February 13, 2013

Cut-downs, Cupcakes & Camaïeu

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Hello.........hello.......hello! :)

How are you all doing???

We are well into the second month of the year (didn't the New Year go by...like, just the other day???) and this is that fateful month when I'm observing a shopping ban! (Yes...in the middle of the Sale season!!)

And I'm proud to say that:
  • I'm quite enjoying my time sans shopping trips to the mall....and my obsessive scrutiny of innumerable items on sale. 
  • I'm getting more constructive work done while logged on to the internet, now that I'm not excitedly checking out random online shopping portals from all over the world at five minute intervals.
  • I'm digging out old treasures from the back of my wardrobe for want of adding some new-ness to my outfits. (In the absence of new clothes, old=new!)
  • I'm planning to mix and match one item with multiple others to create new combinations. And getting pleasantly surprised at the ideas I'm coming up with! 
  • I'm saving quite a bit of dough through all this. Part of which is transforming into a glass of chocolate milkshake here and a black forest pastry there! ;)
  • And last, but not the least, I'm having fun looking at the saucer-sized eyes & gaping expressions of my friends when I'm announcing that "I'm on a shopping ban!" :P

I had bought this pretty, black & white striped, ruffled blouse for wearing to my graduation show. And I had hardly worn it once more after that.
Thanks to the shopping ban, out it came from the depths of my wardrobe to make a comeback...and a stylish one at that!!! :D

You all must be wondering about the venue too......well...you'll have to read on to find out more about that!

This picture (unlike any of my usual poses) was the brainchild of the photographer, Soumi (one of my fellow city bloggers) :P
Oh! And this color-block envelope clutch from Zovi is one of my recent favorites - it can play up any outfit, be it contrast colors or monochromes.

Aaaaaaaannnnnnnnddddd....behold my new shoes!!! (Delivered to me on the 31st of December, last year!
Aren't they just gorgeous??? They are handpainted, the leather is of a good quality and they are quite comfortable (Whoever follows this blog for a long time now, know about my aversion to heels - but this pair is one of the rare exceptions to my rule! I literally ran in them, the other day!) Check out more amazing handpainted beauties from Spirited Soles.....you'll surely fall in love with their drool-worthy pieces!!!

Striped blouse: BK Market, Kolkata
Black skinny jeans: BK Market, Kolkata
Color-block envelope clutch: Zovi
Watch: Giordano, 2012 V-day gift
Black & white woven leather bracelet: Pantaloons, gifted by B
Oversized statement triangle ring: River Island via ASOS
Handpainted wedge heel pumps: Spirited Soles by Anis Salim

Now to elaborate more on where I wore this outfit to. 

Me & other city bloggers were invited to this make-up workshop cum high tea event named "Doll-Up" at Scoop last Friday. It was an event hosted by Scoop, in collaboration with Studio 84, an appointment-only make-up salon. Studio 84 is a one-stop solution for all your make-up needs - bridal sessions, party makeovers, make-up classes/workshops - you name it and Studio 84 is ready to extend their services. 

Scoop, on the other hand, is this popular eating joint at one of the busiest market-places in the city, which is run by the gorgeous Johanne Mantosh, who is undoubtedly one of the hottest and whackiest women entrepreneurs around, I tell you!!! She treats the restaurant as her baby and has done the place up in a pretty retro-English look with bright floral tablecloths, neon cutwork-style metal chairs, vibrant walls, cute flower-filled watering cans used as decor and backlit, stencilled pillars all around. (Now you know the venue of my outfit images!) Run by a woman, with majorly women staff, this eatery is for, not only women, but also men and kids. It's perfect for hanging out with friends, dropping in for bites after work with colleagues or satiating your grumbling stomach after hours of shopping in the adjacent markets with your whole family!

So...what do you get when you combine such a quirky eating joint with one of the coolest make-up salons in the city???
A smashing afternoon full of chocolate milkshake, cute cupcakes, melt-in-your-mouth marshmallows & yummy finger food, along with smart make-up ideas, tips on how to look prettier and a fun time friends - that's what! :D
Johanne Mantosh (L) of Scoop got together with Mou Singh Mua (R) of Studio 84 to host a make-up workshop that was the place to be that Friday afternoon if you are a lady who likes to flaunt her looks (And have some scrumptious cupcakes while learning some make-up tips & tricks!) 

It was an afternoon of makeovers, make-up tips & beauty know-how to add to our kitty, along with a few extra calories, thanks to the delish cupcakes, marshmallows, milkshakes & lime sodas we were generously treated to! Not to forget, the canapés, finger sandwiches, burgers, paneer & chicken tikkas that did the rounds in between the sessions!!! (Yeah! I know....that's a lot of calories to gain in one afternoon...*sigh*)

And here's me & Soumi trying to make the bloggers who missed it jealous by showing them what a fun time we had!!! ;)
[Well....we were the only two bloggers who ended up attending the event! :P]

That's all for today folks..........I have been sleeping less & less every night, thanks to my ever-increasing nocturnal mannerisms and my mind's habit of functioning creatively at nights only........so, desperately need to catch up on my forty winks! 

I'm gonna have a drab Valentine's this year....coz my guy is gonna be caught up that whole day in some family shebang! (It sucks big time, I tell you!)
What plans do you all have for V-day? Do share!!! (And make me jealous!)

Well...I got my gifts though.....! And I'm in love with them!!! *sigh*
You all will get to see them in future outfit posts......so keep your curiosity in check for now! :P

And last, but not the least, celebrate the season of Love in full spirit!!! 
So what if you are single? So what if there's nobody you claim to 'love'?? You love yourself, don't you??? 
So, be your own (or somebody else's) Valentine! And feel the love in the air!!!!! <3

Lots of love,
Anupriya DG

P.S.: In case you are not getting the title, 'camaïeu' is French for 'Monochrome'. Got it now? :))
February 03, 2013

Don't blend in...Stand out!

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February's first big news: I'm on a Shopping Ban for the whole of this month as part of a challenge taken on by me & some of my co-bloggers. 

We realised that we spend way too much money on shopping (and mostly get stuck with frivolous items that were either purchased on impulse or that we somehow don't seem to like once back home). In fact, this is an exercise we undertook in order to heighten our sense of self-control & to make more use of our wardrobe-full of clothes!

Some of my more capable & strong-willed blogging pals have taken up the challenge for a longer period of time - Tanvi is going for a four month ban, though God only knows how she'll ever survive without shopping for that long - but, I, knowing my affinity towards anything that can be found in a store or on any online shopping portal, have decided that I'll be more than happy to be able to carry it off for a month!

But, but, but, even if I'm on a no-shopping (not even window, for fear of temptation) agenda right now.........that DOES NOT mean that I'm going to take away that pleasure from YOU!


February's second big news is that I'm going to present to you a wonderful new clothing line named "Miss Chase"!!!

Miss Chase aims at bringing great European runway-inspired styles to every woman at affordable prices and they are launching their website in a few days' time! Their dedicated team is putting together a website full of beautiful clothes, eye-catching accessories and even attractive lingerie/nightwear for trend-worshipping teenagers, style-conscious working women & fashionable home-makers. So, it's no more 'nothing to wear' dilemmas for you all!!! :D

Tempted much??? Now how about if I say there's a Secret Shop out there for all of you too? What's that, you say? Well........buckle up, fellas.........Secret Shop is your VIP lounge at Miss Chase, where you can get a pick of the choicest & most exclusive products. Your entry pass to this special section is as simple is referring 5 friends to the website and voilà, the doors of the Secret Shop will be thrown open to you! 


And even though they are working towards their big launch.........they have a special pre-launch invite for all my lovely readers! Just use code MC9421 to get a sneak preview of the amazing products even before the website is officially live!!! :D

What's more, they are giving you all a chance to grab some of their wonderful products at a flat 10% discount too! [Well........now you know where to head for some Valentine's Day shopping!)

So..........head over to www.misschase.com NOW!!!

Oh! And don't forget to show them some love on Facebook & Twitter too!!! :))

Let me know what all you guys liked and ended up buying! 

In the meanwhile, do wish me luck for the Shopping Ban challenge!!! I need all the support! *sigh*

Enjoy your Sunday people!!!!!!!

Hasta la vista!
Anupriya DG

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, but the opinions & views expressed here are entirely my own.


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