Thursday, October 16, 2008

Slice of Lime-Mona's Guide to Style

Before I get into the main post and to answer the question about the last picture in yesterday's post....they are apple peels. Congrats to those who guessed correctly.

A couple months ago Susie posted pictures about a Jaipur Salwar she enjoyed wearing. I left a comment admiring it, which Mona saw. Mona then emailed me saying if I would give her my size she'd send me a salwar kameez. I said I'd like to send her something as well. Imagine my surprise on Tuesday when a package arrived with not one but THREE salwar kameezes and matching dupattas (scarves).

Heck, I was impressed with the package itself. I liked that it was sewn into a muslin bundle with the seams sealed by wax. Yes, I am very easily charmed by simple things. I almost hated to disturb the even stitching.


First I will show you the salwar kameez I bought many years ago in Trinidad. I liked it because it is an Indian garment but it is tie dyed, which is popular among the Trinis of African descent. I loved how the garment showed a blending of the cultures. Alas, I have grown a bit large for my old salwar and it is a bit tight in certain spots.


Now onto the lovely gifts from Mona.
The repeating pattern reminds me of tiny quilt square patterns and I love the effect of the tight multicolored pattern. I also like that it's sleeveless for warmer weather. The dupatta ties it all together by combining the patterns from both the top and the bottom.



Next is a gorgeous rose one with gold trim. I love the color and simplicity of this one. The pants are a new style to me too but I like them. They are super long so they are meant to bunch up around your ankles. I am very partial to this one.



Finally, there was a lovely white organza salwar kameez with applique, embroidery, patchwork, and a crocheted trim. I had to take a close up of the details just on a sleeve to show you the beautiful handiwork. I wonder, did Mona choose the particular shade of green for Ms. Lime? ;)


This one felt elegant when I put it on, like I just should be carrying myself a bit more formally and with greater femininity.

They are all so comfortable and so pretty I just wanted to share them with you all and again say thanks to Mona for her sweet generosity toward me.

36 comments:

Cocotte said...

I love it when people combine art and anything (food, clothing, etc.) Those are just beautiful and you are a talented model, Lime!

barman said...

Those salwar kameez are incredible. You have to love the "lime" trim on the third one. They are all so wonderful in their own way but I think I enjoy the middle one most. Mona you really out did yourself. You do yourself and your country proud. And Lime, nice modeling. Keep this up and Susie is going to have you modeling her wears.

Apple peels huh? That makes sense but there were a couple of spots that so looked like onion skin.

g-man said...

I think I see a bear behind one of your trees!
Very beautiful photo shoot Trini!
You and Mona both ROCK!!!

Balou said...

Those are beautiful! And I second the above in that you make an awesome model. What wonderful gifts!

Mona said...

O Lime, you look exquisite! You need not say thank you again , Your happiness, & the beautiful 'vision' that you look here is a gift for me in return!

The 'pants' of the rose one are called 'Chudidaar' which literally translates as 'Like Bangles'. It is supposed to bunch up like bangles from your ankle up !

Of course ! How could the package ever be complete without a 'slice of Lime'? That was indeed a deliberate choice!

Breazy said...

I like them all, especially the pink one and the last one.

Lovely pictures as always, have a great day!

furiousBall said...

you looks hawt girlie! love that last one

Desmond Jones said...

Very nice, Lime.

I've always been a big fan of tie-dyes. . .

Yippeeskip said...

These garments have moved me to comment on their beauty. Wonderful and wonderful modeling!

Craver Vii said...

My church has a lot of ethnic diversity, and I love to see when people wear clothing from their country of origin.

That last outfit is elegant indeed, and I love that you are able to dip into the "flavors" of other cultures and savor some of these good things.

S said...

OMG I am so jealous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love the first one! It's awesome. Funny thing, I am wearing a salwar kameez right now, but the pants do not match the top. For some reason, I gave all the pants away....oh yeah, I can fit into one leg!
I love churidar pants although I have never worn them.
Lime you just look awesome in those!
I love the way they package stuff in India too, but, have you any idea how long it takes to wait around at the post office for them to slowly and lazily sew that bundle?
LOL

You look lovely Lime!

SignGurl said...

Wow! You look exsquisite in in all of them. I could never choose which one is more beautiful as they all offer something different. You look gorgeous in all your fall splendor.

Maddy said...

I love all of them. I once wore one when we went to a Chinese / Indian wedding. The couple asked people to wear traditional dress, not necessarily our own so I put the children in Chinese waistcoats / vests and I wore a sari. If it wasn't for the practicalities of life I'd wear them all the time, but I'm allergic to ironing and I think the scarf would quickly transform itself into a leash!
Cheers

Ella said...

those are stunning!

Cheesy said...

Absolutely FABOO!

I too love seeing that packaging as it comes through the mail... What style~

VE said...

They look pretty comfy. It would mean actually getting dressed though...I only like to do that a couple of days a month...

lecram said...

Oh, a mighty fine and elegant gift this is. Mona certainly doesn't lack exquisite taste... and you wear them so well, Lime.

misticblu said...

Beatutiful and enlightening! You are art in motion, girl!

Beach Bum said...

Great post and outfits.

Lulda Casadaga said...

I'm with Breazy..the rose and last one are my faves. Love that last pic pose. I can hear the sound of cymbals, bells? Curry anyone? Need some Nam bread over here...

Fortress Guinness said...

absolutely fabulous...!!! (^_^) all great but do prefer the rose one overall...!!! how generous of Mina, you lucky little Lime...!!! ;) xx

(M)ary said...

I particularly love the final picture. Very beautiful outfit. (And, I must say, you have a great profile.)

I like the wax seal too. Glad you posted the picture. I would have never thought of wax on fabric. I suppose that is akin to the modern "quick fix" of masking tape on a hem.

Seamus said...

Beautiful outfits Michelle. You look wonderful (and comfortable) in all of them.

That packaging is impressive - art in the mundane. :)

tsduff said...

Lovely lovely - how fun to get (and give!) presents! I've always admired that style of clothing although I've never had the fun of wearing anything like that.

Queenie said...

Lime, you look fantastic in everyone, I have always admired these outfits now I know what there called. Sorry I am quite green with envy...

citizen of the world said...

Wow, those are beautiful. I think I like the middle one best but it was a hard decision.

coopernicus said...

beautiful lady...beautiful garments...what's not to like????

KFarmer said...

OMGoodness~ U are so pretty! Thank you for sharing your wonderful gifts. The last pose made my day; so beautiful~ :)

Palm Springs Savant said...

Wow- those are just lovely! How sweet of Mona. Nice poses Lime. Hope you have a great weekend.

Rick

david mcmahon said...

Tres elegant!

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

what akind gesture...and why is it so many other cultures have feminine, colourful and elegant clothing..I'm envious..

Lehners in France said...

Aaw Mona sounds like a good friend to have and you look beautiful in all of your outfits. Please can you pass my address on to Mona! Debs x
P.S. I arrived via David

Moannie said...

Not only do the clothes look beautiful, but for me,more importantly they look COMFORTABLE.

I can't bear to be restricted around my considerable waist, although they don't look warm...do you have version made of Cashmire...that would be good for me?

Sandi McBride said...

Oh lucky you and you are so beautiful in these lovely garments!
Sandi

Maggie May said...

Lovely lady and lovely clothes!
Congrats on POTD over at David's.

Jocelyn said...

You. And the fabrics. And the gesture.

Are heartstoppingly gorgeous.