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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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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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Updates and Staying Course

Links I love:

This post by Lady Sarah was by far the best I read in recent times  – on how to slowly build an ethical, real fashion wardrobe. I will be revisiting this article over the course this year to help me stay on course.

PretAPorterP finds the best blogs around town! I believe Instant Vintage has been around for a while, but just new to me. Also, H at PretAPorterP concluded a ‘No Buy March’ Read more

Unpopular opinions & a few honest thoughts

Last year, I spent substantial amount of money buying high quality clothes, shoes and other apparel items (secondhand and new) in an attempt to build my first serious, work wardrobe. I have spent enough time with my purchases to realize that about 30% of them were bad choices. Now that my taxes are filed away, my first quarter deadlines met and shopping ban in full swing, I am in spring cleaning mode. I am donating, giving away or selling most of the things that did not work out me. I am hanging on to a few bad choices that I can still alter and use. I will not be replacing or buying anything new for a while.

All of this got me thinking about quite a few topics and I decided to be brutally honest for my own sake – about Consignment Shopping, Cost Per Wear, Ethical Fashion and Ethical Choices. This post spent quite some time in the drafts section. I debated about actually publishing it. My only request to anyone who takes the time to read it is to be frank and put me in my place if I got this wrong. Read more