Back To School for the Professional Woman

Its back-to-school season, and if you have kids, you're probably knee deep in lists and school supplies. I don't have kids, but who can resist brightly colored stationery - I've definitely been known to get into the act when it comes to office supplies!

My favorite part of back-to-school has always been the bag, and even though I no longer have a reason per se to indulge in these purchases, I've decided that as an adult, I get to celebrate whatever I want! And so if I want to celebrate the start of fall with a new work bag, I'm going to do it! With this in mind, I've rounded up some of my favorites for your consideration.

Photo credit: Cuyana

Photo credit: Cuyana

Leather Backpack - Cuyana - $350

Pros: Hello gorgeous blush color. Convertible to a shoulder strap. Front pockets and gorgeous Italian leather

Cons: Only available in the version that fits a 13" laptop - not so good for those of us with 15" laptops!

Photo credit: Fount Leather 

Photo credit: Fount Leather 

The Classic Bellfield Tote in Goldenrod - Fount Leather - $349

Pros: Gorgeous handcrafted piece, will definitely fit your 13" laptop, will likely fit your 15" laptop

Cons: No zipper or magnetic button (this matters to me because I hate when bags have to be laid on their side at airport security and contents spill out)

Photo credit: Lo & Sons

Photo credit: Lo & Sons

The O.G - Lo & Sons - $295

Pros: Excellent organization - lot of compartments, including one for your shoes. A back pocket to slide over your carryon roller bag for those who travel. Technically fits a 13" laptop, but I've stuffed a 15" laptop in mine. 

Cons: This bag is heavy - at 2.2 lbs empty, it can get up to 7-8 lbs really quickly with a laptop, a pair of shoes and a makeup bag. 

Photo credit: Me! 

Photo credit: Me! 

Isabella Daypack - The North Face - $85

Pros: Well organized with multiple pockets, including felt-lined ones for phones and sunglasses. Fits like a classic backpack (very comfortable on your back), and fits a 15" laptop

Cons: It looks like a backpack, especially if you pick a color other than black. That said, the black and burt coral looks more like black and rose gold, and is frankly as chic as you're going to get for  more traditional backpack. 

 

The takeaway:

I used to be a zippered tote kinda person (I own the O.G.) but in the past few years, I've been struggling with upper back issues. This is mainly because I carry stress in my upper back and have really terrible posture, but consistently carrying a bag on one shoulder doesn't really help with alignment at all. So at the recommendation of my chiropractor, I've switched to a traditional backpack. I recently purchased the Isabella, and I can honestly say it was money well spent! It fits my laptop and I can even squeeze in a pair of sneakers and gym clothes if I'm not carrying a lot of paperwork. 

I'm always on the hunt for the latest and greatest bag for work, so leave a comment below and tell me what you're carrying, or tag me on Instagram using #bombaytaxiboutiqueblog

July in Pictures

I love the summer, and July is my most favorite month of the year. It's the month that Nick and I got married, and its also my birthday month! The weather is generally really great in Cleveland, and there's so much to do - and I've been squeezing it all in. Between spending time kayaking, on the beach, catching baseball games, hanging out with friends it was a packed July, and so much fun! Hope you enjoy this series of pictures which are a snapshot into my life! 

XO

~ Shibani

Nick and I celebrated our 13 year wedding Anniversary (!!!!) in early July! Since its around the July 4th holiday, we spent an amazing weekend enjoying the sunshine, including a little kayaking. To be completely honest, this day was pretty choppy out on the lake, but it was fun nonetheless.

Nick and I celebrated our 13 year wedding Anniversary (!!!!) in early July! Since its around the July 4th holiday, we spent an amazing weekend enjoying the sunshine, including a little kayaking. To be completely honest, this day was pretty choppy out on the lake, but it was fun nonetheless.

We spent a lot of time at the park - I love the view from under the huge willow tree at Edgewater Park.

We spent a lot of time at the park - I love the view from under the huge willow tree at Edgewater Park.

I did fairly well getting 10,000 steps most days in July. My favorite days were the ones I started by walking the dogs to the top of Edgewater Park at sunrise - these views were my reward. 

I did fairly well getting 10,000 steps most days in July. My favorite days were the ones I started by walking the dogs to the top of Edgewater Park at sunrise - these views were my reward. 

We are so spoiled with our beaches in Cleveland. If you live here and you're not taking advantage of the beach, you're doing summer wrong! 

We are so spoiled with our beaches in Cleveland. If you live here and you're not taking advantage of the beach, you're doing summer wrong! 

My friend Nolan has been creating fun pieces of art lately - this one was using the names of his friends. I love mine!!! 

My friend Nolan has been creating fun pieces of art lately - this one was using the names of his friends. I love mine!!! 

The golden light!! I caught so many sunrises and sunsets in July - they were all different and beautiful!

The golden light!! I caught so many sunrises and sunsets in July - they were all different and beautiful!

We caught an Indian's game too - this was such a hot, sweaty day, but a fun way to spend a Friday evening! 

We caught an Indian's game too - this was such a hot, sweaty day, but a fun way to spend a Friday evening! 

I had an incredible birthday celebration that lasted almost an entire week: Indians game, followed by a night with the Cleveland Orchestra at their outdoor summer venue, my favorite pizza and cake on Sunday, and my actual birthday involved an amazing spa day, lunch with my friend Abby, a photography class, takeout from my favorite thai restaurant. And if that wasn't enough, there was a picnic with girlfriends the day after, and sushi with my friends Alexa, Suzanne and Megan the night after that! 

I had an incredible birthday celebration that lasted almost an entire week: Indians game, followed by a night with the Cleveland Orchestra at their outdoor summer venue, my favorite pizza and cake on Sunday, and my actual birthday involved an amazing spa day, lunch with my friend Abby, a photography class, takeout from my favorite thai restaurant. And if that wasn't enough, there was a picnic with girlfriends the day after, and sushi with my friends Alexa, Suzanne and Megan the night after that! 

I ended the month as a hair model for my long time stylist and friend Carolina at Tease. She made me feel like J-Lo (with whom I incidentally share a birthday) - I almost never have my hair up (except for workouts) and although this was way outside my comfort zone, I didn't hate it! If anything, I kinda LOVED it!!

I ended the month as a hair model for my long time stylist and friend Carolina at Tease. She made me feel like J-Lo (with whom I incidentally share a birthday) - I almost never have my hair up (except for workouts) and although this was way outside my comfort zone, I didn't hate it! If anything, I kinda LOVED it!!

London Calling

Earlier this year, I went to a family reunion in London. What can I say - my family is awesome LOL

But the real reason for the London location is that my grandparents on my mom's side lived in London for a number of years, and I grew up visiting London every other year. I used to call it "my London" like no one else in the world went there.  I was a weird kid :) Regardless, my grandparents moved back to India in the early 2000s, and have both since passed away, but London remains a place that holds many happy memories for me, my mom, her sister, and my cousin. So London as a family vacation reunion location made ALL the sense in the world.

Nick and I ended up spending 10 days in London - a week with my family and a weekend with our friends Jenn and Graham - we were having a wonderful time, all the way until the Saturday before we left, when the attack on London Bridge occurred. It's pretty crazy being a tourist in a city that is attacked by mad men on a rampage, more so because we were less than a half a mile from where it occurred. Sunday (our last day) was pretty subdued for Londoners - people were out and about, but things seemed different - quieter even. It was a pretty weird end to an otherwise amazing trip.

In this post, I'm sharing some of the highlights from our trip! Make sure you read the captions though - that's where all the good stuff is ;)

Love,

~ Shibani

Our amazing 4 bedroom 3.5 bath air bnb! The downside was that we didn't have hot water for 4 days on account of some issue with the heater and a bank holiday, but we survived these inhumane conditions ;) 

Our amazing 4 bedroom 3.5 bath air bnb! The downside was that we didn't have hot water for 4 days on account of some issue with the heater and a bank holiday, but we survived these inhumane conditions ;) 

This isn't the most well composed shot at Sketch, but its because we were trying to get the 2 celebrities in the pictures, discretely! Look familiar? That's Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner (from GoT)!!! Incidentally, Sketch is super amazing and totally worth the splurge. The high tea (for which you absolutely 100% need reservations) runs you between $130-$200 per couple, but you can also stop in for a drink at the bar for much less. There are different rooms, each decorated with a different theme that serve different purposes. The Instagram famous pink room is for high tea. 

This isn't the most well composed shot at Sketch, but its because we were trying to get the 2 celebrities in the pictures, discretely! Look familiar? That's Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner (from GoT)!!! Incidentally, Sketch is super amazing and totally worth the splurge. The high tea (for which you absolutely 100% need reservations) runs you between $130-$200 per couple, but you can also stop in for a drink at the bar for much less. There are different rooms, each decorated with a different theme that serve different purposes. The Instagram famous pink room is for high tea. 

Like so many people, Nick and I are OBSESSED with the BBC version of Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch (swoon!!) and Martin Freeman. We went on a Sherlock tour of London with Viator that covers all the TV shows and it was so much fun!! Note however, this tour does not include 221 B Baker Street, which houses the Sherlock Holmes Museum, or the building that stands in for 221B Baker Street on the show - but there are plenty of familiar sights.

Like so many people, Nick and I are OBSESSED with the BBC version of Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch (swoon!!) and Martin Freeman. We went on a Sherlock tour of London with Viator that covers all the TV shows and it was so much fun!! Note however, this tour does not include 221 B Baker Street, which houses the Sherlock Holmes Museum, or the building that stands in for 221B Baker Street on the show - but there are plenty of familiar sights.

I love the London Skyline. Always have, always will. and this is just part of it! 

I love the London Skyline. Always have, always will. and this is just part of it! 

We missed the famous Chelsea Flower Show by a week, but lucky for us, the Covent Garden Flower Show was in full swing. There were flowers EVERYWHERE and as someone who has a *slight* floral obsession, I was in heaven. Shops, restaurants, bars - everything was decorated in flowers! 

We missed the famous Chelsea Flower Show by a week, but lucky for us, the Covent Garden Flower Show was in full swing. There were flowers EVERYWHERE and as someone who has a *slight* floral obsession, I was in heaven. Shops, restaurants, bars - everything was decorated in flowers! 

I took this picture as much for St. Paul's Cathedral as for the iconic double decker bus. I absolutely love riding in the very front on the top deck - its an amazing view of the city and we got to ride the bus like a local a few times on our trip! 

I took this picture as much for St. Paul's Cathedral as for the iconic double decker bus. I absolutely love riding in the very front on the top deck - its an amazing view of the city and we got to ride the bus like a local a few times on our trip! 

You may think this is London Bridge, but its NOT! This is Tower Bridge, the pretty one. London Bridge is pretty boring to be honest, but this one is absolutely gorgeous! Its right by the Tower of London, which is another must-see on a London Visit. My favorite parts of the Tower of London were the Crown Jewels (obviously) and the display of all the ancient armor. 

You may think this is London Bridge, but its NOT! This is Tower Bridge, the pretty one. London Bridge is pretty boring to be honest, but this one is absolutely gorgeous! Its right by the Tower of London, which is another must-see on a London Visit. My favorite parts of the Tower of London were the Crown Jewels (obviously) and the display of all the ancient armor. 

We spent an afternoon in Shoreditch, which has some really amazing street art! Nick and I were both struck by how much Americana has made its way to London - there were an insane amount of burger places, and ribs had started to make an appearance. Lots of Chicago-style ribs (although I have to be honest, i didn't know Chicago has a specific rib-style?!) We did not try any of the American food btw - there's plenty of it right here at home! 

We spent an afternoon in Shoreditch, which has some really amazing street art! Nick and I were both struck by how much Americana has made its way to London - there were an insane amount of burger places, and ribs had started to make an appearance. Lots of Chicago-style ribs (although I have to be honest, i didn't know Chicago has a specific rib-style?!) We did not try any of the American food btw - there's plenty of it right here at home! 

My favorite museum by far: Seriously, it is the coolest. The exhibit on Cartier and the evolution of their watch designed specifically for pilots was incredible. There was also an exhibit titled "California" which was essentially a whole celebration of that cool California lifestyle. Lots of amazing pastels and surfboards and technology, including several iterations of the iPod (remember those) and the iPhone, which was really cool to see, and a good reminder that no matter how much I complain about the battery life, it is still a life-changing invention!

My favorite museum by far: Seriously, it is the coolest. The exhibit on Cartier and the evolution of their watch designed specifically for pilots was incredible. There was also an exhibit titled "California" which was essentially a whole celebration of that cool California lifestyle. Lots of amazing pastels and surfboards and technology, including several iterations of the iPod (remember those) and the iPhone, which was really cool to see, and a good reminder that no matter how much I complain about the battery life, it is still a life-changing invention!

Royal Albert Music Hall - just a 2 minute walk from our air bnb - we really had a great location in South Kensington! 

Royal Albert Music Hall - just a 2 minute walk from our air bnb - we really had a great location in South Kensington! 

You may find this surprising about me, but I'm super into Shakespeare. We've tried to go to the Cleveland Shakespeare performances for the past few years and we get rained out each time. That said, the Shakespeare Globe was definitely one of the highlights of the trip for me (although spoiler alert, its not exactly at the same location as the original Globe). We didn't stay for a performance (couldn't get seated tickets) and I honestly didn't want to stand for 3.5+ hours for a full performance. Nonetheless, it was fun to nerd out and take lots of pictures for about an hour!

You may find this surprising about me, but I'm super into Shakespeare. We've tried to go to the Cleveland Shakespeare performances for the past few years and we get rained out each time. That said, the Shakespeare Globe was definitely one of the highlights of the trip for me (although spoiler alert, its not exactly at the same location as the original Globe). We didn't stay for a performance (couldn't get seated tickets) and I honestly didn't want to stand for 3.5+ hours for a full performance. Nonetheless, it was fun to nerd out and take lots of pictures for about an hour!

My family!! 

My family!! 

June In Pictures

Wow. I cannot believe that this year is already halfway done! And personally, its been a pretty awesome year so far! I thought I'd start something new this month and show you my past month in a series of pictures. Hope you enjoy scrolling through!