'Focus on appreciating the now'

Focus on appreciating the now

Natasha Variava Lakdawala, founder of fashion label NatashaV, shares her wish list and life lessons


Janice Rodrigues

Published: Fri 3 Aug 2018, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Aug 2018, 2:00 AM

The number one item on your wish list.
It has to be the rose gold and diamond Possession open bangle bracelet from Piaget. Perhaps also a pair of leather trousers from Fendi. Both long-time wishes!
Your most challenging project to date?
Obviously setting up my label. The details, decisions, sleepless nights and micro managing... it was quite challenging - but also so very rewarding.

What has been the biggest learning point or experience in your life.
Learning how important it is to appreciate your journey! It's easy to get caught up worrying about the future or regretting the past, and while we are all guilty of doing that at some point or the other, focusing on appreciating the now is something that my experiences have taught me. Everything that has happened in the past has led us to becoming the people we are today. These experiences have only shaped us and embracing them is necessary in order to become the best possible version of yourself.
What advice would you give your younger self, if you could?
'Today is worth two tomorrows'. Sometimes our little failures in life take us down with such a storm that it deprives us of the ability to live in the moment. My younger self never understood the saying, "Don't let yesterday use up too much of today".
If you could move to any place in the world, what place would that be?
Undoubtedly Paris! I love the beautiful architecture, the unspoilt history, the fine cuisine and the passionate local people. The city never fails to charm.
Favourite fictional character of all time - and why.
The very adored, honoured and, most of all, feared Miranda Priestly from The
Devil Wears Prada. Only because she's zestfully motivating with her "Truth is no one can do what I do".
The best thing you've ever bought yourself and why?
My wedding watch (a gold Cartier). It has extra sentiment attached to it and wins me over every time I wear it.
A superpower you wish you had?
To read minds.
If you were head of your country, what is the first thing you'd do?
Educate the people! I'd love to throw in easier, more approachable means of education so that everyone could be literate, and could study as much as they desired.
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