Thursday, October 29, 2015

Waste of time

'You read a lot, looks like you have a lot of time to waste' someone said to me the other day. 

Do we have a constant need to categorize things that we do as productive and unproductive? The heart says read fiction and the brain says 'read non-fiction that is productive'.

I crave to experience those childhood days again when life was innocent, had no responsibilities and had nothing to prove. I would spend hours making paper boats and looking at them move in a pond from one end to the other. I did it goal free and guilt free. No one (including my brain) had opinions on how I spent my time. 

It is amazing to see people who have figured out what 'waste of time' is while I still contemplate what 'time' means. We are all going to die one day so does that mean life is a waste of time? 

Top: J crew Factory
Scarf: Esprit
Jeans: 7 for all mankind 
Shoes: Kelly and Katie





Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Friends and Happiness

The 'friends' orbiting at the farthest reaches of your digital galaxy aren’t the ones that matter when it comes to your health and happiness. But the people you hug, laugh and lament with are the ones who have the greatest impact on your health and happiness. 

Try to stay away from those who give you stress, humiliation, disrespect, unhappiness and then you will see the difference in your entire well being. 

Dress (worn as a tunic top) : J Crew
Denim: American Eagle
Shoes: Kelly and Katie
Earrings: Charming Charlie











Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Food

In earlier days human race faced two periods - a bountiful period and a famine. In today's times for all of us every single meal is a bounty with no famine in sight. Does our body really need so much food? If we don't starve it a little bit then it will never get a chance to use the stored fats.

Tunic Top: J crew
Jeans: American Eagle
Booties: Unisa




Monday, October 26, 2015

The Shoe Story

My new post The Shoe Story is available HERE



Top: J crew factory
Jeans: American Eagle
Jacket: Gap
Shoes: Tom's
Belt: Style & Co.



Friday, October 23, 2015

Physics of the impossible

My new post 'Physics of the impossible' is available HERE


Pant: American Eagle
Top: Loft
Crop Sweater: Forever 21
Shoes: Kelly and Katie






Thursday, October 22, 2015

Weather Report

These days Seattle weather is too cold for skirts and too hot for tights and booties. 

Top : J crew factory
Scarf : Target
Jegging : American Eagle
Shoes : Kenneth Cole Reaction



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Laughter Club

Morning is a rush time for most of us and smiling consciously is the last thing on our mind. When I saw people in laughter clubs at various parks in India I wondered how and why such a weird thing works? Laughing without reason early in the morning? Crazy! I thought. Today I know why these clubs work the way do. 

When I started taking pictures for this blog I didn't smile in the pics but then the pics looked blah so I 'had' to smile just for those 5 minutes. Smiling consciously as the day starts can change the mood of the whole day. There were times when I woke up in pain, agony or was sick but smiling in front of the camera for 5 minutes changed something in me and how my day went, for some reason it recharged me.






Shirt: J crew Factory
Jeans: Banana Republic
Shoes: Steve Madden



Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Court

My new post 'Court' is available HERE

Top: J crew factory
Jeans: american eagle
Belt: Style & Co
Shoes: Dr. Scholls


Too tired to smile ;-)


Monday, October 19, 2015

Energy

Do we always have great fear of getting tired? Any energy spent is not lost forever. We plan our fatigue the same way we plan everything else. We 'save energy' to work out at the gym, there too we time ourselves, count repetitions, track the heart rate.

These days people wear those wrist bands which shows how much they slept! If you wake up and feel fresh then you slept well... Similarly if you feel like working out in the morning and then again in the evening then go for it! Some days you might have a lot more energy than your already set goal of X steps (which can be set on the wristband) and on some days you might have to drag yourself to take even one step ;-), Why let a machine decide for us how much we should do? Why not just go with the instinct?

We definitely need to stop robotic routines and move around, run, walk, do Pilates; Yoga, go biking, climb hills, jump, dance... There is no rule how many times or how much to do. Just do it as much as you can... because really you can!

Top: J crew Factory
Jegging: American Eagle
Sweater: Calvin Klein
Sandals: Kenneth Cole Reaction





Thursday, October 15, 2015

Tinge of India

What is the first thing you notice when you land in India?

Colors! Too bad if you said smell ;-)

India is a brightly colorful country (in every which way). Most of the people in this side of the world wear a lot of pastels, grays, black and whites. Looking at today's picture now I feel it needed a tinge of India!

skirt: Chicwish
top: Charter's Club
Tights: Hue
Shoes: Dr. Scholl's



Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Muffin Top

Low rise jeans became popular as it makes a woman's torso look longer and possibly thinner. Low rise hip hugger jeans forces the skin and fat around the waist, back and upper buttocks to spill out over the pants. So it is not for anyone with a fat tummy, it simply looks bad. I have made the mistake of buying low rise simply because it is available and popular.

If you own one and are stuck with it now like the one I am wearing in today's picture then try to wear longer and a loose tops on it (In a way it defies the purpose of wearing low rise). The best option would obviously be to lose the belly fat or buying mid/high rise.

When it comes to styling if I had to make a list of what NOT to do then at number one position it would be 'Never sport a muffin top'.

Shirt: Mark and Spencer
Sweater: Gap
Jeans 7 for all mankind
Shoes: Dr. Scholl's
Scarf: esprit



Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Yoga

Do you know any Yogis - someone who practices Yoga every single day for many years? I am sure you do. 

How many of of them are fat? I do not know any yogis who are fat some look a little overweight but they have toned bodies. Even if you know one or two 'fat yogis' then I would say it is an exception that proves the rule

Yogis also have some unique characteristics to their personality because Yoga doesn't just help with weight loss but each and every single yoga posture is beneficial for mental health from feeling calm, reducing stress, increasing concentration to feeling confident. 

Yoga is doable and beneficial for all age groups and even for people with various ailments. You do not need to join gym to do it. There are innumerable yoga videos available on the internet (UNLESS you are attempting headstands).

Dress: Ann taylor factory store ( I was wearing a jacket but by the time I got to taking pics it was hot. that is Seattle weather for you)
Tights: Hue
Shoes: dsw
Scarf: don't remember ;-)


Monday, October 12, 2015

Taking a pic

How does taking a pic each day help me? 

Everyone knows the disadvantages of being overweight but the pictures I took everyday made me realize the superficial aspect of losing weight. Everything looks great on fit bodies, even torn clothes. The pictures I took each day motivated me to lose weight and they still do.



Top: Loft
Jeans: 7 for all mankind
shoes: Ellen Tracy
sweater: Nordstrom Rack
Belt: Style & Co. from Macys




Thursday, October 8, 2015

Fun time

Pick out a few items from your closet, mix and match, add some accessories to make it look like a new outfit altogether and then dressing up and getting ready in the morning will no longer remain a chore but a fun creative time.


Top: Gap
Scarf: Target
Jeans: American Eagle




Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Styling is an art


What I wear is my interpretation of what looks good, it is obviously not the ideal way of doing things. But still you might end up liking something and would be able to mix and match according to your interpretation of style. Styling is an art and that too an abstract one and art is always subjective.


Shirt: J Crew Factory
Artist Crop: American Eagle
Sandals: Tommy Hilfiger






Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Americanization

Every time I visit India I see Americanization of the country. Pubs, clubs, music, movies, clothing, dress lengths, influence of English, consumerism... everything is Americanized.

They are all very convenient and easy things that have been accepted by the Indians.

The hard things that need to be ingrained from the Americans would be their work ethics, punctuality, honesty, cleanliness, organization skills, innovation, providing for yourself from an early age and some driving sense.

I wonder when would India be Americanized in a true sense!

Jeans: american eagle
Top: Esprit
Shoes: Guess



Monday, October 5, 2015

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Why do I like style blogs

It may sound ironical but clothes are the last thing I want to spend time on, be it in the morning or when I go shopping. Though I don't want to be all 'dressed up' I want to be 'well dressed'.

No really, choosing clothes and shoes can be daunting even if it is as simple as black and white (as in today's picture).

It has happened innumerable times that I bought clothes which didn't match with anything in my closet, I bought wrong brands, wrong colors and all the money I spent on it was a complete waste as I never wore it. I thought it will be so nice if someone gave me ideas on what I could wear, buy, where to buy, what looks good and what doesn't. 

That's why I started following style blogs. I like style blogs more than fashion magazines as style blogs are more real and relatable.

Top: Macy's
Pant: american eagle
sweater: Calvin Klein
shoes: dsw

bracelet: Baublebar




Thursday, October 1, 2015

Why did I start a style blog?

Rather than buying new stuff all the time I decided to mix and match what I already had in ways that I had never done before. I also built a basic closet, things that go well with anything and everything.

Few months ago I started taking a picture everyday before I left for work to send it to my mother who is always curious to know everything that goes on in my life, including clothes.

One day for fun I started posting these pics on this blog.



Photo 1:

Dress: esprit
Scarf: target
shoes: kensie

Photo 2:

Dress: esprit
top: ann taylor
shoes: DSW