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Coming Back & Finding Rhythm

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The last few weeks month have been an overdose of stress, work deadlines, disappointments and frustrations. I just did not have the energy or inclination to write. The zeal to write, share, talk was just not there. In the beginning, it was not a conscious decision to take a break. But, at some point in June, I decided that it was a good thing to to step away.  In a way, it is a good thing when you go away and come back with new energy. I have a few posts in mind for the next few weeks. Let us start with a quick catch up. Read more

Weekend Rituals

I thought I’d share some of my weekend rituals. Although I don’t particularly enjoy them while I am actually doing them, I actually cherish these activities after they are done, every weekend.

1.  Mandatory Hike

Arizona has one of the harshest climates that I have ever lived in. I am not a big fan of the heat at all. But, one has to look at the brighter side of things. We have a good life here. Also, you can actually hike through out the year (needs a little bit of planning). So, for the past 1 year, we’ve been trying to go on a hike every weekend. Every time, it is a new mountain, or at least a new trail on our favorite mountains. It is not about the miles, elevation or inclination. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good challenge and thoroughly enjoy strenuous hikes. But the part I love is just being able to enjoy the nature and glimpses of wild life that one catches on an early morning hike.  It is also a good time to bond with my husband. Sometimes we just reminisce about our 20s, how we met, and all of those sappy details.  There are days when I feel like giving up half way through the hike. There are also days when I hate getting out of bed at 4:00 am to climb a mountain. But then, my strong willed partner somehow drags me out of bed and gets me through the hard parts.

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Birthday Time

This month, I turned 31.  To put it mildly, it’s been a very interesting year so far. I haven’t been big on celebrating my birthday for a long time now. For me, ideal birthdays are just lazy days when I get to sleep longer, drink stronger coffee, go out for a simple brunch or a very late lunch, read a book and call it a day. In the past, I would have opened a favorite bottle of wine or a single malt. This year, I have been actively cutting out alcohol.

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Chambray, Sky or Navy? As long as your are blue, I’ll love you..

Now that we have White out of the way, I decided to tackle Blue. I’ll go out on a limb and say this – I suspect everyone likes blue or at least some shade of blue. Blue says cool, comfort, cozy, effortless, put-together and many more things, without even trying.

Blue doesn’t try to stand out. It lets you shine, by taking a back seat. In denim, it is the color of the cowboys, the 60s, and Americana. In Chambray it became the color of the US Navy (borrowed from the French, of course). In royal and cobalt shades, the Queen rocks it. In Gingham and light blue, it belongs to Dorothy.

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Left: Dior New Look as Vogue cover, Right: Another Vogue cover from the 1920s. Below: Dress Patterns published in Vogue. Women used to take these to their tailors to get clothes stitched.

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White for Summer? How original!

On my previous post, Para34 asked me to share the dresses on my wishlist. I decided to categorize them by color. So, let’s kick it off with White.

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Dress 1: P.A.R.O.S.H  Stretch Cotton, Made in Italy.Dress 2: SUNO Broderie Anglaise, 100% Cottton

Dress 1: I like the simplicity of this P.A.R.O.S.H stretch cotton dress. It reminds me of my school uniform –  modest and functional. The pleats on this one look well made and could potentially hold their shape well. Paired with a simple tan belt, it would look perfect for work. Read more

So, I bought stuff in April

One of my shopping ban goals was to spend no more than $50 per month on beauty, skin care during the period of the ban. I don’t think this is realistic limit for me if I go strictly by numbers. I mean a good lipstick costs close to $20 these days!

This is only possible because I bought quite a few things before the ban (annual supply of moisturizer, cleanser, a new Serum – SK-II etc).  So, it only made sense for me to just go on a strict diet of $50 or less. The end goal is to figure out a simple skin care and beauty regime by the end of the Shopping Ban exercise. In March, I did not buy any products. The one lipstick I bought was promptly returned. So, I had an extra $50 for my skin care budget this month.

Initially I thought April wasn’t going to be any different from March. But then I needed a few products. So, here you go:

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GoodByes & Looking Forward

Happy Easter everyone! I hope all of you are having a lovely weekend.

I am sure you already heard about the new wave of changes on the fashion block:

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1. Jenna Lyons is leaving J. Crew. As much as I admired Jenna Lyons’s personality and her own personal style (which is farthest from mine), I feel J. Crew has been suffering for a while now. I even wrote a very sad, break up post on the blog last year. According to various websites that broke the news, Jenna Lyons has a few things lined up and it was her time to move on. I am curious to see what J. Crew and Jenna continue to do separately, although I suspect it might a little late to recover for the former.

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