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The first night of Runway shows. What do I wear? The million dollar question, right. Every outfit has an inspiration, every outfit has a story. I had picked out this long off the shoulder peasant dress in Summer and wore it quite a few times during my travels in India. I wanted to wear it for Fashion Week, when I first scored it off the racks. The inspiration came in from all my travels across the South-West. My husband loves the Canyons and he would go hiking every weekend if his day job allowed.

While I am not much of a hiking fan, I build up on my collection of turquoise jewellery when I travel to those parts. And over the years I have built up quite a collection, if I may say. So it all started off from a South Western Travel inspiration and the outfit came together.

 I added in the broad black waist belt to give the outfit some dimension. The skirt of the dress is its high point. I wanted it to stand out. But I am petite and volume can go against me, and make me look boxy, if not handled properly. That's where a belt come sin handy. It draws attention to the smallest part of your waist and balances the volume .

As it was the first night of runway shows, I wanted to keep my footwear comfortable. My options were ballet flats or black leather booties. Seems like the latter won the day. There's something chic about long dresses, with boots. Makes it a lot more edgier I feel. For my makeup, I kept it minimal, with no eye shadow at all. I wanted my Fall essential berry lips to stand out- MAC Rebel, of course.

And did I mention that KCFW had re branded itself with new colors and logos to celebrate their !0th Runway Season. It felt good to wear the same colors on opening nights. Monocrhomes are timeless and always on point.

If you loved my Outfit, then you can click on the Links below to shop them.

White and Black Off the shoulder Peasant Dress(Sold Out) . Similar  Here 
Black Leather Quilted Booties  
MAC Satin Lipstick - Rebel 
Wide Patent Leather Belt


Kansas City Fashion Week celebrates its 10th Runway Season with the Spring Summer '17 shows. While the runway shows began from Wednesday night, KC's Fashion community mingled from Sunday at one special event after the other, put together by the committee members. One such event was held at Tuesday evening at Overland Park. KCFW partnered with local boutiques Anaphora and Post+Edit for an evening of shopping,mingling and of course, Fashion. Am so proud and humbled to continue my association with KCFW as "Official Media," for yet another stunning season.

Shutterbugs, beautiful clothes, awesome accessories . Whats not to love !

While the event was divided between two different business establishments, the mood was similar. I cannot get over the beautiful roof top lounge . I was so busy enjoying myself , with everyone, that I forgot to do blogger duties, and take more pictures.

If you're  celebrating Fashion, then can Cosmopolitan be far behind. We sipped on cocktails (read Cosmopolitans) sponsored by Clear 10 Vodka and munched on appetizers by CocoBolos and enjoyed the sunset.

And what Fashion event is complete without catching up with old faces and meeting some new faces.

It was a great kickstart to all the action that was to follow. It surely did set me in the perfect mood to head to Union Station , for the next four days.

If you want to read more about my Outfit Details for the Day, then click , Here.

Stay tuned to the blog for all the updates from Kansas City Fashion Week Spring Summer'17 , by clicking on the label Fashion Week , in the menu bar of my Blog.

Photo Credits: Some photos are by me, while some are by Jason Atherton of Atherton Photography. 


KCFW is back and with this biggest season ever.Its the 10th Runway season of Kansas City Fashion Week and the week long celebration of fashion, kicked off last Sunday at the Van Noy Mansion. Blame my crazy schedule, and I missed out on the first two days. But the 3rd night saw me in my element in true KCFW form. I was invited for a KCFW Spring Summer '17kick off/preview at Anaphora and Post Edit in Prairie Fire, in Overland Park . And I was all set to usher in the new season. 

As it was an in store event, spanning across two boutiques - Anaphora and Post Edit, I decided to keep my outfit a bit casual yet chic. It was a beautiful fall evening so I picked out a fit and flare dress. Its always tricky to wear florals in Fall, according to many. But I feel if you pair it with season appropriate accessories and pick out a color scheme more apt, you dont look or feel out of tune. The crisp evenings of Fall were an inspiration for my icy blue floral fita nd flare dress. I paired it with my Denim jacket which was tailored pretty well. How a jacket fits you, can make or break an outfit, I believe. My problem area is my midriff, or my post baby flab. So I always try to dress up in a way,where the attention is elsewhere. Some crystal Forget -ME -Nots which I had picked out from Anchorage,during my last visit to Alaska. Its their state flower after all. To break the overriding blue monotony of my outfit, I paired it with Black quilted Booties(very Chanel inspired) and my Black leather Tote Bag. 


Ice Blue Skater Dress- H&M(old). Similar - Blue Floral Fit'n'Flare Dress
Light Blue Denim Jacket
Quilted Black Leather Booties
MAC Lustre Lipstick - Flamingo

Stay tuned to the Blog for a detailed Recap of KCFW SS'17 Kick off at Anaphora and Post Edit


Durga Puja is here again ! Its the biggest socio-cultural-religious festival celebrated by the Bengali speaking Hindus . Its a celebration of the femal Energy, a victory of good over evil. It makes the homecoing of Goodess Durga along with her sons and daughter to her maternal home on Earth , from her abode in the Hiamlayas. Her arrival and stay on Earth are marked with celebrations galore. Tradiionally its a five day festival. For those of us who celebrate Durga Puja, in a different country, different continent, celebrations are a bit different. We celebrate it over a weekend. The time might be a crunch, but we make up for it with the sheer fervor and spirit.

Most Indian festivals have their own culinary connections.   If Durga Puja is here, can Durga Puja food be far behind. We, Bengali, are known for our love of food And these celebrations are a proof of that. I have a detailed post, featuring some of my favorite Durga Puja Food , which features all of the recipes linked in it. You can read about it Here. Durga Pujo ends with Bijoya Dashami. And its customary to greet each other not only with hugs, but also indulge in some festive sweets.  We are all set to celebrate Bijoya today(Sunday) here in the Midwest, so here's something sweet from my kitchen to yours.

Gulab Jamun with Ricotta Cheese.

Yes, you read that right. Who doesnt like to dig into pillowy soft Gulab Jamun. Its a deep fried round dumpling, which is soaked in a cardamom flavored sugar syrup. I have been a fan of it even before I can remeber fromw hen. And no surprise that my three year old, loves them. And of the few Bengali words she uses, she surely will let you know when she wants her "Brown Mishti" (that's what she calls Gulab Jamun).

The shelves of any Indian Grocery Store will have their share of Instant Gulab Jamun Mixes. Somehow I am not a fan of those at all. I like to make my Mishti(Bengali Sweets) from scratch. But I dont mind Hacks along the way. Last year, I had made, Gulab Jamun from bread. You can read about it Here. 

This year, I made them from Ricotta Cheese and Milk Powder. They retained their shape while frying. I had my doubts thought, when I put the first Gulab Jamun in the deep frier. If the oil temperature is too hot, then your gulab jamun will brown from outside, but will remain uncooked inside.They were pillowy soft. They had almost doubled in size after I had soaked them in heir syrup. The speed at which they disappread from my kitchen ,after I had made a batch, spoke volumes of how godo they were.

So here's wishing all of you Shubho Sharodiya - Happy Pujas ! Enjoy the festivities with a sweet bite from my kitchen. Its the perfect dessert for the Bijoya party at your home.


Recipe adapted from : Rashmi's Recipes . Thank you Rashmi !

Ingredients : 
For the Gulab Jamun : 
Milk Powder: 1 cup
Ricotta Cheese : 1/2 cup(at room temperature)
All purpose flour : 1/4 cup
Ghee : 3tbsp
Baking Powder: 1/2 tsp
Whole Milk : 2 tbsp
Salt : A pinch
Canola Oil : For deep Frying : 2 -3 cups

For the Syrup : 
Sugar: 2 cups
Water: 2 cups
Green Cardamoms: 7-8
Lemon Juice : 1/2 tsp . I eyeballed mine.

First prepare the Sugar Syrup. Bring the syrup ingredients to a boil. Simmer till all the sugar is dissolved and the liquid has reduced a bit .

for the Jamuns, mix in the flour, ricotta cheese, milk powder, baking powder, salt in a large mixing bowl. Add ghee , and a splash of milk, and knead it smooth. It makes a gooey sticky dough.

Let the dough rest for around 15 mins at room temperature. It helps firm it up. divide the dough to form small balls. It yields around 24 - 30 Gulab Jamuns. I lined a plate with parchment paper to lay out my dough balls.

If you're using a frying pan to fry your dough balls, then make sure you have around an inch to 3/4 inch of oil in it. I used my deep frier. Keep the oil on medium heat. Dont feel tempted to increase the heat .

Test the tenperature of the oil, by putting a pea sized amount of dough in the oil. If it rises up in around 30-40 seconds, then the oil is right. If it floats up istantly, then the oil is too hot.

Fry the Jamun in batches and drain on a paper lined plate.

Place the warm syrup in a flat deep dish. Soak the fried jamuns in it. They will double in size so make sure that the dish is large enough to accommodate them. Let them soak overnight or at least for a couple of hours.

Bon Appetit ! 



Last weekend, I was invited by Macy's Town Center to learn about the latest trends in Fall Make Up with Lancome. I have been a fan of Lisa Eldrige for years and a tie up with Lancome , seemed like a great idea. I am self confessed Makeup Maniac. My vanity drawers are overflowing and you can still find me trying out new makeup every now and then. A girls gotta do , what a girls gotta do , right. The best thing about my job, is that it helps me do so many fun things, including playing with new make up and trying it. I do it not only for myself, but also for all of you , my lovely readers. Now that makes me feel a less guilty, next time I draw my Make Up buying list.

Coming back to the lovely afternoon. I met up with Lancome Artist, Malia, at Macy's Town Center Plaza, in Leawood, Kansas, as a part of their MakeUp Mastery  event for Fall. I was coming from another event, so had a full face of make up on.

Here's a Step By Step Fall Beauty Tutorial: 

The Tutorial is divided into two parts - Eyes and Complexion.

                                                                                EYES : 
The focus was on the Eyeliner using the new Lancôme Grandiose Liner. The idea was how to create different looks, just by changing your liner game. You could have a thin line, a thicker liner, a kitten flick, no flick or a full on Flick. It was indeed fascinating to try out the different looks.

As I was already wearing long wearing eye make up, Malia, started off by removing that by using the new Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover, so that she could start afresh.
She started off with an EyeShadow Primer - Lancôme Aquatique Waterproof Eye Color Base , in a shade closest to my complexion. An eyeshadow primer not only creates a uniform base, camouflages veins across eyelids, but also extends the life of your eye make up by acting as a glue almost for your eye shadows to stay on longer. She used her ring finger to blend the product.

She picked out the Lancôme Auda[city] in Paris Eye Shadow Palette . 

First she picked out a beige tone to dust all over the eyelids, as a base color.

Then she picked out a warm brown to create a crease line with a fluffy blending brush. She pulled up by eyebrows a bit, so that she could have a better grip at creating a crease line.

Then she picked out the lighest color, and used it as a highlighter , below the brows.

For the center of the eyes, she picked our a bronzey brown and just patted in the center of the eyes lighlty. Then she took a clean blending  brush and made sure that there were no harsh lines.

I love my share of eyeliners and wear them everyday. The New Eye liner was quite different in its packaging. Lancôme Grandiose Liner,which came with a unique handle. you cold adjust the angle of it, to ease you in drawing your eye line. It bends both ways and can also be held straight according to your convenience. We opted for Black . The pigmentation was great and I loved the fact how matte the color was.

We started out by drawing a  line closest to the eyalashes.

 A small Kitten Flick at first .

A full on Cat Eye !

If the Eye Liner came with a handle which could be turned and adjusted , how could the Mascara be far behind. Another new launch was the  Lancôme Grandiose Extreme Mascara which came with a bent wand, for better precision. Interesting !

Malia lightly filled in my caterpillar brows with Lancôme Le Crayon Poudre Eyebrow Powder Pencil where there were some bald spots or gaps. Then she used the spoolie end of the product to give it a more diffused look.  Overall she kept them natural.

Eyes done, it was time for us to start mapping the face.


We removed the rest of my face make up by using the new Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover   . Then we prepped the skin with Lancôme Advanced Génifique Serum. For moisturizer we used Lancôme Absolue Premium Bx SPF 15 Moisturizer Cream and under the eyes, we used  Lancôme Génifique Eye Cream. The right skin care is very important for creating a flawless base. We let the skin care sink in for a few minutes before we started our base make up.

We Primed my Face with Lancôme La Base Pro Oil Free Primer. I dont use Primers regularly, so it was nice to try out something and see if it actually made a difference.

Skin prepped, it was time to find out my Foundation Shade. We did the customary Three Shade test close to my jawline to see which color was undetectable. We settled for  Lancôme Absolue Bx SPF 15 Radiant & Replenishing Foundation in the shade 320NW. I have a warm undertone, so I usually settle for foundations with a warm undertone. Malia felt my complexion would work well with both Neutral tones and Warm tones. And finally opted for a Neutral Warm tone of Foundation. Great Tip.

She used a flat foundation brush to apply the foundation. Although it had SPF in it, the foundation did not flashback in photos.

For concealer, I usually opt for two shades lighter under my eyes. I have crazy dark circles and its helps in countering that. Malia matched me to a concealer which is my skin tone, rather than a shade lighter. It was a day of trying out new trends in make up after all. She used  Lancôme Maquicomplet Complete Coverage Concealer in the shade Dore . 

I have dry skin, but we wanted the make up to last long, so Malia set the base with Lancôme Absolue Radiant Smoothing Face Powder . 

Time for Contouring ! Malia opted for  Lancôme Blush Subtil All-In-One Contour, Blush & Highlighter Palette in Rose Flush. She used the highlighter shade on top of the cheek bones with a smaller brush, on the bridge of teh nose, and on the cupid's bow. She used the contouring shade, to map out where the narurals hadows of my face fall, to chisel out the cheeks. Finally she used the blush shade on the apples of my cheeks, and lightly blended the lines between the three products used to map out the face. This is the Make or Break Step in facial Make up, I believe.

What's Fall without some Berry Tones on the LIps? As we had gone lighter on the eyshadow, we could play up with lips. Hydration is key when the weather is dry, so we wanted a hydrating formula for the lips. My lips gets super chapped always.  Malia blended two shades from the new range of lipsticks - Lancôme L'Absolue Rouge Hydrating Shaping Lipcolor in Lancome Rose  and Rouge Chic to create a custom shade for me.

But before that, she lined my lips with a nude lipliner - Lancôme Le Crayon Countouring Lip Crayon to create a great lip shape. She started from the center, and then went along one side, then the other, and finally the lower lip.

Malia wanted to touch up the eyes after she had finished the Complexion. Earlier she had only lined my upper lash line. But she felt, I needed a liner for my lower last line, as it best compliments me. She used  Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof Long Lasting Eye Liner in Black and smudged it some black eye shadow to create a more smokey effect. 

Here is the final Make Up Look created by Lancome. Now thats whats called being Fall Ready ! 

Huge Thank You to Dana Allison-Hill of and Dr. Amrita Mitra for the lovely photos . Thank you to The Blog GuildMacy's Town Center Plaza and Lancome for such a lovely Make Up Refresh for Fall. Thank you to all my Family, Friends and Readers who dropped in to hang out with us and learn about Fall Beauty Trends.