Pop Up Couture : Funky Fish 3rd Edition

Think of a plush five star banquet, high-end brands and an eclectic theme based decor : that’s Funky Fish for you. After the first two editions of Enchanted Garden and Dream Catcher, this year’s theme was “Patakha Pop”. The brands were a mix of apparel, jewellery, footwear, skincare and sweet treats.

What made this couture event unique was the fact that most of these brands had options for customisation like personalised footwear, chocolates, soaps and food hampers. Also loved that they tried to make it a holistic experience by adding a stall from Tarot Tales. Some of the participating brands were Outhouse Jewellery, September Spring, Weave In India etc.

Enjoy the pictures :

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Wedding & Lifestyle Exhibition : Jhalak

“Jhalak” : A Hindi word which means ‘glimpse’, and a glimpse into lifestyle and societal trends is what I get at these expos. This one was held in the plush banquet of hotel Holiday Inn, Jaipur. With the festive season coming up, it was the perfect place to shop for ethnic outfits, jewellery, accessories, shoes and a lot more.

These exhibitions with their colourful textiles, beautiful ornaments and quirky accessories give you a chance to witness the real India that comes alive in her streets. There were shoes with Ajrakh and Kalamkari prints, Meenakari done on fabric jewellery, Phulkari embroidered bags and so many traditional crafts conceived in a contemporary manner.

Exploring India is incomplete without food and this is where these expos should work on. Jaipur has so many traditional delicacies to offer, adding them would make it an amazing experience.

Here are the pictures :

 

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Wedding & Lifestyle Exhibition : Urge

Another expo in the pink city, but with a very elaborate and eclectic decor. Shopping is such a great experience amidst such vibrant spaces and with so many unique things to choose from. It was an amalgamation of apparel ranging from gotta patti to block prints, embellished footwear and quirky juttis, handbags and ornamented clutches, mobile covers, semiprecious jewellery and even some organic cosmetics.

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We have a separate category for all the expos that happen in Jaipur, here’s the link . Do follow us on Facebook and on Instagram.

Wedding & Lifestyle Exhibition : Lagan Mandap 2nd Edition

It is very gratifying to cover the new edition of an expo, which you have covered before. It’s like a journey that you have completed as an experience collector and nothing can be more rewarding. As the name suggests, Lagan Mandap is all about the glitz and glamour of wedding shopping. Here’s the link to the previous edition of this blogpost . This time the exhibition was held on a much larger scale with lots of participating stores and beautiful fresh flowers based decor.

One could find everything needed in a wedding under one roof. There were a plethora of semi-precious jewellery stalls, embellished clutches, sarees, Indo-western gowns, lehengas, footwear and a lot more. Also they had some very eclectic gift wrapping and packing stuff, which is a very important part of wedding preparations.

Enjoy the pictures :

Lagan Mandap : Wedding Exhibition

Continuing with our wedding season series, here are certain pictures from another wedding expo – Lagan Mandap held at the SMS convention centre, Jaipur.

Brand Review : Woodgeekstore

Wood + Geek – the combination appears to be quite an eccentric one. They are geeks with a passion for all things wooden and are trying to break the conventional image of wood by exploring it beyond its traditional uses. There is the usual walnut, bamboo, mahogany, rosewood, teak etc, but used in a plethora of bohemian ways. An artist truly has a wild mind and a disciplined eye.

Woodgeekstore offers an eclectic collection of customised wooden posters, journals, notebooks, pens, bow ties, phone cases, sunglasses along with cover. Imagining wood in such an unconventional manner speaks volumes about the creativity of the Woodgeeks team. Moreover, these products are the perfect thing to gift- eco friendly, quirky and personalised with a design or message of your choice.

I didn’t face any issues while ordering stuff from their website. Cash on delivery is available for non-customised products and it takes about a week for the stuff to get delivered. For personalised items, they do share a digital mockup for the customer’s approval and then it is actualised.

Here’s what I ordered-

1. Personalised sunglasses cover-

These can be an ideal gift- creative and economical. The cover looks good, can be personalised and is very sturdy.

2. Personalised sunglasses along with a free customised cover-

There are various styles available- wayfarers, round, aviators etc and you also have the option of choosing the wood of your choice from rosewood, bamboo, mahogany etc. Full marks for creativity but I am not so content with the quality of the glasses used, the wooden frame is good and given that natural is the new cool so the sunglasses look super chic.

Hope you enjoyed our review of the Woodgeekstore, it is our constant endeavor to bring such creative stories to you. Ciao 😍

Brand Review : Love This Stuff

“The biggest challenge is to be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you like everyone else” – this is the core philosophy of Lovethisstuff. Founded by an ISB alumnus, Lovethisstuff has products that are unique and reflect the individuality in you. The brand brings together creative entrepreneurs, designers and craftsmen from across India orchestrating an eclectic display of their original work.

The best segment of products are the personalised ones and I would recommend the brand especially for customised gifts. There are a number of options wherein you can go for customised stationery, jewellery, bags, home-decor etc. A customised gift, no matter big or small, reflects the fact that we have taken some time out of our busy lives and used it to make the giftee feel special. The website is user friendly and one can easily place an order. It took about a week for the stuff to get delivered. I am quite satisfied with the products and the pricing is commensurate with quality.

Here’s a look at what I ordered –

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Blue – Abstract print notebook with bookmark for a friend’s birthday.
Wooden Engraved Bookmark

 

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OOTD With Global Desi

Global Desi – The name aptly represents the contemporary Indian woman, whose style is a unique amalgamation of tradition and ultramodern. The brand offers an eclectic mix of Kurtis, dresses, palazzos, skirts, tunics etc which are made by combining the Indian techniques of block printing, dying, embroidery with some chic silhouettes.

They work closely with traditional artisans to create exquisite ensembles and gorgeous handcrafted jewellery – paying homage to the supreme craftsmanship of India. The brand stands for a simple, beautiful thought – fashion is for everyone, everyone has a fashion.






Jaypore’s Open House : 1

Jaypore is one of my favourite shopping websites, I love the way they build a story across each collection and when you purchase something from the brand, it truly feels like buying a piece of heritage which carries its history along. Jaypore focuses on products with unique,high quality craftsmanship; unmistakably local designs that feel at home anywhere in the world. The products include home decor, accessories, jewelry, apparel, gifts, vintage items and more.

You can find fabrics belonging to each part of the country, whether it is Patola, Ikat, Banarasi, Chanderi, Chikankaari, Maheshwari, Phulkari, Bandhani etc. When it comes to accessories there is silver, terracotta, brass, ceramics, bamboo, pearls etc. Each collection is curated with detailed pictures and history of the weave/art, which is very important to apprise the buyer about the true value and the hardwork put in by the artisan to create the product.

Jaypore’s first open house was held from 29th-31st August at the Aga Khan Hall in Delhi. The aim was to bridge the gap between what you see online and how their handcrafted apparel and jewellery feels in person. Coincidentally, I was in delhi during the same period and I couldn’t miss the opportunity of experiencing the products firsthand. Touching a fabric and its weave by hand is hypnotically satisfying. I also got to witness Jaypore’s handmade organic skincare range, which is quite affordable compared to other chemical-free brands.

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As usual, the second part of this blogpost will focus on my shopping spree at Jaypore’s first open house. You can subscribe to our blog to get an email update for every post and do like us on Facebook and  follow us on Instagram.

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Delhi Haat : 2

In our previous blogpost, we took you through a plethora of striking charms present at the Delhi Haat, now is the time to brief you about our shopping haul, we behaved like harridans, haggling about prices with the shopkeepers to drive a hard bargain 😂😂. It was better than shopping at an air conditioned mall, bargaining is an inherent talent present in all females 😉So here’s a look at the stuff I purchased from the Haat, total amount spent = 1300 rupees 1. Oxidised Silver Bangles– Bought these two oxidised silver bangles, one with a knick-knack and one without. I tried them together and found the combination perfect. They can go with Indian as well as western outfits, since silver jewellery is the trendiest thing these days. I am in love with the bohemian-rustic appeal of silver jewellery. Price = 200 rupees.  2. Oxidised silver tribal earrings– loved the shape, intricate work and overall appeal of these earrings. You do not need to wear any other accessory along with them, one should never overdo accessories and always let one piece be the striking part of your look. These earrings add just the right amount of glamour and can be paired with almost any outfit. Price = 150 rupees. 3. Beaded Hairband – The girl at this particular accessories stall was wearing this kind of a beaded hairband and it looked really chic so I decided to take one for myself, loved the peach and gold combination. It can even be used as a choker. Price = 100 rupees.4. Footwear– Metallic and turquoise, the combination was too good to resist. And the fact that they were super comfortable flats was the icing on the cake. All three of us bought one pair each 😂. Price = 400 rupees. 5. Clutch– I was looking for a beige-nude tone clutch from long, and this one had a perfect  mesh of orange and pink floral embroidery. It is not too blingy yet glamorous in a subtle way. Price = 450 rupees. Here’s what my friends purchased from the Haat-

1. Embroidered Kaftan– Anjali purchased this beautiful sheer kaftan, it can go with jeans, palazzos, leggings, skirts and can even act as a coverup over a bodysuit for beaches. We loved the vibrant colour and the versatility of the outfit. Price =700 rupees. 2. Tribal Coin Necklace- Again a versatile piece, which can complement a number of outfits. We all seem to be in awe of silver jewellery 😊. Price = 500 rupees.3. Earrings- Sweta purchased these beautiful oxidised silver earrings, we loved the info-western vibe of these. The quintessential jhumkis combined with an abstract shape structure. Price = 200 rupees. Hope you enjoyed the sneak-peek into our shopping haul at the Delhi Haat, keep following us on Facebook and Instagram. Lots of love ❤️❤️

Delhi Haat : 1

I couldn’t post anything in a while owing to husband dearie’s exams in Delhi and the internet connectivity was poor due to jammers installed in the cantonment. Nevertheless, Delhi gave me the opportunity to meet both my best friends after a long time and we decided to relive the fun times of college. I wanted to cover Delhi Haat for the blog and it couldn’t have been a better experience than exploring it with my bffs.

The word “haat” means an open marketplace which serves as a trading venue for artisans from various parts of the country. Delhi Haat is one such permanent crafts bazaar run by the Delhi Tourism. Extensive foundation work, small thatched roof cottages and kiosks give the place a rustic atmosphere. Some shops are permanent but other sellers are rotated, usually for fifteen days. Products offered include rosewood and sandalwood carvings, embellished camel hide footwear, sophisticated fabric and drapery, gems, beads, brassware, metal crafts, and silk and wool fabrics. A number of shows promoting handicrafts and handlooms are held at the exhibition hall in the complex.

Here are the pictures –

 













The second part of this blogpost will cover my shopping haul at the Delhi Haat, Hope you have liked us on Facebook and following us on Instagram. See you soon 🙂 

Art & Craft Expo : 2 

We gave you a glimpse of the eclectic apparel section in the first part of this blogpost. This post is all about the beautiful decor objects from different parts of our country, being sold at the expo. There was glassware, paintings, carpets, tribal jewellery, brass artefacts, wooden handicrafts and a huge variety of ceramics like – blue pottery, earthenware, porcelain, crockery etc. Given the option, I could buy truckloads of stuff from the expo. You could put your bargaining skills to good use and drive a hard bargain.

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Brand Review : Snob Box 2

In our previous brand review- blogpost, we introduced you to a unique styling service for women called Snobbox. We took you through the entire procedure from placing the order to getting your snob box, which is personalised as per your conversation with their stylist.

So here we are unraveling the details of what all did my snob box contain, there were 3 main sections- jewellery, apparel and handbags. The box also contained a detailed list of all the items sent with their pricing, all you have to do is simply login to their website and select which all items you would want to keep and pay for them online. The entire process was hassle-free and after 2 days the return pickup was arranged where in you just need to return the stuff you do not wish to keep, along with the return shipping labels already provided in the box.

1. The accessories were a mix of tribal themed earrings and neckpieces in silver/golden metallic tones, they were quite up to my expectations, since I had asked for accessories with a bohemian touch.

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2. The apparel section included- a shirt embellished with pearls, an off-shoulder top, an Aztec print top, a white crochet top, a black basic flare top. I was happy with the variety offered, all pieces were different from each other. But the fabrics were bit of a concern; given the humid weather, I cannot imagine wearing polyester or other synthetic fabrics.






3. There were 3 kind of bags sent across in the box – a black sling bag, a grey backpack and a cream flap handbag. I really liked the sling and the flap bag, the backpack was a bit of a disappointment. I decided to keep the sling bag and return the other two.





Here’s the detailed list of all the stuff sent in my snob box – 


Overall Experience- A very interesting concept and a flawless execution, I was satisfied with the accessories and handbags, though would definitely want the brand to improve their apparel offerings. I would recommend Snobbox to all our readers, as you get to experience something very unique at a nominal price and within the comfort of your home. I will be placing a new Snobbox order soon 🙂

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Accessories : A Bohemian Trend

Dupattas/stoles/scarves have been a quintessential part of our dressing, they add the much needed elegance or quirkiness to the look. At times it is the rich dupattas in Tussar/Chanderi or the trendy stoles in pastel prints.

Pairing jewellery with dupattas/scarves gets complicated as both are attention grabbing accessories and both are to be worn around the neck. So this new trend provides a unique solution by combining the two and giving way to “scarf jewellery“. 

It is classy and chic at the same time, here’s a look at some of these-

You can buy them from Amazon by searching for “scarf jewellery”

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Accessories : A New Jewellery Trend

Right jewelry can make or break any look. Jewelry is the fetish of every woman in our country, but there is a unique dilemma which perplexes most of us. It is the Gold Vs semi precious jewelry fix, which most us find ourselves into. I keep getting a constant scolding from my mom about spending money on artificial jewelry instead of gold. Yes, Gold is precious and everlasting but the problem is it cannot sync with the indo-western gown or our usual Anarkali or even a pastel colored saree.

I stumbled upon this new jewelry range from ace designer “Suhani Pittie”, she has been rated as one of the most innovative jewelry designers by the world gold council. She combines gold with basic elements like copper and gives them unique geometric designs which can complement and any look be it Indian or western. And yes It’s Gold…B-Town beauties like Kareena, Sonam, Vidya Balan have been wearing her jewelry on numerous occasions. Here’s a look at some of my favorite picks :

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Have a look at Suhani Pittie

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