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  • inopinate 6:09 am on August 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Inopinate – August 30 

    We had a barbecue at my boss’ house today. I dress conservatively to work on purpose, but a barbecue on a hot summer afternoon was reason enough to loosen the chastity belt. My apologies for the photos again; I will get it right soon, I hope.

    From Style Per Diem

    Skirt: I bought this black and red printed skirt in Toronto for CAD 10 many years ago. It is a standard 3-hole wrap skirt and I love the tribal print. A great choice for a hot day. 

    Top: 100% silk top with an open back, elasticized waistband, high neck and 4-button closure in the front. ET featured it on SaM a while ago. The large butterfly sleeves and the open back make this a challenging shape. Every slight breeze makes the whole thing balloon up like a parachute – not advisable unless you are OK with looking like you should have given birth a couple of weeks ago. I like this top because of its loose and somewhat shapeless silhouette to balance out the form-fitting wrap bottom. 

    Shoes: Same sandals as yesterday. 

    Accessories: The $1 cuff from the flea market, the chronograph and the large Target bag for an extra shot of summer.

    • Ella Renee 4:32 pm on September 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      You look like a model in this photo! Red looks so good on you, and it is very summer-ish. I love your bag, very modern and cute.

    • inopinate 5:49 pm on September 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for the compliments!

  • Ella Shi 3:13 am on August 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Feels like fall 

    Tempreture suddenly dropped to 18 degrees. I start to feel the chill in the wind when I was walking home from work today.

    I’ve had this pair of white pointy flats for a while, I don’t know how to wear it and I’ve never found any occasion to wear it. So I was thinking to go overboard today and mix match something completely not meant to be put together.

    • Denim jacket: Gap, as seen in some previous posts. I got it 2 year ago and it’s been pretty handy ever since.
    • Shirt: H&M, as seen in previous post that I mixed with a grey pencil skirt.
    • Pants: No brand.
    • Pointy flats: Nine West. Very comfortable and I like the classy look of it.
    • Scarf: H&M.
    • Bag: No brand from China.

    This shirt is a gift from a friend in China. I kinda like the idea of the bling bling-ish skeleton shape t-shirt. I had a similar one but it is a playboy symbol on it. This is definetly looks different. I am thinking wear it with a blazer? What do you say?

    • inopinate 5:02 am on August 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Depends on the occasion – if it’s blazer as in workwear, I would say no. Skulls and work don’t mix in my opinion. But if it’s just a casual day/night out, then go for it. If you pick the right color blazer, you could pull it off.

    • Educated Tatya 9:07 am on August 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I agree with G. With a beige/off-white/even ivory blazer, this would look very chic. I really like the tee.

    • Ella Renee 4:36 pm on September 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks @inopinate and @ET
      I will try a blazer with it definitely. Maybe I can put on a vest as well?
      This shirt is wide at the bottom so I am thinking skinny jeans with it probably better than skirt…?

    • inopinate 9:46 pm on September 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Vest would work too, as long as it’s the right color. I’m thinking beige or light grey – nothing dark.

  • Educated Tatya 12:47 pm on August 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply  



    I was invited to a fashion industry-media interaction thingy, and there is always immense pressure on how to dress for one of these. I reacted the only way I know — by under-dressing. I was not going enrol in the war of brands and lengths that wages at such events. Even if it meant being predictable, I’m happier in my insouciance.

    Top: Long mul shirt from ASOS (Rs 100, Fashion street) with roll up short sleeves. Updated length saved me from boring.

    Jeans: Spoils-of-the-job Victoria Beckham skinny jeans.

    Shoes: One more pair of gladiators. I rolled up the jeans to show them off.

    Accessories: One of the easiest tricks to stay current is to buy a stole in the “it” colour. Thus my new grey one (Rs 90, Causeway). Seiko mechanical watch; peacock feathers as earrings; two bands on my left hand (the ones I am wearing on the same hand in the picture below) and a large rose quartz ring on my right; Tibetan charm on a long chain; Large guitar bag for overnight clothes.


    Everything I was wearing was non-descript, but tasteful.

    • Nidhi 4:58 pm on August 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      this is perfect! I love the shirt and the gladiators and gray scarf is the perfect accessory with everything. I am still looking for the perfect gray shade.

    • inopinate 7:27 pm on August 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      LOVE this shape on you. The shirt is the perfect length.

    • Ella Renee 11:40 pm on August 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I am always a big fan of simple white shirt and jeans. This is great with the gladiator sandals. It is a simple well put together but the special point is the scarf, definitely make the whole outfit stunning!!
      I think I am going to try the white shirt+jeans combo, and throw on a scarf to spice it up. Great outfit.

    • sraikh 3:44 am on August 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Again, simple yet chic. Trendy yet comfortable. Love it! I cant wait for fall to finally get here. I have tons of scarves/stoles that I want to wear. It was 98F high today. Horrible heat and no airconditioning at home. Argggh

    • Anks 11:42 am on August 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome outfit…. am gonna copy this look next week…. :)

    • Educated Tatya 5:05 pm on August 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      When I wore this, I thought: This is what Nidhi would wear. Heh. Scarves are always handy in sub-zero air conditioning.

    • Nidhi 6:14 pm on August 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      :D I know huh! I love scarves and long tunics and skinny jeans…oh yes!

    • Educated Tatya 10:59 am on August 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. I’m trying out different lengths these days

    • weewoman 11:28 pm on August 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Very cool! Its never a good idea to try and keep up with the ‘in crowd’. I dont even bother TRYING because it’s so easy to look half baked. This is classic and savvy and very ‘I’m cooler than you because I don’t try too hard’. Good for you!!

  • Educated Tatya 12:00 pm on August 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply  



    I guess I am one of nature’s shabby dressers. I’ve worn this shirt dress twice before and didn’t like how it felt — it was uncomfortable cinched at the waist, and without a belt, lacked shape. Recently, I bought this belt, that helped the outfit together.

    Dress: Self-chequered Promod tunic.
    Wide belt that sits on the waist.
    Shoes: August was a great month, materialistically. These shoes are among the many I was given and I procured under pretences of work. Ironically, I’m still looking for a pair of comfortable pumps.
    Accessories: A mix of bangles and a shell coin on a black string.


    I really like how comfortable and nonchalantly trendy I felt. Even pulled out a bit, the dress/shirt protected my modesty.

    • Nidhi 4:59 pm on August 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I love this too…it’s so easy-stylish then the belt kicks it up a notch :)

    • Ella Renee 11:38 pm on August 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I love the dress. And definitely thumbs up on the belt! Your accessories are always so pretty and very uniqe. I went to H&M today trying to get some earings and bangles but had no luck…hehe

    • sraikh 3:42 am on August 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I love this outfit. How casual yet trendy.Most of all love the shoes.Love it!
      And this is the first time, you have shown your full picture isnt it?

    • Educated Tatya 5:06 pm on August 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, teh belt finally gave it form

    • Educated Tatya 6:45 am on August 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      If you can come to Mumbai when you come down for your sister’s wedding, I’ll show you where to get the shoes. I let the face be since you can’t see my double chin.

    • Educated Tatya 7:04 am on August 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks El. I’m telling you, you have to shop in India. All this is regular street stuff

    • Ella Renee 7:02 pm on August 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I know, I’ve seen Dee has so many pretty accessories and she said she could got it just on the street and very cheap. I can’t wait to go to India and buy all of it… hehe

    • weewoman 11:37 pm on August 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Gimme those sandals!!

    • sraikh 3:07 am on August 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      What double chin! :)

      I could never find shoes in my size in India. I am a size 10.5 and that too in a wide. And I decided not to go to the wedding. *sobs sobs*

    • Educated Tatya 7:50 am on September 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Cookie, I’ll look for them in your size and send.
      S: Emo your sister into postponing the wedding. It’s the only way

  • Ella Shi 2:15 am on August 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    I am up for 'simple' 

    August 24th, Monday

    A very simple put together for work and couple meetings.

    As you can see, a beige pencil pants and a thin stripe tank top with a navy blue fit blazer. Dark purple flats and metalic brown bag. Every single thing is very simple. Do you like it when it all put together as a very simple outfit?

    • Tank Top: Club Monaco. It is a 100% cotton tank top. It actually has a special design in the back but because I have a blazer over on top, so it didn’t really show. The back of the Tank top is like a semi open back so you can wear it as a open-back tank top to party or daily. The bottom of the tank top is taper so it doesnt fly everywhere.
    • Beige Pants: Vintage store.
    • Navy blue blazer: Got it from a store called FAIRWATHER, it is slightly silky material so it is very comfortable. The sleeves are a bit shorter than normal design, so it makes it very convinient to wear.
    • Dark purple flats: Steven Madden.
    • Bag: (a knock off)Miu Miu bow bag

    August 25th, Tuesday

    I really miss wearing fashion boots. I haven’t had any chances to wear them last year because it went cold and snowy right away. So I am thinking I am going to slowly wear them now even though it’s still 25+ degree outside. But where I work has such strong AC on everyday, so it doesn’t feel hot at all, in fact I have to bring extra sweater to keep myself warm.

    • Stripe shirt: Abercrombie&Fitch (it looks like I do love the stripes!)
    • Blue shorts: Club Monaco. They are actually well fit shorts because they are meant for office ladies in the summer. But I don’t know why it just looks so casual on me…
    • Boots: ALDO. I got it 2 years ago…
    • Bag: same as above.
    • Educated Tatya 5:34 am on August 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Very nice. Especially the blazer. I love your collection of bags

    • Nidhi 5:56 pm on August 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      love both outfits! the pants are great and I like the combination of shorts with boots.

    • inopinate 6:14 pm on August 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I like the blazer. Do you have a close up shot?

    • Ella Renee 12:52 am on August 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I saw them in magazines and sometimes on those buzznet, so I go look for them since I had the chance to go back to China this year. haha

    • Ella Renee 12:53 am on August 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      This is actually my first time try shorts with boots. I am glad it turned out well. The shorts are very well fit shorts as well so it doesn’t looks chubby or too much going on there. Thanks!

    • Ella Renee 12:53 am on August 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks ET.

    • Ella Renee 12:54 am on August 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I will take one for you. and post it up. :)

  • sraikh 6:45 pm on August 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Sraikh-A first Post 

    I have been mustering courage to come and post on here. I dont have really “fashionable” clothes. I have like 3 pairs of shoes(2 which are Crocs) and I am a stay at home mom with 4 kids. What I am doing on a fashion blog? I dont belong here! Not to mention I am so not a perfect size 6.

     That said, after finding “fashion” blogs, I have broken out of my mommy shell and am trying on different things. Like venturing into a Forever 21 store. Or trying on heels! Or using a scarf. I am rambler and go on and with my rambling crap. Onto with my outfit

    Full shot

    Full shot

    A Close Up

    A Close Up

    Blouse/Dress:Clearance Sale from Mervyns
    Leggings:Forever 21
    Jhola: Bhopal,India
    Scarf:A luxurious 100% silk scarf from Bangkok
    Bangle: Thrifted
    Chappals from somewhere..
    • Educated Tatya 6:53 pm on August 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Nice contrast. I loved the maxi you were wearing in the picture on your blog. Mama’s looking good

    • Shwetha 10:51 pm on August 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      ‘Chappals from somewhere’ – ?????
      ‘Bangle: Thrifted’- ?????
      Can you please be more specific about this outfit? eg. what material is the bangle? Why you chose to match ALL your accessories etc etc ?

    • Ella Renee 1:58 am on August 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I agree with ET.
      Nice contrast and I really love the scarf, the color looks very very nice.

    • weewoman 2:16 am on August 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Firstly, WELCOME! So glad you decided to join us. All mama’s need to look after themselves too! And the tunic/dress looks lovely. VERY nice shape on you!

    • sraikh 5:50 am on August 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Ladies

    • sraikh 5:43 am on August 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I dont really remember where I got the chappals from

      The bangles is some metal and blue thing I got from a thrift store and it matches my blue scarf. The blue scarf is my pop of color in a otherwise brown/black color scheme.


    • shilpadesh 11:38 am on August 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Agree agree agree. You look awesome S!

    • Prashanti 2:43 pm on August 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Love the scarf !!!! And you look Lovely :)

    • Shwetha 12:27 pm on August 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! You should try pointy shoes next time, and I feel the scarf, even though lovely, is making your neck disappear!
      Next time can you try colorful beads, instead of the scarf and see if it makes a dfference, please?

    • sraikh 5:50 am on August 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Shewta, I dont own any pointy shoes! My shoe size is 10.5 wide which is really difficult to find. I have 2 chappals, one flats, one black heels which I never wear and Crocs which I wear all the times. Plus I have a very active 2.5 yr old who is attached to my hip :)

  • nidhi 6:33 pm on August 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    unworn 08/24 

    top is a long tunic style t-shirt from Rogan for Target, featured here before.

    jeans are skinny-ish from Zara with cool bronze studs along the pockets.

    shoes are the same dansko clogs/sandals as featured before.

    nacklace is an old one from H&M with a gold chain and a big pendant with hand painting (I think).

    • sraikh 6:51 pm on August 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Dansko shoes are next on my shopping list! Plus they have them in Wide.

    • Educated Tatya 6:52 pm on August 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Be still my beating heart. Love the shoes and long chain. Long chains are my new thing too and I’m trying to get one in gld

    • Ella Renee 1:57 am on August 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I LOVE IT!!!
      I love the grey simple t-shirt and the shape of the Jeans! Well put together and it is very in fashion!!

  • Ella Shi 4:22 am on August 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    August 23, Unionville Photoshoot 

    A good friend came to town and visit, since she has a car so we went to a historic town just north of  Toronto, called Unionville.

    It is all sort of cute vintage shops and restaurants. It is quite small though, so we managed to walk through everything in about 20 minutes.

    It is not a hot day but the weather is just perfect for everything. It’s about 20 degrees with refreshing winds going through, and overcast makes the photoshoot goes well and it is a great day to get some pictures done.

    My outfit today is a simple black dress with a denim jacket, and with a pair of low gladiator sandals.

    Denim Jacket is from Gap, I got it last year. This is the only denim jacket I own and I always agree with at least own one denim jacket.

    Dress and shoes are from some small shop in China.

    Let’s take a closer look here.

    My friend’s outfit is very pretty especially the color looks amazing in pictures.

    I think she got her shirt at Ameircan Eagle Outfitters, and her bag is from Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall collection.

  • weewoman 5:56 pm on August 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Dilshad Burman – August 12 

    The day I had planned included a few hours of work, dinner on a patio by the lake and an open air screening of The Labyrinth, also by the lake. Since it was blazing hot I wanted an all cotton ensemble and went with this…

    From Style Per Diem

    The shorts: Off white linen walking shorts with absolutely no details aside from back slit pockets and side pockets. I simply love them because they are so simple and hence so versatile. I also very much enjoy this undyed kind of look the fabric has and they fit beautifully on the hips and then sort of float away from the leg, allowing for much temperature control and no sticky leg syndrome on a humid day.

    The top: A lovely maroon printed cotton top I picked up from Fabindia when I was home this year. I love the thick band of contrast fabric on the empire waist and the crossover of fabric on the bust, which makes it look much like an angarkha. The yellow flower print on the bright maroon fabric is very gav-walli types and I just love how it all pops!

    The chappals: Favourite copper and gold kohlapuri’s from home, sent in my birthday package this year!

    Accessories: I deliberately mixed metallics, leaving in the usual silver finger rings, adding a thin copper chain and a mix of gold and silver bangles and some small silver drop ear-rings from Asiatic that I picked up many many years ago. Since they’re somewhat tarnished, they went with the copper chain and dull gold bangles well.
    In addition, I pulled my hair back and wore this recently bought lovely copper hairband, which when worn is somewhat Grecian. I’m really liking this look of late.

    I also carried my bright green pashmina for when it got a bit chilly by the lake and to be comfortable on the walk home.

    All in all a fun day and a fun outfit. I enjoy a bit of ethno-chic once in a while, although I despise the term ethno-chic.

    • inopinate 6:17 pm on August 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Great outfit. I really like the top. Send some of that blazing hot weather this way, will you?

    • sraikh 7:20 pm on August 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Love the chappals. And the kurta/top/blouse is wonderful. I need to add Fabindia to my shopping list when visiting India. I have never been to one

    • Ella Renee 12:34 am on August 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I love the top. It looks just like sunshine and summer. great outfit.

    • Shwetha 12:29 pm on August 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Nice top! Great look :)

    • weewoman 8:59 pm on August 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks ladies!
      @inopiate – All that blazing weather seems to have given way to thunderstorms and 4 tornadoes touching down too close to home! NOT FUN!
      @sraikh – Never?! They are everywhere. Bombay has at least 4 that we visit regularly and many more that I’m sure we haven’t found yet. Don’t miss it next time!

    • weewoman 9:52 pm on August 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks ladies!

  • Ella Shi 12:31 am on August 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    I found the skirt for me. 

    Remember earlier I posted that white top but I couldn’t find a good pencil skirt to go with it? Now I finally found it at H&M, and I am so happy because it was cheap and it fits perfectly. (while…you guys have to be the judge of  how it actually looks)

    It is very comfortable material, because it is a lot more formal than a jersey skirt. It is an actual pencil skirt that you can wear it to the office or interviews.

    This is what I took when I was trying it on at H&M.

    • Nidhi 1:38 am on August 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      love it! love the top in the second pic too.

    • Educated Tatya 7:15 pm on August 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Bang on!

    • Ella Renee 1:43 am on August 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      The top is actually an oversized boy t-shirt. I tucked it under the skirt so it actually looks not that bad. hehe Thanks.

    • weewoman 3:33 am on August 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Oh this is an awesome skirt! H&M?? Did they have size 2?

    • Ella Renee 3:43 am on August 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      They had size 0 on the rack when I bought mine.
      Go check it out I bought it at Eaton Centre bottom level.
      and it’s on the left hand side when you walk in the HM entrance.

    • inopinate 4:46 pm on August 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      H&M cuts size 0?! When did this happen? Have I been away that long?

    • Ella Renee 11:59 pm on August 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      yes they sometimes do, but only on selected items, and also they don’t have a big stocks on size 0. I’ve seen it 3 or 4 times, once was in HK in an HM store, and couple times in Toronto.

    • weewoman 10:28 pm on August 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      0!! REALLY?? AWESOME! I will go as soon as I have time to breathe. So on the left hand side, the office kind of section right?

    • Ella Renee 11:58 pm on August 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      yes. bottom floor on the left side of the entrance, where the elevator side ( not the escalator) They have it in black too. try it on. it is comfortable

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