Diamond Jubilee: Holiday in Portugal

diamond jubilee, portugal fashion, NYC fashion, NYC fashion blogger, DC fashion blogger, indian fashion blogger, indian blogger, summer fashion, summer styleI recently traveled to Portugal for holiday, but not just any holiday. This was a once in a lifetime celebration I was able to take part in as an Ismaili Muslim. I usually talk about spirituality, rather than religion itself, on my social media. And while celebrating being a Muslim is not the most trending topic these days, it is certainly a part of my life, my style, my vision, and therefore, worthwhile sharing. The celebration I attended was to honor sixtieth anniversary of the leadership of the Ismaili faith’s present living Imam, Mawlana Hazir Imam, also known as the Aga Khan, who is appointed through his hereditary lineage from the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w). 
 
My week in Lisbon was marked by art and talent shows with Ismaili creators from all over the world, old friends and new, and participation in a spiritual visit and address from the Imam who was joined by the President of Portugal. This celebration not only marked the Imam’s vision and tireless work, which have steered the Ismaili community through 60 years of sweeping changes in the global landscape at a scale that is unprecedented in history against many social, political and economic challenges, but also marked the establishment of the seat of the Ismaili Imamat in Portugal, an act approved by Portugal’s Parliament and ratified by the President of the Portuguese Republic.
 
It was easy to feel joyous in Portugal and to dress accordingly so. Times of reflection and celebration were surrounded by gorgeous tiled buildings and doused in pastéis de nata and chamuças. Each day in the country brought me back closer to my roots, while positioning me ever more independent and adventurous to explore this country in all of its sensory notes and what it meant to be there as a Muslim. Now that I’ve shared with you a very important piece of my spiritual life, let me show you how I styled it in the moment. 

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24 HOURS AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK: WHAT’S IN MY BAG FOR #NYFW

NYFW, NYFW 2017, NYFW street style, what i wore to nyfw, fall fashion, fall style, DC fashion blogger, NYC fashion blogger, indian fashion blogger, south asian bloggerA spontaneous 24 hour trip home to New York Fashion Week sounds romantic, exciting and adventerous – right? Not to the girl with an overflowing walk-in closet – and counting! Stepping on and off the train from Washington, D.C. with only an interlude at the runways, I wanted to travel stylishly light. So I did the impossible and traveled to NYFW with ONLY. A. PURSE. I knew you’d want proof, so here’s What’s in my bag for NYFW. Continue reading

HOW TO TRAVEL IN STYLE

Like fashion, travel is a privilege, not a right. Consulting a full length mirror shouldn’t be optional just because you’ll spend the next 12 hours of your life in a dark cabin. When the lights flick on you will be caught with your sweatpant drawer ensemble, and will continue in the footsteps of every forgettable traveler, ever. Just because travel is complicated  (from delays to detentions), dressing for aesthetics doesn’t have to be. Here are my 4 rules for “How to Travel in Style” (and comfort, always.)
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FUR COAT: FIRSTS IN ICELAND

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Atop the Hallgrímskirkja Church in Reykjavik

My recent trip to Iceland was filled with many firsts: seeing the northern lights, driving through a volcano-side river, and eating foods like shark and whale, etc. Adventures one could write a story book about. Getting lost in the experience of Iceland is easy. But every experience in Iceland is rooted in the country’s natural beauty. Among all the firsts, my trip also had a very unexpected “second-first”: my first fur coat my first, secondhand, fur coat. Continue reading

HOW TO WEAR WHITE IN WINTER | #GIVEAWAY

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My holidays kicked off last weekend with a stroll through the Bryant Park Winter Village in New York City. Surrounded by charming art shops and Trump protests, my outfit had to be chic yet on-the-go-ready. This holiday season I am giving away a pair of No Nonsense jean leggings, like the ones I am wearing here, with a few tips on How to Wear White in Winter. Continue reading

KEEPING STORYTELLING ALIVE WITH COMCAST XFINITY

KEEPING STORYTELLING ALIVE WITH COMCAST XFINITYI am a first generation American who has been blessed to visit my parents’ home country of India twice in my lifetime.  While I often blog about the perfect Prada pump or styling myself for the opera, the truth is, my family comes from a place that is much more beautiful than any material thing.  Years of dreaming, believing, and working hard, has grown our roots in the USA strong but our roots from India much too far.

On my last trip to India, at the tender age of eighteen, I returned to the village of my grandfather’s farm in Gujarat.  As I walked through our generations-old corn grove, one hand touching the plants as they do in the movies, I heard stories I’ll never forget. Continue reading

NAUTICAL STYLE IN HAVRE DE GRACE

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One of my favorite things about living in Washington, DC is the wonderful weekend getaways and day trips nearby that can fill up an entire season.  In just an hour or two, one can be on a local beach, in a fox village, or in a boating town.  This year  I promised myself I’d seek out new destinations, new experiences, and new perspectives in the same world.  Which brings us to Havre de Grace. Continue reading