Wrapping Up in a Blanket Scarf OOTD and How Shipra got her Groove Back || TSD Lookbook Chapter VIII

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Hello Beautiful People!
Being an adult was going to be hard, I knew that. The level of difficulty was what I was blindly unaware of. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to grow up and have a “big girl” job. I wanted to get up early in the mornings and get dressed up in business attire, like my mom does. I wanted to walk out the door ready to conquer anything and everything that came my way, also like my mom. In reality, she just made this monotony look way too easy and falsely exciting. I never realized these daily adult tasks would be so draining, and I definitely was not prepared to perform them every single day without a break. It’s like clockwork. I wake up at 5AM (but let’s be honest, I snooze my alarm until 5:30ish), and I have to shower and get ready under 15 minutes because I’m already running late. I leave my house by 6AM and get to work around 7:45AM. I work 8 hours, sometimes more, and I usually get home by 6:30PM because of the rush hour traffic. I eat dinner and try getting to the gym, and I knock out by 9:30PM. REPEAT.

Don't get me wrong, I am extremely grateful to have a job. For the most part, I really do enjoy my time at work. I have great friends. I don't necessarily like Corporate America, but that's a rant for another time. However, I am still not confident that I am ready to sign off my energy, free time, and hobbies for the sake of this 9 to 5. Because of my “big girl” job, I lost the will power to take part in activities that interest me. Instead, I have been drudging through this monotonous lifestyle, but enough is enough. I am done losing my energy over something that should not rule my life. I am taking back control.

The one thing that has always kept me going is fashion. I love the creativity and individuality associated with style. If my outfits look good, my mood is instantly uplifted. Since work requires me to wake up a little too early for my liking, most days I am not even awake enough to think about my outfit choice as I'm getting dressed. The only times my outfits are acceptable for my fashion sense are if I plan them ahead of time. That also does not happen too often. To help me out of this rut, I wanted to get back into fashion and blogging. On one rare occasion, I actually had some time to myself and I sat at home planning outfits for work, for this blog, and for some PR and red carpet events I have coming up. Somehow I was not tired anymore, and the lethargy turned into motivation.

That's when I realized it - the key to escaping the repetitiveness and dreariness of daily life as a young adult. In the midst of the hectic work schedules and crumbling social lives, make sure to dedicate some quality time for yourself. Don't lose the "me time". It's what's going to keep your sanity intact. Trust me on this. Indulge your time in the hobbies of your choice. If you don't have one, find one. Dedicating even a fraction of your time to something you full-heartedly enjoy will ensure that you don't get caught up in the adult world vortex of tedium and despair. This realization was how I got my groove back. 

Now, moving on to why you are really here - this outfit. I love blanket scarves. They are the perfect cold weather accessory for the Northeastern bipolar weather I experience every year. Paired with a fedora, sunglasses, and a vintage coat - you have an outfit that will surely bring anyone's groove back. 

PC - Shivani Patel

Outfit Details:

Navy Blue Fedora Hat: Forever 21 || Ray - Ban Round Light Ray Sunglasses: Ray-Ban || Purse: Aldo - old pair, similar one here Aldo || Booties: Dress Barn - old pair, similar ones here Charlotte Russe || Sweater: Forever 21 - It's impossible to find an exact item on their website || Jeans: Nordstrom || Coat - vintage || Blanket Scarf: Forever 21 



So if you are stuck in maddening monotony, give yourself some time. Cultivate your interests. Breathe. And you will find yourself escaping the rut of daily life. 



Much love to you all, 



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