Fashion, Football, Friends, Mommyhood, Toddler

As Grown Up as it Gets


Photo by the awesome J

As much as I adore spending time with my toddler and also as much as I like having the Parents around to hang out, it is so nice to have weekends that are filled with friends. This weekend we got to catch up with most of our good friends around town, being grown ups and still taking the toddler along.

Saturday, we spent our afternoon at Fullsteam Brewery a place I’ve mentioned before because its one of our favorite places in Durham, and I think it does a great job of capturing Durham’s current scene. We met up with our friends and their kids. The kids socialized, the grown ups socialized, beer was consumed, tacos and samosas sampled from the food trucks parked nearby and an overall sense of saturday-ness prevailed. Bonus: I dressed up and got out of my mom summer uniform of capri/shorts and tee.

Sunday, we got to see mor friends and watch football (Yaaay Cowboys!!! Booo Panthers), make slime with the kids, eat pizza on a friends deck and enjoy the slight chill thats been hanging in air at dusk lately.


My stink eye for Bratty Bun

My only gripe with sunday was that my kid was being a total S%$&head. I think we are entering a new era of toddlerhood- there was hitting, grabbing and all around unpleasantness from Avi when it came to playing with the other kids. I wonder what happened to my sweet little boy who was never grabby about toys and would walk away from a conflic? I hope its something he and I can work through because it is absolutely horrible to be that kid’s mom. But I’m hopeful, that these are just some growing pains that we’ll have to both go through. I don’t want to completely crush his spirit but Hitting and grabbing are not ok in my book of discipline

I’m linking this up with Mandy from The Haps, Stepping Out Saturday Linky, since I was so happy for dressing up!

Fashion, Mommyhood, Toddler, Wedding

The Wedding Guest

This wedding guest aged 19 months arrived at the wedding right after naptime and a sippy cup full of milk. He would not let go of the sippy cup, so his poor mama could take some pictures of his cute outfit.

He tried to sing Happy Birthday during the processional. (Bun thinks all parties are birthdays).

He missed the entire ceremony because his mama had to take him out to the lobby so other people could hear the bride and groom and not his singing.

He ran around the entire reception so his mama did not have a chance to really have meaningful conversation with the bride, the groom, her cousins or any other guest.

He ate his Chobani yogurt and refused to touch the kids meal (which I’m sure was not cheap). This was even more mortifying because we were sitting at the host’s table.

He clapped at inappropriate times during the toasts and kept asking about the flower girl (the cutest 2 yr old ever and Bun’s first crush)

He pooped the biggest poop of his life right when the dancing started and his mama wanted to shake her booty, but instead had to change a gross diaper that left her smelling like poo. {And not even your blood relatives will come near you on the dance floor after that}

But he looked so damn adorable and cute and goofy that his mama was super happy that he was her date after all.

*** I wasn’t able to get very many good pictures of him at all since he just wouldn’t hold still and I couldn’t manage my indian outfit and chase after him very well. I’m going to see if my mom got some good ones (maybe even one of me) and post them.****


Suit Up

As a part of my promotion from last week, I will now get to travel to conferences throughout the country. The first one I’m going to is at the end of the month in Orlando, so to prepare for it I decided to buy myself a nice suit. I’ve had a boring black suit for a while now for interviews, etc, but I’ve never really worked in an office where I had to wear suits I didn’t really have one I loved. So I remedied the situation by going to Ann Taylor Loft and getting this cute one below! I do need to find something cute to wear under though! 



Top Quips from Next Models


Lisa: “I’m going to win this competition, even after helping the girls become more competitive, ‘cos I know EVERYTHING about modelling”

Lisa: I am going to beat all of you {while flailing her arms}

Cassandra: Is this Mod? Is this shoe mod? Is my shirt mod? {repeated 18 times in a 40 second clip}

Twiggy: Then I am Ghetto {pronounced in a very british,proper accent}

Cassandra: Pageants help you develop more as a woman while modeling is more like… a career.

Kim: imitating Lisa and Cassandra

Oh how i love my snark!


Cycle 5 ANTM

The Bonus Premiere, episode thingy:

Lisa : “Sometimes, my heart is too big for my body.”

Ebony. “Don’t get it twisted” and bawling and saying bananas when she made the final cut

Cassandra: Don’t remember the exact quote but when she says something to the effect of her being a robot. This show is awesome!!!

Kim: One down, Eleven to go

Tyra has lost weight and her hair atleast yesterday, was not freakish and she seems a little less holier than thou this season, I might get over my tyra hatred, if she keeps this up.

Jay Manuel is as orange as ever. Miss J’s flowers were the most interesting moment during judging. Twiggy needs to step it up, if she wants to have any kind of impact on the show and Nigel Barker is as HOT as ever!


Top 10 Fashion Icons

This is one of the hardest lists for me, because there are too many categories and sub categories and simply too many women with wonderful style that I could never measure up to. But here are my top 12 most stylish women of all time. Most fave on top…….

1)Sophia Loren: I saw a Hollywood movie of hers, when I was pretty young, Ten or so and she just captured my imagination. I think back then it was the accent and after I had access to the internet, I would ready anything I could on her. She seems like the ultimate hollywood glamour diva. Her style seemed earthy, sexy, curvy, and it seemed like my body shape might be similar to her instead of the other movie stars. She was never “in your face sexy” but you jus had to look at her. Also it seemed like she made imperfections sexy.

2)Bridgette Bardot: I have never seen her movies. I fell in love with her, when I saw her pic in a cosmo article about makeup. She was so sexy and she looked so messy and it looked like all she did was lie in bed and thought and did wicked things and I knew I had to steal that look.

3)Aparna Sen: I knew she was my Aunt Jayashree’s best friend and a famous movie star/ director but i didnt’ see any of her movies till I was 14 or 15 . Once I started watching her movies she was doing middle aged roles, and she was still stunning. Her look was intellectual, glamourous, dignified all at the same time. Also the fact that she is brilliant played a huge role in my admiration. She was pretty interesting when she was younger as well.

4)Jayashree Dasgupta : I don’ t have her pic to post, but she is my aunt and a famous Bengali singer. She is in the same category of glamour as Aparna sen, but I was exposed to her at a much younger age. She always seemed so mysterious to me and she looked so different from the rest of our family, dark and tall and her sarees were amazing. Also the fact that she chewed paan and had a husky voice added to the mystery. She was the first one in my family to give me her old jewelry and I would feel so grown up.

5) Sushmita Sen : Out of all the modern day bollywood film stars, she is my style icon. Her chiffon sarees are amazing and she has the diva attitude down. She was the first Indian Miss Universe and when she started doing movies she had horrible style but all that has changed now. She looks hot in any kind of outfits, coutoure, jeans, sarees, whatever.

6) Sarah Jessica Parker : I know she is probably a huge fashion influence on many people and its a cliched choice, but SJP and her outfits in SATC really opened my eyes to how you could play with your clothes and make up and really express personality. She took dressing up/down to an art form.

7) Salma Hayek: I fell for her surprisingly when I saw Fools Rush In. It was one of those forgettable romantic comedies but its cross cultural love story struck a chord with me, and how hot Salma Hayek looked in the movie. After that I always looked at the Us weekly and people to see her outfits and once again they were very old school hollywood glamour. Also the fact that she is tiny and managed to look regal in those awesome gowns gave me hope.

8)Millie Barat : she is my aunt from my mom’s side and as far as I can remember she is always dressed up. She dresses very much like a traditional Indian woman and prefers designer sarees and long chandelier earrings and fresh flowers. She also is the center of attention at any party or gathering

9) Madonna : She is probably an universal style icon. I loved all her looks pre Music. The leather, the corset and the lace and tulle all mixed in with her heavy make up and red lips were so alluring. Even though she was a pop star , her fasion was always rock!

10)Sharmila Tagore/Renee Zellwegger : I had them both tie, cuz even though I am not directly influenced by their styles, I have always admired Renee’s dresses and Sharmila’s old hairdos and the exaggerated Kohl line, something I have ripped off heavily.

Honorable Mention: Catherine Zeta Jones
Anyone who can be 9 mos pregnant and look hot, is a style icon in my book.Her look in Chicago was bad ass and even in boring commercial her long dark hair and perfect makeup and little suits totally scream Movie Star.