Plaid You’re Here🍁🍂

With fall comes plaid.  Of all the prints synonymous with fall this graphic pattern is as fresh and chic as ever. It is timeless, versatile, and available in a myriad of flattering color palettes.

Getting my fall look in check(s) in this pair of plaid trousers. It is the most accessible way to tap into the plaid trend and get it right. Straight legs are great with a pair of ankle boot or try wide-leg pants with all-white sneakers for a super cool look. Pair with a cozy turtle neck sweater and you are good to go.

Scroll down for more plaid looks to get you inspired.

Doc Marten Boots | Pants | Turtleneck Sweater | Plaid Blazer | Plaid Shirt

Fall Boots to Wear Now🍁🍂

Footwear really sets the tone for an outfit, and it’s a great way to transition a look with the change of seasons. I’ve been anxiously waiting to wear my new boots from Shoe Dazzle.  However, with the warmer weather we’re having boot weather isn’t quite in full swing yet.  So, I decided to pair some of my favorite summer dresses from my closet with my new fall boots. Going tights-less while the weather allows😊

Love these western-inspired Talah ankle bootie featuring a block heel, pointed toe, and side zipper closure.
I loved pairing my romantic summer dress with these Annabeth Quilted Flat over-the-knee boots featuring a quilted front panel, stretchy neoprene back and buckle detail.
This chic Equestrian-Inspired look has to be one of my favorites. Will probably be adding a blazer next week. You never know what this New England weather will surprise you with 😊

Which are your favorite boots to wear right now? Ankle boots or Over the Knee Boots?

*Sponsored by Shoe Dazzle

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine

Find Your Perfect Fit with Eshakti

Easy to wear and effortlessly feminine, nothing spells out chic like a perfectly tailored jumpsuit.  We know that purchasing a jumpsuit that fits your body perfectly is key to looking polished and put together.  But shopping for jumpsuits can sometimes be a little intimidating especially if you’re shopping on-line.  You don’t want to end up with a jumpsuit that makes you look shorter or wider than you are.

That’s when made-to-measure eShakti comes in.  eShakti tailors each individual garment to the customer’s size, body type and in some cases style preference. Buyers can get the kind of neckline, sleeve and length they require. Customers also have the option of changing some details to the garment, too, like a straighter silhouette or longer length.

This is my first garment from eShakti and I am so impressed with the quality and service I’ve received. I feel spoilt with the personalized touches and the fit is perfection. Have you tried eShakti? What was your experience? If you have not, you need to check them out.

It’s an incredible time right now where there’s a tremendous push for personalization in categories like food, jewelry and furniture so why not clothing. Every girl deserves the option of pockets at no cost😊 Have a wonderful week ahead Lovelies 💋

*Sponsored by eShakti

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine

Teddy Blake Handbag Labor Day Sale is on!!!

Hope you all are enjoying the last sun-soaked long weekend of summer. I know it is sad to put away those bathing suits. But we can all agree nothing cures the end of the summer blues like the standout Labor Day deals.  So, dry your tears on the nearest beach towel because Teddy Blake has up to 60% off on luxury handbags.  Yes, you heard right!  These deals are just way too good to pass up. 

The eye candy on the Teddy Blake website is plentiful, but what caught my eye immediately was the “Kim Stampatto” collection.  This collection comes in two sizes and various colors.

Fall has me clamoring for rich textures and deeper colors so naturally the 11” Kim Stampatto Red bag made my heart skip a beat.  This structured design has all the elegance and pose to take any look from day to evening with ease. The gold hardware against the soft pebbled Italian leather pairs beautifully and gives this bag a very elevated final aesthetic.



The chic Kim Stampatto bag comes with a top handle as well as a longer strap option, which allows for the bag to be worn cross-body resulting in maximum functionality.

Whether you’re shopping for an updated everyday bag or a new silhouette to freshen up your evening assortment then the Kim Stampatto is for you. We are making our way right on into the new season and its time to treat yourself to a new handbag! 💋

*Sponsored by Teddy Blake

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine

MultiMasking! Maskup & Be Safe

Since April when the CDC released a statement that all Americans wear a face mask in public, reusable masks have evolved from being a niche product to being an everyday essential. Although any mask is better than no mask to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, we have grown savvier about shopping for masks with protective layers.  

Remember:

1. The best mask is one that fits you properly. It should be comfortable and cover the nose and chin without slipping.

2. A cloth mask should be washed and dried after each use. Because the virus cannot live for more than a week on cloth surfaces, an alternative is to make or buy seven masks — one for each day of the week.

Here are some of my favorite masks from Etsy:

Etsy: Besitoz
Etsy: NoireLane

Visibility matters. We need to see more people wearing them, both online and real life, so it becomes the norm.

Stay safe and Be Well.

Regrowing Veggie Scraps

Instead of composting my celery stems. I decided to regrow them.  I also regrew some green onions and I’m so pleased with the results. 

They grew quite quickly, and once the roots came in I potted them in some soil.  Have you tried propagating veggie scraps?

Give it a try.  Here are some helpful tips to propagate your veggie scraps successfully:
– Keep in bright indirect sunlight
– Change water every 1-2 days to prevent them from smelling
– Fill water to only cover the roots .
– Transplant them from water into soil as soon as they show roots and new green growth.

If you have propagated veggie scraps what veggies did you regrow?

Mental Health and Wellness

Many of us are struggling to keep it all together during these unprecedented times. COVID-19, protests highlighting systemic racism and police brutality, economic uncertainty, unemployment, natural disasters, political changes and the future of education (just to name a few) has left us physically, mentally and emotionally drained. 

The storm of emotions I am feeling is also raging on for many. It’s a lot to handle, and it’s having a disastrous impact on our mental health. Mental health conditions impact the entire family. We need to have strategies that allow us to experience relief and recharge so we can be a support for our loved ones. The more we take care of our mental, emotional and spiritual well-being, the better we will be able to show up for ourselves and for each other.

Take some deep breaths and ask yourself:

  1. How am I feeling?
  2. What do I need?
  3. What am I grateful for?
  4. What can I do today that makes me happy?

Self Care Tips:

  1. Keep in contact with people who bring you happiness.
  2. Journaling or writing down thoughts and feelings can be a great way to release emotions.
  3. Move your body.  Exercise releases endorphins. Make it a priority to commit 30 minutes each day for a walk.
  4. Limit your social media intake.
  5. Be gentle with yourself.

How are you going to love and care for yourself this week?

Listening, Learning But Not Silent

I put off starting an Instagram account for the longest time.  When I finally did I was thrilled because it is so fun and lighthearted. It gives me the opportunity to meet some incredible, creative and diverse groups of supportive people. Over the last few weeks Instagram was sadly not a fun escape. The video of George Floyd’s murder as well as the horrific murders of so many black lives was and still is devastating. 

Many used their voices and social media platforms to show support for black lives. People were sharing, reading, posting, reflecting, listening and donating. Some struggled and were not sure what to say or what to do while others had tough conversations with friends and families about racism, prejudice, injustice and discrimination against black Americans.

We all are not perfect and sometimes we may fail to be the perfect ally to black communities or people of color but we can’t let our fear of failure stop us from continuing this lifelong commitment to dismantle systematic racism.  As a South African Indian who grew up and lived through Apartheid, I am determined to never allow myself to forget, to speak up, show up and continue the work to do better and be a better human. 

I have learned so much over the last few weeks and will continue to do. I am appreciative of my Blogger / Instagram family for educating me and keeping me informed on not only the fun stuff but also serious life changing things too. Thank you. I leave you with these powerful poems and quotes. ❤️❤️❤️✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼  

6 Reasons to Switch from Plastic to Glass Food Storage Containers

With all the cooking and baking Andy and I have been doing, we needed to find an organized way to store all of our leftovers safely.  We both were spending way too much time rummaging through the refrigerator looking for something to eat or ingredients to cook.  So, we decided to ditch our plastic containers for glass.  I am so glad we did because there is no better feeling in the world than looking inside a clean and organized fridge.

Here are our 6 reasons to switch from plastic to glass food storage containers. 

  1. One of the things we loved right away is the ability to place hot food directly in the glass container. No more waiting around for food to cool first before transferring.
  2. It is better for the environment.  It is challenging eliminating plastic completely from our lives but it is possible to reduce the amount of plastic we use.
  3. Using glass containers is better for your health.  Glass unlike plastic does not contain chemicals like BPA (bisphenol A) and PVC (phthalates) that can contaminate your food.
  4. Easier to clean. Glass food containers can be safely washed at high temperatures in your dishwasher.
  5. Glass is transparent making it easier to see what you got in your refrigerator.
  6. Glass food containers are microwave safe. We can microwave and eat food from the same glass container, which means less dirty dishes.

Do you have these containers? Any other glass food storage containers you recommend?

Links: IKEA SAM’S CLUB TARGET

Quarantini Cheese Plates

While some places are slowly returning back to the work force most of us are still facing daily challenges with working from home, homeschooling, staying healthy, maintaining connections with family and friends and more.   Today is Day 67 of sheltering in place for Andy and me but whose counting!!! We’ve come to embrace our new-found isolation with life’s little joys like 5pm quarantini cocktails and cheese plates. 

Unlike baking and cooking, you don’t need to follow a recipe to make a cheese plate. You don’t even really need to know anything about cooking. All you need is some cheeses, fruit, vegetables, nuts, crackers or bread, charcuterie, chutneys or jams.

While trying my hand at creating cheese plates I  learned when it comes to cheeses, having a variety of cheeses is key. Choose a mix of soft and hard cheeses, flavors, and milk types (cow, goat, or sheep’s milk cheese). Serve cheese at room temperature so take it out of the fridge and let it rest for 10 – 15 minutes.

Hope my cheese plates inspire you to make one for quarantine hours too.  Cheers to life’s little joys.  Take care and be well. 💕

Music Credit:
Music Credit: Dave Matthew’s Band – Ants Marching
Music Credit: Toure Kunda