Monday, September 10, 2012

Bare Necessities


blazer :: express (similar)
blouse :: forever 21 (similar here & here)
pants :: forever 21 (similar)
shoes :: zara (similar)

My living quarters currently stink of the smell of herbs, grass, and roots that have been boiling for too long. Perhaps that's the reason it's taken me so long to find something to write about, something other than the nostril-jolting stench of Asian medicine that is. But unfortunately an hour of brain picking has landed me back at square one, aka the pungent smell of medicine. So I've decided to stop fighting and succumb to this odor that has permeated every membrane in my nostril and vein in my brain and so badly begs to be the star of the show. Sorry floral pants, leopard-cuffed, poofy-sleeved blazer, and versatile polky blouse, today just wasn't your day. 

Now back to this odor that hasn't let me forget, for even a sentence, that I've promised to write about it. 

For those of you who haven't had exposure to the intricate world of Eastern medicine, let me try and dish you just the bare bones of the subject matter. Because yes, it's an elaborate topic that could lead to one of those conversations where you've already zoned out before the dialogue has even begun. Instead of asking me to go on about the subject, you're asking yourself, "Why did I bother? I should have just kept my big chops shut." Come on, we're all guilty of it.    

To over-simplify it, Eastern medicine focuses on creating balance in the body. If you're sick, eastern medicine won't explain your ailments as a flu or cold. Instead, eastern medicine will tell you that your internal balance is off; your body has too much moisture, too much darkness, etc. Interesting perspective isn't it?

Now I'm not one to just digest what I'm fed - I have to see to believe (cliche, but true). I turned to eastern medicine last year, albeit begrudgingly at my parents' behest, when my highly revered western medicine failed me. Three months of antibiotics and steroids could not cure my simple cough, which by the way also had my doctors stumped. So what option did I have but to surrender to the ways of the east. 

But good thing I did because lo-and-behold, the thick dark liquid resulting from an hour of boiling dried fruits, herbs, and roots cured me in three days. Now who would have thought that the basics would have so easily snatched the gold-medal podium from more decorated medicines? Certainly not me. So as much as I'd like to pretend that this pervasive odor is nothing but just that, I should remember and remind that sometimes a set of simple, bare necessities is worth more than its highly-evolved counterparts.

What do you know, today is the day for leopard cuffed blazers, white blouses, and floral pants. After all, it doesn't get much more 'bare necessities' than a classic black blazer, a versatile dot blouse, and a good pair of printed trousers! These three items, each on their own, have saved me during a fashion rut much more than some of my more decorated pieces. 
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47 comments:

  1. Ooooh I totally love your floral pants. And yeah sometimes traditional cure is the best. I am from India and i know exactly wat u mean!

    Eshna
    allthingsdesirable.blogspot.in

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  2. lovely bag ;DDD

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    new post ;))

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  3. great jacket ♥
    kisses mona (:

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  4. I love how you are wearing all these different prints and they do not clash,they look just perfect together ;)

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  5. Amazing!!
    I love how you paired the pants with this chic blazer and the catchy green bag!
    Nice!

    ♥♥♥

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  6. I looove this outfit!!
    And yea, I don't really go to the Doctor, and I don't really use medicine....BUT I also don't get sick often. Haha, but Eastern medicine does make a lot of sense, natural stuff should cure us better than manmade :)
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  7. you look georgous! everything is great but i love Your pants so much! :D J.
    do you wanna follow each other?:D

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  8. Amazing! Love this look!

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  9. This is lovely!!! That blouse is to die for! Love it!

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  10. These pants are amazing! And blazer is a masterpiece!

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  11. Hello!

    How beautiful your blog! Have you turned your follower! To always stay inside
    the news, And loved your posts!
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  12. simply stunning <3 xx

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  13. Gracias por visitar y seguir mi blog, soy tu seguidora nº 832 Besos

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  14. Following you too hun, I love your style, you have a great sense of style : )

    Cindi

    Breakfast at Cindi’s

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  15. Hello,

    Loved your post, your blog is wonderful and I am following to read all the news!

    I also have a blog and would like to invite to meet you! If you can follow me too, I'll be very happy.

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    kisses ♥

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  16. Love the polka dot top and the shoes! Thanks for stopping by my blog and following. Glad we were both able to attend Lucky Fabb. It was pretty good this year! I'm your new follower.

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  17. I adore these pants -- they're the perfect fall wardrobe addition. Bright & lively!

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  18. Love your pattern mixing, especially the leopard with floral! I am a fan of Eastern medicine, but agree that the herbs can be quite potent ;)

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  19. You look beautiful! So glad that stinky medicine cured you! I miss you in NY already

    xo, Courtney
    girlavantgarde.com

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  20. I totally understand and could be because I'm also Asian. I'm asthmatic since I was a kid and we also turn to herbal meds and it really does heal the body quickly as oppose to being treated by a Doctor.

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  21. This look is really cool, mixing floral print with a hint of animal!

    Putri Soe
    www.quirkitout.blogspot.com

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  22. I LOVE the pattern mixing and menswear inspired separates in this outfit!!!!
    Brooke @ what2wear

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  23. I love the touch of leopard with the floral pants! Great outfit!

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  24. Such a wonderful blazer and pretty pants!

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  25. Very cute indeed!

    Smile On:)...Classy Pam

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  26. You look so pretty !! Love this look esp the polka dot blouse. :)

    xo - Sheila

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  27. i love the floral pants with the leopard accent on your blazer! super cute look!

    fancy {no}pants

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  28. oh my god I loved her look.
    super gorgeous even ein + +

    Kisses cat!

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  29. Your look is amazing. I'd like to have some floral pants too.^^

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  30. you look so gorgeous!! i really adore the blazer, such an amazing outfit :)
    your fashion style is definitely one of my faves. XO

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  31. I totally agree with you about the necessities and how you paired this outfit. I'm a HUGE fan of this outfit and you're an expert at mixing patterns and prints. Next blogger conference we definitely need to meet for sure, it was my first one and was sooo many people but I learned a lot. Hope you liked it too

    xoDale
    http://www.savvyspice.com/

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  32. Beautiful outfit! Love the blazer and the floral pants :) x

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  33. Loving the mix of prints!
    Have a fab Tuesday Hun xoxo
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  34. nice outfit! follow you! can you visit my blog?

    xo

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  35. Great look!!! Lovely pants!
    Kisses
    http://www.lookladymode.com/

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  36. Love the whole look! especially the bag!

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  37. You are so beautiful!
    Love your look :-)

    xoxo The Daily Fashion Drug

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  38. I love bag and pants harmony :)

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  39. Love this outfit! Just pinned it for inspiration. Can't believe the pants are Forever 21! Glad you are feeling better. Whatever works, works right? Seems way better than having to take antibiotics/steroids.
    ~Jessica
    http://jeansandateacup.blogspot.com/

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  40. thank you :) this outfit is great, love the combination of prints.

    xx

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  41. love this outfit!!!! it's super hot! love the way you mixt flowers and animal print!!
    please check out my blog when you have some time!!!!!

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  42. Yeah,so fresh...the blazer arms with the pattern From your pants <3
    Love,MiKu

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