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  • inopinate 3:13 am on September 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Inopinate – September 25 

    I was going to a wine, cheese and chocolate tasting event on the rooftop of a chichi downtown loft building. The dress code said casual chic, which I would like to think is my forte anyway. So, I give you my outfit for the evening.

    From Style Per Diem

    Pants: Newly acquired black cropped pants from Zara. 2 is the smallest size at Zara, which is common for European retailers. However, when I tried these on in the store, they were loose all over with the crotch hanging a good 2” to 3” below my anatomical crotch. I loved the pants so much though, that I decided to bet my money on the 97% cotton claim on the tag. And it paid off, because once I shrank them at home, they became the most perfectly fitting cotton pants. They have a comfortable high rise and just the right length on the leg. In fact, I liked them so much after wearing them out that I went back and bought another pair in grey. 

    Top: This long-sleeve ivory blouse is reminiscent of Jerry’s puffy shirt from Seinfeld. I had a very specific vision for it from the second I saw it in the store, and I hoarded the blouse for a couple of months before I was finally able to put that look together last night. I love the vintage, black and white detail around the neck and the ruffles down either side on the front. 

    Shoes: The high rise on the pants combined with the top tucked in made my somewhat disproportionately long lower half look even longer. Oddly, I enjoy quirks like that so I exaggerated it even more with the help of the shoes from the last post. I love the drama of the overall effect. 

    Accessories: After toying with a few different belts, I preferred to go without one for a more streamlined look. The only visible accessory was my black mock croc clutch. I also had on a pair of silver geometric earrings, but you can’t really see them here.

    • weewoman 3:42 am on September 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Lovely! I’ve been in love with ruffles all season and very much love the top. Crop pants don’t work on me but super major power up points for shrinking them to fit so perfectly! :D

    • Educated Tatya 3:01 pm on September 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      So chic. A pair of cigarette pants are on my shopping list this month.

    • inopinate 5:16 pm on September 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, peeps!

    • H 7:47 am on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Oh so chic!

    • inopinate 4:59 pm on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, H!

  • inopinate 1:09 am on September 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Inopinate – September 20 

    Though I don’t have a good front view shot, I have to post this one. I wore this to the Hollywood Bowl last weekend.

    From Style Per Diem

    Pants: Grey, true skinny jeans by Helmut Lang, recently acquired from Gilt (thanks, Nidhi!) at a ridiculous discount. I had never bought clothes online before, so it was not easy choosing a size. Finally, I decided to trust the “true to size” claim on the website and reluctantly chose 24”. And am I happy I did, because the fit on these jeans is beyond perfection. Now I know why the elite go bespoke. I am sure to wear these again soon, and I promise to get better photos. I will reserve the singing of more praises for that future post as well. For now, drool on.

    Top: Previously posted black sweater with a twist, from Anthropologie. In case you have not noticed, my style is more about me, and less about the clothes. Needless to say, I do not shy away from print and color, and you will rarely see me wear neutral-on-neutral just to show off the clothes themselves. But with those jeans, I had to make an exception. Black on grey. There, I did it.

    Shoes: To take those jeans to the extreme, I went with the previously posted brown-black suede pumps with the cut-out wedge heels. As I was rushing up the ramp at the Bowl to a show I was already late for, a woman simply pointed at my shoes and yelled, “New York or Italy?” Enough said.

    Accessories: I cinched the previously shown white crochet belt at my natural waist to keep the sweater in check, and carried my big white bag. Other than that, nothing worth mentioning.

    • Nidhi 1:56 am on September 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      you look so so chic and I have to say it’s all in the jeans! high five for gilt :) they are so flattering on you…length, bootie all of it! did you go to the India Calling concert?

    • inopinate 4:36 pm on September 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Dilshad: Thanks! Want an invite to Gilt?

      Also, since you asked, I searched online to see if I could find the shoes, and voila: http://www.gothamcityonline.com/product/index.cfm?brand=Bobbi%20Blu&styleid=&AID=&color=&dept=2&MID=40911&Size=&bid=1606&Stock=1040018 . And I paid twice that, so you’d better jump on that price. You will love them.

    • inopinate 4:44 am on September 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! You know what you’ve done, don’t you? You’ve created a monster. Now I’m going to blow all my money on Gilt and become one uber-chic homeless person.

      Yup, India Calling. Was great. Did you go?

    • weewoman 3:48 pm on September 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Love it! Love the jeans, NEED the shoes!

      I have been looking for a good pair of grey skinny jeans forever!

    • weewoman 3:42 am on September 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      OOOHHHH!! I want them SO BAD. Unfortunately the smallest size they seem to have is a 6. I’m a 5, 5 1/2 at best. :(

    • inopinate 5:16 pm on September 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Bummer. Can’t do with big thick insoles?

    • weewoman 1:35 am on September 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Dont think so. :( I have very high arches and really need a proper fit or I cramp up and go all insane! waaahhh!

  • weewoman 11:05 pm on September 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Dilshad Burman – September 11 

    It was a very fall-ish, pant weather day, but I wasn’t ready to give up summer without wearing my new skirt at least ONCE…

    From Style Per Diem

    The skirt: Short black pencil skirt with some pleating at the waist. I love this skirt because it can be worn like this, covered, or with a shirt tucked in to show off the pleats. It also comes with a thin belt, which I didn’t wear. I paired it with these grey multi-purpose tights since there was a bit of a nip in the air and also to make the short length of the skirt more appropriate for what I was upto that day.

    The top: A lovely, flowy scoop neck printed t-shirt from Old Navy. I love how billowy and blousy it is but also that it comes close to the hips in a wide band at the bottom. I bought a size S as they had run out of XS’s. I allowed this rare concession by forcing myself to visualise it in a proper outfit. Too often, I give up on lovely peices because I take them as they are. By belting this and allowing it to fall off the shoulder, I think I made something special out of something simple.

    The shoes: ONCE AGAIN the teal peep toes won over any other shoe as the perfect, comfortable yet stylish all day shoe. Must find more shoes that fulfill all these requirements.

    Accessories: I left in the usual silver rings and wore these lovely hand made anodised aluminium earrings.

    As summer ends, my lack of natural insulation will soon see me in woolies and tights will only be worn as layers UNDER pants. For this day though, I kept the chills at bay with this chic quarter sleeve sweater jacket, also from Old Navy. I like that it has a wide, almost cape like feel with a bit of edge thrown in with chunky hardware.

    If I could dress like this all fall, I’d enjoy the changing weather more.

    • Ella Renee 3:40 am on September 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      LOVE THE TOP!!!!!
      where did you get it??
      and the whole look is so classy!
      there is a clothing show at the exibition this weekend, you should check it out!

    • Educated Tatya 11:37 am on September 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      ” I think I made something special out of something simple.” *thumbs up*

    • inopinate 5:12 pm on September 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      You can keep dressing like that for a bit longer if you do boots instead of the peeptoes, no?

    • Shaks 10:17 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Love this look

    • weewoman 5:30 pm on September 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Yep. Thats the plan for a bit. Thinking up new skirt and tights combos for the coming weeks. Plus wool/acrylic leggings can take you right upto winter.

  • inopinate 6:28 am on September 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Inopinate – September 19 

    The farmers market at the Grove is one of my favorite places in LA. I wore this to a leisurely brunch there on Saturday. Nothing special, but a comfortable and stylish ensemble nevertheless.

    From Style Per Diem

    Dress: Previously posted printed jersey dress. The holes in the braid detail at the waist were a nice bonus for air flow on this hot day. 

    Shoes: Previously posted bronze gladiators. I have not gotten enough use out of these, and I am trying to make the most of them while the summer makes up its mind about leaving for the year. 

    Accessories: I got this long necklace with a round pendant recently. I love the pendant and the idea of a long chain, but every time I wear one of these, I can’t help but think that I look like a call center person with her ID around her neck. I pulled the chain up a lot from its natural position using a safety pin, and I am still unsure about the look. For what it’s worth, it goes well with the dress.

    • sraikh 12:19 am on September 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I love the gladiators.
      The long chain irritates me as well. It bounces up and down with each step. I havent figured out what to do with it

    • Ella Renee 3:46 am on September 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I LOVE your dress and the gladiators!!

    • Nidhi 5:27 am on September 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      love the dress and the print! Farmer’s Market is very close to me and I end up there atleast once a week for food :)

    • inopinate 5:49 pm on September 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, all!

      Nidhi: Maybe we’ll run into each other sometime! I know if we try to plan it, it’s not going to work out! :)

    • weewoman 11:29 am on September 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Ah! I love one piece wonders like this. Very nice!
      As for the long chain, it really doesn’t look like the ‘call centre employee’ badge. Not this one! They do get a little annoying but I find if I can get the length right they tend to work well.

  • Ella Shi 4:30 am on September 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply  


    I haven’t been updating for a while, because the weather changes too quick, I’ve been sick and in bed for couple days. I had to go to the drug store today so I decided to take some snaps while I am going there.

    To be honest, I love fall clothes too.

    I know summer is slowly going away from me, and since I am in Canada there is such a crazy storm winter in front of me. So I am going to take my chances to wear all my summer/fall clothes the last round.

    Here is a conclusion for the day.

    • T-Shirt: from ZARA. It is a simple white long sleeves shirt with some crazy bunny prints on the front. It is 100% cotton so the shape is very casual, but very comfortable.
    • Vest: from b+ab Hong Kong. It is beige color and the material is kinda fluffy. Very soft, doesn’t necessary have a shape. So it is very casual.
    • Jeans: from American Eagle. Apparently American Eagle is the only place I get jeans that fits me perfectly. Other brand I go to, they either fit on the ass but very wide waist, or fit on the waist very long on the legs. American Eagle has the perfect jeans for my shape and they have pants in “Shorts” so it doesn’t have to be too long to wear.
    • Boots: from UGG. They are chestnut classic mini. I like them because they are not too high on the ankle so it doesn’t look too chubby on the legs.
    • Bags: knock off of Chanel.
    • inopinate 6:23 am on September 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      That’s a pretty good Chanel knockoff! I like fall fashion too.

  • weewoman 3:54 am on September 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Dilshad Burman – September 8 

    Anniversary day 2 – the actual day.

    I was being surprised with dinner somewhere extra special, but as usual informed not to ‘over do’ it. Whatever THAT means.
    Turns out we went to the rather high end 38th floor lake side hotel rotating restaurant (that doesn’t rotate anymore) close to home.

    I’m glad I went with this under done yet classic look…

    From Style Per Diem

    The skirt: Taking a cue from Ella, I went in search of a grey pencil skirt after seeing the lovely one she bought from H&M. Unfortunately, as always, they had run out of 2′s and 0′s when I got there. Luckily, as ALWAYS, Costa Blanca came to the rescue. This lovely, high waist, grey pencil skirt has some rouching at the top, which, being lucky as I am with my metabolism, I am able to carry off without looking too pregnant. Its very flattering and I heart it muchly. Its a cotton-tweedy kind of material so I can see myself wearing it in the fall with some leggings too.

    The top: This top is a lovely breezy soft cotton jersey tank top from Old Navy. Its one of those super loose fit tops that slips and slides everywhere and only will power holds it in place. The straps are actually twisted though, so easy to adjust and sort of tuck into place. I love the flow of the fabric and the tucks on the low neck. A bit troublesome though, so I might consider layering it with another strappy top next time.

    The shoes: My go to teal peep toes. I am getting SO much wear from these! I wanted to go with the black ruffle t-straps but a lack of time and need to keep it low key made me jump into these much loved wedges.

    Accessories: Again, a lack of time made me forget ear-rings but I wore my hair down, so you couldn’t see my ears anyway. I wore a simple silver metal hair band, the regular silver rings and added this lovely ‘water bead’ necklace made by a close friend of ours that makes some amazing jewelry and trinkets as a hobby and for sale.

    I threw on one of my black blazers to leave the house and I think, if I had that kind of career, it would be a great ‘work to evening out’ double duty outfit!

    All in all, it was quite appropriate for where we went and atleast for this night, to bedazzle the manly man. :)

    • inopinate 7:04 am on September 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Great skirt. Love the booty in the “flattering” pic. :)

    • sraikh 5:03 pm on September 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      All of you skinny minnies. I swear this is why I dont dare post on here! :)

      You look dressed up and yet casual. Does that make sense?
      I love those shoes. I am on a hunt of sz 10.5 W peep toe shoes. under $50, No success thus far

    • Ella Renee 11:28 pm on October 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      You look so good in this skirt! I am glad you found something that’s even better!

    • weewoman 3:07 am on September 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      @inopiate – thanks lady!
      @sraikh – Skinny nothing! Its more hassle than it looks like more often than not!
      I like your style and I think its more important to dress your body shape with things that suit and flatter you rather than worry about weight and you do a really good job of it!! Please continue posting.

      As for shoes, I count on Payless a lot. My feet are ridiculously small and they make half sizes that fit perfectly. Plus they’re RIDICULOUSLY cheap and you don’t feel so bad if you wear them for one season and finish with them!

  • weewoman 11:08 pm on September 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Dilshad Burman – September 7 

    Anniversary Day 1

    Here finally, is the debut of my somewhat nautical themed self made, hand sewn summer dress!!!

    And yes, I did indeed wear it on a boat! We took what has now become an annual anniversary boat cruise to watch the annual Labour Day weekend air show! Boats and planes! Whee!

    From Style Per Diem

    The dress: For those unfamiliar with my sewing adventures or new to Style Per Diem, I hand sewed this yellow summer dress a little while ago, from scratch. Every detail was agonised over for a considerable length of time, but I am quite satisfied with how it all came together. For full details and explanations, please visit my blog http://www.sewwot.wordpress.com.

    The shoes: Somewhat nautical white pointy toed canvas flats. I needed to be practical!

    Accessories: I replaced my small hoops with larger silver hoop earrings. Aside from that, nothing worth nothing. I just wanted the dress to stand alone. Its bright enough!

    The dress held up under the heat and jumping around on the boat. It was airy and very comfy and I cannot stress the JOY of a dress with pockets! Just SO pleased with my handy work! SO PLEASED!


    • Nidhi 12:12 am on September 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      this whole outfit is beautiful! the dress is stunning…even a little retro. And the shoes and little red clutch are perfect.

    • inopinate 4:05 am on September 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      So breezy! Excellent handy work. Now that I see it on, I think it could have even been a tad shorter, but looks great nonetheless. What’s the next project on deck?

    • sraikh 1:49 am on September 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Still no machine!! Clap Clap.
      Very very nice.

      Love the summery top in your other blog as well..

    • weewoman 1:32 am on September 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! Unfortunately its not a little red clutch. Just my camera pouch. But maybe I should get one!

    • weewoman 4:31 am on September 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Right now its just about at the knees but I definitely wanted it shorter. Measurements went off somewhere I think. Once I was done adding the ribbon piping though, I didn’t want to mess with it. If I really cant leave it alone, I’ll be taking it up from the neck line. :)

      Next is most likely another skirt, but pleated this time. Not sure if the fading weather will keep me motivated though, so have taken up some smaller projects for the time being which I’ll put up soon. :D

  • weewoman 2:57 am on September 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Dilshad Burman – September 1 

    This day, I had to dress to impress, but still keep it understated and classic. The blazer, my most recent purchase, was fresh on my mind…

    From Style Per Diem

    The jeans: SUPREME favourite most tasty birthday jeans with front button flap and bum flattering bum! Often worn, never duplicated!

    The top: Also a birthday buy, this is the white ruffled blouse I wore with my green printed summer skirt to high tea on the day of my birth. I loved the idea of the ultra feminine ruffles framed by the nice, neat, sharp lines of the blazer.

    The blazer: Loved enough to be featured in two consecutive posts blazer!

    The shoes: Practical but much loved red wedges again.

    Accessories: For a bit of colour and to tie in with the shoes, I wore these gorgeous earrings for the first time. They are hand made of Japanese washi paper and glazed with lacquer and very delicate. I found them at a little stall at a street festival and since then found other washi paper accessories at other places that I will debut soon! I think they’re insanely pretty and if they were a little more affordable, I would have stocked up!

    This outfit was super comfy and effortlessly chic I thought. I like when I don’t have to think too much with lovely pieces that I am confident always look good. The little hint of Duran Duran inspiration didn’t hurt either. :D

    • kay 2:16 pm on September 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Love the jeans. What brand is it ?

    • weewoman 9:04 pm on September 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Actually, these are from Costa Blanca here in Canada. They’re not your typical jeans manufacturer. In fact they rarely ever do pants. They just happened to have these this summer and I pounced on them since I have been looking for some grown up jeans FOREVER!

  • weewoman 3:11 am on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Dilshad Burman – August 25th 

    3 days of a very high profile event for my company had me dressed in suit equivalents for a bit. This is one variation I’m particularly proud of…

    From Style Per Diem

    The pants: Previously posted and much loved classic black trousers. They sit low on the hips so tucking in a top doesn’t look like I’m eighty and I still love them for all the previously mentioned reasons.

    The top: Simple grey V neck, long sleeved t-shirt, bought originally just for layering. The neck was a bit too low for work so I layered a black cami underneath that has some lace detail on the neck. I chose to tuck the tops in for a nice clean, flat look.

    The jacket: I finally found a blazer that did not end above my waist line, that actually fit, and actually made me feel “business-y”. Its almost perfect and I love the way it flares out and I think the height of the stance is just about right. I can live with the quarter length sleeves for now. Its girly, but definitely authoritative.

    The shoes: Much loved dark red wedges. A comfort heel for a long day.

    Accessories: Aside from the red belt for a pop of colour and to tie in with the shoes, nothing major.

    I enjoyed this outfit thoroughly. My hair behaved even better than normal and I really felt kinda slick – like an evil smooth operator in a 50′s flick. If only it was an all white outfit.

    • inopinate 3:20 am on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Ooh la la! This looks good enough to eat. What I see of the jacket is just perfect. Too bad about the sleeves, but still.

    • Ella Renee 8:19 am on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Great outfit. Love the blazer. Where did you find it?

    • sraikh 1:10 am on September 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Love the black lace detail.
      Very chic and slick and everything else you said.

    • Educated Tatya 6:15 pm on September 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Love the alterations on a theme. You need a gun holster

    • weewoman 3:54 am on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! It really is a pity about the sleeves, but I could not give it up just for that!

    • weewoman 12:30 pm on September 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks hon. Its from Dynamite. I think they might still have it. They also have it in a dark slate grey colour that I liked very much, but somehow it didn’t fit right!

    • weewoman 3:32 am on September 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Many thanks!

  • inopinate 6:17 am on September 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Inopinate – September 14 

    After many failed attempts, we finally made our first visit to the Dosa Truck.

    From Style Per Diem

    Pants: Guess blue jeans, kind of skinny, medium wash. 

    Top: An old faithful T-shirt. I love the simplicity and the glamour of it. When it says GLAM right on the front, how can you go wrong? 

    Jacket: The Dosa Truck’s Monday location is right around the corner, so I did not want to get all dressed up. Just jeans and T-shirt would have done fine, but it was too cold for that. So I brought out my new purple corduroy jacket. I have always wanted a corduroy jacket, but never found one that fit. When I found this one at H&M, I snapped it up, and just in time for fall, too. More on the jacket another time.

    Shoes: I had originally put on sandals, but as soon as I stepped out I realized they were a bad choice. So I switched to the black slingbacks posted before. 

    Accessories: Nothing special. The T-shirt does the talking.

    • Educated Tatya 12:08 pm on September 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have a collection of corduroy jackets — some bought, some inherited. Such rich colour on this one. Tell me you carried a pipe in the pocket

    • Nidhi 4:36 pm on September 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      umm dosa truck…dosa is ok and I love all this truck business…but I was really missing the sambhar :) cute outfit!

    • inopinate 3:33 am on September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Yup, it’s there now. They have other colors too, including black. I was tempted to buy one more!

    • inopinate 5:00 pm on September 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Nidhi: You said it. I wasn’t impressed at all. It’s another attempt to cash in on the Bollywood craze thanks to Slumdog.

      ET: Glamour girls don’t smoke pipes, dahling. Only the finest slims with a silver holder so the hands don’t smell.

    • weewoman 2:39 am on September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Love love love!

      This jacket is at H&M right now?? I MUST HAVE IT!! Beautiful colour!

    • Educated Tatya 7:19 pm on September 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      *tucks away her pipe and moves nonchalantly away*

    • weewoman 5:12 am on September 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m worried if I see black I might buy ANOTHER black blazer. But I definitely need one in another colour. Will probably steal this colour only! DO you know if its in the hipster sections or the professional lady type section?

    • inopinate 4:49 pm on September 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      It should be near the front where they keep the latest stuff for the current season. Definitely not hipster.

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