2017 in words

{2017 in words} via chevrons & éclairs

happy new year!

in collaboration with CRAFTISAN location JODHPUR, INDIA

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I’m on the train at the moment off to the Lake District to celebrate the new year. It will be a tamed one this year: celebrating with ones closest to me, a glass of champagne, an early morning for a walk through the beautiful misty landscapes across mountains and hills. It’s going to be a reflective one.

As year goes by I realize how much I still have to learn and grow. Those of you who have followed c&é since it’s inception, or since I even moved to London, you may notice the emotional change I went through. Since moving to London, each month almost felt like a struggle. Even though my home country’s people speak the same language, mannerisms and behaviors and bureaucracy is distinct. Adaptation was key and through all the struggles, I wouldn’t change a thing.

I’m happy that 2016 is over, but this year compared to the recent past has been extremely wonderful and fulfilling. First, I found a way to combine my hobbies and my professional/educational background to establish a business that I am truly passionate about. I’ve grown that business and established a strong reputation within my industry. A reputation that is unparalleled where industry leaders have taken the backseat to learn something from a team of thriving, passionate individuals. That team was facilitated by me.

Second, I feel settled in London. My narratives leading up to my move to London about 2.5 years ago and thereafter were about the changes and struggles I had on a daily basis. Now I find that London is home and I feel the most secure here. People make places and I have made a good group of friends that I can call family too. And because of that I feel more comfortable in my own skin, able to share my world and my background with others and all of you-not striving to fit in.

Furthermore, I’ve learnt to prioritize. Focus on people and things that matter and be able to constantly edit my life. This has helped my happiness, controlling the looming anxiety inside me, the capacity to let people in and trust them, and so much more.

Finally, what you don’t know is that this blog was something I was going to end a few times: when I moved to London to jumpstart a career in something completely different and an industry bit more conservative and the second time earlier this year when I thought the blog was undermining my business’ growth. I was proven wrong. Since then my strategy for this space has changed, priorities were placed on things that matter and I was looking at c&é as a business and as a way to escape. I’m very proud to say that this corner of the internet grew and continues to grow because of all of you. The editorial calendar for 2017 is already half planned with the most exciting travel plans and content just for you! 
 

{2017 in words} via chevrons & éclairs
{2017 in words} via chevrons & éclairs {2017 in words} via chevrons & éclairs

Every year, instead of resolutions, I choose words that I want to be the theme of the coming year.
For 2017 I want to: create, experience and cultivate.

create

My adolescence focused on fortifying a personal CV that encompassed the arts. From years of piano lessons and dance classes to private painting and drawing classes. Soon after into my college days, I focused on analytical and critical subjects that made for a “better career”. This is where c&é was born. My job in Washington, DC felt mundane, though exciting. c&é was a creative outlet that I needed to exercise my artistic skills. Since deciding on taking this blog to the next level, I want to create content that is all encompassing. Content that is dynamic, unique and revolutionary. I want to go against the grain and focus on areas that no one else is looking at. This will set a challenge for myself and keep me excited and continue to tickle my motivation.

experience

I pride myself in being well-travelled. Unfortunately, my traveling greatly reduced over the last 2 years because of finances and trying to sort out my professional life. Any disposable income I would make would be re-invested in my business, but I knew that idleness was temporary. Now that I have a bit more cushion, a blog and a business that requires me to travel, I want to experience more. I want to experience more of London-there’s a laundry list of things I haven’t done still. I want to experience unique parts of Europe, since most of my previous travels were in South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. I want to experience different places in unique ways that most tourists shy away from and hopefully that will supplement the “create” aspect of my year too.

cultivate

Being a leader was a natural position for me. I was heavily involved in school and university, taking charge of event planning, and today I facilitate a professional team. Since “cultivating” a community through my professional and educational scenes is not foreign to me, I want to do that within my personal life too. I’m lucky to know people of all different ages, different backgrounds, different hobbies and interests-and being exposed to new things is a great way to learn and feel inspired. I want to make the most of my relationships, where we experience and cultivate together. Entertaining our creativity and widening our knowledge and experiences, maturing our understanding to the world around can truly enrichen life.
 

{2017 in words} via chevrons & éclairs
{2017 in words} via chevrons & éclairs

what I’m wearing

dress MANGO scarf c/o CRAFTISAN flats c/o BODEN earrings GIFTED

  • Sarah

    These photos are beautiful, supal! Goodness woman, love the simplicity!

  • Tiffany {A Touch of Grace}

    Supal I love how you share bits and pieces of your life with us throughout your posts. I’m excited to see what 2017 brings for you.
    And this look; the white dress with that blue is just stunning.

    • Aw, I’m glad you enjoy it! My hope is to feel more comfortable to share more here. Thanks for being part of 2016, Tiffany! x

  • What a beautiful year you have envisioned for yourself! Lovely! I hope that 2017 is full of these dreams coming true! You mentioned more travel experiences – where specifically are you excited to travel?

    My fiance and I traveled from here (Austin, TX) to London last year, and we fell in love with the city. There was so much to pack into the 6 days we spent there, and I can imagine that even with living there full time, there’s always a long list of ways to enjoy yourself!

    • Thank you so much, Kelsey! Lots to do to prepare for 2017, but it’s all definitely worth it. In terms of travel, I’m going to explore more of Europe since it’s my backyard! It doesn’t sound as exotic, but for someone who has been all over other parts of the world, it seems pretty exciting and fitting for me 🙂 I also want to make sure I re-visit places I’ve traveled to before because there is just SO much to explore. Thanks to some client work, I’ve had to go to Paris a few times over the last several months and it has now become another home for me. It’s so nice now to go back to Paris and explore the locals way by way of different restaurants, exhibitions and nightlife. Hope that answers your question. Thank you for stopping by 🙂 and happy new year!

  • Tash

    This is very inspiring! Happy new year, Supal, may this year be filled with beautiful blog posts : )

  • I love that you said you constantly “edit” your life. That’s a brilliant way to think about living. You’re such an inspiration, Supal. Even for those of us who are at home-base. 🙂

    • I noticed I was meeting all sorts of superfluous people that brought minimal meaning to my life and the same goes for clothes haha. YOU, Jaelan, are an inspiration. I think we all feed off of one another and it makes us all a better, stronger person. I’m incredibly grateful to have met you this year and hope that this year, or in years ahead, we are able to meet in person! I’m here for you, my friend, just like you’re always here for me. #InternetBFFs

  • You look radiant as always =o) Wishing you the best in the new year!

    http://dreamofadventures.blogspot.com/

    • Thank you so much! You LITERALLY spoil me with all your sweet compliments! Happiest of new years to you too! x

  • You are just stunning! And I love the idea behind this post. It’s inspiring and rejuvenating. I’m sure all your readers and glad you decided to stay with your blog. 🙂 You are so good at what you do! XO
    http://bybailey.weebly.com/blog

    • Thank you so much, Bailey, you are the absolute sweetest! I do what I can to share my world with you 🙂 Hope you have a lovely year ahead! x

  • LPT

    I am so excited to see how 2017 turns out for you. You are a hard worker and I can’t think of anything less than amazing coming out of this year! xo

    • Thank you! I’m really hoping I’m not jumping ahead of myself, but I truly am excited for this year! x

  • I wish you the best for 2017! You look amazing x

    Jessica — NinetyCo

  • Supal, I don’t know you personally, but this blog has shown how creative, strong, and determined you are. Editing your life occasionally is such a smart thing to do and so well put. You appreciate and take in the positive aspects of your life and use them to fuel your motivation for the future. I genuinely respect that. I love your style of writing, as well as your photos and outfits. And I just love how put together you are. It’s inspiring honestly and I hope you never end the blog. It’s always a pleasure reading your posts. Hope you have a wonderful new year and accomplish all of your goals for creating, cultivating, and experiencing new things.

    Fariha | Blog

    • This is the sweetest, most thoughtful comment I have ever received! Thank you so much! I will admit that behind the scenes, things get a bit manic though and it’s hard to feel/look put together when you feel so stretched thin. I do assure you that I have the best support ever from my family and friends 🙂 I’ve been trying to change my outlook on things and simplify my life a bit more and it has done wonders! Happiest of new years to you! And hope this year is full of wonderful surprises, Fariha <3 x

  • Paige Allison

    I have zero doubt that you’re going to crush 2017! Go against that grain girl!

  • Such pretty photos, I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for you!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • I can’t wait to see more of what you have planned for 2017! I had figured you must have a background in the art’s because your photos and your style are so amazing! I love how you balance both your strengths and have made a business out of it! #girlboss for real! Always inspiring Supal!

    • Ah thank you so much! THAT is so inspiring to hear actually. Can’t wait to share all the content I have ready 🙂 x

  • I am SO glad you did not end your blog! It’s literally the only one I keep up with anymore because I just love it so much ^.^ C&É’s just gotten better and better, and your content is always fresh. And the best part is that its all driven from your own life and the evolution of yourself. So, its inspiring and empowering to see all that being reflected in your corner of the inter-webs! xx Sabbie

    • Aw thank you so much, Sabbie! This means the world to me and much, much more. It’s really hard to be transparent on the internet when you just want an ounce of privacy, but I find that the community we’ve created here is so supportive no matter the cause 🙂 Thanks for being part of it! x