Just after the 4th of July fireworks in New Jersey, US and just after the barbecue dinner, family gathering we suddenly decided to go to Quebec City in Canada.
It was about 2 AM on July 5th we decided to pack our bags and head off on the roads – all tired and drained from the fun and activities from the day before. The distance from NJ to Quebec City is about 8 hours and 30-minute drive. Originally we were supposed to leave the home at 2 AM, but it turned it 3 AM and we finally left 3 AM, haha! We are Indians, we have to follow the Indian Standard Time (IST – always late with arrivals and departures).
We reached at our hotels at about 1:30 PM. My brother and I were totally knocked out from the packing and the party from the day before, we were totally drained. The first thing we did was look for restaurants to eat because we were STARVING. Whilst we were looking, mum Patel surprised us by making an Indian snack called Bhel out of scratch – leftover fruits and vegetables from our travel ride here.
Bhel – is a savoury snack, and is also a type of chaat. It is made of puffed rice, vegetables and a tangy tamarind sauce.
It was about 3 PM we left for the Old Quebec city tour but we reached there at around 5 PM due to the insane amount of traffic. The city is ABSOLUTELY breathtaking. I couldn’t help but take pictures of the palace the tourist spot of it. The shops, streets and the mansion itself says a story of it’s own. The fountains and the streets lit up at the night time giving the old city a unique look.
We walked around for a bit, took pictures, had a coffee at a beautiful bakery shop called Cafe La Maison Smith. Since we already had lunch at our motel, we decided to grab a bit outside for dinner. We went to LA Pizz for a meal and we ordered the large vegetarian pizza, which is their number 1 seller as well as healthy in a way since it is filled with vegetables. And for drinks, I ordered virgin Mojito (alcohol-free drink).
Here are some pictures I took on the first day of the Quebec City tour 🙂
LOVE & KISSES, MAITRI P.
I was invited to The BAPS Women’s Conference 2017 where all the women get together to discuss numerous leadership topics, promote culture and ethnic pride in our upcoming generations. Each year, thousands of women from diverse backgrounds and age group gather to learn from each other and build a powerful bond within our society.
Last year’s theme was Moving Forward.
Last year, the conference featured inspiring speakers, interactive learning, and purposeful networking to support women further in their personal and professional lives, taking a step in the right direction.The convention served as an occasion to share difficulties in the chase of enthusiasm and inspired members to introspect on how to grow further qualified leaders. The exceptional speakers explored key concepts of compassion, indulgence, and determination through sharing their individual stories of leadership.
This year, the theme of BAPS Women’s Conference was Resolutions: Bonds That Liberate.
This year’s theme mainly focused on positive resolutions that change lives by turning habits: accepting ownership, performing hard work, and making sacrifices. The conference directed on how one can enhance responsibility and accountability within her home, family, career, community, and spiritual advancement without feeling overwhelmed. The audience learned that hard work requires dedication and commitment to finding a solution without falling apart. The conference also went over the importance of putting other’s needs above ours which I thought was very important.
Since it is the prom season, I decided why not share my prom look and outfit details.
I did not go to my senior prom because it was a personal decision, but I did, however, go to my Junior Prom. I went with one of my close friends, Neal Patel.
Unfortunately, we did not get to take a lot of pictures due to the weather, but here are some pictures.
I did not go insane and spent a lot of money on Junior prom.
- For nails, I decided to go with acrylics french tips (After prom, I had a family function to attend so I needed my nails to match everything).
- For hair, I curled them and my queen, my mother did my half up-do.
- Makeup was done by one of my close friends, Moksha Naik.
- Dress is from Macy’s, heels are from Nordstrom and my jewelry is from a boutique in India.
The order as follows; me, one of my close friends Priyanka Patel and my prom date Neal Patel !
Have fun at prom to those who are going this year 🙂
First of all, Happy Valentine’s Day loves!
Valentine’s Day is not just celebrated between couples, but it is for father-daughter, mother-son, brother and sister, mother and daughter, between friends, etc.. It’s a day to cherish amongst the loved ones. I believe Valentine’s Day should be celebrated every day, not just every February 14th. Letting everyone know that they are loved should be an everyday thing, rather than one specific day. I still remember in elementary school my classmates and I would purchase chocolates and would give it to each other during lunch break, haha! Good old days!
I am a sucker for cute things. Roses, love, chocolates, teddy bears, hearts, romance and Valentine’s Day itself. 😍
Valentine’s Day brunch outfit details as follows;
Top: Macy’s – Worthington
Skirt: Macy’s – Decree
Sunglasses: Charming Charlie
Watch: Betsy Johnson
Heels: Payless – Montego Bay Club
Bag: Steve Madden
Ring and earring: Forever 21
Photo Courtesy: Priyanka Patel
Valentine’s Day dinner outfit details as follows;
It got a tad bit cold so I decided to keep the top as it is and went with leggings from Forever 21 and scarf from Nordstrom; along with brown boots from Macy’s.