30th Birthday -OOTD

I said goodbye to an entire decade a couple of weeks ago.  And although I didn’t wake up a different person I somehow know things are going to be forever different.  This past decade brought so much pain but an equal amount of joy.  And the raw truth is that life is a never-ending balancing act of these two parallels. Not to say that this decade may not bring with it some testing times, here’s hoping that I’m slightly better at handling them.

The initial plan was to do three separate OOTD posts for my birthday since I’ve had a few different celebrations and since life has just been so hectic this month, I’m combining all three for your viewing pleasure.  I’m going to try not to ramble on this post but grab your preferred choice of drink and get comfy loves it’s going to be a long one.

Birthday Day 1: (Dinner with the Hubs)

The initially planned birthday outfit was a gorgeous red midi dress with my Louboutin pumps that were an amazing present from my fam. ❤ but it was WAY too cold and windy to even bother. The 17 year old girl inside me wanted to wear the comfiest sweats and hoodie but I’m not about that life anymore. I threw on a pair of dark wash skinny jeans with a bright red silk top I found on sale at Nordstrom Rack.  The top had fine little gold stud details on the shoulders that went perfectly with the gorgeous studs on the back of my heels.

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At my wedding my amazing makeup artist was sweet enough to gift me with the perfect red she had used on my wedding day, Ruby Woo by Mac.  It’s been a staple red in my makeup collection since!

Birthday Day 2: (Brunch with my parents)

If you don’t already know this, I co-own a business with my hot mamma.  We design and sell bespoke designer Indian clothing. Owning this creative business has me on a whole new high and the need for 7 more closets in my house because I find myself designing more and more outfits for  myself but really no-where to where them to…  I decided to be my usual extra self and rock this dress inspired by Sabyasachi and Deepika Padukone with the perfect white jutti’s & silver jhumkis.  Shop @KouturebyKiran for all your designer desi needs. {Separate post on my obsession with Sabyasachi and Deepika Padukone coming soon!}

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Inspired by this beauty!

Birthday Day 3: (High tea with my bff)

Alveena and I met in college and have no clue when we became inseparable. Over the years, we’ve grown up a ton but never let go of the tradition of celebrating our birthdays together.  We’ve done a fair share of high-tea afternoons at all the cute mom&pop shops but this year we knew we had to do something just as extra as us!  The plaza has always been on our list of places to eat/visit and we’re so glad we finally did it.  Way back when we initially made this plan, the thought of a cute spring dress was perfect but traveling through the city on public transportation in heels or a dress in the windy weather was not a thought neither of us was going to entertain.  #laughing at ourselves for when we were young twenty somethings and would bear foot pain/frostbite to rock a cute outfit –haha- what were we thinking but we’re old and mature now, please  let me hold your coffee as you laugh.

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I picked up this white shift dress from a cute boutique in Italy back in October and finally had the opportunity to wear it and styled it with all of my all-time classy pieces. There no other way to dress for The Plaza and its sophisticated ambience. I pulled out my fresh-water Hyderabadi pearls, Go ahead, tell me something classier that pearls?  I recently picked up this gorgeous Halogen blazer I found at Nordstrom Rack.  I am such a nordie girl.  As much as I wanted to rock my new white Louboutin pumps, there was no way it was gonna happen; so I opted for my favorite pair of black Louboutin flats instead.  As well as one of my favorite bags, this white Tory Burch cross body.  I mean anything white ends up being my favorite but it always just sits so well with a casual or fancy outfit. The last accessory I grabbed on my way out was my mustard yellow Gucci scarf, also another favorite, I probably wear this statement piece at least a couple times a week.  It was a chilly day and the perfect accent color for my classy and fancy, black and white outfit.

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I love rocking a great lip color, here I’m wearing, Anastasia Beverly Hills -Catnip.

I always get questions and compliments about my lip color and have realized that lipstick details should be included in all my OOTD posts going forward because they tie your whole look together.  I’ve been super obsessed with lip stains, Huda Beauty and Anastasia Beverly Hills being my absolute favorite. And I’m not a huge makeup fanatic, the basic “no-make up make-up” look is my jam but lipsticks were something I’d watch my mom wear and glam her up instantly.. they have a special place in my life because now my mamma and I lipstick shop together. #sephoravib

This year has been a stressful year with losing loved ones and a hectic life schedule that doesn’t seem to want a break but it was important to me and my loved ones to celebrate this day even if it wasn’t as extravagant as we wanted.  It’s not about what you do – it’s about who you’re with and the love you share.

For the last few years I’ve been investing in myself most of which consists of reading inspirational/self-help books and indulging in quite a bit of self-care/me time.  One of my recent favorites is, Year of Yes.   The desire for change in my lifestyle and outlook on life has come from within, with age I believe.  It’s basically the need for the life I’ve created around me to keep up with the yearn inside me.   And so every morning I wake up and I chose myself.

Hope this year is our year! | Stay blessed and happy my lovies.

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Our #floweranniversary at New York Botanical Garden

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If you follow my instastories or know me personally, you know the hubs and I were extremely excited to visit Paris for an anniversary get away.  Unfortunately, winter storms in March in the northeast are still a thing, thanks global warming.  And so our trip is postponed… we were bummed but knew we couldn’t sit around and sulk at home.

Four years ago, we celebrated our first anniversary in New York City.  We stayed in Times Square, with views of the square at my feet… We decided to relive this. Over the last year, working in the Tribeca area has led me to some incredible discoveries, I mean can we just take a moment and think about the amazing Eatly?!?!

We ended up using priceline.com (this is not sponsored, just a recommendation from a dear friend) and got an incredible deal for a great hotel, a block away from the Freedom Tower.  It was a perfect weekend.  We started our day off at the New York Botanical Gardens – Orchid Show.  NYBG has been on my list for ages and I’m so glad we did it!  If you know me, you know I love anything floral or flower related hence the massive bouquets the hubs gets me, despite hating them for having a sad ending .  Theres something about the beauty of this creation that has a special place in my heart.  I mean flowers are basically smiles from heaven.

The exhibit far exceeded my expectations.  I honestly was just imaging a massive greenhouse with different kinds of orchids, I mean how many could there really be? But I fell in love as soon as I walked in… The grounds are huge, luckily the weather was perfect to be semi-outdoors.  The “greenhouse” was led from one extravagant exhibit to the next, orchids from all over the world, Indonesia, Africa, and Hawaii!  The exhibit ends soon but I highly reccommend it.

We’re looking forward to visiting again in the summer, once the other exhibits have bloomed.  Winter PLEASE leave us alone.  I’ll just be basking in the beauty of these flowers until spring actually arrives.  This outfit was inspired by this blogger.  I wanted to wear this color on our valima/reception, so finding this mint top made me so happy, you can find it here.

We’ve learned and grown so much over the last four years together and independently.  The biggest lesson we’ve learned this time is never forget to purchase travel/trip insurance and always find the silver lining in any situation.  We dodged a bullet we believe, there were riots that broke out in Paris the day we were supposed to arrive … And so even though this trip was for our anniversary, it definitely was not spring weather either here nor there and so now we still have something to look forward to.

There were a million things, I wanted to attempt to say to my darling husband on this anniversary but I decided to leave those for just us.  ❤

New York City never ceases to amaze me, we live 15 miles outside of it and take it for granted.  But it’s weekends like this that make us grow fonder.  We had an incredible authentic Thai dinner and a chic brunch the next morning at Vandal.  I’m always looking for new spots to check out, leave me some suggestions for our next trip to the Big Apple.

Here’s hoping your weekend was as great as mine.  #blessed
Stay tuned for a birthday week blog post coming soon.

Weekend Vibes

This past week was a rough one so I was desperately looking forward to the weekend.  I really look forward to Casual Fridays at work especially once the weather is warmer! By Tuesday, I usually have an idea of what outfit I’d like to rock, to show a bit of my personality at work.  Ever since I fell in love with the poudre Valentinos I’ve found my obsession with blush pinks increasing more-so since they’ve found a home in my closet.  There’s no better casual look for Friday, than a basic white tee and a pair of jeans. I paired with a white and pink floral scarf and a pair of nude pink flats.  For the pop of color, I couldn’t resist my new Tacori necklace.  After looking at myself in my mirror over a dozen times, I built up the courage to throw on my 10 year old white Dolce & Gabbana shades.  This was just right for a quiet day at work and then a great start to a weekend away with the family.

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Okay, seriously though girl, why you got such an RBF?
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I promise – I smile.

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Outfit & Accessories: Shades:Dolce & Gabbana ; Scarf : a gift from Italy ; Necklace and Ring : Tacori ; Top : Marshalls ; Jeans : Forever21 ; Flats : BCBG ;  Phone Cover : Amazon ; Bags : Louis Vuitton

This past week it finally warmed up and boy did that happen fast. Since the hubby was off this weekend, we fulfilled our Sunday brunch duties and enjoyed some vitamin D.

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Crème Brûlée French Toast ; Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes ; Veggie Frittata ; Sunny Side Up Eggs & Yogurt Berry Parfait at Maggianos

We made our mandatory trips to Trader Joes and Shoprite and meal prepped for the week ahead.  Tell me about your weekend shenanigans and what are some weekend traditions you can’t end your week without?

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