Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Pinwheel Mornings...

Lots of new followers. And lots to share. I have been blogging on and off now for five years. And the past couple of years have been the most eventful years of my life. I have seen way too many ups and downs, the kinds people get to see over several decades. I lost my Mother to hemorrhage, lost my dad to cancer, had to leave my loved pet behind, got divorced, permanently injured my knees, and started life practically from scratch.

But the going has been good. I have found out who my real friends are. I have discovered my strengths. And I have found some really inspiring people on the blogosphere. I am learning to respect myself, so I can expect the same from others. I am learning to put myself first. Thanks to your inspiring presence in my life, I have started work on my own line of hair accessories too! There are some women on the blogosphere who I have been following for a while now and who use this medium for far more than posting pretty pictures of themselves. They have relentlessly pursued their passion, travelled extensively, achieved what other keep day-dreaming about, and managed to bring just that little ray of sunshine to the lives of others. Even though I have never met them, I have learned to read between the lines and see the true grit that lies at the core of a woman. My this post is to honor a small handful of them. There are many more, and it's not possible to mention them all here, but in some small way, you all have helped me through a very difficult time in my life.

So, I'd like to give my very own "Inspiración Award" to the following beautiful women.

Rachel of CapturingItaly

Anna of IHOD

Anya of Couture Millinery Atelier


Mimi Bleu of Bonjour Romance

I also want to share a few random things about myself.
I love pinwheels.
I love quiet, happy breakfasts.
I love flowers, candles, and beautiful things.

Leaving you with a few pictures clicked around my house on a lazy Sunday morning.

And yes, there is an Awesome Giveaway coming up soon. Watch this space!


Mamma Mia! Me a Mamma?!? said...

Beautiful, my friend; the post, the sentiments and the pics. Just beautiful!

Bows,Hearts and everything Cute said...

Really sorry for your loss..wish you a lot of happiness!
Those flowers are really cute :)

Gunjan said...

You're are one strong and lovely woman.

An silent reader here.

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Belle Inspiration Magazine said...

Thank you so much Prati! You have handled all the changes and losses so gracefully - so happy to be your friend.

Rachel {Da Paura ♥} said...

Pratishtha, I have to tell you that with your recent comment of how I have inspired you and coupled with this incredible award, you have truly touched my heart beyond words! When I get discouraged, it is people like you that allow me the will to keep going. Thank you for this beautiful award, I can't wait to post it on my blog!

Tanti baci! xxxx

my republic of fashion said...

You have really gone through so much. Hope the future brings you more happiness. I love those pinwheels! :)SarahD

Anonymous said...

Aww, this is so sweet! I know exactly what you mean. I feel the same way about blogging. I've learned so much and I can't wait to learn more. Congrats on following your dreams. Keep being strong and smiling. <3

P.S. Following you back!

Lots of love, B
Tweet me: Viva_La_Breee

Anna of IHOD said...

Oh my goodness,
Wow. Well reading this made me feel truly humbled. Thank you so much for your words and inspiring and encouraging me! I feel honored to receive this award from you. Thank you so much for being such a sweet friend. Cannot wait to see where the road takes you! I am sure so many exciting things in store for you!

Couture Carrie said...

Lovely post, darling!


Courtney Erin said...

Wow, this is such a lovely idea! Beautiful!

xoxo ~ Courtney

Angelica Ng said...

Ohh I had no idea you went through so much. Knew you had your down times, but didn't know all the stories behind it. Am glad you have started over, and hopefully, things look brighter from now on. :) The Inspiration Award is a fantastic idea btw!

And yes, you can most definitely participate in the Winter Outfit Contest! Deadline is Nov 5, and we would love to see your entry!


Cafe Fashionista said...

I love the pinwheel flowers - so cute! :)

SabinePsynopsis said...

This are tough experiences indeed, Pratishta. After having spent the weekend at my mum's hospital bed in intensive care I feel a bit what you have been going through (leaving a pet behind must be terribly heart-breaking, too). It's wonderful to be inspired by the energy and fighting spirit of others - and you are of of my inspirations! X

Tights Lover said...

Very inspirational post. I love your positive outlook despite some tough times!

And happy breakfasts! I definitely love happy breakfasts!


You are so strong, my dear! You made it through with such grace and are a stronger, even more beautiful woman for it. xoxo

V A N E S S A said...

Such a beautiful post sweety! you inspired me and teach me a great lesson. You're awesome.


bridechic said...

Whatever it is you cooked up for breakfast I want!

Sam said...

You've been blogging for 5 years? Thats amazing! So sad to hear about your losses, you are so inspiring, as you have overcome all your difficulty and risen to new heights from it.

shopgirl said...

Hi Pratishtha!!! :-))

Thank you so much for your well wishes. It really helps! This post is so beautiful and sweet! I can't imagine going through so many things in such a short time. You are truly inspiring!!

I'm so sorry you're feeling poorly too. I hope the medication works and that you're able to get some rest from work. I generally can't take time off from work so it's not the best when trying to recuperate from something or just life in general .-))

p.s. I can't believe I haven't been following you on google. I thought was....anyhow, I am now your 110th follower! Rock on girl! xoxo


Rahul Bhatia said...

Landed on your blog! Very thoughtful post


Keep your chin up, dear!. Thank you for becoming a follower!. =)

Greetings from Qatar!


Anonymous said...

nice post !! of course, I following you now!!

follow me back.<3
Keep in touch darl.


GingerGirl said...

Thank you very much for your comment! I'm following you as you suggested, would you follow me back? :)


Oh to Be a Muse said...

i have to say that after reading this post i am totally inspired by you. i can't believe you went through all that hardship because you seem to be such a positive person.

<3 this post oh so very much!

TheSanctuary said...

awesome! thanks for visiting my blog. following back

keep in touch



eji patanao said...

the food looks yummy, thank you for sharing your loves :))

wild and fierce

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Hugs to you darling! Life really puts some of us through roller coasters and inspiration and hope drive me and should drive all of us forward.

Chic 'n Cheap Living

*Glam Chameleon* said...

Sentimental and emotional, I love this post and I respect u... Btw great idea for the award!:)
Jelena (glamfabchameleon.blogspot.com)

Mom Fashion World said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, darling!
But I salute you for being a courageous woman
to face all your problems. Cheers on the new followers and wish you more followers.

Dear, you need to edit your profile, you need to change your web address there... when I clicked your ''webpage'' it's not updated/error... you gotta change it to ''shotcouture.blogspot''. FYI.

Have a great weekend!

Sidney Salim said...

You are so strong in handling all problems. You are very inspiring! Things will get better for sure, dear.
I'm totally following you :)

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fashion meets art said...

hello <3

i have a new post online ... it's a GIVEAWAY!

a MACARON and CHANEL giveaway!

check it out please!

lovely lovely greets <3
maren anita


Marilia and Cristina Maz said...

really nice post and cute photos! Love your blog & thanks for stopping by mine and for your sweet comment
bisous marilia

Mitha Komala said...

beautiful pictures dear! i love those roses. and be strong okay, much love. <3


Audrey Allure said...

Lovely images. I'm glad things are much happier for you :) And those are some great blogs you mentioned!

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I'm sorry life has been so rough for you recently. It's amazing how comforting blogging can be in our times of trouble...you're lucky to have so many close, sweet friends here. :)

I love all these photos from around your house. You have a very colorful and beautiful home, it seems. I love that!

Monique said...

wow congrats on 5 years of blogging glad you have such a supportive community!

Wida said...

I'm so sorry about your parents! I'm sure they would be SO proud of you now. Glad you have a positive outlook on life. I like people like that!

And yes, I agree, the world is moving too fast! It's a bit scary sometimes.

Missing Amsie Blog

Fash Boulevard said...

great post, love. I hope you had a fabulous weekend. love to hear what you think of my latest. xo


Anonymous said...

yeah keep going strong!!!

btw the stuff in your house looks really nice :D

Fabrizia said...

Inspiring post!!
Take a look at my blog, and if you like it follow me, I’ll be waiting for you!

Don’t forget to enter the ZELEB giveaway on my blog!!
Cosa mi metto???

erica marie said...

You've gone through so much but it's good to see that you've kept a positive attitude, that's inspiring.

xo erica

Sovina said...

hey Pratishtha..sorry for your loss..it's good to hear that you have handled them with strength and grace...you are an awesome awesome person and I wish much happiness and success for you ..


Paula said...

I love the colors in the pictures you posted!

Such profound words, thanks! :)

Paula said...

I wish you all the best and I am very inspired by what you shared. Cheers on being such a strong individual!

I myself am undergoing a challenging time with my mom having cancer. Thank you for your post. *hug*

dressingup-everyday said...

Such a beautiful words!.I'm glad you found the way of happyness after so much sadness.

GingerGirl said...

Thank you very much for your comment and for following me! I'm following you too! ;)


Kavery said...

Colour around the house makes happy always. I love this well-written post

Rachel {Da Paura ♥} said...

Ok, I'm on the edge of my seat... excited about the surprise you spoke of in your comment!! :)

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Marica said...

Great blog!! Now I’m a member of it. If you want visit my blog: www.drinkingacosmopolitan.blogspot.com
and become member .
THANKS A LOT!! I’ll follow you! Kiss

Anonymous said...

Hello! Great blog,I follow you!
Thanks for your lovely comment!


Estefanía J. said...

Thanks for your lovely comments dear! Now, follow you too!!! If you want, we can also follow each other on Facebook and LOOKBOOK ;)

Estefanía J. ABSOstyle

Isabel G. said...

this is beautuful! I'm followinh you back! :)

xx Isabel

Lucia Marcote said...

Beautiful post!! :)


Lucia Marcote said...

I follow you!!


mini nuni said...

so much colour.i've just read your comment on my blog. here i am following you. waiting for you for doing the same. hope we will never stop following each other. xoxo mininuni

Jazzy E (Hivenn) said...


Galiciademoda said...

i like your blog, I´ll follow you. Please follow me! :)


Lovely B. said...

Wow inspiring post. I wish I had the same strength you have. Sorry for your loss. Let's support each other. Keep in touch. Thank you for visiting my blog. And I ain't working yet, just having my internship in ship management company. Lucky to be here! God has plans :) Always be optimistic. I am following you now via Google friend connect! Thank you :)


Rochelle's Closet said...

You are such a strong women...I feel very emotional words cannot express.


Glamorous Barbie ♥ said...

aww you are sucha fighter:)
you are an inspiration to all of us..
God will always be with you..
Love & live life...muaahs..:))

LOSAWAY said...

love the pics

sabrina maida said...

beautiful :) Hope the future brings you more happiness

FashionFreak/Mihaela said...

Such a great post :D ^^

new post - follow me♥mfashionfreak

Thanks for visiting my blog

Clara Turbay said...

Great pictures for great ideas in this blog.
Please take some time to check out my blog.


Dana Paramita said...

colorful. love it <3
anyway checkout mine if you have a chance sweety :)

Marilia and Cristina Maz said...

thanks for your sweet comment! I love these photos and your words... it seems that you are a really strong person! I m already following as u suggested/ bisous marilia


this is a very inspirational and moving post! wishing you lots of happiness in the near future! lovely photos! i am now following you and i would love if you followed back :)))

Joelyne TheSydneyGirl said...

You have been through so much - and as Gunjan said - One strong and lovely woman. I couldn't agree more!
XXX The Sydney Girl

Tub@ said...

Hi! happy days!:) Loves from Turkey!

Dana Paramita said...

sure! follow you, follow me back sweety? :)

Sick by Trend said...

I really like the mix of fonts haha :D



Syed said...

Ridiculously late comment, but wow, such a beautiful post. You rock :)

Francesca said...

Quiet and happy breakfasts are what I live for :)

/ twitter: @opinionslave

fashion meets art said...

wonderful colours! i love this post! just beautiful!

lovely greets
maren anita


Jessica said...

Thanks for your comment, cute post!


Please take a minute to look at my trunkshow;


Taj Acosta said...

Glad you are sharing with us dear and we hope you continue your journey with us! xo -Taj

FashionFreak/Mihaela said...

wowow :D lovely

new post - follow me♥mfashionfreak

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Rene, Gucci's mom said...


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Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle said...

Beautiful inspiration doll.

PS. Thx for your sweet comment on my blog and YES of course would love to follow each other. I'm following you now. Hope you come visit and follow back.

<3 Marina

Smashinbeauty Makeup Blog said...

sorry to hear about your loss!

Dancing Branflake said...

Wow! What a beautiful post in word and photo.

tiny dancer said...

oooo I really adore those felted flowers! What a great DIY idea for a weekend :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog and for following, I really appreciate your support <3