NR : My style is ME
Anything that adequately reflects who I am is my style. Not an ardent believer of conformance to fashion rules either, so following anything as-is is tough for me. I have to make it my own else it is out of the window. I don’t have to look boho chic or british royalty, I have to look myself, since I am unique just like everyone else out there. And I want my sanity and quirkiness alike, to come out in my dressing.
FUF : Tell us about your course at INSEAD, what made you take it up?
NR : It’s a program on Strategy, Leadership and General Management for 10+ years executives. The average experience is around 18 years with most colleagues being CEO’s, General Managers and Heads of a company or a Business unit. I am actually the youngest in the class Momi-hood was a good break in perception. I realized the only thing that I will be living with for the rest of my life was not another house or a new business venture, but me! So I went with an investment in myself before anything else.
Were you scared ?
I was a little apprehensive before taking up the course because it is a huge cost commitment and I am doing well in my job so there was no real need. The decision making was harsh for me ; understanding tangible and intangible returns; but once decided , making it work has been easy for me , thus far.
The real secret is having an understanding husband and a supporting family that has been the ‘wind beneath my wings’ always. The real champ currently has been my son who copes so well with me even when i am away for job and classes!
FUF : How are you coping with job pressures, an 18 month old and your studies. It must be quite a task!!
NR : It is quite a task , definitely, yet a good one to have at hand. I realize that the more I take in hand , the more I have inside me to give to it. Communication is key. Letting people know who I am and how best to manage me is very important. Know that you are likely to be smashed by the plethora of responsibilities that will occasionally dismantle your balance and that’s okay.. You are only human!
FUF : Amongst all the above responsibilities you have managed to knock off most of your pregnancy weight. You must tell us how did you do that?
NR : I made a small mental note that I had to lose it, set an achievable target like ½ kg per week or so and then made sure I was somewhere near that . I did not stress too much about it but I did not let it escape my conscience either. I honestly did not get too much time to hit the gym except 2 dedicated months in the last one year. I lost most (around 15kg being ) by being on my feet post pregnancy and being reasonably careful about my food. I did do yoga and breathing regularly, though I am not sure if there was a direct relation to weight loss. It made me feel better about myself and that may have helped to pursue watching my weight with optimism.
FUF : While dressing up these days what are the things you take care of
NR : I still have some tummy left to lose so I mix and match a few fashion strategies. Layering helps to keep the fashion intrigue alive while hiding problem areas. Loose fitting clothes are a good help if you have time to work on only some areas. Bright bold colored dresses that could stand out on their own, without a great physique are great options too. Jackets and loose cardigans help with sleeveless dresses you really want to wear. Before these, I highly recommend carrying the confidence of a beautiful you! It gives an inner glow that does work on everything you wear.
Do you follow trends
I do notice them to understand if they could be me . I don’t usually have time to follow individual fashion houses though I do have some favorites. That’s where great magazines sites and blogs like Vogue and Fashion U Feel help a lot! A one stop place written by people who know the domain well, ones whose choices you get to know and admire do help take some pain off in the process of fashion decision making.
How do you keep track of them in your busy schedule?
I try to keep up with blogs like yours !
Is there any particular trend you are currently digging??
I do like the current overall trend of this century: Giving people the freedom to express themselves through their fashion statements and learning to accept that eg: Lady Gaga.
As a fashion trend: I have always loved Animal prints and I am glad they are back!
I would go crazy picking up 3-4 things of the same style. I am controlling my madness now a days and its getting much better :-))
Which one do you absolutely hate
Any trend or designer who tells me I can’t wear this or that! Though I must admit that loose, about to fall, jeans on men does shake me off my democratic stance once in a while.
What according to you is the most essential fashion item one must possess?
Your bright, glowing, optimistic and blissfully unique self..Nobody will miss it! Other then that an LBD is a must have in every girl’s closet but these days Orange, Parrot green & Electric Blues are my new Blacks
Who or What influences your fashion choices.
Mostly pieces that I like instantly. It’s great if they are in vogue too else hey! I just discovered a new me that I am not letting go. Other times, its people I love and admire, and whose opinion I take seriously.
What are your favorite shopping haute spots?
I loved picking up from boutique shops in NY. , Oxford street in London and the cobbled 7th arronissement in Paris, when I was travelling a lot. From global brands in India, its mostly Forever21, Mango, Zara along with Aldo, Accessorize etc. Indian Brands are AND, Ritu Kumar , Curio Cottage and bandra boutiques. I am now venturing into printing and designing of my own reflections, soon, as a hobby.
What is favorite FUF article
Oh! All of them! There is so much visible effort that goes into each article. I love all of them. Plus, as most successful actors say, “their best is still out there”. I hope the same for FUF too : To keep the zest for excellence alive !
And Yes with FuFies like her FUF is only going to grow bigger and better. Hope you enjoyed my FUFie of the month. What an inspiration!