BUT! That does not mean I don't shop here - I go nuts with the cool hand made African and India creations - the stuff that is hard to get in the US or just tons more expensive - I have a small addiction to that stuff. In fact, I think at this point someone needs to declare a moratorium on my handicraft and ethnic clothing buying. Am I really going to be able to wear and use all this stuff when I move back?? Will it be okay to have a house (sorry, I mean apartment - for a second I forgot I'll be moving back to DC where buying a house costs you half a mill) full of african masks, rugs, paintings, tapestries, statues everywhere you turn?? I'll have to stamp passports at the door - it's that bad. Anyways, this is about India and stuff from India.
A huge expo of vendors from India was in Nairobi for 10 days and somehow I found myself waiting at the doors for the place to open on opening day. It was like black Friday at Target for me! I was literally one of like 6 people like standing there staring at the gate watching the clock. Finally they let us in and it was a STAMPEDE..of 6 people...I'm trying to make it more dramatic. The vendors weren't all set up yet but I still managed to buy a couple of tops in the 15 minutes I had during my lunch break. I decided to just leave after that and come back once everyone was set up. I was a bit nervous about this since I had to take a three day trip to Uganda for work and I was unsure if people were going to come and buy all the good stuff before I got back - but it was all still there and I scored some great finds – there are a few things I’m actually annoyed at myself that I did not buy – ugh. Here's all the awesome stuff I saw (much of which I ended up buying):
|I ended up buying the orange on on the left side of the photo|
|They had these beautiful lambs skin purses - so I got one. So cheap!|
|Love the colors - didn't buy.|
|Loved but didn't buy.|
|Loving this top - just need to find the right fancy pants|
|For most proper Indian women, pants are worn under this - but not for hoochie American lady!!|
|I just had this one tailored to be a bit shorter so that it's not such a gown.|
|I go back and forth on loving this and hating it. But it's mine that's all that matters.|
|I bought this really cheap beautiful sari material. I figured I can make a table cloth for xmas or something cool like that with it.|
|Yes, I do have worker man hands. And it looks like arthritis or something..but it's not. I'm trying to show you the jewelry here!|
LOVE ALL MY NEW International Flair! And so cheap – that’s the best part. Cost me way less than a trip to Marshalls or TJ Maxx normally would for all that I bought. What do you think?