Pink Themed Birthday Party

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I had the second party of November for my second child only one week after my first party of the month for my first girl. It’s a celebration marathon for me starting from the month of October for Halloween. (Living in Mumbai, India, Diwali is a big part of celebration in the same season.) I’m in a survival mode at the moment before Thanksgiving. I love Christmas the most among all the holidays in a year, but I cannot wait till Christmas is over this year because that means I can finally relax. I hope. It’s been a busy couple of months and I feel like I’m barely treading the water. Christmas hasn’t even started for us yet. Being married to an American husband, we do not get our Christmas decoration out until Thanksgiving is over. The holiday season is very exciting, but the stress has started to wear me […]

Wednesday Wall2Wall ☆ Thai Cooking Class by Vandana ☆ Mumbai India

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In May I had a fabulous accidental opportunity to take Thai lessons twice thanks to my friend, Katie whom I met in Mumbai in 2013. Sadly for me, she left Mumbai in March 2014 to move to New Delhi. Then in May 2014, she moved back to the U.S. for her husband’s job. She’s a talented designer and you can see how talented she is on her work site here and her personal site here. I love her taste. I’m one of those people who are lazy about taking classes. Katie invited me to join her to learn Thai cooking back in March 2014, but the classes took place in the morning and my son was little and stayed home (he’s still little and stays home), so I could not commit to it and passed the opportunity. Several weeks went by and suddenly she had to literary pack her home […]

Friday Finds ☆ The White Window Mumbai

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I am really happy to present one of my most recent encounters, The White Window, thanks to my friend, Diana. I am lucky to have friends who introduce me to neat stylish stores wherever I go! The White Window is owned by Twinkle Khanna, who is an interior designer and film actress. She’s also known as the wife of a popular Bollywood actor, Akshay Kumar. The store is in a quaint neighborhood of Bandra, suburbs of Mumbai, India. It looks like an oasis in the hustle and bustle of Bandra near Linking Road and Ambedkar Road. As you walk in through a big glass door of The White Window, the lovely fragrance of their scented candles welcome you into the cozy space with contemporary furniture and decor. It’s beautiful. The White Window reminded me of Le Souq, one of my favorite stores in Jakarta, Indonesia. I will let the photos […]

Wednesday Wall2Wall ☆ Indian Antiques In Home

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Have you stepped into a home where you wonder if you have walked into a museum? That was how I felt when I went to my Japanese friend, Ako’s home. Can you believe that this is actually an expat’s home? Even thought Ako and her family settled down in Mumbai 3 years ago knowing that they had a limited time to spend in this apartment, they created a stunning home away from home with antiques from India. Besides gorgeous and amazing looking antiques Ako and her husband, Mark collected during the 3 years of their stay in Mumbai, the flowers that they decorate their home with are absolutely stunning. Ako says it’s all Mark who loves to decorate their home with antiques and flowers, but I must say that Ako also shares beautiful aesthetic as well. Apparently, Mark goes out to a market early in the morning to buy fresh […]

Wednesday Wall2Wall ☆ Tiffany Blue & Indian Design

Tiffany Blue & Indian Design Stencils

Home is where your heart is. That is what comes to me when I think of my friend, Sandra’s home. Sandra, an American expat in Mumbai, moved here from New York with her husband and 3 daughters 3 years ago. She created her new home in Mumbai a true home away from home. Sandra says her home back in the U.S. is decorated with very natural and neutral colors. When she moved to India, though, she decided that she would embrace the rich colors you can find in India. This gorgeous home is the result of her creation. When I first walked into her home, I instantly fell in love with this stenciled wall. Her hallway, living room, kitchen, dining room and family room walls are all painted in tiffany blue color which is Sandra’s favorite color (I love it, too!!). The front hallway wall has a shimmer coat to […]

Wednesday Wall2Wall ☆ Kids Room For Boy & Girl

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Since my computer crashed, I decided to take photos with my camera and post them without editing because I don’t have an access to my photo editing software. All of the photos on this post are unedited. This is the room my middle child, a daughter, and toddler son share. I keep it simple. Two sides of the room divide the room into a boyish side and girly side. They are okay about sharing a room although the beginning was not so easy on my daughter since my son could be quite loud. He’s okay now. It cracks me up to hear him talk in his bed before he falls asleep. My daughter doesn’t complain that she’s scared to go to bed, so it benefits her to share a room with her brother even though she was not so happy when she first learned that her older sister would have […]

Wednesday Wall2Wall ☆ Kids Room For Boy & Girl

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Since my computer crashed, I decided to take photos with my camera and post them without editing because I don’t have an access to my photo editing software. All of the photos on this post are unedited. This is the room my middle child, a daughter, and toddler son share. I keep it simple. Two sides of the room divide the room into a boyish side and girly side. They are okay about sharing a room although the beginning was not so easy on my daughter since my son could be quite loud. He’s okay now. It cracks me up to hear him talk in his bed before he falls asleep. My daughter doesn’t complain that she’s scared to go to bed, so it benefits her to share a room with her brother even though she was not so happy when she first learned that her older sister would have […]

Friday Finds ☆ Freedom Tree Mumbai

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FREEDOM TREE was mentioned as one of the emerging hot shops in Bandra in western Mumbai on T Magazine, The New York Times Style Magazine in April 2014. Freedom Tree is, indeed, a shop that catches your attention as you pass by in the quaint residential neighborhood in Bandra. You walk into the Freedom Tree shop and the stylish furniture and beautiful textiles will jump into your sight. At my first two visits, I didn’t have my camera with me and I was itching to take photos of the gorgeous store. I finally brought my camera at my third visit. The Freedom Tree store staff was very welcoming about my inquiry to take photos. That is always a great sign for me! As I always do, I tried to capture what I love and find appealing. I tend to get attracted to plain white and gray, but at Freedom Tree, […]

Wednesday Wall2Wall ☆ Happiest People Don’t Have The Best Of Everything

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It’s so easy to assume that those people who have the best of everything are happy. Even for those who we think should be happy can be unhappy. You can find people who don’t have much or have so little and are still happy. Happiness is all in our heart. I find it important to see the positive side on everything we have and appreciate it. This has always been in my conscious efforts. It is how I keep myself happy when I face challenges and tough times. Just like saying “a cup is half full” as opposed to “a cup is half empty”, a matter of perspective changes what defines happiness in our lives. The quote design was copied from society6. I have been sick in the past few days. I had a horrible headache, but I have been able to manage to get around to do things during […]

Friday Finds ☆ The Baker’s Dozen in Mumbai, India

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I apologize for the tardy Friday Finds! When my life needs to be prioritized, blogging, my hobby, has to be secondary and that often happens. I would like to introduce you to my favorite baker in Mumbai. I’m a big fan of Challah bread and the Baker’s Dozen makes great Challah bread! I first learned about The Baker’s Dozen through foodesto.com, an online grocery website in India. I ordered some Challah bread made by The Baker’s Dozen sold on Foodesto and I was very pleased with it. I liked every bread I tried from The Baker’s Dozen. I would love for them to make real New York style bagels as well if they are open to any requests! When Foodesto delivered my order, the Baker’s Dozen bread came in an adorable white paper bag with lovely typography (shown below). I love stores that put values on its style and design. […]