DIRT STORE ☆ Recycling & Waste Management in Mumbai

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I visited DIRT, a store in Bandra West, Mumbai. The DIRT Store, as the name suggests, is a store that sells products for gardening while it promotes greenery in Mumbai. The DIRT Store is in a cute building surrounded by lots of plants and flowers that catch your eyes in the area of Reclamation in Bandra West, Mumbai. My two good expat friends have mentioned the store, DIRT, to me in the past and one of them, my dear avid reader (thank you♡), has sent me an email message highly recommending me to go check out DIRT for a blog post. A few months later, I finally made my way out to the DIRT store with my camera in hand to explore a little oasis in Mumbai.

All I can say is what an inspiring and lovely place! I had a chance to meet Natasha, one of the two founders of the organization “Dirt”, despite my impromptu visit without making an appointment (I was lucky!) who showed me around the store and the garden while explaining Dirt’s mission and contribution to the society. It is wonderful to know that The Dirt Store is making grass roots efforts to provide the knowledge to the public and educate the locals about the importance of reduce, reuse and recycle to give back to the environment we live in.

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This plastic bottles in the photo below is a chair that you can actually sit on.

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I was told that this Christmas tree like cover in the photos below looks prettier at night when the lights are lit. It would make a lovely Christmas tree for the Christmas season, wouldn’t it?

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DIRT also sells these compost drums shown in the photo above. The instruction of how to use the tumbler would be taught by the DIRT staff so that the users would know what to do to make soil from the biodegradable waste. If you put 100 kg of biodegradable waste in the drum, it creates 10 kg of soil. Most of the original waste is air and water. Natasha asked if I smelled anything. The interest thing is that there was no odor coming out of the compost bins. If you treat food waste properly, even the smell is gone!

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These pots connected with tubes and a blue tank were designed by Natasha. This system is made in a way such that when the soil needs water, the water comes out of the tank and fills the bottom space of the pots and when the spaces for the water is filled, the water stops. It’s a self-sustaining watering system. This allows the potted plants to survive without human help. How brilliant is this?

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These are upcycled lamp shades. Can you tell what was used to create them?

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When you ask expats about the impression they have of Mumbai, a lot of them would mention the trash seen on the streets. While it is sad to see people who do not care, there exists local people who care about the city’s environment. The transformation won’t happen over night. Probably not even in months. It might take years, but the important thing to remember is that collection of small actions to clean the city and improve environment taken by individuals will eventually improve the environment over time.

Here are great articles available about DIRT.

The Dirt store on DNA

Let’s Recycle :Natasha D’Costa, a plastic bottle mountain, and lots of DIRT on thealternative.in

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Side Notes

This is actually my second time to feature a store whose name is pronounced “dirt” on my blog. What they have in common is that they both sell products that are made of recycled materials. The first one was when I was in Jakarta, Indonesia. I featured a store called “DYRT” Design which stands for “Do You Recycle Too?” DYRT Design has beautiful fashion products made of recycling materials such as billboard vinyls, various packaging, and so forth. If you are curious about DYRT Design, please click HERE.

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

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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 my new kurti at the moment, but maybe I will add it to this post later.

If you are in the market for an Indian outfit such as a kurta (for men)/kurti (for women) and you are in Bandra, I recommend Lucknowi. I’m sure there are many other places to shop. Mumbai has an endless list of shops, but it always helps to get recommendations from friends, doesn’t it? I listed the address as well as the street photos of the shop to help you find the store. I hope you find this post helpful for you!

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10 – 11, Rizvi House, 34 Hill Road
Hill Road, Mumbai 400050
Next To Bandra Police Station

TEL: +91-22 6161 5106

Below are the photos of the street near Lucknowi to help you find it. Good luck!

The first two photos below are the view of the street when you stand in front of Lucknowi Crafts facing your back to the shop.

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This photo below is the view of Lucknowi Crafts if you stand on the other side of Hill Road.

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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 and forth between the camera and the place to stand. I still do it because I love it. I believe that it’s important to do what you love.

When the opportunity to write about something that I love about like fashion comes in, it makes me feel rewarded for my hard work. I received some tattoos from Gumtoo whose company is based in Singapore. Gumtoo makes designers tattoos which are cool looking. Even the cute tattoo designs are great not only for kids, but also for adults.

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METALLIC TEMPORARY TATTOOS

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I was just recently eyeing on metallic tattoos about which I posted recently on my blog along with my two helpers for Thanksgiving. (Temporary Tattoos and Thanksgiving are completely unrelated, but somehow the two subjects got incorporated by me.) I was really keen on getting some for myself, so I got super excited to get some metallic temporary tattoos! When I opened package, I instantly fell in love with the metallic tattoos by Gumtoo. They are absolutely gorgeous!

If I may give an unexperienced and “non-professional” fashion forecast for the year 2015, I have a feeling that those metallic temporary tattoos are going to be the ‘it’ item for the summer 2015 (the summer timing in this sense is in the northern hemisphere). Since this past summer in 2014, metallic temporary tattoos are getting so popular that apparently some stores are having a hard time keeping them in stock. (via abc news) Also Daily Mail wrote about Beyoncé being spotted with metallic temporary tattoos in September, 2014.

What’s cool about Gumtoo is that their prices are more reasonable than many other online shops that I found. Gumtoo ships world-wide (see their shipping and delivery information here). If you buy more than US$20 which is not much for metallic temporary tattoos as most of them start from US$10 per sheet, you get free shipping. I think they would make great gifts, too!! You can view Gumtoo’s metallic temporary tattoos here.

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I plan on posting more photos of my metallic temporary tattoos in the future!

If I don’t get to spend time to write more posts on my blog this year, I hope you all will have a happy holiday!!! Be safe on the road and I hope to see you back on this space next year!

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

May your wish come true in 2015!!

Brought to you by Gumtoo.

Gumtoo Temporary Tattoos ☆ Metallic & Fun Designers Tattoos

Gumtoo Accessory Tattoos

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 and forth between the camera and the place to stand. I still do it because I love it. I believe that it’s important to do what you love.

When the opportunity to write about something that I love about like fashion comes in, it makes me feel rewarded for my hard work. I received some tattoos from Gumtoo whose company is based in Singapore. Gumtoo makes designers tattoos which are cool looking. Even the cute tattoo designs are great not only for kids, but also for adults.

Gumtoo opens in India in 2015. If you live in India, please go to Gumtoo India!

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METALLIC TEMPORARY TATTOOS

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I was just recently eyeing on metallic tattoos about which I posted recently on my blog along with my two helpers for Thanksgiving. (Temporary Tattoos and Thanksgiving are completely unrelated, but somehow the two subjects got incorporated by me.) I was really keen on getting some for myself, so I got super excited to get some metallic temporary tattoos! When I opened package, I instantly fell in love with the metallic tattoos by Gumtoo. They are absolutely gorgeous!

If I may give an unexperienced and “non-professional” fashion forecast for the year 2015, I have a feeling that those metallic temporary tattoos are going to be the ‘it’ item for the summer 2015 (the summer timing in this sense is in the northern hemisphere). Since this past summer in 2014, metallic temporary tattoos are getting so popular that apparently some stores are having a hard time keeping them in stock. (via abc news) Also Daily Mail wrote about Beyoncé being spotted with metallic temporary tattoos in September, 2014.

What’s cool about Gumtoo is that their prices are more reasonable than many other online shops that I found. Gumtoo ships world-wide (see their shipping and delivery information here). If you buy more than US$20 which is not much for metallic temporary tattoos as most of them start from US$10 per sheet, you get free shipping. I think they would make great gifts, too!! You can view Gumtoo’s metallic temporary tattoos here.

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I plan on posting more photos of my metallic temporary tattoos in the future!

If I don’t get to spend time to write more posts on my blog this year, I hope you all will have a happy holiday!!! Be safe on the road and I hope to see you back on this space next year!

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

May your wish come true in 2015!!

Brought to you by Gumtoo.

Gumtoo India is available for those who live in India!

Tegallalang Handicraft Center in Ubud ☆ Bali Indonesia ☆ Throwback Thursday

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When you visit an island of Bali, you realize that Bali is much bigger than you’ve imagined. With the existing traffic, it can take a long time to get around, too. For instance, it took me about an hour and a half from the airport to our villa in Ubud.

If you ever have a chance to visit Bali, I highly recommend visiting the Ubud area. The coast line of Bali is amazing, but I am convinced that the magic of Bali exists in inland, Ubud, where you see step fields. If you look up “Tegallalang” on google, you will find many images of what Ubud is about. In Ubud, there are many different streets for shopping, dining and relaxing at spas. The main shopping area that is popular among tourists covers Jalan Monkey Forest, Jalan Hanoman, and Jalan Raya Ubud. If you look them up on a map, these three streets intersect and are close from each other.

You would want to go to Jalan Monkey Forest, Jalan Hanoman, and Jalan Raya Ubud, which are really fun and you can find high quality products there. On top of that, I highly recommend Tegallalang Handicraft Center in Ubud. If you go all the way out to Ubud, Bali, you’ve got to check out Jalan Raya Tegallalang.

Jl. Raya Tegalalang has so many handicrafts with great bargain prices (we still negotiated a bit) that you don’t see at other places in Bali. When you go to typical touristy areas in Bali such as Kuta, Nusa Dua, Seminyak and so forth, you’ll quickly learn that it’s not that cheap to shop in Bali. Jalan Raya Tegallalang was an exception. It also appeared to me that Jalan Raya Tegallalang was still not as well-known as other main shopping streets to the world tourists.

The reason why my friend, Kara, and I learned about Jalan Raya Tegallalang was because we stayed at Pandawas Villas which was located only a short drive away from Jalan Raya Tegallalang. Pandawas Villas was amazing, by the way!

I bought many items for our families and friends from the shops in Tegallalang Handicraft Center on Jalan Raya Tegallalang. I hope these photos on this post will help you get the ideas of what you can find on Jalan Raya Tegallalang. I have included the photos of the items that came from Tegallalang Handicraft Center and I own below, but if you would like to see more photos of the items purchased on Jalan Raya Tegallalang, you can see them in my previous post.

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My friend got this beautiful wooden plate at Govinda.

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The trees and candle holders came from the shop above that I don’t even know the name. I’m sorry!

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I hope you enjoyed viewing the photos.

If you are looking into going to Bali, below are other posts on Bali.

Ubud

Ubud Photos
KOU CUISINE ☆ Jam & Salt Shop
Warung Sopa ☆ Cozy Vegetarian Cafe in Ubud
Pandawas Villas ☆ Lovely villas in Ubud
KAFE ☆ Cool healthy cafe in Ubud
Bali Bike Baik Tour ☆ Biking tour in Ubud
White Water Rafting ☆ Fun white water rafting tour on Ayung River in Ubud, Bali

Nusa Dua

Ganesha Cafe & Salsa Verde Sea Food Restaurant in Jimbaran Bay and Italian Restaurant at Grand Hyatt ☆ Nusa Dua
Laguna Resort & Spa ☆ Nusa Dua
Bali Braids ☆ Nusa Dua
Bali Trip Photos ☆ Nusa Dua

Lovely Souvenirs from Ubud ☆ Tegallalang Handicraft Center ☆ Bali Indonesia

Ubud Bali Shopping

One of the most fun activities in Ubud, Bali to me when I visited was shopping. (If you are not familiar with Indonesia, Ubud is a town on the Indonesian island of Bali in Ubud District. Ubud is one of Bali’s major arts and culture centers. via Wikipedia If you have seen a movie “Eat Pray Love” you might recall the beautiful scene of rice paddies. That was filmed in Ubud, Bali.) There are so many shops with beautiful handicraft items made in Ubud, Bali that you can’t help but enjoy shopping there. According to the article “Tegallalang Handicraft Center in Bali” on Bali website, “it is not an overstatement to say that perhaps the Tegallalang route may also have the longest row of art shops in the world.” I can see some of the handicrafts I saw on Jalan Raya Tegallalang being popular among some international tourists. They are beautiful.

I own four items that came from the shopping strip on Jalan Raya Tegallalang in Ubud, Bali from the trip I made in May 2013. They are all featured on this post. I bought three of the items here and my friend, Kara, who invited me to the Bali trip gave me one item, the wooden plate, for my birthday which I love and use all the time. I love all four of them so much that I wish I bought more from the shops!

The street of Jalan Raya Tegallalang in Ubud, Bali felt like it was the row of wholesale stores where buyers from Jakarta and other cities would go shop for their stores. It might be because the prices you find on Jalan Raya Tegallalang are probably the cheapest in Bali. Shopping in Ubud is quite reasonable except for some shops that are known as high-end brands. Shopping on Jalan Raya is for sure a bargain shopping.

In the next post, I will introduce some of the stores that Kara and I visited on Jalan Raya Tegallalang, Ubud, Bali. If you visit Ubud, Bali in the future, I hope that my next post will be helpful.

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This wooden cheese plate was a gift from my friend, Kara. I use this wooden plate as a cheese plate. I love the natural wood!

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I hope you’ll come back to check out the article on Jalan Raya Tegallalang!

Pasar Mayestik ☆ Jakarta Indonesia ☆ Throwback Thursday

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To this day the biggest readership for my blog comes from Indonesia. I’d like to thank dear readers and stumble-upon visitors in Indonesia for coming to my blog even after I moved to India. I hope the information for Indonesia on my blog is not too outdated yet (I’m sure there is some).

I have many photos that I had taken before we left Jakarta, Indonesia, which I have not used on my blog. I did not have enough time to write about all the places that I had visited and taken photos at especially towards the end of our time in Jakarta and thus I have some photos that have been stored on my computer without being edited. I decided to pull out some of the photos to write about the places from which I think and hope that current expats and other readers in Indonesia will be able to benefit.

So here I am writing about Pasar Mayestik, one of the popular markets in Jakarta which is known for the fabric selections. I have been to the fabric market part before. I mentioned a fabric store called IKO BANA where I bought fabric for my formal gown. If you are interested, please visit this post.

In May 2013, my Japanese friend took me to Pasar Mayestik to show me a good place to buy tin boxes. Getting recommendations from expats who live in the city is my favorite way to learn about a new city whether for visitors and foreign residents from overseas. I visited Pasar Mayestik a few months after the newly built buildings opened. Back then, there are some spaces which were still not filled with shops. I

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Gatara Bali is the store recommended by my friend and it has many beautiful tin boxes with great reasonable prices. If you go to Bali, I’m sure you can find even better prices, but for shopping for tin boxes in Jakarta, I think that the prices you can get at Gatara Bali are as good as they might get. Gatara Bali had many tin boxes.

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I bought about 5 or 6 tin boxes from Gatara Bali on that day. Knowing how practical and beautiful these tin boxes are, I wish I had bought more. These tin boxes are wonderful for storage and decoration. If you would like to see how I use them at my current home in Mumbai, India, please read the previous post Tin Boxes As Storage & Decoration.

 

OTHER STORES

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PAPER BAGS FOR GIFT WRAPPING

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CUTE BEACH BAGS

These bags are popular among Japanese expat ladies.
日本人の女性に人気の可愛いバッグ。

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CUPCAKE WRAPS

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There were many more stores in the basement. It is a great place to find many things you need especially when you plan for a party.

 

TOKO MAJU FOR CRAFT LOVERS

Pasar Mayestik is especially known for its textile and craft stores. Toko Maju is a store for all the craft lovers in Jakarta. If you need anything for your craft project with fabric, Toko Maju seems to be the store to go to. It was quite impressive to see the wide selection of craft goods especially beads and buttons that were available at Toko Maju.

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Even if you are not a big craft person, you will have fun at Toko Maju, don’t you think?

I hope you enjoyed the post!

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Kyai Maja St.
Gunung Village, Kebayoran Baru
South Jakarta City 12120

Wednesday Wall2Wall ☆ Tin Boxes As Storage & Decoration ☆ Souvenirs From Jakarta Indonesia

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One of the items that I use almost daily today which I wish I had bought more back in Jakarta, Indonesia where I used to live, is tin boxes. Tin boxes are great for storage and I have them in many different rooms in my current home in Mumbai, India.

These dotted tin boxes in the two photos above and below are my favorite tin boxes which I purchased at Cayenne. I have written about Cayenne in August, 2010 HERE.

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There are many stores in Jakarta where you can find tin boxes. Cayenne in Kemang Selatan in Jakarta used to have a variety of tin boxes like these when I still lived in Jakarta. I don’t know if they still carry them any more as they seem to have changed their featured items at the store. I have checked Cayenne’s Instagram account which has many beautiful items that they sell at the store. I was drooling over all the beautiful items at Cayenne and I would love to go to Cayenne right now and shop!

Below are all the tin boxes I bought at Pasar Mayestik in Jakarta (except for the one at the very end). I will post (It’s on the blog. Please click on the name.) the information about the shop “Gatara Bali” where my stylish Japanese friend took me back in May, 2013 in the next post . I took photos then, but I never had a chance to write about the shop as the move came and then I got busy transitioning.

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Tin Boxes as Storage

You might laugh that we still have MD’s from 1990’s and we listen to them. This tin box is handy for their storage in the kitchen.

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Tin boxes can be a great solution to tidy up a work space where it tends to collect clutter.

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This one below was a gift from my friend, so I did not buy it at Pasar Mayestik myself, but I did see boxes in the same size.

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I used to have this same box in my son’s nursery when we lived in Jakarta. I kept some wipes and diaper rash cream in the tin box. If you click on the photo, you can jump to the post about the baby boy nursery I had in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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There are links above as well, but if you haven’t clicked and still are interested in reading about the shop “Gatara Bali” in Pasar Mayestik where I bought tin boxes in Jakarta, Indonesia, please click HERE. I hope you enjoyed this post!

Wednesday Wall2Wall ☆ Tin Boxes As Storage & Decoration ☆ Souvenirs From Jakarta Indonesia

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One of the items that I use almost daily today which I wish I had bought more back in Jakarta, Indonesia where I used to live, is tin boxes. Tin boxes are great for storage and I have them in many different rooms in my current home in Mumbai, India.

These dotted tin boxes in the two photos above and below are my favorite tin boxes which I purchased at Cayenne. I have written about Cayenne in August, 2010 HERE.

Tin Boxes Storage Cayenne Jakarta

There are many stores in Jakarta where you can find tin boxes. Cayenne in Kemang Selatan in Jakarta used to have a variety of tin boxes like these when I still lived in Jakarta. I don’t know if they still carry them any more as they seem to have changed their featured items at the store. I have checked Cayenne’s Instagram account which has many beautiful items that they sell at the store. I was drooling over all the beautiful items at Cayenne and I would love to go to Cayenne right now and shop!

Below are all the tin boxes I bought at Pasar Mayestik in Jakarta (except for the one at the very end). I will post (It’s on the blog. Please click on the name.) the information about the shop “Gatara Bali” where my stylish Japanese friend took me back in May, 2013 in the next post . I took photos then, but I never had a chance to write about the shop as the move came and then I got busy transitioning.

Tin Boxes from Jakarta Indonesia

Tin Boxes as Storage

You might laugh that we still have MD’s from 1990’s and we listen to them. This tin box is handy for their storage in the kitchen.

Tin Boxes as Storage

 
Tin boxes can be a great solution to tidy up a work space where it tends to collect clutter.

Tin Boxes as Storage

Tin Boxes as Storage

Tin Boxes as Storage

 
This one below was a gift from my friend, so I did not buy it at Pasar Mayestik myself, but I did see boxes in the same size.

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I used to have this same box in my son’s nursery when we lived in Jakarta. I kept some wipes and diaper rash cream in the tin box. If you click on the photo, you can jump to the post about the baby boy nursery I had in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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There are links above as well, but if you haven’t clicked and still are interested in reading about the shop “Gatara Bali” in Pasar Mayestik where I bought tin boxes in Jakarta, Indonesia, please click HERE. I hope you enjoyed this post!

Friday Finds ☆ The Raj Company ☆ Antique Furniture Shop in Mahalaxmi Mumbai

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For those people who follow Bombay Jules, The Raj Company has already been introduced in this article on Bombay Jules blog. Julia of Bombay Jules has left Mumbai in June, 2014, probably shortly after she published that post. She is greatly missed by Mumbaikars. For those non-Mumbai residents who haven’t heard of Bombay Jules (expats in Mumbai most likely have heard of her), she was a British expat who became one of the most well-known expat bloggers in Mumbai. I learned about her blog in 2012 shortly after my husband had found out that we were moving to Mumbai in 2013.

I had a chance to visit The Raj Company with my friends before going to the StyleCracker Borough which took place in the Mahalaxmi Race Course. (The Raj Company is located across the street from The Mahalaxmi Race Course.)

If you have visited my blog and seen my home, you known that I am fond of simple contemporary designs such as those you find in Scandinavian countries. However, living in India, where you see beautiful antique furniture everywhere, it is natural that you develop interest in the antique items. Plus, I am aware that antique furniture shopping is very popular in India and expats who live in Mumbai are not exceptions even though some other furniture designs are available in town. So, there I was following my friends into the world of antique and colonial design furniture.

Since there are already beautifully written articles about The Raj Company by Bombay Jules, I’ll place the links to her two articles below. Please click below for more information on The Raj Company.

The Raj Company (and a brush with the Mumbai Mirror!) ☆ Bombay Jules Blog

Field day: Antiquing in JogeshwariMumbai Mirror

I tried to take photos of some furniture pieces that I find pretty or interesting. I hope you’ll enjoy them. All the photos were taken on my iPod Touch. I did not take my DSLR as I knew we would be going shopping at StyleCracker Borough, a designers pop-up market and later to a farewell get together.

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What do you think? If you live in Mumbai, it’s one of the places you would probably want to visit. It was quite fun!

The Raj Company

1-C, K. Khadye Marg,
Opposite the Race Course,
Mahalaxmi,
Mumbai 400 034,
India

Tel. 91 (22) 2354 2626 / 3636 / 8686 / 2424

Telefax 91 (22) 2354 1150

E-mail : sales@therajcompany.com

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER

Friday Finds ☆ StyleCracker Borough ☆ Design Market in Mumbai India

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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 local brands.

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Style Cracker Borough Design Market Mumbai-15

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PAPER CLOUDS

Style Cracker Borough Design Market Mumbai-14

EMAIL: paperclouds09@gmail.com
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POPSICLE

Style Cracker Borough Design Market Mumbai-16

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POPSICLE makes order-to-make bedding. They have really cute prints!

EMAIL: designs@popsicleforkids.com

 

OHAILA KHAN

Style Cracker Borough Design Market Mumbai-18

OHAILA KHAN
EMAIL: ohaila.khan084@gmail.com

 

The RAD project

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THE RAD PROJECT
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MADISON

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MADISON had some really cute clothes!

 

PAYAL SINGH

These looked stunning that I had to take a photo of them. They seemed to me the modern take on the traditional Indian lehenga, the Indian two piece dress.

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I loved her design and she was so sweet, but I forgot to take the business card. If you know the name, please leave me a note under the comment section. I would love to know her brand.

 

LUNE

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Here is my purchase at LUNE. I love my new bracelet!

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

If you would like to find out the next event by StyleCracker, you might want to follow one or all of their Social Media accounts!

FACEBOOK
TWITTER
YOUTUBE

Style Cracker Borough Design Market Mumbai

Paint Shop in Mumbai ☆ Empire Paint Center

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I have been asked about the paint shop I used and the chalkboard paint I used on our chalkboard wall in the foyer, so here is the information on the paint shop in Mumbai.

When I first moved to Mumbai, I was overwhelmed by the challenges to navigate this mega city because I didn’t have a car, I didn’t know my ways around and since many places are small shops, I just didn’t know where to begin searching for the shops. I didn’t have a helper for over a month, so I had to take my one-year-old son at the time everywhere I went. Because of that I had to know where I was going if I wanted to go out. Still I was itching to start decorating my home (there was not many things I could do with my toddler at the time as he was still napping twice a day) so I decided to go get some paint. I rented a car and asked my new friends for information. One of my friends told me about Empire Paint Center. I highly recommend this shop. I don’t know other shops and it took a lot of energy to find a paint shop for me at the time, so I didn’t look further.

I can tell you that the owner and his son at Empire Paint Center are honest and easy to talk to as they speak English very well. The Empire Paint Center looks small, but they can make any paint colors. I hired a painter through Empire Paint Center as well. By the way, I was shocked to learn how expensive it was to hire a painter. The charges depends on the size of the wall, but just to give you an example, roughly for two small walls without moving any furniture and easy paint job done in half day, I paid US$50 and tip. My friend who had their whole living and dining room area and a couple of small rooms done had to pay somewhere around US$300. I don’t know the rate in the U.S., so I don’t have a point of reference for comparison, but I find this painting rate in Mumbai, India expensive especially knowing how cheap labor is here. However, the labor for skilled painters seems to be limited and thus it costs very high to hire them. If you ask the son (Hamzaali S. Rangwala) of Empire Paint Center owner about painters, he will be able to help you find someone who can come to your home.

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Below is the blackboard paint.

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If you would like to see what I do with my chalkboard paint, below is some posts on my chalkboard art. I copy my favorite designs I find on Pinterest which I save in my Graphics & Typography Pinterest Board.

Chalkboard I ☆ “Bloom Where You Are Planted”
Chalkboard II ☆ Halloween Chalkboard Design
Chalkboard III☆ “If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It is the hard that makes it great.”
Chalkboard IV ☆ Christmas Design
Chalkboard V ☆ New Year’s Design
Chalkboard VI ☆ Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it!
Chalkboard VII ☆ The thing that counts the most in the pursuit of happiness is choosing the right companion & A Little Magic Goes A Long Way
Chalkboard VIII ☆ Happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They make the best of everything.
Chalkboard IX ☆ Dream Quote by Eleanor Roosevelt
Chalkboard X ☆ Do More Of What Makes You Happy

You can find this same listing above under INTERIOR DESIGN tab as well.

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It was a bit tricky to find the Empire Paint Center. If you google “Empire paint shop in Mumbai”, you can find its map. When the driver I had could not find Empire Paint Center, I called the Empire Paint Center and had my driver speak with someone there which helped a lot.

Empire Paint Center
56, Empressa 2nd Road, Khar West, Mumbai
Phone
Hamzaali S. Rangwala (Son): 9769471307
Shabbir A. Rangwala (Father): 9821148692

I’m not sure if this map will be helpful, but I hope it will.
Empire Paint Center Map

Wood Carving Frame Shops in Mumbai ☆ Craft Wood Art & Hassaan Wood Antics Specialist

colorful wood carving frames in MumbaiAll the photos in this post were taken with VSCOCam on my iPod Touch.

I posted this photo above on my Instagram account recently and many people asked me about frame shop information, so here it is. The shop above in the photo had many cute frames, but the prices I was given were very high. For example, big frame (30 cm x 17 cm) with paint coating was 2,500 Rupees (US$40) and that does not come with a back or glass. It’s just a frame.

I have been wanting to create a frame collage on a wall for a while. It’s an inexpensive way to decorate your wall and the materials are available in Mumbai, India. As there is no IKEA to buy cheap decorative items in Mumbai, finding materials to decorate home on a budget, believe it or not, is challenging.

For wood carved frames shopping, I went to SV Road (Swami Vivekanand Road) and got out of my car at the beginning of the frame shop row on the same side as the Jama Masjid, the beautiful white mosque (photo below). I stopped at each shop and started asking prices one by one. I went all the way down to the last one, Craft Wood Art, that was located closest to the Jama Masjid, the beautiful white mosque.

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I came to a frame shop called Craft Wood Art owned by Naushad Ahmed. The photo below is Craft Wood Art, the shop closest to Jama Masjid on the left side of the mosque if you are facing it.

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I have purchased 5 frames in total from this guy in the photo. This person in the photo is Naushad Ahmed. The price he gave me was the least expensive among all the shops I went on the left side of the Jama Masjid when facing the mosque and I could tell that he was being honest. For a frame sized roughly in 30 cm by 17 cm without any coating finish, he asked for 750 Rupees (US$12.5). Most other shops asked for 1,200 Rupees. I still found 750 Rupees expensive because if you look closely you can see nails, the finish looks very rough and the wood frames had dust all over. I managed to buy one oval and one rectangular in the same size (approximately 30 cm x 17 cm) for 600 Rupees (US$10) each, thus 1,200 Rupees for both. This price was what I was asked to pay for one at other stores. I also bought one mid-size circular one for 500 Rupees (US$8.5). I asked him to give any of my readers the same prices. If you are Indian who speak Hindi or Marathi, though, I wonder you would get even better pricing. Anyways, since he was kind to me, I hope that I can help him get some more customers. I think he should start painting some frames like his neighbor shops, too.

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CRAFT WOOD ART
Quresh Nagar, Near Jama Masjid on SV Road (Swami Vivekanand Road),
Bandra West, Mumbai 400050
craftwoodart@yahoo.com
Naushad Ahmed: 9324337574

 

HASSAAN WOOD ANTICS SPECIALIST

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I also bought a small frame from a store Hassaan because I liked the design. I bought a small size frame (left on the photo below) with no finish or coating for 350 Rupees (US$6). Some of the frames Hassaan was selling were really cute. You might want to check them out, too, if you ever get to these shops on SV Road.

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HASSAAN WOOD ANTICS SPECIALIST
Shop No. 6/227-a, Mukadama bungalow, Near Jama Masjid,
S.V. Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai 400050
Email: sajidmalik842@gmail.com
Sajid Malik: 7738026301

I bought a paint from Empire Paint Shop (next post) and painted the frames myself. Actually while I was painting, my helper came and took over the task. How lucky am I?!

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I hope you enjoyed my post on wood carving frames and shops! I will try to have a post about the frames in my interior decor post as well in the future!

Wood Carving Frame Shops in Mumbai ☆ Craft Wood Art & Hassaan Wood Antics Specialist

colorful wood carving frames in MumbaiAll the photos in this post were taken with VSCOCam on my iPod Touch.

I posted this photo above on my Instagram account recently and many people asked me about frame shop information, so here it is. The shop above in the photo had many cute frames, but the prices I was given were very high. For example, big frame (30 cm x 17 cm) with paint coating was 2,500 Rupees (US$40) and that does not come with a back or glass. It’s just a frame.

I have been wanting to create a frame collage on a wall for a while. It’s an inexpensive way to decorate your wall and the materials are available in Mumbai, India. As there is no IKEA to buy cheap decorative items in Mumbai, finding materials to decorate home on a budget, believe it or not, is challenging.

For wood carved frames shopping, I went to SV Road (Swami Vivekanand Road) and got out of my car at the beginning of the frame shop row on the same side as the Jama Masjid, the beautiful white mosque (photo below). I stopped at each shop and started asking prices one by one. I went all the way down to the last one, Craft Wood Art, that was located closest to the Jama Masjid, the beautiful white mosque.

Jama Masjid Mumbai

 

CRAFT WOOD ART

I came to a frame shop called Craft Wood Art owned by Naushad Ahmed. The photo below is Craft Wood Art, the shop closest to Jama Masjid on the left side of the mosque if you are facing it.

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I have purchased 5 frames in total from this guy in the photo. This person in the photo is Naushad Ahmed. The price he gave me was the least expensive among all the shops I went on the left side of the Jama Masjid when facing the mosque and I could tell that he was being honest. For a frame sized roughly in 30 cm by 17 cm without any coating finish, he asked for 750 Rupees (US$12.5). Most other shops asked for 1,200 Rupees. I still found 750 Rupees expensive because if you look closely you can see nails, the finish looks very rough and the wood frames had dust all over. I managed to buy one oval and one rectangular in the same size (approximately 30 cm x 17 cm) for 600 Rupees (US$10) each, thus 1,200 Rupees for both. This price was what I was asked to pay for one at other stores. I also bought one mid-size circular one for 500 Rupees (US$8.5). I asked him to give any of my readers the same prices. If you are Indian who speak Hindi or Marathi, though, I wonder you would get even better pricing. Anyways, since he was kind to me, I hope that I can help him get some more customers. I think he should start painting some frames like his neighbor shops, too.

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CRAFT WOOD ART
Quresh Nagar, Near Jama Masjid on SV Road (Swami Vivekanand Road),
Bandra West, Mumbai 400050
craftwoodart@yahoo.com
Naushad Ahmed: 9324337574

 

HASSAAN WOOD ANTICS SPECIALIST

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I also bought a small frame from a store Hassaan because I liked the design. I bought a small size frame (left on the photo below) with no finish or coating for 350 Rupees (US$6). Some of the frames Hassaan was selling were really cute. You might want to check them out, too, if you ever get to these shops on SV Road.

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HASSAAN WOOD ANTICS SPECIALIST
Shop No. 6/227-a, Mukadama bungalow, Near Jama Masjid,
S.V. Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai 400050
Email: sajidmalik842@gmail.com
Sajid Malik: 7738026301

I bought a paint from Empire Paint Shop (next post) and painted the frames myself. Actually while I was painting, my helper came and took over the task. How lucky am I?!

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I hope you enjoyed my post on wood carving frames and shops! I will try to have a post about the frames in my interior decor post as well in the future!

Friday Finds ☆ Hearsch Bakery & Puff Pastry in Mumbai

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Puff pastry dough is useful, isn’t it? Everyone needs it once in a while for baking! Puff pastries can be used to make pigs in blankets. They are an easy snack and especially great for kids parties. I’ve been looking for non-spicy sausages in Mumbai and tried a bunch of different kinds. I thought that this one in the photo above looked promising, but as soon as I took a bite I knew it wasn’t the right kind for my kids. They were “picy!” as my son said.

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Hearsch Bakery Puff Pastry Pig in a blanket

I have been hearing about this “puff pastry shop” on Hill Road from different expats. No expats really knew the name and how to explain where it was located. Then one of my friend’s gave me more detailed directions recently. Even though I did not take notes, it sounded like an easy way to find, so I gave myself a try. I love discovering a new place recommended by my friends!

I stopped my car after I passed Holy Family Hospital sign on Hill Road which looked like this in the photo below.

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Only things I remembered were these.

1. There is no sign for the pastry shop that you can see from Hill Road. (Great. I have to smell it out.)

2. You have to go into a gate to go to a pastry shop. (A gate? Sounds intimidating…)

3. The gate is on the Hill Road next to the Holy Family Hospital gate.

4. Once you go inside the gate, you’ll have to walk towards the back and the shop looks like a house.

I got off the car and there I stood with the view like in the photo below for 15 seconds. Suddenly I spotted a few people with white plastic bags coming out of the black gate with “no parking” sign. I thought “Bingo!” That might be it!

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I crossed the street and walked into the gate that looked like below.

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I passed the building and came to the open space where I saw a house looking building that kind of looked like a store.

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I found it!

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It was packed full of customers. There were probably 20 people squeezed in this tiny space and people kept streaming in.

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I purchased 1/2 kg (500 g) of puff pastry dough. The dough costs 140 Rupees (US$2.5) per kg, so I only paid 70 Rupees (US$1.20) at Hearsch Bakery for the puff pastry dough! Score!

I should make an apple pie next time I get the puff pastry.

What would you make with puff pastry?

Hearsch Bakery / J. Hearsch & Co.

Door No. 90/ A
Hill Road, Bandra West, Mumbai – 400050
*Near Holy Family Hospital
PHONE:022 2643 5361

MAP
Hearsch Bakery Map

Friday Finds ☆ Hearsch Bakery & Puff Pastry in Mumbai

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Puff pastry dough is useful, isn’t it? Everyone needs it once in a while for baking! Puff pastries can be used to make pigs in blankets. They are an easy snack and especially great for kids parties. I’ve been looking for non-spicy sausages in Mumbai and tried a bunch of different kinds. I thought that this one in the photo above looked promising, but as soon as I took a bite I knew it wasn’t the right kind for my kids. They were “picy!” as my son said.

Puff Pastry 1

Puff Pastry 2

Hearsch Bakery Puff Pastry Pig in a blanket

I have been hearing about this “puff pastry shop” on Hill Road from different expats. No expats really knew the name and how to explain where it was located. Then one of my friend’s gave me more detailed directions recently. Even though I did not take notes, it sounded like an easy way to find, so I gave myself a try. I love discovering a new place recommended by my friends!

I stopped my car after I passed Holy Family Hospital sign on Hill Road which looked like this in the photo below.

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Only things I remembered were these.

1. There is no sign for the pastry shop that you can see from Hill Road. (Great. I have to smell it out.)

2. You have to go into a gate to go to a pastry shop. (A gate? Sounds intimidating…)

3. The gate is on the Hill Road next to the Holy Family Hospital gate.

4. Once you go inside the gate, you’ll have to walk towards the back and the shop looks like a house.

I got off the car and there I stood with the view like in the photo below for 15 seconds. Suddenly I spotted a few people with white plastic bags coming out of the black gate with “no parking” sign. I thought “Bingo!” That might be it!

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I crossed the street and walked into the gate that looked like below.

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I passed the building and came to the open space where I saw a house looking building that kind of looked like a store.

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I found it!

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It was packed full of customers. There were probably 20 people squeezed in this tiny space and people kept streaming in.

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I purchased 1/2 kg (500 g) of puff pastry dough. The dough costs 140 Rupees (US$2.5) per kg, so I only paid 70 Rupees (US$1.20) at Hearsch Bakery for the puff pastry dough! Score!

I should make an apple pie next time I get the puff pastry.

What would you make with puff pastry?

Hearsch Bakery / J. Hearsch & Co.

Door No. 90/ A
Hill Road, Bandra West, Mumbai – 400050
*Near Holy Family Hospital
PHONE:022 2643 5361

MAP
Hearsch Bakery Map

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. However, when I got an invitation to accompany my friend to visit Zanaaya Couture, I took it. I thought visiting Zanaaya Couture would be a cultural visit. Plus, I have always admired what Camille has worn. She’s always very stylish and well put together when I see her.

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These photos below are of my friend, Camille, wearing a beautiful ear jewelry piece that is sold at Zanaaya Couture. Isn’t this gorgeous? I love her necklace and the back piece (her own) as well.

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This is me wearing my favorite dress at Zanaaya Couture. I love white, so I was drawn to that. I realize that I need to start wearing more colors because I live in a country with rich colors. I think this dress was the only white dress at Zanaaya Couture. I also love the design of this dress which I find very contemporary and stylish. It’s a type of dress that I can totally see myself wearing at dinner functions and parties back in the U.S. or Japan. You might not be able to see well in those photos, but the bottom of the dress has sparkles. It’s so darling!! However, the price was much more than I normally pay for my own dress that I may be able to wear a few times a year at most. I could not stop thinking about it after I went home, though. What would you do?

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I fell in love with this bracelet, but I normally don’t wear gold. I wear white and I love it and I thought since it’s a white bracelet with just a sliver of gold, so I could wear it. For some reason, I decided to not buy it even though I could totally afford it. I don’t know why?!?! (Sometimes when you have a mental block that you can’t afford something, you may not think straight to make a proper judgement? I felt like that is what happened to me.) Then the price went up after a couple of weeks later. I really regret that I did not pick it up back when I was there.

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This is the talented designer of Zanaaya Couture, Shouger Merchant Doshi.

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You can read about Shouger, the founder of Zanaaya Couture, here. She’s a lawyer by trade, but with her passion for design and fashion and with her talent, she achieved to become a designer of her own brand, Zanaaya Couture. Zanaaya means beauty in several cultures according to the Zanaaya Couture website. Shouger produces beautiful dresses for women to help them find their inner beauty “zanaaya” and curates the accessories that is sold at the store as well.

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Zanaaya Couture

Zanaaya Couture can be visited by appointment only.

PHONE: +91 9833 537 306
EMAIL: zanaayacouture@gmail.com

HOMEPAGE

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I hope you enjoyed the virtual tour of Zanaaya Couture. Since I still think about this white dress and the bracelet, I might have to go back to Zanaaya Couture in the near future.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

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

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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.

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As usual when I was shooting for this post on our balcony (I wish I could go outside and shoot, but with a tripod and timer and shooting fashion post photos myself, this is the best I can do), my son woke up from his nap. My helper helped him get out of the crib (I normally run to him, but I decided to keep on shooting). My son came running to me and started posing in front of the camera with and then go to the camera to look at his photo. It’s the most adorable thing. I remember I used to take photos with my middle daughter who was about the same age or slightly older than my son’s current age. We were still living in Jakarta at the time. Here and here are some examples.

When I look at the photos on my blog from the past especially the ones taken at the beginning of our time in Jakarta, they throw me right back into nostalgia. My middle child was home and I did a lot with her. They make me miss my time with her. It feels like my son is little forever sometimes, but I keep reminding myself that soon he will start school and I will miss him. I won’t be able to take photos with him like in this post once he starts his school. It won’t be for another few months, but I need to cherish every moment with him.

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Being a stay-at-home mom, I don’t have a big budget for my wardrobe. The cost of the three pieces of this outfit, flower print pants from GAP, the white shirt from ZARA and the mint green necklace from Forever 21 was US$50. I was able to purchase the pants and shirt on sale. The pants and necklace were purchased in the U.S. and the shirt was in Mumbai, India. There is no place like the U.S. for shopping.

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

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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.

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As usual when I was shooting for this post on our balcony (I wish I could go outside and shoot, but with a tripod and timer and shooting fashion post photos myself, this is the best I can do), my son woke up from his nap. My helper helped him get out of the crib (I normally run to him, but I decided to keep on shooting). My son came running to me and started posing in front of the camera with and then go to the camera to look at his photo. It’s the most adorable thing. I remember I used to take photos with my middle daughter who was about the same age or slightly older than my son’s current age. We were still living in Jakarta at the time. Here and here are some examples.

When I look at the photos on my blog from the past especially the ones taken at the beginning of our time in Jakarta, they throw me right back into nostalgia. My middle child was home and I did a lot with her. They make me miss my time with her. It feels like my son is little forever sometimes, but I keep reminding myself that soon he will start school and I will miss him. I won’t be able to take photos with him like in this post once he starts his school. It won’t be for another few months, but I need to cherish every moment with him.

Gap flower print pants Zara shirt Forever 21 necklace_-13

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Gap flower print pants Zara shirt Forever 21 necklace_-17

Being a stay-at-home mom, I don’t have a big budget for my wardrobe. The cost of the three pieces of this outfit, flower print pants from GAP, the white shirt from ZARA and the mint green necklace from Forever 21 was US$50. I was able to purchase the pants and shirt on sale. The pants and necklace were purchased in the U.S. and the shirt was in Mumbai, India. There is no place like the U.S. for shopping.

The White Window Pop-up Shop ☆ Twinkle Khanna ☆ Raya Jewels & Laila Motwane

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The White Window by Twinkle Khanna held a Pop-up Shop at The White Window store in Bandra West hosting Raya Jewels by Vijeta R and Laila Motwane. What I like about pop-up shops is that the products and the creators are present together. Since I received an invitation to The White Window Pop-up Shop, I decided to check it out quickly. Going to pop-up shops in different countries to me is a cultural experience as well. I loved Brightspot Market in Jakarta, Indonesia, which was a huge pop-up shop or more like a pop-up market as the name suggests hosting many entrepreneur brands all at once in one place.

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The White Window is a shop owned and curated by Twinkle Khanna, an interior designer. For my readers who are not familiar with the Bollywood scenes (including myself, but I’m learning), Twinkle Khanna is also a Bollywood film actress and married to a well-known and popular Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar. Twinkle Khanna’s is from a Bollywood family whose parents are Dimple Kapadia, a Bollywood actress, and the late Rajesh Khanna, who is very well-known as one of the most influential actors in India.

For this post, I hope that my photos will entertain you with the virtual tour of the Pop-up Shop at The White Window and the eye-candies of the Raya Jewels jewelry and the Laila Motwane’s Indian fashion.

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I hope you enjoyed the photos and had a taste of what it feels like to be at a pop-up shop at The White Window in Mumbai.

I have written a post about The White Window on my blog. Click here to view the post.

Laila Motwane
FACEBOOK

Raya Jewels
FACEBOOK

Have a great weekend!

The White Window Pop-up Shop ☆ Twinkle Khanna ☆ Raya Jewels & Laila Motwane

Twinkle Khanna Laila Motwane Vijata Raya Jewels

The White Window by Twinkle Khanna held a Pop-up Shop at The White Window store in Bandra West hosting Raya Jewels by Vijeta R and Laila Motwane. What I like about pop-up shops is that the products and the creators are present together. Since I received an invitation to The White Window Pop-up Shop, I decided to check it out quickly. Going to pop-up shops in different countries to me is a cultural experience as well. I loved Brightspot Market in Jakarta, Indonesia, which was a huge pop-up shop or more like a pop-up market as the name suggests hosting many entrepreneur brands all at once in one place.

Twinkle Khanna1

The White Window is a shop owned and curated by Twinkle Khanna, an interior designer. For my readers who are not familiar with the Bollywood scenes (including myself, but I’m learning), Twinkle Khanna is also a Bollywood film actress and married to a well-known and popular Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar. Twinkle Khanna’s is from a Bollywood family whose parents are Dimple Kapadia, a Bollywood actress, and the late Rajesh Khanna, who is very well-known as one of the most influential actors in India.

For this post, I hope that my photos will entertain you with the virtual tour of the Pop-up Shop at The White Window and the eye-candies of the Raya Jewels jewelry and the Laila Motwane’s Indian fashion.

The White Window Pop Up Shop

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I hope you enjoyed the photos and had a taste of what it feels like to be at a pop-up shop at The White Window in Mumbai.

I have written a post about The White Window on my blog. Click here to view the post.

Laila Motwane
FACEBOOK

Raya Jewels
FACEBOOK

Have a great weekend!