May 14, 2013

The Other Orient

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Last to last Sunday, I attended a party. A party thrown by one of the hottest & spunkiest females I know in this city - a young entrepreneur who's passionate about her restaurant (yes, she owns one of the cosiest multi-cuisine food joints around!), loves to host super-fun events (and gets herself tensed up to a tizzy before each one of 'em!), is extremely down-to-earth & heart-warmingly friendly and someone whose company is guaranteed to provide you with fun times!!! Yes...that's Johhane Mantosh for you - owner of Scoop, femme fatale (specially when she dresses up in sexy, short, bodycon numbers & sky-high heels), fun friend & the perfect hostess!!! :D

L - With Soumi & Johanne (Yes, that's her in neon pink!), R - enjoying the party!



When Johanne invited me for the do, she said that she wanted to try out the concept of a pop-up restaurant on her own lawns and give us a taste of Nepali cuisine. Now, we all have a soft corner for oriental cuisines.......but Nepali? Yes, that got me interested all right! And hence, I started counting days......coz I was darn excited to get a taste of the closer Orient.

Cloudy skies & a light drizzle welcomed us as we stepped out that evening. A highly strung-up Johanne gave me directions to her place over the phone, in between calls to her tarot card reader to check the weather forecast & subsequently the forecast of how the open-air party will fair! :P
But, thank the cloudy heavens, the rain stopped in a while & the skies cleared and by the time, me & the other blogger girlies, stepped on to her prettily decked-up lawn, the night was cool, breezy & perfect for a party! We could only gape spellbound at how this talented female had transformed her grounds - dainty paper lanterns hung from every other tree (Oriental, indeed), strings of lights lit up the pathways & bushes, framed pictures adorned tree trunks, wind chimes tinkled in the cool night air, gyp & sand filled coke bottles interspersed with candles lined two long tables - and in the midst of all this, the guests stood or sat around chatting, drinking, relaxing, gosipping, catching up & enjoying themselves to the fullest!
Under a cluster of trees adorned with lanterns was the bar where the bartender was stirring up a wide array of cocktails (as asked for by the guests), along with the specialities of the night - the phuchka shots (phuchkas with imli water mixed with alcohol), Jell-o shots (Jell-o containing alcohol) & ganna shots (sugarcane pieces dipped in alcohol for 3 days which, when chewed, would give out alcohol-flavoured juice)!
After a round & more of cocktails & shots; doing our fair bit of socializing & networking (we met eco-products store owners, beauty experts, actresses, designers, restaurant owners, and of course, the gang who had come down from Nepal & made this evening happen!); and loads of posing for snaps all around, dinner was served. Nepali cuisine, I found out, is light, delicate & subtly flavoured, yet oh-so-sumptuous! The rice was accompanied by a full-flavoured dal, lightly sautéed vegetables, an aromatic mutton curry, a mouth-watering range of salads & pickles and malpua with kheer for the perfect sweet ending! :)

Clockwise from L to R: The Nepali spread, recycled décor, tree art

Me & my blogger pals posing with (Clockwise from L to R) actress Raima Sen (in purple), beauty expert Bridgette Jones (in black), photographer Rana Basu Thakur (in the beret)
I think the pictures almost scream out what a fun evening it was!!! Good food, great drinks, Page 3 guests, crazy friends & an amazing hostess - can a party get any better??? :))

And although it was unintentional, as an after-thought, my outfit sort of veered towards the oriental as well - thanks to the satin blouse & the low side bun hairdo (posing with the paper lanterns helped, of course!) - what do you think? 





This scarf print satin blouse was a Sale buy....wore it for the first time! [actually, the dress I had originally planned on wearing got scorched by me while ironing it before starting to get ready!] A hint of leopard on the belt, my trusted pair of nude floral gladiators, a pretty pair of emerald danglers which I also wore for the first time and which nobody took pictures of, my statement mother-of-pearl ring & a dash of color through my newest laser-cut bag in tangerine - that's how I rocked the party!!! ^_^






Scarf print satin blouse: Westside
Black denims: BK Market, Kolkata
Earrings: Platinum Mall, Bangkok
Laser cut clutch-cum-sling bag: c/o Elle Fashionwear
MOP & metal ring: River Island via ASOS
Watch: Giordano, V-day gift by B
Leopard print skinny belt: BK Market, Kolkata
Nude floral gladiators: Enroute


Photos courtesy: Debiparna, Pooja


Ok........it's 3.30 am here right now. My body is almost giving up. And a friend just asked me on Facebook what time zone I work in??? :P

So, I think it's time for me to hit the bed and join my guy in dreamland! ;)
He's going to wake up in another three hours or so.... (God only knows what I'll do post marriage! :P)

The sweltering summer we are experiencing this year is making me too lazy to dress up & even lazier to get snaps clicked for outfit posts! But hope to be back with one soon! 


Happy Tuesday folks!


Love,
Anupriya DG
May 06, 2013

ELLE-vated!

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When Elle Fashionwear asked me to host a 'Coffee Morning With A Style Diva' at their boutique in Forum Mall to introduce their Spring Summer '13 collection, it almost seemed too good to be true! A brand specializing in French fashion was inviting me to talk about their latest collection to my friends & acquaintances and share styling tips  - it sure sounded promising, specially when the event was to be accompanied by coffee & cupcakes!!!

So.......an excited me started inviting equally enthusiastic girls from all over the city who I knew would love to be a part of this fun event! And boy, oh, boy!!! What an amazingly fun event it was!!!!!! :D

I reached the Elle boutique bright & early on that Sunday morning...and soon after, the guests started pouring in. And to say that they were mesmerized by the sight that greeted them, will be an understatement!
The beautiful summer hues that decked the racks, the chic Elle décor, the stacks of Elle magazine, the uber-pretty trial rooms, the perfectly styled mannequins and last, but not the least, neatly arranged cups of chilled coffee, rows of yummy chocolate cupcakes & arrays of snacks - it was a sight to behold!

After rounds of coffee & cupcakes, we started going through the collections and I must say, Elle's SS '13 range is a fashionista's delight for the summers! The sorbet shades, the floral prints, the chic styles & the eye-catching bags & shoes made the girls swoon with sartorial delight!!!
In fact, some of them even tried on a few pieces while I styled them to create complete looks. An overdose of posing & preening followed and those with cameras went trigger-happy. Most ended giving in to their temptations & buying themselves something from Elle's awesome collection and the gift voucher (courtesy Elle Fashionwear) that they had got for attending the event only helped! ;)

All in all, it turned out to be one of the best Sundays of my life! A crazily fun event with my crazily fun gang of girls - what more could I ask for?


The Elle Fashionwear Boutique


The cupcake spread...


The girls in their Elle avatars


Crazy, stupid fun!!!

So, you can see for yourself how awesome the Coffee Morning with Elle Fashionwear was!!! And special thanks to my city bloggers - Debiparna, Sayantani, Soumi, Deepa, Shayani - for being their craziest best and making this so much more fun! :D
Also, thanks a bunch to Swastika, Sneha, Lopa, Shreya, Matai, Suparna aunty, Tina di & mom for coming & being a part of this! I truly appreciate your love & support! *hugs*

And lastly, a BIG THANKS to the Elle team - Nidhi from the Elle head office and the wonderful staff at the store - for putting up such a brilliant event and bearing our craziness with a smile on their faces!!! You guys ROCK!!!












Floral top: Zink London, Shoppers Stop
Pastel pink pleated pants: Zara
Color block clutch: C/O Elle Fashionwear
(Picked it up from the shelf to pose with since it was matching my outfit! :P)
Neon pink, gold & silver necklace: Westside
Blue hot air balloon necklace: BK Market, Kolkata
Jade ring: ALDO
Green suede loafers: Enroute, gifted by B


Outfit photos, courtesy: Debiparna
Other photos, courtesy: Debiparna, Shreya, Swastika, me



It's been quite a season for events, it seems! This was last Sunday, and today evening saw us partying at a pop-up restaurant that served Nepali cuisine!!! (Interesting....no?)
So you know what the next post is gonna be all about! :))

Ok.......MUST go to sleep now!
So that I can embrace Monday with a fresh & unbiased mind! (Come on! Everyone's after the poor day's a** anyway......somebody's got to give it a breather!!) 

Have a grand week, you all!!!

Ta-da!
Anupriya DG

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