Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Hail the Saree Sirens!

Unlike the fast fashion, this segment believes in its vintage swag. I wish I had my grandmother’s trousseau collection with me today. I swear, I would have done a complete justice to it. Like the way, I adore my mom’s. Ah! Those collections are for some other day.
This post is dedicated to a weave and print from the heart of India.(Literally translated from hindi – Hindustan ka dil;)). I am talking about the Maheshwari cotton Silk with Bagh print.
A soft handloom is a gift to us. It is the blend of silk and cotton and I can bet anything if you don't write back to me about its comfort. Why is it called Maheshwari? Because it hails from a place known as Maheshwar in MadhyaPradesh. Most of the handlooms are named after the place they originate from. Like, Dhakai is from Dhaka.
The USP of this weave is that it is lightweight and rich at the same time. This happens as the cotton threads counts are fine & usage of silk infuses the richness. There are online sites selling Maheshwari sarees/fabrics. But I would urge all of you to feel the fabric first in real and then get going virtual. It is an experience.
And the Bagh print is a rustic tribal art. No, it has no connection to Tiger (known as Bagh in Hindi) being printed on fabrics. Hehe. There exist a village named ‘Bagh’ in MP
This print is block printing and has held the textile world by its horns. Early 60’s saw the synthetic world luring in full force and most of the textile & handloom arts were dying. However, some stayed on and carried that patterns & arts to this generation. So so thankful. I totally totally support the artisans of India. Dig them and wear them with pride. What I find very exciting is the colours are natural dyes and I have this thing for eco-fashion.
It seems there is a process to this muted print. It needs washing in a particular river, which enhances this texture. It cannot be done anywhere else or even if done, it is not the same anymore or may be they are innovating already.  
I wear this saree as a formal wear to office and important meetings.Sarees for me is not just for festivals and weddings, I wear them all the time and love collecting those unique and traditional ones. Have a look from this mornings's Outfit.

P.S: My saree stylist & consultant is my mom. I would want to share with you her wardrobe someday.
A caution for keeping your sarees intact. Dry clean them and store please and if you think you will not wear them anytime soon then take it out change the fold, air them and then keep it back . Use Hangers if you have space in your closet and wear sarees often.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Be careful about the perfume you pick.

My Perfume Story
I declare myself a parfum addict today. This is a realization, as every time I pick a fragrance for use I lovingly call it my favorite perfume. I chuckled today! Who doesn’t like all good things in life and I think Perfume tops the list.
Like I say, every perfume has a place or time or memory attached like a glue to it. (For me). Last evening when I was reading my book plonked on my bed almost halfway lying down and also thinking what should be my insta post for tonight. That’s when Chloe popped up. I love to sniff this like an addict sniffs iodex. The best part about this one that it stays on forever. Really till the next wash. (I am not exaggerating)

From where I picked it up?
From the Changi duty free. Each time I travel out of the country perfume is my go-to section. Chloe was surely my 'that' perfume spray for the holiday. This one lingered around all the while. What I remember is this insane ride in universal studio, Singapore. Flash of the moment I was thinking about Final destination (the movie) and flash of the moment I could smell Chloe and smiled. Yes! all this while I yelled my lungs out.
Little bit about the Perfume now…
Chloe is associated with the feminine. It seems to me as if there is a girl named Chloe and it is her story. Every perfume of this brand has a stage of rose as inspiration. From the subtle smell of a closed bud to lingering effect of a full bloom beauty. A Parisian celebration of feminity and power.
Why am I not surprised!! I love it as it also has the powdery and velvety feel to the fragrance. Few of the top notes are Pink Peony, Freesia, Lychee, Magnolia Flower, Lily of the Valley, Rose, Cedarwood, Amber, Honey, Magnolia flowers, rose and a dash of amber, which makes it crisp.
Take note please: Not all perfumes suit everyone alike. Sometimes the perfume smells acidic. I suggest try it out and be with it for a while to make your decision. Perfume needs to blend in and that's how it becomes your signature.    

Monday, October 5, 2015

BBlunted: An experience!

Those big pink pipes on the ceiling was a pleasant sight while I got my shampooing done.
Well, I have had considerably long(ish) hair for the past two years, which I mostly kept up in a high bun. As a disciplined regime, I use argan oil serum immediately after hairwash.Then I, twist and turn to up-tie them. Here is why..
  1. Would give me a sleek and neat look.
  2. No Frizz on my naturally wavy & dry hair
  3. Gave my waves a definite curls effect when open
While I enjoyed getting compliments on my hair, there was also a part of me, which wanted to get back to my short-hair-smart cuts. That saying is so true, “Life is too short to wear boring hair”
Hehe, coming back to those Pink pipes on the ceiling. I booked an appointment at BBlunt salon for a long bob. Still unsure, if I wanted to take my hair length off.
Oh btw, the salon decor is so gorgeous!! Almost white, rugged wooden flooring and those pink pipes for an accessory to the ceiling. Old world charm colors and mirrors.
While I waited admiring the salon, Christina Creado the charming style director, BBlunt, started to understand the health of my hair and scalp. I described a sketchy image of what could be my next haircut. Obviously, ‘manageable’ is the key word.
She sniped here and she snipped slant. What I have after all the scrunch and diffuser is this final look.

With Christina just after the cut 
The best tip Christina passed on to me yesterday is that our hair needs moisturization too like our skin. Invest in a good leave-in cream. There are quite a few good products available in the market. You should consult your stylist on your next visit( set an alarm please). Your stylist can recommend creams as per your hair type and scalp condition.
What I picked up: Kerastase Creme Oleo-Curl. Keeps my hair soft and supple. Immediately worked on the frizz in our humid tropical climate. Tamed it timely.
Some tips I gathered along the way  
  • Using oil on your hair / scalp needs to be done with care. They are very heavy products. Make sure you don’t end up over using your shampoo. You might end up doing more damage to your hair by getting the pores open and damaged.
    • If you feel like ‘champi’ on your head then use it only on the roots of your hair and massage well. Wash off immediately  
  •  Be miser with conditioners. Use a 25 paise coin for the quantity.
  • Serum is for wet hair. Wet it out for best results. Use it for locking the pores out.
  • With age, chemicals & changing weather, our scalps are bearing the brunt. Pamper them well. Deep conditioning is the idea. At home or at salon, whatever works.
  • Leave-in cream is my latest to this list.
  • And finally, eat nutritious food. Drink enough water, stay hydrated, and stay happy.
I will tell you the all about the products (Ancient and latest) I use, some other day in some other post.  
While I enjoy my new short haircut and rejoice my detangled curls. You go and call your hair stylist right now or try out Bblunt. (website is a good option to know about what they have on offer)
P.S: The ritual for scalp is next on my next visit.  
Signing off as I soak in more of I-am-worth-it moments. Catch you very soon.
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Thursday, October 1, 2015

My Best Friend's Wedding

Every Lehenga has a story!

The Hunt
I am always on a hunt for a dressmaker, whose only competency is to be able to transform my quirks to a whole outfit and do it effortlessly. People who know me also know about my OK tailors back in Kolkata. He has stitched me some gorgeous pieces. I miss that old man.
This old master would do wonders to my fabrics and ideas, give it a form. I owe him for being the reason behind my quest for collecting gorgeous fabrics from local markets.
That's the back ground!!
The Find
I was aimlessly roaming in a local market of Mumbai when I chanced upon this gorgeous yellow fabric. I went inside to find more such richly decorative similar silks. Woven brocades. I remembered the designer who I wanted to visit and voila! I picked the colours.
Yellow, Blue & Red.  Did I know what I wanted? May be yes. On a hind-sight I knew what I wanted.
The Make

My best friend (M), designer & I are talking on delivery. The urgency is immense as I plan to wear it for M’s wedding. M nudges me, whispers ‘It’s not even, anywhere remotely close, dude!’ I shrug and continue speaking about the urgency. Decide on a date of trial within a weak & then the delivery 2 days after.
Know what happened. I wore this magnificent accouter on M’s wedding just 2 days after the delivery.
Someone out there de-coded my message to the universe and reality struck with a bang.  
Have a look!