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Scary Fashion

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I started out with this blog with the aim of writing about fashion, especially fashion for women above 40. But p[poetry took an upper hand and started writing haiku. So, what has brought me back to writing about fashion?

It was when I opened a fashion magazine today and I literally got scared and flabbergasted at the thin gaunt faces staring out at me from the glossy covers. Is that what fashion is about/ Tall, thin, scraggly women are being treated as clothes hangers. In fact they don’t look like women anymore. They are like objects…used to showcase outrageous clothes that are being churned out by designers.

Not even make up can save them.

They are anorexic.

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I wish I could change this mindset.

Lets Talk Fitness

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With winter pretty much here,it is obvious that I am overeating. Now there are a number of weddings that I have to attend. So,all the layering which I talk about will have to go. Though in winters ,it is easy to hide unwanted  bulges under layers, it is difficult when you have to wear an outfit without hiding under the bulky clothes.Also, fitness and fashion go hand in hand.A fit body is always a pleasure to dress up. Here are some basics that I follow as a routine.(Though I have cheated for the past month)

 1) Metabolism

Now some people can get away with whatever they eat, as they have a fast metabolism. As we age, the metabolism slows down, and we tend to burn less calories compared to when we were younger. So, as we age we should accordingly reduce our food consumption and the type of food we eat. No more high calorie foods .

2) Frequent meals

This is a mantra I swear by. Having 5-6 small meals a day rather than 3 heavy meals is a better option . It revs up the metabolism even at rest.

3) Roughage

Gorge on roughage. Fruits,oats, dalia and brown rice are amazing. I for instance have replaced my morning breakfast of bread and eggs, with oats with almonds and seasoning it with elaichi powder. I sweeten it with Splenda. It tastes good. You can try your hand at similar recipes which are nutritious and low cal.

Even for lunch, I have salty dalia or plain roti and sabzi.

It is obvious that sweet and oily food should be avoided. That does not mean that you should totally ban it from your diet. Have it during the day if you must and avoid it after lunch.

4) Early dinner

This is one thing that I really find hard to follow. But this really helps.If you must have something late at night ,have a homemade soup or a fruit.

5) Exercise

Now this is important but 90% of what you are is what you eat. Exercise revs up the metabolism,makes you flexible, makes you feel positive and tones the body up.

It also helps in losing weight to some extent.

For me I am a huge fan of yoga. Though I add a bit of walking into my daily schedule too, but my knees don’t allow much of walking. Choose your favorite form of exercise, and devote at least half an hour to it daily. Make sure that you wear the proper footwear and clothes for whatever activity you plan to do. That helps in making up the mood for exercise . Focus while exercising.Don’t let the mind wander. For some reason this hastens your weight loss.

6) Be consistent.

7) Moderation is the key.

It is important to know your fitness target. Age, body built and  state of health are all important factors to take into account before embarking on the journey to fitness. Don’t set unreasonable goals. e.g. A fifty year old woman cannot have the same physique as a 20 yr old. So be clear about your limitations.

It is important not to overdo your fitness efforts. Don’t wear yourself out.

I am going to diligently follow this from today.

Wish me luck:)

Have a cheat meal once a week to satiate your taste buds.

I will keep posting on my progress from time to time!

Happy fitness!

Fashionista on the go!

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I love to travel. As you all know I have a day job (I am a doctor,professor teaching in a medical college) and I have kids. So I am generally short of time.  Travelling for leisure frequently means besides clothes you also have to be neat , manicured and and so called maintained at all times. Here I am going to list a few items that I always have ready in a travelling kit. So here goes…

  1. An eyebrow plucker.

2. Plain / magnifying  looking make up mirror.

It is a great help when plucking your brows or touching up your makeup.

3.Nail filer.

4.Foot scraper

To maintain your feet after those long walks.

5. A Razor.

Yes you got me right. It is really embarrassing to find out that you have hair on your arms , legs etc. especially like me if you      are practically blind without spectacles.It helps that they  in lovely colors especially for women.

6. Nasal hair trimmer.

One of the most useful gadget I have bought.

6. Walking shoes.

Though not a part of the grooming kit , it deserves a mention in your travelling must haves.

I think I don’t need to explain that. Walk your way to fitness after binging on the amazing food. If travelling by train I used to      get down at stations and walk up and down the platform in case the halt was for 10 minutes or more.

Add to this, quick fashion fixes ,as mentioned in my earlier post of the same  name and there you are.

Happy travelling.

So thats my list. Feel free to add to it.

Waiting for your inputs.

xoxo

Effortless Fashion.

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Fashion should be effortless, comfortable and mind blowing. It should come naturally and easily to you. No stress , no worries , only simple pleasure.This was something I always wished for as a young girl. I always thought that it was impossible. Being born as a thin scraggly girl I always looked up to my mother who looked absolutely beautiful each and every day. It was then I started observing her and mentally formed a list of ”to do” things . Things that would help me metamorphose into someone people would complement and help me hold my own in the big beautiful world of fashion. So here goes.

KNOW YOURSELF

In the hearts of hearts  you know what suits you What color, fabric, style  brings out the best in your persona.Refer to my post titled I Me,Myself. This is of utmost importance if you don’t want to fill your wardrobe with clothes that don’t flatter you.

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TIMELESS PIECES

Invest in pieces that have been around for a long time and will stay for a long time to come. Refer to my post ”The must haves.” Anything in black , nude and white when put together generally is a safe bet. You can go adventurous with statement necklaces, cocktail rings ,bracelets and funky belts. Add to it  a classy bag , nice watch and you are good to go.

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LEARN MAKE-UP

This is something that has always held me in good stead. Imagine that you have to rush to a function at short notice and you are a mess after a sleepless  night and a long day at work. No time for the parlor and a blow dry. When I am faced with such a crisis I have a basic make up kit ready.   Invest in a good concealer, foundation, eye liner, mascara, blush on and highlighter. Make sure you take the help of a professional . As for me , I actually joined a self grooming class for about 15 days. It was just an hour a day and my my how it helped me!! Also buy  hairstyling products ( AGAIN TAKE PROFESSIONAL ADVICE) ,a good hair dryer and an  ironing rod .

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Will surely come up on a detailed post on this.

BE NEAT

Now that is something we generally undermine the importance of.

These famous words by Jane Austen are so true. How would you like unkempt nails,dry rough hair, unplucked brows,ill stitched clothes, torn shoes and a dry flaky skin. Fashion is not about clothes and make up only. It is always to see a man or a woman neatly turned out. Make this a habit. There should be no need for you to run for a parlor just before a party. At least the basic neatness and cleanliness should be a part of your daily routine. More on this later.

BE FIT

I have already talked about fitness and fashion in my last blog. A fit body is a fashionable body. So put on your running shoes and run on the road to fitness.

BE CONFIDENT

Need I say more!

Lastly smile and remember to be yourself.smile

So my lovely people ,incorporate all of this into your life and see how effortless fashion can be!

Remember you are unique.

Love you all!

 

Fitness and Fashion

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Looking gorgeous is not always about clothes. Yes they are an important part of your whole personality but just imagine what good clothes would do if your health is not up to the mark. No it is not about weight. Here I am talking about physical and mental health. Don’t let beauty be just skin deep.

The thought about fashion and fitness came to my mind after my 12th blog. Especially because I am in my 40’s and I always feel better about myself when I am fit and healthy and I look better too. I have a chronic joint problem and that means I have to regularly work on my fitness. So yoga is an integral part of my life along with daily walks . I also have to ensure I don’t put on weight as that would otherwise put strain on my joints and spine. I also watch what I eat though I never starve myself. The other day one of my colleagues told me that I maintain myself  because of my chronic health problem . Though I was hurt but I realized she was right. I then thought of sharing this thought with you . Don’t let illness be the reason for you to be fit. Make sensible lifestyle choices so that you don’t fall ill, the rest will follow.

 

Yoga can be customized according to your needs. It is a great mood elevator and being a regular ensures glowing skin.

Incorporate exercise into your life and see it rock your life. You will enjoy wearing your fashionable clothes and  will be showered with compliments.

Then your diet! Eat whatever you want but in small portions. Eat frequently , say have about small six meals a day.

Imagine wearing a dress with your love handles showing.

 

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There are a lot of options while dressing that help us hide our unnecessary bulges. I shall discuss that later in a separate blog , but for now include exercise and a healthy diet into your lifestyle. It sure has huge benefits, both mental and physical. Set aside 30 minutes aside in a day for your exercise. While you walk,do gymming or yoga concentrate on the body part you are exercising to get the best results.  Don’t let your mind wander. I have experienced this. When you concentrate the results are better.

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All this combined with a healthy diet will ensure that you have many many years of looking gorgeous.

So enjoy your fitness routine.Have your ”me time”. It surely invigorates you.

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health. Check out this link . It gives awesome inputs on how diet can change the way you look.

So all you beautiful people out there ,have a blast with fitness and fashion.