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Get to know me a little better in my chat with Windy City Wardrobe for Wonder Woman series

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In 10 words or less, what can people expect from your blog?

Personal style and beauty inspiration for your closet.

How did you choose the name for your blog or business?

Samosa POP is very personal to me. I wanted the name to reflect a part of my Indian heritage. What better than the globally loved samosas? POP comes from the popular culture of the fashion world. Thus, bringing you fashion inspiration for your closet in my very own way.

 

How did you become aware of your entrepreneurial spirit?

I have had the entrepreneurial spirit in me since I was a kid. I was always taking lead in starting new projects and taking part in business plan competitions as I grew older. It was after college when I fully embraced being an entrepreneur while founding and running a company with my brother. I then started SamosaPOP.com as a happy hobby to inspire women around the world to get them excited about the 20 ish minutes they spend getting dressed every day and have enjoyed seeing it grow into a styling business venture.

Name your favorite place to shop online and in store.

Nordstrom – I love shopping both in their store and online.DSC03831-679x1024

What websites do you recommend for businesswomen?

Daily Muse

Entrepreneur

Ladies Who Launch

What are your top tips for networking?

Don’t be afraid to go up to anyone and just say hi. I like to pretend the person I am networking with is already a friend. This relaxes my conversation style, thus making the other person feel comfortable. Many times they end up being a great friend after all. 

Describe your best practices for organization and balance.

I love being organized. That’s how I get anything done. It is a very important tool for success. I use an elaborate labeling system, productivity apps like Toggl and numerous excel sheets that help me successfully juggle family and work.

How do you unwind?

Usually simple things like going to the beach with family and yoga help me unwind. This year I have also added meditation to my daily routine which has proved to be very calming.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LINE OF COSMETICS?

Caudalie, Fresh, Nars

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 Everyone has bad habits, what’s yours?

Desserts. I have a big sweet tooth. But, nowadays I am trying to overcome it by eating more raw foods in my diet.

Tell us about your favorite adventure.

Moving halfway across the world. I moved to the US after high school for University and started a new life here.

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?

My mother; she is amazing!

What song is included on the soundtrack to your life?

I love ‘Firework’ by Katy Perry. It’s my go-to song.

What is your greatest personal achievement?

Marrying the man of my dreams who is also my best friend.

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Hello Summer!

 Summer Skirt x Samosa POP 2Happy Memorial Day weekend! That only means ‘hello Summer’! (Now only if the weather stays warm consistently). I am so excited for skirt season again. Pants are cool, but skirts make me happy. I am so drawn to this skirt. It’s so full, so bright, so midi – all good things in one skirt. It makes me instantly feel put together, classic and girly all at the same time. It makes a perfect outfit to welcome the fun summer season. Continue reading

Spring / Summer jackets

Nothing is as unpredictable as the weather this year. From 80 degrees F it went into 40 degrees F. On such confused forecast days, a spring / summer (it is almost memorial day weekend – that is legally supposed to be summer) jacket is a must. I like jackets that are light weight and those that can keep you comfortable in 45 – 65 degrees F weather. These jackets are perfect for seasonal transitions throughout the year.

Here are some of my favorites:

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1. Chambray Blazer

2. (Faux) Leather Jacket

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3. (Summer) Tweed Jacket

4. Structured Jacket

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5. Trench coat

6. Asymmetrical jacket / blazer

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7. Blue denim jacket

8. White biker jacket (cotton)

Spring Prints

stripes & florals x SP 2The stripes and florals trend is one of my FAVES right now. The combination of stripes and florals is especially popular this season, and easier to pull off than busier print-on-print pairings. It’s one of the freshest and most modern ways to throw together a casually fashion-forward ensemble. That being said, the last time I rocked this combo on the blog was in this post, way back when. I figured it was about time we let er’ shine again! So who’s with me? Are wearing the stripes and florals trend? What better way to spice up a daytime ensemble than having fun with printed separates? Also see a summertime look with this skirt here. Continue reading

Beauty tips for your first day at a new job

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When it comes to the first day at a new job, it’s important to put your best foot (and face!) forward. One of the easiest ways to settle those first-day jitters and make a stellar first impression is to find the perfect work-appropriate look.

  • Wear your hair in a bun or a braid – Keeping your hair off your face sends the message that you are ready to get down to business.
  • Opt for comfortable shoes – the ones you can easily move around in.
  • Go easy on the perfume – keep it simple and light.
  • Get a fresh manicure – It’ll make you look as powerful and put together as you feel.
  • Accessorize tastefully – Don’t overdo it

Bonus tip – Stock up on mints – Chewing gum isn’t exactly the picture of professionalism.

Remember less is more. Keep it simple, radiant and refreshing and you will be feeling better than ever.

Finding Balance

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 When you work from home, it can become challenging to find the work/life boundaries and balance. Set some ground rules to help you form clear distinctions between the two. Here are some of my rules –

  • Plan your day – Set work hours. It’s good to follow a 9 – 5 style of schedule to keep work as a priority.
  • Never work from the bed
  • Get dressed every morning – you won’t feel productive, if you don’t look the part
  • Take pre-planned breaks – I suggest taking frequent mini walks. This helps your body stay awake and refreshed.
  • Prioritize – Separate normal life from work life. Trying to multitask and tackle both at the same time will only get you overwhelmed and your outcome will suffer
  • Bonus tip – Don’t forget/delay your meals. Sometimes we get carried in the work we are doing and forget it’s lunch time.

I am finding these simple steps have made me appreciate working from home, and in turn left me more productive and happy. Being at home can make some people feel lazy, where all they want to do is work from their couch and this is why I have put in place certain boundaries for myself to ensure that I don’t enter either one of the extremes: the lazy or the workaholic. I feel so blessed to do what I do, in the comfort of my own home, and to be my own boss. Be a self-starter!

Away

vacation x SPThey say it’s bad manners to keep a vacation waiting! 🙂 Team Samosa POP is away for a few days taking a break. Be back next month with more fashion inspiration for your closet. Kisses!