For the first in this series, I am answering Priyanka Sacheti's question, which she asked me via this survey form. I am sorry Priyanka, I forgot to mention your name while reading your question, I hope you won't mind and would find my answer satisfactory.
... because I blog and am active on social media everyone around me assumes that I must always be on my phone or computer. to the contrary I rarely have my phone on me. often I forget it in my room and have to run back from my car or grab it. other times it is left by my bed side while I am out and about cooking or running errands. as a result I end up missing a lot of calls and replying late to text messages.
although I give this exact explanation to people, I have my doubts about how much they believe me. I had always assumed that everyone must think I am screening their calls or just plain ignoring them ... until a couple of weeks back, when by husband got locked out of the house, without his keys!
he called ... and called ... and called but I didn't answer my phone. I was in my closet. in my zone. organizing. after an hour I heard someone banging on the house door and that's when I got out to check what the havoc was all about!
I felt so bad. the poor guy was stuck outside. in the cold. and I was right at home but of no help. however, in hindsight, I feel that whole incident at least proved my innocence (in my own eyes!) - I really don't keep my phone around. I practically hate that thing, y'know?!
Shoes - Dolce Vita
Bracelet - Crazy & Co.
Coat - Kenneth Cole
usually I can distinctly differentiate between the end of one year and the start of the other. however, this year I have not yet felt that we have stumbled upon 2015. I have just embraced it as a matter-of-fact and moved on. I have infact no even had an issue with the date change while writing - 01/07/2015. see, what I mean?
there is of course no resolution making going on. because. but things have been simply over lapping from Dec. 31st to Jan 1st. everything is intertwined. one thing however, I plan on changing this year is to increase the written content on the blog. though I had mentioned that I plan on decreasing the over all amount of blogging.
I plan to write. a lot. and not only write, but truly share. unburden my heart of all the thoughts and conflicts. I miss the joy of writing whatever comes to your mind without giving a damn about who is reading. I reminisce that from my first year of blogging.
I recently realized that there is a disconnect between what I am saying and what others are understanding. my biggest tragedy. I also felt that in the last couple of years I have built walls around my words and self-expression. I was trying to not stir up controversy or unintentionally offend people. but now I miss writing. so I am going to write. may be ruffle some feathers (or not) but say what is on my mind. share personal anecdotes or just a random passing thought but would definitely like to make the words speak louder than pictures in 2015.
so fasten your seat belts, people! it will be a bumpy ride going forward ;)
About 10 days ago I hosted the #LouLouGNO. This was my first event in Washington D.C. and it was such a pleasure to meet fellow bloggers and local fashion enthusiasts. This is another one of the pros about moving up to the North East. Although the fashion scene in D.C. is more grey and white, there is still a more cosmopolitan conversation about it than there was in Texas. I am looking forward to becoming an active participant in this conversation.
As for my outfit for the evening: it was put together with pieces from the Lou Lou Boutique. I love pieces which can be transitioned from one season to another and of course because I love Maxis. I picked this charcoal grey maxi to be pair with a bright colored scarf and a light cardigan. I added the finishing touches with bohemia-inspired jewelry and worn my hair in a chic french twist with let the scarf be the focal point in my look. I was rather content with the whole look. What do you think?
Rings - Crazy & Co.
Cardigan - Calvin Klein Collection
Belt - Coach
Shoes - ASOS
Bag - Mulberry
I would like to thank Lou Lou Boutiques for the opportunity to host their bi-annual event. You can via more pictures from the event at the Lou Lou Blog here.
Recently, I had attended the Stylemakers & Changemakers Runway Fashion Event organized by PopNod. PopNod helps you give back by doing what you love, i.e. shopping!
"At PopNod, we are bringing together a community of Stylemakers and Changemakers – a place where style and social good converge. With every purchase you make at stores you know and love, you support the causes you care about. "
Stephanie is the brain behind this venture who has a great start-up story. Learn more about her and the team here. Don't forget to sign up and start giving back. As for the outfit, this is what I wore that evening!
Blouse - Elie Tahari
Skirt - Karen Millen
Shoes - BCBG
Bag - Crazy & Co.
I would be hosting the Girl's Night Out at Lou Lou Boutique at Dupont. Above are the pictures from my visit to the store to plan for the event. I had a lot of fun coming up with the look for the event. Below are the few that I had tried on. Come to the event and mingle with me and the fellow bloggers.
Find out which outfit I finally ended up picking on Oct. 9th!
While the move has had its positives, the only tad-bit challenging part has been the change in working hours. We often don't get to take the outfit posts from special events and such. A lot of times I have had to resort to Insta-Outfits, so unless we are connected on Instagram you wouldn't get to see those outfits.
This was going to be one of those outfits, but then the professional photographers (credits below) at the venue came to the rescue.
You know what I am obsessed with lately? Google Analytics. They simply blow my mind. I can waste a whole day (what is otherwise known as research) just looking at the tracker.
Google can not only tell me the country, but also which state and the exact city, from where my readers come. For example, right this second (while I am writing this post) there are 5 readers on my blog: 2 from U.S., 1 from Belgium, 1 from New Zealand and 1 from India. I can also see which which pages (post) they are checking out and how they reached my blog (from Facebook or URL). All I don't know is their exact identity (which I am sure CIA can provide if I ever have the "need").
This isn't new information: Google Analytics. But its new depth and data is extremely
distractingfascination. Like today I learnt that there is a city named Sparks in Nevada (NV) that I didn't even know exist. And now I do.
The last weekend was pretty sunny and pleasant.
Let's hope the weather continues its good streak this weekend too.
Jacket - Bershka (from 2002!) / Similar
Shoes - Ted Baker // Similar
Yup! This ↓ happened yesterday. I was one of the four bloggers who got an opportunity to meet Rebecca Minkoff. She was such a delight. A total sweetheart with a heart-warming smile and killer gams. She has been on a road trip around the country #RMroadtrip for the better part of this year signing her bags and basically being her-cool-self!
I remember couple of years ago when I was contemplating getting it. I tweeted with her handle @rebeccaminkoff and ... she replied!!! I could not NOT buy it! I have not regretted it even for a moment. I love my Minkoff ever since I got it. I have got a good use out of it too (as proven). May be its time for another one? (;
All in all it was a fun evening. I got to hang out with Jenna, Sarah, Jenny and Joanna, have champagne and desserts and of course hangout with Rebecca! P.S. Got featured on her Instagram too.
Photohraphy courtesy Sarah Adams
This is my 1000th post. Yup!
That's quite a number considering I never thought I would continue blogging for THIS long ... and since we started this journey with a fitness post (2009), I thought I would be kind-of symbolic to make the 1000th post about fitness too.
You already know how I got here, and how I continue to stay here. So, today I will tell you what happens in between.
- I go through self doubt
- I stress about my weight
- I have body image issues
- I struggle to make healthy food choices
- And sometimes, I simply give up!
Yup, even after all these years it hasn't gotten one-bit-easy. And after digging deep I have made peace with the fact that it NEVER will. Sometimes life comes in the way, sometimes work and other time I am just plain lazy or tried. I had to accept that unless I become a multi-millionaire who has a personal 'health' chef and a trainer on her payroll, I will continue to struggle with making the right choices.
The pressure of making these choices often gets the best of me. It is not easy. I like chocolate ... I like pizza ... I like food, DAMMIT! And with the whole world going gluten-free and paleo I often feel I am not doing enough. I should be doing more.
I manage to take out about 45 minutes everyday to workout. To do that I have to wake up at 5:00am. Make it to the gym by 5:30am and be back by 6:30am so that I can leave for work by 7:15am. Usually the workout goes something like this - 15 mins cardio, 15 mins strength, and 5-10 mins abs. And even then I am not content because I am not doing Pilates and yoga and swimming and all the other activities that I want to do. Also, because I never think I am doing enough. I should be doing more.
I prepare most of my meals. Once in a while I do get salads for lunch from Whole Foods (Health Grocery Store). I eat minimum of three fruits and almonds, walnuts and cranberries daily. I have Greek yogurt as dessert on weekdays. I also try and consume all my meals before 7pm. I follow this successfully 9/10 times. And yet I think it is not good enough. I should be doing more.
While I know this feeling of "needing to do more" will never go away because that is who I am, I have learnt to direct it in the right direction. It helps me to push myself and never give up. It helps me to stay motivated. "Not doing enough" doesn't have to translate into disappointment, it can also be translated into "not giving up".
When I started working out (2005) my life was at a different stage. When I started this blog (2009) it was a different stage. And today (2013) it is at a different stage. With every stage the challenges change. And as long as I keep doing "my best" and continue to focus on getting better, I think I am doing enough.