in pictures. work and play.

That wonderful age when work and play is all one and the same. Was adorable watching Kabir tapping away on his little laptop, with complete focus. Free and happy. Not having his mommy or daddy screaming at him when he tries the same with either one of their laptops! The lil grown up! โค

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in pictures. bubbletime.

One of his favorite part of the day. Lying immersed in a tub full of bubbles! Happily exclaiming…”it’s bubble time!!!”

So much so, that it becomes a struggle to get him out each time. “More..more”…”More bubble!!”. It never being enough. Often leading to a full blown tantrum complete with kicking and screaming. How do you deal with your toddlers tantrums? Kabir is “touchwood”ย  pretty well behaved…as much as you can expect a 2.4 year old to be! But then there are times when the tantrums strike and then all peace is disrupted. At that time there is no reasoning with him. He just wants it his way.ย  On the other hand, he is beginning to understand emotions better, realizing himself when mamma is angry or upset with him…”Sorry mamma…it’s ok mamma…”. Making me then feel all guilty ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I mean if something is making him happy by his logic he just wants to keep doing it. Wouldn’t you?

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in pictures. my swedish summer.

My last two visits to Stockholm before had been in September 2013 and then again in March 2014. Cold and grey both the times. March specially being bitterly cold. After finishing work at around 6, there really isn’t much to do but head back to the hotel and stay warm in the bed! Cold, lonely and bored! So when a trip got planned in June this time, I was super excited! I was going to finally experience the Swedish summer! The Sweden I had seen in the youtube videos of the Swedish summer fest! Happy smiling faces, sun shining pretty much all day and night!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Great food, drinks and games! Specially because this time I was taking a few days off and seeing more of Sweden than the H&M head office and a few stores around ๐Ÿ™‚

So you can imagine my disappointment when I reached a cold, grey and rainy Stockholm. Where was the Swedish summer I had been told so much about! Where was the sun?!!!And then to deal with my totally inappropriate wardrobe! I had packed for summer! Maxi dresses, crochet tops, sandals and a straw hat! Mercifully I had thrown in a pair of black denims, which pretty much became my lifeline through the stay!

Then came Wednesday, my last day in Sweden before I take the flight back to Bangalore. And the sun emerged from behind those grey rainy skies!!! And how ๐Ÿ™‚ It was such a glorious day! Bright and sunny and deliciously warm! It was also the day I got to spend in the countryside amidst never ending green fields and bright blue sky! It was like being in a fairytale setting….picking wild flowers and berries from the forest, lying on the grass staring at the sky, soaking in the sun and relishing the perfect farm meal-salmon, veggies and rice. And I finally got a chance to use the summer wardrobe i had packed for the trip:) All in all the perfect last day I could have wished for.IMG_5424 IMG_5425 IMG_5433 IMG_5443 IMG_5471 IMG_5472 IMG_5490 IMG_5494 IMG_5502 IMG_5505 IMG_5507 IMG_5514 IMG_5527 IMG_5534 IMG_5536 IMG_5543 IMG_5544 IMG_5555 IMG_5556 IMG_5557 IMG_5560 IMG_5563 IMG_5567 IMG_5572 IMG_5583 IMG_5588

On me

top- zara

palazzo pants- zara

hat- h&m

flowers- from the wild

in pictures. being frida.

Defiantly beautiful, tenacious and veracious. A survivor. A fashion icon. A brave and powerful woman. Frida Kahlo. I love her. Always have, since I discovered her. And have always wanted to have a theme party to get chance to dress like her. And it happened. When I least expected it to. (Don’t most things?!) In Stockholm, staying the weekend over with a friends friend, now also my very good friend. The crazy and fun Bella. So she was invited to a friend’s 30th birthday party with a theme of Frida!!! And I was invited to come along and of course I had to dress the part! Initially a little bummed cos I would have wanted to plan better. Know before so I could carry the necessary tools(clothes/jewellery/ scarves etc etc) to do justice to Frida! But then…that’s her magic. You don’t need a lot. Some flowers, some bright colours and lots of right attitude is enough. It ended up being once of the most fun nights I have had in a long time. Getting together first with two other friends at Bella’s place, cooking, eating, drinking and helping each other become Frida!

I guess I am intrinsically a lil Frida, cos I had no trouble digging out things from my tiny assortment of clothes and accessories I was carrying to get “the look” in place. The flowers, which we had earlier in the day picked up, of course helped! What did do the trick finally was Bella’s dressing gown from Anokhi, which she had picked up on her trip to India in May earlierย  this year!

And so we walked out of her apartment, four Frida’s, looking at feeling the part. Pretty, confident and ready for fun. Getting there and seeing the room full of Frida’s, a riot of color was absolutely amazing! The birthday girl, dressed beautifully in a white cast and a Mexican gilet was so lovely. Her Mexican roots making her the perfect Frida! Was so wonderful to see each one looking so different yet in our own way embodying Frida so beautifully. Each one paying respect to the amazing character that she was.

Needless to say it was a wonderful evening. Talking, drinking, chatting, discovering, discussing, laughing…and being Frida!

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โ€œFeet, what do I need them for, if I have wings to fly?โ€- Frida Kahlo

 

a lil note. besties.

So we have this little tradition in India where once a child is born, someone close to the family, makes the baby taste some honey. Well not everywhere in India, but in certain communities, mine being one. So once mom got to Bangalore the day after Kabir was born, she kept reminding us we should do it. So we got our close friend, Jayanth to do the honors. Now its said that a certain bond is formed between the two and the baby tends to take on the person’s traits. Good and bad. So you have to choose wisely! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now I don’t know whether it was the honey or not. But a special bond they already share. Kabir adores him. The smile Jayanth gets after he sees him after a while is just reserved for him! He calls him “maamu”, maternal uncle in hindi. So Kabir has two official “maamu’s” ๐Ÿ™‚

Every night when a much younger Kabir kept me up till the wee hours of the morning, not crying, just playful and refusing to sleep. I would blame Jayanth for passing on his nocturnal nature on to Kabir! Time’s going to tell how many more he’s going to take on! ๐Ÿ™‚

For now, it’s lovely seeing the two together. The picture is from the weekend, when Jayanth was over home. Kabir was very proudly making sand pizza and ice-cream and feeding him! ๐Ÿ™‚ And yea..unknowingly coordinated!

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