October 29, 2014

Flower of Life {Street Style}

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There has been a tragedy in the family and am still trying to recuperate from that.

Meanwhile, here's the very first Street Style post on the blog!

I'm thinking of making this a regular feature (seeing as how I can't avoid ogling at, and sometimes complimenting, well-dressed women on the roads)........let me know if you guys would like to see more such posts!

I came across Vaishali Pradhan on the NIFT (that's National Institute of Fashion Technology for the layman) campus one sunny afternoon, photographing another girl for one of her school projects.

Vaishali is a second year student of Fashion Communication at NIFT and the first thing she said on spotting me was that she loved ze blog and was an ardent follower!!! :D
I basked in the glory of my fifteen seconds of fame when she added that one of her current (and my ex) professors had actually recommended my blog to the entire class as reference! #cantstopsmiling

Well, these super-cool pair of Creepers was what made me rush to Vaishali in the first place.
Of course, I just had to know where she had got them from!!!

As it turned out, she had picked these awesome-sauce shoes from her home-town, Darjeeling.
And she has promised to give me an insider's list of all the must-shop-from places whenever I plan to visit the hill-station next! 

Apart from her cute top, the trendy midi-length monochrome skirt, those ah-mazing creepers and the messy hairdo, the tattoo on Vaishali's left hand was what added interest to her character.
On asking what it meant, she eagerly replied that it symbolises the Flower of Life.

Anupriya DG
October 19, 2014

Embrace Thy Ethnicity {Durga Puja Style Diary II}

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The later half of the year is always my favorite part of the 365 days. 
Coz those are the months when the calendar shows the most number of red-lettered dates....and of course, in India, mostly, holidays mean festivals! :)

Now that the festive hangover of DurgaPuja is slowly wearing off, we are gearing up with renewed vigour for Diwali - the festival of lights! 
Houses are getting a thorough cleaning, parties are being planned, new clothes are being bought and some of us are having a tough time deciding on gifts for our near & dear ones. 
My most favorite part of the festivities is planning creative ways of lighting up the den - rice lights that'll blink from out of the windows, lamps to be hung on the terrace, candles & tealights for illuminating the rooms and aromatic candles that'll float around in their make-shift oceans of water in decorative bowls/vases.

Here are some more DIY tips for those of you who want your homes to sparkle bright this Diwali:

1. Don't throw away empty wine bottles. Or beer bottles (whichever is your poison). Put in coils of rice lights in them and display them on coffee tables or corner tables. Switch off all bright lights and see your room glow from the muted lights coming from the pretty bottles!
2. Have rotten fruits in the refrigerator? Scoop out the stale pulp from inside such oranges or melons and keep the skin intact with a hole on top. Pour hot wax into these fruit skins and insert a wick in the middle. Your fruity candles are ready for use! (Thanks for the idea, Parama Ghosh)
3. Put lots of fresh flowers (specially fragrant ones like tuberose, rose, jasmine etc.) in cane/wicker baskets. Nestle small light bulbs amongst the flora and take the cord out of the back of the basket through the gaps in the weaving. Arrange these on a centre table or on top of cabinets and charm your guests with the soft glow of lights accompanied by the sweet fragrance of the flowers!

These are just a few ideas to get you started!
Do share your experiments and final décor projects with me!! 

Moving on, here's how I went Indian on the last day of the Durga Puja celebrations.
Festivals always bring out the traditional women in us, Indians, and this is the time of the year when we love to dress up in all our ethnic finery!
And as I always say, when in doubt, drape a sari. This goes for Diwali dressing too. :D

[Grey/gold cotton silk handloom sari: Nalli Silks, Chennai | Floral tassar silk blouse: Howrah Bridge | Yellow envelope clutch: borrowed from mom | Braided layers fabric neckpiece: Howrah Bridge | Pearl & enamel earrings: gifted | On my lips: Peach Crush by Colorbar]

Pictures courtesy: Debiparna Chakraborty

When it comes to saris, I either veer towards the quirky or go for traditional weaves in solid colors/stripes/checks. 
This sari was love at first sight and even though it came with a blouse piece in the same color, I knew I would be draping it with a contrast blouse, preferably printed. And I loved the final ensemble, even if I say so myself. What do you all think? 

In fact, I love it so much that I might just wear this outfit (albeit with different accessories) for one of the Diwali parties!
Also, I have entered this for a Diwali Fashion Contest being held by CupoNation. Vote for me, pretty please??? I swear I'll send you loads of love if I win! (I love you all even if I don't win, but still...just saying! Help me win?)

Anupriya DG
October 08, 2014

Durga Puja Style Diary I

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The biggest festival of the year is over and Goddess Durga, on her journey back to her husband's abode in the mountains, has left a void in her wake that is hard to fill.... 

The four days of mindblowingly enthusiastic festivity and the crazy rush building up to that, had consumed us so much that now we feel quite lost, as if our very souls have been sucked out of us by the hooded Dementors sent by the Ministry of Life to bring mundane normalcy back into our daily existence.

We are moping, we are feeling lazy, we are missing the festive chaos terribly and we are still thinking, feeling & talking about the fun moments of the last few days.
Oh! And of course, we are compiling archives of all the innumerable images clicked on our camera and phone, along with those begged, borrowed & stolen from our friends & family! 

Here's a small look through of a few outfits I sported during the Durga Puja days.....some more outfits are waiting patiently in the folders as they have been awarded the privilege of getting full posts for themselves! :)

[Top: Sepia | Pink denims: Shoppers Stop | Mint shoes: Myntra.com | Watch: Dresslily.com]

[Ikat print tunic: Howrah Bridge | Earrings: some exhibition | Watch: Kenneth Cole | Silver Kolhapuri sandals: Metro Plaza, Kolkata]

[Blue batwing tunic: Zink London | Monochrome printed leggings: Simpark, Kolkata | Necklace: Pieces via Vero Moda | Blue & gold sandals: Metro Plaza, Kolkata]

[Blue ethnic anarkali kurta: local store | Bag: Max | Watch: Dresslily.com]

In other news, I'm going on a short trip to the nearby hills tomorrow along with a couple of blogger buddies!!! :D
Too excited to say the least! Stay tuned for lots of travel pictures to come!!! 

For live updates, follow me on Instagram - @anupriyadg :D

Must crash now....have a journey to make tomorrow today! 

Anupriya DG


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