I was lucky enough to spend the most amazing three weeks traveling around India, straight after Christmas, spending a couple of days in Mumbai, eight days on the Maharajas Express visiting all the usual suspects in Rajasthan, a few days in Delhi and then a much needed week of R & R in Goa. It was awesome, the trip of a lifetime....... and Kuoni Travel did me proud.
Rajasthan was staggering in its beauty, the Taj Mahal was invisible the day we visited, but still a wonder to behold, sadly, we didn't see a tiger in Ranthambore, but we did see lots of elephants and camels en route. Delhi was surprisingly lovely for an Indian city and Goa was like a week in paradise. It really was an amazing journey and I will get round to doing a proper blog of my trip, eventually. Meanwhile, I am posting my highlights of each place on Facebook so do go have a look when you're curled up with a cuppa. Click here.
As I am currently missing wearing pretty clothes (who isn't in the UK in February?) that don't require the addition of thermal underwear, I thought I would share with you the various outfits I wore on my Indian trip, photographed against some of the most famous walls in the world! These are the shots I posted on Instagram whilst traveling so if you want to follow my journeys in real time, do join me for the next trip! Click here.
CLOTHES L-R: A pre-loved kaftan from Australia, a kaftan from Vietnam with baggy trousers from Mister Zimi in Bali, a top by Massuri with blue linen pants from Havana Blue Boutique in Melbourne, jumpsuit from Byron Bay Market, baggy pants from Cotton On, Australia & t-shirt from Byron Bay Market, new top from Burlingtons of Bombay, in the Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai, trousers from Havana Blue Boutique, Melbourne and my new blue pashmina from Jaipur.
CLOTHES: Top by Massuri, baggy pants by Tiger Lily , both in Australia worn with a very ancient pashmina, kaftan from Norya Ayron in Marrakech, kaftan from Cottons in Khan Market, NewDelhi, vintage Baluchi Rajasthan dress from Jaipur, kaftan from Goa that cost less than $10, and you can't really see the last outfit but feast your eyes on the gorgeous Bikaner costume instead!
So that's my quick-fire tour of 'have clothes will travel'. The majority are very old, very cheap and many are pre-loved. They were comfortable, cool and packed into nothing. AND I wore every single thing I packed and bought, although at Ranthambore and the Taj Mahal I had to wear thermals under my clothes it was so cold early in the morning!
TOP TIP if you're going to India, stop in Delhi for a few days and go shopping in Khan Market before your travels. This is where you find fabulous outfits in different fabrics from all over India both designer and dead cheap. Perfect gear for the heat, the culture and for looking awesome! Khan Market is known as Delhi's equivalent of Bond Street but, as you can see below, is full of lovely little back streets, restaurants and shops. I could have filled a suitcase shopping there, but it was sadly the end of my trip, not the beginning.
One of my highlights was seeing how well looked after some of the street dogs were in this area. Apparently, these three are looked after by one of the shop owners in Khan Market. It gets very chilly at night in January.
Hope you enjoyed the few photos. Would love to hear from you, especially if you have visited the same places. And let me know if you want to know more.
Meanwhile, I am in desperate need of more photos of you on Instagram using the hashtag #vintageladyvintagestyle. You don't need to be vintage, or wear vintage, although one out of the two would be good! But I would love to get this hashtag going again this year so really need your help and involvement. We need to show the world that our tribe is aging beautifully and not at all invisibly!
See you soon,