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A 30 something housewife blogging about her love affair with Fashion.....and travelling and food!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Open season

It is officially winter time in Pune. Nothing too dramatic since it is a mere 24 inside my flat. However mornings and nights are chilly enough to make me crave thick blankets and knits. I have been happily digging inside my Winter clothes suitcase to grab sweaters and jackets, and boots. I never really liked the cold but I love the layering look so you can imagine my excitement. Plus it is a good reason to wear my fave boots.

Today was Xmas eve. I did not plan anything special except to entertain the kids. I went down to the gaming center at the mall and let them go crazy.


Cardi-jacket - gift from my Dad, had it for 18 years and counting...
Shirt - Sunder shop, M.G. road
Pants - M.G. road
Boots - Shimamura
Bag - Omake from Non-No magazine







As I said earlier this cardi-jacket was a gift from my Dad. He bought it during one of his business trip in Italy or Egypt, I am not sure. I remember wearing it for Xmas and New year's eve bash back in 1996. It was perfect to layer over the metallic and skimpy top I wore back then. And it is still perfect to layer on a less skimpier shirt. The cardi-jacket is more snug but I never want to part with it because it has a sentimental value. If ever it becomes too tight, I will just turn it into a top. Seriously, I won't cut such a fine fabric ( very airy velvet). I will just frame it.

Merry Christmas!


Monday, December 23, 2013

Tioman getaway

Winter 2001, just after the events of 9/11 reshaped the entire world,  I traveled to Tioman Island, Malaysia. I stayed in Berjaya hotel where I ate, snorkeled and met some interesting people there. I rang the new year there. Fast forward 12 years, 1 marriage, two kids and 20 kilos later, I am back. The resort is not what it used to be but we are still having fun. The city is more developed which makes it easier to get out of the hotel. But we do not at all because we are quite content with what is here: cartoons on TV for rainy mornings, pool and beach for sunny afternoons and affordable local restaurant just outside of the hotel. It is a very simple and relaxing holiday.
Holidays at the beach should be simple and I do not need a lot to make me happy: good food, good bed, a book or two and Internet connection. I also discovered that I like sketching by the sea. I just wished I had taken my sketch book and pencils with me. But a pen and paper will have to do for now. Things like that happen when you decide to pack light. I only have two bottoms with me and one of them is actually a dress that I wear as a skirt. Never underestimates the power of black pants and a white skirt. For a moment I had doubted the dress/ skirt because it was white and floor length. It had rained heavily one night and I was worried to get mud stains on the hem. But the skirt held good. Plus it is in light fabric so it can dry easily if ever I feel like washing it.
Anyway today I am sharing with you pics of one of my fave outfit during the trip, pairing my fave black pants with a short Anarkali tunic. I could not resist this fun piece after seeing it on the racks. It was so colorful hence perfect for a day under the sun hanging by the beach or the playground.









Tunic - Star Bazaar
Pants - Max
Bangle - Moroccan stall at Africa Festa fair in Yokohama

After a week doing nothing in Tioman it was time to head back home. We transited via Changi airport in Singapore and had a lovely visit from one of our friend there. But let me tell you that now I have discovered my favorite airport of all time. Changi is the bomb. It has almost everything you need: restaurants catering local and international food, fast food joins open 24h, play area for the kids (the world longest slide among them), shops and not only the high end stuff you usually find at airport, lounge chairs where you can sleep or watch TV on a huge screen, free Wi-Fi, and what else....? I heard there are some lounges with pools. Obviously you will have to pay but if you are stuck there and need to recharge, why not? While we were there they were building a huge Sponge bob square pants attraction for the kids. Too bad it would officially open days later. But that just gave us a taste of what things would be come Xmas time. Our Singaporean friend told us that the government wants to make Changi airport not only a good airport but also a hangout destination for the locals. I am thinking they are doing great. I just wish to encounter more airports like this one in the future.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Mickey Mouse

As I am taking these pictures, fireworks are banging outside my balcony. I am not sure I have told you already but I live right across the river from a hotel and behind a hall. It means that whenever there is an event like a wedding or a concert I get treated to free fireworks. On busy weeks, I get to watch three. Some are short, others long but they are all so loud. It is a blessing in disguise. I thought I would be bored by now but every time I hear them, I rush to take a look. My kids enjoy them as well and they like to sing Fireworks by Katy Perry, while watching them. How do they know the song? Madagascar 3.

Anyway tonight, I was invited to a barbecue by some friends. I could have gone with tee and jeans or tunic and jeans but I wanted different and comfy around the waist as I knew I would be indulging in good food. What's comfier than a maxi dress? Nothing in my book. So I grab this "in your face" maxi and added a dark  jacket to tone it down.


Jacket - Max
Dress - M.G. road
Shoes - Sole to soul
Bag - Utsav fair
Mickey mouse ring - Clover center

I love the jacket. I was about to buy a second one in leopard but I did not want to get too carried away. I should have because it is so versatile.


 Furthermore, the Neon color of the dress makes me happy. They had the same one in royal blue but I discovered that as much as I love the color it does not love me back. Plus, I found the gem on the streets of M.G. road. The shops are full of good deals but the best bargain is with the street vendors. Trust me on that!



Mickey Mouse Bling Ring

And this ring, Swoon! I always wanted a mickey mouse or Minnie mouse tee ( and I am working on an embellished tee but it is taking forever). So I could not resist this blinged ring that I spotted at Clover center while buying accessories for my business. It is one of those things that just makes me happy. My youngest son who adores Mickey was jealous that I was sporting such a jewel and I bet that if his fingers were bigger he would wear the ring. Lol!



Leather tote and beaded shoes


Never worn challenge : Pleated skirt

To kick off my Never worn challenge, I picked this wine red pleated skirt. It was the last thing I thrifted in Japan before moving to India. I had seen this jewel at the thrift store for weeks before deciding to get it ( the system of the shop is that prices on items decrease as weeks pass by). Truth be told I wore it once to drop my kids at school but I hated how I styled it and how it looked on my extra pounds. And needless to say that I have not worn it since. Until I was once again inspired by Pinterest. I swear the person who invented that thing is a genius.



Cardigan - random shop in M.G. road
Tee - 390 Mart
Skirt - Don don down
Belt - Zara
Shoes - Max








I love how the entire ensemble turned out to be. I think a tee is the way to go for a casual look. I just wished the skirt was a bit longer but I can still make it work. I will wear it more from now on. This one is a keeper!

Never worn challenge

If you are anything like me, there are plenty of clothes in your closet waiting to be worn. I want to remedy to that. So for an entire month, I will wear all the clothes I have never worn. And if by the end of the month, I do not wear a single one, it gets donated or sold.
Here are the items on my list:



Striped pants
What was I thinking? Now I have to find a way to style these without looking like beetle juice.


Pleated maxi skirt
The last thing I thrifted before leaving Japan. I love everything about it expect that it is not long enough. I also find it too classy for casual days..


Lbd
I went crazy and bought two of these. They are cute and should be fairly easy to pull off. But they are confined just because I need a special occasion to wear them.


Printed blouse
I bought this fairly recently, 7 months ago. I was attracted to the print and to the softness of the fabric. So it does not make any sense at all that this baby has never seen the world.


Printed jacket
I bought this jacket between two pregnancies, which means it has been sitting in my closet for more than 5 years. I thought about donating it once or twice but a good jacket is hard to come by so I kept it.


Printed maxi dress
I love the bold colors on this maxi dress but it is way too long coz I purchased it when I was 7 Months preggers. I did wear it once for 5 minutes with platform heels and even got some compliments but since I am not really a high heel kinda girl, this beauty is still confined to my closet. A visit to the tailor can easily solve the issue but...

It is funny how almost all the items on the list are printed. It just proves to show that as much as I love prints, I have not mastered them yet. 
In the following days or weeks, I will post about wearing them or not. I am excited to see how I will be styling these clothes. Hopefully I will like the styling so much that  they will be included in my dress cycle. But if not, a lucky girl somewhere will enjoy them.  Stay tuned!
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