Such good taste!

I sometimes feel that my love for great inspirational work sometimes constricts my creativity. And then there are times when I feel I’m cheating myself and everyone else by being inspired by my idols. Everybody’s gotta be original right?  I feel everything I create is well… meh in terms of creativity, in terms of impact – it’s mediocre at best. What’s the point of creating something that’s just not good enough?

I’m writing about this subject gravely because I know how its like to be someone who feels they have so much to give and still can’t get it all out there, despite their best efforts. Often enough you try so hard in conveying your messages that it becomes strenuous, calculated, unnatural and even vain. I am that person and its  frustrating.

So, what ever on earth are we going to do about this impostor syndrome?

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Do you ever ask yourself - “Is my work good enough? Am I true to myself? Or in my case “Am i selling out?” :p

Just in case you’re curious as to where I’m going with this let me tell you its substantial. A little while ago I found an amazing quote by Ira Glass on Goodreads . It sheds enormous light on this subject and has helped me loads with my patience. I can only hope you all relate to it if not be soothed by it.

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” ― Ira Glass

 

In the end work should be healthy and  fun… not drudgery! Most of us just want to be gentle with ourselves… but don’t quite know if ‘gentle’ is going to work.
Hope this helps. Let me know how do you deal with your creative blocks and if you liked this post. I’m always glad to receive feedback.

Much love,
Divya

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Saddle up! by gypso featuring a felt hat

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FOSSIL gold bracelet watch
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Prada oval sunglasses
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Chloé
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Annie P felt hat
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Lauren ralph lauren belt
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Robert Piguet floral perfume
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Estée Lauder rose fragrance
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Chanel nail lacquer
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Wildfox Couture loose t shirt
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Anastasia beauty product
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Litecraft halogen light
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Ceramic cup
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Small item storage
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Redecker Ostrich Feather Duster
$33 – heals.co.uk

True Grace fragrance candle
$23 – conranshop.co.uk

HAY paris wrapping paper
$4.11 – connox.com

Brown home decor
chapters.indigo.ca

Instax mini 8
$115 – fujifilm.co.uk

Daisies, Mini 939
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The places I go for work – Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

So my colleagues and I  went to Hyderabad for Sabysachi’s show to a rather ubergrand Falaknuma place which is now turned into a luxury hotel courtesy Taj Hotels. The building’s foundation was laid  in the 1880’s and is lavish in all the old worldly ways This magnificent architecture is now restored in the taste of the Nizams retaining the eclectic blend of Renaissance architecture, Baroque style, French charm and  art deco sensibilities.

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Doesn’t the bright fuchsia wrap look super chic against the architecture? ^^^^^

We were ushered in on the horse drawn carriage. I was blushing.

Falak-numa means “Like the Sky” or “Mirror of the Sky” in Urdu and now you’ll see why…

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^This spot was truly magical!

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Frescoes on the ceilings… mammoth sized ballrooms, dining halls, oh the glory!ImageImage

During the show, which was held at this grand dining area, the models were gliding around the long table, to the mesmerizing live performance by Ms. Bombay Jayashri. The space was heavy with Oud and incense. See link below for Bombay Jayashri’s live performance pictures via Thehindu http://bit.ly/1aGnK2i

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The plates were Versace with gilded gold details.

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Special thanks to my boss Sabya for an amazing time. He’s a hero!

This is me on the invites :)

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For more info about the collection that was showcased see http://bit.ly/1jklt1K and http://bit.ly/1e9HtoM

And here is a  picture of us in a tub -

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Thanks for reading! Later!

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Donna Karan black top
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Raoul black brocade pants
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Black kimono
$37 – newlook.com

Marchesa evening clutch
marissacollections.com

DANNIJO drop earrings
theoutnet.com

Reinhard plank hat
farfetch.com

Eyeshadow
$12 – marksandspencer.com

Lime Crime nail polish
karmaloop.com

Stripe rug
rhbabyandchild.com

Nearly Natural floral decor
nearlynatural.com

Ficus plant
artificialplantsandtrees.com

Quail serveware
$18 – liberty.co.uk

Floral bouquet
kirklands.com

Chilli Flavour Hot Chocolate
$8.85 – whittard.co.uk