Her Story: Part 4

Hi Everyone!!

Happy Friday

Here’s the part 4 of her story you all have been waiting for…

Things were tough back home in Nepal, but she was grateful to have a loving and caring family that supported her decision to pursue her dreams. She had never spent a night outside her home, not even for a sleepover, prior to moving to the US. Yet, here she was calling a country, so far away from her loved ones, her home now. As she stepped on the big jet that whisked her away from home, she pondered how she would survive in this new country. There were many big questions: how would she fit in a different city, how she would do at school with people from all over the world. She could not help but wonder to herself how she would “fit in” in this new continent when she had such a hard time fitting in to a different city. The questions were big, but the emotions were even bigger as she cried all the way from Kathmandu to Dallas because that’s when she finally grasped the true gravity and magnitude of her decision.

She had enrolled as a transfer at the university for a bachelor’s program (I-20) to complete her pre-requisites for MBA. She did this upon recommendation by the college consulting agency in Nepal that she had to complete 36 hours of pre-requisite classes in order to be an eligible for the master’s program.  She agreed and followed this advice because she thought mused: a. she was done with bachelors at 19 where most of her friends at that age were just out of high school. b. this option allowed her time to understand the culture, focus on academics and possibly earn a scholarship for MBA program. However, God had different plans for her.

Her academic adviser at the university countered that she was actually eligible for MBA program without finishing any of the pre requisites. The only caveat was that she had to take the GMAT before she started the second semester. While her good grades, and recommendation letters from the professors back home helped her get into the MBA program, it did not prepare her for this big change. Yet again, she took a big leap of faith and enrolled herself into the MBA program without overthinking about the consequences. She had successfully she enrolled into driving classes, bought a car and got a driving license within two months of being in the States. When you are based in Dallas, Texas, dear readers, you may know how important it was to have a car and a driver license. It was liberating for her to independently go to school on her own without asking for anyone’s help.

During her time in university, she met some Nepalese students but she could not be close friends with anyone. She felt like everyone thought she was different and that she didn’t want to hang out with them, when the truth was that she didn’t have the courage to put herself out there.

Here she was, in another country and continent, struggling to fit and blend in, while also figuring herself out. She had no time to spare for fun. As if it was not tough enough in her early days in the US, when she stressed about a place to live, becoming financially independent, there were still people who passed comments and what they thought was good advice. Their “advice” was that she either find a boyfriend or get married to a “well settled guy” who would take care of her and her tuition fee as they warned her that one couldn’t sustain themselves without support. She now finds it ironic that instead of encouraging and supporting this young girl and lauding her bravery, most people preferred to be petty and patronizing. Was it tough doing it all alone? Absolutely. Was it impossible? Absolutely not! At least not for the girl whose willpower and self-esteem had given her the confidence to move to another country all on her own. She chose to simply ignore their comments and “advice”.

She realized in hindsight that her two years at the university were the most difficult, longest yet the shortest years of her life. It was tough not having any friends to share her problems with, and it was tough not having a mentor or a guide for her – career-wise and in life in general. She did everything she could to sustain herself – a job at the International Students Center as an international peer counselor that helped her pay portion of her tuition, living with roommates from different parts of the world, and later with an American family as a paying guest that helped save money on rent and furniture. She worked about 80-85 hours per week during summer months and semester break in the winter to earn money for her tuition. Despite life throwing a lot more curveballs than she expected, she through those 4 semesters of student life without a big student loan and graduated with an MBA with a 3.8 GPA at 22 years old. She invited her parents in the US for her graduation ceremony. Inviting her parents to the USA in itself was a huge win for this little girl from a small town who dared to dream beyond her current circumstances. She had paved the way for other little girls from her town who dared to thus dream with a lot of support from her family.

I hope you enjoyed reading part four. I will come back with part 5 soon.

Thank you Nistha Pradhan for reviewing and editing this story.

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Kavs

Her Story: Part 3

Hi Guys,

Since Valentine’s Day is tomorrow I thought I would share V’day inspired look along with “Her Story – Series” I have been sharing on my blog from the past few weeks. I hope you like this fun and romatinc look I have put together along with the story that’s very close to my heart. Enjoy reading!

Transitioning from middle school to junior high is usually pretty unremarkable but she knew that her elementary schooling put her behind all her better-educated peers at her new school. Although her family briefly considered enrolling her in a boarding school, her academic performance that outshone her peers at her former school made them drop the idea. Despite the fact that she was competing with people who had much better quality of education than she did, she still graduated junior high with remarkable grades.

She moved to Kathmandu with her parents after finishing junior high school and was finally reunited with her siblings. Now this was a phase that brought more challenges to her life than she had ever imagined. It was during these years that she felt the most vulnerable. In her heart, she was a small-town girl who knew next to nothing about this big city life. She tried to mold herself to fit into the bigger city, her new and better school, and compete with peers who had grown up with better access to educational resources. She felt unnoticed, and unmoored in a sea of the unknown.

However, she had set her heart on attending a good college and therefore enrolled in an English medium college for the first time in her life, but boy did she struggle. When teachers asked questions, she felt humiliated when she could not respond in English.  She felt small and struggled with speaking perfect English. She wished that mastery of a foreign language was not considered a measure of intelligence in a country where millions were uneducated. Unfortunately, that was the sad reality of her new college (11th-12th grade is considered college in Nepal) that called itself a “boarding school”. She was constantly made to feel uncomfortable, struggled with body image issues, had a hard time making friends as she got bullied. She realized how difficult it was for this small town girl to fit here in this big wide world.

She struggled to belong and this social alienation almost led to her failing out of this “college”. She was all but ready to call it quits and join a public school where she knew she wouldn’t struggle as much. However, the little determined girl in her kept whispering “you can do this, you got this!”

Her immature teenage self even forbid family to bring up her childhood or her academic background with her new “friends” from college. She had witnessed these same “friends” judging others for their poverty and/or their previous schooling that they deemed inferior. She most definitely did not wish to be yet another topic of discussion for her “friends”. She was determined to not let them see her vulnerable no matter how tough it was for her inside.

Life had other plans for her. One day, university recruiters from Johnson and Wales University in Denver, Colorado visited her college. They talked about the different programs they offered for International Students and most importantly, they imbibed in her a new passion to move to the United States for her further education. While she had not a clue about how to make that happen, she nevertheless was determined to move for her education. While tests like the SAT, TOEFL, and IELTS were a piece of cake for her peers, it felt no less than moving mountains for her. Although her family considered her decision to move to the US a crazy one, they did all they could to support her, given how much she believed in herself.

She knew her fight to succeed was with herself than others. She relentlessly pursued this dream by working harder than she ever had and ended the college year top of her class! Her hard work also translated into a decent IELTS score. She had been accepted into a university in the US even before her final year results were out. Although student visas were hard to come by, she got that approved too! She left home to finally pursue her American dream. She did all this despite having no safety net, no scholarship, no reliable contacts in the US besides her will of steel. She was all alone in the biggest and longest journey of her life at the ripe age of 19!

Thank you so much for showering so much love in these series. ❤

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Xo,

Kavs

Burgundy with a Hint of Rose

Hi Everyone!!

I hope you guys are having a great week so far.

If you have been following me on Instagram, by now you probably have figured out that I have been posting contents for Valentine’s Day for about a week now. And while I love any excuse to wear a bold, red ensemble, there are tons of other ways to dress up or down this Valentine’s Day without looking overly cliché. So today I am sharing an outfit that don’t feature the expected pink or red. I still wanted to keep my look holiday appropriate, which is why I picked the deeper hues and richer colors – like black or burgundy or both mixed together.

I love rich burgundy dresses or maroon looks specially for fall and writer months. They are classic and elegant take on the quintessential red dress. So I paired up my black turtle neck sweater with maroon shots and a floral print long wool coat. I love how the overall look turned out.

Outfit Details:

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XOxo,

Kavs

Her Story: Part 2

Happy Friday!!

Here is the second iteration of the story y’all showed so much love for: I want to share her life story, a little at a time –
She grew up in a small town called Trishuli outside of Kathmandu. She suffered from repeated bouts of bronchitis from early childhood. Her parents therefore, sent her to a school closer to the house, built by her father and the neighborhood. While the school was a labor of love, it was by no means a fancy private school. It was privately funded and sought to serve the economically challenged children in her town, those that dared to dream beyond their circumstances. A single teacher served the entire school, and therefore often times she found herself as a teacher for the younger ones. She carried her seating arrangement to the school along with her hopes and dreams of going to a better school as there were no desks and chairs. It was only with funding from the Japanese government much later that decent classrooms were built. She dreamt of going to a school where kids were uniformed, had tons of extra curriculum activities, and fancy Parents’ Day. While she always was a good student, and came at the top of her classes, by virtue of having little to, it was possibly by virtue of very little competition from those lesser fortunate than herself. She saw her friends quitting school because they had to look after their siblings at home.She even witnessed her elementary school friends getting married off .
This story might lead you to wonder if she grew up in a different era. I hope you know that she grew up in the same day and age as you, but life had different plans for her. It was this dual life at home and at school that gave her a different perspective on life. This gave her wisdom beyond her age and it was not lost on her parents either. For the longest she did not get it, but as she grew older, she finally came to understand the full scope of her childhood. She fought a lot for her health and these extraordinary challenges shaped her to be stronger and all the more wiser. Her health improved significantly after middle school – bronchitis almost disappeared from her life. She thought it was nothing short of a miracle because she could breathe easy. Gone were the shortness of breath and nonstop coughing that plighted her early childhood years. This improvement allowed her to finally realize her dream of continuing her education in a better school. The challenges she faced in the new school will be another story for another day. I hope you enjoyed Part 2.

XoXo

Kavs

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Sister Jane- All That Jazz

It’s no secret to you that I am a huge fan of blazers. This garment is a perfect layering piece that can be worn atop anything, starting from tees to dresses. I literally wear blazers with anything and everything!
Today I want to draw your attention to my new favorite checkered blazer outfit combinations.

I personally think that blazer with belt trend isn’t going anywhere any time soon. It’s not even a trend anymore, its a staple in my humble opinion. So if you haven’t yet hopped on the belted blazer bandwagon, now’s the time. 😊
I’ve tried blazer and belt with almost all kind of outfits so today i’m trying with sheer dress. The sheer trend is a tricky one to pull off, but adding a longline slightly oversized blazer like this with a classic black belt and suddenly a mesh midi dress looks practically office-appropriate.
Please share your favorite way to wear blazer in the comments below! 😊

Blazer: @dreamsisterjane

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Dress: @antoniomelaniofficial (old and altered)
Shoes: @dsw
Hoops: @boutiquelovin_official

📸: @bengal_artistry

Classic Red Coat

“In a world full of trends, I wish to remain classic.”

There is nothing on this earth that I love more than Parisian-inspired fashion. It’s no wonder why I fell in love with @abyanubha ‘s collection the same way I fell head over in love with the Parisian fashion because they are known for their classic, chic, effortless and insanely sophisticated designs. Clean lines, sophisticated silhouettes, rich textures and fresh neutrals in her designs is what has caught all my attentions just how it deemed in Parisian designs.
I find Anubha’s designs even more unique because her design philosophy is all about Indian history and trying to keep the legacy of Khadi alive in today’s world. Her love for khadi cotton, the urge to support the local artisans in India and her depiction of this lovely tailored Nehru jackets in female version gives a very clear message that this girl knows what she’s doing in her designs/creations. If you ask me, personally I see myself wearing a coat like this for decades to come! ❤️

I highly recommend you guys to check her website and do give her a follow in Instagram to not miss out on all the amazing collection she puts out there for the world to see and buy.
She’s been kind enough to share a discount code with me so use this coupon code KAVITA20 for anything you’ll want to buy from her website. This code is going to be valid for next two weeks. Support small businesses and talented artists like her so they get the attention they deserve. 🙏
Her website link is up in my Instagram stories!

📸: @mo.jayyousi

Outfits:
Coat: @abyanubha
Hat: @targetstyle
Pumps: @antoniomelaniofficial
Tights: @katespadeny

Color Story: Burst of Vibrancy

Color Story: A burst of vibrancy to start the New Year.
💖 💚

These cheerful colors made me feel so happy and warm inside that I didn’t realize how numb and cold my hands & those bare legs were while taking these pics. 😉
I love neons in the summer but I’m LOVIN neons this winter so I decided to style it for a winter look. One of my favorite neon combinations is lime-green and fuchsia pink. These two are complementary colors on the color wheel, and like brunch and mimosa, they go together so well. What do you guys think? 😊
Outfit Deets:
Sweater: @anntaylor
Dress: @eshakti
Bag: @teddy_blake
Shoes: @nastygal
Earrings: @boutiquelovin_official

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Donning in Red: Her Story – Part 1

This is a story of a girl who you all know…..
Once upon a time there was this girl who wanted to have it all. She wanted to go abroad, she wanted to have masters degree, she wanted to have a corporate job, she wanted to have a family, she wanted a kid and she wanted to have an outlet to follow her passion for fashion. One by one she got them all. She finished her masters when she was 22, she got her first corporate job when she was 23, she got married when she was 26, she had a baby when she turned 30. Everything worked one by one as she worked so hard and didn’t give up anything she put her mind and soul into.
Then came a time when she really struggled to keep up with her passion because first she was financially challenged, when she got stable financially, baby came along and she felt sidetracked, demotivated, lost and the outlet where she was trying to grow didn’t seem to help her. Right before she called it a quit, things started to work in her favor. People and brands started to take her seriously, and that helped her confidence grow day by day. She’s happy that her hard work is really starting to pay off but it’s coming with another set challenge in her life. How to balance a full time job, kid, house, and ever so demanding social media outlets. She’s navigating thru them all and trying to figure out ways to balance which I’ll share with ya’ll once I get to know from my secret source… but that’s it for today… will share chapter two soon! ❤️
Let me know in the comments if you’d be interested to get to know this girl bit more on a personal level. 🤗

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Outfit: @mayasdesiboutique
Jewelries: @jewel.zest

A Little Skincare Routine with Derma-e

Hi Guys!!!

Can you believe we are almost halfway though this summer!? It’s legit hard to believe we’ve crossed halfway through this year. Yikes! I’m sure we can all agree that 2020 threw us off in more ways than one and we got all shaken  up in some way. From our daily work routines to our at-home beauty and skincare regimens, things have changed a lot lately!

A couple of weeks ago I posted these Derma-e products on my Instagram Stories and told you guys I was trying them out and I will give my honest review after few weeks. So today, here i’m writing my honest review on the blog. Derma-e is a clean beauty brand, their products are 100% vegan, cruelty-free, free of parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, petrolatum, mineral oil, artificial colors, gluten, soy and GMOs. Their ingredients are effective and their products contain the most potent natural antioxidants and targeted vitamin solutions to ensure that they deliver incredible results without using harmful chemicals. Over the past two years, I’ve really started to pay attention to ingredients in both my  food and my skincare products. I love that Derma-e  has all natural ingredients that I look for in my skincare routine. And that makes things a little easier especially since I’m a busy working mama and my skin constantly changes a lot each month. 🙂

Derma-e Vitamin C Daily brightening cleanser: I have been using this cleanser in the morning and at night twice a day for two weeks now. It has definitely helped brightened my skin and evened my skin tone. It doesn’t dry out my face and it smells amazing.

Derma-e Vitamin C concentrated serum: This has a light weight Vitamin C serum which contains stable vitamin C ingredients such as aloe, green tea probiotics and Vitamin e. Pure Vitamin C to brighten and firm the skin while reducing fine lines. I like how smooth and even toned it made my skin. It could be slightly heavy for oily skin when used in daytime but you can balance it out with good moisturizer.

Derma-e Vitamin C intense night cream– Honestly speaking this cream is better suited for oily skin. My skin is normal to bit dry so I felt like it didn’t get enough hydration but I still use it every night knowing that it has some amazing ingredients such as aloe, green tea, rose-hip oil, almond oil, vitamin A, vitamin C etc. I add a drop of face oil and massage to give that extra nourishment my skin needs.

Derma-e Vitamin C no dark circles perfecting eye cream: This cream is so good. I noticed a difference in the texture of my skin and noticed it’s really light to the touch not greasy at all. After a week of use I noticed it helped renew the look of firmness and smoothed the appearance of wrinkles. I’ve noticed my under eye area feels much more smoother.

Derma-e Scrub: I don’t recommend using facial scrub everyday obviously.  I apply a very small amount 2 times a week before bed. After that I follow my usual night time routine and it seriously has transformed my skin. I wake up the next morning and literally – my skin is so soft and glowing.

Thanks so much for reading. I hope this post keeps your summer skincare routine on the right track! Feel free to comment below and let me know what your favorite summer skincare products are. 🙂

Thanks so much Derma-e for sponsoring in this post.

Xo,

Kavs

At-Home Workout Ideas

Oh hello there!!

It’s been a while since I stopped by and said hello to you all. I hope everyone is doing well, staying safe and healthy. Today, I’m sharing another very highly requested post: How did you lose weight after pregnancy? If you missed my first post about losing baby weight, please click here. Today’s post is going to be a second phase of my weight loss or I rather like to call it  “Getting Fit Journey”. 🙂

Like everybody else, I began my quarantine from first week of March and all of our lives have altered forever after Covid. First three weeks of locked down in the house went by getting sick, recovering, getting into work from home routine, watching news, getting anxious etc. etc. Then one day, I just decided to start working out from home as this pandemic wasn’t going to slow down at all. I always thought about starting at-home workouts but as I was enjoying my office gym routine and their amazing HIIT, Muscle Works, Cardio classes, I never really made an effort to start at home on my own. Now that we couldn’t go outside, it was the best time for me to try at-home workouts even if I was hesitant at first. Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I could keep up with my routine because I didn’t have any gym equipment except yoga mat. But now, it’s been about 2.5 months since I started and it has become a huge part of my daily routine and I enjoy every minute of it. I realized we don’t have to have a gym or proper gears to get a good workout. All we need is a clear mindset and a goal. Once we set your mind, there’s no stopping & there’re so many free videos and free apps that will help us reach that goal.

A lot of my friends have been asking me to put together a list of workout channels I use for them to look at. So keeping everyone’s request, here goes the list of workouts I follow at home.

Disclaimer: Before I put together a list, I just want to throw a little disclaimer out there that I’m by no means a pro in the fitness world. These list are from my own experiments and what has worked for my body. So please don’t judge based on the options I’m going to put it out there.

Youtube is definitely the main source for me (what’d we do without YT? ) I have a few channels that I really like and I rotate the workouts from these channels based on what I’m feeling or what I want to do that day. I started with random workouts everyday, but now I have set my schedule for upper body, lower body, leg workouts, full body HIIT, Cardio and Abs etc. for each day and I’m getting amazing results.

  • Popsugar fitness – Popsugar Fitness videos were the ones that hooked me up for home workouts . From workouts for beginners to full-body boot-camps to equipment-free cardio sessions, Popsugar Fitness has a wide variety of options. You can find any kind of workouts with modification options in their channel. My personal favorites are Jeanette Jenkins workouts.
  • Sydney Cummings – She’s probably my most favorites. She has hundreds of workouts to choose from. Whether you are using light to heavy dumbbells or using just the body-weight like I do, she got you covered. She would push and challenge you in every workouts. I thoroughly enjoy her workouts and the way she carries the whole session making you feel you’re working out with her and not alone.
  • Heather Robertson – Heather’s workouts are definitely on the intermediate to advanced level. They look simple but I find them very challenging; but they are sure the best. If you’re confident in your knowledge of exercises and don’t need a lot of instruction, this option could be for you. Recently I did one week full workouts from her challenge series and absolutely loved it. I definitely do more of her workouts nowadays than I used to.
  • Chloe Ting’s Workout – Who doesn’t know Youtube sensation Chloe Ting’s workouts, am I right? I recently (about a month ago) found out about her workouts when some of my social media friends raved about it. I joined the bandwagon to see what’s the hype is about. And I must say the hype is quite real you guys. She has these 10 to 20 min short videos with little to no breaks in between. They are so effective, specially her abs workouts are killer. I have been doing her abs workout pretty much every single day from last 1 month. The results are amazing. Please give it a try you won’t regret I promise!
  • MadFit – I mostly use her workouts for abs. They’re short and very effective ab workouts. But honestly, after I discovered Chloe’s abs workouts, I haven’t gone back to Madfit videos.

Other/Apps:

  • Nike Training App: My colleague told me about this app last year. I’d downloaded the app but never really worked out using it. But recently, I have started using them mostly when I can’t decide which youtube video do I want to follow. The Nike Training Club app has a premium paid option, but the basic content is still plentiful and varied (unlike in some other apps).
  • Peloton : Normally free for 30 days, the Peloton app is now available to new users for 90 days free of charge. The app includes Peloton’s large selection of on-demand and live off-the-bike classes—including yoga, strength training, cardio high-intensity interval training, bootcamp, meditation, and stretching – are well done and wide-ranging. I haven’t tried this app but I have heard a lot of my friends using it so I thought I would include in here.
  • Lastly, if you don’t like any of the options I provided above, you can always follow all the other simplest form of exercises such as walking, running, skipping, dancing, swimming etc. Please just don’t stop moving! 🙂

Wow this post got really long!! I’m sorry I didn’t mean to write a lengthy post. 🙂 I’ve missed my blog, could you see? haha

Thanks for stopping by! Stay safe…

Xo,

Kavs

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Celebspiration: Rakul Preet Singh

If there is one Bollywood celebrity whose look I’m following closely lately and feeling like any girl next door can afford and carry them, it is from Rakul Preet. Her outfits are fun, trendy, classy and very much high street inspired. Be it a red carpet ensemble or a modern outfit or any other desi dress, she carries it so well. I’m definitely becoming a huge fan of her fashion game.

Xo,

Kavs

Outfits:

Holidays Party Idea: How to Create Charcuterie Board/Table

It’s been few years since we started hosting a Christmas party at our home for our friends and this past weekend we had our 2019 Christmas/Friendmas party done and dusted. I wanted to create a charcuterie board which I had been wanting to make from the longest time. This year it all started with me wanting to keep it as hassles free as possible but still wanted to make a cute and inviting area for my guests with enough foods option. And I finally learned how to create a charcuterie table of my dream that became an instant hit of the night! Surprisingly it was actually really easy…which is why I decided to put up on my blog and explain all at once as lot of my friends and followers from IG are still texting and messaging me about. The ultimate goal for my charcuterie board was to simply have an area for guests to gather around the table, enjoy some delicious bites and have conversations with each other. It is safe to say that mission was accomplished for me. Here’s what I did to make this board:

  1.  Before you begin grocery shopping,  get on Pinterest and save some pictures that please your eyes.  I had couple of pictures saved on my phone from Pinterest and Instagram for an idea which also helped me to make a grocery list.
  2.  I made my grocery list into categories before I went to grocery shopping. Then all I had to do was to pick items from my list…I could miss few and still be fine with my list…its that easy! 🙂 The stores where I got all my stuffs are from Costco and Trader Joes.
  3. Go get a roll of brown wrapping paper from Walmart or Targets or Home Goods to lay out across your table. The brown paper is literally the canvas for spreading out all the food. You can either decorate a section of your table or go all out and fill the entire table; choice is yours. There is no need for extra plates or fancy bowls for serving. Not only will cleanup be so easy at the end of the night but it also creates an inviting feeling for guests to just walk over and pick away their foods and mingle around! 
  4. Here’s the fun part!  First you’ll want to lay out and tape the brown wrapping paper to your table. Once it’s set you can place any dishes or wooden cutting boards that you will eventually use to display the meat, cheese, fruits etc. This is also a good time to put any candles or center piece decorations onto the table. We used 2 bottles of wine and candles as the center pieces and added couple of décor pieces at the end of the table.  Then we dressed it up with adding wet fruits like raspberries, grapes, oranges, as well as dried fruits, nuts, crackers, chocolate and fun spreads all around to help dress it up. Anything wet like fruits and meats I placed in mini bowls but everything dry was mostly out and spread out across the table.  

What I love about charcuterie board is that there are literally no rules. Have fun with it and make it your own. Best of all, this was the easiest clean-up job at the end of the night because only few trays and bowls were used and almost 90% of the food laid out on the table got eaten up! Everyone made it a place to take pictures as well 🙂 This was definitely the easiest party food idea ever and it looks like I put in tons of effort but I really didn’t! 😉 I will definitely be doing it all over again for other parties we will be hosting in the future.

Thank you so much for reading.

Xoxo

Kavs

How I Lost My Baby Weight

Disclaimer: I wrote this post back in October but finally sharing it!

I have officially completed 1 year of postpartum and finally I can say I feel like myself again! I have said this to my previous post (click here: Postpartum snapback) and say this today too: from pregnancy to labor to the new mommy phase, it really does something to you emotionally, hormonally and physically. When I was pregnant I wasn’t too concerned about my body and I was fully aware what it takes to bring a healthy child into the world. But let me tell you, no matter how good you feel about your body at 37 weeks pregnant, the postpartum body is a body like no other. I had no idea what I was in for. I wish people talk more about postpartum challenges as much as they talk about pregnancy cravings, nausea, how to eat for two etc. etc. Nobody told me that I’d still look 7 months pregnant…for months, nobody told me getting your groove on breastfeeding is as hard as giving birth to a child and the pain can last for weeks. I was surprised to see how much weight I had accumulated on my lower half once the baby belly disappeared.

Here are few things I followed which helped me lose my baby weight:

1. Breastfeeding

There’s no denying that breastfeeding helps shed some extra calories each day. I didn’t really see big change in my body to be honest but everybody swears by it so I do give some credits to breastfeeding. Breastfeeding was much more challenging than I ever imagined. It took me a long time to find my groove and as a working mom who exclusively pumped, it was very challenging time commitment I had to keep up with. But I’m so, so glad I stuck with it for 8 months. I know not every woman can breastfeed (no judgement here), but if you have the option, I encourage you to stick with it as long as you can. It helps you and your baby.

2. Walking

I started walking as soon as I felt comfortable. At first it was just a short walk around the neighborhood but slowly  I started walking faster and longer route to the neighborhood park, I would go window shopping, some target runs etc.  Walking helped me get out of the house, get some fresh air, and not think about baby and his next feeding schedule for another hour or so because I was worried about getting the baby blues and getting into depression. Getting outside every day helped to boost my mood and ease my back and leg pain I was having after delivery.

3. Eating Healthy

Now let’s be real here, eating healthy or cutting on diet sounds tempting to lose that weight faster, but when you are recovering and feeding that baby 8-10 times per day, you need extra calories to get your body up and running. You get hungry fast too. I did not deprive myself,  count calories, and restrict my portion sizes.  My mom was with me and she was making sure I was getting enough nutritious foods so honestly, I didn’t get the option to control over portion control. She controlled my portion. However, with that being said, I did avoid sugar, ghee, whole milk and any kind of junk foods etc.

4. Exercise:

I wanted to start working out as soon as my doctor gave green light to work-out on my 6 weeks postpartum visit but I didn’t have a gym membership, a trainer or a personal gym in my house so I waited until I started going to the office (that was 3 months postpartum) to plan my workout routine. I was and still am a new to fitness world, so not having a trainer or not knowing what are the best exercises for new moms was bit challenging at first. But thank goodness we have google and youtube and my IG friends. I did my research and followed my guts to do the best I could from my office gym.

 In order to start my fitness journey, I decided to focus on Cardio first. All I did was cardio every single day: Elliptical, Stairmaster, rowing, moderate running, jumping rope, squats and some warm up exercises. I repeated one or the other from these exercises 5 days a week. It worked for the first 4 months and I lost about 17 lbs, after that it stopped. My body went to resting mode. After consulting with some of my friends online and doing some research, I changed up a bit. I started incorporating  weight lifting, boot camp, cross fit exercises into my normal routine. Thankfully, it worked. Exactly after a year of giving birth, I had lost most of the baby weight plus I feel the strongest I have ever been.

If you’re a new mom and are in the process of finding your body again I encourage you to take your time. Your body will be different, you will have to get re-acquainted with it, but you don’t have to listen to the people who say your body is ruined and will never be same again. Because your body is not ruined, it’s just in transition and you have full capability to bring it back to where it was. It’s all upon you and your priorities. But also, give yourself grace. Remember you created a tiny human in there.

I’m not back at my pre-pregnancy weight because I personally didn’t want to be that lean again ( I was 104 lbs. guys…I know! ). My target weight is 110 lbs and right now I am 111 lbs…so close to reach my goal or may I just say I reached my goal ? 🙂

 From this post, I want to tell you guys that hard work pays off when you put your mind and time in it. I will keep posting about this journey if you’d like to know more. Thank you so much for reading today’s post. If you find this helpful, please share it with your friends who is currently pregnant, who is a new mom, or someone who want to lose weight. If I can do this, so can you!

Xoxo,

Kavs

Happy First Birthday to My Kiaan!

Last week was a very special one. We celebrated our boy’s first birthday and I still can’t believe he is already ONE! It feels like I blinked and our little newborn transformed into a super active one year old toddling around the house. Where did the time go? 

My husband and I wanted to do something special, fun & memorable for his very first birthday so we decided to do a cake smash photo session on his actual birthday and throw a small party with our close family and friends later on the weekend. Having both of our parents in town, it turned out to be such fun event for them to watch Kiaan indulging in his very first taste of cake and it is safe to say he loved it. Here are some of the pics I wanted to share with you guys.

To my Kiaan, mama loves you and I feel honored and blessed to be your mama. You light up a room with your big bright eyes and wide smile. Happy Birthday one again handsome guy!


I cannot end this post without thanking our very dear photographer. It’s been almost a decade since I have known Swoyambhu dai. I used to go to his house for gatherings, festivals and parties. He had a small photography setup at the corner of his house and he’d ask us to pose and love taking our pictures. Over the years he has turned his hobby into a full time profession and now he is one of the most popular photographer for any occasions in our desi community in DFW metroplex. To see him follow his passion and turn that into a full time profession is something I truly admire of and take inspiration from. Even though he’d taken hundreds of pictures of me in various occasions in the past, I never really got to take professional pictures with him until now. So, this time I had to seal Kiaan’s birthday as an opportunity to take some pictures that our family will cherish for lifetime. I have always seen him very cheerful, humble, always giving out to our community and getting along with everyone regardless of their age. If you are in DFW area and would like to take family photography or photography of any occasions, I highly recommend him. You’l l love his company and photography of course. 🙂 Mention my name to get an extra discount, you’re welcome! 😉

Thanks you so much as always for stopping by and reading my blog.

XoXo

Kavs

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Photography: Bodhi Creation

Cake: Wholefoods

Birthday Crown: Etsy

Cake Topper: Amazon

Cake Smash Outfit: (Dillards, & Target – bought separately)

Outfit: Janie & Jack

Décor (throws/ letters/ bench/cake stand): Homegoods

Style Crush: Pop of Color

Last year summer all I did was to stare at all the different trends that made into high street fashion. As I was pregnant, I couldn’t try any of the trends. This year, I’m getting my hands on some of the trends that came from last year but still going strong this year as well. One of them is wide leg pants. So today’s post is dedicated to wide-leg pants and ways how to wear them all year around to keep yourself chic, ladylike and feel comfortable at the same time. I see endless ways to style this trend and will keep posting different looks on my Instagram, but today I’m sharing how I styled it with white blouse tucked in for office look. Whether you rock them with a casual t-shirt or a crop top, your look will always have a slightly put together and a thought out with these pants. Speaking of pairing, I love to pair wide leg pants with cropped tops, classic tops that are tucked inside or with the structured blazers. Start your look from fitted and structured tops that can be a perfect balance for teaming with wide pants.

I love pieces that have a combination of comfort and fashion, but honestly its difficult to find outfits that have a balance of both that works best for petite figure. There are chances that these wide pants can make petite figure look intimidating, but if you keep few things in mind, you can pull them off easily! I personally prefer pants, shorts and leggings that are high waisted because high waisted bottoms give my looks look long and lean effect. Because it is high waisted, the pants will cut-off at our smaller place i.e. our  waistline and help emphasize our waistline giving an illusion of a well-proportioned figure.   Too short in length will shorten you even more, and too long in length will make you look sloppy.

These pants look awesome with any shoes options be it heels, wedges, flats and sandals. For petite frame,  I do recommend wearing heels or wedges to give the illusion of legs for days.  With the right top and right type of shoes, these pants definitely help elongate your legs and make your silhouette ideally proportioned. Do you own a pair of high waited wide leg pants? If you don’t, it’s a high time you jump on the fashion bandwagon and get yourself a pair.  🙂

Thank you for reading….

Xo,

Kavs

Outfit Details:

Top: 1 State (similar here) | Pants: a loves a | Shoes: Steve Madden | Bag: TJ Maxx

Asymmetrical Denim Skirt Trend

Hello Darlings……

Look who’s back! 🙂

I am still here and around and my blog still here as well! I’m not as active in my blog (i’m in Instagram though: Follow me 🙂 but I’m super thrilled to come back to my happy place after long break. Currently life is super busy with full time job and a 8 months old baby, but I did want to make sure I’m not going anywhere from my blog and promise to post few new trends and looks at least every month. With that being said, let’s jump into today’s post: Asymmetrical Denim Trend.!!

Denim is versatile and timeless, making it a mainstay in nearly everyone’s wardrobe. Within the last year, denim skirts have quietly made their way back into the mix of modern trend and its better than ever. There’s a denim skirt available for virtually every occasion , every season, every body type and size and, you can pretty much wear them any way you like all year around. From mini to midi, body-hugging to A-line, with embroidered to two color tones or a raw and uneven hem details, it comes in many different shapes for all shapes, sizes and in styles for everyone. And when you’re thinking about what to wear with your denim skirt, you’ll realize you can create almost any look you like. Casual style with classic tee, sophisticated with a button down shirt, feminine with floral print top or all edgy with leather or military jacket. You can create a multitude of different looks by changing just one item from your overall outfit ensemble. Whether you like to keep it simple and casual or you pair your denim skirt with an unexpected top and statement shoes, you are sure to find a style that you’ll fall for.

Thank you so much for reading, thank you so much for still being around even though I was not as active. Hugs to you all! ❤

Xoxo

Kavs

Outfit Details

Skirt: Dillards- Chelsea & Violet | Shirt: Banana Republic | Shoes: Steve Madden

Postpartum Snapback

Hi Everyone!

I know a lot of things we see on social media are not necessarily true but when I became a mom that is when it hit me hard that we can’t be what we see popular influencers and models on the social media have. When you’re a new mom, not feeling like yourself and not looking like yourself, these postpartum getting back to old body kinda posts we often see on social media can make us feel even more shitty about ourselves. It sure did to me! Now that I’m somewhat comfortable in this new size of my body, I wanted to pen down my thoughts about how social media can affect our mind, body and people around us.

I was pretty active throughout my pregnancy, and since I didn’t really have any cravings throughout the pregnancy, I could watch out on my diets as well. But let’s be real for a moment, no matter how fit and active one is, pregnant woman do gain weight; they have to! anywhere from 5 to 50 pounds depending on the woman. At the end of my pregnancy I gained about 38 lbs but as soon after giving birth, I experienced the obsession around wanting to lose the baby weight and dreamed myself fitting into my old clothes in just a couple of months. All these model/blogger new moms from Instagram and YouTube made me believe that I could snap right back just like how they did. Boy was I wrong!

As much as I wanted to lose the weight right after delivery, I quickly realized this snapback theory just isn’t practical in real life. Don’t compare yourself to someone who may have a personal trainer, a nutritionist, a stylist and a luxurious life to make look everything glamorous. I knew I wanted to get back in shape but rather than running to join the gym right after delivery, I started walking at the park in the mornings. I started working out at the gym 3 months postpartum and happy to see the slow yet steady progress I have made so far. I feel strong and motivated and most importantly I have learned to appreciate and acknowledge how strong and beautiful women body is, in spite of the new and unattractive changes it goes through after pregnancy.

Thank you Cbazaar for partnering in this post.

Xo,

Kavs

Adios 2018…

Oh hello there……

I’m sure most of you are wondering if i’m still around, if i’m going to keep my blog active or not. Well I’m still around and do plan to blog regularly from now on. 🙂

Let me first apologize for not posting for the longest time. My last post was just about a week before Kiaan came into this world and a lot (I mean A LOT) have happened or changed in the past few months that everything actually feels very surreal. This little boy of mine is three and half months old already. Where did the time go? Well I guess I know the answer,  Time just flew by while feeding him, changing his diapers and putting him to sleep and doing all these on repeat… probably 1000 times by now. Lol

Overall 2018 had been a wonderful to me and my family. We were blessed with the most incredible gift, Kiaan. He is the apple of our eyes and have already wrapped both of us including his grandma around his tiny little finger. We can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for us. Thank you all so much for the tremendous love and support that you have given me and my blog.

I feel like we’ve finally got groove of things of handling and taking care of our boy and now hope that its safe to say that we successfully survived the first three and half months of this new phase of life called parenthood. ❤

As you can see I’m mostly rambling today and jumping from one thing to another. I just wanted to stop by and say Happy New Year, I missed you all and have not forgotten my blog. I have a lot of pending posts that I have to post, some of them are collaboration so stay tuned for those.

Xo

Kavs

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Finish Line of My Pregnancy Journey

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Hello Everyone!!

I don’t really have much to update about myself on the blog this time around except I’m prepping my mind for this new journey I’m about to begin as a mom. I just wanted to stop by and share some last minute maternity photos we took last week and thank you all for following me along throughout this journey. ❤

As my husband and I were taking these pictures, I found myself feeling so many mixed emotions. It really hit me in that hour that I’m going be a mom very soon. Now that I’m almost at the finish line of my pregnancy, I wanted to capture some last minute pregnancy pictures which I will be cherishing all my life. I will be 37 weeks in couple of days and I know I have a very little time to soak up these final moments of freedom. Right now, I am feeling anxious, excited , nervous and very scared all at the same time. All to be expected at this point, right? 🤞☺️

Even though I  couldn’t continue my weekly blog post through out this pregnancy as I wanted; I would like to Thank You guys so much for supporting me every step of this journey. I hope everything goes well and I will have a very smooth delivery. I will see you all in the next brand new chapter of my life and I promise to be as active as I was before. Wish me luck!!!!!  🙂

Follow me in Instagram for my daily updates: Kavs_Arena

Xo,

Kavs

Photos by: Raju Joshi

The Casual White Dress for Summer

Hello Everyone!!

Long time no see 🙂 . As much as I want to keep posting on my blog, finding ways to keep my outfits creative and fun while my body is changing is really hard. One of the goal I had for myself at the beginning of this pregnancy was to not lose my sense of style just because I was pregnant. But at this time (at 8 months) pregnant, I’m finally & sadly lol convinced that dressing up is one of the hardest thing during pregnancy specially for petite girls like myself who have very limited options to try out. And when you are mindful about spending hundreds of dollars on maternity or bigger size clothes makes it even harder. Right now, I’m just so much looking forward to Fall where I can go back to my old outfits and recreate new looks on the blog. 🙂

I love wearing white in the summer (check my posts on white outfits here & here) . It’s fresh and just puts me in the right mood. I found this comfy white off shoulder dress at Gap and it’s one of my favorite things I own at the moment. White for summer, comfy, loose and flowy for my big belly and the easiest thing to style. I love that I can wear this dress in many ways because I can change it up with different colors and accessories. It’s the perfect palette for some fun summer colors! It comes with a belt which I hope I can clinch my waistline for more define look after the pregnancy. 🙂 I can’t wait to do a comparison look “with bump” and “without the bump”.

With whites, I love wearing red and like to incorporate it as much as I can even in small ways. Whether it’s a bold lip color, statement earrings, a cool pair of heels or a great handbag, red is a color that always stands out the best. If you love whites or any neutral colors for that matter, try a neutral base and add some red lips or red accessories and voila your plain outfit becomes a statement piece in no time.

Thank you so much for reading!

Xo,

Kavs

Dress: Gap Out of Stock (similar here)  : Bag: TJ Maxx |Shoes: Dillards| Sunglasses: RayBan

Photos by: R. Joshi

Summer Ruffles

Happy Friday!

I’m officially into third trimester and being comfortable is the only thing I can think about right now.  I love this dress for several reasons. It’s perfect for my big belly, it’s light and breezy which is perfect for the summer, and the subtle ruffles and bell sleeves make the dress so chic! Ruffles and bell sleeves are here to stay! We saw a lot of frills and ruffles last year all year around and they have been in full force this spring and summer and still growing strong. Necklines, sleeves, skirts, dresses, jackets; they are fun, decorative and make a statement. An intense ruffle can even take the place of statement jewelry.

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Thank you for stopping by!

Xo,

Kavs

The Comfy Edits!

Maternity shopping can very challenging when it comes to a growing belly, especially when you’re trying to figure out your new size every week. When your waistline is continuously growing each week but you also have to dress up 5 days a week and you can’t just wear anything other than office appropriate outfits is one of the biggest challenge I faced this trimester. Since I’m about to enter into my third trimester in couple of weeks, I feel like I need to experiment even more with the baby bump appropriate clothing options. So let’s discuss alternatives here. 🙂

For me, I have started to realize finding a basic and stretchy pieces that I can style in every trimester can be a life saver. I have started loving a comfortable body-con dresses that I can wear over and over again, whether that’s layering under a blazer during weekdays or just the dress on its own for the weekend. I wore this dress from TJ Maxx and paired it with a long sleeveless trench coat for the office wear. It was comfy and office appropriate. And the other day, I wore the same dress on its own like in this picture and it was a perfect outfit to run some weekend errands but also good enough to call it an evening dress.

My few cents: Don’t be afraid to check out few size up at stores like Target, Marshalls, H&M and Forever 21 etc.  I recently explored these stores and found so many cute/comfy things! TJ Maxx & Marshalls have lots of cute but affordable outfits that you can get without breaking your bank. The best tip when shopping non-maternity is to make sure you pay close attention to the material and the waistline area! You want to pick something that’s stretchy enough to accommodate your growing bump or if it has a drawstring tie, you might need to go up a few sizes, so it sits comfortably and is easy to tie around your growing waist for the next couple of months.

Hope you found this post helpful! What is one tip you can share with me about pregnancy style that you’ve learned? I would love to know!! Please share in the comments below 🙂

Thank you so much for reading!

Xo,

Kavs

Outfit Details: Dress: TJ MAXX | Shoes: Saks 5th Avenue | Bag: Tory Burch

Photos by: Raju Joshi

The Shift Dress

Hello Everyone,

Unfortunately, I have gotten to the point where I can’t get away with wearing all my clothes anymore. Some things just don’t fit or look right, I have accepted it. I really try to look for things that are comfortable and fit now but that I can hopefully still wear after my pregnancy. That is why I loved this dress. It’s actually not even a maternity dress but it is comfortable and accentuates the bump due to its silky material without being too tight on the body. Plus, I can definitely see myself wearing it after my belly is gone.

I always liked well fitted dresses before I got pregnant but now, I have started loving shift dresses for its versatility and how effortless they are. Shift dresses are great because there is no inseam anywhere so they flow comfortably with you as you move. You can also play up with your accessories since most shift dresses tend to be simple. I’ve been keeping my outfits pretty simple, and relying on fun shoes and accessories on top to make a simple look tad bit more interesting.

Thank you so much for reading!

Xo,

Kavs

Dress: Dillards | Earrings: TJMaxx | Sandal: Vince Camuto

Summer Breeze – A French Inspired Picnic!

Hi Everyone!

I have so much love for making the little things in life feel grand, whether it be styling, capturing moments on special occasions, celebrating new achievements or fashion of course, I love bringing or at least try to bring a touch of whimsical romance into my everyday life. After-all its the little things that makes life interesting, isn’t it?

Going on a picnic is one of my absolute favorite things to do in the summertime but ever since I got back from our Europe trip, my desire to plan a romantic afternoon picnic with my loved ones just grew 100 times more. When it comes to the French, picnicking is so much a part of their everyday culture of the city. Couples, close friends and siblings are always found every corner of the city watching the sunset with a bottle of wine/rose and bugatti. Now there will be a new member joining our life soon, I thought this is the best time to make this as a tradition in my family to go on a cute summer picnic which I’d been wanting to start from a long long time ago.

A romantic picnic under the sun, by the lake or a beautiful shady tree can be a fun and exciting way to spend quality time together while taking in some fresh air and natural scenery. I love how care-free and relaxed it is, and that no extensive meal prep is necessarily involved to make it fun. After all the pregnancy discomfort and anxiety, this is exactly what I needed to soothe my mind – a day to just go out and enjoy the afternoon. It was such a beautiful day and everything was perfect.

Lastly, I decided to wear my perfect spring/summer dress to cherish the experience. I love a simple style like this that you can dress up or wear casually with a pair of sandals. This dress shows my growing bump nicely, it’s cute and feminine; just perfect for summer outings.

Thank you so much for reading and I hope this post inspired you to go out and spend some quality time with your loved ones this summer. 🙂

Xo,

Kavs

Photos by: UltraPixelProductions

Outfit Details: Dress: Eliza J | Hat: Target (A New Day collection) | Picnic Basket: Amazon

Boho Chic: My Go-To Maternity Style

Hello Everyone,

While entering a whole new world of maternity wear, its been a slow burner as far as finding good dresses and awaiting the arrival of even a bump. So far, I have got hold of a pair of maternity leggings and a pair of jeans to see me through the early stage of the bump developing. But at almost five months pregnant, I’m struggling with pregnancy style because I feel like I haven’t quite developed a nice bump just yet and it looks like I have had too much rice for lunch whenever I wear any regular dresses. lol  Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for getting the bump out and flaunt it, but I want to take it step by step.

I’m still having my ups and downs in the way I’m feeling about myself and my body, but I’m trying to do my very best at managing with this with a little help with dresses like this. I’m still not fully there to show the bump, so the over-sized dress look like this one from FreePeople is working great at the moment. Dresses like these are so perfect for looking bohemian chic while being able to get things done and staying comfortable at the same time; specially when you are in the second trimester  getting used to the changing happening to your body. I would say these dresses will be great for that halfway point of my pregnancy as I’m still wearing all my regular XS size dresses. Until then, I will mindlessly scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest for all kinds of maternity wear inspiration for every occasion because I know that day is coming pretty fast when I can no longer fit even in these flow-y, bohemian pieces. I can see it already, it’s going to be a very loooooooong summer. 🙂

Thank you so much for reading!

Xo,

Kavs

Photos by: Raju Joshi

Dress: FreePeople | Shoes: Gianni Bini (similar)| Bag: T.J.Maxx

Exciting News…..

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Hi Everyone,

If you follow me in Instagram, then you’ve probably already heard the news through my IG Stories. It feels really surreal finally getting to share what I’m about to write here. I’m ………….PREGNANT!!!!!!!!!!!

Sometimes things happen for a reason and god decided this is happening now for us.  This miracle completely caught us by surprise. We are very excited but I definitely had a lot of time to soak this all in mentally, physically and most importantly spiritually. What’s my life going to look like in 6 months? A year?  Will I ever be the same person? Will I be able to balance my work and home like I do now? Will I be able to travel? All these questions revolve around me all day everyday. Everyone says “your life change drastically” and that makes me really nervous. I’m going to be a first time mom and I have no clue what to expect during or after this pregnancy. The thought of carrying a huge belly around, going into labor and trying to picture how everything feel like FREAKS me out already. I’m trying to enjoy this beautiful process but I have had my share of anxiety and insomnia at times; I hope it’s normal, is it? 🙂

I’m a kind of a person who is always on the go, always doing something even when I’m home on the weekends. But these days, I have had no choice but to Rest. I’m learning more than ever how to take a step back from a busy lifestyle and take care of myself. That’s probably one of the reason why you haven’t seen me posting on my blog regularly (now you know) 🙂 .  My life routine over the past 4 months has completely changed and I hope I can stick to it and bounce back to normal with healthy lifestyle even after pregnancy.

The beauty in all of this has been empowering for me as a woman and I do not take the blessing of being pregnant for granted. We have been really enjoying the past few months of life and we are soaking up the next 5 months of it being just the two of us. I’m hoping to keep you all in this journey with me together, and also looking forward to some personal advice you may have for me. I don’t know what being a mom looks like, but I’m getting excited day by day to find out this new phase of life.

I hope you enjoyed this little surprise I had for you guys! All you new and old mummy out there, please let me know how your pregnancy journey went by and if you have any personal advice for me. 🙂

Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for reading!!!! ❤

Xo,

Kavs

Photos by: Raju Joshi

Dress: Jill Stuart | Clutch: Kate Landry (Similar)

Travel Diaries: 3 days in Paris

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Hi Everyone,

Paris is known to be the city of love and one of the most romantic places in the world but today I can say I LOVE Paris. Not that I have visited every corner of the world, but I do say it out loud that Paris is one of the most amazing city in the world. I spent the day wandering among some of the main attractions, stopping at cute cafes for café lattes and macaroons, window shopping in the French boutique stores and generally loved the every corner of this gorgeous city. I left my heart in Paris and I promised myself to be back in the future.

In today’s post, I’m sharing some pictures we took while we were there and sharing city’s some of the main attractions one must visit as a first time visitor. I hope this post will be helpful for you in the future to create a short itinerary whenever you plan a trip to Paris.

Destinations:

Eiffel Tower: Eiffel tower is one OBVIOUS place to go when traveling to Paris. When you choose to go to the top, know for sure, that you have to wait in the line. I think we stood in line for half an hour something. The views on top are worth the line but that’s for sure one time (touristy) thing only. 

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Trocadero: If you don’t mind the crowds and want to feel like a proper tourist, you must visit Trocadero. This is the spot where everyone takes their iconic Eiffel Tower pictures, and there sure is a reason why. It really is the perfect position for straight-on shots, and also a nice place to walk around, with beautiful gardens and fountains. From a little bit further away, but still, you can see the Eiffel Tower when strolling along the River Seine too. I love the atmosphere there! You will find people sitting on the banks, sipping wine, having picnics…after all it’s what Paris is all about!

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Notre-Dame:  Notre-dame is a historical Catholic cathedral located in the 4th arrondissement. A 12th century Gothic church with beautiful architecture and stain glass windows, one could easily spend a couple of hours here exploring. After visiting the inside of the cathedral, head around to the side to queue for a visit to the bell towers. It’s worth going up to see the famous gargoyles up close plus you will get a nice view of the city.

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Sainte Chapelle: A medieval Gothic chapel located near Notre-Dame. In compare to other chapels in Paris, this is a tiny chapel made almost entirely out of stained glass windows. It’s very close to  Notre-Dame cathedral and in between the law courts and Conciergerie so one can easily miss this chapel if you don’t follow the maps.

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Conciergerie: According to the history, Conciergerie building used to be a royal palace, but was converted to a prison during the revolution. It held some famous prisoners and makes for an interesting visit if you love learning about history.

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Louvre Museum: The Louvre museum is open only two days in a week: Wednesday and Friday. This is where our beloved “The Mona-Lisa” resides along with gazillion other historic arts and sculptures.  The mona-lisa painting is actually very smaller than I had thought but I was surprised to see how crowed that area was to take selfie with 🙂

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Montmartre (Sacre-Coeur): The popular vantage point from in front of the Sacré-Cœur is not bad at all if you’re looking for free city views only, but it can’t beat the view you get to experience if you climb up a staircase to the top of the basilica. It overlooks the whole of Paris. One of the coolest places to take panoramic photos of Paris and totally worth the climb!  Another fun fact I learned was; it is built from a stone that turns more and more white with every time it rains.

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Place de La Concorde: This is one of the prettiest plazas in Paris. This site showcases great architecture and a huge fountain- Fontaine des Mers where they filmed the infamous scene of “the Devil Wears Prada”.

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Galeries Lafayette: Galeries Lafayette is a beautiful shopping center. Even if you don’t like shopping, you must visit this gorgeous marble floored, glass roofed shopping palace for the architecture alone.

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Thank you so much for reading….I hope you will find this post helpful if you ever need a quick guide for your short Paris trip.

Xo,

Kavs

Photos by: Raju Joshi

Introduction of New Series

Hello Everyone!

Long time no see 🙂 I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the warm spring weather around you.

I was thinking about adding a “Relationships” category to my blog and share more stories/content about my personal stories on my blog occasionally. So today,  I am officially starting a new category in my arena where I will share bit more of my personal life. I haven’t always been the greatest at expressing my feelings on social media so I never really share anything or anywhere in public about my personal life. I grew up in a family where everyone knew they loved each other and didn’t need to show words of affirmation around the house every day. LOL However, as I grow old, I’ve learned it’s just as important to vocalize love often as showing it.  So this time, I have decided I am really going to take my time with my words and share what I feel the most with the people I LOVE.

As you all know, I am the voice and face behind the this blog KavsArena – a little corner of the Internet where I started featuring my weekly post few years ago. There’s one more person who works hand in hand with me who you must meet: i.e my better half, my partner in crime, my Instagram husband (as people like to use that term these days lol). Not only we are partners in life, but we also work hand in hand as he is the one behind the camera capturing all the moments you discover week after week on KavsArena. Like every other couple, we are regular married couple trying to figure the ways of life in the midst of managing a full time job. No matter how busy things get, we always make time to do things we like and enjoy little things in life. In my case, its fashion & blogging and for him, its all about hanging out with his buddies and watching football. 🙂

These featured pictures are from the recent photo-shoot we had with our talented photographer friend in town “UltraPixelProduction – aka Akash Ranjit” over a month ago. Aakash and I had been planning for a photo-shoot from quite some time so we decided we will start with the couple photo-shoot. This was a great initiative for me as I already had planned for this new category and starting off the series with Mr. husband was the first thing I could think of.

Thank you so  much for reading. Do let me know what do you think about this new series. Have a great weekend! 🙂

Xo,

Kavs

Outfit: Dillards | Location: Southlake TownSquare

Photos by: Ultra Pixel

Outfit Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Happy Friday!

With valentine’s day around the corner, I wanted to share my outfit guide for the special day! Whether you are spending it out on a date or having a fun girls night with your besties, it’s the perfect excuse to dress cute and have a great time. I have included some tips in there for casual yet stylish looks which will work for both; either you are chilling at home or out on a date with your loved one.

Romantic Touch: If you don’t want to be obvious with red or pink everything, style a flowy dress like this one with your favorite heels that make you feel like a million bucks. Lighter fabrics in neutral tones will not only make you look like a gorgeous goddess, but it also serves the perfect romantic touch to the occasion.

Blushing in Pink: Another staple color of the occasion is pink! You just can’t go wrong with this shade for Valentine’s Day. Pair your favorite off shoulder top with distressed denim for lazy girl vibe or pop on a pastel pink hue dress instead for a refreshing on trend look.

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Fiery Red: This classic color for this holiday will never be out. Depending on your mood and style, you can go for an all red look like these looks. If you want to keep it simple, opt for a pop of red on your lips and bag and keep everything else neutral like I have done in these pictures.

 

Cozy Night Out: Now lets be real! Nobody wants to wear uncomfortable clothes on a chill night whether its at home our out. Time to put on a cute cozy dress or my favorite look, distressed denim and flowy top. Anytime you are dressing more laid back look, spice the outfit up with jewelries and a bold lip and accessories.

These are some of my favorite ways  to dress up for Valentine’s Day! I hope you guys found it helpful. Whatever your plans are for the night, don’t forget to have fun. The day is all about appreciating your loved ones! On that note, love yourself first because that’s when it starts.

Thanks so much for reading!

Until next time….

Xo

Kavs

Photos by: Raju Joshi

 

Winter Style: Classic Plaid Skirt

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Hello Everyone!

The more I think about Plaid skirt trend, the more I am inclined to say it’s not really a trend, but mostly a staple. Don’t you agree? Fashion lives, strives, takes its breath and ideas from its previous era, hence the massive inspiration and return we are all having these days with the 60s, 70s and 90s fashion runways. One of the major trend that never went out of style in all these decades is the Plaid Skirt. The 60s had all those pretty little plaid skirts with knee socks, oxford shoes or high boots. Once the 70s hit the streets, A line pencil skirts or pleated with side pockets were big hit. And then it was our turn, the kid of the 90s in our short and high waisted plaid skirts.

So whats the new plaid this year? Basically the coexistence of all these decades and looks with a more daring and versatile take on the plaid skirt. Its more about how each of us pick which style we like from the past and wear it rather than sticking to a certain look. You don’t want to restrain yourself out of the million styles to just one, or do you? 🙂

Lastly, whatever the plaid, whatever the skirt style, whatever the trend it has today, it will always hold a bit of bold, retro and grunge vibe to it. 

Thank you so much for reading!

Xo,

Kavs

Outfit Details:

Top- 1 State | Skirt – Dillards | Shoes: Dolce Vita | Coat: Ted Baker

Photos by: Raju Joshi

Trending Style – Hats for Days

Hello darlings!

From runway to street style to our own closets, we’re seeing everything from fisherman caps to fedora flat rims, they all are topping off our outfits. Hats immediately elevates any outfits, they are a playful form of expression in any look.

I avoided hats for many years thinking that I can never pull it off. But as I started blogging, I have pushed myself to come out of my comfort zone and try things  I always loved. After experimenting with different designs and styles,  I felt that it was the biggest misconception I ever had. In the last couple of years, hats have become one of my favorite accessories to wear year around. Being a huge fan of  hats, I adore any kind  but lately wide brim hats and berets have been my constant repeat in my wardrobe. It’s a statement detail that instantly make any look more interesting and polished.

There is a rule of adding a third element to any outfit whether that’s a hat, a scarf or a third layer of jacket; it’s a simple guideline for completing an outfit. It’s also a rule that’s upped collection of hats in my closet. They can transform you from any look all in a moment’s time.  And you know what the best part is when it comes to hats? They are affordable! You can purchase a quality hat without breaking the bank. And to prove my point, the beret I wore on this post is from Dillards, which I got for $5 for their New Year Day sale. 🙂

Thank you so much for reading!

Xo,

Kavs

Outfit Details: Coat: Ted Baker |Pants: Nordstrom |Shoes: Saks Off 5th Avenue |Beret: Dillards

Photos by: Raju Joshi

Countdown to New Year’s Eve

Oh Hello there…..

I’m back after a month and a half break from blogging. Aside from being incredibly busy with work, and generally just life getting in the way, I haven’t been able to post anything on my blog this holiday season. But, before we bid adieu to 2017, I had to share one last post and let you all know I’m forever thankful to each one of you for loving my blog – Kavsarena. Without your constant love and support, I wouldn’t have been able to continue my blogging journey.

We are just about few days away from the first day in 2018, so i’m taking time to set my goals for the new year and to reflect back on the current year. I’m also setting the stage for our New Year’s Eve plans- which starts with picking the perfect outfit, of course. Being fully drenched in glitzs is something that can’t happen to our everyday lives so I’m taking full advantage of the shining new year to sport the look. Sequins always make a comeback around the holiday season but this year they have raised the bar even higher. We have seen sequined everything. From dress, blazer, pants, jumpsuit to good old sequins skirt, they are making round and round in the fashion streets this holiday season.

Whether you wear them all-over sequined for maximum drama or you prefer them understated, there are ways to wear sequined for every personal style. An all-over sequined dress makes for a show stopping look that’s perfect for a New Year’s Eve celebration. Add a pair of sequined pants or a skirt with sheer top and you are on your way to a coveted NYE look with just two pieces. Stick to wearing a solid color as your foundational layer, and a pull on a gold or any other color sequined skirt for an understated glamour. Sequined blazer with a lace cami is another super quick way to add a vixen vibe while looking chic and polished at the same time.

So what kind of outfit have you planned for this New Year’s Eve party? Will you be donning in sequins as well? Let me know in comments!

Sending love and light to your final week of the year. Make them count!

Xo,

Kavs

Outfit Details: Top: Zara | Skirt: Dillards | Boots: Marc Fisher

Photos By: Raju Joshi

The Holiday Style

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Holidays are upon us my friends – Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Where has the time flown by? Dressing for holidays can be a bit tricky – but the possibilities are endless! And while some of you may be Okay with a great pair of jeans for your thanksgiving dinner, it’s a holiday – and to me, any holiday is an excuse to dress up. It’s such a wonderful time of the year to take a break from all the craziness that comes with the end of the year and really connect with your closest friends and family. This time of the year is one  of my absolute favorite times here in the US.

Whether you’re dancing in the leaves, cooking in the kitchen, heading to a dinner party, or just spending the evening on your couch watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S – “Monica’s thanksgiving meals and Joey’s turnkey pants” lol with loved ones, getting dressed for the holidays doesn’t have to be boring. The beauty of holiday looks is that you can make them as dressy or as casual as you’d like. When it comes to chic and casual look, I love comfortable, sophisticated top, a pair of trousers or a skirt and stockings/tights combination. Depending on the temperature, opt for button down shirt, chunky knit sweater, or an over-sized jacket for a very casual look. If a dress code calls for a nice pair of trousers, dress it up with a festive blouse and a little bit of sparkle. And if you are attending a dinner party, opt for dresses in rich jewel tones, stockings and a great pair of booties or over the knee boots given the cool factor in most parts of the country during holidays.

I hope you guys will have an amazing Thanksgiving!

Xo,

Kavs

Photos by: Sushant Jo’c (Fototantra)

Outfits: Dress: Nordstrom

How to Layer Your Summer Dress for Fall

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Hello darlings!

Fall is the season for layering – a style that not only keeps you warm, but also makes any outfit more interesting. But the most important thing about learning to layer is getting a good handle on the basics. From cozy sweaters to tapered pants to blazer, it only takes some of the basic items from your closet to take your layered looks to the next level. Here are few of my favorites way to layer a summer dress during Fall/Winter:

Start with a mock/turtle neck sweater
A thin turtle neck or mock neck sweater is a versatile layering piece when the temperatures start to cool down. I love being able to make use of my summer dresses when its cold out by layering them with cozy fall/winter pieces. For a fresh, modern look, layer a thin mock neck under a dress like I did here.

Layer with a blazer
Not quite cold enough for a jacket? Grab a blazer instead and if it cools down, layer on a jacket for double the warmth and style.

Go monochrome

Layer pieces with similar color shades for a cozy monochromatic look. You can either wear it one color from head to toe or incorporate one statement color as your pop of color, it actually works either ways. Layering a dress with basic pieces is definitely becoming a classic way to play dressup.

Thanks so much for reading….

Xo,

Kavs

Outfit Details: 

Dress: Antonio Melani – Dillards | Sweater: Free People | Bag: TJ Maxx (Similar)  Shoes: WHBM

Photos by: Raju Joshi

Festive Vibes: Dress Unconventional This Dipawali






Hi there!

Since we are just few days away from Dipawali (Tihar), I figured it’s that time again to  share a post for all you girls who don’t like to get ready head to toe with heavy traditional outfits but still want to feel festive. Most of you may already have shopped and decided your Tihar outfit but there will be some left in anticipation of a last minute idea. I hope this post captures style ideas if you are in doubt or want to wear something different but don’t want to spend a lot of money.

Our traditional outfits can get heavy on the pocket specially when we are supposed to buy multiple new ones during festive season. I personally feel that we don’t maximize the use of our expensive gowns, salwars and lehengas enough. Wear them once or twice and we easily stash them in the back of our closet. So this time again (my last year Dipawali fusion wear click here), I decided to do tradition my way and thought why not simply shop in my closet and come up with few ideas that work for the contemporary, modern girls who don’t like taking the conventional road. It’s quite a task to find an ethnic outfit that reflects the modern woman in you, isn’t it? But guess what? I am here to help you create the right balance between tradition and modern you. As light takes over the darkness, let’s gear up for that voguish look this Dipawali with some jazzed up outfits and earn some fashion scores, shall we? 🙂

As the idea of my blog is to get inspired, I am sharing some outfits which have an edge and can be improvised to create your own style without deviating too much from the tradition.

  • Not too many of us specially young girls tend to wear sarees or heavy lehengas for dipawali. Pairing a simple crop-top with minimalist detailed work skirt/lehengas will seal the deal.
  • Go with off shoulder top and a skirt or lehenga with heavy border for that perfect mixture of traditional and western look.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix and match traditional outfit with modern ones. You don’t always have to wear all the traditional pieces together. Just make sure you are wearing something comfortable and goes with your personal style.

Thank you so much for reading….I hope you find this post helpful. Have a very happy Dipawali my lovelies!

Xo,

Kavs

Pretty in Pink & Red




Hello Everyone!

When rules are still a thing in fashion, it’s okay to ignore some rules once in a while. After all, rules are made to be broken, aren’t they?

There are some colors we knew could never, ever be worn together and were considered fashion don’ts in the style guide. Navy and black, gold and silver, and red and pink were perfect examples of that. But  thanks to Kate Spade for breaking that rule and showing us how two powerful colors can still be the dominant color combination. In 2017, Spring and Summer was all about different shades of Pink and now during Fall, Red is seen all over the fashion runways, taking over the high streets and declaring the season’s hottest color.

There’s something about combining two shades that are close together on the color wheel that makes the overall look bold yet quite sophisticated. The key here is to make it bold and intentional so that everyone knows you are making a deliberate choice to wear red and pink together. For those girls who love bright colors and want to stand out, or just like to take a risk with fashion, this color combination is perfect for you. If you like modest color combination but still want to make a statement, well you don’t have to start with a total red and pink look right away. You can always start with something more simple, softer shades for a safer option BUT never be afraid to stand out. If you are crazy about this duo, go for a total look: both at work or for weekend, you will definitely have everyone’s eyes on you.

Thank you so much for reading..

Xo,

Kavs

Outfit Details: Jumpsuit: Nordstrom Rack (Chelsea 28)| Shoes: NineWest | Crop Jacket: Dillards (Sold out)

Photos by: Raju Joshi

In-Vest in Fall


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Hello my fashionista girls,

I love this time of the year..weather gets perfect, festivals are around the corner and the season just puts you in a festive, happy mood. Do you feel that too? Weather has cooled down a bit and it started to feel like Fall in the mornings which means it’s time to in-vest in Fall! 

What is your secret weapon to dress up during Fall? One of my favorites way to dress up is an easy, breezy versatile vest in knee-skimming lengths! Wear it over a casual look to play with proportion or use it to glam up a classy outfit. Long vest serves as the perfect transitioning layering piece during Fall season. The weather in Dallas is still somewhat warm all through October, which makes it difficult to do a full Fall inspired look. This is when transitional pieces come into play. The key is to choose clothing in fabrics that are blended and lighter in weight, but still have the mood of the season.

Wondering how to style? Take your everyday style shorts and pair it with a classic top with a long vest. I love long vests with mini-skirts or shorts as their asymmetrical proportion keeps your figure lean and long.

What are some of your favorite transitional pieces to take your wardrobe from Summer to Fall? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you so much for reading…

Xo,

Kavs

Outfit Details:

Top: English Factory | Vest: Gianni Bini |Shorts: H&M |Shoes: Steve Madden | Bag: Tory Burch

Photos by: Raju Joshi

 

 

Easy Summer Maxi Dress

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With warm weather season still in full swing, it’s no surprise that these floral printed numbers are still manage to be the summer’s hottest trend. Its proved to be a fashion staple for every girl’s closet and is one of the most accessible items during warmer season. From wild and fierce to redefined and lady like, patterns are the perfect way to amp up your wardrobe and keep your style game on point. Today, I am sharing couple of my favorite rules when it comes to rocking the long printed dress for summer. Read on for my styling guide:

  1. Tone it down: Printed dresses are bold and chic all on their own. We can transition these dresses look from spring to summer and summer to fall with a simple blazer or structured jackets. Downplaying with patterns that are bold and vibrant actually allows you to get more use of your dresses instead of having to keep it to the back of your closet until next summer.
  2. Don’t match head to toe:-  Pattern and printed dress is a statement on its own. Opt for a variety of neutral accessories that will help to ground your outfit. Think perfectly rounded nude heels or solid color purse that brings out attention to the dress’ vibrant hues.
  3. Right prints and right fitting: There’s nothing more beautiful than a perfect print and a billowy fabric. However, sometimes dresses that are too flowy don’t flatter our figure. Opt for dresses that fits you well, hugs your curves, and elongates your figure. Something as simple as v neck, high low style, like this dress will do the trick. Also, don’t forget that small prints flatter most of the body type, specially for petite  girls like myself while large prints overwhelm the body.

Thank you so much for reading!  I hope you enjoyed reading this post.

Xo,

Kavs

Outfit Details: Dress: Chelsea & Violet | Shoes: BCBGeneration | Bag: Tory Burch | Sunglass: Chloe (Similar)

Photos by: Raju Joshi

Style Guide: Transition Your Outfit from Work to Weekend

Whether you are heading in for a day at the office or out for a night in the town during the weekend, a pair of wide trousers provide the perfect wardrobe staple around which to build your outfit. I’m always looking for a variety of clothes that can be easily transitioned from work to weekend with little effort.  Having a few neutral pieces like these helps you mix and match pieces from your current wardrobe. In today’s post, I am sharing how one trousers can style two different ways for both work and weekend look.

Casual Office: As we know, a simple menswear inspired button down is an essential in every girl’s closet. For a chic office look, try a wide leg pants with a button down shirt as I have done here. These Zara pearly trousers are a chic and feminine choice for summer and totally on trend right now. Since these pants are so wide and have pearl details, they are statement in themselves meaning I don’t always feel I need to dress them up too much. Adding a watch and a small necklace is good enough to give polished professional touch to the look. The lavender color on the shirt adds a fresh summer vibe while the wide silhouette on the bottom keeps the outfit dramatic and fun. Pair them with a great pair of nude strappy heels, pumps or flatform and you are ready to hit the road.

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Weekend: High waisted wide leg pants can seem particularly challenging to pair with for girls with small figure. However, what they do very well is serve as a blank slate for statement tops that have patterns or intricate detailing. You can play around with different textures, designs and details. Instead of tucking in loose blouse, try a fitted top, or off shoulder tops or look for tees that hit just below the waist-band. They give a casual but still pulled together look.

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Thank you so much for reading and have a great weekend! ❤

Xo,

Kavs

Outfit Details: Pants/Trousers: Zara | Top: Eliza J. | Shirt: Banana Republic

Photos by: Raju Joshi

 

How to Wear Black this Summer

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Hello Everyone!

Though summer is all about bright colors, colorful floral prints and embellishment, I like to take a break from it once in a while. I think it’s refreshing to wear an outfit that still has the delicate feel that colorful prints provide but in a less obvious way. For instance, this black jumpsuit that I’m wearing doesn’t scream summer at first sight and obviously has no floral or colorful details and not a typical summer kind of a jumpsuit you would think, yet it embodies feminine summertime vibes. The flirty delicate lace detailing on the waistline, necklines and on the back not only makes it the perfect airy outfit to wear but also an easy throw for an effortless look by way of one piece of clothing. After all summer is all about easy, breezy, and simplicity isn’t it?

Are you wondering how do you take YOUR black outfit from winter to summer? Well, try accessorizing! 🙂 Pair your outfit with bold sunglasses, or with a great pair of colorful shoes, or a bold lip colors or layers of dainty necklaces and bangles.  The versatility is key here, you will be surprised how accessorizing differently transition an outfit from season to season or from day to night look instantly. Jumpsuit is a staple piece in our closet any season of the year, it’s just a matter of reinventing the wheel to make it feel and look fresh every seasons. I find jumpsuits incredibly versatile and can work with any parties, gatherings, vacations or even at the weddings (western weddings obviously). 🙂

So many of you in Instagram have asked me where can they get simple & classic jumpsuits, so I have rounded up few styles from different brands that I adore. For more formal parties or night out, you definitely want a jumpsuit with bit of an edge like this one from Antonio Melani and this one from Antonio Melani. For summer vacations, you can go with a more casual piece like this one from Chelsea & Violet and BB Dakota. These pieces are definitely on the pricier side, so if you are on a budget my recommendation is to wait a month or two until they put these pieces on sale section. Try to save extra bucks but still go find a perfect outfit that will stay in fashion for few years so that you can still get a good use of it for next couple of seasons. I hope these styles and tips will keep your fashion game on point! Don’t forget to leave me a comment or share if you find this post helpful.

Thank you so much for reading! ❤

Xo,

Kavs

Outfit Details: Jumpsuit: Express (Similar here) | Shoes: BCBGeneration | Hat: Saks Fifth Avenue | Sunnies: Rayban |Bag: Tory Burch

Photos by: Raju Joshi

 

 

 

 

The Pencil Skirt: Modern Version

 


Hello there! Its Friday again! 🙂

The effortlessly chic pencil skirt; it enhances your waist, shows off your curves and if done right it will make you appear slimmer and instantly fashion forward no matter what the occasion is. Whether it’s a tiny slit on the side, in the middle of a skirt or a more uber-hot-feminine high slit on the side, it might be one of the few items in your wardrobe that can transition easily from work to weekend look! It’s so feminine, so retro yet so modern, so effortless and so sophisticated without the slightest effort. There’s nothing sexier than a woman crossing the street on her skirt with a slit on the side subtly showing a bit of leg as she’s quickly makes her way out on the streets. Don’t you agree? 🙂

Even though the pencil skirt has power to elevate any look, if not done right there are chances it will make you look totally frumpy specially for us petite girls.  So in today’s post I have put together few tricks that I have learned to style your skirt that might totally look chic and stylish in no time.

  • Trick the eyes: Give yourself the illusion of height by lengthening the legs with either a sheer, envelop or side slit styles. These styles expose more leg without raising the hemline, making you look a few inches taller. The sheer and slit cut will let you show some skin, so that you don’t appear covered in fabric.
  • Put the focus on your figure: Go for a skirt that fits a little closer to the body, this will draw the eye to your shape rather than your height. Petite girls should opt for high-waisted silhouette and pair with a crop top to give the illusion of a longer body.
  • Pair your skirt with a neutral, lighter shades of brown or tan color heels, they help legs to appear longer and leaner. If you are not a high heels person, opt for a mini wedge to give you a little height without compromising your comfort.
  • Lastly, don’t follow the myth that mid length skirts are never flattering for petite girls. You can prove the mid length pencil skirt can work for petite girls as much as it does for tall girls just by picking the right fabrics, styles and prints.

Thank you so much for reading!

Xo,

Kavs

Outfit Details: Top: Forever 21 | Skirt: White House Black Market (Love this one from ASOS) | Shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue

Photos by: Raju Joshi

 

Some Key Pieces for Summer

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Hello Everyone,

Chic, effortless, and sophisticated pieces are my all time favorites. In the fashion world we live in, where trends and styles are constantly changing, what makes us unique is our ability to pull an effortless style. Although there are plenty of styles and outfit we would love to add in our wardrobes, it is important to get the essentials first. Versatile pieces that can be used for many different outfits will not only make our getting ready in the morning a breeze, but we also get to most use out of them season after season. So in today’s post I’m highlighting some of my must-haves pieces during summer time which I later incorporate with my fall or spring outfits as well.

Classic Lace/Sheer Shirts:  White tees or shirts have always been my summer go to. I adore dressing like I haven’t made an effort, but gives that chic put together vibe. I am always drawn towards slightly sophisticated finish and I personally believe that lace, sheer and crochet gives that ultra feminine, sophisticated and luxury finish to any look we strive for.

Sun-dresses: There are seasonal trends that we can always rely on every season. For example, summer screams for the bright and colorful prints. Whether you choose a floral summer dresses or mix and match tops and skirts, a floral prints can freshens up any ensemble. Either you choose to look chic and feminine with sundresses or toughen up your look with dress or top with denim or leather jacket, sundress will serve a perfect reason to dress up any season.

Hats: From a floppy to structured straw, hats can instantly add a punch of chic to any look. For example: A black hat can bring contrast to an all white look; and a straw hat adds texture. It goes with just about any look and makes your outfit feel more put together. Whether you’re hitting the beach or strolling around the city in your favorite sundress, try one of the trendiest accessories for an effortless summer look. Regardless of how casual the rest of your outfit may be, you can add instant elegance by slipping into a stunning hat.

Everyday Shoes: These days shoes are becoming works of art and it all starts with embellished anything. A simple lace up sandal is not only appropriate for the beach anymore, they are becoming evening appropriate with a touch of pearls embellishment, or pom-pom details added to it. Another summer’s must have shoe is Espadrillas. They come in number of different styles and can be styled with anything from shorts to dresses. My personal favorite summer shoe is flatforms. This is that one shoe which I feel not just add height but also is very comfortable at the same time. With few styling tips they can make us look effortlessly chic.

Sunglasses: Sunglasses are not just for summer but a year-round staple, they shield your eyes, while also serving as the must have accessory in your look.  Pick any stylish frames that are available in the market and your overall look will be transformed instantly.

 Thank you so much for reading and happy styling!

Xo,

Kavs

Outfit Details

Dress: J.O.A Los Angeles | Shoes: Vince Camuto | Bag: Louise Et Cie | Hat: Saks Off 5th | Sunglasses: Amazon

Photos By: Raju Joshi

 

High Rise Skinny Jeans & Crisp White Top

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Hello Everyone!

Simple outfits are my favorite and who doesn’t love classic and simple outfit with a shirt and a jeans that slims, smooths, cinches, and flatters our body? I have always found high waisted jeans as a retro/ classic outfit and a bottom staple for us petite girls. It draws the attention to the narrowest point of our body which is our waistline and creates a feminine shape. One pair of high waisted jean serves timeless styling possibilities that seamlessly transition from season to season, trend to trend and one body type to another. Pair it with a tucked blouse, crop top, bodysuit, blazer, or over-sized shirt and you’ve got a fresh looking style every time you step out of your house.

Take on the summer heat with a breezy white top paired with a high-waisted jeans bottom for the chic yet low maintenance outfit that always makes a statement of its own. Whether you’re on the go, heading to a meeting or grabbing a quick lunch, this outfit is a win for comfort and style. High-waisted jeans works best with the heels for petite girls, but if you are going with the flats, showing of your ankles just enough will make your legs look longer and gives you a bit of laid back but chic girl look.

Thank you so much for reading and happy styling!

Xo,

Kavs

Outfit Details: 

Top: 1. State  (on Sale)| Jeans: Uniqlo | Shoes: Aldo

Photos by: R. Joshi

Style with Confidence


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Happy Friday Everyone!!

“Get up, get dressed and never give up each day”.

Today’s post is all about being confident and comfortable of what we wear. Wearing something we feel good about shows the confidence in our face, our walk, and in our entire energy! It’s all connected in how we view ourselves and our lifestyle.

To me, one of the hardest obstacles I had to overcome over the years was accepting my body; my height. It’s a struggle that I have faced myself and heard girls talk about all the time. I’m a girl with very petite frame (5’1”, 103 lbs) and I personally never felt too bad about myself, but constant jokes and reminders from people hit me so hard at one point in my life that I began to lose confidence. I still often hear about my height and weight as if something is terribly wrong with me. But over the years I’ve become very comfortable of how I look and I’ve found ways to appreciate my body and that is through dressing up. That’s one of the main reason I started sharing my thoughts and ideas through blogging.

Just like myself, I am sure so many girls out there are or once were overly conscious of their body. I get messages from all these young girls telling me that they’d love to wear certain kind of outfits but they can’t because they think they are too skinny, or too fat or too small. Today’s post is dedicated to all these young girls, who’d love to dress up but always shy away thinking they won’t look good. Accept your body the way it is, love yourself and wear what makes you feel happy and confident. You don’t have to be a model size to look fashionable. After reading this I hope you will find yourself confident enough to try out that outfit you’ve always imagined.

Highlight your best feature:  No matter what size we are, we all have that one best feature in our body we can flaunt. Do you have a small waist? To highlight your waistline, clinch it with a belt. If you have a killer legs, wear shorter dresses/skirts or shorts to show those toned legs. If you are gifted with broad shoulders, wear wide legged pants, skirts and dresses that flares out and adds volume at the bottom. It will trick the eyes into looking at your bottom half instead of your broad shoulder. Narrow shoulders and girls with those gorgeous beauty bones: off shoulder tops, spaghetti straps and open neck outfits should be your signature style. Stop stressing about what you don’t like in your body, instead highlight those best features you have got and feel good about it.

Curate Closet: Shop accordingly to what you feel good in. Sometimes it’s easy to feel like we should be wearing something trendy because it’s on trend, but the most important thing to ask yourself is, does this flatter my figure. I personally love having a signature style. There is nothing wrong with wearing the same style of clothing over and over again if you know that’s your style and you feel confident wearing them.

Comfort comes first: If you are uncomfortable, you will not feel your best, it’s just a fact. Don’t worry about what other people are wearing or even what’s the newest trend is if those aren’t you.  Find items that you are comfortable in and make that your highest priority. I love tight fitted sheath dresses but I never feel comfortable wearing them. Hence I either use them as a top tucking with skirt like I did in this post (click here) or I opt for a flared dresses as I feel more comfortable with flared or A line styles.

Know the color effects: It is a well-known fact that colors can give great illusions to our body. For example: monochrome outfits or black color gives slimming and elongating affect to our body, so if height or curves are your concern, keep plain or black color in mind. Horizontal stripes can make whatever you are covering appear wider, so it’s a good idea to stay away from them if you want to appear slimmer. But horizontal stripes will be a best friend for skinny girls trying to appear little wider. Wearing clothes with vertical stripes will create a long line, making you appear taller and thinner. Bold prints are helpful for petite frames or areas that are smaller, so don’t shy away when you want to enhance a part of your body.

Balance your proportion: I cannot stress enough of this line “balance your proportion”.  Girls with smaller upper bodies and curvy hips and thighs can balance the dark bottoms with bright colored tops. Try tucking a pastel colors tops into a black skirt, it will help you make your upper body stand out and create an hourglass figure. If you are super skinny, opt for a shift blouse to give volume at the upper body and balance it out with simple pumps or heels to your lower body. I truly believe you can wear almost anything, as long as it’s the right proportion to your figure.

I hope this post has given you extra boost to love and accept your body. We all are beautiful in our own unique way! Never forget that! 🙂

Thank you so much for reading and happy styling!

Outfit Details

Dress: Adrianna Pappel | Shoes: BCBGeneration |Bag: Tory Burch

Photos by: Roxanne Photography

Classic Staple: Lace Top & Skinny Jeans

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Hello Everyone!

One thing I have learned looking back on how my style has evolved is how much I have started to gravitate towards classic and neutral pieces. I love colorful outfits and I’m always drawn towards bright hues and pretty pastels, but when it comes to picking a wardrobe staple the classic pieces and neutrals are my first pick! It probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you that feminine tops are one of my favorite styles to wear. Whether its lace, ruffles, off-she-shoulder, one-shoulder, you name it, I want it. 🙂 They are very easy to play up or down specially while playing with classic and casual pieces.

One of my favorite way of pairing the style is with denim jeans. The combination of feminine and edgy is one of favorite ways to style an ensemble. I love the ease and simplicity of jeans and lace top. Jeans are easy to wear if you need an outfit on the go, and for more dressed up look, a lace top adds a nice feminine and polished touch. This timeless, and sophisticated look is all about the materials and the textures! A silky white shirt paired with a great pair of boyfriend jeans or an ultra-modern blouse with great hemlines are perfectly polished for a day out or a weekend night out in the town.

Lastly, if you are battling the heat this summer, go with a lace top that has a built in ventilation (jk). 🙂 But honestly, don’t let the long sleeves fool you – the fabric is so lightweight and airy that these breezy fabrics are must haves for summer days. And, because it looks great with jeans or shorts, you can wear it in a variety of ways all summer long. For the casual look, pair your lace tops with skinny jeans, or shorts.

Thank you so much for reading…..happy styling!

Xo,

Kavs

Outfit Details:

Top: 1. State (Sold Out) – Similar here  | Jeans: Topshop | Shoes: BCBGenerations | Bag: Tory Burch

Photos By: R. Joshi

 

Bohemian Style: Floral Maxi Dress

Hello Everyone!

Bohemian style consists of loose, colorful clothing and has been also known as boho chic, and Aesthetic style. A flowy silhouette, playful fabric and floral prints – these are the most usual factors one can easily associate with Bohemian fashion.  It is definitely a type of fashion style that talks about a certain lifestyle wherein women, mostly, defines hip culture in a way that one feels more unconventionally carefree.

The best part of the Bohemian style is that its all about crafting your personal preferences.  The more effortless it looks, the better. For that reason, bohemian look is something  you can pull off very easily. No matter what accessories you pick – chunky jewelry, fedora hat, colorful scarf, head beads or even body chains, everything goes well with it. But the key is in wearing only one statement boho piece of clothing, to which you add a touch of accessories.

Thank you for reading…happy styling!

Xo,

Kavs

Outfit Details: Dress: BCBGeneration | Head Piece: Natasha (Similar)

Photos By: Roxanne Photography

 

Guide to Wear Midi or Long Outfit






Hi Everyone,

Are you one of those petite girls who loves wearing long dresses (mini/ maxi/ tea length) but fear that it will make you look even more frumpy? For too long, girls with petite frames have been told what they can and cannot wear certain outfits as a result of their short figure. If you are short or petite and you think that leaves you with fewer options to dress fashionably then you are sadly mistaken. You can still look fashionable and trendy by picking up the right kind of clothes. Trust me it’s not that hard. Today I’m going to share some tips that I’ve researched, tried on, and put together that helped me styling long outfits and I hope you will find it helpful for you as well.

  1. Select the right length: If the hemline cuts at the widest part of your calves it will make your legs appear stumpy and short. Opt for a dress length that hits just above or below mid-calf where the leg is a little slimmer.
  1. Accentuate the waist: Generally speaking, when you want to appear slimmer you’ll want pieces to end at the slimmer part of your body. A great example of this rule is the cropped jacket which ends at your waist rather than wearing a longer jacket that ends at your hips. The cropped jacket emphasizes the slimmest parts. A skinny belt or statement belt are another great way to define your waist.
  2. Color code: Wear the same color head to toe to create an elongated silhouette. You don’t have to worry about getting head to toe same color as you can always spice things up with the accessories.
  3. Select the right shoes: Heels are your best friend and I mean it. Even though I wore blue shoes in with this outfit as my dress was more on the neutral side, opt for nude heels if you are baring your legs. While any sort of heels will naturally give you the extra height to balance the length, nude color will make your legs look even longer.

I hope this post has helped my petite readers feel confident enough to give long dresses or skirts a try. Don’t be afraid to try a style out and make it your own, even when most say you should avoid it. If you love it, great. If you don’t, at least you will be happy that you gave it a try! 🙂

Thank you so much for reading….happy styling!

Xo,

Kavs

Outfits:

Dress: Dillards (Reba) – Similar | Shoes: Macy’s (Material Girl) – Similar| Bag: River Island

Photos by: Raju Joshi

Festive Mood: Traditioal Look & Celebspiration

Hello Everyone!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far!

I have  finally found a reason to post traditional look on my blog. “Teej” one of the biggest festival of ours has just swung by. As this festival marks the beginning of festival season in Nepal and keep us up in festive mood, I decided to share traditional look for the blog.


I have broken down today’s post into two section: festival look and celeb inspired look. Talking about festival look, Teej is more women centric festival as they hold more value and meaning to it. Women fast for their husband/family’s healthy and long life, wear their wedding/traditional outfits & accessories, and celebrate with the family.

I wore this beautiful Saree I bought from Cbazaar few months ago but never really had a chance to wear before. Since we are more focused on wearing red and other vibrant colors in our festivals, I thought this outfit would be perfect for this occasion. I personally prefer minimalist look for everyday, but once in a while when I wear traditional attire I like to go all out with jewelries and other meaningful accessories and celebrate the diversity. For the same reason I added some bangles, necklace and few other accessories to complete this look.

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Coming to the second section of this post:

So this time in my ‘get the look’ section, I have covered the below Deepika’s traditional makeup look she wore recently. I am obsessed with her look; very sophisticated yet full of glam! Her style is unique and very vogue. Plus, she looks drop-dead gorgeous in every  outfit.After I bought this Saree, I realized the design and color combination is very similar to what Deepika and Kajol were seen wearing sometime ago. Of course the cost of my outfit is nowhere close to the designer pieces they have worn; but I thought its worth the price! 🙂 After-all, who wouldn’t dream of getting celebrity outfits?  As much as we love checking designers’ pieces on Internet, we love buying one or two and if it’s a celebrity look-alike pieces from regular clothing stores, it’s even better!

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Last but not least, if you ladies are looking to buy some traditional outfits, I highly recommend checking Cbazaar website. They do have gazillion options (Okay i made that up! but they do have good range of selection) to choose from and usually have promotions going on. At the time of purchasing, always look for material details, embroidery style and declaimer to avoid future disappointments. Their quality material is usually pretty good (well lets say based on how much you are willing to pay for) and they do offer wide range of stitching service. You can basically select from half to regular to custom stitching options. I picked custom stitching option for this blouse and they personally called me for the sizing and the type of design I was looking for. It came out exactly the way I had described.

Thank you so much for reading…happy styling!

XO,

Kavs

Thank you Cbazaar for allowing me to share my  thoughts and reviews.) 

Outfit: Cbazaar| Jewelry: For jewelry, I am wearing my old wedding bangles sent from Nepal while necklace and earrings are from my mom.

Spring is in Full Swing

Hi everyone!!

Sharing some of my favorite pieces from Zara on the blog today. I have been loving Zara’s spring collection. I’ve added couple of their spring collection in my closet and this is one of them.

Outfit Details:

Jackets: Zara

Shorts: Zara

Shoes:MayakoKosheli

Bag: House of Want