Pri, why are you starting a blog? Are you obsessed with yourself?
Yes, yes I am. No, in all seriousness I’ve been “thinking” about starting a blog FOREVER. I graduated from MIT, a heavily science based and analytical school, and job now has much of the same kind of work. While I really enjoy exercising that side of my brain, I need some sort of creative outlet for my thoughts and adventures around NYC.
I’ve been reading blogs for as long as I can remember (Seriously, I’m talking since back in the Stone Age here, like 2007/2008, when I was in middle school and the blogger world wasn’t so saturated.) What I’ve noticed now is that while there are a million bloggers that I love and adore (and find very inspiring), there aren’t many that fit the interesting stage of life that me and many of my friends are in right now. And what stage is that you ask? Twenty-somethings looking to make it in NYC. We’re hustling hard, busting our butts at our jobs, and unapologetically pursuing our side passions. We’re old enough to make the right decisions and young enough to make the wrong ones too. So where are the bloggers for that? I’m talking the best pizza places to go at 5 am realness. Clothes to wear out on the town, or to work happy hour, or to brunch on Sunday. The cutest and least awkward first date spots (aka bars where you don’t have to wait a million and one hours for a drink). Which exhibits are happening. Best park hangs. Guys I’m serious, if I have to read one more Thrillist article to figure out the best boozy brunches in the city I will literally die.
What was holding me back before was judgment from others (random acquaintances or people I work with). But I’ve never let that stop me in other aspects of life (my overly loud and bubbly personality or my questionable sartorial choices), so here we are. Life’s too short so I’m doing this despite my fears.
Okay, we get it Pri, you’re starting a blog. What are you going to talk about?
Other than my friends and family, my brain fixates on three things: food, travel, and style. So lets break it down.
I’ve been known to ask what we’re having for lunch at 8 am….on the drive to work…before I’ve even had breakfast. I’m a big foodie (not in the sense that I actually know what I’m talking about), but in the sense that I loooooooove trying new restaurants and will literally eat anything. And everything. And I happen to be a terrible cook and to live in the best city ever for trying new foods. Lucky me.
Ya girl has wanderlust. I love any and all kinds of adventures. My company (which I love!) often has me on travel projects. So when I’m traveling for work during the week, I can usually swing some cool weekend trips on the side. Otherwise I’m always trying to hit up a new city or country on my own. Next stop: Texas!
My passion project. When I’m not frequenting rooftop bars or dancing my butt off, you’ll find me pouring over this month’s Vogue, obsessively clicking through the closet series on Coveteur, or styling my roommates for whatever fabulous things they’re up to for the weekend. I watched Sex and the City and then immediately rewatched it beginning to end purely for the fashion. I’ve been obsessed with this stuff basically since I was in diapers. I mean, my high school superlative was “Best Dressed”…but all jokes aside, I do truly believe that fashion is one of the most raw and exiting ways to express who you are and what you want to say (would die for a Prabal Gurung “Feminist” t-shirt). Clothes, shoes, accessories—these things help a woman exude confidence, desire, power, sexuality, and strength.
I’ll let those more eloquent than myself say it: “Fashion is one of the very few forms of expression in which women have more freedom than men. And I don’t think it’s an accident that it’s typically seen as shallow, trivial, and vain. It is the height of irony that women are valued for our looks, encouraged to make ourselves beautiful and ornamental…and then are derided as shallow and vain for doing so. And it’s a subtle but definite form of sexism to take one of the few forms of expression where women have more freedom, and treat it as a form of expression that’s inherently superficial and trivial. Like it or not, fashion and style are primarily a women’s art form. And it gets treated as trivial because women get treated as trivial.”
Women often get treated as trivial. Fashion is trivial. Blablabla, we get it Pri, the world is unfair. There are many worse things. So what? Here’s what. I am passionate about about serious things (like empowering women and helping the earth). I am also passionate about fashion. I think modern women are also passionate about both. I mean think about your girl gang group text and how quickly it vacillates from the political landscape to views on sexual harassment to the “Cutest boots ever” to where you’re going for brunch on Sunday. I hope to somehow combine my two passions (fashion and doing good). I’m starting by looking around me. I know so many bomb-ass women!! And we’re all trying to do a little good in the world and find our way to happiness. I think we can all learn from and inspire each other. Find my current inspiration soon with the upcoming “It Girl” series.