This Zara dress is one of my favorite dresses that I own. It was a gift from my sisters for my birthday last year. My youngest sister picked it up at a Zara store in Tokyo. I like her style which is different from mine. When she picks an outfit for me, it usually makes me go out of my comfort zone and I get to wear something that I might not chose for myself. The length of this dress is a bit riskier than my usual liking, but I think that the dress looks better without leggings.
The black shoes are my most recent shoe purchase in Mumbai. I love shoes, but it’s hard to find what I like wherever I am. I bought this pair at Bootmaker on Liking Road in Mumbai. There are numerous shoe shops lined up side by side on Linking Road in Mumbai. It was overwhelming to find where to go when I first visited and I wished someone had given me a recommendation or two! I decided to check out most of the shops on Linking Road one by one. I quickly learned that not every store has shoes that you would find in the U.S. Bootmaker is one of the shops that I found more trendy shoes that you might find in the U.S. Yes, I recommend Bootmaker.
The necklace was a gift from my husband for my birthday in the previous year. I love it. He bought it in the U.S., but it was made in India. I received it when we were in the U.S. last summer and it was before our move to Mumbai. It’s interesting, isn’t it? I brought it back to the country where it was made.
Zara has been one of my favorite fashion brands. It’s my dream to visit Spain one day and shop at Zara, the world’s largest apparel retailer. Spain is a country of origin of another favorite brand of mine, Mango. Why did I not pick Spanish to learn when I was in school?
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 tell the story of the store from here and I hope you’ll enjoy seeing all the one of a kind pieces sold at the store.
I was really excited when I was given a permission to take photos of The White Window when I visited. (I usually visit without checking in advance whether I can take photos or not. Often times stores and restaurants allow me to take photos, but there were times I was told that I wasn’t allowed to do so.) I throughly enjoyed photographing the dreamy interior of the store with lots of light that came in from the big glass windows.
I purchased their Morocco candle (in photo above). It was 650 Rupees (About US$11). It smelled absolutely divine.
THE WHITE WINDOW
330 Palatial Building,
21 Ambedkar Road
Bandra (W), Mumbai 400050
TEL: 022 2646 5957
I still have a number of photos taken over the summer, which I need to go over, edit and upload to different sites to save them. I’m a bit overwhelmed. That’s why I have not been inspired to blog lately. Actually, I have a lot to say. The problem is that I don’t find the right photos to use and I have not been motivated to edit the photos. This often happens when I have too many photos for me to go through and edit.
Anyways, I finally edited these photos from our time in Dallas during this past summer in 2014. These are dear to me. We went to visit my sister-in-law in Dallas, Texas. While she was at work, we took our kids and our nephew, my sister-in-law’s son, to visit Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas. We loved it!
When I was looking for an activity to do with our kids, my sister-in-law’s neighbor recommended Klyde Warren Park. It was perfect as we wanted a reasonably priced activity that entertains our kids well, can tire them out, and can be finished in time for us to put our toddler son to take a nap. Well, Klyde Warren Park is free! We loved ordering lunch from the food car parked along the Klyde Warren Park and eat outside before having gone to the park.
I highly recommend Klyde Warren Park for any families who visit Dallas (I assume people who live there know about it). It was a gem. Klyde Warren Park was exactly what my kids miss in our life in Mumbai and they absolutely loved running around in a play ground getting splashed by the water in the hot weather. It was a bit warm for parents to watch the kids, but it was worth seeing our kids smile.
My friend, Sarah, gave me a beautiful Mia Tui bag when we saw each other in Houston, Texas, this past summer. Mia Tui is a bag brand which was founded in 2010 by a mom of two, Charlotte, while she lived in Vietnam with her family. All the Mia Tui purses are created in Vietnam and “Tui” in the name means “bag” in Vietnamese.
Sarah and I met in Jakarta, Indonesia through our kids and we shared some fabulous time during the whole three years of our tour in Jakarta. The most memorable time with Sarah to me was the time we spent in the same group to practice and perform for the Fashion Dance, a charity event organized by the British Women’s Association in Jakarta, Indonesia.
After Sarah gave me this fabulous purse in Houston, I traveled with it all summer and I have been using it everyday in Mumbai, India since we came back from our summer holidays. For women with a busy life style whether at work or at home with or without kids, traveling, shopping, etc. there is nothing better than having a purse that helps you organize and get to everything quickly.
shirt: le petit society, pants: zara
The bag that I have is called Grace. I love Grace bag for its versatility. It can be a shoulder bag or a messenger bag with an extension belt. Messenger bags are so convenient as you can get to your stuff with one hand.
When I flew from the U.S. to Japan and from Japan back to India, I used Grace bag as a messenger bag and it was very practical at the airports. I was able to get my children’s and my passports and boarding passes in and out of the bag very easily.
I love my big bags, too, but I always felt that I could never find what I needed when I needed it. I used to look for my cell phone, wallet and key all the time.
I have done this below before to look for my key and cell phone. My head was halfway in my purse.
Have you done this?
Ok, maybe it’s just me…
This key string has been a life saver for me who’s always looking for a house key. I can find my key even without looking. Another thing that many people might appreciate is that Mia Tui bags are waterproof inside and outside. I like subtle colors for my purses, but I do love and feel cheerful when I open my purse and see the pink lining inside. I find it really pretty.
Below is the inside of my purse. (Eeeek!) To keep all these small items organized in a purse without getting everything scrambled is a bit of a challenge.
I have three kids. My youngest son, who is two years old, keeps me on my toes. It helps me to have a well-organized purse so that I don’t get distracted by digging out something in my purse and I can keep an eye on him. He can move fast, you know!
I hope you enjoyed my virtual tour of Mia Tui bag!
Thank you, Sarah, for a wonderful gift!!
During the summer holidays in 2014, we made a trip to Hokkaido, Japan. Our first stop was in Hakodate, Hokkaido for one day before we headed to Sapporo. From Tokyo all the way to Hokkaido we took “shinkansen”, a bullet train. There is a whole another post to be written on our fun ride on different trains with JR Passes. The very first day in Hakodate was chilly even though it was already the end of June. Hot drinks at Starbucks in Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse area in Hakodate defrosted our freezing bodies. I loved how the interior of the Starbucks in Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse was decorated with a port theme.
I’m finally getting to my photos I’ve taken this summer. It took me a long time to get back to the blogging routine. Thank you so much to those readers who left me sweet comments on my instagram or Facebook page. Your words meant a lot to me and made me want to come back to blogging.
I feel like I’m not fully back yet. I had gone away from blogging for over two months. The summer time when I took a break from our expat life with a fabulous help at home and returned to the reality where I had to do everything on my own was a good wake-up call and eye-opening experience for me. During the summer, at the end of the day I had no juice to face my computer to blog or edit my photos. I was done mentally and physically. At the same time, it was great that I lived my life. I removed my blog filter and enjoyed every moment of my time with my family and friends without looking through my camera lens. It was needed and appreciated.
Here are my instagram photos which I took at the Starbucks in Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse area in Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan.
Our trip to Hokkaido was an absolutely gem. It was just what we needed.
Now I have to work on more photos.
Before that, though, I have to reevaluate how I want to balance my life with blogging.
Style My Kid / Chuzai Living
Le Petit Society is an Asian base children’s fashion brand founded by a Singaporean couple, Robyn and Dylan. I had two wonderful opportunities to collaborate with Le Petit Society. My first collaboration with Le Petit Society came in May 2013 in this post. My second collaboration post came out in the recent past in July 2014 and you can find it here.
Soon after my post on Le Petit Society’s adorable Safari collection came live on my blog, Le Petit Society kindly asked if I wanted to be interviewed for their blog’s new column called “Style My Kid”. I was very flattered that Le Petit Society was actually interested in hearing my opinions about kid fashion! My interview, Style My Kid / Chuzai Living, was recently published on le petit society blog. You can see some of my previous photos there as well.
I am inspired by Robyn and Dylan who founded and run the company. Their website is stylish and beautiful. The design of its clothes are adorable and quite comfortable. How do I know? Because I wear them. Please see my photos on the post about Safari Shirts post. More to come, too. Le Petit Society’s instagram stream is fun as well.
Some day I hope to meet le petit society team. It’s a funny world the blogging creates. What a wondrous world it is, too! I cannot imagine my world without my blog. I say this even though I have not blogged frequently in the recent past. Le Petit Society reminded me of its joy during the summer, though. Arigato!
Did you land in Mumbai with a toddler of yours?
You must have wondered how you can entertain your active child.
I did last summer.
There are not many places you can take your kids to play during the day in Mumbai unless your apartment has an outdoor play area. There are parks and playgrounds in Mumbai, but they usually close from 10:00 a.m. (or 11:00) until 4:00 p.m. (some open at 3:30). Therefore, the precious playgrounds become unavailable during the day when they are very active. To me after 4:00 p.m. is not a possibility to take my toddler to a play ground because I have to be home to attend to my older kids. During the Monsoon Season, outdoor activities are not options. Thus, children’s fitness centers like My Gym and privately owned indoor playgrounds such as Hop n Bop (good for toddlers) and Funky Monkey (fantastic for toddlers to elementary school kids) become great places to entertain active kids.
My Gym is based on membership and you enroll your child in a class. If you were to join for your toddler child, I highly recommend that you join with your friends. I find it more fun for you to go there with your friends. I joined thanks to my friend, Moniek, who told me about the promotion period to join My Gym and invited me and my son to join her, her daughter and their friends. I would have not been able to afford if it was not during the promotion period. (Please scroll down for a deal with My Gym I got for my readers.) It became a regular play date where I could see my friends and my son could see his friends.
Do not worry if your child won’t be able to sit during the class. Many 2-year-olds don’t. My son is definitely the type who would not sit and listen to instructions. In fact, I’m usually chasing after my son because he doesn’t want to participate and runs away from me. My Gym has about 10 to 15 minutes of class activities and after that, children have a free play time and are allowed to go to different stations to have play on their own. During the free play time, staff also creates different activity stations where kids are encouraged to try, but if your kids don’t want to try, it is okay.
Here’s another thing that sold me to My Gym. If you become a member, you can also take your child to what they call “practice and play” sessions which allow members to take their children to play for an hour at a designated time. The practice and play session hours are offered to different age groups throughout the day. There were two practice and play hours in the morning in a week where I thought my son could go, so that was very nice. I like to take my son to My Gym because it’s clean, safe with padded equipments and there are always a couple of My Gym employees who watch kids. It’s wonderful!
When I joined in 2013, I joined during a promotional period. The discounted amount I paid was 18,000 Rs. (about US$300) for 16 sessions which is equivalent to a 4 months period. When you cannot make it to the class, they will not count that day and you can use a make-up day later, which is fantastic.
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