Cut-downs, Cupcakes & Camaïeu

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

How are you all doing???

We are well into the second month of the year (didn't the New Year go, just the other day???) and this is that fateful month when I'm observing a shopping ban! ( 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'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'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, 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 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? :))