Sunday, March 20, 2016

How to wear a denim jacket

Hello everyone!

I am so happy because I finally purchased a denim jacket that has been missing in my life. I had a good denim jacket from the Gap in a beautiful deep blue color with a Chinese collar. I gave it away when I arrived in India because one of the sleeves was a bit torn (also it was a bit snug). I have been looking for a replacement ever since with no luck. A few months back, I saw one at a discount store. It is slightly big but it has pockets, and it is a tad distress with a stretchy fabric. It never really gets cold in Pune to rock a denim jacket but I am about to rock the s...out of this one. And here are a few styles to get me started:

Off to Belly dance class:

Scarf - Shivaji market
Denim jacket - Just brands
Embellished Tee - Old, Forever 21
Pants - Dmart
Chappals - Koregaon Park
Bag - M.G. road

Lunch date:

Felt hat - G.U.
Denim jacket - Just brands
Black floral dress - Sandaga market
Pumps - Much more
Bag - M.G. road
Ring - HM

 Girls night out:

Turban - Sandaga market
Sequin brooch - can't remember
Denim jacket - Just brands 
Dress - Brandmart 
Leggings - Clover center 
Shoes - Thrifted 
Clutch - M.G. road
Necklace and watch - gift

Family reunion:

Jersey scarf  worn as turban - Sandaga market
Denim jacket - Just brands
Top - Uniqlo
Jumpsuit - Thrifted
Clutch - Thrifted
Pumps - Much More
Floral chocker - gift

So what do you think? Obviously this was not a challenge at all since denim is versatile enough to go with everything. So take your denim jacket out. I know I will.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Closet Cravings: So fresh and so clean

It is Summer! It is hot! I want clean, light and fresh things!

March cravings

1- Black and white Kimono

I am falling in love with Keffiyeh prints. They are so different. Despite the fact that they have become trendy in the Fashion world, they represent so much more than that, notably the struggle of Palestinians. I just want a Kimono in the print because I like it but also I need a basic color kimono in my wardrobe (I have enough printed ones). I already own a red Keffiyeh my husband brought me from Makkah and somehow I find it wrong to turn it into a piece of clothing. So I will hunt for the print in black and white at the market and make myself a nice Summer Kimono.

2- Front wrap pants

I always liked flowy pants for Summer. But I am falling hard for a front wrap palazzo I saw at the market the other day. It is not like your average wrap pants, sarong pants or fisherman pants you see on every beach resort. It is a structured piece with a vibrant color (pink, sea blue, yellow and green were available), and a perfect cut. In brief, it was a sophisticated piece that  was in my size. However, I was struggling to figure out how to style it. When I do, those babies will be mine.

3-  Striped midi skirt

When I went to buy a fabric for a blouse to match my latest Saree, the seller show me a red and white cotton vertical striped fabric with building print at the end. It was so pretty, bright and perfect for the Summer. I did not snatch it because my goal was to get a blouse fabric. Now I just want to return there and grab at least 3 yards of it to make me a beautiful pleated midi skirt (and maybe a matching top?).

4- Shoes

When will I ever stop craving and or buying shoes? This month I long for Perforated wedges mules as seen on Payless and bronze sliders as seen at my local store. I really do not need them but they would make me so happy!

Let us see how well I do this month!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

How to stay stylish in Summer (Pune Edition)

Well, it is officially Summer in Pune. It started crawling up on me two weeks ago but it became clear today. When I woke up at 6;20 AM feeling muggy, then looked at the temperature on the clock reading 29, I knew something was up.

 Summer in Pune is harsh with temperatures going as high as 40 degrees Celsius. You do not feel like going out at all.  You want to hide indoors with the AC on blast. Unfortunately for me, I have to go out at least once a day at 3 PM to pick up my kids from school, the hottest time of the day. The sun is high and blinding, and it feels like its rays are lasers trying to melt my body. I never knew heat could hurt until I came to Pune. To make matters worse, everyone, myself included is crabby and cranky. I get easily irritated in this heat so whatever you do, do not cross me because I cannot vouch for how I may react.

In all seriously, dressing up in the heat is also a major challenge. I cannot walk around naked even If I wanted to therefore I have to find ways to stay cool. My biggest problem is that I cover up. I layer most of the time which is perfectly fine when it is cold but draining in 40 degrees temperature.

The secret to stay cool as I recently found out relies on the following:

- Invest in cooling fabrics:

Cool fabrics

In Summer, cotton, silk, crepe silk, Khadi and Liva are your friends. Therefore if you must, buy items in those fabrics. A few tees or tunics that can be dressed up or down should suffice. Remember that you want fabrics that will let the air pass so stay away from man made materials like polyester. 

- Ditch the jeans:

Also, it is important to switch from jeans or heavy material bottoms like wool for breathable bottoms such as palazzos and cotton skirts. 

- Layer light: 

If you must layer, wear a light knit and airy cardigan or a cotton kimono on sleeveless blouses and dresses. For professionals, blazers in linen can help you stay sophisticated and cool as well. 

- Dreamy color palette:

 I am totally bias towards white, light blue and grey colors which is my basic summer palette. Then I like to add colors and prints with my outerwear and my scarves. But you can wear whatever color that suits your mood. Pastels for Summer are definitely trendy but bolder colors would not hurt either. 

- Minimal accessories:

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Cool accessories by sinnistre 

When it comes to accessories I keep a bag that is easy to wear and not heavy on the shoulders like a crossbody bag. And switch to a bigger basket bag when I run errands. I mostly live in chappals (Indian flat sandals) all through Summer except when I have a special outing then I switch to block heels sandals or wedges.  Moreover I keep my accessories to the minimal: nothing that is too tight or dangling or heavy. I go for metal that will not cause a rash on my skin like real gold and silver. On top of that, I wear scarves in cotton and tie them gently around my head like turbans. I ditch them for sunhats as well when the Sun is unforgiving. I know some women who even go as far as to carry a sun umbrella but I am not there yet. I prefer hats and sunglasses.

- Fresh Grooming:

Under the heat, it is also necessary to stay hydrated all day. Drinking lots of fluids that can boost the energy level like coconut water, lime water or even honey water is a life saver.

Summer care essentials

Moreover, I admit that I skip on moisturizing my skin during Summer but it as a major no no. If your cream is too heavy, store it for winter and get a lighter one with Spf like aloe Vera or cucumber moisturizing cream. Also, invest in a spritzer to hydrate your face when you are outside. Furthermore, Ditch all the heavy scented Cologne or perfume, for deodorant with light scent in vanilla or Mint. What I hate the most is heavy smells like musk in Summer. Do not even talk to me about make up as well. I stick to moisturizing my face with a light cream, brushing my eyebrows and a lip balm. If I must I will use a BB covering cream that is weightless and have some khol on my eyes and that is about it. As for my hair, I use an oil that doubles up as moisturizing cream to keep it healthy but light. Then proceed to wash it more often than I usually do with minted and tingling shampoo just to cool myself down. 

I may rant about how hot Summers are in Pune but truth be told I still prefer it to Winters. It is hard to wear anything really. And even if I follow all the tips mentioned above, it is still very trying to stay fresh and stylish under the heat. Yet I would not have it any other way. Summers for me means long hours playing outside, walking around blooming gardens, getting a dip in our pool, fresh drinks after heavy meals, interrupted siestas, and fairs all over the city. What is not to like?


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