The old world charm of putting flowers in your hair in a bun… something so nostalgic and lovely about it. In south India it’s quite the tradition, to infact put flowers in your hair (mostly jasmine) every morning after a bath! Though I don’t indulge in that luxury every day…in this festive time of the year, I did..And it felt lovely! Coupled with the bright pink of my Nicobar kurta, it was a match made in heaven 😍
I don’t know if it’s just me…but the impromptu shoot on the day of Bhai Dooj, of the three of us (couldn’t manage to get both the boys together sadly:() somehow reminds me of old oil paintings… And I love the feeling! Always a sucker for all things old and vintage…✨✨✨
Kurta from Nicobar
Pants from Manan
Earrings from Amrapali at Good Earth
Chappals-Gift from husband from a recent trip to Ahmedabad 🙂
Kurta and churidars from Anokhi
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!!! 🙂 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 🙂
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 🙂 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.
palazzo pants- zara
flowers- from the wild
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 earlier 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!
“Feet, what do I need them for, if I have wings to fly?”- Frida Kahlo
Around the house. Yellow spotting.