INDIA

with the cold shoulder trend being so big this year, i thought why not have one more piece before it dies out. i found this fun top from zara (which i never shop at so it was a shocking find for me) so i picked it up and thought it would be super cute for summer. i wore it in goa on a crazy hot day at brunch with these comfy current/elliott ripped boyfriend jeans and wedges, before changing into shorts and sandals for the beach (which i didn’t get pics of because i was seriously running out of beach time and well, priorities). i’ve linked the outfit down below for all of you cold shoulder fans.

top | jeans | wedges, similar here | earrings | sunglasses

there is nothing that reminds me more of vacation than palm trees. i was in goa, india this past weekend and wore this pretty blue maxi dress so i thought id share it since i know so many of you will be going away for spring break soon! i wore it all day and it was super comfy over a bikini. i went to lunch at the cutest cafe (which i highly recommend if you are ever visiting) and then spent the whole day at the beach. there is no better feeling for me than tanned skin and salt water in my hair. this palm print dress which i doubled as a coverup was one of my favorite things i wore while i was there. palm prints are so playful and right on trend for summer- oh and i LOVE the back, especially with a cute bikini in a bright color underneath. i linked mine and a few other super cute options below!

my dress

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lipgloss | chanel #15 sensible. i wore this all weekend. it’s the perfect shade of coral and has a great color payoff.


the weather in mumbai is very different than anything i’m used to in the u.s.. it’s hot all year long but cools down in jan/feb a bit. it’s slowly getting hotter and hotter now and although i’m feeling and loving the summer vibes, i still like to remember the seasons back home. it’s not exactly “spring” weather here but i still did spring shopping when i was home that i thought would remind me of the season until i go back for the u.s. summer in june. sunday, i woke up late and went for the BEST brunch in mumbai at bastian and then had some errands to run around the city, so i figured i’d show a few outfit pictures from the day. i’m still trying to decide if i should head back in a few weeks to get some real springtime weather in new york. crossing my fingers.

top | joie, similar here

pants | pacsun (i literally have never shopped here in my life, but i was actually pleasantly surprised. you just have to get past the 15 year old marketing that they do)!

espadrilles | steve madden, i wear a size US 6.5 and they are true to size | i was originally going to buy the chloe espadrilles  but they were sold out. then i saw the marc fisher ones which look identical but THEN i was waiting for my sister at the mall and saw the steve madden pair that i ended up purchasing. they basically all the look the same but these are WAY cheaper.

watch | michele

eyeshadow | bobbi brown shadow stick in pink sparkle

lipstick | mac pure zen

CINNABON 5

 

when i first moved to india, i didn’t understand the importance of tea. everyone would stop and drink it at 5pm on the dot and i was so confused, since this is practically dinner time for most people in america. living in manhattan, the closest thing to afternoon tea would be grabbing a tall americano from starbucks at 3pm because i was working late. after a few weeks,  i quickly become accustomed to this tradition and started making afternoon chai (my own version of course). i figured i would throw in an old family cinnabon recipe that i’ve been making for years. it pairs perfectly with the tea, if you like something sweet.

enjoy!

wedgwood butterfly bloom tea collection

kate spade rose bowl

beaded placemat

CINNABON

  • 1 cup milk | 245 grams
  • 2 tablespoons yeast | 17 grams
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar | 2 grams
  • 2 egg yolk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter | 57 grams
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour | 130 grams
  • 1 3/4  cup white flour | 225 grams
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt | 2 grams
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg | 1 gram
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon | 1 gram
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter | 71 grams
  • 1/2 cup sugar | 115 grams
  • 4 tablespoons cinnamon | 30 grams
  • pinch of salt

heat milk and add yeast and sugar. let it sit for 10 minutes. add in the yolk and 4 tablespoons of butter. mix the flours, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon together. mix the milk mixture into this. knead or put in a bread machine. roll into a ball and cover. let it  sit for 1 hour. after 1 hour, roll out the dough and then mix the 5 tablespoons of butter, sugar, cinnamon and salt together and brush on the dough. roll the dough with this mixture inside and then cut pieces evenly. bake at 300 degrees fahrenheit | 148 degrees celsius

*the cinnabons are whiter if you only use white flour, but i like to make them a bit healthier by using some whole wheat.

ICING

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese at room temperature | 115 grams
  • 4 tablespoons powdered sugar | 32 grams
  • 1 tablespoons vanilla | 13 grams

heat the cream cheese and add sugar and vanilla. brush on cinnabons when cooled.

MASALA CHAI (per cup)

  • 3/4 cup water | 235 grams
  • 1/4 cup milk | 30 grams
  • 1 tablespoon loose leaf black tea (i use teavana or sancha) | 13 grams
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg | 0.5 grams
  • 2 cardamom
  • 1 clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger | 1 gram
  • small piece of fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon | 0.5 grams
  • 1/2 teaspoon jaggery or sugar

bring water and spices to a boil. lower heat and add in the tea, milk and sweetener and let simmer for 5 minutes.

INGREDIENTS

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CUP

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i love indian fashion, but sometimes i have a hard time mixing it with my western clothing. i found this varun bahl gown recently and fell in love. it’s the perfect balance of indo-western and ideal for an expat charity event, which i attended this past weekend. i love anything floral; the beaded flowers at the top and embroidered floral print from the waist to the hem are feminine and soft. i’m also obsessed with the black and blush colors mixed with silver at the waist. the cap sleeves are made of sheer net which are timelessly classic . i decided to wear the dupatta for an added indian element, but skipped on the churidars, given that it is so hot in bombay right now. since i chose an indian outfit, i decided to pair it with western accessories. i think this is the trick to mixing both styles so that i maintain my own fashion identity, while still being in tune with indian trends.

gown similar here  | varun bahl couture

bag similar here | kate spade

shoes similar here | dolce & gabbana

earrings | bloomingdales

bracelet | swarovski

nails | OPI mod about you and bubble bath for the perfect light pink.

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CHARITY LAST

BRACELET

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since moving to india, shopping has been a challenge for me. for the first year and a half, i found myself going back to new york or montreal 2-3 times a year to stock up on clothing, home decor and furniture. one of my goals is to try and find items here that i love so i don’t end up coming back with 6+ suitcases each time. one of my favorite things to buy are candles. unfortunately, candles get quite heavy to pack, which is why i was so happy when a friend introduced me to the store, the white window in bandra. they carry an array of home decor, candles, cutlery, tableware, rugs and furniture. the store has become my go-to for candles and fun home decor pieces. the candles come in a variety of scents and they smell great. they are comparable to the diptyque candles (which i love) for a fraction of the price. the last time i stopped in, i picked up this skull piece, which i am loving in silver. it adds a nice masculine touch to the overwhelming amount of floral prints in my home. the only downside to the store is the staff, as their knowledge of the product and pricing is limited, so be patient.

small candles start at rs. 650

the white window

21st Rd, Khar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400052

check out their facebook here

 

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