If you ask me, mums are highly sensitive people especially new mums who are still new to the motherhood thing and has to learn almost everything overnight. And as far as dads are concerned, you lot are simply doomed. Yes, doomed.

Why? Well, you can be a scientist, an investment banker, a fire fighter, a cop or anything under the sun but the fact that remains that splitting oneself in half to bring out a tiny human being into this world and being responsible for his or hers every need is one heck of a job and cannot be ever, ever, EVER compared to anything. So, here’s a handy note to all you dads out there about things you should never ever, ever, EVER say to new mums.

Read it, comprehend it and make a blueprint of it all over your brain because it can just make your life a wee bit easier.

Sleep when the baby sleeps:

I know you mean well. But please refrain from saying these words because chances are she will snap-back with her racoon eye and ask you when is she supposed to go for a wee, take a bath, have one teeny-tiny minute to herself. When? As you would not have an answer to this just bite those words even before it comes out of your mouth.

Wow, you look tired:

Yes, that’s exactly the look new, sleep-deprived mums are going for.

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Boy, am I tired?!

You could have trekked to Mount Everest and made it in one day but still do NOT talk about being tired because continuously feeding a baby, changing their diapers, cleaning the poop, pee, walls and floor all done mostly with one free hand and one hand holding your munchkin is a physically and emotionally exhausting task. So sorry but not sorry your own tiredness is nothing compared to hers.

Anything about breastfeeding:

Sure you sat through the breastfeeding class and even diligently took notes but for the sake of your health and happiness just do not say anything about breastfeeding. Keep in mind a simple mathematical formula if you ever feel the urge to say anything about the subject: no boobs = no talk about breastfeeding. It really is that simple.

Are you in the mood?

This one is easy to misconstrue. One fine day, after you return from work, you would have realised that she has taken shower, has put on a freshly laundered top, has a hint of make-up and has even shaved her legs. You might be inclined to think that this is your lucky night. But do not ask this question because unless the activity in your mind involves ten hours of uninterrupted sleep (for her) the answer is probably definitely no.

What did you do all day?

Here’s the answer: She has fed, cleaned, burped and calmed the baby some zillion times. Usually, she has already done it ten times before 7AM and on top of that she has made some breakfast, cleaned the poop smeared carpet some ten times and looked after other essential things for the baby the whole day while making sure her own sanity has not gone down the door. See, babies are notoriously dependant on their mums for every single thing and looking after one is not exactly a holiday. So do not ever ask this question, no matter what.

Anything about her weight, shape and size:

If you care for your own safety do not go there because hell hath no fury like a postpartum, hormonal woman surprised and shocked by her body’s change. So DO NOT GO there.

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With the first week of the New Year nearly over, hopefully you’ll are still going strong with your fitness resolutions. As a busy, working mum, I have to wear many different hats and sometimes exercising is the last thing on my mind. But I know from experience that even twenty minutes of exercising can do wonders not only to your body but mind and soul. So, here are some of my fitness hacks that will not only sweat you out but all release those amazing endorphins  and keep you wonderfully fit.

High-Intensity Interval training (HIIT):

I honestly do not have the luxury of time to spend hours at gym. Hence HIIT is my favourite regime. This form of cardiovascular exercises were made popular on 2010s.

HIIT is a form of interval training, incorporating both cardio and weights, interchanging between short periods of intensive anaerobic exercise  with less-intense recovery period. A typical session lasts anywhere between 4 to 30 minutes.

Trawl on youtube and you will be get plenty of HIIT workouts. My favourite is the Jillian Michaels 30-day shred programme as well as Beachbody’s workouts like Piyo (which has 20-60 minute programmes).

Hula-hoop:

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Last January I brought a hula-hoop just on a whim. After learning how to do it and practising it relentlessly, I can vouch it is a great exercise which will strengthen your core and give you those enviable hour glass figure. And it is such a lot of fun.

It is my go-t0 regime when I do not have any time for myself. I take out my hula, switch on some music and along with my daughter go hula-hooping. Done for 20-30 minutes without a break it can rev up your hear rate and hence is a great at home cardio workout. You can check out my instagram video on how to do it properly here.

Yoga and Sun-salutations:

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If you have been following my blog for a while you know I am a self-confessed yoga lover. On days, when I do not have time to do anything else, I simply do some sun salutations. Considered as a complete body workout, yoga gurus say that 12 sets of sun-salutations is equivalent to 288 powerful yoga poses. Experts also say that one round burns around 13.90 calories. Star with 12 sets and slowly build up the number. My personal best is 108 in 30 minutes. So, go ahead and salute the sun for a leaner you.

Walk/Run:

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Walking/ Running is the oldest form of exercise known to human kind. It is also proven that taking at least 10,000 steps each day can wonders to your shape and life. If you want to count your steps then you can get a pedometer like the one shown above or a Fitbit which will help you count your steps to fitness.

Hopefully, my tips will help you get fitter no matter how tight your schedule is. Here’s to a fit year 🙂

This post was partly sponsored by Ozeri but all the opinions are mine. 

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The best is yet to come ~ Frank Sinatra

This year, like last has been one blessed year with a huge learning curve for me. From getting back to full-time work to learning how to balance life with work and most challenging of all–to make some time to do things I love; it has been one huge ride.

In terms of style, my personal style has certainly evolved: It is now a bit more relaxed and non-fussy. As most of the days, I simply do not have time to preen myself, it has also become a lot more quicker.

So, here I am going down the memory lane and sharing the top ten looks from 2015.

Playing with pastel faux:

Being a mum has definitely not made me less adventurous in the style department. Here, I am experimenting with pastel faux fur.

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Having some fun with floral trousers:

Sometimes, you just have to ditch floral dresses for floral trousers.

Clashing prints:

And here, I go way out of my comfort zone by combining two clashing prints.

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Neoprene Dress:

I also toyed with a perfectly fitting neoprene dress.

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Coloured jeans:

Here, you will find me donning some coloured jeans and splashing the city purple with my bestie.

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Summer dress:

Finally, who does not love a colourful and vibrant summer dress?

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Neutral territory:

Here, you will find me ditching colours and entering into a neutral territory.

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The Little Black Dress:

Women who wear black certainly do lead colourful lives.

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Tomboy Chic:

Here, you will see me going tomboy chic with dress and sneakers.

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Black and White, once again:

And finally, perhaps my favourite, a simple yet chic black and white dress which can take you from morning to night in a jiffy.

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So, how does your style evolve each year? Do you consciously experiment or just go with the flow? And which one from above is your favourite? Do let me know your thoughts.

I wish all my lovely readers and friends a very Happy New Year and as the saying goes–the best is yet to come.

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“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”–Bob Hope

Another year went by and lo and behold it is that magical year of the time–Christmas Day. First of all, I would like to wish you all my readers Merry Christmas.

This year, instead of sharing a usual outfit post, I thought of sharing what Christmas really means to me. Whilst Christmas fashion is big on my list; this year it was pushed down in the list and rather than spending time on finding out the perfect outfit, I utilised my energy on the things that really matter–family, friends, food, health and laughter.

I am fortunate that I have such a great support system and my heart is filled with gratitude. And thank you to all those who put up with me even when I am at my worst. 😉

So here are some of my most precious moments from the Christmas season:

Enjoying some quality time with my sister:

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Knowing that I will have this guy (the hubby) always, no matter what:

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Running behind my little elf:

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And constantly choosing between exercise and all the naughty Christmas grub 😉

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As the countdown for a New Year begins, I look back and feel thankful. Happy New Year to everyone and let’s get drunk on joy, love, kindness and happiness.

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Hello, my lovely readers couple of weeks ago I found that I have been selected as one of the ambassadors and guest bloggers for the upcoming Oxford Fashion Week.   Needless to say, I am supremely excited and chuffed that I have been selected.

This year Oxford Fashion Week is part of Oxford Fashion Studio who are launching the 2015 season of runway shows from September through to November and includes runway shows in New York, Paris, Oxford, Houston and Los Angeles.

For the uninitiated, the Oxford Fashion Studio does an amazing job of discovering and supporting brilliant emerging designers from all over the world. At the heart of Oxford Fashion Studio is a love for brilliant design and a respect for how it invites us to experience life differently. Oxford Fashion Studio runway shows exhibit extraordinary designs from exceptional established and emerging designers.

Oxford Fashion Week

Oxford Fashion Week

If you would like to experience a glamorous evening with talented designers and fashion lovers from around the world then do not forget to mark your calendar. Oxford Fashion Week will be taking place on 31st October at exquisite The Sheldonian theatre designed by Sir Christopher Wren.

Some of the designer who will be gracing the event are: Emma Gilligan (Jewellery) Collection name: Made by E.M.M.A, designer Lavinia Cadar Collection name: Cuba Cubismo and designer: Barkers-Woode Collection name: Queen.

There are two Runway Shows:-

  • The 6pm Independent Collection Show
  • The 9pm Couture Collection Show

Tickets can be purchased via the website by clicking the link below:
http://www.oxfordfashionstudio.com/tickets/.

Oxford Fashion Week

Oxford Fashion Week

So, will you be attending this spectacular and inspiring night? Well, I certainly hope so and see you there 🙂

Image credit: All Images are provided by the Oxford Fashion Studio

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