Fifty Fifties

IMG_0759IMG_0780IMG_0864IMG_0885IMG_0897I will never forget the day I laid eyes on the Stuart Weitzman 5050 boot. I was doing visuals at the time for Bloomingdale’s and as I set up a display for over the knee boots and I went through the merchandise to pick out my top picks for the trend, I opened the large purple box and immediately fell in love. For five plus years these boots have given me endless options for dare I say, comfortable footwear. These boots have been across the globe with me and I actually can not imagine my wardrobe without them. I was happy to see the remodels of the companies classic 5050 boot last year, but for obvious reasons, a good black boot will do wonders for your wardrobe.
With a day that has been a typical day for me the past several months (running around trying to balance a social life while just launching a new business) I opted for a laid back look that I could easily sneak in a meeting in-between beachside barbecues for Memorial Day. This week should be another exciting one in the world of Miss Maharaja with a new client meeting tomorrow in Sausalito and then to my Dad’s new ranch to celebrate my Stepmom’s birthday.

Sweater:  American Rag  |  Shorts:  Vince  |  Purse: Marc Jacobs  |  Scarf: Vintage

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Succulents & Fishnets

IMG_0525IMG_0453Okay so this post is not as randy as the title makes it sound; with “adult” life taking over sometimes we forget to enjoy nature and our surroundings. My whole family pretty much inherited the green thumb and moving to the Central Coast of California has introduced me to the succulent. A plant that comes in many different varieties and requires very little maintenance; pretty much perfect plant for beach living. There is nothing I enjoy more after being at the doctors, or meetings, or shooting than sitting on my stoop, feeling the sea breeze and caring for my succulents. Truth be told this is not my private stoop, but my neighbor Nick is sweet enough to let me believe it is my private veranda. IMG_0426IMG_0420IMG_0484IMG_0531As we take our lives way to seriously, most of the time, our dressing can sometimes reflect that and that of our mood. To break any rut or cycle you may be going through, becoming more playful with your wardrobe can do more than one might think for the psyche. When we are in a transitional season where it may be too warm for pants but too cold for shorts, I highly suggest a fun pair of tights to up your look. They do not have to be as racy as a pair of nude fishnets, but even e simple, black, argyle pattern paired with shorts will add playfulness to any look. So tomorrow, rather than doing your normal lunch break thing, take yourself to the nearest department store and treat yourself to a fun pair of tights! This is retail therapy that won’t give you remorse after either, budget wise.

Coat: Vintage Escada  |  Sweater: Forever21  |  Shorts: Desiderata |  Long Necklace: Pacific Gypsea  |  Short Necklace: from India  |  Tights:  Oroblue  |  Boots: Christian Dior

MBFW Australia

Always seeing amazing street style shots year round from Australia it’s not a surprise we would start to see some amazing stores pop up over the years and a fashion week that has grown to impress; this year Australia took it to a new level by being the first fashion week to show Resort Wear only. I thinks it’s pretty clear that I have a serious love for Resort Wear; honestly who doesn’t want to live where people vacation and dress so. While Chanel, Gucci,  & some other major players stuck with their usual destination extravaganzas for their Resort Collection previews, we did see some amazing local designers and big names like Oscar De La Renta choose down under as their backdrop. For me doing my normal trend research for my posts was a bit different and this fashion week wasn’t so much about picking out what major trends I think would stick, but more of looks that I want to wear this Spring/ Summer. The looks I saw at MBWA are exactly the direction I try to reach with my style, beach mixed with city. And not in a way that looks confused, but chic and casual and elegant. So rather than doing my normal trend reports I think this is more of a collage of looks you will hopefully be seeing in future Miss Maharaja blog posts. Screen Shot 2016-05-22 at 3.29.58 PMScreen Shot 2016-05-22 at 3.39.38 PMScreen Shot 2016-05-22 at 3.48.04 PM

The Denim Jacket

IMG_9562IMG_9576IMG_9555IMG_9589IMG_9552There is not one decade I can think of where the denim jacket has not been considered “cool.” Each generation changing this basic piece by cutting the sleeves off, adding emoji patches, you name it, it’s probably been done to the denim jacket. I am generally pretty good at getting rid of things in my closet that I haven’t worn in awhile or just don’t fit the same, but my Earl Jean Jacket from High school is a different story. I swear if I touch it it whispers epic memories of feeling free and 16. The other day it occurred to me that just because I can’t really move in it or button it closed doesn’t mean I can’t wear it. Pairing it with a dress around the waist adds the perfect casual touch to a day look. I have a feeling we will start to see the trend more, wrapped around the waists of cocktail dresses to t-shirt dresses. I just love being able to recycle my pieces I covet back into my wardrobe.

Dress: Calypso St. Barth  |  Denim Jacket: Earl Jeans  |  Beret: Ralph Lauren  |  Bag: Lambertson Truex  |  Sandals: Sam Edleman  |  Bangles: Collection from around the world

Living In Leather

 

IMG_8867IMG_8814IMG_8881IMG_8886Choosing a leather jacket is a purchase that should take a lot of thought. After all, it is only a lucky few that can have multiple options of shapes of leather coats. First question to ask yourself is, what is it that you like to wear the most? Sweaters, maxi dresses, jeans… this will help narrow down what you will probably get the most use out of style wise. And let’s face it, most leather jackets are not on the inexpensive side; unless you enjoy the thrill of a fashion treasure hunt like myself. A cropped leather jacket is perfect over any long dress, no matter what the occasion and pairs great with a jumpsuit, but under a chunky knit-  not so much. If you are more of a denim girl, a modernized take on a biker jacket would probably suit your closet and looks you tend to lean towards better than a leather blazer per say.
Second thing to take into consideration is your climate. If you live in New York, invest in a leather jacket lined with shearling. This will offer you use during the cold winter months and a sexy cover up over a dress on spring evenings. If you live in LA, the last thing you want is to purchase a leather jacket you will sweat in, and possibly get stuck in.
This leads into the third most important factor when living in leather. Never buy anything leather too small, not only is the pulling on the back of a jacket am awful look, but you should be able to move freely and without making an awkward noise every time you attempt to lift your arm to hail a cab. Once you do find your perfect fitting leather dream jacket you will find yourself wanting to live in it and in my opinion a woman in leather is sexy, confident, and strong. Sorry PETA.IMG_8940

Leather Jacket: Hanni Y  |  Jumpsuit: Young Fabulous & Broke  |  Necklaces: Pacific Gypsea |  Belt: Oscar De La Renta  |  Flats:  Sam Edelman

Forever Young

IMG_8750IMG_8746IMG_8760I have memories of rolling my eyes as I would walk to the office at school to pick up my warm, home cooked lunch everyday. After all, like most kids I hated anything that made me different. It probably wasn’t until the first time I had to cook for myself and prepare my meals that I realized the effort that my Mother put into making sure I had the best food everyday for lunch. That was kind of the theme growing up, she wanted the best for my brother and I. She encouraged us always to pursue our interests and this was usually by us somehow studying about what it was we were interested in. Education was always so important to her, perhaps it was due to the fact that she triple majored in college. But there was so much kindness in everything she did for not just my brother and I but every person that crossed her path and I truly believed she taught many lessons to many people.
Losing her was by far the scariest thing I have ever been through. I still had so many questions; but as time has past I realize that I am just as spiritual as her and I know that she is with me somehow everyday; a day has yet to pass I don’t think about all that she taught me. One of the most important lessons she taught me was how to love with pureness and passion. Her name, Taruna, in Sanskrit means forever young and that’s how she lived her life, with the pureness and passion of a child. When she was younger she was a poet and a classical trained dancer and I watched my mother dance her way through life, graceful and as beautiful as the poetry she used to write. Since I don’t have her here today to hug, I encourage all of you that do have your Moms with you still to call them, hug them, and let them now how much you appreciate them. Happy Mother’s Day Mommy.IMG_8783

Fun In The Sun With Juliet Dunn

IMG_8490IMG_8489IMG_8420IMG_8361IMG_8399IMG_8329When I lived in San Francisco my resort pieces used to sit in my closest eagerly awaiting a trip to Palm Springs for the weekend. You can imagine my excitement when I moved to Miami, resort wear all day everyday!! Those three years I folded away my sweaters, packed away my jackets, and then of course, started to miss my fall and winter pieces. Which sadly would only make appearances on trips to the East Coast or visiting home for the holidays.
It has been a year now since I moved to the Central Coast of California and I love the obvious perks of living in such a serene and beautiful beach setting; but it seems there is an extra perk fashion wise! Living in this setting has provided me with the opportunity to mix my resort pieces with my layering pieces, for what I consider to be my ideal style. Okay, so I actually do miss the “hotness” of Miami, but wardrobe wise the Central California Coast is the perfect match for my style. Hands down.
Today I threw on my Daftbird racerback maxi I bought years ago on Sacramento Street in San Francisco, on sale of course, but even more importantly, comfortable. Belted and worn with a top from one of my favorite resort designers Juliet Dunn, I am ready for whatever my day may bring as someone who recently launched a business. While it is true that most of my days are spent laying flat with my computer (and lets be real) mostly wearing a pair of joggers and a cashmere sweater; when I do need to be at meetings with vendors, or styling shoots, or doing a pop up, I do happily go through my wardrobe and stay true to my style. Resort, mixed with classic, mixed with ethnic- if I had to give it a name.
My top happens to be from several collections ago but every season there are tons of Juliet Dunn pieces I swoon over. Currenylt it’s these pieces:Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 11.15.16 AM