Art Deco at the Oval

I snoozed the alarm at least three times and the urge to lie in and laze on a Sunday morning when the entire household was sleeping was a temptation that was pulling me deep into the covers.

But then I remembered how I had missed this walk the week before and maybe the opportunity would never present itself again.

So I threw back those covers and pulled open the curtains to let the sun shine on my face.

I reached the decided starting point of the walk and when I reached the end of it and hour and half later I was so much more enriched in my knowledge about architecture and was visually fortified.

Sharing with you the pictures taken between me and Rachna Shetty  another enthusiast (and a better photographer and the only one with a camera)

If these picture astound you and make you wonder how did you miss such a great wealth of architectural prodigiousness, I suggest you get in touch with the organisation that made it possible for me to re-look at the structures that I would normally pass without being awed by their past and importance.

http://www.artdecomumbai.com/

 

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The beautiful Ivorine – french and classy

 

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The windows that make you think of beautiful dressing tables

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Oval View – a name so apt

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Making the most of being a corner prime real estate – Shiv Shanti Bhuvan

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Belvedere Court and a fountain frozen in concrete grill work

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The most photographed building on the walk

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Do not miss the vertical frozen fountain that also lights up the stairway naturally 

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A crown – we were still shking off the Raj Era and were still mesmerised

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Another colorful diagonal vertical panel that brought in natural light 

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No this is not Goa – this is in Mumbai opposite the Oval Maidan, the very tropical Rajjab Mahal

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A ship has just entered the harbor, this majestic Empress Court definitely courts attention

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View of the courthouse captured aptly in the name but do not miss the recurring frozen fountain

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The Era of elegant social evenings probably shut doors when Eros shut its doors but one cannot but stop and stare and wonder about its glorious past

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Mastani

The name is a descriptive of a free powerful & independent woman.

The legend Mastani was skilled in archery, knowledge, niyati ( strategy) and was a beauty.

A rare combination of womanhood she was celebrated in the history during the times of war and peace. A leader in her own and an inspiration to her clan. She defined beauty, style, motherhood and played many roles with grace and poise!

This is what defines Mastani – a jewelry brand inspired by the classical designs across the country and a blend of modern and ethnic jewelry for the women of today.

Her roles, skills and commitments have come a long way changed in many ways yet she loves to wear her jewelry – graceful outfits and even today she celebrates her uniqueness.

Mastani brings to you customized jewelry in bright and pastel fusion colors.

It does not limit you to a specific outfit.

The concept is Fusion – it changes hues with your ever-changing roles of womanhood.

Whether you are the coy docile nymph or the fiery passionate siren, the jewelry personifies your various moods, stances taking into perception the nuances and the flutter of the lashes that are embodiment of the very unique YOU.

Go ahead explore the collection and if you want to get yourself something ethereal check out the Mastani Facebook Page :

https://www.facebook.com/groups/180319818987465/?ref=br_rs

 

 

Flowers in her hair

Try these for a nice flowery hairdo.

You can use fresh flowers or artificial one depending on availability.

 

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Aspar

I am a big big fan of lip balms, they keep your lips smooth and soft and help a lot if you are applying matte lipsticks.

If you get your favorite flavour while keeping your lips hydrated then it’s a double bonus.

You will love the tangy taste of this lip balm, for me it is an absolute must in my purse.

Besides doing what it does best it also leaves a wonderful taste.

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Clarins UV PLUS UV+ SPF50 neutral

I love the milky UV PLUS UV+ SPF50 neutral.

It blends so easily into the skin not only protecting the skin against harmful UV rays but also from the free radicals and pollution and dust as you battle city life and commute.

It’s oil free texture is super absorbing and leaves your skin feeling soft and satiny with a nice glow. Apply post your daily skincare regime and before applying make-up.

Great for highly tropical Asian Countries.

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INGREDIENTS (refer to http://int.clarins.com/en/uv–spf50-neutral/C010410024.html?start=1)

Organic Alpine sanicle extract exclusive to Clarins: strengthens the skin’s anti-oxidant system supplying a first line of defence at the surface.

Cantaloupe melon extract: rich in anti-oxidants, it protects the cells from oxidative stress due to UV rays and pollution.

Organic blackcurrant extract: helps to prevent the appearance of redness and tightness caused by pollution and UV rays.

Hyaluronic acid: protects the skin against dehydration linked to depletion of the hydrolipidic film.

Clarins anti-pollution complex: helps protect the skin from the damaging effects of pollution.

Soultree Colour Kohl

At last the package arrived and I was ecstatic to find my supply of colored kohl / kajal neatly packed.

Imagine coloring your eyes:

Moss Velvet, Grey Glow, Nectarine Glow, 24 Carat (Gold)

Mood Indigo, True Blue, Fern Green, Copper Tint, Purple Haze

Robusta Brown, Pure Black, Rich loam (brown)

We Indians love kohled eyes and they are soon becoming and international craze. So why stick to plain black?

Especially when you have home brands like Soul Tree which  use natural ingredients like almond oil, castor oil, cocoa butter, honey, wax, carnauba wax, candelilla, butter ghee, natural vitamin E and mineral pigments.

The brand is well priced and widely available. The BDIH certification makes totally dependable.

The only drawback I see here is it is not smudge proof otherwise it is in my opinion a really great, safe product.

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The Lipstick Index

Colour me red, wine, toffee, orange, mauve. Make my lips luscious.

No matter what the economists have to say a good lipstick is a must

Bags will come and turn into messengers, totes and slings

My lips with forever have colour flings

Watches will slide away with time

Jewellery may be vintage or junk or bling

A selfie will definitely highlight

My pretty pout, kohl eyes

Be it a flowery day dress or a cocktail gown

Hairstyle can be wild or an upscale chignon

My lips have to be the perfect shade

I cannot always find it in me

To burn cash for a clothing that’s just a fad

But makeup will never go away

It will never make me look fat

Give me the lotions, potions, creams and eye-shadows

Without them I am a total nerd

Cosmetics into a woman shoe, concept for fashion and shopping.