Yoga, Chocolate, Art, Music and Love

Shahpur Jat open house is here again, on September 20th starting at 10.30 am. This bi-annual festival has gained momentum and popularity with loads of stores and individual participants. So if you have no plans this Sunday or even if you do, cancel them and come join me for the Shahpur Jat open house.
Shahpur Jat open house
Start your day with Yoga with Zubin Atre of TAYS at 10.30 am. Eat at the various eateries through the day like Café Red, House of Blondie, Arte Café, The Old Town Cafe to name a few. Shop at various stores like Lila, Les Parisiennes and Olivia Dar etc. At 5pm join Atre Yoga Studio again in a jam session, followed by an Open Mike session at 7.00pm and salsa dancing at 8.30pm. I will be going and hope to see you there, so leave a comment if you want to catch up!
Yoga Choco Art Music Love

October Style Picks

1. Ambassador mini, At Ease
2. Around the world with Johnnie Walker Blue Label
3. Czarina Quarter Plate, Address Home
4. Timeless Dual Action Mask Picture Jar and Box, Recover
5. Jewels By Annu Chadha
6. Candle Stand, Kinerhs
7. Wedding Collection, Louis Vuitton
8. Vase, Moonriver
9. Candle Holder, Nachtmann
10.Vintage trunks, AA Living

Review: Cavalli Caffé, DLF Emporio, New Delhi

There are some days when you just want to dress pretty, meet your girl-friend for a drink, bitch about your job/ boss/ significant other and have a delish meal. Most days you deserve an award for not being jailed after assaulting someone for annoying you, but on those odd days when you want to dress pretty and have a great meal, you go to Cavalli Caffé. At least I did, one Tuesday a few weeks back.
CAVALLI CAFFE INTERIOR
The Cavalli Caffè situated next to the Roberto Cavalli boutique, at the ground floor of DLF Emporio located in Vasant Kunj is as stylish and fashionable as anything with the name Cavalli on the door should be.The Caffè experience finds its roots in the historical Cavalli Caffè Giacosa, located in Via Tornabuoni in Florence, an antique shop founded in 1815, which was a meeting place for a refined and noble Florentine clientele, which Roberto Cavalli brought back to life, preserving the elegance of the setting. The one in Delhi has been decorated in true Roberto Cavalli style with elements created personally by Cavalli himself; the Cavalli Caffé is a true reflection of his style, complete with the animal print upholstery and animal print lampshades hung upside down all along the ceiling with prints of Roberto Cavalli with various celebrities covering the wall.
Bar, Cavalli Caffe, www.stylecity.in
Anyone who knows me knows my love for a great tasting drink, especially if it is vodka or wine based, well I was spoilt for choice with, Cavalli red wine, Cavalli Premium Italian Vodka and Grappa all available as drink options. Conceived to stimulate and inspire every moment of the day, the Cavalli Caffè offers an elegant and refined menu and the atmosphere enables its clients to savour different tastes in an intimate and classic setting where the cuisine proposes a wide range of traditional Italian products and flavours. We were lucky to try the new menu which incorporates a few not so Italian flavours as well. Before I begin on the food, a special mention to the styling by Chef Kapil, it literally broke my heart to spoil the presentation. We started with Crema Di Pomodoro which came in a bun and looked gorgeous but tasted just as it should, warm and soothing down the throat. We then moved on to Parma Ham and Melon appetizer and Rucola and Goat Cheese Salad with Pine Nuts and Oranges. The mains were Mellanzane Alla Parmiggiana, Burrata Ravioli in Burnt Butter and Sage Chili Caramel Basa with Wilted Spinach and Wok Tossed Noodles. Again those of you who read the blog regularly know my absolute love for fish, that is the one thing I try on every menu in almost every part of the world and trust me when I say, I wasn’t disappointed one bit. Finally for dessert we had a huge variety to choose from; Red wine Poached Fig and Apricot Crumble, Hot Chocolate Foam with a Rum Granita and Chocolate Marquise, ending with Cavalli chocolates. Available in eleven delicious flavours of Walnut, Peanuts, Dark Gianduja, Coconut and Vanilla, Crunchy Almond Praline, Coffee, Cinnamon, Gianduja, Almonds and Hazelnuts, Mint, Chili Pepper, the chcolates truly exude the Roberto Cavalli experience.
Cavalli Cafe, www.stylecity.in
So the next time you want to dress up pretty, have a great cocktail and some delicious food, or even step out for a cup of coffee with your girlfriend, you know what we recommend and trust me you wont be disappointed.
For reservations:+91 11 46950000

September Style Picks

1.Elegant White Floral Gift Box, India Circus
2.901 Tequila, Justin Timberlake
3.Ogam Servomuto, Vissionaire Home
4.Pure Colour Cello Shots, Estee Lauder
5.Princess by Takashi Murakami for Shu Uemura
6.Trinity Condiment Server by arttd’inox
7.Votive Clarity Candle, Ishana
8.Jaguar Print Tote, Gucci
9.Limited edition furniture by Maria Pergay for Fendi
10.Borobudur Sculptures, Viya Home

LACOSTE celebrates its 80th anniversary with Maisons Francaise

There are collaborations and then there are collaborations. I for one have not seen such amazing products on display from so many brands that it is tough to select a favourite. For its 80th Anniversary, Lacoste has invited nine French houses to join the festivities, the names include Hermes, Baccarat, Bernardaud, Boucheron, Christofle, Fauchon, Goyard, S.T.Dupont and Veuve Clicquot. Each top end guest will treat the crocodile with An exclusive gift. These unique objects are symbols of the craftsmanship, expertise And know-how of some of the greatest names in French Luxury and are a tribute to 80 years of an extraordinary homage to Lacoste’s sense of innovation and excellence.

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Baccarat
The Crocodile’s anniversary party will be enlightened by an exclusive Baccarat creation — a crystal vase inspired by the tennis and golf trophies that René Lacoste, his wife, daughter, and all of the LACOSTE champions ever since, held high above their head. The design of this work of art is reminiscent of the prevalent shapes of the 30s. It stands as a tribute to the era where the Crocodile was ruling the tennis courts, while his wife was mastering golf courses.
Bernardaud
To celebrate LACOSTE’s 80th anniversary, Bernardaud presents the Crocodile with 27 colourful porcelain golf tees reminiscent of the family- shared passion. The 27 different colours are directly inspired by the joyful palette of the LACOSTE polo-shirts. Until the 50s, the LACOSTE polo-shirt was only produced in white, but today, about 60 colours are available every season — an extension of the brand’s famous «joie de vivre»
Boucheron
In order to pay tribute to LACOSTE’s 80th anniversary, Boucheron created two exclusive brooches inspired by the legendary Crocodile. Boucheron is very famous for its animal-inspired creations. Made out of diamonds and emeralds, these exclusive jewels add up to Boucheron’s famous bestiary, now hosting two new crocodile guests. It also reminds us of a romantic move from tennis champion René Lacoste who gifted his wife a Boucheron brooch.
Christofle
As René Lacoste was married to golf champion Simone Thion de la Chaume, golf represents an essential part of LACOSTE’s DNA. Their daughter — Catherine Lacoste— herself having embraced golf as a career reinforced this special relationship to that sport. Intrigued by these hereditary skills, Christofle drew its inspiration from that unusual family feature and pays tribute to LACOSTE on its 80th anniversary by producing the most exclusive silver golf club for the most exclusive players.
FAUCHON
LACOSTE’s 80th anniversary is the chance for FAUCHON to pay tribute to the crocodile brand using its signature pastry: the éclair. Specially created for this event by the Maison’s pastry chefs, the FAUCHON éclairs for LACOSTE are green, magenta and white and come in four unique gourmet versions. The centres of these éclairs ooze elegant flavours, just like the LACOSTE collections. Food lovers will be able to choose between the truly creamy green tea, almond, vanilla, lemon and strawberry versions. These high fashion éclairs are bedecked with moulded chocolate shells that echo the texture of the famous LACOSTE piqué cotton polo shirts for the monochrome versions and glossy almond paste for the striped version. The legendary crocodile made from marshmallow adds the finishing touch to these creations.
Goyard
For its 80th anniversary, LACOSTE is getting a very special gift from the French luxury trunk maker. In fact, Goyard is treating the Crocodile to an exclusive travel bag. It is indeed a perfect match considering the Crocodile’s universe, tinged with elegant journeys all around the world. This gift is also a tribute to the worldwide and well-established LACOSTE values. Mixing the two Houses’ codes — the Crocodile and stylized chevron-patterned monogram — this bag stands as a flawless illustration of Goyard’s traditional know-how.
Hermès
Hermès pays tribute to LACOSTE’s tennis history with a unique gift conceived as a wink to the Crocodile’s birth. In the 1920s, tennis champion René Lacoste made a bet with his team captain about whether he would win a match he was about to play. The champion was given his nickname after the stakes of that bet — a suitcase made of crocodile skin — and soon started embroidering a crocodile on his legendary polo shirt. 80 years later, Hermès offers LACOSTE a crocodile tennis bag.
S.T. Dupont
For LACOSTE’s 80th anniversary, S.T. Dupont is presenting the iconic crocodile with a very special gift. The purposely mysterious case contains a beautiful lighter, two candles, a notebook and two pens: Elysée and Classique. Both functional and elegant, it’s the ideal kit for any chic sportsman on tennis courts or golf greens, before or after play. LACOSTE’s essential values, elegance and fair-play, also represent the core values of every champion. LACOSTE is deeply rooted in the sport values through its DNA, and with this gift, S.T. Dupont pays homage to that authentic heritage.
Veuve Clicquot
Since its foundation in 1772, the Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin House has remained true to its motto : «Only one quality, the finest». That is a simple way to sum up the essence of the brand. As one of the figureheads of French Champagne, Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin is obviously designated to bring the famous bottle to LACOSTE’s anniversary party. The brand manufactured a special trolley for that matter, paying tribute to the brand’s golf heritage. On the night of the anniversary, the popping cork should echo the noise of a golf ball dropping in the hole on a golf course.Nicknamed «the great lady of Champagne» in 1805 when her husband passed away, the Veuve Clicquot became the first woman to lead a champagne house and one of the first businesswomen of the modern era.

Luxe and Stylish: Emilio Pucci debuts in India

A woman, a lifestyle, a tradition. The house of Emilio Pucci evokes a legacy that blends glamour, nobility and luxury.Conceived by Creative Director Peter Dundas, a powerfully reinvented palazzo inspires the brand’s new boutique in New Delhi, located at the ground floor at the DLF Emporio Mall, in partnership with the local luxury authority Infinite Luxury Brands Private Limited.

Emilio Pucci, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

Tapping renowned French architect Joseph Dirand to articulate his vision, Dundas’ store concept is a play on contrasts: sophisticated yet warm, formal yet fresh. Informed by the classic codes first drawn by the Marquis, the store offers a youthful spin on the brand’s 65-year tradition of glamour and elegance, washing it with a new attitude and allowing the clothes to breathe freely.The new concept borrows from the fragile beauty of Italian palazzos, yet also boldly redraws it. An abstract 3D interpretation of Pucci’s maze-like Torre print from 1966, pattern unexpectedly emerges through graphic slicing. It is also recreated in the two-tone crushed marble Terrazzo flooring inside the store.From brass-trimmed moldings to hidden brass lighting fixtures, the finishing’s are flawless. A palette of creams and soft greys are classically inspired by the Italian stone, Pietra Serena. Gold Art Deco mirrors hint at the opulence within. Sexy, unexpected twists cut into the refinement, adding a modern sharpness throughout and an aubergine coloured carpet and matching velvet daybed grace the privé area in the rear room.

Emilio Pucci, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

Emilio Pucci, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

This store concept represents the beginning of a new era at Emilio Pucci”, says Emilio Pucci President and Chief Executive Officer Alessandra Carra.  “We are taking a 360 degree approach, looking at every aspect of the brand, both from an image and a business point of view.  The evolution began with Peter’s new fashion direction, and then our first ad campaign that debuted in Fall 2012. This has been a starting point for an ambitious development plan which is planned to bring significant growth into our Pucci retail network within the next 12 months, as well as an important expansion of our brand internationally.”

Emilio Pucci Boutique:115 Ground Floor, DLF Emporio
4, Nelson Mandela Road Vasant Kunj, New Delhi 110070
Tel: +91-11- 46940000

Emilio Pucci Headquarters
Tel. +39 055 261841
e-mail: info@pucci.com

Project Seven initiated by Zeba Kohli

To celebrate the Spirit of Entrepreurship, Business Acumen and Creativity, Zeba Kohli of “Fantasie Fine chocolate” presents “Project Seven” A Fashion, Lifestyle & Art extravaganza that brings together individuals who share her penchant for enterprise and design. “Project Seven”, inspired by the Seven Chakras; Shakti, Life, Order, Wisdom, Love, Power, Imagination & Understanding, presents the new season collections by Established as well as Upcoming Designers. Such as James Ferreira, Kavita Durazi, Divya Mohta, Kiran & Meghna, Renu Bothra “YOU”, Misbah Mitha, Shaadir Amri, Ex- Model Svetlana Casper, Nalandda Bhandari and many more to present their Pre-Festive Designs while Sonali Dalwani “Crimzon”,  Neeta Parikh, Payal Kothari and Hersh & Malini Kotecha”Stoffa” will showcase their Footwear & Accessories ; Semi precious jewellery by Ameesha Dalmia”TAD” and Kidswear by Coocoo make this a One Stop Shop for stylish, chic designs.

Gurcharan singh at Project Seven, www.stylecity.in salva rasool--jewellery at Project Seven, www.stylecity.in

An interesting highlight that makes Project Seven is the Art Lounge curated by Bina Aziz, including the finest and extensive collection of paintings, ingenious print work, art inspired jewellery and furniture and functional pieces of art. This art exhibition will feature the works of Senior artists such as Gurcharan Singh, Seema Kohli, Badri Narayan, Bhoomika Dange, Laxma Goud, Nishant Dange, Raj More , Nayanaa Kanodia and many more. Art inspired jewellery by Salva Rasool and Shubha Gokhale and inventive home accessories & furniture designed by Rajendra Chaudhari. The exhibition presents  Limited Edition Giclee prints by Jaideep Mehrotra that are on ph-neutral water-colour paper, boasting quality that is accepted as museum standard around the world. They are individually signed and numbered for exclusivity. After the print-run is over the master images will no longer be used.

India Circus at Project Seven, www.stylecity.in

Jaideep Mehrotra at Project Seven, www.stylecity.in

Indiacircus, the contemporary India inspired designcentric label by Krsna Mehta will shocwcase their vibrant home accessories, wall art and funky diaries, mugs & cases while Houseproud, the lifestyle label by Sanvari & Anjorie Alagh will be displaying their home accesories, kitchen & tableware. Making the shopping experience more worthwhile will be a “Pop Up Shop” by “Fizaa” by Zarine Khan, one of suburban Mumbais most sought after fashion destinations, presenting new collections by their designers for the first time in South Mumbai. Also showcasing for the first time a series of photographs by Salamat Husain, MF Husains grandson (a talented photographer based in Mumbai)

Title: Project Seven
Date: August 6th & 7th
Venue: Sunville Banquets, DR AB Road, Worli, Mumbai
Timings : 11am to 7pm

Lakme Reinvent, a mouse click away!

If you are anything like me, you would have a standard look with make-up, which has not changed in years. As much as I can put together anything on paper or even a set, my own face is a mystery to me; the second I experiment I look like a ghost in photos, or worse a racoon. Hence the only thing that really changes in my look usually is the colour of the eye shadow and thickness of my eye-liner. So, you can imagine just how excited someone like me is with the new Lakme makeover application, where by you can experiment with different looks online before you make a colossal mistake on your face. Available under the ‘Lakmé Reinvent Studio section on the Lakmé website, this first of its kind application is designed to precision giving the users a chance to create a look for themselves using options across all categories including Face, Eyes, Lips, etc. The application also suggests products and shades that will suit a one’s face along with tips for application tips and tricks along with an option of emailing one’s self the list of products used to create the look.

Lakme Re-invent, www.stylecity.in

Well I went on the app where you have the option of selecting a model whose face shape is like your or putting up your own picture, mind you a passport style picture;Straight with hair tied back. As tempted as I was to use a model, I was curious to see me in those looks and also show them to you, even though I should have been drunk before putting up such pictures of me on the web, but oh well! (Mean comments will not be tolerated). The app is fairly simple after you upload your picture, you can choose from the collection of products for your face, moving on to your eyes, lips and even your nails. You can check with the before and after pictures and they even mention how you can apply each product.There is also an option of picking from Lakme featured looks, which of course look way better on Kareena Kapoor, who has been styled to showcase those but some did not look as bad on me either(Again, no mean comments!)

Lakme Re-invent, www.stylecity.inLakme Re-invent, www.stylecity.in

Lakme Re-invent, www.stylecity.in

So let me know what you think, and try the app and send me some of your tried on looks, we can maybe do a collage and send it to Lakme. and then ask them to gift us some products or a styling session!

Trend Alert: 1990’s Metal and Grunge

Fashion to Décor: Trend 1990’s
While the Fashion world in the 1990’s saw a variety of looks from Grunge to Goth to Leather and Punk, the world of Décor also took a huge leap from the era of retro and pop. Suddenly Computers were seen in everyone’s homes, and the colours in focus in décor were blues, greens and whites with metal becoming prominent. There was a lot of emphasis on Futuristic minimal décor and design. And this year Summer 2013 has seen a revival of the 1990’s in both Fashion and Home Décor.

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1. Rose Chair, Edra at Strot
2. Ankle High Boots, Metro Shoes
3. Archibald, Poltrona Frau
4. Mini Girotondo Aperitif Set by King-Kong,
5. Juicy Salif Citrus-Squeezer by Philippe Starck
6. Drowning-Girl–Serigraph, Roy Lichtenstein, Museum of Modern Art NY

Luxe and Stylish: ASMALLWORLD Relaunch

From a business model that was previously based on advertising, the new ASMALLWORLD is shifting to a subscription model. With a peer-recommended and verified user base capped at 250,000 and a bold new set of amenities for its members, ASMALLWORLD will transform into the world’s leading international travel and lifestyle community. From the moment you hit the ground in any city, you’ve got the best insider recommendations, discounts at dozens of stylish boutiques, a free spa treatment, an invitation to a party that night, automatic access to a club – and to top it off you’re staying at a great hotel, at a major discount. ASMALLWORLD will introduce an impressive set of new offerings for its members in India and the world over, transforming from a social network into an international travel and lifestyle club. To fete this special time in the company’s history, CEO Sabine Heller and Chairman Patrick Liotard-Vogt invited over 80 VIP guests from around the world to Taj Marrakech (one of the shoot locations for Sex and the City 2 ), in Morocco over the weekend of May 10 – 12, 2013, for a magical desert adventure.

Photograph:Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com
Photograph:Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com
Photograph: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com
Photograph: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com
Photograph:Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com
Photograph:Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Sabine Heller Credit to Frances Tulk-HartWe at StyleCity Love nothing more than travel, luxury and lifestyle. ASW promotes all that and more, hence we caught up with ASW CEO Sabine Heller and asked her a few questions on her Style Secrets, Luxury Lifestyle and plans for the newly re-launched ASMALLWORLD. So here goes:-
Define Style. What according to you makes a person stylish?
Style to me is very personal. Almost everything I wear is designed by a friend. I have a much more personal relationship with my clothing when I know the person who made it. Confidence is what makes a person stylish. What according to you is the ultimate luxury experience you have had?
That would have to be the time I spent at Ahilya Fort in Central India, my godfather Maharaja Richard Holkar’s ancestral palace which he recently converted into a heritage hotel. With exquisite temples, hidden gardens and ramparts overlooking the sacred Narmada River, you’re lost in time, and able to get a glimpse of what 18th century royal life must have been like.
Your list of ultimate luxury brands and holidays?
Some of my favourite brands include House of Waris, Bungalow 8, Mathew Williamson, Zero + Maria Corjejo, Giambattista Valli, and Saint Laurent. My idea of a luxurious holiday would involve a spa — if one is going to spend a lot of money to stay in a hotel, one might as well really enjoy it, and spend a lot of time there. I love Therme Vals in Switzerland.
What is your take on the future of luxury market in India?
We see immense potential for the luxury market of India. Even as we planned our global relaunch across 100 markets, India has been amongst our top priorities and we plan to grow significantly in numbers from the 10,000 members we used to have here. After all, Indians represent ideal members for ASW, as we are English speaking, international, sophisticated and avid travellers.
What, if any luxury buy do you plan for yourself on person/ your house this year?
I would like to build myself a cottage in my county house.
What was the idea behind forming ASW and what role does it aspire to achieve in its new avatar, especially in India?
ASMALLWORLD first started in 2004. It was founded by a Swedish Count named Erik Wachtmeister, and in many ways had a first mover advantage in social media. For most adults it was their first experience with social media – and for the initial members it was pretty intoxicating to discover a totally different form of communication. That level of excitement was added to by the fact that you had to be invited, and invitations were scarce.When in 2005 Harvey Weinstein became the majority shareholder, he made an assumption that seemed logical at that time. The assumption was predicated on the notion that ad buys are decided on a global level. However, this proved false.  Media buyers buy advertising locally not globally. Since ASW had limited penetration in most markets, the company had to bend over backwards to create complicated customer integrations for each partner. This led to an inefficient non-consumer facing business environment, as all resources were focused on maximizing revenue.Eventually, it became clear there had to be a shift approach. ASW had to build a long-term, long-lasting business strategy – one that was consumer-facing. With that as our core objective, ASW became committed to driving member value at all costs, in the form of experiences, upgrades and perks, which led to our reinvention as the definitive travel and lifestyle club in the spring of 2013, remaking one of the world’s oldest social networks as a subscription service, costing $105/year.By way of an evolving website and recommendation platform, members will ever more become mavens of what they love, sharing with the ASW community their personal city and travel favourites. Meeting members is also about to get a whole lot easier through an ultra smart website that will help connect members with things in common. Membership will also grant access to an expanded events program and exclusive global privileges.A core value that distinguishes ASW is trust, and by moving towards a paid structure, ASW will have a fully verified user base, capped at 250,000 members, which will ensure the integrity of the community in a way that no social network has ever done before. With an increased focus on India, we already have several exciting partners including Bungalow 8, Bombay Electric, Le Mill, Good Earth, TAJ Hotels & Resorts, Frette, Perniapopupshop.com, Shivan & Narresh, Bandit Queen, Design Temple and Pankaj & Nidhi, where members of our prestigious ASW community enjoy exclusive deals. Part Indian myself, having spent part of my childhood in Mumbai and New Delhi, I’m personally very excited to have more and more Indian fashion designers, retailers and hotels as part of ASW’s future as brand partner.

To gain membership to the club;1. You get invited by another member 2. Occasionally our events can be attended by non-members, who can speak to our local ambassadors on site and try and get a membership that way 3. There is an application for membership on our new site. These applications will be reviewed bi-annually. So who is sending me an invite? For more details log on to www.asmallworld.net