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Battle of the Black Pumps

I have been wanting to buy a pair of Black Patent pumps for a while now. There are very few brands that make a size 34. Though Via Spiga and other mid priced brands (under $200) manufacture a few styles (d’orsay, block heel pumps) in my size, they never worked out. 9 out of 10 times, the heel shape or style or leather is not what I want.

This year, I made peace with the fact that the shoe department is one place where I will spend more than the average woman interested in style. I cut down on bags and other accessories as I really don’t like having to change my bags. Also, my accessories game is minimal. Moreover, the single sole pump has been on my wish list for quite some time now. I’ve talked about it here and here. It was time to bite the bullet and buy a pair.

I found 2 contestants on my quest for well made, single sole, black patent pumps that were AVAILABLE IN MY SIZE – Salvatore Ferragamo Fiore, Manolo Blahnik Nausikaba.

Jimmy Choo’s Romy was in the running too. But, Nordstrom shipped calf leather. The customer care informed me that it was the only leather available in my size. In my past experience, calf leather wears out much faaster, and needs more maintenance.

I am not a great photographer. All of the photos were taken on my Iphone. Also, please forgive the horribly tanned feet. I am coming back after spending two weeks, barefoot, at the beach 😦



L to R: Salvatore Ferragamo Fiore, Manolo Blahnik Nausikaba, Jimmy Choo Romy

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Style By – Part 2

You can find the part 1 here.

16. Last buy :

Tod’s  Loafers for my husband.

17. Next buy :

Manolo Blahnik BB Pumps or Nausikaba in Black Patent. I am trying to do a Shopping Ban until the end of October. Let us see if I last that long!

18. Would never wear :

Very high heels, Body Con Dresses, Mini Skirts (Just don’t have the body for it!)

19. Wardrobe you envy :

Admire a few. Envy – I can’t think of any.

20. Beauty:

1. A goodnight’s sleep does wonders. I am not a makeup person. The only exception is a good lipstick.


I cannot pull off red. Berry tones are my go to shades.

2. A simple blowout makes me shop less. I think a good haircut is a the best makeover you can give yourself. Read more

StyleBy – Part 1

Archana inspired me to do my own Style By post. Here is a peek into my closet and style.

1. Style:

Relaxed, yet distinctly feminine. More Italian than Parisian. Love prints and ‘uniforms with a twist’ for everyday life. Influenced by my dad’s style. Constantly trying to incorporate Japanese sensuality without being remotely Kawaii.


A person’s hobbies and interests, influence his or her style. Here are few things and people I love – Cherry Blossoms, Franca Sozzani, Grecian inspired jewelry, Emeralds, Lapis Lazuli, Animal and Floral Motifs, Katherine Hepburn and then Katherine Hepburn in Desk Set, Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy. Muted Indian Brocade, the colors White, Green, Blue – Let me stop here. Read more

Weekend Wishlist

Here is my casual / vacation / weekend wear wishlist for this year. I think all of these are effortless, comfortable pieces that will help me get dressed without too much of ‘What should I wear??’  on the weekends and vacations.

As and when I buy one of these items, I will update the details. If I no longer want to buy anything on this list, I will strike it off with updates. Casual Weekend WishList.png

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Step aside Pencil Skirt, this is a job for a DRESS.

When I started working in a formal work environment, I wore a pencil skirt and blouse on most days and dresses occasionally. I had a good collection of quality pencil skirts and they were a closet staple. But looks like it is time for me to retire this age old working girl’s basic. As I grow older,  I tend to put on weight around my stomach and hips even when I go up by just 2 pounds. (I am a petite person, barely standing at 5’2” when I don’t hunch!). Pencil skirts just don’t cut it anymore. Besides, even the best ones keep riding up and turning! The blouses don’t stay in and keep bunching around the hips, no matter what I try! There is quite a bit of tugging and adjusting each time I leave my seat at work. I am too old for this nonsense. So my plan for 2016 is to use my existing ones as much as I can, slowly phase them out and NOT buy any new ones.* Read more

Style Resolutions: 2016 Part 2

Style Resolutions Part 2

Now that we have established the main guidelines to my style resolutions for 2016 in Part 1, I am ready to tackle the specifics. Some of these are very specific to me and my own individual style. I had to think hard about my lifestyle, aesthetics, spending patterns and physical body type before I came up with this list. I plan on revisiting and updating to this list when needed. Read more