Clambake

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One thing I’ve always wanted to do is either host or attend a clambake! A good ole fashion New England clambake. It might be something simple that everyone has probably participated in at one point or another, but not me. And I’m jealous. Newspapers lining long wooden tables, unlimited amounts of clams and/or boiled shell food, eating only allowed with ten fingers, and hammering away at anything that needs hammering… it all sounds pretty great to me. Oh and rustic candles & old school Coca-Cola bottles will do as well.

Now that I’ve established that hosting a clambake is on my summer wish list, here are a few other things I want add to that wish list for this 2015 summer:

1. Flying trapeze class as the sun is setting

2. Outdoor movie laying on green grass

3. Solid picnic spread in central park

4. Peaceful rooftop yoga class

5. Fun Boat outing in downtown manhattan

6. Dancing on a beach while the sun is setting (hopefully Greece!)

7. Rent a bicycle and bike around the city

8. Book a spontaneous weekend getaway (Airbnb anyone?)

9. Go to a summer outdoor concert

10. Yankees game – always a must.

What’s on your summer wish list? Would love to hear!

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Toi et Moi Pour Toujours

Sparkler 2In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that the main reason I traveled to France this past weekend was for my aunt’s beauitful wedding. And that’s exactly what it was – an absolutely beautiful wedding weekend. It had been such a long time since my entire family was all together and that was my favorite part of the trip. We laughed as we remembered old jokes from way back when, we danced the night away as if no time had passed at all, and we reminisced on all of the moments we’ve shared together. There were some members of my family that I had not seen in over ten years so for all of us to be together again was really special.

My aunt wore a gorgeous, classic, cream colored dress that fit her beautifully. To top the outfit off, she wore sparkly shoes and a pearl necklace to match her pearl hair accessory. She was incredibly happy as she walked down the stairs from the mayors office, where the ceremony took place, hand in hand with her man by her side.

The reception took place in an elegant hotel inside a large banquet hall where each table was named after a specific type wine from the French region. Foie Gras (my absolute favorite) overflowed the appetizer section, champagne bottles were endless (my second absolute favorite), and fountains of chocolate desserts took over the tables. The ceremony and the party couldn’t have been more perfect. I hope we don’t wait for another wedding for all of us to be together again because this was way too much fun…Cousins Dancing Me and Mom Me and Mom 2 the bride and cousinswalking in mayors office WOmen Sparkler outside tent Men

PS. If you’re in a wedding mood, see a bridesmaid post here, a wedding post here and an engagement post here!

A Simple Thank You

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{Cute Thank You stationery from Charleston}

This past weekend, I received a really nice thank you note from a very good friend of mine. As I was reading the note, I had a huge grin on my face. I forgot how a simple thank you goes such a long way and how good it feels when you get one in the mail. I grew up writing thank you notes after my birthday parties, Christmas celebrations or graduation parties but the older I get, the less frequent I find myself writing them out. And if I do write a thank you, it’s always via email or text.

I miss writing actual thank you notes. The thank you notes you write out with a cool pen and pretty stationary. After being reminded how nice and happy it made me feel to get a thank you in the mail, moving forward, I am definitely going to make much more of an effort to write my thank you’s out. And what better way to start but with new stationary I recently purchased on my Charleston trip

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*images taken by Natasha for c’est moi natasha

Run

IMG_0284My feet lightly touch the ground one by one – my mind becomes clearer and I’m in my own world. All of the stress and everyday worries that consume my mind slowly fades away after each breath I take. The music in my ears encourages me to keep going, to keep my pace to the beat. I feel my body getting stronger and my mind getting sharper. Running has always been an escape for me. It’s been an important part of my life and transitioning into adulthood, it’s become a necessity. It’s a time where I can peacefully self reflect and just do me. I’m in my own zone and I’m allowed to be. Nobody can bother me.

I typically like being alone and I’ve learned over the years that counting on myself and being comfortable with being by myself is really important. I was teased at an early age for being a little different than everyone else. I moved from India where I had a very unique upbringing and childhood to Connecticut suburbia and a little after that New Jersey suburbia. In India, I would run around in dessert like areas and every year the international schools would have track races where we would all compete against each other. It was my all time favorite event (see picture above!).

When I moved to the US of A, I definitely dressed differently in my collard shirts, longer skirts and Ked shoes. I didn’t play all of the “normal” sports that girls my age were playing – soccer, basketball, lacrosse, field hockey etc. I started playing soccer and basketball at around 12 years old when everyone around me had started as soon as they could walk. I was not very technically gifted but one thing I could do well was run. And there was a sense of comfort knowing that I could at least do that.

This week, I signed up for the Baltimore Half Marathon in October and the Kiawah Marathon in December. I’ve run a half marathon before (the Brooklyn Half Marathon) but I’ve been dreaming about running a full marathon for a while. I kept going back and forth, afraid to commit to something as scary as 26.2 miles but I finally pulled the trigger. Wish me luck! And maybe, just maybe, I will run the Athens Marathon one day…..

PS. I talk a bit more about my childhood in this post, check it out!

Happy Mama’s Day

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{c’est moi natasha’s mama back in the 80’s}

Happy Mother’s Day, Mama! Tiny pieces of everything you are define every part of me. Today, I celebrate everything you are. Amazing, brave, talented, beautiful, selfless, caring, wonderful, intelligent, and the list goes on to infinity. You are my best friend and my number one person.  I look up to you in so many ways. I am so grateful and lucky to call you my mother. To me you are perfect – the perfect wife and the perfect mother. I hope to be as great as you are one day. I love you way too much to write it all down but I am so happy to call myself your daughter.

Happy Mother’s day to all of the amazing moms out there!

XOXO

High Maintenance

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I’m going to admit something a little high maintenance of me and I hope you won’t judge me too much for it. Here it goes…there are two things that I currently cannot live without – Perrier w/lemon & Equinox.  I love love love sparkling water and I love love love a good work out – I just can’t help it.

Lately, I’ve been drinking Perrier w/ lemon every morning when I wake up & every night before I go to sleep. It’s definitely become my before bed time treat and life is just too short not to enjoy. I’ve also recently joined the new Equinox gym in my office building so that’s been a huge motivating factor in keeping my work outs consistent. When a nice gym is right downstairs, there are no excuses.

Both habits might be a bit high maintenance of me but I must say I’ve been reaping the benefits from both!

Perrier w/ lemon:

  • I noticed my skin getting clearer
  • I fill up fast which makes me less hungry
  • I’m constantly hydrated because I keep wanting another glass
  • I’m detoxing my body
  • I feel healthy

Equinox:

  • I’ve become more fit & toned
  • I have an after work routine
  • I’m more self confident when I’m getting dressed up
  • I’m less anxious &/or stressed
  • Hot sauna = good pores

Are there any high maintenance habits that you have? What are they?!

*Image borrowed from here.

Pool Please

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Just a few weeks away, lies an amazing pool in South Carolina…and it can’t come soon enough. My last mini, amazing, vacation was in Florida (weekend recaps here, here & here) and another couple of days by a gorgeous pool is definitely overdue.

I consider myself a warm weather beach person. I love the sand, the ocean, the salt, the beach chairs, the umbrellas, the sounds –  everything about the beach consumes me. But the pool, the pool does it for me too. Growing up in India, I played with my brother and swam with my friends in pools every.single.day and that’s no exaggeration. I spent hours and hours in that crystal clear blue body of water until my toes and fingers wrinkled right up.

So South Carolina, hurry on up, I just want to jump in a pool already!

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Frands

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After graduating from college (nearly three years ago, ah!), the making new friends part was a big transition for me. Everyone disperses into their adult lives and the comfort of having a clique of friends suddenly disappears. I love being social and meeting new people but it wasn’t enough to hit the ground running in New York City. It’s actually pretty hard! It took me a while to gain the confidence to step out of my comfort zone and to meet new people, but it’s been so worth it.

My brother graduated from college last year and he is currently having a similar transition period. I found myself 100% relating to everything he was saying and I started giving him some older sister advice. Here are a few things I shared with him based on what I’ve learned along the post college frand journey:

1. Put yourself in uncomfortable situations // Going to any sort of social gathering where you may only know one person out of 50 is pretty uncomfortable. There is a lot of uncertainty and a bit of anxiety – millions of questions used to run through my head. But the best thing I’ve done is forcing myself into these social situations. You have to just jump right in and go with the flow, it might feel awkward for the first five minutes but it’s such a great way to connect with mutual friends.

2. Reach out // Instagram, email, gchat, text, call – there are so many ways now a days to reconnect with old friends, meet new friends and maintain current friendships. Having people over for dinner, inviting an acquaintance out to coffee, or grabbing drinks with a co worker, all happens if you just reach out. Don’t wait for people to come around because they may never come around, be the first to take action and invite, I promise it’s worth it.

3. Sign up for an after work sports team // Playing dodgeball in central park or spring soccer on Randall’s island, sign up for a sports league. It’s a great way to connect with co-workers outside of the normal 9-5 environment and you get to know people on a bit of a personal level. It’s also a great way to network, the whole “teamwork” aspect does actually come into play. And if someone invites you to join their sports work league, that’s the perfect opportunity to meet new people outside of your 9-5 day.

4. Go to work happy hours (even if you don’t feel like it) // Work happy hours are easy to skip out on but don’t skip! They are actually fun and it’s a great way to meet people that you may not interact with on a daily basis. There may be someone you’ve run into on your floor, in the elevator, worked with them briefly on a project, or exchanged a few emails, but it’s great to connect on a fun level too. I’ve found that when I do open up parts of my life, like having lived in India for 5 years or speaking a few different languages, co workers end up really appreciating it.

5. Tag along // I dislike imposing on people. I would never want to put anyone in a  Natasha is tagging along situation. If a roommate or friend used to say “hey, you should hang with me and my friends” my response often “no, that’s okay, no worries” because I really didn’t want to impose. It took a bit of time for me to realize, hey why not tag along? It’s probably the best way to get to make new friends and to put myself out there. And more likely than not, they actually WANT you to hang out and come along.

Is there anything you’ve learned along your post college frand journey? Share your words of wisdom!

Two.

IMG_6575Dear Aust,

Happy two year anniversary. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think someone as amazing as you would walk into my life and change everything for the better. Thank you for loving me for me, for being my number one fan, for taking my pictures for the blog, for picking me up when I’m down, for making me feel like the prettiest girl in the whole wide world, for giving me butterflies every time I see you, for all of the late night chats, for taking wild adventures with me, for having the best sense of humor, and for just being you. I love you.

XOXO,

Tash

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