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I’ve moved!

You may have noticed it earlier this week; I’ve made the move from my old domain to my new home on the internet at www.pinkchailiving.com. I wrote all about why I’m changing the name and format of the blog here, so definitely take a peek!

As with all internet changes there is a lot of messy behind the scenes things going on (especially because I’m learning as I go). This domain will be active for few more days while I work on redirecting links and updating images on the new site. However, you’ll want to bookmark your browsers with the new domain to catch the latest content.

Thank you for being with me on the first part of my journey where learned all about what to wear and how to organize our closets, now I welcome you into my home and life behind the scenes so we can learn together again. This time we’ll focus on fashion, food, DIY, home decor, and living a better life!

Making Changes

I was really hoping to be here this morning with a big reveal of my new site. In fact, I stayed up until 3am trying to make that happen, but sadly, things don’t always work out the way we want them to.

It turns out that due to some technical issues beyond my comprehension, I need restore part of the website’s database which involves saving and organizing nearly 1500 photos and then adding them back to each blog post individually – good times right. Looks like I’ll be locked up in my office this week getting that done so things will be a bit quite here in the meantime.

As frustrating as this whole process is, I’m going to look at it like a gift and use it as a reason to re-organize all my posts and set them up in a way that’s more user friendly and easier to search.

With that I’m off to save photos and cuddle with my boy who turned 10 this morning!

The End

I hate to quit. My nature is pretty competitive, so the idea of throwing in the towel never really sits right with me. However, over the years I’ve learned that forcing myself to complete things just for a check mark or gold star really isn’t worth the stress it causes me. For that reason I’m calling it quits on the 30 for 30 challenge.

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In the end, I only created 20 outfits, and I’m okay with that. I probably could have pushed through and posted 10 more outfits, but it’s making me pretty cranky. The pieces I haven’t used yet have pretty much all made it in to the donation pile. there were just a handful of things in my closet I don’t wear regularly or love so I added them to my 30 for 30 to force myself to use them. Turns out, I still don’t like them.

The other reason I’m bowing out of my last 10 outfits? Things are really busy for me on the work front right now and I have to make that my priority. As much as I love blogging, sometimes it has to take a back seat to the biz. I’ve mentioned before that I’m launching a new project called Daily Saheli on March 17th and that is taking up a lot of my time and energy right now. So long story short, I’m going to call it on the 30 for 30 and get back to the rest of the clothes in my closet!

Enjoy your weekend everyone, I’ll be back on Monday!

Success and Likeability, Mommy Guilt, and Moving On ….

It was early 2011, my daughter was three years old and my son was almost six the first time I heard Sheryl Sandberg’s now infamous Ted Talk.  I watched it three times in a row and wept tears of admiration and joy, I felt like she was my soul sister; unapologetic for her success,  mom on a mission, and a woman who expected an equal partnership from her spouse, it was beautiful. Many parts of that speech resonated with me, but a particular quote has stuck with me over the years….

“Success and likeability are positively correlated for men and negatively for women. When a man is successful, he is liked by both men and women. When a woman is successful, people of both genders like her less.”

It stung, like the truth often does. This one sentence vibrated at my very core – I had been one of those women who didn’t like successful women for no apparent reason, and I’d also been disliked for no reason at all. It was at that very moment that I decided to change my perspective on women and success, to celebrate my sisters, to raise my daughter to be bold and fearless, and to raise a son that encourages and supports the mother of his future children in finding her success one day. 

Every day I work at bringing my best self to the world, and every day I fight mommy guilt, incorrect labels, and the pressures to be a “good kind woman” (which I am, but I also totally kick ass in a negotiation situation). When I saw this video from Pantene yesterday it really hit me, just like Sheryl’s quote did almost three years ago and I had to share it.


In under a minute this video (which is actually an ad for shampoo) captures beautifully the labels that are placed on women in the workforce. This is our reality, but things need to change. 2014 is around the corner, here’s to making it the year that we bust stereotypes; we aren’t bossy and aggressive, we are bold and passionate. And while we are talking about this – let’s be honest; it’s time we stop pulling each other down and start lifting each other up; we need a save a seat at the boardroom table for our girls. Never before in history has there been such a time of opportunity for women to lean in, knock down doors, and claim their share of abundance and opportunity. This excites me beyond words!

So, if there is anything I can do to help you move forward next year (that is legal) please let me know – either in a comment below or a private email, because I want to be a part of your success. Helping other women carve a path to their goals gives me a strange high – seriously, it should be illegal!

 

Mom Behind the Camera: Playing Pool

pool 1{Watching Daddy work his magic!}

On this blog I’m usually the one in front of the camera, but “in real life” I tend to be the one behind the lens. It’s always been this way in my family, whenever there is a special occasion I’m the one counted on to take pictures, make sure everyone is included in group shots, and get the attention of screaming kids when photos are being clicked. Honestly, I don’t mind being the official memory collector, because I enjoy taking photos, however, lately I’m more interested learning about the composition, lighting, and lenses involved with taking a great shot than the shot itself! 

I am by no means a professional, but am definitely learning how to play around with my camera a bit more, and last Friday I got the chance to capture my three favourite people while they were busy at play. Continue reading

Flashback Friday: The Wedding Dress

Pink Chai Style Wedding{May 19,2011}

It has been 12 years since I got married and my taste is very different than it was at 20 but, there are two things I  don’t regret at all – my wedding lehenga and my guy, they are both keepers. When I look back at pictures there are a lot of things I wish were different; the theme (we didn’t really have one), more fresh flowers, I would have chosen to have bridesmaids (the pictures look so much better), oh and speaking of pictures, a much better photographer. Regardless, I still love my outfit and knew it was mine the moment I saw it,  even before I tried it on. It was the perfect colour (it just doesn’t show in the pictures but it’s a beautiful purpley pink – which was my favourite at the time), and the print is called bandhini which is a traditional Indian art form, so it was the perfect fit for my old soul.

Even though I loved my Indian wedding lehenga so much, there has always been a part of me that longed for a ‘Western’ ceremony. It wasn’t feasible when we got married but I had always wanted to wear a princess cut gown with a pink sash and have a commitment ceremony – mostly just to satisfy my urge to try on ball gowns and wedding dresses. So when I got the chance to work with Dress First and plan a dream wedding – I jumped on it.

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5 Things You Don’t Know About Me…..

pink chai style v2{Please excuse the spelling fail. #6 I could never compete in a Spelling Bee}

Earlier this year I was selected as one of Vancouver’s Top Mom Bloggers, along with an amazing bunch of local ladies. A few of us have teamed together to bring you this fun collaboration today. I’d love it if you click through and read what some of the other had to share in their ’5 Things You Don’t Know About Me’ post….

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The Mama Stuff Blog          Mother Your Business      More Than Your Average Momshannon-cher-danielle                   Truthfully                                Eco Bravo                       Motherless Moments

salma-jackie                             Real Life for Mom                    Savvy Suburban Mama

 

Lazy Day Survival Kit

Lazy Day Survival Guide | Pink Chai Style{Lazy Day Survival Kit: : cozy sweatshirt, lots of reads, iPad, eyemask & candy!}

Amongst my many crazy quirks, I have a very special problem – it is impossible for me to relax and just take it easy. It is a rare moment during the week that I’ll sit and just do nothing, I am the queen of multi-tasking; instagramming while cooking, mopping the floors while testing the kids for spelling words, running twitter parties while planning new outfits, etc, etc. It’s gotten to the point where I will feel actual anxiety if I sit down on the sofa and ever decide to watch a TV show, I feel like those are “wasted” moments. The problem with the ‘go go go’ mentality, it also makes me the burnout princess, always primped and ready for the next major meltdown. 

I’m Raj, I live in a pink bubble and I’m an adrenaline junkie. Always pushing myself just a little bit further, trying to finish one last project, check off one more item on my list – and eventually coming to a complete halt when my body shuts down. Although my symptoms are amplified because I have Hashimoto’s Disease (an auto-immune thyroid condition), I think all moms are guilty of pushing ourselves too hard and too far sometimes. Continue reading

What to Wear: Lazy Summer Evenings

Lazy Summer Days | Pink Chai Style{Jeans: GAP Factory Store, Tee: BlueNotes, Shoes: Payless, Bag: Old Navy}

aug 5 collage{Kids Tees: Zara – The GAP, Armaan – Walmart}

I always hum and haw over whether I should post such casual pictures or not, I mean surely everyone already knows that jeans and a tee shirt go together, right? The reason I end up sharing casual days then is not for outfit inspiration but rather for authenticity. It’s only fair to share the ho-hum basic looks if I share all the really awesome ones right?

This look has pretty much been my uniform most summer evenings. We’ve been spending a lot of time walking the pier with the kids, swinging on swings, and generally lazing after dinner lately. In fact, this is the first time in a few years that I feel like we have a “place”. A special spot that will always be the signature of #Summer2013, and I love it. Continue reading

Taking a Long Weekend!

happinessHello lovelies! Just popping in to say that I will be giving myself a bit of a long weekend and won’t be back until Tuesday. Sometimes we just have to put our feet up and put ourselves first – that’s where I’m at right now. It’s been a hectic few weeks with work, and this momma just needs to lounge around, sleep, eat, and read this weekend. Chat soon!

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