Sunny weekend and biking goes hand in hand !

Hey there lovely people,

So yes after a rainy week we were blessed with sunny  saturday and what could be a better option than to pick the bikes and go around beautiful winding roads to the countryside.

That is exactly what we did this Saturday, come join me:-)

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My wearabouts: Top (Zara); Watch (Citizen men’s); Bag (Zara); Shoes (Mango); Cashmere stole (bought from Nepal)

Much love,

Saabri

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My bollywood moments

Ever since I watched our iconic bollywood actress “Sridevi” prancing around in bright chiffon sarees in Switzerland, my young adoloscent years were shaped by many dreams  and most lucid one was of visiting Switzerland and wearing sarees when I grow up. I must count my blessings and be thankful that I am actually living this dream .

My love for sarees is so deep that I even wrote a poem about my most favourite attire in the world.

An ode to ‘Saree’: Six yards of pure grace, elegance and beauty…

Long trail of cloth, one straight single length,
no Zip, no stitch yet oozes vigor and strength!Six yards of grace, draped perfect for the evening,
the elegance untouched, adds ‘femininity’ to the meaning!This humble drape stirring the political motion,
since time immemorial, breaking the rules and the notion!

The shimmer, the glitter and sequins on it,
never overpower the struggles woven within!

The poor, the rich and in the middle,
all of us have worn it to go unbridled!

It marks the beauty of a demure bride,
it tells the tale of prejudice and pride!

It signifies the poise and grace of a woman,
it shapes the curves, for sensuality to loosen!

It covers the beauty with all its layers,
yet oozes the oomph and call for glares!

‘Saree my love ‘ you are the most beautiful attire,
a timeless fashion, which refuses to retire…

Ok now that I have established my love for saree , lets move on to the pictures, shall we?
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The saree I am wearing is from Satyapaul, brought from Delhi last year.
Much love,
Saabri

When was the last time I was here ?

Wow! feels great to be back on this webspace. Can’t believe I was away from blogging  for that many months, its surreal to log on to my blog today:-)

Did I miss blogging ?

Hell yeah I did !

Do I regret being away for this long?

NO, not at all! Life is very different  when you are in the field, away from internet. When luxury  to you  means 100 meters of non-bumpy patch of road, 2 hours of electricity and a  ceiling fan, your outlook gets an overhaul and  you become a part of a very different yet beautiful world. You wake up at 6, start your day at 7, come back all tired and sweaty,  gulp down your dinner and call it a day  to start a new day tomorrow with four things by your side-  work plan, work  focus, hope  and smile:-)

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Now that I am back from the field, I sure have missed all the amazing posts fellow bloggers must have created, I have missed all the conversations floating around in the blogging world, but I believe its not too late to go back and start from where I had left:-) isn’t it?

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Random Mix: Duty Free Haul+ Midi Skirt fever

Hello my lovelies  !

Hope you all are doing great! I am writing this post from Hanoi, Vietnam! YAY!!!!!! I am here for work purpose but will make sure I get to explore the city and the sorroundings during weekends. Looking forward to sharing my experience from here, and if you have some recomemndations on Hanoi please please please share them with me:-)

On my way to Hanoi, I splurged on some luxury products that I had been eyeing for a long time. I felt I must reward myself for being a good hardworking girl who has  super-long months of fieldwork ahead of her in a rustic place, where she will only wear dust and more dust and walk for hours and hours to collect the data for PhD so much so that the feet will have callouses and blisters, skin would be sun-burnt and hair would have perfect roughness to make rope out of them and her own family would disown her in the first glance just because she looks like a female Mowgli :-)  No exaggeration there , last field season was just like that girls ! So to motivate myself, I justified my splurge, please don’t judge me😦

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Because I struggled all my adult life with acne and acne scars and random skin allergies and what not, I always gravitate towards skincare products. I had been investing my hard-earned money on serums lately and can already see the dramatic difference those God-sent serums have made on my skin. My current favourite is Advanced Night Repair from Estee Lauder. I don’t know for you guys but, my skin literally tells me that its time to change the product- its strange that I cannot use one particular serum for too long. As in I have to give it a break, keep it safe for future use and bring out another one for a few weeks. So far I have been very happy with the results I got from Midnight recovery serum from Kiehl’s and Double serum from Clarins. Also at one point I used a Vitamin E serum from Annemarie Börlind, and Genefique from Lancome– was super happy with the results. But for the longest time I was looking for SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. The reviews for this one on internet are very intriguing.  This is by far the most expensive purchase ever for me on skin care. However at the Frankfurt airport I got the best deal ever. I got two bottles of this gem- each 215 ml at a very discounted price. I could not stop myself from bringing this baby home. I have been using it since last 4 days, too early to pass a judgement on this, might do a full review in future but for now I am super happy to add SK-II Facial Treatment Essence in my skincare routine.

I also bought the Mission perfection Serum from Clarins , which is a dark spot corrector that evens out the skintone and give that healthy radiance. It smells subtle and heavenly .

I also splurged on lipsticks, one from Chanel -Rogue Allure Velvet in no 102 and the other one is from YSL- Rouge Volupte in no 45. They are both gorgeous shades. Love the formula for Chanel more than the YSL one mainly because I love matte formula more than glossy. Packaging for each one is so glam and gorgeous. They both smell fresh and nice. The YSL one has a spf 15 in it, which I like but becuase it is an oil tint (about 65% is oil) a lipliner is a must for this one. About the longevity- well by the end of the day I did feel that my lips were still tinted but for sure I could see that the YSL one was not as long lasting as the Chanel one . I think its becuase of the glossy texture which runs out sooner than the matte one. Both are buildable although they are opaque to start with. The feel is super luxurious and why wouldn’t be ?  I infact wanted a solitaire free with my purchase, good thing is that at least I got a 25 Euro discount in the end😉

And the last pick was this beautiful Sunkissed ribbon Blush from Chanel. Its from their spring/summer 2016 collection. I had been using the one from Dior and thought that was nice and everything but this one from Chanel is breathtakingly beautiful. It smells delicious and glides on the cheeks so beautifully. I was awestruck the first time I used it and still am. Its pure luxury of course but little goes a long way and I am sure I will not be able to hit the pan on this before a few seasons come and go by.

So that’s that. Now I leave you with a few outfit pictures. I have not had the time to click new outfit pictures because of work and travel. What I am sharing with you guys today is a simple outfit I styled back in January  but never got around posting them because of the pathetic picture quality. I apologoize for that but I hope you like the style.

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My Wearabouts: Midi Skirt (Zara); Shoes: Zara- they are in blue velvet, its crazy how one looks different than the other :-): Kimono-style Top: Mango; Watch : Junkers (Men)

Wish you all a lovely  weekend, stay happy – stay blessed my dear friends !

xx

Saabri

 

Flared Jeans: How to Style

There is no doubt that our generation has seen communication technology to grow by leaps and bounds but have you ever wondered how fashion and style had been crossing borders way more faster than any thing else even at the time when we were restricted to just one national television channel. When the West was celebrating bouffant hairstyle in the 60s, we had our own mothers in the East following the trend by puffing out and teasing their hair because that was the in-thing  during that times.

Another such rage was the Bell-bottoms (Flared pants). It is safe to say that this particular style has seen more than three generations and is still lingering around, not as popular as it was in the 70s, but guys we have to give it up for the Flared pants to stand tall through times.

Ever since I saw a picture of Jennifer Lopez rocking those flared denims with crop top, I was itching to style them in my own way. Luckily, the sales were still on and I found a pair of my own flared jeans at Esprit.  I may have compromised a little on the color because it was probably the last piece remaining but the fit and comfort of this pair makes it a worthy purchase. I will trim the length for my everyday wearing purpose, but for styling purpose I wore them with high heels !

I styled flared jeans in four different ways and lived the 70s for a little while. The weather outside had been crazy bad for the outfit posts so I had to shoot in the Garage! Can you tell how excited I was to share the post with you guys, did not even wait for the weather to clear up :-)

  1. Teaming the flared jeans with hand-knitted sweater

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2. Good old plaid shirt and flared jeans

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3. Loose Jacket with Flared Jeans

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4. Going Ethnic with Flared Jeans

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My Wearabouts: Jeans: Esprit;  Yellow bag:Esprit; Ethnic Jacket: Ritu Kumar; Watch: Tissot (Men)

Hope you liked my styling, wishing you all goodtimes !

Stay blessed and be happy:-)

xx

Saabri

 

Red hues: happiness and love !

Hey friends, grey weather on Saturday made me go out wearing my new shoes and paint the town Red:-) Seriously guys, Red is such a beautiful color, it is on-the-face bold and beautiful ! don’t you agree?
As I have a super busy week ahead of me before the big (work) travel coming up next week!!!, I will leave you with the outfit pictures and a beautiful poem which talks about being happy at your own terms. I love the depth  and beauty of these umpretentious yet  sublime words:-)
At the beginning of the week we all can use some motivation isn’t it?
“Yes no yes no yes no?
Red blue?
Yes red, no blue?
No red, yes no?
In out, up down?
Do don’t, can can’t?
Choices sit on the shelf life
New shoes in a shoe shop.
If the in crowd are squeezing into a must-have shoe
And the one pair left are too tiny for you
Don’t feel compelled into choosing them
If you’re really a size 9, buy that size.
While everyone else
Hobbles round with sore feet
Your choices should feel comfortable
Or they aren’t your choices at all.
Why limp when you can sprint?”
― David Baird, Fiesta of Happiness: Be True to Yourself
My Wearabouts: Denim: United Colors of Benetton; Croptop: Zara; Bag: Mark Adam; Shoes: from a local shop in Colmar; Watch: Guess; Jacket: Zara (previously worn here)
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Wish you all a lovely , most wonderful start of the week.
Stay blessed, stay happy !
xx
Saabri

Colmar: Oh Colmar you beautiful city you !

Hey lovelies, this post is a filler before I post a proper outfit post. I was in Colmar last week. It is a 9th century city in Alsace region of the North-Eastern France. Its’ beauty lies in its histroy, which makes it unique from the other French cities. It is fascinating to know that Colmar was conquered by the French and annexed by the German empire back and forth until 1945 (if I am not mistaken) and influence of German culture is palpable even today. Walking through the city was more like flipping through the pages of history book. It is indeed a very enchanting place, can’t wait to go back there in summer. It was our second time in the city, so we were pretty laid back when it came to visiting museums and typical touristic attractions, so what did we do?  well,  we took it easy, strolling around without a purpose, sipping Riesling (White wine from the Rhine region in Germany),  gulping down some very good local beers,  eating Flahmkuchen (speciality from the Alsace region) and  what not (check out the food pic later in the post), soaking in the architectural beauty around us, in short we were two happy pigs (you will see the picture in the post and know what I meant😉 ). I must say, despite the rainy weather, city was still as enchanting as it could be.

Most pictures are taken by my phone, so the photo quality is compromised, Darn it ! we were too laid back to even carry camera with us huh!

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Wishing you  all goodtimes and much love,

Saabri