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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NYFW Trends This Summer & Personal Boldness

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Last fall I wrote from the sidelines on New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 18 trends, about how designers were predicting an even bolder and more daring woman, with their presentation of lively colors and silhouettes on the runways. *Rubs crystal ball and fast forwards to the emergence Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.* While I went out on this shoot in Georgetown immediately afterward to capture my prediction, I knew that the journey to bolder and more daring would require more than a wardrobe enhancement.
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Wooden Watch Experience by JORD — Enter the Giveaway!

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PASHMINA COLLECTION: ELEGANT SUMMER STYLE

Pashmina Collection, modest style, DC fashion blogger, NYC fashion blogger, indian fashion blogger, indian blogger, summer fashion, summer style​​Summer style is a Manhattanhenge in expression. Afternoons on the town ​become leisurely alfresco suppers under dusk. Promises of adventure turn into boundaries pushed an​d​ forgotten. And sunshine deems everything complicated simple once again. In the same way, summer style is a mentality that is equal parts whimsy and​ ​decidedly happy.​ My wardrobe was infused with timeless summer this year when the Pashmina Collection reached out to collaborate for its Spring/Summer ’18 arrivals.​ ​The dresses and my wardrobe got along like star crossed lovers: belonging together naturally and better off for knowing one another. Continue reading

DC STREET STYLE

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HOW TO WEAR BLACK IN THE SUMMER

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A fierce black ensemble is the adult equivalent of “we’re the cool kids and you can’t sit with us.” Maybe that’s why New Yorkers are obsessed with wearing black and why we can’t let it go, especially when we move away from NYC. But living in a city that adopts Southern preppy and colorful contemporary year-round, my idea of how to wear black in the summer, as a New Yorker in DC, has transformed over the years. Continue reading

HOW TO WEAR SEERSUCKER: REINVENTING THE CLASSICS

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Ever since Melania Trump brought ​feminism​ back in style, the bouffant-effect has taken over our closets like a 24-hour news cycle. Unlike said news cycle, almost anything looks good when run through a bouffant filter. And as trendy as this trend may seem, it is happily giving new life to the protocols of style in Washington, DC. Enter a new take on how to wear seersucker.

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CLAIRE UNDERWOOD STYLE, HOUSE OF CARDS: PART 3

Behind every great man there [are many] great [women]. Behind every great woman, is a man who is surprised. Asserting your path as a woman often means letting your presence do the talking, and letting your actions do the walking. Enter a fifth season of Claire Underwood style: a woman who has always dressed for the job she wants, on House of Cards. Continue reading

DAY TO NIGHT OFFICE WEAR AT THE KENNEDY CENTER

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#FashionRule: #OfficeWear should have just 3 to 4 colors

DC blurs all sorts of lines.  Your obsession becomes your career (politics, PR, fashion etc.)  Your career becomes your social life.  And your private and public image become interchangeable.  That’s why you must always dress to impress.  In this town, going from day-to-night means, means seeing the sunset with your work phone in tow. Continue reading