In a year of self-care, I have moved myself to see certain things as “black and white” rather than shades of grey:
- You can treat yourself well, materially and spiritually, without the help of others.
- Identify what brings you intellectual happiness and indulge in it each chance you get.
- Stay two steps removed from negative thoughts and savor in the positive ones.
- Cultivate your best qualities now to be your best self in the future. Without this crucial last step, singing along proudly to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” when you’re fifty is strictly off limits.
While un-complicating people and situations at the root will define my 2018, Romeo and Juliette had no such luck or mental clarity. Embodying my new black and white zen in my wardrobe, I treated myself to an afternoon at the Romeo and Juliette ballet at Lincoln Center, in this Dior-esque two tone ensemble. (Hello Step #2.) Here’s what I wore to the ballet.
New year resolutions, like traditions, are expected. But the value of traditions comes when they build toward something new and thrilling. This traditional notched jacket emblazoned in a near-east design is every bit classic as it is daring. Bringing true and traditional elements of life into every new year – such as family, faith and classic style – is the only guarantee to individualistic happiness and perseverance. And although setting resolutions can easily help define how happy you think you’ll be once the new year is old, those true elements will resolve you to rise above any trials in a society that sometimes ages more like spoiled milk than fine wine. In what stands to be a year defined by loads of grace and grit, this look is the first to be shared in that spirit. The poem below captures this style moment and the essence of the spikes in my shoes – just about perfectly. Continue reading
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
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
You won’t find a girl who is more “city” than me. But even this New Yorker in DC appreciates a change of scenery. So I packed my favorite garments and headed for a romantic cabin in Luray, Virginia. This post is all about how to wear a maxi skirt, in the city – or in the fields. Continue reading
What I love about Valentine’s Day is that it is a holiday that lets you dress up like a gorgeous glam adult. Not a Christmas elf. Not an Easter bunny. Not a Thanksgiving turkey. Continue reading
I’ve learned that fitness and exercise take commitment. From the confines of DC and NYC, to on the road, to vacations. But style is something I would never forgo in the name of sweat. Continue reading
A moment of joy always follows a sip of chai. The warmth of each sip floods one with memories of the best ordinary things. Chai from mother’s hands. Chai after a dawat (a family feast). Chai with favorite childhood biscuits. The warmth fills inside and out. That is why a variety of Tea India chais was the perfect thing to pack for a relaxing weekend getaway to a cabin in the woods. Continue reading
If what they say is true. That you only feel as good as you look. I propose we all enter 2016 on a stylishly high note. I give you, one of my favorite pieces. It is Gatsby meets New Year’s Eve Outfit Ideas. Continue reading