Lately, I feel I’ve been drawn to B&W outfits and then either pairing the outfit with bright colors (here) or keeping it mellow (here). Either way, I think B&W outfits are the perfect blank canvas, no?

Coat, pants, bag, and necklace: H&M
Shoes: Aldo’s
Bracelets: Jimmy Choo for H&M, InPink, and Forever21
Sunnies: Urban Outfitters
Ring: Charlotte Russe

Do you guys have any combinations that you’re always drawn towards?
xo
Dhruvi
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During the most recent StyleCaster #StyleChat on Twitter, someone asked “Little Black Dress or colorful attire for your Holiday Party?”. I, of course, said color! As cliché as this sounds, it is the most wonderful time of the year. So, why not wear color and sparkles, and celebrate? And with that, I’ve picked 3 beautifully chic looks, that don’t require an LBD!

Dress/Ring/Shoes/Clutch
I am in love with this look. The color is so rich and looks even better because it’s velvet! You’ll stand out in a pool of black dresses, in just the right way! Wear your hair in loose curls or an up do, with a purple/silver smoky eye and a nude lip and you’re all set!


Dress/Booties/Ring/Bag/Earrings/Necklace
Dazzle everyone in this gorgeous sequin dress – perfect for a holiday party or for NYE! The booties add an edge to the look. Wear with a nude lip or a bold, red lip! You could wear your hair up or down.


Dress/Sandals/Clutch/Earrings/Ring
The minute I saw this dress, I fell in love. It’s glamorously chic, and yet understated. Keep your makeup natural, dramatic black eyeliner, maybe even with a hint of green and gold on the bottom!

Hope this post has motivated you guys to wear something other than the good ol’ LBD to your holiday parties this year!

xo,

Dhruvi

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It’s finally boots season again …. yay!! Yesterday was an especially gorgeous fall day so it was the perfect time to bring out my fave boots! Typically, I would’ve thrown in a dash of brighter color with this outfit but, I really just wanted to wear the grey boots …. hehe! :)

Tux Blazer: Express
Boots: Nine West
Necklaces & Bag: H&M
Bracelets: Forever21 & InPink Jewelry
xo

Dhruvi

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Empty streets of my town, hours before Sandy hit

As I’m sure most of you know, the Northeast was rocked by the devastating super storm Sandy, last week. If you were in Sandy’s path, I hope you’re safe! Though I didn’t suffer much damage at all (only lost power for 2 nights), I know that the loss is very real.

Down trees in my neighborhood.
I spent 2 days making calls and driving to shelters, offering donations and my time. However, it was impossible for me to do so and I was so frustrated. Then, a friend of mine sent me a link from the City of Hoboken’s website saying they were welcoming all volunteers. So, on Saturday, a friend and I drove out to Hoboken to volunteer! We spent a couple hours going door-to-door, checking for people, to see if they needed medical attention, hot food, etc. Then we spent about 3-4 hours sorting all donations so they could be distributed or sent out to shelters.
Tons of donations!
Walking around Hoboken, after we were done volunteering, it was heartwarming to see how the community comes together in the midst of a disaster –
Charge your phone and grab some chocolate!
Volunteers picking up garbage.
“Save your food on our BBQ”

We saw a group on strangers, charging their phones on the side of the street, playing “Apples to Apples”. So, we decided to join them! These experiences are so priceless!!
While we were walking around, talking to some locals, we had an interesting conversation with a guy – He said to us “I got up today and didn’t even shower. Just left and went to the city. I can see how people just start to give up and lose it.” He was referring to the fact that at that point, most of Hoboken was without power and it was virtually empty because residents had left. Eerie, huh?
It’s the resilience and the sense of community that’s going to help us get through the devastation caused by Sandy. It’s really important, however, for us to help out as much as we can – whether it’s through donations or volunteering, or both. I, for one, am really looking forward to volunteering over the next weeks/months!
How did Sandy affect you?
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I had been on the hunt for a budget-friendly pair of wedge sneakers for a while and eventually, I gave up. Over the summer when I was interning at New Balance, I had to do store visits and during one of those store visits, I saw this pair at DSW and my search finally came to an end! Well, I finally had a pair of wedge sneakers and then came the million dollar question – How on earth do I style these things? Of course, I Googled it but it was all pictures of celebrities wearing em and clearly, I’m not tall and skinny like them so that didn’t help much.

Last week I saw someone wearing leather leggings with a tee and wedge sneakers and I thought – bingo! So, I finally figured out how to style these! :)
WWF Tee: Loehmann’s (Old)
Leggings: Charlotte Russe
Wedge Sneakers: Steve Madden
Ring: Charlotte Russe (Old)
Boyfriend Blazer: H&M
Watch: BCBG MaxAzria
Necklace: Aldo’s (Old)
Are you into the wedge sneakers thing? How would you style em?
xo
Dhruvi
PS – Thanks, Rutgers Business School, for providing the backdrop for the shoot! Also, major thanks to Em for taking these pics.
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