So I am back after a long break riddled with writer’s block, illness in the family and general stress.
Not being the kind to be beaten up by any of these I managed to keep the curiosity in me flamed up and the fire going.
I am impulsive shopper, if I like something and think it’s worth the asking price I usually do not delay picking it up.
I had seen a similar cocktail hat in Paris. When I checked the price it was 85 Euros. I so coveted it but did not think that the price was justified, so with a heavy heart I walked away.
But for the months that followed that agonizing walk out (of the store) I kept hunting for the cocktail hat.
Online was as expensive as the one I had turned my back on.
Recently while shopping for general items in the market with my friend, we stopped at a small store to pick up knick knacks like hair clips etc, and next I know is the lovely hat is staring in my face. Almost pleading me to take it home.
I asked for the price and my jaw almost dropped when I was told it is equivalent to 3 Euros.
I quickly made the purchase as if a further delay would snatch it out of my hands.
Here I am waiting to wear it for the perfect tea party or to a derby but for now just enjoying wearing it.
The Swiss watch industry which has had a rough time since last couple of years with the younger generation opting out on buying other luxury goods other than a luxury watch has to probably do without its annual Basel World Watch Fair the coming year.
The downward trend in the industry began in 2015 and every year there are fewer people visiting Baselworld, Mecca for watch business and admirers alike.
With the launch of Apple’s Smartwatch and other phone companies following suit, the luxury watch industry has been lagging in customer interest.
Watchmakers have started to try strategies.like limiting their production and marketing their timepieces as the works of craftsmen, hiring young celebrities as brand ambassadors, developing smartwatches to combat the waning market in bid to revive the interest
The possibility of Baselworld being held in 2019 now looks like a slim chance with Swatch Group, the fair’s biggest client, with 17 brands deciding not to participate.
Baselworld 2018 was already much smaller than previous years
Following the news of the Swatch groups pullout from the fair comes the resignation of René Kamm CEO for nearly 20 years at the company MCH Group, operator of the Baselworld watch fair.
“The time has come for a change” say René Kamm.
“We don’t need a trade fair. We might do something more creative with other partners that are out there” says Nick Hayek, Swatch Group CEO who is looking for more dynamic ways to connect with partners.
With the upheaval that the Swiss watch industry is facing this comes and a shock to the entire world.
We are hoping though to see the revival in probably a new avatar in another space.
Palladium is one of the most happening places in South Mumbai where the affluent shop for everything from food, clothes, makeup, fashion accessories to watches.
It houses luxury brands like Burberry, Gucci, Paul Smith, Jimmy Choo, Tumi, Bottega Veneta, Hugo Boss, Emporio Armani, Chanel, Paul & Shark, ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA, ETRO, TAG HEUER, ZARA Canali to name a few
So it is but a logical place to burst upon with a boutique for a luxury watch.
Officine Panerai plans to open its third boutique in India in Palladium where it hopes to catch the crowd that is looking for global brands in their own city.
Currently Panerai is present in Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad through multi-store partners and has a Boutique in The Chanakya in New Delhi and The Taj Mahal & Palace Hotel in Mumbai.
According to Milvin George, Managing Director, Panerai Middle East and India the luxury market in India is on a growth path and as more international brands are entering the country Panerai does not want to lose its share of business.
By having another boutique they get to showcase a colossal variety of the watches they look to sell in the Indian Market.
For all the watch enthusiasts this will be definitely a place to look forward to.
If flaunting cool comfortable luxury products is your style, here’s an event you cannot miss.
Mumbai is about to host The Luxury Lifestyle Weekend in March 2018.
The experiential event will be held at Jio Garden, Bandra Kurla Complex from March 9 to March 11, 2018.
Select visitors will be invited to indulge in the experience, curated and tailored to the tastes of the jet setting crowd.
Over 100 plus luxury brands will participate in the 3 day long event.
Showcasing products and experiences from across categories like Art, Automobiles, Aviation, Beauty & Wellness, Décor, Fashion, Jewelry, Real Estate & Asset Advisory, Travel & Hospitality, Yachts, Watches and Wealth Management the event promises to bring the brands and buyers to a common platform.
While some established luxury brands will reinforce loyalty with their esteemed buyers other brands that are yet to foray into the Indian market will use this platform to evaluate and reach out to potential shoppers.
So be there if you aspire to own, or own some of the participating brands.
The event will be open to public and the tickets for the 10th & 11th March will be available to purchase on Book My Show this week.
Here is a link to the event and their facebook page.
We all at some point in our lives we all have wondered how does Santa manage distributing gifts to children around the world in a single night. And we have also hoped secretly to be chosen as one of his helpers.
This year the TAG Heuer Ambassadors are chosen to help Santa do his special task, testing his ability to deliver the gifts on time. Testing not only whether or not will Santa crack under pressure but also the Ambassadors’ training skills, as well as the functionalities of Santa’s Official Watch, the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45.
TAG Heuer is also running an Unboxing Contest on Instagram.
Here’s how you participate.
Simply upload your TAG Heuer watch unboxing photo or video to Instagram with the hashtag #MyTAGHeuerGift from December 24th to January 24th, then validate your photo or video on our website for a chance to win an exceptional TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 Red Edition, the Official Watch of Santa Claus!
Love the nip in the air? The smell of roasted corn, mouth-watering samosas, cups of garam chai, smooth hot chocolate?
Well we are not at our brightest in this season which makes you hit the snooze button more often than you think, and the morning runs suffer.
Make sure that your skin doesn’t. Use simple tricks to keep your glow on even in the driest of weathers.
Facial Care: Your face lights up someone’s world, so let the lights not dim in this drab weather.
Cleanse carefully, avoid washing your face too often and try using cold milk with cotton as one of the cleansing alternative.
Scrub as little as possible with milder scrubs
Do not forget to tone your skin as it tends to secrete more oil in winters to combat dryness.
Moisturize without blocking those pores. Add a bit of extra virgin olive oil to your daily moisturizer / night cream. Applying mustard oil on your face at night helps too (if you can bear the smell)
Masks made from kitchen ingredients like ripe mashed bananas, avocados, buttermilk or cream (malai) with a pinch of turmeric, egg yolk can be quite beneficial to combat dryness.
Pout pretty by scrubbing your lips with olive oil and fine salt to exfoliate. Make your you do not have already chapped lips as this will not only irritate the dry and bruised lips but may also result in redness or bleeding and chances of infection are high.
Apply petroleum jelly , lip balms or simply home-made ghee to keep the smile pain free.
Make up needs an additional base layer of moisturizer to avoid flakiness. Choose mineral or cream based make up depending on your skin type.
Skin Care: The rest of your beautiful body needs attention too. Don’t let the wind blow away your enthusiasm for a stricter regime during this season. Your skin need extra pampering in this season.
There are times when you are tempted to take long hot showers to combat the chill, but this is exactly what you need to avoid. To keep your skin supple tale 5 minutes lukewarm showers.
We feel less thirsty and crave for more teas and coffees and hot chocolates in this season. But remember anything with sugar and caffeine will dry your skin, so drink more water (eat sattu to boost thirstiness).
Eat lots of Citrus fruits, nuts, foods that are rich in protein, vitamin A, B1, and B2. Avoid fried food as much as you can. Give the sweet tooth a break and eat natural sweet dates for energy and to curb the craving. This will also help you keep your weight in check due to over eating.
Make note of winter rashes and try to prevent them by wearing breathable fabrics, moisturizing your skin, using natural, fragrance-free soaps, using broad-spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher.
Avoid rough cracked feet by regularly exfoliating and moisturizing your feet.
Use hand creams regularly to avoid those pretty hands from becoming dry and flaky.
Moisturizing before bedtime is quite beneficial. Stay away from tight jewelry to avoid rashes.
Take care of your elbows because even with the body well moisturized the elbows tend to look white and dry. Moisturize them well.
Hair Care: Let that mane not get matted, avoid bad hair days / nights and stay stylish
Winter tends to make the hair drier and frizzier than normal.
Avoid washing hair too often however tempting it may be, use lukewarm water for hair wash. Do not for get to condition your hair for better results use leave in conditioners during winter.
Beware of the dangers of dandruff which is especially high in winters Don’t forget that those hot oil massages don’t just feel heavenly they nourish your hair from deep within too, go ahead indulge but don’t over indulge as leaving the oil in your hair for longer periods of time can lead to dandruff so can over stripping it by shampooing too often. So, try to maintain a balance.
Rinsing the hair with apple cider vinegar before shampoo helps too.
Style tips: Bring on those jackets and shawls and wear them with panache.
Just make sure you have pre-washed and stored those woolens well. Air them well to remove any storage or damp foul smells.
Treat your woolen garments well and instead of wearing one bulky sweater and then sweat if the temperature changes use multiple layers of clothes with the base layer closest to your body being soft and nonabrasive (to particularly avoid rashes).
Step up your style quotient by wearing your scarves and caps differently.
Sometimes step out with the scarf tied to your handbag belt or use it actually as a belt and later if required use it as a scarf.
Bring out your boots and funk them up with pieces of jewellery over drab black boots.
Don’t freeze to look stylish, you can wear long sleeve blouses, bandh galas, traditional jackets and clothes in thicker material like velvet, brocade, silk, jaquard.
Wear warm leggings under your sarees lehengas. Wear knit blouses.
Wear embroidered jackets over sarees.
Use designer shawls (especially ones with any kind of embroidery work on them) instead of dupattas.
If your head feels cold cover your head the traditional way or simply wear some silk hats with jeweler to raise those eyebrow as well as a few temperatures in the room.
Go ahead enjoy the winters in a wise, wacky way and yes don’t forget to smile, after all everyone needs the warmth of the sun and the smile.
This time when I visited my mother-in-law in Chennai and was helping her arrange her cupboard I was surprised to see that she had very few sarees.
For someone who is an ardent lover of sarees she has a very good collection of some of the best silk sarees and it was a great surprise that she had now a great chunk of them removed from her collection.
Upon asking she told me that the borders of her silk sarees were torn, in some cases the saree itself was tearing. That is how silk is, if kept for a long time it generally starts tearing out on its own.
She seemed distressed that this should happen and was feeling bad that no one could use them in any way. I asked her how would she like it if she could still use them in some way and she replied “I would be delighted”
So here are a few ideas I shared with her. These are specific to silk sarees but if we take other sarees we can do a lot more.
Curtains / Drapes
Handbags / Potlis / Purses / Jholas
Furnishings / Upholstery
Table covers, runners, placemats
Dresses, pavadas (skirts), jackets, blouses (the list is endless here, you can turn it into any imaginable garment)
Frame the Elaborate Pallu or the Borders
Reuse just the borders with other sarees
Scarves / Dupattas / Stoles
Gift Bags / Dressed up Gift Boxes / Jewellery Boxes / Gift Envelopes
Turn the border into a designer belt
Use two or more sarees to make a new patterned saree
File Folder Covers / Diary Covers
Trays / Teapot Covers
Bookmarks (using the borders)
I haven’t posted any pictures here because I would have to take them from the net, I welcome my readers to share pictures if they have tried any of these.
My mother in law loved my ideas and I am about to embark on a creative journey hope you people join me turn my ideas into reality.