December 22, 2015

Healthy Eating @ Cafe Pranah

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Living out of two cities is no mean feat, let me tell you.
Nowadays, I feel that I spend more time at airports than at either of my homes in Kolkata or in Bangalore. And of course, I'm just making the airlines richer, in the process. 

This running from one city to the other, changes in schedules, changes in climate, food habits etc. are making my lifestyle go haywire. And I'm really feeling the need to stabilise this life and infuse some doses of health in it. 

After months of deliberation (and a choc-a-block schedule that left me with little time to do anything else), I finally joined Zumba classes in Bangalore, and now I spend an hour every morning dancing away to a fitter lifestyle. 

But working out is not enough - for a healthy life, one needs to eat right too. And that's what reminded me that I had a post on healthy eating lying in the Drafts since a long time and now seemed to be the perfect time for sharing this with you guys.


I had the pleasure of experiencing Cafe Pranah's health food and live cooking session more than a month back. Rahul Arora, the owner of Cafe Pranah & Bon Appetite, plans to start live cooking session of yummy health & soul food on the first Sunday of every month where you can not only indulge in the healthy dishes offered by the cafe, but learn the tricks of the trade too!
Rahul has undergone a weight-loss process by only eating healthy and maintaining a balanced diet and he inspires and encourages people to do the same. He believes that healthy food can be yummy too and proves it by churning out dish after dish of finger-licking food that are low on calories and high on health. 

Rahul enthralled us by rustling up a range of sumptuous dishes - Ginger & Pomegranate Iced Tea, Healthy Whole-Wheat Nachos with Hung-Curd instead of Cheese, Egg & Vegetables Ribbon Salad and a Fig & Dates Kulfi - and we indulged in some guilt-free hogging!

The healthy ingredients waiting to be turned into yummy dishes

The yummilicious guilt-free nachos

Rahul rustling up the ribbon salad

The very colorful & crunchy ribbon salad

The absolute guilt-free dessert - fig & date kulfi
If you want to know of more such lip-smacking food that doesn't add on to your pounds, then head over to Cafe Pranah and experience health food like never before!

Here's to a healthier & fitter life! Cheers!!

December 10, 2015

Cityscape {Style Prism x I Am Trouble}

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Even though I have become a frequent flyer between Kolkata and Bangalore right now, if anyone ever asks me which is "my city", I wouldn't miss a beat before saying "Kolkata". 
The City of Joy has been 'home' for as long as I have been breathing this air and there's way more to this beautiful city than meets the eye.

Kolkata may not flaunt a sea-facing skyline like Bombay or a luxurious multi-storyed skyline like Delhi; but my city does boast of a cityscape peppered with heritage architecture such as the resplendent Victoria Memorial, the iconic Howrah Bridge, the magnificent Indian Meuseum and of course, the elegant Palladian porch on Prinsep Ghat.

I am a sucker for maxi shirt-dresses and when designer Kunal Chatterjee of Delhi-based brand I Am Trouble sent me this shirt-dress with a miniature cityscape pattern woven into the fabric, I was impressed by the intricacy of the weave and the modern simplicity of his design. 

I knew I had to shoot this beauty in one of the places that make the Kolkata cityscape so historic and there could be nothing better than the pristine white pillars of the porch built in memory of James Prinsep on the embankment of River Ganga to bring out the tailored elegance of this smart shirt-dress!

[Shirt dress: c/o I Am Trouble by KC | Moustache pin: c/o Designerds by Ankita Patel | Tassel earrings: Platinum Mall, Bangkok | Rings: Thrifted | Sneakers: Guess | Bag: Michael Kors | Watch: Tommy Hilfiger | On my nails: Bloody Mary by Colorbar | On my lips: Fuchsia Fix by Colorbar]

Photography by Shuddhachitta DG

The brand ethos of I Am Trouble by KC is primarily a minimalism-meets-rock-meets-alternative-meets-edgy kind of cool, contemporary style. Clean cuts, simple silhouettes, interesting details and edgy concepts make their collections fun, functional and fashionable. The fact that these cool clothes are quite easy on the pocket is an added bonus! #win

The colour palette of this brand has its foundation on a strong base of neutrals such as whites, blacks & greys with eye-catching pops of yellows, reds or neons here and there. 

I thought of quirking up the structured cut and the androgynous look of this shirt-dress by wearing my new funky moustache pin as a tie and adding my pair of feminine tassel earrings. I can already think up of so many other ways of styling this dress and I know it's going to be my new closet favourite this season! 

You guys, go check out this awesome new brand, who's also vying for a place in the Gen Next category of the upcoming Lakme Fashion Week!! Please join me as I wish this brand all the very best and pray that they get to showcase their awesome stuff on the runway!

Follow I Am Trouble by KC on their website or Facebook page.
Show them some love, fellas!

Till next time!! 


November 29, 2015

Strong, Bold & Independent {Style Prism x The Jade Tree}

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There was a time, when women used to be synonymous with delicacy, fragility, vulnerability and such.
But not any more. 
Today's women stand for all things strong, dependable, independent, confident and bold. 
Albeit, there still are the less privileged ones who have been unable to overcome the social stigma and the "quintessential" place of women in a man's world. But, a vast majority of us enjoy a lifestyle that's modern, confident and independent. 

There has always been this ongoing debate about Feminism and the meaning of the word. Some live in the delusion that taking the male sex down is what feminism is all about. But that's not really it.
Feminism is just another term for Equality. Equality of both sexes. We don't want to make the men feel inferior. We just want to make them realise that we are not inferior either. We all are actually equal.

For me, fashion is a way of representing my strength, my confidence and my bold attitude. The clothes I wear and how I wear them, irrespective of people's reaction (at times) shows that I am an independent woman, who follows her own mind and not the dictates of a still-patriarchal society. 

So, I'm always on the lookout for clothes and accessories that have a bold appeal. Fashion that makes a statement and gets you noticed when you step out. 
TheJadeTree is one such brand that churns out bold, statement accessories for the head-strong, independent women of today. Kolkata-based designer Neha Sharma may have graduated in English from Delhi Universtity, but her passion lay in the creative field which led her to do a professional course in jewellery designing and manufacturing from the Indian Institute of Gem & Jewellery and post grads in Decorative Arts from Nottingham. She set up TheJadeTree in 2010 and there has been no looking back since then! 
TheJadeTree is a couture art-jewellery house that specialises in opulent, statement pieces with high-fashion appeal. Neha draws inspiration from the nuances of contemporary life & culture and she uses softer & sustainable materials to create stunning, one-of-a-kind jewellery. Embroidered necklaces are this brand's USP and all the gorgeous creations are handmade by local craftsmen. Unique stones, crystals, acrylic, wood, metal trims and beads, along with rich fabrics, blend together to create TheJadeTree pieces that nothing less than art. 

Neha's jewellery have been made for turning heads at gala events - from red carpet dos to the most happening parties to high-profile formal events. But, I chose to style her pieces with a street-chic casual look, thus bringing out the versatility of the products. The rock-chic appeal of the pieces I chose worked beautifully with the 90s grungy vibe of my layered outfit, making them blend in with a daytime look, while making me stand out!

For the shoot, I chose places that are the epitome of strength, if you ask me - one such place is the Calcutta High Court (which was, of course, deserted at 7am on a Sunday morning). The old, British architecture, the magnificent structure, the ornate columns, the resplendent archways; all represent strength & power like nothing else!

A memorialised war tank up in the middle of the army cantonment area seemed like another perfect representation of fearlessness, aggression and bold strength. A mere pose in front of this gigantic machine made me feel imbibed with power and energy!

Look at the melange of interesting elements that make up this TheJadeTree piece - stones, beads, crystals, spikes all nestled up harmoniously on a raw silk base.

[Necklace & cuff: c/o TheJadeTree | Plaid shirt: borrowed from sis | Grey jersey dress: Forever 21 | Printed leggings: 109F | Scribbles printed canvas sneakers: | Watch: Kenneth Cole | Silver reflector aviators: Forever 21 | On my nails: Coral Craze, Maybelline NY Color Show | On my lips: Ruby Twilight, Maybelline NY Color Show]

Photography by: Shreya Nagrecha

Aren't these statement pieces total head-turners? I surely turned a few while out shooting on the roads!
What's more, I can totally see myself flaunting these beauties at the year-end parties and winter evening soirees too!!! 

So, go get your art jewellery fix at TheJadeTree!! Their magnificent jewellery will surely make you stand out in the crowd in the upcoming party & wedding season!
Check out their website & Facebook page for new products and updates. You can also follow them on Instagram - @thejadetree

What makes you feel bold and strong? Let me know in the comments!

November 21, 2015

Shoe Story II {Style Prism x Rohan Arora}

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One of the most exciting collaborations of this year was the one with shoe designer Rohan Arora, whose gorgeous ethnic shoes you saw me styling into a contemporary outfit in the first part of this collaborative series.

As promised, I bring to you the second edition of the collab with Rohan Arora, and this post features, not only me, but also Nikita of PenTwister (who was my partner-in-crime for this collab) and the designer himself!

After our initial western and ethnic looks featuring the same pair of Rohan Arora shoes, me and Nikita came together at the designer's flagship studio in Kolkata to showcase two fusion outfits featuring the same pair of embroidered mojris!!! 
So, you get to see how the same pair of shoes can be worn with 4 different kinds of outfits - ain't that awesome? Talk about versatility!

So, all of you prepping up for the wedding season - right from the bride & groom to the family & friends - go, visit Rohan Arora for your pair of gorgeous shoes that are as versatile as they are elegant & classy!

[White boxy shirt: Forever21 | Lehenga skirt: Soumitra Mondal | Maang-tika: Fooljhadi, borrowed from Nikita | Embroidered jootis: c/o Rohan Arora]

Photography by: Priya Khandelwal

I paired my lehenga skirt with a crisp white boxy shirt and statement maang-tika, finishing off the look with my intricately embroidered, rich, classy Rohan Arora shoes!
Nikita paired the same shoes with a brocade lehenga skirt and embroidered jacket.

And, of course, you can see Rohan's beautiful studio - inspired by royal Rajasthani and Moroccan influences - it's a magnificent treasure-trove for shoe-lovers!

And presenting *drum rolls* the designer himself, Rohan Arora!!!

P.S.: If, from the pictures, you think he's a serious, goody-two-shoes (pun intended)...then you are highly mistaken! Coz, he's exactly the opposite!! ;)

Take Five With Rohan

Your favourite style of shoes?
Flip Flops....and Loafers

Your ultimate style icon whom you want to see in a Rohan Arora pair?
Shahrukh Khan

Street food or 5-star restaurant?
Five star restaurant

One advice you'd give your daughter?
Always sit and try your shoes

Three words to describe this collaboration with Style Prism?
Stylish. Fashionable. Fun.

Hope you all had as much fun reading this collab series as much as we had styling, shooting and writing it!

Go, check out Rohan Arora now!! And get yourself a statement pair of shoes this wedding season!!

November 16, 2015

Label alert: Suede by Devina Juneja

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In case I have not made it clear to you guys till now, this post is yet another proof of how many talented designers and labels my home city, Kolkata, has to offer for the fashion-conscious generation of today!

When I was invited to a preview of Devina Juneja's latest collection of bags, I was not prepared for what met my eyes at her studio. Being someone who prides herself on knowing almost the majority of the design community of the city, I was totally taken aback by the fact that I was unaware of such a talented designer who churns out range after range of handcrafted leather goods that are luxurious, stylish & one-of-a-kind.

Suede by Devina Juneja turns out to be a brand that boasts of beautiful handbags (and also a few other accessories) designed by a talented woman & handcrafted by skilled artisans in pure leather. Devina's forte lies in the different textures she imparts to her designs - be it ruching, weaving, pleating or even stone-washing. She draws inspiration from her surroundings and uses creative techniques to create beautiful textures and classy designs.
A Suede bag is chic, classy, versatile & affordable too! What more can a woman want?

Suede's famous 'Brick In The Wall' clutches with a couple of their statement neckpieces

Some pieces from Suede's ombre collection

A tie-dye leather clutch from Suede

Devina Juneja shows off a gorgeous Mixed Weave Satchel

What I wore to the event that day :)

The girl gang - me & bloggers Nikita & Pooja with our Suede goodie bags!!!

If you are looking to invest in a gorgeous pure leather handbag, I totally recommend you go for a Suede piece!
Check out their Facebook page for latest updates or shop from the Suede website directly.

Have a lovely week ahead, fellas!


November 12, 2015

A cleansed soul & a new arm candy! {Style Prism x The BlingStreet}

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Diwali, the festival of Lights, came & went.

We dressed up. We burst crackers. We ate good food & drank good wine. We gave gifts to near & dear ones. We celebrated & we enjoyed.

And we decked up our homes in all kinds of lights - string lights, rice lights, fancy lights, aromatic candles, pretty tea-lights and even the traditional diyas (or earthen lamps).
Our homes look their prettiest best during Diwali, coz before the festival we give it a good cleaning from head to toe and during the festival we dress it up in the finest lights!

This year I thought, if we can devote so much time, energy & effort in cleaning up our homes, we should also devote some of it for a bit of soul cleansing too! So, this season, I vowed to purge my soul of all negative vibes - bad feelings, harmful emotions, anger, hatred, jealousy - and emerge refreshed and full of positive thoughts, so that the lights all around me could illuminate my mind and make my soul sparkle!

Hence, when I was planning to shoot an outfit that I was going to wear to one of the festive dos, I (or rather, my photographer) thought of a Dhobi-Ghat as the location. After all, what better place than the working grounds of our washermen to shoot at, when I'm thinking soul-cleansing and mind-rejuvenating?
As someone had rightly said, "Cleanliness is next to Godliness"

[Cotton maxi dress: Howrah Bridge | Red clutch/sling bag: c/o ANK via TheBlingStreet | Earrings: thirfted | Watch: Tommy Hilfiger | Bangle: Jaya]

Photography by: Shreya Nagrecha

This Diwali, I thought of ditching the ubiquitous ethnicwear for something fusion - this maxi dress with traditional kalamkari panels & sleeves has a chic contemporary silhouette with an ethnic twist and it just fit the bill. Luckily enough, my new bag from TheBlingStreet matched the dress to perfection and proved to be the ideal arm candy for my festive look!

This bag is from ANK, one of the brands stocking at TheBlingStreet and it is fast becoming my go-to choice for light occasions and festive events. ANK has got a tempting range of more such chic clutches in solid colours, tie-dye textures and even stunning embellishments that can make you stand out in the festive crowd! is the new accessories shopping portal on the block and I must say they have an amazingly well-curated collection of products ranging from jewellery to shoes to bags to scarves from some very talented designers across the country!
The products are handpicked by Prachi Agarwal & Gunjan Agarwal - the two spunky ladies behind this venture - to make sure that they provide only classy & niche items to their buyers. The founders believe in curating a chic yet affordable range that which can fit into every fashionable girl's wardrobe. 

Apart from being your one-stop accessories destination online, The BlingStreet is also popping-up at exhibition near you!
They recently held their first pop-up at Chorbazaar at The Oberoi Grand in Kolkata and what made the event more fun was the bloggers meet held at the pop-up by The BlingStreet in association with Style Prism!
Yes, you heard that right! Style Prism helped The BlingStreet organize a bloggers meet at their pop-up with a few of the eminent city bloggers and I can't even begin to tell you what fun it was!
The bloggers browsed through the stunning collection of accessories on display, interacted with the founders of the website, took innumerable selfies (complete with funky props) at the selfie booth and left with a goodie bag full of surprises!

The amazing spread of accessories at the pop-up

Prachi & Gunjan - the brains behind The BlingStreet

Srishti, Nikita & moi with the selfie props!

The Blogger Gang with The BlingStreet ladies!

My look for the BlingStreet bloggers meet!

 [White shirt: F21 | Denims: Shoppers Stop | Jewellery & shoes: c/o]

Event images courtesy: Shreya Nagrecha / TheBlingStreet

So, head over to for your accessories fix this festive & party season! You'll definitely find something that suits your style, personality & pocket too! There's something for everyone in their well-curated online shop!!

As you can see, my Diwali was way too much fun!
How was yours?



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