By Juhi Bansal

Thank you for the overwhelming response to the open letter I wrote to my 16 year old self. It’s was heartening to see so many of you agreeing with what I had to say, after all everyone goes through that transition. I had a lovely birthday thanks to the husband (who shopped for me and surprised me to no end with his amazing choices- ofcourse he had my sister on Facetime the whole time but it’s the thought that counts right 😉 ) and Iy (for singing out loud, giving me hugs every few minutes and generally being herself) and all of you who called and messaged.

So, coming back to the article, I do believe in everything I said. And while that article was largely me giving advice (when am I not doing it!) to my younger self, I have learnt quite a few things in my life and I thought I’ll share them with you. Let me know if you agree.

  • Change is inevitable. Everyone and everything changes. I have changed, so have people around me. Circumstances, behaviour, lifestyle, even luck changes. That brings me to my other learning-Nothing lasts Forever! So, enjoy every second of every minute of your life. 
  • Keeping my views to myself is the best thing I’ve started doing. I’ve come to realize that no one needs to know my thoughts just like I don’t need to know theirs. It’s always better to fret in private rather than picking fights on social media. 
  • Haters gonna hate. Love, laugh, enjoy- don’t be apologetic for how you choose to live your life just because someone does not agree with it.
  • Take care of yourself. Be a little selfish. Your body is the only thing that stays with you till your last breath. Treat it with respect. Care for yourself every day- start today!

It is Navratri time in Ahmedabad and the indomitable spirit of every Amdavadi during these 10 days never ceases to amaze me! Every year I am asked about the trends of the season and what are some styling must dos during the festivities. You know me- I don’t like rules and this year I have only one answer for all such questions- Recycle, Repurpose, Repeat.

Everything that I am wearing in the ensemble is technically old (worn before or owned for some time). While earlier my closet frustrated me- I never had anything to wear, it now surprises me. I can always pull out combinations and mix&matches that seem to work. Take this one for example- floral and stripes? And such non-festive colours for garba? I would like to believe it worked!

A moment for these abs please! :).


Skirt: c/o W (styled here earlier)

Crop Top: c/o Bollywoo (styled here earlier)

Juttis: c/o Turquoise Shoe Studio

Earrings: gift from Bhavya

Pics: Bhavya Rathore

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  • Reply Mydesiwear September 28, 2017 at 10:15 am

    wonderful article.. love that Skirt. and specially that title UDI UDI JAAYE….. love it.

    • Reply Closet Buddies October 2, 2017 at 6:09 am

      thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Reply Anushka Jain May 2, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Wonderful write-up…Loved it a lot. The color combination looks perfect on that lady. I liked her style.

    • Reply Closet Buddies May 17, 2019 at 6:56 am

      thanks Anushka

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