July 21, 2013

To Choose Or Not To Choose....

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The weather has been acting funny since the past few weeks. The sun is playing hide & seek with the clouds and the rains seem to be in a playful & indecisive mood.

Talking about indecision, why is it that people, however old & mature they be in age, sometimes act in really childish ways while taking decisions? I mean....how can they, after all those years of experience & Life-learnt lessons (we all learn them - some, the easy way; some, the hard way.....right?), still be so naively adamant about making all the wrong choices???

Frankly, even I have bits of the whimsical, indecisive trait in my Piscean self. But that is strictly limited to the little things in life - like choosing the restaurant while eating out with the guy, or maybe scheduling tasks for an overflowing day. But, you'll hardly see that side of mine while I make the bigger decisions of my life. I chose Fashion Design as a career option when all the world & its neighbour (including my parents) was showing discontent, displeasure or simply disbelief at my choice. I chose those initial relationships which may have turned out to be unsuitable, but which, nevertheless, have taught me the finer nuances of love & its strange ways. I chose to kick start my New Year's resolutions (in 2012) by handing in my resignation, putting an end to the creatively dissatisfying 9-5 boredom and deciding to start off my own label. And I have chosen the man whom I want to spend the rest of my life (and many more of the coming ones) with, even though we are polar opposites when it comes to careers, hobbies & individualities - our minds must meet at some platonic point and our hearts, of course, must beat in the same rhythm.

Anyway, as I said, I'm still every bit of an indecisive moron when it comes to the practical li'l things of everyday life! Like, on this wet & humid monsoon evening, when getting ready for a dinner date with the guy, I just couldn't decide whether to layer my maxi with the denim shirt against the slight chill in the wet air or give more importance to the humidity & let it be.
As you all can see, the nip in the air won.


 

In fact, this denim shirt was originally a long denim shirt-dress that I had thrift-shopped on one of my trips to Bangalore way back in Jan, 2011. Now, as with most bought-on-excited-holiday-shopping-sprees, this shirt-dress turned out to be a size tad smaller for me, thus ending up at the back of my overflowing closet, unworn for the last 2 years, till, a few days back, I chanced upon it on a rummaging spree and got my tailor to chop it off to shirt length, so that it can be worn as a jacket! And trust me, I've hardly been out of it ever since!! :)


 




Stripes maxi: BK Market, Kolkata
Denim shirt: Commercial Street, Bangalore
Earrings: FabIndia
Ring: BK Market, Kolkata
Neon watch: Fastrack
Yellow satchel: BK Market, Kolkata


I had an tiring, but interesting Sunday doing a conceptual fashion photo-shoot. Hope to share pictures with you all soon!

Have an amazing week ahead, cupcakes!


Mwah Mwah!
Anupriya DG

July 15, 2013

Wine Trail by Four Seasons

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Yes, we had the the most amazing wine-tasting session at the Rose Room of The Conclave club last Saturday hosted by one of the pioneer brands of Indian wine, Four Seasons.

I had attended a similar Four Seasons do almost a year back and it had proved to be a fun, interesting & enriching experience. So, I was way too excited for this wine trail since the day the PR mail had reached my inbox. :)

Me, along with a couple of my fellow bloggers (who are now more of friends), reached the venue together to find the other city fashion, beauty & lifestyle bloggers saving us places at a huge table, while another similar table seated a whole bunch of food bloggers whom we never had the fortune to meet at any event before. Introductions done & over with, we settled down to the business of the afternoon - a wine-tasting & appreciation session to be conducted by Mr. Peter Mitter, Regional Manager, Trade Marketing, United Breweries Group. Mr. Mitter (or Peter, as he insists we call him) showed us a couple of interesting presentations showcasing the wonderful & amazing vineyards & processing facilities of Four Seasons. We learnt about the different varieties of grapes that are grown to make the different types of wines; the difference between old world & new world wines; the tips & tricks of storing wine and lots of other interesting facts about this natural form of alcohol.




We started the wine-tasting with the Four Seasons whites, one of the best white wines in India, - the Sauvignon Blanc & the Viognier - which were light, fruity/woody & with a soft, lingering after-taste that went smoothly with the accompanying babycorn fritters, chicken nuggets, mushroom vol-au-vent & crumbed prawns. Then we moved on to the beautiful blush or Rosé wine (my personal favorite!) which is light, slightly sweet & has an amazingly smooth texture. The rosé was paired with cheese balls & fish tikka kebabs. Finally, it was time for the heavier reds - the Cabernet Sauvignon & the thick-textured Barrique Reserve Shiraz (a treasure among red wines in India) - that provided the perfect accompaniment to the veg croquets, chicken lollipops, cottage cheese kebabs & mutton sheekh kebabs.


Enjoying my glass of  Saubignon Blanc


The entire girl gang of fashion, beauty & lifestyle bloggers of Kolkata


Relishing my sips of Cabernet Sauvignon


Fun times with my girls - Deepa & Soumi


And the ONLY outfit snap of mine, thanks to Debi! :)

Aztec print dress: Max Fashion (C/O vouchers won on Sonshu's giveaway)
Blue shrug: Pantaloons, gifted
Necklace: BK Market, Kolkata
Cat ring: Accessorize
Green belt: BK Market, Kolkata
Bag: Leder Land, Kolkata
Green suede loafers: Enroute, gifted by B


Photo credits: Shreya Goswami, Debiparna Chakraborty, Pooja Dasgupta, Animesh Ray


At the end of it all, we were too full of all the good food & a bit tipsy from all the refilled glasses of full-bodied Four Seasons wines (some of them drunk 'bottoms up'!!) to even get up to receive our certificates that declared each of us as certified wine enthusiasts! 
[YES!!! Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that I would be authentically certified as a wine enthusiast. EVER.]

And we all traipsed back home happy & high!


Till next time, cupcakes!


Much love,
Anupriya DG
July 05, 2013

Grab Some Goodies via KAZO

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Hey everybody!

I'm finally bringing to you, the KAZO giveaway!!! :D

You all know what a wonderful time we, city bloggers, had at the KAZO bloggers' meet last month!
And I had also promised you that I'll be back with an exciting giveaway courtesy the brand! So.....here I am!!!


KAZO is giving away an amazing goodie-bag, FULL OF awesomeness, to one lucky reader/follower of this blog!





Here's what you have got a chance to win:
Top
Bottom
Mug
Pen
I-Phone cover
KAZO SS'13 catalog


And here's what you have to do to enter:
  • Like the CHAPPALS VS STILLETOES Facebook page
  • Like the KAZO Facebook page
  • Tell us your favorite outfit or accessory from Chappals vs Stilletoes and comment below or on the post on our Facebook page
  • Also, mention in your comments whether you have completed the first 2 steps - MANDATORY
  • Leave your e-mail ID so that we can get in touch with you later
  • Extra entries for sharing about the giveaway on your blog or Facebook page - pls mention if you have done so in your comment

Please note:
  • This giveaway is open to Indian residents only
  • Winner will be chosen by lottery
  • KAZO is responsible for sending the goodie-bag to the winner, Chappals vs Stilletoes is only hosting the giveaway
  • Giveaway closes on 21st July 2013, Sunday
  • Decision of KAZO & Chappals vs Stilletoes is final & binding




And here's the video of the two looks I presented @ KAZO  :D



Do tell your friends (and foes too if you like) about this awesome giveaway, guys!!! It's 4000/- bucks worth of goodies to be won!

Cross your manicured fingers and keep the entries pouring! 



Ta-da!
Anupriya DG

P.S.: And since GFC is resting in peace now.....pls do follow us on Bloglovin' :)) 

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