A Midsummer Day’s Dream

July 20, 2016 31 Comments

“It’s a smile, it’s a kiss! It’s a sip of wine, it’s summertime!
Sweet summertime”

Growing up in India, summer was literally the work of the devil. The Catholic girl in me was told long tales about the embers of hell, but I really couldn’t see how it could be any fiercer than a searing mid summer day. I am pretty sure I speak of most Indian girls here, that the last thing summer ever represented was a spring in anyone’s step. Fashion? Not on on anyone’s mind. Nobody was thinking of peplums and skirts, as long as we could keep the perspiration and sun strokes away. Our lives were anyways programmed to stay indoors, and postpone all work to past sunset or even better to a few months (I’m pretty sure the indoor hibernation resulted in some fancy pyjamas though). Plus, with the standards for female modesty to boot, you’d be forgiven if a look at us would make you believe we were in Siberia, when all one wanted to do was to wear a tank top and a pair of shorts. The only fond memory anybody my age had about summer was karaoke renditions of the ‘Summer of ‘69’ (yes, for some reason, a cult hit a few decades later among desi millennials). From there, my first stop in the USA was Texas. Out of the frying pan, into the fire. Literally, yes!

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It was only when I moved to San Diego a few years back, that summer finally got into my good books and how! I was finally at a place where I could let my senses feel the goodness of summer. The stuff in the movies and books finally made sense. Summer is beautiful when it arrives as a season, not as a synonym for brutality. I could finally look forward to peeling off the winter layers and mixing and matching for a nice and sunny day.

Summer is now safely my favorite season, probably one of the best things about San Diego. The sun’s out, yet there’s a slight cool coastal breeze at most times keeping things pleasant. Makes dressing up a real pleasure. And with yet another summer on us, its only fair I catalogue a few of my choices here.

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The first dress here is a simple A-line dress which can be easily swapped from the office to a happy hour. I usually wear it to work with a black cardigan or blazer. This is from the boutique store Denim Spot (Direct link to the outfit below) known for making work-to-play outfits.

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The details I adore the most here are the vibrant yellow and grey print which screams summer and the cold shoulder-esque flared sleeves. It is an easy breezy dress which pairs well with almost anything, like the yellow pumps i am wearing here. I have worn them with a pair of black sneakers too, and they rock just as well.

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Coord sets are all the rage lately. This one here is a set from Bio Newyork. I wonder why it took me a while to get on to these considering coord sets are so easy to work your way around. You’ve basically found a way to outsource your pairing calls to someone else…haha. Don’t we all have those days where you just want to throw in something so easy and not have to think about it? This one fit that mold perfectly, and I wore this to the beach a few weeks back.

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The forest print is so gorgeous and makes for a pretty singularly piece. The top here is a halter top with an open back (perfect for showing off your summer tan). The shorts almost look like a skirt and has a hidden zip closure. It is both cute and edgy, a combination I cannot resist.

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This one below is a very simple outfit. Less truly is more when you have something like this on. This striped crop top are paired here with a orange bow tie summer pants from @sheinsideofficial (a sweet website I’ve reviewed here).

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These evoke casualness & simplicity and gets your vibe into the room before you even get the first rounds of conversation going (hot tip: small talk in San Diego is at a bare minimum, because the usual bugbear of small talk – the weather – is consistently pleasant all through). I use this crop top with a ton of other things; Maxi skirts, shorts, pants (very convenient and comfortable). I’m pairing these here with black caged sandals. All the outfit links are posted below

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Do comment and let me know your thoughts on summer and the outfits

Outfit Links:
Yellow dress from Denim Spot
Coord set (Top) from Bio New York
Coord set (Bottom) from Bio New York
Striped crop top
Mallory pump from Sole Society (On Sale Now)
Vince Camuto caged sandal
Orange Bowtie pants 

All images by the brilliant and fun to work with, @urbancell_vault. Do check his feed for great shots and sights.

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31 Comments

  1. Reply

    Aparna

    July 20, 2016

    Love this post Anju. The write up and the outfits.

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      Anju

      July 21, 2016

      Thanks Aparna 🙂

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    Camilla

    July 20, 2016

    You look beyond pretty. I came across your post through an affiliate and loving these designs and your posts on style

    • Reply

      Anju

      July 21, 2016

      Thanks Camilla for checking out the blog and the comments

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    Julie

    July 21, 2016

    Love the coord set girl. Beautiful print

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      Anju

      July 23, 2016

      Thank you

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    Sharon Wu

    July 23, 2016

    Beautiful looks! xo, sharon

    http://www.stylelullaby.com

    • Reply

      Anju

      July 23, 2016

      Thanks Sharon for stopping by. xoxo

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    Gemma

    July 24, 2016

    I love your outfits, especially the dress.

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

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      Anju

      July 24, 2016

      Thanks Gemma.Yup, the print on the dress is so vibrant.
      xoxo
      Anju

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    Carmen

    July 24, 2016

    You look so pretty in all of these outfits! I love this striped dress, so perfect for a summer day!
    xx, Carmen – http://www.carmitive.com

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      Anju

      July 25, 2016

      Thanks Carmen for stopping by. I love the print on that dress

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    Deepti

    July 24, 2016

    I love the looks. You pull them off so well. I love co-ords, and the ones you are wearing look stunning!

    I write Mademoiselle Meets Maquillage and Macaroons and I would love for you to give it a read, maybe we can follow each other?

    http://www.mademoisellemeetsmaquillageandmacaroons.com

    Deepti xx

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      Anju

      July 24, 2016

      Thanks Deepti 🙂 I loved how you paired the tulle skirt. Happy to follow you on bloglovin and Insta 🙂
      xo
      Anju

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    Julia (The Velvet Runway)

    July 24, 2016

    Love all three of your outfits – my favourite is probably the second as I love the print!
    I would love to be in San Diego now – I know what you mean about the sea breeze!
    Julia x
    http://www.thevelvetrunway.com/

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      Anju

      July 24, 2016

      Thanks Julia. Weather in San Diego is just too good. Love your vibe of your site
      xo
      Anju

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    Carina

    July 24, 2016

    Fabulous chic looks, the second is my favourite. Summer in India sounds tough, so I’m glad you’re finally loving this wonderful season.

    xo
    http://www.carinavardie.com

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      Anju

      July 24, 2016

      Thanks for stopping by Carina. I love the coord set too

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    Rochelle Fox

    July 24, 2016

    Love these. You had a great sense of style.
    Good vibes, FOX
    check out my latest VLOG and my blog
    http://www.rochellefox.com.au

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      Anju

      July 25, 2016

      Thanks Rachel for the comment. Love your blog and VLOG both
      xoxo
      Anju

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    Salma

    July 25, 2016

    All three of these summer looks are so great!

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      Anju

      July 25, 2016

      Thanks Salma 🙂 xoxo

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    Sora

    July 25, 2016

    I love all three pieces! If I had to pick my favorite, it might have to be the co-ords, but seriously, they’re all gorgeous.

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      Anju

      July 26, 2016

      Thanks Sora. I love the coord set print as well.
      By the way cool give away 🙂
      xoxo
      Anju

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    Katharine

    August 7, 2016

    Great Outfits for summer days…I especial like the color matching and generally using of colors all the time cos I love colors as you can see on my blog. 🙂

    Great feed again
    kisses
    http://katharine-fashionisbeautiful.com

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      Anju

      August 8, 2016

      Thanks love 🙂 You are very kind

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    Saabri

    August 12, 2016

    I am so glad I landed on your blog. All the looks are stunning, loved the A-line dress so much.
    You are gorgeous by the way 🙂
    Cheers,
    Saabri
    http://www.phashionbug.com

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      Anju

      August 12, 2016

      Thanks Saabri

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    vidya

    August 17, 2016

    Lovely outfit. Liked it.
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      Anju

      August 17, 2016

      Thanks sweetheart 🙂

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