I still have images of beaches and cocktails from months ago, all on my phone, that haunt me every single time I look for something to Instagram. And I thought I might as well share this with all of you. One fine weekend, my family in Dubai decided to plan a staycation with a a couple of family friends. Then came the fun part. Wait did I say fun? I meant stressful. The number of resort getaways in the UAE is a little too much. And they're almost always on offers. So we scoured through Groupon to find great deals for a party of 10. Miramar al Aqah was the top favourite, and came with a ton of recommendations from other friends. It also boasts to be one of the best hotels in Fujairah, and so it was decided. I was anticipating the mini cross country drive. There's a certain kind of joy, covering 150 kms within 2 hours as compared to the same distance from Mumbai to Pune that takes over 3 hours on a regular day. 

Sweater Weather


One of the things I miss from my yesteryears was actual sweater weather. My mum would bundle up all our warm clothes and keep them away till November, and I would spend the next quarter of the year in cute and cosy sweaters. Thanks to our shady climate system and even shadier people, Mumbai barely experiences sweater weather anymore. Save for a few cool mornings.
Since I was feeling nostalgic, I decided to pay some homage to my school days. Back then, my uniform was an earthy brown and cream and it was compulsory to wear red sweaters at winter. Which felt amazing because it always looked like Christmas as we were a sea of different shades of red. As for now, I'm a major fan of neutral palettes. So it's more taupes, tans and olives, navy, camel and khaki, pale pinks and peaches that have won me over. Don't get me wrong, I still love my prints and bold colours, but every now and then, I'm in the mood for something more neutral. So my outfit is a mix of my past loves and current loves.

Dragon-Chai cocktail


It's a pity we don't get to experience fall, especially in the age of media where everything is about  pumpkin spiced lattes, sweater weather, caramel apples and the sound of leaves crunching. It's a huge case of FOMO for me. I've only lived through one fall, back when I was studying in Milan and I was one of those boots over tights kind of girls who sipped on hot chocolate with extra white cream and wore a cute little beanie. To say I miss those days will be a complete understatement.  
So as some sort of a concession, we decided to make a "fall" cocktail that is a lot more relevant for Mumbai city. So we used tea, because we're all mostly chai drinkers here, and I wanted to add a fruit, but not let it overpower my cocktail, so I picked the fruit with the least amount of flavour. I also had a stock of flavoured tea that I picked from Munnar and had to decide over Orange and other 2 other flavours, but finally settled for strawberry. As for the alcohol, I had a choice between rum and whisky, but I prefer the latter with my tea. 

The Black capes are coming


Every now and then, a new personal obsession springs up, sartorially, and I find myself only looking to fulfill my obsession and become a hoarder. So for the past few months, I've had to walk past most stores with my view shrouded, lest I buy more capes and duster coats, floral ones in particular. I can't explain when exactly this began. It just started with two and now there's a ton of them in my wardrobe. What's so aesthetically pleasing about a cape is the kind of finesse it adds to an otherwise mostly mediocre outfit. It's the perfect piece to spruce up a plain old jeans and tee combination or even add character to a pretty but simple dress. Also, as a superhero fanatic, there's something very empowering in strutting around while having the cape flutter around behind me. 

Flowers in the Desert


No trip to Dubai should ever be complete without a venture into the desert. And I say that as a frequent visitor. Every desert safari is a different experience. As long as you keep trying different companies and services, the dunes will be different, the views will be different, the camp will be different, the food will be different and the talent will be different as well. And I've said this before in my previous desert safari post. So this time, during my 3 month stay in Dubai, I was looking forward to another experience. Unfortunately, my family who lives there are completely over desert safaris, but lucky for me, I found a fun companion in a fellow blogger friend who was also visiting; Pallavi from That Delhi Girl.

Treasured Trinkets | A Caratlane Collaboration


It's no secret. Your impeccably styled outfit will always need a couple of accessories to look fully complete because a cute necklace and a gorgeous pair of danglers can transform your good outfit into a terrific one. Some women pick their jewelry once their outfit is complete, while some pick their outfit based on their jewelry for the day, and that's exactly what for this collaboration with Caratlane. In the past, I zoomed past multiple phases; from an avid jewelry hoarder and collector (I used to match my earrings to my rings and my bracelets even when I was going for my tuition) to a statement junkie for the last few years which I've documented a lot here on the blog to a current minimalist where I barely wear anything around my neck or in my ears. For me, on a personal level, I think one piece of jewelry is fantastic and two pieces are still fine when it comes to venturing out of the house. Three pieces might just be a fail. That's why it's important to make sure your one or two pieces really hit that mark. I still find myself attracted to statement jewelry and love to sometimes add in the most minimal pieces every now and then. And that's what got me in love with Caratlane.