This is Neela, my 10-year-old niece at her saree ceremony. I designed the outfit from scratch. It’s made out of raw silk and dyed to this lilac ( her fav color). The beauty is in the little details: the pearl border and kundan stone embroidery. It’s terrifying when I have to make clothes for someone else. I can’t seem to go beyond my own aesthetic and rules of elegance. Her mother, aunt Renu is my biggest style inspiration and my definition of ‘exquisite simplicity’. I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Neela liked her outfit and it somehow worked out.


To the left : At Meghana’s bridal mehandi ceremony with my gang. (Wearing my sister’s clothes.) To the right : This is what I wear for Indian events in America : 32mm silk maxi skirt with a brocade crop top (both purchased second hand and tailored to fit me).

New Blog Discovery: Christine Mai Nguyen, Youtube’s own New Wave heroine ! Her shoe collection.

I did a no-buy month. And I wasn’t even trying !

“Everybody asks for tips on thrifting designer stuff. I always say the same thing: Don’t look for labels. Learn to spot good finishing and fabrics. Visit a fabric store, touch everything, read up on warp and weft, train your eye to recognize overcast edges and handstitching. Designer doesn’t always mean quality, but looking for quality materials increases the likelihood of finding branded items.”

Ariana’s quote from her blog. She is writing a book guys ! I can’t wait to read it.

The value of voluntary simplicity.

My pick of the month on the best house tour on the internet.

I tried to write about the beauty of the worn in. This man succeeded.

A blog I have been meaning to sit down and read over the weekend. Perhaps ask a good question on his thoughts on women’s style. All the well dressed men I know have strong opinions (usually) on elegance in women’s clothing …..

The legendary David DuChemin writes about why he uses monochrome in his photography. The reasons he states is why I prefer it style wise.

New Yorker, a Parody.

To end the month:

“If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies.”

— Albert Einstein