Month: October 2014

On Losing Graciously & The Spirit Of Sportsmanship

We know now, of course, that it’s Amanda Valentine filling up that mysterious spot!! Throughout its history, I’ve not once blogged about Project Runway. Not because I don’t adore the show, I’ve watched each episode of every season religiously for the past 12 years (wow, it’s been that long). I simply feel there are already so many bloggers covering the show (and doing it brilliantly, might I add) that I don’t fancy being a teeny, nondescript drop in the ocean. However, the recent fiasco surrounding Korina Emmerich’s departure from Season 13 has kicked the rock under which I’d been happily living and prompted me into hitching a ride on the bandwagon. Losing graciously. Does the spirit of sportsmanship truly exist? Or is it simply an act put on for show by those who fail to win the coveted top prize? Saying the right words, outwardly demonstrating politically correct expressions while boiling on the inside? Throwing tantrums and mentally yelling, “It’s not fair! It’s not fair! IT’S NOT FAIR!!”   {  Win With Class, Lose With …

Sorority Of Scarves

Be it for academic purposes or to create a fashion statement (think Whovian), or to visibly pledge one’s allegiance to a specific school or club. Or perhaps it’s coverage in the name of modesty, a religious requirement maybe. No matter the agenda, there’s little doubt that scarves have, for better or for worse, left indelible marks on our wardrobes. Growing up, I loved sporting a jaunty little Pan Am Scarf Knot. When the desire for something flamboyant arose, a Double Wrap Neck Knot. And when it was a wee bit nippy, the Muffler. Of course, that was way back when I hadn’t yet developed a violent aversion to anything touching my neck, like I do today. No matter, I continue to adore scarves from afar. Relishing how, when executed correctly, they exude that effortless Grace Kelly vibe, channeling the Audrey Hepburn look with panache. So classic. So elegant. From a contemporary perspective, these ladies and gents cut quite the stylish profile with their individual, ahem, twists. (L to R) Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb, …

Ring Around The Rosy

We interrupt our regular broadcast to bring you this spectacular showcase for the fingers. The Conquer Ring in Black $20 Matte Silver Birthstone Ring $140 Opposites Attract Wooden Ring Set $280 Octopus Tentacle Ring $37 Rose Gold Fox Ring $9 Stacking Gold Rings $223 Gap Ring $69 Organic Gold & Silver Ring $114 I rarely wear jewellery but when I do, it’s the more the merrier for my fingers, and these fit the bill, perfectly. All puns intended. Happy Columbus Day!! Love, Sheela

Are You Giving Me Lip?

For the record, I find lip stains and lip glosses rather intimidating, frightening even. I can’t quite put a finger on it but I am a little afraid. Lipsticks? Regular lipsticks? Those are alright. I can deal. Wikipedia defines lip stains as cosmetic products that colour by virtue of (duh) staining. As being drying and non conducive for use during Winter. Red flag moment. A blob of colour, smudged upon my mouth. A harsh blob of colour, no less. Virtually impossible to remove (I know, I’ve succumbed to their wily ways in the past and purchased several), leaving one with a post-apocalyptic victim look. Lip stains are like the Teflon of lippies. Not very attractive at all, is it? I know the fear is not all that irrational but then again, aren’t phobias founded on a complete absence of logic or rational thought? That and the fact that I really do believe lip stains and I aren’t destined to bond. Really, really. I begin my case by explaining how I’m not your traditional Asian female …

Sweater Weather

Noticed how I named this post, “Sweater Weather”? In deference to the fact that Houston does not have a sweater-friendly climate. It just doesn’t. But but but, if it did?  These would be on my list of absolute must-have sweaters. Yes, indeed. Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, Intarsia Sweater $335Maison Martin Margiela, Open Knit Sweater $870 Markus Lupfer, Hook A Duck Sweater $375 Karl Lagerfeld, Nora Sweater $395 Reed Krakoff, Leather Paneled Cashmere Sweater $1,290Moschino, Silk Appliquéd Wool Sweater $925 Is it sweater weather where you are? Or is the air-conditioner still a-cranking despite it already being October?   Love, Sheela

Of Flavours & Flowers

The concept of free writing used to scare me. Quite a lot. But after several attempts (here and here), I’ve come to realise that it’s really quite the best way to write. So spontaneous. I never have any idea what I’ll come up with and that’s the beauty of the entire process. Like right now. I’m typing as I’m waiting for the chicken to roast. My mini bread puddings are already on the table. Thank the lord they didn’t burn. I’ve never made savoury bread pudding before, let alone mini ones. { inserted three hours later } These mini savoury bread puddings were born out of the desire to finish a very stale loaf of Whole Wheat Bread and an equally lacklustre bag of frozen Spinach which had been cooked in the skillet once. Spinach which had seen better days, let’s just say. I cooked it with shallots and Andouille sausages, with generous sprinklings of Ground Chipotle Powder. Mixed that with the cubed bread, 4 eggs, some milk and some heavy cream. And a little …

Curated: A Weekly Digest 4

Hello beautiful world. Hello beautiful people 🙂 Another long week which makes me even more thrilled with the prospect of a 3-day weekend.  Bliss. I’m running behind on practically everything so this is going to be short on words but packed with cool stuff for you to explore 🙂 I didn’t think it’d be possible but I’m quite taken by Ree. She makes me laugh. And her recipes are, well, rootin’ tootin’ good. No matter how smart the world becomes, there are still so many misconceptions surrounding gay and being gay. This is a wonderful, you-must-read-now piece on gay women, the stereotyping they’ve encountered and how they deal. Go on, read it. Nom nom chocolate. Apple flirts ever more with fashion. Grow up, woman. Do we really need another tome on street style? What do you think? So, you know how drinking juice right after brushing your teeth is truly gross-gusting? Did you ever pause to wonder why? The wacky genius of Warhol. Lather up. And this is on my must-try list for the weekend. …

Banana Walnut Bread

  Here’s one we’ve all encountered – bananas ripening before our very eyes. Right? Don’t you hate it when that happens? Yes and no. Yes because no one enjoys fending off microscopic fruit bugs doing the nasty with this yellow Parthenocarpic. No because that means Banana Bread is en route. Did you know that Bananas are technically berries? I digress. So, yeah, I love it when bananas ripen at the speed of light because that’s when I get to make Banana Walnut Bread. I prefer chopped Walnuts in mine but really, you can incorporate just about any nut lying around in the kitchen.  Husbands and children exempted, ‘kay? BANANA WALNUT BREAD Yields 2 8×4′ loaves Prep time is around 10 minutes Cook time 35 to 40 minutes Total 50 minutes   INGREDIENTS 2 cups flour (I use King Arthur’s European Style Flour so the crust gets a little crunchy even as the inside remains soft and moist) 1 1/2 tsp baking soda Pinch of salt 4-6 medium ripe bananas, mashed (we eat a lot of …

Thankfulness

It’s October and so much of the year has already gone by. Too many wasted moments. Too many dashes out of the door. Too many hugs not given. Too many words left unspoken. And far too many special moments that should have been savoured, I’ve let slip by. So here’s what I’m doing right here, right now. I’m setting aside time to be thankful. I am thankful for still having a head of hair. After over two years of fighting elevated IGEs of close to 5,200 wherein Prednisone was my only friend, I’ve lost almost half of my hair. And what’s left is incredibly weak. But I am thankful. * I am thankful to live in a country wherein the freedom to be Catholic exists. Not all of us are as blessed. Being from a Muslim country, I have sadly borne witness to this on a personal level, numerous times. I am thankful for the kisses my daughter gives me each morning before she heads off to boot camp aka high school. I dread the …

Let The Luxe Layering Commence

Indeed, they do. Here, in Houston, we’re barely (if ever) presented with style loopholes that necessitate creative layering. Opportunities to wear a scarf or sweater or boots are about as rare as the Hermès Diamond Crocodile Birkin. You can imagine how a coat wouldn’t fit here. I could buck the norm and go big but visions of sweat necklaces doting my décolletage forbid me to venture further. As such, living vicariously through the layering adventures of others is, well, du jour. Hypothetically speaking, given the right temperature and circumstance, I crave coats in almost every shape and form. My love is lavished equally on architectural lines, baroque notes, whimsy and outright flamboyant. I ask only for spectacular design and zero itch factor. Presenting a parade of what I would wear in a flash.This, this, THIS is it. This cuts across predictable waves of Blacks and Greys and Navies like the Northern Lights streaking across the night sky. A masterpiece from Malam. A playful plaid piece is never displaced when it starts getting nippy. Those waves around the …