Category Archives: shopping

February 2011

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is turning out to be one exciting month….

• The beautiful Basant festival celebrated in full fervor.

• Birthday is around the corner and we shall be traveling on that day and this has been a long pending wish. So the happiness and excitement is pretty evident already.

• All the shopping is the birthday shopping…..and hence guilt free….been picking bits and pieces from January and its still going strong….that also means the bank balance is diminishing at an astonishing pace.

• A very dear cousin is getting engaged and I wish him and her all the best in life….. Will pray for their happiness and perhaps shed a tear or two…yes am highly emotional that way.

• BIL getting married next week and that brings travel, family, and dressing up. Looking forward for the wedding….meeting everybody….and of course adorning the saris ….there is a kancheepuram , maheshwari, uppada, leheriya , mangalagiri, kota on the plan…..and before anybody goes saying that’s one too many…..I just had one new sari for my own wedding….its time to balance it out….now if only I can drape them beautifully so that I can do justice to the gorgeous weaves…

• No carrying of expensive jewellery since this is an out of the town wedding and I hate being bothered about all such sundry. I just want to have fun, gorge on food and have a great time in general. So yes its costume jewels all the way and I care a damn about being judged…. I just like being myself….

• An impending business visit to the US of A which would have played havoc with all these plans had been cancelled and I am extremely glad about that.

• If plan goes well, will be meeting a very dear friend. I really wish this works out.

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Inventory…

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    July and August is the sales time….magical time….and I’ve been hoarding too….here is my loot . I haven’t shopped much from the sales though…not that I didn’t want to…but couldn’t find interesting stuff…but that never stops me  from shopping 🙂

This post is for you dearies ( holly and sally) for being so selfless in sharing your stuff and style…..every day…

Necklaces : Stone pendant from Fab, thread and wood necklaces : from Anokhi

A closer look… love them

Silver and metal from fab and Anokhi . Holls/Salls- same pinch  🙂

tunics from Fab, Anokhi. I bought a few more from Fab and soma – they are now in the wash 🙂

On sale : Reebok t-shirt ( manish arora fish fry collection )….it has very interesting sleeves….am not sure if I can ever afford Manish arora (amazing eclectic style) …till then these will give me company…. isn’t the guitar strumming Disney way too cute 🙂

A while ago I had mentioned about this shop …this stuff is from the same lady…she had an anniversary sale and I went bonkers…

Cotton and Khadi material…waiting to take shape…

Silk saree in rich hues (dont you love the colors) from the same shop….I love sarees….How often I drape them is another story…but I simply love them and hoard them….I can never let a pretty saree pass by….its an investment…..come on agree 🙂

I love attending craft fairs and exhibitions….one can get such different stuff there….this bag is from one such random exhibition…a young designer from bombay had this awesome stall….

And I fell in love with the yellow…how can one not….its so cheery and the bonus , its a reversible bag….you can use it both ways…whats not to love…

love the bag and the pretty pretty danglers which serve a purpose too ( to open and close the bag)

Oh, I love them

the other way….love the color and  print ….this print reminds me of a collection from FabIndia….

Look at the excellent finish and detailing  of  cloth and leather

While at her store I also picked up this awesome wallet and an extra dangler… If the dangler was long enough I would have worn it as a necklace…suggested this to her…..

On sale : gold  toned footwear from charles and keith

On sale : Earrings from Accessorize – I have way too many turquoise and aqua colored outfits….these add to the color collection

Wooden and Woven bangles , terracota bracelet from random crafts fairs….

So as you can see there isn’t much stuff from sales….but thats not a deterrent to shop 🙂

Giveaway time from Holly and Sally

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Blogging has enriched me… …and offered rewarding friendships……and my style soul sisters Holly and Sally are up high in this category… many a times it feels surreal…..I identify so much with their style and sensibilities and the astounding ease with which we get  along  ( without an existence of physical medium) …..all this in the virtual world mellows me…..  

Congratulations dearies  on the 250th post…..to  commemorate this milestone they are hosting an awesome giveaway…. the queens of accessories are going to giveaway some glamorous stuff…..Each piece is Love…… Lets try our Luck Ladies  🙂

How I’d wear them

1)     The filigree earrings:

-With a nice knee length fitting denim skirt and crisp white casual shirt

– a nice kashmiri embroidered salwar suit 

2)     The Balis’ : with all my pastel colored chikan kurta’s and suits ; delicate chiffon sarees in pastels

3)     The neckpiece: With many solid color kurta’s ; jeans and t-shirts ; handloom sarees…

   These are just a few which I can instantly think of. I sure will come out with many more ways to carry them…am a very spur of the moment types when it comes to mixing and matching……

Weekend Events

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Time and again I have professed my love and loyalty towards anything handmade….. I have a very deep emotional connect with anything that represents Indian arts and crafts.

In my neighborhood nests a quaint little shop which sells handloom stuff and is run by a very competent lady who is a part of Dastkar Andhra. She is passionate about handloom and what really inspires me about her is the extremely observable innate passion in promoting handlooms. She works with weavers face-to-face and stocks fabrics and stuff from the lesser known weavers of the state, giving them the right exposure and opportunities to sell….

    In an endeavor to nourish it further, she will be conducting an exhibition and sale of Hand-woven Handloom cotton this weekend. If possible, please drop by and encourage the artisans and weavers…..

                                             Goutami weaves presents

   Summer sale and Exhibition of Hand woven cotton, silk cotton, Khadi, Kalmakari and fabrics from lesser known weavers of the state along with Kalahasti kalamkari patches and Eco friendly bags from Pondicherry.

                                                            At    

      Sri Kowtha Kamakoti Kalyana Nilayam , Kowtha Swarajya Vihar, # 10, Padmarao Nagar, Swarajya press compound, Secunderabad – 500015

Timings: 11 AM to 8 PM (From Friday 5th to Sunday 7th March 2010)

       There will also be a live demonstration of the very famous Kalamkari way of painting by an artist. (Kalamkari refers to the Indian craft of painting Natural Dyes on cotton or silk fabric using a bamboo pen).

Note: This isn’t an advertising post. I really liked the stuff I bought from her, hence wanted you guys to know about it too.

Current mood : Cheerless,annoyed and upset….

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No no , its got nothing to do with life as such…
Since morning I am eagerly waiting for the day to end…at least the work day to end…..and then get home and cry/sulk in isolation.
I’d been having around 9 sets of unstitched  Salwar suits since a long time…well, I’m quite lazy when it comes to getting them stitched…I do not bother taking them to the tailor till a good number of them have packed up. Then I take them all one fine day and get them done.Thats how it has been since years……since I always had a decent enough
tailor to bank upon….
A couple of weeks ago, it was time to make that trip to the tailor and it was
appropriate timing too since soon I would be joining a new organization in a week. So I was all too excited about having new clothes to wear to the new workplace…a very girly thingie……
But when I finally went to the tailor his shop was shut down…I felt terribly upset since I had been associated with him since the past 10+ years and had no idea of any other tailor…
The neighboring shop guy all concerned told me that the landlord of the shop ran into some legal problems and had to get shut the shop, hence my tailor had to vacate it immediately….
All I could do is to call up the tailor and meet up somewhere another day and get my stuff done…but then I was not motivated enough to do that…hence, I took one of the most doltish decisions…
Went to a new tailor who was quite expensive and had quite a reputation of being good and all that…and like a real moron gave away all my 9 precious,adored, lovingly picked suits to
him…today when I recall my actions I feel like kicking my own butt….
and the outcome is 9 terribly ill-stitched, ill fitting, shapeless dresses…I tried and tried them again and got alterations done…but the end product still sucks big time…If you are a woman  reading this you can so relate to this…
Today I wore one of them, hated it, but in the morning with S around at home it didn’t seem that bad.
As soon as I entered office my colleagues(women, its always them. Do men notice such things?  gotta ask S) remarked on it…one of them also pronounced that I look much much older in this  dress and its more like grandmother’s type…at that moment I wished the ground beneath me
opened and gobbled me up….I wanted to flee and get home and erase that day….well, no hopes…
So all I am doing is staying put at my desk…discomposed..not venturing out much from my space …waiting
for the day to end…It feels as if I am dressed in a rug sack….ok, that doesn’t mean I go to work everyday wearing glamorous filmi type clothes…but I always wear well fitting and smart cotton clothes which make me self-confident….you got the drift…
And am deeply mourning the brutal murders…of my new clothes…and started working emotionally on the possible contingencies. I think I will call up my old tailor and request him to set them straight as much as possible….that means shelling out more moolah…considering
the obnoxious amount I already spent to get them stitched in the first place it makes me cringe….
But Do I have an option???? I have myself to blame for this fiasco…
What to do you all do in such situations? Want to hear out…maybe it will make me feel a bit better…

In good spirits !

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Yeah thats my current mood….In fact thats how I usually am, at least for a few days after I visit Shilparamam, crafts fairs, weaver’s exhibitons, fab India etc…..ok, you got the hunch….. Visiting and shopping at  these places is more than just shopping for me…it makes me content and delightful…. We visited Shilparamam yesterday and I came back home with a few lovely goodies…..and am starry-eyed ever since……:)

Weekend joys and woes

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The last before weekend was sheer bliss. S and I, all to ourselves and for each other.On the contrary last weekend was full of action, was stressful and elapsed even before we could feel it.We arrived in Hyderabad on saturday after the customary journey.I had to kick start the shopping spree on saturday since we  had just 2 days in hand and I had already planned to visit my mom on sunday….hence we carefully scheduled our time and we tasted success more or less.
When I say “I had to shop”, I really mean “had to” since it was more of a necessity rather than pleasure….I needed new tracks,t-shirts and other workout accessories at all costs and since Vizag isn’t really a place where you get such stuff ( decent ones) we have to purchase them during our trips to Hyderabad….And since my birthday is also around the corner….and we haven’t planned any wonted trips to Hyderabad…not in the near proximity atleast…well, should see how well we keep us this resolution… So the well-ordered me took over, so new clothes and shoes for b’day also made place for themselves in the ‘to-be’ shopped list….

       And we set out with great gusto…. totally overlooking the fact that its Hyderabad,its a saturday and its a mall.Phew !
I stepped into the first shop with much inspiration…but not only was it insanely crowded..most of its collection was sold out….and the rest of them were either too small for me or too large….the same happened at another 3-4 places( most of them had some sale going on…Sigh)…and then the exasperation began…what I couldn’t really fathom was why are these people shopping crazy as if there were no tomorrow ?
I mean imagine reebok,nike and adidas being all sold out…lawsie mercy…Simultaneoulsy we were looking out for other clothes also( B’day) but ended up bootless in that segment too….after 2 hours of this penury and Hyderabad traffic…my vexation reached its pinnacle…I wanted to dump all this and get back home and just lie on the couch watching TV ( I am an avid shopper and not really a television enthusiast, but it seemed a better option)…I am extremely phobic towards overtly crowded places …they tire and irritate me ..am not at all tolerant to them…..
But S, my anchor, the ever patient and resilient sweetheart that he is,cajoled me and as usual I blushed and gave up to his charms…I just can’t resist…when he pampers me..am glad I found him 🙂
We steered our way to another store and finally found a comfortable track at WillsLifestyle…its a bit expensive but fit me well…we just bought 1 from them since they didn’t have many options in the sports wear section…and we also decided to check out an exclusive  “Adidas” store, their largest in Hyderabad.

       Right above WillsLifestyle…there is this store called “UrbanYoga” which specializes in fitness wear…I had always been examining it comprehensively …whenever we drove past that square…the name somehow struck a chord with me…reminds me of “FabIndia“- my favourite…so we strode into that store and viola we struck gold…..it has an amazing collection….very comfy wear…exactly the ones you need for exercising and the icing on the cake is its very very reasonably priced…It has set up shop in many major Indian cities…do try it…and now comes the bonus..they were running an offer of ‘buy two, get one free’….they made me bright and cheerful again..
After this good catch we moved on and I got richer with a pair of sandals and other trivial stuff…
And we finally reached home….only after savoring goody treats from Karachi bakery….a very yum place….I am their ardent devotee since childhood…Memories of them bring nostalgia…my dad bringing those delectable treats during summer holidays and we as kids would wait excitedly,salivating dreamily…for him to get home soon..and once he arrives we would gleefully polish off a few of them….simple pleasures…which have become a rarity in this world of instant gratification…
        Then,S and I left to my parents home in the evening and enroute I belayed it further by halting our journey for a visit…to another favourite store of mine “Mzurisana”, its an ethnic outlet which never fails to impress me…its a bit on the expensive side but surely worth it….I picked up pretty clothes for my b’day here….Woohoo “Mission accomplished” and we went home fullfilled and happy that its all done…..and now when I see these clothes stacked carefully in my closet am hit by a deep feeling of satisfaction. 🙂