Mood Board - Oceanside

If you've headed over to our shop page over the past few months, you may have noticed an influx of aqua jewelry -- what can I say? I'm super inspired by Sherwin William's 2018 Color of the Year - Oceanside. Incidentally, it reminds me a lot of peacocks, which are, fun fact,  the national bird of India! 

I created an ocean inspired pinterest board that I've shared below - hope you're inspired to add a little ocean to your life too! 

Word of the Year

If you had asked me about a "word of the year" at this time last year, I would have rolled my eyes so so hard at you. I know this because this is exactly what I did about this time last year I scrolled through my Instagram feed and saw post after post about #wordoftheyear (over 25,000 at last count). How can you summarize a whole year worth of goals in ONE word? Not even a phrase? And what if I want disparate things from all the areas of my life? 

Pic: Shibani Faehnle. Over 25,000 search results for #wordoftheyear on Instagram 

Pic: Shibani Faehnle. Over 25,000 search results for #wordoftheyear on Instagram 

Luckily a year is a long time, and I spent much of 2017 learning. I took classes for all sorts of things: a flower arranging class, a few jewelry making classes, a number of marketing classes, a photography class, a meditation class -- and as I learned different things, it was like the listening part of my brain opened up, and I became a little less judgmental of concepts that I termed "woo-woo". You know the types of things I'm talking about - the "put positively out in the world - you can manifest your destiny - you are your thoughts" type of thinking. I developed a healthy appreciation for "woo" - it feels good to think and imagine good things, and if its not hurting you, why wouldn't you do more of it.

All that said, I ended 2017 with no inkling that I had any interest in picking a word of the year, let alone having it come to me at the most unexpected time. I was about 5 pages into a new book - Your Best Year Ever - when it popped in my head --- PLAY!! I had spent so much of 2017 on serious stuff, that in 2018, its time to PLAY!

Some of the areas where I plan to PLAY more -

My day job: take on more projects that I find really interesting and fun. Not take myself quite so seriously at work, and let annoyances go (I usually get all ranty and drop the f-bomb, but I've realized that its not productive, and honestly, it doesn't even matter!) 

My passion projects of Bombay Taxi Boutique and She In the CLE : create fun events and collaborations with people I admire and appreciate and who are just plain fun. 

My relationships: Plan more fun dates with Nick - we've already planned a vacation, a concert, and a weekend getaway! I also want to spend more time with girlfriends this year, and plan a trip to visit some of my very dear friends from my first job after college.

My daily life: Plan more playtime into my daily life, whether that's trying out new recipes, spending time at the beach in the summer, spending time developing my photography hobby, trying new workouts just because they sound fun -- chores can get super boring, but I'm looking for ways to bring joy and playfulness to the mundane.

If feels weird to have a word of the year, but I think it might be a really good guiding principle as I decide on things that I want to do, or more importantly don't want to do. All I have to do is answer these questions - Is it fun? Can I bring a playful angle to it? Will it make me happy now or in the future? and if the answer is yes, then I'll do it! Here's to a playful, fun 2018! 

What about you? Do you have a word of the year? I'd love if you would share it will me on social media or in the comments below! Follow me on Instagram and Facebook to see how I'm incorporating PLAY into my life! 

Wellness essentials that you need right now

It is January - time for a new start, new resolutions, and the best intentions. If wellness is one of your resolutions (as it is mine, every. single. year.) I have some recommendations on some simple tools that you may enjoy.

1. Yoga Mat: This is the most basic piece of equipment, and frankly the one thing you need for a full body workout, even if you're not using it for actual yoga. There are yoga mats to fit every aesthetic and every budget - my favorite ones are by INCLINE, mainly because I really like the prints and you can buy a mat and towel for under $40 on amazon. Seriously, how instagrammable is this print?! 

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2. Kettle bell: These fall in and out of fashion when it comes to workouts, but they are widely considered the best single tool for an all-body toning workout by most coaches. I spoke with Angela Greene of Tremont Athletic who said "while there are many great things about kettle bell training, one of the biggest benefits is that all of the exercises are essentially total body exercises. This means you get total body strengthening and conditioning with one single tool." Angela's approach to fitness incorporates many different tools, but she finds herself adding kettle bells to her client's workouts as well as her own. 

3. Wireless headphones: Ugh I really wish we didn't need to charge ONE more thing in our lives, but wireless headphones to have the benefit of not getting in your way or getting pulled out of your ears because you tend to flail your arms while you work out. There are endless options available online - I bought the Anker Soundbuds because they came highly recommended, and they're under $30 and lightweight and available on Amazon (thank you Amazon Prime!)

4. Aaptiv: Every year I go through phases where I commit to working out regularly, but sometimes I end up at the gym or even at home with a desire to work out but no motivation or creativity to actually decide what I'm going to do. Enter the AAPTIV app - this app features guided audio workouts for any kind of workout you prefer. So far I've tried treadmill workouts, the elliptical, strength training and yoga, and they are honestly really enjoyable. You can choose the length and intensity of your workout, and an Aaptiv trainer will guide you through your workout. They have really good playlists, and their prompts are easy to follow. I even found myself enjoying my elliptical workout, which, lets be honest, is usually the most boring workout in the world. Aaptiv offers a free trial month and a subscription - I probably use this once or twice a week. Could you just use a pinterest workout instead? Sure. I prefer Aaptiv because it eliminates the need to look at my phone, where I can be easily distracted by texts or Instagram. As an Aaptiv member, I can give away a free month trial to 10 people, so if you're interested in a trial, email me at bombaytaxiboutique@gmail.com with the subject "Aaptiv" and I'll send you the free month!

Wellness essentials fitness essentials

 

5. Headspace: I started using this periodically last year - its basically guided meditation for dummies, or people like me who tend to fall asleep during meditations and need the voice prompt to gently wake me up. There is a free beginners meditation that you can access as many times as you like (also available on spotify), and then a subscription model that ranges between $7.99 - $12.99/month depending on whether you make a single payment or monthly payments. I started with the free version and liked it so much that I signed up for the paid version. I wish I could say that I meditate every day, but I definitely find myself calmer and more balanced when I do. I recently went through a period of feeling extremely restless with my career and restarted by meditation practice in an attempt to have an attitude adjustment - and IT WORKED! So if you're feeling a lack of motivation, or a general blah feeling, give meditation a try - it might just work for you too!

This year I'm also trying something new as an experiment to see what happens if I commit to one, small, quick activity everyday. As of January 1st, I'm committing to #100daysofpushups - this is exactly what it sounds like - pushups every day for 100 days. There is nothing specific about these - just do pushups everyday with good form until you get too tired to execute a pushup correctly. You then record your pushups and see how much progress you make in 100 days. If you'd like to join me, post your progress to instagram (or instastories) and tag #100daysofpushups. I do pushups on my feet, but if you're an absolute beginner, there's no reason you can't start on your knees and who knows, you may get strong enough to do them on your feet before Day 100!

I hope you're feeling as motivated as I am about your wellness goals for 2018 - there's no better time to take care of yourself than the present, and I hope you will take that first step, no matter what it looks like! Good luck - I'll be rooting for you! 

Gift Guide: Gender Neutral Gifts under $50 for your Significant Other

My favorite part of the holidays is exchanging gifts with Nick. We usually set a budget in advance, and then get creative. I usually like to do one bigger gift and then pair it with some other gifts that are less expensive but no less meaningful! Today I'm sharing some of my favorite gender neutral gift ideas - these work well for any gifting occasion, so I hope you come back to this post often for ideas! 

1. One of my favorite gifts is a S'well water bottle? Why? Because its probably something I use the most. Who isn't drinking water, or carrying water to the gym, or traveling with it? I gifted this exact one to Nick last year, and he uses it almost every single day. Personally, I own a gold one, but it comes in a variety of colors to suit any taste or color palette. I prefer the 17 oz size because its lighter and easier to carry, and fits in your car's cup holder. Prices range from $35-$42.

2, Give the gift of wanderlust. This past year, Nick and I got a year subscription to Conde Nast Traveler, and the day it arrives in the mail is always the best mail day of the month. I've been bitten by the travel bug, and flipping through the magazine makes me want to get my bags and travel the wide world that exists all around us. $6-$10 depending on what subscription you choose.

3. I love flowers. But I don't love how quickly they die. But what if you gifted someone flowers that come back every single year instead? I love ordering my bulbs at brecks.com - I've been ordering plants from them for a number of years and have never been disappointed by my results (and for the record, I do not have a green thumb). $26-$46

Source: Brecks.com

Source: Brecks.com

4. Is there anything that says love more than cooking a carefully prepared meal for someone you love? But what if you took it a step further, and then gifted them the book that you cooked from? Of course you could take this in many different directions based on culinary preferences, but given that I'm Indian, I thought you might like to know about my favorite Indian cookbook. I've cooked a number of recipes from this book, and each one has been absolutely delicious. It is available right here via Amazon for about $20.

5. Fancy cocktails call for fancy glasses, and these Double Old Fashioned Glasses are the perfect classic glassware for a classic cocktail. Paired with a cocktail book, this gift is the recipe for a romantic night in. 

Old Fashioned glasses

I hope you've enjoying reading about these ideas, and I hope that you're either going to use them, or that they've spurred ideas of your own. I'd love if you would share the favorite gift you received in the comments below or over on my Facebook page or over on Instagram.

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