Saturday, April 18, 2015

A song of Ice and Fire

Have you ever poured into the eyes of a woman in love? Have you ever seen her bare soul as she sings the song of love? Have you seen the eyes of a woman who has tasted freedom? They all look similar. It's a look of intoxication that meets unadulterated delight at a certain unknown point. Her eyes shine bright and there is a song in her step. Her soul is not caged by the shackles of any protocol. She knows not how to regret. She knows love and freedom and the realisation of that combination is gold.

I am not one to diss everything traditional. I am also not one to be a part of the herd and let my voice of fashion drown out. I have always believed in the sublime beauty of 'less is more' as far as my choices in traditional Indian wear hold. But that also comes with a huge soft corner for all kinds of bling. I had the delight of being approached by the wonderful folks at Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers to work on a story for them and to weave it around their delightfully stunning kundan bridal sets. My concept for this luxurious Delhi based jewellery store was simple. A bride invests lacs of Rupees (or thousands of dollars) in her bridal jewellery only to realise that she may never have the opportunity to wear it again. I styled some intensely ornate pieces of jewellery which includes a kundan necklace, jhumkas (earrings) to match, a hathphool (bridal hand jewellery) and a kada (chunky bangle) from the house of SRM Jewellers, with a plain white chiffon saree with a sprinkle of 'mukaish' (silver metallic thread embroidery) and a white beachy camisole which I roughly knotted on one side. This saree was draped over gold sequinned pants as opposed to a petticoat because the concept is to remind every girl that there is always scope for comfort even with a saree. There is always a way to style these timeless pieces of jewellery from Shree Raj Mahal in a way that could be fit for a beach wedding or even a wedding in the woods. Essentially, there is a way out of the conventional heavily embroidered bright coloured clothing to go with this kind of jewellery route.
Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers takes pride in a motto of beauty, purity and trust and it could not be more befitting. They house designs which come together in the most harmonious marriage of traditions with modern designs. For a bride or a bride's maid who believes in jewellery that is versatile and can be dressed up or down, this place has options aplenty.























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Photography courtesy of Jagrati Marwaha, more of whose work you can also find on winterynights.tumblr.com and jagrati-marwaha.tumblr.com

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Hola Barcelona

Located in South Western Europe, Spain is the textbook definition of the good life. Hell, any tourist guide book could tell you that so let us get to what I could tell you differently from my little Spanish invasion.
We decided to do Barcelona for two primary reasons. First, it is extremely close to Nice. And second, you cannot exactly go to France and not foray into Spain. Almost sinful. So we decided that a sojourn for about three days in Barcelona was in order. Look at this as your guide to 'attempting' to cover Barcelona in three days, four nights. Because lets face it, you will inevitably miss things and will require yet another season of travel to come back to it.
Since we went to Barcelona in the biting cold, you might as well drop hopes of finding bikini photos of me soaking up the sand and the sun. However, I can share with you a few pearls of exploring the city of Barcelona and what not to miss there. Remember, the Catalan capital will not disappoint you on two very important counts: Food and Shopping. The rest as they say is, umm nearly not so important.
  1. A name to look up and learn a thing or two about before you venture into Barcelona is that of 'Antoni Gaudi'. One of the most renowned architects of the city of Barcelona, Gaudi has created most of the masterpieces that you see around in Barcelona. One to not miss amongst many others is the 'La Sagrada Familia' or the house of Jesus. This church is not one to skim over and requires the best of your visual and auditory senses. This church continues to be under construction even post the demise of Gaudi and is a delight for its glass cut work, the detailing along each pillar and the arches at the top and also the sculptures along the outer facade which tell the tales of Jesus. Make sure to book your tickets online. You will be doing yourself the biggest favour.
  2. The 'tapas' experience is as important to your trip to Barcelona as ice to playing ice hockey. No, I mean it. Every place to eat at in Spain gives you the tapas experience. Tapas are essentially small eats. Or appetizers if you may. But what people do in tapas bars is get their pitchers of sangria (yes, the Spanish love their sangria) and order a ton of tapas. The egg and crispy noodles and the cured ham are the ingredients to your ultimate foodgasm experience. Two tapas bars that we visited and could not get enough of were 'La Cervesaria Catalana' and 'Ciudad Condal', both of which are listed in almost every list conceivable of the best tapas bars in Barcelona. The reservations queue could get you in a tizzy but each bite is worth the hour and more long wait.
  3. 'Las Ramblas'. Most travelogues and travel guide books will give you split opinions on this one. The age old schoolers will tell you that this is where its at, while the new age travel gurus might advise you to skip this one. My verdict is that this kilometre and more long stretch of all kinds of little stalls selling you knickknacks that you don't really need and rows of tiny bars on each side selling tapas and cocktails on the go is a must walk. Granted that the fear of pick pockets on this street is legit but also, the entire cultural canopy of Barcelona almost strikes you at Las Ramblas at once. 
  4. On Las Ramblas is the entrance to one of the cutest markets in the whole of Barcelona which anyone would tell you. La Boqeria is a public market covered and roofed, with tiny stalls and tables on the inside. Here you can find anything from the world's most wicked chilly ('Habanero') to the local chocolates and candies of Barcelona which you will find people buying by the kilo. Also found here are stalls of 'pintxos' or 'pinchos' which can be over simplified to 'meat on a stick'. We found the dessert version which had strawberries and bananas with frozen nutella on top and helped ourselves to some.
  5. The Port of Barcelona, apart from its obvious commercial importance also has restaurants and a mall right next to it so while the merchants do their business, you should do yours. The crystal clear serene blue sea warrants a walk or two with maybe a beer and a portion of 'paella' which is considered Spain's national dish. We tried the seafood paella (it's basically a rice dish with meat and vegetables) but there are other meat and vegetarian options for those interested. Don't forget to chug a mug or two of San Miguel which is one of the nicest beers in Spain. 
Post all of these invigorating activities, shop of course. 


























Do not forget to shoot your questions, comments and queries about my travelogue, right here.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Blueprint Coleccion: Lookbook Shoot-II

Without getting into too many details about how harsh the lighting was and how we meandered from one spot to another in search of the perfect Pre-Fall background and lighting, I shall get right to the great results.
P.S.: There is no charm to a shoot unless you have gotten past some serious obstacles.
Part Deux of Melange, Pre Fall '15 by Blueprint Coleccion. You can always email divya@blueprintcoleccion.com to place an order for any of these.










Modelled and styled by: Shreya Kalra
Photography by: Dhruv Sethi Photography


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

FTLOFAOT X Falguni & Shane Peacock

There is a certain charm to finding the larger than life Indian glitz and glamour take form on contemporary and modern shapes. The epitome of weaving this reality happens to be the husband wife designer duo, Falguni Shane Peacock. I have been ardently following their work, not just in the Indian fashion scene but also the niche that they have carved for themselves at a global platform like New York Fashion Week. From bridal couture (as couture stands in India) to luxurious prĂȘt, there wasn't a Falguni & Shane creation that I did not like. Their sensibilities appeal to the Indian fashionistas and international alike because the approach they take towards design is highly unequivocally fun. It is nigh impossible to not appreciate the dynamics of a label that manages to find itself on every pop music icon globally and every Bollywood celebrity, alike. 
This time I play favourites and with barely any regrets. This custom made Falguni Shane Peacock jacket is quilted with a clear Falguni & Shane favourite, the baroque print. The glamorous exaggerated sleeves and its front zip detail lend it the perfect form to make it a day wear piece or a party night staple.
A little birdy just told me that starting at 9 a.m. today, the Falguni Shane Peacock store in DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi is going to witness a massive sale of up to 60% on Peacock Bride and their NYFW Collection. The Delhi bride-to-bes and the fashionistas extraordinaire, this is your calling. Round up the girls and get going today. 









Wearing
Grey jersey dress: Forever 21
Jacket: C/O Falguni Shane Peacock
Gold slides: C/O Blur Fashion Accessories
Lips bag: C/O Stalk Buy Love

Photography by: Dhruv Sethi Photography

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Ice Ice Baby

This transition weather has long been on the cards. March end in Delhi never sees such fits of bitter cold winds. But without attempting to sound like the Met guy, I am just going to tell you that I welcomed these hints of the cold before the summer begins, happily. My transition outfit is about effortless style. The kind that I was bowled over by in Paris. The kind that makes you want to take notice, yet not gawk at the put together nature of it all. The kind where a crisp white shirt plays the protagonist and a tan leather jacket plays its faithful sidekick.
Most of my outfits, invariably manage to find a hint of quirk or a dash of madness and my Blur Fashion Accessories sunnies in blue do just that. At different angles the blue acquires a different shade so while at one it camouflaged beautifully into the cerulean wall, the other angle showed it a dark blue. Have you visited the Blur Fashion Accessories online store yet?
After a quick stop at the flower shop, we made a beeline for our shoot location and the result was this melange of all things crisp.










Wearing:
White shirt: Forever 21
Acid wash denims: Forever 21
Black pumps: Zara
Pouch: Louis Vuitton
Sunglasses: C/O Blur Fashion Accessories
Necklace: C/O Miss Flurrty
Tan jacket: Nicked off my sister (an Australian designer make)

Photography Courtesy: Riddhima Arora Behance or reach her on email at riddhimarora17@gmail.com

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Smells like teen spirit

This one is to those '90s girls who grew up on a staple diet of hairy chested rockstars and bandanas to complement their long locks. My memories from my school time remain unmatched as far as my fixation with a new band everyday go. It probably began with God of Rock, Kurt Cobain of 'Nirvana' and it never really ended. It just went from 'Smells like teen spirit' to 'Man who sold the world' as time passed. The allure of a man who wrote best under the influence of love and other drugs is best known to us teenagers who were reeling under the effect of the tunes he belted out.
I don't think Linkin Park was any different. The only difference I would identify in this situation would be that Nirvana did not exactly jump onto the punk rock bandwagon and stuck to its classic rock roots. I would still forever remain indebted to Linkin Park for giving me 'Meteora' for it really put the 15 year old me's life in perspective. True Story.
Besides, credit where credit is due. Nirvana gave me my first real email address on MSN. Yes, it certainly does smell like teen spirit in here.
More about the post, my interpretation of the uber cool Blur Fashion Accessories remains that these accessories do not blindly keep up with the trends. A lot of these pieces give you a unique perspective on art, be it graphic or fun or just a splash of colour. Hop on to the website right here and shop to your heart's content.
The second collaboration and news I have for you is my modelling and collection stint with Miss Flurrty. More about it soon but till then, hop on to their website for fun, flirty jewellery for all tastes alike.








Issey Miyake might have created the Bao Bao bag, but I'm more than thrilled with my Blur baby. Also find them on Facebook.

Wearing:
Crop top: ASOS
Denim high waisted joggers: Forever 21
Oxford platforms: C/O Clarks
Bag: C/O Blur store
Watch: C/O Daniel Wellington
Gold bracelet and earrings: C/O Miss Flurrty

Photography Courtesy: Riddhima Arora Behance or reach her on email at riddhimarora17@gmail.com.

Till the next time,
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