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A 30 something blogging about her love affair with Fashion.....among other things!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

DIY/DIM Printed sheer long vest

Hello everyone. 

Today's new DIY is a printed and sheer long vest. A few months back while I was watching an episode of Style and the city,  I noticed the then host Shibani Dandekar was rocking a two piece printed set made of pants and a vest with a sheer skirt. I fell in love with the design and decided to reproduce it. I looked for a picture of it everywhere on the Internet with no success at all. But that did not stop me.

Scarf -  gift from Ethiopia 
Glasses -  M. G. Road
Necklace  and bangle-  bought at Women Entrepreneur fair
Shirt -  Thrifted
Vest -  did it myself
Pants -  M. G. Road 
Shoes -  bought at Fidak fair in Dakar 

For this DIY I used a printed eyelet wrap around skirt my mother in law gave me years ago. Since she is saying that the style is too outdated, I decided to refashion it into a more modern but also practical piece. The vest was easy to make. I did not use any tutorial at all. I just made the top part using older dresses as sample. The sheer skirt was a left over fabric that I just cut lengthwise and gathered to match the width of the top. Then I attached both parts and voila. I am thinking of adding a button at the waist just so I could close the vest. The original design had a zipper and truth be told I wanted to add the zipper. But I chickened out : zipper really do scare me. Maybe one day I will tackle them. But not today.

So what do you think?  Do you like my new vest?  I am really looking forward to wear it out with jeans and tees.  Here I style it in a more over the top way with the turban and accessories but the plan is to let the vest shine with simpler clothes.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Super Trouper

Hello dear readers?  How is life treating you?
It has been really hot in Pune lately and in India in general. Actually it is so hot that people are dying of heat stroke. When I was living in Japan, I could not believe it whenever I heard that people died of heat. But when I travelled to Dubai or lived in India in Summer I got it. The heat is brutal. I used to have migraines due to the heat. That is why I am looking forward to the Monsoon where it is way cooler.

Scarf -  Auchan super market
Bomber jacket -  Cupid 
Bodysuit -  HM
Dress -  M. G.  Road
Shoes -  Soul to Sole
Beaded chocker -  Dili Haat in Delhi 

Who says you cannot wear cut out and still stay modest? 

Today was my baby's kindergarten graduation. Time goes by so quickly. I still remember my first son graduation like it was yesterday. Next thing you know they will be both off to college. It was nice seeing my second baby receive a small medal from his principal. But I was wondering why schools now make such a big deal out of kindergarten. I mean it is nice to acknowledge that the kids will now leave kindergarten behind and move on to do harder things. First grade will not be all fun and games. But is all the fuss necessary?  I do not remember having a graduation when I moved to first grade. I did not even have one when I moved to middle school. What we had was a ceremony every year to acknowledge the best students in the class. If you were first in class or in a subject you would receive books and other gifts in front of the entire school and your parents. That was it. I guess that is a bit old school because nowadays there are graduation ceremonies for every grade sometimes.

I do not mind it that much though. I like being present for my kids, let them see me there, see that I am supporting them. My first real important graduation was in college and my parents were not present. I was living in Japan and they could not make the trip. I was surrounded by friends but it was not the same. I would not want my kids to feel the loneliness I felt when I got my degree, turn around and no family was there to applaud. So I will be there Inchallah every time they graduate whether it is for kindergarten, middle school,  high school or college. I will be their super trouper, crying and cheering,  my heart proud. Inchallah!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Unwanted houseguests: Creepy crawlers

Hello Readers!

If you have been reading me for a while you know that I am not a big fan of animals. I like to eat some of them, see others at the zoo or even watch them on TV but I do not like to see them run wild. Lately, there are some lizards running wild in my apartment. They are everywhere in the kitchen, in the rooms, in the bathrooms. I would open the doors the balcony to pick up some drying clothes that fell and they would pop from under the clothes, causing me to shriek and run away like a mad man. They do it every year well probably not the same lizards. But they are here and they make my life impossible . I bought some pills that are meant to scare them away but that did not work. I checked the Internet for home remedies like pepper spray and applied it but they are still here. I am not sure what to do because I want them out but I do not want to kill them.

Last November,  there was a big lizard hiding behind a painting in my apartment. I asked my maid to get rid of it but she was so scared and alarmed that I called my driver for the job. He tried to shoo the thing out in the balcony but it got caught on the screen of the sliding doors and died. Right after that my maid unexpectedly quit citing family matters,  my driver got hospitalized for dengue and I had one of the worst birthday week ever. Call me superstitious but I blame it all on killing the lizard. That is why I am not too keen on killing them.

Scarf - cannot remember 
Top -  Max
Pants -  HM
Shoes -  Fidak Fair in Dakar 
Earrings -  M. G.  Road 

I have been living with lizards all my life. Our house was build on a former forest so before it became populated like it is now, we had many lizards in our garden and sometimes inside the living room. My Dad always got rid of them once they were inside but we left them alone when they were outside. I was scared then but I knew someone would come to the rescue.

Then I moved to a boarding school where at nights all kind of creepy crawlers would invade our rooms. They were always on the ceiling so I used to sleep with the blanket covering my entire body for fear they attacked. Some of my girlfriends told me that if they pee on me, my body would be swollen, which increased my fear of these little things. Funnily enough anywhere I went they were still there, when I moved to a house in the States, in Japan and now in India, never mind my own home country. It is like they are following me. When I used to live on the ground floor I could understand seeing them around but I am in an apartment on higher grounds now.  Are they suppose to climb this high?

Beaded earrings 

Sometimes I ask God to just get rid of them. And the following day,  they are gone but then they come back. I am thinking either God like them more than me or maybe He just wants me to face my fear. And believe me I fear those things. They are small mind you but they are ugly and a bit slimy. One of my biggest fear is to be buried with hundred of them and snakes.That would be pure purgatory.

Anyway I cannot believe I am ranting about lizards on this blog. And I still do not have a solution to my problem. I guess I would either have to live with them, scream every time I see them, shoo them until they hide and pray that come monsoon they disappear or just take matters into my own hands and kill them all. I am not a killer though. I can kill flies, mosquitoes and coakroaches but bigger things am not really into that. Please help!

Do you have unwanted house guests like my lizards?  Or do you fear any kind of small animals?  Let me know!
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