Monday Mode ☆ Meeting Stephanie ☆ Behind iSanctuary

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From the left Meredith, Alex (front), Stephanie (back), & Sunita

Some of you probably already know that I am a big fan of iSanctuary. Since my first post on iSanctuary, I have worn iSanctuary jewelry on 7 posts. I added a list of my styling with iSanctuary jewelry (I’d love it!) on this post. Please scroll down to the bottom to see the list if you are so inclined! Thank you!

お気づきの方もいるかと思うのですが、私はiSanctuaryというアクセサリーブランドのファンです。iSanctuaryに関する初めての記事を書いてから、7つのファッションのブログの記事にiSanctuaryのジュエリーを着けた写真を載せています。この記事の一番下にリストを載せてありますので、ご興味がある方は、リストの記事をご覧頂けると、非常に嬉しいです。

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I first learned about iSanctuary when I saw an iSanctuary vendor booth at a German Christmas event at the Turf Club in Mumbai in December 2013. Alex, the manager with iSanctuary in Mumbai, was at the booth and I asked her who designed the jewelry for iSanctuary because I recognized that the design was different from what I typically see in Mumbai and I could tell that it had a Western touch. She told me briefly about iSanctuary and Stephanie. Ever since then I have desired to meet Stephanie, the founder and designer of iSanctuary jewelry. She totally inspired me.

Meeting Stephanie

Thanks to a great help from Alex, the day I met Stephanie came exactly 2 weeks ago. I had been so looking forward to this day. When I first met Stephanie, I thought she was even more beautiful in person, as friendly as I imagined and much cooler than I had expected. She has a great sense of humor and wherever she was, there was energy and laughter. She brightened the room with her presence. As a person, I thought that she was down to earth, humble, personable, funny, and fun to talk to.

私が初めてiSanctuaryと出会ったのは、2013年12月にムンバイのターフクラブで行われたドイツのクリスマスのイベントでした。iSanctuaryのムンバイ部のマネージャーであるアレックスがブースにおり、彼女にiSanctuaryのデザインに関して質問をしました。というのも、インドでそれまで見て来たデザインとはひと味違った、西洋のデザイン性を含んだアクセサリーだと感じたからです。アレックスは、iSanctuaryのこと、デザイナーで創設者であるアメリカ人のステファニーに関して簡単に説明してくれました。それから、ステファニーに会いたい、と思うようになりました。彼女のパワーに魅了されたのでした。

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アレックスのお陰で、ステファニーに丁度2週間程前に会う事が出来ました。私は憧れのステファニーに会える事にわくわくしていました。ステファニーに初めて会った時の印象は、本人は写真よりもずっと奇麗で、想像通りとても親しみがあり、思ったよりもずっとかっこいい方というものでした。ユーモアのセンスも良く、どこに居ても、エネルギーと笑いを取り巻いている感じの人で、彼女が居る場所は華やいでいました。人としては、とても堅実で、謙虚で、親しみがあり、面白く、話していると楽しい人でした。

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Stephanie’s Footsteps To iSanctuary

I asked Stephanie how she started the organization. As you can also read in Founder’s Bio under About on iSanctuary’s website, she told me about the magazine article that changed her. The article was about Maiti Nepal by Anuradha on a Marie Claire magazine she read in 2003. After reading the article about human trafficking in India, Stephanie felt the need to go to India. She didn’t know how at the time, but several months later she learned that her church was taking a group to India, so she signed up for the trip. She made her way to India and then eventually she found a volunteer position with a local NGO and lived in a small village in Andhra Pradesh for a year. After that, she moved to Mumbai and contacted International Justice Mission to see how she could help the trafficked women.

She went to foster homes to see if she could buy some items made by the survivors and sell them in the U.S., but she did not find the items that would be sellable for the U.S. market. Then, she thought that she could teach those survivors of human trafficking and make something that she could sell in the U.S. The answer to her was jewelry.

Stephanie taught how to make jewelry designed by her to the survivors of human trafficking not only to bring awareness of human trafficking to the world, but also to train them to be marketable for a job market in the future. The key to her success to me is that she put an emphasis on the design and she has an eye for design with a great sense of business. When you go to developing countries, you can find craftsmanship, but often times they lack of the trendy aspect in their designs. When I live overseas and shop locally, I find myself often attracted to locally crafted products made with the design from Europe or the U.S. or who studied design in these regions.

When Stephanie was telling me about how she came to India, she said “I was naive.” She came to India with her passion and determination to pursue her mission without having done much research on how to realize it in India. I would say she was courageous. Sometimes people need to jump into what they dream of doing. I, however, recognize that she’s quite smart. It might look like she just threw herself into this, but she knew what kind of choices to make and certainly knew how to start up an organization and business in India on her own. Having lived in India for 8 months, I can tell you that what she has done is hands-down amazing. It is not something that everyone can do. She’s one impressive woman for sure.

私は彼女にどのようにしてiSanctuaryが始まったのか訊いてみました。Founder’s Bio「創設者の経歴」で書いてあるように、ある雑誌の記事との出会いが彼女を変えたと教えてくれました。Marie Claireに載ったその記事は、Anuradhaによって書かれたMaiti Nepalについての記事でした。人身売買に関する記事を読んだ後、ステファニーはインドへ行く必要性を感じました。でも、その当時はどうやってインドへ行ったら良いのか分かりませんでした。数ヶ月後、彼女の通う教会がインドへグループを遠征することが分かり、その旅行に参加することにしました。彼女はインドへ渡り、その後現地の非営利団体での仕事を見つけ、アーンドラ・プラデーシュ州の小さな町に一年間滞在しました。その後、彼女はムンバイへと移り、International Justice Mission(アメリカを本拠地とする人権問題を扱う非営利団体。世界の至る国で、人権乱用の被害者となった人たちを救う活動を行っている。)にコンタクトを取り、人身売買の被害者になった女性達をどのようにして助けられるかを調べてみました。

ステファニーは、人権乱用の被害にあった女性が社会復帰するまでのホーで作られた商品を買って、米国で売れるかを考えてみましたが、アメリカの市場で売れると感じるものを見つける事が出来ませんでした。そこで、彼女自身が人身売買の被害に遭った女性に何かを教え、アメリカで売ってみてはどうかと思いつきました。ステファニーが考えだした答えは、アクセサリーだったのです。

ステファニーは彼女自身がデザインしたジュエリーの作り方を人身売買にあった被害者の女性に教え、その商品を売る事によって世界に人身売買に関する知識を広めることを試みたと同時に、将来被害者達が仕事を見つけられる様に、職業訓練も行いました。彼女の成功の鍵は、デザインを重視したこと、そして彼女自身デザインの才能があり、またビジネスセンスに長けていた事にあったと感じます。発展途上国へ行くと、工芸技術はあっても、デザインにトレンディーの要素が欠けていると感じます。海外に住んで買い物に出ると、私の興味を惹かれるものは、ヨーロッパやアメリカからのデザインを取り入れて現地で作られたものが多いです。

ステファニーがどのようにしてインドに来たかを話している時、「私は無知だったの。」と言いました。彼女の目的をインドで果たすための情報を集める事も無く、情熱と任務を果たしたい決意のみで渡印しました。私はそれはどちらかというととても勇気の要った事だと感じます。時には、夢に向かって飛び込んで行く事も必要なのではないでしょうか。ただ、彼女自身非常に賢い人であることが感じ取れました。彼女はただ単に飛び込んで行ったかのように見えますが、正しい決断を選択して来ていますし、一人でどのようにしてインドで団体を立ち上げれば良いのかちゃんと分かっていました。私自身インドに8ヶ月滞在してみて、彼女が行って来た事がどれだけすごいことであるのかよく分かります。皆が皆できることではありません。彼女の努力にはとにかく頭が下がります。

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She served me some chai as it was an afternoon chai time in India. Then she surprised me with a gorgeous necklace she just asked her helpers to make for me. Isn’t this so sweet? I was so smitten by it!

インドの午後のチャイの時間になったので、ステファニーは私にチャイをご馳走してくれました。そして、私が彼女と話をしている間に働いている方に頼んで写真のような素敵なネックレスを作ってプレゼントするというサプライズまでしてくれました。すごい気遣いですよね?感激しました!

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Stephanie, thank you very very much for your time to meet with me during your time in Mumbai and for the lovely necklace you gave me. I have been wearing it along with my other favorites from iSanctuary store. Please keep up your wonderful work.

ステファニーさん、ムンバイに居る間の貴重な時間を割いて会って下さり、そして素敵なネックレスまでありがとうございました。iSanctuaryからの他のネックレス同様、新しいネックレスを愛用しています。素晴らしい活動これからも頑張って下さい。

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Stephanie, Alex and Meredith

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Thank you Stephanie, Alex and Meredith for your time! I’m sorry that Stephanie and Alex are blurry! My bad!!

For those who are curious about jewelry by iSanctuary, you can browse and shop for their jewelry pieces on iSanctuary online shop. I love how reasonable their prices are. As a mom, a budget for my fashion is limited and I love how I can afford fashionable iSanctuary jewelry!!

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iSanctuary jewelry is available at The Yoga House (at their new location)!

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STYLING WITH iSanctuary

This is to show how obsessed I have been. Here are the Monday Mode posts where I styled my outfits with iSanctuary jewelry.

*You can find all my fashion posts under the FASHION tab.

Monday Mode ☆ Mango Shirt, Gap Green Pants & iSanctuary Jewelry + Technical Difficulty with a Camera Remote Control
Monday Mode ☆ Neon Yellow Maxi Dress & Leather Bag by MANGO
Monday Mode ☆ Black & White Polka Dot Shirt
Monday Mode ☆ Stripe Shirt & Maxi Skirt
Monday Mode ☆ iSanctuary Turquoise Choti (braided) Necklace With Zara white shirt & two kinds of jeans
Monday Mode ☆ Styling with scarves
Monday Mode ☆ Cottonworld Blue Shirt

ステファニー、アレックス、メレディス、時間をどうもありがとう!写真のステファニーとアレックスがぼけてしまいました。ごめんなさい!

iSanctuaryのジュエリーにご興味がある方、また買いたい方は、iSanctuaryのオンラインショップを是非覗いてみて下さい。値段がとても良心的なのが嬉しいです。子供が居る身なので、自分にかけるファッションの予算が小さいため、センスの良いiSanctuaryのアクセサリーがお手頃な値段買えるのがとても有り難い限りです!

上のリストで、どれだけ私がiSanctuaryに夢中になっているのかお分かりいただけます。月曜日のモード記事に載せたiSanctuaryのアクセサリーを着けて撮影した写真が載っている記事は以下の通りです。

ファッションに関する記事は全てFASHIONのタブに載せてあります。

Monday Mode ☆ Cottonworld Blue Shirt

Cottonworld Blue Shirt

Today is a holiday in India called Holi. It is a spring festival also known as a festival of colors. I’m sure you have seen some photos or documentary on TV about Holi with people covered with colored powder and water. I’m excited to experience my first Holi in India, but I’m worried about getting sprayed!!

I bought this Indian design blue shirt at Cottonworld. I wrote about Cottonworld before here with its casual sleeveless T-shirt. I often wear this blue shirt with white jeans, but I decided to wear it with dark denim pants which I purchased at UNIQLO in Tokyo, one of my favorite shops to go to when I visit my family in Japan.

I sometimes tuck the shirt in, but this time I had it out and used a belt to add a form. I wore it with 3 different pairs of shoes/sandals to play around and experimented the different look. I love flat ballet shoes, but I realize that I need any bit of help to make my short legs look longer.

My middle daughter helped me take these photos. My remote control broke and I can’t find a place to have it fixed. Maybe it’s time for me to get a new one?

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Monday Mode ☆ Styling with scarves

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Indian women are great with scarves. I didn’t know that scarves in India are not only for the styling purpose in fashion but also for a practical reason to accommodate the climate. It gets quite cool in Mumbai from November to February. It can get cold in December and January after the sunset and as you know, scarves keep you warm. I started to style with a scarf more frequently after I moved to India.

I love my converse, but for someone like me who need some help with heels, I must say that pumps balance out the proportion better. I love my neon pants from GAP, but they are not necessarily in the most flattering shape. I love the casual look you get with converse, but if I want to emphasize more on the look as a whole, I would pick a pair of pumps. The pumps also add to appear a tad bid more dressed. It is interesting to see how what we wear can shape the style of the whole look.

インド人女性はスカーフの使い方が上手です。インドでは、スカーフはファッションの目的だけでなく、気候に合わせて使いこなせるという便利さも兼ねています。ムンバイは11月から2月の間涼しくなります。12月と1月は、夜日が暮れた後、肌寒くなったりもするので、スカーフは寒さよけにもなります。コンバースを着るとカジュアルな雰囲気になるのが好きな一方、スタイルに重点をおくなら、足を長く見せる効果のあるパンプスが良いかなと思います。インドに来てから、よくスカーフを使ってスタイリングしてみるようになりました。

コンバースは大好きなのですが、足が長くないと、やっぱりパンプスが体のバランスを取ってくれると感じます。GAPで購入したニオンパンツは大好きです。コンバースとスタイリングするとカジュアルな感じになりって可愛いのですが、足長効果を得るにはやはりパンプスかな、という気がします。パンプスだと、同じ格好ですも、少しドレスアップしている感じが出ます。足元が全体のイメージを決めるのは、面白いですね。

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The earrings are from iSanctuary. By the way, you can purchase their products at The Yoga House.

イアリングはiSanctuaryの物です。ちなみに、iSanctuaryの商品は、The Yoga Houseでも購入できるようになりました。

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How To Shop For Sari / Saree ☆ Santacruz Mumbai

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When you live or visit India, women probably get tempted to buy a sari(s). I didn’t know that there is an art of buying a sari until I went shopping for one myself with my foreign friend, Rachel, who bought a couple of saris before. Rachel, thank you so much for your help! Without you, I would have been lost!

In case you don’t have a friend who can guide you with the steps of buying a sari, I hope you can use this post as your guide or to get a general idea from it.

There are two important thing to remember if you shop at a local store that caters to locals in India.

1. Most likely the sari blouses are tailor-made which means that you will need to calculate in 2-4 days until it’s complete.

2. You need to get a petticoat to wear underneath from a petticoat shop.

インド在住だったり、旅行で来たら、やっぱりサリーを購入したくなりますよね。友人に連れられて、サリーを買いに行くまで、サリーを買うには色んな段階があるということを知りませんでした。

インドでサリーを購入する上で、大切な事が2点あります。

1.インドでは、サリー用のブラウスは個人のサイズに合わせて仕立ててもらいます。大体2〜4日計算しておくと良いかと思います。

2.ペチコートショップで、サリーにあったペチコートを買う必要があります。

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ADVICE & GUIDE

1. Stitched Pleats

I recommend foreigners to have their saris be stitched beforehand. It’ll save your time to wear it later and also makes it much easier. The storekeeper might not ask you. If they don’t, ask them if they would stitch pleats for you. The cost is not much.

1.プリーツの縫い付け

頼むと、プリーツを予め縫ってくれますので、そうしてもらう事をお勧めします。後で着る時に楽ですし、時間も省けます。お店の方が訊いてくれないかもしれないので、自分から訊ねると良いかと思います。縫い賃は非常にお安いです。

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2. Blouse

Blouses are usually tailor-made with the same fabric as the sari. It is usually made at the store. At Sakhi, an in-store tailor will come and measure you at the time of your purchase. When the blouse is done, you can pick it up from the store or if you request, or they will deliver the blouse to you as well. The cost for tailoring a blouse was about 2,000 Rs (about US$30+).

Additional Information
You will be asked if you would like your blouse to be padded. You don’t have to wear a bra if they are padded which is nice.

Tailors tend to make blouses really tight. You might want to tell your tailor to make it not too tight. I have a difficult time taking it off…

2.ブラウス

ブラウスは、サリーと同じ生地で作ります。大概サリーのお店でやってもらえます。サクヒーでは、サリーを買うと決まってから、お店所属のテーラーさんが来て来てサイズを計ってくれます。ブラウスが出来上がると、サイズが気になる場合は、自分で取りに行くことも出来ますし、またはお店が届けてくれるそうです。ブラウスの仕立て代は2000ルピーでした(約3000円くらい)

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ブラウスに胸パッドを入れるかと訊かれると思います。いれてもらうと、ブラをしないで着れ、楽です。

テーラーさんはブラウスを体にタイトに作る傾向があります。計り方で体にタイトそうだ思ったら、もう少しゆるくするように言及することをお勧めします。私のブラウスはかなりきつく、脱ぐのが一苦労です。

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The storekeeper might ask you if you would like accessories, which is additional cost. I like the look of them, so I am glad I have the strings made with accessories.

お店の方が、ひもにアクセサリーが欲しいかと訊ねるかもしれません。料金は別です。紐にアクセサリーがあると背中が可愛いので、私はやってもらいました。

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住所が見つからなかったので、下の地図を参考にして下さい。

 
3. Sari Petticoat

After you pick your sari and make a payment, try to ask if they can give a small corner of your sari fabric for you to take to the petticoat shop. (Since you need to leave your sari at the store for your blouse to be made, you will not have your sari with you when you buy a petticoat.) With a small scrap of your sari fabric, the petticoat shop keeper finds you a petticoat that matches with your sari. There are S, M, and L sizes. There is no place to try it on, so I just wore it above my jeans to see if the size works for me or not. I got mine near Sakhi, which is indicated in the map below. It was 200 Rs (about US$3)

Please see the map below for the store location.

3.サリー用ペチコート

サリーを決めた後、お金を払う時点で、ペチコートを買うためにサリーの生地の端を切ってもらえないかと訊くと良いです。(ブラウスを作ってもらうので、購入後お店を出る際、サリーの生地はお店に置いて行く事になります。)購入したサリーの小さな布切れを持って、ペチコート屋へと向かいます。ペチコート屋では、その布切れを元に、あったペチコートの色を探してくれます。試着室など無いので、ジーンズの上から試着してサイズを見ました。私が購入した場所は、サクヒーから近い場所です。ペチコートは200ルピー(300円)でした。

ペチコート屋さんは、下の地図を参考にして下さい。

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4. Jewelry

You might want to buy jewelry that will go with your sari. Indian jewelry looks much better with saris than western jewelry. It’s very inexpensive, so you might as well get some. I recommend the shop my friend, Rachel took me to buy my jewelry as they were quite friendly and not pushy at all. The shopkeeper helped me with the combination of my bangles. I bought my bindi at the same store. I also listed other bindi shops which sell cheap ones in the map below.

4.ジュエリー

サリーにあったジュエリーを購入する事をお勧めします。インドのジュエリーはさすがサリーに合うように出来ているので、西洋のジュエリーより似合います。安いので気軽に買えます。私の友人がお勧めしてくれたお店は、店員さんがフレンドリーだった上、押し付けてこなかったので、買いやすかったです。お店の方が私のバングルの組み合わせを考えてくれました。同じお店でビンディーも買いました。他にも安くビンディーが買える店があるので、下の地図を参考にして下さい。

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You can mix and match with different bangles.

バングルは、他の種類や色と組み合わせるのも楽しいですよ。

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4. Sandals

If you have already sandals that might go with the sari, you don’t need to buy a new pair. I wanted to get a new pair of sandals to go with my specific sari. For shoe shopping, though, I recommend Linking Road. However, if you would like to get a pair in Santacruz, I liked a shoe shop inside Mahavir Silver Point. Please check the map below for its location.

4.サンダル

サリーに合いそうであれば、既に手持ちのもので良いかと思います。私が自分のサリーに合うものが欲しかったので、買いました。靴の買い物は、リンキング・ロードの方が良いと感じました。ただ、サンタクルズに既にいて、ついでに靴も買ってしまいたいということであれば、真はビールシルバーポイントの中にある靴屋さんは結構良かったです。

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ADDITIONAL SHOPPING INFORMATION IN THE AREA

1. Friendship Sari
Friendship Sari Shop is a big three-story Indian costume store. It seems to be a popular place for sari shopping. I found a gray one that I liked at Friendship Store, but the price and design at Sakhi suit better for me.

2. Interior Home Store
The interior shop across the street from Sakhi seemed good for curtains, carpets, bedding, some home decor and furniture fabrics.

3. Mahavir Home Store
The Home Store in Mahavir Silver Point is a great place to shop for plates and cups as well as kitchen items with quite reasonable prices. They pretty much have anything you need in your kitchen.

*Locations are listed in the map below.

1.フレンドシップ・サリー
サンタクルズマーケットでは大きな3階建てのサリー屋さん。グレーで良いかなと思うサリーをフレンドシップで見つけましたが、値段とデザインはサクヒーが良かったので、そちらにしました。

2.インテリアのお店
サクヒーのはす向かいに、インテリアショップがありました。カーテン、カーペット、寝具類、飾り、家具用の布など、良さそうな物を買うには良さそうなお店でした。

3.マハビール・ホーム・ストア
良心的な値段で食器類、またはキッチン用品をお探しの場合は、マハビールホームストアがお勧めです。台所用品で必要なものはこのお店で全て揃うかと思います。

*下の地図にお店の場所を記載してあります。

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I hope this helps! Happy Shopping!

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New Shirt From Cottonworld ☆ Mumbai, India

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I have passed by Cottonworld many times, but I never thought to stop by. Then a couple of months ago my friend was wearing a very cute shirt, so I asked where she bought it (Not that I mean to copy my friend, but I like to ask) and she told me that she got it at Cottonworld. I went to the shop with my friend the other day since we had some time and it just happened that Cottonworld was having a sale. Cottonworld apparently delivers, too. It says free delivery on the Cottonworld’s website. I assume that the free delivery in India only. Please check their website for the timing of their sale as well as delivery details. I also bought two pairs of Capri pants in pastel colors which are very comfortable and I love and some shirts for my family. Cottonworld has a ton of very cute modern design clothes with very reasonable prices. I am a fan of Cottonworld now.

見かけた事はあっても、停まって見てみた事が無かったCottonworldというお店。数ヶ月前に友人が可愛い服を着ていたので、どこで買ったかを訊いてみたら、Cottonworldというお返事でした。そこで、先日時間があったので、友人と行ってみた所、なんとセール中でした。オンラインショッピングもできるらしく、配達無料と書いてあります。多分インド内は配達無料ということなのだろうと思います。配達に関する情報、セール期間などは、コットンワールドのウェブサイトでご確認ください。このシャツはコットンワールドで買ったのですが、これ以外にもパステルカラーのカプリパンツを2本と家族のために何枚かシャツを買いました。コットンワールドのデザインは可愛くて、しかもお値段も良心的。すっかりファンになってしまいました。

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Monday Mode ☆ iSanctuary Blue Braided Necklace With Zara white shirt & two kinds of jeans

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I fell in love with this shirt at Zara in Mumbai, India. I’m so happy we can shop at Zara and Mango in India! Mwah!

I used to wear this shirt by itself and I always felt that something was missing.

I kept thinking, what is it…?

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How about a BELT?

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I think it looks much better with a belt! At least in my opinion.

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The front is quite ordinary, but the back is like “hello~!”

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I decided to compare the look with another jeans: boyfriend jeans by GAP.

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It’s interesting how the different kinds of jeans changed the look although they are about the same length.

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I loved how the jeans fit on my legs, but the waist was big. If I bought these pair of jeans based on my waist, my legs won’t fit. (It’s true.) That’s the thing about buying a pair of boyfriend jeans.

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I love this braided beads necklace by iSanctuary. I wore them short one time. These are the photos when I wore them short.
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Short or long. I like them both.

Have a great week ahead!

Indian Jewelry with Mango shirt + Old Navy pants

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Indian jewelry pieces such as earrings and bangles are sparkly, elaborate and pretty. They are made to go with Indian clothing, but I think they would look pretty combined with western clothes as well. What do you think?

インドのジュエリー、例えばイヤリングやバングルは、キラキラして、デザインが精巧で、奇麗ですね。インドの服に合うようにデザインされていますが、西洋の服に合わせてもとても可愛いと思います。どうでしょう?

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Have a great Monday and nice week!!
月曜日ですね!今週も一週間頑張りましょう。

Monday Mode ☆ Stripe Shirt & Maxi Skirt

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Necklace iSanctuary (Mumbai, India), stripe shirt H&M (in Singapore), skirt WAREHOUSE (in Jakarta, Indonesia), shoes Target (U.S.)

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A photo of my husband and myself taken by our oldest child/older daughter (above) and the photo of us taken by our middle child/second daughter (below).

長女に撮ってもらったツーショット(上)と次女に撮ってもらったツーショット(下)。

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Camera is my favorite toy (expensive!) when I play with my kids.

子供と遊ぶ時の一番好きな玩具(めっちゃ高級!)がカメラ。

Monday Mode ☆ Black & White Polka Dot Shirt

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I found this polkadot shirt at Zara and could not help buying it. I used to not wear black and white so much even though I like the look of fashion in both colors. I grew to really love black and white combination for outfits since I moved to India. I wonder if it’s because I don’t look like I’m copying the rest of the population any more because Indian people and even foreigners who live in India wear colorful outfits which look amazing in this country.

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My daughter’s friend saw me walking around in the apartment with my camera.

She went “Do I have to take your photos today?” She said this because I asked my 6-year-old daughter to take photos while she was having a play date with the same girl the other day. (The photos from that day are not up yet.) I replied “No, you don’t have to.” Then she continued “I’m actually good at taking photos.” So, there she went. I cropped the size only, but I did not touch the angle at all, so the slanted photos they are. I thought that leaving them as they were was more fun.

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Then, of course, my 6-year-old said she wanted to take my photos, too, so I let her do so. Her friend said to me “why don’t you show some funny faces?” Thus, below. I’m trying to look silly for her. It was fun to play along.

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All the photos on this post were taken with my new 35 mm lens which I got from my husband for Christmas (I requested it. Yay!) and I LOVE! I love my 50 mm lens which I have had for a year and a half and I have used it more frequently than my kit lens. Now with the 35 mm lens, I can already see myself using it more often. We shall see.

How To Wear A Saree / Sari

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If you have a saree / sari, you need instructions to wear it. I learned how to do it by seeing when I went sari shopping. It is actually not that hard. Also, safety pins are your friends if you would like to secure your sari.

1. Petticoat
When you buy a sari, you need to buy a petticoat as well at a petticoat shop. You buy them already made. Mine was 200 Rupees (US$3+) and they come in different sizes: Small, Medium or Large. You should ask your sari shop to provide you with a little piece of your sari fabric to take it to the petticoat shop. Then the petticoat shop keeper will pull out the one in a color that is close to your sari color.

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2. Place a sari’s pleats in front of you and figure out where on your waist one end of a sari needs to go.

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++Stitching++

I requested my sari to be stitched. Pleats can be stitched for your liking. I recommend this to foreigners especially because not only will it make it much easier for you to wear it, but it’ll save you a lot of time.

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3. Tuck in the top end into the petticoat.

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4. After you finish tucking in all the way to the pleats, you hold the left hand side of a sari and put it around your back. The sari should come out under your right arm. Then you hang the rest of the long part of a sari on your left shoulder.

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Accessorize

Sari looks great with accessories. You need to go bold and accessorize with big size earrings, necklace, bangles, bindi etc so that they are not shadowed by your sari.

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You can mix and match with different bangles.

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++Blouse++

Blouses are all order made. You need to calculate about 4 days from the day you purchase to the day you can wear your sari. The tailors tend to make it quite tight, so be aware when you are being measured and express your concern if you feel that the measurement is too tight.

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Voila!

I will share my shopping experience here and introduce where I purchased my sari and the accessories in the future.

Mint Green Saree ☆ ミントグリーン色のサリー

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If you follow Chuzai Living Facebook, you have probably seen this photo of my wearing saree a couple of weeks ago. Since I was in high school, I have always wanted to try a saree. Isn’t it one of the ethnical outfits that are absolutely intriguing? Being invited to an Indian wedding a couple of weeks ago (you can see the invitation HERE) gave me a perfect opportunity to wear a saree. It felt like a princess dress up.

Chuzai Livingのフェイスブックをフォローして下さっている方の間では、私がサリーを着ているこの写真を見た方も居るかと思います。高校生の時からずっとサリーを着てみたいと思っていました。サリーって民族衣装の中でもとても興味をそそられる衣装であると感じるのですが、どうでしょう?数週間前にインドの結婚式にご招待を受けたのが、サリーを買う、そして着る機会を与えてくれました。お姫様にドレスアップしたような気持ちになりました。

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I realized that dark hair does not do well with a loose bun like this.

Please ignore the messy look!

やっぱり髪の毛の色が黒いとこういう無造作な髪型ってぼさぼさ感が出てしまいますね。。。

髪の毛は見ないように!

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There are different ways to wear a saree.

サリーの羽織り方は何種類かあるんですね。

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This below was a deal with my daughter.

She said “if you let me wear my Indian dress, I will take your pictures!”

Then “Mommy, it’s my turn now. Will you take my pictures?”

I feel responsible for this behavior…

この下の写真撮影は娘との約束でした。

「私のインドのドレスを着せてくれたら、ママの写真撮ってあげる。」

「ママ、もう私の番。写真撮ってくれる?」

私のせいでこんな子になっちゃいました。。。

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Then my son woke up from a nap. He’s a cutie, but handful.

息子が昼寝から起きてきました。可愛いけど、手がかかるちび助。

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Monday Mode ☆ Neon Yellow Maxi Dress & Leather Bag by MANGO

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I had a chance to attend one of the shows during the Indonesia Fashion Week in Jakarta in February of 2013 thanks to my friend. Jakarta was our home until June 2013 before we were posted to Mumbai. I saw this dress and was inspired.
 

 
Then I saw a maxi dress at MANGO in Jakarta in their sale rack. (There are MANGO stores in Mumbai, too!) It had a bargain price, but the price was still more than I usually pay for my dresses (I give myself a very small budget for my outfits), so it took me a couple of weeks to make a decision, but I am SO GLAD I bought it. It’s one of my favorite dresses. This dress makes me look taller and thinner than I actually am.
 

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My favorite iSanctuary jewelry.
I love how versatile the necklace is.
It goes really well with solid color top.

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I love simple purses and this is one of my favorite bags. This is actually my third one of the same design to own. I have one in white which I bought in Jakarta, black which I bought at MANGO in Mumbai to replace my white one as it turned gray after using it so much and then this one in a color between camel and light mocha which I found at MANGO in Lower Parel, Mumbai. This was priced around 1590 Rupees which is about USD 26 for the current exchange rate. I was happy with my purchase.

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While I was shooting this on the balcony, my son came out. As long as he was not going to knock out my camera on a tripod, I was okay. It made me laugh to see him roam around like a little squirrel.
 

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Thanks for visiting!

 

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Monday Mode ☆ Mango Shirt, Gap Green Pants & iSanctuary Jewelry + Technical Difficulty with a Camera Remote Control

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I stopped at MANGO store at a shopping mall in Mumbai, India the other day and saw this shirt. In a sale rack. I had to get it. I love how it’s soft, longer on the back, cute baggy and it’s my favorite border shirt.

These green cargo pants are my favorite from GAP in Tokyo. They were also on sale and very inexpensive. Most people think that it’s expensive to shop in Tokyo. I think it depends on where and which store you go to. I find the sale rack at GAP in Tokyo always have cute items with great pricing.

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iSanctuary is my most recent favorite jewelry shop I learned about in Mumbai. Not only does iSanctuary make amazing jewelry and sell for very reasonable prices, but they also work to fight against human trafficking.

To read more about iSanctuary, please check my post Monday Mode ☆ iSanctuary ☆ Purchase with Purpose Mumbai and you’ll find their links.

iSanctuaryは、私がムンバイに来てから大好きになったジュエリーブランドです。iSanctuary、オリジナルデザインのジュエリーを通して人身売買に関する情報をより多くの人に理解してもらう活動を行っています。iSanctuaryのジュエリーにご興味がある方は、私のMonday Mode ☆ iSanctuary ☆ Purchase with Purpose Mumbaiのブログの記事を読んで下さい。リンクを載せてあります。

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I do my self portraits for fashion posts. I asked my husband for a remote control for my camera at last Christmas. I have not used it so much, but now it doesn’t work so well… Sometimes it takes photos, sometimes it doesn’t and I have to point the remote control closer to the receiver. It wasn’t like that at the beginning. Could it be because of low battery?

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Do you see a little remote control in the photo above?

Then these….

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Is this remote really working…?

SNAP!

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I ♥ iSanctuary.
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Monday Mode ☆ Indian Dresses for Girls ☆ Bollywood Dance Party

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These are Indian dresses I purchased for my daughters for their birthday party. The theme was Bollywood Dance since we live in the land of Bollywood! It was really fun!

I combined their birthday celebrations which I have done in the last three years. I will write two more posts related to their Bollywood dance birthday party. The next one will be a dessert table design post and the last one will be on how to steal Bollywood Dance Birthday Party.

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Where I Got the Dresses

One of the outdoor stalls in the Linking Road Market in Bandra West, Mumbai

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Happy Monday!

Monday Mode ☆ Silver Ball Gown

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和訳は下にあります。

Photos were taken by my 5-year-old daughter.

When I looked at these photos, I thought that I needed to state that I was/am not pregnant (no need!). I purchased this gown online two years ago. Without trying it out. I know. Bold. It was not cheap, either. What was I thinking? I have a good excuse for you, though. I was pregnant at the time.

My breast is small (sadly, but what can I do?), so I picked a dress based on my chest size. I should have measured myself before picking a size. Dugh?! Women who have gotten pregnant know that when they get pregnant, their lower rib cage expands on top of the change in their breast size. I underestimated the rib cage size change. I could not fit in it when I was pregnant and I had to make a ball gown in a rush. You can see it here.

The following year, I was still nursing twice a day, but my breast size has shrunk, so I thought that maybe I could squeeze myself in. Not a chance. I wore a dress that I purchased 2 years prior to that year which I did not get to wear as the gown arrived after the banquet. My luck! However, the upside of it is that I got to wear it in 2012. Here is the photo of the gown.

So finally, at my third trial, I was able to zip up my dress!!! Hooray!!! I. could. not. breath… Joke aside, it was fortunate that I was able to put it on because otherwise I would have just worn the dress I wore last year. I could not motivate myself to find a tailor, pick a design, find a fabric and have it tailor-made. That’s a lot of work! I am very glad it worked out.

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I went to Jean-Claude Biguine for my evening updo. I never go get my hair done. When I got married, I had short hair, so I just styled it myself. The last three years when I was in Jakarta, I didn’t do get my hair done, either. I just can’t justify paying that kind of money. It’s just not my priority. But this year, I thought I’d try it. It was fun! However, when I looked at the bill, my chin dropped. INR 4000. This is about US$65 with the current exchange rate. With a tip it ended up being US$70. That was expensive to me and I was shocked to learn that a hair updo can cost that much in India. I was, however, glad I did it because I think the hair complimented the dress. I finally understand that there is a reason why people get their hair done professionally for dressing up.

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This is the only photo I have with my husband for this year. I didn’t want to drag my camera out to a venue when I’m wearing my gown. It does not look good. My big camera does not fit in my small clutch, either. I’m happy that I took some photos before we left.

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5歳の娘に撮ってもらった写真です。

ドレスを着てみて、妊娠している訳ではありませんよ〜、と付け加えておかないと、何か思われそうだなと感じました。ちょっとデザインがマタネティーっぽいですよね。というのは、このドレスを買ったのは、2年前の丁度妊娠初期でした。オンラインショッピングだったので、試着をした訳でもなく自分の普段の胸囲からサイズを選んだら、小さくて入りませんでした。

妊娠したことがある方はきっとお分かりですが、妊娠すると胸囲だけでなく、胸郭もかなり広がるんですね。胸郭下部が既に広がっていて、2年前の妊娠中はドレスを着る事はできませんでした。そこで、2011年の宴会にはこのようなドレスを急遽仕立ててもらいました。

妊娠後、まだ授乳中ではあったけれど、一日2回の授乳に回数を減らしていたため、胸囲もかなり妊娠前に戻っていたように感じたので、ドレスを着れるかと思ったら、まだ去年の時点でも駄目でした。その2012年の年は、2010年にオーダーしたドレスが宴会の後に届いたことから、着た事がなかったので、そちらの方を着ました。その写真はこちらです。

3度目の正直で、今年はやっとドレスを着る事ができました。やった〜!でも息が吸えないかも。。。?って言う感じにきつかったです。でも入って良かった!入らなかったら、去年着たドレスをもう一度着る事になると思っていたので、嬉しかったです。インドとは言え、引っ越し直後に仕立て屋さんを探し、デザインを選び、布を探し、ドレスを仕立てるというのは労力の居る仕事なので、とても出来ませんでした。

髪の毛は、Jean-Claude Biguineでやってもらいました。結婚した時は髪の毛が短かったので、自分の結婚式の日でさえ髪の毛のスタイリングをしてもらわなかったし、インドネシアに住んでいた時も自分で適当にやっていたので、今回初めて髪の毛をイブニング用にセットしてもらいました。4000ルピー(ほぼ6500円くらい)と私にはとても高く、しかもインドでこのお値段でビックリでしたが、でもやって良かったとは思います。私の性格上、こういう事にこれだけのお金を掛ける事がないので、罪悪感がありました。でもドレスを着てみると、アップにした髪の毛がドレスを引き立ててくれるのが分かり、プロの人に頼む理由が分かった気がしました。

パーティーにはカメラを持って行かなかったので、この日の写真はこれで全部です。ドレスに大きなカメラを担いで行くのは似合わないし、忘れるといけないと思ったので、辞めました。クラッチに入るサイズのカメラがあれば良かったです。

Monday Mode ☆ Azure Blue & Yellow Shirts

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I love fashion, so I would love to make my fashion posts more frequent and regular. However, I admit that doing fashion posts is difficult to me and that’s why I have not posted a Monday Mode post in a while. Do you have a favorite fashion blog? I would love it if you could share with me which fashion blog(s) you like and why. Thank you!

These two shirts from Azure in Chennai were my first Indian brand clothes purchases and I am very happy to own them. They are comfortable as you might be able to tell. When I live overseas, I try to find clothing brands where I can shop from. I pick brands based on their designs, quality and reasonable prices. Azure is definitely one of them. Unfortunately Azure does not have a shop in Mumbai. I hope Azure will come out to open one in Mumbai in the future!

I have copied the azure information with photos which I included in my past post “How To Spend Two Days in Chennai”.

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You might not notice, but I have a nose ring. I have had it for almost 9 years and I had it done in Cape Town, South Africa. At that time, I never imagined that I would be able to live in India where many people have a nose ring.

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I love azure, which was recommended by my stylish friend who lives in Chennai. I wish there is an azure store in Mumbai. It just happened that azure was having 20% off sale when I was in Chennai, so I enjoyed some shopping. Azure’s fabric, design and colors are adorable. Azure seems to be located on one of the main shopping streets in Chennai. I saw some other nice shops a couple of shops down from azure. This street is definitely a must check for shopping in Chennai.

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Phone: (044) 24670452
Email: esales@azurefashion.com
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Azure is one of many reasons you want to visit Chennai in my opinion!

Monday Mode ☆ Le Petit Society

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The other day I had a play date with my two girl friends in Jakarta, Erica of expatria, baby and Ana of Stumble Abroad. It was a play date with a fashion value added where all of our kids wore Le Petit Society clothes. Thanks to Erica and Le Petit Society, my baby son received a couple of really adorable outfits as a gift. Lucky boy! Thank you, Erica and Le Petit Society! The best part to me was that this gave me an excuse to see my two lovely girl friends, dress up my baby boy in adorable clothing, and take photos of the cute kids playing. That’s like a candy to me.

Oh yes, by the way, I gave my son a haircut. Can you tell the amateur look…?

先日、ジャカルタで2人のお友達、expatria, babyのエリカとStumble Abroadのアナとプレイデートをしました。エリカとLe Petit Society(ル・プティ・ソサエティー)のお陰で、息子はとても可愛いお洋服を贈り物として頂いちゃいました。有り難いです。エリカとLe Petit Society、どうもありがとう!私にとってもっと嬉しかったのは、2人のお友達とプレイデートをする口実ができた事、息子に可愛い服を着せられた事、そして子供達が遊ぶ可愛い姿を写真に撮る事が出来た事です。私には嬉しい甘い出来事でした。

そうそう、息子の髪の毛を私が切りました。ド素人のカット分かります。。。?

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I found Erica’s blog through Little Steps Asia. I was attracted to her blog because she was an expat blogger in Jakarta just like me. As soon as I entered her blog, I fell in love with Erica’s breath-taking photos which she takes in Jakarta and I was sucked into her world of beauty. I’ve been fortunate to have opportunities to get to know her in Jakarta. Here’s Erica’s “rained out play dates and le petit society”.

エリカの事は、Little Steps Asiaというサイトを通して知りました。彼女は私と同じようにジャカルタに住む駐在員で、しかもブログをしているというところに惹かれました。彼女のブログに行き、ジャカルタで撮る彼女の写真の虜になり、エリカの素敵な世界に引き込まれました。ジャカルタに居たお陰で、彼女とお友達になれる機会に恵まれました。こちらがエリカのブログに掲載された“rained out play dates and le petit society”

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Ana is a talented friend of mine with amazing eye for design. I have had prestige to witness her stunning birthday parties for her sons. Here are the posts for Nautical Birthday Party and Space Birthday Party. We both were pregnant at the same time in 2011 and now we have boys of the same age. She’s been a wonderful friend and a blogger buddy to me in Jakarta. Here is Ana’s “{Review} Le Petit Society”.

アナは、デザインセンス抜群のとても才能を持つ友人です。ジャカルタ在住中、彼女が息子さん2人のために開いたお誕生日パーティーを実際に見る機会に恵まれました。以下が彼女の誕生日パーティーのブログの記事になります。航海がテーマのパーティー and 宇宙がテーマのパーティー。彼女も私も2011年に妊娠しており、今は同い年になる息子がいます。ジャカルタでのとても素敵なお友達であり、ブログ仲間でもあります。こちらがアナのブログに掲載された“{Review} Le Petit Society”

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Le Petit Socity is a babies and kids clothing brand found by two Singaporeans who base their business in Hong Kong: Robyn Liang and Dylan Onga. Le Petit Socity is a harbinger in kids fashion based in Asia who aims to be the brand that is trendy, chic, and fun to wear with European quality and more importantly, approachable prices. Great news for those who live in Asia is that shipping within Asia is free! (Le Petit Society Shipping Information)

Happy Shopping!

ル・プティ・ソサエティーは、ベビー服とキッズ服のブランドで、香港をベースにする2人のシンガポール人、ロビン・リアンとディラン・オンガによって創立されました。ル・プティ・ソサエティーは、質はヨーロッパ並みでも値段はお手頃で、デザインはトレンディーで、シックで、ポップな服を目指すアジアベースのキッズファッション業界の先駆者です。アジア在住の人に嬉しいのは、アジア圏内の郵送料が無料ということ。(詳しくはLe Petit Society Shipping Informationまで)

買い物楽しんで下さいね。

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Monday Mode ☆ Milky Way Gems & Jewelry

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In Japan, there is a proverb “Sit on a rock for 3 years” (“Ishi no ue ni mo 3 nen”). The origin of the saying means that if you continue to sit on a cold rock for 3 years, it’ll get warm. It refers to the philosophy that no matter how difficult and challenging it seems to achieve your goal, perseverance prevails. Thus, be patient. I have been blogging for a little over 3 years and I recently had two occasions that made me feel very rewarding and the meaning of the proverb felt close to my heart. It has never been my intention to blog in order to get a reward, but it certainly feels good to be rewarded for my hard work and know that what I do has a meaning.

One of the occasions is a gift from Milky Way Gems & Jewelry. If you have been around in the blog sphere for a while, it is very obvious that bloggers receive different kinds of deals. This is my very first time to receive a gift as a result of blogging. One of the founders of Milky Way Gems & Jewelry had left a few comments on my blog a while back. I’ve got to know her a bit as I also visited her blog. It was a long before she launched her business. Then recently I heard from her again by email. She wrote to me that she would like to send me some items of the jewelry sold in her online jewelry store, which was launched in April, 2013. She softly mentioned a blog post with the jewelry. I looked at the jewelry and said yes. I saw some items in the list that I could see myself wearing. I like fashion and even though I sort of fell off the track of Monday Mode, I am happy to have a resource to write and photograph about for my Monday Mode column. I was honored that Milky Way Gems & Jewelry thought of me and picked me to wear their jewelry.

So, here I am posing in front of my camera, took photos of myself and shamefully posting them on my blog. (It’s been a while since I took photos of myself for this blog, so I feel shy about this.) I wish I was a better photographer and know how to Photoshop. All the photos are pretty much untouched except for exposure, shadows, saturation and temperature. You see my blemish, red spot, pimples, wrinkles and dark spots, so I apologize. I hope that these photos can get you interested in Milky Way Gems & Jewelry. It was a pleasant surprise from my reader and it marked a nice 3 year blog-anniversary. Thank you, Milky Way Gems & Jewelry!

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With a black outfit or with a white outfit, you can wear it in a more formal way or dress down with a casual wear with this jewelry.

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Happy Shopping!


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Monday Mode ☆ Target Mint Green Shirt

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I don’t know anyone from the States or who have lived in the U.S. who would not love Target. When I ask my female friends from the U.S. who live overseas what they would like to do back home when they go visit, many of them answer “go to Target”.

I got two mint color shirts with a heart for both of my girls at Target. I love mint green color. In fact, that’s my favorite color these days. The shirt is still too big on my middle child as you can see from folded sleeve…

アメリカのターゲットってご存知ですか?日本では同じ様な感じのお店が無いのですが、敢えて言えばヨーカドーや西友といった感じでしょうか。ターゲットは、大きなお店であれば、食品から、電化製品、食器、服、家具、文房具と何でも揃うお店です。アメリカ人やアメリカに住んでいた外国人の友人で、ターゲットが大好きでない人を知らないくらい、とにかくアメリカ人には人気のお店です。ターゲットの魅力なのですが、ターゲットブランドの値段がとてもお手頃であること、そしてターゲットはデザイナーとコラボをして、普段手に届かない商品をお手頃価格で売る、といったような企画をやったり、1ドルコーナーを充実したり、常に可愛い商品を入れたりと、常に消費者の心を奪う戦略を使っていると思います。

このミント色のシャツはそのターゲットで買いました。最近ミント色にハマっていて、私の一番お気に入りの色です。このシャツは、まだ次女にはちょっと大きすぎて、袖を捲っています。

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What are these numbers? My girl came up with this. They are the numbers representing the ages of her siblings and herself. She is 5!

娘が自分で考えてポーズしました。何の番号かというと、本人も入れた兄弟の年齢。彼女は5歳です!

In the past week or so, I’ve been very tired and could not stay up past 10:00 pm. I had a very busy week up to the weekend before last. I had been either falling asleep in front of the computer or in our living room couch. Thus, no posting last week. I just could not do it. Even though I have been sleeping more than usual in the past week, I feel that my body still hasn’t recovered. No, I’m not pregnant and I’d better not be because we are done. I’m done. Fini. I stopped nursing my son a couple of weeks ago. That was a big deal to me, but I was pretty mechanical about it. I did not want nursing to be an emotional one because I know in my head that he is my youngest and last. By the third child though, nursing to me was a task more than anything although I did enjoy the morning cuddle with him after he woke up and I admit that I miss having him in my bed next to me nursing.

I hope I’ll recover from whatever I had and be more on top of my blog. I would like to keep up with blogging. At the same time, I recognize that I need to spend more time with my kids and have more energy for them. My blog is not meant to take my time away from my kids. It does not generate any revenue and the reason why I’d like to keep it that way at the moment is because I’d like to remember that my kids are my priority, not my blog.

ここ最近1週間程、夜10時以降起きていられませんでした。先週までとても忙しかったという事もあるかと思いますが、コンピューターの前やリビングのソファーで眠ってしまっていました。先週は普段よりも沢山寝ているはずなのに、それでも疲労感が残っています。それで先週は全くブログの更新が出来ませんでした。ちなみに、妊娠じゃありませんよ。子供は3人で充分です。しかも3番目の息子の授乳も数週間前に終わらせました。私にとっては結構大きな事でしたが、機械的に終わらせました。末っ子で、今回が最後の授乳であることが分かっていたので、感傷的になりたくなかったということもあります。3番目だからか、授乳がお仕事であった感じはあるのですが、朝起きて、息子と一緒に横になって授乳したぬくもりが今でも懐かしくなる事はあります。

今週はもうちょっと元気になって、ブログをちゃんと更新したいと思います。同時に、子供ともっと一緒に時間を過ごしてあげなくてはいけないと反省しています。ブログに子供との時間を取られるのでは本末転倒なので。ブログで収入がある訳では無いですし、そのまま今の状態を継続したいと思います。子供が最優先であり、ブログが中心でないということを覚えておくために。

Monday Mode ☆ Gingersnaps

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Are you ready for a cuteness overdose?

Ever since I heard about Gingersnaps a couple of years ago from one of the readers and my friend, The Diplomatic Wife, I have been meaning to go to Gingersnaps. Gingersnaps is a brand for children’s and maternity wear in the Philippines. To read more about Gingersnaps, click here.

I have been wanting to feature Gingersnaps on my blog and I finally did. Why did it take me so long to do this? Please don’t ask me that question. I don’t know the answer, either…

I can’t afford to buy many outfits from the store, but I wanted to show my readers as many outfits as possible and say this is Gingersnaps, so I wrote an email message to the company. Sometimes I can be organized. I wanted to take photos of their clothes at the store and I needed a permission to do so. Gladly I received a permit to take photos at a store in Gandaria City. Since I am not skilled to shoot indoors under the light like that, the colors did not turn out as well as I wished. I apologize for the low quality of my photos. My photos did not do justice to the beautiful store.

Anyhow, here I present Gingersnaps from the Philippines.

Enjoy the dreamy fashion of Gingersnaps.

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How was it?

Do you know what I mean? Don’t you just love Gingersnaps? I spotted many designs that I would totally wear myself and I would like to ask Gingersnaps if they would make in adult women sizes. I made a few purchases at Gingersnaps for my girls. They love the new shirts from Gingersnaps.

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Miniapolis Plaza Indonesia
Level 3 – Unit #E07
Tel: 021 310-7540

Pondok Indah Mall 2
Level 2 – Unit #222A
Tel: 021 7592 0965

Gandaria City
Level UG – Unit #U39
Tel: 021 2905 3201

Mall Kuningan City
Level 2 – Unit #52
Tel: 021 3048 0725

Senayan City
Level 4 – Unit #93
Tel: 021 7278 1355

Puri Indah Mall
Level 1 – Unit #126
Tel: 021 582 2699

Bandung
Paris Van Java

Bali
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Surabaya
Ciputra World Surabaya

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Monday Mode ☆ Indonesia Fashion Week 2013 ☆ Ivan Gunawan

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I am sorry for abandoning my Monday Mode for a while. It’s not always easy for me to take photos of my kids or myself posing for a fashion post. I need to find a magic potion to motivate myself.

Anyways, I had a rare chance to go to an Indonesian Fashion Week 2013 show thanks to my friend, Gladys. Thank you!

I would like to share with you what I saw at the Indonesian Fashion Week 2013 last week.

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As you probably know, I love fashion. I have only been to a fashion show a handful of times and all of them are in Jakarta. I loved every single one of them. The first show I went was Bazaar’s Fashion Concerto 2010.

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Arrived at the Jakarta Convention Center, the venue for the Indonesia Fashion Week 2013, guests were greeted with the dresses displayed at the front.

Before Ivan Gunawan’s show, the one I had a ticket for, started, there were several designers’ shows. Here are some snippets of the shows before Ivan Gunawan’s Malolo collection was revealed.

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The show I was invited to see was a collection by Ivan Gunawan, a fashion designer and celebrity in Indonesia.

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The show ended and I walked out of the main entrance to the building of the Jakarta Convention Center. There I spotted a Miss Indonesia. You can’t miss her huge tiara. She was petite, beautiful and elegant. She kept her smile at all times and seemed very friendly. I did not take a photo with her, but to be able to see her and take her photos were kind of icing to a cake to me.

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I hope you enjoyed viewing some photos I’ve taken at the Indonesia Fashion Week 2013!

Monday Mode ☆ J.Crew Kids Crewcut Shirt

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The J.Crew’s Kids line called Crewcut has many cute clothes. My sisters sent my girls these cute navy blue shirts for their birthdays. I love navy blue on girls.

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Below photo was taken at the hotel we stayed during our vacation. Usually my first child is not into my taking her photos, but that day, my second child was giving me a hard time. She was upset about something and gave me this look. I have many photos of my girls that I had to delete as she looked very upset. I don’t even remember the reason why she got upset and she did not want to be in the photo. This was the best I could do.

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We went to Lombok island in Indonesia which sits next to Bali island at the beginning of January before the school started. It was lovely and we all felt very rejuvenated after our vacation. I plan on posting about our vacation in Lombok and about Qunci Villas, the hotel we stayed. I will have about 2 or 3 posts just about Qunci Villas (pronounces “kunchi”). It was amazing.

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Monday Mode ☆ Château de Sable

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This outfit my son is wearing was given to my son by my very sweet Japanese friend that I met in Singapore. It’s an outfit from Château de sable. She was so nice to get an outfit for him. I love it when he wears it and I think of my friend in Singapore. My son looks like a big boy in a shirt and shorts, doesn’t he? The colors are soft and pretty and the texture is very comfortable, too.

息子が着ているのは、Château de sable(シャトー・ドゥ・サーブル/砂の城)というブランドの服です。シンガポールに去年2ヶ月程滞在していた時知りあった素敵な日本人の友人が、出産祝いに息子に服を買ってくれました。(涙)この服を着ると、ちょっと大きくなったように見えて、しかもとても可愛いんです。色がとてもフランス人っぽい淡い色で、服の肌触りもとても気持ち良いんですよ。息子は猿みたいなのに、この服を着るとちょっとお洒落な感じになれて親の私もわくわくしちゃいます。

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Château de sable is a clothing brand that was started by a French designer Stephanie Lemaire. Château de sable means “sand castle” in French and their logo is an adorable sand castle which is on their lovely gift boxes as well. She started her brand when she lived in Singapore if I remember correctly. Now she has stores in many countries. If you live in Jakarta and have a chance to visit Singapore, Château de sable is a stop you might want to make. Everything in her store is gorgeous. The website for Château de sable is also very pretty. Below is their website that was for the holiday season.

Château de sableは、フランス人デザイナーであるステファニー・ルメアさんが立ち上げたブランドです。私の記憶が合っていれば、確か彼女がシンガポールに駐在している間に立ち上げたブランドだったかと思います。現在では多くの国にお店を持ち活躍されており、東京にも店舗を持っていらっしゃいます。残念ながら、ジャカルタには店舗が無いのですが、ジャカルタ在住の駐在員さんはきっとシンガポールへ行かれる事があるので、行った際にお店に寄ってみて下さい。ウェブサイトも素敵で、下は、ホリデーシーズンの時のサイトの写真です。

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This blue overall outfit was given to my son by my French blogger friend, Marie of Etincelle Creative Studio. She’s the one who first introduced me to Château de sable. I met her through Blogging Your Way by decor8 blog and then I met in real life when I lived in Singapore for child birth for a couple of months last year. I was lucky that I got to meet her in person because she left Singapore a little after I had come back to Jakarta and currently she resides in Tokyo, Japan (my home town!) with her family.

この写真の青色のオーバーオールは、フランス人のブロガーで友人のマリーからいただきました。マリーが一番最初にChâteau de sableを紹介してくれました。彼女のブログはEtincelle Creative Studioと言います。最初に知り合ったきっかけは、ブログのオンラインコースであるBlogging Your Wayだったのですが、シンガポールに出産で住んでいた2ヶ月間の間仲良くして頂きました。彼女は、私がジャカルタに戻って来てから間もなく、シンガポールを離れてしまい、ご家族と一緒に現在は東京にお住まいです。会えて本当に良かったです。

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While I was in Singapore with my middle child to prepare for child birth, Marie even invited my daughter to her two children’s pirate theme birthday party. She designs party for others, so I was thrilled to see her creation of a pirate theme birthday party! The bunting in my son’s nursery was also a gift from Marie and she made it. She’s one talented lady.

Baby clothes can only be worn for so long. I hope my son won’t grow too fast. I would even use the outfits as a decoration in the room after he outgrows them. I love them so much!

シンガポールに居る間、彼女の娘さんと息子さんの海賊がテーマの誕生日パーティーに、私の次女が招待されました。パーティーデザイナーとしても活躍されるマリーなので、パーティーを見れて感激でした。また、息子の部屋にあるバンティンも、マリーさんからの頂き物で、彼女の手作りです。とても才能のある方だと思います。

赤ちゃんの服って、着れる期間が短いですよね。息子が長く着てくれると嬉しいです。着れなくなったら、ハンガーに掛けて、飾りとして壁に飾ろうかな、なんて思っている所です。

Monday Mode ☆ MANGO & Mint Color

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I’m in love with mint green this season. I have always liked the color “mint green”, but this season especially I feel that there are so many cute items in mint green color.

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I also discovered MANGO as my new favorite place to shop. I have a very good and cool Japanese friend who lived in Spain and when we were in college in Tokyo together (That feels like a life time ago!), she worked part time at MANGO. I have heard of the brand name “MANGO”, but I have never thought to shop there because I always assumed that MANGO was too expensive for me to shop.

I have a Japanese mommy friend in Jakarta who always wear cute clothes that I like. I asked her where I shopped and she told me MANGO at Gandaria City in Jakarta. I recently went to MANGO at Gandaria City just my friend recommended. I fell in love! The timing was good, too. When I went a couple of months ago, they had sales and I was able to shop for great deals.

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What is your favorite color to wear for this season?