Friday, June 29, 2012

Saigon this week

Quick trip to Saigon this week. I was bringing fabric to the locally based NGO "Fair Fashion Trade," picking up finished table linens, scouring the markets, eating Pho for breakfast and snapping up embroidered nightgowns for future ZOJORA clients. Loving, loving my sourcing / business escapades. Zojora should be shortly online and in the meantime check out our Facebook page
Have a great weekend.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Bali Escapade

Flower offerings at Kumbassari Market, Denpassar
Sourcing Ikat fabric in Sukawati
Royal Palace in Ubud

Taking a break from all that shopping at Kudeta beach, Seminyak
Impromptu sale at home with goodies brought back from my trip

Escaped to Bali for 3 days this week. Purpose of this trip was sourcing, basically non-stop shopping. Working on a project of "travel inspired" accessories and table linens, that should be launched very soon and in the meantime looking for unique accessories that hopefully will have you lusting for. Went around to a bunch of local handicraft markets and met some great local jewelry designers. Can't wait to show you all the things that I picked up along the way. 
Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Up and Around Chinatown

Took a quick stroll around Chinatown this afternoon in search of buddhas and beads. I love getting lost and wandering around Singapore. Definitely one of my favorite aspects about living here is discovering all these very typical and different ethnic neighborhoods. In one day, I can "travel" from India to China via Malaysia and then back in my hood which is know here as "Little Paris" or the Goon for others.
PS. If like me you're in the search for beads & trinkets head to People's Park Centre, a treasure trove.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Photo 101

Recently took a 2 day photo class at Ojectifs and have finally understood, more or less, the basic differences between shutterspeed, aperture and ISO. I now take my pictures in manual mode to the great regret of my kids who complain that I'm way too slow. Anyway, loving my newly learned skills. Think the colors are great, never use my flash anymore and learned how to shoot still lifes. Would definitely recommend their classes - check out their website as they have classes for all levels.
Fishermen in Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka
Paper napkins in Ambalangoda
On the road to Galle, Sri Lanka
My overexposed Laguna shot that I'm in love with