Friday, 31 August 2012

I Can't Believe It Took Me So Long!

Well, I’ve finally finished my first attempt at making jewellery.  It’s taken a few months to get to this point…and a few kicks up the backside, but I’m so pleased to have started.  Moving to a new country is a BIG thing and it’s so hard being away from my family and friends, so I’ve found myself focusing on meeting people and making friends for the past five months.  Now, I feel it’s time to start doing some of the other things I had planned to do over here, one of which is delve into this bead box and start creating.

So here it is - my first creation.  I wanted to design a statement piece that encompassed all the elements I love (except for studs, but they’ll feature soon, no doubt) leather, lace and beads. Most of the beads featured are from an old necklace my granny gave me, and it’s great to actually be using them finally.  The lace was sourced in Mysore, here in India, and the rest is a mixture of old and new. 

I had so much fun pulling this together and once I’d started, the ideas just kept flowing…so watch this space!


Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Bike riding…in a lake

A couple of weeks ago, Al and I went mountain biking.  For me, it was the first time in over a year (I know, that’s a LONG time!).  I used to mountain bike quite a bit a few years back, but then for a number of reasons –  the main one being that we spent every free hour, and penny, renovating our flat in Bristol – it became a rare thing. 

I was always a fair-weather rider so when we’d finished the flat and had more free time to go riding again, the British weather gave me plenty of excuses to put it off.  You see, I’m not naturally a sporty person.  I hated it at school and would try anything to get out of school sports day.  So when I stopped riding, I forgot how much I enjoyed it and was convinced that I’d be terrible at it…and super unfit. Me being me, I preferred to stay away from my bike, instead of going out and proving myself wrong.

Moving to India has felt a bit like a new start for me.  I have plenty of opportunity to do what I want to do and to try new things, so it seemed like the right time for me to get out on my bike again and remind myself what I was missing…and with the weather being great over here, I've run out of excuses.  

It took us a while to work out where to go riding.  The roads in Bangalore are the worst place to ride a bike so it needed to be somewhere rural.  Eventually we discovered Hesaraghatta Lake; it looked like there was a trail going all the way round, making it a great place for a first ride. It turned out that the lake had dried up a few years ago, like many of the lakes in and around Bangalore.  As for the trail, well it was a ‘make it up as you go along’ type route. It was a strange sight, but an awesome place to ride…the trails were dry, the sun was shining and with there being no water, we had plenty of open space to play with. 

Storing our bikes has proved a little tricky, as we don't have a garage or garden, but we think we've found the perfect place:

I’m sure there will be more bike related posts like this in the future, with there being so few places to cycle in Bangalore, it makes sense to document the good rides we’ve found.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Blooming Marvellous!

Every August, Lalbagh Gardens host a flower show to celebrate Independence Day.  So a couple of weeks ago, I grabbed my macro lens, fought the crowds (I did, I had to barge through and be all impolite) and got a little snap happy. 

I love flowers.  I love to draw them, and we have a balcony full of them, but at the moment I’m a little obsessed with photographing them close up.  It creates beautiful colour combinations and shapes. It took me yonks to decide which ones to upload, but I think these are my favourites:

It was such a hot day so I wore this light dress with practical shoes...just as well as my feet were repeatedly stamped on in the glass house - ouch!

I've been working on my first necklace; a combination of my old collection of beads, and some new finds from India, so watch this space!

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Three Ways To Wear...

An oversized t-shirt.

I’m a sucker for an oversized t-shirt or vest.  I see them on other women and love how effortlessly stylish they look.  They ooze that ‘couldn’t care less…just threw it on’ chic that I wish I could master.   I know I’m not the only one who’s drawn to this look; I can’t tell you how many times I've found these hidden at the back of clients wardrobes, with the labels still on!

Oversized t-shirts can be so unflattering if you're not careful.  The loose un-structured shape is going to hide any kind of waist you might have and more often than not, the length will cut across the thighs. 

My 5ft 4 pear shape is one of the hardest shapes to work this style top, but where there’s a will there’s a way and I should know enough tricks by now to make this look work for me and my shape. Here are three of my favourite looks, but there are may more ways to wear it...maybe a little more colour next time!

Tied in a knot: Top - Evil Twin - Asos, jeans - Oasis, boots - Zara, belt - French Connection.
Layered: Jacket - Zara, trousers - J Brand, boots - NW3, bangles - Indian market.
Tucked in: Trousers - monsoon, shoes - Office, belt - Topshop, bangles - Indian market and Topshop.