Time to Change

If it isn’t clear enough, let me put it in to words.. I have been neglecting the blog for a few days. Every time I sit to write something, I just go blank.. then out of boredom I close my computer and just walk away! But I guess, this brief hiatus will only make me come back with lots of inspiration and so much more to talk about! I am excited about the 4th of July weekend – the parade, the fireworks and all the fun! This time it’s going to be double fun for us. Till then, enjoy some pictures from Boston downtown 🙂

P.S. I have a hair appointment for tomorrow. I am going to chop these locks once again! Time for a new cut – I am bored of this bob length.. Let’s see what do I walk out with 😉

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Dress: Macy’s | Bag: Wilsons Leather | Watch: Fossil

All about that Base

There is something I want to share here that I am really obsessed about these days. You see I am trying really hard to get the best possible skin I’ve ever had. This obsession started as soon as I came back from India. My skin was breaking out so often, it was dry, patchy and so, so dull. Frankly I started avoiding looking straight in to the mirror. I am a firm believer that ideally you should not need a Foundation (on a daily basis). Your original skin must be clean, clear and glowing. It’s not that I don’t use make-up or Foundations. I do, but only on very special occasions. I don’t even Photoshop or touch the pictures I put on the blog. I like the raw nature of my pictures. I like to wear my skin bare 95% of the times. But now, no amount of make-up was helping either. The breakouts were extremely red, bumpy and painful. They were all over my face. I was helpless. 😦

I then decided to take charge and do something about it. Because I was sure that it was not my diet or lifestyle. Since I work out religiously, eat clean, sleep well then what the hell was going wrong! Then I booked an appointment and paid a visit to a dermatologist. She then told me sometimes it’s the hormones. There was nothing wrong from my end… sometimes it’s just how your body is changing. So she gave me some oral tablets to re-balance the hormones and a medicated ointment to apply on my face daily. That really helped. It made my facial skin go back to normal. Since then I have been taking reeeeally good care of my skin. I changed all my (skincare) products stash! From drugstore cheap ones I switched to very good quality high-end products (for which I will be doing reviews very soon). And that really worked. I feel so much better now. 🙂 I also installed an app on my phone which helps me keep track of how much water I drink during the day (isn’t it cool..??)

Sometimes, we tend to neglect the importance of something until we realize it’s gone. My skin never used to breakout like that. No redness, no dryness ever. But then ageing happens. Years go by and you lose the elasticity of your skin, the soft and supple texture. Hence, extra care is required. And it’s better to start early. There is no harm in trying & testing. Go lookout for yourself. After all, your skin does not have to show your real age! Who wants to age anyway..??

Ok yeah.. yeah.. I get it. We all must age naturally. We all must age gracefully and I am totally up for it! However, taking care of yourself is important too. I say do it, if you love yourself!

Jacket: Aeropostale | Corduroy Pants: Gap | Sweater: Old Navy | Boots: Target | Bag: Wilsons Leather

Exercise Does Magic to Your Body

Yes I have been neglecting this pretty little blog for a quite few days now! It’s just that I am way toooo occupied in my professional and personal life these days.. But as they say, better late than never! Right? Right.

Ok, so when you look at these pictures do you see some difference? Something different in me.. maybe? Do you notice I am looking quite slimmer than before!! 😀

Not to brag, but I feel A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Not sure how much weight I have lost (because I really DO NOT believe that your weight describes how ‘fit’ you are), but I certainly feel very light! It’s only my third month with these Bootcamp classes in my city, and I already feel so strong and so energetic all the time! This feeling is the best feeling in the world (better than the post-shopping high!). REALLY 🙂

I promised that I will keep you all updated on my journey, and here I am.. keeping my promise like always.. Do you see the happiness on my face here? That is what you get when you do something with full dedication! When I started working out, I had no goals, no expectations. To say the least, I did not see any results for the first 5 weeks. 5 WEEKS!! Some people lose hope by then. But I kept going. Then slowly and gradually I started seeing the difference in my performance. I don’t get tired so easily, push-ups are no more ‘an extremely painful’ exercise for me! I am so much better at running now. My pants fit me differently.

Now, it is like a routine.. If I skip a work-out session, I make up for it on the weekend! But I religiously work out four times a week. And hard work pays.. It did for me! It will for you too.  And I understand that this is just the beginning! I have a very, very long way to go. So what are you waiting for?? Go! Workout. Run. Play. Swim. Dance! Do whatever you like! Don’t let that gym membership go to waste. YOU paid for it. It’s your hard earned money. You better make very good use of it!

And trust me, your body will thank you in soooo many ways. Just be regular. Show up everyday. Don’t expect to see the results the same day or the same week. It takes time. Have patience.

I could only push you (through my words), it’s YOU who has to do the ‘main’ work! So good luck!

I wore this dress to the farmer’s market this weekend. I love, love, love farmer markets. I may never have said it on the blog before, but I do LOVE them! They take me back to my childhood when my father and I used to go to these farmer markets every Sunday to buy groceries and fruits! 🙂

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Dress: Forever 21 | Bag: Wilsons Leather | Shoes: Payless

Tied At The Waist

Read Part I of this travel series here

Read Part II of this travel series here

Read Part III of this travel series here

Read Part IV of this travel series here

All our last plans failed when it kept on raining non-stop till afternoon. I was heartbroken and felt so angry (but at who??) that we had to stay in the hotel and do nothing but wait for the rain to stop!

Shopping was not on our to-do list for this vacation specially. We agreed on enjoying it to the fullest with a free mind and a light suitcase. We almost achieved our target, but the weather betrayed us. We had no other option but to spend the last day in a mall or a museum. My sweet and loving husband is actually not that much in to museums as I am.. Though I gave him the idea of going to the local museum, he denied. Then we were left with no other option but to spend the day in a shopping mall. We then went to the closest Outlet Mall and the rest is history..

We Shopped! More than we should have.. Haha.. (that always happens with us me)

He bought me not one but TWO handbags from Coach!! That’s my Anniversary Gift. He said ‘This is my gift to you for successfully putting up with me for 3 years!!’

Thank you husband and I love you (you already know that!). This is how our vacation ended. Then early next morning, we flew back to D.C. Few pictures we clicked while shopping –

Ritika..

Outfit Details: Dress: Tommy Hilfiger (similar) | Shoes: Payless (better) | Bag: Wilsons Leather | Watch: Michael Kors | Cuff: From India (similar) | Sunglasses: Oakley | Earrings: Asos (similar)

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