Monthly Archives: March 2013

Spotlight: Mithila Art

8th March 2013

I’ve been inspired by the oh sooo fab Project Renaissance (which was one big celebration of Indian craftsmanship) to blog about some of the diverse Arts & Crafts across India. Last time I was in Goa there was an Indian craft fair and I picked up a couple of beautiful Mithila, folk paintings. I was drawn to the vibrant scenes depicted, the bold colours, the distinctive 2-D style of drawing and the fact that the whole space was intricately covered.

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Mithila is described by the Mithilahandicraft as

“…the ancient kingdom. It existed in the eastern Gangetic Plains in areas which is today spread over more than half of Bihar state of India, and parts of adjoining Nepal. Mithila was the capital of Videha kingdom as per epic Ramayana. This city is identified as modern day Janakpur in Dhanusha district of Nepal.”

- Swati Kashyap 2007Black and White painting by Swati Kashyap 2007

And the website describes Mithali art as

“A native art drawn on the auspicious occasions and religious celebrations by rural Maithili women of southern Terai of Nepal is known as Mithila arts. Mithila traditional art is drawn on the wall of the houses as well as on the floor with local natural colour. Mithila art describes about the life of the Maithili people along with their religious figure in a symbolic way. Mithila Painting is mostly done by women.”

TaraBlog-Sita-Devi-Krishna-1981Painting by Sita Devi, artist credited with raising the profile of Mithila art.

following my paintbrush

While looking up examples of Mithila art, I came across this sweet children’s book ‘Following my paintbrush’ which is illustrated by Dulari Devi and in fact tells the story of Dulari’s journey from a domestic helper to an artist and how she intertwined this traditional technique with her own artistic style.

following my paintbrush 2

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Vietnam Part Three: Nha Trang

5th March 2013

Our third and final stop in Vietnam was the coastal town of Nha Trang. We were after complete R&R for our last few days and we got it in spades at the stunning Vinpearl Luxury resort. Vinpearl is in fact an island off Nha Trang that’s home to two hotels- Vinpearl and Vinpearl Luxury as well as Vinpearl Land (a HUGE amusement park with a water park, aquarium, entertainment shows and rides) and Vinpearl Golf. I’m a fairly new golfer so didn’t feel confident playing on the rather slick Vinpearl course but my mum and sis did and they loved it! We also saw a few local sights while we were there- Po Ngar Cham Towers and the Long Son Pagoda. If you’re after some good Indian food we’d recommend you try out the Sheraton for dinner, there is a talented Nepalese chef who wowed us with his cooking. And on the flip side a restaurant to avoid is the Evason Ana Mandara. The setting is beautiful and at £50 a head we were expecting some amazing food and instead we got the worst meal of our whole trip. Just incredibly bland food- AVOID!

1 vinpearl luxuy 1Yep, this bad boy took guests back and forth from Nha Trand to Vinpearl Luxury. It only took ten mins and was available every fifteen mins

2 vinpearl luxury 2Talk about picture postcard! The private beach

3 vinpearl luxury 3

4 vinpearl luxury 4

5 vinpearl luxury 5The huts where the Spa treatments took place- I had a yum facial and reflexology treatments

6 vipearl luxury 6

7 vp nha trang 1Long Son Pagoda

8 vp nha trang 2

9 vp nha trang 3Po Nagar Cham Towers

10 vp nha trang 4

11 vp nha trang 5Yellow flowers were out everywhere to mark the festival of Tet

12 vp nha trang 5.5

13 vp nha trang 6Fishing boats. As you’d expect of a coastal town- the seafood was delicious.

14Me in my fav new costume from Asos



17The daftest yet most enjoyable read I’ve had in ages ‘The hundred year old man who climbed out of a window and disappeared’

18What can I say?




Aww that’s it from Vietnam

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Russian Tea Party at Mari Vanna

2nd March 2013

It’s the beginning of March and what better way to welcome spring and the upcoming festival of Maslenitsa then a fabulous Russian Tea party. Maslenitsa, the Russian Sun Festival has been celebrated in London for the last few years and this year’s programme of events looks very exciting. There’s an exhibition ‘Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars’ at the V&A, a special pancake menu (the festival is also known as Pancake Week) at Russian restaurant Mari Vanna, a literary evening at Waterstones, a special performance by Theatre Praktika and of course the annual street festival celebrations at Trafalgar Square 16th March. For full details of the weeks events go to

Here’s a few pics of the yummy decor and treats served at Mari Vanna.

mari vanna 1 image from mari vanna

mari vanna 2 image credit the asian fashion journal

mari vanna 3 image credit the asian fashionjournal

mari vanna 4 image credit the asian fashionjournal

The festival is supported by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and the festival’s official charity partner is the Naked Heart Foundation, founded by Natalia Vodianova

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Friday Fives: Manish Arora for Amrapali Jewels

29th Feb 2013

From one talented Manish to another, today’s Friday Fives puts the spotlight on Manish Arora’s stunning collection for Amrapali Jewels. The luxury jewellery brand is known for their exquisite jewels and fine craftsmanship and this new collaboration sees Manish put his spin on the traditional with enamelling in unexpected pastel shades as well as striking animal motifs. Love it all!

mEnamel Ring with mirror in the centre.

maTassel Bijou Earrings.

manRoyal Bengal Cuff

manish a 2Gazelle Enamel Ring

manish aroraGazelle Hand Harness. The coolest Hathphool ever!

Available from Pernia’s Pop Up Shop

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