Saturday, May 21, 2016

PINK AND GREEN FIT FOR A QUEEN

J Crew Tippi Sweater | J Crew Necklace |
Kate Spade Outlet Bag | Old Navy Jeans | Old Navy Boots


This queen had a willing king take dozens of pictures for the royal blog, but upon examining the end results she was forced to acknowledge that alas she couldn't lay claim to the title of a FIT queen..specifically because of her muffin top. The queen has proclaimed that J Crew is to blame for this, since they make sweaters that shrink in the mid section instead of growing and expanding with the wearer. Off with your head, J Crew.

The queen also solicits input from people regarding blog pictures. Do you use a cell phone as the queen currently does, or do you use a DSLR? Any photography advice will be appreciated, and possibly well rewarded (with lavish praise and thanks).

The queen wishes one and all a nice day, and expresses her gratitude for your readership.

P.S  Kate Spade is currently having a surprise sale going on, and my bag's pattern does feature on a few of the bags on sale. I like this one a lot, and it is under $40.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

QUIRKY BAGS UNDER $30





1. Polka Fur / 2. London Girl Clutch / 3. Perfume / 4. Lipstick / 5. Pencil / 6. Globe

A sighting of the Nila Anthony Grapefruit bag at T. J Maxx for $15 is what prompted me to search the Internet for this genre of bags. I can't vouch for the quality of any of these bags, but for the reasonable price point, they sure are good conversation starters. I am fairly green at photo editing, and you would be wise to trust that the the pictures shown here are NOT to scale.

If you up the price point even a little, there are a lot more options. But for me personally, I doubt these will get used too many times and so I prefer to stay within this price range.
I have been considering the watermelon clutch since last summer, and there are lots of them on eBay and such sites, but I haven't yet pulled the trigger. 

Of the ones above, I can see myself using both the watermelon bags, the ice cream bag and the fur clutch, maybe even the girl motif one. But I am not sure that the rest of them are for me. Which ones do you like? Let me know in the comments if you like any, or even if you like none of the above. If you have been eyeing some other fun bags, please do share.

Have a nice day, and thanks for reading!


Saturday, May 14, 2016

HAIR TODAY GONE TOMORROW


J Crew Factory Top | Target Jacket |
Old Navy Pants | Michael Kors Handbag | Old Navy Flats


Every once in a while, I get possessed with wanting to do something different with my hair and I attempt new things. The results of these experiments invariably lead to me realizing that I actually prefer my hair simply straightened.

Once I decided on wearing these cropped wide-leg pants today, I had the urge to try a big hair do with it. Although I was aiming for a 50s hair style, I got caught in the 70s and didn't make it to my final destination. I crave the beachy, tousled, effortless bed head look, but despite spending copious amounts of time on it, it usually looks worse than when I just roll out of bed.  Next time I will just roll out of bed and call it a day.

My photographer (who is 4) was itching to take a video and only the promise of a bribe enabled a few pictures, but I had to take matters into my own hands (literally! I had to take a selfie) to get a closer look at my hair. If you were thinking "What a cutie who wants to take a video of her Mom", let me stop you in your tracks right there: she starts off each video by saying "This is my Mom who is 70 years old." One time I made the mistake of asking her how old she thought her parents and grandparents were.  Her grandparents are in their 30s, her Dad is 20, but apparently her Mom is 70. The more I try to convince her that she is off by a few decades, the more she insists that I am 70. Maybe I should just start telling people I meet that I am 70. Hopefully at least someone will say "Really? You don't look a day over 20." Now that is wishful thinking on my part. 

I am curious to know, how old do you think I am? Please feel free to be honest. It can't be worse than what my daughter already thinks! If anyone has any styling tips to achieve the messy hair look, but without actually looking messy, then please dish.



I was browsing around in Banana Republic and I found a top that looked very similar to what I was already wearing, so I couldn't resist another selfie with it.

Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

CINCO DE MAYO


Two things of note happened this Cinco de Mayo:

1.  I changed my clothes two times in one day! And that did not involve PJs or workout clothes. I wore this orange dress in the morning to my daughter's Mother's Day party at her school, and then changed into my jeans and polka dot shirt (that she had picked out as one of the outfits she wanted me to wear to her party) thereafter. This is unheard of in my life, and made me feel like a regular Hollywood A-lister, albeit without the accompanying looks, wardrobe or photographer.

2. My sassy four-and-a-half going on fifteen daughter reached new levels of sass yesterday. When I served her a version of rice with some veggies thrown in for nutrition, she took one disdainful look and this is how the conversation went:
Daughter:  Today is Cinco de Mayo, and thats what we have to eat? Couldn't you have made something a little better at least today.
Me: What does Cinco de Mayo mean to you anyways? And that is paella (totally wasn't, but what does she know) and thats what people eat on Cinco de Mayo. So eat up.
After which she just went "Oh" and despite my begging, pleading and threatening, proceeded to not eat any dinner whatsoever. The pictures in today's post were all taken by her though. And she did exhibit a lot of patience with me during our 'photo-shoot'.

In the pictures below, I am posing with two bags, since I would like your opinion on which bag works best with my outfit. In my quest to push my own boundaries, I keep trying to work in a pattern-on-pattern combo, and I think the floral bag would have gone along just fine with my polka shirt since it does have some purple shades. Do let me know what you think. Do you think the floral pattern is too much or do you think it goes well with this shirt?
 Uniqlo Shirt | Old Navy Rockstar Jeans | Old Navy Boots|
J Crew Factory Lavender Handbag | Aldo Floral Handbag

The last picture reminds me of the models on the home shopping TV shows displaying the wares. Not that I watch those shows or anything. Do you think I have a chance at making a career in that business?

Home shopping reminds me of a funny anecdote. Soon after returning back to India from one of her visits to the US to see us, my Mom who was still jet lagged at the time ordered a vacuum cleaner in the middle of the night, while watching something on TV. The next morning her foggy brain caught up, and she realized what she had done. Fortunately she was able to call and cancel it, else this would not have been a funny story! But the thing I find amusing is that she didn't even need a vacuum cleaner and wasn't even looking for one, but still ended up ordering that item instead of any of the other things they were selling. She should have just ordered some diamond jewelry instead!

Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

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ORANGE FOUR-INCH DOOR HINGE


Orange was the new black last year (is it still?), but I say neon orange is the new orange. So that makes neon orange the new black! Do you think I should dye my husband's black pants a nice attractive, eye catching neon orange? And then when he fumes at me, I could just shrug and say, "What? Its the new black." That would go down very well I bet.

As you can see, no four-inch heels or door hinges were harmed in the making of this post.  These are the words that Eminem used to rhyme with 'orange' on 60 Minutes.

I bought this dress from Banana Republic last year, and while I did question being able to pull off this much neon, for $12 I wasn't going to split hairs. I have worn it three times so far including today, so not too shabby a cost per wear ratio. It came with its own fabric belt, but I found it more palatable with a structured belt.

Below are pictures of me attempting a twirl, but either I am not as graceful as I imagined or else I got too self conscious. Lets just go with the latter for now, till I sign up for ballet classes.


Banana Republic Dress (Similar, Similar, Similar or Similar) | 
H&M Belt | Aldo Handbag (Similar, Similar or Similar) | Old Navy Ballet Flats

Thank you for reading, and have a great day!

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

FIGURES OF SPEECH



Somedays I stand in front of my closet, and I can hear the clamor of the clothes vying to be worn, but somedays I hear only the scurrying of the clothes trying to get away from me. Today was a day of radio silence from my closet, and this top was either too slow or too arrogant to get away. It probably figured that since it has been left to vegetate in peace since the day it came in the mail last year, it was in no risk of being worn suddenly! But it exacted its revenge by looking much worse than how I remembered it. Or maybe I have selective hearing and I need to stop ignoring the siren calls of the gym beckoning me. Is it just me, or does your wardrobe talk to you and ignore you too?

Hyperbole, Personification and Euphemism all in the same paragraph! My high school English teachers would be so proud of me if they read this post. The last sentence was Euphemism btw, perhaps even Irony! 

 Old Navy Top (Similar) | Loft Pants | 
Aldo Handbag (SimilarSimilar or Similar) | Old Navy Boots

Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

FEELING BLUE


If the title of this post made you think I was sad because I was lacking followers, well that is an easy fix. Just sign up to get new posts by email or follow along on Bloglovin. Or leave a comment, so I know that at least someone besides my husband reads my posts. To be fair, even the poor guy only reads it because I make him.

But if you are as smart as I think you are, you figured out that everything I am wearing today has some hue of blue - Arctic, Azure, Baby Blue, Cerulean, Cyan, Denim, Iris, Navy Blue, Non Photo Blue (it is indeed the name of a shade), Periwinkle, Sapphire, Sky Blue, Tiffany Blue and Turquoise. There are a few of my favorite blues. There's more names and shades out there if you are curious.

Since the trash receptacles were already out on account of it being trash day, I had the bright blue idea of posing with the recycle bin for one of the pictures. It does fit my blue theme to a T! But my husband prudently cautioned me against this idea, by suggesting that this might be a trend best left to established bloggers, and implying that such an act would only ensure that I never reached the aforementioned league. Do you agree with him? 

Do let me know in the comments what your favorite shade of blue is!


Uniqlo Top | Sears Pleated Skirt |
Cole Haan Outlet Handbag | Old Navy Denim Flats

Thank you and hope you have a nice, peaceful and serene sky blue day!

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