Monday, June 30, 2008

Think Pink when its all Grey outside!

It's Monsoon time and the grey sky is really giving me the blues. So I decided to get some pink love in my life. And once I was done, I got this really strong urge to go shopping. Thankfully, it's pouring outside, so I can't possibly step out. That Pick Donut is really tempting, though.

Just looking at this set makes me feel better. I love the bag. It's big enough to fit my world. And the shoes, my favorite kind; flat. The pink iphone is sky high on my wish-list. It's lovely!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Tattoo Artist Al...

As a part of the gypsy theme, we had Al, the tattoo artist, over at the office. He had the coolest looking hairstyle, and the most wonderfully colorful toolkit. He had some really funky patterns, that the office people happily lapped up. He uses an organic henna mixture in his temporary tattoo mix, and as far as I know, there were no allergic reactions noted. He even asked us all if we had something specific in mind and then he would draw it for us. Happiness! The guy is very good at his work. He owns a tattoo salon in Bandra. In fact, the colorful mural that we all loved so much was done by him for the office. Just how cool is this guy? In the couple of hours that he was there, Al finished some twenty temporary tattoos. Lightening fast. I have never been able to gather the courage to get a permanent tattoo, but I got a temp one, a tiny devil. Loved it! Here are some pictures of the man in action and some lovely tattoos he did for my colleagues.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Tagged... Vain is it!!!

The lovely Vain and Vapid tagged me, and this happens to be my first tag on blogger. So Yay!

This is the tag…

"List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now, shaping your spring. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they're listening to."

My current seven are:
1. Sold My Luck, by Irya Gmeyner
2. Bloodsport, by New Model Army
3. Gone Daddy Gone, by Gary Jules
4. The One I Adore, by Jenna Andrews

5. If I had Eyes, by Jack Johnson

6. Yeh Tera Hona, Movie Soundtrack, Jab We Met

7. Dekho Toh Aasmaan, Movie Soundtrack, Jahaan Tum le Chalo

Jenna Andrews’ The One I Adore is clearly a favorite from my list because I did my first podcast on ideajugglers to her music. The piece I recorded, “Love Just Is…” is a treasured piece of writing because it was written for the Valentine’s Day Writing Contest last year. I won.

The last two are songs from two really good Indian movies, both love stories. One is a really old film, but that song is an all time favorite. I love the quirky story behind Gary’s song Gone Daddy Gone.

Wikipedia: His song "Gone Daddy" is based upon his family and himself relocating to North Carolina. When living in L.A. a neighbor was gunned down at night. While the police were investigating the shooting, Gary approached one of the officers and explained that his child was trying to take a nap. Gary asked if the officer knew when they would be finished. The officer told Gary he did not know, but he could always leave L.A. So, Gary did.

I would like to tag the following lovely people.
1. Tea drinking English Rose
2. Into The Fray
3. Samsara
4. Such is Life In the Tropics
5. Clothes Horse
6. It’s Her Factory
7. The A to Z of Style

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Hippie Party Sneak Peek

Remember the hippie theme party I had in my office last Friday? I finally got around to uploading some pix. Will do an elaborate post later in the day. For now, a preview of the decorations. Picture one is of a wall-paper, hand-made decoration, done especially for the Friday theme. The second picture is of the glow-lamps in the pantry. I love this picture for the vibrant colors.

In fact, I love it so much that I just might make it an element in the new blog look (wink, wink). Yup, am looking at redecorating the blog, getting a few new features, interviewing some blogdom celebs, posting loads more pictures. So, currently the list of stuff I am busy procrastinating is mighty long.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Shoes Make My Life - Shoe Art

I got this forwarded email some time back that claimed to show, allegedly, Japanese women’s shoes. Most uncomfortable, as you can see. The problem is, these are no Japanese shoes, they are “fetish shoes”. Whatever little credibility the email forward would have expected was instantly lost when it claimed “foot binding” as a Japanese practice.

It seems that there are enough in the world obsessed with shoes. Take me, for instance. When I was growing up in Agra, my father was a legal advisor to a number of shoes designing and manufacturing units. So there was never a dearth of the most fashionable heels in the house. Even now, my heart beats for shoes, all kinds of shoes. So you can understand my excitement when it comes to the topic of shoes art. Not always wearable, it has many forms. Some artists use shoes as 3D canvases, creating art around them. One such artist is London based Jethro Haynes, who creates, among other things, sculptures from sneakers.

Jethro Haynes' Shoe Art

A lasting image in my head is of Elsa Schiaparelli’s Monkey Fur Shoes. Intriguingly grotesque, they reflect her quirky style, and yes, I would never, ever wear them!

Elsa Schiaparelli’s Shoes

When it comes to wearability, nothing beats the designs and colors of I love their Marge sneakers.

Marge sneakers from

But no one mixes quirky and wearable like maverick designer Manish Arora. He has created women’s shoe collection 'Fish Fry' for Reebok India. The collection has 12 designs made of stylist leather, suede and specialized fabric suitable to match with designer clothes for special occasion.

Manish Arora's stylish designs for Reebok

For a stylish foot forward, I love the designs of Toronto-based graffitist Matthieu Missaen. He handcrafts his shoes under the label Ndeur. His line includes soaring pumps and high-tops and are fashioned using a canvas of vintage leather footwear, on which he doodles street-art-inspired scenes with oil-based paints.

Matthieu Missaen helps women put a stylish foot forward

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Hippie, Hippie, Hurray!!!

I guess the Hippie fever is catching on! My office has a theme-Friday every week, and today the theme is Hippie! Everyone is supposed to dress like one. And we also have a barbecue and flea market arranged in the evening. Talk about mixing pleasure with work. Am posting the Fashion Friday invitation from HR right now. Will post the pictures over the weekend.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Spreading the cheer!

It's June, and forget the birthday week, even the birthday month is gone! But since my camera is finally functional, I can share some of the pictures after all this time. But first of all, I want to post the pictures of some of the beautiful flowers I received from friends and family. The advantages of being old are many. People around you know your preferences by now. So they know that I love roses, carnations and African daisies. And I got these in plenty. The living room looked all bright and pretty for the few days after my birthday. In fact, I have always loved fresh flowers. They bring that extra something to your living space. And go rather well with my love for all things colorful.

I remember once receiving some really pretty flowers from my husband, who was then my boyfriend. Since he had sent them to my office, my boss teased me saying that the flowers will stop once we get married. Well, they haven't!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Thinking Pink Is In!

A friend was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. While she is and has always been a strong person, this news came as a blow to her family and friends. She is currently going through a “Why Me” stage. Well, I don’t know if there is an answer to that burning question. Scientists are studying breast cancer to find out more about its causes, constantly looking for better ways to prevent, find, and treat it. But it continues to plague women across the world. Each year, more than 211,000 American women learn they have this disease.

Traumatic as the illness is, the fact remains that it is curable if detected early. And the only way to ensure that is regular self examination. Meanwhile, if there is a dear one who has been diagnosed, the best we can do is to stand by them, and show our support.

6th June is a big day for my friend. She has her surgery on this day. Please keep her in your thoughts. Meanwhile, there are ways to show your support to the cause. There are several products available on different sites on the internet where you can buy products whose proceeds to breast cancer aid. The fashion fraternity too has done its bit for this pertinent cause. My humble request to all friends and readers is to spread awareness and to support the cause of the women who have to go through this pain. Think Pink, ladies. Let’s fight breast cancer in whatever small way we can. For there is no way of telling where it will hit next.

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