What Now?

With the pressure of the exhibition and the launch of my label gone now, I got some time to relax and think about the bigger question …… What next?

Although I haven’t figured that out yet, I thought it would be a nice idea to share the collection here.

Anra dress

This cute little dress in yellow and maroon combination is perfect for this festive season. It has two shades of yellow and maroon straps, with detailing in two shades of green.

Anra dress

This little yellow dress, has a cute collar and keyhole at the back. Made in pure cotton with beautiful hand woven motifs all over, this makes for a festive wardrobe staple.

Take a look at all the other pieces from the collection on our Facebook page – Anra

You can now order Anra online at Indiebazaar!

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Bye! 

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Anra at Textures 2012

So as I was saying…We launched our first collection at Textures, a fashion exhibition, in Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi last week.

The response was very good! People loved the collection. We were fortunate to have Shaily Khera of Confessionz of a Closet and Bhavna Yadav of Muse~Me and u styled for eternity cover the event, which will be up on their blogs soon.

Here are some pictures of the event…

 Abhishek Basu of Calcutta Arts Club                                Anais Basu of Tia Pakhi

I had loads of fun and I am happy our first collection was well received.

Till next time…:-)

P.S. – You can see more exhibition pictures on my facebook page – here

Have you heard of Globus?

Globus is an amazing clothing brand with almost 30 stores across India, which sells a wide range of clothing products like women’s & men’s casual wear, ethnic wear, basic staples to accessories etc. The clothes are really fabulous with an international appeal, Indian sensibility and overall a lot of style!

 I guess that’s a lot for introduction. Now let’s get to the point…

A few weeks back I was invited to review the Autumn Winter 2012 collection of Globus….So I went to the store in Kolkata last week to check out the amazing clothes!

Unlike other major multi-brand outlets in the country, Globus sells its in-house brands Globus and F-21 majorly, apart from a few other eminent brands, for women as well as men! Its uniqueness is that they provide high-end fashion at affordable prices.

This year’s Autumn Winter Collection for women has modern designs in trendy prints as well as western looks in ethnic detailing. The collections are derived from a lot of different stories like Borders of Bharatnatyam, Bandhej, Moroccan, White Story, Urban Nomad etc which are all reasonably priced. The collection ranges from smart casual western wear to ethnic kurtis to the very chic colored denims, harem pants and printed leggings; along with pretty dresses with girly details to sequined dresses for all your evening wear needs.

Florals, checks or the retro polka dots, Globus keeps international trends in mind!

Got a date? Slip into an LBD. Choose from sequinned dresses to lace tops!

Who said ‘desi’ was boring?

The men’s collection included checked and striped shirts in unique color combinations and one-liner and graphic t-shirts, together with colored denims, smart tailored trousers to festive suits for those special occasions.

As if this was not enough, they also have all your accessory staples; ranging from statement necklaces to earrings, bags and satchels in myriad colors.

Wait! They have more! Take a look at what else is in store for you in the coming months at Globus!

Great news for the fashionistas, you can also shop the new collection online on the newly revamped website here.

Globus seems to be a perfect place to shop with friends, family or loved ones without having to feel that you are dragging your partners with you unnecessarily as they can also have a great time shopping for themselves!

So what are you waiting for? Get to the nearest Globus store in your city or shop online!

Happy shopping at GLOBUS!

Birthday Week….

Recently I was invited to review the Autumn Winter Collection of Globus. The review will be up in one or two days.

I just wanted to share the outfit that I wore. I just mixed some old items from my wardrobe to create an interesting look…

Sheer Top – Thrifted, Floral Printed Tunic – Tailored, Leggings – Pantaloons, Belt – Stolen from sister, Flats – Thrifted(Florence), Bag – Thrifted(Venice), Necklace – Stolen from Sister, Hair Clips – Accessorize, Rings – Thrifted(New Market, Kolkata)

Also, this week is my birthday week……!!!!

For some great coupons on ym Birthday Click here

Have a Happy Week ahead!

Beetles on my neck….

My mom and dad’s birthday fall one day after the other so since my sister was leaving the next day, we decided to take them out to dinner on day after mom’s birthday! We went to ‘Aaheli’, a beautiful restaurant serving authentic bengali cuisine in the most homely atmosphere.

The food was delicious like home-made food and the hospitality was superb.

So I was wore my black skinny jeans with my Vero Moda black blouse.

The detailing on the blouse is not visible so I took this picture from a website.

Image from www.tiastar.com

Can you make out what am I wearing around my neck? Here’s a closer look…

My brand new Zara necklace that my sister gifted me….! I love the beetles and the colors on them! You can find it here!

Hope you all are having a fabulous week!

An amateur’s guide to wine tasting!

Four Seasons Wines had recently hosted a food and wine tasting event inviting all city bloggers for a luncheon at the amazing Oasis Restaurant at Park Street, on 28th July 2012.

I had tasted red wine before but I never really understood what the hype was about! Nevertheless, I was very excited when I was invited for the event. Part of my excitement was also because this was going to be my first meeting with all the other city bloggers.

The invite!

The bloggers – (L-R) – Swarnali Das, Anupriya DG, Ayantika Bhattacharya, Sayantani Saha, & Me

Also the one who took this picture – Debiparna 

And also Shayoni!

We were welcomed at Oasis by the owner, Mr. Pratap Darayani and Four Seasons Wines representative, Mr. Peter Mitter and once we were all seated and served with platters of snacks, we all got to doing what we love so much…clicking pictures! We were so engrossed in talking and laughing that the wait for former Miss Earth, wine connoisseur and our host that afternoon, Miss Shamita Singha went unnoticed.

Before our enriching session with Miss Shamita had begun, Mr Peter Mitter enlightened us on his knowledge on wines.  He is one of the founding members of the Calcutta Wine club, the first and only one of its kinds in Kolkata.

Wine has much more to it than taste. It’s an experience which brings together all your senses. This is where the 4S come in to the picture – See, Swirl, Smell, & Sip!

The first sense – sight! You hold the glass against some source of light to see the color of the wine. The color of the wine gives you the age of the wine. A bright raspberry red color or a pale green to yellow is a typical young wine while a rich brick like color or a deep golden is an old variety. While you are at it, you can also feel the weight of the wine as in whether it’s a lighter or a heavier type. Then you swirl the wine in your glass, a table as a support would be helpful.

The second sense – smell! The purpose of swirling the wine is to let the aromas come out. You bring the glass close to your nose to get a whiff of the flavors infused in the wine. You might get a varied mix of aromas ranging from fruity and spicy, to woody and musty. You also start to paint a mental picture of the place origin of the wine.

The third sense – sound! This is a small part where you clink your glasses and say cheers.

The fourth sense – taste! And now you take a large sip and roll it in your mouth so that you coat your mouth completely with the wine and you can taste it entirely. You can feel the lightness or the heaviness and also the after taste or finish of the wine.

Now let’s come to what happened at the event. We had assembled to learn how to pair the right type of food with the right type of wine. The general rule here is white wine for white meat and red wine for red meat. But there’s more to it.

The lovely Shamita Singha telling us about the wines!

We started off with Four Seasons Chenin Blanc which was paired with Veg Wontons and Herb Infused Chicken Reshmi Kabab. The Chenin Blanc has a pale yellow color with lighter aromas of citrus fruits. Due to its lighter taste it pairs well with light foods like appetizers or snacks.

For the main course we were served Grilled Fish in Lemon Butter Sauce with Garlic Bread, Fries and steamed vegetables. This was paired with Four Seasons Viognier which is a little dry and has a pale gold color and tropical fruity aroma. This also has a smooth lingering finish. This pairs well with medium bodied, mildly spiced dishes as this is slightly heavier than the Chenin Blanc.

We went on to dessert with Brownie with Vanilla Ice cream paired with Four Seasons Blush Wine. This has a pretty salmon pink color and hints of floral scents and it works best with desserts or sweets.

Finally we also had a taste of Four Seasons Barrique Reserve Cabarnet Sauvignon Wines which is a deep purple colored dry red wine. It smells of rich blackcurrant and spices, and has a smoky woody aroma and has a rich lasting finish. This red works very well with very heavy bodied dishes like barbecues, or very spicy tandoor recipes.

My favorite was the Four Seasons Viognier, the reds might take some more time to get used to!

I am highly grateful to Four Seasons Wines, Mr. Akshay Gopal and Mr. Peter Mitter for organizing this wonderful event,  Mr. Pratap Darayani for the lovely venue and food and Miss Shamita Singha for taking time to enlighten us on the beauty of wines.

Four Seasons was generous enough for gifting each one of us a bottle of Shiraz red wine.

The afternoon was simply perfect with the right food, the great wines, the amazing hosts, and the fabulous ‘us’!

Images courtesy – Anupriya & Debiparna

Fabulous India…

As we grow older, we develop a comfort zone in our wardrobe as well. You might find yourself going for the same type of clothes everyday the minute you open your closet.

And right now a lot of you are thinking T-shirt+Denim. Well, for me it happens to be the kurti+leggings/patiyala+dupatta(optional) combination. Its very clumsy for a lot of people but I find it to be very comfortable specially if I have to wear the entire day. I find it very difficult to wear denims in this hot & humid weather. Plus I love to dress it up in Indian accessories.

Well, that said, here are some shots of me wearing my favorite type of clothes on a usual work day…

Kurti – Tailored, Leggings – Shoppers Stop, Duppatta – Lucknow/U.P, Bag – FabIndia, Bangles – Thrifted, Watch – Guess, Necklace – Mango, Flat Sandals – Colaba/Mumbai

So my comfort zone is Fabulously Indian. What is your favorite type of clothing?

Always judge a book by the cover….

When we meet someone for the first time, we create an image, a personality of how that person might actually be. Its funny how sometimes you can be totally amazed at how different the person is from your own imagination. And that’s why we say “Never judge a book by its cover”

But don’t we all thrive to make ourselves presentable at all times and show off something that we don’t actually have. Haven’t we all, at any time, tried to win someone just by the way we look.

So, I think its time we have a new rule – “Always judge a book by its cover”

Lets see how this works…Here are a few of my pictures from a few days back.

My sister took these in our backyard.

Top – Kappahl, Jeans –  Kraus, Bag – Thrifted, Earrings – Thrifted

What does my photograph tell you about me? Am I a funny person or a loner?

We might see a lot of amusing results…..

This runs true for blogs as well. When I visit a new blog, there have been many times when I haven’t bothered to look through the pages because the header image wasn’t exciting or maybe the background was dull. There are so many reasons.

 Speaking of blog layouts, even after a lot of changes, I am still pondering over my blog layout….any suggestions?

October festivities and street shopping…

     

Durga Puja’ a religious festival devoted to Goddess Durga during the month of October in West Bengal, is an extravagant affair. It’s a 5 day long celebration where people rejoice, eat to their hearts content, and spend time with their family and friends, going through various pandals, praying to the goddess and resolving to lead a better year ahead!

For me it was a first but became a little frustrating as the crowd increased.

The more interesting thing is you can see a lot of interestingly dressed people and also otherwise!

Well, anyways, it’s a Bengali tradition to give some money to the children of the family, so well I went street shopping.

 I just fell in love with these dangling oriental looking earrings. It makes a little trickling sound when I walk.  A jute tote bag with a bamboo handle. A closer look at the material. Its white with an intricate Victorian motif in black printed on it.  This is a beautiful stone neck piece which has been tied together with a thick thread that makes it very rustic and chic. The eye-shadow pallets was inherited from my sister-in-law.  A very interesting necklace in oxidized silver.I really liked the oxidized necklace very much so I bought a second pair.

The detailing is so delicate.

All bargained and from the streets of Kolkata.

I was reading October Vogue when I found out that Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre was hosting an exhibition of photographs taken by Norman Parkinson as part of a photo shoot for British Vogue, in India in the 1950s. So I rushed and I was mesmerized. The pictures are taken all over India and they stand out, even though they are so simple. There are hardly any props used, the clothes look amazing and the backgrounds are so interestingly used.

And as I had mentioned in my last post, I uploaded my portfolio. Not much here but it’s a start.

Now if only somebody notices and gets me a job!

Well here’s hoping for the best!

Photographs taken by : Me