April 18, 2013 § 1 Comment
In the last ten years of my life, I have gone through many ups and downs. From bullying, to relationships to friendships, failed business deals to difficult classes, and travels in both the wealthiest and poorest places in the world, I’ve gotten the opportunity to experience firsthand the ultimate in roller coaster rides. I get a lot of questions from young people asking why I am always so happy (especially in my career), and motivated to make change, despite the difficulties I have to face on a daily basis in running a business. Today, I’d like to share a little more about my life and how I’ve finally come to a place of overwhelming, constant happiness.
The biggest question that every person needs to ask himself/herself, is: do you know what you want out of life? What is it that makes your heart burn with an unmanageable fuel? What invigorates a passion that is impossible to harness? Whether it’s money, fame, love, the desire to help, the desire to be a role model, have a family, etc…we all have an ultimate goal that needs to awaken within us. In waking up every morning, I know my purpose. My job is to change the political and socioeconomic future for millions of women across the globe. Though there are thousands of ways to get to this goal, I always love what I am doing because I constantly work with intention and have only positive, loving people around me who support me as much as I support them. When you know what you want and love, life becomes much easier. Having intention in your work is the number one way to succeed. Intention always beats out desire for success. So, find out what you love. Write down everything that drives you and makes you happy, throw it all in a big bag, and draw out each item whilst finding a way to incorporate them together. Be sure to formulate a plan that allows you to help your cause. Look for solutions instead of problems. On any weekly basis, I am putting out tons of fires at work (and sometimes creating new ones :p ). You are always better off finding a solution to any unhappiness and working through it instead of allowing it to consume you. Don’t worry about money….money will come when you love what you are doing and strive to be the best in your field.
They say you are a carbon copy of the five people you surround yourself with. Boy, are they right! I’ve noticed that a difficult boyfriend, annoying roommate, or even one toxic friend can completely ruin your personality and take you to the deepest pits of jealousy, gossip, pain, and just overall sickness. The best decision I have EVER made was in March 2012, when I decided to never again let another toxic person into my life. I boarded up the windows, cut some strings, and sailed off into bliss. I won’t say it isn’t hard (some of the people I had to cut loose were very dear to me), but honestly I would ever be where I am today had I allowed to continue allowing negativity into my life. Now, if someone hurts me, I try to let it go immediately. I choose my friends wisely…..be acquaintances with everyone, but only make close friends out of those who give you the same back in return. If you had nothing, which friends would lend a hand to pick you up? These are the people you want to surround yourself with.
For each things you take from society, give two contributions back. This doesn’t have to be monetary. If someone opens the door for you, open the door for two other people. Be sure you are always contributing and looking out for the greater good, and you will be blessed for it. If my week is tough (which usually it is 2000 times tougher than anyone can imagine), I have found the best medicine is knowing I helped someone out in some way, shape, or form.
Meditate. Seriously! I have spent most of my childhood and early adult life being a super stressed out mess. I had my first guided mediation experience this summer in Atlanta, Georgia, at a place called Kashi. I was completely overwhelmed and started crying when I finished the practice. As someone who is always stuck in their own head, I had never experienced a complete rejuvenation of my thoughts and senses. Allowing yourself forgiveness, love, and the ability to let go are crucial in maximizing your potential.
Keep a to do list. I swear my productivity increases a minimum of 60% when I carry around a to-do list. Anytime I think of a job, plan, new idea, or creative concept, I jot it down. Every morning I sit at my desk, go over all my thoughts and notes from the day or night before, and make a physical to do list for the day, planning out exactly what needs to get done to execute all my responsibilities and maximize my productivity. To-do lists make all the difference and there is a huge difference between the productivity and drive of those who utilize this simple concept and those who don’t. Just ask Richard Branson!
Become fiscally responsible. Enough said. There are plenty of books and online resources out there that offer free advice on getting your finances together. Maybe I should even write an article on it! Having a budget (no matter how much or little you make) is critical in making efficient decisions that will have maximum impact on your life and the lives of those around you. Learn to shop for your lifestyle…no need to spend money if you don’t have it. Even if you do have the financial stability in which to spend more, you don’t always need to. As a girl who likes the nicer pleasures in life, the biggest mistake one can make is buying material items for the ‘show’ factor. When making purchases, determine what benefit you will receive in this transaction. If you love Louboutins and have a solid financial background, by all means buy them! However, if you are struggling to pay the bills or want a pair simply to be wearing the ‘IT’ shoes at that moment, hold off. Nothing defeats oneself more than having to keep up with appearances. Allow yourself alone to determine your financial decisions
Last, but not least, TRY not to worry about things you can’t change. I used to spend many a sleepless night trying to find solutions to the world’s problems that I could never implement. Now, I force myself to selectively choose what to worry about (whilst still being aware of all issues) and work on viable solutions that can be implemented at an organic, grassroots level. Never worry about what others think, just strive to be better each day and have an ultimate goal in mind. The craziest of us are often the best of us!
January 19, 2013 § 1 Comment
On New Years day, I asked all of my facebook friends to watch this clip. Once more, I am asking any of you who have not yet seen it to take heed and watch. This one clip encompasses everything I try to express to my friends on a daily basis. Please give this 3 minutes of your time. If this causes even one person who wouldn’t normally question our country’s structure and situation to do so, I will be able to rest easy tonight. ♥
January 19, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Hello fellow pishis!
It sure has been a while since my last post. I always blame it on the fact that I work somewhere between 50-65 hours on any given week, but there is a lot more to it than that. The last few months, I have struggled with the decision of whether or not to let my blog go. While I LOVE blogging, I have felt some sort of void focusing solely on fashion when my true loves lie in business, finance, ethics, and politics. Though fashion is easy to blog about because it creates a lot of buzz and attention, my true desire is to blog in a way that will get people to open up to topics that MATTER. I want to create a difference in the lives of everyone around me by making easy-to-understand issues and information accessible to all people, of all ages. For those of you who do not personally know me (the majority of you!), I was an international affairs and economics major in college. Though I get opportunities to discuss these topics on a daily basis, the reach is nothing compared to the thousands of views I’ve received on a weekly basis with this blog, even during my long and random hiatus periods. I understand that many of you come here as an outlet to get away from the frustrations of reality; to look at something pretty and feel comfortable and hopeful, if only for a moment. Fashion is a form of expression, but without education and knowledge flowing from our beings, expression is worthless. That being said, I am ready to blog about something deeper, knowing full well that my daily viewer numbers and popularity could tank tremendously. In the next few months, I would like to take the PersianPishiBlog from a purely fashion and finance blog, to something new that seems more untouched in the blogging world. My goal is to make this blog into a source to offer complete lifestyle transformation to young women. Whether it’s fashion, fitness, home decor ideas, discussions on ethics, finance tips, political issues, book recommendations, daily life musings and experiences, or ideas for fellow entrepreneurs; I want to be an outlet for all mediums young women need and desire. Over the next few months, I hope to get to my computer more. I am asking my readers to submit topic requests to me at random…from etiquette and 2013 fashion pantones, to congressional hearings and gun control, I am prepared to cover it (assuming it is appropriate, that is). In the meantime, I bid you adieu and leave you with the following, amazing dreamland to rest your head to tonight.
September 4, 2012 § 2 Comments
Last week my boyfriend and I met up in Bogota, Colombia for ten days. Though we were there for work, we did get to hang around town and do some sightseeing. We walked all over Bogota exploring the food, culture, and people, and also got a chance to see the famous salt cathedrals and mines outside of the city. My boyfriend lived in Colombia for two years when he was a little one, however this was my first trip. I was really surprised by the environment in Bogota…SO not what I was expecting! Not only was it cold, but the culture was very Europeanized and nothing like the Caribbean culture I have become accustomed to during my time in Panama, which is Colombia’s neighbor the the north. I felt like I was in Austria or Germany more than South America at times. Though there was no time to explore Medellin or Cali on this trip, I hear that each city in Colombia has a completely different cultural experience to offer and am excited to head back and experience some other sides of Colombia. I have attached some pictures from our trip at the bottom on the post, as well as a youtube video from a famous Colombian artist Anywho, despite the overwhelming 65 degree cold that is Bogota, I couldn’t help but feel a little summer inspiration being that I was so much closer to the equator than normal. The mall close to our boutique hotel (Grand Estacion) was massive, with two buildings that spanned three floors each. As we were leaving the mall on our second to last day in town, we passed a store called ‘Aqua Bendita’ that immediately caught my attention. The store was vibrant, bright, colorful, and best of all, full of amazing bikinis! Aqua Benditas is a Colombian company that focuses on color, amazing cuts, and the perfect fit. I tried on over 20 bikinis and it took me over an hour to narrow my choices down to less than 10 bikinis! The prices were very reasonable (About $90-$200 USD per bikini), especially considering you can rest assured that no one else will be wearing the same swimsuit as you…let alone one as intricate and perfectly made! I was also very impressed by the fit. As much as Victoria’s Secret claims to be for a curvy fit, everything they have is basically for girls who want to made their chest look bigger and they have very little that caters to women who are more focused on making their curves look BETTER and keeping them in their suits. I felt amazing in EVERY single style I tried on. The tops kept my chest tightly in place while still looking incredibly sexy and the bottoms were PERFECT…low enough that they are considered a flirty ‘little-moderate’ coverage that keep away awkward lines, but high enough that they didn’t show anything too private and offered secure coverage. I could NOT walk out of the store with just one. If you are in the market for a unique, well cut and tailored (they have tanga, brazilian cut, and thong bikinis as well!), colorful bikini, you can check out their website at http://www.aguabendita.com.co/ .
And last, but not least, some pictures from our trip!!!
August 29, 2012 § 1 Comment
Fall is here! Although I am not a fan of all the trends coming out this season, I do love that there is a strong, mainstream return to classic looks. I love the classic fall colors, traditional cuts in black and white, and pops of burgundy, ruby, and emerald. Though the following sets do not reflect it, my personal style plan for the fall season is to combine these classic looks with bohemian and latin inspired accessories for an eccentric pop.
My personal favorite! ^^
Up next, style suggestions and tips from my recent trips to Panama and Colombia!
August 9, 2012 § 1 Comment
Let’s face it- stick thin girls have it easy. They can wear almost any style and not worry about whether their clothes fit well or not. For curvy girls (no matter where your curves are; top, bottom, or hourglass), it can be more difficult to get the perfect fit that accentuates your curves and whittles your trouble spots. Although many cultures around the world still embrace the curves of a woman, Western culture has moved away from a feminine figure; embracing runway ideals. Thankfully, the new bikini figure competition, workout craze is creating a comeback for the desire to have a curvy bod. Since most of us ladies have a little more on us than just skin and bones, today’s post is all about compiling the perfect outfits for your body to make you feel confident, sexy, and happy you have those curves!
1. Your waist is not a waste!
Emphasizing a petite waist is the key to a perfect, hourglass figure. Try wearing tight (but not too tight!), formfitting dresses that are designed to whittle the waist and hug your hips. It is especially helpful to find dresses cut on the bias. If you aren’t up for parting with old pieces that don’t fit these requirements, try a high-waisted belt.
2. It’s in the details: tailoring.
Keep your clothes slim and close cut. Good tailoring will be the key here so your clothes don’t look like the pull at the seams. If you like the structured look, don’t go too dramatic. The padded shoulder look will do you NO favors, my friend.
3. Black is best, but don’t be afraid of color!
Black is the easiest color to hide any imperfections no matter what your shape, but color blocking can be a great choice for curvier girls. Add simple pops of color and avoid eye popping patterns without the proper accessories.
4. If you choose prints, be sure to accessorize!
Prints can make a curvy body get lost and pop in all the wrong places. If you are like me and like bright colored prints, be sure to accessorize them with pieces that bring the attention back to your solid spots. For instance, offset a printed dress with a big black or brown high-waist belt.
5. Decide where your assets lie and don’t fear them!
Top heavy? Try highlighting your décolletage with a lower cut and some shimmer powder. Bottom heavy? Try a small slit for a sexy, overall slimming effect. If you want to look long and create a ‘legs for days’ look, try showing more leg. Wherever your assets lie, find them and exploit them. This will draw attention to the areas you feel most proud of and give you a whole new sense of confidence.
Draping adds dimension to any shape while allowing you to use the extra fabric to your advantage and highlight and/or hide specific areas.
7. Maxi dresses
Fitted maxi dresses are a great way to show off a curvy shape. They look good on any kind of curvy figure, are acceptable wear in almost any social environment (school to work to cocktails), are super comfortable, and carefully cover any problem area.
If you’re top heavy or hourglassed, try a v-neck, tight little black dress that curves all over. If you want something that slims your mid-section, try a big belt or a dress with ruching. If you’re bottom heavy, try a dress with a ballerina bottom. It will create a more compact, shapely lower half.
March 30, 2012 § 6 Comments
Hello beloved readers! Today I am quickly posting some outfits that are REALLY inspiring to me this season. I love my personal style and try to describe it as allure meets professional with a hint of sweetness. A bunch of contradictions that all come together to form a perfect trifecta. These three elements combine everything that is lovable about a woman: drive, confidence, sex appeal, sweetness, and youth. Below are just a few ideas to pull inspiration from, but think tight pencil skirts, a bright pop on a black outfit, plunging necklines with long sleeves, nylons with sky high heels, and thick bondage belts. The 2/3 rule is ideal: 2/3 of your body should always be covered. Enjoy