American Velvet

Velvet by Graham and Spencer is such an awesome brand.  Simply perfect basics in lush fabrics. 

And, bonus, the model in their campaign is mind-numbing hotness. 

It’s a dog’s life

Well almost a week in India.  My body is sore and tired from yoga (luckily a day off yesterday). 

There are stray dogs everywhere.  It’s hard to take.  And the strange thing is that there are pedigreed dogs kept indoors all day and walked in the very early hours of the morning.  In Thailand it was the same story, but with small, fluffy pooches, but here it’s big dogs – labs, great Danes, golden retrievers and bull mastiffs.  And then hundreds of pavement specials littering the streets.  It’s terribly sad and I’m having to restrain myself from taking them all home (and catching mange and rabies in the process 🙁 )

Here are some pics to set the Mysore scene.  Unfortunately they don’t really represent the chaos and noise accurately!

Mysore, India

Well, here I am.  India is a wild place, which is what I imagined…but somehow one can’t be totally ready for the assault on the senses which is India!

The flight from Jo’burg was easy.  Walking out of the airport in Mumbai was something else entirely!  I felt immediately overwhelmed!  Anyway, I managed to work out how to get a taxi, and off we went to the Transit Hotel (to meet up with S and her hubby).  Now this is what I had imagined – crazy traffic, scooters, endless hooting, dirt and plastic bags, and many, many stray dogs, cats, cows and chickens (although the cows and chickens were probably not strays :))

Next was a flight to Bangalore (at 6am) and then a 4 hour taxi drive to Mysore…inducing much car-sickness and unhappiness.  (I think on the trip back it’s a train or plane). 

Finally we arrived at the family hosting us – cleanish rooms, flushing toilet, but unfortunately no shower curtain…what is up with that!?  We hopped on a scooter (with much anxiety on my side…the traffic and traffic “rules” are truly terrifying) and immediately stocked up on essentials – Handy Andy equivalent, scrubbing brushes, a kettle, cute and kitsch cutlery and crockery, and cornflakes!

Today was our third yoga practice with Sheshadri, who is an amazing and teeny-tiny Ashtangi, who has managed to flick me into some amazing postures. I’m sore and stiff (and eating loads!), but somehow when he’s standing on my back while I’m forward bending, I feel exhilarated! 🙂

Tomorrow is our last practice for the week (Sunday is our day off)…I’m thrilled 🙂 And it’s massage time tomorrow as well 🙂

Bring it!

Jxx

Pleat maxi

Maxi dresses are so easy and hide so many sins.  I love this one from ASOS  (although I think the colours could be a little draining and you pretty much have to be tall to pull it off).

ASOS favorite

I’m so in love with this top from ASOS!  SO me!  The shoes are gorgeous too!

Radley

I love Radley bags.  The cross-body bag is the best for me – I don’t carry too much stuff around, mainly because my back takes strain, so a cross-body is perfect…and allows two-handed shopping!

Radley

I love Radley bags.  The cross-body bag is the best for me – I don’t carry too much stuff around, mainly because my back takes strain, so a cross-body is perfect…and allows two-handed shopping!

To India!

Today I’m off to India.  I’ve scheduled some posts for while I’m away to keep you busy (at work), but I’ll also be updating from Mysore regularly (hopefully, depending on the electricity availability…apparently it’s not that reliable).  So you’ll be in the know re all my sore bits and pieces from some serious Ashtanga!

See you all on the 14th Feb!

Happy January! xx

Stella you’re a star

This is heavenly.  Truly a work of art.  Stella McCartney’s 2011 Spring Collection is outstanding.