Shades of India

This story I had styled for Casaviva in October 2011. It takes inspiration from all the bright colours this country is so well known for:-

Photographs- Kartikey Shiva
Styled by- Aparna Kaistha

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Marigold Orange and Rani Pink

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Ochre Yellow and Sindoor Red

Royal Blue and Chilli Green

Beauty Launch: Herbalife SKIN

The Herbalife SKIN line is an all new addition to Herbalife‘s outer nutrition range of products that balances ingredients, botanicals, and extracts with proven science to achieve maximum daily results to ensure beautiful, healthier and younger-looking skin. . Herbalife SKIN consists of 10 unisex products which will be made available in selected markets across India from the middle of October 2014.

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Herbalife SKIN products have been formulated with an optimum blend of Vitamin B3 and antioxidant Vitamins C and E, and Aloe Vera to get softer, smoother, more radiant skin and diminish fine lines and wrinkles. Created to replenish and rejuvenate the skin with fast results, Herbalife SKIN has been clinically proven to produce visible results in just 7 days*.The Herbalife SKIN range is paraben-free, sulfate-free** and dermatologist tested. The Herbalife SKIN line is comprised of 10 new products, which include a Soothing Aloe Cleanser, Polishing Citrus Cleanser, Energizing Herbal Toner, Line Minimizing Serum, Firming Eye Gel, Hydrating Eye Cream, Daily Glow Moisturizer, Replenishing Night Cream, Instant Reveal Berry Scrub and Purifying Mint Clay Mask.Made with fruit extracts, essential oils, plant enzymes, chamomile, and antioxidant vitamins, the SKIN line is unisex and is suitable for all skin types, with the exception of two cleansers: Soothing Aloe Cleanser for normal to dry skin, and Polishing Citrus Cleanser for normal to oily skin.

My personal favourites are the Purifying Mint Clay Mask, Rs. 1208 and Hydrating Eye cream, Rs. 2240 which are both effective and show almost immediate results

* 7 Day Results applicable to Line Minimizing Serum, Replenishing Night Cream, Daily Glow Moisturizer, Hydrating Eye Cream, Polishing Citrus Cleanser & Purifying Mint Clay Mask.
**Applies to Polishing Citrus Cleanser, Soothing Aloe Cleanser, and Instant Reveal Berry Scrub.

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Style Picks: Halloween Inspiration

So as much as it is supposed to be scary, there is something sexy about the creatures of the night. At least in current fan fiction. Here is our picks of the best Halloween products that have inspired designers..

By Isha Marwaha
By Isha Marwaha

1. Moi et la Rose Sofa, Sicis
2. Marie Antoinette chandelier, Bisazza
3. Magic Mo, Swarovski
4. Alexander Mcqueen Fall collection
5. Skeleton Watch, Corum
6. Spider Lantern, www.Spirithalloween.com
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. Skull Candle Holder, http://www.spirithalloween.com
8. Halloween Goblet, Walmart
9. Black Pumps, Christian Louboutin
10. Mask by Diane von Furstenberg for Elephant family
11. Social Butterfly mask, Laila Singh
12. Maleficent Lipstick, MAC
13. Hypnotic Poison, Dior

Store Watch: Room Therapy, Hyderabad

The narrative is colourful with distinct Indian and globally influenced echoes. This is exactly the story that Sona Reddy’s store – Room Therapy tells. A step in and the stunning décor will surely have you drooling. Nestled in Hyderabad’s prime area of Jubilee Hills, the store stretches to an area of 3000 sq ft.”When I first designed the store, the first few things that came to my mind was to make it connect with the senses- a space that smells good, feels good and overall a visual feast to the eye” – Sona Reddy

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The store designed by Sona herself has interiors that project subtle yet interesting look. East meets west with interesting feature walls, high ceilings, iron Corinthian pillars and industrial chandeliers, lights and accessories – all are customized by her. A quick glance and you will notice numerous feature walls – each done with distinctive elements that create a statement in itself. One of the walls – almost 12ft high, adorns old drawers as shelves with varied décor products on display. The main chandelier at the entrance is made of mesh and 300 bulbs- not only is it striking, it emulates what Room Therapy is all about. Another interesting thing is that she has documented the construction and the interiors with time lapse. So the whole process has been recorded!

Room Therapy, Hyderabad, www.stylecity.in

Room Therapy, Hyderabad, www.stylecity.in

With constant new additions, Room Therapy offers a product range that can instantly add character and personality to every room in your home. Crafted to suit distinctive needs, the store has decorative accents to flaunt across varied categories. There are a variety of wall décor pieces, candle holders, figurines, art, functional décor, vases, plants and garden accessories, which can blend well with any décor style. For the floor, you will find rugs that are available in varied styles and designs – contemporary, weaves and traditional. Amidst the furniture category, are chairs, consoles, coffee-tables and chests that can give a classic touch to a space, while keeping it subtle. All these products are mainly designed and manufactured in various parts of the country along with selected destinations abroad.

Style Picks: Trunks

by Isha Marwaha

It has been noticed that trunks are used as furniture pieces in interiors. People are considering them to be the latest fashion in town for the interior industry. The Trunks are seen to be the latest trend all around the world and now it is in our country.They vary in different fusion of vintage materials like leather, metal and canvas accessories. Here are some pictures featuring TRUNKS from the stores around here..

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NAPPA DORI

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LOUIS VUITTON

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APARTMENT 9

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THREE SIXTY DEGREES LIFESTYLE STORE

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PORTSIDE CAFE

Store Watch:The Delhi Design Store

The Delhi Design store immediately transports you beyond the city spaces into a tranquil urban hub that brings alive eclectic and contemporary design. Walk into this delightful space, artistically conceived on the Chattarpur Sau Foot Road, to soak in an ambience unlike any other in the city. The brainchild and creative vision of reputed Interior Designer, Monica Khanna, The Delhi Design store has been conceptualized to offer limited edition furniture and accessories that bring eternal style and classic design at one destination.

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You walk past a life size spectacular Ganesha statue mounted on an impressive heavy black stone. The studio has a stamp of individuality with a pastiche of textures. The flooring has been custom made using natural hard wood, complementing cement and red wood options. Rustic plastered walls finished in pure white, windows with old styled grills, and red stone roofs with wood and metal beams present an ambience of pleasant ‘fusion’ with understated clean pure lines.

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Delhi Design store, www.stylecity.in

Spread over two levels across a space of 1600 square feet, each room presents a varied and charming range of artefacts. The studio gives a definite sense of spaces within spaces. Monica Khanna puts to good use her innate expertise and commendable experience with prestigious projects which range from designing the interiors of the Palace on Wheels (Rajasthan) and the Royal Orient of Gujarat, which make her the only designer in the country to design two luxury trains. She is a consultant to various luxury hotels and resorts, farm houses, and houses for expats and celebrities. The Delhi Design Store, thus, is not just a curated destination for limited edition interiors, home accessories and home furnishings but also offers complete turnkey solutions advice.

Address: The Delhi Design Store, D40/792, Sau Phoota Road,
Chattarpur Hills, Chattarpur, New Delhi.
Phone: +91 9717126488

Store Watch: Beyond Design, New Delhi

Beyond Designs, a Delhi-based luxury home-furniture & lifestyle brand launches a New Show Home in South Delhi. The new space has been designed by Founder Sachin Gupta and wife Neha Gupta. The 1400 square-feet space showcases a series of carefully curated vignettes, all meant to mimic elegant living settings.

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The alluring ambience of the new space has been created with much sensitivity, professionally lit and artfully accessorized. The mood of the collection appeals to the tactile senses of assumed clientele. A customer can experience better furniture in a truly comprehensive setting. The Show Home is a unique walk through concept showcasing a formal living room, dining room, bar lounge, bedroom and a bathroom.

Beyond Design, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in Beyond Design, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

The display experiments with shapes, forms and surfaces to bring to life varied influences: art deco, graphic futurism, lyrical decadence. The collection comprises of Lush sofas, luxurious in texture and experimental in shapes to the finest art elements, a dining area & bedroom set-up. Sheek ambience synonymous with live-in apartment look has been the notion while creating the space.

Address: D-18, Lower Ground Floor Defence Colony, New Delhi

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

House of Tales presents a shopping bonanza

If you are thinking of interesting Diwali gifts to buy this weekend, you need to stop by at the House of Tales, Mumbai’s first cross-disciplinary event gallery which is hosting a two day pop up store with The Home Label styled by Susanne Roshan. Scheduled on 5th October & 6th October, 2013, this shopping extravaganza will have a home décor collection hand-picked for the festive season.

His and Hers Bottle, House of Tale and The home label pop-up shop Turquoise Laundry Basket, The house of Tales and The home label pop up shop

Located at the heart of Mumbai, Kala Ghoda, House of Tales is a contemporary space and is the ultimate hub for the finest events in the city. The minimalistic look of the gallery provides a platform to host versatile events from shopping to art, restaurants to workshops. One can integrate the ambience and décor suitable to the event with the intimate space of the gallery. The collection handpicked by the Creative Director of The Home Label, Susanne Roshan, will be displayed to spruce up your place for Diwali. The collection includes impeccable designs of lamps, display art, candle stands, flower vases, lanterns and much more. Check out the Distressed Bird Cage Lanterns which can be hung or set on the coffee table and the glass hanging jars to store your knick-knacks. You can also get metal laundry baskets in bright colors like turquoise which are not only decorative but also functional. So if you are in Mumbai this weekend, you know where to go for a shopping bonanza.
Date: 5th – 6th October, 2013
Time: 11 am – 7:30 pm
Venue: House of Tales, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai
Contact: 022-22041475/www.houseoftales.org

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.