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Underwater

It’s official…Houston is flooded in (or out). To those people with kayaks–smart move buddy…smart move. But why do Houstonians think their cars have Aquaman powers, and can swim through water? When did I-59/69 become a watering hole or better yet, an underwater parking lot…that people willingly drove into? Also, good thing the Rockets won last night. Otherwise, it would have been a bad idea for the five Warriors fans to be trapped (literally) in the Toyota Center, amongst a slew of raging fans.

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I’ve been checking my Twitter feed all morning, and I’m completely engrossed with all the images people are posting. I haven’t seen the city shut down like this since Hurricane Ike (at least there won’t be a curfew this time around). It’s as if we just had our own little, water-apocalypse, that I slept through like no one’s business.

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Since I’m stuck in bed (I know…woe is me), I decided to clean up my photos and came across these. I haven’t posted in awhile, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to get these up (even though it’s pre-short hair and I’m wearing a thicker scarf). However, I still love this bright color combo, and I’ve definitely worn this outfit (sans scarf) quite a few times. This pinkish, salmon-colored top has come in handy quite a bit. It’s light-weight and easy to throw on underneath something (like a blazer or cardigan) or just wear it, as is. It comes in quite a few colors (H&M), and I definitely recommend adding one to your wardrobe as a staple. Just make sure to pin it a little in the v-neck, otherwise you’ll be putting on a free show for everyone.

Well, I’m off to enjoy my four-day weekend. By “enjoy” I mean take, take a nap and pray that giant, bayou mosquitos don’t eat me. Be careful Houstonians, the water will suck up your car!

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Kite Flying at Hermann Park

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Don’t think we didn’t have a Frozen, Hello Kitty and a giant, purple squid kite, amongst children that were practically 30 years younger than us. We marched up that hill, and flew those kites (well, I tried).

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I really don’t know what is happening here–probably singing “Let it Go” when my Frozen kite flew away.

I was a bit shocked by the number of people who came out to the Hermann Park Kite Festival a couple of weeks ago. It was so awesome to see so many Houstonians enjoying our parks, walking around and having a great time. It just further proves the amount of progress Houston has made to get people out and about, within just a few years!

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HOWEVER, not everyone was a barrel of fun. Example A: the lady that got upset at me because my kite accidentally knocked hers out of the sky. Umm…you’re like 50, get over it. Example B: the couple that flew their ugly, orange kite into my roommate’s cool, squid kite—knocked him out of the sky, into “Cool Kite Heaven”, and didn’t even apologize. Haters. (Everyone else was cool).

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Also, this handsome pup is Django—he’s not mine, he’s a friend’s. It took us a teeny bit of time to become buds, but with some Whataburger Chickin’ Strips and a few W-A-L-K-S…we’re good now. He also has some major game—walking him is like the best ego boost. (It also makes me want to get a dog real badly).

I have to admit, it felt weird to be taking blog photos in front of so many people (usually, it’s just me, a tripod and a white background). I am going to try and make it a point, to take some more photos around town, though I can’t make any promises! I’ve been meaning to get this outfit on the blog for a quite some time now. The top is a couple years old, so I’ve worn it dozens of times—either just like this or with a pair of jeans. It’s definitely my go-to “I need to dress up a teeny bit”-top. Plus, the colors are pretty spot-on for all-year wear. I can’t wait to come back next year, with an even cooler kite…maybe a pirate ship one!

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Top – H&M, Shorts – F21, Shoes – Ralph Lauren (via Marshalls), Sunglasses – CR, Dog – Django

Photos by: Kristen Eide.

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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If you loved your Jansport backpack, high-tops, colored pants and Babysitter’s Club or if you’re pretty much any kid who grew up in the 90s and early 2000s…you’re going to LOVE Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix! The show’s creators are Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (yes, they make cameos, so do others), so it’s already guaranteed to be all sorts of awesome.

I started it and whipped through all 13 episodes…I could not stop. It’s nostalgia overload, mixed with a bit of new, throw in some politically incorrect language, a few racial comments and well it’s pretty much one of the funniest comedies I’ve seen in awhile. I definitely LOL-ed the entire time (and I rarely say “LOL”). Even the theme song is awesome! It stars Ellie Kemper (who played the hilarious, yet super creepy teacher who was in love with Channing Tatum’s character in 21 Jump Street) and she does an awesome job of being a super optimistic 90s girl, living in the 2000s, after being cooped up in a bunker for like 15 years during a “so-called apocalypse”. Yeah, I just said apocalypse. Now you want to watch it…

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Royal Blue & Stripes – Two Ways

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I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was when I opened my calendar the other day and saw that Daylight Savings Time Begins this Sunday! I seriously hate when it ends, it puts me into a state of depression for about an hour (which is pretty much the hour that you can sleep in). Whatever group of guys thought this was a good idea for the fall/winter months, are idiots. (I bet they’re the great-great-great-great-grandfathers of the same guys that thought it’d be cool to get rid of Pluto as a planet). I love that it’ll be daylight until 8:30 p.m.—I always feel more energized and get so much more accomplished when this happens!

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March is actually having a good start for me (minus the sore throat and impending doom of allergies). Over the weekend, I started (ahem…and finished) House of Cards. I was on the edge of my seat (bed) just waiting for Frank to kill someone. I’m not going to give anything away, except for the fact that it doesn’t start getting really good until about episode 4 or 5. However, that ending scene…like whoa. Then I took myself out on a Saturday-night date to River Oaks Theatre and watched The Theory of Everything, which was absolutely amazing and inspirational. It was quite similar to A Beautiful Mind, and at the end I was definitely like “Crap…what the hell am I doing with my life?” Yup, it’s one of those movies. I also discovered Speculoos Crunchy Cookie Butter from Trader Joe’s. Hello my new sugar-crack of the week. My roommate and I ate spoonfuls right out of the jar, now it’s at my desk, with a spoon in it. Will it replace Nutella? Never. Nothing can ever replace Nutella. However, I better pace myself considering I’m going to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo this week, and will eat every dang deep-fried thing I can handle. Ok…maybe not everything, but a good portion.

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These outfits were taken in February, but I had a few really busy weeks at work, so I didn’t get a chance to post them. I intended to put them in separate posts, but since it’s already March, I’m ready to move on to more spring-like outfits, so I thought I’d just double them up. Which works out so that you can see how to easily style something for work and casually. Also, yes…that is a backpack. I wear it and I love it.

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Dragons Love Spices Too! (Filling Your Masala Tiffin)

Sometimes you just need a little help filling your masala (Indian spices) tiffin! Song: Fireball – by Pitbull

Dragons Love Spices Too from Jyoti Patel on Vimeo.

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Snow Leopard

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These pants were definitely one of those “I really don’t know if I should buy these, but I think they’d be really fun AND I’m feeling a bit feline-ish today, so I’ll just buy them”-purchases. I’ve had them for a couple of years, but they are just now stepping onto the blog.

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Surprisingly, they are not a pair that just hang around in my closet. I’ve worn them dozens of times, but only in a couple of ways. Usually it’s just with a plain top, like this gray t-shirt, or if I’m feeling a bit more pattern-adventurous, with a red/white stripe shirt. Here, I threw in the faux fur scarf to bring out the “leopard-ness”. While I don’t think this print is work-appropriate for everyone–I do think there are prints out there, like stripes, polka dots or plaid–that can spice up a work wardrobe.

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As If

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Back in the 90s, my Mom used to swear by the JC Penny catalogue. That woman would get such a thrill from flipping through the catalogue, going up to the registry desk to order items, and opening up the packages. These days, she just visits the store…pretty much every weekend, if not multiple times in a weekend – 10% coupon and JCP credit card, in hand (sometimes I drive her there).

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I’ll never forget the time she let me order my first item from the catalogue – it was a plaid shirt, in pretty much the same material as the scarf here. I loved that shirt! It was flannel, soft and a little too big (but that was the style back then). I wore it with black pants, white pants, jeans, wide-leg jeans (not JNCO wide-leg, but Unionbay wide-leg), pretty much until it had holes all over it.

It made me feel like one of the cool kids. Though, if you read my post a couple weeks back about dark green socks, supposedly I was not a cool kid.

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Then Clueless happened, and plaid went buck-wild. When Cher (aka Alicia Silverstone) is wearing short plaid “business suits” in one of the best 90s movies ever made, how could you not want to wear it?

If you haven’t gathered it by now, I’m a huge fan of plaid. I decided to finally post one of my favorite dresses, that I picked up from a store in Madrid, Pull & Bear, a couple of years back. I love how the dress can easily be incorporated into my wardrobe all year-round. I had bought the plaid material with the intention of turning it into a thick, fleece-lined scarf like I did last year with this one, DIY: Fleece-Lined Scarf, but never got a chance to. So it’s become one of those blanket scarves that wraps around your neck a few times. (Which if you think about it, is another totally easy DIY).

This outfit is pretty much as close as it’s going to get to the short, plaid business suits worn by the girls in Clueless. I don’t think I could ever pull of anything like that…including, knee-high socks, Mary Jane shoes and scoring a guy like Paul Rudd (!)

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Plaid Pixie

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I hate work-pants-shopping as much as I hate shopping for jeans (for pretty much all the same reasons). However, there are a couple of stores where I’m able to find nicely-fitting pants – Anne Taylor and Banana Republic – without having to throw cash around. Plus, they carry petite sizes, which really helps. I recently tried on the Pixie line of pants at Old Navy and I have to say, I actually really like them (!)

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While some people may not think “Old Navy”, when shopping for nice, work clothes. I’ve actually found quite a few staple items from there, that I’ve worn multiple times and have lasted. I do like their Rockstar line for jeans and now these Pixie pants are also a favorite. The pants fit great, look nicely-tailored and don’t break my bank. They carry them in quite a few different colors and styles, see here.

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Some of the styles are sold in petite or ankle-length. However, I bought these on sale a couple of weeks back and ended up having to tuck the cuff in once, so that it would be a more flattering length on me. If you do end up with a regular size, you may not have to sew or hem it because the cuff will actually stay tucked in. I paired the pants with a light gray cable-knit sweater (from Old Navy as well), for a simple office look.

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The Ocean-Inspired Spring 2015 Collection for Warby Parker

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Being a huge fan, I was thrilled when Warby Parker asked me to help unveil their new Spring 2015 collection, coming out today! Back in first grade, my dad bought me my first two pairs of thick-framed glasses—one brown and one light pink. Those have and always will be my favorite. These days Warby Parker is coming in at a pretty close second.

With that, I’m excited for their new ocean-inspired spring collection! There are eight new shapes and six new colors, with nautical design details borrowed from the open sea. They will definitely make you want to yell “ahoy!” I’m in the market for a new pair this year and have already picked out the first five I want to try-on. I’m really into the blues, purples and sandy brown colors they’ve chosen. These colors mixed with the shape of the frames—give off a pretty cool and sophisticated vibe. The tones definitely make me wish it were beach-season and I can see why warm, ocean waters would inspire anyone.

I designed the above and below layouts to show you guys what’s in store. Some of the styles actually have more than one color, so check their site for additional options. The pairs in my first try-on will be Cass, Chalmer, Finch, Newton and Theo, in the same colors as shown. I’m really hoping Newton in Aurelia Tortoise works out for me, since I love the colors and think they’d be a fun addition to my collection.

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I admire Warby Parker for quite a few reasons. My last pair of glasses came from them and I couldn’t be happier with what I received. First of all, their staff is incredibly nice and helpful. Not only did they make the whole process as simple as blinking your eyes but they also shaved my thick lenses down, so that I didn’t look like a blind, super geek.

Secondly, they offer a free Home Try-On service. You can select up to five pairs of glasses to test, they’ll ship them to you for free, and you can try them on at home. Send them back within five days and either try some more if you didn’t find one you liked or go online and order the ones you did like. I’m a fan of this…like a huge fan. I always have the hardest time determining which ones work for me. This way I can compare multiple ones at home and poll (aka bug) the people around me. Below, I already ordered the five I want to try-on from the new line and it’s being processed as I type. 

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Glasses can be expensive ya’ll, so the best part of WP is that for every pair that you buy, they donate a pair through one of their partner programs (e.g. VisionSpring) to people in developing countries. Which makes everyone feel a bit more warm and fuzzy inside.

This ocean-inspired spring collection is available online to both men and women starting today, January 13 and also includes a new line of sunglasses. Most pairs of eyeglasses start at $95 (frames included)! To shop the new collection or to find out more information about Warby Parker visit, www.warbyparker.com/spring-2015.

Layout 1 – Top image: Chalmer in Striped Beach. Layout 2 – Image 1: Cass in Blue Slate Fade, Image 2: Carnaby in Blue Coral, Image 3: Sullivan in Saltwater Matte, Image 4: Daisy in Aurelia Tortoise

All images and some wording provided by Warby Parker. Layouts created by Jyoti Patel.

Disclaimer: I am not being paid or compensated, either monetarily or with merchandise, to review Warby Parker’s Spring 2015 collection. All opinions are my own. 

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Dark Green Socks

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Back in junior high, I had one of those this is traumatic, but it’s really not traumatic, you only think it is because you’re a dramatic 11-year old-situations…which made me hate the color dark green.

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Awhile back I wrote a post on how my Mom has always been a fan of matching colors in outfits. Something I hated for a really long time, up until about a year or two ago. One time in junior high, she picked out a mustard shirt for me with an embroidered flower. To match the leaves of the flower, my mom thought it’d be cute if I wore dark green socks. I really didn’t care what I wore back then, so I relied on her. (For the record, she is probably still a way better stylist than the chick I mention below).

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During English class that day, our teacher wanted us to play a game on a mat, no shoes. While standing on the mat, in the middle of the classroom, I swear one of those so-called “popular” girls snickered and told me my socks were not cool and white socks were the coolest. Really? Like who are you…the fashion police? However, being the shy, easily embarrassed kid I was, I wanted to pull my socks off immediately. That afternoon, I told my Mom I wanted white socks for all my outfits, which she thought was okay but told me the green ones were cuter. She was right…as mom’s usually are. However, I was already traumatized and refused to wear the socks and dark green pants she had bought me. I know…SO dramatic.

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Twenty years later, I really do appreciate my Mom’s taste for matching colors because it can be cute if done the right way. This just happens to be one of my favorite outfits–two shades of green tops, dark jeans, and boots. Now, I wish I could just go back and tell that girl “buh-yah…now look at what’s cool.” (I know…I’m also really awesome at comebacks).

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Lipstick: Revlon – Wine Not

Here is a recent pre-fall take on this outfit. For a monochromatic purple look, see here.

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