A new beginning….

Apologies for such a long absence and for not updating before!

I had mentioned somewhere before that I am working on a project. Well it started off the day I started getting bored of my mundane job and decided that it was time to start up things on my own. But there were some financial problems. So I started setting up my studio slowly and steadily. And then suddenly one day a friend of mine called me up and asked me if I would be interested in setting up an exhibition!

Then started the most busiest month in my life as of yet! In only 45 days, I bought a sewing machine, hired a tailor, bought loads of beautiful fabrics, and designed and produced about 30-35 pieces which became part of my first collection!

Also, in the mean time I also did the branding of my brand, with a little help from a friend!

So let me introduce you to – Anra 

“Anra is a clothing line that offers graceful dresses and tunics made with exquisite Jamdani figured cotton fabrics straight from the villages of West Bengal. Jamdani, a process of weaving fine cotton in beautiful motifs, consuming numerous hours of hard work is an almost dying craft. Our USP lies in customization since well fit clothes are always in fashion! We promise to offer exclusive pieces that you will cherish for the rest of your life.”

So two of my very good friends and great designers and me put up an exhibition launching our individual collections in New Delhi.

Well this much for now….I will post more about the exhibition later!

Bye

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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!

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

The City of Joy!

Finally I’ve moved to Kolkata.

Also I’ve joined a six month program at a renowned gym here to lose some serious weight.

So in the next six months here’s what I plan to do (apart from my weight loss program):

1)      Prepare my resume and portfolio

2)      Send my resume and portfolio to the brands that I’ve listed down in my dream list, (national and international).

3)      See Kolkata

(Even though I’ve been coming to this city for as long as I can remember and I’ve been to its various parts yet I don’t really know the whole place)

4)      Visit Shantiniketan (will elaborate on this sometime later)

5)      Probably visit some other craft clusters within West Bengal

6)      Try to check out fashion events happening around the city

And something else that’s new is that I got a really short haircut.

This is how I used to look until a while back.

And I’m wearing a very interesting cardigan from Vero Moda.

And this is my new awesome haircut. I look so different.

I’m wearing – Top – Thrift store, Skirt – H&M, Belt – Guess

 I’m trying out skirts at the moment. I’ve never worn skirts except when I was in school but I’m so much in love with this look.

BTW this skirt used to be my sister’s and she’s not fat like me but this skirt still fits me. How?

Well, like Gabi Gregg would say, “it’s not always important to wear an outfit like the designer intended.”

Be happy, Stay Beautiful!