Mid-day in Paris with ELLE Fashionwear

ELLE Fashionwear had the brand’s first ever blogger meet in Delhi.The idea was to discuss the nuances of French fashion with the ELLE Fashion design team along with styling tips! You get to choose an outfit from the collecting and then get complimentary hair styling to go with your Parisian look!

Mid-day in Paris with Elle Fashion

Since it is Spring in Paris and my week dedicated to Paris I decided to swing by and see what they had to offer.

Mid-day in Paris with Elle Fashion

Mid-day in Paris with Elle Fashion

The Spring Summer collection is all about an optimistic, liberal and unique persona with designs revolving around six themes relevant to the season.The Botanical theme unveils a journey to the unexplored dimensions of botanical life. Experience pristine beauty with ‘Clarity’; pieces borne from this idea define sophisticated casual wear.The Summer Party has ultra-feminine summer dresses in soothing pastels as well as rich and bright colours aiming to keep your days as chic as your nights.Add a bit of elegant quirkiness with the Give Me Blue inspiration. Watch naïve romance and a hippy free spirit come together to create Nutopia in a delicate interplay between over-exposed colours, heady florals and lace.Feel the warmth of summer with a bright ensemble reflecting the Colour Theory.

 

Mid-day in Paris with Elle Fashion

My take of dressing up for Mid-day in Paris.

Mid-day in Paris with Elle Fashion

Going through a makeover in an outfit suggested by their designer

Mid-day in Paris with Elle FashionMid-day in Paris with Elle Fashion

And the final look, complete with hair and make-up. What do you think?

Focus: Indian Spring

If you have ever visited India, you would have noticed the vast variety of cultures, customs and terrains around the country. You may or may not have noticed that we love celebrations, we celebrate dozens of festivals across India and this is excluding weddings. Upcoming first in March we have Holi which is to celebrate the advent of spring and the end of winters. People throw powdered colour and coloured water on each other. And later in April we have Baisakhi which signifies the New solar year. So here is a colourful welcome to Indian spring and a tribute to the various cultures and customs of India.
Photographs courtesy: Karolina Gembara
Styled by: Aparna Kaistha

Photograph by Karolina GembaraStyled by Aparna Kaistha
Photograph by Karolina Gembara
Styled by Aparna Kaistha

1.Phulkari Dupatta,1469, Rs.5,500 each 2.Antique Mirror, StyleCity Rs.2,800 3.Wooden Pot, 1469, Rs.600 4.Antique wooden Plate, StyleCity, Rs.900 5.Rayna Coasters (for colours), Goodearth Rs.475 each 6. Taxi Horn,1469, Rs.150 7.Lassi Glass,1469, Rs. 625

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1.Pulkari Pank (hand fan), 1469, Rs.1,100 2.Kandhari Cow, Silk Road &Beyond, Rs.3,400*All images are copyrights of StyleCity. Please give due credit if you use them

Spring in my steps

My favourite season in the whole year is finally here- Spring! I think it’s the best weather in the year- I hate when it’s too hot or too cold or too mucky, and even though pre-winter i.e autumn has similar weather, there is just something super optimistic about Spring. It could be that you finally see bare trees coming back to life or the chirping of birds, everything about Spring wants to make me sing and dance. Also I think spring indicates going away of the old and beginning of new, ‘a fresh new start’. So here I gathered ways for you to bring Spring indoors, right up to your living room.

Flower arrangementFlora and Fauna– Nothing spells freshness like flowers, so bring them home and lots of them. The best thing about spring there is no shortage of options; bring in big bunches of flowers like Daisies and roses and display them in vintage bottles, or fill up urns with water and float Gerbera’s and Marigolds. Potted plants are also a great way to bring in the outdoors. If you don’t have a garden or balcony, you can bring in small potted plants on your window sills and can even grow your own fresh herbs like coriander, mustard, fennel and even onions. Fresh fruits also add the feeling of natural energy, display them in rustic baskets for the feeling of a country cottage.
DIY– Add aroma oils like lavender and lemon in small drops on towels and pillow cases.

Let there be light– Yes, I am referring to natural light, nothing adds warmth and room to a space more than light. You can get rid of all the heavy and dark upholstery for lighter options i.e Cotton and sheers in place of silk and velvet. I am referring not only to windows but general upholstery like cushions and bed covers all need a make over.
DIY– if you don’t have sufficient windows, add art work that show cases out-door scenes.

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Touch of nature– Natural fibers and materials like Rattan, wicker and jute are all great ways to create a sense of outdoors in your home. Used innovatively they help create a relaxing environment. For flooring go in for natural options like wood, cork and bamboo in rugs go in for Jute, coir and sisal. One of my favorite options is getting in grass walls. Real grass walls if grown need to be taken off in a month unless you bring in the whole irrigation system, else you always have the option of going in for a faux grass wall.
DIY– make napkin ties with flowers and leaves a perfect way to add nature to your dinner party.

Less is more– Here I am referring to furniture and accessories. The heavy, ornate pieces which are anyway a rare find in apartments now days and are better suited to a bungalow or house, definitely don’t find any place in spring decor. For those who like me have a soft-spot for these, go for the unpolished look or get them painted in white or other bright colours. Instead of changing your sofa, slip-covers in natural material and colours are a great option with lots of bright cushions. Mirrors as I mentioned before if placed well can make a space look roomy and are perfect accessories, along with Parisian screens.
DIY– Chains, beads and even broken bangles make great room dividers.

Style At Home Magazine, Samantha Pynn House, March 12, 2008
Style At Home Magazine, Samantha Pynn House, March 12, 2008

Colours me softly– The fact that soft shades like lavender, peach, mellow yellow, mint green and pastel pink are spring shades is a no-brainer, but add to that the right prints and you have the perfect spring room. Though florals are always in vogue during spring, I feel birds are going to be huge this Spring, not just in print but also in texture, with feathers on accessories.
DIY– Spray paint old accessories in bright colours for a new look.

Cshellsoastal tide– Nothing makes me happier than spending time on a beach. And with spring, that is something I feel closer to achieving. So bring home the beach with shells and river rocks. Fill in large glass jars with different river rocks, arrange baskets and shelves with Sea-shells. Place potted fishtail palms in your house.
DIY-create memory jars by filling glass jars with sand,shells and photos of your vacations.

Focus:Spring is in the air

Finally the cold winters are exiting and I can feel glorious Spring in the year. Unfortunately, it is too short-lived in India; mid March it will be closer to summer than spring, but till then we have a few weeks to enjoy this beautiful weather with amazing picnic and brunches.So get together a hamper of goodies and set off with your partner for a romantic date (Valentine day is just around the corner) or with your friends for a fun day out by the country-side(even a park in your locality or city will do!)

Photograph by-Karolina GembaraStyled by-Aparna Kaistha
Photograph by-Karolina Gembara
Styled by-Aparna Kaistha

From Left to Right
1. Wooden Tray, Goodearth, Rs.362 2.Jars, Pearlpet, Rs.60 each 3.Vintage Bottle, FCML,Price on Request 4.Quilt, Home Stop, Rs.2,099 5.Elan Amphora Love pitcher, Crazy Daisy, Rs.1,050 6.Wicker Basket, Home Stop, Rs.1,099 7.Flowers, Home Stop, Rs.799 8.Cushion, Home Stop, Rs.499 9.Ice Vodka, Local Wine Shop, Rs.750

Photograph by-Karolina GembaraStyled by-Aparna Kaistha
Photograph by-Karolina Gembara
Styled by-Aparna Kaistha

I think cocktails/punches are a perfect addition to any brunch or picnic. Also if you are like me who avoids cooking at any cost they are great lifesavers so it looks like you made effort and did not just get something from the shop. Thanks to IICE Vodka here we have a few refreshing recipes for the perfect brunch cocktails(recipe for one drink so decide quantity according to the amount of people)

MANGO CREAMY BUSTER

Photograph by-Karolina GembaraStyled by-Aparna Kaistha
Photograph by-Karolina Gembara
Styled by-Aparna Kaistha

Ingredients
1. 45ml Vodka
2. 60ml Mango juice
3. 30ml Club Soda
4. 30ml Mango Ice-cream
Preparation
Mix the Vodka, Mango juice and Club Soda in a Tall glass. Garnish with Mango Ice-cream.IICE Splash
Ingredients
1.30ml Green Apple Vodka
2.30ml Coconut Water
3.1 small kiwi or half large kiwi, peeled
4.60ml Apple juice
5.148ml Lemon Syrup
Preparation
Pour the Green Apple vodka,Coconut water, Apple juice and lemon syrup into a cocktail maker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a high ball glass. Garnish with Kiwis.

Trend- Feminine Flair

The heat is rising and as always the spring-summer season brings out the Feminine and Flirty side of every designer. Be it with the pretty pallate like whites and pastels. Or sweet Floral prints or even materials like Satin and Lace, it is all about being pretty and Feminine this season. Here is my pick of Products for the season

 

1.Invitations, Liberty of London 2.Table mirror, Nagina Waters 3.Perfume, Lulu Guiness 4.Doll Chair, Moroso 5.Humming Bird box, Van Cleef & Aprels 6.Eye Mask, La Senza 7.Angel Mug, Pylones 8.Pink Peep toes, Bonprix 9.Milady Pendant, Swarovski 10. Bloom Chandelier,Kartell at Pallate 

Fabric Trail: Sarita Handa’s Latest collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Its spring time and its time to change the upholstery, move away from the heavy fabrics and move in to light airy material. Using natural fabric, inspiration from her travels around the world and Indian embroidery Sarita Handa brings together her latest “luxe” collection for the Spring.

Classic cottons, silks, linens in fashionable colors and sheers in soft muted tones .The array of techniques used in this collection is vast; a mix of Jacquard’s and  embroideries;different textures of hand crafted Aari work, Ikat patterns with a twist. As well as embroidery and beautiful floral patterns  where the play of color brings alive the natural beauty of the design. Sarita Handa’s designs are a rare compilation which will be hard to find elsewhere.

Established in 1992, the company sells to major retailers around the world like Pottery Barn, Macy’s, Zara Home and Bloomingdale. They are now available in New Delhi at Khan Market.

In addition to the bedding and fabrics collection, ‘SARITA HANDA’ has also brought to India a beautiful range of Merino Wool blankets from Brun de Vian-Tiran, who have been manufacturing natural blankets for over 200 years in France.

The bathsection not only has plush Egyptian cotton towels, matching bathmats and bathrobes from Turkey, but also exquisite bath products from the French brand Lothantique’s ‘Amelie & Melanie’, which  ‘SARITA HANDA’ has introduced for the first time in India. The range includes bath oils, soaps and incense sticks formulated using natural elements and ingredients to offer the most enduring fragrances.

Spring Flavours

My earliest memory of Spring is all the picnics and brunch’s I attended with my parents at their friends farmhouses. This of course gave way to my college friends and I planning impromptu trips near Delhi or at someones farm for our own version of ‘picnics’. Well if you call previous night’s left overs from the party we were at or our parents fridge picnic. And of course, there were all our versions of cocktails and alcohol to suffice for the lack of any other arrangement. Moving on from this, once my friends started getting hitched, started the concepts of reception brunch’s, anniversary brunch’s, engagement brunch’s, Birthday brunch’s etc etc. The highlight of these parties besides the beautiful spring weather was the amazing food, music and lovely cocktails. Keeping this trend alive FINLANDIA VODKA FROM THE HOUSE OF BROWN FORMAN brings to us an array of six exotic flavours from refreshing grapefruit  to juicy mangoes to sour lime to sweet cranberry to tangy tangerine and also wild berry.

Here are two cocktail recipes for you to try at that next amazing brunch you are planning in this delightful season.

FINLANDIA COSMO-REDESIGNED

4 cl Finlandia Grapefruit Vodka

3 cl Fresh Pomegranate Juice

1 cl Fresh Lime Juice

1 cl Honey

Glass: Martini, Method: Shake, Garnish: Pink Grapefruit Peel. Pour all ingredients into chilled shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

FINLANDIA SOUR-REDESIGNED

4 cl Finlandia Cranberry

1 cl Simple Syrup

4 cl Grapefruit Juice

1 dash Pink Grapefruit Juice

Glass: On the Rocks, Method: Shake, Garnish: Pink Grapefruit Slice & Cherry. Pour all ingredients into chilled shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass