Sunday, December 25, 2011

Bandagi Launch and a New Year Giveaway!


This Saturday was one of the most significant days in my life. I launched my own line of accessories. The brand is called BANDAGI – Bling Worship. Bandagi means Worship, and I see the brand as a bit of a rebel, a free-spirit out to explore and discover. My first collection was only hair accessories, as I feel the Hair can transform a woman. Also, we have an extremely emotional association with our hair. So I had a small launch event this weekend which did very well. What had started out as a personal passion is reaching out to many women and I cannot even begin to describe this feeling!

To celebrate the successful Launch of Bandagi, I wanted to have a Giveaway. This also gave me an opportunity to get to know one extremely talented lady, Aarti Verma, of ART MEETS FASHION. Art meets fashion is an independent label which deals with Handpainted and Handcrafted Fashion and Home decor Accessories. Every Product is a unique piece of art. Its founder and designer Aarti has done an Art Teacher Diploma from Sir JJ School Of Arts, and then pursued a crash course in fashion Designing. After teaching as an Arts Teacher for a year, she sought to do something more concrete with her inclination to blend art and fashion, and that was how her label was born.
Aarti believes that Art and Fashion have been the twin passions of her life, and every day she grows as a designer, absorbing new inspirations, rendering them into her colorful designs.

She launched Art Meets Fashion just about a year back with just a few handpainted totes, and already the label does tunics, sling clutches, and ceramic jewellery pieces. But Aarti does not want to get into mass production, and likes to keep her designs unique and rare.



For her designs, Aarti is drawn to Tribal Elements, and prefers doing human figures, very bold, Indian yet contemporary. She loves to fuse two opposite elements, whether in the colors, form or even fabric. While she loves color in general, her preferred colors are earthy tones, with brown and black being her favorites. She is also drawn to reds and greens, depending on her mood.



Aarti’s online presence poses the biggest challenge faced by all independent designers: Plagiarism. She continually tries to refresh and renew her designs in order to combat that, but laments the lack of control over theft of her designs.

While Aarti redefines the style platform for others, her own style is pretty eclectic. She loves to mix trends and isn’t afraid to experiment. In her closet, one would find chunky silver jewellery, skirts of all lengths, and a lovely little black dress! When not working, the young designer loves to travel, take pictures of her world, and gorge on Chinese food.

Currently, Art Meets Fashion is available at the unique multidesigner store, Bliss in Mumbai and Pune. The designs can also be ordered at stainedcanvas@gmail.com

Aarti has given a beautiful, hand-painted bag as a Giveaway gift just for the Shotcouture readers.


To win this lovely Art Meets Fashion bag, you have to…
1. Be a follower of Shotcouture on GFC.
2. LIKE Art Meets Fashion Page On facebook

Once you have done that, just leave a message on this post with your name and valid email id. The Giveaway is open to international readers and will end on Friday, 6http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifth January, 2012!

I can relate to Aarti on so many levels. Having just started my own line of accessories, my constant fears and challenges follow the same progression as her. I will be posting more about my label and accessories on my Facebook Bandagi Page. You can see the key pieces from the collection HERE.

Also, a special mention of my Design Da Paura, inspired by the lovely Rachel, of Capturingitaly. The design is crafted from a delicate fabric flower, and is available in two colors, black and purple.



I am so excited about the launch and keeping my fingers crossed that it would do well. Christmas this year has been memorable. I do hope to hear from lots of you on your plans for the New Year. And yes, don’t forget to take part in the Art Meets Fashion Giveaway! The beautiful, hand-painted bag could be yours!

62 comments:

Anii said...

All the best for ur launch :)
did all the steps for the give away :)

Ceciliaefendy said...

Did all the steps for your awesome giveaway dear!!! :)

Cecilia Efendy
cecilelf@hotmail.com

fashionartlover said...

lovely! dear
see you

MELISSA H said...

Lovely! (:

http://xdirtylittlesecret.blogspot.com/

-shau- said...

all d very best for ur launch.. AMF is my all time fav.. so had to participate in d giveaway.. :)
shaunaki
shaunaki.bharne@gmail.com

Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous bags, darling!

xoxox,
CC

prettymeggy said...

hope you're having a great holidays!!!! greetings from italy! xoxo, Haus of Gala

Fitra2009 said...

Have a nice HOLIDAY !!!

Nice articles. I'm just blogwalking and very happy to stop here. And also give you some comment here.

Dont forget to give us some your comment into my blog too.

Camille said...

those bags are awesome! love the design!

Elle Sees said...

congrats! that's so awesome!

Devi said...

I love the bag designs! GORGEOUS! :) Thanks for ur comment on my blog! Happy holiday!


xx Devi
http://www.10K10Q.com

GingerGirl said...

Thank you so much for your comment! I'm glad you liked my post! :) I'm not really on Holidays for the moment, but at least I'm enjoying these days with my family! :)

http://gingercollage.blogspot.com

Oh to Be a Muse said...

gorgeous bags! this will be a great giveaway.

Chanel Tonè said...

Excited about Art Meets Fashion!

Aimee Victoria Long said...

Love those bags! Good luck with the launch.
Aimee
www.new-yorkdoll.blogspota.com
Xxx

nitika said...

Hey congrats fr d launch... Gud luck for the future !! : )

Nd d bags look great !! : )

Cafe Fashionista said...

Ohmigosh these bags are just beautiful! I'm a follower, of course! :)

Dressy Celeb said...

Nice giveaway!

Thank you for your comment! :)
Kisses
♥ New Post at Dressy Celeb

ATACADAS said...

Lovely!!!
Kisses from spain!!!

Marina Peral said...

thanks for your comment!

the bas is very nice

xx

one more shoes

my republic of fashion said...

Congrats on the launch of your own accessories line. Must check it out. :)SArahD

SAYANTANI SAHA said...

All the very best! *fingers crossed for you*

skippysays said...

Congratulations- that's such a huge accomplishment!!
www.saysskippy.blogspot.com

Tights Lover said...

Her styles are gorgeous. I love all of her uses of color.

Good luck on your launch!

Silvertigo said...

Nice giveaway and great post :) Following you now ;) xoxo

WomanInLove said...

Gorgeous stuff..and I have done all steps for giveaway..waiting :)

Mitha Komala said...

thanks for liking dear ! those fish bags are so lovely <3 and that blue dress is really gorgeous :D great post. xx

http://mithakomala.blogspot.com/

WomanInLove said...

oh and my name is Rajita Nirajan and email id is rajinira@gmail.com

Estefanía J. said...

Gorgeous giveaway dear! :)
I just release a new image on my Facebook Official Page, hope you “like it”!!!

KISSES… Merry Christmas & Happy 2012!
Estefanía J. ABSOstyle
Bloglovin’ * Twitter * fashiolista * LOOKBOOK * CHICISIMO

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Melissa Tchieu said...

Thanks so much for ur lovely comments.
Im following you from now :)

Renisha said...

wow congoo!!! so happie for you :)
those bags are amazing!

Audrey Allure said...

Lovely -- congrats on the launch!

LOSAWAY said...

I love it!!
giveaway in my blog
http://losaway.blogspot.com/2011/12/mymimit-giveaway.html
xx

yiqin; said...

wow, lovely <3

dressingup-everyday said...

Dear, I want to thank you for your visits to my blog and wish you a Happy New year.
Hugs. Yoana

Nima said...

Best wishes For Ur Launch BANDAGI.
Just discovered ur blog
You have a awesome blog.. Great giveaway, fab bag..
Nima
fashionandbeautypride@gmail.com
All success:))

Sajitha said...

Sajitha Sankaran
sajitha.sankaran85@gmail.com

Bree said...

Ahhhh, congratulations! I am so happy for you. I'm happy that Bandagi is finally launched. I can't wait to check it out. As for this giveaway, I am loving the hand-painted bags. <3

P.S. Thank you so much for liking my Polyvore sets! I wish you a wonderful 2012 as well.

Lots of love, B
http://vivalabreee.blogspot.com/
Tweet me: Viva_La_Breee

Sam said...

Hi darling, Congrats on the launch. I am so thrilled for you!! Wishing you a fantastic New Years, may 2012 bring you lots of luck, love, success and happiness. Thanks for being a wonderful blog friend during 2011.
Luv, Sam

Paula said...

Happy New Year, Pratishtha! I'm glad to have made your acquaintance. You are an amazing person and I wish you all the best. Congratulations on your new line! :)

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Congrats, sweetie! That's so exciting. I wish you much success. And happy new year to you! xoxo

Harija said...

love the bag & Happy New Year 2012!!

My Lyfe ; My Story

Francesca Giusti said...

love your blog! It's so nice!!! I follow you!
Pass to my blog and if it likes you follow me too, I will be so glad :D
kisses
http://francescagiusti.blogspot.com/

Lara said...

All the very best for the launch :)

Hope this new year brings alot of success to you :)

nikitavalsaraj@gmail.com

Impulsive blogger said...

Hey thts great... Congratulations on ur launch... u are doin wat i always wanted to do - rebel wid a cause... make ur own style and be comfortable about it... all d best and hope i too will follow my dreams soon... and ya, a great give away too... would love to get that... my id - sbhansalishah@gmail.com... completed all d steps... ciao...

Taj Acosta said...

Happy New year dear! Love the designs!! Best to you! xo -Taj

Taj Acosta said...

forgot my e-mail!
Taj Acosta
gorgeousglam1@gmail.com

Jennifer Fabulous said...

These are so beautiful. You have an eye for lovely prints and little gems. :)

Happy New Year, sweet friend. I hope 2012 is filled with love, happiness, and laughter for you. xoxo

Rachel {Da Paura ♥} said...

I am so so honored by this gorgeous piece dedicated to me! Thank you again so much. I cannot wait to see it in person!! What an exciting time for you. I'm looking so forward to seeing all of the beauty you create in 2012 and all the places this will take you. Congrats and cheers to a new beginning!

xo
Rachel

artichoke heart said...

these are all just fabulous! lovely little blog

take a peep. my new blog
http://artichoke--heart.blogspot.com/

if you like, follow! and i shall do the same
x

Helena Natanael said...

thank you for your sweet comment on my blog <3

I've followed you, how I can resist to follow this nice blog? can't wait to see the same from you :)


by the way I'm interesting to join your giveaway! Is it open internationally?

all steps is done, good luck for all participants! :)

PRIYANKA D said...

thx for ur comment swthrt happy nu yr!!
ofcourse im followin ur lovely blog! :)
hope u follow me too :)
kisses
www.fshn4us.blogspot.com

Elsa said...
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Elsa said...

Lovely blog! Of course I'm following! Please follow back!

Kisses
Out Of The Box

just tututiny said...

So pretty, what a great giveaway! Thanks for sharing.

Hope you had a wonderful new year.

Clazzerati said...

Happy New Year! And congrats on launching your own accessories line, amazing! There are some lovely pieces here xx

Miss Starshiny said...

Congrats for your line!
xxx
Miss Starshiny

artichoke heart said...

darling thank you for the comment! am following you on bloglovin x please do same!

http://artichoke--heart.blogspot.com/

Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle said...

Happy 2012 Doll and best of luck on your accessory launch!!!


<3 Marina
Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle

professorprettyplus said...

Love your style and darling personality !!
MsC@rr!e
www.professorprettyplus.wordpress.com