How to Style Car Wash Pleats

Friday, August 28
Who What Wear has deemed this to be the fall skirt every cool girl will own. The car wash skirt that was spotted on the runways is set to become the statement maker in the coming season. So when someone asked me how to pull of this trend, I was happy to help. 

Pleated skirts have been in vogue for a while now but this year we have seen many versions of fringe and pleats. The most popular pleats for fall are these separated thick pleats which will at first look remind you of, well, car wash. Here's how you can style these pleats without feeling overwhelmed by the trend. 

- Wear the car wash skirt with a matching longline woolen coat and a turtleneck in a base color in order to keep the look sleek and stylish. The ankle boots are perfect accessory for this outfit. This look can be easily transitioned to winter by adding a pair of tights.


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LOFT has good news for your "Wear to Work" Wardrobe

Tuesday, August 25
Floral Blouson Shirtdress

LOFT currently has a sale of 50% off on select styles and you can shop the sale both online and in stores. You can snag summery dresses at half off if you are still enjoying the sunshine where you are at. However, if you are starting to feel a little chilly and it is that point in the year where you need to be prepared for the next few months, there are plenty of options available. 

My favorite things to buy at LOFT right now would be the floral blouson shirtdress which can be worn now, sans leggings but will look really chic paired with knee high boots later in the year. I am also eyeing the grey maxi skirt which is perfect for dressing down on casual Fridays. If you are over buying sandals for the year then look for the stacked sandals and peep toe mules that will be perfect for transition dressing. They also have halter tops and printed blouses that make for a great addition to wear to work wardrobe. 

Lou and Grey Spacedye Maxi Skirt


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5 Off-Beat Scents you need to give a try

Monday, August 24
We often buy perfumes or fragrance oils by trying them out at the store without paying attention to the details. Perfumes are a very personal choice and a person's body chemistry influences the perfume they are going to pick in a big way. Since all perfumes are made up of a top note, a middle note and a base note, basic knowledge of these notes will help you make the right choice, next time you are buying a new fragrance. 


Over time it becomes obvious what our perfume style is like - some of my friends love mild floral scents while I have always preferred fruity floral scents with a spicy/oriental scent on the side for special occasions. Some other points to consider when choosing a perfume are your skin type, the season you are wearing it in and where you plan on wearing the perfume most? 

Oriental Spicy Perfumes are worn best in the Fall/ Winter season since stronger scents are easier on people around you in colder climates. Over the years, I have experimented with my fair share of fragrances and when looking for a new perfume, these are the 5 off-beat scents you should look for in the notes. 

#1 Tonka Bean


Tonka bean belongs to the oriental perfumery notes. In the Pagan and Occult tradition, Tonka bean is believed to have magical properties. Tonka bean is an aromatic spice native to Central America. It is a spice so good that its use has been banned in the food industry in the United States. 

Tonka Beans work really well in balancing out woody and citrusy scents. It has been used as a substitute for Vanilla in the past. Known for its balmy, intoxicating character this is one perfume note you will not get enough of. 

Some perfumes that use Tonka Beans are Dior's Addict, Givenchy's Ange ou Demon, Theirry Mugler's Angel and Jennifer Lopez's Live.



#2 Pink Grapefruit


Pink Grapefruit is on the less tangy spectrum among grapefruits but it is a zesty addition to any perfume composition. This fruit is considered as one of the healthiest foods full of antioxidants. I was initiated in the perfect citrusy world of pink grapefruit when I first bought the pink grapefruit mist from Bath & Body Works. This scent is a sharp contrast to that of an orange peel and has a sweet and delicate overtone to it. 

Notable perfumes that use pink grapefruit as a note are Vince Camuto Limited Edition Fiore, Kenneth Cole Reaction, Balenciaga's Rosabotanica and Couture Couture

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5 Online Stores like Forever 21

Sunday, August 23

Forever 21 has really upped its game since the last two years or so and while many other players in the teen retail industry were either downsizing (Wet Seal) or straight off going for liquidation (Deb's and Delia's), Forever 21 has managed to grow.  On August 17th, American Apparel said it may have to go out of business. "American Apparel said that because it tripped a debt covenant with a key lender, Capital One, it is looking into ways out of its jam, including refinancing debt, raising new equity and other restructuring or new capital raising transactions."

Forever 21, however, is here to stay. Part of their strategy has been carefully listening to what the customer has to say and follow the trends of influencers in the fashion industry and quickly adapting their stores to inject this newness. Whether you are looking for the latest Coachella style or a quick update to your work wardrobe, Forever 21 manages to offer all of that and more. 

While Forever 21 continues to expand and there is no reason for us to love the brand any less, it is always good to have options. So, where should you look? These 5 stores are at par with Forever 21 when it comes to bringing you the latest trends and the must have styles. 

1. H&M


H&M launched its online store in the US in 2013 but it has been quick to catch up with its competitors. The second largest fashion retailer was quick to bring designers on-board and pave the path for designer collaborations in the fashion industry. Their Divided line targets teen fashion while there are affordable styles available for women, men and children alike. 



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2. ASOS.com


ASOS.com has slowly evolved into a fashion aggregator by giving customers access to brands that may not be locally available. FHM called it “the go to for anything and everything on trend and damn right cool.”They have a wide range of offerings from their inhouse brand to high end designer products to vintage items that you can access through its marketplace. 

Product Review: Sunshine VoxBox

Wednesday, August 19



I was given the opportunity to review the Sunshine Voxbox sent to me by Influenster. This has been one of my favorite boxes sent by Influenster to try out so far. It comes packed with stuff that is great for anyone who is in a hurry to get out of the door first thing in the morning. My favorite products from this box are the spray moisturizer by Vaseline and Blue Diamond Almonds in a Sriracha flavor. 
Keep reading for a round up of all the products I received in the box. 

5 Celeb Looks to Model this week

Tuesday, August 18
This week's looks are about the amalgamation of comfort and style whether it was staying chic at the airport or casual chic for a night out. Each of these outfits blend everyday outfits with effortless élan. We are starting to see layers and some of these outfits will work brilliantly during the transition from Summer to Fall.

Starting with Kendall Jenner's look who styled a simple white tee and ripped denim with animal print boots and duffel bag. She added a checked shirt casually tied around her waist and a studded belt to finish the look. This just might the perfect airport look.


Looks for Week 08/14


Emily Ratajkowski nails the transition weather look with this outfit. LBD: Check, Knee high boots: Check, Statement Bag: Check. The look is not only effortless but winds up looking polished with the use of classy and understated accessories.
Looks for Week 08/14





8 Ingenious ways to manage Toddler Mess

Friday, August 14
We have all been there. We all have days where we have been messy, not in the mood to clean or plain old lazy because the work week has been hectic. So you may find a pile of clothes in one corner and your bed is not made because you are enjoying a lazy Sunday. Then, this tiny little human being comes into your life and you realize that one of their superpowers is making all that mess multiplied a 100 times by the hour. I don't blame you for being caught off guard. 

Seriously, nothing can prepare you for the onslaught especially if you are obsessed with cleaning. (One of the first things my daughter picked up from me was taking a wipe and trying to clean everything in the house - Can't say if I am proud of it but there's that.)

I can't promise that today's post will make the mess any less but it will surely help you manage it better. The underlying principle here being - "Change the things you can and accept the things you can't". Babies will be babies and they are messy for a reason. So, here goes 8 ways to manage toddler mess:

1. Plan activities ahead of time 

 Children like to do things spontaneously so it will help you to manage that spontaneity and channel it into activities they love to do. With toddlers, it is never as simple as "OK, go paint". There is a time and there is a place because otherwise once they are done painting, you may have to get to doing some painting yourself especially if you live in an apartment rental like us.
I usually do it over the weekend so if I am heading out, I will pick up any materials I need for the activity or just make a quick list of what she enjoys and what new she will enjoy so I can have both types of activities. Just having that list helps a lot because then I have to refer it in the coming week. 

2. Use the Top Shelves in the Children's room strategically 

I am generally a little cautious in giving my daughter paints or markers and rarely leave them around the house. I keep a lot of colored pencils so she can scribble whenever she wants but give her a marker and she inadvertently heads for the wall. I started using the top shelf in her room to keep such things away from her reach. 

I also like to store Play Dough, Toy parts that can get mixed with others, Paints, Markers and Puzzles that she needs my assistance for. You can also use the top shelf to store clothes that are a size big for the kid (I tend to do that because sometimes I like something a lot in a bigger size and can't wait for her to have it). In order to utilize the space on top shelf, I use these shelf organizers

3. Pick One activity per day/week. 

 Once you have the list of activities for the week, it is easier to pick one every day. When I say pick a activity for a week - you could pick something like sensory play for that week and let them try different materials or take play dough and try something new with it every day. 

It not only gives some structure to play time it also helps you be prepared for a week in advance to manage the mess. We sometimes end up combining two activities - Train Tracks and Play Dough, Water Play and Alphabets, Shapes or Numbers, Sidewalk Chalk and Everyday things etc. This also gives you freedom to go with what the child wants to do.

4. Sort Toys based on activity

Since I have been talking about planning activities all throughout the post, it helps to have the toys sorted on activity play. My daughter generally plays with train tracks, building blocks, cars and car tracks and her play kitchen. I use the Sesame street toy bin organizer to sort her toys based on it this. I will have the cooking and tea set in the top bins for a week and then keep rotating the toys based on what she is showing interest in that week. It helps me clean the clutter after she is done playing and I can also make sure the house doesn't look like it was hit by a tornado. 



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