Following fashion concepts do not come easy. But the rules of the fashion world, I feel are best followed, not ignored. The fashion world moves so fast, there is always a risk involved that as a fashion addict, I might just get left behind and I don’t want to be that person – no one wants to be that person. It is always nice to be a part of the in-crowd. It is a great feeling to know that I am always following the latest trends as they happen and then spend hours and hours putting together an ensemble which follows that trend.
I like to be in-the-know about fashion trends because I want my fashion choices to represent the latest trendy colours or the greatest recent cuts or silhouettes of clothes; I also want my style directive to be peppered with selections from the latest, most amazing designers-to-know. I don’t like to feel left out of the trend circle in fashion because even though fashion should be about self-expression, I really think it should also be a trendy self-expression.
Following a particular trend leaves enough room for me to explore multiple ways to express my personal style quotient because, for example, if white is the trendiest colour off-late, I get to choose just exactly how I express the way I want to wear the colour. Do I choose white as a dress, or white as a pair of knee-length socks? The possibilities are endless.
The big argument is that how does following trends allow enough room to feel beautiful just the way you would like to – what if you like to wear something that isn’t trendy? I want to just stop the big question mark there because I don’t even understand how people get by without doing trendy. I just think being trendy is really more like a universal feeling. There is no pressure to follow each and every trend, obviously not, but not even a single trend, not even loving one trendy colour, like let’s say: yellow as your fashion choice for this winter, is just too much to grapple. I mean, that big question mark is just an excuse to be sloppy, and fashion never does sloppy.
The truth is that fashion rules exist for a reason. It’s what helps to guide towards a path of good taste and a greater sense of self-worth. I don’t think wearing potatoes-as-clothes or a piece of lettuce as a small hat would be a good idea and this is where fashion rules come in to help people differentiate between good taste and absolute nonsense.
When it comes to beauty, I guess the debate gets larger because beauty is more than just skin-deep – it is a whole lot more than the beauty products we use everyday that make us feel beautiful on the inside and on the outside. I think that true beauty also comes from looking good inside out. It is not just a person’s face that makes them beautiful – it is also their character at-large. I think there is so much that one can learn from another person talking or behaving. I have experienced both worlds: people who look good, are great, and absolute morons, who don’t really look good to my eyes but those are just my thoughts alone – in this huge world, it’s nice to expect different people to have different tastes.
My world is filled with all kinds of beautiful people, who I feel are partly beautiful because amongst the many great things they do, they do not exaggerate about things they have never done for no reasons whatsoever, like so many morons in the world, and they are also nice and friendly to work with. No matter whoever you are, and wherever in the world: fashion and beauty always looks good when you aspire to be fashionable, and when you are really great.
Food and nonsensical drama
When I was still in school, one of the busiest times of the day during the week was the afternoon. Coming right back home from six hours of school-time meant I was obviously tired, and very hungry. My lunchbox wouldn’t contain anything extraordinary: there were no sushi rolls, miso soup, burgers and fries or a warm paratha for lunch. I would snack on potato crisps or iced soda, and that to me was the perfect mid-lunch snack. I didn’t quite fancy spending all my time during lunch-break in school eating with friends, because it was also the only real option to catch up with friends.
During school hours, it was optimal to pay attention in class because as a student you are expected to learn both in class and in your own time. After coming home, I would heat-up my lunch and plop myself on the couch to watch television but the only shows that would air at the time, worthwhile catching, were the afternoon talk shows. The talk shows would air in the evening too, which would mean they were quite interestingly inescapable during food-time. Growing up, food-time began to mean The Oprah Winfrey Show and Larry King Live. It meant Star World, the Hallmark Channel and CNN. I was too busy being a couch potato to know what my friends would be upto right after school was over so it was just me and my pet dogs, a good warm lunch and talk shows.
I have to admit school never permitted to be a regular viewer of both the shows because living in a city as a child meant traffic jams are unavoidable. Sometimes it would be so late hours that I would get home from school that a warm lunch and news segments on the BBC would be the only thing worth watching on television that would greet me. Naturally, it was never really as interesting but during lunchtime I don’t think the kind of television I like to crave is serious pieces of journalism.
There is a very good reason why Oprah was interesting to watch during lunchtime: Oprah would participate in gift-giving to her audience and it would bring such joy to all of the people who would tune into her show live and on-set, there were a varied range of guests, from book authors I normally never hear off despite being an avid reader of books from my childhood, to rare interviews of celebrities, and one of Oprah’s biggest past times on her television show was fretting about her waistline.
Growing up with talk shows does not mean I could reserve a lot of time to catch every single celebrity interview the chat show hosts would do because naturally I had homework to think about, and practicing my writing skills, as well as cultivate my hobbies, which I was quite crazy fond of doing. But there were pieces I did catch on The Oprah Winfrey Show, like Tom Cruise’s loud proclamation of love for Katie Holmes. Holmes had harbored a crush on Cruise, during her starry-eyed days in Dawson’s Creek, and long before she ever got the chance to meet him.
So the relationship had circulated a lot of drama and the episode, upon first sight, looked like it would be a treat wrapped up with ribbons and everything, for audiences around the world tuning into The Oprah Winfrey Show. I found the episode rather boring in places and given the mad publicity hoopla that was going on at the time surrounding the two’s whirlwind romance, that was disappointing, to say the least. But that’s what chat shows are on most days: absolute hogwash but it’s all that’s worth your time really during food-time because no one wants to watch One Piece, absolutely all the time and every single day.
Donald Trump, a Mexican straw hat and great gossip
During Thanksgiving, what are the conversation points that would be welcoming? I figured the regulars are always a nice addition to great company and a delicious meal. It’s a really fabulous idea to catch up with friends over glasses of Chardonnay and roast meat. It’s quite tough to point at other times of the year when any excuse would be good to do so without the extra headache of deadlines and daily grocery shopping bugging you.
As much as you would love to chat about your friends’ ugly hookups and how rubbish last night’s house party was, the humdrum of daily existence beckons you to get busy because everyday isn’t meant to be extraordinarily fun-times-with-mates. I love to socialise, so juicy pieces of gossip is a very welcoming thought, for a start. How many of your friends are moving towns? How has dating life been like? What was the most exciting event to happen to them in the past year? What has work been like? How’s school/uni and how heavy has the workload been because I haven’t slept in ages? How many are having babies and what’s that like actually because I am not really a baby-person? Hey, it most definitely is alright to be curious about your friend’s life even if it is so different from the kind you love to lead…I think that’s what makes the conversation so interesting if you really do love to socialise.
The second good point to talk about I feel would be the Thanksgiving meal you all have just had: you can ask them which part of the meal they enjoyed the most, if they felt anything was missing from it that could be included next year – this isn’t an invitation to mess with a traditional Thanksgiving meal but sometimes keeping that tradition, with it you can cook up pumpkin pie (very autumnal!) or a strawberry-laced dessert, to serve to your guests. Therefore, inputs from your friends would be a grand thing really because your juggling recipes for a party, you’re giving it your best shot, and you most definitely cannot read minds so the more your friends tell you about their favourite part of the meal, the less stressful it gets to happily entertain in the future. Apart from that talking culture is great, with politics: right now all I can think about is Trump’s victory at the US elections and how disappointing that is for the United States because his Republican manifesto just wasn’t personally appealing. It is all I can think about. That and the sombrero.
It is not too tough to work a plan out to prepare for one of the grandest meals of the year
The Thanksgiving weekend is almost here. It’s hard to not spend time daydreaming about a delicious turkey roast, and potatoes cooked to perfection every day of the hour. But sometimes cooking for a massive meal always sounds harder than it is:
- Must wash turkey properly before cooking
- Must always keep an eye on the cooking hob
- Need to marinate prawns, the night before to cook over the weekend – I mean, does that sound inviting? Giving up your first proper evening in front of the television for marinating prawns that you won’t even be digging into until at least tomorrow evening?
It’s not hard. A little discipline goes a long way. In my mind, I have always associated thanksgiving dinner with friends. There is a lot to be thankful for in the world and every year expressing some of it shows you in a candour spirit I believe, for people who love you. As an animal-lover, thanksgiving for me is incomplete without thinking about my dog(s), and for all animals in the world, and for them I am thankful every year – it’s one of the rare regulars on my annual list. I feel it rings in a perfect family spirit that way, and Thanksgiving, like all major holidays can also be considered entirely “a family holiday”.
However, in the United States not everyone likes to think so-traditional-in-everything. I like to call it a more British or Asian understanding that holidays mean spending them with family a little bit, and quality time with your pet(s) a lot. Nowadays, semi-takeaway food is substituting homecooked Thanksgiving meals. Even as a student I cannot imagine having “a half-prepared meal chucked into the oven and voila…done” during the holidays because no matter what student cooking looks like, it’s still an edition of a Thanksgiving meal. It’s impossible to believe that lives in metropolitans can be so busy and full of little things to do everyday that actually cooking a meal seems so very hard to fit in.
For a Thanksgiving meal, there are some basics that must be followed to make the whole process as simple as possible:
- Roast a turkey
- Invite your friends for a meal
- Do the cranberry sauce (it should be simpler than making a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice without a blender)
- Prepare the gravy
- Make mashed potatoes
My favourite part about the meal is undoubtedly the roast turkey, but getting together with mates + the nice cold that this time of the year always rings in, is always a great reason to look forward to Thanksgiving Day.