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

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

 

Outfit Of The Day

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Denim Jacket: Calvin Klein (similar here), Top: Gifted (similar here and here), Jeans: Country Road (latest release version here), Shoes: Sperry (very similar here)

A little preppy vibe for you today because even though I’m in India, it can’t always be all palazzo pants and maxi skirts…lol! I am so happy that the weather has cooled down a little cause jeans and a tee is basically my uniform (which I’m sure I’ve told you a million times).

White jeans pretty much have no place in dusty Delhi but they are such a staple for me, I just couldn’t help myself when I was packing for our stay here. This top is actually a really fine, soft knit which feels so nice to wear and the thicker fabric gives it a little extra structure and coverage. I didn’t really need my denim jacket but I love the deep plum paired with the pale blue so I did the old trick of only wearing it around my shoulders for most of the morning. My go-to gold Sperry’s added a nice touch of interest to my outfit and I would have loved to wear a short gold necklace just around the collar of my top, but I couldn’t find have the right thing. Instead I settled for my chunky Michael Kors watch as my only accessory to finish off the outfit. I actually bought this watch on our honeymoon nearly 4 years ago and it has been one of my best purchases ever!

I can’t believe that it’s Friday tomorrow already! This week has flown by in an unexpectedly chaotic way but hopefully I can catch my breath on the weekend and see you back here for my Week 13 Recap! xxx

What I Wore Wednesday

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Kimono: H&M (similar here), T-Shirt: French Connection (tank version here), Jeans: Rollas, Shoes: Marks and Spencer

Are you sick of seeing these shoes yet? What about these jeans? Or this kimono? And you’ve definitely seen this t-shirt before! You may have noticed that lately I’ve had a lot of items in my wardrobe on ‘repeat’. Sally Steele, an awesome Brisbane based personal stylist that I discovered on Instagram, has a moto of “curate don’t consume”. Meaning, create a wardrobe full of hardworking pieces that you love and that hold memories or make you feel amazing rather than just constantly buying clothes for the sake of trends or one-off wears.

Now I’ll admit, I’m a bit of an ‘instant gratification-but it was on sale-this top will look amazing with this skirt but nothing else in my wardrobe-retail therapy junkie’ and I am not usually the best at a minimalist, capsule wardrobe type situation. However over the last few months in India I’ve found myself with not a lot of time to shop and limited access to the stores so I’ve kind of adopted this principle for now. Sure I’ve purchased a few new items but mainly dresses or ‘hero’ pieces so all my basics have stayed the same and here’s what I’ve learnt:

  1. If you take some time to think outside the box or look past your usual combinations, you’ll be amazed at how many items in your wardrobe can work together in different ways.
  2. Having a good selection of jeans (or pants) in different colours and cuts will be your lifesaver and the foundation for most of your outfits.
  3. For everyday casual wear you really only need 2-3 different pairs of shoes that you can swap between.
  4. Find things like kimonos, scarves, layered necklaces, vests, hats and belts to add to a little bit of interest and personality at the end.

Ultimately I think consuming less in general is always a good thing, however seeing as I’ve already started to (mentally) dog-ear the catalogues of my favourite Australian stores for my trip back in December, I’m not making any promises about my future consumption ;).

What about you, are you a retail junkie or investment piece only shopper?

xx

Diary Of An Expat: Week 9

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Well, what can I say? Week 9 hasn’t been pretty! If you follow me on social media you probably already know this and whilst I am conscious of not being a total downer, I promised that I would share my expat experience exactly how it is, so that’s what I have to do.

With that being said, I am only here to talk about my life and my experience so I don’t think it’s fair to talk about anyone else but the one thing I will say is, pwwwwoar, in laws! Why is the MIL-DIL relationship so fraught? I know that some of you out there are lucky not to experience this but I’d hazard a guess and say that many of us are in the same boat. The only difference is, you are not all LIVING in the same boat, together and to be honest,  I’d advise against that! 😉

So that aside the beginning of this week saw a myriad of other challenges. Firstly I had a hefty dose of mum guilt thanks to my 15month old son constantly looking like a boxer with cuts and bruises and scratches on his face. He seems to have entered that stage where he has a never ending quest for independence and adventure which often ends in a tumble. Secondly, I had my first experience with an online troll reporting a perfectly innocent (faceless) photo of my daughter on Instagram, resulting in it being removed as ‘inappropriate or offensive’.

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Not quite sure what is ‘inappropriate or offensive’ about a 2 yr old dressing up for a play at school but haters gonna hate I guess!

To top it all off on Tuesday we all got our first case of ‘Delhi Belly’ which left us quarantined for 2 days and hence we missed the Dussehra celebrations on Wednesday night. I’d been looking forward to going to this festival for weeks now and had even planned to relax my strict bedtime policies so that the kids could stay out and watch the burning of the effigy and fireworks but alas it wasn’t meant to be!

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You know I’m not feeling well if I’m drinking Coke!!

Ok, so lets get in to the rest of the week and focus on some positive things 🙂

Highlight: The kids were on school holidays this week and although we didn’t get to do much, having them home and not having to rush from here to there of a morning was nice. I’m sure that they could sense that I was feeling a bit down cause they both stuck close to me all week and the cuddles, kisses and “mommy I lub you toooooo”‘s were endless. Pretty much all the photos we took for the blog this week were hijacked by mini people, but having my two munchkins at my feet is exactly what my everyday looks like anyway!

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Tired eyes, tired arms, happy heart. 

What I’m looking forward to: So just to totally contradict myself, after a full week of school holidays, no gym, no spare time, I’m looking forward to the kids getting back to school tomorrow and our routine to start again. It’s crazy because up until 3 weeks ago, the kids were always with me. All day, everyday and that’s the way it’s been for almost 2.5yrs, but now that I’ve had a little taste of freedom and independence and of course socialisation and learning for them, I have to admit, a full day at home with them feels LONG.

What I’m missing: Feeling motivated. This week I had my first experience of losing motivation with the blog and my business. After my photo was removed from Instagram I felt hurt by the online community and then I had a few opportunities in Australia fall through because I am not currently a local. Of course this is all part of the expat experience and I’m happy to say that I feel like I’ve managed to roll with the punches and get back on track but it wasn’t a nice feeling at the time.

Your questions:

Are there many Indian Fashion Bloggers?

Yes there are quite a few! I’ve slowly been finding bloggers and stylists that I connect with and there are a heap of cool people out there. Most of the big bloggers are from Mumbai though as that is the fashion capital of India. I’ll compile a little list and next week I’ll share my favourites for those of you that are interested.

You look so happy, are you having the best time?

Haha! This was asked on Instagram underneath this picture:

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You know what, despite everything that I’ve said about this week, I still found PLENTY of reasons to laugh and have fun. Yes, my expat experience might be difficult and challenging at times (as I’d guess most expat experiences are) but I am still happy because I have my family with me. My husband and I are completely rock solid and on the same page as to what the next step for us should be. Our kids are happy and healthy and the rest really is just noise. I know that’s easy to say but I do really believe it. Maybe the answer to that question is, no I’m not always having the best time but yes I am really happy :).

Can you get me a recipe for Naan Bread?

I got this question a while back and whilst I am yet to come through with the recipe, don’t worry I haven’t forgotten!

So that was week 9. As I said, I am really aware that everyone has their own ‘stuff’ going on in their lives and if you take time to connect with someone online, you don’t really want to be brought down by them too. However, I’ve always maintained that honesty and authenticity is so important, especially in this mum community of ours and honestly, even if I tried I don’t think I could have faked a ‘everything is perfect, my life is SO fun’ post this week lol! Having said that, it’s Sunday night and I am ready to let week 9 just be week 9 and wake up ready for an amazing week 10! Thanks for all of your continued support, I hope you all have an amazing week too. xxx

 

 

The Easiest Summer Staple

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Dress: H&M, Tee: H&M, Shoes: Zara

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, or even following me on Instagram, you’ll know that comfort is one of my biggest style requirements when I get dressed in the morning. Comfortable doesn’t mean ‘sloppy’ or ‘frumpy’ or ‘daggy’, no, my other requirements are ‘stylish’ ‘on-trend’ ‘interesting’ and ‘joyful’ (as in, it brings me joy wearing it).

I’m not sure if it’s an age thing or a mum thing but I just can’t stand to wear anything fussy, or too tight or really poor quality anymore. So today I thought I’d share with you one of my very favourite (and inexpensive) staples for summer. It’s the jersey maxi dress. I absolutely love this style and whilst it won’t be breaking any innovation records anytime soon, it will be one of the hardest working pieces in your everyday wardrobe. With jersey, getting the right cut and size for your body shape is key to ensure that it doesn’t cling anywhere you’d rather not highlight, but aside from that it will wear and wash so well you won’t even blink an eye.

Most of your favourite high street stores will always stock styles like these and in a variety of colours too. I got this one from H&M but I know that chains like Cotton On, Supre and Dotti will have great options as well, not to mention the online meccas like ASOS and The Iconic.

Today I styled mine over a white tee (on trend), a velvet choker (on trend and stylish), and my pink sneakers (interesting and joyful) for a super easy everyday outfit that once I threw on, I didn’t give a second thought to all day. You could also pair your maxi with some cute leather slides, a chambray shirt layered over the top, a cropped leather jacket for night or some ankle boots and a lightweight knit underneath if it’s still chilly where you are. The options are endless and as I said before, don’t mistake comfortable with being boring. However, also don’t underestimate the power of being comfortable and stylish at the same time, I guarantee you’ll feel so good, you’ll power through your day! Or at the very least you’ll have one less thing to worry about ;).