Sunday, 27 September 2020

Comparing Big & Small City Life

City Life


This can be discussed by a person who has lived in both big and small cities aka Me.

Almost every day I am bombarded with a question that why have I shifted since I moved back to my hometown (which is more than a year now and mine is a small town...Yeah!). I can’t say anything as the reasons are my own but this gave me a post idea.  


 I can make a comparison. 


This is no HATE blog to either, two things have always been clear in my head that I never wish to leave INDIA though I wish to travel the whole wide world and second that I am open to go wherever life takes me but plan to settle down will be in a calmer place. 


I have hustled with the big city life and have seen people getting up at 6 A.M. (tried to keep up alongside) and moving round the clock to make the ends meet. The life gets so busy for some that there is no difference between personal life and professional. You start hanging out with your workmates to bust off some steam, hardly can find time with your family (not for all though). Opportunities seem higher if you are from a small city but it takes a lot from you too. Though if you are not in a right metro city or locality at the right time then the life isn’t that different from any other small town either. Your pay checks may be higher than the spending and you have to be really good at what you do to survive and grow continuously as the option to replace you might be living in the next room to you. 


In small cities the life is calmer (this is no unknown fact).  One has more opportunities for smaller businesses to flourish; scope to tap a new market is there. This is the selling point for any small town but then again it has its own challenges. One needs resources to start something new which is difficult to get in smaller cities. The capital required to start something is bit higher (that’s a lesser known fact). You always have to be ready with plan B. Plan A might not always be a success as a city might not be ready for it. People are more closely knitted in small towns and the biggest perk is cleaner air to breathe in. Minus point is that your job pay checks are not very high in small city. 


Hustle to survive is equally hard as if you are the one to sustain by yourself you gotta work immensely hard.


The thought of change can be overwhelming but YOU DO YOU. It takes courage to try something new, stick to your choice. Make your DREAM happen wherever big or small city you are at.


 

 

 


Thursday, 17 September 2020

Declutter Or Clean|Empty Spaces Create Void


Trend of minimalism and decluttering can create emptiness



Even if you are totally fantasised with the idea of MINIMALISM and wish to make a start somewhere in your life, don’t go around following the trend of de-cluttering, selling, emptying your spaces right away. Build on it slowly.


Am I a minimalism pro…. NO


I am learning.


Learning that falling for the trends instantly may not always lead you to the desired output. 


Learn through the trends and if that idea fits your criteria then only go for it. People whom you are following like crazy have learnt through the span of time and hence they give you the advice (catering to their needs). You only hear their journey, they have lived it and that is why they make it look so easy.


 In my opinion, sudden change always has a shelf life. If you are not totally swept away by the results of it, there are chances that you will fall back to your older pattern. 


If you are trying to simplify your space, go room by room, item by item…and not all at once because that will only  annoy and devoid you. Don’t follow the set pattern of someone but make your own FORMULA. The formula based on your wants and needs as no two human souls are exact alike but do take inspiration for simplification.


If you will de-clutter all the not worn clothes, not all required items, not much used décor pieces at once, there may seem the need to buy more. You might think that now you will buy according to what you are gonna use more often and the saga begins.  


Just sit back, relax and remove items from your life one at a time to create the positive ambience for yourself.

Friday, 11 September 2020

Celebrate Your Colour

Celebrate Your Colour

Being an Indian, I am always surrounded by multi-colours. From my wardrobe to my functions all are jazzy, bright and colourful (You all know what I mean 😉). With time if I look into my style, I do not find myself loving the browns or whites as much as I love the splash of colours. 


This blog is inspired by Reading My Tea Leaves’ blog which is mostly about finding your colour and Mr. Kate’s rendition of any minimalist style where former has neutral colours in her kitty and later has tons of colours even if it is minimalist style. 


At one place I love the wise words of former, I will like to add my own insight to it. When I enter the room, my eye starts finding pop of colours be it the minimal tone of pink, blue, magenta any. Hence, when I go for styling any area…


I would always love to incorporate colours in it. 


My idea is not to shy away from your choice but to celebrate it in all honesty.


I will not succumb to the minimalist idea of mostly browns and neutral. I wish to keep my style simple and minimal but I can never let go of my other colours.


I lean more towards the pop of blues, pinks and oranges whereas my base is mostly neutral and earthy. Like if my wall colour is pastel pink, then my furniture will be white, dark or earthy brown but there will be a huge bold blue painting framed in black on the wall, a pop pink or magenta flower vase on the mantle and a multi tone pot with some greenery. 


I like to differentiate between the neutrals and brights… and giving them there perfect spot. I would never shy away with the use of pop pink if I feel there is a need but for me the overdose kills. I guess the love of texture and colour for me comes from variety India has in terms of clothes and culture. 


The key is to celebrate your choice and not fall the victim of trends. These days there is so much content floating that when you come to narrow it down, it becomes really difficult to pin point that one star colour which you need to work on or it becomes difficult to assess your style. 


My suggestion is to arrange various clothes, colours and textures of your choice and narrow it to form your pallete. Before creating your oasis, you need to create the mess. Don’t shy away from using the colour you love, just because it is not someone else’s choice.


Celebrate your colour whatever your style is.

Friday, 4 September 2020

50 % OFF: Sale

Do I dare?


In this age and time of digital access to almost anything and everything it’s hard for us to resist buying. When you see something shiny on social media, you are instantly attracted to add it to your buying cart and to make the buying process quicker SALES are the biggest monsters. For my perception, I am already trying to simplify my choices, my wardrobe, my buys and space. I am nowhere near being a minimalist I agree but it takes no science to tell me that I need not to be allured by the biggest events of all times-THE SALES that is like the daily deal for the E-Coms or stores (but MAN the PRESENTATION makes you weak in the knees).

 

If you wish less in your life than you have to look past it because sure it is a gala time for one and all when the SALE sign appears but is it always so GALA?

 

Sales are gimmick:

They are the biggest gimmick by any company or website as they make the prices look smaller. Are they really though? Even when you don’t have to buy a thing, they create that urgency in your mind. They seem to fill the void of currency or the sense of security to your wallet. Choose between what you actually require and what you feel there is a requirement for. Rs.50 more or less on any product which you had an eye on for long will not stop you from buying it. I have been praising longevity over price all days now.


Sales are monsters


Your sweet spot:

Find that perfect balance between what you see and what you require. This sweet spot is where your needs actually meet your buys. Hold back in time and try to analyse the cost, worth, quality and other factors of the products. Not everything on sale has lifespan of gold so check your trademark before your buys.

Fighting Sales


It’s easy to fall prey:

As businesses are out there to catch the hand of your wallets, hence everything is presented as it is all what you require at this moment… but is it so?

NO

It’s easier to fall prey of the visuals which are shoved each day on the digital platform towards you. We love all LUX, PRETTY, COLORFUL, SHINY things we see on social media (we because I myself am guilty) and what shows in the SALES is much more lucrative. My observation is the more I am buying I have become more refined with my choices and trust me I have been buying a lot in last year or two.

Did I need all of it - No.

Do I use all of it - No.

Did I become more aware with every purchase – YES!

Less always doesn’t mean more:

There always seems a void of things if your income is less and your spends are way beyond your wallet limit. This is for my friends who wish to have it all but their wallet don’t allow so they rely on the sale period more. Guys! The phenomenon is simple go for the options which have long life, better quality than the low price tag or slashed prices. Revive your older items, don’t rush, DIY, refurbish …little tweaks here and there will allow you to get a better product than any slashed tag price.



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Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Gain from this Social distancing + Stay at home Casual Look

It’s a time of great emergency and we all have been facing this Pandemic for quite some time now. This time at home reviewing the human behaviour, I planned to write something on the same. What kinda humans are we and what world have we created for our mental health. All time working in office or our particular fields, we only craved for some extra time for ourselves or our family but now when we are getting it, we are fighting equally hard for this time to get over. 


Chikan kari design kurti simple and elegant
Many of us are in a good place financially and blessed to help others in need too. If you are finding it hard to stay at home, get out helping one or two but with necessary precautions. This is the time to reflect upon our doings, our approach, not to do the big talk just for now but to stick by it when this all gets over.  As one thing is evident, we are capable of doing what we fix our minds on.
It not has to be a rule but for a bigger cause.
Aren’t we staying home for our own health. Similarly, once Corona leaves, our practice to indulge in daily home chores, hobbies, taking some time for yourself should not stop.
You can only make your big dreams come true if only it is not eating you alive. 
binge in isolation chikan work kurti with capri pants


We are the built of nature- soil, water, air and everything around, preserve nature… preserve yourself.
In India, amidst this chaos we blew SHANKH for the positive reinforcement, we lit the DIYAS for ensuring that there is light at the end of this dark tunnel. Similarly, with this post I am ready to believe that we all will come out as a better self of us too after this.

How to dress up Chikan Work Kurti, simple, elegant look, pretty, minimal
Keeping it SIMPLE-

With all this being said, how can I not post something related to what is usually on this blog. Here are few deets of what I am upto these days, keeping my style minimal like most days. I am actually following what I preach in terms of mental health. Keeping my fuss to the bare minimum, hope this look inspires you too.

keep it simple, minimal, lookbook, chikan work
 
Chikan Work Kurti


Chikan work kurti peach colored simple elegant

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Thursday, 26 December 2019

DIY Watercolour Holiday, Christmas and New Year Cards | Youtube Tutorial

Here is What Happened when I played with colors😅. So, did I update that I am teaching these days and for  the holidays I planned to give my students a reminder to enjoy to the fullest (though they do not need any). These are few DIY cards made on a glossy sheet with some vibrant watercolors and paintbrush.

Hope you find some last minute inspirations for your loved ones from these. I sneaked in few for my beloveds too. For more help there is YOUTUBE TUTORIAL by the end of the blog.

Supplies:-
  • Glossy Sheets
  • Black Gel Pen
  • Paintbrush
  • Water Colors
  • Sparkle











































Enjoy the HOLIDAYS and a NEW YEAR with your loved ones. Spread Love and Warmth with these beauties. Subscribe to the blog for more ideas like these and why keep this goodness to yourself, spread the word by sharing the content with your friends.




Sunday, 13 October 2019

Declutter your Mind and Surroundings

So, I have been MIA for long now, while being away from this platform I had some (quite a lot of) time to reflect upon my past choices, decisions, lifestyle I have been living, career I chose and I am no biggie in any of this department but whoever I am, I am proud of it all. Why all of a sudden, do I mention all this?

Only because while I was at my worst best, I wanted to declutter my mind, my surroundings, my thoughts of any negativity...Oh! So badly. I find my calmness in arranging, tiding up, sorting out, clearing my space and mind. That's my yoga.



This is like a big talk but when I started with my blog posts, sharing my thoughts was the main reason, which with posts and transfer of domains faded away. Worst thing to happen to anyone is to-

Loose Focus-
In efforts to do a lot, sometimes you loose what you can do best. I wished to share all of it here but it didn't seem appropriate as no-one is interested in knowing a life of nobody. So I thought of adding value to someone's anyone's life rather than jut blabbering.


This helped, as many of you found what you came looking for- A solution.

Feed the Negativity-
In these chaotic times, we are surrounded with lot but it's up to us what we take in and what we discard. Its really easy to fall victim of negativity but it takes efforts to say no to or ignore it. Important thing is to surround yourself with whatever is necessary to keep you motivated towards finding positivity and stick by it.

Finding Passion-
This is also hard for many of us, we are surrounded by responsibilities and lucky are few who find their passion in their businesses. It's always a positive if you mix your work with what motivates you to stay passionate towards it. I found mine in writing and staying this way where I could make my own choices, good or bad; doesn't matter as they all are lessons if I look at them closer.

Not Being Serious at all or Being Too Serious-
Life is short and it should be sweet too, it's only a probability that we only get one life and we should live it to the fullest. Make sure that you are serious enough to create goals for your future but not that serious to stop living a life altogether to achieve those goals.

How do we resist all that and still maintain sanity, how exactly does one fight with his/her own brain which works magically by the way and like each individual, each mind is different. How does one prefer to choose what is to keep away from any of negative thought.

We are no Gods.


When we get mad, we loose control. The only person we care about is trapped inside our monstrous brain, how do we free it? (Well the loose ones like me). For starters-

De-Clutter your brain-
What good does any negative thought ever did to us?

None

So why even feed it any of your thought. We all are humans, only thing we can do and should always do is to get our power from all things positive. What I do sometimes is to find my solitude sometimes and reflect upon my choices, my thoughts, my attitude, my talks and I know for a fact that where am I going wrong and work towards it.

De-Clutter your Surroundings-
From surroundings I mean both physical and personal. More stuff around you only causes mental clutter, trust me on this. I cherish my physical possessions but time to time, I find time to de-clutter what has not been touched in years and is only occupying space.

Gone are my teenage days where I was kid like with my words and talks. I still talk like crazy but try to maintain that my words should only create a healthy environment and at times when I am negative, someday(as I said I am no God) it makes my motives much more clear not to repeat it the next time.

Chaos Creates No Solutions-
When you are sorted with your choices, it might take time or it may seem hard at times but you sure will find the right path towards which you are passionate. I myself someday will find right in my heart to live to the fullest and let others live. We humans at times are so involved and consumed with thoughts of our own good that we fail to see beyond it, it's only when we look towards the greater good, we will understand that chaos in our minds and thoughts only creates more trouble and no solutions.

I am not here to give any tips or easy tricks to declutter your mind and surroundings this or that way as there is no easy way to do it. This is the hardcore reality and we have to work towards it in pieces. It's easy to create mess around you real quick but it takes lot of courage and will to keep it clean. Creating minimal takes lot of efforts, it takes lot of thoughts, it takes input from individual's end to create more in less. These few things could help along the way-

Keep yourself Motivated-
You are what your thoughts make you, so keep your thoughts positive only then you can resist the negativity coming your way. You can either take it, feed it or keep yourself motivated enough to surpass those thoughts and rise above it. No good bad words can bring to anyone, so refrain from it.

Keep Good Company-
You are defined by the company you keep. It's really hard to find the souls you click right with but when you do click, take good care of this bond.

Surround yourself with what you like-
Be it positive quotes, books, songs, interiors, whatever helps you keep sane in these times, go for it. Surround yourself with all the positivity you can find in the name of friends, company, words, state, hobbies, characters etc.

Invest your time in a Hobby-
Hobbies give you moments which you enjoy. In whole day full of chitter and chatter, few moments of peace for your brain and body where you can laugh, unwind, recharge and do what you gotta do.

De-Clutter Junk-
This is small gesture but creates big impact. Less junk you look at each day, you build desire to fill your space with things of requirement and what brings calm to your humble abode.

Look after your Health-
It's okay to cry sometimes, to get raged at others, to dislike something but don't let this be your permanent condition. If you see such signs to be permanent, seek help before your mind becomes your worst nightmare.

So this is rather a long one and so is this topic, hope you find some content in it to stay focus towards the better half of your thoughts and not give heed to the worst of you. More power to you MY FRIEND.

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