The New Neutral

Fashion

Monochromatic outfits have been everything this summer, and it looks like this trend is going full throttle into fall.  And for good reason: not only do they look so effortless, but also nothing screams ‘fashion-forward’ more than this minimal chic ensemble.

When is comes to putting together a monochrome outfit, one can never go wrong with clothing in neutral shades. An accent piece, such as a duster coat in a neutral color, is a great investment and can completely transform any outfit to look both classy and stylish (even if you’re donning sweatpants underneath!).

Neutrals 101: Of course black, white, nude, beige, and gray are classics, and probably the first colors we think of when piecing together a monochrome outfit. They’re easy to find, we probably have tons of clothing items in these colors in our closests, and we can basically never go wrong with them!

Street style | Cream crop top, coat, strapped heels and high waist flattering pencil skirt:

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But here are a few other unconventional colors that are so chic and effortless that they should basically be considered as neutrals as well! Moreover they are as easy to work with as B&W, and can easily be pieced together to form the classic monochromatic look.

  • Navy Blue
Cara Delvingne in a monochrome outfit for Paper Towns press

Photo: Getty Images

A great style tip we can take from Cara to break the monotonicity of our single toned outfit is to play around with different textures such as her lace blouse.

  • Khaki Green
Spring / Summer - street chic style - beach style - safari style - brown v-neck wide short sleeve lightweight sweater + olive green culottes + olive green ring fabric belt + cream cross body bag + aviators + nude ankle strip heeled sandals:

Photo: Sincerely Jule

  • Mustard Yellow

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Mustard yellow is such a gorgeous yet underrated color. It’s muted tone makes it closer to match to the brown-beige group, thus making your monochrome outfit look fresh, chic, and won’t make you look like you’re trying too hard.

  • Pale Pink
Carolina Herrera RTW Spring 2016

Photo by Tommy Iannaccone/WWD

If we learned one thing from the House of Herrera SS16 collection at NYFW, it was that pale pink is the new neutral. Not only did all her silhouettes looks so feminine and gentle, but also she proved to us that pinks and pleats never goes out of style!

So those are a few of my favorite ‘non-neutral’ neutrals. What are some of yours?

-N

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Beach Bag Essentials

Accessories, Beauty, Fashion

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It’s finally my favorite time of the year: summer! The city is bustling, and everyone is truly happier with the sun out. I love spending my weekends by the beach, either with friends or a lazy afternoon with a book. My #1 find this season is this monokini from Naja. Not only is this swimsuit super cute, but also made from recycled plastic bottles: double win!! I love shopping from brands that are socially and environmentally conscious, and support a great cause! (For more about Naja, their products, and company, check out http://www.naja.co/)

I love to complete this look with a straw boater hat, metallic slip-on sandals, and these gorgeous sunglasses from Quay. I like to keep my beach beauty regime simple and limited to BB cream for light coverage and tinted lip balm(with SPF for extra protection).

And of course, don’t forget the sunscreen! It’s better to be safe than sorry! I love the Neutrogena Ultra-Sheen Body Spray sunscreen because it’s super easy to apply and doesn’t leave the skin feeling oily or heavily drenched in product.

Let me know what are your summer bag essentials that you absolutely cannot go to the beach without??

-N ❤

(P.S. This is not a sponsored post or ad)

Products in this post: 

Today’s Comfy Travel Outfit

Fashion, OOTD/OOTN

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As much as I love traveling, the actual transit process can be extremely stressful. And that’s why it helps to keep your travel outfit minimal, comfortable, but stylish! In lieu of sweatpants, I prefer leggings or these comfy distressed jeans. I also opt for a light sweater instead of a jacket/hoodie as they simply add to the number of items I need to carry (an added stress I rather not have). And of course espadrilles are the perfect closed slip-on shoes that are hassle-free to take off during security checks, and comfy for travel. I also keep my jewelry to a minimum, but it’s always handy to wear a watch!

-N ❤

Outfit Details: 

  • White Sweater: H&M
  • Light Wash Distressed Jeans: Hollister
  • Espadrilles: Aldo  
  • Watch: Michael Kors
  • Gold Accent Jewelry: Forever 21
  • Sunglasses: ASOS

Travel Diaries: Napa 🍷

Accessories, Fashion, Journal, Lifestyle, OOTD/OOTN, Shoes

Last week I finally completed my undergrad! And as a celebratory gift, my parents took my sister and I out to Napa. Beautiful weather, delicious food, and of course great wine! Here are a few highlights of my trip:

Vineyard Touring + Wine Tasting Essentials 

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  • Gold Geo Charm Drop Necklace from Forever21
  • Gold Cuff from Francesca’s 
  • NYX Butter Lipstick in the shade ‘Pops’
  • Round Sunglasses with Metal High Bar from ASOS 
  • Navy Blue Felt Rancher Hat from Goorin Bros.
  • White Mesh Sneakers from Nike 
  • I also got this cute pocket book, ‘The Little Black Book of Wine’ from our hotel’s gift shop! ‘Twas the perfect companion for wine tasting and Napa in general!

Touring the Robert Mondavi Winery 

Picturesque blue skies and neat rows of grapevines

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Endless rows of barrels of my favorite wine: Cabernet Sauvignon

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Most awaited part of the tour: Mondavi cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay tasting!

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OOTN

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  • Floral Wide Leg Jumpsuit from Forever 21
  • White Heeled Sandals from Forever 21

And of course, what trip highlight is complete without some food porn?! (And honestly, my favorite part of Napa!)

Chicken and Waffles at Boon Fly Cafe

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Lunch at Bouchon 

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  • Tartare de Saumon
  • Moëlle Rôtie
  • Poulet Rôti
  • Vanille Panna Cotta

(We also enjoyed a great dinner at Morimoto but didn’t take any pictures!)

I couldn’t have asked for a better graduation present, and am forever thankful to my parents! ❤

What have you guys been up to this summer?

-N

Ipsy Newbie: My First Glam Bag

Beauty, Makeup

It’s finally here!!! After being on the waitlist for months, I received my first Ipsy Glam Bag this month. For those that aren’t familiar with this company, Ipsy is a monthly subscription service that requires you to pay a monthly fee of $10 and sends you a glam bag of 4-5 beauty products based on your style and preference.

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With the onset of spring (in some lucky locations), this month’s theme was “Floral Fantasy” and here is a list of the products that I received:

Pixi by Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Duo Eyeshadow in the shade ‘Apricot Glow’

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Crown Oval Concealer Brush (C224)

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NYX Butter Lipstick in the shade ‘Pops’

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Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter

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Coolway Glow Oil Treatment

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Total Box Value: $36.25

Review: I absolutely loved the eyeshadow, it’s extremely pigmented and I love the colors (one can never go wrong with a classic champagne and pink).

I was also psyched to receive the NYX butter lipstick because I have been meaning to try them for ages. However I was disappointed with the shade that I received. I’ve never been a fan of brown lipsticks, and with the amazing color range available in this line, this seemed to be the most boring color to receive. Nevertheless this lipstick is so pigmented, it has excellent color pay off and truly glides on like butter!

As for the rest of the products, one can never have too many makeup brushes, and I gladly welcome them! The Chella highlighter was OK, and I wasn’t too stoked with the hair oil.

Final Verdict: I was somewhat satisfied with my glam bag. It was pretty basic, and hopefully I will receive a more exciting one next month.

Do any of you subscribe to Ipsy? If yes, I would love to hear your opinion on this month’s bag, Ipsy, or other similar services that you subscribe to! 🙂

Until next time,

N ❤

Healthy but Delicious: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free Banana Pancakes!

Easy Recipes

Spring break is almost coming to an end and I’m sure most of us spend the past two months (or weeks?) religiously working out at the gym or eating healthy. And I bet you’re dying to get your hands on that first slice of chocolate cake or pizza the second you’re back from your sunny spring break destination. But hold on a sec, don’t quit just yet! Who says eating healthy has to be so bland and boring?

These GLUTEN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE, SUGAR-FREE banana pancakes make the perfect meal to satisfy your sweet tooth, keep you energized for the day, and are so yummy that they will actually make you question how healthy they really are!

Ingredients: 

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 eggs
  • Cooking spray
  • Pancake toppings of your choice

Directions:

1) Mash the banana using a fork. (Quick Tip: You can use a blender if you like, however make sure you don’t whiz it up too much. We don’t want the mixture to be too runny)

2) Whisk in the eggs

3) Warm a non-stick pan to medium heat, and spray in the cooking oil

4) Dollop the mixture into the pan into small pancakes, and cook for about 30-40 seconds on both sides.

5) Serve with your favorite toppings! I chose Nutella, but if you’re looking for a healthier option you could try honey, agave, or some fruits!

Healthy Banana Pancakes

P.S. Making perfectly round pancakes is a skill I unfortunately lack!

But do let me know if you try making this recipe and how these pancakes turn out for you! 🙂

Until next time,

– N

Daily Skincare Routine for Acne-Prone Skin

Beauty, Skincare

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Hello Everybody!

I was lucky enough to have clear skin during my teenage years, but am one of the unfortunate few that suffers from acne in my twenties. In the past year, my acne had been getting only worse. Not only did I suffer from oily skin and daily breakouts, but the acne would also leave behind dark spots on my face that would take months to disappear!

I had tried everything. Strong cleansers, acne spot treatment creams, expensive acne treatment kits, and even medication. But nothing seemed to work! However last month I re-discovered the perfect product. I incorporated it into my daily skincare routine and voila, I had the perfect combination of acne treatment products that have been effectively combating my problem and have even reduced the appearance of my acne spots.

Here are the steps of my daily skincare routine (I follow this twice a day, once in the morning, and then at night before bed):

1) First, let me introduce you to the product that changed it all: Noxema’s Ultimate Clear Anti-Blemish Pads

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My mother introduced me to this when I was 12 and I used it until I turned 18. No wonder I hardly suffered from breakouts and I don’t remember why I stopped using this but these cleansing pads are amazing! I remembered about them during my last run at the drugstore and decided to give them a try once again. And sure enough, they solved everything! After taking off all my makeup (I use Clean and Clear’s Oil-Free Makeup Wipes) , I use one Noxema pad to scrub my face. They do tend to sting a bit and the scent is putting off, but you can see all the dirt, grime, oil, and residual makeup on the pad once you’re done cleaning your face!

2) CLEANSE: I then immediately rinse my face with Clinique’s Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam (you can get it for $20 from Sephora). And this is definitely pricier when compared to drugstore cleansers, but I find that many of them cause me to break out. This is also extremely gentle and light on my skin.

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(Tip: Cetaphil is a great alternative cleanser. It is not only cheaper but also works great for dry skin. Since most acne treatment products tend to dry out your skin, Cetaphil helps restore your skin’s moisture.)

3) MOISTURIZE: I then apply a moisturizer all over my face. This is essential for an ensuring an even surface for applying makeup during the day, and a must before bed since it helps restore your skin.

4) SPOT TREATMENT: Additionally, I also use the following products at night before bed:

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I cover my post-acne marks with this Demelan Cream. This was suggested to me by my dermatologist, and has truly helped in fading out these spots. However do not worry if you cannot get your hands on this. Another alternative for fading out acne spots is aloe vera gel and is easily available at any drugstore!

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I also apply this Clinique Acne Solutions Spot Clearing Gel on any new breakouts. This helps combat and diminish the size of any new acne in just a few hours. However this product is very strong and tends to dry out your skin. So I suggest using very little product on any new spots instead of lathering it on completely on your face. I picked this up in a sample size from Sephora and it has lasted for the past six months.

So there you go guys: my daily acne skin care routine. I have been individually using these products for quite a while and swear by them. But remember that everyone has different skin types and acne conditions, so what works perfectly for me might not work as well for you. But do let me know if you choose to use any or all of these products and how this combinations works out for you! Also what are your go-to acne treatment products? 🙂

Until next time,

N

Hello everybody! 🙂

I hope everyone is having an amazing new year!

I apologize for being completely M.I.A. on uploading any new content on the blog, but immediately after new year’s I was traveling with my family around India and had very limited access to the internet. I returned back to the States two weeks ago but college is keeping me extremely busy since this is my last semester (what?! Time truly does fly by so fast!). Now that I have finally settled into my daily routine, I hope to post at least once a week. And to everyone stuck in the east coast like I am, I hope you’re all staying warm in this awful weather!

-N

 

Journal

Hello 2015: New Year’s Eve Attire

Accessories, Bags, Beauty, Fashion, Jewelery, Makeup, OOTD/OOTN, Shoes

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Happy 2015! I apologize for the late post, but this was my outfit for new year’s eve. This year I wanted to do something smaller for new year’s eve and decided to go to a house party that my friend was hosting on his terrace.

Since this was going to be a rather laid-back event, I was very confused about what to wear. Should I go with something understated or glamorous? In the end, I chose the latter. After all it was new year’s eve! However I wanted my outfit to look effortless at the same time and who can go wrong with a classic sequence LBD?

This can also be a great outfit for a night out or birthday celebration.

Outfit Details: 

  • Black Sequence Dress from Mango
  • Black Heels from Aldo
  • Silver Heart-Shaped Clutch from Zara
  • Silver Jeweled Studs from Charlotte Russe
  • Silver Chain Necklace from H&M
  • Red Lipstick from Mac in Ruby Woo (However I did switch this shade for Revlon’s Black Cherry at the last minute).

I hope everyone had a great, happy and safe new year’s!! 🙂

-N