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The List


Last week I asked you all to help me make a 'List' in order for me to find my motivation back. And boy! did we all make a list or what! After reading this anyone who doesn't exercise or thinks being 'lazy' and stuffing food down their throat is cool, gotta feel a little ashamed of themselves! This is what I had said...

1. I like how I feel when I exit from the Gym
2. My skin looks a lot better when I workout regularly
3. I like how my clothes fit me when I am in good shape
4. I truly cherish my current tiny waist [which was once as big as whole of ASIA!]
5. I do not like paying medical bills [which accumulate due to poor health]
6. I enjoy the confidence fitness gives me
7. I feel more at peace and in sync with myself when I workout


And this is what you all said ...
8. I can eat whatever I want when I workout regularly [
Ritcha & Shuchita]
9. I'm hot. Not just temp wise. Mind, body and soul wise. [
Dusk] She is refering to me when she says "I" 
10. I have the sexiest shoulders in the blogosphere [DuskShe is refering to me when she says "I" 
11. I'm Fabulous. Fullstop. [
DuskShe is refering to me when she says "I" 
12. It is the only form of pain which is a gain [Anita]
13. I do not feel guilty when I indulge in all things SUGAR [Anita]
14. I enjoy getting the compliments which make my heart grin [Anita]
15. I am happy when I exercise, thus far more patient with other too! [Upasna]
16. It is a good [& healthy] time pass [Mom] She is refering to me
17. Need it to stay the 'Fashionista' of the town [Mom] She is refering to me 
18. Good to set new challenges for yourself [Mom] She is refering to me 
19. Helps me make new friends [Mom] She is refering to me 
20. 'Coz I look so badass that I can kick anyone anywhere ...but I am still awesome [L1L2]
21. I feel more energized, fresh & ALIVE [Pookhie]
22. My overall endurance and stamina increases and I sleep well at nights [Poohkie]  
23. Helps me have a flatter tummy [Tanya]
24. Working out can also be FUN [Sherin]
25. It is a great "ME" time [Cat]
26. I feel graceful and calm after workout (Yoga) [Geeta Mahesh]
27. I look longer and leaner after workout (Yoga) [Geeta Mahesh]
28. I put my body in better state for long-term [C'n'C]
29. The feeling of accomplishment lasts beyond exiting the gym and resurfaces when I like what I see in the mirror! [C'n'C]
30. I feel so good after exercising that it feels silly not to [March Musings]

And now I have something more to add ...

31. I like when I am able to motivate others
32. I like when I stand in front of the mirror and see muscles forming on my body
33. I like how flexible my body is now
34. I like how my balance has improved due to regular Yoga & Pilates
35. I like when members at the gym mistake me for a Personal Trainer
Do you think it is possible to add something more 
or is this rather an elaborate list already?


As hot as a Jalapeño!


This is how I had dressed yesterday for a random afternoon out!
Dress - Mango [09']; Jacket - Esprit [08']
Shoes - Local Boutique [10']; Socks - Tommy [10']; Hairband - Target [09']

I was having my own little catwalk. Could you tell?!?!?

Bowling Weekend

My husband has the craziest sense of humor. The only time he is 'genuinely' serious is probably when he is in la la land! Life is a one big comedy series with him. It can be a little testing sometimes but there is definitely not a single dull moment in my life. 

He is as filmy as me, so to my any 'real' question there is always a funny or 'filmy' retort. I really should record it one day [just for proof!]. No one would believe he is a scientist if they met him. 

I can't believe I ever thought that serious men were sexy! Mysterious, may be but how long can you enjoy the 'serious-ness'? I guess in hindsight I realize how naive and unreasonable I were. Having my own version and belief about things which clearly I had no experience about. Everyday living with him I learn to smile about the stupid mistakes I make [instances where you go - O.o!], reducing the tension by smiling and joking about it and always living and enjoying in the moment

We went Bowling this weekend with some friends! This is how I dressed ...
Top - French Connection [09']; Cargos - ASOS [10']; Shoes - Steve Madden [09']
Belt - Husband's ; Necklace - Gift [Mother-in-Law 10']; Earrings - Gift [Mom 10']
Husband to Me - "Laugh like you have stomach ache"
Me *wondering.while.laughying* Who laughs when they are having a stomach ache?!?! 
Husband - Mine since 07' [haha!]

Me to Husband - We need to stop eating so many carbs. My kamar is becoming kamara [Translation - My waist is becoming the size of this room!]

Husband to Me - Does that mean you won't be baking any more breads?

Agree to Disagree?

It's been quite sometime that I haven't told you what I have been thinking ... So here's what I have been thinking [duh!]

We'll start with a small religious history lesson ... [Why? Just 'coz I want to! Duh! again!]

Lord Ganesha is the one whom we pray to whenever we begin something new. Prayers to him are offered in hope of luck and prosperity. However, back in the mythological times one day Lord Ganesha and his younger brother Kumara were arguing over who is greater in knowledge. That's when their parents Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were called upon to settle the argument. Their parents set them on the task to go around the 'Brahman' [The universe and beyond] and whoever comes back first is the greatest. While Kumara ran away immediately to win the 'contest', Ganesha simple took a rotation around his parents and touched their feet as in Hinduism the world [universe] is in the feet of your parents! Hence, Ganesha won the title of being the greatest and is prayed first before any other God in all prayer ceremonies. 

Now here's why I narrated this story! It might not make any sense to you but thats how my brain works! What to do? ... 

If you were to ask any of my friends before this blog, they would not have know a lot about my likes and dislikes and interest and ambitions [unless we had a specific discussion about the topic!]. I do not go around telling what I like and dislike, simply because it always end up in an 'unnecessary discussion'. 

I am someone who takes a lot of time and passion before deciding what I like, whom I like ...etc. etc. I do not need to discuss or defend it. If the topic arises and someone cares for my opinion I will share it, else I prefer to keep my mouth shut. Personally I do not not mind if people have different opinions from mine, but I do mind when they disagree with me and won't give up till I agree with them! 

Why is it so hard for people to exist knowing that someone thinks differently from them? Why do we all have to convince the other person we are right? Why the judgement?

The only people I feel deserve any reasoning or justification are my parents. They gave birth to me [hey! literally made me!] so they have the right to know why I made the decisions I made. Everyone else, I can choose to share with them, but I do not have to

An ideal world would be... 
when we all can amicably agree to disagree
Wouldn't you agree?

Anyhoooo 
This is how I dressed on Friday to go to Austin for some work with my husband!
Tank - Target [10']; Skinnies - J. Brand [10']
Shrug - Gift [Brother 10']; Shoes - Shelly's [London, 07']
Heart Pendant - Macy's [08']; Ring - ASOS [10']
Clearly, I thought it would be a good idea to do some squats while I was posing!
Two birds ... One arrow? 

Secrets to Healthy Hair

Sonali had asked me to do a post on a hair care several weeks back and I am finally getting around it. For the record, I do not have the best quality hair on earth. They are verrrryyy fine, unbelievably straight and with no bounce/volume what-so-ever. But like everything in life, I have learnt to love what I have and maintain it to the best of my ability. But what is great about my hair is they are naturally shiny and healthy and grows at a decent rate. I cut my hair real short every 2-3 years and then grow them till they reach my waist and then cut them again! So much fun! *big.smile* Also, having straight hair means that I do not require to use any harsh hair products or chemicals on them ever. 

My Magic Hair Potion
My Hair transformation over the years
I used to maintain them much better up until my college days with a weekly oil treatment, deep conditioning and regular hair cuts. However, with time I have become a 'little' lazy and the maintenance has fallen down to monthly deep conditioning instead of weekly. However, I recently started making amends and getting back to my old (and good) habits. 

1. I apply oil once a week 
2. I use my 'Magic Potion' once a month
3. I use hair serum to detangle my hair before combing
4. I do not use hair dryer/straightener 
    [except on special occasions which are rare in my life]
5. I get a hair cut/trim every 8-10 weeks!

Also, Anika from Sweetfaced Style featured me yesterday in her Spreading the Love Series, here. [She has a thriving on-going debate on her blog about fashion, women, shape and self worth. Read this to know more.] Check out her blog!

Food & Fitness



Cheese & Chicken Quesadilla
Food

Ingredients
Low
Carb (High Fiber) Tortillas
1 Cup Fat Free Shredded Mozzarella or Cheddar Cheese
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Half White Onion
Thin sliced Chicken Breast
Chopped Basil Leaves
1 Cup of Salsa

1.
Sautée sliced chicken breast and onion in Olive oil. Sprinkle a pinch of salt on top.
2. Foil a baking tray and place one tortilla on top
3. Sprinkle one cup of shredded cheese and salsa on top and place the second tortilla on top.
4. Broil on middle tray for 3 minutes and cut into 6 wedges.
5. Transfer
sautéed chicken and onion on top.
6. Garnish with Basil Leaves and few drops of Hot Sauce [optional]
7. Husband doesn't like sour creme so I served with cottage cheese.

Fitness

Lately I have had to try
wayyyy much 'harder' to get my a$$ to the gym. It could be the lack of motivation, or working hours coming in the way, or may be God is being her usual 'difficult' self! So I have decided to make a LONG list of reasons why I like to workout to motivate myself. 
Time to get back in the Game!
1. I like how I feel when I exit from the Gym
2. My skin looks a lot better when I workout regularly
3. I like how my clothes fit me when I am in good shape
4. I truly cherish my current tiny waist [which was once as big as whole of ASIA!]
5. I do not like paying medical bills [which accumulate due to poor health]
6. I enjoy the confidence fitness gives me
7. I feel more at peace and in sync with myself when I workout
8. 
9.
10.
Anyone wants to add anything to my list? 

P.S. For the record, that was Husband's meal (above) and not mine!

Spa Day

We had a wonderful Saturday after ages. Husband had been working over the weekend for past couple of weeks so we were not able to plan anything! This Saturday we woke up and head to the gym followed by a delicious Brunch a la Tanvi - "Omelet Panini". Then we head to a near by town called Boerne and spend the afternoon at the spa getting pampered and then ate at the restaurant by the Guadalupe River [in Boerne, TX] called The Creek

Perfect Saturday! 
I am refreshed!
Off to spend the day at the Spa 
Followed by a hearty meal


This was the view from our table at the Restaurant! Priceless! 
Shirt Dress - Manan [Delhi 07']; Shoes - Tory Burch [10']; Belt - Thrifted [10']

Movie Review - Easy A & The Town

We went to see this movie on Friday night but was tooooo lazy to write a review so here it is a day late 'coz this movie is definitely worth a review! 

"Easy A" is a story of a high school girl - Olive [Emma Stone]. She makes a BIG mess of her life from the moment she lies about her virginity to her best friend in the ladies-room. Rumors spread like fire and before she knows she is helping the unpopular school boys by pretending to have sex with them for gift cards from her favorite store [Office Max, Target, etc.]. 

I love Emma Stone. If I had been in the same high-school as her I would have been her best friend. Crazy, funny and fun. She actually reminds me a lot of Anna Faris [The House Bunny]. Her parents played by Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson, if you ask me are the best part of the movie. They are by far the COOLEST parents on earth. [I would want them to adopt me in my next birth! No wait, I would want my current parents to be as cool as them in my next birth! (best of both worlds!)Although the movie looks like a teenage drama, it is definitely for all age groups and immensely funny!

Bottom-line - It is really funny and definitely worth a watch!

Next review is the shortest review ever!

We also saw The Town [another back-to-back movie marathon at the Cinemas]. The movie is about the family legacy in Bank Robberies in Boston, MA. Ben Affleck directs and acts in this intense crime thriller. It is a gripping story which keeps you interested till the end. My only issue was that it made me yawn! a couple of times, 'coz it was a bit too stretched where it wasn't needed. Besides that all else was A+

Bottom-line - Worth a watch!

And this is how I dressed to go to the movies! [Phew!]
Pants - BCBG [09']; Shoes - Nine West [09']

Necklace - Etsy [10']
Top - Kensie [09']

Meet Aarti, the Artist!

I am sure everyone remember's Aarti, who did an illustration of mine a few months back here. She has done it again! I have no words. This girl is talented. I have been following her work over at Art meets Fashion ever since and she is such a talented artist. 

Thank You Aarti for this second illustration. I really-really have no words!
Aarti's Illustration

The Original (which I wore here almost 3 months back)

Aarti made me look much better (cuter) than I actually am! 

P.S. I would like to welcome all my new readers. Welcome aboard on my crazy daily ride. Also, I would thank the readers who are non-bloggers, as I have no other medium to contact you! I enjoy reading your daily comments. 

P.P.S. Those who requested the recipe for the Focaccia Bread, I had added it to my yesterday's post

Focaccia & Fall

This is Kitchen Extravaganza II - Basil & Garlic Focaccia Bread






Right Out of the Oven




I made this bread last week and feasted on it all weekend. It was "D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S." I know it is like blowing my own trumpet but hey! it was! Really! So anyone who wants to have some is most welcome! Come over [just 
let me know in advance! :P]

Ingredients

2 Cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup butter
2 teaspoons minces garlic

1. Combine the flour, 1 tablespoon basil, the yeast, salt, pepper in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add 1/2 cup warm water and the oil. Stir until a soft dough forms, adding more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed. 

2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth, 2-3 minutes. Form the dough into a 9-inch circle. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes. 

3. Preheat oven to 450˚F. Grease a pizza pan or a large rimmed baking sheet. Place the dough ont he prepared pan. 

4. Combine the butter, the remaining basil and the garlic in a small bowl. Mix well. Make four score line in the dough and spread with the butter mixture. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Serve warm. 

And now back to the weather and fashion ... Since I am ready for Fall, but Texas isn't, I have no option but to have patience. In no time I will be complaining about the cold. In the meantime here's what I am looking around to wear from my existing wardrobe in Fall (whenever it decides to come around)

1. Red thigh high boots
2. Blue long trench coat
3. Printed & Metallic leggings
4. Jeggings
5. Snug sweaters

Here are some of my Fall Looks from 2009! 
This was in London. Fall is as good as Winters there :)
Simple Jeans and Jacket with a dash of Lemon Yellow
My All Time Favorite Look! 
What are you looking forward to wear this fall?

Blue & Bright

While I am all ready with my boots and 'jeggings' to welcome 'Autumn/Fall', the sun is still shining bright and strong, here in Texas. Barring a few storms and showers every now and then, the weather is still warm and humid. You cannot even think of wearing layers or anything remotely 'warm' or fall-ish! 
Hence, the dress!
Dress - Urban Outfitters [09'] (Also worn here)
Bangles - Delhi [08']; 
Cuff - Won via a Giveaway on Tanya's Blog [10']

About two weeks back on my post about the Bangles, I had received a comment from the wonderful Daisybabie asking why all Indian traditions were either symbolic of 'marriage' or of 'husband/fiance'. It is true. All our customs and rituals tend to revolve around marriage, husband, children, or wealth! I do not really have any answer or explanation for this, I can only present my point of view in this regard. However, before I do that, I would like to say that I am not religious. I do not follow the Hindu rites and rituals very devotedly, unless I am in India or around family [I kinda have to then!]. 

So while most of the 'Hindu' customs are directly related to the happiness/growth/well-being of men in any Indian woman's life, I do not see these rituals as 'men-centric' as none of them would be possible without the woman [as cheesy as it sounds!]. So while the men keep changing in these traditions [from father, brother, husband, son] the woman remain constant. Women, are paid back in respect, love and gifts on all these occasions. I am afraid I might not sound very 'forward-thinking' in my thoughts here but there are a lot of other psychological and social deductions and reasons I can give for these traditions. However, I cannot possible explain all of them here [May be one day, when I visit you ;)]. Though, I know I haven't answered your question exactly, these are my thoughts [two cents] to make up for the lack of an appropriate 'answer'!   

P.S. About the Red Lipstick post, Thank you for your feedback, first of all. Almost 80% of your said Yes! versus the few who didn't quite like the shade or how I wore it or ... etc. etc. etc. I think this might be the very first lipstick in the whole wide world that I might actually like! So I will be buying it, soon! :)
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