Month: Jul 2016

The Fab 40s Go (Mostly) All White | Sheela Writes

The Fab 40s Go (Mostly) All White

 Clean, crisp, chic. What does white say to you?   Across (almost) all cultures and communities, the colour white represents purity, innocence, light.  For many of us, it also symbolises the dawn of a new day.  A fresh start.  Be it from our own sins or the looming, long shadows of those of our fathers.  In these current times of fragility and uncertainty, it would seem only natural for us to harken back to white, to what it stands for. S T R E N G T H Loyalty. Honesty. All things good. Aren’t you as tired as I am to watch the most horrid, torrid happenings on the telly?  Tired and frustrated and sad and angry?  I’ve been told (by a therapist) that my emotions are quite expected under such circumstances.  That I shouldn’t be too hung up over feeling so helpless and trapped.  Apparently, the sensation of being powerless is rather the norm. Still, one can’t help but strain against the cords that bind, and that, my friends, is the honest to God …

Scentsuality & A Link-Up

It’s less about the scent, And more about the real story behind it.   As with any good read, it’s the journey, and not the destination, which makes us turn the pages, one by one by one, to the very end.  So too in the instance of fragrances, I feel.  In the grand scale of things, it isn’t so much the mastery in creating a harmonious accord that which intrigues me, as it is discovering (and walking down) the path leading to its inception.   Of course, at its heart, the simplest answer to why I love perfumes is that perfume, like most beautiful things, make me happy.  The more convoluted response, however, is such a complex topic that some have gone on to establish reputations and careers based on the seemingly basic subject of scents.  Yes, perfume is a labyrinthine subject, one requiring years of study. It isn’t just about the commercial beauty of a product or the innovative design of its host decanter.  There’s that all potent intermingling of chemistry with fashion, and …

How An Introvert Networks | Sheela Writes

How An Introvert Networks & A Link-Up

Not quite gregarious. Not really all that outgoing.   My name is Sheela and I am an introvert.  Before you brush off my confession, hear me out.  I find networking to be, at best, an exercise in trauma and torture.  More often than not, I’m the one in a roomful of strangers, standing around awkwardly, avoiding eye contact.  Like a trapped animal.  Or I cling to the one person I know.  All evening long.  Inevitably, I’d make a big show of checking my phone for “important” messages to avoid conversation.  And bond with my drink so no one comes over and talks to me. Does that sound like you?  Then you might just be an introvert, like me.  Which doesn’t bode all too well, honestly, since networking is billed as a top (if not the most important) skill to have in one’s professional arsenal.  So what’s a wallflower to do? The world generally prizes those who are social and outgoing.  Extroverts.  In such a culture, the quiet and contemplative, otherwise known as introverts, can have …