Sunday, February 24, 2013

Without batting an eye!

Thank you for the lovely words on my previous post; it was indeed encouraging to get such a feedback from the bloggers I glad that you all liked the print-clash as much as I loved wearing it! Seriously work wear needs to be fun, creative and innovative. OUT with the boring pants & blazers and IN with the fun prints and color-blocking! *virtual high-five* 

Coming back to reality, this winter is killing me! It's been bone-chilling cold here all week..all thanks to sub-zero temps coupled with super-strong winds (yeah, superlative degree needs to be used to describe the winds!) But on a serious note, its been really boring weather. I am just-just waiting for summer now..sand beneath my feat, balmy evenings, sun-dresses, fedoras and cute bow flats. Ahem, was I talking about sunny weather or summer-fashion? Well, anything that takes me back to light cotton dresses is welcome, just can't take wearing these heavy coats and boots anymore. 

Enough of cribbing and onward with this post's OOTD ('Outfit Of The Day', for the uninitiated). This outfit was planned for a dinner-date with hubby in the opulent city of Vegas. I picked this 'tie-neck peasant' blouse from Nordstorm Rack and have to say it's one of my fav things in the closet. It's easy-breezy with interesting smocking details at the shoulder and fits perfectly - plus covers all the flaws. I dig the loose neck-tie knot - gives it quite a formal look, doesn't it? This top and my cigarette denims is like a match made in heaven.
No-fuss outfit which I can dress up or dress down depending on the occasion. Black peep-toe pumps, sleek hair and clutch completed the look. I went for multi-color earrings to add a zing but I think metal (gold/rose-gold) accessories will just pair well with this outfit. 

So, ladies..lesson learnt! If you find that flowy top/blouse with the feminine bow, just buy it without batting an eye! (I am kidding, of course you can blink your eyes but don't let that top out of your sight!)
Do tell, that one piece you have bought lately which looks chic and especially helps you create a no-fuss look!

  What I am wearing: Skinny cords (dark teal) - Old Navy (similar); Top - Nordstorm Rack (similar); Black peep-toe heels - Bandolino@DSW (similar); Multi-color earrings - Old Navy; Sling bag - ALDO; Flower ring - some shop in Mumbai; Watch - MK Women's Chronograph (similar)

Mr. & Mrs.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Checked and color-blocked

This happens with me most of the times..I get supremely creative in dressing up usually on weekdays but ironically, I don't get enough time in the morning rush to click pictures for the blog. And then most of my
winter weekends are spent at home in PJs so no photo shoots

This outfit is from one of those work-week days, when I decided to mix prints (color-block and gingham checks) with a hint of leopard print on the shoes and felt that it would a waste to not capture it for the blog. I recreated this look on the following weekend and here it is for you to browse through.

I think it's safe to say that gingham checks are as versatile as polka dots - very easy to mix prints or wear them as-is. I felt a little daring and paired the outfit with my fav leopard print kitten heels (one of my best purchases!). Red lips and a red beads completed the look and added a little bit of oomph for the Saturday excursion with hubby.

What do you think? Would you try mixing prints - color-block and gingham checks? Do tell..

What I am wearing: Gingham checks shirt - NY&Co.; Color-blocked sweater - NEU, Ireland; Corduroy pants - NY&Co.; Leopard print kitten heels - Kelly & Katie @ DSW; Bag - Linking road, Mumbai; Red beads necklace - Groopdealz; Aviators - Tory Burch; Earrings - Birthday gift from a friend; Beads bracelet - Target; Watch - Husband's Casio chronograph

P.S.: These pics are from fall season and so the yellow leaves, lovely weather and the sun! Its been long I wanted to post these pics but always got post-poned. Well, as they say, better late than never :)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Healthy & Tasty Series - Cauliflower Leek soup

I almost always have cauliflower in my fridge and well I am plain bored eating it as sabzi or in pav-bhaji. So, when I saw this recipe first time on a Cooking Channel show called as 'Bitchin Kitchen' by Nadia G., I knew I had to try it out. Also, the fact that I have seen 'Leek' like a million times in the grocery store, and the curious cook that I was, I really never knew how to put it to a good use. So in that sense, this soup helped me to marry the two interesting ingredients for me.
The recipe itself is quick and easy, and the soup makes a perfect companion on a cold winter day with a book/movie/TV show.

This flavor-packed soup recipe has been adapted from here.

Cooking time: 20 minutes
Yield: 4

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 leek, thinly sliced
6 cups organic chicken stock (you could use hot water too)
1 cauliflower, chopped into bite sized pieces
2 potatoes, diced
1 bay leaf
3/4 cup aged cheddar cheese ( I skipped the cheese)
pinch of sea salt and freshly cracked pepper
fresh chives, minced (I used coriander)

  • In a pot, heat the extra virgin olive oil over medium. 
  • In the oil, sauté the leeks for a few minutes until soft.
  • Deglaze the pot with organic chicken stock. Add the cauliflower, potatoes, bay leaf to the stock and simmer for 15-20 minutes until veggies are fork-tender. Remove the pot from the heat. Fish out about one cup of cauliflower florets and potatoes and set them aside.
  • Puree the soup using a hand blender, and then put the cauliflower and potatoes pieces back into the pot. Add the aged cheddar, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. Turn the heat down to medium-low and whisk until the cheese is melted.
  • Serve topped with fresh chives/coriander.


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