Monday Mode ☆ maomao Linen Blouses From Indonesia

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I had a pleasure of meeting lovely Peggy who flew from Jakarta, Indonesia to Mumbai, India for her work. Peggy told me that her husband, Herman, who started Lima Watch (beautiful watches) found my blog and told her that she would like my blog. So she checked it out and she did. I found this story very sweet. It’s such an honor to be followed by two talented Indonesian artists/entrepreneurs like Peggy and Herman. I also love hearing how people have found my blog because my blog does not have a huge following compared to a blog superstars out there. The interesting thing, though, is that Indonesia seems to still rank the highest in term of traffic to my blog even a year and a half after I had relocated to Mumbai, India. I am very flattered! Thank you, readers in Indonesia!! One day Peggy emailed me and told me […]

Lakme Fashion Week 2015 ☆ Textile Day 2 ☆ Mumbai India

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I had a lovely opportunity to go to the Day 2 Textile Day of Lakme Fashion Week 2015 in Mumbai thanks to my neighbor. This is one of the perks I have experienced as an expat here in Mumbai, India and back in Jakarta, Indonesia. I have posted photos of Indonesia Fashion Week in Jakarta on my blog. Please click here to view my post on Indonesia Fashion Week in 2013. I also had a chance to visit Bazaar Fashion Show at the beginning of our stay in Jakarta in 2010. Every time I go to a fashion show, I realize how much I love fashion. I cannot afford to spend much money on my wardrobe, but it’s nice to be able to let my eyes indulge in the beauty of textiles, colors, design and beauty of Haute couture. ANAVILA Anavila’s textile gave me a different view of sari in […]

Friday Finds ☆ Lucknowi Crafts ☆ Indian Kurtas & Kurtis ☆ Mumbai

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All the photos on this post were taken with VSCO Cam on my iPod Touch. I needed to get a white kurti for an occasion, but I did not want to spend a lot on it. I thought about going to Neemrana because they have some beautiful kurtis for women with beautiful embroideries. Some of them are reasonable and some others can be expensive depending on the material such as silk. Neemrana is great, but my friend recommended me a place called Lucknowi Crafts and told me that they are quite reasonable. Thus, I decided to try Lucknowi Crafts first. I figured if I don’t find anything I like at Lucknowi, then I could always go to Neemrana. I did find a lovely kurti in white with a very reasonable price! If I end up wearing it only once, I would not mind it. I don’t have a photo of […]

Gumtoo Temporary Tattoos ☆ Metallic & Fun Designers Tattoos

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This might be my last post for the year 2014. This year has gone by fast, but it was more productive since we were already settled in Mumbai compared to the previous year 2013, which was the year of transition for us from Jakarta, Indonesia to Mumbai, India. My first Monday Mode post for this year 2014 was about a stripe shirt and maxi skirt posted on January 5. Monday Mode posts have been one of my favorite topics after posts about interior design. It’s not easy for me to prepare for Monday Mode posts since I take my own photos, selfies. Setting up a tripod in my room or sometimes on our balcony and take photos without any remote control or someone to press buttons means that it takes a long time to get the photo shoot done. Not to mention, it looks quite silly (or ridiculous) running back […]

Monday Mode ☆ Global Desi Gold Dress

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I never owned anything gold to wear before living in Mumbai. When it comes to jewelry I am a silver person and still am, but ever since we arrived in Mumbai, I have been tempted to buy gold. I have met other expats who started wearing gold after they had arrived in India. India has so much beautiful gold jewelry that it is hard not to be tempted to buy gold jewelry. I have always loved silver jewelry. I don’t think I look good in gold. This was actually confirmed after my lovely friend Yumi did a color analysis on me (you can see the color analysis session at my place here) and I found out that I was a summer color person whose color palette has silver in it. You can see different seasonal colors on clothes on this post. When I was looking for an Indian dress to […]

Friday Finds ☆ StyleCracker Borough ☆ Design Market in Mumbai India

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All the photography was taken on my iPod Touch 4. I had a chance to visit StyleCracker Borough 2014 held at the Mahalaxmi Race Course, Mumbai. It was like a pop-up shopping mall with many local designers which was very exciting! It reminded me of the Brightspot Market in Jakarta, Indonesia which was one of my favorite events I went there. SC Borough was smaller in scale than the Brightspot (click here for their website), but still it was filled with many brands and I can see SC Borough potentially growing to a much bigger event in the future because it seems to be the place that attracts all the fashionistas and hipsters from Mumbai. StyleCracker is India’s First Personalized Styling Platform. As they are a group of leading stylists who organized and curated this market, I thought I had to go. It’s a great way to discover your favorite […]

Monday Mode ☆ Black Lace Dress With Back Strings

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How I came to own this black lace dress with back strings feels like a combination of coincidence and luck. I joined instagram at the beginning of 2014 and then a couple of months later, I saw a photo of my stylish graphic designer friend, Katie, on her instagram account (it’s a personal one, so no photo, sorry!) wearing a black dress with a stunning back. I instantly loved it. I thought it was the coolest dress. I loved it so much that I went searching for it online and I came across this black dress with back strings dress which I pinned onto my Formal Dresses Pinboard (also in a collage below) on Pinterest. Coincidentally my friend, Micky, who is a fashion designer by trade and currently a full-time stay-at-home mom in Mumbai, asked me back in March or April 2014 if I would be interested in having a […]

Monday Mode ☆ 3 Styles With Zara Flower Print Shorts & Purpose Jewelry

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It’s fall in the northern hemisphere, but it feels like at the end of summer in Mumbai. I see jackets, sweaters, hats and boots on blogs, online stores, Instagram photos, and Pinterests. I long for them, but I want to embrace the climate I live in. It’s getting into the best season in Mumbai. The monsoon seems to be officially over. From now until the end of February, the weather outside is nice and comfortable. It is sunny all the time and absolutely gorgeous. So, here I am in my summer shorts inspired by the Indian weather. By the way, I don’t wear these shorts unless I’m going from my home to another home or venue. I would not wear shorts to go walk around in town in Mumbai because I hardly see women of my age wear them in town. I occasionally see young girls in shorts in town, […]

Monday Mode ☆ 3 Styles With Zara Flower Print Shorts & Purpose Jewelry

It’s fall in the northern hemisphere, but it feels like at the end of summer in Mumbai. I see jackets, sweaters, hats and boots on blogs, online stores, Instagram photos, and Pinterests. I long for them, but I want to embrace the climate I live in. It’s getting into the best season in Mumbai. The monsoon seems to be officially over. From now until the end of February, the weather outside is nice and comfortable. It is sunny all the time and absolutely gorgeous. So, here I am in my summer shorts inspired by the Indian weather. By the way, I don’t wear these shorts unless I’m going from my home to another home or venue. I would not wear shorts to go walk around in town in Mumbai because I hardly see women of my age wear them in town. I occasionally see young girls in shorts in town, […]

Monday Mode ☆ H&M Sheer Maxi Skirt & Gap Denim Jacket

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Since I moved to India, I have only worn a pair of shorts a couple of times. I have worn dresses that are knee length or above knee lengths, but I usually wear them to a functions and not to walk around in town. Mumbai is relatively liberal and less conservative than the rest of India. Still you see most women dressing more conservatively. The way Indian women dress themselves is so beautiful with their kurtas and leggings or saris that I don’t think too much about shorts and short skirts any more. However, I saw this maxi skirt at H&M when I was in the U.S. this past summer and I fell in love with it. Whether this can pass as a conservative piece is quite questionable, and it is probably not conservative, but I feel more comfortable with the H&M’s sheer maxi skirt than a pair of shorts. […]

Monday Mode ☆ H&M Sheer Maxi Skirt & Gap Denim Jacket

Since I moved to India, I have only worn a pair of shorts a couple of times. I have worn dresses that are knee length or above knee lengths, but I usually wear them to a functions and not to walk around in town. Mumbai is relatively liberal and less conservative than the rest of India. Still you see most women dressing more conservatively. The way Indian women dress themselves is so beautiful with their kurtas and leggings or saris that I don’t think too much about shorts and short skirts any more. However, I saw this maxi skirt at H&M when I was in the U.S. this past summer and I fell in love with it. Whether this can pass as a conservative piece is quite questionable, and it is probably not conservative, but I feel more comfortable with the H&M’s sheer maxi skirt than a pair of shorts. […]

Monday Mode ☆ Le Petit Society Tribal Dresses

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This Le Petit Society tribal dress is my very first matching dress with my kids. It was fun to wear something that matched with my girls. My husband would not wear anything to match with me, not even something that suggest the smallest resemblance, so the only way for me to wear a matching outfit in my family is doing so with my kids. This Le Petit Society tribal dress was perfect for our summer vacation not only because it’s fun and pretty, but also it is really light. Since it folds well and small, it is easy to pack, which is very important for me when I pack for 4 of us: myself and 3 kids. My daughters love the dress shirts so much that they have been wearing it quite often. They air dry very fast, too, which is really nice for a trip especially in Japan as […]

Friday Finds ☆ Zanaaya Couture

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Zanaaya Couture is one of those places that I, as an expat, would have not been able to find unless my friend, Camille, had taken me. Zanaaya Couture boutique is in the area called Kemp’s Corner. Kemp’s Corner is known for an upmarket neighborhood in South Mumbai and there are beautiful boutiques where many expats like going shopping and it hosts some beautiful boutiques. I love South Mumbai for its beauty with old colonial buildings and the energy and excitement of the mega city of Mumbai. Normally I’m not a boutique shopper because I know that I cannot afford it. I have three kids and I don’t have an income of my own to justify extra spending for myself, plus I don’t have many occasions to wear fancy outfits. Therefore, the budget I have does not allow me to shop at any boutiques and boutiques in Mumbai are not exceptions. […]

Monday Mode ☆ Gap Flower Print Pants, Zara Shirt & Forever 21 Necklace

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shirt: ZARA pants: GAP necklace: Forever 21 I have been into combining a pair of colorful pants with a white or gray shirt these days. I find it easier for me to put more colors on the bottom than on the top. I love white and gray shirts and it’s clear if you take a look at inside of my wardrobe… Forgive me if the colors look too washed-off or strange to you. I’m still learning a lot about photography post processing and I experiment as I write and post on my blog. The wonderful world of Youtube is teaching me how to use the Lightroom functions to change the colors on my photos taken on my Canon Rebel T3i. I hope that one day I can take prettier and more professional looking photos. As usual when I was shooting for this post on our balcony (I wish I could […]

Monday Mode ☆ Gap Flower Print Pants, Zara Shirt & Forever 21 Necklace

shirt: ZARA pants: GAP necklace: Forever 21 I have been into combining a pair of colorful pants with a white or gray shirt these days. I find it easier for me to put more colors on the bottom than on the top. I love white and gray shirts and it’s clear if you take a look at inside of my wardrobe… Forgive me if the colors look too washed-off or strange to you. I’m still learning a lot about photography post processing and I experiment as I write and post on my blog. The wonderful world of Youtube is teaching me how to use the Lightroom functions to change the colors on my photos taken on my Canon Rebel T3i. I hope that one day I can take prettier and more professional looking photos. As usual when I was shooting for this post on our balcony (I wish I could […]

Monday Mode ☆ Yellow Rhino Shirt & Advantages Of A Third Child ☆ Le Petit Society

My son got this cool rhino shirt from Le Petit Society which I love. I often put this shirt on him because both my son and I love it, but also it’s very soft and cute! Who said boy clothes are not cute? After 5 years of dressing my oldest and younger girls in pink, pink and more pink and frills (thank goodness they grew out of that phase), it was very refreshing to see other earthy colors displayed in my son’s wardrobe. Le Petit Society does a great job with boy clothes designs. By the way, if you meet the minimum order of HK$1,200 (about US$155), the standard shipping becomes free for the selected countries. Please check here for more details. I spend a lot of time with my son especially since this past June. From my own experience, I see many advantages for kids who grow up as […]

Monday Mode ☆ Yellow Rhino Shirt & Advantages Of A Third Child ☆ Le Petit Society

My son got this cool rhino shirt from Le Petit Society which I love. I often put this shirt on him because both my son and I love it, but also it’s very soft and cute! Who said boy clothes are not cute? After 5 years of dressing my oldest and younger girls in pink, pink and more pink and frills (thank goodness they grew out of that phase), it was very refreshing to see other earthy colors displayed in my son’s wardrobe. Le Petit Society does a great job with boy clothes designs. By the way, if you meet the minimum order of HK$1,200 (about US$155), the standard shipping becomes free for the selected countries. Please check here for more details. I spend a lot of time with my son especially since this past June. From my own experience, I see many advantages for kids who grow up as […]

Monday Mode ☆ Neemrana Chikankari in Mumbai

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All the photos were taken with a VSCO Cam on my iPod Touch. Here is a post for you just in time for the Monday Mode today. I went to Croma at the Link Square on Linking Road across the street from KFC and I remembered that my friend, Rachel, told me that there is a boutique that sells Indian embroidery blouses inside the same Link Square shopping center on the top floor. I decided to check it out after I could not find the inkjet I was looking for at Croma. If you happen to know where I can buy an inkjet for a Fuji Xerox printer, please let me know! I have many friends in Mumbai who love Ahilaya. Ahilaya is a store that sells beautiful blouses with Indian embroidery of flowers. There are many pastel color blouses which are beautiful. You can see photos on Ahilaya’s Facebook […]

Monday Mode ☆ Zara Navy Dress

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This Zara dress is one of my favorite dresses that I own. It was a gift from my sisters for my birthday last year. My youngest sister picked it up at a Zara store in Tokyo. I like her style which is different from mine. When she picks an outfit for me, it usually makes me go out of my comfort zone and I get to wear something that I might not chose for myself. The length of this dress is a bit riskier than my usual liking, but I think that the dress looks better without leggings. The black shoes are my most recent shoe purchase in Mumbai. I love shoes, but it’s hard to find what I like wherever I am. I bought this pair at Bootmaker on Liking Road in Mumbai. There are numerous shoe shops lined up side by side on Linking Road in Mumbai. It […]

Monday Mode ☆ Mia Tui ☆ Fabulous Bags For All Reasons

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My friend, Sarah, gave me a beautiful Mia Tui bag when we saw each other in Houston, Texas, this past summer. Mia Tui is a bag brand which was founded in 2010 by a mom of two, Charlotte, while she lived in Vietnam with her family. All the Mia Tui purses are created in Vietnam and “Tui” in the name means “bag” in Vietnamese. Sarah and I met in Jakarta, Indonesia through our kids and we shared some fabulous time during the whole three years of our tour in Jakarta. The most memorable time with Sarah to me was the time we spent in the same group to practice and perform for the Fashion Dance, a charity event organized by the British Women’s Association in Jakarta, Indonesia. After Sarah gave me this fabulous purse in Houston, I traveled with it all summer and I have been using it everyday in […]

Le Petit Society Interview

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My Interview Style My Kid / Chuzai Living Le Petit Society is an Asian base children’s fashion brand founded by a Singaporean couple, Robyn and Dylan. I had two wonderful opportunities to collaborate with Le Petit Society. My first collaboration with Le Petit Society came in May 2013 in this post. My second collaboration post came out in the recent past in July 2014 and you can find it here. Soon after my post on Le Petit Society’s adorable Safari collection came live on my blog, Le Petit Society kindly asked if I wanted to be interviewed for their blog’s new column called “Style My Kid”. I was very flattered that Le Petit Society was actually interested in hearing my opinions about kid fashion! My interview, Style My Kid / Chuzai Living, was recently published on le petit society blog. You can see some of my previous photos there as […]

Monday Mode ☆ Le Petit Society & Safari Shirts

I have been absent from the blog world for a while. Normally it’s hard for me to blog when I am on vacation visiting our families in the U.S. and Japan not to mention dealing with a jet-lag at the beginning. Even after getting adjusted, I feel tired by the end of the day taking care of my kids. At the same time I am trying to live in the moment and enjoy my family’s company as opposed to facing my computer working on my blogging hobby so that I can keep up with my posts. It’s hard enough to find the time for myself in the first place when I’m home since I do normal chores that many women in Japan and the U.S. do at home such as laundry, grocery shopping, and dishes. I recognize how fortunate I am to be able to afford a help at home […]

Monday Mode ☆ Le Petit Society & Safari Shirts

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I have been absent from the blog world for a while. Normally it’s hard for me to blog when I am on vacation visiting our families in the U.S. and Japan not to mention dealing with a jet-lag at the beginning. Even after getting adjusted, I feel tired by the end of the day taking care of my kids. At the same time I am trying to live in the moment and enjoy my family’s company as opposed to facing my computer working on my blogging hobby so that I can keep up with my posts. It’s hard enough to find the time for myself in the first place when I’m home since I do normal chores that many women in Japan and the U.S. do at home such as laundry, grocery shopping, and dishes. I recognize how fortunate I am to be able to afford a help at home […]

Monday Mode ☆ Accessorize Jewelry in Mumbai

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All the photos on this post were taken with my iPod Touch 4. I recently learned about Accessorize. I hadn’t even known that there was or were Accessorize shops in Japan as well until my friend mentioned it! Where was I? I love Accessorize now. It has so many beautiful and pretty design jewelry that I would love to wear. I have wanted to have statement necklaces for a while. Something that accessorizes plain outfits. I live in a hot climate and layering is not an option for me even with a scarf any more. Thus, jewelry plays an important role to express individuality in fashion. I went to Accessorize and looked at their prices and simply could not justify to buy their jewelry. Many women of my age probably spend more on jewelry, so for them they are not at all expensive. Since manage to find the same quality […]

Monday Mode ☆ AND India Tie-Dye Dress & My Complex

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I don’t often wear a short length dress. Women in India dress very conservatively. Even in Mumbai, the most cosmopolitan city in India, you don’t often see women in a dress that is shorter than knee length, let alone shorts. It’s not the only reason why I don’t wear a short dress. I don’t think I look good in it. My short muscular legs have always been my complex. Even when I lose weight, I always lose weight above my waist, but not on my legs. Growing up in Japan, I was one of the tallest kids in the entire class. I was taller than the tallest boy in the class until I went to the middle school. My height used to make me feel very self-conscious. In Japan, up to the 6th grade in an elementary school, children pay a half of an adult fair to use public transportation. […]