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.
“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.
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.
Enjoy the pictures :
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Funky Fish was our very first blogpost on the trend of pop up couture. It is a tad different from regular handicrafts and lifestyle expos. These events are not about promoting regional crafts or artisans, but primarily have designer/high-end labels showcasing their collection to people of a particular city.
Also, it is a pertinent medium for brands which only have an online presence as customers get to understand and feel the vibe of their products. “Enchanted Garden” was the theme of the previous edition of Funky Fish held at Hotel Hilton, Jaipur. This time the theme was “Dreamcatcher” , here are the pictures :
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.
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.
Here are pictures from the exhibition-
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.
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 ❤️❤️
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 🙂
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.
It was through a Facebook advertisement that I came to know about – Snobbox , a first of its kind styling service for women. The phrase “styling service” intrigued me into finding more about the brand. Snobbox is an online shopping platform but what differentiates it from other shopping portals is the feature of trying things at the comfort of your home and then paying for whatever you like. So it is giving you the experience of shopping at a store sans the traffic and effort.
It is a novel concept and full marks to the founders for coming up with this idea. Snobbox gives you the facility of speaking to a stylist and letting her know about your taste in clothing, accessories, etc. Here’s my step by step experience with snobbox –
Step 1 – Placing the order
I placed my order on 22nd July through their website, which is quite user friendly. It takes you through a questionnaire regarding your fashion preferences, sizing details and what you would not like to see in your snobbox. You can even upload a picture to help their stylist in understanding what would be apt for you. Once you are done with all this, a styling fee of 180 rupees is charged to confirm the order. You will receive a confirmation mail for the same.
Step 2 – Call from Snobbox stylist
I received a call and an email on 26th August from Rashi, who is one of their stylists. She enquired about my style preferences in terms of jewellery, bags and apparel, which I would like to see in my snob box. I briefed her that I am looking for vintage/tribal style jewellery, a backpack style in handbags and monochromes in apparel. She took a note of my preferences and apprised me that best possible stuff will be sent as per my taste and that I would receive my snobbox in 3-4 days.
Step 3 – Snob box received 🙂
I received my snob box on 1st August, Apart from the accessories and apparel, it consisted of a handwritten note from the stylist, return shipping label and a detailed list of all the items sent along with their prices. You get 48 hours to decide whatever you want to keep from the box, after that the return courier request is automatically scheduled.
So this was part 1 of my experience with Snobbox, what all did the box contain? The mystery will be unravelled in part 2 of this blog post 😉
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2. This cute clutch-keychain will be a perfect adornment for all my handbags. It so aptly represents my obsession with bags 😉
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.
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 🙂
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 🙂
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 🙂
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.
Tops & Accessories –
May your clothes be comfy, your coffee be strong ,and your Monday be short 🙂
This post is about the drool-worthy sale going on in two of my absolute favourite brands. A visit to their stores is a must part of my shopping spree, not only when I am into the buying mode,but also to have a glimpse on all the new trendy stuff in stock.
Chumbak store is like a little wonderland with so many cute little things in vibrant colours. They have a 70 percent discount going on a lot of stuff and some of these are ones that I have bought previously without sale, it’s the perfect time to grab them. A hard learned lesson 😦
Here are my favourite picks from Chumbak , both original and after-discount prices have been mentioned.
Stuff from Charles & Keith is like an heirloom possession and the brand is a big source of inspiration for me to save some money and buy their products which are a sheer delight. This was one of the most unexpected surprises that I have ever encountered, when the saleslady at the store apprised us of the fact that a 25-60 percent discount is going on a whole lot of things. It was music to my ears,I didn’t have any idea that Charles and Keith offers things on sale too. It’s the perfect time to own the bag/ sandals / sunglasses that you have been eyeing from long. I purchased sandals priced at approx 5000 rupees in 2000 bucks, couldn’t have asked for more. A separate post on what I bought soon 😉
A big thanks to every one who took part in our giveaway-contest, the results will be out on our Facebook /Instagram Page tomorrow.
I recently ordered some stuff from a shopping portal called “Krafted with Happiness” and decided to share my experience with you. I came to know about the site through Facebook and i was super happy to see the “pom-pom scarf” in their collection ,which i was looking for from a long time. I keep browsing through lots of such shopping portals for style ideas but what enticed me into ordering from this site was super affordable pricing and unconventional designs.
After placing the order, i received a confirmation call from the site about my order. I had placed a “cashon delivery” order for which they charge additional 40 bucks per item. The package arrived within two days of placing the order and was in perfect condition.
I had ordered for a “pom-pom parade scarf”(price – 399 rupees) and a “majestic mandala ring”(price -399 rupees). They also give you a discount coupon for first time order. Both the products met my expectations and i am planning to order some other drool-worthy stuff soon.
The brand offers a panoply of accessories, footwear, bags etc all having an Indo-contemporary vibe. One more appealing factor is the hassle-free shopping experience on their user-friendly website. And unlike certain labels which do not allow you to return accessories, this portal allows you to return a product if it does not meet your expectations. I also liked the way they have given eccentric names to each of their products, which definitely lends a unique charm.