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More shells and Embroidery - Tales from Bhujodi

Tuesday, 4 July 2017 / , , , ,


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There were more shells and patchwork panels on display as there are stars in the sky . After having leisurely strolls and being so enthusiastic about a town which I googled before leaving for my travel to Kutch and Bhuj, I was looking forward to be blown away.  Not only did I confirm my seat on the plane, I mentally rather booked my fashion seat at a village which is known for handicrafts . 
Bhujodi is the major textile center of Kutch with more than 1200 inhabitants involved in textile handicraft production. 
Our trip was planned in a way that our first stop was Kutch , and Bhujodi was on the itinerary merely as a pit stop on our way to Mandvi Beach . I had a chance of meeting local artisans during my stay at Rann of Kutch and small weavers and local designers who travelled all the way from the village of textiles( Bhujodi) had set up their small shops at the desert camp. I wanted to get each and every piece I saw there, but held onto my horses as much as my hubby held onto his wallet.
It was a very hot day in Bhujodi town. The sun was too strong but the gush of excitement for a shopping spree I was about to experience didn't let me feel a thing.
There I was in for a surprise. I met weavers, tie- dye experts, jewellery designers ,small time artists , block printers and who not . Most of them welcomed me to their homes and even let me watch them as they worked around. 
I saw a lady sewing these shells to this blouse in one of the houses. I randomly walked in . Intrigued by the colour I started walking towards her to inspect closely on this piece of clothing she was working on. "Abhi Poora Nahin Hua hai " - Its half finished  she said. 
A close inspection and my heart was set on this blouse and I told her that I had one hour in the village and I really wanted this piece . Her eyes beamed with flurry of excitement and we set a price for this beauty . 
The sleeves needed to be stitched , the shells were half strung and her elder daughter announced a lunch break as she carelessly slipped the plate in front of her . We started chatting and with a quick nod , the daughter was instructed to take the food away and bring it later.
 I explained her about my role as an influencer . I told her that I use fashion as a means to express ideas , and how my style of dressing imbued meaning and I use clothes and dressing up as a tool and commitment to the idea of supporting Indian weaving industry. But if they are not used where everyone can see them, can they really have an impact ? Throwing this question at her, I left the conversation there and left the rest to her imagination. She got a fair idea when I showed her my instagram page . 
I told her that I loved being there and how seeing the whole family work into making some unique garments I concluded that there are more to clothes than just clothes. After looking at the way every weaver functions in a small village like Bhujodi, I framed clothing as a collection of values, diversity, creativity and entrepreneurship .
It was then I realised living in a city like Delhi where fashion is fast and consuming, I reflected my distance with the industry. Tipping them with the amount which was double the price she asked for was the least I could do. 
This whole experience taught me one thing  -there is so much beauty and local talent available in our country too, and sometimes that whole feeling of gratification comes when you have a close encounter with the maker of something you instantly have a connection with.
I drafted this post because a lot of you were keen to find out the details of this outfit. I wanted to share the sentiment behind this look and this is my only medium, so here you guys , a few pictures of the same. 
If you have had a similar experience, you know what I am talking about ;)

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Gionee A1 - The best selfie camera phone for instagrammers

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 / , , ,

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New phone in the market ?? It always attract my attention. Before you upgrade to your new smart phone, here is a low down on the New Gionee A1, which if you follow me on instagram, you would know that I couldn't stop flaunting it , the minute I laid my hands on .
I got myself a Black colour, and I realised the sleek metal casing (also found on the pricier phones ) has a look and feel of extreme luxury.

The Do’s and Don’ts of a Juice Diet

Friday, 9 June 2017 /

To be honest, juice detoxing and cleansing have become too mainstream. They have become such a rage that you may feel left behind if you have not tried it yet. Also, you may assume that you can quickly get started with the diet following the same pattern as your friends.However, the truth is, the diet is unique for everyone and calls for some planning and preparation. Yeah, you read it right! So, if you are under preparation to take the much-hyped juice diet, you must find well in advance what would work for you and what wouldn’t, to reap maximum benefits out of it. So, before you start, you need to own a juicer and put it to beneficial use and adopt healthy habits.

I am Overdressed all the time

Thursday, 6 April 2017 / , , , , ,

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This post displays a haze of affectionate nostalgia , the calm of summers, the unstudied effortlessness, carefree mood, unencumbered and in sync with some patterns which have survived time's decay.
Today I am going to Introduce you all to my new favourite brands - Obeetee Rugs and Cotton Rack.
I was sent one of the finest pieces of  Obeetee rugs rendering Weaves and designs relating to ancient motifs and fine arts and intricate detailing . Indian Veteran designer Tarun Tahiliani recently designed a few majestic carpets as a part of Proud to Be Indian collection for Obeetee, which has his signature quintessential Indian design and a great initiative put together as a whole to bring forth country's artistic rug heritage in a more grand and upscale form.
This Rug has already taken a centre stage in my living room and clearly reflects the hopes and desires on display in the detailed motifs, design and the colour which renders wealth and prestige or a social identity in its old world charm kind of a weave. 
My idea of wearing this dress and sitting on the carpet was conceptualized even before I saw this rug and much before it was even sent out. 
Cotton Rack is a premium and; ethical Khadi lifestyle brand with attention to details and minimal designs. Its a pure amalgamation of the traditional and the most grounded, zero carbon footprint Khadi with contemporary cuts and silhouettes that suits the modern & mature palate.
Brainchild of Vinayak and Rameshwari,this Smart Khadi white dress has a pure blend of Cashmere wool and Coolness of cotton alike. Two years into the research and then finally coming up with Khadi minus the coarseness is what keeps the balance of the outfit. Kudos to you both for bringing out great value to the garment . 
Our successive generation has a total less of an idea what was life back then when people lived out a pure Khadi moment. Many years later still gearing towards sustainability, brands like these should definitely be supported and promoted.
Our Prime Minister's Drive -  Make In India is well echoed through these two brands. 
I felt the aesthetics of both the brands was an equal marriage and invoke a visible yet irresistible tale of an imagined era and its recreation in the best way I could put forth through a picture story.
Clearly these photos are my sole interpretation of a character ( in my head) . Initially I wanted to portray / Evoke Hallowed ideals of virtuous women, but things took a different shape when I spoke to Sahil about the kind of mood I wanted my pictures to have.  Turns out he wanted me to have a Halo instead and suggested we bring some flowers to add to the mood. I opened my closet to him and we settled on this flower crown to create a Pseudo Halo something something ..... . 
There I was sitting on the Rug ,flashing in my mind was the fairy tale of Aladdin and his magic carpet, picturing the movie, step by step ( in 3D) with my eyes closed, feeling the clouds, when suddenly with a loud thud I came back on mother Earth and split into a rapturous laughter . Sahil while trying to create that magical angle had fallen down from the chair. Lucky for him , only his back was hurt while his camera wasn't. 
Sometimes creativity does bite back and you may or may not notice from the sequence of my photographs , but post this short take off and landing, we later  settled for only playing with front shots minus the chair.
I hope you like the pictures, and I can't wait to hear what you feel :)
Until Next time !!
Ciao 

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Monday, 20 March 2017 / ,


Today's post is about a little period talk and how choosing the right sanitary pad is tricky. With all the sanitary care products on the drugstore shelf, how do we know which is the right one for me ?

When it comes to choosing the right pad, the first and the primary most thing I look for is comfort.