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From hand-painted sneakers to Bollywood poster art, we scout out the best of Mumbai’s fashion and shopping scene.

bpb Recommends: Neelibhringadi Hair Oil
Thursday, 28 August 2014 13:41


What: Arya Vaidya Shala Kottakkal Neelibhringadi Keratailam hair oil, Rs 142 for a 200 ml bottle, see here for centres in Mumbai.

Why: Bad hair day (f)oiling your plans? Try this long time bpb staffer secret - Neelibhringadi hair oil. It doesn't smell like roses, but its effects are sweet. Works against hair fall, premature greying and leads to long, lustrous locks. A little birdie told us that designer Sabyasachi Mukerji uses it as well. Chic leak!

When: For spring, summer, fall-icle, winter.

 
Shop: 5 Ice Buckets To Buy
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 11:16

 


Of all the ice bucket challenges floating around on the Internet, our favourite is the one with actor Patrick Stewart, who writes a cheque and then uses the ice bucket the way it’s supposed to be used – to add cubes to his single malt. Whether you plan to make a splash or make a drink, we’ve rounded up fun five ice buckets to buy.

Pagoda Ice Bucket from Le Mill

This sleek black ice bucket can be carried with one hand and is currenly at half off! Works as an ice bucket and to carry a bottle.

Available on lemillindia.com, Rs 2,090.

LED Ice Bucket from Wasted Fish

Perfect for parties, power cuts, or when you’re home drinking and missing the ambient light at The Ghetto.

At shop no 7, ground floor, Banarasi Apts, 30th Road, next to Toto’s Garage Pub, Bandra (W).

ID Ice Bucket from Tappu Ki Dukaan

This chrome brass and stainless steel bucket is pricey, but also elegant with a figure of a mean leaning over, as though looking for ice.

Available on tappukidukaan.com, Rs 5758.

Mandalay Wine Bowl Bucket from Good Earth

Almost identical to the ice bucket Lady Gaga used for her challenge, this silver wine bucket is broad enough to ensure you get soaked.

Available at Goodearth.in, Rs 14,500.

Beer Chiller Bucket from Happily Unmarried

Available in red and yellow, and more a tub less a bucket, this one will be great company at a house party.

Available on happilyunmarried.com, Rs 750.

 
What To Buy At #LFW2014
Friday, 22 August 2014 15:11


What: What to buy at Lakme Fashion Week 2014, at The Source, Palladium Hotel, Lower Parel, starts at Rs 3,000.

Why: After the Anavila show yesterday, we whirled around Fashion Week’s The Source to find a few things that you should keep your eye out for – an adorable chair shaped brooch from Mrinalini Chandra; embroidered and tie-dye brogues and ankle boots in fun colours by Kasha; chunky palmlets by Outhouse and a beige floral skirt by Dhruv Kapoor that could be mistaken for a garden. Also lurk around the S&M-esque Asa Kazingmei booth. We will return to check out Anavila and Raw Mango, which weren’t set up yet.

When: On until Aug 25.

 
Sponsored- The Asus Zenfone: Put A (T)ring On It!
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 20:17



***This post is sponsored by Asus***

When was the last time you upgraded your joy? Happiness 2.0 comes in the form of ergonomic design and seamless curves with the Asus Zenfone 4, 5 and 6, winner of the Red Dot Design Award in 2014.  Here’s why we’re excited about it:

Perfect For ButterFingers

With Gorilla Glass 3 – four times stronger than Soda Lime Glass – this phone is best suited for you, butter fingers. It’s also about 30% more finger print resistant and works to the touch of gloves as well. Perfect for your next ski trip!

Read Mode & Audio Wizard

The Zenfone has many redeeming qualities, but the Read Mode is our favorite. Compulsive users of the Kindle app, we love the fact that the Zenfone has a read mode that makes the screen less bright and more comfortable for your eyes.

Ears, there are treats for you too. The Audio Wizard offers surround sound that makes movies and music as much a collective experience, as a personal one.

18 Camera Modes

Your next vacation and vanity album will love the fact that the phone has 18 camera modes, including low light mode for photo and video; one that fixes your face flaws (not that you need it); Image Stabiliser to cut out the blurs; depth of field and of course, a special selfie mode. There are also nine special effect filters to transform your photos. Say cheese, already!

Faster Downloads

Geeks will be glad to know that the Asus Zenphone has better real world performance than most 4 or 8 Core CPUs. It comes with 64 Bit memory, high speed downloading ability and gives remote access to your PC from your phone!

Like it? Put a (t)ring on it!

Getting there: Buy the Asus Zenfone here, Rs 16,999 for Zenfone 6, Rs 13,990 for Zenfone 5(16 GB), Rs 10,000 for Zenfone 5(8 GB), Rs 5,999 for Zenfone 4

 
Product Pick: En Inde's Hausa Necklace
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 10:52


We at bpb has been collecting En Inde’s seriously drool- worthy necklaces for years now, hoarding thick ropes of cobalt blue and pendants shaped like fish bones; shells and silk tassel and ivory stilettos, glossy beads and neon ribbons strung together into jewelry that’s intricate and original like this black steel and leather Hausa necklace which we wear almost every day of the month. A look at their Instagram account and we’re eyeing this wicked new addition to the Hausa line of necklaces and these lovely matt gold spiked rings. Get necked up!

Getting There: Hausa necklaces by En Inde, available at En Inde, 125/126, First Floor, Meher Chand Market, call 49050832 and Second Floor Studio, 417, Shahpur Jat, Near Dada Jungi House, call 41420324, will ship to Mumbai, view En Inde’s Facebook page here. Rs. 13,000 for a Hausa necklace.


 
Morphe: Dresses for Guppies and Brides
Monday, 04 August 2014 11:00


 

For a couple of weeks now, we’ve been looking forward to getting a dress in the mail, anticipating all the places we would wear it to: brunch on the beach; a night out in Capri; the recent bpb bar night for Guppy by Ai, where we wanted to look a bit fishy. It would be perfect for all of these occasions, a little dress pieced together by shimmery blue-green waves, cool and hot and fun all at the same time.

Those of you familiar with the fashion magazines know which one we mean, the much-featured recent collection by Morphe, which also includes shirts and skirts, all for a pretty penny.

Green Eggs and Hems

We’ve been fans of the label ever since designer Shenali Sema took over from Amit Aggarwal, and so we stopped by to have breakfast (and do some shopping) with her and her team at their Okhla studio last week.

What we discovered: the upcoming collection is just as good as the current one, evolving the waves from delicate hues and translucent fabrics into a darker, stormier sea. Black and burgundy and navy, these pieces are cut from thick, rich fabrics and embroidered with dori work, perfect for a rainy night in Mumbai or a fall morning in New York. They will be rolled out soon, in stores carrying Morphe as well as the label’s online store, set to launch next month.

According to Shenali, an NID and Central St Martins graduate, the inspiration for the wave motif was the work of Japanese artist Katsushika Hokushai; she speaks fluently of other points of inspiration, from French label Celine to the wardrobe of “it” girl Alexa Chung, all of which manifest in her very international clothes.

Wedding Wows

A little Facebook stalking and we discovered that Shenali has a flair for designing wedding dresses too: she worked on one for her sister-in-law, a vintage-y white dress cut from cotton yarn with lots of floral elements, dreamy without being ridiculous. When pressed, Shenali admitted that Morphe would be open to working on custom wedding dresses, so to-be-brides, take note.

As for us, we’re still watching for that dress in the mail.

Getting There: Morphe, E49/7, Okhla Phase II, New Delhi.

 
Splurge: Handmade Beauty Products
Friday, 01 August 2014 16:53


What: Splurge, handcrafted, natural beauty products, see their website here, Rs 280 for a 30 gms pack of Almond Oatmeal scrub.

Why: People, get your lather figures at Splurge a local label that does handmade products. Sure, the website with its jarring baroque print will remind you of a bad tapestry store, but we saw the products at a recent exhibit and thought they were worth trying. The range includes soap bars, lip and body butters, face masks, eye make up remover, under eye cream and more.

When: Now for soap and glory!

 
Raw Mango's New Collection: Shaher
Friday, 25 July 2014 11:10


What: Preview of Raw Mango’s new collection of saris, “Shaher” at Ensemble , Great Western Building, 130/132 Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, prices start at Rs 5,000.

Why: Borderline personalities, head to Ensemble this weekend for a preview of Raw Mango’s new fleet of pleats titled Shaher. We love the metallic and silk threads used in the traditional Mashru weaving techniques in rich greys, blacks and silver. We(ave) the people!

When: Now until July 31.

 
Jodi: Fashion Label by Ex-Elle Stylists
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 11:27


How do you do India on a dress without auto rickshaws and cows and generic desi block prints?

You draw fat Cherrapunji rain clouds that have begun to burst; you do geometric prints held together by Kutch embroidered patches; you work with block printers in Vishakhapatnam to make a fun pineapple print that can be the prize of the fruit bowl anywhere in the world.

Say Namaste to Jodi, a fun new women’s clothing label and lifestyle brand created by ex- Elle India magazine colleagues and stylists Karuna Laungani and Gauri Verma, that launches on Indiacircus.com on July 25.

Cut From The Same Cloth

“We’re greatly influenced by brands like Free People and Anthropologie, who get a lot of their work done from India”, says Gauri, who wanted to take something that was local and traditional, and turn it into a globally recognizable piece. This involved development in Pune and Vishakhapatnam, production in Ahmedabad and Mumbai, making Jodi what they call a “geographically secular” brand.

Go through their look book or their interesting Instagram account (@thejodilife) and you’ll find Karuna and Gauri’s collective love for craft turn into cotton crop tops and shirts with mirror work patches that are traditionally seen on women in Gujarat; an adorable fish printed shirt with turn up sleeves; a couple of geometric block print shorts; a pretty hand-blocked floral skirt with denim waist band; and a bomber jacker with neat vintage elbow patches, among other pieces.  We love that Jodi’s clothes are a mix of cute non-clichéd Indian motifs and contemporary silhouettes, with a price point that’s at par or even slightly cheaper than Zara.

Grab A Pair

Launching this Friday, July 25, with a limited number of pieces from their collection, the brand will introduce new designs every month. “While designing this line, we put together a mood board of things we love and felt inspired by- prints and graphic patterns were obviously a big part of it,” says Gauri.

While the channel to sell Jodi in larger cities is primarily an online one, Gauri and Karuna are planning to use physical retail spaces in Pune and Ahmedabad and slowly branch out into home décor as well.

At the end of their look book, against mustachioed dogs and rainbow fish, Karuna and Gauri end with “we hope to add much colour and wonder into your world.” Let the season begin with those pineapples then.

Getting there: Jodi launches on Indiacircus.com on July 25, prices start at Rs 1,099. See their Facebook page here, Instagram feed here.


 
Pack On Your Face: Purearth
Friday, 18 July 2014 15:14


What: Wild Rose & Seabuck Face Cream from Purearth, currently available at Four Seasons Hotel, Worli, see their website here and order online, Rs 5,000 for a 50 ml bottle.

Why: Get kissed by a rose with Purearth’s Ayurvedic Wild Rose and Seabuck Face Cream. Made by hand in small batches, each product is put together by Himalayan women, is sans any chemicals and in aid of free trade. Other products in the range include exfoliating face sands, fruit oils, body polishes and more. Newly launched in India, the international brand is now available online and at The Four Seasons Hotel, and will soon be on fashion store Le Mill’s shelves too.

When: You want to glow and behold!

 
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