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I'm Rachna.

I am logical, hyper-analytical, and thrive on structure and routine... except when it comes to my style. I love color, shopping in my closet, and whole-heartedly believe in "the look for less".

Sounds like a cluster? I like to think so.

Rain, rain go away.  Please?  At least the mustard and purple in this outfit lifted my spirits!
Details:
25: Mustard cardigan, JCrew
16: Lace top, H&M
1: Grey skirt, F21
27: Black flats, Kohls
Purple cami: Old Navy
Gold belt: Gap
Gold, beaded headband: Target

Rain, rain go away.  Please?  At least the mustard and purple in this outfit lifted my spirits!

Details:

  • 25: Mustard cardigan, JCrew
  • 16: Lace top, H&M
  • 1: Grey skirt, F21
  • 27: Black flats, Kohls
  • Purple cami: Old Navy
  • Gold belt: Gap
  • Gold, beaded headband: Target
May | 2011

To the Races!

Last weekend, A. and I headed back to UVA for one of our favorite, southern traditions… the Foxfield Races! 

Charlottesville premier Spring event; Foxfields is central Virginia’s answer to the Belmont Stakes and the Kentucky Derby.  For over 30 years The Foxfield Racing Association has provided a beautiful setting for the equestrian sport of steeplechasing.  The alluring but challenging Foxfield course was designed to attract Thoroughbred owners and trainers, and to provide the jockey and his mount with a beautiful ride over rolling lush green turf.

UHM.  Let’s get real.  What actually is it? 

20,000 people; dressed to the nines in seersucker, madras, big hats, and strapless pastel dresses; tailgating in a huge, grassy field.  Are there horses?  Absolutely.  Are you guaranteed to see one?  Not necessarily.  So far, I’m 3/9 in that department. :P  So you’re starting to see that it’s essentially like a JV Kentucky Derby, right?

I decided that since I’m all grown-up (read: not a blacked-out undergrad anymore) AND living in the northeast (read: these people just don’t the pomp and circumstance of it all!), it was time to document Foxfields for the masses.  It should come as no surprise that I decided to view it through the lens of style.


First: the Women.  Yellow-Hat seems to be taking this event a bit too literally with stuffed horse on her head, no?  The majority of women seem to fall somewhere in the realm of Daisy-Head: strapless cotton dress in a pastel, spring palette.  One of my favorites of the day was Pretty in Purple.  The perfectly coiffed feathered headpiece and well-tailored dress told us all that it was certainly not her first time at this rodeo.


And now: the Men.  These pics really speak for themselves so I’ll only offer 2 comments.  1: It warmed my heart to see that the southern tradition of Foxfields knows no bounds when it comes to ethnic heritage.  The Sikh rocking the turban-seersucker blazer combo was priceless.  We really are one, big community, aren’t we? :P  2: It’s legitimately difficult to tell which men are being serious with their attire and which are sarcastically mocking the entire event.  Virginia Vs (to the right) was showing a casual, but prominent sense of school pride; yet, Purple Paisley (in my opinion) put a lot of thought/concern to his look (and perhaps for the worse).


So what did I wear to this sunny event?  I decided I wanted to forgo the strapless dress — who wants to be hitching it up all day, anyway?! — and head for a more urban-prepster look.  My good friend, B., is from Maryland and went classic Ralph Lauren (outlet) with a traditional pastel palette. And yes, I did teach him how to pose like a fashion blogger!  He’s a quick learn, right?

My Details:

  • Madras button-down: F21
  • Coral bubble skirt: JCrew
  • Oxfords: DSW
  • Necklace: H&M
  • Sunglasses: Target


B.’s Details: shows us the true value of outlet shopping!

  • Plaid pink bow-tie: Brooks Brothers Outlet
  • Blue button-down: Marshalls
  • Pastel green slacks: Ralph Lauren Outlet
  • Polka dot slip-ons: Vans Outlet
May | 2011
Pattern mixing!
Details:
19: Grey boyfriend cardigan, H&M
18: Plaid shirt, Old Navy
3: Skirt, Zara
27: Black flats, Kohls
Brown belt: Target

Pattern mixing!

Details:

  • 19: Grey boyfriend cardigan, H&M
  • 18: Plaid shirt, Old Navy
  • 3: Skirt, Zara
  • 27: Black flats, Kohls
  • Brown belt: Target
May | 2011
Details:
15: Striped sweater, F21
24: Shirt dress, H&M
27: Black flats, Kohls
Belt: Anthropologie

Details:

  • 15: Striped sweater, F21
  • 24: Shirt dress, H&M
  • 27: Black flats, Kohls
  • Belt: Anthropologie
May | 2011
This is the last day I’m wearing tights.  I don’t care what the weathermen say.  It’s time for Spring.  So there. ::plbbbb::
Details:
11: White shirt, H&M
14: Striped shirt, H&M
7: Ruffle skirt, Old Navy
28: Brown boots, endless.com
Black tights: Target
Scarf: gifted from A.’s mom!

This is the last day I’m wearing tights.  I don’t care what the weathermen say.  It’s time for Spring.  So there. ::plbbbb::

Details:

  • 11: White shirt, H&M
  • 14: Striped shirt, H&M
  • 7: Ruffle skirt, Old Navy
  • 28: Brown boots, endless.com
  • Black tights: Target
  • Scarf: gifted from A.’s mom!
May | 2011
I was SO close to not having to wear tights, but the overcast day foiled my plans again.  At least my ankles got some fresh air. ::grumble::  NYC - can you please find the Spring sun at some point in the near future?  It’s almost MAY.  K, thanks.
Details:
23: Boyfriend blazer, Target
13: Floral blouse, Old Navy
5: Lace skirt, Target
29: Oxford heels, DSW
Leggings: Old Navy
Necklaces: Kohls and Anthropologie

I was SO close to not having to wear tights, but the overcast day foiled my plans again.  At least my ankles got some fresh air. ::grumble::  NYC - can you please find the Spring sun at some point in the near future?  It’s almost MAY.  K, thanks.

Details:

  • 23: Boyfriend blazer, Target
  • 13: Floral blouse, Old Navy
  • 5: Lace skirt, Target
  • 29: Oxford heels, DSW
  • Leggings: Old Navy
  • Necklaces: Kohls and Anthropologie
Apr | 2011
Details:
17: Striped shirt, Urban Outfitters
6: Cord skirt, Zara
28: Black boots, endless.com
Green tights: H&M
Headbands: Kohls and H&M

Details:

  • 17: Striped shirt, Urban Outfitters
  • 6: Cord skirt, Zara
  • 28: Black boots, endless.com
  • Green tights: H&M
  • Headbands: Kohls and H&M
Apr | 2011
Rainy days make for dingy hallway pictures.  Thank goodness for bursts of rani pink!
Details:
20: Utility jacket, LOFT
12: Rani pink t-shirt, LOFT
18: Plaid shirt, Old Navy
9: Khaki skirt, H&M
28: Brown boots, endless.com
Lacy black tights: Target

Rainy days make for dingy hallway pictures.  Thank goodness for bursts of rani pink!

Details:

  • 20: Utility jacket, LOFT
  • 12: Rani pink t-shirt, LOFT
  • 18: Plaid shirt, Old Navy
  • 9: Khaki skirt, H&M
  • 28: Brown boots, endless.com
  • Lacy black tights: Target
Apr | 2011

Cro-Cyle?

I can only hope my crochet skills will reach this level.  Someday.  In the meantime, at least my color blocked baby blanket is almost done… almost.  After 4 months. ::sigh::

The owner of this bike also had a successful food cart just off the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian overpass.  Creative AND an entrepreneur?!  :P

Apr | 2011

I was back up in Boston and this was my apartment-hunting ensemble.  Beantown was deciding whether or not it was ready for Spring so layering was key.  My short-sleeve, knit cardigan over a sheer blouse was perfect.

Details:

  • 13: Floral blouse, Old Navy
  • 21: Knit wrap cardigan, Old Navy
  • 4: Red skirt, Gap
  • 26: Black boots, endless.com
  • Black tights: Target
  • Headband: borrowed from sister
Apr | 2011
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