Chained to you

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This October has been a busy month and I’ve thoroughly been enjoying it! Exactly two and a half months more and 2014 comes to an end. Time flies! Have I achieved everything that I wanted to this year? Not really. Everything that I planned has been set in motion but it hasn’t quite reached where I would like it to be yet. But I am surely and steadily getting there.. one step at a time. There are days when you get side tracked with everything going on around you and question yourself if you really are on that ‘path to success and happiness’ that everyone claims to be on. Just because everyone in your age group is getting married, popping out babies and working in their comfy 9 to 5 jobs and ‘settling down’, doesn’t mean you have to do it too. I catch myself agreeing to that mindset way more that I would like to admit, but then am jolted back into my senses. Frankly I dislike the very word settle. It might be used with good intensions from time to time, but lately settling down has become synonymous to stagnation. Just the thought of settling makes you complacent about your life, when there is so much out there to explore, desire and achieve. What you need is stability in life, not settling, and it’s high time the word gets replaced! 
As for me, I shall always remain chained to my free spirit and I refuse to “settle down” for anything lesser! Now that my little rant is over, let’s move on to the pictures! 

Trousers: c/o Lifestyle | Shirt: oasap (Buy here) | Shoes, rings & Body chain: Forever21
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Globetrotter: Konigssee Lake, Germany

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I had a really hard time trying to choose pictures for this post because there were so many and each one is as picturesque as the next one. Honestly it is impossible to choose and since I anyway hate taking such decisions, I went ahead and loaded the post with photos. The more pictures you look at, the more you’ll want to start making holiday plans and that’s exactly my intention! 😉 Because everybody deserves to go to a place like this. A place so silent and so pure that it makes you feel so small and insignificant with its majestic-ness, and at the same time fills you with wonder and a sense of accomplishment. All you have to do is go and look at this place that has formed its own beauty, and although you had no role to play in its formation, the very fact that you are able to see something so wonderful with your own eyes makes you feel, for one teensy moment, that you can achieve anything in the world!

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View from hotel
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Heated indoor pool which we din’t get to use(except as a background for pics)

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Literally translated as the “King’s Lake”, Konigssee is the cleanest lake in entire Germany, and its easy to see why. Only electric powered passenger boats, rowing boats and pedal boats are allowed in the lake. Either that or you could hike your way forward. One of the best things about this place is the silence. It’s rare for such a huge tourist attraction to be so peaceful and silent. The view of the lake, the mountains, and the stillness of the water automatically makes you just sit back and stare…. at everything. One way or the other they’ll make sure you are a well behaved crowd. They are Germans after all! Sticklers for rules. The guide on the boat speaks only German and blatantly refuses a kind request to explain at least a few of his points in English. You ask for a few words of English and he looks at you like you demanded his kidney! A yellow line on the dock that says ‘Do not cross’ strictly means DO NOT CROSS. A concept that we Indians simply can’t wrap our head around. So if you decide to take just one tiny step forward to peep under the bridge and look at those cute ducklings – bad idea. Angry Germans are worse than rude Germans. You’ll get the filthiest look that they reserve specially for dark skinned people. They are not big on welcoming foreigners. That’s something they can’t wrap their head around.

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Just look at that water!!!

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Pirate attack!!

There are two stops along the lake – St Bartholoma and Salet. To reach Salet, over the 8km stretch of the lake it takes about one and quarter hours. A 10 to 15 minute walk from Salet and you reach a smaller lake, the Obersee. If it’s possible to describe a hike as ‘cute’ that’s probably the word I’d use! Everything from the path, to the little restaurant mid-way, to the ducks that keep giving you company along the way, the fresh mountain water streams that you have to keep crossing over (straight out of an Enid Blyton novel!) is just picture perfect and adorable!

At the end of your little walk you reach a much smaller lake, almost hidden in the valley, with water so still that it seems to reflect everything around it. It doesn’t look real. Almost feels like its a set up where someone has planted perfectly symmetrical trees and painted a reflection that is too still to feel real. I don’t think our chaotic minds are used to such stillness. It didn’t come as a surprise that the instinctive reaction of most people over there was to throw a rock or pebble into the still waters just to see the ripples.

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Reflections

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Such pretty balconies!

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A few days of exploring got me convinced that I need to go back here not once but as many times as possible in a lifetime. How great would it be to just pack up and leave one fine day and just keep going, keep exploring and getting inspired? Some day! Until then, dream, dream, dream and make it happen!

Come to life in a picture

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They will tell you that Monday mornings are always blue. But if all that you can see is a rainbow, I say paint it in how many ever vibrant shades you want – the more the better.  They’ll tell you that it’s just a mirage but you’ll show them. They’ll tell you how life “should be looked at” – the obvious choices, the beaten path, the same old storyline. They’ll try to rub their own insecurities onto you and pass them off as your own. They show their displeasure at how their dreams have crumbled by ridiculing yours. But you are a fire breathing dragon, so breathe fire into your dreams. Because it’s not a fantasy. It’s a dream and its yours.

They might not understand, but it’s not your job to make them. It’s your job to have faith and go on climbing. They might say many-a-things, but those are mere reflections of the defeated lost soul riding in them. Take a chance, make a change and breakaway. Keep at it, because the results are a special kind of gift that come from embracing all the chaos. When you see your dream flourish, when you feel that bolt of warmth – fierce with joy and pride and gratitude, you know you are on the right track.

Believe in miracles. Even when you stop believing in them. Because they’ll happen in a way you never saw coming, they usually do. Because you’ll find a way to make them happen yourself. Because you’ll shape it, mould it, give it meaning. Because you are young, full of love, full of life.

Because you come to life even in a picture.

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Jeans: Kraus | Top:Paper scissors(Sydney) | Blazer:Gift from sis  | Shoes: Ruby shoes (Sydney) | Necklace: random shop | Cuff: Accessorize
Coincidentally, the last time I wore this jeans, I wrote a similar ‘philosophical’ kinda post. Even though the theme sort of sounds the same, the styling couldn’t be more different. Last time it was white and stripes and chambray, whereas this time I went with all dark hues.. or as they say ‘winter colors’ except that we are not having much of a winter here! 
In other news, the people from jabong did a little feature on me. The joy of finding your name in print is unparalleled! Do give it a read here 🙂

Bliss

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Bliss.
The feeling of peace. The epitome of being content. That wonderful semblance of perfection. When nothing, absolutely nothing can go wrong. Everything feels right. The moment when time stands still to the last micro second. The feeling of being lost in a world unknown to anyone but yourself.

Sleep = Bliss. That’s what it is.

Let’s see.. apart from sleeping an obnoxious 10 hours per day, what else have I got to share?
Its summer at its peak. The sight of anything denim makes me want to push it back into the darkest corners of my wardrobe. The sight of all my pretty little dresses makes me wish I was living in a city where I could wear them anywhere and everywhere and not just to ‘specific places’. Easy, breezy, bright kurtis is what am living in. That and pajamas. Ok only pajamas to be honest.

This ↓ happened by sheer chance.

p.s Yes am back for good! 😉

Wearing:
Kurti & Leggings: Max fashion
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Vacation Blues

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Holidays are always the most difficult times to be away from home. Right now I’ve reached a phase where I am just waiting for the course to finish so that I can go home. A monotony has set over the campus and I can see that almost everyone is feeling the same way.

For the first time in nine months I am missing home, missing my old routine where I could be as lazy as I wanted to be. I always love being busy, but for the first time it is getting to me. I feel mentally exhausted in-spite of having many mini vacations and weekend get-aways. And that’s because even though I am away, mentally I am constantly thinking about assignments, projects and classes. I don’t think I have completely let go and relaxed because I know that the vacation going to end and I would have to go back to the hectic schedule of classes and studies. Stupid I know. You need to live in the present. But the past, present and future here is too jam packed to “let go” that easily. 
The question of “what next” still looms large over my head. I had the same question after finishing schooling and after graduation, but this time I thought I would see a crystal clear path. I couldn’t have been more wrong. There never is a clear path. There never is a certain, definite direction. There is no definite answer for success either. Hundreds around me are clamoring around for jobs… some job, any job that pays. I know I definitely don’t want to end up like that. But sometimes its hard to not get swayed by the masses around you. I need to hold my ground.. I have my dreams. I need to stop doubting them and start believing in them. So what if they are drastically different. So what if half of the crowd doesn’t even understand them. Its for me to understand and build upon them. For me to be happy. 
This is going to be one of the most trying times for me. A real challenge. A real test. And there is no looking back. 
Enough ranting? Yeah I thought so too!

Wearing:
Jeans : Lee
Shirt: Max
Shoes: Ginger

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New phase

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I am back to being a student, and in the coming one year I am going to be buried under case studies, presentations, exams, more presentations and projects, outings, parties and a lot of fun(the latter part is inevitable). In between all this I don’t know how much time i’ll have for blogging. I’ve always thought known that I was addicted to blogging, so this is going to be nice little test for me. Let’s just say I am about to pull a vanishing act on you guys and I don’t know for how long.

But I have to say, I am pretty excited about this new phase! (exams included!). After this one year I have a feeling I am going to take up blogging full time. I know one year is a loooong time to be making such statements but gut feeling says so! The mishmash of goals and aims that I’ve had in life, seem to be gaining some direction and clarity, slowly and steadily. So definitely looking forward to this year and the coming years!!!

I’ll be off the blog for a couple of weeks now, until I settle into the new place and new routine.But you can still catch me on facebook, twitter and instagram (@thegirlatfirstavenue) for your daily dose of TheGirlAtFirstAvenue.
I’ll keep updating this space as and when time permits!

Anyway… I finally ended up going for a haircut and I totally loved it (unlike last time). I was too excited about my hair to bother about ‘dressing up’. So I just threw on something casual and comfortable and headed out. Once we were out, we were too hungry to bother about photos and to cut a long story short, by the time we finished gorging on food.. it was already dark. But we went ahead and clicked a couple of pics just to have something to show you guys ‘coz that’s what a good style blogger does!

p.s – Expect a couple of scheduled posts!

I know my haircut is not really visible in these dark photos (sob!)
But I swear it’s cute! Check it out here!

Capris : Too old to remember
Tee – ValleyGirl (Sydney)
Earrings – Gift from a friend
Shoes/Bangle/Belt – Street shopping in Hyderabad

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Flavors

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“At some point you realize that there are more flavors of pain than coffee. There’s the little empty pain of leaving something behind ‒ graduating, taking the next step forward, walking out of something familiar and safe into the unknown. There’s the big, whirling pain of life upending all of your plans and expectations. There’s the sharp little pains of failure, and the more obscure aches of successes that didn’t give you what you thought they would. There are the vicious, stabbing pains of hopes being torn up. The sweet little pains of finding others, giving them your love, and taking joy in their life as they grow and learn. There’s the steady pain of empathy that you shrug off so you can stand beside a wounded friend and help them bear their burdens. 


And if you are very, very lucky, there are a few blazing hot little pains you feel when you realize that you are standing in a moment of utter perfection, an instant of triumph, or happiness, or mirth which at the same time cannot possibly last ‒ and yet will remain with you for life”

These words come closest to describing me and my entire life. I’ve always been in love with words, but these just took it to a whole other level.

Onto the outfit now! I din’t expect my pink jeans to make their second appearance so soon!

a) Because they are pink jeans. I think I already gave a big explanation last time!
b) Because I don’t tend to repeat clothes very often. Typically if I’ve worn these pink jeans today, I would give it a gap of at least a month or two before wearing them again. That way I use all my other clothes!

In fact I thought they’d go into hibernation for a long while but here they are – another black, white and pink combo, just like last time.



Jeans : Lee (’12)
Top : Paper scissors (Sydney ’11)
Lace Jacket : Cupcakes and closet (’11)
Cuff : Accessorize (’10)
Bag : Fox (’11)
Shoes : Inc.5 (’12)
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Dream catcher

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I love being busy. Being idle is not for me! An idle brain is a devil’s workshop but MY brain is like a workshop of a devil warlord on a high. You.Don’t.Wanna.Know.

My brain has this involuntary tendency to drag itself back to the past, to go over things again and again, to analyze people/situations/reactions a little lot more than necessary. So, for me to remain positive and optimistic, keeping myself busy is the best and safest bet. The past one year has been relatively slow and monotonous. Many a times, it has left me extremely frustrated that I was unable to be as busy as I wanted to be. And just when I thought I’d had enough, everything’s changing. Everything’s happening all at once. There are a million things to be done staring at me from different directions, while I am spinning on the spot wondering which path to take first. Irony if life! Sometimes it is simply all or none.

Time to build new bridges and cross them and never look back! Time to build new ladders and climb up and never look down!

Skirt and belt : Supre (Sydney)
Tee : Max
Shoes : Soles
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RLC – Diwali

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I can hear the loud bursts of crackers and I can see the sky light up with fireworks every few seconds as I sit on my bed typing out this post. Since the last two years it was a ‘green diwali’ at home. If I am being honest it was more because I was depressed and not at all in the mood for celebration rather than because of love towards the environment. Yes I am selfish. Aren’t we all?

The plan was the same this year too when my cousins landed with a HUGE bag of crackers. So I went ahead with participating in all the fun. Time to burn down the past and make way to a brighter future. Time to light diyas and ignite that little ray of hope inside me. Time to bid goodbye to all the bitterness, all the worries and all the pain. Its never too late to have a new beginning and this seemed like the perfect moment. To new beginnings! To new aspirations!
Very recently, a very special person in my life knocked some much needed sense and perspective into my life. When was the last time I truly lived every moment without any worry? When was the last time I let go of all my inhibitions and be myself? When was the last time I got lost in the present with no thought about the future? When was the last time I stopped to look at the simplicity in life? When was the last time I did what I was passionate about? When was the last time I was truly happy? When was the last time I trusted myself and my heart and my decision and went ahead without any hesitation? When was the last time I followed my instinct without a care about what people would say? When? 
At some point I even stopped being honest with myself. I tried to deny what I was feeling. I tried to lock it all up and move on. 
I am simple. I am plain hearted. But after a while I stopped being that person. I crave innocence, purity, honesty in everything including relationships. But I made everything complicated and painful. I see it all now. I am fiercely proud of the kind of person I’ve become thanks to all these circumstances in my life. I am not going to give this up, I am not going to let this person die at any cost now.

After an hour of bursting crackers, I went up to the terrace with my camera and simply started clicking pictures of the fireworks, lost in the moment. It felt so liberating. It took me 12years to feel that way but it was worth every bit of the effort. I’ll try my best to make this last but even if it doesn’t (in case Mr.Murphy has some plans of his own) it’ll still be worth it – worth because of that one overwhelming moment.

Let all our lives be filled with light and joy and brightness from today onwards!

1) Diyas 1 – to ignite your mind
2) Diyas 2 – to guide you on your way
3) Candles – to burn away the past
4) Living the moment
5) From behind the trees.

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Destiny

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Your life is perfect. Its even better than what you dreamed it would ever be. Everything fell into place just the way you planned. Things are going great and you are happy and content. Sometimes it almost seems too good to be true and in time you realize that it really is that way. It is too good to be true. Your carefully woven plans start to fall apart. The people that you thought you knew are now strangers. You get trapped. Its your worst nightmare, its what you have always dreaded. You are hanging by a thread and you have no clue what to do.

Now replay that exact scenario backwards. That’s exactly what happened with me.

You know that feeling of a perfectly lovely dream turning into a nightmarish situation? I do. You know that feeling of being trapped in a nightmare for so long and one day you are out of it and everything is a dream again? I do now.

I still feel trapped. But in a dream. And I like it.
I feel great-full.
I feel happy and content.
I am glad of the struggle and even more glad that it was worth every bit.

Life isn’t fair to any of us.

But sometimes it surprises you in the most unexpected ways. And the best part is I know its not going to go away, this happiness. The best part is I know even if I wanted to push it away, it won’t budge.

They say change is the only permanent thing. I can see that changes are going to happen but only the good ones. There is no way that this is going to spiral down. Being so sure about it – that is the best part.

This is permanent. I know it. I am willing to bet my life on it.

p.s – Hardly anyone commented on the guest post (read previous post)! Am beginning to wonder if you guys love my posts so much that you decided not to comment if someone else has written it…  😛 (vain much?) 
I know that’s highly unlikely so make your (comment) presence felt.. Where you at people???

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