Arife Lamoulde Baking Equipment Mumbai

Arife Bake Shop Mumbai

Arife Lamoulde Mumbai is for all the bakers in the city. Arife Lamoulde is a baking equipment store that sells items such as chocolate moulds, sprinkles, fondant, fondant molds, baking supplies and so forth. You can read more about Arife Lamoulde on this page. Arife might be a well known bake shop for the local people in Mumbai, but I had no idea about this shop and it felt like a hidden gem to me even though I have lived in Mumbai for a year and a half! I started hearing about Arife from a couple of friends in the recent past. They always referred to Arife as a shop across the street from “Shoppers Stop” on Linking Road. However, having gone to the shop, it was one of those places where you would not find unless someone gives you a step-by-step directions, so I decided to write a post […]

San Cha Tea Boutique ☆ Kala Ghoda Mumbai

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I learned about San Cha Tea Boutique in Kala Ghoda by accident. I wanted to take my friends who were visiting us in Mumbai to the famous Kala Ghoda Cafe in Fort. As San Cha Tea Boutique stands on the right side of Kala Ghoda Cafe, we walked by the San Cha shop and noticed it. We all could not help but peek into the San Cha Tea Boutique from the window because the store looked so beautiful. Unfortunately, Kala Ghoda Cafe’s wait was long, so we couldn’t get a table. We went to The Pantry Cafe instead which was right around the corner and it was actually another cafe that I have wanted to try, so that worked out great! After we had a yummy lunch at the cute Pantry Cafe, we walked back towards Kala Ghoda Cafe. As we walked by the San Cha Tea Lounge, my friend […]

DIRT STORE ☆ Recycling & Waste Management in Mumbai

DIRT Recycle Mumbai

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 […]

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

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

Gumtoo Temporary Tattoos ☆ Metallic & Fun Designers Tattoos

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 […]

Tegallalang Handicraft Center in Ubud ☆ Bali Indonesia ☆ Throwback Thursday

Tegallalang Ubud Bali

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 […]

Lovely Souvenirs from Ubud ☆ Tegallalang Handicraft Center ☆ Bali Indonesia

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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 […]

Pasar Mayestik ☆ Jakarta Indonesia ☆ Throwback Thursday

Pasar Mayestik Jakarta

PASAR MAYESTIK 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 […]

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

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. 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 […]

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. 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 […]

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

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All photos were taken on an iPod Touch. 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 […]

Friday Finds ☆ StyleCracker Borough ☆ Design Market in Mumbai India

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

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 […]

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

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All 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 […]

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

All 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 […]

Amba by Hema ☆ Mumbai India

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Amba is a fashion brand that was created and has been produced by Hema Shroff Patel. Hema is an Indian American who was brought up in the United States, but now she bases her life in Mumbai, India. She is a beautiful artist who has this lovely aura about her. The examples of Amba products are hand-woven scarves, stoles and shawls curated by her. She also produces hand block printed children and women’s lounge wear which are designed and created by Hema. This trunk show show was hosted at her residence in South Mumbai. I have heard how beautiful her residence was as I have mutual friends with her. My friends were right about her home. Her residence is in the old colonial style architecture (so it is said by a non-architect, total amateur – Me) with high ceiling and she filled the space with her carefully selected decorative items […]

Friday Finds ☆ Hearsch Bakery & Puff Pastry in Mumbai

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. 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 […]

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. 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 […]

Friday Finds ☆ Zanaaya Couture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 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 […]

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

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. 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 […]