My Pick: Oversized Denim Jackets

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I love this time of year. We’ve entered into a new season, the weather is slowly starting to change and all of the new and forecasted trends that we saw on runways and in magazines months ago, are starting to show up in real life. One of my favourite trends for this Autumn / Winter is the oversized denim jacket. I mean oversized anything usually equates to comfortable (ahem, except for earrings!) and denim is universally wearable so its obvious that this trend is a winner straight off the bat.

I purchased the jacket above probably this time last year in New York, but I found it in the mens section of a department store. The good news is that now you don’t have to stray from your side of the store as there are PLENTY of oversized options available for us girls at the moment. Below are some of my picks for a great oversized denim jacket and of course they all come in under $150. Happy shopping :). xo

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Cheap Monday ‘Upsize Jacket’ $145

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Missguided ‘Pink Denim Jacket‘ $100

Diary Of An Expat: Week 16

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So this time next week we will be on our way home to Melbourne! Isn’t that crazy? This last month has absolutely flown by and it now feels very bizarre to be heading home. Our original, albeit loose plan, was to be here for 6-12months but it is not surprising that our plans changed. We are definitely a little fam bam that likes flexibility and change (and travel).  We still haven’t locked down a solid plan for next year which has caused me a little bit of stress this week but I’ve resolved to not worry about it until after Christmas. I just really want to enjoy the first few weeks we are back in Melbourne.

Highlight: Unfortunately for a lot of this week our little man has been feeling quite under the weather thanks to a whole heap of teeth coming through. I know I often talk about how energetic (and exhausting) he is, but there is nothing worse than seeing your rowdy kids suddenly stop and become quiet and lethargic. We spent a lot of the week like this:

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Day and night this was the only position that he was comfortable in. Thankfully yesterday he woke up much brighter. Still no sign of those pesky teeth but he seems to be in better spirits for now. So we took advantage of everyones good mood and we took a trip out to India Gate. We have been many times and it’s a very touristy area but there are heaps of things for the kids to do and we knew this would be our last chance to go this year. We spent the day playing and touring the monument and eating some awesome street food. I didn’t take any photos but here is a pic of India Gate for those of you who haven’t seen it before!

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What I’m loving: Friday was the last day that our local grocer accepted the old currency so my MIL went and basically purchased the whole shop! It’s always fun when she does the shopping because she buys everything and then comes home and sets up a ‘market’ for me to come and take whatever we want for our kitchen upstairs. Here is a little sample of what it looks like:

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What I’m looking forward to: Getting the rest of my wardrobe back!! I have quite a few parcels waiting for me at home as well as the rest of my wardrobe that I knew I wouldn’t be able to wear over here. I’m seriously scraping the bottom of the barrel in terms of making interesting outfits and combinations for you guys so just bear with me for one more week ok? haha, thanks 😉

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Doing my best to re-work all my staple items.

I am also looking forward to getting my hair done at the end of next week. It is so much cheaper to get it done here so I figured I would get it done right at the last minute to see me through the rest of the year. It is also always nice to have fresh hair before a long haul flight because it makes me feel a tiny bit less dishevelled at the end of 16 hours haha.

Your questions:

We are planning on coming to India for a holiday but we only have 10 days. Do you think thats enough? Yes.You can definitely see a lot in 10 days and depending on where you are coming from (I’m assuming Australia), the jet lag shouldn’t be that bad.

You buy so many things from Zara, is it cheaper in India than Australia? No, like most big chain stores, the prices are pretty standard across the board. Often it seems like items are expensive here because 3000-4000 rupees (a pair of jeans or a dress for Zara)  is considered to be a fair amount of money. We are fortunate however that my husband earns USD,  so when converted 4000 rupees is less than $60.

Can you eat Pork? Well as you might remember, I have been eating a fully vegetarian diet for the past few months but my husband and kids still eat meat and we haven’t seen pork or any pork products anywhere. However from what I understand, some Indian Hindus do eat pork and there is nothing in their religious beliefs stating that they can’t eat it, it is more of a custom.

So that’s it! I really hope you’ve found it interesting to read about my expat experience over the past 4 months. As I said, we fly out next Sunday morning so I probably won’t have time to do another post next week, but depending on how interesting the week is, I might do a retrospective post from Melbourne. As always if there is anything you’d like to know or ask just leave me a comment or send an email and I’ll definitely give you an answer. I’m beyond excited to get back to Melbourne and start to think about what 2017 will bring. I will of course continue to bring you guys along for the ride too! For now though, its off to drag the suitcases out and start to slowly pack up our life. Again. Have a great week everyone xxx.

What I Wore Wednesday 

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Shirt: Zara, Jeans: Blossom and Glow, Shoes: Marks and Spencer

Hi Friends!

 

Happy hump day 😊. Our week is flying by so quickly, I can’t believe that it’s Wednesday already! Poor Alexander is teething so badly, we are all feeling a little worse for wear as you can probably tell by the photos above.

Hopefully my outfit is good enough to take your focus away from my tired face lol!

If you read my post on the weekend you would know that this top has been on my Wishlist for a few weeks now, but thanks to the currency issues in Delhi I’ve had to wait for it. Well thankfully the universe and Zara Gods were kind to me because yesterday I went into Zara and this was the very last one left and it was in my size!! Woohoo.

I went with simple styling pairing it with some distressed denim, my slides and a chunky necklace. Thanks to all the embroidery on the front I really didn’t need this necklace but I threw it on at the last minute!

That’s all I’ve got for you today as my to-do list is growing by the second. It’s less than 2 weeks until we leave for Melbourne and suddenly I’m faced with packing our lives up yet again! Didn’t I just do that, like last month? Haha time flies…. xxx

Diary Of An Expat: Week 15

Hi Friends! Happy Monday :). Sorry I’m a day late getting this post out, our weekend flew by in a very uninteresting whirl of errands, emails, dust allergies and teething babies! I hope you all had a much better weekend!

Highlight: Im struggling to come up with a highlight from last week. Not because it was a bad week, not at all but it was a very routine and mundane week. We had a few good nights sleep with our non sleeping baby, my husband had a great week at work and I finally feel like I’ve found my social media mojo again so I guess those three things were the highlights? haha done!

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I posted this flashback pic on my instagram during the week. I can’t believe this was only taken in Feb and Xander is so small :(.

What I’m Loving: I had a big laugh at myself this week when I found myself complaining about the way one of the maids make our bed. She folds the sheet and thin blanket at the end of the bed and then covers them with the doona so that at night when I want to get into bed, I essentially have to remake it anyway. So as I was getting on my high horse and going one and on about her to my husband, I had the biggest reality check about our life here. Yes it has been challenging and no it’s not the easiest city to live in, but when you are complaining about one of the many servants that you have, and one very minor thing that you don’t like, then life can’t be that bad!! 

Making the bed is the very last thing I want to do in the mornings (let alone have the time to do), not to mention cleaning the kitchen, bathroom and kids room. I am so grateful to have the extra help and there is no greater feeling than leaving an absolutely bombsite in the morning only to return a few hours later to everything back in it’s place. Obviously this is not a reality that we can sustain back in Australia so it was nice to have a little check in with my self and to remind myself to appreciate the help while I’ve got it. Even if the bed isn’t made correctly ;). 

What I’m Missing: I don’t know if it’s just because it’s the festive season or because my husband and I haven’t been out on a date night alone in over 5 months, but this week I really missed our old social life. As I’ve mentioned before, aside from my husbands mother we don’t have any other family support here but even if we did, the kids are too unpredictable at night to be left with anyone other than us. It can be hard to stay in night after night, especially when friends back home are getting together for christmas parties and girls nights etc but thats just the way it is right now. Thankfully I have a heap of fun things on my calendar when we get back to Melbourne so the excitement for those events is getting me through!

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What I was doing this time last year.


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VS what I am currently doing on a Friday night lol. Bring on the Christmas parties!!

What I’m Looking Forward To: This week we are fiiiiinally going to get to the banks and exchange all of our old (now discontinued) currency for the new notes, which means we can finally start SPENDING again haha. Actually I think my husband probably delayed it this long just to slow me down lol. There is a top in Zara that I’ve had my eye on for the last week – an eternity for me, so hopefully it will still be there this week waiting for me haha.

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This guy will be mine! I already have like 3 mental outfits planned around it hehe. Link is here

Questions:

I think you were all questioned out this week cause I only got the two questions.

Firstly from my all time favourite reader is:

How do you pronounce Hazelle? Her name is just pronounced like Hazel. Two years on I can’t tell you why we spelt her name like this except for the fact that I think it looks pretty. I hope she doesn’t hate me for it in the future when she undoubtably has to deal with people calling her “Haz-ell-ey”  or Gazelle with a H for the rest of her life haha.

and then:

What do you think you’ll appreciate the most when you go home? Awesome question! Aside from my friends and family, obviously, I think our big, clean, amazingly stocked and hygienic supermarkets and markets will be the biggest thing I’ll appreciate. Just being able to walk into an air conditioned environment to buy  a huge variety  of healthy food is a massive luxury that I took for granted and is something that both my husband and I have missed a lot! Also being able to drive and the freedom and convenience that brings will be high on my list too.

And that’s that! Today is my second last Sunday here so there will definitely be one more recap to come and possibly one more after that depending on how organised we are for our flight out! I hope you all have a beautiful week and are starting to get into the Christmas Spirit a little bit! xxx

 

 

 

 

What I Wore Wednesday

Jumper: Kmart (similar here), Skirt: Gifted (similar here), Shoes: Zara

How does everyone feel about the maxi skirt and jumper look? This trend has been around all year in different parts of the world and personally, I love it. It allows us to extend the longevity of our maxi skirts, a previously Summer only staple, whilst also providing a comfy alternative to pants.

I think it works best if your top layer is a fine knit like the one I am wearing, however if it is really cold or you are partial to a chunkier look, then go for a cropped option so as not to add extra bulk when tucking. I know that it is spring / summer where most of my readers are, however by the looks of it a few states will still be getting some wear out of their winter woolies for a while longer.

Let me know if you are a fan of the look and if you try it out! Happy Hump Day everyone xx

Mondays and Bodysuits

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Cardigan: Zara (similar here), Tank as Bodysuit: ASOS (similar bodysuit here), Jeans: H&M (similar here), Shoes: French Connection (similar here)

Why do Mondays always roll around so quickly? I suspect for most of us mum’s, working /  working from home and stay at home alike, it is business as usual which means lots of running around and ‘doing’. It’s a public holiday here in India so our morning is a little less hectic thanks to the schools being closed, but I still have a to-do list a mile long. I decided to pep up my usual jeans and a tee uniform by wearing a tank as a bodysuit and adding a velvet choker. These two items immediately elevated my look but didn’t add any extra ‘fuss’ or take away any comfort. Two of my main criteria when getting dressed on  normal day but especially on a Monday ;).

Do you have a bodysuit in your wardrobe rotation? In my opinion, it is a piece of contradictions. Its ease in making a look appear pulled together and tucked in is undercut by the difficulty one has to go through in order to wear it.Those tiny little buttons that no one wants to button or struggle with in the bathroom is a major deterrent for most, but I think worn occasionally, it definitely has its place. Below are a few of my fave bodysuits at the moment. My styling tip would be to pair it with something loose to avoid a ‘onesie’ type situation. Think baggy boyfriend jeans, voluminous maxi skirts or under loose overalls for a effortless nod to the 90s.

Check these out:

One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six

xx

Diary Of An Expat: Week 13

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Hi Friends!

Sorry for the absent week 12 recap, things have been a little bit crazy here and last weekend slipped by without me even noticing! I am happy to be back today because in terms of current affairs, this past week has been by far, the most interesting. From the city closing down due to extremely high pollution levels to the sudden and unexpected demonetisation of certain Indian rupee notes, it’s been a challenging but interesting week to be in New Delhi.

If you’ve ever travelled to India and in particular, New Delhi, you would know that the air quality is already questionable, particularly at this time of year, but this past week was off the charts. Early in the week it was so heavily polluted that you could barely see street signs on the road and asthmatics or those with respiratory illnesses reported an increase in difficulty of breathing. The government made the decision to close all schools from Monday- Thursday, which although was a bit inconvenient, it really was the best decision and it meant that we didn’t have to be out in the pollution. 4 extra days off school on the back of the 6 day Diwali break did mean that we went a little bit stir crazy but I will take a bit of boredom over litres of air pollution any day!

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Clean(ish) air means adventures in the garden 🙂

By Tuesday evening however, the air quality was much better and we were all set to get back to business as usual when on Wednesday morning we woke up to the news that the Indian Government had decided to ban 500 and 1000 rupee notes in an effort to stop corruption and stamp out black money. This was effective immediately and the only places allowed to accept the old notes were petrol pumps and hospitals. India is a very cash driven country and a lot of people don’t even have bank accounts let alone credit and debit cards to use in lieu of cash. To say that this was a huge deal would be an understatement. We are fortunate to have a bank account here but we mainly deal in cash as well, so suddenly we found ourselves stuck too. We planned to go to the bank the very next day but we arrived first thing in the morning only to find 2-3 hour long queues full of people needing to open a bank account (so they could deposit money and get the new, valid currency) or exchange money. The situation has only worsened over the past few days with people getting even more desperate for money, ATM machines not working to dispense the new currency and rich people being forced to (literally) throw out huge stacks of cash so as not to draw attention to themselves from the tax office. We are hoping to get to the bank on Tuesday and will hopefully get some of the new notes but until then we are on rations at home haha.

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My last Starbucks coffee until we can get our hands on some of the new currency

Add in the results of the USA election and I think the world has officially gone crazy this week lol!

Aside from that I have some exciting news about our movements at the end of the year. We have decided to head back to Melbourne in early December and will stay for at least the foreseeable future. My husband has about a 3 month break in his project and we have really missed Australia and so we think that we’ll head back Down Under and then hubby will potentially do some fly in- fly out work for a little while until we decide what our plans will be after that.

I am SO excited to come home, we’ve randomly been singing ‘ I still Call Australia Home’ to the kids at night, for the past month or so, so I’m taking that as a sign haha. Given that it’s the festive season I plan to jump straight back into Personal Styling and will start taking clients from the 13th of December. Stay tuned for more details but if you’d like to book in an appointment or purchase a gift voucher for someone else then please send me an email and we can discuss it further.

I didn’t mean to stray from my usual format today but I guess I just had too much to say! It’s really been a wonderful experience in India and I’ve learnt a lot from our time here. I’m not sure that anything can prepare you for the experience of living in India, but there are so many amazing things that I will miss. For example, this week my MIL decided that she wanted to purchase a new Persian carpet for the house, so how does she buy it? She calls a man to come to the house with his collection of the finest rugs. I’ve never seen anything like it. The amount of carpets he presented to us, as well as pashminas and shawls for us to peruse was amazing. All in the comfort of our own house.

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The chosen ones.

My husband and I joke that Frank Sinatra said about New York that -“if you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere”, well we are pretty sure that he never lived in New Delhi haha. I will continue to share what we get up to over the next 5 weeks as well so don’t worry this isn’t the end of my expat experience just yet :).

Next week I will get back to the original format and answer your questions which have banked up over the last 2 weeks. Don’t forget to comment or email me if you have any thing you are curious about too.

Congratulations if you made it to the end of this post! I hope you all have a great week and that I am back next week with tales of a calmer Delhi. xxx