Monday, July 12, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Aastha and I recently did a shoo at Attic in Bombay and here are some pictures from it..Photographs by Nikita Sawant.
Look 1--Samidha is wearing a racer back asymmetrical dress by Half Full and Sabbah Sharma's green frill sandals.Taco necklace by Baby Baniya.Earrings of her own from Ecco, Barcelona.
Look 2-- Aastha in a colorful cowl shift dress by HalfFull, Creme wedges by Sabbah Sharma..clutch by HalfFull..
Look 3--Samidha in a shocking yellow Sabbah Sharma creation,black brooch from H&M, shoes her own from Fox Hole-vintage store in Brussels, earring from Ecco, Barcelona and a Half Full black Pom Pom Wallet.
Look 4--Aastha in a stunning grey and blue frill yoke dress by Gaga, shoes her own from Promod..
Look 5 -Aastha is wearing a black tunic from Cotton World, white top from Chemistry and she is carrying tote bag and wearing ballerinas by Sabbah Sharma.
We will be reviewing more such stores in the next few weeks so if you guys have anything on your list --do let us know..more to follow very son!
Attic's address:-Attic, bir sagar 396/20, flat #1, end of 17th road, next to gurudwara, santacruz(w), Bombay.
Friday, July 9, 2010
My post in the Times of India. It talks about my vintage shopping experiences in Barcelona, Prague and Budapest will follow soon, if I am not too lazy.
Indie, second-hand and vintage--those are my wardrobe essentials or should I say preferences considering I am still at a nascent stage of my collection.
All you vintage lovers know that these vintage beauties be it music, art or clothing don't come easy. You need to 'find' them. So, I buckled up and went on my big vintage hunt recently, like I usually do while visiting new places,. This time around in Barcelona and later in Prague and Budapest in an effort to spruce up that vintage wardrobe of mine. I must admit, the Catalan capital is a must visit for every vintage lover--there's something for everyone.
The majority of vintage and indie stores in Barcelona are located in the narrow streets of Riera Baixa and Carrers Tallers in the El Raval district so this makes it easy for tourists scouting those great finds.
Start by getting a great dose of retro bags, belts and dresses from the 70's and 80's accessories at La Vella Maia, Lullaby, Lailo and Polly Maggoo. Most of the second hand stuff is decently priced but the rare vintage pieces can set you back by a quite a bit. I got myself a few bags, a very retro pair of geeky glasses and a vintage printed skirt. If you want some great looking vintage gowns, you should head to Le Swing (pictured above) which has a mix of vintage and second-hand pieces on boutique prices so they are mostly expensive. You will get to dig on some classic antiques here with designer names such as Chanel, Vuitton's original pieces on display here. I noticed some unique headpieces and veils-- vintage kitsch at it's best
Another chain of vintage, second-hand stores in the El Raval area is Holala!Plaza--the store is more like a vintage art gallery. It even boasts of an actual gallery inside the store where exhibitions are
held. Easily the biggest of all the stores I visited in the district--
Holala! has a museum like feel to it. The store also stocks vintage
furniture and has 'vintage' written all over it's walls- quite
For an eclectic mix of retro sunglasses head to Wilde Vintage on El Raval. The Japanese owner of the store is super friendly and will give you details on each of the glasses stocked in the store.You will be able to spot some rare stuff here and can get your hands on models from designer brands ranging from Christian Dior to Gianfranco Ferre along with some great Japanese brands. The prices at the store start from around €70.
And if you want a break from the vintage search, you can drop in for a quick drink in one of the hip bars--mostly crowded by locals in contrast to the touristy La Ramblas, a ten minute walk from the Raval. Better still go vinyl hunting in one of the numerous record stores to satiate your music needs. You may get some very cheap but rare vinyls for just about €5-10 if you have the time and the patience to go through the record bins.
Besides, the Raval district also take a dekko at Carrer de Ferran, Barri Gotic, notably a store called Ecco. This place has a wonderful collection of some artistic accessories by an Argentinian designer Silvia Mariasis. Silvia uses the work of artists such as Theo van Doesburg and Gustav Klimt on earrings, rings (pictured below), bracelets and neck piece.
You will also find a lot of Catalan influence in her work with a collection dedicated to the famous Catalan architect Gaudi.
I will be back with more about vintage stores and my finds very soon. Till then why don't you guys let me know where you go vintage shopping --music, clothes, furniture the Indian way? Share your experiences on
The rains have really been unstoppable in Bombay the last few days..I was caught in the traffic yesterday and managed to reach home in more than 2 hours from one end of the city..Crazy..is the state of affairs in this city..
Anyway, away from the check on the weather, the greenery that comes along with the monsoons is a treat to the eyes..rare spectacle in this city--And I am lucky enough to stay in wide open spaces--kind of rare in Bombay..
I discovered this huge patch of green land next to my house which looked so beautiful after the rains I had to capture it or rather ask my husband to do it for me..
Here are some pictures..I wore Bubble hem skirt with elastic band--New Yorker,Pale pink tunic tucked inside as a top--Benetton, Long Cotton Cardigan--W.E Fashion, Gladiators--H&M, Earrings- Ecco,Barcelona
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
It's been raining pretty much incessantly for the last few days here in Bombay. With rains it's always a mixed feeling I get--that of extreme happiness cause it's cooler and things look so much brighter and nicer but with that comes a sense of irritation what with the traffic snarls, muddy roads et al.
Although, if you're lucky enough to stay indoors, there is nothing like listening to some music, read a book right next to the window and soak in the rains..
Here is how I went out and braved the weather--I absolutely love this vintage butterfly hair clip I got from this store called Bazaar in Barcelona..makes the look so retro!!Hope you guys like it..
Faux denim pants--Zara,Top-Chemistry,Yellow polka dot pumps--Tresmode,Vintage butterfly clip-- Bazaar,Barcelona,Red Striped Scarf--NewYorker,Bag--RetroCity
Friday, July 2, 2010
To to be precise, it was the 10th day of December 2009, and now that I look back it seems like it was just yesterday I was running around looking for that perfect outfit for my big day. In fact I had started preparing as soon as my beau and I made our intentions of tying the knot public and had this big chat with our respective parents. This was back in January 2009- so the whole year was spent looking around, going to every designer possible in both Delhi and Bombay and endless hours dedicated to researching-- and all this just over the weekends as I was working till 3 weeks before my wedding. I guess I was lucky cos I know of friends who worked till a week before theirs:)
Anyway, I finally got the lehenga I had dreamt of at this designer's boutique in Juhu called Shamayel Khan. It is a green and maroon ensemble. It took me some 4 visits in a span of one month to finally zero in on it but it was what I wanted and therefore, it took time like all good things do:)
While my reception sari was from Ensemble in Emporio, Delhi. It was this lovely tomato red net sari with zardosi work on it. I fell in love with it the moment I lay my eyes on it. I loved the retro look which Ambika Pillai gave me--it was just perfect for the outfit.
Other outfits in my wedding trousseau were from Anita Dongre, Nidhi and Pankaj Ahuja and a lot of stuff from Satya Paul. Hope you guys like the outfits and my hopefully, hard work paid off!!