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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Denim for coffee

Coffee is a good idea. Coffee at Starbucks is a great idea. Coffee at Starbucks with girlfriends: can't top that!

The only thing I order from Starbucks in Summer: Green tea Frappucino 

 I needed to laugh today. Not just laugh but, laugh out loud, laugh until my stomach hurts. And I just did that with two girlfriends. Whenever I meet with other expat moms, we usually bitch about all the things that go wrong in our lives in India. But today was different, we bonded over our kids. We discussed how some of them are giving us headaches and what to do to overcome the challenges. I did laugh out loud. But I also learned that I was not alone in the struggle of raising a child. As mothers we all have our struggle but it is a blessing to realize that it is the same everywhere. Nobody has perfect kids. I once told a girlfriend of mine who is a relatively new mother that no mother has it totally figured out. Just because they seem perfect on the outside, does not mean that they have everything under control. It is sad that as mothers we are pressured to have perfect lives with perfect kids when in reality it is a myth. I just wished that we weren't so hard on ourselves...

 But I digress. This is not a parenting blog (If you want that, read this).

For the meet I wore my uniform which you should be familiar with by now: oversized shirt and jeans.

Denim shirt -  Aeon
Grey tee -  Spar supermarket
Baubles -  Westside
Jeans - H&M
Slip on - Pratunam market
Sunglasses -  Chathujak market
Bag - Niceclaup

Yes, I wear this or a version of this everyday and I love it. But today I added a twist or two. First, I wore my denim shirt as jacket - which I rarely do- by layering it over a tee. Second, I added a big bauble I had for a while but always found too daunting to wear. It was perfect with the tee. It is funny how something seems so intimidating but as soon as you tackle it, it becomes normal. 

These slip ons are just perfect. I bought them in Thailand and I regret why I did not get other pairs in other prints. I really wanted one in leopard and camo print but when I saw it displayed in the store it was too high to reach and I got distracted by other shoes ( the sparkly sequined kind...lol!). Now I am obsessed with getting a pair similar to the Celine ones. I hate coveting things because I did promise myself to be done with buying shoes for a while....

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

DIY/DIM: Turn Sarong Pants into Palazzo

Hello there!

As I posted on my other blog and here as well, I was in Thailand with the family during Easter break. I had been thinking about what to wear and the goal this time was to purchase not a single thing before I go.

However I really wanted Palazzo cotton pants for the vacation but all the ones I tried at the mall were making my thighs look wider. It was not a look I wanted to go for. So while cleaning up my "studio" with all the clothes that I needed to refashion, I saw this old Sarong pants I bought ages ago in Malaysia.

Sarong Pants
(source: alibaba.com)

 I love those pants because they are perfect for hot weather but I never wear them much in real life.Whenever I wear them, all I need is to sit or the wind to blow to have my thighs exposed.

Anyway, I decided to turn them into Palazzo pants. And it was really easy. I opened up the pants and aligned the front and the back part on the wrong side.

Aligning the front and the back of the pants 

Stitching the sides after cutting the extra fabric used to tie the pants 

 I cut the extra fabric used to tie the pants. Then I stitched the sides together.. Then, I sew a waist band by folding the waistline by 1 inche (two is better) and sewing around it and leaving the extremities at the front open. Finally, I put a cord from a old dress (you can also make your own cord or use a ribbon) inside and voila. (Check this tutorial for better understanding). The pants are really wide so you will need a long cord (measure your waist or where you want the pants to fall and add 10 inches) to gather it.

The gathered waist with cord . Sorry the pics are really bad. 

I am so happy at how this project turned out. I wore my palazzo pants a lot during the holidays (as you can read here). And I even use them now for Belly dance class. They are perfect for this heat.

What do you think?

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Krabi and Bangkok: what I wore

Hello everyone!

I will keep on bothering you with all Krabi (and Bangkok) related things on my blog for a while so bear with me. Today I am showing you almost all the outfits I wore during my stay.  If you read my post Krabi outfit planner , you know that I packed a little. Furthermore, I went for relaxed and flowy clothes, because for me comfort is key. I styled them like this:

I wore my palazzo pants a lot during my trip. It was paired with the eyelet tunic and tropical printed tunic the most. But I managed to wear it with a tee and cocoon cardigan as well.

Sunhat -  gift
Eyelet tunic -  thrifted and refashioned
Palazzo pants - bought in Malaysia and refashioned 
 Weaved bag -  Daiso Japan
Beaded sandals -  gift

Close up of the tunic and pants 

Sunglasses and scarf -  M. G. road
Tunic -  Cupid in Koregaon Park

Cocoon cardigan -  Shimamura Japan 
Studded tee -  Brandmart 
Bag -  Dili haat
Sandals -  Reliance footprint 

My second best worn item was the tropical maxi dress. I paired it with a white tee most of the time. I even wore it to take a dip in Railay beach. I left my swimsuit at the hotel thinking that I would just read a book and nap. But upon arrival the water looked so good I could not resist. 
This dress would have been perfect if it didn't wrinkle but I did not let that bother me too much. 

Scarf -  probably Big Bazaar
White tee -  Shimamura Japan 
Dress -  thrifted from 390 mart Japan 

In Krabi,  I also enjoyed my  Indian maxi skirt that is fuchsia, a color I love. Upon packing I realized that I did not have many vibrant colors. So I chose this skirt instead of my darker maxi skirts. I paired it with the eyelet tunic and the studded tee. 

Maxi skirt -  thrifted 

In Bangkok, I wore just two outfits: the tropical print tunic with the palazzo pants and a brown scarf. It was perfect to go shopping in the markets under the humidity. 

And the tie dye dress that I love so much.

Scarf - gift from Ethiopia
Tie Dye dress - And
Jeans - gift
Beaded sandals - gift

For the trip:
Cropped jacket - Walmart and refashioned
Camo print maxi dress - Enclothe in Koregaon Park 

I rarely wear maxi dresses for trips but I have to admit that they are very comfortable. But this one is so long I had to wear wedges. Plus I had to hold it while walking in the airport. I am not into travelling with heels (even wedges) so I packed my tan sandals in my carry-on in case I was to be bothered. And I did switch them up before boarding. 

So what do you think? What is you vacation wear? Please do share? Your comments are always appreciated.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Krabi vacations

Hello everyone!

I have been away for a while vacationing in Thailand with the family.

We traveled to Thailand once again but this time,  we headed straight to the beach in Krabi province before a short visit to Bangkok.

 We had a long trip that started with five hours of car from Pune to Mumbai. Then we took Thai airways for four hours before landing in Bangkok airport where we waited for our next flight to Krabi. It was a night trip so by the time we arrived in Bangkok in the early morning we were exhausted. The flight was eventful but I remembered  Thai airways to be classier and less commercial. I guess cost cuttings have turned even the best of airlines into average ones. Anyway upon landing in Krabi, we took a cab to Aonang where our hotel was.  The cab company called Krabi shuttle was great with a friendly driver, nice car with WiFi inside. The ride was very smooth and we got to enjoy seeing Krabi. Krabi resort, our hotel, was nice with a gorgeous room. It had a view to the the pool and it is a bit far from the restaurant and the beach but I like the decor. Plus it looks relatively new.

Hotel room window

Bathtub with outside view

Terrace view

We did not do much during this trip. The idea was to relax. So we did just that.  We woke up early, enjoyed breakfast with a view to the beach,  then took a stroll of that beach from one end to another. After that we would either go to the hotel pool or go to the beach. Twice we grabbed a long tail boat to Railay beach where the water was really clear and beautiful. 

Breakfast view

Morning walk

Railay beach 

Just napping beachside

The hotel pool 

By noon we would go back to  the hotel to clean ourselves and go get lunch. Aonang has lots of restaurants and all kind of cuisines. We did tried some like the Bluemarine restaurant close to our hotel. But the second day of our stay, we discovered some food stalls right next to our hotel that were serving delicious Thai food at a very cheap price. We did not hesitate and for the rest of the trip, we bought all our meals there. And let me tell you that Thai Street food is the bomb: pad Thai, fried rice, green curry, papaya or Mango salad, spring rolls, fried shrimp to name a few. Plus the drinks were off the charts. It was so much better than Starbucks ( and I love me some Starbucks).  

Papaya salad stall 

The food we purchased: Papaya salad, spring rolls and fried shrimp

Watermelon shake 

Coconut fried rice at Bluemarine restaurant 

Pad thai at another hotel restaurant I forgot the name 

I would usually order watermelon or coconut shake which was just fresh watermelon or coconut mixed with lots of ice and some syrup. I gotta do that at home. For lunch we would usually eat fried rice or fried noodles and at night we would have soups or these pancakes that resemble the Indian Parotha or Malaysian Murtabak with Mango sticky rice. The best part of that food was that it was Halal as those shops were mostly Muslim run.

The only glitch in our trip ( for me at least)  was when the hubby got the genius idea to go on an adventure by taking these shabby looking stars up a cliff to go to a secluded beach. One thing you should know about me is that I am afraid of heights. I used to freeze in higher grounds particularly in the outdoors. Therefore it was a struggle to climb those stairs that look liked they could break under my weight.

The trail- this is the stable part

View from the top

We finally made it to the beach, but I was so upset I did not get into the water. I decided to read to calm my nerves while the kids and the hubby splashed away. It was a really beautiful and peaceful beach, and deserted. But in my book, it was not worth risking my life. To make matters worse, on the way back we saw this monkey colony just sitting in the wobbly path. I also do not like animals. For me they were just created for humans not to starve and admire once in a while but from a far. I have never been this close to a monkey without an iron bar between us. They were friendly enough and did not make any moves towards me. But I was paralyzed. It was just too much. I started crying and screaming. It must have been hilarious for everyone around me to see this grown woman scared to death. But believe me, it was pure purgatory. I finally managed to pass them. I made it to the beach and just kept on walking back to the resort. I did not look back. I never went back amid pressure from the hubby. 

The secluded beach 

The monkeys - this picture was taken the following day where they came to the beach to attack a tourist holding bananas

A part from that, I really enjoyed Krabi. What I loved the most was the peace and quiet early in the morning. I usually need an alarm clock to wake up. But in Krabi I woke up naturally at 5 AM. And there was absolutely no noise at all: no car honking, no dogs barking. And the air smell fresh. Having breakfast by the sea was also very soothing. The best part was also people watching. There were so many tourists from all over the world so it was a pleasure to just sit by the beach and admire everyone. I saw all kinds of body shapes, skin colors, beach wear, tattoos, attitude...It was mind boggling at times. The world is indeed big. 

The last days of our trip was spent in Bangkok, the big city. We were there just for shopping. First we went to the week end market of Chattujak, my favorite place in Bangkok. The market is bustling with so many shops selling all kinds of things from clothes, accessories, souvenirs, even home decor. I enjoy the creativity of Thai people. They do make beautiful things. In one boutique I saw embroidered African printed clothes that inspired me so (needless to say that I will be copying these design when I get the skills). 

Shoe store next to Samam Islam restaurant in Chattujak market 

Beef curry at Samam Islam restaurant 

Shops at Chattujak market

Some of the things I bought both at Chattujak and Pratunam 

 Other shops mostly sell knock offs but if you are on a budget, it is alright. There so many things I could have bought but I kept telling myself that I would find cheaper at the other market. I did try on several shoes that were always too small for me, mainly loafers. We had lunch at the market at the same place we had lunch four years ago, Samam Islam restaurant. And we found the same people there, the food being still very tasty. Upon leaving the market - I could have stayed all day but it was too hot and boring for the hubby and kids- I saw the thrift side of the market. I so wanted to check it out but I guess it will be for my next trip, GOD willing.
Pratunam market is another story altogether. It is crowded, with many stores right on the streets. But I saw less action this time because the Songkram festival (or Thai new year) was coming soon and most shops closed early. Yet, I managed to score some things like these tunic dresses in jersey knit. They are so soft and fit me perfectly. My only regret was that the shop did not have maxi skirts and dresses in the same soft material. But I was very pleased with what I got. 

The last days of our trip in Thailand made me appreciate this city even more. Four years ago, I used to think that Bangkok was crowded and polluted. Now I see it with a more appreciate eye.  I can see myself living here in this laid back environment. I am not sure I would like it because there is a big difference between vacationing somewhere and actually living there. Yet I am thinking that this is the kind of laid back environment that my family needs at the moment. Who knows?!!!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

DIY/DIM: Turn a scarf into a kimono ( or cover up)

Hello everyone!

One thing you should know about me is that I like my clothes to be versatile. I like clothes that can have double or triple purpose like a skirt that can become a dress or a coat that can be a vest. If ever I make it as a designer all my clothes would have multi purpose
And this DIM is exactly that.

While looking for clothes to take to my trip to Thailand I came across this tie dye paréo in my closet.  I instantly thought about turning it into a kimono. However the fabric was too beautiful to cut. Plus I could see myself wearing it as a Sarong on the beach (apparently Sarongs are outdated as beach cover up. Well not in my world!) or just to lounge by the hotel pool. So I kept it as it was all the while researching different ways to wear a scarf. And I found one I would like to share with you.

As a Kimono:

Take a super long and wide scarf (1 yard or 1 yard and half should suffice).  Fold it in half either width wise or length wise. Tie the extremities and wear as a  bolero. Tada! You now have a kimono and you did not even slave at your sewing machine..

Tie dye scarf with beads

Unfolded it is big. 

Fold length wise 

Or width wise

Tie the extremities

Voilà,  this version was tied length wise

It has shorter "sleeves"  and it is longer in the back

This is the width wise tied version

It covers the arms well but it is a bit bulkier in the back

Remember that this style is not restricted to the beach. Take it anywhere even the office (but try a floral or geometric scarf and belting it for a more professional look!)

Scarf as turban -  gift from Ethiopia 
Tie dye fabric ( originally a pareo) -  Sandaga market ( Senegal) 
Tie dye dress -  And
Jeans -  gift

I am off to enjoy the Sun! Laters!
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