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

 

Nailpaints for all office days

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Try thinking of how many times you have screamed out of sheer excitement – “Wow, such a pretty color”, be it in terms of makeup or clothing or any accessory. Colors are what attract us at first and then other things come into play. Similar way, colors do reflect our personality and our choice of colors somewhere describes our individualistic characteristics. Someone who wears cheery colors is easily considered as a peppy person, while someone who wears more of muted or pastel shades has low-key personality.

I thought of writing today about “the unexpected accessory – Nail paint”. Yes, that is what the famous Lauren Conrad called the nail polish. I am sure that you also have tons and hundreds of colors in your stash. We can never have enough of nail paints colors. Whenever I am scrolling down Instagram or Pinterest, I always find so many pretty colors that I do not own. Never-ending desire! 😉

I thought of dividing the colors into three main categories depending on our office routines.

Regular Days – On most days, you may try wearing pastel and warm colors so it brings attention to your beautiful hands in a subtle way and these colors suits everyone.

Colors – Blush Pink, white, peach, light orange, nude, light greys, Lavender Purple

Regular Nailpaint

Dress Up Days – There are days when you feel like pulling your sock and raising the game up. Inner happiness translates well to bright nail paint colors and there are many options to choose from.

Colors – Bright pink, Fuchsia, orange, Brown, Purple

Bright Nailpaint

Events/Occasions – Then comes the days when there is an office event, party or outing when you dress up glamorous and can wear some really exotic colors which might not be suitable for everyday wear in office.

Colors – Brick Red, Marsala, Royal Blue, Silver, Golden, Burgundy.

Events Nailpaints

Tips – There are some colors which might look very pretty and beautiful and we love wearing them, but still we can’t wear them in conservative offices. Such colors include Yellow, Green and Black. We can wear some muted shades of green like mint, but it cannot be worn in every shade available. Keep these colors for weekends fun and flaunt your beautiful hands on weekdays with the pretty colors mentioned above.

Also nailart can be avoided in office.  If you really want, don something which does not attract too much attention on your hands rather than your talks.  This can be left upon your own best judgment.

Let me know how you feel about colors.  Which are your go-to colors.  Are you more of neutral colors person or bright cheery person?

 

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Monday Muse – Dresses for workwear

 

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Let me ask you a question first.  How many of you are happy in your career choices.  If you are not happy with your boss or superior or the HR, it does not count.  Forget about all the irrelevant factors(yes, they are kinda irrelevant in the bigger picture) and think for a moment, does this profile and sector make you happy.  Does the work you do daily is what you desire to do for rest of the life.  If yes, Awesome girl! Super happy for you.  This week is yours; give your 100% here now.  And for those who think that they did not plan this and are not really satisfied, you have to talk to yourself very honestly.  What is it that you want? Doing what makes you happy.  If you know what it is, then start working towards it because you HAVE to have fun every day.  If you just have not figured it yet, then give it a thought not just right now, every day.  Do not let this thought get lost in your daily work.  You might forget about it today, but after a couple of years, you might regret for wasting the time you have right now.  So go, figure it out…

Now today’s article is all about cheering you up with some gorgeous dresses.

Black Dress – A black dress is a must have in every girl’s wardrobe and it is a savior when you cannot think of anything else. I have detailed below the black dresses.  So let’s start, shall we?

Black Dress

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Solid Colour Dresses

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Printed Dresses

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Tips – Personally I do not believe in body types like hour glass, pear shaped, apple shaped.  We are not fruits, just normal human beings. Everyone can wear any kind of dresses, there is no restriction and there is no binding rule.  You just need to know how to carry certain kind of fittings and styles.  That is it.  So next time you go for shopping, never leave a dress on rack just because you read somewhere that the shape is good for the 36-28-36 figure only.  If you a bit conscious, wear a bit loose dress.  Key would be that the dress should fit you right on shoulders and then let it fall as you desire.  Try all kinds and know what works for you.  Be confident of your body and let the spirit rise.

So this is for today.  Have a happy Monday ladies.  Get in action and may this week be more awesome than last one.

 

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Don’t you dare give up!

 

I came across this ad by Tanishq brand for their new collection, Niloufer. The video is made beautifully and touches the right chords so aesthetically.  A moment of achievement brings memories of the years spent in struggle and tough fights against all odds.  Some of us are born and brought up in a progressive environment where we do not need to struggle for basic things like study till we want or doing job or pursuing our dreams in terms of what job we like or even starting a business or entrepreneurial project.  I feel grateful for my parents and family for being my strength in my journey till now.  However there are many among us who have had to struggle to go to college to complete post-graduation or have had to fight for the job that you wanted to do because parents or parents in law wanted you to stay home.  Life does not come easy for all and in the process of achieving something big professionally; we always live with guilt of missing some precious moments of personal life.  All the working mothers will completely relate to this.  You leave your young child in the hands of family or play schools and spend the whole day regretting the choice you made.  I completely agree with Apurva Purohit, CEO of 92.7FM.  In her book – Lady, you’re not a man; she clearly tells that as a working woman or mother, you always have two choices.  Leave the job and take care of family and child or let the child be left in the hands of someone else at home and you focus on your career.  In first case, you regret the choice later after 8-10years when the kid gets busy with their own life and you see your peers climbing the stairs of professional success.  You wonder where you would have reached if you had not left the job.  You pity on yourself and your hard work spent on getting the degrees.  You have the guilt of killing your ambition.

While in second case, you always live with the guilt of missing out on your child’s first walk or first talk. If you achieved anything big professionally, you always know that it is because your household responsibilities were at the backdrop.  You cannot leave the hard work put in preparing the presentation because your child is unwell.  You leave him/her with the grandparents and then winning the client seems to be so full of guilt.

So this is the irony of our lives, we have to live with one guilt or another.  You have to make the choice which guilt is what you are more comfortable with.  I would live with the guilt of not always being there for my child because then I know that I am working this hard for his or her better life, to give him all he needs in the fast pace of life.  And believe me, children understand this, may be not now, but when they reach the age of understanding.  They might think as a child that Mom is not always around, but then they will be most proud when you reach the big level in your professional career.  You said ‘Sorry’ many times during the journey, but it would be then time to say ‘Thank you’ to your loved ones.

So keep thriving for it ladies, because in the end, you do not have to be a super human, but you just have to be the kid who keeps marching.  🙂

 

P.S. I love the Niloufer collection of Tanishq.  Why do they make everything so pretty! 😉

Makeup for everyday at office

 

“I believe that all woman are pretty without makeup and can be pretty powerful with the right makeup” – Bobby Brown

Every woman on this earth is beautiful in her own way.  Everytime we look at mirror, we admire ourselves and I believe in simple formula – If you look good, you feel good and then you do good.  And then there is makeup to enhance our beauty and make us more confident and happy about ourselves.  After all who does not like to look more gorgeous everyday. 😉

Mornings are tough times for us girls.  We take quite a lot of time to decide our outfits and then though we love makeup too, but somehow there is no time left, so many of us will do it in either office washrooms before entering the cabins or cars or someplace else.  So today’s post is about basics of makeup for office which if done right will enhance your features in no time and make you all ready for the long day ahead.

Office Look

Natural Glowy Skin – The makeup stands right on the base that you create on the skin.  It is the foundation of your whole look.  You can use a tinted moisturizer or BB creams.  After the base, touch up with some concealer where required.  There are so many of the BB creams and concealers available in the market and you may try it after reading the reviews on makeup review websites.  The only blog I follow for makeup recommendation is IMBB.  You may check the reviews there depending on your skin and then decide.  I generally avoid foundation for regular use, but you may use some light reflecting foundation and apply it correctly.

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Eye-Brows – Yes, you read it right. Your brows are very important part of your face and sadly, they are quite understated part too.  Many of us do every step in our makeup, but do not even care to look at our brows.  They frame your face and give it an edge.  Use dark brown or black color eye brow pencils to fill in your brows.  Fill them with light hands and you will realize what difference it brings to your face.

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Eyes – Next comes the turn of eyes.  Usually the eye and lip makeup can be different for everyone depending on own preference and office environment.  As the world says, keep one part highlighted and other one subtle.  For eyes, you have to keep three products ready, Kajal, eyeliner and Mascara.  I usually do not wear kajal and eyeliner together.  It is either one for me.  Applying both makes my grey eyes pop too much and hence I use only one.  Now I would advise to keep it easy on the mascara.  Make it look natural instead of heavy lashes like old movies actresses.   Eyeshadows can be used depending on the environment of office. Try natural eyeshadows like beige, blush pink or light grey and do not use glittery ones.  They do not look professional unless it is a media or creative house you work in.

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Lips – Now comes the turn of lips.  Personally I am fond of light pinks and nude shades, but I think that you can wear almost any color if you know how to carry them.  If you are a beginner, try light pink, beige color lipstick and avoid neon colors or dark colors like red or berry.  If you like lip-gloss, please ensure that it is without shimmery particles.  Over the course of day, your lipstick fades and then the shimmer sticking to lips looks really bad.

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Tips – Now some general hands up regarding the makeup.

  • Your makeup should always enhance your features, but it should not look cakey or layered. Your skin should look relaxed because you spend over 8-10hours layered with makeup and by the time day ends; I have seen some girls really struggling with the patches of makeup on their faces.
  • Try to avoid some hot reds or fuchsia pink lip colors as you do not want people to keep looking at your lips when you talk about your important work. Do not blame your colleagues for staring.  It’s natural that bright colors catch attention of onlookers.
  • Invest in some good quality makeup products and try to wear which are usually good in terms of longevity. If doing makeup for the day means more of washroom trips to do touch-ups, then you will stay conscious of it and will not be able to focus on your work which is not what we want, right?
  • Always remove your makeup after reaching home with a good cleanser. I swear by Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion.  It does not take away the moisture of my skin, but clears the last trace of makeup.
  • Apply a good night cream to repair and take care of your skin. Your skin bears all kinds of chemicals, heat, cold and sun-rays during the day.  You need to pamper it with at least a night cream to replenish overnight.  My favorites are from Forest Essentials, Jasmine and Patchouli or Eternal Youth.  Both do wonders for your skin.

Now let’s do a roundup of everything we numbered above.  While doing makeup for regular day at office, make the base right, make the skin glow.  Then shape the eye brows and apply kajal, eyeliner or mascara.  At last, you color your lips and voila, you are ready to rise and shine the whole day. 🙂

Hope that you like the article.  If you do, please comment below to let me know. Also share the products you use for regular use.  I would love to try them.  🙂

 

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