Shot in Istanbul. November 2013.
My boyfriend and I spent the long weekend in Provence in a perfect 1850s jewel of an apartment (with some luxurious modern deviations like a moon sized rain shower head and a magnificent kitchen range) that we found on Airbnb.
I’d never used Airbnb before and I felt apprehensions creep up on me as I climbed the creaky wooden staircase to the flat but figured I’d rather a charming, character filled hovel over an insipid hotel room any day. But I was instantly delighted, it was lovely and spacious, and our bedroom looked out onto the beautiful 13th century convent of the Cordeliers. There was prettily framed art all over the house - one artwork over the clawfoot bathtub in the second bedroom said ‘I used to be Snow White but I drifted’, a perfect little washbasin, a Marie Antoinette sofa, a gorgeous antique dining table with a pull out bench and all those things like exposed beams and gold switches that make an old house extra special.
I loved the sweet little details too - pink chalices, flowerpots brimming with violet blooms, delicate florals on teacups, vintage plates, aprons, placemats. Also French washcloths (they’re gloves!) and super plush towels.
Okay I’m done raving. It’s in Avignon. Go in summer, drink rosé at breakfast (it’s illegal to drink anything else) on that dreamy little balcony over the canal and day trip to lavender fields. Bon life.
P.S. I am so sold on Airbnb now.
Once upon a time, some of my friends including my favourite Shilo all got dolled up in saris and went clubbing in Bangalore. I thought it was the best thing ever though I honestly have no idea how to effectively wrap one around myself without nine fine yards ending up around my ankles on the dancefloor. (I've literally had to summon random aunties from the nearest apartment/street/hotel lobby to save face.)
And so this new collection 11:11 RECLAIMED X BOMBAY ELECTRIC - vintage saris recycled into fun, contemporary garments pleases me greatly. I'm a huge fan of everything out of CellDSGN and I'm obsessed with beautiful textiles. I adore the first three looks and that last dress and this cute campaign.
Oh hey clothing that's playful, irreverent and sustainable, those just happen to be my favourite things.
Photos: Sachin Soni
Art direction: Mia Morikawa (truly a girl after my own heart)
Now reading: Bossypants by Tina Fey.
So far so good. Lots of chuckles on the beach in Cannes where it is still tanning weather most days. Super digging my boyfriend, the photo he took in Nice and I got printed, this apartment, breakfasts, Larry - a little cat figurine we found abandoned in SF and gave a home, Eze, my new Marc Johns print, the artworks we picked up in Antibes on my last trip here, cooking with french ingredients, sending postcards, the rooftop bar at the Radisson, white, yellow and life in general.
As an aspiring minimalist, I often find pictures of Indian landscapes overwhelmingly noisy and cluttered. When I spent a few weeks in God's own country earlier this year, I decided that in Kerala, my favourite state, I should produce a short series of images that reflected my favourite state of mind.