Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Childhood Summer Vacations

I'd like to introduce you to Neenu from Mirror of Enlightenment!
Today we're taking part in a Blog Swap, courtesy of 20 Something Bloggers, about Childhood summer vacations. Here's Neenu's story...

Summer in God's Own Country

I was born in 'God's Own Country', Kerala, a small state in the southern end of India.
The beautiful landscape adorned by lush green coconut trees, paddy fields and many small lakes, rivers and backwaters earned it the title of being 'God's Own Country'.

My childhood summer vacations were mostly spend with my Granny and cousins at our ancestral home, tucked away in a remote and beautiful village in Kerala. I would start dreaming about summer, months before the school closed and as soon as vacation starts, I would rush off to Granny's place.

We would catch a bus till the local bus stop and then walk a few kilometers to Granny’s. I loved the walk. The bumpy road would cut straight through rubber plantations and small streams. I would spend hours soaking my legs in the cool water of the stream and counting the number of tiny fishes that brush past my legs. Houses on the roadside would be filled with the sounds of people merrily going about their work, tiny tots chasing each other, elderly ladies sitting outside their homes and gossiping while chopping vegetables or carefully cutting homegrown jackfruits. Jackfruit was the most popular fruit of the area and no summer vacation was complete without munching those small yellow yummy fruit.

My Granny had a rubber plantation, paddy field and a variety of trees ranging from coconut trees to jackfruit trees growing all around her house. The house looked like it was build right in the middle of a jungle and she had cows and hens at home. Reaching her house was nothing short of an adventure for me.

All my uncles, aunts and cousins would come from distant places to spend the vacation together.
It would be chaos as everyone chattered incessantly, filling each other on everything that had happened in their households. Aunties would be in kitchen making food and laughing and teasing each other. All the uncles would be seated in the veranda, talking animatedly about current political scenario, finance, business and lots of other important and boring stuff.

We kids would assemble in front of TV, talking and switching channels. Granny would be moving between the three groups with a tray filled with food- jackfruits, mangoes, bananas and various home made delicacies.

It was customary for us to have all the meals together. So everyone would crowd around the small dinning table and have food. Granny was very particular that we should all be well fed and she personally saw to it that everyone had their plates full at all points of the meal. She would scold us children and wouldn't let us leave the table until we had finished eating everything that she had piled up on our plate.

During the evenings, we kids would go for a walk or go swimming in the pond nearby or would play cricket on the road. Kids from the neighborhood and sometimes uncles would also join us for games. Running carefree, chasing each other, climbing trees and playing, summer vacations always ended too soon.

At the end of the vacation, Granny would pack our bags with a variety of food items and the much loved jackfruit, to take back to our homes in different cities.

We would bid each other a teary farewell with the promise to meet soon. As we turn back for a final goodbye, granny would wave at us smiling like an angel. Childhood summer vacations were indeed the best vacations of my life..

Monday, 23 July 2012

Wonderful Weekend

Eurgh, I cannot believe how ROUGH I feel right now. I'm currently tucked up in bed with the tv on and my laptop within arms reach. Of all times to get ill, it had to be THIS week :( Bad times!

I had such a good weekend. We stayed at Sedgebrook Hall hotel in Northampton for a family party and it was the first time the BF had met everyone. I felt bad for him, but he soon relaxed and started talking to one of my cousins about cars. 

The hotel was amazing. Sadly we didn't get chance to go for a swim in the pool as it was closed by the time we got back, but we had a game of pool in the bar and had a chance to relax and make the most of it. 

This is what I wore... I bought mine for £14.99 in TKMaxx, but apparently it's also available at New Look.

So now that the weekend's over I'm in bed with a cold, which is SO ANNOYING as I'm supposed to be going to the BF's graduation on Thursday. Anyone got any remedies to help me get better sooner??

Friday, 20 July 2012

Friday Fancies: Euro Trip

If you're a regular on my blog, you'll know that I LOVE anything to do with Paris and France, so for my Euro Trip, I've chosen a (subtle) French theme... 

Euro Trip
Wish you were here! x

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

How To Wear It Wednesday: The Scarf

This week's How To Wear It theme is Scarves.
I found this awesome website showing you 37 Ways to Tie a Scarf.
The website is great, there's lots photos and videos showing you how to tie and fold scarves.
Check out the bolero video - my favourite one!!

Below are some examples of the things you can do!
loose wrap
Double Loop
Muffler II
Cape Wrap
Bandana Scarf
I love scarves, I have loads of them. They're light, affordable and can literally make any outfit look great in seconds! 

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Pucker Up!

Getting Lippy
I love lipgloss, it's so quick and easy to apply anywhere!

Here are my top picks...

1. Barry M Lip Gloss Wand
2. Rimmel London Kate Lipstick
3. Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter
4. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Lip gloss
5. Lancome Juicy Tubes Jelly Gloss
6. Benefit Ultra Shine Gloss
7. Bare Escentuals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss
8. Vaseline Intensified 
9. Victoria's Secret Lipgloss

Friday, 13 July 2012

Last Night

So, last night I tried something new... 

I'd never done it before...

And I LOVED it! 


Seriously, it was amazing. I felt so good after and it really helped my back. 

The lesson started with a relaxation session and continued with stretches and yoga poses. These included the sun worship and warrior poses. The lesson finished with a final relaxation session and cool down.

Kara, the instructor, was so helpful and her voice was so soothing. I felt fully restored and so much happier. I would definitely go again!

You can visit her website HERE.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

How to Wear It Wednesday: Tailored Shorts

Is anybody else addicted to 2 Broke Girls?

I LOVE Caroline's clothes, but there's one item in particular that, I think, looks stunning on her... her tailored shorts. There's no way I could get away with wearing shorts like that, but if you too want to copy her style, here's a few combinations of how to wear them...

1. Naturally Neutral
tailored shorts 1
I love my naturals and my nudes so it's no surprise really that I'm creating an outfit with these colours. Because the shorts expose a lot of leg, I decided to even out the balance and keep the top half covered. The tailoring on the shorts is quality and I love how the blue on the pendant really stands out and catches the eye. Perfect for any age!

2. Barely There

tailored shorts 2
Bare midriffs are key right now, so why not build an outfit compromising both elements? Be careful not to go overboard though, exposing too much flesh can make you stand out for all the wrong reasons. I love the cropped to with the rucksack, it's so 90's. Anyone else thinking 'Saved by the Bell' right now?

3. Pretty in Pink and Pearls
tailored shorts 3
The great thing about tailored shorts is that they don't just come in greys and tweeds. More recently prints are on the catwalk and all over the high street. This, for me, is the ultimate summer outfit, whether it's lazing about in the park with friends or on the beach with that special someone, this outfit says cool, calm and oh so fashionable!

Saturday, 7 July 2012

The Leibster Award


Guess what... I got my first award! Thanks to Ashlie at Just Another Daydream

It's called the Leibster Award.

The Liebster Blog Award is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The Meaning; Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.

The Rules for Receiving This Award:
 1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you've tagged to answer.
3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. Remember, no tag backs! 

11 Things About Me:
  1. My favorite color is blue.
  2. I love to cook and bake.
  3. I will always love Fall Out Boy.
  4. I'm a qualified teacher.
  5. I'm an only child.
  6. I write lists about anything
  7. I'm obsessed with Paris
  8. I used to be a graphic designer
  9. I order my dvds alphabetically by title and my books alphabetically by author
  10. I love Big Bang Theory, Family Guy, Outnumbered, American Dad and Desperate Housewives
  11.  I'm a MAJOR chocaholic
Ashlie's Questions For Me:
  1. What do you do and why? I'm a qualified teacher looking for a new job. It's something I've always wanted to do and I love it!
  2. Do you have any pets? No, although my boyfriend has cats so I get to cuddle them :)
  3. What do you do for fun? I love films and reading. I'm more of a 'stay in and snuggle up with a good dvd' person than a 'go clubbing and party all night' person
  4. Write a little about yourself in a sentence. I'm loyal, friendly, happy and optimistic
  5. Where do you want to visit the most? I'm dying to go to Paris. It looks so amazing!
  6. What do you believe? I believe everything happens for a reason. If something doesn't work out, then there's probably something better around the corner
  7. Where do you see yourself in the future? Hopefully with my own house, with a job and generally being happy
  8. What are your favorite movies? I'm into all sorts... I love Taken, Pride and Prejudice (and the book), John Tucker Must Die and anything with Kate Hudson in it...
  9. If you had an unlimited budget, what would you do with all your money? I'd give my parents and family lots of money so they're ok, I'd buy a huge house for myself and then I'd look into starting a business and setting up my own school
  10. What is your favorite decade? Probably the noughties - modern technology and great memories of being with my old friends
  11. What do you like about blogging and what have you gained from it, so far? I love the fact that I get to write about all sorts, I get to meet new people and build confidence and connections

                I Nominate The Following:
                Melissa @ Living Holland
                Victoria @ One Crafty Momma

                Questions From Me:
                1. What do you do and why?
                2. What's your favourite movie of all time and why?
                3. What's the scariest movie you've ever watched?
                4. If you could be a character in any novel you've ever read, who would you be and why?
                5. Are you a spender or a saver?
                6. If your life was a song what would the title be?
                7. Do you prefer card games or board games?
                8. Who is your hero?
                9. What person in history would you most like to meet?
                10. Would you rather have the power to be invisible or the power to read minds?
                11. Would you rather be good looking or rich?

                Can't wait to read your answers :)