Friday, January 28, 2011

Goals....

How important is it to have goals in life? How important is it to stick to them? Very, I'd say... but it is also important to be flexible... the whole balance thing... it seems to me that life is all about tightrope walking or juggling on a treadmill...!

I was sick yesterday and hated it! My entire schedule was upset and I am still weak. Add to it the fact that I couldn't look after my daughter had me feeling in the dumps. Am still feeling dumpy by the way...! Hoping some good music will salvage my soul....

Its time to whip out the old school love ballads now... melody anyone?


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Retail Therapy

Retail Therapy works....! Never an avid shopper, I now understand what Rebecca Bloomwood says in Confessions of a Shopaholic (the movie)

"When I shop, the world becomes a better place!!"

I am still floating in the clouds thanks to my shopping today and it wasn't even too much... just a little coveted something!!! :Big Grin:

So, does it work for you?


Monday, January 24, 2011

Haircuts!

Vanity alert... If you are not vain (or pretend to be) and are not interested in other's vanity, please read my next post Escape!

As a child, I had a bob cut. Then I started school with a blunt cut and a straight fringe. Like all little girls, I was fascinated by long hair and wanted to grow mine out. i think i told mum in class 3 or 4 about it and thereafter did not cut my mane. They grew long, really long and i was bored of it after a few years. By this time everyone oohed and aahed over my long flowing locks and mum refused to let me cut it. It took months of pursuation before she relented and what fell to my thighs was shortened to what fell to my shoulders! I was in class nine then and for the next one month, answered this question everyday

"Why did you cut your hair???"

I grew it back and they reached the same length by the time I was done with college. I chopped it off again in 3 years and for the last four years my hair has been shoulder length. I have tried a lot of variations of the same basic cut and love changing it up every three months :) But finding a good stylist and sticking to them has been a pain!! First I went to Habib's (the real one, not a franchisee) and paid Rs 560 for a wash, cut and blow dry. This went on for a year and a half. It was expensive for sure, but the service more than made up for it. I never had to wait, I could pop in after a hectic day at work and not worry about oily hair (they'd wash it before the cut), after the cut, I could get it blow dried or set with rollers. Since I was doing this once in 3-4 months, I was ok with the price. Then, they hiked the price to Rs 750 which seemed a bit too steep.

I then found Alps. This was closer to my place and even though the service wasn't as good, I liked the stylist. He did my hair for another year. last December, he gave me a fantastic cut that got me a lot of compliments. But I got irritated by him trying to cross sell all the time. Which shampoo do you use? Try this, try that. Try this treatment of ours, try that... blah blah... A bit too pushy. So, I went around looking for a change...

The, I found a Habib's franchisee and popped in there for a cut. Unimpressive is the word abt the stylists... Nothing different from the ladies in our neighbourhood parlour if you know what I mean. I told her what I wanted and she didn't do it. Then, I had to tell her again after she had "finished". She cut again. Now, the layers on both sides of my face were different lengths!!! I pointed this out to her and she said no m'am they are the same. She pulled the lock straight and met both ends to show me.....My thought was "What an idiot!!!" Step away, I told her and look into the mirror. She grudgingly agreed and set to work again. The lengths still did not match!!! Finally after another ten mins of effort, she managed to make it look ok. The cut looked fine for the next day but after a wash, it looks terrible... :( Am so not going there again. Guys, if you go to a Habib express, be cautious...



And now I need a new stylist... sigh!



Its Raining Giveaways!

This time its Rashmi over at Indyabeauty... check out her giveaway here

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Escape

Sometimes, it is so good to escape into a world that is not your own... to just let go of the tension, the worries and the responsibilities of your world... blogging allows you to do that, so do movies and TV...

But then you always have to come back to your own world in some time. Do these distractions help? i have always felt that when I get back to my work / task after a distraction, I am more irritated... they say taking breaks for stress busting is a good idea. Somehow, that doesn't seem to work for me... excuse me, I am babbling here!

so back to work tomo morning...

separation anxieity + excitement to go back = adrenalin rush = insomnia

Hope i don't fall asleep when boss talks to me tomo!!! Oh dear Sun God, please shine loud and bright tomo...        

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Been so long... 6 years!!!

On 30th November, this blog hit the 6 year mark... Though I have been on snooze for long long periods, there have been bursts of activity here between long pauses.... but still 6 years!!! OMG :O


How my blogging has changed... at first, it was all about my stories, then came in musings, some film and music talk, my poems and then the fear of revealing too much, of hurting ppl I knew and the silence...multiple revivals and silence again... sometimes I just had nothing to say and at others, I was just too scared. I am mostly a blog reader these days, I subscribe to loads of blogs and write a lot less. My excuse is the time, but that is just an excuse. I do know that I will never be a post everyday kind of blogger, but can try and keep this place more lively... nahi?

I can say that in last 6 years, my blogging communities have changed drastically. At the start, it was abt public issues, thoughts and ideologies, music and film preferences, book reviews and lots of stories. Personal blogging was rare. Then, there were lots of ppl talking abt their daily lives, anecdotes at work, good times shared with friends etc... the daily tales went on to be replaced by daily fashion! OOTD actually made sense and i followed a lot of style blogs. At that time, I lamented the lack of Indian content. But of late, there has been such an upsurge in Indian fashion bloggers that I am delighted! I now am an ardent fan of Indian fashion and beauty blogs and that makes up for most of my reading. Can't say how long that will last but for now, that is that...

As far as I am concerned, blogging is a hobby I enjoy and like all hobbies, it is pursued once in a while. So until my next post, Ciao!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Rads' Giveaway

Ladies, check out Mad Rads' international giveaway at http://www.weekendramblings.com/

she is giving away awesome stuff from YSL, MAC and FabIndia....

Monday, January 10, 2011

Quotable Quotes!

Love this quote... Always makes me smile!

"In my next life, I want to live my life backwards. You start out dead and get that out of the way. Then you wake up in an old people’s home feeling better every day. You get kicked out for being too healthy, go collect your pension and then when you start work, you get a gold watch and a party on your first day. You work for 40 years until you are young enough to enjoy your retirement and are generally promiscuous. Then you are ready for high school, you become a kid, play. You have no responsibilities; you become a baby until you are born. And then spend 9 months floating in a luxurious spa, with central heating and room service on tap, larger quarters every day and then Voila! You finish off as an orgasm!" - Woody Allen