Diary Of An Expat: Week 4

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Just a word of warning, I didn’t take any pictures this week so this is a very text heavy post, sorry! I’ll be sure to include more images next week x.

If it weren’t for these recaps I would hardly believe that this week marks 1 month that we have been here for. If I think back to our first week, making it to one month seemed almost impossible but now that we are here, I cant believe how fast time has flown.

So lets get real, at the start of this week I was grumpy. I wasn’t feeling like myself and I definitely wasn’t fun to be around. It took me a while to figure out what was up and then I realised it was because I was feeling a little bit dishevelled and VERY overdue for all my regular beauty appointments. I know it might sound trivial or vain to some of you but I’m the kind of girl that likes to have my hair, nails and eyebrows done (at the very least) every 4-6 weeks. So my eyebrows are bushy, my regrowth is terrible and my nails are chipped and broken. The problem is of course, I don’t know where to go to have a bit of me time. I also don’t know anyone who can tell me and even if I did know and I made an appointment, I’d to wait for my husband to be free to drive me there and pick me up haha.

So I guess I wallowed in my ‘dishevelled-ness’ for a few days before I thought, that rather than sit in complaint I should try to take some action. Firstly I asked my MIL and my husband about where to go, we went to a nearby mall and I spoke to some salons. Even though I wasn’t able to have anything done last week, I felt much happier to have just taken the time to start to create my little ‘beauty directory’ that in the long run will help me feel like myself. The plan is to go tomorrow and I know that I will feel a million bucks after I take some time for myself. Whether or not the result will be what I want is another story but at the very least I will have something funny to tell you next week!

Other than that I pretty much spent the whole week getting my butt kicked by the kids. My second born is properly walking now and is even starting to run which very literally keeps me on my toes. It is fun to see the two kids start to play together but with that also comes the start of fighting and little spats. They are both still so young that the fights are often as cute as the games they play, but it won’t be long before the hair pulling and the hitting starts to hurt one of them I’m sure.

Highlight: If you follow me on Instagram or snapchat you might have seen that this week I went to the gym. As I said in my of my Snapchat stories, I am one of those annoying people who love the gym, well maybe loved, lol. In fact, my husband and I actually met at the gym about 6 years ago now. I exercised all through both pregnancies, I had both kids in the crèche after they were born and it was just something that I loved to do for myself and that made me feel healthy and strong. Anyway, so a few months ago when my husband originally came to India by himself and I moved in my mum and dad, my gym attendance started to drop off. Firstly, my gym was on the other side of town, Alexander was barely sleeping at night and I just started to get genuinely exhausted from solo parenting both kids. So I ultimately decided to cancel my membership and honestly I didn’t miss it. Until recently. I don’t know if it’s the change of diet, activity levels or lack of social interaction but when my husband re-joined the gym here a few weeks ago, I found myself wanting to as well. It is a little bit more complicated for me however as we don’t yet have consistent or reliable help with the kids, so it doesn’t make sense for me to have a membership until we can sort that out. I was however given a few free passes so one morning last week when my MIL was free, we waited for Alexander to go down for his morning nap, set Hazelle up with her Ipad and hubby and I ducked out for a work out. I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t pretty, I definitely have a long way to go to get my fitness back but it was so great to burn some energy and hopefully some of the many, many carbs that I eat everyday lol. 

New Words I learnt.

Suprabhaat: Good Morning

Aap kaiser hai: How are you

Accha: Good

Things I’m loving: Building my wardrobe. I’m starting to get a feel for some of the Indian designs and local products over here and I’m slowly building my wardrobe with an ‘East meets West’ kind of theme. I’m really having fun mixing and matching new and old pieces and creating my own style. Everything I buy has to tick two boxes of 1.appropriatness and practicality in India but also 2. Versatility and wearability in a Western country. I don’t want to fall into the trap of buying things that I can only wear here only to go somewhere like Australia or the USA and feel silly walking around in a Sari that I was SURE would look cool in a developed city too haha.

Things I’m missing: My mum’s muesli in the morning. Mum- can you please email me the recipe?!?! 😉 Love you

What I’m looking forward to: My best friend and her fiancé who are getting married in December have just decided that they DO want a bridal party and so she has asked me to be one of her bridesmaids. I was already looking forward to going back to Melbourne for their wedding but now I’m even more excited.

Your questions:

  1. Have you thought about setting up an online fashion/jewellery store with a local designer/seamstress there? (Because I think you would be great at it and I need a new maxi skirt
    • Yes, I definitely have! I would absolutely love to do something like that but I’m still trying to work out what the best plan of attack is. At the moment I think that rather than set up an online store, I will just work on a one on one basis to design or buy something that a client wants, like a maxi skirt :), and then when I get a better feel for what people want and who the best manufactures and suppliers are then I will do a store. I am currently designing a ring for myself and I am hopeful that if I find the right gold trader than that will be another option for me to show you guys. In the meantime, get in touch and lets talk about that Maxi Skirt 🙂 x
  2. Does western fashion get much of a play in Delhi? Or is it a cross section of everything being a major city?
    • Indian fashion and designs still dominant the majority of Delhi ‘Street Style’ as such. Jeans is about as ‘Western’ as you will see but often if someone is wearing a pair of jeans they will have a long embroidered tunic over the top as well. I am a little confused though because from a retail point of view the western stores are always brimming with people but I haven’t yet seen how that translates outside the mall. Perhaps in corporate or nightlife environments?
  3. What are the current temps – when does Monsoon season finish – what is the average temp during the Indian Winter.
    • As I am writing this at 11am on Sunday morning it is 36degrees. The average temp for September is 24-34 degrees and usually the monsoons finish mid Sept. The winter can be quite cool with temp ranging from 8-21 degrees. People are often surprised that India is that cool but it is really only December and January that the temperature dip and then come February we start to get back up the mid to high 20s.

If you have made it this far – well done! I’m sorry for the lack of pictures but get ready to see my mug everywhere next week after I sort myself out at the hairdresser lol. Thanks for sending in your questions, keep them coming and get in touch if you have seen me wear something here or on Instagram that you’d like for yourself and we can discuss some options. Have a great week everybody! xx

 

 

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