This post is not sponsored by Impossible Foods, and all opinions are 100% honest and my own
Remember that How I Met Your Mother episode where we learned that Marshall Eriksen spent a good chunk of his NYC years trying to find The Best Burger In New York? The one he ate when he first moved there? I’m not going to tell you that the Impossible Burger at Gott’s Roadside was the Marshall burger, because we all have our The Best Burger in New York story (and because you’re not going to believe me until you taste it.) But I’ll tell you this - the Impossible, genius of a patty is the cleanest (nutrients wise), healthiest, and the least disastrous (for the environment and cows both) burger you’ll ever eat. Fun fact: Bill Gates invested in this Redwood City-based startup for the third time this year.
It doesn’t include any artificial ingredients or hormones. According to the Impossible Foods website, the patty uses 95% less land, 74% less water, and creates 87% less greenhouse gas emissions compared to a regular hamburger patty. I took mine without the sauce, cheese, or butter to make it completely dairy-free!
I’ve never tasted meat so I can’t tell you how and if it compares to the real thing, but I can guarantee that it is absolutely scrumptious!!! Go on, give it a whirl at one of the many locations across the Bay Area and New York.
Jumping on the bandwagon is hardly my thing, you know that. But three trends I haven't been able to resist are ruffled blouses, off the shoulder tops, and denim skirts. However, I'm your average girl who doesn't live a glamorous life 24x7, so I thought I'd make a quick video to show you how to embrace a great fashion trend without getting out of your jammies. All you need to master is three fashion editor's tucking techniques; in order of my outfits:
• Middle tuck: Works great for off-the-shoulder blouses and slouchy sweaters, that way the silhouette doesn't look loose top to bottom and it accentuates your waist
• Full tuck: Perfect when your pajama-outfit needs a little seriousness, more so with a slinky/ short blouse and high-waisted pants
• Half tuck: Literally works with any button-down shirt and pants (trousers, jeans, skirts, shorts) and is a sure-shot way to avoid look too prim or formal
I linked all the jewelry featured in this video at the end of this post.
Big shoutout to Neptune's Coffee, a new eatery and my favorite lounge + work spot in good ole' Alameda.
StockX is the world's first stock market of THINGS and I vlogged all about it right here.
Here's a TED talk from Josh Luber, a sneakerhead who went on to co-found Stock X. He is currently the CEO of Stock X.
Articles that I referred to, and more recent news about Stock X:
"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Insist that a fashionista name his/ her sartorial inspiration from the Twenties, and the answer will most likely be a unanimous The Great Gatsby. My introduction to the nouveau riche happened as a result of high school reading, but in less than a year, I found myself reading Fitzgerald’s other works that included The Beautiful and Damned, and Tender Is The Night. I knew there would come a time when I pay homage to the jazz age as told by Fitzgerald via a blog blurb, but I didn’t want to do a modern, frivolous spin on The Great Gatsby alone. (I say frivolous because it is hard to illustrate Gatsby without highlighting its fragility and flaws) Sure, the iconic movie put Twenties fashion back on the map, but F. Scott Fitzgerald opened me up to a world of romance like I had never seen before, so I wanted my outfit to go beyond what meets the eye.
Eschewing whites just this one time to show you what a fantasy summer outfit looks like
Photos: Emily Wolfe
Romper: Forever 21 | Headpiece: Miraya | Gold Booties: BCBG Max Azria
Off-late, I've been experimenting judiciously with silhouettes, including my own versions of loosely cut "dresses" and oversized pieces. Summer, however, is a whole other ball game. I practice "buy now, wear forever" as best as possible, and this Forever 21 piece is over 2 years old now. This is a testament to the fact that a romper is a pillar of summer style year after year. While I recommend that you do something more utilitarian when you take your fun and flirty outfits out for a spin, the point behind adding this statement Prima Ballerina headpiece is to show you how to confidently punctuate any look. And you already know that bold, gold accessories have always semaphored an enlivened grace for me.
How to do in NYC in 2 days, the Thrillist way.
Shoes: BCBG Max Azria | Jewelry: Miraya | Brown sling bag: Mango
Trekking through this city was slowly beginning to take a toll on me, but that went away the minute I stepped inside Terroir At The Porch. I truly believe that there is no bad time to cater to your stomach's rumblings, especially when it is accompanied by good vino. We couldn't locate Terroir At The Porch for a while, but that's how we ended up in Chelsea Market and I didn't mind the long walk one bit! Terroir At The Porch is only open seasonally, so summer seems like the perfect season to check out this enoteca that offers phenomenal views of the Hudson river. I'm a sucker for waterfront backdrops, so when I came across Terroir via Thrillist, needless to say that we made a reservation right away. Something about smell of fresh greenery, the warmth of good company, and watching New Yorkers milling about the city even on a Friday...
A wandering mind + solitude is hardly the best combination for an overnight flight. My brain was inundated with ideas for this blog on-the-go, given that I have a rather touristy itinerary for the next 72 hours. I'm currently caught in between a complex web of wanting to explore NYC, catch up with friends after nearly a decade, have a leisurely break, AND blog while doing all of that. Right now, I'm crawling out of this web only way I know how to - COFFEE! No fancy latte art going on here though, I'm as basic as it gets when it comes to coffee.
Nothing like a classic, wooden timepiece for the corporate fashionista always on-the-go!
Photos: Colten Avers
Watch: C/O Jord | Metallic micro-pleated dress: Ambiance SF | Rings: Miraya | Aisha Box Clutch: Miraya
10 years ago, I did something that I brag about till date: I broke the Limca Book of Records (national, India) for fastest typing on a standard keyboard, with a speed of 171 Words Per Minute. There was one thing that will top the list of accolades I received that year: a tawny, statement eco-drive watch that my dad gifted to me. Kareena Kapoor endorsed the brand, and I wanted it the second I saw it. It was priced at INR 10,000 (which was a BIG amount at the time) and I accidentally read the tag as INR 1000, so I was sheepishly excited about scoring a deal. My dad bought it for me anyway. A decade ago, I learned to appreciate the value of time, money, and a bloody good watch! Normally, it doesn't take me a second to turn down endorsements, but this incredible, luxury brand called JORD Watches (pronounced YORD) really piqued my interest by taking me back to that post-Limca win in a jiffy. No brand has ever done that before.
Photos: Emily Wolfe
Gold Booties: BCBG Max Azria | Earrings: Miraya (coming soon!)
There are days when I have a styling epiphany in the middle of a meeting, and there are days when I aimlessly browse through the Internet hoping that inspiration strikes. As I keep exhausting outfits from my wardrobe for each post, I have come to realize that innovating is NO easy feat, fam. And if you’re a Type A stickler like me who needs an outfit to come together like a perfect symphony, you’re going to have to get used to sleepless nights. But as I accrue more sleepless nights, I get better at this whole effortless styling thing, and that feels hella rewarding (on a very intrinsic and personal level, and that’s what counts the most.)
Bring out those Little White Dresses!
Photos: Colten Avers
Oversized jacket: Old Navy | Fuchsia Pumps: Old Navy | Mini Tote: Melsanv | Black Temple Choker: Miraya
Having spent a considerable amount of time discovering, developing, and defining my personal style, I don’t particularly find it appealing to flit about town in styles and silhouettes that I’m not familiar with. I am committed to sharp cuts, flattering silhouettes, tailored outfits, and classics, but all it takes is one piece for me to consider switching things up. Like many of you, I’m guilty of fashioning an entire outfit around a pair of shoes or a bag I just bought, and today’s outfit is an outcome of that.
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Miraya originated as a concept magazine for a Publishing class, but much of it now exists online and has been adapted for this blog. The core remains intact, and that is to explore the changing landscape of contemporary Indian fashion through the international lens, engaging readers in a creative juxtaposition between tradition and modernity. It is spearheaded by the Founder and Creative Director, Namrata Loka.
Namrata R. Loka
Founder & Creative Director