Why grow up?

Growing old is inevitable........but growing up is an option.....

And I choose not to...........grow up, I mean.

Can't really help the growing old though......as I turn another year older today! Yes, ladies & gentlemen - it's the "Hap-Hap-Happy Budday" of yours truly!!! :))

And as I add another candle to my b'day cake........I look back on the 25 beautiful years spent on the face of this earth.........& try to identify the most memorable moments & milestones of this eventful journey!

Hence, what you see listed below (in no particular order) is a lovingly-preserved treasure trove of hand-picked happiness:
  • All the times I've won those prizes in school (or anywhere else) for academics as well as co-curricular activities - they used to mean a lot all through the school years.
  • The day my sister was born - I was in the fifth standard then & I still vividly remember the rainy Thursday morning when my dad came & told me that instead of going to school, we'd be going to visit the sweet li'l new member of the family!
  • Each & every time I dance on the stage (I'm a trained Indian classical dancer) - the adrenalin rush I feel, whenever I give myself up to the rhythm of the music, makes me embrace the spotlights again & again........ :)
  • The first time I faced the camera for a teeny tiny part in Mira Nair's The Namesake - I featured in the movie for a whole of 2 minutes (though I shot for 2 whole days for that!!) as Tabu's friend in her opening shot in the film.
  • Getting through the National Institute of Fashion Technology entrance exams.....it's the premier fashion school in India & I was ecstatic to be able to get through with a good rank (I hadn't even sat for any other entrance exams) - getting to study Fashion Design in one of the country's leading institutes was a dream come true!!! :))
  • Getting my first job on the very first day of campus placements.......I guess the first job always holds a special place in our hearts......isn't it???
  • Working as an freelancer on a project with Vogue India - I worked on the Fashion Team of their AW '09 Trend Report Supplement that came out with the Spt '09 issue- another dream come true, another achievement, another amazing experience!
  • When my entry was chosen & printed for a short-story writing compettion in a leading daily - for that matter, I loved seeing my writing in print in almost all the editions of the school magazine.
  • My four years of studying Fashion Design at NIFT - the most fun-filled, most creative, most crazy & most hard-working four years of my life...!
  • Last, but not the least, starting this blog in the August of 2010 - this space has given me new friends, lots of exposure, a heart-warming sense of bonding with so many people all around the world, the enthusiasm to do new things and an outlet for my creative passions.
So..........today, I take this opportunity to thank my parents for showing me this beautiful world, my sister for being a constant companion (inspite of the fights & quarrels), my friends for being there whenever I needed them (and also when I didn't) to laugh, cry, gossip, bitch & work together, some special persons for giving me some very beautiful moments (maybe we couldn't make things work, but thanks for everything anyways), my teachers for imparting the knowledge that helped me in each & every step of my journey till now and of course, all you lovely people who have encouraged me, appreciated my efforts, given me honest opinions, strengthened my passions and made my blog what it is today..........a BIG THANK YOU TO ALL!!! I owe these lovely 25 years of life to all of you! :)

In case you guys are wondering, this is not my b'day outfit........this is just something I wore the other day to office..........& thought I'd share with you all.

After wearing bright colors continually for some time, I thought I'd give it a breather & go for some neautral/nude outfit that day. The white cotton top paired with the beige corduroy trousers made for a simple & visually soothing outfit.

I tucked in the top & threw in the belt to give the silhouette a more formal feel. Also, the leopard print scarf added the right dose of quirk to the otherwise simple outfit. :)

Nothing beats a white cotton top for summer! I think it's a must-have in every girl's wardrobe for the warm season.......it can be a crisp shirt, a flowy blouse or even a smart tunic/shirt-dress........and the best part is that it can be teamed with almost every kind of bottom from denims, linen pants & cropped trousers to skirts, leggings, harems & shorts!!!

My favorite animal print scarf makes a comeback! (See me wearing it earlier here & here)
I also wore my hoops for a smart look - I think hoops are extremely versatile & instantly uplifts any outfit.

Believe it or not, I had bought this pair of nude pumps 6 months back & completely forgotten about them!
I simply love the color of these shoes........& check out the cute li'l bow at the back!!! Also, I think a pair of nude pumps in camel, beige, nude pink or peach is another must-have for any girl.........whenever in doubt, you can just slip on a pair & you'll be ready to rock! :))

White cotton top: Topshop, Colaba Causeway, Mumbai
Beige corduroy trousers: Shoppers Stop, Kolkata
Leopard print scarf: Nik Nish, Kolkata
Brown braided belt: Linking Road, Mumbai
Copper hoops: ???
Brown braided leather belt watch: Fastrack, gifted by friend
Nude pumps: Emami Market, Kolkata

Also, early tomorrow morning I'll be heading out of town on office work...........don't know when I'll be back (most probably sometime around the 9th or 10th)...........hence, you all may not be hearing much from me for the next week or so! Please don't mind if I don't check out your lovely posts or don't publish/reply to your wonderful comments........I promise I'll make up for it all once am back!!!

What all we have to go through for our bread-&-butter! Sigh!

That's all for now guys............looking forward to a exciting day ahead!!!

Lots of love,
Polka Princess


  1. Happyyyyyy Birthday Darling!!! Have a fun fun fun day and a year full of joy, contentment, love and light! May all your dreams come true :) Love the shoes and the very sophisticated look! and oh MOVIESTAR!!! Must dig out my Namesake DVD and watch it ASAP! It's one of my fave books ever!

  2. wow babe wow !! totaall stunner .. loving every bit of it .. happy birthday once again.. have a blast .. and enjoy your dgp trip.. its one of my fav cities too... :)

  3. Happy Birthday dear.. you definitely were the star of the day.
    Gorgeous outfit.
    Lee x

  4. Happppyyyyyyy Birttthhhhhdaaayyyyyyyy! I hope you have a year full of fun and happiness. And LOVEEE White paired with Khaki look. Never goes out of fashion and you look FAB!!!! Have a safe trip and come back soon :)

  5. happy birthday!! hope you have a wonderful day :)

  6. Happy birthday, my beautiful, beautiful friend.

  7. I love your leopard print scarf! I have a similar one, but it's a black and white zebra print scarf :)

  8. Thanx a bunch all you lovely people!!!!!!!! Such sweet wishes from you guys mean a lot to me!!! :))

  9. Have a wonderful birthday! I hope it's filled with beautiful and happy surprises :) You're looking lovely as always for your special day... I just adore your shoes! The bows are too cute.
    PS: Sadly, growing old is inevitable... but I'm with you; growing up is optional, and I want to be young forever!

  10. Happy birthday gorgeous..wishing you a life full of ribbons and roses and bows and brands and love :)

  11. Happy birthday!! 26 is not old at all. Love the outfit.

  12. happy birthday darling! as I always say, you're only as old as you feel, so if you feel younger, then go with it! xx

  13. great office outfit! i love the shoes, especially with the bows in the back.

  14. Absolutely love the pumps...lovely contrasting colors!


  15. you look stunning. that scarf is the cutest.

  16. Whoa! Happy birthday, Anu! :) It was fun reading your list of things. Now I'll be watching The Namesake. :P I;ve read the book though and I loved it.

    Congratulations for all that in life and may you get whatever else you want!

    The outfit is very well put. The colours are perfect and suit you well. I think if you straightenyour hair, you'd look even more good! Just an idea! ;)

  17. Thank you all so much!!!!!! Really appreciate all the lovely support & encouragement! Be sure to check out this week's Links A La Mode on IFB! :)

  18. love the leopard scarf..so cute :)


    in Love&Light
    Queen D

  19. Loved the previous wedding photos,the fabrics and the colors are so exquisite!
    ps: you have a contagious smile ;)

  20. Belated birthday wishes:) love the look .. Hope you had a great trip. And I am going to watch the namesake again to catch you there miss.celebrity ;)

  21. Belated Happy Birthday Didi. I am so astounded. You have achieved an incredible lot in your short span of life. WOW.

    Hope you birthday went wonderfully and hope the upcoming year is more magical for you than ever.



  22. @Ariana P: Awww.....that's so sweet of you honey! :D
    @Natasha: Go watch it now!! ;)
    @Tashrin: Thanx dear.......mwah!! :))

  23. Hey honey you look beautiful!
    Love love love your white blouse!

  24. Damn..Ill have to go through Namesake again to watch you there! Movie star :) And is it very late to wish you a belated happy bday! Hope it went awesome :)

  25. You look wonderful! So sassy and fabulous!

    Happy belated birthday Princess Lovely!!

    Absolutely... we do not get old... we gain wisdom...:)... and with wisdom we gain appreciation and zest for life! Well that's my way of being and I'll stick to it thank you!! Any excuse to not grow up!

    Congratulations on all your achievements! So much to be proud of.

  26. @Chiccastyle: Thanx babe....you rock! :)
    @Sam B: Ha ha....hope you can find me!! ;)
    @Dusk: Thanx a bunch lady!! I soooo agree with you there! :))

  27. hmm you always wear very cooool end elegant shoes!!


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