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I absolutely love traveling, and I know you do too if you read my blog! Most of my friends do, but the one problem a lot of us face is that we don’t know how to pack light. Traveling with a lighter suitcase lets you do so much more, you won’t have to take rounds of the train stations looking for escalators, and you won’t have to worry about cab expenses because you can just walk or take the bus/metro, you won’t have to worry about looking like a mess pulling it up at the airports/hotel staircases. It has so many pros, though only one con, you may have fewer dresses to wear on your trip! And that’s why I decided to pull out two of my travel looks in which I created two completely different outfits by wearing the same little black dress with different accessories and hair/makeup.

This is my favorite little black dress and I think it’s a perfect LBD. I bought it while traveling in India from a tiny local store. It’s comfortable, yet sexy- its hemline falls a few inches above the knee and has a sheer look with black fabric roses that are subtle but very cute. The top of the dress is simple with a plain high neckline which makes it even more versatile, because I can just add leggings to it and wear it to my conservative travel destinations. The shoulder has a knot detail.

Day wear: Venice, Italy

I wore this dress in the day while sight-seeing with my friend on my last day in Venice. I wore it with subtle makeup and winged eyeliner to make just my eyes pop and lips natural. I let the hair lose for an natural undone wavy sort of look. I wanted to add a pop of color to my outfit, so I paired it with turquoise flats and a large turquoise handbag in faux-leather to keep all my travel paraphernalia- camera, sunglasses, passport, lipbalm, the works. And I wore a statement necklace in rhodium-plating with beaten texture so I didn’t need any more jewelry.

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I’m wearing:
Little Black Dress: Local store, Hyderabad
Statement Necklace: Diva, Sydney, Australia
Blue Handbag: Street vendor, Rome, Italy
Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren
Liquid eye-liner: Intensite Eclat by Dior
Pencil eye-liner: Colossal kajal by Maybelline
Concealer and face powder: M.A.C.
Blush: L’Oreal True Match

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Night wear: Las Vegas, NV

I wore the same dress for a night out in Vegas to the Cirque du Soleil (which is an absolute must-watch, by the way!) This time I wanted my outfit to look very elegant and classy, I didn’t want to add more color, so I just paired the dress with stylish pair of black pumps and a multi-layered pearl necklace with sheer black roses to match the ones on the dress’s hemline. I pulled half my hair back and tucked them with a clip into a semi-poof, and wore simple makeup with lots of kohl and a pink lipstick.

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I’m wearing:
Little Black Dress: Local store, Hyderabad
Black Pumps: Sears
Pearl Necklace: Forever 21
Pencil eye-liner: Crayon liner by Dior
Concealer: M.A.C.
Face Powder and Blush: L’Oreal True Match
Lipstick: Revlon

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Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion. Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That's how it evolved over centuries and that's how it's been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives. Shilpa's work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times. Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book "Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India". Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email contact@shilpaahuja.com

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