The Other Orient

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'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!

Anupriya DG


  1. I am going to buy that same belt and ring and bag!!! And you will not sue me for being a copycat! :-D Btw its awesomely written :-)

  2. Looks like so much fun Anu! And you've written it beautifully! I wish I could be there! All of you look so pretty :D

  3. the party definitely looks fun!!!! and makes me wanna come down n join u girls!!!

    U look chic yet the triangle ring :)

  4. What a wonderful event! Any party that involves good food, a fun group of bloggers and a few cocktails is guaranteed to be a good time ;) And I really love the outfit you chose for the event, Anu - it's a shame the dress you planned to wear got scorched, but I think it was meant to be because your beautiful printed blouse was meant to be worn!

  5. i loved that top..its been something i have been looking for..and we have as always a brightly lit party because of those happy faces !

  6. Love the side bun Anuprita!You look stunning!
    The table looks really nice too...really nice DIY Idea for parties too.:D

  7. that silk print shirt...and you look amazing..


  8. Yup. These pictures make it all appear very fun and festive! I love that handbag of yours- very YOU. And you look stunning as usual.

  9. so lovely! love your look :)

  10. Hi dear :) The photos you choose for your last post are so beautiful!!
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  11. Beautiful photos :)!!

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  13. Always sooooooooooo glorious.
    I wish I could visit you and your wonderful land one day.

  14. And I missed this one too.. :'( And DG- The Queen of Accessories, I am again in love with your ring. Hey and I am still waiting for an outfit post with your hair left open.. ;)

  15. Love the print on your top so much! Great pictures!

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  17. So fabulous! Looking good!
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  18. Hi dear!! Like always thanks for your sweet comment, I am delighted to know your opinion :)
    By the way, i like your post very much, im in love with your blouse, its too cool!!
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  19. Thanks DG for the lovely comment on my blog.
    We can plan for a photoshoot in Rajarhat (Not actually Rajarhat, its Newtown.. :P ) when everybody is free.. :)

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  21. looks like u had a fun evening :)

  22. Wow! I love your huge ring!!! And you girls seem to have had so much fun!!! :)
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  23. Hi
    That looks like awesome fun..lucky you..You girls look high and sexy ;)


  24. I love the statement ring. I am a huge fan of big over the top kind of jewelry and the ring hits those points. It must have been such a wonderful party that you attended and I’m sure that your friend will enjoy the extra attention her restraint will warrant.

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