October 25, 2012

It was THAT time of the year again!

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Oh!! The last few days were so much fun!!! No wonder it's my most favourite time of the year! Barring my birthday, that is. :D

Durga Puja comes once a year. For five days. And turns my whole world upside down.

The sights, the sounds, the smells, the new clothes, the good food, the fun time with friends & family, the laughter, the gossip, the pandal-hopping, the creativity, the night-outs, the madness - all this & more make these few days the most-awaited ones among the yearly 365!

And of course, this year was no exception. In fact, it was better if possible! :)

I was celebrating the festival for the first time since quitting my job & setting up my own brand of clothes & accessories.....and man, was it fun! The last month had been CRAZY, to put it mildly. Everyone wanted new clothes for the festival. And everyone wanted them fast! So, I have been literally going mad trying to work on innumerable orders & get stuff delivered on time. But, obviously, I had to work till the last minute to get new clothes to their rightful owners before the festival began and as a result, no new clothes from my brand succeeded in making their way into my closet! Woes of being a designer, I guess! :(

Anyway, so, I had to resort to wearing clothes I had picked up from other places and somehow managed not to wear immediately after I bought them! Lesson learnt: I should start making clothes for myself, which I would wear during Durga Puja next year, like, RIGHT NOW!!! 

Here's what I wore on Saptami (the 2nd day of Durga Puja & the 7th day on the Navratri period)......went out with the guy, saw quite a few thematic puja celebrations by different clubs, ate yummy junk food from street-side stalls and had sumptuous Indian dinner, followed by ice cream! Sounds perfect? Well..........it was! :))

Oh! Just realised that this is the first post I'm doing after having my latest haircut! :D
What say guys? Yay or nay???
(Though how much you can understand here is a point of concern....I had chosen a plait to brave the hours of jostling with the crowd & sweating in the heat!)

I would have preferred to wear this dress, as a dress....but donned a pair of tights to be on the safe side....you never know the kind of crowd that roam the streets during the festive season!

Floral dress:  BK Market, Kolkata
Black tights: BK Market, Kolkata
Yellow satchel: BK Market, Kolkata
Fabric covered bangles: Platinum Mall, Bangkok
Woven cane bangles: Bangladesh
Jade bangle: Colaba Causeway, Mumbai
Oval green ring: BK Market, Kolkata
Crystal ring: ALDO Accessories
Watch: Skagen, gifted
Hairclip: New Market, Kolkata
Tan ballerina: Enroute

A few snapshots from that day - glimpses of the festive city....

Glittering grandeur...

Play of lights

The Mother Goddess

Monochrome beauty

I'll be back with the rest of the pictures from the festive days. Soon. :)

For now, I have to catch up on all the lost sleep (thanks to the night outs & unearthly hours I kept during the festival!).

It still seems like it's Sunday (today, or rather yesterday - since it's 2am right now, was Dashami or the last day of the festival...so it has all just only got over!) and work starts again tomorrow morning! Which it does. Only, it's not a Monday, but a Thursday. Well...that makes this quite a small working week. And I'm so not complaining! ;)

Have a great week & a greater weekend ahead guys! 

Lotsa love!
Anupriya DG
October 14, 2012

A (not-so) Black Heart

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There was a small black spot in her heart
That grew and grew until it was all black.
Sometimes her heart shone through, in a glimmering ray of gold,
Sometimes, the blackness was more wild than the wilderness within.
Most of the times, she was seen searching for her lost heart in the dark depths of the black.
Oh! What a beautiful black it was...

NOTE: There's nobody particular whom I have written the above about! 
It's just that I wanted to write something connected to the outfit...and this is what I came up with!! (You can see the relevance soon enough!)

Sort of felt like those school/college days, when I had the time & leisure to sit and weave thoughts into words of poetry, filling pages after pages of diaries, stray paper napkins or torn sheets of notebooks. Some of those lines even made their way into the pockets of cute guys and hopeless crushes.

Guess, I still haven't lost the touch...eh? ;)

This is what I wore to Day 3 of Signature Premier Fashion Week Kolkata
Now you can go and read the lines at the top once more! :P

It was my bold & wild night out! Well....sorta! ;)

A bit of grunge, a dash of goth, a li'l animal print, a glint of gold, a lot of black & a big heart (with fringes!)!!!

Top with fringed heart: BK Market, Kolkata
Animal print tights: BK Market, Kolkata
Black patent bag: Metro Plaza, Kolkata
Gold chain link necklace: DIY
Golden metal bangles: Colaba Causeway, Mumbai
Snakeskin & metal cuff: ASOS
Cat ring: Accessorize
Black booties: Tresmode

Thanks for the clicks, Ayantika! :)

Well.....right now, I'm wondering when will the ever-changing colors of Autumn grace my country with its beautiful presence........? (As it is still 40 degrees in the shade here...sigh!)
I'm dying to bring out the light jackets, the stoles, the scarves and feel the chill in the evening winds.......hello, Mr. Fall, are you listening???

Paint your Monday Pink and have a beautiful week ahead guys! :))

So long!
Anupriya DG
October 07, 2012

Florals, polka, lace - one or all?

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All the Fashion Weeks & Fashion Tours making their presence in my city had rudely interrupted my Kerala series - posts from my recent trip to Kerala. So, while I still have outfit posts pending from the fashion events, I thought of sharing an outfit from my Kerala vacation in between! (Or else, they'll just lie forgotten in my folders and rot away in archives without being able to see the daylight of the blogosphere...)

In other news, the festive season is almost knocking on the door....so am going crazy with work...
In fact, I'm so busy working on orders of new clothes for other people, that I haven't even started to think about my own new clothes!!! :(
In case you are wondering what I need new clothes for, it's for the upcoming festivities celebrated by our sect of Indians during Autumn. And one of the rules of the festival is that we wear new clothes for all 5 days of celebration! (There cannot be a better kind of festival than that, right???) :D

Anyways, moving on to the outfit......this is what I wore the day I travelled from Alappuzha to Thekkady. Alappuzha was a town by the beautiful back waters, while Thekkady is a hilly area famous for it's spice gardens and the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Unfortunately, I fell ill during my two-day stay in Thekaddy, so these are the only pictures I have of the place! Well....all I can hope is that I will visit it again some day and do justice to the beauty of its forests & lakes.

Hotel Ambadi was one of the quaintest & picturesque hotels of Thekkady....I loved its pretty li'l cottages, rustic decor, surrounding greenery & abundant use of bricks & wood... :)

Apart from the location, another reason for this being one of my favorite outfit posts in recent times, is the fact that this dress is from my own collection! I love the floral print of this dress, the polka & the li'l lace detailings....and it always feels extra-nice to have a Howrah Bridge piece on!! :D

Green sling: BK Market, Kolkata
White flower ring: Accessorize
Red ivory & green jade bangles: Colaba Causeway, Mumbai
Black wooden bangle: ???
Red strappy sandals: c/o Jabong.com

As I was posting these pictures, I felt a wee bit nostalgic and for a moment, I wanted to be back there in the rustic beauty of Thekkady & the Ambadi hotel. But.......it'll be quite a while now before I can make a trip back there...! So, these pictures are my only way of escape to those remote realms....Sigh!! 

But, I have no time whatsoever to sit & dwell on my memories & unachievable wishes.....hence, I'll rush off back to work!

Wish everyone out there a fabulous Sunday and an even more wonderful week ahead!!!

Lots of love,
Anupriya DG
October 01, 2012

I like 'em fat...I like 'em thin...

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...and that's stripes that I'm talking about! ;)

Yes...I'm a self-confessed stripe-aholic.......I have quite a big, squishy, mushy soft corner for the linear pattern...wherever & however it may be!

Hence, it's no surprise that this maxi dress was love at first sight!!! :))

I was on the lookout for something to make an appearance in, as a fashion blogger, to cover the Kolkata Fashion Week....but I went through innumerable styles, silhouettes, colors & patterns in vain. Nothing really seemed to be THE ONE! (You know what I mean...right?)
Then, I spotted the green & blue peeping out from underneath a pile of clothes on a shelf in a store...and at that instant, I knew...this has to be it!!! I pulled it out, held it up, stepped in front of the mirror...and the rest, as they say, is history...

Needless to say...all my fellow bloggers at KFW loved the maxi.......so, I think, my love for the lines should continue uninterrupted.....no? :)

Unfortunately, this maxi was off-shoulder...hence, the shrug...

And have you seen my cute new yellow satchel??? I'm in love! ^_^

Blogger love at KFW Day 2 - (from L to R) Shayoni, Animesh, Monalisa, Me, Ayantika

Striped maxi dress: BK Market, Kolkata
Blue shrug: Linking Road, Mumbai
Earrings: ???
Woven cane bangle: Gifted, form Bangladesh
Yellow heart ring: Accessorize
Yellow satchel: BK Market, Kolkata
Watch: Giordano, V-day gift by B
Nude gladiators: Enroute

And you can see all the Signature Premier branding all around me. 
Which means I took pictures at the right places. 
Coz Signature Premier had only invited me to the event.
And I'm giving them so much publicity.
Proves that I'm THE blogger to call if you are hosting any event!

On another note, all of us city bloggers have planned a blogger meet on the 2nd of Oct. (which is Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday in India).....and as expected, I'm beyond excited!!! 

On yet another note, I had a perfectly lovely Sunday evening......went on a loooooooooooooong walk with my guy, ate spicy & tasty junk food from roadside stalls, had yummy fruit & nut chocolate ice cream and laughed a lot!
Feeling absolutely ready to welcome the week with a BIG smile! What about you? :D

Keep it stylish!
Anupriya DG


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