printed top 35.99 USD

Image 1 of EMBROIDERED DRESS from Zara

Embroidered Dress $69.99 USD

Image 1 of EMBROIDERED LONG KAFTAN from Zara

Embroidered long kaftan 39.99 USD

Image 1 of FLARED DRESS from Zara

Flared Dress 17.99 USD

Work Week Wears: 6/26/2015

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   Monday:

floral top/ red& black
Outfit Details:

Floral Top – Forever 21 similar Sheer top

Pants – Topshop skinny jeans

Bag –Kate Spade leather handbag

Shoes – ALDO high heel shoes

Arm Candy- Anne Klein crystal jewelry

Scarf- local boutique


       Tuesday:

Jumpsuit & Floral
Outfit Details:

Floral Cardigan –Forever 21 full length slip

Jumpsuit – Jump suit

Shoes – Black high heel shoes

Arm Candy- Anne Klein crystal jewelry

Necklace- Bib statement necklace

Scarf- local boutique


Wednesday:

Leopard in the Jungle
Outfit Details:

Top – H M button front top (on sale now!)

Pants-H&M black cotton pants

Shoes – Target similar here

Arm Candy- FOSSIL gold tone watch

Handbag- Michael Kors Hamilton

Scarf- HM


Thursday:Jungle Inspired

Outfit Details:

dress – H M long dress (on sale now!)

blazer- H M black jacket

Shoes – H&M black shoes

Arm Candy- FOSSIL gold tone watch

Necklace- Charlotte Russe gold jewelry

Belt –H M skinny belt

Scarf- HM




Friday:

Lavender & Grey
Outfit Details:

dress – J Crew (old) similar Gray dress 

top- Clementine short sleeve tee

Jeans- Topshop high rise jeans

Shoes – boutique similar Valentino ballerina flat

Arm Candy- Marc by Marc Jacobs leather band watch

Necklace- Sweet deluxe silver necklace

Belt –H M skinny belt

Scarf- HM


Fashion: Spring into Summer Part 2

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Here’s part 2 of my Spring into Summer Trend list. The list continues from 5 until my top pick for the summer trend! 

5. Kimono/ Maxi Cardigan

A play off of the traditional Japanese Kimono, the modern trend is comfortable and usually made of a light, chiffony material. It will add color to any boring outfit and instantly up your look. 

Celebrity Inspired: 

What Collegiettes Around the World Are Wearing This Summer | Her Campus

Miley Cyrus

Lily Collins // kick off those heels and its a cute outfit

Lily Collins

Runway Inspired:

Anna Sui Fall 2014 -There is something very ageless about this ensemble. beautiful embroidery

Vika Gazinskaya Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear - Collection - Gallery - Style.com

Vika Gazinskaya Spring 2015

Get the Look:

Anthropologie Ula Kimono

Anthropologie Ula Kimono $138.00

H&M Patterned Kimono

H&M Patterned Kimono $12.95 (Sale)

Printed Kimono - Mossimo Supply Co.

Target Printed Kimono – Mossimo Supply Co.

Target Printed Kimono – Mossimo Supply Co. $24.99


4. Lace

Celebrity Inspired:

The Hollywood people should take lessons from Kate.  She exhibits class.

Runway inspired:

From left to right: Valentino, Chloé, Louis Vuitton

From left to right: Valentino, Chloé, Louis Vuitton

From left to right: Valentino, Chloé, Louis Vuitton

Get the Look:

Zara Combined guipure lace mesh top

Zara Combined guipure lace mesh top

Zara Combined guipure lace mesh top $69.90

Image 1 of Soma London Vintage Scallop Lace Maxi Dress

Asos Soma London Vintage Scallop Lace Maxi Dress

Asos Soma London Vintage Scallop Lace Maxi Dress $281.00

H&M Long Lace Dress

H&M Long Lace Dress

H&M Long Lace Dress $14.95


3. Jumpsuits

Jumpsuits are the lazy girls best friends. It is your one-shot solution to getting dressed and hitting the streets in a flash. Patterned or plain, it makes a statement either way. 

Celebrity Inspired:

See all the garden party looks from Stella McCartney's Resort 2015 Celebration

Stella McCartney’s Resort 2015 Party

Get the Look:

ASOS Military Jumpsuit with Button Detail

ASOS Military Jumpsuit with Button Detail

 ASOS Military Jumpsuit with Button Detail $81.00
H&M Patterned Jumpsuit

H&M Patterned Jumpsuit

H&M Patterned Jumpsuit $34.95

Forever 21 Watercolor Floral Surplice Jumpsuit

Forever 21 Watercolor Floral Surplice Jumpsuit

Forever 21 Watercolor Floral Surplice Jumpsuit $24.90


2. Maxi Dresses

Comfort seems to be the biggest trend this season. Long maxi dresses are essential to comfortable days at work and fun evening bbqs. 

River Island DARK RED SATIN WAISTED MAXI DRESS

River Island DARK RED SATIN WAISTED MAXI DRESS

River Island DARK RED SATIN WAISTED MAXI DRESS $76.00

floral maxi dress_ F21

Forever 21 Floral Print Maxi Dress

Forever 21 Floral Print Maxi Dress $17.90


 And the top pick of this season is!
1. High Slit Dresses

This trend takes an inspiration from the Asian culture, predominately from the Pakistani, Indian, Vietnamese fashion.
Once considered ‘unfashionable’ by the Asian youth, the newest trend of pairing high-slit dresses over pants( commonly known as Kameez/ Kurta) is being sported by celebrities all over.

Celebrity Inspired:

Celeb_Kendall_tunic

Kendall Jenner sporting a white high slit dress over pants

The Row Wellan Tunic, $3690, available at Farfetch; The Row Skinny Side-Zip Pants, $850, available at Neiman Marcus.

Get the Look:

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Forever 21 Longline High-Slit Shirt

Forever 21 Longline High-Slit Shirt $22.90

Urban Outfitters Silence + Noise Thigh-Slit Tank Midi Dress

Urban Outfitters Silence + Noise Thigh-Slit Tank Midi Dress $69.00