Reinventing My Wedding Lehenga: Plan B

I was recently told by a client that I also consider a friend, that my entire personality is a dichotomy. She pointed out that many things about me are in total conflict. Like I’m very introverted, but I can also put on a big personality and speak to large groups of people. I married very young but I’m fiercely independent. I’m a creative person, yet I run a fairly successful business in a pretty organized way. I’ve thought about that conversation a lot over the last few weeks, and it’s a pretty true and fair observation.  Another contrast that I noticed in myself after that conversation is how I feel about sentimental stuff. On the one hand I love saving memorabilia, photographs, random movie stubs, and train tickets, but on the other hand I’m more than happy to turn old things into new things. This brings us to my wedding lehenga… {I feel I have to put in a disclosure here – because all my belongings are still in boxes after the move and I couldn’t find my wedding albums, I don’t have a full length picture to show you of my lehenga right now. I will update this post at a later date with a full length photo} There are a lot of women I know that wouldn’t dream of cutting or altering their wedding lehenga. I on the other hand have been itching to update mine for years! My lehenga is pink silk (it reads really purple in…

Moms 30 for 30 Week 2 Round-Up

I’m like four days late with my round-up post, but I’m giving myself mad props for even participating last week with the whole moving business. I did not manage to take pictures on the weekend during the move, so there are only 5 outfits in this post. However, I do have a special ‘mini photoshoot’ planned on the weekend so I can take a few extra pics and get caught up by the end of the week. There is no way I’m dropping out this time, nuh-uh.  If I’m being totally honest, I wasn’t crazy in love with any of my looks last week, and I think the stress/tired is really showing on my face. What I am excited about is multiple different hair looks. I’m pretty impressed with myself for that people. My hair has not been super healthy since the botched dye job so I’m trying to avoid using the straightener and experimenting with different styles instead. DAY 8: Where: The office/prop shopping/errands By day 8 I’m starting to feel like this whole challenge should have been sponsored by Old Navy. This dress and long cardigan combo is so comfy, I think I’m going to live in it for the whole season  What: Cardigan: Old Navy Dress: Old Navy Shoes: Marshall’s DAY 9: Where: The office Skinny jeans, cute shoes, and a nice top is my go-to outfit for the office. In fact, this round of the 30 for 30 I’ve included a few dress pants in my…

How to Cope When Life Isn’t Fair

Life isn’t exactly known for it’s fairness. There are all sorts of things about the world that are unfair on a grand scheme – some people are born rich and others are born poor. Some of us are born completely healthy, others with serious health issues. There is no rhyme, reason, or explanation for those types of things, and as a unwritten rule people accept that. Sometimes though, awful unfair things happen to us in life that we desperately want to find a reason for. Some explanation or justification that can make the situation easier. For the last couple of weeks my family has been dealing with one of those situations, and it sucks. As you are reading this post, I’m likely loading or unloading a moving truck – we are moving today. Just one year after going through boxing up our belongings and moving into what was supposed to be our forever home, the home we renovated and decorated, we’ve had to box up our stuff and move again with less than 30 days notice. I’ve gone back and forth for the last hour on this paragraph, wondering if I should share what happened, or give just a few details, but I’ve decided against it. I will say this that we are feeling a combination of betrayed (because a parent was involved in what happened), exhausted, and confused. Confused because Mr. T and I always strive to do the right thing. We aren’t perfect, but we try to be…

3 Easy Lunch-Box Snacks For Dahi Loving Kids

I grew up in a dairy loving family. Paranthas were slathered in butter, saag was served with a healthy dose of makhan, and no meal was complete without the accompaniment of dahi (Indian style yogurt). We love our dairy and there was no hiding that. I’ve adopted the same approach in my kitchen and use high-quality dairy products when cooking for my family. When we eat paranthas they are cooked with pure ghee and served with a side of dahi, and when someone gets hurt, they are drinking a glass of haldi dhood, no questions asked. Thankfully, my kids are also dairy lovers, and one thing you will always find in our fridge is dahi. My kids put that stuff on everything. When life was a bit less hectic I used to make dahi two times a week, but these days, we’ve taken to buying it pre-made. When I’m buying dahi I look for a full fat version (because it tastes closest to home made), that is free from sugar and preservatives. In case you are wondering, yes, some market brands add sugar to plain yogurt too. It’s a weird world we live in friends.  Since dahi is such a staple in our home, I was super excited to collaborate with Hans Dairy on this post. They are a family owned business out of Ontario that specializes in creating South Asian dairy products, and the day to day operations were recently taken over by two sisters (daughter of the founders).…

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Moms 30 for 30 Week 1 Round-Up

We made it through week one of the #moms30for30 challenge! Let’s be honest though, week one is always the easiest because I have all the outfit ideas, and all my clothes are clean and ironed. As I’m writing this post on day 1 of week 2 I’m wearing skinny jeans and a cardigan, pretty basic! But I’ll save that excitement for next week. I have a favourite look from Week 1, but I’m curious to know what you guys think. Take a look and then make sure you respond to the poll at the bottom of this post k. Mostly because it took me an hour to figure out how to add a poll to my blog post.  DAY 1: Where: In office day In the interest of transparency, our office dress code is pretty low key, and I usually wear ballerina flats or cute sneakers with an outfit like this. Just keeping up with my 30 for 30 day 1 tradition by wearing heels! What: Top: Old Navy Jeans: Old Navy Shoes: Le Chateau DAY 2: Where: In office day Tuesday was a busy day in the office and I was styling photos which means a lot of bending, lifting, reaching, so comfort #FTW! I’m kind of loving loose maxi skirts right now. What: Top: Old Navy Skirt: Reitman’s Shoes: Converse Jhola Bag: Hawa Mahal Bazaar, Jaipur DAY 3: Where: Just another day at the office. This outfit is pretty close to my spring uniform. Usually I wear skinny…

DIY Mandala Wall Art

When we moved into our new office (which I promise I will show you guys soon, current mood: procrastination), I knew I wanted to have at least one ‘fun’ wall. We thought about doing a bold wallpaper, and there was much debate over a cork board wall, but we finally settled on some mandala art. Originally I was going to order some sort of vinyl piece from Etsy, but then we were at the office painting and I was inspired. I ran out to the stationary store, grabbed some Sharpies and got started. In all honesty, once I started drawing I kind of freaked out. Taking a Sharpie to your freshly painted wall with almost no planning is a pretty dumb idea. If things go wrong, you have to paint all over again, and probably 3-4 coats. Since I know you are a far more responsible adult than me and would put some thought into a project like this, I’ve tried to create a sort-of road map for those of you that might want to tackle a project like this. The only issue is; due to my sudden decision to attack our office wall with a Sharpie, I didn’t really take step-by-step pics. Thankfully my friend/colleague Aziz (who is pretty handy with a camera), had the thought to record a time-lapse video of the whole process, and take a few pictures while I was working. So I’m going to use those pictures and try to walk you through the process.…

How to Support a Blog You Love

This is not the post I had scheduled for today, it’s not even a post I knew I was going to write until this very moment. Guys, it’s a really tough time to be a professional blogger, and I don’t think that readers who aren’t a part of the blog community get that. This is something I’ve thought about a lot over the last few weeks and I’m finally going to try to articulate. For the purpose of this post, I’m talking about the ‘mid-level’, not super famous bloggers who make revenue from their blog. They are not bloggers because they want free stuff, they are bloggers because they love writing and creating, and they treat their platforms as a profession. These bloggers publish posts 3-5 times a week, work really hard to create original content, learn how to take great photos (or make videos), reach out to brands for collaborations, and often spend time and their own money to travel to conferences and workshops. These bloggers usually don’t make huge amounts of money, but they make just enough to contribute to the home (and stay home with the kids), or send their kids to after-school activities, or to take their family on a trip every few years. I don’t count myself in this group because I have a full-time business that pays my bills, and blogging is my passion project. But for this group, the couple of sponsored posts each month make all the difference to their family. So…

Bloom Tulip Festival Abbotsford: In Pictures

If you been hanging out with me online for a while, you’ll know that I love tulips almost as much as I love shameless selfies. So every spring I plan a day out to a local tulip field with my friend (and fabulous photographer) Aziz and pose like a wannabe Bollywood starlet. See I’m a good friend like that, if you have a skill, I’ll totally exploit it. A few years ago we visited Roozengarde in Washington, and last year we visited the inaugural Abbotsford Tulip Festival. This year the plan was to go out to Portland, but unfortunately, that didn’t happen due to work commitments so we went back to the Abbotsford Festival – Bloom. It was really pretty, and totally worth taking a day out, and the admission cost. Just one thing, if you are going out there, follow the directions they give on their website, not what Google Maps tells you. It’s the only way to avoid serious traffic! I’m not even going to try to tell you about the festival, because Aziz’s pictures pretty much cover it a thousand times better than I could explain it. If you want some tips on planning a photo shoot at the tulip fields, scroll to the bottom of the post for my latest video ************************************************************ We got there super early in the morning and there was still dew drops on the tulips – just breathtaking! And of course, once we caught our breath from the amazing view, it was time…

Planning a Tea Lovers Getaway to Victoria BC

Tea love is a special kind of love. I find there are two types of tea lovers, the people who enjoy a good cup of tea, and the people who can’t live without their daily cup (or two, or three..) It’s my constant companion during good times and bad. Like a comfort blanket that is socially acceptable for adults. It’s actually my obsessive love for tea that got me thinking about the possibility of planning a “tea-lovers getaway” to Victoria BC. Now this getaway is not be confused with a romantic getaway with your special someone. The special someone here is the tea. Now that we’ve got that bit out of the way, let’s talk about the actual trip. I dreamt up this itinerary when Salma and I were in Victoria last year. We visited a number of tea places, but I also noticed a few others while we were walking around the city and thought how fun it would be to come back to Victoria just for the tea. If you are a fellow tea lover or want to plan a fun surprise for a tea lover in your life, check out my proposed itinerary/planning tips below. ***************************************************** TEA LOVERS GETAWAY VICTORIA BC – ITINERARY SUGGESTION GETTING THERE –  Salma and I loved the experience of going to Victoria with Helijet, but for a tea lovers getaway, you’ll want to take BC Ferries. There’s something about a slow sailing start to the trip that feels perfect. Grab yourself a cup…

My 30 Picks to Remix {and a Few Tips for Choosing Yours}

The most stressful part of a 30 for 30 wardrobe challenge? Without a doubt it’s choosing your 30 pieces. These are the clothes that you are married to for the next 30 days, you are literally taking a vow to be together until death (or laundry) do you part. Dramatic yes, true, possibly. {Seriously old picture from my ‘fashion blogger’ days. One part DIY, two parts remix.} I know, my humour could use some work, thankfully, I still have my fashion sense right? So on that note – I chose my 30 pieces for this round of the #Moms30for30. Before I share my not great photos, I thought it might be helpful to share a few tips on what to choose if you are joining us for this round. TIPS ON CHOOSING YOUR 30 FOR 3O PIECES: Make sure it fits and you like it! There is nothing worse than adding white jean capris to your 30 for 30 choices and realizing on day 3 that they don’t fit anymore. (This happened to someone I know, not me.) Do not shop outside your closet. If you read my intro post, you already no the only rule to participate was owning 30 pieces of clothing. You must pick from what you own – no shopping for the challenge! Mix it up – a few easy to style pieces, and a few tough ones. As much as the wardrobe remix challenge is about creating new outfits, be sure to have a few…