In Black

The Limited Drew bootcut pants, The limited stripped blouse, Nauturalizer booties, BCBGeneration sequin sweater top The Limited Drew bootcut pants, The limited stripped blouse, Nauturalizer booties, BCBGeneration sequin sweater top The Limited Drew bootcut pants, The limited stripped blouse, Nauturalizer booties, BCBGeneration sequin sweater top

Outfit: Pants – The Limited; Blouse – The Limited ( Sold out, SImilar here and here); Sweater – BCBGeneration (Sold out, Long sleeve version here) ; Booties- Naturalizer (Sold Out; Similar here and here)

The Limited Drew bootcut pants, The limited stripped blouse, Nauturalizer booties, BCBGeneration sequin sweater top My incompetence in doing all black is abundant in my life. I just cannot do a whole black outfit, because it reminds me of going to a funeral and life is too short for that kind of feelings in my outfits. So if I decide to try the monochromatic black look, this is what and how I achieve. Add patterns and subtle sequins. I could totally pass off this outfit for a formal cocktail hour as well. Just change up the booties for a pair of snazzy pumps and voila! Who doesn’t love a good two-in-one outfit? I certainly do.

As we all wind down the year with our friends and family and loved ones, lets take a moment to be thankful for what we have, and the joyous moments we had this year, for there are many families that will be heart broken for various losses in their lives. This morose part certainly holds true, given the recent happenings in Peshawar, Sydney and in so many other parts of this world. We are lucky to have this life so lets cherish it with all that we can and lets not judge. Cheers.

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Shoe Edit – Holiday/ Party Shoes

1. Heavy metals: 

Rockstuds, studs and all forms of metal influence on shoes have taken the fashion world by storm. One can find a valentino rockstud on just about anybody today. Just about. So how do I deviate and still conform to the rules? I choose studs that make me rock in other ways. The Camilla Skovgaard one is quite the head turner. I have paired it often with a simple dress and it has been the center of all the conversations I have had. The Valentino and the Michael Kors one pale in comparison to that, but can none the less rock an outfit. The subtle studs in these two make it rather comfortable for me to wear them to work with slacks. If you are considering going for these latest trend setters, your mind and heart or the right track, choose differently though, and stand out rather than be one with the crowd.

More metallic studded options from DV by Dolce Vita, Penny Loves Kenny, DKNY, Jessica Simpson, French Connection, Sam Edelman and Steve Madden.

2. Sparkles:

These pumps speak for themselves and I have reserved them for occasions of holiday parties which call for a lot of glitz and glam. They are super tall, and even though I am fairly comfortable in them, they are somehow too snug by the toes. I have never worn them for more than 4-5 hours at a stretch, which usually covers a holiday party night. They shine just right when light hits them and the small rhinestone reflect but the velvet base adds a matte effect on them that does not make it too shiny. So its like the perfect yin-yan. You must have one that you can use as a staple for weddings, cocktail parties and those summer nights of endless parties!

More rhinestones options from Badgley Mischka, INC, Ivanka Trump, Jean Michel Cazabat, Nina,Enzo AngioliniSteve Madden here, here and here.

3. Glitter:

These remind me of Wizard of Oz. The red ruby pumps and all the sparkly dream like fairy tale associate with it. The glitter gives off just the right amount of sparkle for those office cocktail parties where you would wear your sheath dresses but want a subtle hint of glamour. I have worn these in winter and otherwise and I can tell you, even though they are tall, I find them to be one of the most comfortable shoes. My mantra for shoes is, if I have one of a kind in the category, I am good. To me, it is always a fun challenge to be able to pair a single show style with multiple different outfits without being out-of-place.

More glitter styles from BCBGeneration,Badgley Mischka, Lucy Choi, ALDO, ASOS, Cole Haan,Nine West, Kate Spade and BCBG Max Azaria

4. Metallic :

Gold sandals are quintessential in my shoe closet. I wear these with indian outfits and western and they go perfectly every time. Gold or silver sandals can be paired up or down depending on the occasion. If you notice, the gold sandals I prefer have a less “yellow” ness to them except for the Nine west one, which I have worn to death with almost all my Indian wear. Keep a staple and go to golden or silver sandals in your closet at all times, with dresses, skirts and even slacks, they can be the perfect and subtle addition of classic elegance to any outfit.

Outfits where I have worn the Mantra are here and here.

Gold sandal options from Schutz here and here, Ivanka Trump, ASOS, Jessica Simpson, Badgley Mischka, Loeffler Randall, Pelle Moda, Steve Madden and Nina.

5. The Others:

Probably one of my earliest shoe purchases in life, these Guess sandals speak for themselves and are my dancing pair. I have worn them for about 7 years now and they have been one of the most trust worthy pair of shoes I can put on with any outfit and glam it up a few notches. The ankle strap and the circular geometric design connecting the front strap adds so much character to this outfit. I couldn’t really categorize them. I am sure we all have a pair or two of such pieces which are just unexplainable, but a must have. So when in doubt, buy them shoes and don’t judge.

Similar ankle strap options from Via Spiga, Guess, Michael Kors, Fergie, Badgley Mischka and Steve Madden.

Like all shoe edits, this will also be filed under the Shoe’s I Swear By page, where the Summer and Fall/Winter collections currently reside.

I hope these holiday and party shoes have helped you narrow down to the shoes you should have in your closet for all kinds of events in your life. Have a great week ahead.

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Zipped

Zipped - Halogen Skirt, Banana Republic Sweater, The LImited belt, Prada shoes and hand made necklace Zipped - Halogen Skirt, Banana Republic Sweater, The LImited belt, Prada shoes and hand made necklace Zipped - Halogen Skirt, Banana Republic Sweater, The LImited belt, Prada shoes and hand made necklace

Outfit: Skirt – Halogen( Sold out, Similar zipper details on sale, here, here and here); Sweater – Banana Republic ( Sold out; Similar details in cowlneck style here) ; Belt -The Limited; Shoes- Prada ( Sold out; Similar here and here); Necklace – Custom handmade from India.

Zipped - Halogen Skirt, Banana Republic Sweater, The LImited belt, Prada shoes and hand made necklace

Before we get into the details of the post, I wanted to thank Jen of Fashionably Employed who was kind enough to feature me as her Oh-So-Sophisticated Spotlight. Take a peek and have fun reading.

Zipper details are raging a war against the commoners today. From sweaters like this patterned one here or here to this amazing white dress here and this beautifully ruched aqua/teal dress, its everywhere! So when this Halogen beauty went into ridiculous sale at Nordstrom over the last few weeks, I snagged it.

Today’s outfit is all about small details, like the zipper in the skirt, the buttons on the sweater or the golden button on the belt. So I kept the rest of the outfit relatively simple. The necklace was a gift and is handmade with woven strings and beads.

On a side note, the amount of attention my recent hair cut has generated in real life has left me astounded and overwhelmed. Never in my lifetime did I realize how much people take notice. The one common word in describing the cut on me has been “cute”. So to everyone, thank you, the haircut was result of intense frustration on my inability to maintain a tad bit longer style than what I was used to. So I guess I will be maintaining this cut for a long time now.

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Inspired by Victoria

NY and company skirt, The lImited sweater, Christian Louboutin Boots, WHBM belt NY and company skirt, The lImited sweater, Christian Louboutin Boots, WHBM belt

Outfit: Skirt- NYandCompany ( Sold out, Exact style here; Similar polka dot here and here); Sweater – The Limited( Sold out, Love this Mint bejewelled one); Belt – WHBM( On major sale); Boots – Christian LouboutinNY and company skirt, The lImited sweater, Christian Louboutin Boots, WHBM belt NY and company skirt, The lImited sweater, Christian Louboutin Boots, WHBM belt

The posts have been rather sparse in the past few days. It was ironical that Facebook reminded me yesterday that I should post something since I hadn’t posted in 5 days. Wow. Thanks for the reminder FB.

Anyways, I have been a big fan of Victoria Beckham, ever since her clothing line made debut. She rocks those bodycon sheath’s like nobody’s business. So I took a cue and this outfit is loosely inspired by her.

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I had always been weary of pairing a midi skirt/dress with knee high boots, but she certainly inspired me to try. I dont have the finesse to copy her pose and attitude, I certainly can be inspired though, right?

Jen of Fashionably Employed was kind enough to feature me as her Oh-So-Sophisticated Spotlight. Take a peek and have fun reading.

p.s. If you are still looking for gift guides for christmas, you have come to the wrong blog. I am done pushing or publishing gift guides. You are smart enough to figure out what you or your loved one wants : ).

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Wrapped by Diane

Wrapped: DVF wrap dress, Express turtle neck, and tights, vince camuto boots Wrapped: DVF wrap dress, Express turtle neck, and tights, vince camuto boots Wrapped: DVF wrap dress, Express turtle neck, and tights, vince camuto boots

Outfit: Dress – DVF ( Similar here, here and here); Turtleneck – Express ( Sold Out, Exact style here); Tights – Express ( Exact style here);

Boots – Vince Camuto ( Sold out, similar here and here)Wrapped: DVF wrap dress, Express turtle neck, and tights, vince camuto boots

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