Mehendi Dress

From a blogger point of view, none of the pictures from this shoot turned out well. None. Not one at all. Honestly, this never happens. If we click twenty, atleast five do come out decent. But some days the camera really doesn’t co-operate and apparently, it was one of those days. But when I uploaded the pictures on the computer, I kind of really liked them. I liked how raw they looked – absolutely real. This is me, most of the time – twirling, smiling, always fixing her hair – perfectly imperfect.
Wore this to a lunch and shopping date with my girlfriend and had a blast. When you are happy it shows on your face. It was super windy that evening and it also rained later. Perfect end to a perfect day.
This green shade is what we call ‘Mehendi green’ in Hindi. Mehendi means henna. And whenever I look at this color, it reminds me of beautiful Indian weddings when brides and grooms apply mehendi on their hands. So shall we call this dress the ‘mehendi dress’? Ya, let’s.
The dress is from JCPenney, sandals from Target and earrings are Old Navy.

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Play Day

For the first time ever, I took my little bee to an indoor playground. My God, are they loud or what! Kids screaming everywhere and running from one corner of the room to another like little maniacs. Of course it’s their idea of fun, who are we to judge. My poor little girl who is super friendly was so overwhelmed by all that screaming and running that she kept looking at me with puppy eyes. It was like she was asking ‘what is wrong with these children, mom?’ But at the end of the day, she did enjoy and that is what matters. And by the time we got home, she was dog-tired. Completely washed out! Mission Accomplished.
This is what I wore that afternoon. Sorry folks who are still living in cold. Here in Florida, the sun always shines. 😉

Dress: Old Navy | Shoes: Target | Watch: Michael Kors

Love Your Body

If there is one thing in particular, that you might not have seen me wearing on the blog (like EVER) – it’s anything off-shoulders. I’ve always had heavy breasts (since my early twenties), which is why I never had the courage of wearing anything off the shoulders. (I also wrote a post on this topic a few years ago). I was afraid that my body won’t do justice to this style, or I would look funny, or what will people think. Guess what? I was wrong. So, so wrong. Look at me now! You might be wondering what changed?
Well, I gave birth. That is what changed. All the insecurities I ever had over my body – all went down the drain – just like that! I do not care anymore what others think of my body or how do my arms or my stomach looks in a particular dress. The only thing matters to me now is that ‘I’ should be satisfied with my clothing, ‘I’ should feel comfortable in it, ‘I’ should like it, ‘I’ should feel fit,. In short, ‘I’ am all that matters.
To think of it, this body created a life, survived a Cesarean section (yes, I had one), went through all the post operation trauma, breastfed and still survived. Isn’t it wonderful? And all I cared before was that my breasts were too curvy, well breaking news!! Now, they sag too. And on the contrary, I am even more grateful to my body – because it’s feeding my baby. And I fully accept the fact that my body has changed FOREVER. This realization is what made me strong. Now if I want to wear an off-shoulder dress or any other damn thing, you bet I’ll wear it!

Cheers..
Ritika

Dress: Target | Panama Hat: Target | Sandals: Aldo

The Real Story

The first thought that came in to my mind when I woke up today was (after spending the whole night rolling in bed, changing sides just to find that ‘one’ comfortable position) – ‘When people (or other women for that matter) learn about your pregnancy, nobody tells you about the real sh*t that happens during these (never ending) 9 months. All they do is congratulate you, and tell you what an amazing journey you are on.’
How deceiving! But I’ll tell you like it is. I won’t sugarcoat it.
Every month of these 9 months is different. And it keeps getting harder. Now that my 3rd trimester has started, I’ve been experiencing ailments which I did not even know existed. And I keep asking my mother, did you go through this as well, did you have these pains as well, or am I the only odd one..?? Of course, then she assures me, all this is normal and she went through these discomforts as well. This makes me come back to my original question, why does no one ever talk about it? Yes, I do like surprises, but not of these kinds! smh…
Yes, the result may be rewarding.. but the journey.. ehh.. not so much!
Moving on…
Continuing with my babymoon series from our Chicago vacation. It was a nice sunny afternoon that we spent outdoors just city surfing. Wearing a regular Shift dress from Old Navy.

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Dress: Old Navy | Necklace: Marshalls | Bag: Violet Ray Mila via DSW | Sandals: Sam Edelman