Stripey Behavior

Wednesday, May 24

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| glasses: ban.do {similar} | lipstick: Rimmel Moisture Renew in Red Alert | necklace: H&M {similar} | purse: Pop & Suki (gift) | button-up: Polo Ralph Lauren via Jamie {similar in blue or pink} | jeans: Urban Outfitters | heels: Nordstrom Rack

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Hey there! A few things:

+ Can I tell you about the worst possible thing to happen to a blogger? When you think you came up with an awesome outfit, only to realize you had actually pinned it years ago? This just happened to me twice. I was so hyped about this look, that came together with a few new-ish to me pieces, until I saw it on my Outfits to Try board on Pinterest (now it lives on my Pin For The Win board.) Oh well. 

+ These jeans! I can't stop wearing them. Should I apologize in advance if my next five posts feature them? I went -WHERE ELSE- to Urban Outfitters, where all the cool kids go, looking for a trendy cut of denim. I tried on both "Mom jeans" (which were the most horrendous thing I have ever put on my body) and these girlfriend jeans, which are an A++. How are they magically the perfect length for me (this never happens!) They are also stretchy, so comfy, and the perfect rise. You don't have to use my affiliate link, but you DO have to buy these jeans. 

+ The best day comes but once a year, and it happened recently! My work friend, Jamie, who is honest to god one of the most hilarious people I've ever met, lets me help her clean out her closet! That night involved Rosé, a novelty print swimsuit, and a LOAD of goodies. I mean, I could have a new signature look with how many oxford button-ups she gave me. Coming soon to a blog near you! #handmedownsarelife

+ Loads more about this purse (that has my name on it!!!) right here

+  I have to give a shout-out to East Nashville, where I've lived on and off since I graduated four years ago (eek!) and absolutely love. Where I live right now, specifically, is my favorite spot I've lived in the entire time I've been in Nashville (I guess I won't say where specifically but, it's right by this mural!) This part of town certainly has its' charms, and I really enjoy a Saturday where I can wander around and don't have to cross the bridge- ha! I've been eyeing this mural for a while, and it seemed like the perfect ode to the neighborhood I love so much!
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How cute is my sister?? She's trying to stay off the grid so I won't say her full name. When she came to town a few weeks ago, we brunched at Little Octopus, stopped by this mural, and then spent a long afternoon on the couch. It was pretty perfect.

Since I was off last Friday and Monday, my week has been all over the place (like, more than usual even) but really great! I've had no idea what day it is. And of course there's a long weekend ahead and then another extra short week (because I'm celebrating my birthday in Chicago!) Have a wonderful long weekend and thanks for reading! 


pictures by the incomparable Little Peanut

Weekend Update: #60YearsofArja & #NicetobeWong

Tuesday, May 23

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Several people commented this weekend on how nicely it worked out that my mom’s birthday party was the same weekend as Katie’s wedding- to which I replied, that’s cute, no I totally planned it that way. What happened was as soon as Katie texted me and said, “hey does May 21st sound ok for our wedding?” I sent an email Save the Date to my family that said “hey Mom’s party is May 19th- be there.” So, per absolute usual, it was a jam-packed festive weekend, and that’s just how it has to be when I go home! I say "has to" like I’m complaining- not complaining, I am absolutely amused by it.

I got in Thursday night, made the most of my “Central Time alarm clock” and spent Friday running around with last minute party errands, as well and going to lunch with my parents, Coren & Marisol, & Amir. A completely normal thing that was such a treat to me!

Then together with my partner in crime, (shout-out to Galina!), threw my angel mother the 60th birthday bash of the century! It was a family and friends that feel like family affair through and through. Steph came to hang and take photos (cannot WAIT to share those! THANKS Steph! <3), my brothers played & sang In The Blood (it only takes until the first line of this song before I start weeping), I spent way too many hours on a slideshow, and forced everyone in my family to make a “toast”, including Sundar, who submitted a “video toast” because he just got deployed. And yeah, that was impossible to top. Not a dry eye!

The biggest way I see myself becoming like my mom (I can only hope to be so lucky!) is that MAN I am a crier. I want to reinforce that I am sentimental but not sensitive, and it’s never about sad things. In fact, I’m writing this on the plane and sitting next to a mom with a baby, and an older lady across the aisle just said “I’m a mom too. If you need a third hand, just let me know.” And this is exactly the kind of stuff I’m talking about- I could have cried for the rest of the flight if I allowed myself!

Anyway- the party was a hit. My mom told me she felt loved and celebrated which was really the only thing we needed to accomplish. It was so fun to pamper and celebrate her because she really is the most deserving person. My toast was a thank you for being patient and not selling me to the gypsies, and having an un-rivaled servant’s heart: as evidenced by her helping us prep for the party that day (I was like MOM- GET OUT OF HERE this is your party!) and serving one million meals, and, ultimately, getting thrown up on by my dad’s sister at her own 60 birthday party, because she was helping someone in need (it was less of a “turnt” situation and solely a “she passed out” situation.) I’m not really sure if I’m supposed to be sharing that! But it happened! And she is truly an angel! And today is actually her birthday- Happy Birthday Mom, LYMTL!

After an abbreviated post mortem night out with my sibs, I was up for wedding central! We spent Saturday running around and at the rehearsal & dinner and ultimately forcing Katie to go to sleep as early as possible.

I’ll keep this short because this post has somehow become very long and I will share photos from the wedding and write more about it; but all you need to know is that Katie is the type of friend that will buy YOU lunch the day before her wedding. And I would do absolutely anything she asked me to do, ever. The wedding was such proof that she is that way to ANYONE she meets. There are some friends you just feel lucky to know, and Katie is one of those for me.

I am excited to get to know Jon even more, though we did all go to high school together (actually- there were quite a number of people I graduated with in/at the wedding which was so fun! I got to walk with Kenny who I ADORE but never ever get to see! I also ran into our class president [have I ever mentioned I was Vice President?] and we were like, hey, time to plan our ten year reunion in two years…which, I can’t even talk about. HOW is that possible?) Everything I know about Jon I love! He is very gentle, and kind, and called me to ask/tell me he was going to propose to Katie (i KNOW), and he certainly looked very handsome this weekend!

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, I love a wedding day, because my only job is to get ready and hang out with my best friends and help the bride! The wedding was BEAUTIFUL, I could not get over the California backdrop. This is going to sound insufferable but especially after just reading East of Eden I couldn’t stop gaping at how beautiful the Bay Area is. It really has become the age old question for me, Nashville or the Bay…

I wept through the ceremony that Katie’s sweet dad conducted (naturally) and Katie walking down the aisle with her veil blowing in the wind and the hilly California backdrop and the Pride and Prejudice soundtrack playing was a moment for life if there ever was one!

I got to make the playlist which really freaked me out, but, it turned out great! And was really fun! And I’ve never danced to The Thizzle Dance at a wedding before! #bayroots

Ok, I’m excited to be back in Nashville to kick off Summer time, but California, see ya real soon.

Blue Jean Baby

Wednesday, May 17

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| lip: Rimmel Moisture Renew in Red Alert | earrings: Madewell | dress: Madewell | clogs: Swedish Hasbeen {similar} | tote: gift (Nordstrom) |

Don't forget: click the item name for alternate wears on the blog/product name to shop exact or similar!
Also: you can view my outfits by season! Check out the Spring fashion label on this post!


Y'all (remind me to tell you the story about when I was hostessing at a restaurant in Nashville and I said "y'all" and someone said "you're not from around here are you?") first of all: THANK YOU for your kind comments, tweets, and texts in response to the new Priya the Blog! I've been working on this for months and when I finally deployed, was kinda frustrated and ready to get it over with, totally not realizing what a morale booster this would be for me personally. Thank you, thank you. So excited about this.

If you stepped away from perfectly Priya for a minute and you're like what the H is going on --> check out this post! Basically everything around here is updated, so be sure and take a look at my About page, Blogs I Love, and the page where you can shop my favorites. Also a heads up that the posts in the "filmstrip" above are my most popular for the last year or so, and probably a great place to start. Last thing and then I'll shut up about it for a while, ye olde blog Twitter is also shiny and new! Let's connect!

This outfit is 100% comprised of my favorites, lately. And I believe for the first time in the history of this blog, this entire look is available for you to shop, right now! Check out that widget below or the links above! My wardrobe is so random/old/secondhand most of the time, I swear.

I originally wore this for day two of stage hosting at our big annual conference: it took me from emceeing all day, to our wrap party, to a comedy show, to a crashing a bachelor party; feeling fresh and comfy all the while! I just want you to know the rigorous tests I put these outfits through before I share them with the world!

I hear mixed reviews about how comfy wooden clogs actually are, but I think because I spend a lot of time wearing uncomfortable shoes, the thick wooden heels really do it for me.

This look was perfect again for a ramen date when my sister was in town the other weekend. Give me all the "sack dresses", seriously, so that I can eat my ramen and then eat her ramen when she doesn't. I finally got my hands on some tassel earrings! And I want a medal because this is probably the first tube of lipstick I bought (long enough ago that I'm embarrassed about it and won't tell you when) and now it's down to the nub!

Ok, what's new with you? #TeamSackDresses or nah? I'm in Nashville for a short week, before I head to California tomorrow for my mom's 60th birthday party on Friday and Katie's wedding on Sunday! Flying back to CA for a weekend of festivities is totally the norm around here. You can tagalong on Twitter and Instagram, and I'll be back here next week, 100.

Shop the look below!

Thank you to my Little Peanut for snapping these photos for me!

The New Priya the Blog!

Thursday, May 11

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| earrings: Kate Spade | lip: Too Faced Melted lipstick in Strawberry | blouse: vintage via Any Old Iron {similar} | jeans: Urban Outfitters | heels: Kate Spade {similar} | 

Hey out there! Welcome to the newly rebranded Priya the Blog. I'm so excited to share it with you!

After blogging for a few years and deciding it was definitely something I wanted to keep doing, I made a goal to freshen up this space this year, and continued to think long and hard about a new name and a new look. My angle being: if blogging is something I want to do like, forever, I need a name (and a domain name!) and a "brand" that will always feel like me.

But first, a little more backstory. I started blogging in 2012 after suddenly inheriting a good chunk of free time. Like so many other bloggers, I had followed several blogs for while, wanted but hesitated to start my own, and finally just decided to go for it! I've always maintained that since I'm such an avid (--> obsessive) journalist, blogging seemed like the perfect extension of that; on a platform to share with people, adding in the element of community, as well as sharing photography, music, etc. etc. online. Like, if I write about a song in my journal, I can’t link it to Spotify, ya dig? perfectly Priya felt like it fit me then, but it just doesn't anymore. I'm not even sure where I was going with that. Still a recovering perfectionist, though ;)

SO while it may not be the most creative, my first name is the one thing that will never change. The other thing that likely won't change is anything about my blog ;) I don't have a "here's where I'm heading" strategy or plans to make it a full-time thing. I'm proud that this little blog has remained exactly how I've wanted it, since I started, and I think that's why I still love blogging as much as I do. I'm just gonna keep writing about whatever I want, ok? 

I'm sure I'll be tweaking things forever, and I'm still working out a few kinks- and on that note, if you spot one, please help a sister out!

Huge thank you to wonderful Adriane for taking these pictures (and so many others), and my talented friend Kevin for designing my header! Couldn't have done it without you guys! 

I guess this is kinda an outfit post too, but the only note I have about this look is that it feels very Priya, and the next five outfit posts feature the same jeans because I cannot stop wearing them. OH- and these pictures were taken at the mural in my neighborhood, which I love SO MUCH.

Ok, love you guys! Thank you, truly, for your support that comes in a million ways. Thanks for reading! Onward!

Weekend Update: Sisters Before

Monday, May 8

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Sometimes your beloved sister needs to change a plane ticket last minute and says, I'll be in Nashville next weekend! 

I don't know if you've gathered that I really *love* maximizing and making plans, but I knew this would be a different kind of weekend. The weather actually shaped up really beautifully, so we kicked things off (after I picked her up at the airport with her favorite queso on Cinco de Mayo AND then we slept for 12 hours, best life) with a walk in my favorite spot, ^ the Shelby Bottoms greenway. Everything is so GREEN in Nashville right now!  

We had two unofficial hashtags ^ for the weekend (I know, I can't help myself) oh, make that three with the help of our unofficial branding consultant and some borrowed phraseology from my mom, (#comfortsoffamily.) I say unofficial because they are kinda a joke but only kinda. Not pictured: an amazing dinner at 5th & Taylor, an entire Sunday afternoon on my couch, a failed hunt for my holy grail girlfriend jeans for Peanut, an Inglewood historic homes tour, brunch at Little Octopus (maybe the best space ever), Despacito about ten times, and a load of lipstick swatches. 

LYMTL Little Peanut, and Nashville does too! See you next weekend (would you believe that we live across the country from each other?)