So many things have happened since I last wrote a post. I won’t get into it yet :D. I did have a great vacation in India and Dubai. But I am so glad to be back at home with my dog Harry. I missed him so much. Today, I am sharing an interview I recently did with UsTrendy, here is the link or you can read below. Also, I will be taking over their snapchat, so follow @UStrendy.
Enjoy rest of your day and let me know your thoughts on the interview 🙂
Tanvi Kapoor finds herself as an Engineering Manager by day and Fashionista by night. Her versitility stems beyond her career as she her family branches from India. On top of that, she’s a wiz in the science world – having already invented her own machine! She stands proudly and confidently in her shoes, as she should. She gives great advice on how to become successful with her positive attitude. Be sure to see what she has to say below!
From Florida to San Diego – how do you like the change? What’re some of your fav spots in San Diego?
This change has been amazing, not only in my personal growth but my lifestyle. California is truly heaven on earth. I love the energy and the people of this city. I love the fact there is so many activities one can enjoy and the weather is the same year round, perfect. Some of my favorite spots include La Jolla shores and Little Italy. The ambience of La Jolla makes me happy, especially when walking in the nearby park overseeing the Pacific Ocean with stunning views. Little Italy is a perfect date night with your loved one enjoying authentic an Italian meal. I feel blessed that I get to live in such a personal paradise.
How has your culture shaped you? Is it something that you prioritize a lot?
No, I don’t necessarily prioritize it. My culture is just part of who i am as a person. I was raised in Indian household in USA. So I feel I have best of the both worlds. Both cultures have taught me that hard work pays off and to always strive for the best. And that’s what I do. I strive for excellence in everything I do.
Engineering Program manager by day and fashionista by night? How’s that work? Do you have preference over either one?
I can certainly say I am a fashionista 24/7. I work for one of the biggest defense companies in the world, I have worked on projects that some only dream of. I get to work with people from around the world, which I believe is the best part of my job. One of my current projects is on space exploration; now tell me if that doesn’t sound exciting. Outside work hours, I spend my time on creating looks and styling my next photo-shoot. I keep up with the upcoming trends via magazines or better yet, Google. At the end of the night I spend a few hours answering emails, editing, and engaging with my followers. To be very honest, I love both of my passions, fashion and engineering, but if I had to pick, I would certainly pick being fashionista with room full of clothes and shoes haha.
What’re some of your fall must haves?
This year was big on the “Off the shoulder” trend, and it will continue into fall with cozy and comfy knits. My fall looks or signature pieces include a nice coat, knee high boots, great pair of jeans along with a Pumpkin Space latte. I am a huge fan of neutrals since they just go with every outfit. Neutrals are also perfect for fall; they complement the season look very well.
What’s a trend you hope makes a comeback/never goes out of style?
I am counting on big flare jeans and pants to comeback. It adds fun to the whole look, and it makes me look taller. And I hope the velvet and satin trend doesn’t go out of style. Everything is better with satin and velvet, don’t you agree?
Staple piece in your closet that you’ll never get tired of?
My black shirt, black jeans, black skirt, black shoes and coat. I can never get tired of wearing black. I just feel beautiful in black looks.
What is your biggest tip for young women hoping to get into the fashion and media industry?
Do it now, don’t wait for anything or anyone. Network with people out there who are trying to do the same, form groups and discuss issues/growth. If you want to be a blogger and don’t have a photographer or the money to hire one, look for folks who are also building their portfolios, they would most likely do it for free or better yet buy a tripod, and do it yourself. Start early and start now! One thing I have learned is to lean on the fashion and the media community; you would be surprised by the amount of support there is.
Biggest challenge you’ve faced in the industry?
The biggest challenge is not being paid for products we review and post about. I can understand if they are startups, I am all for supporting small businesses especially if you are starting out. I certainly encourage you do things you like for free. But if they are bigger companies, and they want a blogger to do a write up and post on all their social media platforms for merely $10 -$20 per item, I am not okay with that. They also need to understand, as much as we love our passions/work, it still takes time and effort. I spend around 30 hours in a week on my blog/social media including my full time day job. I encourage all bloggers to set rates, and charge, this way they won’t have a choice if they can’t find anyone who would do it for free. It’s a win-win for all bloggers. Also, just to say this, I highly encourage not promoting or working on things you actually would not use in your life. I have certainly turned down collaborations that have nothing to do with my vision. Stay true to your vision.
Something your readers would be surprised to hear about you?
I have developed a laser machine from draft to final product, which is used for creating products that are up in space and aircraft. I love science!