Oct 31, 2012

OWL-nighters!

How have you guys been? Missing me? I have been rather quiet on the blogging front lately but I'm back for a bit. So lets get down and look at some shopping love before we get busy again, shall we?

I have been obsessed with owl print lately. With my chronic insomnia, the print seems apt and when my husband catches me looking at sales at 3AM, I can simply point to my tee shirt! Here are some of the pieces that I love!

The Lipstick Queen $19.50

Lovebirds - $9.99

Shady! - $9.99

$19.50

$6.80 
$12.80
Which ones do you love? Which creature from the animal kingdom has captured your imagination recently?
Also prayers for you guys affected by the superstorm Sandy. Please take care!

Oct 24, 2012

Crave/Save: Stella McCartney Damask Blouse

I love the damask patterns seen on many Stella McCartney pieces this season. This crisp white poplin shirt with a vibrant embroidered electric blue panel stuns with its drama potential!


You can buy this gorgeous shirt here for $1495. I don't know a single person who would buy a shirt for $1495 so I'm guessing, if you love this, you will also love this inspired version by H&M.


The H&M shirt is chiffon and has a print pattern as opposed to a damask embroidery but it features a beautiful blue printed collar. I do love the H&M version but the beauty of the Stella McCartney is undeniable! You can purchase this shirt for $29.95 in your local H&M store.

Most bloggers I know are taking a break and even I have cooled off a bit. Is Fall your lazy season too? I wonder how I will be in winter!

Thanks for reading!
V

Oct 17, 2012

Irish Soda Bread

Remember my last attempt at making bread? Since that attempt, I have steered clear of bread since then. Last week, I at last gained courage to try out this recipe I had bookmarked. And I am so glad I did. It turned out amazing. So moist and flavorful! Some hints and ideas after the jump!




I followed the recipe by Ina Garten.

Some hints that made the job easy:

Hand mixed all the ingredients. You don't need a stand mixer.
I put the dry ingredients in a non stick kadai and then added the wet ingredients. Mixed both with a spoon with a very light hand.
As soon it forms a dough, spread a cling wrap and dump the dough on it. The dough is ridiculously sticky and this is the easiest way to mould it into a roundish shape.
After forming the ball, place it on a greased pan and flatter. Bake for a couple of minutes and then put the criss cross on the dough. It is not possible in the sticky dough.
I substituted currants with dried blueberries.
Again, I cannot stress how simple and easy this recipe is. Specially for newbie bakers like me. So let me know how this turns out if you try it.

Thanks for reading,

V

Oct 15, 2012

Outfit Post: Bleeding Blue!

I found this lone fuzzy outfit photo from when I was trying to come up with a look for the InFB Double Denim Challenge. This was not the final outfit that I had in mind. Still, this is the only picture I have of the comfy and casual denim on denim look.

Halogen chambray shirt (similar)
Jeans - Forever 21 - $10.80
Shoes - Target - $19.99
Belt - $4.80 (similar)

My look consisted of a Halogen chambray shirt with Forever 21 skinnies paired with a sunflower embellished black belt and Target leopard loafers. As I said its a casual throw on kind of look without too much fuss or dress up. I loved it and have since repeated it many times by varying the accessories and shoes. Would you do a denim on denim or in my case chambray on denim look? How would you break the all over blue?

Oct 10, 2012

Etsy Magic: Fall Themed Jewelry

Since we are surrounded by pumpkin spiced lattes and spider web  manicures in the blogging world, I wanted to share some beautiful fall themed jewelry available on Etsy. Fall themed jewelry could be a subtle way to celebrate the changing seasons without looking tacky or "jump on the trend". Here are some of my favourite pieces.

Maple leaf necklace - $55
Pumpkin necklace - $19
Pumpkin earrings - $25
Pine cone necklace - $13
Would you wear themed jewelry? Do you think that is not your style? Let me know the comments. I really want to know how many adult women would love to embrace this idea. Thanks for reading,

XO,
V

Oct 8, 2012

Pleats two ways

I put together this outfit for a visit to the zoo. I layered the neon striped tunic from Old Navy under the Jason Wu for Target pleated black skirt. I chose to wear tights because it was freezing and wore simple black flats since there was a lot of walking to do. Please excuse the dusty shoes as I had been chasing after a goat trying to brush it for half hour prior to this photo.

Far away in south bay my friend Meenakshi looked fantastic in a pretty yellow pleated skirt paired with a simple black tee and fierce leopard cap toe shoes. I love how we are both wearing the same trend and color scheme in two different ways and wanted to share it with you guys!

Old Navy striped tunic - $24.94
Black pleated skirt - Jason  Wu for Target - sold out - similar
Yellow pleated skirt - Forever 21 - sold out - similar
How are you dressing up your spring neon purchases for fall?? What other colours work great with neon?

Oct 7, 2012

Crave/Save - Quilted Boots

Hello!! How has the last week been? After a sudden couple of hot days ,its back to oh so cold here in SF and I'm, thoroughly enjoying it. This is my boot buying season and I have been looking for a twist on the classic black boot. I saw these really cute Steve Madden boots some time ago. I had two reasons to hold back from buying them - They are $199 and leather. Buy them here.

$199.95
I was very happy to see Forever 21 introduce a similar boot made from faux leather and retailing for a very reasonable $39.80. Buy it here.


Which one will you go for? What are your thoughts on buying leather as opposed to faux?