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What do you think about these pretty fashion accessories by artist, Khyati Mehra Sharma? I find her collection vibrant, bold, and so Indian to the core! Her accessories are a burst of colours….all set up brighten up any day of the week. Khyati connects with her spiritual side through her paintings and other creations and has been in the industry for over 5 years. No wonder, every piece is a story in itself. Khyatiworks is a bold and vibrant collection of handpainted products that all art lovers will connect with instantly!

Visit her Facebook page or check out her website to browse the collection.

Pretty footwear
Pretty footwear
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Earrings that can be teamed with an Indian or Western outfit
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Cool fashion accessories
 

It’s been quite a while I’ve blogged. Blame it on the increasing number of assignments or the soaring temperatures! Sigh! Never mind the excuses! But I will make it up by sharing some gorgeous creations by Sneh Nihalani from Mumbai. Her brand Radio Rani is designed to set the pulses racing and is bound to grab attention every time you drape yourself in her creation. The designs of these stunning sarees have retained the beautiful Indian flavour with all the colours, forms and concepts that defines a true Indian beauty! Here’s wishing Sneh all the luck with her venture for dressing up women so stylishly!

You may check out more images at her Facebook page or write to Sneh: radioranibysneh@gmail.com

Photographer: Pavitr Saith. Illustrator for the motifs: Snehali Pawar.

 
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Colourful Ballerinas

A very happy New Year to all the lovely bloggers and readers out there! I hope the year 2014 is filled with creativity and happiness! Speaking about creativity, I must make a mention of one spunky lady who has taken it to a different level. A passion for fashion and a never-ending zest to create handmade products, she now has her own brand of creative footwear…. Yes, you read it right! Footwear!

Meet Priyanka Gusain, a young entrepreneur who has a fetish for footwear. And of course, a creative bent of mind. Her brand,Zubiya’, is a result of her hard work and creativity that began at an early age. Says Priyanka (founder), “I have always been a creative person. I used to paint my own converse shoes, bags and wallets whilst in college. This would garner appreciation! My friends suggested that I start something creative and Zubiya was born!”

It’s been an overwhelming one year for ‘Zubiya’. Creative ballerinas with funky hand painted motifs are available for a steal on Ms. Priyanka’s website. Freaky moustaches on a neon green background to ethnic prints on footwear, Priyanka’s creativity extends to wallets and hand bags as well! Custom made designs are also an option.

When I asked her about any hurdles faced at the start of this innovative venture, she replied, “Once you think about starting something of your own, it can be exciting but one should be prepared to face the difficulties. There have been many sleepless nights to finalize an idea or a particular design but in the end, no matter how much hard work I have put into this venture – ZUBIYA, for me doing something I love gives me creative satisfaction. This is totally worth losing some beauty sleep.”

With the growing demand for e-commerce sites, ‘Zubiya’s’ products are also sold online and through exhibitions. When asked about the customer response to e-shopping, she quipped, “The times are changing! It’s all about e-shopping now! The easy return policy helps customers to get quick returns in case there is a problem with size. Easy money-back policies also make it helpful for the customer who could be located anywhere around the world.”

With a unique range of colourful funky shoes, iPhone covers, bags, etc., the products appeal to all age groups. Priyanka is proud that her products are used by a 12 year old to a hip and happening granny! She underlines that her speciality is about customizing products to suit individual fashion taste. Ranging from quirky, ethnic to abstract, her collection has it all!

When quizzed about any advice for fashionistas, she mentioned, “Experiment with things. In this manner, simple things will have an interesting twist!”

On that note, do visit Zubiya’s Facebook page and website to have a glimpse of her colourful zubi’s (products). I’m sure even Cinderella will bid adieu to her glass slippers!

 

I’ve been window-shopping off late and I think I’m suitably rewarded. Since I’m new to Bangalore, I have to begin my search for fashion destinations from scratch. I don’t mean the branded stuff, that’s available everywhere at malls. You find dozens of replicas too! I like collecting interesting stuff that should hopefully have fewer copies being sold around in the market. (And at a competitive rate!)

Today, when most women are so conscious about looking good and feeling fit, there are many things that go into making you feel like a million bucks! No, I don’t mean spending this obscene an amount of money. I mean simple fashion accessories that can lift up a dull dress or liven up your pretty smile. A beautiful strand of cultured pearls can make a little black dress look super elegant. Or a kundan jewelry set can give a royal feel to your saree.

I came across one such place, bang on the main road at J.P. Nagar 7th phase, Bangalore. Named as ‘Instring – The Lifestyle Studio’, this destination is aimed at women, men and kids. Women, eat your heart out as the imitation jewelry pieces on display here are bound to tempt you into picking not just one…. maybe two or more!

An elegant glittering necklace for traditional wear or funky earrings with bracelets….it’s all here! So whether you are a fashion diva or a hippie at heart, there’s something here for every kind of woman. I found my choice of chunky jewelry….an emerald green necklace and a funky little neckpiece with a modern painting design. I think these will accentuate a pretty white top with blue jeans!

Psst…ladies, they do have an amazing collection of lingerie designs too. Besides, the service is quick and disciplined. Quite contrary to many shops I’ve been here, where language can be an issue. The toys and gift article section is interesting as well. It includes items carefully selected for the quirky and elite clientele.

Mr. Narendra Kumar Choradia, the brain behind Instring, has been kind enough to share exclusive photographs of his gorgeous collection of jewelry. Eat your heart out girls if you can’t make it here!

To know more, you can visit their Facebook page. Reserve a good amount of time for browsing here.

 

 

On my hunt for unique stuff, I often come across many things that inspire me in my creative pursuits. I happened to discover a very artistic and useful store named as ‘The Spinning Wheel’ located in Bangalore.

This team, led by founder and owner, Ms. Rakhi Mutreja, specializes in spinning new stories from artifacts that are old yet closer to your heart! We all know the saying ‘Old is Gold’, but this shop takes it some steps further. They transform and give a complete makeover to your interiors without weighing down on your wallet. So be it turning your old chair into a va-va-voom piece of artistic value with a Khajuraho painting on the back rest or giving a creative spin to a small broken clay horse, these guys have nailed it! The idea is to refurbish products and at the same time recycle objects that are close to our heart. Now, doesn’t it make sense to retain our ancestral antiques and tweak them a bit? You will be able to retain if for a good number of years!

Take a look at some of the revamped furniture items and I’m sure you are bound to fall in love with these artistic pieces.

To spin something new from something old, is creative yet difficult. ‘The Spinning Wheel’ attributes their success to artists who are an integral part of their team, namely Mr. Sanjay, Mr. Babu, Mr. Massi and Mr. Ahmed.

So, the next time you wish to jazz up your interiors, forget about spending a fortune on unnecessary show pieces. Reduce the clutter in your home. Recycle objects of importance and sentiments into something new, which will add value to your home and to your heart.

Click here to read more about The Spinning Wheel. They are located at Whitefield in Bangalore.

I thank Ms. Rakhi for permitting me to share their wonderful concept with my readers. Good luck to your team!