Thursday, August 29, 2013

Teal Everything

I’m not a big fan of matching when it comes to fashion. From tops, to bottoms, to shoes, to accessories - I will choose a pop of color over matchy-matchy any time. I think bringing in that unexpected element always creates a statement and makes any outfit more interesting and unique. However, there are instances when accentuating the same color in each item you are wearing can be a statement of its own. The key is to make sure that the hues of your central color don't clash and you do not dress head-to-toe in the color of your choice. Everything in moderation, friends!





Shirt: Eddier Bauer;  Pants: Strawberry;  Shoes: Audrey Brooke 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Carried Away

One of the biggest challenges people have to face in New York City is finding bathrooms when you’re out and about in the city. Starbucks used to be a convenient free option but lately the lines there are just unbearable and the amenities are simply filthy. Another option is finding a big department store or a shopping mall. So there I was, roaming around in search of a restroom, when I came across a TJ Maxx store in Columbus Circle area. Long story short, an hour and a half later, I left the store with two shopping bags full of random items and my find-a-restroom mission still unaccomplished… 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Fashion

As you must have noticed, my blog recently has taken quite a new turn. It started out originally as a strictly fashion-centric site with a few glimpses into my life ‘behind clothes’; however, lately more and more has it been a way for me to cope with emotional hardships and share positive outlooks. There are times when I wander away, distancing myself from this self-exposure, but eventually I always come back to the writing craft that makes me happy. Well, it’s time now to evoke the original purpose of this site. Fashion. An exciting art of putting together contradicting shapes and colors, accessorizing and showing it all off to the passers-by, who may or may not get it. Whether they do and hey don’t – It does not matter. No need to play it safe, it’s all about expressing who you are, so just go for it!



Jacket: Strawberry;  Pants, Shirt and Jewelry: NY & Company;  Shoes: Nine West

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Big Reveal

Throughout our entire lives we search for our pathway in this world. Some of us strive for overall perfection, some of us focus on refining specific areas in our lives, some of us try to overcome certain fears, some of us simply try to enjoy their lives to the fullest. We try different things – some of them stick, some of them don’t, we make mistakes, bump our heads on the walls, and through all that we gain knowledge. Throughout this entire process, life constantly throws us certain obstacles and perks, providing guidance by putting certain people on our paths in certain periods of our lives. Some of those people will simply contribute something and leave, some of them will stay with us until the end. Think back – can you recall how many times you have had a mere encounter with someone, which ended up changing the way you thought, the way you felt, the way you acted? Just yesterday morning a very dear family friend left a comment on one of my posts, saying:

“A life philosophy I try to live is "Nothing to prove, nothing to hide and nothing/no one to fear." When I feel those stabs of insecurity, I ask myself "what do I have to lose?" by saying something or wearing something or doing something. Usually the answer is "nothing." Freedom--I wish total freedom for you.”

I’m very grateful for this comment as these four lines of advice gave me courage to speak up. The thing is I decided to make a change, a change that was originated by my friend, who simply shared her personal thoughts on something she truly valued. She suggested I read a book that changed her life views, which I decided to do out of mere curiosity.

Please don’t get too intrigued – it’s really not a big deal! Just a personal choice, something I came to by reading a book suggested by my friend. All it is is that I decided to try a different approach – I decided to become a pescatarian. Nothing too complex – just eliminating meat products from my daily regimen. 
Speaking about people contributing to our lives by little gestures – a simple book recommendation from my friend ended up completely changing my views. The way it talks about animal products, their impact on our lives and everything that goes on behind the scenes in making them market-ready was so disturbing, shocking and painfully honest, it changed my entire perception on the matter in one night. One night, first 73 pages – that’s all it took! I’d like to emphasize that this is entirely my own decision, something I chose for myself. I do not want to judge anyone, I do not want to manipulate anyone, but I expect acceptance and respect for my decision. I don’t know if this decision will stick or if it will simply be just another phase that’ll pass, but for now I am doing this completely out of moral, ethical and health-oriented rationale. Right now this is my way of learning something new about myself and about the others, and this is my way of getting back on that right path. It may be one week, it may be one month, it may be a life-long change - regardless, I hope you support me in my decision! 

Thank you! J

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Break Away

For the longest time I have had this dream, this fantasy, of becoming a writer and truly acting like one, where I would bring my laptop to a local Starbucks or another coffee shop and work on my writing craft. I always found those coffee shops very inspiring and encouraging. So far all that's been is simply that - a fantasy. I think in over two years of writing, I only did that once, and I do remember that it felt amazing! However there is always something holding me back: I don’t have my laptop with me, I don’t feel like carrying my laptop with me, I feel weird about carrying my laptop with me… Today, I went into a local Starbucks shop in Washington Heights, New York, and saw that ALL seats were occupied with people with their laptops, typing away, doing their research, writing their pieces. I must say – it made me quite upset. So many times in my life I have these thoughts about “how cool it would be if I …”, and so many time do those thoughts only remain the thought and are not converted into reality. The saddest thing is that usually there is nothing holding me bad – just go ahead and do it! Take that laptop to the coffee shop and write your post from there, wear that extreme outfit and feel fabulous in it, let that person know how you truly feel and feel relief, speak up your mind in a meeting and see people start respecting your opinion more, and so on and so forth. The biggest obstacle is always my own mind, my own way of thinking – my shyness, my laziness, my not believing in myself, my doubts and hesitation. How great it would be to break away from those limiting feelings and stay free – free of regrets, free of fears, free of doubts... The good news is that at least I know exactly where those limitations are – now it’s time to make those dreams and fantasies come true…

The other day we went to Central Park and encountered a number of incredible street performers. I am always truly amazed and fascinated with those people – to me they are the best example of owning what you do and love doing, as it must take a great deal of courage and self-confidence to get in front of all the passers-by, block all distractions and fully give in to your craft. 








T-Shirt: NY & Company; Shorts: Charlotte Russe;  Bag: Christian Siriano via Payless; Shoes: via T.J. Maxx'; Sunnies: Missoni