Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Bakes of 2020

 This year has brought much clarity to my life (and to others lives too, I am sure) about what I enjoy and do not enjoy. One thing to me is clear, I love to eat and create. I am in my zen zone when I'm in the kitchen and I love seeing the faces of my family and friends when they bite into something I have made for them. I also love to eat so it's a win-win situation for everyone. 

Pumpkin Madeleines and Apple Cake


Chocolate Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Christmas Sugar Cookies

Blueberry Pistacio Friands

Blueberry Pistachio Friands

New York Cheesecake

Pumpkin Madeleines

This year I've made many items, most of them are not pictured (we ate them before we even got pictures.) love to put on some music, or a funny movie or show and bake. I do get stressed in the kitchen sometimes, but this year I have really pushed myself forward. I learned how to make ciabatta and focaccia bread and even tried to work on my piping skills. 

Orange Cake

Chocolate Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Gulab Jamun Cheesecake

Tres Leches Cupcakes

Normally every Christmas I tend to take over dessert at my family's holiday party and always present a wide array of desserts that I worked on for almost a constant two to three days before the party. This year Covid has changed how we are celebrating and I am still baking, but at a much lesser volume. I have been looking for new recipes and have catered the menu to the few family members that are attending. I hope that 2021 will bring more wonderful bakes and I hope that it will allow me to grow as an amateur baker.

Monday, December 7, 2020

Times of Covid-19

 Hello Everyone, 

It has been over a year since my last Instagram post and even longer since my last blog post. The only reason behind this absence is the lack of motivation and inspiration. I will be honest, I have not had any itch inside of me to go out into the world to take pictures of my outfits or food or anything really. This feeling was present before Covid-19 was even a possibility. I was shopping less at the time because I was not finding any pieces that really spoke to me. It was hard to go into a store and shell out $100-$200 dollars on a dress that was not going to interest me in a year or so. I started thinking that I should invest in pieces that will last me a long time and can help build a wardrobe that will function. I also got caught up in school and my personal life and found that blogging was becoming a chore for me, which it never used to be. I used to truly enjoy going out with my sister in our town and creating unique outfits. I decided to take some time off to think about what direction I wanted to take this blog. I even thought that I could change the theme of the blog and make it more open and just about life and travel and food. Even that did not entice me at the time. 

Fast forward to 2020 and there is a pandemic at large, taking the lives of millions and changing the way us humans think about life. During this time I have been able to think about what is truly important to me. I was blessed enough to have a house to come home to, while my apartment in Philly was not the ideal situation for a high-risk individual like me. During the early days, I took my dog Captain for walks and played outside with him. I baked my heart out and learned that baking is truly one of my passions. I am an amateur for sure, but I take pride in my bakes and enjoy it because I get to share something that gives me and the recipient joy. I baked cakes for my family members birthdays and experimented with breads and sweet treats alike. This time was definitely a way for me to better know myself and become confident in the small things I do. I learned that I am very good at following a routine and can get many things done in a day which makes me feel accomplished and happy.

As horrible the pandemic is, I am grateful and blessed to be able to spend this time with my family. My family did movie marathons, ate good food, and had meaningful conversations about everything and anything. It is not often that a pandemic occurs, but I managed to look at the positive side to all of the negative parts of the pandemic. I worried though, about my parents and grandparents and all of the other people who had family friends affected by the virus. It made me appreciate the world I live in and the education I have. I am thankful that I am educated enough to understand the pandemic and how important safety was. 

As the year is coming to a draw, I want to reflect on the good and bad times this year presented. Times such as these provide for a great reflection on how we as humans live. I can look back at how much we rely on being able to go outside and have a drink at a bar or being able to go to the grocery store for a forgotten ingredient. I also learned that life is most definitely not the same for people around the world. The holiday season always makes me grateful for the life I live, but this year has been a constant reminder to never take my existence for granted. I hope next year brings happiness and health to everyone but a continuation of the gratefulness that I have now adopted. 

Enjoy some photos of my time during this year!

Love, Aashka 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Pop of Pink

Hello, long time no see! Its been such a long time since I've blogged and I really missed it! I was busy with my internship and being in DC, but now I am back home until the end of September and I am hoping to get more blog shoots in! To be honest, I really have not been shopping that much. My new mentality is to buy things that I can wear forever and that can go well with all of my clothes and accessories. I have so many pieces that never get used and so I am starting to sell some stuff on Poshmark and hoping to give it to someone that can actually use it. An outfit like this is definitely more versatile and something that can I wear everyday and even at school. I bought this black vest from Zara and it was the perfect buy, because I can wear casually or even more professionally. Outfits like these are perfect when I want to look edgy and cool and are easy to put together!
Tee // Vest // Skirt // Shoes // Bag (color not available but same style) // Sunnies 

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Striped T-Shirt Dress

Let me tell you, nothing feels better than a fresh cut, especially when your hair needed it. I was trying to grow my hair out again, but it just wasn't going to happen. I was happy to take advantage of the amazing day to spend as much time outside in the 70 degree weather as I could. We had a great brunch at Turning Point here in Newtown and then ran around doing errands that needed to be taken care of. I drove around with the windows down and music blasting, it felt just like summer.

 That's why I took out this new dress from Nordstrom. It's by Reformation and normally, I have never succeeded in fitting into one of their dresses. They are very tight and my personal opinion is that they fit only a certain type of person. I was glad to see this very cute t-shirt dress that was made out of great material and was perfect for the summer. I had a great day and I am excited for the warm days that are coming!
Dress // Jacket: old Madewell last seen here and here similar here and here and here // Shoes // Sunnies // Bag