Tuesday, 21 October 2014

my NO-SHOPPING DIWALI


In 2007, inspired by the movie Saawariya, the Anarkali chudidar made a strong comeback in the festival fashion scene (and possibly led to the beginning of Sonam Kapoor’s rise to the queen of perfect ensembles). Even though I am not against wearing the outfit, I feel that buying a new Anarkali year over year just for fresh pictures on our Facebook timelines is a cause of concern. The sadder part is that an Anarkali worth tens of thousands will sit in my wardrobe after the festival and will not be used ever again. This does not make my wallet happy either.:P This festive season, I have the clich├ęd thought of trying out something different.:)

The 5 days of Diwali (dhanteras, chhoti diwali, lakshmi puja, bhai dooj, and the inevitable card game parties for $$) can easily pressure you into shopping. Make the smart choice of picking out a new piece and then wear it with stuff already in your wardrobe. Buy a blingy corset or a traditional jacket and pair it with a flowy skirt from your wardrobe. Think and rethink about how you can reuse the outfit.

The outfit that I am wearing in this post screams BE YOU! A contemporary jute-textured sari with options in silver jewellery from Udaipur is my way to look beyond the usual blingy saris and Anarkalis. And may the styles be with you!:)
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Lights and diyas all aroud me :D

The choice of necklace makes the difference :)

This ring is my current favorite!

Sari - Kalanikhetan, Hyderabdad 
Silver jewellery - From the streets of Udaipur
Watch - CK
Lipstick - Inglot
Blue Nail Color - Lakme

Photos - Deepak Gupta | Creative Direction, Editing Pictures and Styling - yours truly
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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Pristine White in #Udaipur

 
For a very internationally-known tourist destination, Udaipur is a rare city with its roots in religion, customs, and traditions. For temple enthusiasts, Udaipur is almost heaven (minus the apsaras!:P). You can find a beautiful temple at the corner of every street here. My inclination to temples is majorly for their mesmerizing architecture. This inclination was further fed by the half- sindhi in me and I was desperate to visit the Srinathji temple in Nathdwara. My darling mother-in-law also mentioned that the importance of this temple for sindhis is comparable to that of the Tirupati Balaji temple for us south-Indians.

After a tiring Day1 in Udaipur , we managed to wake up and be ready quite early (puffy eyes n all:P). Nathdwara was an hour’s drive. For half the journey, we were excited about the visit to the temple. For the remainder of the journey, the foodies in us sprung out and we could not wait to try the local delicacies there for breakfast. The markets and the streets outside the temple are colorful and super crowded (try not to get lost or not to get robbed). For its reputation, the darshan at the temple was disappointing and more crowded as compared to the peak hour experience in the Mumbai local trains (Imagine my plight!). As expected, the high point for us about savoring the local breakfast -  jalebi, faafda, poha and dhokla. It was so amazing that, for an instant service breakfast, the rate of service was slower than our rate of consumption.:)
Savored these yummy delicacies for breakfast :D
On our way back, we stopped over at the Maharana Pratap museum in a place that is aptly called Haldighati. With the name derived from the yellow-colored soil, this was possibly the only missed photo opportunity in the whole trip. For all the Maharana Pratap fanatics (”MP, we love you!!”:P), the museum is a delight. With larger-than-life structures of men on horses and depictions of scenes from a battlefield, we were almost transported back in time.
Maharana Pratap Museum
My sartorial choice was a pristine white kurta since I was visiting a temple and historic structures. I paired the kurta with my blue harem pants (I hate you leggings in this hot weather!), a pair of blue shoes, and jhumkis.
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They photobombed my photoshoot big time! And they loved it! :p
Witnessed these vibrant markets in Nathdwara :)

This cutie :)
Kurta - Biba
Harem Pants - Globus
Bag - Holii
Jhumkis - Exhibition
Shoes - Dubai shopping
Nailcolor - Colorbar, Maybelline India

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Friday, 10 October 2014

Vibrant Hues in #Udaipur


As customary as it is, early on our first day in Udaipur, we took the holy route to the internationally famed Jagdish temple. We called it our very own local temple since we were so close to it and we walked by it on a daily basis (Neha and Ankush, brilliant hotel location :)). The temple architecture, both indoors and outdoors, almost gave me a high! I may have a fetish for these marble slab works and intricate carvings.

We had the quickest temple exit since we were famished with hunger. Only the famous kachoris of Udaipur could have doused the fire in our tummies. These kachoris are, hands down, the best I have had. They are equivalent of the vada pav for us Mumbaikars. Served at almost every street corner, you cannot resist multiple servings of these deep-fried drops from heaven (considering that the stores are right next to the temples:P) After such a feast, it was almost too easy to just head back to the hotel and sleep our problems away.:)

With breakfast done, we head out to the City Palace – the home of all things kings and queens. The palace is a museum of history, steps, a large collection of silver, more steps, royal paintings, even more steps, the royal family clothes, and finally, (you guessed it) an insurmountable number of steps (Stay tuned for more details of the City Palace in the upcoming travel posts). The palace lead to a boat ride in the Udaipur city center - lake Pichola - that gave us a spectacular 360 degree view of all the palaces in the middle and around the lake.
After all the tan we could afford that morning, we took upon a Roadies challenge - the mighty Gujarati thali!! We savored on dal bhati, dhokla, and kadi chawal. The challenge is to be awake after such a meal (which we happily failed at!! :))

Such are the streets and sights of Udaipur that demand amazing colors from our outfits. An ethnic touch goes well with the background of this city of eye-popping beauty, mesmerizing architecture, and serene lakes.


Colorful Skirt Buddies :)

These two love to photobomb our pictures :p






Outfit - Global Desi
Shoes - Forever21
Bag - Holi
Ring - Globus
Watch - CK
Accessories - Gift


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