Monday Mode ☆ Mango Shirt, Gap Green Pants & iSanctuary Jewelry + Technical Difficulty with a Camera Remote Control
I stopped at MANGO store at a shopping mall in Mumbai, India the other day and saw this shirt. In a sale rack. I had to get it. I love how it’s soft, longer on the back, cute baggy and it’s my favorite border shirt.
These green cargo pants are my favorite from GAP in Tokyo. They were also on sale and very inexpensive. Most people think that it’s expensive to shop in Tokyo. I think it depends on where and which store you go to. I find the sale rack at GAP in Tokyo always have cute items with great pricing.
iSanctuary is my most recent favorite jewelry shop I learned about in Mumbai. Not only does iSanctuary make amazing jewelry and sell for very reasonable prices, but they also work to fight against human trafficking.
To read more about iSanctuary, please check my post Monday Mode ☆ iSanctuary ☆ Purchase with Purpose Mumbai and you’ll find their links.
iSanctuaryは、私がムンバイに来てから大好きになったジュエリーブランドです。iSanctuary、オリジナルデザインのジュエリーを通して人身売買に関する情報をより多くの人に理解してもらう活動を行っています。iSanctuaryのジュエリーにご興味がある方は、私のMonday Mode ☆ iSanctuary ☆ Purchase with Purpose Mumbaiのブログの記事を読んで下さい。リンクを載せてあります。
I do my self portraits for fashion posts. I asked my husband for a remote control for my camera at last Christmas. I have not used it so much, but now it doesn’t work so well… Sometimes it takes photos, sometimes it doesn’t and I have to point the remote control closer to the receiver. It wasn’t like that at the beginning. Could it be because of low battery?
Do you see a little remote control in the photo above?
Is this remote really working…?
DHOOP was like visiting a stylish friend’s home. It was inspiring and fun. The only difference was that DHOOP was a room full of temptations. You can’t buy your friend’s decor (unless that friend of yours sell stuff out of home), but you can pick up one of DHOOP’s products, take it to its cashier and will own it. It is one of the shops which can go to any big cities in the world and attract customers to buy the products. I can totally see DHOOP in Harajuku or Daikanyama (and many more) areas in Tokyo where many select shops with unique items are seen. It’ll blend in with other shops and I can picture Japanese people go crazy over DHOOP products. I was very happy to learn about DHOOP in Mumbai thanks to my two friends who are my current to-go person for good interior shops.
Gr. Floor, Premsagar, 14th Road,
Khar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra
HOURS: Mon – Sat: 11:00 am – 8:30 pm
PHONE: 022 2649 8647
If you drive on PD Hinduja Road from BR Ambedkar Road towards Linking Road, you take a left onto the 14th Road. DHOOP will be on your right. It looks like this from outside.
This gorgeous Indian wedding invitation card was hand delivered to us. I could not help but admire the design of this colorful wedding invitation which looks very Indian to me.
Here are 8 facts related to weddings in India, more specifically in the Hindu culture in Mumbai. I learned about this facts from my Hindi teacher who is from Mumbai. Please note that some facts might not be true in other regions in India. I find learning about wedding traditions is one of the most interesting cultural experiences living overseas.
1. A wedding season in India starts as soon as a monsoon season is over. November indicates the beginning of the wedding season in Mumbai.
2. When an invitation says “Blessings Only”, it signifies that the family is very wealthy and does not need any gifts. Close families and friends, however, still give gifts.
3. For Hindu weddings, the writings on the very top on an invitation card is written in Sanskrit, a holy language of Hinduism and a scholarly literary language in India. (It is different from Hindi.)
4. There are still many families in India who still practice arranged marriages. Mothers of daughters start looking for a candidate for their daughters’ future husbands when the daughters are still very young.
5. A bride’s family give their groom’s family and relatives gifts. Normally diamonds or gold jewelries are given. This is the reason why when parents have a girl, they start saving all the valuables from the daughter’s early age to save money for her wedding.
6. Often times, brides’ families pay for the transportation as well as lodging for the out-of-town family members who attend the wedding.
7. There is a wedding celebration called Sangeet, which is a party held a few days before the wedding ceremony to give blessings to the bride and groom by families and friends with music and dancing.
8. After a Hindu woman gets married, she wears a black necklace with gold, toe rings, red bindi or sindoor which is a red cosmetic powder that women wear along the parting of their hair and green glass bangles. I asked my Hindi teacher if there is anything that Indian men wear to indicate that they are married and she said no. Apparently men do not have to wear anything to show that he is married or not. Interesting…
I hear that many women like to wear a sari to a wedding here. I don’t have one. I would love to get one eventually.
My favorite time of the year started.
Our family tradition that my husband and I do is to trim our Christmas tree as a family on the first weekend after Thanksgiving. So we did. With the Christmas music in background, my husband, our kids and I decorated our Christmas tree. I cleaned all the fall decor and replaced them with all the Christmas decoration. It switches our home to the holiday mode and I love how the space looks festive and warm. It’s also the time I really enjoy pinning all the holiday decoration all across Pinterest as well.
It has become my trend to post my holiday decoration at home. If you are curious to see my decorating posts for Christmas in the previous years, below is the list of blog posts. You can find the list under interior design tab as well.
Christmas Decoration 2010 ☆ Trimming The Tree
Christmas Decoration 2010 ☆ Red, Silver, and Santa Claus
Christmas Breakfast Table ☆ Kids Handmade Table Setting
Christmas 2011 and New Year 2012 ☆ Holiday Decoration at Home
Chrsitmas Decoration 2012 ☆ Entry Way in Red
Christmas Decoration 2012 ☆ Our Home in Silver, Gold and Green
Christmas Decoration ☆ French Inspired Red & White
I learned about iSanctuary/international sanctuary this past Saturday. I fell in love with their jewelry! As you notice, it says “Purchase with Purpose”. iSanctuary is an organization that hires the survivors of human trafficking and train them how to make jewelry in order for them to be reintegrated into the community. I asked the ladies at the booth who designed the jewelry because I immediately noticed that the design was very Westernized and different from the Indian design jewelry. I was told that the designer was from California.
I am officially a fan of iSanctuary. I respect the whole package of its concept, mission, design and style. Not only is iSanctuary jewelry stylish, but the prices for the jewelry are very reasonable which makes me want to shop more. If you live in Mumbai, you can shop at their workshop. For more information, please scroll down. If you live outside of Mumbai, you can go to iSanctuary online store.
I went a bit crazy over shopping at iSanctuary! I bought a lot for my standard, but now I have a mental note of what else I want to buy from iSanctuary. The thing is that I don’t often encounter jewelry I love which meet my wallet/budget. I am just happy to know that there is iSanctuary in Mumbai where I can buy jewelry for myself and for gifts and souvenirs for my friends and family. I love knowing that doing so will support a good cause which makes the whole shopping meaningful (and guiltless!).
For Inquiries in Mumbai
I hope you’ll like iSanctuary Mumbai to show your support.
If simple clicking will support a good cause, why not?
As an expat, it is always hard to plan a party in a city where one is new and doesn’t know how to navigate the city. I learned as I planned and asked around for information. I hope this post can be useful for some parents who wish to have the same type of party.
Since I still don’t have a car, I managed to get around and go shopping by rickshaw. I think it helped a lot to make it possible for me to have this party thanks to free delivery service help I got in India. It was not easy nevertheless, but I am glad I did it. It was worthwhile. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing my daughters’ happy smiles on their faces.
There are many things to take into consideration when you plan a party. I am lucky as I have two girls whose birthdays are close and they let me combine their birthday celebrations. One regret I had was that I did not spend more time to check the guest lists my daughters made. It is good to let them be responsible for that, but I realized that they are still kids and of course they forget to include some kids in their classes. I am afraid that we might have made some of their friends’ feelings hurt. At the same time, realistically speaking, I could not invite everyone because the party had two age groups. I wish I could invite more people.
I feel that planning for my kids’ birthday parties make me age faster.
I can feel gray hair growing on the back of my head.
I, however, did enjoy planning for the party for my girls despite the stress.
After all I would have not traded this experience for anything else.
bollywood dance class
I researched around a bit and Karuna, an instructor with fast forward dance academy, gave me the best fee among others. She is a very sweet person and she and her colleagues came and totally rocked the class. The kids had a blast! Thank you, Karuna!!
fast forward dance academy
Dance Classes For Kids & Adults and Choreographed Many Sangeets.
Nirmala Niwas, Khar Danda, Khar (W), Mumbai – 400 052
Auxilium Convent High School, Pali Hill, Bandra (W), Mumbai – 400 050
SAi Seva Sangh, Gazdar Baandh, Santacruz (W), Mumbai – 400 054
Instructor We Had
Karuna Dutt & Her Team
Mobile: 91673 48772
4000 Rupees Per Hour (for kids)
For more photos, please click here.
mehndi ☆ henna tattoo
I wanted to let the kids get mehndi/henna tattoo done on their hands to go with a Bollywood dance theme. I learned later that this party ended up being similar to a Sangeet in India.
*Wedding Sangeet is a ceremony conducted a few days before the wedding in the Indian culture. It is exclusively for women and is all about dancing and music. via ask.com
Thank you, Arti!
500 Rupees Per Hour
The kids photos crack me up every time I see them.
Shop 1 Shabistan CHSL
Dr Ambedkar Road Bandra (West)
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400052, India
TEL:+91 22 6525 0747
HOURS: Friday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
anklets at Linking Road Market
Bangles, nail polish & bindi at Santacruz Market
hat and bracelet at Something Special
sunglasses at Linking Road Market & Santacruz Market
mustache straw at Party Hunterz
63, Hill Road
Bandra (W), Hill Rd
Bandra West, Mumbai
Opposite of St. Joseph Convent High School India
TEL:+91 22 2642 2526 | 22 3223 0152
*They close during lunch hours. Please check with them for their hours.
How to Steal This
There was no way that I could have made this happen without TH Bakes‘ beautiful and delicious cupcakes, sugar cookies and other sweets! Thank you, TH Bakes!!
TH Bakes, the American style Patisserie in Mumbai, India, was started by Bernadette and Bennet David in 2008 to financially support the orphanage, Tender Hands. Tender Hands was also started by them a year prior that in order to help children at the risk of being trafficked, HIV+ children, orphans and children of Commercial Sex-Workers in Mumbai. TH Bakes teaches and hires woman who have been challenged by life. The proceed of TH Bakes goes to Tender Hands.
Please “Like” TH Bakes on Facebook Fan Page.
It’s that simple. You can help them wherever you are! If only clicking to “Like” TH Bakes’ Facebook page and you can show your support and help them, why not? Plus, you can get some baking inspirations from them. Everyone needs some inspirations to bake. No?