5 Books that taught us to be Badass

Fact or fiction, book or magazine, the benefits of reading is immense.Words have the power to change us and inspire us and so does a good book. Successful people know the benefits of reading a good book.

Apart from being entertaining and relaxing read and a good book boots creativity and inspires us. Some books that changes us.

 

Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso

The above quote is the reason she went from being a homeless girl to CEO of a $100 million clothing company. Packed with great advise and insight into work life, this book is must- read for all career girls.

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

This is a empowering book for every women.Your opinion matters and Lean In will teach you how to voice it in a loud world. Packed with powerful advice and inspiration that will equip you to tackle difficult challenges.

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

There is lot to learn from Malala’s life and her fight against injustice. She stood up for the right to education. The inspiring story with a tragic end, will teach you to be brave. Dear heart, courage is all you need to make your dreams come true and inspire a whole generation.

The Girls by Emma Cline

Many of us (including me) are searching for a place where we belong. The main character, Evie’s search takes her to the wrong place and transform her in the end. Life is unexpected and never really goes as planed. Lena Dunham says “This book will break your heart and blow your mind.”

 

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

This book is my favorite. Elizabeth Gilbert put in word some of the most oblivious things about creativity that are so hard to pinpoint. This book will teach you all  about living creatively.  My post inspired by Big Magic includes Why it’s ok to be twenty-something and still not know what to do with your life. and  It’s absolutely Ok if you are not perfect

 

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Why you need to get your clothes tailored

As a fashion student, I have a little more insight in the production of clothes.Tailored clothes fit much better than ready to wear clothes as rule of thumb. Let us discus the pros of getting your clothes tailored. 

#Tailored clothes are timeless and classic. They bring out the best in you accentuating  your asset.They make the best impression be it interview or social gathering. Through out the ages seamstress have been working behind the scenes, creating masterpieces.    

   

#Power dressing. Nothing beats a tailored suit. 

#Perfect fit. Mass produced clothes are made in standardized sizes that might not fit you properly. This is because our bodies are different and a shirt that might fit you shoulders may be too wide around the waist.On the other hand standardize sizes might fit you perfectly as it does for few people. They can straight way order clothes online and wear them the next day. While most of us had to tailor almost each garment or else compromise with the fit. 

 

#Girlboss need to have their clothes tailored. They need to make a lasting impression, and inspire the mass. 

#Comfort. Get comfortable in you own clothes that fits you like a dream. Banish extra fabric in unusual places, and highlight you best asset. 

#Your tailor is your personal designer, who makes one of a kind garment that makes its way into you wardrobe.

#Unique piece. Aren’t you tiered of seeing the exact similar piece from Zara or H&M that everyone seem to own. A tailored garment can be simple, but have knock off detailing that is not found on ready – to – wear garments.

 

#Get creative. Get involved in the process of tailoring . Help the designer to create a piece you will love. Fabrics, lining, colors, details … 

#Signature Style. It is easy to put you signature on a tailored piece than a regular ready-to wear garment. I seem to fall in love with a piece and stick to it for a really long time. I have shirt which are 5 years old and need to be trashed because I have worn them out.  I love shirt and the only way to get them right is to get them tailored.

#The cost factor. It might be expensive to get your clothes tailored but it is a worthy investment. Skilled seamstress will charge for their expertise but you will get a timeless and unique piece. My 5 piece french wardrobe can definitely afford tailored pieces. 

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Every girl needs to have this item in their closet 

For the lazy girls out there the jumpsuit is the ultimate outfit. One outfit solution to all your problems : Monday morning blues, waking up late, no planned outfit, in the fashion rut, feeling supper lazyAll you need is the jumpsuit to jump-start your day and banish the problems.

Invented by Florentine Thayat in 1919, the first jumpsuit was a considered a liberating garment during the futuristic period. Thayat used cotton fabric or African canvas to cutout the shape of the garment and added few buttons and a belt. Thus the first jumpsuit was a creative do-it- yourself project by Thayat.

Fast forward to the twenty-first century the jumpsuit gain popularity with the likes of Stella McCartney, Agyness Deyn, Katie Holmes, Rihanna and several other fashionistas sporting this trend. Jumpsuits are made of cotton, denim, lace, silk, sheer fabrics now, along with embellishment and other detailing. In 2011 Jumpsuits dominated the runway and red carpet. Renowned designers houses like Saint laurent, Alexander Wang, Paul&Joe, Diane Von Frustenberg, Marc Jacobs and several other add their own creative twist to the jumpsuit.

When you are in a hurry and don’t know what to wear the jumpsuit is the safest bet and way better than jeans and t-shirt.Honestly, I love jeans and t-shirt combo but it doesn’t really pack a punch like a jumpsuit does.

Pulling off an head to toe  white look has never been easier. French style lovers this is something you can’t do without.

They make great party wear too.Get ready for Girl’s Night Out in short notice and look amazing.

They are so versatile. Myriads of prints to choose from so it never gets boring. For the prints lovers jumpsuits are available in floral print, animal print, stripped, polka dot, tribal print and etc.

Monochrome ones are most common and available in wide rage of colour from pastel to darker earth tones. Perfect day to-night transition outfit. Swap the accessories and get ready to party.

Laid back, casual and effort less looks in these bold colour are my favorite. Planing minimalist look have never been easier than opting for a jumpsuit.

Travel friendly outfit : dress it up or wear it casually. 

Minimalist fashion must-have suitable for almost all season. Add a trench, jacket or blazer to make it appropriate for cooler weather. 

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It’s absolutely Ok if you are not perfect

In this era of Instagram, we strive so hard to be picture perfect.Mastering all the tips and tricks to get the perfect click. With the rise of cosmetic surgeries and complex make up technique to cover up all the flaws, beauty and looks have gained more importance than talent and personality. Contrary to popular believe perfection is not beauty. Beauty is being yourself, not striving for perfection. Beauty is embracing you flaws and living with grace. 

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,” – that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
                                                                                                          – John Keats 

 

It’s ok to stumble and fall. The only thing that matters is that you stand up again. It is ok to be twenty something and still not know what to do with your life. Life is not meant to be perfect, it is meant to be lived and enjoyed. We learn a lot from our mistakes and some of them are the stepping-stones to success.Don’t be scared to take chances and make mistakes

To err is human and to forgive is divine. Ever heard the saying “To be perfect is human” I have not.

We would have been born clones if we were supposed to be perfect. Instead we all are born unique and different. Our difference sets us apart makes us who we are. Uniqueness is more valuable that being perfect and loosing yourself in the process. 

Flawed people are real people. Did you even find yourself locked in a conversation with a stranger who has gone through the same situation as yours and feeling a kinship that you are not alone. It is easier to relate to people who have made mistakes or taken chances. You will have lot’s of interesting stories to tell and memories to keep you smiling when you are old.  

Be yourself define you won success and perfection.Focus on things that matter and are important to you. Remember perfection doesn’t guaranty happiness. 

We are all work in progress, our lives in constant flux. Be like a butterfly, live in the moment and that is perfection in itself.No one is perfect, even your role model with the perfect career and makeup has some flaws and hangups. 

The perfect job, the perfect career, the perfect life, the perfect body, the perfect wardrobe. Will that make you happy ? Is that what you really want?  At the end of the day will that put a smile on you face and make you feel happy. 

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Black is forever

My love for the color black is unsurpassed by any other colour. It is my go to colour. When in doubt go Black. Back to Black .People around me are forever asking me to wear other colors , anything other than black.

The importance of the colour black when it comes to fashion and my wardrobe is immense. 

 

You can’t go wrong with The Little Black Dress has been a wardrobe staple and rightfully so. They are versatile and flattering on almost everyone. Easy to accessories with statement neck pieces and colorful scarves.The uniform project involved wearing a LBD for 365 day consecutively but creatively while not repeating the same outfit. Black is one of the best colour for the monochrome look followed closely by white and blue.

Black and white  is another classic combination that is always trendy. The combination to these two neutral colour is striking and suitable for every occasion starting from formal to casual.  

 

Apart from that black looks good with a wide range of colors . From pastels to fluorescent and several bright tones can be easily balanced with the colour black. Needless to say   pencil skirt, blazer, jeans, shirt, t-shirt, tank and a pair of semi-formal pants all in the colour black is my wardrobe staple. 

Well , when it comes to accessories the belt, the bag and the shoe, black defiantly dominates the field. All these are must for formal wardrobe.

 

Leather jackets and blazers looks sharp and classy all the time and more so in the colour black. Edgy looks are best when done in black so does studs and chains. 

Black colour gives the best slimming effect too. 

For some people black is boring but for me black brings out the best in every colour and outfit. What is your go to colour?

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The off shoulder trend you need to know about

 

Bardot Tops

The top takes its names from the French Style icon Brigitte Bardot. Off – shoulder tops or Bardot tops are extremely flattering on most women. This easy breezy summer trend is raging this season and seem to a favorite of the bloggers and models.Baring you shoulders requires confidence and this particular trend is bound to grab attention.

They have been around since the classic times, endorsed by Brigitte Bardot and hence the name Bardot tops. Very flattering and yet daring cut is subtle sexy and chic. Pair them with jeans for casual look and with mid-length skirts for a more polished look.This is a must have summer essential.

They look amazing when paired with Choker. I love chokers and they are the perfect accessories for the shoulder baring tops.

Kendall Jenner seem to favor pairing the off- shoulder tops with chokers.

 

From Brigitte Bardot to Kendal Jenner the off shoulder trends is definitely loved by celebrities.

They are available is various fabric and fit. From body-con belly baring off the shoulders top to free flowing , semi structured Bardot tops. Not so sure about the trend go for the  free flowing top in soft fabric, not too clingy with minimal shoulders baring cut. They will be flattering on most body types.

In case you are really unsure about baring your shoulder, cover up with jackets or blazers that suits the occasion.

The off shoulder trend has been circulating for quite a long time, definitely a piece to add to my 5 piece french Wardrobe this season.

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Why It’s OK To Be Twenty-Something And Still Not Know What To Do With Your Life

There comes a time in our life when we ask our-self “What the hell  am I doing ? Do I want to continue with this career all my life ? Is it really what I want ? Am I happy with the direction my choices are taking me?”. If you have been through this phase, then you know it is not a walk in the park. If you are going through this phase then you are well acquainted with the felling of instability and loss of confidence.

   You are not alone 

Some people are lucky enough to land their dream job right after graduation and be sure of their career path. May be you are not one of them, but you are not alone. There are so many other out going through the same indecisive phase. 

Take you time to decide what career to pursue. Take a gap year, volunteer, travel, EAT PRAY  LOVE. Explore you passions, interest, hobbies. Take time to curate your life and listen to your heart.

      Just Breathe

Just breathe by Anna Nalick is one of my favorite song. Some times all you can do is just breath. Don’t let societal pressure to pursue a full-time job as soon as you graduate drive you nuts.Your happiness matters and only you can find your way to happiness.

No don’t change who you are at least not to fit into a job you really don’t like.Embrace yourself, it will make the process of finding a career that suits you better so much easier. Define you won brand of success. What is success to you ? What do you want to achieve  in a year or 5 years ? 

Don’t loose your motivation .

The most important thing ever. Don’t loose you motivation just because you are not sure which career path to choose. Once you figure it out, you will learn a lot about yourself and difficult situation.

Remember “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”

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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT 5 PIECE FRENCH WARDROBE PART 2

” Shop Less Think More “

 

After getting mixed reviews for the post All you need to Know about 5 piece french Wardrobe Part 1 ,  I decided to dig in some more .

Having a big walk in  wardrobe overflowing with clothes, shoes, bags, accessories was the standard of luxury. Soon it became the norm and the luxury of having a huge wardrobe is no more.Lot of successful people swears by uniform/signature style that involves wearing the same type of clothing item as much as possible. Creating a uniform and their signature style. It makes dressing up easier

Having a wardrobe full quality items is the new luxury. 

1ca25506292043d523fbde3e7d35c1ecThe idea behind the “capsule wardrobe” or “5 piece french Wardrobe” or “the curated Wardrobe” is Less is more .

Around 2009 Sheena Matheiken of The Uniform Project challenged herself to wear the same little black dress for the entire length of the year for 365 days. She took care to make the outfits fashionable and different every day.That does seem a bit extreme to me, wearing the same dress for a year everyday, avant-garde when it comes to less is more tribe. Most people will balk at the notion of wearing the same outfit back to back for two days. While repeating the same outfit over a week is definitely not an offence.

Fast forward to 2011 Daniel Dykes editor of Fashionising stated that The Curated Wardrobe is the new Luxury  and a shift is in motion. The shift from wanting to own more and more towards the luxury of have fewer items of better quality.

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With the rise of fast fashion and mass clothing production most people in developed nation have access to wide range of new trendy clothes each season. The curated wardrobe is definitely not some thing everyone can acquire quite as easily as it requires talent and patience. 

A smaller wardrobe is an ethical choice too. We all know gallons of water is required in the making of a pair of jeans and this greatly add to pollution.The new age millennials need to be conscious of the environment and become more mindful while being as fashionable as possible. 

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5 Golden Rules of Happiness

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1 Travel often to find the facets of life that invigorate you.

Once a year go to a place you have never been before. Travelling is addictive and teaches you a lot about yourself. New places, new faces, new situation will definitely teach you something new.

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2  You are your own best friend and worst enemy. 

Don’t be too hard on yourself. We all have bad days and failure and regrets. You are not alone.

Bad things happen, life does not go as you plan it, people die, friends become strangers but through it all you always have yourself.

If you don’t care for yourself then who will?. Value yourself for who you are before expecting others to value you. Make your own rules for success.

3 Unravel your passions, interests, and hobbies.

Writing and blogging is my passion what is your? I can’t live without books and coffee either. Do something that make you happy everyday, don’t let go of your passion and hobbies.

4  Take the time to care for yourself. 

Take care of yourself, before you take care of others. In our busy lives we often forget to take care of our-self. Schedule me time daily if possible and take time to go over your needs in respect to health, relationships, career goals, life in general .

5 Help others do the same to improve their lives! Pay it forward and multiply the happiness.

This is something I have experienced in my college life. This is amazing and very fulfilling, rising up together is better than rising up alone.

Society ,family and parents prompts us to compare and be better than others. They tell us to rise above other but not how to rise with other.

Helping others improve their life will improve you ten fold and teach you a lot.

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Map necklaces from Olive yew

Map Necklace

I came across these wonderful map necklaces from Olive Yew  and instantly fell in love with them. Living away from home is hard and map necklaces made me feel like I was carrying a piece of home.

Do you have a special place that you want to remember?. Simply provide them with the address and they will engrave it  on a horizontal bar, vertical bar or round disk in gold, silver or rose gold. The simple map will have no street names and will include a tiny cut out heart at the exact location you want to commemorate. Map necklace from Olive yew  lets you keep special places close to heart and are great conversation starters too.

Custom Name Bar Necklace

The bar necklaces are another favorite. The handmade bar can be customized to bear the name of your loves ones, coordinates of special places and the name of your pet coupled with adorable paw print.

I love the fact that they allow you to choose from few special character [ $ ” ! + ∞ ♥ ✩ # ? @ . , ( ) ] in addition to alphabet, number and icons.

Olive yew has got great accessory collection and ample options for customization. Made of 14k gold , 14k rose gold  and sterling silver the jewelry are worth investing. They will make the perfect gifts, souvenir, and interesting accessories.

Bar Initial Bracelet - Personalized Engraved Bar Bracelet

The dainty engraved bar bracelet is perfect for minimalist looks that I love. You can  choose up to 7 character to engrave on the bar bracelet. I love accessories and these pieces from Olive Yew are definitely  must have chic essentials.

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