April 26, 2017

Two Calcutta Girls Flaunt Fusion Fashion On Bengali New Year {StylePrismxLiveLaughDressup}

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My friendship with Sayantani goes back to my early blogging days, when we were among a handful of bloggers in Calcutta. On the auspicious occasion of the Bengali New Year, way back in 2012, four of the Calcutta bloggers decided to meet up, and thus started my friendship with this cute girl, which only strengthened and deepened over time. We met at a time when both of our blogs had different names (than what they are now), both of us were thinner, and both of us were nascent in the blogging world. And five years down the line, our relationship has gone on from being fellow bloggers to being soul sisters!
This girl is sugary-sweet, as gullible as they come, a worrier like no other, and an amazingly good writer with an unique & eclectic sense of fashion & style. Those of you who follow my Insta-stories more than my Instagram feed (a lot of you do, otherwise how do I have more views on stories than I have likes on my posts?), must have seen her face pouting away to glory in our selfies more times than you can count! Our love for cupcakes, books and shoes make our strong bond of friendship even stronger! She's my sounding board for weird ideas, sudden inspirations and doubtful concepts. She's my lover, my bae, and my forever kind of friend.
Since we had forged the bond of our friendship on that fateful Poila Boishakh (Bengali New Year) five years back, what better time for us to collaborate together for a blog post than on yet another Nobo Borsho!!! 
This Bengali New Year, we embrace our love for fusion fashion, mix it with our love for Calcutta, and present to you a style concoction of two different ethnic fusion outfits for the festive season! Our unique styles & individual sensibilities complement the chemistry we share and create a fashion story that's as charming as the old Calcutta lanes in which we shot. Read on and get inspired!








Check Please!

Bengali New Year, back in the day, meant new clothes (when we were growing up, shopping for new things was not an all-the-year-round indulgence like now), invites to small businesses/shops who treated their clients to sweets, soft drinks and a gift of the new Bengali calendar or diary, a traditional Bengali feast at home and a day of no studying!
Traditionally, Bengali women like to flaunt the quintessential saree on this special occasion - not the red & white drape that Bollywood has type-casted as the Bengali woman's uniform; but easy-breezy cottons, soft handlooms, light silks or classy tassars. 
But this year, I thought of changing course and going for a fusion look that gives a contemporary spin to an ethnic garment; while my partner-in-crime, Sayantani, put her own eclectic twist to a handloom cotton saree! 

This flared kurta in bold checks was love at first sight! Not only did it flaunt my favorite-est combination of pink & orange, but the not-so-traditional checkered pattern gave this ethnic piece a fun, contemporary vibe. I wore this as an easy-breezy summery dress and I must say it suited its new role fashionably well! A chunky statement necklace added the right amount of drama to the look, while pompom Kolhapuri sandals & a multi-color embroidered tote gave it a fun, boho-chic feel! 
This look is a great way to stand out in the ethnic crowd while keeping it stylish as well as comfortable. You can flaunt it anywhere - from family occasions to flea market shopping with friends to lunch date with the guy!










[Checkered kurta (worn as a dress): Westside | Tribal Afghani necklace: Regalia Ornaments | Watch: Kenneth Cole | Embroidered tote, pompom Kolhapuris: borrowed from Sayantani | Silver knuckle ring: Amrapali]



A Knotty Affair

Sayantani speaks about her quirky take on the saree: "I decided to go beyond the laal paar saree this Nobo Borsho (New Year)This New Year style your favourite tradional wear in a not so traditional way. Knot up the pallu of the saree and wear it with your favourite shirt knotted up! A scandalous knotty affair with your favourite saree!"
Read her blog post on this fun fusion collaboration.




Photography by: Shubhadeep Saha

Do follow this pretty girl on Instagram and Facebook too, if you don't already!
Also, let us know in the comments if you would like to see us work together more often!! 


I'll be back with a whole lot of exciting posts and reviews!!! Stay tuned!


Love,
Anupriya
April 03, 2017

OK, Not OK

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My friends, those in Kolkata/Bombay/Delhi, used to envy me the proverbial "amazing" Bangalore weather. One of them remarked just the other day, how lucky I am to be able to run away from the sweltering Kolkata heat to the cooler climes of Bangalore at the very beginning of summer.

But, unfortunately, they don't need to be envious anymore. *sigh*
All that 'buri nazar' worked....Bangalore is not only hot right now, it's getting humid too! And to think, that when we first moved here one & a half years back, we were ecstatic to realise we don't sweat in Bangalore!

The way days are getting hotter and hotter (and only March just got over), and the sun is getting stronger, God only knows how & why people are still "debating" about global warming. Haven't we got enough proof already???

And global warming is just one of the many plagues that are gnawing at the roots of this planet's well-being. Naturally & physically, there's water crises, coral reef erosion, frequent earthquakes among other environmental issues' while psychologically, there's rape, hate killings, dowry, illiteracy, gender bias, inequality, trans-phobia, homo-phobia and many more mental blocks affecting the human society.
What are we really doing about these issues? We are talking about them, fighting about them, raising awareness about them, screaming ourselves hoarse about them and debating about them. But are we really working towards a better world? Are we putting solutions in place? Are we actively participating in the cause? Or are we mere spectators, cheering the cause we support from the comfy confines of our home, leaving the action to others out there?

I agree, even if we want to, all of us may not be able to actively participate in fighting for what we think is right. But are we doing whatever little bit we can? Or are we OK with sitting at home, watching news after disturbing news on the TV or reading about feminism on the internet, and voicing our opinion to all those who care to listen?

OK, but I am not OK with that.
I am not OK with new rape incidences turning even the safest of Indian cities into possible danger zones.
I am not OK with American fundamentalists killing random Indians just because they resemble the terrorists who crashed planes into the WTC towers.
I am not OK with people cutting down hundreds of trees in the 'Garden City' in order to build more flyovers.
I am not OK with dowry killings & child marriages still happening in large, rampant numbers in some of the remote areas of the country.
I am not OK with refugees having to flee from country to country, while the Govt of said countries debate over whether to give them shelter or not.
I am not OK with all the hatred, confusion, anger and disgust aimed towards the transgenders, gays & lesbians.
OK, but I am NOT OK.

My work schedule and domestic responsibilities might restrict me from going on pride walks or joining NGOs to teach underprivileged kids. But, I can donate a little something towards earthquake relief funds, refugee support programs or child-care NGOs. I can take 2 minutes out of my busy schedule to sign online petitions for causes I support. I can applaud sensitive & touching ads/films highlighting social issues and share them with the rest of the world. I can make sure I don't waste water or electricity or food. I can re-use old paper printouts for all kinds of everyday work. I can talk about feminism through fashion. And, of course, I can blog about it, so that all of you out there start doing these little somethings, which might, together, culminate into a positive effort.
After all, it's small little drops of water that make up the ocean, isn't it?

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You may think, why the sudden rant? Why the sudden humanitarian wave of compassion & concern?

Well, this outfit and the O.K. pin I wore at the neck sparked these thoughts in my mind. I knew I was giving off  vibes that everything is O.K., but is it really?
What do you think?


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[Tie-dye maxi dress: Amalraj Sengupta | Batik silk scarf: Soumitra Mondal | Belt: Westside | O.K. pin: Lifestyle | Cat-eye sunglasses: Aldo, c/o Wooplr |  Houndsooth check sling bag: Lifestyle | Patent brogues: Westside]

Photography by: Akhil Bhima/Nitin Sharma


Maxi dresses are forever my summer staples. I can live in them throughout the season. What's more, they can be styled in innumerable ways too...thus giving you new looks to flaunt everyday!
You can take your pick from chic & stylish dresses for women to upgrade your wardrobe this season & have a fashionable summer ahead!

*****

So, are you going to stop talking and start doing, albeit whatever little you can?
Otherwise, there might come a day very soon when I won't be able to have those pretty pink bougainvilleas and fresh green foliage as my picture backdrops anymore...

Let's stop being OK with things...and start making sure things really get OK around us...

Here's to a better society and a better environment! Cheers!!!


Love,
Anupriya DG

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