Being a freelancer, a question I often get asked is how I stay motivated to tick off tasks from to-do list, all while working in my Harry Potter pj’s! To be honest, the first few months I was extremely motivated & would smash out tasks in the morning. After a while, I was waking up late, delaying tasks, eating untimely meals and pretty much feeling like a big old sloth.
A big testament to my sloth like behaviour is not being motivated to write a blog post for a few weeks. I’ve had the last two weeks off, every day I wrote a to-do list and when I would open my diary at 5PM, I barely had ticked of anything. I felt shit.
Cut to today, I’ve started a new full-time job and it’s safe to say I have done more after work than on an average day “working’ from home. I realised I was not only lacking motivation but also discipline. I needed a major BPL (Bum pe laath) & thanks to work I’ve finally got around to updating le blog & planning shoots!
Anyway, I was honestly so conscious of wearing the black bodysuit & wasn’t sure how it would translate on camera. Ever since I saw Khloe Kardashian (Yes – I keep up!) wear a black lace bodysuit with denims, I was OBSESSED! Finally, Bardot introduced a few styles & I happened to snap this on sale.
I decided to keep it simple and pair it with black high waited denims, also from Bardot, a black bomber & strappy black heels. I kept it tone on tone, which is perfect for an evening look. If I was to wear the bodysuit in the day, I would opt for high waist blue wash denims, a long cape/kimono, my Vans & hair to one side.
Bomber & Heels- The Iconic
Jeans & Bodysuit – Bardot
Living across the ocean can make it super hard to get my hands on delicious Indian labels, that I swoon over on Instagram. A few labels are nice enough to make an exception, however, shipping charges can cost you your kidney & first born child!
Below are a few of my favourite websites, that are so easy to shop & shipping prices are reasonable!
Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop
House Of Masaba
The Quirk Box
Nor Black Nor White
Saree: Surendri By Yogesh Choudhary
A few weeks ago a friend/photographer/beautiful soul suggested we do a photoshoot at Carriageworks where they have commissioned a large-scale work by renowned German artist Katharina Grosse. Using over 8,000 square metres of fabric. Grosse draped, knotted, then created a multilayered painting on the surfaces and folds of the fabric, resulting in a out-of-your-mind experience.
After shooting at Carriageworks, my appreciation & curiosity for art has been perpetual. Art has a way of expressing your thoughts onto a blank canvas, just like Fashion, your body is a blank canvas waiting to be covered in beautiful work.
A big part of this expression is colour. Colour stirs up a lot of emotions, sensations, memories and is something we register in our mind & attach to a memory. The decision to wear black was not only to stand out against but to be a juxtaposition against the mixture of colours.
Shoes: New Balance
I am a strong believer in the long-time phenomena that is the T-SHIRT. One can honestly not have enough & I declare the mighty tee a wardrobe eee-ssential. I can safely say I wear a t-shirt pretty much every day. At the gym, to work, to bed, on a date & sometimes I only just wear a t-shirt.
Tees are the most versatile piece of clothing everyone should invest in, a solid white tee can take you a long way & I can assure you, you will wear it more than you believe. Because I want every boy, girl, man, woman, baby & puppy to invest in a t-shirt, below is a list on the infallible ways you my dear enchilada can wear a trusty tee:
As a dress
Knotted at the front
Knotted at the back
Knotted on the side
Half tucked in
Off the shoulder
Layer under a bustier
Skirt: The Iconic
“I want to change the world but I don’t know how.”
― Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York
Over the weekend I had the pleasure of watching Brandon Stanton, the brains and business behind Humans Of New York – a photo blog that captures & interviews the thousands of colourful people in New York City! I’ve been an avid follower of the blog & have enjoyed the different series & countries explored on the blog. Brandon spoke about his journey to HONY & the struggles he overcame to be where he is today!
These are the bites of wisdom I took from the show:
+ You’re not only wasting your physical time but your mental time. Think wisely.
+ Don’t wait for the right time before doing something you love. The time is now or never.
+ Always be kind.
+ Trust your instincts.
+ Be obsessively grateful.
+ Spread nothing but love.
+ Trust your journey .
+ Accept change.
+ Be true to yourself.
Living in a diverse country is a blessing & I have whole heartedly embraced the culture & movement. It’s 2018 & there is a change in the air. The way we think & feel about love is changing. This year only we saw the forefront of this new tradition of boy or girl
meets loves whoever the fuck they want!
Knowing that love has no boundaries fills my little heart with nothing but love & hope. Hope that this incredible step forward will transcend over oceans until we completely overwrite the text book belief that only a man & women can be together. Also, that one day we can put aside race, creed, culture, religion, socio economic backgrounds, status, class, bank balance & taste in music aside to believe that we are one and what binds us all together is love.
Alas, the word does not spin this way & we are still succumbed to traditionalists who believe in marrying “your own kind”. I get it. Back then the cookie crumbled a whole different way but seeing a further change will only be pushed forward by changing your mentality!
Its break my heart my when two individuals are forced to walk away from their relationship due to small differences & senseless beliefs. I know life isn’t a Bollywood movie where love triumphs over everything & after three emotional breakdowns, six family arguments, foursong sequences & a train ride everything will magically fall into place despite cultural and life differences.
But it makes me wonder, is being with the person who makes you happy not enough?
Crop Top: asos
Pants: Forever 21
The year of new beginnings, old habits & the end of old flames.
Every new year brings out a fresh, crisp new list of resolutions or goals. Be it, financial, career orientated or self – care, taking time out to outline & manage your goals for the year is a great way to map out how you would like your year to flow.
Write down a list of goals to accomplish every day which in turn will lead to the larger goal. It could be as simple as going to the gym or reading a chapter before bed.
Breaking down your goals into smaller actions plans, makes them more attainable & provides clarity.
One of my goals of this year is to read more, being an avid reader in the past, I found myself getting lost in the deep, dark vortex of useless Youtube videos. Instead of dwelling into Youtube, I read a chapter or two before bed, which also helps me fall asleep quicker.
Top: General Pants & Co
‘Tis the season to wear minimal clothing & have ice cream for dinner.
Christmas is definitely my most favourite time of the year, however, I do sometimes wish I were bundled up in a Christmas sweater, wearing fluffy socks, drinking mint hot chocolate & watching Home Alone 2.
Even though I can’t be wearing sweaters in Sydney Summer, but I can sure wear cute playsuits, that can be worn with a belt, without a belt, layered with a white sheer tee, polo neck crop top, white top sneakers, leather jacket, bomber jacket, boots, turtle neck & maybe even a baseball cap.
It’s all about wearing it on a good & on an even better day!
Playsuit: General Pants & Co
1. A system or method to track the passage of time
2. Not to waste
I think it’s safe to say it’s taken me a plethora of time to
a) write a blog post for this outfit
b) find a compelling topic to talk about
While researching for a topic, I realised I was spending more time scrolling through Instagram – all the in the name of research – instead of reading other styles of work & topics. After spending three hours staring at a blank draft, watching four Buzzfeed videos about puppies & sending two texts messages on how busy I am, I realised I wasn’t going to be able to meet my self given deadline.
Time can be a foe or friend.
Either plays with or against you.
But it’s your choice on how you will let time fuck with you. You either use it wisely & go chasing Z’s feeling accomplished or let it eat away at you while you watch time be good to those who know its value.
The key is not to waste time on things/people/doings who will add no value to your life. When you don’t add value to your life, time will not be of your value.
Focus on what sets your soul on fire & time will follow.
Cut – offs: Bardot
Shoes: Chinese Laundry
Shades: Ray Ban