From The Core

By now, everybody probably knows my obsession with cardio workouts – from running to my absolute favorite spinning class called SoulCycle, I love the endorphin high you get after sweating it out. Obviously though, I know that it isn’t enough to get a complete workout – you obviously have to tone your muscles as well! I remember for the longest time, I had no interest in strengthening – I thought it would me look bulky and mannish and cause unnecessary weight gain. How wrong I was! While I realize now that women can’t build enough muscle to look bulky (we don’t have enough testosterone), what I love about this current class that I’m going to be talking about is that it focuses on “long and lean”…aka just amazing, toned muscles!

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Outside The Theater Doors At New York Fashion Week

Disclaimer: In an effort to show you all that I am not, in fact, whiling away my time here, I’ve decided to publish an article that I’m actually extremely proud of. A few weeks ago, I got to cover Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and even got a chance to go to a few shows. This is what came from it. Enjoy!

New York Fashion Week always brings an eclectic crowd to Lincoln Center, where a myriad of designers, models, celebrities and socialites gather in throngs of mismatched outfits and funky accessories, dodging both wardrobe mishaps and the blinding lights from the paparazzi. At Monique Lhuillier’s show on Saturday, September 7, the crowd watched with bated breath as Paris Hilton walked out of her limousine and made her way past the onlookers and up the steps reserved only for the fashion elite. Photographers clicked picture after picture, style aficionados looked on resentfully, and fans were heard shouting, “Oh my God! Did you see Paris Hilton?”

            Apart from the privileged few who traipse into the theater without a second thought, New York Fashion Week attracts dozens of young hopefuls who want to catch a glimpse of the action — or better yet, be a part of it. These aspirants come in a number of forms, be it the fashion blogger who has just gotten a ticket to her first fashion show or the optimistic model looking for his big break. These are the people who stand out the most – the ones with the look of longing on their faces and the complete and utter devotion with which they view the fashion world.

For Alina Fayer, founder of the fashion blog The Style Socialite, Fashion Week represents her journey from an unknown intern at Women’s Wear Daily to a self-made entrepreneur. “I was literally the girl outside handing newspapers to all the guests at Fashion Week, can you imagine?” laughs Fayer, her eyes covered entirely by her large Prada sunglasses and her hair expertly styled in long, tousled waves. Vowing to herself that she would “get to be on the inside” whatever it took, Fayer claims that she worked her way up and got to the point where she could get a ticket to Fashion Week all on her own. “I am now self-made, and believe that if you take risks, you can get there,” she smiles, with a twirl of her red and ruffled skirt as her friend asks her to pose for a picture. Continue reading

Friday Favorites: Bombay Edition

Hi everyone 🙂 I’m writing this post from sunny, summery New York City – the big day has come and gone, and I have officially moved back to start my Master’s in Magazine Journalism from NYU. Although New York is lovely, and I’ve had the best time meeting my friends from college and catching up with some of my old favorites, my last two weeks in Bombay were quite the whirlwind, to say the least. I don’t usually do Favorites, but I think it’s nice to share some of your obsessions once a month. Taking a leaf out of the book of a rather lovely blogger I know, I’ve decided to make this a regular feature. Featuring the best of August, this is my Five Favorites for Friday!

1. Wasabi by Morimoto at the Taj Mahal Hotel

Anyone who knows me even a little knows about my love for Japanese food – and especially my love for fusion Japanese! Luckily there is no shortage of Japanese food in New York, but my last two weeks were spent having a TON of miso black cod at one of my favorite restaurants in Bombay, called ‘Wasabi by Morimoto’ at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Chef Morimoto has a restaurant after his namesake in New York as well, and he has been called the ‘Iron Chef’ due to his unique eclectic spin on Japanese food. Although expensive, each dish on the menu is a culinary delight. The fish is fresh and tasty, and the fusion of flavors always leaves you wondering how he does it. Besides the miso black cod, some of my favorite dishes involve a succulent yellow tail carpaccio in a lemon and caviar glaze and spicy avocado and salmon tacos. Also, don’t leave without trying the green tea fondant! It is absolutely divine.

2. Gossip Girl

Oh, Gossip Girl. This show is such a guilty pleasure of mine. Although the sixth and final season aired last year, I have been re-watching the series while running on the treadmill. It’s such a fun, mindless show to watch particularly because the drama is completely unrealistic. For those of you who have been living under a rock the past few years, Gossip Girl is a television show based on the book series of the same name by Cecily von Ziegesar, about a set of privileged, private school educated kids in the Upper East Side in Manhattan and their ubiquitous blogger/follower, Gossip Girl, who has nothing better to do than to broadcast all their secrets on social forums. Before you judge me too much, be aware that the clothes are divine, the views of Manhattan are amazing, and the drama is so mindless it takes any and all of your worries away. And when you’re panting away on the treadmill, some of that distraction (read: eye candy) is pretty appetizing! 🙂

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Liebster Love

Hi everyone! I know I’ve been slightly out of it the past few weeks, but life has been a crazy mix of friends and academics. I’ve recently moved back to my beloved New York City, where I’ve felt like a tourist again. From orientation, a new campus and visiting old favorites, it’s been very easy to get sucked up into the bubble that is NYC. However, today, I got an amazing surprise from a fellow blogger who nominated me for a Liebster award! Here are the rules –


Firstly, a Liebster Award is an award given by bloggers to bloggers. It’s amazing to be recognized by people who do the same things you do. I definitely feel the love! ❤ Once you’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award, you have to do the following –

1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
3. Answer 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers. They should be bloggers that you believe deserve some recognition and a little blogging love.
5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers that you nominated to answer.
6. Let all of the bloggers know that they’ve been nominated. You cannot nominate the blogger that nominated you.

Let’s begin! 🙂

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Perfumes for Every Occasion

I love perfume. Honestly, the fragrance that one wears can be so therapeutic sometimes, especially since it has been shown that scents can affect your mood in a number of different ways. From making you feel energetic, tired or even focused, the effects of smell are unparalleled, to say the least. What you wear is also a great indicator of the way you feel, which is why we all wear different fragrances depending on where we’re going and what activities have been planned for the day. With that in mind, I’ve included my five favorite fragrances for a number of different moods. Keeping these on your night stand will ensure that you’re ready for whatever life throws at you!

1. Chance by Chanel

Ah, Chanel. There was no doubt in my mind that I would start with this fragrance to commemorate the post. The first perfume I ever got was the classic Chanel Chance Eau De Parfum, which soon developed into a craze that led to the addition of two more in the Chance series, Eau Fraiche and Eau Tendre. While I usually hate it when companies try to capitalize on the success of a product by giving other products similar names and marketing them in the same way, I was very thrilled with the way the other perfumes turned out, and actually regularly use Chanel Eau Tendre on days I want a change  from Gucci’s Flora. However, my perfect classic perfume for a sophisticated night out has to be the original Chance. It’s a mature scent, and very strong. It definitely lasts a long time. Chance in French means ‘luck’, but even if you go by the English meaning, the perfume sticks to its name. Taking a ‘chance’ on unexpected flavors, the top notes of the classic fragrance go the fruity route, with pineapple, pink pepper and lemon adding a hint of sweetness. After that, the perfume switches to flowers, which are not as sweet as the top, even though the notes are still feminine – hyacinth, jasmine and iris are quite subtle without being overly so. Ultimately, the base notes of the fragrance come out, which leads to muskier undertones of amber, patchouli, vetiver and white musk. This makes the scent ‘older’ than a standard fruity or flowery fragrance, but I think in a good way. It is perfect for a refined night. However, if the scent of the classic fragrance is too much for you, Chanel has developed the lighter Eau Fraiche, which has notes of lemon and cedar at the top, pink pepper, water hyacinth and jasmine in the middle, and a plethora of base notes – teak wood, iris, patchouli, vetiver and musk. The omission of the pineapple, amber and iris, along with the addition of teak wood, gives you the same scent as Chance without the strong after scent, along with a more citrusy tone. The last fragrance in the Chance series, however, is completely different. Flirty and tart, it starts off with notes of grapefruit and quince, leading to tinges of jasmine and hyacinth. Finally, it gives way to musk, cedar, amber and iris. Sweeter than the other two fragrances and less woody, it is a happier and more energizing fragrance used for a fun night out, which is embodied by the absence of the heavy patchouli smell. Continue reading