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Embracing the 90s...again

The resurgence of 90s fashion has me feeling deeply conflicted. For one, I refuse to believe that anything from my teen years can be classified as "vintage", and besides, I've been there done that. And yet, I find myself irresistibly drawn to a couple of these trends, specifically florals and chokers. 

I bought a floral blouse at Zara lately, and I've been pairing it with black skinny jeans and heels, and Bombay Taxi's very own HEERA bracelet - a super fun look for fall. And despite my intense dislike of tattoo chokers, I have been intrigued by more architectural gold-tone chokers, particularly when paired with a bodycon dress. My current favorite is Bombay Taxi's HEMA necklace, which is very similar to another white gold necklace that was a gift from my parents... in the 90s. 

My look from a recent wedding: HEMA necklace paired with a Banana Republic bodycon sheath dress, and a red lip.

My look from a recent wedding: HEMA necklace paired with a Banana Republic bodycon sheath dress, and a red lip.

I'm seriously considering a floral bodycon dress next- why not just wear both trends together?

Birkenstocks were almost ubiquitous this summer, and I even spotted the occasional pair of overalls, but there are two 90s return trends in which I will definitely NOT partake: chunky platform heels and chunky highlights. Basically, if the trend has the word "chunky" in it, I probably want nothing to do with it! 

How are you feeling about the return of the 90s? Any must haves or must have nots?

Here Comes The Sun: Solstice 2016

This past weekend, one of my favorite Cleveland institutions, the Cleveland Museum of Art, celebrated its 100th Birthday as well as the start of summer with its annual Summer Solstice Party, which also happens to be my favorite summer party. Now you may be thinking "Shibani, why didn't you tell me about this before?" and frankly, the reason is that this year, the tickets sold out in under 24 hours, so if you are not a member of the Museum, you stood zero chance of securing tickets. The moral of the story is become a member of the Museum so you can try and get Solstice tickets, but also so you can enjoy its monthly MIX parties. But I digress. 

This year's Solstice was outstanding - great music, lots of performance art, minimal lines for drinks - a celebrating fitting 100 years of history. One of my favorite parts of the evening was when the museum celebrated its history by projecting photos from its early days onto the marble exterior-- pictures from the 20s of women in pastel dresses, and their early catalog system which featured hand drawings of the pieces. Seriously, I can't even imagine how they did this with such little technology!

Nick and I attended with our friends Dave and Jessi, as we do almost every year. Instead of going shopping for an outfit, this year, I shopped my own closet, choosing instead to splurge on hair and makeup. I wore a J. Crew dress that I bought a couple of years ago, NAOT flats, and my very own Bombay Taxi earrings, which will be debuted at my next pop-up shop. My makeup was done at Sephora (Thank you VIB Rouge!!!) and my very rare undo was courtesy Carolina at Tease. Easy and breezy, and perfect for a very hot day! 

 

Jessi, Nick and me, photo by Dave!

Jessi, Nick and me, photo by Dave!

Art projected on the marble exterior, picture by  Sean

Art projected on the marble exterior, picture by Sean

Our complete outfits: This was the first time Nick wore shorts to a non-sporting, non-beach event-- I'm calling it the Shuxedo. 

Our complete outfits: This was the first time Nick wore shorts to a non-sporting, non-beach event-- I'm calling it the Shuxedo. 

The reason this is my favorite summer party is that it really gets me in the summer mindset! I'm ready for a season of leisurely weekend days at the beach, day drinking, rose, barbecues, and of course, more summer parties!