Thursday, 15 March 2012

Three weeks to go...!

If you’re a regular reader of Hip Shapes And Bristol Fashion then you may have read this post where I mentioned that I'd just come back from India.  I also hinted that there was a lot to share, so here goes…

I’m moving to Bangalore for a year at the beginning of April!!!

There, I’ve said it.

It’s been a really hard thing for me to talk about, as, although I’m over the moon and can’t wait, it’s meant that I’m having to change my current business in Bristol.  This is something that I’m really sad about doing, as I’m really enjoying what I’ve got going on at the moment.

Living abroad is one of those things that we’ve always talked about doing, we nearly moved to Australia when we were first married, but it wasn’t the right time.  So when there was a possibility of moving to India with my husband’s job, we had to give it some serious thought. 

We’ve been living with my parents in Bath for almost a year now, after selling our flat in Bristol. So with no home, no kids and everything already in storage, we decided that we couldn’t pass up such an opportunity as India is such an amazing, beautiful, crazy place!

So what is going to happen to my business? 
Well, it’s really taken off over the past three years and I have enjoyed every minute of it so I’m not about to abandon it.  I love my job very much…helping people to develop their own style, to grow in confidence and achieve goals as a result is extremely rewarding and not something I’m prepared to stop doing anytime soon.

I’ll be splitting my time between India and the UK allowing me to make the most of the Indian experience and give my clients what they want in the Bristol / Bath area - so you’ll probably spot me out and about in town when I come back to see clients throughout the year. I’ve also got some exciting new services planned which I can’t wait to tell you all about (I'm currently keeping them a secret so watch this space!).  

I’m hoping that my blog will be a big part of my life while I’m away and am planning to take it a little more seriously.  It’s something I love doing but I know that I need to put some structure and planning in place so I can grow it into something that resembles a bigger and better blog.  I just hope that you’ll all be right there with me, it will be strange living in such a different place so far away so if you’re up for it, please continue to follow me and comment.  I love to hear your comments; they honestly do make my day :)

My time in India will be a fantastic opportunity to take some time out and reflect on where I am and where I want to be. I’m constantly planning and coming up with ideas to push my business forward; there are new personal stylists cropping up all the time so I try to make sure that I’m one step ahead.  India will give me the time and distance to put some of my plans and dreams into reality as well as some serious inspiration and excellent experiences to draw upon.

But what about Hendrix I hear you say? !
Well, I will miss him so much, he's my little friend and keeps me company everyday...and lets be honest, he makes my photos far more interesting! But it's just not fair to take him with us so he's off to Hornsea to stay with Al's parents.  He'll have the time of his life with walks on the beach and swimming in the sea...just hope he remembers me when we come back!

If you're still here (thanks for reading!), then here are some pictures from our recent trip to Bangalore...

Can you spot the goose?
There is store after store of beautiful bangles, shoes, ribbons and fabric, I won't be able to resist!
We were there over Valentines day so we had a romantic meal on the roof of our hotel, it was stunning.
Wow, that's probably my longest post yet!  If you've got this far then thanks for reading.  I've got so much to do over the next couple of weeks - juggling clients and packing - but I'll try to keep posting,

Have you been to India before? Is it somewhere you'd like to go? Any tips on what I should take other than a giant box of Yorkshire Tea!?


Helen Pullen said...

Hi Niki,

What an amazing opportunity! I could never move so far away and I think you're extremely brave for doing so. Good luck with your new ventures and I'll definitely keep reading your posts.


Bola said...

Wow! What an amazing adventure you're about to go on! Good luck and yes keep blogging. Can't wait to see and hear about your life in India.

Lily Darger said...

What an amazing opportunity! Please soak it up as much as you can and live the dream that the rest of us can't! You are so blessed!

Pinhole and Paper said...

Hey, that just made me have a little tiny tear in the corner of my eye. It is an amazing opportunity and I think you guys are really brave. I know you will have a brilliant time and make the most of being in such an incredible place.I am a little bit pleased that you will be popping back to keep your business going, you have worked so hard at it and you deserve it to be succesful. I guess this just gives you the opportunity to take it in a new and exciting direction a change is as good as a break. Just don't forget us back here in chilly Bristol. Nai x

Niki said...

Thank you so much for all the lovely comments, they truly have made my day :) I'm really sad to be leaving Bristol and the special friends I've made here but am so excited too...very mixed emotions right now! Thank you xxx

Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog said...

What an amazing opportunity. I hope you will be blogging about it and can't wait to see what you do in India! I have never been to India but would love to go one day (perhaps when children are older!)

SJP said...

India looks amazing, from a photography point it's somewhere I've always wanted to go. This is such an exciting experience and can't wait to read all about it - will you be coming to BFW at Cribbs next Friday? Would be lovely to see you before you go! xx

Niki said...

Hi Ceri, thanks :) India's an amazing place, so inspiring you MUST go! xx

Niki said...

Hi Sarah, yeah, I'm hoping to reignite my love of photography, it's the perfect place! Sadly I won't be able to make BFW as we're heading up north to say bye to family and friends. xx

SJP said...

Aww ok, well have a lovely time up north and have a safe trip - can't wait to hear all about the move : ) xx

daisymay aka Chantele said...

Wow that is a big move you are very brave! But I bet it will be amazing. I wish all the best of luck and shall look forward to seeing some great photos from India
Daisy Dayz

Niki said...

Thanks daisymay, it should be an awesome experience. x

Arash Mazinani said...

Hi just read this post, wow you're moving to India! Awesomeness! You'll have to keep me up to date on here and on twitter!

Niki said...

Hey Arash, Yeah, just's definately awesome :) Keep in touch!

violet bazaar. said...

WOW, I love your photos :-D You have a great eye for detail! I hope everything is going well in India!

Hannah x

p.s. I was Violet Bazaar not I have chnaged my blog to 'theirattire'

violet bazaar. said...

WOWSAAAAS to India! It is so brave for anyone and beautifully adventurous! I bet your having an 'ethnic' fashion moment right now with all those amazing saris and bangles! One day I will go too!

Hannah x

P.s. Ive chnaged my blog name to 'theirattire' as I think people will remember it more ha ha!