Wednesday, September 30, 2015

First Karan, Now Lauren...

Yes. It's true. After 48 years, founder of his eponymous brand, Ralph Lauren is stepping down as CEO. His successor is Gap Inc. exec, Stephen Larsson.
Here are my greatest Ralph Lauren moments:

1. The Ralph Lauren started his company, 48 years ago, selling ties. He went to the same high school as I did, although back then it was an all boys school (and not the mess it is now). There was a mural of a teddy bear wearing a cozy turtleneck Ralph Lauren sweater & jeans. I used to pass by that everyday after lunch and whenever I was in my extracurricular activities (yearbook, art).

"In the 1957 DeWitt Clinton High School yearbook, Ralph Lauren wrote "millionaire" as one of his life goals... Lauren has an estimated net worth of $6 billion." (Kathleen Elkins, Business Insider, "From Dirt Poor to Billionaire", 2015)
2. The Ralph Lauren mansion (not a home) on Madison Ave, NYC, is worth visiting. It is breathtaking- you almost forget you're in a store, until you see a ivory frozen bodies of mannequins dressed, in RL. Obviously.

3. I will always be surrounded by the Ralph Lauren brand as a handful of my family members wear the brand. But, what will always stick with me is my father's affinity for the Polo Fragrances.

4. Ralph Lauren appearing on the sitcom, "Friends", as Rachel's/Phoebe's presumed hook-up.  

5.  And I cannot neglect to mention the clothing/brand. Exuding Americana spirit, it is versatile: casual & simple yet luxurious, impeccably made.Way back when I first discovered fashion magazines, I'd stare for literally hours at Ralph Lauren ads, the riding boot being my favorite item. I am now lucky enough to have resources to purchase one. And hey, maybe one of these days, that's exactly what I'll do. Which Ralph Lauren boot?

If Lauren, a man from humble beginnings, can become successful, well so can I- and so can you!


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Ralph Lauren Mansion Image: NY Times,

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Emmy's Red Carpet 2015

Never late. Always fabulous.

Just a note- there were some dresses not featured that were BEAUTIFUL, they were just not tailored correctly to fit the bodies they were put on, hence their absence from my list. Also, if something was off, I did not include on the list.



Images are not mine; all are from:

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Friday, September 18, 2015


After a killer 30 minute workout with a trainer at the gym, as I watch one of my favorite shows Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, I sit and reflect.

I am not quite sure why my mind takes this route, randomly. Maybe it's the endorphin and adrenaline pulsating throughout my body or the crude and overly descriptive way Bourdain speaks (which I personally love. It's exactly how I read my fictional books: with flair.). Or maybe it's social media- Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr- which I tend to check on a regular. Or maybe, it's just my damn self over thinking things. once again.

People truly believe that their happiness lies within others. We think: If my family is happy, then I'll be happy. If my significant other is happy, then I'll be happy. If my children are happy, then I'll be happy.
But how is that true? How come we never think: If I'm happy, then I'll be happy ?
We are human. We sympathize, empathize (and synthesize) with others' emotions. If we watch someone get hurt, we cringe, almost as if we feel the pain as well. We absorb others' feelings, both the good and the bad. We let others affect us (even when we think the opposite).
But we need to focus on our own aura. We need to learn to enjoy life, in our own right. 

When we are constantly looking for others' happiness to feel it for ourselves, we forget that happiness comes from within. It is a feeling that comes from you, not your mom or dad or material things. The emotions we absorb from others are temporary. Seemingly perfect, is not perfect. Seemingly happy, is not happy.

Allow yourself to love and care about others WITHOUT letting them affect your inner peace. This takes a while to learn but it is possible. At some point, you have to give to yourself as much as you give to others. So don't let others who say your are "cold" or "selfish" affect you either: everyone loves and shows emotions differently. Everyone is fighting their battles. Everyone is learning at their own pace. Stop trying to impress others. Impress yourself.

"People can only meet you as deeply as they have met themselves."
-Matt Kahn


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