Workwear outfit – Cotton saree

The summers are getting over my head now.  Its way toooo hot here in Gurgaon.  The minutes you spend in this scorching heat are getting unbearable with each passing day.  I sincerely hope that we get to see rains very soooon.  Everyone is in desperate need of it. L

My first outfit post was a western outfit and so I decided to bring an ethnic look for the second one.  I thought of kurtas and then I thought why not go for full 9yards of saree.  Wearing saree is not easy for everyone, but everyone will agree that females look very gorgeous in saree.  So depending on your comfort level, you may include this beautiful piece of clothing in your workwear closet.  If you feel that there is too much to take care of, then you may wear it for the special occasions or ethnic dress up days in office like Diwali celebration.  Remember some things take time, but then they end up making you look like an inspiration.  I am sure that you will find some reason to don a simple beautiful saree.

I usually prefer soft cotton or khadi sarees since they have an earthy look that instantly makes them appropriate for the office dressing.  For special events, we may also opt for simple silk sarees.  Narrow border looks better.  Here I am wearing a beige colored saree with blue flowers in cross stitch work.  It is perfect for the hot summer days.  The saree is perfect for a regular day at office.  I am wearing this with a black crop top(Were you able to figure it out!)

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Blouse – Please ensure that your blouse does not reveal much of your skin.  The neckline should not reveal more than what you are  comfortable with.   No cleavage! You may also try a fusion look by wearing a plain black crop top with the saree.

Tips –

  • Always tuck safety pins at all the pleats so that they stay in place and you need not worry about it for the whole day.
  • Do not tie the saree too low or too high. Remember the simple rule is that your saree should cover your heels and your midriff should also be covered.
  • You may check out this easy guide given below for wearing saree. It is easy and ready reference for new learners.

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Personally I love cotton sarees, though I am also guilty of not wearing it often. Will share some regular ethnic looks too in coming posts.  What is your most loved ethnic look.  Share your thoughts.  Would love to hear from you all.

And by the way, have an amazing week ahead.  Keep giving your 100% and you will get the reward for sure! 🙂

Ninja Woman – Zascha Friis, A Virtual Assistant

I am starting a series of interviews with some ninja women who are doing well in their career fields and are willing to share their experiences and suggestions with other women.  We will get to know about the various career options available, the challenges associated and so much insider information.

Our first topic is Virtual Assistant.  It is a career option in which you offer your services to the client through telecommunications, i.e. internet and tele calls.  You sit at the comfort of your home and do the same work as someone else does sitting in office.  Many times there are situations in your personal life when you cannot attend the regular working hours of office, but you do want to work and there the world of internet comes to save you.  You can provide virtual assistance to your client who might be sitting in some different geographical location and working in different time zones.  All you need to do is coordinate and get the basic understanding of tasks and get on it.

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Today I am introducing you to Zascha Friis, a ninja working woman who is having complete fun with her work and life too.   She runs a blog, According to Zascha, works as a virtual assistant and is a passionate solo traveler.  After reading my interaction with her, you will also feel like you too want to do it all, yourself and then feel the freedom of working on your own terms.  Zascha has been working as a Virtual Assistant and she can give you a fresh view of the fascinating world of Virtual Assistant.  So let’s start, shall we!

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Vinny Tell us about your journey as a Virtual Assistant? Where and how did you start?

Zascha – I started looking into it in Fall last year. I’m starting my full-time travels in June this year and I knew that I would need to have an income that would enable me to stay on the road. So I was like: “How do I go about this?” I started looking for jobs, but it was like a jungle out there. There is so much competition, but luckily I don’t give up easily. I kept applying for VA jobs. I kept getting rejected, but it didn’t stop me. Shortly after, I landed my first VA job and I now have three long-term clients. It’s all about being determined.

Vinny – What has been the most challenging part in your career as a VA?

Zascha – It was difficult in the beginning getting people to give me a chance when I had zero experience as a VA. But all it takes is that one person to believe in you and to give you that one shot and then things will start running a bit more smoothly.
The most challenging thing now is time management. You really need to want this and you need to motivate yourself. When you’re working online you don’t have someone constantly looking over your shoulder, so you need to be able to manage your time properly.

Vinny – Have you ever had a very challenging client?  How was the experience?

Zascha – No, I have been very lucky I think. I have a good relationship with all of my clients. And no, I’m not just saying that in case they’re going to read this. 🙂

Vinny – What are the most reliable platforms for a person looking to work as a VA?

Zascha – I have only ever used Upwork and that has worked well for me. Again, there’s a lot of competition out there and especially on Upwork as it’s the biggest freelance platform on the Internet. But it’s reliable and you’re secured in case something goes wrong. And once you get one or two good reviews on there, you will notice that there’s a lot more interest from clients.

Vinny – What are the necessary requirements for working as a VA that client look for? What kind of jobs do you do as a VA?

Zascha – You need to want to sit in front of your laptop a lot!
I think It’s important to be very fast at typing, you need to know how to manage different email platforms, social media platforms, Word, Excel, Google Docs. Basically, you need to know how to do most things. And if you don’t know how to then Google is your friend. Being able to write for the right audience is important too as it sometimes involve reaching out to different people in various companies.
In my jobs I do all sorts of things. No week is the same. I reach out to people on LinkedIn, I write hundreds of emails each week, I respond the messages, I schedule meetings, I go over resumes. And the list goes on. The jobs you do really depends on your client.

Vinny – What are the unsaid rules of VA world?

Zascha – Client confidentiality. I don’t mind telling people about my job as a VA, but I would never disclose exactly what kind of projects I’m working on or the name of my clients.

Vinny – What are the industry standards in terms of compensation for a VA?

Zascha – Good question! Some virtual assistants make $5 an hour; others make $20 an hour. I also think it depends on the location of the VA. I’m not going to say how much I make (sorry!), but let’s just say it enables me to travel around the world comfortably.

Vinny – With so many scam websites for VA work, how can one search for one genuine, authentic one?

Zascha – As I said earlier: Google is your friend! If you’re in doubt, then do research! Only ever use sites that have good reviews and that you’ve heard of before. And when it comes to determining whether a VA job is a scam or not my advice is this: if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is.

Vinny – Zascha, tell us about yourself.  What do you like the most as being a VA?

Zascha – The freedom! Without a doubt. I am able to work wherever and whenever I want. I can sleep until noon every day if I want to (unless I have a deadline!) and I can go to bed when I please. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all rainbow and unicorns, but it is pretty damn close.
I’ve never had an interest in sitting in an office from 9 to 5 and by being a VA I will never have to.

Vinny – You also run a blog, tell us about it.

Zascha – Ah yes, my blog is my baby. I started According to Zascha back in 2014 after a breakup. I wanted to see the world and I wanted to tell people about it. I write about traveling solo on a budget. I give people tips and advice on how to do the same, but I also write personal stories so that my readers can get to know me as a person.
I’ve been traveling part-time up until now, but on the 22nd of June I begin my incredible journey around the world. I start in Italy and then I will be traveling from country to country until I find a place to settle down.

Vinny – Do you have a message for young girls who would like to work as a VA?

Zascha – Go for it! Get started already now. Read guides on how to get started. Talk to people who have already done it. It doesn’t happen overnight, but with a lot of hard work you’ll be able to get there. It will be the best decision you’ve ever made.

 

 

P.S – Zascha has also written an e-book about becoming a VA.  Go, check it out!

 

 

Workwear Outfit – White blouse and blue skirt

 

‘Anyone can get dressed and glamorous, but it is how a girl dresses on Mondays that is most intriguing – Alexander Wang’

Today’s post is my first outfit post and I am crazy excited about it.  I was confused whether to start with formal dress or what, but then I decided to go with a white basic blouse which every girl has in her wardrobe and styled with a blue pencil skirt.  This skirt was a steal from Zara (INR990!).  The combination of White and blue is epic and can lift your spirits any day.  I would always wear something comfortable on Monday since it is the day when you need maximum energy to cope with the work and something stylish as you need maximum motivation after the weekend just gone by.  So here it my first outfit post and many more coming in weeks ahead.  Would love to hear your thoughts.  Let me know what is your most loved color combination.

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Conquer the world with your heels

 

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Shirt, Skirt – Zara

Handbag – Mango

Heels – Carlton London

Earrings & Ring – H&M

Makeup – Maybelline Colossal Eyeliner and Baby Lips Balm

 

A letter to working mom

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Dear mom,

When I was 8 years old, my school had a field trip to visit the zoo or museum or something. I don’t remember. It doesn’t matter.

What I do remember was feeling lonely and left out. Why? Because about a dozen moms volunteered to chaperone the kids on the field trip that day—and you were not one of them.

I wanted that kind of mom. The kind of mom who was always available to be a field trip. The kind of mom who always made homemade cupcakes (from scratch, not a box) for the bake sale. The kind of mom who dropped me off at school every morning and picked me up every afternoon.

“Why can’t you, mommy?” I would ask.

“Because mommy has to work,” you would tell me.

At age 8, I had no concept of what “work” meant. All I could grasp was that “work” was something mysterious and unpleasant. Something that stole mommy away from me.

Then one day you brought me to work.

You might not remember that day—but I do.

You took me to the opera house where you were preparing for that night’s performance. You led me backstage to your dressing room. I watched the hair, makeup, and costume attendants transform you from “mommy” into some kind of bejeweled moon-goddess with towering hair and shimmering powder everywhere.

That night, I watched you take the stage and mesmerize the audience. I saw your talent. I felt your devotion to your craft—the decades of disciplined vocal training, the thousands of hours of practice and rehearsal. I felt the power of your voice.

During intermission, I overheard two women in the row behind me talking about you, raving about your performance.

“That’s my mom,” I told them proudly.

After that experience at the opera house, I understood what “work” meant for you. I understood that “work” is not a bad thing. “Work” can be something magical and important.

Mom: I don’t know if I ever told you, but I am so grateful that you pursued your dreams, because in doing so, you taught me to be brave and ambitious too. I am grateful that you weren’t around for every single bake sale because, sometimes, you had other things to do. I am grateful that you showed me that a “career” can be anything I want it to be.

The 8-year old version of me wished that you were waiting at home with milk and cookies every single day after school. The 31-year old version of me is grateful that you were not.

I wasn’t sure I wanted to share this letter publicly, because it’s very intimate and personal, but ultimately I decided that I should.

Because I know that somewhere, out there, there is a mom who feels guilty every time she goes to “work” (whether it’s a job, a business, a personal creative project, or any vocation that feels meaningful to her). Somewhere, I know there’s a mom who feels guilty about writing her novel, running her blog, or pursuing her dream job, because she feels like throwing herself into that type of endeavor might “steal” time away from her kids and her family. Because it might make her a “bad mom.”

I want to say to that mom: don’t be afraid.

Let your child see you in love with your work. Let your child see you pursue the yearnings of your heart. Let your child see you shine, and be happy, and give your gifts generously to the world. Invite your child into your work, occasionally, so that your child can see and feel what you do when you’re not at home.

If you do that, then your child will learn, through your example, what it means to create a life that is purposeful and filled with passion.

That is one of the greatest gifts you can give a child.

I am not a parent or a parenting expert, of course. This is just my personal opinion—speaking as the daughter of a passionate woman.

Mom: I wouldn’t want any other mom besides you.

I get it now. Each time you told me, “Mommy has to work,” what you actually meant was:

“Mommy loves you more than anything–but mommy also wants to leave her mark on the world, and create her legacy, which sometimes means that you have to spend a few hours with your brother or a babysitter or at an after-school program. One day you’ll understand.”

Mom: I understand–and I love you.

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

This article is not written by me and I have posted this from the Alexandra Franzen’s newsletter.  She is an amazing writer and I could not have written this better than her.  These are exactly my thoughts too in her beautiful words.  Do visit her website.  You will take a lot of positivity with you.  I love her and I love my Mom! 🙂

Are you a fit working woman?

The best project you’ll ever work on is YOU!!

 

I will start this topic as bluntly as I can.  Answer one question honestly, Are You Fit?

Fitness does not mean slim figure or toned arms and legs.  If climbing up stairs to the 2-3rd floor of your office building seems difficult to you, then you are not fit my friend.  If you convince yourself by telling that you are just not used to it, otherwise you can, then those are the clear examples of excuses.  You might find me sounding harsh, but the truth is health comes first before anything.  Nothing is worse than an unhealthy body.  You can win the whole world if your brain and body works perfectly fine, but if it does not, then probably it is time to do a self-check.

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We spend our working day entirely sitting for approximately 6-9hours and it definitely takes a toll on our health and fitness.  Spare waist tyres, slightly increasing double chin, spectacle number getting higher or lower and aching calves are some of the hints that our body gives.  It raises the alarm that we are not doing things right and we need to listen to these hints or we might get into trouble in future.

I am writing below only three things that you can start doing every day.  Believe me, it looks like an extra effort initially, but studies suggest that it takes approximately 18days to follow something and it can actually become a habit.  Give it a try for a bit longer than that.  You deserve this and you will thank yourself later for taking care of yourself.

Stand up for yourself – Yes, make a habit of standing every 25-30minutes.  Make it a habit.  Don’t take very long breaks.  Instead just pick up your glass and get water from pantry.  Those 2-5minutes will relieve the stress of your spine and will refresh you.

Keep your posture right – Keep your chair at a height where your shoulders are relaxed and you’re the top of your computer screen should be in level with your eyes.  If it is lower than that, you will bend towards the screen and your neck will suffer in the long course.  If it is higher, then your eyes will bear the stress.

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Start taking stairs – If your office is on 3-4 floors, then please start taking stairs.  I know it is very difficult initially.  You feel like you are going to faint and reaching your floor feels like someone should be there to pick you up, but start doing it.  I know it seems like stairs take forever and lift seems so easy and quick, but actually it is just a matter of 2 extra minutes and bit of extra effort.  Can you do this much for yourself?

 

I will write more on this topic.  We all deserve to look awesome everyday, but then our body cannot take care of itself, right? So start following these practices slowly and rigorously and we will be awesome forever.  Let’s fall in love with ourselves <3