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

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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

Pregnancy Dressing

Being pregnant has made me realize so many things. I am now aware of so much stuff I never would’ve known had it not been for this pregnancy. Every stage in our lives teaches us something new. Isn’t it! The changes my body has been going through, are pretty miraculous. The change in my thoughts, that ‘motherly’ feeling slowly seeping through me..
With time, I can feel and connect with my baby more and more. I now know when she becomes active, when is she asleep, what triggers her to move and kick. I can’t wait to bond with her in person. It may sound strange but I dreamt of her the other night. This little angel-faced infant was lying next to me in my dream and she looked so Perfect! She was looking right in my eyes. 🙂
And then I woke up! 😦
Jumping on to the outfit part – Trying to dress up when you have a football sized tummy wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. My main focus has always been ‘comfort’. And pregnancy is no different. I have ample of such airy blouses in my closet, and I guess now is the time to put them to good use. Initially when my bump started to show, I had to really brainstorm to come up with good outfits. But then it became easier.
I think pregnancy is one experience when clothes should be the least of your worries. Wear what you feel is comfortable to you, and feel confident in your body – You are growing a miracle inside you! 🙂

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Blouse: H&M (similar) | Maternity Shorts: Target | Sandals: Sam Edelman | Watch: Fossil | Earrings: Consignment store

Real Steal

These pants were meant to be worn in pregnancy. Though they are not maternity pants at all. They are regular pants with a VERY comfortable fit and fabric. Sometimes you find gems when you are not looking for’em! – (applies to other aspects of life too!) 😉
In other news, I had the most boring and uneventful week. I stayed at home mostly since it was one of those days when the pregnant body takes the charge and you HAVE GOT TO slow down. I felt cranky, miserable, bloated and tired all the time. Oh did I mention the mood swings? Plus I am a Cancerian, so multiply that to 100! My poor (and adorable) husband, he takes it all with a smile. To sum up – I’m in the state of ‘TOUCH ME NOT’. Yep! Nothing defines me better than these 3 words at the moment. Hoping this week(end) brings some light, energetic and fun days.
Have a fun week y’all!

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T-shirt: Target | Palazzo Pants: Target (same)| Shoes: Cole Haan (similar) | Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters | Earrings: Asos | Watch: Fossil