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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Road trip: Mahabaleshwar

We decided to go on a road trip outside of Pune one Saturday. Just less than 200km from the city is Mahabaleshwar (pronounced maableshar), a hill country. According to the net, Mahabaleshwar is famous for strawberries , its view points, lake...It is supposed to be cooler because located on higher ground. 
We went by car. A less than three hour ride turned into a four and a half hour drive. First in a road on a mountain, a truck had some problems and could not go forward, blocking the entire road. We miraculously manage to turn around only to end up in another traffic jam. There was another road with only one lane that impatient drivers managed to turn into four lanes. The drive after that was smoother. But upon arriving in Mahabaleshwar, it became crazier. We reached our location at Kates point with hardship as the road was narrow and there was not enough parking. The view was nice enough but I kept on wondering why we had to pay 10 rupees (entrance fee) for a place that was so dirty. There was litter everywhere. We snatched a couple of pictures and left for the town. The town itself is tiny and busy with a narrow bazaar. It is a tourist town with many restaurants and hotels. We found one that came with good reviews on Tripadvisor. What a failure! The food was not good at all and overpriced. We ordered fish and chips for the kids, keema curry, brown rice and barbecue chicken for us. The fish was heavily battered and oily and the tartare sauce had more dried veggies than mayo. Our curry was average and the brown rice was fried rice and not the puff up healthier option we thought it would be. The barbecue chicken tasted more like boiled chicken dipped in heavy teriyaki sauce. I think we could have had better food eating on the streets. By the way, the restaurant is named the grapevine and please never go there. 
Anyway, after the disappointing meal, we decided to head home as it was raining. We stopped at Marpo gardens, another tourist trap. It was packed amid the rain with people buying products and lounging at the food court. We initially wanted to buy the strawberry jams but realized they were not as natural as expected. We headed home under heavy rain. The traffic was smooth until we entered Pune. Then we barely move for hours. It was frustrated to be trapped by traffic. I eventually stayed zen, played with my smartphone and slept. We arrived home at 9 pm exhausted and not happy at all. 

If the trip to Mahabaleshwar is of any indication of how hard it is to travel in India by road, I think I am going to stick to planes.

View from Kates point (kind of look like an elephant)

My son at Marpo gardens

Different views from Kates point

Camels and horses  for ride 

Impossible to park

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Pretty Printed Pink

Did I tell you that I was into printed pants lately. Blame it all on the Indian women I see wearing all kinds of printed colorful Dothi (btw is it Dothi or Dhoti?) pants (think Harem pants). I was actually going to purchase Dothi pants or Patiala (those often come with a matching scarf) since they are so comfy but I always chicken out at the last moment. The Dothi pants I want need to have an elastic waist band (they often come with just a string waist and I really do not trust that), and I do not want them hanging extra low (I already have a big butt, I am not willing to accentuate it).

Soch Trendy Dhoti pants available at fashionara.com

With these conditions, I am still looking.

But that did not stop me from breaking these pink printed capri pants that I bought last Winter. They are so bright and I was glad they still fit me. I wish they were a little longer but they are Capri so what did I expect. I think I will try to class them up next time I wear them with a nice blouse and some heels.

Denim shirt - AEon
Pants - H&M
Sandals - Store at Sahara fair 


Thrifted and gifted bracelets

Playing with Henna on my own (should have it done professionally though)
Moreover, I found what I can officially call the comfiest printed pants ever. I was browsing the clothes aisle of my neighborhood grocery store where I found really great stuff (who would have thought?). I came across these pants in funky print. I tried them on and they fit. They were also super cheap (299 rupees). I could not believe it. I took them home and I already wore them two times.

Denim shirt - AEon
Tee - H&M
Pants - Dmart
Shoes - random store in Isezakicho

As much as I love these pants, I am struggling to style them. I came across different options but none satisfied me until I found my denim shirt. My eternal problem is that I want to cover the butt area and what better to do so with blouses and dress shirts. But there should be another way out there. I am not giving up because I really love these pants.

How do you style your printed pants?

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Wardrobe malfunction

Celebrities have been subject to wardrobe malfunction once or twice on the red carpet. Most recently, Eva Longoria got exposed at Cannes. Frankly that is what you get for wearing plunging neckline and dress with high slits (and going commando)
Anyway, today I had my own wardrobe malfunction but contrary to some stars it was on purpose and I did not flash anyone.
I have this dress that I love but does not fit me anymore. The side zipper does not want to close. I was not willing to wait for the back fat to melt to enjoy the dress so I decided to wear it as is and layer with a cardigan.
This inspired me to find ways to wear my tight clothes. If you are curious, read my solutions here.

Dress- tailor made
Cardigan - People by Allen Solly
Leggings - Reliance Trends
Shoes - bought at Sahara fair
Earrings - Globus

I am really happy with the results. The cardigan is in a soft material but still a bit heavy for this weather. Nevertheless I like it so much I got another one in red. By Winter I may add two other colors to my closet.

I also love the Owl earrings I picked up at Globus in Inorbit mall. They are fun to wear. The shop had nice clothes and the accessories were off the chain and affordable. I wanted to return and get some more but the entire mall is closed due to a recent fire. They are making it more secure apparently. 

The Unzipped dress

Notice my shoes. There are my third pair of Chappals or sandals that I bought at a fair. I think I will just gravitate towards the three shoes this Summer, they are so comfy.
Next on my Indian shopping experience: a nice Anarkali dress and Kussa shoes.

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