March 31, 2015

A Dressed-Up Summer! {Review:}

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Summer is almost here in full force and the sun is getting stronger with each passing day.
The sunglasses are working overtime and the refrigerators are cradling too many bottles of water in their depths. And the weather's sorted for the next 3-4 months. Sizzlers, anyone?

Thanks to an ever-booming social scene, parties, occasions and events are not restricted to the colder months anymore, but spread out throughout the year. Hence, our house, inboxes and Facebook walls are flooded with invites to dinners, birthday parties, cocktail parties, film festivals, red carpet events, brand launches and even the occasional weddings even during the hotter-than-Angelina-Jolie summer months!
And these deluge of invites sometimes make us more apprehensive than happy - the reason? The ubiquitous "We don't have anything to wear!"

But, worry not! Here I am, to make dressing up in summer all the more fun and fabulous!!!
Those of you who are regular readers of the blog, have heard me rant about before. Those of you who are more passionate about fashion, must have checked out the awesome collection of dresses available on the website. And those of you who are smart enough, must have shopped from them too! :)

Promtimes has just launched a whole new collection of Prom dresses for 2015 and I'm not exaggerating when I say that this range of feminine, flirty and fabulous dresses will leave you lusting! The silhouettes are beautiful, the cuts are elegant and the colors are gorgeous, to say the least!

Here are a few of my top picks for summer from the new collection up on

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When in doubt, go for neutrals.
You can never go wrong with a nude-hued dress - a pretty tone of flesh, a pale splash or beige or even a pastel salmon pink. And when such a dress comes with black lace trims, you know you've got a head-turner! Pair this dress up with black Swarovsky earrings, black lace pumps and a neat bun at the nape of the neck.

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Want to be the star of the party? Stand out in a sea of LBDs by flaunting a flowy dress in a bright, summery hue such as lime green! A textured bodice adds interest while the vibrant color grabs eyeballs. Pair this flamboyant dress with accessories in a contrast hue such as royal blue or fuchsia for more zing! A jewelled minaudiere, a cocktail ring and a milkmaid braided hairdo is all you need to turn heads in style!

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Bored of the quintessential little black dress? Paint the town red in a little red number - pick one with net panels and appliqued flowers for a romantic chic look. This dress is best worn with glittery gold peep-toe pumps, edgy ear cuffs and a pulled back hairdo! 

So, go, browse and buy! Promtimes offers a wide variety of such fabulous dresses including Cocktail Dresses, Evening Dresses and even Wedding Dresses for the gorgeous summer brides!!!
Summer-time parties will never be boring again!

Till next time, keep it stylish!

Anupriya DG
March 16, 2015

{Kolkata Konnect} Review: Studio Pomegranate

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Today, I am starting a new series on the blog - Kolkata Konnect - for my readers to know my city a little more, its places, its people, things to do and things to love.
This is my endeavour to put Kolkata out there on the "happening cities of India" map - an endeavour to break some myths and surprise you with some of the coolest stuff that you'll find in this multi-cultural city of mine.

Whoever has been following this blog for quite some time now, knows my love and passion for I couldn't think of a better way to start this new series than with a review of a photography studio that I had the privilege of visiting recently.
Studio Pomegranate (interesting name, no?) is a one-stop solution for all photography needs, located in the heart of the city. Established in 2009, Studio Pomegrante has come a long way, now having two studio spaces - one in Wood Street and one in Shakespeare Sarani.
They cover a vast area of photographic needs right from portraits and family albums to fashion and lifestyle photography to e-commerce product shoots. The dedicated team at Studio Pomegranate, not only excels in behind-the-camera skills, but also provides services such as high-end scanning, archiving, archival giclee printing and even photography workshops. 
Studio Pomegranate is a name synonymous with quality and good work, so the team does not even hesitate to refuse a project if they think they can't dedicate enough time to it. For them, the high standards of work and the brand reputation comes above everything else.

Check out their work at and get ready to be mesmerized by the vast subjects they cover and the brilliant outcome they deliver every time!

Follow Studio Pomegranate on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated about their fun projects and amazing work.

A glimpse at their workplace

Frames from various projects

Nothing can make me smile more than a camera aimed at me! :D
Photo courtesy: Debiparna

The final shot!
Photo courtesy: Studio Pomegranate

[Sari: Straavi | Blouse: Howrah Bridge | Pearl necklace: New Market, Kolkata | Wooden bangle: Kamala, Kolkata | On my lips: Peach Crush, Colorbar]

Many of you might be thinking whyever I went to visit a studio wearing a sari.
Well, the invite to the Studio (which mentioned a photoshoot as part of the event) urged us to "be yourself" and I couldn't find anything better than a sari that went so well with my 'just-married' look! :)

What do you all think of my "newly-wed-Indian-woman" avatar??? 

So now you know where to head for the next family photoshoot or product photography or even if you yourself want to learn the ropes at one of their photography workshops.

I'll be back with my wedding post soon! 
Till then, stay stylish!

Anupriya DG
March 08, 2015

Women's Day Special: Tête-à-Tête With Mosaic Artist Vandeepp Kalra

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In today's world, the position of women in the society is in a very sensitive state of being - on the one hand, they are growing more strong and independent by the minute, conquering stereotypes and rising to the top in every field imaginable; while on the other hand, they are being neglected, abused, tortured, raped and even killed almost everyday.
On the one hand, there are men who are fighting for justice, voicing their opinion to enforce women's rights; while on the other hand, there are men who are saying that a woman should not dress provocatively or step out of the house after a certain time in order to stay safe.
Such is the hypocritical face of our society. And at the end of it all, we, women, are left to fend for ourselves, stand up for ourselves and fight for ourselves. Which we do with confidence and courage.
The world should remember, for every helpless woman getting raped, there are ten strong ones gearing up to get her justice.
We may be daughters, wives, sisters, mothers or even grandmothers; but over and above all, we are women! And proud to be so!!


This little discourse has nothing to do with today's post. Or even with the fact that it is  International Women's Day today.
It came out of the various comments/articles/debates/opinions flooding my news feed about a certain documentary that's doing the rounds of the social media. I won't start talking about it here (coz the whole world and its neighbor is already doing so)......I would also not provide an Youtube link for your perusal (coz the video has been removed from the channel. Nazi rule, anyone?).........but I'll always urge you to call a spade a spade, even if the whole world calls it something else.
That, and to do whatever little you can to make this world a better place to live in.


Vandeepp Kalra poses with a self-portrait of her with her baby made in mosaic

Coming back to the post, on this International Women's Day, I thought of presenting to you a wonderful and inspiring lady that I had the good fortune to meet recently. Her story and her work will say the rest.

Vandeepp Kalra is a self-taught mosaic artist hailing from Kolkata and one of the pioneers in her chosen field of art. What started as a hobby became an obsession and eventually a fully fledged career, Vandeepp Kalra’s love for mosaic art is a patchwork of her experimenting nature, delving in different forms of art, avid reading and the will to carve a niche for herself by creating unique art out of fine pieces of glass. Being a self taught artist, Vandeepp was always drawn to different mediums of art, may it be Oil, Acrylic or Water. She has even visited various art galleries showcasing these popular mediums along with participating in workshops in order to strengthen her skills. However, she discovered mosaic art as her preferred medium after perusing books on art & craft & learning its various techniques & applications. Vandeepp’s art pieces are mostly inspired by her life experiences and travels abroad with husband Kapil Kalra who works for the Merchant Navy. Color plays an important role in her compositions and at times becomes the subject itself.



Her studio at Wood Street, Kolkata has an unusual range of mosaic canvases, mirrors, candle scones, furniture, wall art & gift items. A piece of mosaic art approximately takes one to two months to make, depending on the size and intricacy of the work. The studio imports exemplary quality mosaic tiles and stained glass from Italy, United Kingdom & the Netherlands as well as sourcing from India. The tools used to chisel the artwork are also imported from The Netherlands and United Kingdom.

The studio offers product customization to cater to client specifications as their mission is to create an everlasting experience for its patrons, by forging an ongoing relationship with every customer.
Vandeepp believes that mosaic art is still very nascent in India and wishes to bring awareness and appreciation for this beautiful medium of expression through her works.

The blogger girls with the artist - (L to R) - Debiparna, Dolon, Vandeepp, Me, Poorna, Astha

Vandeepp was sweet enough to gift us little green souvenirs - plants in pots adorned with mosaic art by the artist herself!

You can drop in at Vandeepp's studio in Wood Street to see her gorgeous pieces of art or follow her Facebook Page to stay updated about her work.

And after a long (really long) time, you get to see some outfits on the blog! :)

This digital print tunic is one my recent go-to outfits and this bag is one of my most favorite wedding gifts!!! Of course, you all know how much I love colours....right?

Posing with more of Vandeepp's amazing creations in her studio!

[Digital print muslin tunic: Howrah Bridge | Yellow leather bag: Eske (gifted) | Sandals: Inc.5 | Watch: Giordano (gifted)]

I have been to a whole lot of new places and events in the past few stay tuned for a deluge of exciting posts coming soon!!

Till then, take care fellas!
Today. And everyday!

Anupriya DG


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