Mar 25, 2013

Outfit Post: Green Pants!

I am so in love with the green pants I bought from Old Navy. I have worn them so many times already.
Here are three ways in which I wore it in the last month.

Old Navy Khakis - $27 Chambray shirt - Nordstrom Rack - 2012 (Similar)

It was a sunny day, so I paired it with a simple chambray shirt that I bought at Nordstrom Rack last year for just ~$14. I am sorry that I'm barefoot in most photos but I almost always wear sneakers or oxfords when I'm out running errands.

Polka dot black top - Zara - 2012 (similar)

 On St.Patricks day I wore it with a Zara sheer sleeve polka dot black top and the green jeans. Its a simple black tee but the sleeves added a nice detail to it and of course the green brightened up the whole outfit.

Printed Tunic - Dorothy Perkins 2012. (Similar)

Most recently, I wore this to a technology/healthcare conference. I wanted to look professional yet stylish as there were only guys in the event and I didn't want to blend in with a blue jeans/ tee combo.To make it a little more professional, I wore it with a black blazer and black pumps.
The funny thing was that, there was one other girl in the conference who also wore green denim on the presentation day, so we had a good laugh over it. She was way better accessorised though!

I got this orchid print tunic in Dorothy Perkins last year for about $12. It was on clearance and I thought it was a great deal. Unfortunately the material was a ridiculously thin polyester and had no slits or room for my hips. The orchid is also off center which kind of ruins the symmetry of the flowers. So after staying at the back of my closet for a long time, I think it finally found its use as a top. Since it is so thin, I could easily tuck it in and layer it with a cotton cami to get rid of the static. (ugh).

These are just three ways that I wore my green jeans with. I also wore it with a grey top and a white shirt, but neglected to take pictures of them. I will continue to put up more looks as I wear them. I'm so glad I jumped on the coloured khakis band wagon! And I hope I can show enough variety to make you jump in too!

Mar 22, 2013

Crave/Save : Valentino Rockstud Ballet Flats

I have been obsessed with this shoe since the day came out. Obviously it is too expensive for me to even consider it, so I have been waiting patiently for a close dupe.

Nordstrom carries the Valentino "Rockstud" Ballerina flat in several shades including black, nude, pink, yellow and red. The shoe retails for $595 and you can buy it here.

Forever 21 has come out with its own version of the studded ballet flat . I hate patent leather.. so I'm so glad that its a nice matte leather look. Its also not as pointy as the Valentino one. But at $24.80, I am not complaining at all. I ordered the nude one. But I also want the black and pink :( Buy the Forever 21 shoe here. Which colours would you buy?

Are you on the lookout for any other designer looks for less? Let me know in the comments and I will try to find them. 

Mar 13, 2013

Mattar Paneer!

I know my Indian readers are going to hate me for putting up such a common recipe. But this one is highly requested. So this is for you Miss K and all the sweet people from AL!

This is definitely a high calorie dish but I try to skimp on the oil as much as possible. And if you replace paneer with tofu, it will definitely not be a drastic calorie input!

Ingredients -

Tomatoes - 2
Onion - 1
Peas - 1/2 lb
Paneer/Tofu - 7 ounces
Garlic paste - 1 teaspoon
Kitchen King/ Garam Masala/ curry powder - 3 teaspoons (some are stronger than others. measure to taste)
Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander powder - A pinch
Turmeric powder - A pinch.
Oil - 1 tablespoon
You can add a bit of cayenne pepper if you like spicy! I didn't add it here!

Method -

I put together a little pictorial. Hope this makes it easy.

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Mar 11, 2013

Colourful Khakis!

Hello.. I can finally share some clothing purchases with all of you. This is for the whole of spring, so I went  a little over my monthly budget of $100. But I'm so in love with all these pieces. They make excursions in this rain, a little more fun!

Remember last year when Gap had multiple colourful khakis? I bought a neon green one for $39 and then returned it because, it was not worth the price and was see-through. I instead replaced it with a sturdy neon denim from the juniors department of Nordstrom. It was just $14. Score!

This year, Old Navy came out with its own line of colourful khakis. They are priced at $29.94 (15% off with code DAYLIGHT) I purchased them at a price of $19.99 plus 15% off last week. So its a super deal is an understatement.

I also purchased a coral heart sweater, a leopard heart top and self dot polka print mint pants from Forever 21.

Coral heart sweater - $22.80 , Polka dot mint pants - $24.80

P.S - sorry for the long post. 

Mar 7, 2013

Szechuan Beans

A long overdue cooking post at last.. I swear I did cook a lot of fun things in the last few months. I just did not find the camera charger till recently. Talk about lazy!

Some time back, I had a dinner at Wild Ginger. The only vegetarian option I loved was this string bean stir-fry in a Szechuan style. I couldn't get it out of my mind so  I decided to make my own version. It might not be real chinese in any way but its super delicious!

Astha from The Zars asked me if I can suggest any easy dishes that also are healthy. My best suggestion is to find different ways of cooking vegetables and having them as one pot dishes for lunch . The following recipe is an example of cooking beans. with a little bit of brown rice, this should be a very fulfilling and healthy lunch. I also like beans with coconut (in a south Indian style) but that doesn't appeal to me as a single dish. This one is spicy enough and filling enough to be a work lunch in my opinion.

Ingredients -
Onion - 1
Ginger paste - 2 tsp
Green Beans - 250 gms
Soy sauce - 1 tablespoon
Dried red chillies - 1 or 2
Sugar - 1 tablespoon
Salt - to taste
Oil - 1 tablespoon

Method -
Heat oil in a kadai or  a wok.
Fry the onions and garlic till they brown.
Fry the green beans till it softens and dimples.
Crush the red chilli and add it to the beans and onion.
Add soy sauce, salt, sugar and continue frying.
If you don't like the raw bean taste, add some water and close the lid till the beans are cooked.

I would suggest that you fry till everything browns and it almost burns a bit. Gives it a charred taste.
Serve with plain rice, fried rice or noodles.

This is honestly so simple.. most of the action happens in the wok without any constant stirring, so its only of those recipes where you can do your own thing while checking the pot once in a while. I hope you love this dish as much as I do.

Do let me know if you have any questions or comments! Thanks for reading!

Mar 4, 2013

Master Bedroom!

I can finally tell you that our bed is here and I'm so excited for it. All the furniture is here and I'm so relieved. I only need to fill in the finer details now and things don't seem like they are at a standstill.

This is the Erin Cute as a Button bed from World Market. Similar headboards run at $400 +. So The fact that I got the whole entire bed including the slats for $370 gives me so much joy. I bought them in the World Market 50% sale with an additional  15% birthday discount (hubby's). 

Here is a picture of it - 

Yeah.. I'm pretty bad at making the bed.. The headboard is tufted and has multi-colored buttons which I think is so adorable. And it goes with all the sheets. We are using the bed without a box spring (I hate them), hence you can see a little of the base of the headboard in the right corner.. but I don't really worry too much about it. 

Do you like the fabulous comforter that my husband picked out? Can you tell that he loves to decorate? (not). I was looking for something subtle but I'm also digging the "in your face" plants.  The bedsheets are an unassuming olive. Overall, I am a happy girl.. I love it. The little side table is actually a sofa end table which I'm planning to repaint into a cheery color. Bedside tables are never enough for me as I'm a nightstand hoarder.. so this giant end table.. with wheels... is the perfect thing for me. 

My next post will be a review of the items I got in World Market, I hope that would be helpful for those of you who are looking for some offbeat furniture. 

You can buy this bed here and the duvet cover set here. Price varies based on the size.