Radiant orchid

FAS, Fashion, lace blouse, Look of the Day, pondicherry, purple skirt, Travel
There’s a reason I am fascinated by beaches. The very thing that is considered the epitome of soothing, calm and serene can, in an instant, turn into the most violent, merciless and relentless being (so to speak) ever. When you look at a calm sea, it is next to impossible to imagine those gentle waves as being ruthless and stormy, trashing about, threatening to plunge anything in their path into its depths. The calm before the storm, the calm after the storm and all that in between. It’s a miraculous transformation!

Quite like some people’s (by which I obviously mean me) moods. Some people have the most deceivingly calm exterior! Everything is sweet and rosy on the surface but you never know what kind of fierce volcanic eruption is about to happen. Occasionally you might see a few bubbles rising up to the surface but before you can look again, there are gentle ripples in the water and you are left thinking your eyes are playing tricks on you. Its only after the eruption happens and the water gets boiling hot with fire balls raining down on you that you realize you have sorely underestimated the person! Yeah we are one of a kind. And not easy to handle 😉

Anyway, this skirt is the fourth of my designs, which I wore on one such evening for dinner by the beach. One moment it was a lazy, peaceful evening with the sea breeze blowing  and delicious hot food in front of us. And five minutes later we were all shivering and disheveled with hair that looked like a bird’s nest munching on soggy pasta. The only good thing about that night was that I got to debut my self-designed printed pencil skirt and later snuggle in bed with a coffee in hand.

I am the last person to follow fashion trends. No. Like literally the last person. So I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this pencil skirt which I’d designed months back happened to be ‘the’ color of the year. A skirt in a color that reminds you of sunsets splashed with random colors of hot pinks, reds with hints of purple, a pretty lace blouse and comfy flats and you are all set for an evening by the beach!

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pencil skirt, purple pencil skirt, lace blouse, black lace, travel, pondicherry, beach dinner, romantic beach dinner

pencil skirt, purple pencil skirt, lace blouse, black lace, travel, pondicherry, beach dinner, romantic beach dinner

pencil skirt, purple pencil skirt, lace blouse, black lace, travel, pondicherry, beach dinner, romantic beach dinner

pencil skirt, purple pencil skirt, lace blouse, black lace, travel, pondicherry, beach dinner, romantic beach dinner

pencil skirt, purple pencil skirt, lace blouse, black lace, travel, pondicherry, beach dinner, romantic beach dinner
Skirt: Self-designed | Lace jacket: cupcakes&closet | Earrings: GB | Shoes: c/o DoneByNone

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Indian kaffe express

delicious days, Food, pondicherry, Travel, weekend
When you can’t afford to take long and expensive holidays, weekend getaways are the best. If only I could hop, skip, jump and end up at exotic locations like Greece or Spain as and when I wanted! It’s good to dream but equally important to know when to stop and get on with living in the present. So until I can make that happen on my own terms, I am perfectly satisfied with any number of mini-vacations, as long as I get to travel somewhere!

A vacation to Pondy makes sense only if you are planning on staying over for at least four days, out of which you are willing to properly eat out for at least… well… four days! Pondy offers a lot in terms of different cuisines and cozy cafes. The beaches are okay but the main focal point is on the food. Two of my favorite places, without a doubt are the Indian Kaffe Express and Cafe Xtasi. The former for pancakes, crepes and parathas (they are to die for!) and the latter for their fire wood oven pizzas.

It’s on a calm street away from the hustle and bustle of the city. For some reason it’s never crowded when am there, except for one or two people tucked away in a corner sipping a drink and reading a book. Calm and peaceful with tasteful interiors and mouth watering food – no wonder I love it!

Indian Kaffee express, pondicherry, cafes, restaurants

Indian Kaffee express, pondicherry, cafes, restaurants

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Indian Kaffee express, pondicherry, cafes, restaurants

Indian Kaffee express, pondicherry, cafes, restaurants

Indian Kaffee express, pondicherry, cafes, restaurants

Indian Kaffee express, pondicherry, cafes, restaurants

Indian Kaffee express, pondicherry, cafes, restaurants

Indian Kaffee express, pondicherry, cafes, restaurants

Indian Kaffee express, pondicherry, cafes, restaurants

Indian Kaffee express, pondicherry, cafes, restaurants

Indian Kaffee express, pondicherry, cafes, restaurants

Indian Kaffee express, pondicherry, cafes, restaurants, places to eat in pondicherry, India travel
Indian Kaffee express, pondicherry, cafes, restaurants

Indian Kaffee express, pondicherry, cafes, restaurants

Indian Kaffee express, pondicherry, cafes, restaurants
Outfit details in previous post

Travel: Pondicherry

beach, Fashion, globetrotter, Look of the Day, pondicherry, Travel
2014!!! Eeeee! *does a dance* It’s not like me to get excited for a new year but this time it somehow feels different. It’s heart warming to read some of my fellow bloggers’ new year resolutions/plans/goals posts. Although a lot of them are also of the resolutions are passe and not for me opinion too. I don’t understand why some people are so against new year resolutions. I get that you can start something new any day, anytime and you don’t specifically need to wait for a new year to begin to change your life around. But do you start ? Really?? If you do then hats off to you, but me being the world’s biggest procrastinator I need something like this to give me a much needed push in the right direction.

Each day and every moment is a chance to learn something new and change something about your life that you aren’t satisfied with but, there is something about beginning a whole new year with a set of goals, a change in attitude and with those so called ‘resolutions’ that makes the future seem more… promising.

This year began with a mini holiday where I attended the mega alumni meet of my college, caught up with friends (and enemies 😉), walked around our awesome campus (which is like second home), talked about old times, laughed about the things we did, the hectic schedules and all the parties, outings and late night cups of coffee while trying to read up on case studies and basically had a blast! A visit to my alma matter is always incomplete without a trip to Pondicherry. This little beach town which was never ever on my radar before, has now become a favorite getaway – mostly thanks to the various delicious eating joints and cafes that it has.

Just about an hour and a half from our campus along the East Coast Road, which in my opinion happens to be one of the best scenic roads ever, and you land in this little french colony city!

Denim dress: AND | Shirt: Street shopping Mumbai | Bracelets: Accessorize | Bag:Boutique in B’lore |
Shoes: c/o DoneByNone (buy here)
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