Pop Up Couture : Funky Fish

Pop up couture stores – A new trend that has emerged in the world of fashion  retailing. They bring together collections of numerous designers from across the country. The curators then showcase these collections in different venues. It gives a break from the monotony of shopping at stores and boutiques. It is like shopping at an eclectic Indian bazaar filled with contemporary fashion, art, food, music and more. Funky Fish is one such pop up couture organiser, which has conducted events in various cities all over the country. Each of these couture events has a different theme and decor is done in sync with the theme.

It was Jaipur’s turn this time to have its share of pop up fashion and the theme of the event was – Enchanted Garden. Aromaoflife  got a chance to visit this fashion souk, which was a blooming garden full of a curated range of clothing, accessories and home decor.

The event was held at Hotel Hilton,Jaipur. Here are the pictures-

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My dress also resembled an enchanted garden 😂

Decor : Idli Boutique, Jaipur

Great design is always a visceral process. It is something that you filter through your own perception, your own view of the world at the moment. And out of this you will find a new voice, a new message, a new pattern, a new motive. This is exactly what Idli, A boutique nestled in the beautiful Narain Niwas Palace  -Jaipur, stands for. Idli has been featured in the likes of Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Condenast Traveller etc. Aromaoflife got a chance to visit the boutique and have a tête-à-tête with the man behind this creative venture.

Thierry Journo – Founder of Idli

Passionate about the history of art and painting, Thierry Journo began his training by being a copyist at the Louvre museum and then attended many creators like Thierry Mugler and Andrée Putman. As an illustrator, he collaborated with John Galliano to draw his collections.

Thierry has used all techniques of marquetry on marble, brocades, jacquarts or wood paintings common in the eighteenth century in France to invent his new art of living magico-mythical and colorful. Palm trees, anime, flowers, Chinese or tie and dye are all hand-drawn by him and then embroidered or printed to the rhythm of slow fashion. The apparel pieces that he has designed with brocade completely blew our mind and we will be doing a separate blogpost on them.

The thought process behind Idli –

In our interaction with Thierry, his love for all things handcrafted was clearly palpable. That was the main driving force for him to choose India, where there’s a parallel market for handmade things and each region is so rich and unique in terms of its craft. He doesn’t believe in the concept of mass production like the one being followed in China, for him art is something very divine and exotic. Each of his design is unique and no bulk production is done. Things are customised on request by a client but nothing is replicated. Thierry is passionately pursuing what he believes in and Idli totally reflects that.

Thierry stays in India for six months and for rest of the year he travels all over the world. He believes that creativity comes when one travels, marvels at art, architecture, interiors and history. And this is why visiting the boutique transports you to a different world- where life is slow-paced and where people have time to appreciate all things beautiful. It was almost like visiting a Morrocan souk minus the chaos.

Here are the pictures from our visit to Idli, you can have a look at their website for more details – Idli Design

(Please Note- All information is based on the interaction we had with Mr Thierry Journo and the pictures are from our visit to the boutique. A special thanks to the Store Manager- Rafia for all the help)

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Aspiration : Exhibition, Jaipur

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Jaipur’s social calendar is jam-packed with numerous events like – literature festival, handicrafts expo, art and craft fairs, and a plethora of exhibitions spanning across various subjects. Aspiration is one such fashion & lifestyle exhibition held every year at the SMS Convention Centre  , which is a spacious and beautiful venue with a regal aura.

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An exhibition is in many ways a series of conversations. Between the artist and viewer, curator and viewer, and between the works of art themselves. It clicks when an exhibition feels like it has answered some questions, and raised even more.

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This was the first time that I got a chance to attend Aspiration, and I didn’t have much idea about what to expect. But it truly was beyond expectations and I did get to see some really creative stuff. There were stalls selling tribal silver jewellery, hair accessories, pearl ornaments, quirky mojris and my most favourite thing- some absolutely chic bags.

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Creative decor 
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Pink themed decor in the Pink city 🙂

The only sad part is that they do not allow you to click pictures of the stalls, which I really wanted to. Nevertheless, I have created this post to apprise you about all the fun stuff I purchased.

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Loved my shopping spree 🙂

 1. There was a stall selling an eclectic mix of hair accessories, which were studded with Swarovski crystals, pearls, beads and other semi precious stones. These were made by NIFT/NID students as part of their projects and one could clearly sense the handmade charm in them.

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Handcrafted hair accessories 

2. This cute clutch-keychain will be a perfect adornment for all my handbags. It so aptly represents my obsession with bags 😉

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3. We have already done a blogpost  on the emerging trend of scarf jewellery  and how it creatively combines the functionality of a dupatta and a neckpiece. I bought two scarf neckpieces- blue and white, wanted one in black too but it was sold out.

4. Loved the peacock ornamented on the clutch. Beige colour and mirror work make this clutch a versatile piece which can be carried with a saree or even with a maxi dress.

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5. Got these 2 handcrafted envelopes from a stall selling handmade gift-packing material. These were the last two pieces left, I decide to buy both as I am going to use one of them as an envelope-clutch 🙂

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6. Last but not the least- This box clutch/sling bag with a refreshing print. I was planning to buy a box clutch from long and this was exactly what I was looking for. I can’t wait to use it 🙂

A crafters blessing- Fabric inspires me. Ribbon makes me smile. Spray paint is a necessity.

Hope you liked the things I bought, do try to visit Aspiration next year. And as usual, keep following us on Facebook and Instagram 🙂

My First Ever M.A.C : #Rubywoo

I am more of a no makeup person, my basic makeup regime consisted of three things – Lactocalamine, lip butter and kohl from The Body Shop  . It was only after getting married that things like blusher, eyeshadows, bronzer etc got added to my beauty lexicon. And even these were limited to organic, neutral shade palettes from The Body Shop  .

For my lips I have been using lip and cheek velvet stick from The Body Shop  and a nude lipgloss from Maybelline , if I intend to have a shinier look. The thought of using lipstick and that too in a shade of red wasn’t even in my wildest dreams. I like red as a colour and i have admired girls wearing red lipsticks, but I always thought it is a colour meant for a very fair skin tone and you need to be bold enough to flaunt it. But countless reviews from bloggers, beauty tutorials and recommendations from friends coaxed me in trying the Ruby Woo shade from MAC. (Their signature red shade with a matte finish)

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I was feeling sceptical even upto the moment of entering the MAC store where I told their beauty assistant about this being my first MAC purchase and how perplexed I am about buying a red coloured lipstick. She was quite helpful and briefed me on the number of options MAC has in red/pink colour, but it was one line she said which sealed the deal for me- Ruby Woo is a shade which suits every possible skin tone and is the Best Buy from MAC. And, I purchased it.

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I have been in love with Rubywoo since then. It is a classic-retro, vibrant shade of red with a flawless matte finish and can uplift the look of any outfit- be it western or Indian. Feeling lazy – no need for an elaborate makeup routine, just glide Ruby Woo on your lips and you are ready. It is glamorous but not flashy, just the perfect shade of red. When in doubt, wear Ruby Woo 🙂

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Leave all your preconceived notions behind and try Ruby Woo, it is perfect for all skin- tones.

Have you been using the MAC Ruby Woo? We would love to know your experience, also tell us which are your favourite lipsticks?

Shopping Bag : ZARA Sale

Whoa- Getting Zara  products in 990 Rupees

Fashion is about surprise and suspense and fantasy, it is not about rules. Opening up your closet should be like arriving at a really good party where everyone you see is someone you like. And what better than Zara to fill your closet with the most classy things. Paychecks come and go, but Zara is forever 😉

Sale – A fashionista’s favorite four letter word –

There is a grand sale going on a whole lot of stuff at Zara – be it dresses, accessories, bags, footwear etc. When it comes to buying basics like a denim or a LBD, Zara is the perfect option. Once a basic outfit is in place,  you have the freedom to mix and match and glamourise or underplay your look in sync with the current runway trends.

Here’s the retail therapy into which I indulged myself at the Zara sale, bought a black leather sling bag with a dark tan coloured flap. A versatile piece which can go with almost all looks, I already have so many of them in mind 🙂

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We have curated a list of some of the best dresses, tops, footwear, handbags and accessories available on discounted prices, with both original and after sale prices mentioned.

Dresses –

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Floral Embroidery dress – Sale Price- 999 rupees/ Original Price – 2790 rupees
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Fitted polka dot dress- – Sale price- 999 rupees/ Original price- 2290 rupees
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Gingham mini dress- sale price- 1990 rupees/ original price- 2790 rupees
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Floral embroidered dress- sale price- 2990 rupees/ original price- 4990 rupees
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Guipure lace dress- sale price- 1990 rupees/ original price- 3990 rupees
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Floral dress- sale price- 1990 rupees/ original price- 3990 rupees
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Contrast dress- sale price- 2990 rupees/ original price- 3990 rupees
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Embroidered multicoloured dress- sale price- 1990 rupees/ original price- 3990 rupees
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Dress with corset detail- sale price- 1190 rupees/ original price- 1890 rupees
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Lace dress with patch- sale price- 990 rupees/ original price- 2490 rupees

Footwear –

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sale price- 1790 rupees/ original price- 2890 rupees
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sale price- 1490 rupees/ original price- 3990 rupees
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Sale price – 2290 rupees/ original price- 3990 rupees

Handbags-

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Oval crossbody bag- sale price- 990 rupees/ original price- 1690 rupees
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Tropical city bag- sale price- 1790 rupees/ original price – 2890 rupees
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Contrasting stripes bag- sale price- 1490 rupees/ original price- 2290 rupees
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Beaded bucket bag- sale price- 1790 rupees/ original price – 2890 rupees
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Golden leather bucket bag- sale price- 2290 rupees/ original price- 3990 rupees

Tops & Accessories –

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Floral print top- sale price- 1190 rupees/ original price- 2490 rupees
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Metallic sunglasses- sale price- 690 rupees/ original price- 1490 rupees
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Striped blouse- sale price- 1990 rupees/ original price- 2790 rupees
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Short blouse with embroidery- sale price- 1490 rupees/ original price- 2490 rupees
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Printed top with bow sleeves- sale price- 1990 rupees/ original price- 2790 rupees
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Bandana style choker- sale price- 390 rupees/ original price- 1190 rupees
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Striped cropped top- sale price- 1190 rupees/ original price- 2490 rupees
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Animal print scarf- sale price- 390 rupees/ original price- 1490 rupees
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Scariest horror story= Sold Out, Rush to the nearest Zara store soon 🙂

May your clothes be comfy, your coffee be strong ,and your Monday be short 🙂

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Food : Authentic Italian Pizza

Food lovers go crazy with Italian cuisine, where simple dishes,high-quality ingredients & lots of passion rule the table. It’s all about ingredients; it’s not fussy & fancy. Spending 5 days in Italy has given me an insight into – why everyone should get on the thin-crust, pie as big as your face, pizza making bandwagon.

Nothing can beat the simple Italian classic pizza. Of course,the beauty of pizza lies in the limitless opportunities for creativity with the toppings. Try topping your own pizza with lots of eatable stuff. These recipes do not come with a manual. To put it better, these so called creative recipes are more like a blind fold test for the blogger in me.
Adding something to these recipes from your very own kitchen would surely drive your husband nuts;). Italian Pizzas are finger licking good and are easy to make, i don’t need to rack my brain over whether the flavours go together or if the result would be edible.

Here is the recipe of authentic Italian pizza with different type of standard Italian toppings commonly found in Italy to get started & inspire your own creations. Once you have mastered making your own pizza dough at home ,the real fun begins-exploring all the endless types you can make.

Margherita pizza(triumph of Italian cuisine in the world)

Prep time-2 hrs / Cook time-10min / Total time-2:10 min

Ingredients-
1. For Base making
2 cups -All purpose flour
2 tbsp-olive oil
2 tbsp-yeast
1cup-luke warm water
Salt-1/2 tbsp

2. For Topping
Canned tomato sauce
Mozzarella cheese
Crushed basil leaves

3. Seasoning
Oregano
Chilly flakes

Directions:-
Step 1- Place all the ingredients of pizza base in a bowl & after mixing all the ingredients knead the dough vigorously for about 10-15 min until it becomes soft & smooth.

Step 2- Shape the dough in a ball form & keep it in a air tight container for about 2 hrs & let it rise & become doubled in volume.

Step 3- Once the dough is doubled in volume divide it into 2 equal loaves,take each loave & give it a round shape chapati form flattening them using your fingers.

Step 4-Use a ladle or spoon & apply good amt of canned tomato sauce all over the base,spread lots of mozzarella cheese over the base torn into pieces & sprinkle basil leaves over the topping.Don’t forget to drizzle it with few drops of olive oil to make it more crunchy.

Step 5-Pre-heat the oven at 180 C for 10-15 min,once the oven is pre-heated place it in the oven for 8-10 min at 250 C.

Step 6- Once the pizza is ready,garnish it with pizza seasoning & serve immediately.

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Pizza ai Funghi(Pizza with Mushrooms)
Mushrooms are always a favourite,& the most imp thing to get it right is to always saute the mushrooms before putting them on pizza. When you bake the mushrooms raw, they will release a lot of liquid that will make your pizza soggy. For addtional flavour saute it with garlic & parsley.

Ingredients

1. For topping:-
200grams sliced mushrooms
1 clove garlic
2 tbsp- fresh flatleaf parsley chopped
Salt & black pepper
4 tbsp-olive oil
Canned tomato sauce

Directions:-
Step1- For base making the same process is followed as in margherita.

Step 2-Heat 4tbsp olive oil in a non-stick pan & saute mushrooms for a few minute over high heat until they start to color.

Step3-Add parsley & garlic & season with salt & black pepper.continue to saute until it becomes golden brown& most of the liquid is evaporated.

Step 4- Pat dry with tissue paper to remove extra oil.

Step 5- spread the tomato mixture on the base,add mushrooms in a single layer & dot with mozzarella.

Step 6- Place it in a oven at 250 C for about 10-15 min until the crust is golden brown & the cheese is bubling.Once the pizza is ready garnish it with oregano & serve immediately.

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Pizza quattro Formaggi (“four cheese pizza”, tomatoes, and the cheeses mozzarella, stracchino, fontina and gorgonzola; sometimes ricotta is swapped for one of the latter three)

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Did you just have a foodgasm?If not do try these recipes at home & i guarantee you will have one when it hits your tongue.

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Travel : Keukenhof, Amsterdam

Will you be visiting Holland in spring? Then be sure to visit Keukenhof, where you will experience the gorgeous views of blooming Dutch tulips and other flowers for which Holland is famous. Keukenhof is the most famous and largest flower park in the world and lies very close to Amsterdam.

It features a variety of different gardens and garden styles. For example, the English landscape garden features winding paths and unexpected see-through points. The historical garden is an enclosed garden where you can see many old types of bulbs. The natural garden consists of a water garden where shrubs and perennials are combined with bulbous plants. The Japanese country garden is a non traditional garden in a natural environment.

Keukennhof is open annually from mid-march to mid-may. Approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted annually in the park, which covers an area of 79 acres. This is why it is also known as the “Garden of Europe”. You will be overwhelmed by a  spectacle of colours and perfeumes.

Here are pictures from our visit to this mesmerising natural beauty – 

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Travel : Auli City Guide

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Auli – A place I had never heard of till 2010, it was the final year of our engineering and continuing the college tradition of a farewell trip, our batch decided to ditch Goa and go for something more adventurous. White river rafting and camping in Rishikesh followed by skiing at Auli, this was the first time I came to know that a place by this name existed in India and is close to Joshimath in Uttarakhand.

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River Ganga flowing parallel to the road 

How to reach : After a two day camping stay at Rishikesh, we left for Auli in our sturdy mini bus ;). It was then we realised that the distance of 265 kms ,which we had hoped to cover in a time span of five-six hours, is a journey amidst tortuous roads and ever increasing altitude. Auli is located at an altitude of ten thousand feet above sea level and is barely at a distance of 55kms from the Badrinath Shrine. It is a breathtaking journey with river Ganga flowing in the steep valley parallel to the route. Many people from our group suffered from nausea, I recommend taking a very light meal and keeping some medications handy as the serpentine roads can easily trigger motion sickness.

The route passes through a number of small pilgrimages like Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Vishnuprayag, Chamoli-Gopeshwar etc, each of which holds a special value in the Hindu mythology. It took us about 10 hours to reach Joshimath which is the nodal point for Kedarnath/Badrinath. It is one of the most spectacular road journeys that one can encounter, a must visit for photography enthusiasts. The climb from Joshimath to Auli is very steep so night driving is not recommended, so we decided to take a halt in Joshimath where basic lodging options are available.

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Fun times at Joshimath 

Staying Options : Early morning we started our journey, it took us about 45mins to traverse the 15km distance from Joshimath to Auli. There is a cable car rope way which connects Joshimath to Auli and is one of the longest rope ways in Asia.  An administrative body called Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd (GMVNL), managed by Uttarakhand government, runs skiing courses for mountaineers and travellers and also provides lodging facilities, which is where we stayed. It was a wonderful stay at a very affordable price. For those seeking luxury, Cliff Top Club is the best available option.

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All of us at the cable car ride point

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Skiing Guide : Enclosed by snow clad mountains of Garhwal Himalayan Range, Auli is a paradise for skiing lovers. Even as beginners we could ski through the gentle slopes meant for novices, GMVN provides instructors and all skiing equipment at very reasonable costs. Walking through the misty slopes provides one with the imposing spectacle of some of the lofty mountain ranges like the beautiful Nanda-Devi, Mana Parvat, Kamet etc. It also has the highest man made lake in the world, which is used for skiing. The scenery is surreal, as if you are a part of a beautiful painting sketched by a dexterous painter.

Auli is a must visit place for all the nature lovers and of course for all those who are passionate for skiing.

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Cable car ride to Auli 

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Clifftop Club

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Way to cable car ride

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Insane fun of college days 🙂

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Auli in winters

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