Yesterday, I re-organized all my shoes – something I do twice a year. I put all my summer shoes in the back and brought my fall/winter shoes to the front of my closet. I love doing this because it almost feels like I just bought a ton of new shoes – since all these have been out of sight for about 6 months now!

As I was re-organizing, I realized that for someone who’s a major shoe addict, I’ve never blogged about shoes *gasp*! It’s time to change that! So, here are my picks for flats that are right on trend for this season –

Cap-Toe

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Added Bonus – Leopard is always sexy for fall/winter!

Gold

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Added Bonus – Strut right into spring, from winter, in these!

Studs

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Added Bonus – Smoking Slippers with studs = 2 fab trends in 1!

Smoking Slippers

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Added Bonus – These can go, very easily, from day to night!

Reptile Skin

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Added Bonus – Dress these up or down!

Which of these trends do you guys love? Will you be rocking any of them? Have you scored any fab flats yet? Please share!

xo

Dhruvi

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At 10:16 am, on Monday 9/26/2011, as I was sitting in my Finance class in the first semester of my MBA, I posted my first blog post …. ever! That was a year ago. Now, a year later, I’m sitting here trying to write this first anniversary post and I can only think of 2 words – THANK YOU!

Yes – to everyone that’s reading this post now and to everyone that’s ever been on my blog – A big ol’ THANK YOU!

Last year, this time, I was in a VERY different place in my life. Not the happiest of places either. This blog was a very positive outcome from a very negative situation – “The Rose That Grew From Concrete”. When I created this blog, I had no idea what I was expecting or what I wanted this to turn into. I didn’t even think this far out. A year later, I’ve shared SO much with you all – my outfitsmy crazy dating storiesmy summer in Boston, and some stories that are very personal and very close to my heart – amongst other things! I am so thankful for all your kind and encouraging words, for all your support, and all the love – I hope that my relationship with y’all continues to grow.

As a result of this blog, I have had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful, inspiring women and I can’t wait to meet more! Also, there are so many exciting plans I have, for this blog, going forward. I have some REALLY big news coming to the blog on Friday so, stay tuned! And now, for the winner of this fabulous giveaway! Aaaaand the winner is ….

*drumroll*

Renu! Congratulations, Renu – I’ll be contacting you soon! Don’t forget to share what beautiful item(s) you snag with your Crazy & Co giftcard!

Massive thanks to everyone that participated and spread the word – you guys are fab!

Alright, that’ll be it for now! Tomorrow on the blog – a shoe post! Thank you all, again, for accompanying me on this wonderful journey! 

xo

Dhruvi

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Let me just start  by saying that in my world, the stars were perfectly aligned today!

This outfit was something I had in my head, but there was a little problem – I didn’t have the leggings or the blouse. I figured oxblood is everywhere and so are leather/liquid leggings so this should be an easy task, right? Wrong! It seemed like every place I went to was out of these leggings and it every single store I went to, had everything in oxblood, EXCEPT a blouse! I knew exactly what I wanted and I wanted nothing else. After searching for days (literally!), I just gave up hope. Then 2 days ago, I was on a random shopping trick – not even looking for any of these items – and I found both! I was SO excited!

Such an ordeal for an outfit …. but you guys know how it is, right? So, I finally had the outfit and I was so excited! And then I received the ring and clutch from 6pm, just in time! Also, I suck at making sock buns but this one looks moderately decent so I was super happy about that!
Blouse: W118 by Walter Baker, from Loehmann’s. (Similar here), Leggings: Charlotte Russe
Necklace: Loehmanns, Pumps: Wild Pair (Old), Watch: BCBGMaxAzria
Clutch and Ring: Gifted – thanks 6pm!
Admiring my new bling!
OPI Malaga Wine & Glitzerland

Over the years, Oxblood has changed names many times – it’s been called Burgundy, Maroon, Wine, Bordeaux …. and who knows what else! What hasn’t changed is my love for this color – it’s such a rich color and one that works on …. well, everyone! Are you as obsessed with this color, as I am? How will you be rockin’ Oxblood this season?

xo

Dhruvi

PS – Don’t forget to enter this fabulous giveaway – open till Tuesday night – I’ll announce the winner Wednesday morning!

Linking up with Pretty Shiny SparklyMarionberry Style, Rolled Up Pretty, The Pleated Poppy and A Little Bit Of Lacquer.

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Dress: Old Navy
Neon Pink Belt: Urban Outfitters (Also seen here!)
Nude Patent Pumps and Nude Snakeskin Oversized Clutch – Aldo’s
Bracelet – BCBG
Nail Pain – O.P.I On Collins Ave
 If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you already know that I am thoroughly obsessed with the neon trend. I have already acquired countless neon pieces and I’ve done several other neon posts (here and here). I really like this outfit and hope I’ll get to wear it more than just once.

xo
Dhruvi

Linked Up to: A Little Bit of Lacquer and The Pleated Poppy

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First off, I owe my best friend, Sheela, a massive shout out for motivating me to write this post! This was probably the most memorable 2011 moment for me!
For as long as I can remember, my hair has looked like this –

It’s always been long and jet black – my natural color! So, in August 2011, when I debuted the look below, everyone that knew me was essentially split into 2 groups – people who thought I was sporting a wig and then those who were speechless, unable to pick their jaw up off the floor! LOL

Why such a peculiar reaction, you might ask? Because I always swore I’d NEVER cut or color my hair, mainly because I was too paranoid that my hair would get damaged and never grow back. I’ve sort of had a love affair with my long, black hair! Hehe.

Why, then, did I finally change my hair so drastically? Well, this year, I went through something in my personal life that shook me and took a drastic toll on me.

So, when I went for a much-needed haircut, I sat in the chair and said to my stylist – “Chop it all off and color it!”. She looked at me like I had 7 heads and said – “Um, are you sure?”. She’s well aware of my love affair with my hair. I said – “Yes, just do it before I change my mind!” And so she did. The seed for this had originally been planted in my head by Sheela but even she didn’t think I’d really do it!
When I walked out of that salon, I felt like a new person. This was the farthest step I had ever taken out of my comfort zone and it felt amazing! Over the summer, I had lost myself in a very dark place but, as I looked at the new me in the mirror, I felt like I had met myself again.

So, while it’s just a new hair cut and color, it symbolizes so much more than just that. It stands for a very significant moment in my life. It stands for the strength I hold within me and the strength I derive from my amazing family and friends. Also, when I got back to the US, I was on the brim of a new and very exciting part of my life – going to grad school! I was starting classes in a week and I just wanted to “shed” all the negative energy from what I had gone through and get a fresh start!

It marked a point in my life where I changed so much and yet remained true to myself. And after that haircut, I’ve taken so many more risks, including finally starting this blog, which has been one of the best things I’ve ever done! I feel like making that change in my hairstyle gave me the comfort and courage to make so many other changes and gave me a new confidence!

This post is, by far, the closest to my heart. Hope you guys enjoyed it. Thank you SO very much for all your support with this blog! Wishing you all A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Final thought – Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind! – Christian D. Larson

Lots of love to you all! xo

Dhruvi

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