Winter (as in Texas “Winter”) Uniform

I don’t particularly care to discuss the weather over here, but Houston’s been pretty weird these last few weeks. It’s “ice-snowed,” been frozen, most days are just dull, gray, and actually cold, and it rains…just rains. For a Houstonian, this is pretty much miserable.

I’ve also spent most of my waking time attempting to stay warm with space heaters and a heating pad (my place has the absolute worst insulation), and catching up on Grace and Frankie (thank god I haven’t watched the last three seasons, because it was SO good to binge watch), and the Winter Olympics. (Could Adam Rippon be any cuter?) If you’ve been watching, there really have been some amazing moments so far! I swear I get such a high watching snowboarding in the Winter Olympics as I do when I watch swimming in the Summer Olympics, and of course, figure skating is my gymnastics.

I always wished that I had been more athletic when I was younger, or pushed my parents to put me in some kind of sport. I get a teeny bit jealous watching these athletes, especially the 17-year olds ones win gold medals! Alas, I thought chess club, collecting stickers, and reading Ramona Quimby books were my calling. Not sure if anything has changed—I still love Ramona, except I’ve traded chess for Hulu, and collect ink pens over stickers. I’m bummed that the games end this weekend. Maybe because of them, I’ll muster up enough courage to try out snowboarding one day OR maybe I’ll just stick to walking, and hope my ankle doesn’t give out.

I don’t know about everyone else, but after a few cold months, I wake up most mornings without the momentum to put together a cute outfit or dress up. Not sure if it’s the drag of having to wear a thick coat and rain boots (something I’m so not used to), or just being lazy. I would much rather walk around in black workout pants and a sweatshirt. With it being like this, my winter uniform has been some combination of a dress or long-shirt, warm cardigan or chunky sweater, opaque black tights, and boots. Nothing special, but it has been really comfortable. Unlike most Houstonians who can just jump into their warm cars, I do have to drive, take the train, walk, and do it all again in the evening, so staying warm and being comfortable are so key. I say this every year, but I can’t wait for the days of 100-degree weather, and jean shorts all day…every day.

Dress – Old Navy (similar), Cardigan – Forever 21 (eek! from so long ago), Neck tie – Target, Tights – Marhall’s, Boots – DSW 


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.


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.


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


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).



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!


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).



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!


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

Photos by: Kristen Eide.

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Snow Leopard


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.




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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Home “Remedies” (Because All Parents are Doctors)


If you’re Indian (actually this probably applies to most people), when you came down with a cold as a kid, your parents most likely gave you some concoction of lemon, honey, and ginger. As you got older and experienced other sicknesses—flu, sinus infections, stomach virus, bronchitis, strep throat (things that clearly require antibiotics)—your parents still insisted that lemon, honey, and ginger was the answer.

Thanks to Udey, Mali and the auntie that threads my eyebrows, I’ve recently come to find out that castor oil will cure everything that lemon, honey, and ginger can’t. Say what?! Yes…the stuff used for constipation. By the way, I should tell you, my dad really thinks he’s a doctor. It’s what he actually wanted to be. So if he says it works…well we’re all supposed to believe it does.

For example, I’m in the midst of growing one of my eyebrows out because some other auntie botched it up months ago. I finally got an auntie who knew what she was doing (this is rare). She did them, I was happy and then told me to rub castor oil on the messed up one for a month and said the hair would grow back. Okay…

That same day I go to my parents’ house and my mom insists that I rub castor oil on this small bump I have on my neck (don’t worry, it’s just a deposit of fatty tissue…sexy). I have been to four doctors about this, they have all told me it will not go away, and I would need to have it surgically removed. However, Dr. Mali insists that castor oil will reduce it. Okay…

Later that day, I walk in to find my dad rubbing something onto his knees. He then proceeds to tell me, he’s rubbing…yeah you got it…castor oil to ease the joint pain. Okay…

Now I have to admit, I didn’t actually throw this idea out the window. For the past few weeks, I’ve been using it. Yes…I have. My mother is convinced that it’s working on my bump (I don’t have the heart to tell her that it’s because it isn’t inflamed that day), my dad insists his knees are better (he could be right, but I think it’s because he actually relaxed that day), as for my eyebrows—my hair is growing back (but isn’t that kind of what hair does?). I have yet to try it on any stomach issues, though.

So does this magical, mysterious, unicorn blood-infused oil actually work or is it just another weird home remedy of our parents? Seriously, I have no idea. I’m going to file it under “Windex Solves Everything” – Dad from My Big Fat Greek Wedding and take a swig of lemon, honey, and ginger the next time I get pink eye.





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Girls at the Gym


The other day, while I was at a yoga class, I realized that I have a few gym-related pet peeves, all centered around girls. Why is this? I’m all about #GIRLPOWER, but at the gym, I find some of them to be quite obnoxious. For example

1. A few months back, I built up the courage to venture to the front of a very popular Zumba class at my local gym. (By “front”, I mean 3rd row out of a 10 row class). Girls line up outside the door 30 minutes prior to class (yes, it really is that good), and then race in so that they can get to the front. Since I’m in the class before, I get to see this shit-show take place. It’s like a pack of hungry hyenas running to grab gazelle scraps. Most of them absolutely LOVE staring at themselves in the mirror and making pouty faces while dancing. From my usual place in the back, it’s quite entertaining. I never noticed the “social-gap” between the people in the front and those in the back until that day. It first started off with one girl yelling “Get out of my way! You’re in my spot!” to a new girl. Then continued to say that she couldn’t see herself in the mirror. (Ugh…if I was the mirror I wouldn’t want to see her). Poor new girl. Luckily, a nice girl allowed her to stand next to her in the front. To which the plastic huffed and puffed about, then turned around to ask us, “Did I do something wrong? Am I not right? AM I NOT RIGHT?!” Then I’m pretty sure she z-snapped us.

Also, before I knew it a group of much older women (who definitely come every week to release their inner-sexiness), somehow managed to dance their way into the teeny bit of space in front of me. How this happened, is beyond me. They even turned around and gave me dirty looks as if I had taken their assigned spot. Older women + their booties + death stares = I’m scared.

Not only that, I got yelled at a couple times by the girl behind me that said “You’re all up in my space. If you can’t keep up move to the back.” There was so much animosity the front, that I was eventually forced to the back and have never ventured up there again.


2. There’s a girl in my Pilates class that comes in late every week and goes straight to the front of the class, next to the instructor. Then proceeds to pull out her cell phone and starts texting, surfing the web, answering e-mails, making phone calls, Instagramming, etc.—all the way through class. To make this even better, while doing the exercise she limply raises her leg or arm, while holding and staring at her phone. After that one set of exercises is done, she puts her phone down and then starts doing the poses that WE JUST DID, on purpose. She totally knows that while the instructor is teaching the next pose, everyone will be staring at her in the front. Therefore, she takes advantage of this time to show everyone how “awesome” she thinks she is at Pilates. WHY ARE YOU HERE? No one likes you…trust me.

3. The girl who places her yoga mat either RIGHT in front or RIGHT next to mine, every single week, and then proceeds to breathe extremely loud throughout class. Its common courtesy, in any yoga class, that you stagger the mats and place them a good distance away from each other. Not plop your butt down where you feel like it. Come on now…I actually care about yoga. I want to make sure I’m doing the poses right and you’re ruining my hour of Zen by breathing like a dinosaur in my space. Go away.

4. Girls that cake their make-up on for the gym. Like CAKE IT on. This is completely beyond me. One, you’re here to work out, not to win the Southern Belle Beauty Pageant. Two, you barely even exercise because you’re scared if you sweat, your mascara will drip down your face and make you look like a crack-addict. What is the point? Just wipe it off.

5. The girls who constantly strike a pose, after each and every single routine in Zumba. This isn’t drill team, no one is a football cheerleader, and this isn’t soul train. One or two times, after a really good song – I get it. But thinking you’re a Pussycat Doll – it’s just weird.

However, I’d like to give props to the girls who come in every week, try their hardest and are there for good reasons. I’m with ya – I don’t like them girls either. Ok, end rant.

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Double Trouble



It’s only my favorite thing to get when I make a bee-line to any Nestle Toll House café—2 large chocolate chip cookies…wait for it…wait for it…WITH a big dollop of icing/cream in the middle. Oh yes…oh hell yes. I’m a sucker for sugary, mall food. Sometimes if I’m being a good girl, I’ll get the Lil’ Bit o’ Trouble—a much tinier version of the Double Trouble. I figure if I get one in the beginning, by the time I’m finished walking around the mall, I would have burned off the calories from it. My logic is pretty amazing guys.





On to something that actually makes a bit more sense when it comes to the word “double”. Here I’ve taken the same two basic items—jean shorts and a stripe button-down shirt and shown how I’d wear them both casually and dressed up (or from day to night). Each outfit is comfortable and pretty darn easy to put together. All you need to amp up the day-time outfit is a blazer, heels and a statement necklace—that’s it. Let your hair down, add a red lip and you’re ready to go. I don’t think it can get any simpler than this.

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I really like the cut and material of the stripe top. Plus, it’s extremely versatile. I found it at H&M a little over a month ago. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it online so I could supply you guys with a link. I’ve talked about American Eagle shorts in this post, but the one’s here were also a great find. These are bit more snug than the other ones but I really liked the wash and you can roll them up and down. You can find them here.

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Leather & Butter – Do Not Go Together



Yes, I am a repeat offender. Kind of. Unfortunately, the two main pieces from the original post, Leather & Jewels, are no longer with us. Both the leather skirt and shirt were involved in a freak-washing-machine accident, having gone to their respective heavens just a few months ago. RIP.

I’ve since replaced one of them. Seriously though, why are all the black, leather skirts these days too tight, too short or too skanky? Anyways, this is still one of my favorite combinations – you can find the first take on this outfit here. While the styling and fabrics used are very similar – chambray, leather and shirt buttoned-up with a necklace, both looks are still quite different. I have to say, leather and chambray are kind of like peanut butter and jelly. They just go together.




Speaking of food, can I just plug in a blogging pet peeve here? Bloggers who call leather “buttery”. For example, “I love the soft, smooth buttery feeling these leather pants give off.” What in the hell does this even mean? Like how would you even know this, unless you actually sat down and spread butter all over your legs? Which I can guarantee would probably not feel that awesome. Plus, you’ll be slipping and sliding everywhere and getting it in unmentionable parts. Just simply say, “it feels smooth”. Don’t compare it to butter. I eat butter – and I love it. I don’t eat leather.

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Floral & Fur


Let me begin by apologizing. It’s been cold and rainy most weekends. With that, my picture-taking has had to move from the outside to the inside (and by “inside”, I mean garage). Hence, the reason why they are all on a white background (as opposed to the green of my garden or the brick wall of my house). With that, please bear with me over the next few weeks while most of my photos are taken in the same spot. I know…I know…this is boring. On the up side, I think it helps the outfit stand out and I don’t get too cold. (Hey…I got to justify the utilization of this white backdrop somehow).

I’m also going to start posting my Peru travel experiences over the next couple of weeks. So stay tuned for photos, thoughts and recommendations (in case you ever go).




To the outfit. I mentioned in my last post that layering has become a bit easier and more fashionable with a few trends coming into play. Here again, is my favorite combo of faux-fur vest and utility jacket (something I did a couple years back in this winter-post).

DSC_0925T-shirt, leggings & scarf – F21, Booties and hat – Target, Faux-fur vest – gifted, Jacket – Ross 

For a bit of color to an otherwise neutral-colored outfit, I added the floral scarf. Not only is this one of the coziest outfits I’ve worn but it also happens to incorporate quite a few of the fall essentials I posted about last year. Including leggings (or leather pants), utility jacket, gray t-shirt and booties.  So there you go, another variation to add to the other outfits created with these pieces.


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Christmas Threw Up on Me & other Random Thoughts



It finally hit me that it was the holidays when I stepped into Hobby Lobby this past Saturday. Thanksgiving and Christmas pretty much threw up on me. The store is like a drunk mass of big ornament balls, yards of ribbon, creepy statues, sparkle-everything, toy trains, wreaths the size of houses, masses of red/green/gold crap and dozens and dozens of crazy Martha Stewart-esque/”OMG! This is the CUTEST snowman I’ve ever seen!!!” women—it was only a matter of time before it puked. I left with glitter bits all over me, a pair of antlers for my car and a renewed faith in why I love this holiday. I’m not going to lie, the holiday high must have gotten to me as well—I wanted to walk around with a sparkly, Christmas tree cone on my head announcing that I was a unicorn (my friend, Ameeta was less than thrilled with this action).



Now that my brain is in its beginning stages of shutting down for 2013, I had to dig deep to find out what I wanted to talk about today. Other than the fact that it’s still hot outside and I can wear shorts. Hence, I’m still sporting the t-shirt/blazer/shorts combo. I guess leather makes it kind of fall…no? With that, I thought I’d just make a list of a few things going on with me:


…READING: I am Malala The Girl Who Stood up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafza. She has got to be one of the most inspiring 16 year olds out there. She definitely puts my 30 years of being on this earth in retrospective AND now I want to become a global volunteer of EVERYTHING.  

…EATING: Andes mints. You know, the kind that you get at Olive Garden. But unlike OG, I’m not stingy with my mints so I allow myself just one…every 5 minutes.

…PUMPING MY BLOOD STREAM WITH: La Croix Lime sparkling water. I’m trying really hard to balance out the toxicity of the chocolate mints.

…LISTENING TO THE PODCAST: This American Life. I have a huge crush on Ira Glass. Like HUGE.

…WISH I HAD AS A PET: Unicorn. This should be obvious. I tried to be one in a Hobby Lobby.

…DESPISE: Pumpkin-Spice anything. Ugh…I can’t stand this stuff. Even more so, I can’t stand Instagram pictures of it. I mean, how am I supposed to know it is what you say it is? It could be a spiked cinammon, eggnog half-whip latte with extra peppermint. Which doesn’t sound too bad…

…SWOONING OVER: Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Now if he was wearing one of those chunky, cable-knit guy sweaters with the winter designs on it – I just wouldn’t be able to handle it.



…PET PEEV-ing ABOUT: People who call into radio shows with their relationship problems. WHY are you doing this? Do you not have friends? Or a shrink? Better yet, Google the answer.

…LOVE THIS COMMERCIAL:  My friend, Sheebani, shared this. It should be titled: “You know how Indian people are always SO dramatic? Well it continues. Here’s a Google India tear-jerker and it’s pretty freaking touching”.

…NOT OK WITH: The Orlando Bloom-Miranda Kerr breakup.  This is not sitting well with me. It’s like what happened last Thursday – I drank coffee, ate a yogurt with malt balls, had 3 garlic chicken spring rolls, ate hummus and pretzel chips, had at least 10 pieces of salt water taffy, drank a cafe au lait, had a bag of chili cheese fritos and then went to a two hour gym session of kickboxing and zumba. Yeah…my stomach…not so good.  

…POLISHING MY NAILS WITH: Marshmallow by Essie. If only it smelled and tasted like the real thing. I’d be licking my fingers all day.

…WANTING TO LEARN HOW TO DO: Skateboard. I just really want to be one of those cool Cali kids who wears chucks and rolls around on a board with 4 wheels. I think I’d look pretty awesome (ahem…horrid) at it.

Now you know me a little better or maybe you guys will make it a new year’s resolution not to read my blog (now that you know the real me). Either way, thanks for reading! Also, I won’t be back until after Thanksgiving but I’m prepping for some good December posts so I’ll see you in the last month of 2013.

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 Cat hat: Urban Outfitters / Nail polish: Stylenomics by Essie