Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Crazy good date-night

This is what I wore on a date night, dinner and a movie! It was one of those rare days when everything goes as planned – house work, cleaning, relaxed afternoon, picture-perfect photo shoot and then a dinner n movie. check, check and check!

Date night started with a cozy dinner at - Karaikudi (in chantilly, VA) - a restaurant that serves authentic Chettinad cuisine. We started off with Rasam (perfect for a chilly night)and then moved to idli-wada sambar (my absolute favorite!) and finally finished off Chicken Chettinad with Chapatis/Rotis & Rice. 
The food itself was finger-licking good but super spicy & HOT! Don't get me wrong, I enjoy spicy food; but this was beyond my expectations (and in a real bad way!). The Rasam itself was tasty but again too way peppery for me (I left it half way while husband finished it off). The idli-wada were delish; sambar was served in meager quantities :( I mean charge me more but at least serve a cupful of that delish sambar! The Chicken Chettinad was as authentic as it could get - had a very home-madey taste to it! Awesome! Rotis were a let down (should have just stuck to parathas).
Though most of the patrons are from India, I am pretty sure that not everyone is aware of the fiery Chettinad cuisine. I wish the servers would have mentioned to me the level of spiciness and heat in the food. Well, having said all that, I think I won't mind going back there for the 'original' south-indian taste every dish had and probably will stick to idli-wada sambar/dosa. 

Well, though the dinner experience was a little setback for me (husband loves super-spicy food, so he had no complaints :)), the movie turned out to be SUPERB! We watched Argo that night. If you haven’t watched Argo yet, then go WATCH IT NOW!! Ben Affleck – the director and lead actor – is freaking 'brilliante'! 
I was spellbound after the movie; Argo is definitely one of the best movies in recent times. I don't want to reveal too much of the plot, but I loved watching the 1970's setting and was pretty excited when they showed Washington-Dulles airport in one of the shots. (I live quite close to the airport, you see ;))

It was quite chilly that day (which is how the weather is usually here now) so I picked my quirky skirt and paired it with a black turtle neck. Turtle necks I am not a big fan of! They make me a little bit uncomfortable around the neck area. But the fact that they are so warm and cozy, I do wear them on chilly days. Boots and leggings and a Crazy good necklace completed the look. So you see, I 'winterized' my 'summer' look here
I got this necklace from Tanvi’s very own boutique– Crazy & Co. Thanks to my stars, I won a giveaway for a gift card to Crazy & Co. on Vidhya's blog hereI was in love with this tribal-inspired design since I had seen the House of Harlow necklace. The best part is that it's black, which makes it totally versatile.

So on date-nights, do you try new restaurants or prefer the tried-and-tested ones? Do tell. 

What I am wearing: Skirt - Anthropologie (seen here); Turtle-neck sweater - Ann Taylor Factory Outlet; Boots - Born @ The Tannery, Boston; Statement necklace - Crazy & Co.; Earrings - Local boutique in Provincetown, Cape Cod, MA; Ring - Aldo; Belt - NY & Company; Purse - Linking Road, Mumbai, India; Glasses - Burberry; Jacket - H&M

The delicious Chettinad cuisine!
Idli-wada sambar on left and Chicken Chettinad on right.

I wore the statement necklace again on Monday with formal wear and 
it paired great, don't you think? :)

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iesha said...

love this outfit! and i didn't know you were in VA! i was born and raised in Loudoun!

In the Blue said...
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In the Blue said...

You look super cute, and stylish! I have the same necklace :)
(too many errors in my previous comment, haha).

Rupa said...

One of your best posts!!! What is here not to love. that is some beautiful, different, unique and a great skirt. Those boots are amazing. Love your coat as well. Even that belt stands out. Thumbs up!

Unknown said...

like your necklace.. its too stylish.. and you look beautiful in this outfit..

Shubhi said...

Miss Gorgeousness, I love the skirt!
Amazing outfit i must say...and Argo sounds like something I might like!
And amazing pictures, Again.

Shubhi's Revels!

Unknown said...

I am in love with that skirt!.. And yes, Argo was fab!! Told you that before.. hahaha!! :)

The Style Cocktail said...

Love that skirt so much. It's the best yellow. :)

Urban Mantra said...

That skirt is definitely unique and I love it! Such a great look on you! And btw, I absolutely loved Argo as well. Suchhhh a great movie!


RENEW-IT said...

Can't decide what I loved more. Argo or your skirt ;) It is such an eye catching skirt.
You look super Gorgeous Ashy!


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Heather said...

I love that skirt- what a beautiful date night look!

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Juneli said...

Wow, sounds like an amazing date night- great food and great flick! You look beautiful, Ashy, in that pretty yellow skirt!
Enjoy your week end, dear!
Juneli from Fashionably Yours

Anupriya DG said...

I'm in LOVE with your skirt!!! And that necklace was a great pick! :)

Even I have won a Crazy & Co. giftcard recently in a waiting for my necklace to arrive!

TaNuja said...

Hiiiiii :)

you look stunning... nice about your perfect day and hot food ;) But then U enjoyed a lot too :)

M so loving your skirt and necklace :)

Love <3
Tanuja :)

Rumela said...

Love the outfit. Great pictures.

Tanya said...

You look totally the neck piece!
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Michelle said...

That necklace is just beautiful!! The color of your dress is my favorite. It has a nice mustard yellow hue to it that I absolutely adore.

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Sara said...

Nice photo and really cool outfit, you look great, I like your skirt, what a great shape and that jacket is so nice, the perfect touch to the outfit also you are really beautiful and your boots rock! Your have a lovely blog by the way and I am a new follower on GFC and Bloglovin! Hope you will like my blog and follow back!

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