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Hitha Palepu  Author. Entrepreneur. Jetsetter. Mom. Bookworm. Creating my best life, and sharing all of it here. Get my perfect packing list 👇

Allow me to reintroduce myself 💁🏽‍♀️
I’m Hitha. I live in New York, and I don’t see myself ever leaving.
My idea of a perfect Sunday involves a picnic in Central Park, reading a book cover-to-cover, and taking a nap.
My guilty pleasures are @tacobell, young adult novels, and the “strong female lead” category in Netflix.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a pediatric oncologist.
The song I can’t stop listening to is ‘Mama’ by Jonas Blue. ...
Your turn! Fill in the blanks:
My name is ______, and I live in ______. My perfect Sunday involves ______. My guilty pleasures are ______. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a ______. The song I can’t stop listening to is ______. ​
📸: @ball_albanese for @virtuosolifemag

How do you pack for a trip?
Me? Textbook #howtopack - aka my own book. I get asked if I follow the steps I outline - writing a detailed list, start packing a week in advance, chill the night before.
The answer is yes. And thank goodness, because in the midst of a chaotic week, spending 10 minutes every evening to pack gave me some much needed calm.
That, and lots of meditation.
While I have hundreds of pictures like this in my phone, this is my actual suitcase for Stockholm (it’s the @away Bigger Carry-On). Inside are some jogger pants and boyfriend blouses, skinny jeans and perfectly fitting t-shirts, an easy maxi dress, my trusty steamer, my new favorite purse (I also own it in brown), and lots of @hudsonandbleecker items to pack it all in.
If you’d like to pack better, snag my perfect packing list in the #linkinbio
How do you pack for a trip? Any exciting travel plans for Memorial Day weekend? Let me know ⤵️
#hithagoesto #stockholm

Anyone else still thinking about the #royalwedding? 🙋🏽‍♀️
I thought it was perfect. I loved Harry biting his lip when he saw Meghan. I loved Doria's grace and composure during the whole ceremony. I loved Bishop Curry's sermon. I loved how the ceremony was an unapologetic fusion of Anglican and African-American traditions.
I especially love Meghan. From her solo walk halfway down the knave, the timeless elegance of her dress and her natural beauty shining through, to her honoring her American traditions in the ceremony.
I especially love that this beautiful, strong, vocal feminist is now a member of the world's most famous family. I love that she'll continue to use her voice for the causes she's always been passionate about.
To Meghan Markle - a former actress and blogger, a lifelong feminist, and the new Duchess of Sussex. I can't wait to see what you do next.
How do you feel about #MeghanMarkle? Let me know ⤵️ ​

What are you reading right now? 📚
The Perfect Mother is my novel for this week. I did judge this book by its cover and its compelling blurb, but I'm reading it because it truly is excellent.
It's got suspense. It paints an honest picture of motherhood. The writing is excellent.
I can't put it down. Literally - I've been pulling a Rory Gilmore and carrying it everywhere with me.
I highly recommend it, especially if you're looking for a brain candy book for the long weekend.
@bookofthemonth - you did it again.
What are you reading right now?
Let me know ⤵️

Where do you do your best work?
It depends on what I'm working on, and how I'm feeling.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I do my best writing in bed, curled up in a cozy robe with my WiFi turned off my computer. My best work for Rho Pharma happens at my kitchen table, working side-by-side with my father. E-mails and graphics are best done from my couch, with some Bravo show droning on in the background. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I work from my home office in the afternoons - the space melts the rest of the world away and I'm able to focus on the tasks at hand.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
And when it comes to creating new travel content for the blog, I work best from up in the air
Where do you do your best work?
Let me know ⤵️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📸: Cherlyn in San Francisco for @flytographer

Is anyone else having @gameofthrones withdrawals? 🙋🏽‍♀️
The show defined my Sunday evenings for the past few years. Dinner would be on the early side. We’d finish the remaining emails, organize our work items, and tidy up our home. Teeth were brushed and faces were washed before we sat on the couch (with a face mask usually applied on my own face). Once we had Rho, we’d rush through his own evening routine so we could finish our own. ...
DAH duh da da DAH duh da da DAH duh da da DAH duh.
For the next hour, we were enthralled by Daenerys’ cunning, Tyrion’s schemes, Cersei’s pure evil, and Jon Snow’s hair.
The action. The romance. The confusing storylines.
And the 🐉🐉🐉
I may have to wait for an entire year to get my fix, but at least I have the books (as well as a veritable library of fantasy series to start reading). I have the previous season to rewatch.
And I have this stunning print of King’s Landing from @classicstills, and a mantle about to be installed on my fireplace.
It may not be as satisfying as new episodes. But it’ll do - for now...
What are your theories for the ending?
I think Jon’s going to die (again) his and D’s baby will sit on the Iron Throne (and I hope it’s a girl named Lyanna), Arya will kill Cersei, and somehow the White Walkers will be defeated.
Your thoughts? Let me know ⤵️

Let's talk about periods. And I don't mean the punctuation.
For as natural, common, and downright necessary as menstruation is, it's still a taboo topic in polite conversation. And that's nonsense.
Half of our population experiences it - and goes on with her life as she bleeds, is in pain, and manages the emotional and physical toll on her body.
And we do it every month.
Menstruation is as natural as breathing, drinking water, or being born. It's something we shouldn't be taxed on. It's something we shouldn't be ashamed of.
And it's something that shouldn't prevent girls from going to school. 23% of girls in India drop out of school when they start their periods. I believe periods should never hold women and girls back from pursuing their dreams. That's why I Pledge My Period. Here's what I'm doing:
- donating to the @desaifoundation (#linkinbio)
- reading Periods Gone Public by @jenniferweisswolf - switching over to @lola and @shethinx to make my periods a little bit better for me and the environment.
I challenge @youngadultingpod (both of you, @beccamfreeman and @graceatwood!), @alisha__kumar, and @theskinnyconfidential to #pledgeyourperiod.
And I challenge you. Yes, YOU. How will you take action? Let me know ⤵️​

If you could live anywhere, where would you live? 🏡
I'm in my dream neighborhood (the UWS) in my dream city (NY), and can't imagine living anywhere else.
But when I do let myself daydream, I could see myself in San Francisco. And if I'm daydreaming big, I can see myself living in a hilltop house in Pacific Heights, with a gorgeous view and an easy walk to Lafayette Park.
I'd have a little herb garden in the backyard. I'd spend mornings getting work done from Blue Bottle, afternoons with Rho playing in the park, and we’d spend weekends in Napa and Sonoma. ...
If you could live anywhere else, where would you live? Let me know ⤵️
📸: Cherlyn in San Francisco for @flytographer
#hithagoesto #sanfrancisco

How does your day impact what you wear? 🧥
If it's a big meeting or I want to make a strong impression, I'll wear a dress (and an @mmlafleur one at that!). I also love @tammytibbetts top tip of wearing the brand colors of the company she's meeting with. It's such a subtle touch, but one that certainly makes an impact.
It's worked for Tammy, for sure. She's built one of the most impactful nonprofits that educates girls worldwide - and she's just getting started. More wisdom to come from her AM/PM routine tomorrow!
How does your day impact what you wear? Let me know ⤵️ ​

How do you turn it around? 🤷🏽‍♀️
This is the cleanest corner of my home. I haven’t worked out, meditated, or drank enough water over the past 4 days. We missed two birthday parties and were late to one. Rho’s watched Zootopia approximately 5 times this weekend. I’ve subsisted on coffee and wine.
I’m a mess 🤦🏽‍♀️
I will sacrifice an hour of sleep tonight to make a cup of tea, draw a hot bubble bath, and do a face mask or two. I’ll re-read #ADiscoveryOfWitches for the bazillionth time, and go to sleep.
Tomorrow, I’ll keep my patience with Rho while getting him ready, do @allymisslove’s #FeelGoodRide, and slay my to-do list. I’ll end my day by 6 pm, cook one of the many @purplecarrotxo dinners piling up in the fridge, and resist the urge to pour a glass of wine. ...
How do you turn it around when you’re feeling 🙅🏽‍♀️? Let me know ⤵️

He gives me the best hugs. Asks me to sing #flyeaglesfly every night. Loves building houses for his animal toys. He's fearless. He's funny.
He's my whole heart. .....
Mama is a title I wear proudly. I wear it in my heart, on my Instagram bio, and on my shirt.
Specifically, my #vivelamere t-shirt thoughtfully designed by @shopburu. It's baby soft with a subtle design, and $15 from each purchase is donated to @bringchangetomind, an amazing organization that's ending the stigma of mental illness.
And it may or may not be sent to some of the moms in my life.
Long live the mother. 📸 @stevilou
#rhogram #whathithawore​

What's your favorite gift to give?
I love to give books. I get a thrill in finding that perfect book for someone. For my father, it's a legal or political thriller. For my mom, it's Indian historical fiction (she LOVES Indu Sundaresen, and so do I). My husband will devour science fiction novels and media trends books (the latter he buys for himself).
And for anyone who doesn't already own it, I shamelessly gift my own book, #HowToPack. It really is the perfect gift - beautifully illustrated by @kellylasserre, the perfect size if you're traveling, and gives the reader the ultimate gift of never checking in a bag ever again.
True story.
It's a big time to buy gifts - Mother's Day, graduations, weddings, and 1/4 of the world's birthdays. #HowToPack would be a great gift for all of those occasions. ...
I also recommend these for the following people...
- Mother's Day - the Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrente, Then Again by Diane Keaton, Pachinko by @lee_minjin
- Graduation (girls) - The Big Life by @annshoket, The Myth Of The Nice Girl by @fran_hauser, Drop The Ball by @tdufu
- Graduation (guys & girls) - anything by Cal Newport, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Mastery
- Weddings - Dining In by @alisoneroman, The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman, The Bingo Theory by @mimiikonn
What are your favorite gifts or books to give? Share it below! ​
#regram @anthro_northcarolina

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