July 9, 2011

Confessions of a Workaholic!!

It feels like it’s been forever since my last post. And I guess it has been since 5-6 months is basically forever in the Blogging World.

I’m not really back. But it’s been ages since I posted. And I felt like writing. But when I sat down to actually write, I wasn’t sure what to write about. So I decided to write about what life has been like the past six months. CAUTION: This is going to be a really long post. 

Most of you are aware why I haven’t been posting recently. I started my first job and it’s incredibly hectic. I absolutely love my job, but it doesn’t leave much time for anything else. The one day that I get off, I use it entirely to recover from the previous week and prepare myself for the upcoming one.

I’m a workaholic by nature. When I love something, I put my heart and soul into it. And the same has happened here. When I initially joined the project I’m currently working in, I was so enthusiastic, I wanted to learn everything at once. So I would take up everything. I used to be the first one in and the last one out. I worked all the time. I came on Saturdays and even volunteered to come on Sundays (which was denied btw).

Source: glasbergen.com

About a month into the project, I was at my wit’s end. I suddenly realized that I couldn’t do it anymore. I wasn’t sleeping well. Out of office, all I ever thought about was the mountain of work I had pending. From what I’ve heard about the corporate world, someone like would be exploited to the maximum by a Manager. I had my friends telling me the same. They kept telling me not to let my Boss take me for granted.

Source: glasbergen.com

And that is when I realized how blessed I was to have the team that I do. My Team Lead shouted at me for taking up so much work and promptly assigned some of my work to my teammates. My Project Manager told me how impressed he was with my work, but how I needed to learn to balance everything. He taught me the need to delegate once in a while. He told me how he wanted me to do well and move ahead, but didn’t want me to burn out before I even got there. He told me that it was okay to make mistakes, when I would beat myself up over every silly mistake I made. And he fought for me when one of my mistakes got escalated. When my senior PM wanted to put me in a job that is totally a useless one, my PM put his foot down and refused to release me from my team. At the time, I was really new and I thought it was a better position and I thought for a while that my PM had selfish intentions in not releasing me. Now I know better and I’m eternally thankful to him. When I had a huge fight with one of the developers, and I was seething with anger, one of my teammates left a chocolate at my desk with a note to ‘Take a chill pill’. My anger instantly flew out the window. 

I actually have a family at work. My team genuinely cares about each other and is always willing to help each other out. I have friends in the same company who are constantly cribbing about a bad team, or a not-so-cooperative boss, or just the fact that they have no one to share their concerns or ideas with. And it makes me realize how lucky I am. My PM always listens to us. I have a team that shares everything they know. There are a lot of people in my project who know a lot but are unwilling to share it with others. But my team always shares their knowledge. If they didn’t, I wouldn’t know half of what I know today. 

Now, things are a little more stable and I don't have as much work as I used to. I spent the entire last week playing games on my computer. That is how much work I had. But on friday, work started coming, little by little. I'm really hoping next week is better and there is atleast some work. There's only so many games you can play and so long you can sit in the cafeteria before you're bored out of your mind. 

So, apart from the actual work, the thing I enjoy most is trying out different outfits for work. My company is kind of strict about Formal Wear at work. But my boss is cool, and till the time he complains, I can pretty much wear whatever I want at work, a fact I take full advantage of. But Mon-Wed, I try to dress in formals as much as possible. But I got bored of the regular, Shirt-Pant combo about one month into starting work. So, I tried to spice up my outfits by wearing blouses, instead of shirts, jacket vests (they look extremely sexy), adding a scarf, etc. Skirts are strictly forbidden at my office. Else, I would have loved to experiment with those as well. I don't have pictures of my clothes. So, I googled and tried to find pictures of clothes with as close a resemblance to mine. 

Jacket vests are undeniably sexy, whether it be on a man or a woman. The above picture is an exact duplicate of the vest i have, although mine is in Black. You needn't wear it in such a formal way though. I usually combine it with a button down shirt, skinny black pants and pumps. They make a sexy combination. Something like the pic below. 

If you're bored of the same old shirts, try bright colors like Dark Pink, Red, Purple. Also try blouses. They're formal and yet stylish. 

Another way to spice up a regular shirt would be to add a scarf to it. Allen Solly has some amazing scarves on sale, although a tad bit overpriced. 

Add jewellery to your outfit. A smart bracelet or necklace can do magic to your outfit. A long string of pearls double looped around the shirt collar, or even a long pendant. Tennis bracelets or charm bracelets are a great addition. 


Women in India often complain about not having enough options when it comes to Western Formals. It's true, but there's always a workaround. So, what are you waiting for? Go Shopping. I normally buy my formal wear from Allen Solly and Van Heusen. Both have a lot of great options for Women. My beloved black vest is from Van Heusen. 

P.S. It feels great to write a post. I hopefully will be able to keep posting from time to time. 

March 7, 2011

Wise She Giveaway

Anamika is giving away this beautiful watch. Click HERE to enter

March 6, 2011

My Current Favourite Lipstick and a New Haircut

This is going to be a mostly pictures only post. Enjoy!!!

My current love is the Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in My Mahogany. I considered writing a review. But there are so many out there, it's pretty much pointless writing one now. I'm sure you guys must be tired of hearing about these lippies.

And this is me wearing it.

I'm in love with this lippie. It is the perfect MLBB lippie. I've been looking for one for ages and my search is finally over. YAAAYYYY!!!!!!

I got a new haircut today and I'm absolutely in love with my hair as of now.

Sorry about the ghost like pose. But I'm trying to cover my face. I'm still not comfortable showing my face on my blog.

For those of you who live in Bangalore, if you get a chance to visit YLG salon in Forum Value Mall, ask for Shamila. She's absolutely the best stylist I've ever met. She's done my last two haircuts and I've never been disappointed. 

March 4, 2011

25 Random Questions Tag

I had a chance to read all my favourite blogs for the first time in 2 weeks. I saw this on Anshita's, Mehak's and Classy&Fabulous' blog and I figured it'd be nice to do. So here goes, 

1.     Where were you 3 hours ago? At work. Not working, but sitting in the cafeteria chatting with my work friends.

2.      Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you? – My blanket

3.      What are you wearing right now? – Still in my work clothes.

4.     What are the colors of your bedroom walls? – Mauve

5.     Who is the last person you sent a  message or comment /BBM? – My bestie, Apurva

6.     What does your last text message say? – tomo’s your mom’s bday. Don’t be a moron.

7.     Can You Taste The Difference Between Pepsi And Coke? -  Yep. And I prefer coke.

8.     Is your hair curly or straight? - Poker Straight..

9.     Which is the hardest thing you ever had to do? –  Decide if I liked Thai or Chinese better.

10.  Favorite 2 color combination? – white and gold

11.  What is your favorite accessory? Neckpieces.

12.  Which current celebrity's style do you admire most? -  I like Sonam Kapoor. She’s got a very quirky style and it’s refreshing. I like Blake Lively as well.

13.  What is your favorite fashion store/shop? – Forever New, Benetton

14.  When was the last time you drove out of town? – Never. I’m not a big fan of driving.

15.  With the exception of the computer, what can you hear? – Everything at Once by Lenka. It’s been on repeat on my ipod for a few days.

16.  What was the last thing you bought? – Jeffrey Archer’s latest book. Ordered it 20 mins back.

17.  What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? – Reasons to skip work.

18.   Favorite Food? – Thai and Chinese. It’s a tie.

19.  Biggest turn off? – Body Odor, Show-offs

20.  What do you always have on you/wear? – Kohl, lip balm and my watch.

21.  What does your screen name mean/ how did you come up with it? – Mine is probably the most boring answer. But I think it was something I randomly came up with. I’m not really sure.

22.  Favorite style of top/blouse? – I have an obsession with v-necks and I love interesting prints.

23.  Favorite TV show? – Grey’s Anatomy, Vampire Diaries and Big Bang Theory

24.  What is a favorite TV show from your childhood? - Small Wonder, Full House

25.   What does your dream bedroom look like? – Very spacey, white walls, red furniture, and a bookshelf covering one entire wall. 

I'm going to try and start posting little by little from now on. I've been working 12-13 hour shifts Mon-Sun for the last month, and I'm still a little hungover. So, its going to take me a while to stop feeling like I'll drop dead any second. A big thank you to all my readers for not forgetting I exist. 

February 12, 2011

I'm NOT dead!! I Swear!!!

I really want to apologize to all my readers for the lack of posts and the lack of comments on all those lovely blogs I read. But I promise I've been reading all your posts, I'm just not able to comment. Most of you know that I started work in January. It's going great, but its really really hectic. I've been working 9-10 hour shifts, on Saturdays and on most days, I bring my work home. I have no social life right now. I haven't been in touch with any of my friends for the last month. But hopefully, things will calm down in another month.

Its a Saturday and I'm buried neck-deep in work. But I took a tiny break to do a post because I'm pretty convinced most of my readers will forget I even exist in another month. So, here goes. Its not a real post. But a haul post is all I could manage time for. Sorry for that.

I got my first salary and I did a lot of shopping. Took full advantage of the Lifestyle-50% off sale. And lot of other places (Republic Day was the only day I've had off in the last month). Also did a little bit of online shopping. So anyways, I'd been wanting to buy the Colorbar blushes for a while, but unfortunately I've had no time to go shop. So, I went to their website and placed an order. I didn't order much because I wasn't sure how good their service was. But I must say I was quite impressed. I placed my order on Thursday night and I got my package this morning. That is really fast.

This is what the package looked like:
I hope you guys noticed that they had a 6-year-old write my address. 
The way it was packed, anybody could have opened my package and I wouldn't have known
Everything came undamaged.
Colorbar blush in Plum Brown. I absolutely adore this shade. Have yet to try it though.
Nail polish in Crystal Red. Sorry about the bad lighting.
I-Glide eye pencil in Prunella. I'd been dying to try this. 
This is their Duo Mascare. My mascara tube finished and I wanted to try something other than the usual Colossal Volume. I'm hoping its good. 
So guys, thats it for today. I apologise for the half-assed attempt at a post. But I promise, when I have time, I'll come up with some reviews.

Have any of you guys tried any of the above products? How was your experience?